Atletico Madrid great Futre: Felix will take the throne from Ronaldoby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid great Paulo Futre is convinced Joao Felix will have a huge future.Indeed, Futre says Felix will be a future Ballon d’Or winner.He declared: “Joao Felix is twenty years old, he is a champion, he can occupy the throne of the best Portuguese player when (Cristiano) Ronaldo will stop and he can also win the Ballon d’Or.” On Juventus star Ronaldo, Futre says that “he’s even better than (Usain) Bolt”.And on Juve defender Matthijs de Ligt, he says he is “a crack, like Felix, and that in the Champions League will find it easier than in Serie A”. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Real Madrid attacker Vinicius Junior: Why Osasuna goal brought me to tearsby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid attacker Vinicius Junior has explained his tears after scoring in victory over Osasuna.Vinicius says he cried as being injured it had been a “little difficult” for him to rediscover the form of last season.He said, “I cried because after my injury it was a bit complicated. It was taking a long time to play as before. I was not so happy. “Today I was calmer and nothing better than before a derby. After so many games, I had never been so many without scoring. “I am delighted to have scored again.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 02: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines watches his team warm up before the game against the Florida Gators at AT&T Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The best bit in sports radio is The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz‘s “What He Looks Like Game.” Le Batard, Stugotz and Co., with the help of their listeners, try to come up with perfect descriptions of what people in sports look like. Some examples:Paxton Lynch looks like the old school Tampa Bay Buccaneers logo.Vin Scully looks like the one real human in a Disney movie filled with animated talking animals.Dan Gilbert looks like the guy who shaves in the locker room mirror at the gym while totally nude.They’ve come up with one for Jim Harbaugh and, Ohio State fans, it’s pretty perfect, right?Jim Harbaugh looks like the guy who yells at his wife in front of everyone when they lose at Pictionary on gamenight pic.twitter.com/Whz6ERQVAI— What He Looks Like (@WhatHeLooksLike) May 8, 2016He totally does.
Marco Silva insists he has no interest in the impact Manchester City’s trip to Everton might have upon the Premier League title race.City will replace Everton’s Merseyside rivals Liverpool at the summit on goal difference if they leave Goodison Park with victory on Wednesday.AdChoices广告However, Silva’s own predicament in trying to turn around a slump of three wins and seven defeats over the course of 12 matches in the Premier League since the start of December is at the forefront of his mind. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Speaking at a pre-match news conference, he rejected suggestions that the loyalties of Everton fans might be compromised by their desire to see Liverpool fall short in their quest for glory.”What I want really and what my feeling is, it is not this title race,” Silva said. “It is not for us to look to that fight. We know what is our fight.”For sure, what our fans want tomorrow is our team winning the game. At this moment, not just two teams are fighting – more than two teams are fighting for this title. There are many games to play. Nothing will be decided by this game against City.”Silva’s personal fight would appear to be keeping a job where Roberto Martinez, Ronald Koeman and Sam Allardyce have all been shown the exit door over recent seasons.Everton’s recent slump moved owner Farhad Moshiri to restate his opinion that the former Olympiacos, Hull City and Watford boss is his man for the long-term and a coach who can develop young talent at the club.”This is something I have felt from the first day since I joined this club,” Silva said of his boss’ support.”When you are winning games the things people say are good. When you are not, it is normal this type of situation.”It is nothing new in our club. If you look at the last three seasons it is maybe every month this type of situation. I am here to talk about the present and nothing more.”You are always in contact [with Moshiri]. I know his feelings and our project.”| The manager confirms @IGanaGueye is available for tomorrow’s game against @mancity – but Yerry Mina, Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka will miss out.https://t.co/xkKr74QwhR— Everton (@Everton) February 5, 2019Silva will welcome back Idrissa Gueye after the influential midfielder sat out Everton’s previous two games with a knock – a welcome boost for the challenge of taking on Pep Guardiola’s side.”It will be really tough. In my opinion that team play the best football in the Premier League even if in some away games they didn’t achieve the results,” he added.”They obligate the teams to suffer. They will play with 70 or 80 per cent of the ball. We have to be ready to suffer and be solid in these types of moments.”When we have our moments with the ball we have to be ambitious to try and make some damage on them.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Marcus Rashford has revealed the hurt he is feeling at Manchester United’s current plight, but is confident the club can be successful under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.England international Rashford has pledged his long-term future to United by signing a new contract until 2023 on the back of a season when he reached double figures for Premier League goals for the first time.However, it was an ultimately disappointing campaign for United as, despite experiencing a memorable uplift following Solskjaer replacing Jose Mourinho as manager in December, the wheels came off in the closing two months of the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare United finished sixth in the Premier League to miss out on Champions League qualification and ended the season trophy-less, but Rashford is determined to help the club to get back on track.“It is a huge sense of pride and a huge feeling for me to sign the contract,” Rashford told The Times. “Manchester United are one big family. Some clubs don’t have that — it’s just a football club. That’s why Manchester United are more than a football club to me.“Me being a fan changes the emotional side of it. Say we lose a game, it affects me more than it should because I’m a fan. It hurts every day to see where we are now, [compared] to where we’ve been in the past. I use that pain as motivation. It makes me more determined to put the club back where they belong.“There’s nothing I want more than to see the club winning the Premier League again, winning the Champions League again. Everybody here deserves much, much more than what we’re giving them right now, not only the fans, the club itself.”They don’t deserve to be where they are now. As players, we’re the ones who have the opportunity to try and forget about the past five, six years and put the club back on track.”Solskjaer was a key figure during the glory years under Sir Alex Ferguson, and Rashford is convinced a brighter future for United lies in store under the Norwegian.Rashford added: “He just gets it. He understands. He’s been a player here. He knows how we may feel in certain moments because he’s been there himself. The fact that he understands us way more than a normal manager is why he’s fitted in straight away.”On whether the Solskjaer ‘revolution’ will work, the 21-year-old said: “That’s what drives me every day. If I didn’t believe it, I wouldn’t be waking up every morning and giving 100 per cent to try and put the club back where they belong.“I believe in the players, the staff and the manager. The players have the faith in the manager now. If we’re going to do it, now’s the time.“We’re looking forward to the new season. One season is not going to change it. It can take two or three seasons but I feel we’re ready to take the first step, and really start showing people that we are Manchester United.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: A general view of Ohio Stadium prior to the game between the Michigan Wolverines and Ohio State Buckeyes on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Urban Meyer remains on paid administrative leave as Ohio State continues its investigation into how Meyer handled assault allegations against his former assistant Zach Smith. The investigation began after Brett McMurphy’s report alleging Meyer knew of the allegations following Meyer’s dismissal of the allegations at Big Ten Media Days.Ohio State announced a two-week timeline for the investigation, which started nearly two weeks ago. A decision from the investigative committee is likely to come soon.In a recent interview with WOSU, university president Michael Drake was asked if athletic director Gene Smith is also under investigation. Drake doesn’t appear to be getting briefed by the investigative committee.Here’s his comment. “I don’t know all the questions they’re asking or what they’re going about. I’m waiting until they come forward and then we’ll try to use that information the best way we can,” he said.Ohio State president Michael Drake asked by @WOSU Thursday if AD Gene Smith is also under investigation: “I don’t know all the questions they’re asking or what they’re going about. I’m waiting until they come forward & then we’ll try to use that information the best way we can”— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 17, 2018Drake was also asked about a potential timeline for the investigation. The Ohio State president responded the investigation “will be finished when it is finished.”Ohio State set the initial deadline for Sunday, but that appears to be a working timeline.Stay tuned for more.
ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum has reacted to the latest interview with Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, whose three-game suspension has come to an end. Finebaum didn’t hold back.Meyer spoke exclusively to ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi about his suspension and everything that went into it. More details can be seen here.Finebaum was asked on SportsCenter about Meyer’s interview and his current reputation.“I think his credibility outside of the bubble of Columbus, Ohio is still shattered,” Finebaum said on ESPN. “I don’t think many people around the country buy or believe much of what he has said. Having said that, I do know college football fans. He has possibly the second-best team in the country. Once he gets out there, the majority of fans will push all of this away and start wondering is this team good enough to challenge Alabama? I know this sounds basic. If you’re concerned about Courtney Smith, which I am and a lot of people are, this may nauseate to a certain level. But that’s the business and nature of college football.”Finebaum did think it was evident that Meyer had listened to people around him. He handled questions better than he did at his original press conference.“He went from being obstinate, denying everything, being defiant to, bit by bit, this is now the fourth iteration of his apology tour that he is now trying to fit his answers to what the criticism has been. My belief is this. He still doesn’t believe Courtney Smith. He apologized to her, literally, with a gun to his head. I don’t think he really wanted to. If you watch every version of what he has said, he’s still the same person. He’s calmed down. He’s not fighting everyone around him. He knows there’s a football team that he has to get to where he returns as a full-time coach. No doing Sunday through Friday. He answered a lot of very-difficult questions with parse answers.”Meyer and the Buckeyes are set to return to Columbus on Saturday. Ohio State is hosting Tulane at Ohio Stadium.
It hasn’t been a great day for some of the undefeated college football teams. Cincinnati and NC State have already gone down, and now USF football is in trouble.More disturbingly for Bulls fans, USF is in trouble against the UConn Huskies.USF has played itself up to No. 21 in the country at 6-0. They haven’t gotten as much attention as rival UCF, which ran the table last year, but have still gotten some credit.The Bulls have had some very close calls, though.USF pulled a rabbit out of a hat to beat Illinois earlier in the year, 25-19, and did it again against another bad team last week, sneaking by 1-5 Tulsa on the road 25-24.At the half tonight, USF football is tied at 7-7 with 1-5 UConn.The Huskies are, by any metric, one of the worst teams in all of FBS football. Their only win on the year came against FCS Rhode Island, and it was a close game.Let’s check in on the worst undefeated team in my ratings against the worst team in my ratings pic.twitter.com/CShI0mbU2e— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) October 21, 2018UConn has surrendered at least 49 points in every game this year. The average score of a Huskies game this year is 53.7-20.3.There is plenty of time left. This would be a monumental upset if UConn can pull it out though.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)One major college football program’s players don’t appear to be happy with their team’s bowl game selection.Georgia Tech, which finished the season at 7-5 (5-3 ACC), received the lowest bowl game selection out of all of the ACC’s teams.The Yellow Jackets will be taking on Minnesota in the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit on Dec. 26.Georgia Tech finished below Virginia (Belk), Miami (Pinstripe) and Virginia Tech (Military) in the bowl game selection process, despite beating all of those teams in the conference.“How do we finish FOURTH in the ACC and get the lowest bowl in the ACC!!!! HOW!!!!!” one player tweeted.How do we finish FOURTH in the ACC and get the lowest bowl in the ACC!!!! HOW!!!!!— Qua Searcy (@Qua_Searcy82) December 2, 2018“I’m baffled at this bowl game…” another player added.I’m baffled at this bowl game… ??♂️— Quon (@quonmarshall16) December 2, 2018You can view all of Georgia Tech’s players’ reactions here.Georgia Tech and Minnesota are set to kick off at 5:15 p.m. E.T. on Dec. 26. Maybe the Yellow Jackets will take out their anger on the Golden Gophers.
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners throws during warm ups before the game against the Army Black Knights at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Black Knights 28-21 in overtime. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)If the Oklahoma Sooners are going to stun the college football world and defeat the Alabama Crimson Tide, then Kyler Murray will most likely have to put together a Herculean effort.On the other sideline will be Tua Tagovailoa, who is dynamic in his own right, but might not have the tools that Murray possesses. Although the Alabama quarterback is one of the best in the country, head coach Nick Saban is having trouble finding a player that can mimic the Heisman Trophy winner’s actions during practice.When discussing the team’s recent practices, Saban said “If we had someone who could duplicate what he does, we’d be playing him.”After dedicating the first few practices to fundamentals and a camp like feel, Alabama began game prep for Oklahoma today. Nick Saban said players got fed a lot of information today. Mimicking QB Kyler Murray is difficult, though, he added. “If we had… https://t.co/hweIkfnguO— Alex Scarborough (@AlexS_ESPN) December 17, 2018Clearly Saban is very impressed with the overall skillset of Murray.The Crimson Tide usually find a way to neutralize the opponent’s top offensive weapon, but this time around might be different. Whether he’s using his arm or his legs, Murray constantly gives opposing defensive coordinators headaches.The Orange Bowl will take place on Dec. 29 from Hard Rock Stadium.Kickoff is set for 8:00 p.m. ET, as it will be broadcast on ESPN.
GAINESVILLE, FL – SEPTEMBER 2: University of Florida Gators fans watch the action during the game against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 2, 2006 in Gainesville, Florida. The Gators defeated the Eagles 34-7. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)One of the top offensive lineman recruits in the country knows where he wants to play his college football. Four-star offensive guard Deyavie Hammond announced he’s signing his Letter of Intent to play for Dan Mullen and the Florida Gators.The Lakeland, Florida product decided to stay home and play for the Gators. Florida State remained in the mix for the top Florida recruit, but Willie Taggart and company lost out on one of the state’s best.It’s a huge get for Mullen, who led the Gators to a solid 2018 campaign in his first season with the program.Welcome to the Florida Family @DeyavieH! #SwampSquadXIX pic.twitter.com/sg06fy5GBA— Dan Mullen (@CoachDanMullen) December 19, 2018Florida currently owns the No. 22 recruiting class in the nation, which is down for the program over the past few years. The addition of Hammond, along with a few of his high school teammates, will do wonders for the team’s standing in the 2019 ranks, however.Mullen and company landed a few four-star recruits over the past few minutes – most of whom played with Hammond.
CLEMSON, SC – OCTOBER 25: A general view of Memorial Stadium prior to the game between the Clemson Tigers and Syracuse Orange on October 25, 2014 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Tyler Smith/Getty Images)The ACC has released its preseason media poll ahead of the upcoming 2019 college football season.A preseason poll of 173 ACC media members was revealed, and the Clemson Tigers are once again the overwhelming favorite to win the Atlantic Division. They claimed 171 of 173 first-place votes to claim the division, and 170 members picked them to win the ACC Championship Game.Clemson has reigned dominant in the ACC for the last four years, winning four straight conference titles, four straight trips to the College Football Playoff and winning two national titles.The only other team in the ACC Atlantic Division to even get any first place votes was Syracuse with two. The reigning national champion @ClemsonFB is the preseason favorite to claim its fifth consecutive #ACCFootball title.@UVAFootball is favored in the Coastal Division.📰 https://t.co/Z0cFFqvyDB pic.twitter.com/EE6eAMiqOx— The ACC (@theACC) July 22, 2019As for the Coastal Division, the media believes that Bronco Mendenhall’s Virginia Cavaliers will narrowly edge Manny Diaz’s Miami Hurricanes to claim a spot in the ACC Championship Game.Mendenhall has rapidly turned the program around since taking over in 2016. After going 2-10 in his first year, he has led the team to 6-7 and 8-5 records in the last two years.But with Dabo Swinney and Trevor Lawrence set to dominate for yet another season, the Tigers will be favored over just about anyone.
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Chris Fowler are seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)ESPN college football analyst David Pollack believes one top 10 team has “no shot” at making the College Football Playoff.Notre Dame, the No. 10 team in the latest Coaches’ Poll and AP Poll, is coming off a road loss at No. 3 Georgia.The Fighting Irish aren’t in a conference, of course, and can at best finish the season 11-1.Pollack doesn’t think it’ll be enough. “They’re not (still in the race),” Pollack said, per 247Sports. “They’re out of the playoffs. They have no shot to make the playoffs. Last year, we were sitting up on set and we were debating the final four teams and Notre Dame was in the conversation of teams that might not be in. And they were undefeated. Remember, no conference championship game when everybody gets to play.”Notre Dame has a couple of big-time games left, including a bout against Virginia this weekend. The Fighting Irish also play Michigan and USC, among others.Pollack doesn’t think the schedule is hard enough to warrant getting in with the loss at Georgia.“Michigan does not look good on the schedule now,” Pollack said. “Virginia’s probably their toughest task the rest of the way. No. I don’t think that Notre Dame will be in the College Football Playoff discussion. They might be a team that’s on the outside looking in with the top 10, but they’re out of the playoffs.”Saying Notre Dame has “no shot” might be a bit harsh, as there are potential scenarios where an 11-1 Notre Dame team would get consideration, but not being in a conference really hurts the chances now.
India Today Web Desk New DlehiMarch 1, 2019UPDATED: March 1, 2019 11:11 IST Steve Smith was banned from IPL last year (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Smith took part in a training session in SydneySmith is currently serving a one-year ban for his role in the ball-tampering rowSmith may play for Rajasthan Royals on March 29Steve Smith returned to training for the first time since undergoing a surgery in January to fix an elbow problem. This can be seen as a good sign for Australia and also the Indian Premier League franchise Rajasthan Royals as Smith’s return will be crucial for these teams.Smith, who along with David Warner, was banned for his role in last year’s Cape Town ball-tampering scandal. Steve Smith and David Warner will be eligible for selection from March 29.Smith posted a video on Instagram having a session at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday.”Great to have my first hit back. The elbow is feeling good,” Smith posted on Instagram.IPL, earlier this month, announced the schedule for first 17 matches of the 2019 season. Rajasthan Royals will start their campaign against Kings XI Punjab in Jaipur on March 25.If Smith recovers in time, he will make is IPL return for Rajasthan Royals’ second match of the league when they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad on March 29 in Hyderabad.Warner, who is also recovering after an elbow surgery, could also make a comeback for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the same match.Meanwhile, Australia’s head coach Justin Langer told Australian media that he expected both players to be fit for the IPL starting March 23.”From all accounts they should both be ready for the IPL, which is really positive,” he said.advertisement”Dave’s probably a little more advanced but my understanding is they’ll be ready to go in the not-too-distant future.”Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Steve SmithFollow David WarnerFollow Indian Premier League Steve Smith returns to training after elbow surgery, likely to be fit for IPLSteve Smith and David Warner will be eligible for selection from March 29 after their one-year ball-tampering bans come to an end. Smith and Warner could return for Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals match in the Indian Premier League on March 29.advertisement
Reuters LondonApril 4, 2019UPDATED: April 4, 2019 12:27 IST Tottenham marked their homecoming with a historic 2-0 win over Crystal Palace (@SpursOfficial)HIGHLIGHTSTottenham Hotspur defeated Crystal Palace with a 2-0 win at their brand new stadiumSon broke the deadlock of several missed chances to secure the win for TottenhamThe Spurs are now back in the third spot in the premier LeagueTottenham Hotspur marked their long-awaited homecoming with a vital 2-0 win over Crystal Palace in the first Premier League game at their new stadium on Wednesday to revive their faltering top-four hopes.It was hardly a classic to mark the official opening of the spectacular 62,062-seat stadium, but second-half goals by Son Heung-min and Christian Eriksen ensured the London club began a new era with a win to move back above Arsenal into third place.”It’s just amazing. What an unbelievable stadium. The noise was just so loud,” South Korean Son, whose 12th league goal of the season came in front of the stadium’s steepling 17,500-seat single tier South Stand, told Sky Sports.”To score the first goal at this stadium. White Hart Lane is our history but the new stadium… I can’t believe it.”That feeling when you write your name into Spurs folklore…#SpursAreHome #COYS pic.twitter.com/726JR1niAZTottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 3, 2019Having moved out of their historic old stadium in May 2017, Tottenham have lodged at Wembley for nearly two seasons after building issues caused a six-month delay to their new arena.After a couple of test events the official opening was marked by a pre-match ceremony involving a brass band, a school choir and fireworks illuminating the golden cockerel sitting proudly on top of the South Stand.Tottenham’s worst slump in Mauricio Pochettino’s five years in charge – one point from five games – had seen his side’s outside shot at the title replaced by the fear of being swallowed by the chasing pack in the race for a top-four spot.advertisementAfter failing to get an early breakthrough the anxiety began to show, with Eriksen and Danny Rose both failing to capitalise on chances while Harry Kane had a free kick deflected wide.It was left to Son, Tottenham’s often unsung hero, to break the deadlock and etch his name into the club’s history books.”I’m the happiest guy in the world!”Sonny on scoring the first ever Premier League goal at our new home.#SpursAreHome #COYS pic.twitter.com/RKyDf2MRKhTottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 3, 2019Eriksen did well to win back possession and play in Son on the right and the striker then cut in before firing goalwards – his shot diverting wickedly off Palace skipper Luka Milivojevic to wrong-foot keeper Vicente Guaita.With Tottenham’s fans finally creating the atmosphere the occasion merited, Kane blazed over before his stumbling run into the area ended with Eriksen sweeping home from close range.Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris made two superb late saves to spare the fans a nail-biting finale and send them inside to christen the stadium’s array of swanky new bars with a crucial win to celebrate.Victory lifted Spurs back into third spot having been overtaken by local rivals Arsenal at the weekend.They have 64 points from 32 games with neighbours Arsenal, having played a game less, on 63 along with Chelsea, who beat Brighton & Hove Albion 3-0, while Manchester United are on 61 in the race for Champions League spots.Also Read | Atletico Madrid defeat 2-0 with late goals from Godin and GriezmannAlso Read | AFC Olympic Qualifiers: India women sail past Indonesia with 2-0 winAlso Watch | Australia should pick David Warner for the 2019 ICC World Cup: VVS LaxmanFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow FootballFollow TottenhamFollow Crystal PalaceFollow Premier league Premier League: Tottenham inaugurates new stadium with 2-0 win over Crystal PalaceTottenham secured a historic 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at their new stadium and climbed back to the third spot on the Premier League.advertisement Next
Pakistan Cricket Board should penalise players spotted at Shisha cafe: Intikhab AlamFormer Pakistan captain Intikhab Alam slammed Pakistan players who were spotted at a Manchester cafe in the lead up to their crunch match against India at ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Pakistan lost the match by 89 runs (DLS) as their senior players failed to step up.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 19, 2019UPDATED: June 19, 2019 13:17 IST ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Shoaib Malik was one of the 4 Pakistan players spotted at the Manchester cafe (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShoaib Malik along with a few of his teammates were spotted at a Shisha cafe in ManchesterThe players were slammed for partying days ahead of India vs Pakistan matchThe players could have their dinner at any hotel maximum by 11 pm not beyond that: Intikhab AlamFormer Pakistan captain Intikhab Alam has urged the Pakistan Cricket Board to conduct an inquiry into the incident in which senior players from the national team were spotted at a Shisha cafe in Manchester in the lead up to their ICC Cricket World Cup match against India.Media reports had claimed that senior players, including Shoaib Malik and Wahab Riaz, along with Imad Wasim and Imam-ul-Haq were spotted at a cafe at 2 am on the big match day in Manchester.The senior players faced severe criticism from fans on social media after Pakistan were handed their biggest-ever defeat (in terms of the margin of runs) by India in a World Cup match during the Manchester meeting. Shoaib Malik’s wife and India tennis star, Sania Mirza was dragged into the controversy after she was spotted in the photograph along with the Pakistan cricketers at the cafe.The Pakistan Cricket Board though clarified that the players had been to the cafe not on the eve of India vs Pakistan but a couple of days ahead of the big-ticket match between the two arch-rivals.Intikhab Alam, who had served as Pakistan cricket team manager in past, said professional cricketers staying late at a cafe in the lead up to a big match in “not justifiable”.”It is wrong as the players are on their national duty and there must be a discipline to be followed strictly,” Intikhab Alam told DAWN.”Though the PCB has claimed that the event happened two days before the crucial match against India, even then no one could justify the late stay of the players in a cafe as there are certain timings to be observed.advertisement”The players could have their dinner at any hotel maximum by 11 pm not beyond that. The PCB should hold an inquiry to penalise the players involved,” the former captain added.Responding to critics and media reports, senior batsman Shoaib Mali, who was dismissed for naught in the India match, wrote on Twitter: “When will Pak media be accountable for their credibility by our courts?! Having served my country for +20 years in Intl Cricket, it’s sad that I have to clarify things related to my personal life. The videos are from 13th June and not 15th (sic).”Meanwhile, Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has been facing flak after the one-sided contest that saw India extend their unbeaten record against their arch-rivals in World Cups to 7-0.Slamming Sarfaraz’s tactics, former pacer Shoaib Akhtar said he was unable to understand the Pakistan captain’s decision-making during the high-pressure game against India.”The mistakes committed by the Indian team during the Champions Trophy 2017 final were repeated by Pakistan yesterday. I can’t understand how Sarfaraz can be so brainless. How could he forget that we don’t chase very well. Knowing our strength, which is bowling, is important. The game was half-won by Pakistan when Sarfaraz won the toss, but he tried hard to lose the match,” Akhtar said.Sarfaraz, according to Pakistan media, has received a call from PCB chairman Ehsan Mani who had asked the skipper not to focus on “baseless media reports” and instead turn their attention towards doing well in the remainder of the matches at World Cup 2019. Pakistan are reeling at the 9th spot of the 10-team points table with just 1 win in 5 matches.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Anushka Sharma joins Virat Kohli in England ahead of India’s Afghanistan tieAlso Read | Sarfaraz, you are fat: Fan screams insults at Pakistan captain after defeat to IndiaAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Pakistan cricket teamFollow India vs PakistanFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow Shoaib MalikFollow Sarfaraz AhmedFollow Intikhab Alam Next
Ashes sponsors Specsavers to offer Jack Leach ‘free glasses for life’ after Ben Stokes tweetNathan Lyon missed an easy run-out chance to dismiss England number 10 batsman Jack Leach and Stokes survived loud lbw shouts, with Australia unable to review, before, fittingly, Stokes hit the winning boundary to spark euphoria at Headingley.advertisement Next Asian News International LeedsAugust 26, 2019UPDATED: August 26, 2019 09:23 IST Ben Stokes and Jack Leach react after hitting the winning runs. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSpecsavers have announced that spinner Jack Leach will be getting free spectacles for lifeLeach was seen wiping his glasses at the crease and then playing the balls bowled to himStokes played one of the finest knocks in Test cricket as he guided England to an improbable one-wicket winPeople are still recovering from England’s miraculous win against Australia in the third Test of the ongoing Ashes and the official sponsors of the series, Specsavers have announced that spinner Jack Leach will be getting free spectacles for life.Specsavers confirmed in a tweet that Leach will be getting free glasses after all-rounder Ben Stokes’ tweet asking the sponsor to give the spinner free specs.”We can confirm we will offer Jack Leach free glasses for life,” Specsavers tweeted in reply to Stokes’ tweet saying: Jack Leach……..@Specsavers do your self a favour and give him free glasses for life @jackleach1991″.We can confirm we will offer Jack Leach free glasses for life https://t.co/7rfPBK77GSSpecsavers (@Specsavers) August 25, 2019Stokes played one of the finest knocks in Test cricket as he guided England to an improbable one-wicket win against Australia on the fourth day of the third Test at Headingley.England vs Australia Ashes 2019 3rd Test Day 4: Highlights | ReportChasing 359 for the win, England were left 286/9, still, 73 runs away from the target.It was then Stokes decided to play in an aggressive manner and he took on the Aussie bowlers, smashing them all around the park.He found support in the number eleven batsman Jack Leach and the duo stitched together an unbeaten partnership of 76 runs, in which Leach only contributed 1 run from 17 balls.Leach was seen wiping his glasses at the crease and then playing the balls bowled to him.As soon as the match got over, Specsavers had also tweeted asking about the official manager of Leach.advertisement”Does anybody know Jack Leach’s agent? Asking for a friend… #Ashes,” Specsavers had tweeted.Earlier this year, Leach had scored 92 runs against Ireland in a one-off Test after coming in as a nightwatchman.The ongoing Ashes is currently tied at 1-1 with still two Test matches left to play.England and Australia will next lock horns in the fourth Test beginning from September 4 at Old Trafford.Also Read | Ben Stokes is a freak: Joe Root after England stun Australia in 3rd Test at HeadingleyAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow AshesFollow Jack Leach
Need to improve a lot with the bat: Harmanpreet after bowlers help India beat South AfricaIndia escaped with a narrow victory as the bowlers led by off-spinner Deepti Sharma (3 for 8) secured an 11-run win after the batters flopped as they managed just 130 runs.advertisement Next Press Trust of India SuratSeptember 25, 2019UPDATED: September 25, 2019 11:47 IST Harmanpreet Kaur said that she had confidence in her bowlers after the batting flopped ( Courtesy by BCCI )HIGHLIGHTSHarmanpreet Kaur said that she had confidence in her bowlers after the batting floppedDeepti Sharma called her effort as the best bowling performance of her careerSouth African captain Sune Luus conceded that lack of execution from the batsmen led to the defeatThe Indian women’s cricket team captain Harmanpreet Kaur said the team’s below-par batting show in the first T20 International against South Africa here had left her nervous before the bowlers rose to the challenge with a stellar effort.Harmanpreet was the only Indian batswoman to play an impactful knock, scoring 43, while the rest of her colleagues failed to chip in with any notable contributions. India posted 130 after being put in to bat on Tuesday.The bowlers, led by player of the match Deepti Sharma(3/8), produced an impressive show to dismiss South Africa for 119 in 19.5 overs.”I was nervous at the halfway stage but we knew that we’d have something for the bowlers. They did a great job,” Harmanpreet said after the match.She said the players have been working hard on their fitness.”We were doing a lot of fitness (regimens) before coming here and we got the result on the field. The way we fielded and bowled, I was happy,” she said.She also said her side still needs improvement in several areas, especially batting.”Lot of areas to improve. Need to improve a lot with the bat. We are playing with an extra batter, so if batters do well, we can do even better,” said the 30-year-old.She said she had trusted Radha Yadav to do well in the final over of the South African run chase and eventually the left-armer took two wickets to end the visiting side’s innings.Star of the match Deepti said her effort was the “best bowling performance” of her career.advertisement”We bowled how I had planned. Got help from the wicket too. The plan was to bowl wicket to wicket and it was turning, so I pitched it up too,” she said.”The mindset was to bowl in front. We were confident at the halfway mark. And we wanted to enjoy. If you enjoy, you automatically do well,” the 22-year-old off-spinner said.South Africa captain Sune Luus said 130 was a chaseable total though her side could not make it in the end.”The way our new-ball bowlers bowled, they gave us a good platform to work on. We thought 130 was a total we could chase. Chasing 130 is about when you go for the charge,” she said.”Lizelle Lee gave a good platform. The batsmen who then came in just couldn’t execute. The way Deepti and the spinners bowled, you could definitely see there was more spin as the evening progressed.”Also Read | 1st T20I: Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma help India women beat SA womenAlso Read | Korea Open Super 500: World champion PV Sindhu knocked out in 1st round, Sai Praneeth retires hurtFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Harmanpreet KaurFollow Deepti SharmaFollow Radha Yadav