About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal defender Calum Chambers: Much more to come from usby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal defender Calum Chambers has no doubts about the potential of their young team.Even though Arsenal sit in the Champions League places, with just one defeat so far this season which came away to early pace-setters Liverpool, Chambers feels there is still room for improvement in the coming weeks.Asked if there was still more to come from the team, the defender replied: “Yes, we have got a really strong squad, a lot of quality players.”We know we have got quality and we can see that, we have just got to keep working hard and believing in ourselves and the results will keep on coming.”
LEXINGTON, KY – DECEMBER 10: Kentucky Wildcats cheerleaders perform during the game against the Boise State Broncos at Rupp Arena on December 10, 2013 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)It’s a great time to be a Kentucky fan. The Wildcats, who arguably have one of the greatest college basketball teams ever assembled, are sporting a 31-0 record heading into both the SEC Tournament and the NCAA Tournament. One UK supporter apparently wanted to celebrate both his upcoming marriage and Wildcats hoops in the same day.Saturday, a meteorologist named T.G. Shuck tweeted out a photo of his friend’s groom’s cake. It’s made in the shape of a basketball with the Kentucky logo and some cut-down netting.@darrenrovell Grooms cake at my best friend’s wedding tonight! 31-0! pic.twitter.com/LbfrcMoEER— T.G. Shuck (@TGweather) March 8, 2015The groom would have quite a year if he both got married and saw his favorite team win the NCAA Tournament.
Deshaun Watson Clemson TigerjacksClemson quarterback Deshaun Watson is only entering his sophomore year with the Tigers, but it’s clear that he’s going to have to be a leader during the 2015 campaign. It looks like he’s having no problem playing that role so far.Saturday, Clemson posted an Instagram video of Watson leading the team in a round of “Tigerjacks.” It’s a short clip, but it’s enough to get Tigers fan pumped up for the upcoming season. Deshaun Watson leading the Tigerjack breakdown. #ClemsonA video posted by Clemson Football (@clemsonfb) on Aug 15, 2015 at 8:21am PDT Clemson opens with Wofford on Saturday, September 5.
Not many people in the sports world can bring Jim Harbaugh and Urban Meyer toghether, but Dick Vitale is one of them. The legendary college basketball analyst hosted his annual V Foundation gala last night, and many top figures in the college sports world turned out, including the rival Michigan and Ohio State coaches. Harbaugh and Meyer actually teamed up on stage to announce the winner of a raffle for a 2016 Mercedes Benz, and later took a selfie with ESPN’s Chris Fowler.Yes @OhioStateFB Urban Meyer & @umichfootball Jim Harbaugh are on stage together @DickieV gala @TheVFoundation pic.twitter.com/dp3bKQ8TRt— Josh Krulewitz (@jksports) May 14, 2016OK, this Harbaugh/Meyer selfie is focused better. So I’ll also share it for posterity, never to be recreated! pic.twitter.com/siZZt5LXaF— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) May 14, 2016 That is quite the photo. At the end of the night, Vitale announced that the gala, which honored the late Chad Carr, had raised an estimated $2.8 million for pediatric cancer research. A wonderful job by Dickie V, and everyone else involved with the gala this year.
Twitter/@LSUfootballFor LSU football, today was a day to give back to a community still reeling from devastating flooding.The LSU football team took a break from training camp today to give back to those in need. Head coach Les Miles and his players visited the Celtic Media Centre in Baton Rouge to spend time with evacuees from the serious flooding that has plagued the area.Other LSU teams, such as men’s basketball, women’s volleyball and baseball, visited Celtic earlier in the week.The LSU Football team arriving at Celtic Media. pic.twitter.com/RrWhJoyH1Z— LSU Footbal (@LSUfootball) August 18, 2016Some of the media in attendance, including The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger and CBSNews’ Alyssa Estrada, also shared photos and footage. “Y’all got the best team this year, coach.” #LSU pic.twitter.com/y9hrCItlBZ— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) August 18, 2016Awesome job by Miles and his team, and really the entire LSU athletic department, for giving back to their community.It looks like they were able to put a smile on the face of people who could really use one.
Rafa Benitez says he doesn’t have any advice for Jurgen Klopp ahead of the Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham on Saturday night – because the German is experienced enough.Benitez was the last Liverpool manager to lift the trophy in 2005, while Klopp has lost the final twice – in 2013 with Borussia Dortmund, and last year’s Liverpool defeat to Real Madrid.The Spaniard holds a great deal of affection for Liverpool and is hoping to see Jordan Henderson lift the trophy in Madrid, and he trusts in Klopp to get the job done. 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? Asked by the Liverpool Echo if he had any words of wisdom for Klopp, he said: “No! He has enough experience. He doesn’t need any advice.“It’s just try to do things in the same way as you were doing because that’s the reason why you are in the final.”Benitez, now at Newcastle, has enjoyed watching Liverpool’s progress since Klopp took over at Anfield in 2015, a decade after he oversaw their miraculous comeback in Istanbul.But after missing out in the Premier League title race this season and losing three cup finals in the past three seasons, pressure from outside the club is mounting for Klopp to turn progress into silverware.Benitez isn’t worried about the lack of trophies, but he thinks that victory in Madrid could prove a springboard for further success.“The first thing to say is that Jurgen has been doing really well,” he said.“For me, that’s very clear. It’s another kind of challenge.“In our time we didn’t have the money that Liverpool have had in recent years.“They have been improving the team and the squad. To win this final would be a massive achievement.“Again I’d say it would give them more confidence and more belief and more power for the future because it will make them stronger.”“Some people have said that maybe now they’re favourites they will be over-confident but I don’t think so. The experience of last year has to be more positive than negative.“I am sure they will be capable of doing well. But I say it again, beating Tottenham won’t be easy.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
EA Sports have confirmed that FIFA 20 will be released at the end of September.With each new release, the pressure is on the series’ game developers to improve the product and they take a wide range of views into consideration when figuring out which areas need focus.Feedback from professional Esports gamers, casual players, the online community and in-house experts are all heeded as changes are implemented and new features are rolled out. 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? This means EA’s developers are well equipped to give customers what they want while also pursuing their own creative visions for their flagship football game.Ahead of the release of FIFA 20, Goal takes a look at the gameplay changes and new features we can expect.Volta mode – street football Small-sided street football is back in FIFA 20 with the introduction of a new game mode called Volta (which means ‘return’ in Portuguese).Apparently one of the most requested additions from users, the new feature will be much different to the famous FIFA Street series in terms of its authenticity, opting for greater realism.Players will be able to play three-a-side, four-a-side and five-a-side matches using their own individualised character or household names such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.Volta will be playable online – with leagues and so forth – and there will also be a story mode, which will seemingly replace The Journey.A.I. defending, movement & positioning The May edition of EA Sports’ ‘Pitch Notes’ revealed that the next iteration of FIFA will incorporate a number of changes to A.I. defending and movement.’ Planned tackling ‘ will be a new feature that favours manual defending and defending systems overall are being renewed to reward manual defending.Auto tackles and auto blocks will become less likely in FIFA 20 thanks to the planned reduction in ‘contain’ and ‘secondary contain’ effectiveness.As well as that, those who choose to manually defend in a given scenario will benefit from an improved jockey system , which is designed to enhance agility and precision.Furthermore, when defending set-pieces, computer intelligence will be improved in order to make marking match-ups more realistic. So, taller players will try to keep tabs on opponents of a similar height.Passing EA Sports are naturally striving for greater realism in FIFA 20 and things are getting harder, so it should be no surprise to learn that, as with other aspects of gameplay, passing is going to be harder.The pressure of scenario a player finds themselves in will correlate with how difficult it is to complete a pass effectively. So, 180 degree, first-time and awkward position passes will become more prone to interception .Corollary to that though, passes will be easier and there will be less chance of a mistake when a player is under little pressure or has their body positioned well on the pitch when receiving or playing the ball.There will also be a new option to ‘dink’ a through pass on the ground or in the air, while a driven pass-and-go mechanism will be enabled as well.Timed Finishing & one-on-one situations The ‘Timed Finishing’ mechanism that was introduced in FIFA 19 is set to be further fine-tuned in FIFA 20 and it looks like it will become harder to score.The green timing window for timed shots will be reduced in FIFA 20 from two-to-four frames to just two frames for every shot, which means players will need more skill in order to hit the back of the net.As well as that alteration, difficult 180 degree shots will now be less powerful than they were in FIFA 19, while timed shot accuracy will now result in lower precision.Staying on the theme of scoring, volley shots will also be less accurate and result in more volatile outcomes. It will also become more difficult to score headers in a crowded box.While shooting is being tweaked to make it more difficult, gamers will be relieved to learn that one-on-one finishing situations will be easier in FIFA 20.Shooting accuracy will improve in an ‘easy’ scenario – say, an open net – and goalkeepers’ reactions will no longer be ‘superhuman’.Chained skill moves FIFA players who enjoy the rush of breezing past multiple opponents using skill moves will have to be prepared to up their game in FIFA 20.Using skill moves is set to get harder in the next edition, with EA Sports indicating that chances of error increase “exponentially” when chaining more than two skill moves together.Goalkeeper reactions & movement As mentioned, goalkeepers that were seemingly superhuman in FIFA 19 will now be reduced to mere mortals in FIFA 20, with reactions in one-on-one situations altered to reflect reality.When users opt to manually control goalkeepers, they will also notice that the effectiveness of their movement will be reduced from the last game, so that means no more messing around with the ‘sweeper keeper’.Ball physics FIFA 20 will incorporate a new Ball Physics System that is intended to make the game more realistic in terms of how the ball moves through the air.The trajectories of shots will be different as a result, with how the ball spins and bounces fluctuating depending on connection and so on.So expect more ‘knuckleball’ shots in FIFA 20.
It began two years ago by the side of a swimming pool at a luxury Los Angeles apartment, celebrating with best friend Paul Pogba as he became a £75 million Manchester United player.But Romelu Lukaku’s Old Trafford career is ending far sooner than he might have expected, and in ignominious fashion to boot. Warned that he would be expected to train with United’s under-23s, he stayed in his native Belgium to work out with former club Anderlecht until a deal was done to move him to Inter.Just where did it all go wrong for Lukaku in a United shirt? Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? He actually started like an express train, bagging 11 goals in his first 10 outings in the famous red shirt, but would score a more modest 31 times in his remaining 86 appearances as a United player.Even during that early hot streak something just didn’t sit right about him as a Manchester United footballer, not least because vocal supporters were busy causing racism controversies in their choice of song for Lukaku rather than celebrating his magnificent scoring form.And questions were very quickly asked about his suitability to the team when he wasn’t netting with regularity. Without the goals it was hard to make a bulletproof case for him as an unequivocal first choice at the head of United’s line-up.Jose Mourinho said Lukaku should be considered “untouchable” after fans at Old Trafford had reacted with groans following one particularly disappointing showing against Tottenham just a few months into his United career. But the Belgian was never to find anything like the same form from his opening spell at the club and when things got bad, they felt really bad.Under Mourinho there was a lack of the kind of service on which he would normally thrive. United were cagey and laboured in their approach to attacking opponents, leaving Lukaku with few opportunities to get on the end of telling crosses or burst off the shoulder of a retreating defender. Not that he helped himself either. His first touch was letting him down, he seemed to quickly drop his head when things weren’t right and his conversion rate was often unconvincing.Something just didn’t quite fit.In his entire United career, Lukaku would score only once against one of the other top-six clubs, the opener in a 2-1 win over champions Chelsea in February 2018. The fact that it was his only strike in a total of 24 games in all competitions against Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City or Tottenham defined him as a flat-track bully. It didn’t help that a foot injury made him a passenger of a substitute in the FA Cup final loss to the Blues to ensure that his debut campaign ended with a whimper.Coming back from a run to the World Cup semi-finals with Belgium he just couldn’t get going. His first two starts of the new season were memorable for dreadful Lukaku misses in United defeats to Brighton and Spurs, both of them quickly becoming popular memes across social media. By December he had tallied only four goals in 18 games.Lukaku made an appeal for a better understanding of his needs from his United team-mates when asked to address his lack of goals.“With Belgium I’ve been playing for 10 years, since I was 16. Players know me much more,” he told reporters in October 2018.“Here, I still think my teamwork between myself and my team-mates can improve and be much better. It’s something that we’re working on. The players need to know me and know my movement. When that starts clicking I think the results I have with Belgium will also come here.”Paul Scholes, speaking to BT Sport the following month, suggested Lukaku might actually have been trying too hard and losing his value to the side as a result.“It seems like he thinks he has to be a footballer, that he has to come into a number 10 role,” Scholes said. “He doesn’t, that’s the last thing that he needs to do. He’s not got the ability to do that.“His strengths are running in behind, getting on the end of crosses, and the midfield players have to tell him to do that. ‘Don’t come in here, don’t come as a number 10, you can’t play.’“I don’t mean disrespect to him. He’s someone who has to run in behind, and he can finish. He can score goals.”Mourinho’s sacking led to the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer just as Lukaku was given time off for the birth of his first child. By the time the 26-year-old rejoined the fray Rashford had already become the apple of the Norwegian’s eye.Lukaku would get his chances, most memorably grabbing a hat-trick of doubles in consecutive fixtures against Crystal Palace, Southampton and, most stunningly, Paris Saint-Germain, but that run was the exception that largely proved the rule. Solskjaer wanted a mobile front line capable of pulling defenders this way and that, and with the touch and dynamism to back it up. And that is not Big Rom’s type of game.Antonio Conte’s admiration of Lukaku has long been one of the biggest open secrets in football, and a move to Inter has seemed likely for most of the summer. Had he been set to have any kind of future at United he would have played at least some part in pre-season, whatever his apparent injury concerns during the trip to Australia and Asia. But his days have been numbered for a couple of months now.His decision to tweet a copy of the sprint stats of United players in training went down like a lead balloon, and reports suggest he was fined as well as being told by Solskjaer that he wasn’t wanted in first-team training sessions. His no-show this week was the last straw.Lukaku and United never felt quite like a match made in heaven, and as such their acrimonious split should come as little surprise. He scored 42 goals for the club, making him United’s top-scoring forward in both seasons. But in truth it is a tough sell trying to suggest he would have been a significant success in Solskjaer’s rebuild.It ended up being best for all concerned to just move on.
AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 5: Fans cheer on the Texas Longhorns against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks on September 5, 2009 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)It’s common for the referees to face major criticism over the course of a game. This has gone to an extra level in one major college football game today, though.The referees in this afternoon’s Texas-West Virginia game are getting absolutely destroyed, with some saying it’s the worst officiating they’ve ever seen.FOX Sports 1’s Joel Klatt went off on the refs earlier:“It’s an emotional game. They spend all their time, their entire life, getting ready for moments like these. Let’s not take it away from them,” he said.”It’s an emotional game. They spend all their time, their entire life, getting ready for moments like these. Let’s not take it away from them.”@joelklatt on the “too tight” officiating so far in @WVUfootball vs. @TexasFootball pic.twitter.com/ldEX5qS93G— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) November 3, 2018There have been several questionable penalties, including an ejection.ESPN’s Will Cain says it’s the worst officiating he’s ever seen.“No exaggeration, Texas-WVU is the worst officated game I have ever seen. Both teams getting screwed,” he tweeted.No exaggeration, Texas-WVU is the worst officated game I have ever seen. Both teams getting screwed.— Will Cain (@willcain) November 3, 2018Texas is currently leading West Virginia, 28-27.The game is on FOX.
CHAPEL HILL, NC – OCTOBER 07: Ian Book #12 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish rolls out against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the game at Kenan Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Notre Dame is taking on Clemson right now in the College Football Playoff. The Irish finished the regular season 12-0 for the second time under Brian Kelly.In the fourth week of the season, Kelly made a gutsy decision to replace starting quarterback Brandon Wimbush with backup Ian Book. Wimbush was 12-3 as a starter in his career at the time, but the Irish offense was struggling.Book stepped in and played fantastic football for the remainder of the season. He entered today with 2,468 passing yards, 19 touchdowns and six interceptions while completing 70 percent of his passes.Off the field, Book’s relationship seems to be going as steady as his play on it. He is currently in a relationship with a young woman named Ashton Boyd.Boyd herself has posted several recent shots of the happy couple, including one on Christmas.Notre Dame and Book are currently tied with Clemson 3-3 late in the first quarter in Arlington, Tex.You can catch the game on ESPN.
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 08: A member of the Oklahoma Sooners spirit squad celebrates a touchdown against the UCLA Bruins at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Bruins 49-21. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Since Lincoln Riley took over the Oklahoma Sooners in 2017, the offense has been among the best in the nation. But the defense has struggled at times, and one defensive position in particular has the Sooners a bit worried.Speaking to the media this past week per The Oklahoman, Oklahoma defensive coordinator Alex Grinch expressed some concern about the team’s secondary. In the interview, Grinch revealed that the team’s depth is “very, very thin” at those positions.“We’re very, very thin in the secondary, which is alarming, just from a depth standpoint,” Grinch said. “We’ve got some young guys coming in the fall we’re gonna have to plug in.“I’d probably echo that maybe across the board, probably a little bit more thin than we should be at Oklahoma, but that also is a great opportunity for guys to get reps.”While Oklahoma does have the benefit of having all of their defensive backfield starters from last year, the team only has one new face from the Class of 2019, four-star safety Jamal Morris.Oklahoma’s other three defensive backs that were recruited are not slated to arrive until later this year.Grinch made his bones coaching the secondary at programs across the country. He is in his first year at Oklahoma working as defensive coordinator and safeties coach after serving as co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach at Ohio State last season.The Sooners’ scoring defense has been in the bottom half of the FBS since 2016, so the faster Grinch is able to bring the team up to speed, the better it bodes for them.[The Oklahoman]
Siraj Quereshi AgraApril 4, 2019UPDATED: April 4, 2019 22:27 IST Mulayam Singh Yadav. (File photo)The Samajwadi Party (SP) leadership in Agra is shocked and surprised after local leader Ram Sakal Gurjar joined the BJP. Gurjar has been a long-time aide of SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav and had also served as Uttar Pradesh’s sports minister. He joined the BJP in New Delhi on Wednesday (April 3).While senior party leaders refused to comment on this, local SP leaders in Agra were openly vocal against Ram Sakal Gurjar. They accused him of “backstabbing” Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav and party president Akhilesh Yadav by joining hands with the BJP.Besides Gurjar, former Fatehabad MLA Rajendra Singh also returned to the BJP after a brief stint in the Samajwadi Party. It is being rumoured that Rajendra Singh was the brain behind convincing Gurjar to join the BJP.Samajwadi Party Agra (city) president Wajid Nisar said Hurjar’s political career was built by the SP. “He will never get the same respect in the BJP as he got in the SP. Gurjar should be aware that the Narendra Modi government is not returning to power in May. When that happens, the SP-BSP alliance will not accept him back in the party, no matter how much he pleads.”SP’s district president Ram Sahai Yadav said, “Gurjar has his eyes set on the UP assembly elections that will be held in 2022. He plans to contest it on a BJP ticket, thinking that a BJP tag will ensure his victory. He should know that outside the Samajwadi Party, he is nothing except a backstabber who will be discarded by the BJP when his utility is over.”advertisementALSO READ | Will your acche din manifesto come after polls, Akhilesh Yadav ridicules BJPALSO READ | Modi would’ve said he killed Ravana had he gone to Sri Lanka: Ajit SinghALSO READ | Your complete guide for 2019 Lok Sabha electionsALSO WATCH | Case registered against SP leader for sexist remarks against Jaya PradaGet 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 byMukesh Rawat Tags :Follow AgraFollow Samajwadi PartyFollow Uttar PradeshFollow elections 2019 Muylayam Singh Yadav’s aide Ram Sakal Gurjar joins BJP, SP calls him backstabberRam Sakal Gurjar, a long-time aide of Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav quit the party and joined BJP on Wednesdayadvertisement
Next Let me announce my retirement when the moment comes: Iker CasillasIker Casillas had suffered a heart attack during a training session with his current team, FC Porto, casting major doubt about his ability to continue in the sport.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service MadridJune 13, 2019UPDATED: June 13, 2019 21:24 IST Iker Casillas says that he is yet undecided about his future in professional football (Reuters Photo)Former Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas on Thursday said he had not yet decided whether he would retire from the sport after suffering a heart attack amid rumours in several Portuguese newspapers that he would hang up his gloves before the start of the next season.Casillas, on his Twitter account, reshared a previous tweet in which he said he was yet undecided about his future in the sport, reported Efe news.In the original tweet, published just over two weeks after his heart attack on May 1, the former Real Madrid goalie said: “Retirement, there will be a day that I’ll have to retire. Let me announce this when the moment comes. For now … everyone relax! I had an appointment yesterday with Dr. Filipe Macedo. Everything is ok. This is great news that I would like to share with all of you!”In his retweet, he said: “The same from this tweet from one month ago, except the part of the meeting with the Doctor. More than anything because my appointment is tomorrow. Big hug to everyone.”The former Real Madrid captain suffered a heart attack during a training session with his current team, FC Porto, casting major doubt about his ability to continue in the sport.Casillas’ personal situation got even more complicated when his wife, journalist Sara Carbonero, announced that she went through a malignant ovarian tumour surgery on May 21.On June 6, various Portuguese newspapers said that Casillas met Pinto da Costa, President of FC Porto, where he was offered the possibility to continue working in the club, but as part of the technical staff.advertisementCasillas made his professional debut with Real Madrid under then coach, Welshman John Benjamin Toshack, against Athletic Bilbao in September 1999 in San Mames at the age of 19.At Real Madrid, Casillas was in the team that won the UEFA Champions League three times, LaLiga five times, the Copa del Rey twice, the Spanish Super Cup four times and the FIFA Club World Cup twice.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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Iker CasillasFollow Sara Carbonero
Not a big deal: Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib defends Rashid Khan after England assaultEngland vs Afghanistan, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib backed Rashid Khan, saying his “star player” had an off day against England in Manchester on Tuesday. Rashid conceded 110 runs in 9 overs — the most expensive figures in World Cup history. advertisement Next Reuters ManchesterJune 19, 2019UPDATED: June 19, 2019 09:01 IST World Cup 2019: Rashid Khan gave away 110 runs in 9 overs vs England (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSRashid Khan finished with figures of 110 for 0 vs England on TuesdayEveryone knows how good he is… I think it was not his day today: Gulbadin NaibEngland moved to the top of the World Cup 2019 table after Tuesday’s winAfghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib defended spin spearhead Rashid Khan after the 20-year-old bore the brunt of Eoin Morgan’s record-breaking assault in their World Cup loss to England on Tuesday.The spin-heavy Asians pinned their hopes on Rashid, the poster boy of Afghan cricket, who tops the list of T20 bowlers and is ranked third in the ODI list, to contain England’s formidable batting order.But as he embarked on the job, the spunky leg-spinner soon found himself in the firing line of Morgan’s six-hitting spree and eventually logged the worst bowling figures in World Cup history – 110 runs off nine overs without a single wicket.Naib said he had not seen a knock like Morgan’s and what Rashid endured could happen to any player.”Not really,” Naib told a news conference when asked if Rashid had disappointed him at Old Trafford.”He’s one of the best spinners, he’s a star player in world cricket. It can happen with any player, not just Rashid.”Everyone knows how good he is and how he bowls. I think it was not his day today.”But it’s cricket, sometimes you do well, sometimes this kind of stuff happens. I’m happy with him. I don’t think it’s a big deal.”Rashid did create an opportunity when he induced Morgan, then on 28, into a slog-sweep but Dawlat Zadran misjudged the skier and spilled it near deep midwicket boundary.Morgan went on to blast a career-best 148, which included a record-shattering 17 sixes, including seven off Rashid’s bowling.Gulbadin Naib rues missed chance against Eoin MorganadvertisementNaib felt it was the turning point in the match.”We missed a catch of Morgan, maybe we lost the game there,” said the Afghan captain who claimed 3-68.England were 164-2 after 30 overs before Morgan exploded, with the hosts plundering 142 runs in the last 10 overs.”Had we taken that catch, they would not have scored this much. They are a strong side, they did not give us any chance in the match,” Naib said.”Credit goes to Morgan. He showed his class. I’ve never seen this kind of batting,” Naib said.Afghanistan stay rooted to the bottom of the points table after their five defeats in as many matches but their 247-8 was their highest total in World Cup and also the first time they batted out full 50 overs.”We’re improving everyday, we trying to do well every day. It’s a good thing for the team that we played 50 overs today. I think it’s a positive sign.”Also Read | Didn’t think I could produce an innings like that: Eoin Morgan after six-laden 148 vs AfghanistanAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Pitch invader knocks off zing bails during England vs Afghanistan matchAlso 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 Rashid KhanFollow England vs AfghanistanFollow World Cup 2019Follow Afghanistan cricket teamFollow Gulbadin Naib
MS Dhoni mature enough to take decision on retirement: Sanjay JagdaleSanjay Jagdale, a former BCCI secretary, has said that Dhoni is mature enough to take decision on his retirement. He also added that the Indian team currently has no viable alternative to Dhoni as wicketkeeper-batsman.advertisement Press Trust of India IndoreJuly 19, 2019UPDATED: July 19, 2019 18:15 IST India’s M.S. Dhoni walks back after getting dismissed during the 1st Semi-final match (IANS)HIGHLIGHTSThe selectors should also inform Dhoni in what capacity they want to see him in the future, said Sanjay JadgaleJagdale said it would be improper to say that as a cricketer Dhoni has erredKeeping future in mind, young wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant should be given opportunity, said JagdaleAmid speculation that Mahendra Singh Dhoni is contemplating retirement, former national selector Sanjay Jagdale Friday said the M S K Prasad-led selection panel should find out what was going on in the veteran wicket-keeper’s mind about his future.However, Jagdale, a former BCCI secretary, asserted that Dhoni was mature enough to take a call on his retirement from limited overs cricket.The 38-year-old 2011 Word Cup-winning captain, whose finishing abilities with the bat has been on the wane, would be the centre of discussion when the national selection committee meets in Mumbai Sunday to pick up squads for the West Indies series starting next month.”Dhoni is a great player and has always selflessly played for India. In my opinion, the Indian team currently has no viable alternative to Dhoni as wicketkeeper-batsman, Jagdale told PTI.There is intense speculation that the Jharkhand player, who opted out of Test cricket in 2014, is mulling retirement even though he himself has remained tight-lipped about his future plans.Thus, Dhoni’s selection or omission for the West Indies tour would be an indicator of things to come in the future.”Dhoni is mature enough to take a decision on his retirement. But the (national) selectors should meet him to find out what is going on in his mind about his professional future as was done in the case of Sachin Tendulkar before his retirement, added Jagdale (68), a former office-bearer of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association.”The selectors should also inform Dhoni in what capacity they want to see him in the future, he said.advertisementDhoni was criticised for slow batting during the World Cup, where India’s campaign ended in the semi-finals, but Jagdale, a former first-class player, defended the ex-captain, saying he played as per the situation.”Dhoni played in the World Cup as per the team’s requirement. In the semi-final also he was batting as per the same strategy but unfortunately he got run out at a crucial moment (in the game), he said.Jagdale said it would be improper to say that as a cricketer Dhoni has erred.”It is not expected from a 38-year-old player to play with the same energy and vigour that he displayed in his prime days.Taking a dig at those criticising Dhoni, Jagdale said, “Even those players are criticising him who have not played well in their career. However, only true players know Dhoni’s worth.”However, Jagdale said keeping future in mind, young wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant should be given opportunity.”Before the World Cup, Pant should have been included in the ODI team alongside Dhoni as Pant could have learned from him,” said Jagdale.Pant (21) was not in the World Cup squad, but was called as a replacement for injured opener Shikhar Dhawan.Read more | Sachin Tendulkar reveals most memorable moment of career after ICC Hall of Fame honourAlso 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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow former BCCI secretaryFollow Dhoni retirement
Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 22, 2019UPDATED: July 22, 2019 20:02 IST Players in action during an 2018-19 ISL match between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTS6 major I-League clubs are not happy with the way AIFF is running the sport in IndiaThe major issue of contention is the status of ISL as the premier football league in IndiaThe clubs have also sought an inquiry into the functioning of the AIFFTop I-League clubs such as Minerva Punjab, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal have written to FIFA president Gianni Infantino, asking for his help in their fight for survival in Indian football.Churchill Brothers, Aizawl FC and Gokulam Kerala FC are among the six clubs to have written to the sport’s global body, with Minerva Punjab owner Ranjit Bajaj signing the letter.The clubs’ biggest bone of contention is the top tier status accorded to Indian Super League by the All India Football Federation as per the Master Right Agreement (MRA) signed between the AIFF and IMG-Reliance in 2010.”Recent media reports and press statements from the AIFF itself have indicated that the AIFF is seeking to make the ISL, which came into existence in 2013, the senior most league in the country, whereas I-League, that dates back to 2007 when it was launched as India’s first-ever professional football league is sought to be made into a second tier and inferior league,” the clubs wrote in the letter.This comes days after the aggrieved clubs wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, briefing him about the crisis facing Indian football.The clubs also requested Infantino to set up an enquiry to probe the manner in which the AIFF is functioning.”There is a sharp decline in the standard of Indian football. Football is one of the most popular sports in the world, including India, but this popularity has not been matched by necessary and good administration as far as the national body is concerned,” the letter further read.advertisementEarlier this month, AIFF president Praful Patel assured the I-League clubs that their future is secure and said he would approach the AFC to ensure that I-League continues to co-exist with the ISL for another 2-3 years.Regarding the franchise-based league, the clubs said in the letter, “The ISL is a purely commercial venture played by franchise-based clubs owned by the clubs. It has no relevance. More importantly, players invariably are in the 35-plus age bracket. Players who have no takers abroad are roped in, leading to a decline in the standard of Indian football.”ISL is just like the IPL of football and so the question that arises is how can a purely commercial league be made into the senior-most league of the country which has no international recognition or standing.Also Read | 2022 FIFA WC Qualifiers: India clubbed with Qatar, Oman, Afghanistan and BangladeshAlso Read | Influential Pogba must stay at Manchester United, says Juan MataFor 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 FIFAFollow AIFFFollow i-leagueFollow ISL Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and 4 other I-League clubs write to FIFA asking for helpMinerva Punjab, Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, Churchill Brothers, Aizawl FC and Gokulam Kerala FC have written to FIFA asking the world body to take action against ISL becoming the top priority for the All India Football Federation.advertisement Next
Next Reuters ZurichJuly 26, 2019UPDATED: July 26, 2019 16:12 IST Liverpool will play FIFA Club World Cup as European Champions. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLiverpool enter the competition in the semi-final stage and take on a second-round winner on Dec. 18FIFA had said it would revamp the tournament to feature 24 teams from 2021Three teams for this year have been confirmed with European champions LiverpoolThe penultimate edition of the Club World Cup in its current format featuring seven teams will kick off in Qatar on Dec. 11 with the final taking place 10 days later, global soccer governing body FIFA announced on Friday.FIFA had said it would revamp the tournament to feature 24 teams from 2021, with Qatar hosting the final two editions in the old style as test events for the World Cup which the Gulf state will host in 2022.Three teams for this year have been confirmed with European champions Liverpool joining CONCACAF champions CF Monterrey and Oceania’s Hienghene Sport. The club representing hosts Qatar will depend on the ongoing AFC Champions League.If a team from Qatar are champions, they qualify directly for the second round … with the runners-up playing the opening match against Hienghene Sport on Dec. 11, FIFA said in a statement.If the AFC Champions League winners are not a club from Qatar, the current holders of the Qatar Stars League title, Al Sadd SC, play the opening match against Hienghene Sport.Participating teams from Africa, Asia and South America will be determined in the coming months. The draw for the second round and semi-final matches will take place at FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich on Sept. 16.Liverpool enter the competition in the semi-final stage and take on a second-round winner on Dec. 18.Also 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 FIFAFollow Club World Cup FIFA Club World Cup to kick off on December 11Liverpool are one of the four teams who have been confirmed to take part in the FIFA Club World Cup at the semi-final stage, which includes Mexico’s Monterrey, New Caledonia’s Hienghene Sport Al-Sadd from Qatari.advertisement
Ballon d’Or organizer explains why Neymar was left off listNeymar was suspended for PSG’s first two Champions League group-stage games this season for insulting the match officials who gave Man United a decisive stoppage-time penalty.advertisement Associated Press ParisOctober 23, 2019UPDATED: October 23, 2019 07:42 IST Brazil’s Neymar in action during the Brazil Global Tour 2019 international friendly. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPSG forward Neymar was left out of the Ballon d’Or shortlistThe organizers said the black years justified Neymar’s failure to be nominatedNeymar has never won the Ballon d’OrToo many injuries. A Champions League ban for insulting match officials. Hitting a fan after losing the French Cup final. Agitating for a transfer from Paris Saint-Germain.Neymar’s absence from the list of 30 Ballon d’Or candidates was explained Tuesday by France Football magazine which organizes the prestigious award.The magazine said events in what it called Neymar’s “année noire” (black year) justified his failure to be nominated for the first time since 2010.On the field, Neymar was injured and missed many key games, including Brazil’s Copa America title run and PSG’s Champions League Round of 16 exit against Manchester United.Neymar was suspended for PSG’s first two Champions League group-stage games this season for insulting the match officials who gave Man United a decisive stoppage-time penalty.The Paris-based magazine also criticized the “summer soap opera” of Neymar’s failed attempts to force a move from PSG back to his former club Barcelona.Neymar has never won the Ballon d’Or. He was third in 2015 and 2017.Also Read | Ballon d’Or 2019: Ronaldo, Messi and Van Dijk on longlistAlso Read | Jurgen Klopp criticises VAR after Liverpool draw at Manchester United: This is an issue we have to discussFor 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 byAnita Jat Next
The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now Editors’ Recommendations The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now Dominique Pinto—better known by her stage name, Dom La Nena—released her second full-length album, Soyo, earlier this month through Six Degrees Records. Since the 2013 release of her debut album, Ela, Dom has released the four-track Golondrina EP—featuring a stunning cover of The National’s “Start a War”—a set of remixes titled Ela Por Eles, and a collaboration with Rosemary Standley titled Birds on a Wire. Having learned the cello from a young age, the instrument plays a major role on all each record. Along with Dom’s quiet voice, the cello brings an element of intimacy to the music.Her voice and cello find companions in other chamber folk elements like the piano. The final result has garnered Dom La Nena comparisons to Brian Wilson (Wall Street Journal), Joanna Newsom (Time Out New York), Cat Power (Pop Dose), and more abstractly “the shadow of Lhasa like an angel passing by” (Voir).After the release of Ela, Dom spent the better part of two years touring internationally, and Soyo‘s sound reflects on that experience as it builds from the base that Ela created. After sketching the songs out on her own, Dom recruited Marcelo Camelo (formerly of Los Hermanos) to produce Soyo. The two collaborated to expand the tracks, including elements of indie rock and Latin dance forms. Ultimately, every instrument on Soyo was performed by Camelo or Dom herself.Dom La Nena’s new album, Soyo, is available on Amazon, iTunes, and Bandcamp. The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Why Are All These Celebrities Shotgunning Beers?