October 2019

10 months agoWatford boss Gracia: Doucoure? The owners must decide

first_imgWatford boss Gracia: Doucoure? The owners must decideby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Javi Gracia retains hope of keeping hold of Abdoulaye Doucoure.The French midfielder is being linked with PSG as a replacement for wantaway playmaker Adrien Rabiot.Gracia told Sky Sports: “Last season, every week we talked about Liverpool or Everton, all the clubs that were interested in him. We can still talk about it. For me, Doucouré is a great player, a very important player for us. “I do not know what will happen. It does not surprise me that other clubs want to sign him because he is a very good player.”He added: “It’s important for the club and the owner to know how important he is to us. But after that, they will choose what is best for the club. Sometimes, some players, like last season with Richarlison, decide themselves. It could happen again. We do not want him to leave, but it’s football.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoLiverpool defender Van Dijk: Everyone wants to beat us

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool defender Van Dijk: Everyone wants to beat usby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk insists they can handle being a big target this season.Liverpool became the first side since AC Milan in 1994 to lose the first match of their Champions League defence and the 2-0 reverse in Naples, which featured a rare Van Dijk mistake, has put pressure on their next game against Red Bull Salzburg in two weeks. “Everyone wants to beat us, no matter what competition,” said Van Dijk.”That’s something we have to deal with, but that’s not going to be a problem — we have to enjoy it as well.”For Napoli to win their first game is obviously big, for us to lose our first game is obviously not want we wanted. We have to try to win our other games and we now focus on going to Chelsea.” last_img read more

5 days agoMan Utd midfielder Andreas Pereira under no illusions about size of Liverpool clash

first_imgMan Utd midfielder Andreas Pereira under no illusions about size of Liverpool clashby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira is under no illusions about the size of their clash with Liverpool today.Pereira was born in Belgium and plays for Brazil, but he was reared in the United academy and knows how important beating Liverpool is for everyone connected to the club.”I think you can compare it with Boca Juniors-River Plate, Santos-Corinthians, Flamengo-Fluminense,” he told United Review.”It’s one of the biggest derbies like El Clasico – Real Madrid versus Barcelona – and one of the biggest games, not only in England but in the world.”Everyone will be watching and it’s most important for us, and for the fans.”I always watched these games at home with my dad and my family. You know, I was always very curious and supporting United.”I think it means a lot to us. It’s one of the most important games of the year – it’s the derby and we absolutely want to win this game.”We will do absolutely everything to win it. I know we’re not living the best moment right now, and we’re not getting results, but I think it’s a derby and it is always a different game.”Absolutely, we want to win it – everyone at the club, everyone in the team and the staff.”We all want to do everything to win the game and it can be a nice bounce back and provide a nice lift for us to start getting results.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

6 Members Of UNLV’s 1990 Title Team Got Matching “R.I.P. Coach Tark” Tattoos

first_imgNCAA basketballs sitting in a ball rack on the court.SUNRISE, FL – DECEMBER 21: NCAA basketballs in a rack on the court during the shoot-around proipr to the game between the Florida Gators and the Fresno State Bulldogs during the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic on December 21, 2013 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. Florida defeated Fresno State 66-49. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)The 1990 UNLV basketball team, which defeated Duke by 30 points in the NCAA title game to win its only national championship, was one of the most tightly-knit squads in the sport’s history. And while 25 years may have passed since the team accomplished the feat, it’s clear that they’re still as close as ever.Earlier this week, former Runnin’ Rebels head coach Jerry Tarkanian passed away at the age of 84. To pay homage to their former coach, six former UNLV players – Larry Johnson, Stacey Augmon, James Jones, Anderson Hunt, Mo Scurry and Chris Jeter – got matching tattoos celebrating his life and their 1990 squad.Johnson and Augmon documented the entire process on Twitter early Wednesday morning.Rip coach Tark LJ Ice Hunt Nice Jeter Mo Scurry pic.twitter.com/4U3cekWNYc— Larry Johnson (@TheRealLJ2) February 18, 2015This is how we remember Coach Tark pic.twitter.com/y3UESuDDcH— Larry Johnson (@TheRealLJ2) February 18, 2015Roommate first, Ice pic.twitter.com/aw7moxPLTX— Larry Johnson (@TheRealLJ2) February 18, 2015MVP Hunt Nice pic.twitter.com/wckyWkplw1— Larry Johnson (@TheRealLJ2) February 18, 2015It’s on me now. pic.twitter.com/k9k0wKSv5m— Larry Johnson (@TheRealLJ2) February 18, 2015James jones pic.twitter.com/tCh9XmWsRu— realstaceyaugmon (@staceyaugmon) February 18, 2015Chris jeter pic.twitter.com/XxY995GuB3— realstaceyaugmon (@staceyaugmon) February 18, 2015Anderson hunt. MVP pic.twitter.com/TGaJkKEq5v— realstaceyaugmon (@staceyaugmon) February 18, 2015Mo scurry pic.twitter.com/Oc3JNdQOvF— realstaceyaugmon (@staceyaugmon) February 18, 2015RIP COACH TARK pic.twitter.com/QyetgoAQFy— realstaceyaugmon (@staceyaugmon) February 18, 2015Very cool. We’ll see if any other members of the team follow suit.last_img read more

Ohio State’s Cardale Jones Claims He’s Transferring To Akron, Then Claims “May Fools”

first_imgCardale Jones says thank you to OSU in joke on twitter for "May fools".Cardale Jones May Fools 5Typically, people use April 1st as the date to troll their friends with some kind of unbelievable joke. Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones apparently celebrates the holiday a month late. Friday, Jones took to Twitter to claim that he is transferring to Akron after a “rough decision” on his part.After a few minutes, he came clean, joking that he’d pulled a “May Fools” joke on everyone.It was a rough decision but I think it’s best for me, like to thank OSU for this amazing opportunity but my time here has came to an end— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) May 1, 2015#NewBeginning #FreshStart— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) May 1, 2015#ZipNation— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) May 1, 2015MAY FOOLS— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) May 1, 2015Jones tried to sell the joke hard, even changing his Twitter bio and background page to reflect his new team.Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 2.29.37 PMJones is probably the frontrunner for the starting job at Ohio State, so this would have been a shocker. Instead, it was merely some Friday afternoon entertainment.last_img read more

Report: Leverkusen 3 Bayern 1

first_imgBayer Leverkusen came from behind to beat Bayern Munich 3-1 and land another damaging blow against the champions’ Bundesliga title defence.Ex-Borussia Dortmund head coach Peter Bosz did his former club a huge favour despite Leon Goretzka giving Bayern a 41st-minute lead.Leon Bailey launched a fabulous free-kick into the top-left corner before Kevin Volland and substitute Lucas Alario sealed victory for a vibrant Leverkusen, who move up to seventh in the table. 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? Instead of being punished for their 1-1 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt, Dortmund’s lead over Bayern at the summit edges up to seven points.Mats Hummels survived an early penalty shout for handball when he blocked Volland’s shot at close quarters.Leverkusen centre-back Sven Bender required treatment after a pair of brave challenges to deny Robert Lewandowski, but his team fell behind shortly before the interval.Kingsley Coman made the most of the hosts’ high line to charge in on goal. Lukas Hradecky saved but Thomas Muller sent the ball back into the box from the right for Goretzka to head home.Lewandowski thought he had made it 2-0 in first-half stoppage time, but a VAR review confirmed he was fractionally offside before stylishly converting Coman’s pass.Bosz’s men made the most of that let-off by restarting on the front foot and Bailey’s wonderful strike brought them level after Coman tripped Volland.Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich scampered towards the same corner to claw Julian Brandt’s 60th-minute volley behind.Coman continued to lead a flagging Bayern challenge and they were clinically sliced apart as Karim Bellarabi crossed for Volland to slot past the advancing Ulreich.James Rodriguez had a close-range header blocked but a late Bayern onslaught never truly materialised before Alario dispatched Brandt’s low cross in the 87th minute.FINALA massive result for the Werkself!!3 great goals and 3 points!#B04FCB | 3-1 pic.twitter.com/JtlxGR84fO— Bayer 04 Leverkusen (@bayer04_en) February 2, 2019What does it mean?Attacking verve, a relentless tempo and a perilously high defensive line – the year Bosz spent contemplating his Dortmund exit has not shaken his principles on the evidence of this thrilling Leverkusen display. Bayern must now make up seven points over the remaining 14 games, with the Bundesliga title slipping a little more from their once-firm gasp.Brilliant Bailey back in the grooveLeverkusen winger Bailey established himself as one of the most sought-after young talents in Europe last season. His absence from January transfer gossip was indicative of a hard slog this term and the 21-year-old had one goal from 25 appearances in all competitions heading into the Bayern match. Hopefully a picture-book goal proves a catalyst as he adapts to an expansive style under Bosz that should suit his talents.Sule fooled on winnerBayern’s defence regularly appeared ill at ease with Leverkusen’s livewire forward line and centre-back Niklas Sule erred badly on the second goal. His decision to leave Volland and launch a desperate lunge on Bellarabi in full flight was flawed in both conception and execution. The Germany international will also not look back on Alario’s goal with any fondness.Key Opta facts- Bayern suffered their fourth league defeat of the season, the same as in the whole of 2017-18.- Efficient: Three of the four Leverkusen shots on target found the back of the net.- David Alaba made his 328th appearance for Bayern in all competitions, drawing level with Uli Hoeneß. What’s next?Bayern travel to Hertha Berlin in the DFB-Pokal on Wednesday, 24 hours after Leverkusen take on Heidenheim of 2.Bundesliga in the same competition. read morelast_img read more

Ohio State’s Greg Schiano Reportedly In Car Accident That Hospitalized Bicyclist

first_imgOhio State's Greg Schiano.Greg Schiano/Ohio State.Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano was in a car accident today.The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano was involved in a car accident this morning in which a bicyclist was injured. Schiano is OK, but the bicyclist has been hospitalized.“We are very concerned about the young man who was injured in this accident,” an Ohio State spokesman told The Dispatch. “Our concern lies with supporting him in every way we can at this time.”#OhioState defensive coordinator Greg Schiano was involved in a car accident this morning in which a bicyclist was injured. 1/— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) September 23, 2016Schiano worked today and is apparently uninjured. The bicyclist has been hospitalized. The accident occurred at Lane Ave/Fred Taylor. 2/— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) September 23, 2016Accident is being investigated by Columbus police. OSU police also came to scene but it’s under Columbus jurisdiction. 3/— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) September 23, 2016From OSU spokesman: “We are very concerned about the young man who was injured in this accident.”… 4/— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) September 23, 2016OSU spokesman, cont. “…Our concern lies with supporting him in every way we can at this time.”— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) September 23, 2016Here’s our story (to be updated) about the accident involving OSU asst coach Greg Schiano and a bicyclist: https://t.co/3g5aQ1FROi— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) September 23, 2016Schiano, 50, is in his first year as Ohio State’s defensive coordinator.The Buckeyes (3-0) have a bye this weekend before hosting Rutgers, where Schiano coached, at Ohio Stadium next Saturday.[The Dispatch]last_img read more

Copa America 2019 on US TV: How to watch & live stream

first_imgFive years after the World Cup, Brazil is preparing to host another major international tournament with the Copa America returning to its shores for the first time since 1989.The action will take place across six venues in five host cities. The opening game is in Sao Paulo on Friday when hosts Brazil take on Bolivia, with the final taking place at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro on July 7.Chile are the two-time defending champions having triumphed on home soil on 2015 and the special centenary tournament in the US the following year. 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? It will be the last Copa America to be hosted in an odd-numbered year. The tournament will also take place in 2020 and then every four years going forward in order to synchronise with the European Championships. This is also the last tournament to feature 12 teams, with 16 teams entering from 2020 onwards.This year sees Qatar, hosts of the 2022 World Cup, make their Copa America debut and in doing some become the first Arab nation to compete in the tournament. Japan will also feature for the second time and the first since 1999. The presence of Qatar and Japan means the USA miss out. The USMNT finished fourth in their home tournament three years ago after a 4-0 defeat to Argentina in the semi-final before losing 1-0 to Colombia in the third-place play-off.That was the fourth time the US had competed as an invited nation in the Copa America after the 1993, 1995 and 2007 tournaments.However, they will not be present in Brazil along with Mexico, who miss out despite having been an invited team at every tournament since 1993. It means this will be the first Copa America where there have been no teams from CONCACAF competing.With the excitement building ahead of the big kick-off here is how you can watch the action in the US:In the English language, no games will be shown on TV. Instead all 26 matches will be streamed online via subscription service ESPN+.In Spanish language, Telemundo and UNIVERSO have split the rights to the games with 21 matches being broadcast on Telemundo and four matches on Universo.For users on the go, you can stream all the matches on Telemundo Deportes En Vivo or Universo NOW.last_img read more

The No. 3 QB In The 2020 Class Has Named His “Team To Beat”

first_imgjack miller warms up for gameThe recruitment for one of the top quarterbacks in the 2020 class is coming to a close. A clear leader has been named, too.Jack Miller, the No. 3 pro-style QB in the 2020 class, has significant interest from Auburn, Alabama, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State, among other programs. LSU, South Carolina and Ole Miss have offered him, too.The Arizona native says he’s close to making a decision. The Buckeyes are the leader.Miller recently visited Columbus for an Ohio State recruiting event. He spoke to reporters after the event and admitted that the Buckeyes are his team to beat.The Buckeyes are the school to beat for Jack Miller, by the way. pic.twitter.com/5eWl6uU8Mh— Tony Gerdeman (@TonyGerdeman) June 23, 2018Miller says he plans on making a decision soon. The four-star quarterback has a couple of more visits to make and then a decision should some.At this point, a commitment to any school but Ohio State would be a surprise. The Buckeyes have 92 percent of the predictions on 247Sports’ “Crystal Ball.”last_img read more

Urban Meyer Announces Injury Update For Star DE Nick Bosa

first_imgNick Bosa celebrates a sack during game against Michigan.COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: Nick Bosa #97 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates a sack against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Urban Meyer issued a new injury update for star defensive lineman Nick Bosa at his weekly press conference this afternoon. Ohio State’s best defensive player remains out with an injury.Bosa, who underwent a procedure following the Buckeyes’ win over TCU, will be out for a couple of more weeks at least, Meyer announced.This is a blow to Ohio State, which is getting ready for, arguably, its biggest game of the season. The Buckeyes are set to travel to State College, Pa. to take on No. 9 Penn State.Meyer announced this afternoon that Bosa will not be ready for that game.“Nick Bosa is still not ready. It’s going to be a few more weeks,” Meyer announced at his weekly Monday press conference.Bosa, the potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, had played at a ridiculously elite level through Ohio State’s first two-plus games. His play was actually getting him some Heisman Trophy hype.Ohio State and Penn State are set to kick off at 7:30 p.m. E.T. on Saturday. The game will be televised on ABC.last_img read more

Ohio State Is Missing 2 Key Starters vs. Minnesota Today

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Ohio State is getting ready for kickoff against Minnesota at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes will apparently be without a couple of key starters.OSU’s defense, which has struggled at times this season, is missing two key starters against the Golden Gophers today.Urban Meyer’s team will be without Jonathon Cooper and Malik Harrison.Eleven Warriors has the details:Both Cooper and Harrison left last week’s game against Indiana and were in concussion protocol this week, but neither will play against the Gophers.In their place, Justin Hilliard was warming up with the first-team defense and looks to get the start at linebacker while Jashon Cornell looks to get the start at defensive end opposite of Chase Young.Cornell and Hilliard committed on the same day as part of the 2015 class, now they’ll make their first starts together.Ohio State and Minnesota are set to kick off at noon.The game will be on FOX.last_img read more

Ohio State Player Taunts Michigan After Win vs. Michigan State

first_imgUrban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh meet after a game.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 25: Urban Meyer head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines shake hands after the game. Ohio State won 31 to 20 on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)An Ohio State player took a shot at the entire state of Michigan following the Buckeyes’ big win over Michigan State today.Urban Meyer’s team improved to 9-1 on the season with a 26-6 win over the Spartans in East Lansing, Michigan.Ohio State is now one game away from its regular season finale against Michigan.The Buckeyes are definitely looking forward to that one.Ohio State defensive back Jeff Okudah posted the following photo on Instagram:“I’ve always hated this state…” he writes.Well played.Ohio State and Michigan are set to meet at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Nov. 24. We can’t wait for that one.last_img read more

College Football Expert Reveals Score Predictions For Week 1 Games

first_imgGeneric photo of footballs in an end zone.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)College football is finally back, and this weekend will feature a handful of marquee matchups. With Week 1 officially upon us, there are a plethora of predictions being made around the country.Florida and Miami kicked off the 2019 on Saturday with an intense showdown that went down to the wire. Ultimately, Dan Mullen and the Gators were able to get past the Hurricanes.We’ll see more non-conference games this weekend, including an important game between Auburn and Oregon. It’s crucial for the Pac-12 to land an early victory over the SEC.In honor of Week 1 of the regular season, Associated Press national college football writer Ralph D. Russo revealed his score predictions for all the big games.Here are the main predictions from Russo:Clemson wins 35-3 over Georgia TechWisconsin wins 31-21 over South FloridaAlabama wins 42-10 over DukeGeorgia wins 42-14 over VanderbiltOhio State wins 51-21 over Florida AtlanticLSU wins 38-14 over Georgia SouthernMichigan wins 48-10 over Middle Tennessee Texas wins 35-13 over Louisiana TechAuburn wins 24-21 over OregonIowa wins 42-14 over Miami (OH)Nebraska wins 56-24 over South AlabamaOklahoma wins 59-28 over Houston Notre Dame wins 42-14 over Louisville Russo didn’t have many upsets to share for this weekend, but he does have Liberty narrowly defeating Syracuse.You can see all of Russo’s predictions involving for Week 1 here.last_img read more

Dwayne Haskins Sends Message To Ezekiel Elliott After Cowboys-Redskins

first_imgEzekiel Elliott celebrates during the playoff game against Seattle.ARLINGTON, TEXAS – JANUARY 05: Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys does the “feed me” gesture after a first down in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks during the Wild Card Round at AT&T Stadium on January 05, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Ezekiel Elliott and Dwayne Haskins didn’t play together at Ohio State, though the Buckeye brotherhood was on full display on Sunday.The former star Buckeyes running back and star Buckeyes quarterback shared a heartfelt moment on the field after the Cowboys’ 31-21 win on Sunday.Elliott and Haskins exchanged jerseys on the field.Zeke and Dwayne exchanging jerseys after the game 🐐🐐 pic.twitter.com/fwWkX1icTD— Barstool OSU (@BarstoolOSU) September 15, 2019 Haskins and Elliott then exchanged messages on Twitter.Big brooo @EzekielElliott appreciate you for everything 🤝 https://t.co/be0Bkux8Sz— Dwayne Haskins, Jr🌹 (@dh_simba7) September 15, 2019All love brotha https://t.co/OWGz36xWBH— Ezekiel Elliott (@EzekielElliott) September 16, 2019Elliott had 23 carries for 111 yards and one touchdown in the win over the Redskins, as the Cowboys improved to 2-0.It was a big day for former Buckeyes, as Devin Smith scored a big touchdown for Dallas in the first half.last_img read more

Hardik Pandya brings in crucial balance to Team India: Shikhar Dhawan

first_img Press Trust of India MelbourneJanuary 17, 2019UPDATED: January 17, 2019 14:36 IST Hardik Pandya, who is not part of the Australia ODI series, may miss the upcoming limited-over series in New Zealand (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHardik Pandya has been suspended pending an inquiry over inappropriate comments on Koffee With KaranHardik, who watched the second ODI from home, may miss the upcoming limited-over series against New ZealandTamil Nadu all-rounder Vijay Shankar has replaced Hardik Pandya in the squads for Australia and New Zealand seriesIndian opener Shikhar Dhawan Thursday said suspended fast-bowling all-rounder Hardik Pandya is “crucial” for the team’s balance but rejected suggestions that the side was struggling for a fifth bowler in the ongoing ODI series against Australia.India take on Australia in the series-deciding third and final one-dayer here on Friday. There are bound to be changes to the team composition in the light of Khaleel Ahmed and Mohammed Siraj failing to impress in the first two matches.Dhawan came out in support of the two young pacers, but added that the presence of an all-rounder in the side is imperative for balance. India are missing Pandya owing to the provisional suspension imposed on him for sexist comments on a TV show, condemned as “inappropriate” by skipper Virat Kohli.”The balance that Hardik (Pandya) creates when he’s in the team is very crucial for our team,” Dhawan acknowledged in the pre-match press conference here Thursday.”Even when Kedar (Jadhav) plays, the overs of off-spin he bowls are very beneficial for us…I would say he is our golden arm, and he always takes wickets when he comes on. So often, he’s broken a big partnership. An all-rounder in Tests and limited-overs’ cricket is equally important,” he added.Siraj and Khaleel will get mature: DhawanTalking about Ahmed and Siraj, Dhawan said the youngsters will mature and get better with time.”It’s not a worry (about the bowling). They just came in. They are young blokes. We will back them. That’s how they’re going to learn when they play against a good side,” he said.advertisement”If they go for runs, that’s where they have to lift themselves up and think more about their game and strategies. That’s how they’ll become more mature players. It’s good that they are getting chances over here,” he added.Dhawan said the team is looking to make history by winning the first ever bilateral ODI series on Australian soil, following up on the 2-1 Test series’ win here. He felt the batting line-up, including veteran Mahendra Singh Dhoni, finding form only bodes well for their preparations ahead of the 2019 ODI World Cup.”Winning the series will mean a lot to us. Winning both Tests and if we win tomorrow, it is going to be a big achievement for us. We are going to value it and cherish it,” he said.”It was good to see a good team performance in the last game, especially how Dhoni performed well in both the games. We are very happy that Dhoni is getting his touch back. Because a player of his stature, gives so much of confidence to the batsmen at the other end,” he added.He also lauded the role played by Dinesh Karthik during the successful chase in the second ODI in Adelaide.”The good thing is we have got all fit players and very mature players, very experienced. That makes us a very strong batting unit. And of course we have been performing very well and consistently over the past few years,” he said.The left-hander is one of the three batsmen, along with Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu, to have not played active cricket while the Australia-India Test series was on.Dhawan said he felt in good rhythm on account of the T20I series and chose to take the break to work on fitness and his skills.”I had 5-6 weeks off and I was training hard. It was good because, looking forward to the World Cup, it was a good break for me. Now I’m happy to be back in the side, playing matches and raring to go.”I think my rhythm is there, the way I was hitting the ball. It is very important to take a break and feel fresh, which we Indian cricketers don’t get much of, so we’re not used to it,” he said.India have a set and firing opening combination along with a perennially in-form Virat Kohli at number three. In comparison, Australian skipper Aaron Finch is struggling for runs, and his partnership with Alex Carey at the top hasn’t really clicked.Dhawan said he bats in auto mode with Rohit Sharma, since they understand each other so well.”Batting with Rohit, it’s normal, comfortable and we both know what to do and what not to. Not much discussion is needed. We play on automatic mode and keep having fun with each other. There is a sense of calmness and peace,” he said.The opener said the Indian team has done its homework on Finch to be able to get him out for cheap all summer.advertisement”…we are hitting the right areas against him. We are not giving him singles or boundary options too easily. Once you create that pressure on a batsman, especially in limited-overs, he’s going to do something extra and take more risk to rotate the strike or score runs…,” he said.Talking about Friday’s match, Dhawan said the Australian team is missing the likes of Steve Smith and David Warner, while the experience of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami is giving the Indian team an advantage at the start of their innings.”Australia have a good all-round side, they have a well-balanced side. Of course, the presence of Smith and Warner is missing in this side. They are legends of their country and big players in the cricket world,” he said.”At the same time, Bhuvi (Kumar) is very experienced as well as Shami. That’s why in the first 10 overs, we have been dominating the game. We would like to do it the same way. So we will be on our guard,” he signed off.Also Read | Sourav Ganguly on Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul: They made a mistake because they are humanAlso Read | Hardik Pandya has stopped going out of his house, avoiding calls after Koffee with KaranAlso Read | BCCI CEO Rahul Johri speaks to Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul after Koffee With Karan rowAlso 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 byPTI Tags :Follow Hardik PandyaFollow Shikhar DhawanFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Koffee With KaranFollow BCCIFollow KL RahulFollow Khaleel Ahmed Hardik Pandya brings in crucial balance to Team India: Shikhar DhawanIndia vs Australia: India have been without all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who has been suspended pending an inquiry by the Board of Control for Cricket in India over his controversial comments on Koffee With Karan.advertisementlast_img read more

Watch: MS Dhoni advises Kedar Jadhav in Marathi as India trounce New Zealand

first_imgWatch: MS Dhoni advises Kedar Jadhav in Marathi as India trounce New ZealandIndia vs New Zealand: MS Dhoni was heard advising Kedar Jadhav in Marathi during the fifth and final ODI against New Zealand in Wellington. Jadhav had a good game, contributing with bat and ball as India won by 35 runs to clinch the series 4-1.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 4, 2019UPDATED: February 4, 2019 17:34 IST Wicketkeeper MS Dhoni shone as he guided India’s spin bowlers in their 4-1 win over New Zealand (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni’s inputs to young India spinners have been crucial to their successMS Dhoni stunned Kedar Jadhav with his Marathi knowledge during the fifth ODI vs New ZealandIndia will take on New Zealand in a three-match T20I series from WednesdayMS Dhoni can do everything. He can bat, he can keep wickets, he can use the DRS better than anyone else in world cricket, he can read the game better than most AND he can speak Marathi. MS Dhoni’s stumping skills often leave cricket fans in awe but on Sunday, he stumped Kedar Jadhav with his Marathi speaking skills.During the fifth and final ODI against New Zealand in Wellington, MS Dhoni was once again seen guiding the bowlers as India defended 252 to clinch the series 4-1. As Rohit Sharma deployed Yuzvendra Chahal and Kedar Jadhav after Mohammed Shami and Hardik Pandya had rocked New Zealand’s top order, Dhoni expertly guided the spinners on what to bowl and where to bowl.MS Dhoni’s constant coaching is nothing new. But what took everyone by surprise was his Marathi speaking skills..#AskStar #askstar sunny sir who will paly no.4? And listen Dhoni’s marathi style.. pic.twitter.com/uZrFWE4h8sShishupal Kadam (@RealShishupal) February 3, 2019Kedar Jadhav trusts MS Dhoni blindly. It was Dhoni who had suggested Jadhav bowl during the 2017 home series against New Zealand and Jadhav has not looked back since. Essentially, a middle-order batsman, Kedar Jadhav is now a solid all-rounder and a regular partnership breaker. On Sunday, he dismissed Kane Williamson to derail New Zealand’s chase.After India had clinched the series last week, Jadhav had said he would close his eyes and bowl wherever Dhoni wanted him to.”The kind of cricketer I am today is because of MS Dhoni. He has always encouraged me. He had seen me in in Zimbabwe first and in the New Zealand series at home in 2016 he just wanted two overs from me and luckily for me in my second over, I got two wickets and from thereon all the seniors – Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma – have been very encouraging. They give me so much confidence that I don’t feel the pressure of a part-time bowler.advertisement”I must thank Virat and Mahi bhai for letting me bowl exactly when I want t bowl. When a wicket falls, they immediately sneak in my overs so I am very lucky I think,” Jadhav told the broadcasters after the match. “In the past also, I have mentioned everytime I have a question, I look at him and he tells me ‘you have to bowl here.. you have to bowl there.’ And I close my eyes and bowl there and get a wicket,” he said.Also Read | MS Dhoni moves up 3 places in ICC ODI rankings after sensational run in AustraliaAlso Read | Brendon McCullum bows out of Big Bash League, eyes coaching career nextAlso Read | India rise to 2nd in ICC ODI rankings after historic series win vs New ZealandAlso 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 MS DhoniFollow India vs New ZealandFollow Kedar JadhavFollow Virat Kohlilast_img read more

Pedro urges out-of-form Chelsea to stay calm and recover their best football

first_img Next Reuters LondonFebruary 20, 2019UPDATED: February 20, 2019 15:12 IST Chelsea were beaten 2-0 by Manchester United in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Tuesday (Reuters Photo)Chelsea’s season hangs in the balance after Monday’s FA Cup exit but they must stay calm and recapture their best form in the next two games to turn things around, winger Pedro has said.The FA Cup holders were beaten 2-0 by Manchester United in the fifth round, piling the pressure on under-fire manager Maurizio Sarri.With a Europa League clash against Malmo and the League Cup final against Manchester City up next, there is no time to dwell on the disappointment, the Spaniard said.”The most important thing now is to stay calm, train really hard and recover our best football and our best feeling, because if not we are in trouble,” Pedro told Chelsea’s website.”There is an important game in the Europa League for us and, after, the final against City.”Chelsea lead Malmo 2-1 from the first leg of their Europa last 32 tie and host the Swedes on Thursday in the return.Cesar Azpilicueta, who has captained the team in Gary Cahill’s absence, also called for calm.”At Chelsea we are used to winning a lot of trophies and we have been the most successful team in England for the last couple of years,” Azpilicueta said.”We know we have the Europa League game coming up on Thursday. We will then play a final… Hopefully we can keep calm from Thursday and then win that trophy on Sunday.”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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow PedroFollow Chelsea FCFollow Europa League Pedro urges out-of-form Chelsea to stay calm and recover their best footballChelsea lead Malmo 2-1 from the first leg of their Europa last 32 tie and host the Swedes on Thursday in the return.advertisementlast_img read more

Former Indian pacer VRV Singh retires

first_img Asian News International BangaluruMarch 14, 2019UPDATED: March 14, 2019 12:07 IST VRV Singh last represented Punjab in the Ranji Trophy in the year 2014 (Getty Images)VRV Singh, the Indian pacer who just played five Test matches in 2006-07, has announced his retirement after a career constantly hampered by injury.The 34-year-old also played two ODI matches for India along with five Tests as part of a new-look Indian pace attack. The bowler was just able to take eight wickets in five Tests and he did not take any wicket in the ODI format.”I kept trying to make a comeback, but if it was not my ankle, it was my back. You cannot fool around with your body. I had surgeries, rehab… After 2014, I did not play at all for a few years, but I trained and tried to play in 2018. But I could not make it, so I started thinking about the future,” ESPN Cricinfo quoted Singh as saying.”It is not an overnight decision, but once I could not get fit for the 2018-19 season, I thought it made sense to leave. Yuvi (Yuvraj Singh) encouraged me a lot, the PCA (Punjab Cricket Association) also backed me, and I gave it my best. But, unfortunately, it didn’t happen. So I thought it best to retire and think about what to do next,” he added.The pacer played his last representative game in 2014 for Punjab in the Ranji Trophy in which he was able to take two wickets in the first innings and five wickets in the second innings against Jammu and Kashmir.Singh made his debut for Punjab in 2005 when he just 21-years old.advertisementAlso Read | Case registered against fraudsters duping young cricketers in return for Ranji selectionFor 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 Tags :Follow VRV SinghFollow retirementFollow Team IndiaFollow Indian cricket Former Indian pacer VRV Singh retiresVRV Singh played two ODI matches for India along with five Tests, taking eight wickets in the longest format. He formally announced his retirement after a career constantly hampered by injury.advertisementlast_img read more

Indian Wells: Rafael Nadal withdraws from semi-final vs Roger Federer with knee injury

first_imgIndian Wells: Rafael Nadal withdraws from semi-final vs Roger Federer with knee injuryRafael Nadal had to withdraw from the semi-final match against Roger Federer in the BNP Paribas Open with knee injury. Federer advances to the final by walkover in Indian Wells.advertisement Next Reuters Indian WellsMarch 16, 2019UPDATED: March 17, 2019 00:21 IST Rafael Nadal had to withdraw from the semi-final vs Roger Federer due to a right knee injury (Reuters Photo)Rafael Nadal withdrew of the BNP Paribas Open due to a right knee injury on Saturday, shortly before his the semi-final match against Roger Federer. It would have been the first meeting between the pair since 2017.Spaniard Nadal had required treatment on the knee during his hard-fought quarter-final against Russian Karen Khachanov 7-6(2) 7-6(2).”I warmed up today and I felt that my knee was not good to compete at the level I needed to compete in semifinals. It’s tough for me to accept all these things that I’m going through in my career. Sometimes I feel sad because I’m in a disadvantage to all my opponents,” Rafael Nadal said after pulling out of the tournament.”[I need to] be positive and grateful for all the things tennis has given to me. I feel fortunate for all the things I’ve done in my life and the world of tennis,” Nadal added.Good morning, @RafaelNadal #BNPPO19 #Fedal pic.twitter.com/9atdTnaUswBNP Paribas Open (@BNPPARIBASOPEN) March 16, 2019Nadal had actually walked out to practise on Saturday and that too without any on his knee, before withdrawing from the BNP Parivbas Open.Federer advances to the final by walkover, where he will looking to win his record sixth BNP Paribas Open title. The 37-year-old Swiss will play either Milos Raonic or Dominic Thiem in the final, bidding for his 101st career titleFor 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 Tags :Follow Rafael NadalFollow Roger FedererFollow Indian WellsFollow BNP Paribas OpenFollow Nadal injurylast_img read more