10 months agoArsenal boss Emery defends Ozil halftime hook: Nothing personal

first_imgArsenal boss Emery defends Ozil halftime hook: Nothing personalby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery has defended hooking Mesut Ozil at halftime for their draw at Brighton.Emery insists the decision was not personal.He said, “It is one decision tactically, and also the decision is because we have [done] it before because we have a lot of matches away when it tactically changes something, not for the player but for the team. A lot of the matches when we play in the second half, for example Iwobi, it helps us with a different situation tactically and helps us to win the matches.”In other matches, when we changed for the second half we took the performance to go to win. Yesterday, my intention was the same, it is tactically to change one player for another and with our analysis before that in other matches, in the second-half sessions is the reason I do that. But for me, it is only tactically and not [down to the] player, and for me every player is the same. “Sometimes I change Aubameyang, sometimes I change Lacazette and sometimes I change Matteo – it happens to every player and sometimes the result is good and the other times it doesn’t give us the result on the pitch. But the decision is only tactical.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoWest Brom striker Salomon Rondon: I want Newcastle stay

first_imgWest Brom striker Salomon Rondon: I want Newcastle stayby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Brom striker Salomon Rondon has again declared he wants to sign permanently with Newcastle United.The 29-year-old has scored four goals and provided two assists for the Magpies, despite an injury-affected start to life on Tyneside, since signing from West Bromwich Albion on loan during the summer.Rondon said, “Would I like to stay? Yes, of course. I am very grateful for the effort the club made to bring me in, and for the confidence of the coach, and the welcome of the fans. For all these reasons I’d like to continue, but we’ll see what happens.”I feel really good. I’m really happy here for what we’ve achieved collectively. That’s the important thing.”We have been in good form and have moved away from the relegation zone. I have done my job by contributing with goals.”It’s quite a big contrast [to playing for West Brom last season]. The difference in styles between one team and the other is reflected in the play. A striker likes to have chances and to get crosses into the area.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

8 days agoJuventus midfielder Emre Can keen to hear from Man Utd

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Juventus midfielder Emre Can keen to hear from Man Utdby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus midfielder Emre Can is keen to hear from Manchester United .The German star moved to Italy in 2018 on a free transfer from Liverpool, but is enduring a nightmare second season at the Allianz Stadium, making just three substitute appearances in Serie A so far.Tuttosport says Can is attracting interest across Europe and is weighing up his next move after his agents made contact with various clubs. United is his preferred option and the midfielder is seen as a potential replacement for Paul Pogba, who has strongly been linked with an Old Trafford exit.Juventus are next in action against Bologna, seeking to extend a one-point gap at the head of Serie A. last_img read more

7 days agoNorwich sporting director Webber moves to assure Farke

first_imgNorwich sporting director Webber moves to assure Farkeby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorwich City sporting director Stuart Webber has assured Daniel Farke the club will not make a knee jerk decision on his future.An injury crisis at Carrow Road hasn’t helped the Canaries in their Premier League return, with the club second bottom with six points.”From a financial point, we’ll be working three years ahead because we can guarantee what our income is,” said Webber. “In terms of our squad progression, we know exactly who is on what contract and when we’d expect them to leave.”You’ve got to be prepared, but you also have to be realistic. That’s what I think is the best thing for our players and Daniel Farke, the fact we don’t judge everything here purely on results.”It’s about what our performances, the process and the culture are like. Are we building the club along the way, not just purely focusing on results?”If we lose, then we won’t be the club to sack Daniel or go and spend £50m in January.”It’s about the journey, and if we get everything right along the way and we get a bit of luck, then we still think we can be successful doing it.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Lucas won’t move in January but summer door left open

first_imgAtletico Madrid will not allow Lucas Hernandez to leave in January, says the club’s executive director Miguel Angel Gil Marin, but a summer switch to Bayern Munich is not being ruled out.The France international has been heavily linked with a move to Germany over recent weeks.Atletico have already sought to distance their World Cup winner from those reports, with president Enrique Cerezo claiming: “He wants to stay with us.” 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? That stance has now been reiterated ahead of the winter window.Gil Marin told Goal and Spox of the mounting rumours: “The player cannot leave Atletico Madrid in this winter transfer window.“We have a good relationship with Bayern and will meet with them in January to evaluate the situation.“If the player wants to leave we will talk about it – but only about a transfer in July.”Bundesliga champions Bayern will be pleased to hear that a deal has not been completely ruled out.Kylian Mbappe Lucas Hernandez France World Cup 2018They are, however, going to have to be patient in their ongoing pursuit of a top target.Niko Kovac will also have to make do for the time being or turn his attention to alternative targets in January.Bayern are still scrapping to salvage a season which has seen them slip surprisingly off the pace in the German top tier.They are currently taking in a winter break and will not return to action until January 18.It remains to be seen how much further they will look to take their efforts to land Hernandez before then.The 22-year-old has an €80 million (£72m/$91m) release clause in his contract which will need to be met in order for a deal to be done.If it is triggered, then Atletico will be richly compensated for parting with Hernandez and find themselves in a position of boasting considerable funds with which to go and bring in a replacement at left-back.last_img read more

Investigation launched into anti-Muslim Salah abuse

first_imgWest Ham United have launched an investigation after a video surfaced of Mohamed Salah being racially abused during Liverpool’s match against West Ham on Monday. A video  showing Salah being targeted during a corner kick with a fan yelling anti-Muslim slurs at the Liverpool star has been shared on social media.A fan can be heard yelling “Salah you f****** Muslim. F****** Muslim c***” as Salah prepared to take the corner, while another is heard calling the Egyptian a “cheat” in the background. 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? West Ham confirmed on Wednesday that the club is “aware of the incident and have launched an investigation”.I went to watch West Ham vs Liverpool and I was disgusted by what I was hearing. People like this deserve no place in our society let alone football matches. #kickracismout @22mosala @FA pic.twitter.com/M4dBsMrCy8 — Sádat Yazdani (@Sadat_Yazdani) February 6, 2019 “At West Ham United, we have a zero tolerance policy to any form of violent or abusive behaviour,” West Ham said in a statement to the Liverpool Echo . “We are an inclusive football club. Regardless of age, race, religion or belief, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment or disability, everyone is warmly welcomed at London Stadium.”Anyone identified committing an offence will have their details passed to the police and will face a lifetime ban from London Stadium. There is no place for this kind of behaviour at our stadium.”In addition, the Football Association revealed that the organisation had shared the video with West Ham “as a matter of urgency”.The Metropolitan Police also confirmed that they too were looking into the incident”We are aware of a video in which it appears racial abuse is being directed at a player at a West Ham vs Liverpool game at London Stadium on Monday, 4 February,” they said in a statement.”Officers are in the process of reviewing the footage. No arrests have been made and enquiries continue.”Anyone who witnesses inappropriate behaviour during a match is urged to bring it to the attention of a steward or police officer.”Liverpool initially took a 1-0 lead through a Sadio Mane goal in the 22nd minute before Michail Antonio equalised just six minutes later.The Reds are back in action on Saturday against Bournemouth while West Ham are set to face Crystal Palace. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Rodgers confirms Maguire’s Man Utd agreement

first_imgLeicester City manager Brendan Rodgers says a fee has been agreed with Manchester United for the sale of Harry Maguire, but the player has yet to negotiate personal terms with the Red Devils.Rodgers was speaking to reporters following his side’s pre-season friendly with Atalanta, and also claims the situation is expected to develop early next week.“There has been contact between the two clubs, a fee has been agreed,” he said, “and then it’s a case of Harry having an opportunity to speak to them to see if he can find an agreement on personal terms. 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? “That’s something that is of interest to him. And, then, of course, a medical. Apart from that there is not a great deal more to say.”Probably after the weekend we will know more. But it’s clear of course the two teams have been talking and a fee has been agreed.”Earlier today news broke that United had agreed a sum of £80 million ($97m) for the 26-year-old.The 20-time English champions have been chasing the centre-back for the entire summer window, having called off plans to bring him to the club 12 months earlier.But the boyhood United fan indicated some weeks ago that he was flattered by the club’s interest in him.If the deal goes ahead, the payment will represent a world-record fee for a defender which currently stands at £75m ($91m) – the amount that Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil van Dijk in January 2018.Maguire was left out of Rodgers’ squad for Friday night’s friendly, and would expect to make his United debut in their Premier League opener at home to Chelsea if the deal is completed next week.“He’s a special player and not a player that we want to lose,” continued Rodgers. “There’s still some work to do for it to go through.“You always have to prepare for that ‘what if?’ and a club like ourselves needs to have that pipeline of players ready to be able to bring in. We have a number of options if Harry is to go, but that’s something that’s already been going on for a number of weeks.“If it does happen, we will look at our options.”When asked if Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake, Brighton’s Lewis Dunk or Burnley’s James Tarkowski were players that were potential replacements that had already been identified, Rodgers joked: “Plus the other 10.”last_img read more

Arsenal complete £25m Tierney signing

first_imgArsenal have finally completed the signing of left-back Kieran Tierney from Celtic, for a fee of £25 million ($30m).The 22-year-old Scotland international has signed a five-year contract at the Emirates, and will compete with Sead Kolasinac for the left-back spot.He follows Nicolas Pepe, William Saliba and Gabriel Martinelli as Arsenal’s fourth permanent signing of the transfer window. 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? “We’re delighted Kieran is joining us,” said manager Unai Emery. “He’s a very talented player who will continue to improve. He increases our options defensively and I look forward to him joining our group.”Lifelong Celtic fan Tierney joined the club at the age of seven, going on to make 170 appearances after making his first-team debut in 2015. The club released a statement saying that they “did all we could” to keep him at Celtic Park.“This is an opportunity Kieran wanted to take and while we will be sad to see him leave the club, we wish Kieran all the very best for the future,” manager Neil Lennon told the club’s website.“Although he is still a young guy, Kieran has given the club so much. He’s a great lad and I’ve really enjoyed working with him. I’m sure he will continue to progress and develop and make a big impact in the English Premiership.Kieran Tierney, Scotland training“It has obviously been a long process, but now it has been finalised we can now look ahead and concentrate on continuing to build our own squad and meet the many challenges ahead, domestically and in Europe.”The deal to take Tierney to north London has dragged on throughout the summer, with issues over the structuring of the payment having caused issues to the point it had seemed the move would break down entirely.However, it seems that Tierney’s desire to test himself at a higher level has played a part in pushing the deal through.Inevitably, he has drawn comparisons with Liverpool left-back and international team-mate Andy Robertson, and Gunners fans will be hoping he can make a similar impact on the flank.Pending the final registration details, Tierney should be available for Arsenal’s first game of the new Premier League season, as they travel to Newcastle on Sunday.last_img read more

The Latest Update On Transferring 5-Star Clemson QB Hunter Johnson

first_imgHunter Johnson celebrates a big play against Wake Forest.Former five-star recruit Hunter Johnson recently announced he is leaving Clemson. That news automatically made him one of the more coveted transfers in the country.Last week, it was reported that Purdue, Northwestern and Indiana were the front-runners for Johnson. Now, an ACC program has reportedly entered the mix.Duke is pursuing Johnson, according to 247Sports’ Chris Hummer. Johnson would have to sit out next season in Durham and would become eligible in 2019.He has three seasons of eligibility remaining.A source close to the situation tells 247Sports the Tigers have given Johnson a full release, which means he’s allowed to join other ACC schools, if he so he chooses.With that under consideration, 247Sports has learned Duke has entered the picture for Johnson.The Blue Devils are now among the known schools in the running along Northwestern and Purdue, the schools 247Sports reported as early favorites last week when the news was announced.As a true freshman, Johnson threw for 234 yards and two touchdowns, completing 21-of-27 attempts. He showed flashes of what made him one the No. 2 quarterback recruit in the 2017 class.However, he was buried behind Kelly Bryant and incoming freshman five-star Trevor Lawrence. That’s why Johnson is seeking a transfer.last_img read more

If Urban Meyer Is Fired, There’s A New Favorite For Ohio State’s 2019 Coach

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer wearing an Ohio State windbreaker.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 28: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches warm ups before the start of their game against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Two days ago, Ohio State placed Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave following a report from Brett McMurphy. The report alleges Meyer knew about the 2015 assault allegations against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith.An investigative committee formed by Ohio State will investigate Meyer and decide if he’s fit to continue as the team’s head coach. In the meantime, Ryan Day has assumed coaching responsibilities.Will he be the team’s long-term head coach, or will Urban Meyer come back to coach the Buckeyes following the investigation? Sportsbook Odds Shark put together a list of the favorites to be Ohio State’s head coach for the 2019 season.Urban Meyer is the favorite. However, he’s followed close behind by Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell.Who will be the head coach of the Ohio State football team at the start of 2019 spring practice?Meyer +250Campbell +450Day +500Gundy +700Brohm/Kiffin +800Kelly/Babers/Stoops +1400Herman/Vrabel +2000Harbaugh/Belichick +3300Tressel +5000Odds via @DaveMasonBOL— OddsShark (@OddsShark) August 3, 2018Campbell is an Ohio native, yet he just agreed to a significant contract extension to stay with the Cyclones. He formerly coached at Toledo where he racked up a 35-15 record.Campbell had the Cyclones ranked No. 14 in the nation at one point during the 2017 season before losing three of four to end the season.last_img read more

Colin Cowherd: USC Is “Out Of Their Mind” If They Don’t Hire This Coach

first_imgFS1's Colin Cowherd.Over the weekend, USC surprised some people with its decision to retain Clay Helton. Many thought Helton would be let go following a disappointing 5-7 season.The Trojans are sticking with Helton for 2019 at least it seems. But FS1’s Colin Cowherd thinks they should pursue another recently-fired head coach for a staff position.Texas Tech let go of Kliff Kingsbury on Sunday after six seasons. Kingsbury finished with a 35-40 record in Lubbock.Despite Kingsbury’s struggles with the Red Raiders, Cowherd thinks he would be a great fit at USC, presumably as offensive coordinator.In fact, Cowherd believes the Trojans have to try and bring Kingsbury in at any cost.“Had a few USC fans come up to me today. Told em all the same thing. If USC doesn’t at least pursue Kliff Kingsbury, they are out of their mind. Pay him whatever it takes. Make him interested. offensive talent is NOT the issue at USC. A smart, young coach is. #Kliffnotes”Had a few USC fans come up to me today. Told em all the same thing. If USC doesn’t at least pursue Kliff Kingsbury, they are out of their mind. Pay him whatever it takes. Make him interested. ???offensive talent is NOT the issue at USC. A smart, young coach is. #Kliffnotes— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) November 27, 2018Even though he was dismissed by Texas Tech, Kingsbury is well-respected as an offensive mind. It is widely thought that he will either take an offensive coordinator job at a major college program or join an NFL staff.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Michigan Football Star Announces He’s Skipping The Bowl Game

first_imgjim harbaugh talks to his players before the ohio state gameCOLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 24: Head Coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines watches his team warm up before a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Another Michigan football star has announced that he’ll be sitting out of the Wolverines’ bowl game to prepare for the NFL Draft.Wolverines’ star running back Karan Higdon joins a couple of his teammates who have decided to sit out of their Peach Bowl contest against Florida.Higdon announced his decision on Instagram.“After a thorough evaluation between my parents and the UM staff we have deemed that it is in my best interest to not play in the Peach bowl and to utilize this time to get prepared to pursue my dreams in the NFL,” Higdon wrote.Higdon was one of the top running backs in the Big Ten this season, totaling 1,178 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground.Michigan will also be missing defensive end Rashan Gary and linebacker Devin Bush Jr.The Wolverines and the Gators are set to kick off at noon on Saturday, Dec. 29. The game will be on ESPN.last_img read more

Sports Illustrated Names The “Frontrunner” For QB Jalen Hurts

first_imgJalen Hurts of the Alabama Crimson Tide passes the ball against the Washington Huskies during the 2016 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome.ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 31: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide passes the ball against the Washington Huskies during the 2016 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome on December 31, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)A new “frontrunner” has been named for Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts, whose name has been entered into the NCAA’s transfer portal.According to the betting odds, Houston is the favorite to land Hurts, who’s a native of Texas.Sports Illustrated, though, sees another program as the leading contender for the Crimson Tide quarterback.That program: Oklahoma.The Sooners are expected to lose quarterback Kyler Murray and, while they have some major talent behind Murray, none of it is experienced.Jalen Hurts is officially in the transfer portal—where might he play in 2019? https://t.co/LRNAO2VXhE— SI College Football (@si_ncaafb) January 9, 2019From SI.com:This seems like an obvious choice. Oklahoma is used to grooming transfer QBs into Heisman Trophy winners and College Football Playoff contenders after all. All Lincoln Riley needs to do if Hurts is skeptical is have him get on the phone with Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. Hurts may not be as explosive in the downfield passing game like Tagovailoa, or have as quick of a release as Murray, but he’s a running threat who doesn’t make mistakes. Riley is a proven offensive guru who garnered NFL interest. The Sooners have led the country in total offense and offensive efficiency in the two years he’s been head coach. Snagging Hurts—and assuming he beats out former four-star Austin Kendall for the starting job—would essentially guarantee OU to have a lethal scoring offense again next year. It could also mean Hurts ends up competing against Tagovailoa again next season: be it for the Heisman or in the playoff.Hurts still hasn’t officially decided to transfer from Alabama, though, so all options seem to be on the table. It’s probably too soon to project where Hurts will actually end up.last_img read more

Professional Golfer Shares Video Of His Fiancee’s Quarterback Skills

first_imgpga tour golfer jon rahmLONDONDERRY, NORTHERN IRELAND – JULY 09: Jon Rahm of Spain celebrates an eagle on the 14th hole during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club on July 9, 2017 in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)The 2019 NFL Draft quarterback class has a new addition. Meet Kelley Cahill, the fiancee of PGA Tour star Jon Rahm.Rahm took to Instagram over the weekend to share some footage of his fiancee’s superb quarterbacking skills.The couple ran some drills at TCU’s football facility.Cahill, playing barefoot, showed off her arm and footwork on the Horned Frogs’ practice field. “NFL combine….sign us up!” Rahm joked.The arm strength might not be at an NFL level (obviously), but the footwork is pretty solid.The NFL Scouting Combine officially wrapped up on Monday afternoon, with Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins viewed as the top two quarterback prospects in this year’s draft.The 2019 NFL Draft is set to begin on Thursday, April 25.[Busted Coverage]last_img read more

Former Alabama Star Endorses Jalen Hurts For Heisman

first_imgCurrent Heisman trophy favorite Jalen Hurts makes his debut at Oklahoma.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 1: Quarterback Jalen Hurts #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners warms up before the game against the Houston Cougars at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2019 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Cougars 49-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)One of Jalen Hurts’ biggest supporters on social media this season has been his former Alabama teammate Mack Wilson. Now in the NFL, Wilson is serving as somewhat of a Twitter hype man for his former QB.Late Saturday night, while Hurts was busy carving up the UCLA Bruins, Wilson endorsed the Oklahoma quarterback for the Heisman Trophy.What is interesting about this is that Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama’s current quarterback and another old teammate of Wilson’s, is also a bona fide Heisman candidate.We don’t think Wilson means to disrespect Tua in any way, he’s just riding heavy for Hurts.JHurts4Heisman 🔥— Mack Wilson (@5mackwilson1) September 15, 2019Both Hurts and Tua are playing out of their mind right now. Hurts has produced 1,253 total yards and 13 total touchdowns in three games for his new program, while Tua has 12 touchdowns and no interceptions for the Crimson Tide.These two programs met last season in the College Football Playoff. A Tua vs. Hurts matchup in the playoff this year would be must-see TV.last_img read more

Australia’s return to form is perfectly timed for World Cup 2019, says Marcus Stoinis

first_imgAustralia’s return to form is perfectly timed for World Cup 2019, says Marcus StoinisAustralia started this year on a good note as they outclassed India 3-2 before hammering Pakistan 5-0. With such results, Marcus Stoinis feels the team’s return to form is perfectly timed for the upcoming World Cup.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service BangaloreApril 24, 2019UPDATED: April 24, 2019 16:56 IST All-rounder Marcus Stoinis felt the turnaround in Australia’s form has happened at the right time for the upcoming World Cup. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia is being considered as favourites for the 2019 World CupAll-rounder Marcus Stoinis felt the turnaround in form has happened at the right timeStoinis also felt the return of Smith and Warner will help the team in the showpiece eventAfter a lacklusture show in 2018, Australia started this year on a good note as they outclassed India 3-2 in their own backyard before hammering Pakistan 5-0 in the UAE.With such results, the yellow brigade is now being considered as favourites for the 2019 World Cup and all-rounder Marcus Stoinis feels the turnaround in form has happened just at the right time.Also, the return of Steve Smith and David Warner has further strengthened the Australian team, who will be eyeing their sixth title at the showpiece event.”I think everyone is really confident. To win eight games in a row away from home was very important for us,” Stoinis told reporters on the sidelines of a Royal Challengers Bangalore training session.”We needed it. We had lost a lot of games over the last year or so. It’s good timing. Everyone started to believe in each other and we started to play well as a team,” he explained.Stoinis also said the transformation was not something which happened suddenly but it was a gradual process. “From outside, it might look like it happened all of a sudden, but it also shows that the game of cricket is only about minor details. Even in the time we were losing, we learnt a lot, started getting closer in a lot of games,” he opined.Stoinis also felt the return of Smith and Warner will help the team in the showpiece event. “It [their returns] is a massive boost. People have stepped up in the last few months and we have started winning games consistently. It all adds to the mixture and definitely adds to a World Cup winning combination,” he said.advertisementAustralia will start their World Cup 2019 campaign against minnows Afghanistan on June 1 in Bristol before taking on West Indies on June 6 in Nottingham.Also Read | IPL 2019: Stoinis delighted as RCB finally get campaign underway with win over KXIPAlso Read | India will definitely enter World Cup semis, predicts Chaminda VaasFor 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 bykarishma Tags :Follow Marcus StoinisFollow Australian cricket squadFollow ICC World Cup 2019last_img read more

Hardik Pandya’s 91 against KKR is the best IPL innings I have ever seen: Yuvraj Singh

first_img Press Trust of India MumbaiMay 3, 2019UPDATED: May 3, 2019 18:43 IST Yuvraj hopes that Pandya extends his explosive run to the 2019 Cricket World Cup (Twitter: @hardikpandya7)HIGHLIGHTSHardik Pandya has been in remarkable form this IPL season with the batYuvraj Singh said that Pandya’s 91 against Kolkata Knight Riders was the best IPL innings he has seenYuvraj hopes that Pandya extends his explosive run to the 2019 Cricket World CupYuvraj Singh, the hero of India’s victorious campaign in the 2011 World Cup, is expecting “special performances” from all-rounder Hardik Pandya in the 2019 edition, beginning May 30 in the UK.Pandya is back to his best, at least with the bat, following testing times which saw him serve an interim suspension for making sexist comments on a popular chat show.The 25-year-old has been in remarkable form this IPL and his Mumbai Indians teammate Yuvraj hopes that he extends his explosive run to the 50-over mega event.”I was actually having this conversation with him (Hardik) yesterday where I told him that ‘you have a great chance of performing really well with the ball and bat’, the kind of form he is in at the moment.”Definitely, the way he is batting at the moment, it is phenomenal and I hope he carries that form (into the World Cup). He has been bowling well in patches but as I said it is all about how you handle the pressure,” said Yuvraj.The veteran left-handed batsman was speaking after launching a marketing campaign for MoneyGram ahead of the ICC World Cup.Pandya has been in the form of his life and Yuvraj said that his 91 against the Kolkata Knight Riders was the best IPL innings he has seen.”It is probably the best shape as a batsman to get in. I have been watching since the practice games, he was hitting the ball really well. I had told him ‘it is going to be a special tournament for you, the way you are hitting the ball’,” said the southpaw.advertisement”Over the years, as an experienced player you know if someone is hitting the ball well, he is in great shape. He got 91 from 34 balls against KKR, probably that is the best innings I have seen in the IPL just because he hit four quality bowlers he was batting against.”When you are doing that, you know that someone is batting very well,” added Yuvraj, who is known for hitting six sixes in the 2007 edition of WorldT20 in South Africa.Chief selector MSK Prasad, during the World Cup squad announcement, stated that Vijay Shankar would bat at number 4. But there is still no clarity about who will bat at four and asked about it, Yuvraj gave a guarded reply.”That question you need to ask the selectors, not me. All I can say is that No 4 is a very important position and I am sure they have selected the team thinking about the whole competition. We have to find who is batting at No 4, I am sure there are a couple of options, we just have to wait and watch.”The thing for me is that when you go back, you need experience for whatever number you are batting. All five positions are very important. The conditions are going to be different, so I think it’s how you manage yourself under pressure. You will be put under pressure because the best teams in the world are playing. How the guys handle pressure in crunch situations is actually going to show the character of the team.”When asked whether the likes of Ricky Ponting be allowed to coach in the IPL as it could expose Indian players in a World Cup while someone like a Sanjay Bangar, who is the Indian team’s assistant coach, was not allowed to be part of the Kings XI Punjab set up due to conflict of interest, Yuvraj did not say much.”I am not in the Board. You are asking me an administrative question. My opinion is, first of all, it is not my call. I cannot not be saying who should coach or not. I think Ricky Ponting is a legend. It is great for young guys to benefit from him. You learn so much.”If Sanjay has worked with the Indian team for such a long time. He has got great work ethics. I am actually not in a position to say, who should be coaching where and who should be not coaching where. It is a great opportunity for everyone to learn with people who have the experience,” said Yuvraj.Also Read | Best way to bowl to Hardik Pandya, don’t bowl to him at all: Jasprit BumrahAlso Read | IPL 2019: Hardik Pandya will do great things for Indian cricket, feels Kieron PollardFor 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 IPL 2019Follow Hardik PandyaFollow Yuvraj Singh Hardik Pandya’s 91 against KKR is the best IPL innings I have ever seen: Yuvraj SinghIPL 2019: Hardik Pandya is back to his best, at least with the bat, following testing times which saw him serve an interim suspension for making sexist comments on a popular chat showadvertisementlast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy A50 gets a price cut in India, now starts at Rs 18,490

first_img Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiMay 27, 2019UPDATED: May 27, 2019 10:04 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Galaxy A50 has received a Rs 1,500 price cut in India.The Galaxy A50 is now available starting at Rs 18,490 for the 4GB RAM variant.The new prices of the Galaxy A50 can be found on Samsung’s website, Flipkart and Amazon India.Samsung has slashed the price of the Galaxy A50 by Rs 1,500, making the mid-range device more attractive than before. The Galaxy A50 (Review) was launched in India priced at Rs 19,990 for the 4GB RAM model and Rs 22,990 for the 6GB RAM variant. Following the price cut in India, the Galaxy A50 is now available for Rs 18,490 and Rs 21,490, respectively. The new Galaxy A50 prices can be found on Samsung’s official India website, Flipkart and Amazon India.Samsung slashed the prices of the Galaxy A50, which should no doubt attract consumers to the device even more. The price drop, however, could also suggest that Samsung is preparing the launch of the Galaxy A60 in India, although we have heard no rumour of the phone launching in the country so far. The Galaxy A60 with a punch-hole display was announced in China last month priced at CNY 1,999 (approx Rs 20,000), so it makes sense for the company to drop the price of the Galaxy A50 in India. The Galaxy A50 brings an attractive design thanks to its large Super AMOLED Infinity-U display and prism-like glasstic rear panel. The handset sports a 6.4-inch FHD+ (2340×1080) display with a screen-to-body ratio that’s over 90 per cent. It is offered in black, white and blue colours and sports a 3.5mm headphone jack and a Type-C port with 15W fast charging support.The Galaxy A50 is powered by a 2.3GHz octa-core Exynos 9610 chipset based on a 10nm FinFET process. It ships with Samsung’s OneUI software on top of Android 9 Pie. The Galaxy A50 sports a triple camera setup that includes a 25MP f/1.7 primary camera along with a 5MP depth and 8MP ultra wide-angle cameras. The waterdrop notch on the front houses a 25MP front-facing camera. Lastly, the Galaxy A50 houses a 4,000mAh battery.advertisementIn our Galaxy A50 review, we said that the phone is perhaps Samsung’s best under Rs 20,000. It offers an all-round experience with aa stunning AMOLED display, smooth performance and a premium feel. With its new pricing, this is probably the best time to buy the Galaxy A50 if you’re in the market.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A50 review: Premium features now come at an affordable priceGet 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 bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow SamsungFollow Galaxy A50 Samsung Galaxy A50 gets a price cut in India, now starts at Rs 18,490The Galaxy A50 has received a price drop in India and now starts at Rs 18,490 for the 4GB RAM variant. The price cut makes the Galaxy A50 an attractive deal for a phone that offers a premium design and smooth performance under Rs 20,000.advertisementlast_img read more

As the dust settles on epic World Cup final, spare a thought for the winners

first_img Rohan Sen New DelhiJuly 16, 2019UPDATED: July 16, 2019 16:55 IST England players have been nothing but humble in victory ever since the Cricket World Cup 2019 final (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNZ players have been recieving constant support from fans after they lost World Cup finalPlayers and teams knew ICC rules in case of a tied final and Super Over well before the tournamentICC’s new rules came into effect only last year, including the guidelines laid down for the finalCricket World Cup 2019 runners-up New Zealand have been receiving constant support on social media from fans, cricket experts, former and present players ever since they lost the final on Sunday but all that support for the Blackcaps has sort of overshadowed England’s win to the extent that some have even trolled them for the manner in which they were declared the world champions at the Lord’s cricket ground on Sunday.Sure England did not technically win the final but in their defence, all the 10 teams and their captains knew the rules that the International Cricket Council had laid down for this World Cup and they had all agreed to it before playing the tournament.ICC’s new rules came into effect only last year, including the guidelines laid down for the final. In case of a tie in the final, a Super Over was to be played and a tied Super Over would mean that the team with that hit the most number of boundaries in the 50 overs and in the Super Over would be declared winners.It was a highly unlikely scenario which nobody would have even imagined in their dreams would come true in a high-profile match like the World Cup final. But it did happen.New Zealand and England both ended up with 241 runs in their allotted 50 overs and had to play out a Super Over but even that could not separate the two sides as both scored 15 runs each.England prevailed because they had hit a total of 26 boundaries – fours and sixes scored across both the 50 overs and the Super Over – compared with New Zealand’s 17.advertisementAs soon as the match ended, fans took to social media to express their displeasure at the rules and started slamming the ICC. But some people also turned to the England cricket team, stating that they didn’t deserve to win the title in this way also suggesting that the trophy should have been shared.England players however, have been nothing but humble in victory. The likes of Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes commiserated the New Zealand team immediately after the final ended.Chris Woakes was one of the first players who went up to Martin Guptill and consoled the Kiwi opener after he was run out off the last ball in the Super Over. Chris Woakes was lauded for his gesture towards Martin Guptill after the Super Over (Reuters Photo)And Stokes even apologised to Kane Williamson for the overthrow that cost New Zealand 6 runs in the final over during the run chase.”Playing against New Zealand is a great event to be part of. They’re great lads. I think I’ll be apologising to them for the rest of my life [for that overthrow for four off his bat in the last over],” Stokes said on Sunday.England captain Eoin Morgan also went on to praise Kane Williamson’s side and even went on to say that the New Zealand players are great ambassadors of the game.”I’d like to commiserate Kane (Williamson) and his team. The fight that they show is worth aspiring to. The example that they lead is hugely commendable to him and his team. It was a very hard-fought game,” Morgan said at the post-match presentation.People may or may not agree with the ICC or the way England clinched their first 50-over World Cup title, but fact remains that the rules were equal for every team and everybody knew what they were getting into before the tournament even began.It is high time the cricketing fraternity comes to terms with that fact that England won the World Cup fair and square. Credit must go to them for the way they fought in the final and they deserve an even bigger round of applause for the way they carried themselves on the field after the win with no over-the-top celebrations.Like it or not but England were the best team in the competition and they proved it on the field by lifting the trophy on July 14.Also Read | World Cup 2019: New Zealand’s homecoming ceremony postponedAlso Read | World Cup 2019: No one lost the final, says Kane WilliamsonAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Diverse and talented, England cricket champs come from afarAlso Read | Overjoyed for Ben but I am still a New Zealand supporter, says Stokes’s fatherFor 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 England vs New ZealandFollow World Cup 2019Follow Eoin MorganFollow Kane Williamson As the dust settles on epic World Cup final, spare a thought for the winnersNew Zealand did not deserve to go home without the World Cup but why grudge England their moment of glory. After 4 years of playing total cricket in the ODI format, Eoin Morgan’s men lifted the most coveted trophy in the sport.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Yes, we can: India’s unsung sports heroes

first_imgYes, we can: India’s unsung sports heroesChamps who cleared the path for othersadvertisement Next Rohit Brijnath August 11, 2019UPDATED: August 11, 2019 12:34 IST Abhinav Bindra. (PTI Photo)Can.A three-letter word. Has no great personality. Slang for toilet. Painted by Andy Warhol. Worth five points in Scrabble.Then you look again.’Can’ has muscle. It means to have the ability, the skill, the belief. It’s knowing ‘how to’. It’s having the ‘power to’.It’s worth more points than you can estimate in competition.’Can’ is what Abhinav Bindra, a straight-shooting species with a sense of irony, helps India with. He’s not the first one to dismantle barriers, because even in the 1920s and the 1930s, an army officer called Dhyan Chand and his buddies Leslie Hammond, Feroze Khan and Jaipal Singh Munda were telling the world that India could do some stickball magic.Athletes reflect the society they live in, and in those years, they too were daunted. They’d look at everyone else’s fancy equipment, gyms, facilities, coaches, trainers and tracksuits while eating a scientifically approved diet of McDonald’s burgers because it was the cheapest place to eat, and they would shrink inside. Confidence all curled up.How do you beat them if you don’t belong? If sport is played in the mind, then that’s also where suspicion of one’s own talent rests. Indians anyway weren’t conditioned then to voice their ambitions.No one wanted to look too big for the boots they didn’t even have. Well, not the nice ones their friends sometimes got from abroad.On the plane to England in 1996 for his first Test tour, Rahul Dravid was all freshly shaved enthusiasm, thinking about whether a series could be won, till a senior, carrying the wisdom of the practical, said: ‘Let’s try and win one Test’.advertisementRemember the Titans (2000) is a movie about the semi-miraculous, this was the real modest world of the Indian athlete. It’s not that Asian athletes couldn’t win medals at the Commonwealth Games, or score centuries at Lord’s, but they were understandably inhibited at crucial times.’In sport,’ explained Dravid, ‘the margins are so small that any inferiority is magnified under pressure. And so if things got tough, then we didn’t have enough history behind us to show we could do this.’…Awe needs a few visits to rub off. First time you go to Lord’s or Wimbledon, you can be stilled by history.All those boards, those statues, those names, that legend.Second time, you might recognise that even at Lord’s, the wickets are only 22 yards apart and the net at Wimbledon is the same height as the one in your club in Chennai. But once, says Gopichand, athletes hardly travelled, maybe two tournaments a year abroad, maybe four, and it was not enough to find the necessary comfort, to figure out the poster on your wall was no caped hero but just another nervous human.As he put it: ‘People idolised them so much, they couldn’t beat them.’ Why weren’t you intimidated, I asked Gopichand, the All England champion in 2001, and he replied: ‘I blindly believed I was going to win. I just didn’t like losing, it didn’t matter who it was. It was personal for me on the court.’These people are the path-clearers, the roadfinders, the courage-givers, the confidence-restorers. This is also who Bindra is. Bindra doesn’t gaze at his 2008 Olympic gold medal, and he’s not even quite sure where it is most of the time.But the medal is really for India to look at, a representation of the journey he’s lived and endured for years. A medallion of proof. An Indian can.GO! INDIA’S SPORTING TRANSFORMATION EditorsNandan Kamath, Aparna Ravichandran, Penguin India; Rs 299Get 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 byChanchal Chauhanlast_img read more