10 months agoLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: We’re ignoring Man City

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: We’re ignoring Man Cityby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is happy to be top of the table again after victory over Manchester United.Klopp insists he wasn’t bothered by Manchester City returning to the summit before Liverpool kicked off.He said, “We ignored it completely. I cannot say we passed [the test of winning after City won] because we didn’t think about it. I didn’t mention it one time. We are not silly, we know the table. Are you focused on it or not? I said it before, we played tonight Man United – and not against United and City. “That’s the only way I know and we really didn’t speak about it. I think that already helps. It’s not that they win and then we come together, train and say: ‘Did you see what City did?’ We are focused on our game and we will see where it leads us to. “If there is a moment in the end of the season when we’re still around them and we have to think about [them] and start hoping they drop points, maybe – I don’t know today. In the moment we respect them a lot, they respect us, and we have to win football games against all the others. Then we meet on January 3 again and then we think about City a lot.” last_img read more

10 months agoNew absence for Real Madrid attacker Bale

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say New absence for Real Madrid attacker Baleby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGareth Bale is set to be missing for another two weeks at Real Madrid.The Welsh international suffered a calf problem in the 2-2 draw against Villarreal.First tests have revealed he will be sidelined for around two weeks, although he will undergo further tests. Therefore, Bale will miss the games against Real Sociedad, Leganes (Copa del Rey) and Real Betis, but he could re-appear for the second leg of the Copa del Rey clash with Leganes if all goes well. If he doesn’t make that on time, his objective will be to be fit again for the vital league game against Sevilla at the Santiago Bernabeu on Jan. 19. last_img read more

23 days agoNacho hands Real Madrid heavy injury blow

first_imgNacho hands Real Madrid heavy injury blowby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNacho has handed Real Madrid a heavy injury blow.The defender has suffered a ligament injury to his right knee during their 2-2 draw with Club Brugge last night.AS says the setback could see Nacho sidelined for three months.The defender has been played at left-back this season by coach Zinedine Zidane. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

17 days agoNakhi Wells keen on QPR stay

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Nakhi Wells keen on QPR stayby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNahki Wells would welcome a permanent switch to Queens Park Rangers.The Burnley striker has excelled during his second loan spell with West London, having scored seven goals this season.Asked about joining QPR permanently, Wells said: “That’s all stuff that’s beyond any of my decision-making of course.”But I think the club, the fans, the board – everyone knows what my decision would be.”I love it here, it feels like home to me.”Of course football is a business though and there’s a lot more that goes into it than just me saying I’d like to stay here.”But if it was possible I wouldn’t hesitate one bit.” last_img read more

6 days agoLiverpool boss Klopp: All the way from Norway to ask me that?

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp: All the way from Norway to ask me that?by Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn’t need his advice.Klopp was asked by a reporter from Dagbladet if he had words for Solskjaer as United continue to struggle.The German replied: “Hahahaha! Do you really think you can fly over from Norway and ask about it? Wow.”He doesn’t need it. Come on. He has been in the club for a total of 10-15 years. He knows everything about it. He has experience as a manager in football. He knows what he needs to do. It just has to work. That’s it for all of us. “That’s why so many managers get fired at some point, because some internally loses patience. Then you have to go.”From my point of view it looks like he sits there safely. They all knew it was going to be a difficult job.”I don’t think you have to worry about Ole. He is in a good position.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

3 days agoMan Utd hero Fletcher: Pereira’s best position…

first_imgMan Utd hero Fletcher: Pereira’s best position…by Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United captain Darren Fletcher says Andreas Pereira is a natural No10.Pereira impressed in the draw with Liverpool before he was taken off for Brandon Williams in the closing stages.”He’s an out-an-out number ten,” Fletcher said.“It has been difficult for him to fit in the formation sometimes.”The back five with the two holding midfielders allowed them to do that.“He was leaving something on players and he will be annoying and he was a threat.”I think he has been a little frustrated playing in wide areas.“His natural game is to come inside and he was a big reason behind what United did well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Watford vs Chelsea: Blues named unchanged XI

first_imgChelsea will attempt to put their loss to Leicester behind them when they face Watford at Vicarage Road on Wednesday.Maurizio Sarri’s side suffered their first home defeat of the season last week when they were beaten 1-0 by the Foxes and the Italian is eager to return to winning ways.Watford, meanwhile, are flying high this season and will pose a serious threat to the Blues, particularly on their own patch. 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? In contrast to their visitors, the Hornets come into the game on the back of a victory, having triumphed 2-0 over West Ham in their last outing. Game Watford vs Chelsea Date Wednesday, December 26 Time 7:30pm GMT / 2:30pm ET Stream (US only) fuboTV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN fuboTV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on Sky Sports Premier League, Sky 1 and Sky Sports Main Event. It can also be streamed live online using Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Premier League / Sky 1 / Sky Sports Main Event Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Watford squad Goalkeepers Gomes, Dahlberg, Foster Defenders Janmaat, Britos, Kaboul, Prodl, Mariappa, Masina, Cathcart, Femenia, Zeegelaar, Navarro, Wilmot, Holebas, Kabasele Midfielders Cleverley, Sema, Chalobah, Doucoure, Hughes, Quina, Capoue, Pereyra Forwards Deulofeu, Deeney, Success, Penaranda, Gray, Okaka Watford are without Andre Gray, while Will Hughes and Sebastian Prodl are also out. Like Chelsea, the Hornets have named an unchanged side from their weekend fixture – a 2-0 win over West Ham. Watford starting XI: Foster; Holebas, Cathcart, Kabasele, Femenia; Doucoure, Capoue, Sema, Pereyra; Deulofeu, Deeney. Position Chelsea squad Goalkeepers Kepa, Caballero, Green, Bulka Defenders Rudiger, Alonso, Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Emerson, Ampadu Midfielders Moses, Fabregas, Jorginho, Drinkwater, Kante, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic, McEachran Forwards Hazard, Pedro, Giroud, Morata, Willian, Hudson-Odoi Andreas Christensen is out with a hamstring injury while a healthy Alvaro Morata misses out on the 18, as Chelsea are unchanged from their defeat at Leicester at the weekend.Chelsea starting XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Alonso; Jorginho, Kovacic, Kante; Pedro, Willian, Hazard.Betting & Match Odds Chelsea are strong favourites to win the match, with bet365 giving odds of 13/20 on the Blues to triumph. Watford’s chances of victory are rated 17/4 and a draw is available at 11/4.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Maurizio Sarri Chelsea ICC 2018Chelsea’s defeat to Leicester at the weekend was a serious set-back in their bid for the Premier League title and leaves them in a position where they now have a fight on their hands to secure a top four finish, with Arsenal breathing down their neck heading into the new year.Sarri was furious with the loss – their third of the season – but indicated the silver lining was that his players have little time to dwell on the nature of their shortcomings in the game.”After the goal the reaction was, for me, a strange reaction, not in the right direction, not as a team but as 11 different players and so it was very strange,” said the Chelsea boss.”It’s important to play again in four days, maybe positive, maybe negative, it depends on our reaction after the match.”In the match we had a bad reaction, now it depends on the reaction in the next three days, I think it’s important to play immediately.”With another away game against London rivals Crystal Palace to come four days after the meeting with the Hornets, the Italian will be desperate for his team to make their way into 2019 on a high. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Camacho leaves Liverpool for Sporting in £5m deal

first_imgLiverpool winger Rafa Camacho has joined Sporting CP in a deal worth an initial £5 million ($6.3m).The Reds will receive a fee for the 19-year-old, with a further £2m ($2.5m) in performance-related add-ons forming part of the final deal. There will also be a 20 per cent sell-on clause in the deal, as well as a buy-back option. 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? Camacho, who made his senior Liverpool debut at Wolves in the FA Cup in January, was about to enter the final year of his contract and had refused to sign a new one. Having provisionally agreed terms on an extension in January, the Portuguese youth international was disappointed at not being allowed to leave on loan for the second half of the campaign.Liverpool fielded a series of enquiries about him this summer, but Camacho rejected the chance to speak to Wolves, AC Milan and Schalke, concerned he would not get sufficient playing time at those clubs.Lisbon-born, his preference was always to return to Sporting, who had agreed a loan deal with the Reds back in January only for Jurgen Klopp to veto the move. Had Liverpool allowed him to see out the remainder of his contract, they would have been due just £270,000 ($340,000) in compensation for a player who joined the club as a 16-year-old from Manchester City.The ideal situation for the Reds would have been for Camacho to sign a new deal and then go out on loan, but discussions with his representatives proved fruitless, with the player keen to secure regular football in his home country.Camacho impressed as part of Liverpool’s UEFA Youth League side last season, and made his Premier League debut as a late substitute in the win over Crystal Palace at Anfield in late January, three weeks after starting at Wolves in the cup.Sources have told Goal that this move is not linked to reports suggesting Liverpool will make a move for Sporting midfielder Bruno Fernandes, and that the Reds have no interest in signing the 24-year-old despite persistent claims in the Portuguese media.The Reds completed the signing of Sepp van den Berg from PEC Zwolle on Wednesday, in a deal worth an initial £1.3m ($1.6m).Subscribe to Neil’s weekly newsletter than brings you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web.last_img read more

More than a Hollywood movie! Madagascar’s magical AFCON

first_imgAsk anybody about Madagascar and chances are the first thing that springs to mind is the animated movie of the same name from 2005.However, over the past few weeks, the island nation with a population just shy of 25 million is writing its own blockbuster script as they produce a stunning Africa Cup of Nations campaign. Competing at the tournament for the first time and ranked 108th in world when they arrived in Egypt, Madagascar flew right under the radar at the outset, with even their coach conceding they shouldn’t have stood any chance.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare “All teams are better on paper than us,” Nicolas Dupuis told AFP.  “We don’t have any stars in our team. The star is the team.”We have a real team of friends but also with talented players, who are very good but perhaps not stars.”Dupuis is no high-profile coach himself, currently juggling a role as the technical director of FC Fleury 91, a club which competes in the fourth-tier of French football.But despite the odds being stacked against them, Madagascar have excelled to set up a quarter-final match against Tunisia on Thursday. Madagascar, also known as the Barea, are undefeated across their first four matches at the Africa Cup of Nations – a feat not achieved since Libya in 1982 for a nation making their debut at the tournament. Dupuis’ side has so far picked up one draw and three wins, with their biggest result seeing them upset Nigeria 2-0 in their final group match. Three-time AFCON winners Nigeria were ranked 63 places higher than Madagascar just a month ago but had no answers for their plucky opponents.The Barea have proven particularly versatile in attack and have scored in all four of their matches to become the first side since Zambia in 1975 to strike in their first four appearances at the tournament. MadagascarDesperate to rewrite the country’s previously animated narrative, Madagascar’s players held their nerve in a Round of 16 clash against DR Congo, as they triumphed 4-2 on penalties after the game had finished 2-2. Tunisia now loom as their next opponent and Dupuis’ men must produce another upset worthy of Hollywood.Appearing in their 10th AFCON quarter-final and ranked 25th in the world, Tunisia will be strong favourites to progress but Madagascar has quickly proven they aren’t a side to be written off.Tunisia’s form has, in fact, paled in comparison to the Barea’s, with Alain Giresse’s side drawing three of their four games and only beating Ghana on penalties in the Round of 16. Ranked as low as 190th in the world five years ago, win or lose on Thursday, Madagascar have certainly come a long way in a short space of time. Having failed to win a game in 2017 AFCON qualifying, Dupuis is desperate to instigate a radical overview of football development in a country where the beautiful game has previously hidden away. “I’m raising the alarm because the national team is the tree that hides in the forest,” he said.”There is nothing being done from a technical standpoint at the national level, there’s no work in terms of youth and it’s serious. “If we don’t question everything, if we don’t get back to work, in two years, there will be no more team and in four, even less so. It would be a shame because there’s a real breeding ground and it’s quite an old team.”My role is to sound the alarm and tell officials there are lots of things in need of change in Madagascar.”MadagascarMadagascar fans celebrate AFCONMadagascar fans celebrate AFCONConsidering how his side have performed in Egypt to date, it’s safe to say Dupuis has well and truly got sirens ringing across Madagascar. “We’re not too aware of what we’re doing, except when we get sent photos from Madagascar, where it’s madness right now,” Dupuis said. “We’re trying to live in the moment as best as possible because these moments are rare. It’s in these rare moments when you realise that we have the best job in the world.”Midfielder Anicet Abel got the ball rolling for Madagascar in Egypt, scoring his nation’s first ever goal at AFCON in their opening game against Guinea which ended 2-2. The 29-year-old, who plays club football in Bulgaria, is all too aware that his side were perhaps rightly seen as underdogs heading into the tournament. “When we came here at the beginning of the tournament, nobody took us seriously but we believed in ourselves,” Abel told Reuters.”Of course, they underestimated us and I understand them – Madagascar is not famous in football; I think Madagascar is only famous for the movie.”A perception Abel and his team are quickly rewriting as they produce a football fairytale DreamWorks themselves would be proud of.last_img read more

A Major College Football Upset Is On The Verge Of Happening

first_imgA general view of Purdue's football stadium.WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – OCTOBER 31: A general view of the field at the Purdue Boilermakers and Nebraska Cornhusker game at Ross-Ade Stadium on October 31, 2015 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Cory Seward/Getty Images)Boston College entered this afternoon’s game against Purdue with one of the best starts in program history.The Eagles are 3-0, ranked inside the top 25 poll for the first time in a long time.The Boilermakers, meanwhile, are winless. They entered this afternoon’s game at 0-3.Things have changed since kickoff though.Purdue is currently blowing out Boston College in West Lafayette, Ind.It’s Purdue 30, Boston College 7 heading into the fourth quarter.Time to SHOUT! #BoilerUp pic.twitter.com/UW3X8aydos— Purdue Football (@BoilerFootball) September 22, 2018This is quite the performance by Purdue and an extremely disappointing showing by Boston College.The game is on ESPN2.last_img read more

A Surprising School Might Be Favorite For Jalen Hurts’ Transfer

Jalen 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)Jalen Hurts might not end up being the biggest quarterback prospect on college football’s transfer market with five-star freshman Justin Fields reportedly leaving Georgia, but Alabama’s dual-threat junior will still be heavily pursued.The former Crimson Tide starting quarterback has been linked to several major programs – Auburn, Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio State – but a surprising school might actually be the favorite to land him.Yahoo! Sports’ Pete Thamel reports that Maryland is actually the “most popular speculation spot” for Hurts.The Terrapins have hired Alabama’s offensive coordinator, Mike Locksley, so it actually wouldn’t be too surprising if Hurts decided to follow him.Here’s what Thamel wrote on the latest regarding Hurts:The Alabama quarterback has a 26-2 record as a starter, which is good enough to get you a statue built at most schools. His spot duty to save Alabama in the SEC title game reminded everyone of his dual-threat ability and dynamism. The most popular speculation spot is Maryland, where he’d follow offensive coordinator Mike Locksley. In terms of scheme, UCLA looms as the most logical fit. In terms of familiarity, he could go to FAU where he’d be aligned to thrive again under former Tide offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin. Ohio State could loom as a possibility considering Day’s work in Haskins’ lone season as a starter. Regardless, with Alabama heavily favored to play for the national title on Jan. 7, it will be a quick turnaround for Hurts to find his next home.Maryland has had some major quarterback issues over the last couple of seasons and Hurts would bring some serious stability to the position.Hurts is expected to be one of a couple of major quarterbacks on the transfer market with Fields and, potentially, Notre Dame’s Brandon Wimbush.Stay tuned. read more

Dick Vitale Thinks Alabama, Clemson Fans Are Happy They Avoided Ohio State

first_imgDick Vitale dances with Louisville cheerleader.Dick Vitale is ESPN’s resident college basketball analyst, but he appears to know his college football too. The long time Notre Dame fan weighed in on Urban Meyer and Ohio State during the Rose Bowl on Tuesday.Vitale, commenting while Ohio State held a 21-3 lead on Washington, noted that Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer had his team “primed” for the stretch run of the season.He also thinks that fans of Clemson and Alabama are “happy” they didn’t have to deal with the Buckeyes in the College Football Playoff.Clemson and Alabama fans likely wouldn’t admit it – even if it were true. Vitale clearly thinks the Buckeyes belonged in the playoff.The @OSUCoachMeyer looks like he had @OhioStateFB primed at the end of the yr. / just ask @UMichFootball & @NUFBFamily fans I have a feeling that many Bama & Clemson lovers were happy that they didn’t have to deal with the Buckeyes .— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) January 2, 2019Earlier in the day, Vitale made headlines after he advocated that UCLA should hire Rick Pitino as its next basketball head coach.As for the Rose Bowl, Ohio State was a solid favorite heading into the contest, so the score isn’t too surprising. The Buckeyes clearly are playing their best football at the end of the season.The College Football Playoff wraps up Monday when Clemson takes on Alabama for the national title.last_img read more

2 Nebraska Football Players Accused Of Using Stolen Credit Card

first_imgNebraska football's game day balloon release.LINCOLN, NE – AUGUST 31: Nebraska fans release red balloons after the Nebraska Cornhuskers score their first points of the game against the Wyoming Cowboys at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)Two Nebraska football players have reportedly been accused of using a stolen credit card. The two players allegedly used stolen credit card information to order a pizza.The two players, sophomore linebacker Caleb Tannor and sophomore wide receiver Chad Alioth, have reportedly been cited with misdemeanor theft.The Lincoln Journal Star first reported the news of the incident.The two players are reportedly set to appear in court next month.From the report:Caleb Tannor and Chad Alioth have each been cited with misdemeanor theft.Assistant University Police Chief Hassan Ramzah said the theft was reported to the department Jan. 23 after the cardholder discovered their credit card had been used to pay for pizza delivery.Charges had not been filed in the case Wednesday, and the two were set to appear in court next month.It hasn’t been a great week for the Huskers’ football program in this department.Nebraska is entering the second year of the Scott Frost era in Lincoln, Neb. The Huskers are expected to make a major jump in Year 2.last_img read more

IPL 2019: Virat Kohli, Dale Steyn thrilled to be reunited as RCB win 2 in a row

first_img graphs Indian Premier League, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 20:00 (Local Time) 2/25 (4) (20.0) Indian Premier League, 2019 No data available! 161/7 (20.0) Bangalore BLR Match Ended 161/7 53 (37) 160/8 view more view less (20.0) Dale Steyn (BLR) D. Steyn (BLR) India Today Web Desk BengaluruApril 22, 2019UPDATED: April 22, 2019 12:29 IST IPL 2019: Virat Kohli and Dale Steyn caught up after RCB’s 1-run win over CSK (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSRCB defeated CSK by just 1 run in a last-ball thrillerMS Dhoni career-best unbeaten 48-ball 84 went in vainDale Steyn took the wickets of Shane Watson and Suresh RainaRoyal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday defeated Chennai Super Kings in a last-ball thriller at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, as the hosts came out victorious despite a MS Dhoni classic.Dhoni registered his career-best score in the Indian Premier League, scoring an unbeaten 84 from 48 balls but it was not enough to take CSK across the line. Dhoni almost got the required 26 runs off the last over bowled by Umesh Yadav before Parthiv Patel’s ‘Dhoni like calm’ behind the stumps ensured RCB’s victory by one run.Dale Steyn was one of the stars for RCB with the ball as he gave the hosts the perfect start when he dismissed Shane Watson and Suresh Raina on back-to-back deliveries. Steyn finished with 2/29 from his four wickets and has been a real game changer for RCB since his signing a few days ago.Delighted to have Steyn back in the team – Virat KohliOn their @RCBTweets reunion, watch what happens when @imVkohli and @DaleSteyn62 discover a 9 year old treasure! By @RajalArora. #RCBvCSKFull video – https://t.co/JsA5MqgzCw pic.twitter.com/jP87nA3K7IIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 22, 2019After the end of the match, RCB skipper Virat Kohli and Steyn looked back at their 10-year challenge photos. Steyn’s previous stint with the RCB was 9 years ago, as he played 15 matches for the Royal Challengers and picked 15 wickets with a best of 3 for 18.In 2011, Dale Steyn moved to Deccan Chargers before playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad from 2013 to 2015. In 2016, he played 1 game for Gujarat Lions but did not feature in the next two editions of the Indian Premier League.advertisement”We have won three games of the last four we have played. Feels outstanding. We have something really interesting here. There was a little competition, or thing, that came on social media recently – the 10-year challenge,” Kohli said in an interview with the IPL website.”I want everyone to look at this. Me and Dale Styen on the left in 2010 and me and Dale Steyn in 2019. Dale Styen looks the same as you can see on the left, it is a different human being and on the right is a different one,” Kohli added.Kohli went onto add how it felt for him that Steyn is back playing for RCB.”Feels amazing to be able to celebrate with this man after 10 years. We would have never thought that after parting ways in 2010, we would be doing the same thing in Chinnaswamy all over again,” Kohli said.Kohli also asked Steyn for how he felt, to which the South African said: “It’s fanstastic. you know that photo, you are right… it brings back some good memories. The photo just shows how well you’ve done. This man has gone on and taken the world by storm. One of the best if not the best batsmen in the world. I was lucky enough to watch him in the beginning, meeting me in the eyes as an 18-year-old and the man that stands in front of me today… the Indian captain. It is amazing so it is an honour. Thank you.”Kohli praised Steyn further saying that Steyn is one of the nicest people to have played for RCB.”This team has been full of very very nice people. He’s been one of the nicest that has ever played for RCB and we are so delighted to have him back. Good luck to him,” Kohli said.Also Read | MS Dhoni magic leaves cricket fraternity in awe: Cricket needs Dhoni to write it’s scriptsAlso Read | MS Dhoni 1st Indian to hit 200 sixes in Indian Premier LeagueAlso Read | MS Dhoni gave us a massive scare: Virat Kohli after RCB’s thrilling 1-run win over CSKFor 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 IPL 2019Follow Virat KohliFollow Dale SteynFollow RCBFollow 10 Year ChallengeFollow Royal Challengers Bangalore Match Ended Bangalore beat Chennai by 1 run Super Over – Series Status: Player Of The Match: Parthiv Patel Indian Premier League, 2019, Match 39 (20.0) 84 (48) Parthiv Patel (BLR) P. Patel (BLR) Bangalore BLR Bangalore Top Bowlers Top Bowlers commentary advertisement Toss: CHE elected to field Top Batsmen Top Batsmen IPL 2019: Virat Kohli, Dale Steyn thrilled to be reunited as RCB win 2 in a rowVirat Kohli and Dale Styen looked at side-by-side photos of them celebrating a win in 2010 and 2019 after Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Chennai Super Kings by 1 run on Sunday. 2/29 (4) Scorecard Referee: Javagal Srinath (IND) Umpires: Vineet Kulkarni (IND), Rod Tucker (AUS) and Anil Chaudhary (IND) Chennai CHE Chennai view full scorecard Deepak Chahar (CHE) D. 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Virat Kohli on rivalry with Mohammad Amir: Not focussed on individual competition

first_img Next India Today Web Desk ManchesterJune 15, 2019UPDATED: June 15, 2019 18:27 IST ICC World Cup 2019, India vs Pakistan: Virat Kohli said he is not focussed on individual competition (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli spoke to the press on the eve of India vs Pakistan in ManchesterKohli said he doesn’t focus on individual competition with opposition playersMohammad Amir has been in good form in the lead up to india vs PakistanIndia captain Virat Kohli refused to get drawn into talks over rivalry with Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir on the eve of the much-anticipated ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match between the two neighbors.Speaking to the press in Manchester on Saturday, Kohli said he is not going to say anything sensational about Mohammad Amir for “TRPs or exciting news” and added that he is always willing to respect a good bowler’s skillset.Virat Kohli was dismissed by Mohammed Amir during the final of Champions Trophy 2017 between India and Pakistan in London. Kohli’s early dismissal pegged India back in their chase of 339. India eventually lost the big final by 180 runs.Amir is expected to play a big role for Pakistan when they take on India in Manchester in their 7th World Cup meeting. Amir hit peak form just ahead of the India match when he broke the back of Australia’s middle order and picked up 5-wicket haul vs the defending champions on July 12.In what is expected to be overcast conditions in Manchester on Sunday, Pakistan would be hoping Amir will recreate the magic of the Champions Trophy final.”I am not going to say anything for different for TRPs or for exciting news. You have to respect every bowler’s strength. I just focus on the white ball or the red ball, regardless of the bowler. You have to respect a good bowler’s skillset. I said this even before the South Africa match about Kagiso Rabada,” Virat Kohli said when he was asked to comment on Mohammad Amir.advertisementKohli added: “Impact bowlers are there in world cricket. We have to be wary of their strength but at the same time focus on my strength to score runs.”It’s not like if he [Amir] takes a wicket or I score runs, the match result is going to be decided. There are going to be 10 other players. All of them have to play well. I don’t think I am in a competition with anyone, that’s all talks from the outside. This kind of competition doesn’t even cross my mind. If you play badly against a bowler, you will get out. It’s that simple for me.”Pakistan have a potent pace attack that has Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, and the young left-arm pacer Shaheen Afridi. Speaking to India Today ahead of the World Cup 2019 match between India and Pakistan, batting great Sachin Tendulkar had said India need to wary of Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz threat on Sunday.”Rohit [Sjharma] and Virat are the 2 more experienced players in the lineup and Pakistan would be focussing on getting them early without any doubt as that opens the game for them. Amir and Wahab Riaz will definitely target their wickets early on. But Rohit and Virat should also be looking to play long innings. the plan should be that the rest of the guys play around them,” Sachin Tendulkar said.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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow India vs PakistanFollow Mohammad AmirFollow India national cricket team Virat Kohli on rivalry with Mohammad Amir: Not focussed on individual competitionICC Cricket World Cup 2019, India vs Pakistan: India captain Virat Kohli on Saturday said the thought of competition with opposition bowlers doesn’t even cross his mind and he is focussed on executing his plans.advertisementlast_img read more

India vs Pakistan: Sunil Gavaskar, Harbhajan Singh slam ECB over lack of rain preparedness

first_img Next India vs Pakistan: Sunil Gavaskar, Harbhajan Singh slam ECB over lack of rain preparednessICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Batting great Sunil Gavaskar, speaking to India Today from Manchester, said the England and Wales Cricket Board should be held responsible if the big-ticket match between India and Pakistan is washed out due to rain on Sunday.advertisement India Today Web Desk ManchesterJune 15, 2019UPDATED: June 15, 2019 20:39 IST ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: India’s match vs New Zealand on Thursday was washed out due to rain in Nottingham (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRain threat looms large over India vs Pakistan in Manchester on SundayGavaskar questioned why the ECB hadn’t covered the entire ground on the eve of the matchGavaskar wants ICC to hold back the guaranteed $750,000 to ECB if IND vs PAK is washed outFormer India captain and batting great Sunil Gavaskar questioned the apparent lack of rain preparedness of England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 after rain interruption in quite a few matches.Sunil Gavaskar, speaking to India from Old Trafford in Manchester, said the inability of the ECB to have cricket grounds fully covered is “totally unacceptable”. It was pouring down in Manchester even as Gavaskar was expressing his frustration at the puddles that were being formed on the uncovered areas of the outfield.India take on Pakistan in what is arguably the biggest match of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on Sunday in Manchester. However, rain threat looms large over the big-ticket encounter. With the Old Trafford ground taking a lot of water due to the rain in the lead up to Sunday, the wet patches are going to be a cause for concern if the wet weather persists.Notably, India’s World Cup 2019 match against New Zealand on Thursday was abandoned without a ball being bowled in Nottingham. There was constant drizzle throughout the duration of the match and on-field umpires had echoed their concerns over the wet patches at Trent Bridge which wasn’t covered entirely as well.”I am kind of hoping this rain goes away and the sun shines bright because the whole world is waiting for this match [India vs Pakistan],” Gavaskar told India Today on Saturday.Gavaskar added: “Terrible (Ground not covered on Saturday). Unacceptable. This is a big tournament. You know the conditions in England and not to have that (extra covers) is absolutely unacceptable in my view. In a country like the West Indies, or in some parts of India where it hardly rains, you can understand grounds not being fully covered. However, Kolkata has got it done. Sri Lanka has it, has covers all over the ground.advertisement”Why can’t England? England often tells other countries what they should be doing in cricket. England should be the one that should have it because it rains and rains regularly. You can’t have a situation where thousands of people come from different parts of the world and sit here and the game does not start.”Harbhajan Singh, who joined Sunil Gavaskar on the show, said he wasn’t fully satisfied with the Old Trafford’s drainage and the mud-based outfield at the iconic venue.”There should be a game, provided how long this rain will last. If it continues to be like this, the drainage system in this ground is not that great. I was on the ground and the outfield is quite wet. A few patches are really, really bad. I hope this stops at some point today so that we can get a match tomorrow,” Harbhajan Singh said.”This is not a sand-based ground, this is proper mud-based soil (in Manchester). Once it gets wet, it will stay wet until the sun comes out. As Sunny Bhai said, they should have covered the whole ground. It happened the other day in Nottingham and in a few other matches as well.”Gavaskar wants ICC to punish ECB if India-Pakistan is washed outStressing that the International Cricket Council should withhold the money that ECB gets from hosting the India-Pakistan match if it gets washed out, Gavaskar said ICC should take punitive action against the host board.Thousands of fans have reportedly travelled to Manchester from across the globe for the India-Pakistan match. Tickets for the match was sold out within minutes of ticket window opening and fans are even reportedly willing to resell their tickets.”Well, ECB (is responsible). ECB is the one that runs the game here. The Lancashire county cricket club comes under its jurisdiction. So it’s the ECB’s responsibility,” Gavaskar added.”I also believe the ICC needs to tell the ECB now ‘the game hasn’t taken place because of negligence from your part. So you will not get that guaranteed $750,000. ECB gets $750,000 irrespective of whether a ball is bowled or not. That should not be the case. If the game doesn’t start tomorrow because of this, I don’t think the ICC should be giving ECB money.”I hope people who have been trying to talk things about India and not giving India their share of the money, now look at this and put their foot down and show by example that what is good for one, should be good for everybody.”Also Read | Anil Kumble, Brian Lara question rain preparedness for World Cup 2019Also Read | We put men on the moon, so why can’t we have a reserve day in World Cup: Bangladesh coachAlso See:advertisementFor 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 Sunil GavaskarFollow ICCFollow ECBFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow India vs PakistanFollow Manchester rainlast_img read more

PV Sindhu hopes to end title wait in Thailand Open

first_img Press Trust of India BangkokJuly 29, 2019UPDATED: July 29, 2019 13:34 IST PV Sindhu crashed out of the Japan Open after quarter-final defeat to Yamaguchi. (BWF Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSindhu would be desperate to break her seven-month-long title jinxSindhu will open her women’s singles campaign against unseeded Chinese Han YueSindhu might face her first real test in the quarterfinals with a possible clash against sixth seed Ratchanok IntanonThe successive losses to Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi have been disappointing but Indian ace P V Sindhu will have to put it all behind when she renews her chase for a maiden title this year in the Thailand Open badminton tournament, starting here on Tuesday.The last two weeks have been an emotional roller-coaster ride for Sindhu as after finishing second-best at the Indonesia Open, she was shown the door in the quarterfinals of the Japan Open last week.On both occasions, familiar foe Yamaguchi turned out to be Sindhu’s nemesis. The Indian would be desperate to break her seven-month-long title jinx.Seeded fourth, Sindhu will open her women’s singles campaign against unseeded Chinese Han Yue, whom she easily overcame in the first round of Japan Open.If all goes well, Sindhu might face her first real test in the quarterfinals with a possible clash against sixth seed Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand.The other Indian in the fray, Saina Nehwal has been seeded seventh here, but she has been hampered by several injuries of late.Saina was forced to withdraw from both the Indonesia and Japan Open on medical grounds as she is focussing on getting into shape for next month’s World Championships. She has been pitted against a qualifier in the opening round.In men’s singles, Shubhankar Dey has got a tough opening round against top seed Kento Momota of Japan, while B Sai Pranneeth, who lost in the semifinals last week, is up against Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen.If both the Indians manage to get past the first hurdle, they will face each other next.advertisementFifth seed Kidambi Srikanth will take on a qualifier, while H S Prannoy will be up against Wong Wing Ki Vincent of Hong Kong in the opening round.Sameer Verma, seeded eighth, will face Lee Zii Jia of Malaysia while Parupalli Kashyap will take on France’s Brice Leverdez.Sourabh Verma and Ajay Jayaram will have to go through the qualifiers.While Sourabh will play top seed Shesar Hiren Rhustavito of Indonesia in the first qualifying round, Jayaram will face Chinese Zhou Ze Qi.In men’s doubles, two Indian pairs feature but only one among them will progress to the next round.The combinations of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty and Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy will face each other in the opening round.The lone Indian pair in women’s doubles — Ashwini Ponappa and N Sikki Reddy — will be up against the Chinese duo of Li Wen Mei and Zheng Yu in the opening round.In mixed doubles, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy are drawn against the Japanese combination of Kohei Gondo and Ayane Kurihara while the pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ponnappa have a tough task at hand as they are pitted against fifth seed Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying of Malaysia.Also Read | Japan Open 2019: PV Sindhu’s campaign ends with quarter-final loss to Akane YamaguchiAlso 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 PV SindhuFollow Thailand Open PV Sindhu hopes to end title wait in Thailand OpenOlympic silver-medallist P V Sindhu had crashed out of the Japan Open after a second successive defeat to Akane Yamaguchi.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

3rd ODI: India Women clinch thriller vs South Africa to win series 3-0

first_img3rd ODI: India Women clinch thriller vs South Africa to win series 3-0India women were in a state of bother after putting up just 146 runs but the bowlers helped restrict South Africa to 140 thereby launching a 3rd consecutive victory.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service VadodaraOctober 14, 2019UPDATED: October 14, 2019 17:36 IST India bowled out South Africa for 140 at the Reliance Stadium (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSIndia bowled out South Africa for 140 at the Reliance StadiumIndia had already won the 3-match series before the 3rd ODIEkta Bisht picked up 3 wickets to be adjudged the Player of the MatchIndian bowlers, particularly the spinners, on Monday came out with a stupendous bowling performance as the Women in Blue defeated South Africa in a low-scoring thriller and clinched the three-match ODI series 3-0.After managing just 146 runs in their first innings, the Indian eves rode on brilliant bowling performances from Ekta Bisht, Deepti Sharma and Rajeshwari Gayakwad to bowl out South Africa women for 140 and win the match by six runs at the Reliance Stadium.Chasing 147, the visitors kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were never allowed to bat freely by the Indian bowlers.What a thrilling end to the final ODI in Vadodara. India clinch a nail-biter by 6 runs and take home the series 3-0 #TeamIndia #INDvSA @Paytm pic.twitter.com/oMIgmSDkgDBCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) October 14, 2019Apart from Marizanne Kapp (29), captain Sune Luus (24) and Laura Wolvaardt (23), none of the other batters contributed much and as a result, the Proteas women failed to register the consolatory win, which at the mid-way mark of the match, seemed probable.Ekta, who was adjudged the Player of the Match, was the pick of the Indian bowlers as she scalped three wickets, giving away just 32 runs from her 10 overs. She was well supported by Deepti and Rajeshwari who picked up two wickets each.Harmanpreet Kaur and Jemimah Rodrigues, known for their batting skills, also contributed to India’s winning cause with the ball and chipped in with a wicket each.Earlier, winning the toss and electing to bat, India didn’t have a great start as they lost both the openers in the first two overs. Skipper Mithali Raj did try to steady the ship along with Poonam Raut. However, they both fell quickly after contributing with 11 and 15 respectively.advertisementHarmanpreet, who came in next, however, kept batting from one end and played a crucial knock of 38 runs which came off 76 balls. Apart from her, Shikha Pandey contributed 35 valuable runs down the order and helped the team reach near the 150 mark.India had won the first two matches by eight and six wickets respectively.Brief scores: India Women 146/10 (Harmanpreet Kaur 38, Shikha Pandey 35; Marizanne Kapp 3/20) bt South Africa Women 140/10 (Marizanne Kapp 29, Sune Luus 24; Ekta Bisht 3/32)Also Read | Sourav Ganguly: Indian cricket’s crisis man since 1996, set to start new chapter as BCCI presidentAlso Read | Sourav Ganguly 1st India cricketer in 65 years to become BCCI presidentFor 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 India women cricket teamFollow India women vs South Africa womenFollow Ekta Bisht Nextlast_img read more

Mary Kom is too big a legend to need to hide from competition: Nikhat Zareen to Kiren Rijiju

first_img Next Press Trust of India New DelhiOctober 17, 2019UPDATED: October 17, 2019 16:17 IST (Nikhat Zareen Twitter Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBFI had ignored Nikhat Zareen for the recent World Championships and sent Mary Kom insteadBFI now also plans to send Mary Kom for the Olympic qualifiersMary Kom has maintained that she would follow the BFI guidelines on selection trialsFormer junior world champion boxer Nikhat Zareen has written to Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, demanding a trial bout against the celebrated MC Mary Kom before India’s squad for next year’s Olympic Qualifiers is decided.Mary Kom (51kg) claimed her eighth world medal at the recently-concluded championships in Russia. She was selected for the event ahead of Zareen, who was refused a trial by the Boxing Federation of India (BFI), which decided to go by Mary Kom’s consistent performances while making the choice.The BFI now also plans to send Mary Kom for the Olympic qualifiers on the back of her bronze-winning show at the world championships, moving away from the previous decision to give direct selection only to the gold and silver winners.The qualifiers will be held in China in February next year.”Sir, the very basis of sport is fairplay and need to keep proving oneself each and every time. Even Olympic gold medallists have to fight again to qualify to represent the country,” she wrote in the letter.”I have been inspired by Mary Kom since I was a teenager. The best way I can do justice to this inspiration was to strive to be as great a boxer as her. And Mary Kom is too big a legend in sport to need to hide from competition and not actually defend her Olympic qualification,” she said.All I want is a fair chance.If I’m not given the opporunity to compete what am I training for. Sports is about FairPlay & I dont want to loose faith in my country.Jai Hind @KirenRijiju @RijijuOffice #AjaySingh @Media_SAI @DGSAI @BFI_official @kishanreddybjp @PMOIndia #TopsAthlete pic.twitter.com/t1ie62tMJyadvertisementNikhat Zareen (@nikhat_zareen) October 17, 2019Interestingly, the BFI criteria for men made it possible for even the bronze-winners to get direct selection.”After all, if 23-time gold-medallist Michael Phelps has to re-qualify every time for the Olympics, the rest of us should do the same.”Mary Kom has maintained that she would follow the BFI guidelines on selection trials and will compete if asked by the federation.The Sports Ministry is not entitled to intervene in selection matters of any national federation unless requested by the parent international body as any such unilateral move is considered a violation of the Olympic Charter.Zareen said even if she were to lose the trial bout, should she get one, she would feel content about at least getting a chance.”I look for no favours, just fairplay. And whether Mary Kom or any other boxer qualifies after the trial, we can at least sleep at night knowing that every one of the candidate for the best possible opportunity to make India proud at Olympics,” she said.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 Nikhat ZareenFollow Mc Mary KomFollow World Boxing Championships Mary Kom is too big a legend to need to hide from competition: Nikhat Zareen to Kiren RijijuMary Kom was selected for the World Boxing Championships ahead of Zareen, who was refused a trial by the Boxing Federation of India (BFI), which decided to go by Mary Kom’s consistent performances.advertisementlast_img read more

Pelican Backpacks: Cutting Edge Luggage

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