Monthly Archives: October 2019

10 months agoNapoli coach Carl Ancelotti warns against January signings

first_imgNapoli coach Carl Ancelotti warns against January signingsby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli coach Carl Ancelotti doesn’t expect any January signings.Ancelotti is satisfied with the quality of his squad.He said, “An extra player would result in problems for management. No-one will leave, unless somebody gets stuck in front of the gate at our training complex because they want to be sold.“At the moment I see a compact and happy group. If I said I liked Pavard then that would be a lack of respect for Hysaj, Malcuit and Maksimovic, who I’m very happy with.“The market doesn’t interest me much right now. My experience of Serie A as an outsider was different.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoNewcastle boss Steve Bruce insists his strikers will come good

first_imgNewcastle boss Steve Bruce insists his strikers will come goodby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Steve Bruce insists his strikers will come good after their 0-0 draw with Brighton.They did have some presentable chances but neither Joelinton or Miguel Almiron could convert when it mattered.Bruce said: “I think it’s always been a concern, but if you look at the chances we’ve had, they’re big chances at this level.”They’re arguably better than what Brighton had.”Even though they’ve had 70 per cent of possession, we’ve probably had the best chances out there, which is a disappointment that we haven’t taken one.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

4 days ago​Guardiola insists Man City not ready to win Champions League

first_img​Guardiola insists Man City not ready to win Champions Leagueby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola thinks his team is still not ready to win the Champions League.It is no secret that two-times defending Premier League champions City want to win Europe’s biggest club competition.But they have failed in the early knockout rounds for several seasons in a row.And Guardiola believes their profligacy in front of goal will cost them in Champions League matches.”We miss a lot of chances in the final third [during a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace on Saturday] and we have to do that to be clinical. When the people say about the Champions League being the target, we are still not ready,” he told reporters.”We create a lot and we don’t concede, but we can still improve. We are a team in the last two seasons who score a lot and create a lot. I don’t have doubt about that, but still we have to keep going and work on that.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Photo: Oregon Fan Gets Huge Ohio State Tattoo To Make Good On Bet

first_imgOregon's fans celebrate during the Pac-12 title game against Arizona.SANTA CLARA, CA – DECEMBER 05: Oregon Ducks fans celebrate an impending victory against the Arizona Wildcats during the PAC-12 Championships at Levi’s Stadium on December 5, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)For some Oregon fans, last week’s loss in the College Football Playoff National Championship hurt a bit more than it did for others. One Ducks supporter, who made a bet on the game with his buddy, had to endure physical pain as a result of the Buckeyes’ victory.The fan in question, who made it clear that he still supports Oregon, was forced to get a huge Ohio State tattoo on his thigh. His friend posted a photo of the new ink, and he himself posted a sad face emoji.LADIES AND GENTLEMAN. HERE IS THE TATTOO. A man of his word @Debellonia88 pic.twitter.com/HWUah8BL5D— H (@Hlee3D) January 21, 2015— Sun Duck (@Debellonia88) January 21, 2015If the two schools ever meet in the playoff again, you can guarantee this guy will be looking to double down on his wager.[Deadspin]last_img read more

Sheffield Wednesday in talks to buy Hector from Chelsea

first_imgSheffield Wednesday are in talks to sign Michael Hector from Chelsea but are struggling to match the Blues’ valuation ahead of transfer deadline day.Hector impressed on loan at Hillsborough last season after making 39 appearances in all competitions and he was named the Championship club’s player of the year.The Owls have been hoping to strike a deal for Hector all summer, with a large section of the fanbase urging the club to bring back the centre-half on a permanent basis. 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? The 27-year-old has never made a competitive appearance for Chelsea and he is hopeful of ending his spell with the Europa League winners after four loan moves in recent seasons.Chelsea signed Hector from Reading for £4 million in 2015 but a series of managers from Jose Mourinho to Frank Lampard have not been able to find a place for him in the first team.However, there are concerns that Hector might remain at Stamford Bridge until his contract expires next summer as talks heat up between the two parties before Thursday’s 5pm BST deadline, with Chelsea understood to want to recoup at least the £4m they paid for the player four years ago.Hector is a Chelsea fan and he is one of several players who could leave the Blues ahead of the transfer window closing in England on Thursday.Danny Drinkwater may leave before the deadline, with Premier League duo Norwich City and Brighton exploring how to fund loan deals to pay a proportion of the £35m ($43m) midfielder’s £100,000-a-week wages. Everton are interested in loaning Fikayo Tomori after Lampard signalled his intent to keep Kurt Zouma, who impressed on loan at Goodison Park last season.The France international remaining at Stamford Bridge means that Tomori is being allowed to leave on loan for another year, despite featuring heavily in pre-season and having done well at Derby County last season.Trevoh Chalobah is set to leave on loan after he agreed to extend his contract for another season, with Huddersfield Town and Norwich among the clubs interested.Baba Rahman has attracted interest regarding a permanent move away from Chelsea from clubs in England and France, while the Blues are looking to sell Tiemoue Bakayoko and have had talks with Galatasaray over a loan move .Davide Zappacosta, meanwhile, is also up for sale. Chelsea have raised well over £100m ($121m) from player sales this summer although they cannot buy anyone in the current transfer window due to the ban imposed upon them by FIFA.last_img read more

Major School’s AD Discusses Possibility Of Program Joining New Conference

first_imgA general view of BYU's football stadium.PROVO, UT – NOVEMBER 12: General view of LaVell Edwards Stadium during the game between the Southern Utah Thunderbirds and the Brigham Young Cougars on November 12, 2016 in Provo Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***After years with the WAC and then Mountain West, BYU football struck out on their own and went independent after the 2010 season.That doesn’t mean the Cougars aren’t interested in a conference partnership again.Outside of Notre Dame, BYU is probably the most competitive FBS independent out there, especially now that Navy is in the AAC for football. If a Power Five league came calling, though, the Cougars would listen.The school had a dalliance with the Big 12 a few years ago, as one of the primary programs mentioned as potential expansion candidates. Ultimately, the league decided to stay at 10 teams.BYU Cougars athletic director Tom Holmoe won’t rule out joining a league, but it won’t come for a few years.He spoke to KUTV about the possibility of moving to a new league. BYU definitely sounds interested, but the timetable is put off until the leagues start the next round of media rights negotiations.Holmoe put the year that it could happen at 2023. Via CollegeFootballTalk:It sounds as though that will be the case for at least the next four or five years, as athletic director Tom Holmoe told KUTV that he doesn’t foresee realignment involving the school happening again until at least 2023 and only after then could the program consider a move to a league even if it’s not of the Power Five variety.“When they say 2023, it’s a little bit before and a little bit after when those big conferences renew or redo their broadcast rights agreement. After that time, if there is a change for BYU, then he would have to think about it and what the future would hold for sure,” said Holmoe. “We’re paying attention to see how those things go but you’re not going to see any movement for the next couple of years.”In terms of the current Power Five, the Big 12 probably makes the most sense for BYU. It is anyone’s guess what the college football world will look like in a few years though.[CollegeFootballTalk]last_img read more

Upset Alert: A Major Upset Is In The Works In The Big 10

first_imgCornerback Trae Waynes #15 of the Michigan State Spartans and wide receiver Quincy Enunwa #18 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers reach for a pass during their game at Memorial Stadium.LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 16: Cornerback Trae Waynes #15 of the Michigan State Spartans and wide receiver Quincy Enunwa #18 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers reach for a pass during their game at Memorial Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)There was a major upset in the Big Ten last weekend, with Purdue falling at home to Eastern Michigan. Could another one be on the way today? It looks like it.Nebraska, which fell in its season opener to Colorado last Saturday, is without starting quarterback Adrian Martinez this afternoon. The Huskers’ offense is hurting in a major way.Walk-on quarterback Andrew Bunch is starting in Martinez’ place. Nebraska’s offense has struggled to protect him. The Huskers also have multiple turnovers.It’s Troy 10, Nebraska 0 with about 12 minutes to play in the second quarter.ROOKARD TO THE ?!!!!Cedarius Rookard with a 58-yard punt return for a touchdown and Troy leads Nebraska 10-0 in second quarter.2Q | 12:17 | #RTW #OneTROY pic.twitter.com/Chx1GW1GCv— Troy Trojans Football ⚔️ (@TroyTrojansFB) September 15, 2018Nebraska hired Scott Frost knowing it was a multi-year project to get the Huskers back to the level they want to be at. However, starting the season 0-2 with back-to-back home losses would be quite the blow.The Huskers and the Trojans are playing on BTN.last_img read more

Baker Mayfield Was Asked About Lincoln Riley Coaching The Browns

first_imgLincoln Riley hugs Baker Mayfield.In the aftermath of the Cleveland Browns firing head coach Hue Jackson, many people put Oklahoma HC Lincoln Riley at the top of the list of candidates. Given his history with rookie QB Baker Mayfield when he was a star for the Sooners, it might seem reasonable.Of course, Mayfield himself might have a role in who becomes the team’s next head coach, and he was asked what he thought about Riley this week.In a relatively safe response, Mayfield said that while he loved his former college coach, he was going to make due with what he has in Cleveland now.“I love Linc, but we have what we have,” Mayfield said. “He’s doing his thing and I’m doing mine.”Would Baker Mayfield like to see Lincoln Riley become the Browns head coach?“I love Linc, but we have what we have. He’s doing his thing and I’m doing mine.” pic.twitter.com/Cb3ukeb3QD— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) October 31, 2018Riley has recently stated that he doesn’t have “that itch” to coach at the NFL level at this time.Last year, in his first year as head coach of the Sooners, Riley coached Mayfield into college football’s top QB. Their year together culminated in a Heisman trophy for Mayfield, a Big 12 title for Oklahoma, and a spot in the College Football Playoffs.Hue Jackson was fired after a 2-5-1 start to the season.last_img read more

Jalen Hurts Issues Statement After Today’s Performance

first_imgalabama quarterback jalen hurts at the sec championship gameATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on in the second half against the Georgia Bulldogs during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama junior quarterback Jalen Hurts issued a statement on Twitter following his performance in the SEC Championship Game against Georgia.Hurts, who had been relegated to backup duty with Tua Tagovailoa’s emergence, was thrust back onto the field today when the Heisman Trophy frontrunner went down with an injury.The dual-threat quarterback played like anything but a backup. Of course, this is unsurprising, as the only reason Hurts is a backup is because he’s playing behind the best quarterback in the country.Hurts took to Twitter with the following message after the win:“You Can’t Stop What’s Destined. THANK YOU LORD!” he tweeted.You Can’t Stop What’s Destined. THANK YOU LORD!#AllGlory2God #NeverLoseFaith #Blessed #Wow pic.twitter.com/RrcgdUFTQu— Jalen Hurts (@JalenHurts) December 2, 2018Good for Jalen.Alabama will learn its College Football Playoff fate on Sunday afternoon. The Crimson Tide will undoubtedly be ranked No. 1, but there are serious questions about the No. 4 spot.The College Football Playoff field will be unveiled on ESPN.last_img read more

Kyler Murray Has Officially Made A Decision On The NFL/MLB

first_imgkyler murray in the fourth quarter against alabamaMIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts in the fourth quarter during the College Football Playoff Semifinal against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Former star Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray has officially made a decision on his future, announcing whether he’ll be pursuing a career in the MLB or the NFL. The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback is choosing football.Murray, a top 10 pick in last year’s MLB Draft, has been flirting with both football and baseball over the past couple of months, refusing to reveal which way he was leaning.This afternoon, Murray took to Twitter to announce his decision. He is fully committed to pursuing a career as an NFL quarterback.“Moving forward, I am firmly and fully committing my life and time to becoming an NFL quarterback,” Murray tweeted.“Football has been my love and passion my entire life. I was raised to play QB and I very much look forward to dedicating 100 percent of myself to being the best QB possible and winning NFL championships.”Here’s his full announcement:pic.twitter.com/kGePeWhrId— Kyler Murray (@TheKylerMurray) February 11, 2019This is tough news for the Oakland A’s, who took Murray in the first round of last year’s MLB Draft and allowed him to play one season of football at Oklahoma before heading to the minor leagues.However, it’s not too surprising, considering the success Murray had at Oklahoma. There are some who believe he could be a first-round pick in the NFL Draft.The NFL Combine begins at the end of February. Murray is expected to participate.last_img read more

Report: Oregon DC Jim Leavitt Leaving Ducks Program

first_imgA general view during the game between the Oregon Ducks and the Washington Huskies.EUGENE, OR – OCTOBER 08: A general view during the game between the Oregon Ducks and the Washington Huskies on October 8, 2016 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. The Huskies defeated the Ducks 70-21. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)A major college football program’s defensive coordinator is reportedly moving on from his team. According to a report from 247Sports, Oregon defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt is leaving the Ducks football program for an unknown reason.The reports suggests head coach Mario Cristobal will promote co-defensive coordinator Keith Heyward to defensive coordinator. Heyward spent the 2017 season as the team’s safeties coach before his promotion to co-defensive coordinator for the 2018 season.As for Leavitt, he was hired by former Oregon head coach Willie Taggart ahead of the 2017 college football season. After Taggart left for Florida State, he attempted to lure Leavitt with him to coach the Seminoles, but Leavitt decided to stay in the Pac-12.Now it looks like he’ll be in search of a new opportunity.BREAKING: According to multiple sources, Defensive Coordinator Jim Leavitt is moving on from Oregon. Oregon is expected to promote its new DC from within the program. https://t.co/A77MZsP0QN— Matt Prehm (@MattPrehm) February 14, 2019Rumors of Leavitt’s long term future with the Ducks came into question after Cristobal took over as the team’s head coach.After leading the Oregon defense in 2018, Leavitt will be on his way out as Cristobal takes full control of his staff at the university.The longtime South Florida head coach could look to get back into coaching a Group of Five program or perhaps take his talents to one of the developing professional leagues.Stay tuned for an official announcement from the team.last_img read more

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Video Of Coach O Lookalike Running On The Beach Is Going Viral

first_imgA closeup of LSU football coach Ed Orgeron.GLENDALE, ARIZONA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Ed Orgeron of the LSU Tigers watches warm ups before the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl between LSU and Central Florida at State Farm Stadium on January 01, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)Update: The video of “Coach O” running on the beach is unfortunately (or fortunately) just a lookalike.“Well, it turns out it was not Coach O. It was just a man living his best life at the beach. A beautiful thing,” the updated report states.Earlier: You probably didn’t come into this weekend thinking you needed to see video of someone who appears to be LSU head coach Ed Orgeron running on the beach, but trust me, you do.Video has emerged of “Coach O” chasing down a youngster on the beach. It doesn’t go well for the running man.Check it out:Coach O struggling with the running game already. pic.twitter.com/NxwPrQuwkQ— Patrick Shuck (@PShuck) July 13, 2019Hey, you can’t knock the effort.LSU can certainly use that kind of effort when it opens its 2019 season on Aug. 31 against Georgia Southern.last_img read more

ISL: FC Goa beat Kerala Blasters FC 3-0 to book play-offs spot

first_imgISL: FC Goa beat Kerala Blasters FC 3-0 to book play-offs spotFC Goa with the 3-0 win over Kerala Blasters FC leapfrogged Bengaluru FC to go top of the Indian Super League points table.advertisement Next Press Trust of India MargaoFebruary 18, 2019UPDATED: February 18, 2019 23:24 IST Ferran Corominas, Edu Bedia and Hugo Boumous scored a goal each to give FC Goa a 3-0 win over Kerala Blasters FC (ISL Photo)HIGHLIGHTSFC Goa beat Kerala Blasters FC 3-0 in their ISL matchWith the win, FC Goa booked position in the play-offsFC Goa also leapfrogged Bengaluru FC to top ISL points tableFC Goa became the second Hero Indian Super League side to book their place in the play-offs after a convincing 3-0 win over Kerala Blasters FC in Margao on Monday.Quickfire goals in the first half from Ferran Corominas (22’) and Edu Bedia (25′) and a third by Hugo Boumous (78′) helped the hosts do the double over the Kerala outfit in the season.To make the result all the more sweeter, the Gaurs have leapfrogged Bengaluru FC to go top of the table. Goa has 31 points from 16 games same as Bengaluru FC but with a better goal difference now occupies table top position. On other hand, Kerala Blasters, remain ninth after slumping to their seventh loss of the season.FC Goa were on the money right from the start as Jackichand Singh threatened the Kerala defence as he twisted and turned the likes of Lalruatthara and Anas Edathodika on a couple of occasions. One of his efforts did beat Dheeraj Singh but came off the woodwork, much to Kerala’s relief..@FCGoaOfficial continue their form and rise to the top of the #HeroISL standings after convincingly winning 3-0 against @KeralaBlasters.More videos: https://t.co/mrtZlxvu6i#ISLRecap #GOAKER #LetsFootball #FanBannaPadega pic.twitter.com/U5T3GvTE4DIndian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) February 18, 2019Kerala then found the back of the net through Slavisa Stojanovic after a quick interplay with Matej Poplatnik. However, the linesman had his flag raised after Courage Pekuson was deemed to be in an offside position.Goa got a deserved breakthrough midway into the first half through Ferran Corominas. Brandon Fernandes’ cross from the left was headed home with ease by the Spaniard after he was afforded a lot of space inside the box by Anas Edathodika and Sandesh Jhingan.advertisementIn the 25th minute, Edu Bedia doubled the lead by slotting the ball into an empty net. This was after Anas sent a back-pass to Dheeraj whose clearance was straight at Corominas. The Spaniard took a touch and laid the ball on a platter for Bedia who applied the finishing touch to make matters worse for the visitors.Here’s a look at the #HeroISL standings after tonight’s #GOAKER and there’s a new league leader who also became the second club to secure a semi-final berth!Congratulations, @FCGoaOfficial #LetsFootball #FanBannaPadega pic.twitter.com/4id5xe8cxXIndian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) February 18, 2019Goa continued to see more of the ball with Kerala struggling to create any opportunity of note.However, the first chance in the second half fell to Kerala when Sahal Samad let loose from outside the box which finally forced a save from Goa custodian Naveen Kumar. But that was about it for Kerala, with Goa exerting control.Before the hour mark, Ahmed Jahouh sent a brilliant ball over the top for Corominas who made a bustling run and managed to get beyond Anas and Dheeraj only for a last-ditch tackle from Poplatnik to avert the danger.Jahouh could have added his name on the score-sheet with a long-range effort which went inches wide of Dheeraj’s goal.Goa sealed the victory in the 78th minute when the substitute Hugo Boumous dribbled past a couple of players and evaded the challenge from Jhingan to beat Dheeraj at his near post to make it 3-0.There were late chances for Goa to increase their tally with Bedia seeing a wonderful lob over Dheeraj Singh come back off the post. However, Serio Lobera would not have been disappointed, having notched their fifth cleansheet in a row.Also Read | Top I-League clubs say ISL promoters interfering, want clarity on futureAlso Read | I-League: Chennai City trump Shillong Lajong through late goals from Pedro ManziFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow ISLFollow FC GoaFollow Kerala Blasters FCFollow Play-offsFollow points tablelast_img read more

World Cup 2019 final: England, New Zealand seek history and bragging rights

first_img Next Akshay Ramesh New DelhiJuly 14, 2019UPDATED: July 14, 2019 09:42 IST England and New Zealand renew their rivalry in the World Cup 2019 final. (Twitter: Cricket World Cup)HIGHLIGHTSCricket will have its new world champion in the 50-over format after 23 years on SundayEngland face New Zealand in World Cup 2019 final on Sunday at Lord’sEngland have been billed as favourites but write off New Zealand at your own perilEoin Morgan was watching from the Adelaide Oval dressing room when Rubel Hossain knocked James Anderson’s stumps off the pitch and sent England crashing out of the 2015 World Cup. England’s campaign in Australia was a major disappointment as they bowed out as early as the group stages that was tailor-made for top teams to progress.Cut to 2019, Eoin Morgan is on the cusp of becoming the first-ever captain from England to win the men’s 50-over World title.Eoin Morgan himself conceded that he would not have believed you had you told him that England would play in the final of World Cup 2019 after their performances in Australia 4 years ago.It’s been a massive change — change in personnel, change in the way England and Wales Cricket Board dealt with the domestic structure, change in the selection policies and more importantly change in the senior national side’s approach to the 50-over format.Eoin Morgan’s men have played a brand of 50-over cricket over the last 4 years that has never been associated with English sides in the past– aggressive, full of intent and imposing.Led by Morgan, one of the most astute reads of the game, the young England side has helped reignite the dreams back in the country. “It’s coming home!”England started the tournament as favourites and it is safe to say they have lived up to the billing. The hosts were in danger of getting knocked out early after losses to Sri Lanka and Australia but the way they have fought back from the setbacks speaks volumes about the character of the team.advertisementEngland had to bounce back and they did so in emphatic style by handing India a 31-run in Edgbaston before clinching a comfortable win against their Sunday’s opponents by 119 runs in Chester-le-Street.If there was any doubt about this England side’s ability to handle the big moments, their 8-wicket thrashing of Australia, who had never lost a World Cup semi-final before Thursday, in the semi-final is a testament to their ruthless intent.More than 5 of their batsmen have scored over 350 runs, 2 of their new-ball bowlers are among the top 10 wicket-takers in the tournament. Their openers are firing, all-rounders are chipping in, pacers are hitting the batsman’s bat (helmets) hard and their spinner is bamboozling batsmen in the middle overs. What a time to be an England cricket fan!Can Morgan help extend England’s fairytale into the big final as well? What about the pressure of expectations? Over the years, only 2 teams have won World Cups at home — India in 2011 and Australia in 2015.Chants of “it’s coming home” are a year after they were heard on the streets of London, Manchester, Birmingham et al.Is the support going to be England’s strength or is the burden of expectations going to prove too much to handle in the end?Sunday’s final will be their most important match in more than 2 decades and they face New Zealand, who are World Cup virgins as well despite having made 8 semi-finals in 12 editions.New Zealand, unlike England, scraped through to the final. While England’s demolition of Australia in Edgbaston was a statement in itself, New Zealand’s astute reading of the Manchester pitch and execution of their skills in their 18-run win over Virat Kohli’s India is one as well.Their top-order hasn’t fired. Their middle-order has been inconsistent. However, Williamson and their new-ball bowlers have been on top of their games in England so far.In Kane Williamson, New Zealand have one of the coolest and sharpest minds of the game. It’s not an exaggeration to say the skipper has carried his team on the shoulders single-handedly into the final.Williamson has been their top-scorer, their crisis man, their leader who has never backed down from a fight in World Cup 2019. The soft-spoken Kane has one final fight at the Home of Cricket on Sunday.Can he achieve what Brendon McCullum could not 4 years ago?New Zealand are once again being considered underdogs for the final but as Williamson stresses, regardless of the breed of the dog, you have to play good cricket in the final. New Zealand have been doing so in crunch moments so far. Can they do it one more time?ALSO READ | World Cup 2019 Final: England’s batting might up against New Zealand’s fearsome bowling as history beckonsALSO READ | England vs New Zealand, World Cup head-to-head: Kiwis hold the edge over hosts in final showdownALSO WATCH:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNayanika Sengupta Tags :Follow ICC World Cup 2019 World Cup 2019 final: England, New Zealand seek history and bragging rightsICC Cricket World Cup 2019: England and New Zealand it is in Sunday’s final at Lord’s. Both teams haven’t tasted World Cup glory yet but one of them will be crowned as the sport’s new world champions at the Home of Cricket. Eoin Morgan or Kane Williamson – who will it be?advertisementlast_img read more

Sumit Nagal rises to career-high 174 in ATP rankings

first_imgSumit Nagal rises to career-high 174 in ATP rankingsSumit Nagal climbed up 16 spots to claim a career-best 174th rank in the ATP Rankings. Nagal took a set off Roger Federer in the first round of US Open 2019 before losing 6-4, 1-6, 2-6, 4-6 to the Swiss.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiSeptember 9, 2019UPDATED: September 9, 2019 19:22 IST Sumit Nagal took a set off Roger Federer in first round at the US Open. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSumit Nagal has leapfrogged 16 places in ATP Rankings after his first-round exit at the US OpenNagal took the first set off Roger Federer before losing 6-4, 1-6, 2-6, 4-6He became only the fourth Indian to win a set in the main draw of a Grand Slam in the last 20 yearsA first round appearance at the US Open has propelled India’s Sumit Nagal to career-high 174 in the ATP rankings released on Monday.The 22-year-old from Haryana leapfrogged 16 places after his first-round exit in the US Open.Nagal, who came through three qualifying rounds, took a set off the Swiss maestro Roger Federer in the first round before losing 6-4, 1-6, 2-6, 4-6.He became only the fourth Indian to win a set in the main draw of a Grand Slam in the last 20 years.Last year, he had competed in the qualifiers of the Australian Open, the French Open and the Wimbledon Championships but could not win a round.Meanwhile, Prajnesh Gunneswaran continued his run in the top-100. He rose three places to be world no. 85. He, like Nagal, also suffered a first round exit at the hands of US Open runners-up Daniil Medvedev.Ramkumar Ramanathan moved up one spot to be 176th, rounding up the top-three Indian’s in the men’s singles.In doubles, Rohan Bopanna dropped four spots to 43rd position while Divij Sharan and Leander Paes occupy the 49th and 78th place respectively.In the WTA rankings, Ankita Raina continues to be India’s top-ranked player at 194 and was followed by Pranjala Yadlapalli, who is placed at 338.Also Read | After Roger Federer face-off, Sumit Nagal wants to excel on clayAlso Read | I could barely sleep, couldn’t wait to face Roger Federer: Sumit Nagal to India TodayAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow US Open Nextlast_img read more

IAAF World Championships: Sreeshankar fails to qualify for final in long jump

first_img Next IAAF World Championships: Sreeshankar fails to qualify for final in long jumpIn his first attempt, Sreeshankar Murali leaped 7.52m, bettered a bit in the second by leaping 7.62m and then in the third attempt – X (No mark). Murli Sreeshankar finished 22nd out of 27 jumpers.advertisement India Today Web Desk DohaSeptember 27, 2019UPDATED: September 27, 2019 21:05 IST Murli Sreeshankar finished 22nd out of 27 jumpers. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSreeshankar failed to touch the qualifying mark of 8.15mSreeshankar finished with a best leap of 7.62mSreeshankar finished 22nd out of 27 jumpersSreeshankar Murali failed to qualify for the finals in men’s long jump as he finished with a best leap of 7.62m, while the qualification mark was set at 8.15 in IAAF World Championships at Doha.In his first attempt, Sreeshankar leaped 7.52m, bettered a bit in the second by leaping 7.62m and then in the third attempt – X (No mark). Murli Sreeshankar finished 22nd out of 27 jumpers.The automatic qualification mark for the finals was set at 8.15m though jumpers below this mark could also advance if enough athletes do not cross the cut-off distance to make the 12 finalists.The 20-year-old Kerala athlete has gone beyond 8.15m just once in his career — an 8.20m last year in the National Open — though officials described it as a freak jump. He has a best of 8.00m this year and that has placed him second last in terms of the season’s best among the 27 jumpers who will start the qualification round.Juan Miguel Echevarria of Cuba booked a place in the final with a leap of 8.40m. Miguel obliterated the men’s long jump qualifying field in his opening jump, the rest wasn’t the greatest competition. Nobody else crossed the automatic mark of 8.15. Jeff Henderson of the United States was the second-highest qualifier with 8:12. Defending champ Luvo Manyonga just about qualified with the final with 7.91.Coming from a sporting family (his mom and dad are both athletes), Sreeshankar took to the track and field naturally. From doing both jumps and sprints to start off with, he took up long jump because it worked best for him. From there on, it has been a steady rise to be the best in the country.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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Murli SreeshankarFollow IAAF World Championshipslast_img read more

World Athletics Championships: India finish 7th in 4x400m mixed relay final, USA win gold

first_img Press Trust of India DohaSeptember 30, 2019UPDATED: September 30, 2019 08:39 IST The Indian team’s timing was just a bit slower than their effort at the last Asian Games (AP)HIGHLIGHTSUSA won gold in world record timing of 3:09.34The Indian team’s timing was just a bit slower than their effort at the last Asian GamesDespite the loss, the Indian team had already secured an Olympics berthThe Indian 4x400m mixed relay team finished seventh in the final race of the World Championships with a season-best effort here.The team of Muhammed Anas, VK Vismaya, Jisna Mathew and Tom Nirmal Noah clocked 3 minute 15.77 seconds to finish seventh in the field of eight countries on Sunday.It was just a tad slower than the 3:15.71 clocked by the Indian team while winning gold in the Asian Games last year.Anas began the race in lane number 8 and early in the second leg, Vismaya was running last. Third leg runner Jisna collided with a second leg runner of another country after collecting the baton from Vismaya, leading to the loss of crucial time though India was at the last spot by that time.Noah recovered a bit but India ended at seventh in the end, ahead of Brazil.United States took the gold in world record timing of 3:09.34 in the event which was making debut in the championships. Jamaica (3:11.78) and Bahrain (3:11.82) secured the silver and bronze respectively.The Indian team had finished third in its heat and seventh overall on Saturday with a timing of 3:16.14 to qualify for the finals, which had ensured a Tokyo Olympics berth for the country.Also Read | World Athletics Championships: India in 4x400m mixed relay final, secure Olympic berthFor 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 IAAF World Athletics Championships Next World Athletics Championships: India finish 7th in 4x400m mixed relay final, USA win goldDespite finishing with a seasonal best timing of 3 minutes and 15.77 seconds, the Indian team of Muhammed Anas, VK Vismaya, Jisna Mathew and Tom Nirmal Noah finished just ahead of Brazil in the final of the 4x400m mixed relay final.advertisementlast_img read more

Rohit Sharma 1st batsman to hit twin hundreds in maiden Test as opener

first_imgRohit Sharma 1st batsman to hit twin hundreds in maiden Test as openerInida vs South Africa, 1st Test: Rohit Sharma followed up his 1st innings 176 with a quickfire hundred in the 2nd of the Visakhapatnam Test o put India in a commanding position. scorecard graphs Next commentary advertisement No data available! view more view less Akshay Ramesh VisakhapatnamOctober 5, 2019UPDATED: October 7, 2019 12:34 IST Rohit Sharma scored his second successive hundred in 1st Test vs SA in Vizag (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma became only the 6th Indian to hit twin hundreds in a TestRohit scored 176 in the 1st innings and followed it up with a quickfire hundredRohit is on a record-breaking spree in his maiden Test as openerRohit Sharma became the 1st-ever batsman to score hundreds in each innings of in his maiden Test as opener. Rohit achieved the feat during Day 4 of the ongoing 1st Test between India and South Africa in Visakhapatnam.Rohit Sharma followed up his 1st innings 176 with a quickfire hundred in the 2nd innings that took just 133 balls. Rohit was in imperious form in his new avatar in Tests — opener as he dominated the South African attack with authority that he is known for in ODIs and T20Is.Rohit also became only the 6th Indian to score twin hundreds in a Test match. He joins an elite list of Indian cricketers, including Vijay Hazare (1), Sunil Gavaskar (3), Rahul Dravid (2), Virat Kohli (1) and Ajinkya Rahane (1) in the club of Indian cricketers with hundreds in each innings of a Test match.India vs South Africa, 1st Test Day 4: Live UpdatesRohit Sharma also surpassed former Australian-South African cricketer Kepler Wessels to score the most runs while opening the innings for the first time in Test cricket. Wessels had 208 runs in his 2 innings for Australia against England in 1982-83.Back to back s for the HITMAN. What a player pic.twitter.com/fhNkhvik2iBCCI (@BCCI) October 5, 2019It was a record-breaking outing for Rohit Sharma in Visakhapatnam as he also broke Navjot Singh Sidhu’s tally (8) of most sixes hit by an Indian cricketer in a Test match. At the time of writing this, Rohit had hit 10 sixes in the ongoing 1st Test against South Africa.advertisementRohit’s Test future looked bleak when Hanuma Vihari established himself as a solid middle-order batsman with some fine performances in the West Indies. However, KL Rahul’s poor form at the top of the order paved way for Rohit’s promotion to the opener’s slot.Rohit though has seized the opportunity that has come his way with both hands, The India opener showed signs of destructive opener Virender Sehwag with the way he approached his 2nd innings when India needed quick runs.In the first innings, Rohit showed he is ready for the longest format by making the subtle adjustments that is needed to succeed. Rohit came down the track to negotiate swing from Vernon Philander on Day 1 when the ball was moving a bit in overcast conditions.Rohit has been lethal against spin as well, hitting the likes of Keshav Maharaj and Dane Piedt out of the attack.It’s no surprise Rohit Sharma came out and explained why he loves opening the batting, regardless of the format, after scoring the first innings hundred.”I think it [opening role] suits my game… that I can just straightaway wear my pads and start batting. Waiting game…. when I am waiting and then go out to bat at No. 5 or No. 6… I won’t say that doesn’t suit my game… but (when opening), my mind is fresh,” Rohit had 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 Rohit SharmaFollow Virat KohliFollow Sunil GavaskarFollow India vs South AfricaFollow Rahul DravidFollow 2 hundredlast_img read more

Angry Mitch Marsh punches wall after getting out in Sheffield Shield game, injures bowling hand

first_img India Today Web Desk PerthOctober 14, 2019UPDATED: October 14, 2019 13:13 IST Mitch Marsh recently made a successful return to the Australian Test team during the Ashes in England (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMitch punched a hole in the wall of Western Australia’s dressing room in angerMarsh got out for 53 while playing for Western Australia against Tasmania in the Sheffield ShieldMarsh is likely to miss the next match is vs Victoria on Friday and is now doubtful for Australia’s home series vs Pakistan next monthAustralia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh suffered a bizarre injury on Sunday after he punched a wall inside the dressing room, hurting his bowling hand in the process.Mitch Marsh was playing a Sheffield Shield game for Western Australia against Tasmania and drove a return catch to Jackson Bird in the opening over of the last day to fall for 53.Marsh was so angry at himself that he punched a hole in the wall of the team’s dressing room and may have fractured his right hand due to the impact.”Western Australian captain Mitch Marsh injured his hand during (Sunday’s) Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania at the WACA ground,” said a statement from his team.”Marsh sustained the injury when he struck the wall in the changerooms following his dismissal earlier in the day. The extent of the injury and a time frame on his return will be determined later this week after further investigation.”Western Australia’s next match is against Victoria on Friday and missing it would be setback to Marsh’s chances of further impressing selectors ahead of the first Test against Pakistan, which gets under way in Brisbane on November 21.Marsh recently made a successful return to the Australian Test team during the Ashes in England and played the final Test in which he picked his maiden five-wicket haul, returning with 7 wickets in the match along with scores of 17 and 46 in a losing cause. Australia though, retained the Ashes after the series was drawn 2-2.Marsh will now be looking to get fit in time before Australia host Pakistan for a series of 3 T20Is and 2 Tests starting from November 3.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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Mitchell MarshFollow Sheffield Shield gameFollow Western Australia vs Tasmania Angry Mitch Marsh punches wall after getting out in Sheffield Shield game, injures bowling handWestern Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh was well set on 53 against Tasmania before he was dismissed and that is when he took out his frustration on a wall in the changing room.advertisement Nextlast_img read more