October 2019

first_imgTottenham midfielder Oliver Skipp delighted with full Premier League debutby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham midfielder Oliver Skipp was delighted with his full Premier League debut for victory over Burnley.Christian Eriksen fired Spurs’ injury-time winner on Saturday.With Jan Vertonghen missing with a thigh injury and Eric Dier suffering from a virus, left-back Ben Davies stepped in at centre-back while 18-year-old Academy product Oliver Skipp was handed his full Premier League debut. Fellow Academy starlet TJ Eyoma was on the bench as defensive cover.Skipp beamed, “It’s a great result to get the last-minute winner and it’s topped off a great day for me! “I was happy to have gained the manager’s trust.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgTer Stegen: I’m happier in Barcelona than city I was bornby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen admits he feels more settled in Spain than in Germany.Ter Stegen is now firmly established as Barca’s No1 keeper.He told Libero: “The kindness of the people has made it much easier for me. “It is not normal for me to be treated so well. This gives me a lot of life. In our profession, everyone is looking at you and wants to make an opinion about you. And I would not like to change because I’m a natural person.””It was very important for me to get to a city that you can identify with. I think that if you come to a place that does not convince you, you can not be comfortable for many years in that place and feel good. There are players who do not care much, but I do, and now I almost feel better here than in the city where I was born.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea announce record profits and revenueby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have announced record profits in their latest financial reports.The Blues’ return to the Champions League in 2017-18 contributed to the turnover growing by 22.7 per cent to £443.4million in the financial results for the year ending June 30, 2018.And a record-high profit of £62m was achieved, after a profit on player sales of £113m and an increase in broadcast revenues of £162.4m as a result of Chelsea’s return to Europe’s elite club competition.The accounts do not include the severance pay for Antonio Conte or his coaching staff. Conte was sacked in July after the Blues’ fifth-placed finish and failure to qualify for the Champions League this season.Chelsea reported a £32m increase in commercial revenues following several partnership deals, including the kit deal with Nike worth a reported £60m a year.And the club says there was a £8.4m increase in matchday revenues, despite ticket prices being frozen at 2011-12 levels. last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal teenager Martinelli stunned by Aubameyang: The guy on TV!by Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveGabriel Martinelli admits he was starstruck when first meeting Arsenal team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The 18-year-old kicked off his Arsenal career with a fine double in the 5-0 win over Nottingham Forest on Tuesday. Speaking after the game, the summer signing from Ituano revealed it was surreal meeting the famous striker.He told Globo Esporte: “It hadn’t sunk in yet. I arrived for lunch on the first day, I’m eating there, Aubameyang arrives and sits next to me, speaking Portuguese with me, ‘Tudo bem?’, trying to communicate. “You see, the guy so good, humble. I was like: ‘Man, Aubameyang, who I saw on TV, came to talk to me!””He’s also a guy who gave me a lot of support at the club, trying to communicate with me. I have to thank everyone at the club. They’re very nice people.” last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Deschamps confirms Man Utd star Pogba will miss Liverpool clashby Freddie Taylor21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrance boss Didier Deschamps has admitted that Paul Pogba will miss the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers for his side.Deschamps was hoping that Pogba would be involved in the upcoming national team games.But it appears the midfielder has suffered a recurrence of an ankle injury that has troubled him all season.Pogba is likely to miss game time for his club Manchester United as well.”It’s a new worry with his ankle,” Les Bleus coach Deschamps told reporters.”He played in the [Carabao] Cup, he played again on Monday against Arsenal. He again has a problem that’s going to keep him out of action for three weeks.”I’d prefer he was there like all the available players but unfortunately he isn’t in a physical state to be present.” last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle winger Saint-Maximin: We must build on Man Utd victoryby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United winger Allan Saint-Maximin says they must build on victory over Manchester United.Saint-Maximin was impressive for the 1-0 win.He told nufc.co.uk: “It’s a great reaction after last week.“Everybody was very disappointed after losing against Leicester but we talked about it and said that this cannot happen again.“We are a good team with good players and we have to keep going and working hard. You always want to improve and play a great game against the great teams. We showed a lot of good things against Man United.“It’s a good time to win before the international break because everybody can now enjoy it a little bit before we play against Chelsea. We must make sure we keep going because we need to have good concentration and togetherness as a team to make sure we are ready for the next game.” last_img read more

first_imgMauricio Pochettino reiterated his “love” for Marcelo Bielsa but admitted his fellow Argentine is wrong in the ongoing ‘Spygate’ controversy.Tottenham boss Pochettino has previously described Bielsa as a “second father” after the 63-year-old brought him through at Newell’s Old Boys before managing him at Espanyol and with the Argentina national team.Leeds United head coach Bielsa is currently being investigated by the Football Association and English Football League after sending a spy to observe Derby Country training ahead of the Rams’ trip to Elland Road last Friday. 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? Bielsa subsequently held an extraordinary news conference on Wednesday at which he said he had sent staff to spy on each of Leeds’ opponents this season before attempting to play down its importance by showing journalists a presentation detailing the depth of the analysis he does on all rivals.Bielsa, whose Leeds team are top of the Championship, has received very little support from within the game and even Pochettino refused to back him when asked his opinion on Friday.The Spurs boss said: “It’s a situation that makes me a little bit sad.”It’s so important to split my special personal relationship with him and describe a situation that happened a week ago.”Always my love is going to be with him. He was a person so important to me, to build my career as a player.”But, after that, we’re talking about a situation that happened last week and I can’t agree [with it]. For me, it’s wrong. I can understand [Derby boss] Frank Lampard’s feelings. It’s a thing that’s not easy to explain.”Marcelo now walks the press through video analysis of an opponent’s offensive actions, explaining how it totals 40 minutes, which is then broken down into 8 minute clips for the players pic.twitter.com/juLwE0NEGo— Leeds United (@LUFC) January 16, 2019A lack of understanding of English culture has been put forward as a defence for Bielsa but Pochettino is not convinced.”For me, always when I talk about England, about the organisation and culture you have here, for any manager the key is to work in an environment you create,” he said.”The English people and the culture you create here gives you the opportunity to work in privacy. That doesn’t happen maybe in Germany or Argentina or Spain. That makes us feel more responsible to keep the idea that you can work, feel at home and you don’t need to hide anything.”There’s many opinions we can listen to after last week.”To be honest, my feeling is a little sad. Rather than talking about football and how fantastic Leeds are doing in the Championship, we’re talking about one fact that doesn’t help football.”Of course it doesn’t change my view about Marcelo but I can’t agree with what happened.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgBorussia Dortmund star Mario Gotze has played down reports linking him to a move to Arsenal, as he looks forward to renewing his contract with his boyhood club. Gotze, 27, has been tipped for stardom since his teens and at just 22 scored the winning goal to crown Germany 2014 World Cup champions ahead of final opponents Argentina. Since then, however, he has struggled to follow through on that potential, cutting short a three-year stay at Bayern Munich in 2016 in favour of returning to his old club after failing to establish himself at the Allianz Arena.  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? Last season also started poorly for the forward, who has had to fight injury and illness problems since coming back to Dortmund, but he found his feet towards the end of the campaign and was an important part of the team that took Bayern to the final day in the battle for the Bundesliga title. And while Arsenal are one of the teams said to be interested in his services, Gotze is paying little heed to the rumours. “I always hear these rumours, they come up every year,” he explained to Goal and DAZN.”Everyone has their value and the club has to decide who fits where”.With just one year left to run on his current deal, Dortmund are keen to discuss an extension with Gotze. “Our objective is for Mario to stay with us. He has developed very positively in the last few weeks,” BVB CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke told Bild in May.Sporting director Michael Zorc recently added to the same publication: “At the start of the season we will sit down together. We have good communication with Mario’s father and representatives.””I have a year on my contract and I am comfortable in the Bundesliga,” Gotze explained when asked about a possible renewal.”I am very relaxed, I wanted to play a reasonable season, contributing with my performances and focusing on myself was important for me.”last_img read more

first_imgChelsea’s mini-tour of the Far East begins on Friday with a match against Kawasaki Frontale.Frank Lampard’s side have played a couple of friendlies in Ireland so far this summer, drawing with Bohemians and then defeating St Patrick’s Athletic 4-0, but they should face sterner opposition against the J-League outfit.Frontale currently lie third in the J-League, having lost just one of their first 18 matches of the season, and will want to make a strong impression against the Premier League side, who will place Barcelona in four days. 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? Game Kawasaki Frontale vs Chelsea Date Friday, July 16 Time 11:00am BST / 6:00am ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be streamed via chelseafc.com or The 5th Stand app. US TV channel Online stream n/a chelseafc.com / The 5th Stand In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be streamed via chelseafc.com. UK TV channel Online stream n/a chelseafc.com / The 5th Stand Squads & Team News Position Kawasaki Frontale squad Goalkeepers Jung, Arai, H. Mawatari Defenders Taniguchi, Jesiel, Fitzgerald, Kurumaya, Noborizato, K. Mawatari, Maguinho Midfielders Morita, Tanaka, Harada, Oshima, Shimoda, Ade, Issaka, Saito, Hasegawa, Ienaga, Yamamura, Nakamura, Wakisaka Forwards Damiao, Kobayashi, Chinen Tatsuki Nara missed Kawasaki’s thumping 3-0 win over Tokyo on Sunday and will sit out once again along with Eisuke Fujishima and Shunsuke Ando.Ryota Oshima is also a doubt. Position Chelsea squad Goalkeepers Kepa, Caballero, Cumming Defenders Azpilicueta, Zappacosta, Zouma, Ampadu, Alonso, Christensen, David Luiz, Emerson, Tomori Midfielders Kovacic, Kante, Jorginho, Drinkwater, Barkley, Bakayoko, Kenedy, Mount, Palmer, Gilmour, Pulisic Forwards Pedro, Batshuayi, Giroud, Abraham Chelsea welcome Christian Pulisic into their squad for the first time, while N’Golo Kante is back after a slight concern over his knee.The Blues have not picked Ethan Ampadu in their squad to travel as the club seeks to find him a loan move for the season to allow him greater first-team opportunities.Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Antonio Rudiger all remain injured, although they are said to be making good progress back towards fitness.Willian is out with knee trouble.Chelsea starting XI: Caballero; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Zouma, Alonso; Kovacic, Jorginho, Mount; Pedro, Batshuayi, KenedySubstitutes: Cumming, Zappacosta, Christensen, Emerson, Tomori, Drinkwater, Barkley, Pulisic, Palmer, Bakayoko, GiroudBetting & Match Odds Chelsea are priced as 1/3 favourites with Bet365. Kawasaki Frontale are 7/1 to record an upset, while the draw is 7/2.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Frank Lampard Chelsea 2019-20Frank Lampard takes charge of his third game with the Blues, with the club’s record scorer taking his team to tackle back-to-back J-League champions Kawasaki Frontale.With a transfer ban hovering over the club, there is little distraction from the transfer market this summer, giving the new boss the opportunity to focus on finding the best personnel and system in the squad he has been left with.Lampard is not daunted by that challenge, though it does make matches like Friday’s all the more important to the development of his plans.“My job is to have absolute belief in the players and that’s what training has started to give me,” he explained. “I can see quality and attitude through the squad.“When you know where you’re at it absolutely homes in what is important: the club together, players, staff and fans, giving everything to improve daily, to improve game by game. It helps my focus.“When we have the ball, I want to move the ball quickly and create chances to win games and to play football we enjoy. That’s my job now.”In their first tour of Japan since 2012, Chelsea will also face Barcelona in what is the main event, though they should not underestimate the quality of the side they are faced with at the Nissan Stadium.Kawaski are riding high once again in the J-League, sitting third having lost only a single match all season, and have a selection of potent offensive options, including Brazil international forward Leandro Damiao, who has notched five goals in 11 outings this season.Indeed, Frontale are undefeated in all competitions since a 1-0 Asian Champions League loss to Ulsan in April – a run of 16 matches. With their season in full flow, this match could not have come at a better time for them to prove their quality to a worldwide audience.last_img read more

first_imgOhio State players running onto the field before a game.COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes leads his team on the field prior to the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Few sports have a tougher home-field advantage than college football. The best teams in the country almost never lose on their home turf.With the 2018 college football season approaching – we’re now less than two months away from opening weekend – which teams are the toughest to beat at home?247Sports’ Brad Crawford compiled a top five list.Here are the five teams that have been the most dominant at home over the last 10 years:Alabama 66-4Ohio State 65-7Boise State 58-5Clemson 62-8Oklahoma 52-8CFBs best home records over past decadeAlabama 66-4Ohio State 65-7Boise State 58-5Clemson 62-8Oklahoma 52-8— Brad Crawford (@BCrawford247) July 11, 2018Alabama, unsurprisingly, is the likely preseason No. 1. Ohio State, Clemson and Oklahoma are all preseason top 10 teams, too.We can’t wait for the season to get here.last_img read more

first_imgUrban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh meet after a game.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 25: Urban Meyer head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines shake hands after the game. Ohio State won 31 to 20 on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)We’re now less than three hours away from kickoff at Ohio Stadium for this afternoon’s Ohio State-Michigan game in Columbus. Who’s excited?The Buckeyes certainly are. Ohio State comes into today’s game at 10-1, needing a win against 10-1 Michigan to reach the Big Ten Championship Game and possibly the College Football Playoff.Ohio State senior wide receiver Parris Campbell is pumped.The Buckeyes’ standout wide receiver tweeted a message for Ohio State fans late on Friday night.“My last ti(m)e in #TheShoe.. Let’s get it #BuckeyeNation! I wanna feel our house shaking to(m)orrow!!” he wrote.My last ti❌e in #TheShoe.. Let’s get it #BuckeyeNation!I wanna feel our house shaking to❌orrow!! pic.twitter.com/nyHTRG1Mte— Parris Campbell (@PCampbell21) November 24, 2018The Buckeyes enter this afternoon’s game as the underdog, as the Wolverines are the favorite in Columbus for the first time since 2004.Ohio State and Michigan are set to kick off at noon E.T. The game will be televised on FOX.last_img read more

first_imgShot of the Nebraska Cornhuskers flag.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 08: The Nebraska Cornhuskers flag after a touchdown against the Colorado Buffaloes at Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nash Hutmacher is a massive wrestling prospect, ranked No. 8 in the country by TrackWrestling. He’s also a really solid football recruit as well, and appears to be letting that sport guide his college decision.247Sports‘ composite rankings have the South Dakota native as the No. 472 player in the country, and a three-star prospect. He’s No. 24 among offensive guards, and the top player in the state.The site’s own rankings have him as a four-star player. He sits at No. 308 overall on that list.A few big programs are after Hutmacher, including Iowa State, Missouri, Oregon, and Wisconsin. He appears to have a lot of interest in Nebraska, which has also extended an offer.Nash Hutmacher is set to visit Nebraska this spring, and will be the first 2020 recruit to take an official to Lincoln.From the Lincoln Journal Star:Hutmacher, the 6-foot-5, 300-pound defensive lineman, is taking his official visit to Lincoln this weekend. It’s the first of a trio between now and the summer that will help the guy nicknamed “Polar Bear” make his college decision.The Huskers have certainly put a lot of effort into recruiting Hutmacher.“I would say for sure they’ve made me feel like a priority,” he told the Journal Star recently. “They’re texting me all the time and they were coming up to see me just about every week (this winter).”Wisconsin and Oregon are also reportedly set to land visits.While much of the college football world is still finding out about “Polar Bear,” Nebraska is all-in on him, and making him a focus of its 2020 recruiting efforts.That would be excellent news for the school’s wrestling program as well, if he chooses to pursue both sports at the next level. Hutmacher is coming off of a heavyweight national title last week, and needed less than two minutes total to run through the state championship, his third straight as a high schooler.[Lincoln Journal Star]last_img read more

first_imgKirk Herbstreit on the set of ESPN's College GameDayNEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit has named his “ultimate quarterback” in the 2019 NFL Draft class.It’s not Kyler Murray.The top college football analyst went with former Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who spent one season leading the Buckeyes’ program.“He took over as a starter this year in Columbus for J.T. Barrett and right away established himself as one of the top quarterbacks in the country,” Herbstreit said. “I love his six at 6-foot-4. I love his poise and the way he’s able to sit in that pocket. When you look at an NFL style quarterback, the two things that jump out are decision making and accuracy. I don’t know if I’ve seen a quarterback when everything is clean that’s more accurate than Dwayne Haskins. Whoever picks up No. 7 from Columbus has a big-time threat on their hands.”Haskins is considered a first-round NFL Draft prospect by most experts, though some believe his stock could be dropping.One NFL star has called for his team to draft him, though.Von Miller got to spend some time with Dwayne Haskins during the QBs visit to the Broncos facility recently. Von really liked him a lot. Enough to say, if Haskins is available when the Broncos pick at 10 … “That would be my pick.”— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) April 17, 2019The 2019 NFL Draft is set to begin one week from today.The first round will start at 8 p.m. E.T. on Thursday, April 25. It’ll be televised on ABC, ESPN and the NFL Network.last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Florida’s projected win-loss is now 8.2-3.9Miami’s is now 8.2-4.2The win-loss projections are for the entire regular season and include a potential conference title game.Coming off their win over the ‘Canes, Florida will have a bye this upcoming weekend. They will resume play on Sept. 7 when they take on Tennessee-Martin at home.Miami won’t play next weekend either, and will be back in action again on Sept. 7 when they open up ACC play on the road against UNC in Chapel Hill. Florida beats Miami in Week 0 of the college football season.ORLANDO, FL – AUGUST 24: Feleipe Franks #13 of the Florida Gators scores the go ahead touchdown in the second half against the Miami Hurricanes in the Camping World Kickoff at Camping World Stadium on August 24, 2019 in Orlando, Florida.(Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)Miami and Florida kicked off the college football season last night in Orlando. The game between the two rivals was sloppily played, but came down to the wire.Florida, ranked eighth in the AP Poll, escaped with a 24-20 win. The victory assured the Gators of avoiding a Week 0 slip-up, but they will have to play much better if they want to live up to their lofty preseason ranking.As for Miami, there were positive signs from redshirt freshman quarterback Jarren Williams and the Hurricanes’ highly-regarded defense. Finding offensive consistency will be key for Manny Diaz’s bunch moving forward.After the game, ESPN updated its FPI win-loss projection for both teams. Perhaps surprisingly, the computer is projecting similar finishes for both teams.last_img read more

first_imgSanjay Manjrekar trolled for asking ICC to introspect on use of stump micsSanjay Manjrekar said that ICC should look into the increased usage of stump mics that might put players in trouble. Fans did not spare him and said it is the players who need to be corrected.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 12, 2019UPDATED: February 12, 2019 17:06 IST West Indies vs England 3rd Test: Joe Root suggested after Day 3’s play that Shannon Gabriel said something he might regret. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSanjay Manjrekar suggested ICC to ponder of increased use of stump micsShannon Gabriel apparently said something after which Joe Root was heard saying, “There is nothing wrong with being gay”Fans trolled Manjrekar for blaming the technology for the fault of the playersSanjay Manjrekar called on the International Cricket Council (ICC) to look into the increased use of stump mics in recent cricket series following which Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed got into trouble. During the South Africa-Pakistan series, Sarfraz was heard on stump mic referring to Andile Phehlukwayo as a “black guy”. He was thereafter banned by ICC for four games. Now, a controversy has erupted with respect to West Indies’s Shannon Gabriel during the third Test against England.During the afternoon session of Day 3 of the Test match on Monday, Gabriel had a heated exchange with England captain Joe Root and his batting partner Joe Denly. In a video circulating on social media, Root can be heard on the stump mic saying, “There is nothing wrong with being gay.”While it is unclear what Gabriel had told the two batsmen, Root said in the press conference after the day’s play, “Sometimes people say things on the field that they might regret, but they should stay on the field.”Manjrekar took to Twitter to express that Gabriel could not be in trouble and he said that ICC must assess “if increased use of stump mics is actually good for the game”.”After Sarfraz it’s Shannon Gabriel now who could be in trouble thanks to the stump mics. #ICC must brainstorm and decide if increased use of stump mics is actually good for the game or not,” Manjrekar tweeted.After Sarfraz it’s Shannon Gabriel now who could be in trouble thanks to the stump mics. #ICC must brainstorm and decide if increased use of stump mics is actually good for the game or not.advertisementSanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) February 12, 2019While Manjrekar was talking for the players, fans did not take Manjrekar’s words kindly and trolled him for laying the blame of the players’ behaviour on the stump mics.A user Adithya BS trolled Manjrekar while making a reference to students getting caught cheating in the exams and that the number of invigilators should be cut down for that.Many students are getting caught cheating in the exam . Authorities must brainstorm if increased use of invigilators is actually good for the exams or not.Adithya BS (@iambsa) February 12, 2019Another user made a reference to the ball tampering controversy that caught Cameron Bancroft tampering with the ball on camera and said in that case, cameras should be done away with as well.Let’s remove the cameras too? Look at what happened to Steve Smith. All the controversy would’ve been avoided if there were no cameras at all. Let’s just stop playing, then no one would be able to pass racist comments on the field!Kunal Tolani (@Kunal_jt) February 12, 2019Various users told Manjrekar that it is the players who need to correct themselves and not the technology.they are in trouble because of what they said, not because of the stump mics. Hope that helps!DavidY (@djy1976) February 12, 2019How about getting rid of racial & homophobic comments from our game? Rather than turning the stump mics downJohnnyBoy (@JohnnyBuoooy) February 12, 2019ICC: pic.twitter.com/aCRpTOpNepCricket Guru (@CricketGuru15) February 12, 2019Just when I think your opinions can’t get worse you come up with new bizzare takes..Ashu (@tripu17) February 12, 2019What are you saying here?Be competitive yes. But don’t be racist or homophobic.Good guys or not, heat of the moment or not, there’s just no need for it. Glad there are stump mics to give light to this rubbish, so it can stop. https://t.co/ukrePIEhFVPeter Borren (@dutchiepdb) February 12, 2019If the bad words are being highlited due to stump mic, then it is good naa ??Keshav kumar (@imkeshav123) February 12, 2019Or maybe the players should reassess what language they feel is acceptable? The cricket field is their workplace, speaking the way they have would not, thankfully, be considered suitable for in many work environments!Michael Penhale (@vetenari) February 12, 2019Yes ban the cameras too whilst you’re at it. So that the poor sledgers, tamperers are not hampered.Maneesh (@Maneesh1G) February 12, 2019so u r saying stump mics should be turned down so that players get away with racial abuse ?? .. YOU HAVE ACTUALLY STOPPED MAKING SENSE !!Rohit Pungalia (@RohitPungalia) February 12, 2019The officials have reportedly understood to have told match referee, Jeff Crowe, that they didn’t hear anything that would get Gabriel into trouble with regards to ICC’s Code of Conduct.West Indies head coach Richard Pybus, meanwhile, said he had no knowledge of any comment made by Gabriel but insisted that the team would be addressing the issue if the comment is found to be “untoward”.advertisement”Nothing has been reported to me. If a comment was made, we will review it. And if it was untoward, we will be addressing it,” Pybus said, as quoted by The Guardian.Also Read | West Indies players Keemo Paul and Darren Bravo suffer injuries during 3rd Test vs EnglandAlso Read | Sarfraz Ahmed will be Pakistan’s captain at World Cup despite racism row: PCBFor 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 Sanjay ManjrekarFollow stump micsFollow Shannon GabrielFollow Joe RootFollow West Indies vs EnglandFollow West Indies vs England 3rd Testlast_img read more

first_img India Today Web Desk RanchiMarch 7, 2019UPDATED: March 7, 2019 17:21 IST The Indian cricket team at MS Dhoni’s house in Ranchi (Photo tweeted by @yuzi_chahal)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni and Sakshi Dhoni on Wednesday hosted Team India for dinner in Ranchi ahead of the third ODI vs AustraliaLeg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal took to Twitter to thank Dhoni for hosting the Indian teamIndia lead the five-match ODI series 2-0 after victories in Hyderabad and NagpurMS Dhoni and Sakshi Dhoni on Wednesday hosted Team India for dinner at his home in Ranchi ahead of the third one day international against Australia on Friday. India lead the five-match series 2-0 after victories in Hyderabad and Nagpur.Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal took to Twitter to thank Dhoni for hosting the Indian team.”Thank you for last night @msdhoni bhai and @SaakshiSRawat bhabhi,” Chahal tweeted.Thank you for last night @msdhoni bhai and @SaakshiSRawat bhabhi pic.twitter.com/80BOroVvzeYuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) 7 March 2019Dhoni has played a total of three ODIs at the JSCA International Stadium in Ranchi, in which India have won one, lost one and rain washed the third match. Dhoni has batted only twice in Ranchi in which he has scored 10 not out (vs England on October 23 of 2013) and 11 (vs New Zealand on October 26 of 2016). In terms of wicket-keeping on his home turf, Dhoni has three catches and a stumping in Ranchi.Dhoni has already collected 301 runs from just eight matches at a staggering average of 100.33 in the ongoing season ahead of the 2019 ICC World Cup. Overall, Dhoni has played 340 ODIs and scored more than 10,000 runs at an average of just under 51.advertisementWho could hit the longest SIX? Here’s a look at #TeamIndia’s fun SIXES challenge at the nets during training in Ranchi #INDvAUS @Paytm pic.twitter.com/syd7YSa3Wu BCCI (@BCCI) March 7, 2019Dhoni also recently joined the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid in an elite list of Indian batsmen to have scored over 13000 runs in List A cricket.In the 1st ODI, Dhoni had also become the most prolific six-hitter for India in one-day internationals as he hit his 216th ODI six to overtake Rohit Sharma.Meanwhile, a humble Dhoni has also declined to inaugurate the pavilion named after him at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) Stadium.Just like the Sunil Gavaskar stand at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai or the Virender Sehwag gate at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi, the swanky JSCA stadium will have its very own ‘Mahendra Singh Dhoni Pavilion’.Ranchi braces itself for the 3rd ODI between #TeamIndia and Australia #INDvAUS @Paytm pic.twitter.com/58oTPxLYlFBCCI (@BCCI) March 7, 2019″At the AGM last year, the decision was taken that the North Block stand that comprises media enclosure as well as VIP boxes would be named after Dhoni,” Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) secretary Debashis Chakraborty told PTI on Wednesday.However, Dhoni didn’t agree to inaugurate the stand, said Chakraborty.”We requested him but he said ‘Dada apne hi ghar mein kya inaugurate karna.’ (What’s there to inaugurate in my own house). He is still so humble and down to earth, Chakraborty said.Also Read | Finisher MS Dhoni best suited in lower middle order, says Suresh RainaAlso Read | Your future is as bright as your faith: Ravi Shastri after India’s 500th ODI winAlso Read | Why Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni are in love with Team India’s latest jerseyFor 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 byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Sakshi DhoniFollow Yuzvendra ChahalFollow Virat Kohli MS Dhoni hosts Team India for dinner at Ranchi home: Thank you bhai, says ChahalIndia vs Australia ODI series: MS Dhoni and Sakshi Dhoni on Wednesday hosted Team India for dinner at his home in Ranchi ahead of the third one day international against Australia on Friday. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal took to Twitter to thank Dhoni for hosting the Indian team.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgCleared of doping charges, Davinder Kang named in 43-member India team for Asian ChampionshipsJavelin thrower Davinder Singh Kang made a return to the Indian team among 43 athletes for the Asian Championships starting in Doha on April 21.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiApril 18, 2019UPDATED: April 18, 2019 16:30 IST Davinder Singh Kang was a last-minute inclusion in the team despite not qualifying in the two events he took part in this season (Reuters photo)HIGHLIGHTSDavinder Singh Kang was recently cleared of doping charges Kang was handed a provisional suspension in 2017 after his urine samples returned positive for anabolic steroidsKang was a last-minute inclusion in the team despite not qualifying for his chosen events this seasonJavelin thrower Davinder Singh Kang, who has recently been cleared of doping charges by the Athletics Integrity Unit of the world governing body, made a dramatic return to the Indian team as he was named among 43 athletes for the Asian Championships starting in Doha on April 21.The 30-year-old Kang was handed a provisional suspension in 2017 after his urine samples returned positive for anabolic steroids. But he was recently cleared of doping charges by both the AIU and WADA after the National Dope Testing Laboratory here withdrew the adverse analytical finding issued to his urine sample.Kang, who has a personal best of 82.16m, did not touch the qualifying standard of 80.75m set by the Athletics Federation of India in any of the two events he took part this season after being cleared of the doping charges but has been named in the team in the last minute.He finished fifth with a throw of 79.31m in the Federation Cup in March while he managed 74.28m to win gold in the National Javelin Thrown Open Championships on Tuesday in Sonipat.The 43-member Indian team will not have star javelin thrower and national record holder Neeraj Chopra, who won gold in the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games, due an elbow injury.The AFI had earlier announced a 51-member team for the continental flagship event to be held in Doha from April 21-24 but as many as 23 were named in the list subject to confirmatory trials which were held at Patiala on April 13. On Wednesday, the team was pruned down to 43.advertisementAsian Games 800m gold winner Manjit Sungh, who did not turn up for trials due to injury, has been replaced by Kerala’s Mohammad Afsal who had clocked 1:49.01 in the first leg of the Indian Grand Prix in Patiala as against the qualifying standard of 1:48.00. Afsal was second behind Jinson Johnson in the Federation Cup with a time of 1:50.29.In the women’s 4x400m realy, Prachi was included in the team in place of Jisna Mathew. Men’s 400m hurdles national record holder Dharun Ayyasamy was also not named in the team due to injury.Veteran steeplechaser Sudha Singh, who also missed the confirmatory trials due to illness, was named by the AFI but it is learnt that the Sports Ministry has refused to clear her name.”The AFI has booked Sudha’s flight tickets for Doha and so has again requested the ministry to clear her,” a well-placed source told PTI.Women’s 10,000m runner Sanjivani Jadhav, who recently returned positive for a specified substance but was named in the team subject to clearance by the NADA, got the nod from the national anti-doping watchdog and she made it among the 43 athletes.She was not handed a provisional suspension as she tested positive for a specified substance.As expected the women’s 100m relay team of Dutee Chand, Hina, Archana Suseendran and K Ranga made it to the team after the quartet clocked 44.12 seconds in the trials as against the AFI qualifying standard of 44.50 seconds. Dutee was already named in the team in the individual 100m race.In the trials, besides the women’s 4x400m relay team, only K Gomathi (women’s 800m) crossed the qualifying standards set by the AFI. But all the others who took part in the trials but failed to touch the AFI qualifying standards, except for the men’s 100m relay team, made it to the final team announced on Wednesday.Also Read | Mary Kom wants athletes and coaches to be given anti-doping awareness trainingAlso Read | IOC sanctions three athletes from London 2012 Games for dopingAlso Watch | India name 15-man squad for 2019 Cricket World CupFor 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 byRoshni Tags :Follow Davinder Singh KangFollow JavelinFollow Asian championshipsFollow Doping Charges Nextlast_img read more

first_imgThe Oval, LondonWorld Cup 2019: The Oval will see the opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 – between England and South Africa, and will go onto host four other matchesadvertisement India Today Web Desk LondonMay 27, 2019UPDATED: May 28, 2019 16:44 IST The Oval cricket ground in London. (Getty Images)The place where it all began, The Oval (also known as The Kennington Oval) hosted the first-ever Test match on English soil between England and Australia in 1880. The Oval was the also the place where the historic ‘Ashes’ was born in August of 1882. The ground has since hosted over 100 Tests.The Oval will also see the opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 – between England and South Africa, and the go onto host four other matches.The Oval in the past witnessed some of biggest World Cup matches, with ten matches being played across the 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999 editions. In the most recent of those fixtures at the Oval, saw Pakistan’s legendary spinner Saqlain Mushtaq take a hat-trick against Zimbabwe in 1999.The Oval is historic in terms of football too with it being the seat of the first-ever FA Cup final in 1872 and also England’s first international, which against Scotland, the following year.Opened: 1845Capacity: 23500Known as: The Oval; The AMP Oval; The Foster’s Oval; The Brit OvalEnds: Pavilion End, Vauxhall EndLocation: London, EnglandICC Cricket World Cup 2019 matches -15:00 IST: Eng vs RSA, Match 115:00 IST: RSA vs BAN, Match 518:00 IST: BAN vs NZ, Match 915:00 IST: IND vs AUS, Match 1415:00 IST: SL vs AUS, Match 20STATS – ODITotal matches: 67Matches won batting first: 26Matches won bowling first: 39Average 1st Inns scores: 249Average 2nd Inns scores: 213Highest total recorded: 398/5 (50 Ov) by NZ vs EngLowest total recorded: 103/10 (41 Ov) by Eng vs RSAHighest score chased: 322/3 (48.4 Ov) by SL vs INDadvertisementLowest score defended: 241/10 (49.4 Ov) by PAK vs EngFor 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 2019 Cricket World CupFollow The Ovallast_img read more

first_img Reuters MumbaiMay 29, 2019UPDATED: May 29, 2019 17:47 IST Southpaw shortage not a concern for India’s batting: Sachin Tendulkar. (Photo: India Today)HIGHLIGHTSIndia will go into this year’s World Cup with a drawback having failed to settle on a No.4Sachin Tendulkar is confident India has a “complete” bowling attack to winThis year’s format will see all teams playing each other with the top four advancing to the semi-finalsSachin Tendulkar believes the quality of India’s batting is sufficient to make up for the deficiency of left-handed batsmen in the lineup, the cricketing great told Reuters in a wide-ranging interview ahead of the World Cup.A left-right batting competition is of significant value in modern one-day internationals but two-time champions India have only one frontline southpaw in opener Shikhar Dhawan.Spin-bowling all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja could make that two if he is picked in the playing side, but Tendulkar is confident the team has enough firepower to overcome the shortage of left-handed batsmen.”Ideally left-right combination is something which disturbs the bowler’s line and length and also the captain has to readjust his fielding,” Tendulkar, 46, said in an interview ahead of the World Cup, which starts in England on Thursday.”But if you have good quality batters, which we do, then it really doesn’t matter whether it is a left-hand right-hand combination. We have some solid batters who can deliver the punch.”With the experienced partnership of Rohit Sharma and Dhawan locked in as openers and captain Virat Kohli coming in at first drop, the 1983 and 2011 champions have a top order the rival of any in the game.But they will go into this year’s World Cup with a soft underbelly having failed to settle on a number four, with KL Rahul the favorite to fill the position after his century in Tuesday’s practice match against Bangladesh.Following next in the batting order will be veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni, whose 341 ODI appearances make him the most experienced player at this year’s World Cup.advertisementIndia’s 2011 World Cup winning captain is considered the best finisher in contemporary cricket and his inputs from behind the stumps would be as important, said Tendulkar.”It’s important that someone who’s standing behind the wickets has played for such a long time and has also led India and is in the best possible position to figure out what’s happening off the surface,” Tendulkar said.”Whether the ball is stopping, bouncing, or skidding, whatever it is, he knows exactly how the ball is coming and he knows where the gaps are and how to close those gaps. His contribution and inputs are always going to be important.”Other keepers also try and do the same thing but MS’s experience is going to count a lot.”India boasts of world’s top-ranked ODI bowler in quick Jasprit Bumrah while wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal also feature in the top 10.Tendulkar, who remains the only cricketer to score 100 centuries across formats, played six consecutive World Cups from 1992 and holds the records for most runs and centuries in the tournament’s history.He is confident India have a “complete” bowling attack to win their third 50-over title.”We have someone like Bhuvneshwar (Kumar) who swings the ball, (Mohammed) Shami who is skiddy off the pitch, Bumrah who is the number one bowler in the world in this format,” said Tendulkar, a member of India’s 2011 World Cup triumph at home.”We have someone like Chahal and Kuldeep who are wrist spinners. So there is variety also in the middle overs. Ravindra Jadeja can keep things tight.”And we have supporting bowlers in Hardik (Pandya), Vijay Shankar and Kedar Jadhav. So all in all a well-balanced bowling attack I would say.”2019 EDITIONThe World Cup returns to the 10-team format to maintain quality of the competition after featuring 14 in each of the last two editions.The decision was criticized by former players and associate nations, who are upset at being denied the chance to rub shoulders with the top sides of the world.”Ideally if it’s called the World Cup then the world should be participating. We need to find ways to engage more teams yet keep that standard of playing high,” Tendulkar said.”It’s not going to happen overnight. We need to find ways to do that. I will love to see more than 10 teams participating but also at the same time not compromise on the standard of playing.”It’s going to be a lengthy process. Lesser teams should get more exposure to get ready for big tournaments.”India suffered the ignominy of being eliminated in the opening round of the tournament in 2007 while 2019 hosts England met the same fate last time the showpiece event was held in Australia and New Zealand four years back.But this year’s format — which will see all teams playing each other with the top four advancing to the semi-finals — will ensure teams have a shot at redemption, according to Tendulkar.advertisement”This format still gives you a chance to come back. You are not out even before you wake up,” Tendulkar said.”Sometimes it can be harsh. Since this is the World Cup, one would want to get another chance. If it’s a bad day then you have time to recover and this format allows you to recover.”Also Read | World Cup 2019: Time away from the game helped me bounce back, says KL RahulAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Good bonding with Kuldeep helps me to get wickets, says ChahalAlso 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Sachin TendulkarFollow Shikhar DhawanFollow Ravindra JadejaFollow Rohit SharmaFollow Virat KohliFollow KL RahulFollow Mahendra Singh DhoniFollow Jasprit Bumrah Absence of left-handers not a concern for India at World Cup: Sachin TendulkarSachin Tendulkar believes the quality of India’s batting is sufficient to make up for the deficiency of left-handed batsmen during the 2019 World Cup.advertisementlast_img read more