About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton boss Hughton: Alonso should’ve seen redby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Chris Hughton was frustrated with Marcos Alonso escaping dismissal during Chelsea’s victory on Sunday.Alonso received a yellow card for tugging back Solly March in the closing stages, when the winger looked to be racing through on goal, and Hughton felt the Spaniard was lucky to remain on the pitch.“Having seen it again, I think some referees would have given it, but I can see the doubt in it.“But there’s no doubt that Alonso should have been on a yellow card anyway. He pulled back Anthony Knockaert, which is always a yellow card.“With that being a yellow card, the second incident should have been a sending off. Those are my thoughts at the moment.”
Napoli boss Ancelotti: Meret key to beating SPALby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli boss Carlo Ancelotti hailed the performance of Alex Meret for victory over SPAL.The Azzurri won thanks to a goal from Raul Albiol.Ancelotti said, “We couldn’t kill off the game and so we suffered in those last few minutes, because SPAL put all of their efforts into getting the draw. We are not surprised about Meret’s quality because we see it every day in training.”He is a great talent, even if he hasn’t always been lucky. Today he showed what he can do. He truly is a special goalkeeper.”He added: “Tonight we lacked precision in our passes, even when we had the space for them. Later we were denied that space, and we should have played possession more purposefully, not just for the sake of it.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Silva says no Everton excuses for Leicester defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva says there were no excuses for defeat to Leicester City.The Foxes won 1-0 at Goodison Park thanks to Jamie Vardy’s winner.“I felt we were too nervous and anxious, and there is no reason,” said Silva.“Of course, we are playing a lot of games in a row and we have no time to prepare, but it’s not an excuse when you miss some simple things.“When you play in this way, with easy mistakes, the bad things come to you and that’s what happened with the goal we conceded. We gave them the chance to do what they came to do.“After that, if you were anxious or nervous, you will be more so. After that, we didn’t play with enough quality to change the score.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Newcastle scouts impressed by Hellas Verona defender Koray Gunterby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveGenoa defender Koray Gunter is interesting Newcastle United.Calciomercato says Newcastle are willing to pay £9m in January to bring Gunter to England.Currently on loan at Hellas Verona from Genoa, it is claimed that Newcastle officials were at Tuesday’s clash with Udinese and were impressed with the defender in the 0-0 draw.However, the Evening Chronicle says a January move would surely seem unlikely, given how well-stocked Newcastle are with centre-backs. They have Jamaal Lascelles, Fabian Schar, Federico Fernandez and Ciaran Clark, while Florian Lejeune is also closing in on a return to fitness. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@the2ndsaulterThree Michigan blocked kicks helped the Wolverines jump out to a big lead early against UCF.Jim Harbaugh’s squad probably doesn’t need a huge effort in all three phases of the game to beat UCF, which finished without a win last year and is easing into former Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost’s new system. It is getting one, however.Michigan jumped out to a 24-0 lead in the first quarter, led by some impressive throws by quarterback Wilton Speight, and a phenomenal effort on special teams.In the first quarter, the Wolverines have blocked a Knights field goal and two punts. Video of the third Michigan blocked kicks, a 50-yard attempt by Matthew Wright, is available below.Great FG block by Michigan!#MichiganFootball pic.twitter.com/2YWXvqZbJI— Nathan S. (@the2ndsaulter) September 10, 2016The first deflected punt went just 13 yards, the second wound up going 27 yards, and the field goal, blocked by defensive end Chris Wormley, was advanced 10 yards by the Wolverines.UCF managed to get off its third punt attempt and Caleb Houston had a 47 yard kick, but on the Knights’ following possession, Chase Winovich had a big strip sack of Justin Holman, recovered by Maurice Hurst. After that, a 49-yard punt by Houston was returned 35 yards by Jabrill Peppers, to the Michigan 12 yard line. Jake Butt caught a touchdown pass from Speight three plays later to push the lead to 31-0, after the extra point.On the bright side for the Knights, they just scored on an impressive 87-yard end around by Adrian Killins to make it 31-7. Still, it looks like this is going to be a long day in The Big House.Michigan is 1-0 after beating Hawaii last week. 2-0 looks pretty inevitable as of this point. UCF is also 1-0, after a Week 1 win over FCS squad South Carolina State, 38-0. The Knights will face another Big Ten squad next weekend, albeit a far more beatable one, when Maryland heads to Orlando.
From the outside, the journey for a player signing for a club seems pretty straightforward. However, it’s often anything but.In reality, transfers involve a lot of discussions and behind-the-scenes movement, despite official ruling stating that transfers can only dealt with once clubs have official consent for the player to speak to other clubs.Agents and players all play roles in what is termed ‘tapping up’ – the unofficial method for targeting players – and it is all a grey area in the football industry. But what exactly is tapping up, and how does it work? Goal takes a look. 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? What is tapping up?In football, ‘tapping up’ describes the event when an attempt is made to persuade a player under contract with a team to join another team, without the official consent of the current team.Typically, this kind of approach is made through a player’s agent behind the scenes, but other methods of tapping up – such as coaches or players publicly expressing their admiration for the targeted in player through the media – are more common and a brazen method.It’s hard not to think that ‘tapping up’ happens more often than we truly realise.For example, players playing for different clubs but the same national team could discuss potential transfer moves in an off-the-record capacity – with the most infamous example being Xavi’s recruit of then-Spain national team-mate Cesc Fabregas from Arsenal to Barcelona.It is forbidden to tap up players professionally, but it is not illegal.What are the rules against tapping up?The Premier League states the official definition is: “Subject to Rule T.7, a contract player, either by himself or by any person on his behalf, shall not either directly or indirectly make any such approach as is referred to in Rule T.5 without having obtained the prior written consent of his club.”In short, a player is only able to contact another club to try and agree a transfer if they have the written consent of their current club first.As long as the player has the written consent of the club, they are able to agree personal terms, even if no official fee has yet been confirmed.The rules are straightforward, but that doesn’t stop them from being broken with almost no consequences in most cases. In fact, as one former agent – who goes unnamed – told the Mirror: “No transfer happens without an element of tapping-up.“What usually happens is that an agent goes to the club, says his player wants to leave, asks how much it will take to get him out and then relays the information to the club that wants to buy him.“What is much more unusual is for a manager or club to become quite so directly involved without some sort of sign or indication that a player might be available.“There’s also a lot of tapping-up which goes on between players. A rumour appears in the press, the player asks if he’s up for it, they say yes and the deal is underway.”Are there punishments for tapping up in football?In 2017, Liverpool were found guilty of tapping up a young player who was registered with Stoke City, which led to a £100,000 fine and a two-year ban from signing academy players from English league clubs.The month after, Man City received the same suspension as well as a £300,000 fine for similar actions.There doesn’t seem, however, to be a monetary punishment for senior clubs, nor a desire one. Stoke City chairman Peter Coates stated that it simply would be a waste of time if there were more hunger to get Premier League member clubs to implement harsher punishments with tapping up.“I’m not sure there would be much traction because there are other things,” he told the Guardian. “It’s like me wanting to try to do a better job on regulating agents – and I don’t find that easy to get any traction. I wish we could regulate them better. And I don’t think we try hard enough.”“And I’m not against people trying to do something about it. I’m just very cynical about it changing. I just think that’s how it is. And when it happens against us at senior level, I never complain because we know ‘everyone’s at it’ type of thing. You could almost say it’s part of the fabric [of the game].”What are some of the most infamous examples of tapping up?Barcelona are a side who have been accused of tapping up a number of their targets. Prior to Fabregas joining Barcelona in 2011, Xavi stated: “I spoke to Cesc in Ibiza and he said he was suffering, because he really wants to come. It’s what he most wants, he’s done everything he can to come and wants Arsenal to let him go.”The Catalan club also appeared to have tapped up Luis Suarez in 2014 while the Uruguay international was at Liverpool, with president Josep Maria Bartomeu saying: “When we approached Suarez, it was before the World Cup. We told him that he was the right age. He had the experience.“He was playing incredibly well at Liverpool and it was the right time for him to come to our club, to Barcelona.“And we have the advantage – his agent is Pep Guardiola’s brother. He’s from Barca in his heart, also, so everything was perfect and created the perfect atmosphere that Luis Suarez accepted.”Liverpool approached Virgil van Dijk in the summer of 2017 without the consent of Southampton, which resulted in a very public fallout. In this case, however, the move didn’t go through for another year, and Liverpool apologised and weren’t punished.Recently, one of the most high-profile cases of tapping up has involved Barcelona once again in their successful pursuit of Antoine Griezmann. Atletico Madrid hit out at Barcelona, expressing how they felt that the Spanish champions had spoken to Griezmann before they had official permission to do so.They said: “Through this statement, Atletico Madrid wishes to express its strongest disapproval of the behaviour of both, especially FC Barcelona, for prompting the player to break his contractual relationship with Atletico Madrid at a time of the season when the club was involved in the Champions League tie against Juventus, as well as the league title race against Barcelona.”This is something that we believe violates the protected periods of negotiation with players and alters the basic rules of integrity in any sporting competition, as well as causing enormous damage to our club and its millions of fans.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
KNOXVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 7: A Tennessee Volunteer holds up his helmet in the team huddle before the NCAA football game against the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders at Neyland Stadium on September 7, 2002 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Tennessee won 26-3. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)It’s been a day full of weather delays in the college football world. Tennessee and West Virginia are now joining the list.The Volunteers and the Mountaineers, playing in Charlotte, are in a weather delay due to storms. Lightning has been spotted in the area. This means at least a 30-minute delay until the skies clear.West Virginia is currently leading Tennessee, 23-17, at halftime.Halftime in Charlotte.#BelkKickoff // #PoweredByTheT pic.twitter.com/7CY52YHUqk— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) September 1, 2018The Athletic’s David Ubben estimates that the game could resume at 5:45 p.m. E.T., but that seems ambitious.“Tennessee-WVU is scheduled to resume at 5:45 ET. But more lightning would obviously push that back. My guess is 5:45 is ambitious, to say the least,” he tweets.Tennessee-WVU is scheduled to resume at 5:45 ET. But more lightning would obviously push that back. My guess is 5:45 is ambitious, to say the least.— David Ubben (@davidubben) September 1, 2018The game, hosted by the Belk Bowl, tweeted the following update:“WE HAVE GONE INTO A WEATHER DELAY DUE TO LIGHTNING IN THE AREA. WE KNEW THIS GAME WAS TOO ELECTRIC. GET IT?”WE HAVE GONE INTO A WEATHER DELAY DUE TO LIGHTNING IN THE AREA.WE KNEW THIS GAME WAS TOO ELECTRIC.GET IT?— BELK COLLEGE KICKOFF (@belkbowl) September 1, 2018West Virginia is up, 13-7, at halftime. The game is being played on CBS.Stay tuned for more Tennessee-West Virginia weather delay updates. This could be a while, unfortunately.
CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers warms up before the start of the Tigers’ football game against the Furman Paladins at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)Former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant is starting to consider some schools on the transfer market. A major visit has reportedly been scheduled.247Sports reported on Wednesday night that Bryant will be visiting North Carolina.Clemson quarterback transfer Kelly Bryant is expected to visit North Carolina this weekend, sources confirmed to Inside Carolina. The Tar Heels host Virginia Tech on Saturday night at Kenan Stadium.According to sources, the UNC staff has been in contact with Bryant since he decided to leave Clemson a couple weeks ago and subsequently received his release.Bryant has one year of eligibility remaining — for the 2019 college football season. North Carolina has a home game against Clemson on its 2019 schedule.North Carolina isn’t the only school being mentioned for Bryant.OddsShark named the following six schools contenders:Penn State +200Florida State +300NC State +300Virginia Tech +400Michigan +400Michigan State +500What school will Kelly Bryant play for next?Penn State +200Florida State +300NC State +300Virginia Tech +400Michigan +400Michigan State +500Field -200Odds via @betmybookie pic.twitter.com/cJdmFLcs7K— OddsShark (@OddsShark) October 11, 2018What’s your pick?
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 10: ESPN reporter Lou Holtz looks on during the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game between the Oregon Ducks and the Auburn Tigers at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Former ESPN college football analyst Lou Holtz is probably having a tough day today, as his Notre Dame Fighting Irish are struggling in a major way.Notre Dame, which is off to an undefeated start to the season, is trailing Pittsburgh, 14-12, early in the fourth quarter. There’s been some major Notre Dame-College Football Playoff hype so far this season, but a loss could eliminate the Fighting Irish from contention.Holtz has had a tough week in general.The former ESPN analyst shared some tough personal news on Twitter earlier this week:Holtz revealed he was in a car accident this week and is very sore.“Spoke for Buffalo Wild Wings on Wednesday in Miami. Was in a car accident on I-95 as I was headed south, but I’m ok. Now I know how players feel when they are sore all over,” he tweeted.Spoke for Buffalo Wild Wings on Wednesday in Miami. Was in a car accident on I-95 as I was headed south, but I’m ok. Now I know how players feel when they are sore all over.— Lou Holtz (@CoachLouHoltz88) October 12, 2018Feel better, coach.Notre Dame and Pitt, meanwhile, are playing on NBC.
SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers attempts a pass during the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)The girlfriend of Clemson star quarterback Trevor Lawrence posted a heartfelt photo after the Tigers’ national title game performance.Lawrence and the Tigers had one of the best games of all-time (not hyperbole), blowing out No. 1 Alabama in the College Football Playoff national championship game.Clemson topped Alabama, 44-16, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.Lawrence, a true freshman, should be terrorizing the college football world for the next two years.Family and friends of the Clemson star quarterback are certainly impressed with the player he’s turned out to be.Lawrence’s girlfriend, college soccer player Marissa Mowry, posted a heartfelt message on Instagram after the game.“Proud. Proud not just of what you do.. but who you are. You’re one of a kind Trevor,” she wrote.Life is good for Trevor Lawrence and the Clemson Tigers right now.Lawrence and Clemson should start the 2019 season ranked No. 1 in the country.
9 Sep 2000: A close up of Carlos Polk #13 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers watching the action during the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. The Cornhuskers defeated the Fighting Irish 27-24 Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel /AllsportCarlos Polk played the final year of his NFL career for the Dallas Cowboys, after a long tenure with the San Diego Chargers.Now, he’s returning to Dallas to join the Cowboys’ coaching staff.According to ESPN, the Cowboys are bringing on Carlos Polk as assistant special teams coach.From Todd Archer:Carlos Polk will join the Cowboys as an assistant special teams coach, replacing Doug Colman. Polk had a seven-year career in the NFL as a linebacker, including one season with the Cowboys (2008). He was a coaching intern with the Cowboys for a summer after his career ended. He served as the assistant special teams coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2014-18.The move comes a day after the surprising news that Jerry Jones is not expected to extend the contract of head coach Jason Garrett.The oft-embattled Cowboys head coach’s contract ends after the 2019-2020 season. It is very rare for a coach to enter the final year of his deal without an extension.Polk joined the Cowboys as a player in 2008, after being drafted out of Nebraska by San Diego with the No. 112 overall pick of the 2001 NFL Draft.He is a member of the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame, and was an All-American in 2000, and a two-time All-Big 12 player for the Huskers.Polk has served on the Chargers and Buccaneers staff in the same role since leaving Dallas.[ESPN]
This would be big boss moves right here.. https://t.co/gizYMX8fkt— Justin Flowe (@justin_flowe) June 27, 2019Despite Breese’s efforts though, the Tigers don’t appear to be too close to his radar.He has not made a public visit to the Clemson campus since getting his offer from the team last year.As for his potential destination, Flowe currently appears to be looking at schools from his home state of California and the SEC. He has made various visits to Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Kentucky, and LSU among others.247Sports currently has him tipped to commit to USC, based on six crystal ball predictions. CHARLOTTE, NC – DECEMBER 03: A general view of the ACC Championship game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Clemson Tigers at Bank of America Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)The Clemson Tigers currently have five commitments from five-star players – more than any two other schools combined. With the team looking to form a historically high-rated class, one of those five-star recruits is trying to bring another into the fold.In a recent post on Twitter, defensive tackle Bryan Breese, the No. 2 prospect in the country, tagged five-star linebacker Justin Flowe encouraging him to join the Tigers. The image showed the two of them together at the recent Rivals Challenge.Flowe responded several hours later, seemingly intrigued by the prospect.This would be big boss moves right here..247Sports rates Flowe as the No. 3 overall prospect in the country. He is the No. 1 inside linebacker in the nation, and the No. 1 player from the state of California.
Danny Kanell, the college football personality perhaps most associated with ACC homerdom, isn’t having it. Despite the fact that he will often bang the drum for the eye test and resumes, he’s keeping Dabo Swinney’s team at the top, even if they haven’t looked the part on the field.He released his top eight teams after Week 5:ClemsonAlabamaOhio StateOklahomaGeorgiaAuburnLSUWisconsinVia Twitter:No need to wait til tomorrow….after 5 weeks of college football #DKtop81. Clemson2. Bama 3. Ohio State4. Oklahoma 5. Georgia 6. Auburn 7. LSU8. Wisconsin— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) September 29, 2019It is hard to really question the rest. Oklahoma was dominant against Texas Tech, Auburn was the same against Mississippi State and continues to add to perhaps the nation’s best resume. Wisconsin was sloppy against Northwestern but wrapped up another solid win.When asked by media colleague and former college quarterback Dan Orlovsky if he has Clemson at No. 1 by mistake, Kanell said that his policy is for No. 1 to stay at No. 1 until it loses.Nah bro I got principles! #1 stays #1 until someone knocks them off. Period. End of story.— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) September 29, 2019 Keeping Clemson at No. 1 is almost solely based on preseason expectations and prior season results, which is what it is, but it is pretty incongruous with being willing to move the rest of the rankings based on how teams look each week. FS1Clemson was lucky to escape Chapel Hill with a win today. The No. 1 Tigers got a huge two-point conversion stop against the UNC Tar Heels with just over a minute left, and recovered a tricky onside kick attempt to seal a 21-20 win. That was enough for analyst Danny Kanell this week.North Carolina is better than most thought in year one under Mack Brown. Still, it is a team that the nation’s top program should handle by a few touchdowns, even on the road.The question now: will Clemson be No. 1 in the polls come tomorrow morning? Alabama had a convincing win, even if it wasn’t a thorough domination of Ole Miss. Georgia and LSU were on bye, and Ohio State made the weekend’s biggest statement with a massive 48-7 win at Nebraska.Some think Ohio State could jump up to No. 1. Others may only move Alabama ahead of the Tigers, for now.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min lauds unbelievable teammate Jan VertonghenJan Vertonghen, who usually plays as a centre back, was deployed as a left wing back in the absence of the injured Danny Rose and the versatile Belgium international helped himself to a goal and assist in the Champions League last-16 first leg tie against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley.advertisement Next Reuters LondonFebruary 14, 2019UPDATED: February 14, 2019 11:43 IST Jan Vertonghen (left) celebrates with Son Heung-min (7) and other Tottenham Hotspur teammates (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTottenham Hotspur crushed Borussia Dortmund 3-0 in the Champions League last-16 first leg tieJan Vertonghen helped himself to a goal and assist in the first leg at Wembley”Jan Vertonghen is technically unbelievable and can play in any position,” Son Heung-min saidTottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen’s ability to play in multiple positions was crucial in their 3-0 win over Borussia Dortmund in Wednesday’s Champions League last-16 tie, according to teammate Son Heung-min.Vertonghen, who usually plays as a centre back, was deployed as a left wing back in the absence of the injured Danny Rose and the versatile Belgium international helped himself to a goal and assist in the first leg at Wembley.”Jan Vertonghen is technically unbelievable and can play in any position,” Son said in a post-match interview to BT Sport.”I am very happy for him, he deserved it. One goal and an assist.”Vertonghen doubled Tottenham’s lead in the 83rd minute when he got on the end of Serge Aurier’s cross, but it was his assist for the first goal that was one of the main talking points of the match.The 31-year-old spotted Son making a run to the back post before floating in a cross for the South Korean forward to volley home, a goal that ‘rattled’ the visitors according to Dortmund’s Mario Goetze.”The timing of the first goal was very important,” Son added. “The cross was unreal, I didn’t have to do anything, I just touched the ball.”Tottenham travel to Dortmund for the return leg on March 5.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Jan VertonghenFollow Son Heung-minFollow Tottenham HotspurFollow Borussia DortmundFollow Champions League
No data available! scorecard graphs commentary advertisement India Today Web Desk MohaliMarch 30, 2019UPDATED: March 30, 2019 16:30 IST Chris Gayle showcased his dancing skills ahead of the KXIP vs MI match (@lionsdenkxip Photo)HIGHLIGHTSChris Gayle was seen dancing on the boundary lines before the KXIP vs MI matchGayle recently became the fastest batsman to reach 4000 IPL runsThe West Indian needs 2 more sixes to complete 300 IPL sixesChris Gayle looked in a jolly mood ahead of Kings XI Punjab’s home game against Mumbai Indians at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on Saturday. Gayle, who started IPL 2019 with a bang by scoring a match-winning fifty, was back at his home ground and ready to target the bowlers.Gayle is known for his dancing skills and ahead of the match during a practice session, he was seen doing a little jig while standing at the boundary line.Gayle loves Punjab and it was evident as he replicated some bhangra moves, enjoying his time at the boundary.Also Read | KXIP vs MI Live Score, IPL 2019Recently Chris Gayle became the fastest to 4000 IPL runs in just KXIP’s opening match against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Gayle stormed to the milestone in just his 112th innings surpassed David Warner, who scored 4000 IPL runs in 114 innings.Gayle and Warner are the only overseas players to be a part of the 4000-run club in the IPL.Overall, Gayle has scored 6 hundreds – the most by any player in the Indian Premier League. He also has 24 fifties in the IPL.Chris Gayle also holds the record for the highest individual score in the IPL – an unbeaten 175 against Pune Warriors in 2013.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Chris GayleFollow Chris Gayle bhangraFollow IPL 2019Follow KXIP vs MI IPL 2019: Chris Gayle’s dance in Kings XI Punjab’s 1st home game is unmissableChris Gayle loves Punjab and it was evident as he replicated some bhangra moves, enjoying his time at the boundary. view more view less
IPL performances shouldn’t influence World Cup squad selection: Rohit SharmaWhile Indian selectors for the World Cup are keeping an eye on the IPL performances, Rohit Sharma feels they should be judged on how they played for the last four years.advertisement Press Trust of India MumbaiApril 4, 2019UPDATED: April 4, 2019 19:52 IST MI skipper Rohit Sharma feels one cannot select players for a 50-over format on the basis of performance in a 20-over format. (Photo: @ImRo45)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma feels players should be judged on the basis of ‘performance and form’ for the World Cup selectionNational selectors are keeping a close eye on the IPL for picking the India squad”You can’t select a team for the 50-over format from a 20-over event,” says the MI skipperIndia vice-captain Rohit Sharma firmly believes that for World Cup selection, the players should be judged on the basis of ‘performance and form’ in the last four years and not on how they perform during the IPL.World Cup will begin days after conclusion of IPL on May 12.The national selectors are keeping a close eye on the IPL for picking the 15-member Indian squad for the mega-event.”With their inputs, the selectors will keep an eye on what is happening with those guys in IPL although I feel IPL should not be the criteria for team selection,” he said at the launch of a new website cricket.com here Thursday.”They have played enough international matches to see where each individual stands. You can’t select a team for the 50-over format from a 20-over event, it’s my personal opinion. IPL is a different ball game. It’s franchise cricket and yes, form matters a lot.”In the last four years we have played enough One Day International matches, enough T20 cricket. That should be enough for guys to understand these are the players that we want,” he added.Also Read | Batting slots should be decided according to match situation: Kapil DevHowever, the Mumbai Indians skipper also acknowledged that IPL has helped him in his preparations for the upcoming mega event.”Every time we play IPL, there is some big event right after happening – a big Test series or big one-day series. It does help also. 35-plus or 40 guys will probably need some rest. I was talking to Jasprit (Bumrah) the other day. He needs to play a lot of matches and bowl a lot to be match fit than be at home. I also, as a batter, need to play,” Rohit said.advertisementIndia have a more or less settled squad for the World Cup, barring one slot and Rohit feels skipper Virat Kohli’s preference is utmost most important to sort out that position.Rohit, who is a certainty in the World Cup squad as an opener, also said that the specific spot that needs to be filled would be dictated by conditions that are likely to prevail in England during the World Cup, commencing May 30.”I think we are pretty much settled. A few spots are there which everyone knows about. It all depends on what captain, coach and selectors think about the combination, whether we need to go with an extra middle order batsman, extra opener, extra seamer or spinner. Conditions in England will matter a lot,” he said.”I know how it works with the captain. The preference of the captain is very important in terms of that extra player he wants in the squad. I think Virat and (Indian team’s head coach) Ravi shastri have to decide what exactly the combination that they want or what extra player or where is that extra cushion they are looking for. That is something that will matter the most.”Also Read | Jason Behrendorff wants to impress World Cup selectors with his IPL performanceRohit believes the team management will have to play a gamble in selecting the squad with regard to picking up that extra player.”Last summer when we were there the conditions were really dry. But we don’t know whether it will be the same (during the World Cup). If it is (the same) we need an extra spinner there – it’s as simple as that,” he said.”If it’s not, probably we will need an extra seamer there. I also understand we would not know what the weather conditions will be (but) we have to select the team in the next few days or weeks, actually.Also Watch | Flexibility and options crucial for India at 2019 World Cup: Sunil GavaskarFor 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 Rohit SharmaFollow World CupFollow CricketFollow IPL
Next I have come out of retirement for well-wishers: Ambati RayuduAmbati Rayudu, who quit first-class cricket in 2018 to focus on his limited-overs career, had announced that he has retired from all forms of the game.advertisement India Today Web Desk HyderabadAugust 31, 2019UPDATED: August 31, 2019 19:47 IST Ambati Rayudu made himself available for selection in domestic cricket. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAmbati Rayudu has rubbished the U-turn claims on his decision of retirementRayudu had announced his retirement after World Cup snub two months backRayudu said that he believes he has enough cricket left in himAmbati Rayudu, who made volte-face on his retirement and made himself available for Hyderabad in domestic cricket, has rubbished the U-turn claims on his decision.Rayudu said that he believes he has enough cricket left in him and scoring runs for Hyderabad is his top priority.”It is not a U-turn as for good reasons I believe I have good amount of cricket left in me. My top priority is now to get runs for Hyderabad.””I declined lucrative offers to play in T10 and T20 leagues in Canada and other countries. I have come out of retirement for well-wishers,” he told Telangana Today.During the course of the World Cup in England, Rayudu had announced his retirement after he wasn’t chosen as a replacement for the injured Shikhar Dhawan despite being named one of five stand-bys for the quadrennial event.Initially, the 33-year-old was not included in the 15-man India squad for the World Cup because of not having a “three-dimensional” game and Vijay Shankar was preferred over him. After the snub, Rayudu had tweeted sarcastically “Just ordered a new set of 3D glasses to watch the World Cup,” aimed at chief selector MSK Prasad.Rayudu, who represents Chennai Super Kings in Indian Premier League, further added that getting ignored for the World Cup was shocking for him.”I was extremely fit and doing the role, which the team asked me to do at No. 4 and suddenly when you are not in the team, it was shocking,” he said. “There was no communication from the team members also.”advertisement”In fact, I had a very, very good tour of New Zealand [a couple of 40s and a 90 in the ODIs]. Of course, it took a game or two to get back to my form.”I was the highest run-getter in New Zealand. I was happy with the way I was batting and shaping up. It was unfortunate that [the selectors] had different combinations in mind and that didn’t work out for me.””Sadly, I feel the Hyderabad colours are for sale and it is important the players should perform to earn a place in the team.””I remember when I had to score a lot of runs to get into the team, whether it was Under-16, Under-19 or Under-22. We were not sure of our places because the competition was very high.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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Ambati Rayudu
Associated Press LondonOctober 6, 2019UPDATED: October 6, 2019 10:23 IST Pochettino’s Spurs have been struggling to get going in the ongoing Premier League season (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTottenham Hotspur suffered a 3-0 loss at Brighton on SaturdaySpurs are at the 8th spot with just 3 wins in 8 league gamesI want to keep working hard and believing: Under-fire PochettinoTottenham followed up its midweek thrashing at Bayern Munich’s hands by plunging to a 3-0 loss at Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday, raising further questions about Mauricio Pochettino’s ability to motivate last season’s Champions League runner-up.Another dreadful error by goalkeeper Hugo Lloris led to Tottenham conceding inside three minutes, the goal compounded by the France captain sustaining a broken left elbow and requiring oxygen as he was carried off the field and taken to the hospital.Aaron Connolly, an unheralded 19-year-old forward, then scored either side of halftime for Brighton, which hadn’t won in the league since the opening day of the season.”Hugo’s injury had a massive impact on the game,” Pochettino said. “To concede so early and losing our captain, it had an emotional impact on the team.”There were chants of “You’re getting sacked (fired) in the morning” by Brighton fans aimed at Pochettino, whose position came under renewed scrutiny after Tottenham lost 7-2 to Bayern in the Champions League on Tuesday. That was the first team Spurs had conceded seven goals in a home match in any senior competition in their 137-year history.Now comes a third loss in eight games of the Premier League campaign – Tottenham’s heaviest in the competition in nearly two years. And last week, there was the embarrassing elimination from the League Cup by fourth-tier Colchester in the third round.Want to keep working hard and believing: PochettinoPochettino is in his sixth year as Tottenham manager, sparking fears he has taken the team as far as he can and that things have gone stale at the club amid tensions in the squad.advertisementOnly four months ago, Spurs were playing in the Champions League final against Liverpool.”After 5 1/2 years, this is the first tough time we are having,” Pochettino said. “There is a feeling that this is not good at the minute. We are feeling the emotion. I want to keep working hard and believing.”I hope the pressure is coming to me and leaves the pressure off the players. Now is a moment to be strong.”Spurs will have to cope without Lloris for a while, too.He backpedaled toward his own goal after misjudging a cross and had to drop the ball to stop himself carrying it over the line. As he fell back, he landed awkwardly on his left elbow, while Neil Maupay headed the loose ball into the net from one meter out.Lloris received five minutes of treatment and the reporter for broadcaster BT Sport said the goalkeeper was screaming in agony as he was carried through the tunnel toward an ambulance bound for the hospital.”We can confirm that Hugo Lloris sustained a dislocated elbow,” Spurs said in a statement late Saturday.”Assessment will continue this coming week to ascertain the full extent of the injury and the length of time he will require to undergo rehabilitation.”The France goalkeeper also made an error in Tottenham’s last league game, a 2-1 win over Southampton, when he was caught in possession near his own goal line.Also Read | Barcelona should consider resting Messi for Sevilla clash: RivaldoAlso 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 Premier leagueFollow Tottenham HotspurFollow Mauricio PochettinoFollow Brighton Next Hope the pressure is coming to me and not the players: Pochettino on Tottenham Hotspur’s poor runPremier League: Tottenham Hotspur suffered their third loss in 8 league games this season when they were handed a 3-0 defeat at Brighton on Saturday. advertisement
Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiOctober 23, 2019UPDATED: October 23, 2019 12:12 IST Virat Kohli during a training session. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli shared how he felt after turning vegetarian last year”I’ve never felt better in my life,” the India captain saidVirat Kohli had also joined the vegan club of athletesIndia captain Virat Kohli, who has redefined the meaning of fitness for Indian athletes, on Wednesday took to social media to highlight the importance of a vegetarian diet. The swashbuckling batsman said he has never felt better in life after turning vegetarian last year.Virat Kohli, meanwhile also appreciated the Netflix Documentary ‘ The Game Changers’ in which retired English professional mixed martial artist travels the world on a quest for the truth about meat, protein, and strength.After watching the web Documentary, this is what Kohli had to say:”Saw game changers on Netflix. Being a vegetarian athlete has made me realise what I have believed all these years regarding diet was a myth. What an amazing documentary and yes I’ve never felt better in my life after I turned vegetarian,” Virat Kohli tweeted.Saw game changers on Netflix. Being a vegetarian athlete has made me realise what I have believed all these years regarding diet was a myth. What an amazing documentary and yes I’ve never felt better in my life after I turned vegetarian.Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) October 23, 2019Virat Kohli, 30, is also among the vegan club of athletes. “Kohli started this diet four months ago and is feeling stronger as his digestive power has increased. He isn’t missing meat, eggs or dairy,” sources had earlier said.Tennis superstars Serena and Venus Williams, four-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton and legendary sprinter Carl Lewis are among the top athletes who turned vegetarian in the past.India clean swept South Africa 3-0 in the recently condulded Test series as Virat Kohli Kohli surpassed Mohammed Azharuddin to become the India captain to lead the team to most no. of series whitewashes in Tests (minimum 3 matches).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 byAnita Jat Never felt better in my life: Virat Kohli on turning vegetarianAfter turning vegetarian last year, India captain Virat Kohli said he has never felt better in life.advertisement
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