10 months agoREVEALED: Ferguson put together Solskjaer, Phelan Man Utd team

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Ferguson put together Solskjaer, Phelan Man Utd teamby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has been key to putting the new management team together.The Sun says vxecutive vice-chairman Ed Woodward turned to Fergie as he prepared to sack Jose Mourinho in the wake of the 3-1 loss at Liverpool.An Old Trafford source insists the Scot, who will not be employed in a full-time capacity, had made sure Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as well as Mike Phelan were prepared to take up their new positions at their former club BEFORE Wednesday’s announcement.The source said: “Once Woodward had talked to the Glazers and told them he wanted Jose out, he needed to be certain he could get the right kind of figure in for the short term at least.“That’s where Fergie came in and he helped make sure the whole thing happened with Solskjaer and Phelan.” last_img read more

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10 months agoArsenal Transfer Watch: Four centre-backs to help Emery’s injury crisis

first_imgArsenal Transfer Watch: Four centre-backs to help Emery’s injury crisisby Phillip Ekuwem10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFollowing Rob Holding’s injury earlier this month, Arsenal will undoubtedly be on the lookout for a new centre-back this – on that note, here’s a look at four centre-backs the Gunners could sign come January:Gary CahillGary Cahill is yet to start a Premier League game this season having been handed just 21 minutes of playing time by Italian tactician Maurizio Sarri. Strangely enough, despite evidently not being part of Sarri’s plans, Cahill still remains the club’s official captain – most probably in a bid to avoid any sort of disruptions in the dressing room’s harmony.Cahill is 33-years-old, and whilst that may mean he isn’t an ideal centre-half for a club of Arsenal’s stature – his experience could prove to be vital for the Gunners should they make a move for him after all. Despite not being in Sarri’s plans, he remains a top-class defender capable of doing a great job when called upon.Video courtesy of CFCVideosIINathan AkeEver since his move from Chelsea to Bournemouth, Nathan Ake has proven to be one of the best young defenders in the Premier League. Boasting of good pace and passing ability as exemplified by his 81% pass completion rate this season, Ake would be an excellent addition to Arsenal’s defensive set-up.Of course, his performances have not gone unnoticed by Arsenal’s rivals with Spurs, Manchester United and Ake’s former club Chelsea apparently keen on signing the 23-year-old. Video Courtesy of Top ScoreEric BaillyEric Bailly’s debut season at Old Trafford was one to remember. He was undoubtedly Manchester United’s best defender last season, often battling it out with strikers of all sizes and keeping things tidy at the back for the Red Devils.He’s been unable to replicate that form this season having been sidelined by Jose Mourinho who only recently got relieved of his duties as Manchester United manager.With the January transfer window coming up, what would have been termed an impossible move last season could be quite possible considering Bailly’s current standing in the Manchester United squad. Bailly’s got plenty of talent that Unai Emery could work with plus he’s got top-level experience having played in important games for United. Video Courtesy of HNFootballNico ElvediSwiss youngster Nico Elveidi has enjoyed a great season at Borussia Monchengladbach so far having started 14 of the club’s league games.Gladbach currently sit 3rd on the Bundesliga table three points adrift of Bavarian giants Bayern Munich, who also happen to share the same defensive record with Gladbach having let in just 18 goals this term, the joint-second least amount of goals conceded in the first-half of the Bundesliga season.Elvedi is a strong ball-playing defender as evidenced by his 91.1% pass success rate – he’s also quite good in the air as he currently averages 2.6 won per 90 minutes.He’d be an excellent addition to Unai Emery’s back three considering he’s good at distributing the ball. TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorPhillip Ekuwem FollowShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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20 hours ago​Premier League games faces minimal disruption form 2022 World Cup

first_img​Premier League games faces minimal disruption form 2022 World Cupby Ian Ferris20 hours agoSend to a friendShare the lovePremier League players could face the prospect of playing games nine days before the start of the 2022 winter World Cup in Qatar, reports BBC Sport.Draft plans have been shared between clubs outlining the Premier League schedule around the tournament, being held from 21 November to 18 December.Fixtures could take place on 12 November and resume on 26 December, eight days after the final.The season would also kick off one week earlier and finish a week later.It means that there would be only six weekends without Premier League games.The issue will be discussed at the next Premier League shareholders’ meeting in November.It is understood that Championship games will not take place during the World Cup, but the break for the second tier might not be as long as in the Premier League.Leagues One and Two will continue during the tournament.Uefa has said a decision on the scheduling of that season’s Champions League and Europa League will not be made until 2021. TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Blow for City as injured Sane limps out of Community Shield

first_imgManchester City suffered an injury blow as Leroy Sane was forced off in the opening stages of their Community Shield match against Liverpool.The Germany international appeared to injure his ankle following a challenge by Reds defender Trent Alexander-Arnold at Wembley.Sane received extensive treatment from the City physios but could not continue and was replaced by Gabriel Jesus with just 13 minutes played. 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 23-year-old was named in City’s starting line-up by Pep Guardiola despite intense speculation regarding his future at the Premier League champions.The winger has won six major trophies with City, including two league titles, since joining from Schalke in 2016.However, he found regular playing time hard to come by towards the back end of last season.He still managed to score 10 goals and contribute 11 assists as City claimed the domestic treble, but he started just three of the club’s final 12 matches in all competitions.That sparked reports he could move on this summer despite the club offering him a new long-term contract.Bayern Munich have been linked with a move for the former Schalke winger with speculation gathering pace in recent days.The Bundesliga champions were forced to publicly deny claims a deal had been reached after German media reported earlier this week that they had agreed to pay around €100 million (£91m/$110m) for the winger.The reported fee would have been a Bundesliga record, as would the €20m-a-year some outlets reported Sane would receive as salary on a proposed five-year deal.Bayern head coach Niko Kovac was also forced to apologise to City boss Guardiola, Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic after he said he was ‘confident’ a deal would get done.Guardiola, who managed Bayern between 2013 and 2016, has previously said he would not stand in his way if the player really wanted to leave, a stance he reiterated when he asked about Sane by reporters in his press conference ahead of Sunday’s game against Liverpool.”If he knocks on the door and says he wants to leave then we will speak with the club,” said the Spaniard.last_img read more

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‘Man Utd should keep Pogba even if offered £200m’

first_imgManchester United shouldn’t accept a bid of even £200 million ($242m) for Paul Pogba from Real Madrid following the France international’s starring role in Sunday’s 4-0 win over Chelsea, says the club’s former striker Dimitar Berbatov.Pogba played an exquisite ball to set up teammate Marcus Rashford to score United’s third against the Blues at Old Trafford, but continues to be linked with a move to Real.Zinedine Zidane has made no secret of his admiration for his countryman during what has been a protracted transfer saga, and with Pogba’s time at United having been consistently blighted by patchy form, the odds had narrowed on him making the switch to the Bernabeu. 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? But an electric start to the season against Frank Lampard’s team was enough to convince former striker Berbatov of the World Cup winner’s worth to the team.“Zinedine Zidane would love to bring Paul Pogba to Real Madrid but, against Chelsea on Sunday, we saw why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is determined to keep the French midfielder,” the Bulgarian told Betfair.“Pogba’s perfect pass to Marcus Rashford for United’s third goal was what I call ‘pure football’.“When I played for United, Michael Carrick would get the ball and his first thought was always to play it forward. He knew exactly where I was and there are plenty of examples of him giving me the ball to score a goal. Special players save their energy for the exact right moment.“If United receive a bid from Madrid in the next fortnight in the region of £200m, then the transfer will happen. But I hope Pogba stays at United and I don’t think Zidane will quit Madrid if he fails to sign his compatriot.”Any deal for Pogba could be include long-time United target Gareth Bale, whom Zidane has publicly stated has no future with the former European champions.“The other big transfer rumour is Gareth Bale to Paris Saint Germain, possibly as Neymar moves the opposite way,” said Berbatov. “I’d be surprised if ex-Barcelona man Neymar went to Madrid. But Bale would do well at PSG.“He’s a player I admire, so I want to see him play as much as possible. PSG are one of the few clubs who could pay Bale’s wages, although I’d love to see him back in the Premier League.”last_img read more

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Prominent College Football Writer Announces He’s Switching Jobs

An overhead view of the Rose Bowl.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: A general view during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)Bruce Feldman, one of the top college football writers in the country, announced this morning that he is changing outlets.Feldman, who had been working at Sports Illustrated and with Fox Sports and has written for ESPN in the past, will be joining The Athletic. Feldman confirmed the news this morning.He is the latest in a slew of high-profile hires by the subscription-based website. which is building up its national coverage in all sports.Some personal news: I’m proud to announce that I’m joining the staff of @TheAthleticCFB. If you haven’t already signed up, please do. You can get 40% off at https://t.co/8Z3QZ20S63— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) May 16, 2018My first story for @TheAthleticCFB> Want to know EXACTLY how a college program can transform unheralded recruits into big-time NFL talent? Go inside the evaluation and development process of that #NCState DLine: https://t.co/HKe7hCcbO5— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) May 16, 2018The Athletic has recently added prominent writers such as Ken Rosenthal and Rick Reilly and is also venturing into beat reporting. They’re trying to cover all their bases.In the ever-changing world of sports media, The Athletic and its model will be interesting to watch moving forward.It certainly seems like they landed a big fish in Feldman, who has been covering college football for decades for various outlets and has published multiple books on the subject as well.If you want to read Feldman’s lengthy explanation as to why he joined The Athletic, click here. read more

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A Former College Football Star, 2nd Round Pick Has Been Cut

first_imgA view of the Rams scoreboard.SEATTLE, WA – DECEMBER 17: Birds gather around a scoreboard showing the game statistics after the Los Angeles Rams beat the Seattle Seahawks 42-7 at CenturyLink Field on December 17, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)A former college football star and second round NFL Draft pick has been waived.Malik McDowell, the No. 35 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft out of Michigan State, will no longer be playing for the Seattle Seahawks.NFL Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Seattle has waived the former college football standout.The move was expected, but it’s still a big one.“In another expected, but significant move: The Seahawks waived defensive end Malik McDowell, former second rounder, with the non-football injury designation prior to the start of training camp Thursday,” he reports.In another expected, but significant move: The #Seahawks waived defensive end Malik McDowell, former second rounder, with the non-football injury designation prior to the start of training camp Thursday.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 26, 2018McDowell’s career with the Seahawks was off the rails from the start. He suffered a serious non-football injury prior to the start of the 2017 season.He was in an ATV accident the week before training camp started in 2017.McDowell was a two-time All-Big Ten performer and was named to the freshman All-American team in 2014.last_img read more

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Skip Bayless: This Team Has ‘All The Components’ To Beat Alabama

first_imgSkip Bayless speaking on ESPN.Michigan’s national title hopes seemed dead in the water after their opening weekend loss at Notre Dame. The Wolverines were going to have to run the table, not an easy task against what looked like a daunting schedule.Fast forward almost two months later and Michigan is now 7-1. The Wolverines have beaten Michigan State and smoked Wisconsin with Penn State and Ohio State still on the docket. An 11-1 regular season isn’t out of the question.If Michigan wins the Big Ten with only one loss, they will undoubtedly get into the College Football Playoff. But FS1’s Skip Bayless is thinking they can go beyond that. On Undisputed today, Bayless said Michigan has “all the components to beat Alabama.”Defense was Skip’s major reason for touting UM’s chances against the Crimson Tide.“I know Alabama with Tua [Tagovailoa] at quarterback is flying high as any college team I can remember in all my years of watching college football. They are dominating in ways I’ve never seen before,” said Bayless, who picked Michigan as his national champ before the season. “Michigan right now is No. 1 in pass defense in college football. Don Brown is the best defensive coordinator in college football and he just proves it year after year. But not only are they first in pass defense, they’re first in overall yards allowed. It’s a really good defense that can do lots of things. It can cover and it can really rush the passer.”You can see all of Bayless’ comments below:”The more I watch @UMichFootball the more I believe what I told you before the season started. Michigan has all the components to beat Alabama.” — @RealSkipBayless pic.twitter.com/pefADNb3e4— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) October 24, 2018On one hand, Michigan might have the best defense in the country, and would very likely be the best defense Alabama faces all season. Their defensive line, especially if Rashan Gary can come back, would be able to generate pressure on Tua.However, Michigan’s offense has turned in 17 points against Notre Dame (really 10 because one touchdown came on a kickoff return) and 21 against Michigan State, both quality defensive units. This might not be the most dominant Alabama defense Nick Saban has had, but it is good enough and possesses its customary NFL talent.Can Michigan score enough to stem the Tide? Even slowing down Alabama could mean giving up 24-27 points, which means Michigan would have to get 28-30 to win. That would be a tough task.last_img read more

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A Top QB Recruit Has Announced He’s De-Committing

first_imgGeneric photo of footballs in an end zone.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The top quarterback recruit in the state of Hawaii is back on the market.Dillon Gabriel, the No. 1 quarterback recruit in the state, announced on Twitter this morning that he’s de-committed from Army.“I want to thank coach Sean and coach Monken for believing in me and giving me an opportunity,” Gabriel wrote Twitter. “After much thought and prayer, I have made the decision to de-commit from Army and open myself up to other recruitment opportunities. I wish the Army football program all the best.”I have de-committed and I am opening up my recruitment! pic.twitter.com/8n9O0WR9Wz— Dillon Gabriel ⚡️ (@_dillongabriel_) November 11, 2018Gabriel has seen his stock rise in recent months, as he’s starting to pile up some major scholarship offers.The quarterback recruit reportedly has interest from both Georgia and UCF.The left-handed product threw for 3,376 yards and 37 touchdowns during his senior season.Stay tuned.last_img read more

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Kirk Herbstreit Updates His Pick For The Heisman Trophy

first_imgKirk Herbstreit on the set of college gameday.Kirk Herbstreit.ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit has updated his pick for the 2018 Heisman Trophy heading into the final week of the season.Some around the college football world have speculated that Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray has caught up to Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.Murray has been phenomenal this season and he’s been getting more first-place votes in the mock polls across the internet.Does Herbstreit agree, though? Has Murray actually caught up to Tagovailoa?The ESPN analyst doesn’t think so.“I still think it’s Tua ahead of the rest of the pack,” Herbstreit said on ESPN’s Get Up! this morning.There is still some time to go, of course.Alabama is taking on Auburn this weekend, while Oklahoma is playing West Virginia. The conference championship games are to come after that, too.Stay tuned.last_img read more

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Analyst Ranks College Football’s Worst Bowl Game This Year

first_imgA detail of a Nike official NCAA size football as it sits in the end zone while the West Virginia Mountaineers stretchon the field prior to playing against the Clemson Tigers during the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)College football’s bowl season has arrived.Who’s excited?We certainly are. There are several intriguing matchups this season, from the College Football Playoff games to the Ohio State-Washington Rose Bowl to the Georgia-Texas Sugar Bowl.Of course, there are some games that aren’t that appealing.Which bowl game is at the bottom of the rankings?Yahoo! Sports ranked all of the bowl games. Here’s the worst one:39. Cure Bowl: Louisiana (7-6) vs. Tulane (6-6) – 2:30 p.m., Dec. 15, CBSSNWillie Fritz runs a run-based offense at Tulane, which is back in a bowl after a four-year absence. ULL won the Sun Belt West this season but lost to App State in the conference title game. This could be fairly high-scoring.You can view the full rankings here.last_img read more

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Updated Spreads For College Football Playoff Semifinals

first_imgA general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)One week from tomorrow, we will have the College Football Playoff semifinals. The Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl will host the playoff this year.Top-ranked Alabama takes on fourth-seeded Oklahoma in one semi, with second-seeded Clemson playing No. 3 Notre Dame in the other. The winners will meet at Levi’s Stadium on January 7.Eight days from game time and the higher-seeded teams are still substantial favorites. Both Alabama and Clemson are giving two touchdowns worth of points to their opponents, according to Vegas.Here are the latest odds, per OddsShark:Clemson (-13) over Notre DameAlabama (-14) over OklahomaYou can see OddsShark’s lines for every remaining bowl game here.Clemson and Notre Dame will get things started next week with a 4 p.m. ET kickoff at the Cotton Bowl. Alabama and Oklahoma will get underway at 8 p.m. ET in the Orange Bowl.Both games will be broadcast on ESPN.last_img read more

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Clemson Now Has The No. 1 Overall Class For 2020

first_imgDabo Swinney running off the field after a Clemson college football victory.CHESTNUT HILL, MA – NOVEMBER 10: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers leaves the field after the victory over the Boston College Eagles at Alumni Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)Today, Clemson added a commitment from Damascus (Md.) five-star defensive end Bryan Bresee, the No. 1 prospect in the 2020 class. Bresee’s commitment had a major impact on the team recruiting rankings as well.Clemson has now overtaken Alabama for the No. 1 overall class in 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. The Tigers have 245.47 total points to the Crimson Tide’s 245.46.LSU, Miami and Florida round out the top five, but all three are well behind the Clemson and ‘Bama. Sort of a metaphor for college football as a whole when you think about it.Clemson has never finished with the top-ranked class in the country, but 247Sports’ Anna Hickey outlines how it could happen this year. The Tigers remain in the running for several five-starsWith the addition of the No. 1 overall prospect, #Clemson captures the No. 1 recruiting ranking overall, and the Tigers have more than a full point on than the runner-up in average rating per commitment: https://t.co/bZbbKyLcmi— Anna Hickey (@AnnaH247) April 23, 2019In addition to Bresee, Clemson has 11 commitments from four-star prospects. Seven of the program’s 12 commits rank in the top 100 nationally.You can view Clemson’s full 2020 class here.The full 2020 team recruiting rankings can be found here.last_img read more

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India vs Australia: Marcus Harris furious with himself after missing maiden Test hundred

first_imgIndia vs Australia: Marcus Harris furious with himself after missing maiden Test hundredBrief scores: India 622 for 7 declared (Pujara 193, Pant 159 not out, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4 for 178). Australia 236 for 6 (Harris 79, Handscomb 28 not out, Cummins 25 not out, Kuldeep 3 for 71). Australia trail India by 386 runs. Marcus Harris once again got out after getting a good start on Day 3 of the Sydney Test on Saturday.advertisement India Today Web Desk SydneyJanuary 5, 2019UPDATED: January 5, 2019 16:08 IST Marcus Harris got out against the run of play right after the lunch break (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTS4th Test Day 3, brief scores: Australia 236/6, trail India (622 for 7 declared) by 386 runs. Marcus Harris (79), Kuldeep Yadav (3 for 71)Marcus Harris top-score for Australia on Day 3 with a 120-ball 79Harris’s score is the highest by an Aussie in the series till now4th Test, Day 3 Scores(Full scorecard)Brief scores:India 622 for 7 declared (Pujara 193, Pant 159 not out, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4 for 178)Australia 236 for 6 (Harris 79, Handscomb 28 not out, Cummins 25 not out, Kuldeep 3 for 71)Australia trail India by 386 runsAustralia opener Marcus Harris looked set to get his maiden Test hundred in the ongoing match against India but a loose shot right after the lunch break saw him getting out which triggered a collapse in the batting order.Harris had played an error-free innings till then and was well set on 79 before he played on a short delivery outside off-stump from Ravindra Jadeja and went back to the pavilion. After his dismissal, Australia collapsed from 128 for 2 to 198 for 6 before Peter Handscomb and Pat Cummins steadied the ship and took the hosts to 236 for 6 at stumps on Day 3.Harris was seen having a long chat with Australia head coach Justin Langer after he got out and went back to the dressing room.”I was disappointed not to get a hundred but it was good to spend some time in the middle,” Harris told reporters.”I’d been playing positively against the spinners and got out with a half-arsed shot so probably a bit disappointed with myself more than anything,” he added.Marcus Harris explains his chat with coach JL after being dismissed on day three #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/BqUsQIqbDPcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 5, 2019The surface that India’s batsmen had feasted on for two days was still offering little for the bowlers and the hosts will be cursing themselves for some soft dismissals after a 72-run opening stand.advertisement”I got a start, a few of us got a start but none of us went on to make a big score, so it’s pretty simple to work out what went wrong.”We’re a young group and we’re trying to work it out and we’re playing against the number one side in the world, so it’s not an easy thing to do.”We’ve definitely had opportunities to make hundreds in the series, it’s been execution or a few other funny ways that people have got out, so that’s it really,” Harris said.The hosts still have a very long way to go and trail India by another 386 runs in the first innings with just four wickets in hand.The tourists, who declared on 622-7 late on Friday, only need a draw to claim a first series win Down Under and Australia’s hopes of salvaging anything from the match faded with the loss of five wickets after lunch.Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Shaun Marsh and Travis Head were all dismissed in the second session, before captain Tim Paine followed shortly after the tea break.Peter Handscomb, unbeaten on 28, and fast bowler Pat Cummins, who had made 25, were at the crease when bad light stopped play at a Sydney Cricket Ground swathed in pink for the McGrath Foundation breast cancer support charity day.(With Reuters inputs)Also Read | Australia’s batting just not up to Test standards at the moment: Mark WaughAlso Read | Shane Warne advises Kuldeep Yadav before Chinaman bowler’s 3-wicket haulAlso Read | I don’t believe in mystery, focussed on sticking to basics, says Kuldeep YadavFor 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 India vs AustraliaFollow Marcus HarrisFollow Sydney TestFollow Sydney Cricket GroundFollow Ravindra Jadejalast_img read more

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Asian Airgun Championship: Indian shooters continue their dominance, make clean sweep of gold medals

first_imgAsian Airgun Championship: Indian shooters continue their dominance, make clean sweep of gold medalsIndian shooters made a clean sweep of gold medals in 10m Air Rifle event at the 12th Asian Airgun Championships in Taoyuan, Taipei.advertisement Press Trust of India TaipeiMarch 31, 2019UPDATED: March 31, 2019 18:52 IST Indian shooters made a clean sweep of gold medals in 10m Air Rifle event at the 12th Asian Airgun Championships in Taoyuan, Taipei. (NRAI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndian shooters make clean sweep of gold medals at the ongoing Asian Airgun ChampionshipIndia’s overall tally stands at 12 gold, four silver and two bronze medalsThe competition concludes on Monday with the junior events in the 10m Air RifleIndian shooters made a clean sweep of gold medals in 10m Air Rifle event to continue their dominance at the 12th Asian Airgun Championships in Taoyuan, Taipei.India have won 12 out of 14 gold medals so far and their overall tally stands at 12 gold, four silver and two bronze medals.On the fifth day of the competition, Divyansh Singh Panwar and Elavenil Valarivan bagged the 10m Air Rifle men and women’s individual golds. They combined with respective teammates to win two Team gold medals as well and ensured a clean sweep.Divyansh shot 249.7 to Kim’s 247.4 for silver and Shin’s 225.5 for bronze.He shot 628.2 to top the qualification and lead two other Indians — Ravi Kumar (626.3) and Deepak Kumar (626.2) — into the eight-man final.In the final, Divyansh, the least experienced international among the three, led from the start to shut out the challenge from the Koreans.The Indian trio clinched the team gold with a total of 1880.7 to leave behind Korea with 1862.3.In the women’s final, Elavenil also led from the front to shoot a score of 250.5 and emerge triumphant.Hosts Taipei’s Lin Ying-Shin won silver with 250.2 while Park Sunmin of Korea bagged bronze with a score of 229.1.The Indian women’s team of Elavenil, Apurvi and Meghana claimed the top spot with a combined total of 1878.6. Taipei were second with 1872.5.In the men’s event, all three Indians including Apurvi Chandela and Meghana Sajjanar had also made it to the finals but finished fourth with 207.8 and seventh with 143.3 respectively.The competition concludes on Monday with the junior events in the 10m Air Rifle.advertisementAlso Read | Asian Airgun Championships: India’s gold haul rises to 8 after Sarabjot, Esha winAlso Read | Asian Airgun Championship: Bhaker, Saurabh win 10m air pistol mixed team goldAlso Watch | Want to be at the top of my game ahead of Olympics, says Indian shooter Apurvi ChandelaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bykarishma Tags :Follow Asian Airgun Shooting ChampionshipFollow India gold medalsFollow Indian shootersFollow Shootinglast_img read more

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India men’s hockey team to join FIH Pro League from 2020

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiApril 16, 2019UPDATED: April 16, 2019 18:08 IST India will be banking on Hockey Series Finals to qualify for 2020 Olympics (@TheHockeyIndia Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe India men’s hockey team will join the FIH Pro League from next yearHockey India had puled out the men’s and women’s teams from the inaugural editionMatch schedule principles were approved for the 2020 and 2021 FIH Pro LeagueThe India men’s hockey team will join the FIH Pro League next year after pulling out of the inaugural edition, which began in January.Welcoming India back in the league, the international hockey federation (FIH) said the move has been supported by other participating countries.”…India’s men team will join the FIH Pro League from 2020 on, as was unanimously supported by the other participating National Associations,” the FIH said in a statement after its Executive Board meeting.In July 2017, Hockey India had decided to withdraw both the men’s and women’s national teams from the competition.Hockey India never gave any official reason for the decision but it was speculated that the inferior ranking of the women’s team prompted India to pullout from both the competitions as there was no option to take out just one teamHockey India also believed that the country had better chances of qualifying for the Olympics via the Hockey World League.In the inaugural Pro-League which began in January, nine teams are competing in a round-robin tournament with home and away matches till June. The top four teams will earn a ticket to the FIH’s Olympic Qualification events.”It is great that India will join the FIH Pro League already next year. There is such a passion for hockey in the country that it will add a lot to our newest competition,” FIH CEO Thierry Weil said.”Furthermore, FIH would like to thank all participating National Associations who, by agreeing on a common scheme for the 2020 and 2021 calendars, have once again shown the solidarity of the global hockey community and their utmost will to grow the sport together.”advertisementThe EB also approved the 2020 and 2021 FIH Pro League match schedule principles. The League competition will be held within the first six months of every year and all these matches will remain ‘home games’.The away games will be kept too but will now be split over two consecutive seasons and work according to the following example: In 2020, Team A will host Team B twice within a couple of days, and in 2021, Team B will host Team A twice within a couple of days.”This scheme reduces by half the travel of the teams compared to the current format, therefore decreasing costs for teams, benefitting athletes’ welfare and reducing the impact on the environment,” the FIH said.As India are not playing in the FIH Pro League this year, they are banking on the Hockey Series Finals to qualify for next year’s Olympics. Bhubaneswar is hosting one of the three Hockey Series Finals in June.Also Read | Graham Reid named chief coach of India men’s hockey teamFor 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 India men’s hockey teamFollow FIH Pro League 2020Follow 2020 Olympics India men’s hockey team to join FIH Pro League from 2020Hockey India had earlier decided to withdraw both the men’s and women’s national teams from the inaugural edition of the FIH Pro League.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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French Open 2019: Rafael Nadal tops Roger Federer in straight sets to reach final

first_imgFrench Open 2019: Rafael Nadal tops Roger Federer in straight sets to reach finalFrench Open 2019: World No. 2 Rafael Nadal defeated Roger Federer in the semi-finals to continue his bid for a record-extending 12th title.advertisement Associated Press ParisJune 7, 2019UPDATED: June 7, 2019 19:39 IST Rafael Nadal defeats Roger Federer to reach French Open final (AP Photo)Rafael Nadal made quick work of Roger Federer in their first French Open meeting since 2011, beating his rival 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 Friday in strong wind to reach his 12th final at Roland Garros.Nadal has never lost a semifinal at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament. Never lost a final, either.And he’s never lost to Federer in Paris, improving to 6-0. Overall, Nadal leads their series 24-15. Federer had won their past five meetings, but those were all on hard courts.It’s a whole different task to take on Nadal on clay, in general, and at the French Open, in particular, where his one victory away from a 12th championship, which would be more than any man or woman has won at any of the Grand Slam tournaments.In Sunday’s final, the No. 2-seeded Nadal will take on either No. 1 Novak Djokovic or No. 4 Dominic Thiem.This was the first time since 2011 the four top-seeded men were in the semifinals at Roland Garros.Like so many times before, it was Nadal’s topspin-heavy lefty forehand, his relentless ball-chasing and his return game that gave Federer fits.Frustrated the guy so much that the generally stoic Federer smacked a tennis ball toward the stands after getting broken to trail 2-1 in the third set.It would soon be over.Federer, who was playing at Roland Garros for the first time since 2015, hadn’t lost a set through five victories over the past two weeks. With an aggressive, head-to-the-net style, he had been broken a total of only four times by those opponents.advertisementNadal easily exceeded that in a span of three sets across less than 2½ hours, winning 6 of 13 return games.The 37-year-old Federer, whose 20 Grand Slam titles are a record for a man, was serenaded off the court by spectators’ chants of his first name. He raised his right arm for a quick wave as he walked away perhaps for the final time. He missed the tournament in 2016 with a bad back, then skipped it the next two years to prepare for grass and hard courts.He looked quite good in his return, until running into his old nemesis.Also Read | French Open 2019: Teenager Vondrousova beats Konta to reach finalAlso Read | French Open 2019: Noavk Djokovic sets semi-final clash with Dominic ThiemAlso 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 French Open semisFollow French Open 2019Follow Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal Nextlast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: India were in complete control during win over Bangladesh, says Sachin Tendulkar

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I will keep giving my best till my last breath: Ravindra Jadeja

first_img India Today Web Desk ManchesterJuly 11, 2019UPDATED: July 11, 2019 15:01 IST ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Ravindra Jadeja’s valiant knock went in vain as India lost the semi-final to New Zealand in Manchester (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRavindra Jadeja came up with a fighting 77 in India’s semi-final vs New ZealandJadeja’s knock went in vain as India lost the semi-final in ManchesterJadeja took to social media to post a heartfelt messageIndia all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja took to social media to post a heartfelt message after India exited ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 with a loss to New Zealand in the semi-final on Wednedsay.Ravindra Jadeja nearly pulled it off for India in the semi-final against New Zealand at Old Trafford, Manchester.. Jadeja’s valiant knock of 77 from 59 had all the elements to go down as one of the greatest knocks in the history of Indian cricket as he took India closer to the target in a 240-run chase from an improbable situation.Jadeja joined MS Dhoni at the middle when India were reeling at 92 for 6. The former champions were jolted early in their chase of 240 on the reserve day of the 1st semi-final as New Zealand pacers removed their big three – Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul inside the first 4 overs.Nonetheless, India fought back with their never-say-die attitude, thanks to Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni who added 106 for the 7th wicket. Jadeja perished while trying to clear the long-off boundary in the 48th over and Dhoni followed his batting partner in the 49th over. India eventually fell short of the target by 48 runs.Saying that he had learnt the lesson of not giving up till the end by playing the sport for long, Jadeja said: ”Sports has taught me to keep on rising after every fall & never to give up. Can’t thank enough each & every fan who has been my source of inspiration. Thank you for all your support. Keep inspiring & I will give my best till my last breath. Love you all.”advertisementSports has taught me to keep on rising after every fall & never to give up. Can’t thank enough each & every fan who has been my source of inspiration. Thank you for all your support. Keep inspiring & I will give my best till my last breath. Love you all pic.twitter.com/5kRGy6Tc0oRavindrasinh jadeja (@imjadeja) July 11, 2019Jadeja’s valiant knock of 77 was indeed the saving grace for India.Former cricketer-turned analyst Sanjay Manjrekar had called Ravindra Jadeja a “bits and pieces” cricketer but he was quick to accept his mistake after the valiant effort from the India all-rounder.”Bits and pieces he just ripped me apart today. By bits and pieces of sheer brilliance just proved me wrong on all fronts. But this Ravindra Jadeja we have not seen very often. In the last 40 innings his highest score was 33.”But today he was brilliant. Economical with the ball, and that familiar celebration that you see after he gets to his fifties,” Manjrekar said in a video posted by the ICC.Former captain Sachin Tendulkar lauded Jadeja for his special knock and also praised Dhoni for being the guiding force behind that seventh-wicket partnership which almost won the game for India in Manchester.”He was brilliant. This morning when he got Ross Taylor run out with that direct throw, we in the commentary box were discussing that it could be his day. The way he took initiative in that partnership (with Dhoni), he caught New Zealand by surprise, caught them off guard.”There were number of clean shots by him, which were from a batsman who was out there to do something and prove something. I would give him 10 on 10 today.Also Read | That Sir is bits and pieces for you: Fans pay tribute to Ravindra Jadeja for valiant knockAlso Read | Ravindra Jadeja had hunger and determintation to do something special: Sachin TendulkarAlso 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 India vs New ZealandFollow Ravindra JadejaFollow World Cup 2019Follow India cricket teamFollow MS Dhoni I will keep giving my best till my last breath: Ravindra JadejaICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Ravindra Jadeja proved his mettle even as India exited the quadrennial tournament with a loss to New Zealand in the semi-final. Jadeja was brilliant with the bat, on the field and played arguably his best ODI knock in Manchester on Wednesday.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Australia swimmer Shayna Jack admits to positive dope test

first_imgAustralia swimmer Shayna Jack admits to positive dope testShayna Jack, 20-year old Australia swimmer, has tested positive for a banned substance, which prompted her withdrawal from the World Swimming Championships in South Korea.advertisement Next Reuters GwangjuJuly 27, 2019UPDATED: July 27, 2019 16:08 IST Aussie swimmer Shayna Jack admitted to testing positive for a banned substance. (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia swimmer Shayna Jack has admitted to testing positive for a banned substanceThe Aussie had earlier withdrawn from world championshipsJack had won 2 relay silvers and a bronze at the 2017 world championshipsShayna Jack, who withdrew from the Australia team for the swimming world championships, admitted to testing positive for a banned substance on Saturday.The 20-year-old freestyle swimmer, who won two relay silvers and a bronze at the 2017 world championships, made the admission in an Instagram post.It is with great sadness and heartache that I had to leave due to allegations of having a prohibited substance in my system, she wrote.I did NOT take this substance knowingly. Swimming has been my passion since I was 10 years old and I would never intentionally take a banned substance that would disrespect my sport and jeopardise my career.Now there is an ongoing investigation and my team and I are doing everything we can to find out when and how this substance has come into contact with my body.Swimming Australia said it had been notified by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) of an adverse test result following an out-of-competition test on June 26.It then provisionally suspended Jack from the team, ruling her out of competing in Gwangju, and accompanied her back to Australia from a training camp being held in Japan.As you would expect we are bitterly disappointed with allegations a swimmer has a prohibited substance in her system although it is important to point out that the matter is yet to be determined, said Swimming Australia CEO Leigh Russell.The news will be a major embarrassment for Australian swimming given Jack’s team mate Mack Horton played a leading role in protests against Sun Yang at the world championships.advertisementThe Chinese swimmer is competing under the shadow of a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) appeal against governing body FINA’s decision to clear the 27-year-old of wrongdoing during the random drug test last September.Horton declined to join Sun on the podium after their 400 metres freestyle final while Briton Duncan Scott refused to shake his hand or pose for photos with him after the 200.Brazil’s Joao de Lucca was the latest to show his displeasure at Sun’s presence, refusing to shake his hand on Friday after the 4x200m freestyle relay heats.Also Read | Hungarian teen Kristof Milak shatters Michael Phelps’ 200m butterfly world recordAlso Read | Swimming: I don’t deserve insult and slander, says Olympic champion Sun Yang 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Swimming World ChampionshipsFollow Shayna JackFollow WADAlast_img read more

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