World Cup PSG star Rabiot offers angry response to Deschamps criticism following France withdrawal Jamie Smith 06:49 5/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images World Cup France PSG France v Peru The midfielder, who has decided against sitting on a World Cup standby list, is unhappy with comments made by his international manager Didier Deschamps’ criticism of Adrien Rabiot has been met with an angry response from the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder.Rabiot rejected a call-up to Deschamps’ reserve list after being omitted from France’s 23-man squad for the World Cup.Deschamps said he was “surprised” by Rabiot’s choice, which the France coach labelled a “huge mistake”. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now But in a lengthy open letter released via RTL on Friday, Rabiot hit out at Deschamps and explained he made the choice as he does not believe he was left out due to any “sporting logic” reasons.”I suspected the impact of my decision, but I regret to be caricatured as a young immature player unable to measure the scope of his actions,” Rabiot said. “It’s my job, but football is my passion, and to climb to the highest level, I’ve worked again and again, and all I’ve got today I’ve earned on the pitch. And then I have a dream, like all footballers, it’s playing for my country. “Wearing the blue jersey is for me an honour, a pride. To win with France, to win for France, is a mission. Since the age of 15 I have worn the colours of France. I have the culture of France. Also, I do not allow anyone to speak on my behalf about my relationship with the French team.”Since my first call, as a reserve in May 2016, I played with my club, PSG, a big European club, 88 games including 13 in the Champions League, scored seven goals and I was rewarded by seven trophies.”If I decided to withdraw from the list of alternates, it is because I consider that the choice of the coach towards me does not answer any sporting logic because for all these years the message was clear, it is the performances in a club which open the doors of the national team.”I am a competitor without qualms, but I am also a man, and as such I would have liked to be considered as such. My approach does not target the selected players. And I thank [Noel] Le Graet, the president of the French Football Federation, for having highlighted the exemplary nature of my selection behaviour over the past eight years.”Finally, I will assume all the consequences of my choice with the support of my family and my relatives.”Although PSG stopped short of criticising Deschamps and the club said it did not want to “interfere” in the coach’s squad selection for the World Cup, the club released a statement publicly backing Rabiot on Friday.”Beyond the debate that has emerged in the public sphere, the club wishes to emphasise the special connection it has with a player who arrived at the training centre in 2010 and who then climbed with talent and character at all levels to become a major part of our professional workforce,” PSG said.”Highly competitive under our colours, which he has already worn 207 times at just 23 years old, Adrien represents one of the brightest flag-bearers in our club’s training system.”The club recalls its deep attachment to the national teams and the values they embody and wishes the best to the Franch internationals convened for the World Cup.”
Transfers ‘Ronaldo wants to play for Mourinho again’ – Man Utd return on the cards for Real Madrid star, claims Capello Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 23:38 6/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Getty/Goal Transfers Manchester United Real Madrid Primera División Premier League Cristiano Ronaldo The Portuguese superstar has hinted at a summer move away from the Santiago Bernabeu, with a second stint at Old Trafford now being mooted Cristiano Ronaldo wants to play for Jose Mourinho and would welcome a return to Manchester United, claims former Real Madrid boss Fabio Capello.The Portuguese superstar has sparked a fresh round of transfer rumours with his comments in the wake of another Champions League triumph.Ronaldo has offered mixed messages when it comes to his future, with the promise to offer further clarity on his plans in “the next few days” followed by a declaration to Madrid fans during a trophy parade in the Spanish capital that he would see them “next year”. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now As uncertainty reins at the Santiago Bernabeu, it could be that the 33-year-old soon follows departed manager Zinedine Zidane through the exits.If he is to do so, then a second stint at Old Trafford has been mooted, with Ronaldo’s mother having revealed that she would prefer her soon to head back to England than take on a new challenge in France with Paris Saint-Germain.Capello believes a deal could be done this summer, telling Sky Sport Italia: “I think that Cristiano Ronaldo wants to go back to Manchester, to play for United and being coached by his compatriot Mourinho.”The former Madrid and England boss has also suggested that the Blancos could rekindle their interest in Bayern Munich’s prolific frontman Robert Lewandowski if they are to part with Ronaldo.The Italian added: “Real Madrid would need to recover from Ronaldo’s loss in terms of goals scored. The only available name at the moment is Robert Lewandowski.“[Karim] Benzema might stay, [Florentino] Perez is still a big fan of him.”While Lewandowski would be one option to fill Ronaldo’s boots in Spain, it has been widely reported that PSG star Neymar will be Madrid’s top target if they are forced into the market for attacking reinforcements.He has been distanced from a move at regular intervals, but a record-breaking bid for the Brazilian could return him to La Liga a year on from leaving Barcelona in a €222 million deal.
Day 3 promises to be the most exciting yet, with Australia featuring in four matches against New Zealand, all of which are possible final previews. The Men’s and Women’s Open, will face their trans-Tasman rivals with the victor almost certain to take top spot at the completion of the round matches. The Men will complete the day with a match against Lebanon, while the Women will face South Africa. The Mixed Open will be looking to get their campaign back on track after suffering defeat to the hands of New Zealand yesterday, when they take on England and South Africa. The Mixed 30s will also play New Zealand in an expected tough contest, followed by the USA, while the Men’s 30s will be looking to extend their unbeaten run when they take on the USA and Fiji. The Men’s 40s will be looking to avenge the Men’s 35s when they meet again before the teams play South Africa and France respectively. Day 3 Draw Friday 19 January AEST Local5:30pm 8:30 am Mixed 30 Australia vs New Zealand 5:30pm 8:30 am Mens 30 Australia vs USA 5:30pm 8:30 am Mixed Australia vs England 6:25pm 9:25 am Men Australia vs New Zealand 7:20pm 10:20 am Women Australia vs New Zealand 8:15pm 11:15 am Men 35/40 Australia 40 vs Australia 35 9:10pm 12:10 pm Mixed Australia vs New Zealand 11pm 2:00 pm Men Australia vs Lebanon 11.55pm 2:55 pm Mens 30 Australia vs Fiji 11:55pm 2:55 pm Mixed 30 Australia vs USA 12:50am 3:50 pm Men 35/40 Australia 40 vs South Africa 12:50am 3:50 pm Men 35/40 Australia 35 vs France 12:50am 3:50 pm Women Australia vs South Africa 1:45am 4:45 pm Mixed Australia vs South Africa Check the website for all the results and news at the completion of the day’s play. For all results check the SportingPulse website at http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=1-860-0-0-0&a=COMPS
More Man City defensive woes as Stones out injuredby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City and England defender John Stones will be out for between four and five weeks after suffering a muscle injury in training.The 25 year old suffered the injury on Tuesday as City prepared for Wednesday’s Champions League group game with Shakhtar Donetsk.”He (Stones) is out four, five or six weeks. He was injured in training this morning. It is a muscular problem,” boss Pep Guardiola said.”For me as a manager it is an incredible challenge. But I believe in something people don’t know about – spirit and commitment. We will make steps forward to solve this problem,” Guardiola added. TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd hero Patrice Evra: Forget syle – just winby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United hero Patrice Evra says they need to forget about style and just win.Evra is convinced that things will change in this respect, particularly when United’s injured players are available again for action.“We need to win, no matter,” he declared. “Actually, I want to win games until everyone is ready as we’ve got a lot of injuries but we need to win games, no matter what. I know some people complained we didn’t play great against Leicester but we got the three points last weekend.”It’s what we have to do. Going on that pitch, we have to get three points. Trust me, when the full squad is back, we’re going to have some better days for us.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Watford boss Sanchez Flores eyeing Ecuador star Jose Cifuentesby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Quique Sanchez Flores is eyeing Ecuador’s rising star Jose Cifuentes.The midfield sensation made his first full start for the national side against Argentina last Sunday and impressed despite a 6-1 beating.The Sun says Cifuentes, 20, still plays in Ecuador for Universidad Catolica where he is already attracting interest from a host of other clubs.Premier League champions Manchester City have already made contact to sound out whether a deal is possible while Celtic are another club keen.The youngster starred in the World U20 Championships in the summer leading to City trying to strike an agreement. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
O-H-I-O TempleIt seems that Ohio State fans, wherever they are in the world, always try to find ways to take photos of themselves spelling out O-H-I-O in creative ways. A group of Buckeyes supporters who are traveling in Greece made great use of one of the country’s most historic landmarks Wednesday. An OSU fan named Robert Patton posted a photo of he and his friends using a column from the Temple of Olympian Zeus, located in Athens near the Parthenon, as the “I” in their gesture. Check it out:O-H-I-O #GoBucks #Greece #Athens pic.twitter.com/WBTWVT3Vbi— pattonroberta (@pattonroberta) June 10, 2015Do you think that this now means the country of Greece doesn’t give a damn for the whole state of Michigan?
Real Madrid could cut the gap to top of the table Barcelona with a victory against Real Sociedad this weekend.The side from the Spanish capital trail the leaders by seven points but, should they overcome the Whites and Blues, Real could reduce the deficit to just four.As for the visitors, they are enduring something of a disappointing season and look likely to be involved in a relegation battle. 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? Sociedad have picked up just 19 points from their 17 matches and are three points ahead of the drop zone. Game Real Madrid v Real Sociedad Date Sunday, January 6 Time 5:30pm GMT / 12:30pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the l ive sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream N/A fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be streamed via Eleven Sports 1. UK TV channel Online stream N/A Eleven Sports 1 Squads & Team News Position Real Madrid squad Goalkeepers Casilla, Courtois, Navas Defenders Ramos, Carvajal, Nacho, Varane, Marcelo, Reguilon, Odriozola Midfielders Kroos, Modric, Valverde, Casemiro, Isco, Ceballos Forwards Benzema, Bale, Lucas Vazquez, Vinicius Jr. Gareth Bale was a huge doubt for this one, in the week where he was criticised by former forward Predrag Mijatovic , and he does indeed miss out.The Welshman was replaced at half-time by Isco in the last outing, but instead it is teenager Vinicius Jr. who has been handed his first La Liga start in place of the former Tottenham man.Real are still without Marcos Llorente, Mariano Diaz and Marco Asensio, who are all are missing through injury.Confirmed Real Madrid staring XI : Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Vazquez, Benzema, Vinicius Jr. Position Real Sociedad squad Goalkeepers Moya, Zubiaurre, Rulli Defenders Zaldua, Llorente, Moreno, Elustondo, Gorosabel Midfielders Illarramendi, Zubeldia, Merino, Oyarzabal, Janujaz, Pardo, Zurutuza Forwards Juanmi, Jose, Bautista, Ramirez Sociedad have a problem at left-back where on-loan Theo Hernandez is ineligible to play against his parent club, and back-up Kevin Rodrigues is injured. First-choice goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moya also looks likely to miss the match through injury, meaning Geronimo Rulli should start between the sticks.Joseba Zaldua and Andoni Gorosabel missed La Real’s last game before the Christmas break, but could return for the trip to the Bernabeu.Long-term absentees Martin Merquelanz and Raul Navas remain unavailable, while midfielder Luca Sangalli continues to recover from a mild stroke he suffered in October .Confirmed Real Sociedad starting XI: Rulli; Elustondo, Llorente, Moreno, Munoz; Illarramendi, Zurutuza, Merino; Janujaz, Oyarzabal, JoseBetting & Match Odds The hosts are big favourites for this one and can be backed at 1/3 with bet365 . The bookmakers will offer 13/2 on an unlikely Sociedad win, while a draw is 5/1.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview This is Madrid’s second game back following the Spanish winter break, while this is the visitor’s first match since a 1-0 defeat to Alaves on December 21.Since then Los Blancos have won the Club World Cup, beating Al Ain in the final 4-1 , and have also returned to La Liga action.Solari’s men conceded a late equaliser against Villarreal on Thursday , however the result means Real are now unbeaten in their last four league matches.Since being appointed as manager in November, Solari has seen his side slowly rise up the table, but his ultimate aim is to catch leaders Barcelona at the league’s summit.“The objective is to continue climbing positions, the beginning has not been easy and we have gone from ninth to fourth,” he said.”The competition is open and we have to continue to cut [Barcelona’s advantage] and go to each battle to win it. We had a good first half in Villarreal but it cost us the points for not scoring our chances.”After this fixture, Madrid are involved in a two-legged Copa del Rey tie against Leganes, which are separated only by Los Blancos’ La Liga game against Real Betis next week.Real also face Ajax in the Champions League last 16 next month and Solari wants his side to be able to compete on three fronts in the latter stages of the season.“We face three competitions and we’ll try to put in all the energy levels,” he said. “The rivals change and their characteristics, the players are not machines. Nobody has had less vacation time than us, the players put all their effort in.”When Sociedad last travelled to the Bernabeu the hosts ran out as comfortable 5-2 winners thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick and strikes from Toni Kroos and Dani Carvajal.Imanol Alguacil’s men will be hoping for better this time around, although they may be concerned at just how close the gap has got between themselves and the bottom three.A run of four straight defeats before Christmas saw Alguacil replace former coach Asier Garitano at the Basque club.
Jadon Sancho grabbed a goal and an assist to inspire Borussia Dortmund to a 2-0 win over Bayern Munich in the DFL-Supercup, ending Die Roten’s recent dominance of the German season’s curtain-raiser.Lucien Favre’s men looked the brighter and more imaginative of the two sides for much of the contest and their display – led by the excellent Sancho and Paco Alcacer – suggests the Bundesliga is set for another tight tussle at the top of the table.Although Bayern survived Dortmund’s lightning start, Alcacer finally opened the scoring in the 48th minute. 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? Niko Kovac’s side piled forward in search of an equaliser and Sancho – who set up the first goal after a solo run – finished things off on the break, preventing Bayern from winning the title for a fourth year in succession.81. Min: Weils so schön war… pic.twitter.com/Tsi7Gdj733— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) August 3, 2019Dortmund showed no sign any of pre-season rustiness and almost produced a devastating start, as Raphael Guerreiro’s cutback found Marco Reus and he forced a vital save from Manuel Neuer inside the first minute.Bayern’s goalkeeper was nearly the villain soon after, wildly rushing 40 yards out of his goal – but, luckily for him, Alcacer’s effort trickled just wide of the empty net.Kovac’s men finally clicked into gear in the 24th minute and Kingsley Coman drew a reflex save from Marwin Hitz.Dortmund resumed control after the break and deservedly took the lead – Thiago Alcantara gifting possession to Sancho, who dazzled the Bayern defence and teed up Alcacer on the edge of the box for a sweeping finish into the bottom-right corner.An equaliser almost arrived 10 minutes later, but Hitz palmed away Coman’s header and Omer Toprak desperately cleared just in time before Robert Lewandowski could pounce.Dortmund took advantage with 21 minutes to go, as Guerreiro released Sancho behind the flagging David Alaba and he coolly slotted through Neuer’s legs. What does it mean? Dortmund make a statementWhile you can rarely garner a huge amount from these traditional openers, this was certainly no casual kickabout. Bayern cannot be accused of not taking things seriously when you look at their starting XI.However, they were outthought and outmanoeuvred on Saturday, with Dortmund looking in great shape ahead of the new Bundesliga season.Sancho dazzles when it mattersNot even Sancho will claim he was everywhere throughout this match. He picked his moments to make an impact, and he certainly succeeded. His run for Alcacer’s goal was exceptional, while he showed stamina, pace and composure to double the advantage.Thiago well off the paceSpain international Thiago was culpable for Alcacer’s goal, cheaply giving possession away. It was not the first such instance either, as he was also responsible for Dortmund’s opening opportunity.What’s next?Both sides return to DFB-Pokal action in their next outings, with Dortmund travelling to Uerdingen on Friday, before Bayern face Energie Cottbus the following Monday. read more
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Urban Meyer the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes hugs his wife Shelley Meyer on the field after 27-21 win over the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)If you think you’re nervous for this afternoon’s Ohio State-Michigan game, just imagine how you’d be feeling if your parent was the Buckeyes’ head coach.Urban Meyer’s oldest daughter, Nicki Meyer, not only has parent as a coach, but her husband is one, too.Nicki Meyer is married to Corey Dennis, who’s a quality control coach for Ohio State.Check out what she was doing before kickoff today:“Game day jitters have me going through @CoreyDennis_ sock drawer matching black socks. At 5:45am. #SendHelp,” she tweeted.Game day jitters have me going through @CoreyDennis_ sock drawer matching black socks. At 5:45am. #SendHelp— Nicki Meyer Dennis (@Nicki_07) November 24, 2018That is pretty awesome. There are a lot of Ohio State fans likely doing the same right now.Ohio State and Michigan are set to kick off at noon E.T.The game will be on FOX.
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 29: General view of the stadium before the game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Purdue Boilermakers at Memorial Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Former Nebraska football defensive back Alfonzo Dennard was arrested in Lincoln early yesterday morning.Dennard, who played for the Huskers from 2008-2011 before a brief NFL career, was taken in after a traffic stop led to an alleged scuffle between he and a police officer.This is Alfonzo Dennard’s second arrest since September.More on his situation, from The Kearny Hub:Alfonzo Dennard, 29, of La Vista, was arrested after a traffic stop near the intersection of 18th and N Streets, said Sgt. Derek Dittman of the Lincoln Police Department. Officers stopped Dennard for having an expired registration and were going to take him into custody for driving with a suspended license.Dittman said a struggle ensued when Dennard refused to put his hands behind his back to be handcuffed. An officer received minor injuries, Dittman said.Dennard was booked into the Lancaster County Jail on suspicion of assault on an officer, resisting arrest and failure to comply. In September, Dennard was arrested for failing to appear in Lancaster County Court on three misdemeanor traffic-related charges: no operator’s license, improper registration and no proof of insurance.Dennard was also arrested for assaulting an officer back in 2o12, after his Nebraska career had wrapped up.That arrest hurt the Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year’s NFL Draft stock, and he wound up going in the 7th round to the New England Patriots. His rookie year was arguably his most impactful, recording 35 tackles and three interceptions.He played two more seasons for New England, but was waived after the 2014-15 season. He was claimed by the Arizona Cardinals, but never played for the team.[The Kearny Hub]
AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 25: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up on the field prior to the game against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts spent the 2018 season as the backup to Tua Tagovailoa despite rumors that he would transfer after four games and take advantage of the NCAA’s new redshirt rule.The move paid off for the Tide, as Tua went down with an ankle injury in the SEC title game, Hurts came in to lead a comeback victory and a playoff berth.However, after the season was over, Hurts announced his plans to transfer from the program for his final year of eligibility. As a graduate transfer, Hurts is immediately eligible to play for the university he transfers to.So, where will he go?Well, according to the oddsmakers at MyBookie, Maryland is the favorite to land Hurts, with Miami coming in as a close second.We have a new leader in our odds to land Jalen Hurts ?Maryland: +200Miami: +300TCU: +500Auburn: +600Houston: +700Full list here:https://t.co/Zs9Whczp0A pic.twitter.com/DQDXQrngLp— MyBookie Sportsbook (@betmybookie) January 12, 2019Hurts visited Maryland on Friday night and plans to visit the Hurricanes in the coming days. He has connections to both programs – Maryland head coach Mike Locksley was Alabama offensive coordinator in 2018, while Miami’s offensive coordinator Dan Enos was the quarterbacks coach at Alabama last season.Stay tuned for more transfer news.
Chelsea sign Christian Pulisic from Borussia DortmundBorussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic has been signed by Chelsea for 64 million euros. The American will be sent back to the German club on loan until the end of the seasonadvertisement Reuters LondonJanuary 2, 2019UPDATED: January 2, 2019 15:54 IST Borussia Dortmund sporting director said it is Christian Pulisic’s big dream to play in Premier League (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSChelsea have bought Christian Pulisic from Borussia DortmundChelsea paid 64 million euros ($73.2 million) for the 20-year-oldPulisic will be on loan to Dortmund until the end of the seasonChelsea have signed Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund but the American playmaker will spend the rest of the season on loan at the Bundesliga side, the German club announced on Wednesday.The Premier League club paid 64 million euros ($73.2 million) for the 20-year-old, Dortmund said in a statement.”It has always been Christian’s big dream to play in Premier League,” Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said.”This certainly has something to do with his American origin and thus we were not able to prolong his contract.”Because of this background and with his contract running down in 2020, we decided to accept Chelsea’s incredibly lucrative offer.Welcome to Chelsea, @cpulisic_10! https://t.co/bgiLbAtXrlChelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 2, 2019SARRI LET’S SLIP CHELSEA’S TRANSFER PLANStriker Olivier Giroud’s ankle injury will not force Chelsea’s hand in the January transfer window but the club could explore the possibility of signing a winger, manager Maurizio Sarri has said.No return date was set for Giroud’s return after he twisted his ankle against Crystal Palace last weekend.Sarri remains pleased with his options up front in Alvaro Morata and Eden Hazard.”We have Morata and Hazard can play very well in this position as we have seen in the last matches,” he told reporters.”So I think at the moment I don’t need another striker.”Sarri, however, has a selection headache on the flanks, with Pedro and Callum Hudson-Odoi unavailable due to hamstring injuries.Versatile English midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is also struggling with a back problem and is a doubt for Chelsea’s home league meeting with Southampton on Wednesday.advertisement”Now we are in trouble with Pedro out, Hudson-Odoi out and Loftus-Cheek is a midfielder but can play as a winger in two-three matches,” Sarri added.”So I have options for the striker, but at the moment I have no option for the wingers.”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 Tags :Follow ChelseaFollow Christian PulisicFollow Borussia Dortmund
ICC T20 World Cup 2020 fixtures: India to start campaign vs South Africa on October 24The Indian men’s team will begin its campaign against South Africa on October 24 at the new Optus stadium in Perth while the women’s team will face Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground on February 21.advertisement India Today Web Desk DubaiJanuary 29, 2019UPDATED: January 29, 2019 15:40 IST India will play South Africa in its first match at the T20 World Cup 2020 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTS16 best men’s teams will play 45 matches from 18 October – 15 November 202010 top women’s teams will contest 23 matches from 21 February – 8 March 2020Both men’s and women’s finals will be played at the Melbourne Cricket GroundThe International Cricket Council on Tuesday announced the fixtures for the men’s and women’s T20 World Cup which will be played in Australia next year.The Indian men’s team will begin its campaign against South Africa on October 24 at the new Optus stadium in Perth while the women’s team will face Australia in the first match of the tournament at the Sydney Cricket Ground on February 21.The 16 best men’s teams will play 45 matches from 18 October 15 November 2020.Hosts Australia will play the opening match of the Super 12 stage of the tournament on Saturday 24 October under lights at the SCG in a blockbuster match-up against the world’s top-ranked team, Pakistan.The first men’s semi-final will take place at the SCG on Wednesday 11 November, with Adelaide Oval hosting the second semi-final the following night. Like the women’s final earlier in the year, the men’s final will be played at the MCG, on the evening of Sunday 15 November 2020.Here is the draw for the men’s #T20WorldCup in 2020!Which Super 12 route will be tougher to reach the semi-finals from? pic.twitter.com/C276LkqNgD ICC (@ICC) January 29, 2019Both tournaments will be held right across Australia in eight Host Cities and 13 venues.The women’s tournament will see top 10 teams contest 23 matches from 21 February 8 March.A spectacular opening celebration will mark the start of the women’s tournament, when hosts and defending champions Australia take on India at Sydney Showground Stadium on 21 February 2020. The women’s tournament will also feature double-header semi-finals at the iconic SCG on Thursday 5 March 2020.advertisementWomen’s and men’s tournaments to be played as standalone events, with both finals at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), the ICC confirmed in a media release.”To hold two T20 World Cup finals at the world’s largest cricket stadium in front of 92,000 people is a particularly exciting prospect,” ICC CEO Dave Richardson said in the statement.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 India vs South AfricaFollow India vs AustraliaFollow ICCFollow T20 World Cup 2020 fixtures
Next Press Trust of India New DelhiJanuary 31, 2019UPDATED: January 31, 2019 20:07 IST Mary Kom says she remains alert all the time and takes even routine medicines after consultation with her doctor (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMC Mary Kom says some coaches are to be blamed for the ever-prevalent doping menace in IndiaMary Kom said the National Anti-Doping Agency should conduct surprise raids at the national camps frequently”My honour is paramount and I have never ever thought of using drugs to perform better,” Mary Kom saidCelebrated Indian boxer MC Mary Kom on Thursday said some coaches are to be blamed for the ever-prevalent doping menace in the country as they lead the athletes the “wrong way”. Mary Kom, the 2012 Olympic bronze-medallist and six-time world champion, advocated bringing coaches into the ambit of anti-doping awareness training imparted by the national watchdog, the NADA.”We need to teach the coaches also. They will also have to be made aware, given training about the prohibited substances,” the 36-year-old six-time world champion said at the closing ceremony of the National Conference on Anti-Doping.”Unfortunately, some coaches take their wards the wrong way. They take them to a different way,” she said in the presence of sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.Coaches being hand-in-gloves with athletes in usage of banned substances to win medals and later financial rewards from the government is well known in Indian sports but few have aired their views in public.”Some athletes want everything immediately. They do not want to toil to achieve success and so they use these banned drugs,” she said.”I am proud that I am a clean athlete throughout my career. This is because NADA people are after me all the time,” she quipped.The Manipuri, however, said that she remains alert all the time and takes even routine medicines after consultation with her doctor.”I ask my doctor whenever I have to take medicine for normal illness also. For even cold and viral fever, I ask my doctor because there may be components in these medicines which may be in the list of banned substances and they will enter my system.advertisement”My honour is paramount and I have never ever thought of using drugs to perform better. That is why I have to be cautious and careful,” said the mother-of-three who is also a Rajya Sabha MP.She said the National Anti-Doping Agency should conduct surprise raids at the national camps frequently to clamp down on doping.”There are a lot of supplements and injections these days. I think surprise raids and checks at national camps and to the rooms of the athletes can catch these dopers.”When some Indian athletes are caught for doping in international events, it affects every athlete of the country. The whole country is embarrassed.”Rathore, on his part, said an athlete would not learn or achieve anything by winning a medal through doping.”You can learn by losing and it is better to lose and learn something out of that instead of winning a medal though unfair means (doping). When you win a medal and know that you did by doping, you will not be able to stand in front of the mirror and see yourself,” said the 2004 Olympics silver medallist shooter.”I don’t look at the Athens medal often after winning it because the medal is not everything in sport. How I reached there and how I have achieved it by learning things with the hunger to win is more important.”A medal is not the ultimate thing, but winning it through honour is more important,” he said.Rathore also said he was always alert and remained on guard during his sporting career.”After I drink water from my bottle I would cover it with my finger, fearing that somebody may put something into it. Initially, I would use plastic bottles but later I would use glass bottles so that it is not possible to inject something into my water or drinks,” he said.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 byPTI Tags :Follow Mary Kom Mary Kom wants athletes and coaches to be given anti-doping awareness trainingMary Kom said the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) should conduct surprise raids at the national camps frequently to clamp down on doping.advertisement
Sergio Ramos will regret deliberate yellow card if we win: Ajax midfielder De JongSergio Ramos has been handed a two-match suspension by UEFA for taking a deliberate yellow card in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 match between Real Madrid and Ajax Amsterdam.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service The HagueMarch 2, 2019UPDATED: March 2, 2019 15:39 IST Champions League: Sergio Ramos forced a yellow card in match against Ajax. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSReal Madrid lead 2-1 in the Champions League last 16 tie vs Ajax AmsterdamSergio Ramos picked up a deliberate yellow card in order to go clean to the next stages of the Champions LeagueAjax midfielder De Jong said Ramos would regret his decision if Ajax upset Real MadridThe illegal efforts to force a second yellow card by Real Madrid’s captain and defender Sergio Ramos were ill-advised and should Dutch team Ajax prevail in the second leg of the Champions League round of 16 he will rue his actions, midfielder Frenkie de Jong has said.The Netherlands international De Jong, 21, who is set to join Barcelona in the summer, called out Ramos’ hubris as the Spanish forward was penalized and will have to sit out of the Tuesday match and also any second match the Spanish powerhouse may advance to if Madrid were to beat Ajax, reports Efe.”Maybe Sergio Ramos will regret it if Ajax pulls off an upset Tuesday at Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium or if Ramos finds himself unable to play in the first leg of the quarter-finals,” the Dutch midfielder told the daily Netherlands newspaper Algemeen Dagblad.With just one minute to go on February 13 before the end of the match, after Spain winger Marco Asensio had sealed the 2-1 Madrid victory over host Ajax, Ramos deliberately earned a yellow card by blatantly fouling Ajax and Denmark forward Kasper Dolberg.”Looking at the result, I would be lying if I said I didn’t force it,” Ramos said after the match.Ramos, 32, clearly did force it, hoping that by sitting out of the second leg round of 16 match, he would clear all former yellow cards against him and be ready to play in in the first leg of the CL quarterfinals without any risk.”It is not to underestimate the opponent nor to think that the series is over, but in football, you have to make hard calculations,” Ramos added.advertisementWhat Ramos could not foretell was that UEFA looked at the event and ruled that the famed Spanish captain had cheated and dole out a two-match suspension.In discussing the upcoming game, De Jong acknowledged that Ajax, the squad he joined in 2016, is the underdog in the lead up to the second leg.”Real Madrid is obviously the favourite,” the rising Dutch star said.Yet, De Jong stressed that he refused to throw in the towel as the team is intent on battling forward as long as it has life and a chance to play.The Dutch football federation decided to postpone the league match Ajax was due to play against PEC Zwolle this weekend, so the players could focus on the Tuesday Champions League clash with the famed Iberian club.De Jong said it was the right decision for the federation to make as his side would have been exhausted had they had to play Zwolle before the trip to Madrid.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 Tags :Follow Sergio RamosFollow De JongFollow Real MadridFollow Ajax AmsterdamFollow UEFA Champions League Next
Next 2019 Bajaj Avenger Street 160 launched in India, price starts at Rs 82,253New Bajaj Avenger Street 160 ABS gets a new 160.4 cc engine that makes 15 PS and 13.5 Nm of torque. The motor is mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The 2019 Bajaj Avenger Street 160 now comes with a power to weight ratio of 103.3 PS/ton as compared to 98 PS/ton in the erstwhile Avenger 150. Varun Singh New DelhiMay 10, 2019UPDATED: May 10, 2019 13:36 IST The 2019 Bajaj Avenger Street 160 in Ebony Black colour option.HIGHLIGHTSThe new Bajaj Avenger Street 160 gets a diamond type frame.The motorcycle gets a 17-inch tyre at the front and 15-inch tyre at the rear.The kerb weight of the new Avenger Street 160 is 150 kgs.Bajaj Auto today launched the all-new Avenger Street 160 ABS at a starting price of Rs 82,253 (ex-showroom, Delhi). Boasting of a single channel ABS, Bajaj Avenger Street 160 will be available in two colours — Ebony Black and Spicy Red. The 2019 Bajaj Avenger Street 160 in Spicy Red colour option.A blend of roadster and cruiser design languages, the new Avenger Street ABS gets a new 160.4 cc engine that makes 15 PS and 13.5 Nm of torque. The motor is mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The 2019 Bajaj Avenger Street 160 now comes with a power to weight ratio of 103.3 PS/ton as compared to 98 PS/ton in the erstwhile Avenger 150. The new Bajaj Avenger Street 160 gets a single channel ABS.Talking about other specifications of the new Bajaj Avenger Street 160, it comes with a diamond type frame. The braking duties are being performed by 260 mm front disc and 130 mm drum at the rear. There is a 17-inch tyre at the front and 15-inch tyre at the rear. The overall length is 2,210 mm, with the width being 806 mm. The height and wheelbase measure 1,070 mm and 1,480 mm, respectively, with the ground clearance being 177 mm. The saddle is 730 mm. The kerb weight of the new Avenger Street 160 is 150 kgs, with the fuel tank capacity being 13 litres.Adding to the stylish design of the 2019 Bajaj Avenger Street 160 ABS are features like LED DRLs, new graphics with larger insignia, black alloy wheels, rubberized rear grab, street control handlebar and low-slung seat.Bajaj Auto is aiming to target young customers seeking cruiser style through new Avenger Street 160 ABS. First launched in 2005, Bajaj Avenger has carved a niche for itself as a leisure cruiser and is one of the company’s largest selling bikes.advertisement”As the segment leader, Bajaj Auto believes in the strategy of differentiation and category expansion. Avenger Street 160 with ABS provides contemporary styling whilst retaining its classical roadster design. The discerning customer gets a definite step-up into the world of classic biking. This will open up choices to the entry-level sports customers,” said Narayan Sundararaman, Vice President (Marketing) – Motorcycles, Bajaj Auto.ALSO READ | David Beckham gets 6-month ban for using mobile phone while driving his BentleyALSO READ | Cristiano Ronaldo is not the owner of Bugatti La Voiture NoireALSO READ | Hyundai Venue: Launch, features, specifications and everything else you need to knowGet 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 byVarun Singh Tags :Follow Bajaj AvengerFollow New Bajaj AvengerFollow Bajaj Avenger Street 160Follow Avenger Street 160Follow Avenger Street 160 ABS
India Today Web Desk MumbaiMay 18, 2019UPDATED: May 18, 2019 15:43 IST India are considered firm favourites at the 2019 World Cup (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPrithvi Shaw said India are favourites to win the 2019 World CupShaw said he is keen on giving his best in Mumbai T20 LeagueIndia will head to England on May 22 ahead of their World Cup warm-up matchesTeenage opener Prithvi Shaw has said Virat Kohli has a balanced squad at his disposal and that India are favourites to win the 2019 World Cup, starting May 30 in the United Kingdom.Prithvi Shaw lauded the senior selection committee for picking a well-rounded squad while expressing confidence that the World Cup trophy will return to India.India had won the World Cup in 1983 and 2011. MS Dhoni’s men reached the semi-final in their title defence in 2015 but lost to Australia. India will be led by Virat Kohli, who will be captaining the senior national team for the first time in a World Cup.”We have a wonderful team, arguably the best ODI side going around. I personally feel that the World Cup be ours this year. The selectors have named a balanced team. I wish the team all the best. I will pray for the team to bring the World Cup back home,” Prithvi Shaw told Sports Tak.Prithvi Shaw, who has made a strong start to his nascent international career, also recalled his memories of watching the 2011 World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka from the Wankhede Stadium stands.Shaw said he was awestruck by the atmosphere and the support Team India had received on the big day and the happiness in the fans’ faces after MS Dhoni helped India gun down a 275-run target.”During the 2011 World Cup, I was sitting at the Wankhede Stadium when India won. How can I tell you about my experience! I had never been to such a big match before. I went there for the first time for the final. The crowd and the response Sachin Tendulkar was receiving, the entire team, including MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh. The support helped the team a lot. To see people so happy after our win, it was a memorable experience for me,” Prithvi Shaw added.advertisementPravin Tambe’s work ethics a great inspiration: PrithviPrithvi Shaw is leading the North Mumbai Panthers in the ongoing edition of Mumbai T20 League. Insisting that he tries to give his best, regardless of the level of competition, the 19-year-old India opener said T20 Mumbai League is a great platform for young cricketers in the city to prove their mettle.”I look to play the same way wherever I play. It’s not that I will play quite freely in Mumbai T20 League unlike how I used to play in the IPL. This is also a great platform for me. North Mumbai Panthers. I want to thank Mumbai Cricket Association for giving us a big opportunity. It’s a big opportunity for everyone,” Prithvi added.He added: “I have learnt a lot from the legends. I have to accept challenges wherever I play. Be it, India, U-19, state of T20 Leagues, I have to accept the challenges the same way I do when I play for India.”I look to gain experience wherever I play. In our team, we have Pravin Tambe sir. He is 47 and he is still looking to give his 100 percent. He is still this fit, so I am looking to give 200 percent when I am 19.”Also Read | 2019 World Cup: A test of Virat Kohli’s tactical acumen as series of challenges awaitAlso Read | Kedar Jadhav declared fit for 2019 World Cup, to travel to England with Team India on May 22Also 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 national cricket teamFollow 2019 World CupFollow Prithvi ShawFollow Virat KohliFollow T20 Mumbai League Prithvi Shaw backs ‘balanced’ India to bring World Cup homePrithvi Shaw said he is confident that Virat Kohli-led Team India will be able to win the World Cup, starting May 30 in England and Wales. India begin their campaign against South Africa in Southampton on June 5.advertisement
Trevor Bayliss will have to accept it: Jason Holder on Sheldon Cottrell’s salute celebrationWest Indies captain Jason Holder was asked on Thursday whether Sheldon Cottrell had “a nice, special salute” lined up for Trevor Bayliss, and he smiled.advertisement Reuters SouthamptonJune 13, 2019UPDATED: June 13, 2019 22:02 IST Sheldon Cottrell’s salute celebration has caught the attention of the cricketing fraternity in this World Cup (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEngland coach Trevor Bayliss admitted that he didn’t like Sheldon Cottrell’s saluteCottrell’s salute celebration involves a short march, stand to attention and salute to the pavilionWest Indies will take on hosts England in Match 19 of the World Cup on FridayWest Indies bowler Sheldon Cottrell may have a special salute for England coach Trevor Bayliss when the two sides meet in the World Cup on Friday, but Jofra Archer could rain on that particular parade.Archer, the young Barbados-born fast bowler now delivering for England after playing for West Indies under-19s, brings plenty of spice to the eagerly-waited encounter at Southampton’s Rose Bowl.The match will be his first against the country he was also eligible to play for and one that will give West Indies fans plenty of time to appreciate a talent that slipped through their fingers.Cottrell, whose flamboyant wicket-taking celebration involves a short march, stand to attention and salute to the pavilion, will meanwhile be doing his best to get on Bayliss’s nerves.The 56-year-old Australian told reporters on Wednesday that the ‘Sheldon Salute’ was enough to annoy anyone over the age of 40 and himself in particular.”But every team has their way of celebrating and I’m sure other teams might not like the way we celebrate,” Bayliss said.”In the end, it’s a young man’s game. It’s all entertainment. If it gets a bit of a laugh or a smile on people’s faces so be it,” he added.West Indies captain Jason Holder was asked on Thursday whether Cottrell had “a nice, special salute” lined up for Bayliss, and he smiled.”I don’t think it will change, that’s just Sheldon. I guess Trevor will just have learn to accept it,” he replied.Watching the West Indies batsmen smashing Archer’s deliveries to the boundary might rank even higher on the satisfaction scale but Holder was keen to put the match into perspective.advertisement”It’s something that has been talked up in the press, in the media, and we are looking forward to the challenge against England,” he said.”I have seen Jofra over the years. He is obviously a Barbadian. He’s grown up in Barbados playing cricket so what I’m seeing of Jofra doesn’t surprise me. He is one of those guys who has always had ability and talent,” added the captain.”It is just unfortunate how things went in terms of his decision-making but he is a good talent.”The match, he emphasised, was against England, the pre-tournament favourites, and not just about one man.Holder said the final team selection would be made on Friday, with all-rounder Andre Russell recovering well from a knee injury after being left out of the rain-abandoned match with South Africa.”He is just one of those guys where we give him as much time as he possibly needs, so it all boils down to how he wakes up tomorrow morning and feels,” said the captain.Also Read | Jofra Archer will take West Indies clash in his stride, says Eoin MorganAlso Read | World Cup 2019: England aim to continue dominance against West IndiesFor 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 Sheldon CottrellFollow Jason HolderFollow Trevor BaylissFollow England vs West IndiesFollow World Cup 2019 Next