Marcelo: Mourinho back at Real Madrid…?by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid wing-back Marcelo was sorry to hear about Manchester United’s sacking of Jose Mourinho.Marcelo had some words of comfort for his old boss.”[His sacking] is a pity as he is a great coach and for him to be without a club is a pity,” said the Brazilian at a Club World Cup media conference.”It’s not for me to say if he should come to Real Madrid, but I really appreciate all he did for me at this club.”The 30-year-old emphasised the togetherness in the group when asked about the club’s success and what it stems from.”It comes from the union we have within the dressing room,” he added.”The base of team has been playing a long time together, which has brought us to where we are now.”But we still have a lot of hunger to win trophies.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle midfielder Mo Diame apologises for Liverpool humblingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United midfielder Mo Diame says the away fans deserved better after their 4-0 defeat at Liverpool.Newcastle have not won at Liverpool since 1994 in the top flight but even with their side four goals down the fans still backed the players.Diame was taken aback by their support, and told the Evening Chronicle: “It showed how amazing they are and it shows how loyal the fans are.“We know as players we are at a massive club but it is massive because of them.“They are showing this week-in, week-out.“We just want to thank them and apologise for the result.”
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Liverpool legend Babb: Lovren was Klopp’s weakest linkby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePhil Babb believes Liverpool till have a weakness in their rearguard.Despite an impressive record of goals conceded this season, the Reds were breached twice as they lost 2-1 to Manchester City at the Etihad.And Reds legend Babb believes Dejan Lovren is the problem player within the team.The former Liverpool defender told Sky Sports: “To say that Aguero specifically targeted him, I am not so sure.”But, if you look across that back line, you would probably say the weakest link is Dejan Lovren – and that proved to be [the case], pretty much last night.”He had a sketchy game at best. Some of his distribution was poor, [the] decision making.”Even towards the end, when Liverpool were pushing forwards and (Virgil) Van Dijk was up, he (Lovren) was playing straight balls into the box – and you would probably say you need to angle them, so there is a better chance for the second ball and the knock down.”But what do you say about Sergio Aguero? He is genuinely a world-class striker and a great asset for City.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sarri fumes: Bayern Munich are insulting Chelseaby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has blasted Bayern Munich over their public pursuit of Callum Hudson-Odoi.Bayern have made no secret of their interest and Sarri doesn’t think they have acted properly.Sarri snapped: “I think that it is not professional because they are talking about a player under contract with Chelsea so they didn’t respect our club.”Then I don’t know what to say I don’t know the situation. I am happy with the player because he is improving, improving a lot in the defensive have.”Now he needs to improve in some movements without the ball but he is working very well at the moment so I am very happy with the player and would like to have him in the future.”
Redknapp: No big name player wants to join Solskjaer’s Man Utdby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has claimed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has an “impossible” job on his hands at Manchester United.He also doubts whether big-name players will want to join the club in January due to their current state.Redknapp told Mirror: “Manchester United gave it to David Moyes who did wonderful at Everton . Then they gave it to Louis van Gaal who is one of the world’s great managers. Then they gave it to Jose Mourinho who has won everything there is to win. They couldn’t turn it around. And now Ole is struggling with it.”I think Ole has an impossible job. As I said, Van Gaal had it, Mourinho had it, Moyes had it. They are all top managers. None of them could turn it around.”People say ‘go and get five or six players’. But where are they going to get them from? Where are they? Who are they playing for? Are they going to move to Man United?”You’re not going to get Harry Kane. They’re not going to go and get Raheem Sterling. Where are they going to find them from? Easy to say they need them but where are they going to find them?”It’s easier said than done to build a new team. It’s a very long-term job they have on their hands.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – SEPTEMBER 5: A general view of Sun Life Stadium prior to the game between the Miami Hurricanes and the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats on September 5, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Sun Life Stadium ins in the middle of a two year renovation. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)Spring practice at Miami is underway, and preparation for the 2015 season has gotten off to a good start for Al-Quadin Muhammad. The Hurricanes’ sophomore defensive end, who was suspended for the 2014 season due to an altercation with a former student, spent some of his time away bulking up. His improved physique is showing on the field. Check out Muhammad absolutely destroying Miami freshman offensive lineman Jahair Jones during a pass rush drill: The new, bulked up AQM introduced himself to recent enrollee Jahair Jones today. @Qua_Nito pic.twitter.com/mtDxM931sm— Canes Warning (@CanesWarningFS) February 24, 2015Better luck next time, Jahair. The Hurricanes open their season Sept. 5 against Bethune-Cookman.
Tottenham’s move into their new White Hart Lane stadium has been further delayed until March at the earliest.Spurs were originally meant to move into the new ground in September but construction delays and additional safety testing have forced the north London side to push back their grand opening.The club’s latest update from the building contractors states that several issues have been rectified but that more testing is required before an opening date can be released. 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? As such, the club confirmed that Premier League matches against Watford, Newcastle and Leicester, along with a Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund, will all take place at Wembley.In addition, should Tottenham progress in the FA Cup and be drawn at home, that will also be played at England’s home of football.Spurs have no other home clashes in the month of February, but it remains to be seen whether fans will be able to see their club turn out at their new digs in March.Chairman Daniel Levy said: “I should like to apologise to our fans and thank you for your continued patience.”The response from those who attended the familiarisation event was great to hear and reinforced our commitment to deliver an exceptional matchday experience for everyone.”We shall now seek clarity in respect of building test schedules and test event dates and provide further information on these in the next two to three weeks.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Chelsea travel to Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium on Wednesday with the intention of taking a tighter grip on their top-four position.Maurizio Sarri’s men eased to a 3-0 FA Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend, but a 2-0 loss away to Arsenal in their last league outing has left their position suddenly vulnerable.They will meet a Bournemouth side who have had 10 days to prepare for this fixture, with the Cherries hungry for more success after ending a five-match winless streak with a 2-0 victory against West Ham when they last played. 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? Game Bournemouth vs Chelsea Date Wednesday, January 30 Time 7:45pm GMT / 2:45am ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched on NBCSN and UNIVERSO. It can be streamed via NBC Sports Live and UNIVERSO NOW. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN / UNIVERSO NBC Sports Live / UNIVERSO NOW In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be shown live. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position Bournemouth squad Goalkeepers Boruc, Begovic, Travers Defenders Francis, S. Cook, Ake, Daniels,Rico, Mings, Simpson, Clyne Midfielders Surman, Pugh, Lerma, Ibe, Stanislas, Brooks, Fraser, Ofoborh Forwards Mousset, Wilson, King Bournemouth will be forced to contend without key striker Callum Wilson after he failed to make the matchday squad, though new signings Dominic Solanke and Chris Mepham are on the bench.Former Chelsea player Nathan Ake does however line up in the starting XI with fellow former Blues man Asmir Begovic among the substitutes.Confirmed Bournemouth starting XI: Begovic; Clyne, S Cook, Ake, Smith; Brooks, Gosling, Stanislas, Surman, Fraser; King. Position Chelsea players Goalkeepers Arrizabalaga, Caballero, Green Defenders Azpilicueta, Zappacosta, Rudiger, Luiz, Cahill, Ampadu, Emerson Midfielders Jorginho, Drinkwater, Kante, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic Forwards Willian, Pedro, Hazard, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, Higuain Callum Hudson-Odoi is absent entirely from the matchday squad as speculation continues to mount that he will exit Stamford Bridge.Gonzalo Higuain however makes his Premier League debut, and will lead the line, with Eden Hazard shifted out wide after playing much of the season as a false 9.Confirmed Chelsea starting XI: Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Pedro, Higuain, HazardBetting & Match Odds Chelsea’s odds of winning are priced at 8/13 according to bet 365, while a draw is available at 10/3. A win for Bournemouth is priced at 19/4/Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Chelsea’s position in the Champions League spots was put under greater threat on Tuesday, when Arsenal secured a 2-1 win over Cardiff on an emotional night at the Emirates. Burnley, meanwhile, did the Blues a favour by taking an unexpected point from Manchester United, but the spectre of the Old Trafford club also lies over them as they chase a return to Europe’s elite competition.Maurizio Sarri’s side, meanwhile, have looked vulnerable in recent weeks. A succession of narrow wins have been peppered with surprisingly dropped points and in their last Premier League outing they were comprehensively beaten 2-0 by Arsenal.Progress in both the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup has been welcome, but with league fixtures against Manchester City and Tottenham to come later this month – as well as the Carabao Cup final – now is the time that Sarri’s men need to rediscover their best level.The sideshow that continues to link Eden Hazard with a move to Real Madrid has not helped their cause and it is something that the manager seems to be growing weary of.“If he wants to go, I think he has to go,” he said. “Of course, I hope for the opposite. I hope he wants to stay here with us and improve. He has the potential to be the best player in Europe at the moment.”The future of the Belgian surely hinges on Chelsea’s ability to play Champions League football, and if they are to achieve that then this is the type of fixture they need to win. Having punched above their weight under the guidance of Eddie Howe, the Cherries have gone through a tougher spell of late, losing nine of their last 13 games, though they did redress the balance somewhat by winning 2-0 in their last outing against West Ham.Goals from Callum Wilson and Josh King gave them the points on that occasion and a repeat performance would be heartily welcomed against one of the Premier League’s big guns. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Francesco Totti says he was “stabbed in the back” by someone at Roma as the fallout from his departure from the club continues.Totti joined the Roma board after retiring as a player in 2017 but differences with the club have forced him to step down, ending his 30-year association with the Serie A side.In a scathing press conference, Totti hinted that the main source his frustration was owner James Pallotta and the perceived sidelining of established Roma figures since his takeover of the club eight years ago. 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? Totti cited the case of another Roma stalwart, Daniele De Rossi, who ended his 18-year stay with the club at the end of last season when Roma opted not to offer the 35-year-old a new contract.“Did someone stab me in the back at Trigoria? Yes. I will never name names, but there are people in there who don’t want me there. These people are hurting Roma, not doing what is best for the club,” said Totti.“If I was the President of Roma and had two icons like Totti and De Rossi, I’d put them in charge of everything. They have ethics; they know everything about what it means to be Roman and Romanista.“Pallotta has surrounded himself with the wrong people and he only listens to them. Everyone makes mistakes, but if you make the same mistakes for eight years, you have to ask yourself some questions. Something clearly is going wrong.”When asked about his future, Totti insisted he would like to remain in football though he appeared to rule out a move to a rival Serie A club out of respect for his former employers.“I won’t be left unemployed,” added the 42-year-old. “I received some offers from Italian clubs, including one this morning.“I take everything into consideration, because I am free. Juve or Napoli, let’s not go wild here… No, out of respect for Roma, I wouldn’t do that. I mean stuff like FIFA or UEFA.“Some things I read first in the papers and then I found out from Roma, so imagine how much they kept me informed.”
Manchester United find themselves “in the pit with the rest of the sharks” when it comes to trying to lure top talents to Old Trafford, says Gary Neville.The Red Devils have already tied up a £15 million ($19m) deal for Daniel James this summer, while they are closing in on a £55m ($70m) swoop for Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka.The hope is that there will be a few more additions to come, with United in need of inspiration from somewhere as they set about refreshing their squad once again. 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? Neville, though, has warned that landing the most coveted players in the market will not be easy, with fierce competition and inflated asking prices making life difficult for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The former Red Devils defender told Sky Sports: “It’s difficult to do business, it’s not easy.“Everyone knows Manchester United want players and price tags will go up.“You’ve got to try and encourage players to come to the club. Players don’t just jump to sign for any club – they do their homework and get their agents to get to work. They probably have 50 meetings before they sign for a club nowadays.“Manchester United will be in the pit with the rest of the sharks looking for the big signings.“It’s difficult for all clubs as they all want the same players. They all want Harry Maguire, every single club wants him. Everybody wants Christian Eriksen.“Players that are being bandied about, there are four or five clubs in for them.“They aren’t just going to sign for the first club, they’ll choose wisely and look at the different aspects.“Manchester United have got a big job to do in order to get a squad right for a championship challenge.“Hopefully that’ll start this summer but it’s not just bringing players in, it’s about getting some out.”Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku are among those generating exit talk at Old Trafford, while United are still working to put fresh terms in place with David de Gea – with the Spanish goalkeeper’s current contract set to expire in the summer of 2020.
SEATTLE, WA – NOVEMBER 19: A general view prior to the game between the Washington Huskies and the Arizona State Sun Devils on November 19, 2016 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)Washington’s football program had a tough Saturday, as the Huskies were upset on the road by Cal, losing to the Bears, 12-10, in a game in which Jake Browning was benched.The team shared some tough news after the loss, too.Washington veteran wide receiver Chico McClatcher has left the team for personal reasons.McClatcher, a junior and former three-star recruit, had been dealing with some injuries in recent seasons and hadn’t been playing a ton.“Chico just needs a break from football. That’s basically what I can share,” Chris Petersen said after the loss. “We love Chico and we’ll get him back sooner or later. He’s just taking some time.”The Seattle Times reports that he is working through a personal issue:Washington wide receiver Chico McClatcher stepped away from the team earlier this week to work through personal issues, team sources told The Seattle Times.The junior from Federal Way did not travel with No. 15 Washington for Saturday’s game at California. It is unclear if or when he might return to the team.Washington fell to 6-3 on the season with a loss on Saturday.
Noted Ohio State hater Mark May has weighed in on Urban Meyer and the head coach’s decision to retire.Meyer, who took over the Buckeyes’ program in 2012, will be stepping down following the New Year’s Day Rose Bowl game against Washington.The three-time national champion has been dealing with some health problems and wants to spend more time with his family.May, though, believes Meyer won’t be gone for long.“Urban, heck of a run at OSU ….. See you in 2020!” he tweeted.Urban, heck of a run at OSU ….. See you in 2020!— Mark May (@mark_may) December 4, 2018May isn’t the only one who thinks Meyer will eventually return to coaching.After all, Meyer is only 54 years old. We’ve seen plenty of head coaches step away for a season or two only to return to a new job.Former Texas head coach Mack Brown is the latest to do this, taking the North Carolina job.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on prior to the All State Sugar Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Urban Meyer will coach just one more game as Ohio State’s head football coach, as the Buckeyes have announced that he’ll be retiring following the Rose Bowl.The school announced the decision today. A press conference is scheduled for later this afternoon.Ohio State has revealed that offensive coordinator Ryan Day will take over as head coach starting on January 2. Day, who’s turned down some head coaching jobs to stay put in Columbus, was the interim coach during Meyer’s suspension.How will all of this affect the program moving forward? We’ll find out.One five-star recruit has already shared some good news, though.Garrett Wilson, a five-star wide receiver in the 2019 class, announced on Twitter that he’s still committed to the Buckeyes.“I am 1000% committed to Ohio State University. Much love,” he wrote.I am 1000% committed to Ohio State University. Much love @OSUCoachMeyer— Garrett Wilson (@GarrettWilson_V) December 4, 2018Ohio State has one of the top recruiting classes in the country for 2019, so it’ll be interesting to see if most of them react like Wilson or go in a different direction.Stay tuned.
SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Josh Jacobs #8 of the Alabama Crimson Tide is wrapped up by Tre Lamar #57 of the Clemson Tigers Tidein the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)College football is only a few months away from starting up, which means predictions for this season’s national championship are already circulating.Last season, Clemson won in blowout fashion over Alabama to solidify its status as a dynasty. It was the fourth-straight year that both teams met in the College Football Playoff.Some fans might be longing for a different matchup next season, but there is a strong chance we’ll see another showdown between the Tigers and the Crimson Tide.In fact, Phil Steele believes Alabama and Clemson will meet for the national title again. The college football expert made this prediction in an interview on “The Opening Kickoff” on WNSP-FM 105.5 on Wednesday. Although Steele is predicting a rematch for the national championship, he believes the final result will be different.From AL.com:“I’m going with Alabama this year,” he said. “When I look at Alabama, I see their defense being stronger than last year with six starters back. They only lost five draft picks this year. That’s light for that side of the ball.”Having continuity on defense and Tua Tagovailoa leading the offense should create a winning formula in Tuscaloosa.Steele also thinks the embarrassing loss in January will motivate the Crimson Tide for this upcoming season.Rounding out the field of four, Steele sees Georgia returning to the College Football Playoff for the second time in three years, and Michigan crashing the party for the first time. He has the Wolverines landing their first win over Ohio State since before Urban Meyer was hired in the process.“When you look at Michigan, they’ve never gotten past Ohio State,” he said. “They’ve got five starters back on defense, so it’s going to be your typical nasty Michigan defense.”Shea Patterson and the offense will be “explosive” and getting Ohio State at home gets Jim Harbaugh in the Final Four, he said.“I’ve got Michigan favored in all their games,” he said. “I think Michigan can run the table and make the playoffs.”Which team do you think will win the national championship?[AL.com]
CHAPEL HILL, NC – DECEMBER 15: Head coach Mack Brown of North Carolina football is introduced with staff at halftime during a basketball game against the Gonzaga Bulldogs on December 15, 2018 at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. North Carolina won 90-103. (Photo by Peyton Williams/UNC/Getty Images)UNC’s second Mack Brown era got off to a nice start today, with a big upset win over South Carolina. The Tar Heels were pretty big underdogs, with lines hovering around 11 points entering the game.Nothing should tarnish what was an impressive debut for Brown and his staff, coming off of back-to-back nine-loss seasons under Larry Fedora. South Carolina has been a solid bowl team for a few years now under Will Muschamp.Still, one of the team’s decisions late in the game raised a lot of eyebrows, and could have been a total disaster. Luckily for Tar Heel fans, UNC held on for a 24-20 win.With under two minutes left in the game, UNC picked off Gamecock quarterback Jake Bentley. South Carolina only had one timeout left, so the game should’ve been essentially over.The Tar Heels elected to kneel things out. The only problem: on fourth down, there were still 11 seconds left on the clock. UNC took a knee rather than punt, giving South Carolina the ball at midfield. There was potential for two plays, or at least one heave to the end zone for a game winning touchdown.UNC TOOK A KNEE AT MIDFIELD AND GAVE THE BALL BACK?!— Brad Crawford (@BCrawford247) August 31, 2019UNC took knee? Wouldn’t it be crazy if South Carolina………😬— Anthony Becht (@Anthony_Becht) August 31, 2019I can’t even think right now. I know UNC won, but what in the world were they doing taking a knee on 4th? I need an explanation.— Dr. Brett (@Bacyardwrestler) August 31, 2019The Gamecocks couldn’t capitalize at all, though. Bentley was sacked on the next play, and UNC ran back what appeared to be a fumble for a touchdown. The play was instead ruled dead, but the result was the same: a win for the Tar Heels.Game One. Win One. #BeTheOne pic.twitter.com/eU2f515QKA— Carolina Football (@TarHeelFootball) August 31, 2019Again, that decision wound up being inconsequential, but I definitely want to hear from Mack Brown about whatever was going on there, because it could have been an all-time mistake if things had gone differently on that final play.
Ravi Shastri reacts after Aussie commentator insults Mayank AgarwalIndia head coach Ravi Shastri heaped praise on debutant opener Mayank Agarwal and had a cheeky response to Australian commentator Kerry O’Keeffe.advertisement India Today Web Desk MelbourneDecember 27, 2018UPDATED: December 27, 2018 23:07 IST Ravi Shastri also heaped praise on ‘old-fashioned’ Cheteshwar Pujara after the experienced campaigner brought up his second century of the series on Thursday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKerry O’Keeffe made a deplorable comment against India’s debutant opener Mayank AgarwalRavi Shastri hit back at the comments after the second day’s play in MelbourneO’Keeffe had apologised for his comment, saying it was nothing more than a tongue-in-cheek remarkIndia head coach Ravi Shastri has come up with a response to former Australia cricketer-turned commentator Kerry O’Keeffe’s comments that were seemingly insulting debutant opener, Mayank Agarwal.Ravi Shastri, who was known for sharp one-liners during his stint as a commentator over the years, made a cheeky comment after the second day’s play of the Boxing Day Test between India and Australia.Speaking to Fox Cricket, Shastri said: “He [Mayank] has got a message for Kerry… ‘when you do open your canteen, he wants to come and smell the coffee. He wants to compare it to the ones back in India…coffee here’s better or the ones back home’.”Shastri’s timely response comes after O’Keeffe ridiculed Mayank Agarwal’s triple century in the Ranji Trophy, India’s premier domestic tournament.The senior commentator, who had played 24 Tests and two ODIs for Australia, said Agarwal “apparently got his triple hundred against railway canteen staff” and that the bowlers from the said team were “chefs and waiters”.Shastri heaps praise on Agarwal, PujaraMeanwhile, Shastri also heaped praise on Mayank Agarwal, who scored 76 on debut after fending off the new ball threat from Australian pacers on Wednesday.The Karnataka opener, who broke into the playing XI after scoring tons of runs over the last few seasons in Ranji Trophy and other domestic tournaments in India, stitched a 40-run stand with Hanuma Vihari as the two openers played out 18.5 overs after Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat on a docile Melbourne Cricket Ground pitch.advertisementAgarwal joined hands with Cheteshwar Pujara and the duo added 82 runs for the second wicket. While the debutant opener missed out on a century by 24 runs, his senior partner went on to get his second century of the series on Thursday.”He [Pujara] has not had enough. He is going to take that bat and sleep with that bat. That’s Puji for you. He is a good old-fashioned cricketer. He might not be the ideal player that crowds want to see but my word when the conditions become like this, he is the one who digs deep. Puts a price tag on his wicket. He played magnificently especially after the platform he was given yesterday,” Shastri said.”Mayank Agarwal…let’s not take it from him. We could have easily been three down for 80 and then it would have been a different ball game. He dug deep.”India declared on 443 for 7 towards the end of the second day’s play even as the MCG wicket showed signs of deterioration. Virat Kohli’s bold declaration allowed India bowlers to have a crack at Australian openers in the last 20 minutes of the final session.Nonetheless, Marcus Harris and Aaron Finch survived the tricky period of play as Australia collected eight runs without losing a wicket at stumps on Thursday.Also Read | Mayank Agarwal does not regret missing out on debut hundredAlso Read | Aussie commentator apologises after insulting Mayank Agarwal on airAlso 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 Ravi ShastriFollow Kerry O’KeefeFollow Mayank AgarwalFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Boxing Day TestFollow MCG Test
Reuters LondonFebruary 2, 2019UPDATED: February 2, 2019 17:15 IST Mauricio Pochettino says his team will keep fighting to finish as high up the table as they can (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTottenham Hotspur are the first team in the Premier League era not to sign a player in consecutive transfer windowsSpurs sit behind only Liverpool and Manchester City in the Premier League tablePochettino said he would allow Vincent Janssen back into the first team after the player failed to secure a move awayMauricio Pochettino is disappointed by Tottenham Hotspur’s failure to sign any player in the January transfer window but the manager says his team will keep fighting to finish as high up the table as they can.Spurs are the first team in the Premier League era not to sign a player in consecutive transfer windows but despite the lack of fresh faces they sit behind only Liverpool and Manchester City ahead of Saturday’s home game against Newcastle United.”Of course I wanted to strengthen the squad but if we cannot sign, I need to stick with the project of the club,” Pochettino told his weekly news conference.”Of course (I am) disappointed because we are in a very good position and maybe with a help from some players we can remove the excuse that we are not a real contender.”But we are close … and we will fight to the end to be as high as we can.”Spurs were linked with a move for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi on transfer deadline day, but the 25-year-old joined Crystal Palace on loan in a deal announced after the window closed on Thursday.Pochettino, who declined to comment on Batshuayi, said he would allow Dutch striker Vincent Janssen back into the first team after the player failed to secure a move away.Janssen, who joined Spurs in 2016, had been training with the under-23 side.”He is going to be involved with the first team from today, like another player with chances to be involved or play” Pochettino said.advertisementAlso Read | Premier League January transfer spending fall for first time since 2012Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Mauricio PochettinoFollow Tottenham HotspurFollow Premier league Mauricio Pochettino disappointed by Tottenham Hotspur’s failure to sign playersTottenham Hotspur are the first team in the Premier League era not to sign a player in consecutive transfer windows but despite the lack of fresh faces they sit behind only Liverpool and Manchester City.advertisement Next
India Today Web Desk BrightonMay 12, 2019UPDATED: May 12, 2019 21:31 IST Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSManchester City have defended the Premier League title for the 1st time in the club historyLiverpool finished on 97 points while Manchester City piped them with 98Liverpool defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 while City thrashed Brighton 4-1Manchester City successfully defended thePremier League title after what was one of the most thrilling title races in the history of the league after a 4-1 win at Brighton and Love Albion on Sunday. While City have registered their sixth league title win, Pep Guardiola has become their first manager to defend the title.Liverpool finished with 97 points, the third highest point tally in the history of Premier League but it wasn’t enough as City stitched a 14-match unbeaten league run to pip the Merseyside club by just a point. Guardiola’s men had broken the record by going past the 100-point mark during their title-winning run last season.Liverpool’s 29-year-long title drought has thus extended. Jurgen Klopp’s men had finished 25 points behind City last season but have been arguably the best side in Europe this season to bridge the gap and give Manchester City a huge scare.In fact, in January, Liverpool had a 7-point advantage over City but Guardiola’s side didn’t lose a single match since the start of the New Year.WWWWWWWWWWWWWWinners!14 wins in a row to wrap up and incredible season!#mancity pic.twitter.com/ONrqLSGrOe Manchester City (@ManCity) May 12, 2019Liverpool notched up their 9th successive win in the league after their 4-1 victory over 7th-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield where they had knocked Barcelona out of Champions League after one of the most stunning comebacks in the semi-final 3 days ago.Liverpool were leading 1-0 after a Sadio Mane goal in Anfield at the half-time on Sunday and for a brief moment were leading the table as Manchester City were stunned by Brighton as Glenn Murray opened the account at the Community Stadium in the 27th minute.advertisementHowever, City struck back in no time with Sergio Aguero scoring the equaliser in the 28th minute. Aymeric Laporte put Pep Guardiola’s side back in the lead as he doubled the scoring in the 38th minute. At the half-time, City were just 45 minutes away from a second successive title.Also Read | John Gregory extends Chennaiyin FC stay to 2020Also Read | Ander Herrera confirms Manchester United exit in emotional farewell videoAlso 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 Premier leagueFollow LiverpoolFollow Manchester City Manchester City defend Premier League title, valiant Liverpool finish 2ndPremier League 2018-19: Manchester City came back from behind to beat Brighton 4-1 and seal the Premier League title. Liverpool, who have qualified for the Champions League final, defeated Wolverhampton 2-0 but finished a point behind City on 97.advertisement Next
India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 5, 2019UPDATED: June 5, 2019 12:04 IST India vs South Africa, World Cup 2019 Broadcast and Live Stream (AP Photo)The absence of fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Lungi Ngidi is a serious setback for South Africa ahead of their crunch World Cup game against India, captain Faf du Plessis said on Tuesday.Steyn was ruled out of the World Cup due to a second shoulder injury while fellow quick bowler Ngidi is still recovering from a hamstring problem.South Africa, who lost to England and Bangladesh, are looking for their first win of the tournament on Wednesday against India who are ranked second in the world.”There’s a lot of injuries,” Du Plessis told reporters during a training session at Southampton. “Zero from two.””Naturally, guys will have a little bit of confidence that’s been chucked away and that is normal, that is part of being human.”But it’s just making sure that we keep strong, keep fighting and stay true to ourselves as a team and a culture.”What TV channel and live stream is the World Cup 2019 match South Africa vs India on?All World Cup 2019 matches can be viewed on – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports 1 in Hindi, Star Sports HD. Hotstar.com and Hotstar app will live stream all the games.Where will the World Cup 2019 match between South Africa vs India be played?The World Cup 2019 match South Africa vs India will be played at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton from 3 PM IST on Wednesday, June 5.Where can I watch the World Cup 2019 match South Africa vs India live?The match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.advertisementWhere can I check the online live updates of the World Cup 2019 match South Africa vs India?You can follow our coverage here – www.indiatoday.in/sports/cricket-world-cup-2019What are the squads for the World Cup 2019 match South Africa vs India?India: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami.South Africa: Faf du Plessis(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Aiden Markram, David Miller, Rassie van der Dussen, Jean-Paul Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Beuran Hendricks, Dwaine Pretorius, Hashim Amla, Tabraiz Shamsi.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow South Africa vs IndiaFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow World Cup Live StreamFollow Virat KohliFollow Southampton South Africa vs India, World Cup 2019 Broadcast: When and where to watch Live StreamingSouth Africa vs India, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Live Streaming: Virat Kohli-led India begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Wednesday. advertisement
BCCI’s new Cricket Advisory Committee to pick Team India head coachThe new BCCI constitution has tasked the job of appointing the head coach and selection committee to the Cricket Advisory Committee.advertisement Rasesh Mandani MumbaiJuly 16, 2019UPDATED: July 16, 2019 13:12 IST (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe previous CAC comprised of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS LaxmanThe high-profile CAC had appointed Anil Kumble and Ravi Shastri as head coachesTendulkar and Ganguly have resigned from their posts in the CAC while Laxman falls under conflict of interest guidelinesApplications inviting candidates for the post of the new head coach of Team India and it’s support staff will be out soon but there remains uncertainty on the composition of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) that will make the appointments official.The new BCCI constitution has tasked the job of appointing the head coach and selection committee to the CAC.In a Committee of Administrators (COA) meeting on Monday, the COA directed General Manager Saba Karim to suggest names that can be considered to form the new CAC. “After the names come up, the CoA, with the aid of the legal team, will have to adjudicate if they are clear of any conflict of interest,” a BCCI source told India Today.The high-profile CAC that appointed Anil Kumble and Ravi Shastri as head coaches, now stands disbanded with both Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly having already submitted their resignations to the BCCI. The Ethics officer ruled that Ganguly and other member of the CAC, VVS Laxman, fell under the conflict of interest guidelines.Earlier the appointment of women’s head coach was conducted by ad-hoc CAC comprising of Kapil Dev, Shanta Rangaswami and Anshuman Gaikwad. But they too could be affected under the strict conflict of interest rule.”Kapil Dev and Shanta Rangaswami are directors in players association. If they stand for elections and are elected to Apex council than what happens?” a BCCI source said.WV Raman’s appointment as the women’s team head coach was made by the ad-hoc committee and this appointment is being studied by the Ethics officer.advertisementMeanwhile the current support staff led by head coach Ravi Shastri will be flying with the Indian team to the West Indies this month.The BCCI will soon invite fresh applications for the Indian cricket team’s support staff, including the head coach, and incumbent Ravi Shastri will need to reapply once his contract expires after next month’s tour of the West Indies.The support staff comprising Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, batting coach Sanjay Bangar and fielding coach R Sridhar were given a 45-day extension following the World Cup, covering the West Indies tour from August 3 to September 3.All of them can reapply but the team is set to have a new trainer and physio after the departure of Shankar Basu and Patrick Farhart respectively, following India’s semi-final exit in the World Cup.After the West Indies tour, India’s home season kicks off with the series against South Africa beginning September 15.Also Read | BCCI to invite fresh applications for Team India support staffAlso Read | Selectors to pick squad for West Indies tour on July 19, no clarity on Dhoni’s future yetFor 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 Team India support staffFollow Ravi ShastriFollow BCCIFollow cricket advisory committee