Month: October 2019

10 months agoMan Utd boss Mourinho in awe of Robertson energy: Incredible!

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Mourinho in awe of Robertson energy: Incredible!by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Jose Mourinho admits they couldn’t handle the speed of Liverpool for Sunday’s defeat.Mourinho was full of praise for Reds fullback Andrew Robertson after the 3-1 defeat.He said: “Liverpool play 200mph with and without the ball.“I am still tired to look at Robertson. He makes a 100m sprint per minute! Incredible.”Mourinho did not even attempt to argue against the final result.“The strongest team won, but they won in the period when they were not stronger than us.“In first 20 minutes of the first half there was a huge distance [between the teams]. They were better and stronger, they did everything better than us.” last_img read more

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10 months agoBournemouth boss Howe defends signing Solanke injured

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe defends signing Solanke injuredby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe insists new signing Dominic Solanke will prove worth the money.Howe has defended the club’s decision to spend £19m on Liverpool striker Solanke despite the player being injured.He said, “He has a hamstring problem and will be out for most of January. We have done relevant tests and medicals.”Howe added: “He brings a different dynamic to the front-line. He is good in the air, a physical presence. It’s a lot of money across the board to sign players now but look at his international record. He is one of most talented young strikers in country.”Young players see a good culture at Bournemouth and a way of working to bring out the best. We develop them as players and as individuals. We work very hard to improve weaknesses.” last_img read more

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14 days agoChelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante suffers injury setback

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante suffers injury setbackby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante suffered an injury in the warm-up before France edged a Euro 2020 qualifying victory over Iceland.Kante reportedly picked up a muscle injury and was replaced in the starting line-up by Tottenham’s Moussa Sissoko.Blues team-mate Olivier Giroud scored his 37th international goal for the world champions from the penalty spot in the second half.France stay second in Group H, but are six points ahead of Iceland in third. last_img

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Rick Pitino Questions Miami’s Handling Of Potentially-Concussed Player Who Montrezl Harrell Hit With Ball

first_imgMiami player injured after being pegged with ball.Following his team’s two-point victory against Miami Saturday afternoon, Louisville coach Rick Pitino expressed some concern for the way the Hurricanes handled a potentially-concussed player. In the first half of the contest, Cardinals’ senior forward Montrezl Harrell threw the basketball at the face of Miami center Tonye Jekiri. Harrell was given a Flagrant 1 after referees reviewed the play. The Louisville star said following the 55-53 victory the throw was not intentional, though Hurricanes’ coach Jim Larranaga disagreed. Jekeri, a starter for Miami, began the second half on the bench. Larranaga said after the game his player was suffering from severe headaches. Miami’s trainers originally believed the 7-foot big man had a concussion, before allowing him back into the game. Miami’s handling of Jekeri was troubling to Pitino. Here’s what the Louisville coach said during his post-game press conference, courtesy of the Courier-Journal:“Here’s the ironic thing: Coach Larranaga walked over to the officials, all the way over to the other side. I’ve never seen that. I wanted to know what (Larranaga said). The official says, ‘Well, he wanted to let me know that the big guy has a concussion on that play.’ I said, ‘What motive do you need to know that? He’s back in the game.’“So I called (Louisville football coach) Bobby Petrino — this is no joke — I said, ‘Get a hold of that Miami doctor because, in 15 minutes, a kid went from a concussion to playing and totally healthy.’ We’re sending a plane down to hire that doctor for football. We will never have a concussion ever again. He was back 3-4 minutes later. He walked all the way over there to tell him he had a concussion, then he was back in the game.”That’s a pretty direct calling out of Miami from Pitino. Concussions are obviously something that should be taken very seriously, but it’s impossible to know if the Hurricanes’ medical staff followed protocol or not. This likely won’t be the last we hear of this incident. [Courier-Journal]last_img read more

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College GameDay Officially Headed To Clemson vs. Notre Dame Next Saturday

first_imgCollege GameDay's next stop will be at the Clemson vs. Notre Dame game.College GameDayMuch to the chagrin of Indiana football fans, ESPN’s College GameDay is officially headed to Clemson ahead of the Tigers’ big contest against Notre Dame next Saturday. The Tigers and Irish will be meeting on the gridiron for the first time since 1979.Indiana fans, including ESPN’s Dan Dakich, had been making a push to get GameDay to come ahead of the Hoosiers’ Big Ten affair against Ohio State. Alabama vs. Georgia, one of the biggest SEC games of the year, was likely also considered.See you in a week, @ClemsonFB and @NDFootball. pic.twitter.com/tzHB1H4ilA— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 27, 2015Back in 2013, GameDay was on-hand for two of Clemson’s home games. The Tigers beat Georgia in their opener, but lost to Florida State mid-season.last_img read more

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Bovada Releases ACC Divisional, Conference Championship Odds

first_imgWith the countdown under 60 days until the start of college football season, oddsmakers and prognosticators are taking a long look at the predicting the 2016 campaign.Las Vegas sportsbook Bovada dropped its updated college football odds today, including lines for the ACC division and league championships. In the Atlantic, Clemson (-110) leads the way, followed by Florida State (+125). Those two will likely duke it out for the divisional crown, but keep an eye on Louisville (+600).Meanwhile, in the Coastal, Miami is the favorite (+150). Pitt (+300) and Virginia Tech (+300) come next, with defending division champ UNC (+425) in fourth. Clemson, Florida State and Miami have the three best odds at winning the league. The full odds can be found below. acc 1acc 3acc 2 ACC fans, what do you think of your team’s chances on this list?For a look at Bovada’s list of odds, click here.last_img read more

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‘He’s happy now’ – Pogba backed to rediscover best form

first_imgManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has claimed that Paul Pogba is ‘happy now’ after the France international put in a man of the match performance on Saturday afternoon.The 25-year-old struck twice as United eased to a 3-1 win over Huddersfield Town , with Solskjaer overseeing a second consecutive victory to continue the positive start to his tenure.The win was Solskjaer’s first in the dugout at Old Trafford, with his reign starting with the comprehensive 5-1 dismantlement of Cardiff City in Wales last weekend. 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? Speaking after the game to BBC Sport, the United legend hinted that the midfielder was more pleased with his playing situation than he had been under Jose Mourinho.”Paul knows he can score more goals and create chances. He had a few assists last week. He’s happy now,” the manager signalled.Solskjaer went on to admit that he is still adjusting to being in charge at Old Trafford.He said: “I’ve not got used to it yet. It’s humbling knowing I’m leading this team out.”Let’s see if I get used to it. I captained a couple of games but this was very different.”They are the best fans in the world. I had such a great relationship with them. It was probably more emotional for my family in my box as I was focussed on the game.”I was surprisingly calm all day. The lads have helped me settle in really quickly.”The former striker also re-emphasised his commitment to recapturing the United philosophy made famous by Sir Alex Ferguson, and suggested that his first two wins were a good way to start.“You need momentum. The next two games will be massive for us. Coming into those games with confidence is great,” he stated.”This is Manchester United. When you score a first, you want a second. When you score a second, you want a third. We wanted a clean sheet.”Every team is built on that foundation. We’ve conceded from two set-pieces so far. We’ll make sure we get a clean sheet soon.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Getafe vs Barcelona: Dembele starts

first_imgBarcelona play their first match of 2019 when they take on Getafe at Coliseum Alfonso Perez on Sunday.The Catalan club ended 2018 with four straight wins in La Liga , and now aim to continue that form after the winter break.Getafe, meanwhile, sit in seventh, one place higher than their final position last term, and are four games unbeaten in the league. They fell to respective 2-0 defeats against the two Madrid clubs earlier in the season however, and will be in for a tough evening against the Spanish champions. 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? Azulones did scrap for a 0-0 draw at Camp Nou 11 months ago but they lost the home fixture 2-1 against Barca last season.  Game Getafe vs Barcelona Date Sunday, January 6 Time 7:45pm GMT / 2:45pm 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 live 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 beIN Sports fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be shown on television but can be streamed on Eleven Sports. UK TV channel Online stream N/A Eleven Sports Squads & Team News Position Getafe squad Goalkeepers Soria, Chichizola, Yanez Defenders Djene, Miquel, Gonzalez, Cabrera, Antunes, Suarez, Foulquier Midfielders Bergara, Flamini, Arambarri, Maksimovic, Shibasaki, Cristoforo, Saiz, Portillo, Ndiaye, Alejo, Ibanez,  Forwards Mata, Rodriguez, Guardiola, Molina The hosts are without Amath Ndiaye for the remainder of the season and Markel Bergara is sidelined with a fractured arm. Confirmed Getafe XI: Soria; Suarez, Antunes, Cabrera, Antunes; Foulquier, Maksimovic, Arambarri, Portillo; Mata, Molina. Position Barcelona squad Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Cillessen Defenders Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Miranda, Vermaelen, Murillo Midfielders Rakitic, Busquets, Vidal, Denis Suarez, Arthur, Alena Forwards Messi, Luis Suarez, Coutinho, Dembele, Munir Barca are missing Thomas Vermaelen, Rafinha and Samuel Umtiti through injury, but Ernesto Valverde does have new signing Jeison Murillo available.Sergio Busquets has returned to training but faced a late fitness test and did not make the XI.Confirmed Barcelona XI:  Ter Stegen; Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Robert; Vidal, Rakitic, Arthur; Messi, Dembele, Suarez.Betting & Match Odds Barcelona are the favourites with  bet365  who rate the Catalans’ chances at 2/5. Getafe meanwhile are 13/2 to win, while a draw is priced at 4/1.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more .Match Preview Ernesto Valverde BarcelonaThe goalless draw at Camp Nou last term came as a shock and it was one of only three league games the champions failed to win at home during the whole season. Unsurprisingly, Barca have shown strong form again this year and finished 2018 on the top of the table, three points ahead of Atletico Madrid. They have been the highest scoring team in La Liga by a distance so far, netting 48 times in 17 games – 18 more than any other side.But Getafe have the second best defensive record in the Spanish top flight having conceded just 13 times, a record only beaten by Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid, so this could be one of the sterner tests for Barcelona’s forwards.Ahead of the game, Valverde said: “We suffered to beat them in Getafe last season and were unable to score when we met them at home. They’re a side who are pressing high up the pitch and doing so with great conviction. Their position in the table says it all.”That suggests Barca are not taking their hosts lightly as they aim to ward off pressure from Atletico at the top of the table.Both sides will feature in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey in mid-week, but don’t expect either set of players to be distracted when they go head-to-head this evening.last_img read more

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Mourinho: Why can’t Liverpool make a third CL final?

first_img  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web Jose Mourinho has tipped Liverpool to reach a third successive Champions League final next season following their victory over Tottenham on Saturday.An early Mohamed Salah penalty and a late strike from substitute Divock Origi secured the win for Liverpool over their Premier League rivals in Madrid. It is the sixth European Cup/Champions League in the club’s history and a first since 2005. 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? It is also a first trophy in charge for manager Jurgen Klopp, who joined the club in October 2015.The scenes of celebration at the Wanda Metropolitano were in sharp contrast to the previous year, when Liverpool were beaten 3-1 by Real Madrid in the final in Kiev.Mourinho believes this could be the start of a new era of success for Klopp’s side and sees no reason why they cannot reach a third successive Champions League final next year.However, the Portuguese is not so confident about his former club Chelsea, who will return to the Champions League next season.The Londoners also ended the campaign with a trophy following their 4-1 victory over Arsenal in the Europa League final in Baku last week . But Mourinho fears their impending transfer ban, as well as the expected departure of Belgian forward Eden Hazard, will hamper their chances of success in the competition.”It is difficult for Chelsea because they don’t have the possibility to be in the transfer market,” Mourinho told beIN Sports . “Why can’t Liverpool do three finals in a row? Why Liverpool, with this good team, with this good spirit, with this good empathy. The club, the manager, the players, the fans. Why not a third?”Mourinho did also stress that the Reds would face intense competition for the trophy next year including from Manchester City, who pipped them to the Premier League title by just a point following a thrilling title race.“I was writing here the teams that want to win the Champions League. Juventus, Bayern, PSG, Manchester City, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid,” Mourinho added.“You have seven or eight teams. Lots of teams want to do it, but only one can do it.”last_img read more

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Southampton sign winger Djenepo in £14m deal

first_imgMoussa Djenepo has become Southampton’s first signing under manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.The winger joins from Belgian club Standard Liege, where he scored eight league goals last term, for a reported £14 million ($17.8m) fee.Djenepo, 20, is a Mali international and part of their squad for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations. 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? “It is something I am very proud of,” he told Southampton’s website. “It’s a dream come true. Southampton is a great club and I am very happy.”It’s a good club that is progressing, it has great facilities, and it’s a place that can help me to really kick on and progress.”I am looking forward to it and I want to get to know my new family. I can’t wait to be around my new team-mates and work hard alongside them.”Hasenhuttl feels Djenepo is the right profile to thrive at Southampton, who are away to Burnley on the opening weekend of the new Premier League season.”We are very happy to welcome Moussa as the first new player to join our team ahead of the upcoming season,” he told Southampton’s website.All aboard the Ralph Express!Departing: LiègeArriving: Southampton#saintsfc pic.twitter.com/J4a0Jj1qyW— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) June 13, 2019″He is an exciting player, with tremendous pace and good finishing abilities, who we have watched closely for some time.”We have been impressed with how he has adapted to football in Europe and the impact he has had in many games, and we had an interest in him as recently as January, so I am pleased we are able to bring him into the club.”He combines his quality with a good mentality and he is the right profile of player that we want to sign – still in the early part of his career, already with a lot of talent, but also with a great amount of potential that I believe we can help him to fulfil.”I think he will be an excellent fit for our style of play and shape, and these are the important characteristics we must look for.”It is about getting this right sort of quality, not quantity – we must maximise the use of this window by spending our money in the right way and on the right type of player, and this is a very strong start.”last_img read more

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A 5-Star Kicker Announced His Commitment

first_imgA general view of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 24: Clouds over the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum turn pink in color as the sun sets during the Oregon State Beavers and USC Trojans college football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 24, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)One of the top kicking recruits in the country has made his college decision.Parker Lewis, a five-star kicker in the 2020 recruiting class, announced late on Sunday night his decision to commit to USC.The 6-foot-3 kicker announced his decision on Twitter.Lewis also had significant interest from Arizona and Cal, among other programs.Committed #FightOn✌? pic.twitter.com/Ygsc0HoxE7— Parker Lewis (@ParkerLewi) August 5, 2018Here’s his full statement:“First off, I want to thank God for all he’s done for me and allowing me to play the game of football. Thank you to my family and friends who have supported me throughout this entire process. Thank you Coach Mohns, Sam Watts, and all of the other Saguaro High School Coaches who have made me a better Student/Athlete. Lastly, thank you Coach Helton and Coach Baxter for having the confidence in me and providing me this opportunity. With all this being said, I am excited to say that I will be committing to the University of Southern California. #FightOn.”USC’s 2020 class is currently ranked the No. 17 class in the country, No. 1 in the Pac-12.last_img read more

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Baker Mayfield Has A Message For Texas

first_imgBaker Mayfield raising his fist in the air.NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 25: Quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners gestures to the crowd after Senior Day announcements before the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 59-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Oklahoma Sooners players will be penalized for doing the “Horns Down” signal against Texas at the Big 12 Championship Game this afternoon.Baker Mayfield can do whatever he wants, though.The former star Oklahoma quarterback posted a message for his rival ahead of this afternoon’s Big 12 Championship Game.The message: Horns Down.“Can’t penalize this….HORNS DOWN. Go get what’s yours tomorrow boys,” Mayfield wrote on Instagram.Oklahoma enters today’s game against Texas looking for revenge for a loss earlier in the season. The Longhorns handed the Sooners their only loss of the regular season back in October.Today’s Big 12 Championship Game is set to kick off in about three hours.Oklahoma, needing a win to stay in College Football Playoff contention, is set to kick off against Texas at 12 p.m. E.T. The game will be on ABC.last_img read more

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Josh Moten, 2020 Four-Star Cornerback, Announces Decommitment

first_imgAn interior view of Beaver Stadium.STATE COLLEGE, PA – SEPTEMBER 3: A general view of Beaver Stadium before the start of the game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Indiana State Sycamores on September 3, 2011 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Fort Washington (Md.) National Christian Academy four-star cornerback Joshuah Moten, who committed to Penn State in early February, has reopened his recruitment. Moten announced his de-commitment from PSU this afternoon.Moten is the third four-star prospect to decommit from the Nittany Lions in the last few days. Four-star offensive tackle Grant Toutant flipped to Ohio State on Sunday and four-star offensive guard Aaryn Parks opened things up yesterday.Moten and Parks are teammates at National Christian Academy. Like Parks, Moten cited committing too soon as his reasoning for backing off his Penn State pledge.“After talking and having deep thought with my family, I think I pulled the trigger too fast,” Moten wrote in a Twitter announcement. “I didn’t equally give some of the universities that have been recruiting me and equal chance. So, I will be de-committing from Penn State University and opening my recruitment up all the way.” Please Respect My Decision ! Joshua 1:9Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. pic.twitter.com/Wa71vQgPEh— 2 (@thareal_2) June 13, 2019Even with Moten gone, Penn State’s recruiting class still ranks 20th in the nation. However, Nittany Lions fans have to be frustrated with the recent run of bailing four-stars.Moten is reportedly set to visit Texas A&M this weekend, according to 247Sports.Moten is the 31st-ranked cornerback and the 339th-ranked prospect in the 2020 class, per 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.last_img read more

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Jim Harbaugh Comments On Michigan’s Double-OT Win vs. Army

first_img After the game’s conclusion, many of Michigan’s players jumped into the stands celebrating the win. The act went viral on social media sparking mixed reactions.Jim Harbaugh: “That’s how you fight. That’s how you scratch and claw. Both teams did that.” Adds that he could talk about Michigan’s defense all day. The offense had mistakes that put the defense in tough spots. https://t.co/k9fuAzLM7R pic.twitter.com/R5V3BeBCkJ— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) September 7, 2019Regardless, the Wolverines are now 2-0 on the year. As the old saying goes, “a win is a win”. But there will surely be questions surrounding the offensive game plan moving forward.Luckily for Michigan and Harbaugh, the Wolverines are entering a bye week. They’ll then go on the road to face Big Ten opponent Wisconsin. Jim Harbaugh during pregame before Michigan's game.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 03: Michigan Wolverines Head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the pregame warms ups prior to the start of the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Michigan Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Michigan narrowly escaped with a win in overtime against Army on Saturday. The seventh-ranked Wolverines were 22 point favorites heading into the game, according to OddsShark.Despite nearly losing, and plenty of issues to sort out, head coach Jim Harbaugh took it in a different direction. In the post-game press conference, Harbaugh praised the fight of both teams.“That’s how you fight. That’s how you scratch and claw. Both teams did that.”An interesting, but expected response from the Michigan head coach. Media members aren’t seeing it the same way though.As previously mentioned, the Wolverines were 22 point favorites heading into the match-up. Army had a chance to win the game with a field goal at the end of regulation, but couldn’t convert.last_img read more

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I won’t be seen around the scene once I am done: Virat Kohli on his post-retirement plans

first_imgI won’t be seen around the scene once I am done: Virat Kohli on his post-retirement plansIndia vs Australia: Virat Kohli was responding to a query on whether he would consider playing in the Australian Big Bash league after retiring or if the BCCI lifts the bar on its players.advertisement Press Trust of India SydneyJanuary 11, 2019UPDATED: January 11, 2019 14:05 IST Virat Kohli is in no mood to play cricket in T20 leagues around the world once he retires (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndian players are not allowed to feature in T20 leagues around the worldRetired cricketers such as d e Villiers and Brendon McCullum are regularly seen playing in T20 leaguesKohli said he won’t pick up his bat again once he retiresRetired cricketers plying their trade in T20 leagues might be a global trend right now but India captain Virat Kohli says he wouldn’t even be “seen around the scene” the day he is “totally spent” to pick up the bat again.Responding to a query on whether he would consider playing in the Australian Big Bash league after retiring or if the BCCI lifts the bar on its players, Kohli said he would certainly not be around for such a stint after retirement.”Look I don’t know whether that stance is going to change in the future. As far as I am concerned, playing more cricket when I am done, I don’t think I am in that zone to be honest,” the 30-year-old said ahead of the opening ODI against Australia on Saturday.Retired cricketers such as AB de Villiers and Brendon McCullum are regularly seen playing in T20 leagues such as the IPL and Big Bash but Kohli says he isn’t interested in joining the bandwagon.”I have played enough cricket in the last five years and I cannot comment on even the first thing I do when I retire because I don’t feel like I am going to pick up the bat again,” he said.”I will be spent, the day I finish I will be totally spent and that’s the reason I am going to stop playing cricket. So I don’t see myself coming back and playing again. Once I am done, I will be done, and I won’t be seen around the scene,” Kohli said.advertisementWhat’s India Captain @imVkohli’s retirement plans? #TeamIndia #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/xGxBOxMSdEBCCI (@BCCI) January 11, 2019The skipper was all praise for his team’s batting line-up and said the line-up looks strong heading into the ODI World Cup starting May 30 in England.”In the last 12 months, our ODI batting has been very strong and openers are a very big factor in that. There was a phase in the middle when we addressed the issue of middle overs and from 25-40 overs we tried to change our batting style,” he said.”Where our batting is at the moment, the team management and I are very comfortable because we have results in ODI cricket and performances have been very good as well.”In fact, Kohli felt the Indian team is perfectly balanced in every aspect.”The bowling has been balanced too. In one-day cricket, any team can beat you on any given day. But as a team you have to give your best and take your strongest eleven. And we feel as a one-day team we are on the right track, and are on our full strength,” he said.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 Virat KohliFollow India vs AustraliaFollow ODI seriesFollow Virat Kohli retirementlast_img read more

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Australia refuse to play in Pakistan, PCB announces ODIs in UAE

first_imgAustralia refuse to play in Pakistan, PCB announces ODIs in UAEAustralia will play Pakistan in a 5-match one day international series in preparation for the ICC Cricket World Cup in the United Arab Emirates from March 22 to 31advertisement Press Trust of India KarachiFebruary 10, 2019UPDATED: February 10, 2019 20:48 IST Pakistan host Australia for a 5-match ODI series in UAE (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPCB had initially invited CA to send the Austrlian team to Karachi to play one or two matchesAustralia had refused to play Pakistan in the country with the series being shifted to UAEAustralia will play Pakistan in a 5-ODI series from March 22-31, ahead ICC Cricket World CupAustralia have refused to any of the ODI series matches in Pakistan due to security concerns and the two teams will now compete in the World Cup preparatory five-match rubber in the UAE.After much delay the Pakistan Cricket Board on Sunday finally announced that the one-day series would be played entirely in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from March 22 to 31.The PCB had invited CA to send its team to Karachi to play one or two matches of the and were hopeful of convincing the Australians to come to Pakistan for the first time since 1998.”The PCB was optimistic that it will be able to convince Cricket Australia to send its side for some matches after successfully staging high-profile bilateral series and the Pakistan Super League matches in the past 18 months, PCB Director Cricket – International, Zakir Khan, said.”But, we are disappointed for the enthusiastic and passionate cricket fans in Pakistan who will now have to wait for some more time before they can see Australia cricket team live in action for the first times since 1998,” he said.”Australia are the world champions and this series will provide the Pakistan cricket team an opportunity to assess their Word Cup preparations,” Khan added.Khan, however, said that the CA has assured them that they will send their security expert to oversee the execution of security plans for the PSL 2019 matches”In the meantime, the CA have confirmed they will maintain regular contact with the ICC, Zakir added.In the last 18 months, Pakistan have hosted the ICC World XI, also comprising Australia Test captain Tim Paine and fast bowler Ben Cutting, in September 2017.advertisementA month later, Sri Lanka played a T20I at the same venue.In April 2018, Karachi was the venue for three-T20I series between the Windies and Pakistan. Last month, the Windies women’s team played three T20Is against Pakistan women’s team in Karachi.Also Read | Young fan hit by ball in the stands, George Bailey gifts him a pair of glovesAlso Read | 2019 ICC World Cup: Australia will be one of the main contenders, says Ricky PontingFor 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 Pakistan vs AustraliaFollow PCBFollow UAEFollow Cricket AustraliaFollow ODIsFollow Karachilast_img read more

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Munich World Cup: Manu Bhaker secures Olympic quota in shooting

first_imgMunich World Cup: Manu Bhaker secures Olympic quota in shootingIndian shooters are competing for 12 of the 17 Tokyo Olympic quotas available in Munich, having already secured seven quota places in rifle and pistol competitions.advertisement Next Press Trust of India MunichMay 29, 2019UPDATED: May 29, 2019 19:55 IST Manu Bhaker finished fourth in the 10m air pistol final. (Photo: @OGQ_India Twitter)HIGHLIGHTSThis is India’s first Olympic quota in women’s 10m pistolSaurabh Chaudhary had won a gold medal by setting a new world record in 10m Air Pistol eventSaurabh Chaudhary and Abhishek Verma won quota places in men’s 10m air pistolYoung shooter Manu Bhaker secured India its seventh Olympic quota with a fourth-place finish in the women’s 10m air pistol event of the ISSF World Cup here Wednesday, putting the disappointment of pistol malfunction in her earlier event behind.The 17-year Bhaker shot 201.0 in the final to secure the quota for the Tokyo Games.Winner of multiple medals at top global events, Bhaker finished third in qualification with a total of 582 points (28 x inner 10s), shooting a solid 98 in her last two rounds.On Monday, Bhaker suffered a heartbreak as she missed out on the podium after a weapon malfunction saw her slip to fifth spot after leading the field.This is India’s first quota in women’s 10m pistol.Saurabh Chaudhary and Abhishek Verma won quota places in men’s 10m air pistol at the World Cups in Delhi and Beijing respectively.Yashaswini Singh Deswal, a junior World Cup winner, was also on course to make the final before a poor series of 92 in the final set saw her slip to 22nd with a total of 574 (17 x inner 10s).Heena Sidhu, the third Indian in the fray, was placed 45th with a total of 570 (13 x inner 10s).Also Read | ISSF Shooting World Cup: Saurabh Chaudhary smashes world record to put India on topAlso Read | ISSF Shooting World Cup: Apurvi Chandela bags 10m air rifle gold in MunichAlso 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow ISSF World CupFollow Manu BhakerFollow Tokyo Olympicslast_img read more

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French Open 2019: Federer eases into 3rd round, Cilic crashes out

first_img Next French Open 2019: Federer eases into 3rd round, Cilic crashes outFrench Open: 20-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer continued his successful return to the clay tournament as he edged past Oscar Otte of Germany in the 2nd round while Marin Cilic was stunned by Grigor Dimitrov.advertisement Reuters ParisMay 30, 2019UPDATED: May 30, 2019 09:07 IST Roger Federer advanced to Round 4 at the French Open. (AP Photos)HIGHLIGHTSRoger Federer advanced to Round 3 of the French Open after defeating Oscar Otte of GermanyMarin Cilic, seeded 11, crashed out of French Open after losing to Grigor DimitrovFederer will face Casper Ruud of Norway in the next round of the Roland GarrosEven during a clinically efficient win, Roger Federer still produced enough masterstrokes to have the French Open crowd purring as he moved past German qualifier Oscar Otte into the third round while Marin Cilic was stunned by Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in the second round on Wednesday.The 37-year-old, welcomed back to Roland Garros with open arms after missing the last three editions, was kept on his toes throughout the Court Philippe Chatrier contest, but raised his game when needed to prevail 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.With perfect Swiss timing, he broke serve once in each set in the 10th game of the first, the eighth game of the second and the ninth game of the third to subdue the world number 144.Just for good measure Federer finished the one-hour 36 minute match off with a signature flourish on the Parisian clay, a glorious drop volley played with casual ease.Third seed Federer, whose only French Open title came 10 years ago, has won his first six sets and with a favourable draw he looks in the form to mount another challenge.Next up for the 20-times Grand Slam champion is Norway’s 63rd-ranked Casper Ruud.In the other men’s singles, Dimitrov twice came from a set behind to outlast 11th seed Cilic in a heavyweight second-round clash at the French Open on Wednesday.The former world number three, unseeded this year at Roland Garros after falling to 46th in the rankings, produced a gutsy display laced with pure shot-making to win 6-7 6-4 4-6 7-6 6-3.advertisementDimitrov moved 5-2 ahead in the decider with two breaks, but Cilic was not going out without a fight and saved a match point with a booming forehand as he repaired some of the damage.Cilic netted a backhand in the next game, however, to hand Dimitrov a notable victory.Dimitrov has never been past the third round at Roland Garros and if he is to extend his stay beyond that this year, he will have to do it the hard way.His next opponent is 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka.Also Read | French Open 2019: Nadal eases into 3rd round, Nishikori downs TsongaAlso Read | Rohan Bopanna and Marius Copil knock out 6th seeds from French OpenAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow French OpenFollow Roger FedererFollow Marin CilicFollow Roland Garros 2019last_img read more

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Ashton Kutcher starrer The Ranch to end in 2020

first_img Asian News International Washington D.C.June 5, 2019UPDATED: June 5, 2019 15:03 IST Ashton Kutcher starrrer The Ranch to end on Netflix after Season 4.American sitcom The Ranch, starring Ashton Kutcher which airs on Netflix, is coming to an end.The 41-year-old actor and executive producer of the series shared the news on his Twitter handle that Jim Patterson and Don Reo-created dramedy about a dysfunctional family in Colorado will conclude in 2020.”@theranchnetflix is coming to an end, but not just yet. We’re excited to bring you the final 20 episodes — 10 streaming later this year (2019) on @netflix, and then 10 more in 2020. Stay tuned,” he tweeted.He also shared a photo featuring himself with co-stars Dax Shepard, Sam Elliott, and Elisha Cuthbert along with the tweet.@theranchnetflix is coming to an end, but not just yet. We’re excited to bring you the final 20 episodes 10 streaming later this year (2019) on @netflix, and then 10 more in 2020. Stay tuned! pic.twitter.com/dX9vzjHm4T ashton kutcher (@aplusk) June 4, 2019In March 2018, Netflix announced that actor Dax Shepard was joining the show a few months after Danny Masterson’s departure following multiple allegations of sexual assault levelled against the actor, reported People.”After discussing with the producers, we’ve decided to write Danny Masterson off of The Ranch. Yesterday was his last day of work, and we’ll make new episodes in 2018 without him,” the streaming service said in a statement at that time.Kutcher’s announcement of the final season comes days after his testimony in the alleged Hollywood ripper serial killer trial.Last week, the 41-year-old actor took the stand in the hearing of suspected serial killer Michael Gargiulo, who faces two counts of murder in connection with the deaths of two women including Kutcher’s friend Ashley Ellerin, who was killed in 2001.advertisementKutcher is one of the witnesses who have or are scheduled to testify in the murder trial of Gargiulo, who prosecutors have described as a “serial psychosexual thrill killer” who stalked and then stabbed the victims — all young women who lived near him.He testified for about 40 minutes, sporting a blue suit with a light blue shirt and a tie. His friend Ellerin’s father was present for Kutcher’s testimony.Kutcher had planned to go to dinner and drinks with Ellerin on the evening of February 21, 2001.The actor had met her in December 2000, when they were both dating other people. By February, they discovered that the two were newly single, so they scheduled a first date, Kutcher testified in court on Wednesday.However, the date never took place. While Ellerin was getting ready, prosecutors said Gargiulo snuck into the house and stabbed her 47 times.Kutcher stated that on the night Ellerin was killed, he arrived at her place between 10:30 and 10:45 p.m. He knocked on the door, and no one responded. Lights were on and so he tried the door but it was locked.”I assumed she had left for the night and I was late and she was upset. I just assumed she had gone out with her friend and bailed,” he said.The actor was never a suspect in the woman’s death.It takes a family to raise a ranch. Or something like that. More episodes of The Ranch are coming December 7, only on @Netflix. pic.twitter.com/LS3LzCxqPK The Ranch (@theranchnetflix) November 27, 2018Get 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 byshweta keshri Tags :Follow Ashton KutcherFollow The Ranch Next Ashton Kutcher starrer The Ranch to end in 2020Netflix sitcom The Ranch will end with Season 4, Ashton Kutcher confirmed the news on Twitter.advertisementlast_img read more

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Shikhar Dhawan hits 3rd World Cup hundred as India bully Australia

first_img view more view less scorecard advertisement Shikhar Dhawan hits 3rd World Cup hundred as India bully AustraliaWorld Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan hit his maiden World Cup hundred vs Australia at The Oval. Overall, this is his 3rd World Cup hundred and 17th in ODIs. Next No data available! graphs Rajarshi Gupta LondonJune 9, 2019UPDATED: June 9, 2019 17:30 IST Shikhar Dhawan hit 100 against Australia at The Oval (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSShikhar Dhawan hit his 17th ODI hundred during India’s 2019 World Cup match vs AustraliaDhawan now has 3 World Cup hundreds – 1 each vs South Africa, Ireland and AustraliaThis is Shikhar Dhawan’s 2nd ODI hundred in 2019 – both have come vs AustraliaShikhar Dhawan hit his 17th ODI hundred and his 3rd in World Cups as India dominated defending champions Australia at The Oval on Sunday after Virat Kohli won the toss.After India decided to bat on a bright and sunny morning, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan were watchful against the Australian new ball-bowlers before Dhawan quickened the pace. Both India openers raced away to their fifties before Rohit Sharma was dismissed for 57.Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma had added 127 for the 1st wicket and they were the first Indian openers to put on a century stand against Australia in any World Cup match.But Shikhar Dhawan was not done yet. He had come back to form with a fine 143 against Australia in Mohali on March 10. Incidentally, Australia won that high-scoring game to begin their winning streak leading into the 2019 World Cup.On Sunday, Shikhar Dhawan was under pressure after his failure against South Africa in India’s opening match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup on June 5. After weathering the early storm, Shikhar Dhawan opened up and played some thrilling shots on both sides of the wicket.Shikhar Dhawan’s international form was a bit of a concern for India before the World Cup but he is a big tournament player.In the 2015 World Cup, Dhawan had scored two hundreds. His 137 had set up victory for India over South Africa at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) while an 85-ball 100 in Hamilton highlighted a crushing win over Ireland.Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma have been a formidable opening pair for India since the 2013 Champions Trophy. The two men brought up their 16th 100-run stand and are now only behind the erstwhile opening firm of Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar who had 21 century partnerships.advertisementOn June 5, Rohit Sharma had guided India to victory over South Africa with an unbeaten 127 after Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli failed in a modest chase.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma breaks a Sachin Tendulkar record in ODIsAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma set flurry of records vs AustraliaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Shikhar DhawanFollow India vs Australia commentarylast_img read more

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