Chelsea boss Sarri eager to strengthen wide positionsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is eager to strengthen his wide positions.Chelsea sit fourth in the Premier League with the mid-season window now open.The Daily Mail says the former Napoli gaffer wants “better wide, creative options”.Sarri already has wingers Eden Hazard, Willian and Pedro among his ranks, as well as youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi.But his preference for playing Hazard in an unfamiliar No 9 role seems to have shaped his January plans. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Man City boss Guardiola: Incredible win at Evertonby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola admitted his was very happy to leave Everton with a victory.A notoriously tough venue for top teams in recent years, the City boss was happy to tick this game off this season’s fixture list.“In the first half, we started well and were incredible for 25 minutes,” said Guardiola.”After that, we had problems with Sigurdsson and trying to control him.“Everton have incredible players up front and experience in the middle and a good manager, so we knew it would be a tough game.”Every season it is difficult at Goodison Park. With the ball we were outstanding.“They had chances, but we had chances too, it was this kind of game. Football is sometimes unpredictable.”We had a problem in the first half with our high pressing – they had one more player on our left side. It was between 25 to 35 minutes that we had problems.“In the second half we showed, better quality. After Liverpool’s result, it was important to reduce the gap back to five points.“We created problems, arrived in perfect positions, attacking their full backs, but we were not so clinical like we were against Watford.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Gonzalo Higuain delighted with goal in Juventus Champions League winby Carlos Volcano24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGonzalo Higuain was delighted with his goal in Juventus’ 3-0 Champions League win over Bayer Leverkusen.Higuain, Federico Bernardeschi and Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed the goals.“It was an important game after our draw in Madrid, so we knew we needed the victory to get closer to qualification,” Pipita told Sky Sport Italia.“I think Juve showed great determination, I am happy for the game, for the goal and we have to continue like this.“It’s always good to play in these games, to score even more so, now we can rest and prepare for the next match, which will be another battle to close on the top of the Serie A table.”
ESPN BracketA couple of weeks back, we put together a 68-team college football bracket, attempting to predict which team would win an NCAA Tournament if it happened in CFB for the 2015 season. Our champion: Ohio State. You can view the full bracket here. ESPN has now done the same thing, but for the upcoming 2016 season. Who would win a Final Four … of college football teams? We crown a winner: https://t.co/U3S0DihDoq pic.twitter.com/a4TK3zicb3— ESPN (@espn) March 31, 2016ESPN’s top seeds for the 2016 season, based on preseason polls and their FPI:1-seeds: Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, Baylor2-seeds: Clemson, LSU, Oklahoma, Stanford3-seeds: Notre Dame, Ohio State, Houston, Tennessee4-seeds: Ole Miss, Michigan State, TCU, USCThe predicted champions, from Mark Schlabach and Sharon Katz. (1) Alabama over (1) Florida StateSchlabach’s breakdown: After playing five games in five weeks (and 15 games in the season to date), Alabama and FSU would finally get a weekend off before playing in the inaugural College Football Tournament Championship Game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. After a closer-than-expected 27-24 win, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban would join legendary Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Byrant as the only coaches in college football history to guide their teams to six national championships. Alabama’s defense will lead it to its fifth national title in eight seasons.(2) LSU over (2) OklahomaKatz’s breakdown: And your FPI national champion is — LSU. Well, sort of. If this bracket was played out, FPI would give LSU the best chance to win the tournament, but it would win only about 15 percent of the time. What does FPI see in the Tigers? They return an FBS-high 18 starters, including Fournette, to a team that has been consistently efficient over the past few years. Oklahoma would provide a tough challenge, but ultimately LSU would be favored in a rematch of the 2004 Sugar Bowl, leading to the Tigers’ first national championship since 2007.Alabama and LSU, huh? What do you think of ESPN’s prediction, college football fans? You can view ESPN’s full breakdown here.
Real Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente looks set to be out for at least three weeks after he suffered a strain of the adductor muscle in his left groin, the club has confirmed.Llorente enjoyed a rise to prominence towards the end of 2018 under new manager Santiago Solari, starting their last three La Liga games as well as their Club World Cup wins over Kashima Antlers and Al Ain.But the 23-year-old will be forced into a likely month-long lay-off, give or take a week, after struggling with the injury during the mid-season break. 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? Madrid confirmed the injury is a “grade two” problem, meaning Llorente could miss between three and six weeks of football.He looks likely to at least be out for games against Villarreal, Real Sociedad, Leganes, Real Betis and Sevilla, but a six-week layoff could also see him ruled out of contests with Espanyol, Deportivo Alaves and Atletico Madrid, with any further time out likely to see him miss the Champions League last 16 tie against Ajax in mid-February.A native to the capital, the Spaniard signed up with Los Blancos as a teenager, and came through the ranks at their Castilla youth academy set-up.He made his senior debut for Real Madrid B in 2014, before stepping up for his first appearance with the main team in a 3-0 win over Levante in late 2015.However, with little in the way of regular game-time, he was subsequently loaned out to Alaves in August 2016 on a one-year deal, where he famously helped the club to a 2-1 win over Barcelona during the subsequent campaign.Good form saw him recalled into Madrid contention for the 2017-18 season, where he won the Champions League title under Zinedine Zidane after making one appearance during their European odyssey.Llorente scored his first competitive goal last month in the Club World Cup final against Al Ain, in which he also picked up the Man of the Match award for his performance.At international level, Llorente has received no senior caps or call-ups, but has played nine times for the nation’s under-21 team, having made his first appearance against Estonia in 2016.
Ellen White scored her third goal in as many games against Scotland as England’s World Cup campaign got off to a winning start in Nice, where Nikita Parris was also on target in a 2-1 victory.Phil Neville’s side dominated much of an entertaining encounter at the Allianz Riviera and Parris scored her 13th international goal with a 14th-minute penalty – her first successful spot-kick in an England shirt.The combination of Parris and her Lyon team-mate Lucy Bronze on the England right was at the heart of the Lionesses’ best play and Scotland could not match their quality despite battling tirelessly throughout. 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? White spearheaded England’s attack, providing them with a constant outlet, and got her reward for a performance full of poise and determination with England’s second, which put the game out of Scotland’s reach despite Claire Emslie’s 79th-minute consolation strike.That feeling when you score your first @FIFAWWC goal… pic.twitter.com/lcRGKEO65x— Lionesses (@Lionesses) June 9, 2019England were awarded a penalty after 12 minutes when Nicola Docherty’s raised arm connected with Francesca Kirby’s cross, and Parris lashed the spot-kick into the top-left corner of the net to give Lee Alexander no chance.White drew a good save from Alexander with a close-range volley eight minutes later and had the ball in the net only for her looping header to be ruled out for offside.Manchester City-bound White made no mistake five minutes before half-time when Kirby forced the ball through to her on the edge of the box and she hooked it into the corner of the net with an accurate left-foot finish to double England’s advantage.Beth Mead thought she had made it 3-0 within seconds of the restart but again an offside flag denied England.Scotland improved, and Emslie made inroads down the right flank, but England countered and White struck another close-range volley that Alexander did well to catch.Lisa Evans remained full of running in the closing stages and she started a sweeping Scotland move that Emslie finished with a neat finish high into the net from close range, but England held firm in the closing stages to clinch the victory. read more
Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix has revealed that fellow Portugal international Cristiano Ronaldo gave him ‘a lot’ of advice as the highly-rated 19-year-old prepares for his first season in La Liga.Felix became the third most expensive footballer of all time after swapping Benfica for the Spanish capital, commanding a transfer fee of €126 million (£112m/$140m) – only Neymar and Kylian Mbappe sit ahead of the starlet.The jump from Liga NOS to La Liga is one that is likely to require some adaptation from Felix, though 15 goals in 26 appearances in his first and only season playing first-team football suggests the future is bright for Atletico. 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? And, despite the teenager having already admitted that he knows how to manage pressure as it is part of his job, he revealed that former Real Madrid man Ronaldo had some sage advice for his compatriot ahead of the 2019-20 season.“Yes, a lot,” Felix said in an AMA with Bleacher Report when asked if Ronaldo had offered any guidance. “In the first game that I played (a 3-1 Nations League win over Switzerland in which Ronaldo scored a hat-trick) he gave me a lot of advice.“[He said] to be calm, to play my football.”Felix named another former Real Madrid player, Kaka, as his childhood hero, but revealed that a man brought into the Santiago Bernabeu this summer is the player he is most looking forward to facing in the Spanish top flight.“[Eden] Hazard,” he said, “because he’s one of… he’s an idol that I’ve watched before and I’d like to see him play.”Atleti might count themselves lucky to have landed such a raw gem, with Manchester United and cross-town rivals City having been linked with an interest in the Viseu native. But Felix has no doubts that playing under Diego Simeone at the Wanda Metropolitano is one of the best choices he could have made in terms of improving as a player.“It’s great [to work with Simeone] – he’s one of the best coaches in the world. I will learn a lot with him and that’s what I want.”
EAST LANSING, MI – NOVEMBER 08: The Spartan statue is seen prior to the game between the Michigan State Spartans and the Purdue Boilermakers at Spartan Stadium on November 8, 2008 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)It’s rivalry week for Michigan and Michigan State, as the Wolverines and the Spartans are set to meet in East Lansing, Mich.Rivalry week typically includes some off-the-field action from the opposing fan bases. And, unsurprisingly, we have it.Reports say that the area around Michigan State’s Spartan statute has been vandalized:From the Lansing State Journal:Michigan State’s beloved Sparty statue has remained safe during rivalry week, but the surrounding area has not, police said.Michigan State University Police were called Tuesday just before 4 a.m. to the area of the Sparty statue for a report of vandalism, Capt. Doug Monette said.They found a blue “M” spray painted on the sidewalk near the statue, likely in support of the University of Michigan.Monette said the investigation is open and ongoing.More details can be seen here:Rivalry week between Michigan and Michigan State is heating up as someone vandalized an area near the Spartan Statue overnight. Where was “Sparty Watch?” #rivalryweek #spartywatch https://t.co/0fj4O6TZSH pic.twitter.com/n0kJ2P8W5t— wilxTV (@wilxTV) October 16, 2018Kickoff is set for noon on Saturday.The game will be on FOX.
ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 15: A general view of Sanford Stadium during the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on September 15, 2018 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)If you’re planning on seeing the Georgia-Notre Dame game next season it looks like you’re going to have to shell out a lot of cash to go. The ticket prices are exorbitant for a regular season game.The latest prices on VividSeats show that a single-entry ticket to the game at Sanford Stadium next year will run for $500. And that’s before any potential taxes and shipping costs.It should come as little surprise though. When the two sides faced off in 2017, the average ticket price was upwards of $600 per ticket.Also not surprisingly: this is Georgia’s most expensive home game for 2019. $638: Current average price paid on StubHub for a ticket to this weekend’s Notre Dame-Georgia game.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) September 7, 2017The two teams have played each other only twice before: In the 2017 regular season, and in the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day in 1981. Georgia won both games.It’s going to be a huge game for both sides that could ultimately be a College Football Playoff elimination game.Notre Dame would have a very difficult path to the CFP without an undefeated record, while Georgia could find themselves in a dog-race for the SEC East title.Combine all of that with the fact that Georgia and Notre Dame are simply two of the best programs in the history of college football, and the game becomes one of the most compelling in the country outside of an annual rivalry game.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 12: A general view during the game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Nebraska Cornhuskers on November 12, 2011 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Weather decided to play a factor in this afternoon’s game between Penn State and Pittsburgh. Fans at Beaver Stadium were asked to take shelter from a coming storm earlier this morning.Just 20 minutes before the game was scheduled to kick off, Penn State announced the game is in a weather delayPenn State and Pitt have an incredible rivalry on the gridiron. This year’s game should be quite chippy, especially with the schools accusing each other of stealing signs.Before the Nittany Lions and Panthers can take the field on Saturday, they’re waiting for lightning in the area to clear. Stadium officials for Penn State are monitoring the weather to figure out when the game will kick off after a brief delay. Fans at Beaver Stadium were asked to take shelter until the weather clears up in Happy Valley.Penn State Athletics released a statement on the current situation, saying “The Beaver Stadium gates are closed to fans. Those outside the stadium should seek shelter in IM, the Bryce Jordan Center, the Multi-Sport building, and the Snyder Ag Arena.”Correction: The Beaver Stadium gates are closed to fans. Those outside the stadium should seek shelter in IM, the Bryce Jordan Center, the Multi-Sport building, and the Snyder Ag Arena.The game has not been delayed. Please stay tuned for additional information.— Penn State Athletics (@GoPSUsports) September 14, 2019Both teams have been pulled off the field from warmups due to the impending severe weather.We will update with more information as we receive it. https://t.co/uU77IA24hu— Penn State Athletics (@GoPSUsports) September 14, 2019We’ll find out very soon when the new kickoff time is.Hopefully the delay won’t be lengthy and the game will start soon. Stay tuned for an official announcement from the school.UPDATE: Penn State announced that kickoff is now set for 12:40 p.m. ET from Beaver Stadium. Fans are now allowed through the gates and into the stands.”We are open for business.”Beaver Stadium’s PA announcer just announced that entry to the stadium has resumed and that today’s game will begin at 12:40 p.m.— Onward State (@OnwardState) September 14, 2019It’ll be interesting to see how these conditions affect both teams this afternoon.
Shane Watson’s sensational BBL hundred overshadowed by Brisbane power outageBBL 2019: Shane Watson of Sydney Thunder scored the first hundred of the Big Bash League this year before a power failure in Brisbane robbed Sydney Thunder of what looked like a certain victory.advertisement India Today Web Desk BrisbaneJanuary 17, 2019UPDATED: January 17, 2019 18:01 IST Shane Watson scored his century off 62 balls but the BBL 08 match between the Brisbane Heat and Sydney Thunder was called off due to floodlight failure (@BBL Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShane Watson scored the first hundred of the 2019 Big Bash League for Sydney Thunder on ThursdayA power outage forced the umpires to call off the match with Sydney Thunder on top vs Brisbane HeatSydney Thunder had offered to bowl only spinners but Heat decided it wasn’t safe to continue battingShane Watson scored the first hundred of the 2019 Big Bash League but a power failure in Brisbane meant the match between Brisbane Heat and Sydney Thunder had to be called off on Thursday. Watson’s 100 had earlier helped Thunder post 186 for 4 at the Gabba before a bizarre situation forced play to be called off.It could have been a memorable match for Sydney Thunder. Shane Watson’s 100 had set them up perfectly before Brisbane Heat were reduced to 10 for 2 following the dismissals of the Bash brothers – Brendon McCullum and Chris Lynn.However, the play was stalled when, after the third over, two floodlights and several overhead lights on one head of the ground went out.”There has been a power outage occur which has interrupted play,” a Cricket Australia spokesperson said. “This is being looked into as a priority. Further updates will be provided in due course.”Watson left frustrated after floodlight failureSydney skipper Shane Watson and coach Shane Bond were eager to continue and even offered to bowl only spinners for the sake of safety. The crowd, meanwhile, flashed their torch lights on their mobile phones to try and help.It’s all over. Floodlight failure at the Gabba as prevented a finish #BBL08 pic.twitter.com/B7lKkqJ3y1KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) January 17, 2019Time and time again we’ve told The Gabba to switch to @alintaenergy… #BBL08 pic.twitter.com/c1yP3Z4Uc7KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) January 17, 2019However, the Heat were adamant they did not want to play. With Sydney Thunder in cruise control, Watson and Bond had every reason to feel frustrated.advertisement”We think it’s safe enough to play,” Bond told Fox Cricket.”We said we’d bowl our spinners because we want a game of cricket – obviously we’re in a stronger position (than the Heat).”The umpires have said we think its unsafe.”The whole city of Brisbane it seems was suffering from a power outage.Also Read | Why David Warner is returning early from Bangladesh Premier LeagueAlso Read | Rishabh Pant posts photo with girlfriend Isha Negi. Fans can’t keep calmAlso Read | Watch: David Warner bats right-handed in BPL 2019, smashes Chris Gayle for a sixAlso 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 Brisbane Heat vs Sydney ThunderFollow Shane WatsonFollow Big Bash LeagueFollow BBL 08Follow Gabba stadiumFollow Gabba power cut
Reuters BangkokFebruary 11, 2019UPDATED: February 11, 2019 17:01 IST Thailand dropped the extradition case against refugee Bahraini footballer Hakeem Al Araibi after Bahrain withdrew its bid. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTS25-year-old Hakeem Al Araibi had fled Bahrain in 2014 and received refugee status in AustraliaAraibi has said he wants to return to Australia, where he plays for a Melbourne football clubAraibi was immediately driven to the airport after the end of the caseThailand on Monday freed a jailed refugee Bahraini footballer with residency status in Australia, after Bahrain abandoned its bid to seek his extradition, and immigration officials said he was immediately driven to the airport.Hakeem Al Araibi, 25, who fled Bahrain in 2014 and received refugee status in Australia, was arrested in November last year at a Bangkok airport while on a honeymoon trip, following an Interpol notice issued at Bahrain’s request.However, the Middle East nation has withdrawn the request, prompting a Thai court to approve a motion by prosecutors to drop the case against the footballer, Thai officials said.”There are no grounds to hold him anymore. It is his right to decide where he will go next. He is a free man,” said Chatchom Akapin, an official in the Thai Attorney-General’s office.A Reuters witness said Araibi was seen leaving the Bangkok remand prison in a car and immigration officials said he was heading for the main international airport in the Thai capital.Rights group Amnesty International, which lobbied for his release, later said Araibi had arrived at the airport.It was not immediately clear when or why Bahrain withdrew its request. A Bahrain government spokesman declined to give details when asked who ordered the halt of the legal proceedings.However, authorities in Bahrain, which has accused Araibi of crimes committed during the Arab Spring protests of 2011, said the country reaffirmed its right to pursue legal action against him.In a statement, Bahrain’s foreign ministry said it had noted the halt of legal proceedings and the verdict against the footballer remained in place.advertisementThailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it had no comment on the case.The detention of Araibi, who appeared with his feet in shackles at a court hearing last week, drew international criticism, with Australian authorities and fellow footballers urging Thailand to release him. He says he faces torture if returned to Bahrain.In the Australian capital of Canberra, Prime Minister Scott Morrison welcomed the decision of the Thai government.”We greatly respect the process that they have had to work through and we greatly appreciate their listening to the issues that have been raised by our government and many others,” he told a news conference.On social network Twitter, former Australia soccer captain Craig Foster, who had helped lobby officials at world governing body FIFA, said, “My thanks go to the wonderful people of Thailand for your support and to the Thai government for upholding international law.”Araibi has said he wants to return to Australia, where he has lived since 2014 and plays for a Melbourne football club.He was convicted of vandalising a police station during 2011 anti-government protests in Bahrain and sentenced in absentia after he fled. Araibi denies the charges, saying he was playing in a televised soccer match at the time of the police station attack.New York-based Human Rights Watch has said Araibi was tortured by Bahraini authorities because of his brother’s political activities during the 2011 protests.Bahraini authorities deny allegations of torture.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 Hakeem Al AraibiFollow RefugeeFollow ExtraditionFollow Bahrain Thailand releases refugee Bahraini footballer after extradition bid droppedBahrain dropped its extradition bid on Monday as Thailand released the jailed refugee Bahraini footballer who has a residency status in Australia.advertisement Next
view more view less commentary advertisement Press Trust of India RanchiMarch 9, 2019UPDATED: March 9, 2019 10:57 IST India vs Australia 3rd ODI Ranchi: Virat Kohli scored 123, his 41st ODI century (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli scored his second straight ODI hundred of the series against AustraliaKohli also broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record most hundreds in India-Australia ODIsKohli’s 95-ball 123 went in vain as India lost the 3rd ODI to Australia by 32 runsWith his insatiable quest for excellence, India captain Virat Kohli has raised his game to such a level that even good performances from his teammates at times do not seem to be special, says assistant Sanjay Bangar.Kohli struck another magnificent hundred (123 off 95 balls) against Australia in the third ODI but his teammates could not back him up as India lost the match by 32 runs.Kohli has now got two hundreds and a 40 plus score in the series so far and the inevitable question about over-reliance on him popped up.”It’s not that we are over-reliant on one particular individual. However the level that Virat has raised his game to, the performances of other players don’t seem to be that special,” Bangar said after India’s defeat.Asked what makes Kohli such a special player, Bangar said his quest for excellence puts him in a different league.”He’s somebody who constantly looks out on an area for improvement and he does that on a regular basis. Probably that’s the reason why he has raised the game to such a level.”The constant quest for excellence that Virat possesses is a phenomenal factor and it’s an example for any aspiring youngsters to follow,” said the former India all-rounder.Kohli has been phenomenal in chasing big targets and that specifically was the plan keeping the dew factor in mind.”The way he batted, we expected to chase down the target as the dew factor was the premise for opting to field first. Groundsmen reported that and because there was so much dew yesterday, we opted to chase.advertisement”But today, since there was no dew, the target couldn’t be chased as ball kept low and it became a factor. Virat wanted to convert every ball and he could have put pressure had he been around for some more time,” Bangar came to Kohli’s defence when asked why he could not finish the game.Also Read | Shikhar Dhawan hugely valuable player: Sanjay Bangar backs out-of-form India openerAlso Read | Virat Kohli plays out of his skin, his tempo incredible: Matthew HaydenAlso Read | Shikhar Dhawan hugely valuable player: Sanjay Bangar backs out-of-form India openerFor 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 India vs AustraliaFollow Virat KohliFollow Kohli hundredFollow Sanjay BangarFollow 3rd ODIFollow Ranchi No data available! Constant quest for excellence makes Virat Kohli special: Sanjay BangarSanjay Bangar played down concerns that the Indian cricket team is over-reliant on Virat Kohli. Team India batting coach said the skipper has raised his game, so performances of other don’t seem special scorecard graphs
India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 17, 2019UPDATED: March 17, 2019 11:40 IST Delhi University is contacting CBSE to get students’ marksheets and certificates directly from the CBSE database to reduce fake document submission.Delhi University is trying to get students’ marksheets and certificates directly from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)database to reduce cases of fake documents submitted to the varsity during admission, informed an official. DU is also thinking of bringing in forensic experts who can check the authenticity of submitted documents, reported PTI.If this decision comes to pass, it will also make the DU admission process much easier as students would no longer need to stress about submitting their marksheets and certificates during the time of admissions.Around 80 percent DU students are from CBSEAn official informed that as per data from last year, 82 percent of students who enrolled for admissions were from the CBSE and the remaining percentage were from other boards.”If we get access to the CBSE database of students, there will be surety of almost 80 percent of students, while we can get the rest of the marksheets and certificates verified from respective boards, thereby ensuring more transparency,” he added, PTI reported.Why is DU taking this step now?The cases of fake documents being submitted during admissions has been increasing and last year, Ankiv Basoya had allegedly submitted fake marksheets to gain admission to DU.The incident came to light when he was elected as the president of the Delhi University’s Students’ Union (DUSU). Following the uproar after the discovery of his fake documents, his admission was cancelled and a case was registered against him.About Delhi University admissions 2019The admission process at Delhi University for the 2019-2020 admissions will tentatively begin on April 15The registration process for all undergraduate, postgraduate, MPhil and PhD courses will begin on April 15 and end on May 7On May 20, the DU portal will reopen for two weeks for updating marks and coursesThe ECA and Sports trials will start from May 20 and will be delinked from admission cut-off list. Thus, the ECA trials may start before the cut-offs are announcedRepresentatives from various categories such as SC, ST, OBC, EWS, northeast need to be included in the grievance committees of the various DU colleges, the varsity said.Marks deduction for the change of stream has been reduced from 5% to only 2%,, as per a decision by the DU admissions commiteeadvertisementIf the Delhi University’s decision to collect students’ marksheets directly from the CBSE database is successful, it will reduce the cases of fake documents submitted during DU admissions and also reduce the work on part of the students during the process.Read: Delhi University Admission 2019: 10% increase in seats for EWS to be implemented this yearRead: Maharashtra Board SSC exams 2019: 3 arrested in fake proxy racketGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow DU admissionsFollow cbseFollow Fake documentsFollow Delhi University DU trying to get marksheets directly from CBSE database to reduce fake document submissionDelhi University is taking steps to ensure fake documents are not submitted during admission by trying to contact CBSE for marksheets and certificates directly from their database and also getting forensic experts to check submitted documents.advertisement
Watch: MS Dhoni, KL Rahul in full flow at nets ahead of India’s World Cup 2019 openerMahendra Singh Dhoni was seen sweating it out in the nets in Southampton ahead of India’s first match of the World Cup 2019 against South Africa on June 5.advertisement Rohan Sen SouthamptonJune 3, 2019UPDATED: June 3, 2019 16:49 IST MS Dhoni hit a few balls out of the park in Southampton (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBCCI posted videos of MS Dhoni and KL Rahul sweating it out in the nets in SouthamptonTeam India will open its World Cup 2019 campaign vs South Africa on June 5Dhoni and Rahul had both hit hundreds in India’s 2nd warm-up game vs Bangladesh on May 28Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was in his elements in Southampton on Monday as he batted in full flow in the nets ahead of Team India’s opening match of the World Cup 2019 against South Africa on June 5.MS Dhoni went big in the nets session as he hit a few balls out of the park while also worked on his defensive shots at the same time.Dhoni has been in terrific form with the bat this year both for India and Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2019. The 37-year-old has amassed 327 runs in 9 ODIs for India at a staggering average of 81.75 with four half-centuries while in the IPL this season he scored 416 runs in 15 games at 83.20 with three fifties with CSK finishing as the runners-up..@msdhoni hitting them out of the park, nice and easy #TeamIndia #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/Y2CKjBfOUKBCCI (@BCCI) June 3, 2019This is Dhoni’s fourth 50-over World Cup and probably his last and he remains as vital cog in the wheel for Team India being the most experienced player in the side.Virat Kohli will be looking up to Dhoni for advice during the games as he has been doing in white-ball cricket ever since taking over the captaincy.Apart from Dhoni, Karnataka batsman KL Rahul was also seen grinding it out in the nets in Southampton. Rahul more or less settled the debate on who would bat at No.4 for Team India after his magnificent hundred in the warm-up match against Bangladesh on May 28.#TeamIndia batsman @klrahul11 sweating it out in the nets ahead of the first #CWC19 fixture at The Ageas Bowl. pic.twitter.com/0uOf1a1iViadvertisementBCCI (@BCCI) June 3, 2019Rahul hit a classy 108 from 99 balls after walking into bat when India lost both their openers, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, cheaply in overcast conditions. His century was followed by Dhoni’s brutal 113 off 78 balls as India posted 359 for 7 and then bowled out Bangladesh for 264 to win the match by 95 runs in Cardiff.India’s spin-twins Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal both bagged three wickets each in the game while Jasprit Bumrah picked two.India lost it’s first warm-up match against New Zealand but bounced back in style against Bangladesh. Kohli’s side will be up against South Africa, who are yet to taste success in the tournament having lost against hosts England and Bangladesh in their first two games.Also Read | MS Dhoni and Sourav Ganguly standout Indian captains, says Michael ClarkeAlso Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni hits rapid hundred in warm-up against BangladeshAlso Read | Used to call MS Dhoni a terrorist but he became a saint: Former teammateFor 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 MS DhoniFollow KL RahulFollow Team IndiaFollow World Cup 2019
ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019, Match 33 Match Ended World Cup 2019: Pakistan keep semi-final hopes alive after handing New Zealand 1st defeatICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Pakistan rode on some fine batting performances from Babar Azam and Haris Sohail and a fiery spell of left-arm fast bowling from Shaheen Afridi to hand New Zealand a 6-wicket defeat on Wednesday. With two wins on the trot, Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men have moved to the 6th spot on the points table. 241/4 New Zealand view more view less Akshay Ramesh BirminghamJune 26, 2019UPDATED: June 27, 2019 07:45 IST ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Pakistan’s Babar Azam hit his 10th ODI hundred vs New Zealand in Birmingham on Wednesday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan have climbed to the 6th spot of World Cup 2019 points tableBabar’s classy hundred handed New Zealand their 1st defeat of World Cup 2019Shaheen Afridi broke the back of New Zealand’s batting unit with a fiery spellPakistan’s stunning similarity to their 1992 campaign continued in World Cup 2019 as they kept their chances of making the semi-finals alive by handing New Zealand a 6-wicket thrashing at Edgbaston, Birmingham on Wednesday.Pakistan had ended New Zealand’s unbeaten run during their title-winning run in a must-win match against the Black Caps and history repeated itself on Wednesday as Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men rode on Babar Azam’s class-filled hundred and Shaheen Afridi’s game-changing spell to collect 2 points. Pakistan moved to the 6th spot on the 10-team World Cup 2019 points table and are tied on points (7 from 7 matches) with 5th-placed Bangladesh.New Zealand vs Pakistan, World Cup 2019: Live Cricket ScoreChasing a tricky total of 238 on the Edgbaston pitch that offered a lot of assistance to new-ball bowlers and spinners, Pakistan were jolted early as they lost aggressive opener Fakhar Zaman for 9. Fellow opener Imam-ul-Haq fell for 19 but Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez stitched a 64-run stand for the 3rd wicket to put Pakistan’s chase on track.Babar and Hafeez survived a top-class spell of left-arm spin bowling from Mitchell Santner but Hafeez fell to part-timer Kane Williamson in the New Zealand captain’s first over.Babar then joined hands with Haris Sohail who continued from where he left against South Africa. Haris’ positive intent rubbed off on Babar as the duo made light work of the New Zealand bowling challenge. The two batsmen oozed class and looked assured as Williamson ran out of plans, much to the delight of the packed house at Edgbaston.advertisementFirst Pakistan middle order batsman to score a @cricketworldcup in 32 years, @babarazam258 #NZvPAK Live Updates: https://t.co/G9VJv0Y6if#CWC19 #WeHaveWeWill pic.twitter.com/SY6msJcPg7Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) June 26, 2019Century for Babar Azam, his first of #CWC19A wonderfully mature innings that’s taken his side to the cusp of victory.#NZvPAK pic.twitter.com/EIamI5ywbqCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 26, 2019Haris Sohail and Babar Azam added a match-winning stand of 126 runs for the 4th wicket as Pakistan got to the total with 6 wickets and 6 balls to spare. Haris was run out on 68 when Pakistan needed just 2 runs in the penultimate over of the match.Earlier in the day, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and decided to bat in overcast conditions. But Mohammad Amir struck early to remove Martin Guptill for another duck and Shaheeh Shah Afridi then removed Colin Munro and the dangerous Ross Taylor in a terrific first spell.Pakistan who needed to win all their games heron to stay in the hunt for a berth in the semi-finals were suddenly on fire. New Zealand, who had remained unbeaten looked vulnerable but they still had their skipper Kane Williamson to dig them out of trouble.But Afridi was still to have a say in the game. Tom Latham fell to another sensational Afridi delivery and Pakistan were tottering at 46 for 4 in 12.3 overs. And when Williamson departed for 41 to the guile of Shadab Khan, Pakistan had every reason to hope.New Zealand cricket has long grappled with the debate of whether to play an extra specialist bowler instead of their two all-rounders. On Wednesday, these two all-rounders came to the party for the Black Caps.James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme were patient and then destructive in a 132-run stand for the 6th wicket. de Grandhomme was run out for 64 just when the pair was looking to up the ante but Neesham carried his bat to remain unbeaten on 97.It was not an easy pitch to bat on. New Zealand suffered a few early setbacks but it was a heroic fightback by their lower order and this stand alone should put New Zealand in good stead for the rest of the World Cup.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Memes go viral after Sarfaraz Ahmed’s diving effortAlso Read | Pakistan can do anything: Sarfaraz Ahmed on World Cup 2019 semi-final chancesAlso 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 New Zealand vs PakistanFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow Babar AzamFollow Shaheen AfridiFollow Sarfaraz AhmedFollow Haris Sohail ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019 No data available! Scorecard – (49.1) 241/4 Pakistan beat New Zealand by 6 wickets Pakistan Super Over Match Ended (50.0) Toss: NZ elected to bat Referee: Sir Richie Richardson (WI) Umpires: Paul Reiffel (AUS), Bruce Oxenford (AUS) and Paul Wilson (AUS) 237/6 Series Status: Player Of The Match: Babar Azam advertisement ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 15:00 (Local Time) vs (49.1) 237/6 (50.0) Pakistan PAK graphs commentary New Zealand NZ Next
Zimbabwe coach Lalchand Rajput joins race for India head coach’s jobApplications have been invited for the positions of Team India head coach, batting coach, bowling coach, fielding coach, physiotherapist, strength and conditioning coach as well as an administrative manager.advertisement Press Trust of India MumbaiJuly 31, 2019UPDATED: July 31, 2019 12:40 IST Lalchand Rajput (centre) had coached Afghanistan before this (PTI File Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRajput is currently the coach of Zimbabwe team but has shown his interest in the India job BCCI had invited applications for positions of head coach, batting coach, bowling coach, and fielding coachRajput also coached Afghanistan and domestic side Assam apart from a team in the T20 Mumbai League for two yearsFormer manager Lalchand Rajput has thrown his hat in the ring for the job of the Indian cricket team’s head coach.Rajput is currently the coach of Zimbabwe team but has shown his interest in the India job after the ICC has suspended Zimbabwe Cricket for government interference.It has been learned that Rajput, who was the manager of the Indian team that lifted the inaugural T20 World Cup in South Africa in 2007, has sent his application to the BCCI before the stipulated deadline from Dubai airport, while he was on his way to Canada.The BCCI had invited applications for positions of head coach, batting coach, bowling coach, and fielding coach and had set July 30 as the deadline.The former Mumbai opener, who also played for India, has also coached Afghanistan and domestic side Assam apart from a team in the T20 Mumbai League for two years.A source close to Rajput said if he is not considered for the head coach’s position, Rajput has requested the BCCI to consider him for the batting coach.Current coach Ravi Shastri has already got a 45-day extension along with other members of the support staff till India’s upcoming tour of the West Indies.The Indian team’s new coaching set-up will be picked up by BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee, comprising World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev, former head coach Anshuman Gaikwad and Shantha Rangaswamy.Also Read | Unlucky Shaw: Jofra Archer’s freakish tweet surfaces after India cricketer’s doping banAlso Read | Never asked umpire to take off four overthrows during World Cup final: Ben StokesAlso See:advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Lalchand Rajput
Shalini Lobo ChennaiSeptember 25, 2019UPDATED: September 25, 2019 14:20 IST Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi-JinpingMahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu gears up for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi-Jinping meeting. The security has been tightened and the beaches cleared, but amid all this, the water enthusiasts take a blow.Ahead of this high-level meeting which is scheduled to take place from October 11-13, all near-shore water activities have been restricted. No one can surf, paddle, dive or swim in the 20 km stretch from Kovalam to Mahabalipuram for 20 days.Showkath Jamal, who runs a surfing school in Kovalam says that they didn’t receive any official notification.On September 22, the police verbally informed them that due to VVIP movement, they are restricting them from surfing or teaching surfing along Kovalam till the meeting is over.”Twenty days ahead of the PMs visit restricting surfing and water sports are going to affect not just us but all the surfing schools. We have employed fishermen. This is their alternate source of income. We have to pay their salaries. They live on these monthly salaries and so do we. We don’t have any other source”, said Showkath.Another surfer Vijay said, “I spend more time in the ocean than on land. If they don’t let me into the ocean where do I go?”They are a group of 12 boys who call themselves members of the coco club. They teach the village kids surfing. They also take walk-in guests and give them lessons for about Rs 300-500 an hour.Now, with this restriction during season time, the boys have to go to the sea with their fathers and their extra surfing income will also be also cut.”They have stopped surfing. Soon they’ll stop fishing. This will be a tough time for people. We’ll be sitting and fixing broken boats and boards then”, said Rajesh, another young surfer boy in the village.Speaking to India Today, DSP Balamurugan of the coastal security group said that as of now orders are to restrict near-shore water activities. People with NOCs can continue their work but others will be restricted. Starting October 4, there will be a complete ban on all water activities along the 20 km coastline stretch from Kovalam to Mahabalipuram.Fishermen also fear that as the date of the high level meet approaches, fishing will be the next activity to be restricted along the shore.”If they stop fishing, it will affect our work, income and we’ll have problems at home. Who will we ask for money? Will we ask the government?”, said 50-year-old fisherman Selvasigamani.advertisementAlso read: IMD predicts heavy rainfall over Tamil Nadu, PuducherryALSO WATCH| Mumbai rains: Schools, colleges shut as city witnesses another cycle of incessant rainsFor 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 byIram Ara Ibrahim Nearshore activities restricted from Kovalam to Mahabalipuram ahead of PM Modi, Xi-Jinping meetNo one can surf, paddle, dive or swim in the 20 km stretch from Kovalam to Mahabalipuram for 20 days.advertisement
Inter Milan unbothered by parachutist landing in win over SassuoloA parachutist landed on the pitch during Sunday 7-goal thriller between Inter Milan and Sassuolo in Serie A game.advertisement Next Associated Press RomeOctober 20, 2019UPDATED: October 20, 2019 22:24 IST A parachutist who landed on the pitch during a Serie A soccer match (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe intrusion came just before Romelu Lukaku was to take a penalty for the visitorsLukaku was unperturbed as he converted the spot kick for his second goal of the matchLautaro Martinez also had a brace for second-place InterA parachutist landing on the center of the field briefly disrupted Inter Milan’s 4-3 win over Sassuolo in Serie A on Sunday.The intrusion came just before Romelu Lukaku was to take a penalty for the visitors.Security agents quickly escorted the parachutist away and Lukaku was unperturbed as he converted the spot kick for his second goal of the match.Ook dit is Italië: een random parachutist die tijdens Sassuolo-Inter op het veld landt. pic.twitter.com/3Du2WwqCB3Wesley Victor Mak (@WesleyVictorM) October 20, 2019Lautaro Martinez also had a brace for second-place Inter, which moved back within a point of eight-time defending champion Juventus, which beat Bologna 2-1 a day earlier.It was an emotional day for Sassuolo, which was playing for the first time since the death of club owner Giorgio Squinzi.There was a minute of silence observed in Squinzi’s memory before kickoff and Domenico Berardi dedicated Sassuolo’s opening goal to the team patron by pointing his hands to the sky.Lukaku, Inter’s prized offseason signing from Manchester United, now has five goals in eight Italian league matches and four in the Nerazzurri’s four away matches. Before Lukaku, the last Inter player to score four or more in his first four away Serie A games was Diego Milito in November 2009 the season in which Milito led Inter to the Champions League title.Filip Djuricic and Jeremie Boga scored late for Sassuolo after Inter had gone ahead 4-1.”It’s never easy to resume after the break for international duty,” said Inter assistant coach Cristian Stellini, who stood in for a sick Antonio Conte in the post-match news conference. “We simply ran out of energy toward the end and Sassuolo stepped up the tempo.advertisement”We’ve got to learn how to finish off these matches where we’ve dominated,” Stellini added.OTHER RESULTSClaudio Ranieri debuted as Sampdoria coach in a 0-0 draw with Roma, his former club.Roma lost both Bryan Cristante and Nikola Kalinic to injury; while Roma forward Justin Kluivert was sent off for a second yellow four minutes from the end.Cagliari moved above Roma into fifth place with a 2-0 win over Spal. Radja Nainggolan put the Sardinian club ahead with an absolute missile and Paolo Faragò also scored.Udinese beat Torino 1-0 with a header from Stefano Okaka.Also Read | Premier League: Spurs struggle, Chelsea, Leicester into top 4Also 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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Lautaro MartinezFollow Inter Milan
At this point, Christmas is a mere two days away. We’ll admit it: our shopping isn’t totally done, so we understand if you have to run around today and tomorrow looking for last-minute gifts. Hopefully you have most of your big ticket items already (although we’re not judging if you don’t) and just need to buy those little packages of fun. Of course we’re talking about stocking stuffers, small, slightly thoughtful gifts that are fairly useful in most cases. Because we know you’re running around like a crazy person trying to wrap up (see what we did there) the rest of your holiday shopping, here are seven stocking stuffer ideas perfect for anyone on your list.Mini LiquorsPerhaps the most coveted of the stocking stuffers because who doesn’t want to receive the gift of booze on Christmas Day? For someone who loves one type of poison in particular, buy him or her a variety of the same type of liquor. Get a smorgasbord of alcohol if the receiver doesn’t discriminate.SocksSocks are one of those things that are no fun to buy for yourself but kind of awesome to receive. We say have fun with it and give a few colorful Richer Poorer pairs.Lottery TicketsThese are always an entertaining stocking stuffer. Just make sure whoever you give them to agrees to split the winnings.RazorSure the disposable kind still makes a great stocking stuffer, but maybe you should upgrade your bro, man or nephew with something a little nicer this year. Not only does The Art of Shaving’s Chrome Heavyweight Safety Razor look badass, he’ll never want to go back to disposables after seeing how well it works.CondomsLet’s be honest, you can never have too many of these. Although be careful whose stocking you stuff – your brother with 100 kids might not appreciate the joke.Card HolderEvery man needs a slim wallet for days he wears a suit, so this is a gift anyone will appreciate. We love Miansai’s handsome, two-tone leather version.SoapUse this opportunity to introduce someone to a favorite grooming brand of yours. Don’t have one? The good folks at Juniper Ridge travel into the California wilderness to distill fragrances from plants, moss, mushrooms and anything else that will make your shower smell amazing. We love Inyo Trail Crew Soap, made from the goodness of the Cali desert mountains.[Lead image via Caffay Way] Is Calisthenics Right For You? A Guide to Bodyweight Workouts The Best Drinks to Pair With Your Favorite Food Shows Should Bars Be Kid and Dog-Friendly? We Asked the Experts How Often Should You Wash Your Hair? We Asked the Experts 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Editors’ Recommendations