TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Higuain agent arrives in London for Chelsea talksby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus striker Gonzalo Higuain’s mooted transfer to Chelsea has taken another switch, with his agent having flown to London on Thursday morning.The Argentine is believed to be keen on a move to Stamford Bridge by cutting short his current loan spell with AC Milan.Nicolas Higuain, the 31-year-old’s brother and agent, was in the English capital on Thursday in order to sound out Chelsea’s interest, according to the London Evening Standard.The deal is made complicated with three parties involved. AC Milan has an option to purchase Higuain for £32m at the end of the season, and Juventus would want Chelsea to adhere to the same deal.However, the Blues are not keen to spend a large sum of money of an ageing striker.Higuain thrived in his one season under Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri at Napoli, when he scored 38 goals.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Cole urges Man Utd not to overload Greenwoodby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United Treble winner Andrew Cole has urged the club not to overload Mason Greenwood.Greenwood has scored for United against Astana in the Europa League and Rochdale in the Carabao Cup, and he could start against Arsenal in the Premier League on Monday night, with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial out injured.Cole told BBC Radio 5 Live: “He’s got a chance, he has got a chance. His finishing is a joke. Left or right foot, he’s got quality in abundance.”I just hope they won’t put too much undue pressure on him. He’s got great ability.”The disappointing thing is he’s going to have to get thrown in to the deep end a little bit earlier than they would have liked, due to injuries, due to them being prepared to allow Lukaku and Sanchez to go.”They’re looking at it and saying ‘we’ve got Mason, we’re going to give Marcus [Rashford] the opportunity to play centre-forward.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Klopp knows Liverpool under pressure to beat RB Salzburgby Freddie Taylor23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wants his team to get back to winning ways in the Champions League.The Reds suffered a disappointing defeat in the first round of games away from home against Napoli.They are in a tough group and know they must get a win in the second round of games if they are to progress to the knockout rounds.Klopp hopes they can do that against RB Salzburg on Wednesday.He said to reporters ahead of the game: “We have to start winning and we should not waste time.”We want to be the most uncomfortable opponent in world football and if we are then it is not easy for Salzburg. We should not forget that.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Really? Barber insists Pogba needs right haircut for Man Utd formby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePaul Pogba’s personal barber has defended the Manchester United midfielder’s form.Pogba has beem criticised for caring more about his haircut than he is about playing football.But Pogba’s barber Ahmed Alsanawi told the Sportsman: “People say ‘What’s the haircut?’“Think about it, they’re always on TV, millions and millions of people are watching them.“What would you rather look like? S***, or good?“People don’t get that and it winds me up sometimes.“Hair is the crown you wear.“If I’m going out, and my hair is messy and my beard is all over the place, my confidence isn’t going to be as good as if I have a proper decent fade and I’m feeling myself.”That’s every aspect of life, anything; if you feel confident in yourself and the haircut makes you feel that way, you’re going to perform better.”
Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi backed for senior England return by Fodenby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi is being backed for a senior England return.Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden believes Hudson-Odoi will be knocking on Gareth Southgate’s door ahead of the senior internationals next month.”Callum’s a special talent and I’ve known him for a long time now,” Foden said. “We played together in the youth teams and I’m positive he’ll be back up to the first team in the next camp. I’m hoping so.”He actually looks even sharper. That’s just Callum for you. He’s always got a smile on his face and just loves the game. He hasn’t dropped standards in any way. He’ll obviously feel like his sharpness isn’t quite there but you can see the signs.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Believe it or not, college football’s bowl season is just two days away. This Saturday at 2 PM ET, Arizona and New Mexico will kick things off in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. In fact, there are five contests in total on the day. And as you’re probably aware, there are 41 postseason contests this year – the most in college football history.We’ve gone through and made our picks – including the national championship game. Who will be crowned the College Spun bowl game king? We’ll find out in the coming month.
Everton moved into the top half of the Premier League after goals from Kurt Zouma and Dominic Calvert-Lewin sealed a 2-0 victory over Bournemouth on Sunday.Majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri said in midweek that Everton being 11th in the Premier League “is just not good enough” and Zouma’s 61st-minute header got them going in the right direction at Goodison Park.Substitute Calvert-Lewin struck deep into second-half stoppage time for a result that may help ease the pressure on boss Marco Silva, who was backed by Moshiri despite a run of four defeats in five matches. 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? Wolves could send the Toffees back into the bottom half by beating Manchester City on Monday, while Bournemouth have now been victorious only once in their past seven top-flight outings.FT: THAT WINNING FEELING! #EFCmatchday pic.twitter.com/EmfBrjIiby— Everton (@Everton) January 13, 2019Seamus Coleman and Jordan Pickford combined to stop Josh King converting Ryan Fraser’s cutback, before David Brooks had a penalty claim ignored by referee Anthony Taylor.Brooks was unperturbed and in the 14th minute latched onto a throughball from Junior Stanislas and struck the base of the post with an awkward-looking effort with his weaker right foot.Everton eventually improved and Michael Keane clipped the crossbar with a glancing header from Lucas Digne’s delivery before half-time, while Richarlison would have broken the deadlock four minutes after the restart had Nathan Ake not managed to block his goal-bound shot on the line.Zouma put Everton ahead with his first goal for the club when he found space in the area to head another fine cross from Digne beyond Asmir Begovic.Keane and Pickford combined to deny Dan Gosling an equaliser and Calvert-Lewin – who replaced Richarlison – turned Ademola Lookman’s cutback home in the 95th minute to guarantee the win.What does it mean? Bournemouth blunted by Wilson absenceEddie Howe deemed Callum Wilson’s hamstring injury sufficient to keep him out of the trip to Merseyside and the Cherries lacked a clinical edge in his absence. King was unable to take his best chance in the first half and Bournemouth might find it tough to turn around their poor form if Chelsea can tempt Wilson away.Digne impresses once againLeft-back Digne has stepped his performances up a level over the past month and his quality out wide in the final third proved key for Everton. He was involved in the Toffees’ best moments and his assist for Zouma means he has been involved in five goals in his past seven Premier League games.Gomes and Sigurdsson come up shortEverton struggled to keep hold of the ball in the first half and they were not helped by the sloppiness of Andre Gomes and Gylfi Sigurdsson in possession. The Iceland international hacked at a great opening before half-time and Gomes also wasted an excellent opportunity early in the second half, blazing over from 15 yards.Key Opta facts- Everton have now won all six of their competitive home matches against Bournemouth, including all four in the Premier League.- Bournemouth have conceded 103 goals in the Premier League since the start of 2017-18, two more than any other team in that period (West Ham on 100).- Zouma was the 139th different player to score a goal for Everton in the Premier League, only West Ham (147), Tottenham (146) and Newcastle (141) have seen more players net for them in the competition.- Zouma’s goal for Everton was his third in the Premier League and his first since November 2017 for Stoke City. All three of his goals have come from headers inside the box.- Everton’s Digne has had six goal involvements this season (three goals, three assists), equaling his best ever tally in a top-flight campaign (also six for Roma in 2015-16).- Calvert-Lewin scored his fourth Premier League goal of the season for Everton, equaling his best-ever tally in a top-flight league campaign (four in 2017-18).- After scoring six goals in his first nine Premier League appearances for Everton, Richarlison has scored just three goals in his last 11 games in the competitionWhat’s next?Everton travel to Southampton on Saturday and Bournemouth host West Ham on the same day. read more
Eleven days out from the beginning of the Copa America, Brazil play host to Qatar, who will compete in the competition as a guest nation, in Brasilia.Tite’s side have gone undefeated since crashing out of the World Cup at the quarter-final stage to Belgium 11 months ago, recording seven wins and a draw, conceding only two goals along the way.Meanwhile, Qatar, three years out from hosting the next global gathering, approach this encounter on a high after winning the AFC Asian Cup after a 3-1 win over Japan. They are on a seven-match win streak and have conceded only once. 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? Will logic hold out and Brazil claim the expected win, or will the Gulf state cause a monumental upset? Game Brazil vs Qatar Date Wednesday, June 5 Time 1:30am BST / 8:30pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched on BeINSports and 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 / beIN Sports en Espanol fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be broadcast on FreeSports TV. UK TV channel Online stream FreeSports TV N/A Squads & Team News Position Brazil squad Goalkeepers Alisson, Cassio, Ederson Defenders Thiago Silva, Miranda, Marquinhos, Filipe Luis, Alex Sandro, Dani Alves, Eder, Fagner Midfielders Casemiro, Arthur, Coutinho, Allan, Fernandinho, Paqueta Forwards Neres, Jesus, Neymar, Everton, Firmino, Richarlison Brazil had a high-profile injury scare as Neymar limped out of a recent training session with a knee problem, but the Paris Saint-Germain ace is fit to feature in this encounter.CBF vice-president Francisco Noveletto has suggested personal issues could keep the striker from playing in the Copa America, however.Vinicius Junior, Fabinho and Lucas Moura are among the high-profile players overlooked for the squad.Having played in the Champions League final with Liverpool just a matter of days ago, this game will come too soon for Alisson and Roberto Firmino.Possible Brazil starting XI: Ederson; Alves, Marquinhos, Miranda, Filipe Luis; Casemiro; Richarlison, Arthur, Coutinho, Neymar; Jesus Position Qatar squad Goalkeepers Al Sheeb, Hassan, Al-Bakri Defenders Hassan, Ismail, Ro-Ro, Ali Mukhtar, Al-Rawi, Salman, Al-Muhaza Midfielders Boudaif, Khoukhi, Hatem, Ali Afif, Fatehi, Al-Hajri, Moein, Al-Ahrak Forwards Al-Haydos, Akram Afif, Ali, Alaaeldin Qatar have named a young squad and are likely to expose these players to a match against one of the world’s very best teams.Possible Qatar starting XI: Al Sheeb; Al Rawi, Khoukhi, Salman; Miguel, Al Haydos, Madibo, Hatim, Hassan; Afif, AliBetting & Match Odds Brazil are unsurprisingly red-hot favourites to win this match with Bet365, priced 1/10. Qatar can be backed at 18/1, while a draw is available at 9/1.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Given Brazil’s rich footballing heritage, it is a country relatively starved of recent success. World Cup winners on five occasions, the last of these victories came in 2002, while they have failed to win any of the last five Copas America.On home soil in 2019, they will aim to reprise the success they enjoyed in Venezuela back in 2007, which was their fourth victory in five editions.Tite remains the man charged with leading them to glory, having pieced together a quietly effective run in Russia that ended only at the hands of a very capable Belgium team. The rebuilding process since then has been impressive, with a succession of victories gradually building momentum towards the Copa America, including a 3-1 success away in the Czech Republic in March.Having trailed at the break in Prague, Roberto Firmino scored shortly after the restart before a late double from Gabriel Jesus gave them the win.There was no Neymar on that occasion, with the Paris Saint-Germain ace laid up with a foot injury, and he has since been stripped of the captaincy by the coach, with the more experienced Dani Alves taking over.With the burden of expectation on the 27-year-old already immense, it is a move designed to ease the pressure on the forward, who has scored 60 times in 96 international outings.A strong showing against Qatar would help build his confidence, though the Asian champions, who will compete in the Copa America as a guest team, will be eager to show that they are well on track to being a competitive team for World Cup 2022, which they will host.They boast an experienced squad which is entirely domestically based and very well drilled, as reflected by the fact they have conceded only once in their last seven internationals.There are no household names in their ranks, although promising attacker Almoez Ali of Al-Duhail has 19 goals in 39 internationals and is the player Brazil will have to most closely police. This is the start of an exciting period for Qatar, who will lock horns with Paraguay, Colombia and the superstars of Argentina in competitive action when the serious stuff starts in Brazil in little over a week.
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 07: An ‘SEC’ logo is seen on an end zone pylon before the Missouri Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers during the SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)The 2018 college football season is a little more than three months away. Week 1 should be awesome.There are a number of high-profile games on tap right off the bat. Among them are Michigan-Notre Dame, Alabama-Louisville, LSU-Miami and Virginia Tech-Florida State.However, according to ESPN, none of those four are as crucial to the College Football Playoff race as Auburn-Washington.Today, the Worldwide Leader put out a Week 1 primer based on its Football Power Index (FPI). The computer says the Auburn-Washington matchup is the most important for the CFP.Here’s why:There’s plenty to play for in college football — bowls, conferences, rivalries — but when we strip it down, this is what matters the most, right? A ticket to the playoff and a shot at a championship. Neither team in this game reached the playoff last season, but based on our FPI projections both are immediate contenders to get there this season — especially with a win in this neutral-site game. By our adjusted leverage metric — which considers each team’s chance of earning a top-four strength of record depending on the result of their game and how likely that result is — no game in Week 1 matters more to the playoff race than this one. In fact, it’s the third-most important game for the playoff race in the entire season and it’s a coin flip — FPI gives each team a 50 percent shot to win.If Washington wins the game, it would have a 51 percent chance to have a top-four SOR (our playoff proxy), while Auburn would have a 35 percent chance with a win.Now, we haven’t crunched the numbers like ESPN has, but Michigan-Notre Dame is also a strong contender for most important Week 1 game. Notre Dame could really use a resume booster right off the bat, particularly since the Irish don’t belong to a conference.Michigan, meanwhile, could lose to Notre Dame and still make the playoff. But it would have to run the table after Week 1 and that’s really tough when you have to play at Michigan State and Ohio State and also host Penn State.Auburn and Washington will face off at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Sept. 1.
One of the best stories of the college football season had nothing to do with football at all. Purdue superfan Tyler Trent, who was diagnosed with cancer at a young age, became the best story of the season when ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi shared his story with the college football world.On Thursday night, ESPN honored Trent once again at the College Football Awards show. Trent took the stage in a wheelchair, pushed by Purdue quarterback David Blough and alongside ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi.The entire room, full of the best college football players and coaches, stood in ovation for Trent for a full minute before an interview on stage. At the end, Trent thanked Rinaldi with tears in his eyes.Here’s the incredible moment.A powerful moment as Tyler Trent is honored at the College Football Awards.Join him in the fight against cancer with a donation to @thevfoundation: https://t.co/FoWSH3C3dj pic.twitter.com/TXYeLoEqtW— ESPN (@espn) December 7, 2018During the brief interview, Trent revealed he was wearing the shoes worn by Craig Sager, given to him by Sager’s wife, Stacey.Moments like these show just how truly incredible sports can be.
ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 22: Fans watch a Michigan Wolverines flag after a score against the Illinois Fighting Illini on October 22, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***There can be no doubt that the 2018 season did not end the way Michigan would have liked. A 62-39 blowout loss to arch-rival Ohio State preceded a loss to Florida in the Citrus Bowl, which was followed by a mini-exodus of coaches who jumped ship to the Buckeyes. While many of the coaches and players have openly stated they’re unbothered by last year, one Michigan assistant doesn’t appear willing to let it go.In a media interview on Thursday via Nick Baumgardner, Michigan assistant coach Chris Partridge expressed his disappointment at coaches Greg Mattison and Al Washington heading to the team’s arch-rival. He made it clear that he is not okay with coaches leaving the Wolverines for the Buckeyes.“I want to be candid, those guys left, and it was another shot,” Partridge said. “It wasn’t okay.”Partridge also revealed that he is still seething over the loss to Ohio State. That loss cost the Wolverines a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game and a shot at the College Football Playoff.“I’ve got blood in my mouth, there’s no qualms about it,” Partridge said. “For me, the motivation is how last year… I don’t wake up a day and not think about it, that’s for sure. I know Don (Brown) feels the same way.”Michigan will be hosting the rivalry game at Ann Arbor next season.Chris Partridge: ‘I’ve got blood in my mouth … the guys who left (for Ohio State), that’s not OK.’A bit fired up. pic.twitter.com/3HFMDfn69K— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) April 11, 2019The Wolverines will certainly have some advantages next season that they didn’t last year.Michigan will have seven home games next year, with three of their road games coming against teams that had losing records in 2018.Jim Harbaugh’s could very well breeze through the regular season, but the game against Ohio State always remains a playoff-caliber matchup.
Next Press Trust of India Kuala LumpurJanuary 14, 2019UPDATED: January 14, 2019 14:58 IST Kidambi Srikanth will begin Malaysia Masters after an unbeaten record in the PBL. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKidambi Srikanth failed to win a single title on BWF tour in 2018Saina Nehwal won medals at six tournaments in 20182019 is the year of qualification for 2020 Tokyo OlympicsTop Indian shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal will begin the season with renewed verve at the Malaysian Open World Tour Super 500 tournament which gets underway with the qualifiers here (Kuala Lumpur) Tuesday.World No 8 Srikanth endured a below-par season where he topped the BWF ranking for a brief period and also claimed the Commonwealth Games silver but failed to win a single title, following an unprecedented high of 2017.Though he couldn’t produce the goods in the international circuit, Kidambi Srikanth managed to keep a clean slate in the just-concluded Premier Badminton League (PBL) where he anchored his team to a title win on Sunday.The 25-year-old from Guntur will hope to continue his unbeaten run when he takes on Hong Kong’s Ng Ka Long Angus in his season-opener on Wednesday.Saina, on the other hand, has been one of the top achievers in 2018, claiming a second gold in the CWG and securing a bronze at the Asian Games and Asian Championship.She also reached the finals at Indonesia Masters, Denmark Open and Syed Modi International.The 28-year-old from Hyderabad, who recently married fellow shuttler P Kashyap, will also face a Hong Kong player in Deng Joy Xuan in her women’s singles first round.B Sai Praneeth, meanwhile, has decided to give the tournament a miss after featuring in the PBL for Bengaluru Raptors.Commonwealth Games silver medallists Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will look for a positive start too when they face China’s Ou Xuanyi and Ren Xiangyu.In women’s doubles, CWG bronze medallists Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy will meet Hong Kong’s Ng Tsz Yau and Yuen Sin Ying, while the mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa square off against English pair of Ben Lane and Jessica Pugh.advertisementKashyap, Ajay Jayaram and Subhankar Dey will compete in the men’s singles qualifiers, while women shuttlers Vaishnavi Reddy Jakka and Rituparna Das will also play on Tuesday.Also Read | Never had a fight with Pullela Gopichand, says Saina NehwalAlso Read | Saina Nehwal accepts Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore challenge, tells her #5MinuteAur storyAlso Read | Cancer-stricken Lee Chong Wei resumes badminton training in MalaysiaFor 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 Kidambi SrikanthFollow Saina NehwalFollow Parupalli KashyapFollow Malaysia MastersFollow Badminton Malaysia Masters: Srikanth, Saina lead Indian contingent as new season beginsMalaysia Open World Tour Super 500: Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal look ahead at the new season with an eye at 2020 Tokyo Olympics after contrasting 2018.advertisement
World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan to undergo scans on his swollen thumbWorld Cup 2019: Having injured his left thumb during a scintillating 117 against Australia on Sunday, Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan is set to undergo scans to assess the full nature of his injuryadvertisement Press Trust of India NottinghamJune 10, 2019UPDATED: June 10, 2019 22:53 IST Shikhar Dhawan walks off after getting dismissed vs Australia (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSShikhar Dhawan endured a blow to his thumb during India’s win against AustraliaDespite the pain Dhawan scored a match-winning 117 off 109 ballsHowever, Dhawan didn’t take the field due to the injuryIndia opener Shikhar Dhawan will undergo precautionary scans on Tuesday to determine the extent of the injury on his swollen left thumb.Dhawan, the hero of India’s win over Australia in the World Cup on Sunday, played through pain after being hit on the thumb by a rising delivery from pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile.He looked in considerable pain but carried on to score 117 off 109 balls.However, Dhawan didn’t take the field due to the injury and Ravindra Jadeja fielded in his place for the entire 50 overs.It has been learnt that Dhawan will undergo precautionary tests following which physio Patrick Farhart will take a call on his participation in the next game against New Zealand at Trent Bridge on Thursday.The Indian team would be hoping that it is not a fracture and just a bit of swelling that should heal in the next couple of days. As of now, Dhawan has a taping on his thumb.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and bowlers shine as India wallop AustraliaAlso Read | Shikhar Dhawan privileged to debut on Chahal TV after match-winning hundred 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 Shikhar DhawanFollow Virat KohliFollow World Cup 2019 Next
Next World Cup 2019: Pakistan announce ‘robust review’ of performance amid World Cup struggleWorld Cup 2019: Pakistan have lost three of the four matches they have played at the World Cup 2019 to be ninth in the 10-team standings. They were defeated by 89 runs in their last game against India.advertisement Reuters SouthamptonJune 19, 2019UPDATED: June 19, 2019 23:15 IST Pakistan suffered an 89-run defeat to India in World Cup game on Sunday. (Twitter/@ICC)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan Cricket Board will review the team’s performance in last 3 yearsWith 3 points in 5 World Cup games, Pakistan stand 9th on the points tableIn their last World Cup game, India defeated Pakistan by 89 runsThe Pakistan team under captain Sarfaraz Ahmed have failed to live up to their country’s expectations and there will be a robust review of their performance in the last three years, the Pakistan Cricket Board said on Wednesday.Pakistan are still trying to salvage their World Cup campaign as they languish ninth in the 10-team standings with one win from five matches.They are still smarting from Sunday’s heavy defeat by arch-rivals India.The PCB is expecting the team to stage a comeback in the tournament but they would need something extraordinary to finish the group stage in the top four and make the semi-finals.The BoG had a discussion on the Pakistan cricket team’s recent performance across all formats, the PCB said in a statement after a Board of Governors meeting in Lahore.The members agreed the team’s performance in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 to date has been below expectation, but expressed faith, support and confidence in the side, and hoped they will … bounce back strongly and finish on a high….following the World Cup, the PCB will carry out a robust review and analysis of the side’s and the team support personnel’s performances in the past three years and submit their recommendations to the Chairman and the BoG for their consideration.The 1992 world champions next play South Africa at Lord’s on Sunday.Also Read | Pakistan Cricket Board should penalise players spotted at Shisha cafe: Intikhab AlamAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Former Pakistan captain Intikhab Alam questions Inzamam’s presence in EnglandAlso SeeadvertisementFor 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 World Cup 2019Follow India vs Pakistan
Next Gareth Bale close to leaving Real Madrid, says Zinedine ZidaneThe arrival of Belgium star Eden Hazard has put Gareth Bale’s future at Real Madrid in doubt. Bale was left out of Saturday’s 3-1 defeat by Bayern Munich in a pre-season match in Houston. advertisement Reuters July 21, 2019UPDATED: July 21, 2019 18:37 IST Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale’s future in doubt (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSGareth Bale, 30, struggled to hold his place in the side last seasonThe arrival of Eden Hazard has put pressure on the Welsh forwardHe wasn’t included in the squad because the club is working on his departure: ZidaneForward Gareth Bale’s tenure with Real Madrid could come to an end in a matter of days after manager Zinedine Zidane said the club were working on offloading the Welsh international.Bale, 30, has won four Champions League titles since joining Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 for a then world record 100 million euros ($112.20 million) but struggled to hold down his place in the starting side last season.Amid suggestions that competition will only increase next season after the arrival of Belgian Eden Hazard, Bale was left out of Saturday’s 3-1 defeat by Bayern Munich in a pre-season clash in Houston.”He wasn’t included in the squad because the club is working on his departure… that’s why he didn’t play,” Zidane told a news conference.”We’ll have to see if it goes through tomorrow, if it does then all the better. Let’s hope, for everyone’s sake, that it happens soon.”Bale was criticised by the Spanish media last season after failing to fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus as Madrid came third in La Liga last season, 19 points behind champions Barcelona.Zidane, however, said there was nothing personal in his decision to deem Bale surplus to requirements.”There comes a time when things are done because they need to be done. I’ve not got anything against him,” Zidane added.”We have to make decisions and change things, that’s all there is to it. I don’t know if this will happen in 24 or 48 hours… it’s for the best for everyone.”advertisementBale’s high wages — reported by British media to be 600,000 pounds ($749,880) per week — mean few clubs would be capable of signing him permanently.His agent Jonathan Barnett last month ruled out chances of him leaving on loan saying he was happy to stay amid reports linking him with Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Spurs.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Zinedine ZidaneFollow Gareth Bale
commentary No data available! Rohan Sen BirminghamAugust 4, 2019UPDATED: August 4, 2019 19:32 IST Steve Smith followed up his defiant 144 off 219 balls in the first innings with yet another gritty century (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Smith is the 5th Australian batsman to hit consecutive hundreds in an Ashes TestSmith had scored a defiant 144 off 219 balls in the first inningsSmith is now joint-20th on the list of batsmen with most centuriesHe was booed, he was jeered and he was mocked but Steve Smith paid no heed to all that came his way and only let his bat do all the talking as he smashed his 25th hundred in the ongoing first Test against England at Edgbaston on Sunday.The same crowd which booed every run that Smith scored in the first innings and every run that he saved on the field, stood up and applauded yet another outstanding hundred from the former Australia captain as he became the 5th Aussie to score hundreds in both innings of an Ashes Test.The century saw him rise to joint-20th on the list of batsmen with most hundreds in Test cricket. India captain Virat Kohli, former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq also have 25 hundreds in the format.Smith is the 2nd-fastest batsman to hit 25 tons after Don Bradman. Bradman had achieved the feat in 68 innings while Smith did it in 117.Smith’s 10th Ashes century also saw him go level with Steve Waugh. Only Don Bradman (19) and Jack Hobbs (12) have more Ashes tons than Smith.Smith followed up his defiant 144 off 219 balls in the first innings with yet another gritty century, one which might just help Australia clinch a 1-0 lead in the five-match series on Monday, provided they bowl well on the final day.Smith’s knock was laced with nine boundaries as he brought up triple figures off 147 balls just after the lunch break, forcing even the hostile English crowd, who had come out with Smith crying masks on the first day, to stand up and applaud another masterclass from the fourth-best batsman in the format.advertisementSteve Smith continues to bat on as Australia lose just one wicket in the first session of Day 4.At Lunch they are 231/4, leading England by 141!#Ashes pic.twitter.com/HIsf7qkbVIICC (@ICC) August 4, 2019Resuming his innings from 46, Smith first brought up his 25th half-century to equal Michael Hussey’s Ashes record of 6 successive fifties and also joined an elite group of players who have scored a hundred and a fifty in the same Test match for the ninth time. But he went on to convert that fifty into a hundred for the ages.Smith had led a miraculous fight back for the team on his comeback Test match in the first innings as well. He rescued the side with three big partnerships as Australia recovered from 99 for 4 to post 284 in the first innings.England in reply scored 374 in their first innings thanks to Rory Burns’s maiden hundred. The hosts then reduced Australia to 75 for 3 on Day 3 before Smith once again took control of the situation and bailed his side out of trouble with another score of 100-plus.At the time of writing this article, Australia had reached 236 for 4 in their second innings with a lead of 146 runs over England (374). Smith has Matthew Wade as his batting partner, who was unbeaten on 15.Also Read | Steve Smith equals Michael Hussey’s Ashes record for most consecutive fiftiesAlso Read | England vs Australia Ashes 2019, 1st Test Day 4 Live ScoreAlso Read | Ashes: David Warner empties pockets to win Edgbaston crowdFor 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 Steve SmithFollow Steve Smith hundredFollow Ashes 2019Follow England VS Australia scorecard Ashes 2019: Steve Smith draws level with Virat Kohli, Inzamam-ul-Haq with 25th Test hundredAshes 2019, England vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 4: Steve Smith smashed his 23rd Test hundred in Edgbaston on Day 4 to put Australia in a commanding position in the first Test against England on Sunday. graphs view more view less advertisement
Asian News International New DelhiAugust 29, 2019UPDATED: August 29, 2019 17:03 IST Rishi Kapoor and Karan Johar congratulated PM Narendra Modi for Fit India MovementVeteran actor Rishi Kapoor and filmmaker Karan Johar on Thursday congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju for launching Fit India Movement to make people aware of the importance of being fit and healthy.The Prime Minister today launched a nation-wide Fit India Movement at Indira Gandhi Stadium complex in the national capital.Rishi Kapoor, who is currently undergoing treatment in New York took to Twitter and wrote, “Congratulations to our PM Narendra Modi and sports minister Kiren Rijiju for launching the Fit India Movement on 29th August. I’m sure this will inspire all Indians in finding easy and fun ways to adapt a fit and healthy lifestyle #FitIndiaMovement.”Congratulations to our PM @narendramodi & sports minister @kirenrijiju for launching the Fit India Movement on 29th August. I’m sure this will inspire all Indians in finding easy and fun ways to adapt a fit and healthy lifestyle #FitIndiaMovementRishi Kapoor (@chintskap) August 28, 2019Echoing similar sentiments, Karan Johar tweeted, “Congratulations to our honourable PM Narendra Modi and sports minister Kiren Rijiju for launching the Fit India Movement on 29th August. I’m sure this will inspire all Indians in finding easy and fun ways to adapt a fit and healthy lifestyle #FitIndiaMovement.”Congratulations to our honourable PM @narendramodi & sports minister @kirenrijiju for launching the Fit India Movement on 29th August. I’m sure this will inspire all Indians in finding easy and fun ways to adapt a fit and healthy lifestyle #FitIndiaMovementKaran Johar (@karanjohar) August 29, 2019Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty who is an avid yoga practitioner and fitness enthusiast was also present during the launch of the Fit India Movement.advertisementFit India movement was launched on the occasion of the National Sports Day — the birth anniversary of Major Dhyan Chand, which aims to encourage people to inculcate physical activity and sports in their everyday lives.Today, on National Sports Day we pledge to strength Fit India Movement! https://t.co/0BmpLreJPPNarendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 29, 2019Meanwhile, Rijiju, who was present at the event also expressed his gratitude over the launch of Fit India Movement and said, “I am happy that we are launching Fit India Movement on the birth anniversary of Major Dyan Chand. We will make efforts to take this programme to new heights. Every Indian should be mentally and physically fit in order to take the country forward.”Many Bollywood celebrities including Shilpa Shetty, Akshay Kumar, Sushmita Sen, Malaika Arora Khan, Sara Ali Khan, Jhanvi Kapoor generally try to inspire people by sharing their workout videos or pictures on social media platforms.This is not the first time that the Modi government has launched a fitness campaign.It was Prime Minister who, through the United Nations as a forum, urged the world to observe International Yoga Day on June 21 every year. The government last year had come up with #HumFitTohIndiaFit campaign in which people from all walks of life participated by sharing their exercise regimes.ALSO READ | PM Narendra Modi pens thank you note to Aamir Khan for supporting his initiative of single-use plasticALSO READ | Aamir Khan backs PM Narendra Modi, urges people to avoid single-use plasticALSO READ | Karan Johar, Ayushmann Khurrana support PM Narendra Modi’s initiative to eliminate single-use plasticALSO READ | Karan Johar on PM Narendra Modi’s second term: To those watching India, picture abhi baaki haiALSO READ | Rishi Kapoor on cancer treatment: It has been 9 months and 16 days. I really miss homeALSO WATCH | It’s unfortunate that mob lynchings take place, says Rishi KapoorGet 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 bynisha Tags :Follow Rishi KapoorFollow Karan JoharFollow fit india movement Rishi Kapoor and Karan Johar congratulate PM Narendra Modi for launching Fit India MovementOn the occasion of PM Narendra Modi’s Fit India Movement launch today, Rishi Kapoor and Karan Johar took to Twitter to congratulate him.advertisement Next
India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 5, 2019UPDATED: September 5, 2019 12:59 IST Misbah-ul-Haq has been assigned the dual role of Pakistan team head coach and chief selector (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSMisbah-ul-Haq and Shoaib Akhar were teammates before the latter’s retirement in 2011Akhtar congratulated Misbah on his appointment as head coach and chief national selectorWaqar Younis has also been confirmed as bowling coach on a 3-year contractFormer Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar is no stranger to being in the headlines every now and then. Thus it wasn’t a surprise when the ‘Rawalpindi Express’ made a hilarious comment after his yesteryears teammate Misbah-ul-Haq was assigned the dual role of Pakistan cricket team’s head coach and chief selector.Akhtar took to Twitter on Wednesday to congratulate Misbah on the appointment while jokingly adding that he was shocked that the latter wasn’t chosen the Chairman of the PCB as well. However, Akhtar clarified that he was ‘just kidding’ before hoping that Misbah ‘does wonders like before’.”Congratulations to @captainmisbahpk for the new ‘dual’ role of Head Coach as well as Chief Selector for Pakistan Cricket Team. I am surprised he is not appointed the Chairman PCB as well along with it. Hahahaha. i am just kidding. I really hope he does wonders like before :)”: Akhtar wrote on Twitter.Congratulations to @captainmisbahpk for the new ‘dual’ role of Head Coach as well as Chief Selector for Pakistan Cricket Team.I am surprised he is not appointed the Chairman PCB as well along with it.Hahahahai am just kidding. I really hope he does wonders like before :)Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) September 4, 2019Misbah-ul-Haq was yesterday confirmed as Pakistan men’s national team head coach in all three formats on a three-year contract.In line with the PCB’s commitment to ensure transparency, accountability and role clarity at all levels, Misbah was also named as the Chairman of Selectors with head coaches of the six first-class Cricket Association sides as his fellow selectors.advertisementMisbah was a unanimous choice of a five-member panel that comprised Intikhab Alam (former captain and the longest serving Pakistan team manager and coach), Bazid Khan (former international cricketer and one of the most respected commentators), Asad Ali Khan (member, Board of Governors), Wasim Khan (Chief Executive, PCB) and Zakir Khan (Director – International Cricket, PCB) following a robust recruitment process.On the recommendation of Misbah, the PCB also named two-time former head coach and ICC Cricket Hall of Famer Waqar Younis as bowling coach of the national side on a three-year contract.Both the national team appointments were approved by the PCB Chairman Mr Ehsan Mani.The first assignment of Misbah-Waqar combination will be the upcoming three ODI and three T20I home series against Sri Lanka, which will be played from 27 September to 9 October. The duo’s first series in the World Test Championship will be in Australia when Pakistan will play in Brisbane (21-25 November), followed by a day/night Test in Adelaide (29 November-3 December).Misbah and Waqar have previously worked as a pair from May 2014 to April 2016 with the former as captain and the latter as head coach.Also Read | Misbah-ul-Haq named Pakistan head coach and chief selector, Waqar Younis appointed as bowling coachAlso Read | Revamp of Pakistan cricket will take some time: Misbah-ul-HaqFor 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 Misbah-Ul-HaqFollow Shoaib AkhtarFollow Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shoaib Akhtar jokes about Misbah-ul-Haq’s appointment as Pakistan coach and selectorFormer Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has joked about Misbah-ul-Haq being appointed as the national team’s head coach and chief selector, saying that he was surprised that the latter wasn’t given the PCB Chairman role as well.advertisement Next