Month: October 2019

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Fabinho: Alisson best goalkeeper in Englandby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFabinho says Liverpool teammate Alisson is the Premier League’s best goalkeeper.The Brazilian’s gaffe allowed Jesse Lingard to equalise during Liverpool’s 3-1 victory over the Red Devils on Sunday.But Fabinho has stuck by his compatriot.”When we entered the locker room, we even talked, but I did not even focus on that,” he added. “[Alisson] came to comment, but I said “no, bro, let it go”.”These plays will always happen. And what are we going to talk about Alisson? He was very important in our qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League, days before.”Without a doubt, he is the best goalkeeper of the English League. There is a lot of confidence.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino: I know Beckham’s a fanby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has revealed David Beckham is a fan of his team.Beckham told Pochettino he wished he was playing for Spurs after watching them demolish Crystal Palace 4-0. “I was talking with Beckham after the game and he said he wished he still played and that he played for Tottenham because this stadium is amazing,” said Pochettino in quotes reported by The Sun.”We haven’t played many games here and it’s important to make this our house.“With time we will be at home here and then it will become very difficult for opponents to win here.” last_img read more

first_imgWillian enjoying Chelsea veteran roleby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea winger Willian is enjoying his different role within the squad this season.The Brazilian is now one of the senior members of the team, given the youth injection from manager Frank Lampard this summer.And Willian is happy to pass on his knowledge to the youngsters. But he insists that he has a lot to offer on the pitch as well. More than anything, he is happy at the club.”I enjoy it a lot,” he said to the club’s website.”I enjoy myself, I enjoy it with my team-mates and I have pleasure to play with them and this is what I want – to have pleasure, play, enjoy myself on the pitch and get the results.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgSolskjaer expects attacking boost from injured Man Utd starsby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer expects Manchester United to improve when their attacking players return from injury.Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba were both absent as United lost 1-0 to Newcastle United at St. James’ Park on Sunday.Speaking after the game, Solskjaer lamented about his lack of attacking options.He said: “[The lack of chances] is symptomatic of where we are at at the moment. “We’re working hard, we stick together as a team but we don’t create. “You can say, as you started, that we have loads of injuries and loads of players away and there are some attacking players away of course. “We hope and expect them to come back firing on all cylinders.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgQuadree henderson runs with the football during the Military Bowl.The Military Bowl is off to a rousing start on ESPN. Pitt’ freshman wide receiver Quadree Henderson took the opening kickoff at the goal line and jetted 100 yards for a touchdown, giving his team the early lead against Navy. Speed kills. Pitt starts the #MilitaryBowl with a 100-yd kick return for a TD. https://t.co/y7lkwyaK5S— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) December 28, 2015The touchdown is Henderson’s first kickoff return TD and the second for the Panthers this season. Navy has already tied the score, so it seems like Henderson’s touchdown will be the first of many scores in this contest.last_img read more

first_imgMichigan football players run under the "Go Blue" banner before a home game.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 13: Quarterback Devin Gardner #98 of the Michigan Wolverines leads the team onto the field prior to the start of the game against the Miami University Redhawks at Michigan Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. the Wolverines defeated the Redhawks 34-10. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Michigan officially becomes a Nike school next month. The Wolverines, previously with adidas, signed a $173 million deal with The Swoosh earlier this year than runs through 2027. The contract begins on Aug. 1. As part of the deal, Michigan’s football program will be wearing the Jordan logo. All of the Wolverines’ gear – jerseys, pants, sideline apparel, etc. – will have the Jumpman logo. Today, we got a sneak peek at some of Michigan’s new gear, including a color, “Amarillo,” that Nike specially developed for the Wolverines. Michigan will be the only college program to wear this shade of yellow. Here’s a look, from ESPN’s Darren Rovell. Nike will go back to the more traditional yellow for Michigan. Here’s a comparison of adidas yellow vs Nike pic.twitter.com/KTQHQPXKMp— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 20, 2016MLive.com’s Nick Baumgardner says that the “Amarillo” sweatshirt with the Jumpman logo on one shoulder and the Block M on the other will be Jim Harbaugh’s official sideline shirt. This (but in blue and w/ a thin M) is Jim Harbaugh’s new coaching shirt. He designed it. pic.twitter.com/8ID6UFE44K— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) July 20, 2016You can view more details of Michigan’s new gear here.last_img read more

first_imgA promo for the College Football Playoff on ESPN.How much money can the four College Football Playoff coaches make with a win today?Making it to the College Football Playoff is hard. Only four teams can make the playoff in a given year, out of more than 120 schools. So, what do you get for making it this far?Well, if you’re one of the coaches of the four playoff teams–Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Wisconsin–you’re in for a great payday. Each college coach has bonuses written into his contract, and well, making the CFP pays pretty well.Bonuses for wins today in CFP semis:Dabo Swinney: $500KChris Petersen: $450KNick Saban, Urban Meyer: $100K eachhttps://t.co/mbpFKesvUZ— Steve Berkowitz (@ByBerkowitz) December 31, 2016These bonuses are telling of the college football landscape. Urban Meyer and Nick Saban are expected to make it this far, thus the smaller bonus. Both Dabo Swinney and, especially, Chris Petersen are up for huge bonuses due to their somewhat surprising seasons.All four coaches are paid extremely well, so a bonus is only the icing on the cake. Well, that, and a win, of course.last_img read more

first_imgAs Romania’s No.10 was mobbed by delirious team-mates, chants of ‘Hagi! Hagi! Hagi!’ rang out around the Stadio Dino Manuzzi in Cesena.For football fans of a certain vintage, the nostalgia was almost overwhelming.Exactly 25 years after Gheorghe Hagi lit up the World Cup in the United States, his son Ianis is now doing likewise as part of a wonderful Romania team at the European Under-21 Championship in Italy. 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? The 20-year-old attacker has already netted twice, opening his account in a 4-1 rout of Croatia in San Marino before striking again in the 4-2 upset of a heavily fancied England side in Cesena.Both goals came courtesy of his left foot; comparisons with his father were inevitable.Ianis, though, is just as strong with his right, as he underlined with an outrageous pass from deep inside his own half for George Puscas in the 0-0 draw with France that secured Romania top spot in a group that they had been expected to prop up.Romania and their supporters have been the feel-good story of the tournament.With all due respect to the senior squads that reached the last 16 of the 1998 World Cup and the quarter-finals of Euro 2000, the Under-21s have captured the imagination of the Romanian public like no other side since Hagi Senior, Gheorghe Popescu, Dan Petrescu, Florin Raducioiu and Ilie Dumitrescu became national heroes in 1994.Ianis Hagi RomaniaMirel Radoi’s boys had an estimated 10,000 fans cheering them on against France in Cesena on Monday night.There could be even more present for Thursday evening’s semi-final showdown with reigning champions Germany at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara in Bologna.Gheorghe will certainly be there, anyway. He has attended every game so far, which is not in the least bit surprising.He has been his son’s biggest supporter since Ianis first started kicking a ball as a toddler in Istanbul, during his father’s spell at Galatasaray. Maybe one day @IanisHagi10 #hagi #Galatasaray pic.twitter.com/AsDz3ABv3i — FIRAT (@the_FIRATT) June 21, 2019  When Ianis signed for Fiorentina in July 2016, at just 17 years of age, Gheorghe said it was merely the first step on the path to superstardom.”I am sure that Ianis will have a great career,” Hagi Senior told Goal. “He’s an ideal No.10. I hope that he can become better than I was.”Ianis, though, barely got a chance to show what he could do, afforded just two Serie A appearances in 18 months at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.After re-signing Ianis for Viitorul Constanta – a club founded, owned and managed by Gheorghe, with an excellent reputation for developing young players – the former Real Madrid and Barcelona trequartista launched a stinging tirade against Fiorentina.”The sporting director [Pantaleo Corvino] does everything,” he fumed in February of last year.”It’s worse than in Romania than during the dictatorship of the general [Nicolae Ceausescu, between 1967 and 1989].”I have produced as many players as he boasts about.”Fiorentina has a budget of €100 million and they’re in 11th place with [former coach Stefano] Poli.”In Florence, everyone was curious to see Ianis play. He did great things with the Primavera but they didn’t let him grow.”Fiorentina has lost a great player that one day will be able to compete for the Ballon d’Or.” Gel babanın ayak izlerini takip et… #Hagi pic.twitter.com/NBMgDqiEse — Gala Boy (@galaboy10) June 25, 2019  Gheorghe could obviously be accused of bias when it comes to appraising his son’s potential but Ianis is undoubtedly a young man blessed with great talent.As well as being two-footed, he is intelligent, has great vision and is mentally strong. Not once has he struggled with the expectations that always come with having a famous father.”Carrying the surname Hagi on your jersey certainly brings with it a certain pressure,” Ianis told Goal.”But I was born with this pressure. So, it’s not something that creates problems for me any longer.”He has made that abundantly clear in Italy, where he is now belatedly making a name for himself after his trying time in Florence – and attracting interest from the likes of Sevilla in the process (sporting director Monchi previously considered signing him for Roma).Former Viola coach Pioli never had any doubts about Ianis’ technique; it was more a question of physique.Gheorghe, unsurprisingly, always found such concerns ridiculous, arguing that his son’s game – like his own – is based on brains rather than brawn.Ianis, though, didn’t need his father to teach him that particular lesson, though. He learned it from watching basketball star Steph Curry.Ianis considers Gheorghe his “mentor” – he speaks with his father before every game he plays, picking up “the tricks of the trade”, as he puts it – but is the Golden State Warriors guard that he identifies as his “role model”.”I really like him because he’s managed to make it in the NBA even though nobody believed in him because he was small,” Ianis told Goal.”Through his hard work and dedication, he managed to become one of the strongest players in the world.”He now hopes to do likewise. Or, at the very least, prove himself a great player in his own right.last_img read more

first_imgFrank Lampard has spoken with Callum Hudson-Odoi to try to keep him at Chelsea and a deal is now believed to be close as the youngster has increasingly become convinced that his dreams can be realized at Stamford Bridge.Chelsea have been trying to convince Hudson-Odoi to sign a new five-year deal for over a year since his pre-season breakthrough under Maurizio Sarri’s early time at the club.However, the chances to play were slim in the first six months leading to disillusionment over his future and Bayern Munich quickly emerged as front runners from a group of elite clubs. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Bayern made several bids up to £35 million ($44 million) but they were all refused, even after Hudson-Odoi personally handed in a transfer request to Blues director Marina Granovskaia at the end of the January transfer window.Sarri played Hudson-Odoi for four Premier League games in a row after he made his England debut before his league debut. This softened his stance on leaving with a year left to run on his contract but the appointment of Lampard has boosted him, along with other academy stars.The new contract will likely be worth around £100,000-per-week and it will end Bayern’s hopes of signing the 18-year-old, who has long been a primary transfer target.Hudson-Odoi remains behind at Cobham Training Centre getting treatment for his Achilles tendon rupture that he suffered in April with the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who is set to sign a new deal himself worth around £120,000-a-week, while Antonio Rudiger and Reece James also recover from injuries.Last season’s loanee at Derby County Mason Mount will be offered a new deal by Chelsea too but talks are not yet as advanced as they are for both Loftus-Cheek and Hudson-Odoi.Marcin Bulka, meanwhile, is joining Paris Saint-Germain after similarly breaking through in pre-season last summer with the Blues. Unlike Hudson-Odoi, he has left the club after his contract expired but had a pre-contract agreement with the French champions since May.He will be unveiled as a PSG player tomorrow and he will sign a deal until 2021, alongside former Ajax star Mitchel Bakker.last_img read more

first_imgChristian Pulisic has been backed to light up the Premier League at Chelsea.Thomas Delaney, Pulisic’s former team-mate at Borussia Dortmund, believes the American will bring an “X-Factor” to England following his £58million ($71m/€63m) switch to Stamford Bridge.Pulisic is set to make his competitive debut for Chelsea at Manchester United on Sunday, and has been impressive for Frank Lampard’s side during pre-season. 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 speaking exclusively to Goal, Dortmund midfielder Delaney says the “amazing” 20-year-old can make a big impact on English football.“Yeah, I’m pretty sure he will be a success,” Delaney said. “He’s got big shoes to fill in terms of Eden Hazard, of course, but as far as I know him, he’s a hungry player with a high level, and it seems like he has the support from the manager and the club, which every player needs. “This guy can pull things out of the hat at any time, which is always a great skill to have. I think the Premier League will enjoy him.”Pulisic’s move to Chelsea was set up back in January, with the Bundesliga runners-up moving swiftly and decisively to reinvest and reshape their squad. Dortmund have signed attacking talents such as Julian Brandt and Thorgan Hazard, while strengthening their defence with the likes of Nico Schulz, Achraf Hakimi and the returning Mats Hummels. They started their season with a 2-0 win over Bayern Munich in the German Super Cup, and Delaney believes they can be stronger despite Pulisic’s departure.Thomas Delaney Christian Pulisic 2019“Christian is an amazing player and he did well for us,” he said. “He had a difficult last half-year I think, because he’d already signed for Chelsea. We will miss him, because he has that X-factor. I don’t know too many players that can get away from three defenders like him.“But we have a wider squad now, with some big quality and the hope now is that we are able to cope when players are out, and still have that quality in the team.”Delaney is particularly enthused by the return of Hummels, a double Bundesliga winner with Dortmund under Jurgen Klopp, who was brought back from Bayern in the summer.“Just the presence alone is something big,” he said. “I have played against him many times, and his expression is just that of a winner. He wears himself very, very well on the pitch, and that’s contagious, it spreads to the other players. “And in terms of his qualities as a footballer, we don’t need to say anything about that. He’s a very good signing for us.”Delaney added: “When we hit our top level, we play very decent football. But we want to be more stable. The people want to see offensive football, of course, and we enjoy playing that way, but last season we had some problems with keeping clean sheets. “We didn’t let in many goals, but if you want to be champions then you have to be very sharp in that department. In that regard, Mats is a big signing.”Mats Hummels Borussia Dortmund 2019Dortmund get their league season underway next Saturday with a home game against Augsburg, and will be looking to go one better than last season, when they led the table for much of the season only to be overhauled by Bayern in the latter stages. Delaney, too, believes they can improve in Europe too. Dortmund were beaten by Tottenham in the last 16 of the Champions League.“We weren’t happy with what we did in Europe last year,” he said. “We lost it all in 20 minutes in London, really. We want to take the next step this season and keep competing in the Bundesliga as well, that’s the target. “The new players have been very good. Most of them have already played in the Bundesliga before, of course, so they know us and we know them, which is always beneficial. “A lot of people know how we want to play football, the style we have, and we have signed some top players. They have all settled in well and we’ve enjoyed welcoming them into the squad.“We want to improve. Of course it’s nice to play every game, but we need that competition. We need new energy in the team, new skills, because we want to improve on last season. We did good last season, but not good enough.”last_img read more

first_imgTom Jurich speaks during a press conference.Tom JurichTom Jurich was pushed out after 20 years as Louisville athletic director in October. Two days after Rick Pitino was fired, Jurich met the same fate, following a 10-3 vote by the school’s board. Jurich, one of the most powerful athletic directors in the country, was let go for cause.Since being fired, Pitino has been on something of a media offensive. He has maintained innocence and plausible deniability, even after being identified as one of the figures named in the FBI’s report on corruption in college basketball. He says that he wants to coach again.Jurich was much more quiet. While Pitino has a lawsuit out against Louisville, Jurich worked on a large settlement.That deal appears to be done, and Tom Jurich is cashing in.Jurich will get $4.5 million up front from UL. He also has an additional $2.67 million coming in via deferred compensation.There is another interesting wrinkle in the settlement: tickets. Tom Jurich may not be a stranger to Cardinals games, even after being fired for cause after a litany of scandals.Jurich gets football and men’s basketball tickets for the next two decades. From Deadspin, which linked to the settlement documentation on Dropbox:“Jurich will receive a one-time payment of $4.5 million in the next 10 days; additionally, he will be paid $2.67 million in deferred compensation and annuity payments. Jurich and his wife will both keep their school-funded insurance plan until they qualify for Medicare. He will also be allotted club seats at Louisville football and men’s basketball home games for the next 20 years. The school will also update his personnel file to read that his time ended at Louisville ‘without cause.’”Rick Pitino swears that he will not step foot back in the state of Kentucky. Jurich is going to be hanging out in prime seats at the biggest Cardinals games. What a world.Vince Tyra took over for Jurich on an interim basis in October. In March, he had that tag removed, and became the full-time Louisville AD.[Deadspin]last_img read more

first_imgA look at the sky during a Miami-Syracuse game.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – OCTOBER 21: A general view of Hard Rock Stadium during a game between the Miami Hurricanes and the Syracuse Orange on October 21, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Earlier this week, the college football weekend kicked off with an ACC matchup between North Carolina and Miami. The Hurricanes dominated in every phase of the game, scoring three defensive touchdowns en route to a 47-10 win.After the game, Tar Heels head coach Larry Fedora and Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt met for a contentious postgame handshake. But that wasn’t the only suspect behavior going on.Following Miami’s win, North Carolina players were accosted with insults and harsh language as they ran off the field. The actions of the fan were caught on video.Very NSFW.Pussy ass school!!!!! You muthafuckas this what happens when you come to my city!!!!! #ItsAllAboutTheU pic.twitter.com/AvI6uPvAPq— Negrito Lindo® (@RickyDaPrince1) September 28, 2018An alum of the school took to Twitter to shun this kind of behavior at his own program.As a former student athlete, graduate & Alum of UM, I find this to be one of the most disgusting and embarrassing displays of “fan” behavior I’ve ever seen. If U think this is how we want OUR school & City represented, then unfollow me now. This is not what sports is about. https://t.co/mNHX15vEZ9— Tim O’Brien (@HerCane86) September 28, 2018No fanbase should be okay with hurling insults at the opposing team as they run off the field. And yet, it happens every season.last_img read more

first_imgHead Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks to the media during the College Football Playoff National Championship Media Day.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 6: Head Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks to the media during the College Football Playoff National Championship Media Day at Philips Arena on January 6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Alabama steamrolled Tennessee on Saturday afternoon, and for some, the highlight of the contest wasn’t what we saw on the field – but rather what happened at halftime. Alabama head coach Nick Saban had a drink thrown his way as his team headed to the locker room at the break.Footage of the incident, which shows a Tennessee fan throwing a cup full of mostly ice at Saban, has gone viral. So what does Saban think about the whole thing?He seems to be taking it in stride. After the game, he joked with reporters that he’d rather have a fan in an opposing stadium throw a drink on him than a fan in his own stadium.His logic? He wants fans in opposing stadiums to be upset. Makes sense.Here’s his response. You can check out video of the ice toss here.A Tennessee fan threw a cup of ice at Nick Saban as he ran off the field for halftime: “I’d rather have somebody upset when we’re playing on the road.” #RollTide pic.twitter.com/adMcbzaH3N— Kyle Burger (@kyle_burger) October 20, 2018Alabama, with the win, is now 8-0 on the season with a solid grip on the No. 1 ranking in the country. At this point, it’s the Crimson Tide’s to lose.last_img read more

first_imgkyler murray looks to run the ball during the orange bowlMIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners scrambles with the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Once the measurements came out for Kyler Murray on Thursday, scouts and media members immediately changed their stance on where he could land in the upcoming NFL Draft. Although there are a few concerns about his stature, the Oklahoma superstar has the potential to be a game-changing player.Considering that Kliff Kingsbury is now the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, many people believe he’ll want to select Murray with the No. 1 overall pick. This isn’t the craziest theory because the former Texas Tech coach raved about the Heisman Trophy winner in the past.Regardless of all the rumors surrounding Murray to Arizona, the reality is that management might give Josh Rosen another chance. The UCLA product still hasn’t shown his ceiling, and his rookie season was derailed by changes to the coaching staff.Well, it appears former Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart believes Murray deserves to be the first player taken off the board.Leinart went on Twitter to post his prediction for this upcoming draft, which would change the landscape of the league.Check it out:Kliff Kingsbury and Az will draft Kyler Murray #1. He is a franchise changing Qb in that system. Question will be: who trades for Rosen? #twoyounggunslingers— Matt Leinart (@MattLeinartQB) February 28, 2019It’d be interesting to see Murray playing for Arizona, especially in an uptempo offense. His skillset might actually fit better for Kingsbury’s scheme than Rosen because of his athletic ability.Rosen would instantly become one of the top trade targets in the league, as teams like the New England Patriots might have interest.With the rest of the NFC West featuring top quarterbacks in Russell Wilson, Jared Goff and Jimmy Garoppolo, it could be time for the Cardinals to find their own superstar gunslinger.last_img read more

first_img The addition of Ratledge allowed Georgia to leapfrog Florida State in 247Sports’ recruiting rankings.Ratledge revealed his college decision on Twitter, saying “COMMITTED #GODAWGS.”COMMITTED #GODAWGS pic.twitter.com/0igp0LOz3i— Tate Ratledge 🐺 (@tateratledge22) May 13, 2019Two of the top recruits for Georgia are offensive linemen, as Ratledge and Broderick Jones should make a formidable duo.Out of all the commits heading to the Bulldogs for the 2020 season, the top prospect is five-star outside linebacker Mekhail Sherman.Georgia enters this upcoming season with the No. 2 recruiting class, and now, it will stake a claim to another top recruiting class in the future. Three footballs next to a pylon(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)This week is already off to an outstanding start for one particular SEC powerhouse. Four-star offensive tackle Tate Ratledge has announced his commitment for the 2020 season.Ratledge is the No. 39 overall recruit in his class and the No. 5 offensive tackle, per 247Sports. Most programs from the SEC were on his final list, which included LSU, Mississippi State and Florida.Instead of choosing any of those three schools, Ratledge gave his commitment to the Georgia Bulldogs. This will allow him to play for a contender while also staying close to home.Georgia has the No. 5 recruiting class for 2020, despite only having nine commits in that group. Every other program in the top five has a minimum of 14 commits.last_img read more

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 1, 2019UPDATED: March 1, 2019 22:24 IST Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was safely returned to India on Friday night (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPakistani officials handed over Wing Commander Abhinandan at the Wagah-Attari border on FridayThe IAF pilot’s fighter jet was shot down by Pakistan on Wednesday following an aerial battleAbhinandan had taken down a Pakistani F-16 before going down himself in enemy territoryThe whole nation is celebrating the return of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman as the heroic Indian Air Force pilot crossed over the Indian border just after 9pm on Friday night.Abhinandan Varthaman was captured by Pakistani officials after his fighter jet, a MIG-21 Bison, was shot down during an aerial combat between India and Pakistan on Wednesday morning.Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday announced that Abhinandan would be handed over to India as a “peace gesture” and the moment finally came on a rainy night on Friday after hours of waiting.The Wagah-Attari border was full of people who had gathered since morning to welcome the country’s hero from Pakistan, even as according to protocal, the Wing Commander was kept away from the public glare.Indian sports personalities, Bollywood actors and prominent politicians celebrated his return on social media throughout the day. It was indeed a historic moment when he exited the Pakistani side and marched over to India and was immediately embraced by the Indian army and IAF.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) also paid a glorious tribute to Abhinandan, just minutes after he crossed the border.”#WelcomeHomeAbhinandan You rule the skies and you rule our hearts. Your courage and dignity will inspire generations to come,” the BCCI wrote on Twitter and posted an Indian jersey with Wing Commander Abhinandan written on the back.#WelcomeHomeAbhinandan You rule the skies and you rule our hearts. Your courage and dignity will inspire generations to come #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/PbG385LUsEadvertisementBCCI (@BCCI) March 1, 2019Former India captain Sachin Tendulkar also took to Twitter to express his pride and love for Wing Commander Abhinandan and bowed down to his courage.”A hero is more than just four letters. Through his courage, selflessness and perseverance, OUR HERO teaches us to have faith in ourselves,” Tendulkar wrote.A hero is more than just four letters. Through his courage, selflessness and perseverance, OUR HERO teaches us to have faith in ourselves.#WelcomeHomeAbhinandanJai HindSachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) March 1, 2019″Welcome Home Wing Commander Abhinandan! The nation is proud of your exemplary courage. Our armed forces are an inspiration for 130 crore Indians. Vande Mataram!,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.Welcome Home Wing Commander Abhinandan!The nation is proud of your exemplary courage.Our armed forces are an inspiration for 130 crore Indians.Vande Mataram!Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 1, 2019Other sports stars like Virender Sehwag, Sania Mirza, Saina Nehwal, Suresh Raina, Ravichandran Ashwin etc kept on flooding twitter with congratulatory messages throughout the day.How proud we are to have you ! Bow down to your skills and even more your grit and courage #WelcomeBackAbhinandan . We love you and are filled with pride because of you.#WeAreSupposedToTellYouThis pic.twitter.com/IfqBFNNa3TVirender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 1, 2019Welcome back our hero … #WingCommandarAbhinandan #IndianAirfoceSaina Nehwal (@NSaina) March 1, 2019Wing Commander #AbhinandanVarthaman, the entire country salutes your spirit and bravery. #WelcomeBackAbhinandan pic.twitter.com/wXSobEm4VESuresh Raina (@ImRaina) March 1, 2019In my time alive on this planet, I haven’t seen a bigger hero. #WelcomeBackAbhinandanAshwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) March 1, 2019#WelcomehomeAbhinandan. We bow to your courage and bravery. Jai hindManika Batra (@manikabatra_TT) March 1, 2019The nation salutes your valour , selflessness and grit. #WelcomeHomeAbhinandan pic.twitter.com/N432Qk2ajTVVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) March 1, 2019Welcome back Wing Commander Abhinandan .. you are our HERO in the truest sense.. The country salutes you and the bravery and dignity you have shown #Respect #WelcomeBackAbinandan Jai HindSania Mirza (@MirzaSania) March 1, 2019We salute your bravery #WelcomeHomeAbhinandanAnil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) March 1, 2019Welcome home IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthamanji. Entire nation is proud of you. #WelcomeHomeAbhinandanHima Das (@HimaDas8) March 1, 2019Tensions escalated between the two neighbouring nations following the Pulwama terror attack on February 14 in which India’s Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) lost 40 soldiers.Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the ghastly attack in which a suicide bomber blew up a CRPF bus in Pulwama.India responded to it by launching air strikes on a Jaish terror base in Balakot, early Tuesday morning. Pakistan retaliated with their own air strike inside the Indian territory the very next day during which both nations claimed to have downed an enemy jet each.Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman was captured alive by Pakistani officials on Wednesday after his MIG-21 Bison fighter jet went down in enemy territory after dogfight with a Pakistani fighter plane.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Wing Commander Abhinandan VarthamanFollow IAF pilotFollow IAF heroFollow India vs Pakistan BCCI pays tribute to Abhinandan Varthaman: You rule the skies and you rule our heartsWing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was handed over to the Indian Air Force by Pakistani officials at the Wahag-Attari Border just after 9pm on Friday.advertisementlast_img read more

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 6, 2019UPDATED: May 6, 2019 16:04 IST David Warner is the Orange Cap holder in the IPL 2019. ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSSRH’s David Warner is the highest run scorer in the IPL league with 692 runsDelhi Capitals’ Kagiso Rabada holds the purple cap with 25 wicketsKKR’s Andre Russell hammered 52 sixes in the IPL tournamentIt all began on March 23 with 8 teams and after 44 days of razzmatazz here we are with the final four of the Indian Premier League 2019.It was an easy passage to the playoffs for the Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians while there was a lot of competition for the last knockout spot.Royal Challengers Bangalore were first to find themselves at the IPL exit gate and were soon followed by Rajasthan Royals. Both the teams had nightmarish phases at the beginning of the IPL 2019 but turned the fortunes around half-way through the tournament to keep hanging by the thinnest thread, hoping for all sorts of miracles to see them through.However, that couldn’t happen.Kings XI Punjab finished third from the last on the points table to leave it to the Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders to fight it out for the last playoffs spot. SRH lost to RCB in their last league match and were hoping Kolkata to lose their’s against Mumbai Indians.And exactly that happened to carve out a way for the SRH to the playoffs.The best of IPL 2019Orange CapAfter missing out on the previous edition of the IPL due to the ball-tampering scandal, David Warner rose up to the expectation when he marked his return to the 12th edition of the league.The Australian opener is the highest run scorer in the league with 692 runs from the 12 matches he had played for the Sunrisers. He had smashed 8 fifties and one hundred to attain the feat.advertisementWarner couldn’t add more to his runs as he had to leave the IPL and depart home for World Cup duty calls.He sits atop of the runs table with a 99-run lead over KL Rahul who is second on the table with a total of 593.David Warner (SRH): 692KL Rahul (KXIP): 593Andre Russell (KKR): 510Purple CapThe bowler with most number of wickets in IPL 2019 is Kagiso Rabada of the Delhi Capitals.Rabada had scalped 25 wickets in 12 matches before leaving the tournament with a back niggle as South Africa couldn’t risk their fast bowler ahead of the World Cup 2019.Kagiso Rabada (DC): 25Imran Tahir (CSK): 21Shreyas Gopal (RR): 20IPL 2019 hundredsSix players have hit a hundred so far in the IPL 2019. David Warner and Jonny Bairstow of SRH, KL Rahul of KXIP, Virat Kohli of RCB, Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson of Rajasthan Royals.Jonny Bairstow (SRH): 114 off 52 balls against RCBSanju Samson (RR): 102 off 54 balls against SRHDavid Warner (SRH): 100 off 54 balls against RCBVirat Kohli (RCB): 100 off 57 balls against KKRAjinkya Rahane (RR): 105 off 58 balls against DCKL Rahul (KXIP): 100 off 63 against MIHighest Strike rateAndre Russell with this big-hitting power won a couple of matches almost single-handedly for the KKR. The West Indies star had collected 510 runs off just 249 balls in 14 matches. Russell has figures of some impressive 50*, 45, 65, 80* and 24 this IPL season.Andre Russel (KKR): 204.81Hardik Pandya (MI): 198.95Sam Curran (KXIP): 172.72Most number of sixesKolkata Knight Riders had whacked 52 sixes in IPL 2019. Second in the list of hitting the most number of sixes is Chris Gayle but he is way behind his compatriot Russell here.Andre Russell (KKR): 52Chris Gayle (KXIP): 34Hardik Pandya (MI): 29Fastest fiftyHardik Pandya smashed 91 runs of just 17 balls against KKR to become the fastest one to do so in this season. Delhi Capitals Rishabh Pant has the second-fastest in IPL 2019.Pant hit 78 runs off 18 runs against Mumbai Indians at Wankhede Stadium.The third one in the fastest league is KL Rahul, who shone with his 71-run blitzkrieg against Chennai Super Kings from just 19 balls in KXIP’s last league match.Hardik Pandya (MI): 91 off 17 balls against KKRRishabh Pant (DC): 78 off 18 balls against MIKL Rahul (KXIP): 71 runs off 19 balls against CSKHat-tricksThe IPL 2019 saw two players bagging a hat-trick. Firstly, Sam curran surprised everyone with his sensational display of bowling in death overs during KXIP’s match against Delhi Capitals.Curran bagged the wickets of Harshal Patel in the final delivery of the 18th over and then got rid of Kagiso Rabada and Sandeep Lamichhane respectively with his beautiful yorkers to give us the first hat-trick of IPL 2019.Rajasthan Royal’s Shreyas Gopal was the second one to bag the hat-trick as his side faced RCB in a first-ever 5-over IPL match.Gopal first had Kohli caught for 25 off 7 balls, then AB de Villiers and Marcus Stoinis to complete his first hat-trick in the IPL.Best bowling figuresMumbai Indians fast bowler Alzarri Joseph was ruled out of the season with a shoulder injury but before leaving the tournament the West Indian had set a record of best bowling figures with his 6-wicket-haul in 3.4 overs, giving away just 12 runs against Sunrisers on April 6.advertisementAlzarri Joseph (MI): 6/12Mohammad Nabi (SRH): 4/11Sam Curran: 4/11Most economical bowler (in a match)RCB’s Yuzvendra Chahal proved to be the most economical bowler during the match against Chennai Super Kings on March 23. The wrist spinner gave away only 6 runs off his 4 overs to maintain an economy of 1.50.Yuzvendra Chahal (RCB): 1.50Hardik Pandya (MI): 2.00Imran Tahir (CSK): 2.25Also Read | Ashwin’s Mankading to Dhoni’s rage: Controversies that headlined IPL 2019Also Read | All not well in KKR camp? Assistant coach Katich admits to on-field tensionAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow David WarnerFollow Purple CapFollow Orange CapFollow Jonny BairstowFollow Ball-tampering controversyFollow Andre RussellFollow Kagiso Rabada IPL 2019: Warner, Rabada and Russell chart-toppers after league stageIndian Premier League 2019 is half-way through with 4 teams–Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals, Sunrisers Hyderabad– into the playoffs. So far in the league matches overseas players have dominated the IPL charts.advertisementlast_img read more

first_img Next Watch: Arsenal stars Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac escape knife-wielding attackersArsenal said both Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac were fine after the incident in North London. Witnesses claimed Ozil was absolutely terrified during encounter with knife-wielding attackers.advertisement Reuters LondonJuly 26, 2019UPDATED: July 26, 2019 08:48 IST Mesut Ozil was driving his black Mercedes when knife-wielding attackers tried to rob him (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMesut Ozil’s car was boxed in by motorbike riders wearing helmetsKolasinac confronted the attackers who attempted to rob themOzil looked absolutely terrified: WitnessMesut Ozil and Arsenal team mate Sead Kolasinac escaped unhurt after an attempted carjacking by knife-wielding attackers in North London on Thursday, British media reported.The Dail Mail website said former Germany international midfielder Ozil was driving his black Mercedes when the car was boxed in by motorbike riders wearing helmets.A video clip accompanying the story showed Bosnian defender Kolasinac, who was a passenger, outside the vehicle and confronting the attackers.Ozil was shown in a photograph talking to police outside a Turkish restaurant. The paper said waiters and chefs had rushed to the players’ aid.”Ozil looked absolutely terrified, as anybody would after being chased by men with knives,” witness Azuka Alintah told the website.”He looked like he was running for his life. And I suppose he was.”Mesut Ozil’s car got jumped, Kolasinac jumped out and backed the beef. #YaGunnersYa pic.twitter.com/CxsJeiCvxwJames (@smhjaames) July 25, 2019Arsenal said both players were fine and the incident was being treated as a “private matter”.Police said they were called out shortly after 1700 local time after reports of an attempted robbery.”It was reported that suspects on motorbikes had attempted to rob a man who was driving a car,” a spokesman said.”The driver, along with his passenger, managed to get away unharmed and travelled to a restaurant in Golders Green, where they were spoken to by officers. There have been no arrests. Enquiries continue.”Also Read | FIFA asks for update on Indian football roadmap, AIFF says solution in 2-3 yrsAlso 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Mesut OzilFollow Sead KolasinacFollow ArsenalFollow RobberyFollow North Londonlast_img read more

first_imgBCCI committed to following the law of the land: CEO Rahul Johri on NADA complianceThe BCCI has also agreed to bear the differential cost arising out of high quality testing methods, saying “we want certain level of service for our players”.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiAugust 9, 2019UPDATED: August 9, 2019 18:10 IST BCCI sidesteps RTI queries after agreeing to come under NADA (India Today Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe BCCI agreed to the National Anti-Doping Agency norms on FridayBCCI CEO Rahul Johri and GM Saba Karin met Sports Secretary Radheshyam Jhulaniya and NADA DG Navin AgarwalThe BCCI was vehemently opposed to signing up with NADA, claiming that it is an autonomous bodyBCCI CEO Rahul Johri on Friday sidestepped queries on the Board coming under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, which could become a reality after the country’s cricket board agreed to the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) norms.By coming under the ambit of NADA following a meeting with sports ministry, the BCCI has effectively become a National Sports Federation (NSF) despite being a financially autonomous body.The implication of this development is expected to be massive as BCCI will now face more pressure to come under RTI Act as per government norms.But Johri evaded questions on RTI, saying: “RTI is not on the agenda of today’s meeting. It is out of context.”BCCI’s decision to come under NADA came after Johri and the Board’s GM (Cricket Operations) Saba Karim met Sports Secretary Radheshyam Jhulaniya and NADA DG Navin Agarwal here on Friday.”We have to follow the law of the land and the BCCI is committed to following the law that exists. The letter which we have signed states that we accept the law of the land,” Johri said after the meeting.Asked whether the Committee of Administrators (CoA) is mandated to take such a decision in the absence of an elected general body, Johri said: “Whoever is in existence the law of the land is there. So, you and I can’t choose at what time to follow the law of the land.”The BCCI CEO said the cricket board has agreed to come under NADA after the Sports Ministry assured that all its concerns would be addressed.”We have raised a lot of concerns, we have listed them out and they have agreed to address all these,” Johri said.advertisementThe BCCI was vehemently opposed to signing up with NADA, claiming that it is an autonomous body, not a National Sports Federation as it does not rely on government funding.BCCI’s primary concern was the contentious ‘Whereabouts Clause’ with regards to Out of Competition Testing, something that all star India players have been wary of as they considered it an invasion of their privacy.Asked about the “Whereabouts Clause”, Johri said: “Don’t jump the gun.”Besides, the BCCI has also agreed to bear the differential cost arising out of high quality testing methods, saying “we want certain level of service for our players”.”That is Ok (bearing the cost), that is not the issue right now. We have said to them that we want a certain level of service for our players. If there is any differential then the BCCI is agree to pay for it,” Johri said.There are speculations that the Sports Ministry has pressurised the BCCI to come under the ambit of NADA after holding back clearances for South Africa A and women teams upcoming tours of India, but Johri begged to differ.”These two are separate issues. The tours have already been cleared,” he said.Also Read | NADA will test cricketers whenever and wherever they want: Sports secretaryAlso 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 BCCIFollow NADAFollow Rahul JohriFollow India national cricket teamFollow Radheshyam Jhulaniyalast_img read more

first_img India Today Web Desk BaselAugust 22, 2019UPDATED: August 22, 2019 23:15 IST BWF World Championships: Kidambi Srikanth’s poor run continues as the India shuttler suffered an early exit in Basel (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPV Sindhu needed just 34 minutes to beat Beiwen Zhang of USASindhu will face familiar foe Tai Tzu Ying in Friday’s quarter-finalKidambi Srikanth was beaten in straight games by Kantaphon WangcharoenPV Sindhu created history on Thursday as she became the first women’s singles shuttler ever to reach at least the quarter-finals of the BWF World Championships in each of her first six appearances in prestigious tournament. Sindhu came up with a dominant display against 9th seed Beiwen Zhang of USA in ther Round of 16 meeting.Sindhu became the 2nd Indian shuttler after Sai Praneeth to reach the quarter-finals of the ongoing edition of world championships in Basel. Praneeth had come up with an impressive show earlier in the day to beat 6th seed Anthony Ginting in straight games in the men’s singles Round of 16.On the other hand, there was disappointment for 7th seed Kidambi Srikanth as he was blown away in his Round of 16 outing by lower-ranked Kantaphon Wangcharoen of Thailand.Sindhu confirms Quarterfinal berth!’s top shuttler @Pvsindhu1 puts up a dominant display to enter the QF of #BWFWorldChampionships2019 after defeating @Beiwen0712 21-14,21-6.Keep the streak hot champ!#IndiaontheRise #badminton #BWFWorldChampionships pic.twitter.com/lHYCbh5uNN BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 22, 2019PV Sindhu was at her absolute best as she handed Beiwen Zhang a 21-14, 21-6 defeat in just 34 minutes. The United States shuttler had no answers to Sindhu’s aggression and control in the one-sided Round of 16 encounter. Notably, this is Sindhu’s 3rd straight win over Zhang to whom she had agonisingly lost the India Open final in 2018.Sindhu’s bid for a third straight final at BWF World Championships is alive. However, the India shuttler faces World No. 2 Tai Tzu Ying who has a superior record against her. Despite Sindhu winning their latest meeting in 2018, Tai has established superiority over the Rio Olympic silver medallist, winning 10 of their 14 meeting on the tour.advertisementSrikanth’s horror 2019 continuesMeanwhile, Srikanth’s horror run in the ongoing season continued as the 7th seed came up with an insipid display against 12th seed Kantaphon Wangcharoen.Srikanth was blown away in just 40 minutes as he lost 14-21, 13-21 to crash out of the competition. Srikanth’s poor run of form is cause of concern for India badminton as the World No. 10 has not managed to reach the business end of tournaments on the tour since his quarter-final appearance in Singapore Open in April.Also Read | BWF World Championships: Sai Praneeth stuns Anthony Ginting to reach quarters, HS Prannoy oustedAlso 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 PV SindhuFollow Kidambi SrikanthFollow Sai PraneethFollow BWF World ChampionshipsFollow Badminton BWF World Championships 2019: Kidambi Srikanth crashes out, PV Sindhu eases into quartersPV Sindhu joined Sai Praneeth in the quarter-finals of the badminton world championships after a comfortable straight-game win over Beiwen Zhang of USA. Kidambi Srikanth though crashed out after an ordinary display against lower-ranked Kantaphon Wangcharoen of Thailand in the Round of 16 on Thursday.advertisement Nextlast_img read more