Dhawan, Ashwin in focus ahead of India Test team selection for West Indies series

first_imgThe selectors will meet in Mumbai on Wednesday to pick the Indian team for the two-Test series against the West Indies, and sources in the BCCI have said that five-member committee may wait for an official announcement till the end of the Asia Cup final on September 28.The two Tests will be held in Rajkot (October 4-8) and Hyderabad (October 12-16).For some strange reason, the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) in India did not issue a customary media advisory for the meeting in the capital.Shikhar Dhawan’s poor technique in testing conditions along with the fitness status of Ishant Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin will come up for discussion in the meeting.One of the main reasons is believed to be Dhawan’s selection in the Test team while Ishant (ankle) and Ashwin (groin) are racing against time to get fit.Since the two Tests will be a sort of dress rehearsal for the tour of Australia, selectors will be keen on giving all those players opportunity looking at the series Down Under.Murali Vijay is back among the runs in England’s county cricket but having been recently dropped, it will be difficult for him to make a comeback.KL Rahul after his stylish 149 at the Oval has sealed one of the opener’s slot but the issue is with Dhawan.His prowess on flat tracks with lack of seam movement is known to one and all as it has been evident during the Asia Cup.However when the ball swings or seams at a high pace, his technique has been found wanting as he has been a complete failure outside the sub-continent.advertisementThere is a possibility that if given a chance, Dhawan will again plunder runs against a weak West Indies attack on featherbeds before turning into potential ‘walking wicket’ against the likes of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.Youngsters Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal have scored truckloads of runs and are waiting for their opportunity.Prithvi was included in the squad for the last two Test matches in England and would be hoping that he gets his much-deserved Test cap at Rajkot.While skipper Virat Kohli is expected to comeback after a much needed three-week break, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant are certainties.Hanuma Vihari and Karun Nair will be the two middle-order back-ups while Bhuvneshwar Kumar is expected to comeback into the side.Ashwin’s hip injury and Ishant’s dodgy ankle are two worrying areas for the selectors.Both have pulled out of the Vijay Hazare Trophy and it’s still not clear if they will be fit for the Test series.Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav are two sure shot picks in the squad.In case Ashwin misses out, Vihari’s part-time off-spin is one option and in the next line of spinners, the choice is between Krishnappa Gowtham and Jayant Yadav.Shahbaz Nadeem despite his brilliant form will have a tough fight with Jadeja and Kuldeep already in the squad.For the leg-spin option, there is Amit Mishra and Yuzvendra Chahal even though A team coach Rahul Dravid has termed the latter as “work in progress”.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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Virat Kohli a fantastic captain and his teammates follow him: AB de Villiers

first_imgAB de Villiers backed Virat Kohli as a captain to get a lot of success with Team India in the next few years, asserting the fact that he has enjoyed his time as a player under Kohli and he has seen him evolve from close quarters.Former England captain Mike Brearley recently said that Kohli’s “articulacy, his charisma, his presence, his skill, his fierce thoughtfulness could become tyrannical, a bit autocratic.”De Villiers, however, backed his good mate and said “he leads by example and his teammates follow him”.”Virat is a fantastic captain. We’re friends, I have seen him grow from strength to strength in the last few years and there’s no doubt that he’s a great captain. I really enjoyed playing under him, he leads by example and his teammates follow him. So, I’m expecting a lot of success for him and his team in the next few years,” de Villiers told indiatoday.in on the sidelines of Royal Stag Perfect Strokes event in New Delhi.Also read – You have to be honest with your fans: Mo Farah on how to find takers for distance runningDe Villiers was also very sure about the quality of Indian batsmen despite their failure in England during a five-match Test series. Barring Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara, the others struggled to make an impact as India lost 4-1. AB de Villiers said failures are part of sport and so is criticism. (India Today Photo)The Indian batsmen faced a lot of criticism for their technique and temperament but de Villiers strongly believes that they are all match-winners and said failures are just part of the sport.advertisement”Every batsman in the world goes through phases, no matter who you are, and the minute you fail everyone goes like ‘but he was just exposed, oh wait, it’s in England so okay he’s bad in England conditions’. The Indian batting line-up is one of the best in the world if not the best so they didn’t play so well collectively in England and now everyone’s suddenly saying that they can’t play in England, they should be dropped and whatever. That’s the nature of sport and I have had 15 years of that.Also read – India took their eye off the ball: Ric Charlesworth on decline of Indian hockey in 1990s”The minute I fail people go like ‘alright, why has he failed? Probably because of the wicket and he probably can’t play on that kind of wicket. So I can’t play spin or I can’t play seam, which is quite funny.”There is nothing wrong with the Indian batting line-up, believe me. They are all match-winners, they are incredibly talented, gifted players. Whether they are backed by people above them or by the media, that’s a different beast but there’s no doubt they can all be no.1 players in the world,” de Villiers further said.Also read – You have to be honest with your fans: Mo Farah on how to find takers for distance runningDe Villiers, who announced a shock retirement earlier in the year after South Africa’s victory over Australia in a home Test series, explained the logic behind his decision.What prompted him to hang up his boots after he finished a triumphant series as the second-highest run scorer with 427 runs in eight innings.Did pressure play a big part?”Yes, part of, big part of it. It’s not really pressure, it’s nonsense.”People always see the best of me and not behind closed doors. Some of what is said gets to you and some stupid comments do bother you. Personally, I always have this fear of embarassing myself. All that travelling 12 months a year and the time away from family, it gets to you. I try to give time to the fans and to the media but it’s not always possible. But I have had good 14-15 years in cricket.” AB de Villiers said some negative comments do bother him. (India Today Photo)De Villiers very fondly spoke about his time playing international cricket for South Africa and how he kept driving himself to do better every time he stepped on the pitch.”You don’t say it often but like most guys on the pinnacle, you do believe you’re the best and can produce miracles. I have always had that inner belief and luckily, I have managed to do some cool stuff on the field and I have enjoyed my cricket.”I will always miss it [international cricket]. It has taught me everything but for me, the end was perfect, it may not be for the others but I liked it. I have two young boys at home and I want to spend time with them. And then I am still available to play in the league. So, I get to stay with my family and still play cricket all over the world.”advertisementDe Villiers went on to say that captaining was an extremely tough part of his career but it helped him perhaps become a better player.”Captaining was tough and initially it was difficult to man-manage. But somehow, it improved my performance, that extra pressure, it helped me find my feet. With captaincy, it is about getting the best from your players and getting everyone in the right system. The support system you have during captaincy is very important.”Also read – India took their eye off the ball: Ric Charlesworth on decline of Indian hockey in 1990sThe friendship between Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers is very well documented and so is the Indian public’s love for de Villiers. The South Africa said there was a time when he first visited India, he did not want to come back but the country eventually grew on him.”I have no idea [how I got so much adulation in India]. It is very humbling the way I’ve been accepted here. I remember it was a culture shock to me the first time I came here as a 19-year-old. It was that Christmas, New Year time and I was missing my family and we were staying somewhere around Faridabad.”As a 19-year-old, I thought I didn’t want to come back but then over the year, I began to love this country, the people, the culture. When I walked on to bat and heard the crowd chanting, I went like ‘is that my name that I’m hearing’? I was shocked at first but then I started to thrive under that love and cheer.”I have a very healthy friendship with Virat. We don’t talk about it but there’s a really good competitiveness between us where both of us want to be better than each other and that helps. It is certainly a lifelong friendship and there have been some great moments between us on the field.” AB de Villiers has said that he and Virat Kohli share a “lifelong friendship”. (BCCI Photo)AB de Villiers also called his friendship with Kohli a “perfect” one.De Villiers gave India a good chance in the upcoming 2019 ICC World Cup and said that the wrist spinners and having previously won the Champions Trophy in England, gives them a good edge.”In the World Cup, India have a good chance. They have some really good wrist spinners who are getting wickets around the world. They previously won the Champions Trophy when no one though a subcontinent side to win it in England and then this time Pakistan, another subcontinent team, won the Champions Trophy. Also England and Australia are always favourites.”advertisementThere is a constant debate on how Test cricket will survive in the age of Twenty20 but de Villiers said he believes Test is ultimate format of the game and he hopes it can survive.”I’m not sure [how Test cricket will be taken forward]. I personally believe it’s the ultimate format and I have seen incredible things happening in Tests. I really hope the people who are responsible find a way and hopefully, there’s a way for both [Tests and T20s] to survive.”De Villiers is an all-round sportsperson and he was also very good at academics. It was evident when he was asked about who he thought were the ‘perfect’ sportsperson and what would he have pursued if not cricket.”Rafael Nadal [perfect sportsperson] when he is at his best, that fierceness is what I like. I always feel Federer does not have the kind of fire I see in Nadal and Djokovic. I’m more of a Nadal and Djokovic-kind of a guy. Also Tiger Woods because of the kind of comeback he has had.”I have always had this affinity towards learning so if not cricket, medicine.”last_img read more

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Disha Patani savagely trolled for fake dress after Janhvi steps out in original

first_imgThe world of fashion is not an easy one to navigate through. Especially with Instagram policing accounts like Diet Sabya around, it is impossible for even the smallest fashion mistake to go unnoticed.Diet Sabya, and Instagram account who calls out designers and celebrities for copying or doning fake copies of luxury brands does not spare anyone. Right from Anushka Sharma to Shweta Bachchan, the anonymous account calls out anyone who knowingly or unknowingly sports a fake.And their most recent target is Disha Patani. A recent post on the page shows Disha Patani wearing a white summer dress, which is apparently a fake version of a dress from Daisy.The problem arose when Janhvi Kapoor apparently wore the original Daisy dress and that came to Diet Sabya’s notice.Check out the post:Well, even though the dresses do look quite similar, who’s to say whether Disha’s dress was actually intended to be a copy of Daisy or it was plain coincidence.ALSO SEE | Ishaan Khatter is floored by huge birthday cake. Janhvi can’t stop smilingALSO SEE | Disha Patani shares kickass kickboxing workout videoALSO WATCH | Ishaan Khatter says Janhvi made me a foodielast_img read more

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HMD Global launches Nokia 106(2018) feature phone with 21-day standby time

first_imgHMD Global has launched a new Nokia feature phone dubbed Nokia 106(2018) for the global market. The new phone succeeds the Nokia 106 which was launched in year 2013. The new Nokia 106 has several updates in terms of design and its innards. The phone is built out of polycarbonate with a more ergonomic design than its predecessor.Nokia feature phones are known for their long-lasting battery life. The key highlight of the Nokia 106(2018) as highlighted by the company is its long battery life. The company promises 21 days of standby time and 15 hours of talk time with the phone.The Nokia 106(2018) is a dual SIM feature phone sporting a 1.8-inch QQVGA TFT display. It is powered by a MediaTek MT6261D processor with 4MB of RAM and 4MB of inbuilt storage. It is backed by a an 800mAh battery. The connectivity options include a Micro-USB port for charging and a 3.5mm headphone pack. The new Nokia 106 also comes with FM radio and an LED flashlight. The phone comes preloaded with games like the classic Snake Xenzia and Danger Dash among others.In addition to this, HMD Global has also added new Light Grey and Dark Blue colour variants to the already existing Black and Silver colour variants of the Nokia 230 that launched back in 2015. Nokia 230 is a dual-SIM feature phone with a 2.80-inch display with a resolution of 240 pixels by 320 pixels. The phone packs a 2MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera. It is powered by a 1200mAh removable battery.Meanwhile, there are also rumours of a new Nokia phone coming. There are talks that Nokia will soon launch a rebranded Nokia X7 in India dubbed Nokia 8.1. The Nokia X7 is available in China. Reports suggests that the new Nokia 8.1 will be an Android One phone launched on November 28 in India and would cost Rs 23,999. The phone is expected to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage. The battery size could be 3500mAh.advertisementALSO READ: Nokia 8.1 may launch in India on November 28 with price of Rs 23,999last_img read more

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Virat Kohli is still a work in progress as captain: VVS Laxman to India Today

first_imgFormer India cricketer VVS Laxman feels Virat Kohli still has a lot to learn as captain but praised the world number one batsman for the way he has embraced the added pressure that comes with the job.Kohli is the second most successful Indian Test captain after MS Dhoni but just two of his 24 wins have come out of the sub-continent (excluding the West Indies series).This year India gave a good fight in South Africa and England but faltered at crucial junctures during both the series which led to their downfall.VVS Laxman reveals he was not fit enough to play 2001 Kolkata Test vs AustraliaNow they are preparing to face Australia and many experts believe this is India’s best chance to clinch its maiden series win Down Under. Kohli knows the challenge that awaits his team and Laxman also believes the Indian team can stun the Aussies.Don’t like our batsmen, leave! Is Kohli too impulsive as a captain? “Virat knows he missed a great opportunity in South Africa and England because the Indian team was more superior on both occasions than the opposition. He knows his team has got the potential to go out and beat Australia in Australia.Bishan Singh Bedi on Kohli-Kumble fallout: One person is doing all he wants”Kohli will be focussing on that and thinking positively about the challenge down under. He won’t be thinking about the if not’s but will be thinking about how his team can beat the Aussies,” Laxman told India Today in an exclusive chat.advertisementMaiden hundred in Sydney Test removed all doubts I had about my game: VVS LaxmanLaxman also praised the way Kohli has evolved as a captain but said that he is still a work in progress.”Virat Kohli’s performance speaks for itself. Even in the first Test match he captained in Adelaide in 2014 he went for the win and I was happy with the approach he showed. That also shows his personality which is very positive, aggressive and he is always looking to create an impact.It is not easy being Virat Kohli: Harbhajan Singh to India Today”That attitude has rubbed on to the rest of the boys. With more success on overseas tours he (Kohli) will gain more experience as a captain. I definitely feel he is a good captain in the longer version. He relishes challenges and loves the responsibility.WATCH – Virat Kohli is making everyone proud: Harbhajan Singh”I have seen some captains succumb to the extra pressure but in Kohli’s case it has enhanced his performance and his reputation as a batsman since the time he started leading the team. I believe he is a good captain but still work in progress,” Laxman said.Pretty proud of my milestone: Virat Kohli after storming into 10,000-run clubIt is impossible to interview Laxman and not talk about his knock of 281 in the 2001 Kolkata Test against Australia, especially when his autobiography is titled 281 and beyond.Faf du Plessis suggests Australia to give Virat Kohli the ‘silent treatment’India registered one of its greatest Test wins at the Eden Gardens 17 years ago with Laxman playing a starring role in that match and the Hyderabadi spoke at length about his knock and the crucial role that Rahul Dravid played during their record partnership which led to the Indian triumph.Mitchell Johnson takes a dig at Kohli: I look forward to no Virat send offs”What really went through my mind was to just go out and play to the merit of the ball. It was a great learning experience for me and the entire team during that (Kolkata) Test. Till the time the last ball is bowled or the last run is scored, never give up.Virat Kohli promises to retaliate if Australia start sledging war”When you are in that position you don’t think about the future or the result. All you can think about is being in the present, focussing on the process and play each ball on its merit but at the same time show a lot of self-belief in your abilities. Only then you can play your natural game.”What I enjoyed about that knock was I went out and played my natural game. I should also thank Rahul for the grit and determination he showed during that partnership. He was also down with viral fever before the Test and he had a tendency of cramping but he endured all that pain. We kept on motivating each other. From that day onwards be believed that nothing is impossible,” Laxman said.advertisementlast_img read more

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Now you don’t have to wait for Redmi 6A, Xiaomi puts it on open sale

first_imgThe Redmi 6A is Xiaomi’s most affordable smartphone in the country. And according to IDC’s report, it is also the bestselling smartphone in India since it launched, treading on the footprints of its predecessor, i.e. Redmi 5A. Therefore, it’s obvious that the Redmi 6A is one of the most important smartphones for Xiaomi this year to lead the charts and keep the cash registers flowing. The only obstruction to Xiaomi’s smooth sailing towards success is its flash sale model for the Redmi 6A. Xiaomi is now getting rid of this obstruction by putting the Redmi 6A on open sale.In a recent tweet, Xiaomi announced that they will be putting the Redmi 6A on open sale. This means that consumers will be able to buy the Redmi 6A without waiting for flash sales. The Redmi 6A will be available on Mi.com and Amazon.in starting January 12. Previously, the Redmi 6A was available under the flash sale model and was put on sale in limited numbers. With the open sale, consumers interested in the Redmi 6A will no more have to wait to get their hands on their smartphone.The Redmi 6A is Xiaomi’s most affordable smartphone currently. Two variants of the smartphone exist, with the base version sporting 2GB RAM and 16GB storage and the high-end version sporting 2GB RAM and 32GB storage. The base version now starts at Rs 5,999 while the variant with 32GB storage sells for Rs 6,999. Xiaomi is offering special deals on the Redmi 6A on Mi.com, wherein buyers can avail up to Rs 2,200 cashback on Jio and 100GB of additional 4G data.advertisementThe Redmi 6A is Xiaomi’s entry-level smartphone. To recall, the Redmi 6A is the first Xiaomi smartphone to feature MediaTek chipsets after a long while. The smartphone is powered by MediaTek Helio A22 chipset and is accompanied by 2GB RAM as standard. The phone comes in two storage variants – 16GB and 32GB. It sports a large 5.45-inch HD LCD display. For the optics, the smartphone features a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera, both assisted by AI algorithms. It also features face unlock for verification. The smartphone is powered by a 3000mAh battery and comes with a 5W charger. The phone is available in blue, gold, rose gold and black.ALSO READ | Redmi with Snapdragon 855: Affordable next-gen flagship Xiaomi for Rs 26,000ALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 launched: Key specs, features, price and everything you should knowALSO READ | Xiaomi Mi TV 4X Pro 55-inch quick review: Subtle changes that matterlast_img read more

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Kennedy Club first-look poster out: Sasikumar turns Kabaddi coach for Suseenthiran film

first_imgDirector Suseenthiran’s last film Genius turned out to be a box office dud and it was also criticised for being problematic in the way it handled the mental disorder of the protagonist. Now, Suseenthiran is back to his forte – the genre of sports films.Vennila Kabbadi Kuzhu and Jeeva are two of his previous sports film, which turned out to be hits. Now, Suseenthiran is again directing a Tamil sports film on the game of Kabbadi, which is titled Kennedy Club.The film has director-turned-actor Sasikumar in the lead role. Going by the first-look poster, it looks like Sasi is playing the coach of a team. In Vennaila Kabbadi Kuzhu, actor Kishore played the role of a coach, which was well-received by the audience.Other than Kennedy Club, Susee is also directing another sports film called Champion and Vannila Kabadi Kuzhu 2.Here’s the poster:Here is the first look poster of @dir_susee’s #KennedyClub, starring @SasikumarDir, @sooriofficial and #Bharathiraja@immancomposer @rbgurudev #Rajeevan #ArtDirector @editoranthony @DineshStunt @NalluPictures @ThaiSaravanan @johnsoncinepro @vinciraj #Kabaddi #WomensKabaddi pic.twitter.com/pruiMUqOEYRamesh Bala (@rameshlaus) February 15, 2019ALSO READ: Is Sasikumar part of SS Rajamouli’s next film?ALSO WATCH: Rajinikanth’s daughter Soundarya gets married to actor-businessman Vishagan Vanangamudilast_img read more

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IPL 2019: Dhoni, Harbhajan, du Plessis star as CSK overcome KXIP challenge at Chepauk

first_imgChennai Super Kings withstood two solid innings from KL Rahul and Sarfaraz Khan to defeat Kings XI Punjab by 22 runs in Chennai on Saturday. CSK, the defending champions, have now won 4 out of their 5 matches in the 2019 Indian Premier League. | CSK vs KXIP – Match Highlights |Kings XI Punjab got off to a disastrous start to their chase. Harbhajan Singh, who did not play CSK’s against Mumbai Indians, returned to the team and dismissed Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal in his first over.KXIP were reeling at 7 for 2 off 2 overs but KL Rahul and Sarfaraz Khan kept their calm under pressure to build a strong partnership. The two were brilliant against spin – CSK had 3 high-quality spinners in Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir and Ravindra Jadeja. But Rahul and Sarfaraz were sure-footed, pierced the gaps with precision and ran hard to keep KXIP on track.Sarfaraz Khan’s maiden IPL fifty in vain Courtesy by BCCISarfaraz Khan, playing his 30th IPL match, brought up his maiden fifty. He had first played the Indian Premier League in 2015 for Royal Challengers Bangalore but failed to make much of an impression there. For KXIP, Sarfaraz looked in command against the Super Kings and showed he was determined to make his mark in a strong batting line-up.KL Rahul and Sarfaraz Khan brought up their 100-run stand in the 16th over but they needed a move-on as the asking rate climbed sharply. Rahul hit his second fifty of the season but he still had a lot of work to do.advertisementKXIP needed 46 runs off the last 3 overs and KL Rahul had no choice but to take on Scott Kuggeleijn who deceived him with a slower ball. Rahul mistimed the shot as Ravindra Jadeja completed an easy catch running in from deep midwicket.Kings XI Punjab were able to score only 24 runs from overs 13 to 17 despite having two set batsmen in the middle. That meant there was a lot of pressure on the batsmen coming in next as the asking rate kept climbing steadily. David Miller got off the mark with a boundary but the onus was still firmly on Sarfaraz Khan to lead the final assault.We never really got going towards the end.Hope to bounce back stronger in the next match. #SaddaPunjab #CSKvKXIP #KXIP #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/j3ZkV1HLYlKings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 6, 2019Deepak Chahar was tasked with bowling the penultimate over and he started off on a poor note. He bowled two successive no-balls (height) but he finished well when he castled David Miller. KXIP needed 26 off the final over.Earlier in the afternoon, Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni won the toss and decided to bat. Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis gave the defending champions a strong start. The pair added 56 for the opening wicket before Watson fell to R Ashwin in the 8th over.Faf du Plessis, who had replaced Dwayne Bravo, was playing his first match of the season and he looked in great touch. Suresh Raina struggled at the other end but du Plessis played some scintillating shots to bring up his fifty.Chennai Super Kings looked like in total control before Ashwin came on for his final over and removed du Plessis and Suresh Raina off successive balls. Ambati Rayudu survived the hat-trick ball and with MS Dhoni took the Super Kings to a strong total.MS Dhoni was in great form for CSK last summer and he has looked dangerous this season too. Both men took their time to get going but Dhoni exploded later in the innings with a six off Sam Curran. Dhoni was unstoppable from thereon and finished with an unbeaten 37 off 23 balls.Ambati Rayudu, meanwhile, hit 1 four and 1 six to remain 21 not out off 15 balls.Also Read | CSK vs KXIP, IPL 2019: Umpire talks to MS Dhoni after Ambati Rayudu backs up too farAlso Read | MS Dhoni plays 150th IPL match for Chennai Super Kings, 50th in ChepaukAlso See:last_img read more

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Juventus to ditch stripes after 116 years?

first_imgFirst it was the club emblem, where the distinctive bull was removed to make way for a minimalist white letter J on a black background.Two years later, Juventus may be preparing to make an even bigger break with tradition and ditch their famous black-and-white striped shirts after 116 years.Gazzetta dello Sport, as well as a number of social media, feeds on Wednesday published what they said were leaked photographs of the 2019/20 “home” strip. In a dramatic departure, the shirt featured one black half and one white half, divided by a thin pink line.Juventus would not confirm the kit change. “We never comment leaks or rumours,” a spokesman told Reuters. But the pictures, which included the shirt being worn by first-team players Paulo Dybala and Federico Bernardeschi, quickly stirred up controversy.The English language blog “Black and White and Read All Over” said that the change “pretty much means Juventus will be ditching their history for a year in the hopes of making more of a fashion statement more than anything else.”Founded by students in 1897, Juventus initially played in pink but that colour quickly fell out of favour, especially as they did not want to be confused with Palermo – who wear pink until this day.One of the Juventus players, Englishman John Savage, had connections to Notts County and in 1903 asked if they could send a replacement. The English club agreed and ever since, Juventus have been playing in their familiar zebra stripes. Although the release of new kits is seen as a key part of modern football marketing, it is rare for teams to do more than tinker around the edges of the so-called “home kit”.advertisementOne notable exception was Brazil. Their combination of gold shirts and blue shorts is one of the most iconic kits in football but they only adopted it in 1953.Previously, they played in white which became seen as unpatriotic due to the lack of national colours.Following their failure to win the 1950 World Cup on home soil, the Correio da Manha newspaper ran a competition to design a new kit, won by 19-year-old Aldyr Garcia Schlee. Brazil have worn his Canarinho (Canary kit) ever since.Liverpool used to play in red shirts, white shorts and white socks only adopted their all-red kit in 1964 when the then manager Bill Shankly thought it would have a psychological impact on opponents.Coincidence or not, both Brazil and Liverpool went on to enjoy years of success after their kit changes.However, playing with tradition is not something to be taken lightly. When the Red Bull energy drinks manufacturer took over at Austrian club Salzburg in 2005, they changed to the traditional purple kit to their corporate colours of white and red.When fans pleaded for them to rethink, the club made one concession: the goalkeeper’s away kit would feature purple socks. Fans were so annoyed that they formed a breakaway club.Also Read | Manchester City take big step towards title with derby win at Unitedlast_img read more

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first_imgAndre Russell smashed an unbeaten 80 off 40 balls, Shubman Gill hit 76 and Chris Lynn slammed 54 as Kolkata Knight Riders posted the season’s highest score (232 for 2) and then defeated Mumbai Indians by 34 runs at the Eden Gardens on Sunday to stay in the hunt for a playoffs berth in the 2019 Indian Premier League.Mumbai Indians needed 233 – the highest successful run chase in IPL history to book a playoffs berth. After Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav and Kieron Pollard flopped, Hardik Pandya kept MI in the game.Hardik smashed a 17-ball 50 and went on to clobber 91 off 34 balls but his dismissal in the 18th over meant it was endgame for Mumbai Indians.Andre Russell has been in fiery form in the 2019 IPL but he was far from happy with his batting position. He felt he was walking in far too low down the order and publically expressed his desire to bat at No.4 before questioning KKR’s decision-making after 6 defeats in a row.On Sunday, the Knight Riders had everything to play for at home. The team management had also been criticised for their poor use of Shubman Gill. A top-order batsman, many felt Gill was being wasted at No.7. Up against Mumbai Indians, Gill opened with Chris Lynn after Rohit Sharma won the toss and asked the hosts to bat.Lynn and Gill set the tone for KKR. Eden Gardens had come alive after getting used to seeing their team whipped. The Kolkata openers were unstoppable. Both men were fearless in their approach. Chris Lynn has done this several times in the past for Kolkata Knight Riders and he had an up and coming partner at the other end matching him shot for shot.advertisementChris Lynn fell to Rahul Chahar for a 29-ball 54 after Evin Lewis completed a good catch. Andre Russell was finally sent up the order and he showed exactly why he was itching to come up the order. He has maintained a strike rate of over 200 in the tournament and has hit the most sixes this season.No surprises then that Andre Russell grabbed his chances with both hands.Chris Lynn and Shubman Gill had added 96 for the opening wicket off 9.3 overs. Gill and Andre Russell would go on to add 62 in less than 6 overs. It was batting of the highest order but completely contrasting styles.While Shubman Gill played an array of elegant shots, pierced the gaps and mesmerised the opposition with proper textbook cricketing shots, Russell brutalised the ball and put fear deep into the hearts of the Mumbai Indians bowling attack.Gill hit 6 fours and 4 sixes in a 45-ball 76 and fell within touching distance of a historic hundred – he really was looking good to become the youngest centurion in IPL history. But Gill was taken at deep midwicket off Krunal Pandya and that set the stage for Andre Russell’s fireworks.Dinesh Karthik had hit an unbeaten 97, KKR’s highest individual score since Brendon McCullum’s 158 not out on the opening night of the IPL 11 years ago, was a mere spectator as DreRuss took over. KKR scored 74 runs in 4.4 overs after Shubman Gill’s exit – Karthik faced just 7 balls and remained unbeaten on 15 as Andre Russell took the MI bowlers to the cleaners.Andre Russell was determined to finish on a high and he was not going to back down even if it was Lasith Malinga, one of the best limited-overs bowlers in history. Russell smashed a six off the first ball and creamed a boundary through deep extra cover off the next over before under-edging the third ball to the fence.Russell did not run an easy single off the fourth ball and faced a dot ball before smashing another six as KKR posted the season’s best. He was pumped after destroying the Mumbai Indians attack – Andre Russell had proven a point.The jinx has been broken, our #Knights win a thriller against Mumbai Indians. #KKRvMI #VIVOIPL #IPL #KKRHaiTaiyaar pic.twitter.com/3V4fO4gf96KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 2019Mumbai Indians had no choice but to come out all guns blazing. Rohit Sharma collected 2 boundaries off Sandeep Warrier in the first over but the wily Sunil Narine snared his opening partner Quinton de Kock in the second over.The onus was on Rohit Sharma but he was trapped lbw by Harry Gurney, the MI fight was all but over. It was that kind of an over – they needed a special from Rohit Sharma to even try and challenge KKR on Sunday.As if Andre Russell wasn’t happy enough with his fireworks with the bat, he had Evin Lewis caught by Dinesh Karthik with his first ball and Mumbai Indians could never recover from those losses.advertisementSuryakyumar Yadav and Kieron Pollard knew the task was almost impossible and they showed no intent. In his second over, Russell struck again and removed Suryakumar Yadav.Hardik Pandya fought hard for Mumbai Indians and even gave them a glimmer of hope with a flurry of sixes. He raced away to the fastest 50 off 17 balls to hit the fastest half-century of the 2019 Indian Premier League. But given the kind of target MI were chasing, Hadik needed more support from the other end.Even as Hardik Pandya went great guns, Kieron Pollard fell to Sunil Narine in his third over for 20 off 21. Krunal Pandya walked in to join his brother in the middle with the climbing rate climbing up sharply.Hardik Pandya’s blistering knock kept MI alive in a steep chase. Only twice had teams chased down higher scores in T20 cricket: 245 for 5 by Australia vs New Zealand (February 2018) and 236 for 6 by West Indies vs South Africa (January 205). But Hardik believes he is capable of doing anything on a cricket field and his never-say-die spirit meant the KKR camp was now getting a little nervous.There was some outrageous strokeplay. Some of the shots would have made Andre Russell and Chris Gayle proud. KKR had lost 6 matches in a row before Sunday and had failed to defend 175 against Rajasthan Royals only 3 nights ago.Mumbai Indians needed 59 runs off the last 3 overs and Hardik Pandya was batting on 81 not out off 30 balls and KKR had every reason to feel nervous in front of their home crowd. And when Hardik hit Harry Gurney for a 6 and 4 to move into the 90s, one could hear a pin drop at the Eden Gardens. But in the same over, Hardik Pandya skied a Gurney delivery and it was that man again – Andre Russell who completed the catch to send the Kolkata crowd into a frenzy.Hardik Pandya fell for 91 off 34. He came within touching distance of the 2nd fastest IPL hundred but more importantly, he almost pulled off the highest successful run chase in IPL history. Hardik Pandya came close but at the end of the night, Kolkata Knight Riders triumphed thanks to Andre Russel’s 3-dimensional skills.Also Read | Rohit Sharma fumes after cheap dismissal against Kolkata Knight RidersAlso Read | Delhi Capitals beat RCB to reach IPL playoffslast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Michael Clarke backs MS Dhoni to stay focussed despite gloves row

first_imgFormer Australia captain Michael Clarke has said MS Dhoni will be least bothered by the off-field controversy surrounding his wicketkeeping gloves with Army Insignia when the veteran takes the field during India’s much-anticipated clash against Australia.Dhoni was spotted sporting a pair of gloves with a “Balidaan Badge” during India’s World Cup 2019 opener vs South Africa in Southampton on Wednesday.After the International Cricket Council asked the Insignia to be removed from Dhoni’s gloves, a section of Inidan fans created a stir while backing the World Cup-winning former captain.Nationalistic debates dominated the narrative in the lead up to the big India-Australia clash in London but Clarke believes Dhoni wouldn’t even be aware of the controversy.Speaking to India Today from London, Michael Clarke said: “I wish it bothered. He will be as focussed as ever. He wouldn’t have read an article about him, he’s hardly ever on social media. He couldn’t care less.”Vice-captain Rohit Sharma, speaking to the press on the eve of the big clash between the former champions, said he wasn’t aware of the Dhoni gloves row.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had written to the ICC to reconsider its directive on Dhoni’s gloves but the apex body of world cricket stuck to its decision and asked the India wicketkeeper-batsman to take off the Insignia.”I have no idea about it at all. I am not the captain I don’t know what is happening with that and have nothing to say about it. Let’s see what happens tomorrow,” Rohit told reporters.advertisementIndia Today reported that MS Dhoni and the team management were ready to play it by the rules. According to the ICC rules, equipment and clothing regulations do not permit the display of messages that relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes during an international match.India on Sunday won the toss against Australia and opted to bat at The Oval in London. On what seemed a dry wicket, India have gone with an unchanged XI, retaining their two wrist-spinners in the playing XI.Also Read | Had to convince everyone in team to let me bat at three, says Shakib Al HasanAlso Read | Rashid Khan should be fully fit for South Africa clash: Gulbadin NaibAlso Seelast_img read more

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first_imgEngland play defending champion Australia at Lord’s on Tuesday in the Cricket World Cup 2019, determined to recover from an upset loss to Sri Lanka last Friday.Indeed. After their first setback in the group stage against Pakistan, the England lineup defeated Bangladesh five days later.Captain Eoin Morgan has stressed that his top-ranked side expected to lose games, but the pressure on them to make the semifinals is rising, with games against the three strongest teams ahead: five-time champion Australia, then two-time champion India, then 2015 finalist New Zealand.What’s more, England hasn’t beaten any of those teams at a World Cup in 27 years. England needs to beat at least one of them, as Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan are breathing down their necks.Australia on the other hand, have been improving since its loss to India, having smothered chases by Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh.All-rounder Marcus Stoinis and fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile are fit, and David Warner and Steve Smith have reintegrated successfully with lots of runs after their 12-month suspensions.BatsmenWith Jason Roy getting ruled out of Tuesday’s game, the best pick for the openers would be David Warner and Jonny Bairstow. Both players opened for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2019 and are in rampaging form since then. Steve Smith and Eoin Morgan and the next two should be the obvious picks along with Joe Root, who already has two centuries in this World Cup so far.WicketkeeperThere is no doubt that Australian wicketkeeper Alex Carey is a talented batsman and excellent behind the stumps but he is no Jos Buttler. The England vice-captain is the best batsman in his team and terrific with his glovework as well. What’s more, Buttler has been averaging over 50 with the bat since the beginning of 2018 so picking him in the side should be a no-brainer.advertisementAll-roundersBen Stokes nearly pulled off the run chase for England in the last match against Sri Lanka but unfortunately ran out of partners at the other end. He is averaging over 50 in this World Cup with the bat and an impressive 26.20 with the ball so he walks into the side 9 times out of 10. Glenn Maxwell can be the other pick being the big-hitter that he is and a handy off-spin bowler with the ability to break partnerships.BowlersThe match will be played at Lord’s where the pitch is expected to suit the batsmen which is why Jofra Archer and Mitchell Starc would be the best bets in the bowling lineup. Both speedsters are tied with 15 wickets each in 6 games along and are the joint-highest wicket-takers along with Mohammad Amir. Adil Rashid can be the specialist wrist-spinner in the squad.England vs Australia Dream 11 team: David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Steve Smith, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes (vice-captain), Glenn Maxwell, Jofra Archer, Mitchell Starc, Adil Rashid.SquadsEngland: James Vince, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, Liam Plunkett, Tom Curran, Liam DawsonAustralia: David Warner, Aaron Finch(c), Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey(w), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Shaun Marsh, Kane Richardson, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon.last_img read more

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Debt-ridden Ronaldinho in trouble over unpaid environmental fines

first_imgA court in southern Brazil has forbidden ex-Barcelona striker Ronaldinho from selling 57 of his real estate properties due to an unpaid environmental fine and other debts, a Brazilian newspaper reported on Monday.The Folha de S.Paulo paper said the former World Player of the Year owes 9.5 million reais ($2.51 million) in unpaid environmental fines after illegally building a pier at his lake house in Porto Alegre.Creditors have also taken action to recover 7.8 million reais in other debts, Folha said.Authorities have confiscated Ronaldinho’s passport until the cases are resolved, the newspaper added.The judge in Porto Alegre told Reuters the case fell under judicial secrecy rules and would not confirm or deny any details about the newspaper report.Ronaldinho’s lawyer denied the player’s assets were under restriction but told Folha de S.Paulo he could not comment on the details of the case because of the judicial secrecy ruling.The 39-year-old striker retired from football in 2015 after spells with a host of clubs in Brazil and Europe.He was twice voted FIFA player of the year while playing for Barcelona and he also won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002.last_img read more

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first_imgA lot was rumoured about the Vivo Z5 ahead of the launch. The Vivo Z5 is now official and the smartphone comes with top-notch specifications. Despite packing premium specs the Vivo Z5 is pretty affordable. The Vivo Z5 launches in China for starting price of CNY 1,598 that roughly translates to around Rs 16,000. Some of the key highlights of the Vivo Z5 are Snapdragon 712 processor, triple rear cameras, waterdrop notch display, a 4,500mAh battery, among other things.The Vivo Z5 launches in four variants in China. It packs up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The base model of the Vivo Z5 comes paired with 6GB RAM/64GB of internal storage and costs CNY 1,598 (roughly Rs. 16,000). The other three variants are 6GB RAM + 128GB, 6GB RAM + 256GB and 8GB RAM + 128GB and they cost CNY 1,898 (roughly Rs. 19,000), CNY 1,998 (roughly Rs. 20,000) and CNY 2,298 (roughly Rs. 23,000), respectively.Let’s take a quick look at the specs of the Vivo Z5:–The Vivo Z5 comes packed with a 6.38-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) Super AMOLED display. It offers screen-to-body ratio of 19.5:9.–The Vivo Z5 sports waterdrop notch on the top of the screen that equip the selfie camera.–The Vivo Z5 comes packed with a 32-megapixel sensor on the front with an f/2.0 lens on top.–On the rear panel the phone includes three cameras. The Vivo Z5 includes a primary 48-megapixel image sensor with f/1.79 lens, secondary 8-megapixel sensor with wide-angle f/2.2 lens and lastly there’s a 2-megapixel sensor. The phone comes packed with Super Night View 2.0+ to improve low-light photo quality.advertisement–The phone is powered by Snapdragon 712 processor paired with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Vivo Z5 also includes Multi-Turbo features to offer enhanced gaming experience to users.– Vivo Z5 comes packed with a 4,500mAh battery with support for 22.5W Flash Charge fast charging technology. Additionally, the Vivo Z5 also supports OTG reverse charging.–The phone includes 3.5mm headphone jack and Micro-USB with OTG support. There are sensors like accelerometer, ambient light, proximity sensor, among others.–The Vivo Z5 includes an in-display fingerprint sensor.The Vivo Z5 is already selling in China except for the 8GB RAM model of the phone. The 8GB RAM model of the Vivo phone will go on sale starting from August 6. In China, the smartphone will be available in three colour versions — Aurora Illusion, Bamboo Forest Night, and Holographic Illusion.ALSO READ | Jio may announce 3 GigaFiber plans on August 12, prices could be more than expectedALSO READ | Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 India launch today: Specs, expected pricelast_img read more

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DAKOTA CITY SALES TAX MEASURE PASSES EASILY

first_imgVoters in Dakota City, Nebraska approved a half cent sales tax increase measure in Tuesday’s election.The measure passed 113-51 with nearly 69 per cent approval.The money raised from the issue will finance fire hydrant repairs and other city infrastructure projects.There were two open seats on the Dakota County Commission on Primary Day with nine Republicans and four Democrats on the ballot.The top two GOP finishers were Janet Gill with 298 votes and Troy Launsby with 239.The top Democratic vote getters were Larry Albenesius with 275 votes and Ron Hartnett with 221 in the unofficial tally.Those four will compete for the two open commission seats in the November general election.last_img read more

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LITTER DASH COLLECTS NEARLY TWO TONS OF TRASH

first_imgThe results of Sioux City’s second annual Litter Dash cleanup event have been announced.Melissa Campbell of the city’s Environmental Services Department says over 1100 volunteers took part on April 26th:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/LITTER4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..happy to see that. :21That amounts to 3,860 pounds of trash removed from the city’s streets.The Team Spirit Award went to the Sgt. Floyd River Museum and Welcome Center.They’ll be awarded $100 in Downtown Bucks courtesy of Rhonda Capron and Downtown Partners.last_img read more

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WOUNDED SOUTH SIOUX POLICEMAN TO BE RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL

first_imgThe South Sioux City Policeman who was shot twice in a confrontation with an armed suspect last Saturday will be released from a local hospital Thursday.Officer Brian VanBerkum is returning home and South Sioux Police are planning a special welcome for him.They are asking the public and other law enforcement agency members to line Dakota Avenue Thursday afternoon to give him a wave and show your support for their hometown hero.He will be traveling the length of Dakota Avenue to 39th Street, escorted by South Sioux City Police cars and motorcycles sometime between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm.VanBerkum was injured in a shooting while on duty early Saturday morning.He returned fire and struck the suspect in the leg, who later died from his injury.The incident remains under investigation by the Nebraska State Patrol and Dakota County Attorney’s OfficePhoto courtesy South Sioux City Policelast_img read more

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Tyreek Hill Returns Kick 102 Yards for TD, Called Back For Holding

first_imgTyreek Hill is still making a major impact in his first season with the Kansas City Chiefs, particularly in special teams. He has already found the paydirt this season and did so once again on Sunday, although this time it was called back for a holding penalty on what would have been a 102 yard return:After the game, Chiefs Coach Andy Reid was displeased with the call that cost him a special teams touchdown. “In basketball,” Reid said. “You might call that a flop.”Andy Reid on the Tyreek Hill kick return penalty. #Chiefs pic.twitter.com/FrrXpAZ2Ux— Nick Jacobs (@Jacobs71) September 19, 2016 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Impact Players To Watch For Baylor

first_imgWe already looked at what to watch for this weekend when OSU heads to Waco to play Baylor, but I also wanted to look at some of Baylor’s impact players. They have some horses on both sides of the ball so let’s get to know them.No. 17 Seth Russell, QBIn seven games last season, Russell averaged 300 yards passing to go with four touchdowns and less than one interception, to go with nearly 60 yards on the ground and almost one touchdown per game. Russell has been named on nearly every watch list you can imagine (Maxwell, Walter Camp, O’Brien) and is the unquestioned leader of the offense.The 6’3”, 220-pound passer was timed in at 4.49 in the 40-yard dash and while they haven’t ran him much yet, get ready because interim coach Grobe says the “offense is geared towards a quarterback who can run and throw and that’s what Seth’s strength is.”No. 9 KD Cannon, WRThe conference’s most productive receiver has 352 yards through three games, averaging 14.7 yards per catch and scoring four touchdowns so far. The former Army All-American recruit had arthroscopic knee surgery this summer but has really rounded into shape as non-conference play has winded down. Russell’s favorite target, he’s started 20+ games as a true junior and has a way of getting behind defenses effortlessly. No. 1 Taylor Young, LBThe highly productive junior recorded 80 tackles as a sophomore and was named the 2014 Big 12 defensive newcomer of the year for an incredible freshman season.At 5’10” and 225 pounds, Young packs a punch but also has some playmaking skills in the middle of the field.No. 9 Ryan Reid, CB and No. 28 Orion Stewart, SThe health and consistency of the two redshirt seniors on the back end of the defense will play a big part in determining the course of the game. Stewart, a two time all-conference safety and Big 12 defensive player of the week for his two interception performance against SMU, will team with Reid, Baylor’s top corner and leader of the defense, to slow James Washington and the potent Cowboy passing attack.Reid hasn’t played since the SMU game when a receiver landed on his foot awkwardly and Stewart left the Rice game after incurring some rib issues, but the Bears have said they hope both will be back against the CowboysIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Players To Watch For Texas On Saturday

first_imgAccording to 247, Texas has had the number 7 (2016), 10 (2015), 16 (2014) and 17 (2013) recruiting classes nationally that have all been either number 1 or 2 in the Big 12. While stars don’t always translate to the field, Texas has plenty of chances for some of those ratings to be akk-urit. Let’s check out a few of them who look to be panning out.No. 7 Shane Buechele, QB and No. 18 Tyrone Swoopes, QBGundy approved the comparison on Monday to think of Buechele and Swoopes as comparable to Rudolph and Walsh circa 2015. Swoopes is a senior that’s never totally panned out as QB1 and in came freshman Buechele (who’s apparently been overcoming odds from day 1), the son of a former MLB third basemen now on the bench for the Texas Rangers. Buechele brings an arm to the job that being combined with the new offense has galvanized the unit. The 6’4”, 249 pound Swoopes is a load around the goal line and his high school tape looks like that enormous nine year old rugby playing kid.While Buechele was temporarily out with a chest injury against Cal, he made a comeback and threw for a long touchdown upon returning.No. 25 Chris Warren, RB and No. 33 D’Onta Foreman, RBThe absolutely bruising running back tandem will present a challenge the Pokes have yet to see. Thetime leading tackler and younger brother of former all-conference linebacker for Baylor Bryce Hager, his pedigree will have a hard time being denied. While he was out of place some as a true freshman, he appears to have really turned a corner this season and could be an impact player to watch. pair of high school All-Americans are 250 pounders jointly averaging 184 yards per game and pose a challenge to any defense. Warren leads the conference with 86.7 yards per game and Foreman has four straight games with over 100 yards rushing. Samaje Warren hit his stride late in the year last season and ran for 276 yards as true freshman and Foreman had himself some runs last year as well.No. 46 Malik Jefferson, LBThe freshman All-American who finished second on the team in tackles last year is the heart and soul of this Texas team. As a middle linebacker, Jefferson has tremendous speed around the edge and is as sure of a tackler as they come. He was named a preseason All-American by Sports Illustrated and Sporting News while being put on every defensive watch list a linebacker can be named on. Jefferson is unusual in how he blitzes really well, can get down in the box and stop the run that has good cover skills in the middle of the field. No. 44 Breckyn Hager, DE/OLBWhile still a rotation player at the “fox” spot on the Texas D, there’s everything to like about this 6’3”, 227 pound sophomore. With less time on the field, he’s tied for the team lead in sacks with two, refuses to get a haircut until Texas wins the Big 12, and is regularly referred to by his teammates and coaches as a “kamikaze”, “wild man” and “potentially schizophrenic” because of his style of play. Son of Britt Hager, former Texas All-American all- If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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