October 2019

10 months ago​Tottenham boss Pochettino backs Arsenal over bottle throwing incident

first_imgTagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​Tottenham boss Pochettino backs Arsenal over bottle throwing incidentby Ian Ferris10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said he did not think Arsenal should be punished over the Dele Alli incident in which a bottle was thrown from the crowd and hit the England international on the head.”It’s not fair for Arsenal, the club, the fans to pay for one…what word can I use? I don’t want to be wrong but I think everyone realises! You cannot pay (the price) for one.”One person cannot create a mess in a club like Arsenal. Arsenal is going to take a big decision, with responsibility to fix. People have to behave and celebrate, and support your team but in the right way.”It’s such a dangerous thing, if the bottle hit him on his head or his eyes we’re then talking about a very bad thing. There’s no point when you go to enjoy a game and that happens.” last_img read more

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9 months agoEx-Spurs boss Redknapp: Why’d Pochettino want to start again at Man Utd?

first_imgEx-Spurs boss Redknapp: Why’d Pochettino want to start again at Man Utd?by Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has questioned whether Mauricio Pochettino would want the Manchester United job.The rumours have understandably upset Spurs fans, although Redknapp believes it is far from guaranteed that Pochettino will accept a move to Old Trafford.“It’s a difficult one,” Redknapp told BBC 5 Live. “He’s obviously getting very, very well paid where he is. It’s a good club, they’ve got a great training ground. They’ve got a brand new stadium coming.”He’s got a good team. He’s got to go and build a team at Man United. For me they’re still way short of being a team that could win the league again. I think the back four needs absolute surgery there.“I still think they’re quite well short of where they want to be. So I don’t know — does he jump ship and go and start again and look to rebuild there where he’s absolutely loved at White Hart Lane?”It’s a difficult situation for him I’ll be truthful I would think his life’s pretty good at the moment. He’s absolutely there idolised by the fans. I think it would be difficult for him to leave personally. Even though Man Utd is an amazing football club, we all know that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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9 months agoGirona striker Cristhian Stuani tightlipped on Barcelona interest

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Girona striker Cristhian Stuani tightlipped on Barcelona interestby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGirona striker Cristhian Stuani is tightlipped on interest from Barcelona.Stuani is currently preparing for Girona’s Copa del Rey second leg against Atletico Madrid and didn’t want to speak about the rumours on Tuesday.”I can’t say anything,” the Uruguayan told a group of reporters who followed him to his car after training.Stuani’s release clause is set at €15m. last_img read more

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a month agoFIFA explain why Egypt votes for Liverpool star Salah did not count

first_imgFIFA explain why Egypt votes for Liverpool star Salah did not countby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFIFA have intervened to explain why votes from Egypt for Liverpool star Mohamed Salah did not count in the Best Player award.Salah came fourth in the count.Barcelona forward Lionel Messi beat Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and five-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo to win the award for a record sixth time on Monday while Salah finished fourth – 20 points behind Messi.The captain and coach of every national soccer federation affiliated to FIFA get to vote on the player of the year, along with one media representative from each country.The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) said captain Ahmed Elmohamady and then-coach Shawky Gharib both picked Salah as their first choice, but their votes were missing from a list released by FIFA.”The Egyptian FA have received two reminders to submit the properly signed voting forms on 19 August 2019,” a FIFA spokesperson said.”The Egyptian FA has not submitted a response within the (limited) timeframe until Wednesday, 21 August 2019. Therefore, the votes from the Egyptian FA could not be counted.”FIFA did not clarify if the final standings would have been any different if the votes had been valid. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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22 days agoJuan Mata adamant trophies not far away for Man Utd

first_imgJuan Mata adamant trophies not far away for Man Utdby Ansser Sadiq22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuan Mata says it won’t be long until Manchester United win trophies again. The Premier League’s leading title winners went trophy-less last season.”I think when the club and the manager said we would take time we believe it’s not going to be too long,” said Mata before Thursday’s Europa League clash with AZ Alkmaar.”I think this club is always winning and he has won here a lot as a player. I have won a few things here and in my mind is to win something really important with United. “I believe we can do it, we know other teams are playing very good football and now in the last part of my career my biggest thing is to win.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 days ago​Five Premier League clubs after Olympiakos defender Elabdellaoui

first_img​Five Premier League clubs after Olympiakos defender Elabdellaouiby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSeveral Premier League clubs are eyeing Olympiakos defender Omar Elabdellaoui.A report from the Daily Mailindicates that five sides from the English top flight are pondering a potential bid for the right back.The Norwegian is wanted by the likes of Bournemouth, Leicester City, Aston Villa, Burnley and Watford.Elabdellaoui has 41 caps for his country, while he is versatile enough to operate on the right wing as well.The 27-year-old would be available for a reasonable fee in January, which will be attractive to Premier League sides wanting to bolster their squads midseason. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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College GameDay’s Staff, Verne Lundquist Make Picks For Saturday’s Biggest Games

first_imgThe College GameDay crew in Columbus Ohio.ESPN College GameDayCollege GameDay’s staff, including Desmond Howard, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit, made their picks with Verne Lundquist ahead of Saturday’s biggest games.ESPN’s College GameDay finally got a good celebrity guest picker on Saturday morning – landing CBS Sports college football announcer Verne Lundquist. It made for an awesome scene down in Tuscaloosa.Lundquist and the rest of the crew picked 10 of the day’s biggest games – Iowa vs. Wisconsin, Ohio State vs. Penn State, Washington State vs. Arizona State, Utah vs. UCLA, Texas vs. Kansas State, TCU vs. West Virginia, NC State vs. Louisville, Arkansas vs. Auburn, Ole Miss vs. LSU and of course, Alabama vs. Texas A&M.Let’s take a look at what each of them picked. Keep in mind that Herbstreit didn’t pick Ohio State vs. Penn State because he’s calling the contest. Similarly, Lunquist didn’t pick any SEC games given his affiliation.College GameDay’s Staff Makes Its Picks For Saturday’s 10 Biggest Gameslast_img read more

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Neymar to Suarez: You are very great, brother

first_imgNeymar offered Luis Suarez support after the Uruguay star missed a penalty in a shoot-out loss to Peru in the Copa America quarter-finals.Suarez was the only player to miss in the shoot-out as Peru advanced 5-4 on spot kicks after a 0-0 draw in Salvador on Saturday.The Barcelona forward was in tears after the defeat as Uruguay – unbeaten in the group stage – bowed out. 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 Suarez’s former club team-mate Neymar, who is linked with a return to Barcelona from Paris Saint-Germain, offered the Uruguayan support.”Get up,” the injured Brazil forward wrote on his Instagram story, alongside a video of Suarez crying.”You are very great, brother. I love you friend.”Cada vez mais perto da ! O Peru  se classificou para as semifinais da #CopaAmerica pela terceira vez nas últimas quatro edições. pic.twitter.com/K1jXfyh9gP — Copa América (@CopaAmerica) June 29, 2019 Neymar is widely reported to be returning to Barcelona ahead of next season, two years after leaving the La Liga champions.And while Suarez’s missed penalty will be the main talking point, it was not the only failing of the day for Uruguay, who were their own worst enemies on a night when Peru became the first side in the Copa America not to register a shot on target.  The Uruguayans were caught off-side seven times against Peru, the most in a game of the 2019 Copa America, with two of those calls ruling out goals.  Suarez saw a strike ruled out for offside himself, though the margins were incredibly slim.  The match also continued a trend of sloppy play in Uruguay matches.   The side took part in the three first halves of the 2019 Copa America with the lowest passing accuracy (73.1% Uruguay v Ecuador; 73.7% Uruguay v Peru; 75% Uruguay v Japan).  Uruguay have now been involved in the joint-most shootouts in Copa America history with nine. And the loss against Peru saw the side slide into a losing record in those matches, with Saturday’s contest marking the fifth loss in those nine matches. Suarez and Uruguay will only have to wait one year for a chance at redemption, with Copa America switching to even-year tournaments in line with the Euros in 2020.last_img read more

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Arsenal agree £8m deal to sign David Luiz from Chelsea

first_imgArsenal have reached an agreement for the £8 million ($10m) transfer of David Luiz from Chelsea, with the Brazilian set to join the Gunners on a two-year deal despite the Blues not being in a position to sign a replacement.Chelsea are currently unable to bring in any new players due to a two-window transfer ban after FIFA found the club to be in breach of regulations relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18.Arsenal, meanwhile, have been in the market for a new centre-back following a poor season at the back in 2018-19 and former captain Laurent Koscielny’s move to Bordeaux has only furthered the need for reinforcements. 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? Talks with RB Leipzig over a move for 20-year-old Dayot Upamecano yielded little fruit, with the German outfit demanding up to £75m ($90m) for the starlet, while Juventus turned down an offer of a two-year loan deal for Daniele Rugani last week.Now, despite Chelsea’s inability to sign players until next season and having just signed a two-year extension with the club in May, Luiz is set to be the one to take on the responsibility of providing the Gunners’ back line with some much needed leadership.Having missed training with the Blues on Wednesday to get the ball rolling on a move, the 32-year-old will complete a medical on Thursday – deadline day for the Premier League window – and sign a two-year deal with the Emirates side.Elsewhere, Arsenal are also hoping to tie up a deal that will see Celtic’s Kieran Tierney join the club for £25m ($30m), with the English side’s first two bids for the Scotland international having been turned down.Tierney is also in London to undergo a medical and finalise a transfer that will see the 22-year-old join the Gunners on a five-year contract that will reportedly see Celtic earn a percentage of any future sale of the highly-rated left-back.Keen to improve on a fifth-place finish in the English top-flight last term, Arsenal have signed exciting winger Nicolas Pepe from Lille and secured a one-year loan for Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos.The Gunners get their new Premier League campaign underway this Sunday, August 11, with a trip to St James’ Park to face Newcastle. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Photos: This College Football Fan Is Going Viral Today

first_imgA Florida A&M player throws a pass against Miami.MIAMI, FL – SEPTEMBER 06: Damien Fleming #11 of the Florida A&M Rattlers looks to pass during a game against the Miami Hurricanes at Sunlife Stadium on September 6, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Miami’s football program has rebounded well from its season-opening loss to LSU to start the 2018 college football season.The Hurricanes, a preseason top 10 team, have rebounded with four straight wins since that loss to the Tigers.Miami is now 4-1 and coming off a 47-10 win over North Carolina. The Hurricanes are set to take on rival Florida State this weekend.The U fans are pretty excited about these recent developments.One Miami fan, Sofia Bevarly, has been going viral on Instagram.Sofia has nearly 1 million followers on Instagram.You can follow her on IG here.last_img read more

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Video Shows SEC Coach Realizing What Play Team Was Running Before Snap

first_imgJeremy Pruitt standing on the sideline.CHARLOTTE, NC – SEPTEMBER 01: Head coach Jeremy Pruitt of the Tennessee Volunteers watches on against the West Virginia Mountaineers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Tennessee pulled off one of the more impressive upsets in college football over the weekend. The Volunteers took down then-No. 22 Auburn by a final score of 30-24 for the team’s first conference win of the season.During the game, head coach Jeremy Pruitt used his defensive mind to help out his players on the field. In a video captured from the sideline, Pruitt can be heard calling out to his defensive players where the ball is heading on one of Auburn’s offensive plays.Check it out.Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt is a defensive mind, right?Watch this play from Auburn’s final offensive drive.At the beginning, you can hear Pruitt yell “BAYLEN IT’S COMING TO YOUR GUY!”Sure enough… pic.twitter.com/n0G10pTLMq— Caleb Noe (@wvltCaleb) October 16, 2018The former Alabama defensive coordinator wasn’t a popular pick when it was announced his was Tennessee’s choice as its next head coach. However, Pruitt sits at 3-3 on the season and the team has a legitimate chance to make a bowl game.The Volunteers are in for a tough contest this weekend as the team hosts Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday afternoon.last_img read more

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A Major College Football Program Offered Zion Williamson A Scholarship

first_imgZion Williamson dunking the ball during the McDonald's All-American dunk contest.ATLANTA, GA – MARCH 26: Zion Williamson of Spartanburg Day School attempts a dunk during the 2018 McDonald’s All American Game POWERADE Jam Fest at Forbes Arena on March 26, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Zion Williamson is the talk of the 2018-19 men’s college basketball season. Duke’s star freshman has dazzled – and dominated – his first couple of games on the court for the Blue Devils. The freak of an athlete is looking very much like a future No. 1 overall NBA Draft pick.The tank of a forward is built like no basketball player we’ve ever seen before. It’s hard to watch him play and not think he could’ve been a hell of a football player, too.A major college football program apparently agrees.Williamson was reportedly offered a scholarship by LSU.LSU tried to offer Zion Williamson a football scholarship in 2016. They never heard back.”I thought, hell, why not, he’s probably the best damn tight end to ever live.”https://t.co/JcbOoym5Er— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) November 15, 2018From ESPN.com:Once Mateos saw the highlights, he got Williamson’s phone number and reached out to offer him a scholarship to LSU.“I thought, hell, why not, he’s probably the best damn tight end to ever live,” Mateos told ESPN.Mateos, who said Orgeron likely didn’t even know about the offer, never heard back from Williamson.“Honestly, I just thought it would be really fun and would be good exposure for LSU if we offered him for football. Unfortunately, he didn’t seem to be too [interested],” Mateos said. “Coach O said go recruit the best athletes in the country, and that’s what I tried to do.”It seems like Zion made the right choice. He would’ve been a ton of fun to watch on the gridiron, though.last_img read more

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USC Will Need To Beat Notre Dame To Become Bowl Eligible

first_imgusc starting quarterback jt daniels against uclaPASADENA, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 17: JT Daniels #18 of the USC Trojans scrambles out of the pocket during the first half against the UCLA Bruins at Rose Bowl on November 17, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)When Notre Dame and USC meet next Saturday, there will be a great deal on the line for both schools. The Fighting Irish will be fighting for a College Football Playoff spot. The Trojans will be fighting just to play in a bowl game.USC, after an ugly loss to rival UCLA, is now just 5-6 on the season. The Trojans gave up nearly 500 yards to the Bruins, who had just two wins on the season coming into the contest.As a result, USC will need to beat its other big rival – Notre Dame – in next week’s contest to finish with a 6-6 mark and become bowl eligible. It’s a tall task, considering the Fighting Irish are currently 11-0 and ranked No. 3 in the nation.If you’re wondering, it’s been a long, long time since USC didn’t win six games in a season. While the school has dealt with bowl bans, they haven’t actually lost seven games in a season since back in 2000. Paul Hackett was the coach then.#USC will lose to a 2-8 #UCLA squad and now have to beat undefeated Notre Dame just to make a bowl game.There is no way Clay Helton should be back next season.— Ryan Abraham (@insidetroy) November 18, 2018Clay Helton, in his first two seasons, finished with records of 10-3 and 11-3. It’ll be interesting to see how the schools handles what has to be considered a down year.Notre Dame and USC will square off at 8:00 PM ET next Saturday.last_img read more

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Here Are The Announcers For The New Year’s Day Games

first_imgohio state quarterback dwayne haskinsINDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – DECEMBER 01: Dwayne Haskins Jr. #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a pass down field in the game against the Northwestern Wildcats in the second quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 01, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)While the two College Football Playoff semifinals are over, there is still a ton of great college football to be played before bowl season ends. The next 48 hours are going to be awesome.Tuesday, New Year’s Day, there are five games on the slate. Let’s take a look at the game time, channel and announcers for each of the games.Up first, No. 18 Mississippi State will take on Iowa in an Outback Bowl matchup of 8-4 teams. The Bulldogs and Hawkeyes will kick off at Noon on ESPN. The announcers on the call will be Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek and Molly McGrath.There are two games that kick off an hour later. The first is No. 11 LSU vs. No. 8 UCF in the Fiesta Bowl. That game will be broadcast on ESPN and will feature Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Todd McShay.The other is No. 12 Penn State vs. No. 14 Kentucky in the Citrus Bowl. That contest will be broadcast on ABC with Dave Flemming, Brock Huard and Laura Rutledge on the call.The two later games are easily the best of the day. The Rose Bowl, between No. 6 Ohio State and No. 9 Washington, will kick off at 5:00 PM ET on ESPN. Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Maria Taylor will be calling that one.Lastly, No. 5 Georgia will take on No. 15 Texas in the Sugar Bowl. That games will kick off at 8:45 PM ET and will be carried on ESPN. Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe will be doing that one.It should be a great New Year’s Day of football. Get excited.last_img read more

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Ohio State Has A Couple Of Special Visitors At The Rose Bowl

first_imgAn exterior view of the Rose Bowl.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 06: A general view of the stadium prior to the 2014 Vizio BCS National Championship Game between the Auburn Tigers and the Florida State Seminoles at the Rose Bowl on January 6, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)Ohio State is off to a strong start against Washington in the Rose Bowl. The Buckeyes lead the Huskies 14-3 on the strength of two Dwayne Haskins touchdown passes.Two well-known former Buckeyes are on the sideline watching their team play. Joey and Nick Bosa are both in attendance.Joey currently plays out in Los Angeles as a member of the Chargers. He made a late-season return after missing the first two months with an injury.Nick, meanwhile, suffered a core muscle injury in Ohio State’s win over TCU back in September. The issue ended his college career, and he’s been away from the team for a while now rehabbing and preparing for the NFL Draft.Both brothers were interviewed during the game.Nick and Joey Bosa here at the Rose Bowl on Ohio State’s sideline. pic.twitter.com/q2sUnSkUe6— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) January 1, 2019Joey Bosa was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Nick might be able to beat that come April.You can watch the Rose Bowl on ESPN.last_img read more

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Australian Open: Leander Paes-Sam Stosur crash out in second round

first_img Next Press Trust of India MelbourneJanuary 22, 2019UPDATED: January 22, 2019 19:31 IST Leander Paes and Sam Stosur lost in three sets (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLeander Paes and Samantha Stosur suffered a 6-4, 4-6, 8-10 defeat in the mixed doubles second roundPaes-Stosur pair lost to Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Robert FarahEarlier, Paes had made a first round exit in the men’s doubles eventVeteran Leander Paes and his partner Samantha Stosur suffered a second round defeat in the mixed doubles event, ending India’s campaign at the Australian Open in Melbourne Tuesday.The unseeded pair of Paes and Stosur won the first set 6-4 against Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Robert Farah but conceded the second set with the same scoreline (4-6).The third set went into tiebreak with the fifth seed German-Colombian duo emerging victorious 10-8.Paes and Stosur had beaten the pair Dutch-Czech pairing of Wesley Koolhof Kveta Peschke in the round of 32.The 45-year-old Paes had made a first round exit in the men’s doubles event with partner Mexican Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela.Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and his partner Nicholas Monroe were also knocked out in the opening round of the event.In the men’s singles, Prajnesh Gunneswaran had also made a first round exit after coming through the Qualifiers while Ramkumar Ramanathan, Ankita Raina and Karman Thandi could not make it to the singles main draw.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Leander PaesFollow Sam Stosur Australian Open: Leander Paes-Sam Stosur crash out in second roundAustralian Open: Leander Paes and Samantha Stosur suffered a 6-4, 4-6, 8-10 defeat against Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Robert Faraha in the mixed doubles event.advertisementlast_img read more

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Table tennis: My best is yet to come, says G Sathiyan after breaking into top 25

first_img Next Indo-Asian News Service ChennaiApril 30, 2019UPDATED: April 30, 2019 16:03 IST G Sathiyan said he loves playing under pressure and challenges (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSG Sathiyan climbed 4 spots to 24th in the latest ITTF rankingsSathiyan’s 6th place finish in the Asia Cup earlier this month helped secure a place in the World CupSathiyan said his goal is to break into the top 15 by the end of 2019Fast-rising table tennis player G Sathiyan feels his best is yet to come, a day after he became the first Indian to break into the top 25 of the latest world ranking list released by International Table Tennis Federation.”I am happy with the way I am playing and I feel I am moving in the right direction. But I feel the best is yet to come,” Sathiyan told IANS from Chennai.”I have started to beat world-class players more frequently. I still feel the best is yet to come and I am marching towards my goal of top 15 by the end of this year,” said the engineer turned table tennis professional.Sathiyan jumped four spots to be 24th in the lastest ITTF rankings, following his sixth-place finish in the Asia Cup in Yokohama earlier this month. Riding the result, he secured a place in the World Cup scheduled to be held in Chengdu from October 25 to 27.Last week, he was the sole Indian to reach the round of 32 in the World Championships in Hungary.Sathiyan’s rankings shot up thanks to a series of fine performances over a period of 12 months, beginning February 2018 (the best eight are taken for consideration). They include the Qatar Open (reached the round of 16), Hong Kong and Korea Open (round of 32), Australian Open (round of 16), and Austrian Open (round of 16).The Chennai player also won an Asian Games bronze last year.Asked if there is the pressure of expectation now that he is India’s top-ranked male table tennis player, Sathiyan laughed: “I love playing under pressure. I enjoy the challenge.”advertisementThe next few months will be gruelling for Sathiyan with the World Table Tennis Championships, seven Pro Tours (China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Australia, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic), Ultimate Table Tennis League and the Commonwealth Championships all lined up before the World Cup.Also Read | G Sathiyan becomes first Indian to break into top-25 of table tennis world rankingsAlso Read | Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia recommended for Rajiv Gandhi Khel RatnaAlso 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 Table tennis: My best is yet to come, says G Sathiyan after breaking into top 25G Sathiyan became the first Indian player to break into the top 25 of International Table Tennis Federation on Monday.advertisementlast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Ben Stokes joins Aravinda de Silva in sharing unique record

first_img India Today Web Desk LondonMay 31, 2019UPDATED: May 31, 2019 08:43 IST Ben Stokes reacts after England won their opening match at the 2019 World Cup (AP)HIGHLIGHTSEngland beat South Africa by 104 runs in the World Cup opener on ThursdayBen Stokes starred for England with 89 runs, 2 wickets and 2 catchesAravinda de Silva of Sri Lanka is the only other cricketer to have produced similar returns in a World CupEngland all-rounder Ben Stokes produced a performance for the ages as he hit 89 runs before coming back to pick up a sensational catch and 2 lower-order wickets against South Africa in the World Cup opener. The impressive showing meant that England started their campaign with a comfortable victory margin of 104 runs.Incidentally, this was just the 2nd time that a player had scored at least 80 runs, taken 2 wickets and 2 catches in a World Cup match. Before Stokes, Sri Lankan legend Aravinda de Silva was the only man to have achieved this feat.During the 1996 World Cup final against Australia, de Silva had picked up 3 crucial Aussie wickets and 2 catches before scoring a scintillating 107* to guide his team to their only World Cup trophy, till date.Players with at least 80 runs, 2 wickets and 2 catches in a World Cup matchAravinda de Silva in WC 1996 FinalBen Stokes today vs South Africa #CWC19Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) May 30, 2019Unsurprisingly, both the players were adjudged the Man of the Match for the respective games.Earlier, Stokes launched himself high into the air near the mid-wicket boundary, reaching up and back to snatch an amazing one-handed catch to dismiss Andile Phehlukwayo off the bowling of Adil Rashid.The Oval crowd roared its approval at what was a truly memorable moment, but Stokes – and captain Eoin Morgan – tried not to get too carried away when bombarded with questions about it by reporters.”I was actually in the wrong position – it would have been a regular catch if I was in the right place but, yeah it is one of those that sticks or doesn’t,” Stokes said.advertisementAlso Read | England vs South Africa World Cup 2019: Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer power England to opening night winAlso Read | Ben Stokes, Jofra Archers: 2 World Cup debutants make it a day to remember for EnglandFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Ben StokesFollow England vs South AfricaFollow World Cup 2019 World Cup 2019: Ben Stokes joins Aravinda de Silva in sharing unique recordAll-rounder Ben Stokes guided England to a comfortable victory over South Africa with impressive performances with both bat and ball thereby etching his name in the World Cup history booksadvertisementlast_img read more

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‘England Can’t Chase’: Cricketing fraternity reacts to Australia defeat

first_img Next ‘England Can’t Chase’: Cricketing fraternity reacts to Australia defeatEngland vs Australia, World Cup 2019: England’s dismal performance which resulted in heavy defeat to Australia, triggered a wave of reactions across Twitter, trolling Eoin Morgan and his team.advertisement India Today Web Desk LondonJune 26, 2019UPDATED: June 26, 2019 09:44 IST James Vince was bowled by Jason Behrendorff. (Reuters Photo)England were totted as one of the hottest pre-tournament favourites to reach the semi-finals but 3rd defeat in 7 matches have the hosts in a bit of tricky spot in World Cup 2019.Before the World Cup 2019, England were known for their aggressive brand of cricket and having earmarked match-winners, specific to the ODI format under the leadership of Eoin Morgan.England fans were rejoicing their team’s pre-tournament favourites tag with the famous theme song,It’s coming home’ launched during football World Cup in Russia where the Three Lions lost the semi-finals. The Barmy Army’ were sure that Captain Morgan’s men will reach the distance this time.But England’s second consecutive defeat in the quadrennial event, have left them in a must-win situation from here on. They now need to win at least one of their remaining two matches against New Zealand and India to give themself a fair chance of making the knockouts.On Tuesday, Australia defeated England by 64 runs at Lord’s to become the first team to enter the semi-finals of the 2019 Cricket World Cup. After Aaron Finch smashed a classy 100, Jason Behrendorff picked 5 for 44 and Mitchell Starc finished with 4 for 43 as England failed to chase 286.Former cricketers and fans came down heavily on Eoin Morgan’s side after they failed on the big stage against Australia.England were awful at Lord’s today. Not sure what’s going on but fear it is nerves/panic rather than lack of talent or form.Worried about the World Cup & even more worried about the Ashes… the Aussies will be like a pack of hunting dogs after this. @HomeOfCricket #ENGvAUS pic.twitter.com/BZ5GHoGSIEadvertisementPiers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 25, 2019England Can’t Chase #CWC19 #EngvAusAakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) June 25, 2019England should do the honourable thing and blame their batting on Rabada’s IPL stint. #ENGvAUSPavilion Opinions (@pavilionopinion) June 25, 2019England in deep waters. Stuck at 8 points. Beaten comprehensively by Australia.Upcoming matches are against India and New Zealand. Huge task and pressure games!!#ENGvsAUS #CWC19Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) June 25, 2019These two photos have the same energy. #ENGvAUS #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/kOd5OIHdooPrakash Shetty (@kitneka) June 25, 2019Curtains !!!Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 25, 2019The England captain stepping to square leg when Starc bowled his first delivery to him made me think England could have a little problem over the next week or so.I hope not, but I’ve not seen a captain show such a weakness for a while…Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) June 25, 2019Overwhelming favourites, now gasping to stay alive in a World Cup so many thought was theirs to own! #England #ENGvsAUSHarsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 25, 2019Also Read | Really? Excellent: Eoin Morgan responds to Kevin Pietersen’s criticism post Australia defeatAlso Read | Not Australia, England probably still World Cup 2019 favourites: Jason BehrendorffAlso 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow England VS AustraliaFollow Eoin Morganlast_img read more

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Sarfaraz Ahmed should be removed from Test captaincy, feels Shahid Afridi, Zaheer Abbas

first_img Press Trust of India KarachiSeptember 20, 2019UPDATED: September 20, 2019 16:00 IST Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed (File Photo: IANS)HIGHLIGHTSSarfaraz Ahmed has led Pakistan in all three formats since 2017 after the retirement of Misbah-ul-HaqLegendary Zaheer Abbas also spoke in the same veinZaheer Abbas said that both the posts of head coach and chief selector should remain mutually exclusiveFormer Pakistan captains Zaheer Abbas and Shahid Afridi feel that Sarfaraz Ahmed should not continue as Test captain even though he can lead the national team in white-ball formats.Afridi while talking to the media in Karachi felt that while the decision to retain Sarfaraz as captain of the ODI and T20 squads was sensible but he is not the perfect choice for red-ball format.”I think it would be better for him if Sarfaraz didn’t become the Test captain because I think captaining in three formats is a big burden for him. He is naturally inclined to be a successful captain in the limited over cricket formats,” Afridi said.Sarfaraz has led Pakistan in all three formats since 2017 after the retirement of Misbah-ul-Haq but faced plenty of criticism in the longest format where Pakistan has slid down to 7th in the ICC rankings.Legendary Zaheer Abbas also spoke in the same vein.”I don’t think he can manage the pressure of captaining in three formats. He would be better off only managing the ODI and T20 formats,” Zaheer said.”Test cricket is the most difficult format in cricket and it is not easy captaining in this format. Sarfaraz should be allowed to focus on 50-overs and T20 cricket,” he said.Zaheer said that the PCB and selectors should look at other options for the test match captaincy.He also didn’t agree with the decision to make Misbah-ul-Haq the head coach and chief selector and said both posts should remain mutually exclusive.advertisement”I think there will be lot of pressure on Misbah handling both things plus he doesn’t have coaching experience at the top level,” he added.Also Read | Watch: Sri Lankan players are under pressure from IPL franchises, says Shahid AfridiAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Sarfaraz AhmedFollow Shahid Afridi Next Sarfaraz Ahmed should be removed from Test captaincy, feels Shahid Afridi, Zaheer AbbasFormer Pakistan captains Zaheer Abbas and Shahid Afridi feel that Sarfaraz Ahmed is not the perfect choice for red-ball format and selectors should look at other options for the test match captaincy.advertisementlast_img read more

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