About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone: Real Madrid improving a lotby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone believes they face an in-form Real Madrid today.In typical Cholo fashion, the Argentine shunned questions about either off-field or non-footballing matters.”I think that Real Madrid have very good players and when they take advantage of the spaces they are tough to defend against,” he responded, despite the question being on what he thought of Barcelona’s 300-euro fine for approaching Antoine Griezmann before his transfer to the club.”Bale is growing, Benzema is in fine form and Hazard has great qualities,” he added, independently of the initial question.Asked who were favourites, Simeone felt that there was very little in it, though he did note Madrid’s recent improvement.”These types of matches are tight and are defined by details which sway the game to one side or another.”Real Madrid improved a lot in Seville, and continued in that way against Osasuna even when they made changes. I imagine they will continue on that path,” he stated.
Wales coach Ryan Giggs: Man Utd must keep buyingby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWales coach Ryan Giggs says Manchester United need FIVE new players to bring the glory days back to Old Trafford.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s under-fire side have won just five of their last 22 matches, and are winless in ten away games, ahead of today’s crunch Prem clash at Newcastle.Giggs told The Sun: “I see what Ole is doing and I support that. He’s brought in three players but he probably needs seven or eight.”So he needs another four or five. But you can’t do that over one transfer window, so you have to be patient because it will be slow.“What he is trying to do was much needed. He needs time.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ferguson declares ex-Arsenal boss Wenger ‘an absolute legend’by Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United icon Sir Alex Ferguson has declared Arsene Wenger “an absolute legend” as the former Arsenal boss enjoyed a special night in his honour.On Monday night, Wenger was named a ‘Legend of Football’ at the annual Nordoff Robbins charity award dinner.Addressing his old adversary via video, Ferguson said: “The career you had as a manager at Arsenal was absolutely fantastic – an absolute legend.”I loved the competition against you. We had some great times and it’s wonderful you’re getting this award tonight. So good luck, my blessing with you.”Ferguson himself has been a past recipient of the ‘Legends of Football’ award, which has been handed out since 1996.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Thiago Motta confirms he’s taking charge of Genoaby Carlos Volcano4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThiago Motta has confirmed he’s taking charge of Genoa.Motta has accepted Genoa’s offer to become their new coach, replacing Aurelio Andreazzoli.The 37-year-old former midfielder played for the Rossoblu during the 2008-09 campaign.He retired from professional football at the end of 2017-18 and spent last season coaching PSG’s Under-19 team.TMW caught up with Motta as he arrived in the Ligurian capital and told its correspondent he was “ready to get going”.
IG/espnmicheleEven with the Kentucky Derby, NFL Draft, NBA and NHL playoffs, and plenty of early season baseball action, the marquee sporting event of the weekend is the long-awaited Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight, which will take place tonight around 11:30 p.m. One of college football’s recent superstars, Florida great Tim Tebow, is in Las Vegas for the bout, and spent time at Pacquiao camp during training this week.Pacquiao and Tebow first met in March, and BehindTheGloves.com caught up with the two stars, who have a lot in common, including their strong faith, and connections to the Phillipines. Pacquiao is a national hero in his home country, and Tebow was born in the city of Makati and spent five years living in the country.Much of the sports world appears to be split over tonight’s fight, but it seems like Tebow is all in on Pacquiao.
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 5: Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops talks on the field before the game against the Akron Zips September 5, 2015 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Akron 41-3.(Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)The Big 12 was the only major conference without a playoff participant last year, but in 2015, it certainly looks like history will not repeat itself. The league currently has three undefeated teams – Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma State – and a fourth, Oklahoma, with just one loss. Furthermore, as you’ll see below, the conference now has the three top spots in ESPN’s FPI. Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma are 1-2-3. Ohio State is the highest-ranked non-Big 12 school, at No. 4. Oklahoma State is No. 14.Here’s a reminder of what the FPI measures.The Football Power Index (FPI) is a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward for the rest of the season. FPI represents how many points above or below average a team is. Projected results are based on 10,000 simulations of the rest of the season using FPI, results to date, and the remaining schedule. Ratings and projections update daily.Alabama is currently the top-ranked SEC squad. USC, at 5-3, is the highest Pac-12 team, at No. 5. Clemson, the ACC’s top dog, is No. 7.What do you think, college football fans? How accurate is this tool?
Up to this point, conference realignment has largely been about the expansion of the leagues’ footprints and adding games available to sell to broadcast partners. Even with possible movement in the Big 12, most believe that there will be around 64-68 schools divided up between four or five power conferences at the end of the day, with the rest of the FBS on the outside looking in.FOX Sports’ Stewart Mandel thinks things will take an even more drastic change, with the sport’s upper crust eventually setting itself apart in an even more meaningful way. This morning, he published a post, framing what he believes the college football world will look like in 10 years. Rather than the four or five power conferences that we are now accustomed to, Mandel sees the top 24 schools in the sport joining together to create their own four-division “conference” that will eventually decide the four teams that make up the College Football Playoff. Rather than further expansion, he expects a “consolidation of power” in the sport.What will college football realignment look like in 10 years? Think consolidation, not expansion. Story: https://t.co/ErD34sFUVD— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) May 16, 2016 Here is how Mandel lays things out: His explanation: with the ongoing shift in how people consume television and live events, maximizing the number of big-name matchups to draw the biggest audiences every week will be the new goal of the sport.Whereas the last round of realignment was driven by inventory — bundle together as many schools from as many markets as possible to command the highest possible subscriber fees — the next round will be more about content. Put on the biggest possible games to garner the largest possible audience because the viewers themselves will become the buyers rather than Comcast or Time Warner.This is certainly different than what we usually see in college football realignment projection columns, and there is plenty of logic behind a lot of this. Whether these schools would actually ditch the majority of their leagues to make this happen is a huge question, but it is definitely not outside the realm of possibility.[FOX Sports]
Napoli have shown support for Kalidou Koulibaly by wearing masks during Saturday’s clash with Bologna after he was subjected to discriminatory abuse.The 27-year-old, born in France to Senegalese parents, was allegedly subjected to monkey chants throughout his side’s 1-0 loss to Inter in midweek.Koulibaly was sent off in the game, as he was first booked for a foul and then given a second yellow card for sarcastically applauding the referee. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? His manager, Carlo Ancelotti, defended his centre-back afterwards, however, insisting that the club asked for the game to be suspended three times due to the abuse aimed at Koulibaly, leading to announcements over the PA system.Inter will now play two home league games behind closed doors as punishment , though they have yet to decide whether to launch an appeal.The Italian also made it clear that he would have no hesitation in telling his team to abandon a match if it were to happen again. Non importa il colore della pelle.Non importa la religione.Non importa per quale squadra fai il tifo. Il calcio, come tutti gli sport, é un gioco. E tutti i giochi sono passione, divertimento, libertà: e nella libertà siamo tutti uguali!Domani saremo tutti Koulibaly! pic.twitter.com/qrZrNZ9Ypn — ghoulam faouzi (@GhoulamFaouzi) December 28, 2018 “Maybe we have to take matters into our own hands next time and stop play ourselves. They’ll probably make us lose the game if we walk off, but we are prepared to do it,” he said.And fans have now shown their solidarity with Koulibaly, with a supporters group handing out masks with Koulibaly’s face on, as well as t-shirts bearing his name.Posters with the message’ siamo tutti Koulibaly’ – which tranlates to ‘we are all Koulibaly’ – were also visible at the Stadio San Paolo.Koulibaly’s team-mate Faouzi Ghoulam showed his support through Twitter prior to the game, posting a picture of himself wearing the mask, along with the message: “It does not matter the colour of skin. It does not matter religion. It does not matter which team you cheer for.”Football, like all sports, is a game. And all the games are passion. Fun, freedom and in freedom we are all the same. Tomorrow we will all be Koulibaly!”Supporters previously donned Koulibaly masks in 2016 after Lazio fans subjected the defender to racial abuse. The chants led to the game being stopped for three minutes in the second half.
Twitter/@11WJoe Mixon exploded for a huge touchdown, but the Oklahoma player drops ball before scoring on a 97-yard kickoff return. The refs missed what should have been a touchback.Just moments after Ohio State scored on a 68-yard pick-six by Jerome Baker, running back Joe Mixon broke the ensuing kickoff for a 97-yard return touchdown. There aren’t many players that can leave an entire Buckeye roster in the dust. Mixon is one of them.#Sooners with a quick response on the kickoff! @Joe_MainMixon 97 yard return. 14-7 #Buckeyes #OUvsOSU @RedditCFB pic.twitter.com/sPSpnxXfrx— Tyler Birschbach (@tylerbirsch) September 18, 2016A closer look, however, reveals that Mixon actually dropped the football before crossing the goal line.Unbelievable missed call here, Joe Mixon dropped the ball before he got into the end zone https://t.co/GPvJ1vUCON— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 18, 2016Yeah, maybe that wasn’t a touchdown. pic.twitter.com/DcY85eAlo1— Eleven Warriors (@11W) September 18, 2016As we’ve seen multiple times already this season, most notably Clemson’s Ray-Ray McCloud last week, that should be a touchback. Of course, the refs didn’t catch it, and the huge touchdown stands. This is a huge response to Baker’s pick-six, which set off a litany of “basic defense” taunts in the direction back-up Oklahoma quarterback Austin Kendall. The freshman said that the Buckeyes’ unit was “basic,” and that Mayfield would “light them up” in the game.So far, J.T. Barrett has had the better of Mayfield. The Sooners signal caller is 4-of-10 for 56 yards and the pick, while Barrett is 3-of-6 for 16 yards and a nice fade throw to Noah Brown for a score. He also has 34 yards on the ground.Oklahoma is in the game, but is very lucky to be, because Mixon’s touchdown could have easily been overturned. College football players. Please. Stop dropping the ball before the goal line. There is literally no excuse for this.
Steph Houghton missed a controversial late penalty as holders the United States beat England 2-1 to reach a third successive Women’s World Cup final, despite missing inspirational co-captain Megan Rapinoe.The Lionesses had the opportunity to at least force extra-time with an 84th-minute spot-kick, but Houghton’s poor effort was saved and Millie Bright saw red late on as USA held on to ensure their title defence goes to the final stage.Rapinoe’s absence, said to be due to a hamstring issue, provided a pre-match shock, but Christen Press made a swift impact as her replacement when heading in the opener, before Ellen White’s equaliser was cancelled out by Morgan nodding in just past the half-hour mark on her birthday. 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 England produced a good response in the second half and White had a second goal ruled out for straying marginally offside, before Alyssa Naeher easily saved Houghton’s penalty and a frustrated Bright earned a second booking, providing a disappointing end for Phil Neville’s side.4 – England have taken more penalties (4) and missed more penalties (3) than any other side at the 2019 Women’s World Cup. Pressure. #FIFAWWC #Lionesses pic.twitter.com/QJEVqXXxvW — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 2, 2019 A breathless start resulted in USA opening the scoring early, with Press meeting Kelley O’Hara’s deep cross with a fine header into the top-left corner.But England – who had looked overwhelmed – levelled nine minutes later, White expertly guiding Beth Mead’s left-wing cross into the top-right corner with a first-time effort.Morgan ensured USA went into the break ahead, however, racing on to Lindsey Horan’s lofted pass and glancing a header beyond Carly Telford, before appearing to mock England in her celebration, as she pretended to sip from a cup of tea.The Lionesses improved after the break and thought they had the equaliser 23 minutes from time as White converted after Jill Scott’s gorgeous flicked pass, but a VAR review deemed the striker to have been just offside.Another VAR referral nine minutes from time gave England a penalty after Becky Sauerbrunn was deemed to have fouled White with the goal at her mercy, but Houghton’s feeble effort, taken a full three minutes later, was easily saved.Bright then showed her annoyance with a strong tackle on Morgan that earned her a second yellow card, and USA subsequently finished the job. KEY OPTA FACTS- USA have won their past 11 matches at the Women’s World Cup, the best winning streak in the tournament’s history.- USA are the first side in Women’s World Cup history to reach the final in three successive editions, making their record fifth appearance in total.- England have taken (four) and missed (three) more penalties than any other side at the 2019 Women’s World Cup.- White is the first English player in history to score in five consecutive World Cup appearances.- White has scored six goals at the 2019 Women’s World Cup. No English player has scored more goals than her in a single World Cup tournament (Harry Kane – six in 2018 and Gary Lineker – six in 1986). read more
Ian Holloway claims that the European Union is to blame for the controversial new handball rule in the Premier League.The former Crystal Palace and Blackpool manager made the bizarre claim following Gabriel Jesus’ last-minute goal in the 2-2 draw with Spurs last weekend.The Brazilian striker thought he had scored the winner in the dying minutes of Saturday’s match at the Etihad, only for VAR to rule out the goal after team-mate Aymeric Laporte was adjudged to have handled the ball in the build-up. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? And Holloway believes that Britain must leave the EU as soon as possible to avoid further similar decisions.“For me it doesn’t make sense, the handball rule,’ Holloway said on Sky Sports’ The Debate. “If it’s not handball for both, how can you assess that?”And to be fair, is that clear and obvious? They forgot the most important thing of all.”Their job is to not re-referee the game but to be clear and obvious, so I don’t think that’s our boys making up that new change of law.”I think that’s people telling us what we need to do with our game, now they should stop doing that.”With Britain set to leave the European Union in late October, the former QPR manager believes the decision will have a positive impact on the English Premier League.”I hope we get out, Brexit, because that’s what people are voting for and sort that out because you cannot have someone telling us how to do our own game.”The controversial International FA Board rules now mean that a goal can be disallowed if a player handles the ball resulting in an assist, regardless of whether or not there was any intention to do so.The rules have been met by huge criticism from fans throughout the league, with VAR also under heavy scrutiny.City had taken the lead after just 20 minutes through Raheem Sterling’s opener, only for Erik Lamela to equalise three minutes later. Sergio Aguero made it 2-1 to the home side soon after, with Lucas Moura levelling the scores early in the second half.And it was his fellow Brazilian Jesus who found the net in added time, only for the goal to be ruled out by VAR.The situation brought back bad memories for Man City, who were on the wrong end of a VAR decision earlier this year in their Champions League quarter-final meeting with Spurs, where Sterling’s injury-time winner was correctly cancelled out due to an Aguero offside. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
PISCATAWAY, NJ – OCTOBER 24: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes during a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)College football insider Bruce Feldman appeared on FOX Sports 1 this afternoon to discuss some of the major storylines entering the 2018 season. Of course, he talked about Urban Meyer and his future with the Ohio State program.Meyer has been on paid administrative leave since Wednesday, Aug. 1. Ohio State is investigating how he handled domestic violence accusations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith.OSU issued a two-week timetable for its investigation on Sunday, Aug. 5. We are approaching the end of that timeline.Feldman said on FOX Sports 1 today that there’s an “increasing chance” Meyer retains his job as Ohio State’s head coach based on what he’s hearing from those around the situation.Here are his full comments, transcribed by 247Sports:“The deadline that the investigation was set for should be this Sunday,” Feldman said. “It should be anytime within the next 96 hours, and we’re expecting to find out what they have determined from their investigation into whether Urban Meyer did in fact follow the protocols and procedures that he said he did when he issued that statement from his own personal Twitter account about two weeks ago (Aug. 3).“I think, from talking to people around this situation – not anyone that is investigating this – but people around the situation – there is an increasing chance that Urban Meyer retains his job.“A lot of people are going to say, ‘Look, did he do the right thing?’ Technically, he did. Now, part of the investigation is to find out what did he know and when did he know about it, and then what did he do about it?“And I think some of this stuff that has been swirling around the Urban Meyer/Ohio State investigation that has been related to Zach Smith, publicity-wise, it didn’t help that the Toledo Blade unearthed a DUI from 2013 involving Zach Smith. It’s just one more thing that I think people will say, if Urban keeps his job or not, but if he keeps his job, ‘What is the reason you kept him on? And then what exactly was it that you determined that’s why you fired him?’“Now, we don’t know a lot of the particulars of that. We don’t know if when they confronted Zach Smith about it, was he untruthful about it? Did they catch him in lies? Is that was changed the night before Big Ten media days (July 23) when this all really blew up (and when Smith was fired)? We don’t know a lot of that.“And hopefully when this investigation is concluded, we will get some measure of transparency and find out, because there’s a lot of unanswered questions.””There’s a lot of people who feel like there is an increasing chance that Urban Meyer is going to retain his job.”@BruceFeldmanCFB with the latest on Ohio State’s investigation into Meyer pic.twitter.com/fjkzeq2rfl— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) August 16, 2018Ohio State’s program, meanwhile, is being led by interim coach Ryan Day. The Buckeyes open the season on Sept. 1 against Oregon State.[Bucknuts]
EAST LANSING, MI – OCTOBER 29: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during warm ups prior to playing the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on October 29, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)On Saturday afternoon, Ohio State extended its winning streak against The Team Up North to seven games after a dominant performance. The Buckeyes used an impressive defensive effort and exploded offensively en route to a 62-39 win.After the game, a photo of Jim Harbaugh awaiting his post game press conference hit the airwaves. Clearly distraught and contemplative after the blowout loss, Harbaugh looks absolutely dejected.This photo surfaced much to the delight Ohio State fans everywhere.Harbaugh pic.twitter.com/s2U5jC7q0h— angelique (@chengelis) November 24, 2018Harbaugh hasn’t been able to find an answer for Ohio State during his first four seasons with the Wolverines.It’s a tough loss for Harbaugh and the Wolverines, who entered the game as a 4.5-point favorite. Another loss for Michigan at the hands of Ohio State moves the Wolverines to 10-2 on the season and in position for a solid bowl game.However, after sitting at No. 4 in the nation, anything other than a Big Ten title and College Football Playoff berth feels like a disappointment.
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 02: Head coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts to a play during the first half against the Auburn Tigers in the SEC Championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)The Georgia Bulldogs are welcoming all competition. UGA football made big news today, scheduling ACC powers Clemson and Florida State down the road.The Dawgs and Tigers will renew their rivalry in 2032 in Athens, with a return game at Death Valley the following year. That adds to the two previously-scheduled games in 2029 and 2030.The two sides have faced off 64 times, with the last series being played in 2013 and 2014. Georgia owns a heavy advantage, though of course, the Tigers are a much different program now than they’ve ever been.The series with FSU comes in 2027 and 2028, with the ‘Noles hosting the first leg.Why the crazy scheduling? Kirby Smart made it known that he wants his Georgia football program challenged.Athletic director Greg McGarity said as much in a discussion with DawgNation.com:UGA athletics director Greg McGarity told AJC-DawgNation on Tuesday that “We’re not done yet” where adding marquee opponents to future schedules is concerned.[…]“Kirby is very eager to play a schedule that challenges our team,” McGarity said. “I think we’ve done a very good job of that over the years, scheduling two non-conference Power 5 opponents per season.”Smart’s message is clearly received. Hopefully, for Georgia fans’ sake, Smart is still in Athens and has the program on this same trajectory as they are on now.Georgia already has its long-term annual game with Georgia Tech locked in for the foreseeable future, as well as games against Notre Dame (2019), Virginia (2020), Oregon (2022), UCLA (2025-26), and Texas (2028-29). there are plenty of exciting opponents on the horizon for the Dawgs.[DawgNation.com]
TUCSON, AZ – SEPTEMBER 18: Head coach Kirk Ferentz of the Iowa Hawkeyes watches from the sidelines during the college football game against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona. The Wildcats defeated the Hawkeyes 34-27. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Iowa football is working without a full coaching staff. Kirk Ferentz sees that changing soon.Defensive line coach Reese Morgan announced his retirement just ahead of spring practice. Morgan says he made the call to focus on his family, after 19 years on staff in Iowa City.Kevin Bell moved from recruiting coordinator to coach the defensive line. However, the new hire is expected to focus on the same position, and assist Bell there.Kirk Ferentz says that he plans to “get things rolling” on his new assistant coaching hire this week.From HawkCentral:“(The wait) has allowed us some time to think about what we’re looking for, in terms of naming another assistant,” Ferentz said. “I think we’re far enough down the road where we have a good idea of what it is we’re looking for, specifically. We’ll start the process sometime this week and get things rolling.”With Kelvin Bell going from recruiting coordinator to head defensive line coach, that leaves open some recruiting duties that the staff has decided will be spread evenly. Here’s how it’ll work: The new assistant will assist Bell on the defensive line and handle in-season recruiting evaluations on defense. Running backs coach Derrick Foster will handle in-season evaluations on offense.It sounds like that will probably come after the end of spring. The Hawkeyes have two weeks left of the practice period.
India Today Web Desk WayanadJanuary 24, 2019UPDATED: January 24, 2019 19:41 IST Ranji Trophy semifinal: Umesh Yadav returned with figures of 7 for 48 in the first innings for Vidarbha vs Kerala. (Reuters Photo)Brief scores: Vidarbha 171/5 (45 overs) at stumps vs Kerala (160 all-out) in Wayanad. Vishnu Vinod (37), Umesh Yadav (7/48), Faiz Fazal (75), Sandeep Warrier (2/46).Umesh Yadav destroyed Kerala with figures of 7 for 48 to put Vidarbha on top on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy semifinal in Wayanad. Umesh, who played only one Test in Australia, has been in outstanding form in two matches for his state team.In the quarterfinal against Uttarakhand, Umesh returned figures of 4 for 90 and 5 for 23 as Vidarbha won by an innings and 115 runs. On Thursday, Kerala, who are playing their first Ranji Trophy semi-final, found Umesh too hot to handle.The 31-year-old Umesh picked his 12th five-wicket haul in first-class cricket and with Rajneesh Gurbani (3 for 38) ended Kerala’s first innings in only 28.4 overs.The defending champion reached 171 for 5 in 45 overs after winning the toss and bundling out Kerala for 105 in the first innings.Ranji Trophy Semifinals Day 1 Highlights: Vidarbha vs KeralaYadav, who was part of the India team that won the Test series in Australia recently, ran through the host batting line-up, took a personal best of 7 for 48.Vishnu Vinod, captain Sachin Baby and Basil Thampi were the only Kerala batsmen to make double digit scores.On a pitch which was on the bouncier side, the burly pacemen posed the Kerala batsmen a lot of trouble and was ably assisted by Rajneesh Gurbani (3 for 38), the star of Vidarbha’s maiden Ranji triumph last season.Yadav also reached the 100-wicket milestone in Ranji Trophy during his brilliant spell.His first victim was opener Mohammed Azharudeen caught by Y R Thakur for 8.advertisementHe then had Sijomon Joseph taken by R Sanjay for a duck.When Gurbani sent opener P Rahul for 9, Kerala looked in a spot of bother at 27 for 3.There was no respite as Yadav kept up the pressure by bowling with fire and discipline.Loss of wickets at regular intervals left the host in deep trouble and there was a danger of being shot out for a sub-100 first innings total.The usually reliable Jalan Saxena, who came up with a crucial knock in the second innings of the Quarterfinals against Gujarat, fell for a single digit score.Vishnu Vinod, the top scorer with 37 (50 balls) went for his shots and added 25 runs with no.11 M D Nidheesh (7) to take Kerala past 100 before Gurbani dismissed the latter.In reply, skipper Faiz Fazal (75) and Sanjay (19) provided Vidarbha a solid start before the latter was castled by Nidheesh.Veteran Wasim Jaffer, who joined Fazal, helped the reigning champions consolidate with a superb 80-run stand.The two played some delightful strokes on both sides of the wicket and showed how to bat on what was not an easy track.The stylish Jaffer breached the1,000- runs mark for a second time in his Ranji Trophy career.Hebecame the first batsman in Ranji history to achieve this landmark on two separate occasions.During the 2008-09 season, he had aggregated 1,260 runs for Mumbai.Jaffer (34) departed to a catch by K B Arun Karthick off Nidheesh’s bowling.Fazal, who led from the front with a fine knock, added57 runs for the fourth wicket with Atharva Taide (24).Fazal’s exit, to Sandeep Warrier for a well compiled 75, sparked a mini collapse as Vidarbha lost three wickets for one run to end the day at 171 for 5, a lead of 66 runs.In the other semi-final, Karanataka went to stumps on 264/9.Also Read | Wasim Jaffer 1st batsman to score 1000 runs in a Ranji Trophy season twiceFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Umesh YadavFollow Faiz FaizalFollow Wasim JafferFollow Vidarbha vs KeralaFollow Ranji Trophy Ranji Trophy semifinal: Umesh Yadav’s 7-wicket haul puts Vidarbha on top vs KeralaRanji Trophy semifinal: Umesh Yadav picked 7 wickets while Rajneesh Gurbani picked 3 wickets as Vidarbha took the opening day honours in the Ranji Trophy semifinal against Kerala.advertisement
Pandya brothers are only 2-over bowlers in T20Is: Sanjay ManjrekarSanjay Manjrekar was critical of the Pandya brothers and said Hardik and Krunal should not be bowling four over in T20Is and may only come good in some of the gamesadvertisement Ritayan Basu New DelhiFebruary 10, 2019UPDATED: February 10, 2019 16:34 IST India vs New Zealand: Hardik Pandya is in fact has been the most expensive bowler in the series (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSanjay Manjrekar feels Hardik and Krunal Pandya should not bowl fours overs in T20IsHardik Pandya gave away 131 runs in the three games and that too at an a economy of 10.92Krunal Pandya cost 119 runs from 72 balls at an economy of 9.92 and picked up 4 wicketsHardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya have been expensive with the ball against New Zealand in the three-match series, prompting former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar to down criticising the bothers.As a matter of fact the most the brother have been one of the more uneconomical bowlers in the series.Hardik is in fact has been the most expensive bowler in the series for either team having given away a total of 131 runs from the three games. He has a economy of 10.92 having bowled 72 balls and picking up three wickets at an average of 43.67.In the first T20I in Wellington, Hardik Pandya was hit for 51 from his four overs though he picked up two wickets. In the 2nd T20I in Auckland, Hardik went for 36 runs from his four overs as well as picking up one wicket. In the third and last T20I, Hardik was the most expensive, going for 44 in his four overs and he was also wicketless. His elder brother, Krunal didn’t fare any better, as he cost 119 runs from 72 balls at an economy of 9.92. He picked up a total of 4 wickets at an average of 29.75.Krunal in the first T20I went for 37 and picked up one wicket. In the second T20I, Krunal put up a man-of-the-match performance as he took three wickets from his four overs and that too with giving away just 28 runs. In the third and last T20I though, Krunal was his most expensive in the series as he was hit around the park by thge New Zealanders for 54 as he went wicketless.advertisementManjrekar took to social media to raise concerns about the lack of consistency from the two Pandya, who have been the preferred all-rounders for India. He feels the two Pandyas should not be bowling four over in T20Is and may only come good in some of the games but not always.”If not today, the realisation will come soon enough that the Pandya brothers are your 2 overs bowlers & only a good day could bowl 4 in T20Is,” Manjrekar wrote on Twitter.If not today, the realisation will come soon enough that the Pandya brothers are your 2 overs bowlers & only a good day could bowl 4 in T20Is. #INDvsNZt20Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) February 10, 2019India went onto lose the third T20I as well as the series as they fell short of the New Zealand total by 4 runs. The mixing and matching of players will have to fine-tuned with the ICC Cricket World Cup just round the corner.Also Read | Lots of positives and a few mistakes, says Rohit Sharma after T20I series defeatAlso Read | I am a big fan of Mr Kohli but bigger fan of Mrs Kohli: Banner spotted during Hamilton T20IFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Hardik PandyaFollow Krunal PandyaFollow Pandya brothersFollow India vs New ZealandFollow T20IsFollow Sanjay Manjrekar
Press Trust of India BristolMay 26, 2019UPDATED: May 26, 2019 15:08 IST West Indies’ Jason Holder during the Captain’s Press Conference, in London. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWest Indies won first two editions of the tournament in 1975 and 1979West Indies kick off their World Cup campaign against Pakistan on May 31Holder believes presence of Chris Gayle will help them in World Cup 2019Hopes are pinned on a born-again West Indies to relive their glory days but skipper Jason Holder says the upcoming World Cup is “a case of creating our own legacy”.Windies have a proud history at the World Cup, winning the first two editions of the tournament and making the final of the third. After struggling for nearly two decades, a few stunning wins against England recently lifted their spirits.”Not personally,” Holder told the ICC when asked if he feels pressurised to re-establish their dominance, adding, “It’s just a case of us creating our own legacy.”We obviously know our history what the past players have done. We will take it stage by stage, step by step, not get too far ahead of ourselves.”The presence of big players such as Andre Russell and Chris Gayle have helped, acknowledged the 27-year-old skipper.”Guys like Andre Russell make it easy for me, they tend to give a lot of support. I can’t thank them enough for the support they have given me, I know they continue to rally behind me.”It’s important for us to continue to build as a group. It’s a relatively young side and we have got one or two experienced heads in the cam it’s a good mix.”He has rated hosts England as the favourites in the showpiece. “England are the number one side in the world for good reason, you now they are playing some very good cricket, lot of hype around them, they have obviously got the home advantage.advertisement”I guess got to give them respect being the number side in the world … All teams are practically equally matched, they are well-balanced sides, sides that can defeat anyone on any particular day.”We have just got to take it game by game, give everyone the respect they deserve and we will have to execute our plans,” Holder said.”It’s a dream,” opener Evin Lewis was quoted as saying by the International Cricket Council’s website when asked about the prospect of West Indies lifting the title.”Everyone will be glad to be playing in the World Cup. When we won the T20 World Cup in 2016, it was a great feeling, just looking forward to the fifty-over World Cup this year. Hopefully, we can get over the line.”All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite, whose heroics won West Indies the World T20 title in 2016, echoed those sentiments.”Being here with the team, preparing for the World Cup means a lot to me,” he said.”As I always say, putting on the West Indies shirt is always a great feeling and a privilege to do it on the world stage, with the ten best teams fighting it out for the trophy, is something special.Also Read | ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Jason Roy hopeful of England posting a 500-run totalAlso Watch: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 west indies World Cup 2019: West Indies not feeling pressure to restablish dominance, says HolderWest Indies skipper Jason Holder has rated hosts England as the favourites in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. He also said that his team would like to create their own legacy in the quadrennial event.advertisement
Eoin Morgan hits 4th fastest hundred in World Cup historyWorld Cup 2019: England captain Eoin Morgan hit a hundred off 57 balls against Afghanistan. This is now the 4th fastest hundred in a World Cup.advertisement Next Rajarshi Gupta ManchesterJune 18, 2019UPDATED: June 18, 2019 18:57 IST Eoin Morgan bats during the Cricket World Cup match between England and Afghanistan. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEoin Morgan hit a hundred off 57 balls vs Afghanistan at Old TraffordMorgan’s hundred is the 4th fastest hundred in a World Cup gameMorgan now has the most sixes by an England batsman in an ODI inningsEoin Morgan hit the 4th fastest hundred ever in a World Cup match as England took a firm grip over Afghanistan in their 6th match of World Cup 2019 at Old Trafford on Tuesday.Eoin Morgan, the England captain, went past 200 sixes in ODIs and raced away to his 13th ODI hundred and his 1st in a World Cup.Morgan, who was run out for 99 on his ODI debut for Ireland, smashed 11 sixes in his innings to get to first World Cup hundred off 57 balls.Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien holds the record for the fastest World Cup hundred off 50 balls – ironically, it had come against England in a record run chase in 2011.Australia’s Glenn Maxwell has the 2nd fastest World Cup hundred off 51 balls while former South Africa batsman AB de Villers is 3rd in the list with a hundred off 55 balls.Eoin Morgan had taken over as England captain after Alastair Cook was sacked before the 2015 World Cup. Over the last 4 years, Morgan has transformed England into a world-beating ODI side and perhaps for the first time, they are one of the favourites in a World Cup.More significantly, there were injury concerns around Morgan before the match against Afghanistan but he was declared fit and he took the field as England looked set to pile on a massive score in Manchester.Also Read | India vs Pakistan: How the mother of all cricketing battles is losing its lustreAlso Read | Diamonds are forever: Hardik Pandya unveils his World Cup accessories on Chahal TVadvertisementAlso 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 AfghanistanFollow Eoin Morgan
Next Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiJuly 7, 2019UPDATED: July 7, 2019 14:47 IST Team India have been phenomenal in the group stages of World Cup 2019. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShoaib Akhtar is backing India to clinch the World Cup on July 14 at Lord’sAkhtar opined that the net run rate is a cruel thing and Pakistan played better cricket than the KiwisIndia have dominated the tournament, topping the ten-team table by winning seven of their eight matchesFormer Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar wants the World Cup to come back to the subcontinent and hence is backing India to go all the way and clinch the title on July 14 at Lord’s in London.So far, India have dominated the tournament, topping the ten-team table by winning seven of their eight matches and losing only to hosts and pre-tournament favourites England. India’s game against New Zealand was washed out without a single ball being bowled. Virat Kohli and Co. will take on the same opponent in the semifinal in Manchester on Tuesday.”New Zealand can’t take pressure. I hope they don’t choke this time. But I really want the World Cup to stay in the subcontinent and I think, I will back India all the way,” Akhtar said in his Youtube channel.It was all about Rohit Sharma’s record-breaking fifth hundred at Leeds against Sri Lanka on Saturday.Rohit hit a crisp 103 to help India thrash the Lankans by seven wickets in their final group game to finish with 15 points from 9 games.Rohit hit the drives, flicks, cuts and pulls with equal elan to register his fifth hundred of the ongoing World Cup — the most by any batsman in a single edition — bettering the record set by former Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara in the 2015 World Cup.”Rohit Sharma has great timing and shot selection. His understanding of the game is also superb. K.L. Rahul also got his ton which is a good thing,” added Akhtar.advertisementRahul scored 111 to get his maiden World Cup hundred.Akhtar opined that the net run rate is a cruel thing and Pakistan played better cricket than the Kiwis but failed to go through on this count.”Pakistan played better than New Zealand. I really thought they would make it but the net run rate is a cruel thing.”Pakistan finished fifth on 11 points, same as New Zealand, but lost out on inferior net run rate. In 2015, Australia beat New Zealand to win the Cup.Also Read | Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson were captains in India vs New Zealand Under 19 World Cup semi-finalAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma playing big brother role in opening partnership with KL Rahul, says Aakash ChopraAlso 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 India vs New ZealandFollow Shoaib Akhtar Will back India all the way: Shoaib Akhtar wants World Cup 2019 to return to the sub-continentShoaib Akhtar has been pretty vocal in expressing his views on how teams like India and Pakistan have performed in the ongoing edition of World Cup.advertisement