TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Moyes eyeing Birmingham jobby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United and Everton boss David Moyes is eyeing the Birmingham City job.The Mirror says the Potters are on the brink of sacking current manager Gary Rowett following his disappointing six months in the hotseat.Moyes, 55, has been out of work since steering West Ham to safety last season – and walking away from the Londoners having failed to agree a new contract.The Scot has been waiting patiently for the right job to come up.He turned down the chance to take over troubled Turkish outfit Fenerbache in the summer.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Heskey questions Liverpool depth to overcome Man Cityby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEmile Heskey believes Liverpool lack the squad depth to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title.Former Reds striker Heskey says Jurgen Klopp’s side will struggle if one of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah don’t score.”It’s a tall order because at this moment in time City have the best squad in terms of depth,” Heskey told Omnisport.”If you take certain players out of City they’ve always got someone who can step in and do a specific job, the way the manager wants him to do it.”Liverpool, if you take Salah, Mane or Firmino out, it’s not quite the same, whereas City have a better blend.”
Arsenal title winner Smith: Martinelli has striker instinctsby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal title winner Alan Smith believes Gabriel Martinelli can play as a striker long-term.He wrote for the London Evening Standard: “Following on from his brace against Nottingham Forest, another two goals last night to soften up Standard Liege spoke of a teenager going places fast. We hear he is better suited long term to a role on the wing, the position where he made his name at Ituano in Brazil. “But his clever movement here suggested otherwise. The near-post dash across his marker to glance home a marvellous header. The skilful shimmy and shot to curl in the second. These aren’t the hallmarks of a winger filling in. They point to a front man with natural goalscoring instincts.”At 18, Martinelli obviously has much to learn. Pitted against better defenders, his hold-up play will need to gain nous. He’ll have to get stronger to protect the ball. But the basic ingredients are in place. He doesn’t need telling how to find space in the box — a wonderful asset for the challenge ahead.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Lampard can’t contain excitement after Chelsea claim ‘huge’ Ajax victoryby Freddie Taylora day agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard could not hide his excitement at his side’s performance and victory over Ajax.The Blues were made to fight hard against last season’s Champions League semi finalists in the group stages.But they emerged with a vital away win in Amsterdam, thanks to a late Michy Batshuayi goal.”It feels huge,” Lampard said.”That always scares me because there’s a lot to do and it’s just six points halfway through the group now but we’re entitled to be excited about how we played tonight.”It can be a bit of a blueprint for us in terms of the work from the midfield players which was outstanding, the work of the wingers was outstanding, the work of the full-backs getting out to top players and stopping them making passes and easy decisions was absolutely outstanding.”I could go through them all – Kurt Zouma, what a performance – but there’s no excuses for us now to dip from that.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Real Sociedad pulled off the shock of the round in La Liga last weekend as they ran out 2-0 winners away to Real Madrid.A Willian Jose penalty gave the visitors the lead before Ruben Pardo secured Real Sociedad’s first victory over Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu since May 2004.Elsewhere, there was finally some local pride for Huesca, who grabbed their first ever home Liga win as Christian Rivera struck to seal a 2-1 win over Real Betis. 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? Further up the table, meanwhile, third-placed Sevilla salvaged a point against second-placed Atletico Madrid thanks to goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik, who made a flying save to ensure his side didn’t lose ground on Diego Simeone’s men.Click the image below to relive the excitement of another thrilling round of action from La Liga.
Gareth Bale put the confusion surrounding his future to one side on Saturday when he set up Real Madrid’s opening goal against Celta Vigo in La Liga.The game at the Bernabeu was just 12 minutes old when the Wales international bamboozled his marker to spit a shot across goal that was turned home at the far post by Karim Benzema.The assist was the eighth time Bale had been involved in a goal against Celta in just nine games against the team from Spain’s northwest coast, having scored six and assisted twice since arriving in La Liga in 2013. 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? Real, who are beginning their first full season under the charge of Zinedine Zidane after he returned to the club for his second spell in March, survived a disallowed goal from the visitors’ Brais Mendes to hold onto their lead at half time.Bale missed much of Real’s pre-season before coming on as a substitute in Sunday’s penalty shootout defeat to Roma, a game that finished 2-2 after 90 minutes.8 – Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale has been involved in eight goals (six scored, two assisted) in his nine LaLiga appearances versus Celta. Assist. pic.twitter.com/gwNKzaNQob— OptaJose (@OptaJose) August 17, 2019He almost joined Chinese side Jiangsu Suning last month before the move collapsed, with Real reportedly eager to claim a transfer fee for a player that cost them a world-record sum just six years ago.Zidane is adamant both Bale and fellow fringe player James Rodriguez can consider themselves part of the squad, though he did little to clarify the future of either.”James and Bale are players of the squad,” Zidane told reporters after the match in Rome. “They are both registered, but anything can happen and I, as a coach of Real Madrid, must count on them.”I count on them 100 per cent. James has not been summoned [to the squad recently], but this can change. Even before the end of the transfer window, everything can happen.”Real are looking to win their first La Liga title since 2017 when Zidane’s team overpowered Barcelona to take first place.Last term was an unmitigated disaster by the club’s standards, spending much of the first half of the season flailing in midtable under the doomed reign of former coach Julen Lopetegui.They crashed out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage to Ajax, a defeat that saw Lopetegui’s replacement Santiago Solari dismissed to permit the return of Zidane, three-time winner of Europe’s top prize during his first stint on the Madrid bench.
FAYETTEVILLE, AR – SEPTEMBER 2: General view during the game between the University of Southern California Trojans and the Arkansas Razorbacks on September 2, 2006 at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Southern California won 50-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Arkansas’ defensive backfield has taken a hit this evening. One of the Razorbacks’ cornerbacks has announced to retire.Defensive back Byron Keaton announced on Twitter this evening that he’s decided to hang up his cleats.Keaton has played football for 13 years, including three at Arkansas, and he’s ready to move on to the next phase of his life.Here’s his full announcement:#WPS pic.twitter.com/NBEk6EeA8w— Byron Keaton (@BK12THEBEST) May 31, 2018Keaton was a three-star recruit coming out of high school. The 5-foot-10 defensive back is an Arkansas native.The defensive back saw most of his action at Arkansas during the 2016 season, when he was a major part of the Razorbacks’ special teams.Best of luck to Byron moving forward.
FAYETTEVILLE, AR – SEPTEMBER 17: UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters do a flyover before a game between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Texas State Bobcats at Razorback Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Razorbacks defeated the Bobcats 42-3. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)Chandler Morris is a 2020 quarterback recruit from Texas, whose recruitment is starting to heat up. He is also the son of a prominent college football coach: Arkansas’s Chad Morris.Morris took over the Razorbacks this off-season, after three years rebuilding SMU into a respectable team in the AAC. He’s known for developing high-powered offenses, so we shouldn’t be shocked that his son is apparently a solid quarterback recruit.Since he is still a full class away, he hasn’t been ranked yet. However, big-time college football programs are taking note.Arkansas recently offered Chandler Morris, but they weren’t even the first Power Five program to do so.That would be the school at which Chad Morris really cut his teeth. Dabo Swinney, Morris’s former boss, and the Clemson Tigers extended an offer after a camp earlier this month.Had a great time at Clemson’s camp! Excited to receive an offer to play for Clemson!! #Allin pic.twitter.com/i2R9fOa48S— Chandler Morris (@Chandleram4) June 7, 2018On Friday, Arkansas followed suit. He announced the new offer late last night.Excited to receive an offer from The University of Arkansas! #WPS pic.twitter.com/VrK2dVVMQ7— Chandler Morris (@Chandleram4) June 16, 2018He had to perform before his father made the offer, though. Morris participated at the Razorback Elite QB/WR camp this week.According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, he was a standout quarterback at the event:He enjoyed taking part at the Arkansas camp with his father roaming around the two practice fields interacting with other campers.“It’s fun,” Morris said. “All of the coaches know me. It’s fun to go out and compete.”Morris was one of the standouts of the camp that featured Hog commitment KJ Jefferson and newly offered Jacolby Criswell. He showed good arm strength and a nice touch while operating like a seasoned veteran. He would embrace getting an offer from his father.With those two earlier P5 offers, plenty of others should pour in soon. It seems likely that he’ll be a Razorback in a few years, but you can’t count out the possibility that he’ll want to blaze his own trail.
SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during warm ups prior to the CFP National Championship against the Clemson Tigers presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Alabama head coach Nick Saban wouldn’t reveal who would be starting at quarterback for the Crimson Tide in the season opener against Louisville. We didn’t learn until the offense ran onto the field that Tua Tagovailoa was going to be starting under center.We’re not going to have to wait until game time this week. Saban has officially named Alabama’s starting quarterback for Week 2.It’s Tua Tagovailoa.Saban told reporters today that Tagovailoa, who played extremely well in the blowout win over the Cardinals, will be starting at quarterback on Saturday.Alabama’s head coach added that Jalen Hurts will be used in whatever way is best to help the team win.“I think everybody knows that Tua’s going to start this game and we’re going to use Jalen’s skill-set in the future to help however we feel he can benefit the team,” Saban said.Nick Saban: I think everybody knows that Tua’s going to start this game and we’re going to use Jalen’s skill-set in the future to help however we feel he can benefit the team.— John Zenor (@jzenor) September 3, 2018Saban got upset after Alabama’s win over Louisville when ESPN’s Maria Taylor asked him about his quarterbacks. He said that the media keeps trying to get him to say something bad about one of his guys and it’s not going to happen. Saban later called Taylor and apologized for overreacting.Alabama is set to host Arkansas State at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. E.T. The game will be on ESPN2.
ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 02: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during warmups before the college football game against the Florida Gators at AT&T Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)When you are the head coach of Michigan, you are judged on a number of things. First and foremost, perhaps, is your ability to beat Ohio State.Jim Harbaugh has not done that yet. He is 0-3 against the Wolverines’ biggest rivals, including a heartbreaking loss two years ago.Appearing on The Dan Patrick Show today, Harbaugh was asked how often he hears about the Buckeyes. His answer? Pretty much daily.“It probably gets mentioned once a day, sure,” Harbaugh said. “That’s a big deal around these parts, always has been, is and always will be.”You can listen to Harbaugh’s full interview with Patrick below.A win over Ohio State on Nov. 24 would do more than change some of the narrative surrounding Harbaugh in Ann Arbor. It would likely clinch the Big Ten East and send the Wolverines to play for the league title.Additionally, it would put Michigan in position to clinch a spot in the College Football Playoff, provided it beats its Big Ten West opponent in the conference championship game.Win that game and Harbaugh might buy himself some time to not hear about Ohio State.
KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE – MARCH 02: PJ Washington #25 of the Kentucky Wildcats shoots the ball in the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Thompson-Boling Arena on March 02, 2019 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Second-seeded Kentucky opens up its 2019 NCAA Tournament tonight with a matchup with No. 15 seed Abilene Christian. The Wildcats will be without star forward P.J. Washington.Washington was declared out for tonight’s game earlier today. His status for a potential game on Saturday is unclear, though Washington is currently in a hard cast for “precautionary reasons.”A photo of Washington, courtesy of CatsPause.com’s Darrell Bird shows the sophomore standout with a sizable cast on his left foot and having to use a scooter to get around. It’s not a great look for UK fans.PJ’s cast. pic.twitter.com/QzpoEZfLQo— Darrell Bird (@DarrellBird) March 21, 2019Another angle courtesy of Kyle Tucker of The Athletic gives a closer look at the type of wheels Washington is using to get around.So this is PJ Washington tonight. pic.twitter.com/nKtnjT3g7G— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) March 21, 2019Certainly, these images aren’t encouraging for Washington’s availability on Saturday. It is hard to imagine him playing in two days when this is his current situation.The Wildcats shouldn’t need Washington tonight, but they could definitely use him against either Seton Hall or Wofford in the second round. Seton Hall has actually already beaten Kentucky this season.The Wildcats tip off with Abilene Christian at 7:10 p.m. ET from VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. CBS will broadcast the action.
ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 29: Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels at Sanford Stadium on September 29, 2007 in Athens, Georgia. Georgia won 45 – 17. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)Two SEC football players have reportedly been arrested on charges stemming from driving issues.Jaden Hunter, a junior linebacker at Georgia, has reportedly been arrested on misdemeanor charges, according to university police.From the report:The University of Georgia Police Department is reporting the arrest of a Georgia Bulldog football player. Jaden Hunter faces misdemeanor charges that include driving with a suspended license and standing/stopping/parking in a prohibited area. Specifics of the arrest were not immediately available.Tommy Champion, a senior offensive lineman at Mississippi State, has reportedly been arrested on similar charges.The senior lineman was reportedly arrested on Wednesday for multiple traffic violations.From the report:Mississippi State red-shirt senior offensive lineman Tommy Champion was arrested by the university’s police department on Wednesday for multiple traffic violations. Joel Coleman of the Starkville Daily News first reported Champion’s booking.According to Oktibbeha County records, the car Champion was driving had an expired tag, and he also had an expired license and no insurance. Driving without a valid license is a misdemeanor in Mississippi; Champion could face a fine and/or be sentenced to extended jail time of up to six months.Both programs are currently in spring practice.
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers looks on before the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)The 2019 college football season is almost exactly one month away at this point. College football’s full opening weekend is set for Aug. 31, with the Florida-Miami non-conference game actually taking place a week earlier.Who’s excited?We certainly are.This season should be an interesting one, with a couple of notable coaching changes taking place, along with some elite quarterbacks returning to school, and Alabama out for revenge following its blowout national title game loss. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p In anticipation of the upcoming season, NCAA.com has released its preseason top 25 poll.Here’s the full top 25:ClemsonAlabamaOhio StateGeorgiaOklahomaMichiganLSUFloridaTexasNotre DameTexas A&MOregonPenn StateWashingtonUtahWisconsinAuburnIowaUCFNebraskaVirginia TechMichigan StateMissouriNorthwesternBoise StateThe official college football preseason AP Poll and Coaches’ Poll will be released at the beginning of August.
“Football’s back,” Chapas said. “Can you feel it? Welcome to Athens. You hear that? The hometown team is back. Around here there’s just two seasons — football season and well, not football season. And it’s about that time again. The time when the classic city comes alive. It’s your favorite show, painted from head to toe. It’s the sound of the band, the trumpets and cheers. It’s family and closest friends.”Week 2 Trailer | Football is Back #ATD #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/deqrkQApYg— Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) September 5, 2019The second half of the video focuses on the team and what they bring to the field. Highlights of last week’s victory over Vanderbilt are shown as well.“Get ready for pads popping and Dawgs barking. And energy like nothing you’ve seen before. Get ready for Saturdays in Athens, back between the hedges. It’s an explosive offense and a savage defense bringing thousands to their feet. Football comes back, we come together — all 92,000 and a million more. Football’s back, can you feel it?”Georgia and Murray State kicks off at 4 PM ET. The game will be televised on ESPN2. NASHVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 12: A helmet of the Georgia Bulldogs rests on the field during a game against of the Vanderbilt Commodores at Vanderbilt Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)Georgia football had an impressive season opening win last Saturday. The Bulldogs took care of business against SEC opponent Vanderbilt.This week, No. 3 Georgia heads home to face a much easier opponent in Murray State. Ahead of their home opener, the Bulldogs’ social media team released an epic game trailer for week two.The video is narrated by former Georgia fullback Shaun Chapas. Chapas played for the Bulldogs from 2007-10 and in the NFL for two seasons after that.This gameday trailer focuses on the town of Athens and the electricity in the air during football season. Georgia has always had one of the more passionate fan bases in the country.
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 08: Gardner Minshew #15 of the Jacksonville Jaguars looks on after a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at TIAA Bank Field on September 08, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)Gardner Minshew has become one of the most-beloved people in Jacksonville lately, as the Jaguars’ rookie quarterback led his team to a big win over the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night.Of course, Minshew remains incredibly beloved in Pullman, Wash.The former Washington State quarterback returned to his alma mater on Saturday night. He took in the Cougars’ game against UCLA.Minshew’s outfit went viral on social media. It’s quite a look:pic.twitter.com/BmCLYHipug— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) September 22, 2019#MinshewMania is back in Pullman 🧔Gardner Minshew returns to Washington State to raise the flag. pic.twitter.com/MOoSJTt0ei— ESPN (@espn) September 22, 2019Cougs shirt.Short jorts.Headband.Glasses.Gardner Minshew is back in Pullman supporting Washington State 😂 pic.twitter.com/zNybf8VXOo— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 22, 2019Gardner Minshew is bringing back Jorts. American fashion icon. pic.twitter.com/wQIsXnOjbh— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) September 22, 2019That’s just not an outfit you can rock if you’re a backup quarterback.An NFL starting quarterback, though?Most definitely.Minshew and the Jaguars will return to action next Sunday at Denver.
Next Press Trust of India New DelhiJanuary 30, 2019UPDATED: January 30, 2019 22:06 IST Manika Batra and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran in action during the Commonwealth Games last year (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSathiyan Gnanasekaran to a career-high 28 in the world rankingsManika Batra became the first woman from the country to break into the top-50Sharath Kamal dropped three places to be 33rd in the men’s singles standingsLeading Indian paddler Sathiyan Gnanasekaran on Wednesday rose to a career-high 28 in the world rankings while compatriot Manika Batra became the first woman from the country to break into the top-50.Sathiyan gained three spots to achieve a new career-high ranking while Batra moved up four spots to be 47th.Veteran Sharath Kamal, who was conferred with the Padma Shri last week, dropped three places to be 33rd in the men’s singles standings.Indian table tennis experienced a historic 2018 when the men’s team won the country’s first medal at the Asian Games to end a 60-year-wait. Later in the competition held in Jakarta, Sharath and Batra combined to win a second bronze for India to cap off a memorable Asia campaign.Also 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 byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Manika BatraFollow Sathiyan GnanasekaranFollow Sharath Kamal Table tennis rankings: Sathiyan highest ranked Indian, Manika Batra into top 50Sathiyan Gnanasekaran jumped three places to career-best 28 in the world rankings in table tennis. Manika Batra became the first woman from the country to break into the top-50.advertisement
Next Gonzalo Higuain scores brace as ruthless Chelsea thrash Huddersfield TownGonzalo Higuain and Eden Hazard scored two goals each while David Luiz netted once as Chelsea crushed Huddersfield Town 5-0 in the Premier League.advertisement Reuters LondonFebruary 2, 2019UPDATED: February 2, 2019 23:27 IST Gonzalo Higuain celebrates with Chelsea teammates (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSChelsea thrashed Huddersfield Town 5-0 in the Premier LeagueGonzalo Higuain scored his first two Premier League goals. Eden Hazard also scored a braceThe victory took Chelsea back to fourth place above Arsenal in the Premier League tableNew Chelsea striker Gonzalo Higuain scored his first two Premier League goals on Saturday, sharing the spoils with Eden Hazard in a 5-0 victory over bottom side Huddersfield Town to ease the pressure on coach Maurizio Sarri.Argentine Higuain, who arrived in London last month, received a neat side-footed pass from N’Golo Kante in the 16th minute and squeezed a shot between goalkeeper Jonas Loessl and the near post.Just before halftime Hazard converted a penalty for his 11th league goal of the season after Elias Kachunga brought down Chelsea fullback Cesar Azpilicueta on the edge of the area and referee Paul Tierney pointed at the spot.Double trouble! pic.twitter.com/4LJpIbtvjVChelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 2, 2019The Belgian then got his 12 in the 67th minute by rounding Loessl and coolly slotting home from a Ross Barkley pass.Two minutes later Higuain added his second, a looping shot taking a deflection before hitting the back of the net. David Luiz made it five in the 86th minute, his header helped into the goal by the hapless Kachunga’s outstretched foot.Sarri says the team was really motivated today. He adds that level must now be matched every game, whatever has happened before.And that’s all from the boss for now. There will be more online and on our app later on. Thanks for following. #CHEHUDChelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 2, 2019Chelsea had lost their previous two league games, including a 4-0 drubbing by mid-table Bournemouth on Wednesday, sparking talk that coach Maurizio Sarri might become the latest in a string of their managers to be fired after just a few months.advertisement.@DavidLuiz_4 completing the scoring with a header! #CHEHUD pic.twitter.com/ILALZ0BGJDChelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 2, 2019But the win took Chelsea back to fourth place above Arsenal, who play at Manchester City on Sunday, while Huddersfield remain rooted to the basement, six points behind second-bottom Fulham.Also 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 byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Gonzalo HiguainFollow Eden HazardFollow David LuizFollow ChelseaFollow Huddersfield TownFollow Premier league
India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 16, 2019UPDATED: May 16, 2019 12:16 IST Kuldeep Yadav said MS Dhoni’s presence behind the wickets has helped his bowling (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKuldeep Yadav said he did not give inappropriate statements about anyoneKuldeep insisted MS Dhoni’s inputs have been invaluable to himKuldeep Yadav spoke about MS Dhoni’s advice during an award function on MondayIndia wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav has lashed out at rumour mills over his comments on MS Dhoni’s inputs from behind the stumps, saying his words on the veteran wicketkeeper were misconstrued.Kuldeep Yadav had made a tongue-in-cheek remark when he was asked during an award function in Mumbai if MS Dhoni had erred while giving inputs to young spinners from behind the wickets.”There are a lot of times he (Dhoni) goes wrong but then you can’t say that to him,” Kuldeep had replied in jest.Nonetheless, the young wrist-spinner faced a lot of flak on social media over his comments.Kuldeep and his spin partner Yuzvendra Chahal have time and again insisted that MS Dhoni’s inputs have made a lot of difference to their bowling in limited-overs cricket. Known for his astute game awareness, Dhoni has been an integral member of India’s ODI side as he has been able to share his experience with the rest of his teammates.MS Dhoni’s presence behind the stumps makes our job easy: KuldeepKuldeep insisted that MS Dhoni’s inputs have been invaluable not just to him but to the entire team.”MS Dhoni is a senior player and there is no doubt that his tips have been invaluable not only for me but for the entire team. His presence behind the stumps makes our job easy and nobody can change that fact,” Kuldeep Yadav told The Indian Express.The young wrist spinner added: “These are rumours which people love to spread and I have no idea why. I haven’t given any interview regarding this so I fail to understand as to how the media came up with these comments.”advertisementKuldeep Yadav took to Instagram on Tuesday to express his disappointment at the way in which his comments were interpreted.”Here we go for another made up controversy from our media who loves to make tangy rumours for no reason. Just want to throw some light on the issue that has been proliferated by some people, that the news is total false. I didn’t give any inappropriate statement about anyone (sic),” Kuldeep wrote in an Instagram story.Kuldeep did not have a successful Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign in 2019 as the Kolkata Knight Riders spinner struggled for consistency, managing just 4 wickets from 9 matches at an average of 71.50. However, Kuldeep remains to be India’s first-choice spinner at the World Cup, starting May 30 in England and Wales.Also Read | Asking Indian players to have sex was a joke: Paddy UptonAlso Read | Virat Kohli does not have to be the only leader in the Indian side: Jonty RhodesAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Kuldeep YadavFollow MS DhoniFollow IPL 2019Follow World Cup 2019Follow India national cricket teamFollow Virat KohliFollow Yuzvendra Chahal Kuldeep Yadav clarifies MS Dhoni comments: His tips invaluable, people love spreading rumoursIndia’s leading wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav faced flak after he had jokingly said that MS Dhoni sometimes errs with his suggestions from behind the wicket to spinners.advertisement
World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni wanted to honour the Army, says former coach on Balidaan badge rowThe BCCI has written to the ICC, seeking the cricket body to reconsider its decision on letting MS Dhoni continue sporting the special pair of gloves with the ‘Balidaan Badge’ at the ongoing Cricket World Cup 2019.advertisement India Today Web Desk NottinghamJune 7, 2019UPDATED: June 7, 2019 14:06 IST MS Dhoni has been asked to take off the gloves which has erupted a huge controversy among the higher cricket officials (Photo: Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni trying to honour the army, controversy blown out of proportion: Former coachDhoni was spotted wearing gloves with Army badge during India’s World Cup tie vs South AfricaThe ICC had asked the BCCI to make sure the Army crest is removedFormer coach of MS Dhoni, Chanchal Bhattacharya has reacted to the controversy surrounding the Army Insignia on the gloves of the India wicketkeeper-batsman at the World Cup.The cricket fraternity has been divided over the issue after the International Cricket Council (ICC) asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to make sure the Army crest is removed from Dhonis’ gloves.On Wednesday, MS Dhoni was seen sporting gloves with the Army badge (Balidaan Badge) on them. The ICC objected and fans in India were left fuming after a statement from the world governing body.MS Dhoni’s former coach Chanchal Bhattacharya said Dhoni was only trying to honour the Army and the situation has been blown out of proportion.”See it is not about violation of rules. You would know that Dhoni has honorary lieutenant colonel’s rank in the Army. He hasn’t done anything intentionally if somebody thinks so. he has done it out of his feelings for the country and the army and people should respect his feelings,” Chanchal Bhattacharya told India Today.”If there is something about ICC not permitting then I don’t think it is a very big issue and Dhoni can remove the logo.””It is a small thing which is being made into a big issue, he never thought of anything like that, he just wanted to honor the army, his feelings and passion should be respected.”Meanwhile, former India football captain Baichung Bhutia said it was a wonderful gesture by MS Dhoni but ICC rules needed to be respected.advertisementAlso Read | MS Dhoni’s Army Insignia gesture wonderful but ICC rule has to be respected, says Baichung BhutiaAlso Read | https://www.indiatoday.in/sports/cricket-world-cup-2019/story/australia-vs-west-indies-world-cup-2019-umpiring-errrors-michael-holding-carlos-brathwaite-reactions-1544164-2019-06-07 Also SeeGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Balidaan BadgeFollow Army Insignia
IBSF World Billiards Championship: Pankaj Advani wins record 22nd world titleIn a repeat of last year’s final against local favourite Nay Thway Oo, Pankaj re-enacted the one-sided match with the same eventual outcome as well as identical scorelines of 6-2.advertisement Press Trust of India MandalaySeptember 15, 2019UPDATED: September 15, 2019 18:07 IST Pankaj Advani in action (Source: Twitter)HIGHLIGHTSIn the short format of billiards, this is Pankaj Advani’s fifth title in the last six yearsWith another trophy in the bag, Advani extends his run of winning a global crown since 2003The Bengaluru-based cueist has won more world titles in his sport than anyone elseOne of India’s most consistent sportspersons, Pankaj Advani, on Sunday increased his tally of world titles to 22 by winning a fourth straight final in the 150-up format at the IBSF World Billiards Championship here.The 34-year-old has brought home a world trophy every year ever since returning from a professional stint in the UK in 2014.In the short format of billiards, this is Pankaj’s fifth title in the last six years.”It’s such a touch-and-go format and so unpredictable that winning this four years on the trot and five out of the last six is extremely special,” said the champion athlete.In a repeat of last year’s final against local favourite Nay Thway Oo, Pankaj re-enacted the one-sided match with the same eventual outcome as well as identical scorelines of 6-2.From the word go, Pankaj was in full flow. The gifted Indian was leading 3-0 at the halfway mark with the help of fluent breaks comprising of 145, 89 and 127, while Nay Thway Oo was yet to open his account.After pulling one back with breaks of 63 and 62, Oo was forced to watch Pankaj continue to extend the lead. Pankaj executed with flair as his sheer brilliance was on display, wowing the Myanmar crowd as they couldn’t help but appreciate his brilliant billiards.Pankaj secured the next two frames which included a 150 unfinished break. He scored a 74 break and shortly after that closed out the match.Oo was completely subdued by his accomplished opponent and had to settle for a silver medal for the second time in a row.advertisementWith another trophy in the bag, Advani extends his remarkable run of winning a global crown since 2003.The Bengaluru-based cueist has won more world titles in his sport than anyone else.On winning a staggering 22nd world title, Pankaj added, “Every time I participate in a world championship, one thing is clear – my motivation to excel has not diminished. This win a testament to the fact that my hunger and fire are both well and truly alive.”Pankaj have to adjust to snooker in less than 24 hours as he competes in the IBSF World Six-Red Snooker and the World Team Snooker Championships.Results:Pankaj Advani (India) defeated Nay Thway Oo (Myanmar) 6-2 150(145)-4, 151(89)-66, 150(127)-50(50), 7-150(63,62), 151(50)-69(50), 150(150)-0, 133(64)-150(105), 150(74)-75(63).Also Read | Pankaj Advani enters final of IBSF World Billiards ChampionshipAlso 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 Pankaj AdvaniFollow IBSF World Billiards Next