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10 months agoRiver Plate midfielder Palacios eager to delay Real Madrid move
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say River Plate midfielder Palacios eager to delay Real Madrid moveby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRiver Plate midfielder Exequiel Palacios is eager to delay his move to Real Madrid.Having just won the Copa Libertadores in fine style, the youngster is in no rush to move to Europe.”My idea is to stay at River a little longer, enjoy this moment and take advantage of everything that comes along,” he said.”I’m very happy and enjoying where I am.”Leaving aside what was just achieved, we always need to compete for more here.”
10 months agoAC Milan coach Gattuso delighted for goalscorer Higuain
AC Milan coach Gattuso delighted for goalscorer Higuainby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Rino Gattuso was pleased for Gonzalo Higuain after his goal in victory over SPAL.It broke a two month goals drought for the Argentine.Gattuso said, “He lives for the goal, has always been a marksman and therefore really struggled to deal with this negative period. The defeat to Juventus, with the penalty and red card, was a terrible blow for him.“Higuain needs to rediscover that consistency and precision in his finishing, because he has always had those elements. We’ve missed him and hope this has also broken through that mental block.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
10 months agoTalking Tactics: Pogba Man Utd masterclass; Arsenal vulnerability; Zaha lazy
TagsOpinionAbout the authorAlex Keble FollowShare the loveHave your say Talking Tactics: Pogba Man Utd masterclass; Arsenal vulnerability; Zaha lazyby Alex Keble10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table to seven points thanks to a 5-1 victory against a weary, disorganised Arsenal outfit struggling with injuries. Unai Emery chose the wrong formation for his side’s trip to Anfield, which became something of a theme for the weekend.Ralph Hasenhuttl made the same error (selecting a back four rather than a back five) as his Southampon team lost to Manchester City, while Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur looked clueless in the second half of their game against Wolves. Any suggestion of a Spurs title challenge has been quickly shouted down.Here are three things we learnt from the weekend action:1) Emery’s 4-2-3-1 formation leaves Arsenal weak on the flanks and in the middleThere are numerous reasons why Arsenal’s defence was unable to prevent a Liverpool rout on Saturday evening, but the blame lies largely with manager Unai Emery; his move to a back four confused the centre-backs, isolated the full-backs, and left them looking light in midfield. Ainsley Maitland-Niles seemed unsure of his role throughout the first half, loitering high up the pitch to leave the struggling Stephan Lichtsteiner with too much to do. The Swiss was directly at fault for the first and third Liverpool goals, his performance characterised by an anxiety and hastiness caused by a lack of support down his side of the pitch. On the other flank, Alex Iwobi was equally poor at tracking back, which is why the two Liverpool full-backs so frequently received long diagonal passes into the attacking third. Jurgen Klopp’s strategy allowed the hosts to grind Arsenal down in the first half.But it wasn’t just out wide that Emery got it wrong. By instructing Aaron Ramsey to say high alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (who doesn’t work hard enough for games as intense as these), Lucas Torreira was often left without a passing option in the middle of the park. Ordinarily he would have wing-backs in line with him as an outlet, and instead there was nobody – explaining why he was caught in possession moments before Liverpool’s crucial second goal.A return to 3-4-3 – more secure at centre-back and more balanced out wide – will almost certainly happen in midweek.2) Hasenhuttl’s initial tactical mistake proves costly for high-pressing SaintsSouthampton could have beaten Man City, and not just because they should have had a penalty moments before James Ward-Prowse’s own goal. Hasenhuttl’s unexpected shift to a 4-3-3 formation proved to be a costly mistake – even though it only lasted 15 minutes before he switched – with their subsequent performance offering encouragement for Saints fans and for those hoping to take points from Man City this season.Hasenhuttl’s 4-3-3 took narrowness to the extreme. Three forwards practically holding hands were unable to prevent City from passing out from the back, and their three midfield players were too preoccupied with David Silva to cover the width. City glided, unchallenged, down the flanks over and over in the first 15, eventually leading to the opener as Bernardo Silva repeated a familiar trick of joining Riyad Mahrez to make dual right wingers. It was a threat Southampton should have seen coming, and yet their narrow 4-3-3 suggested Hasenhuttl had not anticipated City’s strength out wide.He quickly changed back to the 3-4-2-1 to successfully shut down the flanks (in this system, wing-backs can get tight to the winger safe in the knowledge that a third centre-back and shuffle across to act as an auxiliary full-back). From this point on, Southampton’s high press unsettled the visitors, while Mario Lemina’s interesting position to the left of the front three (he kept dropping deeper to become a backup centre-mid) blunted both Silvas.If only Hasenhuttl had played 3-4-2-1 from the start, City’s dreadful run might have continued.3) Zaha’s failure to track Jorginho let Crystal Palace downIt was no surprise to see Crystal Palace sit in an ultra-deep defensive shell and invite Chelsea pressure; that’s the standard Roy Hodgson solution when playing the top six, and it almost worked perfectly at Selhurst Park. However, Wilfried Zaha badly let them down by failing to defend properly, explaining, in the process, why he isn’t trusted as a winger against the big clubs. Everyone knows that man-marking Jorginho is the best way to blunt Chelsea. It means they cannot funnel possession through their metronome and must instead dramatically reshuffle, often unsuccessfully. But as the other nine players dropped into a formation ten yards in front of Jorginho, Zaha let the Brazilian do whatever he wanted.In the end it was David Luiz’s killer ball over the top that led to N’Golo Kante’s winning goal, but the clipped pass came from exactly the defensive midfield position that Zaha should have been covering. Had Zaha tracked Jorginho throughout the match, he would also have been in the right place to stop Luiz – who instead was afforded all the time in the world to pick out his man. It’s pretty clear why Hodgson rarely gives Zaha a wide role in big matches; he cannot be trusted to do the dirty work.Best of the Week – Paul PogbaAnother masterclass from Paul Pogba on Sunday showed why the Frenchman needs a team to be built around him; he won’t perform well when tamed, and yet given the freedom to roam can dominate a match like few other players in the world. He was everywhere at Old Trafford, linking superbly with Luke Shaw, Jesse Lingard, and Marcus Rashford.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that he hasn’t done much tactical training yet, suggesting that United are riding a wave of optimism through the Christmas period. The hard work will begin when the fixture list calms down in January – at which point we will see just how much effort Pogba is willing to make for the new Man Utd manager.Worst of the Week – Spurs’ second half performanceTottenham failed to record a single shot on goal in the second half of their 3-1 defeat to Wolves, highlighting the perils of Mauricio Pochettino’s refusal to rotate effectively during the winter schedule. However, the problem also lies in a lack of creativity and doggedness in central midfield (they need to sign a Moussa Dembele replacement) and the increasingly poor performances of Kieran Trippier. Kyle Walker-Peters deserved to start again on Saturday.
10 months agoNewcastle line up move for AC Milan left-back Laxalt
Newcastle line up move for AC Milan left-back Laxaltby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United are interested in signing AC Milan left back Diego Laxalt.According to Calcio Mercato, the Uruguayan is out of favour at the Italian club.While he would rather earn his place back in Gennaro Gattuso’s team, it is possible he will leave on a loan for the rest of the season.It is no secret that Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez wants to strengthen his squad as they attempt to stay in the Premier League this season.The 25-year-old has only started four Serie A games this season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
24 days agoReal Madrid boss Zidane insists he can’t afford to rest Ramos
Real Madrid boss Zidane insists he can’t afford to rest Ramosby Carlos Volcano24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane says he can’t afford to rest Sergio Ramos.Real meet Club Brugge in the Champions League tonight.Zidane said of his captain: “It’s not that I don’t have a replacement because I can play others there, but Sergio is Sergio. He’s our leader, our captain. I can’t imagine him not here. It’s true that from time to time he needs to rest but not now.”On Karim Benzema, he added: “The Champions League is a very special competition for him and for everyone. When we see the trophy room, we know that we are the team with the most European Cups. We know Karim’s quality. What I like most about him is that he is a different player. I see a responsible, more mature player and that makes a difference.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
24 days agoAllardyce can’t envisage Southgate swapping England for Spurs
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Allardyce can’t envisage Southgate swapping England for Spursby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer England manager Sam Allardyce does not see Gareth Southgate leaving the national team for Tottenham.There are suggestions that Spurs would look to England boss Southgate if they lose Mauricio Pochettino to Real Madrid this summer.But Allardyce, who also had a very short stint in charge of England, does nots ee why Southgate would give up a great job with England.He told talkSPORT when asked about the possibility of Southgate going to Tottenham: “It depends on his own ambitions, on whether he thinks he’s got something to prove by coming to manage in the Premier League, because obviously his Middlesbrough days didn’t last very long or end too well because he got thrown in the deep end.”Obviously he’s learnt an awful lot from then to now. I think his partnership with [assistant] Steve Holland is extremely good and that relationship is excellent.”They may fancy a dabble back [in the Premier League], but it’s a big ask leaving England to go and manage in the Premier League.”At some point or other, it depends on the situation of the FA being willing to let him go, Gareth wanting to go, and how much the compensation would be and whether [Tottenham chairman] Daniel Levy is willing to pay it.”I can’t see him going before the Euros and I can’t see Mauricio going anywhere at the moment.”
20 days agoBarcelona coach Valverde tells players: Let’s go on winning run
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona coach Valverde tells players: Let’s go on winning runby Carlos Volcano20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde wants to build on their midweek win over Inter when they return to domestic action against Sevilla on Sunday.Valverde has called on his players to put together a good run of form.”At Barcelona you can be at rock bottom on Monday and in heaven on Friday,” Valverde said of the ups and downs in the mood around the club at his pre-match press conference.”And also the other way round.”We’re fine, we have had a good run and we want to do well against Sevilla.”Focusing on the game at the Camp Nou, Valverde is expecting as difficult a challenge as ever.”It’s always intense against Sevilla,” he explained.”They’ve started well away from home, winning all three of their games.”They look good and convincing and played well in the game they lost against Real Madrid.”
Ceballos surprised by whistles on Betis return
Real Madrid matchwinner Dani Ceballos accepted he did not expect to be whistled on his return to Real Betis.Ceballos came off the bench with the game in the balance, Sergio Canales having cancelled out an early Luka Modric strike.But the midfielder was whistled by sections of the Betis crowd before he stepped up to score the winner in the 88th minute. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ceballos had never taken a free-kick for Madrid before but beat Pau Lopez to earn Santiago Solari’s side a crucial three points.100% – Dani Ceballos has scored with his very first direct free-kick attempt for @realmadriden in all competitions. Rescuer. pic.twitter.com/duOsLqARl7— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 13, 2019The former Betis star, though, said it was a strange feeling to not be welcomed back to his home ground.”It’s a field that has given me everything,” he said to Movistar. “I’ve grown up here as a footballer and I did not expect this reception.”I’m happy, but I leave with the bittersweet feeling of not having the affection of who were my fans for so long.”Listen to what our matchwinner @DaniCeballos46 said after tonight’s victory at the Benito Villamarín! #RMLiga pic.twitter.com/6LfO2T2Lg6— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) January 13, 2019Canales also scored against his old club, the midfielder’s equalising strike surviving a long VAR review for a possible offside.After a great start to the campaign Betis are stumbling, with just one win in their last six games in all competitions.”We matched them in the second half and when the second [goal] was close, their goal took the victory,” Canales told Movistar. “It’s a step back, but this is a long [season], we have not started the year as we would have liked.”A great effort made for nothing.”
WATCH: Mane’s unstoppable journey to the Champions League final
Sadio Mane will be out to crown another remarkable season on Saturday by leading Liverpool to Champions League glory.The Senegal international has enjoyed a sensational campaign, sharing the 2018-19 Premier League Golden Boot after scoring 22 goals in a record-breaking season for the club.Mane has been in fine form in Europe too, starring in all 12 Champions League matches during the Reds’ run to a second consecutive final – and now you can relive the unforgettable journey like never before in this stunning illustrated recap. The most significant strikes of his campaign came in Munich, as he scored a brace against Bayern to ensure Liverpool’s progress to the quarter-finals.The 27-year-old’s memorable opener came just before the half-hour mark, latching onto a pinpoint long-ball from Virgil van Dijk and duping Manuel Neuer with an excellent turn.Still with a lot to do, Mane made a very difficult finish look easy, dispatching a precise chip past the goalkeeper and three defenders.A goal and an assist in Porto added gloss to an emphatic 6-1 aggregate win before the forward played 180 minutes across both legs against Barcelona as Jurgen Klopp’s side staged one of the most incredible comebacks in the competition’s illustrious history.For more information about the Furon 5 boot, please visit: http://bit.ly/NBFuronv5
College Football QB Announces He’s “Taking A Break” From Football
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)A college football quarterback took to Instagram this evening to announce that he’s stepping away from the game ahead of the 2018 season.Brandon Dawkins, a former Arizona quarterback who transferred to Indiana, announced tonight that he won’t be playing anywhere in 2018.The dual-threat quarterback, a former three-star recruit, had decided earlier this month to leave Indiana after not winning the starting job.“As my mental health is deteriorating I have decided to take a break from the game. I know now that I need to take care of ME. I need to make myself important. I have not properly taken care of myself. Do I know what’s next? Of course not, but I do know God has a plan that is way bigger than any plans I could ever imagine for myself. I hope you can respect my privacy during this time, and my decision. Thank you all.”Here’s his full announcement:Dawkins has thrown for more than 2,400 yards and 15 touchdowns during his career. He was expected to compete for the starting job at IU.
Washington State’s Bowl Situation After The Washington Loss
PULLMAN, WA – NOVEMBER 23: James Williams #32 of the Washington State Cougars carries the ball against the Washington Huskies in the second half at Martin Stadium during the 111th Apple Cup on November 23, 2018 in Pullman, Washington. Washington defeated Washington State 28-15. (Photo by William Mancebo/Getty Images)Washington State fell to rival Washington on Friday night in the snow, but all is not lost. The Cougars may be out of the running for a College Football Playoff spot, but they’re still in line for a prominent bowl berth.Washington State finished the season with a 10-2 record, and while they won’t be playing for a Pac-12 title and a shot at the Rose Bowl, they should still be selected for a New Year’s Six bowl. The most likely one is the Fiesta Bowl.There’s still a lot of football to be played, so it’s hard to know who the Cougars could have in the game. But it’s looking like the Pac-12 is going to get two teams in the New Year’s Six, and Washington State makes more sense than the loser of Washington vs. Utah.This year’s Fiesta Bowl will take place on January 1, 2019 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.Pencil Washington State into the Fiesta Bowl.— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) November 24, 2018With Washington State losing this game, it would seem they’re a lock for the Fiesta Bowl, but who really knows. You’d hope the selection committee doesn’t penalize the Cougars for a snowy game.— Josh Furlong (@JFurKSL) November 24, 2018Washington State had an incredible season, but it lost to two of its biggest rivals – Washington and USC. They post their fourth straight winning season under head coach Mike Leach.The past two seasons, the Cougars headed to the Holiday Bowl. This year, they should see a step up in competition.
Alabama Fans Will Love What Kyler Murray Said About Tua Tagovailoa
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners throws during warm ups before the game against the Army Black Knights at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Black Knights 28-21 in overtime. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Kyler Murray may have beaten Tua Tagovailoa out for the Heisman Trophy this season, but there is definitely a strong degree of mutual respect between the star quarterbacks.After the Heisman decision was announced, Tagovailoa gave Murray a special floral lei to celebrate his accomplishment. The two have spoken highly of each other in public as well.Today, Murray was asked by Tulsa World columnist Guerin Emig if he expects Tagovailoa to play against the Sooners in the Orange Bowl. The standout sophomore injured his ankle in Alabama’s SEC Championship Game win over Georgia.His status for the game has yet to be determined, but Murray certainly thinks Tagovailoa will be out there.“He’s a competitor,” Murray told Emig.I asked Kyler Murray if he thinks Tua is going to play in the Orange Bowl. “He’s a competitor. It’s the game before the national championship. I expect him to play. #Sooners #RollTide— Guerin Emig (@GuerinEmig) December 12, 2018College football fans should be rooting for Tagovailoa to play. Jalen Hurts is a capable replacement, and his story of perseverance is praiseworthy, but a showdown between the top two finishers in the Heisman would be incredible.Alabama and Oklahoma will kick off at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 29.ESPN will broadcast the game.
Dabo Swinney Suggests He’d Leave Clemson If Players Get Paid
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers reacts after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Earlier this week, ESPN’s college football writer David Hale published a piece profiling Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney.The crux of his piece focused on a new clause in Swinney’s contract that increases his buyout if he leaves for a certain team: Alabama.Speculation of Swinney-to-Alabama has run wild after he turned the Tigers into a dominant program.However, lost in the article was a controversial comment Swinney made.The Clemson head coach has long maintained that he thinks collegiate athletics should remain amateur programs where players don’t receive payment.He doubled down on that thought when he suggested he might leave the college game if players are paid.“Who knows what’s going to happen down the road? I have no idea. I just try to be great where my feet are. That’s my focus every day. Who knows? They may do away with college football in three years. There may be no college football.They may want to professionalize college athletics. Well, then, maybe I’ll go to the pros. If I’m going to coach pro football, I might as well do that.”Swinney’s comments, combined with his lucrative new contract, drew the ire of college football fans.Clemson handed Swinney a $93 million deal, but wants to see college sports remain an amateur enterprise.
Georgia Landed Key Commitment Today
CLEMSON, SC – AUGUST 31: Two Georgia Bulldogs helmets sit on the field prior to the game against the Clemson Tigers at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Georgia added an important commitment to its 2020 class earlier today with the addition of well-regarded kicker Jared Zirkel of Kerrville (Tex.) Tivy High School.Zirkel earned an offer after performing well in camp at Georgia earlier this month. He won the kickoff competition over 150-plus other entrants.Zirkel chose the Bulldogs over offers from Air Force and Army. He is a five-star prospect and the No. 11 kicker in the country according to Kohl’s Kicking.“I’d like to thank the University of Georgia Football staff, especially Coach Scott Fountain, Coach Greg Meyer, and Head Coach Kirby Smart for providing me with the opportunity to be a part of the UGA football team,” Zirkel tweeted. “I am excited to announce my commitment to the University of Georgia to continue my education and football career. Go Dawgs!” Kerrville Texas ➡️ Athens Georgia, I would love to announce my Commitment to the University of Georgia 🔴⚫️ #GODAWGS #CommitToTheG pic.twitter.com/IRIdRLGzzz— Jared Zirkel (@JaredZirkel) June 13, 2019Kicking World, the kicking service that Zirkel trains with, describes him as having “freakish leg strength.” He hit a 59-yard field goal in a high school game last season.Zirkel also kicked a 70-yard field goal during a training session.Georgia’s current recruiting class now has 13 commitments with Zirkel in the fold. The Bulldogs have the No. 4 class in the country, per 247Sports’ Composite Team Rankings.
ESPN’s College GameDay Announces Week 2 Location
This is easily one of the biggest non-conference college football games of the season. Both teams have national championship aspirations.Hey Austin … WE’RE COMING TO YOUR CITY! @LSUfootball x @TexasFootball 🍿(📍 @HomeDepot) pic.twitter.com/CpLvSAISIy— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 1, 2019The other huge game next week is Texas A&M at Clemson. But GameDay has been to Clemson a number of times recently, so this pick makes more sense.Texas vs. LSU is slated for a 7:30 PM ET start on ABC. There should be a ton of buildup for the game with GameDay in town. BRISTOL, TN – SEPTEMBER 10: ESPN’s Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit on set during College Gameday prior to the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Tennessee Volunteers at Bristol Motor Speedway on September 10, 2016 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)ESPN College GameDay was in Arlington, Texas this week ahead of the big matchup between Oregon and Auburn. It turns out the show’s staff won’t have to leave the state for their week two location.College GameDay announced on Saturday night that it’s headed to Austin, Texas ahead of the non-conference contest between Texas and LSU.It’s the first time College GameDay has been to Texas in 10 years. It’s hard to believe, but it’s true.Texas got off to a great start with a dominating win over Louisiana Tech. LSU, meanwhile, took care of Georgia Southern.
Jasprit Bumrah bowled one of the best spells ever in Australia: Javagal Srinath
India Today Web Desk MelbourneDecember 28, 2018UPDATED: December 28, 2018 19:10 IST Jasprit Bumrah picked up a six-for to help India bowl out Australia for 151 in the first innings of the Boxing Day Test (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJasprit Bumrah picked his third five-wicket haul in Tests this year on Friday in the third match vs Australia He has so far picked 45 wickets in his first year in Test cricketJavagal Srinath said Bumrah was unplayable against Australia on Day 3 at the MCGFormer India pacer Javagal Srinath lauded Jasprit Bumrah after his career-best 6 for 33 derailed Australia on the third day of the Boxing Day Test.Bumrah broke a 39-year-old Indian record for the most Test wickets in his debut year; he also became the only Asian bowler to take five-wicket hauls in South Africa, England and Australia in the same calendar year.After India declared their first innings at 443 for 7, the focus was on India’s bowlers on a pitch which has troubled batsmen with its variable bounce. Bumrah, like has done so often, stepped up and ripped apart Australia’s batting line-up with a clever mix of yorkers, bouncers and slower deliveries.Not surprisingly, Bumrah dominated cricket headlines on Friday and he found an admirer in Srinath, one of India’s finest pacers with 236 Test wickets.”This would definitely be one of the best spells bowled in Australia. That is what my opinion is. He was unplayable all the way through. It was not just one spell but every ball he bowled he looked terrific. The pace he generated was unbelievable and the line he bowled was too good. He has brought in more variety and he has truly showcased all varieties in fast bowling,” Srinath told MyNation.Bumrah has given India a massive advantage in the Test after Ricky Ponting questioned Cheteshwar Pujara’s slow strike rate during a gutsy hundred. Virat Kohli doffed his hat off to Bumrah who said the Indian domestic cricket was key to his superb performance in Test cricket this year.advertisement”… Yes, I have played in the IPL. But for Test match cricket, I always credit, first-class cricket. IPL is four overs but over there you have to continuously bowl. So first-class cricket has really helped shape my career, even in ODI cricket and Test matches,” Bumrah said in a video interview available on BCCI’s official website.Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah does what Waqar, Wasim and Vaas could not doAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah reveals Rohit Sharma suggested slower ball to Shaun MarshAlso 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 India vs AustraliaFollow Jasprit BumrahFollow Javagal SrinathFollow India cricket teamFollow Boxing Day TestFollow Shaun Marsh Jasprit Bumrah bowled one of the best spells ever in Australia: Javagal SrinathIndia vs Australia: Jasprit Bumrah, who destroyed Australia with career-best figures of 6 for 33, received high praise from Javagal Srinath.advertisement
Viswanathan Anand appointed Asian Continental Assistant to world chess body chief
Viswanathan Anand appointed Asian Continental Assistant to world chess body chiefViswanathan Anand is among the four Continental Assistants to World Chess Federation (FIDE) president Arkady Dvorkovich.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service ChennaiJanuary 5, 2019UPDATED: January 5, 2019 23:32 IST Viswanathan Anand to be Asia’s Continental Assistant to FIDE president (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSFIDE president Arkady Dvorkovich appoints 4 Continental AssistantsFIDE wants to develop and promote chess around the worldVladimir Kramnik (Europe), Fidel Gonzalez (US) and Tshepiso Lopang (Africa) are the other three Continental AssistantsIndian Chess Grand Master Viswanathan Anand, a former World Chess Champion, has been appointed as Asia’s Continental Assistant to World Chess Federation (FIDE) president Arkady Dvorkovich.FIDE president Dvorkovich has appointed three more Continental Assistants viz., former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik (for Europe), Fidel Gonzalez — President of Venezuela Chess Federation (for Americas), and Tshepiso Lopang — Vice President of the African Chess Confederation (for Africa).According to FIDE, the experience and professional knowledge of the four persons will help further develop and promote chess around the world.”By virtue of these appointments, the four Continental Assistants also become councilors of the Planning and Development Commission, a new body that was created on the FIDE President’s initiative that will assist national federations in chess development,” the FIDE said.”More excellent news on a New Year eve: two workd [world] chess champions, Vishy Anand and Vladimir Kramnik, have agreed to help FIDE and our chess community as President’s Advosors [Advisors]! Do not worry, they are not going to quit playing chess,” Dvorkovich had tweeted earlier.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 Viswanathan Anand Next
How India cricketers spent their last day in Australia after historic triumph
India Today Web Desk MelbourneJanuary 19, 2019UPDATED: January 20, 2019 07:57 IST Ravi Shastri with the Indian cricket team coaching staff at the Rod Laver arena in Melbourne (Photo tweeted by @RaviShastriOfc)Indian cricket team players celebrated their historic triumph in Australia where they won the Test and bilateral one day international series for the first time. After a gruelling almost two-month long tour of Australia, Team India travels to New Zealand for a limited-overs series comprising of five ODIs and 3 Twenty20 internationals starting January 23.India outplayed Australia 2-1 in four-Test series while won the three-match ODI series 2-1. The T20 series in November had ended 1-1 after the second game in Melbourne was washed out. While Virat Kohli had a below par Test and ODI series by his standards, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant emerged top two leading run-getters in the Test series.After a poor 2018 in ODIs, MS Dhoni was back with a bang. Dhoni not only ended as India’s highest run-getter in the series, he was also named the player-of-the-series. Dhoni hit fifties in all three matches and played an important role in India’s series victory in the ODIs.Virat Kohli was seen unwinding at the Melbourne Park after the ODI series. He was in Melbourne, with his wife Anushka Sharma, enjoying some Australian Open tennis action and posing for photographs with all-time great, Roger Federer. Notably, Kohli and Anushka had also watched 14-time Grand Slam winner, Novak Djokovic beat Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov in a four-set third-round match at the Rod Laver Arena. Kohli’s posts also suggest that the star couple had been at the stands when Serena Williams crushed Ukrainian teenager Dayana Yastremska in straight sets in the women’s singles third-round.advertisement”An amazing way to finish the Australian summer,” he wrote on social media. And that summed it up all!What a day at the Australian open. An amazing way to finish the Australian summer. Forever grateful#ausopen pic.twitter.com/fqOiekjH3FVirat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 19, 2019Kedar Jadhav paid a rich tribute to MS Dhoni for his heroics in the ODI series.”Great series Mahibhai @msdhoni Always get to learn a lot from you. Thank You for guiding me yesterday also. Keep entertaining us all,” Jadhav tweeted.Great series Mahibhai @msdhoni Always get to learn a lot from you. Thank You for guiding me yesterday also. Keep entertaining us all pic.twitter.com/15E4CE2SXfIamKedar (@JadhavKedar) January 19, 2019Coach Ravi Shastri was all relaxed after leading India to one of their biggest victories away from home. Shastri too watched a game of tennis at the ongoing Australian Open.Great to watch the tennis with zero pressure. Awesome arena the @RodLaverArena @AustralianOpen pic.twitter.com/7vA1hve6ZfRavi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) January 19, 2019Before flying to New Zealand, Rohit Sharma wanted to have a meal at his favourite place in Australia. “Fantastic memories down under over the last 2 months. Finishing off with a great meal at my favourite place. See you Australia.”Fantastic memories down under over the last 2 months. Finishing off with a great meal at my favourite place. See you Australia pic.twitter.com/XSiviwLvmgRohit Sharma (@ImRo45) January 19, 2019For 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 Virat KohliFollow Ravi ShastriFollow Rohit Sharma How India cricketers spent their last day in Australia after historic triumphIndia captain Virat Kohli, coach Ravi Shastri were seen unwinding at the Melbourne Park after India’s first ever bilateral ODI series victory in Australia.advertisement
Saina Nehwal wins Indonesia Masters 2019 after Carolina Marin retires with injury
Saina Nehwal wins Indonesia Masters 2019 after Carolina Marin retires with injurySaina Nehwal walked away with the women’s singles title at the 2019 Indonesia Masters after Carolina Marin pulled out with an knee injury mid-way through the first gameadvertisement Next India Today Web Desk JakartaJanuary 27, 2019UPDATED: January 27, 2019 15:57 IST Indonesia Masters 2019: Saina Nehwal won the women’s singles final after Carolina Marin retired hurt (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSaina Nehwal won her first BWF title in two years at the Indonesian MastersCarolina Marin was forced to retire hurt after injuring her knee during the gameMarin was leading 10-4 when she landed awkwardly and was forced to quit the matchWorld number nine Saina Nehwal was crowned the women’s singles champion at the Indonesia Masters Super 500 tournament on Sunday after Carolina Marin pulled out of the much-anticipated final with an injury midway during the first game.Carolina Marin, the reigning Olympic and world champion, started the match on a high as she seized the early initiative at the Istora with her pace and power. Saina Nehwal was seemingly clueless as the Spaniard race to a 8-2 lead.However, in a heartbreaking moment, Marin winced in pain after landing awkwardly while attempting a smash. She fell on the ground and was in tears unable to bear the pain.Saina Nehwal vs Carolina Marin, Indonesia Masters 2019 women’s single final: HighlightsA spirited Marin tried to carry on and even won a point after the injury, which proved decisive in the end. With her eyes welling up in disappointment and frustration, Marin finally decided to withdraw from the match when she was leading 10-4.DAIHATSU Indonesia Masters 2019 | WS – F – HIGHLIGHTS #badminton #HSBCBWFbadminton pic.twitter.com/ysrX7AwvlZBWF (@bwfmedia) January 27, 2019″It is important year for all of us. This was not good at all. She is a tough competitor, she started off well and it is unfortunate what happened today,” said Saina, who last won a BWF title in 2017 in Malaysia.It is a creditable performance for the Indian, who had suffered a shin injury late last year. “I just came out of injury. I played this events to see how good is this. and I’m happy I could play the semifinals at Malaysia and final here. Looking forward to get back to shape and play next tournament,” she said.advertisement”I have been getting injured in the last few years. I always try to come back stronger, there is no secret. I want to thank physios and coaches who are supporting me a lot.”Saina had won a gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, a bronze at the Asian Games, besides reaching finals at the Denmark, Indonesia Masters and Syed Modi International.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 Tags :Follow Saina NehwalFollow Carolina MarinFollow Marin injuryFollow Indonesia Masters 2019Follow Indonesia MastersFollow badminton FinalFollow Women’s singles final