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  • Lampard: Pogba must wreck Mourinho’s head

    first_imgManchester United Lampard: Pogba must wreck Mourinho’s head & I don’t like his ‘YouTube’ tricks! Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author 19:25 5/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Manchester United Chelsea Paul Pogba Chelsea v Manchester United FA Cup The France international has flattered to deceive this season and the former Chelsea midfielder believes he must frustrate his manager Paul Pogba must “wreck” Jose Mourinho’s head with his flashy tricks and sub-par performances, according to former Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard.Pogba has struggled to live up to his £89 million ($120m) transfer fee at United, and has sparkled only intermittently this season.While the France international, who will represent his country at the World Cup this summer, has scored six goals and provided 10 assists thus far this season ahead of the FA Cup final against Chelsea, he has also frustrated with a perceived lack of end product at times. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now And Lampard believes Pogba, whom he believes is a better player than he was, needs to start asserting his authority on games more often, as he has all the attributes required to be the complete midfielder.“I don’t know what Pogba is. He makes bad decisions but then does fantastic things which must wreck Jose’s head,” he said at the Football Writers’ Association (FWA) event.”Mourinho tried to embarrass him out of it and I worry Pogba did not get it. Pogba is naturally more talented than I was, he would run all over me and has better feet, but there’s no point dribbling in your own half.”All that ‘flick and roll of the studs’, I’m not an advocate of that. A lot of young players see it on YouTube and think it’s amazing but I don’t like it. He has delved to that side too much. “His numbers are not good enough, he progressed at Juve but there’s another progression he has to do. He should be getting 15 goals a season and dominating games, because he has everything.”United beat Tottenham 2-1 in a topsy-turvy semi-final to reach the FA Cup final, while Chelsea defeated Southampton.Neither side truly impressed in the Premier League, with United finishing second, 19 points behind Manchester City, while the Blues failed to qualify for the Champions League, finishing fifth, five points behind Liverpool.Paul Pogba Manchester United 21042018Chelsea lost 3-0 to Newcastle on the final day of the season, and such results have led to intense speculation over the future of Antonio Conte, who is expected to leave the club this summer.Nevertheless, Lampard believes the Blues must win the trophy and set aside any kind of ill-will regarding the Italian’s situation.“We know the requirements at Chelsea, and (winning) it would put a gloss on a season that still has questions over it,” he added.“Neither side (Chelsea or Conte) comes out of it with a load of glory. The players should want to win it for him and the club, no matter what.”I played for managers I didn’t particularly like but you put it to the side.”Lampard was speaking at FWA Live, organised by the FWA and William Hill at the Landmark Hotel London on Thursday May 17.last_img read more

  • Petit doesn’t expect Wenger to land Madrid job

    first_imgReal Madrid Petit doesn’t expect Wenger to get Madrid job: He has a reputation for losing in Spain Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 19:55 6/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Arsene Wenger Arsenal Getty Images Real Madrid Arsène Wenger PSG Arsenal Primera División Ligue 1 Premier League The former Arsenal manager has been mooted as a possible successor to Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu, while a role at PSG has also been mentioned Emmanuel Petit believes former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is unlikely to end up at Real Madrid, pointing to a “reputation for losing” in Spain that may work against him.The Frenchman finds himself without a job after bringing a 22-year spell with the Gunners to a close.He has been mooted as a possible successor to Zinedine Zidane at the Santiago Bernabeu, with the Blancos in the market for a new manager following the shock resignation of a man who guided them to three successive Champions League crowns. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Wenger’s vast experience has put him in contention, but it is not expected that he will be handed the reins after turning down approaches from Madrid on several occasions in the past.Ex-Arsenal midfielder Petit told Paddy Power on the links to Real: “I don’t believe that Wenger could ever end up at Real Madrid. Why? Because he’s had the opportunity at least three times before.“For his own reasons he decided to stay at Arsenal each time, so I don’t see why he would change his mind about that now, even though he’s no longer at the club.“Also, this is not the word I would use, but Arsene does have a reputation in Spain for losing, largely because of the Champions League.“The way he would want to manage a club is not the way things work at Madrid either. It is a very political club. The pressure, the way the president is always involved, he wouldn’t have the freedom he had at Arsenal.“So I don’t think he would be a fit for the Real Madrid job.”Wenger has also been touted for a role back in his homeland at Paris Saint-Germain.He would not get the opportunity to prolong his managerial career in the French capital, but he could fill a director of football post.World Cup winner Petit added: “There was some speculation in France around Paris Saint-Germain as a destination for him, but now they have Thomas Tuchel as coach, so it’s hard to know where he could go next as a manager.“What I do know is that, at PSG, what’s been missing is authority and respect for the institution. Many Paris players didn’t show respect to the club throughout the season.“Wenger would certainly help bring that into the club.”last_img read more

  • 20’s Mixed win in drop-off thriller

    first_imgJess McCall’s diving effort in the corner in extra time has given the 20’s Mixed a wonderful first up win.The defensive struggle of the first half would have impressed notable defender Steve Price with the first half being absent of touchdowns, something that rarely happens in the modern game. The 20’s Mixed could not breach the New Zealand line despite the Kiwis having consecutive players in the bin. When they had their full compliment return, the Kiwis scored almost immediately in a blow to the Aussies.Australia remained composed and after regulation time, the scores were locked. With only four players left on the field, a long ball to Jess McCall in space gave Australia a thrilling victory.last_img

  • Green and Gold Wash

    first_imgWant to check out more about the Trans Tasman? Be sure to visit our pages:For match reports on Australia’s series’ clinching wins following game two of each division go here:Mixed Bag (Mixed Open)Great Wall (Women’s Open)History Repeats (Men’s Open) 2016 Trans Tasman SeriesMixed Open Game One – Australia 10 defeated New Zealand 9 Game Two – Australia 4 defeated New Zealand 3 Game Three – Australia 8 defeated New Zealand 7 Men’s Open Game One – Australia 13 defeated New Zealand 7 Game Two – Australia 10 defeated New Zealand 6 Game Three – Australia 9 defeated New Zealand 5 The 2016 Trans Tasman series in Auckland, New Zealand was a great landmark success for our three Australian teams. This year’s Trans Tasman was the first three-game series clean sweep win by our Australian Open’s teams; defeating New Zealand nine games to nil across the three divisions. The Australian Men’s Open team’s winning streak against New Zealand also extended out to nine consecutive wins; the last time they lost to the Kiwis was game two of the previous Trans Series in Auckland in 2013. And for the first time in Trans Tasman history, Japan was involved in this year’s series and played two Test Matches against Australia and New Zealand in the Men’s and Women’s divisions as part of the inaugural ‘International Series’ in the lead-up to the Trans Tasman.ResultsAustralia vs Japan (Women’s Open) Game one – Australia 17 defeated Japan 2 Game two – Australia 10 defeated Japan 2 Australia vs Japan (Men’s Open) Game one – Australia 16 defeated Japan 2 Game two – Australia 11 defeated Japan 3 Photos from the series can be viewed at: Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus To check our award winners visit – http://bit.ly/1X10MLp To watch the games and match highlights visit – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausAnd check out this awesome video created by Australian Women’s Open manager, Kim Solman – http://bit.ly/1W9lB7V Women’s Open Game One – Australia 7 defeated New Zealand 6 Game Two – Australia 6 defeated New Zealand 1 Game Three – Australia 6 defeated New Zealand 5 Related Links2016 Trans Tasmanlast_img read more

  • 10 months agoWATCH: Cardiff fans swarm ejected Man Utd supporter

    first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say WATCH: Cardiff fans swarm ejected Man Utd supporterby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFresh footage has emerged of a Manchester United being thrown out of the Canton End during victory at Cardiff City on Saturday.The supporter, wearing a red coat, is escorted to a fire door by what looks to be a member of security as Cardiff fans continue the abuse heard in the previous video.Shortly before he is kicked out of the stadium, the man leading him out has to physically stand in between the United fan and a group of Cardiff supporters to prevent a physical confrontation as things threaten to turn ugly.At one point, a fan appears to throw beer at him as he leaves through the door. last_img

  • a month agoScholes says Man Utd wrong to sell Lukaku

    first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Scholes says Man Utd wrong to sell Lukakuby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Paul Scholes thinks Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made a mistake selling Romelu Lukaku.Solskjaer has only Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and teenager Mason Greenwood in his forward stocks.And Scholes thinks Solskjaer should’ve stopped Lukaku joining Inter Milan if he didn’t have a replacement lined-up.He told talkSPORT: “That’s the one thing that disappoints me.”He (Solskjaer) obviously knew they were going to sell Lukaku at some point, but not to have a centre-forward lined up seems like a mistake to me.”Whether they did, whether it dragged on too long from the club’s point of view, I don’t know.”They’re going into a season without a centre-forward when it’s a club that is known for its attacking style and had probably four centre-forwards in its heyday.”So to go in there with Rashford and Martial, who you’re not quite sure if they’re left-wingers or centre-forwards, we don’t know. But I’m sure it’ll get sorted.” last_img read more

  • Michigan State Announces WR Andre Sims Jr. Has Been Granted Release To Transfer

    first_imgMark Dantonio and the Michigan State football team celebrating.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: (Center) Head coach Mark Dantonio of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates stopping the Stanford Cardinal on fourth down to take possesion in the final moments of their 24-20 win in 100th Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)Michigan State’s football program announced this morning that wide receiver Andre Sims Jr. has been granted his release so he can transfer. Sims, who has one year of eligibility remaining, will be eligible to play immediately elsewhere, as he has graduated. He had 13 career catches for 104 yards and a touchdown with the Spartans. Michigan State announces WR Andre Sims Jr has been granted his release to transfer. Sims has graduated so is immediately eligible elsewhere.— Brian Bennett (@BennettESPN) May 12, 2015Michigan State is set to open its 2015 season Sept. 4 against Western Michigan.last_img read more

  • Puel: I pushed Van Dijk to become world’s best defender

    first_imgClaude Puel says Virgil van Dijk’s rise into contention for th mantle of world’s best defender began under his tutelage at Southampton.The Leicester City boss managed the Liverpool star for one season at Southampton a year prior to Van Dijk’s move to the Reds.In the year since moving to Anfield, the Dutchman’s reputation has soared following a run to the Champions League final last campaign and a push to the top of the Premier League table this season. 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? Many, including Puel, have earmarked van Dijk as the best centre-back in the world, but Puel says that evolution started well before the defender moved to Merseyside.“When I came in at Southampton, Virgil was a good player but he was too comfortable,” Puel said ahead of Leicester’s clash with Liverpool on Wednesday.“We know all the great teams like to have possession, to play high up the pitch. The defenders need to learn to defend with a lot of space behind them, to make cover and defend often one against one and remain compact.“So we worked with different moves and examples of international teams to look at the defenders and the different aspects of a modern defender.“He was angry at the beginning but, step by step, he corrected things and improved. He took another dimension. But Virgil has had always a big character and strong personality. At the beginning, sometimes it was difficult between both of us, but step by step I think he understood. He became a modern defender in this time and performed game after game.“When one time he came back from his national team, I had watched his game and said it was perfect — his movement and cover. He had just a little smile and after this time he has had fantastic consistency, quality and performances.“He listened in the end and is a fantastic player and competitor. He is strong, powerful, fast, technical and he can play under pressure without a problem.”Van Dijk could miss Wednesday’s fixture, however, as he has been battling an illness in the run up the match, but it appears he should be ready in time to feature.With Manchester City’s slip-up against Newcastle on Tuesday, Liverpool can extend their lead atop the Premier League to seven points.If the Dutch defender does play, Puel expects it to be a tough test for his side, although he backed his own star defender, Harry Maguire, to provide a bit of frustration for Liverpool’s attack as well.“I said at Southampton Virgil was the best defender in the world. But he confirmed it with Liverpool,” Puel said.”I hope Harry can follow the same way. Harry has also different attributes but a lot of aspects in his play to become a fantastic defender.”He is a very good defender and can become one of the best in the world if he continues to improve.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

  • Game Status Update For Wisconsin QB Alex Hornibrook

    first_imgWisconsin flag bearer runs across the field.LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 07: A cheerleader for the Wisconsin Badgers celebrates a score against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)The Wisconsin Badgers have a tough matchup this weekend against the Northwestern Wildcats, and that challenge could get even harder because of an injury to their offense.Last weekend, quarterback Alex Hornibrook rebounded fairly well from his lackluster performance at Michigan. In Wisconsin’s game against Illinois, he finished with 188 passing yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.Unfortunately, he won’t have the chance to shine this weekend, as Hornibrook will miss Saturday’s game because of a concussion.Both Alex Hornibrook (Wiscy) and J.T. Daniels (USC) are sitting out Saturday’s games with concussions.— Medium Happy (@jdubs88) October 26, 2018Hornibrook is experiencing a slight decline in his numbers this season, as he currently has just 11 passing touchdowns and six interceptions. Nonetheless, losing leadership at the quarterback position will certainly hurt the Badgers in some capacity.Wisconsin will have to rely heavily on Jonathan Taylor, who was outstanding last weekend with 159 rushing yards. At this pace, the dynamic tailback could replicate his statistics from the 2017 season.Freshman quarterback Danny Vanden Boom will see his first start of the season. The Badgers and Wildcats are set to kick off at 12:00 p.m. ET from Ryan Field.The game will be on FOX.last_img read more

  • 4-Star Samuel Anaele, Country’s No. 19 DE, Announces New Commitment

    first_imgThree footballs next to a pylon(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Miami (Fla.) Carol City four-star defensive end Samuel Anaele publicly reopened his recruitment over the weekend. Tonight, he made a new commitment.Anaele verbally committed to Kentucky a short time ago. He had been committed to Miami since January 2018 before decommitting last week.Anaele officially visited Kentucky earlier this month as well. He is the second-highest rated commit in Kentucky’s 2020 class.BREAKING: Huge story. Cats Illustrated has learned #Rivals100 four-star defensive end Samuel Anaele has committed to Kentucky. @coachclink has now landed two of the highest-ranked players in UK football history in this class alone. Both d-linemen https://t.co/kn4OPZzHg8— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) July 2, 2019Anaele is the No. 10 strong-side defensive end and No. 19 overall defensive end in the 2020 class.With him in the fold, Kentucky now has 13 verbal commitments and the No, 22 recruiting class in the country for the 2020 cycle.You can view the 247Sports Team Composite Rankings here.last_img read more

  • Kristian Story, No. 10 ATH In 2020 Class, Announces Commitment

    first_imgA medium-shot of footballs used by Northwestern and Nebraska.LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 04: Footballs used by the Northwestern Wildcats before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on November 4, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Kristian Story, an Alabama native and four-star recruit in the 2020 class, has announced where he plans to attend college. He’ll remain pretty close to his hometown for the foreseeable future.In high school, Story is considered a two-way star for his team. Whether he’s playing quarterback or safety, the four-star prospect makes an impact on the field.His talent and versatility is undeniable, which is why over 20 programs extended offers. However, only one school gave him the chance to develop his skill while also staying home.On Thursday, Story announced that he’s committing to Alabama. The announcement for his commitment to the Crimson Tide was in a video that he released on YouTube.Check it out:C O M M I T T E D 🖤 . https://t.co/GDt8hEa7fL— K ⁴ 🥇 (@kks___4) July 18, 2019Story is the No. 10 athlete and No. 224 overall recruit from his class, per 247Sports.Alabama has the No. 2 overall recruiting class according to 247Sports’ rankings. Nick Saban has commitments from 22 different players and is nearing closer to dethroning Dabo Swinney and Clemson for the top class.There’s no indication on whether Story will play quarterback or safety when he’s officially a member of the Crimson Tide.Either way, Saban has to be thrilled that he’s adding another valuable piece to the future of his program.last_img read more

  • LSU vs. Vanderbilt Game Time, Channel, Spread, Announcers

    first_imgA closeup of LSU football coach Ed Orgeron.FAYETTEVILLE, AR – NOVEMBER 10: Head Coach Ed Orgeron of the LSU Tigers celebrates with his team coming off the field after scoring a touchdown in the second half of a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Razorback Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)After a dominating 3-0 start to the season, the LSU Tigers are set to begin their SEC schedule on the road against the Vanderbilt Commodores.LSU has scored at least 45 points in each of its games so far, highlighted by a 45-38 win over Texas in Austin that vaulted the Tigers to No. 4 in the nation. Quarterback Joe Burrow has been a revelation this season, and is an early contender for the Heisman Trophy.Vanderbilt, meanwhile, has gotten off to a rough start. The Commodores have lost their first two games to open the season against Georgia and Purdue. LSU will mark the second top-five team that the Commodores will have played in four weeks.The Commodores may be the home team, but the Tigers are widely expected to stroll into Vanderbilt Stadium and grab an easy win. Here are the details for the LSU-Vanderbilt game:Game Time: 12:00 PM ETChannel: SEC NetworkSpread: LSU -24Over/Under: 62.5Announcers: Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole CubelicLSU has won seven straight against Vanderbilt, dating back to 1991. The Commodores have been held under ten points in the last six.Suffice it to say, Derek Mason will have his work cut out for him if he hopes to spring an upset over the seemingly-unstoppable Tigers.Who do you have in the LSU-Vanderbilt game?last_img read more

  • 3rd Test: De Kock, Steyn put South Africa on the cusp of series sweep vs Pakistan

    first_img3rd Test: De Kock, Steyn put South Africa on the cusp of series sweep vs PakistanSouth Africa vs Pakistan 3rd Test, Day 3: Pakistan were 153 for three wickets at the close of play on Sunday, still 228 runs short of a daunting winning target.advertisement Reuters JohannesburgJanuary 13, 2019UPDATED: January 13, 2019 22:16 IST Quinton de Kock hit his fourth Test century (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan were 153/3 at stumps on Day 3 after South Africa set a target of 381Dale Steyn claimed two wickets and Duane Olivier the other for his 22nd of the seriesQuinton de Kock scored 129 off 138 balls for only the second century of the seriesSouth Africa need seven more wickets to win the third test at the Wanderers and sweep the series after Pakistan were 153 for three wickets at the close of play on Sunday, still 228 runs short of a daunting winning target.Dale Steyn claimed two wickets and Duane Olivier the other for his 22nd of the series as South Africa removed the top order after Pakistan had made a solid start with a 67-run opening wicket partnership.Pakistan had been set a target of 381 to win after bowling their hosts out for 303 before tea on the third day of the test in Johannesburg.They will resume on Monday with Asad Shafiq not out on 48 and Babar Azam on 17.Imam-ul-Haq and Shan Masood made a positive start to Pakistan’s second innings, attacking the South African pace attack before Steyn made a quick double breakthrough.Imam-ul-Haq got a feint edge as Steyn moved the ball across the left hander and was out for 35 and Shan soon followed back to the pavilion after a television review, adjudged to have got a slight inside edge to another difficult delivery.Olivier then claimed the wicket of the out-of-form Azhar Ali as wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock took his third catch of the innings.Olivier is now three wickets off equalling South Africa’s 117-year-old record for the most wickets in a three test series.De Kock hit the highest score of the series on Sunday to help South Africa into pole position for a third successive test win.He scored 129 off 138 balls for only the second century of the series, following Faf du Plessis’ 103 in the second test in Cape Town last week.advertisementHashim Amla added 71 after South Africa had resumed day three on 135-5 with 21 from Kagiso Rabada as they provided support to De Kock.Amla was the first wicket to go on Sunday, touching his glove to a rising delivery from Hasan Ali on a pitch cracking in places and offering uneven bounce.Rabada featured in a 79-run partnership for the eighth wicket with De Kock.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 Quinton de KockFollow Dale SteynFollow Duane Olivierlast_img read more

  • India should promote women’s Test cricket: Australia skipper Lanning

    first_img Press Trust of India SydneyApril 9, 2019UPDATED: April 9, 2019 14:46 IST “I think India would be great at playing Test matches,” said Australia women’s cricket skipper Meg Lanning. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia women’s cricket captain Meg Lanning said India needs to promote women’s Test cricketAustralia will tour England later this year to play a one-off Test in the multi-format women’s Ashes series”I think India would be great at playing Test matches,” said LanningAustralia captain Meg Lanning says women’s Test matches need to spread beyond Australia-England rivalry and feels India need to play a big role in promoting the format.Australia will tour England later this year to play a one-off Test in the multi-format women’s Ashes series that includes three ODIs and three T20Is as part of a points-based seven-match series.Besides Australia and England, India and South Africa are the two cricket playing nations to have played women’s Test matches in the last decade.”We’d love to play more Test matches. Unfortunately, it’s only Australia and England that are interested at the moment, and we only play each other every couple of years. That probably is a bit of a problem,” Lanning was quoted as saying by SEN Radio.”Hopefully down the track more countries are interested. I think India would be great at playing Test matches. I think they’d probably be the big fish to get involved because they’ve got such a big influence in cricket.”If that was the case, I think that would definitely help that side of the game grow. But unfortunately, one game every two years, it’s difficult to prepare for and play well. But we enjoy playing them so hopefully there’s a few more down the track,” she added.Also Read | Mithali Raj backs women’s IPL after World Cup performanceThe 27-year-old Lanning made her debut for Australia in 2010 and since then she has played only three Tests as compared to 85 T20Is and 72 ODIs.advertisementMeanwhile, the women’s T20 exhibition games, scheduled to be held during the playoffs of the ongoing IPL, will feature overseas players from six nations.According to a report in espncricinfo, some of the top women’s international players who will be invited for the three-team tournament include West Indies’ Deandra Dottin and T20 World Cup-winning captain Stafanie Taylor, South Africa skipper Dane van Niekerk and fast bowler Marizanne Kapp besides Sri Lanka’s Chamari Atapattu.The overseas players of Australia’s Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) and the English Kia Super League (KSL) are set to be grouped with cricketers who had participated last year, including Australia’s Lanning, Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy and Megan Schutt, New Zealand’s Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine, and England’s Danielle Wyatt.Also Read | Next big step for women’s cricket is IPL: Australia captain Meg LanningAlso Read | Women’s IPL exhibition games likely during playoffs: BCCI officialAlso Watch | Great to have someone like Chris Gayle in KXIP: KL RahulFor 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 byRoshni Tags :Follow Women’s CricketFollow Australia India should promote women’s Test cricket: Australia skipper LanningAustralia women’s cricket captain Meg Lanning regretted said she though India would be great at playing women’s Test matches.advertisementlast_img read more

  • He is a legend: Hardik Pandya after Kieron Pollard delivers thrilling win for MI

    first_imgHe is a legend: Hardik Pandya after Kieron Pollard delivers thrilling win for MIIPL 2019: Hardik Pandya heaped praise on Kieron Pollard after the stand-in captain smashed 83 off 31 to help Mumbai Indians chase down 198 vs Kings XI Punjab at the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday. commentary graphs advertisement view more view lesscenter_img No data available! scorecard Rajarshi Gupta MumbaiApril 11, 2019UPDATED: April 11, 2019 08:46 IST IPL 2019: Kieron Pollard smashed 10 sixes as Mumbai Indians gunned down a 197-run target on Wednesday ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSHardik Pandya called Kieron Pollard a legend after his 31-ball 83 helped MI beat KXIP on WednesdayPollard smashed 10 sixes as MI chased down 198 vs KXIP off the last ball of the matchPandya said if anyone could play that kind of innings, it was Kieron PollardHardik Pandya doffed his hat to Kieron Pollard after his 31-ball 83 delivered a thrilling win for Mumbai Indians over Kings XI Punjab at the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday. MI were 65 for 3 chasing 198 but Pollard blasted 3 fours and 10 sixes as the hosts secured a last-ball victory.On Wednesday, Kieron Pollard stood in as captain after Mumbai Indians decided to rest Rohit Sharma who had an injury scare on the eve of the match. KL Rahul (100 not out) and Chris Gayle (63) took KXIP to 197 for 4 off their 20 overs before MI got off to a poor start.However, Kieron Pollard was not going down without a fight. He was far from his best in the 2018 Indian Premier League scoring only 133 runs from 9 matches. This year, before Wednesday, Pollard had scores of 21, 5, 7, 17 not out and 46 not out. Pollard stunned KXIP with his assault at the Wankhede to script one of the great fightbacks in an IPL match.Kieron Pollard’s task was cut out but his innings kept Mumbai Indians in the hunt for a come-from-behind win. When he fell to Ankit Rajpoot, MI still needed 4 off 4 balls but Alzharri Joseph kept his cool and saw his team home off the last ball of the match.Hardik Pandya, who has played several cameos in the 2019 IPL, said his heart was pumping minutes after the match got over and added if anyone could win it for MI from that stage, it was Kieron Pollard.”Heart is pumping pretty fast,” Pandya told the broadcasters after the match. “Pollard is a legend! One guy who could do this, it was Kieron Pollard. That time and situation needed both of us had to go for it but I could not connect much today.advertisementThey believe. We believe. #OneFamily #CricketMeriJaan #MumbaiIndians #MIvKXIP @KieronPollard55 @YUVSTRONG12 pic.twitter.com/tBkKMmPcJOMumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 10, 2019″Pollard was backing himself and for the first time in my life while sitting outside I thought 17 per over is a par score.”It was still better from the situation we started off from. If Polly was there (when Pollard got out), he could have finished it off one ball and obviously we didn’t have any set batsman. Four runs, four balls I thought we got this game,” he said.Hardik Pandya had a forgetabble night with the ball. He finished with 2 for 57 off 4 overs and scored only 19 when MI needed a move-on. But Kieron Pollard’s brilliiance meant MI could walk out the happier team.Also Read | Thank god for giving me strength to do this: Kieron Pollard after 31-ball 83 vs KXIPAlso 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 Kieron PollardFollow Mumbai IndiansFollow Kings XI PunjabFollow Hardik PandyaFollow IPL 2019last_img read more

  • Shikhar Dhawan attributes Delhi Capitals’ success to Sourav Ganguly and Ricky Ponting

    first_img Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiApril 16, 2019UPDATED: April 16, 2019 18:08 IST IPL 2019: Shikhar Dhawan has praised Delhi Capitals’ coaches, Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly, for its success. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShikhar Dhawan praised Delhi Capitals’ coaches Ponting and Ganguly on its successThe newly formed IPL franchise has moved to the second spot in the points tableOn the Indian squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup, Dhawan said the team is strongA newly formed Indian Premier League franchise — Delhi Capitals — has performed exceptionally well in the IPL and have grabbed the second spot in the points-table. The Shreyas Iyer-led side looks to seal a play-off berth and also clinch the title.Everything is new in this Delhi side — the management, players as well as support staff. But opener Shikhar Dhawan attributes the success to its coaches — Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly.”It has been a good season for us. The franchise started with a clean slate,” Dhawan said on the sidelines of a function, organised by Fortis Healthcare and Delhi Capitals, to raise awareness about organ donation.”The support of coaches Ponting and Ganguly has been very good. Their experience as captains helped the team. Also, the belief they instilled in players made the difference,” said Dhawan. He has amassed 256 runs from eight innings.”At the same time, youngsters in the team are maturing and playing well. Even experienced players can learn a lot from youngsters, provided you have an open mind. That’s the beauty of cricket,” he said.On April 12 at the Eden Gardens, Dhawan missed a century against Kolkata Knight Riders by just three runs as his teammate Colin Ingram hit a six to give Capitals a seven-wicket victory.But he has no regrets. “I was not thinking of the century. It was more important to win the match. At that time it was important to hold on to my wicket. If I had fallen my team would have come under pressure. I wanted to take the team over the line because we had lost a couple of matches from a winning position,” he said.advertisementOn the Indian squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup, slated in England and Wales from May 30, Dhawan said it’s strong. “For the world cup, we have a good and a strong side. We are looking forward to competition. We will perform really well once we get there,” he said.Also Read | IPL 2019: Dhawan, Ishant dance like there’s no tomorrow after DC move to 2nd spotAlso Read | His positivity spreads: Amit Mishra on Delhi Capitals coach Ricky PontingAlso Read | India have strong side for ICC 2019 World Cup: Shikhar DhawanFor 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 bykarishma Tags :Follow Shikhar DhawanFollow Ricky PontingFollow Sourav GangulyFollow Delhi CapitalsFollow IPL 2019 Shikhar Dhawan attributes Delhi Capitals’ success to Sourav Ganguly and Ricky PontingShikhar Dhawan praised Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly for the success of newly formed Indian Premier League franchise Delhi Capitals. The team has grabbed the second spot in the points-table.advertisementlast_img read more

  • Jersey box office collection Day 2: Nani film is off to a great start

    first_img India Today Web Desk ChennaiApril 21, 2019UPDATED: April 21, 2019 09:25 IST Shraddha Srinath and Nani in JerseyNani and Shraddha Srinath are overwhelmed with the applause coming their way for their earnest performances in their recently-released film Jersey. Directed by Gowtam Tinnanuri, the film traces the life of an aged cricketer who wants to prove his worth at the age of 36.Jersey had a grand opening in India and the US on April 19. On its first day, the film had collected Rs 4.4 crore in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The box office collection is expected to increase manifold during the weekend due to positive word of mouth.#Jersey AP&TS Day1: 4.4Crs#Majili AP&TS Day1: 5.4crs#SRA AP&TS Day1: 5.8crs@chay_akkineni is the only Hero frm Tier-2 Who has 2 5+ Crs share movies in AP&TSIntrovert (@kumaar_DHFC) April 20, 2019In addition, Jersey had hit jackpot in Nellore district by minting Rs 8.90 lakh on the second day of its theatrical run. At the end of two days, the movie has managed to rake in Rs 26 lakh in Nellore district alone.#Jersey Nlr dist 2day Share 8.90lks.& 2days NLR dist Total share 26 lks..sureshreddy.1467 (@sureshreddy1467) April 21, 2019Jersey also had a solid opening in the US as well. The sports-drama has successfully crossed the $500k mark, which is approximately Rs 3.4 crore. The makers are expecting a massive crowd during the weekend as well.#Jersey has crossed the 500 K $ gross mark in the #USA. Huge Satday expected.. More milestones to come.. @NameisNani scores a sixer literally @ShraddhaSrinath @gowtam19Kaushik LM (@LMKMovieManiac) April 20, 2019India Today reviewer Janani K rated the film 3.5 stars out of 5 and wrote, “A film based on cricket will showcase the hero aiming to make it to the Indian cricket team, goes without saying. In Jersey too, Arjun’s aim is to play for India and he doesn’t wish to settle down for anything less. Life takes a turn and Arjun is rattled. The entire journey is packed with emotional moments, perfectly executed by Nani.”advertisementMOVIE REVIEW: JERSEYALSO SEE | Priya Varrier and Roshan Abdul get cosy in a car for photoshootALSO WATCH | Scripts are decided depending upon the audience: Actor NaniGet 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 byK Janani Tags :Follow NaniFollow Shraddha SrinathFollow jersey Jersey box office collection Day 2: Nani film is off to a great startNani and Shraddha Srinath’s latest outing Jersey opened to unanimous appreciation from critics and audience alike. The film had a great opening at the box office.advertisementlast_img read more

  • World Cup 2019 favourites tag sits okay with England: Eoin Morgan

    first_imgWorld Cup 2019 favourites tag sits okay with England: Eoin MorganHosts and hot favourites England will know this is their best chance to lift the crown for the first time, as they take on South Africa in the World Cup opener at The Oval in London.advertisement Saurabh Kumar LondonMay 30, 2019UPDATED: May 30, 2019 15:36 IST Faf du Plessis won the toss and opted to field first in World Cup 2019 opener against England. (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSSouth Africa selected Dwayne Pretorius over Chris MorrisFirst time England are batting first in an ODI at the Oval since May 2014Faf said Steyn will get 100% fit till their third World Cup matchEngland captain Eoin Morgan said his team was under no pressure with the favourites tag after South Africa captain won the toss and decided to bowl at The Oval in the opening match of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup on Thursday. England, the World Cup 2019 hosts, are one of the teams experts feel have a great chance to win the trophy.England have never won the World Cup and they had a disastrous campaign when the tournament was last held there 20 years ago. In the last World Cup in 2015, England failed to make it past group stages. But under Eoin Morgan, England have made a huge impact on the ODI scene, dominating teams across the world.Morgan said that the favourites tag has been a collective drive for the hosts in this World Cup. England are considered as the favourites to clinch the World Cup 2019 as they are No.1 ODI side in the ICC’s rankings. They have been unbeatable in every one-day series in more than two years, and are the hosts too.He informed that Mark Wood has made way for Jofra Archer in the England XI as the latter has been quite impressive since the time he has come in the England squad. “Would’ve looked to do the same. Wicket looks really good. It’s set fair all day, shouldn’t change much. Yes, Wood was available for selection. But unfortunately he’s missed out” Morgan added.England, who are still in search of their first trophy like South Africa, have risen from the ashes of their poor campaign in the showpiece last time, following that group-stage exit by ascending to the summit of the ICC ODI rankings.advertisementMeanwhile, South Africa’s captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and elected to bowl first against hosts England in the World Cup opener at The Oval in London on Thursday. Faf said that Shamsi, Miller, Morris, Steyn are the one who have been left out from South Africa’s playing XI.He stressed on the fact that the duo of Ngidi and Rabada have been exceptional over the last couple of years, and the team will rely on them for early breakthroughs in the first hour of the match. He also added it was good to see seasoned opener Hashim Amla scoring runs in the warm up.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Hashim Amla just 90 runs away from breaking Virat Kohli’s recordAlso 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 EnglandFollow South AfricaFollow Eoin Morganlast_img read more

  • India vs Pakistan: Mohammed Shami likely to replace Kuldeep Yadav in crucial World Cup match

    first_img Next India Today Web Desk ManchesterJune 15, 2019UPDATED: June 16, 2019 00:42 IST India vs Pakistan: Mohammed Shami is likely to replace Kuldeep Yadav in the playing XI for Sunday’s World Cup 2019 match (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMohammed Shami is likely to play his 1st match of World Cup 2019 on SundayVijay Shankar frontrunner to bat at No. 4 vs PakistanIndia take on Pakistan in Manchester on Sunday amid rain threatFast bowler Mohammed Shami is the frontrunner to replace a spinner in India’s playing XI for the much-anticipated World Cup 2019 match against arch-rivals Pakistan in Manchester on Sunday.Shami who had sealed a World Cup berth with some consistent performances with the white ball in 2019 wasn’t picked for India’s first 2 matches at the World Cup. Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar shared the new-ball in India’s wins over South Africa and Australia before rain washed out Thursday’s match vs New Zealand in Nottingham.However, with overcast conditions predicted in Manchester on Sunday, India are looking to add firepower to their pace attack. Mohammed Shami is likely to replace left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav in the playing XI vs Pakistan on Sunday, India Today has learnt.Speaking to India Today from Manchester on the eve of the blockbuster clash, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh pointed out that playing two wrist-spinners in Kuldeep and Yuvendra Chahal against Pakistan is not a wise move, considering Pakistan batsmen are good against spin.”Keeping in mind the wicket and the conditions, Mohammed Shami will get an opportunity to play. Playing 2 spinners might not work because Pakistan are good players of spin as well,” Harbhajan Singh said.Meanwhile, Vijay Shankar is likely to make his World Cup debut on Sunday against Pakistan. The all-rounder who had made his India debut as recently as January 2019 is the frontrunner for the No. 4 spot. KL Rahul, who batted in the middle-order vs South Africa and Australia, will open the batting with Rohit Sharma in the absence of injured Shikhar Dhawan.advertisementVijay Shankar had hit the nets frequently in the lead up to the big game on Sunday and his ability to chip in with a few overs of medium pace will be handy in overcast conditions.India are starting as favourites but rain threat looms large over the Manchester clash. Speaking on the eve of the match, captain Virat Kohli said India are likely to consider their options depending on the conditions and weather on Sunday morning.”… the length of the game and looking at the conditions, we will definitely think of a few combinations,” Kohli said.Also Read | Virat Kohli’s message for fans ahead of India vs Pakistan: It is a cricket match, enjoy itAlso Read | India vs Pakistan: Sunil Gavaskar, Harbhajan Singh slam ECB over lack of rain preparednessAlso See: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 Mohammed ShamiFollow India vs PakistanFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow Kuldeep YadavFollow Vijay ShankarFollow India cricket team India vs Pakistan: Mohammed Shami likely to replace Kuldeep Yadav in crucial World Cup matchWorld Cup 2019: In order to make full use of what is expected to be overcast conditions, India are likely to beef up their pace battery in the much-anticipated match vs arch-rivals Pakistan in Manchester on Sundayadvertisementlast_img read more

  • I am definitely up there with greats of West Indies cricket: Chris Gayle

    first_imgI am definitely up there with greats of West Indies cricket: Chris GayleChirs Gayle, who will retire from international cricket after home series vs India, has said that he is among one of the greats in West Indies cricket.advertisement Next Press Trust of India LondonJune 26, 2019UPDATED: June 26, 2019 20:26 IST Chris Gayle will retire from international cricket after the home Test series against India. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSChris Gayle will retire from international cricket after the home Test series against IndiaGayle said he is there with the greats of West Indies cricketWest Indies will next face India in their World Cup 2019 gameChris Gayle’s swagger is unmatched and the ‘Universe Boss’ shows no modesty or pretension when asked where he sees himself among the pantheons of greats in West Indies cricket.”I’m definitely up there. I’m definitely up there with the greats without a doubt,” Gayle, who came for an interaction after a request from the travelling Indian media contingent, answered it in two straight sentences.Gayle, who was supposed to retire after the World Cup, has reversed his original decision and will hang his boots after playing a home series against India, a country where he enjoys manic fan following.”Like I say, I enjoy each and every moment of West Indies, playing for West Indies. Like I said, it’s still not the end. I still have a few games to go. Maybe another series to go who knows we’ll see what happens,” said the soon-to-be 40 Jamaican.Gayle has had a roller-coaster ride in the last two decades for West Indies cricket when the performance of the assortment of islands reached an all-time nadir.”But like I say, it’s been a lot of ups and downs. I have got to say I really enjoy each and every moment. But we share some quality moments with some quality players as well,” he said when asked to reflect back on his career in which he has scored more than 18,000 international runs.He took a trip down the memory lane having started way back in 1999.”I started my career with the likes of Courtney Walsh, Curtly Ambrose, you watch them on TV and you realize they’re in the dressing room, it’s just a bunch of guys. And Brian Lara, the first captain as well, Carl Hooper. So it’s some quality moments when you look back on it,” he fondly recollected.advertisement”I’ll have to analyse it and give you full details, a better exclusive interview on that particular moment, and then you can take it further,” he laughed.”But like I said I could not have had a better career as a player representing the West Indies,” he added.Call it irony, his limited overs jersey number is 333, which again is his highest Test score. The two triple centurions were absolute highs along with a double hundred in the 2015 ODI World Cup.”Two triple centuries in Test cricket. Those two will definitely be on top. A double century in the World Cup as well. But there’s a lot more to actually talk about. But if I get into detail it will be a long list, to be honest with you. But I’ll stick with those for now,” Gayle said.As he prepares to bid adieu in the next couple of months, Gayle finds Nicholas Pooran as a “savage youngster” who could potentially be a ‘mini Universe Boss’.”Mini-universe boss, that’s a serious name. Nicholas Pooran is going to be a savage youngster, trust me on that one. I must commend Pooran’s work ethic. It’s fantastic for a youngster to actually just come into the team. And he’s going to be a world record beater,” he didn’t say but declared.He sees a future leader in Shai Hope.”And Shai Hope as well. Definitely, he will have a big part to play in West Indies cricket. He’s a guy who actually may be a future captain as well.”Gayle is confident that with the likes of Pooran, Hope and Shimron Hetmyer in the ranks, the future is bright for West Indies.”Definitely, the future is bright for West Indies cricket, without a doubt. The likes of Nicholas Pooran and Hetmyer, his name has been calling in all forms of the game so far, for these guys to actually believe and build on start. Trust me, it will be much, much better for them within their career going forward,” said Gayle.Also Read | Chris Gayle to retire from international cricket after home Tests vs IndiaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Match against India, an opportunity to showcase our skills, says Jason HolderAlso SeeFor 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Chris GayleFollow Chris Gayle retirementlast_img read more