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REVEALED: Sevilla ace Banega changed agents to get Arsenal moveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSevilla ace Ever Banega has changed agents to secure a move to England, it has been revealed.Mundo Deportivo says Banega has recently brought in new representatives as he seeks a move to the Premier League.And his agent is spending time in London over the festive period to finalise a deal with Arsenal.Unai Emery and Banega enjoyed a good player coach relationship during spells at Valencia and Sevilla – where they won two Europa League titles in 2015 and 2016.Banega is now in his second spell with Sevilla, having played for the likes of Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan. The Arsenal boss sees the Argentine as the perfect candidate to fill the boots of Aaron Ramsey who could leave as soon as January. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Boussouma potential excites Brighton boss Hughtonby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton manager Chris Hughton is excited at the potential of Yves Bissouma.The Mali midfielder is already impressing for the Premier League side, scoring a long range goal in the FA Cup against Bournemouth.And Hughton believes that when his English improves, he will be fully integrated into the squad.Hughton told The Argus: “He is still learning. He is a wonderful talent, probably one of the most talented players that we’ve had here.”But it’s just about nurturing that one. He is still young, he is still learning the language and he will get better.”I hope so. The game, particularly in the position he plays, is about a lot of aspects and you have got to do enough of those aspects well.”At the moment he is still developing. I think once he gets a good grasp of the language he’ll improve.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say UNCOVERED: Real Madrid signing Brahim Diaz was Messi and Barcelona mad!by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid signing Brahim Diaz grew up a Barcelona fan and idolising Leo Messi!Diaz left Manchester City to sign for Real this week.And a video has emerged which shows that Diaz hasn’t been a Los Blancos supporter all his life. Brahim, in an interview he gave at the age of 12, admitted that his favourite team was FC Barcelona and that his footballing idol was Messi.DOCUMENTO #JUGONES Cuándo tenía 12 años, Brahim era del Barça y su ÍDOLO era Messi! SE HARÁ VIRAL! Lo estamos viendo en @laSextaTV. pic.twitter.com/IAyTHQcYDs— El Chiringuito TV (@elchiringuitotv) January 8, 2019
Robertson hails manner of Liverpool win at Brightonby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool fullback Andrew Robertson hailed the manner of their 1-0 win at Brighton.Reds boss Jurgen Klopp dubbed it their “most mature performance”.And Robertson agrees, “Whoever wins the league will look back on some games and go, ‘Do you know what? We probably weren’t at our best there. That was probably one that helped us turn one point into three or zero into one.“If we manage to do it, I’m sure we’ll look back on this game as one of them. It’s the winning mentality and finding a way. That’s what we did. That’s what all the teams are doing now. City haven’t played their best but have been winning games and Tottenham have done the same. “People can overreact when you go that long without the first defeat, but we all stayed calm. We knew what we had to do.“We knew how long this run-in was going to be, and that the chances of us being unbeaten this season were very hard. But we were still four points clear after Man City and now we go to seven again. Obviously they have the game in hand but we’ve got the points on the board.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Blackmore calls for Man Utd to bring back Ibrahimovicby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United midfielder and coach Clayton Blackmore says they should re-sign LA Galaxy star Zlatan Ibrahimovic.Ibrahimovic is thriving in the MLS having scored 49 goals in 50 starts for LA Galaxy.“I definitely think we should ask Zlatan to come back, we need a target man – he’s the best target in the world,” Blackmore is quoted by the Daily Express.“6ft 5in black belt, he’s proved in the MLS he can still do it.“I thought we let him go because his knee was dodgy – we’ve now given Zlatan and [Wayne] Rooney [away] for nothing.”We won [the] Europa League, League Cup and Community Shield when he played for us.“Thirteen years ago, the Barcelona goalie out-run Zlatan – he doesn’t run much yet he scores goals [at] every club he plays for.“We need a target man so all our kids with pace can play off him [in a] 4-4-2 [system], and close [them] down quicker.”Here ends the lesson, it’s a no-brainer.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ireland coach McCarthy: Keane tipped me off about Brighton striker Connollyby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveIrish legend Robbie Keane gave Aaron Connolly a glowing reference to Mick McCarthy after his two-goal performance in Brighton’s win over Spurs.Keane was in the crowd at the AMEX and was mightily impressed by the 19-year-old, who McCarthy called-up to the latest Republic of Ireland squad.McCarthy said today: “I didn’t see it at the time but I’ve seen it since. Robbie was watching it.”It was excellent. His goals were both very good. People talk about his second one. I thought his first one was brilliant, because his movement was good.”He got across the defender and then, having had it saved, he had the presence of mind, he didn’t just have a little dig at it and run off, he spun and put it in the net.”I saw him against Armenia (under-21s) and I was really impressed. He really has some personality on the pitch, he plays with real personality.”
Man Utd defender Maguire: I’m here to stayby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Maguire insists he has settled at Manchester United.The England international arrived from Leicester City in the summer for a world-record fee.”I’m enjoying being part of such a big club,” he said. “I’m going to be part of this club for the future – I signed a long-term contract here, so I knew I was coming in straight away and aiming to bridge the gap to the top two [in the Premier League]. “I’m looking forward to progressing in the future and I want to be part of that.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 1: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on from the sidelines during the second quarter of the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game against the South Carolina Gamecocks on January 1, 2018 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)As a child, I don’t remember ever being that enthralled about Career Day – even though it meant the cancellation of normal classes. But if Michigan’s head coach had shown up to talk college football, perhaps I’d have a different opinion.Wednesday morning, Harbaugh attended his daughter Addison’s Career Day, and brought along a friend. Harbaugh was able to get New Orleans Saints star quarterback Drew Brees to stop by too – presumably to talk about the art of being a professional signal-caller.It looks like the kids all received Michigan hats as well. Pretty cool.Thanks to @drewbrees for stopping by my daughter Addie’s Career Day this morning. pic.twitter.com/tPVPd8NEI5— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) April 13, 2016Perhaps a future Wolverines star is in the bunch.
Cristiano Ronaldo is an “idol” to millions, with Manchester United defender Diogo Dalot among those using the Juventus superstar as inspiration in his own career.A five-time Ballon d’Or winner burst onto the global scene while on the books at Old Trafford.His obvious potential had been noted at Sporting, but it was unlocked on the grandest of stages in England. 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? Ronaldo has gone on to star for Real Madrid and Juve, winning titles at both, while collecting 156 caps and a European Championship crown with his country.He is a role model to many and Dalot, at just 20 years of age, is hoping to follow in some illustrious footsteps as he seeks to make his own mark with United and an international side.Quizzed by Soccer Bible on who he looks up to, the promising defender said: “My answer will be a little bit shocking for everyone!“Ronaldo, for me, was the main one. He was my idol from day one.“Not because he’s Portuguese, or his style of playing, but for his hard work. When you think of an athlete, a complete athlete, a complete footballer, you need to choose Cristiano.“For me, he was the main inspiration to start playing football. Not because I want to be like him, I want to take my own path, but to get to know him and see how he works is unbelievable.”Dalot has just completed a debut campaign with United, following a £19 million ($24m) move from Porto, and admits that he remains on a steep learning curve.He added, after making 23 appearances in 2018-19: “Of course it’s hard to get to a big team.“But then it’s harder to stay there because you are competing with a lot of footballers that are such hard workers.“When you get to the big clubs, to the big leagues, you know that every day you need to get better and better and better. For me, I think the hard work is the main thing. Work hard and stay humble.”Dalot is not getting too far ahead of himself in a bid to reach the very top of the game, with short-term goals being laid out for now.He said of his future ambition: “I don’t like to think too big for now.“I used to say ‘step by step’. Now I just try to focus on getting my opportunities and getting my minutes, and showing the manager what I’m capable of, that I can play here.“Of course, when you lay down on your bed and you dream of the future, you dream of being one of the best right-backs in the world, being a reference for everyone. But that’s when you are in bed.“When you wake up, you just need to put your feet on the ground and start working again, because every day is a fight for me. I think that’s the right way.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Norwich City return to the Premier League five years since relegation to the second tier following their 2018-19 Championship title triumph.German coach Daniel Farke has been successful in rebuilding the Canaries since his appointment in 2017, adopting a fast-paced, possession-focused style similar to that of his former Dortmund side.The newly promoted club visit last season’s top-flight runners-up Liverpool on the opening day of the season before a first home game at Carrow Road against Newcastle United. 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? Norwich’s full 2019-20 Premier League fixture list can be found below.Norwich City Premier League 2019-20 fixtures Date Time Match 09/08/2019 20:00 Liverpool v Norwich City 17/08/2019 15:00 Norwich City v Newcastle United 24/08/2019 15:00 Norwich City v Chelsea 31/08/2019 15:00 West Ham United v Norwich City 14/09/2019 15:00 Norwich City v Manchester City 21/09/2019 15:00 Burnley v Norwich City 28/09/2019 15:00 Crystal Palace v Norwich City 05/10/2019 15:00 Norwich City v Aston Villa 19/10/2019 15:00 Bournemouth v Norwich City 26/10/2019 15:00 Norwich City v Manchester United 02/11/2019 15:00 Brighton v Norwich City 09/11/2019 15:00 Norwich City v Watford 23/11/2019 15:00 Everton v Norwich City 30/11/2019 15:00 Norwich City v Arsenal 04/12/2019 19:45 Southampton v Norwich City 07/12/2019 15:00 Norwich City v Sheffield United 14/12/2019 15:00 Leicester City v Norwich City 21/12/2019 15:00 Norwich City v Wolverhampton 26/12/2019 15:00 Aston Villa v Norwich City 28/12/2019 15:00 Norwich City v Tottenham Hotspur 01/01/2020 15:00 Norwich City v Crystal Palace 11/01/2020 15:00 Manchester United v Norwich City 18/01/2020 15:00 Norwich City v Bournemouth 22/01/2020 19:45 Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich City 01/02/2020 15:00 Newcastle United v Norwich City 08/02/2020 15:00 Norwich City v Liverpool 22/02/2020 15:00 Wolverhampton v Norwich City 29/02/2020 15:00 Norwich City v Leicester City 07/03/2020 15:00 Sheffield United v Norwich City 14/03/2020 15:00 Norwich City v Southampton 21/03/2020 15:00 Norwich City v Everton 04/04/2020 15:00 Arsenal v Norwich City 11/04/2020 15:00 Norwich City v Brighton 18/04/2020 15:00 Watford v Norwich City 25/04/2020 15:00 Norwich City v West Ham United 02/05/2020 15:00 Chelsea v Norwich City 09/05/2020 15:00 Norwich City v Burnley 17/05/2020 15:00 Manchester City v Norwich City Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Becoming a Real Madrid player is starting to sink in for Ferland Mendy, who opened up on his 10-year journey from being told he would never play football again to joining “the greatest club in the world”.The France international completed a €48 million (£42.7m/$54m) transfer from Lyon last week , signing a contract that will keep him at Santiago Bernabeu until 2025.At his presentation on Wednesday, Mendy described how he fought his way back from the brink of having his career ended by surgery to realising his ambition of playing for Los Blancos. 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? “When I was 15 I had a hip operation and they told me I would never play football again,” he told reporters.”I was in a wheelchair for a while and spent six or seven months in hospital for rehab.”Now I’m at Real Madrid. It’s incredible.”Mendy’s arrival has sparked speculation over the future of Madrid full-back Marcelo, who has previously been linked with Juventus to join up with former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo, but the new recruit is looking forward to learning from the Brazil international as he adapts to life in La Liga.He also revealed compatriot Raphael Varane had offered to support him through his transition away from Ligue 1.”I’ve spoken to Varane and he told me it was the greatest club in the world,” said Mendy.”He said he would help me to integrate well in the dressing room. That’s going to be easier for me as I play with him for France.”I’m very happy to be a part of Real Madrid. I know the quality of Marcelo. He’s had a great career and I’m going to learn a lot from him.”Asked whether France team-mates Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe could be the next stars to arrive in Madrid, Mendy replied: “Why not?”They’re high quality players but we haven’t spoken about Real Madrid. The only person I spoke about Real Madrid with is Varane.”Signing for Lyon from Ligue 2 side Le Harve in 2017, Mendy made 79 appearances for the French giants in all competitions, scoring three goals.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – NOVEMBER 19: A general view during the first half of a game between the Cincinnati Bearcats and Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Rutgers Stadium on November 19, 2011 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)The state of Rutgers’ football program can be summed up in one word, really: Bad.The Scarlet Knights are currently getting blown out at home by Buffalo. This will be the third straight loss for Rutgers’ team. All three losses have come in blowout fashion.Is it too soon to be talking about Chris Ash’s job status at Rutgers?Apparently not.Well, someone made this: https://t.co/kkp3SoQTnG— Jay Poole (@jayrutgers09) September 22, 2018Chris Ash has a huge buyout but it might not matter with games like this pic.twitter.com/eUaNvQEhHe— Andrew Doughty (@Adoughty88) September 22, 2018Starting to think there might be a trade to be made at the end of the season: Greg Schiano back to Rutgers, Chris Ash returning to Ohio State. No excuse for what’s happening to the Scarlet Knights today.— Austin Ward (@AWardSports) September 15, 2018I don’t think Chris Ash is going to see the end of the season.— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) September 22, 2018It’s 35-6 Buffalo with 2:31 left in the first half. Is Home Depot hiring? pic.twitter.com/geQACCQi6h— Steve Politi (@StevePoliti) September 22, 2018Rutgers appears to have quit https://t.co/JhGqIeSjGI— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) September 22, 2018Yikes.Will Rutgers end up making a change before the end of the year?
TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers at on October 24, 2009 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)One major college football conference dominated the early signing period. It’s not too surprising.The SEC absolutely dominated college football’s early signing period, taking home the majority of the country’s top recruits.The league had most of the country’s top classes, as well.USA TODAY’s Dan Wolken summed it up:“SEC dominated national signing day. Per Rivals: Top 4 classes (Alabama, Georgia, A&M, LSU) and 11 of top 24. Number of 5-stars signing with each conference: SEC 14, ACC 3, B10 3, B12 3, P12 1,” he tweeted.SEC dominated national signing day. Per Rivals: Top 4 classes (Alabama, Georgia, A&M, LSU) and 11 of top 24. Number of 5-stars signing with each conference: SEC 14, ACC 3, B10 3, B12 3, P12 1.— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) December 20, 2018That’s impressive, though unsurprising.The SEC has dominated most recruiting cycles over the years.
COLLEGE STATION, TX – AUGUST 30: Texas A&M Aggies head coach Jimbo Fisher celebrates with his team after defeating the Northwestern State Demons in a football game at Kyle Field on August 30, 2018 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)The Texas A&M Aggies reportedly have their new athletic director, hiring one away from an SEC divisional rival.The University of Mississippi’s athletic director, Ross Bjork, has reportedly agreed to become the next AD at Texas A&M.After Scott Woodward left to become the athletic director at LSU, the Aggies had a major hole to fill.The university decided on Bjork, which will be a highly-debated move when considering the major allegations against the Ole Miss football program. Here’s more from college football insider Ben Baby of Dallas News:Mississippi athletic director Ross Bjork is expected to take the same position at A&M, according to a source familiar with the process. The university is expected to announce the hire on Friday morning.Under Bjork and head coach Hugh Freeze, the Rebels reached as high as No. 3 in the nation several years ago. However, several of those wins were vacated as part of the NCAA sanctions stemming from major violations.The program was hit with the dreaded “lack of institutional control” and expressed an “unconstrained culture of booster involvement in football recruiting.”Despite the penalties placed on one of the programs under his jurisdiction, Bjork is reportedly headed for College Station.
My job is always at risk, says Maurizio Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 drubbingChelsea’s 6-0 Premier League drubbing at the Etihad Stadium was alarming but it is the frequency of defeats away from Stamford Bridge that is causing the most concern. Four away losses in a row in all competitions without scoring equals Chelsea’s club record.advertisement Next Reuters ManchesterFebruary 11, 2019UPDATED: February 11, 2019 08:40 IST Maurizio Sarri vowed to stick with his style of football (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSChelsea suffered their worst defeat since 1991 in Sunday’s 6-0 hammering at Manchester CityFour away losses in a row in all competitions without scoring equals Chelsea’s club record”I am worried about my team and the performance – my job is always at risk,” Sarri saidChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri again vowed to stick with his style of football despite the Londoners suffering their worst defeat since 1991 in Sunday’s hammering at Manchester City as woeful away form threatens to ruin their season.The statistics do not make pleasant reading for the under-pressure Sarri. Chelsea’s 6-0 Premier League drubbing at the Etihad Stadium was alarming but it is the frequency of defeats away from Stamford Bridge that is causing the most concern.Four away losses in a row in all competitions without scoring equals Chelsea’s club record. Their last away goal was N’Golo Kante’s winner at Crystal Palace on December 30.The City reverse was Chelsea’s third away league defeat in a row in which they have conceded 12 goals, piling the pressure on a manager whose insistence on adhering to his philosophy of possession football is frustrating the Chelsea fans.However, the Italian remains unmoved.”My target is to play my football, and not to change to other football (styles), Sarri said. “Today I didn’t see my football. At the beginning it worked, so now we need to understand the reason why at the moment it isn’t working.”I am worried about my team and the performance – my job is always at risk.”TOP FOURThings have unraveled very quickly for Sarri and his side.When Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over from Jose Mourinho at Manchester United in December, it appeared Chelsea were in a straight tussle with Arsenal for fourth spot, with Sarri’s side three points ahead of their London rivals and 11 above United.advertisementBut after Sunday’s humiliation at the Etihad, United are in fourth place, one point ahead of Arsenal and Chelsea.To show how things have turned around, United now have a better goal difference than Chelsea, having been 21 goals worse off before Solskjaer’s first game against Cardiff on Dec. 22.Sarri’s tactical approach will be further tested should Chelsea’s poor form continue and they fall further behind in the race for the top four and Champions League qualification.Sarri, though, has an ally in Pep Guardiola.”I know what he wants to do,” the City manager said. “They want to try to do it, they beat us at Stamford Bridge. The people don’t understand how difficult it is to do something.”The people expect that it immediately comes, it needs time. It only is the belief of the owners.”Time, though, is not something usually afforded to the man in the hot seat at Chelsea, who have had eight different permanent managers in less than eight years. Sarri has yet to convince anyone that he will be treated any differently.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 Maurizio SarriFollow ChelseaFollow Manchester City
Press Trust of India MonacoFebruary 17, 2019UPDATED: February 17, 2019 21:08 IST Yuwa runs a football program in rural Jharkhand covering 450 girls (@Calacus Photo)HIGHLIGHTSYuwa won the Laureus Sport for Good award, becoming the third Indian entry to bag the honourArsene Wenger kicked football with the young Indian girls ahead of the announcementFive-time Olympic champion Missy Franklin too was inspired by the story of the girlsYuwa, a Jharkhand-based NGO which works for girl empowerment, Sunday won the Laureus Sport for Good award, becoming the third Indian entry to bag the honour.The NGO, founded by Americans Franz Gastler and Rose Thomson Gastler in 2009, runs a football program in rural Jharkhand covering 450 girls.The girls are amateurs and, those who have been around for long, have become coaches.Four girls out of the 450 – Hima, Nita, Radha and Konika will receive the award on behalf of Yuwa at The Laureus World Sports Awards here on Monday.”Empower girls through sport to overcome violence and choose their own future.”It’s clear to see why @YuwaFootball have been honoured. Congratulations! #Laureus19 pic.twitter.com/EiPDIFHDOF#Laureus19 (@LaureusSport) February 17, 2019An Indian sporting feat made its way to the Laureus Awards for the first time in 2004 when the Indian cricket team and its Pakistani counterpart shared the Sport for Good honour for resuming bilateral ties despite tensions between the two countries.Most recently, Magic Bus from India won the Laureus Sport for Good award in 2014.Congratulations @YuwaFootball!Hugely deserved winners of the Laureus Sport for Good AwardHelping young women in Jharkhand, India choose their own future. #Laureus19 pic.twitter.com/tOgarOJGes#Laureus19 (@LaureusSport) February 17, 2019On Sunday, none other than legendary coach Arsene Wenger kicked football with the young Indian girls ahead of the announcement.”They are good technically and want to play together. We used to say football is a sport played by 11 selfish individuals but they play like a team and are highly motivated,” said Wenger.advertisementFive-time Olympic champion swimmer Missy Franklin too was inspired by the story of the Indian girls who come from humble backgrounds and from a region where child marriage is prevalent.”It is just so inspiring to hear their story and meet them. I am glad I could spend some time with them,” said the 23-year-old Franklin, who took a shock retirement from the sport in December last year.Also Read | Sprint sensation Hima Das juggling between training and board exams in AssamAlso Read | SAI requests CBSE to reschedule exam dates for Manu Bhaker, Vijayveer SidhuFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow YuwaFollow NGOFollow Girl EmpowermentFollow Laureus AwardsFollow Laureus Sport for Good award Next Jharkhand-based NGO Yuwa wins Laureus Sport for Good honourYuwa, founded by Americans Franz Gastler and Rose Thomson Gastler in 2009, runs a football program in rural Jharkhand covering 450 girlsadvertisement
Reuters Indian WellsMarch 16, 2019UPDATED: March 16, 2019 08:36 IST This was the first career meeting between Federer and Hurkacz (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSFederer broke Pole Hubert Hurkacz once in each set for a 6-4 6-4 winNadal overcame Russian Karen Khachanov 7-6(2) 7-6(2)Nadal leads Federer 23-15 on a head-to-head basis but the Swiss has won the last five encountersOne of the great sporting rivalries will be renewed at Indian Wells on Saturday when Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal clash in a semi-final at the BNP Paribas Open, providing the Spaniard’s troublesome right knee does not keep him off court.The multiple Grand Slam champions both won their quarter-finals on Friday, although Nadal in particular had to work hard to overcome Russian Karen Khachanov 7-6(2) 7-6(2) in a match during which he required treatment on the knee.”I am used to playing with some issues, so I just tried to be focussed. It’s one of these victories today I’m really proud of,” Nadal told reporters, declining to absolutely guarantee that he would be okay to play on Saturday.”Nobody can guarantee anything about what can happen the next day, but of course my goal is to be ready for tomorrow.”Federer, meanwhile, broke Pole Hubert Hurkacz once in each set for a 6-4 6-4 win in the first career meeting between the pair and was perhaps more bothered by his early start.”It’s a bit different,” the Swiss told reporters. “They warned me they were going to put me on at 11.00 (a.m.). What can I say? You have no choice.”I’m very excited to be in the semis here, not that I didn’t expect it. I’m holding serve comfortably, in a good place mentally when I go into my service games.”Hurkacz had two break points but could seize neither.”Roger was playing great in the crucial moments,” he said. “I had some small chances in the second set.advertisement”He’s changing directions all the time (with his serve) so it’s really hard to read it.”With Hurkacz dispatched, Federer turned his thoughts to what would be his 39th career encounter with Nadal.The Spaniard leads 23-15 on a head-to-head basis but the Swiss has won the last five encounters.They have not met since Shanghai in 2017, the same year that Federer beat Nadal 6-2 6-3 in the fourth round on his way to his fifth title at Indian Wells.Federer, 37, warned fans not to read too much into his winning streak against 32-year-old Nadal.”I lot has happened in the past 18 months,” he said. “You can’t just copy and paste and play exactly the same thing again.”It’s been quite a journey with Rafa side by side.”Nadal spoke glowingly of how much the rivalry meant.”It’s beautiful to have the chance to keep competing at the highest level in advanced rounds, in the most important event at that late (in) our careers,” he said.”That’s something really special and (I’m) just happy to be part of it.”Saturday’s other semi-final will match Austrian seventh seed Dominic Thiem against Canadian 13th seed Milos Raonic.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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Roger Federer vs Rafael NadalFollow Indian WellsFollow ATP 1000Follow Indian Wells Masters Next Indian Wells: Federer sets up semi-final vs Nadal after easy win over Hubert HurkaczRoger Federer broke Pole Hubert Hurkacz once in each set for a 6-4 6-4 win while Rafael Nadal had to work hard to overcome Russian Karen Khachanov 7-6(2) 7-6(2).advertisement
Reuters LondonMay 22, 2019UPDATED: May 22, 2019 08:34 IST Morgan will lead England’s campaign for a maiden title win at 2019 World Cup (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSEngland named their 15-man squad for the World Cup on Tuesday in the wake of a 4-0 hammering of PakistanEngland have risen from being flops four years ago to the world’s best one-day sideCaptain Eoin Morgan is so confident of his team that he wished that the tournament starts soonConfidence levels are soaring so high in the England team that captain Eoin Morgan wishes the World Cup was starting tomorrow.England named their 15-man squad on Tuesday in the wake of a 4-0 hammering of Pakistan that underlined their place as favourites for the tournament which starts on home soil next Thursday when they take on South Africa.”We’d like to start playing tomorrow,” Morgan said at an event in east London to unveil England’s new light blue kit.”We’ve had some really good prep against Pakistan, I don’t think it could have gone better.”I’ve got absolutely no regrets. We’re positioned in the best possible place at the moment.”England racked up three totals of 350 plus against Pakistan, playing the kind of attacking cricket that was unimaginable when they limped out of the 2015 World Cup at the group stage.Morgan, who was drafted in as skipper just before the start of their ill-fated tournament four years ago, said a home World Cup was a massive chance for the players to write their names into English cricket folklore.”The crowd will definitely be our 12th man. It’s a huge opportunity, we’re looking to go out and express ourselves and continue to play as we have in the last four years,” he said.”We want to inspire the next generation of cricketers to come into the game and hopefully come out of the tournament worshipping one of the guys in our team.”One of those could be Barbados-born fast bowler Jofra Archer who was named in the 15-man squad earlier on Tuesday despite having only made his one-day international debut this month.advertisement”Jofra has come in and done exactly what he’s been doing for Sussex and other franchise teams around the world,” Morgan said of the 24-year-old whose pace England batsman Jos Buttler describes as “scary”.”I think he’s come on in the games he’s played. He’s very young with a lot of cricket ahead and if he continues to improve throughout his career he’s a very exciting prospect.”Archer’s inclusion was bad news for the unlucky David Willey but Morgan said hard decisions had to be made. Left-arm spinner Liam Dawson was also preferred ahead of Joe Denly as England made two voluntary changes from their provisional squad.”They were extremely tough decisions,” Morgan said. “Joe and Dave missing out is extremely unfortunate.”I spoke to Dave and Joe last night and obviously said the longer term, with the length of the tournament we are likely to get injuries – they are next in line, no doubt about that.”I still see them playing a part in our journey.”England’s rise from flops four years ago to the world’s best one-day side has even surprised Morgan under whose leadership England have twice smashed the ODI world record.They scored 444-3 versus Pakistan in 2016 and topped that with 481-6 against Australia last year.”Our exceptional days are better than we could have imagined,” he said. “I could never have seen those at the start of 2015. That expectation has shifted with the level of performance. But it’s also brought our worst performances up.”Also Read | World Cup 2019: England name Jofra Archer in final squad of 15Also Read | MS Dhoni will be a big player in World Cup 2019: Ravi ShastriFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Eoin MorganFollow England CricketFollow World Cup 2019 Wish the World Cup started tomorrow: Eoin Morgan gives proof of England’s confidenceEngland racked up three totals of 350 plus against Pakistan, playing the kind of attacking cricket that was unimaginable when they limped out of the 2015 World Cup at the group stageadvertisement
PUBG LITE Beta registration begins in India: Early access, exclusive weapons, parachutes and more on offer
Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiJune 20, 2019UPDATED: June 21, 2019 10:04 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe PUBG LITE Beta registration event has opened up for Indian players.Players can register till July 3 after which no more registrations will be taken.PUBG LITE will run on low-end PCs with no dedicated graphics card.PUBG LITE is a lighter version of PlayerUnknown’s BattleGrounds (PUBG) that doesn’t demand high-end computing resources and makes the battle royale genre more accessible to the world. The game was introduced last year under the beta form to a few Southeast Asian countries where selected players were given access to the game. For a long time, PUBG lovers in India were demanding this lighter version of the game and the PUBG LITE team has finally listened.Starting today, PUBG LITE has opened up its registration in all SAARC countries, which also includes India. Yes, if you were eagerly waiting to try out the game in India, you can now do so. Registration for PUBG LITE beta has been opened up for all the SAARC countries, which include India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.The PUBG LITE registration event will last for 13 days starting from today. During this period, interested players can log into PUBG LITE’s website (https://lite.pubg.com/) and create an account for free. If you already have an account registered with PUBG, all you need to do is log in. Once logged in, users will need to click on the Participate in Event’button, following which the website asks the players to link the account with existing accounts on Steam, Xbox and PS4. The last date for registering for the beta is July 3.Those who register during this event will get several in-game prizes. All players will get as standard the Tiger M46 and the Çheetah parachute. If the registration cross 100k, PUBG will award Black Scarf, Punk Glasses and Bloody Combat Pants. Upon crossing the 200k registration mark, players will be given Gold PUBG scarf, Striped Long-Sleeved Shirt and Red Sports Top. All these rewards will be given in-game via codes that will be mailed to the players.advertisementDo note that the game is not yet available to download and play. The PUBG team has only begun registrations for the beta version of the game and it will be only made available to those who register now. The PUBG team will notify selected players through email and offer the download link.To recap, PUBG LITE is a watered-down version of PUBG on PC. The game is meant to run on computers with low-end specifications and players won’t need a dedicated graphics card to play the game. Unlike PUBG, PUBG LITE will be available for free to download and play similar to PUBG MOBILE. The game will most probably be available via a separate launcher on Windows. However, there are chances that PUBG LITE could be distributed via Steam.ALSO READ | PUBG LITE is coming soon and you can play it on your old laptop for free: Here’s what you need to know about itALSO READ | PUBG LITE is coming to India soon: Full PUBG experience for low-end PC with all weapons, vehicles and moreALSO READ | PUBG on low-end PCs for free: PUBG LITE goes into beta test, check minimum system requirementsGet 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 byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow PUBG LITEFollow Gaming PUBG LITE Beta registration begins in India: Early access, exclusive weapons, parachutes and more on offerThe PUBG team has begun registration for PUBG LITE Beta in all SAARC countries, including India. The registration event will be open till July 3 and players will be able to earn exclusive in-game rewards.advertisement
Indo-Asian News Service Port of SpainAugust 11, 2019UPDATED: August 11, 2019 10:41 IST (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSShreyas Iyer was in the playing XI in the 1st ODI vs West Indies on FridayIyer is likely to bat at No. 4 in India’s ODI batting lineupIyer has played 7 ODIs for India so far, scoring 210 runs at 42.00Middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer is hoping that rain doesn’t play spoilsport in the next two ODIs against the West Indies and gives him the opportunity to cement his spot in the Indian team.Iyer, who has a couple of half-centuries in the five ODI innings he has played so far for the national side, is coming into the team after an year and is eager to make the most of the opportunities that he believes will come his way if weather permits in the ongoing ODI series in the Caribbean.”It’s really important for me as a youngster, coming into the side after a year again to cement my position,” Iyer said on Saturday ahead of the second ODI.”When you have to cement your position, you will be needing opportunities, and I feel that I will be getting that opportunity this time and I will be making the best use of it,” he added.Ever since the World Cup, India haven’t had a chance to discuss the much-debated number four spot so far as the first ODI got washed out. However, Iyer said the team will experiment and give several players a chance to bat and cement that spot.That means KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant and Iyer could get a chance to play at that spot in the next couple of matches in the Caribbean island.”It’s totally the management’s decision where they want to play me,” he said.”It’s (number four) definitely a vacant spot and they are trying to give chances to youngsters to play in that position. Currently, no one is settled in that position.advertisement”Personally, I am not thinking about batting only at number four. I want to be someone who is very flexible batting at any number or if you go into any situation you should be able to grab that opportunity and make the best use of it,” he addedThe Men in Blue were not able to practice at the ground because of rain and were forced to train indoors on Saturday.But despite the lack of practice, Iyer is looking to carry on the momentum he got from the India A matches in the Caribbean. The Delhi lad was the third-highest run-getter in the one-dayers with 187 runs in four innings and is looking to carry that form for the national side.”It’s going to be another two opportunities for me to make the best use of it,” Iyer said. “Hopefully this also doesn’t rain off. We are hardly getting any net practice. I am eager to go out there and carry forward the momentum which I got from my India A matches. Looking forward to a good series finish.”The Virat Kohli-led side appears to have left behind the World Cup debacle — where they faced a shocking semifinal exit against New Zealand — as they have gone on to thrash West Indies 3-0 in the T20Is.Iyer, 24, believes the key to success for the team in the recent years has been the fact that different individuals have taken responsibility at different times to see the team through.”We have just come out of T20s, which we won. The way the team is playing currently, it’s totally amazing,” he said. “If one doesn’t perform, the next one raises his hand and he takes the responsibility to take the team through and this is what has been happening throughout the year.”Also Read | Watch: Virat Kohli aces bottle cap challenge with Ravi Shastri’s commentary in backgroundAlso Read | Watch: Rishabh Pant, Kuldeep Yadav play cricket in their hotel corridor ahead of 2nd ODI vs West IndiesAlso Read | India vs West Indies 2nd ODI: Dream 11 Prediction, captain and vice-captainFor 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow shreyas iyerFollow India VS West IndiesFollow Ind v Wi 2nd ODI Important for me to cement my position in Indian team: Shreyas IyerShreyas Iyer is eager to make the most of the opportunities that he believes will come his way if weather permits in the ongoing ODI series in the West Indies.advertisement