Newcastle boss Benitez retains hope of Almiron dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez remains hopeful of signing Atlanta attacker Miguel Almiron.However, the Evening Chronicle says the club are also considering a host of back-up options. The Magpies have tracked the Atlanta United attacking-midfielder for the past 18 months, and the club’s head of recruitment Steve Nickson has visited the USA in recent weeks to compile a dossier on the player. Atlanta have stated they want in excess of £20million after Almiron scored 13 goals and provided 11 assists during the 2018 season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Chelsea boss Sarri puts Ampadu on notice: Our new Jorginho?by Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has revealed he is considering Ethan Ampadu for a midfield role.Sarri made the revelation when discussing Jorginho’s performance for victory over Newcastle.”After 20 minutes he [Jorginho] lost a lot of balls and it is unusual,” analysed Sarri, “so I think he was in trouble. Maybe he was tired, I don’t know, but if Fabregas was on the bench I think in the second half Fabregas would have been on the pitch instead of Jorginho.”Sarri made it clear there are not many areas where the squad needs strengthening and he acknowledges Ampadu has potential to play the Jorginho way.”In the future maybe but we have to work,” he points out. “The player who plays in that position usually touches about 120 to 130 balls [a match] and so I think we need a specialist there.”The bench is not really very short. It is left short for only one position at the moment because Hudson-Odoi is improving, Hudson-Odoi in one or two months will be at the same level as the other players. I hope the same for Ampadu. Of course playing as a central midfielder in our team is not easy, we need to try and try and try in training.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Bruce eager to be careful with Carroll comebackby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Steve Bruce is eager to be careful with Andy Carroll’s comeback.Carroll rejoined Newcastle in the summer but had to wait to play while he worked his way back to fitness.The striker entered the fray in the 82nd minute as Newcastle drew 0-0 with Brighton at St James’ Park. Bruce told Sky Sports: “We’re just delighted to see him back on the pitch. He’s worked extremely hard. He lifts the crowd. He’s a handful, if he stays fit he’ll be ok.”We’re going to have to manage him in the right way. The big thing is his ankles. Let’s hope now that he’s injury free.”We noticed in training he’s got that bit of presence, the respect because of what he’s achieved. If you’ve got a big Andy Carroll in there, you’ve got to play to his strengths.”
Liverpool boss Klopp drops Milner contract hintby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has hinted veteran James Milner is in line for a new deal.Milner played a key role in midweek, helping to guide a youthful Liverpool team to a 2-0 win away to MK Dons in the Carabao Cup.Klopp enthused, “Millie is unbelievably important. I have said it a couple of times. He is Mr Professional, that is how he is.“In a game like this against MK Dons, you go there and play with five kids, that is nice and you have six regular first-team players on the pitch. The others didn’t even travel.“There could be a feeling like ‘Oh yes, we play MK Dons – thank you very much boys’, but there is no chance in the team as long as guys like James and Adam [Lallana] are in the team.“From the first moment they give everything. He is a role model for the young boys. What an exceptional career. He looks like he has a few more years in the locker.“Contract situations, we don’t talk about here in this room, but we are really happy with him.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Rodri insists Man City can handle injury crisisby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Rodri insists they can handle their injury crisis.Pep Guardiola is without Aymeric Laporte and Leroy Sane until the new year, while John Stones has also been missing.”We’re missing some important players but it’ll make us stronger for the next months,” the midfielder said.”It’s not an excuse. We can’t give up. We have to fight in all the games. “Personally I think we have enough players to beat this problem. We’re working hard to win every game in this situation.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Varane defends Chelsea veteran Giroud: He’s ready for Franceby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid defender Raphaël Varane has dismissed doubts around France teammate Olivier Giroud.Giroud’s selection has again been questioned this week given the lack of action he’s seen with Chelsea.But Varane said, “Compared to what I saw in training, Olivier is physically ready. “He is a hard worker and when he has less playing time, he does what it takes to be fit. Maybe it’s a question of rhythm, but he is ready to play. He is at the disposal of the coach. “I am not worried about his level of fitness.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard discusses Pulisic loan exit talkby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard is adamant Christian Pulisic will not be allowed to leave on loan in January.The summer arrival has played just ten minutes in the last four Premier League matches. “No,” was Lampard’s reply when asked if Pulisic could be loaned out. “With Christian he’s come to us in a big move, let’s make no mistake about it, and then he’s just turned 21 recently, and we’ve got a competitive squad here. “I said it before the last game, I always have a problem who to pick and people make my decisions in training or how they’re playing, and at the minute with winning four on the bounce I need the edge of staying in the team and keep performing and everyone is the same. “With Christian coming here, we have to protect him for that fact because he’s young. Christian, as with every player in the squad, needs to work hard in training, keep improving in training, see the direction we’re going, be a part of it, and show what you can do on a match day, and all the players are the same there.”
Spain captain Sergio Ramos has paid tribute to former coach Luis Enrique after the ex-Barcelona man stepped down from his role as boss of the national team.Having taken on the role at short notice ahead of last year’s World Cup, the 49-year-old brought to an end an 11-month tenure in the post having been absent from the international camp since March due to personal reasons.Enrique was appointed last July after Fernando Hierro stepped down following their round-of-16 exit to the hosts in Russia, with the latter himself having been hired at short notice to replace the unceremoniously sacked Julen Lopetegui. 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? Having led them to safety in their Nations League group alongside England, he missed out on reaching this year’s finals in Portugal.Subsequently, he missed three European Championship qualifiers earlier this year, with Roberto Moreno overseeing the assorted victories since March.Former assistant Moreno has now been handed the job until next year but in a statement on Twitter, Real Madrid star Ramos paid tribute to Enrique while lending his full backing.The captain had previously stated that the whole squad understood and respected Enrique’s decision to stay away from the national camp.”Every victory of the national team will also be yours, coach,” Ramos wrote on his official Twitter account . “All our support and our encouragement.”As a manager, Enrique guided Barcelona to two La Liga titles, a Champions League crown and three Copa del Rey trophies before spending a year out of the game.He was named La Liga and FIFA’s Coach of the Year in 2015 for his efforts, when he won the treble.He subsequently took the Spain job and masterminded results such as a 6-0 thrashing of World Cup finalists Croatia and a 2-1 victory against semi-finalists England at Wembley.Such form saw the nation secure sixth in the most recent FIFA World Rankings, behind only Belgium. France, Brazil, England, Portugal and Croatia.Spain next face Romania in September when they travel to Bucharest before they host a return clash with the Faroe Islands in Gijon, having trumped them 4-1 in Torshavn earlier this month .
England’s World Cup round of 16 clash with Cameroon descended into chaos on Sunday after two VAR decisions went against the African side.With the game poised at 2-0 to the Lionesses, some Cameroon players could be seen in tears after Ajara Nchout’s goal early in the second-half was ruled out for an offside in the build-up.Gabrielle Onguene was deemed to be in an offside position when she was played in, and the VAR team’s intervention was met with fury and frustration on the Cameroon bench. 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? Captain Gabrielle Onguene and coach Alain Djeufmadid did their best to calm the situation, but Nchout was clearly bereft, and was seen in tears with her head in her hands as her team-mates gathered on the touchline. Play eventually resumed to loud boos and whistles from the stands at the Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes.Earlier in the tie, in the lead up to half-time, Cameroon’s players were equally appalled following a VAR decision that led to England’s second goal of the game.Ellen White was originally deemed to be in an offside position before she received a pass from Lucy Bronze and placed the ball into the bottom left-hand corner.Officials immediately disallowed the goal, but VAR intervened to confirm the goal was perfectly legal and England’s lead was doubled as the interval approached.The decision provoked a furious response from the Cameroon players – especially once they had glanced up at a replay of the incident on the in-stadium display screens.The entire starting XI gathered in conversation close to the centre circle before the game was restarted, and there was a suggestion at half-time that some players had accused FIFA of racism in the tunnel.At the time, former England goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis said: “There’s a lot of emotion. If Cameroon take the emotion out of it, they will realise the goal is onside. “The freeze-frame was up on the screen inside the ground for about three seconds. Whatever Cameroon’s players saw, they took judgment on it.“I thought they were going to all sit in the centre-circle.”England managed to overcome the controversial nature of the match to win 3-0 and secure a quarter-final meeting with Norway.
COLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts after a play against the Maryland Terrapins during the second half at Capital One Field on November 17, 2018 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)Ohio State barely survived Maryland this past Saturday, and as a result, the Buckeyes were jumped in the College Football Playoff rankings by UCF. After the rankings were released, the committee’s chairman gave some color on the decision.Rob Mullens admitted that Ohio State has more talent than UCF – but he said that the Knights have the “all-around” more complete team.The Knights are currently 10-0 with two games left on their schedule – at USF and against whoever wins the AAC West in the league’s title game.Ohio State, at No. 10 right now, seemingly has an uphill battle to wind up ranked in the top four by the end of the year. But a win over No. 4 Michigan would be as good a win as any team in the country has right now.CFP chairman Rob Mullens on Central Florida being ahead of Ohio State. Said that while UCF may not have the depth of talent Ohio State has, at this moment, “UCF has the more all-around complete team.”— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) November 21, 2018Mullens’ explanation matters for the rankings right now, but it’s fair to assume that if Ohio State beats Michigan, the Buckeyes will jump up a few spots. UCF won’t have a win to match it.The Buckeyes will take on Michigan this Saturday, and if they win, they’ll get Northwestern a week later in the Big Ten title game.Michigan, with two wins, will likely make the four-team field.
IOWA CITY, IA – SEPTEMBER 10: Fans cheer as the Iowa Hawkeyes face the Iowa State Cyclones on September 10, 2016 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)Friday’s Iowa vs. Nebraska football game is a big rivalry spot for both programs.Iowa broke a bad skid last week, blasting Illinois 63-0. Nebraska started the season slow, but has rebounded to win four of its last five games, with the lone loss a very close one against Ohio State.The Huskers may not have a bowl to play for, but motivation hasn’t been lacking for them as of late. The Hawkeyes can still get to 8-4 in the regular season, and improve their bowl outlook.It looks like Friday’s Iowa vs. Nebraska football game is going to be a rainy affair at Kinnick Stadium.Persistent rain is in the forecast for Iowa City on Friday afternoon.Looking like a soaker is on the way for the Nebraska/Iowa game. Looking at all the forecast models, we’ve got a likely chance of rain through most of the game. I’ll be curious to see how this affects the play of both teams. pic.twitter.com/aE0anVlPwo— Travi⚡️ Klaneck☔️ (@Travis_Klanecky) November 20, 2018Iowa, which leans on a rushing attack and tight ends in the passing game, is plenty well-equipped to play in a wet slog of a game.Nebraska is pretty well-rounded though, and actually out-gains Iowa on both the ground and through the air on a weekly basis.Of course, the weather can change without much of a warning, so we’ll have to wait until Friday to see how things turn out.Iowa is a 10-point home favorite over the 4-7 Huskers. The game is scheduled for a noon kick and will be broadcast on FOX.
OXFORD, MS – NOVEMBER 17: General view of fans watching the game between the LSU Tigers and the Mississippi Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium at Hollingsworth Field November 17, 2007 in Oxford, Mississippi. LSU beat Mississippi 41-24. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)Rivalry week brings out the best in some teams, but it clearly brought out the worst in two college football programs in the SEC. Now that the dust settled from the brawl that took place, commissioner Greg Sankey is voicing his displeasure with the situation.On Thursday, Ole Miss and Mississippi State battled for state supremacy. Instead of letting the actual game generate buzz, the chaos that erupted during the action stole all the headlines.Four players were ejected from the game, and once the final whistle blew, the athletic directors exchanged harsh words.Well, Sankey is making it abundantly clear that he won’t tolerate that behavior in his conference.“These incidents have become too common in this series,” Sankey said. “I will require both athletics directors to me with me at the SEC Office in the off-season to review past issues and develop a plan for the purpose of creating a healthier environment for this annual game.”Here is the full quote:Greg Sankey is calling Ross Bjork and John Cohen into the principal’s office so to speak. Not happy with the Egg Bowl hijinks pic.twitter.com/qu7jAuira6— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) November 26, 2018Despite being bitter rivals, both programs need to have respect for their opponent.If not, the Egg Bowl will certainly lose its appeal and might just turn into an annual game that everyone dreads watching.
“I get it from both perspectives,” Franklin said in the Inquirer interview. “But one of the things that I worry about a little bit is I do think college athletics, and specifically football, have a very important role in our society of teaching how to overcome adversity, mental toughness, physical toughness.“Most of these guys have been bigger, stronger, faster, smarter than everybody, and for the first time in their life, they’re challenged with that. They’re around a bunch of guys that are like that. And they learn to buckle down and find a way to overcome the adversity.”The Nittany Lions are coming off their third-straight season of nine wins or more, and are set to bring in another superb recruiting class in 2019.However, the loss of so many players – especially Stevens – means that the Penn State depth chart is going to look very different this coming season.We’ll see whether Franklin can coach so many young studs to another Big Ten title.[The Philadelphia Inquirer] GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 30: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions on the sidelines during the first half of the Playstation Fiesta Bowl against the Washington Huskies at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Nittany Lions defeated the Huskies 35-28. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Few Power Five football programs have seen as many players leave this off-season via the transfer portal as Penn State. With Nittany Lions departures numbering in the double-digits, head coach James Franklin addressed the recent exodus.In a recent interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer, Franklin stated that the recent wave of departures was likely a result of a “perfect storm” of problems. He explained that the introduction of the transfer portal along with many recruits losing their jobs to younger players may have prompted the various moves.“We had a number of young players that started, and that can create some challenges within your locker room when you’ve got a bunch of young players coming in and earning starting jobs,” Franklin told the Inquirer’s Joe Juliano.“So it kind of was a perfect storm of a new rule going in place, and a bunch of young players starting.”Ten Penn State players have already found new destinations. Top quarterback prospect Tommy Stevens is heading to Mississippi State while four-star wideout Juwan Johnson is heading to Oregon.Franklin went on to lament that the transfer portal is making it easier for players to avoid having to face adversity.
India vs Australia: Virat Kohli says he is open to bat at No. 4India vs Australia, ODIs: India captain Virat Kohli also said the upcoming season of Indian Premier League will not influence selection for the 2019 World Cupadvertisement Asian News International HyderabadMarch 1, 2019UPDATED: March 1, 2019 16:02 IST Virat Kohli will be keen on leading India to a series win against Australia in the ODIs (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli has said his game doesn’t change much from No. 3 to No. 4We need to have a solid team (for the World Cup) before we head into IPL: KohliVirat Kohli also talked up KL Rahul’s chances of making the World Cup squadIndia skipper Virat Kohli on Friday said based on the requirement of the team, he will be “more than happy to bat at number four” in the World Cup, beginning May 30.”I’ve batted a lot of times at number four. I don’t necessarily try it out as I’ve done that a lot in the past. My game doesn’t change much from number three to four because the template is quite similar. In any given situation I try to play the game I know,” Kohli said on the eve of ODI series against Australia.When asked whether the Indian Premier League (IPL) will influence the World Cup selection, Kohli said he doesn’t see anything changing with how the IPL goes for any player.”I don’t see IPL influencing the World Cup selection. That would be very radical analysis. We need to have a solid team before we head into IPL. We need to be clear as to what we want during the World Cup. If one or two players don’t have a good IPL season, it doesn’t mean picture for World Cup will change,” he pointed out.Snapshots from training session on 1st ODI eve in Hyderabad #TeamIndia #INDvAUS @Paytm pic.twitter.com/o2244oniTl BCCI (@BCCI) March 1, 2019Talking about the bowling options for the 50-over world tournament, India skipper said, “bowlers will depend on the opposition we will play, considering who will be more effective against the batsmen of other team”.He further said, “If conditions are seaming then it will be more pace dominating along with Hardik (Pandya) who is the all-rounder in the team. It is all about the combinations. I don’t see one ahead of the other. Both (Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav) of them together are the strongest spin bowling partners in the world at the moment. Our success in these couple of years is mainly because of these two guys and their impact in the middle overs and their ability to pick wickets for us.”advertisementKohli talks up Rahul’s chances of making World Cup squadWhen quipped if KL Rahul will make it to the World Cup squad, Kohli said when Rahul plays he operates at different level, adding inpatches over the last season he has performed brilliantly.”He (Rahul) can keep batting like that. It’s difficult to find a consistent batsman who can play good cricketing shots and still win you games. It’s a rare ability and I think he’s all the shorts. He can build on this and get some more innings under his belt. He’s made strong case for himself in the World Cup,” he said.India will host Australia for a five-match ODI series to bring the curtain down on their international season ahead of the World Cup.The first game is scheduled on March 2 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.”Both the teams know each other very well. Australia has better idea of playing in Indian conditions because of their number of players playing in the IPL. So, we have to be our absolute best. Nothing can be taken lightly,” Kohli said.Also Read | Playing to win series vs Australia or else I’ll leave the ball to hit the stumps: Virat KohliAlso Read | MS Dhoni hit on forearm during net session ahead of 1st ODIAlso Read | India assess World Cup build-up against depleted champions in ODI seriesAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow Virat KohliFollow KL RahulFollow IPL 2019Follow 2019 Cricket World
Reuters AcapulcoMarch 1, 2019UPDATED: March 1, 2019 12:23 IST Nick Kyrgios took three sets to beat Stanislas Wawrinka (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNick Kyrgios beat Stanislas Wawrinka 7-5 6-7(3) 6-4 and advanced to the semi-finals of the Acapulco InternationalKyrgios outplayed Wawrinka in the match’s biggest moments despite crowd that vocally backed the Swiss”I actually play better when the crowd is against me and giving me a bit of stink,” Kyrgios saidNick Kyrgios overcame a hand injury, leg cramps and a strong performance from Stanislas Wawrinka to prevail 7-5 6-7(3) 6-4 and advance to the semi-finals of the Acapulco International on Thursday.The mercurial Australian, who defeated Rafael Nadal the night before in a match where the Spaniard later criticised Kyrgios’s on-court demeanor, was focused in the quarter-final and outplayed Wawrinka in the match’s biggest moments despite crowd that vocally backed the Swiss.”I actually play better when the crowd is against me and giving me a bit of stink,” the 23-year-old said.”I love it. It gets me going.”The night did not begin well for the hard-hitting Kyrgios, who slipped while thumping a backhand in the match’s opening game, opening up a cut on his right hand that required medical attention.Leg cramps, which also required a visit from the trainers, followed in the deciding set but nothing could derail Kyrgios, who won his final service game at love to keep his hopes of a maiden championship at the tournament alive.”In the first game I just tripped over. I’m not the smoothest mover on tour and I tripped over and grazed my hand,” he said.”And the cramping was tough toward the end.”Next up for Kyrgios is either big-serving American John Isner or his eighth seeded countryman John Millman, who play later on Thursday.Earlier in the day Briton Cameron Norrie cruised past American Mackenzie McDonald 6-3 6-2 to book his ticket to the semis.Norrie will face second-seeded German Alexander Zverev, who did not face a break point en route to a 6-4 6-4 win over Australian Alex de Minaur.advertisementAlso Read | Nick Kyrgios shrugs off Rafael Nadal criticism after Acapulco encounterAlso 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 Nick KyrgiosFollow Stanislas WawrinkaFollow Acapulco International Next Nick Kyrgios braves cut and cramps to beat Stanislas Wawrinka in AcapulcoNick Kyrgios outplayed Stanislas Wawrinka in the biggest moments of the match despite crowd that vocally backed the Swiss.advertisement
IPL 2019: I was due, says Shane Watson after classy 96 vs Sunrisers HyderabadIPL 2019: Shane Watson said he was due for some runs and thanked MS Dhoni and Stephen Fleming for backing him through a lean patch. Watson helped CSK beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 6 wickets on Tuesday. Referee: Vengalil Narayanan Kutty (IND) Umpires: Nigel Llong (ENG), Anil Chaudhary (IND) and Vineet Kulkarni (IND) 0 4 0 Chennai CHE Mid on 6 Shane Watson S. Watson c Jonny Bairstow b Bhuvneshwar Kumar Sandeep Sharma S. Sharma 54 Indian Premier League, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 20:00 (Local Time) 53 176/4 Extras: 9 runs (B: 4, LB: 3, WD: 2, NB: 0, P: 0) Rajarshi Gupta ChennaiApril 24, 2019UPDATED: April 24, 2019 08:25 IST Shane Watson roared back to form for Chennai Super Kings with his 17th IPL fifty (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSShane Watson returned to form with a sensatioal 96 as CSK beat SRH by 6 wicketsWatson was named man-of-the-match after CSK moved back to the top of the tableWatson said he knew he was due for some runs after a poor run of form in the 2019 IPLShane Watson had scored 147 runs from 10 matches for Chennai Super Kings in the 2019 Indian Premier League before the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Chepauk on Tuesday. CSK had lost 2 successive matches and their batting was an area of concern.Shane Watson had scored 44 for CSK in a big win over Delhi Capitals almost a month ago. Since then, he had disappointed at the top of the order and many felt he would be replaced by Sam Billings as the race for the last-4 started to heat up.But MS Dhoni is known to back his players. In the 2018 IPL, Shane Watson had hammered 555 runs and 2 hundreds. This year, he was due for some runs and Shane Watson said as much when he collected the man-of-the-match award after a 6-wicket win over SRH helped CSK move back to the top of the 2019 IPL points table.Watson did not forget to thank his captain MS Dhoni and his coach Stephen Fleming for their support even as the runs dried up this summer.The superstar has crossed 8000 runs in T20 cricket!#CSKvSRH #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/cbE7B85U9UIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 23, 2019″I was due for runs, that’s for sure. I can’t thank Stephen Fleming and MS Dhoni enough for their belief in me.”Most of the teams I’ve played in, I would have been dropped by now but they showed the trust in me,” Watson said at the post-match presentation ceremony.”Of course, I was doing alright in the PSL (Pakistan Super League) and in the BBL (Banladesh Premier League) too, struck the ball well.advertisement”Needed some things to go my way, like it did today when Bhuvi was all over me. He is an incredibly skillful bowler as he swings it both ways,” Watson said.Watto knock #CSKvSRH pic.twitter.com/ToSgTBCJjcIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 23, 2019Bhuvneshwar Kumar was brilliant up front but Shane Watson stayed at the crease and played some breathtaking shots to race away to his 1st fifty in this year’s IPL. He was well on course for his 5th IPL hundred but Bhuvneshwar had him caught by Jonny Bairstow.MS Dhoni said Shane Watson was batting well in the nets and it was important to back a match-winner like him. Before the defeats against SRH in Hyderabad and RCB in Bengaluru, Chennai Super Kings were in top form and they had lost only one game. With the team placed comfortably at the top, Dhoni could afford to give Watson those extra opportunities.”I think you can give individuals some games and the team gives them the rest. Watson has been a matchwinner for us. He has been batting well in the nets.Will @msdhoni tell @bhogleharsha the secret to @ChennaiIPL’s consistency, season after season #CSKvSRH pic.twitter.com/FMasdNUqzPIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 23, 2019″Whatever small innings he played so far, he was middling them well although he did struggle a bit. This is the time when you need to back them. The management’s thinking was to give him as many games as possible. And the team winning also means that a player gets more games than he would actually get,” Dhoni said.Also Read | Shane Watson and Rashid Khan in verbal spat as CSK return to ChepaukAlso Read | CSK vs SRH Highlights, IPL 2019: Chennai beat Hyderabad by 6 wickets at ChepaukAlso Read | IPL 2019: MS Dhoni is in top form and age is just a number, says Kiran MoreFor 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 CSK vs SRHFollow IPL 2019Follow Shane WatsonFollow Shane Watson man of the match Scorecard 4.5 0 24 7 Rashid Khan R. Khan 1 Dwayne Bravo D. Bravo not out Top Batsmen Top Batsmen Kedar Jadhav K. Jadhav not out Shane Watson (CHE) S. Watson (CHE) nb 10 83 (49) 21 0 2/39 (4) st Jonny Bairstow b Rashid Khan Hyderabad HYD covers c Vijay Shankar b Sandeep Sharma Ravindra Jadeja R. Jadeja Hyderabad HYD Imran Tahir I. Tahir 0 0 Deepak Chahar D. Chahar 44 1 Faf du Plessis du Plessis run out (Deepak Hooda) 0 175/4 ( A. Rayudu 19.4 Overs) , third Man 0 0 view more view less Fall of Wickets 84 Square Leg Point All batsmen are considered right handed o Suresh Raina S. Raina st Jonny Bairstow b Rashid Khan fine Leg 38 covers (19.5) 176/4 (20.0) Khaleel Ahmed K. Ahmed 0 96 (53) run out (Deepak Hooda) view full scorecard – 6 160/3 ( S. Watson 17.1 Overs) , 175/3 Square Leg covers 14.28 Square Leg vs Mid Wicket not out 0 No data available! fine Leg 4 All batsmen are considered right handed All batsmen are considered right handed Indian Premier League, 2019 96 6.5 1 Mid on MS Dhoni (c)(wk) MS Dhoni (c)(wk) Mid on 0 Ambati Rayudu A. 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Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiJune 11, 2019UPDATED: June 12, 2019 11:52 IST HIGHLIGHTSHonor 20 Pro price in India is set at Rs 39,999.Honor 20i has been launched at Rs 14,999 for the 4GB + 128GB model. Honor 20 comes in a 6GB + 128GB variant and is priced at Rs 32,999.The Honor 20 series has been launched in India. Honor on Tuesday announced the Honor 20 (Review), Honor 20 Pro and Honor 20i at an event in New Delhi. The first two phones in the lineup are flagship devices that offer punch-hole displays. Kirin 980 chips and quad cameras. The Honor 20i, is a mid-range smartphone with a waterdrop notch, Kirin 710 chipset and triple cameras.Honor 20 Pro price in India is set at Rs 39,999 and comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The Honor 20 comes in a 6GB + 128GB variant and is priced at Rs 32,999. The Honor 20i has been launched at Rs 14,999 for the 4GB + 128GB model.The Honor 20 will go on sale on Flipkart starting June 25, while the Honor 20i will be available from June 18. The company will announce the availabilty of the Honor 20 Pro at a later date. Honor is also offering a 90 per cent buyback guarantee if you return the device within 90 days.Honor 20 Pro and Honor 20 specificationsThe Honor 20 Pro and Honor 20 sport 6.26-inch AllView punch-hole displays with FHD+ (2340×1080) resolutions. Honor has used a 3D Triple Mesh technology on the rear glass panel that includes layers of glass, colour and depth to offer a holographic reflection. The Honor 20 Pro comes in a Phantom Blue gradient colour, while the Honor 20 will be available in Sapphire Blue and Midnight Black colours.The Honor 20 flagships are powered by a Kirin 980 AI chipset with Dual-NPU and based on a 7nm process. They also come with GPU Turbo 3.0 for improved gaming performance. The Honor 20 Pro and Honor 20 ship with Android Pie with Magic UI on top and will get future Android updates despite the ongoing Huawei – US tensions. The Honor 20 houses a 3,750mAh battery, while the Pro model houses a 4,000mAh battery. Both the phones support up to 22.5W fast charging.advertisementThe Honor 20 Pro sports an AI quad camera setup that includes a 48MP Sony IMX586 main camera with an ultra wide f/1.4 aperture and 4-in-1 light fusion, OIS, AIS and EIS support, PDAF and AI Ultra Clarity and AIS Super Night modes. There is a 16MP wide-angle camera with f/2.2 aperture, an 8MP telephoto camera with 3x lossless zoom, OIS support, and a 2MP macro camera.The regular Honor 20 gets a similar camera setup but replaces the telephoto camera for a 2MP depth camera. On the front, both the phones sport 32MP selfie camera.Honor 20i specificationsThe Honor 20i is a mid-range smartphone that borrows certain design elements from its flagship sibling. The rear panel is glass with gradient colors and a vertical triple camera setup. The Honor 20i sports a 6.21-inch FHD+ (2340×1080) display with a teardrop notch rather than a punch-hole. The Honor 20i will be available in Phantom Blue, Phantom Red gradient colours as well as Midnight Black.The Honor 20i is powered by a 2.2GHz Kirin 710 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 512GB via microSD card. It also runs on Android Pie with Magic UI. The AI triple camera setup includes a 24MP primary camera with f/1.8 aperture, an 8MP wide-angle camera and a 2MP depth sensor. The main camera also supports AIS Super Night Mode like the Honor 20. On the front, the Honor 20i gets a 32MP AI selfie camera. As for the battery, the phone houses a 3,400mAh capacity.ALSO READ | Microsoft acquires Broken Age developer Double FineALSO READ | You could soon switch off ads on your Xiaomi phone: Future MIUI updates to solve this annoying issueALSO READ | Mi Super sale begins today: Massive discount on Poco F1, Mi A2, Redmi Note 6 Pro and moreGet 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 bySneha Saha Tags :Follow HonorFollow android Honor 20 Pro launched in India at Rs 39,999, Honor 20, Honor 20i also announcedThe Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro will go on sale on Flipkart starting June 25, while the Honor 20i will be available from June 18. Honor is also offering a 90 per cent buyback guarantee if you return the device within 90 days. advertisement
India Today Web Desk LondonJune 20, 2019UPDATED: June 20, 2019 16:18 IST Image for representationHIGHLIGHTSIndia players will wear new jersey for their match vs England on June 30For televised ICC events all participating teams will be required to provide for two different coloured kits: ICCAfghanistan are likely to wear alternate jersey for their match vs India on SaturdayTeam India will wear an orange jersey for their World Cup 2019 match against England on June 30. India, who are sporting a blue kit for the World Cup, will turn out in a different attire for the game against England.England, the hosts of World Cup 2019, are also sporting a blue jersey and they have the right to retain their kits. Speculation were rife ever about the home-away jersey format at the quadrennial event ever since the ICC came up with a statement, saying it allowed teams to provide two different coloured kits.India Today can confirm that Virat Kohli’s men will be wearing the orange coloured jerseys against England. The splattering of blue is expected to be the colour of the collar of the said new jersey.”For televised ICC events all participating teams will be required to provide for two different coloured kits, except for the host country who has a preference in the choice of colour and may, if it chooses to do so, provide only one coloured kit to be worn in all matches throughout the event. In advance of the event the teams will be notified which coloured kit will be worn in each match,” the ICC had said in a release.Notably, South Africa changed the colour of their shirts from green to yellow for their second World Cup 2019 match against Bangladesh who also wear green kits on June 2. Bangladesh had also unveiled an away kit with a dominant red colour. South Africa wore a yellow-dominate jersey vs Bangladesh on June 2 (Reuters Photo)India have so far won 3 games against South Africa, Australia and Pakistan while the match against New Zealand was washed out due to rain.advertisementBefore taking on England, India will play Afghanistan (June 22) and West Indies (June 27).Afghanistan likely to wear alternate jersey on Saturday Afghanistan might have to change their kits on Saturday as both India and Afghanistan don blue jerseys. According to ICC schedule of World Cup 2019, the upcoming match in Southampton will be treated as a home game for India.Afghanistan had already announced their away kit which has red dominating the splattering of blue on their shirts.Team Afghanistan’s playing kits for the @ICC @cricketworldcup 2019. #AfghanAtalan #CWC2019 pic.twitter.com/XtmmOg19wFAfghanistan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) May 8, 2019Also Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya get new haircuts after Pakistan winAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs EnglandFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow India cricket team World Cup 2019: India players to wear orange jerseys against England on June 30ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: All participating teams in the World Cup, except for the hosts country, are required to provide two different coloured kits. India are currently sporting a blue kit. However, they will wear orange jerseys for their game against England on June 30.advertisement Next
India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 25, 2019UPDATED: June 25, 2019 10:59 IST File photo of India captain Kapil Dev receiving the World Cup trophy at the Lord’s balcony on June 25, 1983 (@BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKapil’s Devils lifted the 1983 World Cup trophy 36 years agoIndia stunned 2-time champions West Indies in a low-scoring final at Lord’sWe weren’t silly by thinking we would win it: Sunil Gavaskar recalls India’s journeyIn an interview to India Today, legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev had said the West Indies had more Champagne at the mid-innings break of the 1983 World Cup final than India. Kapil’s men had posted a below-par total of 183 in the big final on June 25, 1983 at the Lord’s, London.It seemed India’s fairytale run in the World Cup would come to an end. The West Indies were set for a third straight title. Clive Llyod’s side had superstars who, on their day, could just blow away the challenge of chasing 184. But June 25, 1983 wasn’t their day. It was the day that arguably changed Indian cricket forever.Gordon Greenidge fails. Sir Vivian Richards walks in with the swagger that is known for. The gum-chewing slayer gets on with his innings and hits a flurry of boundaries.Madan Lal is under the pump but he isn’t willing to go away. He goes to skipper Kapil Dev and asks for the ball. Lal cramps Richards for room but the batting great tries to pull one into the stands. Instead, the ball balloons up and Kapil Dev takes a breathtaking catch to send the West Indies star walking back to the hut.Once Vivian Richards was dismissed, Indians had their tails up. Clive Lloyd fell to Roger Binny without troubling the scorers much. Jeff Dujon and Malcolm Marshall tried to revive the chase with a 43-run stand for the 7th wicket but Mohinder Amarnath stepped into action and removed both of them in quick succession.Amarnath dealt the final blow and sealed India’s historic win by trapping Michael Holding in front. West Indies were bowled out for 140. Their World Cup-winning streak was broken. Cricket had its new world champions!advertisement The scenes at Lord’s after India’s 1983 World Cup final triumph (Getty Images)From rank outsiders to world champions: ‘Weren’t silly thinking we would win’India were rank outsiders. London bookies offering 50:1 odds against them. In fact, many of the members of the World Cup-winning team in 1983 had planned for trips to the United States after the World Cup. All those plans had to be postponed, considering India’s success in the tournament.Speaking to India Today at Salaam Cricket 2019, batting great Sunil Gavaskar had clarified on the US trip rumours. Gavaskar added that India weren’t pessimistic about their chances but weren’t too “silly” to think they would go on to win the World Cup in 1983.”Our turnaround in the whole format started when we went to Australia in 1980 where we played 10 ODI games. That’s the first time we started to take ODI cricket seriously. Earlier on, we just went in like a Sunday game. This time there were prizes at the end. There was a trophy to be won as well. Earlier on, there was nothing to be won. Then we came to the West Indies in 1983 and we beat them in a match in Guyana,” Gavaskar added.”We weren’t silly by thinking we would win it. But we weren’t pessimistic.”36 years hence, India have another World Cup in their cabinet. Virat Kohli is now leading a young side that is bidding to bring home the country’s third World Cup trophy. In, 2011, India showcased that they are the new powerhouses of world cricket as an MS Dhoni-led side steamrolled oppositions on their way to World Cup glory.It is safe to say the image of Kapil Dev lifting the World Cup trophy at the Lord’s balcony changed the dynamics of world cricket. It inspired a million, including the greatest batsman to have ever graced planet Earth.Clive Llyod had got it right after the 1983 World Cup. Speaking on India’s win, the West Indies great had said: “Indian cricket has arrived. And it’s here to stay.”. Indeed, it did.Also Read | 1983 – Indira Gandhi declares public holiday after India create historyAlso Read | 1983 World Cup: Miracle at Lord’sAlso 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 1983 World CupFollow Kapil DevFollow Sunil GavaskarFollow India vs West Indies finalFollow Vivian RichardsFollow Clive LlyodFollow Madan LalFollow Mohinder Amarnath This day that year: When Kapil’s Devils created glory at 1983 World CupICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Even as Virat Kohli’s Team India are looking the side to beat at the ongoing tournament, we look back at India’s first World Cup triumph in 1983. On this day, 36 years ago, Kapil Dev’s men stunned the mighy West Indies to script history.advertisement Next
Wimbledon 2019: Ashleigh Barty breezes into 3rd roundWorld No. 1 Ashleigh Barty advanced to 3rd round of Wimbledon 2019 with a two-set win over Alison van Uytvanck.advertisement Next Reuters LondonJuly 4, 2019UPDATED: July 4, 2019 18:46 IST Ashleigh Barty advanced to 3rd round of Wimbledon 2019. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAshleigh Barty defeated Alison van Uytvanck to reach 3rd round of WimbledonBarty won 6-1, 6-3 in 54 minutes over UytvanckBarty won her first Grand Slam at French Open this yearTop seed Ashleigh Barty hurried into the Wimbledon third round on Thursday, dispatching Alison van Uytvanck 6-1, 6-3 in 54 minutes on the All England Club’s distant showcourt Two.Barty is the woman of the moment having just won her first Grand Slam at the French Open but she and former Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber were consigned to Court Two for their second-round matches while much lower ranked Britons were scheduled to play on Centre Court.But the court did not affect the 23-year-old Australian’s tennis. She sprayed winners, including two delicious lobs, and did not allow Van Uytvanck into the match until the sixth game of the first set.Barty took the first set with a backhand that wrong-footed her opponent and wrapped up the match, played in warm sunshine, with a high backhand volley winner.Van Uytvanck is no slouch on grass. The Belgian reached the last 16 here last year, upsetting defending champion Garbine Muguruza on the way, and she has a powerful swinging serve.”I had to have my running shoes on, Barty said as she came off court. I had to make sure I made a lot of returns.”Also Read | Wimbledon 2019: Andy Murray and Serena Williams know their mixed doubles opponentsAlso Read | Wimbledon 2019: Stan Wawrinka suffers shock defeat to unseeded Reilly OpelkaAlso 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 Wimbledon 2019Follow Ashleigh Barty