10 months agoCHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW: Man Utd get PSG; Liverpool, Tottenham take on German giants; Juventus vs Atletico Madrid;

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW: Man Utd get PSG; Liverpool, Tottenham take on German giants; Juventus vs Atletico Madrid;by Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United will face PSG in the Champions League last-16 after the draw was completed in Switzerland on Monday morning.Liverpool and Tottenham will play Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, respectively, avoiding the likes of Barcelona and Juventus.Max Allegri’s team drew Atletico Madrid, while Barca will play Lyon. In the other matches, defending champions Real Madrid will take on Ajax, Roma face Porto and Manchester City get their reward for finishing top of their group as they face Bundesliga side Schalke.UEFA Champions League Round of 16 drawLiverpool vs Bayern MunichAjax vs Real MadridRoma vs PortoLyon vs BarcelonaManchester United vs PSGTottenham vs Borussia DortmundManchester City vs SchalkeAtletico Madrid vs Juventus last_img read more

10 months agoTottenham striker Kane to be awarded OBE

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham striker Kane to be awarded OBEby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham striker Harry Kane is set to be awarded an OBE.The Sun says he has been notified of the award for his services to sport, which will be unveiled in the New Year’s Honours list.But like England boss Gareth Southgate, also in line for an OBE, he has been asked to keep quiet until next weekend’s official reveal.A close pal said: “Harry is overwhelmed and excited about the idea of going to Buckingham Palace.“Playing for England was one of the proudest moments of his life but to be honoured by the Queen for his achievement will top the lot.” last_img

10 months agoTottenham boss Pochettino: I don’t care about Man City v Liverpool result

first_imgTottenham boss Pochettino: I don’t care about Man City v Liverpool resultby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has claimed he does not care who wins out of Manchester City and Liverpool on Thursday night.Spurs put themselves into second place, one point ahead of City, with a win over Cardiff City on New Year’s Day.Despite the obvious implications of the result, Pochettino says he will be simply enjoying the “spectacle”.The Argentine said: “In this country all the people are going to watch the game.”But I will be in a neutral position trying to enjoy the game.”I don’t care about the result, I just want to enjoy the spectacle and the game.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoSouthampton midfielder Lemina: Bielsa key to leaving Marseille

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton midfielder Lemina: Bielsa key to leaving Marseilleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton midfielder Mario Lemina has explained why he left Olympique Marseille.Lemina quit OM for Juventus before landing at Saints.He explained to Eurosport: “I spent only two years in Marseille. When I arrived, I thought I would stay longer. The first year, with Elie Baup was complicated but the next one with Marcelo Bielsa was magnificent. “We discovered another OM, more spectacular. With the coach, I learned a lot. It’s really very interesting to work under his orders. When he left, it was a shock for me and that’s what made me want to go.”Bielsa is now leading Leeds United in their promotion push frm the Championship. last_img read more

11 days ago​Argentina boss Scanoli reveals Aguero not involved in full Man City training

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Argentina boss Scanoli reveals Aguero not involved in full Man City trainingby Freddie Taylor11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArgentina boss Lionel Scaloni has claimed that Sergio Aguero often sits out of full training at Manchester City.Aguero has been involved in most of City’s games this season, managing eight goals in as many games this term.But he is carrying an injury, according to his international boss.Scaloni spoke about Aguero and said to reporters: “Sergio Aguero is not here because he’s been carrying a problem and has not been training 100 per cent with his club.”It is unclear what injury is troubling Aguero and whether he will be fit for his club’s next Premier League game after the international break.The 31-year-old is still one of the key players at the Etihad Stadium club, and will be needed if City are to catch up on the eight point deficit to Liverpool in the Premier League table. last_img read more

Kirk Herbstreit’s Thoughts On The AP Preseason Top 25

first_imgKirk Herbstreit talking on ESPN.ESPN’s top college football analyst has shared his thoughts on the AP preseason top 25.Kirk Herbstreit appeared on ESPN’s SportsCenter this morning to discuss the release of the AP preseason top 25 poll, which you can see here.Here are Herbstreit’s thoughts on the poll:He’s not really surprised with the top five.“I think the one thing that stands out right away is that of the four teams that made the playoff, three are right back up there in the Top 3. I think it tells you a lot of times you’re voting by what happened last season and you’re trying to guess. Keep in mind we haven’t seen any of these teams yet and we’re speculating.”Ohio State at No. 6 might “raise some eyebrows.”“You’re trying to put together a team that can be competitive without knowing anything really. There’s nothing really shocking to me with the Top 5, but Ohio State up at 6 might raise so eyebrows for a lot people because of the losses.”There is parity.“This will be one of those years where there’s a lot of parity and it’ll come down to who’s healthy and who makes the most of their personnel. I don’t think the committee has it in them after 15 weeks of football to vote two teams from one conference. Even if they think they’re in the top four, I don’t see them ever doing that. They’ll be worried about feedback. This might be a year that it might be a valid point, but I don’t think he committee will ever put two teams from one conference in.”A College Football Playoff crasher? Houston. Or Boise State“Houston’s a pick that everybody seems to want to talk about because of last year and I understand that.Greg Ward and that offense is going to score. But if I’m looking at all these teams in (the Group of 5), I’d go with Boise State. They’ll be favored in most of their games after Washington State. Boise State can potentially ruffle some feathers if they beat the Cougs in Week 2.”Who are you picking to win it all this year?last_img read more

USMNT slump to shameful Venezuela defeat

first_imgSalomon Rondon scored twice to help Venezuela beat the United States for the first time and become his country’s all-time leading goalscorer after a 3-0 win that will send Rafael Dudamel’s side into the Copa America on a high.West Brom striker Rondon, who has been linked with a transfer away from the Baggies in recent weeks, put himself very much in the shop window with a match-winning display in which he also provided an assist for Jefferson Savarino to score Venezuela’s second as a sorry USA side were torn apart.USA coach Gregg Berhalter saw his players lose the first game of his time in charge three days earlier when they slipped to a 1-0 defeat to Jamaica and will have been concerned by a defensive horror show in which they conceded three goals inside 20 first-half minutes. 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? Venezuela’s opener came courtesy of calamitous USA defending as goalkeeper Zack Steffen gifted a clearance to Yangel Herrera who fed Jhon Murillo and he laid the ball back to Rondon for a bundled shot into the net.It was Rondon’s flicked header that allowed Savarino to go through on goal moments later, the Real Salt Lake winger scoring at the second time of asking after his first shot came back off the post.Rondon timed a run superbly on 36 minutes and brought Tomas Rincon’s long ball under control before composing himself and rattling a left-footed shot into the corner of the net, beating Steffen at his near post from close range.HT | Venezuela leads in the first half. 45 minutes left to battle!0:3 pic.twitter.com/L2yTNtbDKP— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) June 9, 2019The hosts failed to improve after half-time, mustering just four shots across the course of the game, and Berhalter will demand better when they take on Guyana in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in under two weeks’ time.Meanwhile, Venezuela will go into their Copa America opener against Peru on Saturday in high spirits after a historic win and an unforgettable night for their in-form striker. read morelast_img read more

This isn’t Barca, Leo! Super Suarez upstaging Messi

first_imgHe is the Barcelona star who, fighting while seemingly oblivious to pain and the strains of age, continues to show his nation the way forward. Through his goals and his shining example the forward is an inspiration, even if his enthusiasm may go too far at times.As the Copa America rolls on, it is not Lionel Messi who merits the description above. It is Luis Suarez – so often over-shadowed by the Argentine in Barca colours – who has retaken centre-stage to spearhead a strong bid for Uruguay’s 16th South American crown.Before the Copa began, the big question over Suarez’s head was whether he would be able to join his team-mates in Brazil at all. Physically worn down and mentally devastated following his club’s disastrous end to the 2018-19 season, his last game of the campaign was in Barca’s horrendous 4-0 surrender to Liverpool at the start of May. 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? A knee operation ended his season shortly after the last ball was kicked in anger at Anfield, and the chances of him returning in time to join his nation’s preparations looked slim.But there’s a reason Luis Suarez is a folk hero around the streets of Montevideo, Salto and across Uruguay. Not only did he make it back in time for the Copa; he looks like he was never away from a football pitch.Suarez netted in both of the Celeste’s opening games in Brazil, hitting the third in a 4-0 rout of Ecuador with a typically instinctive finish at the back post before slotting home from the penalty spot to level against Japan.While he may not have found the score-sheet in Monday’s Group C decider against Chile, with both sides already safely into the quarter-finals, Suarez nevertheless kept the Roja on the back foot throughout and never stopped running as he completed 90 minutes for the third consecutive Copa game.Indeed, if any criticism can be levelled at the famously exuberant striker it is that he perhaps needs to tone down his competitive spirit. So desperate was Suarez to make the difference that he resorted to pleading for a penalty due to a handball from Chile goalkeeper Gabriel Arias, providing the tournament with one of its most hilarious moments to date.Ese momento en el que Luis Suárez pide mano del portero de Chile 🇨🇱 dentro del área 🙊 😅 #CopaAmérica pic.twitter.com/g5Hsc8COxH — DAZN España (@DAZN_ES) 24 de junio de 2019 “He has great commitment to this country’s football”, coach Oscar Tabarez underlined after Suarez’s first game back off the bench in a warm-up friendly against Panama. “Today he looked like a player who had come off playing seven or eight games.”So far in Brazil he has shared equal billing with his eternal strike partner. Suarez and Edinson Cavani have been tormenting defences together for the Celeste for over a decade, appearing together for the first time in February 2008 where both men hit the net.Cavani may have one more goal so far in the Copa, three to his fellow Salto native’s two, but the partnership is one of equals. Just the kind of relationship that his captain at Camp Nou would love to have on the other side of the Rio de la Plata.2019_6_9_LuisSuarez Lionel Messi Argentina Qatar Copa America 240619For while Messi comfortably out-performed his great friend in Blaugrana colours this term, the pair hitting 51 and 25 goals respectively, the tables have been turned in Brazil. Suarez and Cavani have thrived leading the line in a well-ordered, typically solid Uruguay side under the knowledgeable gaze of Tabarez, and go into Saturday’s quarter-final against Peru as clear favourites after finishing top and unbeaten in Group C.The Argentina standard-bearer has been a huge disappointment in comparison. Struggling to unleash his dizzying talents in a team that was thrown together at the last minute and changes on a match-by-match basis, his only tangible contribution to the Copa so far was a penalty to claw back a 1-1 draw against Paraguay.Messi was again ineffective even as Argentina squeezed past Qatar to make the next round. In stark contrast to their neighbours, Albiceleste hopes are decidedly modest as they prepare for Venezuela just 24 hours before Suarez and Co. take the field in Salvador.Even in the heat of competition, the 32-year-old Uruguayan has not forgotten about his friend, who has seen old accusations that he is more involved than he should be in team selection rise up again in the wake of Argentina’s woes.“He does not say a word,” Suarez insisted to Fox Sports.“Not about a coach, a player, nothing. And in the Argentina team I think it’s the same, there were coaches who asked him things and he would say, ‘no, don’t ask me anything, make the decision yourself.’Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez QUOTE“We speak about these things a lot and of course it hurts him as a human being… He takes great pride and satisfaction to want to keep showing he can continue in the national team and not give up. He will keep going until he wins something.”That may be so, but on the evidence of this year’s Copa so far it is Suarez, not Messi, who is more likely to return to Camp Nou with a winners’ medal hanging from around his neck. A snarling, awkward, even nasty ball of nervous energy when he walks onto the pitch, that anti-hero persona cuts a sharp contrast with the withdrawn, softly spoken man who appears when the final whistle blows.Suarez’s natural humility means that he has never had a problem with taking a supporting role behind the sparkling Argentine. His drive and fury, meanwhile, are the aspects of his character that have taken him to the top of world football – and may even ensure a second Copa win for this inveterate competitor by the time July 7’s final in the Maracana rolls around.last_img read more

Ohio State Responds To Report About Urban Meyer’s Likely Punishment

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Urban Meyer is set to learn his punishment stemming from Ohio State’s investigation into his handling of the domestic violence allegations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith on Wednesday.Ohio State’s Board of Trustees are meeting at 9 a.m. E.T. on Wednesday. The board was briefed on the findings of the investigation on Monday.The Columbus Dispatch reported on Monday that Urban Meyer’s likely punishment is a suspension, not a firing. And that suspension could include time served.“Two sources connected to the investigation said the likely recommendation to university President Michael V. Drake is a suspension for Meyer. Drake and the board also could opt for a “time served” punishment since Meyer has been removed from football activities for more than two weeks,” The Dispatch reported.An Ohio State spokesman responded to The Dispatch’s report about Urban Meyer’s likely punishment late on Monday. The spokesman did not dispute it.“Ohio State spokesman Chris Davey did not dispute what the sources told The Dispatch, but he called their statements ‘reckless,’” Michelle Everhart tweeted.Update: Ohio State spokesman Chris Davey did not dispute what the sources told The Dispatch, but he called their statements “reckless.” Plus more updates: https://t.co/mZOX4QLcbU https://t.co/ev0CcQlZVm— Michelle Everhart (@meverhart26) August 21, 2018Urban Meyer has been on paid administrative leave since Wednesday, Aug. 1. If he were to be reinstated tomorrow, he would’ve served what ended up being a three-week paid suspension.Ohio State is set to open its season on Sept. 1 against Oregon State.last_img read more

Brian Kelly On If He Wants To Play Alabama: “Be Careful What You Wish For”

first_imgAn extreme closeup of Brian Kelly wearing a Notre Dame hat and a head set.CHAPEL HILL, NC – OCTOBER 07: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish watches his team play against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the game at Kenan Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Back in January of 2013, an undefeated Notre Dame team took on Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game. As we all know, it did not go well, as the Fighting Irish were dominated, 42-14.So does Brian Kelly want another shot at the Crimson Tide this year in the College Football Playoff? He had an interesting answer.In a segment with Gene Wojciechowski on College GameDay Saturday morning, Kelly didn’t shy away from the idea of playing Alabama, but he also didn’t suggest he’s longing for it.“Be careful what you wish for.””Be careful what you wish for….if [Alabama] were to get pushed out in the semifinal, we would not be unhappy.”–Brian Kelly— Medium Happy (@jdubs88) November 3, 2018″I came here with the expectation that we would live up to tradition. And that tradition here at Notre Dame is to win a National Championship.”Brian Kelly believes this could be the Fighting Irish’s year to win it all. pic.twitter.com/FrUZt14IDC— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) November 3, 2018Kelly added that if Alabama were knocked off in the national semifinal, he wouldn’t be upset about it.Kelly did note that his team went toe-to-toe with Georgia last year – and Georgia went toe-to-toe with Alabama. It was his way of suggesting that his team could possibly compete with the Crimson Tide.Either way, Notre Dame has to reach the Playoff first for any of this to matter. The Fighting Irish probably have to reach 12-0 to make that happen. They take on Northwestern this afternoon.last_img read more

Les Miles Reportedly Hiring Former Top SEC Assistant Coach

first_imgLes Miles looks on during a game against Alabama.TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 07: Les Miles, head coach of the LSU Tigers, looks on during the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 7, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Les Miles has reportedly made a major addition to his coaching staff at Kansas.The former LSU head coach, who’s been hired by the Jayhawks, is reportedly hiring a former top SEC assistant coach.Miles is reportedly hiring former Kentucky defensive coordinator DJ Eliot.Football Scoop is reporting the hire:Source tells FootballScoop Les Miles is planning to hire former Colorado and Kentucky defensive coordinator DJ Eliot in the same role barring any unforeseen circumstances. Eliot joined Mike MacIntyre’s staff for the 2017 season after Jim Leavitt left for Oregon. He had been with Mark Stoops both at Florida State and at Kentucky.Eliot, 42, has been an assistant coach at Florida State, Kentucky and Colorado.The defensive coach played linebacker at Wyoming before getting into coaching.last_img read more

Georgia Freshman Quarterback Announces Major Transfer

first_imgA closeup of Kirby Smart in Georgia Bulldogs apparel.AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 11: Head coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs walks the field prior to facing the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)It’s the week of the college football quarterback transfer, apparently.So far this week, we’ve had several major quarterbacks announce transfers, including Ohio State’s Tate Martell (to Miami), Alabama’s Jalen Hurts (to Oklahoma) and Oklahoma’s Austin Kendall (to West Virginia, expectedly).You can add another one to the list.Georgia freshman quarterback Matthew Downing is heading to TCU.The quarterback announced the decision on Twitter.Thank you God ?? #Blessings pic.twitter.com/b85F9nDoj4— Matthew Downing (@M_Down07) January 17, 2019Downing entered his name into the NCAA’s transfer portal earlier in the week.The pro-style quarterback came to Georgia as a preferred walk-on and it looked like he could provide solid depth for the Bulldogs, who have had a ton of movement at the position over the last year.Georgia has since solidified its standing at the quarterback position, though, and it seemed doubtful that Downing could rise up to No. 2 or No. 3 on the depth chart.The pro-style quarterback will now head to TCU.last_img read more

Betting Odds Released For Potential Clemson-Alabama Matchup

first_img Alabama is certainly looking for revenge after last season’s blowout loss. Fortunately for college football fans, the current betting odds would anticipate a close contest.The Golden Nugget in Las Vegas has Clemson as a 2-point favorite over Alabama.From ESPN gambling writer David Purdum, on how far that sportsbook has those two programs ahead of the rest of the FBS:Aaron Kessler, senior oddsmaker at Golden Nugget, told ESPN that he’d have Alabama and Clemson favored by at least seven points against any other team in the nation. Georgia is third in Kessler’s power ratings.“They’re definitely the best two teams out there,” Kessler said of Alabama and Clemson. “It’s just tough trying to figure out how much better they are than the rest of the field.”With Tua Tagovailoa and Trevor Lawrence back to lead their respective teams, it’d be tough to see anyone dethrone either program.Senior oddsmaker Aaron Kessler told ESPN that Alabama and Clemson would see a much bigger spread if they don’t face each other.[ESPN] Alabama and Clemson players lining up for a snap.SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Patrick Phibbs #58 of the Clemson Tigers snaps the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)We’re only three months away from watching college football, and it shouldn’t shock many people that Alabama and Clemson are considered the early favorites to meet in the national championship.Betting odds for games on next season’s schedules are starting to emerge this week. This makes senses considering that a bunch of kickoff times for major programs were released on Thursday.It turns out that a few sportsbooks are also placing an early line on a potential rematch between Alabama and Clemson. Another showdown between these powerhouses would mark the fifth-straight year they’d meet in the College Football Playoff.In the event that the Crimson Tide face the Tigers this upcoming season, the edge is currently with the defending champions.last_img read more

Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz Hints At What He’ll Do After Coaching

first_img “You don’t have to just get old and crawl in a hole somewhere.”Longevity isn’t just a word to Kirk Ferentz; it’s a lifestyle. Inside the measures college football’s longest-tenured coach has taken to keep his mind & body fresh entering Year 21 at Iowa. https://t.co/QZGnFouXH8— Chad Leistikow (@ChadLeistikow) June 13, 2019Last year, in his 20th season at Iowa, Ferentz led the Hawkeyes to a 9-4 record that included an Outback Bowl upset over Mississippi State.Ferentz is the winningest coach in team history with a 152-101 record at Iowa, and has led the team to four top-10 finishes and two Big Ten championships.He has had only three losing seasons as head coach of Iowa, and only one since 2001.[Des Moines Register] A closeup of Iowa Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz wearing a Hawkeyes hoodie and a headset.CHAMPAIGN, IL – NOVEMBER 19: Head coach Kirk Ferentz of the Iowa Hawkeyes is seen during the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium on November 19, 2016 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)At 63 years of age, Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz still has plenty more football coaching left in him. But he does appear to have an idea in mind for what to do after his time with the team is over.In an interview with the Des Moines Register, Ferentz stated that he doesn’t plan to stop coaching, even after he eventually steps away as head coach someday. He revealed that he would likely continue working as a position coach, even on a volunteer basis if necessary.“Absolutely. That’s been the most fun I ever had, being an assistant coach,” he says. “That’s just pure teaching. That’s the essence of teaching, and it’s more hands-on than what I get to experience.”Ferentz does have significant experience as an assistant that just about any program would find mouth-watering. From 1993 to 1995, he was the offensive line coach under Bill Belichick at the Cleveland Browns. He stayed with the team in the same role when they became the Baltimore Ravens until he was hired by Iowa.Ferentz was also a former offensive line coach at Iowa in the 1980s before taking up his first head coaching job with Maine.last_img read more

When Ramakant Achrekar summoned Sachin Tendulkar after he got out for 78

first_img India Today Web Desk MumbaiJanuary 2, 2019UPDATED: January 2, 2019 19:37 IST Ramakant Achrekar has coach the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Vinod Kambli and Ajit Agarkar among others (India Today Archive Photo)Sachin Tendulkar is known as the greatest batsman to have played cricket today but there was a time when not many knew about his magical talent. Back in the 1980s, it was Achrekar who trained Tendulkar and ensured the young boy played enough matches in Mumbai.After school, Tendulkar would get on Achrekar’s scooter and the pair would travel across Mumbai to play as many matches as possible.A hard taskmaster, Achrekar identified Sachin Tendulkar’s genius with the bat and gave India its most celebrated sporting star in history.The BCCI expresses its deepest sympathy on the passing of Dronacharya award-winning guru Shri Ramakant Achrekar. Not only did he produce great cricketers, but also trained them to be fine human beings. His contribution to Indian Cricket has been immense. pic.twitter.com/mK0nQODo6bBCCI (@BCCI) January 2, 2019Tendulkar debuted in 1989 and was one of several young talented batsmen to emerge from Mumbai. Twenty four years later, Tendulkar left behind all his Mumbai teammates and finished with 100 international hundreds and 34357 international runs.But Achrekar, who obviously knew what Sachin Tendulkar could do with the bat, had said way back in 1993 that he was far more talented than Vinod Kambli and Pravin Amre.Here is an excerpt from an India Today magazine article published in March 1993 where Achrekar talks about Sachin’s talent and expected him to go for his strokes:As India piled up its mountain of runs at Bombay, a banner suddenly sprang from the stands. “Shardashram versus England”, it announced simply.To the beleaguered visitors, this might have been as arcane as the mysteries of oriental spin, but the local audience took up the chant immediately.advertisementShardashram Vidyapeeth, the little high school in Bombay that has produced Sachin Tendulkar, Vinod Kambli and Praveen Amre was having the better of the exchanges. But where was the coach to which these colts were linked?While all eyes scanned the stadium in bewilderment, Ramakant Achrekar was tugging at his golf cap, muttering to himself and shaking his head at the venue of the Harris Shield semi-finals for Bombay schools.Both the teams trained by him, including Shardashram, had expectedly reached the final. The problem was that some of the boys were not playing their ‘natural game’.He saw Kambli’s century and Tendulkar’s 78 on television and summoned them to the ground early next morning. Didn’t Kambli know where his off-stump was, the coach wanted to know.For the full article, click hereAlso Read | Achrekar sir was strict but also caring and loving: Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | Sachin Tendulkar’s tribute to Ramakant Achrekar in his emotional farewell speech in 2013Also Read | Sachin Tendulkar’s coach Ramakant Achrekar dies in MumbaiFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Ramakant AchrekarFollow Ramakant Achrekar deadFollow Sachin TendulkarFollow Pravin AmreFollow Ajit Agarkar When Ramakant Achrekar summoned Sachin Tendulkar after he got out for 78Ramakant Achrekar dies: The venerable Ramakant Achrekar died aged 86 in Mumbai. He had once summoned Vinod Kambli and Sachin Tendulkar after they had got out after scoring a century and 78 respectivelyadvertisementlast_img read more

Australian Open: 20-year-old Tiafoe stuns world No.6 Anderson, Cilic beats McDonald

first_img Associated Press MelbourneJanuary 16, 2019UPDATED: January 16, 2019 11:59 IST Australian Open: USA’s Frances Tiafoe thumped his chest in celebration after defeating Kevin Anderson. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKevin Anderson won the first set but an arm issue slowed down his serve eventuallyTiafoe equalled his best Grand Slam tournament performance by reaching the 3rd roundMarin Cilic and Stefanos Tsitsipas won their respective matchesFrances Tiafoe rolled up his sleeve, flexed and slapped his biceps muscle five times, thumped his chest and roared at the terraces to celebrate the biggest victory of his career, a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 comeback against two-time Grand Slam finalist and No.5 seed Kevin Anderson in the Australian Open’s second round.The 20-year-old Tiafoe trailed by a set and 3-0 in the second Wednesday before turning the match around as Anderson’s big serve slowed down because of problems with his right arm. Anderson was repeatedly visited by a trainer during changeovers and he lost about 5 mph (8 kph) on his first serves as the match wore on.Anderson was the runner-up at Wimbledon last year and at the U.S. Open in 2017 and had won all three previous matchups against the 39th-ranked Tiafoe.”It means the world to me, I lost to Kevin three times last year. I would love to get to the second week of a Slam and if you guys get behind me like you did again, then it’s going to be pretty easy for me,” Tiafoe said.BIG FOE @FTiafoe shocks 6 seed Kevin Anderson 4-6 6-4 6-4 7-5.#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/2AthQLrBY1#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 16, 2019American Tiafoe, ranked 39 in the world, will play Italy’s Andreas Seppi in the third round, which will at least equal his best performance at a Grand Slam tournament, having made the third round of Wimbledon last year.MARIN CILIC FIGHTS OFF MACKENZIE MCDONALD7-5 6-7(9) 6-4 6-4.@cilic_marin gets it done against a valiant Mackenzie McDonald.#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/PGZHkAuQthadvertisement#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 16, 2019Marin Cilic capped a 25-ace performance with a pair to serve out a second-round victory at the Australian Open, beating 81st-ranked Mackenzie McDonald of the U.S. 7-5, 6-7 (9), 6-4, 6-4.Cilic was the runner-up here to Roger Federer last year and is seeded No. 6 this time.Cilic hasn’t lost at Melbourne Park to anyone ranked as low as McDonald since 2007.20-YEAR-OLD TSITSIPAS BEAT VIKTOR TOICKI.@StefTsitsipas the Great is through to Round 3Def. Troicki 6-3 2-6 6-2 7-5.#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/StWMOz2Ved#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 16, 2019Stefanos Tsitsipas is through to the third round and closer to a potential meeting with defending champion Roger Federer at Melbourne Park.The Greek 20-year-old beat Viktor Troicki 6-3, 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 but wasted a lot of break-point opportunities as the Serbian player saved 15 of 19 chances created by Tsitsipas.Considered one of the new breed of young talented players on the ATP Tour, Tsitsipas won at Stockholm last year and was a finalist in two other tournaments.He will next play 19th-seeded Nikoloz Basilashvili, who beat Stefano Travaglie 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, also on Wednesday. Tsitsipas could play Federer in the fourth round.Also Read | 17-year-old Anisimova reaches 3rd round, Stephens thumps BabosAlso Read | Indian men’s doubles challenge ends in MelbourneAlso Read | Ivo Karlovic becomes oldest man in over 40 years to win a match at Australian OpenFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Australian OpenFollow Kevin AndersonFollow Frances TiafoeFollow Marin CilicFollow Stefanos Tsitsipas Australian Open: 20-year-old Tiafoe stuns world No.6 Anderson, Cilic beats McDonaldAustralian Open: USA’s Frances Tiafoe registered his first win over Kevin Anderson while Marin Cilic fended off a stiff challenge from Mackenzie McDonald.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Glad we won our first series in New Zealand: Smriti Mandhana after India’s 2-1 triumph

first_imgGlad we won our first series in New Zealand: Smriti Mandhana after India’s 2-1 triumphIndia lost the final ODI match against New Zealand but the result didn’t dampen their spirits as Mithali Raj’s side became the first from the country to win an ODI bilateral series in New Zealand.advertisement Rohan Sen HamiltonFebruary 1, 2019UPDATED: February 1, 2019 14:20 IST Smriti Mandhana played a crucial role in the first two ODI wins, scoring 105 and 90 not out (@White-Ferns Twitter Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNew Zealand (150 for 2) beat India (149) by 8 wicketsIndia clinched the series 2-1 despite losing the 3rd ODI in HamiltonSmriti Mandhana was adjduged Player of the Series for scoring 196 runs in the 3 ODIs at an average of 98India, who had won the first two games to take an unbeatable series lead, lost the inconsequential third ODI by 8 wickets in Hamilton on Friday as the series ended 2-1 in India’s favour.Smriti Mandhana, who played a crucial role in the first two wins scoring 105 and 90 not out, was pleased as punch with the series result and her performance in the ODIs.”I would have been happy to have scored some runs today but I am really glad that we won our first series in New Zealand.”The first two games were satisfying because I could convert my scores and get the winning runs. This will help me grow as a player,” said Mandhana, who was adjduged Player of the Series after the match.The 22-year-old ended up as the highest scorer in the series with 196 runs in three matches at an average of 98 with a hundred and a half-century in her kitty. But the Mumbai cricketer doesn’t want to stop just here and wants to keep on scoring runs like this on a regular basis.”There’s a lot more hard work to be done (to be tagged one of the best in the world). I need to score a lot more runs and win many more games for India to get there,” Mandhana said.India captain Mithali Raj, who set a new record in women’s cricket with her 200th ODI appearance on Friday, was also quite satisfied with the result and reserved special praise for the bowlers.”I’m happy that the team has done so well this series. Very happy for Deepti (Sharma) and Jemimah (Rodrigues) for getting some runs under their belt. The spin bowlers have done well so far throughout the tour, but the total was quite less today to put pressure on New Zealand.advertisement”We want to do well in the T20s too and try to up our game. There will be changes to the squad and we will continue to train hard and do our best,” Mithali said at the post-match presentation.Congratulations on No.200 Skipper – @M_Raj03 #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/oxCWRp4qGOBCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) February 1, 2019India, who were dominant in the first two games, struggled at the Seddon Park as India got bowled out for 149 in 44 overs after being put into bat by the White Ferns.Mithali managed to add just 9 runs to the Indian total while Deepti Sharma top-scored with 52 off 90 balls. Harmanpreet Kaur was the next-best scorer with 24 runs.For New Zealand, Anna Peterson starred with the ball as she took 4 wickets for 28 runs while Lea Tahuhu bagged 3 wickets for 26 runs.Chasing a modest target of 150, New Zealand rode on half-centuries from Suzie Bates (57) and captain Amy Satterthwaite (61 not out) to win the match in the 30th over.The two teams will now play a series of three T20 internationals on February 6, 8 and 10 in Wellington, Auckland and Hamilton, respectively.Also Read | India vs New Zealand: White Ferns beat Mithali Raj’s team for consolation win in 3rd ODIAlso Read | India vs New Zealand: Mithali Raj completes 200 ODIs to set new record in women’s cricketFor 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 India vs New ZealandFollow Mithali RajFollow Smriti MandhanaFollow Hamilton ODIFollow ICC Women’s Championshiplast_img read more

India Open 2019: Kidambi Srikanth enters first final since 2017

first_img Next Abreshmina S Quadri New DelhiMarch 30, 2019UPDATED: March 30, 2019 16:54 IST India Open 2019: Kidambi Srikanth was involved in a three-game battle in the semi-final. (BAI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKidambi Srikanth beat Huang Yuxiang 16-21, 21-14, 21-19Srikanth took an hour and three minutes to beat the ChineseThis is Srikanth first final since French Open 2017Kidambi Srikanth advanced to the final of India Open 2019 in front a roaring home crowd at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi on Saturday. Srikanth battled for three games to defeat China’s Huang Yuxiang 16-21, 21-14, 21-19 in the semi-final to make it to the showpiece match on Sunday.Srikanth took an hour and three minutes to get past the Chinese in what was a brilliant battle of net play between the two.Srikanth ended the match with a delightful and deceptive drop shot after with a barrage of smashes in that rally to win the match, much to the delight of the crowd in the stadium.Buoyed by home crowd, India’s Kidambi Srikanth fuels title ambitions following fantastic semifinal fightback #HSBCBWFbadminton #HSBCRaceToGuangzhou pic.twitter.com/kbyGYP1B1z BWF (@bwfmedia) March 30, 2019Srikanth was in a precarious situation early on when he lost the first game but came back strongly in the second game to take the match to the decider.In the end, Yuxiang did threaten to run away when he took an 18-16 lead right towards the end but Srikanth upped the ante and worked around his attacking play well to make it 18-18.From there, Srikanth bagged a couple of more points to bring up match points for himself.Yuxiang saved a match point but Srikanth eventually emerged victorious.Ahead of the tournament, Srikanth did say that he wanted to reach a final because he had played a number of quarter-finals and semi-finals last year.”I would prefer getting out in the first round of a tournament and reach the final of the next instead of playing two quarter-finals,” Srikanth had said after his first round win over Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent.advertisementSrikanth would be extremely happy with his effort on Saturday because Yuxiang did put him under a lot of pressure. Yuxiang had defeated Srikanth in the All England Championships last year, however, this is now Srikanth’s second straight win over the Chinese.Srikanth will next take on either former world champion Viktor Axelsen or his compatriot Parupalli Kashyap.Also Read | Fitness level of 2017 not enough to win 2020 Tokyo Olympics: Kidambi SrikanthAlso Read | How HS Prannoy is battling health issues to get back on trackAlso Read | Saina Nehwal second highest earner in women’s singles badminton in first quarterFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Kidambi SrikanthFollow Huang YuxiangFollow India Open 2019 India Open 2019: Kidambi Srikanth enters first final since 2017India Open 2019: Kidambi Srikanth beat China’s Huang Yuxiang 16-21, 21-14, 21-19 in the men’s singles semi-final on Saturday to advance to the final of the tournament.advertisementlast_img read more

RR vs KKR, IPL 2019 broadcast: Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders Live Streaming

first_img India Today Web Desk JaipurApril 7, 2019UPDATED: April 7, 2019 16:16 IST RR vs KKK, IPL 2019 live stream: All eyes will be on in-form Andre Russell as KKR eye another win on Sunday ( Courtesy by BCCI)High on confidence after their magnificent victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will eye another dominant show when they take on Rajasthan Royals in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here on Sunday.On Friday, it was Andre Russell’s rampage, which powered Kolkata to a five-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore while chasing a massive 206-run target. The purple brigade are currently placed second in the league points table with three wins in four matches and the Dinesh Karthik-led side will aim to keep the momentum going against an average looking Rajasthan.On the other hand, Rajasthan lie seventh in the points table after managing just a win from four games.Kolkata batsmen Andre Russell, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana and Shubman Gill are in fine touch. After the win against bottom-placed RCB, Kolkata will carry the belief to win games from any situation, thanks to Russell, who has single-handedly won matches for them.Where will the IPL 2019 match between RR vs KKR be played?The IPL 2019 match between Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders will be played at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium from 8 PM IST.Where can I watch the IPL 2019 match between RR vs KKR live?The match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the IPL 2019 match between RR vs KKR?You can follow our coverage here – www.indiatoday.in/sports/ipl-2019 & www.indiatoday.in/sports.advertisementWhat are the squads for the IPL 2019 match between RR vs KKR?Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Krishnappa Gowtham, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Gopal, Aryaman Birla, S. Midhun, Prashant Chopra, Stuart Binny, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Steve Smith, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mahipal Lomror, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas, Shashank Singh, Liam Livinstone, Shubham Rajane, Manan Vohra, Ashton Turner, Riyan Parag.Kolkata Knight Riders: Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel (WK), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Shivam Dube, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Washington Sundar, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Heinrich Klaasen (WK), Moeen Ali, Colin de Grandhomme, Pawan Negi, Tim Southee, Akshdeep Nath, Milind Kumar, Devdutt Padikkal, Gurkeerat Singh, Prayas Ray Barman, Kulwant Kejroliya, Navdeep Saini, Himmat Singh.Also 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 Rajasthan RoyalsFollow Kolkata Knight RidersFollow RR vs KKRFollow IPL 2019Follow IPL 2019 live stream RR vs KKR, IPL 2019 broadcast: Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders Live StreamingRR vs KKR Match: Rajasthan Royals (RR) will lock horns with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Match 20 of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2019).advertisementlast_img read more

Hyundai Kona electric vehicle explodes inside a garage in Montreal, Canada

first_img Next Varun Singh July 29, 2019UPDATED: July 29, 2019 11:56 IST Hyundai Kona was launched in India on July 9.HIGHLIGHTSThe incident is being investigated by the Montreal fire department.Hyundai had launched Kona in India on July 9.Kona has an ARAI-certified range of 452 km per full charge.A Hyundai Kona electric vehicle caught fire and exploded inside the garage of a bungalow on July 26 in Ile Bizard, Montreal (Canada). The EV was reportedly plugged in when the explosion took place.The incident is being investigated by the Montreal fire department. The owner of Hyundai Kona had bought the electric vehicle in March, CBC reported. While no one was injured, the force of the blast was such that the door of the garage was ripped off and landed across the street.Hyundai had launched Kona in India on July 9 for a starting price of Rs 25.30 lakh (ex-showroom, India). On July 19, the carmaker reported that it had received 120 confirmed bookings for Hyundai Kona in India.Hyundai Kona is available in 15 dealerships across 11 cities in India. A permanent-magnet synchronous electric motor is available with the electric SUV. It delivers 136 PS and 395 Nm of peak torque and is offered with a shift-by-wire automatic transmission. Powering the motor is a 39.2 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery with liquid-cooling technology. It gets Eco+, Eco, Comfort and Sport driving modes and is capable of making 0-100 kmph in just 9.7 seconds. The company has provided paddle shifters for adjustable regenerative braking. The vehicle’s ARAI-certified range is 452 km per full charge.Hyundai Kona features an intaglio patterned front grille with an integrated charging port, bi-function LED headlamps with LED DRLs, LED tail lamps and skid plate. It also gets 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails and rear spoiler. Inside the cabin of Kona, there are features like leather seats, multi-function steering wheel, fully digital instrument cluster and 17.77 cm floating touchscreen infotainment with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.advertisementALSO READ | Kia Seltos units for customers to be rolled off from production facility on July 31ALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki Ertiga CNG launched in India, price starts at Rs 8.88 lakhALSO READ | 2020 Royal Enfield Classic spied testing againGet 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 byVarun Singh Tags :Follow Hyundai Kona blastFollow Hyundai Kona Hyundai Kona electric vehicle explodes inside a garage in Montreal, CanadaHyundai Kona’s owner had reportedly bought the electric vehicle in March. While no one was injured, the force of the blast was such that the door of the garage was ripped off and landed across the street.advertisementlast_img read more