a month agoNapoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly buzzing: I do this for our fans

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly buzzing: I do this for our fansby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly was floating after their victory over Champions League opponents Liverpool.Koulibaly was outstanding for the 2-0 win.He said at the final whistle: “I arrived late to pre-season training as I was at the Africa Cup of Nations and Kostas Manolas had joined a new team, so it took us a while to learn how to play together and we conceded a lot of goals, but we’re improving.“I try to give 110 per cent to these fans, as they give me so much love and I want to repay them. “I throw myself into challenge for them, as I want to take the Napoli colours to the top, so it fills my heart when they cheer for me.” last_img read more

14 days agoBig Serie A interest arriving for Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Big Serie A interest arriving for Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozilby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSerie A interest is arriving for Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil.Ozil is on the outer at the Gunners this season.Fenerbahce have entered into negotiations with Arsenal about a loan deal for the German.But Calciomercato.it reports there is also interest from Italy.Inter Milan, AC Milan and Napoli are all ready to make a move for Ozil ahead of the January market. last_img

USWNT opens 2019 with 3-1 loss to France

first_imgA two-goal showing from Kadidiatou Diani saw the U.S. women’s national team fall in the side’s opening match of 2019, taking a 3-1 loss at the hands of France. After going unbeaten throughout 2018, the USWNT came into the World Cup year riding high, kicking off the 2019 slate with a friendly against World Cup host France in Le Havre. But Diani’s star showing was enough to doom Jill Ellis’ outfit to a defeat to one of the few teams to have taken points off of them last year.  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? Her first of the night came following a brilliant run down the right from Delphine Cascarino​, who cut back into the box for Diani, who had started the move in the midfield, to slam home just nine minutes in. Not the start the USWNT envisioned…Diani starts France’s attack brilliantly and finishes it for the 1-0 lead just 9 minutes in. pic.twitter.com/gDypSLq5o3— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) January 19, 2019The U.S. seemed to repond well enough to the early strike, but Diani broke the game open with her second of the night 10 minutes after the break. A ball in down the right gave the 23-year-old just enough space to send a lofted shot to the back post, leaving USWNT goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher​ stranded. Oh my 😲What a goal by Diani for France. pic.twitter.com/FT6SMviEJX— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) January 19, 2019Marie-Antoinette Katoto made it 3-0 in favor of France in the 78th, cementing the win for the French side. Mallory Pugh​ pulled one back for the USA late on but it would not be enough to salvage a result. The loss broke a 28-match unbeaten run for the U.S. but shouldn’t have come as a huge shock. France has earned three wins and two draws against the USWNT over the course of their last 10 meetings and the French side is among the favorites to win this summer’s World Cup, having stretched its own unbeaten run to nine games. The two teams faced off just once in 2018, playing out a 1-1 draw.last_img read more

Salah compared to Pogba in ‘hostile’ diving debate

first_imgThe diving debate surrounding Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is considered to be “totally unacceptable” and “hostile”, with Robbie Fowler suggesting that the Egyptian is being singled out as an “overseas player”.The Reds star has faced plenty of criticism over recent weeks for a supposed willingness to go to ground too easily.Decisions have gone for and against him when taking a tumble, with Liverpool benefiting from penalty calls. 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? Fowler believes Salah has had every right to hit the deck when touched, with players at other clubs – such as Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba – proving that referees only act when they are made aware of obvious contact.The Reds legend wrote in The Mirror: “I’ve been shaking my head in disbelief at the criticism aimed at Mohamed Salah in recent weeks for what people have been particularly eager to call cheating.“It’s been sustained and hostile, and I’m wondering why.“Why it’s been much worse than that aimed at Harry Kane this season, for instance, or in the past say Michael Owen or David ­Beckham (and I’m not singling them out!).“We have to be very careful as football fans. We need to stop and think about whether Salah is being targeted for where he comes from and who he is.“It seems like stereotyping, and­ possibly because he’s an overseas player.“If that is the case, it’s totally ­unacceptable.”Mohamed Salah Vincent Kompany Manchester City Liverpool Premier League 03012019Fowler added: “Yes, there have been times when Salah has gone over a bit ­theatrically, ­sometimes he may have gone down a bit easily.“Two things. One, who doesn’t now? Two, he’s ­almost always been kicked.“In fact, he has been kicked mercilessly for 18 months. And if he doesn’t go down in a way which lets the ref see he’s been kicked, then will he get the decision? No chance.“Watching the Arsenal-Manchester United game on Friday, Paul Pogba went through early, got hacked from behind, but didn’t go down and then lost the ball. No free-kick.“Soon after, goes through again, gets pulled back slightly. What does he do? Of course, he goes down, because otherwise he knows if he tries to get a shot off and fails, he gets nothing again. It is not as simple as people are making out.“If Salah were this massive cheat people seem to be trying to portray him as, why was the penalty he ­converted against Newcastle at the end of December the first awarded for Liverpool at Anfield in 18 months?“In that time, he’s scored almost 50 league goals, and not one until this past Boxing Day was a penalty in a home game.”Fowler is not the first to offer his support to Salah in the simulation row, but the likes of John Aldridge – another Liverpool icon – have warned the 26-year-old that he risks earning an unwanted reputation if the theatrics continue. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Q&A With OddsShark’s Jon Campbell: Breaking Down Bowl Season Betting

first_imgTwo footballs with the Florida Gators logo on them.(Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)With bowl season getting into full swing this week, we spoke to OddsShark gambling expert Jon Campbell about betting on the bowls and the College Football Playoff.(Note: this interview was conducted on Thursday, December 22.)The Spun: Washington is currently a 14.5 point underdog to Alabama in the Peach Bowl semifinal game. The Huskies have been great this year, but had their worst performance of the season against probably the most talented team on the schedule: USC. Do you think the Huskies have a realistic chance of keeping this one close? (Ed. note: the line is now down to 14 points at most sportsbooks.)Jon Campbell: I like Alabama to cover the spread here. I think the spread’s still a little too low, I would’ve had Alabama closer to a 17-point favorite. I like Alabama at 14.5. Not too much shocks me anymore in sports and college football, but I think it would be a surprise for me and a lot of people if Washington does up winning this one. If you look at the moneyline, the payout is 6-1, so it’s not the craziest thing you’ve ever heard if Washington does end up winning this one, but it would be unlikely.One thing I do like about them is that they take really good care of the ball. They’re No. 1 in the nation in turnover margin this year, so it’s going to be interesting.The Spun: Over in the other semifinal, Ohio State and Clemson are pretty evenly matched, Ohio State’s a three-point favorite right now, but have had some moments of inconsistency this season. Which do you trust more in the Fiesta Bowl?Campbell: Clemson’s the best bowl bet in the nation since 2012, they’re 5-0 against the spread, so it’s tough for me to bet against them here. They were 3.5-point underdogs for a long time and that line has come down. I like Clemson a lot more at +3.5, but I do think they can win this game. I think they match-up really well, and Deshaun Watson’s going to be a tough test for Ohio State as he is for everyone, and I just love this defensive front for Clemson. I love the Buckeyes too, they’re obviously a great team, but I do think Clemson has a really good shot to win this one straight up. I think they’re going to give Ohio State a lot of trouble.The Spun: A number of bowl games feature interesting variables due to the coaching carousel. We’ve already seen Houston lose without Tom Herman, and WKU not miss a beat without Jeff Brohm. Overall, do you see any real trends for teams in the middle of a coaching transition, or is it more of a crap shoot?Campbell: You kind of took the answer out of my mouth there. It really depends from team to team. With Houston losing Tom Herman, you’d think with that one they’d be the least affected, because the offensive coordinator now becomes the head coach, with Major Applewhite, but I think they had a real let down in their bowl game and the last game of the season with the coaching change. And then Western Kentucky, they don’t miss a beat without Jeff Brohm.So it’s one of these things that I think the media likes to talk about more in general than it actually affects the team. I think nowadays the players, even at the college level, know the coaches could change at any time, so I think it is a bigger deal to the media than it is to the point spread, but it is something to pay attention to.The Spun: Is there one prominent factor that you look at above the others when it comes to picking a bowl game?Campbell: You have to look at which conferences are playing one another, and some conferences are better than others of course. That’s the first thing that always jumps out to me, and that’s a really quick handicap. The next thing I look at is defense first when I’m handicapping football in general, and I think most recreational bettors start with offense first, but I look with defense, and how well that defense matches up with the strength of the other team’s offense. That’s where I start.The Spun: I think in bowl season, it seems to be a general thought that there’s more offense than normal, and we saw that in that Memphis-Western Kentucky game, but I saw you tweet on Wednesday that it was the first game to hit the over. Through the first eight bowls, we’re at 1-7 in over-unders. Is there something going on this year that you think has impacted the total points, or is it the randomness of bowl season?Campbell: No, it’s just the way it goes, and it almost always balances out. The numbers are almost a perfect 50/50 when you look back to the 2012 season. And year-to-year, it balances out really close to 50/50, so there’s actually a little bit of an advantage to bettors now that we know the under has come in, and knowing that it balances out, I would recommend keeping a closer eye and look to the over first, because it should come around.(Ed. Note: After today’s Army win over North Texas, the over-under record is 8-9, with seven of the last nine games going over. Good call, Jon.)The Spun: Which of the remaining match-ups do you think is flying under the radar, but could be one of the more fun games left on the slate?Campbell: I think maybe the Belk Bowl in Charlotte on Dec. 29, Arkansas vs. Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech’s favored by seven, the total is 62. You’ve got two balanced offenses there that can do different things on offense, and I think that we might see a lot of points in this one, and I think it could be a close game. This is one that’s definitely flying under the radar and isn’t being talked about much, but it could be a fun game.The Spun: If you could only place one bet for the remainder of this bowl season, what would it be?Campbell: This is always a tough one because I like to lay a lot of bets, but if I had to pick one, it might be South Carolina getting 10 points against South Florida in the Birmingham Bowl. And that’s another bowl game that nobody really cares about but going back to the conference thing, this is an SEC team, the best conference all year, every year it seems, and they have a great defense that has 25 takeaways this season. So with them getting double digits, I think all of the focus is on South Florida’s offense, and it’s a great offense, but I think they’re going to be in tough against a pretty good SEC defense here that can also turn the ball over, and I just think 10 points is too many.The Spun: That should definitely be an interesting one, and we talked before about coaches leaving. It’ll be hard to know what the impact of Willie Taggart going to Oregon will be. To wrap up, does anyone manage to upset Alabama, or does the Crimson Tide take home the national title?Campbell: I like Alabama. I know that’s not a really exciting answer, but they’re just too good this year. I don’t think anyone will beat them. Over a 60 minute game, they just do everything so well, and they’re going to beat whomever they have to play.—Check out OddsShark for everything you need to know about betting this bowl season. Jon Campbell can be found on Twitter @JonnyOddsShark.last_img read more

Cillessen tired of critics after Nations League defeat

first_imgJasper Cillessen has hit back at the criticism which he has been subjected to following the Netherlands’ defeat to Portugal in the Nations League final.The Barcelona goalkeeper was questioned about his role in  Sunday’s loss in Porto as Goncalo Guedes scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory for the hosts.Cillessen did get a hand to the shot but was unable to keep it out, though he insists he was unsighted. 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? “I saw the ball very late, because Denzel Dumfries and Daley Blind were standing there. And Guedes’ shot was pretty hard,” Cillessen told FOX Sports. That victory handed the inaugural Nations League title to Portugal but the Dutch will feel disappointed that they did not put up a better fight. A large part of the blame for the defeat has been put at the door of Cillessen, who believes that he has become a scapegoat for his national team.”In the Netherlands, we go very easy on that. I already received some messages: the Dutch media write a lot about it and I’m a little tired of that.“I saw the ball late and he hit it pretty hard. That’s the only thing I’ve seen right now. Anyway, we always criticise someone very easily in the Netherlands.”It was not only in the final that Cillessen attracted bad press. In the semi-final against England  he received negative reviews for his failure to stop Marcus Rashford’s penalty.Many Dutch fans took to social media to lament Cillessen’s penalty saving record, saying that the goalkeeper dived too early for the Englishman’s spot kick.”I will be careful what I say: I’m a little tired of that as well. It’s too easy to say that, especially if you check out Rashford’s last few penalties. “It’s too easy what everyone has said about it. I really don’t like it.”Serving as the second choice goalkeeper at Barcelona has also led to questions around his future at club level, too.Numerous goalkeepers around Europe have been linked with the Spanish champions, who are rumoured to be in the market for a new shot-stopper, but Cillessen will not be rushed into any decision.According to Marca , the Netherlands international is happy to bide his time and wait until returning from his holiday to make any decision on his future.”I still have not considered anything,” said Cillessen.”I want to go on holiday, then I’ll meet with my agent and we’ll talk.”last_img read more

‘It’s not a question for me’ – Sporting manager on Man Utd target Fernandes

first_imgSporting CP head coach Marcel Keizer said the future of Bruno Fernandes is a question for the club’s board amid ongoing links to Manchester United.Fernandes has been tipped to join United throughout the transfer window and talk of a switch to Old Trafford has gathered pace with the Premier League season on the horizon.Sunday’s Portuguese Super Cup – which Sporting lost 5-0 at the hands of rivals Benfica – was widely seen as a potential Fernandes farewell before leaving Lisbon. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Portugal international Fernandes was a topic of conversation post-match and Keizer told reporters: “Bruno Fernandes is an important player.”Will he stay? It’s not a question for me, but for the management.”Fernandes scored 20 goals – 31 in all competitions – and supplied 13 assists in the Primeira Liga last season as Sporting finished third.The 24-year-old played the full 90 minutes as Sporting were humiliated by Primeira Liga champions Benfica on Sunday.Pizzi scored a brace, while Rafa Silva, Alex Grimaldo and Chiquinho were also on target against Sporting, who had Idrissa Doumbia sent off in the 89th minute.”It’s a night to forget,” Keizer added. “We had a good chance to score, but we couldn’t. We never gave up trying to score even after we were losing by two and three goals. Benfica also created a lot of chances and managed to score.”It will be a very difficult week, but we have a match for the championship next week and we have to prepare it.”Keizer’s Sporting open their league campaign away to Maritimo on Sunday.last_img read more

Tonight Is A Huge Night For Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray

first_imgkyler murray plays at ohio stateOklahoma’s football team is still three months away from playing a regular season game, but the fate of the Sooners’ 2018 campaign might be riding on what happens on this June evening. That might seem hyperbolic, but it really isn’t.The 2018 MLB Draft begins tonight. Oklahoma’s quarterback, Kyler Murray, is a potential first-round pick.Murray’s coach, Lincoln Riley, has said that his quarterback will be with the team this summer. He will not be playing baseball, he says.The quarterback is going to have a decision to make, though. And, depending on what happens tonight, it could be an extremely difficult one.If an MLB team falls in love with Murray and takes him somewhere in the first round, offering him a seven-figure signing bonus, is he really going to opt to return to college football?We’re going to see.QB or not QB: OU’s Murray a top MLB Draft talent. #Sooners”He’s still in the process of maturing as an athlete. He’s dynamic, he’s physical. He reminds me of Andrew McCutchen.”https://t.co/1IDjFIcLwW— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) June 1, 2018The MLB Draft starts at 7 p.m. E.T. It will be televised on the MLB Network.last_img read more

Brent Musburger’s New Tweet About Katherine Webb Is Going Viral

first_imgKatherine Webb and Dee Dee Bonner at Alabama football game.Former ESPN broadcaster Brent Musburger, who’s now doing sports gambling things out in Las Vegas, won college football Twitter on Sunday night.The legendary broadcaster had a tweet about Katherine McCarron, formerly Katherine Webb, the wife of Oakland Raiders quarterback AJ McCarron.AJ McCarron was recently traded from Buffalo to Oakland.Musburger took to Twitter to welcome him to the franchise, including a comment about his “beautiful” wife.“Welcome A.J. McCarron to the Raider family. Can’t wait for the “beautiful “ Mrs. McCarron to join us in Oakland,” he wrote.Welcome A.J. McCarron to the Raider family. Can’t wait for the “beautiful “ Mrs. McCarron to join us in Oakland .— Brent Musburger (@brentmusburger) September 3, 2018Musburger and Katherine McCarron had a viral moment during Alabama’s national title win against Notre Dame several years back.Good for Brent for continuing to own it.last_img read more

TV Channel, Kickoff Time Announced For Notre Dame-Louisville

first_imgA closeup of a Notre Dame football helmet.ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: A detail view of a Notre Dame Fighting Irish players helmet showing the CFP logo during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic against the Clemson Tigers at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The first full weekend of college football will finish off with Notre Dame and Louisville on Labor Day. The television and kickoff info for that game is now out.Notre Dame players Asmar Bilal, Shaun Crawford and Chris Finke helped announce the game time and TV programming this afternoon. You can see their video below.The Fighting Irish and Cardinals will kick off at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, September 2 from Cardinal Stadium in Louisville.ESPN will broadcast the game. Before Commencement this weekend, our guys wanted to drop the kick time for our opener vs. Louisville.📍 Cardinal Stadium🏈 Irish vs. Cardinals📅 Monday – Sept. 2 – 8 p.m. ET📺 ESPN#GoIrish pic.twitter.com/xAaRqGcZoH— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) May 16, 2019Notre Dame and Louisville are coming off vastly different 2018 seasons. The Fighting Irish went undefeated in the regular season before losing to Clemson in the College Football Playoff national semifinal.The Cardinals, meanwhile, went 2-10 and winless in ACC play in 2018. They are entering Year One under new head coach Scott Satterfield.These two programs have only met once before, back in 2014. Louisville beat the Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium.This year’s game should be an interesting early test for both squads.last_img read more

KTM 390 Adventure again spied in India, seen with saddlebags

first_imgKTM 390 Adventure again spied in India, seen with saddlebagsKTM already has RC 390 and 390 Duke in its 390 arsenal and Adventure will be the third addition to it and the company is expected to price the new offering close to Rs 3 lakh (ex-showroom).advertisement india today digital New DelhiJanuary 29, 2019UPDATED: January 29, 2019 16:56 IST KTM 390 Adventure is based on the company’s 390 Duke (pictured above).HIGHLIGHTSKTM 390 Adventure will get the same engine that comes in 390 Duke.It will take on the likes of BMW G 310 GS and Kawasaki Versys X 300.The new bike gets a powerful steel trellis frame.KTM 390 Adventure has been spied testing again in Indian conditions and this time around the much-awaited bike sported camouflaged saddlebags on either side and a top case. At the moment, there is no official word on expected launch date and price of the motorcycle, but there are rumours that the company might introduce it in the later part of 2019.KTM already has RC 390 and 390 Duke in its 390 arsenal and Adventure will be the third addition to it. The company is expected to price the new offering close to Rs 3 lakh (ex-showroom).According to a report by ZigWheels.com, 390 Adventure will get the same engine that comes in 390 Duke — a 373.2 cc, single-cylinder engine producing 43.5 PS of power at 9,000 rpm and churning out 37 Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm. The engine will be mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Image Courtesy: ZigWheels.comThe spied image shows the bike having 19-inch front and 17-inch rear alloy whhels with disc brakes on both of them. It might have dual channel ABS. The bike gets a powerful steel trellis frame.KTM 390 Adventure is also expected to have halogen head lamps with LED DRLs and LED tail lights. The company might also give it digital speedometer, trip meter, tachometer, clock and fuel indicator.The new bike will take on the likes of BMW G 310 GS and Kawasaki Versys X 300. While BMW G 310 GS is priced at Rs 3.49 lakh (ex-showroom), Kawasaki Versys X 300 comes in with a price tag of Rs 4.69 lakh (ex-showroom).ALSO READ | Tata Motors makes ABS standard safety feature across all Tiago and Tigor variantsALSO READ | White most preferred colour choice among Indian car buyers in 2018ALSO READ | Suzuki V-Strom 650XT ABS launched in India at Rs 7.46 lakhadvertisementGet 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 Bike spiedFollow Motorcycle spiedFollow new bikeFollow Spy picturesFollow Spied pictures Nextlast_img read more

R Ashwin asks Cheteshwar Pujara to play an ‘important game’ in TNCA League

first_imgR Ashwin asks Cheteshwar Pujara to play an ‘important game’ in TNCA LeagueIndia’s dependable No.3 landed and scored 162 for MRC against Crombest Club giving another example of his commitment towards the game irrespective of the level of competition.advertisement Press Trust of India ChennaiMarch 13, 2019UPDATED: March 13, 2019 09:21 IST Cheteshwar Pujara plays only one format for India and last played for Saurashtra in Mushtaq Ali T20 (AP Photo)It took just a call from his national team colleague Ravichandran Ashwin and Cheteshwar Pujara was convinced that he needed to play an “important game” for his club MRC ‘A’ in Tamil Nadu CA’s first division league.India’s dependable No 3 landed and scored 162 for MRC against Crombest Club giving another example of his commitment towards the game irrespective of the level of competition.He plays only one format now and last played for Saurashtra in the Mushtaq Ali T20 where he scored a quickfire hundred.”Basically, I wanted to get some match practice in between and also you need to be in touch with the game. Ashwin told me it was an important game for the club, so I came over to play the match,” Pujara said in a matter-of-fact manner after turning up for MRC”Obviously, I have had a long season and am trying to monitor my workload as well. Overall, I think when you are playing good cricket, it is good to play some odd matches in between and take things forward from here,” he added.That he thinks about the game is well known but he left everyone surprised when he said that one of the reasons for playing TNCA league was to get some good game time against spin bowling on tricky tracks.”I have heard good things about the TNCA league from some of the Saurashtra teammates. It is good to play on such wickets as playing on such pitches helps me prepare better. If you are doing well in club cricket, you gain a lot of confidence. When it comes to playing spin, this experience will help,” he added.advertisementPujara is happy that 2018 and early part of 2019 has gone well for him.”See…the important thing is to be in touch with the game. Also, I have been batting well this season. It has been fantastic. I think especially the Australia series was really important and the way we played. Even personally I think it gave me lot of confidence… I have realised my game even better.”He is happy that he is more than made up for his bad patch in Test cricket with a very good 2018-19.”It was a matter of time and I have been scoring runs regularly. There was a phase where I didn’t score too many runs in Test cricket. 2018 and (first part of) 2019 has been good so far and I would just like to continue from where I have left.”I was playing some matches for Saurashtra. I played Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and scored some runs even there. So things are changing. I am scoring runs even in shorter formats now,” he told reporters here after scoring 162 at No.3 for MRC ‘A’ against Crombest RC in a TNCA First Division match here.The MRC ‘A’ team is led by India Test spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who has played a few matches in the local league this season.Pujara once again stressed that he never felt any pressure of being compared to the legendary Rahul Dravid.”When I started my career, I always thought I should not be compared to Rahul bhai since he has scored more than 10,000 runs in Test and even ODI cricket. He (Dravid) has publicly said that let him be the first Cheteswhar Pujara rather than Rahul Dravid.The MRC ‘A’ coach M Venkataramana, a former India player, said having Pujara in the team was a good one as it provided him a great experience to handle a high-profile player.”It is a great experience to handle such a high profile player. To have Ashwin along with him, it will help budding cricketers in the side.He also said by interacting with the likes of Pujara and Ashwin, the young cricketers will learn a lot and would also get new ideas from the experienced stars.”Being around with international cricketers like Pujara and Ashwin will help the players in the team as they will offer new ideas. The youngsters can gain a lot by watch the big stars prepare for the game and imbibe new things,” he added.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Cheteshwar PujaraFollow R AshwinFollow TNCA LeagueFollow MRC AFollow Crombest ClubFollow Team Indialast_img read more

It’s unbelievable: Aaron Finch revels in historic ODI series vs India

first_img (50.0) view full scorecard vs Match Ended Top Bowlers Top Bowlers India (50.0) 100 (106) Australia beat India by 35 runs Australia AUS 237 view more view less Australia in India, 5 ODI Series, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 13:30 (Local Time) Match Ended India Today Web Desk DelhiMarch 13, 2019UPDATED: March 13, 2019 22:13 IST Australia beat India 3-2 in the five-match ODI series in India. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia beat India by 35 runs in the 5th ODI in DelhiAaron Finch said the Australian team can win the World CupUsman Khawaja said it was “fun scoring hundreds” and “even more fun winning games”Australia captain Aaron Finch was over the moon after Australia registered their first one-day international series win since January 17 as they beat Virat Kohli’s men in India 3-2 in the five-match ODI series on Wednesday. Australia were trailing 0-2 in the series after the first two ODIs but fought back remarkably to clinch the series.Finch said it was incredible the way the Australia cricket team fought back and that he was very proud of the group for coming back in the series the way they did.”It’s unbelievable. The resilience and the fight that we showed was incredible. We’ve had our backs against the wall for a while now, but I’m really proud of the group for coming back,” Finch said at the post-match presentation ceremony.INDIA VS AUSTRALIA 5TH ODI: REPORT | HIGHLIGHTSFinch said that Australia had a balanced side and backed this team to win the 2019 ICC World Cup in England and Wales. He was happy with the performances in the series despite the early losses.”It’s important to have a balanced side. We need a good balance of attack and defence. You need good batsmanship on these wickets against these really talented guys like Kuldeep, Chahal and Jaddu.”Like I said, people have written us off for quite a while now, but the team that we have can win us the series, and they can win us the World Cup. It was a great series all round even though India beat us resoundingly in Nagpur,” Finch further said.advertisementUsman Khawaja, who was named the man-of-the-match and the man-of-the-series for his two hundreds and a total of 383 runs in the series overall. Khawaja was very excited about his performance and the series win.”It’s a lot of fun scoring hundreds and even more fun winning games. Very good to come back from 0-2 down, and never easy to beat India at home. Very excited,” Khawaja said at the presentation ceremony.Khawaja lauded the entire team for their collective effort that led to Australia beating India in India and revealed that even after the losses in the first two games, the atmosphere in the dressing room was great.”I just played depending on the conditions. Our spinners, and our batters adapted really well and at the end of the day, it was a really good team performance. That good partnership in the third game, Finch batted beautifully, there have been tough wickets and high-scoring ones.”The batters chipped in, the bowling group chipped in, and credit to all the support staff because the atmosphere was really great even after we lost the first two games. We had a lot of fun. Even when we lost the first two games, we had a good vibe in the dressing room.”Also Read | Usman Khawaja in Kohli, de Villiers league after Delhi ODI hundredAlso Read | Rohit Sharma third fastest to reach 8000 runs in ODIsAlso Read | Virat Kohli amused after Ravindra Jadeja’s theatrical appeal in Delhi ODIFor 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 Aaron FinchFollow India vs AustraliaFollow India vs Australia 5th ODIFollow Usman Khawaja (50.0) 272/9 Usman Khawaja (AUS) U. Khawaja (AUS) India IND Series Status: Australia wins the 5 ODI series 3-2 Player Of The Match: Usman Khawaja Player Of The Series: Usman Khawaja graphs It’s unbelievable: Aaron Finch revels in historic ODI series vs IndiaIndia vs Australia: Aaron Finch said it was “incredible” the way the Australian cricket team fought back after going 0-2 down in the five-ODI series and that he was very proud of the guys. Toss: AUS elected to bat – Australia AUS Australia in India, 5 ODI Series, 2019, 5th ODI 3/46 (10) Rohit Sharma (IND) R. Sharma (IND) Adam Zampa (AUS) A. Zampa (AUS) 272/9 (50.0) commentary Australia in India, 5 ODI Series, 2019 Australia 3/48 (10) Scorecard Bhuvneshwar Kumar (IND) B. Kumar (IND) Super Over 56 (89) Referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SL) Umpires: CK Nandan (IND), Joel Wilson (WI) and Kumar Dharmasena (SL) Top Batsmen Top Batsmen No data available! 237 advertisement India INDlast_img read more

Tata Sky changes prices for its regional channel packs: Price, channel list and all you need to know

first_imgTata Sky changes prices for its regional channel packs: Price, channel list and all you need to knowTata Sky has altered the prices of its regional channel packs. Most packs have seen a drop in the price and altered channel list.advertisement Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiMay 31, 2019UPDATED: June 3, 2019 09:57 IST HIGHLIGHTSMost regional channel packs get extra channels for slightly reduced prices.Tata Sky reduced the prices of its Set-Top boxes earlier as well.The Binge service also offers access to many popular OTT platforms at Rs 249 per month.The DTH market has recently seen a lot of action, especially after the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) came in with the new regulations. While the intention of the new regulations was to make the entire DTH and cable TV sector more transparent and fair, it ended up raising overall costs. To adjust the prices and ensure no migration to OTT platforms, all DTH operators have been offering custom channels packs at reduced prices, especially when compared to the new system. Tata Sky has also been doing the same for a while and has recently come up with revised prices for its channels.The newly revised channel packs spotted first by Telecom Talk, carry revised pricing and updated channel lists. Beginning with the Gujarati Regional pack, the revised plan now offers five channels instead of four channels. The additional channel does increase the price too – instead of the older price of Rs 7 per month, the new pricing stands at Rs 8.49.On the other hand, the Tamil Family Sports Pack offers an additional channel, increasing the total number of channels to 77. However, this pack now comes at a lower price of Rs 254.27. Similarly, the Telugu Family Sports Pack now costs Rs 282 and also gets one extra channel. Tata Sky also altered other channel packs such as the Kannada Family Sports HD, Malayalam Family Sports HD, Hindi Starter, Hindi Starter HD, Kannada Smart Plan and others.The reduction in prices is mostly Tata Sky’s attempt to make its channel bouquets more appealing than before. If you look at the prices of custom channel packs from all operators, it becomes evident that Tata Sky is one of the costliest STH services and with the new regulations in place, it makes sense for people to make the jump to other DTH services or OTT platforms.advertisementTata Sky has also been reducing prices in other areas as well. Recently, it reduced the prices of its set-top boxes by Rs 400. Therefore, the Standard Definition box now costs Rs 1,600 while the High Definition Box now costs Rs 1,800.To capture the migrants to OTT platforms, Tata Sky also introduced its Binge service that offers a single subscription of Rs 249 per month, which includes access to some popular OTT platforms such as Hotstar, SunNXT, Hungama and more. Those who opt for the Binge service also get a custom Amazon Fire TV Stick as part of the package.ALSO READ | Major price cuts for Tata Sky Set-Top Boxes: Both HD and SD boxes get Rs 400 cheaper ALSO READ | New DTH regulations have made 49 per cent consider switching to online streaming servicesALSO READ | Soon, you may no more need to buy a Set Top Box while changing your DTH connectionGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow Tata SkyFollow DTHlast_img read more

Pakistan mulling split captaincy and coaching after early World Cup exit

first_imgPakistan mulling split captaincy and coaching after early World Cup exitInzamam-ul-Haq had announced that he will be stepping down from his post of Pakistan cricket chief selector, as he would not seek a contract renewal.advertisement Press Trust of India KarachiJuly 21, 2019UPDATED: July 21, 2019 16:56 IST Pakistan is presently sixth in the ODI rankings and number one in T20s. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan could have separate captains and head coaches for Test and limited-overs cricketPCB Managing Director Wasim Khan met with Wasim Akram, who is a member of the Cricket Committee, in LondonPakistan will be playing only three ODIs but nine to 10 T20s before the T20 Asia Cup and T20 World CupPakistan could have separate captains and head coaches for Test and limited-overs cricket following its failure to qualify for the World Cup semifinals in England.A well-placed source in the Pakistan Cricket Board told PTI that when the Cricket Committee meets later this month, a proposal to split the captaincy and coaching for the different formats would be up for discussion.”Since Pakistan has to play eight Tests of the World Test Championship against Sri Lanka, Australia, Bangladesh and England before the T20 World Cup in Australia next year, the PCB is pretty concerned about how to improve performance of the team in Tests,” the source said.Pakistan will be playing only three ODIs but nine to 10 T20s before the T20 Asia Cup and T20 World Cup next year, prompting PCB to consider separate captains and coaches for red and white-ball cricket,” he said.He said PCB Managing Director Wasim Khan met with Wasim Akram, who is a member of the Cricket Committee, in London earlier this month. The former captain and fast bowler had advised the MD that the board should retain Sarfaraz and Mickey Arthur for the limited overs cricket until the T20 World Cup.”But the board is now considering the option of having separate captains and head coaches for Test and limited overs cricket with the support staff i.e manager, bowling coach, batting coach, trainer, fielding coach, physiotherapist remaining the same for all formats.”Pakistan is presently sixth in the ODI rankings and number one in T20s but it is in Test cricket where Sarfaraz and Arthur have failed to achieve anything notable in last two and half years. The Test team is languishing at number seven in the ICC rankings having lost home series to Sri Lanka, New Zealand before being outclassed in South Africa.advertisementThe source said if the board decides to split the red ball and white ball captains and head coach positions than senior batsmen Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali are likely to be the top candidates for the captaincy.Also Read | India tour of West Indies: Saha, Rohit back in India Test squad, Dhawan returns to ODI sideAlso Read | Ambati Rayudu was emotional but the selectors are emotional too: MSK PrasadAlso 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Pakistan Cricket BoardFollow Test cricketFollow ODI Cricketlast_img read more

We did not feel the need to rest: Umesh on Kohli’s decision to enforce follow-on vs SA in Pune Test

first_imgWe did not feel the need to rest: Umesh on Kohli’s decision to enforce follow-on vs SA in Pune TestUmesh Yadav, who made a superb comeback in the team in Pune, insists there is healthy competition among the fast bowlers in the Indian Test squad.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk PuneOctober 14, 2019UPDATED: October 14, 2019 11:07 IST Umesh Yadav played his first Test in nearly a year for India (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSUmesh Yadav returned match figures of 6 for 59 in the Pune Test vs South AfricaUmesh was playing his first Test for India since the match vs Australia in Perth in Dec. last yearUmesh has only featured in 6 of India’s last 19 Test matches due to the competition among pacers in the squadIndia fast bowler Umesh Yadav once again reminded the selectors and team management of his capabilities with the red ball with his outstanding performance in the second Test against South Africa.Umesh, who was brought into the Test squad as a replacement for the injured Jasprit Bumrah for this series, bagged 6 wickets in the match – 3 in each innings – as India crushed South Africa by an innings and 137 runs in the Pune Test to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series on Sunday.Umesh, who was playing his first Test since the match against Australia in Perth in December last year, has only featured in 6 of India’s last 19 matches due to the competition he is facing from teammates Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who are the first-choice speedsters for India in the longest format.But Umesh insists that the competition among the pacers is healthy and that everyone will gets equal chances to perform.Another one gone! @y_umesh picks up his 3rd wicket. De Bruyn departs.Live – https://t.co/IMXND6rdxV #INDvSA pic.twitter.com/72maBVaLbDBCCI (@BCCI) October 12, 2019″This is part and parcel [of the game], it will keep happening as long as I play cricket. These situations will keep coming, and I know I have to be ready when I get my chance. For that, it’s important to stay positive, keep playing the game, and stay focused,” Umesh said after the Pune Test.Umesh says that he makes sure to play domestic cricket whenever he is not picked for India to keep himself fit and ready for selection in the national team.advertisement”I always make sure I keep getting match practice, whether it’s Ranji Trophy or India A or anything else. These are the things that give me positivity, and my focus remains sharp because the more matches you play, the more match practice you have, which is very important, because as much as you may bowl in the nets, it’s different when you play matches and know how you’re supposed to bowl, what planning you need to do.”These things (selection) aren’t in my hands. I can’t say, ‘no, I need to play every Test match’. All the bowlers are good, all of them are doing well, and there’s healthy competition. Whoever does well will keep playing. At some stage, each of us will get chances, and when that happens, I need to be ready, positive, and focused,” Umesh said.Umesh Yadav also spoke about India’s decision to enforce the follow-on against the Proteas on Day 4 and revealed that all the bowlers were fresh and raring to have a go at the opposition again, despite having bowled 105.4 overs in South Africa’s first innings.”All bowlers said that we are ready if follow-on is enforced as we didn’t feel the need to rest. The intent was to win, and not, ‘let’s bat a bit and stretch the game’,” Umesh said.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Umesh YadavFollow India vs South Africa 2nd TestFollow Pune Testlast_img read more

5 Bold Scarves to Rock this Winter

first_img How to Treat a Snake Bite When You’re Stuck in a Worst-Case Scenario The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt As the weather gets colder, we’re looking for ways to stay handsome while staying warm. And it’s no easy task as those of you who live in colder climates know. We love layering and overcoats and big boots, but piling on the winter accessories can be a little daunting. You need to keep your head, hands and neck warm when the temperature really drops without looking like Randy from A Christmas Story. Luckily, one of our favorite street style trends from the fall 2013 men’s shows is big, bold, toasty-warm scarves. And we’re not necessarily talking bold as in loud but rather bold as in BIG.From bright colors to strong, graphic patterns to scarves so big they could double as blankets, this winter accessory is definitely a must in terms of both style and comfort. A great scarf can tie an outfit together just as well as it can keep you warm. Check out some of our favorite bold winter scarves below and embrace the plunging temperatures.Club Monaco Reps Stripe ScarfNothing brightens a cold winter day like a bright, graphic scarf. We love this silk version’s bold, vibrant stripes and light fringe detail. $69.50, Club MonacoBMC The Kikyo Hooded Infinity ScarfWe love that this hooded scarf kills two cold weather birds with one stone. Wear the hood up if you want to keep your ears warm or down if you’re simply not feeling it. $34.30, KarmaloopScotch & Soda Blanket Fringe ScarfWe love a Southwestern print in muted colors, and this Scotch & Soda scarf makes a statement without going over-the-top. The cotton/wool blend will keep you comfortable and warm. $89, Revolve ClothingUrban Outfitters Double Cable-Knit Eternity ScarfChunky and warm, this eternity scarf is available in four essentials colors. But we love the deep burgundy with a black, navy or camel coat. $34, Urban OutfittersPendelton Tartan ThrowThat’s right, for those extra cold days, we have no shame grabbing our favorite blanket off the couch or bed and wrapping it around our necks for warmth. This Pendelton throw isn’t too outrageously big either. $149.50, Lands’ EndFeature image via Details.com 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

President Stays True to its Tuscan Design Roots for AW13/14

first_img1. President AW13/14 2. President AW13/14 3. President AW13/14 4. President AW13/14 Raleigh Denim Workshop Makes Jeans with Artistry and Ingenuity in the U.S.A. The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags When it comes to fit, quality fabrics and top-notch craftsmanship, Italian designers are unprecedented. Like some unspoken guarantee or silent seal of approval, we automatically expect pieces that fit like a glove and last a lifetime.Tuscan menswear label President is no exception. Founded in 1957, the brand dedicates an entire year to produce a single capsule collection. According to head designer Guido Biondi, who is the third generation of his family to head up the brand, it is his strict policy of sourcing every scrap of material and each crafting process from local artisans that equates to the brand’s supreme level of quality.For autumn/winter 2013/14, President present a collection inspired by the craftsmanship and design features of traditional military garments. Therein lies a subtly sartorial collection that does not break with function; these are clothes that will form the foundations of your everyday wardrobe and inspire a feeling of modernity via a comfortable sharpness. Of course, the Tuscan design spirit is evident in every stitch, hood and lapel. And the warm colour palette evokes street style images of Pitti Uomo’s usual suspects: cognac, salmon pink and burnt orange are the perfect companions to tailored chambray shirts and the Travel Nylon Gumm Jacket. Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men center_img Portion Control: The Best Meal Prep Containers on the Market Editors’ Recommendations Keep Your Pants On With the Best Belts for Menlast_img read more

Prepare for Your Next Disaster With Boltwell

first_img Everything You Need to Know About Van Life (and Some Cool Gear to Take Along for Ride) How to Identify, Treat, and Survive a Spider Bite How to Build an Apocalypse-Worthy Bug-Out Bag “Yo, what’s with all the camouflage?” asked Trae Nunnink when he was searching for survival kits online. Surviving a natural disaster or an attack can be the most harrowing experience someone has to go through, and imagine not being prepared. The trauma of surviving is difficult enough on its own, let alone without the necessary supplies, food and water you need to keep going. All Nunnink, the founder of Boltwell, saw was fear and panic-inducing websites, and, according to its website, “camouflage, more camouflage, and an overwhelming sense of panic.” So Nunnink, who worked as an advertising executive, decided to do something about it, so he started Boltwell. “It’s important to empower people with proper planning that leads to peace of mind. At Boltwell, we believe preparing for the unexpected doesn’t mean going off the deep end to get there.”Nunnink gathered experts on disaster-preparedness — professors, EMTs, general preparedness enthusiasts and a few seriously Type A personalities — and they worked for two years to figured out what products should go into Boltwell kits. Then Nunnink selected a package design that’s a departure from your typical survival kits. It has a little turtle with a handle.The foundation of Boltwell’s kits is the B*72, which has everything someone would need to survive for 72 hours, including a pocket lantern, pocket stove, a tube tent, water purification tablets, a medical kit, a radio and more. Boltwell also has a number of disaster-preparedness kits, like the B*66, its car kit that comes with a shovel, an LED flare and an emergency escape tool. The B*7, a pet kit, comes with a collar light, a collapsible bowl and a pet first aid kit. Next time you’re thinking of buying a survival kit, head to Boltwell. It could save your life. For more information, visit boltwell.com. Editors’ Recommendations The List of Must-Have Gear, Gadgets, and Services for Your Next Road Trip This 3-Pound Rapid Raft Is the World’s Lightest, Most Packable Raftlast_img read more

Restrap gets in the belt game with Link

first_img Editors’ Recommendations 5 Canadian Lifestyle Brands You Need to Know Where to Find Artwork to Match Your Style How Full Harvest and Misfits Market Are Saving Ugly Produce For nearly six years, Restrap — a cycling accessory company started by Bingley-based entrepreneur Nathan Hughes — has produced some of the most durable and high quality cycling gear available. From its famous pedal straps to its functional lineup of bags and pouches, everything bearing Restrap’s “Made in Yorkshire” logo touts superior craftsmanship and stellar design. Despite humble beginnings which saw Hughes working out of his home to start the business, an abundance of support, feedback, and backing allowed Restrap to continue to bring its first-rate products to cyclists all over the globe.Related: Sole and Ecco team up to craft an ultra-stylish commuter bicycleLooking to add to its already impressive lineup of accessories and gear, Restrap recently took to the popular crowdfunding website Kickstarter to help launch its brand new line of belts called Link. Ultra-functional yet incredibly stylish, Restrap created the Link belt to help those with active lifestyles find a belt which remained comfortable during the most rigorous of activities. While most belts require constant adjustments and fitting, the Link belt utilizes a unique magnetic buckle capable of being fastened, tightened, or removed all with the use of just one hand. After completing its highly successful campaign — it raised nearly $82.5k to an $11k goal — Restrap now has the ability to bring these uniquely tailored belts to life.Built with 30mm super strength elastic, a magnetic 30mm buckle, and finished with a leather Restrap label and belt loop, each Link belt has been constructed to last an eternity. To back this up, Hughes and company endorses each purchased Link belt with a lifetime guarantee against manufacturer defects. Moreover, each one of Restrap’s Link belts — along with all of its products — utilize locally sourced materials for construction and are carefully hand made at the company’s workshop in Leeds. Not often do you see a company as totally committed to its craft as Restrap, and this dedication allows the consumer to reap immense reward with the product.Armed with a successful Kickstart campaign — plus a stylish and functional design — without a doubt, Hughes and company created the ultimate on-the-go belt. Perfect for weekend warriors, avid adventurers, and everybody in between, the Link belt is an excellent addition to any summer repertoire. Though the crowdfunding campaign ended at the end of May, Restrap still allows customers the ability to pre-order this incredible belt through its website, and promises — even while filling its Kickstarter orders — to have them delivered by the end of July. We recommend getting onboard with these now; you won’t want to let this fantastic product pass you by. The Best Graphic Tee Companies to Liven Up Your Wardrobe The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bagslast_img read more