TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sporting CP target Liverpool winger Rafa Camachoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool are expected to release Rafa Camacho for loan next month.The Liverpool Echo says Sporting CP want their ex-academy star for the rest of the season, with a number of Championship clubs also interested.Camacho, 18, can play across the front line and was also used as a full-back in an impressive pre-season campaign under Jurgen Klopp.After starring in America, his performances in the Uefa Youth League have brought him plenty of suitors.The Portugal Under-20s international is yet to make his first-team debut but could be contention next season if he can gain experience on a short-term deal elsewhere.
Barcelona coach Valverde admits Dembele dismissal baffled himby Carlos Volcano19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde admits Ousmane Dembele’s dismissal against Sevilla baffled him.Dembele was sent off late in Barcelona’s win for comments made to the referee just moments after Ronald Araujo was shown a straight red himself.It has been reported that the Frenchman said “very bad, you’re very bad” to the referee, which saw him given his marching orders.”I don’t know what he said,” Valverde said when asked for his opinion in his post-match press conference.”But I don’t think it was too long a sentence.”With the Araujo dismissal on his debut, it didn’t seem like a foul to me.”Then the Dembele one is a mystery.”Looking at the match as a whole, Valverde was understandably delighted to finish with such a comprehensive scoreline.”It was a complicated and important game for us,” he explained.”They’ve had a lot of chances, but this is what it is.”They left spaces and we had more punch, which proved key.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic eyeing loan move awayby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea winger Christian Pulisic is eyeing a loan move away in January.The Daily Mailsays he is said to be considering asking for a loan move away from Chelsea if he is not given more opportunities soon.Pulisic has found himself falling down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge just three months after completing his £58million move from Borussia Dortmund.The 21-year-old has been an unused sub in the last three Premier League matches – and hasn’t been seen in top flight action since August.Now the American is open to the prospect of moving elsewhere in January if Frank Lampard continues to overlook him in his Chelsea plans. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Burnley defender Kevin Long admits lack of action frustratingby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley defender Kevin Long admits his lack of action this season is frustrating.The Republic of Ireland defender’s only appearance for the Clarets this season came in the EFL Cup exit at home to Sunderland in August. “It can be frustrating,” he told the Irish media.“If other lads for Burnley or Ireland are playing well, there’s not much I can do.“I spoke to Mick briefly about it in the past. He wants me playing games, first and foremost, but is aware of the position I’m in at Burnley.“He’s stuck by me and hopefully I can repay him for that.“If I get a chance on Saturday, I’ll be ready to take it with both hands. This match, and the trip to Switzerland on Tuesday, are huge games. They’re the type of you want to be involved in.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Leicester keeper Schmeichel says being late bloomer is career motivationby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel says being a late bloomer has helped his career motivation.The Dane made his international debut at 26, though is now regarded among the best keepers in the world. He reached a personal national team landmark last week against Switzerland. Schmeichel made super four saves in the 1-0 European Championships qualifying win.And the Foxes favourite admits his late career recognition is now working in his favour. At 32 years of age, Schmeichel insists he’s as ambitious and motivated as ever.Now boasting 50 caps, he was quoted by Bold as saying, “It was a big motivating factor that I was not involved in the national team earlier in my career, but I am grateful to be part of it now and it makes me proud to play 50 games for my country – now I just hope for 50 more.”If I don’t last five years, then I will be disappointed.”Indeed, while not taking anything for granted, Schmeichel is adamant that thoughts of retirement are far into the future. The goalkeeper, who is in his eighth year with Leicester, is determined to make the most of a period in his career where he is now reaching his peak. After spells with the likes of Darlington and Bury, Schmeichel is grateful for his current status in the game.He added: “You can’t plan in football. Anything can happen. You can get hurt tomorrow and not have the opportunity to come back, so you have to be grateful every time you are teamed up with the national team.”Every match I get in the Parken in front of such an audience, I am incredibly grateful for, because it happens so rarely. We must be proud of all the matches we can fight for the national team.”- updated 21/10 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
jamal danley facebook postIn 2014, Oklahoma posted an 8-5 record, finished fourth in the Big 12, and got blasted by Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl, 40-6. In the offseason, the Sooners made a number of coaching changes – especially on the offensive side of the ball – in an attempt to reestablish dominance in the conference. A year later, they’re 11-1 and a lock to make the College Football Playoff.Tuesday, junior offensive lineman Jamal Danley, who was a four-star JUCO transfer this year, posted a Facebook message that was written to him while he was making his decision on where to play in 2015. The post, which looks to have been sent by a fan, focuses on Oklahoma’s demise and calls Danley “SEC material.” Danley clearly finds it amusing, seeing where OU is right now.1 year later! pic.twitter.com/Z9HiJrX8NG— Jamal Danley™ (@JDanley54) November 30, 2015Oklahoma has off this week as it prepares for to play for a national championship. Apparently, not everyone saw that coming a year ago.
Twitter/@ESPNCFBOklahoma running back Joe Mixon is in hot water again.Mixon was suspended last night for this week’s game against Iowa State after an unspecified incident with a parking attendant. Details of the incident have since been reported, and they don’t paint Mixon in the best light.According to The Oklahoman, Mixon tore up a parking ticket he had received and threw it on the ground in front of the attendant.At 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Mixon was given a parking citation on the north oval, said his attorney, Blake Johnson.“He was frustrated, as most of us are when we get a ticket,” Johnson said. “He tore the ticket up in front of the parking attendant, and threw it on the ground.”Later that afternoon, at 1:30 p.m., Johnson said the parking attendant filed a complaint with OUPD.“We are very confident that Joe did nothing criminal,” Johnson said.“He’s been suspended for this Thursday’s game, and he understands and accepts that.”Mixon previously missed the entire 2014 season after being suspended for punching a woman in the face at an off-campus restaurant.This season, Mixon leads the Sooners in rushing with 813 yards and is second in rushing touchdowns with five. He’s also second on the team in receptions (24) and receiving yards (357).With Mixon suspended and Samaje Perine injured, OU is down to its third-string running back this weekend: freshman Abdul Adams. Oklahoma plays Iowa State at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.
Ousmane Dembele would be a “fantastic signing for Liverpool”, says Danny Murphy, with the Barcelona winger considered to be a better option for the Reds than Philippe Coutinho.A raid on the ranks at Camp Nou continues to be mooted for those at Anfield.Some 18 months on from agreeing to part with Brazil international Coutinho, it has been suggested that the 27-year-old could be brought back to Merseyside. 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? He is not the only Barca star said to be in Liverpool’s sights, though, with World Cup winner Dembele considered to be an alternative target.Murphy believes a move for the Frenchman would make sense, telling bwin: “Dembele would be a fantastic signing for Liverpool.“He’s not had the best time at Barcelona, but clearly has an abundance of talent and the ability to win games by himself.“If he can recapture his belief in his ability then Liverpool would have a formidable front three with him, [Sadio] Mane and [Mohamed] Salah.“When playing to his potential, I think he would edge [Roberto] Firmino out of the first team.“Firmino is the type of player that would raise his own game and everyone’s around him if Dembele came into the team.“He’ll fight for his place week in, week out and, if you’re not giving your all on the pitch, then Firmino will be right there to take it.”Murphy is not convinced that Liverpool should be looking to re-sign Coutinho, with there better options out there when it comes to trying to bolster the ranks of creativity available to Jurgen Klopp.The former Reds midfielder added: “Liverpool would be taking a step backwards if they re-signed Coutinho.“Coutinho is at his best when playing in a central three, not wide left. If he were to come back, he would change the dynamic of the team and it would disrupt the balance.“Liverpool’s midfield three are all super athletes who defend as much as they attack, which they’ll lose if playing Coutinho there.“Klopp had the ability to try a different formation once Coutinho departed and the results speak for themselves. It would be risky to revert back to accommodating Coutinho.“There’s always room for a creative player, but Liverpool should be looking at a player like Ousmane Dembele or [Wilfried] Zaha, not Coutinho.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Lionel Messi expects to be out of action for “a little while” after suffering a calf injury during Barcelona training on Monday.The Argentina star sustained a grade one strain to his right calf muscle in his first session back with La Liga’s champions after his post-Copa America holiday.The 32-year-old will miss Barca’s pre-season trip to the United States while he recovers from the problem. 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? Although Barca have not put a timeframe on his recovery, Messi does not seem to think the injury will keep him sidelined for long.”I was looking forward to starting and unfortunately I had an accident in the first training session that will leave me out for a little while,” he wrote on Instagram.”I’m grateful for all your messages and displays of affection, I wanted to be with the team and with the people who follow us in the USA.”It wasn’t to be this time, but we’ll see each other again soon. A hug to everyone.”Barca face Napoli in Miami and Ann Arbor this week in the final stretch of their pre-season duties.They begin their league title defence away to Athletic Bilbao on August 16.Messi has vowed that the Blaugrana will look to challenge on all fronts in the 2019-20 campaign, with there a desire on the part of everyone at Camp Nou to chase down major honours at home and abroad.He said 12 months ago that the Champions League would be a top priority for Ernesto Valverde’s side, but has no regrets at making that statement and has reiterated that silverware is a must once more.Messi told supporters ahead of a friendly date with Arsenal: “It’s hard to say something after last season, but I don’t regret anything.“But I have no doubt that together we are going to fight again for everything. We won eight League titles in 11 years. We do not give it the value it deserves but over the years we will see how difficult it was.“This club fights for everything and this year will be no different. We have renewed dreams. Visca Barca and Visca Catalunya!”
Paulo Dybala and Lautaro Martinez headline Argentina’s squad for upcoming friendlies against Chile and Mexico with Lionel Messi missing through suspension.Lionel Scaloni named a 27-man squad on Sunday, featuring seven uncapped players including Alexis Mac Allister, Leonardo Balerdi, Nicolas Figal, Lucas Martinez, Nicolas Dominguez, Lucas Ocampos and Adolfo Gaich.Mac Allister, 20, is on loan at Boca from Premier League club Brighton and Hove Albion, who signed the attacker in January. 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? Of the seven, five currently ply their trade in Argentina with Balerdi currently featuring for Borussia Dortmund while Ocampos is on the books at Sevilla. Argentina, who finished third at the Copa America, are without superstar Messi as the forward serves a ban.The Barcelona star is set to miss out after criticising the officiating at this summer’s Copa America, alleging that CONMEBOL was “corrupt” in favour of hosts Brazil. CONMEBOL opted to suspend Messi for Argentina’s next three matches while hitting him with a $50,000 (£41,000) for his controversial comments.As a result, Messi will miss the friendly matches against Chile and Mexico as well as an October friendly against Germany and a one-match World Cup qualifying ban.Estos son los futbolistas convocados para la #SelecciónMayor y #Sub23 que jugarán amistosos en el mes de septiembre en fecha FIFA pic.twitter.com/oI9tqXYwSP — Selección Argentina (@Argentina) August 18, 2019 It is an inexperienced squad for the friendlies in September, with Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria among the players joining Messi in missing out on the pair of matches.Argentina are set to take on Chile at the Los Angeles Coliseum on September 5 before taking on Mexico at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas five days later.The fixtures will be Argentina’s first matches since they defeated Chile 2-1 in the Copa America third-place playoff on July 6.Goalkeepers: Esteban Andrada (Boca Juniors), Franco Armani (River Plate) and Agustin Marchesin (Porto).Defenders: Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), German Pezzella (Fiorentina), Leonardo Balerdi (Borussia Dortmund), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Lucas Martinez Quarta (River Plate), Gonzalo Montiel (River), Nicolas Figal (Independiente), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax).Midfielders: Marcos Acuna (Sporting CP), Leandro Paredes (Paris Saint-Germain), Guido Rodriguez (Club America), Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham), Nicolas Dominguez (Velez), Rodrigo De Paul (Udinese), Matias Zaracho (Racing), Roberto Pereyra (Watford), Exequiel Palacios (River Plate), Lucas Ocampos (Sevilla), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham), Alexis Mac Allister (Boca).Forwards: Joaquin Correa (Lazio), Lautaro Martinez (Inter), Paulo Dybala (Juventus) and Adolfo Gaich (San Lorenzo).
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates a six yard touchdown pass during the third quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Taulia Tagovailoa is following in his brother’s footsteps to Tuscaloosa. He committed to play for the Alabama Crimson Tide last month. Once he’s part of the team, he plans on doing everything he can to steal his brother’s job.Tua Tagovailoa already finds himself in an intense quarterback battle. The national championship game hero is the favorite to beat out Jalen Hurts for the job, but suffered a string of setbacks during the spring, when a hand injury held him out of a large portion of that practice slate. Now, the quarterback battle could last into the season.Hurts is an accomplished Alabama quarterback in his own right. After winning the starting job as a freshman one game into the 2016 season, he’s led the Crimson Tide to back-to-back national championship games.Still, based on what we saw against Georgia, Tagovailoa could add a whole new dimension to Nick Saban’s offense. Alabama’s schedule isn’t all that tough, so it might take a few weeks into the season, but it is reasonable to expect him to win the job outright eventually.One incoming Alabama quarterback plans to push Tua, though: his brother Taulia Tagovailoa.The two have been teammates before. However, Taulia didn’t make the change to quarterback from center (!) until after Tua had moved on.Taulia is now the No. 8 pro-style quarterback in the country, per 247Sports. It is bold to think that he might beat out his brother, but that is what is on his mind.Alabama fans ought to love what Taulia had to say about playing with his brother. From 247:Even though his brother will have two years of collegiate experience on him when he’s expected to sign and enroll at Alabama, Taulia will be coming in to compete with any and all players.“It’s not going to be easy for him, I know that,” Taulia said.Tua isn’t backing down either. His response, via an AL.com interview:“I’m going to try to make sure my brother redshirts, so he doesn’t have to give up that year of eligibility,” Tua said.Tagovailoa recently revealed that he considered transferring to USC after sitting on the bench last year. Instead, Alabama could have he and his brother under center for years to come.
Dwayne Haskins looked good in moments for the Ohio State Buckeyes last year, when he filled in for J.T. Barrett, and he was sensational in the team’s Week 1 win over Oregon State.Haskins was 22-for-30 for 313 yards and five touchdowns in the 77-31 victory. He also ran twice for 24 yards.Oregon State was definitely an overmatched OSU in that match-up. Still, Haskins turned heads with his performance.He is now sixth in ESPN’s Heisman Watch, and given the stature of “Ohio State quarterback,” he will certainly have his opportunity to compete for that award as the season wears on.Among those who think Dwayne Haskins is for real is FS1’s Colin Cowherd.He appeared on former ESPN colleague Ryen Russillo’s new podcast for The Ringer, “Dual Threat.” During the conversation, things briefly turned to the Buckeyes’ ceiling with Haskins.Cowherd compared him favorably to previous Urban Meyer quarterbacks like Barrett, going on to say he’s the type of quarterback that could win “a national title or two.”“Russillo: I think you got to put Ohio State there.Cowherd: So do I. I think I do.Russillo: Ohio State has to be in that group with Clemson.Cowherd: By the way, their quarterback—he’s good. I had an NFL guy this morning text me like ‘Hey, this guy can play.’ Urban’s had a lot of these… J.T. Barrett, you kind of love him for a weekend, but then they’re like ‘Yeah, but they’re not going to play at the next level.’ But that kid at Ohio State, that’s the kind of kid that can win a national title at Ohio State. Or two. He’s special.”The full episode:According to OddsShark, My Bookie now has Ohio State at +550 to win the national championship this year.[The Ringer]
FS1On Tuesday night the College Football Playoff committee revealed its penultimate rankings heading into Championship Weekend. Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame held steady while Michigan dropped from the top four after a devastating loss to Ohio state.The committee bumped Georgia into the top four, setting up a date between No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Georgia. Oklahoma and Ohio State rounded out the top six and are the only other two teams that have a legitimate shot at gaining a playoff spot.The top six teams, apart from Notre Dame, will be in action this weekend with a spot in the playoff on the line. College football analyst Danny Kanell doesn’t think that’s fair.Kanell took to Twitter with a hot take about the Irish.Not to be overlooked in this invitational we call a “playoff”- we’re just okay with letting Notre Dame sit at home while everyone else lays it on the line one more week??When is enough enough and we move to a legit playoff??? CFB fans deserve better!— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) November 27, 2018Should Notre Dame be forced to play another game in order to make the playoff?Regardless, the Fighting Irish sit undefeated on the season and a primed for their first CFP berth.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the game against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Nick Saban has built college football’s greatest modern dynasty, and continues to add to his resume as perhaps the greatest coach in the sport. That doesn’t stop him from being the subject of NFL rumors every off-season, though.The chance to coach Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers is going to be an attractive one for a number of candidates. Saban has been mentioned for that job, though it is unclear if there are any real legs there.FOX Sports host Colin Cowherd doesn’t like that fit, but he does think Saban would do well with one NFL team.Colin Cowherd thinks that if Nick Saban is to move up to the NFL, the “obvious” match is to coach Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns.He raised the possibility in the Wednesday edition of his FS1 and FOX Sports Radio show The Herd.Nick Saban would be a lousy fit in Green Bay with Aaron Rodgers…”The one [fit in the NFL] that’s so obvious to me is the Cleveland Browns and Baker Mayfield.” — @ColinCowherd pic.twitter.com/nyInBoWKyj— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) December 19, 2018Cowherd makes a number of interesting, if not convincing, points, including Saban’s penchant for roster construction matched with the Browns’ cap space and draft picks, his familiarity with Mayfield and the former SEC stars on the roster, the Browns’ Southern ownership, and his own experience with the franchise and in the Midwest.If Saban does go to the NFL, maybe Cleveland would make more sense than other options. The Browns do have a lot going for them, battling against the pervasive poor reputation of the franchise.Still, it would be shocking to see Saban make a move to the pros, whether it is for the Browns, Packers, or any team. He has a very good thing going in Tuscaloosa.
If there are eight teams selected, it completely changes. Multiple two-loss teams will likely be included, and big non-conference wins will likely matter more. Which could explain why Alabama has now scheduled home-and-homes with Texas, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Notre Dame and Oklahoma over the next 15 years.Pat Dooley of GatorSports.com thinks it could imply that Alabama is playing the long game, assuming the playoff expands:More evidence that smart ads think there will be eight game playoff at some point (and that fans can’t take too many more Towsons and western Carolinas) https://t.co/V6tMzjotjQ— Pat Dooley (@pat_dooley) July 29, 2019The playoff isn’t likely to expand in the next few years. But by the time these games roll around? It’s very possible. Either way, it’ll be interesting to see how many of them head coach Nick Saban is still around for.The 2019 college football season kicks off on August 24 when Miami takes on Florida. NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts in the second half of the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Monday, Alabama football announced yet another big-time future home-and-home. The Crimson Tide will head to Wisconsin in 2024 and host the Badgers in 2025.The past few years, Alabama has actually been criticized for its perceived weak out-of-conference scheduling. But it seems like the school’s brass may be changing the way they operate. There could be a reason.The College Football Playoff currently sits at four teams, though many expect it to expand at some point in the future. If it does, it could shift the strategy that big schools employ as they attempt to get their teams into the event.Right now, almost every team in the country has a very small margin of error if it wants to be included. If you’re an Alabama, an Ohio State, a Clemson, an Oklahoma, etc., you might be able to lose one game and sneak in. But no two-loss team has ever gotten into the event.
CSK, RCB spar over Sambar after BCCI announces IPL 2019 fixturesIndian Premier League 2019: Chennai Super Kings will begin their title defence at home on March 23 against Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangaloreadvertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 20, 2019UPDATED: February 20, 2019 12:33 IST CSK and RCB will meet in the season opener of IPL 2019 in Chennai on March 23 (PTI Photo)The 12th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) will kick start on March 23 with a marquee clash between defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.The season-opener of IPL 2019 couldn’t have gotten any better as the two sides from South India share an intense rivalry. Moreover, with two of the most-celebrated India cricketers, MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli, leading the sides, there’s a lot of interest surrounding the South Indian derby of the cash-rich league.Moments after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the schedule for the first 17 matches of IPL 2019, social media banter between the CSK and RCB resumed over a much-talked-about issue Sambar.”A spicy south Indian Derby for starters – but we prefer the sweet sambar…,” RCB wrote on Twitter, referring to their first match of the season away from home. CSK’s social media handle, known for its quirky tweets, was at it again when it said: “But sambar is always #Yellove in colour no?”For starters, Sambar, a lentil-based vegetable stew, served in Bengaluru and Chennai differ in taste with the one served in Karnataka generally sweeter in taste.But sambar is always #Yellove in colour no? https://t.co/f5Rw9ZtpH6Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) February 19, 2019Notably, only one IPL match was held in Chennai last year as games over moved out of the capital city of Tamil Nadu after protests erupted over the long-standing Cauvery river water issue. Nonetheless, CSK went on to lift the trophy after finishing second in the league stages, beating RCB twice en route.advertisementChennai will be hosting two matches in the first two weeks. Rajasthan Royals will visit the city on Sunday, March 31.The IPL governing body has announced the schedule only for the first two weeks, keeping in mind the impending announcement of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The BCCI announced that the schedule for the first 17 matches may also change, subject to the dates of the assembly elections.”Once the election dates are released we will address any issues with the first two weeks and also prepare a schedule for the remainder of the season working with the local authorities around the polling dates,” the apex body of India cricket said in a release.Meanwhile, three-time champions Mumbai Indians took to social media and talk up their home game against Chennai Super Kings, scheduled for April 3 in Mumbai. @ChennaiIPLHome – April 3rdThis @IPL rivalry has a separate fan base #CricketMeriJaan #MIvCSK Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) February 19, 2019Also Read | India should not play Pakistan in 2019 Cricket World Cup: Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | India-Pakistan World Cup clash likely to be discussed on sidelines of ICC meetFor 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 Chennai Super KingsFollow Royal Challengers BangaloreFollow IPL 2019Follow MS DhoniFollow Virat Kohli
Press Trust of India LondonMay 30, 2019UPDATED: May 30, 2019 00:40 IST South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said the team is not worried about the underdog tag at World Cup 2019 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWe are going in as underdogs and if that releases some players in the team then that is great: Du PlessisEngland start as favourites against South Africa in the World Cup openerWhether you are favourites or not, you still have to play good cricket: Du PlessisSouth Africa skipper Faf du Plessis ramped up the pressure on hosts England ahead of their World Cup opener on Thursday, saying the pressure will be more on the hosts and tournament favourites.Du Plessis will lead his side out at The Oval against the world’s top-ranked team, which is also chasing its maiden World Cup trophy.England have won 15 of their last 19 ODI series and are the team to beat on home soil.’Chokers’ is a tag South Africa have been used to at World Cups as they are also chasing their first trophy”Whether you are favourites or not, you still have to play good cricket. They deservedly have the tag because they are the home nation and have consistently played good cricket,” said du Plesssis here on Wednesday.”But you will face such different opposition through this tournament so it is about making sure you stay focussed for the whole tournament. England are the favourites so if it means on the day there is less pressure on us then we can play freely.”We are going in as underdogs and if that releases some players in the team then that is great.”For South Africa to stop England in their tracks, taking wickets will be essential.England captain Eoin Morgan claimed their current top seven is the best they have ever had and much of the pre-tournament talk has surrounded the prospect of them becoming the first side to score 500 runs in ODI cricket.The loss of seamer Dale Steyn is a further boost for England, with the 35-year-old ruled out with a shoulder injury.advertisementHowever, South Africa still boast a formidable pace attack led by Kagiso Rabada.”KG does not need any guidance from me. I can speak to him from a tactical point of view but I won’t tell him how to bowl, he knows more than I do.”It is about setting him free. World Cups are for people to perform and KG will want to make this his stage. Dale is a big loss to our team but we expected it. When we picked the squad he was 60 per cent ready so we anticipated for this to happen.”But a fit Dale Steyn makes our attack a strong one so we need to make a few changes to our team for England. Our bowling is one of our X-factors,” the skipper added.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Glad to see smile back on Kuldeep’s face, says Ajit AgarkarAlso 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 South AfricaFollow EnglandFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow Faf Du Plessis World Cup 2019: England favourites, less pressure on us, says Faf du PlessisSouth Africa take on hosts England in the 2019 World Cup opener at the Kennington Oval in London on Thursday. advertisement
India Today Web Desk LondonJune 3, 2019UPDATED: June 3, 2019 14:54 IST Indian fans lack a bit of patience, says Viv Richards.(India Today Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWest Indies great Viv Richards said Indians fans are patient with their team”Your players do not go there to lose,” Viv Richards said to the Indian fansIndian cricketers’ homes were attacked after they lost to Australia in a World Cup match in 2003Viv Richards has asked Indian fans to be a little more patient as Virat Kohli’s Team India gears up for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Speaking at Salaam Cricket 2019, Viv Richards said he could not understand how Indian fans could burn effigies of the same players they put on pedestals.In 2003, Indian cricketers’ homes came under attack after Sourav Ganguly’s men lost a match to Australia at the start of the World Cup in South Africa. India turned things around and stormed to the final where they again lost to the Aussies.”Indian fans sometimes lack a bit of patience. Burning effigies a little silly. Your players do not go there to lose., they go there to win. You should not be a hero today and not a zero tomorrow. We should have a little more respect for individuals – you are not going to do it all the time,” Richards said at Salaam Cricket 2019.Viv Richards also met up with Sachin Tendulkar and Wasim Akram and heaped praise on both legends.Incidentally, Tendulkar and Akram consider Viv Richards as their hero.After India’s exit from the 2007 World Cup, Sachin Tendulkar had decided to quit. However, a call from Viv Richards meant Tendulkar continued to play for the next few years – he even played a significant role in India’s 2011 World Cup triumph.”The 2007 World Cup was possibly the lowest phase of my career. The game which had shown me the best days of my life were now showing me the worst. If those changes were not going to happen, I was going to stop playing cricket. My brother told me in 2011, you are going to play the biggest match of your World Cup (the final in Wankhede).advertisement”I was at my farm-house in 2007 and that’s when Sir Viv called me and we spoke for 45 minutes,” Tendulkar said.Also Read | Salaam Cricket 2019: When Viv Richards stopped Sachin Tendulkar from retiringAlso Read | Salaam Cricket 2019: Full guest list, session names and timingAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Salaam Cricket 2019Follow Viv RichardsFollow Sachin TendulkarFollow Wasim AkramFollow Virat KohliFollow 2019 World CupFollow Sourav Ganguly Salaam Cricket 2019: Indian fans lack a bit of patience, says Viv RichardsSalaam Cricket 2019: Viv Richards said it was a bit silly to burn effigies of players and said fans should respect individuals as no player steps on to the field to lose.advertisement
ED summons TMC MP, five others in Saradha caseThe Enforcement Directorate has summoned six persons, including Trinamool Congress MP Satabdi Roy and suspended party leader Kunal Ghosh, for interrogation in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam.advertisement Press Trust of India KolkataJuly 16, 2019UPDATED: July 16, 2019 03:44 IST Kunal Ghosh was arrested by a special investigation team, led by the then Bidhannagar Commissioner of Police Rajeev Kumar in November 2013.The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned six persons, including Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Satabdi Roy and suspended party leader Kunal Ghosh, for interrogation in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam, sources said on Monday.Two businessmen, Sajjan Agarwal and Sandhir Agarwal, East Bengal Football Club official Debabrata Sarkar and Arindam Das, a close aide of Saradha scam mastermind Sudipta Sen, were also summoned, ED sources said.”Six persons have been summoned to appear. Most of them have been asked to appear within this month,” an ED official said without specifying the dates on which they have been asked to appear.Kunal Ghosh was arrested by a special investigation team, led by the then Bidhannagar Commissioner of Police Rajeev Kumar in November 2013, when he was a Rajya Sabha MP of the TMC. He was granted bail in 2016.Debabrata Sarkar was arrested by the CBI in August 2014 and was granted bail 2015.Das and Sandhir Agarwal were arrested by the CBI for their alleged links in the scam.Satabdi Roy, TMC’s sitting MP, was reportedly summoned last week by the ED but she did not appear before the agency for interrogation, citing the ongoing Parliament session.The multi-crore Saradha scam, which came into limelight in 2013, had left thousands of small investors in the lurch.Also Read | Residents send postcards to Thane civic chief over hawkers menaceAlso Watch | Image of the day: TMC MP Prasun Banerjee plays football outside Parliament to promote sportFor 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 byAkriti Anand Tags :Follow TMCFollow Saradha Scam
Press Trust of India New DelhiAugust 4, 2019UPDATED: August 5, 2019 21:25 IST Vinesh Phogat won gold at Poland Open wrestling tournament. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVinesh Phogat won gold at Poland Open wrestling tournamentVinesh prevailed 3-2 over local wrestler Roksana in the finalShe had also won gold at Grand Prix of Spain and at the Yasar Dogu InternationalStar India grappler Vinesh Phogat has bagged her third consecutive gold in women’s 53kg category after winning the Poland Open wrestling tournament in Warsaw.The 24-year-old prevailed 3-2 over local wrestler Roksana in the final of the competition.Vinesh had earlier beaten Sofia Mattson of Sweden, the Rio Olympics bronze medallist, in the quarterfinals of this international tournament.The top Indian woman wrestler had stood atop the podium at Grand Prix of Spain and at the Yasar Dogu International at Istanbul, Turkey last month.Former national hockey captain Viren Rasquinha, who is also involved with Olympic Gold Quest, congratulated Vinesh on her success.Also Read | Let’s not talk about boycott but dropping shooting from CWG also unfair: Sakshi MalikAlso Read | Caster Semenya barred from competing in 800m at world championships Also SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Vinesh PhogatFollow Poland Open Next Vinesh Phogat wins 3rd successive gold in 53kg in Poland OpenVinesh Phogat, who had beaten Sofia Mattson of Sweden, the Rio Olympics bronze medallist, in the quarterfinals, won a gold medal at the Poland Open wrestling tournament.advertisement