TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Napoli president De Laurentiis: Mourinho wanted to buy Koulibaly for £95Mby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed Jose Mourinho wanted to sign Kalidou Koulibaly for Manchester United.De Laurentiis says his side rejected a £95m bid from United for Koulibaly earlier this month.He told Corriere del Mezzogirono: “Mourinho wanted him, we rejected £95 million.“But now it’s impossible that he leaves Napoli.”Indeed, Koulibaly penned a new deal to 2023 with Napoli this week.
Roma coach Fonseca happy with goalscorer Dzeko for Sassuolo winby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma coach Paulo Fonseca was delighted with Edin Dzeko for the win over Sassuolo.Dzeko struck in the 4-2 victory.Fonseca said, “I spoke to Edin Dzeko a great deal during pre-season. He is a very important player. He scored a goal today, could’ve had more, but he is an excellent forward.“We changed a few things this evening. Pellegrini played as a trequartista. With Jordan Veretout and Mkhitaryan, we’ve got a better capacity for maintaining possession. Everyone played well today.“I tell everyone to press high and that is an important element. It worked well this evening. That does mean running some risks, but the high press is important and, when done well, actually gives you fewer risks in defence.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Real Madrid coach Zidane: When we lose I’m out and in when we winby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says he can handle the sack talk swirling around him.Pressure has eased on the Frenchman after victory at Sevilla on Sunday.And ahead of their meeting with Osasuna, Zidane shrugged: “When we lose I am out and in when we win.”Beyond the game we did, what stands out is that we played as a team from minute one to the end. “To win the game tomorrow, we need the same. There is no easy game. We have to continue along this line.”He added: “Tomorrow there is a game and what happens happens. We have to make a great game tomorrow, with the same intensity and the same desire. It is what interests me.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace boss Hodgson hails ‘enormously valuable’ Milivojevic after Norwich winby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson was delighted with their 2-0 defeat of Norwich City.Palace captain Luka Milivojevic scored a first-half penalty on his 100th appearance for the club before Andros Townsend sealed the win for Hodgson’s side.”When you see the five minutes go up on the board it was a bit of a deja vu situation. Norwich are a good team with good, quality players and they came back into in the first half which made our one goal lead look fragile,” said Hodgson.”The second goal was coming but we couldn’t produce the last pass or last shot and it was nice when it eventually came.”On captain Milivojevic, he added: “He’s enormously valuable, that’s why he’s captain of the team. He’s been a massive influence on and off the field, particularly on the field, with the way he plays and his understanding of the game.”
It’s certainly a strange old world, football.It’s a world where trivial issues can be amplified, given prime-time prominence and endless air-time, while other, more serious matters are left alone, brushed under the carpet, to be kept there until someone is brave enough to shine a light.Witness, for example, the ‘Spygate’ scandal at Leeds United last week; the story of Marcelo Bielsa instructing a member of staff to covertly observe a Derby County training session. The reaction to that bordered on the hysterical, with talk of ‘moral codes’ and quaint notions of ‘respect’ between clubs and managers. 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? The point missed by the likes of Martin Keown, Jermaine Jenas and Stuart Pearce, all of whom voiced predictably strong, indignant opinions on the matter, is football’s fiercely-competitive nature, the fact that any advantage, be it financial, tactical, physical or psychological will be sought by its participants.Observing rivals’ training sessions is not new, nor it is a breach of the sport’s ethics, certainly no more than, say, a player texting a friend at another club to find out their likely starting XI. Believe me, they both happen regularly.The issue of diving is another which is guaranteed to bring football’s moral arbiters to the table, and they’ve been queuing up of late to have their say on the latest ‘storm’. At the eye of it stands – or falls, if you prefer – Mohamed Salah.It is one of those curious statistical quirks that since Boxing Day, Liverpool have been awarded four penalties in four Premier League games, with Salah responsible for three of those. Prior to that, the Reds had been awarded just one spot-kick in their opening 18 league matches. Salah, of course, won that one too, against Saturday’s opponents, Crystal Palace.Last weekend’s penalty proved decisive, settling a tense encounter with Brighton at the AmEx Stadium.Afterwards, with little else to discuss after another clean sheet and an 18th league win of the campaign for the league leaders, the debate centred on the Egyptian, and whether he was in danger of ‘making a name for himself’. And not the good kind. “I think he’ll have to be careful,” said Andy Gray, the former Everton striker and one-time Sky Sports commentator. “I’m a little concerned how easily Mo Salah is going to ground these days, especially in the penalty area.”Richard Keys, his partner in crime at Sky and now BeIN Sports, agreed, adding “I think he’s getting into the habit of making the most of challenges.At the AmEx, the Brighton supporters booed Salah until the final whistle, chanting “1-0 to the referee” as Liverpool sealed the three points.Their ire really should have been directed towards their own player, Pascal Gross, whose naivety and lack of defensive instinct proved so costly.Gross, just as Mamadou Sakho, Paul Dummett and Sokratis Papastathopolous did earlier in the campaign, paid the price for allowing Salah to get behind them, reacting in a panic by making contact with the forward. In this day and age, it’s a game not worth playing.And that, really, is the rub.Pundits such as Gray and Keys – or ESPN’s Craig Burley, who labelled Salah “pathetic” after he tumbled against Newcastle on Boxing Day – belong to a different era, to a sport with different rules.They criticise Salah – or Harry Kane, or Raheem Sterling, or Jamie Vardy, or Wilfried Zaha – because they don’t understand the way the sport has evolved, and is continuing to do so. They see things in black and white, with nothing in between. Funnily enough, there seems to be none of the same outrage when, let’s say, a defender facing his own goal ‘waits for contact’ from an attacker in order to win a cheap free-kick and relieve the pressure on his side, or when a full-back tells the referee he got the ball when the world can see he did anything but.In both cases, the aim is the same; to force the officials into a decision, to gain an advantage for their side. We can take it further, too. Compare, if you will, the reaction to a ‘simulation’ incident to that of a potential red-card tackle.Which damages the game more, a player going to ground when having his shirt pulled in the penalty area, or a 13-stone defender flying, studs showing, into another player’s ankle, shin or knee?Witness how those same pundits, brought up in a world where ‘leaving a bit’ on an opponent was to be applauded – encouraged even – make allowances for such challenges. ‘Part of the game’ they’ll say; aggression is to be admired, but winning your side a ‘soft’ penalty is not, even if the aim of both is the same.This is not a Liverpool moan, although the Reds do currently have a player, Joe Gomez, sidelined after a ‘ball-winning’ challenge from Burnley’s Ben Mee last month. “A fantastic tackle,” Sean Dyche called it. Presumably, the Clarets boss would be equally impressed if it was his player on the receiving end?Rather, this is a debate which cuts to the core of football in this country.Going to ground under a foul – and Gross’ challenge on Salah was a foul, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise – can ‘earn you a reputation’, yet endangering the safety of an opponent can be excused, accepted.“You can’t take tackles out of the game,” Mee said. His views will be echoed across the sport, no doubt.And yet we have seen rule changes designed to do exactly that. The ‘tackle from behind’ was outlawed in the 1990s, with rules tightened further before the 1998 World Cup. It was a sensible decision, even if it made life tougher for defenders, who were forced to modify their game, to stay on their feet more, to be less reckless as a result.In this correspondent’s view, the same sort of clampdown is needed on challenges which ‘take the ball’ but at such force that the follow-through puts the opponent at risk.We know the type, and it would be nice to see managers, players and pundits begin to accept that tackles which break bones, rupture ligaments and split shins are as much ‘part of the game’ as terrace racism, crumbling stadia and the Cup Winners’ Cup.The game has changed, the rules have changed, and it is time attitudes changed.As for Salah, his job is simple; to keep doing what he’s doing. And if defenders refuse to learn the lessons of Sakho and Dummett, Sokratis and Gross, then more fool them… Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Twitter/@jeffrey_moore7One Georgia fan got a little more excited than most with his Dawgs’ win over Missouri, and it earned him a hospital trip.Late Saturday night, Georgia fan Jeff Moore posted a video of his friend celebrating Jacob Eason’s late touchdown pass, which proved to be the game-winner in UGA’s 28-27 win at Faurot Field. That celebration involved throwing a cooler across the room for no apparent reason, and crashing through a window. He was very happy.Everyone please look at what I have to deal with on a daily basis.Go dawgs? pic.twitter.com/lj9CXKO3Nr— Jeff Moore (@jeffrey_moore7) September 18, 2016The anonymous friend suffered a really nasty gash on his bicep from going through said glass door.Be forewarned, it is pretty gross looking, so don’t scroll down if you are squeamish.@jeffrey_moore7 …we’re at the hospital now pic.twitter.com/IE3cYlBCZT— Jeff Moore (@jeffrey_moore7) September 18, 2016UGA Football Live followed up with Moore, who brought his friend to the hospital to get stitches.Just spoke with @DINARDO15, the turnt #UGA fan from last night: “All stitched up and ready for Oxford,” he said. pic.twitter.com/wLwePUNay8— UGA Football Live (@UGAfootballLive) September 18, 2016That is all well and good, but the guys still have a broken window. They’ve launched a GoFundMe to try and collect funds to repair it.May be a long shot, but anything helps.I’m raising money for UGA Fan Window Replacement Click here: https://t.co/PksJj7g79d via @gofundme— Jeff Moore (@jeffrey_moore7) September 19, 2016From the campaign:I’m sure you’ve all seen the video of my roommate smashing through our window after that awesome SEC road win…. Although he has agreed to pay for it, we’d appreciate all the help we can get.So far, they’ve only raised $5, but we figure there’ll be a few other Georgia fans who want to help some passionate Dawgs out.[Deadspin]
Watford have announced the signing of Craig Dawson, who joins the Premier League side after spending the last nine seasons with West Brom.Dawson has agreed a four-year deal with Watford, who paid the Championship outfit a reported £5.5 million ($7m).The 29-year-old, who can feature at both centre-back or right-back, joined the Baggies back in the summer of 2011, signing from Rochdale in League One. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Aside from a half season loan with Bolton Wanderers in 2012-13, Dawson would spend the next nine campaigns with the Baggies, becoming a regular starter with the club during the 2014-15 Premier League season.He remained with West Brom following their drop from the top flight in the 2017-18 campaign, starting 42 games in the Championship this previous season as the club finished fourth to qualify for the play-offs.Dawson started both play-off semi-final legs for the Baggies, and scored in a 1-0 victory in the second leg against Aston Villa, only for West Brom to fall in the tie on penalties to the eventual play-off winners. With a quick promotion to the Premier League denied, Dawson has instead received his return to the top-flight via a transfer to Watford, where as he adds further Premier League experience to Javi Gracia’s side, having prevously featured in over 150 games in the division.In total, Dawson completes his tenure with West Brom having made 225 appearances for the club, during which he netted 15 goals. Welcome to the family, Craig pic.twitter.com/gER0AdDWNQ— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) July 1, 2019The former England Under-21 international becomes the beaten FA Cup finalists’ first signing ahead of the 2019-20 season.Heurelho Gomes penned a one-year contract extension last week, the veteran goalkeeper reversing his previously announced intention to retire.The Hornets will be aiming to improve on season where they picked up 50 points and finished in 11th place, but narrowly missed out on a top-half of the table by a couple of points.
Everton have confirmed the capture of highly rated Juventus teenager Moise Kean in a deal worth an initial €27.5 million (£25m/$31m)The deal could grow to become worth up to €30m (£27m/$33m) with add-ons, with Kean set to earn €3m (£2.75m/$3.3m) a year on Merseyside across a five-year contract.Kean, who has been capped three times by his country, scored six goals in 13 Serie A appearances last term. 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? “I am very proud and honoured to wear the Everton shirt. I will give my best to this team,” the Toffees’ latest signing told evertontv .“I was convinced to sign because Everton is a club looking to the future and so am I. I know about the size of the Club. It has big ambition and I will work very hard to help us fulfil what we want to achieve.“I am used to winning and I want to bring this winning attitude to the team. I hope I will be very good on the field and bring the fans joy.”Marco Silva’s side will be looking to improve upon an eighth-place finish in the Premier League last season and identified the young Italian as a shrewd addition to a club looking to make forward strides.“A striker was one of our priority signings this summer,” Silva said in the wake of Kean’s signing.“Moise is strong, fast, with many good qualities as a striker and he is just 19 years old. He has talent and he is ready to work, ready to improve our squad and gives us different solutions.“Of course he was at a big club, now he’s come to another big club and is ready to fight for this challenge and to give everything to Everton Football Club.”Kean becomes the club’s fifth summer signing following the arrivals of former Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl, Idrissa Gueye’s replacement Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Fabian Delph and Andre Gomes after he made his loan move from Barcelona permanent.Ademola Lookman and Nikola Vlasic joined Gueye in leaving the club this summer, the pair joining RB Leipzig and CSKA Moscow, respectively.Everton’s Premier League campaign begins on August 10 with a trip to Crystal Palace.
ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 17: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Wolverines 27-23. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)We’re still a few months away from the 2018 college football season, so #offseasoncontent is at its peak right now. Thursday morning, ESPN radio host Braden Gall stirred the pot by releasing his personal rankings for coaches in the Big Ten, ACC, SEC and Big 12. It’s the Big Ten rankings that have some upset.Gall went with Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer at No. 1 – which is hard to debate. But he went with Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh at No. 2, which many are taking exception to. He has Harbaugh ranked ahead of both Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio and Penn State head coach James Franklin.Barrett Sallee, for one, is a bit miffed. He thinks Harbaugh should be ranked a few spots behind where Gall has him.Nebraska’s Scott Frost, Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald and Wisconsin’s Paul Chryst come next on the list.My B1G Coach ’18 Ranks:1. Urbs2. Harbaugh3. Dantonio4. Franklin5. Frost6. Fitz7. Chryst8. Ferentz9. Brohm10. Fleck11. Durkin12. Ash13. Allen14. Lovie— Braden Gall (@BradenGall) June 21, 2018Harbaugh over Dantonio and Franklin is insane. https://t.co/e2WAhMxqzr— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) June 21, 2018You could make a reasonable argument that Harbaugh over Chryst is insane. I’m not sure I’d personally make it. But it could be made.— Aaron Torres (@Aaron_Torres) June 21, 2018Gall defended his stance a bit, noting that it isn’t just what the coaches have accomplished in the Big Ten that matters. He notes that Harbaugh took the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl.Just in Big Ten isn’t all that matters. Harbaugh going to a Super Bowl, rebuilding Stanford counts. H2H with Franklin: beat him by 40, then got crushed.— Braden Gall (@BradenGall) June 21, 2018For the Harbaugh vs. Franklin debate…You don’t get to scream “what has he won?” about Franklin’s B1G title when Harbaugh beat him by 40 that year.— Braden Gall (@BradenGall) June 21, 2018If you’re interested in Gall’s rankings for the ACC, Big 12 and SEC, you can find them below.My Big 12 Coach ’18 ranks:1. Patterson2. Snyder3. Riley4. Gundy5. Herman6. Campbell7. Holgo8. Rhule9. Kingsbury10. Beatty— Braden Gall (@BradenGall) June 21, 2018My ACC Coach ’18 ranks:1. Dabo2. Richt3. Fuente4. Petrino5. Cutt6. Taggart7. Clawson8. Johnson9. Mendenhall10. Fedora11. Doeren12. Addazio13. Narduzzi14. Babers— Braden Gall (@BradenGall) June 21, 2018My SEC Coach ’18 Ranks:1. Saban2. Mullen3. Gus4. Smart5. Jimbo6. Muschamp7. Stoops8. Morris9. Morehead10. Odom11. Mason12. O13. Pruitt14. Luke— Braden Gall (@BradenGall) June 21, 2018College football fans, what do you think of Gall’s rankings?
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 6: Head Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks to the media during the College Football Playoff National Championship Media Day at Philips Arena on January 6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Alabama has been the most-dominant team in college football for the entire 2018 regular season. The Crimson Tide are having some major trouble today, taking on Georgia at the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta.It’s Georgia 21, Alabama 7 late in the second quarter.Is everything OK with the Crimson Tide?Of course, it’s early…“Reminder: Georgia led Alabama 20-7 in this same building 326 days ago. Lost 26-23 in OT,” tweeted Yahoo! Sports’ Pat Forde.Reminder: Georgia led Alabama 20-7 in this same building 326 days ago. Lost 26-23 in OT.— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) December 1, 2018Of course, that’s not something Georgia fans want to hear right now.Regardless, the Bulldogs are making one heck of a case for the College Football Playoff.Georgia, even if it loses this game, could end up sneaking into the top four when the final rankings come out on Sunday afternoon.Alabama and Georgia are playing on CBS.
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 22: Head Coach Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners watches warm ups before the game against the Army Black Knights at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Black Knights 28-21 in overtime. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Jalen Hurts didn’t transfer to Oklahoma to ride the bench. The former Alabama star expects to be the Sooners starter come Week 1, after leaving behind the program at which he had so much success.He won’t just be handed the job though. Right now, he is technically in a quarterback battle with Tanner Mordecai.Oklahoma also brings in the nation’s No. 1 2019 quarterback in Spencer Rattler. He won’t be in Norman until the summer though, so it would be asking a ton for him to win the job as a true freshman, given the competition.To his credit, Mordecai isn’t backing down, and says he plans to compete with Hurts until Lincoln Riley makes a decision.Lincoln Riley also insists that Oklahoma football is having a true quarterback battle.Whether or not Hurts is being treated as the presumptive starter, Riley says the competition remains open.From OU Daily:Through nine practices, Riley says that Hurts and Mordecai have been competing well and pushing each other. He also denied that the battle was just for show.“Yeah, it’s a competition, like there’s always been here,” Riley said. “We’ve always had competitions, we will always have competitions. This is a very real one.”Mordecai was a highly-regarded recruit, and has more experience in Riley’s offense, which is an advantage. Hurts is as battle-tested as they come, and by all accounts, is an outstanding teammate and leader, dating back to his handling of the QB situation with Tua Tagovailoa in Tuscaloosa last year.Whomever wins the job won’t have the easiest draw in Week 1. The Sooners host Dana Holgorsen’s Houston Cougars on August 31.[OU Daily]
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer celebrates winning the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Urban Meyer has consistently said that he doesn’t know if he’ll coach again and I think I believe him when he says it. The former Ohio State head coach appears to be enjoying work as a TV analyst for FOX and he’s staying relatively busy working for the Buckeyes’ athletic department.At 55 years old, though, is Meyer really going to be happy staying away from the sideline for the next 20-plus years of his life?When people say they doubt it, I also believe them.Even Meyer has admitted, in an interview with cleveland.com, that it’s possible he could make a return. He misses the “fight” of coaching football. “I’ve been in a fight for 33 years, and now you’re not in that fight,” Meyer told Cleveland.com. “So how do you fulfill that fight? And I feel that every morning. Every morning. It’s all about a win and a loss for 33 years. I mean every day was. Not just you’re getting ready for a game. No, no, no, no.“You’re recruiting every day. You’re going against Alabama and Clemson every day, The Team Up North every day. Now you’re not. That’s the number one void, is you’re not in a fight.”It’s unlikely that Meyer will find that fight in anything else. So, the question is – will a good enough opportunity present itself to Meyer, like one did at Ohio State after he stepped away from Florida?Well, let’s check in on how things are going at USC…Winds of change starting to swirl for the USC Trojans? https://t.co/p5F9Daj2m1 pic.twitter.com/IeQObPo5Vw— 247Sports (@247Sports) September 16, 2019Clay Helton is on college football’s hottest seat following USC’s loss to BYU on Saturday. The Trojans’ head coach entered the year on the hot seat and it’s only gotten hotter following the departure of athletic director Lynn Swann and the loss to the Cougars.USC is one of the few college football jobs Meyer would probably consider coming back for. He’s already spending time in Los Angeles doing work for FOX (with two former USC stars in Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush). And the Trojans, despite being down for a while, possess what Meyer needs to make a run at College Football Playoff. The Pac-12 is winnable and Meyer can recruit the kind of players he needs to Southern California.Maybe it won’t happen, and maybe Meyer will stay retired for good, but few storylines in college football will get more attention over the next couple of months than USC’s potential pursuit of the three-time national champion.
Press Trust of India SylhetJanuary 17, 2019UPDATED: January 17, 2019 14:25 IST David Warner is serving a 12-month ban for his role in the infamous ball-tampering scandal last year (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDavid Warner picked up an elbow injury during his ongoing stint with Sylhet SixersWarner will be returning to Australia next Monday to have his injury assessedThe former Australia vice-captain’s 12-month ban for ball-tampering ends on March 28Australian opener David Warner, who is working towards a return to international cricket after serving a ball-tampering ban, has picked up an elbow injury during his ongoing stint with the Bangladesh Premier League.Warner will leave the tournament early to have his injury assessed, joining his former skipper Steve Smith in the injured list.”While the extent of the injury remains unknown, Warner will continue to play for the Sylhet Sixers before he departs, meaning he will feature in matches on the 18th and 19th,” Cricket Australia’s official website ‘cricket.com.au’ said in its report.Smith, who is also serving a 12-month ban for his role in the infamous ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last year, has already undergone a surgery on his right elbow after returning home and is expected to be out of action for at least six weeks.Warner will be returning to Australia next Monday to have his injury assessed.Both Smith and Warner’s 12-month bans end on March 28 and the duo was expected to feature in Australia’s last two matches of the five ODIs against Pakistan in the UAE.Warner looked close to his best in the BPL, scoring two half-centuries in five innings, including a whirlwind unbeaten 61 on Wednesday night.He even batted right-handed in Wednesday’s BPL match for Sylhet Sixers against Mashrafe Mortaza-led Rangpur Riders in Sylhet.After batting with his usual left-handed stance for 32 balls, Warner took guard as a right-handed batsman, helping raise quite a few eyebrows. The Australia opener then smashed Riders’ part-time off-spinner Chris Gayle for a six in the first ball after the switch.advertisementWarner made room for himself and lofted Gayle straight over the bowler’s head and over the ropes, sending the crowd and social media into a tizzy. Warner didn’t stop there as he paddle-swept the next ball to a boundary. He also played a reverse sweep and collected another boundary in the last ball of the 19th over.Warner finished with an unbeaten 61 off 36 balls – 47 off 33 with a left-hander’s guard and 14 off 3 with a right-hander’s. The Australia star’s whirlwind knock helped the Sixers post 187 for 5 on the board.He had struggled in his first BPL outing against Steve Smith-led Comilla Victorians but hit form with a 47-ball 59 in the second game and captained the Sixers to a five-run win over Chittagong Vikings on January 9.Nonetheless, Warner-led Sixers are at the last spot on the seven-team table with just one win from four matches.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 David WarnerFollow Sylhet SixersFollow Bangladesh Premier LeagueFollow BPL 2019 Why David Warner is returning early from Bangladesh Premier LeagueDavid Warner looked close to his best in the BPL, scoring two half-centuries in five innings, including a whirlwind unbeaten 61 on Wednesday night.advertisement
Australia include Marcus Stoinis in squad for second Test against Sri LankaAll-rounder Marcus Stoinis has played 24 one-day internationals and 17 Twenty20 internationals for Australia, but is yet to make his Test debut.advertisement Reuters SydneyJanuary 26, 2019UPDATED: January 26, 2019 19:59 IST Marcus Stoinis has been in decent form in the first-class cricket in 2018-19 season (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMarcus Stoinis has played 24 ODIs and 17 Twenty20 internationals for AustraliaStoinis has replaced Matt Renshaw in the Test squadAustralia crushed Sri Lanka by an innings and 40 runs in the first TestAustralia added uncapped all-rounder Marcus Stoinis to their squad for the second Test against Sri Lanka and released opener Matt Renshaw for Big Bash League duty, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Saturday.Australia crushed Sri Lanka by an innings and 40 runs inside three days in the day-night Test in Brisbane on Saturday to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.”We made the decision to add Marcus to give us flexibility to play an all-rounder in the event the conditions require an extra bowling option in the lineup,” national selector Trevor Hohns said in a statement.Stoinis has played 24 one-day internationals and 17 Twenty20 internationals for Australia, but is yet to make his Test debut.The 29-year-old has scored 298 runs, including three half-centuries, and claimed 10 wickets in four Sheffield Shield matches in the 2018-19 season for Western Australia.”Marcus has been a consistent performer this season, he’s displayed strong all-round form in first class cricket and continued that form into the Australian ODI series against India,” Hohns added.Meanwhile, Renshaw, who missed the first Test, will link up with his Brisbane Heat team mates for their upcoming Big Bash League fixtures.The second Test begins on February 2 at Manuka Oval in Canberra.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Marcus Stoinis
Press Trust of India New DelhiMarch 14, 2019UPDATED: March 14, 2019 21:49 IST Sourav Ganguly said he is looking forward to working with the players and the support staff (Reuters Photo)Former India captain Sourav Ganguly was Thursday appointed advisor of Delhi Capitals for the upcoming edition of Indian Premier League (IPL).In his new role, Ganguly will work closely with the team’s head coach Ricky Ponting.”I am very pleased to come on board with the Delhi Capitals,” Ganguly said, on his association.”Having known the Jindals and the JSW Group for years, I am now excited to be a part of their latest sports venture. I am really looking forward to working with the players and the support staff.”BREAKING: Tigers, say hello to our Royal Bengal Tiger!We’re delighted to welcome @SGanguly99 to Delhi Capitals, in the role of an Advisor. #ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals pic.twitter.com/TUt0Aom5MRDelhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) March 14, 2019Delhi Capitals have never won the IPL.”Sourav is one of the most astute minds in world cricket. A lot of what we see in Indian cricket today was born because of Sourav. His aggression, positivity and never say die attitude are traits we want the Delhi Capitals team to imbibe. It is truly an honour that Sourav has chosen Delhi as his IPL team.”I have no doubt that our team will benefit immensely from his experience, guidance and advice. Sourav has been like family to me and I am deeply humbled to have him as an advisor,” said Delhi Capitals chairman Parth Jindal.The Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Capitals will kick-start their season against Mumbai Indians on March 24 at the Wankhede Stadium. They will play their first home match on March 26, when they take on defending champions Chennai Super Kings at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Delhi CapitalsFollow Sourav GangulyFollow Advisor IPL 2019: Delhi Capitals appoint Sourav Ganguly as advisorDelhi Capitals will kick-start their 2019 IPL season against Mumbai Indians on March 24 at the Wankhede Stadiumadvertisement
Nokia 4.2 India launch set for today: Specs, expected price in IndiaThe Nokia 4.2 is set to launch in India today touting a premium glass design, breathing light power button, Google Assistant button and a waterdrop display, among other things. HMD Global will announce the India price and availability of the Nokiaa 4.2 in just a few hours from now.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiMay 7, 2019UPDATED: May 8, 2019 11:32 IST HIGHLIGHTSNokia 4.2 price in India will be announced today.The Nokia 4.2 offers a glass design and comes in a new Pink Sand colour.It brings a notification light power button and a dedicated Google Assistant button.HMD Global will launch its first 2019 Nokia phone for the Indian market today. The Nokia 4.2 will be announced in just a short while as the company has teased its arrival on its social media pages for the past few days. The Nokia 4.2 was first unveiled at MWC 2019 in February alongside the Nokia 3.2, Nokia 9 PureView and Nokia 1 Plus. The handset touts a LED notification power button, a dedicated Google Assistant button a waterdrop display and stock Android 9 Pie, among other things.The Nokia 4.2 has been available in a few markets already with a price tag of USD 169, which approximately comes to around Rs 11,700 in India. However, considering the phone slots below the Nokia 5.1 Plus, we expect the pricing in India to fall well below Rs 10,000 in order to make it more competitive for the Indian market. HMD will announce the India price and availability of the Nokia 4.2 in just a few hours.The Nokia 4.2 is one of the first devices from HMD Global to come with a notification light embedded in the power button. The LED light glows on receiving notifications like messages or missed calls. The Nokia 4.2 also gets a dedicated Google Assistant button to make it faster and convenient to access the AI on the go. For an affordable smartphone, the Nokia 4.2 touts a premium design with a 2.5D curved glass on the front and back. The handset gets a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and supports face unlock as well. The Nokia 4.2 sports a 5.7-inch HD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. The phone comes in Black and a new Pink Sand colour. Both options are expected to launch in India.advertisementThe Nokia 4.2 is powered by a 2.0Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 439 chipset paired with 2GB or 3GB of RAM and up to 32GB of internal storage. We will know in a short while whether the company plans to bring both RAM variants to the country.The Nokia smartphone also offers a 13MP + 2MP dual rear camera setup and an 8MP front-facing camera. It houses a 3,000mAh battery and runs stock Android Pie out-of-the-box as part of the Android One program.ALSO READ | Nokia 3.2 and 4.2 quick review: Affordable Nokia phones with trendy displays and buttonsGet 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 bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow Nokia 4.2Follow nokiaFollow HMD Global
Press Trust of India SouthamptonJune 3, 2019UPDATED: June 3, 2019 09:13 IST India will start their World Cup campaign on June 5 against South Africa. (Twitter/@BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSStar India batsman Virat Kohli jokingly said that he takes his bowling very seriouslyVirat Kohli has bowled 163 balls in international cricket though his wicket column remains emptyIndia will start their World Cup campaign on June 5 against South AfricaHe broke many a records with his batting but Virat Kohli, the medium-pacer, could have had a lot more than eight international wickets if his teammates believed in his bowling ability like he himself does.Kohli, albeit in a lighter vein, explained why he has not bowled in international cricket since December 2017.”It was the during the ODI series in Sri Lanka (in 2017) where we had almost won everything, I asked MS (Dhoni) if I could bowl. Just when I was getting ready to roll my arm over, Bumrah (Jasprit) shouted from the boundary and said ‘no joking around, it is an international game’.”No one in the team believes in my bowling but I do. After that I had back issues and then never bowled (in the middle),” said the Indian captain in an interview to host broadcaster of the World Cup.A little warm-up before hitting the nets for #TeamIndia Skipper @imVkohli.#CWC19 pic.twitter.com/OlwbKq0czD BCCI (@BCCI) May 30, 2019Kohli, however, still bowls in the nets, most recently in a practice session here earlier this week.He has taken four wickets in ODIs and as many in T20s. He has bowled 163 balls in Test cricket but the wickets column remains empty.The star batsman also shared an anecdote which shows that he has always taken his bowling seriously.”I used to follow James Anderson’s action when I was at the academy (in Delhi). Later, when I got to play alongside him, I told him about that story. We both had a good laugh over it,” Kohli quipped.advertisementAlso Read | Salaam Cricket 2019: Pakistanis love Virat Kohli, says Younis KhanAlso Read | World Cup 2019: South Africa off to their worst ever start in World Cup historyAlso 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 Virat KohliFollow India vs South AfricaFollow World Cup 2019 World Cup 2019: No one in team takes my bowling seriously but I do, jokes KohliIndian cricket star Virat Kohli has jokingly said no one takes his bowling seriously as he has always resorted to batting. Virat had earlier followed James Anderson’s actions while he was at the academy.advertisement
Black Shark 2 Pro spotted outdoors, sports new gradient back design with more glass surfaceThe Black Shark 2 Pro has been spotted in the wild, flaunting its gradient glass inserts in an updated design. The phone will come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset.advertisement Next Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiJuly 26, 2019UPDATED: July 30, 2019 08:57 IST Representative ImageHIGHLIGHTSThe Black Shark 2 Pro will get a revamped design at the back.Black Shark 2 Pro will use the Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset.The Black Shark 2 Pro will also come with up to 12GB RAM.Recently we got to see the Black Shark 2 in India a couple of weeks ago and it figured out to be a great gaming smartphone. The phone came with an extremely responsive display as well as robust performance to offer reliable gaming experience. However, within a few days after its launch, Black Shark announced that it would do another ‘Pro’ version of the phone with the Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset. And it seems that the launch may happen soon as the phone has now been spotted in the wild.The Black Shark 2 Pro, as it will be called, has been spotted in the real world and from what it seems it will be more evolutionary instead of an upgrade. The Pro version, as we know from some previous leaks, will run on the more capable Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset. This chipset, which debuted on the Asus ROG Phone 2, promises an improvement in performance by four per cent and enhanced graphics performance by 15 per cent.While not much about the Black Shark 2 Pro is known, the leak suggests a slightly different design when compared to the Black Shark 2. Most of the layout remains the same, except that on the Pro variant, there are more glass inserts than before. This must have been done to improve the antenna reception. The RGB illuminated logo stays in the center. The glass inserts have a greenish tinge to the sides so as t offer a glowing effect. The dual camera layout stays the same. Previous leaks suggest that the Black Shark 2 Pro will come with up to 12GB RAM and 128GB storage. In AnTuTu tests, the Black Shark 2 Pro scored 405,598 points, while the Black Shark 2 scored 375,592 points. The phone retains the Full HD+ display from the standard variant.advertisementGiven that Black Shark launched the regular version in India last month, it would be a while before we the Pro version coming to India. The Black Shark 2 almost starts from Rs 40,000 and the Pro version could cost more to accommodate the price of the newer elements.ALSO READ | Black Shark 2 review: Polished gaming experienceALSO READ | Xiaomi Black Shark 2 gaming phone launched at starting price of around Rs 33,000, coming to India soonALSO READ | You can now have your own dog in PUBG Mobile: Next update to bring some new gameplay changesGet 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 Black Shark
Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiAugust 6, 2019UPDATED: August 6, 2019 11:26 IST Shoaib Akhtar file photo (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSIndia had defeated Pakistan by 6 wickets at Centurion in their 2003 World Cup group matchShoaib Akhtar revealed that the night before the match, he had to take 4-5 injections on his left kneeAkhtar also blamed Waqar Younis’s captaincy decisions for the loss to IndiaFormer Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has revealed his “sad secret” about the 2003 World Cup match against India which his team lost by six wickets.In the group-stage match played on March 1, 2003 at Centurion in South Africa, the Pakistan team failed to defend a target of 274. India rode on Sachin Tendulkar’s brilliant 98 to chase down the target with more than four overs to spare.In a video posted on his Youtube channel, Akhtar has revealed how his fitness and poor captaincy from then skipper Waqar Younis came in Pakistan’s way of registering their first-ever win over India at the World Cup.”The most disappointing match for me in my entire career was the 2003 World Cup match against India at Centurion. We had failed to defend a target of 274 despite having a very good bowling line-up,” said Akhtar.The ‘Rawalpindi Express’ revealed that the night before the match, he had to take 4-5 injections on his left knee because of which it became numb. “Because of the injections water had filled up in my left knee and there was no sensation in it.””After the end of our innings, I told my teammates that we have probably scored 30-40 runs less. However, all the players in the team shouted at me saying if ‘273 is not enough then what is’. They said we will be able to get India all out. However, I knew that the pitch was a good one for batting and it will remain so in the second innings as well.”advertisement”When we started the bowling, I noticed that my left knee had gone numb. Because of which, I wasn’t able to run properly through my bowling run-up. As a result I was not able to bowl properly. Indian openers, Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, went for the charge from the word go. In fact, Sachin played me very well and even hit me for a six over point.”I had no clue how to bowl and get the breakthrough. Unfortunately, the captain (Waqar Younis) got me out of the attack. He brought me later in the innings where I just bowled fast and short. I got out Sachin at 98 on a short-pitched delivery. I told the captain that I should have persisted with such bowling from the very beginning. In the end we lost the match,” he added.The 43-year-old went for 72 runs in that match and picked up the sole wicket of Sachin, but by then the match was already in India’s pocket.”It was a bitter experience for me because we could have defeated India, both in 1999 and 2003, but we couldn’t. Not to take the credit away from India who have played us exceeding well at the World Cups,” Akhtar, a veteran of 46 Tests and 163 ODIs, said.”I still regret that loss. If we could have scored some more runs and bowled better, we could have won that match. But unfortunately, my fitness came in the way and also, it was poor captaincy that made us lose that match,” he added.India and Pakistan have faced each other seven times in World Cups, and the Men in Blue have won each time.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 Shoaib AkhtarFollow 2003 World CupFollow India vs Pakistan 2003 World Cup match vs India most disappointing game of my career: Shoaib AkhtarShoaib Akhtar revealed how his fitness and poor captaincy from then skipper Waqar Younis came in Pakistan’s way of registering their first-ever win over India at the World Cup.advertisement