Ex-Chelsea No2 Alessio admits they considered Dzeko, but…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea assistant coach Angelo Alessio admits they considered a move for Roma striker Edin Dzeko when Antonio Conte was in charge.However, no serious offer was made for the Bosnia international.”A lot has been talked about, but there was never a real negotiation,” Alessio told RMC Sport, when asked how close Dzeko was to signing for Chelsea.But he reiterated an agreement between Chelsea and Roma was not in the pipeline.”Yes, he likes players who have the characteristics of Dzeko: a high point, structured and which brings the team up,” Alessio added.”But in the end there was never a real negotiation between the two companies.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say INSIDER: Barcelona will offer Griezmann for Neymar – in Janby Carlos Volcano16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona refuse to drop their bid to bring Neymar back to the Nou Camp.It’s since been formally confirmed by Barca that PSG turned down two separate offers for the Brazil captain over the summer.And now they’re to try again in January, according to Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, when speaking on El Chiringuito.Inda says Barca are willing to offer Antoine Griezmann in part exchange.He said, “It is something that Barcelona wants, because I already said here a few weeks ago that (Lionel) Messi is not happy with (Antoine) Griezmann because he takes away space on the pitch. “So the chances of the Frenchman leaving sooner rather than later increase exponentially. There is a club that has always loved him and it is PSG. The operation that Barcelona’s board of directors has in mind is to negotiate Neymar-Griezmann in the winter market.”
Twitter/@SC_ClevelandMichigan State played Ohio State to a 7-7 draw late into the third quarter, but after a disasterous special teams blunder, the Buckeyes have a 14-7 lead. Michigan State’s Macgarrett Kings Jr. muffed an Ohio State punt, giving Ohio State the ball at the Sparty six yard line.Disaster strikes #MichiganState as a muffed punt puts the Buckeyes in great field position! #MSUvsOSU https://t.co/xavzH6VwRe— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) November 21, 2015On first down, J.T. Barrett found Jalin Marshall with a little pop pass in the end zone. Marshall made an impressive grab to secure the go-ahead touchdown, getting one hand on the ball before securing it for the score.Just like THAT… TOUCHDOWN BUCKEYES pic.twitter.com/lqb3lrFMjz— SC Cleveland™ (@SC_Cleveland) November 21, 2015Even without Connor Cook, this Big Ten East battle has been a good one, but right now the undefeated Buckeyes have all the momentum.
A body has been successfully recovered from the wreckage of the plane that went down in the English Channel with Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala on board. The UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) confirmed late on Wednesday that the victim, who has not been publicly identified, will now be passed to the Dorset Coroner, having been recovered with the help of specialist contractors. The Piper Malibu aircraft disappeared with Sala and pilot David Ibbotson on board on January 21. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? A private search was launched, backed by donations from the public, after authorities halted their initial efforts to find the plane and the wreckage was found under water on Sunday, 24 nautical miles north west of Guernsey. The AAIB said one of the occupants was visible amid the remains of the plane and have now confirmed that a recovery has been successful. However, it said attempts to retrieve the aircraft have been stopped due to bad weather.”Following extensive visual examination of the accident site using the remotely operated vehicle (ROV), it was decided to attempt recovery operations,” the AAIB said in a statement.Update: AAIB investigation into the loss of light aircraft N264DB https://t.co/nlUR7G0fyZ pic.twitter.com/88z6YjOBgP — AAIB (@aaibgovuk) February 4, 2019 “In challenging conditions, the AAIB and its specialist contractors successfully recovered the body previously seen amidst the wreckage. The operation was carried out in as dignified a way as possible and the families were kept informed of progress.”Unfortunately, attempts to recover the aircraft wreckage were unsuccessful before poor weather conditions forced us to return the ROV to the ship. The weather forecast is poor for the foreseeable future and so the difficult decision was taken to bring the overall operation to a close. The body is currently being taken to Portland to be passed into the care of the Dorset Coroner. “Although it was not possible to recover the aircraft, the extensive video record captured by the ROV is expected to provide valuable evidence for our safety investigation.”We expect our next update to be an interim report, which we intend to publish within one month of the accident occurring.”Sala had been travelling to Cardiff after saying goodbye to his former team-mates at Nantes, having sealed a transfer to the Premier League in a club-record deal for the Bluebirds.Nantes have reportedly demanded the first €6 million installment of the transfer fee, with Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman insisting they would send the payment “when we think it’s the right time to do it”.”The first reason is that the body has not been recovered yet,” he told L’Equipe about the lack of payment so far. “We must show respect to the family. There is a process for recovering the plane.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Uganda produced an early Africa Cup of Nations shock as they beat Democratic Republic of Congo 2-0 in Cairo on Saturday, their first victory in the tournament since 1978.The Cranes managed just a solitary point in 2017, their only other tournament appearance since the 1970s, but against DR Congo they looked a force to be reckoned with and deservedly ran out comfortable winners.Despite having the more established talents, DR Congo were second best throughout the first half, going behind early on to the dangerous Patrick Kaddu and then having the frame of the goal come to their rescue just before the break. 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? Emmanuel Okwi made it 2-0 just after the restart and from there the Leopards never looked like clawing their way back, while the Cranes soar to the top of Group A, ahead of Egypt on goal difference..@UgandaCranesA moment of prayer at halftime #TotalAFCON2019 @JanetMuseveni @KagutaMuseveni @BebeCoolUG @MosesMagogo @NCSUganda1 @Parliament_Ug @kawowosports @CAF_Online pic.twitter.com/lEGDwPMpqt— FUFA (@OfficialFUFA) June 22, 2019Uganda made a hugely promising start and were rewarded in the 14th minute, as Kaddu got in front of the oblivious Cedric Bakambu to glance a header in at the near post from Farouk Miya’s corner.That should have jolted DR Congo into action, but Uganda continued to pile the pressure on – Kaddu inexplicably heading wide from close range just four minutes after the goal.Michael Azira then saw his 20-yard drive skim the top of the crossbar in the 41st minute, shortly before DR Congo finally showed signs of life in attack, with Bakambu forcing a stunning save from Denis Onyango.DR Congo’s task became even tougher just two minutes into the second period – Okwi meeting Miya’s left-wing free-kick with a looping header that beat Ley Matampi from about 16 yards.Jonathan Bolingi almost pulled one back when his header hit the top of the crossbar with 20 minutes to go, but Uganda held firm to secure the points.KEY OPTA FACTS- DR Congo lost their first AFCON group stage game since January 2006 (0-2 against Cameroon), last edition played in Egypt. They lost their opening game in the competition for the first time since January 2004 (1-2 against Guinea).- Uganda kept only their second clean sheet in 20 AFCON games, their last being a 3-0 win against Morocco in March 1978.- Farouk Miya has been involved in Uganda’s last three goals at the Africa Cup of Nations (1 goal, 2 assists).
Inter captain Samir Handanovic fired a broadside that seemed to be aimed at unwanted stars Mauro Icardi and Radja Nainggolan when he called for players to respect their “duties towards the club”.Icardi was stripped of the Inter captaincy last season amid conflicting views of an apparent knee injury and internal disagreements with the club’s hierarchy, while Nainggolan was suspended by the Nerrazurri midway through a turbulent first term at San Siro.Chief executive Giuseppe Marotta confirmed both players have been told they can leave the club, and Handanovic indicated they would not be missed by a squad beginning to thrive under the rules being laid down by new coach Antonio Conte and team manager Gabriele Oriali. 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? “We are happy that Lele Oriali has returned as team manager, because he is the link between the club and squad, he sees everything,” Handanovic told a news conference.”He is here because we want to get back to having the values that were lost over the years. Players have duties towards the club too, they can’t just think they are allowed to do anything because they are talented.”With Oriali’s return and Conte in charge, we can improve a great deal.”The future remains unclear for Icardi and Nainggolan, but Handanovic indicated his support for the club’s decision to let both players leave, saying: “The club has been clear in its position. I do not need to add anything more.”He went on to speak about his approach to captaining the team, doubling down on the insinuation that Icardi failed to commit to the responsibility.”I feel great pride in wearing the captain’s armband,” said Handanovic.”My attitude has not changed, though. A captain is someone who takes responsibility and speaks when he has to, trying always to be fair.”It takes many captains in a team, as one is not enough.”
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino admits he is still adapting to the use of VAR in football despite seeing the technology come to his side’s rescue once again to grab a draw against Manchester City. Pochettino’s men faced a daunting trip to the Etihad Stadium to kick off their Premier League campaign, and unsurprisingly found it difficult to keep pace with the reigning champions. Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero both scored to put City up twice over the course of the 90 minutes, although on each occasion Spurs found a way back. 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? Erik Lamela hit from range to cancel out Sterling’s early effort in the first half, before a header from substitute Lucas Moura tied the game at 2-2. But all of Spurs’ exertions could have counted for nothing were it not for VAR, in use for the first time in England’s top flight. Based in the UK? Grab a Sky Sports Day Pass for just £8.99!Deep into injury time City thought they had grabbed victory through Gabriel Jesus’ goal, only for play to be brought back for a handball in the area during the build-up to the strike. The incident was uncannily akin to Tottenham’s incredible win over the Citizens in the Champions League quarter-finals, where they also benefitted from a last-gasp decision from ‘upstairs’. And while Pochettino is by no means a fan of the new technology, he is trying to make his peace with the advances.”We need to accept that [VAR]. I was a little bit critical of VAR but now we have to accept the rules,” the Argentine signalled after the final whistle to the BBC. “Now it benefits us. No doubt it won’t benefit us at other times. It’s a rule we need to accept.”Saturday’s draw cut short a run of 15 consecutive victories for City in the Premier League, dating back to the start of February. But while Pochettino was happy to see his charges take something from the game, he nevertheless wants to see improvements as the season progresses.”I’m very pleased with a point and but also knowing we need to improve. We are in a process where we need to improve in all areas and the team is going to improve step by step but we need time,” he explained.”It was an unbelievable goal [by Lucas Moura]. Always when you play a team like Manchester City, you have to play your best.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
AUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 20: A general view from high in the stadium as the LSU Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 20, 2008 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)Last week, Paul Finebaum addressed the future of Auburn head football coach Gus Malzahn after the team’s second loss of the season. Finebaum felt that Malzahn’s “likely not going anywhere” given the fact that he just signed a big contract extension.However, after another loss, Malzahn’s immense buyout might not be that big of an obstacle. The Tigers fell to 4-3 on the season after sitting at No. 7 following the team’s season-opening win over Washington.Auburn’s latest loss was an embarrassing 30-24 loss to Tennessee. Fans of the program aren’t happy and now a local Auburn reporter said he’s “not ruling out” a change at head coach.“I’m not ruling out a change at the end of the season even though he (Malzahn) has a contract that has at least 38 million dollars in buyout money…from what I’ve been told, there’s not much concern there when it comes to the money,” said Brandon Marcello.”I’m not ruling out a change at the end of the season even though he (Malzahn) has a contract that has at least 38 million dollars in buyout money…from what I’ve been told, there’s not much concern there when it comes to the money” – @bmarcello pic.twitter.com/jjhYUemqxz— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) October 16, 2018Would the university fire Malzahn despite the nearly $40 million buyout? Malzahn signed a seven-year, $49 million deal after Auburn’s 10-4 season in 2017.He might be out sooner rather than later.
SOUTH BEND, IN – NOVEMBER 04: The macot, cheerleaders and players forthe Notre Dame Fighting Irish run onto the field before a game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Notre Dame Stadium on November 4, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Wake Forest 48-37. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have nearly completed their Class of 2019, but are already laying plenty of groundwork for 2020. When they host their Junior Day this weekend, a sizable number potential recruits will be in South Bend.According to OneFootDown, Notre Dame will be hosting ten prospects from the Class of 2020. Six of the prospects will be players the team has made an offer to, and another four are players the team has yet to offer.The six offered recruits are defensive back Lathan Ransom, offensive lineman Reece Atteberry, wide receivers Justin Robinson and Maliq Carr, running back Jutahn McClain, and cornerback Landen Bartleson. The first three are four-star prospects, while the latter three are three-star prospects.Notre Dame this weekend🍀✨ #GoIrish— JuTahn McClain (@JMcClain0202) February 19, 2019The four recruits that Notre Dame has yet to make an offer to are running back Kyle Edwards, defensive ends Cameron Large and Jaden Hardy, and wide receiver Jay Brunelle. All four are three-star prospects.The Fighting Irish have already laid the groundwork for what should be a solid Class of 2020, having already secured five commitments.247Sports rated Notre Dame’s Class of 2019 as No. 15 in the nation.With the five recruits the team has so far, the Class of 2020 has so far received an identical No. 15 ranking.Notre Dame is also set to host graduate transfer wide receiver Eric Kumah from Virginia Tech. Should Kumah complete his transfer to Notre Dame, he will likely be among the last recruits in the 23-man class.[OneFootDown]
MIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Lincoln Riley is in Nashville to attend the 2019 NFL Draft where he expects to hear several of his players’ names called. But there’s one particular who he hopes gets drafted, in part to vindicate how his college career was negatively impacted by the NCAA.Speaking at a Tuesday press conference, Riley expressed his frustration at the NCAA’s handling of defensive end Amani Bledsoe’s case. The controversy around Bledsoe stems from a substance use ban that cost him the bulk of his college career.Via OUInsider:“Yeah, it has been frustrating,” Riley said Tuesday morning on the Big 12 post-spring teleconference. “I mean, and it’s probably just more of the personal side. You know this kid. This is a kid that through his entire career was never on one [bad] list, never missed a class, never missed a workout, I mean, just as good as you could draw him up, just did everything right. And to see him get the strictest penalty in sports for something that was, the facts of the case—it’s questionable at best—yeah, it is frustrating.”Bledsoe tested positive for a banned substance in October 2016 and was suspended for the rest of his freshman year and part of his sophomore year. In addition, he had a year of eligibility revoked, effectively ending his college career after his junior season.His appeal in the case was denied, but OUInsider reported that the specific rules in question could be altered – not that it will do Bledsoe any good.As a result, the former four-star defensive end didn’t get a chance to show off his skills fully until his junior year.Lincoln Riley praised his stud defensive end for how he handled the situation, and expects him to have a long and successful NFL career.“But he’s the kind of guy [that] he’s going to make the most of it,” Riley said. “Somebody’s going to give him a chance, and it wouldn’t surprise me at all for him to go have a long, great career. And I damn sure hope he does.”Good luck Mr. Bledsoe![OUInsider]
An FCS punter was on the receiving end of the biggest hit of college football’s Week 1 slate on Saturday afternoon.St. Francis topped Lehigh, 14-13, in game one of the programs’ respective seasons on Saturday afternoon.It was an exciting contest that featured one brutal hit on St. Francis punter Ryan Oliver. The punter bobbled the snap for a couple of seconds before getting absolutely leveled by an opposing defender.Hits don’t get much tougher than this: Block or charge?🏀🤷♂️🏈😳💥🤭 pic.twitter.com/xRapUt1G8R— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) September 1, 2019The play didn’t get much better from there, as defensive back Sam McCloskey scooped up the fumble and returned it 42 yards for a score, putting Lehigh up, 13-0.St. Francis responded with 14 unanswered points to get the win, however.
Hanuma Vihari centuries in vain as Vidarbha beat Rest of India to defend Irani CupVidarbha rode on half-centuries from Atharwa Taide and Ganesh Satish to overhaul the 280-run target set by Rest of India in the final session on Day 5 of the Irani Cup. Hanuma Vihari had earlier hit centuries in both innings for ROI.advertisement India Today Web Desk NagpurFebruary 16, 2019UPDATED: February 16, 2019 16:05 IST Vidarbha won the Irani Cup for second time (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVidarbha become the third team after Bombay and Karnataka to defend Ranji Trophy and Irani Cup titlesVidarbha emerged winners thanks to their first innings leadGanesh Satish and Atharwa Taide scored fifties for VidarbhaRanji Trophy champions Vidarbha won the Irani Cup against Rest of India at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Jamtha, Nagpur on Saturday. Vidarbha emerged winners thanks to their first innings lead as they defended the Irani Cup. They became the third team after Bombay and Karnataka to defend Ranji Trophy and Irani Cup titles.Vidarbha rode on half-centuries from Atharwa Taide (72) and Ganesh Satish (87) as the match ended in a draw but Vidarbha won on first innings lead. Vidarbha had scored 425 in their first innings in reply to Rest of India’s 330.After a poor start to their chase of 280, Sanjay Raghunath and Atharwa Taide ensured Vidarbha finish Day 4 with 37 for 1. The duo slowly but steadily revived the Vidarbha innings before putting the Ranji Trophy champions in a strong position.The duo then dominated the Rest of India bowlers and took control of the chase. The two batsmen were going strong before Rahul Chahar struck just before lunch on Day 5 when he trapped Sanjay Raghunath leg before wicket. Raghunath had scored 42 of 131 deliveries.Raghunath was also involved in a 116-run stand with Taide, who in the process completed his second half-centuy, for the second wicket.However, that did not stop Taide from playing an attacking game. Taide was joined by seasoned campaigner Ganesh Satish and the duo continued to dominate the proceedings.Soon after lunch, Chahar struck once again to remove Taide for 72 off 185 balls.Satish and Mohit Kale then took charge of the chase as the pair added 83 runs for the fourth wicket as Satih completed his 33rd half-century. But the stand was broken when Kale (37) was caught by Tanveer Ul-Haq off Dharmendrasinh Jadeja at the stroke of tea.advertisementWith just 11 more required to win, Satish departed and it denied Vidarbha an outright win. The captain of Vidarbha Faiz Fazal and Rest of India skipper Ajinkya Rahane decided to call truce before Vidarbha completed the chase and the match ended in a draw.Earlier, Hanuma Vihari scripted history by becoming the first player to score a hat-trick of hundreds in the Irani Cup, helping Rest of India set Vidarbha a tricky 280-run target.Vihari had scored 183 for Rest of India during last year’s Irani Cup match against Vidarbha, who recently retained the Ranji Trophy with another exemplary showing.Besides Vihari’s 180, India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane made 87 and Shreyas Iyer raced to a 52-ball 61, helping Rest of India to declare their second innings at 374 for three, a day after conceding a big first-innings lead.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 Irani CupFollow VidarbhaFollow Rest of India
WhatsApp working on a standalone app for Apple iPadWhatsApp has started working on a standalone app for the Apple iPad. However, there is no word on when the company would officially unveil the app.advertisement Shweta Ganjoo New DelhiApril 9, 2019UPDATED: April 10, 2019 09:15 IST HIGHLIGHTSWhatsApp is working on a standalone app for Apple iPad.WhatsApp’s iPad app is likely to sport a split screen view.WhatsApp’s iPad app is likely to sport Touch ID.WhatsApp is planning to bring a number of new features on to its Android and iOS apps. Even as it adds new functionality to tackle some of more pressing issues plaguing its platform – fake news and misinformation – one functionality that remained missing from the Facebook-owned social messaging app is the support for the Apple iPad. Sure, the company allowed iPad owners to access WhatsApp web when connected with an iPhone, but the company never had a standalone app for the device. But that is about to change as the word is that WhatsApp is planning to introduce a special app for the Apple iPad owners.According to a report by WABetaInfo, the blog that extensively tracks developments in WhatsApp, the company has finally started building a separate app for the Apple iPad. While there is a possibility that users might not be able to spot the app in the App Store for iPad right away, but this is likely to change with the next beta update on TestFlight.But for those who are curious to know what the app would look like on the Apple iPad, the blog shared some screenshots from the app that is still in development. The app opens like the regular WhatsApp for iOS on the iPad and it can used after users have registered themselves on the app using a different phone. Interestingly, while the features for WhatsApp’s iPad app remain same as that of its app for the iPhones, the user interface has been completely redesigned to make the app compatible with the iPad.advertisementFor starters, the hat screen and the call screen have been redesigned in the split view, which makes the overall experience quite similar to the WhatsApp Web UI. Similarly, the Settings menu too has been redesigned in the split view. However, the status screen and the voice call screen haven’t been redesign and they look exactly the way they do on WhatsApp’s iOS app. Additionally, the app has been spotted to sport a Touch ID feature, which would allow users to lock the app natively.Notably, there is no official word on when the company would release its standalone app for the Apple iPad. However, with the reports suggesting that the app is already in development, one can assume that it could happen sooner than expected.ALSO READ: | WhatsApp tips: How to mark messages unread and 6 other tricks you may not know aboutALSO READ: | From search image to In-app browser, here are top five WhatsApp features coming soonALSO READ: | From dark mode to forwarding info, here are top five features coming to WhatsApp for AndroidGet 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 byShweta Ganjoo Tags :Follow WhatsAppFollow WhatsApp iOSFollow Apple iPad
commentary Match Ended India made the wrong choice by leaving Rishabh Pant out of World Cup squad: Ricky PontingIPL 2019: Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting reiterated that Rishabh Pant has the potential to represent India in up to four World Cups. The batting great heaped rich praise on Pant after the wicketkeeper-batsman smashed a match-winning 78 against Rajasthan Royals on Monday. Akshay Ramesh JaipurApril 23, 2019UPDATED: April 23, 2019 10:39 IST Rishabh Pant scored 78 from 36 balls to led Delhi to a 6-wicket win over Rajasthan (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSRishabh Pant was named the Man of the Match in DC’s 6-wicket win over RR on MondayPant smashed an unbeaten 78, including four sixes, as DC gunned down a 192-run target with easePant conceded that World Cup selection was playing in his mind after returning to form on MondayBatting great and head coach of Delhi Capitals, Ricky Ponting said on Monday that Team India have erred by not picking Rishabh Pant in the 15-man squad for 2019 World Cup, starting May 30 in England and Wales.Reiterating that Pant was disappointed after being left out of the World Cup squad, Ponting said the Delhi Capitals star batsman would have been “absolutely devastating” in English conditions at the quadrennial cricketing spectacle.Ricky Ponting’s comments came after Rishabh Pant smashed a match-winning 78 not out in just 36 balls in Jaipur against Rajasthan Royals to help Delhi Capitals seal the top spot in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 points table and inch closer to the playoffs.Pant has played less than 30 international matches for India across the three formats but the young Delhi wicketkeeper-batsman has achieved considerable success at the highest level. Pant’s big-hitting ability makes him an X-factor for whichever team he plays for. The 21-year-old has been a proven finisher in IPL over the last two seasons.However, Pant was not included in India’s World Cup squad as the selection committee prefered Dinesh Karthik over the Delhi star. Selection committee chairman MSK Prasad conceded Pant was unlucky to have missed out but pointed that Pant has a long career ahead of him at the international level.Speaking to the official broadcasters on Monday, Ricky Ponting said: “I know how disappointed he was to miss out on the World Cup. In my opinion as well, I think India made the wrong choice there. I think he would have been absolutely devastating in English conditions through those middle over against spinners.advertisementHe added: “Would have loved to see what he could have done in the World Cup. As I said at the time he was left out, he’s got the potential to play three or four more World Cups if he keeps himself fit and healthy.””Someone as explosive as Rishabh likes a bit more pace on the ball. And we saw that tonight. Once he gets those sort of wickets he’s lethal. He got a wicket like that in Mumbai and he hit 70-odd off 20-odd balls.”Pant had been a bit inconsistent after he smashed a 27-ball 78 against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on March 24. However, Pant’s return to form has come as a huge boost to Delhi Capitals in the lead up to the business end of the tournament.Delhi Capitals are on the top spot of the IPL 2019 points table with 14 points from 11 matches so far. On Monday, DC gunned down a 192-run target with four balls to spare, thanks to some power hitting from Shikhar Dhawan and Pant.Talking up the role of youngsters, including captain Shreyas Iyer and young Prithvi Shaw in the squad, Ponting said: “There are some awesome young talents. The average age of group is about 25. Guys like Prithvi and Pant and to an extend Shreyas, they are just kids and to a certain degree, they are learning a bit about the game and bit of themselves.”Rishabh himself, he is on a different planet. He is an ultra-talented guy. He is a real competitor and a winner. He loves these conditions. Some really good signs there going forward in the tournament.”Also Read | Delhi Capitals dethrone CSK as No.1 after Pant, Dhawan heroicsAlso Read | World Cup selection played on my mind: Rishabh Pant after destroying RRFor 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 IPL 2019Follow Delhi CapitalsFollow Ricky PontingFollow Rishabh PantFollow 2019 ICC World Cup Referee: Manu Nayyar (IND) Umpires: S Ravi (IND), Nand Kishore (IND) and Yeshwant Barde (IND) Rishabh Pant (DEL) R. Pant (DEL) Super Over view full scorecard vs Match Ended Indian Premier League, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 20:00 (Local Time) Rajasthan RAJ (20.0) Series Status: Player Of The Match: Rishabh Pant – Indian Premier League, 2019 191/6 Shreyas Gopal (RAJ) S. Gopal (RAJ) Delhi 105 (63) Rajasthan No data available! view more view less (19.2) Delhi DEL Top Batsmen Top Batsmen 2/37 (4) Top Bowlers Top Bowlers Rajasthan RAJ advertisement Indian Premier League, 2019, Match 40 Ajinkya Rahane (RAJ) A. Rahane (RAJ) Kagiso Rabada (DEL) K. Rabada (DEL) Toss: DEL elected to field 2/47 (4) graphs 78 (36) Delhi DEL 193/4 193/4 Delhi beat Rajasthan by 6 wickets (19.2) 191/6 (20.0) Scorecard
Akshay Ramesh VisakhapatnamMay 10, 2019UPDATED: May 10, 2019 14:45 IST Qualifier 2: Chennai Super Kings take on Delhi Capitals for a place in the IPL 2019 final (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSDelhi Capitals take on Chennai Super Kings in the Qualifier 2 for a place finalDC are the youngest team in IPL 2019 and are looking to qualify for their first finalCSK are the oldest side in the tournament and are also the defending championsIt’s youth vs experience as Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings are set to battle it out in Qualifier 2 for a place in the final of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 on Friday.There couldn’t have been two teams with more contrasting traits facing each other in a crunch knockout match.Over the years, Chennai Super Kings have defied odds and proved age is just a number even in T20 cricket, which is generally seen as a format wherein young guns with fearless approach rule the roost.At the 2018 auction, Chennai Super Kings helped raise quite a few eyebrows as they had picked a squad with an average age of over 30 on their comeback to IPL. The trend has continued in the ongoing season as well with their average age once again being close to 34.They were called Dad’s Army and even some of their fans were sceptical about their chances with a relatively older squad on their comeback to IPL. However, CSK have understood their limitations well and thrived on the experience they have to prove their doubters wrong in the last two seasons.The defending champions are one win away from making the final for the second successive year. CSK have certainly set a blueprint for T20 franchises across the globe to follow and emulate.Dhoni’s proven mantra to not tamper with the playing XIs and give longer ropes to out-of-form batsmen has worked in IPL 2019 too. Shane Watson benefited from it and the likes of Suresh Raina and Faf du Plessis are peaking at the right time after a series of inconsistent batting displays.advertisement Chennai Super Kings are the oldest side in IPL 2019 and also the defending champions (Courtesy by BCCI)On the other hand, Delhi Capitals have relied on youngsters and, it is safe to say, the tactic has worked for them wonderfully well in IPL 2019.Under Shreyas Iyer’s captaincy and the watchful eyes of head coach Ricky Ponting and advisor Sourav Ganguly, the Delhi Capitals reached their first-ever playoffs of IPL in 7 years.Over the season, Delhi have played some fearless cricket and ended the league stages on a three-way tie on 18 points with table-toppers Mumbai Indians and CSK. Unfortunately, Delhi missed out on an opportunity to play the Qualifier 1 and seal a direct berth in the final due to their inferior net run rate when considering that of CSK and MI.Nonetheless, Delhi Capitals fended away a stiff challenge from former champions Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday to give themselves another shot at reaching their first-ever final in IPL cricket.On Friday, none of them can afford mistakes.Delhi Capitals need to be wary of not suffering collapses like they have done all through the season at an alarming rate. Despite the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, captain Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant scoring over 400 runs each, Delhi have suffered some horrible collapses and squandered matches that were well within their grasp. Delhi Capitals are the youngest team in IPL 2019 and are looking to qualify for their first final (Courtesy by BCCI)Even on Wednesday, Delhi Capitals were in a spot of bother in the last 2 overs of their 163-run chase. Young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant threw his wicket away while going for a glory shot when the team needed just 5 runs from the last 8 balls. Delhi scrapped through to a win after a few nervous moments in the final over.”I think we have an affinity for making games interesting every time. Things seem to go well and suddenly two-three wickets fall. That is the fun in T20s. As long as the situation is not interesting, you don’t have fun.” Delhi Capitals’ teenage opener Prithvi Shawa said while reflecting on the tense finish in Visakhapatnam on Thursday.Against CSK, it’s all about fine margins. Delhi Capitals cannot afford to have “fun” by squandering opportunities. A skipper like MS Dhoni, known for his tactical acumen, is not going to let go of even the slimmest chance that comes CSK’s way.On the other hand, CSK will be wary of fatigue as most of their senior campaigners looked below-par in the Qualifier 1 against Mumbai Indians on Tuesday, There were a couple of misfields and difficult chances that were let go off. Take Shane Watson’s example for instance. The senior batsman was a tad bit slow at the slips and it certainly didn’t help the defending champions.Dhoni has often spoken about scoring those 10-20 runs extra in order to compensate for slow movers in the CSK unit. Considering CSK’s batting form (or the lack of it), maybe their fielders may be forced to put in the extra effort to make up for possible shortcomings in their batting performance.advertisementAlso Read | Delhi Capitals need to be wary of another batting collapse vs Chennai Super KingsFor 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 IPL 2019Follow IPL Qualifier 2Follow CSK vs DCFollow Chennai Super KingsFollow Delhi CapitalsFollow chennai super kings vs delhi capitals IPL 2019: Delhi Capitals’ youth vs wisdom of Chennai Super Kings in battle for finalIPL 2019: Delhi Capitals will be looking to book a place in the Indian Premier League final for the first time when they take on Chennai Super Kings in the Qualifier 2.advertisement
World Cup 2019: Batsmen underestimate Yuzvendra Chahal, feels Sachin TendulkarYuzvendra Chahal bagged the important wickets of David Warner and Glenn Maxwell as India bowled out Australia for 316 while defending 352 at The Oval on Sunday. commentary India Today Web Desk LondonJune 10, 2019UPDATED: June 10, 2019 10:06 IST Yuzvendra Chahal was once again the pick of the Indian spinners in their second World Cup game (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSYuzvendra Chahal finished with 2 wickets of 62 runs in 10 overs against AustraliaChahal has 6 wickets in 2 games so far at an average of 18.83India toppled Australia from 3rd place in the points table after Sunday’s 36-run victoryIndia leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has been in tremendous form in the World Cup so far having picked up 6 wickets in the two matches against South Africa and Australia.Chahal followed up on his good show against South Africa with two wickets against Australia in India’s second match which they won by a big margin of 36 runs in London to move up to 3rd place in the points table.Chahal, who had picked 4 wickets against the Proteas in the first game, bagged the important wickets of David Warner and Glenn Maxwell, both of whom tried to go after the spinner but completely failed in their attempts. Chahal was miserly with the ball once again as he finished with 2 for 62 from his 10 overs.MUST WATCH: Laughs, antics, fun banter – This Chahal TV episode has it all courtesy the very funny Gabbar – @SDhawan25Do not miss this one – by @RajalArora @yuzi_chahal #TeamIndia #CWC19Full Video link here https://t.co/PSY2vYJieJ pic.twitter.com/ZCOLcZ1fZpBCCI (@BCCI) June 10, 2019Talking about the leg-spinner after the game, former India captain Sachin Tendulkar said batsmen tend to underestimate Chahal and pay the price for it later on.”Yuzvendra Chahal bowled beautifully again. He’s had fair amount of success against Maxwell. Many guys underestimate him, they feel he bowls just stump to stump. But even when it comes to that in lesser helpful conditions, he’s got tremendous control over his flight and the length that he hits.”Very rarely you will see Chahal pushing the ball through. He’s only pushing the ball through when he’s trying to bowl the flipper. Today was a great example when he got Warner out. Warner was beaten by the length. He stepped out to play the big shot but then he realised he’s not got to the pitch of the ball.advertisementChahal strikes. Warner departs after scoring 56 runs.Australia 133/2 after 24.4 overs pic.twitter.com/kur3aDyTlpBCCI (@BCCI) June 9, 2019″And that is the ability of Chahal, you know the arm speed is exactly the same, but he releases the ball bit later than normal and that is what deceives batters,” Tendulkar told India Today in an exclusive interview after India’s victory.After opting to bat first, India rode on a stupendous 117 from opener Shikhar Dhawan and useful fifties from Rohit Sharma (57) and Virat Kohli (82), to post the highest total by any team against Australia at World Cups.After that, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah shone with the ball with 3 wickets each while Chahal bagged two as India bowled out Australia for 316 in 50 overs and topped the defending champions from third place in the 10-team points table with 2 wins from as many games.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Sachin Tendulkar surprised with David Warner’s slow batting vs IndiaAlso Read | Sachin Tendulkar questions Australia tactics in failed run chase vs IndiaAlso Read | Sachin Tendulkar wants Shikhar Dhawan to break his record in ICC tournamentsAlso Read | Apologised to Steve Smith on behalf of crowd, says Virat KohliFor 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 Yuzvendra ChahalFollow Sachin TendulkarFollow India vs AustraliaFollow World Cup 2019 No data available! advertisement scorecard graphs view more view less Next
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England (50.0) England beat India by 31 runs Match Ended ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019 111 (109) Referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SL) Umpires: Aleem Dar (PAK), Kumar Dharmasena (SL) and Ruchira Palliyaguruge (SL) view full scorecard England ENG India IND India 337/7 3/55 (10) ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019, Match 38 306/5 You all wanted Rishabh Pant to play, there he is at No. 4: Rohit Sharma’s epic reply to journalistRohit Sharma was at his cheeky best during the post-match press conference on Sunday and had all the journalists in splits with his reply to a question on Rishabh Pant. Super Over Scorecard vs (50.0) England ENG Jonny Bairstow (ENG) J. Bairstow (ENG) 337/7 (50.0) 102 (109) graphs 5/69 (10) Mohammed Shami (IND) M. Shami (IND) Series Status: Player Of The Match: Jonny Bairstow – Top Bowlers Top Bowlers No data available! Rohit Sharma (IND) R. Sharma (IND) Top Batsmen Top Batsmen advertisement Match Ended view more view less Liam Plunkett (ENG) L. Plunkett (ENG) Toss: ENG elected to bat India IND ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 15:00 (Local Time) 306/5 commentary (50.0) Rohan Sen BirminghamJuly 1, 2019UPDATED: July 1, 2019 10:16 IST Rishabh Pant and Rohit Sharma had kept India in the hunt with their third-wicket partnership (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant were part of a 52-run stand for the 3rd wicketRishabh Pant was playing his maiden World Cup game on SundayPant had replaced the injured Vijay Shankar in the playing XI for the England gameRishabh Pant’s inclusion in the Indian playing XI on Sunday against England was met with a lot of cheer among fans as the maverick cricketer finally got a chance to showcase his talent in the World Cup with a 29-ball 32.India failed to chase 337 against England and suffered their first loss of the tournament in 7 matches but it was Pant’s knock which caught everybody’s attention as he played some of his trademark shots to show the world what he is really capable of doing.Pant had replaced the injured Vijay Shankar in the playing XI for this game. India had tried out Shankar at No.4 for a couple of games but the all-rounder failed to impress with scores of 29 and 14 against Afghanistan and West Indies in the last two games.Pant on the other hand, immediately made an impact with his bat. He came out after Virat Kohli’s dismissal when India was struggling to keep up with the asking rate and along with Rohit Sharma, added 52 runs for the third wicket to bring the team back in the run chase.Rohit was dismissed for 102 after which Pant and Hardik Pandya joined forces to score 28 runs which kept India in the hunt. But Pant departed trying to hit a big shot off Liam Plunkett’s bowling in the 40th over, only managing to find Chris Woakes on the leg-side boundary line who took a superb catch to send back the 21-year-old.Rohit was asked about Pant in the post-match press conference and whether he was surprised to see him bat at No.4 ahead of the in-form Hardik Pandya. The Indian vice-captain gave a hilarious reply to the journalist’s question leaving the room in splits.advertisement”Not really (surprised) because you all wanted Rishabh Pant to play right? Right from the time we left India, you all kept on asking where is Rishabh Pant. There he is at No.4,” Rohit joked with the journalist.Looking at Pant’s knock, former India captain Sachin Tendulkar also praised the young Delhi cricketer.”Rishabh went out and made a big statement. But also number of elements that one would have to look at, if there is an injury on the field then who comes and completes those overs (hinting at Vijay Shankar).”What I saw of Rishabh, he’s always been a dynamic player, always been aggressive. I call him a dynamite,” Sachin Tendulkar told India Today.Also Read | Rishabh Pant made a big statement with his batting: Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | World Cup 2019: India could have played better vs England, says Shoaib AkhtarAlso Read | Nasser Hussain, Sourav Ganguly slam MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav over lack of intentFor 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 Rohit SharmaFollow Rishabh PantFollow India vs EnglandFollow World Cup 2019 Next
Next Asian News International ManchesterSeptember 6, 2019UPDATED: September 6, 2019 12:53 IST Max Waight was gifted a signed Australia Test jersey by James Pattinson in Manchester (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMax Waight dreamed of watching the Ashes in England after Australia won the World Cup in 2015He started taking care of neighbour’s garbage bins for money in order to save for his tripAfter 4 years of saving money, Max is finally in England with his family living his dreamThe oldest cricketing rivalry between England and Australia has a fan following like no other and to showcase his love for the team from Down Under, a 12-year-old boy, Max Waight, saved four years of ‘hard-earned’ pocket money to watch the ongoing series in England.”I sat next to Steve Waugh, Justin Langer, and Nathan Lyon. Justin Langer showed me the plan book which was amazing to see all his notes and talking to Steve Waugh was amazing too,” cricket.com.au quoted Max as saying.”Steve Smith and Pat Cummins are my favourites. I got to talk to them about how they prepare and play the game. It was very enjoyable,” he added.The kid had seen Australia lift the World Cup in 2015 on their home soil and it was then that he wanted to travel to the UK to watch his favourite team take on England in the high-voltage series.But travelling to England was not that simple. His father, Damien, promised him that if he could raise AUD 1500, he would end up taking Max to the UK. Raising AUD 1500 was not easy for the kid, but he and his mother came up with a plan of taking out the neighbours’ rubbish bins on the weekends for the charge of just AUD 1 per household.The kid then wrote a letter to all his neighbours, offering his waste management services and he attracted customers in no time. The whole process went on for four years and he kept on taking the bins out on weekends. He took breaks when he was unable to take out the garbage bins or was ill.advertisementWhen he was unable to do so, his parents and younger brother did the job to keep the process going. And at last, when the kid accumulated the required money, his father kept the promise and booked the tickets for the entire family to go to England to watch the ongoing fourth Ashes Test in Manchester.”When I said it, I had to follow through. If he saved up the money I was not going to let him down,” cricket.com.au quoted Damien as saying.”You do not fast forward in your mind at the start and think you are going to do it but it is good that we are here. It is an amazing experience, we have got our whole family and another close family that we are friends with. We are just making memories,” he added.Max and his brother travelled to Old Trafford on the team bus and Max was seen sitting next to Australia coach Justin Langer.In the ongoing fourth Test of the Ashes, Australia declared their first innings at 497/8 after Steve Smith’s double ton. England were reduced to 23/1 at the close of play on day two of the Test.Also Read | Steve Smith recreating Don Bradman for those who haven’t seen the legend batAlso Read | Ashes 2019 4th Test: Magnificent Steve Smith puts Australia in command on day 2For 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Ashes 2019Follow Steve SmithFollow James Pattinson 12-year-old boy picks garbage for 4 years to fulfill dream of watching AshesMax Waight, a 12-year-old boy, from Australia is currently living his dream of watching his favourite cricket stars in action during the ongoing 4th Ashes Test in Manchester.advertisement
Next Shanker Basu returns to RCB as trainer, Sridharan Sriram named batting and spin bowling coachRoyal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have appointed former India trainer Shanker Basu as new strength and conditioning coach while Sridharan Sriram has been appointed as the batting and spin bowling coach.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiSeptember 19, 2019UPDATED: September 19, 2019 19:24 IST Shanker Basu returns to RCB as trainer (File Photo: @BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSShanker Basu was with the RCB before joining the national team in 2015Sridharan Sriram had also served as spin bowling coach of the Australian cricket teamRCB also appointed Australia’s Adam Griffith as the bowling coachFormer India trainer Shanker Basu was on Thursday appointed as strength and conditioning coach of Royal Challengers Bangalore for the next season of the Indian Premier League.Basu thus made a return to the RCB dugout after his successful stint with the national team ended with India’s semifinal exit from this year’s ICC ODI World Cup in the UK.He was with the RCB before joining the national team in 2015 and is regarded as one of the best trainers in India.Besides Basu, former India cricketer Sridharan Sriram has been appointed as the batting and spin bowling coach of the IPL franchise.Sriram, who played eight ODIs for India, had also served as spin bowling coach of the Australian cricket team.He parted ways with Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) prior to IPL 2019 to join Kings XI Punjab.RCB also appointed Australia’s Adam Griffith as the bowling coach, while South Africa’s Evan Speechly has been named as the team’s physiotherapist.Besides, the Bangalore franchise has named Malolan Rangarajan as its head of scouting while Major Soumyadeep Pyne will be the team manager.RCB had earlier named former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson as its Director of Cricket Operations and Australian Simon Katich as the team’s head coach.Also Read | Watch: Sachin Tendulkar analyses Steve Smith’s Ashes batting formulaAlso 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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Shanker BasuFollow RCB