Klopp loving competition within Liverpool squadby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is loving the competition within his squad.The German says his players are fighting tooth and nail in training in order to impress him.Speaking before Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Napoli, Klopp said he had plenty of players available for selection.He said: “And the competition in this team is really big, yes. If that line-up is not performing, they are really there. As an example, Shaq [Xherdan Shaqiri] is brought in in that position where he has been training for a couple of weeks now. He is so creative. He is a real option.”If you have one good game and another good game, the dynamic changes. Dejan Lovren is not in the squad and I have no explanation for that other than two centre-halves on the bench is probably not necessary. Naby Keita is coming, everyone knows that. “When Ox [Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain] played really well at Southampton, for the all others it was ‘ooh’, but you should see training. They all want to make sure, ‘I am ready, you can use me’. “This is a really big club with competition between friends. It is not I have to kill him to play, it is really for the team. That is what the boys did so far and as long as we have that we will go for everything. Then we have to see what we get because we have really good opponents and that is the problem.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Southampton winger Stuart Armstrong earns Scotland callby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton winger Stuart Armstrong has replaced Oli McBurnie in the latest Scotland squad.Sheffield United striker McBurnie has withdrawn due to injury.Scotland travel to face Russia in a Euro 2020 qualifier on Thursday, before hosting San Marino at Hampden Park three days later.The Tartan Army must beat Russia to keep their hopes of qualification alive. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
David Moyes open to returning to Evertonby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveDavid Moyes is open to returning to Everton as manager.Struggling boss Marco Silva is coming under increasing pressure at Goodison Park.Moyes, who left Everton for Manchester United in 2013 after 11 years at Goodison Park, is now the bookies’ favourite to succeed Silva, should the Portuguese get the sack.The Mirror says Moyes wants a return to the Premier League, after turning down the offer of jobs in the Championship and League One in recent weeks.Moyes, who lasted just 10 months at United, is currently out of work after leaving West Ham in 2018, after six months in charge.But the 56-year-old, who also managed Real Sociedad and Sunderland post-United, is now the heavy favourite to become the next Toffees boss – for the second time. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@HailStateFBMississippi State football hosted a “ladies clinic” today, where Bulldog fans had a chance to go through drills and get coached up by the staff. Based on the many Instagram and Twitter posts we’ve seen, it looks like everyone had a great time. The day’s big winner, however, has to be Mary, the fan who has won the 60+ year old 40 yard dash seven years in a row. Mary doesn’t just edge out the competition either, she crushes everyone.VIDEO: For the seventh straight year, Mary wins the 60+ age group 40-yard dash at the Ladies Clinic #HailState pic.twitter.com/WioGhGCTNp— MSU Football (@HailStateFB) July 18, 2015We’re seriously impressed. Mary can fly.
Paying £58 million (€64m/$73m) for a player who has made just one Bundesliga start over the past three months might seem like a remarkable decision, but that is exactly what Chelsea have done by splashing the cash on Borussia Dortmund attacker Christian Pulisic.The 20-year-old had long been linked with a transfer to Stamford Bridge and BVB announced on Wednesday that he will join Chelsea at the end of the 2018-19 campaign, spending the remainder of this season on loan at the Bundesliga leaders as they challenge for both the German title and Champions League glory.Initially, Dortmund demanded £70 million ($89m) for Pulisic, but Chelsea eventually successfully drove down the asking price, with the winger’s contract in Germany due to expire in June 2020. 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? On top of his contract situation, there is also the fact that the USMNT international is no longer a key protagonist in BVB’s renaissance, though, as Pulisic slipped down the pecking order due to the fantastic form of teenage sensation Jadon Sancho.Pulisic had been struggling to get Bundesliga starts at Dortmund in recent months amid the ongoing uncertainty over his long-term future at the club and a move to Chelsea appears to make sense for everybody involved.Certainly, with Eden Hazard once again flirting with a move to Real Madrid, and both Pedro and Willian now in their thirties, the Blues could do with adding an exciting young winger to their squad.After all, this is a club that does not offer more than one-year extensions to players over 30 and then there’s the issue of Callum Hudson-Odoi appearing keen on a move to Bayern Munich.Pulisic is not the only player Chelsea have considered signing to rejuvenate their ageing attack – Lyon attacking midfielder Nabil Fekir, Barcelona bad boy Ousmane Dembele and Everton’s versatile forward Richarlison have all been scouted – but the USMNT star was the most viable target.As for Pulisic himself, he has always dreamed of a move to the Premier League.Speaking ahead of his country’s November friendly against England at Wembley, he stated, “England and the Premier League, it is a league where lots of kids dream of playing, so there is no reason why maybe one day I won’t play here.”Certainly, he should have little trouble settling in, particularly at Stamford Bridge.As an attacker schooled at Signal Iduna Park – initially under Thomas Tuchel and now Lucien Favre – he should have little trouble understanding what Blues boss Maurizio Sarri demands from his wingers.The Italian is a fan of small, skilful forwards who press the ball intelligently – Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne both excelled under Sarri’s guidance at Napoli – meaning he would fit seamlessly into the Chelsea line-up.Sarri takes huge pride in his ability to improve his players and that should help this transfer work as Pulisic aims to make a name for himself in the Premier League next season.Pulisic is still young but he will be charged with improving his end product, having only netted three times in 20 games for club and country this term.His talent is there for all to see, though, and given his age, it’s easy to understand why both Sarri and Chelsea were keen on the American attacker and eventually opted to meet Dortmund’s demands.
Joachim Andersen has hinted that he could be open to leaving Sampdoria this summer after a successful two-year stint with the Serie A outfit, and confirmed that his agent is in discussions with several clubs.Arsenal and Tottenham have been closely associated with a move for the talented 23-year-old over the transfer period, while there have also been reports that the Denmark Under-21 international could be bound for Ligue 1 side Lyon.Having established himself as a first-team regular in Italy, where his reputation as a technical centre-back has blossomed, he believes he needs to assess his options before deciding upon his next steps. 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? “It could be time for me to further my career,” he told Goal. “I have loved my time in Sampdoria – the fans, the president, the staff, the players, the city – but maybe it’s time to move on to develop further.“There are a number of interested clubs from Europe’s biggest leagues who are discussing with my agent and I’ll be making a decision shortly together with my family and my agent.”The former Twente star, however, spoke of the importance that Samp are amply rewarded for the way they have helped his career grow since he moved there in 2017.“It’s very important to me that Sampdoria can also benefit from an eventual transfer. It’s not all about me,” he said. “I have so much to thank this great club for. Without Sampdoria, I wouldn’t have had the opportunities I have had to this point.”He would not be drawn on his future destination but did underline his ambition to play at the very top level – and his confidence that he can do so.“I have dreams of playing in the biggest clubs in the world and the biggest leagues in the world – I’m lucky enough to already be playing in one of them,” he said. “I think I have a pretty broad football education and I don’t see why I shouldn’t be able to adopt to most leagues – but I’m not saying it would be easy.”Andersen believes that playing in Italy and discovering a new style of football has benefited him immensely.“I have learned a lot,” he said of his Serie A experience. “I grew up in Denmark and Holland playing with a lot of possession. When I came to Italy, I learned a new part of the defending game, which added a new layer to my football education. But most importantly I haven’t forgotten how to play ball. That means I’m still comfortable in possession while I have developed as a defender.“My position is good and of course I’m pretty tall [193cm], which gives me an advantage in the air. I’m not going to tell you what I had to work on – let the strikers see if they can find out themselves!”He reserved praise for Samp coach Marco Giampaolo, who is expected to take over at AC Milan in the coming days.“He’s played a big role in my development,” the Dane confirmed. “He is known as one of the best coaches in Italy when it comes to defensive organisation. I have learned a lot from him and he has made me a more complete footballer.”There has been some disappointment this summer for Andersen, however, as he missed the opportunity to play at the Under-21 European Championship due to injury.“The U21 Euros was one of my big goals this season, so it is insanely annoying that I can’t participate,” he said. “It was my last opportunity to play with the boys in the U21 team, so it’s hard to say goodbye to them without having the opportunity to play the in the tournament.“Of course, I would have loved to play, but instead of being 80 percent fit, I can now purposefully and thoughtfully build up for the next season without risking my rehabilitation. That way, I can concentrate on returning stronger and better.”
The Goal NxGn 2019 team is this week’s Featured Squad Battle in FIFA 19’s Ultimate Team mode and features players who appeared in the NxGn list in March this year.To have been included in the list, players needed to be aged 18 or younger as of the turn of the year.FIFA fans can earn up to 1,800 Squad Battle points by beating the NxGn 2019 team which is available until Monday July 8. Here’s who you’ll be up against and how they made team. 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 Attackers On the right side of a front three is NxGn 2019 winner Jadon Sancho , whose standout season with Borussia Dortmund saw him named the best player in the NxGn 2019 list.Sancho was also rewarded with a frightening 96-rated Team of the Season card in FIFA Ultimate Team, complete with 98 pace, 95 shooting and 97 passing.On the opposite wing is Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior . The Brazilian’s second-place finish in the NxGn list and 92-rated Future Stars card means Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi, who placed third in the list, is sitting on the bench.Juventus’ 72-rated Moise Kean plays as a lone striker. While the trio lack chemistry, the team has plenty of pace on the wings and Kean’s 72-rated card performs well, even though it’s only a silver.Midfielders In the centre of midfield are Brescia’s Sandro Tonali and Wolves’ Morgan Gibbs-White . Tonali made the NxGn list after getting his first call-up for the Italy national team and slots into the Squad Battle squad as the only defensive midfielder and the only player offering a link to fellow Serie A player Kean.Gibbs-White played 31 matches for Wolves last season and slots into the Squad Battle team providing chemistry links to fellow Premier League players elsewhere in the line-up.On the left side of midfield is Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies who was ranked No.6 on the NxGn list following his £17m ($22m) transfer from the Vancouver Whitecaps. Davies’ Future Stars card is packed with pace and has a lethal 92 shot power.Taking up the right side of midfield is Manchester City’s Phil Foden , who was ranked at No.4 on the NxGn list. While his 88-rated Future Stars card has him positioned as a CAM, by playing on the right side he provides chemistry links for Jadon Sancho in attack and Eric Garcia in defence.Defenders and Goalkeeper Making up a three-man defence are Ozan Kabak, who left Stuttgart to join Schalke on Sunday, Chelsea’s Ethan Ampadu and Manchester City’s Eric Garcia .Kabak was ranked at 40th in the NxGn list and impressed for Galatasaray at the start of the 2018-19 season before moving to Stuttgart for €11m (£9.5m/$12.5m) in January, and then on again to Schalke for next season. Kabak provides chemistry links for Davies in midfield and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Christian Fruchtl , who propped up NxGn 2019 at No.50.Ampadu and Garcia placed at 14th and 15th spots respectively in the NxGn list and fit into the NxGn 2019 Squad Battle team by providing chemistry links with Gibbs-White and Foden in front of them. While Ampadu’s Ultimate Scream card has 99 pace and 99 physical stats, its 63 defensive rating means the goalkeeper will likely be busy.
Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says Pep Guardiola should not be so quick to dismiss the German side’s hopes of signing Leroy Sane from Manchester City.The Bavarian outfit have been open about their desire to bring the 23-year-old winger back to the Bundesliga ahead of the new season.Rummenigge declared in May that the German champions would “try” to sign Sane this summer after Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery left. 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? City are trying to convince the ex-Schalke star to sign a new contract, however, and Guardiola suggested this week that there had been no approach from his former side.He told reporters: “For a long time [Bayern] talk about their interest but Leroy is our player and hopefully he can stay next season and next season and next season.”But Rummenigge says Bayern’s hopes of bringing Sane to the Allianz Arena are not over yet, as he suggested there may be more going on than Guardiola knows.”I don’t know if Pep knows what’s going on in his club. No idea. Let’s wait,” he told Bild.”If there is something to announce, then we will do that, but it’s not that far.”While Guardiola has said repeatedly that he hopes Sane stays in England, he implied this week that the player would be allowed to leave if he wants, saying: “It is his decision, it’s the same as what happened with [Jadon] Sancho. We want him, we are giving everything, but in the end, if he doesn’t want, what can you do? Nothing.”City are reportedly demanding at least £90 million ($112m) for Sane, while his wage demands are said to be excessive by Bayern’s standards.In June, Bayern president Uli Hoeness admitted that a deal is probably too expensive for his side, telling Kicker: “You have to be a bit sceptical. It’s unlikely that it will work. It’s about sums, they’re insane.”Sane, who has two years left on his contract at City, made 47 appearances and scored 16 times in all competitions as Guardiola’s side won the domestic treble last season.
EVANSTON, IL – SEPTEMBER 29: A general view of Ryan Field as the Northwestern Wildcats take on the Indiana Hoosiers on September 29, 2012 in Evanston, Illinois. Northwestern defeated Indiana 44-29. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)On Saturday afternoon, No. 20 Wisconsin walked into Evanston, Illinois as a four-point favorite. Four hours later, the team walked out with its third loss of the season after Northwestern dominated the Badgers.The Wildcats now own a significant hold in the Big Ten West – which will get even stronger if Penn State takes care of Iowa later this afternoon. Northwestern owned both sides of the ball en route to a 31-17 win.After the game was over, the Northwestern faithful did what any program who just took down a top-25 program would do – they rushed the field.Unlike the team’s win over Wisconsin, the field rush was less than impressive.Take a look.Lol Northwestern is rushing the field. pic.twitter.com/DKfj0T4pIk— Evan Flood (@Evan_Flood) October 27, 2018Sure, winning a game against a rival while said rival is ranked in the AP and Coaches’ Polls is great, but if you’re going to rush the field, at least cover a significant portion of it.Next up for Northwestern is a home game against Notre Dame. We’d expect to see a better field rush if the Wildcats can take down the Fighting Irish.
Last night, the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season were unveiled. While the focus was on the top four and those immediately behind them, some teams lurking just beyond still have a shot at the playoff.One of those teams is Ohio State. The Buckeyes’ lone loss was an ugly one at Purdue, but they still essentially control their own destiny. If Ohio State wins out–beating Michigan and Michigan State in the process–and wins the Big Ten title game, they will be 12-1 and almost guaranteed to make the playoff.During last night’s playoff show on ESPN, David Pollack cautioned viewers to keep an eye on the Buckeyes.“Ohio State to me has some things to fix, but they have the talent to me to be a team that could rise up and beat Michigan,” Pollack said. “They have plenty of opportunities. They’ve been there before. This is a team, with their talent level, that should be there at the end of the season.”Interestingly, while Pollack is touting Ohio State’s playoff chances, he wrote them off for the national championship two weeks ago when news broke that star defensive end Nick Bosa would miss the rest of the season.I thought Ohio State cld possibly win a National Championship with Bosa, without I don’t see it happening. Best player in the Country.— David Pollack (@davidpollack47) October 16, 2018Coming off a bye, Ohio State will host Nebraska this weekend. Kickoff is set for noon ET on FOX.After taking on the Cornhuskers, Ohio State will play Michigan State, Maryland and Michigan to end the season.[ 247 Sports ]
COLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 17: A general view of the Florida State Seminoles and Maryland Terrapins game at Byrd Stadium on November 17, 2012 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)Maryland’s football program is in need of a new head coach, as the Terrapins rightfully opted to fire head coach D.J. Durkin on Wednesday, shortly after the school had announced that he was being reinstated.Several names have surfaced in regards to the opening. A new one surfaced today – it’s a big one.Unfortunately for Maryland fans, though, it’s probably not one they’re going to like.Former Tennessee head coach Butch Jones is reportedly interested in the job. Jones, who was fired by Tennessee, is currently working under Nick Saban at Alabama.TerrapinsSportsReport.com reported Jones’ interest today, citing a source close to the head coach.It seems unlikely that the interest would be reciprocated by Maryland, though it remains unclear how the coaching world is viewing the Terrapins’ job with everything that’s transpired this year.Some other names that have been mentioned for the opening are Alabama assistant Mike Locksley, Syracuse head coach Dino Babers and former LSU head coach Les Miles.Stay tuned.
LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 14: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Urban Meyer is sticking around Columbus after he finishes up as head coach of Ohio State football with the upcoming Pro Bowl.Details of his new role have been coming little by little.On Thursday, it was revealed that Meyer would be teaching a class on “character and leadership” at Ohio State. As you’d imagine, considering what has gone down with Meyer this year with the Zach Smith situation, it has drawn serious derision.He will also have a role in the athletic department, and not just helping out his football program.Urban Meyer will be an assistant athletic director, and Gene Smith has started to outline what he’ll be doing for the Buckeyes’ AD.From The Plain Dealer:Smith told cleveland.com that Meyer will hold the title of assistant athletic director, though he’s not yet sure of the specifics. He also explained how he might handle things if he feels Meyer is hanging around football in a way that could make life more difficult on new head coach Ryan Day.While his official duties are being nailed down, Smith says that he will be aiding in coach development and fundraising roles:Smith said Meyer will work to develop Ohio State’s other coaches. There are 68 assistant coaches across 36 sports, and they all want to be head coaches. While running the football program, Meyer oversaw a de facto head coach finishing school that was praised by Tom Herman, Chris Ash and Luke Fickell as they went to run their own teams. So Meyer can now spread that to other sports.Smith said Meyer will help in raising money. He’ll do speaking engagements on behalf of the athletic program. He’ll spend time with the athletic department’s leadership institute. Meyer said this week he’ll teach a leadership class.Those definitely seem like logical things for Meyer to be doing while he’s still at Ohio State. Smith also made sure to note that Meyer would not be micromanaging his successor, Ryan Day.Time will tell if it is a long term plan for Meyer, or if he will eventually return to coaching, as many suspect.[The Plain Dealer]
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – FEBRUARY 28: Scouts look on as a player runs the 40-yard dash during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Former Ohio State wide receiver Parris Campbell appeared to be the fastest man at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis this weekend. The former Buckeyes’ star ran a 4.31 in the 40-yard dash.Campbell has been topped, though. An SEC defensive back has taken the title of “fastest man” at the NFL Combine.Former Auburn defensive back Jamel Dean has officially ran the fastest 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine this year.Dean, a former Ohio State commit, ran a 4.30..@AuburnFootball CB Jamel Dean runs a 4.31u 40-yard dash!Tied for the fastest 40 of the 2019 #NFLCombine 🔥 pic.twitter.com/ZibOdL80tq— NFL (@NFL) March 4, 2019Dean’s 40 was initially listed as a 4.31, but that was an unofficial time. It’s since been updated to a 4.30.Jamel Dean’s OFFICIAL 40 time: 4.30!The fastest 40 of the 2019 #NFLCombine 🚨@jmd0074 | @AuburnFootball https://t.co/0FYM7Xm5th— NFL (@NFL) March 4, 2019NFL.com lists Dean as a potential NFL starter, though there are some questions about his medicals, as he’s had multiple knee surgeries.Dean’s combination of height, weight and speed will get the conversation started off in the right direction for NFL evaluators, but there is no way around the fact that multiple knee surgeries will be a cause for concern in those same circles. His length and ability to disrupt catch space is a big plus in his favor and he has the athletic ability to play in a variety of coverages. However, he needs more consistent competitiveness and better technique for the next level.The knees certainly looked good today.
Tennessee and Penn State are in Top 10. Florida Stare is not.All of which makes this list really:A. DumbB. Inaccurate C. All of the above.So which is it #FSUtwitterCollege Football: Ranking the best programs in history | https://t.co/Vfq8PQWmQK https://t.co/7CcAMrLDgo— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) August 12, 2019Florida State has been a dominant program in college football for some time now, but the reality is that the program didn’t really exist until 1947. It’s unclear whether SI factored statistics like winning percentage into its decision.Florida State claims three national titles – 1993, 1999 and 2013. The Seminoles were arguably the most dominant program in college football in the 1990s.College football fans – should Florida State have been on the list? FS1Monday, Sports Illustrated released a list of what it considers to be the top 10 college football programs of all-time. While nobody seemed to disagree with the No. 1 overall program on the list (Alabama), there was plenty of debate regarding some others listed.The biggest issues with the list seem to be Tennessee’s inclusion at No. 9, Penn State’s inclusion at No. 8 and the fact that Oklahoma is ranked No. 10. Many believe the Sooners should be in the top five.Danny Kanell, who played at Florida State and loves to troll the SEC, got a hold of the list. He took to Twitter to express his displeasure that his Seminoles didn’t make the cut.He essentially called it “dumb” and “inaccurate” – asking #FSUTwitter what it thinks about the list.
India Today Web Desk MelbourneDecember 29, 2018UPDATED: December 29, 2018 18:56 IST Tim Paine was dismissed for 26 in the second innings of the MCG Test (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma had said he would get Tim Paine for MI if the Australia skipper scored a century Tim Paine failed to even get close to the three-figure mark in both the innings of the third TestIndia are on the verge of winning their first-ever Boxing Day Test in AustraliaThree-time Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Mumbai Indians have taken a cheeky dig at Australia captain Tim Paine, who has been involved in a sledging war with India players in the ongoing four-Test series in Australia.Adding salt to the insult, Mumbai joined their skipper Rohit Sharma, who had some funny exchanges with Paine during the ongoing Boxing Day Test at Melbourne.It all started when Paine sledged Rohit Sharma while the MI skipper was batting during India’s first innings at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The Australian skipper tried to break Rohit’s concentration when he was caught on stump mic telling short-leg fielder, Aaron Finch that he would pledge his allegiance to Mumbai Indians if their skipper hits a six.Rohit didn’t take the bait and went on to hit a half-century – a knock that saw no sixes from the blade of the MI skipper as India posted a big total of 443 for 7 declared.Before the start of play on Friday, Rohit said he had heard the banter and that he had told his teammate and Rajasthan Royals skipper, Ajinkya Rahane that Mumbai Indians would buy Paine if the Australia captain hits a century during the MCG Test.As Tim Paine failed to make a half-century, let alone reach the three-figure mark in both the innings of the ongoing Test, the Mumbai Indians took to Twitter and joined the banter.The IPL franchise uploaded a photo of Tim Paine with his second innings score of 26 and “Mission Failed” as caption embedded on it.advertisementIf he (Paine) gets a hundred here, I will put in a word about him to my boss at Mumbai Indians and we’ll buy him. Looks like he’s a fan of Mumbai.” – @ImRo45Tim Paine: c Pant b Jadeja – 26 (67) #CricketMeriJaan #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/c36xdjZRYWMumbai Indians (@mipaltan) December 29, 2018Meanwhile, Australia opener Aaron Finch had insisted that it was good banter and that Rohit had failed to fall into the trap when he was batting on the second day.”We were just trying to have a bit of banter with Rohit. I asked Rohit if we brought mid on up if he’d take us on and go into IPL mode and he didn’t take the bait, unfortunately. It was just a bit of good fun, a bit of banter. It was a long time out there,” Finch said.Over the third and the fourth day of the MCG Test, Paine and India wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant continued their sledging war.”Tell you what big MS is back in the one-day squad. Should get this bloke down to Hurricanes… They need a batter. Fancy that extend you Aussie holiday, beautiful town Hobart too… get him a waterfront apartment,” Paine had chirped at Pant on Friday.Responding to Paine’s comments, Pant called the Australia skipper “a temporary captain” when the latter was batting on Saturday.Despite all the on-field banter, India have come up with a professional approach in the ongoing Test. The visitors need only two wickets on the final day to win their first-ever Boxing Day Test in Australia while the hosts need to bat out an entire day or score 141 runs to avoid conceding an unassailable lead in the series.Also Read | Pant’s banter with Lyon caught on stump mic: “You don’t want to come tomorrow for nothing”Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami: Trio creates history in 2018For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow Rohit SharmaFollow Tim PaineFollow Mumbai IndiansFollow Boxing Day TestFollow Rishabh Pant Mission Failed: After Rohit, Mumbai Indians troll Australia skipper Tim PaineThree-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians joined the sledging war by reacting to Rohit Sharma’s banter with Australia captain Tim Paine in the ongoing third Test of the four-match series in Melbourne. advertisement
S. Kannan New DelhiJanuary 2, 2019UPDATED: January 2, 2019 12:25 IST Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik are proud parents to Izhaan Mairza-Malik (@MirzaSania Photo)Sania Mirza has been away from the tennis courts for almost a year and plans a comeback in the New Year. In an interview with Mail Today, she talks of pregnancy, recovery after a C-section and motherhood.Q: How would you look back at 2018, a year you decided to take a break from tennis and focus on raising a family?A: The pregnancy and the birth of my son, Izhaan, has been a truly exciting experience for me which has definitely touched and enriched my entire life in an amazing kind of way. I feel so grateful to God for making my life feel so complete and fulfilling.Q: Could you explain what it is like to be a mom? You adore your parents, so would you set any kind of goals for yourself in bringing up Izhaan?A: I don’t think I felt very maternal until I got pregnant and then everything changed. Whatever I ate, did or thought about was for my child that was yet to be born. And once, Izhaan was born, his needs and welfare were all that became the focus of my attention. My parents have done all they could for me and Anam (her sister) and I want to be the perfect mother to my son.Q: Is it possible for you to take the readers through your journey in 2018, the months leading up to the arrival of your son?A: I remained very active all through my pregnancy – of course, under the guidance of my doctors. It was important for me to demonstrate to myself and to those who cared that being pregnant was no impediment to living a normal life. Of course, I had to stop playing professional tennis but beyond that, not much changed. In fact, I was hitting tennis balls on court until a week before Izhaan was born, practising yoga and walking 3-4kms everyday during the last month of my pregnancy.advertisementQ: You have mentioned in an interview you are superstitious and would not like your son’s photos to be flashed in social media. Your thoughts on it?A: No, I don’t think I’m superstitious but I would like Izhaan to have as normal a childhood as possible without at any point feeling pressured.Q: Returning to the gym and training hard, how have you planned return to top fitness?A: I’ve already started work in the gym although for another month, I have only been allowed aerobic training since I had a C-section. I will start working with my physical trainer, Robert Ballard from the middle of February and possibly if things go smoothly I would be able to get back onto the practice courts in the first week of April. I will probably need another 6 months to achieve match fitness – but all this is assuming that everything goes well and my body responds positively to the workload.Q: You have said in the past there is unfinished business for you at the Olympics, is Tokyo calling? How does the new protected ranking from the WTA help?A: Olympics is important to any athlete but when one is coming back to competition after pregnancy following a long break, it would be difficult to just focus on the one tournament – however big it may be. I will need to make short term goals and then see how things pan out. But yes, the Grand Slams and the Olympics will be the most important goals for me as they are for any other tennis player. Since we do not have another women’s player in the top 50 of the world, the only way I can expect to enter the Olympics will be for me to get back to top-10 of the world. For now, that remains a distant goal, considering that the earliest that I could probably get back on the Tour would be in September this year. That will give me exactly 1 year to start from scratch and achieve a top-10 ranking. This is not an easy task.Q: Serena Williams keeps talking about her child, even when she has just finished playing a tennis match. Do you think the arrival of a child changes the approach to life and he/she becomes most important in life?A: Yes, I agree that once you become a mother, the child becomes the most important part of one’s life and that’s what makes mothers so special.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 Sania MirzaFollow TennisFollow Izhaan Mirza-MalikFollow Shoaib Malik ‘I want to be the perfect mother’Sania Mirza opens up about her pregnancy, recovery after a C-section and motherhood in an exclusive chat with Mail Todayadvertisement
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Salman Khan reveals the only time he will act in an A-rated filmSalman Khan said that he wants to be associated only with clean and entertaining films which can be watched by a family audience.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiApril 12, 2019UPDATED: April 12, 2019 10:23 IST Salman KhanIn his three-decade-long career, Salman Khan has always acted in and produced “clean” entertainers, with no kissing scenes or nudity. In an interview with a newspaper, he revealed that the only A-rated films he would sign would be high on action.”The kind of films that are being made (especially some of the stuff jo web pe aa raha hai) are shocking! I can’t even watch the stuff, but people are watching it. I understand that is also private viewing, phone pe, laptop pe. Akele dekhne mein bhi humko thoda aisa lagta hai ki yeh kya ho raha hai. Because hamari upbringing hai, parents hain,” he said.Salman said that even now, the audience feels awkward when they watch a kissing scene. “Instead of ones and twos coming in to watch movies, I’d rather want our banner (Salman Khan Films) to have films where people know they will have the naughtiness, humour, action and romance, but all of us can watch them together. That’s what I want to keep it to. Aur agar koi picture ‘A’ rated hogi, then it will be because of action. I’m not for kissing and nudity in films at all,” he said.On the work front, Salman will be seen next on the big screen in Ali Abbas Zafar’s Bharat, which is an official remake of the Korean drama An Ode To My Father and will depict the history of India through the life of an ordinary man. Salman will be sporting five different looks, spanning over 60 years.advertisementBharat, which also features Katrina Kaif, Disha Patani, Nora Fatehi and Sunil Grover in pivotal roles, is set to hit the screens on Eid 2019.ALSO SEE | Salman Khan’s niece Alizeh Agnihotri turns princess in new pic. Seen it yet?ALSO READ | Government wants Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif to promote Urdu. Is this a joke, asks InternetALSO WATCH | A look at Salman Khan’s controversial lifeGet 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 Salman Khan
Next Rahul Noronha April 19, 2019 ISSUE DATE: April 29, 2019UPDATED: April 19, 2019 15:38 IST Farmer Friendly: Congress president Rahul Gandhi addresses a ‘Kisan Abhaar Sammelan’ in Raipur on January 28. (Photo: Bhupesh Kesharwani)In the first three Lok Sabha elections held in Chhattisgarh after the state’s formation in 2000, both the BJP and the Congress scored hat-tricks in their respective talliesthe BJP won 10 out of the 11 seats each time and the Congress one. But the pattern is not expected to endureIn the first three Lok Sabha elections held in Chhattisgarh after the state’s formation in 2000, both the BJP and the Congress scored hat-tricks in their respective talliesthe BJP won 10 out of the 11 seats each time and the Congress one. But the pattern is not expected to endure this general election, going by surveys commissioned by parties and the mood on the ground. Political pundits suggest that the Chhattisgarh electorate tends to vote the party in power in the state in the Lok Sabha election. The explanation may sound simplistic, but previous results lend it credence. For example, in the 2003, 2008 and 2013 assembly elections, which the BJP won, the Congress got 37, 38 and 39 seats respectively in the 90-member Chhattisgarh assembly. But in the three Lok Sabha elections that followed, it failed to win more than a single seat. The lucky Congress candidates were Ajit Jogi (Mahasamund, 2004), Charan Das Mahant (Korba, 2009) and Tamradhwaj Sahu (Durg, 2014). And they were all individually influential.But even beyond the observed mirror-image pattern of assembly and Lok Sabha polls, developments on the ground may not let the BJP regroup after the 2018 assembly poll defeat and set the agenda in this election. For one, the new Congress government has fulfilled its assembly poll promise of waiving farm loans, unlike neighbouring Madhya Pradesh where the party’s government is yet to complete the process. The increase in the procurement price of paddy, from Rs 2,050 to Rs 2,500 per quintal, should please farmers further. The Bhupesh Baghel government has also announced the recruitment of 15,000 teachers, 1,345 assistant professors and 61 sports officers. While this may not address the larger unemployment situation in the state, it has given the public a sense that the governmentthe most sought-after employer hereis opening its doors.advertisementJobs is a vote-catcher in any election, and Chhattisgarh is no different. According to India Today TV’s Political Stock Exchange’, a weekly political tracker in the run-up to the Lok Sabha election, 22 per cent respondents in the state rated unemployment as the biggest election issue, followed by good work done by the party’, which 19 per cent respondents felt was their priority issue. With its vigorous jobs pitch in the Lok Sabha manifesto, the Congress hopes it has a finger on the public’s pulse.The Congress won 68 seats in the last assembly election, the most comprehensive mandate so far for any party in the state. The defeat seems to have thoroughly demoralised the BJP. Also, the Baghel government is probing several allegations of corruption pertaining to the previous BJP government, including alleged financial irregularities by former chief minister Raman Singh’s son-in-law Dr Puneet Gupta while he was superintendent of a government hospital in Raipur. Bhopal-based political analyst Girija Shankar explains why the BJP is on the back foot. The assembly election defeat weakened Raman Singh, and the BJP cadre that should have returned to work for the Lok Sabha poll is still not to be seen. On the other hand, the Congress has seen a revival in the true sense in Chhattisgarh and is contesting aggressively, he says.Both parties are betting on new candidates. Between the 22 candidates of the BJP and the Congress contesting the 11 seats, 19 are making a debut on the Lok Sabha turf. Even in a seat like Raipur, which has over 60 per cent urban voters and has been with the BJP since 1989except 1991 when V.C. Shukla of the Congress defeated Ramesh Baisthe party does not appear to be on a strong wicket. The contest is between the BJP’s Sunil Soni, a former mayor, and current city mayor Pramod Dubey, whom the Congress has fielded. The BJP is banking on its main campaigner, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to see it through in Raipur, particularly since it did not give the ticket to Bais, the sitting MP. Bais, a seven-term MP from Raipur, is from the backward Kurmi community, which accounts for 8-10 per cent of the state’s population. This election is being contested under the leadership of PM Modi, and it is imperative that he be given a second term for all that he has achieved in the past five years, says Soni.Chief Minister Baghel claims the prime minister is himself not enthused by the BJP’s prospects in the state. PM Modi came to Chhattisgarh on February 8 and held a public meeting in Raigarh that was not well attended. He cut down his visits to the state after that because he doesn’t see any results coming from it, insists Baghel. He will be holding a couple of public meetings ahead of the electionsthat’s it.advertisementBaghel’s assertion aside, the BJP seems to be in the fight in about half a dozen seats, but it’s uncertain how many it can win. In Durg, the party has fielded Vijay Baghel, the chief minister’s nephew who, incidentally, had defeated him in Patan in the 2008 assembly election. Vijay faces the Congress’s Pratima Chandrakar, daughter of Vasudev Chandrakar, widely regarded as the chief minister’s political mentor. The Congress won Durg in 2014, but this time resentment could be brewing in its own camp, given that sitting MP and home minister Tamradhwaj Sahu’s demand that the ticket go to his son was overlooked, citing caste factors.The Congress holds seven out of the eight assembly seats falling under the Bastar Lok Sabha constituency, while in Kanker, another tribal seat, it has all eight assembly seats. Mahasamund has an interesting contest on the cards, with two Sahu OBC leaders pitted against each otherCongress MLA Dhanendra Sahu is taking on the BJP’s Chunnilal Sahu. With five of the eight MLAs in the area from the Congress, the advantage arguably rests with Dhanendra. But analysts say the Sahu community could rally behind PM Modi, who comes from a similar OBC community in Gujarat.In Janjgir, a seat reserved for the Scheduled Castes, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Jogi’s Janta Congress Chhattisgarh (JCC) could play the spoiler for the Congress. The BSP has fielded Dauram Ratnakar, a three-term MLA and party veteran, and the BJP former MP Guharam Ajgale against the Congress’s Ravi Bharadwaj. A split in the SC vote will only help the BJP.To the BJP’s dismay, its nationalistic posturing in the aftermath of the terror attack on a paramilitary convoy in Pulwama and India’s subsequent air strikes in Pakistan’s Balakot has failed to get the desired traction in Chhattisgarh’s hinterland. Analysts see two reasons behind this: the state’s distance from the India-Pakistan border and its repeated brushes with gruesome attacks on security forces, courtesy the ongoing Maoist insurgency.The BJP’s other disadvantage is that its alleged majoritarian politics has, of late, not been as effective in Chhattisgarh. As a case in point, in the 2018 assembly election, Congress candidate Mohammad Akbar won the Hindu-majority Kawardha seat by a margin of almost 60,000 votesthe highest for any candidate in the state. In north Chhattisgarh, where the BJP benefitted in the past from the divide between Christian and Hindu tribals, the party did not win a single seat.However, what has not gone down too well with the electorate is the Congress’s announcement in its manifesto to do away with the British-era sedition law. While the party has reasoned that the law has been grossly misused and is redundant, it may help the BJP cut into Congress votes in the urban and semi-urban areas of central and north Chhattisgarh. By announcing that it is doing away with the sedition law, the Congress has given fodder to the BJP. It seems to have shot itself in the foot, forecasts Jogi.advertisementNow, the challenge for the Congress is to make the electorate believe that party chief Rahul Gandhi’s ambitious poverty alleviation programme, the Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY), is for real. A wide section of the voters doubts if the party has the will and the vision to implement it. State BJP chief Dharamlal Kaushik says voters remember the false promises the Congress made in 2018. Before the assembly election, the Congress, led by Rahul Gandhi, had vowed to give the unemployed a dole, impose prohibition and retrieve the money lost in chit-fund scams. None of these has been fulfilled, he says. Rahul Gandhi is emboldened by his party’s victory in Chhattisgarh on the basis of empty promises. But it won’t work this time. Baghel disagrees.You’ve reached your article limitSign in to keep reading India TodaySign inSign up NOW to get:Premium content on Aaj Tak HD ChannelUnrestricted access to India Today magazine contentGet 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 congressFollow BJPFollow Rahul Gandhi Hand Over the ReignAfter a landslide in the Chhattisgarh assembly poll, the congress has improved its Lok Sabha prospects by delivering on key promises. Can the BJP fight back?advertisement
India succumb to 0-4 loss against Australia in first hockey testAustralia rode on two goals each from Jeremy Hayward and Blake Govers to outclass India in the first match of the two-test series at the Perth Hockey Stadium on Wednesday.advertisement Press Trust of India PerthMay 15, 2019UPDATED: May 15, 2019 18:16 IST Jeremy Hayward gave Australia a 2-0 lead in the second quarter (Hockey India Photo)The Indian men’s hockey team were blanked 0-4 by world no.2 Australia in the four match of the tour Down Under with Blake Govers and Jeremy Hayward scoring a brace each for the hosts, here Wednesday.After remaining unbeaten in their first three matches of the tour, world No.5 India were handed a lesson in hockey by the Kookaburras with Govers (15th, 60th minutes) and Hayward (20th, 59th) finding the net twice each.India started the match well as they pressed Australia higher up the field, but were dealt two successive blows in five minutes.The visitors had earlier earned themselves an early penalty corner in the fifth minute, but Harmanpreet Singh’s shot was successfully blocked by the first rusher.In the 12th minute, Harmanpreet was in action again as he played one-two with Nilakanta Sharma on the right flank, who played in a well-calculated through-ball back to the defender, but he failed to reach the ball quickly enough.Seconds from the first quarter Australia secured their first penalty corner, which resulted in a penalty stroke for the hosts and Govers made no mistake from the set-piece.Five minutes into the second quarter, Australia earned back-to-back penalty corners and from the second chance Hayward beautifully flicked the ball low into the right side of goal past India goalkeeper Krishan Bahadur Pathak to double their lead.But three minutes later, Pathak came to India’s rescue to deny Australia from another penalty corner opportunity.Aaron Kleinschmidt then missed a great chance for Australia in the 25th minute as he found himself unmarked inside the box, but shot just wide of the post.advertisementStruggling to keep the possession, India won their fifth penalty corner through Sumit Kumar, but Australian goalkeeper Johan Durst made a brilliant double-save to deny Harmanpreet.Australia’s fifth penalty corner in the last minute of the second quarter saw Trent Mitton’s shot forcing a great save from Pathak on his right, which meant Australia took their two-goal advantage into the half-time break.The third quarter, however, witnessed a close battle between both the teams but Australia defended stoutly to keep Indian strikers at bay.India started the last quarter well and it was captain Manpreet Singh who created the first chance as he ran into the striking circle and shot at goal, but Australia’s Durst made a diving stop on his left side to deny the visitors.India secured another penalty corner in the 51st minute but Harmanpreet’s effort was once again saved by the Australian custodian.Desperately in search of goals, India withdrew their goalkeeper for an extra outfield player but the move backfired as Australia scored two goals in the last two minutes.Australia’s third goal came off a penalty corner conversion by Hayward before Govers scored through a fierce reverse shot to round off a disappointing day for the Indians.India will again play Australia on Friday in their fifth and last match of the tour.Also Watch: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 Jeremy HaywardFollow Blake GoversFollow Australia vs India Next