Month: October 2019

10 months agoSolskjaer admits he’d like to stay with Man Utd long-term

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer admits he’d like to stay with Man Utd long-termby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer admits he’d like to stay with Manchester United beyond the end of the season.The caretaker manager is on-loan from Molde until June.Asked about a permanent role in the Old Trafford dugout, Solskjaer told Sky Sports: “My job is for the next five months, because I’m going to leave them to someone else when they come in. “That’s the plan and that’s what my job is at the moment, it runs out at the end of May – actually the end of June but we don’t play many games in June. “So my job is to affect the players on what it is all about at Manchester United.“Of course, results and all that stuff too but I have to make sure I guide them and help them so in a year or two when I sit down and see these players perform again and keep winning trophies, I might feel a part of this.“You’re always ambitious of course, but as I’ve told Ed [Woodward] and the owners, I’m here to do as well as I can. “And if in May you decide someone else will be coming in then fantastic, and if you decide it’s me I’m sure we will agree.” last_img read more

10 months agoAC Milan midfielder Bakayoko: Chelsea must decide my future

first_imgAC Milan midfielder Bakayoko: Chelsea must decide my futureby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko doesn’t expect a decision about his future at Chelsea until June.Bakayoko has shone over last month for Milan after a difficult start to the season.After victory over SPAL, the midfielder said: “I do not think anything special has changed. I continued to train and work hard and when you do so things change. I’m happy because I’m playing well with the team. “The future? I’m happy here but it’s not my decision, it’s the club and Chelsea. At the end of the season we will talk to understand what to do.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoLeicester boss Puel: My players deserved this win

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Leicester boss Puel: My players deserved this winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJamie Vardy produced the winner for Leicester City at Everton on Tuesday.Vardy raced away and finished expertly just before the hour mark after a defensive mistake from Michael Keane presented him with some room to run in behind the Everton back line.Afterwards, Foxes boss Claude Puel said: “I think we had a disappointment after the game against Cardiff. “It was important to have the right reaction in this situation. I am happy, of course, about my players and about their work and togetherness today.“They gave their best, it was the same thing against Cardiff. I think against Cardiff, we lacked a little more freshness to have the efficiency and precision in their play – good pass, good touches, good control and good moves, all these things.“It was difficult also for Everton to find a solution against us because we defended very well, deep, with togetherness and quality.“After, I think it was difficult after our recovery to have good moves and it was important in the second half to try and use some good opportunities when we recovered the ball.“We tried to score. With the ball recovery and a good assist from Ricky (Ricardo Pereira), he gave a good ball with good timing and space for Jamie [Vardy]. We know the quality of Jamie in this situation.” last_img read more

7 days ago​Burnley winger Gudmunsson ruled out of Leicester clash

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Burnley winger Gudmunsson ruled out of Leicester clashby Ansser Sadiq7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson is set to miss their clash against Leicester City.The Clarets will have to do without the Icelandic star as he was injured on international duty.Gudmundsson did not complete his country’s 1-0 defeat against France last week.The attacking midfielder has one goal in four Premier League appearances this season.Speaking at a press conference, Burnley boss Sean Dyche said: “Johann Gudmundsson won’t be figuring.”Unfortunately he got injured on international duty, a reasonably serious hamstring injury, so it certainly won’t be days, it will be more like weeks and I don’t know how many yet, but it’s serious enough to speak in that way.” last_img read more

ESPN Announces College Football Broadcast Teams For Fall, Kaylee Hartung To Be Featured More Prominently

first_imgESPN's logo in red and white.ESPN has announced its college football broadcast teams for the fall. Most of the teams are similar to last year – Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Heather Cox are still the network’s top team and will call the primetime Saturday night game on ABC; Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe will have the prime Saturday night contest on ESPN. There are some changes, though. Among them: Kaylee Hartung, everyone’s favorite sideline reporter, has been promoted to ESPN’s Thursday night team with Joe Tessitore, Jesse Palmer and David Pollack. Maria Taylor will take Hartung’s sideline spot for the SEC Network’s top Saturday game. Beyond thrilled to join ESPN’s Thursday night crew and keep rolling with SEC Nation on Saturdays. Let’s go!!— Kaylee Hartung (@KayleeHartung) August 6, 2015Only Kaylee Hartung can make Nick Saban smile.— Curtis (@Curtos07) February 4, 2015Here are the full pairings, from ESPN.    Screen Shot 2015-08-06 at 12.11.34 PMESPN. Screen Shot 2015-08-06 at 12.11.42 PMESPN ESPNESPNThe season can’t get here soon enough.Related: Kaylee Hartung Commits Cardinal Sin Of Baseball >>>last_img read more

Kirk Herbstreit Highlights Ohio State’s Strengths This Season

first_imgKirk Herbstreit talking on ESPN.Kirk Herbstreit remains bullish on Ohio State’s football team heading into the season.The ESPN college football analyst did a Q&A with his followers on Twitter late Wednesday night.One person asked Herbstreit, who played quarterback for the Buckeyes, to highlight OSU’s strengths heading into the fall.@KirkHerbstreit What is going to be Ohio State strength this year. I know we are young but lots of talent. Go Bucks— Chris Lawson (@Law_Dog_osu) August 4, 2016His answer: quarterback play, athleticism and, most importantly, having a team that is “motivated” and “hungry.” Being incredibly athletic, QB is special, and most importantly back to having a team MOTIVATED and HUNGRY— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) August 4, 2016Ohio State opens its fall camp on Sunday.The Buckeyes open their regular season on Sept. 3 against Bowling Green at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.last_img read more

Photos: Braxton Miller Honored To Have Poster At Ohio Stadium

first_imgBraxton Miller running with the football for Ohio State.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 28: Terry Richardson #13 of the Michigan Wolverines tackles Braxton Miller #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the second quarter at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Braxton Miller is a bona fide Ohio State great after his tenure as All-Big Ten quarterback and later a dynamic wide receiver.His status with the program wasn’t in question, but now he is officially in the ranks of the “greats” at Ohio Stadium, where his poster has been added.Miller and defensive end Joey Bosa are the two latest Buckeyes to receive the honor.Bosa and Braxton have been added into the Hall of Greats at Ohio Stadium.— Not James Vogel (@Not_James_Vogel) August 31, 2016Miller is incredibly grateful to have his posted hanging at “The Horseshoe.”Miller proved to be a threat at every level of offense during his time at Ohio State. As quarterback from 2011-2013, he threw for 5,295 yards, 52 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions. He rushed for 3,315 yards and 33 touchdowns, including 1,000 yard seasons on the ground in 2012 and 2013. As a receiver in 2015, Miller caught 25 passes for 340 yards and three touchdowns.While his numbers at receiver won’t blow anyone away, it was his first year playing the position, and the team dealt with issues at quarterback, as J.T. Barrett did not win the job back from the up-and-down Cardale Jones until midway through the year. Even so, Miller showed enough to be a third round pick by the Houston Texans, where he now plays alongside superstar DeAndre Hopkins and promising receivers like Jaelen Strong and Will Fuller.last_img read more

Thiago Silva: Neymar uncertainty no excuse for PSG loss

first_imgParis Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva says the ongoing uncertainty surrounding star man Neymar was no excuse for their performance as they were deservedly beaten 2-1 at Rennes on Sunday night.After initially leading through Edinson Cavani, the Ligue 1 champions were pegged back on the stroke of half-time by M’Baye Niang before Romain Del Castillo headed in a superb winner shortly after the break.Speaking on Canal+ after the game, Silva was asked if the transfer speculation around his Brazilian compatriot had affected the side as they slumped to a surprise defeat. 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? “It’s hard, right?” he said. “For everyone, the club, and for us, the players. But that isn’t an excuse. It isn’t because of that that we’ve been less focused tonight. Ney wasn’t here and we have to concentrate on ourselves, and about all we need to do this season. It’s a shame to lose in the second game of the season.“It was a difficult match. We started well, we opened the scoring but then we relaxed a bit, and I don’t know why we lost our concentration.“It was a shame to concede at the end of the first half, and then at the beginning of the second half we concede a goal that we wouldn’t usually concede. We are going to lift our heads up, think about the next game and try to improve, because today it wasn’t the PSG we know.”He added: “We worked well, but this is only the beginning of the season. This is not an excuse, because Rennes played well. They were solid and more attentive. I do not know exactly what happened. It will be better in the next matches.’Manager Thomas Tuchel had similar thoughts about his side’s display, after watching a lethargic performance. Though PSG saw more of the ball than their opponents, they created fewer shooting opportunities and never managed to pose a consistent threat to Rennes’ lead.But, with Neymar’s move to either Barcelona or Real Madrid thought to be moving closer to a conclusion at last, Tuchel wasn’t able to offer any update on the transfer.Next up for PSG is a clash with Toulouse next Sunday in the club’s third match of the Ligue 1 campaign.PSG topped Nimes 3-0 in the club’s opener behind goals from Cavani, Kylian Mbappe and Angel di Maria.The champions currently sit eighth in Ligue 1 with Lyon, Nice and Rennes currently tied atop the table with six points from two matches.last_img read more

Video: This Is College Football’s Craziest Play Of The Day – By Far

first_imgA general view of Vanderbilt's football field.NASHVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 17: A general view of the game between the Vanderbilt Commodores and the Ole Miss Rebels at Vanderbilt Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)There’s a major upset brewing in the SEC today as Vanderbilt holds a healthy lead late in the first half against Florida. The Gators entered this game on a high from the team’s huge win over LSU last weekend.In a classic hangover game, Florida trails 21-3 and the team has looked very shaky on both sides of the ball for the duration of the game. Quarterback Feleipe Franks already has several turnovers on the day, the latest of which is easily the wackiest play of the day.Franks attempted to scramble, but lost the ball. What ensued was crazy.Several Vanderbilt players attempted to corral the ball, but each failed – which only helped the team gain field position. Check it out.Hot Potato??????? ?????— NCAAF Nation (@NCAAFNation247) October 13, 2018With just over four minutes remaining in the first half, the Gators are in serious trouble of losing their second game of the season.Can Florida pull it out, or will the Commodores score a massive upset?last_img read more

3 Schools Named The Favorites For Clemson QB Transfer Kelly Bryant

first_imgKelly Bryant throwing the football in warmups.CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers warms up before the start of the Tigers’ football game against the Furman Paladins at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)Three schools have been named the favorites for Clemson quarterback transfer Kelly Bryant, who announced earlier this season his decision to leave the Tigers’ program.Bryant, who’s received interest from several major programs, has already taken a bunch of transfer visits.Three schools appear to be standing out, though.From 247Sports:With one official left, Miami is out. Auburn is back in.According to a source close to Bryant, he will officially visit the Tigers sometime next week (the date is to be determine). He then plans to announce his transfer plans Dec. 4.Why the change? We can’t answer that, but it certaily signals that Auburn is a top contender. According to our intel, Auburn, Missouri and North Carolina might be the three teams to watch but Mississippi State, which Bryant officially visited over the weekend should not be counted out. “He had a great visit to Mississippi State,” a source told 247Sports.Multiple insiders believe that Mississippi State could be the real favorite here, but Arkansas has also been highly thought of, as Bryant has a good relationship with the coaching staff.Stay tuned.last_img read more

ESPN Releases Final Bowl Prediction For Penn State

first_imgpenn state running back miles sandersSTATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 13: Miles Sanders #24 of the Penn State Nittany Lions rushes for 78 yards against Joe Bachie #35 of the Michigan State Spartans and Khari Willis #27 of the Michigan State Spartans on October 13, 2018 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Penn State finished the 2018 regular season with a 9-3 record. The Nittany Lions are bound for a quality bowl game.ESPN’s final bowl projections were released earlier today. The Worldwide Leader thinks PSU is set to face Kentucky in the postseason.The only question is where they will take on the Wildcats. ESPN’s pair of analysts can’t agree on the destination, even if they both have the same matchup.Here’s what ESPN’s experts are predicting.ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura has Penn State playing Kentucky in the Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1 at 1 p.m. ET.ESPN’s Mitch Sherman has Penn State playing Kentucky in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1 at noon.Ironically, we’re coming up on the 20th anniversary of Penn State playing Kentucky in a New Year’s Day bowl game. The Nittany Lions beat the Wildcats in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1, 1999.Tim Couch was Kentucky’s quarterback in that game, and LaVar Arrington was one of PSU’s stars. Yea, time sure does fly.The full bowl slate will be unveiled later today.last_img read more

Michigan Coach Thinks 4-Star OL Zak Zinter Is A ‘Perfect Fit For Michigan’

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 17: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Wolverines 27-23. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh has been having no trouble convincing some of the top prospects in the nation to join his Michigan program. While four-star offensive lineman Zak Zinter is not quite ready to commit, he did have some insight into how Harbaugh has been recruiting him.Speaking to WolverinesWire this week, Zinter revealed that Harbaugh has spoken glowingly about him in an effort to get his signature. Zinter stayed that Harbaugh badly wants him to commit, and said that offensive coach Ed Warinner even called him “a perfect fit for Michigan.”“(Harbaugh) would love for me to commit,” Zinter told WolverinesWire.[…]“He thinks I can impact the team, and he thinks I’m a perfect fit for Michigan,” Zinter said of his conversation with Warinner. “He really likes that I’ve played center, tackle and guard so I can be versatile on the line for them.”247Sports rates Zinter as the No. 225 overall prospect in the country. He is considered the No. 23 offensive tackle in the country, and the No. 3 prospect from the state of Massachusetts.Zinter has many suitors from across the country, as well as Michigan’s two biggest rivals, Ohio State and Notre Dame.Per WolverinesWire, Zinter just finished his visit to Michigan and is set to visit Notre Dame in the summer.Harbaugh has had success recruiting in Massachusetts in the past. He landed the state’s No. 1 prospect for the Class of 2019, Mike Sainristil.Michigan’s Class of 2020 is currently ranked No. 10 in the country, and No. 2 in the Big Ten, per 247Sports.[WolverinesWire ]last_img read more

FanDuel Releases Spread For Oklahoma vs. Texas

first_imgMarcelias Sutton on Oklahoma running the ball against Texas.DALLAS, TX – OCTOBER 06: Marcelias Sutton #21 of the Oklahoma Sooners during the 2018 AT&T Red River Showdown at Cotton Bowl on October 6, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The Red River Rivalry, which features Oklahoma vs. Texas at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas every year, is one of the best games in college football. Let’s take a look at which team is favored to prevail this season.A year ago, Texas stunned Oklahoma, 48-45 to take command of the Big 12. But the Sooners got revenge in December, knocking off the Longhorns in the Big 12 title game to reach the College Football Playoff.This year, it looks like both schools will be highly ranked again heading into the contest. Both the Sooners and the Longhorns are expected to be in the top 10 of the polls when they’re unveiled in July/August.A number of sportsbooks have already been putting out spreads for the games for this coming season. This week, FanDuel got in on the action. At the moment, Oklahoma is a slight 3-point favorite. Of course, that could change as we get closer to the actual game.Oklahoma, this year, will be quarterbacked by former Alabama signal-caller Jalen Hurts. He replaces Kyler Murray, who won the Heisman Trophy and headed to the NFL. Sam Ehlinger will likely start for Texas.The game is set for October 12 at 11:00 AM.last_img read more

Former Alabama 5-Star Eyabi Anoma Makes Transfer Decision

first_img From former Alabama outside linebacker has committed to Houston, according to sources.Anoma has been on campus at Houston since Friday, per sources. Word is that Anoma still needs to be cleared by the university but that’s expected to happen.Anoma had been suspended from the team earlier this offseason and was dismissed from the program earlier this month.“We have a law that protects players and students in what you can and can’t say,” Nick Saban said on Saturday. “The guy was dismissed from school, and that’s really all I can say about it.”Anoma is a 6-foot-5 defensive end, ranked the No. 1 player at his position coming out of high school. Eyabi Anoma at Alabama football's spring game.TUSCALOOSA, AL – APRIL 13: Eyabi Anoma #9 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the team’s A-Day Spring Game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on April 13, 2019 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Former Alabama five-star recruit Eyabi Anoma has reportedly settled on a transfer decision, according to is reporting that Anoma, who was reportedly dismissed from the Alabama program, has committed to Houston.Anoma, the No. 4 overall recruit in the 2018 class, had been at Houston all weekend.The Baltimore native had also been linked to Maryland.last_img read more

Charles Woodson Has Brutally Honest Comment On Michigan’s 2018 Loss To Ohio State

first_img Woodson himself only ever saw victory over the Buckeyes. In his three years at Michigan, the Wolverines topped the Buckeyes three straight times.The 1997 season was the highlight of his time at Michigan. Woodson had a 78-yard punt return touchdown in a 20-14 win over the Buckeyes. Michigan would go on to beat Washington State in the Rose Bowl to finish 12-0 and win the national championship.But since Woodson’s win over Ohio State in 1997, the Wolverines have beaten their arch-rivals only four more times.That terrible loss to the Buckeyes in 2018 will likely continue to sting until the Wolverines finally manages to beat them.Ohio State and Michigan are set to play in Ann Arbor on Saturday, Nov. 30. A closeup of Charles Woodson.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 13: ESPN NFL football commentator Charles Woodson on the set before the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Los Angeles Rams at the Los Angeles Coliseum during preseason on August 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)Ohio State’s 62-39 blowout win over Michigan was nearly nine months ago. But to Michigan legends and superfans like Charles Woodson, it still hurts like it was yesterday.Speaking to Angelique Chengelis of The Detroit News, Woodson reflected on the game and how much it hurt. He called the loss “embarrassing” and disappointing for the alumni and former players.“That was nasty. That was disappointing for somebody that’s been in the program and for somebody that’s a fan of Michigan football, for all of our alumni, for all of the former players, it was embarrassing.”In addition to being a loss of historic proportions, the loss also knocked Michigan out of contention for the Big Ten title and the College Football Playoff. The team tried to salvage the season in the Peach Bowl, but was blown out again by Florida.Charles Woodson on the ’18 OSU game: “That was nasty. That was disappointing for somebody that’s been in the program and for somebody that’s a fan of Michigan football, for all of our alumni, for all of the former players, it was embarrassing.”— angelique (@chengelis) August 21, 2019last_img read more

Video Shows Mack Brown Dancing In Locker Room After UNC’s Win

first_imgMack Brown dances in the locker room to celebrate North Carolina's win over South Carolina.InstagramNorth Carolina’s decision to hire Mack Brown was met with serious questions last fall. Some of those remain, but he got off to a good start with the Tar Heels.UNC, an 11-point underdog, picked up a 24-20 upset win over South Carolina in Charlotte. Brown’s team made what could have been a fatal mistake late, but secured the big first win.After the game, the Tar Heels naturally turned up in the locker room. Mack Brown included.Here is the video of Mack Brown cutting a rug that you may not have known you needed. But you really, really— tarheelupdate (@tarheelupdate) August 31, 2019The Tar Heels are coming off of back-to-back nine-loss seasons under Larry Fedora, who had the team in the ACC Championship just a few years ago.Brown, who hadn’t coached since being let go at Texas in 2013, was certainly an out-of-the-box pick. The way his Texas tenure fizzled out didn’t exactly inspire confidence, and his hire was pretty surprising at the time.He was definitely a known commodity in Chapel Hill, though. He coached the Tar Heels from 1988-1997, winning 10 games three times in his last five seasons during that run, and ending the tenure with six straight bowl games. In 1997, the Tar Heels went 10-1, won the Gator Bowl, and finished fourth in the AP Poll.Expectations shouldn’t be that Brown gets UNC back there right away, but if the Tar Heels can be competitive in a pretty mediocre ACC Coastal right away and beat mid-level SEC teams, that’s not a bad start.last_img read more

Mithali Raj likely to retire from T20Is after home series vs England

first_imgMithali Raj likely to retire from T20Is after home series vs EnglandIndia, led by Harmanpreet Kaur, will play a three-match T20I series vs New Zealand from Wednesday. However, it’s still not clear if Mithali Raj will be part of the playing XI.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiFebruary 5, 2019UPDATED: February 5, 2019 21:12 IST It is understood that Mithali can read the writing on the wall and the cricket board will give her chance to retire on her own terms (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMithali Raj has played 85 T20Is and scored 2283 runs at 37.42Concerns were raised over her scoring rate in T20Is during last year’s World T20Mithali Raj dropped for the all-important Women’s World T20 semi-final against England last yearIndian women cricket team’s seniormost player Mithali Raj in all likelihood will bring down curtains on her T20 International career after the home series against England while continuing in the 50-over format where she is still the captain of the side.While India’s three-match T20 series against New Zealand starts in Wellington on Wednesday, it is still not clear whether Mithali will be a part of the playing XI.Even if Mithali Raj is picked in the playing XI, it has been learnt that the 36-year-old will not continue beyond the three-match T20 series against England, starting March 4 in Assam’s Barsapara.”Mithali understands that skipper Harmanpreet Kaur will like to concentrate on building a team for the 2020 World T20 and that she is unlikely to feature in that tournament,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on condition of anonymity. “But a player of her stature should get a warm send-off and that is likely to be against England,” the official said.There are indications that Mithali may not be selected in all the matches against the ‘White Ferns’ and she has been made aware by a senior member of the team management.It is understood that Mithali can read the writing on the wall and the cricket board will give her chance to retire on her own terms from the shortest format.”It is still not sure whether she would like to play the full series against England or like former men’s team pacer Ashish Nehra, play the first game of the series and retire,” the official further added.advertisementMithali Raj’s place in the T20I side under the scannerMithali’s place in the T20 side has been under scanner due to her slow strike-rate and waning fielding abilities which led to her being dropped for the all-important Women’s World T20 semi-final against England.The ouster from the playing XI led to a public spat with Committee of Administrators (CoA) member Diana Edulji, whom she accused of trying to “finish her career” along with interim chief coach Ramesh Powar.Powar didn’t get an extension in his role and WV Raman was appointed coach before the New Zealand series.Mithali has so far scored 2283 runs from 85 T20 Internationals with the highest score of 97 and 17 half-centuries to her credit.Also Read | Pant should play 2019 World Cup, New Zealand T20Is great opportunity for him: HarbhajanAlso Read | ‘Hardik Pandya was disturbed by Koffee with Karan row but he learnt from his mistake’Also Read | Kuldeep Yadav will be our number one spinner in overseas Tests now: Ravi ShastriAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 Mithali RajFollow India women’s cricket teamFollow MithalI Raj retirementFollow India vs New ZealandFollow India women T20Islast_img read more

Deepak and Rahul Chahar: Brothers separated by fate, united by one dream

first_img Indo-Asian News Service KolkataApril 28, 2019UPDATED: April 28, 2019 17:16 IST Cousins Deepak and Rahul have been impressive so far in the IPL 2019 (Courtesy Twitter: @chahardeepak9)HIGHLIGHTSComing a long way since playing gully cricket together in Agra, the pair are now vitals cogs in their respective teams’ wheelsIn 2017, Deepak and Rahul were reunited at Rising Pune SupergiantRahul’s strengths lie in his effective leg-breaks and excellent control over it while Deepak is a superb Powerplay bowlerThey might be playing for different teams, but Deepak and Rahul Chahar have one aim in common, use the platform in the Indian Premier League (IPL) to impress the national selectors and represent the country on the international stage.Cousins Deepak and Rahul have been impressive so far in the ongoing tournament, the former spearheading Chennai Super Kings’ pace bowling attack and the latter spinning a web around batsmen with his leg breaks for Mumbai Indians.Chahar is the fourth highest wicket-taker in the competition with 15 scalps to his name from 12 matches. Nineteen-year old Rahul, meanwhile, has played eight games for Mumbai Indians, taking nine wickets at an economy rate of 6.43.Both Chahar brothers play for Rajasthan in the Ranji Trophy and also shared the dressing room at the now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiant.Coming a long way since playing gully cricket together in Agra, the pair are now vitals cogs in their respective teams’ wheels.Deepak has played for India in one ODI and a T20I, but is yet to cement his place. Teenager Rahul is yet to get a break but with wrist spinners now ruling the roost, his performances won’t go unnoticed if he keeps delivering with the ball.Their fathers are brothers and their mothers are sisters. Deepak’s father, Lokendra Singh, used to work in the Indian Air Force and it was during his Jaipur posting that Deepak started playing professional cricket.Rahul also aspired to become a pacer like his elder cousin, but it was Deepak’s father who identified Rahul’s ability to turn the ball sharply in the nets and encouraged him to become a legs-spinner.advertisementBoth the brothers burst onto the scene at an early age, Deepak bagging 8 for 10 on Ranji Trophy debut to bundle Hyderabad out for 21 – the lowest total in Indian domestic cricket – at just 18 years of age; and Rahul claiming three five-wicket hauls in four Vijay Merchant Trophy Under-16 three-day games in 2013-14.But Deepak’s rise was marred by injuries and sickness which threatened to stymie his progress until recently when he rediscovered himself.In 2017, Deepak and Rahul were reunited at Rising Pune but while Deepak again struggled with injuries, Rahul was starved of game time. But as is the case in the IPL, unheralded players get to rub shoulders with the best in the business. Rahul spent valuable time with Imran Tahir in the nets.Rahul was subsequently not picked for India’s 2018 U-19 World Cup campaign but his performances in the 20-over Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy caught the attention of Mumbai who scooped Rahul up for Rs 1.9 crore.Meanwhile, Deepak, who was the top wicket-taker in the same tournament, was picked up by Chennai for Rs 80 lakh.Rahul, though, did not get a game initially but impressed a bit in his first outing against Deepak’s Chennai, conceding 11 runs in two overs without getting a wicket. There was no looking back from there on as he became Rohit Sharma’s go to bowler, much like Deepak is for MS Dhoni at Chennai.Rahul’s strengths lie in his effective leg-breaks and excellent control over it while Deepak is a superb Powerplay bowler as well as a death overs specialist.The Indian team at the moment has a very strong bowling arsenal with world-class pacers and spinners in their kitty. But the Chahar brothers, going by their IPL performances, are keen to give head coach Ravi Shastri and the team management a problem of plenty in times to come.Also Read | CSK pacer Deepak Chahar creates IPL record with 20 dot balls vs KKRAlso Read | Watch: MS Dhoni loses cool after Deepak Chahar bowls back-to-back no-ballsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 Deepak ChaharFollow Rahul ChaharFollow IPL 2019 Deepak and Rahul Chahar: Brothers separated by fate, united by one dreamIPL 2019: Cousins Deepak and Rahul have been impressive so far in the tournament, the former spearheading Chennai Super Kings’ attack and the latter spinning a web around batsmen for Mumbai Indians.advertisementlast_img read more

Umpires had to finish it off or I would have: Afridi recalls run-in with Gambhir

first_imgUmpires had to finish it off or I would have: Afridi recalls run-in with GambhirOne of the defining images of the India vs Pakistan cricket rivalry has been that of Gautam Gambhir and Shahid Afridi having a go at each other during an ODI in Kanpur back in 2007advertisement Ajay Tiwari New DelhiMay 3, 2019UPDATED: May 3, 2019 17:16 IST Gambhir and Afridi having a go at each other during an ODI in Kanpur in 2007 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShahid Afridi has described Gautam Gambhir as a negative person in his autobiographyAfridi says: “In Karachi, we call guys like Gambhir, saryal (burnt up)”Afridi and Gambhir have clashed a number of times on the field and off it tooFormer Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi is no stranger to controversies. From having been involved in numerous altercations on the field to his over-the-top statements off it, Afridi had a colourful career, to put it mildly. In latest news, Afridi has described former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir as a negative person in his highly anticipated autobiography titled ‘Game Changer’.One of the defining images of the India vs Pakistan cricket rivalry has been that of Gambhir and Afridi having a go at each other during an ODI in Kanpur in 2007. Then, umpire Ian Gould had to intervene to separate the two warring players before the players were fined 95% (Afridi) and 65% (Gambhir) of their match fees.Recalling the aforementioned incident, Afridi writes that the umpires had to intervene otherwise he ‘would have’ finished it off.”I remember the run-in with Gambhir during the 2007 Asia Cup, when he completed his single while running straight into me. The umpires had to finish it off or I would have. Clearly, we had a frank bilateral discussion about each other’s female relative,” wrote Afridi.Despite the clash, India still managed to win that ODI riding on fighting half-centuries from Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni before the bowlers combined to plot Pakistan’s defeat by 46 runs.In his autobiography, Afridi makes no bones about his opinions on Gambhir when he says that he doesn’t like Gambhir because according to him, the latter isn’t a positive person.”Gambhir behaves like he’s a cross between Don Bradman & James Bond. In Karachi, we call guys like him saryal (burnt up). It’s simple, I like happy, positive people. Doesn’t matter if they are aggressive or competitive, but you have to be positive & Gambhir wasn’t,” Afridi wrote.advertisementContinuing his tirade on Gambhir, Afridi goes on to describe him as lacking in ‘personality’ and ‘character’.”Some rivalries were personal, some professional. First the curious case of Gambhir. Oh, poor Gautam. He & his attitude problem. He who has no personality. He who is barely a character in the great scheme of cricket. He who has no great records just a lot of attitude,” wrote Afridi.Also Read | Pakistan star Shahid Afridi finally reveals his real ageAlso Read | Didn’t want to tweet only, so entered politics to do something: GambhirFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 Shahid AfridiFollow Gautam GambhirFollow India vs Pakistanlast_img read more