TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves defender Ryan Bennett agrees new dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves defender Ryan Bennett has agreed terms over a new two-and-a-half year deal at Molineux.The centre-back had 18 months left on his old deal but will commit his future on improved terms until 2021, says the Daily Star.He has impressed in Wolves’ return to the Premier League with the club sitting 10th ahead of Saturday’s visit of Bournemouth.Bennett joined on a free transfer from Norwich in 2017 and helped Nuno Espirito Santo’s side win the Championship last season.He has made 49 appearances for Wolves, scoring once, and has played in 15 of the club’s 16 top flight matches this term.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Pellegrini says West Ham must build on victory at Southamptonby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini says they must build on victory at Southampton.The hosts had taken the lead through Nathan Redmond, but Felipe Anderson stole the show with a quick-fire double that earned his side three points and movement into the top half of the table.“I’m happy,” Pellegrini said. “When you start with zero points in 12 then it’s always difficult to recover your position in this way. “In this moment, we are in the top ten. We will continue fighting and improving and, with 27 points, in the second round, we continue improving with our winning mentality, and we try to finish the season as near the top of the table as we can.”He continued: “I thought we played a very good game. From the first minute, we had the intention of winning the game and I thought we were very balanced in the whole game. “We worked most parts of the game in our opponent’s side and we defended very well. They didn’t have many options. “The important thing [when Southampton scored] is we continued to play in the same way, draw the game immediately, and then we scored the winning goal.”
Chelsea boss Lampard rules Rudiger out of Valencia clashby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard has confirmed Antonio Rudiger will miss Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Valencia. The defender made his return from a long-term injury in Saturday’s win over Wolves.But Lampard says he suffered a groin injury in the clash and could potentially be out long-term once again.”Toni is injured,” Lampard confirmed. “At the weekend he bothered a small groin problem that he has been carrying the last couple of weeks so he is out. “He will have a scan later today to see where he is at. Hopefully it is not long-term.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos: Atletico point doesn’t mean a lotby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid captain Sergio Ramos was left frustrated with their 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid.Los Blancos went into this weekend as LaLiga Santander round as leaders and Ramos wanted them to prove their strength by beating Los Rojiblancos.”These games against Atletico are very physical,” he said to Movistar afterwards.”It’s one of the most difficult stadiums we have to visit throughout the season and it’s important to keep a clean sheet.”But in attack it’s hard to create chances because they don’t leave much space.”This point doesn’t mean a lot because we wanted three.”Madrid have improved at the back in recent weeks, and Ramos admitted it’s something they’ve been aware of.”It’s something we’ve been working on, being forceful,” he explained.”Everything adds up and I think we’re enjoying a good spell.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Dele Alli insists Spurs players behind Pochettinoby Freddie Taylora day agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham star Dele Alli believes that everyone at the club is firmly behind their manager Mauricio Pochettino.Spurs are struggling for confidence and form, especially in the Premier League.It has seen them slip in the top four race and prompted talks about Pochettino’s future at the club. But Alli insists every one of Spurs’ players is behind the Argentine coach.He told reporters: “Yeah, 1,000 per cent [players are behind Pochettino].”A lot of us would not be where we are now if it was not for him. All we can do is thank him.”We have always trusted him 100 per cent and we are going to keep doing that. We are a team.”When things are not going our way, it is easy for people to try and get at the manager but we need to look at ourselves as players.”We’re doing that and we are going to keep working hard.”
Add LeBryan Nash to the list of players who have slammed home a basket that should be considered for the mythical dunk of the year award. During Oklahoma State’s game against Texas in Austin, the Cowboys’ forward basically dunked over Longhorn guard DeMarcus Holland. Check it out: This angle makes it even more impressive:Oklahoma State and Texas are currently in the second half of their contest. The game is being televised on the Longhorn Network.
Georgia State, the No. 14 seed in the West Region, just ended the game on a 13-0 run to shock No. 3 seed Baylor, 57-56. Georgia State guard R.J. Hunter, the son of GSU head coach Ron Hunter, hit the game-winning three-pointer from way downtown with 2.8 seconds remaining.Hunter struggled much of the day, scoring just two points in the first half. His dad coached the whole game in a rolling stool after tearing his left achilles tendon celebrating the team’s Sun Belt Conference championship last week.This is what happened to Ron Hunter when R.J. made his game-winner. March Madness is amazing.
Barcelona confirmed that midfielder Denis Suarez joined Arsenal on loan for the remainder of 2018-19, before quickly deleting the announcement from their website.The deleted post confirmed that prior to departing Barca, Suarez extended his contract by one year to take him through the 2020-21 season. In addition, the announcement confirmed that the Gunners would retain an option to buy Suarez, and would be paying his salary for the rest of the season. 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? Goal reported earlier this week that a breakthrough had been made in talks between the two sides, with the 25-year-old set to join the Gunners for the rest of the current campaign. On Tuesday, Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde confirmed that a deal was nearing completion. “I know Denis was in this situation. It’s not official yet and we have to wait a little,” Valverde told a news conference.”It was a possibility that everyone valued, and we hope that things go well.”With manager Unai Emery confirming his side would only be targeting loan deals in January, Suarez was identified as a player who could help the Gunners on the flanks. Suarez has been brought in to compete for playing time with Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who is currently sidelined with a foot injury. The midfielder has played 71 total games with Barca since re-joining the club in 2016, but has been scarcely used in the current season.Suarez has just two La Liga appearances this term, to go along with six appearances combined in the Champions League and Copa del Rey. In his time with the Blaugrana, Suarez has scored eight goals and has won five trophies: one La Liga, two Copas del Rey and two Spanish Super Cups.Talks between the clubs have been ongoing for weeks and initially broke down after Barcelona insisted on an obligation-to-buy clause being inserted in the loan agreement.Suarez will be reunited with Emery at Arsenal, with the Gunners boss having managed Suarez during a loan spell at Sevilla in 2014-15. At the international level, Suarez has earned one cap with the Spanish national team, which came in May 2016.
Freddie Ljungberg and Steve Bould will both take on new roles at Arsenal this summer as part of a reshuffle to the club’s coaching staff.Ljungberg only returned to the Emirates Stadium last summer following a spell in Germany as Andries Jonker’s assistant at Wolfsburg.The Swede took over as Under-23s coach and guided his team to an impressive second-placed finish in Premier League 2, ending the season just four points behind champions Everton. 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? But Goal understands Ljungberg will now make the step-up to first-team duties where he will work closely alongside Unai Emery and his assistant Juan Carlos Carcedo next season.The switch is part of a wider restructuring at the club aimed at realigning staff with key skills and objectives.As part of that, Bould – who spent last season as one of Emery’s assistants – will also take on a new role at the Emirates Stadium this summer.The club stalwart was one of the few members of Arsene Wenger’s coaching staff who remained at the club following the Frenchman’s departure last summer.But his involvement with the first-team this season has always seemed somewhat limited, with Carcedo taking the predominant role in training sessions and on a matchday.There have been suggestions that Bould could end his long association with Arsenal this summer and look to move elsewhere, but Goal has learned that the Gunners do not want to lose the 56-year-old and view him as an essential part of the club’s future.He will instead take up the role of Under-23s coach vacated by Ljungberg as well as working closely alongside academy manager Per Mertesacker focusing on the development and progression of the club’s youth players.Before replacing Pat Rice as Wenger’s assistant manager in 2012, Bould enjoyed a hugely successful time in charge of Arsenal’s Under-18s, winning the Premier Academy League on 2009 and 2010.Bould, who made 372 appearances for the Gunners between 1988 and 1999, also led Arsenal to an FA Youth Cup victory in 2009 and had an excellent record in bringing players through who went on to play a big part in the first-team set-up.And that will be a key emphasis on his new role within the club’s highly-rated youth set-up. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has praised the contribution of Christian Pulisic after the winger finally made his first appearance for the club in their 1-0 friendly defeat to Kawasaki Frontale.The 20-year-old American joined the Blues from Borussia Dortmund back in January this year for a fee of €64 million ($73 million/£58 million), but was immediately loaned back to the Bundesliga outfit for the remainder of the 2018-19 season.As such, his Chelsea debut has been on ice since he completed his move to west London, but all that changed on Friday during a pre-season clash with their J-League opponents. 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? Lampard was quick to commend the Pennsylvanian-born wide-man after he was introduced from the bench in the 65th minute in Yokohama – particularly given the fact he only joined up with his new teammates earlier this week following his involvement with the USA at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.When asked about Pulisic’s performance after his first defeat as Chelsea manager, Lampard said: “Good. He has only been here a couple of days really in terms of training, so I have been really impressed. “He’s comfortable on the ball and I think he should have had a penalty towards the end of the game. “He wants to try to take people on – the sort of player the fans are going to like – so we have to give him a little bit of time to adapt slightly.“But the way he has trained, and the way he has come in with his personality looks great, so I am really pleased to have him.”Despite the end result, which saw Kawasaki Frontale snatch a late victory thanks to former Brazil striker Leandro Damiao, Pulisic himself was pleased to finally get his debut under his belt.And with Barcelona up next in the J-League World Challenge, his fitness is set to be tested even further over the coming days and weeks.“I’m really happy to be here with the team, and to get an actual match for the first time feels really good,” he told Chelsea TV. “We wanted to come out with a win, but I’m definitely happy.“They were very good opponents. As you saw, they tested us for 90 minutes and scored a good goal in the end. It was a tough one, but that’s why we’re training and getting ready for the season.“We want to try and progress in every game and get more and more match fit, and I think that helped us out today.“It’s been tough getting into things, but I’m feeling really good. It’s great to work with the coach and all these guys – it has tested me and I’m having a great time so far.“I grew up watching him (Lampard), so to have him here giving me pointers and helping the team – it’s awesome to have him around. It’s nice to have a guy that we can really relate to.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Gareth Bale sent a message to Zinedine Zidane after coming off the bench to score and inspire Real Madrid’s comeback against Arsenal at the International Champions Cup.Bale – tipped for an imminent Madrid exit after sitting out last week’s loss to Bayern Munich – was surprisingly introduced by Zidane at half-time and the Los Blancos outcast helped erase a two-goal deficit in a 2-2 draw before the LaLiga giants won on penalties on Tuesday.Arsenal – who had Sokratis Papastathopoulos sent off prior to half-time after Nacho Fernandez was dismissed for a handball – were in control thanks to Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, until Bale entered the fray. 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? Bale pulled a goal back with a simple finish in the 56th minute before fellow substitute Marco Asensio restored parity three minutes later in Maryland, where penalties were needed.While Bale’s spot-kick was saved by Emiliano Martinez, Madrid still prevailed 3-2 over Unai Emery’s Arsenal in the shoot-out.Eden Hazard and Madrid made a lively start but the LaLiga giants were eventually pressed back and punished by Arsenal for their sloppiness in the ninth minute at FedEx Field.After 90 minutes, it finishes…Real Madrid 2-2 ArsenalAnd that means we’re going to penalties #ArsenalinUSA pic.twitter.com/BZJdh4KMQr— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 24, 2019Madrid were at sixes and sevens in defence, losing the ball before Lacazette rounded Keylor Navas, but his goal-bound effort was stopped by Nacho’s hand. The referee brandished a red card and the Arsenal forward’s penalty somehow went in after hitting both posts.Arsenal were in complete control from that point, prompting Zidane to sacrifice Luka Jovic in his first start for Madrid since arriving from Eintracht Frankfurt as defender Raphael Varane was introduced in the 16th minute.Varane’s presence could not prevent Arsenal from moving 2-0 ahead eight minutes later after a lovely flick from Lacazette sent Aubameyang through and the Gabon international rounded Navas and fired the ball into the net.Madrid were handed a boost approaching the interval when Arsenal defender Sokratis was sent off for a second yellow card and Karim Benzema almost pulled a goal back on the stroke of half-time, but his towering header hit the outside of the post.Bale’s introduction at the break lifted Madrid and he pulled a goal back 11 minutes into the second half. After Asensio’s long-range effort rattled the post, the Welshman was on hand to score when the goalkeeper’s save spilled to his feet for a simple finish. 56′ | 1-2 | GOOOOOOOOOOAL by @GarethBale11!!!#RealMadridIsHere | #RMTour pic.twitter.com/yZScvEapdk— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) July 24, 2019Arsenal barely made it out of their own half as Asensio equalised three minutes later – the Spain international receiving a cutback from fellow substitute Marcelo before finding a way past Martinez.That proved to be the last piece of action from Asensio, who left the field on a stretcher with an apparent knee injury in a worrying scene for the Spaniard and Madrid.Bale then almost put Madrid ahead in the 67th minute, however his delicate flick was well saved by Martinez, with Arsenal firmly entrenched in their own half.Bale continued to do it at all ends after he made a goal-line clearance to deny Calum Chambers with 14 minutes remaining before Reiss Nelson curled a shot inches off target.Eddie Nketiah had a golden opportunity to win it for Arsenal with three minutes of normal time remaining, but he was unable to beat Thibaut Courtois in a one-on-one situation as penalties beckoned. read more
Three games, no wins. A difficult tour ended in underwhelming fashion for Liverpool, who drew 2-2 with Sporting CP at New York’s iconic Yankee Stadium. The first trophy of the season is to be shared, although the Reds of course have their eyes on bigger prizes than the Western Union Cup. Jurgen Klopp wore a rather weary look here, and no wonder. Average performances on awful pitches, in front of half-full stadiums; this was not the kind of trip he had in mind. Throw in a few injuries and a pair of opponents for whom a ‘friendly match’ appears to be an alien concept, and you can understand why he’ll be glad to be heading back across the Atlantic. 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? Liverpool take on Napoli in Edinburgh on Sunday, but it is their week-long training camp in Evian that will be in Klopp’s mind. He will welcome back three of his star men, with Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah set to join up with the squad in France.Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri, absent in America due to injury, should also return. What a welcome boost that will be as the new season hurtles into view. Because if we learned anything on this tour, it’s that the Reds’ squad is going to be tested over the course of this campaign. They are up there to be shot at. Beaten by Dortmund and Sevilla, the European champions looked a little more like themselves here. Klopp, though, will hope for big improvements in terms of fitness and team cohesion before the Community Shield against Manchester City a week on Sunday. They needed to battle back here, having fallen behind to Bruno Fernandes’ early strike. Simon Mignolet, the No.2 goalkeeper, will be at a loss to explain how that one squirmed from his grasp. Think Loris Karius in Kiev, only with lesser consequences. Divock Origi, as is his way, was in the right place at the right time to level before Gini Wijnaldum, who started on the left of the front three, put Liverpool in front before half-time. Fernandes, by far Sporting’s best player, set up Marcus Wendel for a well-taken equaliser after the break as Liverpool’s defence was caught square. The Reds had the best record in the Premier League last season, but have not had anything like the same solidity so far this summer. And here, they started with the back four which had won the Champions League in June. Klopp will not be too alarmed about the results, or even the performances for now. He knows there are levels to come from his side, especially when his big hitters are back. There are, though, legitimate questions to be asked as to whether his squad would benefit from at least one new face. Certainly they look short of full-back cover, and that was before news of Nathaniel Clyne’s ruptured anterior cruciate ligament emerged on Wednesday. They ended this game with Joe Gomez and James Milner there. An injury to either Andy Robertson or Trent Alexander-Arnold would have severe consequences, one fears. And who knows what would happen if one of the front three went down for any length of time. Pre-match, Klopp dismissed the idea of either Gareth Bale or Philippe Coutinho being signed before the window closes next month. Bale, he said, would be “outstandingly expensive”, while a “big, big, big, big, big, big, big, big-money signing” like Coutinho is “just not possible” this summer. That will frustrate those hoping for fireworks in the transfer market, although we should not rule out the idea of a late signing entirely. Klopp’s faith in his squad is strong, and given what happened last season, he would say it is justified. For now, he can reflect on a mixed few days Stateside. Liverpool continue to make friends wherever they go, and remain one of the biggest draws in world football. Whether in Bootle or the Bronx, Klopp and his players are idolised. The passion of Reds fans, it seems, is limitless. As for the team, it is onwards and upwards. After a testing tour, the real work starts now. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks during a press conference after the Clemson Tigers defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)Graduate transfers within the Southeastern Conference won a major battle on Friday afternoon. According to multiple reports, the SEC will now allow graduate transfers to play immediately, if they earn their degree.This a huge win for a few different athletes that were awaiting this ruling before transferring.Most notably, this rule change would allow Alabama grad transfer Brandon Kennedy to play immediately, if he’s given permission from the Tide to transfer to another SEC program.SEC grad transfers no longer must sit out a year when transferring to another league school, SEC presidents voted today. Previously, SEC required grad transfers to sit out a year when transferring to another SEC school— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) June 1, 2018Kennedy hopes to transfer to either Tennessee or Auburn, but was allegedly being blocked by Saban and the university.From AL.com:Alabama denied offensive lineman Brandon Kennedy’s initial appeal to transfer to another SEC school on Monday, sources told AL.com.Kennedy, who decided to leave the Crimson Tide program in early May, is hoping to join either Auburn or Tennessee as a graduate transfer but is still blocked from even having contact with those two schools as well as any other SEC schools and any future Alabama opponents.The next step for Kennedy, who graduated in December, is an in-person hearing with Alabama’s appeal board.The new rule helps Kennedy in one area, but stills leaves him in limbo in another. Alabama can still block his transfer to another SEC school given the SEC as a conference has a rule in place that allows SEC programs to block an in-conference transfer.SEC commish Greg Sankey on whether schools can still block intra-conference transfers: “Those rules remain in place right now, but those rules may change (under the NCAA’s new transfer model that takes power away from schools to dictate where athletes can transfer).”— Alex Byington (@_AlexByington) June 1, 2018Up next for Kennedy is a meeting with the Alabama appeals board.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Week 10 of the college football season is coming up in a few days. It is one of the biggest weekends of the season.We’ve got No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 LSU, along with Michigan-Penn State, Notre Dame-Northwestern, Georgia-Kentucky and more. This Saturday should be a lot of fun.OddsShark’s computer has released its predictions for Week 10.Here’s what it is saying for the biggest games.You can view all of OddsShark’s predictions here.
NASHVILLE, TN – FEBRUARY 16: Bryce Brown #2 of the Auburn Tigers reacts with teammate Malik Dunbar #4 after sinking a basket during the second half of a 64-53 victory over the Vanderbilt Commodores at Memorial Gym on February 16, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)Virginia is on its way to the national championship game, thanks to Kyle Guy’s three clutch free throws with 0.6 seconds remaining. Guy went to the line after being fouled by Auburn’s Samir Doughty on a three-point attempt.The Doughty foul will be talked about for years to come, even though it looked like it was the correct call. A missed double-dribble seconds earlier will also be remembered.As you might imagine, Auburn players are not happy with how this game ended. It is gut-wrenching to lose in the Final Four, and even more so in that fashion.Yahoo’s Brandon Velaski captured video of Tiger players entering the tunnel following the game, and in it, guard Bryce Brown can be heard slamming the referees.“NCAA needs to get some new refs.” – @AuburnMBB’s Bryce Brown after controversial call at the end of their #FinalFour game vs Virginia pic.twitter.com/uHC0hbYcyV— Brandon Velaski (@bvelaski) April 7, 2019We can’t blame Brown for feeling angry right now. This loss has to hurt immensely.He may not be happy about James Breeding’s whistle on Guy’s final three-point shot, but it does seem like Breeding got the call right. The no-call on the double-dribble is another issue though.Either way, the Cavaliers are moving on to Monday, and Auburn is left heading home.
Well, the Michigan native decided Ann Arbor is the place for him. He’ll be joining the Wolverines to play for head coach Jim Harbaugh.Michigan gets a commitment from No. 26 ranked recruit, Braiden McGregor, the No. 1 ranked recruit in the state of Michigan and the No. 2 defensive end overall📸 @BraidenMcgregor pic.twitter.com/5fxXfpPpy2— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) May 24, 2019McGregor is ranked the No. 87 player in the 2020 class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. He’s the No. 3 player from the state of Michigan.Before announcing his commitment to Jim Harbaugh and company, McGregor was reportedly down to Michigan and Notre Dame as potential landing spots.Michigan consistently ranks among the nation’s elite defenses under defensive coordinator Don Brown and that’s not likely to change in the near future as the Wolverines land top defensive talent.The Wolverines held the No. 5 class in the Big Ten and the No. 18 class in the 2020 recruitment cycle before adding the top defensive end.Stay tuned for the latest recruiting news. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)One of the top defensive recruits in the 2020 class announce his commitment on Friday afternoonEarlier this week, Braiden McGregor, the No. 4 defensive end in the 2020 class per 247Sports’ Composite Rankings, announced he was shutting down his recruitment and he knew where he wanted to play his collegiate ball.Just a few days later, McGregor pleased one fanbase by announcing his intentions to play for their football program.So, where is he headed?
India Today Web Desk HamiltonFebruary 10, 2019UPDATED: February 10, 2019 15:03 IST Virat Kohli is currently on a break (Photo tweeted by @imVkohli)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli is currently on a break from international cricketIn Kohli’s absence, Rohit Sharma is leading the team in New Zealand”I am a big fan of Mr Kohli but bigger fan of Mrs Kohli” read a banner during 3rd T20I between India and New Zealand”I am a big fan of Mr Kohli but bigger fan of Mrs Kohli” read a sign board at Seddon Park in Hamilton during the third and final Twenty20 International between India and New Zealand on Sunday.Virat Kohli is currently on a break from international cricket and will most likely be back to lead the team when India host Australia in a limited-overs series later this month.India Australia will play 2 T20Is and a five one day internationals from March 24.Steady on fella #indvnz #kohli pic.twitter.com/ICvGQgXX93Honey Badger Cricket (@hbadgercricket) February 10, 2019Kohli was rested for the fourth and fifth ODIs in New Zealand and also the three-match T20I series. In his absence, vice captain Rohit Sharma was handed the responsibility of leading the team.Kohli, who played non-stop cricket over the past several months, was rested keeping in mind his workload. Kohli scored 2735 international runs including 11 hundreds in 2018.In Australia, Kohli led India to their first ever Test and ODI series victories. The India captain scored 282 runs, including a valiant hundred in Perth, from four Tests. Kohli also scored a century in the three-match ODI series, which India won 2-1.Kohli also became the first man to sweep all three ICC awards when he won the ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year, Test Cricketer of the Year and Cricketer of the Year.During the second T20 in Auckland, a woman used a banner to troll all-rounder Hardik Pandya over the Koffee with Karan controversy.advertisementHardik faced a massive backlash on social media for his “sexist and misogynistic” remarks on the show and he and KL Rahul were suspended and called back to India from Australia in January. Their suspensions were lifted later pending appointment of an ombudsman and Hardik Pandya was back in the squad to play in New Zealand.However, it seems people are not yet ready to forgive Hardik completely for his offensive statements. During the second T20I, a woman spectator was seen holding a banner that said “Pandya Aaj Karke Aaya Kya? [Pandya, did you do it today?]”. This placard was in reference to Hardik’s statement on the chat show regarding his virginity, where he said he told his parents, “mai karke aaya [I did it today].”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 byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Anushka Sharma I am a big fan of Mr Kohli but bigger fan of Mrs Kohli: Banner spotted during Hamilton T20IIndia vs New Zealand: “I am a big fan of Mr Kohli but bigger fan of Mrs Kohli” read a sign board at Seddon Park in Hamilton during the third and final Twenty20 International between India and New Zealand.advertisement
Sneha Saha New DelhiFebruary 19, 2019UPDATED: February 20, 2019 09:44 IST HIGHLIGHTSXiaomi is all set to launch the Redmi Note 7 in India on February 28.Ahead of the launch of the new series looks like Xiaomi wants to empty stock of the old models.Xiaomi very recently reduced the India price of the Redmi Note 5 Pro to Rs 12,999.Xiaomi is all set to launch the Redmi Note 7 in India on February 28. Ahead of the launch of the new series looks like Xiaomi wants to empty stock of the old models like the Redmi Note 5 and Note 6 series. On account of that Flipkart is hosting Mobiles Bonanza sale and Amazon is live with Mi Days sale starting today, February 19. Both the sales will end on February 23. During both the sales, popular smartphones from Xiaomi are selling with massive discounts. Most of the offers are great, but the best one of all is on the Redmi Note 5 Pro on both Flipkart and Amazon.To recollect, Xiaomi very recently reduced the India price of the Redmi Note 5 Pro to Rs 12,999. Flipkart is selling the Redmi Note 5 Pro for Rs 11,999 after a flat Rs 1,000 discount. Amazon is also selling the Note 5 Pro for Rs 11,999. On top of the flat discount the interested buyers can get instant 10 per cent discount on Flipkart, which will further drop the price of the Redmi Note 5 Pro to Rs 10,800. Notably, the Axis bank offer will be available to buyers shopping with their Axis debit and credit card. Meanwhile, Amazon is offering an instant 5 per cent discount to ICICI debit and credi card users.Although the Redmi Note 5 Pro is a few years old now, at Rs 10,800 it is one of the best deals available on Flipkart during the Mobiles Bonanza sale today. It is a no hidden fact that Note 5 Pro is one of the best smartphones of its times. The smartphone has received several awards for being the best smartphone at its price point. In fact, the Redmi Note 5 Pro helped Xiaomi lead the Indian smartphone market last year. According to IDC Xiaomi has become India’s leading smartphone brand of India in 2018.advertisementThe Redmi Note 5 Pro strikes all the right nodes when it comes to the offerings. The Note 5 Pro manages to click great pictures with good amount of details and spot-on colours with its dual rear cameras. The selfie shooter of the Redmi phone also manages to click flawless selfies, as we had said in our review of the phone.The Redmi Note 5 Pro, on the back panel, comes packed with a primary 13-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture and 5-megapixel secondary camera with f/2.0 aperture. The Note 5 Pro camera also comes paired with several features like Single tone flash, PDAF, enhanced low-light photography, HDR adjustments, Panorama, Burst mode, Face recognition, EIS for video recording, among other things. The front camera of the Redmi Note 5 Pro is equally promising. The smartphone sports a 20-megapixel selfie shooter on the front paired with f/2.2 aperture.Overall, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is a powerful package. The smartphone features a 5.99-inch FHD+ display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. The phone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 chipset paired with up to 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage which can be expanded further via microSD card. The Redmi Note 5 Pro is backed by a 4000mAh battery which runs the phone easily for one full day in a single charge.Flipkart is also selling other Xiaomi phones including Redmi 6A, Redmi Note 6 Pro, Redmi 6 Pro, Redmi Y2, and Mi A2 with big discounts. The sale ends on February 23.ALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi 6A, Mi A2, Redmi Note 5 Pro sell with massive discounts during Mi Days saleALSO READ | Flipkart Mobiles Bonanza sale begins, big discounts on Redmi Note 6 Pro, Realme 2 Pro, Poco F1ALSO READ | Vivo V15 Pro with 32MP pop-up selfie camera now teased on Flipkart ahead of February 20 India launchGet 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 bySneha Saha Tags :Follow XiaomiFollow RedmiFollow androidFollow Flipkart Redmi Note 5 Pro for Rs 10,800 is the best deal in Flipkart Mobiles Bonanza saleThe Redmi Note 5 Pro strikes all the right nodes when it comes to the offerings. The Note 5 Pro manages to click great pictures with good amount of details and spot-on colours with its dual rear cameras.advertisement
Next Reuters NaplesApril 19, 2019UPDATED: April 19, 2019 09:53 IST Alexandre Lacazette struck in the 36th minute for Arsenal (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAlexandre Lacazette struck in the 36th minute to earn Arsenal a semi-final tie vs ValenciaNapoli’s loss ended Serie A’s interest in European competition this season.Chelsea booked a tie vs Eintracht Frankfurt in the last four after beating Slavia Prague 4-3A magnificent Alexandre Lacazette free kick sent Arsenal into the Europa League semi-finals with a comfortable 1-0 win away to a toothless Napoli on Thursday, ending Serie A’s interest in European competition this season.The Frenchman struck in the 36th minute to earn Arsenal a tie against Valencia, just as Napoli, trailing 2-0 from the first leg, were threatening to take control of the game.Carlo Ancelotti’s team lost their way after that and, although the hosts had 67 percent of possession, Arsenal were able to sit out the second half to reach the semi-finals for the second season in a row with a 3-0 aggregate win.”We came here with ambition, we wanted to win, to score some goals. We did it, and kept a clean sheet as well, which is important for the confidence,” said Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny.Ancelotti said that “the game lasted 30 minutes.””We had two chances to score and we didn’t succeed,” he added. “We have not been as lucid in the last two months, we are more predictable and because of that, we have difficulty with our finishing.”In a lively opening half hour, Napoli threatened to make a breakthrough as Jose Callejon’s effort was saved by Petr Cech’s legs and Arkadiusz Milik had a goal chalked off for offside.The Pole should have put Napoli ahead minutes later when compatriot Piotr Zielinski’s cross found him unmarked in the penalty area but he headed wide.Arsenal also lost Aaron Ramsey to an apparent hamstring problem but, just as it seemed things were going against them, they went ahead as Lacazette curled his free kick around a poorly organised wall from 25 metres.advertisementArsenal should have wrapped up the game four minutes into the second half but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with only Alex Meret to beat, placed his shot too near the goalkeeper who was able to save.The second half petered out after that as Arsenal sat back and Napoli enjoyed most of the possession but did little with it.Lorenzo Insigne shot weakly at Cech after getting clear of the Arsenal defence and was immediately substituted, a decision which infuriated the forward who watched the rest of the match on the touchline with his arms folded.Fabian Ruiz summed up their evening by firing their last chance wildly over the crossbar in stoppage time.”Insigne was just disappointed with the way the match went, he had believed in our chances like everyone else” said Ancelotti. “His reaction was not linked to the substitution.”Chelsea reached the Europa League semi-finals by beating Slavia Prague 4-3 in a roller-coaster game on Thursday, helped by a Pedro brace in a first-half onslaught before withstanding a comeback bid by the Czechs after the break.Chelsea, who will face Eintracht Frankfurt in the last four, were cruising 4-1 at halftime but Slavia’s Petr Sevcik slammed home two strikes early in the second half, narrowing the aggregate score to 5-3.With the Stamford Bridge crowd increasingly unsettled, and Slavia being roared on by their travelling fans, Sevcik spurned a chance to cut the deficit further.But Chelsea, having won the first leg 1-0, held on to set up a semi against Eintracht, who beat visiting Benfica 2-0 to go through on away goals after a 4-4 aggregate scoreline.A Chelsea triumph in the Europa League, a trophy they won in 2013, would secure a way back into the prestigious Champions League if they finish outside Premier League top four this season. They currently sit fifth in the table.”As usual in the last two months we started very badly in the second half,” Sarri told reporters. “It’s a big problem… We need a solution, we need to solve this problem.”Sarri, who has never won a major final as a coach, said he was determined to see his side triumph this time.”For me, I think it is very important first of all to get to the final, but this time I don’t want to just get to the final, I want to win the final,” he said.Slavia coach Jindrich Trpisovsky lamented his side’s defensive performance in the opening 45 minutes.”If we had managed the first half better, I think we could have gone through,” he said. “Everyone says the English Premier League is the example to follow and that we cannot play against teams like this. But I think we showed today that we can.”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 Arsenal FCFollow Chelsea FCFollow NapoliFollow Europa LeagueFollow Slavia Prague Arsenal, Chelsea reach Europa League semi-finals after hard-fought winsArsenal registered a 1-0 away win against Napoli while Chelsea reached the semi-finals by beating Slavia Prague 4-3 in a roller-coaster game on Thursday.advertisement
World Cup 2019: Archer must be licking his lips after watching Pakistan collapse, says WaqarFormer Pakistan captain Waqar Younis believes that England pacer Jofra Archer would be eager to bowl against Pakistani batsmen after they collapsed in spectacular fashion versus West Indies in their World Cup 2019 opener on May 31advertisement Reuters NottinghamJune 1, 2019UPDATED: June 1, 2019 13:11 IST Archer reacts after dismissing Faf du Plessis (AP)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan batsmen surrendered meekly to high-quality pace bowling from West Indies on May 31Pakistan were shot out for 105 – their lowest World Cup score in 27 yearsWaqar Younis believes England pacer Jofra Archer would be excited to bowl at Pak batsmen in their next encounterEngland quick Jofra Archer will be salivating at the prospect of bowling at Pakistan’s batsmen after witnessing the South Asian side’s meek surrender against the West Indies pacemen, the team’s former captain and coach Waqar Younis has said.A blistering Oshane Thomas-led pace attack swept Pakistan away for a dismal 105 at Trent Bridge on Friday as West Indies wrapped up a seven-wicket victory in under 14 overs in their World Cup opener.Pakistan’s total was their lowest World Cup score since making 74 against England at Adelaide in 1992, the year Imran Khan’s team went on to lift their only 50-overs crown.But any hopes of repeating that feat will face its sternest test as soon as Monday when Sarfaraz Ahmed’s side take on tournament hosts and favourites England, the world’s top-ranked side in the format.”It will be difficult for the team to bounce back quickly enough for Monday against England a team who are on such a high,” former Pakistan captain Younis wrote in a column for the governing body International Cricket Council.”They have probably never played better, and I think they have all the ingredients to go all the way and end their long wait for a World Cup.”Barbados-born Archer represented West Indies at youth level and was named in England’s 15-man squad despite only having made his one-day international debut last month.He picked up three key South African wickets in England’s comprehensive 104-run win on Thursday, bowling with lot of pace and bounce in London.”… you can be sure that a certain Jofra Archer will be licking his lips,” said Younis, himself a tearaway fast bowler in his playing days.advertisement”I have loved what I have seen of him so far. He is going to be the man that the world will remember when all is said and done at this World Cup.”He has just got something about him, a bit of stardust. He is nippy and bowls with that extra bounce and most importantly, he takes wickets. I am sure he will leave a mark on this World Cup and probably on Pakistan on Monday.”Younis, however, feels it would be foolish to write off Pakistan given the format of the tournament during which all 10 sides face each other before the semi-finalists are decided.”A lot has been said before about Pakistan’s record in the past, the unpredictable nature of this side. They lost heavily in their first game in 1992 and bounced back to win that tournament after all,” Younis said.”But we cannot really dwell on what happened 27 years ago. Winning the 2019 tournament is going to take some doing this time around.”A defeat like that damages the confidence and we need to make sure that we take our time to try and bounce back, think positive and turn the ship around.”Also Read | World Cup 2019: Shoaib Akhtar, Ramiz Raja horrified after Pakistan’s abject batting showAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Oshane Thomas and Chris Gayle star as West Indies hammer PakistanFor 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 ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow Waqar YounisFollow Jofra Archer