16 days ago​Krawietz: Klopp feels same about Liverpool as BVB, Mainz

first_img​Krawietz: Klopp feels same about Liverpool as BVB, Mainzby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool assistant manager Peter Krawietz believes that he and boss Jurgen Klopp found an instant connection with the club when they joined.Fans were unsure of what to expect of Klopp when he arrived, given the way his tenure at Borussia Dortmund ended.However, he managed to take the club to new heights, winning the Champions League last season.And Krawietz believes that part of the success is due to the incredible feeling that he and Klopp have for the club, which is similar to how they felt about previous clubs Mainz and Borussia Dortmund.”We always felt something like an identity with the club we were working for. In Mainz, it was our hometown where we grew up – so obviously it was easy because it was natural,” Krawietz told the Liverpool website. “We found this in Dortmund pretty quickly. And it is, and was, the same here in Liverpool. The more you learn about this city, of course adapting a little bit, and learn how people think and what they expect…of course, it helps if you have a little bit of success! “Then people can see from the outside things are going forward. This is what we always wanted. We thought the things we want to invent take a bit of time – a long-term idea – and we’d come somewhere where we’d try to make an impact for the whole club, something that stays for longer even if you are not here anymore. “Something which stays – not only trophies and a good time – and that it can go on. It worked in Mainz, it worked in Dortmund and I hope we are in a good way to do it as well in Liverpool.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

4 days agoLiverpool teenager Brewster showing improvement after Wolves brace

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool teenager Brewster showing improvement after Wolves braceby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool U23 boss Neil Critchley says Rhian Brewster is improving after his double against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday.The 19-year-old made his first-team debut against MK Dons in the Carabao Cup and boosted his chances of another appearance with a fine display in the 4-3 win over Wolves at Kirkby.Asked if Brewster was taking steps in the right direction, Critchley said: “There were positives to take from the game and Rhian’s goals were among them.”He is looking slightly better every time he plays. That was arguably his best game for us this season, not just his goals but his all-round contribution, the way he led the line particularly without the ball, competing with his back to goal as well.”He was competing very well with longer balls and balls in the air. He put a real shift in for the team which is something he will be able to do as he gets fitter. I was really pleased with his contribution.” last_img read more

Video: Oklahoma State Was Given A Phantom First Down Against Kansas State, Scored 4 Plays Later

first_imgOklahoma State coach on the sideline against Kansas State.oklahoma state phantom first downIt’s been a tough year for the the Big 12’s referees. It’s about to get worse.During Saturday’s contest between Oklahoma State and Kansas State, it appears that the Cowboys were given a phantom first down when they should have been four yards short of the line to gain. Facing a 3rd and 23 from Oklahoma State’s 42-yard line, Mason Rudolph connected with Marcell Ateman for a 19-yard gain. Fox Sports 1 showed a replay of the play, and when they panned back to the live action, OSU had somehow been given a first down.A user took video of the entire sequence. The play in question comes at around the 2:30 mark.Jake Trotter, who covers the Big 12 for ESPN, confirmed that the officials made a mistake. As he notes, Oklahoma State scored a touchdown just four plays later.Big 12 officials did in fact award Oklahoma St a phantom first down when it should’ve been fourth-and-four. OSU scored TD four plays later— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) October 4, 2015How does this happen? We’re not sure. But with the Cowboys eking out a two-point win over the Wildcats, there are going to be lots of questions here.last_img read more

Video: Ohio State Strength Team Dresses As Santa And Elves, Surprises Urban Meyer With Gift

first_imgSanta surprises Urban Meyer at the OSU facility.santa surprises urban meyerLast year, Ohio State’s strength and conditioning team dressed up as Santa and his elves to greet head coach Urban Meyer as he made his way to the locker room a few days before Christmas. Apparently, it’s now a tradition. Monday morning, Meyer was surprised by a similar scene, and was even given a present. No word on what was in the box.Ohio State is currently preparing for the Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Day. But there’s still apparently time for a little Christmas cheer.last_img

Ezekiel Elliott Welcomes “Brother” Jaylon Smith To The Dallas Cowboys

first_imgEzekiel Elliott celebrating after an Ohio State touchdown.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Running back Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes (left) celebrates his second quarter touchdown with running back Jalin Marshall #7 (right) during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)The Dallas Cowboys just made the most beloved pick of the NFL Draft, taking injured Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith with the No. 34 overall selection. Smith injured his knee in the Fiesta Bowl and likely won’t play at all during the 2016 season. One of the players he faced in that Fiesta Bowl, Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott, is now his teammate. Elliott welcomed Smith to the team on Twitter. Welcome to the family brother @thejaylonsmith— EzekielElliott (@EzekielElliott) April 29, 2016The Cowboys have drafted two of college football’s most-likable players in Elliott and Smith. The NFL Draft is being televised on ESPN and the NFL Network.last_img read more

Chelsea 2 Spurs 1 (2-2 agg, 4-2 p)

first_imgChelsea battled past Tottenham to book a place in the EFL Cup final against holders Manchester City, triumphing 4-2 on penalties after a stirring 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge.Maurizio Sarri got the desired reaction, having questioned the mentality of his Chelsea players in the aftermath of Saturday’s defeat to Arsenal, as N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard overturned the 1-0 first-leg deficit before half-time.Tottenham, without any of Harry Kane, Dele Alli or Son Heung-min in a competitive match for the first time since October 2016, found a response of their own by pegging Chelsea back with Fernando Llorente netting an aggregate equaliser. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The shoot-out opened in nerveless fashion, but Eric Dier blazed over the bar and Lucas Moura shot tamely to Kepa Arrizabalaga’s left, leaving David Luiz to steer in and spark raucous celebrations.No mistakes from @DavidLuiz_4!WE’RE THROUGH TO THE @Carabao_Cup FINAL! #CHETOT pic.twitter.com/8ngyaxYiW7— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 24, 2019Returning Tottenham midfielder Dier clattering into David Luiz before fouling Jorginho set a scrappy early tone prior to the hosts going in front after 27 minutes.Kante was given ample room to lash a partially cleared corner back towards goal and his shot zipped through the legs of Ben Davies, Moussa Sissoko and Spurs goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga.Hazard was revelling in the freedom of having Olivier Giroud playing alongside him as a specialist target man and he fed Pedro to find the overlapping Cesar Azpilicueta, before continuing his run to coolly convert the Spain full-back’s cross.Danny Rose came on for the injured Davies in between the Chelsea goals and the England left-back played a key role as an improved Spurs levelled five minutes into the second half, with Llorente heading home his delivery from the left.Llorente was unable to find the clean contact Christian Eriksen’s delicious swerving cross deserved – he made way for Lucas in the 68th minute – while Pedro fired too close to Gazzaniga at the end of a frantic Chelsea attack.Giroud, with Gonzalo Higuain looking on from the stands, passed up a pair of glorious chances in stoppage time and penalties were required for the Blues to book a date at Wembley. What does it mean? Sarri tough love ploy pays offBearing in mind the Stamford Bridge dressing room’s tendency to chew up and spit out head coaches, the wisdom of Sarri calling out first his team as a whole and then his star player over recent days appeared ill-advised. But his XI responded with the sort of sharp, tenacious display before half-time that Sarri had wondered aloud might be beyond them, while Hazard showed plenty of his dazzling best. Tottenham’s reserves of battling qualities under Mauricio Pochettino, even in the face of a punishing injury list and a lack of reinforcements, should not be questioned any time soon.Jorginho gets Chelsea on the front footSarri’s unswerving commitment to his deep-lying playmaker has invited growing criticism of late, meaning Jorginho’s sharpest performance since being ransacked by these opponents in November was particularly timely. The ex-Napoli man’s expertise in position is not up for debate, but his passing came at a more agreeable tempo, while no Chelsea player gained possession more often. It was a display capped with a delightfully cheeky kick under shoot-out pressure.Dire opening from DierOperating without a clutch of his leading stars, Pochettino was boosted by Dier being able to make a first start since his appendectomy. But the England midfielder was over-eager during the early stages, giving away needless fouls and failing to provide the assurance Spurs needed in central areas. His trip on Ross Barkley and failure to react to the quick free-kick that yielded Hazard’s goal was a moment to forget, although ballooning a penalty into the Chelsea fans was not the best way to erase it.Key Opta Facts8 – Fernando Llorente has scored eight goals in his last five starts for Tottenham in all competitions. Deputy. pic.twitter.com/uDLvRpC8Iz— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 24, 2019- Sarri is the sixth manager to take Chelsea to an EFL Cup final and just the fourth to do it in his first season in charge (after Gianluca Vialli, Jose Mourinho and Avram Grant).- Chelsea won just their second EFL Cup penalty shoot-out in their last six attempts, with both successes coming at home.- This was the third time that Spurs have failed to progress from an EFL Cup semi-final having won the first leg, alongside crashing out against Newcastle United in 1975-76 and Arsenal in 1986-87.- In all competitions, Chelsea have lost none of the 46 games in which Hazard has scored in at Stamford Bridge (P46 W39 D7 L0).- Kante has scored four goals in 30 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions this season – as many as he netted in his previous three seasons in England combined (four in 129 appearances).What’s next?Both teams turn their attention towards the FA Cup on Sunday, with Spurs travelling to Crystal Palace in round four and Chelsea hosting Sheffield Wednesday. read morelast_img read more

MAC Referees Say Central Michigan’s ‘Hail Mary’ Play Should Not Have Counted

first_imgCentral Michigan's game winning touchdown against Oklahoma StateThe Central Michigan play that will be talked about for years to come should not have counted, per MAC referees.Saturday afternoon, Central Michigan knocked off Oklahoma State on one of the most unbelievable ‘Hail Mary’ plays in recent history. With the score 27-24 in favor of the Cowboys, the Chippewas had one untimed down at the end of the contest. Quarterback Cooper Rush hit Jesse Kroll, who lateraled the ball to Malik Fountain for a ridiculous game-winner.But perhaps the play should not have counted.Let’s back up for a moment. How did Central Michigan get the untimed down ahead of the final play?Facing a 4th-and-13 with four seconds to play, Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph, instead of finding a way to waste four seconds with his legs, threw a deep ball that was ruled by the referees as intentional grounding. After the officials met, they determined that because of the intentional grounding call and the turnover on downs, Central Michigan would be awarded one untimed play.Apparently that isn’t the right way to interpret the rule. According to MAC referee Tim O’Dey, the game should not have been extended. Oklahoma State should have won the contest after its final offensive play.Transcript of interview with referee in CMU-OSU game. 1/?? pic.twitter.com/EpMkckZzQf— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) September 10, 2016Here’s MAC official Tim O’Dey with the pool reporter after the ending of OSU/CMU: pic.twitter.com/XGpRiUxHhK— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) September 10, 2016Here’s video of the final sequence. It includes both plays.The craziest thing of all? Apparently Oklahoma State can appeal to Central Michigan and ask the Chippewas to forfeit. That’d be something we haven’t seen before.How @BerryTramel explains it, from his understanding: #OKstate can appeal to CMU to reverse the outcome. Decision would be in their hands.— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) September 10, 2016Obviously, this is far from the end of the story here. We’ll keep you updated on the situation.Update: It’s been determined that the outcome of the game will not be changed.Bill Carollo confirms wrong call in CMU/OSU and also that outcome won’t be effected: pic.twitter.com/lCxmx9wAm1— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) September 10, 2016Central Michigan gets the win.last_img read more

FOX Sports Analyst Makes Bold Prediction For Michigan Football

first_imgA general view of Michigan's football stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 10: General view of the fans filling University of Michigan Stadium prior to the start of the game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on September 10, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Brady Quinn’s Notre Dame Fighting Irish open with Michigan this season. The FS1 analyst is pretty bullish on Jim Harbaugh’s club.Quinn was asked about the Week 1 match-up by Michigan blog Wolverines Wire.He is high on Shea Patterson, the quarterback transfer from Ole Miss who is expected to start for the Wolverines this season.Quarterback has been a problem area for Harbaugh during his time at Michigan. After the team suffered a bit of a slide in 2017, Harbaugh is starting to feel some pressure to get his alma mater over the hump.Brady Quinn thinks that could happen this year, and thinks Michigan could be in the College Football Playoff picture if they start out hot.From the blog:“I think this team – depending on how things go against Notre Dame, could all of a sudden be one of the teams we’re talking about in consideration for playing in the college football playoff.”To be fair to Harbaugh and Michigan, the team was very much in the discussion for the 2016 College Football Playoff. Its bowl loss to Florida State in the Orange Bowl marred that bit.As Notre Dame quarterback, Quinn was 2-2 against Michigan during his college career. The two squads used to face off almost every season.After his alma mater’s ACC arrangement, it has had to cut back on some of its rivalry games. This is the first time they’ve faced off since 2014.[Wolverines Wire]last_img read more

ESPN Releases New W-L Predictions For Country’s Top 25 Teams

first_imgA general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)With another week of games in the books, ESPN’s FPI has updated its predictions for the rest of the 2018 season. The updates are now complete.One of the categories in the FPI is win-loss projections. These change on a weekly basis.You can see the full win-loss rankings here.The top 25 is below. Note, these are the FPI top 25 rankings, not the official AP or Coaches Poll Top 25 rankings.Alabama: 11.5 – 1.3Ohio State: 11.1 – 1.5Georgia: 11.2 – 1.7Oklahoma: 11.4 – 1.5Clemson: 11.4 – 1.5Penn State: 10.1 – 2.2Michigan: 8.5 – 3.6Washington: 9.4 – 3.1Auburn: 8.8 – 3.3Stanford: 9.4 – 2.9Notre Dame: 9.7 – 2.3Mississippi State: 8.9 – 3.1Wisconsin: 9.4 – 3.1Michigan State: 7.9 – 4.2Boise State: 11.3 – 1.6Texas A&M: 7.3 – 4.8Miami (Fla.): 8.4– 3.9Virginia Tech: 8.7 – 2.8Oklahoma State: 8.4– 3.9LSU: 7.2 – 4.8Ole Miss: 7.9 – 4.1West Virginia: 7.4 – 4.7Oregon: 8.6 – 3.5Iowa: 8.8 – 3.5Duke: 8.5– 3.7ESPN’s FPI can be found here.last_img read more

Devin Bush, Michigan Player In Pregame Incident, Injured On Michigan State’s First Play

first_imgDevin Bush kicking Michigan State's logo.Early Saturday morning, Michigan star Devin Bush was involved in a pregame incident ahead of the Wolverines contest against Michigan State. During the Spartans pregame walk, Bush sat right in the middle to break it up.But that wasn’t all. Bush also went to midfield and destroyed the Spartans’ logo with his cleat – kicking up large chunks of sod before the game.Just a few plays into Saturday’s biggest game, Bush attempted to tackle Michigan State tailback L.J. Scott but went down awkwardly.Here’s the play.Devin Bush, who marked up the MSU field, injured on his first tackle attempt while seeing some disrespek from LJ Scott with this stiff arm pic.twitter.com/RQRaeOrlhw— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) October 20, 2018Bush stayed down for several minutes before being attended to by Michigan trainers. The linebacker was forced to leave the field for a play after going down.However, he didn’t stay out for long. The announcers during the contest suggested perhaps Bush just got the wind knocked out of him during the play.Michigan and Michigan State are scoreless midway through the first quarter.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Ohio State President Releases New Statement On Urban Meyer

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on prior to the All State Sugar Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Ohio State University has released a strong statement in response to the latest story from Brett McMurphy, which alleged that Urban Meyer “covered up” a “racially-charged” incident between Zach Smith and a former Buckeyes’ player.The school strongly stands by Urban Meyer, disputing the story.“We stand by Urban Meyer and strongly refute the reported allegations,” Ohio State President Michael V. Drake tweeted.We stand by @OSUCoachMeyer and strongly refute the reported allegations. https://t.co/zra6D7u66s pic.twitter.com/yHqd18AsKH— Michael V. Drake (@OSUPrezDrake) November 13, 2018Here’s the full statement:The Ohio State University unequivocally and vehemently disputes the unfounded allegations by Brett McMurphy. Any allegations of racism are outrageous and false. The university told McMurphy that we have found no evidence to support these allegations. Reporting in this manner is irresponsible, inflammatory and a severe invasion of privacy of a student athlete and his family as well as a baseless personal attack on Coach Meyer. It is regrettable that McMurphy and his employer would use such poor judgment in running this inaccurate story.Several Ohio State players have taken to Twitter to deny the story, too. Multiple Buckeyes’ players who were at the practice claim the incident did not take place.“Trevon Grimes was my best friend back then… and is still my best friend to this day. This report about “racially-charged practice altercation” is 100% false. Not a single player or staff member would have allowed this to happen,” quarterback Tate Martell tweeted.Trevon Grimes was my best friend back then… and is still my best friend to this day. This report about “racially-charged practice altercation” is 100% false. Not a single player or staff member would have allowed this to happen. https://t.co/6wLZN8ASWX— TATE MARTELL (@TheTateMartell) November 13, 2018“There’s no way that anyone would believe this. NO WAY. This lie is just out of hand. I was present during the entire altercation and what’s said in this article NEVER HAPPENED. I can guarantee it. Crazy how social media gives people platforms just to spread nonsense,” Parris Campbell tweeted.There’s no way that anyone would believe this. NO WAY. This lie is just out of hand. I was present during the entire altercation and what’s said in this article NEVER HAPPENED. I can guarantee it. Crazy how social media gives people platforms just to spread nonsense. https://t.co/FRBLucb9WY— Parris Campbell (@PCampbell21) November 13, 2018McMurphy has yet to respond to the latest disputes against his story.last_img read more

Oregon’s Projected Bowl Game, Per Experts

first_imgJustin Herbert of the Oregon Ducks attempts a pass.EUGENE, OR – SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 of the Oregon Ducks passes the ball during the third quarter of the game against the Stanford Cardinal at Autzen Stadium on September 22, 2018 in E (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)Even though the Oregon Ducks won their final regular season game, the injury concern surrounding Justin Herbert put a damper on the mood. With the superstar quarterback possibly entering the 2019 NFL Draft, this upcoming bowl game could be his final appearance.Herbert injured his shoulder against Oregon State, as his status is unclear right now. The Ducks own a 8-4 record, which features losses to Stanford, Washington State, Arizona and Utah.College football experts from various sites have revealed their bowl projections for this season. Let’s take a look at what they’re saying for Oregon.Jerry Palm of CBS Sports placed Oregon in the Holiday Bowl against Northwestern. The Wildcats face Ohio State this upcoming weekend in the Big Ten Championship.College Football News also has the Ducks in the Holiday Bowl, but against Iowa.Eric Single of Sports Illustrated has the same exact prediction as College Football News, which features the Ducks and the Hawkeyes in the Holiday Bowl.These projections all have Oregon playing in San Diego next month. However, the Ducks opponent would depend on the conference championships on Saturday.last_img read more

Dwayne Haskins Tweets Heartfelt Message For Ohio State Fans

first_imgohio state quarterback dwayne haskinsINDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – DECEMBER 01: Dwayne Haskins Jr. #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a pass down field in the game against the Northwestern Wildcats in the second quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 01, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Dwayne Haskins’ lone season as an Ohio State starter was an outstanding one. Haskins put up massive numbers, leading the Buckeyes to the Big Ten title, a Rose Bowl win and becoming a Heisman Trophy finalist in the process.Haskins is moving on to the NFL, but he won’t be forgotten in Columbus.It doesn’t look like Haskins will be forgetting his time with the Buckeyes anytime soon either.In response to an Ohio State fan who posted a video of Haskins’ highlights on Twitter saying he was going to miss him, Haskins delivered a message to Ohio State fans.“I’ll miss you too #BuckeyeNation I’ll represent the best university in the country the rest of my life,” he wrote.I’ll miss you too #BuckeyeNation I’ll represent the best university in the country the rest of my life ? https://t.co/a5QWSv97I4— Dwayne Haskins, Jr? (@dh_simba7) January 13, 2019Haskins is projected to be the first quarterback taken in the 2019 NFL Draft. He is expected to be a top-10 pick.As long as Haskins is taken in the first round, he’ll be the first Big Ten quarterback taking in round one since Penn State’s Kerry Collins in 1995.last_img read more

Michigan 4-Star WR Reportedly Considering Transfer

first_imgA general view of Michigan's stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 27: A general view of Michigan Stadium during the first quarter of the game between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Michigan Wolverines on September 27, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)A former Michigan Wolverines four-star recruit is reportedly considering a transfer ahead of the 2019 season.Oliver Martin, a four-star recruit in the 2017 class, has reportedly entered his name into the NCAA’s transfer portal.The former top recruit had 11 catches for 125 yards and 1 touchdown in 2018.ESPN’s Tom VanHaaren broke the news. “Per a source, Michigan wide receiver Oliver Martin is in the transfer portal,” he tweeted.Per a source, Michigan wide receiver Oliver Martin is in the transfer portal.— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) June 5, 2019Martin was ranked the No. 29 WR in the country coming out of high school in 2017.He chose Michigan over Notre Dame, Michigan State and Iowa, among other programs.Stay tuned for more developments regarding his potential transfer.last_img read more

Mithali Raj looking for fresh start under new coach WV Raman

first_imgMithali Raj looking for fresh start under new coach WV RamanMithali Raj is confident that WV Raman’s experience as a coach would make a difference and she will be on the “same page” with the former India opener.advertisement Press Trust of India MumbaiJanuary 13, 2019UPDATED: January 13, 2019 21:21 IST Mithali was controversially dropped from the Indian team for the World T20 semi-final vs England (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMithali Raj is confident that WV Raman’s experience as a coach would make a differenceMithali had accused ousted coach Ramesh Powar of bias during the Women’s World T20″The coach and the players will have to be on the same page, because that’s very important,” Mithali saidHer differences with ousted coach Ramesh Powar and Committee of Administrators (COA) member Diana Edulji is a thing of past as Mithali Raj gears up to make a “fresh start” under the able guidance of new coach WV Raman in the upcoming tour of New Zealand.The women’s team was at the centre of a huge controversy after their semi-final exit in the T20 World Cup in the West Indies after Raj accused previous coach Powar of bias and COA member Edulji of trying to finish her career.”I think it’s a fresh start. Coming into the new year, this is the first series and yes we have moved on from that (controversy),” ODI skipper Mithali told reporters during the team’s pre-departure press conference here on Sunday.Mithali is confident that Raman’s experience as a coach would make a difference and she will be on the “same page” with the former India opener.”When a coach comes in the national side, we as a team are very vocal and expressive as to what is required for the benefit of the team. The coach and the players will have to be on the same page, because that’s very important.”While this will be her first stint under Raman, she is confident that it will be onwards and upwards from here on.”And I am sure. I have not trained under him (Raman) but met him couple of times and if you have seen his credential… He has played [at the highest level] and coached various teams at various levels.advertisement”So he comes with that and there are no expectations as such when you have credentials like that, you are only positive that the coach will make big difference to the team, getting in to the year and to the series,” the star batter exuded confidence in new coach.Mithali also acknowledged that all coaches have played a part in shaping up the team.”I honestly believe every coach like how a captain has a very different take, they get very different perspective to the table, so does the coach.”The team what it is today, is because of all those various coaches, who trained the team in these years, the team has come so far and his (Raman) knowledge will only benefit the team to go further and above, to move forward,” she added.Mithali also stressed that as the ODI captain she will bring the team together.”At this level, every player understands what it takes to reach this level and what it takes as a team to play, go on an overseas tour, aim to win the series and gain those [ICC ranking] points.”So even though we [coach-captain] might have difference of opinions, but when it comes down to players, as a team, we sit and discuss,” the skipper said.Mithali is hopeful that she can bring the team together against the ‘White Ferns’ during the upcoming tour, one of the toughest assignments in recent times.”Individual brilliance can win you matches but if you have to win the series, you need every member, every core member of your team to perform and that performance has to compliment the team’s goal. I believe I will be able to get the team together again and that is what we are going to work on,” she added.Also Read | Don’t think there has been any problem between me and Mithali Raj: Harmanpreet KaurAlso Read | Mithali Raj packed her bags and threatened to quit, reveals Ramesh PowarAlso Read | Feel sorry for Mithali Raj, you cannot drop someone like her: Sunil GavaskarAlso 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 byPTI Tags :Follow Mithali RajFollow WV Ramanlast_img read more

I’ll share tricks on how to bowl slower balls: Lasith Malinga on teaching Marcus Stoinis

first_imgI’ll share tricks on how to bowl slower balls: Lasith Malinga on teaching Marcus StoinisOn Monday, Sri Lanka lost to Australia by five wickets in their final warm up game ahead of the World Cup which begins in this part of the world from May 30.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service SouthamptonMay 28, 2019UPDATED: May 28, 2019 12:19 IST Lasith Malinga was seen teaching Marcus Stoinis how to bowl slower balls after the warm-up match (ICC video screengrab)HIGHLIGHTSMarcus Stoinis approached Lasith Malinga asking him for tips to bowl the slower ballMalinga is one of the great exponents of the slower ball and has unleashed it on many occasionsSri Lanka lost vs Australia by five wickets in their final warm up game ahead of the World Cup 2019Sri Lanka’s pace veteran Lasith Malinga said he is ready to help anyone on how to bowl the slower delivery, after he was seen sharing tips with Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis after their warm-up tie here.On Monday, Sri Lanka lost to the Aussies by five wickets in their final warm up game ahead of the World Cup which begins in this part of the world from May 30.But what caught everybody’s eye was Malinga sharing tips with Stoinis about how to send down a slower ball.Even after a heavy defeat, Lasith Malinga stuck around to teach Marcus Stoinis the secrets of his slower ball #SpiritOfCricket #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/xKtr1sJBfPCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) May 27, 2019″Variations is very important in the short-format game. During IPL also he (Stoinis) had wanted to know how I bowl (it),” Malinga was quoted as saying by the ICC website.”I wanted to give him tips – that’s how cricket moves forward. Whoever wants to know, I will help them. I’ll share tricks on how to bowl slow balls, which situation you will use it, why you want to use the slow one,” the 35-year old said.Malinga is one of the great exponents of the slower ball and has unleashed it on many occasions to snare wickets. Recently, he was seen bowling the last over of the Indian Premier League final, pulling off a remarkable one-run victory for Mumbai Indians after backing himself to bowl the slower ball as his final delivery against Chennai Super Kings.advertisement”Skill comes first, then you have to analyse the game. That’s two things a bowler needs to (do well),” he said.Lasith Malinga shared a few trade secrets with Aussie allrounder Marcus Stoinis at the #CWC19 warm-up pic.twitter.com/CY0LKn4bHOcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) May 28, 2019Malinga further said Jasprit Bumrah and Kagiso Rabada are currently the best among the fast bowlers.”Cricket is a batsman’s game,” he said, adding “but bowlers can change the game”.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Khawaja shines as Australia conclude warm-up in styleAlso Read | Great position to be in as compared to 10 months ago: Aaron FinchAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Angelo Mathews wants Sri Lanka to ’embrace the challenge’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 Lasith MalingaFollow Marcus Stoinislast_img read more

Breed of the dog doesn’t matter: Kane Williamson on underdog tag for World Cup 2019 final

first_imgBreed of the dog doesn’t matter: Kane Williamson on underdog tag for World Cup 2019 finalNew Zealand have been called a lot of names during the World Cup 2019 including ‘underdogs’ and ‘dark horses’ but on the eve of the final, skipper Kane Williamson said that such tags don’t hold a lot of meaning for his team.advertisement India Today Web Desk LondonJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 14, 2019 00:06 IST Kane Williamson will be playing his 2nd successive World Cup final (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSNew Zealand will be up against England for the World Cup title on SundayKane Williamson said that his team’s focus was on playing good cricketEoin Morgan said England are focussed on not getting ahead of themselvesNew Zealand have belied all expectations by reaching the World Cup 2019 final where they will face England at Lord’s on July 14. As is almost always the case with New Zealand, they are considered ‘dark horses’ and ‘underdogs’ before the start of every ICC tournament. But the failure to win a single World Cup trophy has long haunted the Kiwis. However, all that could change when Kane Williamson leads his side on Sunday at Lord’s.When asked at the pre-match press conference, whether his team were comfortable with the oft-repeated tag of underdogs, Williamson wryly replied that it didn’t matter to his team which breed of dogs they were as they were only focussed on playing good cricket. Williamson went on to add that such a tag doesn’t mean anything as during the tournament every team got beaten at least once.”Whatever dog we are, the focus is on playing good cricket. Anyone can beat anyone, we’ve seen that already. Regardless of what breed of dog you are,” said an amused Williamson.The canine reference appeared to amuse the Kiwi skipper who was also asked how it would feel to play party-pooper in a match which would be broadcast free-to-air on TV.”Party-poopers? You talking about dogs again, hey?” he said with a smile.”Look, we are really looking forward to the occasion and the end point and the result…focussing too much on it, I don’t think, is a positive thing.”England have a negative head-to-head record of 3-5 against New Zealand but their 119-run thrashing of the Black Caps in the group-stages should give them a lot of confidence. It’s not going to be easy though as both teams will be bidding for their first World Cup title.advertisement”I haven’t allowed myself to think about lifting the trophy. Sport, in particular, is very fickle. If you ever get ahead of yourself, it bites you on the backside,” Eoin Morgan told reports in London on the eve of World Cup 2019 final.”It means a huge amount to me and everyone in the dressing room. It’s a combination of four years of hard work, dedication and it presents a huge opportunity to win the World Cup. We have had huge backing throughout the tournament,” Morgan added.Also Read | Come on England: 101 former cricketers wish their team good luck ahead of World Cup 2019 finalAlso Read | Always feared England would produce their best on the biggest stage: Allan BorderFor 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 World Cup 2019Follow Eoin MorganFollow Kane Williamson Nextlast_img read more

Rohit Sharma: The King of T20 Internationals

first_img Ajay Tiwari LauderhillAugust 5, 2019UPDATED: August 5, 2019 15:24 IST Rohit Sharma had a great World Cup 2019 campaign (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma now has the most runs in T2OIsRohit also has the most number of boundaries in the formatRohit had also impressed in the World Cup 2019 with 5 centuriesAfter winning the world over with an unprecedented 5 centuries in the World Cup 2019, Indian opener Rohit Sharma, on Sunday claimed a slew of T20I records placing him at the summit of the shortest format statistics pile. On his way to a match-winning 67 off 51 balls against West Indies in the 2nd T20I in Florida, Rohit Sharma claimed the one major T20I record which he didn’t own till then – maximum career sixes in the format.Rohit surpassed Chris Gayle as the batsman with the highest number of sixes in T20Is (107 in total). He already held the record for the most runs, centuries, boundaries and 50+ scores in T20Is. The latest achievement surely means that Rohit Sharma can now claim to be the undisputed King as far as T20Is are concerned.In 96 T20Is, Rohit leads the way with 2,422 runs with Indian captain Virat Kohli following him close on 2,310 runs. New Zealand’s Martin Guptill rounds up the top-3 with 2,272 runs to his name.On the list of cricketers with most centuries in T20Is, Rohit tops the charts with 4 100s followed by Glenn Maxwell and Colin Munro, who have hit 3 centuries each for Australia and New Zealand respectively.Rohit’s knock of 67 on Sunday also helped him topple Kohli as the batsman with most fifty-plus scores in T20Is. Rohit now has 21 such scores as compared to Kohli’s 20, who is yet to score a century in the shortest format of the game for India.Even though Kohli has hit the most number of 4s (225) in T20I history, Rohit sits at the top once you consider the total number of boundaries (4s + 6s). With 215 fours and 107 sixes, Rohit’s boundary tally of 322 is miles ahead of the rest with only Guptill (303) coming close to the maverick opener.advertisementRohit will have another chance on Tuesday to boost his numbers even further when India and West Indies face off in the 3rd and final match of the series in Guyana.Also Read | India vs West Indies: Rohit Sharma breaks Chris Gayle record for most sixes in T20IsAlso Read | 2nd T20I: Rohit Sharma, Krunal Pandya star as India beat West Indies to take unbeatable series leadFor 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 Rohit SharmaFollow Virat KohliFollow West Indies vs India Rohit Sharma: The King of T20 InternationalsAfter helping India clinch a series victory over West Indies on Sunday, Rohit Sharma now holds almost all the major T20I batting records, making him the undisputed leader in the format.advertisementlast_img read more

Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh pose with fan on 83 sets. See photo

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiAugust 27, 2019UPDATED: August 27, 2019 11:30 IST Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone with a fanRanveer Singh and Deepika Padukone are one of the most popular and well-loved couples in Bollywood. After setting screens on fire with their chemistry in films like Goliyon Ke Rasleela Ram Leela and Bajirao Mastani, the duo is all set to return in 83, which is their first film together after marriage.Ranveer and Deepika are currently in London to shoot for 83. On one of their film shoots, their support artist, who is also a major fan clicked a photo with them, which is going viral on the internet. Ranveer’s red and blue compliments Deepika’s bright neon.Ranveer and Deepika got married last year in November at Lake Como, Italy. They had two extravagant wedding ceremonies, one following the Konkani rituals, and the other with Sindhi traditions. A photo of Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone from their Konkani wedding.In an exclusive interview to India Today Magazine, Ranveer Singh was full of praise for Deepika. He said, “I genuinely believe she is a far more evolved and wholesome person than I am. She is more responsible, mature and independent. Duniyadaari mein woh mujhse aage hai.”READ THE FULL COVER STORY HEREUnlike the norm, Deepika did not move into Ranveer’s house after marriage. Instead it was he who shifted into Prabhadevi apartment that has been Deepika’s home for many years now. In the same interview, Ranveer said that it was the most “sensible” thing to do.advertisement”I’ve grown up seeing a marriage where the attitude is to make it work regardless of anything. A marriage is a commitment, out is not an option. So whatever you have to work through, you do,” He said, adding, “The most sensible and convenient thing was for me to move into her set-up. She is comfortable there and I don’t want to displace her. I always try to give her priority.”On the work front, Ranveer will be playing the role of Kapil Dev in the upcoming sports drama 83, and Deepika will essay the role of his wife, Romi Dev. The film will hit the screens in April 2020. When it was announced that Deepika would play his wife, Ranveer had proudly tweeted, “Who better to play My Wifey than My Wifey?!”Who better to play My Wifey than My Wifey?! @deepikapadukone plays Romi Dev in @83thefilm !!!Genius casting courtesy @kabirkhankk #83squad pic.twitter.com/saL8QdmYpERanveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) June 12, 2019ALSO READ | Ranveer Singh on 83: It’s a real honour and privilege to practice at Lord’sALSO READ | Ranveer Singh takes his 83 team to London as India gears up for ICC World Cup 2019ALSO READ | Ranveer Singh’s 83 will now release in April 2020ALSO WATCH | Ranveer Singh makes Delhi dance to Gully Boy at India Today Conclave 2019Get 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 Ranveer SinghFollow Deepika Padukone Next Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh pose with fan on 83 sets. See photoRanveer Singh and Deepika Padukone clicked a photo with a happy fan on the sets of 83.advertisementlast_img read more

India vs South Africa 2nd T20I: Dream 11 Prediction, Captain and Vice Captain

first_imgIndia vs South Africa 2nd T20I: Dream 11 Prediction, Captain and Vice CaptainIndia vs South Africa 2nd T20I Dream 11 Prediction: India will begin their preparation for the T20I World Cup when they take on South Africa in the 2nd match of the 3-match T20I series.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk MohaliSeptember 18, 2019UPDATED: September 18, 2019 12:40 IST India vs South Africa 2nd T20I Dream 11 Prediction. (Reuters File Photo)After a washout in the first T20I, Team India take on a revamped South African T20I squad in the 2nd T20I of the ongoing 3-match series in Mohali on Wednesday.The real battle begins now with this series against Quinton de Kock and Kagiso Rabadas, who is also in the midst of a tough transition phase.A good spell from Rabada or a cameo from David Miller could pose a challenge for the Indians, while some of the others like Test specialist Temba Bavuma or Anrich Nortje will like to prove their credentials in absence of Faf du Plessis or Hashim Amla.BatsmenIndia vice-captain Rohit Sharma walks in any dream T20 XI of the current era automatically, given the fact that he ranks first in the all-time list of leading run-scorers in T20Is. Rohit will be accompanied by South Africa’s new skipper Quinton de Kock. India skipper Virat Kohli has smashed 2369 runs in only 65 T20I innings and he will take the No.3 position in the team. South African batting duo of Reeza Hendricks and David Miller complete the middle order of the dream XI.WicketkeeperOne can opt for Rishabh Pant to fill the wicket-keepers position in the playing XI, considering his exploits in the past with the willow. However, his current form has been a bit of concern.All-roundersHardik Pandya makes a return to India squad for the T20I series against South Africa. Considering his performance in IPL 2019, where he scored 402 runs in 15 innings and took 14 wickets, Pandya is an automatic pick for any dream XI.advertisementBowlersDeepak Chahar, who many in Indian cricket term as ‘Poor Man’s Praveen Kumar’ for the movement he generates during first spell, is an inspired investment for shortest version. South African pace sensation Kagiso Rabada along with Indian bowling duo of Rahul Chahar and Navdeep Saini will complete the squad.My Dream11 Team1 Rohit Sharma (C), 2 Quinton de Kock, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Reeza Hendricks, 5 David Miller, 6 Hardik Pandya (VC), 7 Rishabh Pant (WK), 8 Deepak Chahar, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Navdeep Saini, 11 Rahul ChaharIndia (probable): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan/ KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), 4 Manish Pandey/Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja/Rahul Chahar, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep SainiSouth Africa (probable): 1. Quinton de Kock (capt & wk), Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Bjorn Fortuin/George Linde, Kagiso Rabada, Junior Dala/Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz ShamsiAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow India vs South Africa 2nd T20IFollow India vs South Africa 2nd T20I Dream 11last_img read more