Ex-PSG boss Blanc favourite to accept Man Utd caretaker roleby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLaurent Blanc is the favourite to step in as caretaker manager of Manchester United until the end of the season.Jose Mourinho was relieved of his duties on Tuesday, ending a two-and-a-half-year stint at Old Trafford.The club will reportedly keep Michael Carrick in charge for 48 hours, with an external person expected to step in for the rest of the season.The Mirrorbelieve that man is Blanc, who played for United between 2001 and 2003.The World Cup winner, 53, last managed PSG from 2013 to 2016. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd ready to back Solskjaer in January marketby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are prepared to support new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the January market.Solskjaer takes his first training session as United caretaker boss on Thursday following Jose Mourinho’s sacking after two-and-a-half years in charge. The Norwegian, a hero at Old Trafford from his days as a player for the club, said: “Manchester United is in my heart and it’s brilliant to be coming back in this role. I’m really looking forward to working with the very talented squad we have, the staff and everyone at the club.”A central defender and a right-sided midfielder remain the priority positions to address, with Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld potentially available for around £30m next month to fill the first of those needs, says the Mirror.Brazilian winger Douglas Costa, currently out of favour at Juventus, could provide a solution on the right flank.
WACO, TX – OCTOBER 17: A general view as the Baylor Bears take on the West Virginia Mountaineers in the first quarter at McLane Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Baylor’s 400-pound tight end LaQuan McGowan created quite a stir when he caught a touchdown in the team’s bowl game against Michigan State last season. He worked at tight end and H-back this spring, and judging by his first pitch effort at last night’s Texas Rangers’ game, he may want to see if Art Briles will let him throw a pass this fall.Mound presence? Baylor’s 400-pound TE LaQuan McGowan throws out the Rangers first pich Friday (via @nick_pants) https://t.co/GsijMk4ize— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) June 13, 2015Not the cleanest mechanics but not a bad toss from the big man. If he ever actually pitched in a game, he could throw inside with impunity, since it’s doubtful anyone would want to charge the mound against him.
Twitter/@TBBuccaneersJameis Winston’s arm is the reason he won a national championship and was selected first overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last spring, but while at Florida State, he also became known for his charismatic pre- and post-game speeches. By the looks of things, that leadership has carried over into the NFL. Winston scored the game-winning touchdown on a bootleg run from one yard out to lift the Buccaneers past the Dallas Cowboys 10-6, and after the game, he gave one of his signature speeches to the team.THAT is a post-win speech! Bring on the #Eagles #LetsGo! pic.twitter.com/po7WdXdsBM— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) November 16, 2015Winston managed to become the leader of Florida State as a redshirt freshman, and he’s done the same as a rookie with the Buccaneers, which is incredibly impressive.
Cristiano Ronaldo came off the bench to rescue a point for 10-man Juventus as they drew 2-2 with Atalanta to preserve their unbeaten run in Serie A.Massimiliano Allegri rested Ronaldo for Wednesday’s clash, but was forced to call on his star man when Duvan Zapata headed the hosts in front in the 56th minute.Berat Djimsiti’s own goal had put Juve ahead early on, but Atalanta drew level through Zapata’s 24th-minute strike, with Rodrigo Bentancur’s dismissal making matters worse for Juve. 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 Allegri’s decision to bring on Ronaldo paid off when he nodded in from close range, with Leonardo Bonucci having a stoppage-time goal disallowed for offside as Juve had to settle for a share of the spoils.78′ GOALLLLLL!!!!!!!! @Cristiano EQUALISES FROM THE CORNER!!!!!!!!! #AtalantaJuve [2-2] #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/fUVeXgA0Tv— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) December 26, 2018Ronaldo’s absence was not felt when Juve went in front inside two minutes – Djimisti’s wild swing sending Alex Sandro’s deflected cross into the back of Atalanta’s net.Bentancur’s excellent strike from 20 yards would have doubled Juve’s tally three minutes later, if not for Etrit Berisha’s touch taking the ball onto the crossbar.Atalanta rallied, though, and after Giorgio Chiellini had spared them by heading wide at the other end, Zapata drilled across Wojciech Szczesny to haul the hosts level.Having earlier picked up an early booking for a foul on Josip Ilicic, Bentancur handed Atalanta the advantage eight minutes into the second half when he lunged in on Timothy Castagne.And Atalanta made Juve pay, Zapata heading in from three yards out after the visitors failed to clear Alejandro Gomez’s corner.Allegri had little choice but to introduce Ronaldo to the action and the 33-year-old stepped up with 12 minutes remaining to spare his side’s blushes by heading in from Mario Mandzukic’s flick-on.Bonucci thought he had wrapped up all three points in injury time when he nudged home from a free-kick, but his goal was correctly ruled out. What does it mean? Juve’s slip up hands Napoli hopeJuve would have matched their best points total after 20 games of a Serie A season with a win, but their draw has perhaps given Napoli hope, with the second-placed side able to move within six points of the leaders should they beat Inter.Zapata’s December delight continuesThe striker had scored just one Serie A goal this season heading into December, but Zapata now has eight to his name. He ran Juve’s defence ragged, and while his first-half equaliser was an exceptional display of strength, skill and composure, his second was a typical poacher’s goal.Djimisti, Bentancur have nightmares after ChristmasOne of four changes from Gian Piero Gasperini, Djimisti made a torrid start with a dreadful own goal. His embarrassment was at least eased though by Bentancur’s rash challenge to receive a second booking.Key Opta Facts- Juventus are unbeaten in Serie A away games in 2018.- Prior to this game, the last time Juventus conceded two goals in a Serie A game was on matchday one against Chievo.- Duvan Zapata has scored eight goals with his last eight shots on target.- Zapata has scored in his last three Serie A home games against Juventus, with Udinese, Sampdoria and Atalanta.- For the first time, Zapata has scored in five Serie A games in a row.What’s next?Juve will look to bring 2018 to a close with a win when they host Sampdoria in an early kick-off on Saturday, while Atalanta visit Sassuolo. read more
Santiago Solari refused to be drawn on his future after Real Madrid lost for the sixth time in La Liga this season. Real Sociedad scored once in each half to upset the European champions and leave them outside the top four at the halfway stage of the season – and struggling to qualify for nest season’s Champions League.Two goals did in Real as they fell to a 2-0 defeat at the Bernabeu, Willian Jose and Pardo netting in the first and last ten minutes for the visitors to pile the pressure on Solari. 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? And the former Argentina midfielder stubbornly refused to commit himself to questions about his future after the game.”We compete to win the next game,” Solari told reporters when asked if he deserved the keep his position.”We compete to win, always compete to win. We always fight to win. We never underestimate the competition, never underestimate anybody. The only one who has that luxury is he who has never competed.“You can never question our winning character; we showed character today, despite the difficulties. Unforgivable would be to lack that.”Real played for half an hour at the Bernabeu with ten men against Sociedad after Lucas Vasquez was sent off for two yellow cards, as they fell to a side that had only managed five league wins all season prior to this evening.The result leaves Solari’s side seven points behind leaders and champions Barcelona, having played a game more.The manager is widely expected to be replaced at the end of the season despite signing a two and half-year deal to replace former boss Julen Lopetegui in October, with Jose Mourinho and Roberto Martinez touted as possible replacements.On the evening Solari admitted his side lost concentration, though they worked hard in their unsuccessful attempt to get back into the game.”Nothing went right for us today,” Solari said. “The sensation is that we wanted to make up three points and we didn’t. This is football, we lost concentration at the start of the game that cost us a goal and hurt us. The same as in Villarreal [2-2 midweek], in professional football you cannot have that.“Then we did everything possible to turn the result around, despite the difficulties, possible penalties, or penalties, and the sending off. We made chances but the ball just would not go in.”
Liverpool will allow Ovie Ejaria to leave on a permanent basis this summer – but only if their asking price of £3m ($3.7m) is met.The midfielder has been left in limbo this summer, training and playing with the Reds’ Under-23 side having been left out of the senior team’s tour of the USA.Ejaria spent the second half of last season on loan at Reading, and the Championship outfit were keen to extend that deal for the coming campaign. 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? However, sources have confirmed to Goal that Liverpool’s preference now is for a permanent transfer.Ejaria is understood to be frustrated at having been left out of the first-team picture this summer, and the Reds are now willing to cut their losses on the talented 21-year-old.Brentford have held discussions over a potential deal worth around £3.5m ($4,3m) plus add-ons, but so far there has been no progress in that regard.Ejaria has been nursing a tight groin in recent weeks, which all-but-ended his chances of going to America with Jurgen Klopp’s senior squad.Goal understands that if no buyer is found, Ejaria is likely to remain on Merseyside, where he will be part of Neil Critchley’s U23 setup. The Reds will enter the Checkatrade Trophy for the first time this season, and expect to use the likes of Ejaria, Curtis Jones, Adam Lewis and perhaps new signing Sepp van den Berg in that competition.Ejaria made eight appearances for Liverpool’s senior team during the 2016-17 season, and has racked up more than 60 professional outings across loan spells with Sunderland, Rangers and Reading.He impressed at the Madejski Stadium at the back end of last season, but it is unlikely that the Royals will have the finances to meet Liverpool’s asking price for a permanent deal.Liverpool still expect Herbie Kane to go out on loan, with Wigan and Hull leading the race to sign the midfielder. Pedro Chirivella is another they would be willing to move on, but as yet there has been little interest in the Spaniard.The U23s are next in action on Wednesday evening when they take on Coventry City in a friendly. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
TALLAHASSEE, FL – OCTOBER 7: Doak S. Campbell Stadium during the first half of an NCAA football game at Doak S. Campbell Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)Florida State is one of the more interesting teams to handicap entering the 2018 season. There are a lot of unknowns regarding the Seminoles.FSU was supposed to contend for the national title in 2017, but fell apart after losing to Alabama in the season opener and losing quarterback Deondre Francois in the process. The Seminoles finished the regular season 6-6.Now, they have a new coach (Willie Taggart) and an unsettled quarterback competition with Francois and James Blackman. There’s plenty of talent in Tallahassee though, so the possibility for a bounce back is strong.Makings things tougher could be the team’s schedule, which Athlon Sports ranks the toughest in the country. Athlon released its toughest schedule rankings today.Here’s what they said about Florida State:Just about everything on Florida State’s 2018 schedule is potentially hazardous, save a Week 2 Bowden Bowl matchup with FCS Samford. The rest of the non-conference docket includes the customary rivalry showdown with Florida, a rematch of the 2013 Orange Bowl with always-tough Northern Illinois, and a road trip in November to Notre Dame.The Notre Dame contest is the first of three games against preseason playoff contenders. The Seminoles play at rival Miami and host national powerhouse Clemson. That Clemson showdown is sandwiched between dates against physically tough and upset-minded ACC Atlantic Division counterparts Wake Forest and NC State, which head coaches Dave Clawson and Dave Doeren have built into legitimate threats. Their combined ascent, as well as the defensive physicality customary at Boston College and talent at Louisville, have made the Atlantic arguably the best top-to-bottom division in football.Couple that with Florida State drawing what should be the Coastal’s two best teams — Miami and Virginia Tech — and this is no doubt the toughest schedule in 2018.You can read the rest of Athlon’s schedule rankings here.Florida State opens up the 2018 season at home against Virginia Tech on Labor Day, Sept. 3.
DURHAM, NC – OCTOBER 21: Daniel Jones #17 of the Duke Blue Devils drops back to pass against the Pittsburgh Panthers during their game at Wallace Wade Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Duke star quarterback Daniel Jones went down with a shoulder injury three weeks ago. The Blue Devils’ starting quarterback required surgery and it was believed that he’d be out for a while.Jones is back today, though.Duke announced some shocking injury update news for Jones this morning, revealing that he’s back in the starting lineup less than a month after undergoing surgery.QB17 ??: https://t.co/Mr3lNewr73 pic.twitter.com/wpHAzGTuhp— Duke Football (@DukeFOOTBALL) September 29, 2018The News & Observer had more on Jones’ status earlier this week:“He’s a great kid,” Anthony Boone said this week. “He’s a helluva competitor. I fully expected a quick recovery. I knew he was going to do whatever it takes to get back on the field. The team is really important to him. Duke is really important to him.”Following the surgery, Duke announced that Jones was out indefinitely. But the 6-5, 220-pound redshirt junior returned to practice just 10 days later.While he’s missed Duke’s last two games, Jones shared repetitions in practice this week with Quentin Harris and Chris Katrenick.Duke and Virginia Tech are set to kick off at 7 p.m. E.T. The game will be on ESPN2.
TAMPA, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 23: McKenzie Milton #10 of the UCF Knights looks to the replay board during the second quarter against the South Florida Bulls at Raymond James Stadium on November 23, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton has been one of the best players in the country over the last two years, and has UCF on pace for a second straight undefeated season.During last night’s rivalry game against South Florida, he suffered one of the most gruesome leg injuries we’ve seen in some time.McKenzie ran right on an option play, and was hit awkwardly, resulting in a very nasty scene on the field.Video, for those who choose to watch:Feel terrible for star UCF QB McKenzie Milton. Just horrible looking injury. pic.twitter.com/JZSxRTtOxy— The Buckeye Nut (@TheBuckeyeNut) November 23, 2018After the game, a UCF win, it was reported that Milton had suffered a dislocated knee that cut off blood circulation. The hospital has been pretty quiet on the details though.Now, it is being reported that McKenzie Milton underwent surgery to stabilize the knee after the injury.From ESPN’s Andrea Adelson:I’m told McKenzie Milton made it through surgery late last night to stabilize his knee and repair other undisclosed issues. He remains at Tampa General.— Andrea Adelson (@aadelsonESPN) November 24, 2018Our thoughts continue to go out to Milton. He is a pleasure to watch, and we hope to see him back on a football field soon.
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Quinnen Williams #92 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after sacking Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs (not pictured) in the first half during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)For 30 NFL teams, the main focus of this weekend and every weekend for the next few months will be on the NFL draft. There are still a few weeks before the NFL combine, but ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay has an idea of who the top prospects will be.On Wednesday, McShay released his new Top 10 ranking of the top prospects heading into the 2019 NFL Draft.Rather unsurprisingly, Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa held firm as the No. 1 prospect.After Bosa, the list becomes more contentious compared to most other mock drafts and rankings.Todd McShay has Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams coming in second, followed by LSU linebacker Devin White, Mississippi State defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons, and Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen rounding out the top five.Nick Bosa leads a star-studded defensive group in @McShay13’s latest list of top NFL draft prospects: https://t.co/8bEXHPTObP pic.twitter.com/czWWDOlxAt— ESPN (@espn) January 30, 2019Sixth through ninth in order were Michigan defensive end Rashan Gary, Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver, Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilks, and Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell.It is a very defense-heavy list, as the top nine prospects are all defensive players – and all of them play in the front seven.Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins was the lone offensive player on the list, coming in at No. 10.The Arizona Cardinals hold the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Full update on Terry Wilson pic.twitter.com/ACyK5GuXRM— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) September 8, 2019Taking over the reins for the rest of the season will presumably be Sawyer Smith, who finished the game. Smith joined the Wildcats in a transfer from Troy this past offseason.He went 5-of-9 for 76 yards and threw two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.Smith completed 62.9-percent of his passes for 1,669 yards and 14 touchdowns for the Trojans last year. The Wildcats will be relying on him to demonstrate that same leadership as they try to make some noise in the SEC East.His first test will be a major one as the Wildcats host the No. 11-ranked Florida Gators next weekend. LEXINGTON, KY – SEPTEMBER 01: Terry Wilson #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats throws a pass against the Central Michigan Chippewas at Commonwealth Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Kentucky’s win over Eastern Michigan this past Saturday was bittersweet to be certain. They won the game, but lost starting quarterback Terry Wilson in the process. Now it looks like he’s done for the year.On Sunday, the school announced that Wilson suffered a torn left patellar tendon that will require surgery. He will now miss the remainder of the season, dealing a huge blow to Kentucky in the process.Wilson had a breakout campaign for the Wildcats as a sophomore last year. He was efficient with the football, completing 67-percent of his passes while Benny Snell did the heavy lifting on the ground.The Wildcats finished the season ranked No. 12 with a 10-3 record. It was their best finish to a season in over 40 years.
No data available! graphs scorecard advertisement Virat Kohli elated after RCB win again: Losing six in a row really hurt usRoyal Challengers Bangalore registered their third successive win this season to keep their campaign alive in IPL 2019 and moved up to seventh place in the points table. view more view less commentary India Today Web Desk BengaluruApril 25, 2019UPDATED: April 25, 2019 08:17 IST IPL 2019: Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers live to fight another day after a thrilling win over Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSRoyal Challengers Bangalore beat Kings XI Punjab by 17 runs on WednesdayRCB climbed to the 7th spot on the points table after the thrilling winRCB need to win all their remaining three games to be in contention for playoffsRoyal Challengers Bangalore live to fight another day as they beat Kings XI Punjab in yet another close match at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday to move up to seventh place in the table. The win also kept their campaign alive in the tournament.Defending 202 on a good batting wicket, the Royal Challengers rode on some superb death-over bowling by Umesh Yadav and Navdeep Saini to restrict Kings XI to 185 for 7 in 20 overs. The win was Bangalore’s third in succession and the second against Punjab this season. IPL 2019, RCB vs KXIP – Match Report | HighlightsFor the first time this season, Bangalore moved up a position in the points table and the relief was written large on captain Virat Kohli’s face when he came for the post-match presentation ceremony.”Yeah, we’ve won four of the five. Could have been five out of five. We were just looking to enjoy the cricket and tonight was a great example of having fun. The game changing partnership was Marcus (Stoinis) and AB (de Villiers). They brought us to 200 which looked highly unlikely. We thought 175 would have been good.”The only focus was to play well as a team. Losing six in a row really hurt us. Literally no one in the team has been part of such a streak. So we just refreshed, thought about just enjoying ourselves and the important thing now is not to take on any pressure. We know how we play. The world knows how we play. Moeen (Ali) and Washi (Washington Sundar) bowled really well and having six-seven bowling options really help. Also Marcus as the all-rounder gives a lot of flexibility,” Kohli said.advertisementAB de Villiers’ unbeaten 82 off 44 balls and Marcus Stoinis’s unbeaten 46 off 34 balls took RCB to a challenging 202 for 4 and things could have gone awry with young Nicholas Pooran (46 off 28 balls) hitting five sixes at the rear before Saini sealed it in the 19th over.Needing 30 off the last two overs, Saini (2 for 33), who is one of India’s fastest bowlers, produced a hostile over in which he removed the dangerous David Miller (24) and Pooran but more importantly gave away only three runs.Saini bowled fast and into the body of the batsmen, who couldn’t really get going and his aggression became the defining factor in the end.Defending 27 runs off the final over, Umesh Yadav (3 for 33) was better than the other night against CSK as he got a couple of wickets. He removed R Ashwin and Hardus Viljoen off successive deliveries after getting hit for a six off the first ball to seal the deal in Bangalore’s favour.With four wins in the last five games, RCB will hope to win the remaining three and expect a few favourable results to make it to the play-offs as rank outsiders.Also Read | AB de Villiers in splits as umpire loses match ballAlso Read | I don’t play, players responsible for DC turnaround, says Sourav GangulyAlso 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Royal Challengers BangaloreFollow IPL 2019Follow Virat KohliFollow AB de VilliersFollow Nicholas PooranFollow IPL 2019 points table
Chris Gayle feels after Virat Kohli, KL Rahul will serve Indian cricket for longIPL 2019: KL Rahul has let his bat do the talking and alongside his Kings XI Punjab teammate Gayle forged one of the most destructive opening combinations in the ongoing IPL.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiApril 29, 2019UPDATED: April 29, 2019 17:20 IST KL Rahul and Chris Gayle have been the highest scorers for Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2019 (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSKL Rahul and Chris Gayle have been the highest scorers for Kings XI Punjab this seasonHowever, Gayle’s advise for Rahul would be to not take undue pressureGayle is also highly impressed by the work ethic of captain R AshwinKL Rahul is a phenomenal talent who has the ability to emulate Virat Kohli’s heady achievements if he remains in his “zone”, feels none other than ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle.Rahul, 27, has overcome probably the toughest phase in his life and career which saw him endure a dismal run on the Test tour of Australia and an interim BCCI suspension for making sexist comments on a TV chat show alongside India teammate Hardik Pandya.Having put that phase behind, Rahul let his bat do the talking and alongside his Kings XI Punjab teammate, Gayle forged one of the most destructive opening combinations in the ongoing IPL.”KL is definitely one of the players that comes to my mind (when you talk about the current India players), I hope he produces the goods like Virat. After Virat, it should be him,” Gayle told PTI in an exclusive interview.However, Gayle’s advise for Rahul would be to not take undue pressure.”But it is not necessary for him to put himself under that kind of pressure, he needs to be himself, stay in his zone and try not to compete with anyone.”You have a lot of talent (in India), I could go on and on and most of them don’t even get the opportunity (to play for the national team),” said the 39-year-old West Indian, who is in top form ahead of his 5th World Cup.Both Rahul and Gayle have been the leading-run getters for Kings XI Punjab this season, having scored close to 450 runs in 11 games to warm up for the World Cup in near perfect fashion.advertisementThe Jamaican, who is into his second season with the franchise, has proved his detractors wrong time and again after being bought only for his base price in the auction before the 2018 edition.Ahead of the 2019 IPL, he was in devastating touch in the home ODI series against England, smashing two hundreds and as many half-centuries in the five-match contest.”Two years I have been here (with KXIP) and it has been phenomenal. I love the Punjab style. I am getting to work with a great bunch of people and hopefully, we can do something special for the franchise. The aim is to get to the playoffs and take it from there.”He is also highly impressed by the work ethic of captain Ravichandran Ashwin, who has not played limited overs cricket for India in the past two years with wrist spinners taking center-stage.”I don’t know what happened there (why he is not in India’s limited overs setup). He has been a phenomenal bowler for India. He is a very passionate bowler, equally passionate as captain and someone who strongly believes in his ability as well his team’s. It is very good to see that in a captain,” added Gayle.Also Read | Chris Gayle hopes for fairy-tale finish at ICC 2019 Cricket World CupAlso Read | IPL 2019: I am not scary. No need to fear Universe Boss, says Chris GayleFor 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 IPL 2019Follow Chris GayleFollow KL Rahul
Next Redmi 6 Pro sells for Rs 9,999 in Amazon Summer sale, but shouldn’t you buy Redmi Note 7 at the same price?Redmi 6 Pro vs Redmi Note 7. This is an in-house fight in the house of Xiaomi. With Amazon Summer Sale bringing some discounts, right now both the Redmi Note 7 and the Redmi 6 Pro sell for Rs 9,999. So, which is better?advertisement Sneha Saha New DelhiMay 3, 2019UPDATED: May 3, 2019 11:46 IST HIGHLIGHTSAmazon’s Summer Days sale is live.For Prime members, the Summer Says sale begins today and will continue until May 7Non-prime members will get access to the offers of the Amazon Summer sale a day late on May 4.Amazon’s Summer Days sale is live. For Prime members, the Summer Says sale begins today that is May 3 and will continue until May 7. Like always the non-prime members will get access to the offers of the Amazon Summer sale a day late on May 4. During the Summer sale, Amazon India is offering big discounts on smartphones across segments and brands including on the OnePlus 6T, the Redmi 6, the Samsung Galaxy S9, among others. Last year’s Redmi 6 Pro is also selling with Rs 1,000 discount on Amazon today. The phone is available for Rs 9,999. This price is for the 4GB RAM model of the phone. The price for the base 3GB RAM model remains the same at Rs 8,999.This brings the Redmi 6 Pro in direct competition with the Redmi Note 7. So, should you buy the Redmi 6 Pro for discounted price of Rs 9,999 from Amazon today? Well, I believe at Rs 9,999 the Redmi Note 7 offers better value for the money. The Redmi Note 7 India price starts at Rs 9,999. The first reason why one should go for the Redmi Note 7 because it’s a brand new phone while the Redmi 6 Pro is almost eight months old, and newer phones get better software support.The big deal with the Redmi Note 7 is that it overhauls the Note series from Xiaomi, and that is also the reason why despite lacking the “Pro” part in its name, the Redmi Note 7 at Rs 9,999, is a better deal than the Redmi 6 Pro at the same price.The Redmi Note 7 looks good, comes with fresh hardware, offers improved camera performance, and runs latest Android Pie software based on MIUI 10 custom skin. The Redmi Note 7 sports a glass body, made using layers of Gorilla Glass 5, which is pretty rare for phones available under Rs 10,000. It looks slick and can almost pass off as a premium phone.advertisement In comparison, the Redmi 6 Pro comes with a polycarbonate body and feels slightly cheap now in 2019. The design and looks in itself give the Redmi Note 7 an advantage.This is what I said about the Redmi Note 7 design in the full review of the phone.”The Note 7 offers the same stunning glass design that we saw in the Redmi Note 7 Pro, and the fact that it comes in at a cheaper price is just the icing on the cake. It is very rare to find an under Rs 10,000 phone to come with the all-glass body so good job Xiaomi”Besides the design, the Redmi Note 7 also has fresh hardware when compared to the Redmi 6 Pro. The Redmi Note 7 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 AIE chipset that until now has been used only on expensive phones like the V11 Pro and others. In comparison, the Redmi 6 Pro comes with the old Snapdragon 625 processor.As far as the camera performance is concerned both the Redmi Note 7 and the Redmi 6 Pro sport the same camera module on the back panel. Both the Redmi phones come with a 12-megapixel primary sensor and 5-megapixel secondary sensor. Despite the fact that the two phones sport the same camera module I believe the Redmi Note 7 software seems to be better optimized and hence the phone is capable of clicking much better shots when compared to the Redmi 6 Pro. In most scenarios, I found that the Redmi Note 7 can click well-detailed pictures with good colours. For selfies too the Redmi Note 7 is a much better deal over the Redmi 6 Pro. The Note comes with a 13-megapixel camera on the front with lots of AI enabled features. In comparison, the Redmi 6 Pro uses a 5-megapixel selfie shooter.So, if you’re looking to buy a phone at Rs 9,999 in India right now, the Redmi Note 7 is a much better option when you compare it with the Redmi 6 Pro. At the same time, if you can splurge a little bit more – around Rs 3,000 – you can also opt the Redmi Note 7 Pro or the Realme 3 Pro, which are phones in a different league. Both the Realme 3 Pro and the Redmi Note 7 Pro sell for starting price of Rs 13,999 in India right now.ALSO READ | Amazon Summer Days sale brings major price cuts on OnePlus 6T, Mi A2, Galaxy M20 and moreALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M20 discount during Amazon Summer Sale makes it a good deal under Rs 10,000ALSO READ | OnePlus 6T with 8GB RAM at Rs 32,999 is a deal you should not miss even if OnePlus 7 is comingGet 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 RedmiFollow Xiaomi
Press Trust of India LondonJune 7, 2019UPDATED: June 7, 2019 15:20 IST India vulnerable but will pose a tough hurdle for Australia, says Border. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBorder felt India’s win over South Africa on Wednesday was not convincingBorder said a match against a top team like India will give the Australian team a better indication where they standWorld Cup has become more open with some unexpected results, Border saidIndia will pose a tough hurdle for Australia despite their “vulnerabilities”, feels the great Allan Border ahead of the high-profile World Cup clash here on Sunday.Australia is on a roll having won their last 10 ODIs, including the three victories on the trot against India in March when they came from behind to beat Virat Kohli and Co 3-2 in an away series.Though India won comfortably beat South Africa in their World Cup opener on Wednesday, Border said it was not a convincing performance.”I think they (India) got out of jail a little bit the other day, the South Africans played pretty well but they are just not scoring enough runs, and then Rohit Sharma kept it all together for the Indians,” wrote Border in his column for the ICC.”India has got some vulnerabilities, but they also have some world-class performers in Sharma, Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah and the rest it’s a pretty handy side!”The former Australia captain said the game against a top team like India will give them a better indication where they stand at the moment. The Aaron Finch-led side got the better of Afghanistan and West Indies in their first two games.”If you can win games without playing your best, obviously you want to build to your best, that’s what a time like this is about and India next up will be a big stumbling block.”That’s a tough hurdle for Australia but once they’ve played a couple of decent teams, they will have a better idea of where they are at with regards to the rest of the tournament,” said Border.advertisementWith the tournament already witnessing some unexpected results, Border said it has made the World Cup more open. Bangladesh beat South Africa and Pakistan snapped an 11-game losing streak by downing tournament favorites England to spice up the tournament.”All the sides are basically showing they can beat each other, that’s the main thing that’s come out of these early games, there’s no obvious runaway-looking team at the moment.”I think that is how most of us expected it to be at this point that there would be a lot of teams you expect to do well and then there would be a few surprise packages.”West Indies will clearly be one of those sides to keep an eye on, they look really dangerous, but Australia is progressing nicely so far and will be happy with their start to the tournament,” Border added.Also Read | MS Dhoni’s Army Insignia gesture wonderful but ICC rule has to be respected, says Baichung BhutiaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Fans furious after ICC asks MS Dhoni to remove Army crest from glovesAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Allan BorderFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Rohit SharmaFollow Virat Kohli World Cup 2019: India vulnerable but will pose a tough hurdle for Australia, says BorderDespite their vulnerabilities, India will be a hurdle for Australia, Allan Border felt ahead of Sunday’s ICC Cricket World Cup clash. Australia has won their last 10 ODIs, including three victories against India.advertisement Next
Ex-UEFA boss Michel Platini arrested as part of 2022 World Cup investigationEx-UEFA president Michel Platini has been arrested and questioned over awarding the hosting rights of the 2022 FIFA World Cup to Qataradvertisement Associated Press ParisJune 18, 2019UPDATED: June 18, 2019 16:30 IST Michel Platini arrested in Paris (AP)Former UEFA president Michel Platini has been arrested in relation to a corruption probe into the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, a judicial official said Tuesday.Confirming a report by online news publication Mediapart, the official said Platini was taken into custody on Tuesday as part of the investigation into the awarding of the tournament. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation.Platini, a former France soccer great, was being detained at the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police outside Paris.Also detained Tuesday for questioning was Sophie Dion, a former sports adviser of Nicolas Sarkozy when he was French president, the judicial official said. Claude Gueant, the former secretary general of the Elysee under Sarkozy, was quizzed by investigators as a witness and not detained.French financial prosecutors have been investigating the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and previously questioned former FIFA president Sepp Blatter. France’s financial prosecutor services opened the investigation on grounds of private corruption, criminal association, influence peddling and benefiting from influence peddling relating to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, which were awarded to Russia and Qatar, respectively.Platini’s lawyer and adviser did not immediately answer messages from The Associated Press seeking comments.Much intrigue has centered on Platini’s decision to vote for Qatar.Blatter, who was FIFA president at the time of the vote in 2010, blamed Platini for backing out of a secret “gentleman’s agreement” to award the 2022 tournament to the United States.advertisementPlatini told the AP in 2015 that he “might have told” American officials that he would vote for the United States bid. However, he changed his mind after a November 2010 meeting, hosted by then-President Nicolas Sarkozy at his official residence in Paris and Qatar’s crown prince, now Emir, Tamin bin Hamad al-Thani.Platini has long insisted that the meeting did not influence his vote for Qatar less than two weeks later.”Sarkozy never asked me to vote for Qatar, but I knew what would be good,” he told the AP in 2015.But Blatter claimed in a 2015 interview with the Financial Times that Platini told him ahead of the World Cup vote: “I am no longer in your picture because I have been told by the head of state that we should consider the situation of France.”Both Platini and Blatter were toppled from their positions of power at the top of soccer in 2015. Platini was banned by FIFA for financial misconduct in relation to a $2 million payment authorized by Blatter a suspension due to expire in October.Qatar’s methods to bring the World Cup to the Middle East for the first time have been subject to investigations by FIFA. American attorney Michael Garcia found that some of Qatar’s conduct “may not have met the standards” required by FIFA but concluded there was no “evidence of any improper activity by the bid team.”Also Read | Juventus appoint Maurizio Sarri as new managerAlso Read | Chile begin Copa America title defense by trouncing Japan 4-0For 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 Michel PlatiniFollow 2022 World Cup Qatar Next
Next World Cup 2019: Rashid Khan urges Afghanistan not to repeat mistakes vs IndiaAfghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan admitted that the team hasn’t performed to its full potential but they would be looking to go all out against India in their next World Cup 2019 match in Southampton on Saturday.advertisement India Today Web Desk SouthamptonJune 21, 2019UPDATED: June 21, 2019 20:25 IST Rashid Khan has been below par with his performances with the ball so far in World Cup 2019 (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAfghanistan are languishing in last place in the points table with five defeatsAfghanistan will next face India in Match 28 in Southampton on June 22Chances of Afghanistan reaching the semifinals will end if they lose to India on SaturdayAfghanistan’s campaign has gone from bad to worse in the World Cup 2019 as five defeats and blame games within the team is taking a toll on the players. The team is languishing in last place in the points table and have no chance of qualifying for the semi-finals.Afghanistan’s next challenge is against India, which has been the team to beat in the tournament so far along with New Zealand. India will be the favourites once again when they take the field in Southampton on Saturday.Taking on a formidable side like India will be an uphill task for the Afghans and they will be looking to bring in their A-game against Kohli and Co. on Saturday. Leg-spinner Rashid Khan urged his teammates to not repeat the same mistakes that they have made in this tournament so far against India.Rashid admitted that things haven’t gone according to plan for Afghanistan but they are still upbeat about their chances in the remaining four matches.”We had come in with a lot of preparation and a plan. We tried a lot, we should have won against Sri Lanka and we had also targeted that game. But we were unlucky, we didn’t play responsibly.”As a batting unit we had the capability to chase the target but there are always bad days. We learnt from that game. We have learnt a lot from other games, we still have 4 matches left so we hope we won’t make the same mistakes.”We have played against India in the Asia Cup, it will be a tough game. With the kind of batting and bowling they have, they are one of the top teams in the tournament. But we will try not to repeat the same mistakes. Our main focus will be to field well. We will try to play positively. Whatever talent we have we will try to showcase it on the ground against India,” Rashid Khan told India Today.advertisementAfghanistan have just not been unable to recreate the magic they did in the World Cup Qualifiers and Asia Cup last year, and have faced five defeats in as many games so far. They have been below par with both bat and ball and the sloppy fieldwork has also not helped their cause.Fielding is one area where they are working extra hard and Rashid said they will have to be at their best in the match against India, who he labelled as the team which can win the World Cup.”There is no doubt India cannot win the world cup. The combination they have, the bowling lineup and the fielders they have. In this World Cup, the teams which are fielding well are winning matches. India have the skills in the fielding. They have better batsmen than bowlers, one of the best teams here. They can win there is no doubt,” Rashid Khan said.Also Read | Why Rashid Khan, Nabi and Mujeeb face stern test vs IndiaAlso Read | People forget 10 good days and conveniently remember one bad outing, says Rashid KhanAlso Read | Told my mom about World Cup call-up, she went straight to the temple: Rishabh PantFor 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 Rashid KhanFollow India vs AfghanistanFollow World Cup 2019
India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 25, 2019UPDATED: June 25, 2019 11:39 IST England vs Australia, World Cup 2019 Broadcast: When and where to watch Live Streaming (Reuters Photo)After suffering a shock defeat against Sri Lanka, England will look to return to winning ways and take one step closer towards the semi-finals when they face arch-rivals Australia in their crucial World Cup game at the iconic Lord’s on Tuesday.With four wins from six games, England are currently at the fourth spot in the points table. The hosts, who came into the tournament as overwhelming favourites, are in a bit of a tight situation as they need to win at least two of their remaining three games to enter the last four.However, it would not be an easy task for them, especially considering they have to face India and New Zealand after their Australia game. England’s record against all the three teams is not great as they have not been able to register a single World Cup win against Australia, India and New Zealand in the last 27 years.Thus, the pressure will surely be on Eoin Morgan and team to come out with a fearless brand of cricket which they have playing in the last two years. To add to their woes is the unavailability of Jason Roy, who has been sidelined due to hamstring injury.Australia, on the other hand, have been quite formidable in their performances so far. They have won five out of their six games and are currently placed at the second position in the points table. The batsmen, especially their openers, have been in top form and have scored runs in bulk. Their bowlers, led by Mitchell Starc, have been able to pick wickets at crucial junctures of the games.advertisementWhat TV channel and live stream is the World Cup 2019 match England vs Australia on?All World Cup 2019 matches can be viewed on – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports 1 in Hindi, Star Sports HD. Hotstar.com and Hotstar app will live stream all the games.Where will the World Cup 2019 match England vs Australia be played?The World Cup 2019 match England vs Australia will be played at the Lord’s in London from 3 PM IST on Tuesday, June 25.Where can I watch the World Cup 2019 match England vs Australia live?The match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the World Cup 2019 match England vs Australia?You can follow our coverage here – www.indiatoday.in/sports/cricket-world-cup-2019What are the squads for the World Cup 2019 match England vs Australia?England: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.Australia: Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Alex Carey (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Pat Cummins, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Nathan LyonAlso 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow England VS AustraliaFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow Eoin MorganFollow Aaron FinchFollow Steve SmithFollow David WarnerFollow cricket live streaming England vs Australia, World Cup 2019 Broadcast: When and where to watch Live StreamingICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Here you can find all the details regarding when, where and how to watch Match 32 between England and Australia at Lord’s in London.advertisement Next
Press Trust of India KarachiAugust 3, 2019UPDATED: August 3, 2019 13:39 IST Sri Lanka has to tour Pakistan in October for a round of the ICC World Test Championship. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSri Lankan delegation will visit the grounds and hotels where the teams will stay in PakistanSri Lanka has to tour Pakistan in October for a round of the ICC World Test ChampionshiTop test teams stopped touring Pakistan after terrorists attacked the Sri Lankan team bus in LahoreA two-member security delegation of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) will reach here on Wednesday to decide if it is safe for its national team to tour Pakistan in October for a round of the ICC World Test Championship.Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani said that the Sri Lankan delegation will visit the grounds and hotels where the teams will stay in Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad besides meeting the board, police and security officials.He said the Sri Lankan board has said it would take a final decision on sending its team to Pakistan for the two-Test series based on the report by its security delegation.”The Sri Lankan security delegation will be in Karachi on 6th August and then travel to Lahore and Islamabad,” he confirmed.Top test teams stopped touring Pakistan after terrorists attacked the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in March 2009.The Sri Lankan team was in the middle of a Test match and was going to the Gaddafi stadium when its bus came under attack.Since then no Test matches have been played in Pakistan neither a full bilateral series although Zimbabwe, Kenya, ICC World Eleven, Sri Lanka and West Indies have come for short visits to Lahore and Karachi to play limited over games.Mani said he was confident the Sri Lankan board would give due consideration to PCB’s request to play the ICC Test Championship matches in Pakistan.Mani said that the PCB’s thrust was now to convince other boards to send their teams to Pakistan and said the top officials of Cricket Australia and the England and Wales Cricket Board will also be visiting the country soon.advertisementAlso Read | West Indies vs India, 1st T20I: Distractions aside, Virat Kohli’s men look to build a team for the futureAlso 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 World Test Championship World Test Championship: Sri Lanka Cricket security delegation to visit PakistanPakistan has not hosted a test match since terrorists attacked the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore in 2009. Eight people were killed during the attack while several Sri Lankan players were also injured.advertisement