Man Utd target Declan Rice insists he’s happy at West Hamby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveDeclan Rice insists he’s happy at West Ham.The midfielder continues to be linked with Manchester United.But he told the Mirror: “I’ve signed a long-term, five-year contract last season and if I didn’t want to sign it, I wouldn’t have done it.“It makes me a West Ham player for the next five years and I’ll be giving my best for the team and the supporters.“All I can do is to keep my head down, play my football and I’m not taking any notice of what’s going on outside.“The manager keeps emphasising to us that we are a top club with a big-team mentality and we’ve started the season that way.“We see how the boss works, and we know what he’s done at Manchester City , Real Madrid and Villarreal. He’s a top manager and all the lads respect him because we know he’ll take us in the right direction.“As a club, we want to get into Europe and his track record says he usually gets there. If we make it this season, that’s a bonus – but we need to keep pushing.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Burnley winger McNeil appreciates Dyche freedomby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley winger Dwight McNeil appreciates the freedom manager Sean Dyche has granted him.Dyche recently claimed McNeil, who has three goals to his name, will “outgrow” the club and revealed he is wary of “over-coaching” him.”The gaffer will let me figure it out on my own, which I think is good for my development,” McNeil said.”He and the coaches will talk to me when they need to, when I’m doing well and not so well.”They help me in and out of possession because I’m maturing as a player, tactically and physically. I’ll give everything I have got to help the team.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Sheffield Utd boss Wilder challenges Henderson to build on first England callby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United boss Chris Wilder has challenged Dean Henderson to build on his first England call-up.Wilder claimed Henderson’s call-up by Gareth Southgate was recognition of the on-loan Manchester United goalkeeper’s progress with the Blades. “He’s working extremely hard and I’m delighted he got his reward with England,” said Wilder.“It was a reward for not just a good start to his Premier League season, but his performances right the way through and for England at international level before.“The next step now is to stay in the squad and to try and make his full debut. He will only do that by playing very well for us.“He has to keep improving and taking his game to the next level, which is playing for the national side and doing very well for us.“When that happens, we will only know with time.” TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@DickieVCollege basketball analyst Dick Vitale is the most recent voice in the world of college sports to come out strongly against a new Indiana bill that would allow local businesses to turn away gay and lesbian customers. The NCAA, which is headquartered in Indianapolis, the city which will host this year’s Final Four, has already expressed concern about the law, and many are calling for the organization to move its operation, and prevent the state from hosting future NCAA events. USA Today’s Nancy Armour wrote a column supporting this idea:It is too late to pull this year’s Final Four from Indianapolis, given it is next weekend and there’s no other city that would have an arena and several thousand hotel rooms available. But the NCAA can – and should – tell Indiana lawmakers that their prejudice and mean-spiritedness has cost the state the privilege of hosting any other collegiate sporting event.The 2016 women’s Final Four currently scheduled to be held in Indianapolis? Not anymore.…And in what would be the biggest threat of all, the NCAA ought to tell Gov. Mike Pence and his lunatic-fringe lawmakers that it no longer feels at home in Indiana and will look at moving its headquarters from Indianapolis to a state where God-given diversity is something to be celebrated rather than feared.Vitale tweeted a picture of the paper, and his support for Armour’s take.This INDIANSA law is #AbsolutelyPATHETIC This 21st century @nrarmour details in USA today & I agree with her premise! pic.twitter.com/BmmwUZTuJv— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) March 27, 2015Whether or not you like Vitale as a broadcaster, he is one of the most respected people in college athletics. He will not be the last big name to speak out about this issue, either.
Inter Milan have no interest in replacing Luciano Spalletti with Jose Mourinho and remain committed to the Italian boss.Nerazzurri are third in Serie A, 14 points adrift of leaders Juventus at the mid-way point in the season.But Inter’s exit from the Champions League after being held by PSV on match day six has swelled the pressure on Spalletti as Chinese owners Suning Holdings Group aim to return the club to their former glory.The pressure mounting on Spalletti has come amid Mourinho’s departure from Manchester United and a return to the San Siro, where he won two Serie A titles and the Champions League, has been suggested. 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? Sporting director Piero Ausillo denied having interest in the Portuguese coach earlier this month, and has reiterated that Spalletti still has the club’s backing.”Mourinho? He is not a shadow,” Ausillo told Sky Sport Italia. “It does not surprise me that we talk about him in a time when media and everyone need to say something.”We work in a more rational way. Our project has been ongoing for a year-and-a-half with Spalletti and will go on with him for many years.Inter’s Chinese ownership have made a significant investment to return the club to the Champions League.Joao Mario, Matias Vecino and Radja Nainggolan are among those to have arrived for big-money fees but the project at Inter is only part of the way through.”Suning [Holdings Group] is ambitious,” added Auslio. “They want an Inter that returns to winning ways, not one that is content to be second, third or fourth.”What we can say to the fans is that we are working hard to get Inter back to winning ways as soon as possible.”
Manchester City returned to winning ways ahead of their blockbuster showdown against Premier League leaders Liverpool with a 3-1 win at Southampton.The defending champions ceded ground to Jurgen Klopp’s side with back-to-back defeats versus Crystal Palace and Leicester City, and they once again let an early lead slip as Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – later sent off for a reckless lunge on Fernandinho – cancelled out David Silva’s 10th-minute opener.A James Ward-Prowse own-goal on the stroke of half-time, moments after the Southampton midfielder had penalty claims rejected, and Sergio Aguero’s injury-time header steadied City nerves before the break. 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? Pep Guardiola’s men replace Tottenham in second and trim the deficit to the summit to seven points, while Burnley’s win over West Ham means only goal difference is keeping Southampton out of the bottom three.Charlie Austin stole in behind the City defence, only for heavy touch to let him down, before Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva had no such problems down the Southampton left as they deftly set up David Silva for an assured finish.Mahrez and Sergio Aguero both went close to doubling City’s advantage but, after Ederson brilliantly kept out an Austin header, makeshift left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko carelessly gave away possession in the 37th minute and Hojbjerg clattered home emphatically.Zinchenko was then fortunate to see a clumsy challenge in the box on Ward-Prowse go unpunished – the Southampton man’s disappointment compounded as he lucklessly put Raheem Sterling’s cross through his own net.An eventful half for the Ukraine international concluded with a pinpoint cross that Aguero headed beyond Alex McCarthy’s lacklustre attempts to save.The whole squad (minus @edersonmoraes93) come together to celebrate @aguerosergiokun’s goal… Brothers! pic.twitter.com/xsnDfgvFkC— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 30, 2018The Southampton goalkeeper partially redeemed himself by standing up to Sterling when a slick one-two with Bernardo Silva in the 55th minute picked apart his defence.City were again close to a fourth when Aguero turned to lash against the top of the crossbar left-footed.Mahrez was substituted after he missed an 80th-minute one-on-one, while Hojbjerg was dismissed for his ugly challenge late on.What does it mean? All eyes on the Etihad on ThursdayThe closely fought title battle many have anticipated this season has threatened to go up in smoke over recent weeks, with City buckling under the strain of Liverpool’s relentless pace. Guardiola’s men again showed vulnerabilities before half-time that will not have gone unnoticed on Merseyside, but victory over their rivals would trim the deficit to four points and set up a 2019 to remember in the Premier League.Danilo adds sharpness to CityBenjamin Mendy’s knee injury and Fabian Delph’s red card at Leicester necessitated Zinchenko’s latest free-form interpretation of the left-back role, but right-back has also been a problem for City of late, with Kyle Walker turning in a succession of tired performances. Danilo’s return from an injury-ravaged spell has taken the England defender out of the firing line. The Brazilian snapped into early challenges and passed sharply to get the visitors up and running at St Mary’s. A move over to left-back to reintroduce Walker and spare Zinchenko from Mohamed Salah et al might be in the offing this week.McCarthy comes up shortGoalkeepers are a notoriously self-critical breed and McCarthy will not look back on this performance with any particular fondness. It feels harsh to be too critical over the Ward-Prowse own-goal, although the Saints keeper did get a decent enough touch on the deflected ball. Aguero did well to direct his header down but, if Southampton are to succeed on such tough assignments, those are saves McCarthy has to be making – as he belatedly did from Sterling and Mahrez after half-time.Key Opta Facts:- Manchester City have won five consecutive Premier League games against Southampton for the first time.- Man City have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last 10 competitive matches – their longest streak since a run of 10 ending in February 2015.- Bernardo Silva has been directly involved in 10 goals in 19 Premier League games this season (five goals, five assists), equalling his total in 2017-18 in 35 games (six goals, four assists).- Sergio Aguero has scored 50 Premier League goals under Pep Guardiola, 16 more than any other player has for the club under the Spaniard.What’s next?A season-defining outing awaits City, while a similarly tricky task is on the agenda for Southampton when they travel to Chelsea on Wednesday. read more
Discipline is a major aspect of football and players are duly punished by referees for any fouls or indiscretions which may occur on the pitch.A yellow card is issued as a caution, giving a player a second chance to remain on the pitch for the rest of the game, but being shown a red card results in immediate ejection from the field of play.If a player is cautioned twice in a game with two yellow cards they are then shown an automatic red card. 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? The idea, naturally, is to avoid picking up cautions and red cards, but over the course of a season they can accumulate and that also results on punishment.The rules have changed slightly in the Premier League, so, in case you’re still unsure, we’ve broken it down.Premier League yellow & red card rules for 2019-20Just like in 2018-19, any yellow card picked up by a player in a game will be restricted to the particular competition they were playing in.So, if Marouane Fellaini is cautioned in a Premier League match for Manchester United, it does not hang over his head in the FA Cup.Likewise, if Eden Hazard receives a booking for Chelsea in the Carabao Cup, it will not count towards his tally when he is playing in the Premier League.However, while there is no crossover when it comes to yellow cards, suspensions arising from the presentation of a red card will apply to all competitions.Accumulation of yellow cardsThe punishment for the accumulation of yellow cards in the Premier League varies according to the number of cards and games.A player who receives five yellow cards before the 19th match-week will be issued with a one-match ban. If a player has accumulated 10 yellow cards by match-week 32 they will be handed a two-match ban. No. of yellow cards Before match-week Duration of ban 5 19 One game 10 32 Two games 15 38 Three games A total of 15 yellow cards in the duration of the season will result in a three-match ban.Each ban will be served in the Premier League only.How many games will a player miss after a red card?The length of a suspension for a player shown a red card varies according to the severity of the foul.For example, a sending off due to a second yellow card will result in a one-match ban, as will a red card received for a professional foul.Dissent leading to a red card will generally earn a two-match ban, while violent conduct can be punished with a suspension for three games.Of course, each case is examined based on its own merits and bans may be reduced or extendedTechnical area disciplinary procedureStarting from 2019-20, officials will be able to show coaches and managers yellow or red cards, in the same way they do with players.If, during the chaos of a more chaotic raucous on the touchline and the offending individual cannot be identified for punishment, the senior coach who is in the technical area will be the default recipient of the booking. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
The 2018 college football season will begin in less than two weeks. However, Colorado State head coach Mike Bobo has some other concerns to deal with outside of football at this time.The program announced this afternoon that the 44-year-old Bobo is undergoing medical evaluation after experiencing numbness in his feet. He was admitted to the hospital over the weekend.It hasn’t been announced how long Bobo might be away from the team, but he said in an official statement that he feels “encouraged” with the news he’s gotten thus far.“I recently began to experience numbness in my feet. After our second scrimmage on Saturday night it was determined by doctors that I should be admitted to the hospital to undergo further testing. I feel very encouraged by the test results to this point and hope to have some answers soon. I also feel very encouraged about our 2018 CSU Football team. We have excellent coaches and excellent leadership in this program, and I have full confidence that they will continue to have tremendous preparation on and off the practice field for as long as I must be away. My family and I appreciate all of the great care and support we are receiving.”A former quarterback and assistant coach at Georgia, Bobo was hired as the head coach of Colorado State in 2015. He has led the team to three-straight 7-6 seasons, including trips to the Arizona, Famous Idaho Potato and New Mexico Bowls.“I want to express my care and concern for Mike Bobo and his family at this time,” Colorado State AD Joe Parker said. “Our first priority is to focus on Mike’s health and well-being, and to support that process in every way we can. I share Mike’s confidence that we have tremendous leadership in our football program, and that the coaching staff will continue to successfully guide the team through practices and meetings while he is away.”Colorado State will open its 2018 season early. The Rams will host Hawaii on Saturday, August 25.The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. ET.We’d like to extend our best wishes to Bobo. Get well soon, Coach.
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines 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 Christian Petersen/Getty Images)The future of Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer remains unclear, as the Buckeyes’ leader has been on paid administrative leave for more than two weeks, but the school’s investigation appears to be wrapping up.Ohio State announced on Sunday, Aug. 5 that its investigation into Meyer and the handling of domestic violence accusations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith would be completed in two weeks. We’re approaching that deadline.College football analysts continue to update their predictions for the future of Meyer in Columbus.ESPN College GameDay analyst Desmond Howard has said from the beginning that he didn’t expect Meyer to lose his job.Howard was recently asked to update his Urban Meyer prediction. Has he changed his mind?Nope.From AL.com:On the ongoing controversy at Ohio State, where head coach Urban Meyer is currently on administrative leave:“I can’t tell you what the right move is, but I just think that he will coach (in 2018). When the news first came out, everybody said he was done, he was fired. There’s no way he could survive. I was like ‘just watch it play out. He will coach.’”There you go.Ohio State is set to open its season on Sept. 1 against Oregon State.
Week 2 of the college football season is officially here. Someone might want to tell that to the fans of the South Florida Bulls.This afternoon’s contest against Georgia Tech didn’t inspire many people to come to the game. Just minutes before kickoff, the stands were looking very depleted.The good news? If you’re looking for tickets, they’re surely to be available.Check out the crowd just before kickoff.Ceremonial pregame wide shot of @RJStadium #USF #USFvsGT pic.twitter.com/pCx2JUCqBi— Brian Hattab (@brianhattab33) September 8, 2018Not great.Sure the matchup isn’t sexy – Georgia Tech runs the triple option – and there are plenty of other things to do in South Florida, but the home crowd needs to show up a little more than this.Crowds as last year’s home games were suspect as well.
NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 25: The Oklahoma Sooners and West Virginia Mountaineers in between plays at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 59-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)A two-sport high school star recruit has announced his commitment.Cade Horton, a baseball-football star out of Norman High School in Oklahoma, will be staying home for college.The star quarterback/shortstop announced his commitment to Oklahoma.Horton will be playing both football and baseball for the Sooners.“Excited to announce that I have committed to The University Oklahoma to play both baseball and football!” he announced.Excited to announce that I have committed to The University Oklahoma to play both baseball and football! #BOOMER pic.twitter.com/H9eEqaedNj— Cade Horton (@cadehorton14) January 15, 2019Horton had been committed to play baseball at Ole Miss, which boasts one of the country’s top programs.Norman High’s Cade Horton (@cadehorton14) commits to Oklahoma for football, baseball. https://t.co/rHP0ydTIkf | #Sooners #okpreps pic.twitter.com/VxgmnRfwuE— Tyler Palmateer (@Tpalmateer83) January 15, 2019The shortstop/quarterback met with Lincoln Riley before the fall, though, and was told he could play both sports at OU.From newsok.com:He was sitting across from University of Oklahoma football coach Lincoln Riley learning he has the chance to join the football team should he accept a scholarship offer from the baseball team. He could become the Sooners’ next Kyler Murray or Cody Thomas, quarterbacks and baseball stars.“It’s a weird feeling looking up to them and being compared to them,” Horton said during a break Monday in Norman’s first practice of the fall. “It’s a good feeling. I don’t know. It’s weird, to be honest.”Horton has embraced the opportunity, though for the time being he remains committed to Ole Miss.Horton is committed to Ole Miss no longer. He’ll be playing for the Sooners.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 01: Running back Mike Weber of Ohio State works out during day two of the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 1, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)The NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana has entered its third day, with the defensive linemen currently on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium, running the 40-yard dash.This is a professional football event, of course, with players showcasing their talents for NFL teams ahead of this spring’s draft. It’s somewhat of a college football showcase too, though, as it puts the best programs on display.Which programs are dominating the combine this year?Here’s an updated “medal count” heading into the third day.Iowa is currently leading all schools with 11 medals, followed by Notre Dame and Kansas State.Penn State, Clemson and Ohio State round out the top five.#NFLCombine medals count through Day 2:1) @HawkeyeFootball, 112) @NDFootball, 93t) @KStateFB, 63t) @PennStateFball, 65t) @ClemsonFB, 55t) @OhioStateFB, 5 pic.twitter.com/QOBQM0UubD— NFL Draft (@NFLDraft) March 3, 2019The NFL Combine continues throughout the day in Indianapolis.It’s being televised on the NFL Network.
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 27: Ohio State Buckeyes fans cheer on their team against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on September 27, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Earlier Thursday afternoon, reports emerged suggesting former four-star quarterback recruit Matthew Baldwin planned to enter the transfer portal.After a battle with former Georgia quarterback Justin Fields for the starting quarterback role, it looks like Baldwin is set to take his talents elsewhere.In the hours following the news, Baldwin took to Twitter to confirm he’s leaving the program.Baldwin had a classy message for Ohio State’s coaches, training staff and Buckeyes fans.“Thank you Buckeye Nation for all the memories and support. I appreciate what this experience has taught me and consider my time here as a blessing. I’m looking forward to my next step in life and I wish the best for each of you,” Baldwin said in a statement.pic.twitter.com/SekgqQlPTo— Matthew Baldwin (@matthewb_12) April 19, 2019Baldwin is the latest quarterback to make his exit from Ohio State this offseason. He played well in Ohio State’s spring game, completing 20 of his 36 pass attempts for 246 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.After Justin Fields announced his plans to transfer to play for Ryan Day, Tate Martell transferred to Miami.That leaves Fields and transfer quarterback Chris Chugunov as the quarterbacks on the roster. Chugunov transferred from West Virginia and has just two starts under his belt.
On Thursday night, former Ohio State assistant football coach Zach Smith was back in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.Police arrested the former Buckeyes assistant coach for violating his Civil Protection Order. According to multiple reports, Smith became confrontational with the staff at Scioto Ridge Elementary when they did not allow him to pick up his children from the school.TMZ revealed Smith was not allowed to pick up his children from school until 6:00 p.m., but he showed up to the school three hours earlier.His wife, Courtney Smith who was also at the school, placed the call to police.According to the call, she alleges Zach Smith could be heard “yelling” at the principal of the school.TMZ has more details on the arrest:When school officials confronted Zach … cops say an altercation took place — and Zach was eventually arrested for violating the protection order.Per jail records, Smith was booked at 6:24 PM and has not been released yet.Ohio State relieved Smith of his duties as the team’s wide receivers coach following his alleged involvement in a domestic violence scandal involving his wife. Smith denied the allegations.Now it appears Smith has violated part of his agreement with the court.Stay tuned for the latest on the developing situation.
1. Clemson: at South Carolina on Nov. 30, 14.9 percent chance at loss (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)2. Alabama: at Auburn on Nov. 30, 26.4 percent chance at loss (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)3. Georgia: at Auburn on Nov. 16, 45.3 percent chance at loss (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)4. Oklahoma: at UCLA on Sept. 14, 38 percent chance at loss (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)5. Ohio State: at Michigan on Nov. 30, 76.6 percent chance at loss (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)6. LSU: at Alabama on Nov. 9, 74.8 percent chance at loss (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)7. Michigan: at Penn State on Oct. 19, 41.7 percent chance at loss (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)8. Florida: at LSU on Oct. 12, 70.3 percent chance at loss (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)9. Notre Dame: at Georgia on Sept. 21, 70.3 percent chance at loss (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)10. Texas: Oct. 12 vs. Oklahoma, 76.1 percent chance at loss (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)***As you’ve seen above, Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma and Michigan are all favored to win every game they play. It’d be shocking if the college football season works out that way, though. NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Chris Fowler are seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)College football’s preseason top 25 poll was released on Monday afternoon, with the Associated Press unveiling its rankings.The Associated Press’ preseason top 10 is as follows:ClemsonAlabamaGeorgiaOklahomaOhio StateLSUMichiganFloridaNotre DameTexasCollege football’s national champion will probably come from that group, so that group will also surely lose plenty of games.According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, here are the most-likely losses for each team:
After tearing his ACL in his senior year of high school, Kentucky freshman quarterback Nik Scalzo was looking forward to showing off the results of his recovery in 2019. Unfortunately, he’s suffered another major setback.Scalzo re-injured his knee during a scrimmage this past weekend. Per the Courier Journal report, Scalzo’s knee gave out when he planted to make a cut on a run.Speaking to the media this week, head coach Mark Stoops confirmed that the injury will require surgery. He was gutted for Scalzo and expressed his hope that he can return to full health in the future.“[We’re] disappointed for him… He’s worked extremely hard to come back as fast as he did from the first surgery, to be cleared, to get out here and participate. He was doing a heck of a job.”“I really feel for him because that’s a hard surgery to recover from… He did it once, and he’ll have to do it again but I’m certain he’ll be back at full strength.”Coming out of high school, Nik Scalzo was a three-star prospect and the No. 1,235 recruit in the country. Per 247Sports, Scalzo was the No. 28 dual-threat quarterback in the nation and the No. 169 prospect from the state of Florida. Scalzo was also one of the subjects of the Netflix original series QB1: Under the Lights. His season of the show hit the streaming service one day before the new ACL injury.As for Kentucky, Scalzo was competing for the No. 4 quarterback role this year, and have an established starter in Terry Wilson.
Next Reuters BerlinMarch 3, 2019UPDATED: March 3, 2019 08:21 IST Robert Lewandowski celebrates after scoring against Borussia Moenchengladbach (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBayern Munich demolished hosts Borussia Moenchengladbach 5-1 to join leaders Borussia Dortmund at the topRobert Lewandowski joined Claudio Pizarro on 195 goals at the top of the all-time foreign scorers’ list in the BundesligaRejuvenated Bayern have now won 11 of their last 12 league gamesChampions Bayern Munich demolished hosts Borussia Moenchengladbach 5-1 to join leaders Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga and reignite the title race on Saturday.Rejuvenated Bayern, who have now won 11 of their last 12 league games, scored twice in the opening 11 minutes through Javi Martinez and Thomas Mueller before two second-half Robert Lewandowski goals ensured the most straightforward of wins.Gladbach lost their third straight league home game by at least three goals for the first time in their club history.Bayern, who were seven points off the top a few weeks ago, are now level on 54 with Dortmund, who lost 2-1 to Augsburg on Friday. Gladbach drop to fourth on 43.”I am very satisfied with our game and we could have scored one or two goals more,” said Bayern coach Niko Kovac, whose team face Liverpool in the Champions League Round of 16 second leg later this month.”It was one of our best games this season. We have now reset everything and the title race starts again from zero.”The three points are all that matter to goalscorer @Javi8martinez #BMGFCB 1-5 pic.twitter.com/jymb0db1dCBundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) March 2, 2019Lewandowski, who joined Claudio Pizarro on 195 goals at the top of the all-time foreign scorers’ list in the Bundesliga, almost opened his account after 35 seconds when his shot was saved by Yann Sommer but the resulting corner was headed in by Martinez.Bayern doubled their lead in the 11th minute when Mueller latched on to a Serge Gnabry cross to slot in with his second effort.advertisementback to Munich after a 5:1 win against @borussia #MiaSanMia #fcbayern #esmuellert #bmgfcb #bundesliga pic.twitter.com/Z8RSk8F1ULThomas Müller (@esmuellert_) March 2, 2019They then missed several golden chances to increase their lead and instead it was Gladbach’s Lars Stindl who scored to cut the deficit in the 38th.Lewandowski restored their two-goal advantage two minutes after the restart to make it 120 Bundesliga goals with Bayern and climb to third on their all-time scorers’ list.Gnabry drilled in from close range in the 75th before Lewandowski completed the rout with a stoppage-time penalty.The current holder joins the leader on 15 pic.twitter.com/G1DdlTdHZwBundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) March 2, 2019Schalke 04 coach Domenico Tedesco is on the brink of an exit after his team lost 4-0 at home to promoted Fortuna Duesseldorf to stay in 14th place, seven points above the relegation zone.RB Leipzig climbed to third place on 45 points after beating Nuremberg 1-0.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Robert LewandowskiFollow Javi MartinezFollow Thomas MuellerFollow Bayern MunichFollow Borussia MoenchengladbachFollow Borussia DortmundFollow Bundesliga Bayern Munich crush Gladbach 5-1 to join Borussia Dortmund at topRejuvenated Bayern, who have now won 11 of their last 12 league games, scored twice in the opening 11 minutes through Javi Martinez and Thomas Mueller before two second-half Robert Lewandowski goals ensured the most straightforward of wins.advertisement
Press Trust of India JaipurMarch 22, 2019UPDATED: March 22, 2019 19:56 IST Steve Smith said he was excited for IPL 2019 and was looking forward to the tournament. (@rajasthanroyals Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Smith is back for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2019Smith did not play the IPL last year after the ball-tampering banSmith’s one-year ban for ball-tampering ends on March 29The BCCI had acted voluntarily while banning Steve Smith and David Warner from last edition of IPL on ball tampering charges and the former Australian captain said that only the Indian board can answer why panned out that way.Cricket Australia’s one year ban was from international cricket and the duo were well within their rights to a play domestic T20 league like IPL but the richest cricket board in the world decided to impose their own sanctions.Smith, whose one-year ban ends on March 29 will be available for Rajasthan Royals’ first game on March 25 but it will depend on the condition of his elbow.”I am available for all the matches and BCCI has to answer that why I was not allowed to play earlier,” Smith took a dig at the BCCI during a promotional event on Friday.Speaking after the jersey launch ceremony, Smith said that he was looking forward for the tournament.”It is exciting to be back on field and I am looking forward to the tournament,” he said during the announcement of JK Lakhsmi cement as one of the sponsors for Royals.With his international ban set to end on March 29, Smith will be eyeing good IPL in order to make it to the World Cup squad.Also Read | Steve Smith’s elbow injury lot worse compared to David Warner: Dean JonesAlso Read | World Cup not on my mind, want to do well for Sunrisers Hyderabad: David WarnerFor 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 Tags :Follow Steve SmithFollow Rajasthan RoyalsFollow IPL 2019Follow BCCI Only BCCI can answer why I didn’t play IPL last year: Steve SmithIPL 2019: Rajasthan Royals’ Steve Smith did not play IPL last year after BCCI ruled him and David Warner out due to ball-tampering bans.advertisement
Vikrant Gupta New DelhiApril 29, 2019UPDATED: May 2, 2019 17:59 IST Rishabh Pant was not named in India’s 2019 ICC World Cup squad (Reuters Photo)Rishabh Pant, only 21, is trying his best to handle success, spotlight and disappointment at the same time these days. The success of scoring Test hundreds in England and Australia, the spotlight that he is in almost always because of fans and critics and the disappointment of not making it to the India’s World Cup squad. All of it accompanied with the back-breaking schedule of ongoing Indian Premier League.”I was disappointed, obviously. Every player playing for the country dreams of participating in the World Cup. It would have been an entirely different experience,” Pant told AajTak in an exclusive interview, his first after being left out of the Indian World Cup team.The likes of Sourav Ganguly, Ricky Ponting, Michael Vaughan, Matthew Hayden and many others were sure that the young wicket-keeper will definitely travel to England this summer. But the five wise men of Indian cricket decided otherwise.”I was disappointed but as a cricketer or a professional, I know that there is nothing I will achieve if I continue to think about it. I try to move on and focus on the matches that I am playing. If you do not think of moving on then things will be more difficult. I look at the positive aspect more. Right now doing well in the remaining games of the IPL is what I am focusing on. My biggest strength is remaining positive, irrespective of any situation,” says Pant.From making his Test debut against England at Robin Hood’s Nottingham to being talked about India’s biggest X-factor in the one-day format, Pant has had a memorable time in international cricket so far.advertisement”I think that getting an opportunity to play Test cricket for my country, even being called a Test player sounds so nice. My coach always used to tell me that he will consider me a complete cricketer only after I play Test cricket. I was really happy to get that opportunity and scoring those centuries in England and Australia.”With fame came criticism, of Rishabh Pant’s inability to finish off games, of getting out repeatedly after playing reckless, many times single-handed, shots.”In T20 cricket, I think of hitting a six off every ball, then a four or stealing three, two or one run. If anyone criticizes me then I urge them to come and help me. Many people come directly to me and I implement their suggestions in my game if need be. As a player, I try to not think much about the problem aspect. As far as the criticism for playing a single-handed shot is concerned, it happens when you try to reach for the ball. At times, you can’t reach the ball with both the hands, not possible every time. It isn’t deliberate.”Having two legends in the Delhi Capitals’ dressing room – Ganguly and Ponting – has helped Pant hugely, especially.”I try to stay focused on my process and improve my game. I focus on improving as a player every day, even if it is just by one per cent. Having the mind at right place means that you do not think much about the expectations. I have to be clear-headed and stick to the game plan. Dada (Ganguly) tells me to play with a clear mind. He tells me not to focus on what people say and keep on improving as a player. That is what I try to implement, remain positive till the end of the match. At times, it becomes difficult as, in the flow of things, you forget to improve yourself. Everyone praises you if you do well. Challenge is to keep improving by keeping rest of the things aside.”This is where learnings from MS Dhoni and India skipper Virat Kohli has come in handy.”I have learnt a lot from both MS Dhoni and Virat. The main thing I would say is discipline. Even till date, Mahi bhai is not late. He follows the same process every day. An international player believes in his process, the things that suit him well. One thing which Virat bhaiya told me and I will never forget is that playing 100 games is not necessary to become an experienced player. Learning from other player’s mistake and not repeating it is equally important. You can get that even from 10 games and there is no need to play 100 games.”Also Read | World Cup selection will be a dream come true: Rishabh PantAlso Read | Learnt the importance of discipline from MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli: Rishabh PantadvertisementAlso Read | India team for World Cup is well-balanced, we have covered all bases: MSK PrasadAlso Watch | India name 15-man squad for 2019 Cricket World CupFor 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 byRoshni Tags :Follow Rishabh PantFollow World Cup 2019Follow Cricket World Cup World Cup would have been different experience but I have moved on: Rishabh Pant2019 Cricket World Cup: Rishabh Pant, in an exclusive interview with AajTak, said he has moved on from the disappointment of not being selected for the 2019 Cricket World Cup and added he was now entirely focused on doing well in the 2019 IPL for Delhi Capitals.advertisement
Asian News International New DelhiJune 11, 2019UPDATED: June 11, 2019 17:54 IST Yuvraj Singh and Shoaib Akhtar have had many interesting battles on the field (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSYuvraj Singh announced his retirement from international cricket on June 10Long-time rival Shoaib Akhtar paid his tribute to the all-rounder via a special messageYuvraj in turn, thanked the Pakistan veteran for his messageCricket matches between India and Pakistan have always been nail-biting, owing to the age-old rivalry between the two teams. However, the camaraderie of players from both countries is something that cannot be missed.Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh, who retired from all forms of cricket on Monday, took to Twitter to reveal that he was “terrified” whenever Pakistani pacer Shoaib Akhtar bowled.Soon after Yuvraj announced his retirement, Akhtar created a video to bid adieu to the left-hander.”Yuvraj is a rockstar, a match winner and a very good friend. When I saw him in 2003 in the World Cup match at Centurion, he played a very good knock and I always found him as an elegant batsman. He’s a Punjabi and speaks our language,” Akhtar had said on Monday.”I remember that he used to play very fluently. Yuvi always knew a lot about cricket. Yuvraj has done wonders for his nation. He was an integral part of India’s 2011 World Cup triumph and his six 6’s against Stuart Broad will always be remembered. He is very patriotic and he will always remain the biggest match-winner. I wish him all the very best for his future,” he added.In response to the heartwarming video, Yuvraj tweeted, “Thanks payan for ur lovely wishes. Trust me Every time u ran into bowl at me it was terrifying! Had to gather a lot of courage to face u. We had some great battles will always cherish those moments @shoaib100mph.”Thanks payan for ur lovely wishes. Trust me Everytime u ran into bowl at me it was terrifying ! Had to gather a lot of courage to face u. We had some great battles will always cherish those moments @shoaib100mph Shoaib Akhtar’s Special Message https://t.co/a1pdmT1mrAadvertisementyuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) June 11, 2019The Chandigarh-born cricketer, whose on-field exploits defined India’s last two World Cup triumphs, has played 304 ODIs, 58 T20Is and 40 Tests. He managed to imprint his place in the echelons of cricket as a player who could pretty much win matches for his side either through his electric fielding, deceiving bowling or fierce batting.Yuvi, as he is fondly called, is renowned for hitting six sixes in an over of Stuart Broad in the ICC T20 World Cup2007 and he was awarded the Player of the Tournament in India’s 2011 50-over World Cup triumph.Also Read | Rohit Sharma to Yuvraj Singh: Love you brotherman, you deserved a better send-offAlso Read | Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Akhtar pay tribute to retired Yuvraj Singh: We spent great time togetherFor 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 Yuvraj SinghFollow Shoaib AkhtarFollow India vs Pakistan Yuvraj Singh to Shoaib Akhtar: It was terrifying to face youA day after announcing his retirement from international cricket, Yuvraj Singh thanked long-time rival Shoaib Akhtar for his tribute on social mediaadvertisement