TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say SACKED! Moreno Longo axed by Frosinoneby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMoreno Longo has been sacked by Frosinone.The Serie A minnows announced the dismissal of Longo this morning.Along with Longo, the coach’s backroom staff are also sacked with immediate effect.Frosinone are currently second from bottom of the Serie A table, five points from safety.
Ex-Real Madrid president Calderon: I’m outraged Ronaldo was soldby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has again hit out at the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo.Ronaldo left Madrid for Juventus over a year ago – and Calderon says the club is yet to recover.He told AS: “He should never have left, it’s amazing that he was let go. “It’s impossible to do without such a player. 60 goals per season … no player can bring you such a guarantee. He is irreplaceable, just like (Lionel) Messi. “I am outraged that this may have happened, while (president) Florentino (Perez) keeps saying that Cristiano’s signature was the best of his mandate.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Harry Redknapp regrets missing out on Liverpool jobby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Redknapp admits he regrets missing out on the Liverpool job.Former Tottenham manager Redknapp has revealed how he would have loved a chance to stand in the Anfield dugout as the Reds’ manager.”If I had one club I’d loved to have managed it would have been Liverpool. I loved them,” he told the Daily Mail. “I can see them winning the league this year. Give them the title and give it to them now. “I’ve had a big bet and I think the bookmakers should pay me out!”
Johnson impressed by Chelsea youngstersby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea fullback Glen Johnson is impressed by the club’s youngsters.Johnson singled out one of the Blues’ young players for acclaim, and thinks it would not be a surprise to see them playing Champions League football next season.”Tammy Abraham has impressed me the most because the Premier League is a totally different beast to the Championship,” he told Betdaq. “To score the amount of goals he has so far shows he’s handled the change very well.”I hope Chelsea can fight for a top four place.”If they can get anywhere near then it’s an absolutely fantastic season for them. With Manchester City and Tottenham not firing on all cylinders I think they have got a real chance.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan directer Marotta details Alexis plansby Carlos Volcano5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan directer Beppe Marotta says they won’t seek to buy a replacement for the injured Alexis Sanchez.The Nerazzurri have lost Sanchez for two to three months following ankle surgery, as he damaged tendons while on international duty for Chile.“We designed the squad in a specific way and we would’ve been happier without Alexis Sanchez’s injury, of course, but we are also optimistic and trust he’ll be back within two months,” Marotta told DAZN.“After that, our forward line will remain unchanged. We have a competitive side in attack with different options.“The January transfer window is open to clubs, even if the top players are rarely available to move during that period. It’s our duty to be vigilant and see what opportunities the market offers.”
TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 30: Minkah Fitzpatrick #29 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after he and Isaiah Buggs #49 sack Shea Patterson #20 of the Mississippi Rebels at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 30, 2017 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The weather in New Jersey has been decidedly less than ideal this winter, and more snow is on the way tonight into tomorrow. Residents all over the Garden State are anxious for spring to finally arrive.But some residual snow didn’t deter Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter’s Prep 5-star cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick, an Alabama signee, from getting in an off-season agility workout this afternoon. Fitzpatrick hit the (covered) turf at his high school’s practice field to do some footwork drills, and he posted video of the training on his Twitter account. Nice day at the beach GET RIGHT! pic.twitter.com/S7yxv06o3J— Minkah FitzMagic (@minkfitz_21) March 4, 2015Fitzpatrick is known for his smooth style of play, good footwork and strong technique. If he can maintain those assets in the snow, just think what he might be able to do in Tuscaloosa when the weather will be nicer.
ANN ARBOR, MI – APRIL 04: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 4, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has done a nice job turning around the Wolverines in his first year on campus, and as such, UM fans are looking to celebrate him for Halloween. A quick look on social media reveals that dozens of Michigan supporters are going as Jim Harbaugh – khakis and all – for the holiday. Check it out:@CoachJim4UM @umichfootball @UMichAthletics I present the greatest Halloween costume ever JIM HARBAUGH!! pic.twitter.com/WetOpqNW5J— Jacob Anderson (@Go_Blue1415) October 29, 2015What’s better than Jim Harbaugh? TWO Jim Harbaughs! #GoBlue #Halloween pic.twitter.com/yvy2RLltxx— Susie Pearson (@SusiePearson02) October 28, 2015@umichfootball Happy Halloween Coach Harbaugh! Like my costume? Go Blue! pic.twitter.com/GaCUCqr6uO— Ty Seighman (@sig_ty) October 24, 2015In reality, it’s an easy costume to pull off. Still, we’ll give anyone props who promotes college football on Halloween.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits Liverpool’s form at present makes them untouchable in the Premier League title race.The Reds are now nine points clear at the summit – and 10 ahead of City ahead of their game Sunday at Southampton – after thrashing Arsenal 5-1 at Anfield on Saturday.Jurgen Klopp’s men are now unbeaten in their first 20 matches of the campaign, and have scored 48 goals and conceded just eight so far this term.Though Guardiola has spent in the region of £539 million ($685m) on players since arriving at the Etihad Stadium, the ex-Barcelona boss says his City side are currently unable to compete with the Merseysiders. 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? “We did well so far,” said Guardiola prior to Liverpool going nine points clear. “We got 44 points in the first round.”If you get the same number of points in the second round, that’s 88 points. With 88 points, you are champions. You have the numbers to be champions.”Most of the Premier League champions in the past 20 years won it with less points. We did quite well. We did really well.“But of course you have the past two games, against Crystal Palace and Leicester, and you have that sense, because there are two teams there now who are better than us in the last month.“What can we say when Liverpool keep nine clean sheets and score a lot of goals? We cannot compete with that in terms of comparing with them.“So we look at ourselves, and tomorrow against Southampton, we have to do what we do, and try to win, and when that happens, everything comes back to a normal position.”Successive defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester City have seen City surrender their grip on the title race, after their stunning 2017-18 campaign during which they accumulated 100 points and over a century of goals.But City will have the chance to bridge the gap and change the momentum of the title race in the coming days when they face Saints before hosting Liverpool on January 3. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Son Heung-Min has apologised ahead of leaving Tottenham to represent South Korea at the Asian Cup, with Spurs looking to land a first major trophy for 11 yearsThe 26-year-old missed three games earlier in the campaign to play for the country at the Asian Games – helping South Korea to a victory which earned him exemption from military service.Though Son will miss South Korea’s opening two group matches in the United Arab Emirates, he will join up after the Premier League visit of Manchester United on January 13.If Paulo Bento’s side reach February’s final Son could miss as many as four matches of Spurs’ season, including the Premier League games against Fulham, Watford and Newcastle as well as the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Chelsea. 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 with the north Londoners attempting to mount a title challenge alongside Liverpool and Manchester City, Son has lamented the timing of his latest international call-up.”Of course I feel very sorry because I miss already in September [Asian Games],” he said.”I feel sorry for my team-mates, the fans and the coaching staff.”It’s difficult. Sometimes you think it’s a bit sad, but it is also important for my country.”I hope I can keep my form for the national team and when I come back here again as well.”Since returning from the Asian Games, Son has recaptured some of his best form with eight goals and five assists in his 16 top-flight appearances.The ex-Hamburg and Bayer Leverkusen forward admits he was jaded following his exploits for his country but is ready to rise to the big occasion once again.”I was tired after the Asian Games because in that tournament it was playing after [every] two or three days,” he added.”It is very important to be right mentally at the Asian Cup and to come back with a strong mind and be strong physically.”It [November] was a turning point for me because I was tired and I didn’t travel.”It was good to have this time, some days off, and hard sessions with the team. But the Asian Cup is big for us because we have not won it for 59 years.”I’m going there not just to enjoy it, I am going there to win something and come back with confidence.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s lawyer Peter Christiansen insisted a warrant for the Juventus superstar’s DNA is a “very standard request” amid the ongoing investigation into a rape allegation. American Kathryn Mayorga has accused Ronaldo of sexually assaulting her in a hotel in Las Vegas in 2009, with the Portugal captain having come out to “firmly deny” the claims. German publication Der Spiegel first reported the accusations, which also included the suggestion Ronaldo paid Ms Mayorga $375,000 (£288,000) in 2010 as part of a privacy agreement, preventing her from going public with the allegations. 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? Ms Mayorga filed a lawsuit in an attempt to quash that agreement while Las Vegas police have re-opened an investigation. On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported that police in Las Vegas police had requested a sample of Ronaldo’s DNA, citing “a law-enforcement official with knowledge of the case.” The report also claims that a warrant was recently sent to the court system in Italy. Christiansen has previously confirmed that the payment was made to Ms Mayorga, but said documents presented as evidence had been “stolen” and “completely fabricated”. “To be clear, Mr Ronaldo vehemently denies all of the allegations in the complaint and has consistently maintained that denial for the last nine years,” Christiansen said in a statement in October. “The documents which purportedly contain statements by Mr Ronaldo and have been reported in the media are complete fabrications. It is my understanding that in 2015, dozens of entities [including law firms] across many different industries throughout Europe were hacked and their electronic data was stolen and captured by a cyber criminal. “This hacker attempted to sell this data, and one media outlet has now irresponsibly published the stolen documents, significant portions of which were altered and/or completely fabricated. To absolve any doubt, Mr Ronaldo has always maintained, as he does today, that what occurred in 2009 in Las Vegas was consensual in nature. “While Mr Ronaldo does not deny the existence of the mutual agreement and release, his motivations for agreeing to that resolution have been twisted to say the least. “Far from any admission of guilt or any ulterior motive, Mr Ronaldo was advised to privately resolve the allegations against him in order to avoid the inevitable attempts that are now being made to destroy a reputation that has been built upon hard work, athleticism and honour. “Unfortunately, he now finds himself embroiled in the type of litigation that is all too commonplace in America.” Furthermore, following the report that a DNA sample has been requested, Christiansen game a statement to Omnispor t, saying: “Mr Ronaldo has always maintained, as he does today, that what occurred in Las Vegas in 2009 was consensual in nature. “So it is not surprising that DNA would be present, nor that the police would make this very standard request as part of their investigation.” Ronaldo, 33, has scored a league-high 14 goals in Serie A and 15 in all competitions for Italian champions Juve this season, having arrived from Real Madrid in July.
Josh King’s brace inspired Bournemouth to a 4-0 victory as Maurizio Sarri’s lacklustre Chelsea suffered back-to-back Premier League defeats.Cup triumphs over Tottenham and Sheffield Wednesday suggested Sarri’s withering assessment of the 2-0 loss to Arsenal had the desired effect, but a section of the away supporters turned on their Italian coach at the Vitality Stadium.Wales winger David Brooks created King’s 47th-minute opener before coolly doubling Bournemouth’s advantage, although he pulled up on a subsequent attack to cut a wonderful display short. 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? Prior to that substitution, some Chelsea fans sang “You don’t know what you’re doing” as Sarri withdrew Gonzalo Higuain after 65 minutes of his Premier League debut.King’s second and a stoppage-time Charlie Daniels goal means Chelsea drop below Arsenal into fifth on goal difference, while Bournemouth’s win moves them up to 10th.Pedro was preferred to Willian on the right wing for Chelsea and his early cross, aimed for Higuain, was headed goalwards by Mateo Kovacic, with Artur Boruc brilliantly tipping on to the crossbar.Brooks should have done better with a 34th-minute header showed his class soon afterwards, dispossessing Eden Hazard and driving forward to force Kepa Arrizabalaga into action.It was no surprise to see the excellent Brooks involved in the opening goal, controlling impeccably and laying the ball on a plate for King to crash home.After N’Golo Kante wasted a chance to equalise, Brooks showed contrasting composure in the 63rd minute – collecting King’s return pass and checking back inside David Luiz to crisply finish into the bottom corner.Robbed of their standout performer, Bournemouth’s liquid counter-attacks continued to flow and Junior Stanislas and King combined 16 minutes from time.The Cherries continued to pour forward and Daniels diverted Jordon Ibe’s free-kick past Kepa in stoppage time to complete an unforeseen humiliation.38 – Josh King has drawn level with John Carew and Tore Andre Flo as the joint-third highest Norwegian goalscorer in the Premier League, with only Steffen Iversen (40) and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (91) netting more. Wood. pic.twitter.com/S7pMRLFf3O— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 30, 2019What does it mean: Jury still out on SarriballChelsea’s head coach finds himself locked in an ideological battle with a fanbase reared on reactive, battling, never-say-die football in the mould of John Terry and Didier Drogba. Sticking to the methods that got him this job, Sarri has enjoyed success this season and has a Wembley final to look forward to next month. But 45 minutes of largely listless possession and a second-half collapse brought the naysayers to the fore.Howe fretting over brilliant BrooksHaving confirmed top scorer Callum Wilson has undergone minor knee surgery, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe will hope to have Brooks back on his feet before long. The elegant attacker carved Chelsea to pieces early in the second half.Luiz’s best and worst on showChelsea’s best moments during the first half were usually prompted by David Luiz’s incisive passing from deep, which injected some tempo into their play. However, the defensive pantomime that accompanied Brooks’ goal will always be part of the baffling package the Brazilian brings to top-flight football.Key Opta facts- Bournemouth secured only their second competitive home win against Chelsea and first since September 1988 (L5).- This is just the second time in Premier League history that Chelsea have lost a game by a four-goal margin, after losing 1-5 versus Liverpool in September 1996.- Chelsea have lost consecutive Premier League games for the first time since March 2018, when they lost to both Manchester clubs.- Both of Bournemouth’s Premier League wins on a Wednesday have come against Chelsea.What’s next?Chelsea entertain the Premier League’s bottom side, Huddersfield Town, on Saturday, while Bournemouth also face strugglers in the form of Cardiff City. read more
Ernesto Valverde says Barcelona will cope with a busy February fixture list after Friday’s Copa del Rey semi-final draw handed the holders a two-legged tie against Real Madrid.Barca have won the tournament four years in a row but will have to knock out their rivals to reach the final again after Real Betis and Valencia were paired together in the other semi-final.Valverde’s men also play the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie against Lyon this month, while they start March with a trip to the Santiago Bernabeu in La Liga immediately following the second leg of the Copa clash at the same venue. 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? Saturday’s visit of Valencia to Camp Nou is the first of seven matches Barca will play in February, yet Valverde is not concerned about the impending fixture pile-up as they continue to compete on multiple fronts.”A huge game, two big games,” Valverde told reporters on Friday when asked for his reaction to the draw. “It’s a time we are both involved in a battle for the top spot in the league, the Champions League starts again in a few weeks, so that adds to the mix with two huge cup games thrown in there too.”It’s quite a heavy, intense load of games but it’s very attractive for the fans and for ourselves. It should be a great semi-final, let’s see if we can qualify for the final.”I think it’s tight and I don’t know, it’s ridiculous to talk about percentages. It’ll be a tight semi-final and they did have a bit of a lull in the league but they seem over it, playing confident football and getting better results too.”Valencia tomorrow are at the peak of their form and Madrid are the same. I don’t want to say everything as next Tuesday there will be point giving a press conference as I will have said everything today.”Of course we are confident we can deal with it [the fixture list], we offer a full guarantee but don’t know what setbacks may happen tomorrow or even in training.”The weeks are building up and we have three games in six days, then three days in eight days, then after Athletic Bilbao [on February 10] a free week that will be a big help. So we’ll try to organise the rest time as well as our playing time and hope we do not suffer any injuries.”I’m honest and I will tell you just after the Sevilla game, Madrid we knew would be a possibility, a one in three chance to get them or Betis or Valencia. We knew it would be a heavy fixture list. Madrid games have a special connotation but nothing was ever going to be easy.”Valverde: “I see Valencia very similar to last year, they had great success at the beginning and earned many points” #BarçaValencia pic.twitter.com/qz3KmPu65M — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) February 1, 2019 Atletico were knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Girona before the quarter-final stage, clearing their fixture list compared to Barca, but Valverde says he would not trade places with Diego Simeone.”Ask them – they’ll answer that,” he said. “I’m quite happy where I am right now, thank you.”We’ll put out the best team we can to win [against Valencia]. We’ll look at how the players are in training later today.”Let’s not deny the league is always our priority, our priority is to win every game but we cannot afford any slip-ups so we need to play our strongest team in all the games.”Valverde confirmed the Valencia game comes too soon for Ousmane Dembele and he is unsure if the winger will be available for Wednesday’s first leg against Madrid.
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JANUARY 01: Sam Ehlinger #11 of the Texas Longhorns celebrates after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs 28-21 during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 01, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)Texas is coming off its first 10-win season in nearly a decade. Year Two of the Tom Herman Era featured some noteworthy moments.The Longhorns beat Oklahoma during the regular season, played in the Big 12 title game and took down Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. Overall, the team left fans with hope that the program was finally turning the corner.At least one college football pundit thinks they are. Sporting News’ Bill Bender released his predictions for the 2019 season today, and he has Texas in the College Football Playoff.Bender has the Longhorns facing defending national champion Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl. Though he picks the Tigers to win that game, most Texas fans would sign up for a playoff berth regardless of result. Making the playoff would mean Texas won the Big 12 Championship Game and went at least 11-1 in the regular season..@sportingnews has @CFBPlayoff and bowl projections for all 40 games, including a real stunner in the championship game. https://t.co/TxsS4qmUDo— Bill Bender (@BillBender92) May 22, 2019In addition to their usual Big 12 slate, the Longhorns will play LSU in Week Two in one of the top non-conference matchups of the season. There could definitely be some playoff implications in that game, as the Tigers are also expected to be a preseason top 10 team.Texas opens up its 2019 season against Louisiana Tech on August 31.
FIU releases statement on the tragic death of former defensive back Emmanuel Lubin, who started 13 games in 2018. Lubin, a North Miami Beach native, died in a car accident Saturday night. pic.twitter.com/CmJ0YIJHnv— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) July 21, 2019Our thoughts and prayers are with Lubin’s family and friends, as well as the entire FIU football family during this difficult time.May he rest in peace. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)FIU football is dealing with tragedy today after the death of former defensive back Emmanuel Lubin on Saturday night.Lubin, who started all 13 games for the Panthers last fall, was killed in a car accident. For his career, he appeared in 45 games, recording 86 tackles and one interception.FIU released a statement on Lubin’s passing this afternoon.“Tragically, we lost a great young man in Emmanuel Lubin last night,” said FIU head coach Butch Davis. “He was a hard worker, great teammate and was respected and loved by his teammates, coaches and staff at FIU.”
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Alabama Crimson Tide helmets lay on the ground with in confetti after the game against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Alabama won 26-23. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Once a four-star prospect, tight end Kedrick James has found breaking into the Alabama lineup a tough task. He recently entered the transfer portal and has now settled on a destination.In an interview with AL.com, James announced that he would be joining the SMU Mustangs. The decision comes just over two weeks after he entered the NCAA transfer portal.Coming out of La Vega High School in 2017, James was the No. 319 recruit in the nation. Per 247Sports, he was the No. 12 tight end in the country, and the No. 48 prospect from the state of Texas.The move to SMU will certainly bring him a little closer to home. The SMU campus is located only a hundred miles from his hometown of Waco. Former #Alabama tight end Kedrick James is transferring to #SMU https://t.co/3iOj4kSAv3— Jason DiRienzo (@allpurposescout) July 29, 2019The NCAA transfer portal has taken quite a number of players from the Crimson Tide this offseason.With James’ departure, Alabama has now lost five players to other schools, including former starting quarterback Jalen Hurts. Several more Alabama players are still in the transfer portal, looking for a new destination.But Alabama is not likely to feel much of a sting from most of those losses. The team heads into 2019 with the No. 1 recruiting class in the country, including another four-star tight end, Jahleel Billingsley.
Press Trust of India KolkataMarch 7, 2019UPDATED: March 8, 2019 00:02 IST MS Dhoni has been in solid form this year and guided India to victory in the first ODI vs Australia. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSourav Ganguly backed MS Dhoni to continue after the World CupGanguly said Virat Kohli should bat at No.3 at the World CupGanguly tipped India as one of the favourites at the World Cup but said any team can spring a surpriseFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly Thursday backed veteran Mahendra Singh Dhoni to continue after the upcoming ODI World Cup, saying if someone has talent “age is not a factor”.With the World Cup round the corner, people have been predicting the show-piece event to be Dhoni’s last international outing but Ganguly thinks otherwise.”Dhoni can continue after the World Cup. If India wins the Cup and Dhoni performs consistently then why should he retire. Age is never a factor if talent is there,” Ganguly told PTI.Ganguly termed the current Indian pace attack as “fantastic” and said the duo of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami will play a crucial role during the World Cup.”The Indian pace attack is fantastic. Whether its Bumrah or Shami, the Indian pacers are performing consistently. The pacers will play an important factor for the team in England,” said Ganguly.According to Ganguly, Umesh Yadav will go to the World Cup as fourth pacer after Bhuvneshwar Kumar.Shikhar Dhawan might be going through a lean patch off late, but Ganguly backed the aggressive left-hander to partner Rohit Sharma up the order.”The opening combination should not be tweaked. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are the ideal pair to give India a fast start. But K L Rahul is also there,” he said.”Shikhar and Rohit should open. Other than the two, Rahul is another batsman who can open.”Ganguly feels in-form India skipper Virat Kohli should continue to bat at the crucial no.3 position followed by Ambatti Rayudu, Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav.advertisement”Virat is being Virat. He is on top of his game,” he said.”Virat should bat in is usual number 3 slot. Rayudu at 4, Dhoni at 5 and Kedar at number 6.”The resurgence of Vijay Shankar will prove to be a headache for the selectors, opines Ganguly, adding that Ravindra Jadeja shouldn’t be considered for selection in the World Cup squad at the cost of the Tamil Nadu all-rounder.”Ravindra Jadeja should not be in the World Cup team. Vijay Shankar bowled beautifully in the Nagpur match. I think Vijay deserves his World Cup spot,” he said.Ganguly reiterated that India are among one of the favourites to win the World Cup, starting May 30 at the Oval, London.”India are one of the favourites for sure. But West Indies, New Zealand, Sri Lanka are also there in the mix. Recently Sri Lanka have been in terrific form. They defeated South Africa. I think it will be a superb World Cup,” he said.Australia may be going through one of their worst phases but Ganguly still believes the return of Steve Smith and David Warner will be a big boost for the reigning world champions.”Australia may be going through a rough patch. But there is no doubt that the return of Smith and Warner will change the entire complexion of the team and with Maxwell already there, they will be a totally different outfit,” he said.Ganguly feels it’s too early to predict India’s playing XI in the World Cup but has picked up his 15-man probable squad.”My squad will be — Rohit sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, K L Rahul, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kedar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Vijay Shankar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav,” he concluded.Also Read | MS Dhoni obliges Ranchi fans with autographs, selfies ahead of possible hometown farewellAlso Read | MS Dhoni hosts Team India for dinner at Ranchi home: Thank you bhai, says ChahalFor 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 Sourav GangulyFollow MS DhoniFollow Indian cricket teamFollow 2019 ICC World Cup Age never a factor before talent: Ganguly backs Dhoni to continue after World CupFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly felt if MS Dhoni can perform consistently, there was no need for him to retire after the 2019 ICC World Cup.advertisement
India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 15, 2019UPDATED: March 15, 2019 11:35 IST Superme Court revoked the life ban imposed by BCCI on S Sreesanth (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe Sumpreme Court set aside Sreesanth’s life ban for his alleged involvement in IPL spot-fixing scandalSumpreme Court told BCCI disciplinary committee to reconsider quantum of punishment within three monthsThe apex court made it clear that Sreesanth will get the opportunity of being heardIn a huge relief for S Sreesanth, the Superme Court on Friday revoked the life ban imposed on the cricketer by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and asked the board to decide afresh on the point of quantum of punishment given to him within 3 months.A bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan, asked the BCCI to reconsider its order of life ban imposed on Sreesanth following the spot-fixing scandal that rocked the Indian Premier League in 2013.The apex court also said that its verdict shall have no effect on the criminal proceedings pending against the cricketer in the Delhi High Court, where the Delhi Police has challenged a trial court’s order discharging all accused, including Sreesanth, in the IPL spot-fixing case.The bench passed this order on Sreesanth’s plea challenging the decision of a division bench of the Kerala High Court which had restored the life ban imposed on him by the BCCI.Last month, Sreesanth told the Supreme Court that he had “stubbornly” refused to be involved in match-fixing during 2013 IPL and referred to the transcript of the recorded conversation to back his assertion.Relief for Sreesanth: SC revokes life ban imposed by BCCI #ITVideoMore videos: https://t.co/NounxnP7mg pic.twitter.com/vlnUgRvJBOIndia Today (@IndiaToday) March 15, 2019Referring to the transcript of the recorded telephonic conversation, which says that “I am stubborn and nothing will happen”, the former cricketer challenging the lifetime ban on him from playing cricket told the bench of Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice K.M. Joseph that the material relied on by the BCCI to hold him guilty was not given to him.advertisementThe former cricketer, who was banned for life for his alleged involvement in spot-fixing during 2013 IPL, had told the court in the last hearing on January 30 that the bookie tried to drag him into spot-fixing but he did not fall for it.As senior counsel, Salman Khurshid, appearing for Sreesanth, told the bench that the report of the preliminary inquiry was not given to him, the court said that he had the report which he got from other sources.Khurshid said that he had the report but he was not told by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) which part of the report the apex cricketing body was going to rely on against him.The court was told that at no stage the BCCI had asked him what he had to say about the alleged material including the offer of Rs 10 lakh being cited against him.Questioning the material that was relied on against him, Sreesanth told the court: “I was charged with the most serious offence. I was convicted of the most serious offence but the standard of proof is that of the least serious offence.”Also Read | Slapping Sreesanth was a mistake, should never have done that: Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | Supreme Court asks why Sreesanth didn’t inform BCCI about being approached for spot-fixingAlso Read | The rise and fall of SreesanthFor 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 SreesanthFollow Sreesanth banned for lifeFollow BCCIFollow S. SreesanthFollow CricketFollow Board of Control for Cricket in IndiaFollow Supreme Court of IndiaFollow Indian Premier LeagueFollow Spot fixingFollow Spot fixing in IPL Sreesanth life ban revoked, Supreme Court asks BCCI to revisit quantum of punishmentThe Supreme Court asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India to reconsider its order of life ban on cricketer S Sreesanth.advertisement
We need to bat well at the top: MS Dhoni after 1-run lossCSK’s top-order — Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu and Suresh Raina — performed well below-par which resulted in the finishing pressure falling on MS Dhoni.advertisement Press Trust of India BengaluruApril 22, 2019UPDATED: April 22, 2019 11:54 IST Dhoni’s superb 48-ball-84 went in vain as RCB beat CSK by one run(IANS photo)HIGHLIGHTSDhoni’s superb 48-ball-84 went in vain as RCB beat CSK by one runCSK’s top order performed well below par and the pressure fell on DhoniDhoni wants his top-order to be more discreet with shot selectionChennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni urged his top-order to get their acts together and finish more matches going into the business-end of the Indian Premier League.Dhoni’s superb 48-ball-84 went in vain as RCB beat CSK by one run to stay afloat in the league.CSK’s problem has been their top-order where Shane Watson (147 runs), World Cup reject Ambati Rayudu (192 runs) and Suresh Raina (207 runs) have performed well below-par. The pressure has been entirely on Dhoni, who leads the charts with 314 runs.”I think it was a good game. We did really well to restrict them to a below par total, but we needed some good batting at the top. Once you know the opposition attack, you have got to stick to your plans and if you lose too many wickets upfront that puts pressure and the middle order really can’t go after the bowlers from the start,” Dhoni said at the end of the match.Dhoni wants his top-order to be more discreet with shot selection.”It’s easy to go and play the big shot and even if I get out others will do the job. Problem arises when you don’t play big shots and that puts pressures on others. That’s something we need to calculate. That’s why I think the top three can be finishers. They may do it a few times.”The CSK skipper said that batting in the middle-order involves a lot of calculation.”When you bat at Nos 5, 6 or 7 whatever you are calculating you have to put a lot of thinking behind it because you lose one more wicket and the game is over at that point of time.”advertisementDhoni felt that the Chinnaswamy track was difficult one to bat on with its spongy bounce.”It was still difficult at the end. It was slightly spongy (the pitch) and the new batsmen found it difficult. Boundaries were needed and yes we have lost by one run but at the same time we have to see what if there were few dot balls and whether we could have got those extra boundaries or not.Also Read | IPL 2019: MS Dhoni career-best in vain, RCB beat CSK in thrillerAlso Read | RCB vs CSK Live Score, IPL 2019: Steyn, Umesh jolt Chennai in 162 chaseAlso Read | SRH vs KKR IPL 2019, T20 broadcast: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders Live StreamingAlso Watch | Love the energy of the Indian players in the IPL before World Cup: Virat KohliFor 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 Chennai Super KingsFollow MS DhoniFollow IPL 2019Follow RCB vs CSK
World Cup 2019: Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah go on a ‘fast-bowling coffee date’Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah went out for coffee in London ahead of India’s second match in the World Cup 2019 against Australia.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk SouthamptonJune 8, 2019UPDATED: June 8, 2019 11:06 IST Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah played a key role in India’s resounding victory over South Africa on June 5 (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah went out for a cup of coffee in SouthamptonIndian team couldn’t practice on Friday as rain washed out their sessionIndian team is now gearing up to face Australia in their second match in London on SundayIndia fast bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah enjoyed their day off in Southampton to the fullest and even went out for a “coffee date” together before their big match against Australia in the World Cup 2019.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) posted a video of India’s premier fast bowlers going out for a cup of coffee in Southampton after their training session. But it was actually before India’s first match against South Africa which they won by 6 wickets earlier this week.Both Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar played a key role in India’s resounding victory over the Proteas in their campaign opener at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.The Indian team is now gearing up to face Australia in their second match in London on Sunday. Australia registered a narrow 15-run win over the West Indies in their last match and are placed second in the points table behind New Zealand with two wins from two games.The Indian team couldn’t practice on Friday as rain washed out their session, leaving the Virat Kohli-led side with only one day to train ahead of Sunday’s big-ticket showdown with Australia.The players instead visited the Indian High Commissioner’s residence in London on Friday. The Indian team, along with the support staff, were pictured together with Indian High Commissioner Ruchi Ghanashyam as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shared the images on social media.#TeamIndia at the High Commissioner’s residence in London today. pic.twitter.com/XptReRw1jwadvertisementBCCI (@BCCI) June 7, 2019India traveled to London from Southampton on Thursday, a day after beating South Africa by six wickets in their tournament opener on Wednesday.India began their World Cup 2019 campaign on June 5, that is six days after the start of the tournament and registered a 6-wicket win over South Africa in their first match.Rohit Sharma hammered a century to take India home after Yuzvendra Chahal and Jasprit Bumrah restricted South Africa to 227 for 9.Also Read | ICC red cards MS Dhoni gloves: Mahi in breach of ICC rulesAlso Read | World cup 2019: Virat Kohli and Team India visit High Commissioner’s residence in LondonAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Ricky Ponting warns Australia of bouncers against India at OvalFor 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 Bhuvneshwar KumarFollow Jasprit BumrahFollow Team IndiaFollow World Cup 2019
Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiOctober 21, 2019UPDATED: October 21, 2019 12:54 IST Mohammed Shami’s flight seat was upgraded to business class after the Vizag Test (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMohammed Shami got a business class seat after the Vizag TestTeam management has also decided to provide vice-captains with hotel suites instead of normal roomsBefore this decision, only the Indian captain and coach used to get suites in hotels during home and away seriesThe Indian team management has decided to reward top performers in every game with business class seats on domestic flights. Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma have already availed this luxury once each while travelling during matches in the ongoing Test series.Members of the Indian team, including the support staff and management, have decided to reward the top performers in every game with business class seats on flights while the rest of the squad travels in economy.Pacer Mohammed Shami’s seat was upgraded to business class after the first Test against South Africa in Vizag and before that Ishant Sharma was rewarded. India won in Vizag and Pune by 203 runs and an innings and 137 runs respectively, to take an unbeatable 2-0 series lead.”The entire team can’t get seats in business class. Those seats are few in number. So the team management decided to reward business class seats for performers. After the Vizag Test, Shami was given a business class seat. Before that Ishant got it,” a BCCI source told The Indian Express.The players and management have also decided to reward Test and limited-overs vice captains Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma with bigger rooms in hotels during home and overseas tours. Currently only the captain and coach get to stay in suites while the rest of the players stay in normal rooms.”Now it is decided that the vice-captain should get the third suite as he is the second-most important person in the team,” a source said.India meanwhile, have taken complete control of the third Test in Ranchi and are well on course to sweep the series against South Africa.advertisementAfter reducing the Proteas to 9 for 2 on Day 2, the Indian bowlers picked up four wickets in the first session on Monday to leave the visitors tottering at 129 for 6 at lunch in reply to India’s first innings score of 497 for 9 declared, which they achieved thanks to major contributions from Rohit Sharma (212) and Ajinkya Rahane (115).Also Read | My heroes were playing under me: Kapil Dev recalls his captaincyAlso Read | How Ravindra Jadeja is slowly changing India’s Test fortunes with the batAlso Read | Waiting for the overseas challenge: Rohit Sharma after Ranchi double hundredFor 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 India vs South Africa Indian team management rewards pacers, top performers with business-class seatsMembers of the Indian team, including the support staff and management, have decided to reward the top performers in every game with business class seats on flights.advertisement