TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Monaco sudden new favourites to land Chelsea midfielder Cescby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Monaco are sudden new favourites to land Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas.L’Equipe says the 31-year-old will sign on the dotted line for the Ligue 1 outfit.It would see the Spanish midfielder renew acquaintance with Thierry Henry, the pair having played together at Arsenal.Henry took his first managerial job at the Principality side in October on a three-year contract.Fabregas is yet to start a Premier League game almost halfway through the season.
TagsOpinionAbout the authorAndrew Maclean FollowShare the loveHave your say Anderson Exclusive: Karanka can lead Nottingham Forest beyond Clough shadowby Andrew Maclean10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCross-generational comparisons of sporting greats are fervently argued across social media every day. In basketball, it’s Lebron James vs. Michael Jordan. In tennis, it’s Roger Federer vs. Pete Sampras. Amongst football players, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s abilities are constantly equated to those of Diego Maradona and Pele.But what about football managers? How do the current crop rank with the greatly revered, often mythologised, coaches of yesteryear?According to Viv Anderson, former Nottingham Forest manager Brian Clough was implementing ‘tiki-taka’ some 30 years before Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona revolution and would have no problem managing in today’s continental game.Charismatic, intelligent, and at times controversial, Clough revolutionised Forest during his 18-year tenure at the club. It might seem hard to fathom for fans relatively new to the Premier League, but in the late 1970’s, Forest were the kings of England and Europe – twice.Given English football’s reputation as physical and direct, it would be easy to assume Forest scrapped their way to glory. But that wasn’t Cloughie’s style. He despised the long-ball tactics of his contemporaries, having once famously said: “if God had wanted us to play football in the clouds, he’d have put grass up there.”Anderson started both European Cup finals against Malmo in 1979 and Hamburg in 1980 and said it was Clough’s unorthodox tactics in the latter that helped steer Forest to victory.When asked if Clough could excel in today’s game, Anderson told Tribalfootball:”Absolutely 100 per cent. Because he believed in playing football in the right way, the pass and move. They were always entertaining. Although I think he would have to adapt because you have to do a lot more media than back in his day. “You have to remember he played one up front in a European Cup final 30 odd years ago, so he was forward thinking more than any other manager than I can think in those times. I can remember playing in that final with five midfielders and one up front and we went ‘what is this?’, but we got on and managed to win. Would he able to manage now? Yes in a heartbeat.”I think Forest had a team of people who were comfortable on the ball, play it through and it wasn’t kick long or long balls, it was always to feet and I think it’s very, very similar to how Pep Guardiola plays his football. So I think there are a lot of similarities to how he [Clough] played and how Pep Guardiola plays.”Clough remonstrating in the City Ground dugout still burns strong in the memory of older Forest fans. To them, the Middlesbrough native, who passed away in 2004, represents the ever-passing golden years, a time when the club were feared and respected, a stark contrast to the last two decades spent outside of the English top-flight.In Anderson’s opinion, Forest’s struggles derive from their failure to recover from Clough’s departure in 1993, comparing their plight to the current situation at Manchester United, who in December sacked their third manager since the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.Forest have made the play-offs only twice since their return to the Championship in 2009/10, but supporters remain hopeful that this could be their season. Under the leadership of former Real Madrid defender Aitor Karanka, who lead Middlesbrough to promotion in 2015/16, Forest are four points off the play-off spots in seventh. And with further investment from Greek owner Evangelos Marinakis this month, Anderson believes the club can return to where he believes they belong.”Its like Manchester United. The Cloughie shoes and the Alex Ferguson shoes are big shoes to fill,” added Anderson, who played over 300 times for Forest.”And they’ve had several managers, both clubs, trying to get the right balance. Hopefully Karanka is the right man to take Forest forward. “I think it helps that they’ve got some money with this Greek owner. So hopefully he can put a little bit more money in to get them where they want to be because a side like Nottingham Forest should be in the Premier League and they’ve been out of their far too long. So hopefully he’s the one to guide them forward.”Forest will face Premier League giants Chelsea in the third round of the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.Viv Anderson MBE was speaking to Tribalfootball to promote the partnership between ‘Playonpro’ and ‘REDSTRIKE’.Click here to find out more information on Playonpro.
Southampton boss Hasenhuttl eyeing Everton winger Lookmanby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is eyeing Everton winger Ademola Lookman.The pair worked together last season at RB Leipzig, where Lookman spent time on-loan.Now Hasenhuttl is ready for a reunion with the England U21 international, who is pushing for regular first team football.Lookman said just this week, “Football is football. I love playing football and I am glad to do that every single day. It is not a case of me being sad. I am just happy to play football”People said at the time I was crazy to go to Germany but I saw it as another experience and another learning curve for me. I’m glad I did go.”I learnt about being more of a goal threat and showing what I can do. Showing my worth to the team – that is the next step for me.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Chelsea boss Lampard admits Mourinho his biggest influenceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard admits Jose Mourinho has the biggest influence on his coaching.Despite also playing under Claudio Ranieri, Luiz Felipe Scolari, Carlo Ancelotti, Rafa Benitez and Guus Hiddink, it is Mourinho who made the biggest impression on the fledgling Chelsea boss.”I’ve been influenced by all the managers I’ve played under but probably Jose (Mourinho) as much, if not more, than anyone else,” Lampard told Sky Sports News.”He was the one at the point of my career when my performances and mind set got better, giving me a lot of confidence within the team.”So I try to act like that with my players now, trying to have a personal relationship with them which means driving them every day to be better, trying to help them to be confident and understand what they need to do to keep going up the levels as a player.”So I took a lot from Jose but I certainly don’t want to be typecast as trying to be a Jose person because I am my own person.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Vine/Josh ParcellUNC and other ACC schools have done a great job of honoring legendary Tar Heels coach Dean Smith since his passing, but the opening to today’s game at the Dean Dome may be the best tribute yet. UNC, which is playing its first game at home since losing Coach Smith, ran his signature “four corners” offense in its first possession. Even better—Brice Johnson scored on the play.That is just about the coolest thing you’ll see in college basketball today. Well done, Tar Heels. [@JoshParcell]More: The Only 13 Teams That Can Win The Playoff In 2015
UEFA say they are “very concerned” by Inter’s apparent failure to follow the European governing body’s protocol on racist chants. Fans at the San Siro hurled monkey chants at Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly during Wednesday’s match, according to Carlo Ancelotti.Three announcements were made over the loudspeaker imploring fans to stop the chants, but they continued unabated. 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? According to UEFA’s protocol, the match should have been suspended at that point but instead the game was allowed to continue. The Napoli bossAncelotti pointed to that policy in an angry press conference following the match. “There was a strange atmosphere, as we asked three times for play to be suspended, they had announcements with the speaker three times,” Ancelotti said.”We asked three times for some action to be taken, but the match continued. We keep being told play can be halted, but when? After four or five announcements?”Maybe we have to take matters into our own hands next time and stop play ourselves. They’ll probably make us lose the game if we walk off, but we are prepared to do it.”In a statement released on Friday, UEFA along with world players’ union FIFPro, pointed out that the match should have been halted. “FIFPro and UEFA are very concerned by this unacceptable racist incident and by what appears on the surface to be a failure to respect the widely-recognised three-step anti-racism protocol,” the statement partially read.”Koulibaly, a French-Senegalese defender, was subject to racist chanting and, despite announcements made by the stadium speaker, the chants did not stop.”Moreover, it seems that Napoli’s coaching staff had already informed the referee several times of racist chants.”Both organisations are of the opinion that the racist chants towards Koulibaly, who had to leave the pitch after receiving a second yellow card, are unacceptable and have no place in football.”Inter will be forced to play two games behind closed doors as a result of the chants, a punishment that UEFA and FIFPro welcomed. “Both organisations applaud the prompt actions taken by Italy’s football authorities, who sanctioned FC Internazionale with the next two matches to be played behind closed doors and, additionally, with a partial closure for FC Internazionale’s third home match,” the statement said.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United have momentum as they look to close the gap on the Premier League top four.Solskjaer became the first Man Utd manager to win his first five matches in charge with victory over Reading in the FA Cup on Saturday.Four successive victories in the Premier League have helped the Red Devils narrow the gap on the top four to six points having been 11 points off the pace when Solskjaer succeeded Jose Mourinho last month. 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? Yet, when asked about what the team could achieve this season Solskjaer was wary of setting targets, though the Norwegian does feel his players are hitting top form just at the right time.”I think the players are getting confidence and the feeling is that we have momentum,” he told reporters. “It’s about keeping it up and let’s see where it takes. We’re always good towards the end of the season anyway.”I’m not going to say top-four is our target because my target is the next game, but my target is also a certain way of playing. That certain way of playing will get us to where we belong in the end. I can’t say ‘if we get top-four it’s a success, if we don’t it’s not a success’. It depends on the performances. You can never ever control the result as a footballer.”Solskjaer has taken his players to a warm weather training camp in Dubai ahead of their next Premier League game against third-placed Tottenham at Wembley next Sunday.Mauricio Pochettino’s side convincingly beat United 3-0 at Old Trafford in August but Solskjaer has played down talk of revenge.”You never like to lose games but I don’t think you look at it as revenge,” Solskjaer added. “You never do. You’re playing against one of the top teams. Tottenham have performed fantastically this season, they’ve got a great way of playing.”But we’re at Wembley, we’re playing against one of the top teams, it doesn’t need motivation. It’s not about what’s happened before. It’s this game and these 90 minutes.”They’ve performed really well over a few years now and they’ve been towards the top of the league. There will be loads of things we need to look at both as individuals – you’ve got [Harry] Kane, one of the best strikers in the world, [Christian] Eriksen one of the best playmakers, you’ve got [Heung-Min] Son, [Dele] Alli – and we have to look at the team unit and how we play against them.”But, as I said, we don’t go to Dubai and just prepare for Tottenham. We have to prepare for the rest of the season and it’s how we fare against Paris Saint-Germain, how we fare against Liverpool, because they are the top teams of Europe now.”Solskjaer was also keen to play down his personal achievement of making the best start by any Manchester United manager in the club’s history.The Norwegian can also emulate the achievement of Sir Matt Busby by winning his first five league matches in charge next weekend, but the former Cardiff boss isn’t concerned.”I don’t care,” he said. “Not now. I might sit down in 20 years’ time and look at whatever records I have. I never look back. Never ever. When I’m in a position, never look back on what I’m doing that way.”Yeah, you reflect and you try to improve but you never get complacent and think ‘I’ve done this or that, I’ve done well’. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Barcelona should ignore what happened with Neymar in the past, according to Carles Puyol, as they potentially look to sign the Paris Saint-Germain forward.Neymar, 27, could be set to leave the Parc des Princes this close season after sporting director Leonardo confirmed the star was for sale at the right price.The Brazil international left Barca in a world-record €222 million move two years ago, but he has been strongly linked with a return to Camp Nou. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Former Barcelona captain Puyol, who won 18 trophies with the club, said the past should have no impact on the La Liga champions’ decision.”In the end, you have to value the present, not so much the past,” Puyol said on Monday, via Spanish media.”If the player is on the market and you need him, you don’t have to be thinking about what happened a few years ago.”Neymar has still starred in two seasons with PSG, but both campaigns have been hampered by injuries.The Brazil star also recently missed out on the Copa America following an injury against Qatar in a pre-tournament friendly, although Brazil went on to win the tournament on home soil by topping Peru in the tournament finale.However, Puyol believes the star forward can still deliver plenty for Barcelona.”Neymar is a great player who can make a difference,” he said.”He’s not been able to play his best football [at PSG] because of injuries, but he still has a lot to give to football.”Camp Nou legend Lobo Carrasco isn’t on the same page as Puyol when it comes to the Brazilian however, declaring the club must get its priorities right.“I do not want Neymar to come in,” Carrasco told El Chiringuito.“Barca needs to have a Puyol. With the signing of Neymar, Barca would lose even more at the back.” While a return to Barcelona remains uncertain, Neymar’s future at PSG appears in serious doubt after he failed to report on time for pre-season. The Ligue 1 champions declaring appropriate measures will be taken as a result – though Neymar’s father is adamant the club were aware of his son’s plans.
ORLANDO, FL – DECEMBER 2: A UCF Knights spirit team member waves the flag after a score in the third quarter of the ACC Championship against the Memphis Tigers at Spectrum Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)UCF’s Demetreius Mayes was arrested on Tuesday, after being accused of rape by a fellow student.He was bonded out of jail this afternoon, and apparently did not feel like speaking with the media when he emerged.WESH reporter Bob Hazen was at the scene when Mayes emerged. He photographed the suspended Knights player running across John Young Parkway after leaving jail.pic.twitter.com/oiv4FZ2HbH— Bob Hazen WESH (@HazenWESH) September 19, 2018According to Hazen’s report, Mayes was granted $10,000 bail. As he ran across the street, Hazen says that Mayes said “God’s got me.”More on the Demetreius Mayes arrest, from the Orlando Sentinel:“Demetreius Mayes, 18,is accused of raping an intoxicatedperson who police said he met at an off-campus party Saturday.The victim described accepting a ride from Mayes and several other men after the party, and being taken to a room on campus by Mayes. The victim then detailed waking up later, undressed, while being penetrated by Mayes, according to an arrest affidavit.When the victim stood up to leave, the victim said Mayes blocked the door, according to the affidavit.”Mayes reportedly claimed that the victim consented to sex, and that he stopped when she asked.Mayes told police he met the victim at a party off campus and took the victim back to his UCF apartment, according to the affidavit. He said the victim consented to sex.When Mayes penetrated the victim, he said the victim said, “I can’t do this.” Mayes told police he stopped and let the victim get dressed before unlocking his bedroom door.According to the affidavit, the victim and a roommate said they drank alcoholic beverages at their apartment before leaving for the party where they met Mayes and had additional drinks. The victim described being intoxicated prior to leaving the party.Mayes’ teammates said they saw him bringing the victim up to his room, and banged on his door to stop him “from making a big mistake,” per the report.After learning of the incident, head coach Josh Heupel suspended Mayes indefinitely from all team activities, as the investigation goes on:New: Statement from #UCF head coach Josh Heupel after the arrest of redshirt freshman linebacker Demetreius Mayes. pic.twitter.com/lDx5GuVihq— Jason Beede (@therealBeede) September 19, 2018We’ll have more as it comes out.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: An Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)A former Ohio State football assistant coach is reportedly a candidate for a head coaching position in the state of Ohio.Stan Drayton, a former Ohio State running backs coach who’s currently on Tom Herman’s staff at Texas, is reportedly a head coaching candidate.Bruce Feldman reports that Drayton has emerged for the Akron job.“Stan Drayton, an Ohio native who worked at OhioState, is also getting consideration for the Akron head coaching job, per source,” he reports.#Texas assistant Stan Drayton, an Ohio native who worked at OhioState, is also getting consideration for the #Akron head coaching job, per source.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 12, 2018Drayton, 47, has been on Texas’ staff since 2017.He served as an assistant coach at Ohio State from 2011-14.
BALTIMORE, MD – OCTOBER 21: Wide Receiver Michael Thomas #13 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates after catching a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on October 21, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)Ohio State star Michael Thomas is no stranger to speaking his mind on social media, nor is he averse to ribbing Michigan fans. Today, Thomas did both.Michigan is in the process of a shaky performance against Florida in the Peach Bowl. The Wolverines trail the Gators 27-10 early in the fourth quarter.If they can’t come back, it will be a disappointing finish for Jim Harbaugh’s team. The Wolverines entered the Ohio State game with the College Football Playoff in reach and would wind up losing two in a row to close the season.Michael Thomas is certainly enjoying Michigan’s misery. He took some time to tweak the Maize and Blue on Twitter this afternoon.“Team Up North still sad,” Thomas wrote.Team Up North still sad ???— Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) December 29, 2018In fairness, Michigan is without a number of significant contributors. Rashan Gary, Karan Higdon, Devin Bush and Juwann Bushell-Beatty are all sitting out the bowl game to prepare for the NFL Draft.Still, this isn’t exactly how Wolverine fans envisioned this game going.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 22: Trace McSorley #9 of the Penn State Nittany Lions looks on in the first half during the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on October 22, 2016 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Trace McSorley played in his final college football game today.Penn State’s star quarterback – on a potentially broken foot – attempted to lead the Nittany Lions to a comeback win over Kentucky in the Citrus Bowl.McSorley and Co. ultimately fell a little bit short, losing 27-24.The Nittany Lions’ star quarterback is one of the most-beloved players in recent program history.McSorley was emotional as he made his way walking off the field.Onward State captured video of McSorley’s exit:Trace McSorley takes in his final moments in a Penn State uniform. pic.twitter.com/AZQQ7AgKPv— Onward State (@OnwardState) January 1, 2019McSorley said after the game that there was no way he wasn’t playing through his injury.“They were going to have to rip my pads off of me. I’ve been through too much, and we’ve been through too much as a team.”McSorley will now focus on a potential future in the NFL.
CLEMSON, SC – AUGUST 31: Two Georgia Bulldogs helmets sit on the field prior to the game against the Clemson Tigers at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The past few days have been quite concerning for the Georgia Bulldogs, as quarterback D’Wan Mathis underwent brain surgery. The operation took place on Thursday, but the 2019 signee wasn’t released from the hospital until Monday.Mathis had surgery to remove a cyst that was found on his brain. Even though he’s out of the hospital, he’ll still require medical supervision.Georgia will eventually have to figure out how this affects its quarterback room, but for the time being the priority is taking care of Mathis.Clearly, the four-star quarterback’s family is grateful for how the program handled this emergency situation. From DawgNation:“One more day, and it could have burst,” Terence Mathis, D’Wan’s father, told DawgNation’s Mike Griffith on Monday. “I can’t tell you how thankful I am my son is at the University of Georgia and with that medical and training staff.“We were 745 miles away when all this happened last week, and Coach (Kirby) Smart made sure my son was taken care of the same way he would treat his own children.”Mathis went on Twitter to talk about this unfortunate development, saying “Major setback for a major comeback.”Here is the post:Dawg Nation I’m good thanks for checking on me I’ll be back sooner than ever and better never question gods timing! Major set back for a major comeback 💯and to my teammates keep working I can’t wait to play football again❤️#Godawgs— Deuce (@DwanM3) May 27, 2019The usual time needed to make a full recovery from brain-cyst surgery is roughly three months.Obviously this timetable would affect Mathis’ chances of winning the backup job behind Jake Fromm. However, it’s no secret that this matter is more important than football.[DawgNation]
AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 3: F18 Hornets fly in formation prior to the matchup between the Auburn Tigers and the Texas A&M Aggies at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 3 2018 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)While this year’s crop of talent in college football features a handful of star players, ESPN’s Marcus Spears believes there is an important playmaker in the SEC that is flying under the radar.Jake Fromm and Tua Tagovailoa will most likely steal the show in their conference as it pertains to quarterback play. Nonetheless, there is a signal-caller from Auburn that could have a major impact as the season rolls on.Auburn lost Jarrett Stidham to the NFL Draft, which means the starting job is up for grabs.The Tigers haven’t officially named their starter for this season, but it appears Joey Gatewood could be a difference maker under center.Spears spoke highly of Gatewood on ESPN’s Get Up. “Gus Malzahn has proven time and time again when I have a dual-threat quarterback that can run effectively, I can have an offense as prolific as anybody in the country,” Spears said. “Success we’ve seen with Auburn, sustained success and ability to beat Alabama and win big games, has been with quarterbacks that can move and he can move.“Nick Marshall did it. Cam Newton did it. Gus Malzahn has taken over play-calling for Auburn again and I think that guy has a lot to do with why he wanted to take the reins on this offense.”At six-foot-five, Gatewood has a similar stature to former Auburn legend Cam Newton.If the Tigers are going to have a bounce-back season in the SEC, then they’ll need solid production at quarterback. Gatewood hasn’t won the starting job yet, but he should have the advantage over true freshman Bo Nix.Auburn opens the season against Oregon on August 31 from AT&T Stadium.
Aditya K Halder New DelhiMarch 10, 2019UPDATED: March 10, 2019 09:51 IST Sreeshankar holds the long jump national record of 8.20m (@afiindia Photo)Long jump prodigy M Sreeshankar will be skipping upcoming Federation Cup – starting next Friday in Patiala – due to a left heel injury, which sidelined him for three weeks.The injury, occurred on his take-off leg, puts the teenager’s Asian Athletic Championship qualification hopes in jeopardy as Sreeshankar failed to meet the qualifying mark of 7.90m at the two recently-concluded Indian Grand Prix this month.”The injury occurred during the pre-season and aggravated at the IGP in Sangrur. My doctor suggested me not to put any pressure on my leg for the next two weeks and then asked to resume light training. I have also asked to use crutches during the period,” the 19-year-old jumper told Mail Today from Palakkad, Kerala.Sreeshankar, who holds the national record of 8.20m, participated in IGP I & III (as other two events didn’t have long jump), and his best jump of 7.74m came in Sangrur.The teenager rued the weather conditions and less number of competitors as they played a big role in aggravating his injury and restrained him from crossing the qualification mark.”The injury made things difficult for me and held me back from giving my best. Apart from that, the weather in Patiala and Sangrur were dreadful. It was never above 11-12 degrees in Sangrur, and made my landings painful. On top of that, having fewer competitors meant I had to go for next jumps without any rest,” he explained.Sreeshankar, who trains under father Murali and national coach Bedros Bedrosian in Palakkad, showed concern over his Asian Championship qualification chances and has requested Athletics Federation of India (AFI) to allow him to appear for a trial after he recovers by the beginning of next month.advertisement”I have written to AFI, informing about my injury and have requested to allow me for a trial by the first week of April. I am hopeful they will accept my plea and I will finally secure an Asian Championship spot,” said an optimistic Sreeshankar.Being slated five months apart from each other, Asian Championship (April 21-24) and World Championship (September 28 to October 6) have created a dilemma for the athletes to peak at the right time.Sreeshankar, who is targeting to break the Asian record of 8.49m and already secured qualification for the Worlds at Nationals last year, feels it is indeed going to be a tricky season and sighted it as the probable reason behind less number of athletes turning up for the IGP.”It is going to be a tricky season. Previously they used to be a couple of months apart, so athletes could prepare accordingly to peak at the right time. Being months apart means we will have to peak twice in the season. I feel it is probably the reason for such a low turnout of athletes at IGP.”For me personally, the target is to break the Asian record. I feel confident after having a strong pre-season where I managed to touch 8.30m mark. My objective will be to break it at events that matter the most,” he concluded.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 SreeshankarFollow heel injuryFollow Federation CupFollow Long jumpFollow Athletics Federation of India Heel injury forces Sreeshankar out of Federation CupSreeshankar showed concern over his Asian Championship qualification chances and has requested Athletics Federation of India (AFI) to allow him to appear for a trial after he recovers by the beginning of next month.advertisement
Rohit Sharma-Shikhar Dhawan surpass Tendulkar-Sehwag in ODIsRohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan overtook the pair of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag on the list most runs as a pair for India and are now in second place. view more view less Ritayan Basu MohaliMarch 10, 2019UPDATED: March 10, 2019 15:10 IST Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan became the second highest run-getters as a pair for India (@BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan became the second highest run-scorer as a pair for IndiaThe pair of Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly lead the lists for India as well as overallRohit and Dhawan also went pas 1000 runs against Australia in the fourth ODI on SundayTeam India openers, Roiht Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan became the second-most successful batting pair of Indian cricket during the fourth one-day international against Australia at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali.Rohit and Dhawan also went pas 1000 runs against Australia during the 4th ODI on Sunday. The pair also brought up their 15th 100-run stand.Rohit-Dhawan surpassed the pair of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, who have scored an astounding 4387 runs batting together. Leading the list still, and by quite a margin, is the legendary pair of Sachin and Sourav Ganguly, who have 8227 from 176 innings.On the list the pair of Rahul Dravid and Sourav comes in at fourth with 4332 runs and in fifth is the pair of Rohit and Virat Kohli with 4328 runs.Overall, the pair of Rohit-Dhawan are fourth in the list of most runs as an opening pair, behind Sachin-Sourav (6609 from 136), Australia’s Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden and the West Indian pair of Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes.Gilchrist and Hayden have 5372 runs in 114 innings, while Greenidge and Haynes have scored 5150 runs from 102 innings.Rohit also became the fastest to reach 3000 runs at home and broke Kohli’s record. Rohit took 58 matches to reach the landmark, whereas Kohli took 63 games. Leading the list overall is Hashim Amla, who managed to reach the 3000-run mark at home came in his 57th game. Rohit and Dhawan came together as an opening pair in England nearly six years ago, which turned out to the turning point in both their careers. Dhawan had played only five ODIs before the Champions Trophy in 2013 but he has since been a top limited-overs batsman.advertisementAfter scoring 5 hundreds in 2013, Dhawan went on to score 10 more ODI hundreds up until 2018. Today, he has 15 hundreds and and 27fifties and also crossed the 5000-runs recently in one-day internationals.Rohit Sharma has enjoyed even a more meteoric rise. Before the 2013 Champions Trophy, he had 2 ODI hundreds. Today, he has 22 hundreds in the format and is the only man to score three ODI double hundreds.Rohit as been spectacular over the last two years. In 2017, he scored 1293 runs and 6 hundreds. Next year, he smashed 1030 runs and 5 hundreds before beginning 2019 with a stylish hundred in the first ODI against Australia at the Adelaide Oval.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 Tags :Follow Rohit SharmaFollow Shikhar DhawanFollow Sachin TendulkarFollow Virender SehwagFollow Most runs in ODISFollow most runs as a pairFollow India vs AustraliaFollow 4th ODIFollow Mohali commentary advertisement scorecard No data available! graphs
What happened to India when England last hosted a World Cup 20 years ago?World Cup 2019: England are hosting their 5th World Cup and the first in 20 years. Virat Kohli was not even a teenager when Mohammad Azharuddin led a strong Indian to England for the 1999 World Cup. What happened to the Indian team and how did they fare? Here’s a recap.advertisement Rajarshi Gupta New DelhiMay 24, 2019UPDATED: May 28, 2019 21:26 IST INDIA (Twitter)HIGHLIGHTSIndia begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa on June 5England last hosted World Cup in 199910 teams will fight to win the coveted trophy in EnglandFactor this: When England last hosted the Cricket World Cup, Virat Kohli was 10 year-old. MS Dhoni had just entered the domestic arena and Jasprit Bumrah was only 5! In the summer of 1999, Mohammad Azharuddin was captain of a young Indian team which was attempting to create history after 16 years.In 1983, India had stunned the mighty West Indies to win their first World Cup. After heartbreak in 1987, 1992 and 1996, India had their hopes pinned on the dynamic young trio of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid. As it turned out, there was more heartbreak in store.Jasprit Bumrah was perhaps too young to even notice but a 10-year-old Virat Kohli and a 17-year-old MS Dhoni, who had already started his journey to stardom, must have started dreaming. Sure enough, 12 years later, MS Dhoni led India to World Cup glory at home with Virat Kohli in the side. But World Cup triumph away from home in England would seem sweeter.Mohammad Azharuddin and Robin Singh were the only players over 30 in that Indian World Cup squad of 1999. The others were much younger but they were experienced. Sachin Tendulkar, at 26, was an international cricketer for 10 years. A 28-year-old Anil Kumble had established his reputation as a dangerous leg-break bowler while Ganguly and Dravid had made impressive Test debuts in England 3 years ago.India may not have been outright favourites but they were still a force to reckon with. Javagal Srinath, Venkatesh Prasad, Ajit Agarkar and Debasis Mohanty formed a formidable pace attack. Tendulkar, Ganguly, Dravid, Azharuddin, Jadeja, Robin Singh and Nayan Mongia made up a strong batting line-up.advertisementBut India lost their first two group matches and the campaign was immediately in shambles. On May 15 in Brighton, Sourav Ganguly led the charge for India with a bright 97 while Rahul Dravid a total of 253 for 5. However, a fine 96 by Jacques Kallis meant South Africa won by 4 wickets.In their next encounter against Zimbabwe in India were the more fancied team even without Sachin Tendulkar who returned home briefly following the death of his father. On May 19 at Leicester, the Indian team was shocked as Zimbabwe won a thriller by 3 runs. Chasing 253, India fell just short after Henry Olonga and Heath Streak took 3 wickets apiece to set up a memorable victory for Zimbabwe.India needed a win desperately to get their campaign back on track. Tendulkar returned from India and smashed an unbeaten 140 while Rahul Dravid hit 104 not out against Kenya in Bristol on May 23. Kenya could respond with only 235 for 7 to India’s 329 for 2 and the Indians were back in business.3 days later, Sourav Ganguly hit 183, Rahul Dravid continued his rich run of form to score 145 while Robin Singh took 5 for 31 as India decimated defending champions Sri Lanka by 157 runs. Next up, India won a rain-hit match against hosts England. The game spanned over 2 days but Ganguly’s all-round brilliance (40 and 3 for 37) helped India to a 63-run win. Rahul Dravid scored an important 53 while Debashish Mohanty, Javagal Srinath and Anil Kumble pocketed 2 wickets each.India reached the Super 6 stage after winning 3 games on the bounce after 2 successive defeats.Australia were world beaters in those days and they were India’s first hurdle in the Super 6 stage. Mark Waugh’s stylish 83 set India a challenging 283 against arguably the most balanced bowling attack of that time. Despite a feisty 100 not by Ajay Jadeja and a heroic 75 by Robin Singh, India hurtled to a huge 77-run defeat in London on June 4.India’s next challenge were arch-rivals Pakistan in Manchester on June 8. It was a low-scoring game and one where India kept their nerves while Pakistan failed. Half-centuries from skipper Mohammad Azharuddin and Rahul Dravid and 45 from Sachin Tendulkar helped India post 227 for 6. Venkatesh Prasad, who was involved in a fiery duel with Aamer Sohail in the 1996 World Cup, then grabbed 5 for 27 to blow Pakistan away for 180. It was a resounding win for India but they still had to deal with the dangerous New Zealand before the semifinals became a reality.Ajay Jadeja played a glorious innings in Nottingham on June 12. India were happy with their 251 for 6 and it was a desperate battle for survival. India were still in the game despite Matt Horne’s 76 and Roger Twose’s 60. It was set to be a tight finish with New Zealand needing 34 off 4.5 overs but a cameo by Adam Parore knocked India out. Azharuddin was captain during India’s heartbreaking semifinal exit at the Eden Gardens 3 years ago. He would have hoped for another shot at the title but that did not happen.The men who represented India in the 1999 World Cup: Azharuddin, Agarkar, Chopra, Dravid, Ganguly, Jadeja, Khurasiya, Kumble, Mohanty, Mongia, Prasad, S Ramesh. Robin Singh, Srinath, TendulkaradvertisementIndia’s journey at Cricket World Cups ever since:In 2003, Sourav Ganguly led India to the World Cup final where they lost to AustraliaIn 2007, India were knocked out of the league stages after losing 2 out of their 3 league matchesIn 2011, MS Dhoni led India to World Cup triumph at home with an iconic knock at the Wankhede StadiumIn 2015, Dhoni’s pacers were on fire as India reached the semifinals only to lose to AustraliaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Recapping some of the greatest upsets in World Cup historyAlso Read | MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma in high spirits ahead of World Cup 2019For 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! 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Next India vs West Indies World Cup 2019: Vijay Shankar trolled after cheap dismissalIndia’s new No. 4 Vijay Shankar suffered a poor day with the bat against West Indies managing to score only 14 runs off 19 balls before falling to Kemar Roach in Manchester on Thursdayadvertisement India Today Web Desk ManchesterJune 27, 2019UPDATED: June 27, 2019 17:53 IST Vijay Shankar looks on as Hope catches him behind the stumps (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSIndia are facing West Indies on June 27 in ManchesterVijay Shankar was dismissed for 14 as India lost their 3rd wicketIndia are yet unbeaten in the World Cup 2019 and looking to extend the recordIndian skipper Virat Kohli on Thursday won the toss and elected to bat against West Indies in their World Cup fixture at Old Trafford. But opener Rohit Sharma was soon removed by Kemar Roach under controversial cicumstances just as he was looking set at the crease. Later when KL Rahul also joined Rohit in the pavilion after making 48, India’s new No. 4 Vijay Shankar walked to join his captain Virat Kohli.However, Shankar couldn’t do much with the bat either as he became Roach’s 2nd victim after edging a full delivery to wicket-keeper Shai Hope. The dismissal capped a disappointing run of scores for Shankar with the bat in this World Cup with a highest score of just 29 coming against Afghanistan in India’s last group match.Shankar’s dismissal sparked off a wide range of reactions on Twitter with many gunning for Rishabh Pant to replace him for the rest of the tournament. Here are a few of them:A weak Number 4 further weakens the middle order. Always had reservations about Vijay Shankar #IndvsWIVikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) June 27, 2019Rishab Pant !!!!!!!!!!!!! How he doesn’t get in this team I will never know …… #CWC19Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 27, 2019Vijay Shankar was the worst Indian experiment after Demonetization.#INDvWIGabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) June 27, 2019Vijay Shankar was the worst Indian experiment after Demonetization.#INDvWIGabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) June 27, 2019#INDvsWIMe trying to understand why Vijay Shankar is still in the team: pic.twitter.com/AJWYKUlHl2Jagriti Gambhir (@iamjagriti_) June 27, 2019Vijay Shankar scores 14 runs on 19 balls and out to prove that he is the worst player of Indian team. And his selection is the biggest mistake of selectors.#INDvsWIadvertisementKRK (@kamaalrkhan) June 27, 2019#INDvsWIVijay shankar trying to support Indian team: pic.twitter.com/OwpFKVmMwl mSalman (@mohdsalman064) June 27, 2019Vijay Shankar about his batting be like .#INDvsWI pic.twitter.com/Yd4uI5jlvO@sOmil (@s_omil7) June 27, 2019Unpopular opinion : Ambati Rayudu could have been a better pick than Vijay Shankar. #INDvsWIRoshan Rai (@RoshanKrRai) June 27, 2019India have gone with the same team which played against Afghanistan. Meanwhile, West Indies have made two changes in their line-up. They have brought in Sunil Ambris and Fabian Allen in place of Evin Lewis and Ashley Nurse.Also Read | India vs West Indies, World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma’s dismissal sparks off controversyAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Bring on the boo-boys, says Australia’s smiling assassin 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 Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow India VS West IndiesFollow Vijay Shankar
West Indies vs India, 1st T20I: Distractions aside, Virat Kohli’s men look to build a team for the futureIndia tour of the West Indies: Amid rumours of rift in the camp, Virat Kohli-led Team India will begin their post World Cup-era with a three-match T20I series against the West Indies. The first T20I will be played in Florida on Saturday. advertisement Ajay Tiwari LauderhillAugust 3, 2019UPDATED: August 3, 2019 16:08 IST Virat Kohli will be hoping youngsters step up and deliver for India against West Indies (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia begin preparations for T20 World Cup with T20Is against West IndiesIn 11 meetings, India and West Indies have won 5 matches eachMS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya are not part of the limited-overs squadsThe World Cup fever is finally on the wane as Australia have started their Ashes defence against arch-rivals England, just over a fortnight after the hosts lifted the coveted trophy at Lord’s after scraping past New Zealand.On the other side of the Atlantic, India have traveled to the USA for 2 T20Is of the 3-match series against West Indies. Not exactly in the Ashes mode, this series and the 3 ODIs and 2 Tests following it can go a long way in preparing the two teams for bigger challenges in the future, starting with the 2020 T20 World Cup.India and West Indies have met 11 times in the T20 format with both teams winning 5 games each and one match being rained out. Among these, 2 particular contests stand out (both from 2016): Wankhede and Lauderhill. The former match ended up as a contest of contrasting batting styles as West Indies batsmen smashed the Indian bowlers to all parts on their way to a World T20 semi-final win, despite playing more dots than their opposition. Later that year in Lauderhill, KL Rahul’s 46-ball-100 was not enough to chase West Indies’ 246 as India fell short by just 1 run.Three years on, West Indies are expected to continue with the same big-hitting mindset, but India must be fancying their chances after filling their team with a number of players in the T20 mould after the World Cup exposed their middle-order weaknesses.With MS Dhoni out of the picture for the next 2 months or so, the tour provides a rare chance for the Indian team to lay the foundation of a side which could match their opponents in terms of the hitting prowess.advertisementWith Hardik Pandya rested for the series, in Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer, India have a motley of IPL and T20 stars in their lineup who can rip apart any bowling lineup once they get going. Throw in the already established mix of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli in the equation, and the team – at least on paper – looks as good a T20 batting side as any. It is the bowling department where India have actually gone for almost a complete overhaul.The Indian selectors led by MSK Prasad made an interesting decision to rest the team’s hugely successful combo of wrist-spinners in Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal for the T20I series. Instead, it was decided that it was the right time to groom the next generation of Indian bowlers under the guidance of the experienced Bhuvneshwar Kumar and all-weather cricketer Ravindra Jadeja.In the current squad, Rahul Chahar and Navdeep Saini are yet to debut for India. Deepak Chahar has played a solitary T20 in the Blue jersey. Khaleel Ahmed came back into the side on the back of some impressive performances in the IPL and the recent ODI series against West Indies A.While Krunal Pandya must be high on confidence after impressing in Australia, young spinner Washington Sundar gets another chance to prove his credentials after not having too much to show for during the last IPL.For the West Indies, it sounds like a return to a format they seem to be built for after they seemed to be stuck in T20 mode during the World Cup 2019. No one doubts the power that this West Indies team possesses and it won’t be easy going in any way for a green-looking Indian attack when the sides meet up in Miami.Also Read | India vs West Indies T20Is: Can Virat Kohli upstage Rohit Sharma in Florida?Also 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 India VS West IndiesFollow India cricket teamFollow MS DhoniFollow Krunal PandyaFollow shreyas iyerFollow Virat KohliFollow Shikhar DhawanFollow Rohit SharmaFollow Deepak ChaharFollow Rahul Chahar