TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan coach Gattuso wants more from Higuainby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Rino Gattuso says he needs more from Gonzalo Higuain.On-loan from Juventus, Higuain has struggled for form in recent weeks.”I’ve spoken to Gonzalo, and he’s the first to be disappointed by the situation,” Gattuso said in his Press conference ahead of the Bologna game.“In the period we’re in he needs to give us his experience and character, his goals come after that.“In difficult times the priority isn’t goals, but leadership, he needs to carry his teammates even if some make mistakes.“The chatter around him will always be there, we can’t control everything, but I’ve told him that everyone appreciates him, though he has to do more.”
Southampton midfielder Ward-Prowse baffled by ref call: He admitted contactby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse says he left baffled by the ref’s decision to wave away a penalty claim in defeat to Manchester City.With the scores level and half time approaching, Ward-Prowse was denied a penalty when he was nudged by City left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko in the box, before cruelly deflecting Raheem Sterling’s low cross past Alex McCarthy just moments later.“I was disappointed not to get it,” he said of the spot-kick. “It was a good ball from Jack (Stephens) and I knew that if I took my first touch across him I could get into the box.“When there was contact and it’s impeding my chances of scoring, I had to go down. “The referee says there was contact but didn’t give the penalty, which didn’t make any sense. He’d have to book me for simulation, which he didn’t, so no decision was made.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Watching Pogba? Man Utd striker Lukaku: France didn’t deserve to reach World Cup finalby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United striker Romelu Lukaku admits Belgium’s World Cup semifinal defeat to France still burns.Lukaku has no doubt they blew a great chance of being world champions last summer.”We did not have room in the system that we played at that time. The final whistle was terrible. We lost the game of our lives against a team that did not really deserve to move on to the final,” said the 25-year-old to RTBF.”Yes, they became world champions, congratulations, but actually it was the moment to play the final for this generation.” TagsWorld CupAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City chief Berrada tells Liverpool: Premier League more worthyby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City chief Omar Berrada says winning the Premier League is more worthy than success in the Champions League. City have won the Premier League for the past two seasons, while main rivals Liverpool have reached successive Champions League finals, winning the last one earlier this year.Asked how much they would like to win the Champions League, Berrada said: “A lot, of course, but what we don’t want to do is obsess. It is something we believe will come.“Of course it would give us one more point at the brand level, but it is a very random competition. Especially in the elimination phase.“I would say that not always the best team wins the Champions League, but usually the best team wins the league.”
Waffle House The Waffle Wager is coming to the Palmetto State.For the third year in a row, Waffle House is putting a friendly “Waffle Wager” on a college football game of its choice. Last year, it was Auburn-Georgia, while in 2013 it was Alabama-Texas A&M. This year, the match-up is Clemson-South Carolina, and either Clemson, S.C. or Columbia S.C. will receive free Waffle House based on the result of the game. From Business Wire: “You can throw out the records when the Tigers and Gamecocks take the field, and when you add in the Waffle Wager, it becomes an even bigger event!” said Walt Ehmer, Waffle House President and CEO. “Good luck to both schools, and like the old saying goes, ‘To the victor goes the waffles, coffee and hashbrowns.’”Fans of the winning team will get the free Waffle House goodness at either a restaurant in Clemson, S.C., or Columbia, S.C. If Clemson wins the game, Royal Cup and C.H. Guenther will provide hashbrowns, waffles and coffee for the fans and if South Carolina wins, Basic American Foods will be stuck with the tab. The “payout” date, time and winning Waffle House location will be announced after the game.In addition to the free hashbrowns, waffles and coffee, the winning university’s general scholarship fund will receive $10,000 to help further the education of its students.Obviously, the Tigers are heavy favorites over the Gamecocks this year. But when free Waffle House is involved, anything can happen. [ Dr. Saturday ]
France warmed up for a tough Euro 2020 qualifying trip to Turkey by easing to a 2-0 friendly win over Bolivia in Nantes on Sunday.Thomas Lemar and Antoine Griezmann scored first half-goals as the world champions made light work of a side that has won just once since September 2017.The South Americans, who now head to Brazil to contest the Copa America, had goalkeeper Carlos Lampe to thank for keeping the margin down in a one-sided affair. 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? France’s frustrations going forward were compounded by the loss of Kylian Mbappe to an ankle knock late in the first half, an unwanted concern ahead of Saturday’s crunch Group H clash in Konya.The gulf in class was clear from as early as the fifth minute, Lemar collecting Griezmann’s pass and lifting a deft finish over the onrushing Lampe.Samuel Umtiti and Florian Thauvin both went close before Griezmann added the second, the seemingly outgoing Atletico Madrid man producing an intelligent finish on the turn following Bolivia’s failure to clear in the box..@AntoGriezmann spins and pokes the ball home for 2-0! #FRABOL #FiersdetreBleus pic.twitter.com/Tw8FU9tSeG— French Team (@FrenchTeam) June 2, 2019The celebrations were tempered somewhat after a clash of ankles with Raul Castro forced Mbappe to hobble out of the match at half-time.Lampe denied the Paris Saint-Germain star’s replacement, Wissam Ben Yedder, soon after the interval and then stuck out a boot to divert a goal-bound Lemar strike.Thauvin, substitute Kingsley Coman and Paul Pogba all tried in vain to give the scoreline a fairer reflection of France’s dominance but Bolivia held out with more help from their impressive 32-year-old keeper.What does it mean? Mbappe experiment needs more timeAfforded the chance to start centrally as Olivier Giroud watched from the bench, Mbappe will be disappointed that his opportunity to impress came to a premature conclusion.The 20-year-old is a known quantity as a wide player at international level and it appears as though that is where he will stay for the time being.Griezmann stands above the packIf concerned that a planned move to Barcelona appears less likely to come to fruition, Griezmann certainly did not show it in Nantes.He set up the opener and scored the second in the kind of classy performance that might just convince the LaLiga champions to take him to Camp Nou.Thauvin toils without rewardDeschamps is not short on options in wide areas and the France boss will be less inclined to hand Thauvin another start in Turkey, the Marseille man having lacked polish in promising moments.What’s next?Following their top-of-the-table clash with Turkey, France face a rather more straightforward encounter away at Andorra.Bolivia, meanwhile, have a difficult date with hosts Brazil in their Copa America opener. Peru and Venezuela are their other Group A opponents. read more
Arsenal have a chance to force their way back into the Premier League’s top four this season because Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer “is not going to be good enough” and Chelsea “are in turmoil”, says Perry Groves.The Gunners are preparing for a third successive season without elite European competition.Arsene Wenger was moved on after seeing his faultless qualification record ended, while Unai Emery was unable to buck the trend in his debut campaign at Emirates Stadium. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Breaking back into the Champions League pack will not be easy, with there no elaborate summer spend on the cards in north London, but the struggles of rivals may work in Arsenal’s favour.Groves believes that United will toil again with Solskjaer at the helm, while Chelsea are stepping into the unknown after turning to club legend Lampard for inspiration despite his lack of managerial experience.An Arsenal legend told talkSPORT on what the 2019-20 campaign could hold for the Gunners: “I know we’re battling to be best of the rest again.“Realistically, that’s fourth.“Manchester United are in a bit of turmoil – Solskjaer is not going to be good enough.“Chelsea are in a little bit of turmoil; they can’t sign any players, they’ve got Frank Lampard, and they’ve got young players coming in.“So fourth place is really going to be competitive and I want us to be in a position to be able to compete.“I know it shows how far we’ve dropped, competing for fourth place – but we’ve got to be realistic.“And if they sign these younger players, hungry and with the right attitude, then as an Arsenal fan at the end of the transfer window I’ll think, ‘OK, we’re looking to go forward’.”Arsenal are in the process of trying to tie up deals for Celtic full-back Kieran Tierney and Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba.The latter appears to be edging closer to a move to the Emirates, while the Gunners are yet to agree a fee for the former.Emery has expressed a desire to get big-money transfers over the line, with Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos another of those registering on his recruitment radar. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
U.S. national team star Megan Rapinoe says she is unsure of her future once she steps away from the game as she admitted that she believes that she is “too wild” for politics.Rapinoe was an outspoken critic of U.S. President Donald Trump in the lead-up to, during and after the USWNT’s triumph in France this summer.The winger stated before the tournament that she would not partake in the customary trip to the White House should the U.S. win, prompting Trump to hit back by saying the USWNT should think about winning before any sort of celebration. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Rapinoe, who said the president should have better things to do, helped the U.S. do just that, with the 34-year-old winger winning the Golden Boot and Golden Ball while emerging as the star of the tournament as the U.S. topped the Netherlands 2-0 in the finale to win the World Cup.The winger also stressed to FIFA president Gianni Infantino that she was looking for legitimate action when it comes to equal pay as she has been one of several USWNT regular to criticize both FIFA and U.S. Soccer for their treatment of players in the women’s game.Rapinoe addressed the crowd at the USWNT’s ticker-tape in New York soon after the World Cup victory, where she told onlookers to “love more, hate less” while joking that she was “too busy” to challenge Trump with a presidential run of her own. Democratic presidential candidate and Governor of Washington Jay Inslee has said that he would want Rapinoe, who plays for the Seattle Reign, as his secretary of state if he is elected, but Rapinoe admitted that she is unsure if politics is something that she would pursue in her future.”I don’t know quite yet. We’re getting a lot bigger of course. I don’t know if politics is where I want to be,” Rapinoe said on Saturday.”I’ll always be very involved with politics in some way, but I think I might be too wild for politics at this point.”In addition to her criticisms of Trump, Rapinoe has been outspoken for gay rights and equal pay for the USWNT throughout her career.She rose into the national spotlight in 2016 when she kneeled for the national anthem prior to an NWSL match against the Chicago Red Stars.The winger’s protest was in solidarity with NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who kneeled prior to games to protest racial injustice and police brutality.Rapinoe has made 158 appearances for the USWNT since making her debut in 2006, scoring 50 goals including six at this summer’s World Cup victory.
Thiago Alcantara feels Pep Guardiola has only become better and more magical over time, and believes the current Manchester City manager has been able to show more of what he can achieve as he got to work with better players. The Bayern Munich star first worked with Guardiola at Barcelona and was then re-united with him following his move to the Allianz Arena in 2013. Guardiola is widely regarded as one of the best coaches in the world and Thiago has stressed the City boss continually evolves and gets better at what he does. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “I always make the comparison that the coach works like the players. When you put a player in a great team, he gets better and he makes all team-mates better as well,” Thiago told Goal. “With the years, he got better as a coach, not just because of experience but he also got better players and he could do better things with them on the pitch. “He got more magical, more experienced, more tactical, more everything.” Thiago first encountered Guardiola while he was part of Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy and the 48-year-old made an instant impression on the playmaker. “He was at the Under-16 practice. I was there with my team-mates, and he was just teaching us how to play a positional game,” Thiago continued. “We were in training and he saw that two or three of us were a little bit different. He came with us and said, ‘What you did with the ball was great but try doing it this way’. You always take seriously what people with experience say to you. “You could feel that he was very concerned about tactical things, technical things. You could see he was very good and he was Pep Guardiola, a former player. You just respect that and you have to learn from that. “The passion and the commitment to this sport, I think, is the biggest thing he taught me. “But at that time, you couldn’t tell that he would be fabulous in the future.” Guardiola left Bayern for City in 2016, with the reigning Bundesliga champions initially picking Carlo Ancelotti as their new man in charge. Things didn’t work out with the Italian at the helm, though, and they appointed Niko Kovac as their new head coach in 2018 after caretaker spells from Willy Sagnol and Jupp Heynckes. “Niko’s a young trainer. He wants to win all the trophies possible with Bayern, to keep growing with the club. He’s doing a great job and we like him,” Thiago added on the current Bayern boss. “Pep goes straight to the tapes and tries to explain how they’re opening spaces, why you’re doing things. Niko’s more direct with that. He wants to give you more freedom. He wants you to make your own decisions during the games.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – FEBRUARY 02: SiriusXM host Danny Kanell (L) and collegiate football player Baker Mayfield of the Oklahoma Sooners attend SiriusXM at Super Bowl LII Radio Row at the Mall of America on February 2, 2018 in Bloomington, Minnesota. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)Before tonight’s game between No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 LSU, Danny Kanell shared a controversial message for those wondering what happens if the Tigers take down the Tide.It won’t matter – at least not for Alabama. That’s the message Kanell had for the college football world on Saturday morning.A loss for Alabama won’t affect its playoff hopes, in fact, it might even help, according to Kanell.Here’s what he had to say.“All you people saying college footballs regular season matters…..do you realize this game tonight has zero implications for Bama. It simply doesn’t matter if they lose. In fact might be better off because they get a bye going into playoff. But keep believing,” Kanell shared on Twitter.All you people saying college footballs regular season matters…..do you realize this game tonight has zero implications for Bama. It simply doesn’t matter if they lose. In fact might be better off because they get a bye going into playoff. But keep believing #everygamecounts— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) November 3, 2018Kanell’s message has roots. The Tide lost to Auburn during the 2017 season and failed to reach the SEC Title Game. However, Alabama edged Ohio State for the final spot in the playoff and won the title over Georgia.Is Kanell right? We’ll have to wait to find out.Alabama and LSU kick off tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS.
BATON ROUGE, LA – OCTOBER 13: LSU Tigers huddles up before a game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Tiger Stadium on October 13, 2018 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)Tua Tagovailoa hadn’t come close to meeting his match so far this season. LSU’s defense is giving him a real test early in this game.The Crimson Tide lead 9-0, but it has been a serious grind.Earlier in the game, Tagovailoa was briefly knocked out after taking a huge shot to the midsection. He’s back in, but Alabama’s offensive line needs to keep him upright; it was Mac Jones to replace him and not Jalen Hurts, who is recovering from minor ankle surgery.Saban lit into Tua after he was forced to call a timeout. The Tiger Stadium crowd is always hard to deal with.Moments ago LSU’s pressure forced the first interception of the year from Tua Tagovailoa.He was flushed from the pocket and let one rip downfield, as he often does. This time, for the first time this year, an opponent came down with it.HE’S HUMAN pic.twitter.com/dY0xDdwPS9— Blogging The Boys (@BloggingTheBoys) November 4, 2018Todd Harris came away with the ball on the rare Tua mistake.Of course, LSU wound up with the ball deep in its own territory, and Joe Burrow was nearly sacked for a safety during the drive. LSU was lucky to be able to punt out of the end zone.Alabama wound up taking advantage anyway. Tagovailoa quickly hit tight end Irv Smith Jr. for a touchdown to make it 16-0. He hasn’t been as sharp as he always is, but Tua is still making mostly great throws against an elite defense
AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium before the BYU Cougars play the Texas Longhorns on September 6, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images)The Longhorns enjoyed a solid season from sophomore quarterback Sam Ehlinger in 2018. But Ehlinger’s command of the starting job could spell the end for another Texas QB who is now weighing his options.According to 247Sports, Texas freshman Cameron Rising is planning a recruiting visit to Utah of the PAC-12.Rising entered his name into the transfer portal back in December.Another freshman quarterback for the Longhorns, Casey Thompson, also added his name to the transfer portal in December.Tom Herman addressed the two freshmen exploring transfers a few weeks ago, saying the lines of communication are open, and that he hopes they stay in Austin:“We’ve been very communicative with both families and both young men — they’re happy to be here, they’re happy to be a part of their team. I think this is the way of the world now. Guys that want to explore their options have that right to do so, but we also have the opportunity to communicate to them how important they are to our program.”One of the potential appeals of Utah to Rising is that Utes quarterback Tyler Huntley is going into his senior year in 2019.If Rising does join the Utes, he could be competing for a starting job in 2020. More on the Utes’ situation, from 247:Utah’s quarterback situation is one where the path to playing time is easier than how things look on the Forty Acres. While Rising will likely be behind starting quarterback Sam Ehlinger for two more seasons, Utah’s Tyler Huntley is entering his senior season with Utes in 2018, which could (in theory) have Rising battling Texas product Jason Shelley (Frisco Lone Star) for the starting nod in the spring and summer of 2020.247Sports had Rising rated as a four-star prospect coming out of high school in 2018. He was the No. 11 rated Pro-Style quarterback in the class, and the No. 33 prospect from the state of California.With the potential departures of Rising, Thompson, and veteran Shane Buechele, who has also been identified as a potential transfer since Ehlinger’s emergence.[247Sports]
They shared a backfield in college.Now @TG3II and @Flyguy2stackz take centerstage at #SBLIII…against each other. pic.twitter.com/ySlNAhoyTY— NFL (@NFL) January 29, 2019Bill Belichick loves his Rutgers players, and has three on the roster, all at defensive back. Brothers Devin and Jason McCourty and joined by Duron Harmon.The fourth Scarlet Knight, Sebastian Joseph-Day, plays defensive tackle for the Rams.Super Bowl Bros. @McCourtyTwins #SuperBowl #NFLKnights pic.twitter.com/pjCnMzGJsd— Rutgers Football (@RFootball) January 31, 2019There’s a big group of schools with three Super Bowl alumni each: Auburn, Cal, Florida, Iowa, Miami, Ohio State, Oregon, Oregon State, USC, and Washington.[NCAA] ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 7: Todd Gurley #3 of the Georgia Bulldogs carries the ball against T. J. Gurley #20 of the South Carolina Gamecocks at Sanford Stadium on September 7, 2013 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)With both Super Bowl teams featuring a Georgia Bulldog as their starting running back, it shouldn’t surprise that UGA is among the best represented college programs at today’s game.The team tied with Georgia may surprise though.Like the Dawgs, Rutgers has four alumni playing in today’s game.Georgia and Rutgers lead the pack, as do the conferences they come from. 21 SEC players are playing in the Super Bowl, edging out the 20 from the Big Ten.Georgia has running back Sony Michel and center David Andrews on the New England Patriots roster, and running back Todd Gurley and linebacker Ramik Wilson on the Los Angeles Rams.
JACKSONVILLE, FL – NOVEMBER 05: A Cincinnati Bengals helmet site on the field prior to the start of their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on November 5, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Logan Bowles/Getty Images)The Cincinnati Bengals are still in search of a defensive coordinator. That search is reportedly taking them into the SEC.According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Florida defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is interviewing with the Bengals today. Grantham spent last season with the Gators after coming over from Mississippi State with head coach Dan Mullen.The 52-year-old assistant has NFL coaching experience. He was the defensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns fro, 2005-07.Grantham also served as the defensive line coach of the Indianapolis Colts (1999-01), Houston Texans (2002-04) and Dallas Cowboys (2008-09).Florida defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is interviewing today for the Cincinnati Bengals’ defensive coordinator job, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 12, 2019Before arriving at Florida, Grantham was the defensive coordinator at Mississippi State in 2017 after working as the associate head coach/defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Louisville (2014-16) and Georgia (2010-13).Grantham is known for employing a 3-4 defense and for his aggressive, blitzing style as a playcaller.The Bengals are in the process of hiring assistant coaches to work under new head coach Zac Taylor. The team’s entire offensive staff has been filled.
Cricketer-turned-actor Sreesanth has this Hollywood director on his wish listWhen asked about his wish list of filmmakers, the cricketer-turned-actor Sreesanth took the name of Steven Speilberg. He has acted in Richa Chadha starrer Cabaret which is produced by Pooja Bhatt.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service MumbaiJanuary 14, 2019UPDATED: January 14, 2019 10:42 IST Sreesanth wants to work with Steven SpielbergCricketer-turned-actor S Sreesanth, who is trying to make his space in showbiz with reality television shows and films say he aspires to work in a Hollywood movie with Steven Spielberg.When asked about his wish list of filmmakers, Sreesanth told IANS, “I want to work with Steven Spielberg…whether it is a small role or big in a Hollywood movie, it will be a lifetime experience for me. It will be a dream come true for me.””And I always believe that anything can happen in life. I look at my life journey as a miracle,” he added.Explaining why he said: “I was born in a small village in Kerala. From there, I went on to play for the Kerala state team and international test cricket for India, and now I am working in TV shows and cinema… Any miracle can happen. So yes, working in a Hollywood movie with Spielberg would be ‘something’. Sreesanth has acted in CabaretSreesanth has acted in the Richa Chadha-starrer film Cabaret, produced by Pooja Bhatt and Bhushan Kumar, and directed by Kaustav Narayan Niyogi.On his experience of working in the film, Sreesanth said, “Firstly, I would like to thank Pooja di who took the courage to cast me in the film because when I worked in the film, I was new. I am a cricketer and nobody has seen me as a proper actor.”On the eve of our release, #KaustavNiyogi & me showed #Cabaret to @MaheshNBhatt @GulshanGroverGG @sreesanth36 @Bhuvneshwarisr1 Manisha & Sonu Lakhwani at #futureworks my one stop shop for all my postproduction. Am delighted with their response. #CabaretOnZEE5 #ShowMustGoOn pic.twitter.com/5V5HaM4bK0advertisementPooja Bhatt (@PoojaB1972) January 8, 2019”In my first Hindi film, working in the presence of Mahesh Bhatt, Richa Chadha, Gulshan Grover… I am really happy that way,” the cricketer turned actor said.According to him, acting and arts was a much natural choice for him after cricket as he loves sports and acting equally.”Stepping into the world of acting was natural to me I guess because, in my family, so many people are into arts, music and acting. In fact, I was the only black sheep that way, who became a sportsman,” he said.”My father acted in Malayalam films, sister is an actress in Malayalam TV shows, my brother is a musician, my brother-in-law is also a singer,” Sreesanth added.”I always loved the cinema, but I loved cricket too. I think in this short span of life, I have managed to do everything that I love,” he expressed.”I am lucky that I have got the opportunity to act in different languages. My latest film Team 5 released in Malayalam, Telugu and Tamil. I have got a Marathi film offer too,” he added.When asked how does he deal with the new work culture in the entertainment world, he said, ”Every profession has a different discipline. As a sportsman, I had a different discipline — practice, gymming, eating…but even when I am acting in a film, eight hours’ rest is important because if my body is not well rested, it shows in my eyes and my skin looks dehydrated.” Cricketer turned actor Sreesanth with Harbhajan”The camera captures all the flaws. So I am living a controlled life here too…Having said that, yes I miss the cricket ground,” Cabaret actor said.When asked if he was the best entertainer in the dressing room of the Indian cricket team during his time, he said, “No no, Bhajji pa (Harbhajan Singh) is the best, I would say, followed by Yuvi pa (Yuvraj Singh). I was good at the party scene, I used to dance.”ALSO SEE: Pooja Bhatt on working with Sunny Leone in Jism 2: She is not a born actor. It was our hard workALSO READ: Pooja Bhatt on Cabaret: People told me Richa Chadha was too desiALSO WATCH: Seven detained in Malayalam actress molestation case, rape charges filedGet 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 byIANS Tags :Follow SreesanthFollow Steven SpeilbergFollow Bigg Boss
Akshay Ramesh MumbaiJanuary 18, 2019UPDATED: January 18, 2019 21:25 IST MS Dhoni became the oldest Indian cricketer to win a Man-of-the-Series award in ODIs on Friday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSanjay Manjrekar said MS Dhoni’s great philosophy of staying at the middle till the end is serving him wellMS Dhoni slammed an unbeaten 87 to help India to their first-ever bilateral series win at the MCG on FridayKohli slammed Dhoni’s critics after the latter’s Man of the Series-winning performance in AustraliaBrief Scores: India (234/3; Dhoni 87*, Jadhav 61*) beat Australia (230; Chahal 6 for 42) by 7 wickets to win ODI series 2-1. Full ScorecardFormer India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar said on Friday that MS Dhoni is being able to achieve success because his mind is still at its primeManjrekar pointed out that Dhoni has lost a bit of physical ability and confidence but his “great philosophy” of taking the game deep into the last over is serving him well.Dhoni on Friday won his first Man of the Match series in ODIs since 2011 after helping India achieve their first-ever bilateral series win in Australia. The 37-year-old World Cup-winning skipper hit an unbeaten 87 in the series decider at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and made sure India gunned down a total of 231 with seven wickets and four balls to spare.Dhoni was criticised for his slow knock (96-ball 51) in India’s 34-run defeat in the first ODI but the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman managed to silence his naysayers, at least for the time being, with two back-to-back match-winning half-centuries in the second and third ODI in Adelaide and Melbourne, respectively.Dhoni wasn’t at his vintage attacking best but he stitched crucial partnership with the likes of Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik (in Adelaide) and Kedar Jadhav (in Melbourne) and remained unbeaten to take his team past the finish line.”[Dhoni is] clearly not at his prime… The software – his intention, his mind is still at its prime. He knows exactly what is needed. The hardware is not quite keeping in touch with the software. The hardware was a lot better 5-10 years back. He would hit sixes at will… he doesn’t have that ability or the confidence now but he finds ways to stay there till the end,” Manjrekar told Sony Six on Friday.advertisementHe added: “He [Dhoni] mentioned in the post-match presentation as well the calculations as to which bowler to go after and take the match deep. His great philosophy the one that has made him and all-time great is “stay there till the end”. I remember Javed Miandad also had a similar strategy take the match till the end and feed off the nervous energy of the bowler.”Captain @imVkohli had some special words for #TeamIndia’s support staff #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/3Eb4HaBE1vBCCI (@BCCI) January 18, 2019Despite receiving constant backing from captain Virat Kohli and the team management, Dhoni came up with ordinary performances in ODIs in 2018, managing just 275 runs from 20 matches.However, Dhoni has managed to begin the World Cup year on a high. With three consecutive half-centuries, Dhoni finished as the highest-scoring Indian in the three-match ODI series, amassing 193 runs at an average of 193 from three innings.Earlier in the day, skipper Kohli hit back at Dhoni’s critics and expressed confidence that his senior compatriot will be able to build on the confidence he has seemingly gained in the three-match series in Australia.”Every batsman needs that kind of rhythm and runs next to your name to gain confidence. People say a lot of things on the outside. As an individual, I know that nobody is more committed to Indian cricket than MS [Dhoni],” Kohli told the media in Melbourne.”People should give MS his space… He is a very intelligent cricketer and he knows what he is doing.”Also Read | MS Dhoni oldest Indian to win ODI player-of-the-series awardAlso Read | 2019 World Cup: Shane Warne suggests teams play showpiece event in retro kitsAlso Read | Credit to MS Dhoni for his fitness and commitment to Indian cricket: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | MS Dhoni has gone from being a Lamborghini to an Aston Martin: Michael ClarkeFor 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 AustraliaFollow MS DhoniFollow Sanjay ManjrekarFollow India cricket teamFollow Virat KohliFollow Javed Miandad MS Dhoni’s software still at its prime, hardware not so much: Sanjay ManjrekarIndia vs Australia, 3rd ODI, Brief Scores: India (234/3) beat Australia (230) by 7 wickets: Sanjay Manjrekar also said MS Dhoni’s ability to take a game deep into the final over is serving him well, as always. advertisement
Press Trust of India BengaluruMay 7, 2019UPDATED: May 7, 2019 23:47 IST Jinson Johnson has a personal best time of 3:37.86 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJinson Johnson is confident of qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo OlympicsJohnson has been struggling with calf injuries in the recent pastJohnson said that he can beat the Olympic qualification mark of 3:35Asian Games champion Jinson Johnson, India’s premier middle-distance runner, says he is very much capable of qualifying for the 1500 metres event at the Tokyo Olympics.”The qualification mark is set at 3:35 for Tokyo but the gold at Rio came in 3:50. The IAAF has made qualifications tougher. Nevertheless, for several years I have been doing things which were not done by my compatriots. I can springing surprises,” he told PTI in an interview in Bengaluru.The ace runner was in the city for unveiling of 12th edition of TCS World 10K ‘Finisher’s Tee’.Johnson’s personal best time is 3:37.86, which he set at Gold Coast CWG, last year.Johnson said he understands the requirements of IAAF to have only 40-45 participants to make the event highly competitive and that’s why the qualification parameters for the World Championships and the Olympics are tough.The Kerala athlete managed to qualify for the Asian Championships in 1500m despite a niggling calf injury and a below-par show at Federation Cup, which was his first competition this season.Johnson had to pull out of Doha Asian Athletics Championships due to calf injury while competing in the 800m there, which forced him to stay away from 1500m event.”These are ups and downs of the sports. I have always performed well in international competitions. Though I did not get any medal in 2018 Commonwealth Games, I got the national record in 1500m,” he said.Johnson had finished fifth at 2018 CWG with a timing of 3:37.86 to break past Bahadur Prasad’s 23-year-old mark.advertisementTwo months later, he broke Sriram Singh’s 42-year-old record in 800m.The IAAF Gold Label Race will be flagged off from Sree Kanteerava Stadium on May 19.Also Read | Aim is to qualify for Tokyo Olympics: Asian Athletics C’ships gold medallist GomathiFor 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 Jinson JohnsonFollow 2020 Tokyo Olympics Next I can qualify for 2020 Tokyo Olympics: Jinson JohnsonJinson Johnson feels he can qualify for the 1500 metres event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, despite his recent injury concerns.advertisement
Complete guest list of PM Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremonyA record number of 8,000 guests are likely to attend the swearing-in ceremony. In 2014, approximately 5,000 people attended the ceremony.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 30, 2019UPDATED: May 30, 2019 17:45 IST PM Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony will be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on ThursdayHIGHLIGHTSPM Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony will be attended by record 8,000 guestsGuest list includes foreign dignitaries, key Indian politicians, movie stars and moreFamilies of 50 BJP workers, who party claims died in poll violence in West Bengal, are also invitedAfter a landslide victory in Lok Sabha elections 2019, Narendra Modi is all set to take oath as Prime Minister of India for his second term at 7 pm on Thursday. President Ram Nath Kovind will administer the oath of office and secrecy to the Prime Minister and other members of the Union Council at Rashtraparti Bhavan in New Delhi in front of a large gathering of national and international dignataries.A record number of 8,000 guests are likely to attend the swearing-in ceremony. In 2014, approximately 5,000 people attended the ceremony.The guest list includes heads of several neighbouring countries, chief ministers of most of the states and a few famous personalities of the entertainment world. The families of BJP worker who allegedly lost their lives in political violence in West Bengal in the last one year have also been invited.Here is a list of guests who will attend PM Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony in New Delhi on Thursday, May 30:Foreign guests Leaders of all BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) countries have confirmed their participation in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony. Member countries of BIMSTEC include Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand besides India.MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said President of Bangladesh Abdul Hamid, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister of Nepal KP Sharma Oli will attend the oath-taking ceremony.Raveesh Kumar said President of Myanmar U Win Myint and Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering also confirmed their attendance at the event.advertisementFrom Thailand, Kumar said, its Special Envoy Grisada Boonrach will represent the country at the ceremony.Apart from BIMSTEC, the government has also extended invitation to Mauritius and Kyrgyzstan. Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth and Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbay Jeenbekov also confirmed their participation at the event, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has said.PM Narendra Modi is likely to hold bilateral meetings with most of the international leaders on the next day.IMF Managing Director and Chairman Christine Lagarde has also been invited, sources said.Indian leadersThe chief ministers of all states have been invited to attend the swearing-in ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. However, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik and Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Singh Bhaghel have expressed inability to attend the event.Mamata Banerjee rejected the invite to protest accusations of political murders in West Bengal. Her party, TMC, has denied allegations of poll violence and any political murders in the state.Odisha CM, who took oath earlier on Wednesday, denied the invitation but sent warm wishes.Bhupesh Singh Bhaghel cited prior engagements as reason of his inability to be present at the event.Newly-elected Andhra CM Jagan Mohan Reddy and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had earlier accepted the invites but late on Thursday said that they would be unable to attend the invite.All other chief ministers are expected to be present at the ceremony.From the Opposition, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi have confirmed their attendance for the event so far. It is customary for the previous presidents, prime ministers and veteran politicians from all parties to attend swearing-in ceremonies.Celebrities Business: Industry bigwigs such as Mukesh Ambani, Gautam Adani and Ratan Tata have also been invited for the event, sources said. Besides Ambani, Adani and Tata, business honchos Ajay Piramal, John Chambers and Bill Gates have also been extended invitation for Modi’s swearing-in. TS Kalyanaraman of Kalyan Jewellers will also attend the ceremony.Sports: Former sprinter P T Usha, cricketers Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath, Harbhajan Singh, badminton ace Saina Nehwal, badminton coach Pulella Gopichand and gymnast Dipa Karmakar are among the sports personalities invited to the ceremony, they said.Films: Superstar Rajnikanth and Kamal Haasan are expected to attend PM Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony.Several Bollywood stars, including Kangana Ranaut, Shah Rukh Khan, Sanjay Bhansali and Karan Johar have also been invited.However, there was no confirmation on the invitees who have confirmed their presence.Families of deceased BJP workersThe family members of 50 BJP workers, who the party claims were killed in political violence in West Bengal in the last one year, have also been invited to the swearing-in ceremony.List of slain @BJP4India members from #Bengal whose family members are attending swearing in tomorrow pic.twitter.com/gq4pbI0ZFoSachin Singh (@sachinsingh1010) May 29, 2019Read | High-profile world leaders to attend PM Modi’s swearing-in ceremony. A look at guest list Read | Sonia, Rahul Gandhi to attend PM Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremonyRead | Naveeen Patnaik, Bhupesh Bhaghel not to attend PM Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremonyWatch | Modi’s swearing in ceremony: Who all are attendingadvertisementFor 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 byArshi Aggarwal Tags :Follow PM Narendra ModiFollow Swearing in ceremony
World Cup 2019: Too much class in England for them not to win, says PontingEngland outplayed five-time champions Australia by eight wickets in the second semifinal in Birmingham on Thursday, and Ponting said his pre-tournament prediction about the home team is coming right.advertisement Press Trust of India MelbourneJuly 14, 2019UPDATED: July 14, 2019 13:38 IST Ricky Ponting also lauded New Zealand for making two consecutive World Cup final | Photo: ReutersFormer Australia captain Ricky Ponting has put his money on England to lift their maiden World Cup crown on Sunday, saying New Zealand would find it “exceptionally hard” to beat the hosts in the summit clash.England outplayed five-time champions Australia by eight wickets in the second semifinal in Birmingham on Thursday, and Ponting said his pre-tournament prediction about the home team is coming right.”I think England will win,” the three-time World Cup-winner was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.”I said before the tournament started that I thought they’d be exceptionally hard to beat.”I had them as the favourites coming in, nothing changes now. New Zealand have done amazingly well to get into the final and well done to them,” he added.Ponting lauded New Zealand for making two consecutive World Cup final but said England boast of “too much class” for the Black Caps.”Two consecutive World Cup finals is an awesome achievement for that group and they’ll (New Zealand) have some experiences to take out of that last final, whereas none of the England players have played in a final before,” he said.”That being said, I think there’s just a bit too much class in this England side for them not to win.”Ponting, assistant to coach Justin Langer in Australia’s World Cup campaign, feels the five-time champions played their worst cricket the semifinal against England.”Unusually for Australian teams in World Cups, we played our worst cricket in the most critical moments,” he said.advertisement”I said right at the start of the tournament you have to play your best cricket at the back end and you have to stand up in the big moments.”We won all the big moments in the first half of the tournament and we’ve lost most of the big moments in the last couple of games,” Ponting said.ALSO READ | England vs New Zealand: Shoaib Akhtar predicts winner ahead of World Cup 2019 final at Lord’sALSO READ | New Zealand vs England, World Cup 2019 final Live Cricket Streaming: Watch NZ vs ENG Star Sports, DD SportsALSO WATCH:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNayanika Sengupta Tags :Follow ICC World Cup 2019 Next
Asian News International LeedsAugust 24, 2019UPDATED: August 24, 2019 09:21 IST England bowled out Australia for 179 runs in the first innings as Archer scalped six wickets. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBarmy Army were seen hailing Archer by saying “Arise Sir Jofra” during day two of the third TestEngland bowled out Australia for 179 runs in the first innings as Archer scalped six wicketsArcher entered the ICC Test match bowler’s rankings at the 83rd positionEngland’s pacer Jofra Archer might just be a few matches old in international cricket, but the bowler has been primed by many as the newest sensation in the world of cricket.With a rise in popularity, Archer continues to take giant strides on the cricketing field. The Barmy Army (England supporters) on Friday were seen hailing Archer by saying “Arise Sir Jofra” during day two of the third Test in the ongoing Ashes.In a video posted by cricket.com.au, a security guard can be seen walking away with inflatable watermelon, but Archer comes in to save the day and returns the watermelon back to the crowd and it is then, the chants of “Arise Sir Jofra” are heard.Jofra again giving England fans something to cheer about #Ashes pic.twitter.com/6kZzJL5zRXcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) August 23, 2019Arise Sir Jofra!Jofra Archer stops steward ruining our fun! #AshesPictures from Sky Sports pic.twitter.com/q8nmBgsnIyfanatix (@therealfanatix) August 23, 2019In the ongoing third Test, England bowled out Australia for 179 runs in the first innings as Archer scalped six wickets, but the Three Lions had a disappointing stint with the bat as they were bundled out for just 67, giving Australia a lead of 112 runs.The Aussies were left at 171/6 at the close of play on day two with Marnus Labuschagne still at the crease.Both Archer and Australia’s batsman Steven Smith were engaged in an intense battle in the second Test match, and the former was hit on the neck by a bouncer bowled by the latter.advertisementAs a result, Smith is missing the third Test match as he did not recover in time after suffering a delayed concussion.The 30-year-old had to deal with two blows on day four of the second Test match. First, he was struck on the elbow by Jofra Archer and soon after he got a hit on the neck by a bouncer from the pacer.Physios from both England and Australia attended to Smith, but the batsman had to leave the park to undergo a concussion test. A while later, the batsman made his way back to the crease, but a section of England crowd was seen booing the player.On the final day of the Test match, Cricket Australia released a statement that Smith had suffered a delayed concussion and as a result, he was ruled out of day five of the second Test. Marcus Labuschagne was named as the concussion substitute in place of Smith.Archer went on to take five wickets in his debut Test match and he entered the ICC Test match bowler’s rankings at the 83rd position.Also Read | 3rd Test: Australia on course to regain Ashes Urn after England’s horror collapseAlso Read | Ashes 2019: England defiant but Test batting woes leave hosts on the brinkAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Jofra ArcherFollow Ashes 2019Follow England VS Australia ‘Arise Sir Jofra’: Barmy Army hails Archer after Ashes heroicsAshes 2019: Jofra Archer had put in a superb performance by taking a six-wicket haul to bowl Australia out for 179 in the first innings of Leeds Test.advertisement