Emery defends Arsenal substitutions for Brighton drawby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery defended his substitutions after drawing 1-1 with Brighton.Mesut Ozil was taken off at halftime as Jurgen Locadia cancelled out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener.On Ozil, Emery stated: “It’s only tactical – we’ve changed the idea at half-time in other matches, with other players. Today I thought to do it with Mesut, but it’s only tactical – not another problem.”Asked why he took off Alexandre Lacazette while drawing the game, Emery added: “But I think also that Aaron Ramsey deserved to play, he deserved to take responsibility also because he wants to help us. I think Aaron Ramsey played a good match today in this moment.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
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About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool striker Salah to have museum built in his honourby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Mohamed Salah is set to have museum built in his honour in Egypt.Salah won his second consecutive African Player of The Year last week and is the joint top scorer in the Premier League with leaders Liverpool.Sports minister Ashraf Sobhy revealed plans to build the museum at the Gezira Youth Centre in Cairo.Sobhy said: “The surprise that I was preparing for Salah is the construction of a museum bearing his name at the Gezira Youth Centre in Cairo.”Salah is delivering outstanding performances with both Liverpool and the national team.”All Egyptians are proud of his achievements.”I hope that winning this year’s title [of Africa’s best player] will be a big boost for him to continue his achievements, and to deliver more outstanding performances at club level – as well as with the national team in the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt next June.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rivaldo: Man City boss Guardiola knows they can run down Liverpool leadby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRivaldo says Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola knows they can run down the eight-point lead of Liverpool in the Premier League. City have made their worst start to a league season since the Catalan took charge of the club in 2016 after losing against Wolves.”Personally, knowing Guardiola having shared the Barcelona changing room with him, I know he is a very calm, experienced and strong person, who knows his players well,” he told Betfair.”With so many more matches to play in this Premier League title race, I think he knows Manchester City can overturn their eight-point deficit to Liverpool.”Guardiola has built a great team with an excellent playing style.”
Sheffield Utd boss Wilder: Sack talk for Arsenal’s Emery just nonsenseby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United boss Chris Wilder has branded sack talk for Arsenal counterpart Unai Emery.Wilder was speaking at his pre-match press conference this morning ahead of Monday night’s game.He said, “Someone questioned my future on the radio a couple of weeks ago! At first it was ‘they’re going to definitely get relegated’. Then we won a couple of games and it was like ‘they’ll definitely be alright’ and when we couldn’t beat Watford, it was that we’d struggle again.“There’s a lot of noise and nonsense out there. They know they’ve got quality, in their team and in their manager. We all have to put our hands over our ears at times and block out all the noise – so we can get on with the most important thing, of winning points and adding to our total.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
MD PSU Hand ShakeMaryland football is entering year two as a member of the Big Ten, and while the Terps have yet to establish a clear-cut “rivalry” in their new league, Penn State is one logical candidate to fit the bill.The programs are relatively close in proximity, compete for many of the same recruits and PSU head coach James Franklin used to be an assistant at Maryland. The connections are there. So is some hostility, as evidenced by Maryland’s captains refusing to shake hands with Penn State’s during the coin toss before UMD’s 20-19 win over the Nittany Lions last fall. Four-star quarterback recruit Dwayne Haskins, a Maryland commit, re-lived the handshake diss this morning on Twitter. He quoted a line from Drake’s song “Trophies” and took a shot at PSU in the process. A bunch hand shakes from the fakes.. But I do not want to be friends though https://t.co/PgaIwkFdE9— Dwayne Haskins, Jr.™ (@dh_simba7) August 5, 2015The Terps and Nittany Lions meet this season on Oct. 24 in College Park.
Jim Harbaugh MichiganJim Harbaugh didn’t win his first game as Michigan’s head coach, but he certainly still has the country talking. Saturday, ESPN’s College GameDay will further the conversation a bit more, airing a feature on Harbaugh in the first hour of the program. It’s titled “The Ultimate Michigan Man” and it will lead into Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio’s on-set appearance, ironically.College Gameday from East Lansing will have a feature on Harbaugh around 9:40 a.m…… Leading into Dantonio’s on-set appearance at 9:45— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) September 11, 2015ESPN summary: “THE ULTIMATE MICHIGAN MAN: A look at how Jim Harbaugh’s bold and sometimes brash persona–may be exactly what Michigan needs”— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) September 11, 2015Michigan takes on Oregon State Saturday afternoon. Oddly enough, Michigan State hosts Oregon.
Predicting every team’s first loss. The Big Ten was mostly alone in its support of satellite camps, according to a report by ESPN’s Brett McMurphy. It was announced today that the NCAA had banned the camps made popular by Jim Harbaugh (but also used by many other programs). McMurphy is reporting that the Big Ten was the only Power 5 conference to vote in-favor of satellite camps. The ACC, Big 12, SEC and Pac-12 all reportedly voted against them. Source told @ESPN conferences that voted against satellite camps: ACC, Big 12, SEC, Pac-12, MWC, Sun Belt. In favor: B1G, AAC, C-USA, MAC— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) April 8, 2016@ESPNRittenberg actually it’s a 10-5 margin. Power 5 votes count as 2 votes— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) April 8, 2016This isn’t that surprising, as the Big Ten is clearly the Power 5 conference that benefits the most by being able to hold camps in the South. The Mountain West’s decision to vote against is pretty puzzling, though.
United States national team coach Gregg Berhalter has trimmed his roster for friendlies against Panama and Costa Rica down to 23 players with Colorado Rapids midfielder Kellyn Acosta among those released back to their teams.Berhalter is overseeing his first camp as USMNT boss, and is set to coach his first friendly for the national team on Sunday in Glendale, Ariz. against Panama.The former Columbus Crew head coach had called in a roster of 27 players for the camp made up of entirely of MLS players as is often the case for the nation’s January camp. 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? However, Berhalter has now released four players to return to their teams.“We’ve had a great two weeks in Chula Vista focusing on building team culture, style of play and competing every day,” Berhalter said in a statement. “The entire group has worked hard and brought an excellent mindset, and we thank them for the consistent effort thus far.“We look forward to continuing to build on these ideas in Phoenix and measure our progress in the game against Panama.”Acosta was the most experienced of the players released having been capped 23 times for the USMNT, scoring two goals. In addition to Acosta, Toronto FC’s Alex Bono and Los Angeles FC’s Tyler Miller, both goalkeepers, have been released from the camp, along with Real Salt Lake defender Justen Glad.Both Miller and Glad have been capped at the youth national team level by the U.S. but will have to wait for their first senior cap, while Bono will not be able to build on his single international appearance.The departure of the goalkeepers leaves Zack Steffen of Columbus and NYCFC’s Sean Johnson as the two options left in camp.While Miller and Glad won’t receive their first cap, 11 other players in Berhalter’s camp could be in line for their first ever senior team appearances.Following the match against Panama, the USMNT will travel to San Jose, Calif. to face Costa Rica on February 2.The USMNT roster in full:GOALKEEPERS (2): Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 5/0), Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew SC; 6/0)DEFENDERS (8): Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas; 2/0), Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes; 0/0), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 2/0), Daniel Lovitz (Montreal Impact/CAN; 0/0), Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union; 0/0), Keegan Rosenberry (Colorado Rapids; 0/0), Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union; 0/0), Walker Zimmerman (LAFC; 4/1)MIDFIELDERS (10): Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 17/2), Corey Baird (Real Salt Lake; 0/0), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN; 142/17), Russell Canouse (D.C. United; 0/0), Marky Delgado (Toronto FC/CAN; 6/0), Jonathan Lewis (New York City FC; 0/0), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 5/1), Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago Fire; 0/0), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 5/0), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 11/0)FORWARDS (3): Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland Timbers, 0/0), Christian Ramirez (LAFC; 0/0), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew SC; 40/6)
Instagram/pennstatefballPenn State has emerged as one of the breakout teams of the 2016 season. This weekend, the Nittany Lions head to Bloomington on Saturday to face Indiana.Penn State has a real chance to win 10 games for the first time since 2009, sitting at 7-2 with games against Indiana, Rutgers, and Michigan State on the docket. Considering the Spartans’ immense struggles this season, this trip to Indiana will likely prove to be the biggest hurdle left on the slate.Ahead of the big game, PSU has put out a pretty cool hype video that should get the Nittany Lion faithful fired up for Saturday’s contest.Penn State at Indiana is set to kick off at noon on Saturday. The game will be broadcast on ABC/ESPN2.
Former Netherlands international midfielder Edgar Davids believes Liverpool are favourites to lift the Champions League and is delighted with the role Virgil van Dijk has played in their progress to the final.The Reds will take on Tottenham on Saturday in Madrid looking to banish their demons from last year’s defeat to Real Madrid.Davids, who played for Tottenham between 2005 and 2007, has, however, tipped the Reds as favourites to defeat Mauricio Pochettino’s side and lift the trophy. 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? “I think Spurs can win, but if you see the Premier League, I think Liverpool are favourites. They have a solid base and are dynamite in attack,” Davids told Goal. “Tottenham did very well against Ajax with a new system, but I am not sure that it will work for them in the final. They will have to work hard.”Part of Davids’ reason for backing Liverpool was the big role his countryman Virgil van Dijk, who won the PFA Player of the Year award, has played throughout the season.”I love him, he has done very well,” Davids said of Van Dijk.”He has managed to take the pressure to be the most expensive defender in the world and has become the best player in the Premier League.”I hope he can continue to do so well with Liverpool and, especially, with Netherlands.”Liverpool reached the Champions League final with an incredible 4-0 win over Barcelona in the semi-final second leg, overturning a 3-0 deficit from the first leg. Barca will likely look to rebuild in the summer to avoid such an outcome ever happening again, and one important signing has already been secured in the form of midfielder Frenkie de Jong. Davids believes the former Ajax man has what it takes to succeed at Camp Nou, but must deal with a step up in competition and pressure. “He is quite talented, sure,” Davids said of the Netherlands international. “But to do well in Barcelona is already another level.”The pressure that you have to endure in the club and in each game is different from that of Ajax. He’s a very focused guy, and the most important thing, from what I know of him, is that he has a great personality.”It is strong and very balanced. He can adapt to Spanish culture and be great value for Barcelona.”Rafa Benitez, Edgar Davids and John Barnes were speaking at the Hotels.com UEFA Champions League Retreat in Madrid. Hotels.com is the Official Travel Partner of the UEFA Champions League. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pocchettino has conceded that he does not set the agenda in terms of transfers at the club, saying chairman Daniel Levy has the wheel when it comes to acquisitions.Spurs have not signed a player in the last two transfer windows, with Lucas Moura the last new player to join the club when he made the switch from Paris Saint-Germain in January 2018.Pochettino, who joined the North London side from Southampton in 2014, painted his team’s position in contrast to the clubs that finished first and second in the Premier League last season. 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? “At Manchester City and Liverpool, Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp are free to decide which players they want and which ones they do not,” the 47-year-old said.“However, in other teams such as Tottenham, Chelsea or Arsenal the make-up of the squad isn’t in the hands of the coaches.“Who decides, in our case is the president [Levy].”Despite the lack of business in the transfer market, Pochettino’s men have maintained their place in the top four of the Premier League and made the Champions League final last season.Those successes notwithstanding the Argentine boss is clear that the club need to make signings this summer and believes they can strengthen well.“It is imperative that this year we strengthen the team,” he continued.“We saved a lot of money in almost two years without signing and that should allow us to strengthen ourselves well.”Spurs have been heavily linked with a couple of players to end their long period without adding to their squad.Lyon’s defensive midfielder Tanguy Ndombele is rumoured to be moving from Lyon in a club record deal.Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas is prepared to play hard ball with his 22-year-old star though.The Ligue 1 club has rejected a £40 million ($54m) bid for the player and is holding out for the fee to potentially double.“If I wait another eight days it will be €80 million (£72m/$101m),” Aulas said on Thursday.Tottenham are expected to sign Jack Clarke from Leeds for around £8.5 million, though the young winger is unlikely to make an immediate first-team impact.
Barcelona vice president Jordi Mestre has resigned amid reports he is unhappy about the apparently imminent dismissal of sporting director Pep Segura.Mestre had been a director since 2010 and became vice president four years later but it has been claimed his departure is a show of solidarity to Segura, who is under pressure.Local media in Barcelona reported on Wednesday that Mestre had refused to join fellow directors for a meeting purportedly planned to discuss the potential sacking of Segura. 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 Barca’s sporting director has received significant criticism during his two years in the role, with the club’s transfer business in that period generally underwhelming and often expensive.Sport claim there has also been specific concern over Segura’s work with the club’s youth system.Mestre is said to have been one of the few still backing Segura and, having learned of the situation, opted to resign, though Barca have not officially acknowledged the reason behind his departure.A Barca statement read: “Jordi Mestre, until today the vice president responsible for sports at the club, presented his irrevocable resignation this afternoon.”Jordi Mestre wishes to thank the trust placed in him by the presidents Sandro Rosell and Josep Maria Bartomeu, and the opportunity and honour of having served and defended the interests of FC Barcelona.”FC Barcelona communiquéhttps://t.co/0GnBF1bPwh pic.twitter.com/nrOY5vT74r— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) July 3, 2019Among the players brought in under Segura’s watch are Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho. Both players represented massive outlays for the club and have been seen by supporters as failures in their time with the club. Barcelona won La Liga each of the last two seasons and four times in five years, but the club have come up short in the Champions League. The failures in Europe have been spectacular as well, leading to plenty of unrest. In 2018 the Catalan club fell at the quarter-final stage in dramatic fashion. Having won the first leg at home to Roma 4-1, they were beaten 3-0 in Rome. A similar fate followed in the 2019 semi-finals, when a 3-0 first-leg win was overturned by Liverpool in the second leg, when the Reds claimed a 4-0 result at Anfield.
Fox Sports 1.Former USC star quarterback Matt Leinart and actress Josie Loren got engaged about two years ago. Over the holiday weekend, the pair sealed the deal. The two were married in North Carolina.On Tuesday, both of the Leinarts posted photos to their Instagram accounts. It certainly looked like a beautiful event. Us Weekly has more details:The former NFL player and the 17 Again actress’ ceremony took place at the Basilica of St. Lawrence. Nick and Vanessa Lachey were in attendance and the 98 Degrees singer, 44, got up on stage during the reception to sing Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” along with the bride’s mom. A guest at the wedding shared a clip of the moment on Instagram, and captioned it: “The Love and energy in this room was unreal ????? #blessedtobeapartofthisfamily.”Photos from Matt Leinart and Josie Loren’s wedding:Matt Leinart is 34 years old, and current works as a football analyst for FOX Sports. He is best known for his time at USC.Leinart was perhaps the most successful college quarterback in a string of very good Trojan signal callers. He started at the school from 2003-05.Leinart won the Heisman Trophy in 2004, and was a finalist again in 2005, but lost to teammate Reggie Bush. He led USC to the BCS National Championship in 2004, and a claim to the title as the Associated Press No. 1 team at the end of the 2003 season.Despite that college success, his NFL career never really took off. Leinart was drafted No. 10 overall by the Arizona Cardinals, where he played from 2006-09. He also had stints with the Texans, Raiders, and Bills, before ending his NFL career in 2013.Loren, 31, has been a television and movie actress dating back to 2006. She has had roles in a number of big shows, including Veronica Mars, Hannah Montana, Medium, NCIS, and The Mentalist.Congratulations to the happy couple. It’s hard to beat that way to celebrate Memorial Day weekend.
IOWA CITY, IA – SEPTEMBER 10: Fans cheer as the Iowa Hawkeyes face the Iowa State Cyclones on September 10, 2016 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)We’re just a few days away from seeing our favorite teams take the field for the last time this season – at least those who are bowl eligible. The bowl season kicks off on Saturday and carries through the month of December until we reach the New Year’s Six bowls.One Vegas computer gave its score predictions for every bowl this year. There are a few hefty upsets, but nothing too crazy.OddsShark released its bowl prediction for the matchup between Iowa and Mississippi State in the Outback Bowl.The Bulldogs enter as a touchdown favorite over the Hawkeyes, but OddsShark suggests the score will be much closer.According to its computer prediction Mississippi State will win 28.5-27.1.These two teams have never met, but will battle it out for conference supremacy – who will take the throne as the best conference this bowl season?We’ll have to wait to find out. Stay tuned.
ATLANTA, GA – AUGUST 30: Offensive coodinator Steve Sarkisian of the Atlanta Falcons coaches during the game against the Miami Dolphins at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on August 30, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)After being fired by the Atlanta Falcons on Monday – along with the rest of the team’s coordinators – Steve Sarkisian is looking for work, but could find some fairly quickly.According to ESPN insider Adam Rittenberg, Sarkisian is expected to be “in the mix” for the open offensive coordinator position at Tennessee.Sarkisian has some experience in the SEC. Prior to joining the Falcons in 2017, Sarkisian served as an assistant to Nick Saban at Alabama in 2016.The position at Tennessee was vacated at the end of the 2018 season, when Tyson Helton left to become head coach of Western Kentucky.Sarkisian could be headed back to CFB. Expected to be in the mix for #Tennessee offensive coordinator spot. https://t.co/bpQwv62g0N— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) December 31, 2018Sarkisian has remained a popular name in the college football ranks over the past few years.He has yet to win a conference title as a head coach, but led Washington to four straight bowl games from 2010 to 2013.Sarkisian was named head coach of USC in 2013 and led them to a 9-4 record in 2014.He was relieved of his duties at USC in 2015 after starting the season 3-2.
Akshay Ramesh GuwahatiMarch 4, 2019UPDATED: March 4, 2019 14:27 IST Tammy Beaumont top scored for England women with a 57-ball 62 in the first T20I (@ICC Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSmriti Mandhana failed with the bat on her T20I captaincy debut on MondayThis is India’s fifth straight T20I defeat, fourth successive loss in 2019India and England will play the 2nd T20I in Guwahati on March 7Smriti Mandhana’s T20I captaincy debut didn’t go as she would have expected it to as India were handed a 41-run thrashing by England in the first of a three-match series in Guwahati.Chasing a 161-run target at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium, India were restricted to 119 for 6 in 20 overs. This is India’s fourth straight defeat in T20Is this year after their 3-0 series defeat in New Zealand.India got off to a poor start with captain Mandhana managing just two runs before holing out at long-on in only the fourth over of the match. Fellow opener Harleen Deol was the first to be dismissed when she walked back after scoring just eight runs.To add to India’s woes, England’s Linsey Smith removed young and explosive batter, Jemimah Rodrigues for 2 inside the powerplay overs.India had picked senior campaigner and ODI captain, Mithali Raj in the playing XI but she wasn’t able to arrest the slide. Raj was dismissed for 7. India missed Harmanpreet Kaur, who has been ruled out of the series with an ankle injury, as they struggled to keep up with the asking rate in the middle overs.England lead series 1-0An all-round effort from Heather Knight and Co. power the visitors to a 41-run win over India in the first WT20I in Guwahati.#INDvENG SCORECARD https://t.co/YgJeqABm7s pic.twitter.com/ZoGaGeX7skICC (@ICC) March 4, 2019Veda Krishnamurthy (15), Deepti Sharma (22) and Arundhati Reddy (18) got starts but none of them were able to convert them into big knocks. Shikha Pandey slammed four boundaries and remained unbeaten on 23 but it wasn’t enough to take India close to England’s total.advertisementEarlier in the day, England women batted with purpose and aggression and posted 160 runs on the board. Danielle Wyatt (35) and Tammy Beaumont (62) gave the visitors a perfect start after they were asked to bat first.Heather Knight took the India attack to the cleaners, striking 40 off just 20 to provide the late impetus to the England innings. The England women skipper smashed five boundaries on the trot towards the end to bat India out of the contest.Meanwhile, Smriti Mandhana on Monday had become the youngest T20I captain for India when she led the women’s team against England in the first T20I in Guwahati. Out-of-favour India batsman, Suresh Raina previously held the record as he was appointed as the captain of the men’s T20I team at 23 years and 197 days. Notably, Harmanpreet was the youngest woman to have led the India women’s T20I team (23 years, 237 days) before Monday.Also Read | ICC rankings: Kane Williamson likely to dethrone Virat Kohli as No. 1 Test batsmanAlso Read | India facing healthy headache, reserves going to be key at the World Cup: MSK PrasadAlso 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 women’s cricket teamFollow India vs EnglandFollow Smriti MandhanaFollow Mithali RajFollow Heather Knight India thrashed by England on Smriti Mandhana’s T20I captaincy debutTammy Beaumont and Heather Knight took the Indian attack to the cleaners on Monday as England women registered a 41-run win in the first T20I in Guwahati.advertisement
Gallipoli visit inspires Australia ahead of 2019 ICC World CupThe Australia World Cup squad made a pit stop at Gallipoli, the battleground where 11,000 Australian and New Zealand soldiers lost their lives, as they made their way to England for the tournament.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service LondonMay 17, 2019UPDATED: May 17, 2019 17:56 IST Australia will begin training for the 2019 ICC World in London from Saturday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia stopped at Gallipoli on their way to England for the World Cup11,000 Australian and New Zealand soldiers had lost their lives at GallipoliVice-captain Pat Cummins described the trip as a “really special moment”Their World Cup preparations in full swing, defending champions Australia made a four-day stopover in Turkey on their way here to visit the storied Gallipoli peninsula.The Australian team touched down in England on Friday but decided to bond as a unit in the Gallipoli peninsula in southern part of East Thrace, the European part of Turkey, which holds great significance in Australia’s history as this was the battleground where 11,000 Australian and New Zealand soldiers lost their lives in a disastrous Allied military offensive during World War I.Vice-captain and star pacer Pat Cummins described the exercise as a “really special moment”.”Just before we left, we laid a wreath and recited the ode and just had a minute’s silence,” Cummins was quoted as saying by www.cricket.com.au from Turkey this week.”Just had a really special moment. One I’ll remember for the rest of my life. Just spending time together in a place like this, you can’t help but learn something about yourself, about your teammates. Just learning about the ANZAC spirit — the fight, the mateship, just the incredible values they held here in 1915.”When you hear some of the stories (of Australians fighting at Gallipoli), a lot of them aren’t necessarily best mates, but you know they’ve got each other’s back when the going gets tough,” Cummins said.”Just sticking it out, punching above their weight, doing all those things — no doubt there’s going to be times during the World Cup when we’re going to be up against it,” he added.advertisementAs much as the tour helped build team chemistry, Cummins said the World Cup that’s “been in our diaries for years” dominated the discussions.”It feels so close. I just can’t wait. Now it’s here, we’re just excited to get out there, train, play a couple of warm-up games. It’s only a couple of weeks away so we’re all pumped, it’s all we talk about, the games. We can’t wait to get it started,” Cummins said.Australia hit the training track at its regular base south of London this weekend before the first of three warm-up games — two official ICC practice matches and one unofficial game against the West Indies at Southampton’s Ageas Bowl on Wednesday.Australia World Cup squad: Aaron Finch (captain), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wicketkeeper), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa.Also Read | All-rounders will have a say in 2019 ICC World Cup: Clive LloydFor 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 AustraliaFollow 2019 ICC World CupFollow GallipoliFollow Pat Cummins
Indo-Asian News Service LondonMay 25, 2019UPDATED: May 25, 2019 10:31 IST Former England spinner Monty Panesar. (PTI)HIGHLIGHTSIn his book ‘The Full Monty’, Panesar said he was told to keep the ball as dry as possible by James AndersonThe rules of the game said the use of uniform was legal, but there was a hairline fracture of the spirit of the gameMCC’s Laws of Cricket states that a fielder is free to polish a ball “provided that no artificial substance is used”Former England spinner Monty Panesar made shocking revelations about ball tampering, saying he would use sunscreen, mints and also the zip of his trousers to make the ball reverse swing.In an excerpt of his book The Full Monty’, which appeared on the Daily Mail, Panesar said he was told to keep the ball as dry as possible by the likes of James Anderson for whom he used to prepare the ball.”Whether we broke the laws depends on how you interpret them. We found that mints and sun cream had an effect on the saliva, and that helped the ball to reverse,” the 37-year old was quoted as saying.”I might also have ‘accidentally’ caught the ball on the zip of my trouser pocket to rough it up a little.”We all tried to change the condition of the ball because reverse swing has such a huge impact. When I came into the England side, my job was to prepare the ball for the seamers.They’d say, ‘Listen, mate, if you want to bowl with us it’s on one condition. Make sure you don’t get your sweaty hands on our shiny side.'”Opening bowler Jimmy Anderson would say: ‘I just want you to keep that ball as dry as possible.’ “Panesar, who played 50 Tests between 2006 and 2013, said although rules of the game said the use of uniform was legal, there was some breach of the spirit.”That was probably a hairline fracture of the spirit of the game, even if the laws said you were allowed to ‘use your uniform’.”advertisementLaw 42.3 of the MCC’s Laws of Cricket states that a fielder is free to polish a ball “provided that no artificial substance is used”.Last year, then Australia captain Steve Smith, his deputy David Warner and opener Cameron Bancroft were suspended by Cricket Australia for ball tampering during their Test match against South Africa in Cape Town.Previously, South Africa captain Faf du Plessis was also found guilty of ball-tampering by the International Cricket Council after using mints to alter the condition of the ball against Australia in 2016.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Don’t read much into indifferent Australia series, says ChahalAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Eoin Morgan suffers finger injury ahead of Australia warm-up gameAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Monty PanesarFollow James AndersonFollow Steve SmithFollow David WarnerFollow Cameron BancroftFollow Faf Du Plessis I used sun screen, zip, mints while bowling: PanesarFormer England spinner Monty Panesar made some stunning revealtions about ball-tampering. In an excerpt from his book, ‘The Full Monty’, Panesar has spoken about how James Anderson told him to keep the ball “as dry as possible”.advertisement
Taking wickets up front is the key to beating India: New Zealand pacer Lockie FergusonNew Zealand will take on India in their fourth match of the World Cup 2019 at Trent Bridge on June 12.advertisement Reuters NottinghamJune 12, 2019UPDATED: June 12, 2019 10:24 IST India’s batting lineup boasts of world class players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNew Zealand had defeated India in a warm-up match before the World CupNew Zealand haven’t lost a game yet and top the points table with 3 winsThe threat of rain looms large over the contest between the tournament’s only two unbeaten teamsNew Zealand cannot afford to squander even half-chances against a team of India’s calibre in Thursday’s World Cup match at Trent Bridge, Kiwi fast bowler Lockie Ferguson said.The right-arm paceman will be spending much of his 28th birthday trying to tame a formidable Indian batting order headlined by Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, the top two batsmen in ODI rankings.”They’re world-class players, you’re not going to blow them out of the water, but if you can build up enough pressure against them and then create a half-chance, that could be the wicket and you can then build from there,” Ferguson told reporters on Tuesday.”Obviously, they’re playing some great cricket and they’re one of the top teams in the competition but we’re definitely looking forward to the opportunity of playing them in England and we haven’t played them for a while in England.”India have adopted a new approach to the first powerplay overs which was evident in their clinical victory against Australia on Sunday.Kohli’s men collected only 41 runs in the first 10 overs, without losing a wicket, but went on to plunder 116 during the last 10 en route to a commanding 352-5 which was beyond Australia’s reach.”They showed us that they’re probably a lot more patient in a way,” Ferguson said.”And although we’re looking to take wickets, sometimes we got a little bit expensive. I think taking wickets up front is the key to (beating) India but, if not, creating pressure and building dots balls.”The threat of rain looms large over the contest between the tournament’s only two unbeaten teams. A record three matches have already been either abandoned or called off in the weather-hit tournament and Ferguson hoped Trent Bridge would not fall victim to another downpour.advertisement”It’s the World Cup. We’re playing against India in the World Cup and it’s an opportunity to get two points and we don’t want to get rained-out games,” he said.”I don’t think any players do but if that happens then so be it. We can’t control that but we’re looking forward to playing India and getting some confidence against them.”Also Read | Shikhar Dhawan joins MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul to watch Bharat in NottinghamAlso Read | Rishabh Pant to join Team India as cover for injured Shikhar DhawanAlso Read | Shikhar Dhawan’s absence will put more pressure on Rohit Sharma, says Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | Shikhar Dhawan under observation, no replacement yetFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs New ZealandFollow World Cup 2019Follow Lockie Ferguson Next
Next India Today Web Desk SouthamptonJune 21, 2019UPDATED: June 21, 2019 18:10 IST Rishabh Pant made his debut on Yuzvendra Chahal’s Chahal TV in Southampton on Friday (BCCI TV screengrab)HIGHLIGHTSRishabh Pant was named Shikhar Dhawan’s replacement in India’s squad for World Cup 2019Dhawan was ruled out of the World Cup with a fractured thumb after copping a blow vs AustraliaPant said it was a childhood dream to play at least one World Cup and do well for IndiaRishabh Pant was disappointed when he was not named in the India squad for the 2019 World Cup, two months ago. But he realised there was something he did not do right and focused on working even harder to do well for Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League.By June, Rishabh Pant was on his way to England to join up with the Indian World Cup team as back-up for Shikhar Dhawan. During a match-winning 117 in India’s second match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup, Dhawan had copped a nasty blow on his thumb and a fracture would rule him out of the tournament.Rishabh Pant was ignored for Dinesh Karthik as the selectors thought the latter was a better wicketkeeper. Several former cricketers like Ricky Ponting, 2-time World Cup winning captain for Australia and Delhi Capitals coach, were shocked to see the selectors leave Pant out from the initial 15-member squad.The Indian team management decided to keep Dhawan under observation for a few days. After realising their talismanic opener could not recover soon enough, Pant was named Dhawan’s replacement.While Dhawan was heartbroken and said the “show must go on” for India, Rishabh Pant was ecstatic to realise his childhood dream of playing at least one World Cup for India.”When I wasn’t selected (for the World Cup in the original squad) I thought I did not do too things right and I became even more positive. I worked harder when I was not selected. Then I did well in the IPL and kept praticing,” Pant told Chahal TV on bcci.tv.advertisement”Everyone (in the team) has only dream: to help India win the World Cup.”When I was called as back-up for Shikhi bhai, my mom was with me and I told her before anyone else. She went straight to the temple.. she was very happy.”As a kid, I always dreamt of playing at least 1 World Cup and wanted to do well for the country. I am very happy with the call-up,” Pant said.MUST WATCH: #TeamIndia’s latest inclusion in the side @RishabPant777 is elated post his selection in the squad & wants to win games for India #CWC19Our latest guest on Chahal TV – Rishabh Pant – by @RajalArora @yuzi_chahalFull video link https://t.co/NQe8ykrrDK pic.twitter.com/4ITWO5xa5zBCCI (@BCCI) June 21, 2019Rishabh Pant has played only 5 ODIs but the 21-year-old from Delhi is considered to be among the most exciting batting talents in India. He has a much better record in the 9 Tests he has played and really came into his own with bat and wicketkeeping gloves in the 2018-19 Test series in Australia.Rishabh Pant is likely to replace Vijay Shankar, if he is not fit to play India’s 5th match of World Cup 2019 against Afghanistan on June 22.Also Read | CWC 19: Harbhajan backs Shankar ahead of Pant for Afghanistan matchAlso Read | Virat Kohli chills out with ‘champ’ Rishabh Pant ahead of Afghanistan matchAlso Read | Rishabh Pant likely to make World Cup debut against Afghanistan 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Rishabh PantFollow Yuzvendra ChahalFollow Chahal TVFollow India vs AfghanistanFollow World Cup 2019 Told my mom about World Cup call-up, she went straight to the temple: Rishabh PantWorld Cup 2019: Rishabh Pant said when he got a call to join the Indian team as back-up for Shikhar Dhawan in England, he told his mom before anyone else. Pant said it was a childhood dream to play a World Cup for India.advertisement