TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Sevilla target Moreno told he can leave Liverpoolby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlberto Moreno is looking to push through an exit from Liverpool after being told his contract will not be renewed this summer.The fullback has publicly slated manager Jurgen Klopp for being treated poorly this season.The Daily Express claims Moreno wants a return to Sevilla this month, but the Reds are not rushing to agree a deal.The 26-year-old has received lucrative offers from Turkey and Russia. However, he has his heart set on a return to his homeland.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd veteran Mata: I want to emulate Giggsby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United star Juan Mata says that he wants to stay at the club for a long time to come.Mata is now 30 and in the last year of his contract. He has now spent the past five seasons at United.English media reports have suggested that United want to discuss a renewal.And the player has also hinted he would like to stay around for some time.”I would love to play until I am 40 like Giggsy did!” he told Inside United.”I feel good, mentally and physically. And with more experience you understand the game better so you can position yourself in better situations and you can make better decisions when you have the ball, and when you don’t have the ball, so you can make up for your natural physical progression.”For me, football is played with the feet but it’s also played with the mind and in your head.”I try to be as focused as I can with my brain to make the right decisions, and playing like that I think I can play still for some years and that’s my aim.”I am enjoying it a lot and I will try to push it as much as I can and I’ll try to catch Giggsy in years!”In games it’s difficult because he’s played over a thousand or something, but in years I can try.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton fullback Montoya likens Potter style to Barcelonaby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton fullback Martin Montoya has likened manager Graham Potter’s style of play to Barcelona.Montoya has spoken about how the system he played at Barcelona is similar to what Albion are playing now.He said: “At Barcelona, for example, the system was always playing and then when you lose the ball try to win it back to press to take the ball.“Here it is the same we are trying to play to get the ball and when we lose the ball we have to press quick five seconds, seven seconds, and ten seconds but we have to do it together.” Montoya added: “I feel good I feel very good in this system.“I have more licence to go forward which I like to do.“This is my preference to go forward to attack and I think for me this system is good for me and for the team because we are enjoying it.“We are playing very well and we are creating many chances to win the games.”
West Ham boss Pellegrini confirms Rice fit for Evertonby Freddie Taylor8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManuel Pellegrini has confirmed Declan Rice is fit to face Everton this weekend.The Hammers midfielder suffered from illness whilst on international duty with England last week”Everyone returned [from international duty] without any problems. so we have the complete squad fit apart from the players who were injured before – Antonio, Winston Reid [and Fabianski],” he said.”Declan is okay, he has worked without any problems.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
john calipari tweet loss wisconsinIt’s been a little more than 12 hours since John Calipari’s team suffered its first – and only – loss of the 2014-15 men’s college basketball season. Kentucky, winners of 38 straight games, fell to Wisconsin, 71-64, in the Final Four in Indianapolis Saturday night. Calipari has since had time to reflect on the season that was for his Wildcats. Sunday morning, after getting out of Easter mass, Calipari posted a message on Twitter about his team’s year. Left Easter Mass a little bit ago. It put me in a great frame of mind. As each hour passes, I’m beginning to feel better.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) April 5, 2015All of us need to look at this season for what it was. This season changed college basketball.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) April 5, 2015Not only historic 38-0 start, but it showed that All-Americans can be selfless & servant leaders that care about others more than themselves— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) April 5, 2015I love these guys.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) April 5, 2015Nobody seems to handle defeat with more class and grace than Calipari. Kentucky will surely have another chance at a national championship next season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer passed his first real test as Manchester United caretaker manager as his side beat high-flying Tottenham 1-0 at Wembley on Sunday, with David de Gea playing a huge part.Up against Mauricio Pochettino, the favourite to replace Jose Mourinho on a full-time basis at Old Trafford, Solskjaer’s team played vibrant football and just about did enough in a match of many chances, with De Gea’s display just as important as Marcus Rashford’s third goal in as many games.United were a particular danger on the counter and it was no surprise to see them ultimately go ahead at the end of such of a move, with Rashford finishing after Paul Pogba’s excellent pass. 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? An open second half saw both teams create a raft of chances, but Hugo Lloris and the exceptional De Gea came out on top, with United moving level on 41 points with fifth-placed Arsenal as a result.After a bright Spurs opening, United looked a threat on the break and went close twice before the 20th minute – Jesse Lingard firing wide of the top-right corner from 12 yards, before Anthony Martial tested Lloris from a tight angle.Spurs lost Moussa Sissoko to a suspected groin injury after 43 minutes, and United broke the deadlock a few moments later – Pogba’s exquisite long ball releasing Rashford, who found the bottom-left corner from 18 yards.Pochettino’s side looked re-energised at the start of the second half, with De Gea making crucial saves from Kane and Dele Alli within five minutes of the restart.Still United threatened, however, with Pogba seeing a close-range effort tipped over by Lloris, before his controlled effort just inside the box in the 62nd minute forced a smart stop from the France goalkeeper.De Gea was the star, though, producing a string of saves to keep Kane, Alli and Toby Alderweireld at bay and ensuring Solskjaer equalled Matt Busby’s record of winning his first five league games in charge of United.That pass That finish @PaulPogba and @MarcusRashford combine to put #MUFC ahead! pic.twitter.com/JyslFQ8AXJ— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 13, 2019 What does it mean? United continue to soarUnited have real momentum and their bid to claim a Champions League place is gathering pace. For Spurs, however, it was another blow to their title hopes. They are now nine points behind Liverpool and it would take a major collapse from the Merseysiders – as well as Manchester City – for Pochettino’s men to triumph.De Gea shows his worthIt can be argued that, although he was impressive, none of the saves De Gea had to make on Sunday were particularly difficult. That may be the case, yet his commanding aura surely had something to do with the Spurs attackers failing to find the mark. At the other end Lloris was good, but failed to keep Rashford’s strike out despite getting a hand to it, and that proved to be the difference.Kane fluffs his linesWhile England star Kane was hardly terrible, in a game of this magnitude Spurs and Pochettino would have expected him to be reliable in front of goal, yet De Gea came out on top in their duel.Key Opta facts14 – The only top-flight league match in which David de Gea has made more saves than he did versus Tottenham Hotspur today (11) was against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on December 2nd 2017 (14). Hero. #TOTMUN pic.twitter.com/IbWzCVXAdd— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 13, 2019- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has equalled Matt Busby’s all-time record of winning his first five league games in charge of Manchester United.- Tottenham have lost consecutive home Premier League games for the first time since May 2015.- Tottenham have lost four home league games this season – double the amount they’d lost at home in their previous two Premier League campaigns combined (2).- Manchester United have kept back-to-back clean sheets in the Premier League – they’d only kept two in their first 20 league matches this season.- Man Utd’s Marcus Rashford has scored in three consecutive Premier League games for the first time in his career.- Paul Pogba has been directly involved in 53% of Man Utd’s 15 Premier League goals since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge (4 goals, 4 assists).- Tottenham’s Harry Kane had seven shots in this match – he last had more without finding the net in a Premier League game in January 2018 (8 vs Man Utd).What’s next?Spurs make the short trip to Fulham next Sunday, while United host Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday. read more
EAST LANSING, MI – JANUARY 13: Jordan Poole #2 of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates after 82-72 win over the Michigan State Spartans at Breslin Center on January 13, 2018 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)Michigan clearly isn’t finished rubbing its recent win over Michigan State into the Spartans’ faces yet.Following a week of back-and-forth between the respective head coaches and a $10,000 fine handed down to Michigan State, a new voice has emerged to add some fuel to this rivalry’s fire.Michigan basketball guard Jordan Poole, a friend of Wolverines stars Tarik Black and Donovan Peoples-Jones, attended last week’s game and had some harsh words for the rival school.“I had never been to Michigan State before, and their campus was awful – it’s trash,” Poole said, per WolverinesWire. “It was just dry.”Michigan dominated Michigan State to the tune of a 21-7 win. The Wolverines held the Spartans to just 79 passing yards and 15 rushing yards.“Beating them at Michigan State and seeing how wild their fans are, how good it feels to be on the winning end right now and successful – it’s huge,” Poole added.With the win over Michigan State, combined with Ohio State’s loss to Purdue, the Wolverines now control their own destiny for a spot in the Big Ten Championship and the College Football Playoffs.
Week 8 of the 2018 college football season featured one of the biggest upsets of the year, with then-No. 2 Ohio State falling to Purdue at Ross-Ade Stadium in a blowout loss.What upsets are coming today?No one really knows, but you better believe that there will be a couple of them – at least.Desmond Howard just appeared on SportsCenter and was asked which team he feels is “vulnerable” heading into today’s slate of games.His answer: No. 6 Texas.The Longhorns are officially on “upset alert” today, as they’re getting ready to play at Oklahoma State.Several analysts are predicting the upset, as it should prove to be quite a test for Tom Herman’s young team.Texas and Oklahoma State are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. The game will be on ABC.
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 29: General view of the stadium before the game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Purdue Boilermakers at Memorial Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)College football’s best highlight of the day comes via the Nebraska vs. Bethune-Cookman game at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.It was an easy win for the Huskers, who improved to 2-6 on the season with a blowout win, but Bethune-Cookman’s punter won the day, too.Uriel Hernandez, Bethune-Cookman’s 5-foot-4, 209-pound punter, had a very nice punt late in the Huskers’ blowout win.The celebration was awesome, too.Check it out:This is what an elite athlete in his prime looks like pic.twitter.com/kYwDZ4wz3B— Barstool Sports (@barstooltweetss) October 27, 2018Well done, Uriel.A lot of don’t-see-this-often material here:1. 4th-and-goal from the 39-yard-line2. 5-foot-4 kicker-turned-punter3. Reax, tons of reax, despite trailing 38-3It’s a fun game, and Uriel Hernandez is enjoying it. pic.twitter.com/68Bwv4nuoM— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 27, 2018Nebraska, meanwhile, won today’s game, 45-9.
14 Nov 1998: An overall view from inside Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee during a game between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Arkansas Razorbacks. The Volunteers defeated the Razorbacks 28-24. Mandatory Credit: Tom Hauck /AllsportKentucky has been one of the best stories in college football this season, contending for the SEC East until last week’s loss to Georgia.Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to be the best week for Wildcats athletics overall.UK is in Neyland Stadium to face a rebuilding Tennessee squad, and things are not going well at all.Tennessee football leads Kentucky 17-0 at the half, in a big potential upset spot.After a 3-0 first quarter, Tennessee ran out to the big lead with a pair of second quarter touchdowns.The last came with just four seconds left in the half, on a 41-yard jump ball thrown by Jarrett Guarantano to Marquez Callaway.? HAIL MARY ?Guarantano throws it up … Marquez Callaway brings it down.TOUCHDOWN @Vol_Football!! pic.twitter.com/sOC8byDETQ— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) November 10, 2018Guarantano has 175 yards and the touchdown pass, while Ty Chandler has 64 yards on the ground. Tim Jordan has a touchdown run for the Vols.Tennessee is currently out-gaining No. 11 Kentucky 239-62 in total yardage. Kentucky was a five-point favorite entering the game.This win would be huge for Tennessee’s bowl chances. A win would bump the Vols to 5-5, and they would just need to win one of Missouri and at Vanderbilt to crash the post-season in year one under Jeremy Pruitt.
COLUMBIA, MO – OCTOBER 19: A general view of Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium during the game between the Florida Gators and the Missouri Tigers on October 19, 2013 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)The Missouri Tigers, after a surprising 8-4 season, are headed to a bowl game. So which one will the Tigers be playing in?Missouri wound up being one of 11 SEC teams to qualify for the postseason. The Tigers won’t be considered for the College Football Playoff or the Sugar Bowl, but they should still play in a decent bowl game.Missouri likely sits behind Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Florida, Kentucky and Texas A&M when it comes to pecking order in the SEC. They’re in a second-tier group that also includes South Carolina, Mississippi State, Auburn and Vanderbilt.ESPN’s two bowl analysts disagree on where Missouri could be headed in December.Mitch Sherman has Missouri headed to Nashville to take on NC State in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. Kyle Bonagura has the Tigers headed to Jacksonville to take on Michigan State in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl.Three of Missouri’s four losses were close contests. The Tigers lost to Georgia by two touchdowns. They lost to South Carolina, 37-35, and Kentucky, 15-14. They were also blown out by Alabama.We’ll know Missouri’s destination on Sunday.
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Justin Fields #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs runs with the ball in the first half against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)It appears that Justin Fields, the No. 2 recruit in the 2018 recruiting class, may leave Georgia football after just one season. The UGA coaching staff looked to involve Fields a bit this year, but with sophomore quarterback Jake Fromm posting a great season, there wasn’t a ton of meaningful playing time available.Fields could have waited through next year, and perhaps taken a redshirt by playing in four or fewer games. Instead, it sounds like he is looking for a path to immediate eligibility in 2019.According to Sports Illustrated, Fields may have a case, using the incident earlier this season when he was called the n-word by a former Georgia baseball player, to argue that his well-being may be in question by staying in Athens.And it wouldn’t be a stretch at all if, in 2019, a young black man such as Fields said his safety and well-being might be affected by continuing to stay at a school where a white fellow athlete would refer to a black athlete by that word—even if it was lobbed from the stands while the player was on the field. Even if Fields wanted to transfer exclusively for playing time reasons, the NCAA would be foolish to challenge such an assertion and Georgia officials would be crazy to do anything except wish Fields well as he plays next season at his new school. Georgia’s administration could make a (quite convincing) argument that the fact that Fields’s younger sister Jaiden signed to play softball for the Bulldogs after the Sasser incident took place indicates that the family doesn’t consider the campus a bad environment. But it probably isn’t worth it for the Bulldogs to make that argument. No matter what anyone considers the real reason for the transfer, trying to force Fields to sit out would only make everyone else look terrible.This ruling allowed Shea Patterson and other Ole Miss transfers to play right away this year, albeit for much different reasons.Ohio State is reportedly a potential frontrunner if Justin Fields does leave Georgia (and Dwayne Haskins enters the NFL Draft, as presumed), while Penn State, where Fields had previously committed, Auburn, Florida State, Mississippi State, and Oklahoma have been floated as other options.One prominent former Buckeyes quarterback—Kirk Herbstreit—has weighed in on the Justin Fields transfer talk.With how indispensable Fromm has been and the fleeting nature of Fields’ playing time this fall, he says he’s not surprised that the former five-star is looking elsewhere.From DawgNation.com:“I wondered how Justin Fields was doing behind the scenes,” Herbsteit told DawgNation in an exclusive interview on Tuesday morning. “I haven’t spoken with him, I don’t know specifically what went on behind the situation.“But I’m not surprised— I’m more surprised he signed at Georgia than I am he’s transferring.”Almost every good college football team utilizes one clear-cut QB1 at this point, and Fields obviously has his eyes on the 2021 NFL Draft. It may still be jarring to see a five-star up and leave that abruptly, and Fields probably should have considered how hard it would be to displace Fromm, who just led the team to a national title berth. Still, it is his career, and he should be allowed to make the choices that he thinks are best for him.[DawgNation.com]
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – FEBRUARY 05: TV personality/retired NFL player Deion Sanders walks the Blue Carpet at the 2015 Pepsi Rookie of the Year Award Ceremony at Pepsi Super Friday Night at Pier 70 on February 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for Pepsi)2021 quarterback Shedeur Sanders is a three-star recruit with a five-star pedigree given that he’s the son of Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders. The younger Sanders has picked up another huge offer as he heads into his junior season.Taking to Twitter over the weekend, Sanders announced that he had received an offer from Tennessee. The post included a video of him touring the Tennessee campus and running a few drills for the Vols’ camp while wearing a team uniform.247Sports’ Composite Rankings list Sanders as the No. 339 overall prospect in the Class of 2021. He is the No. 17 pro-style quarterback in the country, and the No. 48 prospect from the state of Texas.Last year at Trinity Christian School, Sanders threw for 2,977 yards, 42 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. The year before, he had an equally impressive 2,360 yards, 34 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. Blessed to receive an offer from the University of Tennessee! GOD is AMAZING! Worked very hard for this, Hard work pays off. This is just the beginning! #2 @DemetricDWarren @CoachJPruitt @ChrisWeinke16 @DeionSanders @TCCHFootball @ahart49 @Striving4_ALott pic.twitter.com/SbZXPAs7cN— Shedeur Sanders (@ShedeurSanders) June 23, 2019The month of June has been a massive boon for Sanders as he has now picked up offers from Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina, and Georgia Tech.He also has outstanding offers from Georgia, Michigan, LSU, Florida, and his father’s alma mater, Florida State.Sanders is going his own way to college football stardom, and he has certainly been impressing plenty of coaches along the way.
ATHENS, GA – NOVEMBER 24: A general view of Sanford Stadium during the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on November 24, 2018 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)When the Georgia Bulldogs face the Arkansas State Red Wolves, there is a very good chance that Sanford Stadium is filled with fans wearing pink.Georgia is going to honor Wendy Anderson, the wife of Arkansas State coach Blake Anderson. She passed away after a long battle with cancer.Usually, the crowd at Sanford Stadium is ready to give their opponents a headache from start to finish. That won’t be the case on Saturday, and this kind gesture from the Bulldogs caught the attention of ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt.Van Pelt devoted time on his show to talk about Georgia’s upcoming game. He’s moved by the program’s “Wear Pink For Wendy” campaign that is taking place this weekend. “Down in Athens, the answer to the question ‘Who’s that coming down the track?’ is of course a mean machine in red and black. Well, that machine has a heart and a soul and they’re huge.”Check it out:One Big Thing#WearPinkForWendy pic.twitter.com/BjG8A84KaJ— Stanford Steve (@StanfordSteve82) September 13, 2019Arkansas State fell short in its season opener against SMU, but Anderson led the team to a victory over UNLV in his return to coaching.There’s no denying that Georgia fans are hoping for a win in Week 3. Nonetheless, it’s touching to see them support their opponent during such a difficult time.
IANS MumbaiFebruary 4, 2019UPDATED: February 4, 2019 14:47 IST Ranveer Singh at Lakme Fashion Week 2019Ranveer Singh, who combined ramp walk with live rap performance at the Lakme Fashion Week on Sunday, says it was a unique show and experience for him.The actor hosted an impromptu rapping session on the sidelines of Lakme Fashion Week 2019 in Mumbai. Padmaavat actor was seen sporting a jump-suit, sweatshirt and cap during the event.Along with him, rapper Naezy and entire Gully Gang took the centre stage and crooned massive hits from Gully Boy’s Asli Hop Hop and Apna Time Aayega, for the audiences and they went wild.The Simmba actor even jumped into the crowd like a rock star.Talking about the show, Ranveer said, “It was a very unique show. Our film is closely connected to the music and the music was the heart of our show. There were unique performance, live music show, the entire gang is authentic rappers and they contributed the film, dialogues, and music of the film.””It was a unique show and a unique experience for me and I am thankful to the entire team for having me,” added Ranveer.This is the first time a movie and fashion show has successfully amalgamated on-ramp. Talking about the experience, Ranveer said, “I loved it! It is the first time that any of movies had merchandise, turned right.”Along with Ranveer Singh, the entire Gully Gang, rapper Nazey, filmmaker Zoya Akhtar, film producer Ritesh Sidhwani was present at the event.advertisementGully Boy is directed by Zoya Akhtar, it is loosely based on the life of street rappers Divine and Naezy. The film also stars Alia Bhatt, Kalki Koechlin, Vijay Raaz and Siddhant Chaturvedi in supporting roles.The film releases on February 14.ALSO READ: Ranveer Singh savagely trolled for PDA with Deepika Padukone. See videoALSO READ: Deepika Padukone reveals that she got engaged to Ranveer Singh four years agoALSO WATCH | Ranveer Singh turns Lion King for India Today January 2019 coverGet 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 bynisha Tags :Follow Ranveer SinghFollow Gully BoyFollow Lakme Fashion Week Rapper Ranveer Singh brings Gully Boy to Lakme Fashion Week. See videoRanveer Singh hosted an impromptu rapping session on the sidelines of Lakme Fashion Week 2019 in Mumbai.advertisement Next
Son Heung-min considered Tottenham exit after 1st season until discussion with PochettinoSon Heung-min revealed that after his first season struggle at Tottenham Hotspur, he came close to leaving but manager Mauricio Pochettino spoke to him and showed trust in him.advertisement Next Reuters LondonMarch 1, 2019UPDATED: March 1, 2019 21:12 IST Son Heung-min has played a crucial role for Tottenham Hotspur this season, scoring 11 times in 22 Premier League games. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSon Heung-min wanted to go back to Germany after struggling at Tottenham in the first seasonSon said he was more than grateful to Mauricio Pochettino for showing faith in himPochettino said Son was “a happy boy that translates that energy to the team”Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min wanted a transfer back to Germany after struggling in his debut season at the Premier League club but stayed put after a conversation with manager Mauricio Pochettino, the South Korea international has said.Son moved to Tottenham from Bayer Leverkusen in 2015 and scored only four times in 28 league matches but he has since turned his fortunes around and looks set to have his best season in a Spurs shirt with 11 league goals in 22 games so far.”I came close to leaving. I went to the gaffer’s office and told him I didn’t feel comfortable and wanted to leave for Germany,” Son told Standard Sport in an interview.”The gaffer trusted me and I am so grateful. He made my dream come true. I am more than grateful [to him].”It’s difficult to say. I have worked four years with the gaffer, it’s just amazing.”With Harry Kane and Dele Alli both sidelined due to injuries during crucial periods this season, Son has stepped up and helped Spurs keep a firm grip on third spot in the league.His fine form has come even with having to leave Tottenham twice for international duty, first for the Asian Games in August and then for the Asian Cup in January.”Today, patience in football is difficult but always it’s about time. You can learn a lot from these difficult moments,” Pochettino said.”The conversation [with Son] was not only professional, it was human. Sonny was patient. He was happy with the decision and now we are seeing his best form.advertisement”People love him, teammates, fans. It’s very easy to work with him. He’s very professional… a happy boy that translates that energy to the team.”Tottenham host Arsenal in the north London derby on Saturday.Also Read | Massive opportunity lost for us: Mauricio Pochettino disappointed with Tottenham lossAlso Read | Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min lauds unbelievable teammate Jan VertonghenFor 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 Son Heung-minFollow Mauricio PochettinoFollow Tottenham Hotspur
Press Trust of India KolkataMay 14, 2019UPDATED: May 14, 2019 22:05 IST Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore finished in last place in the league stage of IPL 2019 (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRoyal Challengers Bangalore registered just 5 wins out of 14 matches in IPL 2019Virat Kohli has never won the IPL, having only played for RCBKohli though, has a 73.88 win percentage in ODIs having won 49 out of 68 gamesFormer captain Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday insisted that Virat Kohli’s IPL captaincy will not have an impact in India’s 2019 World Cup campaign as he enjoys a good record as an ODI skipper.The biggest advantage for Kohli will be the support of two very successful leaders — Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Rohit Sharma — on whom he can fall back on during testing situations.Royal Challengers Bangalore’s repeated failures in the Indian Premier League have put the spotlight on Kohli’s leadership skills but Ganguly said Indian captaincy is a different ball game.”Don’t compare Virat Kohli’s IPL captaincy record with that of India. His captaincy records for India is very good actually. He’s got Rohit Sharma in his team as the vice-captain. Dhoni is there. So he’s well supported,” Ganguly told PTI on the sidelines of a promotional programme.The 46-year-old felt Hardik Pandya will play a key role in India’s campaign at the mega event, starting May 30 in England.”Hardik Pandya will play a key role. He is in tremendous form. He will be very, very important for India’s chances.”The former left-handed batsman picked Pakistan alongside India, Australia and England as the four semifinalists in the upcoming World Cup, saying their records in world tournaments in England is remarkable.England has been a ‘lucky’ venue for the Pakistan, who had won the 2017 Champions Trophy beating India and had also bagged their maiden World Twenty20 title in 2009.”Pakistan’s record in world tournaments in England is remarkable. They won the Champions Trophy two years ago, they won the 2009 World T20 in England.”advertisementHe also cited the recent example of Pakistan’s second ODI against England, in which they almost chased down a mammoth 374 before going down by only 12 runs.”Pakistan always play well in England. You see the last game in England. England got 374 and Pakistan just lost by 12 runs. They also beat England in England in Test matches there because of their bowling lineup.”Ganguly, however, was quick to add that Virat Kohli’s men should not be wary of Pakistan and they would prove to be strong contenders.”I don’t believe in records. Both of them will have to play well on that particular day. India will be a very good side. They will be very hard to beat. Team which has the likes of Kohli, Rohit, Shikhar Dhawan can’t be weak.”Asked to compare this team with that of his team of 2003 that lost to Australia in the final, Ganguly said: “Both the teams are of different generations. We played the final in 2003. I hope they play the final and win it.”Indian cricket is so strong. And we have been strong for the last 25-30 years. Every world competition that we play, we will have a chance. This team has as much chance as we had in 2003.”Starting as one of the favourites, India would be under tremendous pressure but Ganguly felt it would bring out the best from Kohli and Co.”So it’s good that India is under pressure, every other team in the World Cup will be under pressure. You don’t want to turn up like a Nepal or an Ireland where the entire world thinks that you’re not going to win.”You rather turn up like an India or an Australia or an England where everybody says this team is going to win the World Cup. So Virat, probably being the best player of the world at the moment, is as much under pressure as anybody else and that will be good for him because he will turn up, work hard, he will be pumped and get India going.”Ganguly said it would be an interesting World Cup as all 10 teams will play each other before the best four qualify for the knockouts.”This team has as much as opportunity. It’s a great World Cup because all 10 teams play against each other and the best four qualify. There are strong teams and you realise England, Pakistan, West Indies all can win.”So it’s good that India is under pressure because it will help them perform and it’s going to be exciting 55 days of cricket,” Ganguly said.Also Read | Dhoni, Kohli and Rohit have played a big role in Kuldeep and my success: ChahalAlso Read | IPL 2019: MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli reign supreme on Twitter, CSK most talked about teamAlso Read | I have the ability to remain unfazed, don’t feel pressure: Shikhar DhawanAlso Read | India favourites to win the World Cup 2019: Mohammad AzharuddinFor 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 Virat KohliFollow Sourav GangulyFollow IPL 2019Follow Royal Challengers BangaloreFollow Team IndiaFollow 2019 World Cup Don’t compare Virat Kohli’s IPL captaincy with that of Team India: Sourav GangulyRoyal Challengers Bangalore’s repeated failures in the Indian Premier League have put the spotlight on Virat Kohli’s leadership skills but Sourav Ganguly said Indian captaincy is a different ball game.advertisement
World Cup 2019: Counter attacking Jasprit Bumrah not a great idea, says Brian LaraWest Indies great Brian Lara heaped rich praise on India pacer Jasprit Bumrah and gave modern-day batsmen a tip on how to tackle his threat. Lara also lauded India captain Virat Kohli for his consistency across all formats.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiMay 24, 2019UPDATED: May 24, 2019 16:37 IST World Cup 2019: Jasprit Bumrah will lead India’s bowling attack at the quadrennial event in England (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSFirst of all, if I was facing him, I would look to get off the strike: Lara on BumrahLara said rotating the strike can help nullify Jasprit Bumrah threatLara also likened Virat Kohli to a machine, heaping praise on his consistencyHypothetical as it may sound, picture this. The current no.1 ODI bowler in the world Jasprit Bumrah marking his run-up as the legendary Brian Charles Lara takes guard. Having seen the former West Indies skipper bat over the years against the likes of Allan Donald, Glenn McGrath and Wasim Akram among others, one would expect a high-voltage clash on the pitch as Lara was always known to take the attack to the opposition bowlers, be it pace or spin. But the maestro reveals otherwise.Speaking to IANS, one of the absolute legends of the game says that for Bumrah, he would not opt for the counter-attacking game. Rather, he would try and unsettle the pacer by continuously rotating the strike. Lara believes that not giving the India pacer the opportunity to settle down in line and length can be the key to succeed against him.”First of all, if I was facing him, I would look to get off the strike (laughs). He is very good and someone who has an awkward action. Batsman have to keep their eyes on him and I would maybe try to apply pressure on him by rotating the strike. In ODI cricket, you have the option of picking up a lot more singles than in T20s. In the past, you have seen that when batsmen looked to go after guys like Muttiah Muralitharan or Sunil Narine, it is very difficult and Bumrah has that sort of an effect. I would encourage batsmen to try to get six singles from his over. He is one of India’s best bowlers and then maybe you can look at other areas to get runs from.advertisement”I don’t believe counter attacking against such a good bowler is a great idea. He might have a one-off bad day and then batsmen can capitalise but generally he has had very good days. I think I would look to pay that respect,” he explained.Virat Kohli is a machine: Brian LaraFrom one class act to another, while Lara has played against Sachin Tendulkar, he has watched current heartthrob Virat Kohli rip apart opposition attacks over the last couple of years and for the West Indian, Kohli is not human. Calling it as he sees it, Lara believes that the India captain has changed the way the game is perceived not just by current players, but also by youngsters who want to go ahead and play for their countries in the future.”He is a machine. He has brought a different cricketer to the table than what we were accustomed to back in the 80s and 90s. Fitness was always important, but it wasn’t as important as it has become now. For the amount of cricket that is being played, you got to be physically fit. He is someone who spends time in the gym and shows working on your fitness is the key. He is pretty much a run-machine.”A guy is going out and scoring runs almost every single time he goes out to bat. Tendulkar to me is one of the greatest of all times and he had his opportunity and he left a great legacy so I wouldn’t want to compare the two. But Kohli is a special talent and is a great example for all the young and upcoming cricketers,” he pointed.India and England are favourites for World Cup 2019: LaraComing to the showpiece event, while the wickets are expected to be dry and aiding the slower bowlers, Lara feels that the famous English weather could surprise anyone on a given day. And that is why having a good balanced attack will hold the key for the teams as they look to lift the Cup. In fact, India’s all-round bowling attack is what makes Lara believe that Kohli’s boys have a good chance to go all the way this time.”It all depends on the weather conditions and if the tracks are slow and dry, it will obviously help the spinners. But English weather is so unpredictable that you get a week of rain and you have green tracks. That is why I do like the Indian attack as they have got variety. They got good pace bowlers and spinners who can perform in any condition.”It is hard to say what the conditions are going to be like, but I think the best performing team will be winning the World Cup and not ones who will wait for the perfect conditions. India and England are the two favourites and quite rightly so because of their performance,” he said.advertisementThe talks about the favourites doesn’t end there as Lara feels that one can never discount defending champions Australia, especially with Steve Smith and David Warner back in their ranks. The legend also believes that this West Indies team is one that has the potential to go the distance and surprise quite a few.”Definitely Australians are a formidable side and with Smith and Warner coming back into the fold after having a good IPL season will strengthen the Australians. They are playing good cricket, they beat India in India. They will not be pushovers. They will have to do some good work, but you never rule them out as they are one of the best performing teams over the years when it comes to the showpiece event. They are running into form and I think they are up for it, although India and England are still very strong on paper.”West Indies always has had talent and I think the young cricketers in the West Indies are one of the most talented. What has been the problem is harnessing that talent and when you do get to the international stage, performing. For me, that has been the problem and not lack of talent. Team spirit and unity will play a strong part as you have a couple of players who might be playing their last World Cup and may want to prove a point.”But the West Indies have not been very consistent in their performances and I believe if they are to go far, they may enter the semis as the third or fourth team and then they can go on to win as on their day they can beat any team. But this format calls for consistency and we may struggle to provide that. But if we do get into the knockouts, everyone will be wary,” he said.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Unperturbed by chatter, Dinesh Karthik ready to deliver for IndiaAlso Read | Such losses are irreparable: Sachin Tendulkar condoles Asif Ali daughter’s demiseAlso 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow India national cricket teamFollow Jasprit BumrahFollow Brian LaraFollow World Cup 2019Follow England Cricket
Could have won Khel Ratna if Punjab government had sent my nomination on time: Harbhajan SinghHarbhajan Singh has responded to his nomination for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award being rejected by the Central government owing to a long delay in his file reaching the concerned authorities.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 30, 2019UPDATED: July 30, 2019 21:47 IST India cricketer Harbhajan Singh (IANS)HIGHLIGHTSHarbhajan Singh’s nomination for Khel Ratna was rejected by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and SportsHarbhajan has pleaded the Punjab government to look into the matterHarbhajan has claimed that he had completed the formalities by March 20Veteran Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh was recently in the news after his nomination for the highest Indian sports honour was rejected by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. Following the rejection, Harbhajan, has pleaded to the Punjab government (Sports Ministry) to look into the matter of the delay in his nomination for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, reaching the Central government.In a video posted on his official YouTube channel ‘Harbhajan Turbanator Singh’, the off-spinner made an emotional plea to the Sports Minister of the Punjab government, Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi.”I have come to know from the media that my nomination filed by the Punjab government for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna has been declined by the Centre with the reason being that the papers arrived quite late. I’ve learned that due to this delay, I won’t be getting the award this year,” said Harbhajan.Harbhajan claimed that he had completed the formalities and submitted the form by March 20, 2019 itself and was curious to know how could the delay still occur.”I would like to plead the Sports Minister of the Punjab Government to start an inquiry into the matter as to why and how the delay occured. Because, as far as I can remember, I had got the forms submitted into his office by March 20, but still it got delayed. If it had been on time, I could’ve won the award this year,” reasoned Harbhajan.Harbhajan Singh also said that such instances could discourage sportspersons leading to a number of them getting ‘left behind’.advertisement”For every sportsperson, it’s an encouragement if his performances are recognised via awards. If such delays continue to happen, a number of players might get left behind and this is not right at some level. I hope that the the Minister concerned will definitely act on this and forward my nomination once again to the Centre,” concluded Harbhajan Singh.Read more | ‘Nothing confirmed yet’: Hasan Ali on marriage news with Indian girlAlso 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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow India cricketerFollow Harbhajan SinghFollow Sports MinistryFollow Khel RatnaFollow Indian spinner
Vivo S1 review: Stylish and good battery lifeThe Vivo S1 is a looker. It is beautiful. The smartphone comes in two colours — Skyline Blue and Diamond Black. I’m using the Skyline Blue colour variant and it’s a treat to the eyes. So refreshing, so beautiful. Sneha Saha New DelhiAugust 8, 2019UPDATED: August 9, 2019 09:13 IST 7.5/10HIGHLIGHTSVivo S1 launched in India and comes for starting price of Rs 17,990.Vivo S1 goes on sale across offline stores in country today,The Vivo S1 comes in two colours — Skyline Blue and Diamond Black.So far, 2019 has been great and also different year for Vivo in India. Great because Vivo started the year with the V15 series and both the phones in this series — the V15 and the V15 Pro — found favour with consumers. The Vivo V15 series helped the company double its market share in India in Q1 of this year, something that Counterpoint highlights when it said that Vivo India’s market share has gone up to 12 per cent this year. Second, this year is different for Vivo because it has introduced two new phone series here.Last month the company launched its online specific Z-series in India with the Vivo Z1 Pro that sells for Rs 14,990 and compares well against some of the popular phones like the Redmi Note 7 Pro, the Realme 3 Pro, among others. Following the Z1 Pro, on August 7, Vivo introduced a brand new S-series in the country with the Vivo S1. Unlike the Z-series, the new S-series is aimed at people who buy phones in local markets.After spending some time with the Vivo S1 I can say that it is one of the best-looking smartphones available in the price segment right now. Especially the Skyline Blue colour variant that I’m using. There’s another colour variant of the Vivo S1 and it is called Diamond Black but the blue is stunning. However, even as it has a few high points to it, the Vivo S1 also falls a bit short compared to the Vivo Z1 Pro. I know the two phones are aimed at different markets, or different segments, but yet I can’t help compare the S1 with the Z1 Pro considering both of them come from Vivo.advertisementLooks stylishThe Vivo S1 is a looker. It is beautiful. The smartphone comes in two colours — Skyline Blue and Diamond Black. I’m using the Skyline Blue colour variant and it’s a treat to the eyes. So refreshing, so beautiful. It is also a well-crafted phone, with edges well curved and that makes it easy to hold the phone in hands. In the list of good looking phones in this price bracket, the Vivo S1 tops the chart. Besides the design, another good bit about the Vivo S1 is its lightweight despite its massive 4500mAh battery. And this is possible because of the plastic build. Yes, sadly, there’s no glass here but the good bit is Vivo has used high-quality plastic for the S1 that gives the phone a premium touch and doesn’t make it cheap like other plastic phones. It doesn’t register fingerprints which often is the case with plastic build phones.Big and bright screenNot only from the back panel, the all-new Vivo S1 also looks great from the front. Similar to some of the recently launched Vivo phones the S1 also comes with a Halo FullView display – in simple words, waterdrop notch. The notch increases the screen-to-body-ratio and that in turn offers a great multimedia experience.I’m using the Vivo S1 as my primary device for around a week now. This means I use the smartphone to perform every day-to-day task like playing games, watching movies or videos, chatting on WhatsApp, browsing social media apps, among other things. In almost every scenario I found the experience to be good.For me, the screen of the Vivo S1 turns out to be pretty bright in indoors. However, in outdoor situations, the brightness level of the Vivo S1 screen seems slightly inadequate. Keeping the brightness level to even 100 per cent didn’t feel enough for me to send an email when I was outside home or office. Inside a room the viewing angles of the Vivo S1 were great, the contrast right and colours punchy. The Vivo S1 comes with a 6.38-inch super AMOLED display and offers 19:5:9 aspect ratio, 90 per cent screen-to-body-ratio and FHD+ screen resolution. It should be noted that Vivo S1 doesn’t come with Gorilla Glass and uses Schott Xensation 3D protection instead. The company claims that Xensation 3D glass is as strong as Gorilla glass.Right now Vivo S1 doesn’t support Widevine L1 but Vivo has officially confirmed that the support will come to the phone via OTA update by end of August.Right now, there are very few phones under Rs 20,000 that come with in-display fingerprint and Vivo S1 is one of them. The Vivo S1 is the first under Rs 20,000 Vivo phone to come with an in-display fingerprint sensor. So, kudos to Vivo for that. Vivo is calling this technology ‘Flash in-display fingerprint’. As the name suggests the in-display sensor unlocks the phone in just a flash. There’s also face unlock support but it not as quick as the in-display fingerprint sensor.advertisementCamera is mixed bagThe Vivo S1 includes triple sensors on the rear panel and single on the front. On the front there’s a 32-megapixel camera for clicking selfies. On the rear panel there is a 16-megapixel primary camera, a 8-megapixel secondary wide-angle camera and a 2-megapixel camera with depth sensor.IMAGE SAMPLESI used the Vivo S1 to click pictures in daylight, inside the room, and at night. In good light, the Vivo S1 clicks decent pictures. The details on the photos seem mushy and colours over-saturated with or without HDR. In the scorching sun, the Vivo S1 tends to overexpose pictures. The pictures look fine but not as good as pictures clicked with the Vivo Z1 Pro. Sadly, the situation doesn’t improve in poor light. In low-light too, the Vivo S1 clicks pictures that often miss out on details. The Vivo S1 also comes with wide-angle mode but the image quality is mixed bag here too.I liked the portrait shots clicked with the Vivo S1. The portrait shots appear with background properly blurred out, however, the edges could have been more distinct. The S1 clicks decent selfies with fair amount of details in them. Like all Vivo phones this one too comes with lots of filters. The filters are fine for if you are on Instagram or Snapchat but I mostly prefer selfies clicked with no filters. The portrait selfies appear to be good enough as the camera properly blurs out the photo and that adds to the overall look of the picture.Handles daily performance fineI used the Vivo S1 as my primary phone for around a week. I used the phone to browse social media apps like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, send emails, chat on WhatsApp, listen to music, watch YouTube video and movies on Netflix. I also played lots of games — both basic and graphics-intensive games like PUBG and Asphalt 9. In almost all these scenarios the Vivo S1 turns out pretty good. The Vivo S1 is powered by 12mn MediaTek Helio P65 processor.In my one week of using the phone I found the Vivo S1 capable of managing day-to-day task very well but when it comes to multi-tasking it lags occasionally. When too many apps are running in the background the Vivo S1 slows down. So, I often had to clear the background apps for smooth performance. With gaming the Vivo S1 turns out to be fairly decent. The phone handles basic games like Subway Surfers and Temple Run 2 pretty well but PUBG or Asphalt 9 seem somewhat laggy. The Vivo S1 also comes with ultra game mode and this offers an uninterrupted gaming experience. The ultra game mode brings features like sound localization, countdown floating window, e-sport mode, among others. Another area where I feel the Vivo S1 could have been better is in sound performance. The smartphone includes mono speaker that sits next to the micro USB port. I feel Vivo could have gone for stereo speaker at least as the one present doesn’t turn out to be loud enough.advertisementOn the software front the Vivo S1 runs FunTouch 9 OS based on Android 9 Pie. The software feels cluttered. Vivo’s FunTouch OS is a complete rip off of iOS. The notification shade is at the bottom, the gestures are smooth, there’s also dark mode but it is buggy as occasionally some texts — quoted tweets, emails on outlook, among others – aren’t clearly visible. There are also several third-party apps that come pre-installed with this phone.Battery easily lasts two daysThis is one of the best bits about the Vivo S1. Most smartphones at this price point come with large 4000mAh battery but Vivo with the S1 goes a notch higher. The Vivo S1 comes with a 4500mAh battery that lasts way longer than expected. I used the Vivo S1 as my primary phone for around a week and can say that this is the best phone in this price segment as far as the battery performance is concerned. For me, the Vivo S1 goes through everyday activities pretty well and last easily for 1.5 days on a single charge. This is incredible. With big battery also comes 18W fast charging support that is pretty quick at charging the phone. For me, the Vivo S1 took nearly one hour to charge from 0 – 100 per cent, which is pretty good.Should you buy Vivo S1?The Vivo S1 looks stylish and the gradient finish adds to the overall aesthetics of the smartphone. The blue one is really cool. The phone offers long-lasting battery. The sAMOLED screen of the Vivo S1 is bright enough most of the time, but could have been brighter as that would have helped when a user is outdoor. The phone is capable of handling day-to-day usage pretty well but gaming performance could have been better.The Vivo S1, in a way, is neither extremely great nor a disaster. It is a capable phone and will please you until you demand from it the kind of performance of experience you will get from a more expensive phone. It also doesn’t break any new ground, like say the Realme X or the Vivo Z1 Pro that punch above their weight. With the Vivo S1 you get what you pay for, which is not a bad deal but unfortunately for it there are better deals available, like Vivo’s own Z1 Pro.Vivo S1 review 7.5/10ProsStunning designGood batterysAMOLED displayFast fingerprint sensorConsCameras could have been betterCluttered softwareGet 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 bySneha Saha Tags :Follow vivoFollow android Next