Xavi criticises Madrid’s Lopetegui timing

first_imgReal Madrid Xavi criticises Real Madrid’s timing of Lopetegui appointment Dejan Kalinic 14:20 6/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Xavi - Cropped Getty Images Real Madrid Spain World Cup Primera División The Barcelona legend and World Cup winner has questioned the Blancos’ decision to announce a deal with a new boss which has stunned the Spain side Spain great Xavi has criticised the timing of Julen Lopetegui being announced as Real Madrid coach.Lopetegui was stunningly sacked as Spain boss on Wednesday, a day after it was revealed he would be Zinedine Zidane’s successor at Madrid.Xavi, a 133-time Spain international, was unhappy with the timing of the announcement of Lopetegui’s Madrid move. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “I am not the person to talk about it [Lopetegui joining Madrid],” the Barcelona great told Radio Marca.”It was not the most ideal or opportune moment.”Lopetegui’s sacking came just two days before Spain’s opening game against Portugal in Sochi.But Xavi believes the nation, who will be led by Fernando Hierro, can still have a strong World Cup.”You never know, the players have already seen it all and sure, they can play a good role at the World Cup,” he said.”Leadership will not be missing, there is [Sergio] Ramos, [Gerard] Pique, [Andres] Iniesta.”There are very prepared people and a very good atmosphere. It’s not the best situation but at the same time, it unites them more and they give more of themselves, you never know.”last_img read more

10 months agoBarkley insists Chelsea confident they can exact Tottenham revenge

first_imgBarkley insists Chelsea confident they can exact Tottenham revengeby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRoss Barkley is confident Chelsea can exact revenge on Tottenham when the two clubs meet in the EFL Cup semi-final.Tottenham beat Chelsea in an emphatic victory at Wembley last month.”Tottenham are a good side but we come into it with confidence and knowing what we need to do to reach the final,” said Barkley. “We will train really hard.”That will be in the back of our minds [Chelsea’s defeat at Wembley] because there are our rivals and we want to beat our rivals. It’s going to be a very exciting game.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

10 months agoMan City whiz Sane: Sterling in career best form

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City whiz Sane: Sterling in career best formby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City whiz Leroy Sane says Raheem Sterling must be close to career best form.Sterling already has nine Premier League goals and six assists to his name this season and signed a new deal in November to keep him at the club until 2023.Sane said, “Of course, it’s always important if you have good people around you – good friends. You can trust them also and obviously, it’s very important for our team.“He’s scored a lot of goals and helps us a lot in every way and he’s just a really good guy – a humble guy.”He is also really hungry and motivated to improve in his own game – to achieve something: his own targets.“This is what it’s like to push him to get better and if it goes like this every year, I think soon he can also be one of the best players.” last_img read more

a month agoSouthampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn: I wanted to be a striker

first_imgSouthampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn: I wanted to be a strikerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn admits Mum isn’t crazy about having another keeper in the family.Like most kids, he started out dreaming of being a striker but was put between the sticks as a nine-year-old. Yet, if his mum had had her way, she would have stopped the ­ Southampton goalie following in dad Bryan’s footsteps.Gunn Jnr told the Mirror: “I was on trial ­playing outfield at Norwich City for the Under-9s, the keeper got injured. Someone gave me the gloves and after that ­session, someone else told me to bring the gloves next time and focus on being a ­goalkeeper.“After the session when they told me to be a keeper, my dad got home, told my mum and I don’t think she was very pleased. She was like, ‘I’ve dealt with you for 20 years – I don’t need another goalkeeper!’“But it ­happened, she accepted it and I think she’s fine with it now.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

22 days agoSterling: Man City showing Champions League winning form

first_imgSterling: Man City showing Champions League winning formby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRaheem Sterling says Manchester City are on the right path for Champions League glory.The reigning Premier League champions are now top of Group C with six points from two games after Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb.The England forward said: “We know the teams we have in Europe, they are top opponents. It will never be easy to win it.”We need to keep going. The most important thing is trying to qualify from this group. If we keep doing that, year in year out, the better chance we will have to win it.”We just need to progress to the group stages and think about it later. We just need to keep focus.”There are more games coming up and we know they are going to be difficult. So we just need to keep going. We go to the weekend now and we need to focus on that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

18 days agoAston Villa skipper Grealish feels England call within reach

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Aston Villa skipper Grealish feels England call within reachby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa skipper Jack Grealish feels an England call-up is within reach.The 24-year-old responded to missing out on the latest Three Lions squad by producing his best performance of the season as Villa thumped Norwich 5-1 at Carrow Road on Saturday. Asked if he had expected a call-up for the forthcoming qualifiers with the Czech Republic and Bulgaria, Grealish replied: “No, not really. Not at the moment.“I know for a fact if I play to the best of my ability, then I can get in there. But this time, truthfully, I did not expect to get in.“I did well on Saturday, or I like to think I did well. If I keep performing to the way I know I can, hopefully this will give me a big lift and hopefully (I will get in) soon.” last_img read more

5 days agoWoodward: What Man Utd want in a player…

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Woodward: What Man Utd want in a player…by Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveVice-chairman Ed Woodward has set out the prototype of a Manchester United player.Woodward believes manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to be a “walking, talking” version of the club’s philosophy. He told United We Stand fanzine, “Winning; playing attacking football with players that have an ‘x-factor’; and giving youth a chance.”Added to that, we want players to come in who respect their teammates, the club, the history. They must understand that they are creating a legacy by coming to Manchester United. Nobody is bigger than the club.”There should be both a humbleness and an arrogance. Humble when you are on the team coach and you wear the club suit, you do up your top button and wear your tie, you represent the club in the right way. Then you sign autographs for the people who pay your wages.”Then, when you go into the dressing room, you put the red shirt on and you feel arrogant, self assured. As Michael Carrick said in his book, you want to take the ball, you want the ball in tight spaces, you want a never-say-die spirit. Ole has brought a lot of the discipline back.”Whatever manager we have has to buy into that philosophy and Ole is a walking, talking version of that. Let’s let this play out with Ole in terms of the culture reboot.” last_img read more

Ohio House Of Representatives Member Bill Patmon Wrote Cardale Jones A Personal Letter, Called Him “12 Gauge”

first_imgOhio representative Bill Patmon's letter to Cardale Jones.Ohio State’s Cardale Jones accomplished a great deal in 2014-2015, ascending from a third-string signal-caller to the starting quarterback for a team that won the Big Ten title, the Sugar Bowl and the College Football National Championship Game behind his leadership. It looks like he can add one more accolade to his repertoire too – an official congratulatory letter from Ohio House of Representatives member Bill Patmon.Patmon wrote to Jones, and used the QB’s nickname “12 Gauge” in the header, to congratulate him on his accomplishments. Jones posted a photo of the letter on Twitter.Cardale “12Gauge” Jones pic.twitter.com/ErDzXLqV6A— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) February 23, 2015Ironically, it’s not even a sure bet that Jones will be starting for the Buckeyes in 2015. There’s no word on whether Patmon also wrote to J.T. Barrett and Braxton Miller.last_img read more

The CFB Programs Expected To Have The Most 1st Rounders In 2017 NFL Draft

first_imgLogos of the major college football programs and the NFL Draft.NFL Draft 2017The 2016 NFL Draft’s first round was dominated by Ohio State, Ole Miss, Notre Dame and Florida. Those four were the only college football programs to have multiple players selected during the draft’s first day. Ohio State had five, Ole Miss had three and Notre Dame and Florida had two. Which programs are expected to have the most first rounders in 2017? Using Walter Football’s 2017 mock draft, here are the programs projected to have the best first round next year. LSU lsuExpected total: 7RB Leonard FournetteS Jamal AdamsCB Tre’Davious WhiteOL Ethan PocicDE Lewis NealWR Malachi DupreDL Davon GodchauxClemson clemson logoExpected total: 2QB Deshaun WatsonWR Mike WilliamsFlorida florida logoExpected total: 2LB Jarrad DavisCB Jalen TaborFlorida State floridastateExpected total: 2RB Dalvin CookOT Roderick JohnsonGeorgia uga logoExpected total: 2RB Nick ChubbOL Greg PykeOhio State ohio state logoExpected total: 2LB Raekwon McMillanOL Pat ElfleinTennessee tennessee logoExpected total: 2DE Derek BarnettLB Jalen Reeves-MaybinTexas A&M texas a&MExpected total: 2DE Myles GarrettDB Armani WattsUSC uscExpected total: 2Juju Smith-SchusterAdoree Jackson[Walter Football]last_img read more

Pochettino will change when he starts winning trophies – Mourinho

first_imgJose Mourinho thinks that Mauricio Pochettino’s outlook on management will change only once he starts winning trophies.The Argentinean will take his team to Stamford Bridge to defend a 1-0 lead in the second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final on Thursday.Tottenham are aiming to win their first silverware since they lifted the trophy in 2008. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And Pochettino is yet to claim silverware during his managerial career, either at Spurs of former clubs Espanyol and Southampton.Mourinho, who was sacked as manager of Manchester United on December 17th, was speaking as part of a BeIN Sports broadcast, was asked what was more important to him as a manager – winning trophies or finishing in the Premier League’s top four.“Winning the trophies, no doubt,” he said.“I’m not saying [Pochettino] is wrong. He thinks different from me. He thinks different than me or maybe the day he starts winning trophies he changes his communication.“I like him very much as a person and a coach, I am not being critical of him.”Tottenham have become top-four regulars during Pochettino’s reign but have failed to sustain a title challenge, pushing the eventual champions to the final weeks of the season in 2016 and 2017 but ultimately falling short.His Tottenham side beat Mourinho’s United 3-0 at Old Trafford in August.Spurs face Fulham at Craven Cottage on Sunday looking to cut the gap on second-place Manchester City to two points, and the urgency to claim victory was increased by Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Chelsea on Saturday in the race for the Champions League.Mourinho meanwhile says he has already turned down three job offers since being sacked at Old Trafford.The Portuguese took six months away from football after being sacked from his previous post at Chelsea in December 2015, before taking up the reigns at United.last_img read more

Man Utd team news & likely line-up

first_imgManchester United will travel to Leicester City on Sunday looking to bounce back from their 2-2 draw with Burnley, which ended Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s winning streak with the Red Devils.Should Arsenal lose to Manchester City on the same day, victory will take the Red Devils above the Gunners in the league table and in strong contention to challenge for the top four.Solskjaer only has a few injuries to worry about as he prepares to take on the Foxes with most of his team returning to full fitness 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? Man United Injuries Solskjaer will be hopeful of Anthony Martial’s return to fitness after he missed the draw against Burnley, with the France international since having signed a new five-year contract. Paul Pogba should also be fit after picking up a knock.Chris Smalling (foot) will be available for the Red Devils should the Red Devils boss choose to tinker with his defensive options.Anthony Martial Manchester United 2018-19Man United Suspensions Neither side have any suspensions.Man United Potential Starting Line-Up The Red Devils will likely revert to using Jesse Lingard and Martial for speed on the counterattack against the Foxes, hoping for the home team to leave space at the back to exploit.Andreas Pereira’s struggles against Burnley could allow Ander Herrera to return to the XI.On-form Marcus Rashford is expected to lead the line once again after having scored five goals in his last seven Premier League appearances.Possible Man United XI vs LeicesterLeicester Team News New Leicester arrival Youri Tielemans was brought in from Monaco earlier in the week, but the Belgium international is unlikely to play a part in the XI.Puel will be tempted to retain the same formation that was able to hold Liverpool to a draw on Wednesday.Harry Maguire Leicester City 2017-18Opta Match Facts Manchester United have won 16 of their last 20 matches against Leicester City in all competitions (D3 L1). Manchester United are the only team to have received a yellow card in all 24 of their Premier League matches this season. Manchester United are looking to win five consecutive away matches in all competitions for the first time since October 2012 under Sir Alex Ferguson. Man Utd’s Juan Mata has scored four goals and assisted two more in his last five Premier League appearances against Leicester, scoring in each of his last two games at the King Power (three goals). Since the start of the 2014-15 season, no player has scored more Premier League goals against Manchester United than Leicester striker Jamie Vardy (4, level with Gylfi Sigurdsson and Sergio Aguero). Paul Pogba has been involved in 53% of the 19 goals scored by Manchester United in the Premier League under Solskjaer (6 goals, 4 assists).TV Coverage & Kick-Off Time Kick off is 14:05 GMT (09:05 ET) on Sunday, and will be shown on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom. It will be shown on NBCSN in the United States, and on various channels around the world. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Griezmann hints at move away from La Liga

first_imgAntoine Griezmann is not sure if he will stay in La Liga amid links to Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain and La Liga winners Barcelona.  The star forward has made it clear he will depart Atletico Madrid after five years and the French World Cup winner has been tipped to join Spanish champions Barcelona.However, PSG have emerged as a possible destination for Griezmann, with uncertainty over star duo Kylian Mbappe and Neymar. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And Griezmann’s has asked for patience on his future, as the 28-year-old hinted that a move away from Spain could be in the cards this summer.”There’s a need for patience, as it’s still soon,” Griezmann said following France’s 4-0 rout of Andorra in Euro 2020 qualifying on Tuesday.”I want my future to be decided more than anyone, but there’s a need to wait.”I don’t know if I’ll remain in Spain. Maybe in two weeks we’ll know something. I just want to play football and have fun.”Despite constant links to Barcelona since announcing his departure from Atletico, signs in recent times have made it increasingly clear that Griezmann could in fact be headed elsewhere. . @AntoGriezmann : “Han sido cinco años increíbles; muchas gracias por todo, os llevo en el corazón”. pic.twitter.com/9XorY05u1T — Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) May 14, 2019 Atletico president Enrique Cerezo​ said he didn’t know where the French star would end up but that he had not been contacted by Barcelona.  And on the other side, Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti​ has said that he hasn’t heard any chatter around the Spanish club about landing Griezmann.  As for Griezmann, the only move he has ruled out is a jump to Major League Soccer to join David Beckham’s Miami side.  Griezmann – who was born in France and spent most of his career in Spain – joined Atletico from Real Sociedad in 2014.Since arriving, he has won the Europa League, UEFA Super Cup and Supercopa de Espana in Madrid.The forward netted 15 La Liga goals as Atletico finished second behind Barca in 2018-19, while he netted 21 in all competitions.last_img read more

Australia vs Brazil vs Italy: The best World Cup battle so far

first_imgWhether it was the adrenaline of beating Brazil or not, giddy and excited, almost like a neutral, Australia’s Sam Kerr could not have previewed the finale of Group C much better.“Man, [Jamaica’s] ‘keeper had the game of her life against Brazil, so we’re not going to take it easy – and you saw what happened [to us] against Italy,” she told Goal.In what has been the 2019 Women’s World Cup’s most unpredictable group, it all goes down to the wire tomorrow, with still no real idea of who will qualify in what position for the last 16. 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? It’s leaders Italy against second-placed Brazil in Valenciennes, while third-placed Australia face bottom side Jamaica in Grenoble – with every team except the latter still able to finish top of the pile.It’s been a rollercoaster ride to get here, but we should have known that from the first game, as Italy beat Australia 2-1 in what remains the shock of the tournament so far.Le Azzurre consolidated that with a 5-0 thrashing of Jamaica and, after just two games, have captured the hearts of their nation – and a place in the last 16.‘An Italy to love: Football discovers women!’ read one sports daily in Italy the morning after. ‘Italy falls in love’, read another. It’s success that means so much more to this team than that simply on the pitch.“The media attention we’re getting is invaluable for the growth of women’s football in Italy,” said Cristiana Girelli, who has become a star back home after hitting a hat-trick last time out.“We are here trying to win but we are also here to send a strong message to society back home, that there is still so much to do.“We are here to be role models to little girls who are starting to play football and who could one day experience games like we’ve just had against Australia and Jamaica.”Cristiana Girelli Jamaica Italy Women’s World CupThey now face a Brazil side Kerr called “one of the best in the world” – but who have won just one of their last 11 games.Their latest defeat was capitulation from 2-0 up against the Aussies, who came back to win 3-2 with the aid of some luck and VAR.“It’s all or nothing now,” striker Beatriz told Folha. “You cannot get down, you need to turn the page,” she added, describing the clash with Italy as “the last game of our life.”Brazil have only twice failed to escape the group stages of the World Cup – and those two instances came all the way back in the first two editions of this competition.They’ve finished third and second since, but a winners’ medal still eludes one of the greatest to ever play the game, Marta.Brazil may be without their star player too, who is slowly coming back from an injury that meant she only played 45 minutes against Australia.With Formiga suspended, Marta may have to risk it all to help her nation out of this tricky situation.Of course, qualification is expected for both teams, and the Matildas, but the challenges that may await second and potentially third place are daunting.While the group winners will face a third-placed team and be thrown into the very open side of the knockout rounds, the runners-up will be set on a collision course with the big guns for the quarter-finals: France or the USA.If one of them can qualify in third, they will likely take on France or Germany as soon as the next round.”To win the World Cup you have to beat the best teams to get there,” Australia’s Caitlin Foord, who kickstarted the Brazil comeback, confidently told FIFA.But with clear issues, particularly at the back, to address, they will want to bide their time before they meet a side like the hosts.Australia v BrazilThey will have their work cut out in beating Jamaica too. One of the most exciting things about this group’s conclusion is that, although the Reggae Girlz have disappointed so far, no one is banking on Australia to beat them – not with goalkeeper Sydney Schneider in fine form, as Kerr herself pointed out, and striker Khadija Shaw capable of the spectacular. “They didn’t give up,” coach Hue Menzies said of his team after defeat to Italy. “We gave it everything. I have to give them credit for that. The more and more we play this level of games, the more we will stay switched on.”Kerr has already issued a warning that they will need to be switched on tomorrow.Asked whether Australia had sent a message to the rest of the tournament by beating Brazil, she answered: “Hell yes.“Brazil are one of the best teams in the world, they’ve got the best player probably ever in the history of the game, so if people don’t keep watching the Aussies, we’ll come get you like we did them.”On whether it was the best win as a Matilda? She wasn’t as sure.“Coming back from two goals down with the pressure we had on us? It’s pretty special,” the captain said.“But there’s been some pretty good wins so I’d have to sit down and think about it.”A win against Jamaica might not be as dramatic, but it may be even sweeter if it gives them top spot in the group. However, with so many surprises so far, these four won’t follow the script on Tuesday evening. So strap yourself in, it’s going to be some ride.last_img read more

El Tri can still be class of Concacaf with games like Haiti win

first_imgNo matter how hard managers – at present Tata Martino and in the past everyone who has held the job – have insisted, a line of thinking has persisted among Mexico fans. We’re going to win this easy. This team has nothing on us. This will be a blowout. Increasingly, it is not a blowout.  Tuesday’s 1-0 victory over Haiti in a Gold Cup semifinal booked a place for El Tri in the final of the tournament. But it also showed just how far other teams in the region continue to come. It took extra time and a Raul Jimenez goal from the penalty spot for Mexico to lock up a victory. Haiti, a team that never had been in the Gold Cup semifinals before, pushed Mexico. Marc Collat’s side defended superbly over the first 90 minutes. Mexico got into the final third with regularity only to be rebuffed by center backs Andrew Jean Baptiste and Jems Geffrard or their teammates who also got back into the box. There were chances for the Caribbean side as well, though they struggled to put the whole product together as they had in previous matches.  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 You can talk about FIFA rankings or disparity in budgets. Those things are factors, sure. But for 90 minutes, for even more than 90 minutes, Tuesday, Haiti hung with Mexico. It’s been a remarkable run for Haiti, and even as the players on their team put their hands on their hips in the final minutes of extra time, they refused to concede from the run of play. Just before the final whistle, Mikael Cantave fired off a curling shot that would’ve beaten Guillermo Ochoa had it dipped inches below the crossbar instead of banging off it. Haiti was in the game until the end. Really, Haiti has showed during an evolution over the course of the tournament. They’ve turned things around in three games when they were losing,” said Jorge Theiler, who led El Tri on the touchline with Tata Martino suspended. “Today it showed it can be a dignified opponent, a rival who gives it all until the last minute. Today, no team beats another team easily.”That’s not to say Mexico can’t reclaim its Concacaf crown with performances like this one. It is one step away and will face either a U.S. team that struggled in the same way against Curacao or a Jamaica team that also has had its bobbles. This is not new in international soccer. France did not stun on the way to winning the World Cup, but it deserved the triumph. El Tri also has a fair number of players clearly above the cut of many in Concacaf. Raul Jimenez isn’t smashing through scoring records but has amassed five goals in total. Guillermo Ochoa is keeping things clean at the back as usual.Now that he’s fit, Rodolfo Pizarro feels like he’s just a breakthrough away from dishing out several assists. Even Uriel Antuna has flashed his talent at the tournament. Haiti also has good players. They have a style of play. They have an idea of what they want to do.  Rodolfo Pizarro Carlens Arcus Mexico Haiti Gold Cup 2019Mexico was stretched by Haiti. It was stretched by Costa Rica. It will be stretched by either Jamaica or the United States. Things are changing for the good in this region of the world overall. Powers like Mexico will have to prove they’re powers over and over again. The days of relying on a superior level of talent are over. It’s time to start taking teams like Haiti, Curacao or even Costa Rica and Jamaica seriously.  It will only make everyone better.”It’s really good. Honestly, it makes me really happy for them. They gave everyone a big surprise in the tournament. They deserve our respect,” defender Diego Reyes said after the game. “We hope the level keeps growing for the tournament and Concacaf also improve their level.”The players on the field have always had that level of respect for other teams, and even if it has led to torturous, stressful moments for fans in the stands and watching at home, they now have the country just one game away from lifting the trophy in Chicago.last_img read more

‘He’s still driving me on’ – Man Utd winger James motivated by late father

first_imgDaniel James feels driven to succeed at Manchester United following the loss of his father prior to his transfer from Swansea City.The Wales winger has enjoyed an encouraging pre-season with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side following his move from the Championship club for a reported £15million.James’ father, Kevan, passed away only weeks before he completed his dream switch to Old Trafford. Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Speaking after United’s 1-0 International Champions Cup victory over Inter, James said: “Every day, I miss him. He always drove me on when he was here.”There are times when I am a bit down about it but what he would say is just keep playing and working hard.”I know he is looking down on me now, still driving me on.”The 21-year-old made the move to the Red Devils with a great deal of pressure on his shoulders, but has so far flourished under the guidance of his new boss.James has started all three of United’s pre-season games so far – against Perth Glory, Leeds United and Inter – and has been praised for his performances by manager Solskjaer.He almost scored his first goal for the club against Leeds when he sprinted beyond Marcus Rashford and shot against the base of the post after being played through on goal.But James is not getting carried away by his performances, with United still to play Tottenham, Kristiansund and AC Milan before beginning the 2019/20 Premier League campaign against Chelsea on August 11.”It is pleasing but there are three more games to the start of the season,” he added.James arrived at Old Trafford seen as one of Wales’ biggest up and coming talents after breaking through to Swansea’s first team last season, scoring four goals in 33 league games for the club.The Red Devils’ next pre-season fixture is against last season’s Champions League finalists Tottenham this coming Thursday in the International Champions Cup, with the pair both overcoming Serie A opposition in their opening games.James will be part of a Manchester United squad hoping to bring glory back to Old Trafford this season after the club missed out on Champions League qualification during their last campaign.last_img read more

A Top 4-Star WR Recruit Has Flipped His Commitment

first_imgA general view of Maryland's football stadium.COLLEGE PARK, MD – SEPTEMBER 17: General view of the Maryland Terrapins and West Virginia Mountaineers game at Byrd Stadium on September 17, 2011 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)One of the top four-star wide receiver recruits in the 2019 class has flipped his commitment.Isaiah Hazel, one of the top wideouts in the country, has flipped his commitment from West Virginia to Maryland.The four-star wide receiver is ranked the No. 35 WR in the class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.“Take me home where I belong,” the four-star wide receiver tweeted.take me home where i belong. ??— Isaiah Hazel (@Thats__zay) December 12, 2018This is one of the first major commitments of the Mike Locksley era at Maryland.The Terrapins’ new head coach is known to be one of the top recruiters in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area and it’s clearly paying off already.last_img read more

USF Freshman Quarterback Announces Transfer Destination

first_imgA generic picture of three footballs next to a pylonA USF freshman quarterback has taken to Twitter to announce his transfer destination.Bulls’ freshman QB Chris Oladokun, a pro-style prospect, is heading to Samford.The former three-star quarterback recruit announced his decision on Twitter.“Excited to announce that I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at Samford University!” he tweeted.Excited to announce that I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at Samford University! ? #FunFastPhysical#AllForSAMford pic.twitter.com/F1QNYZQpRD— Chris Oladokun (@1Chrisoladokun0) January 13, 2019The pro-style quarterback was a three-star recruit coming out of high school, choosing USF over Bowling Green, Iowa State and Nebraska, among other programs.The QB played sparingly this past season, throwing for 285 yards and 3 touchdowns.Correction: An earlier version of this post said Oladokun was transferring from UCF. He is transferring from USF.last_img read more

MS Dhoni equals Rohit Sharma record with 17th man-of-the-match award in IPL

first_img 44 0 Mid Wicket 0 All batsmen are considered right handed Square Leg 9 0 Mid Wicket Mid on MS Dhoni equals Rohit Sharma record with 17th man-of-the-match award in IPLIPL 2019: MS Dhoni was named man-of-the-match award for the 17th time in the Indian Premier League. Onlly 1 other Indian has won as many man-of-the-match awards. 40 third Man Point Mid off Mid off vs (16.2) Square Leg Square Leg Indian Premier League, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 20:00 (Local Time) 0 1 All batsmen are considered right handed – third Man 1 3.6 63/3 ( R. Pant 6.2 Overs) , All batsmen are considered right handed Mid Wicket Mid off covers 100 Mid on 0 commentary covers Chennai CHE 31 view full scorecard c Suresh Raina b Deepak Chahar All batsmen are considered right handed B 3.2 MS Dhoni (CHE) MS Dhoni (CHE) 1 Mid off Series Status: Player Of The Match: MS Dhoni 4 Mid on run out (Shane Watson) 66/4 ( C. Ingram 7.4 Overs) , Top Bowlers Top Bowlers 0 Point fine Leg 1 Rajarshi Gupta ChennaiMay 1, 2019UPDATED: May 1, 2019 23:58 IST MS Dhoni smashed an unbeaten 44 from 22 balls, effected two stumpings and took one catch (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni was named man-of-the-match award for his unbeaten 44 off 22 balls vs Delhi CapitalsMS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma now hold the Indian record for most man-of-the-match awards in IPLThis was also MS Dhoni’s 3rd man-of-the-match award in the 2019 Indian Premier LeagueMS Dhoni won his 17th man-of-the-match award in the Indian Premier League after his unbeaten 44 off 22 balls scripted an 80-run win for Delhi Capitals at the Chepauk on Wednesday.MS Dhoni has now equalled Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma’s record for most man-of-the-match awards by an Indian in the IPL.MS Dhoni did not play against Mumbai Indians when Chennai Super Kings were handed a heavy defeat on Friday. 5 days later, he returned to lead CSK and said he was still weak but the fever had subsided. When Dhoni walked out to bat, he looked anything but weak as he ran hard and hit 4 fours and 3 sixes.#Thala MS Dhoni is the Man of the Match for tonight’s game pic.twitter.com/jime9Dlko4IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 1, 2019Behind the wickets, MS Dhoni was as brilliant as always. He affected 2 stumpings and took 1 catch to oversee a huge win for CSK who returned to the top of the table.MS Dhoni, who has scored 358 runs from 11 matches in the 2019 IPL, has won 3 man-of-the-match awards this season. He had last won 3 man-of-the-match awards in the IPL in 2013 when he scored 461 runs from 18 matches.In 2018, MS Dhoni was on fire and scored 455 runs from 16 matches as Chennai Super Kings won the IPL for the third time.#Anbuden, Ungal Chennai Super Kings! Sealing the final home match in the league stage, with a terrific win! #WhistlePodu #Yellove pic.twitter.com/5h6e6veur5Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) May 1, 2019MS Dhoni was asked about his quick glovework by the host broadcaster and he said it has all come from tennis ball cricket and the desire to stick to basics.advertisement”I think it’s something that’s come from tennis ball cricket. But you still have to do the basics and graduate to that level. If you want to keep like that you can make mistakes; so I still think basics are most important,” he said.Also Read | MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and CSK spinners hammer Delhi CapitalsAlso Read | Rishabh Pant stops Suresh Raina from taking strike. All in good funFor 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 IPL 2019Follow MS DhoniFollow CSK vs DCFollow Chennai Super KingsFollow Man Of The Match graphs No data available! Mid Wicket (20.0) Mid on Square Leg 19 w Referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM) Umpires: Nitin Menon (IND), Anil Dandekar (IND) and Ian Gould (ENG) view more view less 3 99/10 ( A. Mishra 16.2 Overs) , 0 0 Mid Wicket 80 fine Leg Mid off Suresh Raina (CHE) S. Raina (CHE) Mid on 52/2 ( S. Dhawan 5.3 Overs) , Imran Tahir I. Tahir Square Leg Mid off Chennai 1 Amit Mishra A. Mishra c MS Dhoni b Imran Tahir o 0 Point 0 Mid on c Dwayne Bravo b Imran Tahir third Man covers Point Rishabh Pant (wk) R. Pant (wk) c Dwayne Bravo b Imran Tahir 5 3 3 third Man c Deepak Chahar b Imran Tahir Axar Patel A. Patel c Shane Watson b Imran Tahir 44 (22) third Man Indian Premier League, 2019, Match 50 Square Leg 1 Mid off 84/7 ( C. Morris 11.4 Overs) , Mid Wicket Point Colin Ingram C. Ingram lbw b Ravindra Jadeja 0 179/4 Square Leg 0 0 6 99 0 Sherfane Rutherford S. Rutherford c Deepak Chahar b Imran Tahir 0 Delhi DEL Chennai Bowling CHE Bowling (16.2) covers 166.66 1 c Shane Watson b Imran Tahir 3 92/9 ( J. Suchith 15.2 Overs) , Shikhar Dhawan S. Dhawan b Harbhajan Singh 0 st MS Dhoni b Ravindra Jadeja 4/12 (3.2) third Man fine Leg Toss: DEL elected to field Mid Wicket 99 1center_img 0 Delhi DEL 0 3 2 7 0 covers 0 Square Leg 100 13 Point 50 Chris Morris C. Morris st MS Dhoni b Ravindra Jadeja 1 5 Point 0 6 third Man Shreyas Iyer (c) S. Iyer (c) st MS Dhoni b Ravindra Jadeja 4 Mid on 8 nb fine Leg e/r 146.15 Chennai CHE Prithvi Shaw P. Shaw c Suresh Raina b Deepak Chahar fine Leg 0 covers fine Leg b Harbhajan Singh 1 (20.0) 0 0 Mid on 179/4 1 All batsmen are considered right handed covers Square Leg 0 72.72 third Man Indian Premier League, 2019 fine Leg 32 Mid Wicket 0 Chennai beat Delhi by 80 runs 9 9 S/R Match Ended fine Leg 1 12 lbw b Ravindra Jadeja r All batsmen are considered right handed Top Batsmen Top Batsmen fine Leg Ravindra Jadeja R. Jadeja fine Leg m 141.93 Mid Wicket 3 All batsmen are considered right handed 81/5 ( A. Patel 10.2 Overs) , 18 Fall of Wickets 4/1 ( P. Shaw 0.5 Overs) , 0 Trent Boult T. Boult not out Deepak Chahar D. Chahar covers third Man c MS Dhoni b Imran Tahir 10.66 3/9 (3) All batsmen are considered right handed 83/6 ( S. Rutherford 11 Overs) , All batsmen are considered right handed 6s 20 5 Extras: 0 runs (B: 0, LB: 0, WD: 0, NB: 0, P: 0) wd Point R All batsmen are considered right handed Match Ended Scorecard 1 st MS Dhoni b Ravindra Jadeja 4s third Man Delhi 11 Mid off covers Square Leg Harbhajan Singh H. Singh Point not out 0 Point Mid on Mid Wicket 4 Imran Tahir (CHE) I. Tahir (CHE) 0 59 (37) 4 28 Delhi batting DEL batting 0 Ravindra Jadeja (CHE) R. Jadeja (CHE) Jagadeesha Suchith J. Suchith run out (Shane Watson) Dwayne Bravo D. Bravo 15 covers Mid on 99 Super Over Mid off 0 0 (16.2) Mid off 4 advertisement 85/8 ( S. Iyer 12 Overs) ,last_img read more

iOS 13 hints Apple will remove 3D Touch from its 2019 iPhones

first_imgiOS 13 hints Apple will remove 3D Touch from its 2019 iPhonesA quick look at the System Experience section of the iOS 13 features indicates that iPhone users will be able to preview emails and weblinks pressing and holding to see a hint of the content.advertisement Shweta Ganjoo New DelhiJune 7, 2019UPDATED: June 7, 2019 13:17 IST Image Courtesy: OnLeaksHIGHLIGHTSApple unveiled iOS 13 earlier this week.Apple is likely to drop support for 3D Touch in iOS 13.Apple is likely to drop support for 3D Touch in iPhone 11.Earlier this week at its annual developers conference – WWDC 2019 – Apple made a host of new announcements regarding its mobile operating systems – iOS 13. A system wide dark mode, a faster FaceID, new video editing tools, new privacy feature and an updated keyboard are some of the exciting features coming to iPhones this fall. Apart from the updated feature list and cosmetic changes, Apple also announced some features that will change the way we use iPhones in future.Apple is likely to drop the support for 3D Touch in iOS 13. 3D Touch gestures, which the company first introduced in the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus and that have been a standard feature of all iPhones except the iPhone SE and the iPhone XR, will most probably be replaced by Haptic touch gestures that form the core of experience in the company’s last year’s budget smartphone – the iPhone XR.This means that with the iOS 13 update, all previous iPhones will lose the 3D Touch gesture based functionality, which means that you can no longer hard press on an app icon on the screen and select a quick action without releasing your finger. Instead, you will have to long press on an app icon on the screen and then release to preview the options.A quick look at the System Experience section of the iOS 13 features indicates that iPhone users will be able to preview emails and weblinks pressing and holding to see a hint of the content. They will be able to perform certain actions quickly by pressing and holding an app icon to quickly perform actions specific to the app.advertisementApple is clearly laying the groundwork for its 2019 iPhones or the iPhone 11 with iOS 13 and changes in the usage of features such as Peek and Quick Action are an indication of the fact that the company is planning to ditch 3D Touch for Haptic Touch its its upcoming iPhones.Separately, rumours have also revealed key details about the storage space of the upcoming iPhone 11. Unlike the older iPhone models, which come with 64GB storage space for the base variant, the 2019 iPhones will start with 128GB storage space. In addition to this, previous reports have indicated that this year’s budget iPhone – iPhone XR 2 – will come in a bunch of funky colour. While a report by India Shopps suggests that the iPhone XR 2 will be available in black, grey, gold and PRODUCT (RED) colour variants, another report by Macotakara indicates that the device would be available in white, black, yellow, (PRODUCT) RED, lilac and green colour variants.Multiple reports in the past have indicated that while the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max successors, which will sport an OLED display, would come with a triple rear camera setup with a flash that would be housed inside a square shaped camera bump, the iPhone XR 2 too would get a camera upgrade and it would come with a dual rear camera setup that will be tucked inside a squarish camera bump. The iPhone XR 2, however, is likely to come with an LCD display that is similar to its predecessor. The three iPhones are likely to be powered by Apple’s A13 Bionic chipset and will ship with iOS 13.ALSO READ: | iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Max camera and storage details revealed in new leakALSO READ: | New leaks show Apple iPhone XR 2 in an alternative color schemeALSO READ: | iPhone XR successor could come in two new colour variantsGet 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 byShweta Ganjoo Tags :Follow AppleFollow iPhone 11Follow iOS 13last_img read more

ICC Test rankings: Steve Smith overtakes Kane Williamson, closes in on Virat Kohli

first_imgICC Test rankings: Steve Smith overtakes Kane Williamson, closes in on Virat KohliSteve Smith has been in sublime form in Ashes series, having amassed 378 runs in three innings at an impressive average of 126.advertisement India Today Web Desk LondonAugust 19, 2019UPDATED: August 19, 2019 16:16 IST Steve Smith went on to score a valiant 92 in Lord’s Test. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia’s Steve Smith gained one place to reach the second position among batsmenKohli, who last featured in India’s 2-1 Test series win over Australia, is sitting on 922 points Smith is only nine points behind table-topper Virat KohliAustralia’s Steve Smith gained one place to reach the second position among batsmen while India skipper Virat Kohli retained his number one position in the latest ICC Test batsmen’s rankings.Steve Smith went on to score a valiant 92 in Lord’s Test after hitting successive centuries to steer Australia to a 251 run win over England in the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston.Despite being banned for a year, Smith replaced Kane Williamson and is only nine points behind table-topper Virat Kohli.Pat Cummins, meanwhile, has strengthened his hold on the ICC Test Rankings for Bowlers, reaching career-high ranking points.Several Australians have made noteworthy strides in the batting rankings owing to their performances in the ongoing Ashes series. Travis Head climbed two spots to No.18, while Marnus Labuschagne has jumped 16 spots on the table to be No.82.Their English rivals, notably Ben Stokes (six spots up to No.26), Jonny Bairstow (seven spots up to No.30) and Rory Burns (17 spots up to No.64) have made advances too.However, Australia’s top-order players David Warner (down four), Usman Khawaja and Cameron Bancroft (both down five) have lost out.Meanwhile, Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne, whose brilliant 122 in the first Test helped his team claim a six-wicket win over New Zealand, has broken into the top 10, climbing four spots to No.8, the highest he has been in his seven-year Test career.Among bowlers, Archer, who returned match figures of 5/91 in his debut Test at Lord’s, has broken through in the rankings to 83rd. Jack Leach, who was playing only his sixth Test, climbed eight spots to be No.40. The left-arm spinner, who made his Test debut against New Zealand last year, has already picked up 24 wickets at an average of 24.16.advertisementAlso Read | I want to be 100 percent fit: Steve Smith on availability for 3rd Ashes TestAlso Read | Ashes 2019: Australia PM blasts English fans for booing injured Steve SmithAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Steve SmithFollow Virat KohliFollow Kane WilliamsonFollow ICC Test batsman rankingslast_img read more