10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp confident after Bayern Munich draw

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp confident after Bayern Munich drawby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp knows his side face a tough two games against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.The Reds were drawn against the German champions in the Round of 16.”For me it’s nice going to Germany. This is a different Bayern than what I played, we are already here for three years,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.”We all know the stadium, the atmosphere will be great. It’s a really nice trip for all our supporters, it’s a wonderful city, so that’s all good.”The flight is not too long and we obviously know more about German football than about any other league.”In the last couple of years they have dominated the German league in the best period of German football. It’s obviously long ago that I played Bayern in a competitive game so I’m really looking forward to it.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


10 months agoDONE DEAL: Leganes goalkeeper Jon Ander Serantes confirms Avispa Fukuoka move

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Leganes goalkeeper Jon Ander Serantes confirms Avispa Fukuoka moveby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeganes goalkeeper Jon Ander Serantes is leaving for Japan.Serantes has announced his move to Avispa Fukuoka on social media.He will sign for the J-League club tomorrow.pic.twitter.com/714QxafVi9— Jon Ander Serantes (@JASerantes) December 30, 2018 last_img


a month agoEx-Ajax star Van Halst: Newcastle goalscorer Willems charming, frustrating

first_imgEx-Ajax star Van Halst: Newcastle goalscorer Willems charming, frustratingby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Ajax and FC Twente star Jan van Halst has told Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce to take the good with the bad when it comes to Jetro Willems.Willems joined Newcastle United on-loan from Eintracht Frankfurt last month, though made his name in the Eredivisie with PSV Eindhoven, where he spent six years and won his first caps with Holland.And on Saturday, Willems scored the opener on Saturday in the Toon’s 3-1 defeat at Liverpool. The goal was spectacular, but wasn’t enough as the Reds eventually steamrolled the visitors.Reviewing the action, Van Halst was delighted for Willems – though warned the Dutchman will always be occasionally loose defensively.Van Halst said on Ziggo Sport via Voetbalzone: “He makes it difficult for a football analyst. Before the game we say that he should play a little more carefully as a left back. It is of course the charm of Willems.”The good thing is too: if he does this for PSV in a home match against RKC, then you say: ‘This is of course not possible in the Premier League’. But it is foolish: he just does it. Charming. A great goal.”Indeed, Van Halst says that’s the ‘charm’ of Willems, who is capable of producing a moment of unexpected magic.He added: “He is playful. It makes you crazy as a football analyst. Of course you have to use him with his speed.”Defensively he just has his vulnerabilities. You have to take this for granted a bit. This is that playfulness of Jetro Willems. He will never get it out completely, because he is already 25.”Willems moved to Newcastle at the beginning of August. The defender has joined the Magpies on a season-long loan with the option to buy.- updated September 16 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


a month agoWest Ham boss Pellegrini pleased with Rice progress

first_imgWest Ham boss Pellegrini pleased with Rice progressby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is pleased with the progress of Declan Rice.Rice came in for some criticism for his defensive error which contributed to Kosovo’s second goal against England in Tuesday’s European Qualifier at St Mary’s.Hammers manager Pellegrini is confident Rice has the mentality to take everything in his stride and flourish for the national side.”Declan is a very young player, he is improving in every game he plays,” said Pellegrini.”He is only 20 years old and I think with his age it is important he plays for England and it is important for him the way he can demonstrate how he works.”You can expect these mistakes for any kind of player. He is improving and for the moment he is doing well in that position.”If you are 20 years old you always want to play, but we will see if he has any muscle problem. For the moment Declan must continue playing.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


24 days ago​Jones expecting imminent decision on Stoke future

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Jones expecting imminent decision on Stoke futureby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNathan Jones expects Stoke City to clarify his position imminently.The club have two points from nine games and los 3-2 to Nottingham Forest on Friday night.Jones has been at the club since January but has been unable to turn around their fortunes.He said to reporters about his position: “If results don’t improve, I fully expect a decision to be made on my future. I fully expect it and I have no argument about it, absolutely not.”If I’m honest, if this wasn’t such the club that it was, and has the owners it has, I would’ve been gone a while ago because my results haven’t been good enough and I know that.”I’m under no illusions, just as I knew in my previous job I was not untouchable, but, I was in a very secure position because my win rate was 55 per cent and we’d been promoted and we’d changed everything about it.”We’ve changed a lot here but we haven’t got results and that’s the be-all and end-all. So trust me, I fully expect if I don’t get results in the next few games that a decision will be made on my future.” last_img read more


Darius Rucker Will Play A Concert At South Carolina’s Horseshoe If Gamecocks Win 6 Games

first_imgDarius Rucker singing while wearing a South Carolina hat.Twitter/@dariusruckerDarius Rucker is a huge South Carolina fan, but he’s not going too crazy with expectations for the Gamecocks in Will Muschamp’s first year. All he wants is a bowl game. Any bowl game.If South Carolina reaches six wins this year, the country star and former leader of Hootie and the Blowfish will play a concert at the famous ‘Horseshoe’ on his alma mater’s campus.Rucker agreed to the arrangement after receiving a tweet suggestion from a ‘Cocks fan. School president Harry Pastides quickly agreed.I think if we get 6 wins this season @dariusrucker should have another concert on the horseshoe— Croc (@WhiteJungleboi) August 10, 2016I’m dying to play the horseshoe. Start a petition tell them I’m in!! https://t.co/mgiW6vV9WF— Darius Rucker (@dariusrucker) August 10, 2016No need for a petition…consider it done! Darius in concert on the ‘Shoe after we get to 6! https://t.co/FMKYZ56Cpa— Harris Pastides (@HarrisPastides) August 11, 2016This isn’t the first time Rucker has put a performance on the line with South Carolina athletics, although this is a show he definitely wants to have. Last June, the country star serenaded ESPN’s Mike Golic with the Notre Dame fight song, after Golic’s Fighting Irish women’s basketball team beat the Gamecocks in the Final Four.With an SEC schedule, getting to six wins won’t be easy for South Carolina this season. Win at Vanderbilt, vs. ECU, at Kentucky, vs. UMass, vs. Missouri, and vs. Western Carolina. That’s probably the easiest path.[The State]last_img read more


Barcelona vs Real Madrid: Messi not fit to start Clasico

first_imgEl Clasico is back, with Barcelona playing host to Real Madrid in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final at Camp Nou.The Catalans have had to work tremendously hard to get themselves into this position, notably staging a stunning second-leg comeback against Sevilla last week , while Madrid’s progress to this juncture has been rather more serene.Having lost the first match of each of their last two ties, Barca will have to be on the mettle from the beginning on Wednesday or face their biggest challenge yet as they strive for their 31st triumph in the tournament. 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? Game Barcelona vs Real Madrid Date Wednesday, January 6 Time 8pm GMT / 3pm ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports / beIN Sports en Espanol fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be streamed on Eleven Sports. UK TV channel Online stream N/A Eleven Sports Squads & Team News Position Barcelona squad Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Ezkieta Defenders Pique, Semedo, Lenglet, Alba, Chumi, Vermaelen, Roberto, Todibo, Jeison Midfielders Rakitic, Busquets, Coutinho, Arthur, Vidal, Boateng, Samper, Alena Forwards L. Suarez, Dembele, Malcom, Messi Confirmed  Barcelona starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur; Malcom, Suarez, Coutinho Position Real Madrid squad Goalkeepers Navas, Casilla, Courtois Defenders Carvajal, Vallejo, Ramos, Nacho, Varane, Marcelo, Odriozoloa, Reguilon Midfielders Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Valverde, Vazquez, Llorente, Asensio, Isco, Ceballos, B. Diaz Forwards Marcelo, Benzema, Bale, Vinicius Junior Confirmed Real Madrid starting XI: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Llorente, Modric, Kroos; Lucas, Benzema, Vinicius.Betting & Match Odds Barcelona can be backed at 4/5 to win this encounter, with Real Madrid offered at 7/2 by bet365 . Meanwhile, a draw is available at 3/1.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Vinicius Real MadridWhile La Liga and the Champions League may be the main target for both Barcelona and Real Madrid, having been paired together in the Copa del Rey, suddenly the knockout competition has taken on a new importance.The rivalry between these clubs runs deep and both will be determined to reach the final in Seville, which will be played on May 25.Throughout this competition, the respective teams have typically been shuffled to allow the star men to rest for the more important league matches, though that logic will now go out of the window for these clashes. Indeed, Barcelona already seemed to be thinking ahead to this match as they struggled to find their best form against Valencia at the weekend, fighting back to draw 2-2 but potentially losing their ace in Lionel Messi due to injury for this fixture.Nevertheless, on paper, it is Barca who hold the upper hand. They boast a six-point lead at the summit of the Primera Division ahead of Atletico Madrid and are eight marks clear of Real, having shown greater consistency over the season to date. Indeed, when the teams played earlier this term, Barca swept to a stunning 5-1 victory, without Messi, which proved the end of Julen Lopetegui in the Madrid hotseat, paving the way for Santiago Solari to take interim charge.Moreover, the manner in which Barca swept aside Sevilla 6-1 in the second leg of their quarter-final last week was utterly formidable and signified a team coming to the peak of its power.Nevertheless, the capital side are bullish about their prospects of causing an upset.“I play at Real Madrid, the best team in the world,” Vinicius Junior said ahead of the fixture . “I do not fear anything.”Historically, Barcelona have gotten the better of the Clasico, which was first played in 1929, with 113 overall wins to Real Madrid’s 99. Meanwhile, there have been 60 draws.As Los Blancos go chasing a historic 100th victory in the fixture, these are encounters that mean more to them, especially Solari, who is doing his best to show the board that he is worth the coaching job on a full-time basis.Barcelona, meanwhile, are the undoubted kings of the cup, having appeared in 23 successive rounds of the competition. Indeed, the last time they were knocked out before the final was February 2013, when Madrid beat them 4-2 on aggregate.The four-time defending champions will not want history to repeat itself.last_img read more


Sports Analytics Professor’s “FourCast” Reveals What Current College Football Playoff Rankings Would Be

first_imgA general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)University of North Florida sports analytics professor Jay Coleman has a formula that reveals what the College Football Playoff rankings would be today.Next Tuesday, the first College Football Playoff rankings will be unveiled by the selection committee, reflecting the first nine weeks of games. However, we’ve all been speculating about the four teams that will be included in the field since Week 1.Coleman has designed a formula, based on trends from the 2014 and 2015 seasons, that reveals what the Playoff rankings would look like, if they were out today.From UNF:The predictions below are based on strongly consistent patterns found in the CFP Selection Committee’s weekly rankings during the 2014 and 2015 seasons. If the current CFP selection committee follows these same patterns during 2016, the ranking shown below should closely match the actual CFP ranking. Obviously, there is no guarantee that the current committee will follow a similar protocol.While the committee only ranks the top 25 each week, Coleman’s rankings go all the way from No. 1 to 128 (sorry, Buffalo).The top 25:25. Navy (5-1) 24. Washington State (5-2) 23. Penn State (5-2) 22. Colorado (6-2) 21. LSU (5-2) 20. North Carolina (6-2) 19. Western Michigan (8-0) 18. Utah (7-1) 17. Oklahoma (5-2) 16. Tennessee (5-2) 15. Boise State (7-0) 14. Florida (5-1) 13. Auburn (5-2) 12. Florida State (5-2) 11. West Virginia (6-0)For the top 10 College Football Playoff contenders based on Jacobs’ “FourCast,” click through below.last_img read more


Scaloni on Argentina: We think we’re good

first_imgLionel Scaloni hopes Argentina can take confidence from their win over Qatar into their Copa America quarter-final against Venezuela.Goals from Lautaro Martinez and Sergio Aguero helped Argentina beat Qatar to move into the last eight, where Venezuela await at the Maracana on Friday.Scaloni said that victory had given his side plenty of confidence as they eye the semi-finals. 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? “We think we’re good because we came from a win that gave us a significant emotional boost,” he told a news conference.”It’s going to be a difficult game, but we are confident.”Argentina have dominated Venezuela at the Copa America, winning their five meetings and scoring 28 goals while conceding just three.But Scaloni said he expected his team to be challenged by a Venezuela side that were unbeaten in Group A.”Football has evolved,” he said. “Nowadays, every team has difficulty.”#SelecciónMayor ¡Última práctica!Con la mente puesta en @SeleVinotinto . #VamosArgentina pic.twitter.com/xyxJNhs293 — Selección Argentina  (@Argentina) June 27, 2019 Argentina have seen their share of struggles at the competition in Brazil. It started on matchday one when they were outclassed in a 2-0 loss against Colombia and spilled into the side’s second match when they were held to a 1-1 draw against Paraguay. That left the team in desperate need of a win against visitors Qatar just to reach the knockout rounds. Their opponent on Friday, Venezuela, have earned just one win over Bolivia so far, but played to a draw with Peru despite going down a man on matchday one and held hosts Brazil to a draw as well. Scaloni has yet to settle on a first-choice side, bringing both he and the players under pressure, but he encouraged his country to get behind the club earlier in the week rather than making the team feel as though they were going to war.  “Sometimes, these guys go out to play a soccer game and they seem to go out and play a war. With the pressure on them sometimes it is difficult to play,” he said. “The message should be that while playing in the Copa America we are all on the same side.”last_img read more


Penn State’s Class May Be Better Than Its Ranking – Here’s Why

first_imgPenn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin looks on against the USC Trojans.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 02: Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin looks on against the USC Trojans during the 2017 Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 2, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Penn State has reloaded with young talent once again, and although 247Sports ranks its latest group of recruits as the No. 10 recruiting class, the Nittany Lions might actually have one of the top classes in all of the country.With Brandon Smith and Noah Cain leading the next group of Nittany Lions, the future is bright in Happy Valley. If Penn State is a firm believer in quality over quantity, then James Franklin and his coaching staff should be thrilled with their latest haul.The rankings might list other schools ahead of the Nittany Lions, but the average player ratings for each class actually bodes well for the prestigious program. Outside of Alabama, Georgia and Ohio State, Penn State ranks above every other college when it comes to talent alone.Top 2019 recruiting classes by 247Sports composite average player rating:1. Alabama 94.042. Georgia 93.713. Ohio State 92.164. Penn State 92.125. Auburn 91.906. LSU 91.397. Oklahoma 91.138. Texas A&M 91.099. Oregon 90.9710. Texas 90.90— Bill Landis (@BillLandis25) December 20, 2018Unlike other recruiting classes, Penn State doesn’t even have 20 commits as of now. For example, the Crimson Tide have 26 commits for the 2019 season, meanwhile the Nittany Lions have 18 incoming players.Headed into today, FSU, Ohio State, Auburn and Penn State are the only teams with top 15 2019 classes while having fewer than 20 commits.— Tashan Reed (@tashanreed) December 21, 2018Numbers can be deceiving at times, and in this case it shows that Penn State’s recruiting class definitely has the necessary playmakers to keep the program running at an elite level.While the Nittany Lions will have to say goodbye to several seniors this season, a new core of impact players will take their place.last_img read more


Report: Vast Majority Of Clemson Football’s Black Players Skipped White House Trip

first_imgclemson football players at the white houseWASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 14: (AFP OUT) Members of the Clemson Tigers football team prepare to dine on fast food served by President Trump to celebrate their Championship at the White House on January 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images)Clemson football’s White House trip following the program’s national championship drew a lot of attention, thanks to the unconventional spread provided by President Donald Trump.It was unclear why Clemson’s trip was rushed along and done during a government shutdown—the Tigers’ trip two years ago was in June—but they were greeted by a spread of fast food from McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, and Domino’s.What was not really reported upon was the group of Tiger players that made the trip.Quarterback Trevor Lawrence was present, and drew the President’s attention. Trump said that he wanted to be the superstar freshman’s agent in a few years.Many of his most prominent teammates were not there, however, per a new report.The Root spoke to three anonymous Clemson football players who say that the vast majority of the roster’s black players did not make the trip.According to the players, who were standouts on the Tigers’ title team per the site, the President was the reason that many decided not to go. Those who did were largely younger players, or those whose roles on the team were less certain.From the report:The Root spoke with three black Clemson players who each separately confirmed that many players, both black and white, had no interest in making the trip. All three acknowledged that Donald Trump was the reason they chose not to attend. Even more telling, most of Clemson’s white players were in attendance while nearly three-fourths of the school’s black football players took a hard pass on the chance to eat cold fries with the president of people who eat salads from McDonald’s.“It wasn’t like we had a team meeting or anything,” said one of Clemson’s offensive stars who spoke with The Root on the condition of anonymity. “Players were talking amongst each other but everybody was like: ‘I’m not going to that.’”Another defensive standout noted that coaches didn’t pressure players to accompany the team to Washington, D.C., but said that almost every black player he knew didn’t want to take the trip. However, he noted that he knew that some players only attended because they worried that refusing to attend the traditional White House visit might affect their scholarships or playing time.“Not saying anything against the players who went,” the junior explained, “but if you look at who went—freshman and people fighting for playing time—you’ll see what I’m talking about.”The Root says that just 15 of the at least 57 black players on the Tigers roster attended the trip, 11 of whom were underclassmen.More revealing than that: only six of the black players in attendance were on the depth chart for the title game against Alabama.Clemson gave a statement to The Root, saying that 76 players made the trip, with a number of others missing due to “class obligations,” as well as those who had already graduated and were no longer on campus. One of the anonymous quoted players said that the decision to go was left up to the players, and that many of those who stayed behind had the option of missing class, but instead chose to stay behind.The three players did say that the program and school did not pressure players towards making the trip.[The Root]last_img read more


Tate Martell Is Dominating Miami’s Spring Game Today

first_imgtate martell holds a football during a campCORONADO, CA – MAY 27: Tate Martell of Ohio State University attends Steve Clarkson’s 13th Annual Quarterback Retreat on May 27, 2017 in Coronado, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)This year’s spring game has finally arrived for the Miami Hurricanes, and it appears so has Tate Martell. Earlier this year, the former Ohio State quarterback decided to transfer after former five-star recruit Justin Fields joined the Buckeyes.Martell didn’t start his career with the Hurricanes on the right note. Last week, the reports coming out of Miami were that he struggled mightily in a scrimmage.Not only did the dual-threat quarterback go through growing pains, but N’Kosi Perry and Jarren Williams had better performances. As of right now, Martell is third on the depth chart for the Hurricanes.It’s still way too early for Manny Diaz to pick which quarterback will start this season. However, the clock is certainly ticking for Martell to make an impact.Fortunately for the Ohio State transfer, his first-half performance in the spring game is quite impressive.All signs from today point to Martell looking much more comfortable under center.Tate Martell look looking much better out of shotgun. N’Kosi Perry looking real good. Jarren Williams was just skipped in the qb rotation— Susan Miller Degnan (@smillerdegnan) April 20, 2019Tate Martell connects for an 80-yard touchdown with KJ Osborn.Transfer portal magic at the Miami spring game.— Christy Chirinos (@ChristyChirinos) April 20, 2019The spring game is taking place at Camping World Stadium, which will be the host of this year’s battle between the Hurricanes and the Florida Gators.Perhaps Martell will pass Williams on the depth chart for the backup spot, but it might take time for him to win the starting job.last_img read more


ESPN’s Early Prediction For Nebraska-Illinois Game

first_imgAdrian Martinez throws a pass for Nebraska.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 22: Adrian Martinez #2 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers throws a first half pass while playing the Michigan Wolverines on September 22, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Nebraska football hasn’t had the start to the season it was hoping for. With coach Scott Frost at the helm for his second year, expectations are high.But a disastrous Week 2 loss to Colorado wasn’t a part of the plan. Not mention the Buffaloes lost to Air Force the following week.Still, the Cornhuskers are 2-1 heading into conference play. All is not lost for Frost and his team. A road game versus Illinois on Saturday kicks off Nebraska’s Big Ten slate. A big win would go a long way before the Cornhuskers head back home for a pivotal game versus No. 6 Ohio State.Heading into the Nebraska-Illinois contest, ESPN’s Matchup Predictor has determined a projected outcome for the game. The Matchup Predictor gives the Cornhuskers a 74.1% chance to win. Certainly a high percentage. But it makes sense. Illinois suffered an embarrassing 34-31 loss to Eastern Michigan this past Saturday. The week prior, the Fighting Illini pulled off a close win over UConn — a game which shouldn’t have been close in the first place. It’s safe to say this won’t be a fun season for Illinois fans.Week Four. #GBR x #TheGoodLife pic.twitter.com/mk7j48a8Ay— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) September 16, 2019Nebraska, on the other hand, struggles with inconsistency. One week, the Cornhuskers look like a legitimate Big Ten contender. The next, they struggle against an inferior team. What will they look like on Saturday against Illinois?Nebraska and Illinois kicks off at 8 PM ET on Big Ten Network.last_img read more


Former Goa Ranji cricketer Rajesh Ghodge, collapses on field, dies in hospital

first_imgFormer Goa Ranji cricketer Rajesh Ghodge, collapses on field, dies in hospitalRajesh Ghodge collapsed while playing in a local tournament on Sunday afternoon and died soon at a local hospitaladvertisement Indo-Asian News Service PanajiJanuary 13, 2019UPDATED: January 13, 2019 20:25 IST Rajesh Ghodge played two Ranji matches for Goa and represented the state in several one-day matches in the 1990s (Representative Photo)Rajesh Ghodge, a 46-year-old former Goa Ranji cricketer, collapsed on a cricket ground while playing a local tournament in Margao town in South Goa on Sunday afternoon and died soon at a local hospital, said the tournament organisers.The deceased cricketer had scored 30 runs and was at the non-striker’s end, when he collapsed, Poorv Bhembre, secretary of the Margao Cricket Club, which had organised the tournament, told IANS over phone.After he collapsed, Ghodge was immediately shifted to the nearby ESI hospital, from where he was shifted to a private health facility in Margao town, located 30 km south of Panaji, before he was declared dead, the club official said.The deceased was also the honourary joint secretary of the tournament organising club.Bhembre said that Ghodge, who has played two Ranji matches for Goa and represented the state in several one-day matches in the 1990s, had no history of medical issues.”He used to play cricket almost everyday. We are completely shocked with what has happened today (Sunday),” Bhembre said.Also Read | Shubman Gill ready for international cricket: Chief Selector MSK PrasadAlso Read | Not thinking about about World Cup, says Vijay Shankar after India ODI call-upFor 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 GoaFollow Ranji TrophyFollow Cricketlast_img read more


India vs New Zealand: Dinesh Karthik is an ODI wicketkeeper after nearly 5 years

first_img Rohan Sen Mount MaunganuiJanuary 28, 2019UPDATED: January 28, 2019 09:39 IST Dinesh Karthik replaced MS Dhoni in the Indian playing XI for the third ODI (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDhoni is nursing a sore back and missed the 3rd ODI vs New Zealand as a resultDinesh Karthik has donned the gloves for the first time since the Asia Cup in Bangladesh in 2014India also brought back all-rounder Hardik Pandya in the playing XI in place of Vijay ShankarBrief scores – New Zealand 75/3 (21 overs) vs India. Ross Taylor (15*), Tom Latham (10*); Chahal (1/27), Bhuvneshwar (1/23), Shami (1/13). ScorecardAn injury to Mahendra Singh Dhoni has given Dinesh Karthik the opportunity to shine as the wicketkeeper after almost 6 years in the ongoing third ODI against New Zealand on Monday.Dhoni has a sore hamstring which is why he was not included in the playing XI for the crucial game, one that could decide the fate of the series with India already leading 2-0. This is only the third occasion when the veteran stumper was forced out of the playing XI.India vs New Zealand 3rd ODI: Live Cricket ScoreThe last time he was out of the playing XI was way back in 2013 when he missed three ODIs due to a hamstring injury in a tri-series in the West Indies.While the first time, he missed out was 12 years ago when he was out of two ODIs against Ireland and South Africa in Belfast in 2007 due to viral fever.Dinesh Karthik, who did not feature in the first two ODIs, has donned the gloves for the first time since the Asia Cup in Bangladesh in 2014, the tournament which Dhoni had missed.He remained out of the team for three years before making a comeback in 2017 in the ODI series against West Indies. Since then Karthik has been in splendid form with the bat having scored 183 runs in 2017 at an average of 61, 167 runs last year at 41.75. He has played four matches this year and scored 37 runs till now.advertisementAlready 2-0 up in the five-match ODI rubber, India made two forced changes by leaving out an injured Dhoni and all-rounder Vijay Shankar with Hardik Pandya coming back into the side.This is Pandya’s first match after his ban was lifted by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) for his alleged “sexist comments” on Karan Johar’s TV show Koffee with Karan.Pandya returns to the playing XI for the first time since an injury he picked up in the Asia Cup in September last year. After gaining full fitness, Pandya joined the team during the Test series in Australia and was expected to play in the ODIs before the Koffee with Karan controversy erupted.Pandya’s presence lends solidity and balance to the side and skipper Virat Kohli has time and again admitted it. The Baroda all-rounder’s replacement Vijay Shankar is a decent cricketer but is yet to possess the X factor that Pandya has. That Shankar was given only two overs in the second ODI is an example that he is still not ready to shoulder extra responsibility.On the other hand, the hosts made a single change by including the left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner in place of Colin de Grandhomme.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 India vs New ZealandFollow IND v NZ 3rd ODIFollow Dinesh KarthikFollow MS Dhoni India vs New Zealand: Dinesh Karthik is an ODI wicketkeeper after nearly 5 yearsIndia vs New Zealand 2nd ODI: Dinesh Karthik came into the playing XI as a replacement for MS Dhoni, who was ruled out of the third ODI against New Zealand with a hamstring injury. Brief scores – New Zealand 75/3 (21 overs) vs India. Ross Taylor (15*), Tom Latham (10*); Chahal (1/27), Bhuvneshwar (1/23), Shami (1/13)advertisementlast_img read more


Darbar: Rajinikanth to sport two different looks for AR Murugadoss film

first_imgDarbar: Rajinikanth to sport two different looks for AR Murugadoss filmRajinikanth is acting in a film titled Darbar, which is directed by AR Murugadoss. The film stars Nayanthara in the lead role and has music by Anirudh Ravichander.advertisement India Today Web Desk ChennaiApril 22, 2019UPDATED: April 22, 2019 12:05 IST Darbar posterRajinikanth is playing two different roles in Darbar. Reportedly, he will be seen as an IPS officer and as a social activist in the film. Now, it is revealed that the Superstar will sport two different looks for the film.It is rumoured that in the first half of the film, Rajinikanth will be seen as an activist and from the second half he will take on the IPS avatar. Rajinikanth’s Alex Pandian role from Mundru Mugam is still spoken about as Rajinikanth’s performance as a police officer was stunning.AR Murugadoss is planning to recreate the same magic with the upcoming film. The film has music by Anirudh Ravichander and stars Nayanathara in the female lead role.Other than Nayan, Yogi Babu is ts confirmed to be part of Darbar. Now, it has been announced that Bollywood actor Prateik Babbar has been chosen to play the antagonist in the film.Confirming the news, Prateik, in a statement, said, “It is such a dream come true to have bagged this project in such little time. This year is looking very positive for me and Sanya (Sagar) has been such a great influence on my life professionally and personally.”Darbar will hit the theatres on Pongal 2020. The film marks the 167th film of Rajinikanth and might also be the last film of the actor, who might take the political plunge after this.ALSO READ | Happy Birthday Rajinikanth: Thalaivar’s untold love story with wife Latha RangachariALSO READ | AR Murugadoss on his film with Rajinikanth: It is NOT a political ventureadvertisementALSO WATCH | Actor Vijay pays homage to Karunanidhi at Anna MemorialGet 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 byP Kirubhakar Tags :Follow RajinikanthFollow Darbarlast_img read more


World Cup 2019: We were chasing too many runs, Alex Carey defends Australia batsmen

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: We were chasing too many runs, Alex Carey defends Australia batsmenWorld Cup 2019: After losing to India by 36 runs, Australia wicket-keeper Alex Carey said that Australia were chasing too many runs at the end of the match as they failed to chase a mammoth 353-run target set by the Men in Blue.advertisement Press Trust of India LondonJune 10, 2019UPDATED: June 10, 2019 15:30 IST Alex Carey said that Australia fell short of runs against India (Photo: Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia fell short by 36 runs despite David Warner, Steve Smith and Alex Carey scoring fiftiesAustralia had a target of 353 runs at the beginning but they were bowled out for 316Australia will face Pakistan next on June 12Australia have the depth in their batting to chase a big total but it proved “a few too many runs” in the end against India, said Australia wicket-keeper Alex Carey.Chasing a massive target of 353, Australia fell short by 36 runs after being dismissed for 316, despite fifties by David Warner (56), Steve Smith (69) and Carey (55 not out).It was an unusually slow innings from opener Warner as he took 84 balls for his knock.”We still backed the players out in the middle to get us there. If they’ve faced a few balls they have a better understanding of the situation. The deeper we take it, we trust our batters to soak up a few balls. They’ve done it in the past,” Carey said.”There are so many options but we trust the batters we have. We had a good shake at it but we were just chasing a few too many runs in the end.”Australia needed 115 runs from the last 10 over and Carey, who came to bat at no. 7, said he still had hopes of chasing the total.”There was a job to do to go at 12 runs an over for the best part of 10 or 15 overs. It was more the state of the game that dictated the way I played. With guys like (Glenn) Maxwell and (Nathan) Coulter-Nile we still back ourselves to go out and do that. We lost a few wickets against a really good attack,” he said.”Bumrah and Kumar are really good finishers and unfortunately we fell short and didn’t have that set batter like India did. Shikhar (Dhawan) played really well and the stats say if you get 120 you will win most games.advertisement”It would have been nice to have one of our players in the top five who had 40 or 50 to go on and make a big score and win the game for us,” said Carey.Also Read | South Africa vs West Indies, World Cup 2019 Match 15: Prediction and Probable Playing 11sAlso Read | South Africa vs West Indies Live Score, ICC World Cup 2019: Cottrell removes AmlaAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Australia vs IndiaFollow ICC World Cup 2019Follow Alex Carey Nextlast_img read more


Roger Federer defeats David Goffin to win record 10th Halle Open title

first_imgRoger Federer defeats David Goffin to win record 10th Halle Open titleRoger Federer defeated David Goffin 7-6 (2), 6-1 in the Halle Open final to extend his record of wins at the grass-court tournament and claim his 10th at an individual event for the first time.advertisement Next Reuters HalleJune 23, 2019UPDATED: June 23, 2019 21:57 IST Roger Federer won his 102nd tour-level title (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRoger Federer beat David Goffin 7-6(2) 6-1 to win the Halle Open title for the 10th timeFederer fired 7 aces and broke Goffin’s serve 3 times to down Goffin in 83 minutesFederer clinched his 102nd tour-level title that moved him to within seven of Jimmy Connors’ recordRoger Federer warmed up for next month’s Wimbledon championships by swatting aside David Goffin 7-6(2) 6-1 to win the Halle Open title for the 10th time on Sunday.The Swiss fired seven aces and broke Goffin’s serve three times to down his Belgian opponent in 83 minutes for his 102nd tour-level title that moved him to within seven of Jimmy Connors’ record.It was also the 19th tour-level title on grass for the 37-year-old, who will be among the top contenders at Wimbledon as he looks to increase his Grand Slam haul of 20 trophies.”It’s unbelievable. I never thought when I first played here that I would win 10 titles,” Federer said.After being dragged to three sets in two of his first three rounds in Germany, Federer looked set for another tough fight when world number 33 Goffin earned three consecutive break points at 2-2 in the opening set.However, Goffin failed to capitalise on those chances as his opponent took the set to a tiebreak where he switched gears to take the early lead in the contest.Federer broke quickly in the second set and did not allow Goffin back into the match, becoming become the oldest tour-level champion since a 43-year-old Ken Rosewall prevailed in Hong Kong in 1977.Wimbledon begins on July 1 with Federer seeking a ninth title at the tournament.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 Roger FedererFollow David GoffinFollow Halle Openlast_img read more


Maserati’s Ghibli Ermenegildo Zegna Edition is a luxury car lover’s dream

first_imgLast year, the Italian car company Maserati treated luxury car enthusiasts to the grand daddy of automotive exclusives with its Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna Limited Edition. As the name suggests, Maserati collaborated with the uber-high class fashion designer Ermenegildo Zegna to create an extremely extravagant, ultra-limited customization of the company’s popular Quattroporte. The exclusive run — Maserati manufactured only 100 of them — proved a wild success for both the auto company and fashion designer, allowing the pair to push the envelope even further.In what Maserati and Zegna call a “natural evolution of their partnership,” the duo decided to put their uniquely exquisite touch and stylings on a Maserati Ghibli S Q4. The resulting vehicle, naturally dubbed the Ghibli Ermenegildo Zegna Edition, boasts much of what made the Quattroporte so striking while featuring a few special enhancements of its own. The Ghibli Ermenegildo Zegna’s one-of-a-kind Azzurro Astro exterior color uses technology based on a triple layer of aluminum pigments geared towards enhancing the car’s muscular profile. The finish itself emanates a stunning amount of depth and shine, arguably highlighted by the Azzuro Astro’s beautiful blue to ash gray iridescence. Maserati also outfitted this gem with 20″ Urano wheels surfaced with yet another exclusive color, Liquid Metal.Despite the exclusives present on the vehicle’s exterior, the Ghibli Ermenegildo Zegna’s interior truly exemplifies the sartorial elegance of Maserati’s partnership with Zegna. With a perfect combination of natural color leather, and Zegna’s pure silk fabric, the vehicle’s seats shine with beauty. Areas of the interior like the seat backs, sunshades, and door panels all boast unique hand-stitched designs and the partnership’s limited “Ermenegildo Zegna Exclusively for Maserati” brand labels. Maserati also outfitted the Ghibli Ermenegildo Zegna with a carbon fiber center console, as well as carbon fiber door panels, which enhance the vehicle’s already stunning quality.It’s easy to drool over the Ghibli Ermenegildo Zegna’s interior and exterior highlights, but what it packs under the hood is equally as impressive. Sporting a high-performance 410 horsepower V6 Twin-Turbo engine, the car has the ability to accelerate from 0 to 100 km in just 4.8 seconds and boasts a top speed of 284 km/h. For non-metric fans this means the Ghibli Ermenegildo Zegna’s top speed reaches 176 mph; in even clearer terms, it’s damn fast. The car also touts Maserati’s innovative Q4 four-wheel drive technology, which instantly transfers drive force to the front wheels if any rear wheel begins losing grip on slick roads.Maserati’s latest collaboration with Ermenegildo Zegna is a gorgeous set of wheels, which will no doubt satisfy any luxury car enthusiast’s taste for extravagance. Zegna’s signature Italian style and flair beautifully upgrade the already impressive Ghibli, while Maserati’s state-of-the-art engine technology pushes the car to drive like a bat out of hell. The Ghibli Ermenegildo Zegna Edition’s mastery proves that even after 100 years as an automaker, Maserati still stands at the top of its class and isn’t going away any time soon. Editors’ Recommendations Vanderhall’s 2020 Carmel GT Is a Race-Ready, 3-Wheel Go-Kart 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know The Maserati Quattroporte: Luxury You Can Sort of Almost Imagine Affording Give Your Hypercar the Garage It Deserves with a Custom Aston Martin Lair How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Falllast_img read more


Throttle Jockey: Harley Rolled out New V-Twin Engine, so We Asked Bill Davidson all about it

first_img 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now Editors’ Recommendations Indian Motorcycle’s 2020 Scout Lineup Pays Homage to Its 100-Year Legacy 1. Harley-Davidson Milwaukee-Eight 2. Harley-Davidson Milwaukee-Eight 3. Harley-Davidson Milwaukee-Eight 4. Harley-Davidson Milwaukee-Eight 5. Harley-Davidson Milwaukee-Eight 6. Bill Davidson The New Land Rover Defender Is Just as Glorious as We Expected center_img What Kind of Motorcycle Should I Get? A Comprehensive Guide to Motorcycle Types Few motorcycle companies are as tied to a single engine configuration as Harley-Davidson. The iconic V-Twin engine that powers every bike in the lineup has a lineage that reaches back over a century, and any deviations from the V’s status quo through Harley’s history are rare and brief.So when Harley-Davidson rolls out an entirely new iteration of their brand’s mechanical heart and soul, as they have now done with the new Milwaukee-Eight motor, it’s big news and you’d better believe they took the time to make it work right.The new plant, so named because it features heavy-breathing four-valve heads (for a total of “eight” valves), will be available in 107 and 114 cubic-inch variants (1750cc/1870cc), with the bigger models more likely to be found in the big-rig touring bikes like the Ultra Classic, where it will also receive H-D’s “Twin Cooled” air/liquid cooling system to keep the heat down. Models using the 107ci version will use either the water/air or an oil/air cooling system depending on the model.The new motor will come in 107 and 114 cubic inch variantsIn a nutshell, the new motor makes 10 percent more torque than the Twin Cam power plant it replaces, and while Harley didn’t (and usually doesn’t) give any horsepower figures, it’d be fair to expect a bump in ponies as well. But after riding the hopped-up hot rod 110ci Twin Cam Low Rider S recently, I’d have to say more of either is going to work just fine for long-time Harley riders and anyone else who decides they want to get in on the fun.Harley-Davidson was kind enough to give The Manual some time to chat with H-D Museum VP Bill Davidson, great-grandson of one of the company’s founders, William A. Davidson, about the new engine and the bikes it will be found in for the 2017 model year (lightly edited for brevity).The Manual: How long has the engine been in development?Bill Davidson: Well it started several years ago and our process is very thorough, obviously, to produce the world’s best motorcycle engine, the Milwaukee Eight. What we start with is gathering a lot of customer and dealer input as to what they would like to see in the next-generation V Twin from Harley-Davidson. And once we get that information, our experts in engineering, manufacturing, styling, they go to work to make a motor that truly delivers – exceeds, actually – our customers expectations. And I have to tell you, I’ve had the opportunity to ride the Milwaukee Eight and it truly delvers the most power, the responsiveness of the motorcycle is fantastic, it’s very comfortable from a heat management perspective, it’s truly the most advanced motor that we have ever produced.Traditionally, when going from a two-valve head to a four-valve head, a engine can take a hit to the torque output, but you’re claiming a torque boost. How is that accomplished?If you think of the V Twin as an air pump, when we went from two valves to four valves, it allows us to increase the amount of air on the intake stroke and with the four-valve exhaust, to get that burnt gas out of the engine much more efficiently. So you’re enhancing the overall “workability,” if you will, of the engine and that produces about ten percent more torque. And in some of the other designs of the motor, it’s actually mechanically more quiet, and that has allowed us to enhance the exhaust note – that “potato-potato” – that V-Twin sound Harley is known for all over the world. And so the overall package truly is phenomenal… I rode it and it truly delivers.Is the fuel management system upstream air mix injection, or are you using direct injection now?We’ve been using direct injection on our Twin Cam and the Milwaukee-Eight is direct injection.One of the things I was impressed with last year when Harley had their press ride in Portland was that there is a lot of tech in the bikes now – the ABS system built into the hubs, the Twin Cooling system and so on. But the tech is very well hidden, so the bikes retain a clean, even vintage look. How important is that to your customers? What have they been telling you?That is something we work very very hard at. You know, my dad Willie [Willie G. Davidson] once coined a phrase: “form follows function, but both form and function report to emotion.” And when you think of a motorcycle, a motorcycle is a very emotional piece of art. Nothing on a motorcycle can be covered up. On a car, you’ve got space to hide things. But on a motorcycle, everything is exposed, so you work very hard on making sure that the function of the motorcycle is spot-on, but the form of those components that create function is a beautiful piece – no matter what it is – to look at. When you take a step back from the motorcycle and see it from a distance, it’s balanced throughout, front to rear and rear to front. We truly have a following around the world of our iconic look, our iconic sound, and our iconic feel, and the Milwaukee-Eight just enhances those ingredients to the next level.Which models did you ride and which model did you enjoy the most?We were at a test track with a whole array of touring motorcycles that the new motor is in, and I rode the Road King, the Street Glide, the Ultra Limited, and I was speechless. I gave our chief engineer a bear hug (laughs).Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic Limited for 2017What’s the status of Project Livewire (Harley’s electric motorcycle project)?Livewire is alive and well, no pun intended. We’re very very excited about that motorcycle, we continue to develop it. We’re following a little bit different path on that bike. We actually had about 30 (!) prototypes which we toured around North America and then Europe for our customers and our dealers. We have a list of items that we are putting into process, if you will, that we need to develop or change, to ensure that we create a phenomenal motorcycle called Livewire.Do you think it will ever become a Harley-Davidson product, or is it just a project?The Livewire is a motorcycle that we’re going to continue to develop. We don’t have a specific launch time but we are developing it and it is an important project for Harley-Davidson.We are hoping to have riding reviews of some of the new bikes here on TheManual.com in the near future. All photos courtesy of Harley-Davidson. The 200-Horsepower Vanquish Vanqraft VQ16 Is a Boat-Sized Jet Skilast_img read more