Barcelona captain Messi: Lyon not the strongest nameby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona captain Leo Messi says they cannot underestimate Olympique Lyon.The two teams will meet in the Champions League round of 16.”Lyon was not the strongest name [in the hat], but it will be complicated,” said Messi.”They were equal when they played [Manchester] City; they will be difficult to advance against.”It’s a long way away, a lot of things can happen between now and February.”We don’t know how they’re going to be, how we’re going to be, but we know it’s going to be a complicated game.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd legend Neville: Board must find transfer specialistby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville believes the club will take time to build a world-class transfer department for next season.Jose Mourinho was replaced last week by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has become caretaker manager until the end of the season. But Neville thinks the club’s recruitment, led by chief executive Ed Woodward, needs to be fixed.”Ole’s job in the next six months is to be head coach, head scout, head of recruitment and making sure he feeds back really good information into the recruitment department of what the club needs,” he told Sky Sports’ Gary Neville Podcast.”My concern over the last three to four years is who has been signing the players.”That needs cleaning up and I am certain the club in the next six months will appoint the right people who are best in class to run that side of things.”Manchester United have to start getting it right otherwise they will struggle, but it was a good start yesterday.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
If you’re a five-star college football recruit, make sure you always hang onto your phone. Otherwise, your friends may feel the need to have a little bit of fun at your expense. Five-star quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who is considering a number of schools for 2016, tweeted out that he’s “100%” committed to LSU Wednesday afternoon. Minutes later, he revealed that it was actually one of his colleagues who’d tweeted it as a joke.Tigers fans, temporarily, were through the roof with excitement.Nate tweeted on my account sorry everyone— Dwayne Haskins, Jr (@dh_simba7) March 4, 2015Haskins tells me someone tweeted that he had committed to #LSU from his phone. Haskins has NOT committed— Adam Friedman (@RivalsFriedman) March 4, 2015Haskins is considering the Tigers, as well as Maryland, Notre Dame, Ohio State and others. We’ll let you know when he actually decides to commit.
NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 16: A member of the Oklahoma Sooners spirit squad waves a flag after a touchdown against the Iowa State Cyclones November 16, 2013 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Iowa State 48-10. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)It’s been a solid November for Oklahoma, which, after a Big 12 title, now finds itself very likely to be part of this year’s College Football Playoff. Monday, it got even better.Bennett Powers, a JUCO offensive lineman who plays for Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas, has committed to play for the Sooners. According to 247Sports, Powers is 6-foot-5, 315 pounds and had other offers from Texas Tech, TCU and Kansas State.I am honored to announce that I have committed to the University of Oklahoma. Boomer Soooner! #OUDNA pic.twitter.com/NC6SEdo1fh— Bennett Powers (@BenThrDunThat) November 30, 2015You can see Powers’ mid-season highlight reel over at Hudl.Oklahoma currently has the 39th-best class for 2016, according to 247Sports. We imagine that with the team’s success this year, that’ll rise in the coming months.
Instagram/kingmali23The NBA Draft takes place on Thursday night, and 16 players will be in the green room for the event, waiting for their names to be called. The Vertical’s Jonathan Givony reported the full list, which features 15 players who starred in college basketball last season.Wade Baldwin, Vanderbilt Dragan Bender, Maccabi Tel Aviv Jaylen Brown, Cal Marquese Chriss, Washington Deyonta Davis, Michigan State Kris Dunn, Providence Henry Ellenson, Marquette Buddy Hield, Oklahoma Brandon Ingram, Duke Skal Labissiere, Kentucky Dejounte Murray, Washington Jamal Murray, Kentucky Jakob Poeltl, Utah Malachi Richardson, Syracuse Domantas Sabonis, Gonzaga Ben Simmons, LSUThe list features many of the players expected to be taken at the top of the Draft, including Simmons and Ingram, the two forwards almost universally considered to be the top two players in the draft.Syracuse’s Malachi Richardson, a late addition to Givony’s list, shared the invite he received on Instagram. The Draft is set to begin at 8:00 p.m. on June 23, live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.[The Vertical]MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitale
Paul Pogba must learn to deal with being blamed for Manchester United’s shortcomings but can emerge from a tough start to his second spell at Old Trafford, according to Park Ji-Sung.The World Cup winner returned to the club for £89 million ($113m) in the summer of 2016 from Juventus, but has yet to begin to repay that fee.Pogba’s relationship with Jose Mourinho has been the central narrative of his second coming prior to the Portuguese coach’s sacking earlier this month. 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? On-the-field, Pogba’s form has wavered significantly and Park – a winner of 13 major honours during his spell at United – says he must deal with his displays being heavily scrutinised.”It’s inevitable, he is a star player in the team who gets enormous interest from people,” he told Goal.”It’s obvious that the blame will be on him if the team is not doing well.”But on the other hand, he will be the one praised when the team is doing well.”He has to overcome the situation. He’s a positive player, so I think he wouldn’t really mind. I’m sure he can get over it.”The final three years of Park’s time at United overlapped with the end of Pogba’s first spell at the club, which ended when he moved to Juve in 2012.And the ex-South Korea international admits that even at a tender age and while learning his trade in the academy, his talent was known to even the senior members of the club.Park added: “He wasn’t a first-team player. He was an academy player sometimes called up in training and matches.”He was physically and technically excellent, and a lot of people talked about him. He was famous even when he was an academy player.”There was no doubt he would become a first-team player one day. It was just a matter of how big a player he would become.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
To understand just how dramatic a change in fortunes Chris Richards experienced in the early stages of his budding soccer career, you need only consider two flights he took that came just two years apart. The first flight was from Dallas to his home in Alabama. He spent most of it trying to sleep and not to cry after a failed trial with the FC Dallas academy that left him wondering whether he would ever make it. AdChoices广告The second flight was a charter from Munich to the United States, one he shared with the kind of soccer stars he could have only dreamed of playing with back when he was fighting back the tears on that rough trip home two years earlier. 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? Now, just six months after that charter flight, and less than a year after signing his first professional contract, Richards has been transferred to German powerhouse Bayern Munich after impressing during a six-month loan stint with Bayern’s U-19 team. Sources have confirmed to Goal that Bayern will pay $1.5 million for the starlet along with agreeing to a 40 percent sell-on clause . The 19-year-old is the latest in the growing wave of young American players honing their game in Germany, a trend that has made it almost normal for top American teenagers to make the jump to Europe in their quests to follow the trail blazed by the likes of Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie. Few would have pegged Richards to be on this path back when he was playing in Alabama as a talented but undersized central defender. He took a trip to Texas hoping to secure a place with the FC Dallas academy, one of the best academies in American soccer, but FC Dallas’ coaches saw a player they didn’t think was ready to handle the speed of play at the highest level of the Development Academy, American soccer’s elite youth league. “It was tough hearing. I thought my world was going to end,” Richards said. “That was my first time not making a team. “I was devastated. I was crying. I wasn’t good at rejection.” After a tear-filled phone call to tell his mother he didn’t make the team, Richards boarded a flight back to Alabama. He did his best to keep his composure, but admitted he broke down as soon as he sat in his mother’s car. A week after that painful trip, Richards received a call from Houston Texans, another top academy team in Texas. “Once Houston gave me the call and told me they’d be playing FC Dallas I thought this was easy, I have to go to Houston.” Richards didn’t fly to Houston, he drove, knowing full well that another failed trial would mean a brutal ride home. That, along with the motivation to prove FC Dallas wrong, lit a fire in him that helped the youngster impress Texans coach and former MLS player Eric Quill. “Right off the bat I could tell this kid’s got something really, really good,” Quill told Goal . “But he hadn’t grown into his body much. He was sort of gangly. The body type that I could see some people not thinking he could play.” At the same time saw a potential star in the making in Richards. “His ability to see the field and break lines with his passing – he’s a high-level passer from the back – and he’s just an athletic freak,” Quill said. “He can jump through the roof. He’s just a kid you could see a real high ceiling with.” Richards lived up to Quill’s lofty assessment, developing into a standout defender and helping lead the Texans to an improbable national championship run. Along the way the Texans defeated the same FC Dallas team that passed on him as a player, providing sweet revenge for the young defender. “Every team when they play Dallas in the [Development Academy] it’s like the World Cup for them,” Richards said. “I had extra motivation because of what happened in the summer. As soon as I got the schedule I circled FC Dallas.” Richards and the Texans defeated FC Dallas in league play, marking the first time the Texans had ever beaten Dallas in the older age groups. They went on to win the national championship, the first for the club, but before that victory, Quill had already begun to think about what would truly be best for Richards. He believed his star defender would be better served by making a move to FC Dallas the next season. That led Quill to approach FC Dallas academy director Luchi Gonzalez with the selfless offer of sending Richards and midfielder Christian Cappis to FC Dallas. “Them coming back to [the Texans] would have been fine, but if they were going to really go somewhere in the game then time was of the essence and I wanted them to move on,” Quill said. “I told FC Dallas, ‘I’ve got these two players who are going to be pros at the highest level. I think you guys should take a look at them.’” When Quill first told Richards what he was planning to do the youngster thought he was joking, but once he realized his coach was serious, the teenager was faced with a tough decision. Would he leave the club that believed in him to join a bigger club that had rejected him just a year earlier? Richards eventually decided to follow Quill’s advice, and FC Dallas was on board, having just watched him lead the Texans to a national title. It didn’t take long for FC Dallas to realize that not only was Richards good enough for its academy, he was good enough for a first-team contract. The MLS outfit signed him to a homegrown player deal in April. At that point the only issue was finding him playing time. Due to his limited time with the academy, MLS rules left Richards facing a year-long wait before he would be eligible to play with the first team. Luckily for Richards, FC Dallas had recently entered a player development partnership with Bayern Munich, and a deal was reached to have the center back play with German club’s Under-19 team on loan. The deal also included an option for the German giant to buy Richards. Having a chance to play with Bayern’s youth team would have been enough, but Richards quickly found himself in the improbable position of being called on to join the senior side for the summer’s International Champions Cup tournament due to the club being short of available defenders. “I walk into the locker room and the first player I see is Arjen Robben and I’m thinking, ‘There’s no way this is real. I was playing FIFA with him a few days ago. This doesn’t happen every day,'” Richards said. “We were jogging around and I’m like, ‘These are the guys you see on TV at the highest level.’ But once we started playing I felt more comfortable and got over the nerves.” Richards wound up playing against some high-profile opponents in the ICC tournament, including a starting role against Juventus in Philadelphia. Those matches, coupled with the chance to play and train alongside stars like Robben and David Alaba, provided the kind of education and confidence boost that helped Richards hit the ground running when he joined Bayern’s U-19s“You can learn a lot from just watching how they play and how they act on the field,” Richards said. “Whether it’s the speed of play, or how fast they do things. Their vision, they’re seeing things two and three steps beyond what a regular player sees.” Riding the confidence from the summer, Richards eventually joined Bayern’s U-19 team and he stepped right into a starting role, impressing through the fall season. And when he returned to the States and flashed his improving form while with the U.S. Under-20 national team during its run to the Concacaf Championship in November. “Out of all the center backs I’ve coached I think he’s the one with the most potential,” U.S. Under-20 coach Tab Ramos told Goal . “He has unlimited potential. All the other guys you could tell they’re good. They’re solid. I look at [Matt] Miazga, [Cameron] Carter-Vickers, Erik Palmer-Brown. I just think Richards has a really high ceiling. He also has great charisma, which other guys follow, and he makes a team better because of it.” Bayern saw those same qualities in Richards, leading the German club to buy him, and now Richards will have his chance to continue developing and to live up to the lofty expectations he holds in the eyes of those who have seen him up close. “This kid’s going to be the starting center back for the national team in the next World Cup. I completely believe that,” Quill told Goal . “He’s got more. He’s getting better and better and better. His ceiling is so high. He’s different than anything we’ve ever had as a center back because I think his range of passing is better than any center back we’ve ever seen in the United States.”
Twitter/@APGrooverSteve Sarkisian is officially a member of Alabama’s coaching staff, and his work kicks off with today’s game against Western Kentucky.After reports emerged following Alabama’s blowout win over USC last Saturday night, Nick Saban announced that the former Trojans head coach would join the team as an offensive analyst.Coach Sark is in Tuscaloosa today for Alabama’s home game against Western Kentucky. He was spotted in the Crimson Tide coaches booth, wearing a ‘Bama hat.Steve Sarkisian looking good in that Crimson Tide visor #coachingrehab #rtr pic.twitter.com/d37jUdDB0H— Andrew Groover (@APGroover) September 10, 2016The Sarkisian move mirrors the one that Lane Kiffin made when he was fired by USC in the middle of the 2013 season. That December, he joined the Tide in an advisory role ahead of bowl season, and joined the staff officially as offensive coordinator the following season. Now, Sarkisian, a former Pete Carroll assistant and USC head coach like Kiffin, seems to be heading on the same path.The hiring has launched some interesting conspiracy theories. FOX Sports’ Joel Klatt told Colin Cowherd that he thinks Alabama made the move to block Les Miles from replacing Cam Cameron at mid-season with Sarkisian as offensive coordinator.Whether or not that is true, based on the success that Kiffin has had, which has made him a potential head coach candidate once again, teaming with Nick Saban is a wise decision for coaches looking to bounce back.
SEATTLE, WA – SEPTEMBER 30: An general view during the game between the Washington Huskies and the Stanford Cardinal on September 30, 2016 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. The Huskies defeated the Cardinal 44-6. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)Four-star linebacker Ale Kaho was one of the top recruits to sign with Washington in the 2018 cycle. Kaho enrolled at UW in June.Now, he has obtained his release from the program. Washington head coach Chris Petersen confirmed that Kaho has his release this evening.Kaho originally requested to be released last week.He was the No. 7 inside linebacker in the 2018 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.UW has granted LB Ale Kaho his release from his NLI.— Christian Caple (@ChristianCaple) August 7, 2018Unfortunately, it seems like Kaho is going through a lot of personal issues at this time. He has reportedly suffered two deaths in his family and his parents are working through a divorce.“He’s going through some issues and he’s trying to work through them,” Washington co-defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski said on Friday. “There’s been a little dialogue there. But it is what it is, so we’ve got to let it play out.”Two members of Ale Kaho’s family died suddenly in July.His parents are going through a divorce.”Football is not even our concern right now. … He’s not the same bubbly kid we know,” a family member told @A_Jude: https://t.co/HZAlGE0zFv— Seattle Times Sports (@SeaTimesSports) August 3, 2018This is an absolutely awful situation that Kaho is dealing with. We wish him the best as he looks for the next stop in his football career, but more importantly, we wish him the best off the field where it matters most.
Ahead of Saturday’s rivalry contest between Michigan and Michigan State, Wolverines linebacker Devin Bush was involved in a confrontation with a number of Spartans players. Bush later scuffed his cleats on Michigan State’s midfield logo – setting the tone for the day.On Michigan State’s first offensive play from scrimmage, oddly enough, Bush was injured. He returned to the game quickly, but many found it interesting that the man in the pregame scuffle wound up getting hurt so quickly.Jay Morrison, of The Athletic, posted a regrettable tweet about the situation. He dropped the word “karma” on Twitter, which set people off.Many are calling for him to delete the tweet. So far, he’s left it up.Devin Bush. Karma. Defacing the other team’s logo is never a good idea.— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonATH) October 20, 2018hey man, maybe don’t use a person’s potential injury to make some kind of point.— Mike Taddow (@taddmike) October 20, 2018Michigan and Michigan State are currently in a weather delay caused by lightning. There is no official restart time just yet.Michigan, with just one loss on the season, is looking to keep its College Football Playoff hopes alive with a win. Michigan State is looking to knock off its main rival for the 10th time in 13 years.
SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 05: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish Leprechaun celebrates a touchdown against the Texas Longhorns during the first quarter at Notre Dame Stadium on September 5, 2015 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)The initial College Football Playoff rankings came out this past Tuesday, and Notre Dame fans were likely happy with what they saw – coming in at No. 4. But there’s a nightmare scenario brewing for the Fighting Irish, potentially.Each year, FiveThirtyEight puts out a College Football Playoff predictor that allows users to plug in different scenarios for the final few weeks of the season. Notre Dame fans won’t like one specific scenario – which could happen.If you assume that Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Ohio State are all going to win out, FiveThirtyEight gives the Fighting Irish the lowest chances of getting into the Playoff.In such a scenario, Alabama and Clemson would have over 99-percent chance of getting in. Ohio State would be at 72-percent, with Oklahoma at 65-percent. Notre Dame would be 60-percent.Oklahoma lost to Texas, while Ohio State lost to Purdue. So they’d be getting in over an undefeated Notre Dame team.Why would this happen? It’s hard to pinpoint, but both Oklahoma and Ohio State will have conference title games to make their cases. Notre Dame, being independent, would not.This probably won’t happen, but if it does, there will be a lot of pressure on Notre Dame to reconsider joining a conference. There will also be a ton of college football fans calling for an expanded playoff.
OXFORD, MS – OCTOBER 01: Head coach Hugh Freeze of the Mississippi Rebels reacts during the second half of a game against the Memphis Tigers at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Oxford, Mississippi. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)Former Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze is back. The embattled college football coach reportedly agreed to become the next head coach at Liberty – taking over for former head coach Tuner Gill who stepped down due to health concerns.According to multiple reports, Freeze immediately popped up as a candidate for the job when Gill stepped down. Gill served as the team’s head coach from 2012-2018 in which he oversaw the team’s move from the FCS to the FBS level.Now, Freeze takes over.Confirming multiple reports, former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze will be introduced as Liberty’s new coach in a 2 p.m. news conference, source told @WatchStadium— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 7, 2018The former Ole Miss head coach reportedly interviewed at Tennessee, Auburn, and Florida State for their vacant offensive coordinator positions. Alabama’s Nick Saban also reportedly had Freeze on his radar to replace former offensive coordinator Mike Locksley who is the new head coach at Maryland.Freeze turned Ole Miss into an SEC power in his few seasons with the team and was one of a handful of coaches to beat Nick Saban.
The cheapest available seat for Michigan-Penn State is $190 without fees, according to VividSeats.com.You can see the prices for every game here.The Nittany Lions and Wolverines will meet on October 19. Kickoff time and TV info will be released at a later date.Michigan won last year’s game in a 49-10 blowout, but PSU beat the Wolverines handily at home in 2017. GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 30: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions leads his team onto the field prior to the start of a game against the Washington Huskies during the Playstation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)Overall, Penn State football’s 2019 home slate is a little…underwhelming. Beaver Stadium will still be packed to capacity, but fans miss out on some big opponents.For starters, the Nittany Lions play Michigan State, Ohio State and Iowa on the road. Maryland is a road game as well, albeit one a lot of Penn State fans can travel to easily.Home games with Indiana, Buffalo, Rutgers and Idaho aren’t too sexy either. Pitt and Michigan are Penn State’s top two home games.Thus, it shouldn’t be a major surprise that the most expensive ticket for a game in Happy Valley is for the Michigan contest in mid-October.
KNOXVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 30: Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs throws a pass in the second quarter of a game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on September 30, 2017 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Week 1 is an interesting spot for Jake Fromm and the Georgia Bulldogs this season. On Saturday night, the No. 3 Dawgs travel to Vanderbilt to open its season.Nashville is a pretty attractive trip for rival fans. There should be plenty of red and black in the city next weekend.Fromm certainly expects that to be the case. He spoke about the fan support he expects to see for this weekend’s game at Vandy.He spoke to the media about it on Monday. Video via Jake Rowe:Saturday Down South transcribed Jake Fromm’s quote about Georgia fans taking over the Vanderbilt game:“Yeah, we’ll see. I heard a lot of people are going and hopefully the Georgia crowd shows out. It’s great to see the fans travel, we love making any kind of away game as much of a home game as we can. Hopefully they travel, hopefully they are there.”The StubHub listings for Vanderbilt’s tickets bear it out, as well. As of this writing, the season opener against Georgia costs $150 to get into the stadium. The second most expensive game is LSU, which is just $58, and other games like Northern Illinois, UNLV, ETSU, and even SEC East rival Kentucky cost just $6 as of today.That would certainly indicate some serious Georgia fan support coming up to Nashville. Kirby Smart’s team should appreciate that on Saturday.
Georgia, Oklahoma and LSU are found at No. 4, 5 and 6 respectively. Directly behind LSU is Texas at No. 7. The Longhorns and LSU play each other this Saturday.Up to this point, there’s nothing too shocking in Brando’s ranking. But teams ranked No. 8, 9 and 10 have college football fans scratching their heads.Nebraska, ranked 25th in the AP poll after a unimpressive 35-21 win over South Alabama, is eighth in Brando’s poll. Washington is found at No. 9 (No. 14 in AP poll).Finally, UCF comes in at No. 10. The Knights are ranked 18th in the AP poll.Notice any omissions? Ohio State, Auburn and Notre Dame are the three teams in the AP top 10 who failed to make Brando’s ranking. The Fox Sports commentator lists the Buckeyes, Tigers and Utah as teams who just missed the cut outside his top 10.After week #1 of play this is my Top 10: pic.twitter.com/QFWi6XV2gB— Tim Brando (@TimBrando) September 3, 2019What are your thoughts? Is Brando’s ranking more accurate than the AP poll? WASHINGTON D.C. – JANUARY 06: Sportscaster Tim Brando with Fox Sports looks on during a college basketball game between the Georgetown Hoyas and the Marquette Golden Eagles at the Verizon Center on January 6, 2015 in Washington D.C. The Hoyas won 65-59. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)The Associated Press and the Coaches’ Poll released their new college football top 25s on Tuesday afternoon.There are few surprises regarding the respective polls. Clemson and Alabama held firm in the top two spots at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. Auburn joined the top 10 after defeating Oregon in comeback fashion.After the poll’s release, Fox Sports commentator Tim Brando released his own top 10 poll. There’s plenty of surprising selections in his, however.Like the AP, Brando has Clemson and Alabama as the top two teams in the nation. Then, Brando lists Michigan at No. 3 compared to No. 7 in the AP poll.
Australian Open: Kei Nishikori survives scare vs Pablo Carreno Busta to enter quartersAustralian Open: Kei Nishikori battled for five sets till the final tiebreak to emerge victorious 6-7 (8), 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4, 7-6(8) against Pablo Carreno Busta to reach quarter-finals.advertisement Abreshmina S Quadri MelbourneJanuary 21, 2019UPDATED: January 31, 2019 01:23 IST Australian Open: Kei Nishikori had played two five-setters and a three-setter in the first 3 rounds. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKei Nishikori survived a scare vs Pablo Carreno Busta in Australian Open 4th roundNishikori reached his fourth quarter-final at Australian OpenCarreno Busta was looking to make his first quarter-final in MelbourneWorld number 9 Kei Nishikori of Japan battled past Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 6-7 (8), 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4, 7-6(8) into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open at the Margaret Court Arena on Monday. Nishikori was wasteful in the early part of the part, which cost him a lot of energy but that did not stop the Japanese from fighting till his last breath and coming out victorious.Nishikori’s countrymate Naomi Osaka, earlier in the day, had fended off a strong challenge from Anastasija Sevastova to advance to her first quarter-finals in Melbourne.Nishikori followed the lead but in a far more rigorous manner as he fought for five hours and five minutes before adding to his three quarter-final appearances in Melbourne Park.Carreno Busta put up an inspired fight against the number 8 seed in Melbourne Park but could not make it to his first quarter-final of the Australian Open.Carreno Busta showed a brilliant attitude against his much-higher ranked opponent and fought tooth and nail but fell just short.Simply…unbelievable.From 0-2 sets down, an exhausted @keinishikori fights back to def. Carreño Busta 6-7(8) 4-6 7-6(4) 6-4 7-6(8) in 5 hours and 5 minutes.#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/3WUAq1Japx#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 21, 2019In the first set, Nishikori broke Busta’s serve multiple times but every single time, the Spaniard hit right back at the Japanese and stayed in the match. Appearing in the Australian Open for only the second time, Carreno Busta’s resilience got him through in the first set.With momentum on his side, Carreno Busta was able to break Nishikori and hold his own serves well to take the second set comfortably.advertisementIn the third set, the Spaniard got an early break but soon, Nishikori broke back to make it 3-3.From there on, the two men held their serves and took the set to the tiebreak. Nishikori then got the better of Carreno Busta and took the match into the 4th set.In the fourth set, Nishikori managed to break Carreno Busta early but the Spaniard broke Nishikori back. However, the Japanese didn’t lose his cool and broke Carreno Busta once again and held his serve thereon to take the match into the fifth set.The 5th set showed exactly the kind of fighter that Kei Nishikori is. Nishikori found renewed energy and rallied to break Carreno Busta early on.Margaret Court Arena was witness to an exceptional level of tennis on Monday as the Japanese star was cheered loudly with each point he won.”Why didn’t I play like this 3 hours ago.”#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/L8YcdkRlis#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 21, 2019The crowd was as appreciative of the fight Carreno Busta put up but Nishikori used all his experience and immense hitting ability to push through.There was a lot of drama towards the end of the match. From close line calls to a massive fallout between Carreno Busta and the chair umpire, the match was a a thrilling one.The controversy arose when the chair umpire awarded a point to Nishikori in the 5th set tiebreak when the Japanese was 5-8 down. Carreno Busta had reached out to pick a Nishikori shot from wide and his return came close to the net. As Nishikori jumped to hit a winner, the line judge called it out but Nishikori nonetheless went his shot.Busta took a review which showed that Busta’s return was on the line but since Nishikori had hit the ball and the umpire felt the call was taken after the Japanese went with his shot, he gave the point to Nishikori.Carreno Busta got into an argument with the chair umpire trying to explain to him that the line judge had called it out and the point was supposed to be replayed. Replays showed the same but the umpire remained put with his decision.Carreno Busta could not gather humself after that as Nishikori won all the points from there and came out on top. The Spaniard did not even shake hands with the umpire and it was Nishikori who took the initiative to shake hands with Carreno Busta and hug him. Busta, with tears in his eyes, left the arena immediately cursing and screaming at the umpire as the audience booed him for his behaviour.Nishikori will next take on either world No.1 Novak Djokovic, who defeated youngster Daniil Medvedev.*Almost* point of the tournament…#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/feyBwYX8wu#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 21, 2019LUCAS POUILLE BEATS BORNA CORICEarlier, Lucas Pouille put up an inspired performance against Croatia’s 11th seed Borna Coric to reach his first quarter-final at the Australian Open on Monday. Pouille came from a set down to win 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-5, 7-6(2).advertisementNever been past the 1R and now…@la_pouille finds himself in the #AusOpen quarterfinals, def. Borna Coric 6-7(4) 6-4 7-5 7-6(2).#AOFiredUp pic.twitter.com/yFeqm8f44L#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 21, 2019Pouille is the 28th seed in Melbourne but has performed out of this skin this week. Apart from an easy first round win, Pouille has fought in four sets and a five-setter to make it through.After winning his 4th round match, Pouille even wrote “Love Australia” on the camera.Also Read | I am a ghost: Naomi Osaka says no one recognises her in MelbourneAlso Read | Serena Williams beats world No.1 Simona Halep to reach Australian Open last 8Also Read | Kids club? Naomi Osaka seeks inspiration from Tsitsipas, TiafoeAlso Read | Alexander Zverev on smashing racquet into pieces at Australian Open: I let my anger outFor 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. 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Abreshmina S Quadri HamiltonFebruary 10, 2019UPDATED: February 11, 2019 09:58 IST India vs New Zealand 3rd T20I Hamilton: Dinesh Karthik’s refusal to take a single in the final was not received well. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDinesh Karthik tried but failed to take India home in the third T20I against New ZealandKarthik had refused Krunal Pandya a single in the final over of the matchIndia ended up losing the match by 4 runs and also the series as New Zealand won it 2-1Brief Score – New Zealand (212/4) beat India (208/6) by 4 runs to clinch 3-match series 2-1. Shankar (43), Mitchell (2/27), Santner (2/32). Full ScorecardDinesh Karthik had won India a last-ball thriller a year ago but in 2019 in Hamilton against a strong New Zealand side, Karthik fell just short of getting India over the line. India need 16 off the last over in the third and final T20I but India could score only 11 and New Zealand won the match by 4 runs and the 3-match series 2-1.Karthik smacked 33 off 16 deliveries while Krunal Pandya blasted 26 off 13 but the two failed to finish the game for India. Here is what happened in the final over ball-by-ball.1st ball: Southee to Karthik – 2 runs; 2nd ball: Southee to Karthik – no run; 3rd ball: Southee to Karthik – Karthik denied a single after Krunal ran almost all of the pitch but Krunal somehow made it back; 4th ball: Southee to Karthik – 1 run; 5th ball: Southee to Krunal – 1 run; 6th ball: Southee to Karthik – wide; 6th ball: Southee to Karthi – 6 runs.INDIA VS NEW ZEALAND 3RD T20I HAMILTON: REPORT | HIGHLIGHTSWhile Karthik and Krunal tried valiantly to win the game for India, Karthik’s decision to not take a single in the last over with Krunal on the other side caught everybody’s attention.pic.twitter.com/WiGs4XnittMS (@premchoprafan) February 10, 2019Both Karthik and Krunal were hitting well but the former decided to shoulder the responsibility of finishing the game for India and it was not well received by the fans.advertisementBoth captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma have mentioned that Karthik’s role in the team is that of a finisher – one that MS Dhoni has held for long. And with Karthik denying a single and taking it upon himself to finish, fans drew the inevitable comparison and were not impressed by Karthik.Brilliant hitting by DK but small mistakes have a big effect on the result in T20s. Was a mistake to not take that single with Krunal at the other end.#IndVsNZSanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) February 10, 2019The Difference between Karthik and Dhoni is that Karthik has to prove himself in every match otherwise he will be thrown away from the team#INDvNZSunil- The cricketer (@1sInto2s) February 10, 2019.@krunalpandya24 26 not-out from 13 balls and got to face only 1 ball in the final over.Hard luck, KP! #CricketMeriJaan #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/BVm2HmDguAMumbai Indians (@mipaltan) February 10, 2019Dinesh Karthik wasted 2 deliveries even denied taking a singleRohit Sharma & co. to Dinesh Karthik in dressing room#INDvsNZt20 #NZvIND #NZvsIND #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/IASfE3Ud1KFreaky ~ DRaval (@HODL_till_2140) February 10, 2019Mr. Dinesh Karthik you are not MS DHONI to deny a single and then finish with sixes. You might have done it once but you can’t do it every time like MS does… #INDvsNZt20Bastele Jhakday (@bastelej) February 10, 2019Mr Over-confident @DineshKarthik …….we almost had it.. #INDvNZTanmoy Ghosh (@TanmoyG98846487) February 10, 2019While there was a large section of fans that trolled Karthik for allegedly attempting to be Dhoni, many fans also defended him and felt that he was underrated for his role in the team.I remember MS Dhoni doing the exact same thing Karthik did and he had Rayudu at the other end. So stop judging, I’d actually salute Karthik for taking the responsibility on his shoulders. #NZvINDMaverick (@maverickmonger) February 10, 2019I know people would be mad, but be honest….14 off 3 needed, who would you rather want to be on strike? Karthik has chased similar scores in the past. I think he genuinely believed he could pull it off. #INDvsNZt20 #NZvIND #INDvNZShort Third Man (@vyatikram188) February 10, 2019Ppl expect Dinesh Karthik to deliver 50 runs in 18 balls almost in everymatch #INDvsNZt20Venkat (@Venkat52661433) February 10, 2019Despite the loss in the T20I series, India would go home satisfied from the long tour Down Under after drawing the T20I series vs Australia (courtesy rain), winning the Test series against Australia 2-1, beating Australia in the ODI series 2-1 and thrashing New Zealand in the ODI series 4-1.Also Read | MS Dhoni ensures Indian flag doesn’t touch the ground as fan rushes out to touch his feetAlso Read | Lots of positives and a few mistakes, says Rohit Sharma after T20I series defeatAlso Read | A brilliant advertisement for T20 cricket, says Kane Williamson after New Zealand win seriesAlso Read | I am a big fan of Mr Kohli but bigger fan of Mrs Kohli: Banner spotted during Hamilton T20IAlso Read | Ajinkya Rahane, Vijay Shankar in World Cup plans, says chief selector MSK PrasadadvertisementFor 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 Dinesh KarthikFollow Krunal PandyaFollow MS DhoniFollow India vs New ZealandFollow India vs New Zealand 3rd T20I Think you are Dhoni? Dinesh Karthik trolled for denying Krunal Pandya strike in last overIndia vs New Zealand 3rd T20I Hamilton: Dinesh Karthik denied a single to Krunal Pandya in the final over of the match and fans trolled him for trying to do an MS Dhoni.advertisement
We have no issues with Sourav Ganguly’s position at Delhi Capitals: KKR CEO Venky MysoreSourav Ganguly is the Cricket Association of Bengal president as well as the Delhi Capitals advisor. While many have raised questions if Ganguly will have a say in the pitch to be used for KKR vs DC, Kolkata Knight Riders CEO Venky Mysore doesn’t have a problem.advertisement Press Trust of India KolkataApril 11, 2019UPDATED: April 11, 2019 16:58 IST Venky Mysore said KKR have no problem with Sourav Ganguly’s dual role with CAB and Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSourav Ganguly is Cricket Association of Bengal president and the Delhi Capitals advisorMany have raised questions if Ganguly will have a say in the pitch to be used for KKR vs DCKKR CEO Venky Mysore doesn’t have an issue with Ganguly and said he is a “thorough professional”Sourav Ganguly’s dual role of Cricket Association of Bengal president and Delhi Capitals advisor may have drawn criticism but Kolkata Knight Riders “have no issues at all”, team CEO Venky Mysore has said.Facing conflict of interest charges, the CAB chief will be a ‘visitor’ and may be seen sitting in the Delhi Capitals dugout when they face home side Kolkata Knight Riders in their return leg IPL clash in Kolkata on Friday.With Delhi Capitals boasting a world-class pace attack spearheaded by 23-year-old South African Kagiso Rabada, a few insiders at CAB have claimed that its president Ganguly may have a ‘say’ in the pitch, which could assist pacers. But KKR are not wary.”He is a thorough professional. He knows how to do his duties well. He’s fully supportive of what we are doing. We have no issues at all,” Mysore told PTI.The KKR CEO also spoke highly of their skipper Dinesh Karthik, and said he should make it to the World Cup squad, which will be announced Monday.”I can’t imagine a World Cup squad without him. The role he plays is such a difficult one and as a keeper as well. The attitude he brings in to the team is amazing,” Mysore said.Their top run-getter in 2018, Karthik has not been among runs this time around with just 91 from five innings at an average of 22.75, but Mysore said his focus is KKR at the moment.”For him, I know, the focus is KKR. We are taking one game at a time, win that game and get into the playoffs and be in contention. That’s his focus. I don’t think he will be thinking about the World Cup selection at the moment. I don’t think there’s any added pressure on him at all.advertisement”He’s been playing cricket — for India — for a long time. He’s played under most difficult pressure situations and still come winning. I am sure he will continue to contribute on that fashion. There is only 15 people who can go to the World Cup.”The 2012 and 2014 champions are yet to win under Karthik’s captaincy but Mysore said they have been consistent.”We were a bit unlucky with injuries. We needed to bolster our back-up and increase the size of the squad. We worked very hard this time in this auctions.”Winning championship is very difficult. There are teams who have still not won it. It does not mean they are not aiming to win it. Forget about championships, we have the best ratio,” he said, pointing at their top-four finishes from 2016 to 2018.”It shows that we have been always consistent. Last year we were a few balls away from winning the final. Had we made the final, who knows… It happened in the previous years as well. I’m very happy with the consistency. Once you are consistent.Also Read | Ombudsman might call Ganguly but no bar on sitting in DC DugoutAlso Read | Sourav Ganguly replies to ombudsman, clarifies stand on conflict of interestFor 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 Sourav GangulyFollow Delhi CapitalsFollow Kolkata Knight RidersFollow Venky MysoreFollow KKR vs DC
India Today Web Desk BramptonAugust 9, 2019UPDATED: August 9, 2019 19:41 IST Global T20 Canada: Shoaib Malik (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShoaib Malik has hit the ball out of the boundary in such a way that it broke the glass of the cabin twiceVancouver Knights skipper Malik and Andre Russell batted very well to take the Knights’ score to 170Malik scored an unbeaten 46 off 26 balls and Russell scored 43 runs off 21 balls at a strike rate of over 200Pakistan’s veteran batsman Shoaib Malik broke two glass windows after hitting two massive sixes for Vancouver Knights against Brampton Wolves in the Global T20 Canada League on Thursday at CAA Centre, Brampton.Riding on breathtaking knocks by Malik and Andre Russell, Vancouver Knights entered the knockouts by beating Brampton Wolves in a rain-interrupted match.The 20-over game was reduced to 16-overs-a-side due to rain and batting first, Vancouver Knights skipper Malik and Andre Russell batted very well to take the Knights’ score to 170 for four wickets in the stipulated 16 overs.Malik scored an unbeaten 46 off 26 balls. At the same time, Russell scored 43 runs off 21 balls at a strike rate of over 200. Russell hit three fours and four sixes in his innings. At the same time, Malik hit four fours and three sixes.A quick innings of 46*(26) by @realshoaibmalik helps @VKnights_ post a match winning score of 170/4 after 16 overs.#GT2019 #BWvsVK pic.twitter.com/ZBwjOr0StNGT20 Canada (@GT20Canada) August 9, 2019In response, Brampton’s team was reduced to 103 runs. From Brampton’s side, only their captain Colin Munro could touch the figure of ten. Munro scored 62 runs. Apart from him, Ish Sodhi scored nine runs. No batsman could make more than nine runs.During his match-winning inning, Malik has hit the ball out of the boundary in such a way that it broke the glass of the cabin twice, which left the audience in shock.In an unusual scenario, @realshoaibmalik literally hit two glass breaking sixes.#GT2019 #BWvsVK pic.twitter.com/5kuAQoQBbEadvertisementGT20 Canada (@GT20Canada) August 9, 2019Match SummaryVancouver Knights 170-4Brampton Wolves 103-All OutVancouver Knights won by 77 runs (DLS method)Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik was left out of the list of players awarded central contracts for the 2019-20 season by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday.Malik had announced his retirement from ODIs after the World Cup and will now only play T20 format while Hafeez has retired from Test cricket.Read more | Every profession has conflicts: Anil Kumble on ‘Conflict of Interest’ issueAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Global T20 CanadaFollow GT20Follow Shoaib MalikFollow Global T20 Canada league Global T20 Canada: Shoaib Malik shatters glass window with huge sixesShoaib Malik scored an unbeaten 46 off 26 balls. At the same time, Russell scored 43 runs off 21 balls at a strike rate of over 200. Russell hit three fours and four sixes in his innings. At the same time, Malik hit four fours and three sixes.advertisement
Next Associated Press ShenzhenAugust 17, 2019UPDATED: August 17, 2019 10:31 IST Armored vehicles and troop trucks are parked outside Shenzhen Bay Stadium in Shenzhen, China. (Photo:AP)Members of China’s paramilitary People’s Armed Police marched and practiced crowd control tactics at a sports complex in Shenzhen across from Hong Kong in what some interpreted as a threat against pro-democracy protesters in the semi-autonomous territory.The sound of marching boots and synchronized shouts echoed from the grounds on Friday. Officers in green camouflage stood guard at closed entrances. A stadium security guard said it wasn’t clear when the paramilitary police would leave the grounds.Chinese state media have only said that the Shenzhen exercises were planned earlier and were not directly related to the unrest in Hong Kong, though they came shortly after the central government in Beijing said the protests were beginning to show the sprouts of terrorism.From a distance, police could be seen conducting drills in military fatigues, using shields, poles and other riot-control gear. In one exercise, two groups marched in formation with those in front raising shields as if to protect themselves from projectiles. Others behind held red flags and banners. The words the law and prosecuted could be seen on one.Outside, dozens of armored carriers and trucks sat in the parking lot of the Shenzhen Bay Stadium, close to a bridge linking mainland China to Hong Kong.Asked if Hong Kong police could maintain order or if mainland Chinese intervention is becoming inevitable, Hong Kong police commander Yeung Man-pun said that while they face tremendous pressure, I can tell you we’re confident the police have the capability to maintain law and order.advertisementGermany, meanwhile, said it considers China to be a responsible actor that will respect Hong Kong laws guaranteeing freedom of speech and rule of law.Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said Friday that Hong Kong’s 1997 Basic Law, under which the city was promised a high degree of autonomy when the former British colony returned to China, is a Chinese law, and as such we naturally expect that the People’s Republic of China, too, won’t call into question the peaceful exercise of these rights.Weeks of protests in Hong Kong have been marked by increasing violence and a shutdown of the Hong Kong airport earlier this week. The demonstrators are demanding expanded political rights and the scrapping of legislation that could have seen criminal suspects sent to mainland China.A weekend of protests began Friday night with a university student-led power to the people rally in Chater Garden, a public square in the financial district.A pro-democracy march is planned for Saturday along with a separate pro-government Save Hong Kong rally, ahead of a major pro-democracy rally called for Sunday. Police have denied permission for the march on Sunday, but protesters have ignored such denials in the past.China has pressured foreign and Hong Kong companies to support the ruling Communist Party’s position against the protesters.The CEO of Cathay Pacific Airways, one of Hong Kong’s most prominent companies, resigned Friday following pressure by Beijing on the carrier over participation by some of its employees in the anti-government protests.Cathay Pacific said Rupert Hogg resigned to take responsibility following recent events.The company chairman, John Slosar, said in a statement the airline needed new management because events had called into question its commitment to safety and security.On Monday, Hogg threatened employees with disciplinary consequences if they took part in illegal protests.Last week, China’s aviation regulator said Cathay Pacific employees who support or take part in illegal protests, violent actions, or overly radical behavior are banned from staffing flights to mainland China.On Friday morning, Frenchman Alain Robert, who has been dubbed spiderman for his unauthorized climbs of skyscrapers, hung a banner appealing for peace as he scaled the 62-story Cheung Kong Center, a landmark Hong Kong building that is the base for property tycoon Li Ka-shing’s business empire.The banner showed the Chinese and Hong Kong flags over a handshake and a small yellow sun with a smiley face.The banner is to give joy and smile to the people of Hong Kong, he told the AP as he sat in a taxi about to leave for his climb. He added that he didn’t want to get mixed up in the political situation.Robert, 57, was taken to a police station afterward. It wasn’t immediately clear if he would be charged. He was banned in 2017 from returning to Hong Kong for one year after climbing another building.READ | French Spiderman scales skyscraper with banner urging peace amid turmoiladvertisementWATCH | China warns Hong Kong protesters of harsh consequencesGet 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 bySumeda China flexes muscle near Hong Kong amid more weekend ralliesChina’s paramilitary People’s Armed Police marched and practised crowd control tactics at a sports complex in Shenzhen across from Hong Kong.advertisement