Month: October 2019

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10 months agoReal Madrid’s locker room happy to see back of Ronaldo

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid’s locker room happy to see back of Ronaldoby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid’s locker room isn’t missing Cristiano Ronaldo.While they’ve suffered without the Portuguese’s goals, Marca says as a personality, the Juventus striker isn’t missed.Ronaldo only has one friend left at Real – Marcelo – with the rest of the squad happy to see the back of him.The Juve star’s decision to snub the Ballon d’Or ceremony and Luka Modric’s triumph only further convinced Real’s players they’re better off without him.Indeed, there is lingering anger amongst the players that Ronaldo would swerve Modric’s biggest night of his career. last_img read more

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a month agoSolskjaer refusing to criticise Man Utd players in defeat

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer refusing to criticise Man Utd players in defeatby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is refusing to criticise his players after defeat at West Ham.Solskjaer refused to hang his players out to dry despite their latest disappointment.He said: “The players are doing what I’m asking them to. There are key moments in games that can tip these games in our favour compared to theirs and you make maybe a bad decision on a pass – left, right, centre – but the attitude and desire is there.”That’s not the problem. It’s the quality in our decision-making, sometimes in the execution. It’s a good group to work with. They are determined. Sometimes along the road, we are going to hit some bumps, as we’ve said, some highs and lows.”This group is out there determined, they showed the desire, it was a good atmosphere in the dressing room. They’ve got the focus right.” last_img read more

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19 days agoMan Utd manager Solskjaer calls for patience after Newcastle loss

first_imgMan Utd manager Solskjaer calls for patience after Newcastle lossby Freddie Taylor19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer insists patience is necessary for Manchester United after Sunday’s shock loss to Newcastle United. The Red Devils now have nine points from eight games heading into this week’s international break.But Solskjaer says there is no need for panic.”[As a club] we’ve come together and discussed the direction we’re going,” said Solskjaer.”If you only walk on sunny days you’ll never get to your destination. So we’ll have these days, we’ll have these downs. “We’ve had a couple of them this year, or three defeats now already. It’s disappointing but we’ll keep on working.”We know where we want to get to.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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16 days agoBarcelona defender Lenglet: Griezmann handling new position

first_imgBarcelona defender Lenglet: Griezmann handling new positionby Carlos Volcano16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona defender Clement Lenglet insists Antoine Griezmann is in good spirits.There’s been talk his France teammate has found settling at Barca difficult after his €120m move from Atletico Madrid.But Lenglet said, “We’re laughing all day long. “He loves making jokes and he’s not changed at Barcelona. We all have to understand the change of position he’s made. “At Barça, he’s evolved to even playing on the wing. He works really hard for the team and helps us with his talent and sacrifice. For me, there’s no Griezmann issue.”On Ousmane Dembele, he added: “If he has the necessary continuity, I think he has all the necessary quality to return to the France squad. He’d prepared brilliantly, but then he got injured again. “Now he’s got the red card, which also put the breaks on. He is a player with huge amounts of talent, but he needs more continuity to be at his best.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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UConn Professor Turns Team’s Slim NCAA Tournament Chances Into A Probability Problem

first_imgUConn professor's probability problem about Huskies' tournament chances.Twitter/@fractologistUniversity of Connecticut professor of mathematics Joe Chen certainly knows how to craft a math problem from the school’s basketball program. Earlier this year, after the Huskies suffered a shocking loss to Chen’s alma mater Yale, he gave his students a problem about the likelihood that the Huskies would lose to another Ivy League program. Now, with UConn at 15-11 and squarely off the NCAA Tournament bubble, Chen has designed a set of problems designed to find the probability of the team making a run in the AAC Tournament and making it to the Big Dance.A timely @UConnMBB exam problem. I make no claims to the accuracy of the probabilities involved. @NoEscalators pic.twitter.com/W5HINKViSU— Joe (@fractologist) February 25, 2015Chen’s math class was probably more fun for the UConn basketball fans in his class last spring semester, but at least he tries to keep things interesting for the students.last_img read more

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Photo: Frank Kaminsky Clearly Has A Thing For Katy Perry

first_imgFrank Kaminsky hugs poster of Katy Perry.Frank Kaminsky Katy PerryKaty Perry’s name has surfaced in the college sports world for a few different reasons over the past several months. It’s not surprising she has a lot of appeal to college athletes, and it appears Wisconsin center Frank Kaminsky is smitten with the 30-year-old California native. So close that it felt real @katyperryA photo posted by Frank Kaminsky III (@fskpart3) on May 18, 2015 at 2:25pm PDT That’s a classic (and hilarious) photo.Smart move on Kaminsky’s part to tag Perry in the post. He won multiple national Player of the Year honors this season, and is about to be drafted somewhere in the first round of next month’s NBA Draft. His stock has never been higher, so might as well take your shot while you can.last_img

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Video: Florida Great Judd Davis And New Gator Kicker Eddy Pineiro Simultaneously Hit 55-Yard Field Goals

first_imgFlorida Gators fans watching the game in the rain.GAINESVILLE, FL – AUGUST 30: Fans wait in the stands during a weather delay prior to the game between the Florida Gators and the Idaho Vandals on August 30, 2014 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)The Florida Gators found a cool way to show off their program’s kicking prowess today. Gator great Judd Davis and new Florida kicker Eddy Pineiro simultaneously hit 55-yard kicks on the same goal.Former Lou Groza winner @JuddDavis and future Groza winner @eddypineiro1 side by side from 55 … pic.twitter.com/5MElxDF2NN— Johnny Townsend (@johnnytownsend1) January 27, 2016Davis won the 1993 Lou Groza Award, given to the nation’s top kicker, and was elected to the Florida Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011. Pineiro flipped to Florida from Alabama, to the delight of Jim McElwain, and has already showed off his big leg in Gainesville. We’re not sure whose kick we’re more impressed by here.last_img read more

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Video: Myles Jack Tweets Video Of Himself Dunking After Slipping In NFL Draft Over Knee Concerns

first_imgMyles Jack dunks a basketball and hangs on the rimMyles JackMyles Jack was once thought of as a lock to go in the top 10 of the 2016 NFL Draft, but the former UCLA linebacker was not one of the 31 players who heard their names called during the first round Thursday night. The former Bruins’ star admitted before the draft that he might need microfracture surgery on his knee. Jack missed most of the 2015 college football season after tearing his lateral meniscus during a September practice. Jack is considered one of the top prospects remaining in the draft. He tweeted out the following video, an apparent message to any of his doubters. pic.twitter.com/lwXRusQyp1— Myles Jack (@MylesJack) April 29, 2016The second round of the NFL Draft starts at 7 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.last_img

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Mane suspended for Senegal’s AFCON opener

first_imgSadio Mane will miss Senegal’s opening Africa Cup of Nations fixture against Tanzania due to a suspension, according to head coach Aliou Cisse.The Liverpool superstar will sit out the West Africans’ first Group C fixture – which will take place at the 30 June Stadium in Cairo later this month – after picking up two yellow cards during the qualifying campaign.Mane was booked in Senegal’s 1-0 victory against Equatorial Guinea in Malabo in November last year, with the Confederation of African Football also recording another booking in a 2-0 victory over Madagascar in March. 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? “His absence should not in any way bother us,” Cisse said.”Certainly the presence of Sadio is beneficial but without him we remain strong.”CAF have decided, so we will not linger [on the subject].”Certainly, with Sadio we would be very good, but even without him we will be very good.“We all know that Sadio will have a good Nations Cup [but] the players around him have to raise their level. That’s how we’ll get there.”Senegal departed for Egypt on Saturday, having previously been at a training camp in Alicante.Mane will be available for the showdown with Algeria on June 27 and their final group-stage clash against Kenya on July 1.The tournament will be Mane’s third Africa Cup of Nations, and he will be keen to erase the memories of the last one – he missed the decisive penalty in Senegal’s quarter-final shootout defeat to eventual champions Cameroon in 2017.The Liverpool forward was also a muted presence as the Lions were eliminated in the group stage of the World Cup last summer, despite being drawn in an open group also containing Colombia, Poland and Japan.Cisse expressed his displeasure with the rule that sees his star man suspended, believing bookings in qualifying should not have an impact on the main tournament.”If we received a card in the qualifying round, I do not see the value of counting it during the final phase of the AFCON,” Cisse continued.“CAF has decided that, but we will prove that Senegal exist without Mane.”Mane only joined his teammates on Thursday after being given an extended leave of absence following his exploits for Liverpool in their Champions League final victory over Tottenham.On Sunday, the Lions meet Nigeria in Ismailia in a warm-up ahead of the Nations Cup kick-off.last_img read more

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Lampard, Solskjaer & club legends who managed the club they played for

first_imgOn July 4, Chelsea announced the return of Frank Lampard to Stamford Bridge as manager.Following the exit of Maurizio Sarri, who led the Blues to the Europa League, they turned to the ex-England midfielder, who turned out 648 times for the clubs and scored 211 goals, becoming a hero of the fans.His experience in the dugout may be limited to just one season in charge of Championship side Derby but he will at least have the complete loyalty of the supporters as he begins this new step in his career. Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Here is a selection of other bosses who have returned to the sides where they forged their legends as players.last_img read more

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Freddie Prinze Jr. Is Getting Into It With Ohio State Fans On Twitter

first_imgActor Freddie Prinze Jr. smiling for the camera.Here is a story you probably never thought you’d see. Famous actor Freddie Prinze Jr. is getting into it with some Ohio State fans on Twitter tonight.You probably remember Prinze from his roles in Summer Catch, I Know What You Did Last Summer and She’s All That, among other flicks. He has been out of the Hollywood spotlight for a few years, but somehow found himself in the cross-hairs of some OSU fans tonight.It all started when Prinze responded to this tweet from Vegas insider R.J. Bell alleging that Urban Meyer is pushing back against the possibility of even a short suspension for his handling of domestic violence allegations against former assistant Zach Smith. According to Bell, Meyer is hoping for “time served.”Prinze clearly thinks that is dumb.He made nearly 400k during this absence. Is that the standard fee for ‘time served’? Convicted felons want to know…— Freddie Prinze Jr (@RealFPJr) August 21, 2018Now, Prinze says he could care less about Meyer and college football in general. He was only criticizing the use of “time served” for someone like Meyer when it is usually reserved for prisoners.That didn’t stop Ohio State fans from coming after him though, and it certainly didn’t prevent him from firing back when they did.Here is a small sampling of the exchanges:I don’t give a shit. I just think it’s funny he got paid to not work and they’re calling it ‘time served’.— Freddie Prinze Jr (@RealFPJr) August 21, 2018So did your girl— Freddie Prinze Jr (@RealFPJr) August 21, 2018I don’t care about Urban Myer. I dont care about Ohio State. I just think it’s funny to use a term meant for prisoners avoiding jail time to a dude who got 400k for a few weeks— Freddie Prinze Jr (@RealFPJr) August 21, 2018I never said he should get punished at all. The term time served is reserved for a court of law. Not something as trivial as college football suspensions. That’s dumb.— Freddie Prinze Jr (@RealFPJr) August 21, 2018You’re too sensitive to be a football fan. Dumb enough but not tough enough, yet. #ThatsWhyImHere— Freddie Prinze Jr (@RealFPJr) August 21, 2018Then no need for the term ‘time served’. Which is what I directly referenced. Don’t be an extra from mean girls. Don’t get triggered.— Freddie Prinze Jr (@RealFPJr) August 21, 2018I’m making fun of the term ‘time served’. Don’t be sensitive about ‘your’ coach. ????— Freddie Prinze Jr (@RealFPJr) August 21, 2018All these dumbass Ohio state fans freaking out makes me laugh but that cut me deep DBee, that cut me real deep— Freddie Prinze Jr (@RealFPJr) August 21, 2018Wait you think I care in the slightest about college football? ??????— Freddie Prinze Jr (@RealFPJr) August 21, 2018No, dear human, they’re fighting. I’m laughing at them.— Freddie Prinze Jr (@RealFPJr) August 21, 2018Prinze cleared up his intentions again after Cleveland.com sports columnist Doug Lesmerises jokingly (we think) invited him on a podcast to discuss the ongoing Meyer situation.Sorry Doug, I don’t care about college football. It’s just over sensitive fans freaking out when I laugh at you guys for using the term ‘time served’.— Freddie Prinze Jr (@RealFPJr) August 21, 2018He then dropped the mic with his final tweet.Time to make fajitas. This timeline remains open to every powerless whiner who needs to talk some trash to empower your flaccid egos … I’m talking to you bro. No not you, that dude. That dude and his friends right there. ??— Freddie Prinze Jr (@RealFPJr) August 21, 2018Well then. Freddie certainly got more than he bargained for when he first commented on Bell’s report.The power of social media, indeed.last_img read more

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ESPN Reporter Has A Major Update On Alabama’s QB Situation

first_imgJalen Hurts of the Alabama Crimson Tide and Tua Tagovailoa #13 celebrate after winning the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Clemson Tigers.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide and Tua Tagovailoa #13 celebrate after winning the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Alabama, college football’s preseason No. 1 team, is less than 24 hours away from opening its season. The Crimson Tide are set to begin the year in a neutral-site game against Louisville on Saturday night.Nick Saban’s team, though, has yet to name a starting quarterback. Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts have been battling it out all preseason.Alabama’s head coach has been pretty coy when it comes to discussing the QB situation, but he revealed some major details in an interview with ESPN prior to Saturday’s game.Saban reportedly told Chris Fowler that the plan is to play both quarterbacks and go from there.“I think we have two guys that are weapons, and they’ve both played well, so the plan is to play both guys in the game,” Saban told Fowler in an interview that will air on College Gameday on Saturday. “So the only issue is who plays first, and we’ll decide that when the time comes.”Saban has previously said that playing both quarterbacks was a possibility, but he never revealed what exactly he was going to do.Still, he’s not saying how it will work or even who will play first.“I really don’t want either one of the guys to go out there and play and look over their shoulder and worry about the next guy,” Saban said. “So it’ll be, really, just … you’re gonna play this much and then the next guy’s gonna play and we’ll kinda go from there.”Alabama and Louisville are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. on ABC.last_img read more

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Braylon Edwards Issues Apology For This Michigan Tweet

first_imgBraylon Edwards talking at Michigan.Former Michigan star Braylon Edwards was suspended earlier today by the Big Ten Network. Edwards’ punishment stemmed from his critical tweets during the Wolverines’ 24-17 loss to Notre Dame on Saturday.At least one of Edwards’ tweets used profanity, and harshly criticized two Michigan players: offensive lineman Cesar Ruiz and quarterback Shea Patterson. Jim Harbaugh called Edwards out for his comments earlier today.You can see Edwards’ since-deleted tweet below.Now, it looks like Edwards wants to walk back his statements on Ruiz and Patterson. He has issued an apology for his tweet regarding them.However, Edwards still isn’t backing down from his overall criticism of the program.“I would like to address the tweet from this past Saturday,” he tweeted. “I should not have attacked Ruiz and Patterson that hard or period individually. I apologize as a former student athlete and NCAA analyst. With that being said UM football still needs to step up so no apologies there.”I would like to address the tweet from this past Saturday. I should not have attacked Ruiz and Patterson that hard or period individually. I apologize as a former student athlete and NCAA analyst. With that being said UM football still needs to step up so no apologies there.— Braylon Edwards (@OfficialBraylon) September 3, 2018Edwards is right to apologize for his opinions on those two players. He certainly can hold them, but to express them like that isn’t a good look.Still, it is going to be interesting to see what his future comments about Harbaugh and Michigan as a whole look like.last_img read more

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NFL Analyst: One Penn State Star Is Perfect Fit For Chiefs

first_imgPenn State football players sing to celebrate win.STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 05: Penn State Nittany Lions players and fans sing to celebrate the team’s win over Iowa Hawkeyes on November 5, 2016 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. Penn State defeats Iowa 41-14. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)Coming off back-to-back 11-win seasons, it’s safe to say that the Penn State Nittany Lions are a force to be reckoned with. And after sending one of the best RB prospects in history to the NFL draft, we can expect Saquon Barkley’s blockers will soon follow.One of Barkley’s former Penn State teammates, guard Connor McGovern, is viewed as an ideal prospect. Bleacher Report’s Maurice Moton thinks he has a good idea where McGovern could go next year.In an article on Bleacher Report, Moton explained that McGovern would be an ideal fit for the Kansas City Chiefs.? Giants: Oregon QB Justin Herbert ? Raiders: Ohio State DE Nick BosaOne NFL draft prospect who should be on each team’s mind https://t.co/aGxJa6pKzq pic.twitter.com/9nhuyAgt0z— Bleacher Report NFL (@BR_NFL) November 2, 2018The Chiefs, who already have an elite young QB and RB, might be able to use McGovern’s abilities to give themselves even more versatility along the line.Adding McGovern to the mix would allow the Chiefs coaching staff to experiment with combinations involving Cameron Erving lining up at guard or center.The Chiefs can’t afford to leave holes on the interior of their offensive line. Running back Kareem Hunt, the reigning rushing champion, has put together strong performances since taking over the starting job last year.McGovern has helped anchor a Penn State offensive line that is 12th in the FBS in points scored.The Chiefs have a good history with Penn State offensive linemen too. The last one they drafted was Dave Szott in the seventh round of the 1990 NFL Draft.Szott was an 11-year starter and was named First-Team All-Pro in 1997.last_img read more

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Alabama Releases Statement On SEC’s New Alcohol Policy

first_imgA panorama view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during a game.TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers on October 24, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Last week, the Southeastern Conference officially lifted its ban on its schools selling alcohol during sporting events. Each school will now have the option regarding whether it wants to sell beer and wine at games.A number of schools have already weighed in on what they plan to do. Alabama, for the moment, will not be changing anything in regards to Bryant-Denny Stadium.Here’s what the school officially released:“This new policy allows each campus to decide what is right for them. These guidelines will be helpful as we move forward and have future conversations. We have one of the best game-day atmospheres in the country, and we don’t envision making changes at this time.” The Univ. of #Alabama’s statement on SEC’s alcohol policy: “We have one of the best game-day atmospheres in the country, and we don’t envision making changes at this time.”Translation: Don’t expect alcohol sales at any of #Alabama’s campus stadiums anytime in the near future. pic.twitter.com/BIxQXVhZ4m— Alex Byington (@_AlexByington) May 31, 2019The wording does leave the door open though, eventually.To clarify, the league is only allowing beer and wine to be sold in “controlled spaces” – most likely boxes and other types of premium seating. There’s no timetable on opening that up to the rest of the fans at events.It’ll be interesting to see which schools hold out the longest.last_img read more

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Deontae Craig, No. 22 DE In The Country, Announces Commitment

first_imgA general view of the Iowa Hawkeyes football stadium.IOWA CITY, IA – NOVEMBER 12: Iowa Hawkeyes Kinnick Stadium against Michigan State Spartans November 12, 2011 in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Reese Strickland/Getty Images)2020 three-star defensive end Deontae Craig has been a very popular prospect in the Midwest. After making visits to numerous Big Ten and SEC powerhouses, Craig has decided on his college choice.On Friday, Craig took to Twitter to announce his commitment decision. He revealed that he would be attending the University of Iowa.247Sports rates Craig as the No. 582 overall prospect in the country. He is the No. 22 weak-side defensive end in the nation, and the No. 4 recruit from the state of Indiana.In an interview with Hawkeye Insider, Craig explained his decision. He felt that Iowa’s history and proficiency at developing defensive linemen was a contributing factor. He also said he was looking forward to playing for head coach Kirk Ferentz:“Iowa they always have a great history of having really good teams and sending especially defensive linemen to the NFL… That’s one of my goals to make it there one day. Coach Kirk Ferentz he’s going to be a Hall of Fame coach one day. That really intrigues me about them.”Craig has made three official visits over the past few months, checking out Iowa, Indiana, and Tennessee. Other schools that have been on his radar include Notre Dame, Ohio State, Michigan, Purdue, and NorthwesternCOMMITTED💛🖤🐤 pic.twitter.com/zKC5rlp2Nu— Deontae Craig (@CraigDeontae) August 16, 2019As for the Hawkeyes, the addition of Craig gives them 23 recruits in the Class of 2020.247Sports currently ranks the class as No. 23 in the nation, and No. 4 in the Big Ten. It’s poised to be their highest ranked class in years.last_img read more

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Kapil Dev turns 60: Celebrating the man who changed Indian cricket forever

first_imgKapil Dev turns 60: Celebrating the man who changed Indian cricket foreverKapil Dev, who became the first Indian captain to win the 50-over World Cup in 1983, was born on January 6, 1959 in Chandigarhadvertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 6, 2019UPDATED: January 6, 2019 10:29 IST Kapil Dev became the first Indian captain to win the World Cup in 1983 (@BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKapil Dev who turned 60 today, hails from ChandigarhKapil Dev led India to the 1983 World Cup triumph in EnglandKapil Dev is arguably one of the world’s best all-roundersKapil Dev, one of India’s most successful captains, was born on this day 60 years ago. Kapil Dev was the captain of India’s first world cup-winning team in 1983, when they defeated West Indies in the final at Lord’s.Kapil Dev, one of the greatest all-rounder’s in the history of cricket, made his India debut on October 16 in the year 1978. A 19-year-old Kapil played his first Test match against arch-rivals Pakistan at Faisalabad. Kapil scored just 8 runs and picked up just 1 wicket as India drew the Test match.Kapil went on to represent India in 131 Test matches over a career spanning 16 years, in which time he took a total of 434 wickets at an average of 29.64 along with 23 five-wicket hauls. Kapil went onto to score 5248 runs in Tests, at an average of 31.05, including 8 hundreds and 27 fifties.In one day internationals as well, Kapil Dev amassed 3783 runs from 225 matches at an average of 23.79, including one hundred and 14 half-centuries. He also took a total of 253 wickets at an average of 27.45 and one five-wicket haul.Kapil Dev led India to their first World Cup triumph in England and his 175 against Zimbabwe is regarded as an all-time classic.Former skipper and teammate Sunil Gavaskar at the Agenda Aaj Tak in December 2018 said it was the greatest knock he had ever seen in one-day internationals.”That 175 is the greatest knock in ODI history I have seen as a player and as a commentator… I have never seen a better inning. The situation we were in…We were 17 for 5. It was cold and the ball was moving. It looked like we would be bowled out for 70 or 80..,” Sunil Gavaskar said.advertisementGavaskar also said that Kapil would have fetched the big bucks had he put his name for the Indian Premier League auction.”Kapil did not play any lofted drives till he reached 80. It was amazing to see him those sixes. He would have gone for Rs 25 crore in the IPL today,” Gavaskar said.”I think the bowling revolution was started by Kapil Dev. He showed everyone that pace bowling could survive in pitches in India as well. After him came the likes of Javagal Srinath, Venaktesh Pradesh and Zaheer khan. But it was Kapil Dev who started it all,” Sunil Gavaskar was quoted as saying recently.Kapil Dev, also speaking at Agenda Aaj Tak 2018, promised to follow the lead of Team India captain Virat Kohli down Oxford street shirtless if India win the World Cup in England 2019.”I will run shirtless if India win the World Cup. Just like Kohli said that he will run shirtless if India win, I will too,” Kapil Dev said at Agenda Aaj Tak 2018.”I can do anything for my country,” he said.Also Read | Kapil Dev on the perils of giving too much power to players: They will do what they feel likeAlso Read | Kapil Dev would have gone for Rs 25 crore in IPL auctions: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Just like Kohli, I will run shirtless if India win 2019 World Cup: Kapil DevFor 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 Kapil DevFollow Kapil Dev birthdayFollow Kapil Dev turns 60Follow January 6Follow Birthday todaylast_img read more

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AFC Asian Cup 2019: India knocked out after losing 0-1 to Bahrain

first_imgAFC Asian Cup 2019: India knocked out after losing 0-1 to BahrainIndia crashed out of the AFC Asian Cup after suffering a 0-1 defeat against Bahrain in their third and final Group A fixture on Monday.advertisement Press Trust of India SharjahJanuary 15, 2019UPDATED: January 15, 2019 00:03 IST India suffered a 0-1 defeat to Bahrain (Photo Credit: AFC Media)HIGHLIGHTSIndia lost 0-1 to Bahrain in their third and final Group A fixtureIndia finished with three points from three matchesHosts UAE, Bahrain and Thailand advanced to the Round of 16 from Group AIndia crashed out of the AFC Asian Cup with a heartbreaking 0-1 defeat against Bahrain, who scored in the injury time, in their final Group A match in Sharjah on Monday.Bahrain converted a penalty in the 91st minute through Jamal Rashed, who made no mistake after India captain Pronay Halder committed a careless tackle inside the penalty area.India finished outside the top two after the the group’s other game between UAE and Thailand ended in a 1-1 draw. India finished with three points from three matches. Hosts UAE, Bahrain and Thailand advanced to the Round of 16.We defended like warriors & the defeat is really hard to take. Disappointed seeing how it turned out but we can only go upwards from here. Proud of the boys and we thank the fans for their support: @SandeshJhingan #INDBAH #BackTheBlue #IndianFootball #AsianDream #BlueTigersIndian Football Team (@IndianFootball) January 14, 2019Nobody expected us to do so well in the @afcasiancup and we showed that we belong here. However, football is a cruel game sometimes: @SandeshJhingan #INDBAH #BackTheBlue #IndianFootball #AsianDream #BlueTigersIndian Football Team (@IndianFootball) January 14, 2019Entering their final group game following a 4-1 win over Thailand and a 0-2 loss to hosts United Arab Emirates, a determined India held on for 90 minutes before conceding.Thailand progress to the next round of the #AsianCup2019 alongside @uaent2019 and @bfainfo congratulations to the War Elephants pic.twitter.com/I4as5DRnl2#AsianCup2019 (@afcasiancup) January 14, 2019This was India’s fourth appearance in the continental showpiece, beginning with the 1964 edition, in which only four teams participated.advertisementIn their next Asian Cup in 1984, India were knocked out in the first round and they suffered a similar fate in 2011, when they lost heavily to Australia, South Korea and Bahrain.However, the team under coach Stephen Constantine started the tournament with a demolition of Thailand, sounding a warning that it was not here to make up the numbers.They were a shade unlucky against UAE and went down fighting, but looked determined against Bahrain.The Blue Tigers started off shakily after losing defender Anas Edathodika to injury as early as the second minute, but Sandesh Jhingan and his colleagues managed to stave off the Bahrain strikers until the blunder inside the box.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 byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow AFC Asian Cuplast_img read more

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Virat Kohli blasts MS Dhoni critics: He is an intelligent cricketer, give him space

first_imgVirat Kohli blasts MS Dhoni critics: He is an intelligent cricketer, give him spaceIndia vs Australia, Brief Scores: India (234/3) beat Australia (230) by 7 wickets. Virat Kohli said nobody was more committed to Indian cricket than MS Dhoni and people who questioned his abilities needed to give him space. Dhoni was named player-of-the series after he scored 193 runs in the ODIs vs Australia.advertisement Rajarshi Gupta MelbourneJanuary 18, 2019UPDATED: January 18, 2019 21:28 IST MS Dhoni finished the three-match ODI series against Australia as the second-highest run-getter (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli said the Indian team was happy for MS Dhoni after India won the ODI series vs AustraliaKohli also lashed out at Dhoni’s critics and asked them to give him space”Nobody is more commited to Indian cricket than MS Dhoni,” said Virat KohliBrief Scores: India (234/3; Dhoni 87*, Jadhav 61*) beat Australia (230; Chahal 6 for 42) by 7 wickets to win ODI series 2-1. Full ScorecardVirat Kohli doffed his hat to MS Dhoni after India won their first bilateral ODI series in Australia. Dhoni top-scored with an unbeaten 87 as India chased down 231 in Melbourne to win by 7 wickets and take the series 2-1.In three ODIs, Dhoni scored three fifties and aggregated 193 runs, the second most after Shaun Marsh. Dhoni was named man-of-the-series for the seventh time. In fact, he became the oldest Indian to win the award. Questioned in the past, especially after an ordinary 2018, Dhoni answered his critics in style.Last year, Dhoni managed only 275 runs from 20 ODIs. Critics had started wondering if Dhoni was past his prime. Some suggested he went back to play domestic cricket to stay in shape for international cricket. Rishabh Pant, meanwhile, went from strength to strength and finished as the second highest run-scorer in the Test series.Kohli, who has defended Dhoni fiercely in the past, lashed out at MSD critics after India wrapped up the series win.”I think as a team we are very happy for MS. It’s important to get runs under your belt to get the rhythm back,” Kohli told the media on Friday.”He will build on this performance in the series. Every batsman needs that kind of rhythm and runs next to your name to gain confidence. People say a lot of things on the outside. As an individual, I know that nobody is more committed to Indian cricket than MS.advertisement”They should let him figure out things on his own and what he needs to do. He is one of the most intelligent cricketers and he is not someone who is not aware about what needs to be done. As a team we are totally in sync with what he is doing and we are all very happy for him,” said Kohli.’NO.5 IDEAL SPOT FOR DHONI’When Virat Kohli took over as India’s limited-overs captain in 2017, he had expressed his desire to see MS Dhoni bat up the order. Now that Dhoni has started playing those match-winning knocks at No.4, the Indian team has at last found the much needed balance.For two years, India struggled to fill in Nos 4 and 5. With MS Dhoni returning to form months before the World Cup, Virat Kohli can afford to tick a lot of boxes.”Dhoni batted at number four in 2016 for a while. But after that he has been pretty happy playing at five and six for the team. We felt that number five was the ideal position for him. And if you saw him bat at Adelaide as well he was pretty comfortable in that position because that allows him to do a bit of both – get some game time as well as finish games off, attacking as and when required,” Kohli said.Also Read | Ready to bat anywhere for Team India, says MS DhoniAlso Read | Born to chase: MS Dhoni leaves fans awestruck after MCG masterclassAlso Read | After no fifty in 2018, MS Dhoni has 3 fifties from 3 ODIs in 2019Also Read | Virat Kohli becomes first Indian captain to win Test and ODI series in AustraliaAlso Read | Virat Kohli in Australia 2018-19: Average as batsman, outstanding as captainFor 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 byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow MS Dhonilast_img read more

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Not doing justice to ourselves as a team: Faf du Plessis after South Africa exit World Cup 2019

first_img ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019, Match 30 Top Bowlers Top Bowlers Match Ended 308/7 South Africa SA Pakistan PAK 259/9 308/7 vs Pakistan PAK Scorecard (50.0) 3/50 (10) (50.0) 3/46 (10) view full scorecard Super Over graphs Wahab Riaz (PAK) W. Riaz (PAK) South Africa Haris Sohail (PAK) H. Sohail (PAK) Pakistan beat South Africa by 49 runs (50.0) Referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SL) Umpires: Joel Wilson (WI), Kumar Dharmasena (SL) and Chris Gaffaney (NZ)center_img Shadab Khan (PAK) S. Khan (PAK) ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019 – Not doing justice to ourselves as a team: Faf du Plessis after South Africa exit World Cup 2019World Cup 2019: South Africa suffered their fifth loss in the tournament and were eliminated from the semi-finals race after the 49-run defeat against Pakistan at the Lord’s cricket ground on Sunday. Pakistan South Africa SA view more view less Match Ended ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 15:00 (Local Time) Babar Azam (PAK) B. Azam (PAK) 89 (59) Toss: PAK elected to bat commentary Top Batsmen Top Batsmen 69 (80) 259/9 (50.0) No data available! Rohan Sen LondonJune 23, 2019UPDATED: June 23, 2019 23:53 IST Faf du Plessis was dejected with South Africa’s performance against Pakistan (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSouth Africa suffered their fifth loss in the World Cup 2019The Proteas failed to reach the knockouts of the World Cup for the first time since 2003This was their sixth loss against Pakistan in an ICC tournament in the last 10 yearsSouth Africa captain Faf du Plessis was dejected with another poor batting performance from his team and blamed it as one of the main reasons for their disappointing campaign in World Cup 2019, which came to an end on Sunday after their 49-run loss against Pakistan.The Proteas suffered their fifth loss in the showpiece event and have no chance of advancing any further. They have two more games remaining in their campaign, against Sri Lanka and Australia, before they fly back home to South Africa.”We’re not playing great cricket. Whole tournament we’ve been good with the ball, but today we gave them a really good start. Pulled it back in the middle, but giving them 300-plus was 20 too many.”You need ot have a good start with the bat. We’re losing a quick wicket almost all the time and then as we’re building partnerships we’re losing wickets. That’s just the nature of the tournament. Struggling with a bit of confidence in our batting line-up. And thats cost 30-40 runs,” Faf du Plessis said at the post-match presentation.With that loss, South Africa are out of #CWC19 semi-final contention.Pakistan, meanwhile, move up to No.7. Their knockout hopes are very much alive.Latest standings #WeHaveWeWill | #PAKvSA pic.twitter.com/WmoHhzvdCNCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 23, 2019South Africa failed to reach the knockouts of the World Cup for the first time since the 2003 edition which they had hosted. This was their sixth loss against Pakistan in an ICC tournament in the last 10 years.advertisement”We have to try. We’ve put in the practice. We’re working hard. But confidence in sport is an amazing thing. When you’re playing well, the ball just falls for you. But at the moment, we’re down and when you play against a quality team like Pakistan, they put you under pressure.”For me the biggest downside is that we’re not doing justice to ourselves as team. We are playing against great teams. We’ve seen how crazy it is. But we are letting ourselves down considering the skill that’s in that dressing room,” du Plessis said.keep their #CWC19 semi-final hopes alive!They beat by 49 runs, with Amir and Riaz among the wickets after half-centuries from Sohail and Azam took them to 308/7. #WeHaveWeWill pic.twitter.com/vjJgNm11CbCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 23, 2019Chasing 309 for victory, South Africa were restricted to 259 for 9 in 50 overs with leg-spinner Shadab Khan and Wahab Riaz picking up 3 wickets each while Mohammad Amir contributed with 2 wickets. Shaheen Shah Afridi also got a wicket.Pakistan meanwhile, are still in with a shot at making the cut for the final four but they need to win their remaining three matches and then hope for some of the other results to go in their favour to stay alive in the competition.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan eliminate South Africa from semi-finals race with 49-run winAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Indian fan cheering for Pakistan becomes an instant hitAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistani fans troll Fakhar Zaman after strange dismissal vs South AfricaAlso Read | Imran Tahir becomes South Africa’s leading wicket-taker in World CupsFor 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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