Liverpool attacker Salah: I can repeat last season heroicsby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool star Mohamed Salah is hoping he can emulate his heroics from the 2017-18 season. The Egyptian attacker bagged an incredible 44 goals last season.”Of course, that makes me feel great, and makes me want to work harder and to continue performing,” he told GQ Middle East.”Because after that if your standards drop, people will not accept it. It’s a great feeling, but I don’t see it as more pressure.”For me it was, of course, a fantastic, historic season [in 2017-18] which I’m very proud of, but I’m looking for another one like it.”I’m not going to live off it. On the contrary, it made me more excited and determined for this season.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
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About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Schalke centre-back Matija Nastasic excited by Man City reunionby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSchalke centre-back Matija Nastasic has welcomed their Champions League draw with Manchester City.Nastasic spent three seasons at City between 2012 and 2015:He said, “I’m pleased we have drawn Manchester City. “These will be two very special matches for me as I played for City before signing for FC Schalke 04. Consequently, I will get to meet a few familiar faces. We know how strong our opponents are but we will give it our best shot.”The tie also means a reunion for City winger Leroy Sane.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Cardiff boss Warnock: Pochettino will struggle to reject Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock believes Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino would struggle to turn down Manchester United.The Argentine continues to be linked with the United job.Warnock said, “The grass is not always greener,” Warnock said. “Sir Alex [Ferguson] knew when he left that the place was not the same. They’d lost a lot and no one has been able to put that back.“It is still a big test for him [Pochettino]. Does he want that sort of challenge when he has got a new stadium and a squad he knows inside out?“But Manchester United are one of the biggest clubs in the world and you don’t get that opportunity very often.”
Video: Jason Whitlock Says Ciara’s Cleavage Shows She’s “Thirsty” From Not Having Sex With Russell Wilson
twitterYep, the article title here says it all. Jason Whitlock, who now works for FOX Sports after leaving ESPN earlier this year, joined Colin Cowherd on his radio show earlier Wednesday to talk about his issue with Ciara’s decision to wear a somewhat revealing dress during her singing of the National Anthem ahead of Monday night’s College Football Playoff National Championship. Kristine Leahy attempted to defend the pop star, but it was to no avail.Whitlock insinuated that Ciara showed cleavage because she’s “thirsty” – Urban Dictionary definition here – from not having sex with her boyfriend, Russell Wilson. Cowherd played dumb..@WhitlockJason thought Ciara looked “thirsty.” @KristineLeahy defended her & @ColinCowherd wanted Mountain Dew. https://t.co/6HGJj10ih8— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) January 14, 2016Whitlock also claimed to like “thirsty women” and referenced a strip club chain in the segment.Somehow, we doubt Whitlock’s opinion will be a popular one.
Arsenal’s leading goalscorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had just 13 touches as the Gunners were thrashed 5-1 by Liverpool on Saturday.The Gabon international has scored 13 Premier League goals in 20 appearances this season but he cut a lonely figure as Unai Emery’s men were pulled apart at Anfield.Ainsley Maitland-Niles gave the visitors the lead after just 11 minutes but Liverpool’s response was swift and decisive, Roberto Firmino scoring two goals in three minutes before Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah scored to make it 4-1 at half-time. 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? Firmino scored again from the penalty spot in the second half to put the game well out of Arsenal’s reach, while the normally lethal Aubameyang was left to reflect on a fruitless evening before being taken off 19 minutes from the end.Replaced by Alexandre Lacazette late on, Aubameyang cut the same dejected figure as he trudged off the field as he had done during his 71-minute outing on Merseyside.13 – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had just 13 touches in Arsenal’s defeat at Anfield; six of which came from kick-offs. Lonely. pic.twitter.com/d11LCpuOqL — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 29, 2018 That six of the 29-year-old’s touches came via kick-offs, five following each of Liverpool’s goals and one at the start of the second half, highlights his struggles on the day.Having been one of the more effervescent members of Emery’s side during the first half of the Spaniard’s maiden campaign in charge, the ex-Borussia Dortmund man retreated into the shadows.The performance came amid a sobering afternoon for the Gunners, who shipped four goals in the opening 45 minutes of a Premier league game for the fourth time.Though Emery has made significant progress since succeeding Arsene Wenger in the summer, Arsenal are now 20 games without an away win against their fellow “big six” sides, losing 10 of their last 12 visits.But despite suffering the heaviest defeat of his short tenure, Emery says his team can take positives from the experience against Liverpool.”Bad experience, bad experience but to learn,” he added. “The second half we need to stand up and keep our position in the game. The two last goal, the two penalties, I think is a lot for us.”I think it’s going to help the referees to take better decision and we only can think now about the match on Tuesday, not the difference between Liverpool and us.”It’s not like today the result, maybe we can do one balance and mix between our goal. We have a lot of work to do. Defensively also we know we need to get better.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Cesc Fabregas’ final game in English football did not quite go as planned last Saturday. Having been handed the captain’s armband for the FA Cup third round victory over Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge, Fabregas had the chance for a fairy-tale ending to his glorious time in England when Chelsea were awarded a penalty.However, a stuttered run-up gave Luke Steele the chance to save his spot-kick. Chelsea still went on to win the game 2-0, though, and Fabregas was given a standing ovation when he was substituted later in the game.He now moves on to Monaco, coached by his former Arsenal colleague Thierry Henry, having been understandably unwilling to continue as a deputy to Jorginho at Chelsea. 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? English football’s loss is French football’s gain and he will be a crucial addition to a Monaco side fighting against relegation from Ligue 1.It is an unusual situation for Fabregas to find himself in as he has spent a decade-and-a-half dominating midfields for trophy-chasing sides.In fact, few from his generation have shown the ability to pass a ball like Fabregas – who has the second highest number of assists in Premier League history, behind only Ryan Giggs.Having learned his trade at the legendary La Masia academy in Barcelona, alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique, it was Arsenal who ultimately poached him as a 16-year-old.Arsene Wenger was the true making of Fabregas, helping him to adapt to the professional game and allowing him to flourish in a new city in London.Wenger is someone Fabregas sees as a father figure, giving him his debut at 16 years and 177 days and the Arsenal captaincy at 21. The Spaniard repaid his boss’s faith by providing an FA Cup and the club’s best ever Champions League performance when they finished runners-up in 2006.Ultimately he returned to Barcelona, his boyhood club, to fulfil a dream and play for his idol in Pep Guardiola. Despite being effective, Fabregas was an outsider in that dressing room but left having secured every major honour apart from the Champions League, the only big title that has escaped Fabregas’ clutches.With Spain, he secured legendary status by providing the assist that won his country their first and only World Cup. Indeed, it was a Fabregas cross-field ball which Andres Iniesta slammed home against Netherlands in the final in South Africa in 2010. Fabregas also secured back-to-back European Championships in 2008 and 2012 during the country’s golden era.Jose Mourinho would then make Fabregas feel wanted as the midfielder returned to English football and it was a successful partnership as they won the Premier League title in 2014-15.Under the more intense Antonio Conte he was forced to adapt his game. Despite moving into the latter stages of his career, Fabregas was asked to cover more ground and be strong in the tackle. Fabregas picked up another Premier League title under Conte and dug in to win over his new boss, despite many predicting his departure from Stamford Bridge.That ability to be a master of reinvention is what kept him relevant , as use of technical central midfielders fell out of fashion for a while in the Premier League.Current Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is another who changed Fabregas, asking him to become a regista and dictate play from deep areas. Sarri wanted to keep the Spaniard but, despite admiring Sarri’s football philosophy, Fabregas was unwilling to play the role of substitute.Consequently, the FA Cup win against Nottingham Forest was his Chelsea swan-song. It was, incredibly, his 501st appearance in English football. During that time he has also scored 79 goals, won two Premier Leagues, two FA Cups, a League Cup, Community Shield, been the EPL’s top assist provider for a season on three occasions and in the PFA Team of the Year twice.”It feels like it was last week I started playing professionally and now it is over 15 years,” a reflective Fabregas told Chelsea’s official website.”It is a long time but for the young players when they start playing, my little advice is to enjoy it every single second because it goes so fast.”In football you have to be ready every three days, you have to live with criticism, you have to live with everyone saying how good you are – up and downs – and you just think I am young, I have time but time really does fly, so enjoy every single second of it.”All true football fans – especially those of a Chelsea and Arsenal persuasion – have certainly enjoyed watching Fabregas over the last 15 years. He will be remembered as an all-time legend of English football and, at the age of just 31, he still has some magic left in his boots to delight Monaco and Ligue 1 supporters. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
History is well and truly on the Socceroos’ side ahead of their Asian Cup Round of 16 clash against Uzbekistan at the Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium – which kicks off on January 22 at 1am (AEDT). Australia have won each of their three games against Uzbekistan without conceding a goal and their last meeting saw the Socceroos triumph 6-0 at the 2011 Asian Cup.A lot has changed since then however with the White Wolves ranked as high as 43rd in the world in 2016 and they look more than capable of asking some serious questions of the green and gold. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Game Australia vs Uzbekistan Date Tuesday, January 22 AEDT Time 1.00am AEDT / 6.00pm LOCAL TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In Australia, the match can be watched live on Fox Sports through the Foxtel platform. There is no free-to-air broadcaster.You can stream the game through either the Foxtel Go, Foxtel Play and Kayo – just bear in mind those services are subscription based. AUS TV channel Online stream Fox Sports Foxtel GO/Foxtel Play/Kayo/My Football Live Squads & Team News Position Australia players Goalkeepers Ryan, Vukovic, Langerak Defenders Sainsbury, Behich, Gersbach, Jurman, Milligan, Risdon, Degenek, Grant Midfielders Luongo, Jeggo, Amini, Irvine, Mabil, Rogic Forwards Leckie, Giannou, Nabbout, Maclaren, Kruse, Ikonomidis After missing Australia’s final group game against Syria through suspension, Trent Sainsbury will return to the Socceroos starting side with Massimo Luongo shaping as the man to be pushed back onto the bench. That looms as the likely only change for the green and gold with Mathew Leckie nearing fitness but unlikely to be risked from the start.Josh Risdon is also fit again but will struggle to dislodge Rhyan Grant, while Andrew Nabbout remains out injured with Jamie Maclaren set to lead the line for a fourth game running.Socceroos predicted XI: Ryan; Behich, Degenek, Sainsbury, Grant; Milligan, Irvine; Ikonomidis, Rogic, Mabil; Maclaren. Position Uzbekistan players Goalkeepers Nesterov, Yusupov, Quvvatov Defenders Krimets, Ismoilov, Tursunov, Tukhtahodjaev, Zoteev, Sayfiev, Shorahmedov, Hoshimov Midfielders Hamrobekov, Ahmedov, Shukurov, Musaev, Masharipov, Turgunbaev, Hamdamov, Sidikov, Alibaev, Shomurodev Forwards Bikmaev, Rashidov Uzbekistan coach Hector Cuper made a number of notable omissions from his Asian Cup squad before the tournament leaving out influential trio Igor Sergeev, Javohir Ilyasov and Dilshod Rakhmatullaev.He also opted to include just two out-and-out strikers in the form of Marat Bikmaev and Sardor Rashidov. Eldor Shomurodov, who plays club football in Russia for FC Rostov, has been Uzbekistan’s star performer so far in the UAE bagging four goals across his first three games. Uzbekistan predicted XI: Nesterov; Khashimov, Tukhtahodjaev, Krimets, Sayfiyev; Shukurov, Musayev, Sidikov; Khamdamov, Shomurodev, Alibaev. Betting & Match Odds Australia enter this match as $1.66 favourites with Uzbekistan valued at $5 of claiming a surprise win.Jamie Maclaren is the best backed to open the scoring at odds of $5 and is going at odds of $2.40 to score anytime.Uzbekistan attacker Eldor Shomurodov has scored four times at the Asian Cup is good value at $4.75 to score at any point.All odds courtesy of Bet365 and correct at the time of publishing. Match Preview The Socceroos’ route to the knockout stages was a lot bumpier than many expected after an early loss to Jordan left them with little room for error.A convincing 3-0 win over Palestine was followed up with a shaky 3-2 victory against Syria – results that sealed second spot in Group B and this clash with Uzbekistan.The White Wolves on the other hand won their first two games in the UAE, before letting a lead slip in a 2-1 loss against Japan to surrender top spot in Group F.Uzbekistan had a difficult 2018 having surging up to 43rd in the world in 2016 but look close to being back on track under coach Hector Cuper.Shomurodov will be the danger man for Uzbekistan and already has four goals to his name.For the Socceroos, young duo Awer Mabil and Chris Ikonomidis are the ones to watch as they look to fire Australia to the quarter-finals.On paper, the green and gold should be able to get the job done in Al Ain, but recent form suggests Uzbekistan won’t go down without a fight.
Samuel L. Jackson made a spontaneous visit to a college football game last night.In a hilarious coincidence, Louisville wide receiver Traveon Samuel and quarterback Lamar Jackson ended up on the bench together in last night’s game against Charlotte. Little did they know, this decision would ultimately go viral. Why? When beside each other, the jersey’s names read “Samuel L. Jackson.””And you shall know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.” pic.twitter.com/Hcnnu2Bt5Y— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) September 2, 2016Believe it or not, this little Easter egg during the game wasn’t intentional, nor was it ever realized by the two Cardinals football players. According to the Courier-Journal, Samuel saw the image trending online after the game and showed his teammate the picture following the game.“The Samuel L. Jackson thing?” Jackson commented. “[Samuel] just showed me in the locker-room. That’s funny. I’ve never thought of that.”The Louisville Cardinals defeated the Charlotte 49ers 70-14. Jackson impressively accounted for a school-record eight touchdowns and 405 offensive yards by halftime. He led the team with both passing yards and rushing yards.The Cardinals take on the Syracuse Orange on Sept. 9.
Harry Maguire is “flattered” by Manchester United’s interest and is keen to be a part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Old Trafford rebuild, Goal has learned from sources close to the negotiations to transfer the England international.The Red Devils are looking to push through a deal for the Leicester City centre-back having shown initial interest in him during last summer’s transfer window.But having gone cool on Maguire 12 months ago, United are now looking to tie up a move for the 26-year-old as Solskjaer continues to remodel his playing roster with an emphasis on young, proven British talent. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Maguire, who was one of the stars of the Three Lions’ run to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, is ready to become the next building block in the Norwegian’s summer spree.Reports have suggested that United have offered around £70 million ($88m) for the boyhood United fan, but the Foxes board are hoping to attract an offer in excess of £80m ($100m) in order to allow Maguire to depart.But Maguire is now welcoming the chance to join the club and is said to be flattered by the thought of spearheading Solskjaer’s defensive ranks.Solskjaer has plenty of alternatives already available in the heart of their defence, with Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Axel Tuanzebe among their centre-back options.But the United boss wants to increase the quality of his choices in the centre, and Maguire is his number-one target.Leicester have completed the club-record £40m ($50m) signing of Youri Tielemans having had the Belgium star on loan from Monaco for the second half of last season.But while manager Brendan Rodgers will be happy to have his midfield stocks bolstered, he could now lose a leading figure of his squad in Maguire.The centre-back will find at least one familiar face at the Theatre of Dreams should he complete a move this summer, with his former Hull City boss Mike Phelan now Solskjaer’s number two at United.United have already been busy in the market this summer, having brought in Welsh attacker Daniel James from Swansea for around £15m and Crystal Palace’s England Under-21 international full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka for £50m.They have since travelled to Australia for the start of their pre-season tour, with a match against Perth Glory on Sunday their first assignment ahead of the new campaign.
Alexis Sanchez has struggled at Manchester United because he is not happy, according to former star Robin van Persie.Sanchez has failed to live up to the hype since swapping Arsenal for Premier League rivals United in January 2018, scoring just five goals in 45 appearances.Injuries have also hampered Chile international Sanchez, who managed only one league goal for the Red Devils last season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Van Persie also made the move from Arsenal to United in 2012-13, winning the Premier League in his first season at Old Trafford – the club have not topped the English summit since.Now retired, Van Persie tried to explain why Sanchez has failed to make an impact under Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in Manchester.”He doesn’t look very happy to me,” Van Persie said via the Daily Mail. “He looked happy at Arsenal. He doesn’t look happy now. What I’ve seen and felt over the years is that how you feel mentally, how your life is, has a big influence.'”If you’re happy, you’re 50 per cent fitter, you create more and you enjoy yourself… so he should find a way mentally to change that.””It’s a different time,” Van Persie told the Telegraph. “Over the past couple of years a lot has changed. There are a lot of impressions from fans, from social media, he is constantly getting hit about his wages. It’s negative, so he starts negative, and maybe that is difficult.”Sanchez was lured to United by Mourinho last year and the Portuguese boss was sacked in December amid poor results and criticism over his perceived brand of defensive football.Van Persie added: “For him it was difficult because he was coming into a defensive playing team. I came into a team with all the mature players there already: Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Michael Carrick. At Arsenal I was one of the older ones, captain, and here I could just come in and have fun, because the guys sorted all the other stuff beside it.”Mentally, I was just having fun. I was happy, I was just enjoying it, really. I did not think about the consequences. I was not using social media back then, so I was not really bothered about what people said. When I went outside it was all positive so I was in my own little bubble of being happy.”Solskjaer was installed as interim manager in December before the United great signed a permanent deal in March as the club eventually finished sixth and 32 points off the pace.”When you play for a club like Manchester United, the fans are used to attacking football and risks,” Van Persie continued. “I don’t really think the fans were disappointed about not winning the league. You can miss out on winning the league because you have great teams in this league. It’s maybe the way they played that the fans were not really happy with.”United is like a beast. In a positive way, when you are doing well. It is so huge. It is fantastic, a great place to be. But when it goes wrong, when you’re having a bad period as a player or a coach, it’s tough. It’s a tough place, lots of pressure, everyone demanding not only a win, but they are demanding attacking football. 77,000 people want to be enjoying it.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
MORGANTOWN, WV – NOVEMBER 23: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners warms up before the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers on November 23, 2018 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)If the Oklahoma Sooners are going to clinch the final spot in the College Football Playoff, they might need help from the other conference championship games. However, the most important part is avenging their early-season loss to Texas.With the Sooners and the Longhorns ready to battle for the Big-12 Championship, it’s imperative that Lincoln Riley leads his crew to victory.The chance to play for a national championship isn’t out of reach, but there are certain results that have to come into fruition. Ultimately, here are the three scenarios that the Sooners probably need to happen, with No. 1 being imperative:Oklahoma defeats Texas in the Big-12 ChampionshipAlabama defeats Georgia in the SEC ChampionshipOhio State loses or narrowly defeats Northwestern in the Big Ten ChampionshipPerhaps the most important game will be the battle between the Buckeyes and the Wildcats. Ohio State gained tons of momentum with its convincing win over Michigan last weekend, yet that would come crashing down with an upset loss to Northwestern.In addition, another loss for Georgia would most likely knock them out of contention.Obviously, the Sooners would make a tremendous statement by dismantling the Longhorns in the rematch.It should be one chaotic Saturday for college football fans.
BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)The father of an LSU Tigers’ football player has tragically passed away at the age of 49.Kary Vincent Sr., a former Texas A&M football standout and the father of LSU defensive back Kary Vincent Jr., has died.Vincent Sr. played at Texas A&M in the early 1990s.News of the passing was reported by Lance Edwards with 12 News Now.“Sad news tonight out of Port Arthur. Coach Kary Vincent has passed away. PAISD Superintendent Dr. Mark Porterie confirms with @12NewsNow that Vincent died on Wednesday. Prayers for the Titan community and his family from everyone at 12 News and #409Sports,” he tweeted.Sad news tonight out of Port Arthur. Coach Kary Vincent has passed away. PAISD Superintendent Dr. Mark Porterie confirms with @12NewsNow that Vincent died on Wednesday. Prayers for the Titan community and his family from everyone at 12 News and #409Sports. pic.twitter.com/hZctYuXaei— Lance Edwards (@12NewsLance) December 27, 2018Vincent Jr., a four-star sophomore defensive back, paid tribute to his father on Twitter.KK Gone Live Through Me?— Kary Vincent Jr. (@__KCINCO) December 26, 2018I love you daddy— Kary Vincent Jr. (@__KCINCO) December 26, 2018Our thoughts are with the Vincent family at this tough time.May Kary Vincent Sr. rest in peace.
CHAPEL HILL, NC – NOVEMBER 18: A general view as the sun sets during the game between the Western Carolina Catamounts and the North Carolina Tar Heels at Kenan Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)The 2018 college football season is over and it’s time to start looking ahead to the 2019 season.ESPN is here for that, as the Worldwide Leader has released a series of “bold” predictions for college football’s next season.College football writer Mark Schlabach is predicting two major programs will miss bowl games next year.Those two programs: North Carolina and Kansas.The Tar Heels and the Jayhawks are now led by Mack Brown and Les Miles, respectively, but those two national title-winning head coaches won’t be going bowling in Year 1.ESPN.com explained why:Brown, who turns 68 four days before the Aug. 31 opener against South Carolina in Charlotte, North Carolina, inherits a team that went 2-9 in 2018. Seven of UNC’s nine losses were by 10 points or fewer, including two in overtime.Keep an eye on UNC’s home game against Miami. New Hurricanes coach Manny Diaz was Brown’s defensive coordinator at Texas, and things didn’t end particularly well.Kansas went 3-9 in coach David Beaty’s final season, and Dr Pepper commercials are about as close as Miles, 65, will get to another national championship trophy.You can view ESPN’s full series of predictions here.
AMES, IA – NOVEMBER 19: Head coach Matt Campbell of the Iowa State Cyclones tips his hat as he leave the field after defeating the Texas Tech Red Raiders 66-10 at Jack Trice Stadium on November 19, 2016 in Ames, Iowa. The Iowa State Cyclones won 66-10 over the Texas Tech Red Raiders. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell has turned the Cyclones around in the last two seasons, and coming off consecutive eight-win campaigns, the 39-year-old Ohio native drew some NFL attention.Campbell’s name was mentioned in connection with the Cleveland Browns’ job and there was a report that six teams reached out to him. Still another report indicated Campbell declined an interview request from the New York Jets.As long as Campbell keeps winning in Ames, he will continue to pique the interest of NFL franchises. However, he tried to downplay any speculation about his future at Tuesday’s Big 12 Media Days.Campbell was asked about the possibility of him moving on to the NFL at some point. “Haven’t really put a lot of thought into it,” Campbell said, via the Des Moines Register. “My goal and dream was to be like my father: to be a head high school coach.”Standard coach speak from Campbell, who clearly is going to be as coy as possible about any desire he may have to try his hand at the next level.In the meantime, the Cyclones are pegged to finish third in the Big 12 this season, behind only Oklahoma and Texas.They came in at No. 18 in The Spun’s preseason Top 25, which you can view here.
Reuters Indian WellsMarch 9, 2019UPDATED: March 9, 2019 11:45 IST Serena Williams smashed 39 winners to defeat Victoria Azarenka (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSerena Williams defeated Victoria Azarenka 7-5 6-3Serena will play Garbine Muguruza in the third roundSloane Stephens was stunned by Stefanie Vogele 6-3 6-0Swiss qualifier Stefanie Vogele stunned world number four Sloane Stephens 6-3 6-0 in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open on Friday while Serena Williams got the better of Victoria Azarenka to advance.Vogele needed just over an hour to dispatch the fourth-seeded Stephens and push her overall record to 4-1 against the 2017 U.S. Open champion, who committed her 32nd unforced error on match point when she sent a forehand wide.”Obviously playing someone who you haven’t done that well against in the past is a little bit rough,” Stephens told reporters after the match, which was played amid high winds on a sunny day in the Southern California desert.”It was windy but it was windy for both of us. I just didn’t play a great match today.” Under the lights on the stadium court, Williams smashed 39 winners to defeat Azarenka 7-5 6-3 in a rematch of the 2016 final, which the Belarusian won.”I truly love her, she’s a really good friend,” 23-times Grand Slam champion Williams said.”She’s a fellow mom and a former number one, just like me.”It’s hard to play someone you’re so close with but it’s also really invigorating and cool.”William will play Garbine Muguruza in the third round after the 20th-seeded Spaniard crushed American Lauren Davis 6-1 6-3 earlier on Friday.Unseeded American Jennifer Brady defeated 19th-seeded Caroline Garcia 6-3 3-6 6-0 to book her place in the third round.The 23-year-old Brady thumped five aces en route to her third victory over the Frenchwoman this year, setting up a meeting with 12th-seeded Ash Barty, who defeated Tatjana Maria 6-4 6-4.advertisementCzech Marketa Vondrousova eased past error-prone Russian Daria Kasatkina 6-2 6-1 to book her place in the third round.With the loss, 14th seed Kasatkina, a finalist at Indian Wells last year, is projected to fall out of the top 20 when rankings are next updated.Second seed Simona Halep, Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko, Britain’s Johanna Konta, Belgian Elise Mertens and 18-year-old Bianca Andreescu all reached the third-round with straight sets victories on Friday.Also Read | Stan Wawrinka comes from behind to advance at Indian WellsFor 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 Serena WilliamsFollow Victoria AzarenkaFollow Sloane StephensFollow BNP Paribas OpenFollow Indian Wells Next Serena Williams beats Victoria Azarenka, Sloane Stephens stunned at Indian WellsSerena Williams got the better of Victoria Azarenka while Sloane Stephens crashed out after losing to Stefanie Vogele in straight sets in the second round of the BNP Paribas Openadvertisement
Opponents know what I’m capable of: Chris GayleUniverse Boss Chris Gayle has termed himself as the most dangerous batsman in the world and that he will be the force to reckon with during the 2019 World Cupadvertisement Asian News International MelbourneMay 22, 2019UPDATED: May 22, 2019 16:10 IST Chris Gayle is confident that his opponents are scared of him (Photo: AP)HIGHLIGHTSChris Gayle will be playing his 5th World CupGayle had scored 326 sixes in IPL, crossing the 300-markWest Indies start their World Cup campaign against Pakistan on May 31West Indies destructive batsman Chris Gayle is all pumped for the forthcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup saying that the bowlers know about his capabilities and they know he is the ‘most dangerous batsman’.”Youngsters coming at my head – it’s not as easy as it was like one time before. I was quicker then. But they’ll be weary. They know what the Universe Boss is capable of. I’m sure they will have it in the back of their mind, ‘Hey, this is the most dangerous batsman they’ve ever seen in cricket’,” Cricket.com.au quoted Gayle, as saying.Gayle is also very confident in saying that opponents are scared of him, however, they just opt not to admit this on camera.”Can’t you tell? You go ask them. Go ask them on camera. They’re going to say, no, they’re not scared.But you ask them off the camera, they going to say, ‘Yeah, he’s the man. He’s the man.’ They’re going to say, ‘he’s the man’,” he said. “But they won’t say it (on camera), they won’t be frank and upfront and say, ‘Listen to me straight up, Chris Gayle is the man,” he added.Universe Boss Gayle has hammered 326 sixes in Indian Premier League (IPL), most by any player. Surprisingly, no other player has even reached the 300-mark as the second positioned batsman, AB de Villiers has just 212 sixes.The 39-year old also said that it is hard to quit if you enjoy the sport while expressing that it is just the World Cup title which will satisfy him.advertisement”If you’re enjoying it, it’s always easy (to keep playing) and I’m enjoying it. I’ve been having a lot of fun on the field, and it’s a great bunch of guys as well – that’s important,” he said.”There’s nothing to go out there and prove, the only thing that would be nice is to win the World Cup,” Gayle added.West Indies will compete with Pakistan for their first World Cup 2019 clash on May 31.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Buttler is England’s dangerman, says PontingAlso Read | India knocked out of Sudirman Cup after 0-3 loss to ChinaAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Chris GayleFollow west indiesFollow World Cup 2019
commentary view more view less Next No data available! advertisement scorecard graphs India Today Web Desk LeedsJuly 4, 2019UPDATED: July 4, 2019 23:05 IST West Indies handed Afghanistan their 8th World Cup 2019 defeat on Thursday. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWest Indies defeated Afghanistan by 23 runsAfghanistan suffered their 8th defeat of the World Cup 2019Carlos Brathwaite picked four wickets in West Indies winIn a game that had no implications on the World Cup 2019 semi-finals line-up, West Indies defeated Afghanistan by 23 runs at Headingley, Leeds on Thursday to keep the latter winless in the tournament.In a rematch of World Cup qualifier last year, West Indies had set a 312 target for Afghanistan, who had never scored above 300 in an ODI, but Afghanistan were all out for 288 to suffer their 8th defeat of the World Cup 2019.In the mammoth chase, Afghanistan lost their skipper Gulbadin Naib in the second over. However, Rahmat Shah and Ikram Ali Khil played with composure to a build 133-run stand and bail Afghanistan out of a pressure situation.Rahmat Shah brought up his maiden World Cup fifty off 57 balls, while Ikram Ali became the youngest to get an above 80 score in the history of World Cup to keep Afghanistan’s chase on track.It was Carlos Brathwaite, who gave West Indies a crucial breakthrough and broke the well-looking partnership. Rahmat Shah (62) got a leading edge to hand an easy catch to Chris Gayle at short cover.The game took a turn when West Indies claimed three wickets in 14 balls to create worries for Afghanistan. With his occasional offspin, Chris Gayle took the key wicket of Ikram Ali Khil, trapping him lbw for 86. Najibullah Zadran (31) was run out two balls later and Mohammad Nabi (2) then holed out in the deep off Kemar Roach.Roach then picked his third wicket after dismissing Samiullah Shinwari for 6. As Afghanistan kept losing wickets, Asghar Afghan spent some time at the crease to keep Afghanistan alive in the chase but Jason Holder took a brilliant catch at the boundary rope to get rid of him for 40 off Carlos Brathwaite.advertisementBrathwaite then also sent back Rashid Khan (9) and Dawlat Zadran (1) to get four wickets.Earlier, young Nicholas Pooran and skipper Jason Holder provided the final flourish with a century plus stand as West Indies scored a respectable 311 for six in an inconsequential World Cup league stage encounter, here Thursday.Pooran (58) and Holder (45) added 105 runs in 71 balls to take the total past 300-run mark.This was after Shai Hope (77) and Evin Lewis (58) set the platform with an 88-run second wicket partnership.For Afghanistan, seamer Dawlat Zadran was the most successful bowler but was hammered during the last few overs. He ended with figures of 2 for 73.Afghan spin troika of Mujeeb ur Rahman (0/52), Mohammed Nabi (1/56) and Rashid Khan (1/52) were once again steady as the Caribbean batsmen couldn’t push the run-rate up during middle overs.Hope and Lewis both hit six fours and two sixes each as they built a foundation after Chris Gayle’s early dismissal. Shimron Hetmyer (39) also got a start but was out after being set. He added 65 runs with Hope for the third wicket.Hope and Hetmyer were out within 20 runs off each other and West Indies weren’t exactly comfortable at 192 for 4 in the 38th over.But it was Pooran and Holder, who attacked the bowling during the last 10 overs.Also Read | Pakistan’s performance in World Cup 2019 not bad at all: Moin KhanAlso Read | It is very difficult: Sarfaraz Ahmed on Pakistan’s World Cup semi-final chancesAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow West Indies vs Afghanistan World Cup 2019: West Indies leave Afghanistan winless after 23-run victoryWorld Cup 2010: Afghanistan suffered their 8th defeat of the tournament as they lost their last group game by 23 runs to West Indies.
view more view less No data available! commentary graphs Next India vs New Zealand World Cup 2019, 1st semi-final: Manchester Weather Updates for Reserve DayIndia vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019 1st semi-final weather forecast: Here is all you need to know about the weather prediction of Manchester on Wednesday. India Today Web Desk ManchesterJuly 9, 2019UPDATED: July 9, 2019 23:49 IST India vs New Zealand, Manchester Weather Forecast: Old Trafford stadium under covers (Reuters Photo)The first semi-final of the World Cup 2019 will be played over two days after intermittent rain stopped Tuesday’s play with New Zealand on 211 for five against India after 46.1 overs.Ross Taylor was batting on 67 with Tom Latham on three at the other end when rain forced the players off.Match officials waited for more than four hours while rain stopped and started before deciding to take the game to the reserve day (Wednesday). (What happens on reserve day?)Interestingly, the group match between 2015 finalists New Zealand and twice champions India last month was one of the four ‘no-result’ matches in the rain-hit tournament.With the rain unrelenting, play has been called off for the day. New Zealand will resume their innings tomorrow at 10.30am on 211/5 with 3.5 overs to bat.Here’s hoping for better weather tomorrow #INDvNZ | #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/p9KdXPdd0gCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 9, 2019The game will continue on Wednesday where it was halted – New Zealand will complete their 50-over innings and India will then complete their 50-over innings, weather permitting. The match may be shortened dependent on conditions.For the match to be completed, India are required to bat for at least 20 overs. If no play is possible on the reserve day also then India will qualify for the final due as they had finished on top of the points table in the league phasea, ahead of fourth-placed New Zealand.The first #CWC19 semi-final remains keenly poised! Can New Zealand pick up where they left off when we return tomorrow?Highlights of #INDvNZ so far pic.twitter.com/XTPJgXOBJXadvertisementICC (@ICC) July 9, 2019The match will start at 3.30PM IST but the forecast for Wednesday is also not something which the fans would be looking forward to as rain is predicted 4.30 PM IST. Conditions are going to remain cloudy throughout the day with more rain predicted at around 9.30 PM IST. (Courtesy: Accuweather.com) (Courtesy: Accuweather.com)NZ INNINGS SUMMARYPlay was stopped with only 3.5 overs left in the New Zealand innings. There was threat of rain before the match began. In overcast conditions, however, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bat.Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar started off perfectly for India. The pacers did not give away a single run in the first 16 balls before Bumrah got rid of Martin Guptill.Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls shared a solid 68-run stand for the 2nd wicket and that partnership gave New Zealand hopes of a good platform in trying conditions. But Ravindra Jadeja snared Nicholls in the 19th over to dent the Black Caps again.With rain around the corner, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor made sure New Zealand did not lose wickets in a hurry. But Taylor’s inability to rotate strike and pierce the gaps built more pressure on New Zealand and Williamson. The skipper was lured into a false shot against Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravindra Jadeja took an easy catch at point in the 36th over.Ross Taylor then dropped anchor and shared important stands with James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme and New Zealand did well to cross the 200-run mark before play was stopped.Also Read | Rain lasted longer than any New Zealand batsman: Funny memes outAlso Read | India vs New Zealand World Cup 2019 semi-final: Match to resume on Reserve Day after rain plays spoilsportAlso Read | India vs New Zealand Highlights, World Cup Semi-finalAlso Read | How much will India need to chase if New Zealand do not bat again?For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow weather forecast for manchesterFollow India vs New ZealandFollow World Cup 2019Follow manchester weather forecastFollow old trafford weather forecast scorecard advertisement
Asian News International New DelhiJuly 29, 2019UPDATED: July 29, 2019 18:13 IST New Zealand captain Kane Williamson (IANS)HIGHLIGHTSNew Zealand captain Kane Williamson in an Instagram posted a picture with teammate Trent BoultNZC announced a 15-member squad for the upcoming Test series against Sri LankaThe Kiwis are slated to play two Test matches and three T20Is against Sri LankaNew Zealand captain Kane Williamson on Monday shared his look wearing the new Test jersey with name and number on it. The name and number on the Test jersey is an initiative by the ICC to help fans connect with the players. Williamson in an Instagram posted a picture with teammate Trent Boult and captioned it, new look. International Cricket Council (ICC) used American band Backstreet Boys catchphrase and said New Zealand, known as BlackCaps, is back.BlackCaps shared pictures of its cricketers and wrote, Red ball ready. New Zealand team added another post, saying, All smiles for names and numbers on the shirts for our @icc World Test Championship launch at @bayoval.New Zealand Cricket (NZC) announced a 15-member squad for the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka, which marks the start of ICC World Test Championship for the Kiwis.The team will be led by Kane Williamson and the test squad comprises of four frontline spinners. Left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel and off-spinner Will Somerville have been called back into the team to bolster the spin bowling attack.Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, and Colin de Grandhomme have been named in the squad as fast-bowling options. BJ Watling will act as the regular wicket-keeper, but in case, he gets injured, the management has named Tom Blundell as the wicket-keeping cover.New Zealand recently finished as the runners-up in the recently concluded ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. They lost to England on the basis of boundary countback rule as both 50-over action and super over ended up in a tie.advertisementThe Kiwis are slated to play two Test matches and three T20Is against Sri Lanka. The management is yet to announce the T20I squad.BlackCaps 15-member team for upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka:Kane Williamson (c), Todd Astle, Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, JEet Raval, Will Somerville, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling (wk).The first Test match will be played from August 14 to 18 at Galle, followed by the second Test from August 22 to 26 in Colombo. The three T20Is will be played on August 31, September 2 and 6.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 Kane WilliamsonFollow Trent BoultFollow New ZealandFollow NZC Kane Williamson, Trent Boult share New Zealand’s new numbered Test jerseyThe Kiwis are slated to play two Test matches and three T20Is against Sri Lanka. The management is yet to announce the T20I squad.advertisement
Ajith Kumar participated in 45th Tamil Nadu State Shooting ChampionshipAs Nerkonda Paarvai is gearing up for release on August 8, Ajith has already moved on with his other activities. He recently participated in the Tamil Nadu State Shooting competition, which was held in Coimbatore.advertisement India Today Web Desk ChennaiJuly 30, 2019UPDATED: July 30, 2019 15:05 IST Ajith from his practice sessionAjith Kumar tries his hand at many things. Apart from being one of the superstars of Tamil cinema, Ajith also has other interests in his life. He was once very much into car racing and participated in international racing events.He is also into aero-modeling since childhood. The Tamil actor was recently appointed as Helicopter Test Pilot and UAV System Adviser by The Madras Institute of Technology for its team Dhaksha, which participated in an international Unarmed Aerial Vehicle launch competition.Now, the actor has participated in the 45th Tamil Nadu State Shooting Championship, which was held in Coimbatore last weekend. A few months ago, pictures of Ajith practicing rifle shooting went viral on social media. Back then it was thought that the actor was doing it as a hobby, but it looks like Ajith had taken the sport seriously.He will next be seen in Nerkonda Paarvai, which is releasing on August 8. The film, directed by H Vinoth, is a remake of Bollywood venture Pink. Ajith is playing the role of a lawyer in the courtroom drama.Shraddha Srinath, Abirami, Andrea Tairang, Adhik Ravichander and Rangaraj Pandey are playing pivotal roles in the movie.ALSO READ: #RIPActorVijay trends online. Cricketer Ashwin Ravichandran lashes out at Tamil youngstersALSO WATCH | Tamil superstar Rajinikanth may join politics with own partyGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byP Kirubhakar Tags :Follow Nerkonda PaarvaiFollow Ajith Next