9 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp urged to forget about new centre-half signing

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp urged to forget about new centre-half signingby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino says Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp doesn’t need to buy a new centre-half this month.Klopp’s Liverpool team recorded an impressive win against Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday to maintain their position at the top of the Premier League table. Injuries to Joel Matip and Joe Gomez left Liverpool short on central defensive options and forced Klopp to drop midfielder Fabinho back into defence. “Jurgen Klopp deserves a lot of credit for playing Fabinho at centre-back against Brighton & Hove Albion,” Cascarino wrote in his Times column. “I don’t understand why more teams don’t do something similar.“Yes he’s a defensive midfielder but they can do a job at the back. Most teams don’t play two strikers anyway these days and the likes of Fabinho, Nemanja Matic and Fernandinho could all do it. Liverpool don’t need to waste any money on a centre back this month. And, let’s face it, I could probably play alongside Virgil van Dijk.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Jahlil Okafor Is “Obsessed” With Netflix, Believes In Mermaids, Loves Documentaries About Bigfoot

first_imgJahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones at McDonald's All-American Game.Twitter/@BigJah15 Twitter/@BigJah15Twitter/@BigJah15Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor is a 6-foot-10 center with one of the most refined offensive post-games in college basketball, and is almost guaranteed to be the top overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft. That we all know. The Wall Street Journal dug a bit deeper into the Blue Devils star, and found out that he’s much more than a talented basketball player… he is also a very unique personality. Specifically, he loves cryptozoology and is adamant about the existence of mermaids.Okafor is obsessed with Netflix. He keeps a teenager’s diet of action movies and soapy television series, but his secret soft spot is for documentaries about odd phenomena—the weirder, the better. Okafor is well-versed in the legend of Bigfoot, for example. He also likes mermaids.“That’s always been my interest,” Okafor said. “Things of the unknown.”…What he likes to do instead—when he’s not playing basketball, of course—is watch television by himself. He has a taste for the mythical. Okafor has tipped multiple people off to a Discovery Channel special that promised new evidence that mermaids are real.“I tried to tell them,” he said. “They wouldn’t listen.”He was doing this in high school, too. Okafor once raved to his coach about a Bigfoot documentary he had just devoured. “He tried to get me to watch that,” said Tyrone Slaughter. “I was like: I’m not watching that.”His college teammates now know who to ask if they ever need a movie recommendation. Okafor even found a kindred spirit in his roommate Tyus Jones, who joined him for a documentary about monster snakes, though he struggled to remember the exact names of Okafor’s favorite films. “A lot of them are just about nature,” Jones said.Jones added: “He’d be a good person to talk to during Shark Week. That’s the kind of stuff he’s really into. And I’m a pretty big fan of Shark Week, too.”Luckily for Duke fans, the Blue Devils’ title hopes are a bit more believable than many of the things that Okafor binge-watches.[WSJ via SB Nation]last_img read more

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Guardiola: Right now it’s Bernardo and 10 more players

first_imgManchester City playmaker Bernardo Silva has made himself virtually undroppable for manager Pep Guardiola.City’s player of the season last term, Kevin De Bruyne, has been forced to battle two medial knee ligament injuries this time around and only recently returned to full fitness.De Bruyne’s absence has largely left former Monaco star Silva picking up the slack – playing in central midfield as opposed to the wide-right berth he usually occupied when called upon during his debut campaign at the Etihad Stadium. 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? With the exception of club captain Vincent Kompany, who is once again laid low by a calf problem, Guardiola boasts a clean bill of health heading into Wednesday’s trip to Everton, where victory would edge the reigning champions back above Liverpool at the Premier League summit on goal difference.It means competition for places is fierce, but one gifted Portugal international seemingly need not fear the axe.”For me, to drop Bernardo Silva right now is almost impossible,” Guardiola said.”Right now it is Bernardo and 10 more players.”I don’t know what this guy has done this season. Playing in the middle and outside, every single game he played perfect.Bernardo Silva Pep Guardiola Manchester City“Taking decisions, how he fights, reading the movements offensively and defensively, the way he lives the game.”Every time we miss a chance he makes that reaction [puts head dramatically in hands]. He lives that, he is involved absolutely.”They have to compete with Bernardo in that position.”Across 32 appearances in all competitions in 2018-19, Silva has eight goals and seven assists.Last season, the Portuguese midfielder nine goals in 53 total appearances for the club in his first campaign in English football.Manchester City take on Everton on Wednesday before hosting Chelsea on Sunday.Title rivals Liverpool, meanwhile, face off with Bournemouth on Saturday before turning attention to the Champions League. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Valverde: Coutinho wanted to leave

first_imgPhilippe Coutinho wanted to leave Barcelona at the end of last season as he prepares to join Bayern Munich on loan, according to Ernesto Valverde.Barca and Bayern confirmed on Friday that an agreement is in place for Coutinho to move to the Bundesliga champions for the 2019-20 campaign – the deal including an option to buy the playmaker.Coutinho had been linked to Paris Saint-Germain as a makeweight in a possible deal for former Barca star Neymar, however, the Brazilian is now set for Munich after watching Friday’s shock 1-0 loss at Athletic Bilbao from the stands. 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? Barcelona were toppled by a late goal from Artiz Aduriz, who fired a spectacular scissor-kick finish in the game’s waning moments to spoil the debut of summer signings Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong.The La Liga champions also suffered another setback in the form of Luis Suarez, who left the match early with an injury.Asked about Coutinho following Barca’s disappointing La Liga opener, head coach Valverde told Movistar: “It is a situation that last season when the league ended the player had it in his head.”This has come up, he has accepted and hopefully he is lucky.” Der #FCBayern und der @FCBarcelona haben grundsätzlich Einigung über einen Transfer von @Phil_Coutinho nach München erzielt. https://t.co/tXdyp5JS1d — FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) August 16, 2019 Coutinho, who will help to replace James Rodriguez after his two-year loan from Real Madrid ended, has struggled to cement his place at Camp Nou since joining Barca in a reported £142 million ($201m) transfer from Liverpool in January 2018 – a move that saw him become the world’s second-most expensive player.The 27-year-old Brazil international scored five league goals as Barca retained their La Liga crown in 2018-19, while he managed 11 in all competitions as the club fell short of Champions League glory with a stunning semi-final defeat to Coutinho’s former club LiverpoolCoutinho is set to follow another loan signing – Ivan Perisic – through the door, though sections of Bayern’s fanbase were not impressed by the deal to sign the Inter forward, who came in as an alternative to Leroy Sane after the Manchester City winger suffered a serious knee injury.Bayern were also heavily linked with Callum Hudson-Odoi during the winter window, although the currently-injured winger is set to remain with Chelsea for the foreseeable future.last_img read more

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Paul Finebaum On If Auburn Will Fire Coach Gus Malzahn

first_imgPaul Finebaum makes comments about roy Williams.The Auburn Tigers opened the season with a huge win over Washington in what looked like a College Football Playoff resume builder. However, the wheels have fallen off the Tigers program lately and the team currently trails Tennessee in the third quarter.With Auburn’s recent struggles, some might be wondering about the job status of head coach Gus Malzahn. ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum gave his take Malzahn’s job security after last weekend’s loss to Mississippi State.Here’s what Finebuam had to say last week.“When the president of a university gives a coach a seven-year deal at that price, he’s very likely not going anywhere,” Finebaum said onWJOX in Birmingham today, per 247Sports. “That will not make him any more popular. In fact, I would imagine based on what I’m hearing from most Auburn people is that he’s certainly unpopular at the moment, but that’s the deal that you make. Whether fans like it or not, they’re stuck with Gus Malzahn.”Even if the Tigers lose to the Volunteers today, Malzahn is likely locked in as the longterm option at head coach for Auburn – given his massive contract extension.Tennessee leads 27-17 late in the third quarter.last_img read more

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Alabama Football Star Crushes Heisman Trophy Voters

first_imgTua Tagovailoa points directions to a teammate.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 08: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs the offense against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa finished second in the 2018 Heisman Trophy voting, losing out on the prestigious award to Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray.Tagovailoa was the favorite for most of the season, but a late push by Murray – and a tough SEC Championship Game for the Crimson Tide quarterback – tilted the voting in the Sooners’ quarterback’s favor.Alabama isn’t happy.One Crimson Tide player, linebacker Mack Wilson, took to Twitter shortly after the ceremony to voice his displeasure with the voters.“Bullshit..,” he tweeted.Wilson then added:“Make them regret it 13.. Not saying Kyler isn’t good but he took 200 snaps more than Tua,” he wrote.Bullshit..— Lyndell “Mack” Wilson Dirty3o™️ (@iam__mw3o) December 9, 2018Make them regret it 13.. Not saying Kyler isn’t good but he took 200 snaps more than Tua ??‍♂️— Lyndell “Mack” Wilson Dirty3o™️ (@iam__mw3o) December 9, 2018Murray and Tagovailoa can settle this on the field at the end of the month.Alabama is set to play Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff in a couple of weeks. The Crimson Tide and the Sooners are set to meet in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 29.last_img read more

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Ohio State Lands Massive Recruiting News Following Urban Meyer’s Retirement

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer talking to his Ohio State football players.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes chats with his players on the field in the second half of their game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Ohio State’s football program has one of the best classes in the country for 2019 and keeping those prospects committed in the wake of Urban Meyer’s retirement is paramount.OSU landed some huge news in that department today.Harry Miller, a five-star center out of Georgia, will remain committed to Ohio State following Meyer’s retirement.Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts reports that Miller will be signing with Ohio State on Dec. 19.It’s a “done deal.”Done deal as 5-star OL @h_miller76 will sign with #OhioState on Dec. 19. This is a must read story on a truly unique person and his relationship with @ryandaytime , @OSUCoachMeyer and the OSU staff. https://t.co/2ggmjpbZ6s.— Bill Kurelic (@Bill_Kurelic) December 10, 2018Miller, a 6-foot-4 offensive lineman, is ranked the No. 31 overall recruit in the class.Ohio State’s 2019 class is ranked No. 9 in the country.last_img read more

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Oklahoma OC Comments On Kyler Murray’s Illness

first_imgKyler Murray throws a pass in warmups.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners throws during warm ups before the game against the Army Black Knights at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Black Knights 28-21 in overtime. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)The big news out of the Orange Bowl this morning is that Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray is missing today’s media availability because he is apparently “under the weather.”If you recall, Baker Mayfield missed some media sessions before last year’s Rose Bowl with an illness. This caused a minor stir in the days leading up to the game, but Baker was completely fine to play and played well in the Sooners’ College Football Playoff semifinal loss to Georgia.As of right now, there doesn’t seem to be a large amount of concern about Murray, at least for OU offensive coordinator Cale Gundy.In fact, Gundy told reporters he didn’t even know Murray wasn’t feeling well.Unlike last year when it was very clear Baker Mayfield was sick, there is a noticeable lack of concern about Kyler Murray’s “illness” preventing him from todays media session. “I didn’t know anything about it,” Cale Gundy said.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) December 26, 2018The Orange Bowl is in three days, meaning we should know by tomorrow if Murray being sick is something that OU should be worried about.As of now, there’s no reason to expect that the Heisman Trophy winner won’t be able to ply on Saturday.The winner of Alabama-Oklahoma will take on the winner of the Clemson-Notre Dame Cotton Bowl matchup in the national title game.last_img read more

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Brandon Wimbush, Brian Kelly Respond To Transfer Report

first_imgBrandon Wimbush dropping back for a pass for Notre Dame.CHESTNUT HILL, MA – SEPTEMBER 16: Brandon Wimbush #7 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish looks to pass during the first half against the Boston College Eagles at Alumni Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)Brandon Wimbush is one of the many big-name quarterbacks to be replaced as QB1 since the start of the season, as Notre Dame made the switch to Ian Book a few weeks into the year.Clearly that change worked out for the Fighting Irish.The team is undefeated, and about to play as the No. 3 seed in the College Football Playoff.Wimbush is also the subject of new transfer reports, and he hasn’t exactly denied them. It makes sense that the veteran QB will look to play elsewhere after getting his degree from Notre Dame.Ahead of tomorrow’s match-up with No. 2 Clemson at the Cotton Bowl in Arlington, both Wimbush and head coach Brian Kelly discussed the reports.Everyone is pretty much saying the right things, and keeping the focus on the Clemson game first.Here’s what Brandon Wimbush had to say about a potential transfer from Notre Dame.Via NDInsider:“Preparing for the 29th. We’re a couple days away from this game, and I don’t want anything to be a distraction. I’m excited for what’s to come and what lies ahead. I have a year of eligibility left, so I’m excited to fulfill that.”[…]“They know it wasn’t my decision to release that information,” Wimbush said of his teammates. “I didn’t have to worry about that being a distraction to the team and my guys. They asked me and joked around with me about it.”Given how college football has changed, the bigger surprise would have been if his Notre Dame teammates had taken major umbrage with the move.Brian Kelly says that no decision has been made as to whether Wimbush transfers at all, but that he is fully supportive of his former starting quarterback if he makes that decision.“But I honestly think he’s in a position where he’s focused on these games, that he hasn’t gone all in on saying ‘I’m going to X, Y, Z school.’ So our conversations have been supportive. And I truly would tell you, I’m supportive of whatever his decision is. He’s earned the right to transfer and play in his senior year for what he’s done for Notre Dame.”We’ve outlined some potential options for Wimbush, assuming he does leave South Bend. While he might not draw the same attention as a Kelly Bryant or Justin Fields, there’s always a strong market for a veteran starting quarterback.[NDInsider]last_img read more

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Brennon Scott, No. 15 ILB In 2020 Class, Announces Commitment

first_imgKansas cheerleader runs with a Jayhawk flag during football game.LAWRENCE, KS – SEPTEMBER 29: A Kansas Jayhawks cheerleaders runs with a Jayhawk flag after a touchdown against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Memorial Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)One of the top linebackers in the 2020 recruiting class just shocked the nation when he announced his commitment on Tuesday night.Four-star linebacker Brennon Scott took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce his commitment to the University of Kansas.Scott chose the Jayhawks over elite programs like USC and Texas.It’s a huge recruiting win for new Kansas head coach Les Miles. After taking over the program following the 2018 season, Miles has put together a solid recruiting class thus far. “I want to congratulate myself for never giving up on my self even though I went through a lot in my recruitment but I stayed strong and trust the process. All in all I wanna say I’m committed to the University of Kansas,” Scott said in a post on Twitter.#RockChalk ….Ima make a name for myself regardless of what people think 💯🤩 y’all get out my boiii @BigDawgEditz for edits pic.twitter.com/mDKLtp9U60— B͓̽r͓̽e͓̽n͓̽n͓̽o͓̽n͓̽ S͓̽c͓̽o͓̽t͓̽t͓̽ #9 ❄️ (@goliveB) August 6, 2019Scott is the No. 15 inside linebacker recruit in the 2020 class. He’s the No. 50 player from a stacked state of Texas and the No. 334 recruit in the country, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Scott immediately becomes the top recruit for the Jayhawks’ 2020 class. Kansas now owns the No. 38 class in the 2020 cycle after finishing the 2019 cycle with the No. 70 class in the nation.Miles’ work in the offseason is paying dividends for the future.last_img read more

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Kirk Herbstreit Weighs In On Michigan’s Struggles This Season

first_imgESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit.NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)No team suffered a more devastating loss this past weekend than Michigan. Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines were dismantled by the Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday.Michigan entered this season with playoff expectations, but any dreams about making a national title run might be over.With games remaining on the schedule against Ohio State, Penn State, Iowa and Notre Dame, it’s possible that Michigan loses a few more matchups this fall.ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit discussed what’s been wrong with the Wolverines, and his answer is quite surprising. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Herbstreit has stated in the past that offensive coordinator Josh Gattis needs to get the offense rolling. However, it turns out the defense hasn’t played up to its standards either.Here’s what Herbstreit had to say, via 247Sports:“We’ve talked about that for weeks, if not months, about what’s going to happen with Josh Gattis,” Herbstreit said on his podcast. “He’s got all of this talent to work with. Boy, this is going to be fun to watch. … The troubles continue on that side of the ball. But what in the world has happened to Don Brown and the Michigan defense? I can’t believe … you go back to the Ohio State game and the bowl game and the way they’ve looked here early. I just can’t believe it. I really can’t. I’m a big fan of that style of defense and that aggressive nature. … They don’t look prepared, which is mind boggling. They’re out of position. They look like they’re thinking too much at times instead of just playing.”Both sides of the football need to bounce back this weekend when Michigan faces Rutgers.“The season’s not over,” Herbstreit added. “They could get this thing going. I think all of us expect them to do that. … There’s still a year that can be exciting and still a year that can win some big games. They’re 2-1. It’s not like they’re 2-3. They’ve got a win this week against Rutgers to get to 3-1 and then Iowa. Then you go to Champaign. Then it’s go time, back-to-back games against Penn State and Notre Dame at home. They need to right the ship right now. I’m guessing (Harbaugh) takes more of a hands on approach with the offense. He’s going to have to.”It should be a nice opportunity for the Wolverines to get back on the winning track.last_img read more

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BCCI considers barring players from non-cricket shows after Hardik Pandya controversy

first_img Press Trust of India Sydney and New DelhiJanuary 9, 2019UPDATED: January 9, 2019 14:59 IST Hardik Pandya was slammed on social media for his misogynistic and sexist comments on Koffee with Karan (@hardikpandya7 Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHardik Pandya was slammed on social media for his comments on Koffee with KaranHardik Pandya appeared on the show with teammate and good friend KL RahulHardik Pandya took to Twitter apologised for his comments on Karan Johar’s showIndian cricketers Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul were Wednesday issued show cause notices by the BCCI for their comments on women on a TV show that triggered a massive outrage and might prompt the Board to bar players from such appearances.Pandya, whose remarks on ‘Koffee with Karan’ were criticised as sexist, apologised for his remarks, saying he got “carried away by the nature” of the show. Rahul, on the other hand, has not yet responded to the criticism.”We have sent showcause notices to Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul for their comments. They have been given 24 hours to give an explanation,” Chairman of the Committee of Administrators that runs the BCCI, Vinod Rai, told PTI.The 25-year-old all-rounder and Rahul appeared on the celebrity chat show, hosted by film-maker Karan Johar, together.Taking to Twitter, Pandya posted, “After reflecting on my comments on Koffee with Karan, I would like to apologise to everyone concerned who I may have hurt in any way.”Honestly, I got a bit carried away with the nature of the show. In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone’s sentiments. Respect.”pic.twitter.com/O0UlpFm43ohardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) January 9, 2019On the show, Pandya boasted about hooking up with multiple women and also how open he has been about it with his parents.When asked why he didn’t ask women their name in a club, Pandya responded by saying, “I like to watch and observe how they (women) move. I’m little from the black side so I need to see how they move.”advertisementCriticism started coming Pandya’s way soon after and it is learnt that he was ticked off by the BCCI top brass.According to a source, his comments were deemed “crass and cringeworthy” and might have a bearing on whether Indian cricketers appear on “such non-cricket shows” after this.”It will be considered whether players should even be allowed to appear on such shows which have got nothing to do with cricket,” a BCCI source told PTI.Pandya is currently with the Indian team in Australia where it recently recorded a historic maiden Test series win.Pandya had joined the team before the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne after recovering from a back injury which he had suffered during the Asia Cup in UAE last year.He will be seen in action in the three-match ODI series against Australia which starts on January 12 in Sydney.Also Read | Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul asked to explain controversial remarks on TV show within 24 hoursAlso Read | Hardik Pandya draws BCCI ire after making sexist remarks on Koffee with KaranAlso Read | Hardik Pandya apologises for misogynistic comments on Koffee with Karan: Got carried awayAlso Read | Kohli better batsman than Tendulkar but Dhoni better captain: Rahul, PandyaFor 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 byPTI BCCI considers barring players from non-cricket shows after Hardik Pandya controversyBCCI are considering barring players from appearing on non-cricket after Hardik Pandya made headlines with for his comments on women on Koffee with Karan which triggered a massive outrageadvertisementlast_img read more

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India vs New Zealand: Thank you, Hardik Pandya tweets after strong comeback

first_img India Today Web Desk Mount MaunganuiJanuary 28, 2019UPDATED: January 28, 2019 18:39 IST Hardik Pandya made a successful comeback (AP Photo)3rd ODI, Brief Scores: India (244/3) beat New Zealand (243) by 7 wickets to take an unbeatable 3-0 series lead. Rohit (62), Kohli (60), Rayudu (40*). Full ScorecardHardik Pandya made a strong comeback to the Indian team after his suspension over Koffee with Karan was lifted by BCCI. Pandya and KL Rahul were suspended and asked to return home before the first ODI against Australia in Sydney following their controversial remarks on Koffee with Karan.After the suspension was lifted, Hardik Pandya flew out to join the Indian team in New Zealand for the ODI and T20I series. On Monday, Pandya replaced Vijay Shankar and picked 2 for 45 off his 10 overs and took a stunning catch to see off New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.India skipper Virat Kohli was happy to have his star all-rounder back in the team and said he was glad to see Pandya’s efforts and intensity on the field against the Black Caps on Monday.”It’s very, very good to have Hardik back. He is someone who provides a lot of balance to the team. And the way he bowled today showed he went back and practiced his skills.”He put his head down and focussed on what he needed to do and you could tell from the way he bowled with intensity straightaway.. picking two crucial wickets at that stage.”He’s someone who will give you those important contributions in all three departments and that’s something any team would want to have and when he comes in, the team looks a lot more balanced,” Kohli said in the post-match press conference.advertisementHardik Pandya, who had stayed away from social media after issuing an apology, tweeted with two words and a few pictures from what was undoubtedly a special match for him.Thank you pic.twitter.com/rzIKQX7ELxhardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) January 28, 2019After Pandya derailed New Zealand, Sunil Gavaskar hailed the all-rounder for a terrific performance.”Terrific performance, absolutely terrific performance. It’s never easy [to fly and straightway play a match]. The jet lag can get to you. He is a young man, he has had things that have happened and he just wants to forget it. The best way to forget it is being out on the field. And this is what he does best. Being on the field and playing for the country… that’s what you want,” Gavaskar told Star Sports.Also Read | Hardik Pandya showed he went back to India and worked hard: Virat KohliAlso Read | Hardik Pandya wants to forget what happened, was terrific in 3rd ODI: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Come on yaar: Hardik Pandya furious with Shikhar Dhawan’s fielding effortFor 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 Hardik PandyaFollow Virat KohliFollow Shikhar Dhawan India vs New Zealand: Thank you, Hardik Pandya tweets after strong comebackIndia vs New Zealand: Hardik Pandya was a happy man after playing a crucial role for India in the third ODI against New Zealand on Monday. Pandya, who was returning from a suspension, picked 2 for 45 off his 10 overs and earned rave reviews from Virat Kohli and Sunil Gavakasar.advertisementlast_img read more

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MS Dhoni on back spasm: Little tight now but hopefully it will get better

first_img graphs No data available! MS Dhoni on back spasm: Little tight now but hopefully it will get betterIPL 2019: MS Dhoni said his back was a little tight following a spasm. He needed medical attention during Chenani Super Kings’ successful run chase against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on Sunday. advertisement scorecardcenter_img commentary view more view less Rajarshi Gupta KolkataApril 14, 2019UPDATED: April 14, 2019 23:53 IST IPL 2019: MS Dhoni said his back was a little tight but he hoped he would get better soon. ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni said his back was a little tight but he hoped he would get better soonDhoni needed medical attention while batting in Jaipur (vs RR) and in Kolkata (vs KKR)MS Dhoni, CSK captain, will be key to India’s chances in the World Cup in EnglandMS Dhoni barely seems to struggle on the field. He is one of the fittest cricketers in the world and it has been disconcerting sight for Indian and Chennai Super Kings fans to see Dhoni deal with some pain over the last two matches in the 2019 Indian Premier League.During his match-winning 58 against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur, MS Dhoni needed some attention on the field after appearing to be in pain. He was once again attended to by the physio at the Eden Gardens where he made a brisk 16 as Chennai Super Kings defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 5 wickets to consolidate their position at the top.At the post-match presentation ceremony, MS Dhoni was asked what was bothering him. “Back spasm,” he said. “It’s a little tight right now but hopefully, it will get better.”MS Dhoni is a hard man to please. CSK have won 7 out of their 8 matches in the 2019 IPL but he has constantly asked for improvement from different quarters of his team. However, on Sunday, Dhoni sounded happy with a strong bowling performance and a clinical chase.Chennai Super Kings had lost early wickets but Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja ensured the defending champions got home at the end.”I think the bowling was really good. KKR got off to a very good start but in the middle overs, we bowled very well as a team. Imran Tahir giving us those crucial breakthroughs.”It’s a tough wicket to bowl on. They have some big hitters and we had to get them out. Because of a good bowling performance, we were able to restrict them to a score which was not over par,” Dhoni said.advertisementMS Dhoni generally likes to bide his time in the middle but he came out in an aggressive mood against KKR. He said it was a ploy that came off well and added he was happy with the run chase.”You have to be aggressive because we bat deep. When you are comfortable against a particular bowler, you have to take those extra chances. Wanted to go after the bowlers early and it paid off well. I think it was a good run chase,” he said.MS Dhoni had courted controversy in Jaipur when he stormed onto the pitch to argue with the umpires over a no-ball confusion. He was subsequently fined 50 per cent of his match fee but the likes of Virender Sehwag and Bishan Sigh Bedi felt he had away too lightly.In fact, Virender Sehwag said MS Dhoni should have been banned for at least 1 or 2 matches.However, Michael Hussey said CSK had moved on from the episode and on Sunday, it looked like the players and Dhoni had left behind a controversial chapter as they stormed to another victory. But in the days to come, CSK (and the Indian team management) will be a little concerned with MS Dhoni’s back.Also Read | IPL 2019: Learning a lot from MS Dhoni, happy to be part of CSK, says Imran TahirAlso Read | IPL 2019: MS Dhoni reveals reason behind post-match interactions with young cricketersFor 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 bykarishma Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Chennai Super KingsFollow IPL 2019Follow Kolkata Knight RidersFollow Eden Gardenslast_img read more

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Will take call on MS Dhoni’s participation against Delhi Wednesday: Fleming

first_imgWill take call on MS Dhoni’s participation against Delhi Wednesday: FlemingChennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming said that MS Dhoni had been “pretty sick” last week but is progressing good. Dhoni didn’t take part in Tuesday’s training session and also missed the practice on Monday.advertisement Press Trust of India ChennaiApril 30, 2019UPDATED: April 30, 2019 21:47 IST MS Dhoni has missed two IPL matches this season. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSStephen Fleming said a call on MS Dhoni’s particiaption against Delhi will be taken on match dayFleming said that Chennai skipper MS dhoni had been ‘pretty sick’ last weekMS Dhoni has missed two matches so far in the IPL 2019Chennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming Tuesday said captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni had been “pretty sick” last week and a call on his participation in the game against Delhi Capitals on Wednesday will be taken before the toss.”Dhoni is progressing and he’s been pretty sick during this week. We will make a call on him tomorrow. He is progressing which is good,” Fleming told reporters on eve of the game against Delhi Capitals.Dhoni didn’t take part in Tuesday’s training session and also missed the practice on Monday.He also said the performance in the game against Mumbai Indians (which CSK lost) on April 26 was not due to the couple of changes forced on the team with Dhoni being ruled out for the second time this season.”We had a couple of changes forced upon us in the last game, but the performance was not due to the fact that we had made those changes. We are more comfortable going into this game. We have been pretty good, from success-wise, here at Chepauk.”Sometimes, just getting jolted out of the rhythm can be a good thing. Coming down the business end of the tournament, there is a lot on the line each game, so we are well aware of getting the selections right. We want to be as consistent as possible. And I don’t see that changing,” said the former New Zealand captain.On the availability of South Africa star Faf du Plessis and Ravindra Jadeja who too missed the MI game, he said: “Faf’s been fine. Whenever he wears a singlet, means he is in good shape. Jadeja’s training well. They are definitely into consideration for tomorrow.”advertisementAsked how they intend to fill the gap in case Dhoni misses out, the CSK head coach said there were other players who needed to step up in case the skipper is not available.”Yes, we have. Though it’s one game, here and there, that can be disruptive. If it’s two-three games in a row, you start preparing differently. Dhoni’s late pullout last game and also we have other big players who haven’t fired yet. That’s an exciting aspect for us to work on those players who have got great IPL records up to speed. We can get them firing in the last four games.”Fleming said CSK would face a good challenge against Delhi Capitals.He also said he was not surprised with the way Delhi had been performing this season, adding it was a well balanced side. Both CSK and Delhi have qualified for the play-offs.”Not really. They started off well with young players. (Kagiso) Rabada’s been excellent. They probably have to settle on the middle-order. We can exploit that on a tougher track here,” he addedAlso Read | 10 out of 10: What makes CSK the true Super Kings of IPL?Also Read | IPL 2019: BCCI eyes Rs 20 crore from gate money during playoffsAlso 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 IPL 2019Follow Delhi CapitalsFollow MS DhoniFollow Stephen FlemingFollow Chennai Super Kingslast_img read more

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CBSE introduces experiential learning from 2019-20 session

first_imgCBSE introduces experiential learning from 2019-20 sessionCBSE along with NCERT has been planning school syllabus under experiential learning from 2019-20 session onwards which would include life skills and other important topics.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 9, 2019UPDATED: July 9, 2019 15:47 IST To promote the teaching profession in the education sector, Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal during a Lok Sabha session on Monday, July 08 informed about the funds to be allocated for the education sector. Since most schools come under the state government, funds are being provided by the government in the current financial year 2019-20 in order to encourage teachers to function as the first level counsellors in schools.Various steps have been taken by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to make the teaching process student-friendly:Guidelines have been issued to transact curriculum in a student-centric manner with the promotion of active learning through a focus on reflections and creating and constructing knowledge.Teachers have been advised to follow inclusive principles and not label children as ‘slow learners’ or ‘bright students’, or ‘problem children’.CBSE has introduced Experiential Learning from 2019-20 session onwards. Therefore, there will be certain changes in the study pattern, such as:1. The schools will plan the curricular activities in such a way which enable students to connect the content of their learning areas and subjects with their own lives and the world around them.2. The learning outcomes developed by NCERT help the teachers to direct their teaching-learning in the desired manner and make other stakeholders responsible and alert towards their role for ensuring quality education.3. In order to promote life skills and value education, CBSE has integrated health and physical education with academics. Every school provides for one period per day for sports which leads to better stress management for children and also creates a better environment for learning.advertisement4. In line with the National Curriculum Framework (NCF), 2005, NCERT has developed textbooks that cover the aspects of stress, anxiety and other related problems in schools.The Psychology textbook of class XI addresses peace concerns in its chapter on ‘Motivation and Emotions’. The concerns for health and well-being have been taken up in the Psychology textbook of class XII in chapter 3 on ‘Meeting Life Challenges’, which tries to equip the student with aspects and causes of stress and the development of positive health.NCERT through its Adolescence Education Programme tries to inculcate life skills in the students who are at this crucial stage of their lives.5. NCF, 2005 advocates facilitating healthy growth and development of students across all school stages and scope for guidance/counselling at each of these school stages from elementary through secondary and higher secondary stages.NCF has also articulated the concern to provide guidance and counselling in schools to deal with stress-related problems and to guide students, parents and teachers to lessen the students’ stress. It particularly emphasises the need to provide guidance and counselling by trained professionals to create the support system for meeting academic and social pressures.Also read: HRD Ministry drafts new National Educational Policy: 19 changes recommendedGet 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 byAyshalast_img read more

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Ashes 2019: Jofra Archer handed maiden call-up, Ben Stokes back as England vice-captain

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 27, 2019UPDATED: July 27, 2019 16:08 IST Jofra Archer shone for England in their victorious World Cup 2019 campaign (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJofra Archer has been named in the squad for the 1st Ashes TestEngland have a problem of plenty when it comes to pace-bowling optionsEngland take on Australia in the 1st Ashes Test from August 1 in BirminghamEngland announced their 14-man squad for the 1st of the 5-match Ashes Test series against Australia on Saturday. Joe Root will be leading the hosts at Edgbaston in Birmingham from August 1.Fast bowler Jofra Archer, who shone with 20 wickets in England’s victorious World Cup campaign, has been handed a maiden Test call-up. Ben Stokes, who was stripped off vice-captaincy after Bristol street brawl in 2018, has been reappointed as the deputy to Joe Root.Pacer James Anderson, who missed the only Test against Ireland at Lord’s earlier this week with an injury, has been named in the squad.The fast bowler didn’t feature in England’s record win over Ireland earlier this week due to a left side strain but showed signs of form by taking 2 wickets for Sussex on Friday in the Vitality Blast. This means he will be in a contest for a spot in the playing XI with senior-pro James Anderson and Stuart Broad, who picked up 9 wickets at Lord’s against Ireland.Jack Leash, who won the Man of the Match award for his 92 as night-watchman against Ireland, misses out.England national selector Ed Smith explained that multiple injuries to bowlers were the reason England have opted for a 14-man squad.”Though it is unusual to select a squad of 14 for a home Test, there are compelling reasons to do so here,” said national selector Ed Smith.”Several bowlers are recovering from injuries or niggles. In addition, some bowlers who played in the World Cup are being closely monitored to assess their preparation for Test match cricket. The wider circumstances – a successful home World Cup campaign followed so quickly by a home Ashes series – are unprecedented.advertisement”It feels sensible to select an expanded squad and leave a number of bowling options open.”England 14-man squad for 1st Ashes Test: Joe Root (captain), Ben Stokes (vice-captain), Jason Roy, Joe Denly, Jonny Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Joe Denly, Rory Burns, Moeen Ali, Olly Stone, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Sam CurranAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow England VS AustraliaFollow Ashes 2019Follow Jofra ArcherFollow James AndersonFollow Ben StokesFollow England cricket team Ashes 2019: Jofra Archer handed maiden call-up, Ben Stokes back as England vice-captainAshes 2019: Jofra Archer has been handed his maiden Test call-up as England announced a 14-man squad for the 1st Test against Australia on Saturday. Fit-again pacer James Anderson returns to the side.advertisementlast_img read more

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Duleep Trophy: India Red’s Karun Nair hits 166 before match ends in draw

first_img Press Trust of India BengalaruAugust 26, 2019UPDATED: August 26, 2019 18:24 IST Karun Nair remained unbeaten on 166 for India Red on Monday. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe Duleep Trophy match between India Red and India Blue ended in a drawKarun Nair hit an unbeaten 166 for India RedIn the last league encounter, India Red will take on India Green from Aug 29Karun Nair hit an unbeaten 166 for India Red before their Duleep Trophy match against India Blue ended in a draw here on Monday.Red gained three points for taking the first-innings lead and took a big step towards securing a spot in the final while ‘Blue’ got one point to finish their engagements with two points.In the last league encounter, India Red will take on India Green at the Alur cricket stadium from August 29.India Red made 285 in the first innings before restricting their opponent to 255. They scored 297 for six declared in the second innings.India discard Nair, who missed out on a century in the first innings by a run, looked in good touch and played several handsome strokes on the way to his unbeaten innings.Nair and first-innings centurion Ankit Kalsi (64) added 157 runs for the third wicket as India Red declared with an overall lead of 327 runs, following which play was called off.Nair, resuming on his overnight score of 43, kept the scorecard ticking with some pleasing shots, while Kalsi was content to play second fiddle.He reached his century with a lofted shot off left-arm spinner Saurabh Kumar’s bowling.The Karnataka right-hander looked positive after getting to his ton and hit some cracking shots, beginning his 2019-’20 domestic season in style.Nair was named Man of the Match.Brief scores (at end of day 3): India Red 285 all out in 124 overs (Ankit Kalsi 105, Karun Nair 99, Ishan Kishan 50, Diwesh Pathania 4/55, Jalaj Saxena 3/57, Aniket Choudhary 2/69) and 297 for 6 declared in 88 overs (Karun Nair 166 not out, Ankit Kalsi 64, Jalaj Saxena 4/105, DG Pathania 2/53) vs India Blue 255 all out in 83.2 overs (Ankit Bawne 121 not out, Anmolpreet Singh 56, Ruturaj Gaikwad 37, Avesh Khan 4/58, Jaydev Unadkat 3/52, Akshay Wakhare 3/32). Points: India Red: 3, India Blue: 1.advertisementFor 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 India Red vs India BlueFollow Duleep Trophy Duleep Trophy: India Red’s Karun Nair hits 166 before match ends in drawKarun Nair and first-innings centurion Ankit Kalsi (64) added 157 runs for the third wicket as India Red declared with an overall lead of 327 runs, following which play was called off.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Bengaluru Weather Forecast, India vs South Africa 3rd T20: Will rain affect the final?

first_img India Today Web Desk BengaluruSeptember 22, 2019UPDATED: September 22, 2019 15:27 IST Weather Forecast in Bengaluru, India vs South Africa 3rd T20 (AP Photo)Virat Kohli’s familiar exuberance and pep talks drowned the chatter around Rishabh Pant as India prepared to play South Africa in the third T20 International here on Sunday, seeking a 2-0 series verdict.The comprehensive seven-wicket victory in the second game, which was built on the back of a fine comeback by the bowlers and a Kohli masterclass, is history now and the team is looking for another commanding performance before the Test series gets underway.The opener in Dharamsala was a washout.Against a fairly new-look South African side that seems to lack the resources required to counter the home team’s firepower, India will surely fancy their chances of an encore, at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.WEATHER FORECASTRain is likely to play spoilsport in the third and final T20I. The weather predictions show that thunderstorm and rain is likely in Bengaluru throughout the day, because of which the match may get curtailed.The temperature on Sunday will remain below 25 degrees Celsius with 30-40 per cent chance of precipitation from 7pm till 11pm. Toss will take place at 6.30pm and the match will start at 7pm.The first match of the series was also abandoned due to rain at Dharamshala whereas the second T20I was won by India by seven wickets, owing to skipper Virat Kohli’s match-winning knock of 72 runs.Teams (from):India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep SainiadvertisementSouth Africa: Quinton de Kock (captain), Rassie van der Dussen (vice-captain), Temba Bavuma, Junior Dala, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Jon-Jon Smuts.Also Read | India vs South Africa, 3rd T20I: India eye series win in Virat Kohli’s happy hunting groundAlso Read | We have to nullify the threat of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan: Rassie van der DussenFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow india vs south africa 3rd t20 weather forecastFollow Bangalore weather updatesFollow Bangalore weather forecast 3rd t20 Bengaluru Weather Forecast, India vs South Africa 3rd T20: Will rain affect the final?Bengaluru Weather Forecast, India vs South Africa 3rd T20: India will surely fancy their chances of an encore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium but how will the weather behave on Sunday? Here is all you need to know about the weather forecast for the evening.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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