TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer: What I’d do with Pogba as Man Utd managerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMolde coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes he can get the best from Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.Solskjaer is expected to be named United caretaker boss after the dismissal of Jose Mourinho on Tuesday.Before the start of the season, the United legend, who worked in the club’s academy, was asked about Pogba: “I would [build the team around him], absolutely no doubt. I had him with David [Gray] and Etzaz [Hussain] who is playing for me tomorrow.”That just shows how far the kid has come. Paul is a fantastic kid so hopefully we can build the team around him and keep him.”On his own managerial skills, Solskjaer added: “Sir Alex [Ferguson] taught me how not to become complacent and always keep the standards up.”Everything I know about managing top footballers I learned from him.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say HE’S BACK! Fergie on Man Utd training pitch today with Solskjaerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will be on the training pitch with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer today.The Daily Mail says Ferguson is expected at United’s training ground on Saturday after Solskjaer invited his mentor to visit him at the club.Ferguson will be greeted by Solskjaer and his coaching staff at Carrington as United prepare for Sunday’s game at home to Bournemouth.Ferguson is believed to have had a say in the decision to appoint Solskjaer as caretaker boss on loan from Molde until the end of the season alongside his old No 2 Mike Phelan.The former United striker acknowledged Ferguson’s influence over his career as a player and manager when he started the job last week.
Man City attacker Sterling: Victory a massive step for usby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City attacker Raheem Sterling says victory at Southampton has them back on track.After two successive losses over the festive period, it was vital City bounced back and to a man the Blues delivered an impressive all-round display on the South Coast.“It’s a massive step and what we needed to do. We had two poor games and we knew we needed to win here today to give ourselves a chance,” said Sterling. “But we were really motivated to give ourselves a chance and that’s what we did.“We had to bring that level that we know we can bring – we had a bit of luck but we played some great football and controlled the game which we know we can do.“Now its down to us to keep this focus and go onto the next one.“ About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsSpanish Football NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say Historic milestone for Barcelona and TikTokby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona has become the first football club to reach a million followers on TikTok (https://www.tiktok.com/@fcbarcelona), the short-form mobile video platform, reports www.fcbusiness.co.ukLaunched in July this year, in just two months, Barça has overtaken other international teams that were on the channel long before Barça came onto the scene. Barça was officially launched on TikTok on July 19, the same day that the first team returned for preseason training. Since then, its acceptance among TikTok’s community has been nothing short of spectacular, with an average of over 15,000 new followers every day.Apart from this upward tendency, the club also leads the way in terms of content-related interactions: the Barça account has gathered a total of 7.2 million ‘likes’, which apart from video views is another indicator about the engagement generated with the fans. Short-form football video content on TikTok receives a great reception among users, mainly the Z generation and Millennials.More than the symbolic achievement of reaching a million followers, this reflects the leading position of FC Barcelona in the digital ecosystem of social networks, where it has 340 million followers and is the only sports club to get more than 1,000 million interactions in the 2018/19 season.
Callum Hudson-Odoi targeting more goals for Chelseaby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCallum Hudson-Odoi is targeting more goals when he returns to Chelsea after the international break.The 18-year-old scored two sublime goals in England U21’s 5-1 win over Austria on Wednesday night.”I definitely think I can improve,” Hudson-Odoi said at Stadium-mk. “I am not a perfect player. No one is a perfect player, I think that every day when I go onto a pitch, I want to try my best, work hard and keep improving.”I say to myself, keep going, keep working hard and hopefully more opportunities will come. I am delighted to get the goals. It is goals that I always try to get as well as assists – any contributions to the team.”I am happy with the finishes and I will hopefully build on it and get many more. I have scored many solo runs, maybe not exactly like that, but I am delighted to get a goal like that.”Hopefully many more like that will come and I will get opportunities to score. I will hopefully go back to Saturday with Chelsea and get another three points.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
IG/_rg80_Today is St. Patrick’s Day, so we’ve had plenty of college athletes and teams send out celebratory tweets and Instagram posts. Florida State wide receiver Rashad Greene took a slightly different tone for the holiday. Greene, who racked up 1,365 yards and seven touchdowns this season, posted a screenshot from Florida State’s dramatic 31-27 win over Notre Dame, a clear dig at the Fighting Irish.Greene caught eight passes for 108 yards and a touchdown against Notre Dame, and caught two big passes on what would prove to be the winning drive for the Seminoles. Well played, Rashad.
Twitter/@GaryPinkelNot every member of the Missouri football program is thrilled with the team’s boycott in response to racial issues on campus. An anonymous Mizzou player tells ESPN’s Brett McMurphy that the team and coaching staff is very split on the issue, and that if the Tigers had a better record, they would not be taking this course of action.Mizzou player tells @ESPN, MU players & coaches “are pissed (about halting football practices). If we were 9-0 this wouldn’t be happening.”— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) November 9, 2015McMurphy has more on how the team is handling the week in preparation for BYU, should the game occur.Monday are regular off days for the football team and the coaches told the players to watch film on their own iPads and keep preparing for Saturday’s game against BYU in Kansas City, the player said.The player indicated they had been aware of Butler’s hunger strike for several days. However, some black players didn’t decide to take any action until Butler met with some players Saturday night.“Not everyone agrees with the decision (to stop all football activities),” the player said. “Most people are pissed, including the black guys (on the team).”Earlier today, the athletic department expressed support for the team’s decision, and Mizzou took a team photo to show solidarity. Even so, it shouldn’t come as a major surprise that this nearly-unprecedented decision does not have unanimous support within the team. It will be very interesting to see how the team proceeds as we near game day.[ESPN]
Three years after celebrating its centenary in the United States, the Copa America is back in 2019. South America’s proud footballing nations go head to head in what is the world’s oldest international football tournament, which will this year be held in Brazil.Brazil had originally been slated for hosting duties in 2015, but swapped that tournament with Chile due to the overlap with the World Cup and the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. The last time the Copa came to the nation was back in 1989, an edition won by the hosts thanks to the lethal combination of Bebeto and Romario up front for the Selecao.Unlike the Centenary edition, which expanded to 16 teams, the 2019 Copa returns to the 12-side format that has been used since 1993, organised into three groups of four. As well as CONMEBOL’s 10 member nations the Asian AFC contributed two participants, with Japan and Qatar entering the fray as guests. 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 Thursday’s draw we now know who will face whom in the group stage, which will kick off in Sao Paulo’s Estadio Morumbi on June 14 with Brazil’s clash against Bolivia. With some of the world’s greatest players in action and a huge prize on offer, the Copa will doubtlessly be one of the highlights of the summer football calendar.
Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann learned of his sacking by Augsburg from his assistant coach role in a ten-minute phone conversation, he has revealed.Lehmann was dismissed by the Bundesliga club on April 9 this year, along with head coach Manuel Baum and technical director Stephan Schwartz.The former Germany international, who won 61 caps for his country, was appointed by Baum in January but the management duo only oversaw three victories in their time with the club, leading to their ouster. 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? When they were sacked Augsburg were 15th in the table, only four points above the relegation playoff spot.Martin Schmidt took over from Baum and staved off the threat of relegation though the club still finished in 15th place, and had the same four-point margin over Stuttgart, who occupied the relegation playoff spot.Lehmann has spoken of his dismissal for the first time and the 49-year-old was still surprised by the manner of his dismissal.“[Augsburg General Manager] Stefan Reuter called,” Lehmann told Bild.“The phone call lasted ten minutes. He said: ‘We separated from Manuel Baum.’ I thought: ‘What is coming now? Sack or promotion?’” Despite the relationship between Lehmann and Reuter from their time together at Dortmund and the national side, there was no sentiment for the retired shot-stopper. Lehmann who was also an assistant coach in North London, following a playing career that saw spells at Schalke and AC Milan, says he didn’t expect the top job at Augsburg. He did believe that he’d be offered the chance to remain as an assistant, but Reuter told him that wasn’t an option. “Actually, I did not expect the coaching job, because they stressed when I signed my contract that is wasn’t part of the deal. “But I was told on arrival that I would stay if there was a new head coach. That’s different now.” After he was dismissed Lehmann has had no contact with Schmidt, who will be at the helm at Augsburg in the new season. He does believe his short time with the club was of value, despite it coming to a strange end.
Portugal legend Pauleta has heaped praise upon Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of Sunday’s Nations League final against Netherlands.The Juventus forward netted a hat-trick in his side’s 3-1 win over Switzerland on Wednesday to send the Euro 2016 winners through to the final.The former Real Madrid man has many admirers across the globe, and one of whom is the man he took Portgual’s all-time goalscoring record from, Pauleta. 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? The 46-year-old scored 47 goals in 88 appearances for his country before retiring from international football in 2006, before Ronaldo went on to smash the record and now sits on 88 goals for his country – 21 behind the world record holder, Iranian forward Ali Daei.”Cristiano is a fantastic player,” Pauleta told Marca .“In my opinion he is from another world. He has made and continues to make footballing history.“It is difficult to find another player that has performed as consistently as he has over such a lengthy period of time.”I hope he achieves it [the record] because it would be great for Portuguese football.”The former Paris Saint-Germain striker failed to lift silverware for Portgual during his nine-year international career, coming closest at Euro 2004 as they lost to shock winners Greece on home soil.Netherlands ran out 3-0 victors the last time the two sides met in March 2018, but have lost seven of their 13 meetings with the Portuguese.Pauleta sees no parallels between that game and the Nations League final except the country in which they are played, adding: “”It will not have any bearing on it whatsoever.“They are two completely different matches, this time we are playing against a different team and against different players.“I am sure that we are going to be treated to an excellent spectacle, our fans will be right behind us spurring us on and hopefully we can get the result.“Holland are a great side with lots of young, talented players. However, we also have a very strong team. We are all just hoping to see a great final, with lots of goals and hopefully a win for Portugal, which is obviously our main aim.”
To paraphrase Diego Maradona’s praise of Javier Mascherano prior to the 2010 World Cup, Argentina at the Copa America truly are Lionel Messi and 10 others. The Barcelona wizard was coaxed back into the international setup during the build-up to the tournament in Brazil, and will once again attempt to break his drought with the Albiceleste. Messi and Argentina’s long road to possible glory begins with a clash against Colombia on Saturday, a test which will give a good indication of their overall chances of taking the Copa. 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? Outside Leo, however, there are plenty of question marks surrounding this team. Coach Lionel Scaloni – since taking over from Jorge Sampaoli – has taken big strides in renewing a tired-looking team, dispensing in the process with many of the names that fell in the last 16 at the World Cup. Indeed, just nine players have survived the cull, with less than half boasting more than 10 caps for their country. Scaloni has rotated heavily in his friendly matches so far, meaning that Argentina go into the Copa with no clear idea of what their default starting line-up may be. There are plenty of options to choose from though, especially in the final third where the rookie coach could still spring a few surprises. Defensively, and due more to Argentina’s own limitations than any tried and tested formula, Scaloni appears to have a more or less fixed idea in mind. Having seen his experiment with three at the back fail miserably against Venezuela, a four-man defence is almost certain to be his first choice. Behind them Franco Armani is likely to start the Copa in goal, with Esteban Andrada’s blooper for Boca Juniors in their Copa Superliga final defeat to Tigre perhaps tipping the balance definitively in favour of the River Plate man. Racing Club’s Renzo Saravia is the obvious option at right-back and indeed the only man to play that role naturally in the squad following Gabriel Mercado’s omission. German Pezzella and Nicolas Otamendi are favourites to start in the middle, while Nicolas Tagliafico will retain his spot on the left boosted by a fantastic Champions League campaign with Ajax. River’s Milton Casco deputises for Tagliafico, while Juan Foyth and Ramiro Funes Mori will serve as understudies for the first-choice central pairing. It is in midfield where certain dilemmas may arise. Scaloni has picked a squad rather short on choices to anchor the engine room, which leaves Leandro Paredes and Tigres’ Guido Rodriguez almost certain to act as a double pivot when the tournament kicks off. The decision over which players line up outside that duo depends substantially on whether Argentina opt for more creativity or mobility, as well as the formation Scaloni chooses. Giovani Lo Celso enjoyed a fine season with Real Betis but has looked shackled in previous outings as part of a midfield trio for the Albiceleste, which could lead to Roberto Pereyra getting the nod in a 4-3-3 set-up. If, on the other hand, Scaloni tries a 4-2-3-1 formation, Lo Celso would be a natural selection in the middle, with Messi and Angel Di Maria flanking the former PSG man. Lo Celso did his chances no harm with a fine performance during Friday’s 5-1 thrashing of Nicaragua, linking with Messi well throughout and providing a creative touch that has been sorely missing for the national team in recent years.Further up the field Sergio Aguero and Lautaro Martinez are the prime candidates to lead the attacking line, Aguero’s superior experience naturally giving him the edge at this point despite featuring in just a single match since the World Cup. Like Lo Celso, Martinez was the big winner against Nicaragua with two goals in the second half after coming off the bench and, whether it is from the start or as a substitute, will almost certainly play a significant role at this Copa.Messi is likely to continue in his favoured position on the right while Di Maria takes the left side of attack. There is likely to be little room for Paulo Dybala after failing to impress for either club or country over the last 12 months, although Scaloni could yet spring a surprise by including Martinez or River’s Matias Suarez – both of whom linked well with Messi against Venezuela – alongside Aguero and giving Messi a free role in the final third.
Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira has put pen to paper on a new four-year contract, with the option to extend his stay a further year.The 23-year-old rose through the ranks at Old Trafford as a youth player and graduated to the senior squad in 2014, before being sent out for loan spells at both Granada and Valencia in later seasons.The Brazil international managed to make 15 Premier League appearances for the Red Devils last season, contributing one goal and one assist. 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 Pereira is prepared to stay and fight for a place in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s starting XI and already has his sights set on making an impact in the 2019-20 campaign.“I have spent so long in Manchester that I now regard the city and the club as my home and I’m extremely happy to continue my career here,” he told the club’s official website. “The manager has shown great faith in me and I can’t wait to get this campaign started under him. “We know that we all have to work hard and that started on day one of pre-season. I will be doing everything I can to help us perform the way we need to, this season and beyond. I also want to thank my family for the trust they have in me and God for the opportunity he has given me.”✍️ @AndrinhoPereira has put pen to paper on a new #MUFC deal 👍— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 5, 2019Solskjaer also expressed his delight after the announcement was made on Friday afternoon, praising Pereira for his professionalism behind the scenes and energy on the pitch.“Andreas is another player brought through our Academy that understands what it means to play for Manchester United,” the Norwegian began.”He came from another country but quickly understood the values of playing for this club and doesn’t take it for granted.”Andreas has become an important member of the squad with his energy and hard work in midfield. He works non-stop every day in training, has a great character and knows what he has to do to continue his development here. We all look forward to working with him in the season ahead.”Pereira has been joined in committing his future to United by defender Axel Tuanzebe, who has signed a new three-year contract of his own at the Red Devils.Tuanzebe spent last season on loan with Aston Villa, playing a key role in their promotion to the Premier League, and has been tipped by some to challenge for a first team spot at Old Trafford.“I have grown up at Manchester United and it has always been a big part of my life and my family’s life,” he said upon the announcement. “I appreciate the trust that the club has in me and I want to repay that with my performances on the pitch. “I know I have a lot of hard work and learning ahead of me but the experience I gained throughout last season puts me in good stead for the future ahead. I am determined to give everything and show everyone the player that I can be.”The Red Devils finished a disappointing sixth in the Premier League last term, missing out on qualification for the Champions League.In addition to tying Marcus Rashford and Pereira down to new deals, Solskjaer has been busy in the transfer market, bringing in Welsh winger Daniel James from Swansea and Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka for a combined total of £65m ($82m).United have also reportedly seen a lucrative bid for Leicester centre-back Harry Maguire turned down, amid ongoing links to a number of top European players. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
STARKVILLE MS -OCTOBER 10: General view of Davis Wade Stadium during the game between Troy and Mississippi State on October 10, 2015, in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)We might have a couple of upsets on our hands tonight. A pair of top 25 teams are on the verge of losing to unranked opponents.No. 22 Duke looks like it will be knocked from the ranks of the unbeaten. The Blue Devils trail Virginia Tech 17-7 in the third quarter.Virginia Tech backup quarterback Ryan Willis had a heck of a first half filling in for the injured Josh Jackson.Virginia Tech leads Duke 17-7 at halftime. Ryan Willis, starting at QB for the injured Josh Jackson, is 11/16 for 221 yards and two TDs.— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) September 30, 2018Meanwhile, No. 23 Mississippi State is about to fall to Florida at home. The Gators lead the Bulldogs 13-6 in the fourth quarter.If the result holds, Bulldogs fans are going to be pretty upset. After all, Florida is coached by former Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen.Is Starkville going to burn tonight? Mississippi State looks really bad.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) September 30, 2018If both Duke and Mississippi State lose, the AP and Coaches polls will certainly look different tomorrow afternoon.We’ll keep you posted on both games.
Kirk Herbstreit has really gone out on a limb with his College Football Playoff rankings after the SEC Championship. Not only does he see Georgia football making the field… he thinks the Dawgs could move up.Of course, this would get UGA out of an immediate rematch with Alabama, which is a pragmatic move. But for Herbstreit, it sounds like he actually believes that it is a deserved move.The lead ESPN college football analyst has Georgia at No. 3, Notre Dame at No. 4, and Oklahoma and his alma mater on the outside looking in.Well, @KirkHerbstreit thinks #UGA moves up to No. 3 in the #CFBPlayoff rankings after today. pic.twitter.com/xqQGzJZ7fN— Trent Smallwood (@SmallwoodTrent) December 2, 2018When asked about the controversial call at the end of that clip, Herbstreit said “I don’t get caught up in champions, I get caught up in ‘best.’”Of course, the committee is also tasked with finding the four “best ” teams, but going with two-loss Georgia over a pair of one-loss strong conference champions would be a real limb to go out on.Unsurprisingly, Kirk Herbstreit is catching heat for his Georgia football College Football Playoff stance.Among his critics appear to be two of his fellow former college star quarterbacks in the media, Danny Kanell and Matt Leinart.Neither directly addressed Herbstreit, but he’s clearly the head of the pro-Georgia contingent outside of those in the SEC.“Hey, Let’s lose a game but move up in the rankings.” Says NO ONE!!!! Come on man.— Matt Leinart (@MattLeinartQB) December 2, 2018So dumb that people are pushing for Georgia after a loss.Maybe the more important takeaway is that Bama is beatable.— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) December 2, 2018They’re not alone:Kirk Herbstreit says Georgia should move UP after a loss?Nah, man.If you want two SEC teams in the #CFBPlayoff, expand it to 8 teams. Simple.— Mitch B. (@MitchBrownTV3) December 2, 2018Kirk Herbstreit really said Georgia should move up to 3 after losing to Alabama. Respect him a lot, but that’s one of the most ridiculous things I’ve heard. Rewarded for losing. Come on!— Patrick Schmidt (@PatrickASchmidt) December 2, 2018Herbstreit saying Georgia should stay top 4 even with a close loss today is wild. They’re in the playoff, the playoff starts today for them— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) December 1, 2018Herbstreit just said Georgia moves UP to #3….my god the world is insane. Why play the games.— CG (@CG2pointO) December 2, 2018Herbstreit just said that Georgia should be number 3 and Notre Dame should fall to 4. What a joke!— Jason Swimmer (@Jswimmer84) December 2, 2018Lot of folks saying Georgia will not drop, hell I just heard Kirk Herbstreit say Georgia should move up to 3rd and move Notre Dame to 4th. Complete total utter joke— Spencer (@skellmarietta) December 2, 2018Two-loss Georgia, non-conference champion Georgia would be setting all kinds of precedents, but the College Football Playoff era is very young, which we can all lose sight of sometimes.This also may be the best argument yet for Playoff expansion. The top six teams all have pretty good cases this year.
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – DECEMBER 01: Dwayne Haskins Jr. #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a pass down field in the game against the Northwestern Wildcats in the second quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 01, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Notre Dame is struggling against Clemson in the Cotton Bowl on Saturday night, and of course, many are now questioning whether the Fighting Irish belonged in the College Football Playoff in the first place. One prominent college football quarterback appears to be among them.Ohio State signal-caller Dwayne Haskins has taken to Twitter with a simple-but-effective tweet about the contest. It includes a face-palm emoji.It seems pretty clear that Haskins is implying that he’s unimpressed with Notre Dame’s performance thus far.Ohio State, after finishing 12-1 and winning the Big Ten, wound up No. 6 in the final College Football Playoff rankings. Notre Dame, at 12-0, was No. 3.Here’s the tweet:Man you watching this game? ?♂️— Dwayne Haskins, Jr? (@dh_simba7) December 29, 2018Clemson currently leads Notre Dame at the half, 23-3. The Fighting Irish are going to need a big offensive performance in the second half to come back.As for Ohio State, the Buckeyes take on Washington in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day.
India Today Web Desk MumbaiApril 15, 2019UPDATED: April 15, 2019 20:56 IST India captain Virat Kohli was part of the selection meeting at the BCCI headquarters on Monday (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDinesh Karthik was preferred over Rishabh Pant in India’s 15-man World Cup squadKarthik and Pant were competing for the second wicketkeeper’s slotChief selector MSK Prasad said Karthik was picked because of his better wicketkeeping skillsRishabh Pant’s omission from India’s squad for the 2019 World Cup was explained away by chief selector MSK Prasad but the decision surprised Sunil Gavaskar. The Indian selection committee named a 15-man squad for the World Cup in Mumbai on Monday.While most of the players selected themselves, Dinesh Karthik was named the second wicketkeeper. Interestingly, Karthik was omitted from the Indian team for the ODI series against Australia last month. Pant played two ODIs but did himself no favours with some shoddy glovework.Prasad said the selectors went with Dinesh Karthik because he was a better wicketkeeper than Pant who is India’s first choice wicketkeeper in Test cricket.”A bit surprised, looking at his (Pant’s) form. He was batting exceptionally well, not only in the IPL but before that also. He was showing great improvement his wicket-keeping as well. He brings that left-handed option in the top-six which is very handy against the bowlers,” Gavaskar told India Today.”The bowlers have to change their line (for a left-hander) and the captains have to do a lot of field arrangements.”Pant has so far scored 245 runs in the ongoing IPL, compared to Karthik’s 111.#TeamIndia for @ICC #CWC19 #MenInBlue pic.twitter.com/rsz44vHpgeBCCI (@BCCI) April 15, 2019Gavaskar echoed MSK Prasad’s views and reckoned Dinesh Karthik makde the cut because of better wicketkeeping skills.”On a morning when say, MSD (Mahendra Singh Dhoni) has a flu and can’t play, you want somebody who is a better wicket-keeper. I think Karthik’s wicket-keeping skills, more than anything, have won him this place,” Gavaskar said.advertisementVijay Shankar earned his maiden World Cup squad. The selectors consider him to be a solid middle-order batsman who can bowl and Sunil Gavaskar said Shankar could be a good asset with his batting, bowling and athletic fielding.”He is a cricketer who has improved over the last one year. He has grown in confidence. Shankar is a very useful cricketer. He is a very very good batsman, handy bowler, and an outstanding fielder,” the batting great explained.Here is how the rest of the Indian cricket fraternity reacted to the World Cup selection.Wasn’t Pant elevated to the top tier of the Central Contracts a few weeks back?? Not a certainty in two of the three formats.Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) April 15, 2019″India has picked Shankar as #4 option. Without really knowing if it’ll work. DK will play only when Dhoni isn’t available. And no fourth seamer. Interesting choices. Hope it works. Good luck #CWC.”So, India has picked Shankar as #4 option. Without really knowing if it’ll work. DK will play only when Dhoni isn’t available. And no fourth seamer. Interesting choices. Hope it works. Good luck #CWCAakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) April 15, 2019″Clearly they’ve chosen experience and patience in the form of @DineshKarthik. Middle order will be very interesting to see @klrahul11/@DineshKarthik could be at number 4. Rest seems sorted with @JadhavKedar and @msdhoni at number 5/6,” Singh tweeted.High voltage expectations from this group. Clearly they’ve chosen experience and patience in the form of @DineshKarthik. Middle order will be very interesting to see @klrahul11/@DineshKarthik could be at number 4. Rest seems sorted with @JadhavKedar and @msdhoni at number 5/6.R P Singh (@rpsingh) April 15, 2019Also Read | 7 first-timers, 2 World Cup-winners in India’s World Cup 2019 squadAlso Read | Watch: Vijay Shankar reacts after World Cup 2019 selectionAlso Read | India team for World Cup is well-balanced, we have covered all bases: MSK PrasadAlso Read | Unfortunate Rishabh Pant has missed out, says MSK PrasadFor 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 Rishabh PantFollow Dinesh KarthikFollow Sunil GavaskarFollow India world cup squadFollow ICC World Cup 2019Follow 2019 Cricket World Cup A bit surprised: Sunil Gavaskar on Rishabh Pant omission from World Cup squadDinesh Karthik pipped Rishabh Pant in the fight for the second wicketkeeper’s slot in India’s 15-man squad for the World Cup, starting May 30 in Englandadvertisement
Vijay’s Bigil song Singa Penne leaked online months before release. Details insideA peppy motivational song titled Singa Penne from Vijay’s upcoming film Bigil has been leaked online months ahead of the film’s release.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk ChennaiJuly 17, 2019UPDATED: July 17, 2019 18:42 IST Vijay in BigilIt was only a few days ago that producer Archana Kalpathi of AGS Entertainments announced that the first song from Bigil, Verithanam, is sung by Vijay himself. Bigil, directed by Atlee, has music composed by AR Rahman. On July 16, another track from Bigil titled Singa Penne found its way to the internet and has gone viral on social media.The song in question has been sung by AR Rahman himself and has lyrics written by Vivek. It is said that the peppy track is a motivational song on the lines of Ella Pugazhum Oruvanuke (Azhagiya Tamizh Magan) and Aalaporan Tamizhan (Mersal).The leaked song is said to have been recorded from the film’s set when Vijay and Nayanthara were shooting for it. Within minutes, the hashtags #Bigil and #SingaPenne were trending nationally on Twitter.As of now, the makers are yet to respond to the latest development. Despite taking stringent measures, the song has been leaked, which has left the makers of Bigil in shock. Vijay’s ardent fans are mighty impressed with the song and have already added it to their playlists.Currently, Vijay and Nayanthara are shooting for the film in Chennai. While Vijay will be seen in two roles, Nayanthara is tipped to be playing the role of a physiotheraphy student. The shooting of Bigil is expected to be wrapped up in August this year.Bigil, which is based on women’s football, will release on Diwali 2019. The sports drama stars Vijay, Nayanthara, jackie Shroff, Vivekh, Indhuja Ravichandran, Varsha Bollamma and Yogi Babu in significant roles.advertisementALSO SEE | Bigil: Is this when the audio launch of Vijay film will take place?ALSO SEE | Bigil update: Vijay to sing Verithanam, his first AR Rahman numberALSO WATCH | Tamil actor Vijay hints at joining politicsGet 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 byK Janani Tags :Follow BigilFollow AtleeFollow VijayFollow AR Rahman
People should get a life: Gavaskar blasts critics for questioning Bumrah’s bowling actionIndia vs West Indies 2nd Test: When Ian Bishop in the commentary box revealed that some people have questioned the legality of Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling action, Sunil Gavaskar expressed his disbelief.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk KingstonSeptember 1, 2019UPDATED: September 1, 2019 18:59 IST Jasprit Bumrah picked up a hat-trick on Day 2 of second Test between India and West Indies. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJasprit Bumrah became 3rd Indian cricketer to get a hat-trick in Test cricketDuring 2nd Test, Ian Bishop revealed some people called Bumrah’s bowling action illegalSunil Gavaskar slammed critics for such comments and said Bumrah’s action is perfectly fineJasprit Bumrah tore through the West Indies batting as he picked up a hat-trick and six of the seven wickets that left that the hosts reeling at 87 for 7 on Day 2 of the second and final Test at Kingston, Jamaica.After Bumrah picked up the hat-trick, former West Indies cricketer turned commentator Ian Bishop revealed that some critics had questioned the legality of Bumrah’s bowling action. Responding to that, former India batsman Sunil Gavaskar, who was also in the commentary box with Bishop, said people with such views, should ‘get a life.’Fast bowler Bumrah created history on Sunday as he became only the third Indian cricketer to get a hat-trick in Test cricket.”I cannot believe some people questioning the legality of Jasprit Bumrah’s action,” Ian Bishop said during the commentary.”His action is unique but is well within the rules of the game. In fact, it’s one of the cleanest ones. Some people really need to look in the mirror” Bishop added.Expressing his disbelief, Gavaskar asked Bishop to name the critics, however the West Indian refrained from disclosing any identities of ‘some people’.”Can you name them? Who are these people questioning Bumrah’s action?” Asked Gavaskar.”Let’s look at it closely A few steps and then he gathers momentum and finally releases the ball with a straight arm. Now tell me at what point his arm is bent? It’s perfectly fine. People should really get a life,” Gavaskar said.Bumrah got the wickets of Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks and Roston Chase off successive deliveries to achieve the feat.advertisementBumrah started the damage by getting Bravo caught-behind to KL Rahul at second slip for 4. He then trapped Shamarh Brooks plumb in front for a golden duck with an inswinging delivery. Roston Chase got a similar ball next up and was wrapped on the pads but the umpire gave it not out at first.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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow India VS West IndiesFollow Jasprit BumrahFollow Sunil Gavaskar
One of the best known staples of cold-weather dressing, corduroy has come a long way from the ’70s when the classic cotton-blended fabric, known for its then-wider wale fabric, supreme warmth and plush feel, might have doubled for drapes. Today the fabric has never looked more sophisticated in lighter pinwale offerings and colors that, thankfully, look the furthest thing from grandma’s shag carpet. That said, cord trousers are a dime a dozen this season. Bonobos, J.Crew, The Gap and even Jack Spade all carry them, so what to buy? Try a non-traditional looking colored cord in pale grey or black or, if going for a bolder look or if looking to simply soften up one’s outfit, a subtle print and some of the exciting new silhouettes brands are now cutting in the fabric. L-R: Skinny Oxford grey cord pant, American Eagle Outfitters, $34.95; printed corduroy shirt, Uniqlo, $29.90; Francis cord blazer in oak, Frank & Oak, $115; tie, Band of Outsiders, $155; fine corduroy button-down shirt, Beams Plus, $220; Ronnie cord pant, Saturdays, $128; Gabrielle jacket, APC x Carhartt, $355; Wall Street navy cord suit jacket (with pant option), Acne, $630. Dictador 2 Masters Takes Luxury Rum to a New Level 1. American Eagle Outfitters 2. Uniqlo 3. Frank & Oak 4. Band of Outsiders 5. Beams Plus 6. Saturdays 7. APC X Carhartt 8. Acne 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know We Found the Best Merino Wool Socks After One Year of Testing The Best Black Jeans to Have You Stepping Out in Style What to Wear on a Red-Eye Flight: Fashionably Comfortable Apparel for the Long Haul Editors’ Recommendations
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