Hanuma Vihari wanted to give India pacers some rest. He ended up taking 2 wickets

first_imgHanuma Vihari was a happy man after he ended up picking two crucial wickets on the opening day of the second Test in Perth on Friday.Australia reached 277 for 6 at the close of play on Day 1, with Tim Paine and Pat Cummins being the two not out batsmen.Vihari, who replaced Ravichandran Ashwin in the playing XI, got the wickets of opener Marcus Harris (70) and Shaun Marsh (45) to finish the day with 2 for 53. Ashwin missed out due to a side strain.After Australia were reduced to 148 for 4, Marsh and Travis Head brought Australia back in the game with an 84-run run stand for the fifth wicket. But it was Vihari who succeeded in breaking that partnership when he found the edge of Marsh’s bat to Ajinkya Rahane at slips.Oh, what a feeling for India late on day one with this ripper grab from Ajinkya Rahane!#AUSvIND | @Toyota_Aus pic.twitter.com/jImfIOFY2kcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 14, 2018Earlier, Vihari had also got the wicket of Harris, who completed his maiden half-century after lunch.That’s done a bit!Watch live via Kayo here: https://t.co/mzWOwn19la #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/osacWodOwlcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 14, 2018″It was an important wicket at that stage because he was set and was looking dangerous after lunch,” Vihari said at the post match press conference.On his own bowling, Vihari said his job was to bowl tight lines and give the pacers some rest.”Overall, I was prepared for that [to bowl] and happy that I could do my job. I tried to bowl a little quicker. I was trying to hit the surface a little bit more and get the bounce of the wicket. I tried to keep it tight and give seamers some rest,” Vihari said.advertisementVihari also praised India’s fight and said the morning session on day two could shape the match.”Our plan was to be disciplined and I think we did very well in that aspect after bouncing back in all three sessions. Overall, bowlers put in a great effort.”It was a slow wicket to start with. It gained pace after lunch. Bowlers adjusted really well and we were happy with the way we bowled throughout the day,” he said.”I think the first hour tomorrow will be very crucial. If we get them out below 320 then we are right back in the game.”Harris, Aaron Finch and Travis Head all made half-centuries but none of them was able to really put their foot down on the gas as India pegged the Australians back on a grassy, drop-in wicket that occasionally played a few tricks.Recalled spin-bowling all-rounder Vihari and quick Ishant Sharma claimed two wickets apiece to get the tourists back into the contest after the Australians had won the toss and batted through the first session without losing a wicket.Also Read | Were India conned into playing 4 pacers in Perth? Experts disagree with Kohli’s callAlso Read | For ICC boss, India not among favourites to win 2019 World CupAlso Read | Shane Warne fancies an Australian win: Aussie pacers will blow India away in Perthlast_img read more

Cheteshwar Pujara stars in record chase as Saurashtra reach Ranji Trophy semi-final

first_imgIt is safe to say Cheteshwar Pujara’s failure with the bat in the first innings of the Ranji Trophy quarter-final for Saurashtra as the in-form batsman helped his side reach the semi-final of the tournament after completing a record chase against Uttar Pradesh on Saturday.Pujara scored an unbeaten 67 and stitched a 136-run stand with fellow half-centurion Sheldon Jackson (73*) as Saurashtra completed the highest run-chase in a Ranji Trophy match, gunning down 372 runs for the memorable win at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Stadium in Lucknow.Chasing a mammoth total of 372, Saurashtra got off to a solid start with Harvik Desai, the opener, scoring a 259-ball 116. With wicketkeeper-batsman Snell Patel scoring 72, Saurashtra’s got a 132-run opening stand.Saurashtra were in a spot of bother after losing Kamlesh Makvana cheaply and then Desai in a span of six overs. However, Pujara did what he does best control the temp of the game with a well-paced 110-ball 67.Notably, Pujara suffered a rare failure in the first innings when he was dismissed for 11 in the first innings by young U-19 World Cup-winning pacer, Shivam Mavi.Saurashtra 372/4 in 115.1 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 67* in 110 balls, Sheldon Jackson 73* in 109 balls)beatUttar Pradesh by six wickets at Lucknow in a record #RanjiTrophy run chase!Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) January 19, 2019Pujara, starred in India’s first-ever Test series win in Australia earlier this month, joined Saurashtra for the Ranji Trophy duty immediately after the completion the Test series Down Under.Pujara had scored 521 runs but what turned out to be more important than the number of runs he collected was the number of balls 1258 he had faced against a top quality Australian attack. India won the series 2-1 despite their captain, not scoring as consistently as he is known for.advertisementReigning champions Vidarbha reach semi-final Meanwhile, Reigning champions Vidarbha routed minnows Uttarakhand by an innings and 115 runs in their Ranji Trophy quarter-final here Saturday and made to the semifinals.India pacer Umesh Yadav (5-23) and slow left-arm orthodox bowler Aditya Sarvate (5-55) grabbed five wickets each to dismantle them for 159 in the second innings and script a memorable win.Trailing the hosts by 274 runs in the first innings and resuming the day at the overnight score of 152 for 5, Uttarakhand needed to bat out their skin to salvage a draw.But their innings folded up very quickly as they lost their last five wickets for only seven runs.It was an abject surrender by Uttarakhand as their lower middle order and the tail failed to put up any fight.Also Read | Best Indian side I have been part of, says Cheteshwar Pujara after series-winning 521 runsAlso Read | Australia series win proudest moment of my 10-year career: Virat KohliAlso Read | India vs Australia: Cheteshwar Pujara a living Buddha, says MSK Prasadlast_img read more

Realme 3 launched: Key specs, features, India price and everything you need to know

first_imgRealme on Monday announced the Realme 3 for the Indian market. This is the company’s first new smartphone for 2019, and it aims to carry forward the company’s philosophy of “style meets power.” The Realme 3 is in all sense of the word a successor to the Realme 2 right from the design to the hardware and software. It touts a dewdrop display along with a unibody design and gradient colours on the outside, while getting the new Helio P70 chipset and a beefy 4,230mAh battery on the inside.The Realme 3 will be taking on the likes of the Samsung Galaxy M20, Honor 8C and Redmi Note 7 when it goes on sale in India. With the Realme 3, the company is touting an all-rounder that boasts of an attractive design along with some powerful hardware and battery life. Here’s a quick look at some of the key specifications and features of the new Realme 3.Realme 3 specifications:Display: The Realme 3 sports a 6.2-inch HD+ (1520×720) display with a 19:9 aspect ratioProcessor: It is powered by a 2.1GHz octa-core Helio P70 chipsetRAM: The device will be offered with 3GB and 4GB of RAMInternal storage: The 3GB RAM version will get 32GB of internal storage, while the 4GB RAM variant will get 64GB of internal storageRear camera: The Realme 3 gets a 13MP + 2MP dual camera setup. The primary camera gets a f/1.8 aperture, PDAF and 5P lens, while the secondary camera will be used for depth sensingFront camera: Up front, the Realme 3 gets a 13MP f/2.0 cameraadvertisementBattery: The handset houses a 4,230mAh batterySoftware: It ships with Android Pie-based ColorOS 6.0Realme 3 features:- The Realme 3 touts a new design language, one which sees a plastic unibody back that seamlessly curves around the frame and meets the glass panel on the front. The rear panel also gets a gradient colour in Dynamic Black and Radiant Blue. There is also a solid Black colour option available as well.- Like the Realme 2 Pro and Realme U1, the Realme 3 gets a dewdrop display on the front, which means it gets a droplet-style notch. The notch is much smaller and less intrusive compared to the wide, iPhone X-like notch on the Realme 2. This allows for a larger display on a handy form factor as well as a larger screen real estate. The Realme 3 touts an 88.3 per cent screen-to-body ratio. – A new feature being offered with the camera is Nightscape, which aims to offer improved low-light photography. In Nightscape mode, the camera will take a long exposure shot to offer more light in dimly lit environments. There is also a new Chrome Boost mode that uses AI to recognise a scene and offer better dynamic range and balanced exposure.- The Realme 3 is the second Realme phone to run on the new Helio P70 chipset. The first was the Realme U1 and in our review it offered a pretty fast and snappy performance. The Helio P70 chipset offers better performance and greater power efficiency compared to its predecessor, and Realme is even comparing its capabilities to the Snapdragon 660 chipset as well.- The Realme 3 is also the company’s first device to run on the new ColorOS 6.0 based on Android Pie out-of-the-box. The new software aims to offer a cleaner experience with fewer bloatware and better visual design. ColorOS 6.0 also brings an app drawer as well as the new Android P gesture navigation feature. You also get a Moto Ride mode and Game Space.Realme 3 price in India and availability:The Realme 3 comes with a pretty competitive price that starts at Rs 8,999 for the base model with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The 4GB/64GB variant has been priced at Rs 10,999 and both the models will be available in Radiant Blue and Dynamic Black gradient colours.The Realme 3 will go on sale on March 12 at 12 noon on Flipkart. The company may launch the device in offline retail stores, but there no word on its availability just yet. On Flipkart, customers can avail a flat discount of Rs 500 via HDFC cards or on EMI. Reliance Jio customers can also avail benefits of Rs 5,300 on purchasing the Realme 3.ALSO READ | Realme 3 with Helio P70, ColorOS 6, dewdrop display launched starting at Rs 8,999last_img read more

The Riverside Ground

first_imgThe Riverside Ground was established in 1995, and hosted first one day international during the 1999 World Cup between Pakistan and Scotland. The Riverside Ground also hosted three World Cup fixtures at the 1999 edition.At the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, The Riverside Ground will host three fixtures, including England’s match against New Zealand and will also be the home for two Sri Lanka games.Used mostly as a county ground, the emergence of The Riverside Ground as an international venue for cricket happened only in the last decade. That also includes the September 2017 accident when a part of a stand collapsed during England’s Twenty20 defeat by West Indies, injuring three spectators.Opened: 1995Capacity: 5000 (17000 for internationals)Ends: Finchale End, Lumley EndLocation: Chester-le-Street, EnglandICC Cricket World Cup 2019 matches scheduled at this venue15:00 IST: SL vs RSA, Match 3515:00 IST: SL vs WI, Match 3915:00 IST: Eng vs NZ, Match 41STATS – ODITotal matches 16Matches won batting first: 5Matches won bowling first: 9Average 1st Inns scores: 243Average 2nd Inns scores: 180Highest total recorded: 314/4 (44.4 Ov) by Eng vs AUSLowest total recorded: 99/10 (26.1 Ov) by Eng vs SLHighest score chased: 314/4 (44.4 Ov) by Eng vs AUSLowest score defended: 274/6 (41 Ov) by Eng vs PAKlast_img read more

Bangladesh vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019 Match 9: Prediction and Probable Playing 11s

first_imgBangladesh take on a balanced New Zealand team at the Kennington Oval in the second day-night match of World Cup 2019 on Wednesday.The Blackcaps will bank on their pace brigade spearheaded by Trent Boult to pull off a coup and dismantle another Asian team. Also, the presence of Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor and Colin Munro, make them a strong batting unit.Whereas Bangladesh led by Mashrafe Mortaza, will rely on their experienced players like Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah, to guide them to another memorable triumph.Recent formBangladesh pulled off a historic win over South Africa cricket team to kick off their World Cup campaign on a positive not. They have won the recent tri-series in Ireland by remaining unbeaten in the tournament. They had also reached the final of last year’s Asia Cup where they lost to India. They made it to the quater-finals in the last edition of the torunament and will look to better their run this year.New Zealand bowled out Sri Lanka for just 136 and then went on to register 10-wicket win in their opening match of World Cup 2019. During the warm-up matches, they had produced a top-class bowling performance against India but in their next warm-up against West Indies, the Kiwi bowlers were hammered for 421 runs giving them a stern reminder of days to come.Pitch ReportThe Kennington Oval has witnessed totals in excess of 300 in both the games and same will be expected when New Zealand take on Bangladesh.advertisementThe pitch report highly indicates that it will be flat and true, very good for batting.Pacers should get the desired help early on while the batters look to provide a fast start on what should be a good wicket to bat on.Match predictionBangladesh have never won any world cup match against New Zealand. They have faced New Zealand 4 times in the World Cup, losing everytime.The match will depend on how New Zealand’s aggressive pacers perform against a stable top order of Bangladesh.Playing XINew Zealand and Bangladesh will not like to disturb the winning squad. So, they will stick to the same team for this match.Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Mustafizur RahmanNew Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Jimmy Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent BoultAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Expectations nothing new for us, says Virat KohliAlso Watch:last_img read more

Ex-UEFA head Michel Platini released in Qatar World Cup probe

first_imgMichel Platini, the former head of European soccer association UEFA, was released in the early hours of Wednesday after having been questioned over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup soccer tournament to Qatar.Platini’s lawyer, William Bourdon, said his client was innocent of all charges and that he had been questioned on “technical grounds.””It was very long, given the number of questions, it was obviously always going to be long, since they asked me questions over Euro 2016, the World Cup in Russia, the World Cup in Qatar, Paris Saint Germain, FIFA,” Platini told reporters on Wednesday as he left the police station where he had been detained.”I replied to all the questions calmly, whilst still not knowing why I was there,” he added.The French national financial prosecutor’s office, which specializes in investigating economic crimes and corruption, has been leading a probe into the awarding of the 2022 tournament to Qatar.It is looking into possible offenses including private corruption, conspiracy and influence peddling.The decision in December 2010 to award the World Cup to Qatar surprised many given the lack of potential local audiences for the games, the extremely hot summer weather, and the poor performance of the country’s national squad. It will be the first Arab state to host the competition.Platini is one of France’s most famous sportsmen and soccer stars. He led France to victory in the 1984 European Championship and played in two World Cup semi-finals.Also Read | Ex-UEFA boss Michel Platini arrested as part of 2022 World Cup investigationAlso See:advertisementlast_img read more

Malaika Arora stretches flawlessly in sports bra and tights. Thanks yoga for changing her life

first_imgMalaika Arora is back home after enjoying her romantic vacation with boyfriend Arjun Kapoor in New York City and the diva is already setting the bay on fire.The diva, who is known for her healthy lifestyle and rigorous fitness routine, was even spotted excercising while she was in The Big Apple.Recently, Malaika took to Instagram to post pictures from her gym session in Mumbai and seems like the diva is already switching back to her routine.She posted pictures of her doing difficult yoga poses with much ease and we can’t help but feel motivated after watching her.She captioned the picture, “#malaikasmondaymotivation…today I am grateful that yoga has changed my life for the better, not only by making me healthier but also by changing my perspective of life.”In the images, Malaika can be seen doing number of stretching exercises with harness and on bricks.Malaika even thanked yoga for her healthy lifestyle and for making her see life from a very different perspective in the post. For her workout routine, Malaika donned a black sports bra and black gym tights.For glam, she went with half-tied tresses and bare face.For a long time, Arjun and Malaika remained tight-lipped about their relationship, though they confirmed their relationship with a loved-up picture from New York.advertisementMalaika and Arjun left for New York to celebrate the Panipat actor’s birthday there and have been posting a lot of pictures from the city.ALSO SEE | Malaika Arora in plunging neckline dress is sensuous beyond words on day out. See picsALSO WATCH | Are Malaika Arora and Arjun Kapoor the newest lovebirds in B-Town?last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Bollywood congratulates England on maiden win but heartbroken for New Zealand

first_imgEngland won the Cricket World Cup yesterday in a nail-biting finish against New Zealand. Bollywood celebrities lauded the performance of both the teams, and took to Twitter to send congratulatory wishes.Riteish Deshmukh was full of praise for England and called it “cricket at its best.” He wrote, “Cricket at its best – Epic #WorldCupFinals – Congratulations @englandcricket the Champions of world cricket. My heart goes out to @BLACKCAPS – they were so so good- for me they are the uncrowned champs of #WorldCup2019.”Cricket at its best – Epic #WorldCupFinals – Congratulations @englandcricket the Champions of world cricket. My heart goes out to @BLACKCAPS – they were so so good- for me they are the uncrowned champs of #WorldCup2019Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) July 14, 2019Anupam Kher shared a video from the Lord’s cricket ground and captioned his post, “CRICKET IS THE WINNER in this #WorldCupFinal2019. What an unbelievable match!!! Congratulations England. Amazing Victory!! And #NewZealand is a team of Heroes. Jai Ho!!”CRICKET IS THE WINNER in this #WorldCupFinal2019. What an unbelievable match!!! Congratulations England. Amazing Victory!! And #NewZealand is a team of Heroes. Jai Ho!! pic.twitter.com/JEacLTwWCWAnupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) July 14, 2019Karan Johar wrote, “England had a better kundli! NZ had the better game!!! #NZLvENG.”England had a better kundli! NZ had the better game!!! #NZLvENGKaran Johar (@karanjohar) July 14, 2019Varun Dhawan seemed rather stunned by the outcome and wrote, “What a #WorldCupfinal. Unbelievable my entire family is awake. Who u got.”What a #WorldCupfinal. Unbelievable my entire family is awake. Who u gotadvertisementVarun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) July 14, 2019A nostalgic Vivek Oberoi tweeted, “The country where cricket was born 6/700 years ago, has finally won the #WorldCup for the very first time! Congrats #eng What a historic match! Truly the great sport of #cricket won today! #WC19 #WCFINAL #ENGvN.”The country where cricket was born 6/700 years ago, has finally won the #WorldCup for the very first time! Congrats #eng What a historic match! Truly the great sport of #cricket won today! #WC19 #WCFINAL #ENGvNZVivek Anand Oberoi (@vivekoberoi) July 14, 2019Neha Dhupia was heartbroken for New Zealand. She wrote, “Hearts been racing for a while … this kind of drama cannot be written by the best screenplay writers… heartbroken for #NewZealand … this was so so so close… two yards too far!!! Well played #England … #CWC2019.”Farhan Akhtar seemed to have been switching channels between the Tennis Wimbledon and the Cricket World Cup. He wrote, “Has there been a better Sunday for a genuine sports enthusiast.. the Wimbledon and the Cricket World Cup finals going down to the wire. Wow..!! Exhausted.”Has there been a better Sunday for a genuine sports enthusiast.. the Wimbledon and the Cricket World Cup finals going down to the wire. Wow..!! Exhausted ..Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) July 14, 2019Team India had made it to the semi-finals, but finally lost to New Zealand.ALSO READ | Pooja Batra marries Nawab Shah in hush-hush ceremony, shares adorable photos. See picsALSO WATCH | Deepika Padukone marries Ranveer Singh in Italylast_img read more


first_imgNebraska lawmakers have kicked off a new session with a new speaker and 17 new members.Lawmakers elected Senator Jim Scheer of Norfolk by a 27-22 vote over Senator Matt Williams of Gothenburg:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/SCHEER.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..any group. :18Scheer replaces Galen Hadley, of Kearney as speaker, who left office because of term limits.Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Heavican sworn in 17 new senators into office, comprising more than one-third of the Legislature.They are replacing senators who were defeated or forced from office by term limits.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/SCHEER2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……(applause out) :11A projected $900 million shortfall is expected to dominate the 90-day legislative session.Governor Pete Ricketts will present his proposed budget and other priorities to lawmakers later in the month.last_img read more



Three Questions: Mrs. Pistols

first_imgAlso, check out her Etsy store — help feed our future children.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Joining me today is none other than my wife, Mrs. Pistols — Jennifer Porter. She knows more about a sewing machine than I’ll ever know about a spread offense but when it comes to football…well…let’s go to the questions.1. Pretty interesting year for OSU coming off a BCS win and reloading with a frosh at QB. What are you most excited about?My excitement for football this year revolves around anything that has to do with tailgating, wearing orange dresses, and hanging out with friends. I’m also literally a fair weather fan, so I’ll also add that to the list: perfectly crisp fall weather. I’m sure you asked this for giggles since most of your readers are under the impression that my knowledge of football is non-existent. I let you make jokes about me because it makes for comedic writing, but the truth is I know more than you let on. I feel like I could roughly define most football terms you could throw at me, with the exception of holding. But let’s be honest- I don’t think half the males in America actually know what holding is[1. This is probably true.]. The real issue here is my lack of interest in football, but I can actually get pretty emotional about a game now and then. Just as long as the temperature is between 68 and 80 degrees. 2. Rank these players in order of your favorite to least favorite and tell me why: Weeden, Dez, Zac, Blackmon, Barry Sanders, Rashaun, Joe Randle, and Justin GilbertThe first words that come to my mind for each of these players: Weeden (Melanie), Dez (criminal record), Zac (eyes, duh), Blackmon (Olivia), Barry (Heisman), Rashaun (Woods), Joe Randle (I think he’s supposed to be good this year), and Justin Gilbert (runs fast). On my highly complex rating scale, that puts them in the following order: Weeden (because Melanie might be reading)Zac (I can’t believe Melanie beat out his eyes)Barry (because I think he might be a legend)Blackmon (because charity work is kinda cool)Gilbert (because I know he’s “your boy”)Rashaun (because I vaguely remember him from college)Joe (because he’s better than Dez)Dez (because no one likes a criminal) 3. People want to know how you forecast this season playing out so…who plays for the title? Wins the Heisman? What is OSU’s record?I think I stopped paying attention to football statistics around 2004, so I’ll go with USC for the title. Are you serious with the Heisman question? The list of players I know this year includes two from the previous question plus Lunt. And not just from OSU – that’s for all college football. Though I feel like I’ve heard whispers about a guy named Matt something[2. I think she means Barkley, I’ll give it to her], so I’ll go with him. Are you asking about OSU’s record of all time? Football? I feel like you’re trying to trick me by making me answer about this year. But if there’s one thing I know about OSU football, it’s that we haven’t played a game yet this season. All time, I’ll put us at 38% wins, which would probably total to about 282 wins and 462 losses[3. Actually 531-523-47 for a 50.4% winning percentage]. Make sure your readers know I answered all questions in orange. For brownie points. last_img read more

Oklahoma State hires Mike Yurcich as new offensive coordinator

first_imgScreen shot 2013-02-07 at 9.36.21 AMYou’re drunk, Gundy. Go home.After two straight hires of Dana Holgorsen and Todd Monken, OSU has hired a guy named Mike Yurcich as its new offensive coordinator/QB coach.Gundy made the announcement on Twitter this morning (possibly from either his back porch or maybe the Bagel Cafe in Stillwater). Who knows…Proud to announce Mike Yurcich as the new Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks coach at #okstate #GoPokes— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) February 7, 2013Wait…WHO?This is going to be really funny when agundy announces the real OC.— thinks we go 8-4 guy (@Pokelahoma) February 7, 2013Agreed.Here’s what Google tells me about Mike Yurich:He graduated from California University (of Pennsylvania) and played QB there. He got his Master of Education from Saint Francis (Indiana) (he was a grad assistant briefly at Indiana) then moved on to Edinboro University (Pennsylvania) where he was the OC. He became the OC at Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, PA in 2011.Now, as of today, he runs one of the best D1 offenses in the country.Here were his stats last year for Shippensburg — a D2 school.Yurcich’s offense at Shippensburg (is that a real sentence?) scored 46.8 points a game last year. Averaged 390 passing yards a game. Sick.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) February 7, 2013 This made me laugh, #okstate’s new offensive coordinator: http://t.co/OFLpvM7s— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) February 7, 2013 Mike Yurcich, Ok State’s new OC hire, led an offense that led Division II in total offense and ranked No. 2 in scoring, passing offense.— Zach Barnett (@zach_barnett) February 7, 2013Salty, and Gundy does love him some numbers. He also likes this.Re: Yurchich MT @ChrisPavone84: fast paced no huddle, very aggressive. A mixed bag of styles but the ball will be in the air alot.— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) February 7, 2013 @KellyHinesTW 37ish? Is he from the Dominican Republic?— Kevin DeShazo (@KevinDeShazo) February 7, 2013I can’t wait to see this guy rolling through the B1G as Indiana’s head coach in 2016.Lastly, here’s a video of his offense from last year (they look like a high school team!)And here’s video of him breaking down plays with Star Wars Lego figures!center_img It was weird though, no warning, no press release — heck, Gundy could have announced it at his press conference yesterday. Yet he announces it via Twitter 12 hours after he says he doesn’t really understand Twitter.The lesson as always, I guess? Don’t try and predict what Mike Gundy is going to do.Three more hilarious tweets.@pistolsguy dude googling his last name he’s not the first to come up….I feel like Gundy trying to win some mad scientist award.— thinks we go 8-4 guy (@Pokelahoma) February 7, 2013 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

At Oklahoma State, Money Really Does Buy Greatness

first_imgThere was a great longer article in the Tulsa World at the end of last week about Mike Holder’s first 10 years on the job. That culminated on Wednesday which was his 10th anniversary.Did you know that only two men have been there longer as the AD?Ed Gallagher (1915-31) and Henry P. Iba (1935-69). “Pretty fast company right there,” Holder says. “I like that.”What I found to be interesting is how much money OSU has raised (and lost!), mostly during Holder’s tenure. Here is Holder’s estimate.From 1970 through 1999, Holder says, OSU spent a total of $10 million on athletic facilities. In 2000-10, he reports, OSU spent $400 million on facilities. Now not all of that was for football, but we all know the king of American sports is what drives economics at an athletic department. Because of that, I wanted to look at the correlation between money spent and winning percentage. How much is each win worth if we presume that all that money was spent on football (and it wasn’t).[1. We’re also not taking into account inflation etc. This is not an economics blog.]Here’s a look. You want to be on the bottom right of this graph where you don’t have to spend a ton of money but you still win a ton of games. OSU has been on the bottom left (good for the pocketbook!) and the upper right (good for morale!)Screen Shot 2015-09-17 at 11.23.56 AMThe answer to the latter is easy. OSU won 171.5 games between 1970 and 1999 (for the college kids, there used to be ties … crazy, I know). At $10 million spent on facilities, that’s $58,000 a W. OSU has won 117 games since 2000. That’s $3.4 million. Success is pricey.“We’ve won in every sport here, except in football,” Holder told the Tulsa World. “We wanted to try to do something to change that, so when you went to the football stadium on Saturday, you actually had a chance to win the football game. I wanted to see what that was like.”It feels pretty good, doesn’t it?If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Oklahoma State Sugar Bowl Gifts Include Watches, Hats and Gift Suite

first_imgOne of the traditions of bowl season has become which bowl hands out the best gifts to its participants. This year, the Sugar Bowl is handing out a Fossil watch, New Era Cap and commemorative coin to each player which doesn’t sound very cool until you also note that there’s a gift suite involved.What is a gift suite? According to Sports Business Daily, it’s basically a free trip to the mall.Gift suites are set up as private events in which game participants, and often bowl VIPs, are given an order form and allowed to select a gift, or gifts, up to a value that is predetermined by each specific bowl, not to exceed the NCAA limit of $550 per person.Last year, for the Cactus Bowl, that included TVs, Keurigs and Beats headphones.OSU Football Players Select Cactus Bowl Gifts, Saturday, December 13, 2014, Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, OKThis year won’t necessarily be better since there’s a $550 limit, but it might be different depending on who sponsors the Sugar Bowl’s suite. You can view all of the bowl gifts here.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Thabo Mwaniki Commits to Oklahoma State

first_imgJust two days after picking up an offer from Oklahoma State following a visit to Stillwater, 2017 defensive back Thabo Mwaniki announced that he has committed to play for the Cowboys on twitter:Thank You God.? pic.twitter.com/1oS6OFGQif— Thabo Mwaniki (@thabomwaniki) July 30, 2016 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! I mentioned earlier in the week that Mwaniki had confirmed his visit to Stillwater in The Reload; even stating that an offer seemed imminent in my opinion. The offer was extended, and Mwaniki wasted no time pulling the trigger.The Denton Guyer defensive back pledges to OSU over offers from Air Force, Army, Colorado, Colorado State, UConn, Fresno State, Purdue, SMU, UTSA, North Texas,  and New Mexico. At 5-11, 180-pounds, Mwaniki is a versatile athlete who is a do-it-all on offense and defense, and has good experience playing both defensive back and safety. Expect OSU to put him to good use on defense either at safety or cornerback and with his experience at both, he’s a luxury addition with the ability to move all over the field.last_img read more

Gundy on the Offensive Line: ‘We Like Where We’re at’

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! There are still more questions than answers regarding OSU’s arguably most questionable position group entering the 2016 season. The offensive line struggled for a second consecutive season last year and, even though coaches are very hesitant to be show too much optimism, Mike Gundy is confident the group is improving.“Just in the last couple practices, I’ve seen them start to make some strides,” Mike Gundy said in his weekly Cowboy Football Roundup with Dave Hunziker. “We’re covering the defensive lineman up, and we need to continue to work on finishing blocks. Now that we’re covering them up, we have to sink our hips and we have to run our feet. We have to finish those blocks in order to give those backs a chance to make cuts. We like where we’re at.”Gundy also noted the emergence of redshirt freshman Marcus Keyes at left guard to be a big factor in his reason for optimism, and spoke highly of incoming junior college transfer Larry Williams, who is listed No. 2 at left guard behind Keyes.As for X-factors to watch this season, underrated junior college lineman Shane Richards is expected to make some contributions this season as well Gundy says.“The incoming class is a good group, it’ll take awhile to develop those players. Shane Richards (6-8, 330lbs.), hopefully he can help us first of October, Larry Williams gives us a chance. We just have to find the right fit and stay healthy.”last_img read more

Zach Sinor Unfazed About Being A Ray Guy Finalist, Shares How He Got To OSU

first_imgOne of Oklahoma State’s best players is a guy you may not have heard much about — punter Zach Sinor. The sophomore punter from Castroville, Texas is ranked No. 31 in the NCAA in yards per punt at 43.0. More importantly he’s pinned the other team inside their own 20 yard line 26 times in 2016, tied for No. 3 in the nation. He’s also somehow only had one touchback.He’s also up as a finalist for the Ray Guy award, given to the nation’s best punter. The ‘Seisman’, if you will. Here’s the list of finalists for the 2016 Ray Guy Award.Austin Barnes (Jr.), Eastern Michigan UniversityNicholas Conte (Sr.), University of VirginiaSteven Coutts (So.), University of Louisiana at LafayetteJoseph Davidson (Jr.), Bowling Green State UniversityMichael Dickson (So.), University of TexasHayden Hunt (Sr.), Colorado State UniversityCameron Johnston (Sr.), Ohio State UniversityZach Sinor (So.), Oklahoma State UniversityJohnny Townsend (Jr.), University of FloridaMitch Wishnowsky (So.), University of UtahSinor didn’t seem too worried about winning the award when asked about it at the on Monday.“I don’t really look into that stuff,” said Sinor. “Yeah, the awards will come, but my job is to pin them back and help the defense out the best I can.”He actually attended several Ray Guy camps growing up which is pretty funny.“I watched his film,” said Sinor of the Ray Guy camps. He gives you a little disc to watch. A lot of drops, directional punting, he really broke it down which helped me a lot.“As a freshman [in high school] I was a QB and a defensive tackle, a little odd. But my sophomore year I was kicking the ball around one day, and they said you’re the punter. Then I was on JV as the punter, and I hit a 45- 50-yard punt, so then they said you’re on varsity.“So after that I averaged like 39 my sophomore year on varsity. So after that I went to a Ray Guy camp, and they said ‘you have a pretty big leg. You can probably kick in college.’ So I kept working at it and now I’m here.”“During spring ball, whenever that was, I saw him throwing it around one day and he throws it pretty good,” said head coach Mike Gundy of his former QB-turned-punter. “If we were smart, we’d probably have a fake punt with him throwing the ball. But, it’s kind of like with James Castleman – the season’s not over yet.”The punter is pretty much the least glamorous position on the field, but Sinor has been huge for Oklahoma State in several close games this year — in the Iowa State game, the Tech game this last weekend, Sinor flipped the field in some big spots.“I just know where we’re at in the field at all times, so if we’re inside the 45-yard line, I’ll go the net and do some pooch punts and if we’re outside of that I’ll just work on regular punts,” added Sinor.An extra 10-15 yards can be enormous for Glenn Spencer and his defense especially when Sinor never kicks it into the end zone. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Ruthless Man City put five past Liverpool

first_imgManchester City 5 Liverpool 0: Aguero, Jesus & Sane punish Mane red Russell Greaves Last updated 2 years ago 21:31 9/9/2017 AgueroJesusCropped Getty Images Sadio Mane’s red card left Liverpool vulnerable and Manchester City capitalised in a 5-0 win on Saturday. Manchester City underlined their Premier League title credentials with a 5-0 thrashing of Liverpool as Sergio Aguero set a goalscoring landmark and Sadio Mane saw red.Saturday’s contest at the Etihad Stadium burst into life when Aguero broke the deadlock to become the Premier League’s all-time leading non-European goalscorer on 124.Liverpool were left facing a huge uphill battle when Mane was dismissed for raising his boot in a challenge for a bouncing ball with goalkeeper Ederson, who was taken off on a stretcher after prolonged treatment, but later confirmed to have escaped serious injury. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Gabriel Jesus’ header doubled City’s lead in the stoppage time that resulted from that delay and he scored again early in the second half to end any hopes Jurgen Klopp’s side had of mounting a comeback.Substitute Leroy Sane capped a brilliant team move and superb display from the hosts by netting an excellent brace, bringing to an end Klopp’s impressive record against City, having enjoyed a return of 10 points from his previous four matches with them. Klopp also endured the joint-heaviest defeat of his managerial career. The victory takes Pep Guardiola’s men to the summit for at least a few hours, with their opponents now three points back following a first loss of the campaign.Record breaker… #mancity pic.twitter.com/jFYbdo2PZL— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 9, 2017Without the injured Vincent Kompany or suspended Raheem Sterling, City were initially put on the back foot by a visiting line-up still devoid of wantaway forward Philippe Coutinho’s services.Nicolas Otamendi’s clumsy challenge on Mohamed Salah gave the visitors an early sight of goal from a free-kick just to the right of the penalty area, but Alberto Moreno’s shot struck the two-man wall.City responded well and Kevin De Bruyne called compatriot Simon Mignolet into action at the other end, the Belgian goalkeeper making a solid save from the midfielder’s powerful low shot.Mignolet was also equal to Fernandinho’s skidding effort in the 13th minute as City began to emerge as the greater attacking force.And the breakthrough came when Liverpool’s defence was cut open by Kevin De Bruyne’s throughball and Aguero coolly rounded Mignolet before slotting home his sixth goal in as many home Premier League games against the Reds.Mane threatened an instant riposte with a surging run, which Fernandinho brought to a halt by foul means just on the edge of the box, earning a booking for his troubles.Emre Can was wasteful with the set-piece and City breathed another sigh of relief when Ederson saved smartly at Salah’s feet soon after.It was Liverpool’s turn to fret next when Ragnar Klavan was caught in possession deep in his own half by Jesus, who forced a corner from which John Stones drew a reflex stop from Mignolet.The visitors’ task was made all the more difficult when Mane saw red following his challenge on Ederson, ending both players’ outings, with Claudio Bravo introduced for City.Record breaker… #mancity pic.twitter.com/jFYbdo2PZL— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 9, 2017And Guardiola’s side made their numerical advantage count when Jesus, who had already seen a goal ruled out for offside, headed in the second from the impressive De Bruyne’s assist.Liverpool were evidently deflated and the game was put beyond them when Aguero selflessly squared for Jesus, taking Mignolet out of the equation and leaving his team-mate with a simple finish.The best was still to come from City’s perspective, with Sane – on for Jesus, substituted with an eye on Wednesday’s Champions League match at Feyenoord – putting the finishing touch on a flowing move before adding a fifth by arrowing a stunning left-footed strike into the top corner.Liverpool, meanwhile, will host Sevilla in midweek nursing the heaviest loss of Klopp’s tenure.  Key Opta stats: – This was Jurgen Klopp’s first Premier League defeat away from home to one last season’s top seven sides (P10 W5 D4 L1).- Manchester City netted 5+ goals in a game versus Liverpool for the first time since March 1937 (5-1).- Since he made his Manchester City debut, Kevin De Bruyne has assisted 2+ goals in seven different Premier League games (29 assists in total in that period).- Sergio Aguero is now the top scoring non-European player in Premier League history (124), overtaking Dwight Yorke (123).- Aguero is the fourth player in Premier League history to score in six consecutive home apps vs a single side (also Alan Shearer against Everton, Thierry Henry against Aston Villa and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink against West Ham).  read morelast_img read more

Hai-O reveals reasons behind Young Tigers’ exceptional form

first_imgAFF U19 Championship Hairuddin reveals reasons behind Malaysia U18’s exceptional form Zulhilmi Zainal Last updated 2 years ago 17:13 13/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Malaysia U18, AFF U-18 Youth Championship, 12092017 Malaysian FA AFF U19 Championship Malaysia U18 Malaysia U19 Bojan Hodak’s Malaysia U18 charges are set to play in the semi-finals of the 2017 AFF U-18 Youth Championship this Friday. BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter Despite head coach Bojan Hodak’s own admission that his Malaysia U18 charges lack the tactical experience before the start of the 2017 AFF U-18 Youth Championship, the Young Tigers have defied expectations to perform well in the tournament.On Tuesday they drew 1-1 against favourites Thailand U18 to end the group stage as Group A champions, on the back of four consecutive wins and one draw. On Friday they will play in the semi-finals, against the yet-to-be-determined Group B runners up.When contacted by Goal, Hodak’s assistant head coach Hairuddin Omar revealed several reasons behind the team’s good current form. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing According to him, integral to their success is the winning mentality instilled by Hodak, and the coaching staff’s scouting work ahead of their every match.”Bojan earlier spoke about the boys’ lack of tactical knowledge as well as the short time had to prepare for the tournament, and he meant it.”But he made up for it by instilling a winning mentality in the team, to spark that desire to win among the boys.”And we the coaching staff also made sure we do our homework. Before each match we would attend the match involving our coming opponents, note down their weaknesses and focus on them in the match,” revealed the former Malaysia international, adding that the coaching staff will be observing the Myanmar vs Vietnam Group B match on Wednesday.But he also admitted to having been surprised by the boys’ performance and the grit they have shown in the tournament.”Honestly, I’m surprised at how well they have been able to follow Bojan’s instructions in the matches, in light of the insufficient preparation time.”They’ve shown the character needed to win matches. A lot of players are good technically, but they lack the desire to win matches.”But not these boys. I can say that despite what everyone has been saying, I can’t pinpoint the squad key players yet, simply because how good almost all of them are. All 23 have a shot at being picked for matches.”And the string of wins have further improved boosted their confidence, and they now have the belief they can make it to the final,” he explained.last_img read more

Hazard: I improved instantly under Conte

first_imgChelsea Hazard: I improved after a week with Conte at Chelsea Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 09:14 19/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) ConteHazard-cropped Getty Images Chelsea Eden Hazard Premier League Chelsea v Nottingham Forest Antonio Conte The Belgian star heaped praise on the Blues boss, saying he made swift progress upon the manager’s arrival at Stamford Bridge Chelsea star Eden Hazard said he improved after just a week working with head coach Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge.Hazard spent two years under the leadership of Jose Mourinho, winning the Premier League, Europa League and EFL Cup before the Portuguese was replaced by Conte last season.CFC 8/1 to beat Stoke O4.5 goals Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing In his first season at the helm, Conte guided Chelsea to Premier League glory — spearheaded by the in-form Hazard.The Belgium international heaped praise on Conte, saying: “Even after a week I think I had progressed with him.”But I think he’s shown not just at Chelsea but also at Juve that he’s a good coach and I think he has some good years ahead of him.”Hazard, who is set to make his first club start of the campaign against Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup Wednesday following an injury-interrupted pre-season, added: “There’s a lot of tactics. It’s not always nice as a forward as you have to run, defend and everything, but at least at the weekend, you know exactly what to do, you can even close your eyes and play. That’s good.”We work a lot. It’s not always easy in training, there are a lot of hours of training, but it bears fruit on the pitch. We play well, we won last year. You can see that that’s the key to success: work.”last_img read more

Barcelona supports “Catalan people”

first_imgBarcelona Barcelona condemn Spanish crackdown on Catalonia independence vote Dom Farrell 21:47 20/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Josep Maria Bartomeu Getty Images Barcelona Primera División The Spanish government conducted raids to disrupt Catalonia’s independence vote on Wednesday, prompting a call for democracy to prevail from the club Barcelona have announced the club will “continue to support the will of the majority of the Catalan people” amid growing tensions related to a banned independence vote in the region.Spain’s Guardia Civil police detained 12 senior officials and raided three Catalan regional government offices on Wednesday.The national government and Spain’s constitutional court have both said a referendum on Catalan independence due to take place on October 1 is illegal and should not go ahead. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing There was no such action taken by the Spanish government before the last referendum in November 2014, however, this time Catalan leaders have revealed that they will declare independence within 48 hours of the final result if there is a majority ‘Yes’ vote.Wednesday’s raids came a day after 45,000 envelopes donning logos of the Catalan government were seized in the town of Terrassa, and Barcelona have now issued a statement in support of the democratic rights of the people of Catalonia.pic.twitter.com/j8hNbQb94a — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 20, 2017 The statement read: “In the wake of the events that have transpired in recent days and, especially today [Wednesday], with regard to the current political situation in Catalonia, FC Barcelona, in remaining faithful to its historic commitment to the defence of the nation, to democracy, to freedom of speech, and to self-determination, condemns any act that may impede the free exercise of these rights.”Therefore, FC Barcelona publicly expresses its support for all people, entities, and institutions that work to guarantee these rights.”FC Barcelona, in holding the utmost respect for its diverse body of members, will continue to support the will of the majority of Catalan people, and will do so in a civil, peaceful, and exemplary way.”last_img read more

Sathia praises captain fantastic, Shukor

first_imgMalaysia Cup Sathia pleased to have got through a potential banana skin Ooi Kin Fai Last updated 2 years ago 08:00 25/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) B. Sathianathan, Felda United Felda United Malaysia Cup PKNP v FELDA United FELDA United PKNP A tactical switch midway through the first half enabled Sathianathan to guide Felda United in the last four of the Malaysia Cup Felda United staged a remarkable comeback against PKNP FC to knock the Premier League out of the Malaysia Cup competition after an enthralling match at Shah Alam Stadium on Sunday night. From being 3-1 down in the home first leg, Felda knew they needed to win by three goals margin to secure a place in the semi-final and promptly went about to do just that.  Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Despite the early scare provided by PKNP who extended their lead through Kim Hyeon-Woo, the Fighters stormed back into the match late in the first half to grab the game by the scruff of the neck. Shukor Adan turned in a captain’s performance to guide his players through to the next stage of the competition, creating the opening goal for Wan Zack Haikal. Ifedayo Olusegun gave Felda the lead on the night before Wan Zack again scored just before half time. “It was a tough match but the players were motivated to do well. We changed the system today and we managed to get four goals. However I was less than happy with the last 10 minutes when we became sloppy. We could have killed the game with 7 – 8 goals. Anyway, I must congratulate the players for giving 100% and go the mentality that impossible is nothing and everything is possible,” said an estatic B. Sathianathan after the match.Stung by the three goals conceded in the last 10 minutes of the first half, PKNP failed to recover from the shock and went further behind at the start of the second half. Zah Rahan Krangar got into the box for the first in the match and converted Thiago Augusto’s cross, a goal that proved to be the decider in the tie.The gulf in experience between the two sides was there to be seen. It was a factor that was acknowledged by Sathianathan himself after seeing his charges go from strength to strength with every goal scored.”Yes, experience was a key factor. The opening goal came from a cross from the birthday boy, Shukor. And it was a fantastic cross. We had crossing chances before but other players couldn’t deliver. It was Shukor who showed his experience with the move that got us back into the game. Turns out the old player who showed the young ones how to cross,” added Sathianathan. The win puts Felda into the semi-final where they will face Kedah, a team that they only just beaten last week, albeit a largely second string Kedah side.last_img read more

Report: Arsenal 0 Red Star 0

first_imgArsenal 0 Red Star Belgrade 0: Gunners reach Europa League knockouts despite dour draw Tom Webber Last updated 2 years ago 06:01 11/3/17 MitchellDonald - cropped Getty Images Red Star Belgrade held Arsenal to a goalless draw at Emirates Stadium, but a point was enough for Europa League progression for the Gunners. Arsenal qualified for the Europa League knockout stages despite failing to impress in a dour 0-0 draw against Red Star Belgrade at Emirates Stadium on Thursday.A point proved enough to send Arsene Wenger’s side through as BATE Borisov were beaten 5-2 away to Cologne, who remain bottom of Group H but still have a chance of advancing following their victory.There were 11 changes to the Gunners side that beat Swansea City 2-1 in the Premier League on Saturday, goalkeeper Matt Macey making his European debut in an inexperienced line-up. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Macey did his part to secure the point, tipping a header from Vujadin Savic against the crossbar as Red Star threatened to take a surprise lead into half-time.With impressive form in this competition not enough to earn Jack Wilshere an England call-up, his frustrations were deepened when Damien Le Tallec’s goal-line clearance denied him a first club goal since May 2015.Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud combined in spectacular fashion to settle the teams’ meeting a fortnight prior, but could not put their experience to use and find the breakthrough here, although Wenger’s side can secure top spot by winning at Cologne on November 23.We’ve qualified from Group H……but it’s not quite the result we were looking for tonight#AFCvRSB  0-0  (FT) pic.twitter.com/FAEe1pkNIP— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) November 2, 2017France international Giroud appeared to strain his hamstring after leaping to challenge Mitchell Donald in the air, but it did not stop him getting into a great position in the 10th minute.Ainsley Maitland-Niles surged towards the byline on the left side of the box before squaring for Giroud, whose first-time effort was blocked by Milan Borjan at the near post.Arsenal controlled possession but found further chances hard to come by until Giroud was slipped in by Joe Willock, who did well to dispossess Donald, but was unable to lift his shot over the onrushing Borjan.Wenger’s side could have gone into half-time behind, though, had Macey not tipped a header from Savic against the bar after the Red Star centre-back followed up Nemanja Radonjic’s blocked shot.What a save, Matt!Red Star break at speed and Macey is required to tip a looping header onto the crossbar#AFCvRSB 0-0 (36) pic.twitter.com/oN01FPkTeD— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) November 2, 2017Richmond Boakye contrived to waste another chance before the break, failing to hit the target after racing in behind Rob Holding on a swift counter-attack.Red Star sat back after the restart and Arsenal had two claims for a penalty go unawarded, the first after slight contact between Savic and Wilshere and the second when the defender inadvertently handled the ball.Arsenal continued to apply the pressure and a great combination between Maitland-Niles and Wilshere down the left ended with the latter seeing his goal-bound poke cleared in last-ditch fashion by Le Tallec.Wenger sent Eddie Nketiah on for Willock in the 68th minute, but their two-goal EFL Cup hero failed to have the same impact as he did against Norwich City.Boakye had an opportunity to snatch all three points with nine minutes remaining but he sliced wide of the near post, though the Serbian side celebrated keenly at the full-time whistle, having secured a point that moves them a point clear in second place. KEY OPTA STATS- The Gunners are unbeaten in their last 16 games in all competitions at the Emirates (W14 D2), however this was the first time since May that they failed to take all three points (2-2 v Manchester City). – This was the first 0-0 Arsenal have been involved in at the Emirates since October 2016, when they drew against Aitor Karanka’s Middlesbrough in the Premier League. – Arsene Wenger’s side failed to score in a European home game for the first time since February 2016 (0-2 loss v Barcelona in the Champions League). – Arsenal have not lost any of the nine home games they have played on a Thursday under Arsene Wenger (W8 D1), with the first of those being a 3-0 win v Nantes back in 1999 (UEFA Cup). – Red STar, meanwhile, are the first Serbian team to keep a clean sheet away from home against English opposition since FK Partizan in August 2003 (1-0 v Newcastle in Champions League qualifying). – Jack Wilshere made his first start at the Emirates in European competition since August 2014 (1-0 v Besiktas in Champions League qualifying). read morelast_img read more

‘Neymar will win Ballon d’Or after Ronaldo and Messi’

first_imgPSG ‘Neymar will win Ballon d’Or after Ronaldo and Messi’ – Kaka Nino Duit Last updated 1 year ago 00:56 11/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Ronaldo Neymar Messi GFX Getty composite PSG Neymar PSG v Nantes Ligue 1 The PSG star has been given the backing of his fellow Brazilian to take over as football’s best player Neymar will win the Ballon d’Or after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s dominance has ended, according to Kaka.Since 2008, Ronaldo and Messi have shared the prestigious individual honour between them, with the Real Madrid star claiming four and the Barcelona legend five awards.Neymar 13/2 UCL top scorer Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Following last season’s Champions League triumph with Madrid, Ronaldo is the favourite to receive the trophy again this year to draw alongside his great rival.With both Ronaldo and Messi now into their thirties, thoughts are already drifting towards who will succeed them as football’s best player.Former AC Milan and Real Madrid playmaker Kaka believes his fellow Brazilian, and Paris Saint-Germain attacker, Neymar will be the one to take over in the future.“Football isn’t an exact science so it’s difficult to say what will happen in the future, but I would say that the next winner of the Ballon d’Or after Cristiano and Messi will be Neymar,” Kaka told the Colombian media outlet El Espectador.Kaka was the last player to win the Ballon d’Or before the dominant era of Messi and Ronaldo after lifting the Champions League with Milan in 2007.“It’s incredible to win an individual award in a team sport and also one where everybody wants to be able to say: ‘I’m the best.’,” Kaka said.“I tried to maintain a good level of form and I understood that the award was for what we did as a team. I am always grateful to my team-mates at Milan for what we achieved.”last_img read more

Zidane: Madrid won’t win CWC on reputation

first_imgReal Madrid Zidane: Real Madrid won’t win Club World Cup on reputation Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 08:54 12/12/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) ZinedineZidane-cropped Getty Images Real Madrid FIFA Club World Cup Al Jazira Zinédine Zidane Primera División Al Jazira v Real Madrid Los Blancos are keen to secure their third title of the season, having already claimed the UEFA Super Cup and Supercopa de Espana Zinedine Zidane said Real Madrid want to add the Club World Cup to the trophy cabinet before fighting to retain their La Liga and Champions League crowns, emphasising his side won’t claim the title on reputation alone.Two-time champions Madrid will face Emirati outfit Al Jazira in Wednesday’s semi-final at Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi.And Madrid are keen to secure their third title of the season, having already claimed the UEFA Super Cup and Supercopa de Espana. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “It will not be easy and last year we had a lot of problems before we managed to win it,” Zidane said.”There will not be easy games and for just being Real Madrid we are not going to win. We have time to prepare for the game and there are no excuses.”This is the calendar and whoever we face we need to look at doing what we have to do well.”It is normal that during the season you have ups and downs, but what we have done so far is very positive. We have won two titles and we are trying to win a third.”After this we will have six months to fight for La Liga, the Champions League and the cup.” The squad took some time out to meet some of our #RMFans in Abu Dhabi today!#RMCWC | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/qANLqsmh0A— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) December 11, 2017Madrid are fourth in La Liga after 15 games, eight points adrift of rivals and leaders Barcelona, while the Spanish capital club are set to face Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last 16.last_img read more

Leicester v Southampton: match preview

first_img Leicester Goal attempts Substitutes 31 Ghezzal 3 Chilwell 11 Albrighton Match previews (s 76′) Possession 14 Romeu Match stats 2 Cedric Share via Email Southampton 12 Ward Leicester City 7 Long 15 Maguire 55 Slattery (s 46′) Southampton 7 9 Share on Pinterest 10 3 4 Soyuncu 19 Barnes 14 Ricardo Pereira 33 Targett 16 Ward-Prowse Share on LinkedIn Fouls 11 Elyounoussi 8 Iheanacho (s 57′) 10 Maddison Lineups SOU30LEI70% 15 Gallagher 1 McCarthy 22 Redmond 18 Leicester Off target 5 Southampton 5 Leicester On target 2 Southampton 43 Valery 25 Ndidi Corners 7 Gray Share on WhatsApp 4 Vestergaard 17 Armstrong 66 Ramsay A big game for both clubs – and for entirely different reasons. Southampton are back in the relegation zone and badly need points. Although Leicester have no such worries, Claude Puel, Southampton’s former manager, is once again under pressure after a humiliating FA Cup exit at the hands of Newport. Jamie Vardy, among others, will be restored to Leicester’s starting lineup. Southampton will have to make do without three strikers, with Danny Ings and Michael Obafemi injured and Charlie Austin suspended. Stuart JamesSaturday 3pmVenue King Power StadiumLast season Leicester 0 Southampton 0Referee Michael OliverThis season G17 Y46 R4 2.94 cards/gameOdds H Evens A 17-5 D 28-11LEICESTERSubs from Ward, Jakupovic, Iheanacho, Söyüncü, Choudhury, Barnes, Simpson, Okazaki, Ghezzal, Silva, Fuchs, James, BenalouaneDoubtful NoneInjured Evans (toe, Feb), Amartey (ankle, Mar)Suspended NoneDiscipline Y32 R4Form LLWWLWLeading scorer Vardy 7SOUTHAMPTONSubs from Forster, Gunn, Davis, Gallagher, Lewis, Elyounoussi, Soares, Jones, Slattery, Ramsay, Johnson, BarnesDoubtful Armstrong (ankle)Injured Bertrand (back, 19 Jan), Lemina (ab), Obafemi (hamstring, both unknown)Suspended Austin (first of two), Højbjerg (third of four)Unavailable Yoshida (Asian Cup)Discipline Y45 R2Form LWWLLDLeading scorer Ings 7 30 70 9 Vardy 5 Morgan Topics 28 Gunn Premier League (s 76′) Substitutes 39 Sims 1 Schmeichel (s 90′) Share on Twitter SOU LEI 35 Bednarek resources Share on Facebook 5 Stephens 2 Simpson 38 Choudhury 24 Mendy Share on Messenger (s 46′) Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Champions League semi-finals: how the ties shape up and could be decided

first_img Read more Perhaps the most fascinating aspect is that both sides will feel not only confident of winning but also that they are the favourites. Ajax have nothing to fear having knocked out Real Madrid and Juventus while Tottenham must surely believe anything is possible given their stunning success over City. So we could have a genuine toe-to-toe battle in which lightning fast attacks are exchanged at will.Goals are guaranteed, as are some fascinating match-ups: Son Heung-min v Matthijs de Ligt (once Son has served his first-leg suspension), Danny Rose v Hakim Ziyech, Moussa Sissoko v Frenkie de Jong and Toby Alderweireld v the new and improved Dusan Tadic. It is fair to say whoever comes out on top in the majority of those battles will play a huge role in which of these clubs reaches the final.One key dynamic is that Ajax play away first. This is a reverse of what happened against Real Madrid and Juventus and takes away their ability to bring a competitive result into the home of their opponents and crank up the anxieties with a fast and fearless approach. It could be a nervy night for Erik ten Hag’s men in Amsterdam if they need to overturn a deficit or hold on to a slender lead. Champions League Read more Share on Pinterest Tottenham v AjaxThe tie that nobody expected. It should have been Manchester City v Juventus but then football – beautiful, wild, unpredictable football – happened and now we have a contest between two of the most exciting and dynamic teams in Europe. It promises to be a belter. The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Topics Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Liverpool show resilience and sense of purpose in putting out Porto features Lionel Messi v Virgil van Dijk is a match-up that cannot help but make the mouth water, while Roberto Firmino v Gerard Piqué is not bad either. Then there is what could happen when Jordi Alba bombs upfield and leaves Mohamed Salah with a yawning stretch of grass to counterattack into. The consequences could be thrilling and devastating in equal measure.Salah may score; Messi almost certainly will. The Argentinian is the Champions League’s top scorer with 10 goals and showed again in Tuesday’s victory over Manchester United there is no player in the world right now – and there probably never has been – who can turn a match so quickly and decisively. Those feet are mesmerising and Van Dijk, brilliant as he is, will have his work cut out.The Dutchman will need his teammates’ help and in that sense Fabinho could be key. After a slow start, the Brazilian has excelled as a deep-lying midfielder because of a combination of excellent positioning, dynamic movement and wily strength. He will surely be tasked with monitoring and filling the pockets Messi drops into, and how well he performs could make a decisive difference to Liverpool’s fortunes. Jonathan Wilson Tottenham Hotspur Share via Email Share on LinkedIn There are others in Barcelona’s ranks who need to be watched, most notably Luis Suárez and Philippe Coutinho, both of whom will return to Anfield for a second leg that could end up ranking among the special European nights the stadium has hosted. What is for sure is this is a tie not to be missed and, most likely, whoever wins it will do the same in the final.First leg Wednesday 1 May, Camp Nou Second leg Tuesday 7 May, AnfieldFixtures before first legBarcelona 20 April Real Sociedad (h); 23 April Alavés (a); 27 April Levante (h)Liverpool 21 April Cardiff (a); 26 April Huddersfield (h)Odds to win Champions League Barcelona 13-8; Liverpool 13-5 Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Spurs will want to travel to the Johan Cruyff Arena with an advantage and can take heart winning four of the five home games they have played in this season’s Champions League. History is also on Tottenham’s side: their only previous meeting with Ajax in a competitive European fixture came in the first round of the 1981-82 Cup Winners’ Cup and ended in a 6-1 aggregate victory for Keith Burkinshaw’s team.First leg Tuesday 30 April Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Second leg Wednesday 8 May, Johan Cruyff ArenaFixtures before first legTottenham 20 April Manchester City (a); 23 April Brighton (h); 27 April West Ham (h)Ajax 20 April Groningen (a); 23 April Vitesse (h); scheduled match on 28 April at De Graafschap will be postponedOdds to win Champions League Tottenham 9-2; Ajax 26-5 Barcelona Share on Facebook Read more Liverpool Lionel Messi’s one-man show draws curtain on Manchester United dreams Barcelona v LiverpoolA meeting between two teams who can legitimately refer to themselves as European royalty and who, on current form, are arguably the most formidable forces on the continent. Certainly their status as leaders of their respective divisions points in that direction, as does the players who will be on show. Ajax Read more ‘Baby Ajax’ make big boys cry with Daley Blind’s and Dusan Tadic’s help Pep Guardiola will be seen as a Champions League failure. But is it fair?last_img read more

San Siro showdown: Conte takes on Sarri in battle for Serie A supremacy

first_imgAlmost 10 years ago, when he was manager of Siena, Antonio Conte gave an interview to La Gazzetta dello Sport in which he explained his philosophy when it came to building a successful team. “You need a good group of players,” he said. “Victories come from a good dressing room. I’d rather have a guy who is a seven as a player and a 10 as a man than someone who has a 10-rating as a player and five as a man.”A lot has happened to Conte since he gave that interview. He has been in charge of Juventus, Italy and Chelsea. He has won three scudettos, one Premier League title and one FA Cup and taken Italy to the quarter-finals of the Euros. Yet as far as his squad-building approach is concerned, nothing has changed. Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Maurizio Sarri Share on Messenger European club football Juventus Share on Facebook The results have been extraordinary. Inter have raced out of the blocks, winning all their six league games to sit two points clear of Juventus, whom they face on Sunday in the most anticipated game in Serie A for quite some time. The fact that Conte is up against Maurizio Sarri only adds to the lustre.Conte and Sarri are neither friends nor enemies. There is respect but also a bit of needle. Sarri is Conte’s senior by 10 years but despite both of them having coached mainly in Italy they have rarely crossed paths. There was the bizarre season at Arezzo in 2006 when Conte was first replaced by Sarri and Sarri was then replaced by the returning Conte but since then they have been mainly kept apart.Sarri, of course, succeeded Conte at Chelsea, hailing his predecessor as an “extraordinary coach” but they clashed early on this season when Sarri had complained about having to play Atalanta in “the mid-afternoon heat”, to which Conte responded by saying that he did not want to comment, adding “otherwise we’ll have to start comparing balance sheets and financial resources. Someone [Sarri] should calm down, as he’s on the powerful side now”. Conte is back in Italy with Inter this season and the way he went about creating the squad he wanted for the 2019-20 season was bordering on the brutal. Radja Nainggolan may have scored the goal that ensured Champions League qualification for Inter but he was soon on his way to Cagliari, two years after being bought for £33m. Mauro Icardi was without a doubt the team’s best striker but he was loaned out to Paris St-Germain while another attacking asset, Ivan Perisic, was sent to Bayern Munich, also on a season-long loan.The manager then spent most of his money, £70m, on Romelu Lukaku but also added players such as Diego Godín, Nicolò Barella, Stefano Sensi, Valentino Lazaro and, rather surprisingly, Alexis Sánchez, on loan from Manchester United. Pinterest Pinterest Mario Balotelli melts hearts on his scoring return to Naples with Brescia Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Antonio Conte has won his first six league games with Inter, deploying a solid three-man midfield behind Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martínez. Photograph: The Guardian features Maurizio Sarri has deviated from his favoured 4-3-3 formation, playing Gonzalo Higuaín alongside Cristiano Ronaldo. Photograph: The Guardian Facebook Twitter Serie A has yet to see much of Sarri-ball though, the style that dominated the manager’s time at Napoli and reared its head at Chelsea at times. The feeling is that this is still a team that is finding its feet under a new manager, the quality of the individuals ensuring that they are winning games when they, at times, have been way below their best.On Sunday, the game may, as so often is the case, be decided in central midfield. Conte is sure to ask Sensi to press on Juve’s Miralem Pjanic, Sarri’s regista. The Juventus manager wants Pjanic to have at least 150 touches in a game and the Bosnian’s sublime technique normally means that he can deal with everything that is thrown at him but Sensi could potentially trouble him.Sensi has been the revelation of the season so far, being able to play as the regista and a No 10, sometimes switching between the two roles in the same game. The 24-year-old gives Inter an effervescence and creativity that has been missing in recent years.He is also the perfect example of what has happened to Inter since Conte took over. Everywhere you see the manager’s philosophy: in the way the team play, in the way they work, the way they run and even on the players’ faces.Sunday’s game promises to be an almighty battle. Juventus have the better players but sometimes that is not enough. Internazionale Twitter Topics Facebook Antonio Conte Read more Stefano Sensi has been a revelation at the heart of Inter’s midfield. Photograph: Jennifer Lorenzini/Reuters Facebook Share via Email Soccer The last was a reference to all those years when Sarri was managing Empoli and Napoli and was often complaining about Juventus’ financial might. Now he is the man in charge of the record champions and while he has not had the 100% start Conte has, he travels to Milan with his side having picked up five wins and a draw so far.Tactically the game will be a fascinating spectacle. It is Conte’s 3-5-2 against Sarri’s 4-3-1-2 (yes, he has abandoned 4-3-3 for the time being). Will Inter’s three-man defence cope with the strength and power of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuaín? Can Aaron Ramsey find the pockets of space behind Marcelo Brozovic? And how much defending will be done as on the flank where Inter’s Kwadwo Asamoah is likely to take on Juve’s makeshift right-back Juan Cuadrado?Inter’s defence has been in spectacular form, conceding only two goals in the six league games, using the 3-5-2 system Conte implemented at the start of the season. The three centre-backs, Godín, Stefan de Vrij and Milan Škriniar have excelled while the way Inter’s midfield has dominated games this season has been the real surprise.There are no star names as such but Conte has found a superb mix between industry and artistry in the middle with Danilo D’Ambrosio (or Antonio Candreva) and Kwadwo Asamoah, a former Juve player, on the wings and Barella (the N’Golo Kanté of the team), Stefano Sensi and Marcelo Brozovic centrally. Lukaku, if he recovers from the injury that kept him out of the 2-1 defeat at Barcelona on Wednesday, will be partnered by Lautaro Martínez up front.Inter feel like the more settled side going into the game but Sarri’s Juve are getting there too. After a difficult beginning in which the manager was ill for three weeks and he lost player after player to injury (Giorgio Chiellini, Douglas Costa, Danilo and Mattia De Sciglio to name a few) they have slowly recovered. The 60-year-old started the season playing his favoured 4-3-3 formation with Douglas Costa, Higuaín and Ronaldo up front but after the Brazilian’s injury and the return to fitness of Ramsey he has settled on the 4-3-1-2 to good effect.The defence is also coming good at the right time. At the start of the season they gave away far too many cheap goals, partly explained by Chiellini’s absence and Matthijs De Ligt’s unsteady start, but they are now approaching the kind of stability one would expect from a Juve defence. Share on WhatsApp Twitter Reuse this contentlast_img read more