TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal manager Emery refused recalls for Nelson & Chambersby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery has been blocked from recalling Reiss Nelson and Calum Chambers.As injuries have begun to pile-up at the Emirates, Emery is desperate for reinforcements this month.However, BBC claims Nelson and Chambers will not be recalled from their successful loan spells.18-year-old Nelson has excelled for Hoffenheim this season, while Chambers has also impressed with Arsenal’s Premier League rivals, Fulham.Emery has seen defenders Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding, Shkodran Mustafi, Nacho Monreal, Saed Kolasinac and Laurent Koscielny all to succumb to injuries in recent weeks.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton boss Marco Silva: Winning most important thing in FA Cupby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton did enough to see off FA Cup opponents Lincoln City 2-1 on Saturday.Ademola Lookman, with his first goal in 394 days, and Bernard put the hosts ahead inside 14 minutes but they struggled once Michael Bostwick pulled one back.”First, we achieved the main thing which was to play the next round in the competition,” Everton manager Marco Silva said.”It looks in some moments that we didn’t like to have a quiet afternoon. But for 20 minutes we did well, we started with intensity, with some good moments, the second goal was a good finish.”After that we lost focus completely and gave them hope and is something that has happened with our team during the last few games and is something we have to stop as quick as we can.”He added: “The game is always open until we score the third goal, we didn’t score the third goal but we achieved the main thing to be in the next round.”
Lokonga walks back Barcelona, Man City rumoursby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlbert Sambi Lokonga has denied he’s angling to leave Anderlecht.The 19 year-old attacker has been offered to Barcelona, Manchester City and Sevilla by agents with his contract due to expire in June.However, Lokonga insists his priority is to stay with the Belgian giants.”My priority is to stay two more years in Anderlecht,” said the midfielder.Anderlecht are eager to tie down Lokonga to new terms. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rafael Garcia thrilled with first pro Everton dealby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRafael Garcia has signed a first pro Everton deal until the end of June 2022 after turning 17 earlier this month.A first pro deal is a reward for the youngster despite confirmation that he will miss the rest of this season, having suffered an ACL injury while in pre-season.”Signing a first pro contract is a huge thing and hopefully it will be the start of something big,” Garcia told evertonfc.com.”I’ve had so much help since I’ve joined Everton, from my teammates, my coaches and the staff.”The people at Everton are very nice and very kind. The transition has been easy.”It is a great club to be at, with a brilliant history.”Getting the injury was a blow but the aim is to get back for pre-season next year and be stronger and fitter than I was.”
Arsenal extended their woeful record in away fixtures against the Premier League’s top-six as they lost 5-1 to Liverpool on Saturday – the second time in five seasons they’ve let in five goals at Anfield.Ainsley Maitland-Niles had briefly given Unai Emery’s Gunners the lead before Liverpool let rip on their bewildered opponents, scoring four goals in a whirlwind first half that was reminiscent of the blitzkrieg defeat suffered by Arsene Wenger’s team in February 2014.Roberto Firmino scored two in three minutes to turn the game in the hosts’ favour, before Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah confounded the Gunners’ misery before half-time. Firmino completed his hat-trick in the second half when he coverted the Reds’ second penalty of the night. 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? And Arsenal have now gone 20 Premier League games away from home against their top-six rivals since registering a victory, losing 13 of them. They have also lost on 10 of their last 12 visits against those sides.Not since January 2015 have the Gunners managed to win at the home of one of their rivals, that a 2-0 win at Manchester City secured with goals from Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud.And Saturday’s loss was the fourth time in the Premier League that the team have conceded four first-half goals, having done so at Manchester United in 2001, at Chelsea in 2014 and during their previous Anfield thrashing.It represents a continuation of a worrying trend – some of Arsenal’s most catastrophic league defeats have happened in the last five years.The club were top of the table when Brendan Rodgers’ Reds scored five in a masterclass orchestrated Raheem Sterling and Luis Suarez in 2014, and followed it up just weeks later by letting in six against Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea in Wenger’s 1000th game as manager.They also lost 6-3 to Manchester City that same season, in a year in which they spent more days than any other side leading at the top of the table before losing out by seven points and finishing fourth.And the cycle of thrashing has even deeper roots. A Wayne Rooney-inspired Manchester United put eight past the beleaguered Gunners in August 2011, on the same ground where Dwight Yorke scored a 19-minute hat-trick in February 2001, as Arsenal lost 6-1 at Old Trafford.Emery’s side sit two points outside the top-four with fourth-place Chelsea holding a game in hand over their Champions League rivals. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Gonzalo Higuain dedicated his winner for AC Milan against SPAL to Gennaro Gattuso after the striker ended his goal drought in a 2-1 victory.Higuain had gone nine games without a goal going into Saturday’s contest at San Siro, and rarely looked like breaking his duck in a largely unconvincing display.However, he struck the decisive blow from close range in the 64th minute as Milan, who saw Suso sent off late on, ended a run of five games without a win by coming from a goal down, Samu Castillejo having initially cancelled out Andrea Petagna’s opener. 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? There had been reports Gattuso could be sacked if Milan failed to claim a positive result, but the Rossoneri now head into a two-week break on a high ahead of a Coppa Italia clash with Sampdoria and the Suppercoppa Italiana meeting with Juventus.Back to winning ways! Good job, boys!Torniamo alla vittoria! Dai Milan! #MilanSpal 2-1 pic.twitter.com/TK1q7SN1u9— AC Milan (@acmilan) December 29, 2018And Higuain was quick to pay tribute to his coach after they moved within a point of the Champions League places.”It was an important goal and three fundamental points after all we’ve wasted before, but now we can have a rest with our families,” the striker told DAZN.”It’s natural the fans expect more from me. I came to Milan because I was convinced by the project here and I want to continue like this.”Gattuso has always supported me and above all been honest. This goal is for him. Now we’ve got the Supercoppa, it’s the first trophy of the season and we want to win.”
Liverpool defender Joe Gomez and Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish can help to solve the problems which continue to hold England back, claims Stan Collymore.The Three Lions are currently reflecting on another semi-final setback on the international stage.Having reached the last four of the 2018 World Cup, Gareth Southgate’s side progressed to the same point of the inaugural Nations League. 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? They were, however, to come unstuck against the Netherlands, with long-standing frailties once again being exposed.England are seeking to embrace a ball-playing philosophy that sees them build from the back, but costly mistakes and a perceived lack of midfield creativity are stunting their progress.Former Three Lions striker Collymore believes he has a solution, telling The Mirror: “John Stones in central defence made two dreadful errors in the semi-final against Holland.“And if Joe Gomez does well in pre-season or early next season then I’d love to see the Liverpool youngster get a chance alongside Harry Maguire in the Euro qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo in September.“The great thing about Gomez is that he can play at full-back or centrally.“And if he gets to play alongside Virgil van Dijk for the Reds then we can guarantee that, sooner rather than later, he’ll be pushing Stones for his place.“Gomez perhaps isn’t the footballing centre-half that Stones is, but you know he’s not going to be trying Cruyff turns in his own box.“He’s a good, solid, mobile, footballing defender who would work quite well alongside Maguire.”Collymore added: “I was out in Portugal for the game against the Dutch and plenty of England fans said the same thing: ‘Oh, for a creative midfielder’.We’ve plenty of options in central midfield with Jordan Henderson, Eric Dier, Declan Rice – who can also play in central defence – Ross Barkley and Dele Alli.“But we still don’t quite seem to have someone who can open up the best teams in the international game.“So I’m going to stick Jack Grealish into the mix now he’s back in the Premier League, because here’s a man who gets the ball, drifts past people and plays little passes with the outside of the foot that can bamboozle opponents.“A lot will of course depend on how Aston Villa take to top-flight football again – you only have to look at the way Fulham’s struggles impacted on Ryan Sessegnon to know that.“But if Villa do well then he could be given an opportunity because he’s one of those players who will identify little pockets around the pitch and exploit them.“With Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane in front of him, the prospect of Grealish could be very exciting for England.”Grealish, who is now 23 years of age, is yet to make a senior England squad.He has previously won seven caps at U-21 level, having switched international allegiance from the Republic of Ireland.
Rising U.S. national team star Christian Pulisic refused a move to Manchester United because of his father’s dislike of Jose Mourinho. According Robin Walker, who coached Pulisic at non-League side Brackley Town in 2005, the Chelsea attacker never contemplated going to Old Trafford because of their former coach. Mourinho’s poor track record of giving youth a chance saw Pulisic’s father all but block the potential move with the 20-year-old instead signing for the Blues in January with Walker’s encouragement. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “He wouldn’t go to Manchester United because of Jose Mourinho,” Walker told The Telegraph. “His father couldn’t stand Mourinho because he didn’t promote young players.”It was at that point I asked, ‘What about London? That’s where it’s at.'”I’m a Chelsea fan, I grew up in London supporting them. When I was in Dortmund last year, I told him that he had to come.”Signing for Chelsea at the start of the year before being loaned straight back to Borussia Dortmund, Pulisic has started the Premier League season at Stamford Bridge and the early signs are encouraging. After starting and claiming an assist in the Blues UEFA Super Cup loss to Liverpool, the American winger played 71 minutes against Leicester City on the weekend with his coach impressed with what’s he’s been seeing. “I am really happy with him,” Lampard said last week.”There is lots, lots more to come. Again, [he’s showing] all the good signs for what he can be for the club.”The expectancy is right, he is a big signing for us but you have to remember his age.”While Lampard is looking to keep Pulisic grounded, former Blues striker Tony Cascarino recently declared the attacker could one day match Eden Hazard’s quality. “Christian Pulisic looks like he will be a very dangerous player for Chelsea,” Cascarino told The Times. “I don’t remember a young Eden Hazard being as quick and direct and there’s no reason Pulisic can’t develop into a player of Hazard’s standing.“Pulisic reminds me of Arjen Robben, you cannot stop him one-on-one because you don’t know which way he’s going to go and his pace is devastating.“He will be a massive asset for Frank Lampard this season.”
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 15: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers watches late game action against the Troy Trojans at Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska head coach Scott Frost has named his starting quarterback for the 2018 season opener taking place on Saturday night. It’s a popular pick.Adrian Martinez, a four-star true freshman, has been named QB1 for the Huskers’ season opener Week 1. Nebraska is set to host Akron in Lincoln, Neb.The choice of Martinez is not that surprising, but the true freshman quarterback was in a heavy competition with Tristan Gebbia, another former four-star recruit.Martinez was arguably the biggest recruit of Frost’s initial 2018 recruiting class at Nebraska. The Huskers received his commitment late in the cycle following his hiring.The 6-foot-2, 220-pound quarterback has now been listed Nebraska’s starting quarterback for the season opener on Sept. 1.And there it is! @HuskerFBNation just announced Adrian Martinez as the #1 QB for Akron…plenty of chatter about that and the first game week on @HuskerSports Sports Nightly tomorrow at 6! #Huskers pic.twitter.com/ZxccztMgmJ— Nate Rohr (@RohrOfTheCrowd) August 26, 2018Martinez was one of the top quarterback recruits in the country in the 2018 class. He has now become the first-ever true freshman to start behind center for a Nebraska season-opening game.Bruce Feldman is impressed.“True freshman Adrian Martinez is listed as Nebraska’s starting QB.. impressive kid. A very fast, mature 220-pounder from California who is a good fit for Scott Frost’s system,” he tweeted.True freshman Adrian Martinez is listed as #Nebraska’s starting QB.. impressive kid. A very fast, mature 220-pounder from California who is a good fit for Scott Frost’s system.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) August 26, 2018Nebraska and Akron are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. on Sept. 1. The game will be televised on FOX.
EAST LANSING, MI – OCTOBER 29: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during warm ups prior to playing the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on October 29, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan wide receiver Tarik Black missed 10 games a season ago after having surgery on his left foot. Unfortunately, it looks like he’s going to miss significant time this season as well – because of a right football injury.Black was reported to have injured his right foot at practice this past Saturday. Monday, head coach Jim Harbaugh provided an update for reporters. Black has a broken right foot and will be out “some weeks.”Black, it seems at a minimum, will be missing his team’s big opener against Notre Dame this weekend.Black, in three games last season, had 11 receptions for 149 yards. He was considered the team’s top option heading into this season.Jim Harbaugh confirms what we reported yesterday about #Michigan’s top WR Tarik Black. It’s a fracture in his foot, and he says he will be out “for some weeks.” UM opens with #NotreDame this week. https://t.co/XEzZnbuUxR— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) August 27, 2018Michigan’s first four games come against Notre Dame, Western Michigan, SMU and Nebraska. It’s unclear if Black will miss more time than that.Donovan Peoples-Jones and Nico Collins are expected to see more action as a result of Black’s injury.Michigan and Notre Dame will face off at 7:30 PM ET on September 1.
ARLINGTON, TX – JANUARY 12: Running back Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after scoring a 33 yard touchdown in the first quarter against the Oregon Ducks during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Ohio State pulled off one of the biggest wins of the college football season tonight, as the Buckeyes rallied from a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat Penn State at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa.The Buckeyes struggled for much of the game, but Dwayne Haskins led what was almost a 100-yard drive to win the game late in the fourth quarter.Ohio State remains undefeated and is now a massive favorite to win the Big Ten and make the College Football Playoff.Ezekiel Elliott is excited.The former Ohio State football star tweeted the following after tonight’s win:O-H . . .— Ezekiel Elliott (@EzekielElliott) September 30, 2018Every Ohio State fan: “I-O.”Ohio State will next take on Indiana in Bloomington. Penn State has a bye before taking on Michigan State.
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide talks with head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers after the Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The 2018 college football season is nearly over just as fast as it started. Just a few weeks remain for bowl eligible teams to finish their seasons on a high note and walk out with one last victory.With the close of the college football season comes awards season. The Heisman Trophy was handed out two weekends ago, and the awards circuit continued today when the finalists for the Bear Bryant Award were announced on Wednesday afternoon.Here are the seven finalists for the coach of the year award:Bill Clark – UABJosh Heupel – UCFBrian Kelly – Notre DameJeff Monken – Army West PointNick Saban – AlabamaDabo Swinney – ClemsonJeff Tedford – Fresno StateThe list comes from Dennis Dodd.Bear Bryant Award finalists announced (coach of the year)Bill Clark – UABJosh Heupel – UCFBrian Kelly – Notre DameJeff Monken – Army West PointNick Saban – AlabamaDabo Swinney – ClemsonJeff Tedford – Fresno State University— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) December 19, 2018All seven are deserving candidates for the award. Heupel, Kelly, Saban and Swinney all led their programs to undefeated seasons, though Bill Clark’s UAB team just pulled off a 10-win season.Jeff Monken led Army to arguably its best season in program history and Jeff Tedford continues to keep Fresno State in the conversation – the Bulldogs just knocked off Herm Edwards and Arizona State in their bowl game.The winner will be announced on January 9.
KANSAS CITY, MO – MARCH 12: The West Virginia Mountaineers mascot and cheerleaders entertains prior to a game against the Baylor Bears during the quarterfinal round of the Big 12 basketball tournament at Sprint Center on March 12, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)West Virginia will reportedly be searching for a new college football coach, as Dana Holgorsen is leaving for the Houston job.The Cougars are reportedly set to give Holgorsen a record-setting Group of Five contract, worth $20 million over five years.Where will West Virginia turn for its next head coach?ESPN’s College GameDay panel mentioned two big names for the job during this morning’s show.Those coaches:Ole Miss offensive coordinator Rich RodriguezMaryland assistant coach Butch JonesGameDay crew is pumping Rich Rod and Butch Jones for West Virginia— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) January 1, 2019Rodriguez was highly successful as West Virginia’s head coach before leaving the Mountaineers for Michigan.Jones was an assistant coach at WVU and has multiple years of experience in the area.Stay tuned.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on prior to the All State Sugar Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Ohio State football looks pretty great tonight, with Dwayne Haskins and company carving up Washington to the tune of a 28-3 lead midway through the third quarter of Urban Meyer’s final game.The Buckeyes look like a completely different football team than the one that struggled en route to a blowout loss to Purdue early in the year.Of course, this is college football, and every week absolutely matters.We’ve seen teams on the wrong side of the College Football Playoff due to one blowout loss before. Ohio State knows is better than anybody.Last year, the Buckeyes were absolutely drubbed by Iowa on the road. This year, it was that Purdue game.The talk of this Ohio State game right now is that the Buckeyes look like a College Football Playoff level team.The selection committee can only go with what is on the resumes, and that Purdue loss obviously put them behind undefeated Notre Dame. Oklahoma avenged its only loss, vs. Texas, in the Big 12 Championship, making them an easy pick ahead of the Buckeyes as well.Still, based on this, it is natural to think they would have been a better test for Clemson than the Fighting Irish, at the very least.Ohio State is the team with most legit playoff beef.— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) January 2, 2019Ohio State was good enough to be in the playoff this year and then some. How that Purdue game went down may be the biggest mystery in my time covering college sports.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) January 2, 2019This @rosebowlgame reminds me of the @OrangeBowl games of the early ‘90s, when Nebraska would win the Big Eight & go get embarrassed by Miami or Florida St. Big difference between @OhioStateFB and @UW_Football. Confirms @pac12 has work to do.— Ivan Maisel (@Ivan_Maisel) January 2, 2019Ohio State has become the reincarnation of Pete Carroll’s later USC teams that slipped out of national title picture early but always drilled someone in the Rose Bowl.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) January 2, 2019If anything, this is a good argument to Playoff expansion.With a six-team field, you’d still have extremely competitive Ohio State and Georgia teams crashing the party, and it might weed out a squad like Notre Dame earlier than the semifinal, while still giving it the shot to prove itself.
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Safety C.J. Smith, who became Scott Frost’s first commitment at Nebraska shortly after he took the job in December 2017, has announced a transfer.Smith was a three-star recruit and the No. 26 safety in the 2018 class. He originally committed to Frost at UCF before following him to Lincoln.As a true freshman, Smith appeared in two games before an injury ended his season. He received a redshirt since he did not play in four or more games.Late last night, Smith confirmed his decision to leave Nebraska.Thank you… pic.twitter.com/iYXKJdpvNW— Cj Smith (@Cj_Csmith) June 5, 2019Smith is the younger brother of former UCF star and current New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith, who starred for the Knights under Frost.Nebraska is set to open up its 2019 season against South Alabama at noon ET on August 31.ESPN will broadcast the game.
SOUTH BEND, IN – OCTOBER 28: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish reacts after a play in the fourth quarter against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Notre Dame Stadium on October 28, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)Notre Dame is one of the most historic programs in college football. It doesn’t take long to get to the Fighting Irish on a list of the sport’s most notable teams, no matter how you cut it.Notre Dame is incredibly unique in its history and its status as an independent in a sport where the Power Five conferences dominate the landscape. The program also has a national fan base very different than just about every other major school.If you’re reading this website, you probably know one more thing about Notre Dame football… people don’t like the Irish very much.Ahead of the start of the 2019 season, USA Today published a ranking of the top 25 programs by likeability, and Notre Dame came in dead last.Using the teams in the preseason coaches poll, USA Today ranked the programs from most to least likeable. Oklahoma came in at No. 1, with its fun offense, and likeable coach-quarterback combo of Lincoln Riley and Jalen Hurts, who handled his move from Alabama about as well as one can imagine.Meanwhile, Notre Dame comes in below Alabama, Clemson, and Ohio State. From USA Today:For this list last year, we argued the Fighting Irish need to join a conference, and that is still unquestionably our position going into the 2019 season — especially if they’d like another trip to the College Football Playoff. Last year, they were undefeated in the regular season with not the toughest schedule and generally deserved a playoff appearance. And then they blew it, getting wrecked by Clemson in the semifinals.They don’t have a grueling conference schedule to survive, they don’t have a conference title game to play in — a loss will almost always keep a team out of the playoff — and they shouldn’t get another shot at the playoff until they join a conference or win with a tougher schedule.There are certainly reasons to dislike Notre Dame, and the conference situation can be one, but the schedule weakness bit doesn’t really hold up.The Fighting Irish typically have a rough slate of annual rivals. Last season, a number of them faltered, giving them a pretty easy group, but entering 2019, Michigan and Georgia both pop up as other College Football Playoff contenders, as well as trendy ACC Coastal pick Virginia, a talented USC squad that usually plays ND tough, and rival Stanford, one of the more steady programs in the country.Anti-Notre Dame sentiment is prevalent and fine, but the reasoning here seems a bit off.[USA Today]
India Today Web Desk Mount MaunganuiJanuary 29, 2019UPDATED: January 29, 2019 09:58 IST Virat Kohli said after the third ODI win that he is looking forward to the break now (Virat Kohli Instagram)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli has been rested for the final two ODIs and T20I series vs New ZealandIndia (244/3) beat New Zealand (243) by 7 wickets in 3rd ODI to take an unbeatable 3-0 series leadRohit Sharma will lead India in Kohli’s absence on the remainder of the tourIndia captain Virat Kohli will be very satisfied with the way his team has performed in the ongoing three-match ODI series against New Zealand.Kohli’s team produced three clinical performances over the past week to take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.The latest victory in the third ODI on Monday came after India beat New Zealand by 7 wickets in Mount Maunganui.With the series in the bag, Kohli is now off holidaying with his wife Anushka Sharma, who was seen cheering for cricketer in the first three games.Kohli posted a picture with the Bollywood actress on his Instagram page in which the couple could be seen outside a private jet, the picturesque locale however, remains a mystery.Kohli has been rested for the final two ODIs and the T20I series against New Zealand. Rohit Sharma will take over as captain for the five limited-overs matches.The 30-year-old even said after the third ODI that he is looking forward to the break now.”I haven’t had a break for a long time. It’s been a very hectic Australian tour and now I go on a break very happy 3-0 up sealing the series.”I can relax and enjoy my break. Someday someone has to take your place and that’s how the game goes. I’m pretty happy contributing for the team as much as I can,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation.advertisementKohli has reasons to be thrilled with the way his team played. India were clinical and ruthless as the batting and bowling units clicked together perfectly.After three matches, India’s top three happen to be the three leading scorers in the series. Shikhar Dhawan has 169 runs, Rohit Sharma has 160 while Kohli finished with 148 runs including two scores in the 40s and his best of 60 on Monday.Kuldeep Yadav with 8 wickets is the most successful bowler in the series. Mohammed Shami (7) and Yuzvendra Chahal (6) are second and third respectively while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Trent Boult are joint-fourth with four wickets apiece.No other New Zealand bowler has more than Boult’s four wickets and that itself reflects the massive gulf between the two teams.Also Read | This is the India team I always fantasised about as a player: Sanjay ManjrekarAlso Read | New Zealand better team than Australia, India have been too good: Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | Wasn’t even 10 per cent of what Shubman Gill is when I was 19: Virat KohliAlso Read | Scott Styris trolls New Zealand after Virat Kohli’s India win ODI seriesFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs New ZealandFollow Virat KohliFollow Anushka SharmaFollow Mount Maunganui ODIFollow Tauranga ODI Away we go: Virat Kohli holidays with Anushka Sharma after New Zealand ODI series winIndia vs New Zealand: Virat Kohli has been rested for the final two ODIs against New Zealand as India took an unbeatable lead after winning the third match in Mount Maunganui on Monday.advertisement
Boria Majumdar KolkataMarch 24, 2019UPDATED: March 24, 2019 13:31 IST BCCI donated the estimated money for the cancelled opening ceremony to the Indian armed forces (BCCI Photo)The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had come up with a heart-warming gesture of donating Rs 20 crore to the Indian armed forces ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 opener between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Saturday in Chennai.While the intention of cancelling the opening ceremony and using the estimated amount for a noble cause deserves high praise, the usage of replicas of celebratory cheques at the felicitation ceremony is certainly an insensitive, very insensitive gesture from the BCCI.Is the BCCI so high with its wealth that it can’t differentiate between performance awards and a service to the nation? Paying for a cause is certainly no celebration and the usage of celebratory cheques was cringeworthy. All the BCCI had to do was be sensitive but the richest cricket body in the world failed to do so.The BCCI had invited some of the senior representatives of the Indian armed forces, including the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) that lost 40 of its personnel during a dastardly terror attack in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir on February 14. A sum of Rs 11 crore was contributed to the Indian Army, Rs 7 crore to the CRPF and Rs 1 crore each to the Navy and Air Force respectively.Members of the top brass of the BCCI, including Committee of Administrators (CoA) members Diana Edulji and Lt General Ravi Thodge, acting president of the BCCI CK Khanna and Anirudh Chaudhary, honourary treasurer were present at the felicitation ceremony. Even as the cheques were handed over to the representative from the armed forces, the Chennai crowd appreciated the gesture.advertisement”BCCI empathises with those affected by the Pulwama attack and with the families of those martyred during the course of their duties. We respect and admire our armed forces and the CRPF,” Sanjay Manjrekar, who hosted the felicitation ceremony said.The IPL usually got underway with a glittering opening ceremony but the 2019 edition was devoid of glitz and glamour, keeping in mind the sentiments of the people in the country following the terror attack in Pulwama.While the opening ceremony was cancelled, military bands performed to get the IPL 2019 underway at Chepauk. The toss for the opener between CSK and RCB was advanced by 10 minutes and the Madras Regiment Band, based out of Chennai, performed for the crowd.Also, Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni handed out a similar celebratory cheque on behalf of the Chennai-based franchise to the representative of the CRPF. While the club donated the proceeds of the ticket sales of the opening match for the noble cause, it’s once again debatable if CSK should have used the celebratory cheque.Also Read | MS Dhoni presents Rs 2 crore cheque to CRPF, military band performs at ChepaukFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow BCCIFollow Indian armed forcesFollow Pulwama terror attackFollow crpf attack BCCI’s insensitivity: Why present a man of the match replica cheque as donation to armed forcesThe Board of Control for Cricket in India donated Rs 20 crore, the amount estimated for the opening ceremony that was cancelled, to the armed forces in Chennai ahead of the IPL 2019 opener on Saturday.advertisement
Press Trust of India MumbaiAugust 26, 2019UPDATED: August 26, 2019 17:36 IST Ajinkya Rahane hit his 10th Test hundred in first Test against West Indies. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAjinkya Rahane hit his 10th Test hundred as India crushed West Indies in first TestRahane scored 81 and 102- his first hundred in 2 yearsRahane’s personal coach Pravin Amre praised the batsman after his impressive knockPravin Amre feels sorry for Rohit Sharma but at the same time, he is happy that his protege Ajinkya Rahane managed to live up to the faith of the team management in the first cricket against West Indies in Antigua.India Test vice-captain Rahane scored 81 and 102 — his first Test hundred in two years during India’s 318-run victory, which also earned him the ‘Man of the Match’ award.”I felt sorry for Rohit. I personally feel Rohit should have been given opportunity also after scoring those five hundreds. We know that he is a player capable of doing great things. But overall the team management backed Ajinkya and he returned that faith, which is important from Ajinkya’s prospective,” Amre told PTI here on Monday.And according to Amre, Rahane’s personal coach, hard work and patience finally paid off for the right-hander.”God is kind. It was really his hard work because the past two years hasn’t been easy for him (Rahane). I will give him the credit for the way he handled himself. He was never frustrated and worked hard,” he said.”Even if you see the last six months, how he handled himself. He went to England, played with the Duke ball (in county cricket). One week he was in Bengaluru (at the National Cricket Academy). So he has done what was in his hands. That was very important,” added Amre, best remembered for his debut hundred at Durban against South Africa.Amre felt the 81-run knock in the first innings gave Rahane the much needed confidence.advertisement”The 81 he hit in the first innings was so crucial from the team’s perspective. That innings was motivating for him. Even though he did not get a hundred, still he played crucial innings in England and South Africa. Apart from Sri Lanka, he has done very well. I was sure the hundred was around the corner,” he said.”The Indian team is now No.1 in Tests and his contribution has always been always there. The was he handled the situation in the first innings after India were reduced to 25 for 3 was commendable),” added Amre, a former Mumbai coach.Skipper Virat Kohli before leaving for the Caribbean tour had backed Rahane to come good.Asked Amre whether Rahane reposed his captain’s faith, he said, “The pressure is different when Virat (Kohli) and (Cheteshwar) Pujara get out (early). Ajinkya is the player who handles pressure well because he has got the temperament, technique and the tactics..”Amre gave all the credit to Rahane for his resurgence.”My contribution is not that much because ultimately a player’s hard work is important. We are there to give them moral support and keep motivating. One innings can give you back that confidence and exactly that happened,” Amre signed off.Also Read | Dedicate it to people who backed me through times: Ajinkya RahaneAlso Read | Ajinkya Rahane, Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma script record Test victory for India over West IndiesAlso See For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Ajinkya RahaneFollow Rohit SharmaFollow India VS West Indies Feel sorry for Rohit Sharma but Ajinkya Rahane lived to team’s faith: Pravin AmreIndia vs West Indies: Ajinkya Rahane scored 81 and 102 in the two innings. Impressed with his batting, Rahane’s personal coach Pravin Amre said the India Test vice-captain returned the faith the team showed in him.advertisement Next