10 months agoBayern Munich deny Hummels in talks with Chelsea or Tottenham

first_imgBayern Munich deny Hummels in talks with Chelsea or Tottenhamby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea and Tottenham have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Mats Hummels.Bild claimed this week that the Bayern Munich defender’s agent was in London to discuss a January move to the Premier League giants.However, Bayern’s chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has moved swiftly to deny Hummels will depart the Allianz.He said: “We had a conversation with Mats a few days ago and he will play for Bayern Munich in the second half of the season.”The Bundesliga side’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic added: “We talked to Mats, it was a good conversation.”Mats feels very well in Munich, and if a player does not always play, it’s clear that there are discussions.”Mats wanted to talk to us. We explained our point of view to him and he explained his point of view.”I think that we came to a common denominator.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month ago​Tottenham striker Kane: No more excuses

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Tottenham striker Kane: No more excusesby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham striker Harry Kane says there are no excuses for their disappointing start to the season.Spurs have two wins in their past eight games, while their run of form looks even worse if you count games from the end of last season.They are already ten points behind top of the table Liverpool.And Kane believes they have few excuses for the malaise.”I’d say it’s been disappointing, I don’t think there’s any hiding behind that,” he said to Sky Sports. “To only win two games out of our first seven is not the standards that we’ve set in previous years.”Obviously the two draws at (Manchester) City and Arsenal are not terrible results, but being 2-0 up at Arsenal and drawing does feel like a terrible result.”We’ve put ourselves in good positions this season, we just haven’t managed to see the game out or find a way to win like we have in previous years.”It’s a disappointing start, but there are plenty of games to turn that around, starting with the game on Saturday [against Southampton].”[Game management] is something we need to get better at, when we go ahead in games we need to be more confident, to see the game out, whether we drop behind the ball or carry on playing, whatever suits that game.”We’re not inexperienced any more, we’re not young any more, the excuses aren’t there for us any more. It’s down to us players to take responsibility.” last_img read more

a month agoTottenham boss Pochettino admits relief after victory over Southampton

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino admits relief after victory over Southamptonby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Maurcio Pochettino admitted some relief after victory over Southampton.After a week where they had lost to Leicester before being beaten by League Two Colchester in the Carabao Cup, Spurs’ spirits were lifted as £53.8m club record signing Tanguy Ndombele scored with a powerful deflected finish.Serge Aurier, who had already been booked, was sent off in the 32nd minute for a foul on Ryan Bertrand after Spurs felt the ball had gone out of play just before.But within five minutes of Danny Ings’ leveller, Harry Kane swept home what proved to be the winner after an assist by Christian Eriksen.Pochettino said: “We needed to work a lot with 10 men. We showed our spirit, that is the way we need to work to work together.”We have worked very hard for five years to put the club in the level that no-one expected. That is why now for some results that were not in the way people expected, we don’t give up, so we need to be strong to be stronger.”I think it was completely unfair for Serge to be sent off, but I accept the decision of the referee.” last_img read more

23 days agoLALIGA RECAP: Real Madrid go top; Ter Stegen assist; Valencia conquer San Mames

first_imgLALIGA RECAP: Real Madrid go top; Ter Stegen assist; Valencia conquer San Mamesby Carlos Volcano23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrom a new attendance record and assist-providing goalkeeper to another international award, here’s a round-up of all the latest LaLiga news.REAL MADRID MOVE TOP OF LALIGA SANTANDERWith a win and a draw over the past seven days, Real Madrid have moved to the top of the LaLiga Santander table on 15 points. Just behind them are Granada on 14 and, excitingly, these two teams meet at the Santiago Bernabéu for a top-of-the-table clash next Saturday.AN ATTENDANCE RECORD AT THE ESTADIO WANDA METROPOLITANOAtlético de Madrid hosted Real Madrid in the Madrid derby on Saturday night in front of a record-setting crowd of 68,302 fans. The highest capacity ever recorded at the Wanda Metropolitano, the attendance surpassed even that for the Champions League final back in June. AN ASSIST FOR TER STEGENMarc-André ter Stegen had a day to remember as Barcelona took on Getafe on Saturday. The goalkeeper kept a clean sheet in his side’s 2-0 win, but he also finished the match with an assist after playing a long ball forward for Luis Suárez to score the opener. It’s not often that a goalkeeper provides an assist and the German will surely remember that moment for the rest of his life.VALENCIA CONQUER SAN MAMESAthletic Club hadn’t lost a game at home in almost a year until Valencia’s visit this weekend. Los Che travelled north to Bilbao and put in an impressive performance to run out 1-0 winners on Saturday, ending Athletic’s 18-match unbeaten home streak in LaLiga Santander which stretched back to October 2018. A DEBUT GOAL IN UNDER 100 SECONDSRea Madrid’s home match against Osasuna was a special moment for 18-year-old Brazilian forward Rodrygo Goes. The teenager came on for his debut and scored his first LaLiga Santander goal just 93 seconds after stepping onto the pitch. Not since Ronaldo Nazário scored 62 seconds into his debut against D. Alavés in 2002 has a Real Madrid player gotten off the mark so quickly.GERARD MORENO IS TOP OF THE SCORING CHARTSThe Pichichi award given out to the top scorer at the end of each season is currently in the hands of Villarreal’s Gerard Moreno, who has six goals to his name. Villarreal aren’t strangers to the award; former striker Diego Forlan wrote his name into the history books back in 2004/05. There’s still a long way to go but Moreno’s current form suggests he could be in with a strong shout at the end of the season. 20 MATCHES IN SEVEN DAYSEach LaLiga Santander team has played twice over the past seven days, including the first midweek round of the 2019/20 league season. 54 goals were scored over the 20 games. MESSI IS ‘THE BEST’FIFA held its annual awards gala in Milan last Monday night and Lionel Messi took home the most coveted men’s prize. The Argentine was named The Best FIFA Men’s Player for his performances across the 2018/19 season, finishing ahead of Virgil van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo. SIX LALIGA SANTANDER PLAYERS IN THE FIFPro XIAlso announced at the FIFA gala was the FIFPro XI of the year, which included six players from Spain’s top flight: Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Frenkie de Jong, Luka Modrić, Eden Hazard and Lionel Messi all making the list.PRESENTATION OF THE NEW LALIGA AMBASSADORSJosé María Gutiérrez ‘Guti’, Fernando Hierro, Denílson de Oliveira and Anaïr Lomba have been welcomed into the LaLiga Ambassadors family at a glitzy event in Madrid this week. They join the twenty-odd former stars of LaLiga who help to promote the Spanish league around the world. TagsLaLiga RecapAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Bologna vs Juventus: Ronaldo rested for Coppa clash

first_imgWith the mid-season break done and dusted for many Italian sides, Juventus now get back to the business of defending their first major piece of silverware of the season.The Bianconeri are in action in the Coppa Italia as they look to retain the trophy they won in convincing fashion against Milan last season.They first must overcome Serie A rivals Bologna, who they downed with a pair of early goals in a 2-0 win in September – but the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara will likely prove a cauldron for Massimiliano Allegri’s side to contend with. 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? Will Juve be heading to the quarter-finals in comfortable fashion? Or is there an imminent twist in the tale set to foil their ambitions? Game Bologna vs Juventus Date Saturday, January 12 Time 7:45pm GMT / 2:45pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game will be available for streaming on the ESPN+ channel. US TV channel Online stream N/A ESPN+ In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be broadcast on BT Sport 3 and streamed on BT Sport Live. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 3 BT Sport Live Squads & Team News Position Bologna players Goalkeepers Skorupski, Da Costa, Santurro, Pirana Defenders Helander, Calabresi, Gonzalez, De Maio, Danilo, Paz, Dijks, Mattiello, Mbaye Midfielders Pulgar, Nagy, Donsah, Soriano, Svanberg, Dzemaili, Valencia, Sansone, Krejci, Okwonkwo, Orsolini Forwards Santander, Destro, Falcinelli, Palacio Bologna starting XI: Da Costa; Calabresi, Danilo, Helander; Mattiello, Svanberg, Pulgar, Soriano, Dijks; Destro, Sansone. Position Juventus players Goalkeepers Szczesny, Pinsoglio, Perin Defenders De Sciglio, Chiellini, Benatia, Bonucci, Rugani, Sandro, Barzagli Midfielders Pjanic, Matuidi, Can, Bentancur, Bernardeschi, Spinazzola, Khedira Forwards Ronaldo, Dybala, Costa, Mandzukic, Kean Juventus starting XI: Szczesny; De Sciglio, Bonucci, Benatia, Spinazzola; Khedira, Pjanic, Can; Bernardeschi, Kean, Costa.Betting & Match Odds Juventus are priced as heavy favourites at 1/3 to win this clash at bet365. Bologna can be backed at 15/2, while a draw is on offer at 4/1.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Paulo Dybala Juventus 2018-19The new year is in full swing and Juventus return from the mid-season break, like the rest of Italian football, refreshed and raring to go.Before they can return to their defence of Serie A, however, they must first begin their defence of the Coppa Italia, as Massimiliano Allegri’s side aim to make it a historic five domestic doubles on the bounce.The Bianconeri have not exited the competition since a quarter-final defeat to Roma way back in 2014, with a virtually spotless record since.They face a trip to relegation-threatened Bologna looking to keep that intact and will feel confident of doing so against a side who have not progressed beyond this stage, bar once, for two decades.Filippo Inzaghi knows how to win this tournament though – the former Italian World Cup winner saw victory as a player with Milan in 2003.As a manager, he knows how to contend with the pressure of knockout football too, taking Venezia to the Coppa Italia Lega Pro final in 2016-17, defeating Matera.The visitors are the clear-cut favourites, of course – led by a fearsome attack that has provided last year’s marquee signing Cristiano Ronaldo with no shortage of opportunity to find the net.But could their imperilled hosts find themselves delivering a shock to the established system? The magic of the cup might be with them this weekend.last_img read more

Former Arsenal star Reyes dies aged 35

first_imgFormer Arsenal and Sevilla winger Jose Antonio Reyes has died in a car accident at the age of 35.The EFE agency in Spain reports that the accident took place in Seville at 11.40am local time and that “his car went off the road and caught fire”.Sevilla would later confirm that the former Spain international’s cousin Jonathan Reyes was also killed in the collision. Reyes left the Liga club in 2016 but was a popular figure over two spells with the Andalusians. He also played for Arsenal between 2004 and 2007, scoring 23 goals in all competitions for the Gunners and winning the Premier League and FA Cup.Most recently, he had been playing for Extremadura UD in the second division in Spain after joining in January following a brief stint in China.Confirming the tragic news, Sevilla tweeted on Saturday: “We could not offer worse news. Our beloved squad member José Antonio Reyes died in a traffic accident. Rest in peace.”Arsenal also took to Twitter to express their shock and sadness at the news: “Everyone at Arsenal is devastated by the shocking news that our former player Jose Antonio Reyes has died in a traffic collision in Spain.”Jose Antonio Reyes: 1983-2019. Rest in peace, Jose.”Jose Antonio Reyes SevillaReyes won five Europa League titles over a remarkable career, three of which came in current Arsenal boss Unai Emery’s Sevilla side, having already lifted the trophy twice during his time with Atletico Madrid. Having won the Premier League title with Arsenal in 2003-04, Reyes would also go on to win La Liga during a loan spell with Real Madrid in 2006-07.The winger spent his final year in the Spanish top-flight at Espanyol during the 2016-17 season having left Sevilla at the end of his contract.Espanyol also paid their respects via social media, posting: “Today is a very sad day for the whole Parakeet family. Our former player Jose Antonio Reyes has passed away.”From RCD Espanyol de Barcelona, we want to express our deepest condolences and offer all our support to his family and Sevilla.”With two matches remaining in Spain’s second division, the Sevilla academy graduate was part of the first team at 15th-placed Extremadura and he spoke of his happiness when he signed for the club back in January.”A month ago I came back from China and I have been running on my own, this brings me real happiness,” he said, as quoted by Marca.”Last year everyone told me I was crazy with a team almost descended and it was a satisfaction, a pride to save that club and I come with the same desire here to contribute, help my team-mates and achieve the goal.”The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has confirmed that seven second division matches due to be played on Sunday, including Extremadura’s away fixture at Cadiz, have now all been postponed as a mark of respect.UEFA has also announced that a moment’s silence will be observed ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid.last_img read more

Former Ohio State Football Star Blasts Media Coverage Of Urban Meyer Controversy

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer yelling during an Ohio State game.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes shouts on the sidelines against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)A former Ohio State football star is sounding off on the coverage of the controversy surrounding head coach Urban Meyer following today’s bombshell report by Brett McMurphy, in which the college football insider reports that the Buckeyes’ coach was more aware of domestic violence allegations against Zach Smith than he led on at Big Ten Media Days.“Text messages I have obtained, an exclusive interview w/the victim & other information I have learned shows Ohio State coach Urban Meyer knew in 2015 of domestic abuse allegations against a member of his coaching staff despite his denial last week,” McMurphy reports.Urban Meyer and Ohio State have yet to officially comment on the allegations. A report suggested that Meyer was meeting with the Buckeyes’ athletic director earlier this afternoon.A former Ohio State football star has taken to Twitter to blast some of the coverage of Meyer and the controversy.Former Buckeyes’ standout fullback/linebacker Zach Boren, who played for Meyer in 2012, tweeted the following:“I can’t stand when people/media talk about something that they are so clueless on. Before opening your mouth or “reporting” something, know the whole story and know what you are talking about. Big problem in our world now a days. #digforbigstory #keepcoachmeyeroutofit,”  he tweeted.I can’t stand when people/media talk about something that they are so clueless on. Before opening your mouth or “reporting” something, know the whole story and know what you are talking about. Big problem in our world now a days. #digforbigstory #keepcoachmeyeroutofit— Zach Boren (@ZBoren44) August 1, 2018The tweet has been retweeted by some other players who Urban Meyer coached.Ohio State clearly has a decision to make moving forward. Stay tuned.last_img read more

Paul Finebaum Is Down On These 2 College Football Playoff Contenders

first_imgPaul Finebaum makes comments about roy Williams.ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum is down on two major College Football Playoff contenders heading into the final weeks of the season.Finebaum, appearing on SportsCenter this morning, said he’s not a full believer in either Oklahoma or Washington State.The Sooners and the Cougars are the favorites in the Big 12 and Pac-12, respectively, but Finebaum says they have issues.“They’re entertaining, but without a defense, they are not going to make a dent with this committee,” Finebaum said of Oklahoma.“Especially with an Alabama team out there that could lose and still get in there. That’s the problem if the Tua situation escalates. But Oklahoma still is not done yet. They should have lost earlier to Army. They barely got through this game yesterday against a middling Oklahoma State team. I’m impressed with the offense. The defense is really a disgrace unless so many things happen.”Finebaum sees similar problems with Washington State.“I think they’re outstanding and Mike Leach is the most entertaining figure on this side of Mike Gundy,” Finebaum said. “But the problem is the league. Where do you go to have a signature win that’s going to impress this committee versus a Michigan or a Notre Dame or the rest of the field and it’s pretty obvious with Clemson and Alabama. I can’t make a case. The Rose Bowl isn’t bad, though.”The new College Football Playoff rankings will come out on Tuesday night.last_img read more

Oklahoma Could Have Just One Scholarship Quarterback Entering Spring Camp

first_imgLincoln Riley staring across the field as Oklahoma's head coach.MIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners looks on prior to their College Football Playoff Semifinal against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Oklahoma has been on a roll with quarterbacks – considering Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray are the past two Heisman Trophy winners. But the Sooners could now be in a tough situation at the position – even if it’s temporary.With Murray expected to either enter the NFL Draft or head off to play professional baseball, backup Austin Kendall was, in theory, supposed to be next in line to get playing time at the position. But Friday, it was revealed that Kendall is now listed in the NCAA’s transfer portal.It’s unclear why Kendall is exploring a transfer. It could be that he knows another quarterback (like a Jalen Hurts) is transferring in to Oklahoma. It could be that he thinks he’ll lose the job to incoming freshman Spencer Rattler. Regardless, if he leaves, Oklahoma will be short-handed this spring.If Murray and Kendall both leave, Tanner Mordecai is the only scholarship quarterback on the roster for the spring.Unless, of course, someone does transfer in to compete for the job.Tanner Mordecai is, most likely, the only scholarship QB left for spring football. Spencer Rattler comes in the summer time. Jalen Hurts is a potential transfer option, and we can’t forget about the seemingly unlikely option of Kyler Murray returning for another year. https://t.co/m5psq1SEou— TJ Eckert (@TJEckertKTUL) January 11, 2019Rattler will arrive this summer, and there’s a chance he could be the team’s starter when the regular season starts, but that’s a lot to ask of a true freshman.Mordecai, a freshman this past year, is a class of 2018 recruit who was a four-star player in high school.As for Hurts – one of ESPN’s analysts thinks it’s down to either Oklahoma or Miami. It’s going to be an interesting week.last_img read more

Michigan Lands Commitment From 2020 OL Micah Mazzccua

first_imgMichigan football players run under the "Go Blue" banner before a home game.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 13: Quarterback Devin Gardner #98 of the Michigan Wolverines leads the team onto the field prior to the start of the game against the Miami University Redhawks at Michigan Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. the Wolverines defeated the Redhawks 34-10. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Michigan football landed a new commitment on Monday evening. This one comes courtesy of 2020 Baltimore (Md.) St. Frances Academy offensive lineman Micah Mazzccua.Mazzccua, a three-star prospect, chose the Wolverines over offers from Maryland, Syracuse, Temple and Virginia Tech. He is the second St. Frances product to commit to Michigan in this recruiting cycle.Four-star linebacker Osman Savage committed to the Wolverines one month ago today. That was the same day Michigan offered Mazzccua.The 6-foot-5, 289-pound lineman visited Ann Arbor earlier this month. With his pledge, he becomes the first offensive lineman to commit to Michigan in the 2020 class.“Blessed to say I am verbally Committed to The University of Michigan #goblue,” he wrote on Twitter.Blessed to say I am verbally Committed to The University of Michigan #goblue 〽 @CoachJim4UM pic.twitter.com/VEtTsMs69q— Micah Mazzccua (@MicahMazzccua) February 26, 2019Mazzccua is the 86th-rated offensive tackle in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Right now, Michigan’s 2020 recruiting class ranks second in the Big Ten and in the top 15 nationally.You can see the full 2020 team composite recruiting rankings here.last_img read more

ESPN Releases W-L Predictions For College Football’s Top 25 Teams

first_imgOhio State coach Ryan Day looking over his notes during a football game.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes offensive coordinator Ryan Day looks at notes during the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)ESPN’s Football Power Index has updated its projections for the 2019 college football season, including projected win-loss records.The FPI is a “measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward for the rest of the season,” per ESPN.The latest FPI projections included W-L projections.Clemson, Alabama and Georgia, unsurprisingly, lead the way in these latest projections. Here are the projections for the country’s top 25 teams:Clemson: 12.3-0.7Alabama: 11.0-1.6Georgia: 9.9-2.7LSU: 9.5-2.8Michigan: 10.5-2.1Oklahoma: 10.9-2.0Notre Dame: 9.4-2.6Florida: 8.3-4.0Auburn: 7.7-4.4Oregon: 9.7-2.9Texas A&M: 7.4-4.7Penn State: 8.9-3.2Ohio State: 8.7-3.4Michigan State: 8.8-3.3Tennessee: 7.6-4.5Mississippi State: 7.7-4.3Washington: 9.1-3.3South Carolina: 6.1-5.9Missouri: 8.1-3.9UCLA: 7.8-4.5Florida State: 8.1-3.9Utah: 8.6-3.8Iowa: 7.9-4.4Texas: 7.7-4.6USC: 6.7-5.5You can view ESPN’s full Football Power Index projections for the 2019 college football season here.last_img read more

Photos: Tate Martell’s Model Girlfriend Is Going Viral Before Miami-Florida Game

first_img The former high school star was considered a threat to start for the Hurricanes this year. However, head coach Manny Diaz named Jarren Williams the starter.Despite losing the starting battle, Martell made it clear he wants to stay with the team.He’ll have to wait for his chance under center for the Hurricanes this season.Off of the field, Martell is dating Kiki Passo, a model with nearly 1 million followers on Instagram.Passo has been enjoying her summer, but we’ll likely be seeing her in the stands at some Hurricanes games this fall.Miami and Florida, meanwhile, are set to kick off in just a few hours at 7 p.m. E.T.The game will be on ESPN. Tate Martell performs drills for Miami during Spring Game.MIAMI, FL – APRIL 13: Tate Martell #18 of the Miami Hurricanes performs drills during the annual Spring Game at Nathaniel Traz-Powell Stadium on April 13, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)Tate Martell and the Miami Hurricanes are a little more than four hours away from making their season debut.The Hurricanes are set to open the 2019 college football season in “Week 0” against the Florida Gators later tonight on ESPN.The former Ohio State quarterback transferred out of the Buckeyes’ program following Urban Meyer’s retirement and the arrival of Justin Fields.After considering a few programs, Martell landed in Miami, where he could team up with a few of his former high school teammates.last_img read more

West Indies vs England 2nd Test: Roach and Gabriel bowl England out for 187 on Day 1

first_imgWest Indies vs England 2nd Test: Roach and Gabriel bowl England out for 187 on Day 1West Indies vs England 2nd Test: In reply, West Indies openers Kraigg Brathwaite (11) and John Campbell (16) survived 21 overs to be 30 without loss at stumps on Day 1.advertisement Reuters North SoundFebruary 1, 2019UPDATED: February 1, 2019 08:53 IST Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel ran through the English top-order on Day 1 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWest Indies (30/0) trail England (187) by 157 runs at stumpsKraigg Brathwaite (11) and John Campbell (16) survived final 21 overs for WI on Day 1Kemar Roach (4 for 30) and Shannon Gabriel (3 for 45) shared 7 wickets for the hosts in England’s 1st inningsKemar Roach took four wickets as West Indies skittled out England for 187 runs in their first innings on the opening day of the second Test in Antigua on Thursday.In reply, West Indies openers Kraigg Brathwaite (11) and John Campbell (16) survived 21 overs to be 30 without loss at stumps.It was another disappointing performance from the visitors, coming on the back of a 381-run defeat in the first Test.An old-fashioned greentop pitch at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound was certainly a mitigating factor in England’s performance, especially early on when West Indies’ four-pronged pace attack exploited the favourable conditions.Although too early to write off England’s hopes on a pitch that was still offering the fast bowlers plenty of assistance, West Indies captain Jason Holder will certainly be happier than his opposite number Joe Root heading into day two.Holder had no hesitation in sending England in to bat after winning the toss, and Root said he too would have chosen to bowl.The home team’s bowlers delivered more than their fair share of loose deliveries, but aided by the pitch, produced enough quality to make short work of England’s top order, with only number three Jonny Bairstow looking comfortable at the crease.Bairstow decided attack was the best form of defence, a strategy that proved effective for a time as he took the long handle to any loose ball, clubbing nine fours and one six, scoring at almost a run a ball.He was out for 52 in the first over after lunch, lbw to Roach on video review, after the umpire had turned down the initial appeal.advertisementEarlier, Alzarri Joseph got the prize scalp of Root (7) with a virtually unplayable ball that rose viciously off a good length, struck the bat handle and looped up into the slip cordon.Moeen Ali (60) and wicketkeeper Ben Foakes (35) later added 85 runs for the seventh wicket, before the tail folded quickly.Roach, who collected five wickets in the first innings of the first Test, picked up 4-30 off 15 overs, while Shannon Gabriel chipped in with three wickets, Joseph two and Holder one.West Indies fielded the same line-up as the first Test, while England made two changes.England opener Keaton Jennings was axed after his underwhelming performances in the first Test, replaced for a Test debut by 32-year-old Joe Denly, who was out for six playing a poor shot, caught behind off Joseph.Experienced pace bowler Stuart Broad also came in for leg-spinner, Adil Rashid, who has flown back to Britain for the birth of his second child.West Indies lead the three-Test series 1-0.Also Read | West Indies vs England, 2nd Test Day 1 in North Sound: As it happenedFor 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 West Indies vs EnglandFollow Kemar RoachFollow Shannon GabrielFollow Kraigg BrathwaiteFollow WI v ENG 2nd TestFollow Moeen Alilast_img read more

Manchester United’s Young wants more player protection after pitch invasion

first_imgManchester United’s Young wants more player protection after pitch invasionThere were several incidents involving rogue fans over the weekend, with pitch invasions occurring in the Scottish Premiership, the English Championship (second-tier) as well as the Premier Leagueadvertisement Next Reuters LondonMarch 11, 2019UPDATED: March 11, 2019 13:37 IST A fan ran on to the pitch and shoved Young’s team mate Chris Smalling during Manchester United’s defeat at Arsenal (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe Arsenal-Man United tie was disrupted by a fan running on to the pitch and shoving Chris SmallingAston Villa captain Jack Grealish was punched in the face by a fan on SundayThe supporter who invaded the pitch at Arsenal and the fan who punched Grealish were both arrested by policeManchester United’s Ashley Young has called for greater protection for players after his team’s 2-0 Premier League defeat at Arsenal was disrupted by a fan running on to the pitch and shoving his team mate Chris Smalling.The incident was one of several involving rogue fans over the weekend, with pitch invasions occurring in the Scottish Premiership, the English Championship (second-tier) as well as the Premier League.A fan confronted Rangers captain James Tavernier in their 1-1 draw with Hibernian in Scotland on Friday, while Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish was punched in the face by a fan during Sunday’s 1-0 win at derby rivals Birmingham City.”That’s the third time a fan has managed to get on the pitch (this weekend),” Young told reporters. “What if they are carrying something? The players will be in danger.”It’s definitely something the FA, the Premier League and FIFA have got to do something about. I don’t know if it’s extra stewarding or what but it’s a concern with the one earlier today and the one on Chrissy. Something has got to be done.”The supporter who invaded the pitch at Arsenal and the fan who punched Grealish were both arrested by police.Arsenal manager Unai Emery condemned the incident at the Emirates Stadium, while Arsenal issued an apology to Smalling and United.”I don’t want that,” Emery said when asked about the pitch invasion. “It’s not in my control. I think we can enjoy the support, today I think they helped us but we need to do it with respect.”advertisementThe victory saw Arsenal go above United and occupy fourth place in the table.Also Read | Solskjaer on Man United’s defeat to Arsenal: Lost a game we did not deserve to loseAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Arsenal vs Manchester UnitedFollow Premier leagueFollow Chris SmallingFollow Ashley YoungFollow Pitch invader Premier Leaguelast_img read more

IPL 2019: MS Dhoni walks out to bat vs RR and Chepauk fans can’t keep calm

first_imgIPL 2019: MS Dhoni walks out to bat vs RR and Chepauk fans can’t keep calmIPL 2019: MS Dhoni walked out to bat in Chepauk for the first time in the season and he was given a warm welcome by CSK’s fans on Sunday.advertisement Rajarshi Gupta ChennaiMarch 31, 2019UPDATED: March 31, 2019 21:17 IST IPL 2019, CSK vs RR: MS Dhoni got a rousing welcome as he walked out to bat (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni was given a roaring welcome by Chepauk fans as CSK played Rajasthan RoyalsDhoni was batting in Chennai for the first time in the 2019 Indian Premier LeagueIn 2018, MS Dhoni was in sensational form with 455 runs from 16 matches for CSKMS Dhoni was not needed to bat on March 23 when Chennai Super Kings defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opening match of the 2019 Indian Premier League. And when Dhoni walked out to bat for the first time this season, it was in Delhi.Therefore, it was but natural for the fans in yellow to welcome MS Dhoni with a loud roar when he walked in to bat at the fall of Kedar Jadhav’s wicket in the fifth over against Rajasthan Royals. Chennai Super Kings were in a spot of bother at 27 for 3 but with Thala (MS Dhoni) joining chinna Thala (Suresh Raina) at the crease, it was a dream come true for CSK’s legion of fans.MS Dhoni was in spectacular form for Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2018. He scored 455 runs from 16 matches at a strike rate of 150.66 as the team went on to win the IPL for the third time. However, CSK had to play six of their home matches in Pune after the IPL was shifted from Chennai following the Cauvery water protests.Welcoming the #Thala be like! #WhistlePodu #Yellove #CSKvRR pic.twitter.com/tdNBKr39d7Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) March 31, 2019In 2019, MS Dhoni roared back to form for India with three successive fifties in the ODI series in Australia. He hit another fifty against Australia in India before being rested for the final two matches.Chennai Super Kings fans were understandably excited when MS Dhoni walked in with the bat and took guard. The situation was tailor-made for him. CSK had lost Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson and Kedar Jadhav before the power play and Dhoni had to stitch up a partnership with Suresh Raina on a difficult batting pitch.advertisementEarly evidence suggested the pitch was better than the one against RCB. Both Dhoni and Virat Kohli were critical of the surface and when these two speak, every quarter in Indian cricket listens.Ajinkya Rahane, the Rajasthan Royals captain decided to bowl first after winning the toss because he conceded he did not know what the pitch might do. His decision allowed the Chepauk fans to see two of CSK’s most prolific run-scoers to show their magic.Also Read | Bairstow, Warner hundreds power SRH to massive win over RCBAlso Read | Virat Kohli reacts to RCB’s horror loss vs SRH: Difficult one to explainFor 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 CSK vs RRFollow MS DhoniFollow ThalaFollow Chennai Super KingsFollow Rajasthan Royalslast_img read more

Sad for Semenya, IAAF’s wrong policy on hyperandrogenism caused her loss: Dutee Chand

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiMay 2, 2019UPDATED: May 2, 2019 17:43 IST Indian sprinter Dutee Chand Thursday said she feels sad for South African Olympic champion Caster Semenya (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSDutee Chand blamed Caster Semenya’s loss in the Court of Arbitration (CAS) on the “wrong” policies of IAAFThe IAAF insisted that the rules were necessary to have a level-playing fieldDutee fought and won a long legal battle over her own hyperandrogenism or elevated levels of male sex hormonesHaving been through a humiliating gender row, Indian sprinter Dutee Chand Thursday said she feels sad for South African Olympic champion Caster Semenya, blaming her loss in the Court of Arbitration (CAS) on the “wrong” policies of athletics’ world governing body.Dutee, who fought and won a long legal battle over her own hyperandrogenism or elevated levels of male sex hormones, said the South African star athlete is suffering due to IAAF’s stance.”As soon as I heard the news I felt sad for Semenya. My mind went back to those nearly two years which were my worst days when I did not know what to do. But Semenya has been facing this for quite a long time (since 2009) and so it is not a sudden thing. I think and hope she will be able to face this better than me,” Dutee, who competes in 100m and 200m events, told PTI.On Wednesday, the Court of Arbitration (CAS) for Sport in Lausanne dismissed Semenya’s appeal against International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) rules which require female athletes with higher testosterone levels to regulate their condition.The decision means that women with elevated testosterone will have to take suppressive treatment or medication if they wish to compete as females in 400m, 800m and 1500m.”This is a wrong policy of the IAAF and whatever reason they are giving, it is wrong. I fought my case and I won but now Semenya and some others are at the receiving end,” she added.advertisement”I don’t know what she will do, whether she will take medication (to reduce testosterone level) I cannot say. Whether to file appeal/review she and her team will be able to say. I feel for her and I feel this policy of the IAAF should be completely done away with,” Dutee, who won 100m and 200m silver at last year’s Asian Games – her first major event since returning to competition, said.Semenya, the 800m Olympic title winner in 2012 and 2016, was fighting measures imposed by the IAAF that compel “hyperandrogenic” athletes – or those with “differences of sexual development” (DSD) – to lower their testosterone levels if they wish to compete as women.Subjected to humiliating gender-testing as a teenager, Dutee was finally cleared to compete last year after winning a court appeal against IAAF regulations.”I have no problem now (under rules that have been changed) as I run in 100m and 200m. IAAF rules now apply to 400m, 800m and 1500m only,” she said.Asked if she thought Semenya can win international medals by running races of longer distances like 5000m, Dutee said: “It can be difficult because to win international medals you need to prepare at least three-four years and she is not getting younger.”Semenya raced in the 5000m event in a national competition in South Africa and won the top honours.Dutee had successfully challenged the IAAF’s stance on hyperandrogenism, prompting the world body to change its rules to target only middle-distance events, arguing those were most affected by elevated testosterone levels.The IAAF insisted that the rules were necessary to have a level-playing field and ensure that all female athletes can see “a path to success”.Semenya was backed by a global coalition of nations and scientific experts who argued that testosterone is an arbitrary and unfair measure for determining gender.Also Read | CAS dismisses Caster Semenya appeal over IAAF testosterone regulationsAlso Read | Asian Athletics Championships 2019: Dutee breaks record, Hima Das injured in heatsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Dutee ChandFollow Caster SemenyaFollow IAAF Sad for Semenya, IAAF’s wrong policy on hyperandrogenism caused her loss: Dutee ChandOn May 1, the Court of Arbitration (CAS) for Sport in Lausanne dismissed Caster Semenya’s appeal against IAAF rules which require female athletes with higher testosterone levels to regulate their conditionadvertisement Nextlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: India will be world champions if they play to potential, says Ravi Shastri

first_img Rohan Sen MumbaiMay 21, 2019UPDATED: May 21, 2019 18:19 IST Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri both sounded confident of bringing the World Cup back home this time (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTeam India will depart for London from Mumbai on Tuesday nightIndia will be bidding to win its third World Cup after 1983 and 2011India, England and Australia are being touted as the favourites to lift the 2019 World CupTeam India are all set to depart for England on Tuesday night for what will be their biggest test as they bid to reclaim the ICC World Cup for the third time. All hopes are pinned on captain Virat Kohli to lead the team to glory and capture his first ICC trophy at the helm of affairs in Indian cricket.The 15 Indian players along with the support staff and reserve players will be departing for London tonight. Captain Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri addressed the media in Mumbai before their departure where they answered a host of tough questions but both sounded confident of bringing the World Cup back home.”Kedar will come with the side and as far this tournament is concerned its an opportunity. If you look at this team and what they have done over the last 5 years, they have played wonderful cricket. Like Virat said, it’s about striving for that consistency. And not playing any differently just because its a World Cup.”World Cup might be a stage but stage is to be enjoyed. Most important thing is get out there and enjoy it. And if you play to potential, that Cup might be here,” head coach Ravi Shastri said.It’s a packed house here at the BCCI HQ – #TeamIndia Captain @imVkohli & Coach @RaviShastriOfc address the media before they head to England for #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/KTfprfzj4eBCCI (@BCCI) May 21, 2019India have a terrific record in the World Cup having won the showpiece event twice in 1983 and 2011. Out of 75 matches played in the World Cup, India have won 46 games and lost 27 times with two no results.advertisementThe last World Cup in 2015 saw Team India crashing out of the tournament in the semi-finals stage after they were outplayed by eventual champions Australia under Michael Clarke.But this time around, Kohli’s team is being touted as one of the three favourites to lift the cup alongside hosts England and Australia.Unlike in the past where the team relied more on its batsmen to win matches, this time Team India is heading into the tournament with probably the strongest bowling line-up it has ever fielded.While Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and MS Dhoni form the backbone of the batting lineup, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will lead the fast-bowling attack in the pace-friendly conditions in England.Experts though have predicted the pitches in England to be batting-friendly this time but the Indian team has all bases covered with a bowling attack suited for all conditions.In Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, the team has arguably the strongest spin-bowling attack among all other nations. Hardik Pandya and Vijay Shankar are the two medium-pace bowling all-rounders while Ravindra Jadeja and Kedar Jadhav are the spin-bowling all-rounders.The team has the option to pick a combination which can bat deep thanks to the likes of Pandya and Jadeja if the need arises.With a billion hopes pinned on the 15 players, the pressure will be immense on Kohli’s team but they have enough experience and firepower to beat all the other teams and lift the trophy on July 14. It will be however, easier said than done.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Ravi ShastriFollow Cricket World Cup 2019Follow 2019 World CupFollow Team India World Cup 2019: India will be world champions if they play to potential, says Ravi ShastriIndia have a terrific record in the World Cup having won the showpiece event twice in 1983 and 2011. Out of 75 matches played in the World Cup, India have won 46 games and lost 27 times with two no results.advertisementlast_img read more

Sunil Chhetri brace in vain as India go down 2-4 vs Tajikistan in Intercontinental Cup opener

first_img Indo-Asian News Service AhmedabadJuly 7, 2019UPDATED: July 7, 2019 23:02 IST Indian Football Team TwitterIndia squandered a 2-0 first half lead to lose 2-4 against Tajikistan in the opening match of the four-nation Intercontinental Cup here on Sunday.In what was a game of two halves, Sunil Chhetri’s brace put India in the driver’s seat in the first half before Tajikistan scored four goals after the breather to win the game.After Tajikistan squandered a number of chances in the first half, Komron Tursunov opened the scoring for the visitors in the 56th minute after his initial shot was blocked by Indian goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu.India could have restored their two-goal lead in the very next minute if it wasn’t for an uncharacteristic miss by skipper Chhetri. Udanta Singh made a low cross from the right and set up a tap-in for Chhetri but the 34-year-old ended up hitting it over the cross bar.Tajikstan levelled the score in the minute after that. Mandaro Rao Desai squandered possession in a dangerous area and young Narender Gahlot could not anticipate the cross that ended with Sheriddin Boboev scoring the goal.Tajikstan dominated play after that and in the 71st minute, Muhammadjon Rahimov raced past Adil Khan and put the ball between Sandhu’s legs into the goal. Three minutes later, Samiev scored the fourth. India were completely out of the match after that as Tajikistan saw off the game.The first half was quite a different story though. Though Tajikistian enjoyed more possession and took more shots at the goal, six as opposed to India’s three, only one of those was on target. That was a free-kick by Ehson Panjshanbe in the 28th minute which went straight into the hands of Sandhu.advertisementOn the other hand, all of India’s three attemppts were on target and two of them led to goals. Lalianzuala Chhangte earned India a penalty in the third minute when he was fouled by Siyovush Asrorov at the end of a nicely built counter-attack involving Mandar and Sahal Abdul Samad. Chhetri stepped up and chipped the ball into the goal as the Tajikistan goalkeeper went the other way. It was Chhetri’s 69th goal for India.His 70th came in the 41st minute when he managed to get to the end of a cross from Udanta Singh. Some loose defending from Tajikistan gave Chhetri enough time inside the box to find his spot and he made no mistake with the shot.The visitors could have restored parity just a couple of minutes after Chhetri converted the penalty had it not been for some poor finishing by Sheriddin Boboev. Muhammadjon Rahimov sent in a cross from the left and Narender Gahlot seemed to have arrived in time to nip the ball away before Boboev got to it. But he was too early and Boboev only had the keeper to beat. However, his shot however rolled past the far post and India were let off.Syria will clash with North Korea in the second match of the tournament on Monday.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Intercontinental CupFollow Sunil ChhetriFollow India vs Tajikistan Next Sunil Chhetri brace in vain as India go down 2-4 vs Tajikistan in Intercontinental Cup openerIn what was a game of two halves, Sunil Chhetri’s brace put India in the driver’s seat in the first half before Tajikistan scored four goals after the breather to win the game.advertisementlast_img read more

Ashes 2019: Australia win 1st Test at Edgbaston in 18 years after Steve Smith, Nathan Lyon heroics

first_img 284 0 Rory Burns (ENG) R. Burns (ENG) The Ashes, 2019 85/4 ( J. Root 29.1 Overs) , Peter Siddle P. Siddle covers (135.5) & e/r Chris Woakes C. Woakes c Steve Smith b Pat Cummins fine Leg All batsmen are considered right handed fine Leg 14.28 Steve Smith (AUS) S. Smith (AUS) (80.4) 4 (135.5) 33 Mid off Square Leg 57 284 Australia Bowling AUS Bowling 1 Mid Wicket Ashes 2019: Australia win 1st Test at Edgbaston in 18 years after Steve Smith, Nathan Lyon heroicsAshes 2019, England vs Australia, 1st Test: Nathan Lyon picked up 6 wickets on the final day while Pat Cummins bagged 4 as Australia thrashed England by 251 runs at Edgbaston to take a 1-0 lead in the 5-match series. 136/8 ( M. Ali 47.3 Overs) , advertisement England batting ENG batting Joe Root (c) J. Root (c) c Cameron Bancroft b Nathan Lyon 1 97/6 ( J. Bairstow 37 Overs) , 4 Joe Denly J. Denly c Cameron Bancroft b Nathan Lyon Mid on 37 25 9 Mid off 3/112 (43.5) & 6/49 (20) Mid off 11 Match Ended fine Leg not out 7 Point 0 Stuart Broad S. Broad c Steve Smith b Nathan Lyon Mid on The Ashes, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 15:30 (Local Time) 0 view more view less fine Leg 487/7 d 0 Scorecard Square Leg r o 1 0 (52.3) All batsmen are considered right handed 136/9 ( S. Broad 47.4 Overs) , Mid Wicket Square Leg All batsmen are considered right handed Mid on Mid off Mid off Point third Man b Nathan Lyon 28 58 0 0 1 All batsmen are considered right handed third Man Mid on Series Status: Australia lead the 2019 Ashes 1-0 Player Of The Match: Steve Smith Mid off 11 Mid off Point 11.3 Nathan Lyon (AUS) N. Lyon (AUS) commentary covers Extras: 10 runs (B: 4, LB: 4, WD: 0, NB: 2, P: 0) 16 Mid on vs 0 Mid Wicket James Pattinson J. Pattinson c Steve Smith b Nathan Lyon 0 m third Man 0 (112.0) third Man England 0 6 c Steve Smith b Pat Cummins 49 54 graphs 5 fine Leg 1 85/5 ( J. Buttler 33 Overs) , third Man 1 1 0 0 3 Mid on 133 (312) & 11 (33) Top Bowlers Top Bowlers Pat Cummins (AUS) P. Cummins (AUS) 3/84 (33) & 4/32 (11.3) Top Batsmen Top Batsmen 3.62 third Man Square Leg Ben Stokes B. Stokes c Tim Paine b Nathan Lyon 0 Fall of Wickets Mid Wicket nb B c Cameron Bancroft b Nathan Lyon covers 0 6s No data available! 146 All batsmen are considered right handed All batsmen are considered right handedcenter_img Mid Wicket All batsmen are considered right handed Mid Wicket 0 fine Leg Point 0 – Nathan Lyon N. Lyon Toss: AUS elected to bat Super Over 1 4 India Today Web Desk August 5, 2019UPDATED: August 5, 2019 20:37 IST Steve Smith was easily the difference between the two teams in the 1st Test at Edgbaston (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia (284 & 487/7d) beat England (374 & 146) by 251 runsAustralia won their first Test match at Edgbaston in 18 yearsThis was England’s first loss at Edgbaston in any format since 2015Australia created history on Monday and in quicker time than most would have expected as they wrapped up victory in the first Ashes Test against England inside two sessions on the final day to go 1-0 up in the five-match series.Nathan Lyon was expected to do most of the damage on Day 5 and he didn’t disappoint, ending up with 6 wickets in the second innings and 9 in total in the match. He finished with 6 for 49 as Australia bowled England out for 146 to win the match by 251 runs at Edgbaston.It was Lyon’s 15th five-wicket haul in Test cricket and Australia’s first victory at Edgbaston, considered to be England’s fortress, in 18 years. England were undefeated at this ground in any format since 2015 but the fortress has finally been breached.During the course of the second innings, Lyon also completed 350 Test wickets, becoming the 17th-fastest bowler to reach the landmark in his 87th match.Lyon was superbly supported by Pat Cummins from the other end and finished with 4 wickets for 32 runs. Cummins completed 100 Test wickets in the process in just 21 matches, becoming the second-fastest Australian pacer to achieve the feat after Charlie Turner, who had taken 100 wickets in 17 Tests way back in 1895. Overall, Cummins is joint-21st on the list among all bowlers.Pat Cummins now has 100 Test wickets in just 21 matches!Among Australian pacemen, only Charlie Turner, way back in Feb 1895, achieved it in fewer Tests (17)Bill Johnson, Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson – took 22 Tests!#Ashes#Ashes19#EngvAus#EngvsAusMohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 5, 2019And all this was achieved after Australia were reeling at 122 for 8 at one stage in the first innings on Day 1. It was only the brilliance of Steve Smith, returning to Test cricket after his one year ball-tampering ban, that kept Australia in the game throughout the four innings. In the last 100 years of Ashes cricket, a team has ended up on the winning side after being down 122 for 8 or less in the first innings only on three occasions including this one.advertisementSmith scored 144 in the first innings and 142 in the second and was deservedly named man-of-the-match. He became the fifth Aussie batsman to score two hundreds in an Ashes Test and the first from either side after Matthew Hayden, who managed the feat in 2002.Smith’s knock in the first innings if being hailed as one of the greatest in Ashes history. He was the difference between the two sides as Australia could register their second biggest win in Edgbaston after their 254-run victory in 2004.Results – Opening Test match of an #Ashes seriesin England: Australia 12, England 11, Drawn 13in Australia: Australia 17, England 12, Drawn 6#Ashes19#EngvAus#EngvsAusMohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 5, 2019England meanwhile, had taken a 90-run lead in the first innings and were in a decent position in the match after the second day but they just couldn’t get past the genius of Smith and Lyon, which ultimately led to their downfall.This is only the fourth instance when England have lost a Test match after taking a first-innings lead of 90 runs or more. This is also the fifth time Australia have managed to win a Test after conceding a first innings lead.Overall, this is the biggest win in terms of runs in Test cricket for a team after conceding a first-innings lead of 90 runs or more.Also Read | Steve Smith, Nathan Lyon script victory as Australia go 1-0 up vs EnglandAlso Read | Rory Burns the 2nd English batsman to bat on all 5 days of an Ashes TestAlso Read | England vs Australia Ashes 2019, 1st Test Day 5 HighlightsFor 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 Steve SmithFollow The Ashes 2019Follow England VS Australia covers c Tim Paine b Nathan Lyon R Australia AUS 2nd Inns 144 (219) & 142 (207) 4 Point 4 0 England ENG 2nd Inns 0 Mid off covers 28 Mid Wicket b Pat Cummins The Ashes, 2019, 1st Test Square Leg fine Leg covers third Man Mid on 12 Jonny Bairstow (wk) J. Bairstow (wk) c Cameron Bancroft b Pat Cummins Square Leg 29 Moeen Ali M. Ali c David Warner b Nathan Lyon Australia AUS 1st Inns All batsmen are considered right handed Australia AUS Mid Wicket covers Mid off 0 33.33 Square Leg Mid Wicket 21.42 146 (112.0) Point fine Leg Square Leg England ENG 374 (52.3) 0 0 James Anderson J. Anderson not out Square Leg covers 374 covers 19/1 ( R. Burns 9.5 Overs) , 0 All batsmen are considered right handed 0 fine Leg wd fine Leg 48.27 Mid on (52.3) 49.12 20 146 third Man Mid off 146/10 ( C. Woakes 52.3 Overs) , 6 80/3 ( J. Denly 25.5 Overs) , Square Leg Mid Wicket c Nathan Lyon b Pat Cummins 97/7 ( B. Stokes 37.1 Overs) , Australia S/R covers 8 0 0 Mid on w Match Ended Australia beat England by 251 runs Jason Roy J. Roy b Nathan Lyon 28 Point 6 Jos Buttler J. Buttler b Pat Cummins Point Mid on 60/2 ( J. Roy 21.2 Overs) , 2.33 2.45 8 c Cameron Bancroft b Pat Cummins Referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SL) Umpires: Joel Wilson (WI), Aleem Dar (PAK) and Chris Gaffaney (NZ) All batsmen are considered right handed c David Warner b Nathan Lyon (80.4) & 2 28 England ENG 1st Inns 0 third Man third Man 1 Point Rory Burns R. Burns c Nathan Lyon b Pat Cummins Pat Cummins P. Cummins 0 3 32 Point 1 view full scorecard 2.78 Steve Smith S. Smith 1 2 c Cameron Bancroft b Nathan Lyon 28 44.44 68.51 68.75 75 4s 0 487/7 dlast_img read more

Revamp of Pakistan cricket will take some time: Misbah-ul-Haq

first_img Press Trust of India KarachiSeptember 4, 2019UPDATED: September 4, 2019 23:22 IST Pakistan’s former cricketer Misbah-ul-Haq (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPCB has appointed Misbah-ul-Haq and former pacer Waqar Younis as bowling coach for a three-year periodMisbah felt this new system of selection would create a strong connection between the domestic and international cricketBoard has also asked Misbah to work as coach during the coming edition of the Pakistan Super LeagueThe dressing room culture needs a complete overhaul and the revamp of cricket structure in the country will take some time, emphasised the newly-appointed Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq.Misbah, the most successful Pakistan Test captain, was also handed the role of chief selector.”As a coach, or a leader, what one wants is to have such a great team that they instantly dominate the match and put pressure on the opposition. But that is the ideal situation. In real life one has to strategies based on the kind of players available, I will be doing the same,” Misbah said.”Of course, the ultimate goal is to have a very strong team at the end but we have to begin with what we have. The revamping of the cricket structure will take some time,” Misbah added.The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has appointed Misbah and former pacer Waqar Younis as bowling coach for a three-year period.The Board has also asked Misbah to work as coach during the coming edition of the Pakistan Super League and he will be paid the same salary what outgoing coach Mickey Arthur drew.”I want our cricketers to play intelligently, smartly and fearlessly. I am aware this will require a change in the dressing room culture but if we have to compete consistently at the highest level, we have to embrace these modern day requirements,” said Misbah, who is expected to be paid USD 18,000 per month.The selection committee will have six other members the head coaches of provincial cricket associations in the new domestic structure.advertisementThe six coaches are former Test players, Arshad Khan, Azam Khan, Ijaz Ahmed junior, Kabir Khan, Muhammad Wasim and Abdul Rehman who has not played international cricket but is one of the most successful coaches at domestic level and in PSL.Misbah felt this new system of selection would create a strong connection between the domestic and international cricket which has been missing for the past many years.The former test captain said he was aware that expectations would be high from new management but he was confident he could work well with some of the most talented and exciting cricketers in Pakistan.”If I was not ready for this challenge I would not have thrown my name in the ring for one of the most challenging and coveted roles in Pakistan cricket.”Misbah and Waqar have worked together in the past when the former was the Pakistan captain and the latter was the head coach.”I am excited to once again have someone as experienced and knowledgeable as Waqar Younis in my corner as a bowling coach. We have exciting young fast bowlers in our ranks and there is no better person than Waqar to transform them into modern day stars,” said Misbah.The Misbah-Waqar duo’s first test will be the upcoming One-day International and Twenty20 home series against Sri Lanka, which will be played from September 27 to October 9.Also Read | Misbah-ul-Haq named Pakistan head coach and chief selector, Waqar Younis appointed as bowling coachAlso 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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Misbah-Ul-HaqFollow Pakistan cricket Revamp of Pakistan cricket will take some time: Misbah-ul-HaqThe Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has appointed Misbah and former pacer Waqar Younis as bowling coach for a three-year period.advertisement Nextlast_img read more