first_imgTagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Lucky Liverpool? Yeah – and they deserve it Leno, Mourinhoby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: Bernd Leno was doing his best Jose Mourinho impersonation in the aftermath of Liverpool’s trouncing of Arsenal on Saturday…The goals – all five of ’em – were “unlucky”, claimed the Gunners goalkeeper. And the foul for Mohamed Salah’s penalty debatable. Fortune was simply with the hosts on the day.And to be fair, you can understand Leno’s reasoning. Another day. Another ref. And Sadio Mane is shown red for grabbing Stephan Lichtsteiner around the throat early doors. With Arsenal still in touching distance after halftime, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang isn’t missing from under Alisson’s crossbar. And just as Mourinho had complained a fortnight ago before losing his job at Manchester United. Liverpool’s goals in both games were full of ricochets. Deflections.But what was also common over the two games was how through sheer force of will, Liverpool managed to find those goals. Yeah, they were lucky. But they made that luck themselves. Driving forward. Attack. Attack. Attack. There’s nothing subtle about Jurgen Klopp’s team at the minute. Nothing measured. They go at it at 110%. And what tends to happen to people – to teams – who behave like that, they end up being luckier than most. The more shots. The more waves of attacks. The more chances you have of scoring.Okay, okay. Itis a bit more sophisticated than that. But Liverpool are not nine points clear at the top of the table for second guessing themselves. For holding back. Something has clicked these past 18 months. That drive. That passion we see on the pitch. It’s reflective of what has been occurring inside the boardroom – whether that be at Anfield or in Boston. And that approach is being rewarded in spades.While others held back – including Manchester City and Khaldoon al-Mubarak – Liverpool paid what was needed to ferry Virgil van Dijk away from Southampton. Another board. Another know-it-all exec. And Klopp would’ve been told to cool his jets. To make do with Joel Matip. But not FSG.When others – including an England captain – spoke against adding Xherdan Shaqiri to his squad. Klopp backed his judgment. Was supported by his transfer committee. And rolled the dice. Alisson Becker? Andrew Robertson? None were deals celebrated unanimously by those inside the game. But the manager – and the club – never hesitated.For the moment, everything they touch is turning to gold. But the differences is, this club. And these players. They’re not holding back waiting – hoping – for it to all fall in place. They’re out there. Making it happen. Yeah, fortune appears to be with Liverpool, but only because they’re willing to fight for it.So now they’re three wins clear at the summit. But there is a qualifier. There has to be at the midway stage of the season. But it’s a qualifier that is part tribute to what Klopp and Liverpool have managed to do in recent weeks.It was only a month ago and many were saying how far City? And not just this season. But in terms of an era. A Blue dynasty. They appeared unstoppable. Untouchable. Yet now, Pep Guardiola’s lot are more concerned about second place and Tottenham than keeping in touch with the runaway Reds.City haven’t suddenly turned from champions to chumps. But it’s a tribute to the work of Liverpool that a team some were declaring the greatest seen in English football are now eating their dust.Liverpool haven’t benefitted from City being dragged back down. They’ve taken their standards to a new level – and City are now having to find it within them to catch up. And they surelywill come again. A returning Fernandinho, Kevin de Bruyne and Benjamin Mendy will make sure of that. And then the onus will be thrown back on Liverpool to find another gear – something which Klopp has always insisted is well within them.Guardiola threw it out there last week. ‘It’s far easier being the hunter than the hunted’, he declared. A warning which fell flat on it’s face after Saturday’s Anfield performance.The City manager must know, it’s going to take much more than a generic throwaway line to force this Liverpool team off their stride. There justis something about them this season.Witness Mo Salah’s gesture. On a day when Aboubakar Kamara is being slated by his manager and fans for his behaviour around a Fulham spotkick. Salah does the opposite. A Golden Boot. A goals bonus. He sacrificed it all. And won praise from Klopp after giving up his penalty for Roberto Firmino to complete his hat-trick. That’s something no amount of spending can buy.Leno. Mourinho. Yeah, they can point to lucky moments in games. But you don’t haul in today’s Manchester City team on good fortune. Liverpool have made their own luck. And the standard to beat. It’s now up to the rest in 2019 to catch up.last_img read more


first_imgBournemouth boss Howe admits injury crisis likely to lead to new signingsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe admits he could be forced into the January market for a new defensive signing.Bournemouth may need to make transfer window moves if Nathan Ake’s injury is a problem.The Dutch defender suffered a hamstring issue at Old Trafford and was withdrawn during the 4-1 defeat.Out of form Bournemouth are already without Simon Francis, Lewis Cook, Dan Gosling and Adam Smith due to knee problems.“I need to speak to Nathan and the medical team but it looked like a hamstring concern,” said Howe. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img


first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Bournemouth boss Howe has no regrets over Defoe signingby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEddie Howe does not regret signing Jermain Defoe.The former England international is heading to Rangers on an 18-month loan deal, per Sky Sports News.And despite the fact he had a limited impact in his stay at the Cherries, Howe does not feel the transfer was a mistake.”The deal (signing Defoe) has been a good one from our perspective, I would do it again in a heartbeat,” he said in his press conference.”He scored some massive goals for us last year, I don’t think anyone should forget that.”Then you add the other value that he brings in the changing room and on the training pitch. He’s definitely been a role model for a lot of our younger players. As I say it’s something I would do again and again if given the same circumstances.” last_img read more


first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Man City midfielder Rodri: Season far from overby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Rodri does not believe the club’s league season is over.Some fans and pundits are already declaring Liverpool hot favourites for the Premier League, given they have a five point lead over City.But Rodri knows that it is still early days, and that every team will slip up in the title race.”The season is very long,” he said to City’s website.”You are going to have matches like this, at least two or three. It’s normal. We are not perfect, and the good thing is we are at the start of the season, not the end.”That’s the only positive thing we can say. We are five points behind the leaders and that’s bad news but we are working and we will keep pushing.” last_img read more


first_img​Real Madrid move forward with women’s teamby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid have stepped up plans to launch their women’s team after members voted by a margin of 90.6 per cent to absorb CD Tacón into the club’s sporting infrastructure in time for the 2020/21 season.Tacón’s licence will now be transferred to Real, with the rebranded team to take up their place in the Liga Iberdrola, the domestic women’s top-flight. TagsSpanish Football NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img


first_imgMatthijs de Ligt now feeling settled at Juventusby Carlos Volcano23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMatthijs de Ligt now feels settled at Juventus.Juve splashed out €75m to sign De Ligt from Ajax over the summer.“I’m getting used to how the lads play. Beating Bayer was good,” he told Veronica after yesterday’s 3-0 win against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League.“Right now, things are going well. I was Ajax’s captain and there I was able to have my say, whereas here I had to find my place. Now I feel like I’ve found it and I’m happy about it.“Italy is known as a country with defensive teams, but the trend is changing: just look at how high they defend.“We have a new Coach and I’m not the only one who has yet to adapt. Unfortunately, I started badly, but it’s about improving every day and every game.“It’s what I’m doing and it’s going well.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgCarroll says Newcastle deserved win over Man Utdby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndy Carroll says Newcastle United deserved their win over Manchester United.Debutant Matty Longstaff scored the only goal of the game.Carroll said, “We’re buzzing! I think we deserved it – we were the better team throughout. You couldn’t write Matty’s goal. It’s his first Premier League game alongside his brother against Man United at home and he’s scored the winner. You can’t ask for any better and I’m absolutely delighted for him along with the rest of the lads.“The lads are buzzing for him. Matty’s a great lad who has worked hard. He’s deserved his start today and kept his head down. He’s grafted since I’ve been here and he deserved his chance and taken it with both hands.“I think it just shows what we have got in the squad. It was terrible last week and we’ve bounced straight back. We’ve worked very hard all week in training, and it has shown today as we dominated the game.“It’s important to show what we are about after last week. When you play a top team like (Manchester) United, it’s always going to be a tough game but when you haven’t won at home and you’re struggling, like last week, I think it’s a great win all round.“The morale in the dressing room right now is great and we are buzzing heading into the international break. It’s nice that we can celebrate for a couple of weeks and it eases the pressure on us. It’s good going into the international break with a win rather than a defeat!” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgESPN College Football Playoff top 2015.ESPNWe’re now less than two months away from the start of the 2016 college football season. Get excited, people. In anticipation of the start of the upcoming season, let’s take a look at what ESPN’s preseason top 25 looks like. Can anyone but the defending national champions be No. 1? Nope. ESPN has the Crimson Tide at No. 1 heading into the season. Do they have it right?Here’s the full top 25.  Will Alabama get some more rings this season?Will Alabama get some more rings this season? 1. Alabama 2. Clemson 3. Michigan 4. Florida State 5. Oklahoma 6. LSU 7. Stanford 8. Notre Dame 9. Ohio State 10. Tennessee 11. USC 12. Georgia 13. Ole Miss 14. Oklahoma State 15. Michigan State 16. Washington  17. Houston 18. North Carolina 19. Oregon 20. TCU 21. Texas A&M 22. UCLA 23. Iowa 24. Miami 25. Louisville[ESPN]last_img read more


first_imgFlorentin Pogba has been handed a trial at Spanish second-tier outfit Elche.The central defender, 28, formerly of Saint-Etienne and, most recently, Turkish side Genclerbirligi, has been a free agent since the expiry of his contract last summer.One of two older brothers to Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, Florentin has plenty to offer Elche in terms of experience, having made 193 senior appearances in all competitions, including the first and second divisions of France, as well as the Europa 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? Unlike his younger sibling, however, he represents Guinea at international level rather than France.Elche announced on their official website that the centre-back would train with the club for a week to give manager Pacheta a closer look at his qualities and decide if he would be a worthwhile addition to the squad.The club are languishing in 17th in the Segunda Division, just a point above the relegation zone. They have the joint-fourth worst defensive record in the league, having conceded 26 goals in 20 games, something they hope their potential new addition could help to combat.Florentin’s twin brother, Mathias, recently spoke out against Mourinho’s treatment of their younger brother, citing the United midfielder’s recent strong performances as evidence that he was being mismanaged by the Portuguese.The World Cup winner had been criticised for his performances this season, and Mourinho dropped him to the bench for the Red Devils’ Premier League fixtures against Arsenal, Fulham and Liverpool.However, since the arrival of interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the France international has scored four goals and registered three assists in just four league games, playing the full 90 minutes in each one and he looks like a player revived.Mathias plays as a striker for Tours FC in the third tier of French football, having joined on a free transfer himself last summer, after a year out of the game following the expiry of his contract at Dutch outfit Sparta Rotterdam.last_img read more


first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 17: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Wolverines 27-23. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)The Big Ten Network announced this afternoon that former Michigan star wide receiver Braylon Edwards has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of the company’s social media rules.Edwards, who starred at Michigan in the early 2000s, was critical of Jim Harbaugh and his players on Twitter during the Wolverines’ loss to Notre Dame.The former Michigan star later deleted his tweets:Harbaugh responded to Edwards’ tweets today, saying they were uncalled for.“First of all, it’s not true, factually. There’s nobody in our program who thinks those things about any player on our team, let alone the two players he described,” Harbaugh said this morning.Harbaugh on Braylon tweet pic.twitter.com/mjYdYscvDq— angelique (@chengelis) September 3, 2018Edwards isn’t done tweeting, though. The former Michigan star wide receiver tweeted the following minutes ago:“So funny that everyone is worried my tweet as opposed to the real issue, 0-17 on the road against ranked opponents, 1-6 against rivals and the one win was against a 3-9 MSU. Last thing i will ask and really think about this before you get mad…is Michigan better than Iowa?” he wrote.So funny that everyone is worried my tweet as opposed to the real issue, 0-17 on the road against ranked opponents, 1-6 against rivals and the one win was against a 3-9 MSU. Last thing i will ask and really think about this before you get mad…is Michigan better than Iowa?— Braylon Edwards (@OfficialBraylon) September 3, 2018OK then.last_img read more


first_imgLamical Perine runs with the ball for Florida.GAINESVILLE, FL – OCTOBER 06: Lamical Perine #22 of the Florida Gators runs for yardage during the game against the LSU Tigers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 6, 2018 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)The LSU Tigers, the No. 5 ranked team in the country, will not be going undefeated in 2018. LSU fell to Florida on road Saturday, 27-19, in what can only be described as an ugly game.LSU trailed most of the contest, but actually took a 19-14 lead early in the fourth quarter on a one-yard touchdown run by Nick Brossette. But Florida responded quickly on a two-run touchdown run by Lamical Perine to take the lead back, 20-19.LSU was done in on a 25-yard interception return by Brad Stewart Jr. with just under two minutes to play. It was Joe Burrow’s first pick as a Tiger.LSU got the ball back one last time after the score, but was unable to muster much of a drive. The final score was 27-19.The Swamp is alive!Florida is up on #5 LSU with 2 minutes to go.pic.twitter.com/tqgXgglSi1— Sporting News (@sportingnews) October 6, 2018It’s LSU’s first loss on the season. That said, the Tigers still have Georgia and Alabama on the schedule – so they have an opportunity to play themselves back into the race in the SEC.For Florida, it’s a huge win in Dan Mullen’s first season in Gainesville. The Gators have one blemish on the season – a week two loss to upstart Kentucky.Florida next gets Vanderbilt on the road, while LSU hosts Georgia.last_img read more


first_imgpenn state wide receiver deandre thompkins can't make a catchPISCATAWAY, NJ – NOVEMBER 17: DeAndre Thompkins #3 of the Penn State Nittany Lions can’t make a catch on an overthrown pass during the fourth quarter at HighPoint.com Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Penn State won 20-7. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)The Penn State Nittany Lions finished with a 9-3 record and are in the running for a New Year’s Six game this January. Let’s take a look at the latest regarding where the team could land.Penn State had a solid season but suffered losses to Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan. The Nittany Lions, assuming Ohio State knocks off Northwestern on Saturday, are likely third in pecking order in the Big Ten.If Ohio State wins and makes the Playoff, Michigan will land in the Rose Bowl, leaving Penn State as an option for either the Fiesta Bowl or the Peach Bowl.If Ohio State wins and doesn’t make the Playoff, the Buckeyes will head to Pasadena and Michigan will get the next New Year’s Six spot.Friday, Sports Illustrated’s Eric Single released a new set of bowl projections. He has the Nittany Lions taking on Kentucky in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida.Obviously, while it’s a prestigious game, it’s not a New Year’s Six contest.Penn State will know its fate on Sunday afternoon.last_img read more


first_imgA closeup of a football with the Utah Utes logo on it.SALT LAKE CITY, UT – SEPTEMBER 10: A ball boy holds up a football during warm-ups before the Utah Utes and Brigham Young Cougars college football game at Rice Eccles Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)The college football season is almost over, but the final weeks of the year will certainly be fun to watch. While there aren’t any games on the schedule over the next two days, the Boise State Broncos will face the Boston College Eagles on Wednesday in the First Responder Bowl.Although the winner of this bowl game won’t earn the chance to keep its season alive, it will result in receiving arguably the best trophy ever.The First Responder Bowl trophy has a light on the top, which can be turned on with just the push of a button. It’ll be hard to find another bowl game award topping this design.Here is a photo of the trophy:The First Responder Bowl trophy has a light on top and a button in the back to turn it on. pic.twitter.com/Yf2hp27VjQ— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) December 24, 2018Boise State will look to erase the bitter moment of losing to Fresno State in their conference championship.If the Eagles are going to pull off the minor upset, then AJ Dillon will have to perform well in this game. The dynamic tailback was outstanding throughout the year for Boston College, proving to be the heart and soul of the offense.Kickoff for this matchup is set for 1:30 p.m. ET from Cotton Bowl Stadium.The game will be on ESPN.last_img read more


first_imgProud parents: Rohit Sharma and Ritika Sajdeh blessed with a baby girlRitika Sajdeh’s cousin sister Seema Khan, wife of actor Sohail Khan, confirmed the news on her Instagram account.advertisement Rohan Sen MumbaiDecember 31, 2018UPDATED: December 31, 2018 12:19 IST Rohit Sharma and Ritika Sajdeh got married in 2015 (Photo: @mipaltan Twitter)HIGHLIGHTSRitika Sajdeh gave birth to a baby girl in MumbaiRohit is currently touring with the Indian team in AustraliaRohit made 63 not out in the Boxing Day Test which India won by 137 runs on SundayRohit Sharma and his beautiful wife Ritika Sajdeh welcomed a new member in their family on Monday as Ritika gave birth to a baby girl.Ritika’s cousin sister Seema Khan, who is the wife of actor-producer Sohail Khan, confirmed the news on her Instagram account with the caption “Baby girl, masi’s again,” and tagged Ritika in the Insta story.Rohit and Ritika had managed to keep the news of the pregnancy hidden from the rest of the world for quite some time but the Indian cricketer recently revealed that he was going to be a father.Rohit opened up about his wife Ritika’s pregnancy in a chat with former Australia captain Michael Clarke in a promotional video for Hublot.”I cannot wait to be a father; it is going to be a game-changing moment in our lives. I am eagerly awaiting the moment of becoming a father. It will be a moment to change our life,” Rohit told Clarke. Actor Sohail Khan’s wife, Seema, confirmed the news on her Insta story (Seema Khan Instagram)The Indian limited-overs vice-captain even added that his teammates tease him about being a father due to his irresponsible mannerism and his tendency to forget things while travelling with the team.”When my teammates got to know that I am going to become a father, they were laughing at me. They were like you are going to be a father?”The reaction came in because of the mannerism and the things I have done in my previous years. They think I am irresponsible, obviously in a funny way. But I am going make sure that everything changes,” Rohit said.advertisementThe 31-year-old is currently in Australia with the Indian team where they just registered a historic win in the third Test on Sunday to take an unbeatable 2-1 lead in the four-match series.Rohit scored a patient 63 not out in the first innings as India hammered Australia by 137 runs to win the Boxing Day Test in Australia for the first time in history.Rohit came back into the Test side after missing the second Test in Perth due to injury.The fourth and final Test between the two sides will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground from January 3.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 Rohit SharmaFollow Ritika SajdehFollow Indian cricket teamFollow India vs Australialast_img read more


first_imgUdanta Singh after India lose to UAE in AFC Asian Cup 2019: It hurtsUdanta Singh reacts after hitting the crossbar during India’s loss to UAE in Asia Cupadvertisement Aditya K Halder New DelhiJanuary 12, 2019UPDATED: January 12, 2019 09:38 IST Udanta Singh said the Indian football team were disappointed with the loss (@IndianFootball Photo)Indian players probably walked back in disbelief to the dressing room after losing 2-0 in their second group game against host UAE in Asia Cup. Despite creating galore of chances, the team missed one chance too many and the best of the lot fell to Udanta Singh.Played through inside the box after a telepathic move with his national and club teammate Sunil Chhetri, the winger seemed to do everything right when he shot the ball past UAE goalkeeper Khalid Eisha. However, the ball agonizingly ricocheted off the post and probably ended any hope India had of making a comeback.”It really hurts when chances like those don’t go in. But it hurts more when the team loses. Whether I score it or not, the result matters. And after playing such a good game, if your team lose, obviously it pains,” the 22-year-old winger told Mail Today from Dubai.But while many are calling it bad luck given the commanding performance the Stephen Constantine and side gave yet again, one can’t ignore the impotency the Indian forwards have often shown in front of the goals barring star forward Sunil Chhetri.To quantify things, India had 9 shot attempts (three on target), while UAE made all their shot on target count.The scoring ability of the Indian forward line was in question before the side left for the Asia Cup. The team heavily relies on Chhetri when it comes to finding the net while other Indian strikers in Jeje Lalpekhlua, Sumit Passi and Balwant Singh have had dismal strike rate this season.advertisementHowever, Udanta refrains from that line of thinking and feels the goal scoring problem can be taken care of in days to come.”We have created so many opportunities yesterday (Thursday). So tagging us wasteful is probably not the right thing. We scored four goals in the Thailand match but paid a heavy price for not taking our chances in this (UAE) match. We have plans for that and we have already started working on them,” said the Bengaluru FC player.On a positive note, the team certainly deserves some credit for their bold performance in the Asia Cup so far. While many were skeptic about team’s chances against UAE, Chhetri and boys fought an even battle against a higher-ranked opponent.But areas of concern popped up when India’s reliable centre-back pairing of Sandesh Jhingan and Anas Edathodika were founding wanting in dealing with the pace of UAE forwards in both the goals.Udanta, who was seen putting in an extra shift to help right-back Pritam Kotal in defence in the last match, defended the backline despite the glaring mistakes on the night.”They (defenders) always play their heart out and they have done the same yesterday. Sandesh-bhai, Anas-bhai, Pritam, Subhasish, and others have risen the bar so high that we always expect more from them. Although we conceded two, they cut the attackers off so many times,” he explained.Despite the loss, India can feel positive about their chances to progress to the next round as beating Bahrain, who are yet to win a match in the competition, will give them safe passage to knockout stages. However, they can’t take things for granted, especially not with such shoddy finishing and inconsistent defending.Also Read | Stephen Constantine hits back at critics after India go down fighting vs UAEAlso Read | AFC trolls Indian fan wearing Argentina jersey in Asian Cup match against UAEAlso Reada | India lose Group A top spot after 0-2 defeat to UAEGet 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 Udanta SinghFollow IndiaFollow UAEFollow AFC Asian Cup 2019Follow Sunil ChhetriFollow Indian national football teamlast_img read more


first_imgMark Waugh calls Brendon McCullum a lucky c**t on live TV. Here’s what happenedBig Bash League 2018-19: Mark Waugh used an expletive on live television on Sunday while referring to Brendon McCullum’s love for horse racing.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 28, 2019UPDATED: January 28, 2019 14:31 IST Brendon McCullum, who retired from international cricket, is plying his trade for Brisbane Heat in the ongoing BBL season (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMark Waugh used the expletive while talking about Brendon McCullum’s hobby outside cricket – horse racingBrendon McCullum, who retired from international cricket in 2016, began his own bloodstock company in 2014 Brendon McCullum is plying his trade for Brisbane Heat in the ongoing Big Bash League season Former Australia cricketer Mark Waugh called ex-New Zealand captain, Brendon McCullum with an expletive on live television on Sunday ahead of Big Bash League (BBL) match in Australia.Appearing on Fox Cricket in the buildup to the tie between Melbourne Stars and Brisbane Heat in Melbourne, Mark Waugh said Brendon McCullum is a lucky “c**nt”. Waugh quickly realised his blooper on live television and tried to correct himself.Referring to McCullum’s love for horse racing, Waugh said: “Actually he’s got a share in a horse with my wife that [she] trains for him. So yeah he loves his horses. Good punter. He’s a lucky c***, he’s a lucky punter, too.”McCullum, who has been showing a keen interest in horse racing, came up with his own bloodstock company – Vermair Racing Ltd in 2014 in a bid to “build a stable of horses that compete and succeed on the world’s biggest racing stage”.McCullum, who retired from international cricket in 2016, has been plying his trade in franchise-based T20 leagues across the globe. McCullum is currently representing the Brisbane Heat in the ongoing season of BBL.McCullum made 13 off 14 balls as the Brisbane Heat lost to Melbourne Stars by five runs in Sunday’s encounter at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Marcus Stoinis’s all-round effort (29-ball 43 and 4/21) sealed the deal for the home side.Brisbane Heat are struggling in the ongoing season, languishing at the seventh spot in the eight-team table with three wins from 10 matches. McCullum has been in decent form, scoring 245 runs in 10 matches.advertisementAlso Read | Hardik Pandya wants to forget what happened, was terrific in 3rd ODI: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Come on yaar: Hardik Pandya furious with Shikhar Dhawan’s fielding effortAlso 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 brendon mccullumFollow Mark WaughFollow McCullum horse racingFollow Big Bash LeagueFollow New Zealand Cricketlast_img read more


first_img Associated Press CanberraFebruary 3, 2019UPDATED: February 3, 2019 09:54 IST Kusal Perera tried to continue and add to his 29 but play was stopped again shortly after as the batsman left the field (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPerera ducked into a ball from Australian fast bowler Jhye Richardson and received treatment on the fieldPerera was replaced by Dimuth Karunaratne, who had retired hurt on day two after being hit in the neckOpener Karunaratne was cleared to return to the crease, less than 24 hours after being felled by a Pat Cummins deliveryBatsman Kusal Perera left the field in the second Test against Australia on Sunday after he was hit on the helmet, the second Sri Lankan player in two days to leave with a head injury.Perera was to undergo a mandatory concussion test after he was unable to continue batting at Canberra’s Manuka Oval in the first session of the third day.At lunch Sunday, Sri Lanka was 215-7 chasing Australia 534-5 declared, trailing by 319 runs. Wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella was out lbw for 25 on the last bowl before lunch, and with Perera unsure of returning, could be eight wickets down.Fast bowler Mitchell Starc has taken 3-54 for Australia.Perera ducked into a ball from Australian fast bowler Jhye Richardson and received treatment on the field, with play stopping for several minutes. He tried to continue and add to his 29 but play was stopped again shortly after as Perera left the field, which ended a promising 37-run partnership with Dhananjaya de Silva.Perera was replaced by Dimuth Karunaratne, who had retired hurt on day two after being hit in the neck by a bouncer. Opener Karunaratne was cleared to return to the crease, less than 24 hours after being felled by a Pat Cummins delivery.Play was stopped for almost 15 minutes on Saturday as Karunaratne was treated on the field before he was put on a stretcher and taken from the field to Canberra Hospital by ambulance.He was released on Saturday night and given the all clear before Sri Lankan officials confirmed he could return to the crease.advertisementAustralia beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 40 runs in the first Test at Brisbane.Also Read | Alzarri Joseph plays Test vs England hours after mother’s demise, gets standing ovationAlso Read | Dimuth Karunaratne discharged from hospital after blow to neck in Canberra TestAlso 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 Australia vs Sri LankaFollow Kusal PereraFollow Dimuth Karunaratne 2nd Test: Sri Lanka’s Kusal Perera hit on helmet, retires hurt on Day 3 vs AustraliaKusal Perera became the second Sri Lankan player in two days to leave the field with a head injury as Dimuth Karunaratne had suffered a bouncer blow during Day 2 of the ongoing second Test vs Australia in Canberra. advertisementlast_img read more


first_img No data available! scorecard advertisement graphs view more view lesscenter_img Rohan Sen HyderabadMay 13, 2019UPDATED: May 13, 2019 00:38 IST Jasprit Bumrah finished with 2 wickets for 14 runs in his quota of 4 overs (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSMumbai Indians (149/8) beat Chennai Super Kings (148/7) by 1 runJasprit Bumrah was adjudged man-of-the-match for his performance with the ballThe win was Mumbai’s fourth in the IPL and Rohit Sharma’s fifth title in totalQuinton de Kock’s mistake in the penultimate over of the IPL 2019 final between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings could have been very costly for his team but fortunately he ended up on the winning side as MI beat CSK by 1 run in a thrilling game on Sunday to lift their 4th IPL title.Jasprit Bumrah was bowling the 19th over and he had been brilliant up until the final ball when he bowled a bouncer to Ravindra Jadeja who couldn’t connect and the ball went through to de Kock behind the stumps.It was a regulation take for Quinton de Kock but he couldn’t gather the ball as it moved away in the final moment and went to the boundary.Bumrah, rather than getting angry at de Kock for his costly mistake, chose to go up to the wicketkeeper and pat him on the back. He decided to forgive de Kock and told him it’s alright.The moment was captured on camera and lauded by the commentators and fans on social media.HOW CAN YOU NOT LOVE JASPRIT BUMRAH. HE’S JUST AMAZING. pic.twitter.com/9h0aYNFRtV(@inzaynpari7) May 12, 2019My respect for Jasprit Bumrah has gone up a level. Not for his bowling, which is superb of course. We all are aware of itThat conversation he had with QDK and calming his nerves is top stuff #IPL2019Final #IPL2019 #IPL #MIShruti Hariharan (@Shruti_2890) May 12, 2019At a time when every fan including me were losing their shit with the fielding blunders, loads of respect to Jasprit Bumrah for keeping that calm. I don’t think anyone would’ve managed to keep their nerves like him at that moment. #IPL2019Final#MIvCSK #MI #Csk pic.twitter.com/TQbTlnTlcDadvertisementshakeel akhtar (@BeingSAkhtar) May 12, 2019Jasprit Bumrah bowled a gem of a spell in a big game under pressure. He laughed it away when Rahul Chahar dropped Watson of his bowling. He consoled Quinton De Kock when he gave away those byes in a big moment. The man is captain material, as calm as a toad in the sun.Hardik Rajgor (@Hardism) May 12, 2019One of the best moments of the day. Jasprit Bumrah to Quinton de Kock after he dropped Jadeja on his bowling #MIvCSK #IPL2019Final pic.twitter.com/HrpIxFrFd9Saurabh (@SteynGun_) May 12, 2019Mumbai Indians ultimately defended 149 in 20 overs to lift their fourth IPL title in Hyderabad. Riding on Shane Watson’s 80, Chennai were cruising till the final over but made a mess of it in the end as Watson got run out off the fourth delivery.Lasith Malinga produced an incredible last over to defend nine runs as Mumbai Indians claimed undisputed supremacy in the IPL. CSK needed nine runs off the last over but the experienced Lankan paceman Malinga kept his nerve to concede eight. He trapped Shardul Thakur leg before in the last ball after Watson (80 off 59) got run out two balls earlier.Unprecedented scenes from Hyderabad as @mipaltan became #VIVOIPL champs for the 4th time!Lasith Malinga showing his true class in the last over #MIvCSK pic.twitter.com/ZzVK0KHx5OIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 12, 2019Before that Jasprit Bumrah kept Mumbai in the hunt with his tidy overs and two wickets, getting rid of Dwayne Bravo and Ambati Rayudu. The premier Indian pacer produced 13 dot balls in his testing overs. Young leg-spinner Rahul Chahar also played a key role in the middle overs as he too created pressure by bowling 13 dot balls.superstar is the Indians’ superstar tonight with an exceptional spell of 2/14 @Jaspritbumrah93 is the Man of the Match in the #VIVOIPL final. #MIvCSK pic.twitter.com/TibSU2QYPTIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 12, 2019Both teams were tied at three IPL titles each heading into the finale with Mumbai holding the upper hand, having beaten CSK thrice earlier in the competition.Also Read | IPL 2019 Final: Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings in last-ball thriller to win 4th titleAlso Read | IPL 2019: Lasith Malinga recalls last-over nerves after MI win record 4th titleAlso Read | IPL 2019 final: Kieron Pollard protests against umpire call in last over from BravoAlso Read | Controversy in IPL 2019 Final: Rohit Sharma upset after Shardul Thakur’s rude send-off actFor 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 Jasprit BumrahFollow Quinton de KockFollow IPL 2019 finalFollow MI vs CSK IPL 2019: Jasprit Bumrah wins hearts for his gesture towards Quinton de KockMI vs CSK, IPL 2019 Final: Quinton de Kock conceded 4 byes off the final ball of the penultimate over bowled by Jasprit Bumrah in the IPL 2019 final on Sunday. commentarylast_img read more


first_img Indo-Asian News Service DehradunJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 18:26 IST Uttarakhand MLA Kunwar Pranav Singh Champion is seen holding a pistol in his mouth and a carbine in one hand while there is another pistol in the other hand.Three arms licenses of Uttarakhand MLA Kunwar Pranav Singh Champion, seen dancing with two pistols and a carbine in a viral video, have been suspended, officials said on Saturday.Suspended from the party for an indefinite period after the video came out, the BJP MLA has also got a notice from the party why he should not be expelled.”After getting reports from the Haridwar police, I have suspended three licences of (Kunwar Pranav Singh) Champion,” District Magistrate Dipendra Kumar Chaudhary said.Under the notice, Champion has been asked to reply within 15 days as to why the licences of all the three weapons should not be cancelled, he added.The action came following a report by Haridwar Senior Superintendent of Police Janmejay Khanduri that the licenses of the three weapons – a double barrel rifle, a revolver and a modified carbine, should be cancelled on security and safety reasons.”There are some cases against Champion. So we have decided to recommend the cancellation of the licences,” said Khanduri.Champion has criticized the move saying his son, who is a shooter, used to practice with these weapons. “With this decision, the sports future of my son looks bleak,” he told his supporters.State BJP President Ajay Bhatt on Wednesday had served notice seeking Champion explain why he should not be expelled as the opposition launched scathing attack on the ruling party on the issue. Led by state Congress Vice President Suryakant Dhasmana, a host of Congress leaders sought strict action against Champion – a former Congress MLA – on the basis of this video and called for filing an FIR against him.advertisement”In a section of media there are reports that Champion has been expelled from the party. But we want to clarify that a decision to expel Champion would be taken after the reply of Champion to the notice,” state BJP spokesman Devendra Bhasin said.He also said that senior party leaders have also asked the central leadership to decide on the expulsion of Champion.On the other hand, senior police officials clarified that no FIR has been filed against Champion so far in the incident. The application regarding the FIR has been forwarded to Haridwar for further action, said a police official.Dancing to the tune of “Gup Chup” song from Bollywood blockbuster “Karan Arjun”, Champion is seen holding a pistol in his mouth and a carbine in one hand while there is another pistol in the other hand. Holding a glass of whiskey, he is even seen allegedly abusing Uttarakhand.After remaining in controversies for a long time, Champion had been suspended for three months by the ruling BJP last month, after a preliminary report prepared by the state party unit’s disciplinary committee found him guilty of gross indiscipline and also took cognizance of his alleged threats to a journalist.A video had gone viral last month also in which Champion, the MLA from Khanpur, was seen threatening an electronic media journalist.He was also in the news for publicly making fun of fellow party MLA Deshraj Karnawal, and later challenging him to a wrestling match to settle their long-standing dispute. Karnwal however did not turn up for the match.Champion, who wanted a ticket for his wife for the Lok Sabha polls from Haridwar, had described the then sitting MP from the seat and now Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank as a “migratory bird”.Champion was among the nine Congress MLAs who had rebelled against then Chief Minister Harish Rawat and crossed over to the BJP in 2016. Later all the nine MLAs were disqualified by the Speaker under the anti-defection law.ALSO READ | Viral video edited, intrusion into my privacy: BJP MLA Kunwar Pranav Singh ChampionALSO WATCH | Drunk BJP MLA Pranav Singh Champion brandishes guns while dancingFor 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 bySnigdha Choudhury Arms licences of Uttarakhand MLA Kunwar Pranav Singh Champion seen dancing with guns suspendedUnder the notice, Uttarakhand MLA Kunwar Pranav Singh Champion has been asked to reply within 15 days as to why the licences of all the three weapons should not be cancelledadvertisementlast_img read more


first_imgPavel Florin’s hilarous bowling action will leave you in splits: WatchRomania-born bowler Pavel Florin has taken the Internet by a storm after bowling with an unusual action in the ongoing European T10 Cricket League in Spain.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 30, 2019UPDATED: July 30, 2019 17:22 IST Pavel Florin gets ready to bowl a delivery (Twitter/Screengrab)HIGHLIGHTSThe European T10 Cricket League is being played in Spain from July 29-31The tournament features 8 teams in totalAll the matches are being played at the La Manga ClubNo matter how long one must have followed cricket as a sport, it still has the ability to shock and surprise just when one would have thought that they had seen it all. One such instance was witnessed during the ongoing European T10 Cricket League where Romania’s Pavel Florin was seen bowling with the most unusual of actions.During the match between Dreux Cricket Club and Florin’s team Cluj Cricket Club, the bowler was seen bowling dollies with a one-arm action. The deliveries ended up being so loopy that batsmen had to wait for an eternity before the ball arrived in their arc. As a result, despite the innocuous bowling, Florin still managed to keep things quiet. But social media wasn’t so quiet.Pavel Florin just overtaken Dwayne Leverock as my new favourite bloke https://t.co/Ny6eKsfkCzJack Hussey (@HusseyJack) July 30, 2019The clip went viral instantly with even former Australia batsman Mark Waugh suggesting ‘I reckon that would be very hard to hit.’.I reckon that would be very hard to hit.Mark Waugh (@juniorwaugh349) July 30, 2019Another user compared the action to one of R Ashwin’s experiments in the ongoing Tamil Nadu Premier League.https://t.co/6Kq0n7Wui4Saravana (@saravanamaanu) July 30, 2019Poor tweet this. No need to laugh at people trying to play the game in a part of the world that’s had little exposure to it. Hardly a great way to try and grow the sport.David Byrom (@DB1993) July 30, 2019Never seen such an unnecessary need of a wicket keepers helmet in all my life…advertisementNick Dearden (@n88ckd) July 30, 2019The European T10 Cricket League comprises of 8 teams divided into 2 groups and is being played over 4 days from July 29-31 at the La Manga Cricket Club in Cartagena, Spain.Also Read | Hasan Ali set to marry Indian girl in DubaiAlso Read | Australia eye first Ashes glory in England since 2001For 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 Pavel FlorinFollow European Cricket Leaguelast_img read more