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first_imgAFA president Tapia: Messi will play again for Argentinaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArgentine FA president Claudio Tapia believes Barcelona star Leo Messi will return to the national team.Messi has stepped aside from playing for Argentina after a disappointing World Cup.But Tapia says: “Leo Messi never left the national team. I believe for the love he has wearing the Argentinian jersey that when he is summoned, he will answer immediately, I have no doubt. “It depends on the coach, not on him. I hope he will appear in the next games so to be able to take advantage of his talent.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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first_imgEden Hazard: Biggest difference between Real Madrid and Chelseaby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEden Hazard admits expectations at Real Madrid are far greater than he experienced with Chelsea.The Belgian star sealed a £130million move to the Bernabeu this summer and has opened up on one of the most striking cultural differences he has spotted already. “At Chelsea when we lost, we were disappointed, like the fans, but I never felt it was a disaster, it’s different in Spain,” Hazard told the Champions Journal, ahead of Real Madrid’s Champions League opener against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.”I think that here the fans are really fans, football is everything to them and they need players to give everything, in England there aren’t so many fans.”Of course, people there like football and everyone be that young people, adults or teenagers are really interested in football, but they aren’t so fanatical about their teams.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Napoli boss Ancelotti defends players after Cagliari shockby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli boss Carlo Ancelotti was furious after defeat to Cagliari.A late Lucas Castro header proved the winner.“We are very disappointed with the result, but it was not a bad performance at all,” Ancelotti told Sky Sport Italia.“We allowed Cagliari very few counter-attacks, hardly any. At the end, we were taken by surprise, as we stopped to complain about a foul on Fernando Llorente and allowed ourselves to be caught cold off balance.“Napoli created chances, forced saves, hit the upright twice, so it was overall a decent performance. Cagliari focused entirely on defence and closing down all the spaces.“It was paradoxical that (Kalidou) Koulibaly was sent off for saying something to the referee and we had a series of yellow cards, when if there was a team that was playing rough, it was Cagliari.“I won’t have this overall performance reduced to once incident. Napoli played very well. We could’ve done better, but that’s always true in every situation. I do not judge games only on the results and I won’t accept that attitude.“Seeing as you are so desperate to find something to criticise, fine, I’ll say we are sobbing when looking at the table. Happy? I am not remotely worried, not at all.” last_img read more

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first_imgThere are many differences between the Scotland team that head into the 2019 Women’s World Cup and the Scotland team that went into the 2017 European Championship.This time round, the team have major tournament experience, a new manager in Shelley Kerr and there are a total of seven changes in personnel between this squad and the one that went to the Netherlands.But not one of those differences are more crucial than that of Kim Little who, after missing the Euros with a devastating cruciate ligament rupture, heads into this World Cup with unfinished business. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The creative midfielder had to watch from the sidelines as her Scotland side were hammered 6-0 by England in the group stage two years ago, and so nothing would be sweeter for her than exacting revenge with her team-mates in Nice tonight.But her presence at this World Cup is more than just a victory for the Lionesses’ Group D rivals; it’s a victory for football fans across the globe.“Kim Little is the most talented player I have ever played with,” Hope Solo, the former USA goalkeeper who has won everything there is to win in the game, told The Times.“She is great at everything. Her passing and vision and technical skill are, I believe, the best in the world.”The individual awards speak for themselves. FA Women’s Player of the Year in 2010, PFA Women’s Players’ Player of the Year in 2013, NWSL MVP in 2014, named in the NWSL Best XI in 2014 and 2015, and named BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year in 2016 – Solo is certainly not on her own with her opinion.“Having Kim Little for this tournament is a huge boost obviously,” Rachel Corsie said in Saturday’s pre-match press conference.Kim Little Scotland“But more so, as one of Kim’s best friends, I think it’s great just to be able to watch her know that she’s going to be here on a huge stage and be able to perform and hopefully enjoy it.“I missed her at the Euros on a personal note, we missed her at the Euros as a team on the field and it’s great to have her for this tournament.”Little hasn’t been much more fortunate with injuries this year, breaking her leg back in October and missing four months of the season.However, it will not prevent her from finally competing where she belongs; among the world’s best, in a World Cup.Despite that setback, Little’s stats this season remain incredibly impressive and support Solo’s opinion on her ability.With eight goals and six assists in 14 appearances, the 28-year-old was directly involved in a goal every 87 minutes for Arsenal, and collected both FA Women’s Super League and an FAWSL Cup winners’ medals to show for her efforts.Moreover, with England’s defensive weaknesses having been exploited by lowly New Zealand in the build-up to this tournament, she could be a real threat to them on Sunday.She knows the Lionesses well, having spent many of her years playing against them at club level, and Scotland will have no doubt noted particular areas to exploit in the ranks of their British rivals.Kim Little ScotlandTesting the goalkeeper is one of those tips likely to be on Shelley Kerr’s list. None of England’s travelling shot-stoppers are playing regular football for their clubs and therefore have the potential to show rust – as Carly Telford did when she fumbled Rosie White’s shot, allowing Sarah Gregorius to score the only goal in the 1-0 loss to New Zealand that Phil Neville’s side suffered in their last outing.With Lucy Bronze playing for Lyon in a league where she is rarely tested defensively, while Alex Greenwood has been competing in the second tier of women’s football, questions have been raised of England’s defensive capabilities.“If you look back to the Euro 2017 game, they were hit with a lot of key injuries and they’ve got those players back now,” Steph Houghton said in Saturday’s pre-match press conference.“With the likes of Kim Little, Jennifer Beattie and now Erin Cuthbert coming through the ranks, we know that they are going to be players that we are going to have to stop and make sure their rhythm doesn’t get anywhere near what they are used to.”Leah Williamson agreed, telling the press on Friday: “Kim is one of the best players in the world and I see that every week at Arsenal.“She is not an easy player to play against and on an international level it is different and we all know that.”I have passed on a few tips and tricks about her, but I think everyone is quite aware of her and her nature – I haven’t told anything they don’t already know about her.”Knowing what Little is capable of doesn’t make her any easier to stop. A skilful dribbler with an imagination only the world’s greatest playmakers are blessed with, she also has the privilege of having one of football’s most exciting talents in front of her to feed, in Cuthbert.Neville is by no means underestimating Kerr’s team, telling the media he believes that they can go far this summer.And with one of the greatest players in the world on their side, he is not wrong.last_img read more

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first_imgWolfsburg midfielder Xaver Schlager is dreaming of a move to Arsenal, despite only joining the Bundesliga side last month. Schlager joined Wolfsburg in June from Red Bull Salzburg, moving from the Austrian champions in a €12 million (£11m/$13m) deal.The 21-year-old helped his side to a fourth straight Austrian title last season, tallying eight goals and four assists in 44 games in all competitions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Though Schlager’s form helped him earn a move to the Bundesliga, the Austria international already has his sights set on a future in north London.”As a kid in Austria, everyone dreams of making it abroad at the age of seven, and the league just is not that attractive,” Schlager told Kicker.”I’ve been a fan of Arsenal since I was a kid, that’s my dream club and it’s my dream to play there.”For now, though, Schlager is focused on his current side, saying the club’s philosophy played a big part in convincing him to move to the Volkswagen Arena.”We play very similar, so in terms of intensity it is not a big change for me,” Schlager said of Red Bull Salzburg and Wolfsburg.”The players will notice how effective this system is … It’s the philosophy I love.”The Gunners could eventually place Schlager on their target list but for now the club is focused on bringing in other players.Arsenal are prepared to announce the signings of Dani Ceballos and William Saliba, while the club is still hoping to land Wilfried Zaha and Kieran Tierney as well.Deals for Zaha and Tierney have proven tough to come by, with Palace demanding £80 million ($100m) for their star winger, while Celtic boss Neil Lennon has said that in his eyes, the left-back’s transfer to Arsenal is off. Even a the deal that seemed set for Ceballos might have hit a snag on Tuesday, with Emery admitting that Marco Asensio​’s injury could change the situation for Real Madrid. Teenage Brazilian forward Gabriel Martinelli has been the only signing of the transfer window for the Gunners so far. Arsenal are looking to go one better from last season, when the club finished fifth in the Premier League, just one point back of Tottenham and a Champions League place.last_img read more

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first_imgWillie Taggart on the sidelines.MIAMI, FL – OCTOBER 06: Head coach Willie Taggart of the Florida State Seminoles coaching in the second half against the Miami Hurricanes at Hard Rock Stadium on October 6, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)A racist social media post from an apparent Florida State fan is being investigated by the state attorney, the Seminoles announced this afternoon.The post, which was aimed at Florida State head coach Willie Taggart, has been going viral on social media today.Florida State released a statement on the matter this afternoon:“A recent racist social media post aimed at our football coach is ignorant and despicable. I speak for the entire FSU community in expressing our disgust and extreme disappointment, and I am glad the state attorney is investigating.Coach Taggart has our full support and as true Seminoles know, he is a respected member of the FSU family.”1/2 A recent racist social media post aimed at our football coach is ignorant and despicable. I speak for the entire FSU community in expressing our disgust and extreme disappointment, and I am glad the state attorney is investigating.— Florida State University (@floridastate) November 25, 20182/2 Coach Taggart has our full support and as true Seminoles know, he is a respected member of the FSU family. — FSU President John Thrasher— Florida State University (@floridastate) November 25, 2018Taggart, 42, just finished his first season as Florida State’s head coach.The Seminoles went 5-7 this season.last_img read more

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first_imgA general view of a goal post.SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 27: A general view is seen during the College Football Sydney Cup match between Stanford University (Stanford Cardinal) and Rice University (Rice Owls) at Allianz Stadium on August 27, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)As the 2018 college football bowl season winds to a close, analysts are already looking ahead to 2019 to see who the contenders will be. An early look at the 2019 schedule gives a pretty good picture of who has the toughest path to victory next season.247Sports analyst Brad Crawford did a breakdown of next year’s season and ranked the 10 toughest schedules. Suffice it to say, Stanford, Michigan, South Carolina, USC, and Auburn fans are not going to be happy.Here is his ranking:10. Duke9. UCLA8. Florida7. Maryland6. Texas A&M5. Michigan4. Auburn 3. USC2. South Carolina1. StanfordThe Cardinals’ non-conference schedule is already one of the toughest in the nation, with Big Ten West Division winner Northwestern, CFP-bound Notre Dame, and AAC champions UCF all on the list. Of Stanford’s nine PAC-12 opponents, only two finished with fewer than five wins: Oregon State and UCLA.As for the conference breakdown of the list, four teams are from the SEC, three are from the PAC-12, two are from the Big Ten, and one is from the ACC. No Big 12 Conference or Group of 5 teams were represented on the list.Michigan, South Carolina, and Duke have the hardest schedules of their respective conferences.You can view the full schedules and rankings from 247Sports here.last_img read more

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first_imgView of helmets of the Clemson Tigers.CLEMSON, SC – NOVEMBER 03: A detailed view of the helmets of the Clemson Tigers before their game against the Louisville Cardinals at Clemson Memorial Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Tragic news struck the college football world on Friday night, as former Clemson running back Tyshon Dye passed away. He was only 25 years old.Dye was swimming with his two brothers at Richard B. Russell State Park in Georgia, when he got tired and couldn’t make it back to shore. Unfortunately, his brothers weren’t able to help him as he went under water.The police have ruled Dye’s death as an accidental drowning.It almost felt like yesterday when Dye was a part of Clemson’s championship-winning team in 2016. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Head coach Dabo Swinney spoke about the heartbreaking news on Dye.“All of our hearts are just broken,” Swinney said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. I can honestly say Tyshon Dye is one of the sweetest souls I’ve ever been associated with or coached. We’re just all heartbroken tonight, and we’re praying for his family and know that he’s been called home.”Our hearts break tonight to confirm the passing of Tyshon Dye.https://t.co/WCGoG0SmOj pic.twitter.com/Boq32fJqA8— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) July 6, 2019Dye was a member of Clemson’s football team from 2014 through 2016. He played for East Carolina for his final year of college eligibility.Hearts are certainly heavy for both programs after hearing about the news.Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Dye during this difficult time.last_img read more

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first_img Georgia’s media guide has revealed that Jones and former linebacker Juwan Taylor are student assistants for the upcoming season.They’ll add years of in-game experience to the coaching staff.“Coach Jarvis Jones” will be in Athens this season, as listed in the 2019 UGA Football Media Guide. 💥 💥 💥 pic.twitter.com/2v5EAjhoi0— 960 The Ref (@960theref) July 11, 2019The Bulldogs enter next season with high expectations, which has been the case with Smart at the helm.Although Georgia lost a plethora of playmakers on offense to the NFL Draft, but the team still has plenty of talent heading into this fall.We’ll see if Jones and Taylor can help the Bulldogs in their quest for a national title. Jarvis Jones rushes the passer for Georgia.ORLANDO, FL – JANUARY 1: Jarvis Jones #29 of the Georgia Bulldogs rushes the passer against the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the Capital One Bowl at the Citrus Bowl on January 1, 2013 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Kirby Smart has proven over the past few seasons that he’s one of the best coaches in the country. In an effort to get Georgia over the hump and win a championship, he’s adding a former program great to his staff.Former Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones is joining the team’s coaching staff as a student assistant for the defense.Jones began his collegiate career at USC before transferring to Georgia. In 2012, he put together an outstanding season with the Bulldogs, winning the Jack Lambert Trophy and SEC Defensive Player of the Year.Following his breakout season with the Bulldogs, Jones entered the NFL Draft. His departure from the program was bittersweet for fans, but now he is officially back in Athens.last_img read more

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first_imgKentucky football stadium at night against Florida.LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY – SEPTEMBER 14: The Sun sets during the Florida Gators game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium on September 14, 2019 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)The following is an example of what exactly not to do while in attendance at a major college football game.Video of a Kentucky fan making a fool of himself before kickoff against No. 9 Florida is going viral on social media.The Wildcats fan appeared to be doing some chirping toward a couple of Gators fans in attendance in Lexington.Then, he realized that Florida’s players were coming out of the tunnel. He then started yelling and waving at them. Getting that bizness #justmattersmore pic.twitter.com/kLQMTgEPyn— Nicholas Valvano (@N_Valvy24) September 15, 2019Make as much noise as possible when you’re at a college football game, but never like this.Kentucky has given this man a lot to cheer about, too. The Wildcats are leading the Gators, 21-10, 21-10, late in the third quarter.The game is on ESPN.last_img read more

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first_imgAn extreme closeup of ESPN's Paul Finebaum.ARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 31: TV/radio personality Paul Finebaum of the SEC Network speaks on air before the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Florida State fans might be ready to move on from second-year head coach Willie Taggart, though the Seminoles are going to have to pay a massive price to do so.Taggart’s buyout right now is reportedly $17 million, a staggering number for a head coach who went 5-7 in Year 1 and is off to a 1-2 start in Year 2.ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum had some strong words for Florida State regarding the matter.“What idiot, what blubbering moron decided Willie Taggart was worth a $17 million buyout? Has anyone bothered to look at this career record? He’s 53-59 overall. He was 7-5 at Oregon. He had a losing record a Western Kentucky and South Florida. This guy is not a winner, but some athletic director gave him a big six-year contract with a $17 million buyout. Someone may need to pour lemonade on his head. If you want to hire Willie Taggart to wreck your program, $17 million buyout is available,” Finebaum said on ESPN’s Get Up!. Harsh – but probably fair – words from the ESPN analyst.Finebaum added on ESPN’s Golic & Wingo that Florida State should consider moving on.“Now should they consider getting rid of him? Absolutely,” Finebaum said. “There is virtually nothing he has done right in two very short years. Last year was a disaster. This year, they gave up a three-touchdown lead to [Boise State]. They beat Louisiana Monroe on a missed extra point in overtime and last week, they lost to a good, a good Virginia team, maybe one of the better teams in the ACC. Which by the way guys, is not saying very much. After Clemson, the ACC has nothing.”Florida State has a decent chance to get back in the win column on Saturday, as the Seminoles are hosting Louisville.Taggart will need that one – and plenty more – to cool his seat down.last_img read more

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first_img Asian News International ImphalApril 27, 2019UPDATED: April 27, 2019 18:04 IST Born and raised in Sagolband Moirang Hanuba village, Singh’s journey to cricket began with a tennis ball in a tiny ground near his house (Twitter)HIGHLIGHTSLeft arm pacer Rex Singh is the 1st from the state to feature in an Indian side everThe region has produced many players who have participated globallySingh made headlines in December 2018 after claiming all 10 wickets in an inningsManipur is not only known for its scenic beauty but has also given some incredible sports stars who have made the nation proud with their commendable performances. Rajkumar Rex Singh is one such person who has made the region proud by becoming the first cricketer to be selected in the Indian cricket team’s under-19 squad. Singh was recently picked for a test match against South Africa.Manipur is known as a powerhouse of sports. The region has produced many players who have participated globally and have made the nation proud through their achievements. Away from the glitz and glamour of the Indian Premier League, history is being written in one of the newest centers of Indian cricket.The 18-year-old left arm pacer is the first cricketer from the state to feature in an Indian side ever.”I got a call from the BCCI for verification and after that, I got an official call from Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA). I am very happy and proud to be part of the Under-19 team,” said Singh.Born and raised in Sagolband Moirang Hanuba village, Singh’s journey to cricket began with a tennis ball in a tiny ground near his house at the age of 11 years. However, his talent was first noticed by Ph Rohendro Singh, who is also Singh’s current coach.It was not long before Singh’s first notable performance came in. In 2014 in Ranchi, he picked up a five-wicket haul against Bihar U-16 (Associate and Affiliated Tournament). Singh said he is thankful to his father, who is a truck driver in Imphal, for supporting him financially. Though he feels that cricket is an expensive game, the budding player says he is happy that he made his parents proud.advertisement”I was expecting that someday he will do great. At a very tender age, he started practicing cricket and I am really happy that my son is now doing great in Cricket. He would often practice in the tiny ground,” said R.K. Doren, father of Singh.Singh recalled that bowling at the age of 10-11 years with a leather ball helped him a lot and said that his coach guided him well on how to hold the ball and the importance of wrist position.”I was supposed to leave school but I will complete my education. So I will finish my 12th standard and graduation. I belong to a poor family so sometimes I struggle,” said Singh.Singh made headlines in December last year after claiming all 10 wickets in an innings in the Under-19 Cooch Behar Trophy match against Arunachal Pradesh in Ananthpur which he says is his favourite cricketing moment. His ability to swing the ball was also compared with veteran Indian pacer Irfan Pathan.”Being a mother, I put a lot of effort to train him. Like ensuring that he comes back and eat on time. Being a mother, I feel that the role of a mother is very important to train a child,” said Singh’s mother Renubala Devi.Also Read | 10 wickets in an innings: Manipur teen Rex Rajkumar Singh achieves rare featAlso Read | Pakistan U-19 tour of Sri Lanka cancelledFor 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 India U-19Follow Rex Singh Meet Rex Singh, 1st cricketer from Manipur to be selected in India U-19 teamAway from the glitz and glamour of the Indian Premier League, history is being written in one of the newest centers of Indian cricketadvertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgVijay’s Thalapathy 64 to be directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj?Vijay is currently shooting for Thalapathy 63, directed by Atlee. Rumours about his 64th film are already doing the rounds and it is said that young filmmaker Lokesh Kanagaraj might helm the film.advertisement India Today Web Desk ChennaiMay 14, 2019UPDATED: May 14, 2019 11:46 IST Thalapathy Vijay and Lokesh KanagarajActor Vijay is currently shooting for his 63rd film, which is tentatively titled Thalapathy 63. Directed by Atlee, the sports-based film will also star Nayanthara, Jackie Shroff, Kathir, Yogi Babu, Vivekh, Indhuja Ravichandran and Varsha Bollamma in pivotal roles.Before Vijay could complete the shooting of Thalapathy 63, rumours about his 64th film have started doing the rounds. The latest buzz is that young filmmaker Lokesh Kanakaraj, who established himself with his debut film Maanagaram, is said to be in talks with Vijay and his team.Sources close to the actor revealed that the project will most likely be finalised in a couple of weeks. Reportedly, Lokesh has narrated a one-liner and Vijay seems to have been impressed with it. However, an official confirmation regarding the film is yet to be made.The shooting of Thalapathy 63 has been going on for about two months in Chennai. Currently, the team is shooting at a football set stadium which is located at the EVP Studios in the outskirts of Chennai.Thalapathy 63, which is tipped to be based on women’s football, will release on Diwali 2019. The team is expected to wrap up the shooting of the film in the coming weeks.ALSO SEE | Thalapathy 63 shooting spot accident: Vijay to provide monetary aid to injured electrician SelvarajALSO WATCH | Tamil actor Vijay hints at joining politicsGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byK Janani Tags :Follow VijayFollow Lokesh Kanagarajlast_img read more

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first_img India Today Web Desk ManchesterJuly 7, 2019UPDATED: July 7, 2019 14:22 IST Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson led India and New Zealand in 2008 Under 19 WC semis (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSIndia (top-ranked team) will take on New Zealand (fourth-placed team) in the first semi-final of World Cup 2019New Zealand are in the World Cup semis for the 8th time while India will feature in their 7th World Cup semi-finalVirat Kohli and Kane Williamson led the two sides during the 2008 U-19 semi-finalsIndia’s seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka at Headingley helped them top the points table ahead of Australia, as former defending champions were handed a 10-run defeat by South Africa in their last group match.England and New Zealand had finished at third and fourth position on the points table and will be facing the top two teams in two semi-finals in Manchester on July 9 and Birmingham on July 11 respectively.According to the World Cup 2019 format, India (top-ranked team) will take on New Zealand (fourth-placed team) in the first semi-final of World Cup 2019 in Manchester on July 9.New Zealand are in the World Cup semis for the 8th time while India will feature in their 7th World Cup semi-final.India have been ruthless under the leadership of Virat Kohli whereas Kane Williamson has led New Zealand from the front throughout the tournament.The clash between Men in Blue and the Black Caps shares eerie similarities with 2008’s U-19 World Cup semi-finals. During the U-19 World Cup semi-final, the two teams that faced off against each other were India and New Zealand.Well, the current captains of both teams Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson, who rose through the ranks of Under 19 cricket, led the two sides during the 2008 U-19 semi-finals.Ravindra Jadeja, Trent Boult and Tim Southee also participated in the U-19 semis. Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who helped India trump New Zealand by 3 wickets with an all-round man of the match performance, had accounted for the important wicket of Kane Williamson.advertisementRohit Sharma, who has been in supreme form during the World Cup, was representing India in 2008 Commonwealth Bank ODI tri-series. Rohit had scored 235 runs in 10 innings with an average of 33.57 in that series.It will be interesting to see if Virat Kohli can inspire his brigade to a win when India takes on Kane Williamson led New Zealand in the first semi-finals of World Cup 2019 at Old Trafford on July 9.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma playing big brother role in opening partnership with KL Rahul, says Aakash ChopraAlso Read | World Cup 2019 semi-finals line-up: India to play New Zealand after topping league stageAlso 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow India vs New ZealandFollow 2008 U-19 World Cup semisFollow Kane WilliamsonFollow Virat Kohli Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson were captains in India vs New Zealand Under 19 World Cup semi-finalIndia vs New Zealand: Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson will lead India and New Zealand in the first semi-final of World Cup 2019 in Manchester on July 9.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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first_imgOther Galleries 4 images Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Free Fire India Today League: Team Nawabzade win final and Rs 8.5 Lakh 4 images Thu, 10 Oct, 2019 IND vs SA, 2nd Test: Mayank Agarwal hundred put India on top on Day 1Other Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.647×363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: PhotoSportsCricketGallery Image: Image: Credit/Source:  Courtesy by BCCICaption: Chasing 96 for victory, India kept on losing wickets at regular intervals but eventually managed to reach the target with 16 balls to spare to take a 1-0 lead in the 3 match T20I series.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: AP PhotoCaption: Sheldon Cottrell took two crucial wickets by sending back Shikhar Dhawan (1) and Virat Kohli (19). Keemo Paul and Sunil Narine, too, took two wickets each for the Windies as India managed to gun down 96 runs for victory.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source:  Courtesy by BCCICaption: Bhuvneshwar Kumar removed opener Evin Lewis and later took wicket of Keemo Paul to finish with 2/19 in his 4 overs.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source:  Courtesy by BCCICaption: Navdeep Saini, who made his international debut on Saturady, was adjudged the Man of the Match for a fiery spell of 3/17, including bowling a maiden-wicket 20th over of the West Indian innings.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Caption: Kieron Pollard was the highest run scorer before departing for 49. Pollard stitched 34-run stand for the 6th wicket with captain Carlos Brathwaite (9). Nicholas Pooran (20) was the only other West Indies batsman to score double digit figures.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Tags: India VS West IndiesNavdeep SainiSource type: photogalleryShort description: Navdeep Saini starred on his international debut on Saturday as India overcame a spirited effort from the West Indies to win the first T20 international by 4 wickets in Lauderhill and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.Preview_unique_id: preview_5d480f6db997b1565003629_1576925_editCommentContent Publish date: Saturday, August 3, 2019 – 23:45Story Extra Data: eyJzZWN0aW9uIjpbIjEyMDg1MjEiLCIxMjA2NTUwIl0sImNhdGVnb3J5IjpbIjEyMDcwMzUiXX0=770×433: Short Headline: 1st T20I: Navdeep Saini scripts India’s victory over West IndiesApp headline: 1st T20I: Navdeep Saini scripts India’s victory over West Indies1200x675:last_img read more

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first_img Press Trust of India AntiguaAugust 18, 2019UPDATED: August 18, 2019 23:33 IST BCCI is taking all appropriate measures to ensure that security of the team is not compromised. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe Indian cricket board confirmed that that security threat to the national team is a “hoax”Indian High Commission has intimated the Antigua government about the developments.BCCI is taking all appropriate measures to ensure that the security of the team is not compromisedThe Indian cricket board on Sunday confirmed that that security threat to the national team is a “hoax” but the Indian High Commission here has intimated the Antigua government about the developments.On Sunday, there were reports that BCCI received a mail about the potential security threat to the Indian team which is in West Indies and currently playing a warm-up game in Coolidge, Antigua.”We have informed the security agencies and it has been found out that it was a hoax email,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on Sunday evening.However, the BCCI is taking all appropriate measures to ensure that the security of the team is not compromised.”We informed the High Commission in Antigua and they have in turn informed the local government over there. The security is being monitored and if need be will be beefed up adequately. As of now, they are still getting the same level of security,” the official said.Also Read | Ishant takes two wickets as West Indies A struggle to 79-4 at lunch in warm-up gameFor 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow BCCIFollow India VS West Indies BCCI informs Indian HC in Antigua about hoax terror threatOn Sunday, there were reports that BCCI received a mail about the potential security threat to the Indian team which is in West Indies and currently playing a warm-up game in Coolidge, Antigua.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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first_img Indo-Asian News Service LondonSeptember 11, 2019UPDATED: September 11, 2019 15:52 IST David Warner has been in awful form in the ongoing Ashes scoring just 79 runs. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia coach Justin Langer has backed out-of-form opener David Warner to come good in the fifth TestWarner has been in awful form in the ongoing Ashes scoring just 79 runs at an average of 9.87 per inningsAustralia have an insurmountable 2-1 lead in the series, retaining the AshesAustralia head coach Justin Langer has backed out-of-form opener David Warner to come good in the fifth and final Ashes Test beginning Thursday at The Oval.Warner has been in awful form in the ongoing Ashes scoring just 79 runs at an average of 9.87 per innings. The left-handed opener has endured a tough series tackling the new ball, particularly against England seamer Stuart Broad, and has managed just one double-figure score (61) in eight innings with ducks from each of his last three starts.”Davey hasn’t had a great series, there are no secrets about that,” Langer was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.”But he’s also a word-class player and I’ve said throughout the whole series, if Davey has one good innings it’ll help us win the Ashes. He probably hasn’t been through this lean run before, so it’s going to be a good test of his character.”But he’s a match-winner and he’s been brilliant around the group since he’s been back (from suspension),” he added.Terming Warner a “match-winner”, the Australian head coach said that he is looking forward to see the 32-year-old bat at The Oval.”He’s been great, good for the crowds, good amongst the group.”He hasn’t got the runs he wants at the moment but jeez I’m looking forward to seeing it when he does, and there’s no better place in the world to bat than The Oval.”Australia have an insurmountable 2-1 lead in the series, retaining the Ashes, and will look to win the rubber in England for the first time since 2001.advertisementAlso Read | James Anderson targets Test return during New Zealand, South Africa toursAlso Read | Ashes: Might ring the Prime Minister if we win 5th Test at The Oval, says Tim PaineAlso 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 bySaurabh Kumar Ashes 2019: Justin Langer backs ‘world class’ David Warner to come good at The OvalDavid Warner has been able to score only 78 runs in the ongoing Ashes at an average of 9.87 per innings but Australia coach Justin Langer has backed the opener to return back to form in the fifth and final Ashes Test.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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first_img Next Associated Press IslamabadSeptember 13, 2019UPDATED: September 13, 2019 19:41 IST Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed (File Photo: IANS)Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed is still counting on Sri Lanka turning up for a limited-overs tour this month despite alleged terrorist threats.Sri Lanka Cricket said on Wednesday it was warned of a possible terrorist threat during the scheduled tour of Pakistan, and sought a reassessment of the security situation before the first of three one-day internationals on Sept. 27 in Karachi. There’s also three Twenty20s scheduled in Lahore from Oct. 5-9.”Inshallah (God willing) they will come, we should hope for the best,” Sarfaraz said on Friday in Karachi.”The Pakistan Cricket Board is trying its best and we should all pray that international cricket should come back to Pakistan.”Sarfaraz added the International Cricket Council and other national boards should come forward and support Pakistan more in its bid to revive international cricket.”The way PCB has worked over the last 10 years, it’s a tremendous effort,” he said.He also noted how quick Pakistan supported Sri Lanka after the Easter Sunday bombings there by sending a junior team to tour.Major teams have avoided Pakistan since the Sri Lanka team bus was attacked by terrorists in 2009. Over the past three years, Pakistan has successfully hosted Zimbabwe, the West Indies, Sri Lanka, and a World XI in limited-overs matches amid intense security.Sarfaraz was confirmed as captain on Friday for both limited-overs series. Babar Azam was named as vice-captain and PCB chairman Ehsan Mani hinted the middle-order batsman could be Pakistan’s future captain in the shorter formats.”This is part of Babar’s gradual development as a future captain and in line with our strategy of introducing a succession plan across the board so that there are no gaps,” Mani said in a statement.advertisementAlso Read | Hardik Pandya trolled over latest Instagram postAlso 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 Pakistan captainFollow Sarfaraz Ahmed Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed still counting on Sri Lanka comingSarfaraz Ahmed, who has been retained as Pakistan captain, is hopeful of Sri Lanka turning up for a limited-overs tour.advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgVirat Kohli is expressive and bold in his decisions like Sourav Ganguly: Zaheer KhanZaheer Khan believes that the current India skipper is a lot like his first captain in international cricket – Sourav Ganguly.advertisement Next Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiSeptember 28, 2019UPDATED: September 28, 2019 17:40 IST Zaheer Khan found shades of Sourav Ganguly in Virat Kohli’s captaincy (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSZaheer Khan played under Sourav Ganguly and MS Dhoni during his international careerVirat Kohli captain Zaheer during his stint with Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPLZaheer also praised India pacers Bumrah, Shami and Ishant for their consistent performances in last couple of yearsFrom being known as an Indian team that rode on its batsmen in the Test arena, the current No.1 Test team first rose to the challenge on the bowling front with Zaheer Khan leading the attack under Sourav Ganguly. And from there on, it has been all about making steady progress and Zaheer believes that there is no doubt that this team under Virat Kohli has one of the best bowling attacks in world cricket.Speaking to IANS ahead of the start of the home leg of the World Test Championship against South Africa, Zaheer said that not only is this an exciting time to be a fast bowler in India, but also it gives him immense pleasure to see how the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, Ishant Sharma and all have performed consistently.”These are exciting times to be a fast bowler in India. The likes of Bumrah, Shami, Ishant, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Navdeep Saini among others have proven the fact that the current Indian team is a powerhouse of bowling and it is by far the best bowling attack in the world.”It feels fantastic as a fast bowler and I hope they keep putting in the hard work and maintain the rhythm which has seen them achieve results,” he said.India’s rise to the top of the Test rankings has a lot to do with skipper Kohli’s love for the longest format of the game and the emphasis he puts on thriving in red-ball cricket. One of the few to have had the fortune to play under Ganguly, Dhoni and Kohli (in the IPL), Zaheer believes that the current India skipper is a lot like his first captain in international cricket – Sourav Ganguly.advertisement”Sourav made us believe that we can win oversees and inspired us to play with a lot of aggression. Dhoni was calm through tough situations, yet aggressive in his approach. We won the World Cup under him, so it was always very special playing under his leadership.”Virat is a lot like dada (Ganguly), he is expressive, bold in his decisions and always pumps the team up through crunch situations. His sublime batting form is always reflective of the way he leads the team on field. I wish to see him lift the World Cup for India one day,” he explained.While Bumrah is unfortunately missing the upcoming series against South Africa due to a stress fracture, any talks with Zaheer is incomplete without discussing the bowler he has seen literally grow up and come through the ranks.”I have tracked Jasprit’s progress since a very young age. Since his early days with Mumbai Indians he was extremely talented and I am happy as to how over the years he has been able to nurture himself well and brought out some stellar performances for his team.”His awkward action has worked really well for him, I feel he just needs to keep working on his fitness and keep evolving without putting too much pressure on himself,” he said.Asked about the Indian pace bowling attack as well as the bench strength which might need to stand up and deliver in Bumrah’s absence, Zaheer said: “The current pool of fast bowlers is the best India has ever had for sure. I feel India is already a side a watch out for in the world as far as fast bowling is concerned. I am looking forward to this series to see the kind of combination they go in with because generally you have seen two spinners being played even if there is help for the fast bowlers.”Everyone (young bowlers) has their own style. Saini has impressed with his pace. I feel in the longer format he can have a great impact because of the consistency of length that he has shown. In the longer format I feel Saini will have more edge. Deepak Chahar has been very good with his swing. He is someone who has been using the outswingers to great effect. Chahar’s strength has been swing with the new ball while Saini’s strength is his pace and Khaleel Ahmed has been good with his variations.”Commenting on Rohit Sharma’s promotion to the opening slot in Tests, Zaheer said that considering the batsman’s current form, it was important to draft him into the XI.”You can’t really keep a player of his caliber out of the playing XI, especially after the kind of form he has shown in the last six months. We will have to wait and see if he has the skills although I have no doubts,” he said.advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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