About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd manager Solskjaer: I haven’t discussed my futureby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer says he has not spoken about his future with Manchester United.The Norwegian has won his first five games in charge, but faces his biggest test to date with Sunday’s fixture against Tottenham Hotspur.And Solskjaer insists he’s taking one game at a time.”We haven’t had that conversation,” he said.”You don’t plan five or six months or whatever it was and then suddenly after two weeks change that.”No, nothing has changed. We just keep on working every single day on improving the team here. I work with a fantastic coaching staff, I have to say, to put a plan together on how we want to look over the next few months.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer ready to welcome back Dempsey to Man Utdby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveMark Dempsey is set to return to Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s backroom staff.Solskjaer plans to welcome Dempsey back into the fold at Manchester United after the coach was rushed to hospital during the summer tour of Australia and Asia.Dempsey flew home early ‘due to the intensity’ of United’s pre-season schedule and has not resumed his role in Solskjaer’s back room team since.It is understood he has been back to the club’s Carrington training ground on at least two occasions, but that is not believed to have been in an official capacity, says the London Evening Standard.Dempsey was considered an important part of Solskjaer’s coaching team, playing a pivotal role in day-to-day sessions alongside Kieran McKenna and Michael Carrick.He is also a close confidant of Solskjaer, having worked with him at Cardiff and Molde.United’s manager intends to give Dempsey every opportunity to resume his career at the club, but it’s understood he will be eased back into his role once he is ready to get back to work.
Solskjaer taunts Liverpool: It won’t be 30 years until Man Utd win title againby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stoked their rivalry with Liverpool ahead of Sunday’s showdown.The United boss has come out fighting on the eve of their big clash with Liverpool – and said their time in the title wilderness won’t be as long as their Anfield rivals, who last won in 1989/1990.Solskjaer defiantly said: “I’m sure we will bounce back and win the league – and I’m sure it won’t be 30 years until we do that again.”However, United have their backs to the wall after a dismal start, which has reaped a mere nine points from a possible total of 24.The manager also said: “You never take a draw when you’re at Man United, you just don’t. I want to go out there and get three points,” he said.“We need points – it doesn’t matter if it’s Liverpool, Manchester City or Brighton . We want to win games. We need to start winning games.“A win can turn the season around definitely, that’s another point around this match.“A good performance and result can change players’ confidence, players’ mood, players’ perception of what is good.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott had surgery on his left wrist Friday morning, and, according to his father, everything went well. It does appear, however, that Elliott, for the second time in less than a year, needed to have a pin inserted into his wrist. How do we know? Elliott’s father, Stacy, posted a photo of the x-ray taken after the surgery. My Sun has some new hardware! And no I didn’t abandon him! Was on a medication run! @EzekielElliott pic.twitter.com/W7VuNTyWiZ— Ambassador Elliott (@stacy_elliott) February 20, 2015Elliott had surgery last August on the same wrist, and had a pin inserted back then as well. Hopefully the second time is the charm.
YouTube/TheTennesseeShowAs a part of a panel at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta today, ESPN’s Lee Corso has been revealing some interesting details about his role on College GameDay. Earlier, we shared Corso’s reason for picking against Auburn: the school won’t let him wear Aubie’s head for his pick. Corso is also now barred from wearing gear from his alma mater, Florida State, for a very different reason. You can blame Bill Murray for the fact that Corso will no longer dress as Chief Osceola. Lee Corso says he hasn’t been allowed to put on Seminoles mascot gear on Gameday since Bill Murray stole spear and threw it at Clemson game.— Heath Cline (@heathradio) August 3, 2015Here is video from that GameDay, which also featured the former Saturday Night Live star tackling the then-77 year old Corso.This ban has to be tough for Corso, a class of 1957 Florida State alumnus.[Extra Mustard]
Instagram/kentuckymbbCenter Skal Labissiere, a talented former five-star recruit, is set to be one of the top freshmen in college basketball for Kentucky this season, but according to a report by ESPN, he hasn’t been cleared to play. Kentucky’s highly touted freshman Skal Labissiere has not yet been cleared by the NCAA, his guardian told ESPN: http://t.co/FoknPhgP05— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) October 7, 2015Kentucky’s highly touted freshman big man Skal Labissiere has not been cleared to play by the NCAA, his guardian told ESPN on Wednesday.“Not yet,” Labissiere’s guardian, Gerald Hamilton, told ESPN. “We’re just trying to get everything squared away. They are asking a few questions.”“They haven’t cleared him, but we’re sticking with our faith,” he added. “There’s no real concern about anything from the Kentucky compliance people.”ESPN’s Jeff Goodman and Jeff Borzello say that the NCAA is looking into Labissiere’s relationship with Hamilton, who brought him to the U.S. from Haiti.Labissiere arrived in the United States in 2010 from Haiti following the devastating earthquake that hit the country. Hamilton has moved Labissiere from Evangelical Christian School to Lausanne Collegiate – also in Memphis — where he was ruled ineligible to play. Labissiere wound up playing for Memphis-based Reach Your Dream Prep – which was formed by Hamilton to give the talented big man somewhere to play for his senior campaign.247Sports ranked Labissiere as the No. 2 player in the 2015 recruiting class. Kentucky is deep and talented as ever, but they’ll take a massive hit if there’s any hold-up in Labissiere’s eligibility. [ESPN]
Selden DunkKansas is in control against Baylor mid-way through the second half of the Big 12 semifinals tonight in Kansas City. Jayhawks guard Wayne Selden just produced one for the highlight reels, absolutely destroying the poor Baylor defender who tried to take a charge as he drove the lane on a fast break.Selden finished the dunk off in thunderous fashion, much to the delight of his uncle, who is shown at the end of this clip.Wayne. Selden. https://t.co/zBs5V5lhvJ— Chris Stone (@cstonehoops) March 12, 2016That’s one they’ll be showing for a while.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 21: Christian Hackenberg #14 of the Penn State Nittany Lions throws a pass in the second quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)Christian Hackenberg was one of the more hotly debated players in the entire NFL Draft, but he didn’t have to wait until day three to find out where he will begin his pro career. The Penn State quarterback was taken 51st overall by the New York Jets, and judging by the photo he posted to Sqor from the moment he found out, he was pretty thrilled. On the other side of the equation, the Jets posted video of the call placed to Hackenberg.The call to @chackenberg1!A video posted by New York Jets (@nyjets) on Apr 29, 2016 at 7:08pm PDT Hackenberg is definitely a project, but the Jets are in need of a quarterback to step in if they can’t reach a deal with last year’s starter, Ryan Fitzpatrick. We’ll find out soon enough whether or not this is a good match.
Barcelona goalkeeper Neto is facing a spell on the sidelines after fracturing a bone in his left wrist.The 30-year-old arrived at Camp Nou from Valencia during the off-season in a deal worth an initial €26 million (£23m/$30m.With Jasper Cillessen moving the opposite way, Neto was brought in to provide competition for Marc-Andre ter Stegen. 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? But Ernesto Valverde now faces being without his back-up keeper for the opening stages of the season as he picked up an injury in the final training session ahead of Saturday’s friendly against Napoli. Barcelona announced on their official website that Neto has been diagnosed with a scaphoid bone fracture and the extent of the injury will be determined on Monday.Reports in Spain suggest the Brazilian, who featured in Barcelona’s first four pre-season matches, is likely to miss five weeks of action.While Neto’s time at Barcelona has started in rough fashion, the former Valencia keeper recently described his move to Camp Nou as a dream.”It’s a dream for any footballer. When you talk about Barcelona, ever player at the highest level wishes to play for a team like this one,” Neto told SPORT. “It’s very different. It means your hard work has paid off when your club can compete for every trophy available.”For me, as someone who likes to always win, to compete at the highest level is the best.” Barcelona begin their La Liga campaign with a trip to Athletic Bilbao on Friday and face Real Betis and Osasuna before the end of the month.The reigning Spanish champions will also likely be without Lionel Messi for their season opener, with Valverde declaring he’s a major doubt due to a calf strain. “He’s in the recovery process and I don’t know if he will be ready for the start of La Liga,” Valverde told a news conference after a 4-0 win over Napoli in Michigan on Saturday.”It’s looking difficult.”Barcelona have won their last four games of pre-season with their final victory over Napoli seeing Antoine Griezmann net his first goal for the club.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 18: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the second half of the game against the Mercer Bears at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)If he doesn’t win the Alabama quarterback battle, could we see Jalen Hurts at a different position? Maybe, but one Alabama insider doesn’t think it is the best move.Hurts is going up against Tua Tagovailoa for the starting quarterback position. Hurts won the job a game into the 2016 season, and has led the Crimson Tide to back-to-back national championship game appearances.Of course, it was Tagovailoa who sealed the 2017 title victory against Georgia. The Bulldogs defense effectively bottled up Hurts, and Tagovailoa was able to take the top off of it and lead Alabama to a comeback win when he came in at halftime.Tagovailoa is widely expected to win the job, whenever that decision is made. It is likely that the battle will last into the season.At SEC Media Days, Nick Saban admitted that he didn’t know for sure if Jalen Hurts would even be in Tuscaloosa to start the season. Hurts has reportedly informed his coach that he will definitely be on the roster when Alabama travels to Orlando to open up against Louisville.BamaOnline’s Travis Reier weighed in on the possibility of Alabama finding another role for Jalen Hurts in the offense, if he doesn’t start at quarterback.While another roster may be able to do so, Reier thinks that Alabama has too much talent across the board for it to really make sense. From 247Sports:“(A position switch) would feel manufactured or forced than anything,” Reier said. “Looking at what (Alabama) has and who they have. They utilize guys in a way in which they can get matchups based on formations with any of the guys. I mean, Jalen would be going up against Henry Ruggs in the slot. That’s tough. I think Nick believes there are some situational packages Alabama could use Jalen in instead of another position, but again, that goes back to how he’s going to sell that to Jalen.“I think at a lot of programs, that would be an easy sort of move for him. The problem Jalen has at Alabama is that they’ve got big-time guys already in those spots. They’re not void of options. Even from a depth standpoint, they’ve still got dudes. That’s the dilemma with Jalen (playing a position) other than quarterback. It’s not as easy as some people think. Forget about the personnel, there’s some nuances that have to be taken into account.”There is also a question about whether Hurts would be open to a position change. If it was a situational thing, I’m sure he’d like to help the team however he can. Still, if he views his future at quarterback, and plans to play QB somewhere else after his December graduation, which is being hinted at by just about everyone at this point, pulling his attention away from developing at that spot may not be the most wise thing.[247Sports]
EAST LANSING, MI – NOVEMBER 19: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer watches the pregame warms up prior to the start of the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on November 19, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Urban Meyer remains under investigation by Ohio State University following the domestic violence allegations that surfaced against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith. At this point, it’s unclear what the investigation is going to find.Ohio State announced on Sunday night that the investigation was underway. It’s expected to take roughly two weeks.Almost no information regarding the investigation and what it’s going to find has leaked – yet.One Ohio State insider, though, says everyone is going to be “shocked.”Jeff Snook, an author who’s written multiple books on Ohio State’s football program, said on Facebook that he’s talked to people within the Buckeyes’ program.“There is so much more to this story, so much that I think the public will be shocked when it is all revealed,” Snook wrote.Snook also said he would not be surprised to see Urban Meyer on the sideline Week 1 vs. Oregon State.“And the bottom line is this: Don’t be surprised if Urban Meyer is on the sidelines September 1 in the opener against Oregon State.”The full post by Snook on Urban Meyer and Ohio State can be seen below: pic.twitter.com/5HX6vAEADF— Matt McCoy (@MattMcCoyZone) August 7, 2018Urban Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave by Ohio State last Wednesday night. He released a statement on Friday, admitting to mishandling Big Ten Media Days but claiming that he properly reported any allegations against Smith. Meyer also said that he eagerly looks forward to returning to the team.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers at on October 24, 2009 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Home field advantage can make a major difference in college football. Sometimes, games or even seasons are swung by a raucous home crowd engulfing an opposing team.Heading into 2019, 247Sports’ Brad Crawford ranked the toughest places to play next season. Many of the usual suspects are on this list, including Clemson, LSU and Ohio State.Crawford’s No. 1 toughest place to play? Bryant-Denny Stadium, home of the Alabama Crimson Tide.He cites a combination of crowd presence and Alabama’s talent level as the reason they are No. 1.How impressive is Alabama’s current streak at home? There are several players entering their senior seasons at the program who have never experienced a loss in Tuscaloosa. And with arguably the most returning talent offensively the Crimson Tide’s had during Nick Saban’s tenure with players like Tua Tagovailoa, Jerry Jeudy and Najee Harris, 2019 could be another record-setter in terms of production. Heavy NFL Draft departures on defense means there’s a chance Tagovailoa will play deeper into games as a junior, which is guaranteed to result in bigger numbers. Dixieland Delight returned during the 2018 campaign, a Bryant-Denny staple.You can read all of Crawford’s rankings here.As it stands next year, Alabama doesn’t have a ton of marquee home matchups. The Tide have to go to Auburn, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Texas A&M.LSU and Tennessee are the two best home games on Alabama’s 2019 schedule.
Asian News International LondonFebruary 20, 2019UPDATED: February 20, 2019 15:43 IST Nasir Jamshed was banned for 10 years by the PCB (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNasir Jamshed along with Yousef Anwar and Mohammed Ijaz were arrested in February 2017Jamshed, Anwar and Ijaz have been charged with conspiring to bribe players in the PSLThe alleged conspiracy is said to have taken place between November 2016 and February 2017Pakistani cricketer Nasir Jamshed, who was previously banned by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), is all set to face trial in the United Kingdom after being accused of bribing players in the Pakistan Super League.Jamshed and two UK nationals – Yousef Anwar and Mohammed Ijaz – were arrested in February 2017 as part of an investigation into alleged spot-fixing by the UK’s National Crime Agency, according ESPN Cricinfo.Jamshed, Anwar and Ijaz have been charged with conspiring to bribe players to perform below their potential in the PSL. The alleged conspiracy is said to have taken place between November 2016 and February 2017.Anwar and Ijaz have also been charged with bribing players in the Bangladesh Premier League in late 2016.These three entered not guilty pleas at Manchester Crown Court. The trial will take place at the same court from December 2, Cricinfo said.All the three have been granted unconditional bail, but they have been told to attend a pre-trial review on September 6.Jamshed was banned for 10 years by the PCB after the player was found guilty of five charges under the anti-corruption code.Also Read | Irfan Ansari, man who approached Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed, banned for 10 yearsAlso Read | Pakistan Super League finds new producers after IMG Reliance snaps dealAlso Read | India-Pakistan World Cup clash likely to be discussed on sidelines of ICC meetAlso Read | No India vs Pakistan at World Cup? BCCI sources say government to take final callFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow PakistanFollow Pakistan cricketerFollow Nasir JamshedFollow BriberyFollow TrialFollow UKFollow PSLFollow Pakistan Super League Pakistan cricketer Nasir Jamshed to face bribery trials in UK in DecemberNasir Jamshed and two UK nationals – Yousef Anwar and Mohammed Ijaz – were arrested in February 2017 as part of an investigation into alleged spot-fixingadvertisement
Ajay Tiwari New DelhiMay 20, 2019UPDATED: May 20, 2019 10:58 IST The Indian team after winning the 2011 World Cup (Twitter: @cricketworldcup)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli and Co. are all set to launch India’s World Cup 2019 campaignWe take a look at what the 2011 World Cup winning Indian team players are doing right nowKohli and MS Dhoni are the only 2 survivors from the 2011 WC team8 years. That’s the amount of time elapsed since India’s memorable title triumph at the 2011 World Cup. Another World Cup, 3 World T20s and 2 Champions Trophies later, the Men in Blue again find themselves at the cusp of history. With India’s 1st match of the upcoming 2019 World Cup slated to be held on June 5 against South Africa, Virat Kohli and his men are looking for a repeat of the fateful 6 weeks from 8 years ago in order to lift the trophy in the final on July 14.The Indian team has undergone quite a transformation in these 8 years. Arguably their greatest ODI cricketer ever, Sachin Tendulkar, and several others have bid goodbye to the game while then captain MS Dhoni no longer remains at the helm.Here we take a look at how each of India’s 15-member squad from the 2011 World Cup has fared since:Sachin TendulkarAfter finally living his long-cherished dream of lifting the World Cup, Tendulkar continued playing international cricket till November 2013 before hanging his boots as the highest run-scorer in Tests and ODIs. Since then, he has served in various capacities including being a part of the BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee along with mentoring the IPL side Mumbai Indians. Sachin has also opened a cricket academy to help budding cricketers realize their dreams.Virender SehwagThe swashbuckling opener’s stay in the Indian team didn’t last long post the World Cup with the rise of youngsters Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. After announcing his retirement on his 37th birthday, Sehwag has donned multiple hats including being part of commentary teams, serving as a cricket expert for various media outlets besides serving as the mentor of Kings XI Punjab in the IPL.advertisementGautam GambhirAkin to his close friend Sehwag, the left-hander who played key roles in India’s twin World Cup triumphs, was sidelined from the Indian team after a decline in batting form. Gambhir, however, continued to play domestic cricket in the meantime winning 2 IPL trophies with Kolkata Knight Riders. He was called up to the Indian Test squad for a final time in 2016 but failed to impress the selectors since then. Finally, with a heavy heart, Gambhir bid adieu to the game in late 2018 before deciding to fight the Indian general elections.Yuvraj SinghThe Man of the tournament faced his life’s most stern test soon afterward when he underwent a two-and-a-half month treatment for cancer in USA. On his return, though Yuvraj showed signs of his old self while batting, his performances weren’t consistent enough to warrant a place in the side. Yuvraj still plays domestic cricket along with the IPL where he recently finished as the title-winner with the Mumbai Indians.Virat KohliKohli hit just a lone century during the 2011 World Cup. Since then he has hit 36 more! In the intervening period, however, Kohli endured a few heartbreaks – failure to win a single IPL, loss to Australia in the 2015 World Cup semis and loss to Pakistan in the 2017 Champions Trophy final. As he leads India on the biggest stage of them all, as the best batsman of them all, Kohli would be aiming to add that elusive trophy to his cabinet as a means to end all doubts regarding his leadership skills.MS DhoniCaptain Cool is not the captain any more but remains a vital cog in India’s plans in England. He retired from Tests during India’s tour to Australia in 2013-14. Since he hit that winning six at the Wankhede 8 years ago, Dhoni has emerged as the senior statesman of the Men in Blue. Even though he is not quite the same power-hitter he was in his heyday, his fitness and exceptional skills behind the stumps have meant that Dhoni will play his 4th World Cup on the trot. However, at 37 years of age, it remains to be seen whether he continues playing after the tournament and for how long.R AshwinAshwin only played a couple of matches at the 2011 World Cup but soon rose as India’s No.1 spinner across formats. Come the 2017 Champions Trophy and Ashwin’s poor returns prompted a sea change in the Indian team’s thinking as they jettisoned the finger-spinner for the in-demand wrist-spin of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. Since then, though Ashwin continues to be a regular feature in the Test format, confidence in his white-ball form has dived so low that he wasn’t even selected in the upcoming World Cup squad. On his part, Ashwin keeps coming up with different bowling variations – especially during the IPL – in order to sieze a berth in the Indian ODI side.advertisementHarbhajan SinghBhajji was a force to reckon with during the 2011 World Cup with his floating off-spin to go along with his never-say-die attitude. Expected to lead the spin attack after Anil Kumble’s retirement, Harbhajan failed to live up to the expectations with taking few and fewer wickets with each passing game. The simultaneous rise of Ashwin, Kuldeep, Chahal and Ravindra Jadeja didn’t help Singh’s case who now seems to be content with producing impressive IPL performances. He now has 4 IPL winners medals to show for it!Zaheer KhanAfter ending as the joint highest wicket-taker in the tournament, Zaheer was laid down by a hamstring injury that forced him out of the side. On his return at 35 years of age, Zaheer looked down on pace but still went on to pick up a 5-for in his last Test. In the IPL, he continued to outfox batsmen with his guile while leading the Delhi Capitals (formerly Delhi Daredevils) during the 2016-17 editions. Though Zaheer quit the league as a player, he joined MI as their Director of Cricket Operations.Ashish NehraLife as an injury-prone international fast bowler proved too tough to handle for Nehra as he missed out on a number of matches after the World Cup triumph. But the Delhi pacer returned to the T20I side on the back of some impressive performances in the IPL for CSK, going on to help India win first limited-overs trophy Down Under. After quitting the game almost 2 years ago, Nehra currently works as a bowling coach with Royal Challengers Bangalore.Suresh RainaRaina’s weaknesses against the short ball meant that he wasn’t going to be a consistent feature in the Indian side for long even though he kept churning up the numbers at CSK in the IPL. Though he was called into the national side a few times – as late as July 2018 in England – his domestic returns often failed to match his international runs. With the Indian middle-order buzzing with the likes of Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya and new recruit Vijay Shankar, it seems like last year’s Bristol T20I could be his last appearance in an India shirt.S SreesanthThe 2011 World Cup final turned out to be Sreesanth’s last ODI for India as he was one of three IPL players banned for life in the spot-fixing scandal in 2013. The eventual lifting of his ban by the Supreme Court in March 2019 didn’t help the 36-year-old’s cause, who by now had desperately tried his hands at professional acting, dancing and even reality TV.Munaf PatelOne of the unsung heroes of India’s triumph in 2011, Munaf Patel soon fell out of favour of the selectors, having last played for India in an ODI against England in September 2011. He did continue playing domestic cricket and the IPL till 2017 before announcing his retirement in November 2018. “There is no regret; after all the cricketers I played with have retired. Only Dhoni is left!” he said post retirement.advertisementPiyush ChawlaThe KKR spinner has not played an ODI for India since the 2011 World Cup but remains a constant in the IPL where he is one of the all-time leading wicket-takers. In conjunction with Sunil Narine and Kuldeep Yadav, Chawla has formed an intimidating spin trio at KKR, winning a number of matches for the side.Yusuf PathanLike Chawla, Pathan’s international career took a nosedive soon after the World Cup as sporadic performances with the bat while not being the most agile in the field, failed to earn him a regular place in the side. Even at the IPL where he has been a constant at KKR for 7 years before moving to Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2018, Pathan has not lived up to his billing of being one of the fiercest strikers of the cricket ball.Also Read | World Cup 2019: 5 pacers likely to make a huge impact in EnglandAlso Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni invaluable to Team India, says Brendon McCullumFor 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 ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow 2011 World CupFollow Virat KohliFollow MS Dhoni Where are India’s 2011 World Cup winners?The Indian team has undergone quite a transformation in these 8 years. Arguably their greatest ODI cricketer ever, Sachin Tendulkar, and several others have bid goodbye to the game while then captain MS Dhoni no longer remains at the helmadvertisement
India Today Web Desk LondonJuly 15, 2019UPDATED: July 15, 2019 11:45 IST Jimmy Neesham took to Twitter to express his emotion after World Cup defeat. (Reuters Photo)New Zealand ended up as the runners up of World Cup 2019 despite playing the final match ending in a tie at the Lord’s on July 14. England went onto to win their maiden World Cup title as the trophy sliced through New Zealand’s grasp in the World Cup final.England’s Mark Wood being run out off the last-ball of the innings saw the game end in a tie and a Super Over followed. The first-ever Super Over in a World Cup final saw England score 15 runs before the Kiwis also ended on 15. England were crowned new ODI champions after they finished with more boundaries than New Zealand.New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, who was named man-of-the-series, said his men were shattered but admitted that it wasn’t only about the one extra run at the end.New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham was left shattered after their narrow defeat in a nerve-wracking final of the 2019 World Cup at the hands of England.Neesham, who came to bat in the super over, took to Twitter to express his emotions after New Zealand’s super over heartbreak in World Cup final. Neesham asked children not to take sports. Kiwi all-rounder thanked the fans for their support and congratulated the England team on their maiden World Cup triumph.Neesham asked the children to take up baking or something else as career.Kids, don’t take up sport. Take up baking or something. Die at 60 really fat and happy.Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) July 15, 2019Thank you to all the supporters that came out today. We could hear you the whole way. Sorry we couldn’t deliver what you so badly wanted.advertisementJimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) July 15, 2019That hurts. Hopefully there’s a day or two over the next decade where I don’t think about that last half hour. Congratulations @ECB_cricket , well deserved.Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) July 14, 2019Also 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 Jimmy NeeshamFollow New Zealand vs England Next James Neesham posts heartfelt message after World Cup heartbreak: Kids, take up baking not sportEngland survived a spirited New Zealand to win their maiden Cricket World Cup at Lord’s on July 14 as Kane Williamson’s men were left heartbroken.advertisement
South Africa great Hashim Amla announces retirement from international cricketHashim Amla announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket with immediate effect on Thursday.advertisement India Today Web Desk Cape TownAugust 8, 2019UPDATED: August 8, 2019 21:12 IST South Africa great Hashim Amla announces retirement from international cricket (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHashim Amla made his international debut in a Test match vs India in Kolkata in 2004Amla played 349 matches across three formats for the Proteas, scoring more than 18 000 runsAmla is the fastest batsman to reach 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000 and 7000 ODI runsSouth Africa batsman Hashim Amla on Thursday announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket with immediate effect. Amla will continue to play domestic T20 cricket in South Africa.Amla is the second South African great to end his international career this week after fast bowler Dale Steyn, who announced his Test retirement on Tuesday.Amla retires from the sport after having played 124 Tests, 181 ODIs and 44 T20 internationals for the Proteas. Amla amassed 9282 runs in Tests at an average of 46.64 with 28 hundreds and 41 fifties while in ODIs he scored 8113 runs at 49.46 with 27 centuries and 39 half-centuries.In the shortest format Amla managed to score 1277 runs at 33.60 including 8 fifties.”Firstly, all Glory and thanks to the Almighty for granting me this Proteas journey which has been nothing but a joy and privilege. I learnt many lessons during this incredible ride, made many friends and most importantly shared in the love of a brotherhood called #proteafire.””I would like to thank my parents for their prayers, love and support, it is their shadow over me that enabled me to play for years under the Protea sun.””Also, My family, friends and agent, my team mates and every member of the support staff throughout this incredible journey. A heartfelt thank you to every one of you!””The fans for energizing me when times were tough, and for celebrating with me when we succeeded together. Siyabonga South Africa!””And, of course, a very special thanks to the President and the Board at Cricket South Africa – not forgetting the Chief Executive, Thabang Moroe, and his administrative team. I really appreciate all the opportunities and am truly grateful,” Amla said in a statement on Thursday.advertisementDuring the recent Cricket World Cup in England, Amla managed to become the second-fastest batsman to amass 8000 ODI runs after Virat Kohli in the group stage clash against New Zealand at Edgbaston in Birmingham.Amla holds the record for being the fastest ever to 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000 and 7000 ODI runs but missed out on being the fastest to 8000 by just one innings. Kohli got to the landmark in 175 innings while Amla managed it in 176. The most ODI hundreds by a South African The only Test triple hundred by a South African One of 10 players to top the @MRFWorldwide Test & ODI Batting Rankings simultaneously The fastest to 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000, and 7000 ODI runsThank you, @amlahash pic.twitter.com/JrkZWbp1PU ICC (@ICC) August 8, 2019Amla though, wasn’t at his best in the showpiece event and played just 7 matches as a result, scoring 203 runs at an average of 40.60 with two fifties to his name.He had made his international debut for South Africa in the Test match against India at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata in November 2004, scoring 24 and 2 runs.His last international match was in the World Cup against Sri Lanka in which he managed 80 not out as South Africa won by 9 wickets but bowed out of the tournament in the group stage after a disappointing campaign.”It is always sad to bid farewell to one of the true legends of the game,” commented Cricket South Africa (CSA) Chief Executive Thabang Moroe.”But at the same time this is rather an occasion to celebrate the richness that Hashim has brought to the game around the world both on and off the field. His humility has always been his standout quality and I cannot imagine a better role model to teach us all how to lead better lives. He has added great value not only to the Proteas but to the country at large.””I am sure cricket players, administrators, the media and fans from around the world will join the CSA Family in congratulating Hashim on a job well done and to wish him all the best for the future.””We can indeed be grateful that he remains available for our domestic cricket and will continue to contribute by passing on his rich cricket and life experiences to our next generation of players,” concluded Moroe.Read more | Virat Kohli deserves the tag of great without a doubt: Mike GattingAlso 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 Hashim AmlaFollow South African all-rounderFollow International Cricket
He bowled at bit like Dale Steyn: David Warner hails ‘world-class’ Jofra ArcherJofra Archer’s first five-wicket haul in Test cricket put England in command on a weather-affected opening day of the third Ashes Test at Headingley as they bowled Australia out for 179.advertisement Reuters LeedsAugust 23, 2019UPDATED: August 23, 2019 07:58 IST David Warner scored his first half century of the series before falling to Jofra Archer for 61. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJofra Archer ripped through the Australians with figures of 6-45 on a weather-affected opening dayDavid Warner scored his first half-century of the series before falling to Archer for 61Warner was full of praise for Archer, comparing him to Dale SteynAustralia batsman David Warner described England fast bowler Jofra Archer as world-class after he picked up his first five-wicket haul in test cricket to help dismiss the touring side for 179 in the third Ashes Test on Thursday.Barbados-born Archer, who made his Test debut in the last match at Lord’s, ripped through the Australians with figures of 6-45 on a weather-affected opening day to put England in command as they look to level the series at 1-1.Warner, who scored his first half-century of the series before falling to Archer for 61, was full of praise for the 24-year-old, comparing him to Dale Steyn, South Africa’s all-time leading wicket-taker.That was incredible test bowling, Warner said. England put the ball in the right areas.He bowled at bit like Dale Steyn with the new ball, tried to use the conditions and ramp it up when he needed to. It was world-class bowling at its best.Archer struck early to remove opener Marcus Harris in damp, overcast conditions, but Australia recovered after a rain-affected morning session to 136-2.Backed up by Stuart Broad, Archer then turned the match in England’s favour.England vs Australia Ashes 2019 3rd Test Day 1: Highlights | ReportBowling at a slightly slower pace than he did at Lord’s, Archer said his style reflected the conditions.I don’t need to run in and bowl 90 (miles per hour) every spell to get wickets, Archer said. It has shown that today.There will be times in test matches you have to focus on hitting your length. There will be times to ramp it up as well but you don’t have to go into it every innings.advertisementThese are things you train for. If you train hard you will be rewarded. We bowled well as a team at Lord’s, luckily enough for us it happened today.Australia need one more win in the five-match series to retain the Ashes urn for the first time in 17 years.But, in the absence of the tourists’ leading batsman Steve Smith, England are looking to seize their chance to restore parity, and former Australia paceman Glenn McGrath believes Archer can be the difference.I dare say Jofra Archer will be getting a fair few more five-fors in his career, McGrath told the BBC. With him, England could win this inside three days.Also Read | Ashes 2019: Jofra Archer imitates Steve Smith’s batting style in the nets ahead of 3rd 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Ashes 2019Follow David WarnerFollow England VS Australia Next
10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master Editors’ Recommendations Clyde May was a rebel. During prohibition May used copper stills, Alabama spring water and local grains to make one of the best whiskeys in the state. He made aged, small batches before that was even a thing, using charred oak barrels to get that smoky taste. May even served eight months in prison for making his whiskey, but that didn’t stop him. He went straight back to making making whiskey, adding oven-dried apples to his barrels, creating a whiskey with hints of green apple and cinnamon that made his whiskey stand out from the rest.With spring time here, it’s the perfect time of year to mix Clyde May’s Whiskey with fresh flowers and in-season fruits. Here are two cocktails using Clyde May’s Whiskey for you to enjoy. They’re refreshing with just a touch of sweet — the perfect thing to enjoy as it starts to get warmer outside. “Mason Dixon Sour”From Michael Lay, Faith & Flower 2oz CMW 1oz Mandarin Napoleon 1oz egg white 1oz lemon juice .5oz simple syrup 1 dash Angostura bitters 1 dash cardamom bitters 1 edible flower fennel blossomDry shake all ingredients. Add ice and shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with edible flower. “Benny & Clyde”From L & W Oyster Co. 1.5oz Clyde May’s .5oz Benedictine .75oz Pomm Ginger Syrup .75oz Lemon Juice 1 Marigold edible flowerCombine all ingredients. Shake and serve up in a cocktail glass. Garnish with edible flower. For more information, visit mayswhiskey.com. 6 Classic Gin Cocktail Recipes You Can’t Live Without 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider
Editors’ Recommendations Getting to Know the Lithuanian Beer Scene Pairing the English Premier League Soccer Teams with Craft Beers from the United States Patagonia and Hopworks Urban Brewery teamed up to create Long Root Ale, a beer made with Kernza.Patagonia is a well known maker of outdoor clothing and accessories catering to climbers, skiers, trail runners, surfers and fishermen. The company’s commitment to the environment is a key part of its story as Patagonia strives to use responsibly-sourced materials, fair labor and practices like garment repair to reduce its impact on the earth.Patagonia’s environmental stewardship extends to its food focused sub-brand Patagonia Provisions. A high profile release from Patagonia Provisions for 2016 is Long Root Ale, a beer made with Kernza. Looking to the brewing basics of water, hops, grains and yeast, Kernza is combined with organic two row barley to fill the all important grain role, creating the malt backbone of the beer.The Kernza plant has a long root system (hence the beer’s name) that allows for perennial growth without tilling. No tilling means preserving beneficial topsoil. When compared to other grains, Kernza retains more nutrients, adds more carbon and requires less water.While being great for the environment is a wonderful side effect, it wouldn’t matter much if the beer wasn’t good. Hopworks Urban Brewery provides the industry know-how behind Long Root Ale and its guidance has brewed up a crisp, refreshing beer with a unique malt flavor that holds up well to session drinking. A bright citrusy series of hops including Chinook, Mosaic and Crystal and Long Root Ale finishes the beer with a grapefruit tinge. The retail availability of sixteen ounce cans is a perfect camping or backpacking companion, fitting Long Root Ale precisely into Patagonia’s sweet spot of stylish adventuring. Currently Long Root Ale is available throughout Oregon, Washington and California at Whole Foods stores and select bars, including the Hopworks tasting rooms in Portland.Photo credit: Amy Kumler 7 of the Best Drink References in Music Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About Why Tea and Beer Go Well Together (and 5 Tea Beers to Try)
Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierra The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer For anyone who regards football or soccer as religion, Atlanta’s new mega-stadium — the $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium, opening on July 30 — is sure not to disappoint. The central design feature of the stadium, which will serve as the new home for the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United FC, will be modern take on the oculus in the Roman Pantheon.Instead of a simple circular opening, the ceiling will sport eight transparent fabric petals which will open like a camera aperture in a matter of minutes. The oculus will be ringed by a 360-degree display screen clocking in at five-stories tall, making it the largest in the world, and visible to the structure’s maximum of 83,000 fans. A glass wall along one side of the stadium — called the “window to the city” — also five-stories in height, will overlook downtown Atlanta, a design feature that would make any ancient Roman jealous. If that’s not enough, the stadium will be 30 percent more efficient than a traditional one, thanks to 4,000 solar panels and charging stations for 48 electric vehicles. Those features, along with a 1-million-gallon storm vault to collect rainwater, puts the stadium on track to receive LEED Platinum certification, the highest level of building sustainability. A network of bike paths will complement the three rail lines accessing the stadium.Two-thousand screens around the stadium will help fans catch any action missed while in the men’s room. And a massive network of wireless connection points will allow virtually every person in the stadium to stream video simultaneously. Still not impressed? How about the stunningly-low price for hot dogs and popcorn ($2), pizza slices and nachos ($3), and domestic beers ($5). And in a twist that airports should take note of, food from outside vendors will be priced the same as they are at their other locations. With 650 different locations selling food and drinks, designers project that waiting times will be significantly shorter than at the Georgia Dome, Atlanta’s current stadium that the Mercedes-Benz Stadium will replace. On July 30, the Atlanta United FC face off against Orlando City SC in the stadium’s inaugural event, eventually followed by Super Bowl LIII in 2019, as well as the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship and 2020 Men’s Final Four. Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier Editors’ Recommendations 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider