Liverpool behind Karius – Klopp

first_imgLoris Karius Liverpool behind Karius after Champions League horror show – Klopp Sacha Pisani 08:45 5/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) LorisKarius-cropped Getty Images Liverpool Jürgen Klopp Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid UEFA Champions League The Reds manager said goalkeeper will have to deal with his poor performance which cost the club in Kiev, but that he feels for him Jurgen Klopp insisted Liverpool will rally around distraught goalkeeper Loris Karius after his horror show in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.It was a night to forget for Karius in Kiev, where his two errors helped Madrid to a 3-1 victory and their third successive Champions League title on Saturday.Karius was tearful post-match as he apologised to the travelling Liverpool fans after he bizarrely threw the ball in off Madrid striker Karim Benzema for the opening goal in the second half. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The German was also at fault having allowed Gareth Bale’s second goal – a long-range effort – to escape his grasp, after the Welshman had sensationally restored Madrid’s lead following Sadio Mane’s equaliser.Asked about Karius in the aftermath of his second Champions League final loss, manager Klopp told reporters: “I have only very, very few words after the game but it’s nothing to talk about.”I really feel for him, nobody wants that, [but] that’s the situation. The mistakes were obvious, we don’t have to talk about that, it’s all clear; he knows it, I know it, you all know it.”Now, he has to deal with it, we have to deal with it, we will do that – of course we will be with him, there’s no doubt about that. It was not his night, obviously.”Meanwhile, Germany legend Oliver Kahn, a Champions League winner with Bayern in 2001, admitted Karius’ performance in the final is the stuff that could ruin a career.”I’m lost for words,” Kahn said, speaking on ZDF. “I can’t remember having experienced something more brutal from a goalkeeping point of view than in this final.”An evening like this can destroy a career.”Liverpool’s goalkeeping situation has been problematic throughout the season, after Klopp rotated between Karius and Simon Mignolet.The Reds have been linked with Roma star Alisson, Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak and Juventus great Gianluigi Buffon as a result, even before the struggle in the final.  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

AROUND THE WORLD: TOUCH GROWTH IN AFGHANISTAN

first_imgIn recent weeks I’ve been writing stories on Touch around the world and how it’s developing. Recently I’ve written a story on Touch in Germany and also in Spain. Now I’m writing on Afghanistan. I think it’s good thing for us Aussie Touchies to know about the sport in other nations, rather than just our own. I’m hoping that it will give us more of an understanding about how lucky we are to have the resources, finances, skills and knowledge that we have in Australia. I’m also hoping that it will help build relationships between us and these developing Touch nations so that we can use our resources and knowledge in the sport and its management to help these nations develop further. Afghanistan is a country that has been in the news in recent years for political reasons, but as I have discovered, they are starting to build a Touch tradition. Chris Mastaglio has been at the forefront of Touch in Afghanistan during his two years living there and describes the Afghani’s as both competitive and hospitable, which he believes is the perfect mix for Touch and signals their huge potential in the sport. From Chris’s description, his players are certainly not short on courage…at their final training session before a game against local ex-patriots; one of the more established players had a collision that badly broke his nose. The first thing he said when he regained his composure was “Chris, I am going to be quite upset if I miss the game tomorrow.” At 1pm the next day, with black eyes and an extremely swollen nose, he was on the ground, warming up and ready to play. Where there is enthusiasm, there is potential. During the last year Chris has been working for the Ministry of Education, running a project to develop physical education. This means that he has built up a network of people involved in sports and physical education, which has given him a clear indication there was a desire to learn about new sports and games. He began by offering a `taster’ day last October, providing people with the opportunity to see if they were interested in the sport of Touch. Because of that one day and the interest and enthusiasm shown there, Touch has kicked off in Herat, in north west Afghanistan, where they have two teams playing. One team trains early in the morning and has around 13 players, while the other trains in the evening and has 17 players. The morning team was set up because of the interest in playing amongst those who are unable to leave their shops or jobs during the day and evening. Chris and his team have also been trying to start a Touch team in Kabul, which is the capital of Afghanistan and is in the north east of the country. However, constant snow for the past two months and a lack of Touch contacts in the city has made that virtually impossible. A fact Afghan life that limits the growth of Touch, is that while there is a great desire to play the sport, there is also the necessity of work. To put it simply, people cannot afford time away from work, two hours away to train means two hours away from their livelihood and making money to support their families. But despite this, they are certainly committed, training three times a week, each for around 90 minutes and sometime supplemented with a game on Friday afternoon. Unfortunately they are hampered by having no one with the knowledge and resources to be heavily involved as a coach, referee or manager. For example, Chris believes that in the military in Kabul there is one qualified referee, but with the gender issue (she is a woman) and also her military background in Afghanistan, it may be difficult to involve her at all. In terms of equipment, Afghanistan is also limited. They were given some equipment such as balls, by the Newcastle Falcons RFC, Gosforth RFC, the RFU and Grange Interiors from the North East of England, but had major problems getting them delivered. The equipment was eventually lost, stolen or given away, so they are starting the process again of trying to find people willing to support them with uniforms and equipment. One main problem facing Touch in Afghanistan is that even in the relatively well-off cities of Kabul and Herat, there is a real lack of appropriate playing space. Amongst the Afghan people they may be generally interested in learning about new games and sports but because there is very little knowledge of Touch, the focus remains on volleyball and soccer. Chris firmly believes that people should be provided with the opportunity to access information and experience different sports; so that they can then make a decision about what they want to participate in. It is this lack of opportunity and focus on volleyball and soccer that holds back the expansion of Touch. Another issue confronting Chris and his group is that people who have heard of the game (or when the see the shape of the ball) assume that it is a dangerous sport (especially as grass is hard to come by in Afghanistan). The support of the ex-patriot community for Touch in Afghanistan has been vital to their kick off. Chris organised a team of ex-patriots to play the evening team in Herat late in 2004. It is even clearer how great the support is when you realise there is only a small ex-patriot community in Herat, some of whom had never played before. And just for the sake of information, Chris is keen to share that the Afghan team won that game! While there are no Juniors involved with the sport to date, Chris is well aware of the potential the Afghan kids have within the sport. Unfortunately he is limited by a lack of people able to help with the organisation of the sport and cannot expand the sport any further on his own. He is also finding that their development is limited by being unable to play against other teams. He is planning to take the two teams from Heart to play against teams from Kabul and also ex-patriot teams later in the year. They have already been offered the national stadium in Kabul to host the tournament, which is a strong start! The ultimate aim of this is that a representative team would be picked to play in a tri-nations tournament with India and Pakistan. Once again however, Touch in Afghanistan is hampered by the lack of time to organise the tournaments and also the lack of funds to finance the endeavor. While it may seem there is a lot holding the development of Touch in Afghanistan back, I want to go back to something Chris said to me…Where there is enthusiasm, there is potential. Afghanistan seems to have grabbed hold of that. By Rachel Moyle, media@austouch.com.au Anyone interested in contacting those playing Touch in Afghanistan should contact Chris Mastaglio cmastaglio@runbox.com For another story on Touch in Afghanistan use the link below: http://www.touchrugby.com/?sec=hom⊂=&LinkCode=&NewsID=202last_img

SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH

first_imgWelcome to the mid July edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch… * NSWTA is conducting a level One Coaching Course on Sunday 7th August, 2005. For further details please view the NSWTA website www.nswtouch.com.au * NSW Combined High Schools have selected their side for the upcoming National 18 Years Championships in Coffs Harbour, they’ll be amongst the favourites for the title, so make sure you keep an eye on the ATA website as the event gets closer. As usual we’ll be heading up to Coffs to provide you an up to the minute description of all the action. * In other NSW news, the Vawdon Cup has kicked off in a big way, bringing NSW Touch players from far and wide, the media coverage has also started strong, with articles in all levels of news, local/regional and state/national, including a great article on Cliff Lyons in last weekends Sun Herald. Touch is continuing to make a mark on the Sports Media scene, so lets keep putting in the effort to get the news out to our local and regional media outlets. * Happy Birthday to ATA Technical Assistant Chris Tarlinton for TODAY! Have a great day mate. * The Victorian Touch Association is looking for a suitably qualified Mixed Open coach to lead the side in the Border Challenge against Touch SA, the Canberra Cup and the NSW Country Championships. Applications close Friday July 29, check out www.victouch.com.au for more details. * TouchWest and the Barbarians are still taking nominations for coaches and managers for the 2006 National Touch League, make sure you check out www.touchwest.com and have a look through their NTL page and info for all of the details. If you’re keen for a flashback there’s a great picture of their 1995 WA Womens Open side on their website as well. * Rachel Moyle’s latest article is up on the Sports News website. It tackles the issue of anti doping in sport and how it relates to Touch Footy. For all the links to the article please click here: http://www.austouch.com.au/index.cgi?det=1&intArticleID=1336&sID=46 * Victoria and SA compete in the Border Challenge each year, at Mt Gambier, (near the border of the two states.) Last weekend the Mens and Womens 18 Years sides took part in the Junior Border Challenge, with Touch SA grabbing both titles. Their Womens 18’s took the series 3-0, while the Mens 18’s grabbed the series 2-1 with a 5-4 win in the final game. Great to see in two of the up and coming Touch Footy states, their juniors are rapidly improving and promising much for the future. Watch out for the full story and scores on the ATA website later this week. * The constitution for Touch Football Australia Incorporated is up on the website, just check out our homepage for all the info. * Remember, anyone who needs some help gaining media coverage can contact Rachel at media@austouch.com.au she can help with writing stories and media releases for you local newspapers and other media outlets. * The next edition of Touch-e-Talk (ATA’s online newsletter) is being released at the start of August. We’ve just started work on it and would like to encourage everyone to keep sending in nominations for the `Volunteer of the Month’. Simply email ata_newsletter@hotmail.com or media@austouch.com.au with a few short lines on what this person does for your local association and a contact email or phone number so we can talk to them if we need more info. This is a great chance to recognise someone from your local area for all of the work they do! * If you have any news for Sixty Seconds in Touch next week send it to Rachel at media@austouch.com.au By Rachel Moylelast_img

2011 Queensland Junior State Championships

first_imgThe event will see teams from Queensland’s six regions – South Queensland and Border Districts, Brisbane, South West Queensland, North Queensland, Sunshine Coast and Central Queensland – compete at the championships. After a successful introduction in 2010, the under 12’s Boys and Girls divisions will again be contested at the championships, along with the under 14’s and under 16’s Boys and Girls divisions. The event will commence at 9.00am on Saturday, with the last round of games at 6.10pm. Games will recommence at 7.30am on Sunday, with the Under 12’s and Under 14’s Boys and Girls finals to be played at 1.00pm, while the Under 16’s Boys and Girls finals will be played at 2.00pm. The event will be used to select Queensland’s under 14’s and 16’s Boys and Girls sides that will compete against New Zealand in December this year. Under 12’s Queensland Merit sides will also be selected. For more information, or to keep up-to-date throughout the 2011 Queensland Junior State Championships, please click on the following link:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-7413-0-0-0&sID=147311last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea defender Luiz: Sarri philosophy produced Crystal Palace winner

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea defender Luiz: Sarri philosophy produced Crystal Palace winnerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender David Luiz says N’Golo Kante’s winner at Crystal Palace came via manager Maurizio Sarri’s “philosophy”.The Brazil defender spotted Kante’s run and found him with a lofted pass, which the France midfielder chested down and shot left-footed under Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita.Luiz said, “It is never easy to play here or control it here especially when they play long balls but we did well.”We could have scored early but they also did a great match defensively which is why it was so difficult.”[The goal was about] the connection, about training every day and understanding the philosophy.”I just tried to put the ball in and time it for his run.” last_img read more

22 days agoBelgium goalkeeper coach Lemmens urges Real Madrid to rethink Courtois treatment

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Belgium goalkeeper coach Lemmens urges Real Madrid to rethink Courtois treatmentby Carlos Volcano22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBelgium goalkeeper coach Erwin Lemmens has urged Real Madrid to rethink their management of Thibaut Courtois.Courtois was substituted at half-time in Tuesday’s 2-2 Champions League draw against Club Brugge, with Madrid 2-0 down at the time.The 27-year-old was arguably at fault for Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis’ ninth-minute opener and was again beaten by the Brugge striker later in the half.Comparing his compatriot’s woes at the Santiago Bernabeu to David de Gea’s form slump with Manchester United, Lemmens told Radio MARCA: “They have to treat him differently.”He’s a special boy and it’s unusual that he’s always at the highest level with Belgium, but there he suffers with De Gea syndrome.”If the Bernabeu whistles then you have to look at the team as a whole.”He’s a great goalkeeper and he’ll try to make Real Madrid happy again.” last_img read more

Willie Cauley-Stein Gets “Team Blake” Tattoo To Honor Late Friend

first_imgAn overhead shot of Rupp Arena during a game.LEXINGTON, KY – NOVEMBER 14: A general view of the Kentucky Wildcats game against the Grand Canyon Antelopes at Rupp Arena on November 14, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Former Kentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein, who is set to be selected later this week in the 2015 NBA Draft, has a number of tattoos covering his body. While all surely have significant meaning for the future NBA star, one – his most recent addition – surely means a bit more than the rest. This past weekend, Cauley-Stein got a massive neck tattoo to honor his late friend Blake Hundley, who passed away from cancer in May at the age of just nine years old. Cauley-Stein and Hundley had developed an incredible friendship in a short time. Cauley-Stein even wore “Team Blake” wristbands during games this past season.Cauley-Stein posted an Instagram photo of the design for his fans. He made no mention of where on his body he’d be getting inked.Cauley-Stein is regarded as one of the most likable players in basketball, so his decision to honor Hundley doesn’t come as a surprise. Whichever teams drafts him this Thursday will certainly be getting a high-character person.last_img read more

Kovac: Bundesliga is stronger now

first_imgBayern Munich head coach Niko Kovac feels the strength of this year’s Bundesliga is part of the reason why his side are second in the table.Borussia Dortmund are six points clear at the top going into the winter break, with Bayern having been inconsistent under new coach Kovac.A run of five straight wins has cut Dortmund’s advantage, with Bayern appearing to be back on track in the last few weeks, while third-placed Borussia Monchengladbach have also impressed. 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? Bayern have won the title six years in a row and Kovac is relishing a battle with Dortmund over the second half of the campaign, which his side start at Hoffenheim on January 18.”I feel we’re the Bayern from the start of the season again, that we’ve restored our ease and confidence – and that the lads are fired up to give it everything and put up a fierce fight against Borussia Dortmund,” Kovac told Bayern’s official website.”It was a half year with many facets, very emotional, and certainly not boring. We had many good periods but also had to weather difficult ones. However, taken altogether we’re on a good track, and at the end of the day, our conclusion to the six months is positive.”Unfortunately we had a little barren spell. The coaching staff thought about it a lot: the reasons why. Maybe we allowed ourselves to be influenced too much by what was suggested: that we’re unbeatable and that we’ll clinch the championship title again with a huge cushion.”It creeps into your consciousness, and then everybody ends up lacking one or two per cent. In total that’s not enough. In my opinion, the Bundesliga is much more balanced and stronger than last year, which is why we had to fight. But the lads have recovered.”🗨️ “We’ve restored our ease and confidence.”📰 Niko #Kovac discusses the past few months, his hopes for 2019, and what the #FCBayern fans can expect next year:https://t.co/vj3pXZeAgg#FCBayern #MiaSanMia pic.twitter.com/NeSSpBcCZy— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) December 27, 2018Kovac was under pressure in October after a run of four games without a win in all competitions but the former Eintracht Frankfurt coach says he ignores criticism.”I kept it away as far as possible. I wanted to be free in my decisions, only relying on my impressions from training,” he continued. “I stuck to it until the winter break. I’ve basically passed up media reports for four to five months. I feel good this way, it isn’t a burden. Things are very fast-paced in this business.”What was good yesterday might be bad the next morning, so you have to keep calm. My coaches always told me that in the past.  Fortunately, I had some very good coaches. I never panic.”Kovac’s tactical tinkering has been highlighted, with chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge criticising Bayern’s rotation, although he denied attempting to influence the coach’s decisions.”I’m not a friend of the rotation,” he told Kicker. “The football industry is a high-performance society, it’s about performance, and the best in training and in the game should probably be reused in the game that follows, to boost performance.”My point of view may also be related to my generation when the squads were even smaller when there were 11 top players who virtually always played.”We have had talks that Niko Kovac appreciates very much, but of course training, tactics and team composition are always exclusive to the coach. There is no discussion.”Kovac and Bayern could be without Rafinha for the 2019-20 season as he has confirmed he plans to leave the club when his contract expires at the end of this campaign.”My cycle at Bayern is coming to an end,” the 33-year-old Brazilian told SporTV. “There are many things that can happen in the next six months, but I think it’s my last year.”last_img read more

Video: Nick Saban Talks Why He Chose Football, Bill Belichick On ‘The Dan Patrick Show’

first_imgNick Saban's photo on a wall.The Dan Patrick Show.Nick Saban paid a visit to The Dan Patrick Show and revealed how he got into sports in the first place.Alabama head coach Nick Saban likes music. Apparently, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has the same affinity for music. In an interview with The Dan Patrick Show, Saban revealed he and Belichick used to sneak out together.“When Bill and I were together in Cleveland, we used to sneak out and go see various concerts.”Despite his current love for music, Saban admitted it was his grandmother’s insistence that he learn the accordion that drove him to the sporting world. The head coach of the No. 1 college football team in the country then admitted to one of the world’s greatest ironies. He didn’t like to practice.The head coach of Alabama, which has won four of the last seven national titles, did not like to practice. Queue his player’s astonished reactions.The rest of the country can thank Grandma Saban for creating one of the best college coaches in history. Without her insistence that young Nick Saban learn the accordion, the last national title for the Tide might have come from Gene Stallings in 1992.last_img read more

Jabrill Peppers Reportedly Trolled Crowd With “O-H-N-O” After Picking Off J.T. Barrett

first_imgJabrill Peppers makes an awesome interception on J.T. Barrett.ABC.Jabrill Peppers picked off his first pass of the year in the biggest game, and then reportedly trolled the Ohio State crowd in pretty fantastic fashion.Michigan has outplayed Ohio State in pretty much every facet of the game, and its best player made a fantastic play on defense to open the second half.Jabrill Peppers has done everything for Michigan this season, but it took until today for him to secure an interception as a Wolverine. He pulled that off against Ohio State star J.T. Barrett.Michigan’s @JabrillPeppers with his first pick of the year. Barrett’s first in six games #UMvsOSU pic.twitter.com/D9W8EidmFo— Adam Biggers (@AdamBiggers81) November 26, 2016After the pick, a number of people tweeted that Peppers did an “O-H-N-O” gesture to the Ohio State crowd, a pretty excellent troll job. Tom Rinaldi also spoke about it on the broadcast.Tom Rinaldi is thrilled Jabrill Peppers made the O-H-N-O gesture. Big deal #MICHvsOSU— Adam Gorney (@adamgorney) November 26, 2016″O-H-N-O” from peppers to the crowd. I LOVE IT— Ella Dorsey (@Ella__Dorsey) November 26, 2016Unfortunately, we haven’t seen video of Peppers “O-H-N-O”-ing everyone, but we really hope someone, somewhere gets one up on Twitter.Michigan fumbled after Peppers’ pick near the goal line, but then forced a three and out and stopped Ohio State on a bizarre fake punt attempt. The next drive, Michigan extended its lead to 17-7 on a Wilton Speight-to-Khalid Hill touchdown. Michigan has Ohio State on the ropes at The Shoe. With a win, Michigan will take home the Big Ten East and face Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship.last_img read more

Jovic: I wanted to be a winner like my sister

first_imgReal Madrid striker Luka Jovic says he was inspired to chase his dream of becoming a successful footballer after seeing his sister overcome leukemia.The 21-year-old grew up in a small town called Batar before he joined Serbian giants Red Star Belgrade, sending him on a path to Benfica and Eintracht Frankfurt before he made a €70 million (£62m/$79m) move to Madrid in the current transfer window.But the Serbia international revealed that his journey has not all been easy, as his sister was diagnosed a life-threatening illness just over a decade ago. 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? Seeing her emerge victorious from that battle only encouraged Jovic to give his all in football, as he says he wanted to be “a winner” as well.”I don’t talk about this a lot, but when I was nine or 10 years old, my older sister got really sick. And this was the moment that marked our lives,” he told The Players’ Tribune.”The doctors found out that she had leukemia, and she was in and out of the hospital for a long time. My mum had to stop managing the supermarket to look after her. For a whole year, our family was split up. I was living with my dad and my grandpa, going to and from training sessions at Red Star Belgrade, while my mum stayed with my sister. “It was a very difficult time. What I most remember is the feeling when I went home from Belgrade to Batar after a game. “One day, while he was giving me a ride home from training, my dad stopped and picked up my uncle and my cousin. I didn’t know what was happening at first, but then I realised we were having a big celebration. “We went home and I remember my sister was wearing this paper hat, like it was her birthday. They told us that she was cured. And it was just an amazing feeling, knowing that she was going to be O.K., because we had been very scared for a long time.”When my sister beat her illness, it gave me a fire to succeed. I wanted to be a winner like her.”last_img read more

Wan-Bissaka ‘couldn’t have been happier’ with Chelsea win

first_imgAaron Wan-Bissaka’s first match for Manchester United at Old Trafford went as well as he could have hoped, according to the 21-year-old.   Having signed for the club from Crystal Palace in a massive £55 million ($70m) transfer this summer, the full-back entered the season with massive expectations on him. And he got off to a great start in the club’s opener, helping United to a smashing 4-0 win over Chelsea to get his career at the club off to the best possible start.  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? “It was a great result to beat Chelsea and I couldn’t have been much happier with how it went,” Wan-Bissaka told The Guardian. “I had been waiting for my first game at Old Trafford as a United player and it felt great to get it done and for it to go so well.”Having played 35 times for Palace in the Premier League last season, the level of competition was nothing new for Wan-Bissaka, who performed well on the right side of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s defence. And the youngster said nothing, not even the pressure of playing for a club with United’s history or the massive transfer fee, brought out the nerves in him ahead of his first match at Old Trafford.“I wasn’t nervous, that’s not me, but I think a lot of eyes were on the new signings to see how we got on,” he said. “I just tend to block out that stuff and focus on my own game but at the same time I was really excited about it. I got a lot of playing time in pre-season matches, which I needed because it helped me get to know the team.“The games all went well and the players were all great with me from the first day onwards. They are all good lads and they helped me a lot when it came to settling in, but even so your first league game at Old Trafford is always going to be a landmark. Thankfully I was happy with my performance.”With the season opener now out of the way, United will be looking to keep their strong start going on Monday, when they face their first away test of the campaign against Wolves. But Wan-Bissaka thinks his side have everything they need to carry on winning, with the confidence of having beaten Chelsea providing an early season boost. “It will be a tough game, obviously, but there are a lot of positives from the Chelsea match we can take into it and there are a few areas where we can probably improve as well,” he said.“What we have at United now is a good mix of young and experienced players and, speaking as one of the younger members of the squad, I think that’s important. We need people to set the standards to live up to, to set the tempo in games when we need it and the more experienced players in the dressing room are capable of doing that.”last_img read more

ESPN Releases Prediction For Penn State vs. Kent State

first_imgJames Franklin high fives his players as they come off the field.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 02: Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin reacts on the sideline during the first half against the USC Trojans during the 2017 Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 2, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Penn State vs. Kent State is part of this Saturday’s afternoon slate. The Nittany Lions are looking to advanced to 3-0, while the Golden Flashes sit at 1-1 under new head coach Sean Lewis.PSU bounced back nicely from a near-loss to Appalachian State to open the year, blowing out rival Pitt on the road last weekend, 51-6.Kent State, one of the worst teams in college football last year, nearly picked off another Big Ten opponent in Week 1, falling at Illinois 31-24. Last week, it blew out Howard.ESPN’s FPI prediction for Penn State vs. Kent State is out.As you’d expect, Penn State is a heavy favorite against the Golden Flashes. FPI gives the Nittany Lions a 99.3-percent chance to win.Via ESPN:ESPN's FPI prediction for Penn State vs. Kent State.Penn State vs. Kent State will kick off at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday from Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pa.FS1 will broadcast the contest.[ESPN]last_img read more

Iowa Football’s Game vs. Northwestern This Saturday Will Be A “Blackout” Game

first_imgIowa football players walk out onto the field.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 05: The Iowa Hawkeyes take the field in front of their fans against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the FedEx Orange Bowl at Land Shark Stadium on January 5, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Iowa won 24-14. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Iowa lost a heartbreaker to Purdue on Saturday, dropping to 6-3 on the season. This Saturday, they’ll have another tough opponent in Northwestern.Before the season started, Iowa designated this Saturday’s game as the annual “blackout” game. As such, fans will be encouraged to wear black. It’s also meant to serve as the team’s Military Appreciation Game.Here’s more, via the school’s official website:“Iowa’s home contest with Northwestern (Nov. 10) is the Family Weekend Military Appreciation Blackout Game, presented by the University of Iowa Community Credit Union (IUCCU).  Fans are encouraged to wear black attire as Iowa recognizes members of the military.”The game will kick off at 3:30 PM ET – and it will be televised on FOX.Saturday’s game versus Northwestern will kickoff at 2:30 p.m. (CT) and will be televised on FOX.Tickets are available at https://t.co/pwnpPgKzVS. #Hawkeyes— IowaFBLive (@IowaFBLive) November 4, 2018Back in Black in ?️ days#LiveMasStudentSectionChallenge << we want it! pic.twitter.com/kU23OIaTgc— Iowa Hawks Nest (@iowahawksnest) November 5, 2018Iowa will look to bounce back against Northwestern, which currently leads the Big Ten West. It’s a big game for Iowa’s bowl projections.last_img read more

Virat Kohli giggles as Ravi Shastri thanks Indian media for their ‘support’

first_imgVirat Kohli giggles as Ravi Shastri thanks Indian media for their ‘support’India vs Australia: Brief Scores: India (626/7 dec) drew with Australia (300 and 6/0).India (626/7 dec) drew with Australia (300 and 6/0). India head coach Ravi Shastri also slammed the critics after the team’s historic 2-1 series win in Australia on Mondayadvertisement Akshay Ramesh SydneyJanuary 7, 2019UPDATED: January 7, 2019 14:37 IST Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli were all smiles after India drew the final Test at SCG and clinched a historic series win in Australia on Monday (@imVkohli Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia (626/7 decl) drew with Australia (300 and 6/0).India (626/7 decl) drew with Australia (300 and 6/0)Ravi Shastri said India wouldn’t have played well without Indian media’s ‘support’Shastri also said the Indian team will go any distance to win a match for the country4th Test, Day 5, Brief Scores: India 622 for 7 declared (Pujara 193, Pant 159 not out, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4 for 178) vs Australia (300 all out; Harris 79, Kuldeep 5 for 99) & 6/0 (Harris 2*, Khawaja 4*). Match ends in a draw. Full ScorecardIndia head coach Ravi Shastri was brimming with joy and pride as he sat down with captain Virat Kohli to address a press conference after India’s historic 2-1 series win in Sydney.While Shastri consciously made it a point to attack the Indian cricket team’s critics during the interaction, the head coach also took a low blow at the Indian media with a sarcastic comment.”Just one thing before I leave. I want to thank all my buddies from the Indian media. Without your support, I don’t think we would have played as well as we have right through the last 12 months. Thank you very much,” Shastri said.Even as Shastri made the comment, Kohli was seen giggling before both of them made their way out of the conference room in Sydney.Shastri hit back at Team India’s critics for firing blanks, saying that Kohli’s men blew away all the criticism “like a tracer” bullet.”I said in Melbourne – I think I mentioned people taking pot shots and firing blanks. I wasn’t joking there, because I knew how hard this team had worked. When you fire from there, by the time it crosses the southern hemisphere, it’s blown away by the wind like a tracer bullet,” Shastri said.Shastri was referring to former teammate and batting great Sunil Gavaskar’s comments made during the fourth day of the recently-concluded Test in Sydney.advertisement”And how did that wake-up call come? Because of the blanks being fired from thousands of miles away. The blanks made the noise that woke this team up!” Gavaskar has said.”… But lead, with something in it, can be pretty serious. And that’s what we have fired right through the series against Australia. We were committed, and it jolly well bloody made a difference at the end of it all. This is not a team of gods or demigods, seniors or juniors.”Also Read | Test series win in Australia will give this Indian team a different identity: Virat KohliAlso Read | Best Indian side I have been part of, says Cheteshwar Pujara after series-winning 521 runsThe hard-earned win in Australia came after some disappointing results in South Africa and England for which the captain, the coach, and the team management were criticised. Tactical errors and the poor team selection were highlighted by both the media and the expert commentators over the last year.While conceding that India learned from the mistakes committed in the previous tours, Shastri also heaped praise on the determination that was on display from his team throughout the four-match series.”This is an Indian cricket team that will jump over a cliff to win a match for the country. And that’s the determination, that’s the ruthlessness, that’s the mindset with which this team went to play in this series. Hats off to them for showing that courage,” Shastri added.”Today I can say I am proud of my boys and I can also tell them one thing, which Virat touched in the presentation, that this team now has an identity to look at any other Indian team from the past in the eye and say ‘We play proper Test match cricket. You did, we did too but without being intimidated.”Also Read | Hats off to India: Tim Paine concedes Australia were outplayed by Virat Kohli’s menAlso Read | Australia series win proudest moment of my 10-year career: Virat KohliAlso Read | Australia Test series win as big as 1983 World Cup triumph, says India coach Ravi ShastriAlso 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! 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Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul fail after India collapse to heavy defeat in New Zealand

first_img India Today Web Desk ThiruvananthapuramJanuary 31, 2019UPDATED: January 31, 2019 15:23 IST Rishabh Pant fell for 7 while KL Rahul was dismissed for a duck in India A’s vs England Lions (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia ‘A’ were bowled out for 121 against England Lions in ThiruvananthapuramIndian national team were dismissed for just 92 against New Zealand in HamiltonIndia lost to New Zealand by 8 wickets, their worst margin of defeat in terms of ballsThe last last day of the first month of 2019 has not been kind to Indian batsmen or Indian batting in general. The Indian national team were bowled out for their lowest total in ODIs in New Zealand as Trent Boult wrecked havoc in Hamilton. Back home, in Thiruvananthapuram, India ‘A’ were dismissed for 121 by the England Lions on Wednesday.KL Rahul was bowled by Lewis Gregory for a golden duck, as his return to cricket after the Koffee with Karan controversy took another hit.Rahul’s opening partner, Himmat Singh, was dismissed for a paltry 3 runs as skipper Ankit Bawne was too sent back for a duck.Rishabh Pant, who was too was returning to cricket, after a rathr successful tour of Australia, was sent back for just 7 runs from 14 balls by Jamie Overton.If not for some resistance offered by Siddhesh Lad, India were staring down the barrel. All-rounders Deepak Hooda tried to stay put at the crease but it was fellow all-rounder Axar Patel who made fighting 23.Of the Chahar brothers, Deepak made a run-a-ball 21 while Rahul could only mister up eight runs.Young pace sensation Avesh Khan was unbeaten on 6 as India were bowled out by the all-round English bowling performance.Incidentally it was the pair of Rahul and Pant who had seen India through to a comfortable 6-wicket win in the 4th unofficial ODI on Tuesday.Ben Duckett, with an unbeaten 70, was the star of the tense chase from England Lions as they got home in the 31st over with 1 wicket to spare.advertisementRahul and Deepak Chahar picked up 3 wickets each as Axar Patel took two.But it wasn’t enough to restrict the England Lions as they ended the five-match unofficial ODI series at 1-4 with a consolation win.A thumping 8-wicket win for New Zealand in the 4th ODI. Series 3-1 with one final ODI left to play #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/quqQzhUDJaBCCI (@BCCI) January 31, 2019In Hamilton, Rohit Sharma-led Team India succumbed to their seventh lowest ODI total and lowest ever in New Zealand. It was also India’s second lowest total in ODIs against New Zealand, having somehow managed to surpass the 88 scored at Dambulla.Indian middle oder batsmen, Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik were dismissed by Colin de Grandhomme for ducks, as Rohit made 7, debutant Shubman Gill made 9 and Kedar Yadav scored 1.Only four Indian batsmen — Shikhar Dhawan (13), Hardik Pandya (16), Kuldeep Yadav (15) and Yuzvendra Chahal (18 not out) — posted double digit scores.While chasing, New Zealand completed the formalities in 14.4 overs with eight wickets in hand. India, in turn, suffered their heaviest defeat while defending a total as the the hosts won with 212 balls to spare.Also Read | Rohit Sharma on 4th ODI defeat: One of our worst batting performances in a long timeAlso Read | Shubman Gill was nervous on debut but he has a future with India: Sunil GavaskarFor 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 Rishabh PantFollow KL RahulFollow India A vs England LionsFollow India AFollow England LionsFollow India vs New ZealandFollow IndiaFollow New Zealand Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul fail after India collapse to heavy defeat in New ZealandRishabh Pant fell for 7 while KL Rahul was dismissed for a duck in India A’s match England Lions. Earlier in a day the Indian national team crashed to 92 all out in the 4th ODI against New Zealand in Hamilton.advertisementlast_img read more

Moto G7 Power officially launched for Rs 13,990, India gets more RAM and storage

first_imgMoto G7 Power officially launched for Rs 13,990, India gets more RAM and storageThe G7 Power will be available for purchase for Rs 13,990. India will only get the Ceramic Black variant along with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.advertisement Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiFebruary 15, 2019UPDATED: February 15, 2019 16:29 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Moto G7 Power sports a 6.2-inch LCD display with HD+ resolution.The G7 Power will run on Android 9 Pie with Moto Experiences out-of-the-box.The Moto G7 Power grabs highlights with its 5000mAh battery.After being in the rumour mill for a while, Motorola India has finally made the G7 Power official. The handset goes on sale in India for Rs 13,990 and comes only in the Ceramic Black variant. The Indian variant also gets more RAM and storage than the international variant – 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The G7 Power will be available for purchase via offline retail channels as well as Flipkart.The Moto G7 Power is meant for those who value longer battery life over everything else. The phone sports a 5000mAh battery and comes equipped with a 15W TurboPower fast charging. The handset also features a modern 6.2-inch display with a notch on the top. And yes, there’s a fingerprint sensor sitting on the Moto logo.Moto G7 Power specificationsThe Moto G7 Power sports a 6.2-inch LCD display with HD+ resolution with a notch on top. It also sports a 12-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front camera and is powered by a Snapdragon 632 chipset. The Indian variant gets 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. As with previous Moto G series phones, the G7 Power will come with a nearly stock Android interface. The G7 Power will run on Android 9 Pie with Moto Experiences out-of-the-box.The Moto G7 Power grabs highlights with its 5000mAh battery. Motorola claims that the G7 Power will be able to deliver up to 60 hours of endurance at a time. Also, the G7 Power gets the 15W TurboPower fast charging as standard. Motorola claims that one can charge the battery for 9 hours of usage within 15 minutes.advertisementMoto G7 Power price and availabilityThe Moto G7 Power will go on sale in India at a price of Rs 13,999. The handset will only sell in one variant in India with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The Indian variant will only sell in the Ceramic Black variant.Moto G7 Power competitorsThe Moto G7 Power will compete with the likes of Redmi Note 6 Pro and Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2. The ZenFone Max Pro M2 also offers a big 5000mAh battery but comes with a more powerful Snapdragon 660 chipset with at least 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. Samsung’s Galaxy M20 also comes with an equally big 5000mAh battery and offers a more desirable waterdrop notch display and a dual camera setup. From Motorola’s own stable, the Moto One Power also offers a 5000mAh battery but is powered by a Snapdragon 636 chipset and gets the Android One treatment with the latest updates before any other device.ALSO READ | Moto G7 Power to go on sale from today: Price, Specifications and everything else you need to knowALSO READ | Exclusive: Moto G7 Power will sell at a market price of Rs 13,999 in IndiaALSO READ | Moto G7, G7 Plus, G7 Power and G7 Play unveiled, to start from Rs 19,000 approximatelyGet 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 byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow MotorolaFollow MotoFollow Lenovolast_img read more

Played one of my worst matches on clay in 14 years: Nadal after Monte Carlo exit

first_imgPlayed one of my worst matches on clay in 14 years: Nadal after Monte Carlo exitFabio Fognini had beaten Rafael Nadal twice before on clay, and also once at the U.S. Open in five sets, but Saturday’s win in the Monte Carlo Masters semi-final was arguably the most impressive.advertisement Next Associated Press Monte CarloApril 21, 2019UPDATED: April 21, 2019 09:22 IST Rafa Nadal’s loss ended a series of 25 consecutive sets won on his favourite surface clay (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSFabio Fognini stunned defending champion Nadal 6-4, 6-2 in the semisIt was Fognini’s fourth career win against Nadal in 15 encountersNadal’s defeat ended his hopes of matching Roger Federer’s record of 50 Masters finalsFabio Fognini ended Rafael Nadal’s winning streak at the Monte Carlo Masters, stunning the defending champion 6-4, 6-2 Saturday to reach the final for the first time and hand Nadal his first defeat here since a loss to Novak Djokovic in the 2015 semifinals.Fognini had beaten Nadal twice before on clay, and also once at the U.S. Open in five sets, but this was arguably the most impressive.”I have the game to play against him,” the 13th-seeded Fognini said. “I had nothing to lose.”He wasn’t concerned if Nadal was out of form.”That’s not the question that I have to answer,” Fognini said. “I just say that I played an incredible match.”Still, the second-ranked Nadal called it “one of my worst matches in 14 years” and the 32-year-old Spaniard said it was “difficult to find an explanation” for capitulating on his favored clay-court surface.Yet the defeat could have been even more humiliating for Nadal, who had not lost a set here by 6-0 since the 2005 final – which he went on to win for the first of his record 11 titles.Fognini came so close to drubbing him in the second set. He served for the match at 5-0 and 40-0, but Nadal saved three match points, broke back and held.The crowd on their feet for @fabiofognaReply with your GIF reaction to that result pic.twitter.com/EPclbqsOT4ATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) April 20, 2019″I was lucky to win the two games,” said Nadal, who had not even lost a set here since conceding one in the second round against Britain’s Kyle Edmund in 2017. “I played one of my worst matches on clay in 14 years. It’s difficult to find any positives — I deserved to lose,” he added.advertisementServing again for the match at 5-2, Fognini hit a superb forehand down the line on his fourth match point. He next plays unseeded Serb Dusan Lajovic in their first-ever meeting, and one few would have predicted.Least of all Fognini.A for @RafaelNadal.Until next time #RolexMCMasters pic.twitter.com/uc0qgNmQZ6ATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) April 20, 2019He trailed by a set and 4-1 down during his first-round match against Andrey Rublev.”If you told me at the beginning of the week ‘See you on Sunday (for the final),’ I would laugh in your face,” Fognini said.The 48th-ranked Lajovic staged an impressive comeback of his own, meanwhile, rallying from 5-1 down to beat 10th-seeded Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-1.That match was a suitable appetizer to the higher drama which followed.Nadal had dropped his first three service games Friday in his quarterfinal against Guido Pella, and the early signs were not good this time.His first game against Fognini lasted 12 minutes, with Nadal saving four break points before conceding the first of six breaks of serve in the match.A moment @fabiofogna will never forget…: @TennisTV | #RolexMCMasters pic.twitter.com/l88hDmcuuLATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) April 20, 2019In his quarterfinal and semifinal combined, Nadal conceded 23 break-point chances.But whether Fognini, who previously lost 11 times to Nadal overall, could capitalize seemed uncertain.The 31-year-old Italian can lose his temper on court, and it got the better of him during the fourth game.With heavy winds swirling around the court, Fognini’s towel flew off his seat and landed on the clay during the first point. He complained to the umpire, perhaps to get the point replayed, and then angrily put the offending towel into his drinks box.Nadal broke him to love to lead 3-1, and Fognini got a warning for unsportsmanlike conduct.”The chair umpire made a bad call,” Fognini said. “He gave me a warning for nothing.”Fognini irate, Nadal serving for a 4-1 lead – another comfortable Nadal route to the final looked on.But Fognini broke back to 3-2 and then broke Nadal to love in the ninth game with some momentous shot-making.Momentum was on Fognini’s side, not to mention some luck.Serving for the set at 5-4 and 30-30, his shot hit the net and turned into a perfect drop shot.WHAT a way to finish the setCatch the second set of this epic SF showdown on @TennisTV pic.twitter.com/aZSZZ7bwilATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) April 20, 2019Fognini raised both arms in apology, and then superbly put away a volley at full stretch on the next point to clinch the set.He hit a delightful two-handed, backhand cross-court winner to break at the start of the second set.Nadal is usually the undisputed crowd favorite on the French Riviera, but shouts of “Fabio, Fabio, Fabio” rang out at the Monte Carlo Country Club.advertisementMany Italian fans likely made the short trip along the coast from nearby San Remo – where Fognini grew up.”It’s a big opportunity to them to come here and watch me play,” Fognini said. “I don’t know how many are coming tomorrow.”Still, he should have most of the support against Lajovic, who earlier won 10 straight games to lead 4-0 in the second set before Medvedev finally again held serve.It could have been an all-Serb semifinal but Medvedev knocked out the top-ranked Djokovic in Friday’s quarterfinals.There have only been three winners here since 2005: Nadal, Djokovic (2013 and ’15) and Stan Wawrinka (’14).A new name will be on the trophy on Sunday.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Rafael NadalFollow Fabio FogniniFollow Monte Carlo MastersFollow ATPFollow ATP Masterslast_img read more