10 months agoMan Utd boss Mourinho tells Mendes: Get me Koulibaly

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Mourinho tells Mendes: Get me Koulibalyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Jose Mourinho has told his agent Jorge Mendes to get him Kalidou Koulibaly.RAI Sport says Mourinho has given Mendes the brief to broker a deal with Napoli for the defender.United’s board have already assured Mourinho they’re willing to pay over £100m next month to bring the Senegalese to England.And strengthening their hopes is Napoli’s failure to reach the Champions League round of 16.Mourinho is now counting on Mendes to strike terms with Napoli, where he enjoys a good relationship with president Aurelio de Laurentiis. last_img read more

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10 months agoTottenham star Kane throws down gauntlet: Time for us to win trophies

first_imgTottenham star Kane throws down gauntlet: Time for us to win trophiesby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham striker Harry Kane says it’s time the club started to win trophies.Spurs can keep their hopes of breaking their trophy drought alive when they face Arsenal in the EFL Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday night.And Kane says his teammates are determined to raise some silverware for the first time since 2008.”The stage we are at now as a team, it is the next step for us. We have to start winning trophies,” Kane told Sky Sports News.”If we win this one, it will be another tough team out of the tournament so it is a big opportunity for us and one we are really looking forward to.”It is massive. Obviously, we played them a couple of weeks ago and they got one over on us.”It will be nice to play them again so soon. Hopefully we can get it right this time and get the win. It is a quarter-final against your London rivals so it does not get much bigger.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoRoma chief Monchi expects quiet January market

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Roma chief Monchi expects quiet January marketby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma chief Monchi expects a quiet January market.Monchi says their target this season is Champions League qualification.“In my first year we achieved an excellent result, but right now it’s still too early to know how it will end,” Monchi told Sky Italia.“I think you make the assessments at the end of the season, but I may have got some things wrong. If that happens, it’s on me.“In fact, [President James] Pallotta told me: ‘this is your team, this is your Roma’.“January? Everyone expects us to take three or four players who will become important, but for me you don’t change the team so much in the January window, you do little things.“If you have to do a lot, thats means you make mistakes in the summer. The fans are right to feel that way, and particularly Roma’s, because when you’re a big team in Italy and in Europe you have to win something.“I know that there’s never time in football, but I’m sure we’re right, because I know how I work and how those around me work.” last_img read more

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10 months agoCarroll knows he’s playing for his West Ham future

first_imgCarroll knows he’s playing for his West Ham futureby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndy Carroll knows he’s playing for his future at West Ham.The £100,000-a-week striker, who turned 30 on Sunday, toasted his birthday with an FA Cup goal to sink Birmingham the day before.“Of course I want to stay,” he said. “I’m just playing football as it is and not thinking about that.“Yes, I want to stay and I want a new deal but I can’t really think about that every day. I’ve just got to play my football when I get the chance.“I’ve got a two-year option at the end of the season so we’ll see what happens.“I’ve got to play a few more games like this one, get on when I when I get on and, like the manager says, I’ve got to impress him in the minutes he gives me.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoMan City boss Guardiola explains Mendy halftime change

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola explains Mendy halftime changeby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has explained the halftime change for Benjamin Mendy during their 8-0 thrashing of Watford.Guardiola says the decision to take Benjamin Mendy off at half-time was not due to a recurrence of his injury.The French left-back made his first start this season after recovering from a long-term knee problem, before being substituted at half time.Angelino replaced him – his first taste of action since re-signing for the Club in the summer – and Guardiola says he deserved his chance to showcase his ability. “Mendy is well but after two years playing few minutes, 45 minutes was enough,” he said.“Angelino is incredible nice guy, training well, deserved to play. I saw many good things of him.“In the back department, we don’t have too many players. We play everyone.” last_img read more

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20 days agoBrighton’s 2 goal Connolly floating after Spurs thumping

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton’s 2 goal Connolly floating after Spurs thumpingby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton have hammered crisis club Tottenham 3-0 on Saturday.After their 7-2 drubbing in midweek, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino was expecting a response from his players, only for goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to gift Neal Maupay a bizarre opener.The Spurs captain suffered a freak arm injury in the process, and Aaron Connolly compounded Tottenham’s problems by doubling Brighton’s lead on his first Premier League start.And although Spurs made a positive start to the second half, Connolly killed off any hope of them launching a fightback as the 19-year-old Irish striker produced a well-taken strike for his second goal to seal Brighton’s first home win since March.Tottenham have now failed to win in their last away 10 games in the Premier League, stretching back to a 2-1 victory at Fulham on 20 January.Brighton’s two-goal hero Connolly said: “I can’t quite believe it, it’s a dream come.”I’ve been watching the Premier League since I was four or five, so to be playing in it now and then to score and to win 3-0, it really is a dream come true.”I didn’t really know how to celebrate – I just ran away to the other end! I can’t really put in into words at the moment how much it means.”Brighton manager Graham Potter also said: “We’ve been playing quite well recently and haven’t quite got the results, so to get the three points today, it gives you confidence.”The boys stuck together today, the consistency was there and the supporters were fantastic. Goals in the Premier League and wins in the Premier League aren’t easy to come by.”The first-half performance was really good. We attacked the ball well, defended well and reacted really well as a team.”On Connolly, he added: “He’s been knocking on the door and been unlucky not to score. He gives us an extra dimension and he took his goals really well.” last_img read more

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Report: Newcastle 0 Man United 2

first_imgRomelu Lukaku made a swift impact from the bench for a second consecutive match as Manchester United beat Newcastle United 2-0 at St James’ Park.The Belgium international was on the pitch for two minutes before rounding out Sunday’s 4-1 win over Bournemouth and had only been on for 38 seconds when Martin Dubravka spilled Marcus Rashford’s free-kick in his direction.Rashford continued a purple patch in front of goal 10 minutes from time, meaning a fourth win in as many outings at the start of his reign for caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – a feat only previously achieved by club great Matt Busby. 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? Phil Jones, into the Manchester United defence for the suspended Eric Bailly, made a last-ditch tackle on Salomon Rondon to atone for his own absent-minded play in the 15th minute.Newcastle winger Christian Atsu spurned a trio of half chances – something that seemed dangerously wasteful when Dubravka had to be quickly off his line to thwart Rashford and Juan Mata.In between those openings for his team-mates, Anthony Martial sliced onto the roof of the net, which is where Rondon’s 34th-minute header also ended up.Newcastle substitute Jonjo Shelvey struck a wonderful pass to unlock Manchester United with the outside of his right foot in the 60th minute, with Luke Shaw scampering back to deny Ayoze Perez.But one of the hosts’ most valuable performers then let them down and Lukaku was on hand to pounce on Dubravka’s error.Shelvey showcased the ugly side of his game by raking his studs down Paul Pogba’s leg – inexplicably escaping any punishment beyond a foul.0:38 – Romelu Lukaku’s goal for Manchester United came just 38 seconds after coming on as a substitute against Newcastle. Impact. #NEWMAN pic.twitter.com/HvAaWW3byC— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 2, 2019Newcastle left themselves exposed for Lukaku and fellow substitute Alexis Sanchez to give Rashford a simple finish and, in stoppage time, Pogba rounded Dubravka on another counter-attack but fired into the side netting.What does it mean? United close in on top four as Newcastle worries mountThe free-scoring enjoyment of Solskjaer’s initial games could not be replicated against a disciplined Newcastle backline but United showed pleasing patience and ruthlessness after half-time. They are three points behind Arsenal in fifth and now just six shy of Chelsea in the final Champions League spot. Maurizio Sarri’s side drew 0-0 with third-bottom Southampton, who are within two points of Newcastle in 15th. Crystal Palace and Burnley – either side of Rafael Benitez’s team in the standings – were both victorious on Wednesday.Confidence coursing through RashfordPogba was named Manchester United player of the month earlier on Wednesday and the France star’s performances have certainly hogged headlines in the wake of his uneasy alliance with Jose Mourinho being put out of its misery. Rashford is perhaps entitled to feel hard done by, having consistently impressed under Solskjaer after being one of the few who did not appear to down tools during Mourinho’s final weeks in charge. The free-kick Dubravka decisively spilled was not the first he struck with aplomb and his late goal means the 20-year-old now has five goals in his past seven appearances.Atsu lacks convictionAtsu displayed excellent movement and a sure touch as he made hay down the Manchester United right during the opening stages. However, teams such as Benitez’s meagrely resourced assortment have to thrive on half chances against high-class opponents. The Ghana international’s finishing was not up to the mark.Key Opta facts:4 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is only the second manager in Manchester United history to win his first four league games in charge of the club, after Matt Busby in 1946. Revival. #NEWMUN pic.twitter.com/Dt9XpCfGms— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 2, 2019- Newcastle have lost eight of their 11 home Premier League games this season (W2 D1) – only in 2012-13 (9) have they lost more at St James’ Park in a single campaign in the competition.- Manchester United have won four consecutive Premier League games for the first time since April 2018 (a run of 5).- Manchester United have won 68 of their 100 Premier League games in January – more than any other team has won in the month.- Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has been directly involved in 10 goals in his last nine matches in all competitions (5 goals, 5 assists).- Man Utd’s Romelu Lukaku has had a hand in 11 goals in 12 Premier League appearances versus Newcastle (7 goals, 4 assists).What’s next?Manchester United have the familiar FA Cup assignment at home to Reading on Saturday, while Newcastle host Blackburn Rovers in round three. read morelast_img read more

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Sarri blasts Chelsea: Maybe they shouldn’t be playing at this level

first_imgMaurizio Sarri has slammed his Chelsea players following their 2-0 defeat to Arsenal, stating that that his players are ‘very difficult to motivate’.Chelsea’s backline started frantically at the Emirates, conceding possession on numerous occasions before they were made to pay by Alexandre Lacazette’s fine finish from a tight angle.A little bit of luck went the Gunners’ way for their second, a lofted cross going in off Laurent Koscielny’s shoulder as he attempted to head home. 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? Regardless, Chelsea looked blunt and predictable throughout, and their manager opted to speak in his native Italian so that his point would be as clear as possible.“I have to say that I’m extremely angry because this defeat was down to mentality,” Sarri told the press.“They were far more determined than we were and I can’t accept that. It was similar to Spurs – I spoke to the players and I thought it was solved.“I want to talk about tactics but it would appear this group of players are very difficult to motivate.Willian Chelsea 2018-19“I think when you see this type of game where one team is more determined then you can’t talk about tactics. Their level of determination was much better than ours throughout the game.Pushed further on why he can’t get through to his squad, he said: “That’s a difficult question to answer.“It seems that they’re not aggressive enough mentally – that’s down to their personalities and that’s difficult to change.“You have to influence them and that could be down to a new player coming in or one of the old heads taking control.“I don’t think a player at this level can be afraid to face up to their responsibilities. The best thing that can happen is that the players and I speak very openly.“I am the person responsible for the players and it’s important for them to have the right attitude. Ig they can’t achieve that then maybe they shouldn’t be playing at this level.”Despite Saturday’s loss, Chelsea remain three points ahead of Arsenal in fourth place and must now prepare for an FA Cup clash with Tottenham on Thursday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Hennessey charged over alleged Nazi salute

first_imgCrystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has been charged by the Football Association (FA) over a social media post in which he made an alleged Nazi salute.Wales international Hennessey denied deliberately making the gesture in a photograph on Instagram posted by his Palace team-mate Max Meyer.But the FA confirmed on Wednesday that Hennessey has been charged with bringing the game into disrepute. 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? “Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3,” an FA statement said.”It is alleged that a gesture he made, which was captured by a photograph and posted on social media, breached Rule E3[1] as it was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute.”It is further alleged that this constitutes an ‘Aggravated Breach’, which is defined in Rule E3[2], as it included reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or religion and/or belief.”Yesterday evening I had a meal with my team mates and we had a group photograph. I waved and shouted at the person taking the picture to get on with it and at the same time put my hand over my mouth to make the sound carry. It’s been brought to my attention that frozen in a— Wayne Hennessey (@WayneHennessey1) January 6, 2019 moment by the camera this looks like I am making a completely inappropriate type of salute. I can assure everyone I would never ever do that and any resemblance to that kind of gesture is absolutely coincidental. Love and peace Wayne— Wayne Hennessey (@WayneHennessey1) January 6, 2019 Hennessey, who has made 17 Premier League appearances for Palace this season, has been given until January 31 to respond to the FA charge.The goalkeeper missed Palace’s 4-3 defeat to Liverpool last weekend after sustaining a thigh injury, and 39-year-old Julian Speroni was forced to start that game with Vincente Guaita also ruled out. Speroni made a significant error to help Liverpool take a 3-2 lead after James Tomkins had drawn the visitors level at 2-2. Palace are currently three points above the drop zone, and have crucial clashes with Southampton and Fulham in their next two league games. But before the trip to St Mary’s, the Croydon-based club will face Tottenham in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday, just three days after Spurs take on Chelsea in the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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James Laurinaitis With The Best Ohio State Tweet Of Michigan Week

first_imgJames Laurinaitis celebrates his Gold Pants.James Laurinaitis/Twitter.Gold is the best color for pants, according to any Ohio State football player.Ohio State football players receive a gold pants charm every time they beat Michigan.James Laurinaitis, who starred at OSU from 2005-08, beat the Wolverines four times. So he has four gold pants charms. He showed them off on Twitter yesterday.4 of those things!!!!!!!! It’s that time!!! #BeatTTUN #GoldPants pic.twitter.com/9AiakSQF0D— Ja❌es Laurinaitis (@JLaurinaitis55) November 21, 2016Michigan hate week tweets don’t get much better than that.last_img read more

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‘Ronaldo was a frustrating player at Man Utd’

first_imgFormer Manchester United defender Jonathan Spector says that Cristiano Ronaldo was a “frustrating” player during his initial days at Manchester United, but credited the Portugal star for growing into a player widely considered to be the best in the world. Ronaldo arrived in Manchester in 2003 after breaking through with Sporting CP as he went on to score six goals in his first campaign at Old Trafford before scoring nine in his second season.He’d be a part of three Premier League titles and a Champions League triumph during his time with the club, but it wasn’t until 2008 that he truly rose to individual success by claiming his first of five Ballons d’Or. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Spector, a team-mate of Ronaldo’s from 2003-06, says that the forward’s talent and potential were evident right away, but it took the right environment at Manchester United to truly bring out the best in the Portuguese star.”He was a frustrating player. You could see that he had so much ability but that he wasn’t a finished product just yet,” Spector said exclusively to AmericanGambler.com.”I think he owes a lot for the player he is today not just to the manager but the players that were around him. [Sir Alex] Ferguson did a great job of having players in the team that could help the players around them, make everyone around them better players. I think those formative years in his development to make him the finished product; he couldn’t have been at a better place than Manchester United.”You could see his final ball wouldn’t quite be there, you could see at times Ruud Van Nistelrooy might get really frustrated because he didn’t know how many step-overs Ronaldo was going to do before putting the ball into the box for him but his ability on the ball, to beat players one-on-one, it was clear to see that he was going to be a very special player.”Spector, who went on to say that Paul Scholes was actually the best player he ever played with, added that Ronaldo was never a player that received the famous “hairdryer treatment” from Ferguson.The manager’s dressing room tirades have become the stuff of legend, but Spector says there was a lot more than meets the eye to Ferguson’s explosions.”It’s funny, Ferguson never spoke to me that way either. I think Ferguson was incredibly clever with that because he knew how to speak to players, that they might not all react the same way to criticism,” he said.”Some players responded well to an arm around, some players responded well when you got into them and he knew how to speak to players, so he was very clever with that. But I never saw him scream at Ronaldo, but I don’t think it was preferential, he just knew the best way of getting the best out of his players.”He added: “I do remember a couple of times he got into players, I’ve seen it on a couple of occasions. There was one time with Kieran Richardson in the changing room, after a cup game. We had a number of younger players playing and he was the older player of that group, and I think Fergie was making an example of him rather than him being at fault.”It was an example that ‘to the rest of you, this is not acceptable’. Again, he picked on him as he was clever, as he knew Kieran Richardson could handle that, and it was an example to us that we don’t want to be on the wrong side of that.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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There Was Reportedly An Incident At Tennessee’s “Fan Day” At Neyland Stadium

first_imgA high end zone view of Neyland Stadium(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)College football team “fan days” can provide for some of the most-entertaining people watching you’ll ever get to take part of.Few programs do it better than Alabama, of course. Videos of Crimson Tide fans sprinting onto the field to get autographs go viral every year.Like this:Aaaand they’re off. pic.twitter.com/OR5iNf2BCg— Charlie Potter (@Charlie_Potter) August 4, 2018And this:They’re running at Alabama fan day again: pic.twitter.com/wIwouDqJNQ— Ben Jones (@BW_Jones) August 4, 2018Tennessee’s football program held its annual fan day at Neyland Stadium. Unsurprisingly, there was reportedly an incident.“Watched a grown man get angry about being caught cutting line at Neyland. Then the cops got involved and he still wouldnt back down. Got escorted out and possibly a trip to jail. Its football time in Tennessee,” one fan at the event tweeted.Watched a grown man get angry about being caught cutting line at Neyland. Then the cops got involved and he still wouldnt back down. Got escorted out and possibly a trip to jail.Its football time in Tennessee— Boomer Kingsley (@VolBobCooter) August 5, 2018SEC Football, baby.last_img read more

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Clemson Football Announces Huge Scheduling News

first_imgDabo Swinney speaks on the sideline.ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 22: Head Coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers calls a play against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on September 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)It’s been four years since the last edition of the Clemson-Georgia game. It will be another five years until the next one. But the two geographic rivals have now set things up to bring the rivalry back to full swing.Clemson Football announced this morning that they had secured a home-and-home series against the Bulldogs for their 2029 and 2030 season.The 2029 edition of the game will be played at Clemson, while the 2030 edition will be played at Georgia.The next time they are scheduled to play is the 2024 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta.Tigers. Dawgs.First in Atlanta in 2024, then back on campus in 2029-30. #ALLINhttps://t.co/Dcjkxwj85U pic.twitter.com/NlkTUK3su0— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) November 12, 2018Clemson and Georgia first played one another in 1897.Georgia dominates the historic standings with 42 wins in 64 games against Clemson.The two sides have played only eight times since 1990. Prior to that, the two sides met 24 times in a span of 26 years from 1962-87.The last edition of the Clemson-Georgia game was played on August 30, 2014. The Bulldogs won the game 45-21.last_img read more

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Tavien Feaster Reveals What Dabo Swinney Told Him Before Transfer To South Carolina

first_img From The State:“He actually texted me the other day, a day before graduation,” Feaster said of Swinney. “Me and him had some kind words and I’m very thankful for him. He gave me an opportunity to step on a college football field and I’m forever grateful for Coach Swinney.“He just told me nobody gave me anything, I earned it. That put a big smile on my face.”Swinney has become a pretty divisive figure within college football. As far as coaches go, he runs a pretty open program and is appreciated by the national media for it. He’s also made some pretty controversial statements and decisions, especially in an era where the debate about player compensation appears to be moving farther in the direction opposite the classic amateur model of college football.However you feel about him, with regard to the Feaster situation, it seems like he’s handled things pretty well.[The State] Clemson RB Tavien Feaster celebrates the national title.SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 07: Tavien Feaster #28 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates after defeating the against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff National Championship at Levi’s Stadium on January 07, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. The Clemson Tigers defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide with a score of 44 to 16.(Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)Tavien Feaster is far from the first high profile player to grad transfer from a national champion. Most don’t go over to a hated in-state rival, though.The former Clemson running back leaves the national champion Tigers for the South Carolina Gamecocks. After the decision, which came down to SC and Virginia Tech, he received a ton of support from his former Tiger teammates online.It sounds like Dabo Swinney remains on his side as well…at least, until his staff has to gameplan for him in November.Tavien Feaster spoke to the media for the first time as a South Carolina Gamecock today, and revealed what Dabo Swinney told him after the decision.Feaster says that a day before he graduated from Clemson, Swinney reached out to him with a pretty cool message.last_img read more

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People did not know where Vidarbha was but it won’t be so after Ranji triumph: Umesh Yadav

first_img Press Trust of India NagpurFebruary 7, 2019UPDATED: February 7, 2019 13:36 IST Vidarbha became champions for the second time after they beat Saurashtra by 78 runs on (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVidarbha beat Saurashtra by 78 runs in the final to defend Ranji Trophy titleFaiz Fazal became the 11th captain to win two successive titlesVidarbha is only the sixth team in the tournament’s long history to have defended the titleVidarbha lifted their second successive Ranji Trophy title with a comfortable 78-run win over Saurashtra in the final, proving that their maiden triumph last year was no “fluke”.Vidarbha needed five wickets to defend their title while Saurashtra, in a chase of 206, were left a mountain to climb after a top-order collapse on Wednesday. They required 148 runs for their maiden title on the fifth and final day at the VCA stadium.”Everyone thought it was a fluke when we won last year and we were under pressure to retain the title. But our focus was process, we never bothered about reputation,” Vidarbha’s talismanic coach Chandrakant Pandit said.The fiercely fought final swung early on but Vidarbha went into the final day with a tight hold on the proceedings and bundled out the visitors for 127 with more than two sessions to spare.Overnight batsmen Vishvaraj Jadeja (52) and Kamlesh Makvana (14) batted resolutely for the first hour but once the partnership was broken, the end was inevitable for Saurashtra.Man of the match left-arm spinner Aditya Sarwate claimed three of the five wickets that fell on Thursday, to end with career-best match figures of 11/57. He took six for 59 in the second innings.It was his maiden haul of 10 or more wickets in a first-class match. He had scalped five batsmen in the first innings.Sarwate, without doubt, was the star of the match for Vidarbha as he not only took 11 of the 20 Saurashtra wickets with his left-arm spin, his 49-run knock in the second innings played a key role in his side setting the stiff 206-run target.advertisementVidarbha is only the sixth team in the tournament’s long history to have defended the title.Mumbai, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Delhi are the other teams who have managed to win consecutive titles.Saurashtra had ended runners-up to Mumbai in 2012-13 and 2015-16 and again it was a case of so close yet so far for them.The batting failure of star batsman Cheteshwar Pujara hurt Saurashtra badly. But Vidarbha managed to stay unaffected by Wasim Jaffer’s poor contribution.”People did not know where Vidarbha was but it will not be the case now. It is huge for Vidarbha. The team is doing a great job,” said India pacer Umesh Uadav.”I never thought I will win two titles with Vidarbha after playing 10 finals (eight with Mumbai),” gushed veteran Jaffer.Earlier, for Saurashtra Makvana and Vishvaraj were not afraid to go for their shots as they swept Sarwate with confidence to send a few to the boundary ropes.With Umesh Yadav and Sarwate not getting the desired results, Vidarbha brought Akshay Wakhare into the attack.Both Jadeja and Makvana though kept rotating the strike.Sarwate soon started extracting sharp turn from the wicket and tested Makvana’s defense. After a close appeal for leg-before, Makvana swept the bowler for a four in the deep mid-wicket region.However, two balls later, Sarwate bowled Makvana who left the ball, thinking it will turn away, but it remained straight and hit the top of the off-stump.They batted for one hour together and added 33 runs for the sixth wicket.Only three runs were added to the total when Wakhare trapped new man in Prerak Mankad (2) to push Saurashtra to 91 for seven.Vishvaraj completed his half-century but Sarwate trapped both him and rival captain Jaydev Unadkat.Wakhare brought the curtains down on the match when Dharmendrasinh Jadeja lofted one straight to Sarwate.Also Read | Unreal feeling: Faiz Fazal after Vidarbha defend Ranji Trophy titleAlso Read | Vidarbha beat Saurashtra by 78 runs to defend Ranji Trophy titleFor 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 Vidarbha vs SaurashtraFollow Ranji trophy 2018-19Follow Ranji Trophy finalFollow Umesh Yadav People did not know where Vidarbha was but it won’t be so after Ranji triumph: Umesh YadavThe fiercely fought Ranji Trophy 2018-19 final swung early on but Vidarbha went into the final day with a tight hold on the proceedings and bundled out the visitors for 127 with more than two sessions to spare.advertisementlast_img read more

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Have moved on from World Cup disappointment, focused on IPL: Rishabh Pant

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiApril 26, 2019UPDATED: April 26, 2019 17:23 IST Rishabh Pant scored a match-winning 78 not out in Delhi’s last match against Rajasthan (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSRishabh Pant was not selected in India’s 15-member squad for the 2019 World CupDinesh Karthik was preferred as the backup wicketkeeper over Pant in the Indian teamPant is currently 11th on the list of highest run-scorers in IPL 2019 with 336 runsDelhi Capitals wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant’s sole focus right is on the Indian Premier League despite being ignored from India’s World Cup squad earlier this month. Rishabh Pant did not make the cut in the final 15 squad but was named as a standby for the team.Pant, who has had an inconsistent run in IPL 2019 so far, was hoping to be named as a backup for MS Dhoni in the 15-member squad. The BCCI selection panel led by MSK Prasad however, preferred the experienced Dinesh Karthik over Pant, leaving the Delhi cricketer disappointed.Pant being ignored from the squad came as a shock to quite a few former cricketers with Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting even going on to say that the decision to leave Pant out was wrong. Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar was also surprised by Pant’s omission.Pant himself admitted that the World Cup snub played on his mind, but he has stopped thinking about it now and is trying his best to move on as quickly as possible.”I was disappointed. Obviously because every player dreams of representing India and playing a World Cup for the country is even more special. I was disappointed but as a cricketer and as a professional, I know that there’s no point in being disappointed. I try to move on. I am focused on performing in the opportunities that I get. That’s about it.”World Cup selection, as I said, was disappointing. But if I keep thinking about it and don’t try to improve and move on, it makes things more difficult for me. I am seeing the positive side. I am looking at what can be done now. I have a few IPL matches remaining. I am looking to perform in those matches. Only if you perform well, as a person, you can be confident,” Pant told India Today.advertisementOne of the constant criticisms that Pant has faced in his short career so far is his tendency to throw his wicket away by playing rash shots at crucial junctures.Even in the ongoing IPL, Pant has been dismissed playing irresponsible shots in a few of the games but he wants to rectify that and help his team win more games.Pant is currently 11th on the list of highest run-scorers in IPL 2019 with 336 runs from 11 games at an average of 37.33. He scored a match-winning 78 not out in Delhi’s last match which they won by 6 wickets as they successfully chased down 192 against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur.”If people are criticising me, I tell them to come forward and help me. A lot of people have directly told me where I needed to improve. I have taken most of their suggestions. However, as a player, I don’t try to focus on what people are saying from the outside. I have trust in my game,” Pant said.Also Read | Backing talented players like Rishabh Pant has worked for Delhi Capitals: Ricky PontingAlso Read | Rishabh Pant biggest finisher in T20s right now: Prithvi ShawAlso Read | It felt special when Sourav sir lifted me: Rishabh PantAlso Read | You are wow: Sourav Ganguly praises Rishabh Pant after Delhi Capitals beat RRFor 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 Rishabh PantFollow Delhi CapitalsFollow IPL2019Follow 2019 Cricket World CupFollow Team IndiaFollow DC Have moved on from World Cup disappointment, focused on IPL: Rishabh PantRishabh Pant has been named as a standby for the Indian team but was not named in the final 15 for the upcoming 2019 Cricket World Cup in England and Wales.advertisementlast_img read more

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Stand Tall With BANGS Shoes

first_imgIt’s great to be stylishly conscious, but it’s also good to be socially conscious.BANGS Shoes is both. The name BANGS is derived from the Chinese character for the word ‘help’.  20% of the proceeds are donated to the nonprofit organization, Kiva. Kiva helps poverty stricken people by connecting those in need though loans, and by helping individuals start their own businesses.Hanna Davis is the founder and president. She developed the company after college – her goal – to create shoes and save the world.The shoes are not only cool and sleek, they represent a movement towards giving people the necessary tools to stand on their two feet (we had to, sorry).You’ll find monochromatic styles like our personal favorite, the Fia Ola. A lightweight canvas sneaker in deep-blue, with matching laces and a black rubber sole. A small patch on the side of the shoe states “stand on issues”.So if you’re looking for a summer shoe with a purpose – check out the entire BANGS collection here.To learn more about Kiva, you can check out their website over here.  10 Best Beard Balms: The Secret to a Tamed and Tangle-Free Beard Airbnb Wants to Send You to Antarctica on Sabbatical Editors’ Recommendations The Best Podcasts to Listen to During Your Workout What is Biodynamic Wine? A Quick and Easy Guide to the Buzzyworthy Trend The 100% Biodegradable Vollebak T-Shirt Is Made From Plants and Algae last_img read more

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What Is El Niño, Anyway?

first_img All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather If you’re like millions and millions of mildly quizzical Americans, you have probably found yourself wondering: “Hey, just what is El Niño, anyway?” in the recent weeks or months. The scientific and meteorological communities are abuzz with chatter about this relatively rare weather phenomenon, and their excitement has leaked into the media and then into the collective semi-conscioussness* of the nation… but what is it?Related: Winter Weather and Your CarWell, don’t listen to me prattle on when we can instead get the 4-1-1 from the late great Chris Farley!OK… fine comedy notwithstanding, that video offers little in the way of explanation. Sigh… looks like I’ll have to go ahead and explain this myself after all.Simply put, El Niño is the name given to an interrelated atmospheric and oceanic phenomenon wherein unseasonably warm water in the Pacific Ocean leads to more rainfall across North America. Less simply put, it is the warmer phase of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (or ENSO… thank you very much National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association!) cycle. There is a standard cycle of temperature fluctuations between the ocean and atmosphere, but sometimes they get a bit more… dramatic, shall we say.Here’s the breakdown…During El Niño years, the trade winds that usually push the warmer waters off the coast of South and Central America weaken, allowing those warmer waters to pool and suppressing the upwell of deeper, colder waters.See how warm those patches of water look there back in 1997 and again during this 2015-2016 winter? Yep, that’s what happens when the lazy trade winds slack off. (For shame, lazy, shirk-a-day trade winds.) That warmer water ends up leading to greater than usual evaporation which in turn leads to increased levels of precipitation (that’s rain and snow. And sleet. And hail).Because the weaker trade winds and warmer waters draw the Jet Stream farther south than usual, during an El Niño winter, that increased precipitation falls largely on the southern United States. See that blue band of… um… “wet” there in that graphic? Yep, that’s where the extra water goes.And of course while more water than usual is falling across North America, less water falls in other parts of the world. So while there are downpours and floods here, there are often droughts in other places such as India and Indonesia. This reduced rainfall can result in extreme food shortages and greatly increased risk of wild fires, both of which, in scientific terms, suck.But why is it called El Niño?Ah! Great question! I’m glad…  that I assumed you asked it, and therefore posed the question myself… on your behalf.Anyway…The weather phenomenon today universally referred to as El Niño was given its name by fishermen plying the waters of the western coast of South America. The warmer waters disrupted the health of the fisheries, lowering the annual catch and impacting the local economy. As this always tended to happen near the Christmas season, the fishermen began to refer to the occurrence as El Niño, which in English means The Child, which refers to none other than The Christ Child.So… if El Niño rains/droughts/floods/snow ruin your crops/day/commute/life, you can go ahead and just say:Jesus Christ__________________________________________________________________*That is not a term, nor would this be a correct use of the correct term “collective consciousness,” just FYI.  There’s Never a Bad Time to Visit Whistler, the Four-Season Outdoor Playground The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Compete for $1 Million in National Geographic’s Gritty, Nonstop Race to the Center of the Earth Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

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Radnecks: A Holiday Gift Guide to Scarves

first_img Keep Your Pants On With the Best Belts for Men 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked Editors’ Recommendations Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity At a recent sample sale of an up-and-coming knitwear designer one disappointed shopper turned to me and said, “Damn! He doesn’t have any scarves for sale this season. Those always make such perfect Christmas presents….”The guy was right, especially in cold weather climes. A good scarf keeps your neck and chest warm and can instantaneously enliven the dreariest, most basic of outerwear with a bit of stylish panache. Just like their sartorial cousins the neckties, a scarf collection should never be limited to just one or two. Different colors, patterns, materials and lengths can be switched up daily so that your outdoor ensemble doesn’t become as consistently predictable and constant as an early evening winter sundown.So if you still have some guys’ names to cross off your shopping list this holiday season or want to make over your own neck (which you are undoubtedly always putting on the line so, dammit, you’ve earned it!) consider choosing something from this selection of scarves, which runs a wide gamut of prices and style options.Waffle Circle Scarf  in Charcoal by AETHER ($235)Alpaca Color-Blocked Scarf by ALTERNATIVE APPAREL ($88)Merino Wool Stripe Scarf by BROOKS BROTHERS ($88)Oversized Ashby Twill Wool Scarf in Spruce by FARIBAULT WOOLEN MILL CO. ($64.98)Cowichan Blanket Stripe Scarf by FILSON ($125)Running Wolf Scarf by FILSON ($95)College Scarf in Burgundy by HYDROGEN ($173)Military Scarf in Blue by HYDROGEN ($185)Pure Cashmere Paisley Scarf by RAFFI ($220)Pure Cashmere Plaid Scarf by RAFFI ($205)Winter Cashmere Scarf with Inspired by WWII U.S. Marine Corps Camo by RRL & CO. ($295)Wool Cloud Scarf by SCARF SHOP ($129.98)Lambswool Scarf in Dress Gordon Plaid by SID MASHBURN ($55)Lambswool/Angora Scarf in Camel/Army by SID MASHBURN ($125)Extra Fine Merino Wool Check Scarf in Dark Red Brick/Navy by SUNSPEL ($120)Infinity Scarf by WIGWAM ($22.98)Baxter Scarf in Burgundy by ZACHARY PRELL x NAADAM CASHMERE ($198)last_img read more

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Warby Parker’s At-Home Prescription App Makes Getting Glasses Even Easier

first_img The Best Leg Exercises for Sculpted Calves, Quads, and More Portion Control: The Best Meal Prep Containers on the Market Seriously Cool Desk Toys for the Kid in All of Us Editors’ Recommendations How to Pack a Dopp Kit (aka Toiletry Bag) for When You Won’t be Sleeping at Home How to Cultivate Mid-Century Modern Style in Your Own Home Warby Parker/FacebookRenewing and refilling your prescriptions can take a toll on your daily life and bank account. For those of us who wear glasses, Warby Parker’s at-home prescription app makes getting high-quality, steezy eyewear at an affordable price even easier.Earlier this year, while we were showcasing the new line of glasses, the affordable eyewear revolutionaries at Warby Parker launched an iPhone app called Prescription Check. The mobile service allows you to renew an eyeglass prescription from the comforts of your own home or office.If you’re an eligible participant — for starters, you must be between 18 and 50 years old and have a single-vision prescription — then you will be asked to take three easy tests via the app. A doctor will review your test results soon. Typically, you will receive a new prescription or a referral for a comprehensive eye exam within 48 hours for just $40.  In addition to using the app at home, you can also go to eligible Warby Parker stores or participating locations. Half of the U.S. population is now covered by the service.Built from the idea that nobody who needs glasses should be forced to shell out a large sum to replace a lost or broken pair, Warby Parker’s at-home prescription check is a cheaper and more accessible alternative to the monopolized eyewear industry and medical prescriptions that are typically only valid for a year.Co-founder and co-CEO Dave Gilboa spoke with The Atlantic about the moment his entrepreneurial itch started after losing his first pair of expensive prescription glasses.“They were Prada glasses, simple metal frames, and they fit my face well … I had never stopped to think about why glasses were so expensive. When I lost those, I needed a new pair, and it was at a time when I also needed a new phone … so I went to the Apple store, and I paid $200 for one. It did all these magical things that people couldn’t have even contemplated a few years earlier. That made me start thinking about why I was being asked to pay $700 for a new pair of glasses. Something just didn’t compute.”Warby Parker’s motivation stems from the fact that almost one billion people worldwide lack access to proper eyewear. In partnership with nonprofit VisionSpring, Warby Parker’s at-home prescription service distributes a pair of glasses to someone in need with each product sold.If you need tips on how to find and fit the eyewear that suits you, check out our guide to fitting sunglasses.Feature image courtesy of Warby Parker/Facebook.**This post contains affiliate links and we may be compensated for purchases made by clicking on the links. last_img read more

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