10 months agoChelsea midfielder Barkley: ‘Magical’ Hazard one of world’s best

10 months agoChelsea midfielder Barkley: ‘Magical’ Hazard one of world’s best

28 October 0

first_imgChelsea midfielder Barkley: ‘Magical’ Hazard one of world’s bestby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder Ross Barkley has praised Chelsea teammate Eden Hazard after his display in Wednesday night’s EFL Cup quarter-final win over Bournemouth. Hazard scored with six minutes remaining to clinch a 1-0 victory for the Blues.”The way we were playing, you could see we had the belief that a goal was going to come,” the Chelsea midfielder told Sky Sports.”When Eden got that goal, he can produce magic moments like that. Credit to him and the team who got stuck in.”He’s playing really well. He’s up there with the best in the world. He can produce goals like that out of nothing and to play with a player like that is fantastic.”He’s relaxed, but once he’s on the training pitch he’s magical. He plays with enjoyment. He scores goals and creates goals. He’s laid-back, but on game day he’s ready to make things happen.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months ago​Lookman warns Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi about Bundesliga

10 months ago​Lookman warns Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi about Bundesliga

28 October 0

first_img​Lookman warns Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi about Bundesligaby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton winger Ademola Lookman has a warning for young English stars looking to move to Germany.Many youngsters are considering the Bundesliga as a great option, as they get limited chances at top English clubs.Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi is the latest who could make a move, with Bayern seriously interested.But Lookman, who was on loan at RB Leipzig last season, knows that it is not easy to find success in such a competitive league.”Everyone’s scenario is different, all our situations are different,” Lookman is quoted as saying by Goal.com. “So I think it is about the experience because wherever you go you can say you are going to play, but you have to prove it.”It is for an experience, learning new football, learning a new style, just being around it.”It was different football [in Germany], but I wouldn’t say it was daunting. It was just another experience, take it in your stride and get used to it.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoLiverpool hero Kuyt: Why Gerrard the best I played with

a month agoLiverpool hero Kuyt: Why Gerrard the best I played with

28 October 0

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool hero Kuyt: Why Gerrard the best I played withby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Liverpool player Dirk Kuyt says Steven Gerrard was the best footballer he’d played with.Now a youth coach at Feyenoord, Kuyt will be reunited with Rangers boss Gerrard when the two sides face in the Europa League at Ibrox on Thursday.Speaking in a column on Voetbalnieuws, the Dutchman said: “He was the first player I met at the club and was the first to put me at ease.”Not a man of many words but he shook my hand and said, ‘I hope I will win a lot of prizes with you here’.”In the period that followed, I saw how he took the lead as a leader and what it meant to be a real professional.”So he gave everything that day, not just on Saturday afternoons or Champions League evenings, but from Monday to Friday he led the fight.”And Kuyt added that Gerrard was an “abnormal” talent.”I have been able to play with many big players at Liverpool, with Torres, Suarez, Alonso and Mascherano. In the Dutch national team with Van Persie, Robben and Sneijder.”But in many ways, Gerrard has remained the most special player for me.”He had everything. He could pass over 40 metres, tackle, score, 50 metres back, it was sometimes not normal.”Kuyt also spoke of a story about Gerrard that every young footballer should know.”Every player at our club should look at his winning mentality,” he added.”I remember when I was at Liverpool, towards the end Steven’s career, there was a match when he didn’t even make the 16-man squad.”In the Netherlands, when that happens, it’s always someone else’s fault. Their first reaction is to blame someone.”Do you know what Steven did? He said nothing, he went home and trained harder than I’ve ever seen someone train the next day. That’s what he is all about.” last_img read more

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a month agoInter Milan coach Conte tells derby hero Lukaku: You can do more

a month agoInter Milan coach Conte tells derby hero Lukaku: You can do more

28 October 0

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan coach Conte tells derby hero Lukaku: You can do moreby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Antonio Conte says his players are responding to his methods after victory over AC Milan.Marcelo Brozovic’s deflected shot opened the scoring and Romelu Lukaku nodded in a Nicolò Barella cross for his third goal in four Serie A games.“Let’s start by saying it’s a derby and those are always special games, never easy to predict, especially when both teams are so prestigious as Inter and Milan,” Conte told DAZN.“The lads played a good game in every aspect. We were coming off a performance in the Champions League that left a bitter taste in the mouth and perhaps that fired us up even more to go into the derby in the right way.“It’s a deserved victory, I am happy for our fans, because the derby is always the derby.”Lukaku scored his third goal in four Serie A games and praised Conte in his post-match interview, but the Coach expects more.“He can give much more, certainly. I told him that too. He is 26 years old and arrived here thanks to his potential. If we work with him properly, he can become extremely important.“Lautaro Martinez is only 22 years old, so we need to help mould and improve these players with daily work. That’s my job and the important thing is that they are ready to work with me to improve themselves, which they are.“I am happy with our Serie A start, less so in the Champions League, but I do also believe that setback can help bring us back on to the right path.” last_img read more

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4 days agoThomas Gravesen admits Everton feels ‘home’

4 days agoThomas Gravesen admits Everton feels ‘home’

28 October 0

first_imgThomas Gravesen admits Everton feels ‘home’by Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton hero Thomas Gravesen admits he feels the club is “home”.The Dane famously left Everton for Real Madrid.He told the Liverpool Echo: “Honestly it was like coming home. I always had a great relationship with the people of Liverpool – whether they were red or blue – and this time it was no different.“They’re proper people. Good, honest people. And football is just part of the culture in Liverpool. “From a very young age people are exposed to football in the city and they’re forced to pick a side. Or in most cases it’s picked for them!“I think the fact that it’s a two-club city plays a big part. And then you’ve got the history. There have been so many great sides down the years, for both Everton and Liverpool, and so many great players.“Obviously people talk a lot about the here and now, the current teams, but they talk about days gone by a lot as well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Photos: Former Florida DL Dante Fowler Ran A 4.6 40 Wearing A Gold Watch

Photos: Former Florida DL Dante Fowler Ran A 4.6 40 Wearing A Gold Watch

27 October 0

first_imgDante Fowler runs 40 in gold watch.Dante Fowler took the look good, play good mantra to heart at the NFL Combine this morning. The former Florida defensive lineman, a projected first-round pick, ran the 40-yard dash while wearing cheetah cleats and a gold watch. The outfit worked. He ran a 4.6. 260 pounds. 4.61u 40-yard dash. You, Dante Fowler, are a monster. WATCH: http://t.co/WuhH2ZdIad #NFLCombine pic.twitter.com/ZBTZ584nl6— NFL (@nfl) February 22, 2015Wrist game, Dante Fowler. pic.twitter.com/9cAoLqheEH— Lucas Dolengowski (@LDolengowski) February 22, 2015Close up of Dante Fowler’s gold watch pic.twitter.com/UiZTcP0r4I— David Ely (@David_Ely) February 22, 2015That’s a very, very good time for a player who will likely be a defensive end or outside linebacker in the NFL. Well done, Dante.last_img read more

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Photo: 2017 4-Star QB Danny Clark Loves Ohio State More Than Anyone Else In The Whole World

Photo: 2017 4-Star QB Danny Clark Loves Ohio State More Than Anyone Else In The Whole World

27 October 0

first_imgOhio State's players walking onto the field.COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 03: A general view as the Ohio State Buckeyes enters the field before the game against the Wisconsin Badgers on November 3, 2007 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Wisconsin 38-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Danny Clark, a 6-foot-4, 223-pound quarterback in the 2017 class, is committed to Ohio State. The four-star prospect has been pledged to the Buckeyes since his freshman year of high school. To put it simply: Clark loves Ohio State more than anyone else in the world. Why? Take a look at the following photo the pro-style QB posted on Twitter Wednesday afternoon. Notice the ridiculous amount of Buckeye-themed items Clark is sporting. And the gigantic smile. Running through the 614 with my woes pic.twitter.com/pSBb6XjO1o— PROTOTYPE (@DClarkQB) April 22, 2015In that photo, Clark is wearing a gray Ohio State hat, a gray Buckeye tank, OSU’s three title rings from the 2014 season and is showing off his Block O tattoo. He’s one of your future QBs, OSU fans. We think you’re going to like him.last_img read more

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Phillip Dorsett Taken No. 29 Overall In NFL Draft

Phillip Dorsett Taken No. 29 Overall In NFL Draft

27 October 0

first_imgPhillip Dorsett poses infant of NFL draft logo.Phillip DorsettPhillip Dorsett, a speedy wide receiver out of Miami (Fla.), was taken No. 29 overall in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. Round 1 – Pick 29 @Colts select Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/98PmabXjdd— #NFLDraft (@nfl) May 1, 2015Dorsett, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound wideout, surged up NFL teams’ draft boards over the past couple of months. He had an excellent combine and impressed numerous franchises during individual workouts. Dorsett was a serious deep threat with the Hurricanes, averaging 24.2 yards per catch, with 10 of his 36 catches going for touchdowns. According to NFL.com, Dorsett’s closest comparison is John Brown. Here’s more: He can challenge teams vertically inside or outside and he has home-run potential after the catch as a slot receiver. With smaller wide receivers like T.Y. Hilton and Antonio Brown proving that small and fast can win in the NFL, Dorsett should be coveted by more than one team and has the potential to turn into a star in the NFL.The Green Bay Packers are now on the clock.last_img read more

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Sarri fears Chelsea injury crisis

Sarri fears Chelsea injury crisis

27 October 0

first_imgMaurizio Sarri says Chelsea “are in trouble” after Olivier Giroud became the latest Blues player to suffer an injury.The France international limped off during the second half of Sunday’s 1-0 win against Crystal Palace and had to be replaced by Alvaro Morata.Sarri confirmed after the game that Giroud had picked up an ankle problem but doesn’t yet know how long the striker will be out for. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “The problem is his ankle. I don’t know the severity,” said Sarri. “We have to wait for tomorrow. I think that, later in the evening, I will see the doctor for the first results, but I think the real result will only be known tomorrow.”Sarri was already without a number of players for the game at Selhurst Park, including Pedro, who suffered a hamstring injury against Watford on Boxing Day and will be sidelined for two weeks.Cesc Fabregas, Danny Drinkwater, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi were also missing for the trip to south London, leaving Chelsea short on numbers at a critical time of the season.After playing nine games in December Chelsea face a further seven games next month, with a two-legged Carabao Cup semi-final against Tottenham and FA Cup third round tie with Nottingham Forest adding to their workload in the Premier League.That number will rise to eight should they overcome Forest and reach the FA Cup fourth round, scheduled for the final weekend of January.That has left Sarri concerned about how his side will be able to manage such a heavy workload.He added: “In the last few days we were a bit unlucky. Yesterday in 10 minutes we had three injuries – Fabregas, Loftus and Drinkwater – then Giroud today, and we were already without Pedro and Odoi.“We are in trouble because, in January, we have to play every three days.“Fabregas is a neck problem. The injury was in the last five minutes of training, so I’m not sure whether he has to rest for two or 10 days. I will have a meeting with the doctor this evening.”N’Golo Kante scored the only goal at Selhurst Palace to move Chelsea five points clear in fourth place.Next up for the Blues is a home game against Southampton on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Emery stands by Lacazette substitution after boos

Emery stands by Lacazette substitution after boos

27 October 0

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery has defended his decision to substitute Alexandre Lacazette late on against Fulham, which was met with boos from the home crowd.The Gunners secured a 4-1 win over the Cottagers at Emirates Stadium on Tuesday afternoon, thanks to goals from Granit Xhaka, Lacazette, Aaron Ramsey and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The French striker was lively throughout and managed to add to his goal tally for the season with a cool finish on 55 minutes, after a typically flowing move. 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? Emery replaced Lacazette with Ramsey with 15 minutes to go and the switch ultimately paid dividends, as Arsenal added two more goals to add gloss to the final scoreline.The Spanish boss was berated by fans after initially making the substitution and while he acknowledged that the supporters have every right to voice their opinion, he felt that his decision was in the best interests of the team.”I understand the supporters,” Emery said post-match. “I need to do my work. Tactically we thought at that moment we needed to change for more balance”Above all we knew that [Jean Michael] Seri was coming on and we needed a player close to him, not to let him play easily with the ball. Ramsey can do that and also help us in the attack, and he scored”In my career, I have different moments when I made similar decisions. We need to decide with a cold mind what is the best decision.”Arsenal remain fifth in the Premier League after their latest victory, two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea having played a game more.December proved to be a difficult month for the Gunners, as they only managed to pick up three wins from seven top-flight matches, which has left them facing a tough task to qualify for next year’s Champions League.An FA Cup third round clash against Blackpool now awaits Emery’s side on Saturday, before a return to Premier League action the following weekend against West Ham.last_img read more

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Guardiola puts Kompany’s Man City future in doubt

Guardiola puts Kompany’s Man City future in doubt

27 October 0

first_imgPep Guardiola admits he could be prepared to let captain Vincent Kompany leave Manchester City at the end of the season.The 32-year-old’s contract expires in the summer and has yet to reach an agreement over a new deal with the Premier League champions.Kompany has spent more than a decade at Etihad Stadium and has become a symbol of the club’s newfound success under owner Sheikh Mansour. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The Belgian has won three Premier League titles, three EFL Cups, one FA Cup and two Community Shields during his time at the club.However, injuries have begun to take their toll in recent years, significantly restricting his playing time.Kompany has made just nine Premier League appearances so far this season and hasn’t featured since City’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool on January 3 due to a muscle injury.Guardiola, who revealed earlier this month that talks had begun over a new deal, concedes that Kompany’s struggles with injury will be taken into account in discussions.“I think it’s an issue we have to speak to with Vincent,” Guardiola told the club’s website. “We don’t have any doubts about his quality.“We miss him when he isn’t able to play, he is our captain and, on the field, he gives us something extra that few centre-backs around the world can give us.“He’s incredible, but the reality is in the last five years he has played very few games.“That is the situation we will put on the table with the club. We will discuss it with his agent and work out what is the best solution for both.”Vincent Kompany Manchester CityDespite Kompany’s fading influence on the field, Guardiola is in no doubt about his influence off it.The Manchester City boss has hinted that the former Anderlecht and Hamburg player could be offered a non-playing role at the club when he decides to hang up his boots.“I would like to [keep him at the Club]. He has something special,” added Guardiola.“Personality both on and off the pitch, he speaks six or seven languages so can communicate well.“We need people for what they have done in the past to help the new players from the next generation. He helped us build the club we have now.“The sentimental issue is so important – he has been here a long time and he helped us build what we have right now for the new people who come after [us]. We can’t forget that.“I don’t like clubs to say OK it’s done, go, but at the same time, there is one moment when it’s over. It’s not my decision, like him, like with Sergio [Aguero], David [Silva] always to be together with the club.“I’ve spoken to him many times about the reality of how we can help. But it’s his decision with the club and his agent. I’m not involved, I just give my opinion.”last_img read more

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A 5-Star Punter Announced His Commitment Today

A 5-Star Punter Announced His Commitment Today

26 October 0

first_imgA general view of Purdue's football stadium.WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – OCTOBER 31: A general view of the field at the Purdue Boilermakers and Nebraska Cornhusker game at Ross-Ade Stadium on October 31, 2015 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Cory Seward/Getty Images)Punters are people, too. In college football, punters can matter a lot. Just ask former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel, who might think the punt is the most-important play in the game.Purdue’s punting game got a lot better today.Brooks Cormier, a five-star punter and a top-five player at his position, has announced his commitment to the Boilermakers.The elite special teamer announced his commitment on Twitter.“Officially committed to Purdue University!!!” he wrote.You can view the full commitment announcement below:Officially committed to Purdue University!!! #BoilerUp #HammerDown @JeffBrohm @MTommerdahl pic.twitter.com/CLtVY3AUqQ— Brooks_Cormier (@brooks_cormier) June 17, 2018Kohl’s Kicking is extremely high on Cormier:“Cromier has the prototypical size and frame to be an outstanding college punter. His athletic build and raw power make him a D1 recruit. His technical improvement has been impressive this spring. Cormier is someone with rare leg talent. His “A” ball might be the biggest in the 2019 class. Cormier was able to hit multiple 65 yard punts during the drill work period in May 2018 at the Southern Showcase Camp. His leg speed and overall upside are very rare. If he works at the technical aspects of punting, he will be a special player.”It’s a big get for Purdue’s 2019 class.last_img read more

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Big 10 Coach Reportedly Texted A Recruit Every 30 Minutes

Big 10 Coach Reportedly Texted A Recruit Every 30 Minutes

26 October 0

first_imgA general view of Minnesota's football field.MINNEAPOLIS, MN – OCTOBER 11: A general view of TCF Bank Stadium during the game between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Northwestern Wildcats on October 11, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)P.J. Fleck is one of the hottest young coaches in college football, and ahead of this past season, he took the head job at Minnesota. This week, a recruit – who Fleck didn’t land – called into question some of the recruiting practices Fleck employs.Jirehl Brock, a four-star running back from Quincy, Illinois, currently has 13 offers – including one from Minnesota. But Brock chose Iowa State earlier this month. He explained his decision in a recent interview with the Herald-Whig.Brock dropped some interesting quotes about what it was like being recruited by Minnesota. In short, he was a bit intimidated by Fleck’s tactics.Brock says that Fleck and his staff texted him every 30 minutes during his recruitment. He said he heard some stories from other recruits too regarding what Fleck might do to land his commitment:“When Coach Little says people were calling every hour, it was (Minnesota) calling,” he said. “They would text every 30 minutes. It was a lot to take in. You don’t want to be rude about it. You try to be as nice as possible. They were the hardest school to say no to.“Before I took my visit, I heard they would put you in the office and lock the doors and put an hourglass upside down and say, ‘You have this much time to commit.’ Good thing they never did that to me. Talking to Coach Fleck in his office with my parents, it was really tempting to commit because of the approach he takes. He’s a really good guy, don’t get me wrong, but he knows how to make somebody intimidated.”College football coaches often go overboard to land the players they want. Recruiting is everything in college football – it’s almost impossible to win consistently without top quality talent. Still, this seems like a new level.It’ll be interesting to see if any other recruits echo Brock’s story. The Golden Gophers, at the moment, have 21 commits for the 2019 season.Minnesota, in Fleck’s first year, finished with a 5-7 record. The Golden Gophers open with New Mexico State next month.last_img read more

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Photo: This Is The Best Sign At ESPN’s College GameDay Today

Photo: This Is The Best Sign At ESPN’s College GameDay Today

26 October 0

first_imgcollege gameday had some problems this morningESPN’s Week 2 College GameDay is underway this morning. This week’s show is broadcasting live from College Station, Texas. We’ve got Texas A&M hosting No. 2 Clemson at Kyle Field tonight.It’s the first look the national audience will have at Jimbo Fisher’s new team. It should be an exciting contest (at least at the start, we’ll see if the Aggies can hang with the Tigers).Unsurprisingly, there are a lot of signs going viral on College GameDay this morning.Last week, most of the signs were aimed at Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer. There was a lot of “I had a better sign but Urban Meyer” covered it up type stuff.This week, the College GameDay crowd has a new target: Texas.Tom Herman and the Longhorns are coming off a Week 1 loss to Maryland. Aggies fans are soaking it up.The best sign we’ve seen so far: “The alphabet has more Ws than Texas.”“The Alphabet has more W’s than Texas” #GameDaySigns pic.twitter.com/pRJXQAyiQw— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 8, 2018Well played, Texas A&M fan. Well played, indeed.ESPN’s College GameDay is airing on the Worldwide Leader’s main channel until noon E.T. Then, today’s games begin.Texas A&M and Clemson are set to kick off at 7 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on ESPN.last_img read more

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Update: Stanford vs. Cal Officially Postponed Until December 1

Update: Stanford vs. Cal Officially Postponed Until December 1

26 October 0

first_imgphoto of the stanford-cal gameBERKELEY, CA – NOVEMBER 20: Tailback J.J. Arrington #30 of the University of California, Berkeley Golden Bears carries the ball against the Stanford University Cardinal during the game at Memorial Stadium on November 20, 2004 in Berkeley, California. The Golden Bears defeated the Cardinal 41-6. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)One of college football’s best rivalry contests may not take place this year. Stanford vs. Cal, also known as the ‘Big Game,’ is “expected” to be cancelled.KTVU reports that a source told the network that the Pac-12 is expected to cancel the game.The conference is expected to announce the news later Friday.Why? The wildfires currently devastating parts of California are leading to incredibly poor air quality. According to KTVU, the Air Quality Index numbers near Berkeley are clearly an issue.“Cal Althletics officials had said on Thursday they had not seen air quality numbers that required the postponement despite the Air Quality Index reaching 217 that afternoon. However, late Thursday afternoon, the AQI in Berkeley was 232, led to the cancellation of Thursday night’s men’s basketball game against Detroit Mercy at Haas Pavilion. Also, the university also announced the cancellation of all classes Friday.”It’s unclear if the game will be made up. Neither Cal nor Stanford can play in the league’s title game, so December 1 could be an option.Why are Cal and Stanford waiting so long to make the call?Obviously, want most up-to-date information,Also, lots of logistics to sort out if game is postponed: Day, time, TV, etc.Dec. 1 seems obvious, but lots of moving parts.— Jeff Faraudo (@JeffFaraudo) November 16, 2018If not, luckily, both Stanford and Cal have six wins – meaning they’re both already bowl eligible.While it would be disappointing to see the game cancelled, the safety of the student-athletes is what matters most. We’ll keep you updated on the status.Update: The game has been rescheduled for December 1.? Big Game Rescheduled ?Due to air quality in the Bay Area the 121st Big Game will be rescheduled for December 1st. https://t.co/z8RmBh4jMG— #EarnIt (@CalAthletics) November 16, 2018Props to the schools for prioritizing safety and still finding a way to get the game in.last_img read more

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LSU QB Joe Burrow Misses Scrimmage Due To Injury

LSU QB Joe Burrow Misses Scrimmage Due To Injury

26 October 0

first_img Ed Orgeron confirms Joe Burrow was held out with a “minor injury.” #LSU https://t.co/x1d4vQokDd— Brody Miller (@BrodyAMiller) August 10, 2019The Tigers are going to need Burrow at full strength this season if they’re going to compete in the SEC West.Last season, Burrow threw for 2,894 yards, 16 touchdowns and five interceptions. The former Ohio State quarterback also added 399 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground.Not only is imperative that LSU has Burrow under center, but the veteran signal-caller also wouldn’t want to miss time in his final year of college football.LSU is the No. 6 team in the country in the preseason Coaches’ Poll. It opens the season at home against Georgia Southern on August 31. Joe Burrow throwing a pass.GLENDALE, ARIZONA – JANUARY 01: Quarterback Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers throws a pass during the first half of the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl between LSU and Central Florida at State Farm Stadium on January 01, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Expectations are high for the LSU Tigers his year, as the football program has itself a quality quarterback in Joe Burrow. However, the redshirt senior is currently nursing an injury with only three weeks remaining until the season opener.LSU held its first scrimmage of fall camp on Saturday. Burrow didn’t participate at all due to an injury.Head coach Ed Orgeron spoke to the media about his quarterback situation for fall camp. With Burrow out of action for the Tigers, backup gunslinger Myles Brennan took first-team reps.Fortunately for LSU, Orgeron said it’s only a “minor injury” for Burrow. He expects him to return to the team at some point next week.last_img read more

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Spain tour a great opportunity for India ahead of Olympics qualifying: Rani

Spain tour a great opportunity for India ahead of Olympics qualifying: Rani

25 October 0

first_img Press Trust of India BengaluruJanuary 24, 2019UPDATED: January 24, 2019 11:55 IST India women’s hockey team captain Rani is looking forward to the tour of Spain (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRani believes her team will carry confidence from its impressive performances last yearRani said her team will see the tour as a great opportunity to understand where they standThe Indian team left in the early hours of Thursday morning for the Spain tour from BengaluruIndian women’s hockey team skipper Rani on Thursday said their Spanish tour will help “understand where we stand” ahead of the Olympic Qualifiers, slated to be held later this year.The tour opener will be played in Murcia.”It will be a challenging tour no doubt but our team has made a lot of improvement in the past two years and we see this as a great opportunity to understand where we stand ahead of the Olympic Qualifying events this year,” stated Rani.The Indian team will play four matches against Spain between January 26 to January 31 followed by two games against Ireland on February 2 and 3.”We have quite a few youngsters who have been given a chance to show their potential against strong teams. It is important to have a larger pool of players with good international exposure ahead of important tournaments this year,” she added.The Indian Women’s Hockey Team, on 24th January, departs sail from the Bengaluru International Airport for the upcoming Spain Tour which begins on 26th January. Here’s wishing them all the best.#IndiaKaGame pic.twitter.com/BQVSa0AddrHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) January 24, 2019Rani believes her team will carry confidence from its impressive performances last year, which helped India move up the FIH world rankings.”Though we surprised many with our performance against teams like England and Australia, we feel we could have done better in the 2018 Asian Games and 2018 World Cup.”While we carry confidence from last year’s events, we work everyday with the belief that we can take our performance to the next level and we certainly have the potential to do so.advertisement”We have been receiving great support from our coaching staff in the past few months of training where we not only had to overcome the heartbreak of losing the 2018 Asian Games final to Japan and a quarterfinal loss to Ireland in the 2018 World Cup but also introspect on the mistakes we were making.”The Indian team left in the early hours of Thursday morning for the Spain tour from Bengaluru.Also Read | None better than Harendra Singh as India hockey coach: former captain Sandeep SinghAlso Read | Hockey players asked to shave heads after defeat? Probe orderedFor 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 byPTI Tags :Follow Rani RampalFollow India women’s hockey teamFollow 2020 OlympicsFollow Tokyo OlympicsFollow Olympics 2020 Next Spain tour a great opportunity for India ahead of Olympics qualifying: RaniIndia team will play four matches against Spain between January 26 to January 31 followed by two games against Ireland on February 2 and 3.advertisementlast_img read more

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Ravi Shastri has to reapply as India coach after World Cup due to no extension clause

Ravi Shastri has to reapply as India coach after World Cup due to no extension clause

25 October 0

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiMarch 20, 2019UPDATED: March 20, 2019 19:27 IST There is very little chance of Ravi Shastri being replaced as Team India head coach (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRavi Shastri’s contract as Team India head coach expires after the World CupShastri’s current contract doesn’t have an extension clauseShastri will have to come through the fresh recruitment process if he wants to continue as coachRavi Shastri remains favourite to continue as the Indian cricket team’s head coach after the World Cup but the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will be forced to restart the process as the former India all-rounder’s service contract doesn’t have an extension or renewal clause.Unlike most of the big football or NBA clubs, who have a renewal or an extension clause for their coaches, the BCCI, from Anil Kumble’s time as chief coach, never had that particular clause.”From Anil Kumble’s time, the service contract of the coaches and support staff doesn’t have an extension or renewal clause. Therefore, even if India win the World Cup under Shastri’s coaching, he will have to come through the fresh recruitment process even though he will be a direct entry into the shortlisted panel as current coach,” a senior BCCI official, privy to the development, told PTI on condition of anonymity.The official said that the BCCI needs to follow the due process of putting up an advertisement on its website for filling up the various positions of support staff in the senior India line-up.”Shastri, Sanjay Bangar (batting coach), Bharat Arun (bowling coach) and R Sridhar (fielding coach), their contracts will end with India’s last match in the World Cup. With only 14 days left for the inaugural World Test Championship matches against the West Indies, we need to complete the process in due time. But everything will happen after the World Cup,” he said.The official also indicated that there is very little chance of Shastri being replaced if the team reaches at least the semi-final since under his tutelage, India have beaten Australia in a Test series Down Under for the first time in 71 years and also won ODI series in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.advertisementIt has also been learnt that this year, the mini-IPL for women will role with three teams and four games on a round-robin basis. Last year, one exhibition match was held.”The Indian women’s coach WV Raman and the national selectors have given 30 names and there will be 12 foreign players. So there will be three teams of 14 players each and they will play once against each other and then the final,” the official said.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 Ravi ShastriFollow Team IndiaFollow ICC World CupFollow Team India head coachFollow Coach Ravi Shastri Ravi Shastri has to reapply as India coach after World Cup due to no extension clauseRavi Shastri’s contract as Team India head coach will end after the ICC World Cup after which he has to reapply for the post.advertisementlast_img read more

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IPL 2019: Anushka Sharma keeps me positive, says Virat Kohli after RCB’s 1st win

IPL 2019: Anushka Sharma keeps me positive, says Virat Kohli after RCB’s 1st win

25 October 0

first_img India Today Web Desk MohaliApril 14, 2019UPDATED: June 6, 2019 17:58 IST Anushka Sharma has often taken time out of her busy schedule to cheer for Virat Kohli and Royal Challengers Bangalore (Virat Kohli Instagram Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBefore, I was too intense in life. She always keeps me motivated, positive: Virat KohliLook forward to spending time with her and that’s how I switch off: Virat KohliVirat Kohli helped RCB end their winless streak in Mohali on SaturdayRoyal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli has once reiterated the importance of switching off from cricket and spending “quality time” with his wife and Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma.Kohli, who tied the knot with Anushka in December 2017, said Anushka Sharma has helped him change his outlook and maintain balance in life.Speaking to AB de Villiers for IPLT20.com after Royal Challengers Bangalore’s first win of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 on Saturday, Virat Kohli revealed how he manages to handle the immense pressure that he faces in his cricket career.RCB had a horror start to the IPL 2019 season as they lost six successive matches on the trot. However, a Kohli-de Villiers special in Mohali helped them beat Kings XI Punjab and secure their first points of the season.”I think over the last year or so, the best thing to have happened to me is my marriage. It’s changed my whole world. I have the most beautiful wife, the most beautiful person,” Kohli said.”That has been the most strong factor in my life to change the way I was. Before, I was too intense in life. She [Anushka Sharma] always keeps me motivated, positive and spend quality time with each other and get away from the game.”I couldn’t have been luckier to have someone like that who understands my positions being in that situation herself. I look forward to spending time with her and that’s how I switch off.”When AB de Villiers said that stability, balance and a good wife is key to a good life, Virat Kohli couldn’t agree more.advertisementStability, balance & good wives’ secrets to @imVkohli & @ABdeVilliers17′ successThe celebrated batting duo, the men who share 2 double century stands for @RCBTweets – chat after a welcome win at Mohali! By @tanmoym. #KXIPvRCBWATCH: https://t.co/2Ki9ZdQ8vQ pic.twitter.com/41HVJDuAAdIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 14, 2019Kohli has time and again spoken about the impact of Anushka’s support to his life. The RCB captain had spoken about how “simple things” in life give the couple a lot of joy, considering the duo is always under the public eye.Earlier this month, Virat Kohli was spotted hanging out with his wife Anushka Sharma and teammate AB de Villiers in Bengaluru with the South African cricketer’s wife and kids also joining them.Kohli was seen playing with de Villiers’s kids as they enjoyed a lazy Sunday afternoon in the Garden CityMeanwhile, Kohli said Saturday’s win over Kings XI Punjab was “special” and that he and AB de Villiers were constantly discussing how to get the team across the finish line.”Tonight is special. We know what we have been through in the first six games. We kept discussing how we are going to get the team across the line,” Kohli added.RCB manged to restrict Kings XI Punajb to 173 despite Chris Gayle hitting an unbeaten 99. Both Kohli and AB de Villiers shone with the bat, hitting half-centuries to help the team gun down the target with ease.Also Read | Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma chill with AB de Villiers and family in BengaluruAlso Read | Virat Kohli now all-time leading Indian scorer in T20 cricketAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Anushka SharmaFollow AB de VilliersFollow IPL 2019Follow Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL 2019: Anushka Sharma keeps me positive, says Virat Kohli after RCB’s 1st winVirat Kohli, in a candid chat with AB de Villiers after Royal Challengers Bangalore’s first win in IPL 2019, talked up the contribution of wife Anushka Sharma to his cricket career and life.advertisementlast_img read more

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Why even talk about MS Dhoni’s retirement: Javed Akhtar

Why even talk about MS Dhoni’s retirement: Javed Akhtar

25 October 0

first_img Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiJuly 14, 2019UPDATED: July 14, 2019 12:59 IST Photo: ReutersHIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni was run-out for 50 during India’s 18-run defeat against New ZealandThere were speculations on MS Dhoni’s retirement after the World Cup 2019Javed Akhtar said MS Dhoni is key to Team India’s performancesAfter legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, veteran writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar has batted for wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni asking him not to retire from the game.Following India’s exit from the World Cup after their shocking defeat to New Zealand in the semifinals, speculations have been rife that Dhoni would soon retire from the game.However, Akhtar feels Dhoni — whose understanding of the game is an advantage for the team — has a lot of cricket still left in him.”As a middle-order batsman or a wicketkeeper, MS Dhoni is totally dependable and trustworthy. Virat is graceful enough to accept that Dhoni’s understanding of the game is an advantage for the team. One can see that a lot of cricket is still left in him. Why even talk about his retirement,” tweeted Akhtar on Friday.As a middle order batsman or a WK M S Dhoni is a totally dependable n trustworthy. Virat is graceful enough to accept that Dhoni’s understanding of game is an advantage for the team .One can see that a lot of cricket is still left in Him . Why even talk about his retirementJaved Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu) July 12, 2019Earlier on Thursday, Lata Mangeshkar requested the 37-year-old Indian cricketer not to retire from the game. “These days, I have been hearing that you plan to retire. Please don’t think this way. The country needs you and it is my request, too, that you don’t allow even the thought of retirement to enter your mind,” Mangeshkar tweeted in Hindi.advertisementNamaskar M S Dhoni ji.Aaj kal main sun rahi hun ke Aap retire hona chahte hain.Kripaya aap aisa mat sochiye.Desh ko aap ke khel ki zaroorat hai aur ye meri bhi request hai ki Retirement ka vichar bhi aap mann mein mat laayiye.@msdhoniLata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) July 11, 2019In a heart-warming gesture the 89-year-old singer also left an encouraging note for Team India, to help them tide over their defeat. She dedicated her 1994 song, “Akash ke us paar bhi”, to the Men in Blue.”We did not win yesterday, but we didn’t lose. I dedicate this song by Gulzar sahab to our team,” she said in another tweet.Kal bhalehi hum jeet na paaye ho lekin hum haare nahi hain.Gulzar sahab ka cricket ke liye likha hua ye geet main hamari team ko dedicate karti hun. https://t.co/pCOy7M1d1YLata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) July 11, 2019Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNayanika Sengupta Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow ICC World Cup 2019 Why even talk about MS Dhoni’s retirement: Javed AkhtarAfter Team India’s heartbreaking exit from the World Cup campaign, a million dollar question that was haunting fans, will Mahendra Singh Dhoni continue his journey or hang up his gloves.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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