TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery hasn’t forgotten Sevilla midfielder Banegaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery hasn’t forgotten about Sevilla midfielder Ever Banega.The Sun says Emery is set to launch an £18m January raid for Banega – the Argentine midfielder he’s worked with at Valencia and Sevilla.The offer will be tabled next month, but Serie A giants Inter Milan are also keen.The midfielder could act as a replacement for Aaron Ramsey, who is leaving the club on a free transfer next summer.
Suarez relieved as Barcelona win at ‘tricky’ Getafeby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLuis Suarez and Leo Messi struck as Barcelona won 2-1 at Getafe on Sunday.Messi scored his 399th La Liga goal and Luis Suarez netted with a stunning volley as Barcelona moved five points clear at the top of the table with victory at Getafe.Argentine Messi opened the scoring in the 20th minute when he slotted in from a very tight angle.Suarez doubled the lead with a venomous shot from the edge of the area.Jaime Mata fired in to reduce the deficit before Jorge Molina missed an open goal for Getafe after the break.”It was very hard and tricky with so many people in the way, but I managed to hit it well,” said Suarez of his goal.”The opponent played well, we knew their qualities, how they defend, and we knew how to get the points, although there’s half a season to go.”On Messi he added: “Leo (Messi) is the best player in the world, wherever he plays. He’s got details of a different class of player and to share the pitch with him is incredible.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp finds Hoever positive in FA Cup defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was happy with Ki-Jana Hoever’s performance in their FA Cup defeat to Wolves.The 16 year-old played for 84 minutes at the back.“I am not sure what you all would have said if immediately from the beginning if our centre-half situation was Fabinho and Ki-Jana; then probably a few very smart people would tell me that I don’t respect the competition or whatever,” Klopp said.“So, we tried to do all the things [we could]. Of course, on the other hand it doesn’t make sense to bring in a 16-year-old boy from the start. You don’t bring him, you wait until he is completely ready, but he did well. He came on and did well. That’s how it sometimes starts – when you are really needed then it is only about if you are good enough and not how old you are.“He did well, so that was all OK. That’s it.” Hoever had replaced Dejan Lovren and Klopp added: “[It is Dejan Lovren’s] hamstring, is what I heard – without any signs before. I asked everybody, no signs, nothing, just out of the blue, so that’s the decision you have to make.“I don’t know in this moment how long he will be out.”
Blackpool target Newcastle whizkid Sorensenby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBlackpool are chasing after Newcastle United youngster Elias Sorensen.The Danish under-21 international could go out on loan for the rest of the season.The 19-year-old has penned a new contract with the Magpies, but his first team opportunities are limited for this term.Chronicle Live suggests that a loan to Blackpool would help them boost their chances of making the playoffs.When asked about a loan for Sorensen, Newcastle coach Ben Dawson is quoted by Chronicle Live as saying: “It has to be the right place to go on loan – you saw tonight some of the strengths he has and some of the areas where he has to develop.”He needs to play every week and the best place for him to go on loan is somewhere where there’s an experienced striker for him to learn from.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool legend Nicol: FSG to blame for FA Cup exitby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Steve Nicol has slammed the club’s owners over their FA Cup exit at Wolves on Monday night.With Liverpool suffering Champions League, Europa League, League Cup and FA Cup Final defeats since FSG bought the club in 2010, it leaves the 2012 League Cup as both the Reds’ last trophy and only silverware of the American group’s Anfield stewardship.Nicol told ESPN FC: “For the big teams, particularly in England, it’s about the Premier League and Champions League.“Let’s not forget, that Kenny Dalglish got the sack after winning silverware at Liverpool, and losing the FA Cup final. So, work that one out.“So the owners want the Premier League and the Champions League clearly.“If Jurgen Klopp doesn’t want to sacrifice anybody in order to win the Premier League or the Champions League then he’s going to do what he did the other night and play what, three first team [players]?”Nicol accused his former side of disregarding the competition as they suffered their fourth-successive third or fourth round exit under Klopp.“Well, yes, because of the era I played in – yes I do (have a problem with domestic cups not being taken seriously).“All the other trophies meant something, the Carabao Cup used to mean a lot.“The FA Cup was absolutely huge, it for me was basically the player’s tournament.“But times have changed, and now it’s about Premier League and Champions League.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Denis Suarez only wants Arsenal – but the Gunners…by Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are still mulling over whether to pull the trigger on a deal for Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez.The 25-year-old is believed to be keen on a switch to the Emirates and a loan deal would likely include the option to make it permanent this summer.However, Spanish pundit Guillem Balague says nothing has yet been decided at Arsenal’s end.”To update you on Denis Suarez,” he told the Guillem Balague Transfer Show.“Barcelona thought the deal was going to be taking place this week because they thought it was going to be an easy one.“Denis Suarez says ‘Arsenal or nothing, or I stay’.“But it’s not as easy as that, there are other teams that are interested.“Denis Suarez is saying exactly the same.“The problem is for Arsenal, Denis Suarez is not a top priority.“And because they’ve got a limited amount of money they can use on wages as well, and on loan deals, they’re just waiting to take a final decision.”
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Marchisio happy seeing Ramsey wearing his No8 at Juventusby Carlos Volcano12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveClaudio Marchisio is happy seeing Aaron Ramsey wearing his No8 at Juventus.The former Juve announced his retirement last week.”I haven’t ruled out anything, but for the moment I have not decided what I will do,” Marchisio told the Daily Mail when asked if he plans to coach.“My No 8 jersey is in the best hands. Aaron Ramsey is a fantastic player. “The No 8 is such a beautiful number that it had to end up on someone’s back. My preferences were two, Ramsey or an academy player who moved up to the first team.”
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid coach Zidane no fan of Artificial Intelligenceby Carlos Volcano11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is no fan of Artificial Intelligence (AI) being pushed into football.Zidane is adamant AI will never match what an experienced coach can offer.He said, “Artificial Intelligence plays a very important role at the moment, but in my opinion, human intelligence remains the most important. “The most important thing that Artificial Intelligence has to offer us as coaches now is to shorten the time to do some things about it.”Football is my passion. My life revolves around sport, so I don’t like to rest and I enjoy working all the time. In addition, when you have a game every three days, the last thing we can think about is to rest. I lead a team that is one of the best in the world, which requires me to always be ready.”Zidane was speaking at the Dubai Artificial Intelligence in Sports (DAIS) Conference, organised by the Dubai Sport Council.
Saturday night, after Kentucky lost its first and only game of the 2014-2015 college basketball season, sophomore guard Andrew Harrison made a big mistake at his team’s post-game press conference, uttering a very NSFW phrase while his microphone was turned on. Harrison, who is facing criticism for the transgression, has since apologized.If you missed it, Harrison, after listening to his teammate Karl-Anthony Towns get asked about Wisconsin big man Frank Kaminsky, muttered “f*** that n****” to himself. Undoubtedly, it was stupid. But it was not racist. And there is no double standard going on here.For some reason, a number of college basketball fans are making the argument that if the situation had been reversed, and it had been Kaminsky uttering those words to himself, he’d be labeled a racist. Any by that logic, because Harrison isn’t being labeled as a racist, and because he isn’t likely to face any serious punishment, there is a double standard going on here.We’re not making this up. There are hundreds, if not thousands of tweets about it.If Andrew Harrison was white, we’d have a national catastrophe on our hands. Talk about a double standard— Alex Petik (@MuskyMaster5033) April 5, 2015Such a double standard with race I hate it. Andrew Harrison says what he says and it doesn’t get blown up but if it was other way around…— Tyler Boyle (@theeroyalboyle) April 5, 2015If Frank K had said the EXACT same thing about Andrew Harrison, think it would’ve been swept under the rug? What a double standard!— Dtrain41 (@DaneHenderson1) April 5, 2015If Andrew Harrison isn’t kicked out of school it’s a double standard @KentuckyMBB— Lara McGlynn (@lalalaLaraxo) April 5, 2015Obviously, if Kaminsky, a white man, had called Harrison, an African American, the n-word, he’d have been (rightfully) labeled a racist. There’s no doubt there. But comparing this to the Oklahoma SAE issue is absolutely insane.Where’s the disconnect here? Whether or not you agree with it, many African Americans refer to each other using the n-word. It’s part of the hip-hop culture. It’s part of the locker room culture. Heck, even ESPN’s Michael Wilbon admits that he and his friends use the word to “endearingly” refer to each other. To be clear, there was nothing endearing about what Harrison said about Kaminsky. But in the context of the situation, if Harrison had said “F*** that dude”, he’d be essentially saying the same thing.Harrison acted like a sore loser, and again, he should never have said what he said. But there is no double standard here. Just stop.
marshawn lynch cal utah fan spelling errorESPN’s College GameDay is at Utah this week, and Utes fans have come up with some pretty clever signs ahead of their big Pac-12 contest against Cal Saturday night. The one you’ll see below is not one of them.A Utah fan, attempting to make fun of Cal’s academics and question former running back Marshawn Lynch’s intelligence, made a grammatical error. Check it out:SIGN RULE NO. 1: If you’re going to make fun of the other school’s academics, check your grammar. pic.twitter.com/sz8SBEVqOx— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 10, 2015Marshawn knows the difference between “than” and “then” #gameday pic.twitter.com/qhDoZMinx6— GoldenBlogs (@GoldenBlogs) October 10, 2015For the record, Cal is also one of the best public schools in the country. Major fail all around here.
Barcelona can turn their attentions back to La Liga on Sunday after successfully progressing in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, thanks to a 3-0 win over Levante at Camp Nou.Leganes are next up for Ernesto Valverde’s side, who command a two-point advantage over Atletico Madrid at the summit of the standings, having played one game fewer.They are expected to stretch that back to five points against opponents who are only three points clear of the relegation zone – though will have to do it without Lionel Messi. 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? Game Barcelona vs Leganes Date Sunday, January 20 Time 8.30pm GMT / 3.30pm ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be streamed live on Eleven Sports One. UK TV channel Online stream N/A Eleven Sports One Squads & Team News Position Barcelona squad Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Cillessen Defenders Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Miranda, Gonzalez, Chumi Midfielders Rakitic, Busquets, Vidal, Denis Suarez, Arthur, Alena Forwards Messi, Suarez, Coutinho, Dembele, Munir, Malcom Samuel Umtiti remains the foremost injury problem for Ernesto Valverde, who is without Rafinho and Sergi Samper, but Thomas Vermaelan is fit to startOusmane Dembele retains his spot in attack alongside Luis Suarez, but there is no Lionel Messi or Ivan Rakitic so Arthur Melo and Carles Alena start.Barcelona starting XI: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Vermaelen, Alba; Alena, Busquets, Coutinho; Arthur, Suarez, Dembele Position Leganes players Goalkeepers Lunin, Cuellar, Serantes Defenders Siovas, Omeruo, Dos Santos, Tarin, Silva, Nyom, Juanfran Midfielders Oscar, Recio, Vesga, Gumbau, Eraso Forwards Arnaiz, Merino, Ojeda, El Zhar, Braithwaite, Santos, En-Nesyri Leganes were hit with severe injury problems before beating Real Madrid in midweek and those issues have not eased much since.Midfielders Alexander Szymanowski and Ruben Perez are the most notable absentees, but they are also bereft of attackers Guido Carrillo and Diego Rolan, meaning the midweek matchwinner Martin Braithwaite will start once more.Ezequiel Munoz is struggling to be fit in the defence and Unai Bustinza, who would typically fill in, is banned.Leganes starting XI: Cueller; Nyom, Tarin, Omeruo, Siovas, Silva; Oscar, Vesga, Recio, En-Nesyri; BraithwaiteBetting & Match Odds Barcelona can be backed at 1/6 to win with bet365. A draw is priced at 7/1, while Leganes are 16/1 to cause a major upset.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more .Match Preview Barcelona’s progress to the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey has been mired in controversy, despite a thumping 3-0 success over Levante in midweek.Two goals from Ousmane Dembele and another from Lionel Messi gave them a resounding midweek success, though it was the 2-1 loss a week earlier that fell under scrutiny as their opponents claimed they had fielded an ineligible player in the form of Chumi, who should have been banned.The Spanish FA (RFEF) ultimately threw out the claims of their opponents but head coach Ernesto Valverde was still forced to step in and voice a defence of the club.“We acted correctly,” he affirmed. “If you look at the competition rules we did nothing wrong. Some people may interpret the rules a different way.“It needs to be made clear – not for the person who is writing the rules but for the people who are reading it.”More pressing for Barca, though, is a fixture against opponents who shocked them 2-1 in September.“We played very badly,” he remembered. “It was good during the week and we all had the feeling that we were going to win it but in a minute they scored two goals.“We have to learn from that. For us it is essential to get the points and start the second round of the season well.”Leganes, meanwhile, come into this encounter heartened by a 1-0 win over Real Madrid in midweek, although it was insufficient to knockout the capital giants from the Copa del Rey. An organised defensive side, they will hope to disarm Barcelona with their direct approach, which they have already shown this season can get the better of even the biggest teams.
Victor Lindelof insists that he is happy at Manchester United despite recent reports linking the Swedish defender with a move to Barcelona.Lindelof, 24, has spent the past two seasons at United after arriving from Benfica, but reports this month have linked the defender with a move to La Liga champions Barca.But the Sweden international moved to play down the talk, saying he was happy at Old Trafford in the Premier League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “I’m very, very happy to be a Manchester United player,” Lindelof told a news conference in Perth on Tuesday.”I’m really looking forward to this season. I’m very excited for a new season to start.”That’s my answer, I’m very happy here.“I always felt like a Manchester United player but last season was a better season for me, I performed better than I did in my first.“I’m happy that people think that [I’m the best central defender at the club].“I’m just trying to do my best every day and that’s what I work hard for every day to help the team and the club.”Lindelof made 40 appearances for Manchester United last campaign, including 30 in the Premier League as he became a vital piece of the club’s backline under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.In his first season, he made just 17 Premier League appearances but has now seemingly adjusted to the pace and style of the Premier League.The next step will be adapting to new faces coming in, including new defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka.“Well new players, new signings, we as a team will always try to help them to settle in as quickly as possible,” said Lindelof.“This is my third season here, I’ve been through what it is to sign for this club and get a little criticism.“But it’s part of the game and, like I said before, everyone in the team is trying to help the new guys.”Manchester United are preparing to face Leeds United in their second pre-season friendly in Australia on Wednesday.The Red Devils topped Perth Glory 2-0 in their first match of pre-season with Marcus Rashford and James Garner scoring the two goals.
Gareth Bale’s chances of moving to Jiangsu Suning are all but over after the Chinese Super League side signed Croatian striker Ivan Santini from Anderlecht to reach their quota of foreign players.The Real Madrid forward has been tipped to leave the club as Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane did not see the Welshman in his plans for next season. Jiangsu Suning had reportedly offered Bale a £1m-a-week deal to make the move to the Far East and an agreement was claimed to be imminent. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? However, reports over the weekend suggested the deal had been called off at Real’s request, with the Spanish giants reluctant to let Bale go on a free transfer.Any hopes of the deal with Jiangsu Suning being revived have seemingly been quashed by their deal for Santini.The club also signed Brazilian defender Miranda from Inter last week, meaning they now have five foreign players on their books.Chinese Super League regulations only allow clubs to have four overseas-born players included in their official squads at any one time.Former Liverpool defender Gabriel Paletta, who is Italian, is expected to leave the club to bring that tally down to four, but there would still be no room for Bale.The club’s other two foreign players, Brazilian Alex Teixeira and Italian Eder Martins, are considered first-team regulars so are unlikely to be moved on in order to accommodate the former Tottenham man.Bale, who has three years left on his contract, now has to consider pushing for another move elsewhere or remaining at Real, where a first-team place is far from guaranteed.Zidane has made it clear that Bale no longer figures in his plans but the club have found it hard to move the player on.The Spanish side are looking to recoup some funds after an extensive summer outlay so would be reluctant to let Bale go for nothing, but finding a club willing to pay a transfer fee and match Bale’s lucrative wages has proved impossible so far.Madrid have welcomed Bale back into their pre-season squad and with a serious injury suffered by Marco Asensio depriving them of an attacking option, may now have little choice but to find a place for him in the squad for the 2019-20 campaign.
AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 25: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up on the field prior to the game against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Win or lose, tonight will likely be the final game at Alabama for Jalen Hurts. Hurts stayed on this year as a backup to Tua Tagovailoa, but it has long been reported that he will seek a graduate transfer at the end of the season.Hurts will be a sought-after commodity on the transfer market this offseason. He’ll have a number of choices for his next destination, and Sports Illustrated’s Emily Caron named a few today.Caron’s No. 1 transfer destination for Hurts is Maryland. She cites his “relationship with new Terps head coach Mike Locksley, who served as Alabama’s offensive coordinator this year.”Tennessee, Oklahoma, Auburn and Miami are also mentioned.A five-minute guide to Jalen Hurts’s past, present and future https://t.co/mFtokKTc0B— SI College Football (@si_ncaafb) January 7, 2019Locksley was hired as the head coach at Maryland on December 4. The Terps have gone through a number of options at quarterback the past two seasons, as injuries have hit the position hard.Hurts has played in 12 games for the Crimson Tide this year, throwing for 765 yards and eight touchdowns. He’s added 171 rushing yards and two scores.Hurts’ biggest performance came in the SEC Championship Game, when he replaced an injured Tagovailoa and led the Crimson Tide on a fourth-quarter comeback.
No. 11 Michigan (plus 3½) at No. 13 WisconsinWolverines have lost four straight at Camp Randall, dating to 2005 … WISCONSIN 24-20.Michigan needs this one – badly. The Wolverines came into the season with College Football Playoff hopes, though they’ve largely underwhelmed through two weeks.Wisconsin will be tough to beat, though, and most experts are going with the Badgers at home.The Wolverines will need the Shea Patterson-led offense to show up in a major way on Saturday afternoon if they’re going to emerge with a win.Michigan and Wisconsin are set to kick off at noon E.T. on FOX. MADISON, WI – SEPTEMBER 09: Michael Deiter #63, Jonathan Taylor #23, and Austin Ramesh #20 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrate after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Camp Randall Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)The biggest Big Ten game of the season to date is taking place in Madison on Saturday afternoon.Wisconsin, the No. 13 team in the country, is hosting No. 11 Michigan at Camp Randall Stadium at noon E.T.The Wolverines are the higher-ranked team, though the Badgers enter Saturday’s contest as the favorite.Associated Press national college football writer Ralph D. Russo has made his score pick for the game. He likes the home team.
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – OCTOBER 29: Utah Utes fans cheer at the Utah Utes, Washington Huskies NCAA football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium on October 29, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)If there’s any time for TV networks and channels to avoid disputes, it’s during football season. But Dish Network and Fox channels failed to reach a new agreement on Thursday. The result? Many Dish Network subscribers will be unable to watch several sports channels associated with Fox Corporation.These channels include: FOX, FS1, FS2 and the Big Ten Network. Each channel carries some of the biggest football games of the weekend. Certainly a big loss for sports fans everywhere.Dish Network dropped Fox channels this afternoon – the broadcast channel, FS1, BTN, FS2.— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) September 26, 2019This is possibly the worst timing to dispute a new agreement. College football is heading into week five while the NFL is already three weeks in. Now, fans will have to scramble to find new TV providers if possible.Both Fox Corporation and Dish Network seem to be blaming each other for the dispute. Dish Network’s senior vice president Andy LeCuyer chipped in on the frustrating dispute.“To add insult to injury, Fox pulled its channels right as viewers head into the heart of the NFL and college football season,” LeCuyer said, via USA Today. “We ask Fox to stop punishing its own viewers so we can focus on reaching a fair deal.”It doesn’t appear a deal is coming any time soon. But hopefully the companies can reach an agreement before the games this weekend.
Michigan family of 5 killed in wrong-way crash in KentuckyAuthorities in Kentucky say five family members from Michigan headed home from vacation were among six people killed in a wrong-way accident on Interstate 75.advertisement Associated Press LexingtonJanuary 7, 2019UPDATED: January 7, 2019 08:56 IST Image for representation (Photo:Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSA southbound pickup truck hit the family’s sport utility vehicleThe incident happened at 2.30 am on SundayAll five occupants died, along with the pickup’s driverAuthorities in Kentucky say five family members from Michigan headed home from vacation were among six people killed in a wrong-way accident on Interstate 75.Lexington police said in a statement that a southbound pickup truck being driven in the northbound lanes struck the family’s sport utility vehicle at 2.30 am Sunday. The statement says the SUV caught fire. All five occupants died, along with the pickup’s driver.The Fayette County coroner’s office says the family from Northville, Michigan, was returning from a vacation in Florida.A coroner’s statement identified them as 42-year-old Issam Abbas, 38-year-old Rima Abbas, 14-year-old Ali Abbas, 13-year-old Isabella Abbas, and 7-year-old Giselle Abbas.The pickup’s driver was identified as 41-year-old Joey Lee Bailey of Georgetown. The crash remains under investigation.Also Read | 2 people killed in Meghalaya as another coal mine collapses, 15 trapped remain untracedAlso Watch | 7 Sabarimala pilgrims killed in road accident in Tamil NaduGet 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 byManisha Pandey Tags :Follow Road accidentFollow Accident
India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 13, 2019UPDATED: January 13, 2019 18:11 IST Hardk Pandya and KL Rahul have been asked to return home from Australia where India are playing a three-match ODI series (Twitter Photo)Union Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP, Babul Supriyo has slammed Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Committee of Administrators (CoA) member, Diana Edulji for trying to “destroy” the careers of Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, who have been suspended pending an inquiry over their “inappropriate comments” on a popular television show.Supriyo, also a playback singer, expressed concerns with the way senior BCCI officials have handled the situation and added Edulji had contemplated extreme steps with regards to the punishments meted out to Hardik and Rahul.Rahul and Pandya are not part of the ongoing three-match ODI series and a BCCI source had also reportedly hinted that the duo may also miss the upcoming limited-over series in New Zealand, starting January 23.”With due & utter respect to Diana Edulji & her contribution to Indian cricket, May I say that her thinking has got ‘fossil’ to contemplate such extreme stepsWhat Hardik said is deplorable but their has to be some prudence in the way such senior minds handle the young ones (sic),” Supriyo wrote on Twitter.”There is ‘Thick’ line between reprimanding someone and destroying them !! My plea to these seniors : please behave your ages gentlemen & ladies.. Rest my case (sic).” Babul Supriyo slammed BCCI CoA member Diana Edulji over punishments meted out to Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul (Screengrab from Twitter) Rahul and Pandya have been facing severe criticism for their borderline racist and sexist comments. From references to getting distracted by cheerleaders to claiming they had slept with women in their teammates dressing rooms, both the cricketers were seemingly carried away by the nature of the show, which is known for getting celebrities to open up on their personal lives.advertisementPandya had also boasted about his dates and hookups with multiple women and even shed light on how his parents were “cool” with him seemingly objectifying the opposite gender.You don’t tell this kind of things on national television: HarbhajanSpeaking to India Today, World Cup-winning off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said Pandya and Rahul made fools out of themselves after trying to be cool on the show that was aired on Sunday.”It [the suspension] was bound to happen. The BCCI has taken the right decision. That’s the way forward too. In this case, there was a lot of talk about sexism, racism and other ill-natured comments. You don’t tell these kinds of things on national television. We don’t even discuss these things with our friends,” Harbhajan had said.”They have openly said.. ‘I have done this, I have done that’. It was shocking to me. Many of my seniors, my friends have been talking about it and it has been shocking to all of them.”He [Hardik] tried to look cool on TV by putting other players also on the same level. People might think that Harbhajan Singh is one of them, Anil Kumble is also one of them and Sachin Tendulkar is also one of them. We are not like them.”This is wrong. They need to understand they play cricket and people treat them as gods. They can’t go out and say such things while pretending to be cool. You’re making fool out of yourself. This definitely was going to happen.”Gavaskar defends BCCI’s stanceFormer India captain Sunil Gavaskar, meanwhile, defended the BCCI’s decision to send Hardik and Rahul back home from the Australia tour.”If you do things that bring your team and the game into disrepute, then you can’t be part of the team. Of course, the inquiry will then establish what further action, if at all needed, has to be taken.”They have been asked to come back and I believe it’s the correct step because you can’t have suspended players travelling with the team or staying in the same room. They have got to be kept away. Otherwise, what’s the point of the suspension? If they are going to enjoy the perks of being with the team.”India captain Virat Kohli had insisted that the controversy surrounding Pandya and Rahul won’t affect Team India, with regards to the combination in the ongoing ODI series against Australia. Also Read | Won’t travel in same bus as Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul: Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | Second time in 82 years Indian cricketers sent back from overseas tour over disciplinary reasonsAlso Read | Shubman Gill and Vijay Shankar to replace Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul in Australia, New ZealandSee:AlsoFor 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 Babul SupriyoFollow Diana EduljiFollow Hardik PandyaFollow KL RahulFollow Koffee With KaranFollow India vs AustraliaFollow India tour of New ZealandFollow Hardik Koffee With Karan Babul Supriyo slams Diana Edulji over Hardik, Rahul suspensions after Koffee with KaranKoffee With Karan controversy: Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul were suspended and sent back home from Australia over their inappropriate comments on the television show. The duo will miss the ongoing ODI series in Australia and may not be part of the limited-overs series in New Zealand, starting January 23.advertisement
Next India Today Web Desk MelbourneJanuary 14, 2019UPDATED: January 14, 2019 10:33 IST Australian Open: Prajnesh Gunneswaran’s lack of net points pegged him back against Frances Tiafoe. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPrajnesh Gunneswaran was playing his first match in a Grand Slam tournament main drawPrajnesh made 8 more unforced errors than Frances TiafoePrajnesh is India’s highest-ranked singles player at 112Prajnesh Gunneswaran fell short in his first main draw appearance at a Grand Slam tournament as he lost to his more fancied opponent in the first round at Melbourne Park on Sunday. USA’s Frances Tiafoe beat Prajnesh 7-6(7), 6-3, 6-3 in an hour and 52 minutes to advance to the second round.Tiafoe will next be up against fifth seed Kevin Anderson while Prajnesh will return home and ponder over missed opportunities. Prajnesh had his opportunities in the first set and the second set, where he even broke Tiafoe’s serve but got broken back immediately to let slip the advantage.Despite having a good percentage of first serve in, Tiafoe won more points on his first and second serve while Prajnesh could not match those numbers. Also what went against Prajnesh Gunneswaran was his net play.Tiafoe won 88 per cent of the net points he played while Prajnesh won only 67 per cent. Also Prajnesh made more unforced errors than Tiafoe. @FTiafoe gets the win over Gunneswaran 7-6(7), 6-3, 6-3 #AusOpen #gamesetmatch pic.twitter.com/TomlCR6UXU #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 14, 2019Prajnesh had gone past three opponents in the qualifiers to make it to the main draw but could not go past the first hurdle.Gunneswaran is India’s highest-ranked singles player at 112 and he had said ahead of the tournament that India needed a system place in produce more and better singles players.”I don’t think there is any lack of motivation. We don’t have the system in place to produce players so no matter how much motivation is there we will not produce any players even if I make the final,” Gunneswaran told Reuters in an interview.advertisement”Somdev has been 70 and we had other players in the past who have been top 30 but that didn’t produce another 100 players.”Prajnesh had also made it clear that India’s search for quality singles players would not end anytime soon.”We need an entire system and infrastructure, from coaches to fitness trainers, a centre where the youngsters can go and play and develop and get better,” he said. “We don’t have that kind of a consistent system in India.”Also Read | Maria Sharapova beats Harriet Dart 6-0, 6-0 in first roundAlso Read | Andy Murray much more than just a tennis player, says Amelie MauresmoAlso Read | Tennis going to be hot at Australian OpenFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Prajnesh GunneswaranFollow Frances TiafoeFollow Australian OpenFollow Tennis Australian Open: Prajnesh Gunneswaran loses in 1st main draw appearance in MelbourneAustralian Open: Prajnesh Gunneswaran lost 6-7(7), 3-6, 3-6 to USA’s Frances Tiafoe in the first round at Melbourne Park on Monday.advertisement
India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 4, 2019UPDATED: February 4, 2019 13:33 IST West Indies captain Jason Holder will miss the third and final Test vs England due to ICC’s ban. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJason Holder has received a ban for West Indies’s overrate offence in the second TestShane Warne asked Holder to appeal against the banWest Indies have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series vs EnglandAustralian great Shane Warne ridiculed the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) decision to ban West Indies captain Jason Holder for the third Test against England over his team’s slow over rate in the second Test in Antigua. West Indies thrashed England by 10 wickets in Antigua and captain Holder led his side from the front to the historic victory in a match that finished inside three days.Despite the managing not even going to the last two days of the Test, ICC levied the one-Test suspension on Holder on the basis of overrate on a single day. According to the rules, a team is supposed to bowl particular number of overs at a certain rate on each day of a Test match and Holder’s West Indies did not do the same.However, Warne was unhappy with ICC’s decision and urged Holder to appeal against this ban before the third Test in St Lucia. He also questioned ICC’s common sense in the ban.”The test didn’t go 3 days – can you please appeal this @JaseHolder98 ! What a ridiculous decision – where’s the common sense here ? Ps Congrats on a wonderful series win too. International cricket needs a strong Windies team & hopefully this is just the start @BrianLara,” Warne tweeted.The test didn’t go 3 days – can you please appeal this @JaseHolder98 ! What a ridiculous decision – where’s the common sense here ? Ps Congrats on a wonderful series win too. International cricket needs a strong Windies team & hopefully this is just the start @BrianLara https://t.co/dxKXDnAib7advertisementShane Warne (@ShaneWarne) February 3, 2019Holder replied to Warne comment with a “thank you” to which Warne responded once again congratulating the West Indies captain for the quality of cricket they put on display.”Pleasure ! The fans at the ground saw some awesome cricket from you & your team. No one at the ground would have felt short changed whatsoever. What a ridiculous decision & I hope this will be over turned !” Warne said.Pleasure ! The fans at the ground saw some awesome cricket from you & your team. No one at the ground would have felt short changed whatsoever. What a ridiculous decision & I hope this will be over turned ! https://t.co/YRWxbRbhEWShane Warne (@ShaneWarne) February 3, 2019Former England captain Michael Vaughan also tweeted his views on this issue, asking the ICC to put run penalties instead of banning captains for such incidents in the sport.246 over Test Match .. that amounts to 2.6 days of Cricket .. A team hammers the opposition & plays great Test cricket yet the Captain gets a ban for Slow over rate .. @Jaseholder98 can find himself very very unlucky on this occasion .. !! The game really doesn’t help itself …Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 3, 2019Hitting teams & captains with Run penalties after every innings is more powerful than a ban or suspension .. That’s how I would deal with slow over rate .. It would affect the series and games they are being slow in much more .. #OnOnMichael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 3, 2019West Indies hold an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series against England after thumping victories in the first two Tests but Holder, the world’s top-ranked Test all-rounder, will miss the last game starting on Saturday.Holder, 27, was named man-of-the-match after the first Test in Barbados for his innings of 202 not out and two wickets as West Indies had crushed England by a 381-run win.Also Read | Alzarri Joseph plays Test vs England hours after mother’s demise, gets standing ovationAlso Read | Alastair Cook blasts England’s preparations after West Indies Test defeatAlso Read | Trevor Bayliss wants England batsmen to show ‘guts’ against West IndiesFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Jason HolderFollow West Indies vs EnglandFollow ICCFollow Shane Warne What a ridiculous decision: Shane Warne slams ICC for overrate ban on Jason HolderWest Indies captain Jason Holder was suspended by ICC for the third and final Test against England and Shane Warne questioned cricket’s world body whether the common sense is being applied.advertisement