Muto available for three extra Newcastle gamesby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle are boosted by news that Yoshinori Muto will be a part of the squad for an extra three games before the Asian Cup.Muto does not have to join up with the Japanese team until January.And that means he can take part in the next few festive fixtures.His club are worried he is not fit enough to go to the Asian Cup, as he has not played since the beginning of November.But the Chronicle Live reports that he will still go to the tournament, provided he does not suffer any setback in his recovery. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Eintracht Frankfurt prepared to sell Newcastle target Jetro Willemsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEintracht Frankfurt are prepared to sell Jetro Willems next month.Newcastle United are interested in the Holland left-back, who is prepared to leave Germany in the coming weeks.BILD says Newcastle are in talks with Eintracht for Willems and been told they can sign him for €15m. Eintracht paid €3m to Feyenoord for Willems.AS Roma are also interested in Willems ahead of the winter transfer window opening.And the concern for Newcastle is owner Mike Ashley won’t sanction the deal.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-ref Clattenburg: Man City defender Kompany lucky not to see redby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg says Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany was lucky not to be sent off in victory over Liverpool.Writing for the Daily Mail, Clattenburg opined: “Vincent Kompany was lucky not to be sent off for his challenge on Liverpool’s Mo Salah.”In defence of referee Anthony Taylor, he does not have the luxury of slowing the action down and reviewing the incident — and in moments such as this, that is sometimes what you need to be 100 per cent sure, because everything happens so quickly.”On watching the replay, it is easy to make a case for a red card, because it is clear Kompany lunges with a straight leg and his studs showing.”The Belgian knew he had to make that type of tackle because Salah would have been away and one-on-one with the goalkeeper. A referee should consider all such factors.”Salah, meanwhile, is very lucky his foot was not planted in the turf, because that challenge could have caused him serious injury.”
Lille threaten Fiorentina plans for West Ham midfielder Pedro Obiangby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLille have made a late move for West Ham midfielder Pedro Obiang.The former Spain U21 international was all set to join Fiorentina, however the deal stalled over the weekend.Calciomercato.com says Fiorentina were happy to meet West Ham’s €10m asking price, however refused to match their demand to pay the total fee up front.This has opened the door to Lille to come forward with a counter offer.LOSC see Obiang as a readymade replacement for PSG target Thiago Mendes. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Zenit tell Chelsea to go higher after rejecting first Paredes offerby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveZenit St Petersburg are demanding Chelsea go higher if they want to sign Leandro Paredes.The Daily Mail says Zenit want £36m for Chelsea target Leandro Paredes.Talks between the clubs opened last week though Chelsea fell short with their opening offer for the Argentine midfielder who returned for training on Monday after the Russian League winter break.Chelsea’s opening offer was £26.8million, as they look to replace Monaco signing Cesc Fabregas. Paredes has scored seven times in his 43 matches for Zenit St Petersburg. He’s also previously played for Empoli on loan, Roma, Chievo, and Boca Juniors.
Wilder says Sheffield Utd can be proud hosting Liverpool todayby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United boss Chris Wilder says the club can be proud hosting Liverpool today.Facing Liverpool in the Premier League is another milestone in United’s remarkable renaissance under Wilder and they were getting thumped at home by Southend in League One when he took over three years ago.“I’ve had some dark days and a few years ago it would have seemed a million years away, us playing Liverpool in the Premier League at Bramall Lane,” he said.“The journey’s been quick and rapid. Now we have to continue the journey, enjoy the occasion and do ourselves justice on and off the pitch.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Villarreal fullback Moreno: Klopp stopped my opportunities at Liverpoolby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlberto Moreno has finally spoken about the circumstances that led him to leave Liverpool, and his relationship with Jurgen Klopp.The left back was signed in 2014, but failed to show the necessary quality or consistency to establish himself as a mainstay in the position.He was not able to show Klopp that he was good enough for the first time, which led to his eventual sale.Moreno has now lifted the lid on that relationship.”After the Europa League Final (2016) I spent the year on the bench. Then I thought of leaving,” the Spaniard told local paper El Periodico Mediterraneo.”Klopp told me if I got something really good and he didn’t need me, to talk, but in the end he convinced me to stay.”And the first day came and I started playing, Premier League, Champions League, always starting.”[Then-Spain coach Julen] Lopetegui even called me, Lopetegui for the national team.”But I was injured in December and after I recovered, I no longer played.”Klopp no longer gave me opportunities. He’s a very good coach, but he decides to go forward with his 13 or 14 players and that works.”
Texas Recruits Charles Omenihu, Kai Locksley Get Into It On Twitter With Texas A&M 5-Star DT Daylon Mack
daylon mack charles omenihu kai locksley texas a&m twitterTexas and Texas A&M might not have a football rivalry on the field anymore, but one certainly exists off of it. Thursday night, Aggies’ five-star defensive tackle Daylon Mack upset some Longhorns’ fans – and a couple players – with a tweet. Mack, a 6-foot-1, 330-pound defensive lineman pledged to Kevin Sumlin’s program, poked fun at Charlie Strong’s “I don’t know if I want to go walking into College Station right now” comment. He created a T-shirt featuring the quote and tweeted a photo of the clothing item. Mack then called out Texas signee Charles Omenihu, a three-star defensive end upset by the T-shirt, tweeting a conversation they had about playing together at TAMU. Clearly I had the option to be a longhorn I just chose different. Your only at Texas because we never offered you #NuffSaid @charless_94— THEE MACK TRUCK (@DaylonMack) April 17, 2015Lol we wanted you?? Haha ok @charless_94 pic.twitter.com/EPD60U5h0x— THEE MACK TRUCK (@DaylonMack) April 17, 2015Omenihu responded with a screenshot of another conversation. This one suggests Mack was interested in playing at Texas (which he was, but later opted to attend Texas A&M). @DaylonMack come on now don’t try and flex on me pic.twitter.com/iOJjlnWhWm— Charles™‼️ (@charless_94) April 17, 2015Thankfully, the posting of previous conversations ended there. The Twitter jabs didn’t stop, though. Texas four-star QB commit Kai Locksley and four-star linebacker commit Cecil Cherry joined in on the action, too. But I’m chillin I got mines you got yours just the towards my coach and school not needed cause you doing it for retweets @DaylonMack— Charles™‼️ (@charless_94) April 17, 2015@charless_94 no need to rap moe.. We focused on us. They can have that childish lame ahh Twitter stuff. We got better things to deal with /p>— Kai Locksley (@LOCKSnLOADED_3) April 17, 2015@LOCKSnLOADED_3 /p>— Charles™‼️ (@charless_94) April 17, 2015 Let him talk all he want to and tell his sorry lame coach to play us and get beat by the best team in Texas and let them know we run things— Cecil Cherry (@cecil__cherry3) April 17, 2015 @DaylonMack True ballers let the pads do the talking that’s all I’m say HOOK EM to bad you switch out on us just sit back and watch us— Cecil Cherry (@cecil__cherry3) April 17, 2015 Just play already, Texas and Texas A&M. Twitter fights are entertaining, but actual games would be better.
MADISON, WI – SEPTEMBER 10: A general view of Camp Randall Stadium as the Wisconsin Badgers take on the Oregon State Beavers at on September 10, 2011 in Madison Wisconsin. Wisconsin defeated Oregon State 35-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Friday, Wisconsin and Under Armour announced that they’d signed a 10-year partnership worth $96 million, which kicks off next July. It didn’t take long for the duo to release mock-ups of what both the football and basketball teams could look like in 2016. So far, all they’re showing are classic looks with the UA logo. Check it all out:#Badgers officially going @UnderArmour. pic.twitter.com/PdHHRRw6zz— Curt Hogg (@CyrtHogg) October 9, 2015Wisconsin an @UnderArmour school starting July 2016 & lasting 10yrs pic.twitter.com/Bvvbcn7zjT— Darren Heitner (@DarrenHeitner) October 9, 2015Here’s a first glance at how Wisconsin could look with Under Armour. #Badgers pic.twitter.com/ig5UVyZYQw— DailyCardinal Sports (@Cardinal_Sports) October 9, 2015Some new Armour next season. #OnWisconsin #Badgers pic.twitter.com/rjX8l70oDi— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) October 9, 2015We assume we’ll see much, much more in the coming months. Wisconsin fans – what do you think of the first look?
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – OCTOBER 21: A general view of Hard Rock Stadium during a game between the Miami Hurricanes and the Syracuse Orange on October 21, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Miami’s football program had a disappointing start to the 2018 college football season, losing in a blowout to LSU.The Hurricanes have rebounded since, though.The U has stormed back, winning four straight games. Miami is up to No. 17 in the polls and looking like a contender in the ACC.The Hurricanes’ in-state rival, Florida State, is set to travel to South Florida today. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. E.T. on ABC.Miami fans appear to be ready.Photos of this Hurricanes’ fan are going viral on social media.Miami fans should be packing the stands today.Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. E.T. The game will be on ABC.
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 23: Student fans of the Nebraska Cornhuskers celebrate a stop against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Memorial Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)The Iowa Hawkeyes and Nebraska Cornhuskers are renewing their rivalry today, as they battle at Kinnick Stadium.While the Hawkeyes were supposed to have home-field advantage in this matchup, an insane amount of Nebraska fans made the trip to support the team. It might be an away game for the Cornhuskers, but it certainly doesn’t look that way.All around Kinnick Stadium there are Nebraska supporters. Regardless of the program’s shortcomings this season, the fans wouldn’t miss another edition of this rivalry game.A lot of great times spent here in Kinnick Stadium. First time rooting for the visiting team. Go Huskers. pic.twitter.com/W4NOfzHfjR— Mike Mossbrucker (@mikemossbrucker) November 23, 2018Iowa most likely has more fans in attendance than Nebraska, yet that doesn’t diminish how impressive this showing is for the Cornhuskers.GAME DAY! Kinnick Stadium. Nebraska at Iowa. Kickoff: 11:00a.m. TV: FOX. pic.twitter.com/icXOz3GKBx— Ross Jernstrom WOWT (@RossJernstrom) November 23, 2018There are a LOT of Nebraska fans at Kinnick this morning.— LukeMeredith (@LukeMeredithAP) November 23, 2018Lots of Nebraska fans in the house today. Their Huskers are on the move.— Chad Leistikow (@ChadLeistikow) November 23, 2018Unfortunately for the Cornhuskers, the Hawkeyes have taken an early 14-10 lead. However, Nebraska is showing tons of resiliency on the road behind its freshman quarterback.With Nathan Stanley and Adrian Martinez off to great starts, this Big Ten finale could come down to the wire.The game is available on FOX.
AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 25: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up 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)Tua Tagovailoa and all of his star quarterback talents will be on display this afternoon, with Alabama set to take on Georgia in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta.The Crimson Tide’s sophomore Heisman Trophy frontrunner isn’t the only top quarterback in his family, though. Tagovailoa has a younger brother who’s pretty, pretty good, too.Taulia Tagovailoa, a four-star quarterback recruit in the 2019 class, is the younger brother of the star Alabama QB. Like his older brother, he’s committed to play for the Crimson Tide.Is that actually going to happen, though? We’ll see…Taulia Tagovailoa was in attendance for the Alabama-LSU game earlier this season. He was spotted on the field with head coach Ed Orgeron prior to the game and seemed to enjoy his visit.LSU isn’t the only major SEC program trying to flip Tagovailoa, either.Coach O just walked out of the locker room with #Bama commit Taulia Tagovailoa. pic.twitter.com/Nlt64EYPoH— Tre’von Ware (@318photo) November 3, 2018However, Taulia Tagovailoa says he’s still committed strong to Alabama.From AL.com:Alabama quarterback commit Taulia Tagovailoa needed just two words to answer the question just about every Crimson Tide fan has asked for the last week.Are you still fully committed to the Crimson Tide?“Yes, sir,” he said Friday night.Alabama fans can now exhale.Taulia Tagovailoa did speak highly of his visit with the Tigers.“It was nice, really amazing,” Tagovailoa said. “Coach O is like family to me and he took me in like family. He’s hilarious and I like him a lot, but who wouldn’t? He’s a great coach, and he cares for his team. It’s an amazing environment there, and I was blessed with an opportunity to experience it.”Tennessee is also reportedly attempting to get involved in Taulia’s recruitment, though the Vols likely trail the Crimson Tide and the Tigers.For now, though, he remains strongly committed to Alabama.Tua, meanwhile, is set to play Georgia in the SEC Championship Game at 4 p.m. E.T. The game will be on CBS.
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on before the 2018 SEC Championship Game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Nick Saban has helped many former college football head coaches re-start their careers, from Lane Kiffin to Butch Jones, and it appears he might be doing the same this week.AL.com is reporting that Alabama has brought in a fired Big Ten head coach to help behind the scenes this week.The coach: former Maryland head coach D.J. Durkin.Matt Zenitz has more details:Former Maryland head coach D.J. Durkin, fired in October after a lengthy investigation into the death of one of his players, has resurfaced at Alabama.In his first foray back into football since his October firing, Durkin has been helping Alabama this past week in a consultant-like capacity, sources told AL.com. It’s unclear at this point if Durkin could have a long-term role on Nick Saban’s Alabama staff though, according to sources.Durkin was fired from Maryland in October. He was suspended to start the season following an investigation into his program and was briefly reinstated in mid-October, only to later get fired.Alabama is getting ready to face Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff.The Crimson Tide and the Sooners are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. on Saturday, Dec. 29. The game will be on ESPN.
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 11: Sports Writer Adam Schefter attends the Annual Charity Day Hosted By Cantor Fitzgerald And BGC at the Cantor Fitzgerald Office on September 11, 2013 in New York, United States. (Photo by Jeff Schear/Getty Images for Cantor Fitzgerald)The NFL draft sits just under two hours away and we’re no closer to knowing who the No. 1 overall pick will be.Kyler Murray is the favorite to go No. 1 to the Arizona Cardinals, but Nick Bosa and Quinnen Williams have gained on the former Oklahoma star, according to Vegas odds.While those three names will likely be the first three called on Thursday night, another college football player might not even know he’s been drafted.A deadly tornado ripped through Louisiana on Thursday and damaged the Louisiana Tech campus. Several of the school’s facilities were damaged and the town of Ruston is in recovery after the devastating storm.As a result, top NFL prospect, and former Louisiana Tech Bulldog, Jaylon Ferguson won’t be attending the draft this weekend.Instead, he’s helping the community rebuild.Louisiana Tech defensive end Jaylon Ferguson is helping people in Ruston, La. after the tornado there, and because there’s no cell service, may not know if he’s drafted on Friday, when he is projected to be a second-round pick.https://t.co/ISUiQgylfN— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 25, 2019With cell tower service down, Ferguson might not know he’s been drafted by a team.The star pass rusher is expected to be selected in the second round of the draft, but he won’t hear his name called.The NFL draft kicks off on Thursday night at 8:00 p.m. ET. Will Kyler Murray be the No. 1 overall pick or will the Cardinals surprise the NFL world?Stay tuned.
COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 5: A gang of Ohio State Buckeyes defenders drop De’Mornay Pierson-El #15 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers for a one-yard loss in the second quarter at Ohio Stadium on November 5, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Ohio State heads to Lincoln next week for what could be a possible Big Ten Championship Game preview against Nebraska. Saturday’s game is so big that College GameDay will be there hosting their weekly event.The Buckeyes are coming off a dominating, 76-5 home win over Miami (Ohio). There have barely been any moments this year where Ohio State has looked vulnerable. Quarterback Justin Fields has been making a strong case for the Heisman Trophy, but faces his first big true road test this weekend.The Huskers, meanwhile, have kept most of their games a lot closer than fans have liked. Despite a 3-1 record, they have failed to impress in any of their games against mostly lesser opponents. They trailed Big Ten minnow Illinois for all but nine minutes Week 4.ESPN’s computer model has released its prediction for the Nebraska-Ohio State game. ESPN’s computer model believes that Ohio State is a near-lock to win this game. The computer model gives the Buckeyes an 89.8-percent chance to win this Saturday’s game.Going into the 2019 season, Nebraska may have seemed like the toughest game on Ohio State’s schedule before Michigan. But with the way the Huskers have looked through the first few weeks, the task doesn’t seem nearly as daunting now.The Nebraska-Ohio State game will be played on Saturday at 7:30 PM EST and will air on ABC.
Akshay Ramesh New DelhiMarch 2, 2019UPDATED: March 2, 2019 18:04 IST Virat Kohli is bidding to become the third India captain after Kapil Dev and MS Dhoni to lift the Cricket World Cup (AP Photo)On March 2, 2008, a 19-year-old Virat Kohli lifted the U-19 World Cup trophy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Kohli made just 20 in the final against South Africa U-19 but he led his troops wonderfully well to help India defend a 159-run target in the big final.Only a handful from that World Cup-winning XI has gone on to play for India at the highest level. And one among them has gone on to become arguably the best modern-day batsman.Virat Kohli, by no means, set the stage on fire immediately after grabbing limelight with the U-19 World Cup title. The Delhi youngster had to wait for his chances while a few of his contemporaries got an early break into the senior national team.However, Kohli, by means of perseverance and hard work, has become peerless. The India captain had conceded in the past that he needed to change his lifestyle drastically in order to pursue greatness in the sport. There were trying times in his nascent career but Kohli has managed to successfully overcome them and become an inspiration for millions.India vs Australia, 1st ODI in Hyderabad: Live cricket scoreCut to March 2, 2019, Kohli is already regarded as one of the all-time greats of the game. With more than 18,000 international runs and 64 centuries, Kohli is only behind his childhood idol, Sachin Tendulkar on the list of most hundreds in international cricket.The best batsman in the world now is gearing up for the pursuit of World Cup glory. Having won the coveted trophy in his very first attempt as a player, the 30-year-old is bidding to become the third India captain after MS Dhoni and Kapil Dev to lift the World Cup trophy as captain.advertisementWhile there were concerns surrounding his temperament, former Australia opener Matthew Hayden believes his aggressive outlook sets him apart from the rest.Kohli hasn’t lost the essence of who he is: Matthew HaydenSpeaking to Star Sports during the first ODI between India and Australia in Hyderabad, Hayden said: “I think it’s his [Virat Kohli’s] emotion… there’s a strong set of belief that a leader has to be clinical and almost take emotions out of it to a degree. His emotions… the fact that he is high energy… that inspires his teammates in terms of work ethics, and trying and winning games for their country.#OnThisDay in 2008, a young @imVkohli lifted the #U19CWC for India!Here he is, looking back to a tournament that changed so much for him! https://t.co/Mcya3v9KZw pic.twitter.com/mMC6VCnJQFICC (@ICC) March 2, 2019″From the U-19 set up to the World Cup which is happening in two month’s time, it’s been an inspirational journey. You can see that growth and maturity but also not lose the essence of who he is — an emotional character,” Hayden added.Virat Kohli leads by example: Sunil GavaskarRegarding him as the best batsman in the world, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar said Virat Kohli has worked extremely hard to get where he is in international cricket.”I think the man has matured so much. He is the best batsman in the world, by a distance. I know Williamson, Steve Smith and Joe Root are getting close, but you know, Virat is up there in all formats. Not just Test cricket,” Gavaskar said.”That is where that progress has been phenomenal. In 2009, he probably wasn’t the best batsman in that U-19 team. The way he has developed… he has made lifestyle changes. His cricket can get better.”He has realised that to play for the country is a privilege that only very few get. You have got to work extremely hard for it. You have got to have a little bit of luck, but he has worked extremely hard for it. He leads by example as far as work ethic is concerned. I think, therefore, the success that he has got is very very well deserved.”Also Read | We salute Wing Commander Abhinandan’s courage: BCCI acting president CK KhannaAlso Read | irat Kohli salutes real hero Wing Commander Abhinandan: I bow down to youAlso 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 India vs AustraliaFollow 1st ODIFollow Virat KohliFollow U-19 World Cup 2008Follow 2019 Cricket World Cup 11 years of Virat Kohli’s U-19 World Cup triumph: Legends pay tribute to India skipper11 years ago, on this day, a 19-year-old Virat Kohli led India to U-19 World Cup glory in Kuala Lumpur. Batting greats Sunil Gavaskar and Matthew Hayden recollect the India captain’s journey over the yearsadvertisement
Next Stuttgart Open: Naomi Osaka pulls out of semis with injuryThe two-times Grand Slam champion had pulled off an epic comeback from 1-5 down in the final set on Friday when she beat Croatian Donna Vekic 6-3 4-6 7-6(4) despite struggling on the clay surface.advertisement Reuters StuttgartApril 27, 2019UPDATED: April 27, 2019 23:04 IST Naomi Osaka pulled out of Stuttgart Open semi-finals with an injury. (Twitter/ @Naomi_Osaka_)HIGHLIGHTSNaomi Osaka pulled out of Stuttgart Open due to abdominal injuryOsaka withdrawl gave Anett Kontaveit a walkover to the finalKontaveit will face Petra Kvitova in the final on SundayWorld number one Naomi Osaka has pulled out of Saturday’s semi-finals at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart after failing to recover from an abdominal injury she suffered in her quarter-final match.The top seed’s withdrawal gives her opponent Anett Kontaveit a walkover and the Estonian goes through to Sunday’s final where she will face the Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova.”I’m really sorry I’m not able to compete for the semis today,” Osaka said. “I unfortunately got injured yesterday and I was waiting till today to see if I could get better.”But unfortunately, I didn’t. I’m really sorry for everyone that came out and I hope to see you next year and I hope to play next year.”Thank you @PorscheTennis and the amazing fans for this incredible time, I’ll do my best to get back healthy. I love you and see you soon pic.twitter.com/PIikIxs51ZNaomiOsaka (@Naomi_Osaka_) April 27, 2019The two-times Grand Slam champion had pulled off an epic comeback from 1-5 down in the final set on Friday when she beat Croatian Donna Vekic 6-3 4-6 7-6(4) despite struggling on the clay surface, making 45 unforced errors.Saturday’s other semi-final went the distance as world number three Kvitova beat Kiki Bertens 7-6(3) 3-6 6-1 in an engrossing physical battle that clocked two hours.Both players exchanged breaks of serve early in the opening set and the pair looked to use every inch of the court and the indoor stadium with one of Kvitova’s lobs hitting the roof of the Porsche-Arena to give Bertens the point.advertisementBertens then saved set points on her serve, preventing Kvitova from breaking her, to take the first set into a tiebreak. But Kvitova controlled proceedings to win the decider.However, Bertens raised her game in the second set and stormed back into the match with a mixture of powerful baseline shots and delicate chips which had Kvitova scampering around the court to keep up with the Dutchwoman.Kvitova regained control and broke twice in the final set to take a quick 5-0 lead, putting Bertens on the back foot with deep cross-court shots. The Czech even employed serve-and-volley to take points off her bewildered opponent.Bertens never recovered and despite successfully serving to stay in the match and getting on the scoreboard, Kvitova served out to win the match and book her place in the final.”I’m always playing three-setters with Kiki so I didn’t expect anything easier today,” Kvitova said after she reached her fourth final of the year. “I’m just glad I was able to stay in the rallies and return her serve.”I really had to be patient and I had to wait for a good shot to go for the winner. Overall, I was pretty good on the legs (to move around the court) today.”Also Read | Andy Murray optimistic he can play this year, says mother JudyAlso Read | Rafael Nadal shines in comfortable victory over Ferrer in BarcelonaAlso SeeFor 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Naomi OsakaFollow Stuttgart OpenFollow TennisFollow Petra KvitovaFollow Grand Slam
Next Barcelona beat Getafe 2-0 after Champions League failureBarcelona beat top-four chasing Getafe 2-0 in front of a near half-empty Nou Camp on Sunday in their first Liga game since the Champions League failure when Liverpool sent them crashing out of the semi-finals.advertisement Reuters BarcelonaMay 13, 2019UPDATED: May 13, 2019 12:35 IST Barcelona beat top-four chasing Getafe 2-0 in front of a near half-empty Nou Camp on Sunday. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSpanish champions Barcelona beat top-four chasing Getafe 2-0 on SundayThis is after the Liverpool defeat that sent them crashing out of the Champions League semi-finalsBarca have one final league game at Eibar next week before facing Valencia in the Copa del Rey finalSpanish champions Barcelona beat top-four chasing Getafe 2-0 in front of a subdued and near half-empty Nou Camp on Sunday in their first Liga game since a humbling defeat by Liverpool sent them crashing out of the Champions League semi-finals.Sunday’s result meant little to Barca, who clinched an eighth Liga title in 11 seasons two weeks ago, but it could prove fatal to Getafe’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League for the first time as they dropped to fifth.Valencia leapfrogged Getafe into fourth due to their superior head-to-head record after beating Alaves 3-1 and will snatch the final Champions League spot if they win at Real Valladolid in their final game of the season next week.Barcelona’s Chilean Arturo Vidal opened the scoring near the end of the first half, poking a loose ball home after Gerard Pique’s flicked header was parried by Getafe keeper David Soria.Barca’s second came in the 90th minute thanks to an own goal after captain Lionel Messi combined with Sergi Roberto and beat two players before his shot got a final touch off Mauro Arambarri.Only 57,000 people turned up at the 99,000 capacity ground, which turned into a forum for fans to vent their frustrations at Barca’s 4-0 second-leg surrender at Anfield on Tuesday as they went out of Europe’s elite club competition 4-3 on aggregate.Forward Philippe Coutinho suffered the bulk of the whistles and boos after his poor display against his old club Liverpool, while veteran midfielder Sergio Busquets was also subjected to boos when he misplaced several passes in the first half.advertisementCoutinho’s day got worse when he was forced off injured in the second half.A statement from Barca said the Brazilian had strained his hamstring and would be out for 10 days, meaning he will miss their final league fixture against Eibar. He is set to return two days before the Copa del Rey final against Valencia.LOWEST POINTBusquets said the defeat by Liverpool was the lowest point of his career and made it more difficult to play against Getafe.”The last few days have been very tough but we wanted to get out of this deep hole we have been in, we have to face the fans, they showed their anger but we have to move on now,” he said.”We are all feeling very low. I have lost trophies and matches but I never had to deal with something like this (the defeat by Liverpool). It’s difficult for everyone although it’s part of the sport. We will all move on together.”Barca have one final league game at Eibar next week before facing Valencia in the Copa del Rey final when they can secure a second successive double although it still might not be enough to keep coach Ernesto Valverde in his job.The defeat at Anfield may also lead to several players leaving the club but Busquets urged the Barca directors to carefully weigh up any decisions.”I think you should evaluate things at the end of the season and consider everything that has been achieved,” he added.”We are all united, the players and the staff. There will be debates, but the players won’t be involved. It’s difficult to know what is the best thing for the club but we shouldn’t lose our heads, we must trust each other.”When the season is over decisions will be made but until then we must stick together, do our own thing and focus as much as possible on the Copa del Rey final.”Also Read | Manchester City defend Premier League title, valiant Liverpool finish 2ndAlso Read | The wait goes on: Elusive league title evades LiverpoolFor 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 bykarishma Tags :Follow BarcelonaFollow GetafeFollow LiverpoolFollow Champions League
India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 21, 2019UPDATED: June 21, 2019 14:30 IST Hassan Ali has managed just 2 wickets from four games in World Cup 2019 so far (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTS”Hogi ap ki dua pori congratulation,” Hassan Ali replied to a journalist’s tweet supporting IndiaHassan Ali has been slammed by critics for his poor show in World Cup 2019 so farHassan finished with figures of 1 for 84 from 9 overs in Pakistan’s 89-run loss vs IndiaPakistan fast bowler Hassan Ali accidentally backed India to win the World Cup 2019 and later had to backtrack on his words on social media after realising his mistake.India beat Pakistan by 89 runs (via DLS) in their last game in Manchester after which an AajTak journalist tweeted congratulating Virat Kohli’s team and backed them to win the World Cup this year.Replying on her tweet, Pakistan fast bowler Hassan Ali said, “Hogi ap ki dua pori congratulation.” Hassan later deleted the tweet. Hassan Ali deleted the tweet after realising his mistake (Twitter Screenshot)Hassan Ali has been slammed by critics for his poor show in the tournament so far. He was taken to the cleaners by the Indian batsmen and finished with figures of 1 for 84 from 9 overs, the most runs conceded by a Pakistani bowler in World Cup history.The whole Pakistani team, especially captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, has been facing a lot of criticism for the way they have performed in the tournament so far.Pakistan have just managed to win one of their five games and are almost out of the contention of making it to the semi-finals. The team has come under sharp criticism from all quarters following their embarrassing defeat against arch-rivals India on June 16.Veteran Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez admitted that the whole team has failed as a unit and it would be unfair to blame a single person for it.”We failed collectively as a team. We could not produce a team effort and individual brilliance did not help us either. In cricket these days, you need team performance… inputs from everyone. We can’t blame any single person, everyone is responsible for failing to deliver,” Hafeez was quoted as saying by Pakistan’s Geo TV following team’s practice session at the Lord’s on Thursday.advertisementPakistan need to win all four of their remaining games and hope other results go in their favour, with four teams qualifying from the round-robin phase.”All is not finished for us. We are focused on our next game and we are eager to win that match. We got ample time after the India game to regroup for a new beginning,” Hafeez said.Pakistan will next face South Africa on Sunday, following which they will play New Zealand (June 26), Afghanistan (June 29) and Bangladesh (July 5).Also Read | Kamran Akmal urges PM Imran Khan to take action against Pakistan cricket teamAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Mohsin Khan quits as head of Pakistan’s cricket committeeAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan announce ‘robust review’ of performance amid World Cup struggleFor 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 Pakistan pacer Hassan Ali deletes tweet after backing India to win World Cup 2019A journalist from AajTak had tweeted congratulating Team India after their win over Pakistan on which Hassan Ali replied saying, “Hogi ap ki dua pori congratulation.”advertisement Next
No paparazzi, no chaos: When England captain Eoin Morgan took a train to Birmingham ahead of World Cup semis
No paparazzi, no chaos: When England captain Eoin Morgan took a train to Birmingham ahead of World Cup semisICC Cricket World Cup 2019: England captain Eoin Morgan was spotted taking a solo train journey to Birmingham ahead of their semi-final win over Australia. Morgan has a chance to become the first England captain to win a World Cup as the hosts play New Zealand in Sunday’s final at Lord’s.advertisement India Today Web Desk LondonJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 16:20 IST England captain Eoin Morgan (India Today Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEoin Morgan was spotted at a train station in England ahead of World Cup 2019 semi-finalsEngland thrashed Australia in Birmingham to reach their first final in 27 yearsMorgan has a chance to become the 1st England captain to win a World CupThe life of a celebrity brings with it the baggage of being in the public eye, more often. India captain Virat Kohli has often spoken about the need for the public to let celebrities have their personal space.Virat Kohli, among the biggest superstars in the sport, had spoken about how he enjoys doing normal things when he is overseas tours. The India captain elaborated on how doing simple things like going out for walks and enjoying a full moon with his wife Anushka Sharma gives him so much pleasure.”It’s actually the simplest thing that gives us joy purely because we are always in the public eye and we are always doing things in-front of people. To get away and not known by anyone is something that we both like,” Virat Kohli had said in an interview to Sky Sports.It’s arguably impossible for Virat Kohli to stay away from the public eye back in the country. How often have we seen India stars being mobbed at public places. Paparazzis are omnipresent as well.And that’s why seeing a superstar cricketer being able to do normal things without his personal space being invaded is a thing of rarity.England captain Eoin Morgan was spotted taking a train alone to Birmingham in the lead up to the World Cup semi-final against arch-rivals Australia at Edgbaston on July 11. Morgan, a celebrated cricketer in the country, was all on his own as he carried a hang luggage during his trip.Not many bothered to go up to Eoin Morgan during his solo train trip but a few Indian fans made sure they got their selfies and autographs from the left-handed batsman.advertisementJust like their captain, England nonchalantly thrashed Australia at Edgbaston, sealing their first World Cup 2019 final berth since 1992. Morgan hit the winning runs on Thursday as England gunned down a 224-run chase with ease. Jason Roy smashed 85 from 65 as England got to the target in just 32.1 overs, handing Australia their first defeat in World Cup semi-finals.England have come a long way since being eliminated in the group stages of the 2015 World Cup. the selectors showed faith in Morgan and the captain responded brilliantly by building a team that is feared by may in white-ball cricket.”If you had offered us the position to play in a final the day after we were knocked out of 2015 World Cup, I would have laughed at you,” Morgan said after thrashing Australia in the semi-final.Morgan will be keen on taking the stairs to the Lord’s balcony and ending England’s World Cup curse.Also Read | World Cup 2019 final tickets: James Neesham requests India fans to avoid profiteering from resaleAlso Read | The contradictions and chaos that shattered India’s World Cup dreamAlso 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 Eoin MorganFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow BirminghamFollow England cricket team Next