first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool goalscorer Van Dijk: I’ll take clean sheet over goalby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk rates the clean sheet ahead of the goal he scored in victory at Wolves last night.om the Dutchman’s point of view, the three points and a shutout are the most important matters arising from another impressive result.“Not at all – I’m more happy that I’m keeping clean sheets with my team and winning games,” Van Dijk told Liverpoolfc.com, when asked if he was frustrated to have gone nearly 12 months without scoring for his club.“Obviously scoring a goal is a bonus and obviously a very proud moment and hopefully there’s more to come, but I’m more focused on winning games.“We are very happy and at the end I am happy with the win. In the first half we were a bit sloppy at times, but second half we did it well and we are very happy that we won.“It’s a very tough place to come with these circumstances and how they play. They have shown throughout the season they are very good and disciplined and they have a clear idea. We knew before and it’s how we reacted to it and in the second half we dominated and created good chances.” last_img read more

first_imgDerby boss Lampard gives up on Chelsea defender Ampaduby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDerby County have been rebuffed in their attempts to sign Chelsea defender Ethan Ampadu on loan, confirmed Rams boss Frank Lampard.The 18-year-old can play at centre-back and centre-midfield and Lampard believes it is this versatility that makes him a prized asset at Stamford Bridge.”We have asked, but I don’t think he’s leaving Chelsea,” he told reporters. “He can play in a few positions, that’s why he would be so valuable to anybody and why he’s staying at Chelsea.”People thought we did a lot of business in the summer, but our actual net spend was very negligible.”I had to bring in personnel to try to change the style and that’s not a one-window solution, that’s probably two or three-window. This window will be quiet for us.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard delivers new Kante updateby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard says N’Golo Kante could be back for their Champions League tie with Lille.Kante missed victory over Brighton yesterday with a hamstring strain.Lampard said, “I spoke to N’Golo about it and I didn’t want to take the risk. “He’s so important for us but it’s been difficult for him to get going because of the break-up of his pre-season, with his injury carried over from last season. It wasn’t right to risk it today but he could have a chance for Lille.” last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Ex-Man Utd striker Van Persie: Pogba played out of positionby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United striker Robin van Persie thinks Paul Pogba should be playing further in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.The World Cup winner has lined up primarily as a defensive midfielder under the Norwegian this season.Speaking after Monday’s draw with Arsenal, van Persie said: “For him, the coach, for us, for everyone, it’s just important to choose a position.”I would play him not as a defensive midfielder, and not as a number 10 but in between – [the] number eight position. “So, he still has his freedom, he’s not judged then on 20-plus goals a season, if he scores 10-plus goals, makes assists, everyone will look differently at him then, but it needs to be clear for everyone.” last_img read more

first_imgDistrict Attorney Jerry D. Jones at his desk discussing the dropped charges of Alabama football players.KNOE.comAlabama football got huge news this afternoon, when Monroe, La. district attorney Jerry Jones announced that he has dropped the drug and gun charges against Cam Robinson, one of the nation’s best tackles, and reserve safety Hootie Jones. KNOE News has more from Jones, including a very interesting quote regarding this decision.Jones says, “I want to emphasize once again that the main reason I’m doing this is that I refuse to ruin the lives of two young men who have spent their adolescence and teenage years, working and sweating, while we were all in the air conditioning.”In the station’s video report on the story, reporter Nicholas Picht says that the DA could not prove who, between Robinson, Jones, and two other men arrested with them, was in possession of the marijuana or the gun, and cited a 2001 case that necessitates a connection between the two offenses.We’ll continue to update this story as more is released.[KNOE]MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more

first_imgTommy Tuberville yells at a fan during a Cincinnati game.Twitter/@KJMSingletonTommy Tuberville is not having a great year at Cincinnati, and he took out his frustrations on a taunting fan after today’s loss to BYU.The Bearcats are 4-5 on the season, with four double-digit losses in their last five games. The program, and school, were shut out of joining the Power Five, with the Big 12 deciding against expansion. Tensions are high at Cincinnati, as evidenced by a verbal spat between Tuberville and a fan in the stands following the 20-3 loss to the Cougars.WCPO reporter Keenan Singleton caught the back-and-forth on video. It’s hard to tell what was said to Tuberville, though it sounds like the fan says that Tuberville is “stealing from the university.” The veteran head coach responds with “go to hell” and “get a job.”Frustrated Tommy Tuberville vs a frustrated fan after #UC loss to #BYU. .@WCPO pic.twitter.com/L6anZFpkVV— Keenan Singleton (@KJMSingleton) November 6, 2016We’re not sure how Tommy Tuberville can discern this fan’s employment situation, but everyone involved could probably use a win soon.According to USA Today, Tuberville is the 52nd-highest paid head coach in the nation at $2.2 million per year.Cincinnati ends the season with a trip to UCF, a home game against Memphis, and a trip to Tulsa. There is a very strong chance that Tuberville finishes the season below .500, which would be the first team he has done that since 2011 at Texas Tech. Tuberville has just four losing seasons in his 20 full years as head coach, a career that includes stops at Ole Miss, a long tenure at Auburn, and three years at Texas Tech. He is in his fourth season at the helm of the Bearcats.last_img read more

first_imgReal Madrid may have a deal for Luka Jovic wrapped up and one for Eden Hazard in the pipeline, but Predrag Mijatovic has accused Zinedine Zidane of “signing substitutes”.The Blancos are expected to be busy during the summer transfer window after a forgettable 2018-19 campaign left those at the Santiago Bernabeu with little choice but to freshen up their squad.Sergio Ramos has ruled out a move elsewhere, but several departures are expected – with Gareth Bale still being heavily linked with a change of scenery. 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? Additions will be made to plug any gaps, with Real having already put a €70 million (£62m/$79m) deal in place for Eintracht Frankfurt striker Jovic.Goal has revealed that they are now pushing ahead with a €120m (£106m/$135m) bid to bring Chelsea playmaker Hazard on board, before attention can then switch to other targets.Mijatovic believes much more will be required, with the former Madrid frontman not convinced that Zidane is either identifying or being handed the right options.He told El Larguero: “We’re signing substitutes. I’m not convinced Zidane knows Jovic very well.”He [Zidane] has a lot of work to do.”Luka Jovic Eintracht Frankfurt 2018-19While questioning those Real are reported to be tracking, Mijatovic believes that Jovic could prove to be a success in Spain if given time.The 21-year-old Serbia international recorded 25 goals for Eintracht across the 2018-19 campaign and will be expected to deliver a similar return for Real.Mijatovic feels the youngster is capable, but has warned against putting too much pressure on a player taking another sizeable step up in class.A man who tasted La Liga and Champions League glory during his time with the Blancos added on a forward following in his striking footsteps: “I know Jovic very well, he’s a goalscorer.”He’s young and we’ll have to give him a little time to adapt, but he’s a player who can be very useful.”You can’t demand 20 goals from him in his first season.”Among the other targets that Real are said to be closing in on, Lyon defender Ferland Mendy could be among the first to arrive.The 23-year-old left-back is another of those Madrid are reported to have reached an agreement for, but no transfer has been pushed over the line as yet.last_img read more

first_imgGary Medel has backed Lionel Messi following their red-card altercation on Saturday night.The incident occurred during the Copa America third-place play-off between Messi’s Argentina and Medel’s Chile, and saw both players receive their marching orders.The pair confronted each other after the ball ran behind for a Chile goal-kick in the 37th minute, with Medel certainly the aggressor in the situation, as he repeatedly pushed his head and chest towards the Barcelona man. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare However, despite the protracted complaints from Messi and his team-mates, La Albiceleste were reduced to 10 men near the end of the first half.Messi was clearly still furious with referee Mario Diaz de Vivar’s decision after the game and refused to emerge for the post-match medal presentation.He even suggested the Copa America was ‘corrupt’ and that referee decisions had favoured hosts Brazil’s during the competition.”There is no doubt, the whole thing is set up for Brazil,” Messi said on Saturday evening.”I did not want to be part of this corruption, we shouldn’t have to be part of this disrespect we suffered during the Copa America.”We could have gone further but we weren’t allowed into the final. Corruption, referees and all the rest stopped people from enjoying the football,” he added.Medel also offered his views on the red card after the match and concurred with Messi that the 32-year-old had been harshly treated with the dismissal.“I agree with Messi, didn’t even think we’d get a yellow for it,” the Besiktas man told La Nacion. “There were a few shoves but that was it. The referee could’ve handled that a lot better.”The controversial match finished 2-1 in favour of Argentina, thanks to first-half goals from Sergio Aguero and Paulo Dybala, which cancelled out Arturo Vidal’s penalty for Chile in the 59th minute.The disappointing tournament means Argentina’s long wait for a major honour continues, and has now stretched to 26 years since they claimed winners’ medals at the 1993 Copa America.Lionel Scaloni’s side will have another chance to win the South American competition next year, when they co-host the event with Colombia, and it could well offer Messi his last opportunity to lift silverware on the international stage.last_img read more

first_imgA view of Cal's football field during a sunset.BERKELEY, CA – NOVEMBER 13: A general view taken from the hill overlooking the California Memorial Stadium during the Oregon Ducks game against the California Golden Bears at on November 13, 2010 in Berkeley, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)California’s football program shared some tough news on Twitter this evening. An incoming freshman football player has suffered a serious spinal cord injury.The Bears shared a statement on Twitter provided by the family of freshman linebacker Chris Fatilua, a three-star prospect out of San Diego, Calif.“Chris has sustained a significant and serious spinal cord injury from an accident that occurred Monday afternoon in San Diego,” the statement reads.“He is receiving treatment for his injury and his long-term prognosis is unknown at this time. Our family is tremendously appreciate of the support we have received from everyone at this difficult time.“It is reassuring and inspirational to know that we will have that support as we begin the recovery process and tackle the challenges ahead. At this time we ask that our privacy be respected to help allow our family and those closest to us to focus on Chris’ recovery.”The following statement is being provided on behalf of the family of 2018 incoming freshman Chris Fatilua. pic.twitter.com/qAtVDqpwn6— Cal Football (@CalFootball) June 14, 2018Fatilua is a 6-foot-3, 220-pound linebacker out of San Diego. He was ranked the No. 58 inside linebacker in the class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Our thoughts are with him and his family as he recovers.Stay tuned for more updates.last_img read more

first_imgiowa tight end noah fant goes for a catch against illinoisCHAMPAIGN, IL – NOVEMBER 17: Noah Fant #87 of the Iowa Hawkeyes scores a touchdown as Tony Adams #6 and Dele Harding #9 of the Illinois Fighting Illini try to make the stop at Memorial Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)Iowa ended a three-game losing streak in a big way on Saturday, blowing out Illinois. The Hawkeyes posted their second shutout win of the year, emerging with a 63-0 win.With the win, Iowa is now 7-4 on the season and in better position when it comes to its bowl resume. The Hawkeyes still have Nebraska left on the schedule, and given the way that Scott Frost has turned that team around in recent weeks, it should be a good contest.Sunday, ESPN updated its bowl projections for Iowa. Both analysts have the Hawkeyes in the same game – but with different opponents.Kyle Bonagura has Iowa in the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl against Washington.Mitch Sherman has the Hawkeyes in the same game, but against Utah. Either would be a good matchup.This wouldn’t be an ideal location for Iowa fans, but they do travel well. They’d still probably be well-represented.Iowa’s final game of the season – a rivalry matchup with Nebraska – will be played this Friday at Noon on FOX.last_img read more

first_imgA general view of Louisville's football stadium.LOUISVILLE, KY – NOVEMBER 07: A general view of the stadium during the Louisville Cardinals game against the Syracuse Orange at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on November 7, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Of the multiple head coaching vacancies in college football, Louisville is among the most intriguing – and is attracting some very strong candidates. Among them is Missouri HC Barry Odom, who responded to rumors of his interest in the job.On Monday, Odom told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch via text message that he had “zero interest in Louisville.” The position opened up earlier this month when head coach Bobby Petrino was fired.The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Sunday that there was mutual interest between Odom and Louisville.Odom is coming off an eight-win season in his third year at the helm for Missouri. The Tigers finished the season on a four-game winning streak that included a road win over then-No. 13 Florida.The Post-Dispatch noted that despite a solid last two seasons with Missouri, Odom is the lowest-paid coach in the SEC and the eighth lowest paid in all Power 5 schools.Per the report, Odom is under contract through 2022.Louisville finished the season with a 2-10 record, the fourth worst record in school history.last_img read more

first_imgohio state quarterback dwayne haskins throws vs. michiganCOLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 24: Quarterback Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws in the third quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Michigan 62-39. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Ryan Day had the opportunity to coach Dwayne Haskins the past couple of seasons as an offensive coordinator. The two have formed a strong bond, even though Day will never be Haskins’ head coach.Yesterday, Haskins announced his decision to enter the 2019 NFL Draft. Today, Day shared a heartfelt message of support for his QB on Twitter.“So proud of how far you have come. You have made us all proud and we are sad to see you go but excited to follow your career,” Day tweeted.So proud of how far you have come. You have made us all proud and we are sad to see you go but excited to follow your career. pic.twitter.com/fbvUSblBst— Ryan Day (@ryandaytime) January 9, 2019As you can see by the stats in the graphic above, Haskins made the most of his lone season as OSU’s starter. Now he’ll turn his attention to the NFL.It seems like he is virtually a lock to be the first quarterback off the board, and could go as high as No. 1 if a team maneuvers its way up the draft board to get him.Day, meanwhile, will look to replace Haskins with either backup Tate Martell or Georgia transfer Justin Fields, provided he obtains a waiver from the NCAA to play immediately.If Fields gets that waiver, Ohio State’s QB battle will be one of the major story lines of the college football offseason.last_img read more

first_imgJim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines argues a call on the sideline.COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines argues a call on the sideline during the second half against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)The Michigan Wolverines will lose multiple stars on defense to the NFL Draft, but the coaching staff just made a significant addition for next season.With Don Brown returning to Ann Arbor for another season as the defensive coordinator, the Wolverines didn’t have to worry about having familiar faces on their staff. Nonetheless, Jim Harbaugh went out of his way to bring new methods and ideas to that unit.After spending one season with Arizona State, Shaun Nua will become the new defensive line coach for Michigan. He also had prior experience with Navy and BYU.Nua has mentored a plethora of defensive lineman over the past few years, and his ability to coach was showcased with the Sun Devils in the form of  Renell Wren. The senior became an absolute force in the trenches for Arizona State and should be selected rather early in the upcoming draft.Considering that Nua was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers back in 2005 and was in the NFL for four seasons, he should be able to relate to his players.Harbaugh expressed his excitement over this coaching hire, saying “Shaun is a rising star in the coaching profession.”The Wolverines announced the move becoming official on their Twitter account today.OFFICIAL: @CoachJim4UM names Shaun Nua as new defensive line coach.DETAILS » https://t.co/i0MxHuwnD8#GoBlue 〽️? pic.twitter.com/NYp7FB2Bc1— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) January 17, 2019The Wolverines finished the 2018 season with the No. 2 defense in the entire country, allowing only 275.2 yards per game.With expectations rising in Michigan for next season, it’ll be interesting to see if Nua can help elevate the defense to new heights.last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p As mentioned on the podcast earlier, #UGA commit Carson Beck will be featured on the Netflix series QB1 – Beyond the Lights. More scoop from Jim Donnan on today’s show: https://t.co/TUTFhSiDar pic.twitter.com/X2KQzWTSDp— Radi Nabulsi (@RadiNabulsi) June 6, 2019Beck would be the third Georgia quarterback to be featured on the show, joining current quarterback Jake Fromm, who was featured in the show’s debut in 2017. Justin Fields, who has since transferred to Ohio State, was on the 2018 season.Last year with the Mandarin Mustangs, Beck threw for 3,546 yards and 39 touchdowns with only eight interceptions. He would go on to lead the team to its first-ever Florida state championship.As a potential successor to Fromm, Beck will certainly have plenty of eyeballs on him when the new season is finally revealed. A picture of footballs with Georgia's logo on them.JACKSONVILLE, FL – OCTOBER 28: A general view of georgia footballs taken before the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Florida Gators on October 28, 2006 at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)Four-star quarterback Carson Beck isn’t expected to arrive on the Georgia campus until 2020, but any Georgia fan with a Netflix subscription will get a chance to see him play before he starts his freshman season.On a recent edition of The UGASports LIVE Podcast, it was revealed that Beck will be one of several quarterbacks featured on the Netflix series QB1: Beyond The Lights.The series depicts three top quarterback prospects going through their senior year of high school before heading to college. Per FanBuzz, the other two quarterbacks being featured are expected to be Oklahoma commit Spencer Rattler and Kentucky commit Nik Scalzo.247Sports rates Beck as the No. 91 overall prospect in the country. He is the No. 4 pro-style quarterback in the country, and the No. 11 prospect from the state of Florida.last_img read more

first_imgMiami quarterback Tate Martell at the spring game.MIAMI, FL – APRIL 13: Tate Martell #18 of the Miami Hurricanes warms up before the annual Spring Game at Nathaniel Traz-Powell Stadium on April 13, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)The new season is finally just around the corner and college football fans couldn’t be more excited to see their teams in action.Florida and Miami (FL) get the part started in just three weeks on August 24.After moths of offseason activity, there are plenty of new faces around the country. Former Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell took his talents to the state of Florida for a fresh start.He seems to have found love in the process. The new University of Miami quarterback appears to have a new love interest. Earlier this summer he was spotted in a photo with model Kiki Passo.Passo is a swimsuit and Instagram model and has massive following on the social media platform.She has over 850,000 followers on Instagram.The 22-year-old model was born in Brazil before moving to the United States.Her Instagram feed consistently sees her donning swimsuits.After former Georgia quarterback Justin Fields made his move to Ohio State, Martell decided to take his talents away from the Buckeyes.Now he’s fighting for the starting job for the Hurricanes.last_img read more

first_img Kamlesh Damodar Sutar MumbaiJanuary 4, 2019UPDATED: January 4, 2019 21:54 IST Shaikh said the government was insensitive to the beard issue. (Photo: raisshaikh.in)HIGHLIGHTSShaikh said that it was okay to remove the beard in case of life-threatening surgery but not in smaller operative proceduresSlamming Shaikh for raising this issue, BJP said that his demand was based on sheer ignoranceThe NCP too called it a poor attempt to gain political brownie pointsSamajwadi Party (SP) Councilor Rais Shaikh has demanded that the beards of Muslim patients should not be shaved off in the hospitals as it is an important part of Islamic practice.Citing religious reasons, Shaikh has written a letter to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) that beards of Muslim male patients shouldn’t be shaved off in the BMC-run hospitals during surgeries.Shaikh said, “Sporting a beard is an important part of Islam. As an Indian, I have a right to religion guaranteed by the Constitution. In cases of life-threatening surgeries, it can be okay but in smaller operative procedures, consent from the patient or his family is required.””It’s not mandatory to remove the beard. You can cover it. Government hospitals are very insensitive about this and have made it a standard operating procedure,” Shaikh told India Today.While Rais Shaikh has become a spokesperson regarding the beard being an important part of Islam, the Samajwadi Party leader himself doesn’t sport one.”It’s not that every Muslim keeps a beard. I am not a practicing Muslim so I don’t have one. That doesn’t mean I don’t have any right to talk about the issue. I am speaking for the people I represent,” he said.The issue stems from a hospital norm to remove facial hair for surgical procedures.Talking about the issue raised, Bariatric Surgeon and Gastroenterologist Dr Narendra Nikam said, “Removing beard has certain indications and contra-indications. In facial surgeries as well as maintaining hygiene, the beard has to be removed. In cases of administering general anesthesia, we need to fix a tube to the mouth and if it gets removed, it may lead to folliculitis (an infection caused due to plucking of hair). We usually take consent before removing the beard.”advertisementSlamming Shaikh for raising this issue, the Bharatiya Janata Party said that his demand was based on sheer ignorance.”Had he discussed the issue with medical experts, he would not have dared to write this letter. By making such statement, not only has he exposed his ignorance but, also done damage for the Muslim community,” alleged BJP Leader Manoj Kotak.The NCP too called it a poor attempt to gain political brownie points.”He is ill-informed about the procedures and hence trying to create an issue out of a non-issue. Removing the beard is not mandatory, every hospital does it with consent. He doesn’t know this and even if he knows, it’s a poor attempt to revive their party,” alleged NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik.Also Read | Muslim caretakers still look after this century-old Church in PakistanAlso Watch | Muslim groups take to Kolkata streetsFor 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 byShifa Naseer Tags :Follow IslamFollow Samajwadi Party Do not shave beards of Muslim patients: SP leader writes to BMCCiting religious reasons, Shaikh has written a letter to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) that beards of Muslim male patients shouldn’t be shaved off in the BMC-run hospitals during surgeries as it’s an important part of Islamic practice.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer praises absolutely top class Marcus RashfordMarcus Rashford has scored five times in seven matches under Manchester United’s interim coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in all competition.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service ManchesterJanuary 21, 2019UPDATED: January 21, 2019 16:29 IST Marcus Rashford made his 150th appearance for Manchester United on Saturday (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMarcus Rashford has scored five times in seven matches under Manchester United’s interim coach Ole Gunnar SolskjaerRashford marked his 150th game for Man United by scoring against Brighton & Hove Albion”It is a pleasure working with him,” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saidManchester United interim coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said Marcus Rashford can emulate the efforts of Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo at the club. In the game against Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday, Marcus Rashford made his 150th appearance in their 2-1 win, reaching the mark at a younger age than both Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo.”Definitely, he can be absolutely top class,” ESPNFC quoted Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as saying.”He is only 21 but the maturity he is showing at times is more than 21 and his work rate. The more you score the more you believe you are going to score and everyone says when you don’t score ‘he is bound to score soon’. The more you score the more chance you have of being confident, running into the same positions. The way he works during the week is fantastic because he practices a lot. It is a pleasure working with him,” he added.Club’s senior player Ashley Young believes Marcus Rashford is getting better by working with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.”I think he’s learning each day and obviously the manager will guide him in the way he does. Marcus just wants to learn. I’ve said it from the time he broke into the team and even before then, he can be an unbelievable talent, he’s got the world ahead of him,” Young said.”He wants to learn as well, which is a good thing to see in a youngster now. He’s on a great scoring run right now and I hope it continues for him.”advertisementRashford has found the back of the net five times in Solskjaer’s seven games in charge so far. He marked his 150th club game with a fine goal against Brighton, finding the top corner from an acute angle.In-form Manchester United, who have won their last seven fixtures, take on bitter foes Arsenal in the FA Cup on Friday.”We’ll work on what we need to this week, prepare in the right way and I’m sure if we can play the way we’ve been showing and even add to what we’ve done, I’m sure we’ll go down there and do well,” Young said.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Ole Gunnar SolskjaerFollow Marcus RashfordFollow Manchester Unitedlast_img read more

first_img commentary MS Dhoni after CSK upstage KXIP: Had to get Universe Boss Chris Gayle out earlyIPL 2019: MS Dhoni said the best bet against Chris Gayle was an off-spinner after Chennai Super Kings defeated Kings XI Punjab on Saturday. CSK off-spinner Harbhajan Singh dismissed Gayle and Mayank Agarwal in his first over of the game. scorecard graphs advertisementcenter_img No data available! view more view less Rajarshi Gupta ChennaiApril 6, 2019UPDATED: April 7, 2019 00:35 IST IPL 2019, CSK vs KXIP: Chris Gayle was dismissed cheaply by Harbhajan Singh during Kings XI’s unsuccessful chase of 161 in Chennai ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni said he knew only an off-spinner could stop Chris Gayle from running away to a quick startHarbhajan Singh snared Gayle in his 1st over as CSK defeated Kings XI Punjab by 22 runsDhoni said had Gayle got going, even a total of 200 would not have been enoughMS Dhoni’s late surge had given Chennai Super Kings a competitive 160 against Kings XI Punjab on a difficult batting pitch at the Chepauk but the defending champions still had the Chris Gayle factor to think about. On Saturday after Dhoni finished strong with the bat, Harbhajan Singh, one of his most trusted bowlers over the years, did the job. | CSK vs KXIP – Match report |In his first over of the game, Harbhajan Singh lured Chris Gayle into a big drive and had him caught behind by MS Dhoni. In the same over, Harbhajan struck again to snare the dangerous Mayank Agarwal and even though KL Rahul and Sarfaraz Khan added 110 for the third wicket, MS Dhoni’s off-spinner had taken out two key batsmen to give CSK an upper hand.KL Rahul and Sarfaraz struggled in the middle overs and added only 24 runs in a 5-over period even after they were well set.MS Dhoni, who has seen some sterling Chris Gayle knocks in his time, knew the wicket of the Universe Boss would be the deciding factor. For if Gayle got going, 161 would not have looked like a big challenge – no matter how tricky the pitch was to bat on.”We had to get Universe Boss out. Because with 160 or even 200 on the board, if Chris Gayle gets going, I don’t think you can really stop him,” MS Dhoni told the broadcasters after the match. “I think it was important for us to get a few wickets in the first six overs and not leak a lot of runs and Bhajji (Harbhajan Singh) gave us that breakthrough. Otherwise, 160 is not much if Chris Gayle gets going.”advertisementThe metal in the deserved hands of Bhajju pa! #WhistlePodu #Yellove #CSKvKXIP pic.twitter.com/ta0NejQUf0Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) April 6, 2019MS Dhoni also knew his best bet against Chris Gayle as an off-spinner. And Harbhajan Singh was a great option to try against one of the fiercest hitters of the cricket ball in world cricket.”The only thing that can save you from Chris Gayle is an off-spinner, especially if it’s turning a bit. Other than that, you need somebody who could swing the ball.”I felt Bhajji was really needed there and I felt over the years only the off-spinners have put some pressure on Chris Gayle. Other than that, even if you bowl very quick it really does not matter to him. If you can swing the ball at 128-130 kmph.. he gives you more respect than if bowl very quick,” Dhoni said.MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli were not too impressed with the Chennai pitch after the opening game of the 2019 IPL. On Saturday, Dhoni said the pitch was tougher to bat on in the first innings but it got fractionally better in the second innings.”I think the first innings was even tougher (for batting) and as the game progressed and we got into the second half, the pitch slowly got slightly better to bat on. But still it was tough.. it was not a placid wicket where you can just feet there and just hit or swing the bat. I felt it needed a bit of work and the spinners bowled very well for us.”We just had two fast bowlers which meant we had to give them a few runs in the last two or three overs and that responsibility was with the spinners and we were able to accumulate a lot of runs for the fast bowlers,” Dhoni said.Also Read | CSK vs KXIP, IPL 2019: Umpire talks to MS Dhoni after Ambati Rayudu backs up too farAlso 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 IPL 2019Follow Chennai Super KingsFollow Kings XI PunjabFollow MS DhoniFollow Chris GayleFollow KL RahulFollow Harbhajan Singhlast_img read more

first_img Next Reuters New DelhiMay 13, 2019UPDATED: May 13, 2019 17:05 IST Chris Hughton was sacked as manager of Brighton and Hove Albion after four-and-a-half years at the helm. (Reuters Photo)Chris Hughton was sacked as manager of Brighton and Hove Albion after four-and-a-half years at the helm on Monday, the Premier League club said in a statement.Hughton led Brighton into the top flight in 2017, ending a 34-year absence, and they have just survived their second season despite failing to win any of their last nine games.”Undoubtedly, this has been one of the most difficult decisions I have had to make as chairman of Brighton and Hove Albion, but ultimately one I have made due to how we struggled in the second half of the season,” chairman Tony Bloom said.”Chris has done an excellent job, first stabilising our club, reaching the playoffs in his first full season, securing our first ever promotion to the Premier League, and retaining our status in successive seasons.”Hughton’s final game in charge was Sunday’s 4-1 home defeat by title-winning Manchester City.Brighton, who reached this season’s FA Cup semi-final, ended two points above the relegation zone with 36 points.The club confirmed that Hughton’s assistant Paul Trollope and first-team coach Paul Nevin had also left.Also Read | Christian Eriksen’s late goal secures precious win for Tottenham HotspurAlso 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 Chris HughtonFollow Brighton and Hove AlbionFollow Premier League clubs Chris Hughton sacked as Brighton managerChris Hughton was sacked as manager of Brighton and Hove Albion after four-and-a-half years at the helm. Hughton led Brighton into the top flight in 2017, ending a 34-year absence.advertisementlast_img read more

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 15, 2019UPDATED: July 15, 2019 17:25 IST India tour of West Indies 2019: Will MS Dhoni make himself available for the tour of West Indies? (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia begin West Indies tour with a 3-match T20I seriesIndia will play 2 Tests in West Indies from August 22There’s no clarity over MS Dhoni’s future as India selectors gear up to pick squadThe Indian team for next month’s tour of West Indies will be announced on July 19 but there is no clarity over the future of Mahendra Singh Dhoni ahead of the limited-overs leg beginning August 3.Dhoni’s future has been widely speculated ever since India lost to New Zealand in the World Cup semifinal on July 9. The 38-year-old is expected to make an announcement on it in the coming few days.”The selectors will meet in Mumbai on July 19. We have not heard from Dhoni but what is relevant is the communication between the player and selectors. If you ask me, Dhoni did well in the Word Cup but he is his own man. Only he can decide whether he wants to carry on or not,” a BCCI official told PTI after the Committee Of Administrators’ meeting here.Skipper Virat Kohli and pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah are expected to be rested for the limited-overs leg comprising three T20s and as many ODIs before returning for the two-Test series starting August 22. The five-day matches will be part of the inaugural World Test Championship.There is also no official word on the availability of opener Shikhar Dhawan who is recovering from a thumb injury that cut short his World Cup campaign.It was COA’s first meeting since India’s heartbreaking loss at Manchester but the Vinod Rai-led committee did not discuss the team’s performance.However, the three-member panel and CEO Rahul Johri, who joined in via video conferencing as he remains in London for the ICC meetings, did discuss the issue of players picking and choosing games.advertisementFormer greats like Sunil Gavaskar had questioned the BCCI for allowing the likes of Dhoni and Shikhar Dhawan to skip domestic cricket in the run-up to the World Cup.”The question arises that who is allowing the players to pick and choose? Are they taking the call themselves or are they duly informing the selectors? The general feeling is that there needs to better communication on this issue,” said another BCCI official.”You can’t pick and choose. Most World Cup-bound players played all games of the IPL and did not ask for rest back then,” he added.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah feature in ICC’s Team of the TournamentAlso Read | Furore over ICC’s Super Over rule for World Cup final: Gambhir, Rohit and Yuvraj raise questionsAlso 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 Selectors to pick squad for West Indies tour on July 19, no clarity on Dhoni’s future yetICC Cricket World Cup 2019: India play 3 T20Is, 3 ODIs and 2 Tests in West Indies between August 3 and September 3. Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah are likely to be rested for the month-long tour.advertisementlast_img read more