TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Fiorentina swoop for Sevilla attacker Luis Murielby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFiorentina have signed Sevilla attacker Luis Muriel.Milan had been touted as favourites to sign Muriel, but he has personally chosen to join the Viola.He joins Fiorentina on-loan to the end of the season. There is an option to make the deal permanent for €13m.Fiorentina will be Muriel’s fourth Italian club after previous spells at Lecce, Udinese and Sampdoria.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd chief Woodward declares commitment to ‘Ole’ and long-term planby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward says they’re focused on building for the long-term.As the United chief announced record annual revenues of £621.7million today, he insisted everyone understands the plan.He said, “We and our global fanbase demand success and winning trophies – that target and standard has never changed. The progress on the business side underpins the football operation.”Much progress has been made on the academy, recruitment department and the training ground, and behind the scenes, so this isn’t always apparent.”These investments we have made and our commitment to Ole in March provide the building blocks for success.”We are wholly confident this approach will deliver, but it is important to be patient as we build for the future.Woodward even credited his staff for not getting distracted by the transfer rumours circulated around Old Trafford.The 47-year-old noted: “We won’t be influenced by short terms distractions.”The club was linked with hundreds of players, but despite this our recruitment department was able to approach the window in focused and disciplined way.”Danny James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire joined a strong squad and we also renewed contracts for players like Marcus Rashford and David De Gea. We are optimistic for the future.”The sale and loaning of players allowed the manager to involve more young players, providing a firm foundation and culture ready for building next trophy winning squad.”Much speculation is focused on recruitment and it is area we’ve evolved. The players signed demonstrate this approach is right.”The root of the club is youth-led attacking football, and it is the right way forward. Everyone from the manager, players and board remains resolute in the desire to get Manchester United to the top of English football.”We will continue to make the necessary investment to make this happen.”
Chelsea manager Lampard announces Jorginho as vice-captainby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard has announced Jorginho is the club’s vice-captain.Last season Gary Cahill was selected as club captain whenever he was on the pitch by Maurizio Sarri, with Cesar Azpilicueta named as vice-captain – but the Spaniard has now become the club captain.Speaking ahead of the game against Southampton on Sunday, Lampard said: “Yes, Jorginho is vice-captain as it stands. [Azpilicueta] is the captain and that was clear at the start of the season and I think his professionalism and career here speaks for itself. “Jorginho, I keep talking about him, is a character and a driver. It is very evident to see on the pitch. That’s the situation as it stands.” While the 27-year-old is not fluent in English, he has been boosting his language skills in a bid to improve his standing as a leader. Lampard says he believes Jorginho is “a character and a driver” on and off the pitch.”It is obviously important, we always try here to push that along as soon as players come in because communication is key on and off the pitch,” Lampard said. “He crosses the borders as it is easy when you come in sometimes to stay within groups of nationalities. Jorginho doesn’t. He is a driver on and off the pitch.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Vlatko Andonovski poised to become new coach of US women’s teamby Ian Ferris11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveVlatko Andonovski is set to become the new head coach of the United States women’s football team.The 43-year-old is currently in charge of National Women’s Soccer League side Reign FC in Seattle.Previous head coach Jill Ellis took charge of her final game on 6 October, having won two World Cups with the US. TagsMLS NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say
SOUTH BEND, IN – NOVEMBER 12: Head coach Mike Brey of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish watches the action on the floor against the Monmouth Hawks at Purcel Pavilion on November 12, 2012 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Monmouth 84-57. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)Notre Dame closed out the regular season with an 89-75 win over NC State at home. After the game, head coach Mike Brey was in a celebratory mood. Brey asked the team’s two seniors, Austin Burgett and Zach Auguste, to give him a flying hip bump in the locker room. Brey didn’t get much hang time, but Auguste still almost knocked him over. INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOMTHE JUMP – SENIOR STYLESorry, Matt Gregory, but our Z.A. & Burg had to get a chance. pic.twitter.com/dvZgBeD4Oj— Notre Dame MBB (@NDmbb) March 5, 2016Always good to see a coach having fun with his players. If UNC beats Duke later on today, the Fighting Irish will clinch the No. 4 seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament and an automatic double-bye into the quarterfinals.
Kylian Mbappe is a “priority” for Paris Saint-Germain according to sporting director Leonardo, though the Brazilian does not believe he is in any position to promise club supporters that their young star will be staying put. Mbappe’s future with the club has been the subject of much debate over the course of the summer. The 20-year-old threw fuel on the fire early in summer with a claim that he could be looking for a “new project” , and links to Real Madrid have been persistent ever since. 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 The Spanish giants have been in rebuilding mode all summer, having already the landed the likes of Eden Hazard, but the club cooled their interest in Neymar with an eye towards landing Mbappe in the future . PSG tried to ward off interest by claiming that Mbappe would “200 per cent” still be part of the club next season, and the forward hinted at a stay as the club revealed their kits for the upcoming campaign . Leonardo has claimed the youngster is “very important” while saying that Mbappe has returned to training in good spirits. “There’s no doubt he’s a priority for us or not. Mbappe is here and he is very important to the club, there’s no question about it,” he told Le Parisien . “When training resumed on Monday, he arrived with a great attitude – a big smile on his face.”As always. He’s very charismatic, the fans love him. It’s important to have a player like him in the team – one who’s young and always happy and smiling.”But when questioned on keeping their young star, the Brazilian was unwilling to offer up any promises. “I never make promises for two reasons,” he said. “Firstly because I am not the person who is responsible for everything that happens at this club and secondly, I don’t want to throw promises up into the air without being sure that they can be kept.”I’m only interested in reality, and what we know for sure today.”Mbappe scored 33 times in Ligue 1 last season and finished as the division’s top scorer, 11 goals clear of Lille’s Nicolas Pepe, and has proven to be one of the top attacking threats in the world over the course of the last year having also helped France to victory at the World Cup in Russia.
A bombshell report from former ESPN college football insider Brett McMurphy suggests Urban Meyer knew about the the 2015 domestic violence allegations against former wide receiver coach Zach Smith.Meyer’s comments from early last week during Big Ten media days have been called into question following McMurphy’s report. According to the report posted on his Facebook page, McMurphy alleged Meyer knew about the alleged assault of Smith, and made a distinct effort to ignore it.McMurphy then pointed to a set of core values attached to the Ohio State football program. “…Emblazoned on the wall, are Meyer’s five core values. Among the five – in ALL CAPS – is “TREAT WOMEN WITH RESPECT,” McMurphy wrote.A photo of the banner has gone viral.Core values must mean something totally different in Ohio (and Florida). Wow! OSU head coach failed to live up to “honesty” while dealing with an assistant coach who didn’t “treat women with respect.” But ESPN will probably spend another day talking about Harbaugh/chicken. pic.twitter.com/DIrWK8mCDk— The Michigan Insider (@michiganinsider) August 1, 2018The hypocritical nature of the banner and Urban Meyer’s comments from last week are not lost on Michigan fans. Nor will they be lost on those calling for Urban Meyer’s job in the wake of McMurphy’s report.You can read McMurphy’s full report here.
COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 18: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches a replay on the scoreboard during a timeout during the second quarter of the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini on November 18, 2017 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)Wednesday morning, former ESPN writer Brett McMurphy released a long, detailed report that suggests that Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer lied when he said he was not aware of 2015 domestic violence allegations against wide receivers coach Zach Smith.McMurphy included photos of text messages between Smith’s ex-wife Courtney and Shelley Meyer – Urban’s wife. In response, many are debating whether Meyer will survive the scandal.Bleacher Report’s Matt Hayes doesn’t think Meyer should coach another game at Ohio State. Hayes says that the school should fire Meyer “immediately” to get out ahead of the aftermath.Here’s what Hayes had to say:If the school fires Meyer now, maybe it can mitigate the damage by arguing it fired him as soon as it found out. If not, the fallout will only increase in the court of public opinion—for a university already embroiled in a lawsuit from former wrestlers who allege sexual misconduct from a now deceased doctor employed by the university in the 1970s.That case has reached all the way to Washington, D.C., where Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan—a former Ohio State assistant wrestling coach—has been accused by the former wrestlers of knowing about the misconduct and ignoring it.Neither the Meyer family nor the school has yet to release a statement on the matter. There are reports, however, that Meyer is meeting with school AD Gene Smith on Wednesday afternoon.It’s hard to know what the school will actually do. Meyer is one of the most successful college football coaches in history and he has the Buckeyes playing near the top of the sport. But if he really did keep Smith employed with knowledge of alleged domestic violence, none of that will matter.We’ll keep you updated on the situation.
Penn StateFootball trail blazer Wally Triplett passed away this morning at the age of 92. Triplett broke down barriers at both Penn State, where he became the school’s first African-American starter and letterwinner, and in the NFL.In 1949, after a storied Nittany Lion career, Triplett was taken in the 19th round of the NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions.During his second year in the league, he set an NFL record for kick return yardage in a game, with 294 during a game against the Los Angeles Rams.This afternoon, after news came out of Wally Triplett’s passing, Penn State posted an awesome tribute to the legendary player.Back in 2015, Triplett visited with Penn State football, during James Franklin’s second year on campus.Triplett is credited with a moment that helped lead to what became the famous “We Are…Penn State” chant. From a Centre Daily Times article on that 2015 visit:“Legend has it that Triplett, alongside teammate Dennie Hoggard, was one of the reasons the “We Are” chant became a part of Penn State’s culture (local lore aside, extensive research by Penn State historian Lou Prato found that Penn State cheerleaders helped develop the phrase in the late 1970s). As one of the few African Americans playing college football at the time, the Nittany Lions voted in 1946 to cancel a regular-season game at the University of Miami when told they could not bring their African American players.It’s said (and confirmed in 2012 by Triplett himself) that then-captain Steve Suhey responded to Southern Methodist University’s similar request by saying, “We are Penn State. There will be no meetings.”During the practice, he led the Nittany Lions in that same chant.The Penn State Football family is extremely saddened to hear about the passing of Nittany Lion great & trailblazer, Wally Triplett. Wally will forever be admired for the history he made at Penn State & beyond.Forevermore, We Are…?: https://t.co/mu6PXkpbeS pic.twitter.com/jKS5c6rJVV— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) November 8, 2018PSU cornerbacks coach Terry Smith, a Nittany Lion alumnus, called Triplett’s visit “the greatest day in my PSU life.”Our thoughts go out to the Triplett family, and everyone else affected by the loss today.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 22: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the game against the Western Carolina Catamounts at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama and Auburn are now two quarters into their rivalry game at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala.So far, it’s been a surprising contest.It’s Alabama 17, Auburn 14 as we head into halftime. The Tigers have benefited from some really good special teams play and the defense has held the Crimson Tide’s standout offense in check.Does Auburn have a real chance of pulling out a win in the second half?ESPN has made its prediction.ESPN’s Football Power Index is giving No. 1 Alabama an 85.8 percent chance of winning this game, giving Auburn just a 14.2 percent chance of pulling off the upset.Alabama and Auburn are set to begin the second half shortly.The game is on CBS.
WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – NOVEMBER 03: General view of Iowa Hawkeyes helmets are seen during the game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross-Ade Stadium on November 3, 2018 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)Iowa is building an impressive 2020 recruiting class. Kirk Ferentz and his staff currently have 12 players committed, all of whom are ranked in the top 900 in the country by 247Sports.On late Friday night, the Hawkeyes added No. 12. Minnesota native Yahya Black, a three-star defensive end, made his commitment.Black joined Twitter last August, but rarely uses it. His announcement was his first original tweet ever, and he certainly made it count.Committed to IowaMany great experiences ahead pic.twitter.com/vP0rczxjzd— Yahya Black (@Yblack74) June 15, 2019 With Yahya Black’s commitment, the Iowa Hawkeyes are up to No. 21 in the class of 2020 team recruiting rankings.That is good enough for fourth in the Big Ten, behind Ohio State (No. 8), Northwestern (No. 19), and Michigan (No. 20).Penn State has fallen to No. 5 in the Big Ten and No. 23 overall with some recent decommitments.247 ranks Black No. 765 overall, and No. 40 among strong-side defensive ends. He’s the No. 6 player in the state of Minnesota.He has seven reported scholarship offers, including Iowa and his home state Big Ten program Minnesota. Buffalo and Kansas State are among the other programs to extend scholarships offers to him.He is the third defensive end and fourth defensive lineman to join the Hawkeyes class. The top player in the group, four-star Logan Jones, is the No. 13 player at the position in the class of 2020.
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Chris Fowler are seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)ESPN has named the most “exciting” player in college football heading into the upcoming 2019 regular season.It is not the quarterback from Clemson or Alabama. Or the quarterback from Ohio State or Oklahoma or Georgia.It’s the wide receiver from Purdue.ESPN has named Boilermakers WR Rondale Moore the country’s most “exciting” player as we approach the season. It’s hard to argue with this:1. Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue: Maybe the most talented player Purdue has had since Drew Brees, Moore was a monster last year. As a freshman, Moore was the Paul Hornung Award recipient as the nation’s most versatile player, breaking the single-season school record for all-purpose yards (2,215) and the school record for most all-purpose yards in a game (313). He tied the school record for most 100-yard receiving games (seven), and caught 11 or more passes in a game six times. He had 1,471 yards of total offense (113.2 per game) and 744 return yards last year with 14 total touchdowns. Of his nation-leading 114 catches last year, 51 went for first downs, and he led the nation with 907 yards after the catch (7.96 per catch).Moore is coming off a brilliant freshman season, in which he caught 114 passes for 1,258 yards and 12 touchdowns.The former four-star recruit had his best game in Purdue’s biggest win of the season, catching 12 passes for 170 yards and 2 touchdowns in the upset win against Ohio State.What does Moore have in store for his sophomore year? We can’t wait to find out.
India Today Web Desk MelbourneDecember 26, 2018UPDATED: December 28, 2018 21:27 IST Virat Kohli was unbeaten on 47 at stumps on Day 1 of the Boxing Day Test at MCG (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSA docile MCG pitch on Day 1 at the Boxing Day Test has invited quite a lot of criticismICC had rated the wicket at the iconic venue in Melbourne poor after last year’s Boxing Day TestIndia managed 215 runs at 2.42 even as the MCG pitch offered little assistance to Australia pacersThe Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) pitch is under scrutiny once again. If the first day’s play of the ongoing Boxing Day Test between India and Australia is anything to go by, there will be more criticism over the nature of the wicket that the iconic venue has been offering in the recent past.Notably, there was nothing for the bowlers, including the pacers and the lone spinner, on the opening day as Australian bowling unit worked hard without many rewards at the MCG, which was rated “poor” by the International Cricket Council following a boring Boxing Day Ashes Test draw last year.India won the toss and opted to bat first despite a bit of grass covering at the MCG. In the lead up to the much-anticipated Boxing Day Test, all eyes were on the drop-in pitch as the ICC had rated a livelier wicket at the Perth Stadium used for the second Test “average”.However, the MCG pitch, as feared, turned out to be docile. Indian openers, Mayank Agarwal and Hanuma Vihari batted 18.5 overs together and made just 40. India managed only 215 runs at 2.42 despite losing only two wickets from 89 overs.Nathan Lyon was brought into the attack as early as in the eighth over – the earliest a spinner has bowled at the MCG since ball-by-ball records came into existence. Nonetheless, the Australian bowlers did a commendable job of keeping it tight despite not getting any real help from the wicket.Former Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson, who has played on a more lively wicket at the big G, expressed his disappointment by posting a photograph of a “road” during the first day’s play.advertisementHe even made a cheeky comment, saying India captain Virat Kohli, who is arguably the best Test batsman going around, should retire if he doesn’t end up scoring more than 100 on this MCG wicket.”No excuses, I’m not playing. If he doesn’t score 100-plus on this, he should retire,” Johnson wrote while replying to a fan’s comment.pic.twitter.com/JsakXFiRzEMitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) December 26, 2018No excuses, I’m not playing. If he doesn’t score ?? plus on this, he should retire ??Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) December 26, 2018Virat Kohli remained unbeaten on 47 (from 107) balls along with in-form Cheteshwar Pujara, who made 68 from 200 balls. The duo added 92 runs together and is expected to push India towards a huge first innings total on Thursday.Former England captain Michael Vaughan also slammed the MCG pitch. Several Australian journalists chipped in as well, saying they feared what ICC’s rating for the MCG pitch is going to be, this time around.The ICC rated the Perth Test Pitch Average … Give me that over the MCG pitch any day of the week !!!!!!! #AUSvINDMichael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) December 26, 2018After such a wonderful test match in Perth due to a lively wicket you would have thought MCG authorities would have learnt ..but no.Test cricket needs exciting fast bowling to survive. As a fan,there is nothing better to watch. So disappointing the pitch gave the bowlers nothing.NickMcCallum7 (@NickMcCallum7) December 26, 2018The @MCG pitch is why even cricket tragics turn it off and find something else to do. ??Why are we overly generous to touring teams? @cricketcomau @FoxCricketChris Smith (@chrissmithradio) December 26, 2018Nothing to be nervous about. Boxing Day test isn’t going anywhere but I agree the pitch is disappointingJulian de Stoop (@JDESTOOP80_FOX) December 26, 2018If the @ICC labelled the Perth pitch average’, I’d hate to know what this @MCG pitch is going to be rated.Shane McInnes (@shanemcinnes) December 26, 2018Crowds fine 73,000… pitch another story. ??Corey McKernan (@CoreyMcKernan) December 26, 2018Also Read | Boxing Day Test: Mayank Agarwal does not regret missing out on debut hundredAlso Read | Virat Kohli booed at MCG and made to wait at the crease after teaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Mitchell JohnsonFollow Michael VaughanFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Boxing Day TestFollow MCG pitchFollow MCG pitch poor If Kohli doesn’t score a 100 on this pitch, he should retire: Flat MCG fails to impressFormer Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson made a joke about India captain Virat Kohli even as he was expressing his disappointment at the MCG pitch for the ongoing Boxing Day Test.advertisement
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Reuters Abu DhabiJanuary 29, 2019UPDATED: January 29, 2019 23:50 IST Asian Cup 2019: Hasan Al Haydos scored his Qatar’s third goal against UAE (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSQatar defeated hosts UAE 4-0 to reach their first-ever Asian Cup finalThe local UAE fans threw shoes and sandals onto the pitch during the matchQatar will take on Japan in the final of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup on FridayQatar defied sandal-throwing local fans to storm into the Asian Cup final for the first time with a 4-0 win over hosts United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, setting up a decider against Japan in Abu Dhabi on Friday.Boualem Khoukhi’s early strike and an eighth goal of the tournament from striker Almoez Ali gave Qatar a 2-0 halftime lead and captain Hassan Al-Haydos and Hamid Ismail completed the rout in the last 10 minutes.The UAE had been hoping to reach the Asian Cup final for the second time, but instead look likely to face sanctions after Ali was pelted with footwear as he celebrated his goal with Haydos and Ismail also the target of missiles.The cloud of the diplomatic and trade boycott of Qatar that Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt launched in June 2017 hung heavy over the stadium with the visitors’ national anthem roundly booed by the majority of the crowd of 38,646.Fans throwing shoes at the Qatari players after they score their 2nd goal pic.twitter.com/zCxyhZeWOcJordan Gardner (@mrjordangardner) January 29, 2019The crowd were stunned into silence in the 22nd minute when Khoukhi cantered into the UAE half on the break and launched a speculative shot towards goal from the corner of the area that slipped under the hands of goalkeeper Khalid Eisa.While Eisa should have stopped the first goal, there was little he could have done about the second 15 minutes later.Ali powered his way through a trio of static defenders on the left edge of the box and curled his shot into the net off the far post to extend his lead as the tournament’s top scorer.advertisementThe young striker was showered with sandals thrown by irate home fans as he celebrated in scenes that will surely elicit some response from the Asian Football Confederation.1st ever team to not concede in opening 6 #AsianCup games1st ever #AsianCup final stage appearance for @QFAQatar are writing their names in the history books! pic.twitter.com/uwJLiTGGFu#AsianCup2019 (@afcasiancup) January 29, 2019Sadly for the home fans, there was little response from their team, whose few first-half chances came from crosses launched into the area from the flanks.Striker Ali Mabkhout, looking for his 10th goal over two Asian Cups, revived UAE hopes with a sizzling long-range drive in the 52nd minute that Qatar goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb was forced to tip over the bar.UAE captain Ismail Matar also looked lively when he came on as a substitute and had a shot blocked in the 69th minute, while Saad was again a match for a looping Ahmed Khalil header.The breakthrough would not come, however, and Haydos scored the third for the visitors on the break, cheekily chipping Eisa before grabbing the badge on his shirt in celebration to attract a shower of drinks bottles from angry fans.Insult was added to indignity in stoppage time when UAE defender Ismail Ahmed was sent off after a VAR review for an elbow to the face of Salem Al-Hajri and Hamid Ismail beat Eisa for the fourth time to trigger another barrage of bottles.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 Tags :Follow QatarFollow UAEFollow Qatar vs UAEFollow Asian Cup 2019Follow Asian CupFollow Asian Cup semifinal AFC Asian Cup 2019: Qatar reach final after UAE fans throw sandalsAFC Asian Cup 2019: Qatar defeated hosts UAE 4-0 to reach their first-ever Asian final after the home fans threw shoes and sandal on the football pitchadvertisement Next
To be honest, Test cricket is dying: ICC chairman Shashank ManoharConceding that people don’t have five day’s time to come to the stadiums and watch Test cricket anymore, ICC chairman Shashank Manohar said T20Is are generating more revenue than the longest format of the sport.advertisement India Today Web Desk DhakaFebruary 7, 2019UPDATED: February 7, 2019 23:18 IST Despite being the top-ranked side in Test cricket, the attendance figures for Test matches in India do not paint a positive picture (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSICC chairman Shashank Manohar said people don’t have enough time to watch Test cricketManohar said T20s are picking up fast because they get over in 3-and-a-half hoursWe are trying to see whether Test championship can generate interest, Manohar saidInternational Cricket Council (ICC) chairman Shashank Manohar on Thursday said, people, these days don’t have five day’s time to watch Test cricket and conceded that the longest format of the game is dying.Shashank Manohar, on the second day of his invitational visit to Bangladesh, said the ICC Test Championship, starting after the 2019 Cricket World Cup, is one of the last-ditch efforts to revive Test cricket.Manohar’s comments come even as the ongoing season has produced some fine Test cricket. While Asian giants India registered their first-ever Test series win in Australia, the West Indies are showing signs of revival after thrashing England in the first two Tests of an ongoing three-match series at home.Despite the quality of Test cricket seeing an upward trend, footfall (or the lack of it) at even some of the most popular venues across the globe has been a huge cause for concern. It is safe to say global cricketing powerhouse, India is struggling to bring audiences to the stadiums for Test cricket.At the same time, a large sum of the world’s richest cricket body, Board of Control for Cricket in India’s revenue is generated from Indian Premier League, the glitzy and glamours franchise-based Twenty20 tournament.T20 has the maximum TRP: ICC chairman”We are trying to see whether Test championship can generate interest. Because Test cricket is actually dying to be honest. So to improve the situation, we are trying ways and means. The [ICC] board directors came to a conclusion that if we start a Test championship, it would keep Test cricket alive and generate more interest in the game,” Manohar said.advertisementTalking up the T20 format, the ICC chairman added: “If you look at the TRPs of the broadcasters, T20 has the maximum TRP. It is because of being the shorter version of the game. Nowadays, people don’t have five days time to watch a Test match.”From 10 to 5 everybody has their own job to do so it is very difficult for them to watch this game. T20s get over in three-and-a-half hours, like watching a movie. Therefore, it is picking up very fast.”The ICC approved its first-ever Test championship for a two-year period between 2019 and 2021. Top nine teams will play six series each during the said duration in a home and away format. The two teams finishing at the top two spots of the Test championship table will then play the final.The Test championship is one of ICC’s latest moves to bring context to Test cricket. While the introduction of day-night cricket saw an increase in attendance, India’s reluctance to adopt the pink-ball cricket is not helping the sport.ICC chairman on cricket’s inclusion to OlympicsMeanwhile, Shashank Manohar also spoke about the practical difficulties of getting the International Olympic Committee to include cricket in the Olympic Games.”We are trying to take it to Olympics but there are certain hurdles. The bigger issue is the Olympics is held over 15 days. How do you finish a world event of cricket in fifteen days?” Manohar added.”For that, you need cricket stadiums also. Olympics are not held only in cricket-playing countries.”Also Read | 20 years on: A look back at Anil Kumble’s historic 10-wicket haul vs PakistanAlso Read | Won’t be disappointed even if India lose New Zealand T20s, focus is on World Cup: GavaskarAlso Read | Vidarbha beat Saurashtra by 78 runs to defend Ranji Trophy titleAlso 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 Shashank ManoharFollow Test cricketFollow ICCFollow T20I cricketFollow IPLFollow India Test cricketFollow cricket Olympics
Bittersweet: Pique on Barcelona’s season after they lose Copa del Rey final to ValenciaBarcelona’s four-year Copa del Rey title-winning streak came to an end on Saturday after they lost the final 2-1 to Valencia. advertisement Reuters BarcelonaMay 26, 2019UPDATED: May 26, 2019 09:21 IST Copa del Rey final: Messi’s 2nd half goal went in vain as Valencia beat Barcelona 2-1 on Saturday (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLionel Messi scored but it was not enough for Barcelona in the Copa del Rey finalKevin Gameiro and Rodrigo Moreno scored for Valencia in the final Valencia are worthy champions and it’s also been a good year for us: PiqueValencia beat Barcelona 2-1 to win the Copa del Rey on Saturday, ending the Spanish champions’ four-year winning streak in the competition and denying them a domestic double.Kevin Gameiro and Rodrigo Moreno struck first-half goals to give Marcelino’s dominant Valencia control of the final in Seville’s sweltering Benito Villamarin stadium.Record 30-times Cup winners Barcelona struggled without injured forwards Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele but Lionel Messi pulled the Catalans back into the game with a close-range finish.Goncalo Guedes missed a gilt-edged chance in stoppage-time for Valencia but they held on to win their first major trophy since last lifting the Cup in 2008.”I’m so happy because for me, my family, it’s incredible,” said Valencia captain Dani Parejo. “A club like Valencia deserves a lot more joy like this. I don’t have the words, it’s incredible.”We’ve made history in a really significant year, our centenary year.”Valencia finished fourth in La Liga after a strong second half of the season, reaching the Europa League semi-finals and ending an impressive campaign with this victory.Valencia worthy champions: Gerard PiqueBy contrast, Barcelona’s campaign collapsed in the last fortnight as they threw away a three-goal Champions League semi-final lead to be eliminated by Liverpool before letting the Cup slip out of their hands.Barcelona were bidding to lift themselves from their humiliation on Merseyside by securing the ninth domestic double in their history, but despite Messi’s efforts they were over-run by a determined and well-drilled Valencia side.Gerard Pique was forced to clear Rodrigo’s effort off the line before Gameiro blasted Marcelino’s side ahead in the 22nd minute after good work from Jose Luis Gaya.advertisementThe Catalans failed to create openings and Rodrigo nodded home the second after Carlos Soler whipped a ball across the face of goal.Messi struck the post with a delightful outside-of-the-boot effort before slotting home the rebound when Jaume Domenech saved Clement Lenglet’s header for his 51st goal of the season, but it was not enough.”Valencia are worthy champions and it’s also been a good year for us,” said Pique.”It’s always a good year when you win La Liga but the expectation was to have an even better year and that’s not been the case. The season ends with a bittersweet feeling, because it could have been better.”We aren’t worrying about the manager’s future, we must analyse ourselves and try to improve. The other decisions aren’t in our hands, but we’ve said more than once that we would like him to stay on.”Also Read | Lionel Messi finishes Europe’s top scorer for 3rd straight yearAlso 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 ValenciaFollow BarcelonaFollow Copa del ReyFollow Lionel MessiFollow Gerard Pique Next
Shakib Al Hasan 1st Bangladesh batsman to score 1000 World Cup runsBangladesh vs Afghanistan World Cup 2019: Shakib Al Hasan became the leading run-scorer in World Cup 2019 and is now the only Bangladesh batsman with 1000 runs in World Cup history.advertisement Rajarshi Gupta SouthamptonJune 24, 2019UPDATED: June 24, 2019 17:05 IST Shakib Al Hasan has been in the form of his life in the ongoing World Cup 2019 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShakib Al Hasan is the 1st Bangladesh batsman to score 1000 World Cup runsShakib, playing in his 4th World Cup, reached the milestone in his 27th WC matchOverall, Shakib is the 19th batsman to score 1000 World Cup runsShakib Al Hasan became the 1st Bangladesh batsman to score 1000 World Cup runs. During Bangladesh’s 7th match of World Cup 2019 against Afghanistan, Shakib also overtook David Warner to become the leading scorer in the tournament.Shakib Al Hasan is already Bangladesh’s greatest ever cricketer. Overall, he is the 19th batsman to go past the 1000-run mark in World Cup history. While Shakib is the only Bangladeshi batsman in the elite list, 5 Sri Lankans, 3 Australians, 3 South Africans, 3 West Indians, 2 Indians, 1 Pakistani and 1 New Zealand batsman make up the rest of the 18 in the list. BAN v AFG Live ScoreShakib, who has played 4 World Cups from 2007 to 2019, reached the milestone in his 27th World Cup match.Shakib Al Hasan becomes the first Banglaldeshi batsman to pass 1,000 career World Cup runs and just the 19th man to reach the landmark overall #CWC19 | #BANvAFG pic.twitter.com/UAXYSihXNkCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 24, 2019Shakib has batted at No.3 for Bangladesh and has been in fine form. He began his 2019 World Cup campaign with a fine 75 against South Africa before hitting 64 against New Zealand. He followed that up with successive hundreds against England and West Indies.Shakib hit 41 agaist Australia and then led the batting charge for Bangladesh in a crucial match against Afghanistan in Southampton.Shakib is 2nd in the list of most run-scorers for Bangladesh in one-day internationals behind Tamim Iqbal. No Bangladeshi other than Tamim and Shakib have gone past the 6000-run mark in ODIs.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow shakib al hasanFollow Bangladesh vs AfghanistanFollow World Cup 2019Follow CWC 19 Next
Next Reuters MilanSeptember 24, 2019UPDATED: September 24, 2019 08:58 IST Silvia Grecco and her son have been featured on various Brazilian TV programmes, and even visited a Palmeiras training session (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBrazilian Silvia Grecco and her son Nikollas won the Best Fan Award with 58.36% of the votesLast year, Silvia Grecco was spotted narrating a game to her blind son NickollasNikollas, who was born five months premature and was adopted by Grecco, is a fanatical Palmeiras fanIt was the sharp eye of a Brazilian TV reporter that led to Silvia Grecco being awarded FIFA’s Best Fan award in Milan on Monday.The reporter noticed the Palmeiras fan talking to her blind son Nickollas during a derby match against Corinthians and asked a camera operator to film the scene in the stands.By the time Grecco and the then 11-year old Nikollas had left the stadium, the footage had been shown all over Brazil.”He told the people who were broadcasting the game that there was this mother commentating this beautiful scene for her son and it went viral,” Grecco told CBN radio in Sao Paulo.”I didn’t even know we were being filmed. When I left the stadium I realised so many people were talking about it.”It’s not new, we’ve been doing it for years, at least once a month unseen in the middle of the crowd.”Nikollas, who was born four months premature and was adopted by Grecco, is a fanatical Palmeiras fan.His mother stressed she does more than relay the action to her mildly autistic son.She sings along with the rest of the crowd and shouts to players, encouraging them to shoot, pass and change position.”I am not an official narrator mum,” she said. “I describe the details of the atmosphere as well, the characteristics of each player, whether they have dyed hair, or long sleeves, or what colour of boots they are wearing.””Narrating the goal is the most exciting part, I have no doubt about that.”advertisementGrecco won the Best Fan Award with 58.36% of the votes.Also Read | Lionel Messi wins best FIFA player of the year award for record 6th timeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Silvia GreccoFollow FIFA Best FanFollow Nikollas Silvia Grecco, who was seen narrating game to her blind son, named FIFA’s Best FanSilvia Grecco and her son Nickollas, 12, became minor celebrities for the Sao Paulo team Palmeiras after the mother was spotted on TV last year narrating one of their matches from the stands.advertisement
Next India Today Web Desk LahoreOctober 10, 2019UPDATED: October 10, 2019 13:23 IST Virat Kohli’s fan in Lahore was spotted during the 3rd T20I between Pakistan and Sri Lanka (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli’s fan urged him to come and play cricket in PakistanThe fan was spotted at the Gaddafi Stadium in LahoreIndia and Pakistan have not played bilateral cricket since 2013Virat Kohli, world cricket’s biggest superstar, has fan following all over the globe. Despite the strain in bilateral ties between India and Pakistan over the years, Kohli has earned a lot of love from across the border. Several Pakistan cricket fans, in the past, have showcased their admiration for the India captain.India and Pakistan have not played bilateral cricket since 2013 and the two Asian giants have met only at major ICC and ACC tournaments in the recent past.However, on Wednesday, a Pakistan cricket fan in Lahore held up a banner, requesting Virat Kohli to come and play crikcet in Pakistan. The fan was posing for a photo with the banner a the Gaddafi Stadium during Pakistan’s T20I match against Sri Lanka.”@imVkohli we are hoping you to come Pakistan and play cricket here also. We love you I am big fan of you. Lots of love ?? and strength from ???? #PakVsSri #Lahore #Pakistan,” the fan wrote on Twitter.Fans from either side of the border responded to the tweet with a lot of heartwarming positivity.Hopefully soon my friend. we would also like to see pak play in india as well????Matargast Zero (@MatargastLog) October 9, 2019What a lovely gesture from our neighbour fan! God bless!! And sorry on behalf of the haters from my country. We unfortunately have haters on both sides.!#LoveoverhateSiddarth (@SiddarthRupani) October 9, 2019Such a lovely gesture. Love you bro.Again, people of pakistan are very much true & positive.harish???? (@Me_harish14) October 9, 2019We would love to visit Pakistan. Let the situation improve.Love bro..advertisementVishal_India (@VishalIndia8) October 9, 2019Sri Lanka’s visit to Pakistan also marked the return of high-profile cricket to Pakistan ever since the bus attack in Lahore in 2009.Despite 10 top players, inclduing Lasith Malinga and Angelo Matthews pulling out, Sri Lanka sent a second-string team to Pakistan for a 3-match ODI series and 3-match T20I series.Pakistan, under new head coach Misbah-ul-Haq, won the 3-match ODI series 2-0 in Karachi. Notably, amid a lot of buzz, the 1st ODI in Karachi was washed out with a ball being bowled due to rain.Sri Lanka, though, fought back and clinched the T20I series 3-0 in Lahore. The visiting Sri Lankan side, led by Dasun Shanaka, played an impressive brand of cricket as a lot of young names stepped up and helped them clinch their first-ever clean sweep in a T20I series.Also Read | Dasun Shanaka joins MS Dhoni in elite list as Sri Lanka clean sweep Pakistan 3-0 in T20I seriesAlso Read | How did we think we were No. 1: Misbah-ul-Haq after T20I series loss vs Sri LankaAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow LahoreFollow Pakistan cricketFollow Gaddafi stadiumFollow Pakistan vs Sri LankaFollow India vs Pakistan Virat Kohli, come to Pakistan and play cricket: India captain’s fan in Lahore wins heartsPakistan vs Sri Lanka: A Pakistan cricket fan was spotted at the Gaddafi Stadium holding a banner with which he appealed to Virat Kohli to come and play in the neightbouring country.advertisement