Tottenham boss Pochettino delighted with winning Skipp debutby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino was delighted with Oliver Skipp’s debut for the win over Burnley.The teenage midfielder was handed his first Premier League start by Pochettino.The manager said, “Fantastic, he played like a 30-year-old man. So relaxed, trying to play forward and give the team what the team needs, plenty of energy full energy I am so proud of him. “He is only 18 years old and I think it was fantastic. Now it is going to be easy for him because always the debut you are nervous. I remember my first game and I said to him you look so relaxed. When I was 17, going to play aIways was so nervous. That is the difference between a player going to be a top player and a normal player like me. “In the last few months in the USA in pre-season he shows that he can cope with the pressure to play in the first team and it was only about time and the possibility to give the opportunity. “I want to congratulate the people in the academy that work in education to build his career with him and to help him to build his career is fantastic. The work they are doing is amazing and we need to profit this work to provide the team that energy and quality player because he is a very good kid, person it is a fantastic thing for Tottenham.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley boss Dyche: Heaton like a family memberby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche says there’s no hard feelings over Tom Heaton’s move to Aston Villa.The move raised a few eyebrows with the 33-year-old ending last season as Burnley’s No.1.His departure saw Bailey Peacock-Farrell drafted in from Leeds to bolster the goalkeeping ranks with Nick Pope playing every minute in the Premier League so far this campaign.“I treat all these players like they’re my own family members, I try and be as good with my guidance as I would be with my own children,” Dyche told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph.“I think it’s important, they become important to you over time, Tom is certainly one of those. I don’t do favourites, apart from Tripps (Kieran Trippier), everybody knows that!“He was my first signing, an important signing, but he’s a top fella on and off the pitch, I like him as a person and professional.“There will always be a business decision here though, every pound is a prisoner, that’s just the way it is.“Behind that, we have got very good goalkeepers. I believe in Nick Pope, quite obviously, I believe in Joe Hart and young Bailey has joined the group and done very well so far.“There is a method to the planning of it, but there often comes a time when a deal gets done here.“With Tom, it worked on every level, and on the one that’s hard to find, an emotional level, because I can shake Tom by the hand, look him in the face, he’s happy, I’m happy, and there’s no thinking on who’s won, everyone has won.”
Rangers secured straightforward progress to the Europa League play-off round, beating FC Midtjylland 3-1 at Ibrox to clinch a 7-3 aggregate success.Steven Gerrard’s men have started the new season in impressive fashion, following up a 4-2 first-leg defeat of Midtjylland by putting six past Hibernian in the Scottish Premiership.And they were comfortable again in a clinical display on Thursday as Alfredo Morelos, taking his tally to nine for the campaign with a brace, and Sheyi Ojo each found the net. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Gerrard had the luxury of leaving Jermain Defoe, the weekend’s hat-trick hero, on the bench until the 81st minute, and Legia Warsaw now lie between Rangers and the competition’s group stage.A double for the Buffalo. pic.twitter.com/cYLxuL6O0U— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) August 15, 2019The hosts dictated play from the outset and lovely movement from Ojo allowed him to centre to Morelos for the opener, the striker shimmying away from Rasmus Nicolaisen in the area and finishing from close range.Jesper Hansen made a smart stop to deny Morelos his and Rangers’ second with a drive from a tight angle, while Midtjylland were wasteful at the other end despite promising forays of their own.The visitors were duly punished as Morelos turned provider for Ojo to sweep home a low cross, with only an excellent Hansen save keeping the same man from making it 3-0 with a free-kick before the break.Rangers’ front two continued to combine and it took just four minutes of the second period for Ojo to again pick out Morelos, who slammed home at the near post.An outstanding Allan McGregor stop denied Gustav Wikheim when he looked destined to pull a goal back, before Evander did belatedly get Midtjylland on the scoresheet with a first-time finish.But the visitors’ best efforts proved far too little, far too late and Sory Kaba was slightly fortunate to escape with a yellow when he lunged in on McGregor late on.
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 25: Urban Meyer head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines shake hands after the game. Ohio State won 31 to 20 on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Ohio State and Michigan have officially entered Rivalry Week, as we’re now just five days away from the Buckeyes and the Wolverines meeting at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.Both Ohio State and Michigan enter this weekend’s game at 10-1, with a trip to the Big Ten Championship Game on the line. A spot in the College Football Playoff could be up for grabs, too.Michigan, for the first time since 2004, will be a road favorite at Ohio State this weekend. The Wolverines are listed as a 3.5-point favorite heading into this weekend’s game in Columbus.Can Jim Harbaugh and Co. finally get a victory over Urban Meyer?ESPN’s computer has made its prediction.ESPN’s computer is currently giving Michigan a 54 percent chance of winning this game, giving Ohio State a 46 percent chance of pulling out a victory.Ohio State and Michigan are set to kick off at noon E.T. on Saturday.The game will be on FOX.
Buffalo star quarterback Tyree Jackson will forgo his senior season and enter the 2019 NFL Draft, he announced Sunday morning.Late last month, Jackson entered his name in the NCAA’s transfer portal. He could have elected to matriculate elsewhwere next year as a graduate transfer.Instead, he will throw his hat in the ring for the 2019 draft.“I am really excited about the journey ahead, and I am going to attack it head on,” Jackson wrote on Instagram. “I will work incredibly hard to achieve this lifelong goal.”According to FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman, Jackson received a “return to school” recommendation from the NFL’s advisory committee this winter.Buffalo’s strong-armed QB Tyree Jackson declares for the NFL Draft. He was considering leaving to go somewhere as a grad transfer. He’d gotten a ‘you should return to college’ evaluation from the NFL this winter.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 6, 2019Jackson is regarded as a strong-armed, physically-impressive prospect who is still raw and needs work to become an NFL-caliber QB. Teams will likely be intrigued by him as a developmental draft pick.He earned MAC Offensive Player of the Year honors after putting up 3,131 passing yards and 28 touchdowns during the 2018 season.
From Sports Illustrated:“You need a girlfriend,” Tua says, “to make her go get stuff and bring it back.”This is simply a playful joke from Tagovailoa, who is poised for another strong season at Alabama.His parents have clearly prioritized strict dieting and training over the course of his career.All that hard work could pay dividends for Tagovailoa, as many scouts see him as one of the top prospects for the 2020 NFL Draft.[Sports Illustrated] SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks to pass against the Clemson Tigers in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)While there’s no question that Tua Tagovailoa wants to be the next great quarterback, the lefty gunslinger also wants to find himself a girlfriend. However, the reason behind why he wants a significant other is quite unusual.Tagovailoa has gone through a strenuous workout program to prepare for this upcoming season. His father, Galu Tagovailoa, has also put a strict diet into effect for his sons.Although Tagovailoa follows his father’s plan, the dual-threat quarterback wouldn’t mind breaking the rules from time to time.In order to sneak junk food past his parents, Tagovailoa believes he needs a girlfriend that can go out and get the food. After all, the family confiscates the car keys during summer workouts to avoid anyone going to a fast-food chain.
He’s referring to the Penn State reserves that came in during the third quarter of action. They also had their way with Idaho last weekend.Backup quarterback Will Levis completed 11-of-14 pass attempts for 62 yards and a touchdown. It became clear that even the second-string team for the Nittany Lions was too much to handle.Franklin on the final score: “No one likes to see that, but I will tell you that those guys (reserves) deserve to get in the game and play.”— Audrey Snyder (@audsnyder4) September 3, 2019Scoring 79 points against any opponent might seem brutal, but James Franklin brought up a great point. It’s not like he left his starting lineup in the game for all four quarters.The chances of Penn State frequently blowing out opponents during conference play are slim. Allowing the reserves to get quality minutes in the season opener gives the coaching staff to see how their backup options may perform down the stretch.We’ll see if Penn State can continue its dominance on Saturday when it hosts Buffalo. PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 02: Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin looks on against the USC Trojans during the 2017 Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 2, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)James Franklin’s Penn State Nittany Lions looked quite dominant in its season opener against Idaho. On the flip side, the prestigious program received criticism for apparently running up the score.The Nittany Lions won 79-7 over the Vandals in a contest that was basically over heading into halftime. Starting quarterback Sean Clifford shined in his season debut with 280 passing yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.While fans in Happy Valley must be thrilled about how their team looks heading into Week 2, James Franklin and the coaching staff have been dealing with questions about running up the score on a lesser opponent.Franklin had an interesting response to those critics, saying “No one likes to see that, but I will tell you that those guys deserve to get in the game and play.”
Press Trust of India Abu DhabiJanuary 9, 2019UPDATED: January 9, 2019 17:54 IST India are ranked seven places below hosts UAE in the FIFA rankings for Asia (@IndianFootball Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia easily defeated Thailand 4-1 in the AFC Asian Cup 2019 openerHosts UAE were held by Bahrain 1-1 in the tournament openerUAE are currently ranked 79th to India’s 97th in the FIFA rankingsIf Thailand was big, India are faced with a bigger test in hosts United Arab Emirates in the AFC Asian Cup here Thursday, overcoming whom will require them to play out of their skins.Four days after creating a flutter with a stunning 4-1 drubbing of Thailand, India are now looking an upbeat lot in the continental showpiece.While the result against Thailand, who have three J-League players in their ranks, was no mean feat, it will be a bigger achievement if the Indians are able to put it across the hosts who are gunning for the title.Currently ranked 79th to India’s 97th, the United Arab Emirates were placed as high as 24 in the FIFA chart in January 2015.Coach Stephen Constantine will be pleased with how the second half against Thailand turned out. India not only managed to shut down a lethal Thai attack after being tied 1-1 at the break, but also threatened at the other end through quick transitions in attack.That stupendous show earned India three valuable points, a place on top of the group and a goal average of plus three.”We have a very young side here and they are excited. Of course, hosts UAE will be a different game. They are a very good side but they are just another team standing in our way,” said Constantine.As far as the Indian team is concerned, Sunil Chhetri hogs the limelight wherever he goes, and the Blue Tigers will again look up to him upfront.advertisementIt will not exactly be appropriate to say that Chhetri will be high on confidence after his double strikes against Thailand, which saw him go past Argentine superstar Lionel Messi in the goal-scoring chart among active international players, because that is an ingredient the Indian talisman never lacked. He is never overconfident, though.In a team sport like football, a squad heavily dependent on Chhetri would not have experienced a 13-match unbeaten run on way to qualifying for the tournament.Over reliance on the 34-year-old striker would not have seen them maul Thailand the way the did.And that is a good sign for Constantine’s team, which will enhance its prospects of qualifying for the second round of the tournament for the first time in over 50 years if it is able to win or at least draw against the UAE.It is even better for the team that for all his achievements over the years, Chhetri remains grounded.Minutes after coming off the bench against Thailand, Jeje Lalpekhlua found the back of the net, and so did young Anirudh Thapa.However, the surprise package was rookie forward Ashique Kuruniyan, Udanta Singh being the livewire down wide right.Udanta, in fact, set up a couple of goals including the inch-perfect cross from right flank, which Chhetri slammed home for India’s second goal.Chhetri and Ashique had their eyes on goal whenever they were on the ball and the direct running of the latter and the technique and finishing prowess of the former left the opposition’s defence helpless. More of the could be expected against a superior opponent in UAE.India can expect the UAE to come hard at them after a 1-1 stalemate against Bahrain in the tournament opener.They wouldn’t be satisfied with their performances, especially in the attacking third. It was the late goal by substitute Ahmed Khalil that saved them the blushes.Midfielder Ismail Hammadi is also a key player in UAE’s scheme of things.UAE will look to dominate the midfield where Anirudh Thapa and Pronay Halder will come up against a tightly-knit unit.India will also be required to be vigilant at the back as the likes of Ali Mabkhout and 2015 Asian Player of the Year Ahmed Khalil are goal-scorers with predatory instincts in the attacking third.Mabkhout is seven goals shy of becoming UAE’s all-time top scorer. The central defensive pairing of Sandesh Jhingan and Anas Edathodika will be kept busy at the back, and so could be goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu.India’s grand opening seem to have also left the UAE football association concerned, which has adopted a unique strategy to fill the stands at the stadium with fans of the home team.It has been reported that the UAE FA has purchased 5,000 tickets for the game against India and plans to distribute it only among the local fans on the match day for free to pack the stands with home support.India will hope to not get carried away by all these, something their coach stressed a day after the win against Thailand.advertisement”We don’t go into a match expecting to win 4-1 or 5-1. However, we are not trying to get carried away with the emotion. We still have two games left and we still need another two points to qualify from the group stages,” Constantine had said.”After we have qualified, we can get a little bit excited, but our primary job is still to qualify out of the group stages.”Only time will tell what’s in store.Also Read | Sunil Chhetri’s team donates fines worth Rs 50,000 to Indian Blind Football FederationAlso Read | India not getting carried away with the win, says Stephen ConstantineAlso Read | Chhetri proud of his boys, says India a difficult team to play againstFor 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. 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2 Indian Premier League, 2019, Final 3 Match Ended Indian Premier League, 2019 third Man 149/8 25 vs 0 (20.0) fine Leg Faf du Plessis du Plessis st Quinton de Kock b Krunal Pandya 149/8 third Man 1 Mid off (20.0) covers covers – Fall of Wickets All batsmen are considered right handed Square Leg Mid off Match Ended Referee: Javagal Srinath (IND) Umpires: Ian Gould (ENG), Nitin Menon (IND) and Nigel Llong (ENG) 0 4 Ambati Rayudu A. Rayudu c Quinton de Kock b Jasprit Bumrah 24 14 3 1 Square Leg Scorecard commentary 0 nb Chennai CHE Mid on Mid Wicket 39 Jasprit Bumrah J. Bumrah Point 0 4 0 1 Mid off 13 r Harbhajan Singh H. Singh Mid off Mid on 4s 0 All batsmen are considered right handed Dwayne Bravo D. Bravo c Quinton de Kock b Jasprit Bumrah Mid on 0 0 6s Ravindra Jadeja R. Jadeja not out st Quinton de Kock b Krunal Pandya view full scorecard Point run out (Ishan Kishan) All batsmen are considered right handed 4 8 All batsmen are considered right handed Mid Wicket 0 15 Mid on India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 13, 2019UPDATED: May 14, 2019 09:22 IST Shane Watson scored 80 off 59 balls in the IPL 2019 final but couldn’t finish the job for CSK (Harbhajan Singh Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShane Watson suffered a leg injury while batting in IPL 2019 final, Harbhajan Singh revealedHarbhajan also went on to add that Watson suffered 6 stitches on his leg after the matchWatson’s valiant 59-ball 80 went in vain on Sunday as MI beat CSK by 1 run to lift their 4th IPL titleChennai Super Kings off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Monday revealed how Shane Watson batted through the pain barrier during the IPL 2019 final against Mumbai Indians in Hyderabad.According to Harbhajan, the Chennai Super Kings opener received six stitches on his left leg after Watson dived to save his wicket during his knock.Harbhajan posted a picture on his Insta story of Watson’s bloodied left leg from the final.”Can you guys see the blood on his knee.. He got 6 stitches after the game..Got injured while diving but continue to bat without telling anyone,” Harbhajan wrote on his Insta story and shared a picture as well. Harbhajan Singh revealed Shane Watson’s injury on his Insta story on Monday (Harbhajan Singh Photo)Watson almost pulled off the 150-run chase against Mumbai Indians on Sunday night as he smashed 80 off 59 balls for Chennai and batted till the penultimate ball of the match. But once he was run out, Chennai failed to scrape past the finish line and ended up falling short by 1 run.Watson fought valiantly for the Super Kings but couldn’t take his team over the line as Lasith Malinga bowled a sensational final over and defended 8 runs off it.Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians were chasing their 4th IPL title but MI came on top after they held their nerves in a nail-biting title clash.Harbhajan said he still could not come to terms with the fact that CSK could not chase down 150 on a good pitch and rued the loss of regular wickets after a good opening stand between Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson.advertisement”From the fans’ point of view, it was kind of a paisa vasool match but for us it was heartbreaking. Getting MI out for 149, chasing 150 in Hyderabad on that pitch, I thought we had the match,” Harbhajan told India Today. “We had a good start upfront but we lost wickets. I still feel why this happened to us. It was our game. But we have to accept the fact that MI are winners but it was our game,” he said.MS Dhoni’s run out created a stir and Harbhajan Singh said Chennai Super Kings would have liked to see the Dhoni decision go their way.”We would have liked MS Dhoni’s decision to go in our way. If you see, the angles…from one end it looked out, from one end he looked to have made it. It was tough decision to make. A lot of times it’s been said that the decision should be given in batsman’s favour. In Dhoni’s case, it wasn’t given. I think it’s one of the key points where the game drifted away from us.”Apart from that, I didn’t think we built enough partnerships. Watson almost pulled a miracle for us. But it wasn’t enough. Even after MS Dhoni got out, we came so close.. Shane Watson brought us really close,” he said.Also Read | Mumbai Indians’ victory parade brings city to a halt as fans celebrate IPL 2019 winAlso Read | IPL 2019 final was paisa vasool for fans but CSK players heartbroken: Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | Harbhajan Singh on MS Dhoni run out in IPL 2019 final: It was a tough decision to makeFor 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 Shane WatsonFollow Harbhajan SinghFollow mi vs csk finalFollow IPL 2019 final covers wd MS Dhoni (c)(wk) MS Dhoni (c)(wk) run out (Ishan Kishan) lbw b Rahul Chahar covers All batsmen are considered right handed 0 Point Square Leg 1 (20.0) advertisement Square Leg fine Leg 2 fine Leg Kieron Pollard (MUM) K. Pollard (MUM) 0 148/7 2 Mid off Mumbai MUM S/R 0 0 Mid off Mumbai Point Mitchell McClenaghan M. McClenaghan Mid Wicket lbw b Lasith Malinga third Man 8 No data available! 25 All batsmen are considered right handed Shane Watson (CHE) S. Watson (CHE) Square Leg Mid Wicket 3.5 R Deepak Chahar D. Chahar 0 c Quinton de Kock b Jasprit Bumrah 3.5 fine Leg 133/5 ( D. Bravo 18.2 Overs) , Harbhajan Singh reveals how Shane Watson batted through bloodied leg in IPL 2019 finalAccording to Harbhajan Singh, the Chennai Super Kings opener received six stitches on his left leg after Shane Watson dived to save his wicket during his knock. view more view less Lasith Malinga L. Malinga 0 o 15 2 third Man Super Over 100 3/26 (4) c Quinton de Kock b Jasprit Bumrah covers Mumbai Bowling MUM Bowling 41 (25) m fine Leg Mid Wicket All batsmen are considered right handed Mid on graphs Imran Tahir I. Tahir 5 run out (Krunal Pandya) Square Leg third Man 100 (20.0) 0 8 Chennai batting CHE batting 13 third Man Mid Wicket Point Shardul Thakur S. Thakur lbw b Lasith Malinga 33/1 ( du Plessis 4 Overs) , fine Leg 100 third Man 0 4 1 Mumbai beat Chennai by 1 run fine Leg 4 Mid Wicket 80 (59) Mid off Top Batsmen Top Batsmen Hardik Pandya H. Pandya 0 4 5 6 148/7 (20.0) 70/2 ( S. Raina 9.2 Overs) , Indian Premier League, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 19:30 (Local Time) fine Leg Chennai 82/4 ( MS Dhoni 12.4 Overs) , Extras: 9 runs (B: 5, LB: 0, WD: 4, NB: 0, P: 0) 146/6 ( S. Watson 19.4 Overs) , 0 Point Toss: MUM elected to bat Jasprit Bumrah (MUM) J. Bumrah (MUM) All batsmen are considered right handed w Mumbai MUM 148/7 Mid on 26 Shane Watson S. Watson run out (Krunal Pandya) Point 0 third Man Krunal Pandya K. Pandya 2 Mid off 148/7 ( S. Thakur 20 Overs) , 49 Suresh Raina S. Raina lbw b Rahul Chahar Mid on 1 0 3 covers e/r 1 Mid on 59 covers Deepak Chahar (CHE) D. Chahar (CHE) 0 12.25 0 57.14 2/14 (4) 14 1 Square Leg 0 0 Square Leg Mid Wicket 0 14 covers Rahul Chahar R. Chahar Point Chennai CHE 1 Series Status: Mumbai Indians wins the 2019 Indian Premier League Player Of The Match: Jasprit Bumrah Player Of The Series: Andre Russell 0 Top Bowlers Top Bowlers 135.59 0 B not out 80 200 3 73/3 ( A. Rayudu 10.3 Overs) ,
view more view less World Cup 2019: Aaron Finch relieved after Australia scrape past PakistanFinch was a relieved man after his team managed to survive and win against Pakistan. It was not a comfortable win for the Aussies, as the match was in a firm balance until the late stages of the game. scorecard No data available! graphs advertisement Indo-Asian News Service TauntonJune 13, 2019UPDATED: June 13, 2019 10:58 IST Aaron Finch relieved post Australia win over Pakistan. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia put a formidable total of 307 before bowling out Pakistan for 266Pakistan lived up to their “unpredictable” tag and were all out during their chasePakistan will next face India in a high-octane encounter in Manchester on SundayAustralian skipper Aaron Finch was a relieved man after his team managed to survive and win a nervy World Cup fixture against Pakistan in Taunton.Wednesday’s gripping match at the Cooper Associates County Ground saw the defending champions put a formidable total of 307 before bowling out Pakistan for 266.Going by the scoreline, one can predict it to be a rather comfortable win for the Aussies. However, it was not the case as the match was in a firm balance until the late stages of the game.Pakistan lived up to their “unpredictable” tag and was all but out of the contest at 6-160 during their chase. However, it was a different story at 7-264 after Hasan Ali (32 off 15), Wahab Riaz (45 off 39) and captain Sarfaraz Ahmed (40 off 48) led a big-hitting rearguard action. It was only when Mitchell Starc kept his cool and bowled brilliantly in his ninth over and picked up two wickets which allowed Australia to win the match.After the match, Finch admitted they were put under pressure by Pakistan’s lower order.”They certainly did. It’s always tough when you’ve got guys like Hasan and Wahab coming out and swinging,” he said at the post-match presentation ceremony.”When they start to get on a roll it can be tough to stop. We just had to bowl our best ball, whether that was a length ball or whether it was a yorker. You had to commit to that ball 100 percent. We saw that if your execution is slightly off on a small ground like this you go for six,” he added.advertisementEarlier, after put into bat, Australia made a commanding start as both Finch and David Warner added 146 runs for the opening wicket. Warner went to score his first 100 of the ongoing tournament. However, once Warner got out, Australia lost wickets in a heap and was eventually bundled out for 307 in 49 overs.”We didn’t bat out 50 overs, which was really disappointing. When you go in with the extra batter you stack the batters to do that job,” said Finch while ruing the fact his team didn’t play full quota of 50 overs.”We probably tried to go a little bit too hard too early and ended up probably 20-30 runs short,” he added.Meanwhile, Sarfaraz expressed disappointment and said his top four batsmen need to score runs if they want to win. He also said that Pakistan bowlers came back well after disappointing opening spells allowed Australia to have a flying start.”We conceded too many runs in the first 20 overs. Except for Amir the other bowlers did not bowl really well,” Sarfaraz said.”If we want to win, the top four have to make runs,” he added.Pakistan will next face India in what is expected to be a high-octane encounter between the arch-rivals in Manchester on Sunday.Also Read | Ravi Shastri and coaching staff to get 45-day extension after World Cup 2019Also Read | World Cup 2019, India vs New Zealand: Unbeaten teams look to spoil each other’s perfect recordAlso 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Aaron FinchFollow Australia vs Pakistan commentary Next
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Press Trust of India New DelhiSeptember 7, 2019UPDATED: September 7, 2019 00:38 IST Dinesh Karthik issued showcause notice by BCCI (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDinesh Karthik was seen in Trinbago Knight Riders dressing room and attending their opening CPL matchIt is learnt that Karthik didn’t seek any permission from the BCCI to attend the event in the West IndiesKarthik was seen wearing TKR jersey and relaxing in dressing room along side Brendon McCullumThe BCCI has issued a showcause notice to out-of-favour India player Dinesh Karthik for attending a promotional event of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) franchise Trinbago Knight Riders, which is owned by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan.The 34-year-old Karthik, who was a controversial pick in India’s World Cup squad, was seen in Trinbago Knight Riders dressing room and attending their opening CPL match against St Kitts & Nevis in Port of Spain.”Yes, Dinesh Karthik has been issued a showcause notice by the BCCI. We have received photographs where Karthik is seen in the dressing room of Trinbago Knight Riders. BCCI CEO Rahul Johri has issued a showcause notice asking him to explain why his central contract shouldn’t be annulled,” a senior BCCI official, privy to the development told PTI on condition of anonymity.The BCCI got a screen grab of Karthik, who played 26 Tests, 94 ODIs and 32 T20Is for India, seen wearing Trinbago Knight Riders jersey and relaxing in the dressing room along side Brendon McCullum.It is learnt that Karthik, who is the captain of Shah Rukh Khan co-owned franchise Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, didn’t seek any permission from the BCCI to attend the event in the West Indies.”As a centrally contracted cricketer, Dinesh Karthik had no business being seen in a franchise league which is not IPL. His central contract prevents him from being associated with any private league as it has been the BCCI clause for all active first-class cricketers,” the senior official said.advertisementKarthik wasn’t available for comment but it is expected that he would be tendering unconditional apology as the National One Day Championship for the Vijay Hazare Trophy starts on September 24, where he is expected to turn up for Tamil Nadu.The Tamil Nadu wicketkeeper-batsman’s international career is believed to be all but over after his failure in the World Cup having scored 8 and 6 in two games that he batted. His susceptible technique in bowler-friendly conditions was badly exposed after his selection in the national team without any proper ODI performance created a furore.Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah gives 5-star rating to Lasith Malinga’s hat-trick vs New ZealandAlso 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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow BCCIFollow Dinesh Karthik Dinesh Karthik issued showcause notice by BCCI for attending Carribean Premier LeagueDinesh Karthik, who was seen in Trinbago Knight Riders dressing room, has been issued showcause notice by BCCI for attending promotional event of Carribean Premier League.advertisement Next
Too much evidence to cover up: Alex Morgan slams Cristiano Ronaldo over rape chargeThis was not the first time that Alex Morgan has lashed out Cristiano Ronaldo, earlier too, she had tweeted an article with the headline ‘Ronaldo Is an Icon of Corruption in Sports’.advertisement India Today Web Desk MilanSeptember 10, 2019UPDATED: September 10, 2019 19:55 IST Cristiano Ronaldo in action during a match (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAlex Morgan said “there is too much evidence of a cover-up” in the caseAlex Morgan said any encounter with Cristiano Ronaldo would not be awkward for herAt the end of the day money helps put stories down, she saidAlex Morgan believes there is “too much evidence to cover up” the rape allegations against Cristiano Ronaldo.Ronaldo, who moved to Juventus from Real Madrid in 2018, was accused of raping a woman in Las Vegas in 2009. However, he won’t face criminal charges after it was determined that the sexual assault claim can’t be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.Alex Morgan, who has been nominated for The Best FIFA Women’s Player award is set to meet Ronaldo on September 23 in Milan when they will challenge for ‘The Best FIFA Women’s Player’ and ‘The Best FIFA Men’s Player’, respectively.Alex Morgan, who earned her first Olympic gold medal by helping the US women defeat Japan in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, said any encounter with Ronaldo would not be awkward for her.”I don’t anticipate approaching him any differently than I would approach anyone else who I meet,” she said.”I do think that a lot of times in today’s climate women have spoken up, and it’s important to support those women. And I think a lot of people right now are questioning who is right and who is wrong,” she told Sports Illustrated.Alex Morgan said “there is too much evidence of a cover-up” in the case and “money can and helps put stories down”.”When you look at [Ronaldo’s] story in particular, I think there’s too much evidence to cover up, and I think at the end of the day money helps put stories down,” she said.”The [criminal] charges were dropped, so he can and does continue playing. And he’s not the only person that this is happening to, but he is one of if not the most famous footballer in the world right now, so obviously he’s garnering attention on this,” she added.advertisementThis was not the first time that Alex Morgan has lashed out Ronaldo, earlier too, she had tweeted an article with the headline ‘Ronaldo Is an Icon of Corruption in Sports’ and used the caption “Now this is great journalism.”Also Read | Manchester City 1st football club to cross billion-euro mark to assemble current squadAlso 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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Cristiano RonaldoFollow rape charge Next
India women vs South Africa women live streaming: When and where to watch 2nd T20I onlineAfter winning a thriller in the 1st T20I on Tuesday, India women take on their South African counterparts in the 2nd of the 3-match series in Surat. Here’s how you can watch the match live on TV, online.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 26, 2019UPDATED: October 4, 2019 18:34 IST IND women vs SA women live streaming: When and where to watch 2nd T20I (Reuters Photo)India women take on their South African counterparts in the 2nd T20I of a 5-match series at the Lalabhai Contractor Stadium in Surat on Thursday, September 26.India began their preparations for next year’s T20 World Cup with a thrilling 11-run win over South Africa in the 1st T20I. Watched by close to 8000 people from the stands, India held their nerves to defend a below-par total of 130.South Africa were buoyed by Mignon du Preez’s gritty 43-ball 59 which kept them in the hunt. But Deepti Sharma’s three maidens strangled the visitors as they were bowled out for 119 in 19.5 overs to hand India 1-0 lead in the series. Player of the match Deepti ended with career-best figures of 3/8 from 4 overs.Du Preez hit four fours and three sixes in her knock before being dismissed by medium-pacer Shikha Pandey in the fourth delivery of the final over with the Proteas still 11 runs short of India’s total. In the next delivery, Shikha got rid of N. Mlaba (0) to seal India victory.The day though belonged to Deepti, who first castled opener Tazmin Brits (3) and then had Nadine de Klerk caught behind by Taniya Bhatia in the same over. Shabnim Ismail, also caught behind, was Deepti’s third victim. Besides Deepti, Shikha (2/18), Poonam Yadav (2/25) and Radha Yadav (2/29) helped sink the Proteas ship.Put into bat by South Africa skipper Sune Luus, India could only manage 130/8, riding captain Harmanpreet Kaur’s 34-ball 43, which was laced with three fours and two sixes.Opener Smriti Mandhana scored 21, but the other batters did not have much joy as pacer Shabnim Ismail returned best figures of 3/26, supported by 19-year-old part-time medium pacer de Klerk, who took two wickets and gave away just 10 runs in two overs.advertisementWhen will the 2nd T20I between India women and South Africa women begin?India vs South Africa 2nd women’s T20I will start from 7 PM IST from Thursday, September 26.Where I can watch India women vs South Africa women 2nd T20I live?India vs South Africa 2nd women’s T20I can be watched on Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD.How can I watch India women vs South Africa women 2nd T20I online?Hotstar will provide the live streaming for India women vs South Africa women 2nd T20I.Where can I follow India women vs South Africa women 2nd T20I?You can follow live updates and scores for India women vs South Africa women 2nd T20I on www.indiatoday.in/sports.Where will the India women vs South Africa women 2nd T20I be played?Lalabhai Contractor Stadium in Surat will host the India women vs South Africa women 2nd T20I.What are the squads for India women vs South Africa women 2nd T20I?India: Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Smriti Mandhana, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav, Veda Krishnamurthy, Deepti Sharma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Pooja Vastrakar, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Radha Yadav, Shafali Verma, Anuja Patil, Mansi Joshi, Harleen Deol, Arundhati ReddySouth Africa: Mignon du Preez, Shabnim Ismail, Sune Luus (c), Lizelle Lee (wk), Ayabonga Khaka, Laura Wolvaardt, Nadine de Klerk, Tazmin Brits, Tumi Sekhukhune, Nondumiso Shangase, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Lara Goodall, Sinalo Jafta, Anne Bosch.Also Read | Am I there only to play tabla? Ravi Shastri defends pulling up Rishabh PantAlso Read | South Africa not going to harp on about conditions in India: Aiden MarkramAlso 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 women’s cricket teamFollow India vs South AfricaFollow Deepti SharmaFollow Harmanpreet KaurFollow Smriti MandhanaFollow Surat
Legent Bourbon Teams Up with Tokyo Butcher Kentaro Nakahara Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits Wondering what to do with those shoes you bought on a whim that have been sitting in your closet for two years? Soles4Souls is here for ya.Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Soles4Souls is a non-profit institution that collects new and used shoes and clothes from everyone from ordinary people like us to civic and faith based organizations and corporate partners. We heard about them through our friends over at Cole Haan who are big fans (and donors) to the charity. Other big brands that donate overstock, returns and/or discontinued models include Puma, Vans, Converse, Clarks and Adidas.Not only does the organization donate shoes and clothes around America and the world; they also focus on ‘micro-enterprise’, which is helping the poor and their communities by providing sustainable jobs to locals through the creation of small (micro) businesses. This could translate into selling items at a marketplace or as a street vendor.Just last week Soles4Souls held ‘Barefoot Week’. Each summer they dedicate one week to distributing shoes and awareness of the organization by traveling to five different cities in America and distributing shoes, as well as partnering with local nonprofits to raise awareness. Be sure to check out their blog to read all about their experiences.They are always looking for donations, but if you are looking for a little life changing experience sign up for some international travel with the charity! Ambassadors for Soles 4Souls travel to places like Haiti, Costa Rica, Honduras, India and Africa to of course deliver shoes, but also to sustain relationships and work on their micro-enterprise campaigns. A team just left for Africa this week.Instead of another vacation to the same ole same ole, consider going somewhere a little more exotic and helping someone out along the way. Editors’ Recommendations Oliver Cabell’s New Phoenix Sneakers Are 3D-Printed With Recycled Plastic Bottles A Quick Overview of the Sustainable Adidas Outdoor and Five Ten Line Essentials How to Support the Teachers in Your Life
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Mr. Holness added that “it must also reflect the efficiency of the state, and therefore we will be creating within the city of Montego Bay your own government centre where all the services of the Government will be administered and easily available.” Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says a Government Centre is to be constructed in Montego Bay, St. James to facilitate easy access to information and services for citizens.Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony for the Closed Harbour Beach Park Development in Montego Bay on February 22, Prime Minster Holness said land has already been identified for the project.“Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett would have toured a piece of land within the city proper. The idea there is to create a Government centre/circle. Every city has to have public administration which is accessible to all its citizens. It also must reflect the dreams and aspirations and your own pride in your own Government…your pride in your country and in your own state,” he stated.Mr. Holness added that “it must also reflect the efficiency of the state, and therefore we will be creating within the city of Montego Bay your own government centre where all the services of the Government will be administered and easily available.”Meanwhile the Prime Minister advised that a world class performing centre is to be developed in Montego Bay.“After the visitors have completed their meetings or after having spent a day at the beach, they might then want to see the exposition of the Jamaican culture in the performing arts. There you will bring together not just your dance, but also your drama, your music and your singing. There our people will be well trained and where our culture will be well represented in the tourism product,” he outlined.Construction of Closed Harbour Beach Park, (known as ‘Dump up Beach’), is expected to transform the development of downtown Montego Bay.The project forms a part of the Urban Development’s (UDC) Montego Bay Redevelopment Programme which will see the conversion of the 16-acre property into a world class recreational space with amenities that will allow for it to operate as a free access licenced public beach.The initiative which is estimated at a cost of $1.296 billion is anticipated for completion within 18 months with main funding provided by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF).Meanwhile, UDC, Chairman, Senator Ransford Braham said the Montego Bay Waterfront Rehabilitation Project will complement the Closed Harbour Beach Park Project.“The scope of the works include widening of the sidewalk and new perimeter fencing along Gloucester Avenue and Howard Cooke Boulevard, while the interior of the park will feature a network of landscape and softscape, public restrooms, changing rooms, beach showers, jogging trail, site filling and grading and support services, including electrical, sewerage, storm water drainage and telecommunication,” he outlined. Construction of Closed Harbour Beach Park, (known as ‘Dump up Beach’), is expected to transform the development of downtown Montego Bay. Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says a Government Centre is to be constructed in Montego Bay, St. James to facilitate easy access to information and services for citizens.
Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says the Government will be intensifying its public education against human trafficking this year.He said the campaign will be “more aggressive”, especially in rural areas where persons are deemed to be more at risk.“We will also focus on targeted interventions for vulnerable groups,” he pointed out.The Minister was speaking at the handover of a bus to the anti-Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) at the Ministry’s offices at 61 Constant Spring Road in St. Andrew on June 1.He urged Jamaicans to be on alert for signs of human trafficking.“Pay more than the usual attention to children, who might be victims of forced begging; entities or individuals of dubious character, who are recruiting persons as models to work overseas or in massage parlours, nightclubs,” he said.Minister Chuck noted that most of the victims of human trafficking are women and minors, and appealed to parents and guardians to talk with your children about how to make wise decisions and to protect themselves.“It is disheartening to hear of reports of human trafficking, and in particular sexual slavery, where women, mostly young and oftentimes minors, are tricked into prostitution and even gang-raped,” he pointed out.He noted that the simple caution ‘don’t talk to strangers’ should also apply in the use of social media platforms.“Do not give information about yourself and your family that can be used to harm you. Most importantly, do not agree to meet anyone whom you have met on social media,” he advised.Minister Chuck noted human trafficking takes a tremendous toll on the victims, noting that it takes years for them to recover from the mental and physical trauma.“Sometimes they don’t, because of the horrific experiences associated with human trafficking,” he pointed out.He said the Government is strengthening the support system for victims through the establishment of shelters and providing psychological support.Meanwhile, he informed that the anti-TIP policy is expected to be completed this fiscal year and thanked the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for providing the necessary funding support for the six-month consultancy to develop the policy.Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, said the Government will continue to undertake coordinated approaches in addressing human trafficking.“This Government, the Ministry of National Security and other stakeholders collaboratively reject human trafficking as a violation of the fundamental rights to freedom and security of the person,” he said.He urged all law-abiding citizens to use the Stay alert App to anonymously report suspicious incidents.The 16-seater Toyota provided to the TIP Unit was acquired at a cost of approximately $6 million by the Ministry of Justice.It will assist in the ongoing fight against human trafficking, and transport victims that have been rescued. Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says the Government will be intensifying its public education against human trafficking this year. Story Highlights Minister Chuck noted that most of the victims of human trafficking are women and minors, and appealed to parents and guardians to talk with your children about how to make wise decisions and to protect themselves. The 16-seater Toyota provided to the TIP Unit was acquired at a cost of approximately $6 million by the Ministry of Justice.
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, remains confident that Jamaica will achieve its target of five per cent growth in the next three years.“People have said it is an overly ambitious target, but I am strongly of the view that we will achieve the growth targets set. We are also very cognisant of the significant challenges that the Jamaican economy faces, but these challenges are not unique, as these are features of Caribbean economies,” Mr. Holness said.He was addressing the Sixth International Monetary Fund (IMF) High Level Caribbean Forum, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Thursday (November 16).The Prime Minister said some of the challenges include high public debt, vulnerability to natural disasters and external shocks, high energy cost/security, and migration of highly skilled workers.“We have significant structural problems as well that impede growth, such as inefficient bureaucracies within our public sector that need real and deep reforms to make them more efficient and more responsive and effective in service delivery and in carrying out their regulatory and permitting duties,” he argued.At the same time, the Prime Minister noted that Jamaica’s previous Extended Fund Facility and the current Precautionary Stand-by Arrangement with the IMF are yielding dividends.“Not only has Jamaica met all structural benchmarks through to the end of September 2017, but the focus on fiscal discipline, business process efficiency and managing our monetary programme is producing positive impacts (on the economy),” he noted.He highlighted that inflation has continued to remain low and that non-borrowed net international reserves now stand at US$1.8 billion at the end of June.Mr. Holness added that Jamaica continues to access local and international capital markets at competitive rates, while the Central Bank continues to lower policy rates.“What I am particularly proud of is that unemployment is declining. According to the latest quarterly economic performance review from the Planning Institute of Jamaica, the unemployment rate as at July 2017 was 11.3 per cent, representing the lowest quarterly rate recorded since July 2009,” the Prime Minister pointed out.Mr. Holness said he is particularly encouraged that youth unemployment has declined by 2.1 percentage points to 27.5 per cent.“So, we are making significant progress in reducing our debt, increasing our economic stability, and taking on a posture for growth,” Mr. Holness said.The one-day conference is being jointly hosted by the Government of Jamaica under the theme ‘Unleashing Growth and Strengthening Resilience in the Caribbean’.Among the key topics for discussion at the conference include ‘The Caribbean Growth Challenge: Crime and Youth Unemployment’, ‘Fiscal Policy and Political Cycles’, ‘Financial Sector: Stability and Growth Trade-offs’, and ‘Challenges and Opportunities in the Caribbean’.On Friday (November 17), the IMF Managing Director, Christine Lagarde, will hold bilateral talks with the Prime Minister and meet with the Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips, and women leaders.She will also visit the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) where she will participate in a book launch and hold an interactive session with students. “People have said it is an overly ambitious target, but I am strongly of the view that we will achieve the growth targets set. We are also very cognisant of the significant challenges that the Jamaican economy faces, but these challenges are not unique, as these are features of Caribbean economies,” Mr. Holness said. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, remains confident that Jamaica will achieve its target of five per cent growth in the next three years. He was addressing the Sixth International Monetary Fund (IMF) High Level Caribbean Forum, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Thursday (November 16). Story Highlights