Stones: Quadruple chase will take its toll

first_imgManchester City Stones: Quadruple chase will take its toll on Man City Dejan Kalinic Last updated 1 year ago 12:27 1/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) JohnStones - Cropped Getty Images Manchester City Bristol City v Manchester City League Cup The pursuit of four trophies this season could slow down the Premier League leaders, according to the England defender Manchester City defender John Stones warned his team their quadruple chase would take its toll as the season goes on.City are still eyeing four trophies this campaign, although their bid to match the ‘Invincibles’ was ended with a Premier League loss to Liverpool earlier this month.Stones said while manager Pep Guardiola would rest players when possible, the desire to win every competition was sure to play a part for City. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “We obviously wanted that [to go undefeated in the league], and I’m sure every team does, but it’s such a difficult thing to do,” the England international told UK newspapers.”The four competitions we’re still in, the amount of games compared to some other teams, you know it takes a toll, no matter how much you rotate the squad.”I think sometimes you’ve got to hold your hands up and say, ‘we gave it our best shot’, which we did. I think we’ve just got to move on.”While City were beaten in the Premier League, they are still 12 points clear of rivals Manchester United at the top.Stones denied suggestions the bid to go undefeated had put unnecessary pressure on Manchester City, who carry a 2-1 lead to Bristol City for the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final on Tuesday.”For me personally it wasn’t an added pressure. I think you kind of want to make it happen, it’s not so much a pressure, but on the other hand you could say it’s a bit of pressure that’s been released from us,” he said.”Some people might’ve been thinking it: could we go unbeaten and when is it going to happen?”That could’ve been going through people’s heads. From what I know it wasn’t, it’s one of those things where we’ve got to take it, re-evaluate, look at the game, look at positives, negatives, everything about it and go about business like we have been.”last_img read more

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Batshuayi: My Chelsea future is down to Conte

first_imgTransfers Batshuayi: My Chelsea future is down to Conte Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 00:44 1/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Michy Batshuayi Getty Images Transfers Chelsea Newcastle United Chelsea v Newcastle United FA Cup Antonio Conte Michy Batshuayi Though he scored a brace on Sunday, the striker is unsure if he will be staying at the club much longer Michy Batshuayi does not know if he will still be at Chelsea when the transfer window closes on Wednesday.The Belgian has been strongly linked with a loan move as the Premier League champions have been linked with several strikers to compliment Alvaro Morata.With Morata absent, Batshuayi struck a first-half brace to take his tally for the season to 10 in all competitions as Chelsea downed Newcastle United 3-0 in the FA Cup on Sunday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Michy Batshuayi eBut the 24-year-old is unsure whether his double will be enough to keep him in manager Antonio Conte’s plans for the rest of the season.”I don’t know,” Batshuayi told BT Sport when asked about his future. “It’s up to the boss, it’s better to talk to Conte.”Chelsea rarely needed to get out of second gear, with Marcos Alonso’s free-kick wrapping up the scoring at Stamford Bridge.”It’s very good for the team and for me I’m very happy,” said Batshuayi. “When I have a chance I take the chance and I work every day – I’m very happy.”NEW HAIR DONT CARE Clean sheet, 2 goals and through next round today was a good day @ChelseaFCpic.twitter.com/NCK4vZwUSC— Michy Batshuayi (@mbatshuayi) January 28, 2018Victory ensured Chelsea bounced back from their Carabao Cup semi-final defeat to Arsenal last time out, leaving captain Gary Cahill happy with his side’s showing.”It was decent in the end,” Cahill told BT Sport. “I thought we started a bit rusty. We needed that win and to progress is the most important.”We need to try to reach the final rounds in this having gone out of the EFL Cup the other night so this is very important.”After the first 10-15 minutes we got on with it. Especially this guy [Batshuayi], he took his opportunity.”last_img read more

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Atlanta United 2018 season preview

first_imgMLS Atlanta United 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and more Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 1 year ago 03:00 2/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Miguel Almiron Atlanta United 05202018 Brett Davis MLS Atlanta United After an impressive and entertaining debut season, Tata Martino’s squad could contend for the MLS Cup after boosting an already-talented squad Atlanta United arrived in Major League Soccer in 2017 and promptly delivered exciting and entertaining soccer, while their fans broke attendance records. Topping that memorable first season won’t be easy, but the Five Stripes spent the offseason trying their best to ensure the encore will be even better.The record-setting signing of Argentine sensation Ezequiel Barco, coupled with the acquisition of Darlington Nagbe, has Atlanta looking capable of being an even more dangerous attacking side than it was a year ago, which is a scary thought for defenses that already had trouble dealing with the Miguel Almiron and Josef Martinez-led unit.Not all is rosy for Gerardo “Tata” Martino’s squad, though. The loss of Carlos Carmona this winter leaves a big hole in Atlanta’s midfield, and took some some much-needed defensive bite from a team that will likely have to rely more on its attack to remain one of the top clubs in the East. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player That’s fine with Martino, who loves to throw numbers forward and just might have the most stacked offense in MLS heading into the new season.How did Atlanta United perform in 2017?Tata Martino Atlanta United2017 finish: Fourth in the Eastern Conference (15-9-10), eliminated in knockout round.The results took a while to come for the first-year team, but the exciting soccer was there from the start and Atlanta hit its stride in the summer months, with the club really reaching top form after moving into Mercedes-Benz Stadium. A four-match winless skid at the end of the season offered a sign that there might be trouble in the playoffs, and that’s what United found, falling to the Columbus Crew in a thriller.Atlanta United’s key offseason lossesCarlos Carmona Anton Walkes Atlanta United 10262017Atlanta had plenty of plans that went according to script this winter, but losing Carlos Carmona was an unanticipated blow. Seeing their defensive midfielder leave via a transfer leaves Atlanta with a clear void in the middle of the park, and it will be up to Nagbe to help offset that loss.Yamil Asad was traded to D.C. United, and while his replacement has already been lined up, Atlanta could find itself missing some of the two-way qualities he provided. Forward Kenwyne Jones also left Atlanta, but he won’t be missed after being reduced to a bit part role.Defensively, the right back position was revamped, with Anton Walkes returning to England and Tyrone Mears sent packing as well.Atlanta United’s key offseason additionsEzequiel Barco IndependienteThe $15 million transfer of Ezequiel Barco turned heads across the league, if not the world, and the pressure will be on the 18-year-old sensation to deliver. The former Huracan star should step in and make an immediate impact, though he is still young and could take some time to fully adapt.Darlington Nagbe was a dream pickup for Tata Martino, who adds one of the league’s best midfielders and a player who can give Atlanta a different element, with his ability to hold the ball bringing something that was lacking for the club a year ago.Sal Zizzo and Franco Escobar should revamp the right back position, while Venezuelan Under-20 defender Jose Hernandez gives Atlanta depth at left back.Atlanta scored an impressive draft-day haul as well, adding promising forwards Jon Gallagher and Gordon Wild, as well as Everton academy product Oliver Shannon.Full Atlanta United roster entering 2018 seasonBrad Guzan MLS Atlanta United 09102017Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan, Mitch Hildebrandt, Alec CannDefenders: Mikey Ambrose, George Bello, Franco Escobar, Greg Garza, Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, Jose Hernandez, Michael Parkhurst, Miles Robinson, Sal ZizzoMidfielders: Miguel Almiron, Ezequiel Barco, Andrew Carleton, Chris Goslin, Julian Gressel, Kevin Kratz, Jeff Larentowicz, Chris McCann, Darlington Nagbe, Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu, Oliver ShannonForwards: Jon Gallagher, Lagos Kunga, Josef Martinez, Brandon Vasquez, Hector Villalba, Gordon Wild, Romario WilliamsAtlanta United’s projected starting lineupGFX 2018 Atlanta United Projected XIThe loss of Carmona will likely force Atlanta to deploy Nagbe in a box-to-box midfield role, and potentially in a defensive midfield role if Larentowicz can’t hold up and if the club doesn’t succeed in finding reinforcements in the current transfer window.Larentowicz will be key for Atlanta. He is 34 years old but has been durable throughout his career, having played more than 2,600 minutes for the seventh time in eight seasons during the 2017 campaign. Atlanta will need at least that many minutes from him in 2018.Reigning MLS Rookie of the Year Gressel will be fighting for minutes as well, and could be deployed in a central role when necessary while also being shifted to the wing whenever cover is needed for Barco or Villalba. The battle for the starting right back spot between Escobar and Zizzo is one to keep an eye on, with the young Argentine looking like the favorite over the MLS veteran. Could Martino find some minutes for U.S. U-17 international Goslin? The promising defensive midfielder may not be ready to be the full-time starter, but could find himself helping fill the void at times. Atlanta fans will be clamoring for Carleton to get minutes, but he is likely to find a tougher time getting on the field for the first team than Goslin in 2018.Second-year defender Robinson is another youngster who could find some minutes to help lighten the load on Parkhurst.Atlanta United’s national TV coverageAtlanta United fans 09132017Houston Dynamo vs. Atlanta United – Saturday, March 3, at 3:30 p.m. ET on UnivisionAtlanta United vs. D.C. United – Sunday, March 11, at 3 p.m. ET on ESPNAtlanta United vs. Los Angeles FC – Saturday, April 7, at 5 p.m. ET on ESPNAtlanta United vs. New York City FC – Sunday, April 15, at 6 p.m. ET on FS1Orlando City vs. Atlanta United – Sunday, May 13, at 6 p.m. ET on FS1Atlanta United vs. New York Red Bulls – Sunday, May 20, at 7 p.m. ET on FS1Atlanta United vs. Portland Timbers – Sunday, June 24, at 4:30 p.m. ET on FoxAtlanta United vs. Orlando City – Saturday, June 30, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPNAtlanta United vs. Seattle Sounders – Sunday, July 15, at 2 p.m. ET on FoxAtlanta United vs. D.C. United – Saturday, July 21, at 3:30 p.m. ET on UnivisionAtlanta United vs. Toronto FC – Saturday, Aug. 4, at 4 p.m. ET on ESPNOrlando City vs. Atlanta United – Friday, Aug. 24, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPND.C. United vs. Atlanta United – Sunday, Sept. 2, at 5:30 p.m. ET on FS1Colorado Rapids vs. Atlanta United – Saturday, Sept. 15, at 3:30 p.m. ET on UniMasNew York Red Bulls vs. Atlanta United – Sunday, Sept. 30, at 1 p.m. ET on ESPNAtlanta United vs. New England Revolution – Saturday, Oct. 6, at 3:30 p.m. ET on Univisionlast_img read more

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Bale has ‘more to give’ as he looks to the future

first_imgTransfers ‘I’ve got more to give’ – Bale not worried about Madrid plaudits as he looks to the future Jack Davies 14:51 5/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Real Madrid Gareth Bale Real Madrid v Liverpool Liverpool UEFA Champions League After scoring twice in a Champions League final win over Liverpool, the Welshman believes he can still get even better – be that in Spain or elsewhere Gareth Bale appeared to agree with the suggestion he is underappreciated as a player after scoring twice in Real Madrid’s 3-1 Champions League final victory over Liverpool.Bale was left out of Zinedine Zidane’s starting XI for the match in Kiev, only to come off the bench with the game tied at 1-1 and clinch a third consecutive European title for his side.His first – a perfectly executed bicycle kick – will go down as one of the greatest goals in Champions League final history, while his second from distance was helped by the indecision of goalkeeper Loris Karius, who had also been at fault for Karim Benzema’s opener. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Cristiano Ronaldo stole some of the headlines with his surprise indication that he could leave Madrid before next season, but Bale also spent a significant portion of his post-match media duties discussing his own future.The Wales international said repeatedly he feels he should be starting every game and, if that is not guaranteed, will sit down with his agent to discuss his options.And it was put to Bale that he has not been given the credit he deserves during a five-year stay in Madrid that has seen him win the Champions League on four occasions, as well as La Liga in 2016-17.After pausing briefly to consider his response, Bale did not disagree with the statement.”It doesn’t bother me whether or not [I do], to be honest,” he replied. “I know what I do, what I’m capable of and what I’ve achieved.”Gareth Bale Real Madrid getting better needs gamesNow 28, and after being hampered by injuries in recent seasons, Bale knows the career of a professional footballer is too short for someone of his quality to spend prolonged periods out of the first team.And the ex-Tottenham man, who has been linked with Bayern Munich and Manchester United, believes he can get even better after putting his fitness issues behind him.”I got over my ankle injury around Christmas. It took a good year after surgery to fully recover,” he added.”I feel like I’m getting stronger and I feel like I’m getting better.”I feel that there is a lot more to give from me. That’s why I feel I should be playing week in, week out and that’s what I need to be doing.”last_img read more

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‘FROM THE FISHBOWL’- DAY TWO

first_imgFROM THE FISHBOWL DAY 2 Under a scorching sun, the valiant men and women of our sport have again demonstrated the sublime skills and talents they possess. We in The FISHBOWL are very impressed at the action we have seen here on Day 2. The introduction of the ASICS `Hot match of the round’ (another FISHBOWL innovation) has guaranteed spectators have a lead into the best matches of every round. This has proven a winner with some absolutely sensational performances around the grounds. In the Men’s Open division, Mets have suffered their first defeat, going down to our earlier dark horses, The Rustlers. Defeating the Mets is no easy task but the Boys from the QLD bush rustled up an 8-6 victory. Many judges predict that this may be a prelude to the final, but the Scorps, Sharks and Cobra’s boys will be there snapping at the heals when the whips are cracking. Women’s Open has once again been dominated by the big 2 in Mets and Cobras however the Rustlers, Cyclones and Barbarians have made an impact here as well. The little jillaroo’s from country QLD have stamped the brand upon the rumps of girls from the Northern Eagles and Southern Suns whilst the newly strengthened Barbarians have finally translated the promise shown over the past few years. The Baa Baas have soundly defeated the Rebels and Crusaders, scoring 10 touchdowns in each game. Those Cobras and Mets girls must surely be looking over their shoulders at these teams however a word of warning from the FISHBOWL….. BEWARE the circling SHARKIES!!!!! Day 1’s earlier tip for the mixed, The Sharks, suffered their first defeat today however I am prepared to leave my hard earned on them. In a match that had more bald heads than a Buddhist’s convention, the Tony Eltachi led Mets defeated the Sharks 7-6. When Adam Falzon or Brad Davids moved in to surround Eltachi, the FISHBOWL had flashbacks to a bad episode of 70’s TV show KungFu. Showing the skills of his youth, Tony drove his team to a hard fought but well deserved victory. This result makes the division interesting with the Scorpions, Suns and Cobra’s also showing glimpses of something special. A real division to watch! In scenes reminiscent of `Hotshoe Shuffle’ the dancing men of the tournament, our Men’s 20’s, have entertained the crowds with some spectacular touch. The depth of talent here has made this the closest fought division. These kids have to be seen to be believed and even then you will shake your head in wonderment. The FISHBOWL was sure he witnessed a double pike, half tuck sidestep from a Southern Suns player this morning, however the judges gave a lowly 6.5 score for the splash factor. Alyd Owen, surrounded by defenders, practically turned himself inside out but still managed to get the ball away for a team mate to score. Plays like this are evident in every match and this division is still to close to call. `Australia’s next top models’ organisers should be here in Coffs as the GLAM FASHION factor at this years NTL is clearly evident. Low riding hipsters, crop tops and full accessories abound but beneath this fashionista exterior lies a talented and athletic group of fine touch players. The Sharks and Cyclones appear to be dominating however the Suns and Mets may have something to say about that. My early and swaying prediction will be a Cyclones victory, but tomorrows results could see that downgraded to a Cat3 tropical depression. Play of the Day – Alyd Owens performance in the match against the Cobra’s – Simply outstanding! Rumour of the day – That a certain outgoing ATA CEO will be the recipient of something special in the next few days. Keep you posted! See Ya when we’re looking at Ya! **Adam Collins and Kane Weeks have done a great job running the tournament from the control box and have entertained the crowd all day with banter just like this.last_img

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Eggins wins Rod Wise Medal

first_imgPenrith Touch Association and the Sydney Mets’ Director of Referees, Greg Eggins has been recognised for his contribution to the sport of Touch Football at the New South Wales Touch Association’s Blues Dinner, being named the Rod Wise Medal winner for the Volunteer of the Year. Eggins has been involved in the sport of Touch Football, particularly in the arm of refereeing, for close to 30 years, both in Australia and abroad. Eggins told the audience at the Blues Dinner that he was ‘very honoured’ to accept the award.“There are a lot of good people in this room who spend a lifetime for our sport, we’re an amateur sport and there is a lot of dedicated people here. I’m very honoured to be here tonight to accept this award, there are a lot of other people who could also be here too as well,” Eggins said.  In his role of Director of Referees at Penrith, Eggins has helped develop a large number of junior referees, including three of the five current Talented Referees Youth Squad (TRYS) members. “I’ve had a lot of fun the past couple of years especially with the development of junior referees and had the honour of three selected in April this year out of five vacancies and that was a highlight.”“I’ve got 14 referees at Penrith that are teenagers from 12 refereeing Men’s division one up to age 17 or 18 and I dedicate this award to them including Nick Thornton, aged 12, and Emma Thornton who could probably do my job at Penrith as the Director of Referees as she’s learnt a lot over the past 18 months.”Eggins’ Touch Football career started in the mid 1980’s in Brisbane, before going overseas and then coming back to continue his work in the referee discipline. “I started in Brisbane in 1985, went to England, helped form the UK Touch Association, came back and spent time in Canberra in 1989 when I was the assistant Director of Referees and then Parramatta. Then Hawkesbury in 1991, up to RAAF Base Williamtown in 1992/93, helping out Tilligerry and Wallsend. I had a lot of referees at the RAAF Base, about 50 referees and pushed them out to Maitland, Newcastle and Tilligerry. As the Mets Director I’ve got to try and help the other affiliates, I’d like to do more, it’s not easy and you rely on the other Referee Directors to help develop referees.”“There’s a lot of good friends in the room who have helped me develop referees, coach referees and be a team leader at tournaments. To all of the players, they are the challenge, they always push the boundaries, they love gamesmanship and our job is there to referee in an unbiased manner as we can and that’s what I pride myself on and try to do. So as I get older, I try to put more back into the junior referees now because that’s our future and we need those referees.”Related LinksRod Wise Medallast_img read more

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Doucoure tipped for £50m Watford exit

first_imgFormer Watford striker Tommy Smith says it is inevitable that Abdoulaye Doucoure will leave Vicarage Road in the near future but hopes the club can hold onto him until at least the summer.The 26-year-old has established himself as a key player in the Hornets midfield over the past two seasons.He was named Watford’s Player of the Year at the end of their 2017/18 campaign and has contributed three goals and a further five assists this time round to help the club up to eighth in the Premier League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Merseyside duo Liverpool and Everton have both been linked, though the most sustained interest appears to be from French champions Paris Saint-Germain, who are reportedly ready to pay up to £50million ($63m) for the former France U21 international.Former Hornets forward Smith, who made more than 250 appearances for Watford over two spells, accepts that the club would be unable to resist an offer of that size. However, he remains hopeful that Doucoure will stay in Hertfordshire until at least the end of the season to help sustain their bid for a top 10 finish.“He’ll be a huge loss if he does leave and ultimately he probably will do,” he told Love Sport Radio.”When you’re talking about clubs the size of PSG, Champions League football and titles, for any player that’s going to be attractive.”When you’re talking £50m for a player, for a club like Watford that’s enormous. I think if that is the kind of interest, it will only be a matter of time.”I’ve seen him play a number of times and he’s an exciting talent who can score goals as well. He’s a Vieira-esque midfielder who gets up and down and gets in both boxes.”He’s quite physical and he’s good on the ball as well so I’m not surprised by the interest.”It’s going to be tough for Watford to keep hold of him and hopefully they’ll keep hold of him in January before seeing where things take him in the summer.”Javi Gracia’s side are to take on Woking in the FA Cup this Sunday before Premier League ties with Crystal Palace, Burnley and Tottenham before the end of January.last_img read more

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Southampton plot January move for Lookman

first_imgSouthampton are targeting a January move for Everton winger Ademola Lookman,  Goal  understands.Lookman worked with Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl during his time on loan at RB Leipzig during the second half of last season, and the Austrian coach is keen to reunite with the England Under-21 international.Everton rejected a series of bids – the last of which totalled £22 million ($28.1m) – during the summer transfer window from Leipzig for Lookman, with the Toffees holding out for a fee closer to £27m ($34.6m). Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Despite that, Lookman has struggled to hold down a place in the Everton first team under Marco Silva, with the Portuguese preferring the likes of Richarlison, Bernard and Theo Walcott in wide positions.Saturday’s FA Cup third round win over Lincoln City marked just Lookman’s third start of the campaign, with the 21-year-old finding the net against the League Two leaders.Silva has previously spoken of his admiration for the ex-Charlton Athletic trainee, and hinted that more first team opportunities may arise during the second half of the season.“I never had any doubts about that [Lookman’s ability],” Silva told  EvertonTV . “From the first day I came in and started to work with our squad, I didn’t have any doubts about his quality, what he can achieve and what he can do playing in our shirt.“It is up to us to work with him and give him all the conditions to grow. But I don’t doubt he will be an important player for us. He is already – but he will become more and more so in the future.”Despite that, Hasenhuttl is hopeful that his previous relationship with the player could tempt Lookman to move to the south coast and attempt to help the Saints steer clear of the relegation zone.Any move, however, may have to wait until the end of the window, with Southampton hopeful a loan move can be negotiated if it becomes clear over the next few weeks that Lookman is set to remain on the periphery at Goodison Park.Since arriving at St. Mary’s Stadium as a replacement for Mark Hughes, Hasenhuttl has overseen an upturn in form for the Saints.Victories over Arsenal and Huddersfield Town as well as a goalless draw away at Chelsea have boosted their hopes of survival, though they remain in the bottom three ahead of Saturday’s trip to Leicester City.last_img read more

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When are the 2018-19 international breaks?

first_imgIt may be the scourge of club managers around the world, but international football is and remains the pinnacle for many footballers.So, while the likes of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who branded the UEFA Nations League “the most senseless competition in the world”, look at the international calendar with frustration, many players still take immense pride in representing their country.The reason for the opprobrium expressed towards the international game is largely down to the fact that professional players, particularly those in the top leagues, already have packed schedules to fulfill, with games in the league, cup and, for some, continental competitions to partake in. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? That means the addition of international games further adds to their workload, thus increasing the risk of burnout, injuries and so on.The ‘Club versus Country’ stand-off has long been a talking point in the business and national team coaches usually keep a constant line of communication with club officials to monitor the availability of players ahead of each international break.National teams in different parts of the world naturally have different competitions, but the calendar for international games, as laid out by the world governing body FIFA, remains the same, with games generally played during the same windows regardless of location.When are the international breaks in 2018 & 2019?Last year saw the 2018 World Cup and the beginning of the UEFA Nations League in November.You can check out the international breaks in the table below. Year Dates Official or friendly matches 2018 Mar 19-27 2   Jun 14-Jul 15 World Cup   Sep 3-11 2   Oct 8-16 2   Nov 12-20 2 2019 Jan 5-Feb 1 Asian Cup   Mar 18-26 2   May 23-Jun 15 U-20 World Cup   Jun 3-11 2 (UEFA Nations League finals)   Jun 7-Jul 7 Women’s World Cup   Jun 14-Jul 19 Africa Cup of Nations / Copa America / Gold Cup   Sep 2-10 2   Oct 7-15 2   Nov 11-19 2 The year 2019 is also set to be a busy year in the international calendar, with the Africa Cup of Nations, the Asian Cup, the Copa America and the Gold Cup taking place.As well as that, there will be five international windows during the year, each allowing for two games to be played, be they official tournament qualifiers (for the European Championship, for example) or friendlies.The inaugural UEFA Nations League finals took place at the beginning of June, with Portugal coming out on top.For the first time in history the Africa Cup of Nations took place in the summer, with the tournament running from June 21 to July 19 and Algeria winning out.The 2019 Copa America kicked off on June 14 and finished on July 7, while the Gold Cup ran along a similar schedule from June 15 to July 7.Women’s football also enjoyed a spectacular summer, with France hosting the World Cup, while the men’s Under-20 World Cup took place in Poland.How to watch international football on TV & stream live online In the United Kingdom (UK), international football can be watched on a number of different channels, with Sky Sports, ITV and BBC among those to hold the television rights.However, it is somewhat more complicated in the United States (US), with English and Spanish language broadcasters working side by side in the American market.Below you can see a list of the different channels in the UK and US along with the different competitions they have the broadcasting rights for.UK TV channelsSky Sports UEFA Nations League UEFA European qualifiers (Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland & Wales) FriendliesITV England’s UEFA European qualifiers England’s friendlies European Championship World CupBBC European Championship World Cup Women’s World CupEurosport Africa Cup of NationsS4C Wales’ UEFA European qualifiers Wales’ friendliesPremier Sports Copa AmericaUS TV channelsFOX / FS1 / FS2 World Cup  Women’s World Cup  Gold CupTelemundo / Universo / Telemundo Deportes World Cup Women’s World Cup Copa AmericaUnivision UEFA European qualifiers  Gold CupESPN UEFA Nations League UEFA European qualifiers  AFC qualifiers European Championship Copa AmericabeIN Sports Africa Cup of Nations CONMEBOL qualifiers CONCACAF qualifiers (excluding USA, Canada & Mexico home games) CAF qualifiersEleven Sports Asian Cuplast_img read more

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Zico: Messi biggest threat to Brazil’s Copa America hopes

first_imgBrazil legend Zico says Lionel Messi and Argentina pose the biggest threat to his country’s hopes of winning this summer’s Copa America on home soil.The hosts are looking to add a ninth Copa America title to their collection, and their first since a 3-0 final win over Argentina in 2007.AdChoices广告Zico said he believed that team effort, rather than the best individual performance, will be the deciding factor in the tournament, but he is concerned by the prospect of an in-form Messi. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “Messi’s condition has been improving recently,” he told Goal. “If he is in good form, they [Argentina] will be a really difficult opponent.”It is not necessarily the fact that big players like Messi and Neymar make you win. It is more important to have strength as a team.”Chile won the title in 2015 and 2016 back-to-back, and most of their players were playing as the main players at clubs in Europe and other countries abroad.”Brazil have an enviable record in home tournaments – they have hosted the Copa America four times, and won it on all four occasions.However, their last win on home soil came way back in 1989. Far more fresh in the memory is their humiliating exit from the 2014 World Cup, obliterated 7-1 by Germany in front of their own fans.”When the tournament is held in your own country, the expectation of the nation is huge, but players can play with comfort,” Zico said.”People don’t think it makes much of a difference, but it actually has a big impact.”When you hear cheers at the moment you need a bit of a push, players can react to that and perform at their best.”Despite his own glittering performances, Zico never won an international tournament as a player. His best results in the famous yellow shirt were third-place finishes in the 1978 World Cup and the following year’s Copa America.This time, Brazil are going in without their star man following the news that Neymar will miss the tournament after rupturing ankle ligaments in a warm-up game against Qatar.But Zico knows his country’s proud history as well as anyone, and he hopes they can live up to the pressure without their key player.”The history of Brazil goes from Pele to Garrincha, Didi, Tostao, Gerson, then to all of us who followed them,” Zico said.”It’s so important to be chosen for the national team. For the Copa America, for the World Cup, or just friendly matches, it’s such an honour to reach that stage and be chosen for the team.”People expect players to wear Brazil’s shirt, win the title with pride, and keep winning. You have to have the mental strength to get over this pressure.”Brazil get their campaign underway against Bolivia on Saturday, before further group games against Venezuela and Peru.last_img read more

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‘James & Rodrigo welcome at Napoli’

first_imgJames Rodriguez and Rodrigo would be welcome at Napoli, according to Azzurri midfielder Fabian Ruiz.Real Madrid playmaker James is likely to be available after Bayern Munich opted not to sign the 27-year-old Colombia international permanently at the end of his two-year loan spell.Bayern could have signed James for €42 million  (£36m/$47m) but he has struggled to get regular game time during his tenure in Bavaria and was not considered a replacement for departing wingers Franck Ribery or Arjen Robben.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Napoli have been linked with James – who played under their head coach Carlo Ancelotti in Madrid and Munich – and Valencia’s Spanish striker Rodrigo, who has scored 24 La Liga goals across the previous two seasons.And the former Benfica forward netted five goals in eight Copa del Rey appearances as Valencia claimed the title by beating Barcelona in the final 2-1 to put pressure on Ernesto Valverde.Fabian, an international team-mate of Rodrigo, feels both players would improve Napoli.”Playing with great players is always better,” he told Sky in Italy .”I think Rodrigo is a great striker, every team would like to have him and I would be very happy if he came to us.”Both he and James are great names. They would be welcome in Naples.”Dries Mertens Napoli 2018-19One player who Napoli will hope to hold onto is Belgium international Dries Mertens.The forward has been prolific since joining in 2013 and is fourth on the list of the club’s all-time leading scorers, but he is out of contract in 2020 and Fabian is keen to see Mertens pledge his future to Napoli.”With Dries, we talk almost every day,” he added.”We have been together since the first moment I arrived in Naples, he has welcomed me very well.”I, like all the others, would be very happy if he signed. For us, he is a very important player.”Mertens suggested back in November that he could look to move to China when his contract runs down. The winger’s compatriots Axel Witsel and Yannick Carrasco have recently moved to Asia after impressing in Europe and Mertens could look to follow them, although Witsel has since signed for Borussia Dortmund.last_img read more

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‘Leonardo will do right by PSG’ – Lucas Moura comments on Neymar rumours

first_imgLucas Moura expects Leonardo to do right by Paris Saint-Germain amid the uncertainty surrounding the future of Neymar. Brazil star Neymar is keen to leave Parc des Princes, with a return to Spain via Barcelona or Real Madrid considered his most likely escape route. Despite the forward’s apparent eagerness for a transfer, sporting director Leonardo says they have yet to receive a concrete offer for a player who only joined two years ago for a world-record fee of €222million.  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? Tottenham forward Lucas left Brazil for PSG in 2013 after Leonardo helped to broker a deal with Sao Paulo for the much-coveted winger. The 26-year-old has never forgotten Leonardo’s impact on his career and believes his return to PSG will be a huge boost to the club, although he does not know what the future will hold for Brazil team-mate Neymar. “It’s amazing,” he said of Leonardo returning.”He is a friend who helped me a lot. He is an incredible person; he is very smart.“I am sure he will do good things for the club.” On Neymar, he added: “I don’t know, it’s difficult. He is a great player.“I’m sure PSG want to keep Neymar. But I don’t know what will happen. We will see in the next days.” Lucas was speaking after Tottenham beat Juventus 3-2 in an International Champions Cup meeting in Singapore, in which he scored his side’s second goal and set up Harry Kane to net an incredible winner from near the halfway line. “It was a very difficult game, with the heat,” he said. “But I am very happy. We played very well, we worked very well.“It’s important to start like that, with a success against a great team. We have to keep going. I’m very happy.”Lucas reserved praise for Tanguy Ndombele, who marked his first appearance for the club with an assist for the Brazilian’s goal. “He is a great player,” the Brazilian added.“He will help us a lot. I am happy for him.“He is a young player with a great [football] culture. It’s a good thing to have him with us in Tottenham.”last_img read more

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Upset Alert: Top-15 Team Trails At Halftime

first_imgAn interior view of the Florida Gators football stadium.GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 11: A general view of the stadium taken during a game between South Carolina and Florida on November 11, 2000 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Flordia. Florida defeated South Carolina 41-21. ( Photo by: Andy Lyons/Getty Images)On Saturday afternoon, the South Carolina Gamecocks traveled to Gainesville to take on the Florida Gators. Florida entered the game as the No. 15 team in the nation despite having three losses on the year.The Gators knock off LSU earlier in the year, which boosted the team’s resume. However, Florida hasn’t put together a solid performance since that game and quarterback Feleipe Franks is struggling to get anything going.Those struggles continued on Saturday as the Gators scored just 14 points in the first half. Against a 5-4 South Carolina program, Florida hasn’t managed to get the offense rolling and currently trails 21-14 at the half.Halftime. ? pic.twitter.com/EUDBV2KvHf— Gamecock Football (@GamecockFB) November 10, 2018Florida needs to slow down the Gamecocks if it wants to keep pace in the SEC East. South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley completed 14-of-18 passing for 129 yards and two touchdowns in the first half – he also ran in for a score.The second half kicks off in just a few minutes.last_img read more

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Lee Corso Makes Controversial Claim On ESPN’s College GameDay

first_imgLee Corso at the Ohio State-TCU game.ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 15: Lee Corso during The AdvoCare Showdown at AT&T Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Ohio State football’s program doesn’t know where it’s heading in the postseason yet. The Buckeyes are set to play Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship Game this evening. A spot in the College Football Playoff is still up in the air.Lee Corso seems to know where Ohio State is headed, though.The ESPN college football analyst claims the Buckeyes will not be making the College Football Playoff.Instead, Ohio State will be taking on Washington in the Rose Bowl.Does Corso know something we don’t? Or is he just that confident in Oklahoma’s chances against Texas today?We’ll find out soon…Lee Corso just announced on Game Day Ohio State vs Washington is going to be a great Rose Bowl. Does he know something we don’t? ???‍♂️— PJ Smith (@phatjo23) December 1, 2018Corso just started talking about how great Rose Bowl was gonna be b/w Ohio State/Washington. Herbstreit & the rest of crew were like “whoa whoa” & awkwardly cut him off & said “you don’t know that”. It was so weird. Another example of Corso being on another planet. #gameday— bearphoot (@bearphoot) December 1, 2018It was certainly an odd moment on the show this morning.ESPN’s College GameDay is set to air from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. E.T.last_img read more

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Hina Khan looks sultry in pink at Dabboo Ratnani calendar launch. See hot pics

first_imgOther Galleries 15 images Fri, 18 Oct, 2019 Karwa Chauth 2019: Debina Bonnerjee to Divyanka Tripathi, how TV stars celebrated the day 11 images Thu, 17 Oct, 2019 Housefull 4 team has a blast on The Kapil Sharma Show. See pics 10 images Tue, 15 Oct, 2019 Mohena Singh looks regal as she ties the knot with Suyesh Rawat 7 images Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 New bride Mohena Singh glows on mehendi day. See picsOther Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.Set As Featured: Set As Featured647x363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: PhotoTelevisionTelevisionGallery Image: Image: Credit/Source: Instagram/ @realhinakhanCaption: Television actress Hina Khan knows how to grab media attention. At the recently held Bollywood driven much-hyped Dabboo Ratnani calendar launch, Hina made heads turn with her oh so hot avatar. Hina also reunited with her Bigg Boss 11 friend Priyank Sharma at the event.Gallery Big Image: Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 1Image: Credit/Source: Instagram/ @realhinakhanCaption: Hina is sexy and she knows it. From her hair to smokey eyes, everything was on point for the starry night.Gallery Big Image: Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 2Image: Credit/Source: Instagram/ @realhinakhanCaption: Hina sports every outfit with great confidence. Be it a trendy western outfit or a traditional one, she looks gorgeous in both.Gallery Big Image: Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 3Image: Credit/Source: Instagram/ @realhinakhanCaption: Her fans and haters find it difficult to ignore her. Everything she posts on social media gets undue attention.Gallery Big Image: Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 4Image: Credit/Source: Instagram/ @realhinakhanCaption: Hina Khan definitely looks hot and beautiful at the same time.Gallery Big Image: Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 5Image: Credit/Source: Instagram/ @realhinakhanCaption: Hina poses in style for the shutterbugs with her BFF Priyank Sharma at Dabboo Ratnani 2019 calendar launch.Gallery Big Image: Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 6Image: Credit/Source: Instagram/ @realhinakhanCaption: What a click: Bigg Boss 12 contestant Karanvir Bohra shares a cute moment with Hina Khan at the launch event.Syndication: SyndicationGallery Big Image: Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 7Credit/Source: Credit to AllCredit Name: Instagram/ @realhinakhanTags: Hina khanPriyank SharmaKaranvir BohraDabboo Ratnani calendar launchDabboo Ratnani Calendar Launch 2019Source type: photogalleryShort description: Television actress Hina Khan knows how to grab media attention. At the recently held Bollywood driven much-hyped Dabboo Ratnani calendar launch, Hina made heads turn with her oh so hot avatar. Hina also reunited with her Bigg Boss 11 friend Priyank Sharma at the event.Syndicate: YesPreview_unique_id: preview_5c500da972d7e1548750249_1441683_editCommentContent Publish date: Tuesday, January 29, 2019 – 13:45Story Extra Data: eyJzZWN0aW9uIjpbIjEyMDg1MjEiLCIxMjA2Nzk2Il0sImNhdGVnb3J5IjpbIjEyMDg3MTMiXSwic3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX3N1Yl9jYXRlZ29yeSI6bnVsbCwicHJpbWFyeV9jYXRlZ29yeSI6IjEyMDY3OTYifQ==770×433:last_img read more

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PV Sindhu signs Rs 50 crore sponsorship deal with Li-Ning

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiFebruary 8, 2019UPDATED: February 8, 2019 15:52 IST PV Sindhu signed a sponsorship deal with Li Ning worth Rs 50 crore (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPV Sindhu signed a Rs 50 crore sponsorship deal with Chinese sports brand Li-NingSindhu’s previous stint was for two years in 2014-2015 at sum of Rs 1.25 crore a yearSindhu was listed as the world’s 7th-highest paid sportswoman on the Forbes list in 2018Olympic and World Championship silver medallist PV Sindhu has signed a whopping four-year sports sponsorship deal in the tune of Rs 50 crore with Chinese sports brand Li Ning.The record deal comes after compatriot Kidambi Srikanth was offered a cool Rs 35 crore over a period of four years by the Chinese company last month.”Sindhu’s deal is one of the biggest in world badminton. It is close to Rs 50 crore for sponsorship and equipment,” Mahender Kapoor, director, Sunlight Sports Pvt Ltd, the multi-national exclusive partner of Li-Ning in India, told PTI.”It will be a deal which is very close to Puma’s deal with Indian cricketer Virat Kohli in terms of yearly sponsorship. Sindhu will get Rs 40 crore as sponsorship while the rest will be for equipment, so it is close to Rs 50 crore,” Kapoor claimed.In 2017, Puma had signed Kohli for reported deal of Rs 100 crore endorsement deal for a period of eight years, which came down to 12.5 crore per year.Sindhu, who rose to stardom after becoming the first Indian woman to win a silver medal at the Rio Olympics, was listed as the world’s seventh-highest paid sportswoman on the Forbes list last year.This is Li-Ning’s second stint with Sindhu, who was with them for two years in 2014-2015 for a sum of Rs.1.25 crore a year.In 2016, Sindhu was back with Yonex for a Rs 3.5 crore per year contract for a period of three years.Li-Ning also roped in men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy for a deal of Rs 4 crore each for two years, while former Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap has been offered a Rs 8 crore deal for two years.advertisementThe Chinese sports brand had also signed a two-year deal with Indian Olympic Association last year. As part of the deal, it will provide Indian athletes and officials with competition and training apparel, leisure-wear and footwear for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Also Read | PV Sindhu hopeful of winning gold at BWF World ChampionshipsAlso Read | All England Championships will not be easy even without Carolina Marin: PV SindhuFor 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 byPTI Tags :Follow PV SindhuFollow li NingFollow SindhuFollow Sindhu sponsorshipFollow Sponsorship Next PV Sindhu signs Rs 50 crore sponsorship deal with Li-NingPV Sindhu, who was on the 2018 Forbes list of the world’s highest paid sportswoman in seventh spot, signed her second sponsorship deal with Chinese sports brand Li-Ning. She was previously with Lin Ning, before signing with Yonex.advertisementlast_img read more

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Ashleigh Barty guides Australia into Fed Cup final

first_imgAshleigh Barty guides Australia into Fed Cup finalAustralia reached their first Fed Cup final since 1993 as Ashleigh Barty and Samantha Stosur helped beat Belarus in Brisbane on Sunday.advertisement Next Reuters SydneyApril 21, 2019UPDATED: April 21, 2019 16:02 IST Australia reached their first Fed Cup final since 1993 as Ashleigh Barty and Samantha Stosur helped beat Belarus (IANS photo)HIGHLIGHTSWorld number nine Ashleigh Barty guided Australia to their first Fed Cup final since 1993 wAustralia will host the final against the winner of the second semi-finalBarty and veteran Samantha Stosur beat Victoria Azarenka and Aryna Sabalenka in the doublesWorld number nine Ashleigh Barty continued her recent strong run of form and guided Australia to their first Fed Cup final since 1993 with a 3-2 victory over Belarus in Brisbane on Sunday.Barty, who won both her singles matches in the semi-final tie, and veteran Samantha Stosur beat Victoria Azarenka and Aryna Sabalenka 7-5 3-6 6-2 in the deciding doubles to set up a final against either France or Romania in November.What a star @ashbar96 is The Aussie has become the first player in #FedCup history to win all 3 rubbers in both the opening round and semi-finals #AUSBLR pic.twitter.com/FVYiRPY7U1 Fed Cup (@FedCup) April 21, 2019Australia, who have not won the title since 1974, will host the final against the winner of the second semi-final, which was locked at 1-1 in Rouen.”It’s super exciting to be in a Fed Cup final,” Stosur said. “We all work so hard all year and we’re such a tight team. We’re going to be giving it our best shot here in November.”Barty had earlier given Australia a 2-1 lead after a superb mixture of tactics, scrambling defence and a powerful service game to beat Sabalenka 6-2 6-2.It was her second singles win of the tie after she beat Azarenka on Saturday and her success came on the back of winning her first WTA Premier level tournament in Miami last month.”This crowd is unreal”Hear from Australia’s #FedCup heroes, @ashbar96 & @bambamsam30…Oh, we see you @Daria_gav pic.twitter.com/mS6h7HfWFHadvertisement Fed Cup (@FedCup) April 21, 2019Azarenka was originally not listed to play the doubles but after she dismantled Stosur 6-1 6-1 in 59 minutes to send the tie to the decider, she quickly had her racquets restrung and joined the 20-year-old in the doubles.SINGLES EVENThe tie had been locked at 1-1 after the opening day’s singles before Barty produced a high level of intensity to beat Sabalenka in Sunday’s first match.Despite the lop-sided scoreline, Barty was made to work hard by her fellow top-10 player Sabalenka, who lost control of the match in the fifth game of the first set when she served four double faults.Barty, who was forced to produce big serves to neutralise breakpoint opportunities in both the second and fourth games of the second set, broke Sabalenka and ended the Belarusian’s resistance when she served her eighth double fault.Azarenka sent the tie into the decider when she produced some of the high quality tennis that had propelled her to two Australian Open titles.The 29-year-old is making her way back up the rankings after she had a child and then faced a custody battle that restricted her travel.Even during the rallies the 35-year-old Stosur controlled, Azarenka chased the ball down and forced her opponent to keep making shots that resulted in the Australian making 35 errors.Also Read | Played one of my worst matches on clay in 14 years: Nadal after Monte Carlo exitAlso Read | Charleston Open: Madison Keys bags title with first win over WozniackiAlso Watch | Love the energy of the Indian players in the IPL before World Cup: Virat KohliFor 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 byRoshni Tags :Follow Ashleigh BartyFollow Fed CupFollow Tennislast_img read more

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India vs Pakistan, World Cup 2019: Bharat Army goes creative with Jay Jay Vijay Shankar

first_img Next Anita Jat ManchesterJune 16, 2019UPDATED: June 16, 2019 16:10 IST Vijay Shankar replaced Shikhar Dhawan as India take on Pakistan (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVijay Shankar made his World Cup debut as India take on Pakistan at Old Trafford on SundayBatting all-rounder Vijay Shankar replaced injured Shikhar Dhawan in the playing XIBharat Army congratulated Vijay Shankar for his debut with a special songIt is India vs Pakistan. And it is India vs Pakistan in a World Cup. It can’t get better and bigger than this.Faces painted in colors of national flag, hairs styled to the occasions, placards dedicated to their favourite players and trumpets in the hands to cheer their teams are some common scene inthe stands as India vs Pakistan match fever grip millions of fans across the globe.Cricket has always had its share of fanatics but the Indian team fans have taken it to another level. Not just players but some of the cricket fans and groups have also exploded in popularity for their dedicated efforts for the Indian team.One such name is Bharat Army, India’s largest globally travelling group of fans, who also celebrated their 20th anniversary on Saturday.After making fans go gaga over their ‘Rishabh Pant babysitiing song’ they have comeup with another catchy number on Vijay Shankar.As it was anticipated that India all-rounder Vijay Shankar might find his place in the playing XI in place of injured Shikhar Dhawan, the Bharat Army already had a welcome song for him.Jay Jay Vijay Shankar, he’ll pull away the bouncer, he’s a batting all-rounder @thebharatarmy has a special musical reception planned for one of its stars. pic.twitter.com/cziQUtyV1aCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 16, 2019Singing in the tunes of the title song of the Bollywood classic ‘ Jay Jay Shankar’, the BharatArmy highlighted Vijay Shankar’s batting power.The song goes like: “Jay Jay vijay Shankar, you pull away the bouncer, he is a batting all-rounder. He comes from Tamil Nadu, he has made his World Cup breakthrough…….”advertisementIndia and Pakistan are facing each other at the Old Trafford, Manchester on Sunday.After winning the toss, Pakistan opted to bowl first as India went in to bat with a new opening pair of KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma.Also Read | India vs Pakistan: Fans add colour outside Old Trafford stadiumAlso Read | India vs Pakistan: My heart says Pakistan but mind says India – Wasim AkramAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Vijay ShankarFollow Bharat Army India vs Pakistan, World Cup 2019: Bharat Army goes creative with Jay Jay Vijay ShankarBatting-all rounder Vijay Shankar made his World Cup debut for India vs Pakistan to replace injured Shikhar Dhawan in the side and on this occasion, the Bharat Army congratulated the batsman with a special song in his name.advertisementlast_img read more

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Haryana Sports minister dismisses Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat’s claims of prize money cut

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 26, 2019UPDATED: June 26, 2019 12:59 IST Bajrang Punia tweeted in support of sportsperson of Haryana. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHaryana’s Sports minister Anil Vij had responded to the tweets of Bajrang Punia and Vinesh PhogatBajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat had expressed their displeasure on cuts in prize money by Haryana GovernmentLast week, Haryana Government had canceled a state-level function to award sportspersonsAthletes like world number one wrestler Bajrang Punia and Asian Games champion Vinesh Phogat took to Twitter to express their displeasure on cuts in prize money by Haryana Government as per the new sports policy.Bajrang Punia had said that wrestlers from Haryana represented not only the state but the entire country and that such demoralizing acts of the government will break the morale of these athletes.Sports Minister of Haryana, Anij Vij, responded to Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat’s tweet saying they have never disrespected sportspersons. ” On the basis of sports policy prize money has been distributed. If there is some discrepancy they can speak to the department. We have never disrespected our sportspersons,” he said.Anil Vij, Haryana Minister on wrestlers Bajrang Punia & Vinesh Phogat’s tweet: On the basis of sports policy prize money has been distributed. If there is some discrepancy they can speak to the department. We have never disrespected our sportspersons. pic.twitter.com/uKOtqIGBgQANI (@ANI) June 26, 2019Vinesh Phogat had said that the government rolled back on its promise made five years ago that no athlete will be forced to leave Haryana and will be guaranteed respect and reward. “Every time you try right here how to annoy players. I have not seen such an insulting Government of sportspersons in Haryana till today. I want to ask you how many players you have done to give you prize money and jobs till date,” she wrote on Twitter.- , @anilvijminister @cmohry https://t.co/nvbRIFDE2kadvertisementVinesh Phogat (@Phogat_Vinesh) June 25, 2019Last week, Haryana Government canceled a state-level function to award sportspersons and decided to transfer the cash prize directly into their accounts. The athletes who have won medals at Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and Asian Para Games during the years 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 were to be honoured in the function.Also 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Bajrang PuniaFollow Vinesh PhogatFollow Haryana government Next Haryana Sports minister dismisses Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat’s claims of prize money cutBajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat had alleged that the Haryana government is disrespecting the sports fraternity after it failed to formally felicitate the athletes.advertisementlast_img read more

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