Burnley boss Dyche delighted with Hendrick for victory over Fulhamby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche praised Jeff Hendrick’s performance for victory over Fulham.Hendrick, playing in an unfamiliar right midfield role, had two first half efforts deflected in off Joe Bryan and Denis Odoi to cancel out Andre Schurrle’s stunning second minute goal.And once ahead the Clarets dug in to make it nine points from nine in their new year resurgence.Dyche beamed: “I thought Jeff put a sterling shift in today.“We ask a lot of Jeff and some people question him, but he plays all over the place and continues to play hard and do a great job for us.”I hope they give him the (first) goal because it was on target.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Aston Villa boss Smith confident Grealish will find formby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa manager Dean Smith has backed Jack Grealish to find some form.The midfielder and Villa captain has struggled to play at his highest level so far this season.”There will be more to come from Jack. He wants to get better. You end up sometimes dragging him off the training ground because he wants to get better. It’s a massive plus in his favour,” he said.”Jack’s a football person. He will train all day and go and find a room somewhere and fall asleep. Then he’ll wake up and go and do a gym session, that’s how he is.”He’s that sort of character – I’m surprised his girlfriend is still with him! He’ll go back home and he’ll be watching football as well. He’s a football nut.”Jack and John McGinn were probably our most influential players last season and to expect them to be as influential in the Premier League is asking a little bit too much straightaway. But they are getting better and better, that’s for sure.”What we want Jack to do is to be running at opposition players and hurting them like he did against Crystal Palace.”
Norwich defender Byram: Our team spirit is sky highby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorwich City defender Sam Byram is praising the chemistry and unity of the squad as they navigate the Premier League.The newly promoted side got a famous win against Manchester City at the weekend, despite several first team members being out with injury.Byram believes that aside from quality coaching and preparation, the camaraderie in the squad makes it easier for them to push to achieve their goals.”The character and spirit is definitely one of the best I’ve experienced,” he said to the club’s official website. “You can see from everyone, the players on the bench and the players that even weren’t on the bench, everyone wants the team to do well.”That’s the main thing for the unity. Not one player is bigger than the team and you can see that today with the work rate, everyone has got each other’s back.”We had a bit of luck throughout the game but we defended unbelievably well and also had spells in the game where we played some really good football.”We always have belief that we could win. It’s Manchester City and they are an unbelievable team but we’ve got a squad here which is very close-knit.”If someone drops out, someone else can fill in. You know exactly what your job is and I think we showed today the spirit we’ve got and how good we can be.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Inter Milan striker Alexis Sanchez cuts ties with Man Utd palsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlexis Sanchez has cut ties with his former Manchester United teammates.Sanchez has had a promising start to life at Inter Milan, where he’s on-loan, scoring twice on Saturday however he was sent off shortly after in their win over Sampdoria. Insiders at Manchester United have revealed Alexis Sanchez’s role in the changing room was rather minimal, and that is reflected with his lack of activity in the WhatsApp group.The source told The Sun: “It’s as if he was never here.”New Roma signing Chris Smalling is however said to be involved in the chat, while he is out on loan in Italy. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barca coach Valverde confirms Messi close to full fitnessby Carlos Volcano8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona travel to Eibar with Lionel Messi moving towards full fitness.Barca coach Ernesto Valverde confirmed Messi was close to a return to being 100 per cent after an injury-ravaged start to the campaign.He said, “He is in the process of being 100 percent fit.”The other day he played 90 minutes and scored, that always reassures the strikers,” he told the press.”He has to go slowly to find reach top form. He only has one full game under his belt.”We hope he can give us much more in the coming matches.”
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan director of sport Massara: No need to temper ambitionsby Carlos Volcano5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan director of sport Ricky Massara insists there’s no need to temper ambitions.Massara was speaking before their draw with Lecce.“The objective is to improve. “We want to be ambitious, as we are Milan, but there are many strong teams and we don’t feel that we are below them,” Massara told Sky Sport Italia.“There is a very long road ahead and our ambition is to be competitive for a Champions League place.”
Chelsea matchwinner Marcos Alonso: We’re getting better and betterby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea matchwinner Marcos Alonso says beating Newcastle United was the ideal way to return from the international break.Alonso expected Newcastle’s resistance and felt the home side’s patience finally paid off in the second half.”They played in a very compact style so it’s not easy to find space to attack and create chances,” he told chelseafc.com. “In the second half, we did very well and were intense in our play. That makes it hard for them to hold for 90 minutes so we were able to get the goal and the three points.”We were prepared for them to play like that. Maybe in the first half, we were lacking a bit of patience and finesse in the final third but we always had belief that the goal would come.”We have many options in the team and this is good. The team is getting better, we are improving game by game and we need to continue in this way. We are moving the ball quickly, our press is good and we are doing a good job as a team. We have clear ideas and we have to continue in this way.”Alonso felt the three Premier League points were particularly important coming in the first game back from an international break and he emphasised that hard work was paying off with results as we secured a fifth consecutive win in all competitions.”It was very important to win after the international break,” he admitted. “We played with a lot of patience and at the end we got the goal, we kept grafting and got a good reward”It’s a new season with new staff and there’s room for improvement but since the beginning we have improved a lot. We need to keep focused on each game and work hard in training.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Unai Emery faces “the same problems as Arsene Wenger had”, claims Emmanuel Petit, with no progress having been made at Arsenal as the club refuses to embrace “revolution”.After 22 years working under the guidance of an iconic French coach, the Gunners decided to open a new chapter in the summer of 2018.Emery was handed the reins and charged with the task of delivering a top-four finish and rebuilding collective confidence in north London. 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? He has, however, seen his hands tied in the transfer market – with only loan deals available to him in January – and Petit believes Arsenal continue to stagnate, rather than evolve.The former midfielder, who tasted Premier League title success during his time with the Gunners, told the Mirror: “It’s like Wenger is out but I have the feeling that it’s the same old story.“What’s happening after Arsene Wenger’s era, I think we were expecting more from the club. I am disappointed.“You are telling me that Emery has the same problems that Wenger had. Nothing has changed. So why did they sack Arsene?“If you sack the manager, you need to start a revolution. But I ask the question: Why did they sack Arsene? If someone can give me the answer then I’ll be very happy.“If you don’t give the control to Emery, allow him to oversee a revolution, give him the power to bring in new players to help him change the style on the pitch, then why create all of this mess?“This team is not good enough to fight for the title. This team is strong enough to fight for third or fourth place and that’s it. They’ve been like that for years and years. You don’t have to be a magician to understand that.“I was thinking, ‘OK, you sacked Arsene Wenger for good reasons’. But then I was expecting a revolution at the club. But it’s not happened.“You sack Arsene but then you have to give the power to Emery to change things. But, honestly, nothing has happened. It’s just the same now as it ever was.“I don’t see many changes in terms of how the team plays since Wenger left. I’m still confident with Emery, he’s a talented manager, but he needs to pick his own players as well. For sure, Arsenal needs to change the squad.”Petit feels the Gunners currently lack “the characters” required to compete with ambitious rivals, with the Frenchman adding: “I watched the last game with West Ham and I was thinking, ‘How can you put Ramsey on the bench and leave Ozil at home, knowing that you have no creative midfielders?’“Everything is on the shoulders of [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang and [Alexandre] Lacazette to score goals. And for a club like Arsenal, that’s not good enough.“It’s about having the characters in the team. Look at Liverpool, the personality of the team, the desire, the anger. When I look at the characters like [James] Milner, [Jordan] Henderson, [Virgil] van Dijk. When I look at [Trent] Alexander-Arnold, [Andy] Robertson. They fight for the ball every time.“That’s what you need if you want to compete at the highest level. If you look at the big clubs, even Barcelona, it’s all about desire. When you don’t have the ball, it’s about the desire to get it back. It’s really that simple.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Miguel Almiron and Sebastian Giovinco, two of the most exciting and effective players in Major League Soccer history, both said goodbye to MLS on the same day, each completing transfers during what has been a busy offseason of transfers for the league.Almiron and Giovinco leave having led their respective teams to MLS Cup titles, and with each living up to the high expectations that arrived with them. They were both high-profile designated player signings, and each dominated the league with their own unique attacking styles.How do they measure up compared to some of the best DP signings in MLS history? You can definitely make the argument that they are two of the best DP signings ever, if not the very best. Giovinco’s MVP season in 2015 was arguably the best individual season in league history, while Almiron’s two-year stint with Atlanta United saw him emerge as the Five Stripes’ most dangerous player. 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? Measuring the impact of designated player signings goes beyond wins and losses and trophies. There have been players who secured trophies, but also made a major impact in terms of marketing and boosting the visibility of teams in certain markets, as well as visibility internationally.For the purposes of this list of top designated players, we will focus solely on players who arrived in MLS as DP signings, and excluding all players who began their MLS careers on non-DP contracts. That leaves out the likes of Landon Donovan and Bradley Wright-Phillips, among others. We are also focusing on players with multiple MLS seasons under their belts, so Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney will have to wait to work their way onto this list.Here are the top 10 best DP signings in MLS history:
Naby Keita claims to have become Mohamed Salah’s “little brother” at Liverpool, with a fellow African helping the midfielder to settle in England.A Guinea international arrived at Anfield in the summer of 2018 after waiting 12 months for a big-money deal to go through, with the Reds having invested considerable faith in him.Keita endured a slow start to his time on Merseyside, with the demands of the Premier League taking some adjusting to. 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? The 24-year-old was, however, to improve as his debut season wore on, with confidence and belief returning to his game.An unfortunate injury prevented him from playing any part in a Champions League final triumph over Tottenham, but Keita has shown what he is capable of.He believes there is more to come from him, with Egyptian frontman Salah having helped to unlock his potential.Keita told Liverpool’s official website of Salah’s influence: “Very well, he always gives me some advice on the pitch in Liverpool.“He’s a nice guy who works hard. When he works at the gym, he always asks me to join him.“He looks after me like I’m his little brother.”Keita has expressed a desire to follow in Salah’s footsteps at Liverpool.Jurgen Klopp has helped to turn the 27-year-old into a global superstar, while Senegal international Sadio Mane has also flourished under the guidance of a German coach.The hope is that Keita will be the next to star at Anfield, with a hard-working option for the Reds having told Goal: “Klopp knows how to treat players and help them, he always talks with everyone on and off the pitch and helps them to improve. He can make you give all that you have and more on the pitch.“People can see how he improved Salah and Mane and I hope he can do the same with me next season.”Keita is currently away with his country at the Africa Cup of Nations.He is back to full fitness and hoping to help Guinea progress on Egyptian soil alongside the likes of Salah and Mane. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
DALLAS, TX – OCTOBER 14: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns blows a bubble during warmups before the game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Cotton Bowl on October 14, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Richard W. Rodriguez/Getty Images)Texas’ fan base is a passionate one. The Longhorns are not happy today and they’re showing it.Tom Herman’s team, ranked just inside the preseason top 25, is taking on Maryland at FedEx Field, home to the Washington Redskins.The Longhorns lost in an upset to Maryland early last season. A repeat of the 2017 disaster was not expected.However, through nearly two quarters, we’re getting just that. Texas’ offense is struggling and the Terps have already scored 17 points.It’s Maryland 17, Texas 7 through a quarter and a half.Unsurprisingly, some “fire Tom Herman” takes have surfaced.This is premature, of course. No matter what happens today, Texas isn’t firing Tom Herman. He’s an elite, promising head coach and the Longhorns are committed to him long-term.But…losing to Maryland in back-to-back seasons would be a really bad look. The Longhorns would have a huge uphill battle the rest of the season if they lose today.There’s still plenty of time remaining in this game, though. Texas can surely turn it around.The game is on FOX Sports 1.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Illinois’ quarterback depth has taken a hit one week into the 2018 college football season.Cam Thomas, the Illinis’ starting quarterback for several games in 2017, has announced that he’s transferring out of the program. The dual-threat quarterback lost the starting QB job to graduate transfer A.J. Bush this preseason.The quarterback is a sophomore and a former three-star recruit.“BREAKING: @IlliniFootball sophomore quarterback Cam Thomas has left the program. Thomas became the starter down the stretch last year, but was displaced by grad transfer AJ Bush. Thomas was the only scholarship quarterback on the #Illini roster during spring practice,” Gavin Good tweeted.BREAKING: @IlliniFootball sophomore quarterback Cam Thomas has left the program. Thomas became the starter down the stretch last year, but was displaced by grad transfer AJ Bush. Thomas was the only scholarship quarterback on the #Illini roster during spring practice— Gavin Good (@itsallG_O_O_D) September 6, 2018The 6-foot-2 quarterback has thrown for 375 yards and 5 interceptions during his career.Illinois, 1-0, is set to host Western Illinois on Saturday.
SOUTH BEND, IN – OCTOBER 13: Chase Claypool #83 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish tries make the catch after the pass interference on Dane Jackson #11 of the Pittsburgh Panthers in the second half at Notre Dame Stadium on October 13, 2018 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)Notre Dame survived an upset bid from USC on Saturday night, and for the first time since 2012, the Fighting Irish finished the regular season with a 12-0 record. So they’re a lock for the College Football Playoff, right?Well, one major predictor model doesn’t think it’s clear cut. FiveThirtyEight’s playoff predictor, which has been pretty accurate in the past, thinks that if Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma and Ohio State all win next week, Notre Dame would have the lowest odds of getting in the field.That’s right, two one-loss teams – Oklahoma and Ohio State – would get in over them.It’s hard to believe. So hard to believe that the site’s founder, Nate Silver, took to Twitter to say that he “really doubts” that will happen in real life.Our college football algorithm cutely thinks that if the playoff selection committee really values conference championships, it would consider putting in both a 12-1 tOSU and 12-1 Oklahoma ahead of 12-0 Notre Dame. I really doubt that happens IRL, though. https://t.co/gROi6Kuq10 pic.twitter.com/3AUAZgRYnf— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) November 25, 2018It’s true that Notre Dame has an advantage not having to play in a conference championship game. But because of that, the program’s margin of error is thinner – they likely need to go 12-0 to be considered for a bid.For what it’s worth, Notre Dame fans would riot if they didn’t make the field with a 12-0 record. There isn’t much else the program can do.The real debate seems to be between Oklahoma and Ohio State for the No. 4 slot. That’s assuming both win next week’s title games.
See you in Death Valley, @CollegeGameDay 😎 pic.twitter.com/EO4RMSuksl— ACC Network (@accnetwork) August 8, 2019Clemson, a year ago, became the first college football team to finish the season with a 15-0 record after it stomped Alabama in the national title game. The Tigers are again the favorite to win it all this year.College GameDay, meanwhile is returning its normal cast of Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, Desmond Howard, Rece Davis, Maria Taylor and Jen Lada. It’s one of the most successful shows on ESPN.College football season gets started on August 24 when Miami takes on Florida. NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)A few months back, ESPN announced that College GameDay will be headed to Arlington, Texas ahead of Auburn vs. Oregon for the first college football Saturday of the season. Thursday, they announced that there will actually be another location they visit first.College GameDay will head to Clemson, South Carolina to cover the Tigers’ first matchup of the season. Clemson takes on ACC foe Georgia Tech on Thursday, August 29.So College GameDay will be in Clemson on Thursday and Arlington on Saturday. There’s no word on whether there will be a third stop that weekend.The Clemson vs. Georgia Tech game is supposed to air on the ACC Network.
Indo-Asian News Service NottinghamJune 5, 2019UPDATED: June 5, 2019 18:03 IST Australia would need to adjust to take on the West Indies. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBoth the teams have beat their opponents in their World Cup encountersAustralia is wary of the fact that Windies have some of the biggest hitters in world cricketAustralia would need to adjust their mindset to take on the West Indies, coach Langer saidRiding on confidence after their emphatic win over Afghanistan, Australia will face an uphill task against the buoyant West Indies when the two teams meet in their World Cup fixture at Trent Bridge on Thursday.Both the teams were at their menacing best in their opening World Cup encounters and literally thrashed their opponents.Aaron Finch-led Australia had registered a convincing seven-wicket win over Afghanistan. The bowlers, especially the pacers, were on song as they restricted Afghan Tigers to 207.While chasing, Finch and David Warner showed signs of being in great form as both scored half-centuries and rang alarming bells for the opposition teams.On the other hand, Windies had demolished the Pakistani batting line-up with a barrage of short-pitch deliveries and ultimately bowled them out for mere 105 in their opening encounter in the ongoing World Cup. Oshane Thomas had finished with 4-27, while captain Jason Holder and Andre Russell shared five wickets between them before Windies clinched a seven-wicket win over Pakistan.Australia is wary of the fact that Windies line-up boasts of having some of the biggest hitters in world cricket at the moment and it would really require some effort from the Aussie pacers to control the likes of Chris Gayle, Russell, and Carlos Brathwaite.Head coach Justin Langer has already said that Australia would need to adjust their mindset to take on the West Indies quicks and other fast bowlers at the tournament in England and Wales.”We have to adapt to the West Indies no doubt, who have got a number of good, fast bowlers. South Africa will be the same. England will be the same. Have to adapt our game plan and adapt pretty quickly,” Langer said on Tuesday.advertisement”Obviously a very dangerous team the way they bat and aggressive bowling, but they’ve got weaknesses as well and we’re playing pretty good cricket.”He also said that Australia, in all likelihood, will go in with the same XI that featured against Afghanistan.SquadsAustralia: Aaron Finch (captain), Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wicketkeeper), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Adam ZampaWest Indies: Jason Holder (captain), Andre Russell, Ashley Nurse, Carlos Brathwaite, Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo, Evin Lewis, Fabian Allen, Kemar Roach, Nicholas Pooran (wicketkeeper), Oshane Thomas, Shai Hope, Shannon Gabriel, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron HetmyerAlso Read | World Cup 2019: 5 things to look for in India’s World Cup runAlso Read | World Cup 2019: History favours India over South Africa in recent ICC eventsAlso 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Australia vs South AfricaFollow World Cup 2019Follow Aaron FinchFollow Jason HolderFollow Justin LangerFollow David WarnerFollow Oshane ThomasFollow Andre RussellFollow Chris GayleFollow Carlos Brathwaite World Cup 2019: Mighty Aussies to face stern WindiesAustralia will face West Indies in the World Cup on Thursday. Australia won over Afghanistan by seven wickets, whereas, Windies bowled Pakistan out for mere 105 in their opening encounter in the ongoing World Cup.advertisement
Reuters ManchesterJuly 7, 2019UPDATED: July 7, 2019 17:44 IST Usman Khawaja and Marcus Stoinis have suffered injury blows (AP Photo)Australia have called in wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh as cover for their injured duo of Usman Khawaja and Marcus Stoinis ahead of Thursday’s Cricket World Cup semi-final against hosts England.Number three batsman Khawaja retired with a hamstring injury in Saturday’s defeat to South Africa and though he returned to bat later in the innings, he clearly looked in pain and may miss the rest of the tournament.All-rounder Stoinis has been battling a nagging side strain for a while and was due to have a scan on Sunday to determine the extent of the injury.It doesn’t look ideal for Usman, captain Aaron Finch said after Saturday’s loss.He’ll have a scan tomorrow and if we need a replacementand I think we willbut until you get the definitive scan it’s hard to know.But it’s not looking great for him, in all honesty. He’s done a couple of hamstrings before and he said it feels a bit similar.Both Wade and Marsh were part of the Australia A squad who begin their four-day clash with Sussex in Arundel on Sunday.The duo had left for Birmingham to join the Australia squad, cricket.com.au reported.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Doesn’t get bigger than England vs Australia semi-final, says Aaron FinchAlso 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 World Cup 2019Follow Australia cricket teamFollow Aaron FinchFollow Matthew WadeFollow Marcus Stoinis Next World Cup 2019: Australia get Wade and Marsh as cover for Khawaja and StoinisAustralia suffered an injury blow as Usman Khawaja limped from the field with a suspected hamstring injury during their last group match against South Africa.advertisement
Limited DRS in Ranji Trophy another classic case of eyewash: BCCI officialThe BCCI, under Committee of Administrators, has decided to use DRS in the knockout stages of Ranji Trophy this season to avoid umpiring howlers that dominated the narrative last season.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiJuly 20, 2019UPDATED: July 20, 2019 18:07 IST Photo of representation (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBCCI to use limited DRS during the knockout stages of Ranji TrophyThe system will be without hawkeye and ultra edge in the premier domestic tournamentBCCI official blasted the CoA, claiming it focuses more on perception than substanceHaving come under fire in the last domestic season for poor standards of umpiring, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) under the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has decided to use ‘limited DRS’ during the knockout stages of the Ranji Trophy this season. But the BCCI officials have called this another attempt to sweep the mistakes under the carpet rather than address the issue of lack of quality umpires.Speaking to IANS, a senior BCCI official said that it has become the norm under the CoA to ensure that the image of the board remains intact on the outside even if the foundation is getting weaker by the day.”We are not surprised in the least. This is how things are done these days, in an ad-hoc manner that focuses more on perception than on substance. What is the intent here? Is the intent to ensure a mechanism to resolve bad decisions in the knockouts? What about the other 2010 odd games (BCCI hosted a total of 2017 games in the 2018-19 domestic season)? Who is taking the ownership of bad umpiring in those games? Where is the effort to improve the standard of umpiring? Classic eyewash this is,” the official rued.GM Cricket Operations Saba Karim, who is currently in the UK, had said that the idea to introduce ‘limited DRS’ is to avoid howlers as was seen during the knockout stages of the 2018-19 season of the Ranji Trophy. “Last year, in some of the knockout matches, there was some flak on umpires because there were some terrible howlers. So, we want to avoid all that and use whatever help we can get,” he explained.advertisementBut a senior board functionary wants to know why an effort isn’t being made to ensure that things improve right from conducting fair examination of umpires.”Questions are raised over the process of examination to recruit umpires. Why isn’t that being looked into? A fair examination shouldn’t be that big a problem. Then, there is an academy for umpires in Nagpur, who takes responsibility of the functioning of that academy? And how many umpires do we have in the international panel? S. Ravi was the last. So clearly, there is lack of ownership,” the functionary said.”After managing to scrape through domestic games, when they are handed duty during the Indian Premier League (IPL), they crumble under pressure. The idea to have Indian umpires in the IPL was to help them experience top-flight games and the pressure that comes with it. But here, they are getting exposed every second game as was seen in this year’s matches. So, the same must also be happening in the domestic circuit. Just because it isn’t televised, you don’t see it,” the functionary pointed.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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Ranji TrophyFollow DRSFollow BCCIFollow COA
World Boxing Championships: Manju Rani enters final, Jamuna Boro, Lovlina settle for bronzeIn her maiden appearance at the World Boxing Championships, sixth seed Manju Rani assured herself at least a silver medal as she thrashed her Thai opponent Chuthamat Raksat 4-1 in the last four. Lovlina Borgohain and Jamuna Boro had to settle for bronze medals.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk Ulan-UdeOctober 12, 2019UPDATED: October 12, 2019 20:01 IST Manju Rani entered the final of Women World Boxing Championships. (PTI Photos)HIGHLIGHTSDebutant Manju Rani entered World Boxing Championships finalManju Rani defeated Chuthamat Raksat of Thailand in women’s 48kg categoryEarlier, Mary Kom lost her semi-final bout to settle for bronzeDebutant Manju Rani (48kg) was the lone Indian to enter the final, while six-time champion M C Mary kom (51kg) and two others signed off with bronze medals in the World Women’s Boxing Championships here on Saturday.Sixth seed Manju assured herself at least a silver medal as she thrashed her Thai opponent 4-1 in the last four. The Haryana boxer had reached the quarterfinals after defeating North Korea’s Kim Hyang Mi in the 48kg quarterfinalsHowever, it was a heartbreak for the other debutant, Jamuna Boro, who had to settle for bronze medal after losing her women’s 54kg semi-final bout to Huang Hsiao-Wen of Chinese Taipei. Boro lost 5-0 to her opponent to settle for bronze medal.”It was my first senior World Championships and I got a bronze medal here. I tried my best but I lacked somewhere and that’s why I lost today. I’ll discuss about the loopholes with my coaches after getting back to India. I will work harder to improve,” Boro said after her bout.Other Indian in fray, Lovlina Borgohain had to be satisfied with a second successive bronze medal at the World Championships after the Assam boxer lost her 69kg semi-final to China’s Yang Liu in a close bout. Borgohain lost 3-2 to her Chinese opponent.Earlier in the day, six-time world champion and India legend MC Mary Kom had to settle for bronze medal after she lost in the semi-finals of the women’s 51kg category.Mary Kom lost 1-4 in the semis against Busenaz Cakiroglu of Turkey to win her 8th medal at the World Boxing Championships, making her the most successful boxer of all time – male or female – in the competition’s history.advertisementThe Indian contingent sought a review of the decision but the appeal was turned down by the International Boxing Association’s (AIBA) technical committee. The rules mandate that the decision has to be either 3-2 or 3-1 for an appeal to be even accepted for consideration.Mary has won 6 golds, 1 silver and 1 bronze so far in her career.Also Read | Let the world know: Mary Kom questions decision in her semi-final defeat in World Boxing ChampionshipsAlso Read | MC Mary Kom crashes out but bags historic bronze in World Boxing ChampionshipsFor 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 Mary KomFollow Manju RaniFollow Jamuna Boro
Editors’ Recommendations The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date How to Thrift Like a Pro: Tips for Making the Most of Secondhand Style There are many ways to stay on track and keep your day timed out from using the clock on your smart phone to glancing at a wall clock to simply asking someone to check their watch for you. But if you want to really be in today’s hipster-fresh style you’ll take a step back in time and use a time piece similar to what your dad or granddad used. Vintage watches that are gaining new attention thanks to The Keystone company, co-founded by Justin Gruenberg and Max Abbot.The two friends met in college. Justin grew up in the watch business and he and Max often talked about giving watch collectors a better experience. They went in different directions after graduation, but a few years down the road, Max moved to L.A. and they launched The Keystone in September 2014.The watches they sell are sourced through watch shows and from individuals contacting them through their site. “We travel all around the world—Japan, Hong Kong, New York, Miami,” said Abbot. “We also purchase old stock from jewelry stores who have vintage items sitting in their inventory.”Many websites selling watches will put up a stock photo, but that’s not the case with The Keystone. They take pictures of each individual item. If someone is looking at a watch on their site, they are viewing the actual item for sale.“We want the customer to see something they like and buy it right there,” said Abbot. “We have some rare items and a very passionate collector base. We’re excited to help new collectors as well.”He says the most popular items the mid-range Rolex selling from $2,000 to $9,000. “A lot of people don’t realize you can get a great vintage Rolex for $1,900,” he said, “that stuff has been pretty popular.The Keystone currently has about 200 watches on the site and adds 10 to 15 new ones each month. With free shipping and free returns, the company offers a great way for collectors to find just the right watch. On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now
How to Make a Mojito If you’re looking for a tasty way to add a little green into your St. Patrick’s Day festivities, take a cue from the folks at Bourbon Barrel Foods, based in Louisville, Kentucky.Launched in 2006 by founder Matt Jamie, the company started out as the only soy sauce microbrewery in the U.S. It now offers a wide range of sauces, spices and sugars, including the Bourbon Barrel Aged Vanilla Extract and Bourbon Smoked Cacao Nibs featured in this recipe:SHAMROCKER SHAKEMakes 1 serving1 cup vanilla ice cream1 ounce Irish Cream liquor1 ounce Kentucky Bourbon1 TB Mint Julep Sugar1 tsp Bourbon Barrel Aged Vanilla Extract2 tsp Bourbon Smoked Cacao Nibs, plus extra for garnish3 ice cubesMethodCombine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and garnish with extra smoked cacao nibs.Serve immediately. 5 of the Best Aged Tequilas to Drink When the Weather Cools Down Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home Editors’ Recommendations The Best Rums for Mixing to Turn Any Night Into Island Night