Transfers Coutinho, Dembele and Mina not ready to star for Barcelona Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 02:05 2/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(38) Getty Transfers Primera División Philippe Coutinho Ousmane Dembélé Barcelona v Getafe Getafe Barcelona Opinion The Brazilian midfielder, the French forward and the Colombian defender all featured in the goalless draw against Getafe, but they need time to adapt Barcelona remain unbeaten in La Liga this season. Ernesto Valverde’s side were held at home to Getafe on Sunday in an unusually off-colour performance that showed some of their more recent signings will need more time to star for the Blaugrana.Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele and Yerry Mina all featured for the league leaders in the Camp Nou clash and, given time, should all go on to be important players for the Catalan club. First, however, they need to adapt to Barca’s style of play.The Brazilian midfielder, who has already played on the left, on the right and in a central position since his arrival from Liverpool last month, was picked in the Andres Iniesta role on Saturday. However, he tried to move forward more like Lionel Messi for most of the game and Barca’s play did not flow fluidly as it does with the Spain star. 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 is understandable, of course. Iniesta and Messi have played together for many years, and Coutinho needs time to adapt to the way Barca play, which is probably why he was signed in January with La Liga all but sewn up.Coutinho scored his first goal for Barca against Valencia in the Copa del Rey on Thursday night and Valverde said: “He works well in several positions. He can play at number 10 or on the left as he did at Liverpool or even the right, as in the Brazil national team. That’s why we signed him – his versatility will help us.”It is certainly a bonus. However, in the long term, he is seen as a replacement for Iniesta and it is that role he will be expected to learn in the weeks and months ahead. And as he cannot feature for Barca in the Champions League, he will be used in La Liga to give Iniesta some rest.The Spain midfielder ultimately came on as a substitute in the second half against Getafe and he could not inspire Barca to victory either as Getafe produced an impressive defensive display to deny the home side, something they almost managed in the return fixture which they narrowly lost 2-1 after leading 1-0.Dembele was injured in that fixture at the Coliseum and then suffered another problem at Real Sociedad in January. He made his comeback as a substitute in this match, replacing Paco Alcacer on the right wing with just under half an hour left.The 20-year-old has been unlucky and badly needs a run of games to prove his worth. However, he still looks something of a raw talent and, like Coutinho, must learn how his team-mates move on the pitch in order to settle and star.”I have faith that Dembele will make a difference in this part of the season,” Valverde said on Saturday. “He has different characteristics to the others and is a player we have high hopes for. He can give us things, especially in this phase of the season.”Barca are now seven points ahead of Atletico in La Liga despite their draw, while they meet Sevilla in the final of the Copa del Rey later this season and face Chelsea in the last 16 of the Champions League. So Valverde will hope Dembele can steer clear of injury now.For his part, Mina was handed a full debut as Gerard Pique and Thomas Vermaelen missed out through injury and Samuel Umtiti was absent due to a suspension.The Colombian got forward well and had a couple of chances, but gave the ball away carelessly on one occasion which allowed Getafe to break and also struggled positionally, similarly to Coutinho and Dembele early on in their Barca careers.Many of Barca’s other players could be seen giving the defender instructions on his positioning and what to do when in possession as he adapts to a new club, a new league and a new football, having previously played for Palmeiras in Brazil.All three players need time and should settle, but they do not look quite ready to star at this stage. Valverde will hope that changes quickly, though, as Barca seek trophies on three fronts in the remainder of this season.
Liverpool Salah has world’s best left foot? Don’t forget Messi – Klopp Dejan Kalinic 12:04 2/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Liverpool Mohamed Salah Premier League Jürgen Klopp Lionel Messi When asked if the Egyptian had the world’s best left foot, his manager offered a timely reminder that the Barcelona star should also be in the running Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was unfazed when asked whether Mohamed Salah has the world’s best left foot, saying Lionel Messi should not be forgotten in that category.Salah has been in remarkable form in his first season at Liverpool, scoring 30 goals in all competitions since arriving from Roma.Of his 22 Premier League goals, Salah has netted 19 with his left foot, two with his right and one with his head. 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 Asked if the Egypt international’s left foot was the world’s best, Klopp was disinterested – but said Barcelona star Messi should perhaps be considered.”In the business? All over the world? Lionel Messi, is he left-footed, Lionel? Well, maybe we shouldn’t forget him completely,” the German said.”But yes, the best in the world – I’m not too much interested in this category but he’s got a good one. I’m happy about that.”I am more surprised that he had a header as well and probably with the right foot he scored a few.”So I don’t care which part of his body he uses. It’s for him like for all the other boys, but yes it’s a very good left foot for sure.”Salah gets a chance to add to his tally when Liverpool host West Ham in the Premier League Saturday. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Transfers Balotelli sees transfer door opened by Roma ahead of free agency Ryan Benson 01:05 3/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AFP Transfers Roma Mario Balotelli Napoli Serie A Nice Ligue 1 The enigmatic striker’s Nice contract ends in June and Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco likes the idea of luring him back to Serie A A return to Serie A could be on the cards for Mario Balotelli after Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco confirmed his desire to coach the Nice striker, whose contract expires at the end of the season.Italy international Balotelli came through the ranks at Inter as a teenager and looked destined to become one of the world’s elite players.However, subsequent spells with Manchester City and AC Milan only saw the technically gifted forward impress in flashes, with consistency lacking from his game amid disciplinary issues. 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 A move to Liverpool in 2014 proved an unmitigated disaster for Balotelli, as he managed just 16 Premier League appearances and scored only one goal, before a disappointing loan return to Milan for the 2015-16 campaign.However, the 27-year-old has found his feet once again at Nice, notching 28 times in 42 Ligue 1 games since the start of last season and his agent Mino Raiola claimed on Thursday he will be heading back to England or Serie A, with Roma interested.Speaking to reporters about Balotelli, Di Francesco said: “I’d coach him.”I spoke to him two years ago about bringing him to Sassuolo, but nothing came of it. Still, he’s an interesting player with huge quality.”Roma find themselves in a tussle for Champions League football this season and face the unenviable prospect of heading to brilliant pacesetters Napoli on Saturday.Di Francesco is well aware of the task facing his players, lauding the impact his opposite number Maurizio Sarri has had on Napoli.”Napoli are in great condition, both psychologically and physically, and led by one of the best coaches around,” Di Francesco said.”Maurizio Sarri is one of the best coaches in Italy. He has changed his playing system over time, but he has always stayed true to his footballing philosophy.”
Gaming A Barcelona legend as a player and a coach – here’s why Johan Cruyff is a PES Legend! Goal 17:09 3/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy barçafanaticos.com Gaming Videos Goal have teamed up with Konami to take a look at some of the greatest legends football has ever seen. Second in the series brings us Johan Cruyff Johann Cruyff is the godfather of modern football as we know it.Born in the Dutch capital of Amsterdam, just down the road from Ajax, he would take a lead from Rinus Michels, gifting Total Football to the world.Their unique brand of expansive, high-tempo, pressing football would lead the Dutch club to eight league titles and three consecutive European Cup crowns. 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 But that was just the beginning – FC Barcelona were next, where Cruyff would cement a legacy as great as anyone who has ever been involved with the game.After claiming a Spanish league title as a player, Cruyff embarked on a coaching career that saw him set up a Dream Team.They would win four consecutive league titles and the club’s first ever European Cup.But more than the trophies, Cruyff left an idea – one that gave birth to Barca as we know it today, and to a whole host of the modern game’s elite coaches.Barca owe it all to Cruyff. But they’re not the only ones – all football fans do, too.Cruyff is available on PES Club Manager 2018 until April 2. Download now!
Derby County Chelsea legend Lampard confirms talks over Derby post Matt Dorman 18:42 5/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Derby County Fulham v Derby County Fulham Championship The Rams may have found their replacement for Gary Rowett, with their hunt for a new boss leading them towards a former England international Frank Lampard has confirmed he is in talks to become Derby’s new manager.Following his retirement as a player in February 2017, the Chelsea legend has been clear about his desire to go into coaching and is believed to be the leading contender to take over at Pride Park.The Rams are on the hunt for a successor to Gary Rowett after his switch to relegated Stoke City this week. Article continues below 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 Rowett had led the club to the Championship play-offs, but a semi-final defeat to Fulham hastened his exit and appears to have paved the way for Lampard to take his first steps into management.”There’s been interest at Derby. I’ve been speaking to them. I’m ambitious and want to become a manager at some time,” the 39-year-old told BT Sport, for whom he works as a pundit.”It’s a big club with big history and big tradition, which I like. We’ll carry on speaking and we’ll see.”Lampard, who has spent time working with youth players at Stamford Bridge, could become the second ex-England international to secure a first senior coaching role in quick succession following Steven Gerrard’s appointment at Scottish Premiership side Rangers.He has made no secret of his desire to get onto the management ladder and told Goal recently that he hopes that career will one day lead him back to Stamford Bridge.Lampard said: “Chelsea, of course, is like a dream job that will be there one day. But that is not always the route that it takes, so it might take me to go somewhere else before I can ever do that. We will see, but I certainly have ambitions to do it.”How could I not take it if Chelsea offered me the job? Chelsea are my club and I feel like I have a lot to offer. But that’s obviously for other people to decide, for important people, if and when I am ready to do that.”
Transfers Coric completes move to Roma from Dinamo Zagreb Ryan Conway 01:47 5/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Roma Serie A The Croatia international has moved from Dinamo Zagreb to the Italian capital, signing a five-year contract Roma have completed the signing of highly rated attacking midfielder Ante Coric on a five-year deal.Coric, 21, joins the Serie A side from Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb for an initial fee of €6 million.Speaking to the club’s website, the midfielder said: “I am very pleased to be at Roma, one of the biggest European clubs. Article continues below 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 “I have given everything to reach this level, and I cannot wait for the chance to start showing what I am capable of.”Coric has plenty of first-team experience under his belt, even at his tender age. He made his Dinamo debut in 2014 – two days after his 17th birthday – and went on to make almost 150 appearances for the senior team.He also has four Croatian First League titles and three Croatian Cup triumphs to his name.Roma’s sporting director Monchi said: “We are delighted to welcome Ante Coric to the club, I believe that, with this signing, we have secured one of the emerging talents of European football.| Ante Coric takes a first tour of his new surroundings…#ASRoma pic.twitter.com/vUwvNH39h9— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) May 28, 2018″I hope that, with hard work from the player and the guidance of the coach, that talent can develop even further – and we can enjoy its quality for a long time.”Coric has earned four Croatia caps after making his senior debut in 2016. He was an unused substitute at Euro 2016 and missed out on a place in the World Cup squad this summer.
Congratulations to the players named in the Alliance Men’s and Women’s teams for the 2016 Elite Eight Series: Alliance Men’s TeamMichael Beatty (WA)Stuart Brierty (WA) Cameron Burdett (ACT)Justin Costello (NT)Khanui Cox (SA)Zac Forestenko (ACT)Tim Glazebrook (SA)Ben Hughes (ACT)Nick Keech (ACT)Rob McCarthy (ACT)Kennedy Merito (WA)Arphirak Paul (WA)Cameron Stanley (ACT)Tyla Love (WA)Tristan Broadbridge (WA)Nick Donghi (VIC)Alliance Women’s TeamRebecca Beath (ACT)Kasey Dragisic (ACT)Kelly Goodwin (ACT)Alice Gregory (SA)Grace Griffin (ACT)Jessika Groenveld (VIC)Emma Haines (TAS)Mel Ingram (ACT)Grace Keech (ACT)Megan Lane (VIC)Taylor Mason (VIC)Elizabeth Motteram (VIC)Leah Percy (VIC)Kelly Rowe (SA)Mackenzie Sadler (SA)Stephanie Stockwell (ACT)Shanaaz Te Ahuru (WA)*One to be omittedStay tuned to the TFA website in the lead up to the 2016 Harvey Norman National Touch League for all of the latest news and information:Website – www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaRelated LinksAlliance Team Named
By Eden RichardsDay two looms as moving day at the 2016 National Touch League with many of the competitions left evenly poised after a fascinating first day. The Mixed Open division finished the day with two undefeated teams as both the South Queensland Sharks and the Sydney Rebels looked to stamp their authority. The Men’s T League looks a race between the North Queensland Tropical Cyclones and Sydney Mets as the two teams finished the day undefeated. The Sydney Rebels and the ACT Raiders played out an exciting draw to also finish undefeated and just two points behind the two leaders. Both finished the day on 12 competition points and the Brisbane City Cobras are chasing hard on 10. The Women’s T League has three undefeated teams dominating the competition. Victoria, the Cobras and the Hornets all look to set to battle it out deep into the NTL. A huge touchdown difference of +20 has the Hornets sitting nicely on top of the ladder. In the Women’s 27’s it appears to be a battle between the Sharks, Rebels and South Australia Heat; as these three were the only teams to taste victory on day one. The Men’s 30’s is a competition split in two at the moment with half the competition on two wins and the other half on two losses. Day two will need to be productive for North Queensland, Northern Eagles and the Hornets in if any of these teams are to feature in the finals. The Women’s 35’s is a QLD dominated affair with the Cobras and the Sunshine Coast Pineapples battling it out for top spot â€“ the Pineapples won a close 3-2 encounter over the Cobras to pip them for overnight honours. The South West QLD Swans are the dominant force in the Women’s 40’s â€“ finishing with a +29 touchdown difference after just three games. Four teams sit on 12 points in the Men’s 40’s competition. It will be hard to split the Cobras, Hornets, Sydney Scorpions and Sydney Mets as the NTL heads into day two. The Men’s 45’s is currently a QLD vs. NSW dogfight with both the Sharks and Scorpions even at the top of the table on eight competition points. The Sharks, Pineapples and Scorpions appear to be a cut above the rest in the Men’s 50’s.The Mets are well on their way to clinching top spot in the Men’s 55’s and the Scorpions lead the Senior Mixed competition with a log jam of teams fighting it out below them. Day two will begin at 9am on Thursday. Related LinksNTL Day One
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona coach Valverde: Lyon cannot be underestimatedby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde expects a major battle facing Champions League opponents Lyon.The French side emerged from a difficult group with Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk and Hoffenheim to book their place in the knockout round.”Lyon were fighting with City for top spot until the last game and they are a great side on the counter-attack,” he said.”But we have to look at ourselves more from now on and although I haven’t seen too much of them, I have a general idea of the team and their players.”The fact that they won away to City tells you how difficult any game in the Champions League is.”We aren’t in a position to take anything for granted and have a month and a half to prepare for that tie.”
Man City defender Mendy: I’m one of world’s best left-backsby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City’s Benjamin Mendy has claimed he is one of world’s best left-backs.The Frenchman has made just 18 appearances in the last season-and-a-half for City, and manager Pep Guardiola has warned the 24-year-old that he must stay fit if he’s to reach his peak.However, Mendy believes he is beginning to reach his peak.”If I’m not the best in the world, I’m not far away today,” he told Canal Football Club.On his relationship with Guardiola, the France international added: “It’s going really well, we have a good relationship, it’s always good.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Spurs star Eriksen blasts Vertonghen affair rumoursby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham ace Christian Eriksen has slammed claims that teammate Jan Vertonghen had an affair with his girlfriend, describing them as ‘bulls***’.Rumours on social media have recently suggested that the Belgian defender romanced Eriksen’s girlfriend Sabrina Kvist, which then sparked a huge bust-up in the Spurs dressing room with Harry Kane. says the Daily Mail. However, the day after Spurs’ embarrassing 7-2 Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich, Eriksen took to Twitter to emphatically deny reports of an affair that was dividing the dressing room. Eriksen replied to claims on Twitter with ‘#bulls***’ and a sleeping face emoji.Vertonghen then replied to Eriksen’s tweet with a series of emojis that seemed to show he agreed with his team-mate. He added a love heart emoji next to Eriksen’s Twitter handle. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
IG/mikeevansFootball players love to show off their dunking ability on the basketball court during the off-season. Last year, former Texas A&M stars Johnny Manziel and Mike Evans had a bit of a dunk contest, which they posted to Instagram. Both can slam very well, considering basketball is not their forte. Mike Evans is back in the gym today, and showed off an impressive between-the-legs slam. Big Boi still got it lol pic.twitter.com/q4Ofjpjv0x— Mike Evans (@MikeEvans13_) May 23, 2015The slow motion is a nice touch.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on prior to the All State Sugar Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Ohio State’s Urban Meyer investigation is over. The school announced a three-game suspension for its head coach following an investigation into his handling of assault allegations against one of his assistant coaches.This week, documents from Ohio State’s investigative committee have been coming out. One such document showed a text exchange between Urban Meyer, OSU athletic director Gene Smith, and associate director of football Jerry Emig.Smith and Emig addressed what Urban Meyer should say about the firing of wide receivers coach Zach Smith. Emig suggested Meyer give some variation of this statement:“There were things in Zach’s past that I wasn’t aware of. I don’t want to get into details at this time…I was aware of the Florida issue, but they were a young couple and charges weren’t levied and I wanted to help them get through their issues as much as possible…Recent incidents, in addition to some things we are learning about now, prompted me to take the action of letting Zach go.”Later in the exchange, Meyer said it was confirmed to him that there was no arrest of Zach Smith in 2015.Here is the full exchange.Text messages between Urban Meyer, Gene Smith and Ohio State SID Jerry Emig prior to Big Ten media days: pic.twitter.com/VsxgBN2y0T— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) August 28, 2018If Meyer heeded the advice given to him by Emig and Smith, he may not be serving a three-game suspension.In the end, Meyer received a three-game suspension and will miss games against Oregon State, Rutgers and TCU.
BLOOMINGTON, IN – OCTOBER 14: Jim Harbaugh the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines watches the action during the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh is the most-criticized man in the college football world at the moment, as Michigan was blown out by Florida in the Peach Bowl earlier this afternoon.The Wolverines have now lost back-to-back games to end the season, both of which came in blowout fashion.Michigan got crushed by Ohio State to end the regular season, falling out of the College Football Playoff race, and the 2018 season will now end on a really sour note with today’s lackluster performance against Florida.Harbaugh was asked after the game about the loss to Ohio State and the preparation for today’s Florida game.The head coach didn’t say much.“I thought they were ready,” he said.“I thought they were ready” — Harbaugh pic.twitter.com/gCSgOkdTIw— angelique (@chengelis) December 29, 2018Unsurprisingly, Harbaugh is getting criticized for his post-game comments.“Jim Harbaugh was asked if his team wasn’t ready following the Ohio State loss and players sitting out. ‘I thought they were ready.’ That’s it. That’s the end of the quote,” Barrett Salleee tweeted.Jim Harbaugh was asked if his team wasn’t ready following the Ohio State loss and players sitting out.”I thought they were ready.”That’s it. That’s the end of the quote.— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) December 29, 2018Michigan falls to 10-3 on the season with today’s loss. Harbaugh seat in Ann Arbor, Mich. might not be “hot” yet, but the Wolverines really need to get something done in 2019.
WINSTON SALEM, NC – SEPTEMBER 30: A general view of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons versus Florida State Seminoles at BB&T Field on September 30, 2017 in Winston Salem, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Port Orange (Fla.) Spruce Creek three-star running back Marvin Scott III is off the board. Scott has committed to Wake Forest.The 2020 recruit announced his pledge this afternoon. He chose the Demon Deacons over offers from Appalachian State, Louisville, Marshall and North Carolina.“I want to thank God for doing all he has done and what he is still doing in my life!” Scott wrote. “I’m thankful for having a very loving and supportive family. Much appreciation goes out to my coaching staff and my teammates.“After talking things over with my family I’ve decided to commit to Wake Forest University!”COMMITTED ‼️🎩 Thank you @johnlhunter1. pic.twitter.com/FcfTu4EnIU— Marvin Scott III ⚡️ (@MS3_scott) March 12, 2019Scott is the No. 44 running back in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports’ proprietary rankings. He is not included in any composite rankings yet.He is also the fourth commit for the Demon Deacons in the 2020 cycle.To see Wake Forest’s current 2020 recruiting class, click here.
Here’s a few photos from the crowd.Stanford Stadium isn’t exactly full. pic.twitter.com/0ixwOCEeED— Inside NU (@insidenu) August 31, 2019It’s not a good look for the home fans and adds to the problems plaguing the Pac-12.If you can’t get fans to turn up for a significant non-conference contest, then they definitely won’t show up for a bad conference game.Neither Northwestern nor Stanford have found success on offense just yet. Just about midway through the first quarter, the game is tied at 0.Stay tuned for the latest from the game. PALO ALTO, CA – OCTOBER 19: A general view during the Stanford Cardinal against the UCLA Bruins at Stanford Stadium on October 19, 2013 in Palo Alto, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)The 2019 college football season is here – but not all fans are excited.Not long before kickoff of the game between Stanford and Northwestern, Stanford Stadium remained mostly empty.Now, asking college students to wake up for a 12:00 p.m. PT kickoff isn’t exactly the best idea and Northwestern isn’t the most exciting opponent in the world, but you’d think the stadium would be packed for the first game of the season.It was not to be.
India Today Web Desk KolkataMarch 22, 2019UPDATED: March 23, 2019 00:08 IST David Warner said he felt like home as soon as he joined Sunrisers Hyderabad for IPL 2019. (Sunrisers Hyderabad Photo)David Warner was welcomed back with open arms by Sunrisers Hyderabad as the Australian superstar returned to the setup after a gap of one year and is now looking forward to give his best for team in the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League.In March 2018, David Warner and Steve Smith were handed one year bans while Cameron Bancroft was banned for 9 months by Cricket Australia following the ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test.Consequently, Warner and Smith were not allowed to play the 2018 IPL by the BCCI. In Warner’s absence, Kane Williamson led from the front as Sunrisers Hyderabad ended runner’s up to Chennai Super Kings last season.But the former SRH skipper is back to where he belongs and is leaving no stone unturned to make an impact on the IPL once again.David Warner has put the past behind him and cannot wait to get back on the field and prove his worth for SRH, who had won the 2016 title under his captaincy.Warner on Friday said that Hyderabad has become like his second home and thanked the SRH management for welcoming him back with open arms.”It’s very important. It is one tournament on the calendar that I’ve always been looking forward to. I’ve had a lot of success over the years from when I first started. From Delhi, moved to Hyderabad. This is my second home and to come back here to open arms and to be greeted with the fans, some of the passionate and kind words, it means a lot to my family and myself,” David Warner told India Today’s Boria Majumdar.advertisement”I’m just looking forward to the start of the tournament and playing and trying to go one step further from where the guys just couldn’t get further last year.”The fans have been fantastic. My teammates, lots of cuddles and Hi-5s, it’s been brilliant. It felt like I was at home I can’t thank them enough for sticking by me and always sending me nice messages. Laxman is a very, very humble human being and he always has nothing but nice things to say.”The words he used the other day really meant a lot to myself, he’s just so genuine. With everything going on in the last four months, I was at the forefront of his mind, I’m in the Sunrisers family’s mind and that they’re gonna welcome me with open arms as soon as the IPL starts.”I’m really grateful for it and just ready to get back into it,” David Warner said.SRH will open their IPL campaign against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on March 24.Also Read | David Warner on Sunrisers Hyderabad’s warm welcome: Meant the world to meAlso Read | MS Dhoni’s absence from final 2 ODIs vs Australia left a big hole: David WarnerAlso Read | World Cup not on my mind, want to do well for Sunrisers Hyderabad: David WarnerFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow David WarnerFollow Sunrisers HyderabadFollow IPL 2019 Sunrisers Hyderabad like my second family away from home: David WarnerIPL 2019: David Warner on Friday said that Hyderabad has become like his second home and thanked the Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise for welcoming him back with open arms.advertisement
Hyundai Venue: Here are all the features of upcoming compact SUV you need to knowHyundai, which claims itself to be India’s second largest car manufacturer and largest exporter, unveiled Venue on April 17 in the country along with the compact SUV’s world preview at the 2019 New York International Auto Show.advertisement Varun Singh New DelhiApril 19, 2019UPDATED: April 19, 2019 13:36 IST Hyundai Venue will take on Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Ford Ecosport and Mahindra XUV300.HIGHLIGHTSHyundai Venue might be priced between Rs 8 lakh and Rs 12 lakh (ex-showroom).There are six airbags in Hyundai Venue.There will also be an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.With the launch of Hyundai Venue scheduled next month, this compact SUV is the hot property in the Indian car market at the moment. Every auto enthusiast is talking about it and many first-time car buyers are looking to bring it home as well. All the eyes seem to be on Hyundai Venue and while it is garnering attention from all the corners, we can definitely say that it does deserve all of it.Hyundai, which claims itself to be India’s second largest car manufacturer and largest exporter, unveiled Venue on April 17 in the country along with the compact SUV’s world preview at the 2019 New York International Auto Show. Hyundai Venue is expected to be a formidable force in the compact SUV segment dominated by Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and featuring several other players like Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport and Mahindra XUV300. Hyundai VenueHyundai always comes up with an impressive design and it has treated Venue in a similar manner. The compact SUV is loaded with features. It sports an aggressive front dark chrome grille, projector headlamps with LED DRLs, chrome outside door handles, shark fin antenna, projector type fog lamps and LED taillamps. With regard to comfort and convenience features, it has an electric sunroof, cruise control, air purifier, wireless charger, voice recognition, Arkamys sound, rear AC vents, cornering lamps and glove box cooling. Hyundai VenueHyundai Venue might be priced between Rs 8 lakh and Rs 12 lakh (ex-showroom). There will be three engine options — Kappa 1.0-litre Turbo-GDI petrol, 1.2-litre petrol and 1.4-litre diesel. Transmission options will be manual as well as automatic.advertisementThere are six airbags in Hyundai Venue. Other safety features are ABS with EBD, speed sensing auto door lock, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Hill Assist Control (HAC), Brake Assist System (BAS) and Isofix. Hyundai VenueHyundai has also introduced its global connectivity solution ‘BlueLink’ in Venue. The new technology will have 33 features out of which 10 are India specific. There will also be an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.To make the Hyundai Venue completely hassle-free, the company is providing 3-year/unlimited km warranty and 3-year roadside assistance with the compact SUV. The car manufacturer is also claiming it will offer the lowest cost of maintenance with a doorstep service facility.ALSO READ | Bajaj Qute launched in Maharashtra, price starts at Rs 2.48 lakhALSO READ | 2019 Suzuki GSX-S750 launched in India, price starts at Rs 7.46 lakhALSO READ | Revolt Intellicorp AI-enabled electric motorcycle gets ARAI certification, launch in June 2019Get 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 byVarun Singh Tags :Follow New Hyundai vehicleFollow 2019 Hyundai launchFollow Upcoming compact SUVFollow Venue compact SUVFollow Hyundai compact SUV Next
World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni should be India’s No. 5, says Sachin TendulkarWith just a week to go for the World Cup 2019 and India’s choice for No. 4 batsman still unclear, legendary player Sachin Tendulkar said MS Dhoni should not be promoted from his usual No. 5 spot.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 23, 2019UPDATED: May 23, 2019 10:32 IST Former India opener Sachin Tendulkar said MS Dhoni should bat at No. 5 at 2019 World Cup. (IANS Photos)HIGHLIGHTSFormer India player Sachin Tendulkar said MS Dhoni should be batted at No. 4 at 2019 World CupTendulkar felt India have quality batsmen for No. 4 and Dhoni should not be promoted in his placeIndia will begin their World Cup 2019 campaign against South Africa on June 5As the Indian team works on getting the batting order right for the 2019 World Cup, legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar feels India’s usual No. 5, MS Dhoni, should be batting at the same spot in England.Lately, India’s number 4 has become a musical chair affair with a couple of batsmen being tried at the spot. With an endless debate on the best suited player for three down, India vice-captain Rohit Sharma had suggested that MS Dhoni should be moved promoted to play at No. 4.Disagreeing with Rohit Sharma, former India opener and 2011 World Cup winning member Sachin Tendulkar said that Dhoni is ideal choice for No. 5.”My personal opinion is Dhoni should be batting five. I still don’t know what the team combination would be, but if you are going Rohit and Shikhar as openers, to Virat [Kohli] at No. 3 and whoever at No. 4 then Dhoni could be No. 5. Then Hardik Pandya, an explosive player, follows them,” Sachin Tendulkar told in an interview to ESPNcricinfo.”That way the experienced batsmen are well spaced out and Dhoni can stretch the game towards the end where he himself can be explosive along with Hardik,” Tendulkar said.In preparation for the World Cup 2019, India have tried a series of batsmen at No.4. Ambati Rayudu, Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar and Dinesh Karthik were the choices for the slot. (Read: Rahane County debut)With Ambati Rayudu and Rishabh Pant not finding their place in India’s 15-men squad for the World Cup; Vijay Shankar, Dinesh Karthik and KL Rahul are the options left for the side.advertisement”Now, a number of things have been discussed as far as slot No. 4 is concerned, but I feel if you have quality batsmen then they should be able to adjust their style of play at whichever number they are asked to bat. I think we have that quality which can go out and deliver at whatever number they have been sent,” Tendulkar said.Earlier, former India captain Anil Kumble had also suggested to move Dhoni a spot up so that experienced batsman could settle down on the crease and get enough time to do the business right.However, India captain Virat Kohli had been clear in his choice to keep Dhoni as India’s No. 5 to finish the matches for the side.MS (Dhoni) batted at number 4 in 2016 for a while. After that he has been pretty happy playing at number 5 and 6 for the team. I personally feel number 5 is the best-suited spot for him because that allows him to get some game time, finish games off and attack as and when required, Kohli had earlier said.During the India tour of Australia, MS Dhoni batted at the No. 4 for the side in the third ODI and scored an unbeaten 87 off 114 balls as India went on to win the match by 7 wickets.The Indian team will now begin its preparations for the World Cup with two practice matches against New Zealand (May 25) and Bangladesh (May 28) before they begin their campaign in the main tournament against South Africa on June 5.Also Read | World Cup Countdown: 1983 – Indira Gandhi declares public holiday after India create historyAlso Read | 50 overs and coloured jerseys: How Cricket World Cup has evolved since 1975Also 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 Sachin TendulkarFollow MS DhoniFollow 2019 World CupFollow Rohit Sharma
Next World Cup 2019: Afghanistan, battered by 5 defeats, take on clinical IndiaIndia vs Afghanistan World Cup 2019: Afghanistan have had a nightmarish World Cup campaign – they have lost all their 5 matches so far and on Saturday in Southampton, they take on India, one of the frontrunners to win the tournament.advertisement Rajarshi Gupta SouthamptonJune 22, 2019UPDATED: June 22, 2019 08:42 IST India vs Afghanistan: India will be hoping to flaunt their batting firepower in Southampton on Saturday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia are undefeated in the World Cup – they have won 3 matches while one was washed outAfghanistan have lost all their 5 matches so far in the World CupAfghanistan take on India in Southampton on SaturdayIndia: clinical, ruthless, efficient and packed with superstars. Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav. These men can turn a game on its head. These men bring the X-factor. India were pre-tournament favourites and they have lived up to their billing in the 2019 Cricket World Cup.3 crushing wins over South Africa, Australia and Pakistan are testimony to India’s dominance. One game against New Zealand was washed out but the cricketing world will be shocked if India do not make it to the last-four.Afghanistan: 5 matches. 5 defeats. Internal rifts. An unhappy coach. Players reportedly upset with a change of captain. And a star opener claiming the cricket board consipired against him to throw him out of the World Cup. Afghanistan, many thought, could cause an upset or two. The big teams were going to be scared of them. Party-poopers.But no. Afghanistan have lost all their 5 matches so far. The defeat to England exposed the frailties in the team. Rashid Khan, the world’s no.3 ODI bowler and Afghanistan’s most recognizable cricketer, bowled the most expensive spell in World Cup history.It is under these circumstances that Afghanistan will take on 2-time world champions India. After their disastrous campaign in 2007, India have never failed to leave their impact on ICC tournaments. Afghanistan showed promise in the Asia Cup last year and even tied their game against India but the gulf is way too big now.India know how to win but Afghanistan know how to fight. Their players are loved all around the world and the world wants to see them do well. What a story this has been. To see Afghanistan in tatters halfway into the World Cup is sad.advertisementIt’s not about against whom we’re playing. It’s about how we’re playing as individuals.have lost every game they’ve played at #CWC19 so far, but Vijay Shankar says India are not treating them lightly ahead of today’s clash.#INDvAFG pic.twitter.com/peX6K9bQYuCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 22, 2019Rashid Khan has urged his teammates to not repeat the same mistakes against India. But it is easier said than done. Rashid and his mates will have to ensure they do not repeat their mistakes nor make new ones against a side which is in total control of its fortunes.Virat Kohli is adamant his team would not take the foot off the accelerator. India are determined and the team bonds very well. The players feed off each other’s success and are genuinely happy in a happy environment.Moreover, India have played like world champions. The horror of 2007 is not fresh but the memories linger. Those crestfallen faces in the dressing room when an early exit became imminent – no Indian cricketer would want to be in that position again.And so the Indian trasformation started and by 2008, India had won the World T20 and a tri-series in Australia. This Indian team is professional and it knows how to execute plans. Afghanistan came with their own but their execution has been shambolic.There are many more contrasts between the teams but there is familiarity. Rashid, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb-ur-Rahman are regulars in the Indian Premier League and they have troubled many of India’s top stars. But ODI cricket is different. The World Cup is a different story.Afghanistan will need to bring more to the park than just will. They need to bring skills that could challenge India and they need to bring a level of energy that shows India that the Afghanistan cricket team is united and out to prove a point.Also Read | World Cup 2019: India won’t relax against Afghanistan, says Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | Why Rashid Khan, Nabi and Mujeeb face stern test vs IndiaAlso Read | Told my mom about World Cup call-up, she went straight to the temple: Rishabh PantAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs AfghanistanFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow Virat KohliFollow Rohit SharmaFollow Rashid Khan