10 months agoNapoli president De Laurentiis ready to trigger Ospina option

first_imgNapoli president De Laurentiis ready to trigger Ospina optionby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis is ready to sign outright David Ospina.The Colombia goalkeeper is on a season-long loan from Arsenal, with the deal including a purchase option.Ospina has impressed De Laurentiis and coaching staff on and off the pitch since arriving in Naples.And Gazzetta dello Sport says the president is now ready to trigger the permanent option in the player’s contract.Ospina can be signed outright for €3.5m TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

10 months agoBrighton boss Hughton expects quiet January market

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton boss Hughton expects quiet January marketby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Chris Hughton expects a quiet January market.The Seagulls signed Jurgen Locadia for a club-record fee of £14.1m nearly a year ago, but the striker scored for the first time since February in the 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Boxing Day.Ahead of facing Everton, Hughton said: “Locadia started slow because of injury and perhaps Glenn (Murray)’s form. But he’s now very much playing a part in the squad.”I don’t expect us to do too much business. We’ve got some players that might possibly go out on loan, mostly younger players.”But certainly as regards coming in, I don’t expect us to be busy.” last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp: Milner could face Man City

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp: Milner could face Man Cityby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool veteran James Milner is in contention to face Manchester City on Thursday night.The league leaders can extend their gap over City to 10 points with a win at the Etihad.Milner has missed Liverpool’s last two victories with a hamstring complaint.Manager Jurgen Klopp told his pre-match press conference: “He was back in training with us yesterday for the first time, so we will see.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

10 months agoChelsea ace Cesc comes clean over ‘farewell’ claims

first_imgChelsea ace Cesc comes clean over ‘farewell’ claimsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea ace Cesc Fabregas has cooled talk he was saying his farewells to Blues fans after their 0-0 draw with Southampton.The Spaniard looked emotional at the end of the Blues’ 0-0 home draw with Southampton, and touched the crest on his shirt.According to reports, Fabregas is close to joining Monaco on a two-and-a-half year deal.However, the midfielder explained his gesture on social media: “500 games in English football, the best and most competitive football in the world, what a ride it has been! A proper dream come true to reach these numbers. Another proud moment in my career. I will see you all at the Bridge on Saturday.”500 games in English football, the best and most competitive football in the world, what a ride it has been! A proper dream come true to reach these numbers. Another proud moment in my career. I will see you all at the Bridge on Saturday. @arsenal@chelseafc#cesc500pic.twitter.com/LN2DSb9CIC— Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) January 2, 2019 TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 months agoTottenham manager Pochettino: Solskjaer has no extra motivation to beat me

first_imgTottenham manager Pochettino: Solskjaer has no extra motivation to beat meby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino says Manchester United counterpart Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has no extra motivation to beat his side on Sunday.Pochettino is the favourite to take over from Solskjaer when his caretaker stint at Old Trafford is expected to end at the end of the season.But the Argentine doesn’t believe that will motivate Solksjaer to get one over him at Wembley.”The motivation is already going to be there. When you are a manager or a coach, you cannot be focused on all the rumours. The most important thing is to have motivation to do our jobs in the best way,” Pochettino said.”Of course United will come to win and for him there is massive motivation or challenge to manage Manchester United. For me it’s a massive challenge to be at Tottenham.”We are so competitive, we are people that love to win and hate to lose. It’s always about wanting to win. The motivation in the Premier League is already there.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoErling Haaland & Man Utd: Why Raiola not to blame if move fails

first_imgErling Haaland & Man Utd: Why Raiola not to blame if move failsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: So do they do it? Even if he’s involved? Even if he’s the man sitting across from them at the table? Do Manchester United push through with their pursuit of Erling Haaland…?The he in question is Mino Raiola. And the short answer to the above is, ‘yes’.Per-Joar Hansen, Norway’s assistant coach, let the cat out of the bag – United are interested in Haaland. And there is a real chance RB Salzburg will have a fight on their hands to keep him.”There is good interest from clubs like Barcelona and Manchester United, but we are very pleased with where he is,” revealed Hansen. “The choices he has made so far have been perfect, and he has plenty of time. Chances will come.” If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the United manager, wants a reunion with his former Molde protege, then he will have to deal with Raiola. The Italian now a card carrying member of Haaland’s entourage. He’s not the main fixer, that role’s with Dad Alfie Inge and Erling’s prime agent, Tore Pedersen. But he is available, on call, and should the decision be made for Haaland to leave Salzburg, he’ll jump into action.”My dad has regular contact with him, yes,” says Erling. “He was involved when I signed for Salzburg, so I have faith that he can help me.”But as much as it’s being portrayed as a problem for United, perhaps even a deal breaker, the opposite is more the truth. The relationship between United and the super agent is good. It isn’t in absolute robust health, but it also isn’t in the dire straits as has been claimed – despite all the angst around Paul Pogba.Yes, Raiola has had his say on Pogba and his wish to leave for Real Madrid. But this is strictly the tail wagging the dog stuff. Raiola wouldn’t be in the press, nor on social media, trying to shake things up without the approval of the player. He never acts independently. With no signed contract and a partnership secured by a handshake, Raiola only kicks into action on instructions from his client. If Pogba was feeling pressured. If he believed he was being taken advantage of, the midfielder could simply end his association with a phone call and sign for someone else.It’s why Romelu Lukaku’s split from Raiola was done with so little fanfare. So effusive with his praise for the Italian upon signing for United, the Belgian sought new representation ahead of his move to Inter Milan. And it must be said… the bust-up with Mike Phelan in Shanghai; the decision to go AWOL and train with Vincent Kompany’s Anderlecht; even arriving for preseason overweight, all this occurred after Lukaku’s relationship with Raiola had long been dissolved.And while some inside Carrington do curse his name, there’s also a begrudging admission that re-establishing their connection with Raiola hasn’t left the club worse off. No-one has had cause to complain about Sergio Romero. Nor the impact made by Zlatan Ibrahimovic during his 18 months with the club. Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s arrival may not have worked out, but there’s never been any bitterness or ill-feeling expressed by the player’s camp over his time at Old Trafford.So a love-in for Raiola? Well, not quite. Of course the commissions are madness. And you do wonder about that money leaving the English game when seeing the demise of the likes of Bury. But Raiola is working within the system. Within the boundaries that have been set up. And of course he’s going to chance his arm. Just as Ed Woodward, United vice-chairman exec, did all summer regarding Pogba and Real Madrid. Pogba isn’t twice the player he was when leaving Juventus three years ago. Indeed, without the potential tag at 26, this column would argue he’s worth less. But Woodward, like Raiola, chanced his arm, demanding €160-200m from Real Madrid to sell the midfielder. And also like Raiola, he’d argue – no matter how obnoxious the figures may be – that he was defending the best interests of his client: the club.This industry isn’t a cartoon, with distinct black and white characters. There’s a reason why Raiola can work confidently with a handshake while others, including multi-national management firms, will demand a signature on an exclusive, long-term service contract. There’s something to be said for the loyalty Raiola generates from his players and their families.Alfie Haaland went through the wringer as a player. He saw the good – and the bad. The former Leeds United and Manchester City midfielder is no mug. Nor is Tore Pedersen. And while we’re at it, you can add Solskjaer to that Norwegian trifecta.With Raiola sitting across from him, the United manager won’t blink. If there’s value in adding Haaland to his squad, Solskjaer will negotiate with the Italian. Reality and myth can be separated inside Carrington. TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

13 days agoArsenal chief Sanllehi: Emery has nothing personal against Ozil

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal chief Sanllehi: Emery has nothing personal against Ozilby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal chief Raul Sanllehi insists manager Unai Emery has nothing personal against Mesut Ozil.The Gunners’ head of football believes the midfielder’s “qualities are without question” but admitted he must work harder.Speaking at an Arsenal fans forum, Sanllehi said: “Unai has had many good players in other teams also, and he has always followed the same policy.”That is to try not to make any distinctions, play the ones who work hard in training and reward the effort with playing time.”There is nothing against Mesut on the contrary and I hope we get to see him much more in the next games because his qualities are without question.”But he needs to contribute 24/7 and that’s what Unai expects from him.”It’s not that he’s not working so well, but there are others who are deserving more playing time, but Unai can’t treat him differently than any other player.”You may have read that Unai has put a barrier up, but nothing at all like this has happened.” last_img read more

8 days agoReal Madrid happy as Man Utd plot Kroos bid

first_imgReal Madrid happy as Man Utd plot Kroos bidby Carlos Volcano8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United remain keen on long-term target Toni Kroos, the Real Madrid midfielder.BILD says United are eager to prise Kroos away from Madrid in January.United would be willing to offer about €67m for the German, who at 29 remains one of the most reliable midfielders on the world scene. For their part, Real welome the interest, since, being United are the interested party, it opens up the possibility of incorporating Kroos in an operation involving their great target: Paul Pogba.The question remains, however, is whether Kroos would be willing to sign for a club that does not play in the Champions League. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

12 hours agoAtletico Madrid striker Morata calls on fans to get behind Koke

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Atletico Madrid striker Morata calls on fans to get behind Kokeby Carlos Volcano12 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid striker Álvaro Morata has called on fans to get behind captain Koke.The whistles from a small section of the home fans at the Wanda Metropolitano when Koke was substituted during Tuesday’s visit from Bayer Leverkusen is still a talking point in the red and white half of the capital. Morata said, “This is a team. “We’ve always worked as one and when one of us isn’t having the best of times we support each other; we’re a family and that’s the way it has always been for us atléticos, we support one another and that’s the way it should be.” last_img read more

Urban Meyer Reveals What Needs To Change For Ohio State Moving Forward

first_imgARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl against the USC Trojans in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Urban Meyer hasn’t lost many games like Ohio State lost tonight. The Buckeyes were outplayed in every facet of the game at Purdue, losing to the Boilermakers, 49-20, in West Lafayette, Ind.It’s the first loss of the season for Ohio State, which falls to 7-1 on the year. OSU is still right in the College Football Playoff mix – the computer models still give the Buckeyes a solid chance of making it, especially if they win out – but a lot is going to have to change.Meyer spoke honestly about just what is going to have to change for the Buckeyes following tonight’s loss to Purdue.The main thing: Ohio State has to run the ball better.The Buckeyes totaled just 76 yards on 25 carries against the Boilermakers’ defense. Ohio State possesses two seemingly elite tailbacks in J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber, but they combined for just 69 yards against this defense.“Down the stretch, we’re going to need a run game,” Meyer told reporters at his post-game press conference.This has been a common issue for Ohio State in losses during the Meyer era, too. The Buckeyes’ famously failed to get Ezekiel Elliott going in a home loss to Michigan State in 2015. Ohio State had more issues than just its running game tonight, of course, but it always seems to be a problem in defeat.Can that change moving forward?Ohio State will attempt to get things going again on Nov. 3 against Nebraska.last_img read more

Insider Names Top 2 Candidates For The Kansas Football Job

first_imgA general view of Kansas' football stadium.LAWRENCE, KS – NOVEMBER 04: Memorial Stadium sits empty before the game between the Baylor Bears and the Kansas Jayhawks on November 4, 2017 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Brian Davidson/Getty Images)With the news that Kansas will terminate head coach David Beaty at the end of the season comes plenty of speculation as to who will replace him.Kansas has been a Big 12 cellar dweller for a decade and has not had a winning season since 2008.But CBS Sports analyst Dennis Dodd believes that Kansas have a few good candidates available.Dodd believes that former LSU head coach Les Miles is the No. 1 candidate for the job. Ranked No. 2 is N.C. State head coach Dave Doeren.Signs pointing to Les Miles being the top candidate at Kansas. Candidates. https://t.co/RE0prY4tOb— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) November 5, 2018Citing the strong relationship with Kansas AD Jeff Long, Dodd suggested that Miles would be an ideal candidate for the job.Miles has been out of work since being fired in the middle of the 2016 LSU season.Doeren is a former Kansas assistant under prior head coach Mark Mangino. He was recently a candidate for the Tennessee job but ultimately remained with the Wolfpack in the ACC.Since taking over the job in 2013, Doeren has coached NC State to four bowl games, winning three and finishing the 2017 season ranked No. 23.last_img read more

Analyst Names Program That “Won” The College Football Offseason

first_imgA general view of an Oklahoma Sooners football game.NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 25: The Oklahoma Sooners and West Virginia Mountaineers in between plays at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 59-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)The college football offseason is set to enter a new period soon, as spring football is approaching for several programs around the country.The true offseason – the time for serious player and coaching movement – is mostly over, or at the very least, coming close to wrapping up.Which college football program “won” the offseason?According to one analyst, it’s not Alabama or Clemson…247Sports Director of Scouting Barton Simmons believes Oklahoma might be the program that “won” the offseason. The Sooners added former Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts via a transfer.“I think Lincoln Riley is going to cater that offense to be perfect for him, and he’s going to kill it,” Simmons said on the Cover 3 College Football Podcast. “I legitimately believe we could see three-straight Heisman Trophy winners. I think there’s that opportunity there for sure.”Hurts is expected to start under center for Oklahoma in 2019. The Sooners will likely be a preseason top five team.“Jalen Hurts is the perfect addition to that team, not only from a skillset standpoint but he adds leadership at the quarterback position,” Simmons said. “I don’t know what Tanner Mordecai was bringing to the table from a leadership standpoint, Spencer Rattler the true freshman quarterback could have battled for a starting job probably if he had enrolled in the midterm. But you can’t ask for a freshman to lead that group and feel confident in what’s going to happen. I think Jalen Hurts comes in there and immediately wins the team, and they’re just good. They’re set on offense.”Oklahoma opens its season on Aug. 31 against Houston.last_img read more

Longtime NFL Coach Wouldn’t Take Kyler Murray No. 1

first_imgkyler murray looks to pass at the college football playoffMIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners carries the ball in the third quarter during the College Football Playoff Semifinal against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)In the span of a few months, Kyler Murray has risen to the top of most NFL draft boards with plenty of suitors in the top of the NFL Draft order vying for his services. But at least one now-former NFL head coach believes that teams should be wary of drafting him No. 1 overall.Appearing on the NFL Network this past week, former Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis urged the Arizona Cardinals to avoid drafting Murray with the No. 1 pick.He explained that the team already has quarterback Josh Rosen, who they drafted last year, and should be working to build around him. Via Yahoo Sports:“I just think this team, this group of players, they drafted a quarterback [Rosen] last year, and I think you gotta go in with him as your starting quarterback and build your football team around him with a young quarterback,” Lewis said.Lewis also stressed that drafting a quarterback in the first round for a second year in a row would be akin to hitting the reset button again. Such a move would endanger the Cardinals’ chances of building off of their 2018 campaign.“I don’t think as a football team and a franchise you can afford to start over again,” Lewis said. “Every time you draft a young quarterback, you’re starting from scratch.”Lewis has some first-hand experience with the No. 1 overall pick, having used it to draft Carson Palmer with the first pick in 2003.After sitting his first year and having a below-average debut campaign in 2004, Palmer exploded onto the scene in 2005, making his first of back-to-back Pro Bowl appearances.That year, Palmer led the league in completion percentage and touchdowns as he led the Bengals to the playoffs for the first time since 1990.Unfortunately for Lewis, neither Palmer nor his successor, Andy Dalton, were able to sustain the success they found in their early years at the position.Lewis was fired at the end of the 2018 season after posting three straight losing seasons.He is currently a commentator for the Alliance of American Football.[Yahoo Sports]last_img read more

Michigan’s ‘Worst Case Scenario’ For 2019 Season

first_imgA closeup of Jim Harbaugh wearing a Michigan hat and jacket.PISCATAWAY, NJ – NOVEMBER 10: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines coaches against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the third quarter at HighPoint.com Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Michigan won 42-7. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)The pressure is on for Michigan football. The Big Ten could see a huge shakeup with Urban Meyer’s departure from Ohio State, and Jim Harbaugh’s team is the favorite to step in and take the league title in 2019.Of course, that is easier said than done. Ohio State remains very talented, and the Big Ten East is one of the toughest divisions in the league.The best case scenario for Michigan is pretty clear. The Wolverines defense remains elite through some departures, and Shea Patterson takes a leap with new offensive coordinator Josh Gattis remaking the team’s offense.That team can win the Big Ten crown and crack the top four to land a spot in the College Football Playoff. The worst case is a bit shakier for Harbaugh’s club.247Sports outlined the best and worst case scenarios for every Big Ten program, including the league frontrunner Michigan football.Despite those tough division games, a cross-division battle with Wisconsin, and the non-conference rivalry showdown with Notre Dame, the site’s Brad Crawford can’t see Michigan going worse than 9-3 this year. That is obviously a good place to be in for most teams, but would still be pretty disappointing for a team looking to take the next step.It’s hard to pick out three Big Ten losses on the schedule this season for the Wolverines outside of another potential loss to Ohio State and a 1-1 split in road games with Penn State and Wisconsin, so we’ll go with No. 3 coming via Notre Dame in October. That’s a must-win game for Michigan as far as College Football Playoff hopes are concerned and could really turn this season from good to potentially great. It’ll come in handy too in the eyes of the selection committee if the Wolverines are in contention down the stretch.The 12-0 ceiling, 9-3 floor is exactly the same as rival Ohio State. The Buckeyes may well be the more talented club, and have the Big Ten title pedigree, but Michigan retains, and may have upgraded, its coaching staff, and has plenty of experience itself.[247Sports]last_img read more

Georgia Just Landed Its First 2021 Football Recruit

first_img BREAKING: #UGA lands the No. 3 player in South Carolina, safety Bralyn OliverMore: https://t.co/yVUzpAn6JrBio: https://t.co/D5SslONT59 pic.twitter.com/dn3R7fVKW4— Radi Nabulsi (@RadiNabulsi) August 22, 2019With Bralyn Oliver’s commitment, the Bulldogs are now the 10th team in the SEC to have at least one committed recruit in the Class of 2021. Georgia is also one of only 35 teams in FBS to have a recruit at this stage.One of the main reasons Georgia has re-emerged as one of the elite college football programs has been its strong recruiting.Their SEC rivals have a significant edge on them in 2021 so far, but it’s good that they have the ball rolling. Georgia football fans cheering during a game.NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JANUARY 01: Georgia Bulldogs fans reacts during the first half of the Allstate Sugar Bowl against the Texas Longhorns at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 01, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)The Georgia Bulldogs haven’t even finalized their 2020 recruiting class but they’re already well underway in the classes beyond. Today their efforts paid off as they landed their first recruit in the Class of 2021, three-star safety Bralyn Oliver.According to Radi Nabulsi of Rivals, the player made his decision today. He was also weighing offers from Tennessee, Duke, Louisville, and West Virginia.247Sports rates him as the No. 544 overall prospect in the Class of 2021. He is the No. 27 safety in the nation, and the No. 6 recruit from the state of South Carolina.As a sophomore at Belton-Honea Path, Oliver contributed on offense, defense and special teams. He recorded 15 receptions for 451 yards and six touchdowns on offense. Defensively, he had 31 tackles, one interception, five passes defended, and a forced fumble. In the return game, he had 11 kickoff returns for 211 yards.last_img read more

Won’t be disappointed even if India lose New Zealand T20s, focus is on World Cup: Gavaskar

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 7, 2019UPDATED: February 7, 2019 11:04 IST India lost the first T20 to New Zealand in Wellington (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia suffered a crushing 80-run defeat vs New Zealand in the first T20I in WellingtonSunil Gavaskar said he would not be “too disappointed” even if India lost the T20 series”It’s important that chances are given to players like Vijay Shankar, Rishabh Pant and Krunal Pandya,” Gavaskar saidFormer India skipper Sunil Gavaskar said he would not be “too disappointed” even if India lost the ongoing Twenty20 International series in New Zealand as the focus of the team was on World Cup. India suffered a crushing 80-run defeat in the first game of the three-match series in Wellington on Wednesday.”India need a mix of both [experiment for the World Cup and focus on winning series in New Zealand]. The World Cup is just a few months away. To arrive on a final squad, there needs to be a few experiments. In this T20I series, you could get an idea of who the team can look at [for the World Cup]. The likes of Vijay Shankar can be observed. Even in T20Is, you can figure out if the players will be suited for the 50-over format or not,” Gavaskar told Sports Tak.Gavaskar also said India can experiment with their playing XIs and try out different combinations in the T20 series in New Zealand to get an idea how the players handle pressure.”Yes, you need to win matches in New Zealand. But the T20 World Cup is far away, it’s in October 2020. I won’t be very disappointed even if India lose this T20I series. If the performances are good, then there’s no problem. The team is right now focused on the World Cup. Thus it’s important that chances are given to players like Vijay Shankar, Rishabh Pant and Krunal Pandya. The way they handle pressure here will give the team an idea of whether they are ready for the World Cup or not,” Gavaskar said.advertisementGavaskar also backed the idea of using Virat Kohli at No.4 during the 2019 ICC World Cup in England and Wales. He said an important player like Kohli needed protection in swing-friendly conditions.”There needs to be flexibility. More the flexibility in the batting line-up, more beneficial to the team. Let’s look at what happened in the Champions Trophy final. Rohit Sharma was dismissed by Mohammed Aamir early. When Virat Kohli came out to bat, the ball was swinging quite a bit. Pakistan were pumped up after having put 300 on the board,” Gavaskar told Aaj Tak on Wednesday.The second T20 between India and New Zealand will be played on February 8 in Auckland.Also Read | Dinesh Karthik could be India’s 3rd opener in World Cup: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Sunil Gavaskar on Rishabh Pant’s failure in Wellington: Anybody can fail in one matchAlso Read | Mohammed Shami key to India’s chances at the World Cup: Karsan GhavriAlso Read | Virat Kohli can bat at No.4 depending on conditions in England: Sunil GavaskarFor 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 byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Sunil Gavaskar Won’t be disappointed even if India lose New Zealand T20s, focus is on World Cup: GavaskarIndia vs New Zealand: Sunil Gavaskar said India can experiment with their playing XIs and try out different combinations in the ongoing Twenty20 International series in New Zealand to get an idea how the players handle pressure.advertisementlast_img read more

Coach WV Raman wants Smriti Mandhana to work on her patience, sets new batting goals

first_img Press Trust of India MumbaiFebruary 15, 2019UPDATED: February 15, 2019 15:53 IST Smriti Mandhana has been doing bulk of the scoring for India in the past few months (BCCI Photo)India women’s team opener Smriti Mandhana, who is in blazing form, said on Friday that the team’s coach W V Raman has set her targets to bat for a specific number of overs to develop her patience at the crease.”He (Raman) has been telling me to play 30 overs in ODIs as he knows that if I bat till 30 overs, I will continue to bat. And in 20 over games he has been telling me to bat for 13 overs,” the 22-year-old Mandhana, a Red Bull athlete, told PTI.”He’s giving me targets to bat a certain number of balls, because strike rate and those kinds of things never concern me, the only problem is the patience aspect. He is helping with that and giving me targets to bat through these many balls and that many overs and that is being great,” said the left-handed batswoman.Mandhana, asked specifically whether the team was too dependent on her, replied that the perception was not correct.”No, I don’t think so. We have got a lot of match-winners in our team. It is just that sometimes someone goes through a lean patch and you need to cover up for your teammate. And sometimes that would be the case, if I am not going, the middle order will look after me (help me).”So you can’t say that they (other batswomen) are too dependent, but I think the main responsibility as a batter is to win matches and dependence never comes (in the way),” she stressed.advertisementDuring last year’s women’s T20 tri-series, Mandhana had said that she was throwing her wicket away after setting herself in.Eleven months later, she feels that she is being able to improve 10 per cent on this aspect, but the next aim was to carry on batting till the end of the innings.”Somewhat, yes, may be 10 per cent I have improved on that. From 50 to 60s, I have gone to 70s. But I’m still leaving 20-30 runs when we are chasing. I think it will be good if I come back not out. Hopefully I can do that against England in the (upcoming) ODI and the T20 series,” she said.”Im really excited (for the England series) and we are playing the ICC Championships and we need six points to be up there. Hopefully we will all stick together and win the ODI series (against England). I hope that I can win more matches for India,” Mandhana remarked.The ODI series against England starts Friday next and all the three matches in the 50-over rubber will be played at the Wankhede Stadium here.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Smriti MandhanaFollow Indian women’s cricketFollow WV RamanFollow India women’s coach Coach WV Raman wants Smriti Mandhana to work on her patience, sets new batting goalsIndia’s ODI series against England women’s team starts Friday (February 22) and all the three matches in the 50-over rubber will be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.advertisementlast_img read more

Top 5 bikes in India under Rs 50,000: Hero Splendor PRO, TVS Sport, Bajaj Platina 100 and more

first_imgTop 5 bikes in India under Rs 50,000: Hero Splendor PRO, TVS Sport, Bajaj Platina 100 and moreTop bikes in India under Rs 50,000 in India: Hero Splendor PRO, TVS Sport, Bajaj Platina 100, Hero HF Deluxe IBS and Honda CD 110 Dream Dx are some of the bikes that can be purchased under Rs 50,000 (ex-showroom, New Delhi).advertisement Varun Singh New DelhiMay 27, 2019UPDATED: May 27, 2019 20:16 IST Hero Splendor PRO, TVS Sport, Bajaj Platina 100, Hero HF Deluxe IBS and Honda CD 110 Dream Dx are top bikes under Rs 50,000 in India.HIGHLIGHTSHero Splendor PRO has a starting price of Rs 49,598 (ex-showroom, New Delhi).TVS Sport has an introductory price of Rs 39,900 (ex-showroom, New Delhi).Bajaj Platina is available for Rs 40,749 (ex-showroom, New Delhi).For almost all the people, their first bike holds a very special position in the heart. They always cherish the memories associated with the bike. When you purchase a motorcycle, you make an investment not only in the product but also in the brand. For a very long time, companies like Bajaj, Hero, TVS, Honda and Suzuki have been manufacturing affordable yet sporty bikes in India.If you do not want to spend more than Rs 50,000 (ex-showroom) on a bike, here are top 5 bikes in India that are affordable and won’t be a big burden on your pocket. TVS Sport gets a 4-stroke, Duralife, 99.7 cc engine.TVS SportPowering TVS Sport is a 4-stroke, Duralife, 99.7 cc engine that delivers 7.5 hp and 7.5 Nm of maximum torque. The engine is mated to a 4-speed constant mesh gearbox. The motorcycle gets a telescopic hydraulic front suspension and a 5-stage adjustable rear suspension. Below are the variant-wise prices (ex-showroom, New Delhi) of the motorcycle.– Sport Kick Start Spoke Wheel – Rs 39,900– Sport Kick Start Alloy Wheel – Rs 45,500– Sport Electric Start Alloy Wheel – Rs 48,291– Sport Kick Start Long Seat – Rs 46,700– Sport Electric Start Long Seat – Rs 49,491 Hero HF Deluxe IBS comes with an air-cooled, 4-stroke, single cylinder, OHC, 97.2 cc engine.Hero HF Deluxe IBSHero HF Deluxe IBS comes with an air-cooled, 4-stroke, single cylinder, OHC, 97.2 cc engine that makes 8.36 hp and a peak torque of 8.05 Nm. The engine is mated to a 4-speed constant mesh transmission. The bike gets features like Integrated Braking System (IBS), console with side stand indicator, 5-spoke alloy wheels and Always Headlight On (AHO) system. The price details (ex-showroom, New Delhi) of all the variants of the motorcycle are mentioned below.advertisement– HF Deluxe IBS Kick Start Drum Brake Alloy Wheel – Rs 39,900– HF Deluxe IBS Kick Start Drum Brake Spoke Wheel – Rs 38,900– HF Deluxe IBS Self Start Drum Brake Alloy Wheel – Rs 48,425– HF Deluxe IBS Self Start Drum Brake Alloy Wheel i3s – Rs 49,625– HF Deluxe IBS Self Start Drum Brake Alloy Wheel i3s All Black – Rs 49,625 Bajaj Platina 100 gets a single-cylinder, 2-valve, DTS-I with ExhausTEC, 102 cc engine.Bajaj Platina 100Bajaj Platina 100 gets a single-cylinder, 2-valve, DTS-I with ExhausTEC, 102 cc engine that produces 7.9 PS and 8.34 of peak torque. With a 4-speed gearbox, the company claims a top speed of 90 km/h for the motorcycle. The new Platina 100 ComforTec gets a telescopic fork suspension with 135 mm travel, while there are double springs at the rear with 110 mm travel. The bike is available in two variants and below are the prices (ex-showroom, New Delhi).– Platina 100 ES Alloy CBS – Rs 48,282– Platina 100 KS Alloy CBS – Rs 40,749 Honda CD 110 Dream Dx gets a 109.19 cc, air-cooled, 4-stroke, SI engine.Honda CD 110 Dream DxHonda CD 110 Dream Dx gets a 109.19 cc, air-cooled, 4-stroke, SI engine that churns out 8.31 bhp and 9.09 Nm of peak torque. The engine is mated to a 4-speed gearbox. The bike gets features like chrome plated handlebar, muffler cover, rear carrier, silver alloys, long seat and low maintenance seal chain. Below are the variant-wise price details (ex-showroom, New Delhi) of CD 110 Dream Dx.– CD110 Dream Self Drum-Grab Rail – Rs 49,498– CD110 Dream Self Drum-Carrier – Rs 49,788– CD110 Dream CBS STD Carrier – Rs 50,347– CD110 Dream CBS DLX Carrier – Rs 51,847 Hero Splendor PRO is powered by an air-cooled, 4-stroke, single cylinder, OHC, 97.2 cc engine.Hero Splendor PROHero Splendor PRO is powered by an air-cooled, 4-stroke, single cylinder, OHC, 97.2 cc engine that is good for 8.36 hp and 8.05 Nm of peak torque. This engine, which comes with Hero HF Deluxe also, is offered with a 4-speed constant mesh gearbox. The bike gets features like tri-set cockpit style meter console, side stand indicator, chrome plated muffler and rugged shockers, wide comfortable seat and premium 3D Splendor emblem. Below are the variant-wise prices (ex-showroom, New Delhi) of the motorcycle.– Kick Start Drum Brake Alloy Wheel – Rs 49,598– Self Start Drum Brake Alloy Wheel – Rs 51,476ALSO READ | Hyundai Venue: Here are 5 unique selling points of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza-rivalALSO READ | PM Narendra Modi holds Varanasi roadshow in stylish Land Rover Range Rover Vogue: Know all about this SUVALSO READ | Honda Activa 5G, CB Shine limited editions launched in IndiaGet 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 Top 5 bikes in IndiaFollow Bikes in India under Rs 50000Follow TVS SportFollow Hero Splendor ProFollow Bajaj Platina 100 Nextlast_img read more

Google Pixel 4 image with dual punch hole camera leaked online

first_imgGoogle Pixel 4 image with dual punch hole camera leaked onlineApart from dual rear camera setup and a notch-less design, reports indicate that the Google Pixel 4 would come with a button less design.advertisement Shweta Ganjoo New DelhiJune 10, 2019UPDATED: June 11, 2019 08:53 IST Image Courtesy: Slash LeaksHIGHLIGHTSGoogle Pixel 4 images have been leaked online.Leaked images indicate that Pixel 4 would come with dual rear camera setup.Leaked images indicate that Pixel 4 would sport a punch hole display.Google, last month unveiled its first ever budget smartphone – the Google Pixel 3a and the Google Pixel 3a XL (REVIEW) – at its annual developers coneference. And now that the buzz about the Pixel 3a series is over, we can all focus on the company’s premium budget smartphones – the Google Pixel 4 series – that will be launched later this year. In the past couple of weeks, a series of reports have kept us excited about the upcoming Google Pixel 4. And now, a new report sheds more light on how the Pixel 4 would like.The leaked images, that come as a courtesy of SlashLeaks show a hand-on preview of the upcoming Google Pixel 4. As per the images shared by the blog, Pixel 4 would comes with a nearly bezel-less design in the front with a punch-hole camera on the left side of the display. A number of reports in the past, including the image of the Pixel 4 screen protector shared by Skinomi and image renders of Pixel 4 shared by Phone Designer, have hinted towards a similar design for Pixel 4.Besides this, the images shared by the blog also indicate that the phone would come with a horizontally stacked dual rear camera setup – a feature that would make Pixel 4 the first ever Pixel smartphone to feature dual cameras at the back, a feature that already become a norm these days. A similarity that the phone is expected to share with its predecessor – the Google Pixel 3 – is a glass design. The upcoming Pixel 4 is expected to come with a glass back with the Google logo placed in the lower quadrant of the phone.advertisementThe leaked image, however, does not give us closer look at the phone, which would help us ascertain if the Google Pixel 4 would come with physical buttons for various functions such as the volume control button, the power button and the button for invoking Google Assistant. To recall, a report by a YouTube channel Front Page Tech had hinted that the Google Pixel 4 would come with a button-less design and that it would come with touch capacitive design indicating that users will have to squeeze the phone to perform various tasks.Apart from this, reports have also indicated the upcoming Google Pixel 4 would be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and it would run on the Android Q. The phone is expected to pack up to 6GB RAM and come with front firing speakers. We also know that Pixel 4 would come with Google Assistant 2.0 which would allow users to access the company’s virtual assistant even in the areas of no internet connectivity. Having said so, it is important to note that a lot of these reports fall in rumourville and we will have to wait till the company officially unveils the phone later this year to know more about the company’s next flagship device.ALSO READ: | Google Pixel 4 could feature a button-less designALSO READ: | Google Pixel 4 screen protector shows a display with dual punch hole selfie cameraALSO READ: | Google Pixel 4 image leak suggests a punch hole camera in frontALSO READ: | Google Pixel 4 will be the first phone to get next generation Google AssistantGet 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 byShweta Ganjoo Tags :Follow GoogleFollow Google Pixel 4Follow Google Pixel 3alast_img read more