Suarez: I have matured a lot since Chiellini bite

first_imgUruguay I have matured since Chiellini biting incident, says Luis Suarez Patric Ridge 06:39 5/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Luis Suarez Chiellini Italy Uruguay World Cup 2014 Getty Uruguay World Cup Egypt v Uruguay Uruguay v Saudi Arabia Uruguay v Russia Luis Suárez Uruguay and Barcelona star Luis Suarez believes he has “matured a lot” following his controversial actions in the previous two World Cups. Luis Suarez claims he has matured since the 2014 World Cup, when he received a lengthy suspension for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.Uruguay striker Suarez received a nine-match international ban and was suspended from all football activities for four months following his actions in the Group D clash against Italy, with his country then losing 2-0 to Colombia in the round of 16.That did not prevent a move from Liverpool to Barcelona going through, however, and Suarez has gone on to prove his world-class pedigree in a trophy-laden spell at Camp Nou. 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 And the 31-year-old, who also infamously denied Ghana what would have been a crucial goal in a 2010 World Cup quarter-final with a blatant handball on the line, says he has put those incidents behind him.”Any player dreams of playing in and winning a World Cup,” said Suarez.”Now South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014 are in the past. I arrive with other expectations, other players and other sensations that motivate you to go far in the World Cup.”The games are very demanding and I have matured a lot.”But despite changing in some aspects, my way of playing will be exactly the same because that’s how I live football and how I’m like.”Nobody has ever given me anything and as a boy I learned to enjoy each time I have the ball.”299 – Lionel Messi (299) & Luis Suárez (291) are the players to have completed most touches in the opposite box in the Top 5 European Leagues this season. Dual pic.twitter.com/o0IJfWTnSU — OptaJose (@OptaJose) 21 May 2018 Suarez will lead Uruguay’s line alongside Edinson Cavani in Russia, with Oscar Tabarez’s side up against Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the tournament hosts in Group A.With Barca reportedly preparing a bid for Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann, there have been rumours of Suarez leaving Camp Nou in this transfer window, but the former Ajax forward shrugged off any speculation, insisting his focus is on helping Uruguay progress deep into the tournament.”I’m thinking about the World Cup and have been for some time, so I’m not focused on Barcelona exit rumours,” he added.”The candidates [for the World Cup] are always the same: Brazil, Germany, Spain, Argentina, France.”There are others like Belgium, which is the second World Cup for the same generation.”For Uruguay, it is easy to say that we will go to win the World Cup, the difficult thing is to do it.”So we better go with the typical sentence of going match by match because if what we have to do. First, we have to pass the group stage.”last_img read more

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Firmino unfazed by lack of superstar status

first_imgWorld Cup Firmino unfazed by lack of superstar status in Brazil Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 05:16 6/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Roberto Firmino Brazil Getty World Cup Brazil Liverpool Premier League The Liverpool forward has become a star in Europe, but he is not afforded the same kind of respect in his homeland as some international team-mates Roberto Firmino remains unfazed by his lack of superstar status in Brazil, with the Liverpool forward having shown at club level what he is capable of.Heading into the 2018 World Cup, it remains to be seen what kind of role the 26-year-old will be given by national team coach Tite.Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus has been favoured in a central striking role in recent times, with the likes of Neymar and Willian providing attacking support. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Firmino did, however, net 27 times for Liverpool in 2017-18, while providing 14 assists across Premier League and Champions League competition to put himself in contention for a starting berth.Calls for him to play a prominent role in Russia have started to build, but he is still not held in the same regard as a number of Selecao colleagues.Pressed as to why that might be, the man who left Figueirense for German side Hoffenheim in 2011 told FourFourTwo: “I can’t really explain it. It could be because I didn’t play for very long in Brazil before I chose to move to Europe.”I left my home when I was young so I think that’s probably the main reason – they haven’t seen as much of me compared to other players.”I may have a better status outside Brazil, but I don’t worry about it too much. What matters to me is that I’m doing my job at my club where I’m very happy at the moment. Everything else will follow.”Firmino has just enjoyed the best season of his career to date, with his efforts helping Liverpool to a top four finish and the Champions League final.He has also impressed for Brazil of late, stepping off the bench in a 3-0 friendly victory over Austria to set up a goal for former Reds team-mate and close friend Philippe Coutinho.Firmino added on the man who left Anfield for Barcelona during the January transfer window: “Everybody knows that Coutinho is a great footballer – here in England they call him ‘The Magician’.”He made his decision to join Barcelona but every time we meet and play for the Selecao we have a good chat and maintain that friendship. He is an exceptional guy and one of the best friends football has given me.”Firmino and Coutinho will be hoping to savour World Cup glory this summer, with the side fancied by many to go all the way set to open their Group E campaign against Switzerland on Sunday.last_img read more

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2009 X-Blades NTL Statistics

first_imgInformation as put together by Touch Football Statistician, Cary Thompson is now available to view.Statistics include results, ladders, touchdown scorers and participant awards.Click on the attachment to download.Related Filesntl_2009_combined-pdflast_img

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TFA Office Closure

first_imgTFA Office ClosureThe Touch Football Australia office will be closed on Monday, 10 March due to it being a public holiday in Canberra. There will be limited staff in the office during the week of Tuesday, 11 March through to Tuesday, 18 March due to the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League (NTL) in Coffs Harbour. For more information on the event, please visit www.ntl.mytouchfooty.com. Touch Football Australia (TFA) wishes all NTL competitors the best of luck for the event. Related LinksTFA Office Closurelast_img

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10 months agoMan Utd boss Mourinho: I’d like to buy some new players

first_imgMan Utd boss Mourinho: I’d like to buy some new playersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Jose Mourinho admits he wants to buy in January.After defeat to Liverpool, Mourinho made it clear he wanted to improve his squad during next month’s market.”I do not know if we will have new players,” Mourinho remarked.”I’d like some. But I do not know if it’s possible or not. “That depends on the club.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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23 days agoEverton fullback Digne tells PSG: Gueye just like Kante

first_imgEverton fullback Digne tells PSG: Gueye just like Kanteby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton fullback Lucas Digne is full of praise for former teammate Idrissa Gueye.Gueye has been superb for PSG since his summer arrival.And ex-PSG defender Digne told Le Parisien: “He was one of our key players, the one who gave balance to the team. He provided the defensive base while being able to launch attacks when necessary. “His profile is completely different from most circles by his ability to recover while anticipating a lot of tackles. It makes me think in this of N’Golo Kanté. His qualities are rare.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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6 days agoMan City goalscorer Gabriel Jesus: We must go on winning run

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City goalscorer Gabriel Jesus: We must go on winning runby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City striker Gabriel Jesus says they need to capitalise on victory over Crystal Palace.The Brazilian striker opened the scoring at Selhurst Park, netting his 50th goal for the Club with a diving header and two minutes later David Silva finished a fine team move with a sweetly struck volley.”We played well,” Gabriel said.”With and without the ball, that is great for us. Bernardo’s cross was amazing, I am happy because I tried two or three times before to score.”It is always difficult to play against Crystal Palace. We have to pass the ball all the time to try and score. They have good players.”It is not just about this [game]. We have to do it all the time – thinking about winning. Of course, we can’t always win. Sometimes football is like this and now is the time to come back strong.” last_img read more

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Ohio State Has Updated Its Locker Room Nike Display To Reflect Its 8th National Title

first_imgInside Ohio State’s football complex, there are a plethora of signs, plaques and displays dedicated to the program’s tradition-rich past and present. There’s one honoring the program’s national championship history, and it has been updated to reflect the Buckeyes’ 2014 College Football Playoff national title, its eighth overall.This tweet from ESPN’s Marty Smith from three weeks ago shows the display accompanied by No. 7 jerseys. An Instagram post from Ohio State’s official account today indicated the program has switched out the No. 7 jerseys for a pair of 8’s to symbolize the eight national championships Ohio State claims. S/o to @nike #GoBucksA photo posted by Ohio State Football (@theohiostatefootball) on Apr 2, 2015 at 12:17pm PDT Just a hunch, but if Meyer continues on his current path in Columbus, the numbers on those jerseys will increased again during his tenure.last_img read more

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Atletico land free transfer Herrera

first_imgAtletico Madrid have announced the signing of Mexico midfielder Hector Herrera after agreeing terms with the 29-year-old.Herrera is expected to be unveiled as a Rojiblanco player on Thursday after the former Porto man put pen-to-paper on a three-year contract.The Mexico international, who has made 70 appearances for his country, did not link up with the North Americans for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup in an attempt to resolve his club future. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare The Tijuana-born player arrives in the Spanish capital following the expiration of his Porto contract on June 30, with an official presentation set to take place at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano Thursday.In total, Herrera spent six seasons in Portugal, racking up 245 games, 35 goals and 35 assists.He was also named as the club’s Player of the Season for the 2014-15 season, and won the Primeira Liga in 2017-18. On the international front, he played in two World Cups, at Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018, while he also picked up gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games, and lifted the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. 📝 | Acuerdo con @HHerreramex para que se convierta en nuevo jugador rojiblanco 🔴⚪🇲🇽 El futbolista mexicano firmará mañana su contrato para las próximas 3 temporadas👋 ¡Bienvenido! 🔝👉 https://t.co/z8HTjOhaUx#AúpaAtleti #BienvenidoHerrera pic.twitter.com/cbnsdbqJTl— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) July 3, 2019In all, the experienced midfielder has 70 international caps and five goals to his name since making his debut in 2012.Revered in Portugal, he added two Super Cups to his league title medal, and became a huge fan favourite thanks to a string of commanding performances.In a statement announcing his arrival at Atletico, a club official said: “With this incorporation we strengthen our link with Mexico. “After signing an agreement with Atlético de San Luis, our sister club in 2017, one of the most talented players in the country arrives, narrowing the affective link between Atletico de Madrid and Mexico even more. “For all this, we welcome Hector Herrera to the family and wish him all the luck in his new home.”With the arrival of Herrera, we incorporate a strong, skillful midfielder with quality. He is also a player with great experience in the Champions League. In his six seasons at Do Dragao he has played a total of 41 duels in the top European competition.”The writing was on the wall for Herrera as far back as 2012 after he shone at the Toulon Tournament in France and was handed the esteemed title of Meilleur Joueur (Best Player) as the competition’s outstanding player.last_img read more

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Oregon Fans Getting Crushed For What Happened Right After Loss To Stanford

first_imgOregon football fan flips off Stanford players in the tunnel.Oregon football had tonight’s prime time match-up against Stanford won. Instead, the Ducks fumbled while killing clock, Stanford tied it, and won in overtime.Oregon-Stanford match-ups have been pretty heated, dating back to when Chip Kelly was in Eugene, and Jim Harbaugh was transforming the Cardinal into a power.That was very true once again tonight.The game featured two ranked teams, and the main challengers to No. 10 Washington for the Pac-12 North.With some wild twists down the stretch, and a 17-point comeback by the Cardinal to pull victory from the jaws of defeat, it is no surprise that some fans at Autzen Stadium were worked up after the game. Still, there is no excuse for what happened near the tunnel as Stanford left the field.Video shows Oregon football fans throwing bottles at Stanford players, while one shirtless fan flipped them off and cursed them out.From The Athletic’s Chantel Jennings:Not a great look as Oregon fans throw bottles at Stanford as the Cardinal head up the tunnel. pic.twitter.com/KBSNXNxYvl— Chantel Jennings (@ChantelJennings) September 23, 2018Being worked up over a devastating loss is total understandable. However, throwing stuff at opposing players is always classless.Oregon has another huge game the next time it is at home. After a trip to Berkeley, and a bye week, Oregon hosts rival Washington on Oct. 13.last_img read more

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Clay Travis Says This Major Fan Base Is The Country’s “Dumbest”

first_imgKentucky cheerleaders run on the field with flags.ATHENS, GA – NOVEMBER 7: The Kentucky Wildcats take the field prior to the game against the Georgia Bulldogs game on November 7, 2015 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. Georgia won the game 27-3. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)Kentucky fans looking to unite against a common enemy this morning appear to have found one in the form of Clay Travis. The Fox Sports Radio host called Wildcat fans “the dumbest” in the country on Tuesday.Travis’ eight-minute long rant focused on Kentucky fans’ reaction to the program’s 15-14 last-second win over Missouri on Saturday. The Wildcat offense was non-existent for almost the entire game before Terry Wilson hit C.J. Conrad for the game-winning score on the final play of the game.Travis did not think the game should have been close. He’s also predicting 7-1 Georgia will roll over 7-1 Kentucky in Lexington on Saturday.“Missouri should have won that game by 20 points,” Travis said via 247Sports. “They had total control of that game. If that game was played again in Columbia next week, I would make the exact same bet. Missouri didn’t get a first down in the second half. You have to get a first down when you have a draftable quarterback on the team. Why are Kentucky fans so consistently dumb? It is the dumbest fan base — basketball, football. There’s no element to their stupidity.“Missouri should’ve won that game by double figures. When I saw this line come down under 10 (Georgia-Kentucky), I said my god, I’m going whole hog, all-in on Georgia to roll into Lexington and lobotomize all the idiot Kentucky fans who have not watched enough football to even know what a good football team looks like. This ain’t it. You should’ve gotten killed by Missouri. It’s going to happen — Georgia will dismantle Kentucky.”Wilson’s winning pass came on an untimed down after Missouri was called for defensive pass interference, a call that Travis said was “blown.”“This was so stupid of a blown call that Missouri fans should be irate,” Travis said. “That would’ve been a good win for Missouri. It was a blown call. That official should have to answer for that bad of a call. I don’t know why we’ve said judgment calls are not reviewable. Why shouldn’t a coach be able to challenge a judgment call? Every call made during a football call is a judgment call. It was totally blown and the result changed the outcome of the game.”You can watch Travis’ full spiel below.”Why are Kentucky fans so consistently dumb? They have the dumbest fanbase. Basketball, football. There is no limit to their stupidity.” — @ClayTravis on Kentucky fans’ reactions to Kentucky’s so-called win over Missouri. pic.twitter.com/zTcsrm4PTX— Outkick the Coverage (@Outkick) October 30, 2018Kentucky enters Saturday’s game with a legit chance at winning the SEC East. If they can beat the Bulldogs, they’ll be in the driver’s seat.However, Georgia is a double-digit favorite according to Vegas. Given Kentucky’s offensive struggles, they will need to show major improvement in order to knock off Kirby Smart’s team.Kentucky and Georgia will kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.last_img read more

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Only 2 Of ESPN’s Analysts Are Picking Ohio State To Beat Michigan

first_imgOhio State's Tyvis Powell tackling Michigan WR Jeremy GallonANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 30: Wide receiver Jeremy Gallon #21 of the Michigan Wolverines is tackled by defensive back Tyvis Powell #23 of the Ohio State Buckeyes in the first quarter during a game at Michigan Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Ohio State has won its last six meetings against Michigan, but the Wolverines seem to be the favorite heading into this year’s matchup. In fact, only two ESPN analysts are picking the Buckeyes to take down their arch rival.Earlier this week, ESPN revealed what its reporters are picking when it comes to the four biggest rivalry games this weekend. The games picked? Oklahoma vs. West Virginia, Washington vs. Washington State, Alabama vs. Auburn and Michigan vs. Ohio State.Only Chris Low and Mark Schlabach are picking the Buckeyes to defeat the Wolverines.Who is picking Michigan? Andrea Adelson, Joel Anderson, Edward Aschoff, Kyle Bonagura, Heather Dinich, David M. Hale, Sam Khan Jr., Ivan Maisel, Ryan McGee, Dan Murphy, Adam Rittenberg, Alex Scarborough, Mitch Sherman, Jake Trotter and Tom VanHaaren.Of the 17, only Chris Low and Mark Schlabach picked #OhioState to beat ❌ichigan. Those two believe in the #Buckeyes. ?? #GoBucks #BeatTTUNhttps://t.co/22AntI5yOT— Buckeye Fans Only (@buckeyefansonly) November 21, 2018That’s a lot of support for the Wolverines.This year’s contest has a ton on the line. Michigan, currently No. 4, needs to win out to reach the College Football Playoff.Ohio State, currently No. 10, needs to take down Michigan and then Northwestern to even be part of the conversation. They’d need to jump a few teams in the process, like LSU, Washington State and Oklahoma.This year’s game kicks off at Noon ET on FOX.last_img read more

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Where Notre Dame’s Recruiting Class Ranks Right Now

first_imgBrian Kelly standing with his Notre Dame football players.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 07: Head coach Jim Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish looks on from the sidelines against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship game at Sun Life Stadium on January 7, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Notre Dame football is almost definitely College Football Playoff-bound, with a 12-0 record entering this weekend. While Championship Saturday will have a huge impact on the Playoff picture, Notre Dame should be close to locked in, unless the selection committee shocks everyone.Don’t expect the Fighting Irish to fall off soon, either.Notre Dame may not become a Playoff mainstay like Alabama and Clemson, but Brian Kelly’s recruiting efforts going forward look promising.Right now, the Notre Dame football recruiting class for 2019 is ranked No. 10 in the country.The Fighting Irish staff filled most of the staff early, adding just three of the 21 members of the class since the beginning of October.It is unclear how many more players that Kelly and company can add as of now. This week, they were playing some defense.On Tuesday, Kelly and defensive coordinator Mike Elston were in Texas to visit with four-star defensive end NaNa Osafo-Mensah and four-star defensive tackle Hunter Spears, both of whom committed to ND in the first half of 2018, per 247.They’re among 10 players who are expected to be early enrollees.DE Nana Osafo-MensahOL Quinn CarrollDT Jacob LaceyOL John OlmsteadRB Kyren WilliamsOL Zeke CorrellDL Hunter SpearsLB Jack KiserP Jay BramblettOL Andrew KristoficThat’s a record amount of early enrollees.— Pete Sampson (@PeteSampson_) November 29, 2018The No. 10 ranking for the Notre Dame class is the same that it finished with last recruiting cycle. The 2020 class is also off to a strong start, with a trio of blue-chip commits set to enter the fold next year.last_img read more

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College Football Is Reportedly “Quietly” Preparing For A Major Change

first_imgA generic view of a goal line marker.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The college football world is reportedly “quietly” preparing for a major change in the way players are compensated.CBS Sports is reporting that the major college football conferences are getting ready to potentially have to start paying their student athletes.The conferences could be forced to go above and beyond their current scholarship models.From CBS Sports:Conferences are quietly preparing for the sea-changing possibility they can compensate players above current NCAA limits, significantly altering the longstanding NCAA amateurism model, according to interviews and documents obtained by CBS Sports.A judge in the ongoing Alston vs. NCAA trial will conduct a final hearing on Dec. 18 pertaining to closing arguments. She will then decide — likely early in 2019 — whether scholarship limits imposed by the association violate anti-trust laws.If the plaintiffs win, there is concern among the Power Five that a Wild West culture could take hold. The last time conferences oversaw athlete compensation was 1956 before the advent of TV, rights fees, agents and riches from the NFL and NBA.This would be a long time coming for the college football world.It’s unclear how likely this outcome is, but it’s certainly one that plenty of people will be rooting for.Stay tuned.last_img read more

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IPL 2019: CSK are not 60 year-olds, we are all 32-35, says Dwayne Bravo

first_img No data available! scorecard IPL 2019: CSK are not 60 year-olds, we are all 32-35, says Dwayne BravoChennai Super Kings have often been criticised for being an ‘old’ team, Dwayne Bravo said it is the experience of handling crunch situations that makes CSK a cut above the rest graphs Press Trust of India New DelhiMarch 27, 2019UPDATED: March 27, 2019 16:44 IST Dwayne Bravo argued that CSK is not team of old players but one with experience (IPL Photo)HIGHLIGHTSChennai Super Kings defeated Delhi Capitals by 6 wickets on TuesdayDwayne Bravo was adjudged the man of the match for his 3 wicketsCSK are at the top Indian Premier League points table at the momentDwayne Bravo has never understood the age-related fuss that crops up everytime Chennai Super Kings win a match because for him smart always trumps fast in any sport.CSK defeated Delhi Capitals in their second IPL match on Tuesday night and Bravo could barely hold back when the age question was thrown at him at the post-match press conference.”We are aware of our age. It’s there and you can google it but that’s nothing. We are not 60 year-olds, we are 35, 32-year-olds. We are still young, we look after our bodies and we have a lot of experience,” Bravo hit back at the critics.It’s the experience of handling crunch situations that makes CSK a cut above the rest with the “best captain in the world” leading the side, said Bravo.”In any sport, in any tournament, you just cannot beat experience. We know our weaknesses and we play smart and we are well led by the best captain in the world. And he (Dhoni) keeps reminding us that you know we are not the fastest team, but we can be the smartest team,” the former West Indies all-rounder said.For CSK, it’s more about situational awareness rather than long-drawn tactical planning said Bravo.Asked if there is a strategy to bat around Dhoni, he replied: “We don’t plan. We don’t have team meetings. We just turn up and go with the flow. MS has a style, and every player has a style. We just watch the situation and adapt quickly and that’s where experience comes in.”advertisementIt was Bravo’s over that changed the match when he dismissed Rishabh Pant and Colin Ingram in quick succession.”MS wanted me to bowl a straighter line, onto the stumps, wicket to wicket, a lot of seam ups. So today I bowled a lot more effort balls than in other games. Normally, I bowl a lot of slower balls, a lot of variations, yorkers but today the wicket wasn’t suitable for that type of deliveries.”And again MS standing behind the stumps, he knew exactly what was required and he also knew that he could count on me at any point in time to deliver for him,” the Trinidad and Tobago cricketer said.Having retired from international cricket, Bravo admitted that life of a T20 freelancer is tough. Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine, of late, have learnt it the hard way with some underwhelming performances.”It’s tough, it’s very tough. Yes we haven’t played international cricket for a while, but you can see from our performances and the way we play that our cricket is developing even more when we play international cricket.”I am already retired, but it isn’t their (Narine and Pollard) fault that they are not playing international cricket. Having said that, when we play these leagues, we still learn, we still develop our skills. So whenever we come in for tournaments like these, we are able to deliver.Also Read | Great to be able to reconnect with Chennai guys again: Shane WatsonFor 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 IPL 2019Follow CSKFollow Dwayne BravoFollow Chennai Super Kingscenter_img view more view less advertisement commentarylast_img read more

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F1: Hamilton beats Bottas at Spanish GP for 5th Mercedes 1-2

first_img Next Associated Press BarcelonaMay 12, 2019UPDATED: May 12, 2019 21:06 IST Hamilton and Bottas secured a fifth one-two finish for Mercedes to start the Formula One season (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMarcedes’ Lewis Hamilton clinched the third win of the campaign in Barcelona on SundayMax Verstappen was 3rd in front of Ferrari pair Sebastian Vettel and Charles LeclercThis is history in the making to have five one-twos: Hamilton on Mercedes’ record start to 2019Lewis Hamilton beat teammate Valtteri Bottas to win the Spanish Grand Prix for a third consecutive year on Sunday, securing a fifth one-two finish for Mercedes to start the Formula One season.Hamilton’s third win of the campaign let him take the championship lead by seven points over Bottas, who had entered the race with a one-point advantage.”This is history in the making to have five one-twos,” Hamilton said about his team’s record start to 2019.Max Verstappen was third in his Red Bull, in front of Ferrari pair Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc.It was the five-time and defending champion’s 76th career victory. Only Michael Schumacher has more with 91.As opposed to his win here in 2017 and 2018 from pole position, Hamilton had to overtake pole-sitter Bottas. Once in front he cruised through the race’s 66 laps of the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit without a challenge.Hamilton got the jump on Bottas off the line when Vettel leapt forward and made it three abreast going through the first corner. Vettel locked up on the turn, and Bottas, sandwiched in the middle, had to blink to avoid a possible collision as Hamilton sped clear.Verstappen took advantage of the joisting to slip by Vettel and into third.The moment @LewisHamilton led home a fifth consecutive 1-2 finish for @MercedesAMGF1An all-time #F1 record equalled at the #SpanishGPAnd the champ goes back to the top of the standings pic.twitter.com/E87ulYa5U8Formula 1 (@F1) May 12, 2019Mercedes demoralise rivals FerrariFerrari was faster on this same track during two weeks of preseason testing this winter and had hoped to make up the gap by bringing in a new engine for the race.advertisementBut Mercedes was unfazed and stormed to yet another win to further demoralize its rivals.While the Mercedes pair and Verstappen zoomed away, the Ferraris joisted with each other and watched their chances to even salvage a podium spot fade away.Leclerc overtook the slower Vettel, then Vettel hunted Leclerc down and they both lost time while Leclerc defended his spot until Ferrari finally ordered him to let Vettel past.Bottas had shown faster speed in practice and in qualifying than Hamilton, when Bottas set a scorching track record that was a whopping 0.6 seconds faster than the Brit’s best effort.I lost it at the start: BottasBottas’ chances for victory were sunk by his poor start, when his wheels appeared to spin while Hamilton immediately made up the difference from second on the grid.”It was pretty tight (at the first curve), but I lost it at the start,” Bottas said. “I feft some strange behavior with the clutch. I lost it there.”Except for the race in Bahrain, when Hamilton won thanks to an implosion by Ferrari, the other four races this season have been decided in their opening meters. Bottas surged past Hamilton from the line en route to winning in the season-opening Australia GP. Hamilton did likewise to get past pole-sitting Bottas at the first turn to win in China, and Bottas defended his pole position from Hamilton starting second on the grid in his victory at Azerbaijan last round.Hamilton, who had said that he was “too friendly” in not challenging Bottas hard enough to the first corner in Baku two weeks ago, showed little mercy once he got in front this time.”It wasn’t a replay of Baku at least,” Hamilton said stepping onto the winner’s podium.Mercedes’s struggling rivals will now have two weeks to try to improve before facing the labyrinth-like street circuit of Monaco.Also Read | Fernando Alonso to end his stint with Toyota in FIA World Endurance ChampionshipAlso 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 Lewis HamiltonFollow Formula OneFollow Spanish GPFollow Valtteri BottasFollow Max VerstappenFollow MercedesFollow FerrariFollow F1 2019 F1: Hamilton beats Bottas at Spanish GP for 5th Mercedes 1-2Lewis Hamilton clinched the third successive win at Spanish GP on Sunday and took the championship lead by seven points over Bottas, who had entered the race with a one-point advantage.advertisementlast_img read more

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MS Dhoni shows off his artistic skills. Have you watched yet?

first_imgMS Dhoni shows off his artistic skills. Have you watched yet?MS Dhoni revealed, in a video going viral on social media, that he always wanted to become a painter since childhood and is now thinking of taking it up professionally.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 20, 2019UPDATED: May 20, 2019 19:40 IST MS Dhoni showed off a couple of his paintings in the video which is going viral on social media (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni said in the video that he is thinking of taking up painting professionallyDhoni revealed that he wanted to become a painter since childhoodDhoni even showed off a few of his paintings in the videoMahendra Singh Dhoni is already chalking out his post-retirement plans once he is done playing cricket. The former India captain on Monday revealed that he is planning to take up painting as a profession after he retires from cricket.In a video message, former India captain Dhoni revealed that he always wanted to become a painter since childhood and is now thinking of taking it up professionally.Dhoni also showcased a few of his paintings in the video and is preparing for his first art exhibition very soon.”I wanted to share a secret with all of you. Right from childhood I always wanted to become an artist, I have played a lot of cricket so I decided it’s time for me now to take up what I wanted so I have made a few paintings,” Dhoni said in the video.The first painting was a landscape drawing, the second one was of what he described as ‘something which can become a mode of transport in future.’Describing the third one as his favourite, Dhoni said it was a replica of him while batting in Indian Premier League (IPL) outfit Chennai Super Kings’ jersey.Dhoni has been on a break from the sport after leading Chennai Super Kings to the final of the IPL 2019 in which they lost by 1 run against Mumbai Indians.Dhoni will be joining the Indian cricket team very soon in Mumbai before they depart for London on May 22 to play in the upcoming World Cup in England and Wales.advertisementTwo-time champions India will start their campaign against South Africa in the 8th match of the tournament in Southampton on June 5.This edition of the World Cup will be Dhoni’s fourth and second as a player. He led the team to the title in 2011 in India while in 2015, the team was knocked out in the semi-finals by eventual champions Australia.Dhoni is the most-experienced player in Virat Kohli’s team this time having played 341 ODIs in which he has amassed 10,500 ODI runs at an average of 50.72 with 10 centuries and 71 fifties.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 MS DhoniFollow Dhoni paintingFollow MS Dhoni artistlast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Indian fans defend Sarfaraz Ahmed after Pakistan captain gets body shamed again

India Today Web Desk LondonJune 22, 2019UPDATED: June 22, 2019 15:01 IST ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Sarfaraz Ahmed was spotted ignoring a fan who was hurling insults at him (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSarfaraz Ahmed can be seen ignoring an abusive troll in viral videoSarfaraz Ahmed has been facing flak after Pakistan’s loss to IndiaPakistan next face South Africa on June 23 at Lord’s, LondonCricket fans jumped to the defence of Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed after he was seen being body-shamed yet again in a video going viral online. Sarfaraz has been facing flak for Pakistan’s under-par performances at World Cup 2019.Sarfaraz has earned the wrath of Pakistan fans especially after a few tactical blunders from Pakistan in their 89-run defeat (DLS) to arch-rivals India on June 16 in Manchester. Images of the Pakistan captain yawning on the field even as India batsmen were going great guns went viral on social media, leading to severe backlash and trolling.In the video, an unruly fan can be seen requesting Sarfaraz Ahmed for a selfie before calling him “fat like a pig”. Safaraz, who was spotted with his son at the mall, can be seen ignoring the insulting jibe and walking off.Sarfaraz’s ability to ignore the insults and handle the situation in a matured way has helped him earn respect from fans on social media. In fact, keeping aside the rivalry, several Indian fans lauded the way in which Sarfaraz handled the troll who is facing severe backlash on Twitter.A shameful act by a Pakistani fan with captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, this is how we treat our National Heros. Highly condemnable!! pic.twitter.com/WzAj0RaFI7Syed Raza Mehdi (@SyedRezaMehdi) June 21, 2019″Rivalry apart @SarfarazA_54 is a simple down to earth man. Criticise him for his game but humiliation this way that too in presence of his kid is very caIIous. And the gentleman Sarfaraz is, he kept quiet despite grave provocation (sic),” a Twitter user wrote.advertisementAnother fan wrote: “As an Indian, I can say that such behaviour by ‘fans’ is unacceptable. Either support (and criticize whenever necessary) the team or don’t watch when they play. It is only a game. One side has to win and the other has to lose. Why take it to this level?”Every captain in history has lost an important match. #SarfarazAhmed doesn’t deserve this. This is harassment… for heaven’s sake he is with his child. https://t.co/JU8YFKMPygRiteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) June 22, 2019This is the mentality of overseas Pakistanis How shameless that guy is @SarfarazA_54 is hafiz e quraan, he must respect him as a person and as a cricketer as well and @SarfarazA_54 showed that he’s a true human being.. #CWC19 keep faith brother everything will change soon IA.??Shahzaib (@Shahzaib_77) June 21, 2019Shameful.Waseem Badami (@WaseemBadami) June 21, 2019It’s indeed very offensive… His kid was with him and certainly for the kid his dad must be the inspiration ??????Dr Aditi ???? Chowkidar ???? (@aditi3012) June 21, 2019Fan apologises after body-shaming Sarfaraz AhmedThe fan who was caught abusing Safaraz Ahmed later apologised to the public and Pakistan fans via a video.The man who abused sarfraz today makes an apology in his new video. Saying sorry to @SarfarazA_54 nd whole nation.says that he neither new that the kid was his son nor sarfraz is hafiz e QuranWhat you people say on this #PakistanLovesSarfaraz #sorrysarfaraz pic.twitter.com/wdxQRJjhV9M Mansoor: IStandWithSarfraz (@mansoorThoughts) June 21, 2019Sarfaraz was given a hero’s welcome when he returned home from England with the Champions Trophy 2 years ago. However, the Pakistan captain has been severely criticised following the team’s World Cup 2019 loss to India.A section of Pakistan fans at Old Trafford screamed insults at Sarfaraz Ahmed as the Pakistan captain was waiting to do his post-match duties after the defeat to India at World Cup 2019.Pakistan fans slammed Sarfaraz’s men and questioned why the team had had burgers and milkshakes on the eve of their big World Cup 2019 match against India. Notably, images of Sarfaraz Ahmed and a few of his teammates buying burgers and milkshakes went viral on social media.In fact, former Pakistan fast bowler called Shoaib Akhtar called Sarfaraz “brainless”, while criticising the tactical mistakes the Pakistan captain had made vs India.The mistakes committed by the Indian team during the Champions Trophy 2017 final were repeated by Pakistan yesterday. I can’t understand how Sarfaraz can be so brainless. How could he forget that we don’t chase very well,” Shoaib Akhtar had said.Pakistan, who are reeling at the 9th spot of the 10-team World Cup 2019 points table with just 1 win from 5 matches, take on South Africa on June 23 at Lord’s, London.Also Read | We have faith in ourselves, says Lasith Malinga after Sri Lanka stun EnglandAlso Read | Will Tendulkar’s record 673 runs in a single World Cup be broken this year?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 Next World Cup 2019: Indian fans defend Sarfaraz Ahmed after Pakistan captain gets body shamed againICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Sarfaraz Ahmed is winning a lot of praise for the way he handled an abusive troll in England. An unruly fan can be seen hurling insults at Sarfaraz after requesting a selfie.advertisement read more

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World Cup 2019 points table: Pakistan slip out of top four after India lose

first_img Next World Cup 2019 points table: Pakistan slip out of top four after India loseWorld Cup 2019: New Zealand and India have a slender lead over the remaining teams in the points table at the moment and look set to enter the semi-finals.advertisement India Today Web Desk BirminghamJuly 1, 2019UPDATED: July 1, 2019 00:28 IST England upstaged Pakistan to return to No. 4 in the points table. (Reuters Photo)England’s 31-run win over India in Match 38 of ICC Cricket World Cup at Edgbaston has made the entire race for the semi-finals interesting. England stay in contention for a berth in the semi-finals of the 2019 Cricket World Cup after handing India their first defeat of this World Cup.With this win, England upstaged Pakistan to return to No. 4 in the points table with 10 points in 8 matches. On Saturday, Australia had crushed New Zealand by 86 runs to remain on top of the ICC World Cup 2019 Points table with 7 wins in 8 matches.Australia have already qualified to the World Cup 2019 semi-finals whereas New Zealand and India are just one win away from a spot in the knockout stages.Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh are in a must-win situation and can still into the last-four of the competition with a few results going their way.West Indies, South Africa and Afghanistan have already been knocked after a dismal run of performances in their group matches. India Today PhotoAUSTRALIA – 14 points (P8, W7, L1, NR0)The defending champions’ have already qualified into the semi-finals of World Cup 2019 with seven wins in their 8 matches and only one loss came against India.INDIA-11 points (P7, W5, L1, NR1)India are at the 2nd spot with 11 points from 7 matches. Their chances of making the semi-finals remain bright even after a 31-run defeat to England at Edgbaston.Virat Kohli’s men just need to win one more from their next 2 matches to qualify. However, if India lose all 3 matches, then they have to depend on net run rate to seal their progress.advertisementNEW ZEALAND – 11 points (P8, W5, L2, NR1)New Zealand were crushed by Australia as they faced their successive defeat of the tournament. New Zealand, who are sitting 3rd with 11 points from 8 matches, can get knocked out if they lose to England by a big margin on Wednesday. They need to beat hosts in the must-win clash on July 3.ENGLAND – 10 points (P8, W5, L3, NR0)England have returned into the top-four with 10 points from 8 matches and push Pakistan to the 5th spot. England received a huge boost as now they are just 1 win away from making the last-four stage of World Cup 2019. And if England beat New Zealand in their final match, they will seal their progress.PAKISTAN- 9 points (P8, W4, L3, NR1)England’s win over India removed Pakistan from the top four. Now, Men in green will not only have to beat Bangladesh in their final group-stage match on July 5 but also hope that England lose to New Zealand on July 3. Pakistan can get knocked out if England beat New Zealand.If England beat New Zealand, they will reach the semi-final.New Zealand will also be through even if they lose by 200 runs & Pak beat Ban by 200 runs!For Pakistan to reach semi-final, England must lose to NZ or India lose both their games by very huge margins.#INDvENG #CWC19Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) June 30, 2019Also Read | World Cup 2019: England beat India to spice up race for semi-finalsAlso Read | India vs England: Nasser Hussain, Sourav Ganguly slam MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav over lack of intentAlso Read | India vs England: Virat Kohli defends MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav after bizarre go-slow approachAlso 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 World Cup Points TableFollow England vs Indialast_img read more

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Sourav Kothari outperforms multiple-time champion Mike Russell to enter World Billiards final

first_img Press Trust of India MelbourneOctober 11, 2019UPDATED: October 11, 2019 19:16 IST Indian billiards player Sourav Kothari (m) (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDefending champion Sourav Kothari edged past multiple-time world champion Mike Russell at World Billiards semisKothari prevailed 1090-594 with breaks of 205, 195, 175, 128 and 103Whereas, Russell made breaks of 247, 131 and 121Defending champion Sourav Kothari on Friday continued his spectacular show to outperform multiple-time world champion Mike Russell of England in the semifinal and book his second consecutive World Billiards (long-up) final here.Such was Kothari’s dominance in the game that with 45 minutes remaining on the clock in the four-hour semi-final, Russell conceded the match apparently due to not having enough time remaining for him to overcome the huge deficit of nearly 600 points.In the end, Kothari prevailed 1090-594 with breaks of 205, 195, 175, 128 and 103, whereas Russell made breaks of 247, 131 and 121.The key highlight of the semifinal which gave Kothari a huge push and rattled Russell was a break of 195 in reply to a break of 247 by virtue of which the Kolkata lad brought parity in the scoreline just before the mid-session interval.From the very beginning in the second session, it was Kothari all the way as he went on a rampage with successive blows of 205, 175 and 103 in a matter of just over an hour to take a huge lead of nearly 600 points, reducing Russell to a mere spectator.Eventually Russell conceded the match with still 45 minutes remaining and complimented Kothari for his extraordinary display of high quality Billiards.In the quarterfinal earlier in the day, Kothari sailed past Rob Hall of England 1076-484 with breaks of 141, 135, 242 and 121.On Saturday, Kothari will meet Peter Gilchrist of Singapore in a repeat of last year’s world billiards final.Gilchrist defeated David Causier 1183-1023 in the other semifinal.Also Read | World Billiards: Sourav Kothari knocks out Pankaj Advani in pre-quarterfinaladvertisementFor 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 Next Sourav Kothari outperforms multiple-time champion Mike Russell to enter World Billiards finalDefending champion Sourav Kothari defeated multiple-time world champion Mike Russell to enter World Billiards finals. Kothari prevailed 1090-594 with breaks of 205, 195, 175, 128 and 103advertisementlast_img read more

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