About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Pellegrini delighted as ten-man West Ham draw with Aston Villaby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManuel Pellegrini was pleased with West Ham United’s display with 10-men in Monday’s goalless draw with Aston Villa. The Hammers were left a man down when Arhtur Masuaku was shown his second yellow card with 23 minutes remaining.West Ham continued to push for a winner despite the numerical disadvantage, which impressed their manager.”I think that we gave a good performance, first because we came here and from the first minute of the game until the last minute we tried to win,” he said.”After that, with ten men, we continued trying to have the ball, and trying to have the opportunity to win the game. We didn’t just defend so I’m very happy with a lot of things tonight.”I don’t know if we played better with ten men, but the important thing was that it didn’t seem we had ten players. “We worked very well in defending, we had the personality to come here and try to win from the first minute.”We couldn’t do that, but with ten men it’s a good result.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham midfielder Declan Rice targets top 6by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham midfielder Declan Rice feels they can push for a top six finish.Rice was speaking after their 0-0 draw with Aston Villa.He said, “If you look at the players we’ve got, without a doubt we should be pushing for top six, like Wolves did so well last season.“Last season, we were going to teams like Wolves and Cardiff and we were losing and that’s what let us down, but this season we’ve started well and we could have gone third, and that was what was in all of our minds.“We’re on eight points and that’s five points better than we had after five games last season, so we see it all as a positive.”
Sheffield Utd manager Chris Wilder: A ridiculous winby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United won away for the first time on their return to the Premier League at Everton.A Yerry Mina own goal and a late Lys Mousset strike condemned Everton to defeat at Goodison Park.Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder said afterwards: “We’re delighted. It was just a ridiculous game. That’s possibly the worst we’ve played all season. We didn’t play anything like our best today but managed to win the game.”Everton put a lot of balls in our box, which opened us up a bit in the first half. Out of possession we were really good. The goalkeeper and our three defenders did really well. I think they had a million corners today.”We rode our luck a little bit – we certainly didn’t have any last week. Everybody says that to stay in the Premier League, your home form has to be spot on. We’ve reversed that thought process.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Liverpool boss Klopp hails Milner as ‘man on fire’by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hailed James Milner as a “man on fire”.The 33-year-old scored the opener in Wednesday’s 2-1 Carabao Cup win over MK Dons.”This man is on fire, that’s how it is,” said the Reds boss. “He helps a lot and he is a real model for the young players.”If he could play every day, Millie would be like this every day, so that is brilliant.”We could have done better in that final period but we started well as a team but then we got a bit stiff.”We had to force the goal and then you saw Millie (score). The team lacked rhythm and experience and the player with the most rhythm and experience was the best player on the pitch. It was pretty obvious.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Ex-Brighton boss Hughton turns down Stokeby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Brighton boss Chris Hughton has turned down Stoke City.The Potters have begun the search for Nathan Jones’ replacement.Stoke are sacking Jones because of his disastrous nine-month reign and they are bottom of the Championship with just two points.The axe could fall today and the Potters’ hierarchy were keen to try and line up a successor before they dismissed Jones.They approached Hughton, who has been out of work since being sacked by Brighton at the end of last season, but the former Newcastle boss wants to wait in the hope of landing another Premier League job, says the Mirror.Hughton’s refusal is the only reason why Jones is still at his post and he has been a dead man walking since last week. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
PSG coach Tuchel insists Cavani a required playerby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG manager Thomas Tuchel insists Edinson Cavani is an important player for the club.Inter Milan and Manchester United are interested in the singing the Uruguayan, who will be a free agent at the end of this season.Tuchel said: “It’s too soon to speak about such things. I’m sure Edi is speaking with the club. He knows it’s his club.'”I don’t know Edi’s ideas exactly at the moment. I count 100 per cent on Edi this season. He’s been missing for several weeks and the main thing for me is to push Edi on the pitch, so we’ve got a fit and in-form Edinson Cavani. “He’s got the most goals for the club. Edi is very important,” Tuchel continued. “He’s in the group of five players I always speak with, to have an opinion from them on all things. He’s important in the dressing room and on the pitch.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Warnock thinks Liverpool captain Henderson misses out in Klopp midfieldby Freddie Taylor13 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveEx-Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock believes captain Jordan Henderson could be dropped for Sunday’s clash with Tottenham Hotspur.Warnock thinks the trio of Fabinho, Gini Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain provides the perfect in midfield for Jurgen Klopp.He has told BBC Sport: “It feels like there are midfield places up for grabs in this Liverpool side, more so than any other department. Klopp has to decide who best complements each other.”In their next game, at home to Tottenham in the Premier League on Sunday, who he picks might also depend on how he thinks Spurs will line up.”If Tottenham play in a 3-5-2 shape then Klopp will want someone in midfield who can get between their lines to cause problems. You would think that someone would be Oxlade-Chamberlain – especially given the form he is in.”I would expect [Georginio] Wijnaldum to come back into the team too and with Fabinho cemented in the side, that would mean no place for Liverpool’s captain, Henderson.”That would not be a message that Henderson is out of favour, though. Far from it.”When you are part of a squad at a club like Liverpool or City, you have to understand that the team is being picked to win a specific game, and if you are left out it is nothing personal.”All of Liverpool’s midfielders are going to have a part to play in the next few weeks, especially if Klopp decides to rest some of them in certain games – but I would urge caution there.”Liverpool’s next game in Champions League Group E is at home to Genk on Tuesday 5 November, before they play champions Manchester City at Anfield five days later.”There will be plenty of people who will want Klopp to put out a weakened team against the Belgians, but my mind-set would be not to take any chances.”If I were a Liverpool player, I would want to go into the City game feeling sharp and I would not want a week off beforehand.”
Dakari Johnson Thank You KentuckyThursday, seven players from Kentucky’s 2014-2015 squad – Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein, Devin Booker, Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Dakari Johnson and Trey Lyles – all announced their decisions to turn professional this June. After the announcement – which you can see a clip of here – a number of them have taken to social media to thank Wildcats fans for their support during their stays in Lexington.Check out the posts from Booker, Johnson, Lyles and Aaron Harrison.Thank you #BBN pic.twitter.com/ajDQEmNyH5— Dakari Johnson (@SafariDakari44) April 9, 2015Thank You! pic.twitter.com/McbXHeV0yM— Trey Lyles (@TreyMambaLyles) April 9, 2015#BBN for life https://t.co/i1c7mUzTPa— Aaron Harrison (@AaronICE2) April 9, 2015BBN, it’s been a privilege to put on the UK jersey for you this season. You have made me one of your own and I’ll never forget my time here.— Devin Booker (@DevinBook) April 9, 2015To my brothers and coaches, no one can ever take away what we accomplished this year. Though things didn’t end like we wanted, we made— Devin Booker (@DevinBook) April 9, 2015history. I feel like it’s time for me to take that next step, but know I’ll treasure my time here forever. #BBN, you’re the best. #Reload— Devin Booker (@DevinBook) April 9, 2015If all seven players are taken in June’s NBA Draft, Kentucky will set a record for number of players drafted from one team.
LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 07: A cheerleader for the Wisconsin Badgers celebrates a score against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)It appears that ABC is experimenting with a new camera angle for tonight’s Ohio State-Wisconsin game in primetime.Judging at home, it appeared to be slightly more diagonal at times while also a little bit more zoomed in. It is definitely different from the norm.Nick Bosa with a huge sack on 3rd down for Ohio State. pic.twitter.com/20FvCGeWlc— Eleven Warriors (@11W) October 16, 2016The early reviews for it are not good. People on Twitter have been crushing the new look in the early part of the game.Hey @ABCNetwork change the camera angle back to normal for the #OSUvsWIS game— Austin Brewer (@A_Brewcrew) October 16, 2016@abc wtf is this camera angle? This is not how I want to be watching Saturday night football. pic.twitter.com/p5CgSg3Z7P— Stephen Robinson (@ReveStobinson) October 16, 2016Is it just me or is the camera angle in the Ohio State vs. Wisconsin game kind of strange?? Low maybe? pic.twitter.com/Fn4Okt6Yd5— Doug Samuels (@CoachSamz) October 16, 2016@ABCNetwork your camera angle for the Wisconsin/Ohio St. game is horrible.— Colonel T Royale ✝️?? (@Kydem22) October 16, 2016Can we lose the Grant Theft Auto experimental camera angle bullshit— Ramzy Nasrallah (@ramzy) October 16, 2016The camera angle ABC’s using for Ohio State-Wisconsin is the lowest, closest I’ve ever seen in a football game.— Zach Barnett (@zach_barnett) October 16, 2016@ABC change your camera angle. It’s god awful. #OSUvsWIS— Daddy (@b_crist00) October 16, 2016FIX THE CAMERA ANGLE @ABC #OSUvsWIS— Josh Hasting (@MakeHast) October 16, 2016If we lose I’m blaming the camera angle— Keith M. Hellebrand (@KHellebrand) October 16, 2016The main TV camera angle at Camp Randall is AWFUL.— Shea Carr (@Shea_Carr) October 16, 2016Anybody else think this OSU-Wisconsin camera angle is weird?— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) October 16, 2016Why they got this booty ass view for the Buckeyes camera angle????— Kaleb Clemens (@KalebClemens) October 16, 2016Wut is this camera angle— Jakob with a K (@JakobHussey23) October 16, 2016Trust us, there are many, many more where those came from. It isn’t uncommon for fans at home to let their voices be heard if they don’t like a certain aspect of the broadcast. Anyone else remember the glare at the Final Four in Houston back in April?Anyway, looking past the camera angle and at actual on-field action, Wisconsin fans have to be encouraged by their team’s start. The Badgers have stymied Ohio State’s explosive offense early and lead 10-0 on a 46-yard field goal by replacement kicker Andrew Endicott and an Alex Hornibrook TD pass.The Buckeyes have won the last four meetings between the schools, dating back to 2011. Included in that quartet of victories was a 59-0 demolition job at the 2014 Big Ten Championship Game.However, Wisconsin has knocked off an undefeated Ohio State team at Camp Randall in 2003 and 2010. Maybe history will repeat itself tonight.If it does, Badger fans will enjoy watching it from any angle.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 21: A general view of the stadium prior to the game between the Michigan Wolverines and Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)Iowa is breaking out everything it has against Penn State at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania this afternoon.The Hawkeyes currently lead the Nittany Lions, 12-7, early in the second quarter.Iowa’s most-recent score came in thanks to the best trick play of the college football season.Kirk Ferentz called for a fake field goal that ended with a defensive lineman making one of the best catches of the year.Check it out:Iowa’s best wide receiver being an offensive lineman is the most Iowa thing ever: pic.twitter.com/vHXom6BZ6G— Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) October 27, 2018That was Iowa’s punter, Colten Rastetter, throwing a touchdown to Sam Brincks, a Hawkeyes’ defensive lineman.You won’t see a touchdown crazier than that this season.Iowa and Penn State are playing on ESPN.
There is tragic news out of The College of New Jersey’s football program today, as it’s being reported that an assistant coach for the school has died in a car accident.Donald Klein III, an assistant coach for the school’s football team, passed away from a car crash, according to The Trentonian.The assistant coach was in his Jeep when he veered off the road on I-195 and ended up hitting a tree at roughly 5 a.m. E.T.Klein was only 37.“I don’t even know where to begin,” TCNJ head football Coach Casey Goff said, per the report. “Donny loved this sport and he loved this team. I honestly don’t know what to say right now, we’re all still trying to wrap our head around it.”No other cars are believed to have been involved in the accident.The crash is still under investigation by the police.Rest in peace, Donald.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 08: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs the offense against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Tua Tagovailoa injury update: the Alabama superstar took a huge shot from an LSU defender, where no man wants to be hit.A screenshot of the hit, via SB Nation:NOPE pic.twitter.com/uL97FkFmSJ— SB Nation (@SBNation) November 4, 2018The timing isn’t good for Alabama either.The Crimson Tide are in Baton Rouge facing No. 3 LSU, one of the best defenses in the country, and Jalen Hurts is on the mend after ankle surgery.Mac Jones entered the game after the Tua Tagovialoa injury.Alabama immediately got called for a false start, and luckily, Tagovailoa was set to return. However, because Alabama didn’t run a play in his absence, Jones had to run a 3rd-and-28 play, and pitched it to Damien Harris on a simple option for a loss.It isn’t the first time that Tua has had to leave a game. He’s been nursing a knee issue, which cause him to leave the game against Missouri.With Hurts on the team, he hasn’t had to play in any garbage time, and is yet to throw a pass in the fourth quarter, but this LSU game is not the time to have both star quarterbacks out.Luckily, it seems like he’s okay to go, but either way, its a good start for the LSU defense.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: An Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)It’ll be hard to find a program that has experienced more change at the quarterback position than Ohio State. Although the Buckeyes should still be a contending team for next season, there is no question that Ryan Day will have his hands full on offense.With Dwayne Haskins heading to the NFL Draft, the Buckeyes received a much-needed upgrade at quarterback in the form of Justin Fields.The addition of Fields gives them a dual-threat athlete who has all the physical tools needed to succeed in college football. However, it should be noted that he is not yet eligible to play in the 2019 season. He is waiting for the NCAA’s decision on a hardship waiver.The decision from Fields ultimately sparked Tate Martell to transfer to Miami.Despite already mentioning multiple changes to Ohio State’s depth chart, the team will have to prepare for at least one more loss.Walk-on quarterback Kory Curtis announced on Twitter that he will transfer to Bryant University to continue his football career.Here is his announcement:#newbeginnings #GoBulldogs #GodisGood pic.twitter.com/bF5gQ0aJ0W— Kory Curtis (@KoryCurtis16) January 18, 2019Curtis should have the opportunity to see the field with the Bulldogs, especially with senior quarterback Price Wilson finishing his collegiate career this past season.The quarterback room at Ohio State is getting alarmingly thin, but the Buckeyes still have time to figure out their starter for 2019.
COLUMBIA, MO – SEPTEMBER 23: Quarterback Drew Lock #3 of the Missouri Tigers passes during the game against the Auburn Tigers at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)The Senior Bowl is underway in Mobile, Alabama as college football’s best seniors gear up for the NFL draft. During the process, coaches put players through drills and ask a series of questions, much like the NFL combine that’s to come in February.During the week of practice, one of the top quarterback prospects in the country was asked an interesting question. Former Missouri quarterback Drew Lock was asked about the time he cheated on a match test – in high school.NFL teams are thorough, when they want to be.How thorough is the background dive NFL clubs do on prospects? Missouri QB Drew Lock was asked in an interview about a math test he cheated on in the 9th grade.#SeniorBowl— Chase Goodbread (@ChaseGoodbread) January 22, 2019Lock projects as one of the first quarterbacks off the board – even if he did cheat on a math test in high school. The former Missouri quarterback has been mocked to the Denver Broncos and Miami Dolphins a times this offseason, though the Washington Redskins are also a viable option.Regardless, it looks like Lock will be one of the first quarterbacks selected in the draft – likely behind Dwayne Haskins and possibly Kyler Murray if a team takes a shot on the former Oklahoma star.The draft process will continue through late April when the 2019 NFL draft kicks off. We’re likely to see several other weird questions heading through the process. UPDATE: The NFL clubs only knew of a “disciplinary snag” Lock suffered in 9th grade.Bit of clarification here…Club only knew of a disciplinary snag of some kind from 9th grade and asked Lock what it was. Lock disclosed the details. https://t.co/hnqrEhKAVQ— Chase Goodbread (@ChaseGoodbread) January 22, 2019Luck was honest with the details.
BOCA RATON, FL – NOVEMBER 3: Head coach Lane Kiffin of the Florida Atlantic Owls looks on during third quarter action against the Marshall Thundering Herd at FAU Stadium on November 3, 2017 in Boca Raton, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)On Wednesday morning National Signing Day for college football kicked off. A majority of the top players in the nation took advantage of the Earlier Signing Period and announced their commitments in December.There are plenty of other recruits who are announcing their decisions today.That list includes the sons of former NFL stars Terrell Owens and Warren Sapp. Both decided to take their talents to FAU and play for Lane Kiffin.According to a release from the school, Terique Owens and Warren Sapp II will join the team as preferred walk-ons. Terique and Warren II are reportedly planning to “blueshirt” during the 2019 season, meaning they’ll be eligible for scholarships next season.Lane Kiffin announced the new signings on Wednesday morning.FAU FOOTBALL: Terrell Owens’ son Terique Joins Warren Sapp II – https://t.co/8stIvvyQFo https://t.co/FUjdBAr5FX— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) February 6, 2019Owens revealed why he chose FAU: “I feel like they have my best interest at heart. They have a great coaching staff. I feel like the coaches, they are going to help me improve and get better. I really trust them.”He made the switch from basketball to football as a sophomore in high school before going the junior college route.Terique Owens tallied over 500 yards and caught four touchdowns at Contra Costa Community College before announcing his commitment to FAU as a preferred walk-on.
Oklahoma, which will presumably be led by Jalen Hurts this season, opens its 2019 campaign against Houston on September 1.Sooners fans – did ESPN get it right with its pick? NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 11: The Oklahoma Sooner Schooner carries the American flag on the anniversary of September 11 at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 11, 2010 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Oklahoma’s football program is one of the most storied in college football, and as such, the Sooners have a number of longstanding traditions. Last week, ESPN took a shot at naming which one is the “best” of the bunch.ESPN’s article showcased the best tradition for each Top 25 college football program. Oklahoma checks in at No. 4 on their preseason rankings.Oklahoma’s best tradition, it won’t shock you to hear, is the Sooner Schooner. Jake Trotter explained:The Sooner Schooner has become synonymous with college football pageantry, racing onto the field after every Oklahoma score. It has been involved in some mishaps over the years, but the Sooner Schooner has gleefully been in overdrive mode lately trying to keep up with Lincoln Riley’s scoring machine.Boomer Sooner is another tradition that most of the country knows. There’s also the slapping of the “Play Like A Champion” sign before games.
Personally, I truly felt like it was a “bang bang” play. But it’s easy to build your own perception with a remote in your hand. The block was illegal & could easily be viewed as “dirty” without a doubt. But I can assure you it wasn’t intentional.There is a fine line between playing hard & playing safe. Sadly, I put another player in harms way & I accept full responsibility, this game is violent enough, let alone with an illegal hit. Players need to take care of each other. I was told he was able to walk of the field & I pray there isn’t a significant injury. With this being said, I would like to apologize to Coach Wells & the rest of the Texas Tech program. This is not the playing style he coaches or accepts.I did not represent my university well. Also, I would like to apologize to the player I hit illegally & again, I truly hope he is okay. Hope y’all can forgive me! Wreck Em.”My deepest apologizes to @TTUCoachWells @kirbyhocutt for my illegal hit. It is a terrible look for TTU. Also, sorry to @kennedyBrooks26 I hope there is no serious harm done. pic.twitter.com/oL8pftsldh— Eli Howard V (@EliHoward5) September 28, 2019If you haven’t seen the play, you can watch it below:Here’s the low block on Brooks. If it looks dirty, that’s because it is. pic.twitter.com/tNoOhFOR02— RJ Young (@RJ_Young) September 28, 2019It’s unclear if Howard will face further punishment from either the Big 12 or his own program. But it’s nice to see that he’s owning up to his mistake either way.Hopefully, Brooks is okay as well. We’ll keep you updated on his injury status. During Saturday afternoon’s contest between Oklahoma and Texas Tech, a Red Raiders defender took what appeared to be a cheap shot on Sooners running back Kennedy Brooks following an interception. After the game, he took to Twitter to explain what happened.Eli Howard, the player who delivered the hit, says that he thought it was a “bang-bang” play in his head. Now that he’s seen video, he understands how it might have come across as a dirty play.Howard assured fans it wasn’t intentional and apologized to Brooks. He also apologized to his head coach and his athletic director.“Obviously, my personal foul play has been receiving a lot of attention through social media. During the play, I thought my player (ball carrier) had the corner & I tried to help by laying down a block. However, I had already launched when the ball carrier had stepped out of bounds.
Asian News International New DelhiMay 14, 2019UPDATED: May 14, 2019 11:01 IST 2019 ICC World Cup: Virat Kohli will lead India against Pakistan on June 18 in Manchester (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia and Pakistan face-off in the 2019 ICC World Cup on June 18 in ManchesterPakistan have never beaten India in any of the meetings in the World CupVirat Kohli’s childhood coach, Rajkumar Sharma, feels that record will not changeRajkumar Sharma, the childhood coach of India captain Virat Kohli, on Monday said that Pakistan has no chance of winning against India in the forthcoming 2019 ICC World Cup.When asked about whether India will be able to continue their winning streak against Pakistan in the World Cup, Sharma told ANI: “There is no doubt about that. There is no competition as India is a far superior team as compared to Pakistan. Although cricket is a game of uncertainty, on paper India is a far superior team.”Sharma also eulogised Kohli for his dedication to making India lift the World Cup. However, Sharma feels that it will be a big challenge for the skipper as he will be leading the team for the first time in the quadrennial tournament.”Virat is very focused regarding World Cup. If you listen to his interviews from the past two years, since then he has been dreaming about the World Cup like how he is going to play in the World Cup and what should be the strategy. So, he is very devoted and dedicated to making India win the World Cup,” Sharma said.”It is a big challenge for Virat Kohli as he will be leading India for the first time in World Cup,’ he added.Sharma also opined over the much-debated topic, that is, who should play at number four for India and said Vijay Shankar is ‘ideal’ for number four.”Vijay Shankar is an amazing player and he is ideal to play at number four. Fortunately, India has many other options as well like KL Rahul and Dinesh Karthik. However, my first choice will be Vijay Shankar because along with batting he is also a good bowler in those conditions where you can except 5-6 overs from him,” he said.advertisementIndia will face South Africa in their first 2019 World Cup clash on June 5.Also Read | Manchester decks up for India-Pakistan World Cup clashAlso Read | India vs Pakistan at 2019 World Cup is not ‘war’ but just another game: Shoaib MalikFor 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 Virat KohliFollow Rajkumar SharmaFollow India vs PakistanFollow Ind vs PakFollow 2019 ICC World Cup Virat Kohli’s childhood coach says Pakistan stand no chance against India in World CupRajkumar Sharma, Virat Kohli’s childhood coach, feels that Pakistan have no chance of beating India when the two teams meet at the 2019 ICC World Cup.advertisement
No pressure, hoping to do well at World Championships: PV SindhuIndia’s campaign at BWF World Championships 2019, starting August 19 will be led by the country’s top-ranked women’s singles shuttler PV Sindhu. Having reached the podium in the last 2 editions, Sindhu will be hoping to win an elusive gold in Basel this year.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiAugust 16, 2019UPDATED: August 16, 2019 13:50 IST PV Sindhu will be hoping to win the elusive gold at World Championships 2019 (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPV Sindhu has been seeded 5th at World ChampionshipsSindhu may face compatriot Saina Nehwal in the semi-finalI been working on my defence, physical fitness and also on-court skills: SindhuOlympic silver medallist P V Sindhu said on Friday that she has been working on improving her fitness and defence in search of an elusive gold in the showpiece World Championships next week.Sindhu has been the most consistent performer in the World Championships in the last few years with two silver and as many bronze medals but a gold has still eluded her.The 24-year-old Indian ace will once again be the biggest hope as she spearheads the country’s challenge at the World Championship which begins in Basel, Switzerland on August 19.She lost to Nozomi Okuhara of Japan and Carolina Marin of Spain respectively in the summit clash of the last two editions of the World Championships in 2017 and 2018.Asked if she is hoping to make it third time lucky, Sindhu replied: “Well, I have trained hard and I hope I can do well. I have to perform well but there is no pressure.””I been working on my defence, physical fitness and also on-court skills. We do have all kinds of strokes but to improve we have to keep training. So I have to do it all the time to make myself perfect,” Sindhu told PTI in interview.”It is important to know which strokes to play at the right time, sometimes you can get tired and you can go blank but as a player you need to know which strokes to play in tough situations,” she said.Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi was the one player who stopped Sindhu twice with an aggressive game plan in the last two tournaments of the year in Indonesia and Japan.advertisementAsked if the new World No. 1 Yamaguchi will be the biggest threat to her World Championships gold hope, Sindhu said: “I don’t think so. I played well against her in Indonesia but she was good. She was attacking well and she is also a rally player.”I was not surprised by her aggression. I was ready but it happens, may be had I won the first game, things could have been different,” Sindhu said.Sindhu, who has been seeded fifth, received a bye in the first round and will open her campaign against either Chinese Taipei’s Pai Yu Po or Bulgaria’s Linda Zetchiri. If she wins, Sindhu is likely to meet Beiwen Zhang of USA in the third round while Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying is likely to wait for her at the quarterfinals.”At World Championships, it will not be easy from the first round itself. If you see the draw, I am playing a Chinese Taipei player and then Beiwen Wang, she is not an easy players and if I can win, I will be against Tai Tzu Ying in quarters. I have to focus on each match, because you never know.”Sindhu happy working under South Korean coach Kim Ji-HyunSince claiming the World Tour Finals in December last year, Sindhu has not been able to win another title this year. Two semifinals finishes at India Open and Singapore Open are all she had to show before she produced a superlative display to finish runners-up at Indonesia Open last month.On her rigorous training under new South Korean coach Kim Ji-hyun, Sindhu said, “It has been good. I am happy with my performance. With Kim, I have a good communication and I hope to do well in World Championship.”She pointed out a few mistakes that I was doing at the net, and overall, so I had to improve on that aspect. I got almost a month time before Indonesia, so had a good training and it showed at Indonesia.”Her mindset and thinking is different and she motivates me a lot. Every coach has a different approach and I got used to her quickly. She joined after All England, so it took some time to get used to her way. Now we understand each other well.”Asked about her plans for the Tokyo Olympics, she said, “There is still time. It is important to play all the tournaments because the qualification is important. So till April next year, I plan to play and then we will take a call depending on how my game is, my fitness levels and how training goes.Also Read | Sindhu, Saina could face each other in semis after redraw at World ChampionshipsAlso Read | Shetty-Rankireddy pair pulls out of Badminton World 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 PV SindhuFollow BWF World ChampionshipsFollow India badminton newsFollow Akane YamaguchiFollow Tai Tzu YingFollow Saina Nehwal Next
India Today Web Desk Rio de JaneiroSeptember 2, 2019UPDATED: September 2, 2019 22:38 IST Apurvi Chandela has won her 3rd World Cup Gold Medal. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSApurvi and Deepak blew away the Chinese pair of Yang Qian and Yu Haonan 16-6 in a one-sided finalAnjum and Divyansh shot 418.0 to lie fourth and qualified for the bronze medal matchIndia have so far secured 9 quota places in shooting for Tokyo OlympicsIndian shooters Apurvi Chandela and Deepak Kumar put in a dominant display to clinch gold in the 10m air rifle mixed team event of the ongoing ISSF shooting World Cup on Monday.The duo outclassed China’s Yang Qian and Yu Haonan 16-6 in the final. It is India’s fourth gold at the event. India have so far secured 9 quota places in shooting for Tokyo Olympics.Meanwhile, Anjum Moudgil and Divyansh Singh Panwar beat the Hungarian pair of Eszter Meszaros and Peter Sidi 16-10 in the bronze medal match.Apurvi-Deepak win gold!Superb show by our #TOPSAthlete Mixed Team 10m Air Rifle pair of @apurvichandela & #DeepakKumar for winning the goldat the @ISSF_Shooting World Cup.#TOPSAthlete pair of @anjum_moudgil & #DivyanshPanwar won bronze.Many congratulations! pic.twitter.com/7aRF8wZ8sxSAIMedia (@Media_SAI) September 2, 2019India won eight of the 11 single-shot duels between the teams, where the combined score of one pair is compared to that of the other and the higher total awarded two points.The first to 16 points wins and this is the format which will be used in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.After comfortably getting through round one of qualification, the pair of Apurvi and Deepak topped the board after 20 individual shots in round two, featuring the top eight teams from the previous round.Their total of 419.1 enabled them to get straight into the gold medal match where they found themselves against the Chinese pair who had come in second with 418.7.Anjum and Divyansh shot 418.0 to lie fourth and qualified for the bronze medal match against the Hungarian pair of Eszter Meszaros and Peter Sidi, who shot 418.6 to finish third.advertisementAlso 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 Apurvi ChandelaFollow Deepak KumarFollow ISSF shooting World Cup ISSF World Cup: Apurvi Chandela, Deepak Kumar clinch gold in 10m air rifle mixed team eventThe duo of Apurvi Chandela, Deepak Kumar outclassed China’s Yang Qian and Yu Haonan 16-6 in the final to clinch gold in 10m air rifle mixed team event.advertisement Next