Liverpool midfielder Wijnaldum: Klopp can be hard on youby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum insists manager Jurgen Klopp is no soft touch.The Dutchman says Klopp can be a hard taskmaster.He told the Liverpool Echo: “I can’t speak for every player but I have a good relationship with him. He has helped me a lot. He can be hard because he’s always on your case and saying what he thinks. But he’s honest and I like that. It’s always in the right way, always for the right reason. It’s not to make you feel bad or anything like that.”He’s really hard but on the other side he keeps your confidence high. He says that mistakes are just part of football. I remember against Leicester City I made a mistake and it led to a goal. He wasn’t angry about the mistake, he was more angry about my reaction afterwards. He thought I was too busy thinking it, rather than just putting it behind me.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Fiorentina boss Montella insists no regrets over his time with AC Milanby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella has no regrets over his time with AC Milan.The Viola meet Milan later tonight.“It was a fantastic experience, we won a trophy, which some people conveniently forget,” said Montella, referring to the Italian Super Cup against Juventus.“We didn’t purchase practically any players and still qualified for Europe, which hadn’t happened for a few years. I don’t consider that a negative time at all.“When I was at Milan, Suso, Patrick Cutrone and Davide Calabria were set to be sold. I think we did good work with homegrown talents like Manuel Locatelli and Gianluigi Donnarumma.”
Kentucky head coach John Calipari, of course, is on-hand at the NBA All-Star Game tonight to cheer on a few of his former players. But it looks like he’s also brought his daughter Erin along for the experience. She seems to be having a grand old time too, for other reasons than just the game.Calipari, who is clearly a bit bored, claims that she’s been photobombing her father all day. The irony? She’s worried about embarrassing him.W/ @UKCoachCalipari standing far enough away that I don’t have to talk to anyone but close enough that he can’t forget I’m here and leave me— Dr.SicilianoCalipari (@TheErinCalipari) February 15, 2015Every once in awhile he’ll introduce me to someone and then wait to see what I say. Pretty sure he’s thinking “you better not embarrass me”— Dr.SicilianoCalipari (@TheErinCalipari) February 15, 2015If you’ve taken any selfies with @UKCoachCalipari today better check the background. Yup.That’s me making that weird face. You’re welcome— Dr.SicilianoCalipari (@TheErinCalipari) February 15, 2015You think I’m kidding. I have this down to a science. About 6ft away is perfect. pic.twitter.com/hb8fzy0CjQ— Dr.SicilianoCalipari (@TheErinCalipari) February 15, 2015We can’t wait to see if any of these supposed photos pop up. Most people never get a chance to get the best of Coach Cal.
PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 17: Grayson Allen #3 of the Duke Blue Devils looks on against the Rhode Island Rams during the second half in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at PPG PAINTS Arena on March 17, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Duke and Louisville are locked into a tight battle at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils led by as many as 14 but now trail late in the contest.During the second half, Duke’s Grayson Allen drove to the basket and was knocked down. While he was on the ground, he appeared to intentionally trip Louisville’s Raymond Spalding, who had corralled the ball and was dribbling up court.yep, that’s a trip by Grayson Allen … https://t.co/hAfZbZaFGb— Ryan Fagan (@ryanfagan) February 9, 2016Definitely looks like he meant to do that.
Could Tennessee win the national title in 2016? One college football analyst believes so.The Tennessee Volunteers are a popular pick to win the SEC East and represent the division in the league’s title game this coming fall, but one college football analyst is taking it a step further. CBS Sports’ Brian Jones is picking the Vols to win the national title over Florida State.Jones has Tennessee, Florida, Michigan and Stanford in his College Football Playoff. Obviously, he has the Seminoles and the Vols advancing to play for it all.@gmannVOLS pic.twitter.com/6mNEAcUgra— Frank Abby (@FRANKtheTAU) August 27, 2016Butch Jones has certainly done a nice job rebuilding Tennessee, but many are hesitant to mention the Vols as a national title favorite until they prove they can beat rival Alabama. If that happens this year, expect everyone to jump aboard the bandwagon.[Saturday Down South]
Twitter/@CorkGainesShane Buechele started at quarterback for Texas last night, and gave Longhorn fans serious hope.The program has been searching for its next elite quarterback since Colt McCoy was on campus, but it has been a struggle. On Sunday night, the true freshman was 16-for-26, for 280 yards, and two touchdowns, and with an assist from position-mate Tyrone Swoopes, led the Longhorns to a big upset victory over Notre Dame.Head coach Charlie Strong wasn’t afraid to put some pressure on his freshman signal caller. Not only was he tasked with beating a top 10 team at home, but when Strong called Buechele’s mother to tell him that he would start, he made sure to tell the young quarterback not to let her down.Strong called Buechele’s mom last night, told him QB decision was final. She cried. CS told SB: “You better not let her down.”— Mike Finger (@mikefinger) September 5, 2016We’re going to go ahead and say that Mrs. Buechele was probably pretty thrilled about how things worked out.Shane Buechele was a four-star quarterback recruit out of Arlington, Texas in the 2016 class. After a stellar high school career, it appears that he will be the quarterback of the future, and the present, for Texas, as it attempts to surge to the top of the Big 12 in year three under Charlie Strong. Based on his first performance against Notre Dame, we’ll be hearing plenty from him over the next three or four seasons.
Living in an era of football where money defines pretty much all corners of the sport, where defenders are being bought and sold for as much as £80 million (€88m/$108m), finances mean everything. Each transfer window brings bigger sums, and the prices don’t seem to be dropping anytime soon. Once considered a large amount, £50m (€55m/$61m) payouts for players have been deemed as the norm, and player contracts grow even more lucrative with each passing year. But which football club is the richest in the world? Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The Deloitte Football Money League, now in its 22nd edition, ranks the top 20 clubs by revenue in world football. Deloitte’s findings in the latest edition of their Football Money League, published in January 2019, show that Real Madrid are the richest club in the world after they generated €750.9m (£685.1m/$833.6m) in revenue in the 2017-18 season, which set a new record.The revenue figures are extracted from the annual financial statements of the company or group that owns each club, along with other direct sources, for the 2017-18 season. There are a multitude of ways to measure a club’s financial performance, but for Deloitte, revenue has been used as the most easily available and comparable measure of financial performance. Los Blancos were followed by rivals Barcelona (€690.4m) and Manchester United (€666m). The gap between the top two richest clubs was the second-largest yet, with €61.5m separating Real Madrid and Barcelona. It is the 12th time that Madrid topped the rankings, and the first time since the 2014-15 season. The club were boosted by their Champions League success, winning their third straight European title and their fourth in five years under Zinedine Zidane. The Liga giants experienced enormous commercial growth of €54.8m, which included an increase in sponsorship and merchandising revenues, in addition to the revenue earned from their international pre-season tour matches. All 20 of the clubs represented in the standings come from Europe’s ‘big five’ leagues. Nine of the 20 teams in the rankings hail from the Premier League, while four of the teams are from Italy, three from Spain, three from Germany, and one from France. German champions Bayern are positioned after Man Utd in the fourth spot, and they are followed immediately by Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City, Qatar-owned PSG and Premier League heavyweights Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham.”At the top, we have seen Real Madrid shatter records, becoming the first club to break the three-quarters of a billion-Euro mark and claim a record 12th Money League title in the process,” said Dan Jones, a partner in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte.He added: “Real Madrid’s outstanding financial performance in 2017-18 is built on their long history of success on the pitch, most recently three consecutive Champions League titles. This has enabled the club to continue to drive commercial revenue as the appetite to partner with Europe’s most successful clubs remains stronger than ever.”Europe’s top 20 richest football teams Pos Club 2017-18 Revenue (€m) 2016-17 Revenue (€m) 1 (2) Real Madrid 750.9 674.6 2 (3) Barcelona 690.4 648.3 3 (1) Manchester United 666 676.3 4 (4) Bayern 629.2 587.8 5 (5) Manchester City 568.4 527.7 6 (7) Paris Saint-Germain 541.7 486.2 7 (9) Liverpool 513.7 424.2 8 (8) Chelsea 505.7 428 9 (6) Arsenal 439.2 487.6 10 (11) Tottenham 428.3 359.5 11 (10) Juventus 394.9 405.7 12 (12) Borussia Dortmund 317.2 332.6 13 (13) Atletico Madrid 304.4 272.5 14 (15) Inter 280.8 262.1 15 (n/a) Roma 250 171.8 16 (16) Schalke 243.8 230.2 17 (20) Everton 212.9 199.2 18 (n/a) Milan 207.7 191.7 19 (n/a) Newcastle 201.5 99.7 20 (17) West Ham 197.9 213.3
A former college football player, and star of the Netflix series Last Chance U has been released from prison. According to a report from TMZ, Isaiah Wright has been released from prison as part of a plea deal.Police arrested Wright in September 2017 after the stabbing death of an 18-year-old man. Wright has been in prison on one count of criminal homicide since he was arrested.TMZ is reporting that Wright entered a plea agreement and has already been released from prison.Here are the details of the plea deal.Wright pled guilty to 1 count of facilitation of aggravated robbery (which we’re told means he “furnished assistance without the intent to commit robbery”) — and in exchange the murder charge was dropped … according to his attorney, Kevin Angel.Wright will serve five years probation following his release.The running back grew to fame during his time on the Netflix series where he starred for the East Mississippi Community College football team.EMCC has seen several star football players enter and exit through its doors. Former Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly and star NFL running back LaGarrette Blount spent time at EMCC.It’s unclear if Wright will continue with his football career.[TMZ]
TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers on October 24, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama isn’t slowing down this season, as Nick Saban’s squad continues their dominance. However, not everyone is sold on the Crimson Tide this year. Well, at least one person isn’t sold.While their competition hasn’t been great, defeating Texas A&M by 22 points is certainly impressive. After all, Tua Tagovailoa’s performance was jaw-dropping, as he threw for 387 yards and four touchdowns.Well, one AP Top 25 voter isn’t ready to crown Alabama as the top team in the nation just yet. It turns out that Soren Petro doesn’t even have the Crimson Tide as the second-best team.From 247sports.com:Soren Petro, host of The Program on Sportsradio 810 in Missouri, has ranked Alabama behind Clemson and Georgia since the season began and is not changing his mind this week following the Crimson Tide’s convincing win over then 22nd-ranked Texas A&M.There a few concerns with Alabama entering this season, but they look downright scary on both sides of the ball. Forget about the days of the Tide winning on defense alone, they now have an elite offense.If defeating the Aggies wasn’t enough to persuade Petro, then it’s highly unlikely that beating Louisiana-Lafayette at home will do the trick.Perhaps Alabama will gain full respect on Nov. 3, as they face LSU in what might be the best showdown in the SEC.
SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Josh Jacobs #8 of the Alabama Crimson Tide carries the ball against the Clemson Tigers in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)NFL prospects have no control over where they go when they get drafted. But that isn’t stopping Alabama running back Josh Jacobs from trying to advocate for his best option.Per the Baltimore Sun in an interview at the scouting combine on Thursday, Jacobs indicated that the Baltimore Ravens would be a good fit for him. He explained that the combination of connections between the Ravens and Alabama, as well as his agent Chad Wiestling’s connection to the city would make it “definitely a good look.”The Ravens have six former members of the Crimson Tide gracing its roster. Jacobs noted that having that many players would make the “transition” from college to professional easier.“Just playing with a lot of former Alabama players, they make it easier for me to transition,” Jacobs said.He was also very complimentary of quarterback Lamar Jackson, who just took the Ravens to the playoffs as a rookie.Alabama RB Josh Jacobs calls Lamar Jackson “different” (in a good way) and explains why playing for the Ravens would “definitely be a good look.” pic.twitter.com/6GNeXUjpqv— Jonas Shaffer (@jonas_shaffer) February 28, 2019Jacobs is one of the top running back prospects in the 2019 NFL draft.Last year with the Crimson Tide he had 640 rushing yards and 11 rushing touchdowns while averaging 5.3 yards per carry. He also proved to be an asset in the passing game and the return game, adding three receiving touchdowns and a kick return touchdown.There certainly are plenty of on-field reasons for Jacobs wanting to go Baltimore as well – not the least of which is that the team is coming off a division title.The Ravens have made a habit out of developing running backs, even ones that have struggled to find their legs with other teams.In just the past five years, three different Ravens have led the team in rushing and recorded career-high numbers after being cut by other teams.[Baltimore Sun]
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 1: Acting Head Coach Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches his team from the sidelines in the fourth quarter against the Oregon State Beavers at Ohio Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Oregon State 77-31. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)With the news that quarterback Matthew Baldwin has decided to leave Ohio State, the Buckeyes are suddenly quite thin at the position. Outside of presumptive starter Justin Fields and Chris Chugunov, there aren’t any players with experience on Ryan Day’s roster.But the NCAA transfer portal is filled with talented and experienced players who can come in and potentially thrive.Let’s take a look at a few that Ohio State could potentially grab from the transfer portal:Keondre WudteeA former backup at Oklahoma State, Wudtee worked with Ohio State quarterbacks coach Mike Yurcich as a member of the Cowboys.With Yurcich now directing the passing game for the Buckeyes, Wudtee might have stronger insight into offense than other potential targets.The downside of course is that as a non-graduate transfer, Wudtee would have to sit out in 2019. Nevertheless, his ties to the team make him an ideal option to join the Buckeyes.Deondre FrancoisPerhaps the most talented and experienced quarterback in the portal, Francois is a “free agent” after being dismissed from the Florida State program following some off-the-field controversies. It certainly didn’t help his case that 2018 was a down year for him…It is unclear if Ohio State would be willing to take on someone with Francois’ off-field questions, and he may not want to step into a situation where he won’t have a great chance to start. He could be the most talented option available though, if Ryan Day and company are willing to give him a chance.McLane CarterAnother Big 12 quarterback who Mike Yurcich has likely seen footage of, Carter hails from Texas Tech and likely would have been the starter in 2018 had an injury not derailed his season.Carter might have a bit of a learning curve since he’d be moving from Kliff Kingsbury’s offense to Yurcich’s, but at least he’d have immediate eligibility.Cade WeldonThere really isn’t a whole lot of tape on Weldon due to his limited snaps at Miami (FL) last year, but there would be a certain irony in seeing Weldon essentially swap places with former Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell.It also doesn’t help that he would probably have to sit a year.Kasim HillThe former Maryland quarterback was a four-star prospect in high school and had some flashes in his two years for the Terps. He’d certainly be able to provide some extra intel on Maryland when the two sides face off next season.Like Weldon and Wudtee, Hill would likely have to sit a year.—There are plenty more options than this, but the Buckeyes will need to shop quickly if they want to avoid seeing their ideal targets get snatched up by a team willing to offer better opportunities.
ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 10: General view of the fans filling the University of Michigan Stadium prior to the start of the game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on September 10, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Four-star running back Blake Corum is a top prospect who many teams have had their eyes on. After making several visits over the past few weeks, he’s settled on a college for 2020.Taking to Twitter on Thursday, Corum revealed that he would be choosing the University of Michigan. His announcement follows a visit to the Michigan campus this past weekend.This is home… CommittedCorum is the No. 202 overall prospect in the country per 247Sports. He is the No. 17 running back in the nation and the No. 8 player from the state of Maryland.This is home… Committed pic.twitter.com/ZjM7cPD34j— #2⃣4⃣BeSavage (@blake_corum) June 27, 2019Per his scouting report, he recently ran a 4.44 forty-yard dash, demonstrating his remarkable speed.In choosing Michigan, Corum turned down offers from arch-rival Ohio State, along with LSU, Michigan State, and Kentucky.Corum joins a Michigan recruiting class that is looking very sharp heading into 2020. 247Sports currently ranks the class No. 8 in the nation and No. 2 in the Big Ten.The rise in the rankings comes following a big weekend of recruiting that has already seen eight players join the program.Jim Harbaugh has done a great job of recruiting this year – as he often does. Hopefully he can get it to translate into getting those one or two extra wins he needs to return the Wolverines to national title contention.
At the end of the day, I couldn’t get rid of this #OUDNA ‼️‼️ 🎥: @OU247 @JasonSwanny pic.twitter.com/Mu0WUSZHKA— Andrew Raym7️⃣2️⃣ (@andrew_raymBAHS) July 10, 2019Although Raym didn’t announce his recommitment until tonight, SoonerScoop’s Bob Przybylo indicates he may have privately done so almost two months ago.Apparently, Lincoln Riley hinted at this with one of his patented “eye emoji” tweets on May 25.He’s back w/ #OU. #OKPreps (@BrokenArrowFTBL) OL @andrew_raymBAHS re-commits to #Sooners #20Deep class. There are your Eyes of Lincoln 👀 from way back when on May 25. https://t.co/DJAbOb1sgN— Bob Przybylo (@BPrzybylo) July 10, 2019Raym is the No. 1 player in Oklahoma, No. 3 offensive guard and No. 90 overall player in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Currently, Oklahoma’s 2020 class ranks first in the Big 12 and 16th nationally. NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 22: An Oklahoma Sooners helmet on the field during warm ups before the game against the Kansas Jayhawks November 22, 2014 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Jayhawks 44-7. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)It isn’t often that a recruit decommits from a program only to re-pledge to them at some point in the future. That’s what happened with four-star lineman Andrew Raym and Oklahoma though.Raym had been committed to the Sooners from November 2017 until May 2018. Since reopening his recruitment 14 months ago, he has drawn dozens of new offers but never lost interest in OU.Tonight, Raym went public with a second commitment to Oklahoma, choosing the Sooners over Michigan, Georgia, LSU, Arkansas and others.“At the end of the day, I couldn’t get rid of this #OUDNA,” Raym tweeted.
India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 28, 2019UPDATED: January 28, 2019 16:04 IST Esha Gupta gets slammed on Twitter for a racist comment on Nigerian footballerActress Esha Gupta who was trolled for showing her middle finger on the Internet in a boomerang video last year has been recently slammed by social media for making racist comments on a Nigerian footballer.Esha, the Arsenal supporter criticised Alexander Iwobi for his performance in the recent football game in a WhatsApp conversation. She had shared a screenshot of the WhatsApp conversation on her Instagram stories.In a tweet shared on the micro-blogging site, Esha Gupta was seen expressing her racist remarks on the footballer on her Instagram story. “Solves our winger issues. I can’t see that gorilla faced Iwobi running down the flank again. He’s so bad ya,” read the screenshot.How do you feel about an Arsenal brand ambassador making these racist comments about an Arsenal Academy graduate? @Arsenal pic.twitter.com/Dfcpvl58mFChris (@LondonGoona) January 27, 2019According to IANS, Esha’s friend who was having the conversation with her on WhatsApp called Iwobi a “gorilla” and said that “evolution stopped for him”. To that, Esha Gupta replied, “Haha… I don’t know why they don’t bench him more.”After the backlash on Instagram, Esha had apologised on her Twitter account. She tweeted, ”Guys I am sorry you thought it was racist. Was bad on my part, being a sports lover. Sorry guys, forgive the stupidity.”Guys m sorry you thought it was racist. Was bad on my part, being a sports lover. Wallah never meant it. Sorry guys forgive the stupidity #gooner4lifeEsha Gupta (@eshagupta2811) January 27, 2019Later, she tried to clear her remarks by saying that she did not realise it was directed towards racism.advertisementShe tweeted, ”It was our frustration during the game. Sorry as I didn’t realise it directed towards racism.”Esha added, ”We laughed over the spur of the moment which was the game results. I have been the victim of racism before. This is not something I am proud of. It was a fault. Sorry guys!”It was us discussing our frustration during the game.sorry as I din realise it directed towards racism.laughed over the spur of the moment, which was the games result guys.been victim of racism myself before. But this is not something m proud of. It was a fault,sorry guysEsha Gupta (@eshagupta2811) January 27, 2019Even after claiming to be the victim of racism in the past, the actress tried to joke around it. However, this conversation was not appreciated by her fans who later slammed the actress for making such jokes.Here’s how Twitterati took the remark:to prove you’re really sorry, can u donate money to the transfer budgetBen (@BenWatsonAFC) January 27, 2019″oh that was my bad guys, the racism just slipped out a lil bit and I just put it on my Instagram by mistake lol” Kinda dumbass apology is thisDaniel Ogbonnaya (@naphtrax) January 27, 2019Wether it was or wasn’t intentional, I think you should know that apology isn’t going to fly with anyone. It looks meek and insincere.Daniel Ogbonnaya (@naphtrax) January 27, 2019Apologize to @alexiwobiE (@ErwinSlk) January 27, 2019Don’t bother. She’s not actually apologetic, just full of excuses.Anonymity (@heretocorrectyo) January 27, 2019Don’t put #gooner4life after such stupidness we don’t wanna be associated with such dumbasseryname: yega (@YEGASMITH) January 27, 2019I’m sorry you thought it was racist is the biggest non-apology I’ve ever seenhargav (@ThatIndianGuy) January 27, 2019Making Racist remarks to a Academy graduate of your beloved club after being a club ambassador and role model and trying to save yourself with that hashtag. Ironic.Subh@yan (@warriorROONEY) January 27, 2019On the work front, Esha Gupta will be seen in JP Dutta’s Paltan, Indra Kumar’s Total Dhamaal and an Iranian film titled Devil’s Daughter. Esha was last seen on the big screen in Milan Luthria’s Baadshaho.ALSO READ: Is Esha Gupta getting married to Hardik Pandya? This is her responseALSO READ: Esha Gupta shows the finger in video. Trolls call her frustratedALSO WATCH | Acting was like awakening for me, says Esha GuptaGet 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 bynisha Tags :Follow Esha GuptaFollow Nigerian footballerFollow Racism in Bollywood Esha Gupta says sorry for racist comment on Nigerian footballer. Internet is unforgivingEsha Gupta who was last seen in the film Baadshaho took to Twitter to apologise for her racist remarks on Nigerian footballer. See the reactionsadvertisement
Press Trust of India New DelhiFebruary 15, 2019UPDATED: February 15, 2019 14:51 IST Minerva Punjab FC are also ready to forfeit the match against Real Kashmir FC if AIFF doesn’t shift the match. (@IndianFootball Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMinerva Punjab FC are slated to play Real Kashmir FC in Srinagar on February 15Minerva owner Ranjit Bajaj said that they cannot play in Srinagar when soldiers have diedMinerva also expressed security concerns in Srinagar in their statementHolders Minerva Punjab FC have requested the All India Football Federation to shift their upcoming I-League match from Srinagar or defer it in the wake of the Pulwama terrorist attack, saying the club is ready to forfeit if the game is not rescheduled.On Thursday, at least 40 CRPF paramilitary troopers were killed in a terror attack while several others are battling for their lives following what is being termed as the deadliest terrorist strike in three decades in Jammu and Kashmir.Defending champions Minerva Punjab FC are scheduled to play Real Kashmir FC on February 18 at the TRC Turf Ground in the Jammu and Kashmir capital.”We have written to the AIFF requesting them to shift the game from Srinagar. My team jersey has the line written ‘We Salute Indian Army’. A game of football is nothing compared to what has happened last evening,” Minerva Punjab FC owner Ranjit Bajaj told PTI.He added, “We are willing to forfeit the game if it is not moved out. I am sure the people will stand by us and really three points don’t matter under the circumstances.”An explosive-laden SUV rammed into one of the buses in the CRPF convoy at Awantipora town in the Pulwama district on Thursday.When contacted, I-League CEO Sunn Sando Dhar said they will consider the feedback from the local authorities irinagar.”We will see what the local authorities have to say. We will go ahead with the match if the local authorities give us a positive feedback. As of now, it is on, and shifting remains the last resort,” Dhar said.advertisementMinerva Punjab FC also issued a statement and explained the security concerns that the team has. Real Kashmir are currently placed second on the points table behind Chennai City FC, while Minerva are already out of title contention owing to average results this season.”We regret to inform you that due to current instability and volatility in the region, we request you to please defer the I-League fixture against Real Kashmir or have it held at a neutral venue,” the club said in a statement.Established in 1955, Minerva Academy is a premier training institute for SSB aspirants with over 60 years of experience.”We wear a tribute to the Indian Armed Forces on our match jerseys. Needless to say, we stand in support with our Armed Forces, and cannot play a football match, where 42 of our brothers have been martyred.”Additionally there is the security threat which will be faced by us when if we do travel for our match. Who will guarantee our safety? Ideally, there should be written assurances and permission from the Ministry of Home Affairs that the region is safe enough to conduct the match as scheduled and that our safety can be guaranteed,” the club said in its statement.The terrorist attack has attracted condemnation from the global community with nations such as the USA and France again pledging their support to India in the war against terrorism.The club further said, “Considering the extraordinary and unprecedented circumstances we hereby request you to please defer the I-League fixture against Real Kashmir till such time our safety is guaranteed by the authorities or have it held at a neutral venue.”Third-placed East Bengal, who are scheduled to be in the valley on February 28, have also got in touch with the AIFF after the attack, expressing similar security concerns.Also Read | Real Kashmir, East Bengal to play snow-postponed I-League game on February 28 in SrinagarAlso Read | Swiss giants FC Basel buy stakes in Chennai City FC in landmark dealFor 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 byPTI Tags :Follow Minerva Punjab FCFollow Real Kashmir FCFollow SrinagarFollow AIFFFollow I-League 2018-19Follow pulwama terrorist attack Next Minerva request AIFF to shift Real Kashmir game from Srinagar over Pulwama terror attackI-League: Minerva Punjab FC ask AIFF to shift their match vs Real Kashmir FC, slated for February 15, from Srinagar or are ready to forfeit in the wake of the Pulwama terrorist attack.advertisement
French Open: Roger Federer becomes oldest man to reach 4th round at Roland GarrosRoger Federer also became the first player to contest 400 Grand Slam matches, marking the occasion in style with a straight-sets victory over Casper Ruud to reach the last 16 at Roland Garros.advertisement Next Reuters ParisMay 31, 2019UPDATED: May 31, 2019 22:06 IST Roger Federer celebrates winning his third round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Casper Ruud. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSFederer had defeated Sonego and Oscar in the first two roundsFederer had made an exit in the first round itself in 1999 French Open as he lost to Pat RafterFederer is vying for his second French Open title 10 yearsRoger Federer eased past Norway’s Casper Ruud 6-3 6-1 7-6(10-8) on Friday to become the oldest male player to reach the fourth round at the French Open.Playing in his 400th Grand Slam match, the 37-year-old showed little mercy to his 20-year-old Norwegian opponent, whose father Christian reached the third round when Federer first played on the ‘terre battue’ of Roland Garros as a wild card entrant in 1999.Federer needed little more than an hour to pick up the first two sets, but a rare lapse in the Federer concentration allowed Ruud, ranked 63 in the world, to pick up an early break in the third set.The Swiss reeled the youngster back in, forcing the game to a tie-break where he squandered three match points before winning 10-8.As he signed autographs at the end, a female fan said: “Roger, I’ve never seen you sweat before, this is crazy.” Federer quipped back: “I know, I don’t know what’s going on, I must be getting old!”Federer was making his first appearance at Roland Garros since he reached the quarter-finals in 2015. He withdrew from the event in 2016 and missed the entire clay court season in 2017 and 2018 to focus on grass.Sounding relaxed in a post-match interview, Federer, one of tennis’ most elegant playmakers, praised his opponent’s tenacity – and his grunt-free ball-hitting.”He doesn’t make any noise. I love that,” he said.Federer is vying for his second French Open title 10 years after his first in 2009 and to set a record for the longest gap between winning a second title at a Grand Slam in the Open era. He will meet either French wild card Nicolas Mahut or Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer in the fourth round.advertisementAlso Read | French Open: Petra Martic knocks out 2nd seed Karolina PliskovaAlso Watch: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 French OpenFollow Roland GarrosFollow Roger Federer
Reuters ManchesterJuly 8, 2019UPDATED: July 8, 2019 11:45 IST India take on New Zealand in 1st semi-final of World Cup 2019. (AP Photo)India may have been denied the first-hand experience of the threat posed by New Zealand when their World Cup group game was washed out but Virat Kohli’s men say there will be no mystery for them when the teams face off in their semi-final on Tuesday at Old Trafford.The June 13 contest at Nottingham, featuring the only two unbeaten teams of the tournament at that stage, was called off without a ball being bowled but India assistant coach Sanjay Bangar said his players would not be concerned.”It’s not too long ago that we played a full series in New Zealand,” Bangar pointed out.India, in imperious form, registered a 4-1 victory in the one-day series and prevailed 2-1 in the Twenty20 Internationals in New Zealand earlier this year.New Zealand did see off India by six wickets in a World Cup warm-up match at The Oval but Bangar said India, who saw off Sri Lanka by seven wickets on Saturday to top the group stage, would continue to focus on themselves rather than their opponents.”We are just keen to get on and play the semi-final as soon as possible. We need to keep doing the things we are doing at the moment.”We have always maintained that we are looking at our internal parameters. If we are hitting our internal indicators, then we will be playing at our best and that is what we aspire to do.”Tuesday’s contest, intriguingly, will be a repeat of the semi-finals of the 2008 ICC Under-19 World Cup in which a Virat Kohli-led India defeated a Kane Williamson-captained New Zealand in Kuala Lumpur.advertisementIndia’s success at this World Cup has been built on the heavy scoring of a Rohit Sharma-led batting top order, but Bangar rejected suggestions the team’s middle order was undercooked.”I don’t think so,” the former test all-rounder said, highlighting the cameos played by Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya and Mahendra Singh Dhoni during the group stage.”Of course the middle order hasn’t got to bat for a longer period of time, except for the Afghanistan game. But Hardik has done a role, Mahi has done a role and Rishabh has had a few good knocks.”As long as we are getting the job done it really augurs well for the team.”The second semi-final takes place on Thursday between Australia and hosts England at Edgbaston.Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah one of India’s major contributors just like Rohit Sharma: Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | India vs New Zealand: Lockie Ferguson happy with ‘underdogs’ tag ahead of CWC semi-finalAlso 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 India vs New Zealand Next World Cup 2019: India not worried about overdependence on Rohit-Virat, says Sanjay BangarAfter finishing the league stages on top of the pile, India is all set to take on New Zealand in the first semifinal of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on July 9.advertisement
NADA to start testing cricketers during Duleep games, BCCI wants only doctors as DCOsBoard of Cricket for Cricket in India recently came under the ambit of National Anti-Doping Agency allowing it to test India cricketers. The apex body of India cricket has handed the full itinerary of the domestic games for the season to the NADO. advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiAugust 18, 2019UPDATED: August 18, 2019 13:58 IST Photo for representation (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSNADA is expected to test players in Duleep Trophy from August 23BCCI has requested qualified doctors to test India cricketersNADA has only 16 registered doctors among 11 empanelled contractual personsThe National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) will start testing the players registered under Indian cricket board during the next Duleep Trophy game in Bengaluru, having agreed to BCCI’s demands for qualified medical practitioners as Lead Dope Control Officers (LDCO).Recently, BCCI’s GM (Cricket Operations) Saba Karim and head of anti-doping unit Dr Abhijit Salvi met senior NADA officials, including Director General Naveen Agarwal, to discuss the road map after the country’s richest sporting body came under its ambit.”We are looking forward towards commencing this partnership soon beginning from Duleep Trophy,” the NADA had announced after the meeting.While NADA is not expected to test any players during the ongoing opening game between India Blue and India Green teams in Bengaluru, there is a possibility of carrying out a few tests during the next game which starts on August 23.The BCCI, on its part, handed the full itinerary of the domestic games for the season, including the dates and venues, so that the NADA can prepare its cricket testing calendar.”The Duleep Trophy has already started and probably they will be coming for later matches. They haven’t specified whether they are planning target testing or random testing. It is expected there will be a few tests done on match days (in-competition),” Salvi told PTI.The BCCI’s anti-doping officer cleared the air about how exactly the Board is going to “pay extra” (differential cost as said by CEO Rahul Johri) to ensure highest standards are maintained during tests that are carried out.advertisement”Our primary concern was about quality of Dope Control Officers (DCOs) and time taken for disposal of cases. NADA has assured us about both. What we have requested is that we would like DCOs assigned for BCCI tests to be registered medical practitioners (MBBS) with knowledge of anti-doping,” Salvi said.The moment the DCO is a doctor, there will be excess charges involved and BCCI will be paying that, which BCCI CEO has already clarified.Asked whether it will be possible for the NADA to arrange for so many qualified doctors, considering the number of matches that BCCI organises, Salvi had a solution.”When IDTM (International Doping Tests and Management of Sweden) used to collect samples, they would assign medical practitioners. We suggested the NADA if they can empanel IDTM registered doctors,” Salvi said.A look at NADA’s website would suggest that the qualification for DCOs is science graduates and the remuneration paid is Rs 20,000 per month. The DCOs are hired on contractual basis.Currently there are 111 empanelled contractual persons under NADA which includes Lead Dope Control Officers (LDCOs), DCOs, Blood Collection Officers (BCOs) and Chaperones.In the list of 111, there are only 16 registered doctors — all designated as LDCOs. Out of those 16, there are 12 who are based out of Pune and four are residing in Thiruvananthapuram.However, there are questions whether NADA can always have qualified doctors as DCOs for all BCCI assignments.”Why will qualified doctors be interested in urine sample collection of cricketers just because BCCI is ready to pay the differential costs?” questioned an official, who is privy to NADA functioning.”It’s a simple thing. Do qualified doctors visit our homes to collect samples? So why will this be any different for BCCI?” the official asked further.It is also learnt that the BCCI won’t mind if NADA gives prior notice as some of its venues are open ones and they need to build a separate sanitised ‘Dope Control Room’.For example, if random tests are carried out at a ground like JU (Salt Lake 2nd campus, in Kolkata), it has a county like dressing room where there isn’t any separate room.The BCCI carried out around 275 tests during last season when it had employed IDTM for sample collection but it is to be seen as to how many cricketers’ tests NADA carries out considering it is only 11 months left for the Olympics in Tokyo.Also Read | World Cup semi-final defeat my biggest disappointment in last 2 years: Ravi ShastriAlso Read | India vs West Indies A: Cheteshwar Pujara hits hundred, Rohit Sharma shines on Day 1Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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One of the greatest ironies in sports is that as summer sets in across America and pick up basketball games become more prevalent, the NBA season comes to an end. Basketball die hards can no longer watch the nightly action across the league and then try to immediately emulate their favorite stars on the court the next day.Fortunately, basketball apparel company Point 3 is helping NBA junkies get over this yearly period of mourning with their World’s Best Basketball Shorts. This line of shorts features two new design styles that incorporate cutting edge DRYV Moisture Control technology. What does DRYV mean exactly? Just think of it as having two patches of towel-like fabric sewn in at the hip. That means when you’re playing point guard at your local courts on a hot July afternoon and your palms start to sweat, you can easily dry them off right on your shorts, instead of letting your teammates down by having the ball slip away.If having part of a towel in your shorts sounds too heavy, it’s not. World’s Best Shorts are made with lightweight 4-way stretch body fabric and incorporate ventilated heat zones along the leg where you sweat the most. The shorts come in two designs, the DRYV LT, which are slightly heavier and made with bonded seams, and the DRYV BALLER, which are lighter and made with contour body fit. Point 3’s latest creations have been battle tested at The Pit in West Philadelphia, one of the toughest streetball courts in America, and have proven to be the future of hoop wear.Instead of getting depressed now that NBA season is coming to an end, get yourself a pair of the World’s Best Basketball Shorts, find the nearest blacktop and practice that floater you picked up watching League Pass all season. Editors’ Recommendations World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Uball Is the New Portable Basketball Hoop That Lets You Play Ball Anywhere The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in America 12 Most Over-the-Top Hotel Pools for Extravagant Views Which Lobster Roll Style Reigns Supreme: Connecticut or Maine?
It took becoming a dad to set Calvin Cearley on the right career path. Working as a marketing/advertising executive when his wife became pregnant with his son, he realized he wasn’t where he wanted to be. But where he wanted to be seemed a mystery at first.Bit by bit, he put together a plan, along with Kaleb Harrell and Ryan Anderson, former Orlando Magic player and current forward for the New Orleans Pelicans. What they came up with is Cloak & Dapper, a men’s general store they first unveiled online.When the business launched, Cearley continued working full-time and running the business out of his garage. That routine started getting old, so they began doing some pop-up shops in Orlando to see if it was the right city for a traditional storefront. The pop-ups were overwhelmingly successful and led to Cloak & Dapper opening a store last month in Orlando’s Ivanhoe Village.“We’re in a building that was built in the 1930s,” says Cearley. “It has beautiful windows and a middle room, that we dubbed “the parlor,” that we’ll use for events.”Community building is crucial to the brand. They want guys to come in and feel comfortable. Selling products will be a byproduct of that atmosphere. They’re working to create a speakeasy type of feel, without the element of a bar.“We have free wi-fi and freshly brewed coffee. I encourage people to come in, crack open their laptop and work,” says Cearley, “or collaborate with other creatives. This may be the place where someone comes up with the next big idea.”It fits into the approach to make shopping a better experience for men. Most, Cearley says, hate the browsing part of shopping. That’s why Cloak & Dapper is a one-stop shop offering clothing, shoes, accessories, and grooming items, featuring made in America products.Instead of offering a wall of 20 types of jeans, they seek out the best and offer a couple of different fits to simplify the selection process.“We are trying to curate a collection that hopefully no one else will have,” says Cearley. “Imagine the top dresser drawer of the coolest guy you know. He has great ties, socks, a cool leather watch that anyone would covet, and a cool pair of shades. We want this shop to be like that—the dresser drawer of the coolest guy you know.”Their combo of pomade and a stainless steel comb has a proven record as a top seller, but the clothing gets a lot of attention too.Now that Cloak & Dapper has a traditional brick and mortar presence, Cearley says it won’t stop there. He plans on opening at least five new stores within the next 10 years. They are looking at places like Asheville, N.C., Charleston, S.C., New York City, Boston, and D.C.“Each one would have a cultural significance as the first priority,” he says. “The retail functionality has to complement that, not the other way around.” Long Hair for Men: Tips for Growing and Maintaining Your Style Raleigh Denim Workshop Makes Jeans with Artistry and Ingenuity in the U.S.A. Editors’ Recommendations 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa