David Warner will be the player of the 2019 World Cup: Shane Warne

first_imgAustralian batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner will come back stronger than ever from their 12-month bans and the latter will be the best player at the World Cup this year, former leg spinner Shane Warne has said.Smith and Warner were banned by Cricket Australia for 12 months in March last year for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal in a test match against South Africa in Cape Town.Their bans end on March 28 and both players will be reintegrated into the national team after their participation in the Indian Premier League in March and April.Smith and Warner are going to destroy attacks: Warne”I think what you are going to see is a pretty quiet David Warner and Steve Smith. They are just going to try and let their bat do the talking and toe the line,” Warne told The Telegraph in an interview.”I think they will come back better than they were. They’re going to come out and destroy attacks and I back David Warner to be the player of the World Cup.”Warner overstepped the line a lot in his early career. He then changed into a more placid player but was then told by Cricket Australia to be the enforcer and was doing what he was told.”Warne expects the duo to return with renewed vigour, like he did after his 12-month ban for failing a drugs test in 2003. Warne was suspended for taking a banned diuretic and missed Australia’s World Cup winning campaign as a result.advertisement”All I can go on is experience having a year off myself. The next four years were the best I ever had,” Warne, who took 708 wickets for Australia in 145 test matches, added.”I was hungry for the game. My body and mind were fresh and it is amazing how excited you are to play again.”You get excited just going to the nets again because you have taken it for granted in the past.”Also Read | Indian cricketers providing whereabouts details to WADA since 2017Also Read | India vs Australia 4th ODI broadcast channels list: Where to Watch Ind vs Aus Mohali matchAlso See:last_img read more

IPL 2019 first month will be crucial for World Cup selection: BCCI official

first_imgGoing into the last ODI series before the upcoming World Cup — against Australia — India skipper Virat Kohli had said that Indian players’ performance in the IPL wouldn’t have any bearing with selection in the squad for the showpiece event. But with none of the batsmen managing to secure the No.4 slot post the five ODIs against the Aussies, the players’ performance in the IPL will have a bearing on the minds of the selectors when they pick the squad for the World Cup mid-April.The four primary contenders for the No.4 slot are Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul. And it all now boils down to a consistent showing in the first half of the cash-rich T20 league. A good run here and one of these four will be rewarded with a ticket to England.Speaking to IANS, a senior BCCI official said that recent performances have meant that the first month of the 12th edition of the IPL will have to be looked into when MSK Prasad and his team sit down to pick the squad for the World Cup.”With all the chopping and changing and experimentation and recent performances of the team, the No.4 slot is not yet sealed and if you ask me, a couple of other positions are also open since some players have not developed as well as one hoped over the last year. With the team selection slated for around April 20, the first month of the IPL will be crucial for the team selection for the World Cup,” the official said.advertisementTeam management looking at four batsmen for one slotEchoing the sentiments, a source in the team management said that there are technically four batsmen who will be fighting it out for the slot and a good IPL for one of them will definitely make that player a favourite to seal the position.”It was thought that the Australia series would help cement all spots for the World Cup. But that hasn’t happened and technically you now have four batsmen fighting for the No.4 slot. In fact, coach Ravi Shastri has even spoken of the option of having Kohli at 4, but that then depends on conditions and match situation. He won’t go into the tournament as India’s no.4,” the source told IANS.Rahane and Iyer confident of strong show in IPL 2019Interestingly, both Rahane and Iyer are ready for the challenge and feel that a good show in the IPL will definitely make them contenders for that No.4 spot that has had players coming in and going out without consistent success.”The approach won’t be any different with the World Cup spot looming because at the end you are playing cricket, be it the IPL or any other tournament. You have to score runs and do well for the team. The most important thing will be to think about the Rajasthan Royals rather than thinking too much about the road ahead. If I do well in the IPL, the World Cup (slot) will automatically come. I feel it is important to express yourself and not take any undue pressure thinking about things which aren’t in your control. The focus is the IPL,” Rahane told IANS.Iyer said that he too was confident of the selectors noticing a good show in the IPL.”In IPL, if I get a great start then it could really impact the selections. Selectors will be thinking twice about me. That’s what I am really looking forward to. But I have been doing well in all formats, not just IPL. So definitely this IPL they will be looking. Gagan Khoda spoke to me and said that I have been doing well and asked me to keep up the consistency,” he added.Also Read | IPL 2019: Virat not a shrewd captain, can’t compare him with Dhoni and Rohit, says GambhirAlso Read | Virat Kohli begins IPL 2019 preparations with Royal Challengers BangaloreAlso See:last_img read more

Fitness level of 2017 not enough to win 2020 Tokyo Olympics: Kidambi Srikanth

first_imgKidambi Srikanth said the game has become very physical and he needs to match new fitness standards if wants to achieve his goal of playing finals consistently and competing at the Tokyo Olympics.Srikanth said his fitness level of 2017 – when he won four titles – is not enough to get results now.”My goal is to play a lot of finals,” Srikanth said after outwitting fellow Indian B Sai Praneeth 21-23 21-11 21-19 in a 62-minute pulsating contest to finally snap his series of quarterfinal finishes.”Players have become much fitter since 2017, they have grown from there. If I’m as fit as I was in 2017, I don’t think that’s enough for 2019.”Asked about his progress, Srikanth said, “I’ve grown from 2017, I became world no.1, I’ve won a commonwealth medal, I’m thinking about 2020 now.”It’s about doing well at the Olympics for me. It’s a month from now, the qualification is going to start – it’s about improving my fitness and doing well at the Olympics.”Talking about his close match with Praneeth, the former world no 1, said: “After losing the first set and being 7-1 down in the second to coming back in the lead with 8-7 was the turning point.”After 1-1, I gave him too many one-stroke points and there were no rallies so I thought of building rallies and fight for every point.”When you play with a fellow player, it’s definitely going to be this close and a bit of luck and few important point in the end makes the difference. I was just happy with the way I played.”advertisementSrikanth will face China’s Huang Yuxiang for a place in the final.Also Read | India Open 2019: Kidambi Srikanth, Parupalli Kashyap seal semi-final spotsAlso Read | Smoking to be banned at 2020 Olympic and Paralympic venues in Tokyo, claim organisersAlso Read | Tokyo 2020 Olympics unveils robots to help wheelchair users and workersAlso Watch | Security ROBOT tested in Tokyo train station ahead of 2020 Olympicslast_img read more

Virat Kohli pays his respect to Sushma Swaraj in a heartfelt post

first_imgVirat Kohli has condoled the death of former External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj. Sushma Swaraj suffered a cardiac arrest on Tuesday night and was taken to AIIMS Trauma Centre, New Delhi where she passed away.After Swaraj’s death was announced, cricketers across the nation tweeted to offer their condolences. Kohli also took to Twitter the pay his tributes to Sushma Swaraj.”Deeply saddened by the news of Sushma Ji’s demise, may her soul rest in peace,” Kohli tweeted.Deeply saddened by the news of Sushma Ji’s demise, may her soul rest in peace.Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 7, 2019Earlier today, the senior BJP leader had welcomed the revoking of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the move.”Thank you Prime Minister. Thank you very much. I was waiting to see this day in my lifetime, Swaraj had tweeted.”Swaraj was appointed the foreign minister in the first term of Modi government in 2014. She opted out of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections citing health reasons.During her tenure, the BJP leader had been active and popular on Twitter reaching out to the Indian diaspora in distress for assistance.Sushma Swaraj’s body has been taken to her home, Dhawan Deep Building, in Connaught Place, New Delhi. On Wednesday at 12pm, her body will be taken to BJP’s headquarters and the last rites will be performed at Lodhi Road Electric Crematorium at 3pm.Virat Kohli led Team India completed a 3-0 whitewash over West Indies by clinching a 7-wicket win in the final T20I in Guyana on Tuesday.advertisementAlso Read | Sushma Swaraj passes away at 67: Sports fraternity offers condolenceslast_img read more

Realme 5 Pro launching in India on August 20: What do we know about its quad cameras

first_imgRealme will launch the Realme 5 series in India on August 20. The company has revealed that it will launch three smartphones with quad camera systems before Diwali. Out of the three phones, only one of them will sport the new 64MP Samsung GW1 sensor that the company has been hyping up for the past few months. The 64MP quad camera Realme phone will likely launch next month or sometime in October. This month, we will see the launch of the Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro.The Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro will be launching just a couple of months after the Realme X and Realme 3i. With a third quad camera phone on its way, it is clear that Realme is looking to rapidly expand its portfolio this year. The Realme 5 series is largely a mystery, but we do know something about its highlight quad camera setup from none other than Realme India CEO Madhav Sheth himself.#LeapToQuadCamera!4+48+586+119RT and tag 4 friends to make your #Quad5quad to guess what these numbers mean and win big!Stay tuned as we launch #realme5series live at 12:30 PM, 20th August! pic.twitter.com/LEISsFeNJBMadhav ‘5’Quad (@MadhavSheth1) August 12, 2019In a tweet, Sheth posted a few numbers that all relate to the quad camera setup on the upcoming Realme 5 series. 4+48+586+119 is what the Realme India CEO posted, and it’s easy enough to understand what they refer to. The ‘4’ refers to four camera sensors that the Realme 5 and 5 Pro will bring.The ’48’ and ‘586’ indicates that the phones will feature a 48MP Sony IMX586 primary sensor, which is also seen on the Realme X. Lastly, the ‘119’ refers to the 119-degree ultra wide-angle camera that both the Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro are expected to get in their quad camera setup. Relame has been posted several sample images shot through the wide-angle camera in recent days.advertisementIn addition to a high-resolution 48MP camera and an ultra wide-angle sensor, the Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro will also get a 4cm macro camera to capture detailed photos up close to a subject and a telephoto camera. However, the resolution for these sensors are currently unknown.With a quad camera setup, Realme is looking to better the camera experience for its smartphones. The company has so far launched phones with single or dual cameras and most of them have received praises, especially the Realme X with its 48MP dual camera setup. The Realme 5 series will likely take on the Redmi K20 series in the sub Rs 30,000, which would make them Realme’s most premium phones yet.ALSO READ | Realme 5-series with four rear cameras launching in India on August 20, teased on FlipkartALSO READ | Exclusive: RealmeOS is coming soon, company CEO confirmslast_img read more


first_imgPOLICE OFFICERS FROM AROUND IOWA ARE GATHERED IN SIOUX CITY THIS WEEK FOR THE ANNUAL STATE POLICE ASSOCIATION’S CONFERENCE.INVESTIGATOR ZACH LEWIS OF THE SIOUX CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT IS PRESIDENT OF THE ASSOCIATION:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/CONF.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….CAME HERE TO SIOUX CITY. :11THE OFFICERS ARE DISCUSSING A WIDE RANGE OF TOPICS AND SCENARIOS, INCLUDING THE 2013 FATAL SHOOTING OF A ROCKWELL CITY POLICEMAN:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/CONF2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..BEEN PREVENTED. ;21OFFICERS ALSO VIEWED A DOCUMENTARY ON “OFFICER INVOLVED” SHOOTINGS;Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/CONF3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……. EVER DEAL WITH. ;24ASSOCIATION BOARD MEMBERS ARE FROM POLICE DEPARTMENTS OF MOST OF IOWA’S LARGEST CITIES.last_img read more


first_imgA Sioux City man will be honored by the city council on Monday for his efforts in saving three people from a burning car in 2015.City spokesperson Anne Westra says Todd Clausen will receive a special award at the council meeting:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/MEDAL.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..free the passengers. ;15Clausen and Jameson Bartscher of Abdereen were motorists on I-29 in northeast South Dakota on June 9th of 2015 when they witnessed the rear of a vehicle engulfed flames on the side of the road.Clausen unbuckled a 2-month-old child from his car seat and freed him through the window while Bartscher pulled the child’s two relatives to safety from the smoke filled car.The infant and the second passenger survived, but the third passenger later perished due to injuries suffered during the accident.The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission awards the Carnegie Medal to those who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others.PHOTO BY TODD CLAUSENlast_img read more


first_imgJeff Kaufmann, the chairman of Iowa’s Republican Party, says he’s tired of the “Never Trumpers” in the G-O-P –Kaufmann is seeing red when it comes to Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/KAUFFMANN.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..love Donald Trump!” :14Kaufmann also blasted the media for failing to “stand with Donald J. Trump”.He was a warm-up speaker Wednesday night at a rally for the president in Cedar Rapids.Sasse is scheduled to speak in central Iowa next month.RADIO IOWA………….last_img read more


first_imgUpdated 9/1/17 3:25pmThe Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the source of Thursday’s fish kill in a small stream on the west side of Le Mars originated from a Wells ice cream plant.Julie Sievers of the D-N-R says they sent an investigator to determine the source:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/FISHKILL.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..north plant. :15Normally the storm water discharge would not have ammonia in it, but DNR found elevated levels of ammonia below their discharge pipe.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/FISHKILL2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…part of the process. :15Sievers says Wells is working with them to determine how the ammonia leak occurred:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/FISHKILL3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……into the discharge. :21There were several hundred dead minnows and chubs in the unnamed creek, but no obvious issues in the nearby Floyd River.D-N-R officials recommend that children and pets stay away from the creek near the ball park south of Highway 3 for at least 24 hours.Radio Iowa contributed to this story—————————The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the source of Thursday’s fish kill in a small stream on the west side of Le Mars likely originated from a Wells ice cream plant.The D-N-R says the spill appears to be ammonia in a cooling water discharge from Wells Blue Bunny’s north plant.Normally the storm water discharge would not have ammonia in it, but DNR found elevated levels of ammonia below their discharge pipe.There were several hundred dead minnows and chubs in the unnamed creek, but no obvious issues in the nearby Floyd River.D-N-R officials recommend that children and pets stay away from the creek near the ball park south of Highway 3 for at least 24 hours.Investigators are continuing to verify the specific spill source, and send water samples for laboratory analysis.D-N-R fisheries staff are also doing a fish kill count.last_img read more



Oklahoma State Announces Plans to Join Mega Camp Days after NCAA Reverses Ruling on Satellite Camps

first_imgUMHB Mega Camp is a GO!! Coming to a city near you in June! Pre register by emailing footballrecruiting@umhb.edu pic.twitter.com/SeCWnnxkHM— Luke Howard (@CoachLHoward) April 28, 2016The benefits of the camp are obvious. Regardless of whether anything comes from the camp (e.g. offers, commitments, etc.), it’s an excellent marketing opportunity for Oklahoma State and the football program.In the talent rich state of Texas, being able to attend a camp and see hundreds of kids, flash your school colors, and show what type of staff you are is invaluable.And for aspiring student athletes, the benefits are tremendous.Satellite camps cost anywhere from $30-$50, where they pay to attend a camp with multiple schools in attendance. Almost like a one stop shop scouting combine for high school students.And that seems to be exactly what OSU’s head man wants.Said Gundy to USA Today, “I’m shooting for the Walmart of football camps.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Oklahoma State essentially created the idea of a satellite camp. So it only makes sense that the ruling to reverse the ban of satellite camps is a big boost for the Cowboys, who are already taking advantage of the new decision.For student athletes, satellite camps allow players a chance to showcase their talents in front of multiple schools. These camps are hosted by another institution (by NCAA requirement, must be outside of 50 mile radius of the school), where coaches can travel and scout potential prospects.For OSU, this is an opportunity Mike Gundy has taken advantage of for many years. In the fertile recruiting grounds of Texas, where OSU has continually hit during the Mike Gundy era.“It has given us an opportunity for 12 years to go out and coach, and allow the young people in other parts of the state who may not be as financially able to come to Stillwater and be at our camps, we can bring our show to them,” Gundy told the Tulsa World.And now that the ruling has been reversed, he plans on joining a “mega camp” in Texas, which will be hosted by the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.last_img read more

LOOK: Oklahoma State Stripes Stadium Against Pitt

first_img#StripeBPS ?? pic.twitter.com/sasoF1VbwA— Oklahoma State (@OSUAthletics) September 17, 2016https://twitter.com/jacob_barr12/status/777229550333808641If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Oklahoma State striped the stadium against Pitt on Saturday, and it appears to have been a smash hit. Here’s some photos from the game:Looks like #StripeBPS was a success #OKstate pic.twitter.com/MDPlK9zzV7— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) September 17, 2016last_img read more

WATCH: Markel Brown Throws Down Sick Dunk For Cavs In Preseason

first_imgThe photo might be even better.[USATSI][USATSI]According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Brown is trying to nab the backup point guard role to Kyrie Irving along with Kay Felder, Jordan McRae and DeAndre Liggins. Apparently Brown is the least likely to make the team at this point as he is not even mentioned in this recent article about final roster spots for the Cavs.The Cavs deep thinkers, assuming J.R. Smith signs a new contract before the start of the regular season Oct. 25, see a four-man race between Jordan McRae, DeAndre Liggins, Dahntay Jones, and Toney Douglas for the 14th and 15th slots on the roster. Rookie Kay Felder, a backup point guard, is going to make the team, as is veteran James Jones.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Markel Brown has joined the world champs this preseason to fill out a roster and hopefully somehow sneak onto the squad for the regular season. He made his presence known this week in a preseason game against the 76ers with this insane breakaway jam.Markel Brown with the SLAM! ✈️ #NBApreseason https://t.co/7tBTkfylqx— NBA TV (@NBATV) October 9, 2016last_img read more

The 11 Best Stats From The OSU-West Virginia Game

first_imgThere was really only one number that mattered on Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium: 100. Mike Gundy notched win No. 100 in tremendous fashion as the Pokes took down a top 10 team.But there were a few others that stuck out as well. A look at those here.15: OSU is now 15-1 when winning the turnover battle 3-0 under Mike Gundy and 33-2 when winning it 3-1 or better.7: There are only seven active coaches with 100 or more wins with their current team. You can see that list here.4: OSU has now won four of its first five Big 12 games in seven of the last nine years. That’s a staggering number.19: OSU now has 19 wins over top 25 teams in the Gundy era and six over top 10 teams.2: There are 71 players nationally with 210 passing attempts or more. Nobody has fewer than Mason Rudolph’s two picks.1.25: OSU’s turnover margin per game is now 1.25. This ranks No. 4 in the nation and No. 1 in the Big 12.screen-shot-2016-10-30-at-11-07-04-am9: James Washington now has nine 100-yard games in his career and a catch in 27 straight contests. Here are all nine 100-yard games.screen-shot-2016-10-30-at-11-02-48-am32: QB1 now has 32 TDs at home in 12 career starts. Compare that to three picks. He’s also averaging 353 yards per game in those 12 starts at home. Stunning stats.11: Jalen McCleskey tied his career high with 11 receptions. he also had 11 against Central Michigan earlier this year.43: OSU’s average drive on Saturday started on its own 43. That’s a startling number. If that happens every game and you’re even an average team, you’re probably not going to lose many times.2: WVU has now given up 30 or more points twice this season and 35 or more just once (to OSU on Saturday).If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Costa Rica rallies for draw with Mexico

first_imgCosta Rica 1 Mexico 1: Dos Santos celebrates 100th appearance in draw Dejan Kalinic 12:09 6/9/2017 GiovanidosSantos - Cropped Getty Images Giovani dos Santos made his 100th Mexico appearance in a World Cup qualifying draw against Costa Rica. Costa Rica spoiled Giovani dos Santos’ 100th international appearance, holding Mexico to a 1-1 draw in World Cup qualifying.Dos Santos played a big role in the opening goal in San Jose, his effort eventually turned into his own net by the unlucky Cristian Gamboa before half-time.But the hosts had numerous chances and they levelled through the in-form Marco Urena, who struck with a volley in the 82nd minute. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Both goalkeepers – Keylor Navas and Guillermo Ochoa – were tested regularly during the encounter on Tuesday.Mexico had already secured their spot at the World Cup, while Costa Rica moved a step closer with the point, now unable to finish any lower than the CONCACAF play-off spot.Unsurprisingly, Oscar Ramirez opted to stick with the same starting line-up that stunned the United States 2-0 in their previous outing.Juan Carlos Osorio returned to the Mexico bench after serving his six-game ban, and he made plenty of changes to the team that edged Panama 1-0 to secure their spot in Russia.Giovani dos Santos started in his 100th international appearance, and his brother Jonathan was also in the 11, while Javier Hernandez dropped to the bench.Un centenar de partidos defendiendo nuestros colores.¡Qué vengan más, @OficialGio! #PasiónyOrgullo pic.twitter.com/OjU4IoKkRV— Selección Nacional (@miseleccionmx) September 6, 2017Bryan Ruiz almost gave Costa Rica a dream start, but Ochoa produced a fine save to deny the attacker in the opening minute.Both teams looked energetic in the opening stages, with Navas palming away a close-range Diego Reyes effort after a corner on the half-hour mark.In what was an open encounter, the hosts had the next big chance in the 41st minute, but Ruiz blazed over from the edge of the area.However, Mexico went up the other end and opened the scoring.Raul Jimenez burst clear down the right before crossing for Giovani dos Santos, who chested an audacious effort towards goal.Navas made the save but the ball deflected off the unlucky Gamboa and into the back of the net despite the Real Madrid goalkeeper’s desperation.Mexico should have doubled their lead on the counter-attack in the 65th minute, but substitute Jesus Corona’s effort was too narrow and Navas saved.Urena, who scored a brace in the win over USA, tested Ochoa in the 76th minute, the shot-stopper tipping his powerful strike over the bar.But there was no stopping Urena’s strike in the 82nd minute.The San Jose Earthquakes forward scored with a tremendous volley from 20 yards and Costa Rica almost secured all three points, Johan Venegas hitting the post in additional time. read morelast_img read more

Montella urges belief in Milan ‘project’

first_imgMilan Montella insists AC Milan ‘project’ should not be written off Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 22:51 24/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) VincenzoMontella - cropped Getty Images Milan Sampdoria v Milan Sampdoria Serie A As the Rossoneri fell to their second defeat of the season, their manager indicated he believes more work is needed but the team can rebound Vincenzo Montella said AC Milan’s determination was found wanting in Sunday’s Serie A defeat to Sampdoria, but he refused to write off their season at this early stage.Milan were beaten for the second time in the league on Sunday as Duvan Zapata and Ricky Alvarez secured a 2-0 win for the home side at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.Atalanta 10/1 to beat Fiorentina 1-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing And Montella, who was returning to his former club, was critical of Milan’s display, claiming no single player performed to the expected level though he believes with work the season can be saved.”We didn’t like the performance. We were insufficient both in determination and quality,” Montella told Mediaset Premium.”We were still in the game even if Samp had several chances in the first half, but we didn’t have mental clarity and we have to figure out why.Full Time / Fischio finale#SampdoriaMilan 2-0 pic.twitter.com/XHR53VOdQ1— AC Milan (@acmilan) September 24, 2017″Nobody put in a good performance. We are still a work in progress. We’ve got a lot of talent in the side, so more work is needed going forward. This is not a project that can be written off already.”I was disappointed by the performance and we need to work out why it happened. We were psychologically running on empty.”Perhaps, for some, the third game in seven days was a problem, but we need to analyse the situation.”Montella had selected Cristian Zapata to deal with the threat of Duvan, but the Samp forward pounced on his cousin’s poor defensive header to net the opener and he believed it was a deserved win.”I think we deserved this victory, we fought to the end and must continue in the vein of this performance,” Duvan Zapata said. “It was wonderful to score today and play well.”last_img read more

‘Messi an alien, Dybala the best of the humans’

first_imgPaulo Dybala ‘Messi an alien, Dybala the best of the humans’ – Nedved expecting big things from Juventus forward Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 21:04 10/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Paulo Dybala Juventus Getty Images Paulo Dybala Juventus Serie A Lionel Messi The Argentina international has started the season in scintillating form to draw comparisons with an iconic countryman on the books at Barcelona Paulo Dybala can be “the greatest of the humans”, says Pavel Nedved, with the Juventus forward already being compared to “alien” Lionel Messi.The Argentine has been in sparkling form this season, leading him to be placed in a bracket alongside Barcelona’s mercurial talisman.Dybala has scored 12 times in 10 appearances, with speculation suggesting he is destined to join Messi in Spain at some stage, either at Camp Nou or Real Madrid. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Nedved hopes such a move does not happen, with the 23-year-old vital to the Juve cause, but concedes that the talented South American is destined to reach the very top of the game.Dybala 5/2 First goalscorer v LazioAn iconic figure from his playing days in Turin, Nedved told La Repubblica: “I have seen great players who were unable to handle the weight of wearing this jersey, which contains within it all the names of the past heroes. It is much more difficult here, as even if you draw, it’s like losing.“Dybala will become the greatest of the ‘humans’ – because Leo Messi is an alien – because he’s got a good head on his shoulders and knows how to work on his mistakes.Pavel Nedved Paulo Dybala Lionel Messi greatest human v alien“I hope nobody will take him away from us, but after Neymar to PSG, anything is possible. The transfer market has gone crazy.“At the end of the day, it’s up to the players to decide: if they’ve got balls, they will stay at Juventus. If people only think about money, they will certainly make the wrong decision.”Dybala joined Juve from Palermo for €32 million in the summer of 2015, scoring 23 times in his debut campaign for the club, before adding 19 to that tally last term.Now well on course to set a new personal best in terms of contribution over the course of an entire season, Dybala is chasing down a third successive Serie A title.He also has a World Cup to look forward to in 2018, with the efforts of Messi having helped inspire Argentina to Russia and presented them with another shot at global glory.last_img read more

Bryant: Kane can be like CR7 & Messi

first_imgTottenham Hotspur Kobe Bryant: Kane can become like Ronaldo and Messi Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 09:20 10/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) HKane-cropped Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur Lionel Messi Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool Premier League Harry Kane Cristiano Ronaldo The former NBA superstar, a spectator at Wembley on Sunday, lauded the Spurs striker after his brace in the 4-1 rout of Liverpool NBA and Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant believes Tottenham star Harry Kane can reach the level of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi following his two-goal haul against Liverpool.Kane scored a brace as high-flying Tottenham crushed Premier League rivals Liverpool 4-1 at Wembley on Sunday.Kane 11/8 fav to be PL top scorer Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 24-year-old England international – who tops the charts with eight goals in his pursuit of a third consecutive Premier League Golden Boot – has scored 11 goals in eight matches for club and country.Bryant, a spectator at Wembley alongside Diego Maradona, lauded Kane post-match as he compared him to Real Madrid’s Ronaldo and Barcelona star Messi – winners of the past nine Ballon d’Or awards.Amazing to meet @NBA’s @kobebryant. Had a good chat after the game – he chose a good one to come and watch! #nba pic.twitter.com/DNK8MHcced— Harry Kane (@HKane) October 22, 2017″I like football and I enjoy watching it around Europe. I enjoyed the atmosphere at this game and seeing a top Tottenham team,” the five-time NBA champion, 2008 MVP and 18-time All-Star said.”Kane is good, very good. I think he can still improve too because he is young and there are a lot of possibilities ahead for him.”He can be like Ronaldo or Messi, if he believes in himself and continues working hard, then he can live up to that level. I love the way he fights and plays.”last_img read more

Eddie Jones revels in being ‘under the pump’ as England face Ireland test

first_imgShare on Twitter Photograph: Patrick Khachfe/JMP/REX/Shutterstock/Rex Features Share on Pinterest Eddie Jones apologises for offensive comments about Ireland and Wales Eddie Jones has claimed he loves having a target on his back despite conceding that his side are in the midst of their most testing period since he took charge. A chastening defeat by France has led to his most radical team selection to date but England’s head coach is unfazed by the heightened criticism coming his way.He again apologised for derogatory comments towards Ireland and Wales, made in a video that came to light at a time when he is seeking to avoid a third consecutive defeat as England’s head coach with the knives, if not out, being sharpened. He said he considered the matter of the video “dead” but added that he relishes the heat that comes as a byproduct of coaching England.“I love it. This is what we get paid for as coaches,” Jones said. “It’s the best time in rugby, when you are under the pump and you have got to produce it.” Ireland15 Rob Kearney; 14 Keith Earls, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Jacob Stockdale; 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Conor Murray;  1 Cian Healy, 2 Rory Best (c), 3 Tadhg Furlong, 4 James Ryan, 5 Iain Henderson, 6 Peter O’Mahony, 7 Dan Leavy, 8 CJ StanderReplacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 Andrew Porter, 19 Devin Toner, 20 Jordi Murphy, 21 Kieran Marmion, 22 Joey Carbery, 23 Jordan Larmour Hide England15 Anthony Watson; 14 Jonny May, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Ben Te’o, 11 Elliot Daly; 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Richard Wigglesworth; 1 Mako Vunipola, 2 Dylan Hartley (c), 3 Kyle Sinckler, 4 Maro Itoje, 5 George Kruis, 6 Chris Robshaw, 7 James Haskell, 8 Sam Simmonds Replacements: 16 Jamie George, 17 Joe Marler, 18 Dan Cole 19 Joe Launchbury, 20 Don Armand, 21 Danny Care, 22 George Ford, 23 Mike Brown Was this helpful? Share via Email Topics Six Nations Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp Quick guide England and Ireland teams Accordingly, Jones has made 10 changes, omitting George Ford for only the second time and moving Owen Farrell to fly-half. Jones has recalled his captain, Dylan Hartley, but also dropped Dan Cole for the first time – bringing in Kyle Sinckler for his added dynamism – while Joe Launchbury has been relegated to the bench with George Kruis’s lineout nous preferred.“[Sinckler] has worked really hard. He’s gone through some pretty tough periods since the Lions,” Jones said. “He’s been injured, his fitness was not where needs to be but he’s worked hard on scrummaging, worked hard on discipline and we believe he’ll give us what we need at start.”With Chris Robshaw shifting to blindside flanker, Richard Wigglesworth starting at scrum-half, James Haskell returning to the No 7 jersey, Sam Simmonds coming in at No 8 and Ben Te’o paired with Jonathan Joseph in midfield, the message from Jones, despite the injury absences of his best ball-carriers in Nathan Hughes and Courtney Lawes, was clear – in fact, he reiterated it countless times on Thursday. “To beat any team you’ve got to get on the front foot,” he said. I’ve picked a side that I think can get on the front foot against Ireland.”Launchbury struggled against France but his omission is a surprise considering his performance against Wales earlier in the competition, while the relegation of Ford is not, judging by how little he has been able to affect proceedings with England on the back foot in their previous two games.“Selection always has to be a reflection of performance,” Jones said. “It always has to be because it is a merit‑based process. So if performance isn’t as good, selection has to change. [We have] good characters and the team’s up for the fight. That’s what I’ve sensed this week. No one’s dropped their bundles. Guys are disappointed their role in the team’s changed. And that’s natural. I’d be disappointed if they weren’t disappointed. [There has been a] good reaction.”Wholesale changes will only go so far to achieving that reaction, however, but Jones again dismissed the idea that his players are showing signs of fatigue in a gruelling post-Lions season. “We had a session yesterday that showed we’re in peak physical condition.”Instead, he believes the issue is mental. “When you lose a game of rugby what gets tested is not your ability to play rugby or your fitness, it is your ability to mentally come back from the game. That’s what is being tested at the moment. It is a fantastic test for us. It is the first time that we have been tested like this.”Fixing his side’s issues at the breakdown against an Ireland side unchanged aside from the return of Iain Henderson would also undoubtedly help, as would addressing England’s discipline after 16 penalties were conceded against France. “We’ve been under pressure, particularly at the breakdown, which results in a number of penalties. Offside at the ruck, not releasing at the breakdown. If we find ways to relieve that pressure then you’ll see a better disciplined team.”Jones also revealed he has been seeking counsel from all corners because “I am not the reservoir of wisdom” but while he would not admit it, even he would realise that his filmed comments will hardly help his side’s cause against Ireland, who are chasing the third grand slam in their history.“I’m not exactly sure what [the comments] were,” the Ireland head coach, Joe Schmidt, said. “They are not directly relevant to us, to be honest. Those words don’t impact on how we play or how his team plays and that’s our focus.” Eddie Jones Support The Guardian Thank you for your feedback. Share on Facebook Rugby union Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger England rugby union team Show Six Nations 2018 Reuse this contentlast_img read more