Shearer teases Kane: ‘What took you so long?’

first_imgTottenham Hotspur ‘What took you so long?’ – Shearer teases Kane over 100th Premier League goal Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 05:53 2/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Harry Kane Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur Harry Kane Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur Premier League The Spurs striker is chasing down the legend’s Premier League goals record, with the English legend congratulating him Alan Shearer congratulated Harry Kane after the Tottenham striker became the 27th player to reach 100 goals in the Premier League.Kane scored a stoppage-time penalty — having earlier been denied from the spot — as Spurs twice came from behind to draw 2-2 in a thrilling clash at Liverpool on Sunday.The England forward, already the record Premier League goalscorer in Spurs history, is the second-fastest player to 100 goals in the competition’s history, having taken 141 matches to reach three figures. 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 Shearer, the all-time top scorer in Premier League history, is the only player to have scored 100 goals faster than Kane, taking 124 appearances.And the former Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United man teased Kane over his landmark strike.”Harry — congratulations on getting to 100 Premier League goals,” Shearer said. “What took you so long?”You showed some great character and guts to step up and take that second penalty.”That’s what you are — and who you are — congratulations and have a good night.”last_img read more

MLS: Red Bulls upstage Atlanta United

first_imgMLS MLS Review: Red Bulls upstage Atlanta United thanks to Wright-Phillips brace Sacha Pisani 11:10 5/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) New York Red Bulls Jasen Vinlove MLS Atlanta United v New York RB Minnesota United FC v Sporting KC Chicago Fire v Houston Dynamo Atlanta United New York RB Minnesota United FC Sporting KC Houston Dynamo Chicago Fire The English striker scored two headers in the second half to rally his side for its fourth consecutive win The New York Red Bulls continued their fine form with a 3-1 win at 10-man Eastern Conference leaders Atlanta United, while Houston Dynamo came from behind to beat Chicago Fire in MLS.Bradley Wright-Phillips scored twice in the second half as the in-form Red Bulls rallied past Atlanta for their fourth consecutive win on Sunday.Atlanta hit the front in the 26th minute via Ezequiel Barco and the hosts thought they made it 2-0 five minutes later thanks to Josef Martinez. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now However, Martinez’s goal was ruled out by the video assistant referee (VAR) for a foul in the lead-up.The Red Bulls made the most of their lifeline as Daniel Royer converted a penalty three minutes before half-time following a foul on Wright-Phillips.Wright-Phillips then scored two headers in the space of four minutes prior to the hour-mark to see off Atlanta, who had Gregory Garza sent off with 19 minutes remaining.Take a bow, @BWPNINENINE . — Major League Soccer (@MLS) May 21, 2018 New York’s triumph, however, was marred by injuries to Kemar Lawrence and Tyler Adams.Atlanta’s lead atop the East is only one point following two defeats in three games, with the Red Bulls only four points behind.A second-half brace from Alberth Elis helped Houston to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park.The Dynamo trailed 2-1 at half-time but an Elis double within 18 minutes extended Houston’s unbeaten run to three matches.La Panterita gives @HoustonDynamo the lead 3-2!  #CHIvHOU— Major League Soccer (@MLS) May 20, 2018Meanwhile, Western Conference leaders Sporting Kansas City were held to a 1-1 draw by Minnesota United.last_img read more

Italy, Netherlands & 15 top teams who won’t be at the World Cup

first_imgWorld Cup Italy, Netherlands, Chile & 15 top teams who won’t be at World Cup 2018 Goal Last updated 1 year ago 20:00 5/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Gianluigi Buffon Italy Sweden Getty Images World Cup Italy Netherlands Chile Bosnia-Herzegovina Ghana Greece Republic of Ireland United States Wales Cameroon Czech Republic Turkey Scotland Ecuador Goal takes a look at the best teams who failed to qualify for the tournament in Russia this summerlast_img

Fantasy Football: Five Replacement Forwards

first_imgGaming Fantasy Football: Five Replacement Forwards to consider after Messi and Neymar fail to perform Kevin DeVries Fantasy Football Writer Last updated 1 year ago 20:19 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Robert Lewandowski Poland 2018 Getty Images Gaming World Cup Robert Lewandowski Romelu Lukaku Harry Kane Belgium v Panama Tunisia v England Colombia v Japan South Korea Sweden Tunisia Panama Colombia Japan Belgium England Sweden v South Korea Our Fantasy writer highlights striker options from Poland, England, Belgium and more who you can bring into your team now to replace poor performers The beginning of the World Cup has certainly been interesting. However, for many elite forwards, and their Fantasy owners, it’s been “interesting” in a disappointing way. Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Luis Suarez all failed to find the back of the net, which is very difficult to swallow considering their prices and the kind matchups it seemed they would all have on paper.Fortunately, over here at Goal, you don’t have to just sit and stomach those poor outings though. Instead, we offer midweek substitutions which allows you a second bite of the proverbial cherry. There are plenty of promising options still available for you to add before the end of round one so let’s take a look at five of the most promising forward replacements.Goal-Fantasy-Football-Play-Now-Banner  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Robert Lewandowski – Poland, £8.1m, owned in 5.77% of teamsLewandowski scored an incredible 16 times during qualifying, breaking the previous European record by two goals. The result? Poland making it back to the World Cup for the first time since 2006. The downside there is that we don’t have a benchmark for what we can expect from him in Russia but he could be a sneaky shout to win the Golden Boot if he performs as he does for Bayern Munich.His low ownership may be down to doubts that Poland will advance but, even if they don’t, you will have unlimited transfers once the group stages have been completed.Romelu Lukaku – Belgium, £7.9m, owned in 12.16% of teamsHe just missed the cut for my personal XI and, seeing as he sits outside the top 20 in ownership, it’s possible Lukaku didn’t make your squad either. He definitely deserves a look as a super-sub, though, as he racked up an impressive 11 goals in just seven starts during European qualifiers.Romelu Lukaku BelgiumBelgium as a whole had one of the most lethal attacks (4.11 goals per 90) en route to Russia and will face just one top 15 defence in Group G (England). The first match, against Panama’s 31st ranked defence, is an incredibly kind one which makes Lukaku my pick of the litter here.Harry Kane – England, £8.1m, owned in 11.67% of teams The Englishman scored fewer goals in qualifying than anyone else on this list, but his rate (five in six starts) is certainly not shabby. The hope here is that he can replicate his performances from the Premier League in which he has finished as the highest scoring striker for three consecutive seasons.As for the World Cup he, like Lukaku, will have a kind start to group play as he’ll face both Panama and Tunisia before the massive England v. Belgium match. His price is high but, considering the players you’re likely downgrading from, that shouldn’t matter too much.Harry Kane England 2017-18Keisuke Honda – Japan, £5.9m, owned in .73% of teamsJapan are not exactly an attacking juggernaut but, when they do score, it’s more likely than not that Honda was involved. In fact, he was part of four of Japan’s six goals in the last two World Cups. Admittedly, out of his ten starts during qualifying he only played as a striker twice which puts him at a disadvantage, but he only blanked twice while racking up a team high seven goals.Considering his low price and ownership stats, Honda could well be the hidden gem that launches you up the rankings in the Goal game.Marcus Berg – Sweden, £6.7m, owned in .24% of teamsWhen Zlatan Ibrahimovic retired from international football in 2016, there was no heir apparent in the Swedish set up. While it would be a stretch to lay that mantle on 31 year old Marcus Berg, he sure did step up when his team needed him. The Al Ain man scored eight goals in a very tough qualifying group to help ensure his nation’s presence at this very tournament. That finishing touch is not exactly a fluke wither as he did lead the Arabian Gulf League in goals with 25. If that form continues to bleed into his outings for Sweden, he could be a fascinating Fantasy dark horse.Goal-Fantasy-Football-registertowinlast_img read more

20 days agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer determined to stick with youth

first_imgMan Utd boss Solskjaer determined to stick with youthby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will continue to put his faith in youth – despite their struggles.United’s 0-0 draw against AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League stretched their winless run away from home to 10 games in all competitions under Solskjaer, going back to March.“We’re not in the 90s now,” said Solskjaer. “It’s a different era, a different group that we’re building.“We know there are going to be ups and downs. I’m ready to see these boys blossom. There’s not many clubs with our stature that play the young players that we do.“They’ve got a chance to come through and we’re sure some of these will be part of a successful team. I don’t know what the opponents think of us. I just know sometimes when you walk off games, we’re not doing bad here.“Sometimes there’s a gap. I’ve felt that a couple of times, but not very often. I can’t think about what anyone else is thinking about us.“We will need to improve and that is what we have to do.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Antonio Callaway’s Electrifying 85-Yard Punt Return TD Gave Florida A 7-2 Lead

first_imgAntonio Callaway runs away from Alabama defenders on his way to the endzone.All week long, the expert opinion contended that in order for Florida to hang with Alabama, the Gators would need to catch some breaks and create points with their defense or special teams. The Gators did just that moments ago when freshman wide receiver Antonio Callaway corralled an Alabama punt and sprinted 85 yards to give the Gators a 7-2 lead.HERE COMES FLORIDA. The Gators with the HUGE TD return in this @BestBuy highlight.— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) December 5, 2015That’s some serious SEC speed.Callaway’s score energized the UF faithful in attendance in Georgia. Can the Gators keep it up and spring a huge upset?last_img

Austin Appleby Responds To Tennessee Fans’ GoFundMe Page For His Funeral

first_imgAustin Appleby smiling at a press conferenceTwitter/@AAppleby12Austin Appleby has a good sense of humor about Tennessee fans trolling him earlier today.Ahead of his start’s in Saturday’s game, Tennessee fans set up a GoFundMe page to pay for Florida back-up quarterback Austin Appleby’s funeral expenses. Appleby is filling in for starter Luke Del Rio, who sprained his MCL this past weekend, and will face a super-talented Vols defense looking to snap an 11-game Gator win streak in the series.The GoFundMe campaign has since been deleted, but Appleby was excited to collect on it. He jokingly said that he’d take the money they raised for him, as long as it is cool with the NCAA. From SEC Country:“They’re having a little bit of fun,” Appleby said. “I’d love to get my hands on the GoFundMe if it’s NCAA approved. If they can get me some cash, that’d be awesome. I can use it. I’m getting hungry, plus I can pay for freaking gas for my scooter. But no, it’s fun. It’s all good.”Appleby heard about the campaign, but he’s not hearing too much from Vols fans on his social media accounts, as he’s turned off his notifications about the big SEC East battle.“It’s part of the SEC rivalry,” Appleby said. “It’s also a game week. The notifications are off, so not a whole lot of it is reaching me. It’s a lot of my friends’ comments and, ‘Hey, look what they did.’ It’s all cool. I’m excited about the opportunity to go play them though.”Appleby only has five pass attempts as a Florida Gator under his belt, but he’s a veteran to the college game. A two year starter at Purdue, Appleby has thrown for 2,807 yards, 19 touchdowns, and 19 interceptions in his college career. Florida opens as an eight point underdog at Tennessee, per Odds Shark.[SEC Country]last_img read more

Neymar hails ‘best in the world’ Messi amid Barcelona return links

first_imgNeymar has called Lionel Messi the best player in the world and said the pair made a magnificent duo at Barcelona amid rumours the Paris Saint-Germain star could return to Camp Nou. The 27-year-old is reported to be keen on a move back to La Liga but the Parisians will demand at least  €222 million (£200m/$249m) for his signature, and they are not interested in a swap deal involving Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele. Neymar won two league titles, the Copa del Rey three times and one Champions League crown during his four-year spell in Catalunya between 2013 and 2017.  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? And he was quick to heap praise on his former team-mate when asked about Messi at an event for his charity foundation, Instituto Neymar. “For me, he’s the best player in the world. The best player that I’ve ever seen play,” he said.”We made a magnificent duo. It was a pleasure for me, an honour to play with him. And, on top of that, he is my friend.”The PSG forward further added to the speculation linking him to Barca by admitting the Liga side’s 6-1 victory over PSG in the 2016-17 Champions League campaign was one of his most cherished footballing memories .Neymar found the net twice in that game as Sergi Roberto’s last-minute winner ensured a 6-5 aggregate victory that knocked PSG out at the round-of-16 phase after they had taken a 4-0 advantage from the first leg.The frank admission about that victory being one of the fondest moments of his career angered some PSG fans.And a video posted to Neymar’s Instagram account showing him wearing a Barca shirt added more drama to the saga.The uncertainty comes after a difficult summer for the Brazil star in which he missed the Selecao’s Copa America victory with an ankle injury.Brazil knocked Messi’s Argentina out of the competition in the semi-finals, managing a 2-0 victory and a 3-1 win over Peru in the final then followed.Argentina went on to finish third, but Messi’s wait to lift a trophy in international football goes on.The 32-year-old previously earned a runners-up medal at the 2014 World Cup, but some point to Diego Maradona’s superior silverware record with the national side when comparing the two Argentine greats.last_img read more

The First Tuesday Night CFB Game Of The Season Is Happening Tonight

first_imgA field-level view of Appalachian State's football stadium.BOONE, NC – SEPTEMBER 17: A general view of the game between the Miami Hurricanes and Appalachian State Mountaineers at Kidd Brewer Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Boone, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Week 7 of the college football season starts…tonight. That’s right, there’s college football action on a Tuesday night for the first time this season.Appalachian State takes on Arkansas State in a Sun Belt matchup. App State enters this game on a three-game winning streak after losing its season opener to Penn State.The Mountaineers are averaging over 56 points per game in those wins while allowing just over seven points per game. Meanwhile, the Red Wolves sit at 3-2 on the season and enter this contest on a one-game losing streak after dropping a game against Georgia Southern.Nationally televised game on Tuesday night!?ESPN2?Jonesboro, AR⏰8pm Eastern#10Strong#RQ2K18#BeatArkansasSt— App State Football (@AppState_FB) October 4, 2018The Mountaineers have one of the best rushing offenses in the country, while the Red Wolves have struggled to tackle the ground game this season. App State has the second-highest scoring offense  – averaging over 51 points per game, while Arkansas State sits at 26.4 points per game.Appalachian State and Arkansas State kick off tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.last_img read more

Chase Winovich Appears To Reveal Status For Ohio State-Michigan Game

first_imgmichigan star defensive player chase winovich on the fieldANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 03: Chase Winovich #15 of the Michigan Wolverines warms up prior to the start of the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Michigan Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Michigan football star Chase Winovich was injured during the Wolverines’ win over Indiana on Saturday, causing quite a bit of panic within the fan base.Head coach Jim Harbaugh attempted to calm everyone down following the game, saying that things are looking good for the star defender.“Things are progressing well with Chase. X-rays were negative here at the stadium. They took him to the hospital as well, further tests, CAT scan, etc. Those came out negative,” Harbaugh said. “I think we’re in a good place there.”Harbaugh was then asked about Winovich’s status for the Ohio State game on Saturday. Michigan’s head coach said he wasn’t sure yet.However, Winovich might’ve revealed his status on Twitter.The Michigan senior retweeted the following tweet:.@Chase_Winovich in Columbus next Saturday— Maize5Blue (@Maize5Blue) November 18, 2018That’s not an “I’m not playing” retweeted. That’s an “I’m playing and I’m going to dominate” retweeted.Of course, it’s not official, and anything can happen moving forward. Still, it’s a promising update.Ohio State and Michigan are set to kick off at noon on Saturday. The game will be on FOX.last_img read more

Betting Lines Released For Alabama-Oklahoma, Clemson-Notre Dame

first_imgDetail of the College Football Playoff National Championship trophy, along with the helmets of the 2 competing teams, Alabama and Georgia.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 07: Detail of the College Football Playoff National Championship trophy, along with the helmets of the 2 competing teams, University of Alabama (left) and University of Georgia (right) on January 7, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)With the College Football Playoff finally set, it’s time to look forward to these matchups scheduled for the end of the month. The No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide will face the No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners, meanwhile the No. 2 Clemson Tigers battle the No. 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish.The betting odds were just released for both semifinal games, and they’re certainly interesting.It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Alabama is heavily favored against Oklahoma, as the Crimson Tide are being given a two-touchdown advantage. As for the other matchup, Clemson is also seen as a double-digit favorite over Notre Dame.Here are the opening spreads:From the Westgate Superbook @SuperBookUSA Alabama -14 OklahomaClemson -11.5 Notre Dame.— Phil Steele (@philsteele042) December 2, 2018Watching Tua Tagovailoa and Kyler Murray on the same field will be quite the treat, especially considering that one of them could win the Heisman Trophy.Although the Tigers and the Fighting Irish won’t generate the most buzz, both unbeaten teams possess talent from top to bottom. At the very least, Dabo Swinney and Brian Kelly will put on a coaching clinic.It’ll be interesting to monitor how these betting lines fluctuate, as we are officially 27 days away from these spectacular showdowns.last_img read more

Nebraska Football Announces Major Transfer Addition

first_imgNebraska's players take the field.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska football wasn’t done adding to its roster following early signing day. Today, the Huskers officially confirmed the addition of defensive lineman Darrion Daniels.Daniels is a graduate transfer from Oklahoma State. He is also the older brother of Nebraska defensive lineman Damion Daniels.News that the elder Daniels was transferring to Nebraska broke earlier this month. The Huskers announced his arrival earlier today.His name: Darrion Daniels (@DarrionGolden79)His position: Defensive LineStatus: HUSKER?: …#B19RedRevival ??— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) December 21, 2018In 64 career games for Oklahoma State, Darrion Daniels has recorded 64 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, and two sacks.Injuries have limited him the last two years, but he should be able to be a contributor for the Huskers in 2019.His brother is certainly excited to be teaming up with him.??— Damion Daniels ? (@Dboogie_93) December 21, 2018Nebraska finished the 2018 season with a 4-8 record under first-year head coach Scott Frost.However, the Huskers finished with four wins in its last six games to establish some momentum heading into the offseason. They could be a preseason top 25 team come August.last_img read more

Video Of Kirk Herbstreit At The Rose Bowl Is Going Viral

first_imgKirk Herbstreit on the set of ESPN's College GameDayNEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit and the rest of the College GameDay crew are live from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California this morning.Herbstreit is excited – really, really excited.The ESPN college football analyst took to Twitter to post a video about his excitement in anticipation of this evening’s game between Ohio State and Washington.“Happy New Year!!! Ahhhhh. I’m home. My place. Best setting for ANY sporting event. The @rosebowlgame in Pasadena! @CollegeGameDay at 10am ET!!! LIVE from inside the Rose Bowl!!” he tweeted.Check it out:Happy New Year!!!Ahhhhh. I’m home. My place. Best setting for ANY sporting event. The @rosebowlgame in Pasadena! @CollegeGameDay at 10am ET!!! LIVE from inside the Rose Bowl!!— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) January 1, 2019ESPN’s College GameDay is airing from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. E.T.Seriously— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) January 1, 2019We are LIVE on @espn!!@CollegeGameDay ready to welcome in the New Year!!!— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) January 1, 2019Ohio State and Washington are set to kick off at the Rose Bowl at 5 p.m. E.T.The game will be on ESPN.last_img read more

5-Star CB Tony Grimes Announces Top 13 Schools

first_imgA gneral view of the goal post at the Rose Bowl semifinal game.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: A general view of the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal Game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Georgia Bulldogs at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)2021 five-star Tony Grimes is the top cornerback in nation with Pro Bowl potential at the NFL level. Ahead of his junior season, he’s decided to cut down his list of potential schools.On Wednesday, Grimes revealed a list of 13 schools he’s still pursuing. The list consists of Alabama, LSU, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Clemson, North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Ohio State, Penn State, Oklahoma, and Texas.247Sports rates Grimes as the No. 10 overall prospect in the country. He is the No. 1 cornerback in the nation, and the No. 1 recruit from the state of Virginia.Grimes’ Crystal Ball predictions currently have his decision split between Texas A&M and Virginia Tech. Those two programs have split the only two predictions recorded by recruiting analysts over at 247 thus far. As a 2021 recruit, his status is probably still very up in the air. His scouting report draws pro comparisons to Chicago Bears All-Pro cornerback Kyle Fuller.@757EliteDB 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥— Coach Glover (@dhglover) September 9, 2019Tony Grimes has not yet taken his official visits, so it will be interesting to see which schools he checks out over the coming months.Only a handful of the top recruits in the Class of 2021 have announced their commitments so far. Could Grimes be the next elite prospect to shake up the recruiting landscape?last_img read more

Even a right-handed David Warner would get into this Australian top six: Michael Vaughan

first_imgEven a right-handed David Warner would get into this Australian top six: Michael VaughanIndia vs Australia: Former England captain Michael Vaughan has also said Shaun Marsh can be the only batsman from the current Australia batting order to be assured of a place in the team’s squad for the 2019 World Cup.advertisement India Today Web Desk MelbourneJanuary 18, 2019UPDATED: January 18, 2019 14:25 IST David Warner recently batted right-handed in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League season before injuring his elbow (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVaughan has said Warner can walk into the Australian batting unit even if he bats right-handedAustralia have had concerns with their batting unit ever since the suspensions of Warner and Steve SmithVaughan also pointed out Shaun Marsh seems to be the only batsman good enough to play the World CupFormer England captain has expressed disappointment at the current state of Australian batting unit, saying even a right-handed David Warner would get into the top six.Vaughan’s comments come at a time Australia have been heavily let down by their batting unit, which has been struggling in the absence of two of its most prolific run-scorers – Warner and Steve Smith. Notably, the former captain and the vice-captain are serving out their one-year bans over the ball-tampering scandal last year.Warner had been playing in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) in order to prepare for his comeback to international cricket before an elbow injury curtailed his stint in the Twenty20 league in Bangladesh.The left-handed batsman though showcased he is ready to walk into the Australian line-up by smashing two half-centuries in four innings he played at the BPL. In his final knock before the injury, Warner batted with a right-hander’s grip and smashed 14 runs, including a huge six, off Chris Gayle’s bowling for the Sylhet Sixers.”David Warner would get in this top six batting right-handed,” Vaughan was quoted as saying by Fox Cricket.After batting with his usual left-handed stance for 32 balls, Warner took guard as a right-handed batsman, helping raise quite a few eyebrows.Warner made room for himself and lofted Gayle straight over the bowler’s head and over the ropes, sending the crowd and social media into a tizzy. Warner didn’t stop there as he paddle-swept the next ball to a boundary. He also played a reverse sweep and collected another boundary in the last ball of the 19th over.advertisementUnbelievable by Warner if it’s not working with your left hand switch to your right!!! Shot Boi!!!!Video Credit : #BPL19 #CricketPlayedLouder T20 (@CPL) January 16, 2019Meanwhile, Vaughan also pointed out that Shaun Marsh remains the only certainty from the current Australia unit for their World Cup team.Despite failing to trouble the scorers much in the ongoing ODI series decider between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Marsh had been the reigning world champion’s most consistent batsman since the suspensions of Smith and Warner.Marsh has scored 655 runs, including four centuries, since 2018. He has finished the ongoing series with a total of 247 runs, including a hundred, at 74.66.”Problems for Australia. I see from this XI that played today, there’s only one absolute guarantee for that World Cup and that’s Shaun Marsh,” Vaughan added.”The other ten, Peter Handscomb has played nicely, two fifties in three games, he’s looked like he’s doing his chances lots of good. But from this XI, there’s only Shaun Marsh that is definitely on that plane to England.”Australia are in a spot of bother in the lead up to the World Cup as Steve Smith is set to undergo surgery on his injured elbow and would be in a brace for six weeks from thereon. It remains to be seen how soon Warner can recover from his latest setback.Also Read | Why David Warner is returning early from Bangladesh Premier LeagueAlso Read | Steve Smith to undergo elbow surgery as ball-tampering ban draws to a closeAlso Read | Shane Watson’s sensational BBL hundred overshadowed by Brisbane power outageAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 Shaun MarshFollow David WarnerFollow 2019 Cricket World CupFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Warner right handed battingFollow Steve Smithlast_img read more

India vs Australia: MS Dhoni is a superstar of the game, says Justin Langer

first_img Press Trust of India MelbourneJanuary 18, 2019UPDATED: January 18, 2019 21:24 IST MS Dhoni was named player of the series in Australia (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDhoni was named player-of-the-series after finishing with 193 runs in the ODI series in AustraliaDhoni scored three fifties in as many ODIs as India won the series 2-1″MS Dhoni is literally an all-time great of the game,” Langer saidBrief Scores: India (234/3; Dhoni 87*, Jadhav 61*) beat Australia (230; Chahal 6 for 42) by 7 wickets to win ODI series 2-1. Full ScorecardAustralia coach Justin Langer has showered rich praise on MS Dhoni after India won the third one day international to clinch the series 2-1 in Melbourne on Friday. Langer said the Australian cricketers who got the oportunity to represnt their country must learn from the likes of MS Dhoni and aspire to reach his level.MS Dhoni scored his third successive half-century to guide India to a seven-wicket victory over Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Dhoni, who was dropped twice in his innings and could have been run out too, made 87 not out as he combined with Kedar Jadhav (61 not out) to guide the tourists home with four balls remaining.India won their maiden bilateral ODI series in Australia.”He [Dhoni] is 37 years old. His running between the wickets is elite, and his fitness is elite. For him to run between the wickets for three days in a row, it was 40 degrees the other day, and play like that, he is a superstar of the game and that’s what Australians should be aspiring to be — superstars of the game,” Langer said at the post-match press conference.”MS Dhoni, like Virat Kohli, like Cheteshwar Pujara in the Test series, they give us really great role models. MS Dhoni, his record, everything speaks for itself as a captain, batsman, wicketkeeper. He is literally an all-time great of the game and it has been, as hard as it is to lose, a privilege to play against those guys. I would be amazed if they [Australian players] don’t learn from playing against those guys. For a young squad, there is no better lesson and learning to rub shoulders with great players. I’m glad we have had the experience,” he added.advertisementDhoni was dropped twice — when on 0 and 74 — and Langer said that cost his side the match. He also said that Dhoni gave his young side a batting tutorial on how to go about in such a run chase.”You drop MS Dhoni a couple of times and you don’t win. You don’t give great players chances. We did that tonight. We get down the 49th over and MS is there again. It was a great lesson for our squad. We talk about match winners, getting the job done — he showed us again. It is a great tutorial for our batters,” he added.Dhoni copped a lot of criticism from all quarters for his slow strike-rate at the start of the series, but has sounded back with three half-centuries in three matches to be adjudged Man of the Series.Langer lamented that his side were not up to the mark in the series in terms of holding their chances. He said that it had been a close series against a very good Indian team.”It has not been a one sided series. India have been too good for us all summer, in Tests and in ODIs. But it has been a close one. The boys have fought hard and we have had some real positives. Jhye Richardson has been a shining light. Peter Handscomb has done a good job in the middle overs and Shaun Marsh has been in great nick. We had our chances and we just didn’t take them.”India are a great side. We should take some great confidence with the way we played against them. If we had taken our chances in Adelaide, this series could have been different. There is light at the end of the tunnel for this team. We can look at the wins and losses, but they will come good,” he signed off.Also Read | Credit to MS Dhoni for his fitness and commitment to Indian cricket: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Virat Kohli blasts MS Dhoni critics: He is an intelligent cricketer, give him spaceAlso Read | Ready to bat anywhere for Team India, says MS DhoniAlso Read | MS Dhoni has gone from being a Lamborghini to an Aston Martin: Michael ClarkeAlso Read | Have seen Sachin Tendulkar get angry but not MS Dhoni: Ravi ShastriFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 Justin LangerFollow MS Dhoni India vs Australia: MS Dhoni is a superstar of the game, says Justin LangerIndia vs Australia, Brief Scores: India (234/3) beat Australia (230) by 7 wickets. Australia coach Justin Langer paid tribute to MS Dhoni as a superstar and an all-time great of the game after the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman produced a master class run-chase in India’s ODI series clinching win in Melbourne.advertisementlast_img read more

Amazing feeling: Virat Kohli thrilled after sweeping ICC awards to create history

first_img Rohan Sen DubaiJanuary 22, 2019UPDATED: January 22, 2019 12:38 IST Virat Kohli had won the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy last year as well (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli bagged the Test, ODI and Cricketer of the Year awards for 2018Kohli had finished 2018 as the highest scorer in Tests (1322) and ODIs (1202)The 30-year-old was also named captain of both the Test and ODI Teams of 2018Virat Kohli on Tuesday became the first cricketer in the history of the sport to win all three ICC Awards – Test Cricketer of the Years, ODI Cricketer of the Year and Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for Cricketer of the Year.This is the second time in succession that he was named ODI Cricketer of the Year and Cricketer of the year while this is the first time he has bagged the Test Cricketer of the Year award.Last year Kohli had finished as the highest ODI scorer, collecting 1460 runs from 26 matches including six hundreds. He was also one of the leading scorers in Tests, accumulating 1059 runs from 10 matches including five hundreds.The 30-year-old bettered his performance in 2018 as he finished as the highest scorer in Test cricket with 1322 runs in 13 matches at an average of 55.08 with five hundreds and as many half-centuries while also finishing on top of the ODI runs tally with 1202 runs in 14 ODIs at 133.55 with six centuries.”It feels amazing. It’s a reward for all the hard work that you do throughout the calendar year. I feel really grateful and very, very happy with the team doing well at the same time myself performing. Having recognition at the global level from the ICC is something you feel proud of as a cricketer because you understand that there are many players playing the game.”To be rewarded in this manner from amongst all of them is obviously a very proud moment for me and something that gives you more motivation to keep repeating the same things because you have to keep the standard of cricket up and keep bringing in consistent performances. From that point of view, these awards give you that extra motivation,” Kohli said in a video message.advertisementICC Men’s Cricketer of the YearICC Men’s Test Cricketer of the YearICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the YearCaptain of ICC Test Team of the YearCaptain of ICC Men’s ODI Team of the YearLet’s hear from the man himself, @imvKohli! #ICCAwards (@ICC) January 22, 2019Kohli was also rewarded for the way he captained Team India in both Tests and one-dayers after being named captain of both the Test and ODI Teams of 2018. This is again something which he has repeated after 2017.Kohli became the only Asian captain to win a Test match in South Africa (Johannesburg), England (Nottingham) and Australia (Adelaide & Melbourne) in the same calendar year (2018).With India’s 2-1 triumph in the Border-Gavaskar series, Kohli also became the first Indian captain to win a Test series in Australia in 71 years. India also bagged the ODI series 2-1 which was another first for the country in an ODI bilateral series Down Under.37 matches, 47 innings.2,735 runs at an average of 68.37.11 centuries, 9 fifties.What a year for @imvKohli! He wins the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year 2018! (@ICC) January 22, 2019Kohli, along with Jasprit Bumrah, were the only two cricketers to feature in the Test and ODI teams of the Year. Rishabh Pant was also named in the Test side while India vice-captain Rohit Sharma, Kohli, Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav made it to the ODI side.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow ICC Awards 2017-18Follow Virat KohliFollow Virat Kohli sweeps ICC awards Amazing feeling: Virat Kohli thrilled after sweeping ICC awards to create historyThis is the second time in succession that Virat Kohli was named ODI Cricketer of the Year and Cricketer of the year while this is the first time he has bagged the Test Cricketer of the Year award.advertisementlast_img read more

Indian team competitive in any part of world and on any surface: Sachin Tendulkar

first_img Press Trust of India KolkataFebruary 3, 2019UPDATED: February 3, 2019 17:53 IST India beat New Zealand 4-1 for their second ODI series victory in New Zealand (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia beat New Zealand by 35 runs in the 5th ODI to win the series 4-1India have won 5 out of 6 bilateral ODI series since Champions Trophy in 2017″I will not hesitate in saying that we are the favourites [to win the World Cup],” Tendulkar saidBrief Scores: India (252 all out) beat New Zealand (217 all out) by 35 runs in Wellington. James Neesham 44; Yuzvendra Chahal (3/41) (FULL SCORECARD)Sachin Tendulkar has no hesitation in terming India as favourites going into the World Cup but what makes him happier is the team’s ability to be competitive “in any part of the world and on any surface”. The Indian ODI team under Virat Kohli has won three bilateral away series against South Africa (5-1), Australia (2-1) and New Zealand (4-1) with only defeat coming against England.In fact, India have been in ruthless form in 50-overs cricket winning 5 out of 6 overseas bilateral ODI series since the Champions Trophy in 2017. India also won the Asia Cup in UAE last year.”I have gone on record saying that we have a perfect balance in the team where we will be competitive in any part of the world or on any surface,” Tendulkar told PTI in an interview on Sunday.”As far as our chances are concerned, I will not hesitate in saying that we are the favourites,” said Tendulkar, the brand ambassador of the IDBI Federal Life Insurance Kolkata Full Marathon.England, the World Cup hosts, had a torrid time against West Indies in Tests but the ODI outfit will be a different proposition on their home turf.”It’s all about getting the early momentum. My judgement on the toughest contenders would be England, while New Zealand would be the dark horse,” he opined.New Zealand may have been outplayed in the just concluded ODI series but can prove to be a handful in the mega event.advertisement”I know New Zealand have struggled in this series but it’s a good unit, one needs to be on their toes,” he said.The suspended duo of Steve Smith and David Warner will be back in international fold on March 29 and Australia will be as dangerous as any other team.”I think Australia at full strength will be a formidable side. With Smith and David Warner back in the team and their other bowlers coming back into the ODI squad, it will be a competitive side,” said Tendulkar.But a few bad overs could spell doom for them as it happened during the recent series.”But in one-day matches it’s such that when you have a couple of bad overs, 50 per cent of the match gets slipped away.”In Kolkata for marathon flag off, Tendulkar spoke about the young athletes who have done well for the nation in recent times.He hailed the recent success of women athletes like Hima Das, Dutee Chand and Swapna Barman at the Asian Games and said sport has proved to be an excellent tool for women empowerment.He referred to India’s Rio Olympics 2016 performance where India had won only two medals, both of them by women — wrestler Sakshi Malik (bronze) and PV Sindhu (silver) in badminton.”It’s been fantastic through sports. Now for a number of years we have seen women have brought glory to our nation. I see parents being more flexible in their thought process now. It’s not just about becoming a doctor, a lawyer or engineer. There are a multiple things you can do today,” the cricket icon said.”That’s how it should be. It’s great for India. I always believed that the platforms provided for both men and women should be equal. This starts from grassroots level. It should start right from the bottom and from thereon there should be equal opportunities for both,” he said.Tendulkar went on to fondly remember his childhood coach Ramakant Achrekar who passed away at the age of 87 last month.”I hate using this ‘was’ word that comes to him. Losing Achrekar Sir will always be a permanent void.”It was wonderful time with him, that is how I would want to remember him. Wherever I’m in my life right now it’s because of him and my family members. He was like family,” he signed off.Also Read | Hardik Pandya a natural talent and a match-winner: Ravi ShastriAlso Read | Virat Kohli on India’s 4-1 series win vs New Zealand: Shows our characterAlso Read | Kane Williamson gracious in defeat: India a world-class side, deserve series winAlso Read | Don’t think setting targets has ever been an issue, says RayuduFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 Sachin TendulkarFollow Virat KohliFollow Rohit Sharma Indian team competitive in any part of world and on any surface: Sachin TendulkarSachin Tendulkar was mighty impressed by India’s overall performance in New Zealand after they won the five-match ODI series 4-1 on Sunday. India have been in ruthless form in 50-overs cricket winning 5 out of 6 overseas bilateral ODI series since the Champions Trophy in 2017.advertisementlast_img read more

Next big step for women’s cricket is IPL: Australia captain Meg Lanning

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 2, 2019UPDATED: March 2, 2019 13:38 IST An exhibition women’s T20 was played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai last year (@BCCI Photo)Australia women’s cricket team captain Meg Lanning has said an Indian Premier League (IPL) for women is an exciting prospect and that she would certainly love to be involved in it.Stressing that an IPL is the next big thing for women’s cricket, Lanning said the response they had received during last year’s exhibition match for women at the IPL has got them looking forward to more such matches.Lanning’s comments come days after a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official suggested that the apex body of Indian cricket is planning to host more exhibition T20 matches for women this year during the playoffs of the IPL.Lanning was part of the one-off match that was played between Supernovas and Trailblazers at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai last year. The T20 match had a 2pm start and failed to attract a lot of fans to the stadium. Nonetheless, the tie featured several women’s cricket stars like Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Lanning, Ellyse Perry and Suzie Bates and went down to the wire.”It was a lot of fun. We only, obviously, played the one game last time. I am not too sure what the set up would be this time if there was one but, from the response we got last time, everyone is keen to do it,” Lanning told The Sydney Morning Herald.”I would certainly love to be involved in something like that. The next big step for women’s cricket is if an IPL could get up – it’s certainly an exciting prospect.”advertisementUnlike last year, there may be more than two teams for the series of women’s exhibition matches. On the other hand, the BCCI is also looking at hosting a best-of-three series with just two teams in the fray. Moreover, the matches are being scheduled to be held at 7 pm to grab “maximum eyeballs”.”We are waiting for the Election Commission of India to announce the full schedule of the general elections and once that happens, we will finalise the schedule for the women’s games. A 7 PM start on days when the IPL games are not held makes more sense than staging them in the afternoon when not many people are likely to turn up again,” the BCCI official said.”Logistically and even considering the players’ pool we have, the best of three games between two teams seem a lot more doable than forming three teams. The quality of the competition can’t be compromised and that is one of the reasons why a women’s IPL can’t be organised at the moment,” the official added.Also Read | Best thing for Kohli is that he has Dhoni as wicketkeeper: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | MS Dhoni hopes India’s new ODI jersey becomes a part of lot of World CupsAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 India women’s cricketFollow Women’s IPLFollow Meg LanningFollow IPL 2019 Next big step for women’s cricket is IPL: Australia captain Meg LanningMeg Lanning was part of the Indian Premier League women’s exhibition match that was held last year. Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana led the two teams at the Wankhede Stadiumadvertisementlast_img read more

Don’t care about allegations: Mohammed Shami on spat with Hasin Jahan

first_imgDon’t care about allegations: Mohammed Shami on spat with Hasin JahanIPL 2019: Mohammed Shami, speaking exclusively to AajTak, said he was not worried about the allegations leveled by Hasin Jahan after a public spat with his wife. Shami said he was ready to face any outcome and his only focus remains the IPL and the 2019 Cricket World Cup.advertisement Vikrant Gupta April 8, 2019UPDATED: April 8, 2019 19:08 IST Mohammed Shami, speaking exclusively to AajTak, said he was not worried about the allegations leveled by Hasin Jahan after a public spat with his wife. ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSMohammed Shami said he was not worried about allegations made by wife Hasin JahanShami said his focus was on cricket as the game is everything in his lifeShami said he now wants to win the IPL for KXIP and the World Cup for IndiaOne of India’s best performers in Test and ODI formats in the past 12 months, fast bowler Mohammed Shami has said that the reason for an incredible turnaround in his career was possible because he decided to take head on the “extremely difficult” circumstances after a bitter, and a much publicised, marital spat with wife Hasin Jahan.Speaking for the first time on the issue after being charged with non-bailable offences by Kolkata Police last month, Shami told AajTak that he was ready to face any outcome but, except for cricket, he was not thinking one bit about anything else right now.”I hope everything remains fine. Whatever is the outcome, I am ready to face it. Cricket life mein hai to sab kuch hai (cricket remains everything in life). That is the only thing I am bothered about. I don’t care about the allegations or what will happen eventually. Right now, I am not thinking even zero percent about it. I won’t let it affect me. My target is to win the IPL for Kings XI Punjab and then the World Cup for the country,” said Shami in an exclusive interview to the channel.In the chargesheet submitted by Kolkata Police, Shami has been charged under sections 498A (dowry harassment) and 354A (sexual harassment).”I have reached this stage after a lot of hard work. The stress that I have gone through, the pressure that I have faced in the last 18 months is unexplainable. I was full of negative thoughts and cricket was the last thing on my mind. My problems had risen to an alarming level and the entire family was trapped in between,” said an emotional Shami while recalling the events since March, 2018 when Jahan not only accused him of having an extra-marital affair but also leveled match fixing accusations against the Indian pacer.advertisement”I always believed that a happy family life results in a good showing for the country. In the midst of all this controversy, while sitting with my family one day, I thought that the world knows me because of cricket so everything else should be kept aside. I told myself that come what may, I should resume playing cricket.That’s why I started practicing almost a fortnight after the entire controversy and even joined my then IPL team. I chose cricket, my first love and was able to keep aside things which were giving me sleepless nights.I kept fighting even after being involved in two accidents. Many people tried to reignite old issues but I kept ignoring everything.”That he did so wonderfully. Mohammed Shami was a revelation during the tours of England, Australia and New Zealand, becoming one of India’s main match-winners.While coach Ravi Shastri said “If there’s one man I have to single out over the past five months or so, it is Mohammed Shami” during the tour of New Zealand, skipper Virat Kohli described Shami as a “lean mean pace machine” recently adding that he has not “seen him hungrier. Heading into the World Cup, it’s a great sign for India.”From ushering in a remarkable fitness culture in the dressing room to giving confidence to the players, Shami also compliments his skipper.”Virat lets you implement your own plan. If it backfires then you can always fall back on the skipper’s idea. He gives bowler the freedom to set his own field.He tells you that while batting, nobody instructs him about the shots he should play. So the same thing should apply to the bowlers as well. I really appreciate his way of thinking.”The Indian bowling attack, spoken highly of in recent times, is “most lethal” in world cricket right now as per the 28-year-old.”If you look at the last four-five years, our bowlers have excelled in every format. The performance of our 140-plus speed group is quite good and we have great spin attack too. So, the rival team thinks twice about the kind of wicket they should be offering to us. Indian team is the best in all departments.”With the World Cup not too far away, Shami could play a huge role in the English conditions. The bowler isn’t really bogged down by the expectations.”My rhythm is great right now. Everything, be it training, fitness, skill, on-field execution and performance, everything is as per the expectations. However, I want to add something more to it which could be useful for the team during the World Cup. I had not played ODI or T20s for almost two years. That was a long time. Now, I am working on improving every aspect.”advertisementAlso Read | IPL 2019: Learning a lot from top-class Mohammed Shami, says Sam CurranAlso Read | IPL 2019: Clash of firepower as Kings XI Punjab host Sunrisers HyderabadFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 bykarishma Tags :Follow Mohammed ShamiFollow IPL 2019Follow Kings XI PunjabFollow Mohammed Shami wifelast_img read more