10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri to go back to Empoli for Hamed Junior Traore

first_imgChelsea boss Sarri to go back to Empoli for Hamed Junior Traoreby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is ready to go back to Empoli for a new signing.Local media sources say Empoli youngster Hamed Junior Traore is interesting Sarri, who is tapping his old network for information on the midfielder.The 18 year-old is shining for Empoli coach Beppe Iachini and come to the attention of Sarri.The former Empoli coach is set to call president Fabrizio Corsi about a price for Traore.The Ivorian was outstanding for Empoli in defeat to Sampdoria last weekend. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoJagielka explains leaving Everton for Sheffield United

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Jagielka explains leaving Everton for Sheffield Unitedby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePhil Jagielka has explained his decision to leave Everton for Sheffield United.He made 385 appearances over the course of 12 years at Goodison Park and won 40 England caps.”I was at home when I got the phone call from Marcel (Brands, Everton’s director of football),” he told the Daily Mail.”So I just texted Tony Sage, the kitman, to chuck all my stuff in a bin bag and I went to meet him at the front of the entrance at Finch Farm. I didn’t want to go in. It just didn’t feel right to go in.”What do you expect me to get? A Louis Vuitton bag? It was fine. I just had a few pairs of boots, some socks and stuff. I knew I may never go back there. It was all ready to go from A to B.”I was just happy there was no abuse from (veteran kitman) Jimmy Martin – though I’ll probably get that on Saturday!” last_img read more

9 days ago​Gilmour reveals Lampard advice before Chelsea debut

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Gilmour reveals Lampard advice before Chelsea debutby Ansser Sadiq9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBilly Gilmour has spoken about the advice that he received from Frank Lampard before making his Chelsea debut.The 18-year-old got his chance to shine with the senior side against Sheffield United in August. He came off the bench in the 2-2 draw.Gilmour has now revealed the words he exchanged with boss Lampard before the match.”The night before, the gaffer kept asking if my family were coming down and saying make sure they come,” the Scotland U21 international told reporters.”We were 2-0 up and I’m thinking ‘this could be good’, but it was 2-1 when I came on. “That shows you how much trust he has in the younger players to put you on in such a tight game.”It finished 2-2, which wasn’t the result I hoped for, but it made my dream come true of playing in the Premier League.” last_img read more

Video Of The 2014 Joe Mixon Assault Incident Has Been Released

first_imgAfter more than two years, video of Joe Mixon punching a woman at a bar, which led to him being suspended for the 2014 season, has been released.Mixon, Oklahoma’s star running back, punched Oklahoma student Amelia Molitor during a dispute at local bar Pickleman’s Cafe. The video was released to the media today, and NewsOK.com has put it up online.We warn you, it is extremely violent.From NewsOK.com’s report on the release of the video:Mixon also had his attorney release a second surveillance video from the same night.“Mr. Mixon asked us to once again say he is sorry for the way he reacted that night. He has apologized publicly to Ms. Molitor, her friends, his family, teammates and the University,” his attorney, Blake Johnson, wrote in a letter. “He hopes that his voluntary release of these recordings will help put this matter to rest.”The video release comes weeks after Mixon’s first public apology for the incident, after two seasons of refusing to address it in his limited dealings with the media.For the last two years, my lawyers have advised me against speaking publicly about an incident that occurred very shortly after I arrived in Norman, Oklahoma. Today, I want to say what everyone deserves to hear from me about this matter: I am sorry.[…]I apologize to Amelia Molitor and the friends who were with her that night. I apologize to my teammates, coaches, the University of Oklahoma, and its fans. I apologize to my family and friends. I realize I let a lot of people down. I apologize to all those I disappointed or hurt.Joe Mixon served a year of probation, served 100 hours of community service, and underwent counseling after the incident.[NewsOK.com]last_img read more

College Football Player In “Critical Condition” After Being Shot

first_imgThree footballs next to a pylon(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)A college football player and NFL hopeful is reportedly in “critical condition” after being injured in a shooting.Martayveus “Marty” Carter, a running back at Grand Valley State, was reportedly injured in a shooting this past weekend.Carter is an NFL hopeful, entering the supplemental draft, but he wasn’t chosen.Here are the details on the reported shooting, from the Holland Sentinel:Grand Valley State running back Martayveus “Marty” Carter is in critical condition in an East Chicago, Indiana hospital after being wounded in a shooting either late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, according to the Times Northwest of Indiana.Carter was wounded and Brian Thomas, 30, of Hammond, was killed in the shooting, pronounced dead at the scene by police and is being ruled as a homicide, according to the Lake County coroner’s office in a news release to NWI.Carter, 23, is being treated in critical condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois. According to the NWI, he was not listed as a patient as of Monday and four guns were recovered from the scene. Several subjects are detained for questioning regarding the incident.Carter rushed for 3,728 and 36 touchdowns in three years. He was one of the best running backs at the Division 2 level.Our thoughts are with him and his family.last_img read more

Dan Mullen Comments On Rumors Surrounding Key Florida Starter

first_imgDan Mullen speaking to the media at a Florida Gators press conference.GAINESVILLE, FL – NOVEMBER 27: Florida Gators head football coach Dan Mullen speaks during an introductory press conference at the Bill Heavener football complex on November 27, 2017 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)The Florida Gators have a real shot at the SEC Championship Game if they can get a win over No. 7 Georgia this weekend. In the face of rumors which, if true, would make that big “if” even bigger, HC Dan Mullen set fans minds at ease.Asked about a potential suspension to starting safety Brad Stewart in the wake of internet rumors, Mullen would hear none of it.“Why wouldn’t he [play]?” Mullen said, when asked if Stewart would play on Saturday.When the reporter responded that he had heard rumors, Mullen replied, “I make those decisions, not the Internet.”Q: Do you expect Brad Stewart to play Saturday?Mullen: “Why wouldn’t he?”Q: “The Internet, man.”Mullen: “Well I make those decisions, not the Internet.”— Nick de la Torre (@NickdelaTorreGC) October 24, 2018Stewart leads the Gators with two interceptions, along with 29 tackles, two pass breakups, two QB hurries and a forced fumble.At 6-1 and with a 4-1 conference record, Florida could win the SEC East if they win out and if Kentucky lose one more game.Saturday’s game against Georgia will be played at a neutral venue – TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville.last_img read more

Purdue Superfan Tyler Trent, Boilermakers Fans Did Iowa Children Hospital ‘Kinnick Wave’ In Heartwarming Moment

first_imgTyler Trent asks Purdue football fans to do the "Kinnick Wave" during game against Iowa.Purdue football superfan Tyler Trent has become one of the best stories of the college football season.Trent was a freshman at Purdue this fall, until his battle with cancer forced him to leave school. His health has allowed him to make games over the last few weeks, though, and he was a big focus during Purdue’s dramatic blowout win over Ohio State in West Lafayette a few weeks ago.During that morning’s College GameDay, Tom Rinaldi profiled Trent, and he was interviewed again during the game from a box at Ross-Ade Stadium. After the win, he was let down to the field. The whole thing made for an amazing moment.Last weekend, hosting Purdue, Michigan State fans did a “cancer sucks” chant in honor of Trent.Tyler Trent is back at Ross-Ade Stadium for today’s Purdue football game against Iowa, and he led an awesome gesture.At the beginning of last season, Iowa fans began an awesome tradition called the “Kinnick Wave,” where fans at home games wave to the children watching from the hospital that overlooks Kinnick StadiumThe tradition has traveled a bit. Opposing fan bases have done it during games against Iowa, and Hawkeye fans even brought it to New York City for last year’s Pinstripe Bowl.Last year, Trent was in Iowa for the Kinnick Wave during Purdue’s game there. He called for Purdue fans to do it today.@TonyTrent10 and I had the honor of taking part in the wave last year and it is an experience I am forever thankful for. The least we can do is have @RossAdeStadium and the @rossadebrigade wave this Saturday. #BoilerUp pic.twitter.com/cfI8UEV0Vu— Tyler Trent (@theTylerTrent) October 31, 2018Purdue played a message from Trent explaining the wave on the video board, and Boilermaker fans made it happen.We’re pleased to have @TheTylerTrent lead us in joining @HawkeyeFootball in the Kinnick Wave from West Lafayette. ??? pic.twitter.com/RXYtmBHzK3— Purdue Football (@BoilerFootball) November 3, 2018After @theTylerTrent’s message on the video board, fans at Ross Ade wave toward Iowa Children’s hospital in honor of the tradition started at Kinnick Stadium by the Hawkeyes. pic.twitter.com/Kumcrr2rW4— atreya verma (@atreya_verma) November 3, 2018.@BoilerFootball and @HawkeyeFootball play at @RossAdeStadium. Both sides come together in the battle against cancer by supporting @theTylerTrent and @uiowa Children’s Hospital for the famous wave. #tylerstrong #cancersucks pic.twitter.com/22VqeeQs2F— Alice Kang (@AliceMyNBC5) November 3, 2018Purdue is having another great season under head coach Jeff Brohm, and Tyler Trent’s continued presence has made the program one that every across the country can support, even fans of Big Ten rivals.Purdue leads the Hawkeyes 21-10 in the second quarter.last_img read more

Photos: Referees Make Embarrassing Call To End Game

first_imgA general view of Boise State's blue field.BOISE, ID – SEPTEMBER 3: The sun lights the foothills of Boise in this overhead shot of Bronco Stadium before the start of the game between the Oregon Ducks and the Boise State Broncos on September 3, 2009 at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho. Boise State won the game 19-8. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)On Friday night, No. 23 Fresno State took on Boise State in a matchup of Mountain West foes. The Bulldogs took a 17-3 advantage well into the third quarter before the Broncos woke up and scored three touchdowns over the final quarter and a half to win the game 24-17.With the win, both teams sit at 8-2 on the season and are primed to meet yet again in the conference title game later this season.The win did not come without some controversy. Late in the fourth quarter, Boise State iced the game with a first down – but it might not have been a first down.Here’s a look at the chains during the “first down” call by the officials.Uhhhhh, Fresno State just got TOTALLY hosed … this was called a first down that ended the game for Boise State. pic.twitter.com/MGE7tCl0jk— Pete Fiutak (@PeteFiutak) November 10, 2018It looks like Fresno State should have had one last shot to tie the game, but the officials decided otherwise.In the end, both teams sit at 8-2 on the year and are primed for solid bowl games.last_img read more

Rutgers’ Team Captain Considering 8 Major Programs In Transfer

first_imgTexas State football players ahead of 2018 game at Rutgers.PISCATAWAY, NJ – SEPTEMBER 01: Members of the Texas State Bobcats run off the field before the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)Rutgers’ team captain Jonah Jackson, a graduate transfer at the offensive line position, is reportedly considering several major programs.247Sports is reporting that Jackson, a 6-foot-4, 305-pound offensive guard, will be visiting Ohio State this week.Jackson is also considering: Oklahoma, Penn State, Virginia, Texas, Pitt, Iowa and Maryland.Bobby Deren of 247Sports is reporting the news.#Rutgers Grad Transfer @Jackson77Jonah picks up #OhioState offer today and will visit this week. Also being pursued by #Oklahoma, #PennState, #Virginia, #Texas, #Pitt, #Iowa and #Maryland— Bobby Deren (@BobbyDeren) January 28, 2019Jackson was a junior captain for Rutgers in 2018.The offensive lineman started at both center and right guard for the Scarlet Knights during the 2017 season and played exclusively at RG in 2018.Eleven Warriors believes Ohio State could be a natural fit:Considering Ohio State lost both starting guards – Demetrius Knox and Malcolm Pridgeon – to graduation and starting center Michael Jordan to the NFL, Jackson would be a natural fit.Josh Myers is slated to get the first crack at center, and Wyatt Davis will start at one of the guard spots. But at the other guard position, there aren’t an abundance of options. Branden Bowen, Gavin Cupp and Matthew Jones are the most likely to step into the starting role, though Jackson could step in and start if the Buckeyes land him.Rutgers is coming off a 1-11 season. Jackson would be one of dozens of major college football players who have explored big transfers this offseason. Stay tuned.last_img read more

Jim Tressel Reveals His Advice For Urban Meyer

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)With Urban Meyer leaving coaching behind for now, the legendary coach is adjusting to his newest role of assistant athletic director of athletics initiatives and relations at Ohio State.This is familiar territory for another former coach of the Buckeyes, Jim Tressel, who also went from the football field to university administration.Tressel was the head coach of Ohio State from 2001 to 2010, but now serves as the president at Youngstown State University. His experiences on and off the field provide ideal examples for Meyer to follow.Nonetheless, Tressel is going one step further to help out Meyer in his quest for success away from the gridiron.In an effort to help Meyer get the best possible production from the next chapter of his life, Tressel shared his advice on how to handle an administrative role with the Buckeyes in an interview with Eleven Warriors.Jim Tressel shares his advice for Urban Meyer and Ryan Day, encouraging Meyer to seek fulfillment in his new role as an administrator and Day to believe in himself. https://t.co/gLHACii3bE— Eleven Warriors (@11W) January 31, 2019Although this will be completely different than coaching, Meyer will have to channel the same passion that made him one of the best at his profession.From Eleven Warriors:“My only suggestion to him was to make sure that he believes that the next chapter is just as important as the last chapter, and he’s got to create this next chapter as being something that will excite him and make him be fired up about what it is he’s contributing to the good of the whole,” Tressel said. “And sometimes it’s not an automatic light switch. Sometimes you have to think through it and experience some things before you really know for sure. But clearly, it will happen for him. And I tease him, he’s a young man, he’s got a lot of good things to do.”It’ll be interesting to watch Meyer shift away from coaching, especially considering how his love for the game brought him back in 2012.As for Ohio State, Ryan Day will try to lead the program to a national championship in his first season as the head coach.last_img read more

Texas QB Sam Ehlinger Goes Off On NCAA In Twitter Rant

first_imgSam Ehlinger and Texas offensive coordinator Tim Beck.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 22: Offensive coordinator Tim Beck of the Texas Longhorns watches as Sam Ehlinger #11 warms up before the game against the TCU Horned Frogs at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)The issue of colleges paying money to student-athletes is a debate that has raged for decades, with it likely to continue for many more years. Adding his thoughts to the recent discussion is Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who took the NCAA system to task in a recent Twitter storm.On Thursday, Ehlinger called out the NCAA system by comparing the type of work he and other athletes do to a “full-time, unpaid internship.” He explained that the value that the athletes bring to their respective institutions far outweighs the value benefits, not to mention the added hazard of potentially serious injuries.Within this internship, you risk your short-term and long-term health on a daily basis. You endure this internship with less than a 2% chance to advance in your industry and obtain a full-time paid job.— Sam Ehlinger (@sehlinger3) March 7, 2019He used the “full-time unpaid internship” example to call support to a new Congressional bill being proposed that would allow athletes to profit from their name and image.Would you accept this position?Now consider the full-time unpaid internship as College Athletics and the full-time paid job as Professional Sports.Support Congressman @RepMarkWalker and his proposal!https://t.co/2L78eadzKt— Sam Ehlinger (@sehlinger3) March 7, 2019Ehlinger qualified his statement by adding that he is grateful for the opportunity given to him by the University of Texas.Don’t get me wrong, I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to get an incredible degree and play the sport I love at such a prestigious University. I am extremely blessed.It’s an important debate to be had for sure.The American sports landscape is filled to the brim with stories of athletes who got their chance to play college sports, only to find themselves without a paddle when their professional dreams didn’t materialize.The Fab Five of the Michigan basketball team famously received no money from the school despite influencing millions of dollars in added revenue.What do you think of Ehlinger’s Twitter statement?last_img read more

Elite Notre Dame Commit Wins The Opening ‘Fastest Man’ Competition

first_imgSix jets flying over Notre Dame's football stadium.SOUTH BEND, IN – NOVEMBER 02: The U.S. Navy Blue Angels perform a stadium flyover before the Notre Dame Fighting Irish take on the Navy Midshipmen at Notre Dame Stadium on November 2, 2013 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)When the Notre Dame Fighting Irish secured a commitment from running back Chris Tyree in May, they knew they were getting a fast player. But even Brian Kelly probably couldn’t predict just how fast his new speedster was.This past Monday Tyree participated in The Opening Finals, where he beat a group of the fastest players in the country. In the final race, he beat Ohio State five-star commit Julian Fleming by several steps.He clocked an official 40-yard dash time of 4.37 seconds.🏆 The @USAFRecruiting Special Ops Combine Challenge Champion is…@ItsYa_Boi_Wes with a Rating of 148.17 pic.twitter.com/AF8lTc8FX6— The Opening (@TheOpening) July 2, 2019 247Sports rates Tyree as the No. 34 overall prospect in the country. He is the No. 1 all-purpose back in the nation, and the No. 1 prospect from the state of Virginia.He announced his commitment to Notre Dame on May 23 after narrowing down his choices to the Irish, Alabama Crimson Tide, and Oklahoma Sooners.Elite running back and #NotreDame commit Chris Tyree wins the Fastest Man Competition at @TheOpening.https://t.co/3lISmoUafP@chris_tyree4 https://t.co/Cgo30QjUBV@247Sports pic.twitter.com/Fghz4ruQve— Tom Loy (@TomLoy247) July 2, 2019The Irish knew that they were getting a fast player in Tyree, but to beat out a five-star wide receiver like in impressive at any position.In three years of high school, Tyree has rushed for 3,275 yards and 28 touchdowns on 387 carries (8.46 yards per carry).He’ll be joining Notre Dame in 2020 after his senior year.Defenders have been put on notice: If they let Chris Tyree get past them, they might never catch him.last_img read more

Clay Helton Getting Crushed For USC’s Opening Kick Mistake

first_imgClay Helton holding a football.LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 01: Head Coach Clay Helton of USC Trojans before the game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Los Angeles Coliseum on October 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)USC’s football program didn’t get off to a very good start in Game 1 of the 2019 college football regular season.The Trojans got the ball first against Fresno State and had a huge kickoff return, only for it to be called back.The reason: Two of USC’s players were wearing the same number.College football teams often have players on the roster with the same number, though rules state that they can’t be on the field at the same time.USC had, oh, about eight full months to prepare for this kickoff.The Clay Helton hot seat season starts with two No. 7’s on the kickoff return team, killing a 61 yard return.— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) September 1, 2019It’s certainly not what you wanted to see from a team with a head coach very clearly on the hot seat in 2019.Great start to the USC season: 61 yard kick return wiped away because Clay Helton sent out two guys wearing number 7 on the kickoff teampic.twitter.com/cnErqJXJIn— Jack McGuire (@JackMacCFB) September 1, 2019USC ended up getting past this mistake, at least, as the Trojans went down and scored a touchdown anyway.Helton’s team is up, 7-0, early in the first quarter. The game is on ESPN.last_img read more

Erin Andrews Reacts To This Morning’s College GameDay Sign

first_img Andrews found the sign quite amusing, responding on Twitter with a simple “Haha.”Check it out:Haha 🏈❤️🏈❤️ https://t.co/KQNUM15cT0— Erin Andrews (@ErinAndrews) September 7, 2019Andrews spent time as a co-host on College GameDay and sideline reporter for ESPN. She then moved over to FOX Sports to become a full-time reporter for the company’s NFL coverage.There are nearly two hours left on the show, which means it’s possible that another sign on GameDay receives significant attention from its national audience.College GameDay is being aired on ESPN until noon ET, as Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso and Desmond Howard give their analysis on all the top games on the schedule in Week 2. erin andrews works the sideline during a gameDENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 17: Fox sideline reporter Erin Andrews works on the sideline during a game between the Denver Broncos and the Dallas Cowboys at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 17, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)ESPN’s College GameDay is electric on this Saturday as its crew previews the Texas-LSU game that will take place. As usual, there are a handful of great signs in the crowd.We already saw an interesting sign go viral that said “We want Maryland.” This is because Texas has lost to Maryland in back-to-back meetings.It appears there’s another sign at College GameDay that has caught the eye of a famous media personality.Toward the second hour of the show, a sign that reads “Bring Back Erin Andrews” was caught on camera. Clearly, the former ESPN reporter was paying attention.last_img read more

Kirk Herbstreit Names His Top 5 Team Performances Of Week 2

first_imgA general photo of Kirk Herbstreit.SAN JOSE, CA – JANUARY 05: Kirk Herbstreit of ESPN attends the Party At The Playoff at The GlassHouse on January 5, 2019 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for ESPN)Week 2 of the college football season is in the books. Several teams made statements over the weekend.LSU took down Texas in a battle of top-10 teams. Cal stunned Washington, while Maryland destroyed Syracuse.All three of those schools made Kirk Herbstreit’s list of the top five team performances of Week 2. They were joined by Pac-12 members Colorado and USC.The Buffaloes rallied from a double-digit deficit to take down Nebraska while USC looked impressive in taking down Stanford. My top performances of WEEK 2Teams1-@LSUfootball2-@USC_Athletics3-@TerpsFootball4-@CUBuffsFootball 5-@CalFootballCoaches1-Blake Anderson Arkansas St2-Steve Ensminger/Joe Brady LSU OCs3-Clay Helton/Graham Harrell USC OC4-Brent Venables Clemson DC5-Ryan Day Ohio State— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 9, 2019As you can see, Herbstreit named his five top coaches of the week as well. Seeing Blake Anderson atop the list is heartwarming, as he made his return to the sideline just a few weeks after the tragic death of his wife.Anderson’s wife Wendy passed away after a lengthy bout of cancer. His Arkansas State team beat UNLV 43-17 on Saturday.Herbstreit will also reveal his top five team performances of Week 2 today.last_img read more

Wanted to quit tennis: Novak Djokovic delivers emotional speech at Laureus Sports Awards

first_img Akshay Ramesh MonacoFebruary 19, 2019UPDATED: February 19, 2019 13:49 IST Novak Djokovic attended the Laureus World Sports Awards on Monday along with his wife, Jelena (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNovak Djokovic was named the Laureus Sportsman of the Year for the fourth time in his careerNovak Djokovic will be bidding to complete a Calendar Slam at Roland Garros after having won the Wimbledon, US Open and the Australian OpenDjokovic said it’s ideal to look inwards and find answers during the time of adversitySerbian tennis great Novak Djokovic conceded he had struggled to find the motivation to continue playing the sport after an injury-marred season in 2017. Speaking at the Laureus Sports Awards, Djokovic reflected on his comeback journey and thanked his wife, Jelena for helping him overcome the toughest period of his celebrated career.Djokovic, on Monday, pipped the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Eliud Kipchoge, and LeBron James to be named the Laureus Sportsman of the Year for the fourth time in his career.Djokovic revealed his comeback journey from the elbow injury seems like a fairytale and that he did a lot of inner engineering to find the “purpose and meaning” for playing tennis.Djokovic was looking down and out after being knocked out of Australian Open 2018 in the fourth round. The Serb had said he was unsure about a return to dominant form after early exits in the Sunshine tournaments last season. Djokovic also admitted that he had rushed his comeback from the long-standing elbow injury that had cut short his season in 2017.”I would like to thank my wife for taking time and for presenting me in a different light and I think that the rare occasions we can share our personal journeys and who we are behind the curtain and I think you’ve done it much better than I would do it,” Djokovic said.Welcome to #Laureus19 @DjokerNole pic.twitter.com/9zixe31T9a#Laureus19 (@LaureusSport) February 18, 2019pic.twitter.com/FqmXFY3paeNovak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) February 18, 2019″Your support has been tremendously significant to me in those moments when I was questioning everything when I was going through my doubts and dilemmas whether I want to keep on playing tennis. And yes I did think about leaving tennis and I did think about everything else and I just didn’t find myself in a good balance in life at that point.advertisement”I did feel like I let myself down when I had surgery – you were right – and it took me several months to find that purpose, find the meaning again.”I’ve had to do a lot of inner engineering as I like to call it, especially in the last 15 months, coming back from a major injury and having surgery and being very impatient and anxious to come back,” Djokovic added.”And then being on the verge to leave the racquet aside and now I’m standing in front of you and reflecting on that journey, it seems like a fairytale story but it tells me one thing.”In those moments when you’re facing adversity and feeling challenged, you should look inside because that’s where the answer lies. I did not understand that fully, I had heard that before but I think when I went through this journey I understood what this means and I now know where I can always find strength and motivation to keep me going.”It was fitting that we gave the last words of #Laureus19 to an athlete who epitomises so much of what we admire in our sporting heroes.What a speech @DjokerNole… pic.twitter.com/kQpZm5RK1M#Laureus19 (@LaureusSport) February 18, 2019Djokovic roared back to form at the Wimbledon in 2018, clinching his fourth crown at the All England Club. Ever since he has been dominant and has reached the No. 1 spot in the men’s singles rankings. Djokovic added the US Open title to his famous trophy cabinet last year and begun 2019 on a high, winning the Australian Open title after beating Rafael Nadal in straight sets in a one-sided final.Also Read | Paes, Sania and Bhupathi need to work together for Indian tennis: Boris BeckerAlso Read | Split with coach Sascha Bajin not over money, clarifies Naomi OsakaAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Novak DjokovicFollow Jelena DjokovicFollow Laureus Sports awardsFollow Kylian Mbappe Wanted to quit tennis: Novak Djokovic delivers emotional speech at Laureus Sports AwardsNovak Djokovic, on Monday, pipped the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Eliud Kipchoge, and LeBron James to be named the Laureus Sportsman of the Year for the fourth time in his career. advertisement Nextlast_img read more

IPL 2019: AB de Villiers wants RCB batsmen to step up in home game vs MI

first_imgIPL 2019: AB de Villiers wants RCB batsmen to step up in home game vs MIIPL 2019: AB de Villiers also opined that bowlers are always going to find it tough in batting-friendly conditions at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Royal Challengers Bangalore host Mumbai Indians at the venue on Thursday. advertisement Press Trust of India BengaluruMarch 27, 2019UPDATED: March 27, 2019 23:06 IST IPL 2019: AB de Villiers struggled to fire for RCB in their opener in Chennai on Saturday (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe wicket at M Chinnaswamy Stadium is more often than not good for the batters: AB de VilliersAB de Villiers said RCB batsmen need to take more responsibility in their home game against MIRCB were bowled out for 70 in their IPL 2019 opener against Chennai Super Kings on SaturdayJasprit Bumrah may be one of the finest T20 bowlers going around but on a batting friendly track at the Chinnaswamy aided by short side boundaries, it ccouldput any bowler under pressure, feels AB de Villiers.Bumrah’s participation is doubtful due to his shoulder injury but RCB’s senior-most batsman said that even if MI fields their strike bowler, there are no guarantees of a sure shot result.”No one is perfect and yes Bumrah is a very good bowler but he is also not supposed to get it right all the time. Here the ground is not very huge and the wicket is more often than not good for the batters. For that matter, all the bowlers are under pressure here,” he told reporters on the eve of RCB’s first home encounter of the season against Mumbai Indians.Up to the batsmen to play a good game: De VilliersResponding to a dismal start to the IPL, De Villiers said the team need to play better cricket than the last game, especially the batsmen.”It is up to us batters to play a good game in the next match, assess the conditions well. Whichever wicket we are getting we need to play better cricket than the last game,” he said.RCB had a poor start to their IPL 2019 campaign after they were bowled out for a lowly 70 on a slow and turning track in Chennai.De Villiers said conditions were difficult but conceded his team should have still batted better than they did.advertisementDe Villiers said Bangalore did not have the luxury of having seamers and spinners that Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni had at his disposal.”Dhoni had seamers but he also had spin back up. We did not have that luxury but I thought we had a fantastically balanced team that can play cricket on any wicket in the world. Obviously, looking back after the ball turned two meters, you want to play on a different wicket but no one was expecting it,” he said.Also Read | Chris Gayle’s body and energy don’t suggest he’s nearing 40: KL RahulAlso Read | Friends are making fun of me: KL Rahul on catch celebration vs RajasthanAlso Read | With World Cup in mind, KL Rahul promises to be more disciplined in IPL 2019Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow RCB vs MIFollow IPL 2019Follow Royal Challengers BangaloreFollow M Chinnaswamy StadiumFollow Mumbai IndiansFollow AB de VilliersFollow MS DhoniFollow Jasprit Bumrahlast_img read more

Asian Airgun Championship: India walks away with 16 gold medals after finals

first_imgAsian Airgun Championship: India walks away with 16 gold medals after finalsThe Indian flag continued to fly high at the Asian Airgun Championships in Taipei as the shooters signed off with a total of 25 medals after the finals, of which 16 were gold.advertisement Next Press Trust of India TaipeiApril 1, 2019UPDATED: April 1, 2019 17:50 IST Yash Vardhan and Shreya Agrawal bagged three gold medals each at the finals of the Asian Airgun Championships. (Photos: @Media_SAI)HIGHLIGHTSIndia signed off from the Asian Airgun Championships finals with a total of 25 medalsYash Vardhan and Shreya Agrawal bagged three gold medals each on the last dayKeval and Aishwary clinched a silver and a bronze respectivelyIndian shooters continued their dominance claiming half a dozen gold medals on the final day of the Asian Airgun Championships to sign off with a total of 25 medals in Taoyuan, Taipei.India finished with 16 gold, five silver and four bronze.On the last day of the competition, Yash Vardhan and Shreya Agrawal bagged three gold medals each.Yash finished on top in 10m Air Rifle men’s junior event. He then clinched the yellow metal in Team competition with his partners — Keval Prajpati and Aishwary Tomar.The pair of Shreya Agrawal and Yash Vardhan on the left and Mehuli Ghosh and Keval Prajapati on the right who won Gold & Silver at the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team event of the 12th Asian Airgun Championship 2019 in Taipei #AsianAirgun @ISSF_Shooting pic.twitter.com/h1HHSMprvJNRAI (@OfficialNRAI) March 28, 2019Yash scored 249.5, while Keval and Aishwary shot 247.3 and 226.1 for silver and bronze respectively.Earlier Vardhan and Shreya combined to win the Mixed Team Rifle junior event.The team of #DivyanshPanwar, #RaviKumar & #DeepakKumar helped India to a gold medalin 10m Air Rifle Team event at Asian Airgun C’ships.All 3 train under #ComeAndPlayScheme at #SAI Dr KSSR & are #TOPSAthlete.Fantastic show, Kudos!@Ra_THORe @OfficialNRAI #KheloIndia pic.twitter.com/RlUmYeJSyD SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) March 31, 2019Shreya won the gold in the 10m Air Rifle women’s junior event. She also won the Team gold along with Mehuli Ghosh and Kavi Chakkaravarthy.Shreya’s gold winning 24-shots ended on an impressive 252.5, while Mehuli settled for individual bronze with an effort of 228.3. Kavi was fourth.advertisementIndian shooting’s next assignment is scheduled at Al Ain, UAE where the ISSF Shotgun World Cup stage two commences on April 5.Also Read | Asian Airgun Championship: Bhaker, Saurabh win 10m air pistol mixed team goldAlso Read | Asian Airgun Championships: India’s gold haul rises to 8 after Sarabjot, Esha winAlso Read | Asian Airgun Championship: Indian shooters continue their dominance, make clean sweep of gold medalsAlso Watch | Want to be at the top of my game ahead of Olympics, says Indian shooter Apurvi ChandelaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow Asian Airgun ChampionshipsFollow gold medalFollow Air rifle eventlast_img read more

‘This is our World Cup’: Ben Stokes issues war cry after defeat to Australia

first_img India Today Web Desk LondonJune 26, 2019UPDATED: June 26, 2019 10:50 IST Ben Stokes was England’s top scorer in defeat to Australia at Lord’s. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEngland were beaten by arch-rivals Australia by 84 runs at Lord’s on TuesdayEngland now need to win their remaining 2 games to stay in contention for a semis berthEngland will next play India on June 30 before clashing against New Zealand on July 3England all-rounder Ben Stokes promised no backwards step for the must-win match against India on Sunday after the Three Lions faced their second consecutive defeat in World Cup 2019.Ben Stokes confidently stated that ‘this is our World Cup’ although the pre-tournament favourites’ hopes of qualifying for the knock-outs were dealt a huge blow on Tuesday.On Tuesday, Australia defeated England by 64 runs at Lord’s to become the first team to enter the semi-finals of the 2019 Cricket World Cup. After Aaron Finch smashed a classy 100, Jason Behrendorff picked 5 for 44 and Mitchell Starc finished with 4 for 43 as England failed to chase 286.Stokes threatened to take the match away from Australia as he scored a well-placed 89 but Starc produced a lethal yorker to end his stay.After the loss, England skipper Eoin Morgan had admitted to being outplayed by Australia but insisted that hosts’ fate was in their own hands.”Given the circumstances, it’s not hugely disappointing, our fate is in our own hands. Everything we need to turn around is quite simple, the basics have let us down, and hopefully, we will improve on them moving forward,” hoped Morgan.With just 8 points from 7 games, England now need to win their remaining 2 games to stay in contention for a semis berth. England will next play India on June 30 before clashing against New Zealand on July 3 in their final league game.Also Read | Not Australia, England probably still World Cup 2019 favourites: Jason BehrendorffAlso Read | ‘England Can’t Chase’: Cricketing fraternity reacts to Australia defeatAlso See:advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow England VS AustraliaFollow Ben Stokes ‘This is our World Cup’: Ben Stokes issues war cry after defeat to AustraliaEngland vs Australia, World Cup 2019: Ben Stokes was confident England team will make a comeback in their next league matches in the tournament, even after a chastening defeat to Australia.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir planning to settle down in the UK

first_imgPakistan pacer Mohammad Amir planning to settle down in the UKPakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir announced his retirement from Test cricket last week and said he wants to focus on white-ball cricket. advertisement Press Trust of India KarachiJuly 28, 2019UPDATED: July 28, 2019 11:37 IST Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir is planning to settle down in the UK (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMohammad Amir is planning to obtain a British passport, according to PTIAmir has been married to a British national Nargis Malik since September, 2016Amir announced his retirement from Test cricket at 27Left-arm Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir, who quit Test cricket recently, is planning to obtain a British passport and settle down in the United Kingdom, a source said.Amir has been married to a British national, Nargis Malik since September, 2016 and is eligible for a spouse visa, which allows him to stay in England for 30 months.”He is clearly planning to obtain a British passport and permanently settle down in England in future,” a well-informed source said.”With a spouse visa he can work freely and enjoy other benefits as a permanent resident of UK which is why he is planning to also purchase a house in England,” the source added.Amir, 27, has plenty of cricket left and the news about his plans to settle down in the UK came as a surprise for his fans.The source said Amir is eligible for the spouse visa despite spending some time in a juvenile jail for a few months during the spot-fixing scandal in 2010-2011.”He travels to England regularly and also plays county cricket since last year. So, there are no hurdles for him now.”Amir announced his retirement from the longest format on Friday having played 36 Tests in his chequered career that saw him being banned for spot-fixing.Amir’s decision, however, to didn’t go down well with Pakistani pace stalwarts, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Shoaib Akhtar.Former captain Rameez Raja too was not impressed by Amir’s decision.Akram and Akhtar, in particular, hit out at Amir for retiring from Test cricket, noting that Pakistan had invested a lot in him and now was the time for the pacer to pay back to the country.advertisement”I am disappointed and sad at his decision at this time. At 27 years of age he is at his peak and should been available for Pakistan in Test cricket,” Akhtar said.He said unfortunately the modern day pacers were only interested in playing T20 cricket and even avoided 50-overs cricket.”I fear we might also see others like Hassan Ali and Wahab Riaz follow Amir in quitting test cricket.”Akram said he was surprised by Aamir’s decision as Test cricket is the pinnacle of the game and a cricketer attains greatness only by proving his worth in the longest format.Amir’s teammates have also been taken aback by his decision to quit Test cricket.Also Read | Mohammad Amir’s Test retirement at 27 leaves Shoaib Akhtar thoroughly disappointedAlso Read | Virat Kohli picks MS Dhoni, Rishabh Pant in kabaddi team of India cricketersAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Mohammad AmirFollow Pakistan cricket teamlast_img read more