Benitez warns Newcastle: We must buy in Januaryby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez says it’s critical they have a busy January market.The Magpies are about to narrow down their shortlist and have checked out players like Ritsu Doan of Groningen and Atlanta United star Miguel Almiron ahead of the winter trading period.Benitez said: “They (the current team) are doing well but you can still improve on little things.”Against Huddersfield was very clear, with a couple of little details we would have had more chances.”Credit to the players they are doing a fantastic job.”But still we have to improve and if we can have people coming in even better.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Samir Nasri pleased with winning West Ham debutby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSamir Nasri was pleased with his debut for West Ham’s FA Cup win over Birmingham City.Nasri impressed during an hour-long debut.“I’m happy to get my first minutes in the West Ham shirt, but most important was the team performance and winning 2-0, keeping a clean sheet,” he said. “That was the goal today and that’s what we did.“It was important to not let Birmingham get into the game with confidence, so we pushed from the start and scoring the goal that early made everyone more comfortable on the ball and able to play our football. “The coach rotated the squad and had young players in the team, so it was important to score an early goal for everyone to be a little more free on the ball.“It was a tricky game, because they didn’t want to do anything with the ball, but when they had it they played that long ball and tried to catch us on the break.“I felt good, honestly I thought I would struggle a little more with the rhythm as my last game was 13 months ago.“I’m just relieved that everything is now behind me and happy about those first 58 minutes. It was good and I’m just looking forward to the next game.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd chief Woodward comes clean on Fernandes pushby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has set the record straight on the club’s pursuit of Bruno Fernandes.The midfielder was linked with United all summer before eventually staying with Sporting Lisbon.And Woodward says the club must be cautious about player’s using them to boost their contract demands.”It hit a peak five seasons ago with 250 players,’ Woodward told United We Stand.”It was 177 two seasons ago. It’s around 200 every year.”We’re usually after three players, so we might be talking to nine in reality.”What you are referring to in the original question does happen, but it’s less likely to happen give our closed-door approach to recruitment targets.”But it does exist and we have to be wary of that [players using the club.”Sometimes, the amount of time a player or his agent invests into discussions, meetings and contracts shows that there is an interest.”If it was only a flippant interest then they could go and put a fake story then go to a club president and go say ‘Look at who is in for me.’ That happens all the time as well.”What sometimes also happens is that we do have a player in an agreed position, but his club refuse to sell and, because the club refuse to sell, the player then uses that to get a new contract”From our perspective, we have to try and see through it and make sure that the club is not being used.”We don’t waste time, we’re more robust.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley manager Dyche delighted with squad competitionby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley manager Sean Dyche is delighted with the competition within his squad.The Clarets currently have intense battles in a variety of positions, including left-back, striker and central midfield.”There is real competition,” said Dyche.”We have lost very important players but it shows we have other players who are just as important.”I thought Jeff (Hendrick) did well in midfield alongside Westy which is not easy when you play two v three. There was a tactical understanding there of when to press and when not to.”Robbie came in and he is getting back to true fitness and match sharpness that it takes which is why he came off and Jay got a start as well.”I like that competitive element to the squad.”
Manchester City star Leroy Sane shut down questions about Bayern Munich’s interest in him while on international duty with Germany and offered a cryptic response over where his future lies.Sane scored Germany’s final goal in Tuesday’s 8-0 Euro 2020 qualifying demolition of Estonia in Mainz, impressing throughout in attack.The winger had an indifferent season at club level with Premier League champions City, scoring a respectable 10 goals and making 10 assists, but only starting 21 matches, six fewer than the 2017-18 campaign. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? Sane subsequently emerged as a primary target for Bayern, whose rebuild job will continue in the close-season after the departures of long-serving duo Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben.Bayern president Uli Hoeness confirmed the club’s interest last month and CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said they are ready to open talks over a summer move, saying: “We’ll try it. But I can’t promise whether it will be a success”. Since then, however, Hoeness has bemoaned City’s “insane” valuation of the winger and Goal reported recently that the Premier League champions are trying to convince him to extend his contract, with two years to go on his current one.But Sane failed to commit to Pep Guardiola’s side post-match when asked about the Bayern speculation.He told reporters: “I’m going on holiday now. Everything else will be seen. That’s it with the questions about Bayern Munich.”While Sane has remained quiet on the rumours surrounding his future, his Germany team-mates have been happy to discuss it.Bayern Munich duo Serge Gnabry and Joshua Kimmich have said they would be happy to see Sane turn up at the Bavarian club, but his City co-star Ilkay Gundogan does not expect him to leave England just yet.Meanwhile, Julian Draxler says he is unsure what his fellow ex-Schalke star will decide, but admitted that the players have been teasing Sane about the speculation.On the other hand, former Germany and Bayern hero Lothar Matthaus is convinced that a move is on the cards, as he wrote in a column last month: “A player who, in my eyes, will enchant the Bayern fans next year is Leroy Sane. I am sure he will move to Munich.”
Pablo Sarabia is all set to leave Sevilla to join Paris Saint-Germain, with the Ligue 1 club prepared to pay more than his €18 million (£16m/$20m) release clause.The Ligue 1 outfit are ready to offer over €20m (£18m/$23m) to sign him from the Spanish side this summer, ensuring Sevilla make a huge profit on the €400,000 they paid to get him from Getafe in 2016.Spain international Sarabia has one year left on his contract at Sevilla even though the club has spent the last two years trying to persuade him to renew his deal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? Several offers were made to extend his contract, most recently with sporting director Monchi reaching out to him, but the 27-year-old made the decision to leave the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan some time ago.The attacking midfielder, who can also play on the wing and up front, does not want to leave Sevilla on bad terms and wants the club to finalise talks with PSG over the move.With the French side offering more than his release clause and putting a lucrative contract on the table for the player, Sarabia’s exit is expected to be confirmed by July 1.Sarabia will depart after scoring 23 goals and making 17 assists in 52 appearances in all competitions in 2018-19.He will be PSG’s second signing of the summer, having already landed 19-year-old goalkeeper Marcin Bulka from Chelsea. Meanwhile, they have seen Moussa Diaby leave for Bayer Leverkusen, while Giovani Lo Celso and Grzegorz Krychowiak saw their loan spells at Real Betis and Lokomotiv Moscow respectively turned into permanent deals.Gianluigi Buffon, Dani Alves and Adrien Rabiot are also departing, with their contracts expiring at the end of the month.Thomas Tuchel’s team won their second consecutive Ligue 1 title last season but failed to defend their Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue titles and crashed out of the Champions League at the last-16 phase, losing to Manchester United.Meanwhile, Sevilla have already waved goodbye to Quincy Promes, whose move to Ajax was confirmed on Monday and Luis Muriel has left for Atalanta.
Sheffield United have secured the return of former Everton defender Phil Jagielka to Bramall Lane on an initial one-year deal, the newly-promoted Premier League outfit have confirmed.The 36-year-old, who came through the ranks of the Blades academy and played 287 games for them between 2000 and 2007, returns to South Yorkshire following a decade-plus of service with the Toffees in the Premier League, signing on 12 years to the day that he previously left..Jagielka, a former England international who was a member of the Three Lions’ 2012 European Championship and 2014 World Cup squads, becomes the Blades’ third signing since they secured their return to the Premier League last season, following Christopher Farrugia and Luke Freeman. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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 Speaking to the club’s official website, manager Chris Wilder expressed his delight at securing a homecoming for the veteran centre-back, adding that he feels he will bring a wealth of experience to the dressing room as the club look to establish themselves as top flight mainstays.”I don’t have to sign players for the fans to pat us on the back, we’re signing Phil because he is a really good footballer and a great character to have around in our first season back in the Premier League,” he stated.”He’s got an obvious history with the club which is fantastic but meeting up with him and seeing his desire makes me delighted to see Jags back at home.”He’s had a fantastic career, he was deserving of his move when we dropped out of the top-flight last time and he went to a fantastic club and played all those games in the Premier League and captained England.”To have Phil in and around our changing room in one of the most important seasons in our recent history is going to be invaluable.”He’s come to play, he knows he’s got to earn his place, but I’m buzzing having spent time with him and seen the desire he’s got to succeed at the back end of his career.”The Blades kick off their pre-season schedule in earnest later this month when they face Real Betis before games against Burton Albion, Northampton, Chesterfield and Barnsley ahead of their opening Premier League trip away to Bournemouth.
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – OCTOBER 03: General view of the stadium as the Oklahoma Sooners take on the Miami Hurricanes at Land Shark Stadium on October 3, 2009 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Miami defeated Oklahoma 21-20. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)A former college football star was arrested on suspicion of residential burglary on Thursday, according to a report from TMZ.Former Miami standout tight end Kellen Winslow II was arrested after reportedly breaking into a mobile home in San Diego.From the report:The person who called police confronted 34-year-old Winslow — who then got into a waiting SUV and left, according to police.Cops say they found Winslow in a matching SUV a short distance away and arrested him for felony burglary.The former football star was released on $50,000 bond.Winslow played collegiately at the University of Miami where he was an All-American during the 2003 season. During the national title game against Ohio State in 2003, Winslow caught 11 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown.He went on to become the No. 6 overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft. Winslow was selected by the Cleveland Browns, who drew flak for not drafting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger from Miami University (Ohio).Winslow was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2007 after he racked up 82 catches for 1,106 yards and five touchdowns.[TMZ]
NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 25: Head Coach Lincoln Riley of Oklahoma Sooners during warm ups before the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 59-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Oklahoma will open the 2018 season this Saturday. The Sooners will host Florida Atlantic and its quirky head coach Lane Kiffin.Oklahoma will also be breaking in a new starting quarterback in Kyler Murray. Murray has big shoes to fill in replacing Baker Mayfield, but he has the skill set to have a big season.While the Sooners are decidedly favored in this game, FAU is dangerous. The Owls had a huge season in 2017 and project to have a strong offense once again this fall.ESPN’s FPI has predicted its outcome for the game. Clearly, the computer model doesn’t think OU has much of a chance of losing.Oklahoma has a 95.3 percent chance of winning, per the FPI.Oklahoma and FAU will kick off at noon ET on Saturday.FOX will broadcast the game.
DALLAS, TX – OCTOBER 14: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns blows a bubble during warmups before the game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Cotton Bowl on October 14, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Richard W. Rodriguez/Getty Images)Last season, Tom Herman’s tenure at Texas began with a 51-41 home loss to Maryland. The Longhorns entered the season ranked, and improvement was expected.And then they lost to those same Terrapins, who have a suspended head coach and are embroiled in scandal, 34-29 at FedExField in Landover, Md.It certainly didn’t look like Texas took the leap that many expected under Herman, especially with a full year under his belt in Austin. The head coach wasn’t hearing it though.After the game, he wasn’t willing to acknowledge the comparisons between last year’s Maryland loss and this year’s. From Austin American-Statesman writer Brian Davis:“A lot of people are going to want to say this feels a lot like last year. It doesn’t to me.”Tom Herman said that this year’s Texas football team is “better now than at any point last year,” according to Davis.That isn’t sticking well with Texas fans, who clearly expected a big revenge win over the Terrapins.ESPN’s Bomani Jones, a Longhorns fan, was among those that isn’t amused with Herman’s quote.he’d do himself more favors by taking these losses on the chin instead of trying to explain to people why they didn’t see what they just saw. https://t.co/0sFPZCfWCg— El Flaco (@bomani_jones) September 1, 2018so i’ll say it slower, cuz i just don’t see how this is hard to understand. if your response is “well maryland is just better,” you’ve identified the problem. right there. it’s directly in front of you.— El Flaco (@bomani_jones) September 1, 2018Bomani isn’t alone either.Game clinching interceptions feel A LOT like last year.— Bill Burrell (@BillBurrell68) September 1, 2018Did they beat Maryland last year? No. Same as this year. So it feels exactly like last year.— Trevor Smith (@TSmith0952) September 1, 2018What’s he smoking. We got rid of Charlie Strong for this….I’m just saying. I do not see much of any improvement. Talk is cheap. Actions speak louder than words. ?— David Wheeler (@DWheels2006) September 1, 2018It sure as shit feels the same to me. 85 points surrendered by this “stout” defense and offenses that can’t get rolling until the second half and second quarter respectively. All while Maryland got off to fast starts both years? Yeah…feels the same to me.— DILLIGAF? (@Getitrite1) September 1, 2018This one game won’t define Herman’s tenure if he gets things turned around, and he’s not near the hot seat yet. It is fair to say that the honeymoon is over for the former Houston head coach, though.
ATHENS, GA – NOVEMBER 19: A general view of Sanford Stadium during the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Kentucky Wildcats on November 19, 2011 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Georgia’s football program is facing some major scrutiny tonight for what the Bulldogs did with an injured player on the field.Auburn defensive lineman Nick Cose was injured during tonight’s game against the Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium in Athens.As Coe was down on the field, Georgia’s stadium had a fan contest a few feet away.“They’re holding a contest just feet away from an injured Nick Coe on the field. Gotta get that sponsorship money. Remember, it’s all about the student-athletes,” Brandon Marcello tweeted.They’re holding a contest just feet away from an injured Nick Coe on the field. Gotta get that sponsorship money. Remember, it’s all about the student-athletes. pic.twitter.com/VB2rezt6Pw— Brandon Marcello (@bmarcello) November 11, 2018Georgia was probably contractually obligated to run that contest, and it’s not like it affected the treatment of the injured Auburn player, but still, it’s a terrible visual.The Bulldogs are leading the Tigers, 20-10, in the third quarter.The game is on ESPN.
NEW 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)Week 12 didn’t look like it would be anything special on paper, but we got a few down-to-the-wire games and one major upset. Overall, it was a fun weekend.As he does every week, ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit named his top performers for Week 12. Herbstreit typically picks five or six players and five or six team performances that stood out.Here are Herbie’s top five team performances from Week 12:Notre DameOklahoma StateUCFTexasNebraska/WisconsinNotre Dame, of course, rolled over No. 12 Syracuse. Oklahoma State knocked off a top 10 foe in West Virginia. UCF, Texas, Nebraska and Wisconsin all earned major wins as well.Below are Herbstreit’s list of individuals who stood out last weekend.My performances of WEEK 12Team1-@NDFootball2-@CowboyFB3-@UCF_Football4-@TexasFootball5-@HuskerFBNation5-@BadgerFootballPlayer1-Minshew @WSUCougFB2-Haskins @OhioStateFB3-Taylor @BadgerFootball4-Cornelius @CowboyFB5-A.McFarland @TerpsFootball5-J.Kelley @UCLAFootball— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) November 19, 2018That is a quarterback heavy list, but you can’t forget running backs Jonathan Taylor and Joshua Kelley, who put up eye-popping numbers in their team’s wins.There is now one week left in the regular season: Rivalry Week, which begins in a couple of days.
SOUTH BEND, IN – OCTOBER 28: Durham Smythe #80 and Cole Kmet #84 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish celebrate after scoring a touchdown in the first quarter against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Notre Dame Stadium on October 28, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)Cole Kmet plays tight end for Notre Dame football, and is a talented pitcher for the Fighting Irish baseball team. It appears that he is putting one of those careers on hold for the time being.The left-hander has not pitched since March 10. Per a report by 247’s Irish Illustrated, he experienced left elbow soreness after that appearance.As a result, Kmet is shutting it down on the diamond. He’ll focus on preparing for the upcoming football season.A source told Irish Illustrated that Kmet experienced some left elbow soreness and decided to shut it down for the balance of the spring. The elbow soreness obviously hasn’t negatively impacted his performance on the football field, as evidenced by Saturday’s pass-catching clinic.[…]The source told Irish Illustrated Kmet is “all in for football” and didn’t want his elbow issue to spill over to the football field or to deter from his and the team’s goal of winning a national championship this fall.Cole Kmet hasn’t completely shut the door on his baseball career yet, though.Per the report, he may consider returning to the diamond in 2019. For now, his mind is on the gridiron.Notre Dame is no stranger to the baseball/football split. Perhaps most famously, superstar wide receiver Jeff Samardzija chose the MLB over the NFL after a sterling career in both sports.For now, Kmet seems to be going in the other direction. Given Notre Dame’s penchant for turning out star tight ends, it may pay off.[Irish Illustrated]
JACKSONVILLE, FL – OCTOBER 28: A general view of georgia footballs taken before the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Florida Gators on October 28, 2006 at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)Georgia is putting together an impressive recruiting class for 2020, but its work certainly isn’t done yet. With five-star running back Kendall Milton still considering the Bulldogs, he could become the team’s priority in terms of recruiting.The Bulldogs have the No. 4 recruiting class in the nation right now. Kirby Smart has commitments from 11 players, which includes a pair of five-star recruits in Mekhail Sherman and Broderick Jones.Over the years, the Bulldogs have developed elite talent in their backfield. Star prospects like Todd Gurley, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel all came from the program.Perhaps the next tailback in line to have an impressive career at Georgia could be Milton, who will visit the university in the near future. Chris Milton, Kendall’s father, announced on Twitter that his son will spend time with LSU this weekend and then visit Georgia on the following weekend.It’s crucial for Georgia and every school landing a visit with Milton to make an everlasting impression.LSU this weekend… Georgia, you on deck!! @therealkmilt #2muchsauce #MILTONBOYZ pic.twitter.com/nLg9PDSd9C— Chris Milton (@fatherofballers) June 5, 2019Milton is the No. 21 overall recruit in his class, per 247Sports.The current group of suitors for Milton’s commitment features Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and USC.Considering that Georgia might lose D’Andre Swift to next year’s NFL Draft, it’s important that the coaching staff finds a worthy replacement. There’s no question that Milton has the talent to make an impact the moment he begins his college career.Stay tuned for more updates on Milton’s recruitment.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 10: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions looks on after the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Beaver Stadium on November 10, 2018 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)A former Penn State team doctor has filed a lawsuit against the school and James Franklin, alleging the head coach pressured him to clear injured players.Dr. Scott A. Lynch, a former team doctor at PSU, has filed the lawsuit, according to Matt Miller of Penn Live.The lawsuit, filed in Dauphin County Court, alleges that Franklin “repeatedly” tried to influence his decisions on whether or not injured players could appear in games.Lynch, who was removed from his position as Orthopedic Physician for the football team and Director of Athletic Medicine for the university in March, alleges that Franklin’s pressuring led to his removal. The former Penn State doctor is reportedly seeking $50,000 in damages.Lynch’s 43-page suit, filed by Philadelphia attorney Steven F. Marino, does not list any examples of specific incidents where Franklin supposedly tried to influence a player’s medical care or return to the field. Lynch merely accuses Franklin of trying to sway medical treatment and return to play decisions “on multiple and repeated occasions.”He claims he resisted that alleged interference, which he contends endangered the health of the student-athletes. Lynch claims his ouster is a direct result of his complaining about Franklin to other university officials.Penn State’s football team, meanwhile, is set to open its 2019 regular season on Aug. 31 against Idaho.You can view the full details of the lawsuit here.
Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn against LSU in the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana on January 3, 2007. LSU won 41 – 14. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/WireImage)FOX college football analyst Brady Quinn unveiled his latest College Football Playoff projection this week and it upset quite a few fan bases outside of the SEC.The former Notre Dame quarterback has three SEC teams making it into the College Football Playoff this year (joined by Clemson).Quinn has Alabama, Georgia and LSU all making it into the final foursome.The FOX analyst explained his controversial pick today. “Here’s how: If Alabama goes undefeated, they’re obviously in as the SEC Champion,” Quinn said. “You then have LSU, who has to play Alabama. If that’s their only loss — and coach, you know this — you don’t have to win your conference or your division — you can still get in as a one-loss team. That would be LSU’s only loss. Georgia could potentially lose to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game, and that be their only loss. You would potentially have two one-loss teams in the SEC, an undefeated Alabama team that gets in and if you add all these other conference champions have two losses, which is a big ‘if’, I don’t think that’s going to be the case for Ohio State and not going to be the case for Oklahoma if they win. But if that was the scenario, you could potentially make the case for why the SEC could get three teams in, and again, they’re part the top four in the AP poll, so I’m obviously not alone in that opinion of how we’re viewing the SEC at this point.”Everyone was all up in @Brady_Quinn’s mentions for his picks, now hear him defend WHY he has 3 SEC teams in the CFP. pic.twitter.com/4arGntptwL— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) September 28, 2019It’s certainly possible that two SEC teams will make it into the College Football Playoff this year.Three teams, though, is just a ridiculous notion in almost every scenario. It’s not going to happen.
Badminton Nationals: PV Sindhu storms into semis, Saina Nehwal reaches quartersPV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal hardly looked in any trouble in their respective women’s singles match at National Badminton Championship on Thursday.advertisement Next Press Trust of India GuwahatiFebruary 14, 2019UPDATED: February 14, 2019 23:25 IST PV Sindhu went about her business as usual in her second match on Thursday (BAI Media Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSindhu beat Riya Mookerjee 21-16 21-7 in 28 minutesSaina took just under half-an-hour to register a 21-11, 21-10 win against MandadaIn men’s singles, Lakshya Sen and Kaushal Dharmamer progressed to the last fourOlympic silver medallist P V Sindhu sailed into the last four stage, while former world number one Saina Nehwal dispatched Shruti Mandada to reach the quarter-finals of the women’s singles at the 83rd Senior National Badminton Championship in New Delhi on Thursday.Nagpur’s Vaishnavi Bhale and Ashmita Chaliha of Assam also showed superb resilience to book their maiden semifinal spots on a dramatic day.On a day when three pre-quarterfinals were postponed due to uneven court surface at the Assam Badminton Academy, Sindhu went about her business as usual, beating Riya Mookerjee 21-16 21-7 in 28 minutes to progress to the semifinals.The top seed from Hyderabad, a former champion, had opened her campaign with a 21-11 21-13 win over Nagpur’s Malvika Bansod in the morning.Saina meanwhile, took just under half-an-hour to register a 21-11, 21-10 win against Mandada. She will next play Neha Pandit in her quarters fixture.Vaishnavi, who had won the All India ranking tournament 2015 and finished runners-up at 2016, dug deep to eke out a hard-fought 19-21 22-20 21-11 win over third seed Shriyanshi Pardeshi.The maximum cheer was reserved for local sensation Ashmita, who kept her cool in two successive thrillers to set up a semifinal clash against Sindhu.The 19-year-old left-handed sensation from Assam, who claimed her first two senior international titles at the Dubai International Challenge and Tata Open International Challenge last year, showed great rearguard action to secure a 16-21 21-17 21-19 win over Aakarshi Kashyap in the quarters.The fourth seeded Assamese girl had earlier defeated Vaidehi Choudhari 21-13 15-21 21-12 in the pre-quarterfinals.advertisementIn men’s singles, Lakshya Sen and Kaushal Dharmamer progressed to the last four with straight game wins over their respective opponents.While Lakshya beat Aryamann Tandon 21-14 21-10, Harsheel Dani’s superb run was cut short by Kaushal, who notched up a 21-11 21-19 to make his maiden semifinal spot at the tournament.Earlier in the day, top seed Sameer Verma conceded a men’s singles encounter against Aryamann Tandon midway at 21-16 1-8 after aggravating a achilles heel problem.After that match, Saina took the court against Shruti Mundada in the pre-quarters but after having a look at the surface she made it clear that she won’t risk playing on that “uneven” court with the All England Championship round the corner.BAI secretary (events) Omar Rashid then postponed the three pre-quarterfinal matches, involving Saina, Parupalli Kashyap and B Sai Praneeth, to the evening session after consulting the players.The organisers then prepared a fresh court on a thick wooden plank on the cement flooring at the TRP indoor stadium for Saina and Kashyap’s pre-quarterfinals matches, while second seed Praneeth preferred to play at the adjacent court at the Assam Badminton Academy.Earlier, Sourabh defeated Kartik Jindal 21-8 21-15, Lakshya brushed aside Ansal Yadav 21-11 21-8 and Harsheel stunned fourth seed and 2018 SaarLorLux Open champion Subhankar Dey 21-15 21-17.In men’s doubles, top seeds Arjun MR and Shlok Ramchandran defeated Rohan Kapoor and Saurabh Sharma 21-11 21-18 to enter the semifinals, while Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Chirag Shetty got the better off veteran pair of Rupesh Kumar and V Diju 21-8 18-21 22-20 to make it to the last four stage.Arun George and Sanyam Shukla and Krishna Prasad G and Dhruv Kapila also advanced to the semifinals.Like last year, the players ranked within top 50 in the BWF ranking and top shuttlers in the BAI ranking, filled up the top eight places, who were given direct entry in the singles pre-quarterfinals after a super draw was conducted on Wednesday night.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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow National Badminton ChampionshipFollow PV SindhuFollow Saina Nehwal
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CSK vs DC T20 broadcast: Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Capitals Live StreamingCSK vs DC Match: Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings have both booked their spot in the 2019 Indian Premier League playoffs but a win for the Chennai win mean that they and Delhi will confirm their place in the first qualifier to be played in Chennai on May 7 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.advertisement India Today Web Desk ChennaiMay 1, 2019UPDATED: May 1, 2019 15:26 IST CSK vs DC broadcast channels (Courtesy by BCCI)Delhi Capitals will look to consolidate their top position when they face Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in their Indian Premier League (IPL) fixture in Chennai at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Wednesday.DC qualified for the playoffs after seven years as they defeated Royal Challengers Chennai (RCB) by 16 runs at their home ground on Sunday.The young team, led by Shreyas Iyer, seems to have their bases covered with all departments performing in this edition of the IPL. Players like Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Iyer and Rishabh Pant have led from the front in the batting department, while in bowling they have been spearheaded by Kagiso Rabada, who is having a dream run this season.On the other hand, CSK have not been at their best this season despite being the first team to seal a playoff berth. In the two matches that MS Dhoni has not played, they have not been able to handle the pressure and have lost the game. So, they would be desperately hoping that their regular skipper regains full fitness before the business end of the tournament.CSK would, however, like to take confidence from their win against Delhi when the two teams met at the Feroz Shah Kotla on March 26.Where will the IPL 2019 match between CSK and DC be played?The IPL 2019 match between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals will be played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai from 8 PM IST.Where can I watch the IPL 2019 match between CSK and DC live?advertisementThe match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the IPL 2019 match between CSK and DC?You can follow our coverage here – www.indiatoday.in/sports/ipl-2019 & www.indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads for the IPL 2019 match between CSK and DC?Chennai Super Kings: Harbhajan Singh, Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo, MS Dhoni (c), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Murali Vijay, Karn Sharma, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Imran Tahir, Faf du Plessis, Deepak Chahar, Mohit Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Dhruv Shorey, Scott Kuggeleijn, Monu Kumar, Mitchell Santner, Chaitanya Bishnoi, N Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, KM AsifDelhi Capitals: Ishant Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Amit Mishra, Colin Ingram, Colin Munro, Jalaj Saxena, Trent Boult, Chris Morris, Hanuma Vihari, Bandaru Ayyappa, Axar Patel, Ankush Bains, Shreyas Iyer (c), Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Tewatia, Avesh Khan, Jagadeesha Suchith, Nathu Singh, Rishabh Pant (wk), Sandeep Lamichhane, Keemo Paul, Prithvi Shaw, Manjot Kalra, Sherfane RutherfordAlso Read | Yellove from Nepal: Meet Sonal, the Dhoni fanatic who whistles loud for CSKAlso Read | CSK players get a ‘Rish-hug’ from Pant ahead of high-profile clash vs DCAlso Read | Will take call on MS Dhoni’s participation against Delhi Wednesday: FlemingFor 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
Reuters LondonMay 2, 2019UPDATED: May 2, 2019 10:30 IST Kumar Sangakkara has appeared twice on the honours boards at Lord’s (Kumar Sangakkara Twitter Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMCC was founded in 1787 and has been based at Lord’s, which it owns, since 1814Marylebone Cricket Club is the guardian of the Laws of cricketKumar Sangakkara scored 12,400 runs in 134 Tests and 14,234 runs in 404 ODIs for Sri LankaFormer Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara has been named as the first non-British president of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and will take up his one-year post in October.Sangakkara’s nomination was announced by current president, Anthony Wreford, at the MCC annual general meeting at Lord’s on Wednesday.Former Sri Lanka wicketkeeper-batsman Sangakkara, who scored 12,400 runs in 134 Tests, appeared twice on the honours boards at Lord’s.He hit 147 in the drawn Test against England in 2014, and 112 in Sri Lanka’s one-day international win on the same tour.”It is a huge honour to be named the next President of MCC and it is a role that I am thoroughly looking forward to,” the 41-year-old said in a statement.Introducing MCC’s next President…Congratulations, @KumarSanga2.Lord’s Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) May 1, 2019MCC was founded in 1787 and has been based at Lord’s, which it owns, since 1814. It is the guardian of the Laws of the game.”For me, MCC is the greatest cricket club in the world, with its global reach and continued progress for cricket on and off the pitch,” added Sangakkara.”The year 2020 is going to be yet another significant one in cricket, especially at Lord’s, and I am thrilled that I am going to be able to play a part in supporting its future as President of MCC.”Sangakkara’s tenure will include another busy year at Lord’s next year, with two England Test matches against West Indies and Pakistan and the launch of The Hundred – the England and Wales Cricket Board’s new 100-ball cricket format.advertisementAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Kumar SangakkaraFollow MCC presidentFollow Sangakkara MCC presidentFollow Marylebone Cricket Club Kumar Sangakkara named Marylebone Cricket Club’s first non-British presidentKumar Sangakkara’s tenure will include another busy year at Lord’s next year, with two England Test matches against West Indies and Pakistan and the launch of The Hundred.advertisement