Liverpool boss Klopp: 6 points are nothing. We’re creating our own historyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp isn’t getting carried away after victory over Newcastle United.The Reds have been installed as the new title favourites after they comfortably beat Newcastle 4-0 and Manchester City lost for successive matches, going down 2-1 at Leicester City.Now six points clear at the top of the table, Klopp said: “That means nothing. We play Arsenal and City. I had no idea how any other teams were playing, I didn’t even know where they were playing.”Afterwards I got the results and I can say it didn’t do a lot for me. It is just information. It’s good that we have six points than other teams, or seven, but that is pretty much all.”Klopp added: “We want to create our own history. It is the first Liverpool team in the Premier League unbeaten (at the halfway stage of the season).”All good numbers but there are 19 games to go. So we play Arsenal, we play City, we play Tottenham. We play all of them again. There is a long way to go, we all know that.”We have to win our games we have to be focused, we have to be really in the mood and have tunnel vision and see where it leads us to.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rob Holding admits feeling pressure from Arsenal supportersby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRob Holding admits he has felt pressure from Arsenal supporters in recent weeks.Gooners have been waiting for Holding, Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin to return in order to shore up Unai Emery’s defence.The aforementioned trio took part in Tuesday’s 5-0 win over Nottingham Forest, and Holding was pleased with how he dealt with the pressure.”I was speaking with Kieran – we were saying there is actually a bit of pressure on me, Hector and him,” he said.”Obviously the fans have been putting a lot of pressure on saying: ‘We need those three back, hopefully they can perform’.”So we had a bit of pressure going into [the Forest game] and the way we performed and dealt with it was great.”It is a healthy pressure. It’s not a sort of draining pressure if you know what I mean. It is a nice pressure and it is the competition. It is pushing everyone to be better.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Ex-Man City keeper Hart hails David Silva: He was tiny, slow and one-footed!by Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart still marvels at the transformation of David Silva since he joined the club.Silva arrived in England in 2010 with a big reputation from his success with Valencia.However, Hart recalls the little midfielder appearing tiny, slow and extremely one footed in early training sessions.Silva has gone on to become one of City’s greatest ever players.The former City goalkeeper told the Kickback podcast: “The wizard came over, I had no idea who he was.”£25 million, tiny, slow, only left footed and didn’t even know his position.”He seemed like a lovely guy, didn’t really speak much English.”He didn’t take over straight away but his consistency and quality were through the roof.”Just an all-round amazing player – there isn’t one negative to him, other than he’s small.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Norwich City boss Farke sorry with Godfrey injuryby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorwich City boss Daniel Farke admits Ben Godfrey’s injury is a blow after 0-0 draw wit Aston Villa,Norwich’s injury woes continued as Godfrey was forced off shortly after the break.”We have to wait and see what the outcome is [with Ben Godfrey],” Farke said. “He had hernia surgery 10 days ago and he only had one [training] session with the team.”He was top class in the first 50 minutes and it was important to have him on the pitch – he was a great leader. After 50 minutes he felt pain, I think his body was getting tired after only one session, I hope it’s not a big setback, but I hope to have him available for Man United but we have to wait.”
Wolves captain Coady takes blame for Southampton equaliserby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves captain Conor Coady held up his hands and admitted his mistake against Southampton.The defender was not happy with his performance as Wolves had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Molineux against the Saints.He missed a clearance that allowed Danny Ings to step in and score the first goal in the game.Speaking after the game with reporters, captain Coady said: “It was a tough game, but I felt we let them off the hook a bit with individual errors – mistakes at the back that cost us a little bit.”I’ve got to deal with it better, it is as simple as that. We need to know when to not try and play out from the back.”I need to improve, it is as simple as that. From my point of view, it is just something where I lost concentration of the ball.”I was trying to look at what was ahead of me to start a counter-attack because I felt it was quite an easy ball to control.”These things happen and we need to move on with two big games ahead.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Frank Kaminsky SI 6Wisconsin star Frank Kaminsky is currently manning Sports Illustrated’s Twitter account to field questions from fans, and the results have not disappointed. Fans have asked everything from his favorite teams and musicians, to his underwear preferences, to the classic Reddit question about duck-related preferences when it comes to a fight. We already knew that Kaminsky was the best. This just confirms it. Whichever team lands Kaminsky in the draft is getting one of the most entertaining guys available…and a pretty good center as well.
joel klatt cardale jones fox sportsSaturday, Ohio State, for the first time this season, will be starting sophomore J.T. Barrett over junior Cardale Jones at quarterback. Most college football analysts are applauding the move, given Jones’ struggles this year. Fox Sports’ Joel Klatt agrees, and even went one step further when he joined Dan Patrick Friday morning.Klatt, using a Thanksgiving analogy, implied that Jones was given too much credit for last year’s national title. He believes that Barrett did most of the work in leading Ohio State to the promised land.Klatt’s right, but he is discounting the fact that Jones, who had never started a college football game, beat Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon in his first three games. Regardless, Barrett is set to lead the offense, and it has Ohio State fans excited.
week 7 college basketball coaches poll Twitter/@MSU_FootballMichigan State continues to roll. The 12-0 Spartans are one of just three power conference programs that remain undefeated so far this season, and should enter Big Ten play with an unblemished record. Things won’t be easy for Michigan State going forward, however, with the injury to do-it-all star guard Denzel Valentine, who will be out for 2-3 weeks. For now, Michigan State remains on top of the college basketball world. Here are the week seven Top 25 polls. AP Poll:1. Michigan State 2. Kansas 3. Oklahoma 4. Maryland 5. Virginia 6. Xavier 7. North Carolina 8. Arizona 9. Butler 10. Providence 11. Iowa State 12. Kentucky 13. Miami (FL) 14. Purdue 15. Duke 16. Louisville 17. Villanova 18. SMU 19. West Virginia 20. George Washington 21. Texas A&M 22. Cincinnati 23. Baylor 24. Utah 25. South Carolina USA Today Coaches Poll: 1. Michigan State 2. Oklahoma 3. Kansas 4. Maryland 5. Virginia 6. Xavier 7. North Carolina 8. Arizona 9. Iowa State 10. Duke 11. Kentucky 12. Butler 13. Purdue 14. Providence 15. Louisville 16. Miami (FL) 17. Villanova18. West Virginia 19. Texas A&M20. George Washington 21. Cincinnati22. Baylor 23. South Carolina 24. Gonzaga 25. Vanderbilt
Steven Gerrard was under no illusions whatsoever. His first senior role in management was still weeks away, but the Liverpool legend knew exactly what was lying in wait.“A bit of time off, and then the mad house,” said a smiling Gerrard, sat aboard a flight to Kiev in May. He was heading to watch Liverpool in the Champions League final, part of BT Sport’s punditry team. After that, it was time for the real work to start. “Looking forward to it,” Gerrard told reporters and well-wishers en route to the Ukraine.That work has been as intense as he anticipated. Thirty-seven games across three competitions, 10 permanent signings and five loan deals, highs, lows and the steepest of learning curves. No easy introduction, even for someone of Gerrard’s stature. 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? It has been, in his own words, “a rollercoaster ride” but would he change it? “Not for anything,” he insists. The biggest thrills could be still to come.If Rangers beat Celtic at Ibrox on Saturday they will not only end a run of 12 Old Firm games without a victory; they will also ensure they end 2018 level on points with their greatest rivals. They’ll have played a game more, but it would still be a significant milestone given the club’s journey over the past decade.Not since 2011, prior to their decline into administration and eventually liquidation, have Gers fans had a title challenge to get their teeth into. After just seven months in Glasgow, Gerrard’s impact is there for all to see.That won’t surprise anybody who witnessed his remarkable playing career, of course. Nor those who followed him during his year in charge of Liverpool’s under-18 team. Gerrard the player was something special, and Gerrard the manager carries many of the same key traits. He demands, he leads, he inspires. He sets high standards and he craves success.“In terms of targets, I just want to win,” he told his first press conference back in May. “That’s my buzz, my demand.”His start has been a positive one. Rangers have won 11 and lost just three of their 20 league games so far, and Gerrard oversaw the longest unbeaten European run in the club’s history as he navigated his way through the Europa League qualifying rounds and into the group stage. Only narrow defeats to Spartak Moscow (4-3) and Rapid Vienna (1-0) denied his side a place in the last 32.“People always ask me; is Steven a coach or is he a manager?” says Michael Beale, part of Gerrard’s coaching staff. “He’s very much in the leader/manager role.“We’ve had a good start at Rangers so far, and that’s something I put down to his personality and how he holds the group when he communicates.”Beale, a highly-rated youth coach, was taken with Gerrard from Liverpool, along with Tom Culshaw, Rangers’ technical coach, and Jordan Milson, their head of performance. Assistant manager Gary McAllister and goalkeeping coach Colin Stewart complete the first-team setup, with Gerrard happy to delegate among his trusted lieutenants. “He’s a very talented field coach,” says Beale. “But he likes to stand back and see the whole group. That means he’ll see things that I’ll never see.”It hasn’t all been plain sailing, of course. Defeat to Aberdeen in the League Cup semi-final denied Gerrard a first shot at silverware, while their performance in losing narrowly to Celtic in the season’s first Old Firm clash suggested that the gulf in quality between the two teams remains.Disciplinary issues have dogged Gerrard’s early months as a manager. Rangers have collected no fewer than eight red cards this season, with top scorer Alfredo Morelos responsible for three of those alone. “We aren’t a dirty team,” says Gerrard, but successful teams should certainly not be playing with 10 men so often.Morelos, with 20 goals in all competitions, is the key man. Gerrard went public this week, denying that the Colombian would be sold in the January transfer window. He knows he can ill-afford to lose the combustible 22-year-old; Rangers’ second leading scorer is their right-back, and captain, James Tavernier.Recruitment so far has been mixed. Goalkeeper Allan McGregor and centre-back Connor Goldson have been clear successes, while midfielders Lassana Coulibaly and Scott Arfield also fall into that category. More, though, might have been expected of the likes of Kyle Lafferty, Eros Grezda and Ovie Ejaria, a young midfielder signed on loan from Liverpool, who has since returned to Merseyside.Part of Gerrard’s make-up as a person is his ongoing quest for perfection, and his inability to hide his feelings when things aren’t as he wishes. That has been clear in some of his public statements, in which he has criticised his players and, on more than one occasion, suggested he will look to bring in better ones if they fail to perform. Rangers are expected to be busy themselves in January, with forwards and wide players high on the agenda. Turning draws into victories will be key if they are to sustain their challenge in the New Year.Gerrard was critical of his team after their recent win at St Johnstone, with his comments that “we shouldn’t have to work that hard to win at places like this” causing something of a stir in the media. Gerrard, for his part, denies he meant any disrespect.As for this weekend, he will be hoping for a more positive showing than he got from his team at Celtic Park back in early September. Then, an Olivier Ntcham goal was enough for Rodgers’ side, on a day when Rangers’ attacking threat was minimal.It should be different in front of an expectant Ibrox, who are eyeing a first home Old Firm win since March 2012, prior to the liquidation of The Rangers Football Club. Their only success in 14 meetings since came via a penalty shootout in the Scottish Cup semi-final in 2016. Typically, Rangers went on to lose the final anyway.If Gerrard’s side, reformed, re-built and re-energised, can end that long wait, it will underline the work he is doing in Glasgow. He took on a hell of a challenge when he walked into Ibrox, but the rookie manager is making a more than decent fist of it so far.
ESPN.ESPN’s College GameDay will be in Kalamazoo, Mich. on Saturday.The decision to host College GameDay at Western Michigan this weekend was a surprising one for some. The Broncos are 10-0, but their game this weekend isn’t a particularly enticing one. WMU is set to play 2-8 Buffalo.Many thought GameDay would go to Morgantown, West Virginia, where the Mountaineers are hosting Oklahoma in the Big 12’s biggest game of the season.ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit explained on Twitter last night why GameDay made the decision it did.“This is more of a tribute to the season that Western Michigan is having and a salute to the “smaller” schools,” he wrote on Twitter.Boulder & Morgantown both deserving-this is more of a tribute to the season that W.Michigan is having & a salute to the “smaller” schools. https://t.co/FCyhLWrYMC— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) November 15, 2016GameDay at a non-traditional football power is always a good time. This weekend should be fun.
Ole Miss vs. Texas Tech has been a slugfest thus far, and we now have our first ejection of the contest. Junior defensive back Desmon Smith was booted from the game for targeting after a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit in the first half.Smith’s hit came against Rebels wideout DaMarkus Lodge with just under seven minutes left in the first quarter. Smith leads with his helmet and catches Lodge under the crown of the helmet as he comes down from trying to catch a pass.Smith was called for targeting and ejected. It’s actually one of the least-controversial calls for targeting that we’ve seen so far this year.Ole Miss, at the moment, holds a 24-7 lead on the Red Raiders. The second quarter is about to start.Here’s the play:Desmon Smith got ejected from the game for this hit pic.twitter.com/7uq89WBrSs— Prime Bam Childress (@fearthe_beard11) September 1, 2018Needless to say, this isn’t the start that Texas Tech was looking for.Neither Ole Miss nor Texas Tech are expected to be national title contenders this year, but a big win against a ‘Power 5’ program could go a long way for each team.
RALEIGH, NC – OCTOBER 31: A general view of the Clemson Tigers versus North Carolina State Wolfpack during their game at Carter-Finley Stadium on October 31, 2015 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)It is only Thursday night and we’ve already had a top-15 team lose this weekend. NC State just went down at home to unranked Wake Forest.Wake scored the game-winning touchdown with 30 seconds left to stun the 14th-ranked Wolfpack 27-23. The winning points came on a 32-yard touchdown pass from Jamie Newman to tight end Jack Freudenthal.Newman was making his first career start tonight in place of starter Sam Hartman, who is out for the season after getting injured against Syracuse last week.This is certainly a way to mark that career milestone.Wake Forest scores the GW Touchdown with :30 seconds remaining to upset #14 @NCState. #ACC @WakeFB pic.twitter.com/NfxVeRkXCO— Trey Wallace (@TreyWallace_) November 9, 2018Making matters worse for NC State is the fact that Wake’s game-winning drive came after the Wolfpack were unable to convert on 4th-and-3 deep in Demon Deacon territory. They had this one almost sewn up.With the win, Wake Forest moves to 5-5 and needs one more win to clinch bowl eligibility. NC State falls to 6-3.The Wolfpack will very likely drop out of the top 25 come Sunday afternoon.
ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 22: Head Coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers calls a play against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on September 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Clemson’s football team has made its way onto the field for tonight’s national title game against No. 1 Alabama.We had a funny image featuring Dabo Swinney’s son, Will, as ESPN showed the Tigers heading out of the locker room.Will Swinney, a sophomore wide receiver, was walking out onto the field in front of Clemson’s star quarterback, Trevor Lawrence.Lawrence is 6-foot-6 and Swinney is 5-foot-8.This created quite the image:Trevor Lawrence is ready to stuff Dabo’s kid in a locker pic.twitter.com/5RJQp2HuKQ— Sam Cooper (@SamDCooper) January 8, 2019Alabama and Clemson are set to kick off shortly after 8 p.m. E.T.The game will be on ESPN.
DETROIT, MI – SEPTEMBER 10: Quarterback Wilton Speight #3 of the Michigan Wolverines flips the football to running back Chris Evans #12 in the third quarter during a college football game against the UCF Knights at Michigan Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the UCF Knights 51 – 14. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)Michigan’s football program announced this evening that one of the Wolverines’ top offensive players is no longer on the team.Chris Evans, Michigan’s projected starting running back for the 2019 season, is no longer a part of the program.Rumors had been swirling about Evans’ status for the past couple of days, though nothing had been confirmed by the Wolverines.Tonight, Michigan confirmed that Evans was off the team.“Chris Evans is not a member of the football team at this time,” Michigan’s David Ablauf, Associate AD for Football Communications, announced.He added: “Privacy laws prohibit us from commenting further.”Chris Evans is not a member of the football team at this time — per David Ablauf, Associate AD for Football Communications. “Privacy laws prohibit us from commenting further.”— angelique (@chengelis) February 5, 2019Evans, a former four-star recruit, was expected to have a major role on Michigan’s offense in 2019.The running back totaled 423 yards and four touchdowns in 2018, rushing for 5.2 yards a carry.Michigan could now be forced to rely heavily on former walk-on Tru Wilson, whom Harbaugh is really high on.“He’s really seeing things well. He’s not running into the thick of defenders and is able to see the hole and go for the soft shoulder of the defender rather than trying to take him right down the middle,” Harbaugh said during the 2018 season. “His pass protection is very good. He’s continuing to improve. He’s a team favorite.”Michigan is expected to start the 2019 season ranked in the top 15.
CANTON, OH – AUGUST 01: Drew Lock #3 of the Denver Broncos throws a pass in the first half of a preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons at Tom Benson Hall Of Fame Stadium on August 1, 2019 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)On Thursday night, the Denver Broncos took on the Atlanta Falcons in the Hall of Fame Game.It’s the first time football has graced the television sets of America since the New England Patriots took down the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl.Without the starters on the field the level of play was less than ideal, but at least football is back.During the game, former Missouri star quarterback Drew Lock saw his first NFL action. It was a struggle for the former Tigers starter who took over for Kevin Hogan in the first half. Lock completed 7-of-11 passes for just 34 yards and took two sacks in the process.After the game, Broncos head coach Vic Fangio had a brutally honest assessment of his rookie quarterback’s play.“I was hoping for more, but not surprised,” Fangio said.Vic Fangio On Drew Lock: “I was hoping for more but not surprised.” #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) August 2, 2019Denver drafted Lock with the No. 42 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft. Lock slid out of the first round, but the Broncos traded up to draft him in the second, showing confidence in the young quarterback.He showed some promise on Thursday night, but looked very much like a rookie as well.He’ll likely backup Joe Flacco for most of the upcoming season.
BOULDER, CO – NOVEMBER 03: A general view of the stadium as the Stanford Cardinal face the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field on November 3, 2012 in Boulder, Colorado. The Cardinal defeated the Buffaloes 48-0. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Colorado football completed a major comeback against Nebraska earlier this afternoon.In the day’s most exciting game, the Buffaloes scored 24 points in the fourth quarter to tie the game. In overtime, Nebraska missed a game-tying field goal giving CU the win.Things were chippy heading into the match-up. The long-time rivalry definitely evoked bitter feelings from both fan-bases and teams. Not to mention the large turnout from Nebraska fans in Boulder.Following the game, Colorado’s quarterback Steven Montez had some things to say about the Cornhuskers. “You guys saw all those crazy quotes (Nebraska was) putting out in the week and I think they talked themselves right out of it,” Montez said, via Twitter. “Before the coin toss they were talking trash. They were spitting at the bottom of piles so they got what was coming to them.”Certainly some strong words from Montez — one of Colorado’s heroes of the game. Montez completed 28-of-41 passes for 375 yards and two touchdowns.Nebraska’s players certainly weren’t shy heading into the game.Daniels (continued on Colorado): “I felt like last year we were the better team. And then if we were the better team last year, I know we’re the better team this year… I’m just ready to go and kick some ass, to be honest with you.”— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) August 31, 2019Colorado’s win is not only big for the program, but for the Pac-12 conference. The Pac-12 has struggled to win big non-conference games in recent years. But Colorado’s win helps the conference as a whole gain some much needed respect.Saturday’s victory is a great start for new Colorado head coach Mel Tucker.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The second week of the college football season is in the books. With two weeks of action in the rearview, several title contenders have serious questions to answer.Among them are the Michigan Wolverines, who own one of the hardest schedules in college football over the next couple months. Jim Harbaugh and company have trips to Wisconsin and Penn State and also have Ohio State left on the schedule.However, the Wolverines don’t own the hardest schedule in the country. That honor belongs to South Carolina.ESPN’s computer model took a look at the remaining schedules for every team in the country. In doing so, the model predicted which teams have the most-difficult road ahead. According to the Football Power Index, the Gamecocks the most-difficult schedule remaining.The rest of the season won’t be kind to the Gamecocks and it starts this weekend when Alabama comes to town.But the Gamecocks aren’t alone. A few other teams will struggle through the rest of the season as well – including Kirby Smart’s Georgia Bulldogs.Here’s the top 10:South CarolinaMichiganGeorgiaUSCColoradoArizona StateMarylandPenn StateStanfordFloridaOhio State just missed the list, coming in at No. 11. The Buckeyes are the favorite to come out of the Big Ten East after a hot start to the season.The full breakdown of hardest schedules in college football can be seen here.
Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiFebruary 13, 2019UPDATED: February 13, 2019 17:29 IST Amit Bhandari was taken to hospital and subsequently discharged after treatment (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDDCA chief selector Amit Bhandari was beaten up by an U-23 cricketer and his accomplicesBhandari got 7 stitches for cuts on his legs and head after the attackDDCA has imposed a life ban on the Under-23 cricketer Anuj Dedha as a resultDelhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) Chief Rajat Sharma on Wednesday said that the association will impose a life ban on Under-23 cricketer Anuj Dedha for physically assaulting former India pacer and selector Amit Bhandari for not including him in the state U-23 side.”We are imposing a life ban on the player that attacked chief selector Amit Bhandari, apart from following all the legal procedures. He will be banned from all cricket activities,” Rajat Sharma said at a press conference.Senior selection committee chairman Bhandari was attacked by Dedha and his hired goons at the St Stephen’s ground on Monday when he was watching a warm-up game of the senior Delhi team preparing for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.Dedha along with 15 others attacked Bhandari with hockey sticks, cricket bats and rods and the former pacer sustained injuries on his forehead and other body parts.He was taken to hospital and subsequently discharged after treatment while Delhi Police arrested Dedha. He is currently under police custody.Bhandari got 7 stitches for cuts on his legs and head.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 Amit BhandariFollow Anuj DedhaFollow DDCAFollow Delhi and District Cricket AssociationFollow Amit Bhandari assaulted Delhi cricketer Anuj Dedha gets life ban for assaulting DDCA selector Amit BhandariDelhi and District Cricket Association’s (DDCA) senior selection committee chairman Amit Bhandari was attacked by Dedha and his hired goons at the St Stephen’s ground on Monday.advertisement
USA cricket team trains with Australia cricketers in SharjahThe USA cricketers were seen bowling to the Australian batsmen in the nets during a training session. Australia are slated to face Pakistan in a 5-ODI series starting Friday.advertisement Ritayan Basu SharjahMarch 21, 2019UPDATED: March 21, 2019 11:32 IST Justin Langer, Aaron Finch spent some time with the USA team during Australia’s net session (@usacricket Photo)HIGHLIGHTSUSA cricketers were invited to train with the Australian team in SharjahThe USA players had the chance to bowl to the Aussie batsmen in the netsAustralia play Pakistan in a five-match ODI series starting FridayThe Australian team, who are touring the United Arab Emirates, practiced with the USA men’s cricket team at the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium on Wednesday.Some of the USA players bowled to the Aussie batsmen in the nets and in fact it was the Australian team who had asked their American counterparts to train with them. Justin Langer, Aaron Finch also spent some time with the USA team.The United States cricket team recently played their first-ever Twenty20 international in the two-match series against UAE, which they went onto lose – rain spoiled the first match and UAE beat USA by 24 runs in the second T20I.What a truly fantastic afternoon for the #TeamUSA bowling group today, as we were invited to train with the Australian team in Sharjah!Some phenomenal insight from Justin Langer, Aaron Finch and Troy Cooley for all our boys to learn fromOur thanks to all involved pic.twitter.com/DHkRI07dkOUSA Cricket (@usacricket) March 20, 2019Some more shots of a memorable day for the #TeamUSA bowling group with the @CricketAus squad in SharjahSee all the photos here: https://t.co/90Jb9f3QLO pic.twitter.com/dCkdxW1joUUSA Cricket (@usacricket) March 20, 2019″It was great to have you guys down at practice today. Some very skilled USA cricket players,” Finch posted on social mediaIt was great to have you guys down at practice today! Some VERY skilled @usacricket players!! https://t.co/TuhEy6vKaR Aaron Finch (@AaronFinch5) March 20, 2019Australia, on the other hand, are slated to face Pakistan in a five-match one-day international series, starting Friday in Sharjah.advertisementThe Australian batsmen may have faced the USA bowlers in the nets but they will have to take guard against Mohammad Abbas, who had wrecked havoc in their previous meeting in the longer format of the game.Finch, the Australian skipper, feels though he will not be as effective this time around.”He had some great success with the red ball in the Test matches against us. He bowled very consistently, just moved the ball enough each way,” Finch said.”But I think it’ll be totally different conditions, different format. Your mindset is definitely a bit different as a batter in one-day cricket,” Finch added.Finch is counting on the confidence from the success in the ODI series against India as Australia prepare for the 2019 ICC World Cup.”That’ll be a good challenge again though, there are a few guys in our side who he did have some success against. So it’s about coming up with a plan for him,” Finch said.Also Read | Illness hits Australian camp ahead of Pakistan seriesFor 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 Tags :Follow USAFollow AustraliaFollow practiceFollow UAEFollow PakistanFollow SharjahFollow Justin LangerFollow Aaron Finch
IPL 2019: Rahane promises to come back stronger in 2020 after disappointing seasonIPL 2019, DC vs RR: Ajinkya Rahane said that he was proud of Rajasthan Royals’ performance in IPL 2019 and promised that his side will come back stronger next year. Indian Premier League, 2019, Match 53 Match Ended Square Leg r Mid off 8.21 Colin Ingram C. Ingram c Ajinkya Rahane b Ish Sodhi 115/9 Riyan Parag (RAJ) R. Parag (RAJ) 12 fine Leg 38 1 2 100 121/5 (20.0) Square Leg Toss: RAJ elected to bat S/R All batsmen are considered right handed nb Trent Boult T. Boult covers 21 8 0 Point Mid off Top Bowlers Top Bowlers Amit Mishra (DEL) A. Mishra (DEL) fine Leg Mid on Point 28/2 ( P. Shaw 3.2 Overs) , All batsmen are considered right handed m Mid on 1 c Riyan Parag b Ish Sodhi Rajasthan third Man 13 3.1 5 Shreyas Gopal S. Gopal Prithvi Shaw P. Shaw b Ish Sodhi 0 Square Leg 0 Delhi batting DEL batting covers 50 (49) All batsmen are considered right handed – Mid on third Man 0 0 not out covers 0 Shikhar Dhawan S. Dhawan c Riyan Parag b Ish Sodhi 4s 15 Mid on wd b Ish Sodhi 0 139.47 Point Mid off covers 0 6 166.66 9 Point 106/5 ( S. Rutherford 15.2 Overs) , 8 R 4 Fall of Wickets fine Leg third Man third Man Krishnappa Gowtham K. Gowtham 0 fine Leg w Mid on Stuart Binny S. Binny Mid on Mid off 4 not out 53 commentary fine Leg 53 (38) 14 All batsmen are considered right handed 6s 61/3 ( S. Iyer 7.3 Overs) , Delhi DEL 2 0 Referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM) Umpires: Ian Gould (ENG), Anil Dandekar (IND) and Nitin Menon (IND) e/r All batsmen are considered right handed (16.1) c Ajinkya Rahane b Ish Sodhi (16.1) 23 0 0 Rishabh Pant (wk) R. Pant (wk) not out Point 1 graphs Top Batsmen Top Batsmen 0 0 Rajasthan RAJ 4 Super Over 6 No data available! c Liam Livingstone b Shreyas Gopal Delhi 0 0 6 Ishant Sharma I. Sharma 14 Scorecard Mid Wicket 0 All batsmen are considered right handed Delhi DEL Mid off Amit Mishra A. Mishra Point 0 1 1 Rajasthan Bowling RAJ Bowling Oshane Thomas O. Thomas Series Status: Player Of The Match: Amit Mishra vs 1 5.25 83/4 ( C. Ingram 13.4 Overs) , 16 Mid Wicket (16.1) covers 0 third Man Mid off 133.33 (20.0) 10.5 fine Leg Shreyas Iyer (c) S. Iyer (c) c Liam Livingstone b Shreyas Gopal 2 28/1 ( S. Dhawan 3.1 Overs) , 183.33 Match Ended fine Leg 11 c Liam Livingstone b Shreyas Gopal 3 2 52.17 Extras: 5 runs (B: 0, LB: 4, WD: 1, NB: 0, P: 0) Mid on 121/5 0 3/17 (4) Rishabh Pant (DEL) R. Pant (DEL) 121/5 16 covers Ish Sodhi (RAJ) I. Sodhi (RAJ) third Man 1 0 2 Indian Premier League, 2019 Axar Patel A. Patel not out 0 0 view full scorecard Keemo Paul K. Paul 0 Mid Wicket 3/26 (3.1) B Rajasthan RAJ 12 100 13 Square Leg 0 1 Indian Premier League, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 16:00 (Local Time) 115/9 0 Varun Aaron V. Aaron advertisement 0 Ish Sodhi I. Sodhi Mid Wicket 21 Square Leg Mid off third Man Square Leg Point o Square Leg 26 covers 0 0 0 Mid Wicket 1 Riyan Parag R. Parag Delhi beat Rajasthan by 5 wickets 0 All batsmen are considered right handed 0 Sherfane Rutherford S. Rutherford c Liam Livingstone b Shreyas Gopal view more view less Mid Wicket Mid Wicket Ritayan Basu DelhiMay 4, 2019UPDATED: May 4, 2019 20:45 IST Ajinkya Rahane promised Rajasthan Royals will come back stronger next year (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSRajasthan Royals lost to Delhi Capitals by 5 wickets on SaturdayWith the loss, RR crashed out of the IPL 2019 playoff raceAjinkya Rahane said that they will come back stronger next yearRajasthan Royals lost to Delhi Capitals by 5 wickets to crash out of the 2019 Indian Premier League at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi on Saturday.Rajasthan finished with just 11 points, having won five games and one tied match, from 14 league games.”We had a tough season this year. We didn’t capitalise on the tough moments, we can’t place the blame on the boys for today, many of them are playing their 3rd or 4th game,” Rajasthan skipper Ajinkya Rahane said after the loss against Delhi.”We need to learn from this and come back well next season,” Rahane added.The @DelhiCapitals have finished their league games and are now on the No.2 position in the Points Table. pic.twitter.com/lyrHnOmcJ1IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 4, 2019Rahane opted to praise RR’s youngsters who have shined on the big stage of the IPL.”Riyan Parag has been exceptional, so has Shreyas Gopal – he always thinks about taking wickets,” Rahane said.Parag, on Saturday, scored a fifty to become the youngest to do so at the age of 17 years 175 days. Parag was the lone fighter even as his senior teammates crashed and burned around him.Rajasthan had a disastrous start to their innings as they were reduced to 30/4 at the end of the powerplay over.#FunFactYoungest players to score a Vivo @IPL 50Riyan Parag – 17y 175dSanju Samson 18y 169dPrithvi Shaw 18y 169dRishabh Pant 18y 237dAll 4 of them are playing today. #DCvRR #RR #HallaBol pic.twitter.com/qOcZZ2VrMgadvertisementRajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) May 4, 2019Ishant Sharma removed Rahane for just 2 runs and then also cleaned up Liam Livingstone for 14. Sanju Samson was a victim to an unnecessary mix up with Mahipal Lomror, who himself fell to Ishant.Parag and Gopal put up a 27-run fifth-wicket stand before Amit Mishra almost took a hat-trick, only to be refused by a dropped catch from Trent Boult.Rajasthan managed to put up 115/9 from their quota of 20 overs.”We play the game with love and passion, it’s all about attitude. We didn’t bat well, 140-150 would have been challenging,” Rahane said blasting his batsmen.With little to nothing to play with, the RR bowlers fought hard but a Rishabh Pant fifty made sure that Delhi Capitals reached the target with 5 wickets and 23 balls to spare.M A T C H W I N N E R #DCvRR #ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals #IPL #IPL2019 @RishabPant777 pic.twitter.com/qTg25uxcDDDelhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) May 4, 2019Ish Sodhi, who finished with figures of 3/26, got the wickets of both the Delhi openers in consecutive balls but failed to take a hat-trick.Rahane praised his bowlers even after the loss, saying, “The bowlers gave it all, showed a lot of character. Ish (Sodhi), playing his second game, KG (Krishnappa Gowtham) – all of them did well.”Speaking about his own form during the season, he said that captaincy did not affect him and he has always given his best.”Personally, my season was good, I was confident about batting. Captaincy and batting is different, I always want to give the best to my franchise, it’s all about staying positive and giving your best,” Rahane said.Also Read | Riyan Parag youngest to hit an IPL fiftyAlso Read | Delhi Capitals win by 5 wickets to eliminate Rajasthan RoyalsFor 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 Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow DC vs RRFollow Ajinkya RahaneFollow Rajasthan RoyalsFollow Delhi Capitals