Hasenhuttl insists Southampton will help Davis join Rangersby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is understanding of Steven Davis’ desire to return to Rangers.According to Sky Sports News, Rangers and Saints are in talks over a transfer. Saints are okay with letting their club captain leave. The 34-year-old wants to make the move, and he has his manager’s blessing.”The fact is he has a half-year contract here until the summer so what we want to give him is the chance to make the next step, if it is a possibility we will help him to do so,” Hasenhuttl said to reporters.”He has done a lot for this club so hopefully we can find a win-win solution for both sides.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Luka Modric on Real Madrid crisis: This isn’t bad luck; our starts are s***by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLuka Modric blasted his Real Madrid teammates after defeat to Real Sociedad.The midfielder questioned the attitude for the start of the 2-0 reverse.”Many of us are not at our level,” Modric said in the mixed zone.”We cannot take a s*** at the beginning of every game.”We have to be clear, it’s not a matter of luck.”We are creating a lot but the ball won’t go in and we are giving a lot but there are reasons that explain why things are not going well.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wilshere: West Ham knew all about this Arsenal weaknessby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham midfielder Jack Wilshere has questioned Arsenal’s set-piece defending after Saturday’s win.For Rice’s winning goal, the corner was cleared out of the box before the ball was worked back out to Felipe Anderson for the cross.“I think it’s the second phase,” former Arsenal midfielder Wilshere said, as he worked as a pundit for the game.“Sometimes it’s the most important phase in a set piece.“You’ve done your job and sometimes people switch off.“It goes wide and the second ball goes in and there’s someone free.“Declan was free there and he tucked it away nicely.”
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Hoeness takes new swipe at Barcelona goalkeeper Ter Stegenby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has taken a new swipe at Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.Hoeness has been angered by Ter Stegen’s claims that he deserves Germany selection ahead of Bayern’s Manuel Neuer.He snapped: “I would have expected him to be cornered and say things are not going that way. It has damaged the reputation of an impeccable athlete like Manuel.”Hoeness claims Ter Stegen has made Neuer sound like “old scrap that should be removed after the Euros”.He also slammed the German Federation for not taking action against Ter Stegen.”I do not expect any reaction from you,” he explained and added: “Their only virtue is to go for a walk in the forest and whistle.”
Inter Milan coach Conte disappointed with Italian fansby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Antonio Conte has taken a swipe at Italian fans.Conte returned to Serie A this season and was struck by the difference in attitude.“Racism is a problem in Italy, but so is any kind of insult, and after three years away, I find Italy has regressed,” said Conte in a Press conference ahead of tonight’s Milan Derby.“People write exclusively to foment hatred. Italy has become far worse lately and we are all to blame. We’re talking about something that educates the next generation to hate and engage in violence.”He added: “It would be wonderful to see fans attend games just to cheer on their own team. Children ought to hear that instead of observing these hostile atmospheres that are right on the borderline.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Wolves winger Adama Traore hails spirit for Besiktas shockby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves winger Adama Traore says their last-gasp Europa League win at Besiktas typifies the spirit with the group.For the third time already this season, Wolves bagged a game-changing goal in injury time.Traore told the club’s website: “I think the whole team worked so hard through the game. It’s been tough, of course, I’m happy for the result, of course. It’s important to win, our first win, and after we have to keep working.“We keep going, we keep moving and we keep pushing, that is important. We keep showing the last games that we have to fight until the end, and we do that. This is the spirit and I’m so happy for the work of the team.“Before in previous games we showed a spirit, it doesn’t matter how the game goes, or how difficult it is, we will fight, we will keep pushing until the end, so I like the spirit of the team, this is my spirit as well, so I’m so happy and will have to keep working.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
YouTube/EliteMixtapesFive-star point guard Trevon Dural is a top 10 player in the 2017 class, and has the offer sheet to prove it. Kansas, Louisville, Syracuse, and numerous others are after the explosive guard out of St. Benedict’s Prep. At the Under Armour All-America Camp in Charlotte, Duval showed off his superior athleticism, with a monster dunk on a very unlucky defender. Lesson to all defenders: if Duval blows by his man and you’re late on rotating over to protect the rim, you may just want to let him have the two points.[Bleacher Report]
Pep Guardiola insists he is not disappointed to see Manchester City target Frenkie de Jong move to Barcelona, but warned that the Premier League champions will find it “almost impossible” to sign the world’s best players for a price they deem reasonable.City were in the race to sign De Jong all the way up until Barca made a big-money move in the past few days, with the Catalans offering to pay Ajax more than the previously agreed £61 million (€70m/$81m) fee, and upping the Dutchman’s wages to between £260,000 and £300,000 per week.Guardiola had previously urged City to be “quicker and more efficient” in their attempts to ward off Barca and Real Madrid in the transfer market and that is a theme he returned to on Friday. 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? City’s transfer policy dictates that they will not pay above what they consider to be a fair price for new players, a stance that has ensured their highest transfer outlay is £60m (€69m/$79m) – much lower than the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Barca.But Guardiola now suggests that City could have to start looking at younger prospects rather than established stars, because the Blues are unwilling to pay the type of fees that rival clubs do.”The transfer market, the salaries, increases a lot,” the Catalan said. “After Neymar at PSG, it increased to incredible levels. Unfortunately that’s why we spend a lot to change the team (average age). We have to be quicker and smarter and try to buy the players.”We have to adapt. It’s difficult to buy top, top players at a good price. It’s almost impossible. Maybe we have to trust in the young players and help them develop their own personality here.”He added: “I said many times, Barcelona and Madrid it’s impossible to fight against them. For the prestige, the incredible league, the incredible clubs they are. The players have to take their own decisions. When they don’t want to come it’s because they want another place. There are other options and we are going to try if we believe we need players in that position.”City have been scouring the market for potential reinforcements in midfield and at left-back, and are likely to face a re-run of the De Jong saga in their attempts to lure Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax.Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Barcelona were all in the race for De Jong at one stage and that is the case for De Ligt, too.That could pose further problems for City, with Guardiola explaining that the club do not want to break their wage structure on new signings.Kevin De Bruyne is currently City’s top earner with a contract worth nearly £300,000 per week after all possible bonuses are factored in.Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero are also on big money at the Etihad Stadium but City are reluctant to offer prospective new signings similar deals; 12 months ago they walked away from the opportunity to sign Alexis Sanchez after the Chilean’s agent wanted them to match a major counter-offer from Manchester United.City have also seen two attempts to sign Kylian Mbappe falter, and it is believed they were reluctant to make De Jong, 21, one of their highest earners.”I think we try to keep the harmony in the locker room with the wages,” he said. “When you have no balance with that then there is always a problem with the mood in the locker room.”One of the good things that City have done is keeping that balance. The reality is that it’s not just one or two teams paying a lot on wages. There are many. Many, many. Before the rumours was that it was just PSG and Manchester City. That is over. Everybody can pay a lot in fees and wages. It’s not just in England, it’s in Italy, in Spain, France. Maybe not in Germany.”There are many and sometimes we can’t compete with that. That’s why we have to be quicker, faster and don’t get nervous.”Guardiola says he does not know how City can be quicker and more efficient with their transfer dealings but insists he would be happy with his squad even if no new players were to be signed in the summer.“I don’t know! The others are quicker and smarter, like we try to do. In the market there are many players, in positions we need, but even next season if we can’t take anyone then the squad remains good. I’m so satisfied for what City has done. We cannot forget we only bought one player this season. We’ll see what happens in the summer. We’ll see the behaviour of the players in the locker room, their desire to stay and help the club – not just me and their mates, but the club.”
Granit Xhaka is trying to put the humbling his Arsenal side took in the Europa League final behind him as he looks to help Switzerland reach the first ever UEFA Nations League final with a win over Portugal on Wednesday. The midfielder was in the starting side for the Gunners in Baku as the took a 4-1 loss at the hands of London rivals Chelsea, costing them not only the Europa League crown but a spot in the Champions League next season. It was a big blow to Arsenal, who finished just one point back of Tottenham in the race for the Premier League top four. 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? But Xhaka has quickly turned his attention to the job at hand in hopes of picking up a trophy for his nation. “It was disappointing to lose the final, we wanted to win the title and move up to the Champions League, but it didn’t work out,” he told reporters.”However, since arriving here in Portugal I have focused fully on the national team. What happened, happened. We look forward now and I hope to win a title with Switzerland.”The final in Baku saw Chelsea’s Eden Hazard put in a star showing with two goals, and to reach the Nations League final Xhaka will have to face down another world superstar in the form of Cristiano Ronaldo.The Juventus is daunting task for any team, but Xhaka says his side are up for the challenge of taking on the best in the world. “I think we saw his [Hazard’s] qualities not only in this game but others as well,” he said. “He is one of the best in the world and tomorrow we will see another [Ronaldo] who certainly has his qualities as well. “We are here to play the best and we look forward, not only to meeting Ronaldo, but to playing tomorrow.”The last time the Swiss traveled to Portugal was for a World Cup qualifier in 2017, and Xhaka admits his side will have to be at their best to come away with a win. “We will see tomorrow, the Portuguese team is of course a very strong team, we know them,” Xhaka added.”It is a team that plays compact and has excellent individual players and I think we have shown two different games against them.”When we are fresh at home we can beat them but the second leg we were scared, we have to focus on our strengths.”
Paul Pogba feels he has been “judged differently” due to the size of the fee that took him back to Manchester United, admitting he was surprised by the response.World Cup winner Pogba has split opinions since returning to Old Trafford, where he previously starred for the United academy, in an £89 million ($113m) move from Juventus in 2016.The deal broke the world transfer record at the time and the 26-year-old felt there was huge scrutiny regarding his performances as a result. 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? The likes of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe have since moved for greater sums, yet Pogba does not believe the reaction has been the same because of their goalscoring exploits.”Because it was the biggest transfer in history at the time, you get judged differently,” he told the LifeTimes podcast. “They expect more from you because of the price tag.”A good game would be a normal game. A top game would be a good game.”Pogba added: “It’s a big amount. It went down when other transfers came, so it’s fine. I think it’s also because I’m a midfielder.”People see more strikers because they score goals, so that’s why it made such a big impact. I don’t think [Neymar and Mbappe] get it because they’re strikers.”I knew it would come with it. I knew there would be a big impact. But I didn’t know it would go so negative. When I signed, I wasn’t used to seeing so many negative comments.”It was a big change. I was surprised. I didn’t know a price tag would change so much for people.”Maybe they think I have the money. It’s not me – I don’t have the money. I don’t know [the reason for the criticism]. I wish I knew so I could help them get the answer.”Pogba faced more questions of his contribution at United throughout the 2018-19 campaign.He did record a personal best return of 16 goals and also made the PFA Premier League Team of the Year, but exit talk continues to rage around him with another transfer window having swung open. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
WINSTON SALEM, NC – SEPTEMBER 30: A general view of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons versus Florida State Seminoles at BB&T Field on September 30, 2017 in Winston Salem, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The 2019 recruiting class isn’t believed to have a ton of talent at the quarterback position – some scouts are saying it’s the worst group of QBs in years – but player who’s rising in the eyes of many is Brendon Clark.The pro-style quarterback is back on the market, too. He had been committed to Wake Forest for about a year, but he’s decided to open up his recruitment.Clark, a Virginia native, announced on Twitter that he’s de-committing from the Demon Deacons program.A couple of major programs are expressing serious interest in the 2019 prospect.Clemson, Notre Dame and Tennessee have entered the picture.“Brendon Clark had reopened his recruitment and has decommitted from Wake Forrest. Clark visited Clemson this past weekend and has trips planned for Notre Dame and Tennessee in the upcoming weeks. A planned decision will be made on July 4th,” Clark’s school announced.Brendon Clark had reopened his recruitment and has decimmitted from Wake Forrest. Clark visited Clemson this past weekend and has trips planned for Notre Dame and Tennessee in the upcoming weeks. A planned decision will be made on July 4th pic.twitter.com/2BI8ZHgE9B— Manchester Football (@lancer_footbal) June 11, 2018Clark says he’ll be making his decision on July 4. Outside of Clemson, Notre Dame and Tennessee, it doesn’t look like there’s a ton of time for new schools to enter the picture.Stay tuned.
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 03: Ohio State Buckeyes helmets sit in the endzone prior to the Discover Orange Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)SportsCenter just aired another part of its interview between reporter Dan Murphy and former Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith.During the interview, Murphy asks about the photos of an injured Courtney Smith, the coach’s ex-wife. Specifically, he asked about an image that showed Smith’s bloody hand.According to Brett McMurphy’s report, Courtney Smith says that he “cut her” with the tobacco can:Photos that Courtney said she shared via text with other wives show bruises on Courtney’s neck and arms from beatings she suffered in 2014 and 2015. Another photo shows blood gushing out of her thumb when Zach cut her with the metal top of a smokeless tobacco can after another 2014 incident.That photo, from McMurphy’s Facebook post:Dan Murphy asked Zach Smith specifically about that bloody photo during the SportsCenter interview.He acknowledged that the cut came from a tobacco can, but said it was an accident that occurred when Courtney attempted to dump it on him while he was sleeping.“Murphy: There was a photo where her hand was bleeding? Did that happen because of you?”“Smith: I wouldn’t say it was because of me. She was in a fit about…I don’t know what. She grabbed a can of tobacco that I had, and she went to pour it on me, and when I put my hand up to stop her from pouring it on me, I closed the can, and it sliced her hand, and anyone who has ever seen a can of tobacco knows those metal cans are sharp.I was actually asleep when she came to do this and woke up, and grabbed the can and tried to not have it happen, and here we are.Murphy: What was your reaction when you saw she was injured?Smith: I freaked out. I went ‘oh my God are you okay?’ I helped her wash it off and get band-aids. I was terrified, I was like ‘oh my God I just cut you, I didn’t mean to do that.’”In an interview with 105.7 The Zone in Columbus, which aired less than an hour before the 6 p.m. SportsCenter, Smith said that he did not know where the photos were from, but he couldn’t discount them.Asked about the photos, whether they are authentic: “I’m not discounting that. I don’t know where or what they are from. I have no idea. There were several times things got out of hand between us and I may have restrained her to get out of the house.”— Eleven Warriors (@11W) August 3, 2018Throughout the two interviews Smith repeatedly denied ever committing domestic violence against his ex-wife. Moments after the radio interview finish, McMurphy released a new text message conversation said to be between the Smiths.In one message, Courtney Smith alleges that he picked her up by her neck and strangled her during a vacation in Punta Cana. Zach Smith’s responses: “I know!!!!! I’m so so sorry!!!!!”
STATE COLLEGE, PA – SEPTEMBER 29: Kirk Herbstreit plays catch before the game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Ohio State Buckeyes on September 29, 2018 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit has updated his personal rankings following the tenth week of the 2018 regular season.The rankings don’t feature a ton of changes at the top, as No. 1 Alabama continued to look like the country’s best team in a blowout win at LSU.Here’s his full top six:AlabamaClemsonNotre DameMichiganGeorgiaOklahomaMy top 4 after WEEK 10.1-@AlabamaFTBL 2–@ClemsonFB 3-@NDFootball 4-@UMichFootball Next 2@FootballUGA @OU_Football— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) November 4, 2018The official new top 25 polls are coming out later today.The new Coaches’ Poll will be out at noon E.T. The new AP Poll will be out at 2 p.m. E.T.Stay tuned.
NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 10: (L-R) Dede Westbrook of the Oklahoma Sooners, Deshaun Watson of the Clemson Tigers, Jabrill Peppers of the Michigan Wolverines, Baker Mayfield of the Oklahoma Sooners and Lamar Jackson of the Louisville Cardinals pose for a photo with the Heisman trophy during a press conference prior to the 2016 Heisman Trophy Presentation at the Marriott Marquis on December 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)There was a major shakeup in the Heisman Trophy race this past weekend.As leading candidate Tua Tagovailoa was struggling, Kyler Murray was dominant for his team – and the results have trickled from the field to the Heisman voting.ESPN’s new 2018 Heisman Watch Experts poll has Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray edging out Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa by 46-44 points. Murray had six first-place votes, while Tagovailoa had four.Murray and Tagovailoa were over 15 points ahead of third-place ranked QB Dwayne Haskins of Ohio State, which seems to indicate the Heisman trophy voting is now a two-horse race.Led by Kyler Murray, Oklahoma secured a comeback win over Texas in the Big 12 Championship Game, while Tagovailoa was bailed out by Jalen Hurts to beat Georgia in the SEC Championship Game after suffering an injury.Murray finished his game 25-34 for 379 yards and three TDs.Tagovailoa, on the other hand, went 10-25 for 164 yards and a TD with two INTs.ESPN’s full Heisman Trophy top four heading into Saturday’s ceremony is:Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray – 44 pointsAlabama QB Tua Tagovailoa – 42 pointsOhio State QB Dwayne Haskins – 29 pointsWest Virginia QB Will Grier – 16 pointsYou can view the full voting here.
LANDOVER, MD – DECEMBER 20: A detail view of a football as the Buffalo Bills play the Washington Redskins at FedExField on December 20, 2015 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)One of the nation’s best running backs announced his intentions to leave his program and enter his name into the NFL draft. Kentucky star Benny Snell took to Twitter on Friday afternoon to reveal his plans to play in Kentucky’s bowl game against Penn State and then head to the NFL.Snell led Kentucky in rushing for the past two seasons and has racked up at least 1,000 yards rushing in each of the past three years. The junior running back entered the season as one of the top running back prospects on the boards of NFL scouts and he certainly didn’t hurt his case with a solid performance this year.Here’s the announcement from Snell.Remember me 4 what I am…#SnellYeah pic.twitter.com/716p4aN0jX— Mr SNELL YA LATER?? (@benny_snell) December 14, 2018Snell will give it one last go against Penn State in the Citrus Bowl.The star running back is considered one of the top RB prospects in the upcoming draft. He projects as a Day 2 pick.
ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 13: Shea Patterson #2 of the Michigan Wolverines looks to pass while playing the Wisconsin Badgers on October 13, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 38-13. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson announced his plans to return to the Wolverines for the 2019 college football season. According to several reports earlier in the month, Patterson was undecided about his future, but appeared to be leaning towards entering the draft.Clearly something changed his mind. Patterson spoke with Angelique Chengelis of the Detroit News and revealed why he made the decision to return to the Wolverines.He said the loss to Ohio State had a significant impact on his decision:“I’ve been thinking about it for the past month, ever since after that game. I just thought to myself there’s no way in hell I’m leaving this place on that note. Regardless of a draft grade, whatever the case may be, I would never end my career with an opportunity to come back with a loss to that team. That’s the one thing that has ignited me. I think one of the biggest things that impacted me coming back – one of them – was that last game in Columbus.”You can read Patterson’s full interview here.This is huge news for a Wolverines program that was very close to the College Football Playoff this season. Patterson’s return, and the loss of Urban Meyer for Ohio State might finally give Michigan the upper hand it needs.[Detroit News]
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)We’re only a few weeks away from the start of the 2019 college football season. As teams are currently holding preseason camp, it’s time to look at ESPN’s Football Power Index and its projections for each team in the Big Ten.The FPI serves as measure of strength for teams heading into the season. It gives out grades for each program in the country, but it also projects wins and losses.Michigan is the highest-ranked team according to the FPI. In addition to receiving the best grade, Jim Harbaugh’s squad also has the best projected record in its conference.On the flip side, Rutgers is expected to have the worst season in the Big Ten. Let’s take a look at how the FPI projects each Big Ten team’s record to shape out.Big Ten East:Michigan (10.5-2.1)Penn State (8.9-3.2)Michigan State (8.8-3.3)Ohio State (8.7-3.4)Indiana (6.6-5.5)Maryland (4.1-7.9)Rutgers (3.5-8.5)Big Ten West:Minnesota (8.3-4.0)Nebraska (8.1-4.2)Iowa (7.9-4.4)Wisconsin (6.6-5.5)Northwestern (5.7-6.3)Purdue (4.9-7.2)Illinois (4.8-7.2)The projected records include the possibility of playing in the conference championship game. In this scenario, the title game would be between Michigan and Minnesota.While the FPI seems to be fond of Michigan, it has Ohio State losing roughly three games. It has Penn State falling short in three contests as well.Last season, Ohio State defeated Northwestern in the conference title game. We’ll see if either program can return to that stage this year.
Virat Kohli will be India’s best-ever captain if he keeps learning: Sunil Gavaskar4th Test, Day 4, Brief scores: India 622 for 7 declared (Pujara 193, Pant 159 not out, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4 for 178), Australia 236 for 6 (Harris 79, Handscomb 28 not out, Cummins 25 not out, Kuldeep 3 for 71), Australia trail India by 386 runs. Sunil Gavaskar and Michael Clarke felt Virat Kohli has out-captained Tim Paine in the India-Australia series.advertisement Abreshmina S Quadri New DelhiJanuary 6, 2019UPDATED: January 6, 2019 08:06 IST Virat Kohli took over Team India’s captaincy in Test cricket in 2014. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTS4th Test Day 3, brief scores: Australia 236/6, trail India (622 for 7 declared) by 386 runs. Marcus Harris (79), Kuldeep (3 for 71)Steve Waugh said the fact that his players want to play for him, makes Virat Kohli a strong captainMichael Clarke and Sunil Gavaskar felt Virat Kohli has shown his growth as a captain in India-Australia series4th Test, Day 4: (Full scorecard)Brief Scores:India 622 for 7 declared (Pujara 193, Pant 159 not out, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4 for 178)Australia 236 for 6 (Harris 79, Handscomb 28 not out, Cummins 25 not out, Kuldeep 3 for 71)Rain washes out first session.Australia trail India by 386 runsSunil Gavaskar was impressed with the growth Virat Kohli has shown as the captain of Team India over the last year and believes that he will be the best-ever captain Indian cricket has had in terms of results if he continues in the same vein.Kohli’s captaincy has been under scanner ever since India began touring overseas under him for Test series early last year.Kohli’s aggression, his team selections and on-field decisions have been a constant point of debate but what he has shown in Australia, he has managed to impress one of his critics in Gavaskar.”As a captain I still have my little concerns but I think now what has happened, he [Virat Kohli] is a fast learner, and we have seen that in this series. If we keeps learning, he is going to be the best-ever [captain] that India has had, in terms of results and in terms of getting the players to perform at the highest level,” Gavaskar told Sony Sports on Sunday.Kohli’s captaincy was particularly praised by Michael Clarke on Saturday due to the way he set up Marnus Labuschagne’s wicket. His field change for that very Mohammed Shami delivery got them the wicket when vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane took a sharp catch.It’s actually quite refreshing to not see him the leading run-scorer and still getting India in positions to win games of cricket- Michael ClarkeKohli has also impressed one and all with the way he has rotated his bowlers and the attacking intent he has shown in his field placements throughout.advertisementClarke firmly believes that Kohli has out-captained Tim Paine in this series and felt his captaincy has been the “shining light” in this series rather than his batting that usually dominated the headlines.”At the moment India has won the battle on the field in regards to the two teams and Virat Kohli has won that captaincy battle against Tim Paine. I think this has been a really good series for him tactically. Individually I think he hasn’t scored as many runs as he would like. I mean he has got one hundred in this series, which in my opinion was probably the best hundred he has scored in his career so far, and he has batted beautifully.”But it’s actually quite refreshing to not see him the leading run-scorer and still getting India in positions to win games of cricket. Everyone knows how good a batsman he is, this Test series I think he has been the shining light in regards to his captaincy rather than batting which is I think a good change for Virat Kohli and it shows how he continues to grow,” Clarke told Sony Sports.Clarke felt a captain is judged by how he gets the best out of his players. For Kohli, he felt that losses have taught him a lot and the fact that he remembers those losses, it pumps him up to win and do better.”It’s wins and losses that go against your record as captain so you judge partially on that but I think what you’re judged on is getting the best out of your players. That’s why it’s hard to compare, I think you need to see the team a captain has. Right now Australia is not good enough to be the No.1 team in the world and so, you can’t expect Tim Paine to get Australia to that but I think you can expect Australia to perform better than No.6 in the world. Virat Kohli and this Indian team might think they are good enough to be the No.1 team in the world and they’ve got higher expectations. So that’s Virat’s challenge – to be winning majority of the games.”Sometimes, the tough times and the losses, I have no doubt that Virat remembers the losses he has had in Australia and that’s why he seems so excited and so pumped up and making sure when he has got his foot on Australia’s throat, he is not letting them off. The way they kept batting in this innings – ‘let’s make 600, not 400 nah, I have been in the field, I have watched Australia make 500-600 so I have gone through that pain. Now it’s our chance, now we are on top so let’s make the most of that,” Clarke said.advertisementKOHLI’S STRENGTH AS A CAPTAIN Sunil Gavaskar said Virat Kohli is the undoubted leader of Team India. (AP Photo)Gavaskar opined that Kohli’s strength as a captain is that he is the outright leader of the team and one that leads from the front.”The fact that he’s the leader of this team [Virat Kohli’s strength as a captain] and there are no two ways about that. Tactically like Michael Clarke said, he has got the better of Tim Paine but Paine has got a team in transition may be with the banned duo of Smith and Warner not there.”Having said that I feel some of the tactical moves Virat has made has been faultless in this series, not so much in South Africa, not so much in England. But over here certainly I think he has led from the front and he has shown everybody not just his team but the opposition, who’s the boss,” Gavaskar said.Australian great Steve Waugh felt that Kohli has players who want to play for him and that shows that he is a very strong leader.”He [Kohli] likes the big occasions like Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar, Vivian Richards and Javed Miandad, all the great batsmen. They all want the big occasion and that brings out the best of their cricket.”He leads the way with the players following, they want to battle for him and they want to play for him as a captain. That’s a big thing to have as a captain – the guys are playing for you and playing for the country. So, he is a really strong leader,” Waugh said in a video shown by the broadcasters.KOHLI’S AGGRESSION Michael Clarke said Virat Kohli has been an aggressive cricketer since his U-19 days. (Reuters Photo)Gavaskar spoke about Kohli’s aggression and said “to each his own”. He felt Kohli does it because it works for him but if it doesn’t work for the others, it’s not necessary to follow the captain exactly.”Well if you look at the team, nobody actually does that [aggressive moves], he is probably the only one. May be the bowlers when they get a wicket, they show a little more emotion but not too many.”When they won in Melbourne, everyone was excited because at that stage, it was clear they couldn’t lose the series, they have a very good chance of winning the series because of what had happened in South Africa and England, when they had lost the series, by winning at Melbourne it was certain they couldn’t lose the series and there was a little bit of excitement there but to each his own.”Whatever works for every individual to pump himself up. He likes to pump himself up with that show of aggression, may be for others it doesn’t. It doesn’t have to be that everybody in the team is following what the captain is doing in terms of showing that emotion, you work according to what works for you. By no stretch of imagination it means you’re less passionate if you’re not emotional. I mean you can have a look at the Tendulkar, Dravids and Dhonis, I mean if anybody tells me they were not competitive – they were not demonstrative but oh God, they were very competitive.”advertisementClarke, on the other hand, said that Kohli has always been like that and aggression is a”A lot of people don’t like his aggression and his style but Virat’s been like that from day 1. I mean you look at Virat playing U-19 cricket for India, he was exactly the same. So he hasn’t changed, he hasn’t just become captain and said like ‘okay I’m going to be this aggressive intent cricketer’. He has been that from day 1, he has backed that. You see that when he bats, when he fields, when he gets a wicket, when somebody else scores a hundred. He is in the front in the change room, standing, applauding and pumping his fists. So, that’s his style and it’s working.”Also Read | Virat Kohli is still a work in progress as captain: VVS Laxman to India TodayAlso Read | Virat Kohli’s special gesture for Pink Test wins Glenn McGrath’s heartFor 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 Virat KohliFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Sunil GavaskarFollow Michael ClarkeFollow Steve Waugh
Australia thrash Pakistan by 80 runs in 3rd ODI to clinch seriesPakistan vs Australia, 3rd ODI: Australia produced a solid all-round show to outclass Pakistan by 80 runs in Abu Dhabi and took an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.advertisement Reuters Abu DhabiMarch 28, 2019UPDATED: March 28, 2019 08:18 IST Pakistan vs Australia 3rd ODI: Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa starred with the ball. (@cricketcomau Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia bowled out Pakistan for 186 for an 80-run victoryAaron Finch (90) and Glenn Maxwell (71) starred with the batAdam Zampa picked 4 wickets while Pat Cummins got threeAustralia cruised to an 80-run victory over Pakistan in the third one-dayer in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday and took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.Captain Aaron Finch fell 10 runs short of becoming the first Australian to score three consecutive ODI centuries but negotiated difficult conditions to help his team finish with a decent total of 266-6.The right-handed opener made 90 off 136 deliveries before Glenn Maxwell stepped up the scoring rate with a 55-ball 71 on a pitch that offered more assistance to the bowlers than the last two matches in Sharjah.It was Maxwell’s highest ODI score in over two years, giving him an edge in intense competition for the middle-order batting spots for the World Cup starting on May 30 in England and Wales.PAKISTAN VS AUSTRALIA 3RD ODI: AS IT HAPPENED”It wasn’t the easiest wicket to start on,” Maxwell said. “Once I got through that, it got easier.”We’ve been really focused about what we want to do here. We want to build on this momentum … It’s been a continual build for our team since last year, and we’re starting to get it right.”Finch, whose role as a captain was questioned a month ago because of his form slump, has responded with 479 runs in his last six one-day innings.The 32-year-old was perfectly placed for a 14th hundred in the 50-overs format but holed out to leg-spinner Yasir Shah in the 42nd over.Maxwell and wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey (25 not out) added a quickfire 61 for the sixth wicket as Australia hit 90 in the last 10 overs.advertisementChasing a target of 267, Pakistan were rattled by a testing new-ball spell from Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins, who removed opener Shan Masood, Haris Sohail and Mohammad Rizwan with just 16 runs on the board.Imam-ul-Haq and captain Shoaib Malik shared a 59-run partnership for the fourth wicket before the Australian spinners stepped up.Part-time off-spinner Maxwell trapped Imam lbw for 46 and Nathan Lyon removed Malik for 32, leaving Pakistan on the brink of a fourth straight defeat in the format.Leg-spinner Adam Zampa hurried through the tail with a career-best ODI spell of 4-43 to bowl out Pakistan for 186 in the 45th over.The win was Australia’s sixth in a row after their 3-2 comeback victory in the series in India this month. The fourth one-dayer will be played on Friday in Dubai.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 Tags :Follow Pakistan vs AustraliaFollow Pakistan vs Australia 3rd ODIFollow Aaron FinchFollow Glenn MaxwellFollow Pat CumminsFollow Adam Zampa
Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu named standbys for India World Cup squadIndia are scheduled to play their opening World Cup match on June 5 against South Africa in Southampton.advertisement Press Trust of India MumbaiApril 17, 2019UPDATED: April 17, 2019 16:00 IST Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu’s exclusion from India’s World Cup squad has created quite a stir (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBCCI also has the option of including anyone apart from these three playersPant was pipped by Karthik and Vijay Shankar preferred over Rayudu in India’s 15-man squadSaini, Avesh Khan, Khaleel and Deepak Chahar will also assist the Indian team in EnglandYoung wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant and veteran batsman Ambati Rayudu were Wednesday named among the standbys for India’s World Cup squad, reigniting their dashed hopes of making the trip to the UK in case an injury setback hits the side.Speedster Navdeep Saini also found a place in the list of three back-ups for the mega-event starting on May 30.Pant and Rayudu’s exclusion from the squad of 15 had created quite a stir on Monday. While Sunil Gavaskar called Pant’s omission surprising, the snub to Rayudu was questioned by Gautam Gambhir.With the ICC doing away with the practice of letting countries announce a probables’ list before the final squad, the BCCI also has the option of including anyone apart from these three but it is unlikely to happen.”Just like ICC Champions Trophy, we have three standbys. Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu are the first and second standbys while Saini is the bowler in the list. So if anyone gets injured, as per requirement, one of the three will be going,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on Wednesday.Rayudu took to Twitter to take a dig at his omission from the squad of 15 on Tuesday.”Just Ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the world cup,” Rayudu wrote on his twitter handle Tuesday.This was after chairman of selectors MSK Prasad justified preferring Vijay Shankar over Rayudu, citing the former’s “three-dimensional qualities”.While Khaleel Ahmed, Avesh Khan and Deepak Chahar will be travelling with the team purely as net bowlers, they can also be drafted in if the management feels so.advertisement”Khaleel, Avesh and Deepak are not designated standbys. In case of bowlers, that possibility is there but when it comes purely to batsmen, it will be either Rishabh or Rayudu,” the official said.In other developments, there will be no Yo-Yo Test for the World Cup-bound players as the IPL is going to end only on May 12, just a few days before India head to the UK. India are scheduled to play their opening World Cup match on June 5 against South Africa in Southampton.”The players are already in the middle of a gruelling T20 season. Once the IPL ends, they will need recovery time.”It’s not like that there is a gap between two series and you are having a test. If you are tired, the results may vary,” the official explained.Also Read | Indian selectors given data analytics presentation before World Cup squad meetingAlso Read | 7 first-timers, 2 World Cup-winners in India’s World Cup 2019 squadAlso Read | 3-dimensional Vijay Shankar preferred over Ambati Rayudu for India’s World Cup squadFor 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