10 months agoCardiff manager Warnock: Solskjaer can’t lose in Man Utd role

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Cardiff manager Warnock: Solskjaer can’t lose in Man Utd roleby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City manager Neil Warnock says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer “can’t lose” in his new role as caretaker manager of Manchester United.The former Red Devils striker has taken over from Jose Mourinho for the rest of the season.Speaking ahead of Cardiff’s clash with United on Saturday, Warnock said: “I think it needed somebody who’s been there. He’s a legend really.”Four or five names came to my mind, maybe Steve Bruce or Ryan Giggs. It’s a different type of management, with (Mike) Phelan coming back in, Sir Alex’s man. With the players they’ve got, young lads, I bet he can’t believe his luck.”I think it’s the best job Ole will have in his life, because you can’t lose! Hold the fort until the end of the season, if he does well he’ll get a couple of years. If he doesn’t, he’ll go back to where he was enjoying [managing] anyhow.” last_img read more

a month agoMan Utd players question coach Kieran McKenna’s methods

first_imgMan Utd players question coach Kieran McKenna’s methodsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United coach Kieran McKenna’s methods are being questioned, it is being claimed.McKenna joined the senior staff last year under former manager Jose Mourinho.The Daily Mail says some players harbour reservations over McKenna having such a key role in first-team training little more than a year after being promoted from the Under 18s. His sessions are thought by some to be more suited to the academy. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

10 days agoArsenal fullback Hector Bellerin: What I missed most while injured…

first_imgArsenal fullback Hector Bellerin: What I missed most while injured…by Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHector Bellerin says what he missed most during his injury lay-off was the camaraderie in the Arsenal dressing room.The Spaniard recently returned to action after recovering from an injury that kept him out of action since January.Speaking on his Vlog, Bellering said: “The one thing you miss the most is the hotel life, being with the boys, the chats and just being involved in that routine.”Like in half an hour I have to go to that meeting to learn about the other team and then you eat with the whole team and have time to rest or time for yourself which is really useful for me because I like to read a lot in those times.”It’s been nice to be involved with it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Photos: Ohio State’s Braxton Miller Spent Some Time With NFL Great Keyshawn Johnson Last Night

first_imgBraxton Miller wears his helmet during warm-ups at Rutgers.PISCATAWAY, NJ – OCTOBER 24: Braxton Miller #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during warmups before a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)Now that Braxton Miller is a wide receiver, it’d probably be good for the Ohio State star to learn from some veterans of the position. It appears that he did that last night. At OSU’s Friday Night Lights recruiting event in Ohio Stadium, Miller spent some time with NFL great Keyshawn Johnson, whose son, Keyshawn Jr., attended the event.  Braxton says something to Keyshawn Johnson. pic.twitter.com/uZ0pYNY6SH— Tony Gerdeman (@GerdOZone) July 24, 2015Braxton and Keyshawn talking the finer points of receiving, it appears pic.twitter.com/huQ2pdT5eX— Jeff Svoboda (@JeffSvoboda) July 25, 2015Perhaps Keyshawn Johnson is passing some receiver knowledge on to Braxton Miller pic.twitter.com/FiFjx69GV4— Bill Landis (@BillLandis25) July 25, 2015If Miller starts yelling, “just give me the damn ball!” at any point this fall, we’ll know where that came from.last_img read more

Introducing ‘Baby Van Dijk’ – Liverpool’s new Dutch record-breaker

first_imgJust three months after his 16th birthday, Sepp van den Berg became the youngest player ever to feature for PEC Zwolle and the youngest to appear in the Eredivisie for almost 60 years.The match – a 2-0 defeat to Groningen in March 2018 – was unremarkable except for the half-time substitution which saw the tall youngster with the distinct ginger mop step into the defence alongside Philippe Sandler, who left to join Manchester City a few months later.Even Van den Berg was caught by surprise when coach John van ‘t Schip told him to get ready. 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? “I really didn’t see it coming,” he later told Voetbal International. “I already thought it was nice that I was [in the squad]. I was shocked enormously. The coach said I had to come on. I remember thinking: ‘Did I hear that right?’ I almost started to doubt myself.“Then I sat and looked around, dreaming. After a few seconds, I carefully asked if I should warm up. ‘Yes, Sepp, you have to warm up now’. It sounded quite serious. Then I just went outside.”By then, however, he had already caught the attention of top teams in Europe. Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund had been scouting him before he signed his first professional contract. A few more teams would join the list when he went on to break Clarence Seedorf’s record as the youngest to play in 10 Eredivisie matches last September.“He’s a good boy,” Dwight Lodeweges, who assisted Van ‘t Schip at PEC when Van den Berg broke through, said last year. “We have all watched him grow. In certain games he was our best man. He is tall, fast, has ball-playing ability and has insight.”The scrawny 6ft 2in teenager is clearly a raw talent, but with Europe’s hawkish, super-rich clubs constantly lurking and ready to snap up the Dutch league’s best players, his reputation as a precocious defender with bags of potential made him stand out.Sepp van den Berg PEC ZwolleEntering the final year of his contract and having admitted he had no intention of extending his stay in Zwolle, Van den Berg became an easy target for teams looking to invest in cheap but promising players.Sampdoria tried to sign him in January while Bayern Munich, Ajax and PSV were all interested this summer. But it is Champions League winners Liverpool who have pounced on the centre-back’s precarious position at PEC Zwolle and plucked him from his hometown team for a mere £1.3 million.It may be a relatively risk-free transfer for the Reds, but for Van den Berg the move to Anfield is a giant step just over a year after he made his senior debut.With 23 senior appearances and only 15 starts to his name, he is unproven and far from the level required to break into the Liverpool starting XI.However, the Reds believe he has the potential to develop into a first-team player in the future – even if he is likely to start next season in the Under-23s squad.He reads the game well and is conscious of his positioning, helping the defence keep its shape when they are under attack. He makes sure he is there to bat crosses away or block the path of forwards trying to charge into the box.He is calm and composed in tackles, too, staying on his feet for as long as he can to shut out the danger instead of sliding in recklessly.He will continue to develop at Liverpool and learn from senior stars like compatriots Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum.It is the lack of guarantees over a spot in the PEC Zwolle defence that encouraged him to leave so soon. Things turned sour once Jaap Stam replaced Van ‘t Schip in December and dropped the baby-faced academy graduate to the reserves, even though he had still been impressive when called upon.Virgil van Dijk NetherlandsAn iconic centre-back for Netherlands and Manchester United, Stam merely wanted to encourage Van den Berg to be more of a commanding presence in the heart of the defence. Instead, he took it as an insult.“It is actually really simple,” he said in April. “PEC would like to extend but until this weekend I hadn’t played for weeks. I see no reason to extend at the moment.“Really, I am satisfied at PEC. This is my youth club. If I was always playing, I’d probably say: ‘I’ll sign’. Then the chance that I’ll play next season would automatically be greater. Now I’m in no hurry.“With the last coach I played a lot. When a new coach comes in, you know things can change. But the fact I wasn’t even in the squad was quite a shock.”Liverpool fans may have already christened him the “baby Van Dijk”, but he is taking a considerably different path to the Netherlands captain.Van Dijk was a pillar of consistency and class at Groningen, where he made 66 appearances before leaving for Celtic. His potential to reach the top was obvious by the end of his second season, but he still had to take the long route to European glory and Ballon d’Or candidacy.The younger Van den Berg may have impressed at PEC Zwolle, but he has a long way to go to develop into the complete defender that Van Dijk has worked so hard to become. At the age of just 17, time is certainly on his side.Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web.  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

ESPN Analysts Release Predictions For Ohio State-Michigan State

first_imgUrban Meyer interacting with Ohio State football team.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 09: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes stands with his players before the game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Ohio Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Saturday’s Ohio State-Michigan State game will go a long way in determining if the Buckeyes can threaten Michigan for the Big Ten title.Prior to the big game, ESPN’s analysts gave their picks. Of the 16 analysts polled, 10 believe that Ohio State will carry the day, while six believe the Spartans will win at home.Worth noting is that most analysts believe the game will be very close. Only three of them projected that the victor would win by more than a touchdown.Michigan State lost to Michigan last month in a loss that essentially ended the Spartans’ chances at the Big Ten title game. The Spartans recovered from the game with back-to-back wins and boast one of the Big Ten’s best rushing defenses.Ohio State is coming off a 36-31 win over Nebraska. But prior to that, the Buckeyes’ last game a 49-20 loss to Purdue – a team Michigan State beat handily.The Buckeyes have won the last two meetings in the Ohio State-Michigan State rivalry.Together, the two teams have won four of the last five Big Ten conference titles.last_img read more

SEC Player Suspended Indefinitely Ahead Of Bowl Game

first_imgA general view of Missouri's football field.COLUMBIA, MO – OCTOBER 19: A general view of Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium during the game between the Florida Gators and the Missouri Tigers on October 19, 2013 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)An SEC college football player has been suspended indefinitely ahead of his team’s bowl game.Tre Williams, a defensive lineman at Missouri, has been suspended following his arrest for second-degree domestic assault.“We were made aware of the situation yesterday, and Tre was immediately suspended indefinitely from all team activities. We will provide an update if his status changes,” Missouri’s head coach, Barry Odom, said in a statement.#Mizzou spokesman sent this statement from Barry Odom on the arrest of Tre Williams: “We were made aware of the situation yesterday, and Tre was immediately suspended indefinitely from all team activities. We will provide an update if his status changes.”— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) December 10, 2018Williams, who ranks third on the team in sacks, was arrested early Sunday morning.Missouri, the No. 23 team in the country, is set to play Oklahoma State in the Liberty Bowl on New Year’s Eve.Kickoff is set for 3:45 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.last_img read more

Iowa DL Makes Transfer Decision

first_imgClose-up view of Iowa footballs.LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 24: General view of footballs used by the Iowa Hawkeyes before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on November 24, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Iowa junior defensive lineman Garret Jansen just finished his fourth year with the Hawkeyes but still has a year of eligibility due to a freshman redshirt. He was given the option to either stay at Iowa or transfer, and has apparently made his decision.On Thursday, Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz announced that Jansen would be leaving the Hawkeyes and will pursue a graduate transfer.“All of us are appreciative of Garret’s efforts and contributions,” said Ferentz, per a transcription from Hawkeye Insider. “Garret will seek a graduate program course of study that is unavailable to him here.”Jansen played in just one game in 2018 – a two tackle performance against Northern Illinois back in September.In three seasons since redshirting his freshman year, Jansen has nine tackles and one pass defended in five games for Iowa.Jansen was a three-star weak-side defensive end prospect in the Class of 2015, per 247Sports.Despite being well outside the top 1000 prospects in the country, 247Sports had him rated as the No. 11 prospect from the state of Iowa.last_img read more

NFL Releases List Of Ohio State Underclassmen Who Have Declared For The 2019 NFL Draft

first_imgNick Bosa celebrates a sack during game against Michigan.COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: Nick Bosa #97 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates a sack against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)With the end of the 2018 college football season now in the rear-view mirror, plenty of college players have made the decision to leave school early and enter the 2019 NFL Draft.On Friday, the NFL released its list of undergraduate players entering the 2019 NFL Draft.Of the 103 undergrads who have declared or been ruled eligible for the draft, six are from the Ohio State Buckeyes.The six are defensive end Nick Bosa, quarterback Dwayne Haskins, offensive guard Michael Jordan, defensive back Kendall Sheffield, running back Mike Webber, and defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones.Bosa and Haskins are two of the most highly-touted prospects at their positions in the 2019 NFL Draft. Bosa played only sparingly in 2018 due to an injury. Haskins went on to set and break numerous school and conference records, finishing third in the Heisman trophy voting.Most analysts have Bosa going No. 1 overall to the Arizona Cardinals, while Haskins is the consensus first quarterback to be selected.Jones is also graded as a top defensive lineman, with Tankathon projecting him as a first-round draft pick to the Los Angeles Chargers. Tankathon similarly projected that Jordan would go in the third round to the New York Jets.The Buckeyes finished the 2018 season with a 13-1 record that included a Big Ten title, and a win over Washington in the Rose Bowl.last_img read more

Finebaum: There’s A Major Rift Between Kirby Smart, Nick Saban

first_imgNick Saban and Kirby Smart, with the College Football Playoff trophy.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 07: University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban (left) and University of Georgia head coach Kirby Smart stand with the College Football Playoff National Championship trophy after a Coaches Press Conference on January 7, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)Before becoming the head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs, Kirby Smart had been with Nick Saban for over a decade. He coached safeties under Saban with the Miami Dolphins, and joined him at Alabama, where he served as the longtime Crimson Tide defensive coordinator.At the end of the 2016 season, an Alabama national title year, Smart left to take over Georgia. While he is yet to break through for a national title in Athens, he did win the SEC in 2017, and took the Dawgs to the championship game vs. Alabama.Saban has had a number of top assistants go on to be prominent head coaches. Smart is probably the top example, and has come closest to replicating Saban’s success elsewhere, even if there is still work to do.Among the biggest factors is recruiting. In 2018, Georgia knocked Alabama from the recruiting throne, signing the No. 1 class in the country. It was the first time a non-Saban staff had pulled it off in years.Apparently, recruiting is a bone of contention between Nick Saban and Kirby Smart since Smart left for Georgia, and not just because they recruit many of the same players.In a recent radio interview, SEC Network’s Paul Finebaum hinted at a particular incident that drove a wedge between Saban and his former top lieutenant.Finebaum told 680 The Fan’s Cellini and Dimino that when Smart left, he used inside info of where recruits were on Alabama’s big board, and used it to recruit against his former employer.Via Saturday Down South:“They pointed towards Kirby and what really created the friction that exists to this day is that Alabama officials and coaches blame Kirby Smart for ripping off the inner sanctum recruiting room — which is in Saban’s office. If you go to the secondary office where they keep all the prospects, what I mean by that, Kirby went to recruits and said, ‘Hey listen. We want you, you are No. 1 on our list but I know for a fact Alabama has you third or fourth or fifth.’ And that cost Alabama some key recruits and they have not forgiven Kirby Smart yet in Tuscaloosa.”There are certainly no rules against that kind of recruiting tactic, but per Finebaum, it rubbed Saban the wrong way.Obviously Alabama isn’t hurting too much on the trail. The Crimson Tide bounced back for the No. 1 class in 2019. And wew’re definitely all here for the continuation of the Alabama-Georgia rivalry, even if it may only come in the form of SEC Championships or the College Football Playoff most years.[680 The Fan via Saturday Down South]last_img read more

Cardale Jones Reportedly Signing With New NFL Team

first_imgA closeup of Cardale Jones warming up for an Ohio State football game.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 19: Quarterback Cardale Jones #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes warms up before the game against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Ohio Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images)Former Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones has reportedly found a new team. Jones is signing with the Seattle Seahawks’ practice squad, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.Jones was waived by the Los Angeles Chargers last Saturday after spending two years with the team. He never appeared in a game, however.Russell Wilson is obviously entrenched as the Seattle starter, with veteran Geno Smith backing him up. Jones will provide further depth on the taxi squad.The #Seahawks are signing QB Cardale Jones to their practice squad, source said.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 7, 2019 Jones began his pro career with the Buffalo Bills in 2016 after being selected in the fourth round of the NFL Draft. He played in one game with the Bills, completing 6-of-11 passes for 96 yards and an interception.Buffalo traded him to the Chargers in the summer of 2017 for a conditional draft pick.Jones is probably never going to get an opportunity to be a consistent starter in the NFL; he’s simply too raw of a passer.However, there’s no shame in continuing to find your way onto rosters and cashing paychecks.last_img read more

Badhaai Ho director on Ajay Devgn’s sports biopic: It is a big responsibility, not a competition

first_imgBadhaai Ho director on Ajay Devgn’s sports biopic: It is a big responsibility, not a competitionDuring the recent media interaction in Mumbai, director Amit Sharma spoke about his upcoming sports biopic starring Ajay Devgn as Indian football coach Syed Abdul Rahim. The film has not been given a title yet.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 13, 2019UPDATED: February 13, 2019 09:16 IST Amit Sharma on sports biopicBadhaai Ho director Amit Sharma, who is looking forward for his sports biopic based on the Indian football coach Syed Abdul Rahim, says that it is a big responsibility rather than a competition.Amit has cast National Award-winning actor Ajay Devgn to play the lead in the biopic on the big screen. The director spoke about the competitive space of a sports biopic during the interaction with the reporters at Bollywood Film Journalist Award 2019 in Mumbai on Monday.”It is competitive, I think everything nowadays is competitive. I am just going with the story and how the story unfolds and what a great man he was,” Amit Sharma told IANS.”I am sticking with the story as much as possible, and the reality as well because it is a big responsibility to tell a story of a man who actually existed,” he added in his statement.”So I see it as a big responsibility rather than being in competition,” Badhaai Ho director further added.In July last year, the makers announced the sports biopic on Twitter. They wrote, ”Elated and proud to announce a story never told as the biopic on India’s legendary Football coach, Syed Abdul Rahim, starring Ajay Devgn.”Elated and proud to announce a story never told as @ZeeStudios_ #BoneyKapoor & @freshlimefilms come together for a biopic on India’s legendary #Football coach, Syed Abdul Rahim, starring @ajaydevgn, directed by @CinemaPuraDesi, screenplay by @SaiwynQ, and dialogues by @writish. pic.twitter.com/vzaLJya67xadvertisementZee Studios (@ZeeStudios_) July 13, 2018According to an earlier report, Boney Kapoor, the producer of the film spoke about casting Ajay Devgn to play Syed Abdul Rahim to a leading daily.”I was amazed that not many are aware of someone as significant as Syed Abdul Rahim. He is an unsung hero whose achievements must be saluted. His team had heroes like Chunni Goswami, PK Banerjee, Balaram, Franco and Arun Ghosh,” said Boney.”It takes someone like Ajay Devgn to play Syed Abdul Rahim. With him on board, I can just hope that our film inspires youngsters to play football, and India soon to bring the World Cup home,” he added.Directed by Amit Sharma, the film will tell the journey of Syed Abdul Rahim, under whose leadership, Indian football team won the Asian games in 1951 and 1962.Amit has directed films like Badhaai Ho and Tevar and now is stepping into the shoes of biopics with the yet-to-be titled film. On the other hand, apart from this, Ajay Devgn has Luv Ranjan’s untitled film with Ranbir Kapoor in his kitty.ALSO READ: Who is Syed Abdul Rahim, the man Ajay Devgn is playing in his next film?ALSO READ: Ajay Devgn to play football coach Syed Abdul Rahim in Boney Kapoor’s nextALSO WATCH: I can take on anybody with my little finger, says Ajay DevgnGet 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 bynisha Tags :Follow Ajay DevgnFollow Sports biopicFollow Badhaai Holast_img read more

Vincent Kompany knew his time at Manchester City was up after Leicester goal

first_img Reuters LondonMay 21, 2019UPDATED: May 21, 2019 09:00 IST Vincent Kompany knew that he was done after he finished his Manchester City stay with a brillinat goal against Leicester City (Photo: Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSVincent Kompany left Manchester City on Sunday after they beat Watford 6-0 in the FA Cup finalIt also ended up being the 33-year-old Kompany’s final game for CityManager Pep Guardiola added: “We’re going to miss him a lot”Vincent Kompany said he knew he was done at Manchester City as soon as he fired in the spectacular winner against Leicester City in their penultimate Premier League game of the season on May 6.The Belgian called time on his 11-year stay at City on Sunday to become player-manager at Anderlecht – the club where he started his career almost two decades ago.The moment that ball against Leicester went top bins’, I knew I was done. I couldn’t do anything better, the City captain said during a parade to celebrate the club’s domestic treble.City beat Watford 6-0 in Saturday’s FA Cup final to become the first club to complete an English domestic treble.The FA Cup triumph also ended up being 33-year-old Kompany’s final game for City, with whom he won four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and four League Cups.I’ve given everything I could for this club. I can’t tell you how proud of that I am. I have nothing left. I have given everything, he added, sporting a t-shirt referencing striker Sergio Aguero’s don’t shoot’ reaction to the Leicester goal.Manager Pep Guardiola added: We’re going to miss him a lot. I’m going to miss him but he is going to see us in the future because he is coming back sooner or later.It’s the best way to say goodbye after an incredible season together. He was a real captain, he helped us a lot. We’re going to show him how we love him.advertisementAlso Read | Angry at being dubbed a hustler, Diego Maradona dismisses new filmAlso Read | Toni Kroos extends contract with Real Madrid till 2023Also SeeFor 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Manchester CityFollow Vincent KompanyFollow Premier league Vincent Kompany knew his time at Manchester City was up after Leicester goalVincent Kompany called time on his 11-year stay at Manchester City on Sunday to become player-manager at Anderlecht – the club where he started his career almost two decades agoadvertisement Nextlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Thanks to MS Dhoni, I don’t have to struggle for India-Pakistan tickets, says Karachi-born fan

first_img Press Trust of India ManchesterJune 14, 2019UPDATED: June 14, 2019 18:26 IST File photo of Chacha Chicago with MS Dhoni (India Today Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe bond between MS Dhoni and Chacha Chicago blossomed during the 2011 World Cup I can’t think of anyone else doing what he has done for me since that 2011 game in Mohali: Chacha ChicagoIndia take on Pakistan in Manchester on Sunday and Bashir is backing Virat Kohli’s men to winThe bond between MS Dhoni and Karachi-born Mohammad Bashir aka ‘Chacha Chicago’ blossomed during the 2011 World Cup semifinal between India and Pakistan and it has only grown stronger since then.Such is the bond that Bashir has flown into Manchester from Chicago (approximately 6000 km) for Sunday’s high-octane Indo-Pak contest without a match ticket. He knows that Dhoni will ensure that he is it at the Old Trafford when the first ball is bowled.”I arrived here yesterday and saw that people are ready to pay as much as 800-900 pounds for a ticket. A return ticket from Chicago costs the same. Thanks to Dhoni, I don’t have to struggle for a match ticket,” the 63-year-old, who owns a restaurant in Chicago and is an American passport holder, told PTI.The connection goes back to 2011. Bashir was bowled over by Dhoni’s benevolence when India’s World Cup-winning captain went out of his way to arrange a ticket for him for the marquee clash in Mohali, a showdown for which most fans would pay an arm and a leg to watch in person.Eight years later, the heartwarming story of Bashir and Dhoni continues. It is not a surprise anymore that Bashir supports Dhoni’s team over the country of his birth whenever the two sides clash.Dhoni might not be easily accessible for even his teammates at times but has never disappointed Bashir.”I don’t call him as he is so busy. I keep in touch only through text messages. Long before I came here, Dhoni assured me of the ticket. He is a great human being. I can’t think of anyone else doing what he has done for me since that 2011 game in Mohali.advertisement”Imagine I get the ticket for free when most would pay a fortune for it. I have got a surprise gift for him this time and I hope to give it to him later today,” said Bashir.After arriving in Manchester, he checked into the Pakistan’s team hotel where he met most of the squad members including captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Amir and Hassan Ali.One of his selfies was with Shoaib Malik and Indian tennis star wife Sania Mirza, an Indo-Pak union just like him and his wife. He checks into the Indian team hotel later on Friday.I am alive only for cricket: Chacha ChicagoHis love for his homeland is understandable but the reason for his affinity towards India is his Hyderbadi wife, besides Dhoni of course. His match-day uniform has both India and Pakistan colours and Bashir calls himself an ambassador of peace.While watching Indo-Pak games all-around the World, Bashir has made lifelong Indian friends and one them is the well-known superfan Sudhir, who mainly relies on funding from cricketers to support the team from stands. In fact, both are staying together in Manchester.”Sudhir abhi apni body pe tri-colour paint karwane gaya hain (Sudhir has gone outside to get the Indian tri-colour painted on his body).”I book the room and we stay together. Thanks to allah, I am doing okay (financially) and that is the least I can do for a friend. I just gifted Sudhir a phone and it made him really happy. These are the little things in life that give you happiness.”Bashir, who has overcome three heart attacks, carries as many 12 medicines when he is travelling. Before coming to the UK, he was in Saudi Arabia with his grandson during the holy month of Ramadan.”It is not easy with my medical condition. Ab toh aisa lagta hain jab tak cricket chal rahi tab tak saasen chal rahi hain (May be I am alive only for cricket),” Bashir added.No prizes for guessing that he is backing India to maintain their unbeaten run over Pakistan on Sunday.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Why India are outright favourites against PakistanAlso Read | World Cup 2019: India vs Pakistan all about absorbing pressure, says Sachin TendulkarAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Chacha ChicagoFollow India vs PakistanFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow India cricket teamFollow MS DhoniFollow Pakistan fan cricket World Cup 2019: Thanks to MS Dhoni, I don’t have to struggle for India-Pakistan tickets, says Karachi-born fanICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Karachi-born Pakistan fan, Mohammad Bashir aka Chacha Chicago has been getting match tickets for India-Pakistan clashes from MS Dhoni since 2011. Bashir revealed that he doesn’t call Dhoni anymore but keeps in touch with him via text messages. advertisement Nextlast_img read more

From 237 not out to golden duck: Martin Guptill’s contrasting fortunes vs West Indies in 2 World Cups

first_img No data available! graphs advertisement Scorecard From 237 not out to golden duck: Martin Guptill’s contrasting fortunes vs West Indies in 2 World CupsWorld Cup 2019: Martin Guptill had hit a record-shattering 237 not out against West Indies in the 2015 Cricket World Cup. 4 years later, Guptill fell for a golden duck against the same opponents. view more view less Saurabh Kumar ManchesterJune 22, 2019UPDATED: June 22, 2019 20:09 IST Sheldon Cottrell struck on the first delivery of match to remove Martin Guptill on golden duck. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSheldon Cottrell struck on the first delivery of match to remove Martin Guptill on golden duckBefore this match, Guptill had amassed 588 runs in 12 games against West IndiesMartin Guptill had smashed record-breaking unbeaten 237 against West Indies in 2015 World CupNew Zealand vs West Indies was billed as a must-win match for the Caribbeans as they could not risk any slip-ups in the 29th match of World Cup 2019. New Zealand opener Martin Guptill must have been fancying his chances against West Indies as in his last World Cup outing against the Caribbeans he had smashed record-breaking unbeaten 237. This is the highest individual score in any ICC Tournament.4 years ago, Guptill’s stupendous 163-ball innings contained 24 fours and 11 sixes with 92 of the runs coming in the final 10-over slot that saw New Zealand rack up 393-6. The dominance of Guptill was so massive that the next best score was Ross Taylor’s 42 during a third-wicket partnership of 143. Before this match, Guptill had amassed 588 runs in 12 games against West Indies.On Saturday, Martin Guptill failed to even open his account against West Indies as he was pinned by Sheldon Cottrell right in front of the leg stump with a yorker that swung in incredibly. Umpire wasn’t convinced but West Indies reviewed it and the replays showed that it was going on to hit the leg stump.After choosing to field, West Indies were flying high as Cottrell had dismissed both New Zealand openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro in the very first over for golden ducks. On the last delivery of the same over, Cottrell shattered Munro’s stumps with an inswinging yorker.During New Zealand’s last match against South Africa, Martin Guptill had dislodged his own wicket with a 360 degree turn into a pull shot. With this bizarre dismissal, he became the first New Zealand batsman to be dismissed by hitting his own wickets in the history of World Cup.advertisementAlso Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni trolled again over slow knock vs AfghanistanAlso Read | Is this India’s away orange jersey in World Cup 2019? Pictures on social media leave fans guessingAlso 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow West Indies vs New ZealandFollow Martin GuptillFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 commentary Nextlast_img read more

Nokia 7.1 available for as low as Rs 14,500 and here’s what you need to know before buying

first_imgNokia 7.1 available for as low as Rs 14,500 and here’s what you need to know before buyingLaunched late last year in India, the Nokia 7.1 can now be found for as low as Rs 14,420 on Amazon India. It offers a premium design with stock Android Pie and Snapdragon 636 chipset. But is it worth buying in 2019?advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiJune 25, 2019UPDATED: June 26, 2019 09:15 IST HIGHLIGHTSNokia 7.1 can be found for as low as Rs 14,420 on Amazon India.Nokia 7.1 was launched late last year prices at Rs 19,999.Nokia 7.1 offers a PureDisplay screen and Snapdragon 636 chipset.The Nokia 7.1 (Review) was launched late last year with a mid-range price tag of Rs 19,999. The Nokia 7.1 was seen as a refined version of the Nokia 6.1 Plus, offering a lot of the same design elements and hardware, but with a more polished feel. Since its launch, the Nokia 7.1 has seen a few price cuts with the most recent one bringing the price of the phone down to an all-time low of Rs 14,500To be more precise, the Nokia 7.1 is now being sold at Rs 14,420 on Amazon India, which is close to the price of the Nokia 6.1 Plus that currently costs Rs 13,999. The Nokia 7.1 on the Nokia store online can be found for Rs 15,999. The Nokia 7.1 is available in Blue and Steel colours.Nokia 7.1 specificationsBefore we talk about the pros and cons of buying the Nokia 7.1, here’s a quick look at its specifications. The Nokia 7.1 sports a 5.84-inch FHD+ PureDisplay with a 19:9 aspect ratio. The phone is machined out of a 6000 Series aluminium and you get a 2.5D curved glass on the back as well. Like the Nokia 6.1 Plus, the Nokia 7.1 is also powered by a Snapdragon 636 chipset. This is paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage with support for storage expandability via a microSD card. The Nokia 7.1 is an Android One device and was launched with stock Android Oreo. It has since been updated to Android Pie and should be among the first to receive Android Q as well.The Nokia 7.1 sports a 12MP + 5MP dual rear camera setup and 8MP front-facing camera. It houses a 3,060mAh battery and supports fast charging out-of-the-box over USB Type-C.advertisementWhat you should know before buying the Nokia 7.1The most obvious pointer to keep in mind is that the Nokia 7.1 is a dated device as it was launched late last year with Android Oreo. There are many newer and more relevant phones that can be found under Rs 15,000 today. It also gets a dated Snapdragon 636 chipset as well. That being said, the Nokia 7.1 still offers a clean and optimised Android interface that allows the device to work smoothly and it will get at least one more major software update.While it was launched in late 2018, it is still technically one of the most recent Nokia phones in this segment. To put it in other words, HMD has not launched a new Nokia phone in the mid-range segment in India this year, which means the Nokia 7.1 and Nokia 8.1 are the only Nokia phones worth buying under Rs 20,000 right now.A few notable about the Nokia 7.1 is its rich and vivid PureDisplay screen that offers HDR10 support, excellent contrast and sharpness. You also get an elegant and premium design that is not so commonly found in this segment. Of course, phones like the Realme 3 Pro and Redmi Note 7 Pro offer much faster performance and better battery life, but if you’re looking for a stock Android One phone, the Nokia 7.1 is your best bet in this segment.ALSO READ | Nokia 7.1 review: Good display but Nokia 6.1 Plus offers better valueGet 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 bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow Nokia 7.1Follow HMD GlobalFollow nokialast_img read more

Rajasthan Royals rope in former Australia all-rounder Andrew McDonald as head coach

first_img Next Rajasthan Royals rope in former Australia all-rounder Andrew McDonald as head coachFormer Australia all-rounder Andrew McDonald has been roped in by Rajasthan Royals as the franchisee’s new head coach for three seasons of the Indian Premier League.advertisement India Today Web Desk JaipurOctober 21, 2019UPDATED: October 21, 2019 13:27 IST Andrew McDonald has led Melbourne Renegades to BBL title in the 2018/19 season. (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSRajasthan Royals have roped in Australian coach and cricketer Andrew McDonald as their new Head coachAndrew McDonald was appointed as coach after the franchise’s board meetingMcDonald has been a part of the Indian Premier League in the past as he played for Delhi Daredevils in the 2009Former champions Rajasthan Royals have roped in Australian coach and cricketer Andrew McDonald as their new Head coach for a tenure of three years.Andrew McDonald, former coach of BBL champions Melbourne Renegades, was appointed as coach after the franchise’s board meeting on Monday. McDonald’s 1st assignment as head coach of RR will be at IPL auction, scheduled for December 19 in Kolkata.The interview panel for the Head Coach process included external experts and internal leadership which included Zubin Bharucha, Head of Cricket for Rajasthan Royals.McDonald has been a part of the Indian Premier League in the past as he played for Delhi Daredevils in the 2009 season before being signed up by Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2012-2013. He was also the bowling coach of Royal Challengers Bangalore.”We are delighted to appoint Andrew as our Head Coach. He shares our belief of discovering potential and championing dreams and is aligned with our vision to continue to drive innovation in the IPL. Andrew will be preparing for the season by sharing experiences and best practices with exceptional coaches in other sports and will be visiting India in the near future to meet the Royals team, both on and off the field.” said Ranjit Barthakur, Executive Chairman, Rajasthan Royals.McDonald’s appointment comes at a time Royals are struggling to make an impact in IPL despite the presence of big names like Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Steve Smith in the side.”I’m delighted to join the Royals family. It’s a great honour to take on this responsibility. The Rajasthan Royals is a new, exciting challenge for me, and I can’t wait to get started working with our world-class players and coaches in one of the biggest sporting leagues in the world.” Andrew McDonald said.advertisementAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Rajasthan RoyalsFollow Indian Premier LeagueFollow Andrew McDonaldlast_img read more

Love your Leather Bag Like a Pro

first_img How to Make a Bee’s Knees Cocktail Editors’ Recommendations The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men The MNML Leather Highlander Travel Bag Makes Short-Term Trips a Breeze 7 Best Gym Bags to Haul All Your Workout Gear We love a leather bag. Evidently, so do the girls at Fairchild Baldwin. Design team Jill Fairchild and Karen Baldwin put their fashion backgrounds to good use and launched the brand in 2012. Since then, their rep for creating smart, sartorially sound bags for the jet-set man about town has grown steadily. And their discerning use of sumptuous, high-quality leather has caught our eye.Whether you have your dad’s ancient weekender or a luxury luggage number, follow Fairchild Baldwin’s tips to maintain your leather like a pro.The majority of your range is crafted from Italian leather. Why did you opt for leather over any other materials?Leather is a timeless and accessible luxury. Unlike other fabrics and materials, Italian leather ages well and appears even more beautiful with usage. The Italian pebble leather and iguana leather we use appears delicate and upscale but will also withstand daily wear and tear.What is the best way to preserve leather goods?In order to moisturize the bag, use a leather conditioner to keep the leather soft. When storing, make sure to fill the bag with stuffing such as bubble wrap in order to maintain its shape, and place in a dust bag.Would you recommend waxing leather?Ordinarily yes, but it’s unnecessary with our bags because the leather we use is selected to withstand weathering from everyday use.What is the best way to clean leather?We recommend using a cleaner that is made specifically for leather once or twice a year. This can be found in most handbag and department stores.What inspired the design of the Bobby Duffel?We wanted to create a luxurious bag that would have a universal style as well as supreme durability.Finally, what’s your take on men in leather trousers?Only if in chaps and accompanied by a cowboy hat (and nothing else!)Wow. Thanks girls! It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quiltlast_img read more

Abercrombie & Fitch perfects stylish casual wear in new menswear collections

first_img Nothing New Turns Old Plastic Into Stylish, Sustainable Sneakers Jameson Releases Two New Caskmates Editions Lance Bass Says Bye, Bye, Bye to Boring Cocktails You’ll Never Have to Pivot a Sofa Again Thanks to Ikea’s Newest Collection Celebrate America with the Return of the Old Camp Whiskey Patriot Pack Editors’ Recommendations In keeping with their mission to be the go-to brand for casual luxury clothing, Abercrombie & Fitch recently launched two new menswear lines, the Sport and Lounge collections, which feature stylish, no-frills options for everyday wear.Related: Dog Days: How to Dress for the Hottest Months of SummerThese lines are a far cry from the sweat pants and polo shirts of the brand’s early 2000s aesthetic. Here, the clothing is understated and timeless with clean lines in muted hues.When asked about what inspired the design of the Sport collection, Aaron Levine, Head of Men’s Design for Abercrombie & Fitch, hearkened back to the brand’s rugged early roots.“When we were designing the Sport collection, we were looking at these dirt-bag rock climbers tackling Yosemite in the 50s, 60s, and 70s,” he began.“Nothing was flashy, everything they wore was easy and functional,” he continued. “We loved the natural color palette that Yosemite itself provided…so we just looked at the colors nature gave us and coupled that with the attitude of those climbers.”This attitude manifests itself in a collection of tank-tops ($24), short-sleeve shirts ($28), long-sleeve shirts ($34), shorts ($48) and jogger pants ($68) constructed with breathable stretch fabrics, mesh panels and active zipper details in olives, maroons, grays and blues.Though the materials are technically beneficial (they move and wick sweat well), they’re not slick or sheeny, so they look and feel fashion-forward.For the Lounge collection, Levine said designers were inspired by the idea of the  “ultimate loafer” who wants clothing that “will take [them] seamlessly from the sofa to the fridge and back again in style.”“We had experts tirelessly nap and eat in their homes on the weekends,” he continued. “They reported back to us whether they felt the fabrics were soft and comfortable enough.”“If their loafing was in any way prohibited or restricted by our materials or the cut of these pieces,” he concluded, “back to the drawing board we went.”This attention to detail produced a line of shorts ($24),  sweatshirts ($60) and sweatpants ($68) that are as comfortable as they are practical. The pieces come in soft neutral tones, which are complimented by the lush textures of French terry cloth, flannels and sub knits.Like the pieces in the Sport collection, the lounge wear is built to move with its wearer as if it were a part of the customer himself.Check out both collections, here.last_img read more

Hey Slick! These Oil Cleansers Will Get You Clean

first_img What is Toner, Why Should You Use it, and What are the Best Toners for Men? Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits Editors’ Recommendations 10 Best Beard Balms: The Secret to a Tamed and Tangle-Free Beard Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing OilThis lightweight oil cleanser makes washing your face feel more like a treat and less of a chore. It gently dissolves dirt and grime without drying the skin. This magic blend of skin loving Squalane, Evening Primrose and Lavender Essential Oil will continue to soothe your skin while you sleep. $32.All Good Organic Coconut Oil Why not go straight to the source? Coconut oil is an excellent deep cleanser. It’s also a moisturizing, wrinkle fighting, multi-purpose skin conditioner. Look for cold-pressed versions like these Lavender, Lemongrass and Coconut versions sold as a three pack from All Good. $13.center_img How to Grow and Maintain Stubble We get it. It seems a little strange to wash your face with oil. After all, we suds up to remove dirt and oil, don’t we?Ultimately, you want to get clean but not at the expense of stripping all the moisture from your skin. Harsh, chemical-filled cleansers can leave your face feeling tight and dry. When your skin is depleted it will go into overdrive, producing even more oil to compensate. Great looking skin happens when it’s properly hydrated and the moisture is balanced. Oil cleansers actually bind to bad oil, dirt and grime. They gently lift toxins and break up the gunk that can clog pores. But they don’t dry out your skin or leave it looking slick. Treat yourself to an oil cleanser, especially during these winter months.Black Chicken Remedies – Cleanse My FaceOil cleansers work with your skin, not against it. And it’s not just a dry skin remedy. Remember, it’s about balance and this oil cleanser can even help oily skin. It boasts a deeply calming formulation with 14 remedial oils to pull out the daily grime stuck deep in your pores. $59.Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil Coconut and Argan oils are the pair of hero ingredients in this all-natural facial cleanser. This oil duo dissolves dirt without leaving a greasy residue. You skin will feel soft, smooth and hydrated. $14.belif Cleansing Gel Oil EnrichedStill not ready to part with your gel cleanser? This oil cleanser from Korea has a gel-like texture and softens skin with natural olive and macadamia nut oils. This oil cleanser locks in moisture while added herbs calm and refresh your skin. $30. The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About last_img read more