10 months agoLiverpool ace Wijnaldum: Klopp won’t allow players to get carried away

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool ace Wijnaldum: Klopp won’t allow players to get carried awayby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool ace Georginio Wijnaldum says manager Jurgen Klopp won’t let his players get carried away with their success this season.Liverpool have a six-point lead over Spurs at the top of the Premier League.”When we played Wolves away (the Friday before Christmas) a lot of the players didn’t even know who City or Tottenham were playing,” he said.”We were just focused on our own game and trying to get the most out of that one. That is why it goes so well.”We are only focused on the things we can control. We can control our own performance. We are only busy with that.”If you are maybe less focused than normal, then you have a manager in Jurgen who will tell you directly that there is no space for doing less or enjoying things too much. He says keep both feet on the ground.” last_img read more

10 months agoCardiff chief Ken Choo hails away support for Leicester win

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Cardiff chief Ken Choo hails away support for Leicester winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City chief Ken Choo hailed the away support for victory at Leicester City.Choo reacted to the victory by paying tribute to the Bluebirds supporters”What a way to end 2018!” he said.”A big thank you to all our fans for the fantastic support.”We’re working incredibly hard as a club to give you the best Premier League experience possible. Here’s to a great New Year.” last_img read more

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a month ago​Man Utd duo set for exit after De Gea announcement

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Man Utd duo set for exit after De Gea announcementby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester Untied could lose two goalkeepers as a result of David De Gea’s contract renewal.The Spaniard has committed to a long term deal that could see him stay at the club until 2023.It would see De Gea complete more than 10 years at United, a club he was always expected to leave in his prime.But the Daily Express believes that De Gea renewing means that Dean Henderson and Sergio Romero may see their futures elsewhere.Romero is currently De Gea’s backup, while Henderson is on loan at Sheffield United.The latter is certain to want a chance to start at United, or he may see his career best served at another club. last_img read more

a month agoLiverpool boss Klopp insists Van Dijk belongs at Messi and Ronaldo level

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp insists Van Dijk belongs at Messi and Ronaldo levelby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists Virgil van Dijk belongs at the level of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.Van Dijk had been expected to become the first Premier-League based player to scoop the Fifa prize since Cristiano Ronaldo won it when playing for Manchester United in 2009.Instead, it was Barcelona’s Argentine icon Messi who won for the SIXTH TIME at Fifa’s The Best ceremony at Milan’s La Scala opera house.Kop boss Klopp did see Alisson pick up the goalkeeper’s award.Klopp insisted: “Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated this competition pretty much for ever.“They are good role models for young players in this way.“You cannot get to these heights if you are not this kind of player.“And it’s now the same for Virgil. The other guys know they have to give everything.“It shows how he has grown. It’s not only about the spectacular, it’s all the other things as well.“It’s really nice to see a defender getting rewards. He didn’t have to win it.“Go through the names: Ronaldo, Messi and Van Dijk. It’s already crazy.” last_img read more

Gfinity FIFA Series February preview

first_imgThe road to the FIFA eWorld Cup continues as February is set to start with a bang thanks to the second Gfinity FIFA Series tournament. The Licensed Qualifier Event will offer the winner a lion’s share of the prize pool and 850 crucial Global Series points.Descending to the Gfinity Arena this weekend will be 32 of the world’s best FIFA 19 players (16 on PlayStation and 16 on Xbox) who will be looking to improve their place in the Global Series rankings.The standout of those competitors will, of course, be Donovan ‘F2Tekkz’ Hunt who still has the points out of any player in the world with an impressive total of 4,220 – over 1,100 points above Xbox’s second place player and reigning FIFA eWorld Cup champion Mossad ‘MSdossary’ Aldossary. 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? Tekkz got off to the perfect start this season, winning the first two events he could enter: The Fut Champions Cup and the PGL Cup. The youngster was set to make it a record-breaking three tournament wins in a row at the December FUT Champions Cup but was defeated in the Xbox semi-finals by Rogue’s world champion MSdosary.Then in the two following tournaments, Tekkz has been eliminated by two other Rogue players: Nawid ‘GoalMachine’ Noorzai and Niklas ‘NRaseck’ Raseck. With no Rogue players in attendance this weekend, Tekkz will be confident he can finally add another trophy to his growing collection.However, one the PlayStation side of things, everyone will need to keep an eye on Nicolas ‘Nicolas99fc’ Villalba who won the last Gfinity Series and became the first PlayStation player to win a cross-console final since the FIFA eClub World Cup in 2017. The impressive Argentine will also be happy to see MSdossary isn’t in attendance after the Saudi Arabian thrashed him in the FUT Champions Cup December final.One other PlayStation player to watch out for is PSV’s Stefano ‘Pinna97’ Pinna who was the runner-up in last year’s FIFA eWorld Cup.The Belgian had an amazing chance to claim a trophy at the January FUT Champions Cup last weekend as most of PS4’s major players failed to qualify.He got through to the PlayStation final but fell to a shock defeat at the hands of Hasan ‘Hasoo’ Eker. Pinna97 has a point to prove and this will certainly be his chance but even if he can overcome Nicolas99fc, the Xbox division is a huge hurdle with the likes of Melbourne City’s Marcus Gomes and Werder Bremen’s Michael ‘Megabit’ Bittner also in attendance.last_img read more

Florida State Receiver Kermit Whitfield Says Miami Fans Spit At Seminoles Near Tunnel

first_imgKermit Whitfield scoring a touchdown.YouTube/Seminole MomentMiami fans spit at Florida State players on Saturday, according to Seminoles wide receiver Kermit Whitfield.The Florida State-Miami rivalry is very intense, and Hurricane fans let out some serious frustration on Saturday night. The game was briefly delayed at one point because ‘Canes fans started throwing trash on the field, in protest of a controversial targeting call in the fourth quarter.That’s not all, according to Seminoles wide receiver Kermit Whitfield. On Monday, he told reporters that Miami fans attempted to spit on Florida State players as they entered the locker room.Kermit Whitfield said as the team was walking into the tunnel, a Miami fan tried to spit on them. #FSU #Noles pic.twitter.com/JHTQFJcDok— Ryan S. Clark (@ryan_s_clark) October 10, 2016Tomahawk Nation posted video of Whitfield describing the incident on Monday.Whitfield had an eventful day on Saturday. He was the receiver who was hit on the targeting call, and caught a 20-yard touchdown to give Florida State a 17-13 lead in the late third quarter. He had his best game of the season against the ‘Canes, catching seven passes for 83 yards and his first score of the year.Saturday was also Whitfield’s birthday. Quite a way to celebrate it.Miami looked to have a game-tying touchdown in the final minutes of Saturday’s game, but a blocked extra point sealed the dramatic road win for the ‘Noles.[Tomahawk Nation]last_img read more

This Stat Shows How Bad Ohio State’s Offensive Line Was at Penn State

first_imgJ.T. Barrett getting tackled by a Penn State player.ABC.Ohio State’s offensive line was dreadful this past Saturday night.The Buckeyes fell to Penn State in State College, Pa., 24-21, and while many aspects of Ohio State’s game was to blame, none deserved more criticism than the offensive line.J.T. Barrett was sacked six times and pressured nearly every time he dropped back in the second half.Ohio State sophomore right tackle Isaiah Prince had an especially bad game, as the following stat shows.Ohio State RT Isaiah Prince allowed 14 QB pressures vs Penn State—the highest number we have recorded for an individual single player.— CFB Film Room (@CFBFilmRoom) October 26, 2016Yikes.last_img read more

Wales manager Giggs insists Bale still loves football

first_imgWales manager Ryan Giggs has insisted star player Gareth Bale remains happy and enthusiastic despite enduring a difficult season in Spain with Real Madrid.His comments come amid claims that the Cardiff-born attacker has lost his love for the game following a tricky spell that has seen him lose his place in Real’s starting XI and found himself stuck on the bench.Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane even refused to bring him off the bench in the final La Liga game of the season, denying the 29-year-old a potential farewell and later saying: “He [Bale] has won a lot here, but we live for the present and the future.” 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 £85.3m signing from Tottenham has also become a target for the club’s fans, with a recent poll revealing that only nine per cent of almost five million Real supporters want him to stay at the Bernabeu Stadium.According to Giggs, however, Bale has lost none of his love for the game, and he has praised the former Southampton winger for his application and attitude ahead of Wales’ upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Croatia and Hungary.“I saw him this week (at a training camp),” Giggs told The Mail, “and he looked like he enjoyed football to me.“He was sharp, he wanted the ball, and he was practising his trademark of cutting in on his left foot. He scored a great goal.“Afterwards, when a lot of the lads went in, he was practising his shooting, so that doesn’t strike me as someone who just wants to get off and go back to his room.“It struck me as a professional who still loves football.”Despite winning four Champions League titles, three FIFA World Club titles, a La Liga crown and the Copa del Rey since his arrival in 2013, Bale’s future remains unclear.When asked if he was surprised by the criticism aimed at Bale, who has also scored over 100 goals for the club, Giggs said: “Yes, but I’m not over there.“I’m not a Real Madrid fan. I don’t know the ins and outs and I’m only looking from the outside.“But you’ve got a player who won the team the Champions League final last year with one of the best goals you’ve ever seen and performs for that team week in, week out.“I remember the original Ronaldo getting stick off Real Madrid fans. I remember Cristiano (Ronaldo) getting stick early doors.“It’s that kind of club, it’s a club like no other where the white handkerchiefs come out if they don’t like you. That’s just the way it is.“But we played a game (on Tuesday) and he looked really good, sharp and really fresh.“I’m excited to see him in these two games.”last_img read more

Kane: Juventus strike was one of my best ever

first_imgHarry Kane described his sensational goal against Juventus on Sunday as “probably one of the best of my career”.Tottenham appeared to be heading for a deciding penalty shoot-out in their International Champions Cup clash with the Italian champions in Singapore before Kane’s spectacular intervention in stoppage time.The England captain spotted Wojciech Szczesny off his line and beat him from just inside Juve’s half with a precision strike to secure a dramatic 3-2 win in Spurs’ first pre-season game ahead of the 2019-20 campaign. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Kane has scored some wonderful goals during his career, having netted 164 competitive goals for Tottenham since his first against Shamrock Rovers in 2011, but he believes the one against Juve ranks alongside his very best.”It’s probably one of the best goals in my career,” he said in a post-match interview.”I saw in part of the game the keeper [Szczesny] was quite far off the line, so I thought if I get a chance to shoot, I’m going to shoot and thankfully it went in.”The Tottenham striker made 28 Premier League appearances last season as he struggled with an ankle injury towards the latter part of the campaign.The 25-year-old missed out on Spurs’ dramatic Champions League semi-final comeback against Ajax as a result, and was unable to make an impact during their final defeat against Liverpool as he started the game with little match fitness.Kane was introduced as a half-time substitute against the Old Lady and is satisfied to start getting pitch time under his belt ahead of the new season.”It’s been great to get 45 minutes,” he added.”It’s been a good start to pre-season; everyone is working hard.”It’s very hot here so it will definitely get us fit. We’re looking forward to the next game [against Manchester United on Thursday] and we go from there.”The International Champions Cup will host an all-English clash next Thursday as Spurs meet Manchester United, who defeated Inter 1-0 on Saturday evening, in Shanghai.Kane’s side will open their Premier League campaign with a home fixture against newly-promoted Aston Villa on August 10.last_img read more

Ronaldo: Champions League coming for Juve

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo is confident Serie A giants Juventus will win the Champions League, insisting “it’s coming”.After eight successive Serie A titles, Juve are eyeing European glory following five runners-up medals since their last Champions League triumph in 1996.Most recently, Juventus have been runners-up to Barcelona in 2015 as well as Ronaldo’s own Madrid side in 2017, with the Portuguese netting a brace in the final. Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Ronaldo – a five-time Champions League winner who celebrated four titles with Real Madrid – was unable to help Juve past the quarter-finals in his first season at the club last term.The Italian side fell to Ajax in the last eight after the Dutch side knocked out Ronaldo’s former club Real Madrid in the Round of 16.However, while the forward admitted that he was unsure whether a triumph would come this year, Ronaldo believes Maurizio Sarri’s Juve are poised to conquer Europe and that it will happen sooner rather than later.”After winning what I won at Madrid I needed a change and new motivation,” Ronaldo told Marca.”I still have the strength to keep winning.”Juventus will win the Champions League. I don’t know if it’ll be this year or the next, but it’s coming.”     View this post on Instagram          Muy contento y honrado por ganar este premio @marca Leyenda. Gracias a todos los que me han ayudado y a los que me siguen ayudando en mi carrera. A post shared by Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) on Jul 29, 2019 at 10:54am PDT Ronaldo was speaking after receiving the prestigious Marca Leyenda award “for his successful career as a professional footballer and for the standing he has attained across the world.”The 34-year-old superstar made a seamless transition from Madrid to Juve, helping the Italian giants to their eighth successive Serie A crown in 2018-19.The veteran scored 28 goals in all competitions last season, 21 of those coming in the league.Ronaldo also revealed on Monday that he hopes to someday return to Madrid, where he scored a whopping 450 goals in just 438 games for the Spanish giants during his time in the city.Juventus are set to open the Serie A campaign against Parma on August 25 for the first match of the club’s title defence before taking on Napoli in the second week in new coach Sarri’s first match against his former club.Before that, though, Juventus are set to face Atletico Madrid on Saturday as the club look to continue pre-season preparations in Sweden at the Friends Arena in Stockholm.last_img read more

ESPN Releases Early Prediction For Ohio State-TCU

first_imgDwayne Haskins throwing a pass against Michigan.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 25: Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks to throw a pass in the second half against the Michigan Wolverines on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)It’ll be hard finding a more intriguing matchup this weekend than the one brewing in Dallas. With Ohio State and TCU preparing for war on Saturday, both programs will have an opportunity to grab a signature victory for the 2018 season.The Buckeyes have been dominant in their last two games, outscoring their opponents by a total of 95 points. However, the Horned Frogs won’t be a pushover.With dual-threat quarterbacks in Dwayne Haskins and Shawn Robinson ready to shine in the spotlight, this matchup between top 15 programs will be must-see television.Yet, ESPN believes the outcome on Saturday is extremely predictable. According to their Football Power Index, the Buckeyes have a very high chance of staying undefeated. That’s right, ESPN’s FPI gives Ohio State a 86.6 percent chance of winning.Even though TCU has enough firepower on offense, they’ll have to keep up with an offense in Columbus that averages 64.5 points per contest.Ohio State and TCU are set to kick off at 8:00 p.m. ET. The game will be available on ABC.last_img read more

Emails Show Florida State Fans Crushing Hire Of Kendal Briles

first_imgKendal Briles, on staff of the Baylor Bears.WACO, TX – SEPTEMBER 02: Kendal Briles of the Baylor Bears at McLane Stadium on September 2, 2016 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Emails obtained by the Tampa Bay Times show Florida State fans criticizing the hiring of former Baylor assistant coach Kendal Briles.Kendal Briles, the son of former Baylor head coach Art Briles, was an assistant for the Bears from 2008-16. That put him on Baylor’s stuff during the program’s sexual assault scandal, in which dozens of players were accused. Art Briles was fired as a result of the scandal and Kendal Briles, while not directly implicated, left the program, too.Several Florida State fans have expressed concern with the hire.From the report:Emails obtained by the Tampa Bay Times through a public-records request show unease and even disgust among fans and alumni as FSU considered adding the former Baylor assistant. While the notes to Thrasher and interim athletic director David Coburn don’t speak for the entire fan base, they provide a window into how some Seminoles supporters viewed the move before his $1 million-a-year contract was finalized on Dec. 23.“Since 2013, I have defended my school against those that say FSU doesn’t care about sexual assault, and was willing to look the other way when winning mattered,” one woman wrote to Thrasher.There are several emails like that, obtained by the Tampa Bay Times.Kendal Briles is a brilliant offensive mind and Florida State’s program is in need of a boost, but the hiring is clearly coming with some criticism.You can view the full report here.last_img read more

Shirtless Photo Of NFL Draft WR Prospect Is Going Viral

first_imgA football game between LSU and Ole Miss.OXFORD, MS – NOVEMBER 17: General view of fans watching the game between the LSU Tigers and the Mississippi Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium at Hollingsworth Field November 17, 2007 in Oxford, Mississippi. LSU beat Mississippi 41-24. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)The roster tells us that Ole Miss’ D.K. Metcalf is a wide receiver, a potential first-round NFL Draft pick at that. The eye test makes Metcalf appear to be a defensive end or linebacker.Metcalf is big. Really big at that. He was listed at 6-foot-4, 230 pounds by Ole Miss, but he looks even larger than that.Take this most recent pic of Metcalf that is going viral. It features him standing next to a couple of other players in the gym, and Metcalf is absolutely dwarfing the competition.Check it out:DK Metcalf has somehow gotten bigger since last we saw him pic.twitter.com/DdkEZ2my6g— Bunkie Perkins (@BunkiePerkins) February 11, 2019Metcalf’s college stats (67 receptions, 1,228 yards and 14 touchdowns in 21 games) don’t jump off the page, but his physical gifts and stature do. It’s the reason why he is on the radar of teams in the first round.In the most recent Sporting News mock draft, Vinnie Iyer has Metcalf going off the board at No. 17 to the Cleveland Browns. Meanwhile, Luke Easterling’s latest Draft Wire mock has Metcalf being chosen sooner than that.Easterling has the Buffalo Bills picking Metcalf at No. 9 overall as a new weapon for second-year quarterback Josh Allen.It is a long way to go until April, but Metcalf has seemingly positioned himself in a good spot as of now.last_img read more

Nation’s No. 1 Recruit Is Recruiting The No. 1 QB In 2020 Class

first_imgA generic picture of three footballs next to a pylonThe nation’s No. 1 high school football recruit announced his commitment on Tuesday afternoon.Five-star defensive end Bryan Bresee revealed his plans to play for the Clemson Tigers. Dabo Swinney and company must be thrilled with the commitment, adding to a stout defensive line.The Tigers have possessed one of the best defensive lines in college football over the past dew years, and are in great shape to field a dominant front once again.However, it might not end there.Hours after announcing his commitment, Bryan Bresee took to Twitter to recruit the nation’s No. 1 quarterback.DJ Uiagelelei is set to announce his commitment in just under two weeks. After he congratulated Bresee on his commitment to Clemson, the defensive end said the QB is next.“You’re next right?” Bresee tweeted.You’re next right? https://t.co/9Sz5jyX4lo— Bryan Bresee (@bryan_bresee) April 23, 2019According to 247Sports’ Crystal Ball Predictions, Clemson is the heavy favorite to land the No. 1 quarterback in the 2020 class. 86-percent of experts predict Uiagelelei will commit to play for Dabo Swinney and company.It would be the second No. 1 QB to commit to the Tigers in the past three years – freshman sensation quarterback Trevor Lawrence is the other.Can the Tigers keep the ball rolling and land yet another top recruit?Stay tuned.last_img read more

Urban Meyer Names The Best Atmosphere In College Football

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer talking to the media at the Rose Bowl.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer speaks to the media after the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has coached in some of the toughest environments in the country.Taking the Buckeyes on the road to the Big House, facing off against Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Meyer has done it all. But which college football program provides the toughest atmosphere?Earlier this week, Meyer was asked that very question.So, who did he go with?Meyer thinks the Florida Gators and home crowd in Gainesville have the best atmosphere in college football.“Steve Spurrier named it the Swamp I believe in the 90’s, it’s very hot. Gainesville is obviously right in the center of the state. Not a whole lot of air circulates in the center of the state of Florida, especially early in the season. It is so hot.Only Gators get out alive, is what Steve Spurrier said. The fans, the student body is incredible. The fans are out of their damn minds. When we had that thing going, a night game in the Swamp was second to none.”Meyer has been giving the Gators plenty of love this week.He revealed Tim Tebow was his favorite quarterback to coach during his time in college. Perhaps he’s trying to atone for how things ended with Florida.last_img read more

Photo: Depressed Houston Fan Is Going Viral At Oklahoma

first_img This photo of a depressed Houston fan sums up the night:Same pic.twitter.com/FjsdWDPqwF— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) September 2, 2019A lot of college football fans are probably going to feel like that when they play Oklahoma this season. The Sooners’ offense is just ridiculous.Oklahoma and Houston are playing on ABC. A view of the fans at an Oklahoma football game.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 7: Fans hold signs as the Oklahoma Sooners gather on the field before the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers September 7, 2013 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 16-7. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)A photo of a depressed Houston Cougars fan sums up what it’s probably felt like to attempt to defend Jalen Hurts and the Oklahoma Sooners offense tonight.Oklahoma has showed no signs of slowing down in the Hurts era, as the former Alabama quarterback is looking like a Heisman Trophy frontrunner.Hurts, who transferred from Alabama to Oklahoma this offseason, has compiled:291 passing yards and 3 touchdowns136 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns…and we’re not even in the fourth quarter yet.last_img read more

India vs Australia: 7 Australian players turn up for practice at SCG on New Year’s Day

first_img India Today Web Desk SydneyJanuary 1, 2019UPDATED: January 1, 2019 13:05 IST India vs Australia: Aaron Finch (right) has been under scrutiny for his batting at the top and experts have called for him to be dropped. (@cricketcomau Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPaine, Finch, Khawaja, Harris, Handscomb and bowlers Lyon and Labuschagne practiced at the SCGFinch did not bat at the nets but only practiced slip catchingLeg-spinner Labuschagne was seen bowling to Usman Khawaja at the netsAustralia are 2-1 down in the four-match Test series vs India and they cannot afford to let up as the Sydney Test is fast approaching. The fourth and final Test of the series will start on January 3 at the Sydney Cricket Ground and the Australian cricket team decided to ring in the new year with an optional practice session at the SCG.Australian batting is under immense scrutiny after quick Pat Cummins turned up the best performance with the bat for the Australian team and with leg-spinner Marnus Labuschagne added to the squad, Australian greats have called for Aaron Finch to be dropped.Finch has scored only 97 runs in six innings for Australia this series when he has opened the batting and there have been calls to either drop him down in the batting order or from the playing XI.Amidst all the scrutiny, Finch along with skipper Tim Paine, Usman Khawaja, Marcus Harris, Peter Handscomb and bowlers Nathan Lyon and Marnus Labuschagne turned up at the SCG nets on Tuesday.”Seven members of the 14-man squad – Tim Paine, Nathan Lyon, Usman Khawaja, Aaron Finch, Marcus Harris, Peter Handscomb and Marnus Labuschagne – trained under brilliant Sydney sunshine in the morning as the nation steadily rose after seeing in 2019,” Cricket Australia’s official website posted.Despite turning up at the nets, Finch did not bat which only fuels the fire that he might be dropped from the team. He was however involved in slip catching practice.On the other hand, leg-spinner Labuschagne, who is tipped to play in the SCG Test, was seen bowling to Khawaja.advertisementA fresh face, plenty of energy and a new mate for Usman Khawaja as Marnus Labuschagne joins the Test squad!#AUSvIND | @alintaenergy pic.twitter.com/FUd3YMUtW4cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 1, 2019The other batsmen faced the New South Wales bowlers Trent Copeland and Mickey Edwards.As per the CA website, “An unchanged line-up is still a possibility, with Finch shifting down to the middle order where he calls home at first-class level, and those ahead of him moving up one spot.”Those not in attendance were Shaun and Mitchell Marsh, Travis Head and the pace quartet of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Peter Siddle.Bit happening in Sydney as Australia and India visit Kirribilli House and Prime Minister @ScottMorrisonMP #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/SJARR6L2RLcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 1, 2019Also Read | Australian Prime Minister hosts Virat Kohli and Tim Paine’s men at official residenceAlso Read | Melbourne Cricket Ground rated average by ICC after Boxing Day TestAlso Read | Justin Langer slams Smith-Bancroft interviews: That was just another distractionAlso Read | How sports stars around the world welcomed 2019For 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 Tim PaineFollow Aaron FinchFollow Peter HandscombFollow Marnus LabuschagneFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Sydney TestFollow SCG India vs Australia: 7 Australian players turn up for practice at SCG on New Year’s DayIndia vs Australia: On the first day of 2019, Australian players arrived at the Sydney Cricket Ground to prepare for the final Test, starting January 3.advertisementlast_img read more

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed apologises after racially abusing South African cricketer

first_img India Today Web Desk DurbanJanuary 24, 2019UPDATED: January 24, 2019 08:18 IST Sarfraz Ahmed (centre) received severe social media backlash for his comments. (@PCBOfficial Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSarfraz Ahmed took to Twitter to apologise for his racist sledging at Phehlukwayo that caused social media stirSarfraz was caught on stump mic referring to Phehlukwayo as “abey kaale”PCB also released a statement expressing regret over the incidentPakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has apologised after his racial abuse directed at South African all-rounder Phehlukwayo. Sarfraz’s comments were heard on the stump microphone during Pakistan’s defeat in the second ODI in Durban in Tuesday.His comments were widely condemned on social media and former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar asked Sarfraz to apologise.In line to be sanctioned by ICC, Sarfraz tweeted out a long apology but it remains to be seen whether that is enough. The world governing body is already investigating the incident.1/2 – I wish to extend my sincere apologies to any person who may have taken offence from my expression of frustration which was unfortunately caught by the stump mic during yesterday’s game against SA. My words were not directed towards anyone in particular and…Sarfaraz Ahmed (@SarfarazA_54) January 23, 20192/3 – I certainly had no intention of upsetting anyone. I did not even mean for my words to be heard, understood or communicated to the opposing team or the cricket fans. I have in the past and will continue in future to appreciate the camaraderie of my fellow cricketers from…Sarfaraz Ahmed (@SarfarazA_54) January 23, 20193/3 – …across the globe and will always respect and honour them on and off the field.Sarfaraz Ahmed (@SarfarazA_54) January 23, 2019Sarfraz Ahmed was getting frustrated as Phehlukwayo and opener van der Dussen were stitching a match-winning stand for the sixth wicket after Pakistan had South Africa reeling at 80 for 5 in chase of a modest 204-run target.In the 37th over the chase, Sarfraz was caught on the stump mic saying: “Abey kaale, teri ammi aaj kahaan baitheen hain? Kya parwa ke aaye hai aaj?” [Hey black guy, where’s your mother sitting today? What (prayer) have you got her to say for you today?]advertisementSarfraz made the comment even as Phehlukwayo inside edged a Shaheen Afridi delivery to deep fine leg and was running towards the non-striker’s end.Pakistan Cricket Board also released a statement expressing regret over Sarfraz’s comments and asserted that PCB does not support such remarks. PCB was confident that the incident will not affect the spirit with which Pakistan and South Africa have competed so far.”The PCB expresses regret over the remark made by their captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and picked up by the stump mic during the second ODI against South Africa in Durban. The PCB neither endorses nor supports any comments that have the potential to cause offence, and firmly reiterates their zero-tolerance approach towards racist comments made; in whatever context.”This incident has also highlighted the importance and significance of player education and training at all levels. The PCB endeavors to improve their player education programmes to ensure these types of incidents do not happen again.”Sarfaraz is one of the most respected cricketers in the world. However, captaining Pakistan is a massive honour and any hurtful remarks by any cricketer, let alone the captain, are not acceptable to the PCB.”The PCB is confident that this incident will not affect the series, which has been played in great spirit with some excellent performances from both side. The PCB is also hopeful that the crowds will continue to turn up in big numbers for the remaining matches to support cricket,” PCB said in a statement.Notably, the South Africa all-rounder enjoyed a lot of luck as Pakistan had handed him a reprieve only in the previous over via a dropped catch. Phehlukwayo also got an LBW decision against him successfully overturned after using the Decision Review System. Phehlukwayo remained unbeaten on 69 as South Africa gunned down the total with five wickets to spare and levelled the five-match series at 1-1.Also Read | Rassie van der Dussen guides South Africa to series-levelling victory vs PakistanAlso Read | 2nd ODI South Africa vs Pakistan in Durban: HighlightsFor 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 Sarfraz AhmedFollow Andile PhehlukwayoFollow South Africa vs PakistanFollow Racism Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed apologises after racially abusing South African cricketerSarfraz Ahmed has said sorry after his racial abuse of South African all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo was caught on stump mic during the second ODI in Durban.advertisementlast_img read more

Trent Boult and Mahmudullah fined for breaching ICC Code of Conduct during 2nd ODI

first_imgTrent Boult and Mahmudullah fined for breaching ICC Code of Conduct during 2nd ODITernt Boult used audible obscene words twice when his side was bowling, while Mahmudullah, when leaving the ground after being given out during Saturday’s match, struck the picket fence with his bat.advertisement Asian News International DubaiFebruary 17, 2019UPDATED: February 17, 2019 17:22 IST Trent Boult has been fined 10 per cent of his match fees for using obscene words (@ICC Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe pair have been banned for separate incidents during the second ODI in ChristchurchTrent Boult and Mahmudullah have been fined 10 and 15 per cent of their match feesMahmudullah struck the picket fence with his bat, while Ternt Boult used audible obscene wordsBangladesh all-rounder Mahmudullah and New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult have been fined 10 and 15 per cent of their match fees, respectively, for breaching Level 1 of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct in separate incidents during the second ODI in Christchurch on Saturday.Mahmudullah was found guilty of breaching Article 2.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings during an international match,” while Boult was found to have violated Article 2.3 which deals with “use of an audible obscenity during an international match.”In addition, one demerit point each has been added to the disciplinary records of both players, for whom it was their first offence since the introduction of the revised Code in September 2016.Mahmudullah, when leaving the ground after being given out during Saturday’s match, struck the picket fence with his bat, while Boult used audible obscene words twice when his side was bowling. Both players pleaded guilty to the offences and accepted the sanctions proposed by match referee Steve Bernard and, as such, there was no need for formal hearings.The charges on Mahmudullah were levelled by on-field umpires Marais Erasmus and Shaun Haig, third umpire S. Ravi and fourth official Wayne Knights, while the charges on Boult were levelled by on-field umpires Marais Erasmus and Shaun Haig, and third umpire S. Ravi.Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.advertisementAlso Read | 2nd ODI: Martin Guptill century gives New Zealand unbeatable series lead vs BangladeshFor 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 Trent BoultFollow MahmudullahFollow ICCFollow FineFollow ICC code of conductFollow 2nd ODIFollow New Zealand vs Bangladeshlast_img read more