World Cup Spain struggling to create chances as Aspas stakes claim for starting spot Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 05:31 6/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty World Cup Spain Tunisia v Spain Tunisia Friendlies Julen Lopetegui’s side needed a late winner from the Celta Vigo striker to beat Tunisia, but there were few positives in this World Cup warm-up Spain still do not seem quite themselves. Although La Roja extended their unbeaten run under Julen Lopetegui to 20 games, Saturday’s 1-0 win over Tunisia was anything but convincing.Six days ahead of their World Cup debut against Portugal, it was all too predictable from the 2010 champions against Tunisia in Krasnodar. In the first half in particular, there was a lack of urgency and little in the way of clear chances, despite the usual possession from La Roja.It was far from a vintage performance and not one to suggest that this Spain side can go on to win the trophy on July 15 – even though their wealth of talent makes them one of the big favourites heading into the tournament next week. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Thiago Alcantara and David Silva were unusually subdued in the first 45 minutes and Spain improved in the second half following the introduction of Koke and Lucas Vazquez, then Diego Costa and Marco Asensio, and finally Iago Aspas.The multiple changes gave many players a run-out, but were also perhaps an indication that Lopetegui is still unsure of his strongest starting XI less than a week before his side kick off their World Cup campaign.Lucas and Asensio in particular gave Spain greater urgency in the final third and the latter could yet force his way into this team. Before he was brought on, Lopetegui’s side were too predictable and Tunisia – without doing too much – had looked comfortable enough.However, it was Costa and Aspas who combined to break the deadlock with six minutes remaining. The Atletico Madrid forward made an intelligent run that took him clear, only to delay too long and lose the opportunity, dragging back for his team-mate to hammer home.Aspas, who also scored and played his part in another two goals in the 6-1 win over Argentina in March, had only been on the pitch for eight minutes, yet once again he took his opportunity with aplomb.The former Liverpool forward has now been involved in nine goals in his 10 games for Spain, with four of those netted himself and five assists. And all of those have come in the second half.As things stand, he looks likely to remain as a bench option as the World Cup kicks off next week, yet he has done his hopes of claiming a starting spot no harm at all with this showing, which follows a fantastic campaign with Celta (with 23 goals in 37 games for the Galician outfit last season).”It’s a decision the coach will have to make,” Aspas said afterwards. “I try to take advantage when he gives me opportunities, be it with Rodrigo (who started the game) or with Diego (Costa). They give me chances and goals.”And it is precisely chances and goals that Spain are lacking at the moment, having drawn 1-1 with Switzerland last week. On Saturday, Aspas showed once again with his intelligent movement and another fine finish that he is potentially one of the solutions to those problems.
The April 2018 issue of Women’s Health magazine gives these four reasons for why NRL Touch Football is the very best team sport there is:1. Anyone can play. The evidence: there are five-year-olds, mums, dads and grannies all in the one team. It doesn’t matter what your age, experience, ability or fitness level is, it’s an accessible, inclusive game. And it comes without the pain factor of tackle sports.2. NRL Touch Football is played year-round. It’s largely considered the summer sport played in rugby league’s off-season, but it’s also a winter game. To find a club near you and see if they’re about to tap off, head to: touchfootball.com.au/where-can-i-play. You can register a whole team or enquire about joining an existing team as an individual player.3. You can play in mixed gender teams, which means lifelong friendships and even romances can strike on the field (without having to swipe right). One example? Dylan Hennessey, regarded as the best Touch player in the world, and his wife Emily Hennessey both play for Australia. Love.4. It fits with your life. A game of NRL Touch Footy is over in just 45 minutes – that’s two 20-minute halves with a five-minute halftime. And there are no training expectations. Arrive, play, head home… or to the pub with your new mates.To find your nearest touch footy club, go to touchfootball.com.au/where-can-i-play
FIFA to intervene as Cardiff and Nantes can’t agree on Sala feeby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City have failed to agree a compensation deal with Nantes over Emiliano Sala.The Championship club had originally agreed to pay £15 million for the Argentinian before his tragic death earlier this year.Cardiff have now disputed the figure agreed with the Ligue 1 club.FIFA will get involved this week to find a resolution. About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
GIF: St. John’s Stars D’Angelo Harrison And Phil Greene IV Combine For An Awesome Bounce Pass Alley-Oop
(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)No, this was not from a live game, and the basket does look a bit short in the shot, but St. John’s basketball stars D’Angelo Harrison and Phil Greene IV combined for an awesome alley-oop for a Big East Tournament video shoot. Harrison throws a perfect bounce pass which Greene collects during a mid-air spin for a big two-handed dunk. The slow-motion camera work definitely adds something here as well.Harrison to Greene at the #BIGEASTtourney video shoot #SJUBB pic.twitter.com/BOkNd6Vgw5— St. John’s BBall (@StJohnsBBall) March 9, 2015St. John’s is a five seed in this week’s Big East Tournament. The Red Storm kick off the post-season against four-seed Providence at 2:30 on Thursday, March 12.
north texas trolls tennessee on twitterNorth Texas is in town to take on Tennessee this Saturday, and it appears that the Mean Green aren’t impressed with what they’re seeing at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee’s field doesn’t appear to be in great condition, and people have noticed. North Texas appears to be annoyed enough to make a joke about it on social media too.Check this out:Pretty sure this is what took place at Neyland Stadium on Friday. #GMG pic.twitter.com/IVtS2o1T4o— MeanGreenFootball (@MeanGreenFB) November 14, 2015Here’s more reaction – even Tennessee fans seem upset.You would think an SEC program could take better care of the grass on the field #Tennessee— John Chelf (@JohnChelf) November 14, 2015You would think there’s enough money at Tennessee to fix the field. This is awful.— Please win out (@Rick__Baird) November 14, 2015Time for the Tennessee donors to put a new field in it seems— Austin Comperry (@AustinComperry) November 14, 2015Tennessee currently leads 17-0 in the second quarter.
CLEMSON, SC – AUGUST 31: Two Georgia Bulldogs helmets sit on the field prior to the game against the Clemson Tigers at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)When you get together a giant group of four and five-star recruits, you’re bound to have some crazy plays. The 7-on-7 competitions didn’t disappoint. During a Saturday game, five-star 2018 wide receiver Jalen Hall, the top player at that position in his class, made a phenomenal one-handed touchdown catch on a great throw by Georgia commit Jake Fromm.The only thing that might top the catch is the coordinated double-backflip celebration from Tyjon Lindsey and future Fromm teammate Richard LeCounte III.#AlphaPro acrobatics from @LilEasy_35 & @tyjonlindsey at @TheOpening. pic.twitter.com/3o9TsKDsnO— B/R The Future (@BR_TheFuture) July 10, 2016Pretty much everything that happened in this video was super athletic and impressive.
Inter are refusing to give up on the “dream” of signing Luka Modric despite seeing the Ballon d’Or winner commit his future to Real Madrid.The Serie A outfit have held long-standing interest in the Croatia international and made no secret of their desire to take him to Italy.Modric appeared to be open the idea of trading Madrid for Milan at one stage, but saw his current club rule out any sale. 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? That stance was taken over the summer, as the 33-year-old helped his country to the World Cup final.He has since gone on to land the FIFA Best Award and Golden Ball, with a decade-long duopoly enjoyed by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo broken in the process.Those exploits have made it even more difficult for Inter to prise Modric away from Spain, but sporting director Piero Ausilio is ruling nothing out.He told Sky Sport Italia of interest shown over the summer: “I didn’t believe it until the end, but at the same time I don’t see why you can’t dream.“All I said last summer was: ‘We’re here, if Real Madrid think they can make this happen then let’s talk about it’.“We did not feel like starting a negotiation because we knew what our chances were.“Could we go again or has the dream ended? We’re talking about very important players with huge quality, but you can never say never in football.”While the Nerazzurri remain hopeful of one day bringing Modric onto their books, the player himself may have dashed those dreams.He told reporters at an awards ceremony in Zagreb: “My personal goal and big wish is to finish career in Real Madrid, that would be the ideal scenario.“But to achieve that, I have to stay capable of playing at the top, at the highest level. That is not going to be easy.”Modric’s current contract in Madrid is due to run until the summer of 2020.
New Barcelona signing Antoine Griezmann has credited Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone for his form in recent seasons, saying he felt “lucky” to have played under the Argentinian.Griezmann completed his €120 million (£107m/$134m) move to Barca last week after spending five years at Atleti playing under Simeone.His exit left a sour taste in Madrid, with Atletico adamant they should have been paid €200m (£179m/$225m) because they say Griezmann and his new club agreed terms before July 1, when his release clause dropped by €80m . 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? Atletico believe the agreement has been in place since March, and made clear their “disgust” with both Barcelona and Griezmann. Barcelona are confident there is “no evidence” of such an agreement taking place.”We contacted Griezmann after he made the video saying goodbye to the fans, there was nothing in March,” Josep Maria Bartomeu said as the player was introduced to his new side. And, despite the bad blood between the two clubs, Griezmann has now tried to smooth over the relationship, offering heavy praise for his former coach. “I am lucky to have learned from Cholo Simeone. Thanks to him, I’ve been playing at a very high level,” Griezmann said in an interview with Barcelona.”At Atletico, there’s never a day off. It’s very physical and there’s a lot of hard work on tactics. Nobody can let their guard down.”Griezmann won a Europa League, Super Cup and Supercopa de Espana at Atleti, but the France international ended up on the losing side in the 2016 Champions League final.Cross-city rivals Real Madrid emerged victorious in a penalty shoot-out after Griezmann had hit the crossbar with a spot-kick in normal time.”I know that if I win a Champions League with Barca, it won’t make up for the pain of losing that final with Atletico,” Griezmann added.”For the fans, for my team-mates, that was a tough moment.”Barcelona will be hoping he can help them return to the top of the European game.The Spanish giants last won the Champions League in 2015, when the club topped Juventus 3-1 in the final.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide and head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers greet after the AllState Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)With one week in the books, ESPN’s FPI has updated its predictions for the rest of the 2018 season. The updates were released earlier today.One of the categories in the FPI is win-loss projections. These change on a weekly basis.You can see the full win-loss rankings here.The top 25 is below. Note, these are not the official AP or Coaches Poll Top 25 rankings.Alabama: 11.3 – 1.4Clemson: 11.3 – 1.6Ohio State: 10.7 – 1.9Oklahoma: 11.2 – 1.6Notre Dame: 10.3 – 1.7Washington: 9.8 – 2.8Georgia: 10.3 – 2.3Auburn: 9.5 – 2.7Michigan: 8.1 – 4.0Stanford: 8.7 – 3.5Wisconsin: 9.5 – 3.0Penn State: 9.1 – 3.1Michigan State: 8.9 – 3.2Mississippi State: 8.4 – 3.7Texas A&M: 7.4 – 4.7Florida: 8.6 – 3.6LSU: 7.3 – 4.7USC: 8.3 – 4.3Oregon: 8.6 – 3.5Virginia Tech: 9.0 – 3.4Miami (Fla.): 7.9 – 4.4Oklahoma State: 8.6 – 3.8Iowa: 8.5 – 3.8Boise State: 10.5 – 2.3Boston College: 8.0 – 4.1ESPN’s FPI can be found here.
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 03: Chase Winovich #15 of the Michigan Wolverines warms up prior to the start of the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Michigan Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Michigan destroyed Penn State on Saturday, and during the contest, one Wolverines star had a bit of a controversial celebration. Sunday, he explained himself on Twitter.Chase Winovich, the team’s outspoken defensive end, seemed to openly mock Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley after a big defensive play once the game was in-hand. Winovich copied McSorley’s signature “home run-salute” celebration.Of course, the move came off disrespectful. Winovich took to Twitter early Sunday morning to explain that he wasn’t trying to offend McSorley.Here’s the play, along with Winovich’s tweet regarding the matter.No celebration is safe from @Chase_Winovich’s Revenge Tour. ? pic.twitter.com/e5lt564Enk— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) November 3, 2018Didn’t even mean this disrespectfully. Trace is one of the best playmakers of the 21st century and have huge respect for him… just having some fun here 🙂 https://t.co/hX7q2cheJC— Chase Winovich (@Chase_Winovich) November 4, 2018Regardless, Michigan, after the 42-7 win, is in the driver’s seat in the Big Ten East. That said, they still have to beat Ohio State on the road to reach the league’s title game.Penn State, meanwhile, suffered its third – and worst – loss of the season. The Nittany Lions are likely playing for bowl pecking order at this point.
CHAPEL HILL, NC – OCTOBER 07: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish watches his team play against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the game at Kenan Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Notre Dame vs. Clemson will be a star-studded battle at the Cotton Bowl, with the winner advancing to the National Championship Game.After opening as a 10.5-point favorite, the line is up to Clemson -11, and even as high as -12.5 at some sportsbooks, per OddsShark.ESPN’s Football Power Index also has the No. 2 Tigers as a distinct favorite in the match-up.According to ESPN’s FPI for Notre Dame vs. Clemson, the Tigers have a 71.4-percent chance to win the game.Via ESPN:After the ACC Championship Game in Charlotte, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi said that there is “no comparison” between the Tigers and Fighting Irish.Pitt gave Notre Dame a real run in South Bend, falling 19-14, while Clemson blasted the ACC Coastal championship 42-10.Of the four common opponents this season, Notre Dame only beat Syracuse by a larger margin than Clemson did.[ESPN]
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: An Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Ohio State has officially added a former five-star quarterback recruit to its roster.The Buckeyes announced this afternoon the arrival of Georgia freshman quarterback Justin Fields.The five-star dual threat quarterback was one of the top recruits in the country coming out of high school last season. He played sparingly for Georgia behind Jake Fromm during the 2018 season.Fields was linked to several major programs – Oklahoma, Florida State – but committed to Ohio State.It looks like Fields will be wearing No. 1 at Ohio State.? New player joining…#BuckeyeNation, please give a warm welcome to the newest addition to the QB room @justnfields! #GoBucks #Dynasty19 #NSD19 pic.twitter.com/d7GUmMoeuE— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) January 7, 2019Fields will be competing for the starting quarterback job at Ohio State, assuming he gets immediate eligibility.The Buckeyes will have quite the quarterback competition between Fields, Tate Martell and Matthew Baldwin.As always, Ohio State will be one of the most-intriguing programs in the country this spring.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)A coach from the Netflix series “Last Chance U” had serious allegations levied against him from a player. The head coach at Independence Community College is in hot water for what he texted a player.According to a report from KOAM News Now, head football coach Jason Brown sent derogatory text messages to a student from Germany. The text messages were provided from the student, Alexandros Alexiou who is a German native.Brown allegedly called himself the student’s “new Hitler.” The full text exchange shows a pattern of abusive language directed toward the player from the coach.“4:10 p.m. on field u German [expletive] have 17 points towards your 25 points see Stadler for explanation and u got an extra point for not hanging the lion poster as instructed I’m your new Hitler figure out your life,” Brown allegedly texted Alexiou.Brown later told the player he was kicked off the team and threatened to pull his scholarship.You can see the full text exchange here. Neither Brown nor Independence C.C. have commented on the alleged text messages.Brown and his team were featured on the latest season of the famed football documentary series “Last Chance U.”Stay tuned for a statement from the program.
Reuters AmsterdamFebruary 14, 2019UPDATED: February 14, 2019 10:00 IST Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio scored a late winner to give the visitors a crucial away win on Wednesday (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAjax had their first-half goal ruled out by VAR on Wednesday at homeKarim Benzema and Marco Asensio got the goals for Real MadridThe return leg of Champions League Round of 16 will be played on March 5 in MadridReal Madrid’s Marco Asensio scored a late winner in a 2-1 victory at Ajax Amsterdam, who were left to rue a goal disallowed by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in their Champions League last-16, first leg on Wednesday.Asensio netted in the 87th minute from Dani Carvajal’s excellent cross to give Real the advantage heading into the return leg on March 5.Karim Benzema swept holders Real into the lead in the second half, before Hakim Ziyech scored a deserved equaliser for an energetic Ajax, who created more than enough chances to win comfortably on the night.They were also denied a first-half opener when Nicolas Tagliafico headed home only for the goal to be chalked off after a VAR check in a Champions League first as Dusan Tadic was judged offside.Courtois backs VAR decisionReal goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, whose blushes were spared by the VAR decision after his error led to the disallowed goal, felt the officials got it right.”The correct decision? I think so,” he told reporters. “When it happened I thought it could be offside. When the guy headed it I wanted to go and catch it.”Because of his (Tadic’s) intention I made a quick movement. Luckily for VAR because nobody would have seen it.”Sergio Ramos: We achieved a great resultSergio Ramos, making a 600th appearance for Real, backed the intervention of VAR and warned Ajax they will face a daunting task in the second leg.”I have said many times that I am a great defender of the VAR because it will make football fairer little by little,” Ramos said.advertisement”We knew how to suffer, read the game and create spaces against them to take advantage of our speed. We achieved a great result and now it’s up to them to suffer in our stadium.”The home side thought they had profited from a horror error by Courtois, who allowed a Donny van de Beek header to spill from his grasp and Tagliafico nodded the rebound into an empty net.Yet referee Damir Skomina called for a VAR check and after a number of replays, ruled that Tadic had been standing in an offside position when the goal was scored.Benzema put Real in front when he netted on the hour-mark, but Ajax got the goal their play deserved with 15 minutes remaining as Ziyech side-footed home after a sweeping move.Yet Asensio had the final word, scoring at the back post from Carvajal’s cross.”As a team we did well, it was too bad that our goal is rejected. Perhaps something like that is easy to do in favour of the big club,” Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong said.”But we have continued well and have received our opportunities afterwards. Too bad it did not yield a better result.”Also Read | Champions League: Still work to do, says Tottenham’s Pochettino despite Dortmund winAlso Read | Manchester United face UEFA punishment after fans throw bottle at PSG star Angel Di MariaAlso 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 Ajax vs Real MadridFollow Champions LeagueFollow VAR Champions LeagueFollow AsensioFollow Sergio RamosFollow Thibaut Courtois Champions League: Asensio nets late Real winner as Ajax left to rue VAR decisionAjax denied a first-half opener when Nicolas Tagliafico headed home only for the goal to be chalked off after a VAR check in a Champions League first as Dusan Tadic was judged offside.advertisement Next
IPL 2019: Deepak Chahar teases Shikhar Dhawan with Mankading attemptCSK vs DC Qualifier 2, IPL 2019: Deepak Chahar made a false start off the first ball of the second qualifier between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals in Vizag. scorecard advertisement No data available! commentary view more view less graphs Rohan Sen VizagMay 10, 2019UPDATED: May 10, 2019 20:19 IST CSK vs DC, IPL 2019: Deepak Chahar made a false start off in the first ball of the first over (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSChennai Super Kings won the toss and opted to bowl vs Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 2The winner of Qualifier 2 will take on Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2019 final on May 12CSK are looking to enter their 8th IPL final, DC have never gone past the semisA run out by Mankading was very much a possibility off the first ball of Qualifier 2 between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals after fast bowler Deepak Chahar made a false start in Vizag on Friday. Live BlogDeepak Chahar was to start the proceedings with the ball for Chennai Super Kings after they won the toss and opted to bowl first against Delhi Capitals.Everybody was ready for the first delivery with Delhi opener Prithvi Shaw on strike. Chahar ran in but bailed out of his delivery stride at the last moment. Dhawan, at the non-striker’s end, had indeed left his crease but scrambled back as soon as Chahar pulled out.Chahar had a wry smile on his face and he even gestured towards Dhawan that he could have Mankaded him. But it was all in good fun as the bowler had no intention of dismissing the batsman in that infamous fashion.The Mankading method was used by Kings XI Punjab captain Ravichandran Ashwin this season to dismiss Rajasthan Royals batsman Jos Buttler in their very first match on March 25. Ashwin was slammed by critics and former cricketers for his unsportsmanlike act but he did get support from some quarters.Coming back to the second qualifier, Chennai Super Kings are looking to enter their 8th final in the IPL while Delhi Capitals, if they win, will reach their maiden final.Delhi Capitals decided to go into this crucial match without making any changes to their playing XI. Chennai Super Kings on the other hand, have brought back fast bowler Shardul Thakur in place of batsman Murali Vijay.advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow MankadingFollow Deepak ChaharFollow Shikhar DhawanFollow IPL 2019Follow CSK vs DC
Hockey India in awe of Jemimah Rodrigues’ dribbling skills Jemimah Rodrigues, who is touted to be the next big thing in women’s cricket, had uploaded a video of herself flaunting her hockey skills on social media. The Hockey India lauded the young cricketer’s dribbling skills. advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiMay 19, 2019UPDATED: May 19, 2019 20:35 IST Jemimah Rodrigues flaunted her hockey skills in a social media post earlier this week (IANS Photo)Indian women cricket team’s young batting sensation Jemimah Rodrigues has been spotted trying her hands in the hockey field with her pet dog ‘Theo’, also earning appreciation from Hockey India (HI).Posting a video of her on microblogging website Twitter, the 18-year-old wrote, “A lil’ bit of #hockey on my day off with Theo, the ‘Goodest Boy’ in town! #WhoLetTheDogsOut #dayoff (sic).”Later, HI also acknowledged the youngster’s skills on the field and tweeted: “Great dribbling skills, we’re open for trials!”Born and brought up in Mumbai, Jemimah played several sports, including hockey at the state level, before taking up cricket as her career.Great dribbling skills, we’re open for trials! https://t.co/4my5PWmKfqHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) May 18, 2019In the recently concluded Women’s Twenty20 Challenge, Jemimah was adjudged ‘Player of the Series’ for scoring the highest 123 runs from three games.With the Women’s World T20 scheduled in 2020, Jemimah is expected to play a crucial role in India’s campaign at the event.Also Read | World Cup 2019: 5 pacers likely to make a huge impact in EnglandAlso 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 Jemimah RodriguesFollow Hockey IndiaFollow India women’s cricket team
Reuters ParisJune 8, 2019UPDATED: June 8, 2019 22:06 IST Ashleigh Barty crushed teenage Czech opponent Marketa Vondrousova to win her maiden Grand Slam singles title at French Open 2019 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAshleigh Barty beat Marketa Vondrousova in a one-sided French Open 2019 finalBarty had played professional cricket for a year before returning to tennis in 2016Ashleigh Barty will rise to a career-high World No. 2 following the French Open winAshleigh Barty, the Australian who ditched tennis to play professional cricket for a year, smashed Marketa Vondrousova for six on Saturday to lift the French Open crown at Roland Garros.Boasting a bewildering array of shots and spins, the eighth seed crushed her Czech teenage opponent 6-1 6-3 to win her first Grand Slam title, and Australia’s first French women’s singles crown in more than four decades.Special place for Australian players: Barty”It’s unbelievable… I played the perfect match today. I am so proud of myself and my whole team… it has been a crazy two weeks,” said Barty, the ninth different female champion in the last 10 grand slams.”This is a special place for Australian players… it has been a magical two weeks.”Not since Margaret Court’s triumph in Paris in 1973 has an Australian won the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen but this victory was in very little doubt from the moment the final began.In a match-up where guile and artistry always trumped power, Barty was simply smarter throughout.Producing angles so sharp they might have come with a health warning, the 23-year-old carved apart Vondrousova in the opening set, clinching it in half an hour.While the match was no classic, those fans who had taken a break after the conclusion of the Dominic Thiem-Novak Djokovic men’s semi-final which had caused the women’s final to run more than an hour late, missed some of the more thoughtful tennis played on the Roland Garros clay this past fortnight.Vondrousova, who herself has bamboozled a succession of opponents here, repeatedly found herself outfoxed by Barty, whose doubles excellence was always on display with her net-play and cleverly angled serving.advertisementBarty, who returned to tennis in 2016 after a successful stint with the Brisbane Heat in Australian cricket’s Women’s Big Bash League, took nary a backward step, breaking instantly in the second set to deprive her 19-year-old opponent any foothold.Cracking a stiff-armed, two-handed backhand, in the manner of Jim Courier, Barty was able to counter Vondrousova’s attempts to pull her wide with her loopy left-handed backhand, and the Czech rapidly ran out of ideas.Vondrousova turned to ever riskier strategies — her drop shots became finer, her drives more firmly struck — and she earned a little breathing space, holding serve three times after that early break.But the irrevocable damage had been done and when Barty slammed a short smash high into the stands it was all over and she raised her arms in triumph.The victory lacked drama but lifts Barty to number two in the world — a feat last accomplished by an Australian woman in 1976 by Evonne Goolagong.Also Read | French Open 2019: Dominic Thiem ends Novak Djokovic streak to reach finalAlso 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 Next French Open 2019: Ashleigh Barty clinches historic Roland Garros title in one-sided finalAshleigh Barty, who had played Women’s Big Bash League before returning to tennis in 2016, became the first Australian player in 46 years to win the women’s singles title at French Open. advertisement
England vs Ireland live streaming: When and where to watch Lord’s Test match Day 3England vs Ireland one-off Test: England witnessed yet another batting collapse against newcomers Ireland on Day 2 of the 4-day long Test match at Lord’s. The hosts were reeling at 303 for 9 before rain stopped play on Thursday.advertisement India Today Web Desk LondonJuly 26, 2019UPDATED: July 26, 2019 13:42 IST England were 303 for 9 at Sumps on Day 2 of the one-off Test match against Ireland at Lord’s. (Reuters Photo)Ireland moved tantalisingly within sight of an historic test win over England as they reduced the hosts to 303-9 in their second innings to trail by 181 at a sweltering Lord’s on Thursday.The tourists produced a scintillating performance with the ball after getting just one wicket in the morning session to restrict England to 303/9 before the rain arrived to force the end of play on Day 2 of the one-off Test.For the second day running, William Porterfield’s modest team made a mockery of reputations to give World Cup champions England a torrid time at the home of cricket.Nightwatchman Jack Leach smashed 92 runs while Jason Roy hit his Test debut fifty to take England to 171 for but a tenacious attack of Tim Murtagh, Mark Adair, Boyd Rankin and Stuart Thompson lead to England collapse for the second day running in a match supposed to be a loosener for next week’s Ashes opener.Seven wickets fell for 77 runs to leave England teetering on the brink at 248-8 a mere 126 ahead before Sam Curran (37) and Stuart Broad (21 not out) counter-attacked.Where will the England vs Ireland Test be played?The England vs Ireland four-day Test match is being played at Lord’s from (24-27 July 2019).What time does the England vs Ireland Test Day 3 start?The England vs Ireland Test starts from 3.30 PM (IST) and 11:00 AM Local Time (England/Ireland) on Friday.When can you watch England vs Ireland Test Day 3 live?Sky Sports is the official broadcasting partner for England vs Ireland Test match.advertisementHow can you watch online live streaming of England vs Ireland Test?The online live streaming of England vs Ireland Test Day 3 will be available on SonyLiv.England vs Ireland: Playing 11sEngland: Jason Roy, Rory Burns, Joe Denly, Joe Root (c), Jonny Bairstow (wkt), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Stuart Broad, Olly Stone, Jack LeachIreland: William Porterfield (c), James McCollum, Andrew Balbirnie, Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Gary Wilson (wkt), Stuart Thompson, Mark Adair, Andy McBrine, Tim Murtagh, Boyd RankinAlso 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow England vs IrelandFollow Jack Leach
Ashes: Tim Paine’s handshake tradition creates stir ahead of Edgbaston TestAustralian skipper’s Tim Paine’s handshake tradition has taken the center stage before Cricket’s oldest rivalry begins at Edgbaston cricket ground in Birmingham.advertisement India Today Web Desk BirminghamAugust 1, 2019UPDATED: August 1, 2019 14:55 IST England’s captain Joe Root shakes hands Australia’s skipper Tim Paine ahead of 1st Ashes Test. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTim Paine implemented the pre-game handshake between teams at the start of every Test seriesJoe Root and Trevor Bayliss were reportedly frustrated over the inclusion of Tim Paine’s new handshake traditionJoe Root said he is not bothered about how Australia players would behave in the upcoming five-Test seriesEngland captain Joe Root and coach Trevor Bayliss were reportedly frustrated over the inclusion of Australian skipper Tim Paine’s new handshake tradition in the official running order of match day operations.Ahead of the Ashes opener at Edgbaston on Thursday, Root and Bayliss notified ICC match referee Ranjan Madugalle that they were not formally consulted on the new handshake ceremony.”Root, while not looking to stoke up ill-feeling between the teams, is said to be less than convinced of the necessity for what is essentially a PR move, not least since it does not take place before any other Test series,” The Guardian report read.As of now it is not clear if the England Test captain will comply and the handshakes will take place before start of the series.Tim Paine, after he took over as the Australia captain, implemented the pre-game handshake between teams at the start of every Test series as a way of rebuilding their image after the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last year.England’s ODI captain Eoin Morgan agreed when Paine introduced the handshake gesture during last year’s limited over series between Australia and England.Notably, Australia’s banned trio of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft are expected to play together for the first time since the ball-tampering scandal. England captain Joe Root said he is not bothered about how Australia players would behave in the upcoming five-Test series. “We’ll see how that unfolds in the course of the series. To be honest, their behaviour doesn’t really concern me. The thing that concerns me is that we go about things in our own way. It’s really important we look after that and don’t get too wrapped up in how they play their cricket,” Root said. advertisementAustralia are the holders of The Ashes after they won the last series at home 4-0 but England, who are riding high on confidence before heading into the Ashes this year after just having being crowned world champions, will be eyeing to reclaim the Urn. Australia have not won an Ashes in England for 18 years, with their batsmen struggling against the heavily stitched Dukes ball on pitches that offer seam movement.Also Read | Dream11 Prediction: England vs Australia 1st Test Ashes Series 2019 Playing 11Also 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 Ashes 2019Follow Joe RootFollow Tim Paine
India Today Web Desk Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan)September 19, 2019UPDATED: September 19, 2019 20:21 IST Bajrang Punia finished second best in the 65kg freestyle semi-final on Thursday (UWW Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBajrang Punia lost a close battle in the 65kg semi-finalBajrang and Daulet Niyazbekov were tied on points at the end of the boutBajrang will now fight for the bronze medal on FridayWorld No. 1 Bajrang Punia was on course to end his gold medal drought at World Wrestling Championships in Nur-Sultan before a heartbreaking defeat in the semi-finals of the men’s 65kg freestyle category on Thursday.Bajrang had headed into the World Championships on the back of impressive results. The top seed eased past opponents and made light work of North Korea’s Jong Choi Son 8-1 in the quarter-finals to secure an Olympic quota for India in the men’s 65kg event.However, in the semi-final against home wrestler Daulet Niyazbekov, Bajrang Punia’s dreams of finishing on the top step of the podium came crashing down.Bajrang began the bout on the backfoot, trailing Niyazbekov 2-0 and fell further when the Kazak wrestler came up with a 4-point throw at the start of the 2nd period. The Indian corner challenged the referee’s decision to award the 4-point hold even as the move was seemingly initiated by Bajrang.Bajrang lost the challenge and Niyazbekov extended the lead to 7-2. However, with the clock ticking down, Bajrang came up with an aggressive approach and put immense pressure on the home wrestler. Just when it looked Bajrang would do enough to seal a place in the final, the bout ended at 9-9 and Niyazbekov won by criteria.The result came down to the 4-point hold that went in favour of Daulet Niyazbekov at the start of the second period.According to Article 31 of United World Wrestling rulebook, In case of a tie by points, the winner will be declared by successively considering: – the highest value of holds; – the least amount of cautions; – the last technical point(s) scored.advertisement Screengrab from United World WrestlingDespite Bajrang scoring the last 2 points, Niyazbekov sealed the final berth due to the 4-point hold.Nonetheless, there was questionable refereeing throughout the semi-final bout as Bajrang Punia was left frustrated when Niyazbekov wasn’t warned for taking the time to catch his breath in between points. Bajrang’s frustration was so much so that he signalled to the referees midway during the 2nd period.The challenge that did not go in favour of Bajrang also played a decisive role in what was a mixed day for the top-ranked Indian wrestler.Bajrang will now fight for the bronze medal in the 65kg category on Friday. Bajrang though has sealed India’s Tokyo Olympics quota in the 65kg category.Earlier in the day, Ravi Kumar came up with impressive showings to seal an Olympic quota in the men’s 57kg freestyle category. Ravi, though, lost to world champion Zaur Uguev 4-6 in the 57kg freestyle event semi-finals and he will also battle for bronze in Nur-Sultan.Also Read | Amit Panghal, Manish Kaushik seal places in Olympics qualifiers with World Championships medalsAlso 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 Bajrang PuniaFollow World Wrestling ChampionshipsFollow Ravi KumarFollow India wrestlingFollow Nur-Sultan How Bajrang Punia’s heartbreak in World Championships semi-final unfoldedWorld Wrestling Championships: Bajrang Punia fought hard and came back from being 2-7 down to make it 9-9 in his 65kg semi-final bout against local wrestler Daulet Niyazbekov but it wasn’t enough for him to make it to a second successive world meet final in Nur-Sultan on Thursday.advertisement Next