About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer already spoken with mentor Fergusonby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed he spoke with “mentor” Sir Alex Ferguson before taking over as caretaker manager of Manchester United. The Norwegian, who played for 11 years at Old Trafford under Ferguson, says he will take what he’s learned from the Scot as he manages the club until the end of the season.”He’s influenced me with everything,” Solskjaer said in his first press conference at United, ahead of facing Cardiff on Saturday.”The way he’s dealt with people, the way he was manager of the club, how he kept 25 international players happy and hungry, wanting to improve, and the staff.”He’s been my mentor. I didn’t understand early on he would be my mentor. Ever since my injury in 2003, I was making all the notes what he did in certain situations.”I’ve already been in touch with him – there’s no one better to get advice from.”
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Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos: Never write us offby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid captain Sergio Ramos insists they have plenty to fight for this season after winning the Club World Cup final.Ramos shone for the 4-1 victory over Al Ain last night.”We achieved a goal that we had set. It is the prize of having won the Champions League, we wanted to finish the year with the third consecutive Club World Cup and after getting it it’s time to rest a few days to come back stronger,” he told TVE. “In all competitions we are very happy, Real Madrid cannot be considered dead because in the end we will be up there fighting for all the titles.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Liverpool attacker Mane cleared to face Man Cityby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool star Sadio Mane has been cleared to face Manchester City. The Senegalese attacker put his hands around the neck of Arsenal’s Stephan Lichtsteiner during the 5-1 win at Anfield on Saturday.Match referee Michael Oliver saw the incident and awarded a free-kick. And Mane will face no further action from the FA, who have the power to charge someone with retrospective action. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Prem trio join race for Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarezby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDenis Suarez is not short on suitors.The Barcelona midfielder, who is unhappy at what little playing time he has received, is being linked with a loan move in the transfer window.And Sport claims that three English clubs have an interest.West Ham, Everton and Watford are the teams mentioned.An earlier report in the BBC had suggested that Arsenal may also look at Suarez as a short term option, should they lose Aaron Ramsey this month.Sport also suggests Barca would prefer a permanent transfer with a fee higher than €10 million. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel: Ajax attack a real threatby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel says they must be wary tonight at Champions League opponents Ajax.Still recovering from knee surgery, Van Ginkel was on-loan with PSV Eindhoven last season.He told De Telegraaf: “With the boys who can make a difference, such as Dusan Tadic, Hakim Ziyech and Donny van de Beek, who often scores in Champions League matches – Chelsea has to watch out for those three.”But collectively Ajax is good and in the back it is also fine. Although I do not know if it is as good as last year.”I have been in the Netherlands for the past ten days, not at the club. And Chelsea has a larger team of analysts than we are used to in the Netherlands. So they really have a good idea of Ajax and know how or what to do.”
For most programs and their fans, National Signing Day is Christmas come early. Each team adds a few dozen players who are coming off of illustrious high school careers. Most are either lauded by the various recruiting services or deemed “underrated” by the fans. While these major recruiting sites—Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN—can never evaluate every kid perfectly, studies have shown that the teams that consistently pull it blue chip talent are the ones that compete for national championships. SB Nation’s Bud Elliott wrote a great feature about this last February: As recruiting rankings continue to grow more accurate, they’re now to a point at which they can help tell us which teams are ready to compete for titles. Every BCS champion since recruiting rankings could be accurately tracked (2005, or four classes after Scout joined Rivals in rating players) has met a benchmark: it’s recruited more blue-chips (four- and five-star players) than lesser-rated players over its four previous signing classes.So, which programs have improved their recruiting the most from 2014 to 2015? Which have fallen off? Based on 247 Sports’ useful composite rankings, which use the ratings applied to each player from the four recruiting services, here are the 23 power conference teams whose recruiting rankings have improved the most.T-19. Colorado2014 Composite: 742015 Composite: 69Difference: +5As a program, Colorado has been wandering through the desert for years now. 2014 didn’t see a big difference in the Buffaloes’ win-loss record at 2-10, but Mike MacIntyre’s team was more competitive on the field. The Buffs took UCLA to double-overtime, eventually falling 40-37, and did the same in a total shootout against Cal, where they eventually fell 59-56. They also put up pretty respectable performances against Arizona State, Oregon State, Washington, and Utah. While the gains in recruiting weren’t substantial, Colorado did keep talented four star lineman Tim Lynott home. He was one of four of the top six recruits in the state to choose to play for CU. The Buffs also went into California to pull out talented outside linebacker Nu’umotu Falo. Colorado’s class isn’t huge at 19 players, which hurts its total ranking a bit, but it is a step in the right direction for a team that hopes to finally exit the rebuild stage over the next few years.T-19. Purdue2014 Composite: 692015 Composite: 64Difference: +5Purdue’s recruiting class ranks last in the Big Ten, but the Boilermakers are encroaching on Minnesota and Iowa, and don’t have winning seasons to fall back on like those schools. Purdue only has four wins in the first two seasons under Darrell Hazell, with only one coming in Big Ten play. Former coach Danny Hope had a bit more success late in his tenure, making back to back bowls in 2011 and 2012, but two of his classes ranked 70th or worse. Hazell is digging out of a big hole, and hasn’t had a ton of immediate success, but the deck was stacked against him, which makes it less surprising if he gets a bit of extra leeway at Purdue.T-19. Washington State2014 Composite: 542015 Composite: 49Difference: +5With Mike Leach on the sideline and Connor Halliday under center, Washington State had one of the most prolific offenses in the country in 2014. The Cougars were No. 1 in the nation in passing offense at 477.7 yards per game, and 117th in points against at 38.6 per game. While some don’t believe that Leach cares much about defense, this 2015 recruiting class says something different. Wazzu’s lone four-star player Thomas Toki plays defensive tackle, and is one of 11 Cougar commits on that side of the ball. According to 247 Sports, seven of the Cougs’ nine top recruits play on defense. While bringing a top 50 class to Pullman and improving on last year’s class is a good thing, if Washington State can start to build that defense, it will not be a fun group to play.T-19. Nebraska2014 Composite: 362015: Composite: 31Difference: +5Coaching changes almost always have an immediate impact on recruiting. Occasionally, it takes a year for excitement about a new coach to result in improvement, but new Nebraska coach Mike Riley actually improved on Bo Pelini’s final class right away. The program has a pair of four-star early enrollees from Colorado in cornerbacks Eric Lee and Avery Anderson, and picked up a top ten guard in four star Jalin Barnett. Nebraska is not a state rich with high school football talent, which makes recruiting for the Huskers a bit tricky, but Riley did a very nice job dipping into Texas, Oklahoma, and even out to California and the Southeast for quality players.T-19. Oregon2014 Composite: 212015 Composite: 16Difference: +5There is a pocket of the Oregon fanbase that is not yet sold on head coach Mark Helfrich, at least when compared to his predecessor Chip Kelly, but he has done a great job of maintaining Oregon’s high level of recruiting, despite the fact that the state produces very few FBS caliber players. Oregon plucked players from eight different states, and it leaves no stones unturned. The Ducks are bringing in players from California, Georgia, Hawaii, and Minnesota—their recruiting profile is about as varied as any team can get. Headlining this impressive class are five-star defensive end Canton Kaumatule from Honolulu, who should be a force against both the run and the pass at 6-foot-7, 290-pounds, and dual-threat quarterback Travis Waller from Anaheim.T-17. Arkansas2014 Composite: 292015 Composite: 23Difference: +6Since shutting out LSU 17-0 on November 15, Arkansas has been on a roll. The Razorbacks followed that up with an even more impressive 30-0 win over Ole Miss, narrowly lost to SEC East champion Missouri, and then destroyed Texas in the Texas Bowl, 31-7. In mid-October, it didn’t look like Arkansas would make a bowl. Now, the team has a ton of momentum, and took it into the end of this recruiting cycle. The Hogs had five blue chip players enroll early, including pro style quarterback Ty Storey from in state. Arkansas has also added a couple of four star defensive linemen, and two top tight ends, which should help round out Bret Bielema’s run-heavy offense a bit. Amazingly, Arkansas’ class only ranks 11th in the SEC, but it should help them stay competitive in the SEC West, college football’s toughest division. Next: Programs Ranked 17-12 >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5
ESPN’s college football announcing lineup will look pretty different this fall. With Sean McDonough replacing Mike Tirico on Monday Night Football and Brad Nessler reportedly headed to CBS, change is necessary. The Big Lead’s Kyle Koster is reporting ESPN already knows who will be replacing those two men on their respective broadcasts. Steve Levy Will Call College Football Games for ESPN in the Fall https://t.co/nSXt3WJQvC— The Big Lead (@thebiglead) May 11, 2016From The Big Lead:Joe Tessitore, who called Thursday night games last season in addition to hosting SEC Nation and College Football Final on Saturdays, will move to the No. 2 team, sources tell The Big Lead. The No. 3 gig will be given to Steve Levy, two sources tell The Big Lead.Nessler was the play-by-play man for that No. 2 team with Todd Blackledge; McDonough was the play-by-play man for the No. 3 team with Chris Spielman. Levy, 51, is certainly an interesting choice. He’s recently been mostly an in-studio host but has significant work as a play-by-play man for both the MLB and NHL. ESPN’s top broadcast team will remain Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit. Here’s where ESPN’s College GameDay is likely headed for Week 1. The season will be here before you know it. [TBL]
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes even if his team were to win the FA Cup, it would not be enough to silence some of their critics.Coming off their first Premier League loss of the season, Liverpool visit Wolves in a tough cup clash on Monday.While Liverpool have made progress under Klopp, they are yet to win silverware, losing Champions League, Europa League and Carabao Cup finals. 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? But Klopp said perhaps not even the FA Cup would be enough, with the club still looking to end a 29-year wait for a league title.”It is always when people talk to me about silverware it always looks like we have to get each little thing,” he said.”If we won the FA Cup then people would say that we didn’t win the Premier League for so many years. We cannot change what other people think.”We have to try our best in every game we play and so far, not only this season but especially this season, that’s what the boys did – and that’s what we will try again and again and again and we will see what happens.”I would say we had the toughest draw together with Chelsea in the first round of the League Cup. I don’t know all the others, but [other than] Bournemouth versus Brighton there is not a lot of all-Premier League ties.Jürgen Klopp has been nominated for @premierleague Manager of the Month, after winning all seven games in December.Vote for the boss here: https://t.co/POUXwzGREv pic.twitter.com/E6flU6QMYg — Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 4, 2019 “We have to think about the whole situation, not being like children and jumping always from one problem to the next problem – we have to consider all and that’s what we will do.”Klopp is set to make numerous changes for the trip to Wolves, including giving Alberto Moreno a rare opportunity this season.Liverpool have failed to progress beyond the fourth round of the FA Cup since Klopp took over in October 2015.Following Monday’s match the Reds will have to return their focus to the league, with a clash against Brighton scheduled for next Saturday. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 01: Head coach Gus Malzahn of the Auburn Tigers reacts after their 21-16 win over the Washington Huskies at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The Tigers will no longer be using a three quarterback system, as head coach Gus Malzahn set the Auburn depth chart with Sean White as the No. 1 and John Franklin III as the No. 2.Earlier today Gus Malzahn set the Auburn depth chart at quarterback following an unsuccessful three quarterback system during their game against Clemson.@CoachGusMalzahn “Sean White is our #1 quarterback and John Franklin III is #2… We can play with anybody in the country.”— Rick Karle (@RickKarle) September 6, 2016 Sean White started the Auburn Tigers’ game against the Clemson Tigers, while completing 10-of-21 passing for 140 yards and an interception. Jeremy Johnson, who entered the game as the backup signal-caller, finished 4-of-6 for 38 yards with an interception. New backup John Franklin III did not fair much better than his counterparts, completing one pass, on one attempt, for minus three yards.Malzahn made the announcement a few days after a 19-13 loss against Clemson, which saw the Tigers use not one, not two, but THREE quarterbacks during the course of the game. It looks like Malzahn won’t make the same mistake twice.Auburn coach Gus Malzahn: “It wasn’t successful like I thought it would be” on QB plan— WarEagleExtra (@wareagleextra) September 6, 2016 Auburn’s offensive tempo was affected negatively thanks to the use of three quarterbacks and resulted in just 262 yards of offense and a measly 13 points. The Tigers only touchdown came on a Kerryon Johnson direct snap, which was scored in the waning moments of the game.Starting quarterback Sean White should have an easier time against the Tigers’ next opponent, Arkansas State on September 10th. Malzahn stressed that he wanted to “bring along” John Franklin III, so don’t be surprised to see the junior transfer from East Mississippi Community College.
Twitter/@Barry_SwitzerBarry Switzer certainly has a sense of humor.The legendary former Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboys head coach caused a stir two weeks ago when he was seen going into Trump Tower in Manhattan. Afterwards, he tweeted about an apparent meeting with the President-elect.Had great interview with @realDonaldTrump being his Secretary of Offense! He plans to run the ball! Said I’m his guy! pic.twitter.com/F2g1jNxJGD— Barry Switzer (@Barry_Switzer) December 7, 2016As it turns out, there was no meeting. Switzer’s trip to Trump Tower was spontaneous and consisted of a stop at Starbucks.Here’s Switzer in a piece for Politico explaining how he faked the media and public much like one of his old OU Wishbone quarterbacks faked out a defense:Media widely reported Trump met with Barry Switzer, the former University of Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboys coach who has known Trump for decades. But Switzer said he was shopping with his wife and daughter on Fifth Avenue and decided to walk into the Trump Tower lobby after seeing the Naked Cowboy. He had no meeting scheduled.“All the media people said, ‘Coach what are you doing here,’” Switzer said in an interview. “I told them I was here to see the president like everyone else.”Switzer said he instead went upstairs in Trump Tower, bought a coffee at Starbucks and came back downstairs.“I told the reporters I had a great visit, and that we were going to make the wishbone great again,” he said. “I told them I was going to be Secretary of Offense and that Trump knew how to run the ball down the field.”“Then I went back to my hotel and laughed my ass off,” he said, still laughing this week. “It went everywhere. Everyone believed it. I had all these calls, but I was just jerking people around.”That’s an incredible story, and a perfect embodiment of Switzer’s personality.You can’t make this stuff up. Well, actually, maybe you can.
Just when it seemed like the U.S. national team’s Gold Cup preparations couldn’t get any worse after a pair of losses in its two tune-up matches, now comes word that one of the team’s best players is going to miss the tournament. Tyler Adams has been ruled out of the Gold Cup, sidelined with acute on chronic groin issues that will require a minimum of 6-8 weeks recovery period. He has been replaced on the roster by FC Dallas defender Reggie Cannon, U.S. Soccer announced on Tuesday. The RB Leipzig midfielder is the latest member of the U.S. defense to be sidelined by injury, with John Brooks and DeAndre Yedlin already missing the Gold Cup. Adams had been projected to be the team’s starting right back for the Gold Cup after being deployed in the position in the team’s March friendly against Ecuador. 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? Losing Adams is a huge blow to USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter’s plans, as the 20-year-old was seen as having the potential to be one of the most influential Americans at the Gold Cup. A defensive midfielder by trade, Adams was projected to fill the hybrid role created by Berhalter, which requires the right back to function as a fullback, but at times like a second defensive midfielder. With Adams out, Berhalter will turn to San Jose Earthquakes defender Nick Lima as his first-choice option at right back. Lima has played well in the hybrid role, showing a good understanding of the requirements. Cannon will serve as the back-up right back, but is a more traditional right back and hasn’t seen much time in Berhalter’s system. The USMNT is coming off an ugly 3-0 loss to Venezuela, a match in which Lima was one of the few bright spots, earning man of the match honors for the second time in three USMNT appearances. The Earthquakes fullback began the 2019 MLS season on shaky footing after briefly losing his starting job before manager Matias Almeyda eventually shifted him from his natural right back role to left back. Lima has done well at left back, but will now head into the Gold Cup with some serious responsibility just a few months after there were questions about whether he would even make the Gold Cup team The Americans begin Gold Cup play on Tuesday in Minnesota at Allianz Field against Guyana.
LINCOLN, NE – AUGUST 30: The Nebraska Cornhuskers take the field for their game against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Memorial Stadium on August 30, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)The Scott Frost era was set to begin in Lincoln, Nebraska this weekend. Weather got in the way, unfortunately.Nebraska’s season-opening game against Akron was cancelled this weekend. Rain and lightning forced serious delays and, eventually, the contest had to be cancelled.New details have started to emerge from the cancelling. There was talk of the game being played on Sunday, but Akron didn’t want to.From ESPN.com:Amid severe weather on Saturday night, Nebraska was planning to move the Cornhuskers’ season opener in Lincoln to Sunday.Akron said no, according to Nebraska officials.Athletic director Bill Moos issued a statement on Sunday, saying “logistical challenges” forced the Zips to pull the plug. Akron stayed in southwest Omaha, some 40 miles from Memorial Stadium, on Friday night and had checked out of its hotel before busing to Lincoln on Saturday afternoon. The Akron players and coaches flew home to Ohio late Saturday night via charter from the Lincoln airport.A Sunday morning college football game would’ve been a lot of fun. It’s understandable that Akron wasn’t able to make it work, though.At this point, it’s unclear if Nebraska will add another game to its 2018 schedule. It’s possible the Huskers could find a team to play toward the end of the season if they’re trying to get bowl eligibility. Stay tuned.
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 23: Student fans of the Nebraska Cornhuskers celebrate a stop against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Memorial Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska, still looking for its first win of the season, has a road game on Saturday against Northwestern. But it looks like the Cornhuskers will have a good amount of support regardless.Fans in attendance at Ryan Field have been tweeting for hours about how much support Nebraska has had in the stadium. Some have even posted photos of all the red in the stands.It’s tough to see for Northwestern fans – especially since the Cornhuskers are off to an 0-5 start in Scott Frost’s first campaign. That said, Nebraska fans have always traveled well.Take a look at the reactions on social media to Nebraska’s fans taking over the stadium.Homecoming game vs Nebraska?And yes as of now it looks like a Nebraska home game #AtMedill pic.twitter.com/ruAltMMccI— Andre LaVista Toran (@AndreToran) October 13, 2018Nebraska: Chicago’s Big Ten team. pic.twitter.com/FlB8JEo3q4— Erin Sorensen (@erinsorensen) October 13, 2018There are more Nebraska fans than Northwestern fans at Ryan Field, and it isn’t close.— Inside NU (@insidenu) October 13, 2018Nebraska almost certain to outnumber NW fans today. It’s not real close 7 minutes before kickoff.— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) October 13, 2018Nebraska lost last week at Wisconsin, but their schedule gets easier moving forward. Kirk Herbstreit thinks they could even wind up in a bowl game.Earlier in the day, Nebraska fans got some good news about a transfer quarterback.Nebraska and Northwestern kick off at Noon ET. Northwestern is favored, but the Cornhuskers have all the motivation in the world to get their first win of the year.
ANN ARBOR, MI – APRIL 01: General view of Michigan Stadium during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 1, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Earlier this week it was reported that Michigan was set to take a significant hit on the defensive line. Former 5-star recruit Aubrey Solomon was reportedly set to transfer from the program in a surprise move.That news was confirmed by Michigan shortly after. After just a few days on the transfer market, Solomon knows where he wants to finish his college football career.Solomon took to Twitter on Friday afternoon to announce he’s transferring to Tennessee.“Thank you Michigan professors for opening my mind, fans for being the foundation for the players and encouraging us good and bad, teammates for uplifting each other…With that being said, I will be attending the University of Tennessee.”Here’s the full message.Let’s get to work ✊?…. #GBO pic.twitter.com/pDVliCKQ3x— Aubrey Solomon (@AubreySolomon91) December 21, 2018Solomon, a sophomore defensive lineman, was the No. 23 overall recruit in the country coming out of high school.Now he’ll get the chance to restart his career with Alabama’s former defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, who had a solid first season as the Volunteers head coach in 2018.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – JANUARY 01: Christian Hackenberg #5 of the New York Jets watches from the sidelines during the second half of their game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium on January 1, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images)Former star Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg did not have a great Week 1 performance in the Alliance of American Football league. The performance was better in Week 2, though it included some huge hits.Hackenberg, who’s playing for the Memphis Express, took some massive hits during his team’s game on Saturday night. One of those hits came after a touchdown.The former Penn State quarterback scrambled for a touchdown on a 3rd-and-3 early in the fourth quarter to give his team an 18-6 lead over the Arizona Hotshots.Hackenberg was crushed in the end zone by Hotshots linebacker Steven Johnson, who received a 15-yard penalty for the hit.Here’s the play:pic.twitter.com/t0xNm5oHBL— Doug Dimmadome (@HaveYouSeenADog) February 17, 2019That’s pretty brutal.The rest of the game did not go well for Hackenberg and Co., though.The Hotshots made a big comeback in the game, scoring 14 unanswered points to pull of a 20-18 victory over the Memphis Express. Arizona is now 2-0 in the league.Hackenberg, meanwhile, finished 14-for-25 for 102 yards, adding seven carries for 39 yards on the ground.The Memphis Express are now 0-2 in the league.
Jack Leach tells England to improve, not complain about pitchesEngland suffered back-to-back crushing defeats at the hands of West Indies where their batsmen failed miserably. The English batsmen defended themselves by accusing the pitches to be of poor condition.advertisement Reuters St. LuciaFebruary 7, 2019UPDATED: February 7, 2019 11:48 IST Jack Leach feels England need players to experience different surfaces rather than complain (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEngland suffered a 10-wicket defeat to the West Indies in the second TestEnglish batsmen struggled to cope with the variable bounce on a green Antigua wicketThe third Test between West Indies and England begins in St Lucia on SaturdayEngland must prepare their batsmen to handle different types of pitches and not just complain about unfamiliar tracks if they are to be more consistent overseas, spinner Jack Leach has said.England suffered a 10-wicket defeat to the West Indies in the second Test last week as their batsmen struggled to cope with the variable bounce on a green Antigua wicket, managing scores of 187 and 132 in two innings.That display followed another batting failure in the first Test at Barbados, where the tourists were bundled out for 77 and 246 to lose by 381 runs on a flat wicket.”We need to challenge people to be better at cricket rather than complain about pitches,” left-arm spinner Leach, who missed the first two Tests, told British media.”We need players to experience different surfaces.”I don’t know if that comes from the top or the counties, but it’s a big thing. There are very few times where you spend 150 overs in the field and it’s a batting paradise.” Leach, who has honed his skills on a Taunton pitch that offers turn, picked up 18 wickets as England completed a 3-0 sweep at Sri Lanka last November.However, the 27-year-old said England had a tendency to view spinning wickets negatively.”But if it’s seaming around we’re not too bothered. That needs to be addressed, how they mark pitches,” he added.”So as much as I think spinning pitches are important, playing on flat ones, too. You can’t do things you haven’t practised before.”The third Test begins in St Lucia on Saturday.advertisementAlso Read | KL Rahul in focus as India A gear up to face England Lions in first unofficial TestAlso Read | Joe Denly keen to prove his worth in third Test against West IndiesAlso Read | It would be crazy not to include Steve Smith and David Warner in World Cup squad: LangerFor 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 Jack LeachFollow West Indies vs EnglandFollow England batsmenFollow Pitches
Press Trust of India KarachiFebruary 11, 2019UPDATED: February 11, 2019 22:16 IST India and Pakistan have not played a full bilateral series since 2007 due to tensions between the two countries. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNew PCB MD Wasim Khan said if Pakistan become a top team, India will ask them for bilateral seriesKhan said their focus will be on developing Pakistan cricketKhan conceded that there are no immediate chances of revival of India-Pakistan cricketing tiesPakistan has no other way than raising the standard of their game if they have to force superpower India to resume bilateral cricketing ties, feels the new PCB dispensation. India and Pakistan have not played a full bilateral series since 2007 owing to tense relations between the neighbouring countries. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has shown eagerness to resume cricketing relations but the BCCI has maintained that the Indian government calls the shots in the case.”I think when [Pakistan become a top team] that happens, it can create a situation where India asks us to play a bilateral series,” new PCB MD Wasim Khan said in a media interaction in Lahore.In the absence of bilateral series, both teams have only met in ICC and Asian Cricket Council multilateral events, most recently in the Asia Cup held in the UAE last September.In 2012, Pakistan did go to India for a short tour but it did not play Tests.Ehsan Mani, who took charge as PCB Chairman last August, has already said that Pakistan would not beg India to play.Mani supported Wasim Khan’s contention, saying that if the PCB can take the country’s cricket to a level where it is among the top three teams in the world, than India will come on their own to “play with us”.”It’s sad that we are not playing against them but life continues. We need to move forward and carry on. We can’t wait forever to play India. Our focus is to develop Pakistan cricket and get our team and players a lot of success at the international level,” Khan said after taking charge last week.advertisementHe also conceded that he didn’t see any immediate chances of revival of Indo-Pak ties but things could change after the general elections in India.Mani added that Pakistan had not given up hope of bilateral ties being revived and would keep on trying to get the BCCI to the table and move things.”But we are not going to see solutions anytime soon. We will have to wait and see how things go after their elections. So no point of engaging them now.”Both Mani and Khan felt that Pakistan’s failed attempt to get BCCI to compensate it for not honouring an MoU with the ICC’s Disputes Resolution Committee had not soured relations.The Chairman disclosed that the Board’s total expenses on the compensation case, which it lost to BCCI, were about two million dollars including legal fees of the lawyers.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 byPTI Tags :Follow PCBFollow BCCIFollow India vs PakistanFollow Cricket Pakistan cricket has to rise to force India to resume bilateral ties: New PCB MDNew Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) MD Wasim Khan it is sad that India and Pakistan don’t play bilateral cricket but they have to move forward and carry on.advertisement
Ateet Sharma New DelhiMarch 18, 2019UPDATED: March 18, 2019 21:18 IST Gautam Gambhir said Ambati Rayudu averages nearly 50 in ODIs and “hasn’t done anything wrong”. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSGautam Gambhir said Rayudu should have been backed properly for No.4 slot in the Indian teamGambhir felt for a settled batting order in the World Cup, No.4 should be decided beforehandGambhir questioned the lack of backing for RayuduAs India’s search for a reliable No. 4 in batting order gets real tricky before the start of the World Cup, former skipper Gautam Gambhir feels a lot of crucial time has already been lost.”If you want a settled batting order in the World Cup, then the No. 4 has to be decided beforehand and he should be backed completely,” Gambhir opined as the Indian players get ready for an action-packed season of Indian Premier League, followed by the World Cup in England immediately after.The Indian team management has tried and tested many players at No. 4 in recent times but failed to lock the crucial batting slot.Gambhir feels that skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri should have backed Ambati Rayudu instead of dropping him after three consecutive failures against Australia in the recent ODI series at home. Rayudu scored 13, 18 and 2 in the first three ODIs against Australia at Hyderabad, Nagpur and Ranchi, respectively.”You have backed others too. You backed MS Dhoni too last year and even Shikhar Dhawan. Ambati Rayudu averages nearly 50 in ODIs, he hasn’t done anything wrong. Failures are part and parcel of the game. You didn’t drop any other player after two or three failures,” said the former India opener.The left-hander who scored a World Cup-winning 97 against Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium in the final of the 2011 edition believes tinkering too much with the batting positions of players can unsettle the team in the quadrennial tournament.”No. 4 should have been a settled position by now. Virat Kohli played the 2011 World Cup at No. 4. Whoever the team management decides to back should be backed to the hilt and they should stay patient with him. It is a very important slot and you can’t have a floater at No 4 because the No. 3 and No. 4 makes the core of your middle order,” Gambhir said.advertisementAlso Read | Nothing wrong with forfeiting World Cup match against Pakistan: Gautam GambhirAlso Read | Virat Kohli defends experimentation after India lose 1st ODI series since 2015 at homeAlso Read | India vs Australia series review: India have Plan A in place but what about Plan B?For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Ambati RayuduFollow Team IndiaFollow Virat KohliFollow Ravi ShastriFollow Gautam GambhirFollow 2019 ICC World Cup India should have backed Ambati Rayudu at No.4: Gautam GambhirFormer India player Gautam Gambhir said Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri should have backed Ambati Rayudu for the No.4 spot instead of dropping him after failures against Australia.advertisement
Neeta Lal ViennaApril 14, 2019UPDATED: April 14, 2019 03:38 IST Rides in horse-drawn buggies are a fun way to catch the sights in the Austrian capital.From a vertiginous height of 65 meters, I soak in a breathtaking panorama of Vienna, the Austrian capital city. Terracotta rooftops in hues of sherbet, exquisite neo-classical buildings, glitzy post-modern facades and skyscrapers fill the lens of my DSLR. In the distance loom the lush Vienna woods.I’m ensconced in one of the 22 capsules of the Wiener Riesenrad, a giant wheel at Prater Park – the oldest amusement park in the world. One of the city’s marquee attractions, the Reisenrad was built in 1897, my guide Susanne Maurer informs me as we’re hoisted to a dizzying height, turning our legs to jelly.Disgorged from the contraption after the 20-minute ride, we amble towards Prater Park’s other attractions – more rides, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and the Vienna Chocolate Museum. In the last, we learn about cocoa’s transformation from a dark, rugged bean to a glistening product through engaging exhibits.Chocolate making workshops are in progress for apron-swathed kids who seem to be clearly having a good time.The possibilities for fun-loving tourists are endless in Vienna. Known by varied monikers, such as the ‘city of music’ and the ‘city of dreams, the central European metropolis’, offerings are diverse and eclectic. Over the course of my six-day stay, I also checked these out:SCHONBRUNN PALACE Schonbrunn is to Austria what the Taj Mahal is to India – a stellar destination that offers a snapshot of the country’s imperial past. I strolled through the colossal 1,441-room structure admiring its sumptuous furnishings, handcrafted furniture and artworks observing how Austrian royalty lived. The palace’s gorgeously landscaped gardens – tended to by hundreds of gardeners – are eminently Instagram-able.advertisementTHE STRUDEL SHOW One of Vienna’s most popular desserts is the apple strudel, the oldest strudel recipe dates back to 1696. It is now one of Vienna’s most iconic dishes and a musttry when you’re in this charming city.You can even master the technique of rustling up this confection at a strudel show in Schonbrunn Palace. For this I headed down to the imperial bakery at Café Residenz where a witty chef whipped up this traditional desert with pastry so thin I could see through it. The best part – I got to sample it afterwards and take home the original recipe, too.VIENNA STATE OPERA Opera and fine architecture are synonymous with Vienna, and the Vienna State Opera melds both nicely. The exquisite building, located smack dab in the heart of downtown (Innere Stadt district), is considered one of the finest opera houses in the world.With its neo-Renaissance façade, sundry arches and arched windows, and baroque interiors, it mimics a palace more than a place of musical celebration. Enjoy a performance here by booking in advance as tickets are sold out quickly.THE NASCHMARKT Savour a slice of local life at this popular alfresco food market which best reflects Vienna’s pluralistic ethos. Shopkeepers, artisanal farmers and producers from over 40 nations sell everything from fresh fruit to vegetables to herbs, spices, cheese, sausage, seafood, vinegar, apparel and footwear.The atmosphere is so thick it can be sliced with a knife. The sounds, sights and smells are tantalising with vendors hollering and inviting you for free tastings. Israeli, Iranian, Egyptian and Turkish cafes selling succulent kebabs, shakshuka, falafel and other authentic delicacies add to the market’s vibrancy.SPANISH RIDING SCHOOL One of the finest institutes for classical dressage in the world and a long-standing Austrian tradition, the Spanish Riding School has been training pedigreed horses in the art of dressage for centuries. For equestrian sports lovers this is a must see in Vienna, while non-riders can still appreciate the passion and love that is put into this art form.The riding school was built during the Habsburg monarchy and has stood ever since. Demonstrations/training sessions of the graceful thoroughbreds to the sound of Mozart/Beethoven music will keep you thoroughly enchanted through the two-hour show.VIENNA WOODS At the foothills of the Northern Limestone Alps, the Vienna Woods lie to the west of the city straddling 45km. The area is a popular getaway for the locals as well as tourists. Several rivers form the boundaries of the woods where you can enjoy a bucolic landscape. Underground boat rides (seegrotte), hunting lodges and picturesque villages unblemished by modernity add a touch of whimsy to the setting.BREATHE IN, BREATHE OUT Last but not least, don’t forget to breathe deep – really deep – in Vienna. Ranked as the most livable city in the world by the Mercer Index for the 10th year in a row, its clean air is a big lure for pollution-fatigued Indian travellers. Water is so pure and fresh you can drink straight from the tap as it makes its way down from the Alpine glaciers to people’s homes requiring no purification during its 36-hour transit.advertisementALSO READ | Do planes fly over Mount Everest? Frequent flyer reveals chilling answersALSO READ | Do you behave badly while on a holiday? Japan might send you backGet 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! 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