10 months agoAgent of River Plate midfielder Palacios: Real Madrid offer will arrive

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Agent of River Plate midfielder Palacios: Real Madrid offer will arriveby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of River Plate midfielder Exequiel Palacios has revealed an offer from Real Madrid is expected.Real remain the leaders in the pursuit of his signature.”The leaders of River got together with Real Madrid in Abu Dhabi,” Renato Corsi, the player’s agent said. “In the coming days there will be a formal offer and the operation is quite advanced.”The family, Exequiel and I want him to go in June and Real Madrid don’t have a problem with him staying at River until then.”A deal could move to the next stage as early as Monday, with talks already being advanced.”Real Madrid want him and supposedly River will sell,” he added. “They agree, so between Monday and Tuesday the formal proposal will be presented.” last_img read more

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10 months agoChelsea expect deal for either Paredes or Barella this week

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea expect deal for either Paredes or Barella this weekby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have lined up two replacements for Cesc Fabregas. The club have blocked Fabregas from joining Monaco this month until they find a replacement.And Sky Sports claim the Blues are closing in on deals for Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Leandro Paredes and Cagliari’s Nicolo Barella, who could cost £45m.24-year-old Paredes has caught Chelsea’s eye with a number of fine performances for the Russian giants this season.A deal for one of the two aforementioned names is expected to be completed this week. last_img

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a month agoSheffield Utd defender Basham: No intimidation facing Liverpool

first_imgSheffield Utd defender Basham: No intimidation facing Liverpoolby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United defender Chris Basham insists there’s no intimidation facing Liverpool.Basham revealed Chris Wilder’s side believe they can shock the visitors by ending their eight month unbeaten run in the competition.Basham, a member of the squad which gained promotion last term, said: “We don’t get starry-eyed. “The Premier League is the hardest league in the world and teams get points off everybody. We have got to play our way as if we don’t, it could be a high score. Hopefully, we can get the result.”We can make little mistakes, but as long as no-one is getting on others backs. That is when the cracks start happening in a team. We are not like that, we are built on solid team foundations. We fancy ourselves for Liverpool.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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7 days agoWoodward: Man Utd board happy with squad ‘base’

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Woodward: Man Utd board happy with squad ‘base’by Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United vice-chairman Ed Woodward insists the board are happy with their transfer policy.United have restructured their recruitment department, adding 45 scouts since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, while greater forward planning means next summer’s transfer targets will be identified by January.If any of those targets become available in January, United will move for them, although there is an acknowledgment that the mid-season window is a notoriously difficult time in which to buy.“The changes we saw over the summer have resulted in a very young squad,” said Woodward.“But it’s also a squad, with the players and the culture, that provides a base camp for us to build and grow from as we start our new journey.” last_img read more

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Tuchel: PSG can cope without Neymar

first_imgThomas Tuchel retains faith that his Paris Saint-Germain squad can handle the absence of Neymar, despite slipping to their first defeat of the Ligue 1 campaign on Sunday.Neymar will miss the next two months due to another metatarsal injury  sustained in last month’s Coupe de France victory over Strasbourg.PSG had won their first game without the Brazil international – against Rennes – but they came up short against Lyon, losing 2-1 to Bruno Genesio’s side. 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? Angel Di Maria had given PSG an early lead at the Groupama Stadium, but Moussa Dembele and Nabil Fekir turned the game back in Lyon’s favour, ending PSG’s unbeaten run at 20 league matches.While disappointed, PSG head coach Tuchel found some positives and is confident his squad can cope without Neymar, particularly as the Champions League nears a return.”I do not know it we missed them but it’s clear that we do not have a second Neymar or a second [Marco] Verratti, but I have full confidence in the other players,” he said.”There were a lot of chances on the line with Angel and [Julian] Draxler who made a very good match.”We were too passive after our first goal, we lacked precision, we made bad decisions. Lyon played with a lot of quality, but I liked our second period.”Tuchel’s side will be without their Brazilian star when they take on Manchester United in the Champions League last 16, a tie that looks tricky given the Red Devils’ form of late.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has gone unbeaten in his first 10 games in charge after picking up a 1-0 against Leicester on Sunday, and has won five consecutive away matches in all competitions. Neymar, who scored an impressive five goals as the Parisians’ topped their group ahead of Liverpool, Napoli and Red Star Belgrade, could be sorely missed when the sides meet at Old Trafford on February 12.last_img read more

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Pickford the penalty hero as England take third place

first_imgJosip Drmic saw his spot-kick saved by Jordan Pickford as England beat Switzerland 6-5 on penalties to claim third place in the Nations League after a goalless draw in Guimaraes.In the first 90 minutes, England were twice denied by goalkeeper Yann Sommer making fingertip saves to push the ball onto the woodwork, while Callum Wilson had a late strike ruled out following a VAR check.Sommer again came to Switzerland’s rescue during the 30 additional minutes but despite a steady stream of excellent Trent Alexander-Arnold crosses England could not find the breakthrough. 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? Gareth Southgate’s side broke their penalty malaise at last year’s World Cup and, after 11 converted kicks, including one from Pickford, the Everton keeper dived to his right to keep out Drmic’s poor effort and finally settle the prolonged play-off clash.England almost opened the scoring in the second minute, but Harry Kane’s clever chip bounced back off the crossbar after goalkeeper Sommer got a touch to the ball.Kane freed Raheem Sterling for a one-on-one chance but his tame finish was blocked by Sommer, the forward then failing to convert a right-wing cross from Alexander-Arnold.Another pinpoint Alexander-Arnold delivery created an even better opportunity for Dele Alli in the 35th minute but his header flew over the crossbar.Alli connects with a brilliant Alexander-Arnold cross but heads it over the top… #NationsLeague pic.twitter.com/yyUf309m3F — UEFA Nations League (@UEFAEURO) June 9, 2019 Sommer made a great save to prevent Fabian Schar scoring an own goal after the interval, turning a deflection off the defender onto the post, then at the other end Pickford was called into action to push away Granit Xhaka’s firm drive.Substitute Wilson seemed to have won it late on for England, but the strike was disallowed after a VAR check for his foul on Manuel Akanji in the build-up.A brilliant double save by Sommer maintained the deadlock in extra time, with the woodwork saving Switzerland again when Sterling beat the goalkeeper with a 20-yard free-kick.Sommer could do nothing about England’s penalties, though, with Pickford netting himself before making the decisive save from Drmic in the shoot-out.GET INSix perfect penalties to seal third spot at the #NationsLeague for the #ThreeLions. Well done, lads! pic.twitter.com/SEPNdCtXnB— England (@England) June 9, 2019What does it mean? England experiment with flexibility Southgate used a fairly irrelevant game to try a new tactical system, which saw England alternate from a traditional back four to more of a central three, with Eric Dier dropping into defence from the base of midfield.Switzerland’s lack of goal threat is no secret – last year’s 5-2 defeat of Belgium remains a curious outlier – but a solid defence should see them reach Euro 2020 relatively easily.Sharp Sommer stars for Swiss That Switzerland stayed in the game owed much to their goalkeeper, who twice made vital interventions to turn the ball onto the woodwork. On the back of a solid season for Borussia Monchengladbach, Sommer stood out for his composure and reactions in key moments.Tired Sterling wasteful for Three Lions England could and perhaps should have been out of sight at half-time, but Sterling failed to make the most of two clear chances. The Manchester City winger looked like a long season had caught up with him with fatigue seemingly playing a part in an under-par display, a heavy touch in the box during the second half summing up his frustrating efforts.Key Opta Facts- England finished third in a major international tournament for the first time since Euro 1968.- Switzerland have won just one of their past 23 matches against England in all competitions (W1 D6 L16).- England scored six penalties in a single shoot-out at a competitive international tournament for the first time in their history.- Jordan Pickford became the first goalkeeper to take (and score) a penalty for England in a competitive penalty shoot-out.- Trent Alexander-Arnold created seven goalscoring chances versus Switzerland; the last player to create more for England in a match was James Milner versus San Marino in October 2014 (9).What’s next? Both teams will enjoy a deserved rest before the 2019-20 season. In September, England’s Euro 2020 qualifying campaign sees them host Bulgaria and Kosovo, while Switzerland play the Republic of Ireland and Gibraltar. read morelast_img read more

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This Big 10 Program Had The Most Fans Ejected From Games In 2017

first_imgWisconsin's stadium with snow on the field.MADISON, WI – NOVEMBER 15: Snow falls on the endzone during play between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on November 15, 2014 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Madison, Wisc. is one of the best road trips a college football fan can make. Few campuses are better than Wisconsin’s on a fall Saturday when the Badgers are playing at home.It can get rowdy, though. Sometimes, it gets too rowdy.Eleven Warriors has obtained information on Big Ten programs’ stadium ejections, arrests and incidents for the 2017 season.Wisconsin leads the way in a number of categories.The Badgers had the most arrests, ejections and ejections/1,000 fans of any program in the Big Ten (three programs did not divulge information, though).Our annual look at arrests, ejections and other incidents from football stadiums around the Big Ten. https://t.co/GYhrPGpXuX— Eleven Warriors (@11W) June 4, 2018Here’s some more information on what happened at Wisconsin:Of the 137 people arrested at Wisconsin football games last season, 121 were cited for underage consumption of alcohol while 86 were Wisconsin students. Other citations issued at Camp Randall Stadium included five for obstructing/resisting arrest, four for disorderly conduct, three for trespassing, one for use of a fake ID, one for entering the playing surface, one for throwing hard objects, and one for drug possession.Of the 167 people ejected from Camp Randall Stadium last season, 74 were Wisconsin students. 58 people were ejected for intoxication, 34 people were ejected for seating issues in the student section, 33 were ejected for possession of alcohol, 30 were ejected for tobacco usage, 10 were ejected for disorderly conduct and two were ejected for disorderly conduct.You can view the full report here.last_img read more

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Vegas Predicts How Alabama Would Fare vs. College Football Playoff Teams

first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide leads his team on the field.TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 22: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide leads his team on the field to face the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)If Alabama beats LSU this weekend, the Crimson Tide’s spot in the College Football Playoff will get a lot more locked up.In light of that, oddsmakers have started making predictions as to how the Crimson Tide would fare against their potential College Football Playoff opponents. And Alabama fans will have a lot to look forward to.According to BetDSI, Alabama will be favored by at least a touchdown against every potential playoff opponent.Clemson appears to have the best chance as they are only +6 against the spread. But everyone else are fish in a barrel for the Crimson Tide.Oklahoma is listed as second best as a +9.5 underdog, while last year’s SEC Champions Georgia are +10.5.Big Ten titans Michigan and Ohio State project as +11.5 and +14 underdogs respectively.Notre Dame would be one of several teams that has to overcome more than two touchdowns. They are +15.5 underdogs.Projected PAC-12 winner Washington State are +18.5, while undefeated UCF of the Group of Five are +16.5.last_img read more

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Nick Saban Issues Major Injury Update For Tua Tagovailoa

first_imgTua Tagovailoa of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to the game against the Auburn Tigers.AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 25: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to the game against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)We’re less than two weeks away from the College Football Playoff semifinals. Alabama will take on Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl for the right to play for the national title.There is still no official word on if Tua Tagovailoa will be able to play in that game. Tagovailoa injured his ankle in the second half of the SEC Championship Game against Georgia.While Tagovailoa hasn’t been declared a full-go for the matchup against the Sooners, today’s update from Nick Saban is an encouraging one.Saban called his sophomore signal caller “ahead of schedule” in his recovery.Nick Saban on Tua: “He’s doing well. I think he’s ahead of schedule.”— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) December 17, 2018If Tagovailoa can’t go, Jalen Hurts will fill in for him. As we saw against Georgia, that isn’t a bad thing at all. Hurts has plenty of experience and can hold his own in a spot like this.However, the Crimson Tide offense is at its best if Tagovailoa is at the helm. He is the better passer of the two, which allows Bama’s playmakers on the outside to take games over with the ball in their hands.We might not get a full update on Tagovailoa until right before game time, but it certainly appears he’s on the right track.Alabama and Oklahoma will kick off at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 29. ESPN will broadcast the game.last_img read more

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Report: LSU RB Tae Provens Arrested On Third-Degree Rape Charge

first_imgA look at one of the end zones at Tiger Stadium.BATON ROUGE, LA – OCTOBER 22: A detail of the logo on the field of the LSU Tigers prior to the the game against the Auburn Tigers at Tiger Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)LSU running back Tae Provens found himself at the heart of a serious criminal allegation on Wednesday.According to NOLA.com, Provens has been arrested on charges of third-degree rape. Per the report, he is being accused of raping a “blacked out” woman at an LSU apartment on Sunday, March 24.The full details behind the alleged incident that led to the arrest are available at NOLA.com.LSU confirmed the arrest on Wednesday via spokesperson Ernie Ballard. He explained that Provens has not been practicing with the team due to his being in the NCAA transfer portal. He further emphasized that the school has no tolerance for sexual violence and that there will be a full investigation once the criminal investigation concludes.“We take any and all allegations like these seriously, and currently, this is a law enforcement investigation. Once the law enforcement component is completed, the Office of Student Advocacy & Accountability and the Title IX office will conduct their investigation as well. Provens entered the NCAA transfer portal on March 21, and since that time, he has not participated in team activities.“At LSU, we’re committed to ending sexual violence and maintaining a community of respect, and an alleged incident like this goes against everything we stand for within our community. Our thoughts go out to the victim in this incident and every resource available through the university is being offered through the LSU CARE Team.”Provens played in only two games last season, allowing him to pick up a redshirt in the process. His only touches consisted of four carries for 13 yards in a win over Rice.He entered the NCAA transfer portal last week, but does not yet have a new team for 2019.last_img read more

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Emmitt Smith’s Son, A Major RB Recruit, Sets A Big Visit

first_img Smith will be visiting Florida for the Auburn game.EJ Smith, son of Gator great Emmitt Smith, sets visit to The Swamp for Florida game https://t.co/JN0GH0WTMV— SEC Football News (@SECfootball) July 18, 2019Florida is not the clear favorite to land Smith, however.“I hear that all the time,” Smith told 247Sports’ Damon Sayles. “But at the end of the day, it all depends on how I feel. My dad’s always open to whatever school I go to. My family will always be there. Not everyone in my family went to Florida, so I’m just try to make my own decisions.”Stanford is actually listed as the favorite for the 5-foot-11 running back, per 247Sports’ “Crystal Ball.”Smith is ranked the No. 4 all-purpose back in the country. Emmitt Smith running the ball for the Florida Gators.GAINSVILLE, FL – SEPTEMBER 9: Running back Emmitt Smith #22 of the Florida Gators runs with the ball during a game against the Ole Miss Rebels at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 9,1989 in Gainsville, Florida. The Rebels defeated the Gators 24-19. (Photo by Allen Dean Steele/Getty Images)EJ Smith, a four-star running back in the 2020 class, is one of the biggest recruits in the country. The elite prospect also happens to be the son of Emmitt Smith, one of the greatest players in NFL history.The four-star prospect has received interest from nearly every big program in the country and named his top five schools earlier in the summer.EJ Smith is still considering: Texas A&M, Ohio State, Georgia, Stanford and Florida, where his dad played.The elite recruit has set a big visit for the fall.last_img read more

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Nick Saban Has Message For People Criticizing Alabama’s Schedule

first_img “I think the culture of college football would benefit if we said Power 5 teams have to play all Power 5 teams. I’ve been an advocate of this for several years,” Saban said on ESPN’s Golic and Wingo show, per 247Sports. “I’ve been an advocate of playing more SEC games. Well, I think you should do it like basketball, they have RPI, or whatever it’s called. And basketball says these are the teams that played the best schedule and won the biggest games. So that’s how you qualify for a bowl game, not how many games you win. So that it would be better for fans, it would be better for fan interest.“So we’ve tried to schedule two opponents — Power Five opponents — every year. We have one time in the next 10 years, we’ve succeeded at doing that. So unless we change the culture of how we all agree to schedule, I don’t think that’s going to happen.”That’s a fair explanation.Alabama has more difficulty scheduling top non-conference opponents than other schools, as prospective teams know a loss is probably coming.All of the Power 5 schedules need to get on the same page when it comes to scheduling, that is for sure. A closeup of Nick Saban wearing a headset.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts in the second half of the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Alabama head football coach Nick Saban had a strong response to people criticizing the Crimson Tide’s schedule in 2019.The Crimson Tide play a tough SEC schedule, though this year’s non-conference schedule is among the country’s easiest.Alabama gets Duke in a neutral-site game to open the season and also faces New Mexico State, Southern Miss and Western Carolina at home.Saban appeared on ESPN this week and discussed college football scheduling and the criticism of his schedule.last_img read more

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IAAF maintains ban on Russian athletics over doping scandal

first_img Next IAAF maintains ban on Russian athletics over doping scandalRussia’s athletics federation was suspended in 2015 following a WADA report that found evidence of widespread doping in sport in the country.advertisement Reuters New DelhiMarch 11, 2019UPDATED: March 11, 2019 17:15 IST Photo for representation (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRussia’s athletics federation has been suspended since 2015The IAAF’s governing council discussed the possibility of lifting the ban at a meeting in DohaHowever, Rune Andersen, chair of the IAAF’s Russia Taskforce, said Moscow had yet to meet two conditionsWorld athletics governing body IAAF said on Monday it had decided not to lift a ban on Russia’s athletics federation over doping, saying it was still waiting to receive data collected from Moscow and financial compensation for its investigations.Russia’s athletics federation (RUSAF) has been suspended since 2015 following a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report that found evidence of widespread doping in the sport.The IAAF’s governing council discussed the possibility of lifting the ban at a meeting in Doha on Sunday and Monday. But Rune Andersen, chair of the IAAF’s Russia Taskforce, said Moscow had yet to meet two conditions.”Logistical” issues had held up financial compensation, including for the taskforce’s costs and legal costs in cases Russia had brought to the courts, he said. And the IAAF had not yet not received analytical data and samples from a Moscow lab, which are now still being assessed by WADA.”Those (issues) need to be resolved. As soon as we have everything we need… we will seriously reconsider and recommend to the IAAF council for reinstatement (of Russia),” he said.Russian authorities have denied their doping programme was “state-sponsored” but have accepted that senior officials were involved in providing banned substances to athletes, interfering with anti-doping procedures or covering up positive tests.Russia’s reinstatement has been rejected on numerous occasions by the IAAF over the past three years. Should it fail to meet conditions in the coming months, it could risk missing out on sending a team to September’s world athletics championships in Doha, Qatar.advertisementSince 2015, some individual Russian athletes have been allowed to compete internationally as neutrals provided they met certain criteria that showed they had operated in a dope-free environment.Also Read | Solskjaer on Man United’s defeat to Arsenal: Lost a game we did not deserve to loseAlso Read | Manchester United’s Young wants more player protection after pitch invasionFor 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 IAAFFollow Russia doping banFollow WADAFollow Russia doping sportlast_img read more

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Andros Townsend hails Tottenham Hotspur’s Danny Rose for speaking against racism

first_img Next Andros Townsend hails Tottenham Hotspur’s Danny Rose for speaking against racismAndros Townsend lauded Tottenham Hotspur’s Danny Rose and Juventus’ Moise Kean for raising their voice against racism. The Crystal Palace forward also asked others to urge the footballing boards to take action.advertisement Reuters LondonApril 8, 2019UPDATED: April 8, 2019 15:04 IST Andros Townsend feels that racism has crept back into football (Reuters Photo)Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend has hailed Tottenham Hotspur full back Danny Rose’s bravery for speaking out against racism and urged more players to join calls for the game’s authorities to take more decisive action on racist abuse.England international Rose said last week that he could not wait to leave football because he had had enough of the racism in the game and was frustrated by the response of the authorities to the abuse.”Danny’s a very brave man for coming out, being so honest and speaking the truth. Obviously I sympathise with him; we all support him,” Townsend told reporters after Palace beat Newcastle United 1-0 in the Premier League on Saturday.”Luckily, so far, I haven’t experienced racism but I know Danny has on more than one occasion. He’s experienced it with the England Under-21s and the seniors in Montenegro the other day.”We need more players like Danny to come out, be honest and speak the truth, to say what they really feel. Danny’s an incredible person; hopefully the system can help Danny and he can enjoy his football again.”Juventus teenager Moise Kean also appeared to suffer racist abuse from the stands in a match at Cagliari in Serie A last week and there were more incidents in England this weekend.Second-tier Wigan Athletic released a statement in support of Nathan Byrne after the defender was sent an abusive message on Twitter on Saturday, while Brentford confirmed a fan had been arrested at their ground for a racially-aggravated offence.advertisement”Racism’s crept back into our game a little bit, which is not great so we need Danny and the young lad at Juventus (Kean) to speak out because that will force action,” Townsend added.”I don’t know why racism’s still going on. We’ve got to move on in football and kick it out as much as we can. Hopefully the relevant organisations will do their best to stamp it out… They’re working their very hardest to stamp it out once and for all.”Also Read | Gabriel Jesus goal vs Brighton sends Manchester City into FA Cup finalAlso Read | Everton dent Arsenal’s hopes of top-four finishFor 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 Andros TownsendFollow Tottenham HotspurFollow Danny RoseFollow RacismFollow JuventusFollow Moise Keanlast_img read more

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IPL 2019: Opening the batting started a great journey, says Jos Buttler

first_img Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiApril 9, 2019UPDATED: April 9, 2019 16:17 IST Jos Buttler’s fortunes have changed since he started to open for Rajasthan Royals ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSJos Buttler said his career has gone up after he started to open for RajasthanButtler had scored a total of 548 runs from 13 games last season for RRButtler managed to get a spot in the Test team on the back if strong IPL performancesIndia opener Rohit Sharma turned a new leaf in his career when Mahendra Singh Dhoni asked him to open the innings for India. There was no looking back for the run-machine since. But he isn’t the only one who has benefited from being pushed to the top of the order. Rajasthan Royals opener Jos Buttler turned from an impressive batsman to a match-winner when RR decided to make him open last season in the Indian Premier League.Speaking to IANS, the Englishman said that it is indeed true that his career has gone from strength to strength after he was made to open the innings for Rajasthan in the last edition of the cash-rich league. From being a quality bat, he went on to become a destructive player who can now change the course of the match with bat in hand.”It has been an incredible year personally. I think last year when I started with the Royals, I was doing okay, but I wasn’t quite feeling like I was showing exactly what I was capable of and a change to the top of the order coincided with a great run of form and from there I was very lucky to be involved with England in Test match cricket and had a really enjoyable summer. Have been riding that wave ever since and looking to make it continue and last as long as possible,” he smiled.While he has been in top form, this IPL will be remembered for KXIP skipper R. Ashwin ‘Mankading’ him in their opening game. From a position of strength, Royals lost the game. While many believed that his sudden and uncharacteristic dismissal changed the course of the game, Buttler begs to differ.advertisement”I am not sure it changed the course because we were still confident that we would go over the line. I just feel we were in a good position and couldn’t finish the game from there. I think the guys actually handled everything really well and didn’t seem to get too distracted by it. Unfortunately, we just didn’t quite play well enough in the end to win the game. It is always frustrating when you don’t finish the games, but you have to learn from that,” he pointed.Asked to comment on what makes his journey with the Royals special, Buttler said: “I have really enjoyed the environment at Rajasthan. There is a nice relaxed atmosphere round the group and it is a great franchise to be a part of. This is my fourth IPL and I am taking the experiences from the first two with Mumbai Indians and a more successful season last year with the runs I scored (for RR) and I keep looking back at them to know what works for me and how to keep getting the best out of myself. Have enjoyed the role at the top of the order,” he said.RR brand ambassador Shane Warne feels that Buttler is a champion cricketer and the wicket-keeper feels that it has been quite an experience to interact with someone like the legendary leg-spinner.”It was an amazing experience to get to know Warne. Obviously one of the best players to have played the game and I loved listening to him and talk about the game and how he sees things. He got the best out of people last season as mentor and I think that rubbed off on me as well. It was a privilege to get to know him. This is one of the fantastic things about the IPL that you get to be coached by some of the best in the world,” he acknowledged.After the highly successful season in 2018, there were questions if Buttler could continue the form into the 12th edition and to be fair to the Englishman, he has done it in style. “It is never easy, but I think I have understood my game a lot more in the last couple of years and know how to get the best out of myself more consistently and just look to do that. I don’t try to think too much about last season or emulate that. I take it one game at a time and adapt to conditions and keep trusting my play,” he said.Also Read | David Warner shows how to avoid getting Mankaded when R Ashwin bowlsFor 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 IPL 2019Follow Jos ButtlerFollow Rajasthan RoyalsFollow RR IPL 2019: Opening the batting started a great journey, says Jos ButtlerJos Buttler credits opening for Rajasthan Royals last year in the Indian Premier League changed his career completely.advertisementlast_img read more

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Hardik Pandya gets support after being trolled as ‘Kaalu bhai’

first_img Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiMay 6, 2019UPDATED: May 6, 2019 12:39 IST Hardik Pandya trolled on social media over his skin color.(Twitter/@hardikpandya)HIGHLIGHTSHardik Pandya was trolled as ”Kaalu bhai” after an actress posted a picture with himPandya got support on social media after the cricketer was subjected to racismPandya has been facing backlash ever since his sexist comments on a TV chat showThere seems be no end to controversies when it comes to Indian cricketer Hardik Pandya. Television actress Krystle D’Souza has been trolled after she shared a picture alongside Pandya on social media.One of the users even made a racist comment saying, “Kaalu bhai. Aap West indies team ke world cup squad main select kyun nahi huye?”Krystle posted the image on Instagram with a caption “Mere Bhai Jaisa Koi Hard ich Nahi Hai #brotherfromanothermother”. The moment she shared the photo, a number of people trolled her for calling Hardik her brother.Krystle responded saying that the person was being “mean and obnoxious”.Actor Aparshakti Khurana told the user, identified as Sameer: “I think you should not write such comments and definitely not use such language. We all love Hardik because he is a performer. You should rather encourage the Indian team, especially before the World Cup.””That’s so well put! People are so mean and obnoxious and just because they are sitting behind a screen typing, they think they can get away with anything! I guess ignorance is bliss in this case! Their words make no difference to his superb performance… BUT thank you,” Krsytle also commented on Aparshakti’s reaction.Hardik has been facing a backlash ever since his sexist comments on a chat show “Koffee With Karan” alongside K.L. Rahul. Both cricketers had made sexist and misogynistic comments on the show which did not go down well with many people.advertisementThe two were even handed a provisional ban by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) and were also fined Rs 20 lakh each.Also Read | Ashwin’s Mankading to Dhoni’s rage: Controversies that headlined IPL 2019Also Read | My daughter was sleeping when I hit my fifty: Rohit SharmaAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Hardik PandyaFollow Koffee with Karan controversy Hardik Pandya gets support after being trolled as ‘Kaalu bhai’Hardik Pandya was subjected to racism after actress Krystle D’Souza posted a photo with the crickter in her Instagram post. Hardik has been bearing the brunt on social media ever since his sexist comments on a Tv show.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Igor Stimac has been smart in bringing in new players: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu

first_img Indo-Asian News Service KolkataOctober 13, 2019UPDATED: October 13, 2019 21:12 IST Gurpreet Singh Sandhu was at his best in Doha last month. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSGurpreet Singh Sandhu said coach Igor Stimac has been very smart in introducing a host of new facesIndia will take on Bangladesh in a World Cup qualifier on October 15 at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati KriranganIndia are still to win a game in Group E after losing narrowly to Oman 1-2 and holding Qatar to a famous 0-0 drawIndia football team goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu on Sunday said coach Igor Stimac has been very smart in introducing a host of new faces so that when important players like centre-back Sandesh Jhingan miss out, the team does not suffer.Jhingan suffered a tear on the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee during their 1-1 draw against North East United FC (NEUFC) on Wednesday. The 26-year-old will have to undergo surgery that may rule him out for six months.India will take on Bangladesh in a World Cup qualifier on October 15 at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata.”Its a very important game for us, no doubt in that. And I hope he (Jhingan) recovers well, and recovers soon from the injury. I think the coach has been very smart from the start that he has brought in the mixture of young players so that we have those options and competitiveness in every single position,” Gurpreet told reporters ahead of India’s first practice session in Kolkata. They arrived at the city on Sunday after a 10-day camp in Guwahati.Talking about Jhingan’s injury, Gurpreet said: “It’s something we didn’t want but I’m pretty sure the coaching staff is prepared for that. And we will have players coming in for Sunday’s position. We won’t have his experience, but we have players that can fill in his position and release back.”India are still to win a game in Group E after losing narrowly to Oman 1-2 and holding Qatar to a famous 0-0 draw. Gurpreet was at his best in Doha last month as he made a host of saves to keep the Asian champions at bay. The 27-year-old however played down the enormity of the draw, saying that he has played tougher games in his career.advertisement”I expected to win. I don’t think it’s a dream show. It was my job. I played more difficult games but that never came into light maybe because we lost the game. It’s not that it’s a game that never played before. It was just that against a good opposition. It’s time to move on and replicate that in future.He believes that the experience of playing and getting a point against such a big side was good for the younger players in the team. “A lot of players got the chance after a long break be it Mandar Rao Desai, Nikhil (Poojary), Manveer Singh. All of them played after a long time and that too against a team like Qatar. We truly believe in them and hopefully they can provide us in games like Bangladesh,” he said.Jhingan was brilliant at centre-back too. Asked if he has to shoulder more responsibility in Jhingan’s absence, Gurpreet said: “I hope there are other people to take the responsibility as well.”Bangladesh lost 0-2 to Qatar in their last game but gave a good account of themselves at home. They also lost to Afghanistan in their campaign opener.”We all watched the game. They’re a good team. They play with heart and they make it tough for the opposition as well. So it’s not an easy game,” Gurpreet said.”They made it really difficult for Qatar. So we just need to make sure that we don’t do any mistakes and go out on the pitch playing our strengths,” said the Bengaluru FC goalkeeper.India, placed fourth, have one point from two games while bottom-placed Bangladesh are still to open their account in the five-team group.Also 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 Indian football teamFollow Gurpreet Singh Sandhu Next Igor Stimac has been smart in bringing in new players: Gurpreet Singh SandhuIndia will take on Bangladesh in a FIFA World Cup qualifier on October 15 at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata.advertisementlast_img read more

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What to wear to the Kentucky Derby with Indigo & Cotton and IW Harper

first_img 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make Editors’ Recommendations 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master What is the fastest two minutes in sports? The Kentucky Derby of course. On May 7th men and women from around the world gather in Louisville to drink, bet and gawk. Whether you are watching the derby from the bleachers of Churchill Downs or at a local bar, you want to look as sharp as a tack while drinking your julep.We asked Brett Carron from Charleston’s menswear shop, Indigo & Cotton for some tips to make sure you look like a style stallion and not a show pony.Hat:The Hill-Side – Primarily known for their ties and pocket squares made up in unique Japanese fabrics, the brand has recently broadened their offering to include apparel, bags and hats such as this woven Panama style.Blazer:Barena – A linen jacket that is casual but elegant, and quintessentially Italian.  A win-win for looking sharp and staying cool this season.Shirt:Gitman Bros. Vintage – One of the few remaining American shirt-makers, they have a rich history and arguably the best fitting button downs.  This linen stripe version is our favorite this season.Pants:orSlow – A recent addition to our lineup out of Japan specializing in meticulously crafted wardrobe essentials. White denim is the perfect choice for spring and will keep the rest of the outfit looking fresh and new.Belt:Billykirk – Formed by two brothers with the idea of making classic, high quality leather goods built to last.  This slim belt can easily be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.Shades:Shuron – Made in Greenville, South Carolina with over 150 years of experience making glasses. Our go-to for timeless frames.We can’t cover the Derby without discussing bourbon. The good fellas at I.W. Harper sent us these two recipes. Give them a whirl and share them on Instagram. Be sure to tag us.Vinceremos JulepCourtesy of Marie Zahn, Hawthorn Beverage Group1.25 oz. I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.75 oz. Amontillado SherryOne tsp. Ginger SyrupEight mint leaves and three fresh mint sprigsGlassware: Julep TinInstructions: Lightly muddle mint and ginger syrup, add other ingredients and top with pebble/crushed ice. Swizzle briefly and top with more ice. Garnish with three mint sprigs and straw.Harper’s BetCourtesy of Mark Corley, The Silver Dollar1.5 oz. I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.5 oz. Grenadine.5 oz. Lemon juice.5 oz. Grapefruit juice3 dashes Orange bittersInstructions: Shake and Strain over fresh ice in an old fashioned glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel.Image credit: Brenda Kean/123rf.comWe are working with I.W. Harper but all opinions are ours.last_img read more

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Tito’s Vodka Partners with Candy Company for Boozy New Treats

first_img 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home Any time there is a chance to combine two of our favorite activities — drinking and eating, of course — we will jump at it. Whether it’s pounding brewskis and eating hot dogs at a football game, working our way through a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and California cuisine pairing, or drinking whiskey and eating wings, the ability to put the two necessities together is great. Now, we have a new way to do that, which anyone with a sweet tooth is really going to enjoy.Tito’s Vodka has partnered with the luxury candy boutique Sugarfina to create a new set of vodka-infused candies. The collection will feature two new sweets inspired by the Moscow Mule and by (just about) everyone’s love of chocolate.“As craft vodka lovers, we’re excited to partner with [Tito’s] on this grown-up candy collection,” Sugarfina co-founders Rosie O’Neill and Josh Resnick said in a statement. “These new vodka-infused treats perfectly round out our top shelf collection.”The first new candy, American Mule bears, are non-alcoholic gummy bears imbued with Tito’s and a splash of ginger beer. The taste calls to mind one of the drinks that Tito’s is perhaps most known for.If you’re looking for actual booze in your candy, though, you’re going to want to try the Tiro’s Vodka Cordials. Made of rich dark chocolate, each cordial has a sip of Tito’s contained inside. Both sets comes in a signature Sugarfina cube and retail for $8.50.If you decide you need all of these in your life, there is the “Vodka Is Always a Good Idea Candy Bento Box,” which will contain both flavors. The collection comes in a custom box and is accompanied by a mini hand-crafted copper mule mug. The Candy Bento Box retails for $28.Previously, Sugarfina has worked with Casamigos Tequila to put out margarita-flavored and Paloma-flavored candies. For those that want the boozy flavor but maybe not the alcohol in their candy, they’ve also got a line that includes bourbon gummies and more.Check out more about Tito’s vodka, then head on over to the Sugarfina website and get yourself some sweets. The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in America The Best Vodka Mixers for Stocking Your Home Bar Reyka Vodka May Have the Coolest Distiller on the Planet Editors’ Recommendations 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn last_img read more

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Major Marketing Drive to Attract Large Investments in Agriculture

first_img Portfolio Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, said this will be spearheaded through several of the Ministry’s agencies, including Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) and the Agro-Invest Corporation (AIC), utilising the Agricultural Incentive Programme as a catalyst. The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries will be embarking on a major marketing and production drive during the 2019/20 fiscal year, in a bid to attract large-scale investments to the agricultural sector. He said the engagement is among several targeted focus areas for implementation, in recognition of the Ministry’s role as a key driver of economic growth. Story Highlights The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries will be embarking on a major marketing and production drive during the 2019/20 fiscal year, in a bid to attract large-scale investments to the agricultural sector.Portfolio Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, said this will be spearheaded through several of the Ministry’s agencies, including Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) and the Agro-Invest Corporation (AIC), utilising the Agricultural Incentive Programme as a catalyst.He said the engagement is among several targeted focus areas for implementation, in recognition of the Ministry’s role as a key driver of economic growth.The Minister was speaking at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) inaugural Economic Growth Forum, held at the Terra All-Suite Nova Hotel in St. Andrew, on Thursday (March 14).Mr. Shaw said the initiatives are being targeted within the context of the national agriculture development strategy, and will serve as catalysts to enhance production and productivity, improve infrastructure as well as support the expansion of businesses, particularly micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).He said that although domestic crop production grew by 6.9 per cent during the October to December 2018 quarter, “it cannot be lost on us” that the overall sector grew by just over two per cent during the period.“Agriculture is the base of growth in our economy, and we have to really focus, in a substantial way, on boosting it,” he added.The forum featured research paper presentations and a panel discussion on the theme ‘From Elusive to Inclusive Growth’.It was also used to launch the PIOJ’s 2019 Growth Inducement Programme Research Report, a collection of eight research papers encompassing economic growth-related areas.These include financial inclusion, tertiary education, labour market developments, and social interventions.last_img read more

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