About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer confident getting Man Utd players to play for himby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident getting the players to play for him.Solskjaer says he’s done it all as a player and manager.He told MUTV: “I’ve had 300-400 games as a first-team manager. I’m confident. I’ve won the league, I’ve won cups, I’ve been relegated.”It’s about man management. It’s about managing players, staff and it’s about getting the best out of everyone.”The boss [Sir Alex Ferguson] will always be the best at that. I get my managerial style from him. He’s been the biggest influence but then again we’re different. I’m a different personality.”I like to speak to people, I like to engange with people, I want to see people express themselves. That makes me happy.”On assistant manager Mike Phelan, he added: “That (appointing him) was the first thing I thought about. I’m young, Kieran and Michael are young.”I rang him and he was at a coaching course in Burnley when I rang him. He’s an incredible calming influence. His football knowledge is really really good.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham lose Hugo Lloris before Leicester kickoffby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham lost Hugo Lloris before kickoff against Leicester City.He was forced to rush back to London to attend the birth of his child.Lloris was due to start but left the team hotel on Saturday morning to be by his wife’s side in hospital, meaning Spurs have had to make a late selection change.Back-up goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga has replaced Lloris between the posts, as the 27-year-old makes just his 13th appearance since joining the club in August 2017.
Crystal Palace plan new January move for Chelsea striker Batshuayiby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace are planning a new move for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi in January.Palace, who are currently sixth in the Premier League, plan to bolster their attack when the transfer window reopens and have made Chelsea striker Batshuayi a leading target, says the Daily Mail.The 26 year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Selhurst Park and was a popular figure, scoring six times in 11 starts and 13 appearances in total.Palace hope Chelsea could be persuaded to part with Batshuayi due to Tammy Abraham’s emergence, along with the presence of Olivier Giroud in Frank Lampard’s squad, and also the Belgian’s contract situation.Batshuayi signed a five-year deal when he joined Chelsea, who beat Palace to his signature, from Marseille in 2016 for £33m. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool legend Kuyt: Klopp’s squad better than 2008/09by Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Dirk Kuyt says the current team is better than the 2008-09 squad.Managed by Rafa Benitez, the Reds finished second behind Manchester United that year with a squad featuring Fernando Torres, Steven Gerrard and Javier Mascherano.And Kuyt thinks Jurgen Klopp’s side will go one better this season.”We were very close to success,” Kuyt told Liverpool’s official website of the 2008-09 squad, “we just missed a small detail to go one step further.”With the likes of Stevie [Gerrard] and Jamie Carragher, Mascherano, Torres and other very good players, we just missed a little something.”If you see the build-up of the team of Klopp, you see it progressing every time and it looks like it’s now coming to success also in the Premier League. We were a particular team like that, only we couldn’t go one step further at that time.”Hopefully this team will do it because, in my opinion, this team now on the pitch is even better than ours.”
When you’re undefeated and dominating the competition like No. 1 Kentucky is, you’re bound to inspire passionate fans to drum up unique ways to express their love and appreciation. What better way for two fans to show their devotion to UK basketball than with a little Bluegrass tribute?That’s what the Jenkins twins decided to do. They recorded a musical ode to their beloved Wildcats, complete with shout outs of every key player, and jokes about Roy Williams, Rick Pitino and Bill Self drinking vodka. The chorus of the song features the line “We’re going to ‘Nap town on this Big Blue Train.” It’s a reference to Indianapolis, or ‘Nap Town, where the 2015 Final Four will be held.All in all, it’s entertaining in a quirky and hilarious way. [H/T : @KySportsRadio ]
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: A general view during the College Football Playoff Semifinal between the Florida State Seminoles and the Oregon Ducks at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Former Florida State running back Devonta Freeman has done the Seminoles proud, rushing for 811 yards through 11 games for the Atlanta Falcons. But Freeman will likely find himself as a fan favorite in Tallahassee for another reason this week.In the team’s locker room this past Friday, Freeman called out a cameraman who was wearing Florida Gators gear. Freeman found a roll of black tape and covered up the logo. Check it out:So this happened today @devontafreeman @AHittel pic.twitter.com/jeXktGa4N8— Ashley Rose (@AshleyTVRose) December 4, 2015Well-played, for sure. We imagine the cameraman won’t be making the same mistake next time around.
Jim Harbaugh MichiganJim Harbaugh and his staff are down in Atlanta for today’s satellite camp with Georgia at Cedar Grove High School, but beforehand, he took the chance to meet a local legend. Harbaugh sat down with Atlanta Braves great Hank Aaron, while wearing his jersey.Jim Harbaugh’s local attire for today’s Atlanta camp: Braves’ jersey of Hank Aaron. While sitting next to Hank Aaron pic.twitter.com/IeRfdesrLl— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) June 2, 2016The best part? He’s wearing the jersey while conducting the actual camp.Hank Aaron, former mayor/civil rights leader Andrew Young and Jim Harbaugh talking to campers pic.twitter.com/F5Q6U6YLCG— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) June 2, 2016Never change, Harbaugh.
Santiago Solari hailed Karim Benzema’s hot streak but hit out at those who have failed to recognise the Real Madrid striker’s contribution to the team.Benzema hit a first-half double as Madrid eased past Girona 3-1 in the second leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final on Thursday, a 7-3 aggregate win earning a last-four berth.The former France forward has now hit five goals in his last three appearances for Madrid, with an understanding with Brazilian winger Vinicius Junior growing by the game. 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? Benzema has often been a lightning rod for criticism during his time at the Santiago Bernabeu, but his goals have carried the team through a period that has seen Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio sidelined by injury.And Solari indicated he feels Benzema has been unfairly maligned by Madrid supporters when he spoke after his side progressed to the Copa del Rey semi-finals.”I’m sorry for those who have discovered Benzema last week,” he said.”But hey, they still have time to enjoy him, he is in a great moment, it’s true.” @marcosllorente: “I don’t normally score so when I do I have to enjoy them!” #RMCopa pic.twitter.com/WqwQKMEEqf— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) January 31, 2019Bale and Asensio both came off the bench but Solari indicated the attacking duo may not go straight into his side when they are fully fit.”The players who come out of injury have to find their rhythm,” he said. “But now we are all recovered and the truth is that I wish there were more changes [substitutions] in football, not just three, because I want to see everyone.”Now we start mixing the competitions, but it’s normal if we want to aspire to everything, which is why it’s important to have all the players.”We are going to give the fight on all fronts and the players know it more than me, because it is the registered trademark of the club.”Real Madrid is always there, it’s always waiting for you, that competitive spirit is carried by this team, it’s a team of warriors and winners, our challenge is to keep doing it.”It’s the Copa del Rey semi-final draw tomorrow at 13:30 CET!Who do YOU want us to face? pic.twitter.com/TyVA5rNrHD— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) January 31, 2019Madrid could face holders Barcelona in a Clasico semi-final clash, with Real Betis and Valencia their other potential opponents in the last four.”It’s a hypothesis that will be unveiled tomorrow [when the draw is made],” Solari continued. “It’s normal, when you aspire to win everything you have to prepare to face all the fronts and for that you need all the players to be involved, as they are.”
Fifteen years ago today, Eric Crouch won the Heisman Trophy.Technically, Eric Crouch won the 2001 Heisman Trophy in December of that year, but really, he won it on Oct. 27, 2001, in a game against Oklahoma.Nebraska topped the Sooners, 20-10, in a matchup of two top-three games at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.The game – and the Heisman – was won on a 63-yard catch – yes, catch – by Crouch, the Huskers’ star quarterback. The play was “Black 41 Flash Reverse.” Crouch remembered it on Twitter today.Hard to believe it has already been 15 years… Thanks #HuskerNation for making this moment so special! #GBR #Black41FlashReverse pic.twitter.com/hePzCpRThX— Eric Crouch (@croucheric) October 27, 2016Nebraska football really hasn’t been the same since that game. The Huskers went on to make the national championship game that year, but were blown out by Miami. Nebraska has yet to make it back to a BCS/College Football Playoff game.The Huskers are potentially taking some steps back toward eliteness this year. Nebraska is undefeated and ranked No. 7 in the country. A win this weekend could supplant their College Football Playoff contention.Nebraska and Wisconsin are set to kick off at 7 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.
Reigning A-League champions Sydney FC have all but locked in a pre-season match against PSG to be played in China on July 30.The French heavyweights were originally scheduled to play Espanyol on July 27 with Europa League qualifiers ultimately seeing the Spanish club have to withdraw.In come the Sky Blues, who will now travel to Suzhou as part of PSG’s Asia Summer Tour. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The Paris-based club will also tackle Inter and Stade Rennais during their trip to China.🆕🌏🇨🇳Les joueurs de @TTuchelofficial affronteront le @SydneyFC à la place de l’Espanyol Barcelone lors du #ChinaSummerTour2019🇦🇺 Sydney FC 3⃣0⃣ juillet -📍 Suzhou— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) June 25, 2019Sydney FC’s pre-season plans remain relatively unknown though they will learn their opponent for the FFA Cup round of 32 tonight.Four of those games are set to be played between July 30-31 presenting a potential hurdle to the Sky Blues trip to China which the club are yet to officially confirm. Steve Corica’s side won last season’s A-League grand final on penalties against Perth Glory having finished the regular season in second. The Sky Blues last high-profile friendly came in July 2017 when they hosted Arsenal at ANZ Stadium with the Premier League club claiming a 2-0 win. PSG have made a habit of going to China in pre-season over the past few years and will be bringing their first-team squad with them this year. “All the team are very enthusiastic to come back to China,” Maxwell Scherrer said in a club statement. “This will be the third time for the club, following two successful campaigns in 2014 and 2018.”We are especially delighted to discover two cities where Paris Saint-Germain has never played before and to come back here to Shenzhen, a city and a stadium we know from last year.”It is a very exciting time. Passion for football is more intense than ever in China and we want to continue to build strong ties with the local fans.”
KNOXVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 12: A general view during a game between the UCLA Bruins and the Tennessee Volunteers on September 12, 2009 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Bruins beat the Volunteers 19-15. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)The Tennessee football family lost a pair of members recently. Two former Volunteer letterwinners have passed away.Earlier: This morning, the program confirmed the deaths of Michael Whitehead and William “Buck” Buxton. Both were former defensive linemen at UT.Whitehead played for the program in the mid-1980s while Buxton suited up in the mid-1990s.Tennessee honored them on Twitter today.Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of our #VFLs who recently passed away.Michael Whitehead (DL, 1985-87)William “Buck” Buxton (DL, 1996-97) pic.twitter.com/LdsckVqCc7— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) May 23, 2018Whitehead passed away unexpectedly on May 18. There is a GoFundMe account for his family that has already raised more than $3,000.Information on Buxton’s death is sparse. We’ll update you if more becomes available.Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of both players, as well as with the Tennessee football community.Rest in peace Michael and Buck.Update: We mentioned earlier that info on Buck Buxton’s passing was limited publicly, but his sister-in-law reached out to The Spun and informed us that Buck passed away yesterday of a massive heart attack.His funeral services will be on Saturday.
COLLEGE STATION, TX – APRIL 13: An interior view of the stadium before the start of Texas A&M Aggies Maroon & White spring football game at Kyle Field on April 13, 2013 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)When we think of college football conference realignment, it is easiest to think of things through the terms of how the sport currently works. To the point, big money deals with ESPN, FOX, CBS, and other networks have driven realignment. We’ve already seen a big blow to geography’s role in the sport.Live sports are among the only things that are currently propping up the cable model. While there are more scripted television shows than ever, few outside of your stray HBO Sunday night hit like Game of Thrones are live appointment viewing. A big sporting event, like tonight’s NBA Finals Game 1, will still draw a substantial live viewership.Even with dipping NFL ratings, college football has thrived, and Division I college football has a massive inventory of games every year, thanks to 130 teams, and at least a few dozen that can draw neutral fans in big numbers. It only makes sense that once conference media rights deals expire between 2023 and 2026, that tech companies like Amazon and Netflix could look to get into the game.Those two alone are already producing billions of dollars worth of content. The ability to show college football and drive more subscriptions would be huge.At the Big 12 meetings this week, West Virginia president E. Gordon Gee already floated the idea of the Big 12 looking to those streaming giants as potential partners after the Grant of Rights for the league is up in 2025. However, things could go way farther than that. 247Sports‘ Brian Bishop spoke to an unnamed Amazon executive and college football fan who thinks his company and its competitors could effectively blow up the current conference model.“Conference realignment will come,” he said, “but probably not in the way you’re thinking.”He explained that Amazon, Netflix and perhaps even Apple, Google and Facebook, (aka ‘FAANG’), will be more instrumental than current TV networks in reshaping what we know now as conference affiliations.Naturally, I doubted this statement, until he explained why.“We already have more cash than ABC/ESPN, NBC or CBS” he said. “And, In another five or six years, it won’t even be close. And too, ”the tech companies are far more advanced than the networks when it comes to knowing how to use the future broadcast technologies, (streaming) and that gap is growing too.”With billions in the coffers to spend on content, a company like Amazon could double what even the Big Ten is receiving with its current $2.6 billion media deal. However, the executive thinks the target will be schools, and not conferences.Again, back to my friend at Amazon. “We’re still seven or eight years away,” he said, “but if we had to restructure the landscape today, we would not start by negotiating with a conference. We don’t care about the SEC, Big 12 of Big 10 as a whole. In our opinion, those entities are not our focus.“Instead, we would want to identify 30 or 40 teams that command the biggest audience. That may be by reputation or location, but generally we all know that there are members in every one of these conferences that frankly don’t move the needle.This projects a future where rather than a set of conferences, you have teams under the umbrellas of different streaming companies that will determine where their games will be available. The Big Ten and SEC are certainly brands, but Alabama, Ohio State, and the other big programs have far more utility by themselves to a place like Amazon.This remains pretty hypothetical, and obviously this type of huge change could be a few cycles away. Still, the entire piece is fascinating, and absolutely feels like the direction in which things could move sooner than we think.[247Sports]
On this day 11 years ago, Appalachian State took down Michigan in one of the biggest upsets in college football. Today, the team nearly did the same thing against Penn State.The Nittany Lions entered the contest as a 24.5-point favorite in the game and held a 24-10 lead entering the fourth quarter. Appalachian State’s never-say-die attitude in the fourth quarter kept the college football world on its toes.The Mountaineers outscored Penn State 28-7 in the fourth quarter to take a 38-31 lead with just over a minute left in the game. Nittany Lions quarterback Trace McSorley led the team down the field for a touchdown to force overtime.After Penn State road running back Miles Sanders to a touchdown and a 45-38 lead, it was App State’s turn on offense. Penn State defensive back Amani Oruwariye intercepted the pass to seal the win for the Nittany Lions.Nope, not on @PennStateFball’s watch.@ooFUTURISTICoo picks it off to end App State’s upset bid. pic.twitter.com/rjUDpMj7Gf— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) September 1, 2018History almost repeated itself, but Penn State found a way to win in front of its over 100,000 fans. The final score: Penn State 45, Appalachian State 38.No. 10 Penn State now gears up for a trip to play in-state rival Pitt at Heinz Field.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)In just over an hour the college football bowl season continues with five big games – including the College Football Playoff semifinal contests. Florida and Michigan will get things started at noon before South Carolina and Virginia face off and then Arkansas State will take on Nevada to close out the action before the playoff games.The second contest on the slate could see a significant upset, according to one Vegas computer.The South Carolina Gamecocks enter the game as a five-point favorite, but the team is on upset alert headed into tomorrow’s game. Despite the Gamecocks entering as the favorite, OddsShark likes the Cavaliers to walk out with a win.The Vegas computer predicts the Cavaliers will win by a field goal. OddsShark predicts a 32.4-29.2 win for Virginia over South Carolina.It’s a bold prediction from the Vegas computer.Virginia and South Carolina kick off on Saturday afternoon at 12:00 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on ABC.
Judging by the responses to this tweet, Burrow being No. 1 is generating some controversy. He has lit up Georgia Southern, Texas and Northwestern State, completing 83.3 % of his passes for 1,122 yards and 11 touchdowns in three games.As good as Burrow has been though, Tua might be even better through three games. He produced a record-setting 444-yard, five touchdown performance against South Carolina on Saturday and has 12 touchdowns against no interceptions so far.Hurts has produced 1,253 total yards and 13 total touchdowns in his first three games with the Sooners. He is vying to be Oklahoma’s third-straight Heisman Trophy winner.There’s a lot of football left to be played this season. The Heisman race is shaping up to be a fun one. GLENDALE, ARIZONA – JANUARY 01: Quarterback Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers warms up before the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl between LSU and Central Florida at State Farm Stadium on January 01, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)Going into the season, Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa was regarded as the possible Heisman Trophy favorite. However, one analyst thinks another SEC quarterback is currently the front-runner.This morning, CBS Sports’ Barrett Sallee released his Heisman top five after Week 3. Topping his list is LSU’s Joe Burrow.Tagovailoa is second, while his former teammate, Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts, is third. Ohio State’s Justin Fields and Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor round out Sallee’s top five.My Heisman Top 5 right now:1. Joe Burrow2. Tua Tagovailoa3. Jalen Hurts4. Justin Fields5. Jonathan Taylor— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) September 15, 2019
BCCI removes Pakistan cricket related memorabilia from its headquartersThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has removed all memorabilia related to Pakistan cricket from its headquarters in Mumbai. Cricket grounds across the country have taken down posters of Pakistani cricketers after the Pulwama terror attack.advertisement Rasesh Mandani MumbaiFebruary 20, 2019UPDATED: February 20, 2019 19:31 IST BCCI has removed memorabilia relating to Pakistan cricket from its Headquarters in Mumbai (Getty Images)BCCI has pulled down memorabilia and photos related to Pakistan cricket from its four-storeyed headquarters in Mumbai respecting the anti-Pakistan sentiment in the country following the Pulwama terror attack which left 40 CRPF jawans dead.BCCI headquarters is replete with photo galleries celebrating the iconic moments and achievers of Indian cricket.On the first floor of the building, there are a number of memorabilia bats involving cricket teams around the world. In the bat memorabilia section, there were also some autographed bats of Pakistani teams that competed against India which have now been removed.Another famous photograph of the 1992 World Cup involving Javed Miandad and Kiran More where Miandad, visibly irritated by Indian wicket keeper’s constant appealing and banter, frog jumped in his batting crease to mock him has also been removed.A number of other leading cricket associations have removed photographs of former Pakistan captain and now their Prime Minister Imran Khan as well as other Pakistan cricket photos from their stadium galleries in protest.Mumbai’s Cricket Club of India (CCI) has covered Imran Khan’s image at it’s ‘Porbandar all rounders’ restaurant. Even Himachal Pradesh cricket association, Punjab Cricket Association, Karanataka cricket Association and Rajasthan Cricket Association have pulled down Pakistan cricket related material from their stadium galleries in Dharamshala, Mohali, Bangaluru and Jaipur respectively.Also Read | World Cup not more important than the country, say Harbhajan and AzharuddinAlso Read | What will be the worth of a World Cup if India haven’t beaten Pakistan? Aakash ChopraAlso Read | India should put pressure on ICC to throw Pakistan out of the World Cup: Chetan ChauhanadvertisementFor 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 BCCIFollow Pakistan cricketFollow PakistanFollow BCCI headquarters
Next Sara Ali Khan flaunts toned midriff during power yoga in New YorkActress Sara Ali Khan is currently enjoying a vacation in New York City. A latest video of the actress shows that her fitness has not taken a backseat while she is on her holiday in the Big Apple.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiApril 15, 2019UPDATED: April 15, 2019 13:33 IST Sara Ali Khan does core power yoga in New YorkSara Ali Khan is currently holidaying in New York and having a lot of fun. One look at the social media accounts of the star will make you want to drop everything and go on a holiday.Her Instagram is currently filled with gorgeous backdrops and jealousy-inducing food grams.However, the sultry actress is not letting her fitness take a back seat while she enjoys the world famous food in New York. We recently came across a video of the Simmba actress where she is doing core power yoga.For her power yoga session, Sara is wearing a sky blue sports bra. She matched her sports bra with a black and sky blue yoga pants.The 23-year-old looks radiant with her all natural no makeup face and open hair.In the video, the Kedarnath actress can be seen chilling with two other friends.On the work front, Sara is currently shooting for Imtiaz Ali’s next unnamed project alongside Kartik Aaryan. The two have just wrapped up a part of the shoot in Delhi.ALSO READ | Sara Ali Khan says hello to spring in these latest photos from New York vacation. See picsadvertisementALSO WATCH | Sara Ali Khan’s first look from Kedarnath outGet 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 byNishtha Grover Tags :Follow Sara Ali KhanFollow New York
Reuters LondonMay 30, 2019UPDATED: May 30, 2019 09:34 IST Captain Eoin Morgan’s team motivated by Gareth Southgate’s speech. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEngland had a football session with Gareth, as part of their training said MorganMorgan said the favourites tag was there for a reason, with England outstanding at homePietersen expects England to be joined by India and Australia in the semi-finalsCricket World Cup favourites England will go into their opener against South Africa on Thursday boosted by a motivational speech from national soccer manager Gareth Southgate.Captain Eoin Morgan, who reported no injury worries and his starting 11 decided, told reporters at The Oval on Wednesday that the talk had gone down well.”We did a session with Gareth, it was brilliant,” said Morgan, whose men played football as part of their training on Wednesday. “Every one of our players enjoyed it and every one of our backroom staff did as well.”He got up and talked about his journey with the team in and around the World Cup, in the build-up as well and how they built bigger expectations and became more together as a group,” he added.”I think everybody within the room listening who has been involved in our team over the last four years recognized that they are where we were two years ago and we started exactly where they did.”Ranked the top one-day side in the world, hosts England have yet to win the World Cup and will have to cope with a high burden of expectation.England’s soccer team, world champions in 1966, went to Russia with a young team, and plenty to redeem, and surpassed expectations by reaching the semi-finals.Morgan said both they and the cricketers had “recognized what had happened in the past, drawn a line under it, tried to do things differently and enjoyed the challenge of that”.”It’s amazing. He (Southgate) did brilliantly, got to the semi-final and everybody says it’s great,” the captain added with a wry smile.advertisement”We got knocked out of the (2017) Champions Trophy semi-final, and we’re crap.”Morgan said the tag of favorites was there for a reason, with England outstanding at home, and to be preferred from previous tournaments where they went in with little expectation and performed poorly.”I’d pick this position over any other,” he said, adding that winning the World Cup would mean a huge amount for raising the profile of the game and inspiring younger generations to pick up bat and ball.”We’re very confident within our own game… we just can’t wait for tomorrow to come,” he said.ANY WINMorgan said a win under any circumstance would do, rather than making an immediate statement, and was not expecting to have to say much to his side on Thursday morning.”If things feel scattered and all over the place a little bit of direction never hurts,” he said. “But if things feel very focused and the guys are raring to go, you normally just try and guide them in the right direction.”Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen believes England’s fearless approach to one-day cricket under Morgan is the reason why they are one of the favorites to lift the trophy.”So much credit must go to Eoin Morgan, he’s cool, he’s calm and he has the backing of his players, which is the most important,” Pietersen said at the World Cup’s official opening party.”The players have felt energized by the positivity in which he backs them but I think the most encouraging thing about this England team is Eoin allows them to fail.”Pietersen expects England to be joined by India and defending champions Australia in the semi-finals, with Jason Holder’s West Indies his wildcards.”You’ve got nine games and you’ve got the comfort to maybe lose a couple but they (England) don’t want to lose that first game against South Africa,” Pietersen said.”This is big, this is really big.”Also Read | Pakistan to host T20 Asia cup 2020 in neutral venueAlso Read | West Indies are neither favourites nor underdogs: Brathwaite ahead of World CupAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Gareth SouthgateFollow Eoin MorganFollow Kevin PietersenFollow Jason Holder Fuelled by Gareth Southgate’s words, Eoin Morgan aims to rewrite World Cup historyEngland will go into their 2019 World Cup opener against South Africa boosted by a motivational speech from national soccer manager Gareth Southgate who masterminded England’s campaign to the semi-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cupadvertisement
Next Press Trust of India WashingtonJune 13, 2019UPDATED: June 13, 2019 14:14 IST Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai has predicted that India will face England in the World Cup finalsHIGHLIGHTSSundar Pichai has been rooting for India in the World CupHe recieved the Global Leadership Award during India Ideas Summit of USIBCPichai shared some of his cricket and baseball experiences in the United StatesGoogle’s Indian-American CEO Sundar Pichai has predicted that India and England would clash in the finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and said he was “rooting” for the men in blue to emerge victorious.Describing himself as a passionate cricket fan, the 46-year-old head of California-based internet giant said that when he came to the US, he found baseball a bit challenging.”It (ICC Cricket World Cup final match) should be (between) England and India. But, you know, Australia and New Zealand, these are all very, very good teams,” Pichai told a Washington audience that included US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and top corporate executives from India and the US during the India Ideas Summit of USIBC wherein he received the Global Leadership Award on Wednesday.He was replying to USIBC president Nisha Desai Biswal who asked “who do you think is going to play the final match”.Pichai shared some of his cricket and baseball experiences in the United States.”When I first came here, I tried to kind of adapt to baseball. I have to say it was a bit challenging. In my first game, I was proud because I hit the ball on the back. It’s a really good shot in cricket. I was like, well look, what I did. But people didn’t appreciate it.”In cricket when you run, you always take your bat with you. So I also ran between base with my bat as well. So eventually, I realised baseball was a bit difficult. I can adjust on many things, but I’m going to stick to cricket,” he said.advertisement”There is a cricket World Cup going on. It’s a wonderful tournament… rooting for India to do well. But there’s a lot at stake here,” Pichai said.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Match against India is a huge pressure game, says Imam-ul-HaqAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Kevin Pietersen reminds Shoaib Akhtar of Pakistan’s woes after loss vs AustraliaAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Sundar PichaiFollow ICC World Cup 2019Follow India vs England Sundar Pichai predicts India vs England final in ICC Cricket World CupSundar Pichai, the CEO of Google has predicted that the ICC World Cup final will take place between India and England. He has also named New Zealand and Australia as the other potential teams to qualify for the finals.advertisement
Reuters LiverpoolAugust 11, 2019UPDATED: August 12, 2019 16:29 IST Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah during the match Action (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMo was apologetic and caring and was really compassionate towards the boys, said Fowler’s stepfather Joe CooperHe loves you so much and the pain went away instantly when you came to give them a hug, said Cooper to SalahSalah, thank you for coming back to check on my boys after Louis KO’d himself trying to get a wave, added CooperA young Liverpool supporter’s attempt to get a glimpse of his hero Mohamed Salah left him with a bloodied nose but the pain was quickly forgotten when the Egyptian striker showed his compassionate side by posing for photos.Louis Fowler, 11, crashed into a lamppost and fell to the ground with blood coming out of his nose after he and his younger brother Isaac ran beside Salah’s car on Saturday while waving at the Liverpool player, Sky News reported.Having spotted the youngster in pain, Salah circled round to check on him before offering to pose for pictures.”Mo was apologetic and caring and was really compassionate towards the boys and made them feel so much better,” Fowler’s stepfather Joe Cooper told Sky News.”@MoSalah thank you for coming back to check on my boys after Louis KO’d himself trying to get a wave,” Cooper added on Twitter with pictures https://twitter.com/joecooper93/status/1160246084414922753 of the forward with the two boys.@MoSalah thank you for coming back to check on my boys after Louis KO’d himself trying to get a wave! He loves you so much and the pain went away instantly when you came to give them a hug. A nose reset worth well worth it he said. You are a top man and a true gent! #EgyptianKing pic.twitter.com/wrmHc4vxB9Joe Cooper (@joecooper93) August 10, 2019″He loves you so much and the pain went away instantly when you came to give them a hug. A nose reset worth well worth it he said. You are a top man and a true gent! #EgyptianKing.”advertisementRead more | Harry Kane scores two late goals to help Tottenham beat Aston Villa 3-1Also 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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow salahFollow LiverpoolFollow Liverpool fans Next Mohamed Salah comforts star-struck Liverpool fan who injured noseA young Liverpool’s fan crashed into a lamppost and fell to the ground with broken nose after he and his younger brother Isaac ran beside Mohamed Salah’s car while waving at the Liverpool player.advertisement