10 months ago​Sheffield Wednesday up for sale

first_imgTagsEnglish ChampionshipAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​Sheffield Wednesday up for saleby Ian Ferris10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri says he is putting the Championship club up for sale, reports BBC Sport.The Thai businessman, who bought the Owls in 2015, told a fans’ forum he would put the club on the market.The Owls are currently 18th in the Championship, with fans unhappy with manager Jos Luhukay, and were under a transfer embargo which ended in August.”I will put this club on the market. I believe many people want to buy,” Chansiri told the forum.The last available financial figures show the Owls lost more than £20m in 2016-17, an increase of £15m on the previous year.”The EFL changed the regulations at the end of last season. We didn’t just break (FFP rules) a little, we broke them a lot – eight figures,” he added to the forum.”We have problems with FFP, so it is hard, but we will try our best.”I am not looking to next season, I am looking now to solve FFP and how we can make this season as good as we can.”If we can solve those problems now, then next season can be better.” last_img read more

10 months agoPochettino can sense stronger mentality from Spurs players

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Pochettino can sense stronger mentality from Spurs playersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says he can sense a stronger mentality from his players this season.Pochettino believes his players need to adopt a strong mental toughness to add to their fluent passing football.”In the last four of five years we play so well, the people enjoy a lot watching us but we need in some moments to be, I don’t know if the word is naughty, but smart in how you compete and that we still miss. But we have the opportunity in the next few months to show we are capable to be more competitive,” he said.The Argentine feels his team have progressed considerably from the May 2016 league game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in which they lost a 2-0 lead and drew 2-2, which handed the 2015-16 title to Leicester.”We were nice kids playing football, now we are more mature, more competitive,” he said. “We will see if that is enough to win titles. We grow a lot in the last five years and I think this game was important to learn a lot.” last_img read more

a month agoDONE DEAL: Burnley sign HIK goalkeeper Lukas Jensen

first_imgDONE DEAL: Burnley sign HIK goalkeeper Lukas Jensenby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley have completed the signing of young goalkeeper Lukas Jensen.The Dane has completed his move to the Clarets after the player’s international clearance went through.Jensen was named in the U23s side who faced QPR two weeks ago.He has most recently played for Danish club HIK. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

a month agoLeicester boss Rodgers on Maddison: I understand draw of Man Utd

first_imgLeicester boss Rodgers on Maddison: I understand draw of Man Utdby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Brendan Rodgers concedes he could lose James Maddison to Manchester United in January.Since his arrival in the Premier League, the England U21 international has continued to impress, with reports suggesting that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to land the playmaker. Rodgers, who became manager of the 2015-16 Premier League champions in February this year, conceded that keeping hold of his £70m-rated star man may prove difficult. He said: “I’ve been fortunate that I’ve been at Liverpool where I understand the draw of that type of club. Liverpool and Manchester United are two of the biggest clubs by far. “There’s other great clubs, there’s big clubs, but those two, in terms of worldwide status, are above the other clubs.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoMan Utd midfielder Mata full of praise for Wan-Bissaka: I’ve never seen any player like him

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd midfielder Mata full of praise for Wan-Bissaka: I’ve never seen any player like himby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Juan Mata is full of praise for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.The defender has made an instant impact since joining from Crystal Palace in the summer.Mata told The Times: “He’s very, very good in defensive duties, very good in tackling.“I’ve never seen any player like him, he’s unbelievable.“Even in training you think you’re past him and then he comes and takes the ball straight. He has very long legs! I can only see him improving.“Like Anthony, he’s a shy, reserved guy but confident on the pitch.” last_img

18 days agoReal Madrid midfielder Fede Valverde: I’ll keep running until my legs burst

first_imgReal Madrid midfielder Fede Valverde: I’ll keep running until my legs burstby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid midfielder Fede Valverde was proud of his performance in victory over Granada.Valverde won great praise from coach Zinedine Zidane for his display.And the youngster stated: “I’m going to offer my thing, I’m an all round midfielder.”I have the fitness to press and whenever I can I’m going to do so, until I burst legs…” “This is the beginning, nothing more,” Valverde added. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

3 days agoJoao Cancelo believes he can win Champions League with Man City

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Joao Cancelo believes he can win Champions League with Man Cityby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJoao Cancelo believes he can win the Champions League with Manchester City. Cancelo joined City from Juventus in the summer and, after a settling-in period at the Etihad, he is set for a fourth successive start tonight against Atalanta.”I’ve been aiming to win this competition since I was a child,” Cancelo said. “I came here because it’s my type of football. Man City is one of the teams that can win the Champions League.”Cancelo has previous experience of Gian Piero Gasperini’s side, having faced them with Juve in Serie A.”I believe we are both strong teams, all the teams in the Champions League are strong teams and I believe it will be a lively, interesting match,” he said.”I hope we will get the three points because if we get up to nine points it will put us in a secure position in the group.” last_img read more

Photo: Ohio State Debuted An Infographic Commemorating Every Win Of The Urban Meyer Era

first_imgUrban Meyer interacting with Ohio State football team.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 09: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes stands with his players before the game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Ohio Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Over the past three seasons under Urban Meyer, Ohio State has an impressive Big Ten regular season record of 24-0 and an overall record of 38-3. The Buckeyes were banned from the post-season in 2012 and lost the Big Ten title game and Orange Bowl to finish 12-2 in 2013. They finally struck gold on their third try by finishing 14-1 and winning this year’s College Football Playoff National Championship. Earlier tonight, the program put out an infographic recognizing all 38 victories of the Meyer era. It might take some time to adjust your eyes to it, but it’s definitely well-executed.Braxton Miller. J.T. Barrett. Carlos Hyde. Ryan Shazier. Bradley Roby. Devin Smith. There’s a lot of talent on that thing, and enough returning in Columbus to guarantee a lot more wins in 2015.last_img read more

Breaking: ESPN Shutting Down Grantland Effective Immediately

first_imgESPN promotion for Grantland Sports.Grantland/ESPNUpdate 2: Simmons has weighed in on the situation. He called the treatment of his former colleagues “simply appalling.”I loved everyone I worked with at G and loved what we built. Watching good/kind/talented people get treated so callously = simply appalling.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) October 30, 2015Update: According to James Andrew Miller, all of Grantland’s writers will have their contracts honored. Furthermore, the network “intends” to use the sports writers on other platforms.All @Grantland33 writers will have their contracts honored; intent is to use sports writers on other @espn platforms.— James Andrew Miller (@JimMiller) October 30, 2015 espn grantland shut downGrantland/ESPNEarlier: ESPN sports and pop-culture blog Grantland, which was founded back in 2011 by former employee Bill Simmons, is being shut down by the network. Simmons parted ways with ESPN back in May, and Chris Connelly had been in charge since.The Worldwide Leader announced the news Friday via the following statement:Effective immediately we are suspending the publication of Grantland.  After careful consideration, we have decided to direct our time and energy going forward to projects that we believe will have a broader and more significant impact across our enterprise.Grantland distinguished itself with quality writing, smart ideas, original thinking and fun.  We are grateful to those who made it so.  Bill Simmons was passionately committed to the site and proved to be an outstanding editor with a real eye for talent.  Thanks to all the other writers, editors and staff who worked very hard to create content with an identifiable sensibility and consistent intelligence and quality. We also extend our thanks to Chris Connelly who stepped in to help us maintain the site these past five months as he returns to his prior role.Despite this change, the legacy of smart long-form sports story-telling and innovative short form video content will continue, finding a home on many of our other ESPN platforms.Reaction has been pouring in from many in the industry. ESPN’s handling of @Grantland33 and its staff post-Simmons has been, to be blunt, a train wreck. That staff deserved much better.— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) October 30, 2015Writing seemed to be on the wall the past few weeks, but still a major bummer nonetheless https://t.co/d9qJlNpTbK— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) October 30, 2015.@Grantland33 gave some of my favorite writers a chance to do whatever the hell they wanted to do for a long time. That’s great.— HALLRAISER (@edsbs) October 30, 2015The decision to end @Grantland33 was a very recent one according to sources at @espn— James Andrew Miller (@JimMiller) October 30, 2015I have read Grantland every day since launch. There is going to be an real hole in my life with it gone. I’m so sorry for everyone involved.— Will Leitch (@williamfleitch) October 30, 2015More as we learn it.last_img read more

Report: Tennessee’s Marquez North Not Enrolled In Classes For Spring Semester

first_imgMarquez North of Tennessee Injured.Marquez North Tennessee Injury RumorMarquez North did not live up to expectations as a junior, catching only six passes in seven games this season, but he still may have played his last game in Knoxville. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, Tennessee spokesman Ryan Robinson confirmed that North is not enrolled at UT this semester. While it has not been confirmed that he will test the NFL Draft waters, one would assume that is the move for North now. Beat writer Dustin Dopirak shared more on Friday.… Obviously, others have reported that North has hired an agent and entered the draft. We have not been able to confirm that.— Dustin Dopirak (@TennesseeBeat) January 15, 2016Tennessee athletics has said repeatedly all this week that it does not know North’s plans.— Dustin Dopirak (@TennesseeBeat) January 15, 2016His high school coach, Mike Palmieri, told me last night he hadn’t heard anything about North leaving.— Dustin Dopirak (@TennesseeBeat) January 15, 2016But right now, the one thing we can say definitively is that North is not enrolled for the spring semester.— Dustin Dopirak (@TennesseeBeat) January 15, 2016One more note on North, just so you guys know I’m trying. The NFL doesn’t release the names of underclass draft entrants for another week…— Dustin Dopirak (@TennesseeBeat) January 15, 2016… and it won’t confirm or deny any players who have declared before that time.— Dustin Dopirak (@TennesseeBeat) January 15, 2016North’s apparent decision to leave college is a strange one. He does have the size to be a big target at that level—he’s listed at 6-foot-3, 229 pounds—but the production wasn’t anywhere near what was expected out of him. We should know more about this situation in the coming days.[KnoxNews.com]last_img read more

‘Morata wrong for Atleti & shouldn’t have left Real’

first_imgAlvaro Morata would be wrong to leave Chelsea for Atletico Madrid, according to former midfielder Bernd Schuster.Striker Morata is, as revealed by Goal, expected to depart Stamford Bridge before the transfer window closes after the Premier League club brought in Gonzalo Higuain on loan from Juventus.Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri confirmed this week that Morata informed the club last month that he wanted to leave, just 18 months on from his £60 million ($78m) arrival from Real Madrid. 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? Atletico have been tipped to sign the Spain international, but Schuster, twice a Copa del Rey winner in three years at the club, thinks such a move would be unwise.Indeed, the former Madrid player and head coach thinks Morata should have stayed at the Santiago Bernabeu.”I’m surprised by Morata’s arrival at Atleti,” he told Onda Cero. “I don’t know if they’re the team for him. I think Morata was wrong to leave Madrid. He didn’t have patience.”Schuster was speaking after Madrid beat Girona 4-2 in the Copa del Rey on Thursday, fighting back from 1-0 down thanks to goals from Lucas Vazquez, Karim Benzema and two from Sergio Ramos.Marcelo Real Madrid 2018-19Marcelo, whose future has been the subject of recent speculation, set up Ramos to score Madrid’s crucial third goal after having failed to track Antony Lozano for Girona’s seventh-minute opener.Schuster accused Marcelo this week of getting “fat easily” when he does not play, but he praised the Brazil international’s impact.”Bringing in Marcelo was very positive, although he is still not at 100 per cent, which showed in Girona’s first goal,” he said. “But you have to put him in. He has to play. He’s an indisputable first-choice.”However, Schuster is in no doubt that Madrid are suffering from the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo, who left for Juventus in a €112m (£97m/$127m) deal last year.”What they miss at Madrid is a player who gets 45-50 goals,” he added.last_img read more

Watch: Iowa Football Sings Fight Song On Field After Defeating Rutgers

first_imgIowa football walk out onto the field.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 05: The Iowa Hawkeyes get set to walk on the field against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the FedEx Orange Bowl at Land Shark Stadium on January 5, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Iowa football defeated Rutgers Saturday and did a victory chant afterwards to celebrate the win.Iowa football managed to hold on for a 14-7 win against Rutgers, putting the Hawkeyes at 3-1 on the season and undefeated in conference play.It wasn’t pretty, but after an upset loss at the hands of North Dakota State last weekend, a win was exactly what Iowa needed.Watch the team sing the fight song after the contest on the field:VICTORY! #Hawkeyes pic.twitter.com/7lwlRprDuG— The Iowa Hawkeyes (@TheIowaHawkeyes) September 24, 2016C.J. Beathard threw for 162 yards and a touchdown on 12-of-23 passing, while running back Akrum Wadley rushed for 84 yards on 12 carries (7 yards per carry) and a touchdown.Iowa committed no turnovers, and that appears to have been the difference. Rutgers RB Andre Patton fumbled at the beginning of the fourth quarter, giving the Hawkeyes great field position and setting up Wadley’s eventual 26-yard touchdown run. Wadley’s touchdown scamper ended up being the game-winning score.The Hawkeyes take on the Northwestern Wildcats at home next Saturday at noon E.T.last_img read more

Arsenal target Claude-Maurice hoping for Gladbach move

first_imgLorient winger Alexis Claude-Maurice has revealed he wants to join Borussia Monchengladbach, despite interest from the Premier League.The 21-year-old Frenchman has reportedly been the subject of a bid from Arsenal while West Ham are also understood to have had an offer turned down earlier in June.However, despite that interest, Claude-Maurice is keen on a move to the Bundesliga with Monchengladbach his ideal club. 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? Claude-Maurice hopes to seal a move away from Lorient this summer and told L’Equipe: “Now I feel like it’s time to leave, to join a club that is playing at a higher level.”I want to join Monchengladbach. It is a club that relies on young people, there is a good structure, the team will play in the Europa League. This project pleases me and suits me.”Arsenal are keen to strengthen having missed out on the Champions League after May’s Europa League final defeat by Chelsea and one area of priority is the wide positions.With some reports suggesting manager Unai Emery only has £45 million (€50m) to spend during this transfer window, he may now look elsewhere with Claude-Maurice’s valuation close to €20m (£17.83m).The north London club have also been heavily linked with Lille forward Nicolas Pepe though reportedly face fierce competition from Bayern Munich and Liverpool.Claude-Maurice, meanwhile, scored 14 goals last season and was named in the Ligue 2 Team of the Season. Despite his scoring feats, however, Lorient missed out on promotion to Ligue 1 and the youngster is now ready to take the next step of his career.West Ham are also admirers and have enjoyed their own success in the French market after landing centre-back Issa Diop from Toulouse in 2018. The 22-year-old went on to enjoy a stellar campaign at London Stadium and has been linked with Manchester United as the Old Trafford club plot a mass rebuild.Having come through the ranks at Stade du Moustoir, Claude-Maurice has represented France at Under-20 level.Should the player seal his dream move, he would join young compatriots Mickael Cuisance and Mamadou Doucoure at the German club while Alassane Plea also signed from Nice 12 months ago.last_img read more

Chemnitzer sack captain for association with neo-Nazi group

first_imgChemnitzer FC of the German third division have sacked club captain Daniel Frahn for displaying his support for neo-Nazi groups.The 32-year-old had missed Saturday’s game against Hallescher FC after picking up an injury and subsequently watched the match alongside members of Chemnitzer’s far-right fanbase, Kaotic Chemnitz, who are known for their neo-Nazi affiliation.The city of Chemnitz itself has had various problems with far-right violence, with riots in 2018 leaving several injured. Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? In a bid to distance themselves from any involvement with the aforementioned movements, the club have parted ways with Frahn and via a statement on their website said they ‘will continue to act consistently against any anti-constitutional ideas and their sympathisers’.Romy Polster, deputy chair of Chemnitzer FC’s shareholder meeting also added: “The shareholders of Chemnitzer FC strongly condemn the incidents on the sidelines of the third division match between Chemnitzer FC at Halleschen FC.“With horror we have to recognise that our former team captain Daniel Frahn has turned out to be a great sympathiser of the right-wing and inhumane group ‘Kaotic Chemnitz’ and thus caused great damage to the club. There is zero tolerance for this behaviour.”Frahn had previously been involved in an incident last March when he held up a t-shirt in tribute for a far-right activist. At the time, Frahn had claimed he did not fully understand the significance and message associated with such a t-shirt, although Polster stated on Monday he believed this to be a ‘farce’.“There is zero tolerance for this behaviour,” he said. “We now know for certain that it was the wrong decision to continue to trust him after his innocent protestations following those actions.“His remorse back then was a farce. He could not and did not want to take responsibility as a player and team captain in the football club.”Frahn has played for a variety of clubs in the lower reaches of German football, including RB Leipzig, who he guided towards two promotions during a five-year spell with the club.As for Chemnitzer, they have picked up just one point from their opening four matches and are second bottom of the 3.Liga.last_img read more

5-Star Penn State Freshman Micah Parsons Is Excited About Recent Developments

first_imgJames Franklin rallies his team before a game.PISCATAWAY, NJ – NOVEMBER 19: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions holds his team back as they prepare to take the field against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on November 19, 2016 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)The 2018 recruiting cycle got off to a slow start for the Penn State Nittany Lions, who held the No. 41 recruiting class in the country just two weeks ago. However, James Franklin and the Penn State coaching staff have led an epic turnaround in just 14 days.In fact, just over the weekend Penn State landed five recruits, pushing the team up to No. 14 in 247Sports’ recruiting rankings.The Nittany Lions landed commitments from the No. 1 and No. 2 players from the state of Virginia in linebacker Brandon Smith and running back Devyn Ford.A recent Penn State addition was loving the recruiting action. Former No. 5 overall recruit from the 2018 class Micah Parsons is hyped up for the incoming class.Oh yes this 2019 class !!! My lil brothers is coming hungry ! don’t sleep on Psu the sanctions is over and titles are coming!! #weare ?— BLESSEDMVP (@Micah_Parsons11) May 21, 2018Penn State also added the No. 1 JuCo safety, Jaquan Brisker, along with 4-star safety Tyler Rudolph and 4-star athlete Marquis Wilson.James Franklin has often been called one of the best recruiters in the country, which he showed masterfully at Vanderbilt before bringing that success to Happy Valley.Penn State owns the No. 3 recruiting class in the Big Ten, and likely isn’t done yet. Get excited Nittany Lions fans!last_img read more

Video: Kyler Murray Just Had The Best TD Run Of The Season

first_imgKyler Murray runs for a long touchdown against Texas.FOXTexas football looked to have today’s Red River Showdown in hand, but Kyler Murray isn’t laying down just yet.Down 45-31, the Heisman candidate just broke one of the most impressive quarterback runs you’ll ever see.On first-and-10 from his own 33, Murray split two Longhorn pass rushers that were coming down on him, found a seam, picked up a first down, and then got an angle up the sideline and burned past the rest of the defense for a touchdown.The 67-yard Kyler Murray touchdown run cut the Texas lead to 45-38 late in the fourth quarter.Here’s video. You’re going to want to see this one a few times.Kyler Murray ???????Sooners cut the Texas lead to 7 pic.twitter.com/7j061LlHlv— NCAAF Nation (@NCAAFNation247) October 6, 2018The Sooners defense just got a big stop, so Murray will have a chance to tie the game with just under four minutes left in the game.Murray has been very good through the air, completing 17-of-24 for 272 yards and four touchdowns, along with an interception.His speed is absolutely devastating in the open field, though. Murray leads all rushers with 92 yards on 11 carries. Oklahoma is driving deep into Texas territory after a few big plays, and look to tie this one up.last_img read more

Dan Mullen Gives Injury Update On QB Feleipe Franks

first_imgFlorida head coach Dan Mullen runs onto the field.ATLANTA, GEORGIA – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Dan Mullen of the Florida Gators looks on during warm ups prior to the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against the Michigan Wolverines at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks suffered a lower leg injury on Saturday against Kentucky. If you watched the game, it was pretty easy to tell it was a severe injury.Nearing the end of the third quarter with his team trailing 21-10, Franks scrambled on 4th-and-1 to try and pick up a first down. He didn’t make the line to gain though.The Florida QB absorbed a hit from behind before getting hit from the front. The hit resulted in Franks’ leg getting caught underneath a Kentucky defender. He was in obvious pain following the play. Even before the game was over, speculation grew surrounding the severity of the injury.Florida coach Dan Mullen updated Franks’ status during his Monday press conference. Franks suffered a dislocated ankle. Surgery next Monday, six months recovery — Mullen— Scott Carter (@GatorsScott) September 16, 2019Certainly a disappointing update for Franks and the Gators. As previously reported, the six-month recovery puts Franks out for the season. But all is not lost for Florida.Backup quarterback Kyle Trask was instrumental in the Gators’ comeback win over Kentucky. Trask completed 9-of-13 passes for 126 yards. He also added a rushing touchdown late in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 21 (extra point gave the Gators a one point lead).Trask is a redshirt junior. He came to Florida as a low three-star prospect in the 2016 recruiting class. He’s expected to make his first career start this upcoming Saturday against Tennessee.last_img read more

Love going on long bike rides: Virat Kohli

first_imgLove going on long bike rides: Virat KohliKnown to be an avid motoring enthusiast, Virat Kohli said he loves going on long bike rides and that it’s been a few months since he rode a motorbike.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 12, 2019UPDATED: February 12, 2019 16:54 IST MS Dhoni rode pillion with Virat Kohli after a T20I match in Sri Lanka in 2012 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli was rested for the T20I series and the later part of the ODI series in New ZealandThe India captain is expected to be back from the rest and lead India against AustraliaIndia face Australia in a two-match T20I and five-match ODI series from February 24 at home Virat Kohli, it seems, is making the most of his time away from the cricket field. The India captain was rested for the recently-concluded T20I series and the last two matches in a five-match ODI series between India and New Zealand.Virat Kohli’s love for cars, especially the ones from German luxury brand Audi, is a well established. Kohli’s car collection is quite enviable as he owns quite a few powerful limited edition machines from Audi.As it turns out, Kohli has revealed he is interested in riding and loves going on longish bike rides.”Feels great. It’s been a few months since the last time I was on a bike. It’s good fun to ride. I quite like going for longish ride on a bike. I am quite keen on trying out this one,” Kohli said in a video on his official mobile application during what appears to be an advertisement shoot for a popular Indian motorcycle brand.Kohli, much like his predecessor MS Dhoni, is a motoring enthusiast. While Dhoni’s garage has some of the best superbikes going around, Kohli has a prized collection of cars. Notably, Kohli had told a news daily last year that he would want to ride pillion with Dhoni.Kohli, who has time and again stressed on road safety, was accused of promoting reckless driving after a television commercial of the leading Indian manufacturer released last year.In the commercial, Kohli can be seen riding the brand’s flagship bike and overtaking an SUV in a multi-storey car park. Kohli can also be seen attracting the attention of a woman by doing a wheelie after which he races out of a tight gap between two trucks.advertisementMeanwhile, Kohli is expected to be back from the break and lead Team India in the upcoming limited-over series against Australia. India will play two T20Is and five ODIs at home from February 24.Also Read | Why India need MS Dhoni’s experience at 2019 World Cup: Former CSK teammate explainsAlso Read | Virat Kohli head and shoulders above the rest in world cricket today: Kumar SangakkaraAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow MS DhoniFollow India cricket teamlast_img read more

Kane Williamson hits double century as New Zealand join 700 runs club in Test cricket

first_imgKane Williamson hits double century as New Zealand join 700 runs club in Test cricketNew Zealand vs Bangladesh 1st Test, Day 3: New Zealand became the seventh Test nation after Sri Lanka, India, Australia, West Indies, England and Pakistan to post a total of over 700 in an innings.advertisement India Today Web Desk HamiltonMarch 2, 2019UPDATED: March 2, 2019 09:36 IST Kane Williamson hit his second double century in Test cricket (Photo tweeted by @BLACKCAPS)HIGHLIGHTSNew Zealand became the seventh Test nation to breach the 700-run mark in an inningsKane Williamson hit his second double century in Test cricketWilliamson became only the fourth New Zealander to complete 6,000 runs in TestsNew Zealand became the seventh Test nation to breach the 700-run mark in an innings when they declared at 715 for 6 on the third day of the first Test against Bangladesh at Seddon Park in Hamilton.Sri Lanka, who hold the record for highest total of 952/6 declared, have the most number of 700-plus totals at six. India, Australia and West Indies have done it four times each while England thrice and Pakistan twice have achieved the feat.Captain Kane Williamson, who completed his second double century, struck a four from the last ball of the New Zealand innings to reach 200 before a planned declaration at drinks in the middle session. Colin de Grandhomme, who had been speeding towards a century, was left 76 not out which included five sixes and came from only 53 balls.New Zealand surpassed their previous Test best score of 690, achieved against Pakistan in Sharjah in 2014 and led Bangladesh by 481 runs after the tourists made 234 in their first innings.Williamson has become a relentless run-scoring machine for New Zealand with 20 centuries and 29 half-centuries in 71 Tests and an average of 52. He has now scored almost 900 runs in the eight Tests New Zealand has played in the past year, with a double century, two centuries and three half-centuries in that time.Williamson has lifted himself to second place on world Test batting rankings, behind India captain Virat Kohli, and on Saturday became only the fourth New Zealander after Stephen Fleming, Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor to pass 6,000 runs in Tests.At the same time, he has refused to put personal goals against team ones. He intended to declare at the second drinks break on Saturday – the exact midpoint of the match – and he would have done so whether he was 196 or 200.advertisementAs it was, the last of his 19 boundaries lifted him to an unbeaten double century from 257 balls – his second double century after his unbeaten 242 against Sri Lanka in 2015.The current Test is extraordinary for the fact that the top three New Zealand batsmen have all scored centuries in the same innings.Tom Latham made 161 and Jeet Raval 132 in a record 254-run opening partnership – only the fifth time both New Zealand openers have scored centuries in the same innings – before Williamson’s innings propelled New Zealand on to their highest Test total.In a tiny, unnoticed but poignant footnote, the Bangladesh seamer Ebadot Hossain captured his first Test wicket when he dismissed the nightwatchman Neil Wagner for 47 – Wagner’s highest Test score.Hossain, on debut, should have had his first wicket with the second ball he bowled in a Test but Latham was dropped in the slips. He had to bowl another 147 deliveries at a cost of 104 runs before the maiden wicket finally came his way.Also Watch: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 byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Kane WilliamsonFollow Jeet RavalFollow Tom LathamFollow Colin de Grandhommelast_img read more

Zinedine Zidane appointed back as Real Madrid coach less than a year after stepping down

first_img Next Zinedine Zidane appointed back as Real Madrid coach less than a year after stepping downZinedine Zidane had stepped down as the coach of Real Madrid in May last year. On Monday, Real Madrid announced they have sacked Santiago Solari and have re-appointed Zidane.advertisement India Today Web Desk MadridMarch 11, 2019UPDATED: March 11, 2019 23:48 IST Zinedine Zidane won three Champions League titles with Real Madrid. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSZinedine Zidane made a sensational return to Real MadridReal Madrid announced the sacking of Santiago Solari along with the news of Zidane’s returnReal Madrid are out of Champions League, Copa del Rey and La Liga title raceReal Madrid re-appointed Zinedine Zidane as the coach of Real Madrid on Monday and also announced the sacking of Santiago Solari, under whom Madrid have lost their footing in all competitions.Multiple media reports had earlier stated that Real Madrid will make the sensational development and the club announced the same on Monday.”The Board of Directors of Real Madrid, meeting today, Monday, March 11, 2019, has decided to terminate the contract that linked Santiago Solari with the club as coach of the first team and, at the same time, Real Madrid has offered to continue belonging to the club.Real Madrid appreciates the work done by Santiago Solari and the commitment and loyalty he has always shown to this house,” Real Madrid said in their media release.”The Board of Directors has also agreed the appointment of Zinedine Zidane as the new coach of Real Madrid with immediate incorporation for the remainder of the season and the next three, until June 30, 2022.”The president of Real Madrid will appear today [Monday] with Zinedine Zidane before the media at 8:00 pm in the press room of the Santiago Bernabeu stadium,” the release further stated.Zidane won an unprecedented three consecutive Champions League titles with Real before resigning in May last year.Madrid’s entire season has collapsed in the space of a week, with double Clasico defeats by Barcelona knocking them out of the Copa del Rey and leaving them 12 points adrift in La Liga. Real were also eliminated from the Champions League last Tuesday in the last 16 by Ajax Amsterdam.advertisementFormer Spain coach Julen Lopetegui replaced Zidane but was sacked in October with Solari taking the reins at the Santiago Bernabeu, but is set to be ousted himself later on Monday.Zidane, who took over in January 2016, won the Champions League that season, before claiming a La Liga and European Cup double in 2017.Five days after a third victory in last season’s Champions League final over Liverpool, the French coach and former Real Madrid midfielder decided to walk away, saying it was the right moment to depart.The 46-year-old won nine trophies at Madrid and was considered a hero by supporters after managing them in one of the club’s most successful eras.Zidane’s job at Madrid now will be to keep them in the top four to ensure they qualify for the Champions League next season. Real are third with 11 games to play and 10 points ahead of fifth place.Solari enjoyed a 4-1 win at Real Valladolid on Sunday in what appears to have been his final stand as Madrid coach.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 Real MadridFollow Zinedine ZidaneFollow Santiago SolariFollow Florentino Perezlast_img read more