TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Monaco boss Henry targets Cahill, Koscielny to solve defensive crisisby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMonaco are monitoring Chelsea defender Gary Cahill. The 32-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and has been told he can leave the club in January.According to beIN sports reporter Matt Spiro, Monaco are looking at Cahill, among a host of other defenders, to fix their poor defence.The Ligue 1 bottom-feeders, managed by Thierry Henry, are also scouting Laurent Koscielny, Pepe and Martin Skrtel.Cahill has also been linked with Aston Villa, West Ham, Southampton and Arsenal.
Huddersfield set to sign Crystal Palace winger Puncheonby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield are set to sign Jason Puncheon from Crystal Palace.The winger will be on loan at David Wanger’s team for the rest of the season.The 32-year-old has not played much at Palace this season.But he has the type of experience that Wagner wants in his team, as Huddersfield look to stay in the top flight.Since Palace are also involved in that fight, it is a surprise they let Puncheon leave to a rival.The winger has not started a Premier League game this season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Jofre Mateu says former Barcelona teammate Carles Puyol won’t be returningby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Barcelona player Jofre Mateu says former teammate Carles Puyol won’t be returning to the club.The ex-Barcelona captain was expected to take up the sporting director job offered to him by President Josep Maria Bartomeu.”Although he [Puyol] has been thinking about it,” Jofre, a former Barcelona player himself said on Que t’hi jugues!”Right now I can tell you that he will not be a sporting director.”I’m 99 percent sure Puyol won’t take the position. He has other plans.”
Chelsea winger Pulisic admits feeling American pressureby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea winger Christian Pulisic admits he’s feeling the pressure of being a top American player in Europe.The 21-year-old arrived from Borussia Dortmund this surrounded by much fanfare.But he has struggled to find consistency in his game under Frank Lampard.Speaking to the Players’ Tribune, the winger said: “It makes you feel really good at the beginning to be honest, you feel great, you see all these things, people talking about you on social media; ‘wow this kid is great, he’s special, he’s playing, he’s scoring goals at 17 or 18 years old for his national team, he’s playing for Dortmund in Europe’.”You feel really great and then it’s more just pressure you feel like all the stuff is kind of hitting you, and you start being expected to do all of these things.”This generation can be tough, for young players especially, having people talk about you, having constant pressure on your back.”Especially as Americans, we haven’t had a lot of top international talents throughout our years. If you’re not able to tune it out then it can be a weight on your shoulders.”I think there are obstacles, I think not a lot of American players have really proved themselves in Europe and I think when you’re an American player and you’re trying to prove yourself amongst all these European guys or international guys that are top players who have played in these big competitions, not a whole lot of Americans have been there, it can be tough.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
CINCINNATI, OH – FEBRUARY 04: The Cincinnati Bearcats mascot performs during the game against the Connecticut Huskies at Fifth Third Arena on February 4, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Before NBA star Kenyon Martin was lighting it up in the professional ranks, he played his collegiate ball at Cincinnati, leading the Bearcats to the nation’s No. 1 ranking for 12 weeks in 1999-2000. Naturally, that means that he isn’t a huge fan of the team’s major rival, Xavier.But just how much does he dislike the Musketeers? Martin posted the below graphic just hours before the two teams tip off in Cincinnati.It’s going down tonight. #bearcatnationstandup. UC Basketball where greatness happens. #letsgoA photo posted by Straightjacketcrazy. (@kenyonmartinsr) on Feb 18, 2015 at 9:14am PST Both Xavier and Cincinnati could use a win tonight to bolster their NCAA Tournament resumes. It should be another fantastic game between these two.
FAYETTEVILLE, AR – SEPTEMBER 2: General view during the game between the University of Southern California Trojans and the Arkansas Razorbacks on September 2, 2006 at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Southern California won 50-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Arkansas football is known for big lineman and a dominant run game, but on Tuesday evening, the Razorbacks proved they can do a bit of high-flying as well. The team took part in a dunk contest, emceed by offensive lineman Sebastian Tretola, and the results were really quite impressive.Who’s the best dunker on @RazorbackFB? https://t.co/tc6g5SeG1n— Arkansas Razorbacks (@ArkRazorbacks) December 22, 2015That is defensive end and former high school hoops star Jamario Bell taking over the show at the end. Our only regret is that Tretola didn’t get involved himself. He’ll just have to settle for throwing touchdown passes.[Razorbackers]
The reports of Manchester City’s demise are greatly exaggerated. Sure, Pep Guardiola’s side were not quite at their brilliant best as they beat Southampton, but they showed more than enough to prove that there is plenty of life in them yet.Whether they have enough to win the Premier League title this season is another matter, however, and depends as much on Liverpool as it does City.And with the two sides set to face each other on Thursday night in what could be a pivotal match in the season, we are soon to learn exactly how well City have recovered from their two bruising defeats over Christmas. 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? Compared to the performances against Crystal Palace and Leicester City, this was much, much better. In those defeats City looked starved of creativity in attack (by their high standards, anyway) and brittle at the back. In the absence of David Silva and Fernandinho, City could not carve open their determined opponents and resorted to lumping crosses into the box, to no avail. They were counter-attacked, and without their Brazilian enforcer there was nobody to do anything about it.Those defeats left them 10 points off Liverpool (albeit with a game in hand) and with questions to answer heading into Sunday’s game at St Mary’s. Those questions were, by and large, answered.It was no coincidence that they looked so much better with both Silva and Fernandinho restored to the line-up. The passing link-ups were back in effect and the dirty work was, usually, taken care of.City’s biggest concern on the day was that they missed a hatful of chances and flirted with another poor result. Silva finished off a trademark City move to open the scoring – Danilo and Bernardo Silva combined to get City to the byline, from where the ball was pulled back into the Spaniard’s path. He made no mistake this time, having already produced a superb save from Alex McCarthy in the opening stages.Riyad Mahrez and Sergio Aguero then missed gilt-edged chances to extend the lead and give the visitors some much-needed breathing space. And then Southampton, who had in fact gone close to opening the scoring before Silva did the honours, drew level.City were asking for this one. Not only had they failed to put their chances away but they then invited pressure in their own third. Not usually a problem for them (and certainly not for the ice-cool Ederson) but Oleksandr Zinchenko got himself in a terrible position, asked for the ball to be played to Fernandinho, received it himself and then lost it. Southampton sprung free and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg leathered the ball into the net.For all City’s slick attacking play, they were now back at square one. Having given up leads in their last two games, things were suddenly looking dicey. The performance was better, the passing was slicker and the energy was there, but was there enough belief to overcome another set-back?Zinchenko got himself in another mess and almost gave away a penalty (although the referee was right not to give one) and City appeared to be on the ropes. No wonder Guardiola wants Ben Chilwell.And then the clouds lifted. A stroke of luck in their favour, this time, as Raheem Sterling found himself with the ball near the byline (not the product of an incisive passing move, this time) and fired in a cross that deflected into the net.And then the killer blow. Zinchenko swung in another cross – one of City’s better efforts from the past three games – and found Aguero, who headed in a firm effort. The Ukrainian left-back celebrated gleefully on his own before his team-mates realised what it meant to him to make such a decisive contribution.That was that, really. The biggest story of the second half was City’s inability to take their chances. Sterling tested McCarthy, Aguero hit the crossbar and Mahrez again should’ve done better when through one-on-one.Had Southampton had any fight left in them it could have made for a nervy finale, but they didn’t.Liverpool do, though. City could be confident of continuing this revival if they were playing anybody else in the Premier League next Thursday, but it is Jurgen Klopp’s side that come to the Etihad Stadium.City have plenty of weapons to win the match, of course, and plenty will argue that so they should, given the level of investment and the quality of the coaching.But there are still signs of frailty there, where Liverpool seemingly have none.There were times on Sunday when City could count themselves lucky that their opponents could not keep their heads in front of goal, not least when Charlie Austin broke clean through the middle early on. Any of the Reds’s forwards will surely finish better than Austin did.And then there are City’s own attacking players. If they show this level of profligacy again they could be made to pay, and that payment could well be a 10-point gap to the leaders.Amid City’s romp last season Guardiola told his players, “if you want to be a top, top team, you need to learn to score the f***ing goals.” By that definition they were not a top, top team on Sunday.But given one of their problems heading into this game was that they hadn’t even been creating the f***ing chances, it would be foolish to think City are about to collapse altogether.They showed here that they are a far, far better side than recent performances suggested, and with the promise of Kevin De Bruyne to return.Liverpool are in a commanding position, and could be in an even better one on Thursday night, but City will not give up. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Italy made it three wins from as many Group J matches with a 3-0 victory over Greece in their pursuit of a place at Euro 2020.Roberto Mancini’s side added to wins over Finland and Liechtenstein as Nicolo Barella, Lorenzo Insigne and Leonardo Bonucci all scored inside 10 first-half minutes in Athens. It leaves Italy – who are yet to concede in qualifying – with a maximum return of nine points, while Greece remain on four. 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? Andrea Belotti was thwarted by Zeca’s timely intervention as he sought to get on the end of a threatening throughball inside the opening five minutes. The Torino striker then showed poor technique in lifting a shot from the edge of the box well over the crossbar at the end of a promising move.But the breakthrough came in the 23rd minute when Greece were overrun at the back and Belotti’s cutback was slammed home by Barella.#EuropeanQualifiers23’YES!!!! #BARELLA POPS UP TO OPEN THE SCORING! #GreeceItaly 0-1 #VivoAzzurro pic.twitter.com/qaglYvd4N1— Italy (@azzurri) June 8, 2019Greece charged forward in an attempt to get back into the match but were caught on the counter-attack as Insigne darted past Andreas Samaris and poked a deft finish beyond goalkeeper Vasilios Barkas.The match as a contest was over before half-time, Bonucci’s header from Emerson’s delivery clipping the upright on its way in.With the points practically assured, Italy produced a composed second-half showing in which retaining possession took precedence over creating opportunities.And Greece could do little to instigate a turnaround, Georgios Masouras going close only to see an offside flag raised as the hosts’ frustrations grew.When substitute Manolis Siopis fired wildly over the bar from a decent position, it was clear that even a consolation goal was going to be beyond Angelos Anastasiadis’ side. What does it mean? Italy in cruise controlWith a 100 per cent record from their opening three games, Italy are already five points ahead of third-placed Greece and look well set to qualify. Mancini’s men have not yet conceded a goal, which further underlines the strides they have made since failing to reach the 2018 World Cup.Left flank woes for GreeceGreece struggled in general to contain Italy in the first 45 minutes, but it was down the visitors’ left side that the threat came, be it from Insigne or Marco Verratti. The former scored, the latter was typically industrious. Kourbelis bypassed in midfieldDimitrios Kourbelis was perhaps more a symptom of Greece’s first-half capitulation than a cause, but the way the game passed him by showed just how dominant Italy were.After managing just 11 touches and seven passes, he was substituted at the break.What’s next?Greece remain in Athens to welcome Armenia on Tuesday, while Mancini’s men host Bosnia-Herzegovina in Turin on the same night. read more
Benfica intend to tie in-demand midfielder Florentino Luis to a new contract when he returns for the pre-season programme on July 1 in an effort to stave off interest this summer, but could face fielding bids before they have the opportunity to do so.Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are long-standing admirers of the 19-year-old while Roma, under new manager Paulo Fonseca, were credited with interest in recent days.The Portuguese champions are already braced for bids from interested parties but want Florentino to sign a new contract as soon as possible in order to raise his buyout clause. 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? Portugal under-20 international Florentino is currently available for €60 million (£54m/$68m) but Benfica want to raise it to the €100m mark.Florentino would be in line for an extension and a significant pay-rise under the terms of the new deal.He has been watched extensively by Man City and earmarked as a potential long-term replacement for Fernandinho, although Rodri of Atletico Madrid is Pep Guardiola’s immediate priority in that position.PSG, having lost Adrien Rabiot on a free transfer, are also seen as a potential destination for Florentino while Roma are believed to have made their interest known as they plan ahead for a new season under Fonseca and new sporting director Gianluca Petrachi.Having made the breakthrough to the first team in the early part of this year, Florentino established himself in the midfield with nine Primeira Liga starts as Benfica reclaimed the Portuguese title from Porto. He is a defensive midfielder represented by Bruno Carvalho, whose current contract runs until 2023.Florentino has been a regular in the Portuguese youth setup, winning the UEFA European Under-17 Championship in 2016 and the European Under-19 Championship in 2018, appearing in the team of the tournament at each of those competitions.Benfica are expecting to lose forward Joao Felix to Atletico Madrid in the coming days for €120m and ideally would not like to sell two of their young jewels in the same transfer window.Nonetheless, they would be powerless should a bid materialise in the next few days, before they have the chance to increase the release clause.
Fabian Delph says he made the decision to leave Manchester City in hopes of boosting his chances of playing for England. Delph completed an £8.5 million ($11m) move to Everton last week, ending a four-year run with the City side he joined in the summer of 2015. Having won the Premier League twice with the Manchester club, Delph made the decision to leave in search of more regular playing time this summer, with Everton his landing spot heading into the new season as he hopes to keep his place in the England squad. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “From a personal point of view, I felt it was time for a change,” he said to The Daily Mail. “I could have stayed there. They were happy with me. I wasn’t told to leave. I played quite a key role within that squad.”I had a fantastic four years there, thoroughly enjoyed it, but I wanted a new challenge. I wanted to play more football.”Playing for England is massive for me, so if I’m playing more regularly, there’s more chance of me being selected.”I’ve got a great relationship with Gareth [Southgate] and the England lads, we’re a really close group. The mentality there is fantastic.”Delph has been a regular for England under Southgate and started the Nations League semi-final loss to the Netherlands earlier this summer.The move to Everton should offer a regular starting spot for the 29-year-old, though it also brings an adjustment to a new manager. And while Delph was impressed with Pep Guardiola’s style at his old club, he claims training under his new boss Marco Silva is tougher than it was with the Premier League champions. “The volume is a lot higher, we cover a lot more distance,” he said. “There’s a lot more intensity and you definitely feel like you’ve worked come the end of the day.”I love it. There’s nothing worse for me than going home with energy.”City’s training is very good, it’s shorter and sharper and is the way the manager likes the lads to play.”Having drawn 0-0 with Wigan on Tuesday, Everton will take on Werder Bremen in a pre-season friendly on Aug. 3 before facing their first Premier League test of the season against Crystal Palace a week later.
Awful news broke earlier Tuesday when it was reported a college football player died during team workouts this afternoon. He reportedly collapsed and could not be resuscitated by those who tended to him.University of Maine freshman Darius Minor never suited up in a Black Bears uniform. He was 18.According to the university, Minor collapsed at 1:15 p.m. ET.School president Dr. Joan Ferrini-Mundy released a statement about Minor’s passing.18-year-old Darius Minor was pronounced dead after he collapsed on the Univ. of Maine campus during a preseason workout. Minor was an incoming first-year student pursuing a major in political science. #MaineCMJ #UMaine #football -NM— The Maine Campus (@TheMaineCampus) July 24, 2018Via UMaine:“Darius was one of 17 first-year student-athletes taking part in the three-week Freshman Workout. He collapsed on the field at approximately 1:15 p.m. Campus athletics training staff and local first responders were unable to resuscitate him.”The temperature in the area was in the low 80s during Tuesday’s workout, however, the humidity levels were high. Minor was enrolled in Summer Session at UMaine and reportedly intended to pursue a major in political science.Our thoughts go out to the family, the Maine football community, and everyone affected.
GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 31: C.J. Fuller #27 of the Clemson Tigers hauls in a touchdown pass over C.J. Saunders #17 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the second quarter of the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)At just 22 years old, former Clemson running back C.J. Fuller died in October. We now know more about the cause of death, and surprisingly, it is football related.At the time of death, it was reported that Fuller had complications with a seizure. His aunt speculated that a blood clot might have played a role.It turns out that she was on the right track.C.J. Fuller died from a pulmonary thromboembolism and deep vein thrombosis, a condition that stemmed from a football-related knee injury.He was rehabbing the knee when the incident occurred. From The Greenville News:Fuller was doing physical therapy for a knee injury and began to experience chest pains in the moments before his death his aunt, Zola Fuller Beeks, said after his death in an interview with the Independent Mail and The Greenville News.Fuller was a role player for the Tigers from 2014-2017. He had a big kick-off return in the 2016 national championship that helped set up the Tigers’ game-winning drive over Alabama.Fuller was set to be a graduate transfer after finishing his Clemson degree, but had not yet found a new school at the time of his death.[The Greenville News]
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: A general view during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)Three more bowl games are in the books as we head to the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl tonight. Let’s take a look at how the Power 5 conferences are stacking up against each other as of now.The SEC picked up two more wins today, with LSU beating UCF in the Fiesta Bowl and Kentucky taking down Penn State in the Citrus. In the Outback Bowl, Iowa outlasted Mississippi State to secure a win for the Big Ten.The SEC has the best record right now with a 6-4 mark. Every other conference is .500 in bowl play.ACCRecord: 5-5Winners: Clemson, Duke, Syracuse, Virginia, Wake ForestLosers: Georgia Tech, Miami, NC State, Pitt, Virginia TechBig 12Record: 3-3Winners: Baylor, Oklahoma State, TCULosers: Iowa State, Oklahoma, West VirginiaBig TenRecord: 4-4Winners: Minnesota, Northwestern, Wisconsin, IowaLosers: Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Penn StatePAC-12Record: 3-3Winners: Oregon, Stanford, Washington StateLosers: Arizona State, California, UtahSECRecord: 6-4Winners: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Texas A&M, LSU, KentuckyLosers: Missouri, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Mississippi StateWe’ve got Big Ten vs. Pac-12 in the Rose Bowl with Ohio State taking on Washington. Tonight, Georgia and Texas meet in an SEC-Big 12 matchup in the Sugar Bowl.After that, the only game remaining will be the national championship between Alabama and Clemson.We’ll keep these standings updated.
CORONADO, CA – MAY 27: Tate Martell of Ohio State University attends Steve Clarkson’s 13th Annual Quarterback Retreat on May 27, 2017 in Coronado, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)Everyone is saying the same thing about Miami’s new quarterback, Tate Martell, following the NCAA’s decision on Justin Fields.Ohio State’s new quarterback, who transferred into the Buckeyes’ program from Georgia, has been ruled immediately eligible. He’ll be able to play for OSU in 2019.What does this mean for Martell?We’ll see, but the Hurricanes’ transfer quarterback is applying for the same waiver that Fields did.Many believe the NCAA should grant Martell immediate eligibility like it did for Fields.“Justin Fields transferred because he couldn’t win the starting job. Tate Martell transferred because he couldn’t win the starting job. Anyone who thinks anything else is in la-la land,” Rivals.com’s Mike Farrell tweeted.Justin Fields transferred because he couldn’t win the starting job. Tate Martell transferred because he couldn’t win the starting job. Anyone who thinks anything else is in la-la land.— Mike Farrell (@rivalsmike) February 9, 2019“Now NCAA should do same for Tate Martell, as long as this precedent has been set. But that would be doing something right by Miami, which would be a first for NCAA,” Barry Jackson tweeted.Now NCAA should do same for Tate Martell, as long as this precedent has been set. But that would be doing something right by Miami, which would be a first for NCAA https://t.co/urCA2pe8uL— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) February 8, 2019There are differences between Fields and Martell’s waiver requests, though it will be hard for some to see them.It’s unclear how long the NCAA will take in deciding on Martell’s eligibility for 2019.Stay tuned.
Here’s the full top 25, via USA TODAY:ClemsonAlabamaGeorgiaOklahomaLSUOhio StateNotre DameFloridaAuburnMichiganPenn StateUtahTexasWisconsinTexas A&MUCFOregonIowaMichigan StateWashington StateWashingtonBoise StateMississippi StateUSCMarylandThe new Associated Press top 25 poll will be out later this afternoon.Week 3 can’t get here quick enough. CLEMSON, SOUTH CAROLINA – SEPTEMBER 07: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers drops back to pass against the Texas A&M Aggies during their game at Memorial Stadium on September 07, 2019 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)College football’s new Coaches’ Poll top 25 has been released following the second week of the 2019 regular season.There’s been some movement inside the top 25, as a couple of ranked teams lost on Saturday, including Texas, Texas A&M and Nebraska.LSU, meanwhile, has jumped up. The Tigers went on the road and took down Texas to supplant their College Football Playoff contention.Clemson remains at No. 1 following the Tigers’ big home win against the Aggies.
Matthew Hayden reacts to Sehwag’s babysitting ad: Never take the Aussies for a jokeMatthew Hayden reacted to Virender Sehwag featuring in a TV commercial for India vs Australia series at home, where he can be seen babysitting kids in the Australian jersey.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 11, 2019UPDATED: February 12, 2019 03:23 IST Virender Sehwag was on babysitting duties in a TV commercial for the upcoming India-Australia series. (Screengrab from Star Sports YouTube)HIGHLIGHTSVirender Sehwag referred to Pant and Paine’s babysitting episode in TV commercial for India-Australia seriesMatthew Hayden made his own reference to the babysitting episodePant and Paine were involved in a fun banter during the India-Australia series Down UnderMatthew Hayden has warned Virender Sehwag and India about taking the Australian cricket team lightly as the two teams prepare to take on each other in a series in India, where two-Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) and five One-Day Internationals (ODIs) will be played, starting February 24.Ahead of the tour Virender Sehwag turned babysitter for a TV commercial about the series, making references to the Rishabh Pant-Tim Paine babysitting banter during India’s tour of Australia.In the advertisement for Star Sports, Sehwag can be seen with a bunch of kids wearing Australian jerseys, saying: “Jab hum Australia gaye the, toh unhone poocha tha babysitting karoge? Humne kahaa sabke sab aajaao. Zaroor karenge.”Now, former Australian cricketer Matthew Hayden has reacted to the advertisement by making reference to Australia being the current World Cup holders.”#BeWarned Never take Aussie’s for a joke Viru Boy @virendersehwag @StarSportsIndia Just remember who’s baby sitting the #WorldCup trophy,” Hayden tweeted.#BeWarned Never take Aussie’s for a joke Viru Boy @virendersehwag @StarSportsIndia Just remember who’s baby sitting the #WorldCup trophy https://t.co/yRUtJVu3XJMatthew Hayden AM (@HaydosTweets) February 11, 2019This babysitting anecdote began during the third day of the Boxing Day Test, when Australian captain and wicketkeeper Paine asked Pant, who was batting then: “Do you babysit? I can take my wife to the movies while you watch the kids.”When Pant got the chance in the following innings, he referred to Paine as the “temporary captain” and mocked him from behind the stumps.advertisementDuring Indian team’s New Year meet with Australian Prime Minister, Pant was pictured with Paine’s wife Bonnie and his kids and the photograph posted by Bonnie went viral.The joke went so viral that during the Sydney Test in January, the Bharat Army even dedicated a song to Babysitter Pant.The first T20I between India and Australia will be held on February 24 at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. The second will take place on February 27 at the Y.S. Rajashekhar Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam.The ODI series will begin on March 2 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad. Nagpur will host the second ODI on March 5 at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium.Ranchi’s JSCA International Stadium Complex will see the third ODI on March 8, followed by Mohali (March 10) and Delhi (March 13).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 Matthew HaydenFollow Virender SehwagFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Cricket
India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 24, 2019UPDATED: March 24, 2019 10:53 IST Delhi University has reduced the percentage of mark deduction during change of stream.The Delhi University (DU) is all set to begin the admission procedure to undergraduate, postgraduate, MPhil and PhD seats in the university from the month of April. As per the reports, DU will start the admission process a month earlier, from April 15, as compared to the previous year. As per PTI, admission process for undergraduate, postgraduate, MPhil and PhD courses will conclude on May 7.Students who wish to apply for the admission are suggested to keep themselves updates with the university’s timeline.DU Admissions 2019: Important points to remember1. The application process will conclude on May 7, 2019.2. DU will allow candidates to correct their application forms from May 20 for two weeks.3. DU provides five percent seats in all colleges under the sports and extra-curricular quota.4. ECA (Extra Co-curricular Activities) and Sports fitness trials for the admissions in DU will begin on May 20. The admission through these two options will begin before the main cut off list is released.5. As per reports, this year, DU has reduced the percentage of mark deduction during change of stream. This year only 2 percent will be deducted from the best of four average.6. In another development, DU is trying to use the database of CBSE for the marks of students, so that they do not have to submit it during the admissions.About DU:DU is a premier university of the country with a venerable legacy and international acclaim for highest academic standards, diverse educational programmes, distinguished faculty, illustrious alumni, varied co-curricular activities and modern infrastructure.Over many years of its existence, the university has sustained the highest global standards and best practices in higher education. Its long-term commitment to nation-building and unflinching adherence to universal human values are reflected in its motto: ‘Nishtha Dhriti Satyam’ (Dedication, Steadfastness and Truth).advertisementGet 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 byHarshita Pathak Tags :Follow DU Admissions 2019Follow Delhi University 2019 Delhi University Admissions 2019: Application procedure to begin a month earlierThe Delhi University (DU) will start the admission process a month earlier, from April 15, as compared to the previous year.advertisement
World Cup 2019: India confident of defending any total, feels Virat KohliOn the eve of India’s opening game of the 2019 World Cup against South Africa, captain Virat Kohli expressed his staunch belief in the capability of his team’s bowling attackadvertisement Ajay Tiwari SouthamptonJune 4, 2019UPDATED: June 4, 2019 21:22 IST Virat Kohli expressed his unflinching faith in his team’s bowling attack (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSIndia will play their opening match of the 2019 World Cup on June 5 against South AfricaIndian captain Virat Kohli said that they will have to respect the conditions while posting totalsKohli also reaffirmed his belief in Indian bowlers’ ability to defend any totalAfter 6 days of action at the World Cup 2019, India are finally going to make an entry with their opening game of the tournament when they take on South Africa in Southampton on June 5. While India will look to ride the momentum from their warm-up match win vs Bangladesh, the Proteas are under the pump, having lost both of their opening matches against England and Bangladesh.On the eve of the clash Indian captain, Virat Kohli dismissed the notion that teams need to score 350-400 to win matches while saying that it depends on whether ‘the pitch allows you to do that’. Kohli also went on to say that his bowlers are ‘capable of defending any total’.”If the pitch allows you to do that, then obviously you want that 20-30 runs advantage. But if it doesn’t I think we’ll have to respect the conditions also which will be a very very crucial factor. We can’t say, just because a few games have been high-scoring, that we need to go out and necessarily get 350.”If the pitch demands us to get a solid 260-270 or just get to 300, with our bowling attack, we know any score is defendable, with the kind of skill set that we have and that’s the kind of belief we have in our side. We don’t necessarily need to look at any other side. Based on the conditions, if you look at the last game, Pakistan got to 350 and England couldn’t chase it so it’s not like Pakistan couldn’t get 350. Any team is capable of scoring big but it only depends on the kind of wicket you’re playing at. I think that will be a thing that we need to assess quickly,” said Kohli.advertisementKohli also dismissed the idea of teams, especially England, posting a 500 total during the World Cup 2019.”I doubt we will see that (a 500 total) in the World Cup to be honest because as I said, the pressure is a big factor. But maybe in the future, who knows. You see crazy things happening in cricket. Who’d imagined 400+in a 50 over game ever so anything can happen and there will be a lot of surprises in the future I think,” signed off Kohli.Also Read | World Cup 2019: How Pakistan defied odds to shock overconfident EnglandAlso Read | Don’t need to answer Kagiso Rabada in a press conference: Virat Kohli on immature commentFor 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 Virat KohliFollow World Cup 2019Follow India vs South Africa
Welcome to the Botanist Bar, Canada’s Most Extraordinary Cocktail Bar The Curtain London is Shoreditch and the East End’s Hottest Hotel The Best Lodges in the U.S. for Drinking and Relaxing This Indoor Market Takes You to Japan Without Ever Leaving New York City Rooftop bars have become synonymous with summer fun in the city. A place to unwind with a drink in hand. But many of these bars have become overrun with loudmouths and loud music. Not in London. The city’s top summer destinations are decidedly less boorish than their stateside counterparts. London’s garden bars/restaurants are tranquil yet offer plenty of space to grab a drink or a bite. The Manual picked our favorites.Coq D’ArgentClassic French fare gets top billing at Coq D’Argent, a rooftop garden bar in the Square Mile area of London. The gardens offer a spectacular view of London and are a pleasing respite from the cacophony below. Large round boulders blanket the well manicured lawn. Order duck confit and a classic cocktail as you watch the sunset over the city.The Goring GardensHigh Tea is quintessentially English and what better way to enjoy the pasttime than in one of the prettiest hotel gardens in London. The Goring, best known for having Kate Middleton as a guest the night before the royal nuptials, just launched the “The Seasons” Summer Afternoon Tea. Guests can choose from 21 teas as well as scones and tea cakes, the latter inspired by London milliner, Gina Foster. The gardens, complete with head gardener and ducks, are one of the largest private hotel gardens in London and have hosted many a distinguished guest, including Queen Elizabeth.Kensington Roof GardensSituated atop the former Derry and Toms Department store, Kensington Roof Gardens offers tranquility amid lush vegetation. The gardens, once the largest roof gardens in England, are a thrill to behold, especially during the day, when the crowds are at a minimum. The flamingoes are a well known sight but its the Moorish-style section of the gardens, based on the Alhambra in Granada, Spain, that captivate. Guests can walk among the 30 different tree species while sipping cocktails.Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden Bar & CaféSituated at the Southbank Centre along the Thames, the Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden Bar & Café has long been a hidden oasis in the city. Designed by the Eden Project, the spot provides panoramic views of London as well as numerous fruit trees, wildflowers and herbs, such as lilacs and cow parsley. A small bar serves drinks and light fare such as salads and sandwiches. Midday is the best time to go but for people watching, head there after work. Hang Like the Rat Pack at These Old School Vegas Steakhouses Editors’ Recommendations 1. Coq D’Argent offers French fare and a view of the London skyline. 2. Kensington Roof Gardens is one of the largest private gardens in all of England. 3. Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden Bar & Café offers a pleasing respite during the day. 4. The Goring Gardens are one of the largest private gardens in London.
London Opens World’s First Cheese Conveyor Belt Restaurant Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More Idris Elba Debuts New 2HR SET Fashion Line Inspired By DJ Culture How 2 Brooklynites are Reviving an Iconic Midwestern Supper Club Ira Freehof has been in the New York diner business for almost two decades. He first opened The Comfort Diner on East 45th Street in the late 90s and in that time, he’s seen a lot of patrons—and a lot of families—share meals at his restaurant. “I get a little nostalgic about it. You know, kids that were just babies when I first opened The Comfort Diner are now going off to college and I’ve seen them grow up.”Freehof recently opened a sister restaurant on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, simply called The Comfort. This upscale diner is located right where Suffolk Street runs into Grand Street. It’s an area of New York with a rich history, but one that will soon be changing and evolving with the development of the Essex Crossing urban renewal project that is intended to inject a younger crowd onto the neighboring streets—a crowd that is going to need new and reliable places to eat. That’s what Freehof is hoping to achieve with The Comfort.Freehof sees his diner as tied to the tradition of the French bistro. “American diners, particularly in the 40s and 50s were the equivalent of the French bistro. You go in and feel comfortable no matter what you’re wearing; you can talk to the person next to you without feeling awkward. And you can just get a good meal that is really unpretentious.”With the neighborhood changing, Freehof hopes that his food can have a uniting quality. He wants to retain some of the patrons who have lived in the area for 40 or 50 years, while also attracting a young, professional crowd who are looking for a solid affordable meal and a timeless cocktail after a long day of work.Freehof is working with his chef, Alex Webber, to fine-tune his menu, which is still evolving. As the spring and summer roll around (hopefully?) they will be catering to foods better suited to warmer weather—lighter fare, more salads. Freehof wants the menu of The Comfort to be fluid, so that he can continually figure out how to add dishes that, as he says, “turn the idea of diner food slightly on its side.”Though the menu is a work-in-progress, we sat down with Freehof and he walked us through some of the dishes that are current standouts and staples.Beet Dip with Bagel Chips – This is an update on borscht. With roasted beets, za’atar (Middle Eastern herbs), Greek yogurt, olive oil, goat cheese and pistachios, this is a surprisingly tasty and healthy bit of bar food. If you are a fan of the earthy, subtle sweetness of beets, you will enjoy this deceptively filling snack.Salted Caramel Bourbon Milkshake – Who doesn’t love a good milkshake? The best part about this concoction is that it doesn’t leave you feeling heavy. The Salted Caramel adds a nice savory touch, while there is just enough of a bourbon flavor (thanks to Buffalo Trace!) to trick you into feeling buzzed.The Jewbano – One of The Comfort’s proudest items. This is bound to become a sandwich classic. The Jewbano consists of pastrami from Katz’s deli, roast turkey, melted Swiss, mustard, pickles from Essex Street’s the Pickle Guys all on a Kossar’s bulka. This is a sandwich that melds together the Lower East Side’s rich Jewish and Spanish heritages.Egg Cream – It wouldn’t be a diner without a New York egg cream. What’s the secret to a good egg cream? “Fox’s U-bet syrup,” says Freehof. “You can’t use anything else.”Sazerac – The alcoholic offerings at The Comfort are a large part of Freehof’s plan to blend audiences at the restaurants. “I wanted to have real old school cocktails. So many new restaurants feel the need to invent brand new drinks, but there are so many good old cocktails—like the Mary Pickford (rum, pineapple juice, pomegranate grenadine, maraschino liqueur) or a Corpse Reviver #2 (gin, Cointreau, Lillet Blanc, fresh lemon juice, absinthe).” Their Sazerac certainly fits Freehof’s vision of a classic cocktail. There’s nothing flashy about this drink, everything is done just the way you want it—it’s strong, full of flavor and excellent to sip on during a cold winter night.As Freehof, and anyone else can tell you, New York is always evolving and changing. But the diner and a person’s desire for a solid, affordable meal remains the same. “When you go out to eat,” Freehof says, “a lot of times you want to go to a place that’s very much about the experience. But in the end, you’re really going for a good meal—and I think that a good meal is more satisfying than an experience.” A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Editors’ Recommendations