Benitez: One game at a time

first_img The Spaniard, whose position was under scrutiny following his impassioned monologue against his title of ‘interim manager’ and the continued barracking of the club’s fans, maintains he will see out his contract until the end of the season. There are numerous hurdles to negotiate, though, beginning this week at Steaua Bucharest, who knocked Ajax out of the Europa League, and then next Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final at Manchester United. “One game at a time,” said Benitez, following Chelsea’s 1-0 Barclays Premier League defeat of West Brom. Press Association He added: “We have to go to Bucharest before we can concentrate on this (the United) game. Both games are important, but one is just one game and one is two legs. “I’m really pleased after winning, without thinking what will happen in the future. We had to produce a good game, we did it. The players enjoyed it, the fans were behind the team. Everything was positive. What will happen in the next week, I don’t know.” The Old Trafford fixture, against Benitez’s old foe Sir Alex Ferguson, takes place between the Europa League last-16 legs with Steaua. The proximity of the matches means Benitez has a selection dilemma, with a Champions League spot in the Premier League the over-riding priority, but silverware desirable too. It will be intriguing to see if – and where – Benitez deploys captain John Terry. The Blues skipper, who is still managing his return from a knee injury, was again an unused substitute against the Baggies, having played at the Riverside Stadium. Gary Cahill was also on the bench after missing the Middlesbrough match with a virus, with Branislav Ivanovic and David Luiz in central defence. “We have to manage the squad,” Benitez said. “You need fresh legs. We have to decide, that’s it. We have to manage his (Terry’s) fitness and be careful. He’s training. Match fitness and training sessions are two different things and he’s improving.” Fernando Torres was also named among the substitutes, coming on late after Demba Ba’s 28th-minute strike had proved the difference, and again, Benitez is happy with the options at his disposal. “We have two strikers with different qualities and they can do a job for us,” the Spaniard said. center_img Rafael Benitez knows that at Chelsea, perhaps more than any other club, it is important to take things game-by-game and he is not yet ready to look towards the FA Cup clash at Manchester United.last_img read more

Syracuse releases injury report ahead of Pittsburgh game

first_imgSyracuse released its weekly injury report Thursday night, two days before the Orange (3-7, 1-5 Atlantic Coast) takes on Pittsburgh (4-6, 2-4) at 3:30 p.m. at Heinz Field. Ten players have been ruled out — one fewer than Syracuse’s season-high total, set against Duke on Nov. 8.Listed as out for this weekend are: linebackers Luke Arciniega and Marqez Hodge, wide receivers Ashton Broyld, Brisly Estime and Troy Green, tight end Jacob Green, cornerback Wayne Morgan and nose tackles Wayne Williams and John Raymon.SU quarterback Terrel Hunt, as head coach Scott Shafer said in his Thursday morning press conference, will not play again this season.Right tackle Ivan Foy and right guard Nick Robinson are dubbed questionable.All players mentioned on this week’s injury report are dealing with lower-body injuries, the report said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on November 20, 2014 at 9:17 pm Contact Phil: | @PhilDAbbcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Lee racing toward Trojan record books

first_imgFollow Euno Lee on Twitter @eunowhat “We were looking for about 20 plays in the first half, much like how an NFL preseason game would be run,” Kiffin said.The latter part of the comment is fitting for Lee; after all, it seems only a matter of time before the 2012 Biletnikoff Award winner is sitting on the sideline with NFL starters after the first few snaps of a preseason game.In the more immediate future, however, Lee will line up with the Trojans this fall, coming off one of the most impressive statistical seasons by a wideout in Pac-12 history. His performance this season could rewrite the Pac-12’s career receiving record books.Lee is 1,131 yards, 68 receptions and 16 touchdowns away from the Pac-12 career receiving record in each category. For the sake of comparison, Lee had 1,721 yards, 118 receptions and 14 touchdowns last season. The first two categories could be accomplished even with a drop-off in production from last season’s efforts.That is not to say Lee is satisfied with his efforts from last season. A visit to the Trojans’ summer training camps this past offseason would suggest that Lee has no idea that he was a consensus All-American in 2012, or that he’s on track to be the most decorated receiver in Pac-12 history.His intensity and work ethic in workouts and scrimmages could be likened to that of a walk-on wide receiver fighting for a spot on the team — not the man who almost singlehandedly outgained Arizona’s opposing quarterback in a record-smashing 345-yard performance last October in Tucson.Still, there’s something calm, yet fearsome about how Lee approaches the game, even in practices. From the top-down view afforded to many spectators during the regular season, it seems Lee propels himself through various slants and fades from the rapid piston-like action of his legs.From the up-close vantage point of a practice, however, the opposite becomes apparent: Lee’s strides seem to slow down.In one particular 11-on-11 drill, Lee made a spotless catch on a post over the middle and began to increase separation between himself and his assigned cornerback. It was not immediately apparent how hard Lee was actually running until seeing the cornerback, whose hunched back and faltering gaze was reminiscent of a marathoner summoning his last breaths to cross the finish line.Lee’s lithe, elegant strides made his pursuant defenders appear to be running on an undersized treadmill. If possible, Lee looks like more of a polished runner this offseason than he did in 2012. He returns with even surer hands and has further developed his reflexes and creativity in the open field.The argument against Lee producing more than he did last season begins with how opposing defenses will anticipate his abilities this season.Yet even against Cal last season, who held former quarterback Matt Barkley to just 192 yards, Lee managed 94 yards and two touchdowns.Lee was able to snatch underthrown and overthrown balls out of the sky in double coverage last season, and he has made a routine of it with the shuffling of quarterbacks during spring and summer camps. A look at how opposing defenses attempted to stop Lee last season should reasonably assure the Trojan faithful that there is simply no way to prepare for a version of Lee who is any better than he was in 2012.None of this, though, is Lee’s stated intention. Despite what appears to be even further refinement of his personal execution, it’s the progress of the team that concerns Lee most. Sophomore wide receiver Nelson Agholor bears testament to Lee’s commitment to team goals.“Whatever Marqise does, it’s always for the team,” Agholor said. “He does whatever it takes to make the team better.”These are not just errantly thrown, PR-friendly sentiments. Lee is bringing intensity to every other facet of his game, including going full speed on blocks in practice snaps. He is afforded the luxury of basking in his efforts from last season, yet seems uncomfortable at the thought. When asked how his season could reshape Pac-12 history, Lee sidesteps any notions of a personal legacy as deftly as an oncoming safety in the open field.“As far as records and stuff, that’s something I don’t focus on,” Lee said. “At the end of the day, I do want to leave a legacy here, but what I would like people to remember in the long run is the things I did for the team.”The team kicks off its campaign Aug. 29 at Hawaii. Lee will be ready, and his long legs will stride in pursuit of the one statistic that, despite his stupendous efforts, was relatively low last season: A team victory. The USC football team’s first scrimmage of fall camp earlier this August saw a very notable player absent after the first couple drives: junior wide receiver Marqise Lee. USC head coach Lane Kiffin explained that a handful of players were withheld from the majority of snaps to give other players without as much experience exposure to the intensity of a live game.Breaking away · USC receiver Marqise Lee, who holds the Pac-12 single-season receptions and receiving yards records, won the 2012 Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver and is a legitimate Heisman contender in 2013. – Daily Trojan File Photolast_img read more

Wisconsin wins against Indiana, falls two spots in newest AP Poll

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin managed to win their ninth game of the season this past weekend against the Indiana Hoosiers, yet many fans were left shocked when they looked at the newest AP poll.Wisconsin had finally managed to crack the top five of the AP poll, with their undefeated season proving too strong for many critics to argue against. However, after the College Football Playoffs rankings came out, many began to start questioning Wisconsin again and were happy to have another reason to write the Badgers out of the CFP running.Football: Wisconsin wins at Illinois to remain undefeatedThe University of Wisconsin football team went on the road and defeated Illinois during their homecoming  24-10 to remain undefeated Read…Wisconsin is one of three teams that remain undefeated going into week 11, with both Alabama and Georgia also boasting a perfect season up until this point. Why isn’t Wisconsin right behind then you might ask? Below are some of the many reasons why people are saying Wisconsin just isn’t CFP material.Wisconsin has had too easy of a scheduleThe first comment that everyone seems to make about Wisconsin this year is how easy their schedule is. Whether it is spectators in the Big Ten claiming that Wisconsin hasn’t proven itself because it has yet to play a fearsome opponent, or outsiders pointing out the fact that Wisconsin has not played another nationally ranked opponent thus far this season, schedule difficulty always seems to be the Achilles’ heel for the Badgers.Of course, Wisconsin isn’t the only one with an “easy schedule” this season, and they are certainly not the only team in the top ten of the AP Poll. As a matter of fact, Georgia, who is ranked No.2 in the AP Poll, also has yet to see a ranked opponent in the regular season.So, what is the difference between Georgia and Wisconsin? Location. There has been a long-standing rivalry between northern schools and southern schools, with many believing that good football can only be found in the south.This kind of mentality is the reason why Wisconsin can have the same kind of schedule that Georgia has, but with more impacts. The competition is the exact same between the two schools, but one’s location is going to be the deciding factor when we talk about their performance.The Wisconsin offense still has its fare share of problemsOne of the other things that critics point to when talking about the 2017 Wisconsin football team is the struggles that the offense has continued to have entering into week 11.While I am not denying that there are still things that Wisconsin needs to work on, I think that it is irrational that a team can be faulted for being imperfect. The best football team is not always the team that makes the fewest mistakes, but the team that manages to learn from those mistakes and minimize errors in a short period of time.While the Wisconsin offense might still have some issues with turnovers and interceptions, the team is still managing to win ball games. Players are fixing mistakes quickly and have shown to be a dominant team on the field.Homecoming week ends in victorious celebration for Wisconsin football teamThe 2017 homecoming week celebrations ended on a high note after the University of Wisconsin football team demolished the Maryland Read…The idea that one of the things keeping Wisconsin out of CFP talk is the fact that their offense needs to improve is like saying Peyton Manning shouldn’t be considered a great quarterback because he threw a few interceptions during his career. Everyone is going to make mistakes, but it is a matter of how you respond to those mistakes.Wisconsin football has been responding well, and I believe that there have been improvements made over the course of 11 weeks. I think to assume that this team should be flawless by this point is just irrational, and a weak argument to keep bringing up against the Badgers.Too many key players have been getting injured, and replacing people mid-season is hardI am not going to try and deny the fact that Wisconsin has a fair share of people on IR right now. However, the Badgers have built a program that accounts for injuries and works around any injury that might pop up.This has been demonstrated time and time again, even in this season alone. Jonathan Taylor suffered an injury during Illinois, and Garrett Groshek filled his shoes with ease.When Jack Cichy would be ruled out due to an ACL injury acquired during practice, his lineman Chris Orr would make sure to fill Cichy’s shoes, both as a leader and as a player. Even now with Orr listed as injured for the week, sophomore Tyler Johnson stepped in, filling in coverage with little to no difficulty.While there might be injuries plaguing the Wisconsin football team, these are not new issues that they have to face. Injuries are something that any team has to deal with at this point of the season, and Wisconsin has managed to handle their injuries with an amount of grace that is to be commended.The reasons why Wisconsin fell two spots in the AP Poll are numerous, yet many of them don’t manage to stand actual scrutiny. It looks as though Wisconsin will just have to keep fighting through the adversity that is constantly thrown their way.last_img read more

Oluwole Betiku Jr: From Streets of Lagos to Illinois aDefensive End

first_imgOluwole Betiku, who enjoyed playing pickup basketball, thought hoops was his route. Then he watched the majority of boys – seemingly hundreds measuring at least 6-foot-7 – stride over to the basketball group. Only 50 basketball players would be taken. Far fewer boys lined up for football.Betiku conducted a quick risk-reward calculation.“I’m like, ‘They’re definitely taking 48 tall guys,’ “ Betiku told the Tribune. “They weren’t interested in 6-3 basketball players. They were looking for Dikembe Mutombo types. I thought about my chances and said: ‘You know what? I’ll just pick football.’”Never mind that he had never put on a helmet and knew virtually nothing about the rules. But this is Betiku: He ponders. He considers the long haul. He invests in himself.His deliberate introspection and patience led “Wole” from the bustling Nigerian capital of 20 million people to become a five-star high school recruit in California, then a seldom-used outside linebacker at USC and now the nation’s co-leader in sacks as an Illinois defensive end.Heading into last Saturday night’s home game against Nebraska, Betiku has six sacks in three games and also leads the nation with 71/2 tackles for a loss for the Illini (2-1).“Wole has been outstanding with his play,” Illinois coach Lovie Smith said. “He’s a physical guy. I’m anxious to see him take another step. The sky’s the limit for him.”As a boy, Betiku believed it was too. But how would he leave Nigeria? How would he make it? What does making it even look like?His father, a former amateur boxer and soccer player, is a mechanic who built Betiku’s first weight set out of car flywheels and gear parts. He encouraged Wole – against his cautious mother’s wishes – to play street soccer with other kids to refine his athleticism.While he didn’t play organised sports, competing and working out became important outlets.“I don’t think there’s anyone who’s gotten more eviction letters than my family,” Betiku said. “We had to move to really remote areas in Lagos where the roads are so bad and are flooded. It was really sad. Training and lifting weights was my way to not think about that a lot. I started playing basketball and thinking about a chance to come to the U.S. in any way I can.”At 16, before obtaining a visa and emmigrating, he created a highlight video of himself in Lagos to showcase his abilities. The video shows him, already brawny, sprinting and working on footwork on a dirt field as scrawny kids watch. He repeatedly jumps onto a waist-high concrete wall and does squats and bench presses with his homemade weights.He didn’t know much about football or America – but he knew it could lead to a new path.Tears welled in Betiku’s eyes as he listened to Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness” while his flight lifted off from Lagos, away from his brother, sister and parents to live with a host family on the U.S. East Coast. Only a few months had passed since he was selected at the sports camp.“Whenever I hear that song, I get chills,” Betiku said. “I just remember thinking: ‘Damn, I don’t know where I’m going. I’ve never met any of these people before.’”He arrived in Maryland in 2013 after the high school football season. He moved to Gardena, Calif., and attended Serra High School his junior and senior seasons.He had idealised America. Maybe football wouldn’t be a breeze, but really how hard could it be? “You think you’re going to come to the U.S. and it’s all (perfect),” he said. “You do your first drill and get in the weight room. You think: ‘Damn, the ground is the same. It’s just a different location.’ That was the first awakening.” He barely understood the basics of the sport, let alone the intricacies of his position. The game was a puzzle.“I would be like, ‘How did the ball get over there?’” he said.When Serra coach Scott Altenberg provided equipment for practice, Betiku declined some of the pads, assuming they were optional.“He really had no connection to football,” Altenberg said. “He was very talented and very eager to learn. He had a huge desire. He really wanted to be good and looked at it as an opportunity. He was very businesslike about it. It was like watching a grown-up assess something.”Betiku broke his wrist in the third game of his junior season, yet finished the year with 111/2 sacks. As a senior, he registered 70 tackles and 17 sacks. A five-star prospect ranked No. 15 nationally and the No. 1 weak-side defensive end, he chose USC over 21 other offers, including Notre Dame, Florida State and Alabama.Again, Betiku’s patience was tested.In his first two seasons with the Trojans, he played in 14 games but no more than two snaps in at least half of them. He then sat out the 2018 season after hip surgery.“Some days I would be on the sideline and a tear would just roll out my eye,” he said. “Nothing hurts more than just watching the whole game. Am I a good player? Am I a bad player? I don’t know but I know I practice hard. In order for me to know where I stand as a player, I have to go against competition .”He studied NFL players whose success didn’t come immediately and he decided to stick with football – just somewhere else.Betiku liked Illinois’ defensive line rotation and figured he would have a better chance at playing time. He arrived in Champaign this summer as a graduate transfer with two seasons of eligibility remaining.“It doesn’t have to happen your freshman year,” he said. “It doesn’t have to happen in two years. It doesn’t have to happen in five years. Your path is different. You just have to keep working. Good things are going to happen.”They seem to be happening now for Betiku.Betiku has evolved over the last seven years – and not only on the field.His Champaign apartment won’t truly feel like home until he buys new canvases, brushes, palette knives and bright acrylic paints. He bought a semi-hollow body guitar but hasn’t been able to strum it regularly since preseason camp began in August.  The busy football schedule limits his time for his other passions. And it’s important to Betiku that fans realise he and other players enjoy various interests and talents.“All of my life, I never played sports seriously. I was seen as a person before,” he said. “I moved to the United States, all of a sudden, everywhere I go: ‘Oh, you play football. You’re that guy. You have dreadlocks and you’re a big black guy. You must play football.’“My social media posts were all football, and I realised I was attracting a certain type of people only interested in me because I play football. The conversation got boring.”There is no denying Betiku’s magnificent frame. At 6-3 and 250 pounds, his biceps bulge from cutoff sleeves of a hoodie at postgame news conferences.“The question I get tired of hearing is: ‘How much do you squat? How much do you bench press?’” he said.Sharing his artistry has been eye-opening.Betiku’s Instagram page is dedicated to his art: luscious landscapes, self-portraits, Egyptian queens. His music is a mix of blues and Afrobeat. He hopes to tell his story through music and aims to emulate Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, Ghanaian guitarist Ebo Taylor and various American blues guitarists. “I want it to last for generations, even 200 years,” he said. “In order to make that type of music, it takes a lot of patience and investment in myself.”His art is becoming as much a part of his conversations as football. He hopes it helps his future too.“I’m not saying I don’t love the sport, but there’s so much more to life,” he said. “I needed to show I was more than just an athlete. In the NFL, it’s a short career. It ends fast. People go through frustration and a lot of depression because they have nothing else to do. I don’t want to be one of those guys.”Betiku sketched and drew comics as a child. He became interested in creating art again at USC when he sat out last season. He frequented galleries and museums in Los Angeles and found Bob Ross’ 1980s how-to video tutorials.He began meditating during this time, focusing on strengthening his body and mind. He taught himself guitar and piano. He called it “therapeutic.”“When I listen to blues music, I get goosebumps,” Betiku said. “Guys have that emotion when they play. I listen when I paint. It adds to the strokes that I paint. It comes out beautiful.”Betiku hasn’t seen his dad and brother, both in Nigeria, for about seven years. His sister and mom, who is a nanny, live in Dallas; he last saw them at his USC graduation in May.He sends photos to his dad and texts his mom about his accomplishments. “She doesn’t know what a sack is, but it makes her happy,” he said.Betiku has navigated his path in the U.S. mostly on his own, taking deliberate steps along the way. Even how he explains his pass-rushing strategy illustrates his methodical thinking.“At crunch time, you surprise (your opponent) with something you haven’t shown the whole game,” he said. “It’s kind of a mind game. You save some stuff.”He’s relishing the team camaraderie at Illinois, where he wants to lead the Illini to a bowl game and hopes it leads to an NFL career.But, of course, that’s not all.He plans to write music about his life story. Well-versed on global politics, he wants to become a diplomat one day, or maybe pair his bachelor’s degree in international relations with sports; he’s working toward a master’s degree in recreation, sport and tourism at Illinois. Perhaps he’ll have a gallery show one day.Betiku is not in a rush.“No matter how hard things have gotten, I’ve looked on the bright side,” he said. “Everyone has a different story. In the next 10 years, you don’t know how everyone’s career is going to pan out. I’ll ride it as long as I can and stay patient.” Oluwole Betiku Jr. took a bumpy 16-hour bus ride from his home in Lagos, Nigeria, through roadblocks and down rutted streets, to a sports camp in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, he had heard about in passing. Though he had hoped to join the screening for basketball, when he realised that he was a ‘dwarf’ when compared to his 6’3 height to boys of seven-footers he opted for American football, a sport he had never played before and thart marked the beginning of his rise to stardom Hundreds of boys from every corner of the country had made their way to the town of Uyo,  sometime in 2013, hoping to impress scouts enough to earn a ticket to play sports at an American high school.Coaches initially instructed the boys to divide themselves into two groups: football or basketball. After a weeklong camp of intense workouts and drills, scouts would identify the young men with the most potential. 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49ers agree to 1-year deal with TE Jordan Reed

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Associated Press Television News LIVE TV The San Francisco 49ers have agreed on a one-year contract with free agent tight end Jordan Reed.General manager John Lynch announced the deal to add another receiving option to pair with All-Pro George Kittle.The 30-year-old Reed had 329 catches for 3,371 yards and 24 TDs in 65 career games for Washington but has ended up on the injured reserve list in four of his seven seasons. He missed all of 2019 after suffering a concussion in the preseason but Lynch said the team believes the risk of injury is outweighed by the reward if Reed stays healthy.Reed has experience playing for 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, who was his offensive coordinator in 2013 in Washington.Lynch also said he is “working diligently” to get a long-term deal signed with Kittle. The 2017 fifth-round pick is entering the final year of his rookie contract and the Niners hope to lock him up before he hits free agency.The 49ers also announced that receiver Richie James Jr. was moved from the reserve/COVID-19 list to the non-football injury list with a broken wrist suffered in offseason workouts.Defensive back D.J. Reed was placed on the season-ending non-football injury list after tearing his pectoral muscle in the offseason.Defensive lineman Kentavius Street and receiver Shawn Poindexter were activated from the physically unable to perform list.Image credits: AP Written By First Published: 4th August, 2020 08:25 ISTcenter_img WATCH US LIVE COMMENT FOLLOW US Last Updated: 4th August, 2020 08:25 IST 49ers Agree To 1-year Deal With TE Jordan Reed The San Francisco 49ers have agreed on a one-year contract with free agent tight end Jordan Reedlast_img read more

Former soccer star Arjen Robben plans comeback at FC Groningen

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Robben made his breakthrough at Groningen before moving to PSV, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern MunichKampala, Uganda | XINHUA |   Robben wants to come out of retirement and plans a comeback at his former club FC Groningen in The Netherlands, the former Dutch soccer star announced on Saturday.The 36-year-old Robben set his sights on a return to the Eredivisie for the 2020/2021 season. Last year the former Dutch international retired from professional football after his last season at Bayern Munich.“The club can use some help following the corona crisis,” Robben stated on the FC Groningen website. “I am working on a comeback. We will see if I will succeed. It is my dream now to play in the FC Groningen shirt again.”Robben started his pro career in 2000 at FC Groningen and continued at PSV, Chelsea, Real Madrid and, since 2009, for Bayern Munich. He won eight German league titles with Bayern and led the German giants to the 2013 Champions League with the winning goal in the final against Borussia Dortmund. Due to injuries the left-footed dribbler also missed a lot of matches during his career.In October 2017 Robben announced his retirement from the Dutch national team. In total he played 96 matches for ‘Oranje’, in which he scored 37 goals.Robben made his debut for the Dutch team on April 30, 2003, against Portugal, at the age of 19. He participated in three European Championships (2004, 2008, 2012) and three World Cups (2006, 2010, 2014). He finished second with the Dutch at the World Cup in 2010 and third in 2014. Enditem ****XINHUAlast_img read more

Gautam Gambhir: Virat Kohli doesn’t have the ability of ABD, Kallis or Lara!

first_imgAdvertisement p0NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsiwWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E7gm8( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) szyWould you ever consider trying this?😱5db6Can your students do this? 🌚xu3r4pRoller skating! Powered by Firework Former India player turned politician Gautam Gambhir has recently shared a shocking comment on the India captain Virat Kohli. He said that Virat Kohli doesn’t have Chris Gayle’s “strength” and AB de Villiers’ “ability” but what he has his stunning fitness level which helps him become one of the most successful players across formats around the world.Advertisement Gautam GambhirVirat Kohli, who has been successful in Tests and ODIs, has also left his mark in the shortest format of the game (T20Is), scoring 2,794 runs from 82 games which came at an average of 50.8. “He (Kohli) was always a very smart cricketer, but then he turned his entire T20 career into a very successful one, just by being supremely fit,” Gambhir said on Star Sports.“Probably because he does not have the strength of Chris Gayle, he doesn’t have the ability of AB de Villiers, he probably does not have the ability of Jacques Kallis or Brian Lara,” he added.Advertisement While the veteran was asked what makes Virat Kohli so effective in the shortest format of the game, Gambhir replied, “The biggest strength he’s got is now his fitness and he’s turned that into his game as well, that’s why he has become so successful, so you got to give it to the guy. The most important thing is that he runs really well between the wickets, not many people do it.”Not only in the international level, but Kohli has also been successful in the Indian Premier League where he has amassed 5,412 runs from 177 games so far. However, Gambhir feels Kohli is more consistent than his teammate and swashbuckling opener Rohit Sharma when it comes to rotating the strike.Advertisement “There are very few cricketers in world cricket at this time who can rotate off every ball and that is what Virat Kohli does really well and that’s why he’s different from the rest,” said Gambhir. “You see Rohit Sharma, probably Rohit Sharma doesn’t have that quality which Virat Kohli has to rotate the strike.”“Rohit Sharma has the ability to hit those big shots, but that’s where Virat Kohli is more consistent than Rohit Sharma. Chris Gayle or AB de Villiers don’t have that ability to rotate the strike, especially against spin bowling, but Virat Kohli has that, that’s why he averages 50,” said Gautam Gambhir, one of the vital cogs of India’s title win in the 2007 and 2011 World Cup.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out Also, follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comALSO READ:BCCI clarifies its stance on Asia Cup and IPL 2020Steve Smith reveals why IPL is the ‘best tournament’ he’s been a part of! Advertisementlast_img read more

California Meetings Mags features Group Event Options at Santa Anita

first_imgCalifornia Meetings and Events Mags recently featured Santa Anita Park’s latest spots to hold group events. The feature says, “Santa Anita Park has stood proudly as an icon of American Thoroughbred racing for nearly a century. Now, Santa Anita is announcing a new range of fun, group-oriented event options, all available in a breathtaking setting crackling with the energy and excitement of live Thoroughbred racing.” The writer goes on to say, “Santa Anita Park’s historic track has launched some of America’s most legendary racehorses. Its new range of executive experiences is designed to take business out of the boardroom.” Visit the article to see the list of places they suggest for your next event or meeting.Via California Meetings + Eventslast_img read more

Ceres-Negros hosts powerhouse Singaporean side at Panaad

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Marañon’s absence will be a huge blow for the Busmen after he scored a tournament-leading 10 goals in the group and knockout stages, but Home will also miss top scorer Song Ui-young due to an injury.The Busmen retooled its squad in anticipation of a deeper run in the competition, adding Australian striker Blake Powell, national team players Curt Dizon and Paul Mulders, as well as goalkeeper Roland Muller and defender Jerry Barbaso. Manny Ott has also recovered from an eye socket surgery, while Patrick Reichelt, Omid Nazari and Mike Ott are in fine form.“Bienve is a big loss for us but I think the way our system is built, it’s not very much dependent on a single player,” said captain Martin Steuble.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins View comments BACOLOD CITY—Newly-minted Philippines Football League champion Ceres-Negros seeks to grab the early advantage in the AFC Cup Asean zone final as it hosts Singaporean powerhouse Home United in the first leg Wednesday at Panaad Stadium.The rematch of last year’s Asean final won by the Bacolod-based side kicks off at 7 p.m. with the Busmen missing top scorer Bienvenido Marañon due to suspension following a red card in the second leg of the semifinals against Yangon United of Myanmar.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ For all of its impressive performances in the AFC Cup this year, however, the Busmen have struggled against the Singaporeans, whom they beat, 3-2, in over two legs in the final last year.Coach Risto Vidakovic isn’t about to deviate from his team’s philosophy despite their inability to beat Home this year. The two clubs battled to a 1-1 draw in Singapore in the group stage, before Home beat Ceres, 2-0, at Panaad in the return leg last April.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I think they (Home) will play the same way so we’ll have to try and play our own brand of football,” said Vidakovic, whose team averaged 66 percent possession and created 15 chances per outing in the lead up to the final. “It’s a new game and a very important game. For us, its a historic game and we want to repeat history [by winning the final].”The second leg is set on Aug. 8 at Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore. The winner on aggregate will advance to the inter-zone semifinals against North Korea on April 25. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Shooting sets lofty target: Olympic gold In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more