Tottenham boss Pochettino ‘worried’ about Kane injuryby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino was hit by a double injury blow along with defeat to Manchester United on Sunday.Pochettino admitted he is “worried” about the extent of Harry Kane’s ankle injury he picked up at the end of their defeat.Moussa Sissoko was also injured on a damaging afternoon for Spurs, whose title ambitions all-but died.”I think I am worried because we will see what happens with Harry Kane,” Pochettino said.”I think Moussa is only a small thing but we will see, we need to assess Harry Kane.”At the end I think he suffered a big tackle and twisted his ankle and now we need to assess him over the next few days, hoping it is not a big issue.”Sissoko was forced off with a groin injury.”No it was groin, a small thing in his groin. Let’s hope it is not a big issue too,” Pochettino added. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd legend Neville: Contract will help De Gea settleby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville says a new contract could see David De Gea return to form.The Spaniard hasn’t been himself this season, but Neville says a new deal until 2023 could settle the 28-year-old.Neville told Sky Sports: “De Gea has had a difficult time in the Premier League and he’s had difficulties at home where he’s lost his place in the national team. I don’t think he’s fully recovered from the poor World Cup in 2018, and he’s made more mistakes in the last 15 months than ever before.”But I’ve got to believe that this is good news and hope that what’s happened in the last 12 to 15 months has been a result of the ongoing speculation. The hope is that now he’s signed, he can settle down and start performing.”United need a spine. They had eight academy players in the squad on Saturday, but their problem isn’t the academy. The problem is that they haven’t got a strong, dominant spine, but De Gea can be the start of that.”
Man Utd will hand Solskjaer January fundsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have money to spend in January.The Daily Mail says United put the Norwegian in charge of a rebuilding process when he was appointed full-time in March and accept that it will take time for him to turn the club’s fortunes around.They will back Solskjaer in the January transfer window if he wants to strengthen his squad again after spending nearly £150million this summer on Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Dan James. In particular, United are in need of a striker, having allowed Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to leave without signing a replacement.The decision has backfired after Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were injured, while teenage prospect Mason Greenwood missed the West Ham game with tonsillitis. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Arsenal stopper Mustafi reveals he played injured in Liverpool thrashingby Freddie Taylor17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveShkodran Mustafi has revealed he played through injury for Arsenal last season.The German endured a terrible night in the 5-1 loss to Liverpool in December 2018, but he has revealed he wasn’t fit enough to play the game.”I had missed three weeks injured and then went into the game without training with the team because the coach needed me,” he said. “At half-time it was 4-1, I had a few bad moments and injured myself again. “Afterwards, I got a lot of negative comments from Arsenal fans on Instagram and Twitter, and articles were written in which I was harshly criticised.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Wijnaldum full of praise for Adrian over Liverpool impactby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGini Wijnaldum was full of praise when asked about Liverpool teammate Adrian.The Spanish goalkeeper enjoyed an unforgettable debut for the Reds this season, helping them win on penalties in the UEFA Super Cup final over Chelsea.An injury to Alisson on opening day has seen the 30-year-old help Liverpool maintain eight straight wins, with his contribution not going unrecognised by his teammates.”Since the first day he settled quite well,” Wijnaldum told the club’s website. “He speaks with everyone and he’s a good person, everyone talks with him.”You could see that he was not shy. Normally when players come in they always look, ‘Who can I talk to?’ and everything, but he talks with everyone. Before the game, he says what he wants to say.”Basically since the day he came in he was already one of us.”He added: “He’s done a really good job. If you see the kind of saves he makes, really important saves during the games.”He also has a big influence on the results we had.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Aston Villa boss Smith ‘extremely proud’ of Mingsby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa boss Dean Smith was delighted for Tyrone Mings over his England debut.The defender was impressive in Bulgaria, dominated by the racist chanting of home fans.Smith said, “Talking about his football first, extremely proud to see one of my players make his debut for England, assured performance, the biggest accolade I could give him was that it looked like he was playing for Aston Villa. “He was organising people around him, was calm on the ball, the sort of performance we see regularly. “Didn’t get tested defensively but played his part in a good result for England.”He continued, “He’s come back here and trained, got on with things as normal and not really said too much about it. I can only sing his praises. “When we go and look at players and speak to them we know what they’re going to bring football-wise, but it’s that personality, character that you’re looking to find out about. “Me and JT went to meet him and he impressed us. Having met him, brought him here on loan and signed him – we’ve seen him every day and it doesn’t surprise me how he handled the whole situation. “He’s articulate, intelligent and a very good human being as well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@zzLIAMzz11Update: ESPN’s Brett McMurphy has more from Fisher on Golson:Jimbo Fisher: “I’m not making the decision (Golson is). (If he picks FSU) then we’ll talk & go through it”— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) May 12, 2015Jimbo Fisher on Everett Golson meeting: “We never (promise) a guy he’ll be the starter”— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) May 12, 2015Earlier: Earlier today, news came out that former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson is visiting Florida today. Yesterday, Golson was at Florida State, and Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher has confirmed that he has spoken to Golson and is interested in bringing him into the program.Jimbo Fisher met w/Everett Golson Monday. “We’re negotiating. He’s a great young man.”— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) May 12, 2015We’re not sure what he means by “negotiating,” but Fisher has experience coaching against Golson. Last year, Golson very nearly won a dramatic last second game in Tallahassee. If he plays for the ‘Noles this season, it certainly adds a major wrinkle to the ACC in 2015.
Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni will hold further talks with Lionel Messi over the captain’s return to international action.Messi has not featured for his country since the World Cup, where Jorge Sampaoli’s men were dumped out by France.The forward dragged Argentina through the group stage with a wonderful goal against Nigeria, but a chaotic campaign ended in the last 16. 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? Messi has given no indication over whether he will play international football again, with Argentina beginning preparations for next year’s Copa America.But Scaloni, appointed as Sampaoli’s successor after initially taking over on an interim basis, is planning to hold further talks with the talismanic forward after they met when the Copa Libertadores final second leg was played in Madrid in December.”I do not talk very often with Messi, but we have a relationship,” Scaloni said on Friday.”We are going to try for him to join us in 2019, we have pending talks and we are optimistic that it will be positive.”For us it is something important. Any coach would like to coach him, myself more than any.”Speaking last month, Messi’s Argentina team-mate Mauro Icardi said he hopes the Barcelona star can be persuaded to return to the fold.”He’s the best player in the world and we all hope he comes back with us, especially with the Copa America coming up,” Icardi told TyC Sports after a friendly win against Mexico.
He is the new kid on the block, with everything to prove. Lautaro Martinez is relishing the opportunity to strut his stuff for Argentina at the Copa America, outshining even Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero to help his nation down Venezuela 2-0 and march on to meet Brazil in the semi-finals.Lautaro, of course, was overlooked for the 2018 World Cup finals along with future Inter team-mate Mauro Icardi. The then-Racing Club striker was in imperious form for his club, but according to Jorge Sampaoli “lacked the extra gear” to make it for the Albiceleste.Either the ex-Argentina boss was altogether mistaken about the prospect, or a single season in Serie A has provoked a drastic change in his play, because against Qatar and now Venezuela the 21-year-old added pace and explosion to transform the nation’s Copa America prospects. 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? He needed just 10 minutes to unlock the Vinotinto defence, having already played in Sergio Aguero once with a fine pass only to see the Manchester City icon denied by Wuilker Farinez.This time Aguero repaid the favour, launching a speculative shot from the edge of the area. Lautaro reacted before anyone else with a sublime backheel that caught Farinez and the rest of Venezuela wrong-footed and gave Argentina an invaluable lead.Throughout the first half the youngster was almost unstoppable. Messi also benefited from a perfectly placed pass to flash a shot wide, while Martinez himself was inches away from finding himself on the end of a low cross from former Racing team-mate Marcos Acuna.And after the break only the woodwork stopped him from doubling Argentina’s tally, having charged onto a fine pass from Leandro Paredes.In general, he also did more than anyone on the Argentina team to keep Venezuela on the back-foot with his incessant pressing and hunger for the ball. He may on occasion get carried away, picking up a deserved booking for a heavy early tackle, but his energy is a breath of fresh air in an Albiceleste which has shown precious little initiative so far in Brazil.Elsewhere coach Lionel Scaloni breathed a sigh of relief as his selections, savagely and deservedly criticised in this tournament, began to bear fruit. Acuna added balance and defensive savvy to the midfield in place of Giovani Lo Celso, while Juan Foyth dispelled pre-match fears with a fine game on the right side of defence.On the hour and with Argentina in clear control, however, the trainer withdrew Martinez and Acuna in a double substitution that left the side rudderless and open to a Vinotinto bombardment. Only the quick reflexes of Franco Armani stopped Salomon Rondon from grabbing a potentially disastrous equaliser which could have spelled the end for the team’s Copa aspirations. Just when it looked like they were in for a torrid end to the game, Venezuela self-destructed. The usually flawless Wuilker Farinez somehow spilled a tame Aguero shot right into the path of Giovani Lo Celso, who was left with the simplest of finishes to make it 2-0. It could not have come at a better time for Argentina, who rode out the final 15 minutes with comfort to take the victory.Whether that will be enough to down mighty Brazil, of course, remains to be seen.The Selecao, whose biggest headaches this Copa have been caused by defences that sit deep and pack men behind the ball – Venezuela for one – may welcome a more open opponent like Argentina in the semi-final. Space behind the backline has been ample for each of the Albiceleste’s rivals in their four matches to date, and mistakes that have gone unnoticed against the likes of Paraguay, Qatar and the Vinotinto are likely to be punished mercilessly by the hosts.Tuesday’s semi-final thus promises to be the stiffest of challenges for a side that is only now finding its feet, and whose Copa was in danger of ending at the group stage before Lautaro and Aguero stepped up to send them through against Qatar.But they will have absolutely nothing to lose; and if their new striking hero continues to maraud the Albiceleste might just have a chance at causing a huge upset over the expectant hosts.
Alexis Sanchez has “been a disaster” for Manchester United, admits Gary Neville, with the Red Devils legend looking for the Chile international to be moved on before transfer windows close across Europe.A proven Premier League performer arrived at Old Trafford from Arsenal in January 2018 amid much fanfare.With rival interest from Manchester City having been fended off to secure a prized signature, excitement and expectation greeted the arrival of a forward supposedly at the peak of his powers. 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? Sanchez has, however, not come close to delivering on his potential, recording just five goals in 45 appearances, and is now being linked with a number of sides in Serie A.Neville believes the time has come for United to cut their losses on a player who has looked a shadow of his former self during a forgettable spell in Manchester.The former Red Devils defender told Sky Sports: “I welcomed him coming to the club as he’s a tenacious forward that plays across the line and scores goals. But it’s been a disaster.“I have no idea what’s happened. There must be two of him. The one that played for Arsenal and Barcelona and then the one that’s turned up in Manchester. They need to get him out of the club.“Romelu Lukaku didn’t want to be there. It’s a phased transition at the club. There’s four or five that don’t want to be there – he [Ole Gunnar Solskjaer] needs to get rid of a couple this year and a couple next year.”Solskjaer has conceded that there may be developments on Sanchez’s future over the coming days, despite previously stating that he expects the South American to stay put and prove his worth.Neville believes moving the 30-year-old out is the best option, with United now favouring a different approach which has helped to restore optimism at Old Trafford.He added: “I like this team a lot more. I look at the team and they all want to be at the club – perhaps Paul Pogba has aspirations to leave the club and play elsewhere. But he’s settled down. It’s a team that’s got energy and youth – I like it.“It’s not slow or boring. They are having a go. It needs two or three senior additions that will make them really good but if that team can grow together.“They are not going to take over City in the next 12-18 months but when Pep Guardiola leaves City and if Liverpool don’t recruit as well as they have done, then Manchester United must be ready to pounce. And if this develops, they’ve got a big chance of doing something in two years’ time.”
ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit got a first-hand look at Texas A&M’s program under Jimbo Fisher on Saturday night. He was impressed.The Aggies, who hosted No. 2 Clemson at Kyle Field, came really close to pulling off the upset. Texas A&M ended up losing by 2 points, unable to convert a 2-point try late in the game.Still, it was an encouraging showing for a program with a new head coach. The future could be bright in College Station.Herbstreit thinks so, anyway.The ESPN college football analyst said after the game that he’s now a “huge fan” of Texas A&M’s quarterback, Kellen Mond.“Put me down as a huge fan of Kellen Mond in Jimbo Fishers offense. Man, he (and his young WR’s) are gonna be tough to stop in this scheme. Jimbo is building a mentally tough culture at @AggieFootball as well. Gained a lot of respect for Aggies tonight. Play Bama in a couple weeks,” he tweeted.Put me down as a huge fan of Kellen Mond in Jimbo Fishers offense. Man, he (and his young WR’s) are gonna be tough to stop in this scheme. Jimbo is building a mentally tough culture at @AggieFootball as well. Gained a lot of respect for Aggies tonight. Play Bama in a couple weeks— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 9, 2018Mond threw for 430 yards and 3 touchdowns in the loss to Clemson on Saturday night.Texas A&M is set to travel to No. 1 Alabama in two weeks. That should be a fun one.
RALEIGH, NC – OCTOBER 31: A general view of the Clemson Tigers versus North Carolina State Wolfpack during their game at Carter-Finley Stadium on October 31, 2015 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)While Ben Finley still has time to announce his commitment for his college football career, the impressive prospect apparently is ready for his next chapter.Finley is the younger brother of Ryan Finley, who is the quarterback of NC State. Although the senior is nearing the end of his college career, it looks like his sibling will follow in his footsteps.Just this afternoon, Ben Finley announced his commitment to NC State on Twitter.“I’m extremely pumped to announce that I will be continuing my education while playing football for North Carolina State University,” Finley said. “I want to thank all of the people involved in the process for their support and especially Coach Doeren and Coach Drinkwitz for believing in me!”Here is the tweet:COMMITTED #QBU #WPN #1Pack1Goal pic.twitter.com/hZOuvjbzNh— Ben Finley (@bfin_5) November 18, 2018It’ll be tough to match his brother’s impressive statistics, which features 3,180 passing yards and 21 touchdowns. However, he does possess elite qualities in his own right.The Paradise Valley product is considered as a pro-style quarterback, per 247Sports.Although Ryan Finley will have to say goodbye to the Wolfpack, the program will receive another talented quarterback. If Ben Finley can sustain the family’s success, NC State will continue thriving in the ACC.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)On Tuesday night, UAB and Northern Illinois met in the Boca Raton Bowl. Midway through the second quarter, a UAB defender delivered a brutal hit to a Northern Illinois wide receiver, though it appeared the defender got the worst of the hit.UAB’s D.A. Williams made a tackle, but appeared to do so with the back of his helmet. The hit left Williams motionless on the turf.The senior defensive back appeared to be knocked out during the play, but regained consciousness and moved his legs while being attended to by medical staff.Medical personnel immobilized Williams and placed him on a board before carting him off the field.UAB CB D.A. Williams is having to be carted off the field on a backboard after he was motionless on the field following a hit he made. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh.— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) December 19, 2018It was a heartbreaking scene as Williams was carted off the field as both teams took a knee. Hopefully, the medical staff was overcautious and the injury isn’t as severe as it seemed.ESPN, which is broadcasting the game, announced that Williams will be taken to the hospital for further testing.Stay tuned for more updates.
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – DECEMBER 30: A detailed view of Capital One Orange Bowl signage on pylon before the game between the Miami Hurricanes and the Wisconsin Badgers at Hard Rock Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)It’s finally here, the College Football Playoff kicks off in just a few hours with No. 2 Clemson facing off against No. 3 Notre Dame. However, we’re here to talk about the match-up that will settle things tonight: Alabama vs. Oklahoma.The Crimson Tide and Sooners don’t kick until 8:00 p.m. ET tonight, but there will be plenty of lead-up and other college football games to keep fans occupied. Nick Saban and Lincoln Riley hope to lead their programs to a national title, but they’ll have to get by each other tonight first.Before the game begins, ESPN gave its final prediction for the contest.The Worldwide Leader gives Alabama a 73.3-percent chance to win the game.The Crimson Tide enter the game as a 14-point favorite to win the contest, and the over/under is set at 77.5 – the highest of any bowl game this season.Get ready to see two high-flying offenses on Saturday night.
COLUMBIA, MO – SEPTEMBER 10: Head coach Barry Odom of the Missouri Tigers during player warm-ups prior to the start of the game against the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Last week the NCAA hit the Missouri football program with a postseason ban after the NCAA found that a dozen Missouri athletes had coursework completed by a former university tutor.The infractions committee passed down its ruling Thursday afternoon, after finding a tutor completed online coursework for “most” of the athletes involved.With the postseason ban placed on the program, senior players on the team are eligible to transfer and play immediately if they choose to leave the Missouri football program.According to a recent report from St. Louis Today, four other SEC programs have reached out to Missouri about potential transfers.Auburn, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Texas A&M have inquired about Mizzou seniors who could be eligible for NCAA waivers to play at another school immediately without having to sit out a year.The report further states that Georgia head coach Kirby Smart called Missouri head coach Barry Odom to say he would not poach the Tigers’ players.Late last week, Odom said doesn’t expect any of the seniors to transfer – let alone to SEC programs. “I don’t have any indication that any of them are leaving at this time,” Odom said on Friday.Former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant already announced his plans to stay with the Tigers.
EUGENE, OR – OCTOBER 06: A general view of the stadium during the game between of Oregon Ducks and the California Golden Bears on October 6, 2011 at the Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)Former Oregon Ducks wide receiver and current football coach at Parkrose High School, Keanon Lowe, thwarted an alleged attack on the school this week.According to a report from Oregon Live, an armed student entered a classroom on Friday wearing a black trench coat and carrying a shotgun.The report reveals the gunman never fired the weapon before he was subdued by Lowe, who is a security guard at the school as well.As the gunman entered the doorway to a classroom, students fled to an adjoining room.Lowe then stepped in and wrestled the student to the ground. After the incident, he spoke with police before giving a brief statement to the press.“I’m just happy everyone was OK,” Lowe said as he walked out of the school about four hours after the incident, according to the report. “I’m happy I was able to be there for the kids and for the community.”A spokesperson for the police said units entered the building to find a staff member subduing the gunman. Police detained the suspect, but declined to share information about the student’s name.Lowe worked as an offensive analyst in the NFL following his collegiate football career before eventually landing at Parkrose High School.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p The site’s David Eickholt and Allen Trieu reveal how Richman’s reputation has taken off the way it has:At the end of May, offensive lineman Mason Richman was ranked 2,110th in the country. After earning an Iowa offer, talking to those close to him, analyzing film and more– Richman is now a four-star prospect by 247Sports. The 6-foot-6 260-pounder out of Kansas is now ranked 248th in the country and the 22nd best offensive tackle in the country.“Mason is a really good athlete at his size,” 247Sports Midwest Recruiting Analyst Allen Trieu said of Richman when he committed. “I think we wondered if he was twitchy enough as a defensive end, hence his ranking was held back some. Once we evaluated him as an offensive tackle though, his growth potential and explosive qualities speak to a kid who could be really good there. I am hoping his senior film shows as glimpses of him at that position because he could be a rankings riser if so.”The composite rankings now have Richman as a three-star, and up to No. 545 overall. It isn’t as stark as the 247 site rankings jump, but the composite is also predicated on Rivals and ESPN, which haven’t given Richman the same huge bump.Iowa has often thrived with undervalued recruits, and was clearly ahead of the game on Richman. The 2020 Hawkeyes class is shaping up to be one of Kirk Ferentz’s best.The 22-player class is ranked No. 21 overall and fourth in the Big Ten.[247Sports] WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – NOVEMBER 03: General view of Iowa Hawkeyes helmets are seen during the game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross-Ade Stadium on November 3, 2018 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)247Sports recently adjusted its recruiting rankings for the 2020 class, which has vaulted a number of major recruits. Few have seen an ascent like Iowa pledge Mason Richman.Just a few months ago, Richman was an uncommitted three-star lineman, ranked down in the 2000s. That is certainly nothing to scoff at, plenty of productive players and stars come from rankings like that, but it doesn’t have the flash of a blue-chip recruit.He has steadily made his way up the rankings since then. In June, his commitment to Iowa brought his status as a recruit into new light.With the new 247Sports update, Mason Richman has been shot up to a four-star ranked in the top 250 in the site’s rankings.247’s individual rankings now have him at No. 248 overall. He’s the No. 2 recruit in Kansas, and the No. 22 offensive tackle.
2019 World Cup: Hot conditions in England advantage for subcontinent teams, says PietersenThe upcoming cricket World Cup will see subcontinent teams at a great advantage if the hot conditions continued in England, said Kevin Pietersen.advertisement Press Trust of India MumbaiApril 4, 2019UPDATED: April 4, 2019 19:02 IST Former England skipper Kevin Pietersen believes that subcontinent teams will play at an advantage if the hot conditions continued in England. (Photo: Twitter/@KP24)HIGHLIGHTSPietersen said prevailing hot conditions in English will favour subcontinent teamsBrian Lara felt that the West Indies team will need consistency and teamwork for the World CupSri Lanka’s Jayawardene says they haven’t done well leading up to the World CupFormer skipper Kevin Pietersen reckons that if hot and dry conditions persist in England, it will work more in favour of subcontinent teams during the upcoming World Cup but green surfaces would be an advantage for the hosts.Pietersen said last summer was one of the hottest with hardly any rain.”We started a Test against India in 2000 something. On day one it was an absolutely green surface but at the end of day two it was completely dry. It never rained but the moisture that was, was sucked by the system dry completely and depleting any grass on the wicket.”If the conditions are like they were last summer, then I can say subcontinental teams will have a massive role to play in the World Cup. If they are not and it’s horrible and green and seaming all over, it will play into England’s favour,” said Pietersen.I wasn’t very good…! #GullyCricket pic.twitter.com/IrYY63PonJ Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) March 28, 2019However, Pietersen fears that if the ball swung like it did on West Indies, England could be in trouble.”The one downside for England though is that although they have the license to slog from ball one, but in those swinging and seaming conditions it’s quite difficult as we saw in the West Indies at Barbados where the ball did a bit and the West Indies knocked over England (in the Test),” he said.Batting great Brian Lara felt that the West Indies, recently, have become strong at home but cautioned that it was consistency and team work which could see the team through in the World Cup.advertisement”The series against England has given us all in the West indies some hope. We have become strong at home. But I am not going to be fooled by what we did against England. We have a team that understands the conditions at home now. But four months ago we were terrible, but I am happy to see we have made that little progress in our cricket, said the former stylish left handed batsman.”We have got a few match winners but in English conditions we need a bit more than match winners to win the World Cup. We need a team with great consistency and if we reach the knock out stages we can knock out any team. It give us a little bit of chance but would like to see the team selection first.”Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene was not happy with the way things have gone in his country in the run-up to the mega event with so many chopping and changing.”Usually we plan for the World Cup years ahead – 12 months ahead and know what our combinations are. This time there is the (upcoming) provincial tournament to finalise the World Cup squad. That shows inconsistency in the approach,” he said candidly.”It’s not alarming as there is talent, some good players who have had experience of World Cup before and have been in finals before. Sri Lanka always turns out for the World Cup with mentality that they can win. Leading up to the World Cup, we have not done well. We have won a handful of matches over the last five months both in Sri Lanka and away which won’t give any confidence.”Jayawardene said a settled top-order is crucial and Sri Lanka are still not sure about it.”There has not been a consistent selection process. We had like eight different opening partnerships. Top four guys are very crucial in those conditions. I think they need to find solutions for that, some soul searching. Hopefully this domestic tournament is not going to make a huge impact in the selection process. You need to back the guys who have done the thing in the past. I hope commonsense will prevail,” he added.Also Read | IPL 2019: Kevin Pietersen plays gully cricket in Bengaluru ahead of RCB vs MIAlso Read | Kevin Pietersen trolls Virat Kohli. India captain has a sporting replyAlso Read | King, buddy: Kevin Pietersen hails Virat Kohli after India’s 500th ODI winAlso Watch | Australia should pick David Warner for the 2019 ICC World Cup: VVS LaxmanFor 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 byRoshni Tags :Follow Kevin PietersenFollow CricketFollow World Cup 2019
Shane Warne hits out at former England cricketer over Matt Prior’s Ashes jibe at AustraliaThe Ashes 2019 tension is spilling off the field as well. While Joel Wilson’s LBW decision against Ben Stokes during a tense England chase of 359 runs at Headingley on Sunday left the two camps and the cricket fraternity.advertisement Akshay Ramesh New DelhiAugust 27, 2019UPDATED: August 27, 2019 07:48 IST Shane Warne came up with a strongly-worded jibe for Chris Adams. (IANS File Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShane Warne blasted Chris Adams over his tweet that took a jibe at how Australia reacted to defeatBen Stokes’s match-winning 135 not out kept the series and England’s Ashes hopes aliveWith the series tied at 1-1, England and Australia will have a lot to play for when they meet in the 4th Test,Legendary Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne has blasted former England batsman Chris Adams over his tweet that took a jibe at how Australia reacted to the close defeat in Leeds in the 3rd Ashes Test.Ben Stokes’s match-winning 135 not out kept the series and England’s Ashes hopes alive as the hosts completed a record chase to level the 5-match series at 1-1. Stokes stitched a 76-run stand for the 11th wicket with Jack Leach during which the tail-ender scored only 1 run.The drama-filled penultimate over of the match from Nathan Lyon gave rise to the controversy. It was first a simple opportunity to run Jack Leach out at the non-striker’s end after a horrible mix-up between the last English pair. However, Australia have seemingly robbed off an opportunity to retain the Ashes when on-field umpire Joel Wilson gave Stokes not out when he was trapped in front by Lyon.The replays showed 3 reds but Australia were unable to overturn the decision as they had used up all their reviews. Stokes held his nerve and helped England complete a miraculous chase.Even as Ben Stokes’ heroics dominated newspaper headlines, a section of Australian media highlighted umpire Joel Wilson’s costly error.Pointing out the said reactions, former England batsman Matt Prior took to Twitter to hit out at Australia.”Wow! They’re good at giving it but not that great at taking it! Hope everyone is having a great day in the sun,” Prior wrote.Replying to his countryman Prior’s Tweet, Chris Adams said: “Always been the case!!”advertisementWarne blasted Adams for the reply as he came up with a strongly-worded jibe at the former England cricketer.”Chris, you were nothing but a club cricketer ! So don’t even bore us with your dribble as no one is interested or cares in what you have to say ! Pipe down…..” Warne wrote.With the series tied at 1-1, England and Australia will have a lot to play for when they meet in the 4th Test, starting September 4 in Manchester. With Steve Smith expected to return after missing the third Test with a delayed concussion, Australia will have a slender edge in the much-anticipated 4th Test.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Ashes 2019Follow Shane Warne Next
Reuters BarcelonaAugust 30, 2019UPDATED: August 30, 2019 20:03 IST Former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said his daughter had fought with intense bone cancer (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLuis Enrique said his daughter had fought 5 intense months with bone cancerEnrique had quit Spain coach role to spend time with his daughterAll the Barca family are touched by the loss of Xana: Barcelona president Bartomeu Former Spain coach Luis Enrique has announced the death of his nine-year-old daughter Xana following a battle with cancer.Luis Enrique quit his role with the national team in June to spend time with his daughter, who lost her five-month fight against the disease on Thursday.”Our daughter Xana passed away this afternoon aged nine after fighting for five intense months with osteosarcoma (bone cancer),” he said in a statement.”We want to say thanks for all the shows of warmth received over the past few months and we appreciate the discretion and comprehension shown.”We also want to thank the staff at the Sant Joan de Deu and Sant Pau hospital for their dedication and treatment, to the doctors, nurses and all the volunteers. With a special mention to the palliative care team at Sant Joan de Deu.”We will miss you a lot but we will remember you every day of our lives with the hope that one day in the future we will meet again. You will be the star that guides our family. Rest (in peace) Xanita.”All of our suppport and compassion goest to Enrique: BarcelonaJosep Maria Bartomeu, president of Barcelona where Luis Enrique won two Liga titles both as a player and coach and spent 11 years in all, sent condolences on behalf of the Catalan club.”All of our support and compassion goes to Luis Enrique, his wife and all of his family at this particularly painful time,” Bartomeu said in a tweet.advertisement”All the Barca family are touched by the loss of Xana. Our condolences and all our sympathy for the Martinez Cullell family.”Osteosarcoma is the most common form of bone cancer and is most prevalent in teenagers and young adults.Also Read | Champions League: Liverpool get kind draw; Real Madrid to face PSG in group stageAlso 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 Luis EnriqueFollow BarcelonaFollow Luis Enrique daughterFollow Spain football Next Former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique’s daughter dies aged 9 Luis Enrique’s daughter Xana passed away on Thursday following a battle with bone cancer, the former Spain coach said. Enrique had quit his role as Spain coach in July 2019 to be with his daughter.advertisement