No one is quite sure which team Kevin Durant will sign with when free agency begins Sunday, but a report Friday suggests it would be a mistake to believe the Brooklyn Nets are the frontrunners to sign the Warriors star.There have been multiple reports the past week suggesting Durant is most likely destined for Brooklyn, but “sources familiar with the matter” told Ian Begley of SportsNet New York that the Nets are not the favorites for Durant.“The idea that the Nets are currently the front …
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Mumbai Indians’ Lasith Malinga and Harbhajan Singh (right) and Mohammad Hafeez (left), captain of Lahore Lions, will clash in a CLT20 qualifying match on SaturdayAfter a sumptuous feast of traditional cricket, it’s time again to return to the shortest format as leading players, including India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, get ready to represent their franchises in the sixth edition of the Champions League T20, with the qualifying rounds starting in Raipur on Saturday.While the main draw matches start from Wednesday with perennial favourites Chennai Super Kings pitted against reigning IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders, the start of qualifying rounds will feature defending CLT20 champions Mumbai Indians taking on a talented Lahore Lions team, led by former national T20 captain Mohammed Hafeez.Mumbai Indians, by virtue of finishing fourth in IPL will have to slog it out from Saturday with the Lions (Pakistan). Northern Knights of New Zealand will play Southern Express of Sri Lanka in the first qualifying match on Saturday at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Stadium in Raipur.Out of the four qualifiers, the top two will earn berth in the main round, which will comprise of 10 teams divided into two groups.With players such as Pollard, Malinga, Lendl Simons and Corey Anderson at their disposal, and not to forget the seasoned Indian players like Harbhajan Singh and Ambati Raydu, MI are favourites to top the qualifiers.Lahore Lions also have a strong chance to make it to the main round with some prominent internationals in their ranks, including talented but controversial opener Ahmed Shehzad and the immensely gifted Umar Akmal. Not to forget skipper Hafeez, who is a master in the shorter format.advertisementThough Knights will have bowlers like Tim Southee and Trent Boult, who have experience of playing in the sub-continent, they will miss the services of Daniel Vettori. Kane Williamson will get a chance to showcase his skills.
Adjudged Man-of-the-Match for his stupendous 66-ball 85 in the final of the World Twenty20, West Indies batter Marlon Samuels took a dig at spin legend Shane Warne who recently criticised him on television for not scoring runs. (West Indies outgun England for second World T20 title )”I woke up this morning with one thing on my mind. Shane Warne has been talking continuously and all I want to say is ‘this is for Shane Warne’. I answer with the bat, not the mic,” Samuels said at the post match presentation ceremony.Later in the press conference, where he had his padded legs up on the microphone table, the Jamaican said: “I play a Test series in Australia and Shane Warne has a problem with me. I don’t know why he disrespects me, I have never done that. Seems like he has all the wrath inside him that needs to come out. I would appreciate if he did not continue to talk about me. I don’t know why he does it, may be because my face is real and his is not.”He also lambasted England allrounder Ben Stokes whom Carlos Brathwaite in the ultimate over of the game smashed for four consecutive sixes to gift West Indies a four-wicket victory. (Gayle, Sammy blast West Indies Cricket Board ) “Stokes is a nervous lad. I told Brathwaite to hold his pose and he will bowl a couple of full toss and as always it did work in our favour,” Samuels said.”He does not learn. I keep telling him whenever he plays against us, ‘do not speak to me’ because I am going to perform. He did not even face a ball and had so much to say today. He did that again. That’s what I strive on. That is why I have been here for so long.”advertisementThe 35-year-old said West Indies might not be a side which does well in One-Day Internationals or Tests, but in T20s they have been quite successful and therefore deserve respect.”A lot of negative stuff, not just in the last couple of weeks but prior to that as well. We want to improve in Tests and One-Day cricket. We have been a force to reckon with in the T20 version. But still when we were coming into this tournament a lot of people were saying negative things. Now people should respect us and give credit to what we do,” Samuels stated. (Brathwaite’s sixes seals the deal for West Indies )”We are a wonderful team and we play not for ourselves but for the Caribbean people. Cricket means the world to them just as cricket in India.”Speaking about the thrilling chase, where West Indies got over the line with just 2 balls to spare, Samuels quipped, “I don’t need to use much words to explain that. We have done it on many occasions. We believe in ourselves, we believe in each other. When the next player goes out to bat we believe he can get it done as well. So we stay calm and don’t panic in any situation.”
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
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
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When discussing college recruiting, experts often say, “the sky’s the limit” about a specific recruit’s potential. Ohio State recruit Tyrone Williams might have already reached the sky. The towering 6-foot-7-inch, 215-pound wide receiver from East Cleveland, Ohio, brings a height element to the OSU receiving core that Buckeye fans don’t see often. “He is unlike any other receiver prospect that has come into the program during the Jim Tressel era,” said Kevin Noon, managing editor of Buckeyegrove.com. Williams had 39 catches for 685 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior and was second team All-State for Shaw High School. He was the No. 34 ranked wideout in the class of 2010 according to ESPN 150. He was also a letterman in basketball and track. Steve Helwagen of Bucknuts.com said Williams has a lot of potential at the college level because of his size and build. “There aren’t a lot of Randy Moss-type players. That is going to be able to create some mismatches for Ohio State in the red zone where they can throw him a jump ball,” Helwagen said. “We saw that in the Fiesta Bowl two years ago where Todd Boeckman threw the ball to Terrelle Pryor, and Texas had no defense for it.” Williams, who was also recruited by West Virginia, Cincinnati and Illinois, might have had other suitors if not for a knee injury that cut his junior season short. “The injury his junior year left a little bit of skepticism out there,” Helwagen said. “I think some schools wanted to see what he did at the start of his senior year, but when Ohio State offered, it was an open and shut deal.” Noon thinks that Williams can probably benefit from redshirting this upcoming season. “He can learn the system, get into a collegiate strength and conditioning program, and work a little bit on honing his skills,” Noon said. Helwagen said that if Williams doesn’t redshirt, he could make an impact due to his height advantage. “He’s a weapon that Ohio State doesn’t have currently,” Helwagen said. “If he shows them that he can make plays right away in the fall, he’ll bring that element where he’ll be able to out jump corners because of his height.” Outside of the obvious height advantage, Williams brings great body control, a huge wingspan and a power forward’s frame to the Buckeyes. “He is deceptively fast and has the ability to go get the ball,” Noon said. “He is able to give quarterbacks a huge target.” Ohio State clearly has a recruit in Williams, who has the potential to be a great receiver for the Buckeyes if he is able to shake off the effects of his injury and grow into the position. Noon said, “If he is able to live up to the billing, Ohio State got an absolute steal in Tyrone Williams.”
Former Florida coach and current ESPN analyst Urban Meyer has agreed in principle to become Ohio State’s next head football coach, according to a report from WKMG-TV in Orlando. An OSU spokesman on Wednesday did not deny that Meyer will be the Buckeyes next coach. According to the WKMG-TV report, the deal is worth $40 million over seven years, which would make Meyer the highest paid coach in OSU history. “We have not been commenting on rumors and speculation,” university spokesman Jim Lynch said in an email to The Lantern. Meyer released a statement through ESPN denying a deal is in place. “I have not been offered any job nor is there a deal in place,” Meyer said in the statement. “I plan on spending Thanksgiving with my family and will not comment on this any further.” If the report is true, Meyer will be replacing interim coach Luke Fickell, who has led the Buckeyes to an 6-5 regular season record. Meyer began his coaching career at OSU when he accepted a graduate-assistant position for the Buckeyes in 1986 as the tight end coach. He became a wide receiver coach the following year. For the next 13 years, Meyer served as an assistant coach, which included stints at Illinois State, Colorado State and Notre Dame. In 2001, Meyer accepted his first head coaching position at Bowling Green where he led the Falcons to a 17-6 record in his two years there. He left to accept another head coaching job at the University of Utah in 2003. Meyer led the Utes to a 10-2 record and was named Coach of the Year in the Mountain West Conference. The following season, Meyer coached Utah to an undefeated season and beat Pittsburgh in the Fiesta Bowl, 35-7. It was the first time since the creation of the BCS that a school from a non-automatically qualifying BCS conference was able to run the table and finish the year without a loss. After the 2004 season, both Florida and Notre Dame pursued Meyer to become their next head coach. Meyer chose Florida and signed a $14 million contract. Meyer went 9-3 during his first year as the Gators coach, including a 31-24 victory of Iowa in the Outback Bowl. During his second year as Florida coach, Meyer led the Gators to a National Championship and 13-1 record by defeating the OSU 41-14 in the BCS Championship Game. Two years later, Florida won another National Championship after defeating the University of Oklahoma in the BCS Championship Game, 24-14. On Dec. 26, 2009, Meyer announced he would be resigning as coach of Florida following the team’s scheduled appearance in the BCS Sugar Bowl due to chest pains and severe headaches. The following day, Meyer announced an indefinite leave of absence instead of resigning. On Jan. 1, 2010, Meyer coached the Gators to a 51–24 Sugar Bowl victory against Cincinnati. After the win, Meyer took time off, but returned to his role as Gators head coach in time for the start of spring practice. Florida went 7-5 during the 2010 regular season, but on Dec. 8 Meyer announced his retirement from coaching. In his final game as Gator head coach, Florida beat Penn State in The Outback Bowl, 37-24. In 2011, Meyer accepted a position at ESPN working as a college football analyst.