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Australia’s Men’s and Women’s National Training Squads will take part in camps this weekend, in Sydney and Brisbane respectively, as they continue their preparation for the 2014 Trans Tasman Series. With less than 100 days to go until the Trans Tasman event, this weekend’s camps will be the squad’s first opportunity to train together in 2014 following their initial camps in late 2013.The squads have been working very hard and are extremely motivated to put in a strong performance in Mudgee following the 2-1 series loss against New Zealand in February 2013. Stay tuned to the Touch Football Australia social media pages over the weekend for all of the latest news from the camps:Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia Stay tuned to www.austouch.com.au next week for camp diaries from members of the squads. Please visit the ‘2014 Trans Tasman Series’ section of the website under ‘Tournaments’ for more information about the event. Related LinksAustralian Camps
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton boss Silva insists Davies in his plansby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva insists Tom Davies is in his plans.Davies made a bright start to the season and was made captain by Silva for Everton’s game with Arsenal in September but he has not played a minute in the Premier League since coming off in the 2-1 win at Leicester on October 6. When asked if he would allow Davies to move in the New Year, Silva replied: “No way. Impossible. No way. Tom is part of our squad. He is an important player for me and an important player for us as a club. He is the present and the future of our club.”I know Tom is not playing the last few games but that is not his fault. It is because the players in that position are playing very well. When I changed to start with Andre (Gomes) for the first time against Crystal Palace, Tom’s performances were improving.”He did very well in the game before at Leicester but I took the decision to change – not because of Tom’s performance but because of how I expected Crystal Palace to play, and they did play that way. Tom is working hard and is ready to play, if that is what I decide.”
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Fiorentina coach Pioli pleased to see off Empoliby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFiorentina coach Stefano Pioli was pleased with their 3-1 win over Empoli.Both Kevin Mirallas and Giovanni Simeone were on the scoresheet for the Viola.”This was a very challenging game, but we were driven and we gave it everything we had,” said Pioli after the match.”After Juventus, Empoli are the team that picked up the most points over the last four games. Considering the context, we did really well.”What I liked the most was our never-say-die spirit. We did not give in after the opponents took advantage of our mistake and scored a goal. We wanted a victory, and we earned it.”
Man Utd make opening bid for Juventus attacker Douglas Costaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have failed with a bid for Juventus attacker Douglas Costa.RAI Sport says United have submitted a €60m (£54m) offer for Juventus star Douglas Costa.United have tabled a bid with the Italian giants as they look to prise the Brazilian away from Serie A.However, initial reports claim Juve have knocked back the opening offer with his current contract running until June 2022.The 28-year-old winger would provide caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, or the new manager in the summer, with further choice on the flanks with Alexis Sanchez failing to live up to expectations.
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About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Lloris hellbent on ending Tottenham’s barren trophy runby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHugo Lloris is determined to end Tottenham’s barren trophy run.Spurs haven’t won a piece of silverware since the league cup in 2007/08.Lloris said: “This [winning silverware] is what we work for.”We know we are in the Premier League and there are a lot of contenders, big teams, big players, and that is why we are excited to be here.”We are in the most competitive country, so we keep working with the same mentality and do our best.”We have shown in the past that Tottenham is very competitive and we are reducing the gap with the best.”
Real Madrid defender Varane: Areola could be our No1by Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRaphael Varane has welcomed France teammate Alphonse Areola to Real Madrid.The PSG goalkeeper has joined Real on a season-long loan.Varane said, “If I have spoken with Areola on his arrival? “A little bit, and he is very happy to come to Madrid. We do not know what can happen to the starting places. In football, everything goes very fast. “In Madrid, we are fortunate to have two very good specialists. We’ll see…” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sean Longstaff says Newcastle away support deserved betterby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff says the away support deserved better after their thrashing at Leicester City.Longstaff hailed the travelling fans who still cheered even after Leicester’s fifth went in with Newcastle down to ten men with Isaac Hayden having been sent off.“The away fans travelled again. We should never put them in the position where they’re cheering just for the sake of it,” said Longstaff. “It’s a tough one. The first half, we go a goal behind, but we’re still getting into some all right positions. The sending off kills the game, but still, the second half is embarrassing.“It’s hard for the fans to take. It’s a Sunday night, late game, miles away from home. They were still singing at the end. We can’t thank them enough for what they bring.”
Twitter/@UMichEarlier today, Chris Balas of Rivals’ Michigan site TheWolverine.com broke the news that Michigan would not renew its partnership with adidas, and would instead be signing with Nike as its apparel and shoe partner. Now, Michigan has confirmed the move, via Twitter.Reunited and it feels sooo good. http://t.co/ZCpmchtZMV #URecord pic.twitter.com/MPguZr2oPg— UniversityofMichigan (@UMich) July 6, 2015Michigan’s press release about the move has more:The University of Michigan has reached an agreement in principle with NIKE to become the Wolverines’ official athletic footwear, apparel and equipment provider to 2027, with an option to extend the deal to 2031. The partnership will commence August 1, 2016 and will see NIKE supply all 31 of U-M’s athletics programs with uniforms, footwear, apparel and equipment. U-M and NIKE also will collaborate throughout the agreement on innovation initiatives in sports technology, design and best practices. “After careful consideration, the right partner for the University of Michigan was NIKE,” said interim director of athletics Jim Hackett. “This decision, this partnership is about more than Michigan athletics; at the core, it is about our University community and it is about two great names reuniting for an opportunity that speaks to more than uniforms and apparel. “NIKE is a recognized leader in its field when it comes to product innovation and we look forward to future collaboration.” Michigan aspires to unlock new possibilities for the entire U-M community with the partnership including student internships at NIKE headquarters and community events. The agreement includes use of the Jordan Brand “Jumpman” apparel and footwear for men’s and women’s basketball.At the time it was signed, Michigan’s adidas deal was the most lucrative in college athletics. We’ll be interested to see what this new Nike partnership looks like for the Wolverines.
Brighton have completed the signing of Argentine midfielder Alexis Mac Allister from Argentinos Juniors.The 20-year-old has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with the Seagulls but will stay in the Superliga for the rest of the season.Argentinos confirmed in a statement Brighton have paid $9 million (£6.9m) for their 90 per cent share of Mac Allister’s economic rights. 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? Brighton boss Chris Hughton feels Mac Allister, who has made nine league appearances for Argentinos this term, will be a good addition to his squad for the 2019-20 campaign and beyond.”Alexis is an exciting young player that we have brought in for the future, and he has already made a big impact playing in Argentina,” Hughton told Brighton’s website.”It is in the best interests of all three parties to allow him to return to Juniors, as he will be able to continue playing regular first-team football in a very competitive league.”We will keep a close eye on his development over the coming months, and it is a pleasure to welcome him to the football club.”Who’s that man fromIt’s not Leo – but Albion have completed the signing of midfielder Alexis Mac Allister from @AAAJoficial. Breaking news brought to you by @eToro.#BHAFC — Brighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) January 24, 2019Mac Allister is glad of the chance to see out the season in Argentina before trying to prove himself in the Premier League.He said: “The main reason I signed was because they came to Argentina looking for me, and they seemed very convinced about me.”They made a big effort, told me about their project and their ideas to keep growing in this league, and I liked their ideas. I liked what they said. We kept in contact with [head of recruitment and analysis] Paul [Winstanley] and I was eventually able to come and sign everything.”I watch a lot of football and for me the English league is the best in the world. It is above all the other leagues. That’s the challenge for me, to be able to perform in that league and to bring my contribution to this team. I feel I am a player who really likes to get on the ball, that is my style.”I am really pleased I can go back for six months and help Argentinos, and these six months will help me a lot. I will keep progressing with my team and be calm in my head. I’ll be able to enjoy playing for the club which has given me everything.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Kieran Trippier wants to stay in England, with the Tottenham defender generating talk of interest from Serie A giants Juventus and Napoli.The 28-year-old is among those who could be heading out of north London this summer as Mauricio Pochettino is finally freed to make adjustments to his squad after two windows of no movement.Trippier concedes that his performances in 2018-19 were not good enough, with his standards slipping on the back of a memorable World Cup campaign with England. 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 has already stated a preference to remain with Spurs, but accepts that decision may be taken out of his hands.Italy could be one potential landing spot for the right-back, but he is eager to continue his career in the Premier League.Quizzed again on his future in the wake of a Champions League final defeat to Liverpool, Trippier told reporters: “I don’t know.“I go home now, spend time with my family, just recover after a long, difficult season. Everybody’s got a decision to make, no matter what.“Obviously this club has been very good for me over the last few years but I’ll enjoy my summer, come back in pre-season and that’s when I’ll sit down with the manager and have a talk about my future.“I see a lot of speculation about me not being here. I give everything, 100 per cent every game, win lose or draw. So we’ll see what happens in pre-season.”Trippier, who has been left out of England’s squad for the Nations League finals, added on the rumours of a switch to continental Europe: “I want to stay in England. But what can you do?“I’ll see what happens and what the club wants, most importantly.“I give everything for this club – training sessions, games – so we’ll see what happens in pre-season.”Trippier has been with Tottenham since joining from Burnley in the summer of 2015.He has made 113 appearances across four seasons, with the right-back berth having been made his own in Pochettino’s plans since England team-mate Kyle Walker headed to Manchester City in 2017.
Gianluigi Buffon’s agent said a return to Juventus is “just an idea” for now as he seemingly admitted negotiations are underway to bring the legendary goalkeeper back to Turin.Buffon is a free agent after leaving Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain following one season in the French capital.The 41-year-old swapped Juventus for PSG in 2018-19 but Buffon could be set for a return to the Serie A champions, where he won the Scudetto nine times. 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? Responding to reports that Buffon is in talks to become Wojciech Szczesny’s understudy before taking up a role as a director, Silvano Martina told SportItalia : “For now, it’s just an idea.”Buffon spent 17 years at Juventus after arriving from Parma for a then-world record fee 2001.The Italian great added five Supercoppa Italiana and four Coppa Italia titles to his collection, while he was a Champions League runner-up on three occasions.Buffon then moved to PSG in 2018, winning the Ligue 1 and Trophee des Champions in his only season with Thomas Tuchel’s side.The legendary goalkeeper has been noncommittal when talking about his future to date, hinting earlier this month that he might even take the year off to decide on the next move in his career.”PSG told me five months ago that I would be the second goalkeeper next season,” Buffon told Corriere dello Sport . “I had plenty of time to think about it and I came to the conclusion that this was not for me, so I gave up a lot of money and a one-year option.”Their request was absolutely legitimate, understandable and was an attractive offer. “However, at the age of 41, I have this almost physiological need to feel sensations. Emotions translate into energy, dreams, the feeling of being part of something.”Today I find myself in a situation like last summer, in an extraordinary state of serenity, in a state of total relaxation where everything is open and it could all end in twelve months or in fifteen days. “Some good proposals have arrived, but if I don’t have the right motivation I can decide to take a year all for myself, all mine. One year of education.”
BLACKSBURG, VA – SEPTEMBER 7: Ohio State Buckeyes fan Big Nut looks on before the game against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Lane Stadium on September 7, 2015 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Ohio State and Michigan will renew their rivalry on Saturday, and this year, the game is at Ohio Stadium. Buckeyes fans are already out in full force in the stadium, though one appears to be going a little too far in his fandom.Big Nut – one of the team’s well-known superfans – is sitting in the front row, per usual, and he’s brought with him the severed head of a Michigan player.This isn’t the first time Big Nut has brought out the prop – there are plenty of photos of him doing it in past years as well. But it never really seems to go over well.Here are a few photos via reporters on-scene.Just to be clear, this is horrendous and awful, and these “fans” should be even more ashamed of themselves than they normally should be. https://t.co/6faBLLWnuY— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) November 24, 2018This is…something. pic.twitter.com/9FsnQDBcuv— Colin Hass-Hill (@chasshill) November 24, 2018The Big Nut has a decapitated Michigan head as decor for photos today. pic.twitter.com/qY3qLxAr03— Wyatt Crosher (@wcrosher) November 24, 2018Ohio State vs. Michigan is a good enough rivalry without these kinds of things. But everyone expresses their fandom differently, we guess.As for the game itself, both teams need it badly. The winner wins the Big Ten East and gets to play in the league’s title game against Northwestern. A College Football Playoff berth could be in play as well.The two schools will square off at Noon ET on FOX.
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 15: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers watches the team warm up before the game against the Troy Trojans at Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)In their efforts to bolster a solid 2019 recruiting class ahead of National Signing Day, Scott Frost and his Nebraska staff have started recruiting three-star defensive back Jamel Starks more heavily.According to the Omaha World-Herald, the Cornhuskers are “in the mix” for Starks, with visits scheduled with Frost and defensive backs coach Travis Fisher.Per the report, Nebraska’s interest in Starks is mutual.Nebraska’s odds of getting Starks are also looking good. 247Sports Crystal Ball Predictions have Starks signing with the Huskers.The World-Herald noted that Starks has already made visits to West Virginia and North Carolina State. He is considered likely to visit Louisville and Colorado State, and possibly Auburn and South Carolina.247Sports rates Starks as the No. 84 prospect from the state of Georgia.Following the early signing period in December, Nebraska has 23 players with signed letters of intent for 2019.Jamel Starks (@jamel_starks) made the call Thursday. The defensive back dialed the Nebraska football coach who knows the Atlanta area so well — Sean Beckton — to “talk things over.”NU’s still interested, Starks said. And he is, too. https://t.co/hThhDrMmJx— World-Herald Big Red (@OWHbigred) January 4, 2019247Sports has it rated as the fourth-best class in the Big Ten. National Signing Day takes place on February 6.[Omaha World-Herald]
STILLWATER, OK – NOVEMBER 7 : A general view of the stadium during the game against the TCU Horned Frogs November 7, 2015 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The Cowboys defeated the Horned Frogs 49-29. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Shane Illingworth, one of the top pro-style quarterbacks in the 2020 recruiting class, has announced his college commitment.The pro-style quarterback out of Norco, California announced his commitment on social media on Wednesday night.Illingworth has committed to Oklahoma State.“Committed to Oklahoma State University…. See you soon Stillwater!” he tweeted. Committed to Oklahoma State University…. See you soon Stillwater! #GoPokes #Cowboys pic.twitter.com/4PT9rNI5yK— Shane Illingworth (@shane_wayne0411) May 16, 2019Illingworth chose Oklahoma State over a number of major programs, including Arizona, Louisville and Arkansas, among others.The 6-foot-6 quarterback is ranked the No. 8 pro-style QB and the No. 194 overall player in the class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Oklahoma State’s 2020 class is ranked the No. 20 class in the country.
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – DECEMBER 23: Head coach Sean McVay of the Los Angeles Rams looks on during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on December 23, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Way before Sean McVay was one of the top coaches in the NFL, he was just a young kid trying to climb the coaching ladder. At one point, that led him to look to the old Big East for a job.In a recent episode of Barstool Sports’ ‘Pardon My Take’ podcast , McVay revealed that he applied for a position on Doug Marrone’s staff at Syracuse back in 2009. The position was for a quality control coach during Marrone’s first season with the Orange.McVay didn’t get hired, but it sounds like that was more his choice than Marrone’s. Instead of heading to Central New York, he took a job with the UFL’s Florida Tuskers as a quality control and wide receivers coach.Via Syracuse.com: “I said, ‘You know, you actually refused my resume,’ ” McVay said, recounting a recent get-together with Marrone and other coaches. “But in all actuality, I was very close to going and working with him if the United Football League opportunity didn’t present itself.”The type of role McVay applied for at Syracuse typically doesn’t pay much and is a short-term opportunity, so he wouldn’t have been with the Orange long had he accepted. Still, it would have been cool for Syracuse to add him to its impressive list of head coaches who once paid their dues there.A decade later, the 33-year-old McVay is coming off a Super Bowl appearance in his second season as head coach of the Los Angeles Rams. Despite the loss to New England on the big stage, McVay’s Rams should once again be considered a top contender in the NFC.This offseason, a number of NFL teams searching for head coaches tried to find the ‘next Sean McVay’, in some cases hiring anyone they could who had ties to the young offensive savant.
Glenn McGrath in awe of Jasprit Bumrah: Never seen anyone quite like himJasprit Bumrah, who made his Test debut earlier this year in South Africa, is the leading wicket-taker in the ongoing four-Test series between India and Australia.advertisement India Today Web Desk MelbourneDecember 29, 2018UPDATED: December 29, 2018 22:36 IST Jasprit Bumrah’s six-for in the first innings of Boxing Day Test at the MCG swung the momentum in India’s favour (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSGlenn McGrath pointed out that Bumrah has been a huge factor in India’s success in AustraliaBumrah has picked up 47 wickets so far since making his Test debut in January 2018Bumrah is leading the wicket-takers list in the ongoing series with 19 scalped so farLegendary Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath has heaped praise on Jasprit Bumrah, saying the in-form India pacer is one the kind in international cricket.McGrath, who watched the Australian team struggle against Virat Kohli’s visiting team in the ongoing Boxing Day Test, added that Bumrah’s variety has made him a crucial player of the Indian attack in the ongoing four-Test series in Australia.Bumrah has been making headlines for impressively leading the Indian pace attack Down Under. The 25-year-old fast bowler, who made his Test debut only earlier this year, is leading the wicket-takers list in the ongoing series, with 19 wickets, two more than nearest-rival Nathan Lyon.Bumrah has put India in the brink of a historic Boxing Day Test win in Australia as he ran through the hosts’ fragile batting line-up with a six-for in the first innings. Tim Paine’s men eventually folded for 151 and are reeling at 258 for 8, chasing 399 at stumps on Day 4 of the ongoing Test in Melbourne.”It’s hard for the batsmen to pick him. Bumrah is strong, bowls at a good pace and gets the ball to lift awkwardly. I have never seen anybody quite like Bumrah. He has a short run-up but powers through to the crease. And he has such an unusual, quick, whippy action,” McGrath told Sportstar.He added: “He can both take the ball away and bring it in. And he has a good yorker. Bumrah has been a huge factor in the Indian attack in this series.Bumrah’s unusual action and the consistent pace has left the Australian batsman searching for answers. The nippy pacer’s ability to be spiteful both with the new ball and the old one has been a huge boost to Kohli’s visiting team.advertisementSpeaking to the media after the fourth day’s play in Melbourne, India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun said Bumrah’s unusual action has made life difficult for most opposition batsmen. He also insisted that coaches had to work hard with Bumrah as his unusual action leads to a lot of stress.Bumrah, who was touted as a white-ball specialist, made a surprise debut during India’s tour of South Africa earlier this year. Ever since the Mumbai Indians pacer has adapted to red ball wonderfully well and is now the joint-highest Indian wicket-taker along with Mohammed Shami in Tests in 2018 with 47 wickets.”We were extremely confident of Bumrah doing well even before he started playing Tests because he was unique and most batsmen who played against him said it was difficult to pick him,” Arun said.”I had the opportunity to work with Bumrah when he was at U-19 level and when I was with NCA. I felt Bumrah was able to generate a lot of pace with his action, but puts a lot of strain on his body. It was a challenge and we had discussions with the physios and trainers. We came to the conclusion that we need to work on him to become extremely strong to be able to sustain his bowling.”Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah always wants to learn and experiment: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah a workhorse, he will soon be world’s best bowler: Michael ClarkeAlso Read | Bumrah talks up India domestic cricket after Kerry O’Keeffe’s controversial remarksAlso 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 India vs AustraliaFollow Glenn McGrathFollow Jasprit BumrahFollow Bharat ArunFollow MCG TestFollow India cricket team
Doug Bracewell, Lockie Ferguson shine as New Zealand beat Sri Lanka in only T20Doug Bracewell made 44 from 26 balls and Lockie Ferguson grabbed three wickets to lead New Zealand to a 35-run win over Sri Lanka in a one-off Twenty20 on Friday and a clean sweep of the tourists across all formats.advertisement Associated Press AucklandJanuary 11, 2019UPDATED: January 11, 2019 16:18 IST Doug Bracewell blasted 44 off 26 balls and picked up a wicket vs Sri Lanka (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNew Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 35 runs in the one-off T20IDoug Bracewell made 44 off just 26 balls while Lockie Ferguson took 3 for 31New Zealand previously beat Sri Lanka 1-0 in a two-Test series and 3-0 in ODI seriesAll-rounders Doug Bracewell and Scott Kuggeleijn joined forces to lead New Zealand to a 35-run win over Sri Lanka in a one-off Twenty20 on Friday and a clean sweep of the tourists across all formats. Bracewell made 44 from 26 balls and Kuggeleijn, on debut, hit an unbeaten 35 from 15 as New Zealand rallied from 55 for 5 after 10 overs to make 179 for 7 batting first. Kuggeleijn then took 1 for 26, Bracewell 1 for 19, and both held two catches as New Zealand bowled out Sri Lanka for 144 in 16.5 overs.Paceman Lockie Ferguson took 3 for 31 and leg-spinner Ish Sodhi 3 for 30 as New Zealand pulled back Sri Lanka which was well ahead of the run rate for much of its chase. New Zealand previously beat Sri Lanka 1-0 in a two-Test series and 3-0 in a three-match one-day international series.Kuggeleijn, who followed his father Chris as a New Zealand player, and Bracewell, also the son of a former international – fast bowler Brendon – both emerged as genuine all-rounders in limited-overs cricket with their performances on Friday.I’ve been working hard on my batting. Just trying to stay still and watch the ball hard. – Doug Bracewell talking to Laura McGoldrick on @skysportnz #NZvSL pic.twitter.com/D5c9kjwuZ5BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) January 11, 2019New Zealand made a poor start after losing the toss and being sent in, losing Martin Guptill (1) in the first over, Tim Seifert (2) in the second, Henry Nicholls (4) in the third and Colin Munro (16) in the fourth to be 27-4.Veteran Lasith Malinga, in possibly his last match in New Zealand, and youngster Kasun Rajitha both took two wickets in their opening spells. When Mitchell Santner was out for 13 in the 10th over, New Zealand was 55-5 at the midpoint of their innings.advertisementA competitive total seemed unlikely as the New Zealand batsmen struggled on a drop-in pitch which offered good bounce and on which the slower ball was often effective. But Ross Taylor (33) put on 47 with Bracewell in a sixth-wicket stand, which helped to repair the innings, then Bracewell took charge with a bright innings which included one four and five sixes in his first match for New Zealand in a year.”I got going with (Taylor) and managed to get a few away, and then (Kuggeleijn) on debut was outstanding,” Bracewell said.”The boys all sort of chipped in with a few wickets there.”VICTORY! Just like that the BLACKCAPS wrap up the Sri Lanka tail. Ish Sodhi impressive with a couple late ones and finishing with 3-30!win by 35 runs.#NZvSL @PhotosportNZ pic.twitter.com/BCptQWAffBBLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) January 11, 2019Kuggeleijn joined Bracewell and hit 35, which included one four and four sixes, in a partnership of 41. He added a further 36 with Tim Southee (13) to lift New Zealand to a total which was close to par on Eden Park.Sri Lanka made a blazing start to their reply with Niroshan Dickwella hitting a four and six from the first two balls of their innings. He blasted Sri Lanka to 29 for 1 after only two overs.The tourists remained well ahead of New Zealand’s run curve, reaching 52 for 3 after five overs and 95-4 after 10.Big-hitting Thisara Perera looked likely to lead Sri Lanka to victory as he raced to 43 from 24 balls with two fours and three sixes. He worked well in partnerships with Kusal Mendis and Dhanajaya de Silva.Victory @BLACKCAPS!!! #NeverInDoubt pic.twitter.com/ETLhFxdt8WThe ACC (@TheACCnz) January 11, 2019But Ferguson returned to dismiss Perera and de Silva in one over and Sri Lanka’s effort petered out.”I thought we did really well in the bowling part, but in the last overs we gave away a few too many runs,” Malinga said. “I still feel that in the batting part we didn’t understand how to win the game.”For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Lockie FergusonFollow Ish SodhiFollow Doug BracewellFollow Scott Kuggeleijn
From beautiful toilets to space missions, PM Modi delivers first Mann Ki Baat this year | 10 pointsPM Modi’s first radio address this year comes just a day after India celebrated the 70th Republic Day. In his address, PM Modi touched a lot of topics ranging from space missions to maintaining hygiene through use of toilets.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 27, 2019UPDATED: January 27, 2019 14:40 IST It was the first radio address of 2019 by PM Modi. (Photo: Twitter/All India Radio News)HIGHLIGHTSIn his address, PM Modi paid a tribute to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and said that Netaji shared a deep bond with RadioThe Prime Minister said he will interact with the students from all over the country on January 29 in the ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha’ programmePM Modi said that India is moving away from open defecation more than 5,50,000 villages and 600 districts have declared themselves open defecation freePrime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed the country in the 52nd episode of his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’.It is the first radio address of 2019.PM Modi’s first radio address this year comes just a day after India celebrated the 70th Republic Day.In his address, PM Modi touched a lot of topics ranging from space missions to maintaining hygiene through use of toilets.He talked about various leaders of the country including Netaji and Bapu, praising their legacy and dreams for a better India.He also announced the inauguration of the Kranti Mandir museum inside the Red Fort.PM Modi also sought to address the issue of stress during examinations and announced that he would take suggestions and ideas on the same.He also talked about godman Shivakumara Swami ji who passed away recently. He praised his grit and determination to better the Indian society.Here are top 10 points to take from the prime minister’s address:Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembered Shri Shri Shri Shivakumar Swami ji who passed away earlier this month at the age of 111 years.During the address, PM Modi said, “We received a sad piece of news this month. Shivakumara Swami ji left us for his heavenly abode.” He also said that Swami ji dedicated his entire life for the service of society and spent the 111 years of his life working for the social, educational welfare of thousands of people.PM Modi said that former President APJ Abdul Kalam had paid a visit to Tumukur in 2007 on the occasion of the centenary celebration of Sri Sri Sri Shivakumar Swami ji and even recited a poem dedicated to Swami ji.Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded the scientists in the country saying, “Today, our space programme is powered by several young scientists”.”We must take pride in the fact that the satellites developed by our students are reaching the space today. On 24 January Kalam SAT, created by our students, was launched,” he said.The Prime Minister expressed pride and said that India has also created a world record for launching 104 satellites simultaneously from the same spacecraft. He said that the country will soon register India’s presence on the Moon through the Chandrayaan-2 campaign.The prime minister paid a tribute to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.”For many years, it was being demanded that the files related to Netaji be made public and I am happy that we fulfilled this demand.”He also said that Subhash Babu will always be remembered as a heroic soldier.”He played an important role in the freedom struggle. With the slogans, ‘Dilli Chalo’,’Tum mujhe khoon do, main tumhe aazadi doonga’, he awakened every Indian,” Modi said.In his address, PM Modi described Radio as an effective means of connecting with people. He said that Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose shared a deep bond with Radio and chose this medium to converse with the people.PM Modi also paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi in his address.”January 30 is the death anniversary of revered Bapu. At 11 am, the country will pay homage to the martyrs,” he said.PM Modi also said, “Wherever we are, we must pay two-minute tribute to our martyrs. We must remember our revered Bapu and take a vow to fulfill his dreams.”The prime minister also said he will interact with the students from all over the country on Tuesday (January 29) in the ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha’ programme.He said he will touch upon all facets of examinations, especially on the topic of stress free exams. He urged the students to send inputs and ideas with regard to this programme.PM Modi expressed happiness that India is moving away from open defecation, so that nation may pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary.He said that more than 5,50,000 villages and 600 districts have declared themselves open defecation free and sanitation coverage has crossed 98 per cent limit in rural India whereas toilets have been provided to nearly nine crore households.PM Modi said, “I appeal to all the Sarpanchs to take lead in this campaign in their respective Panchayats. And do share your “clean beautiful toilet” photos with me on #MylzzatGhar.”He also said that the Shining Toilet contest has seen participation from more than 50 lakh toilets over the past month.The Prime Minister fondly remembered Sant Ravidas whose birth anniversary will be observed on Februay 19.PM Modi cited Sant Ravidas’ couplet and said that the Saint believed that if God is present in every human being, then it is not fair to categorise him/her on the basis of caste, creed or any other sociological demarcations.The Prime Minister said a museum, named Kranti Mandir, has been opened inside the premises of Red Fort.He said the museum is dedicated to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and the Indian National Army, reminiscences of Jalianwala Bagh and 1857 Sepoy Mutiny.He said works of great artists such as Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, Amrita Shergill, Raja Ravi Verma, Avanindranath Tagore, Gaganendranath Tagore, Nandalal Bose, Jamini Roy, Sailoz Mukherjee have also been exhibited in Kranti Mandir.He appealed to the people to visit Kranti Mandir and see the great paintings of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore.PM Modi hailed the Election Commission for its services.”The scale at which elections are held in India is a matter of great awe for the world. It is natural for every citizen to feel proud of the Election Commission because of its meticulous organising abilities,” he said.The Prime Minister further said that the young people born in the 21st century will exercise their Right to Vote in the Lok Sabha elections.”The time has come for a confluence of individual and the Nation’s dream. I urge the young generation to register themselves as voters if they are eligible. All of us must realise that being a voter is an important rite of passage in one’s life; it’s one of its achievements,” Modi said.Talking about Khelo India initiative, PM Modi said that many young players making their debut have performed well in Khelo-India.In January, about 6,000 players participated in 18 disciplines in Khelo India Youth Games held in Pune.He asserted that youth will be able to perform their best only when the local ecosystem of sports will be strong. He said the lives of many medal winners in the Games are immensely inspiring as they have all risen up from humble beginnings.He cited the names of youngest gold medallist in the Khelo India Games Abhinav Shaw, boxer Akash Gorkha, Kabaddi player Sonali Helvi, weightlifter Akshaya Basavani, as inspiring heroes from Khelo India.Also Read | PM Modi’s 50th Mann ki Baat address is full of gratitude – towards people, media and AmbedkarAlso Watch | My Take: We wait to hear PM’s ‘mann ki baat’ on RafaleFor 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 byShifa Naseer Tags :Follow Mann ki baatFollow PM Modi
advertisement commentary view more view less scorecard Unfair to compare Rishabh Pant with MS Dhoni: Dhawan after Mohali defeat to AustraliaShikhar Dhawan jumped to the defence of Rishabh Pant, who was booed by the Mohali crowd during India’s four-wicket defeat to Australia on Sunday graphs No data available! Akshay Ramesh MohaliMarch 11, 2019UPDATED: March 11, 2019 11:10 IST Rishabh Pant struggled with his glovework during the 4th ODI vs Australia in Mohali on Sunday (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRishabh Pant missed a stumping chance, handing Ashton Turner a reprieve in the 4th ODIRishabh Pant was booed by the Mohali crowd over his shoddy glovework on SundayAustralia gunned down a 359-run target after Ashton Turner played a blinderYoung wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant faced criticism after missing a stumping at a crucial juncture during India’s four-wicket defeat to Australia in the fourth ODI in Mohali on Sunday.Pant had big shoes to fill as he had replaced MS Dhoni, who was rested for the fourth and the fifth ODI of the ongoing series against Australia. However, the 21-year-old struggled with his glovework on a dewy evening in Mohali.The crowd at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium didn’t hold back as they chanted “Dhoni… Dhoni” after Pant’s costly errors during Australia’s successful chase of 359 runs.It all started in the in the 44th over of the Australian innings when Rishabh Pant missed a straight forward stumping chance to dismiss Ashton Turner on 38. Turner went on to play a match-winning knock of 84 from just 43 balls and help Australia level the 5-match series at 2-2.Even as the “Dhoni… Dhoni” chants were on, Pant tried to compensate for the missed stumping by attempting a flick to the stumps to run Alex Carey out in the third ball of Yuzvendra Chahal’s over. However, Pant missed the target and conceded an extra run to Australia.Pant also pushed captain Virat Kohli to go for a DRS review against Turner in the fourth ball of the over. The on-field decision stayed after the review process, adding more frustration to the hosts who were struggling due to the dew in the North Indian city.Dhawan jumps to Pant’s defenceNonetheless, senior batsman, Shikhar Dhawan has backed Rishabh Pant, saying it’s unfair to compare him to MS Dhoni and that the young wicketkeeper-batsman should be given more time to find his feet in international cricket.advertisement”Rishabh is a young bloke and like any other youngster, you have to give time to him. Rishabh is still finding his feet. You cannot compare Pant to Dhoni [bhai], given the experience he has having played over the years,” Dhawan told the media in Mohali.He added: “Of course, had the stumping chance been taken, it could have turned the game. Having said that, the game slipped away from out hands quite quickly after that. The dew also played its part n the game. But that’s what it is.”Pant’s mistakes…!! pic.twitter.com/qyo9KpkdoxVidshots (@Vidshots1) March 10, 2019Notably, it was Dhawan’s century (143) that ended in vain as Australia completed their highest-ever successful chase and handed India their second straight defeat in the ongoing series.We didn’t expect the dew: DhawanMeanwhile, Dhawan also admitted that the Indian team has twice read the conditions wrongly in successive ODIs. India had failed to chase a 314-run target in the third ODI in Ranchi after deciding to chase.”We had expected dew would be a factor in the last game and it didn’t come and here, we didn’t expect dew in this game and it came very heavily,” Dhawan said.”So of course, when you put such a totals on the board, it’s always pressure for the other sides and not our bowlers and we were quite in control till 38th over. But then ball started coming so nicely and the (bounce) true that you could play any shot on that surface.”Because of the dew, the ball was not gripping and of course he (Ashton Turner) played really a good knock and took the game away. But he couldn’t have played those shots had there been no dew.”India and Australia will meet in the series decider in Delhi on Wednesday. Notably, India were blanked 2-0 in the T20I series by the Aaron Finch-led visiting team.Also Read | Pakistan Cricket Board writes to ICC for action against India for wearing camouflage capsAlso Read | I’m lost for words: Ashton Turner after sensational 43-ball 84 in MohaliAlso Read | DRS not consistent at all, says Virat Kohli after India fail to defend 358 vs AustraliaAlso 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 MS DhoniFollow Rishabh PantFollow Shikhar DhawanFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Mohali ODIFollow India cricket teamFollow Ashton Turner