TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Monaco coach Henry admits ‘interest’ in Chelsea striker Batshuayiby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Monaco coach Thierry Henry has confirmed he hopes to see a deal for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi closed.The Belgium international is expected to sign for Monaco this week.Henry said, “I’m not going to tell you more than you know. “He is an interesting player. Once again, I repeat the same thing as with Cesc (Fabregas) and the other names that came out, he’s an interesting player but for now he’s not here.”Batshuayi is due to join ASM on a straight six-month.
Mings admits Aston Villa was last roll of career diceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTyrone Mings admits moving to Aston Villa was a last roll of the career dice.The defender signed permanently from Bournemouth over the summer.Mings told BirminghamLive: “I’m not young but I’m playing again, but I needed to establish myself as a centre-back. Maybe as a Premier League centre-back it was getting a bit late. I went to the Championship and played well, but people said, ‘Yes, but that was in the Championship’. I needed games.”It’s been nine months since I came to Villa, before Christmas I was playing in the 23s games, Premier League Cup, I think the biggest lesson I can take out it – and hindsight is a wonderful thing – is that no matter how trapped, or out of control you feel your current situation is, there’s always another path you can take, but at the time I couldn’t see that path.”I knew that coming to Villa, things had to go well, because my career was in danger of slipping away. I’d been out of the spotlight for so long that I needed run of games to show people what I could do.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Trent Alexander-Arnold: Liverpool will learn from Salzburg fight-backby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTrent Alexander-Arnold says Liverpool will learn from Wednesday’s tight win over RB Salzburg.Salzburg came back from 3-0 to tie the scores with half an hour remaining before Mohamed Salah restored the Reds advantage.Speaking after the game, fullback Alexander-Arnold said: “We were doing really well but maybe took our foot off the gas and were a bit complacent and we were made to pay.”It will be a good lesson for us. We got the win in the end but we were disappointed with the way the game went as going 3-0 up you should see the game out, keep the ball, and tire out the opposition.”But we carried on trying to push for goals. We need to learn from that and probably use our heads a bit more.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Eastern Washington, seeded 13th, is a somewhat trendy upset pick in this year’s South Region. The Eagles have a win at Indiana to their credit this season, and they’ll face No. 4 seed Georgetown tomorrow night in the second round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament. EWU’s head coach Jim Hayford appears very confident in his team’s chances against the Hoyas. In face, he guaranteed a victory on Jim Rome’s radio show. Eastern Washington coach Jim Hayford just told the Jungle, “We’re going to win, talk again Jim.” Most confident 13 seed ever.— Jim Rome (@jimrome) March 18, 2015Do you think the Eagles will pull it off tomorrow? Three of our four Collegespun experts do.
College Football Week 12 picks by The Spun staff members.We’re 11 weeks in, and The Spun staff picks contest is still very much up in the air, although with a big Week 11, Matt Lombardi has taken solid control of the lead. He went 27-7 to lead all pickers last week, and now has a solid three game lead in the total contest.Here are the full office standings through 11 weeks:Record:Picks Back:1.Matt Lombardi321-932.Andrew Holleran318-9633.Dan Lyons317-9744.Matt Hladik313-10185.Andrew McCarty311-103106.Steve Driscoll302-11219Like last week, this doesn’t look like the craziest week on paper. Of course, last week wound up turning the entire sport on its head with a bunch of massive upsets, so you really never know what will happen. On Thursday night, Louisville heads to Houston, in what some thought would be a potential College Football Playoff play-in game earlier in the season. The shine is off of that game a bit, but it is still huge for the Cardinals. We also have big games between Colorado and Washington State, West Virginia and Oklahoma, and the make-up game between LSU and Florida.Here are our staff picks for every Power Five and Top 25 game for College Football Week 12.(*On mobile, our College Football Week 12 picks are best viewed in landscape mode.)GameLombardiHolleranLyonsHladikDriscollMcCartyHouston vs. 5 Louisville20 Boise State vs. UNLV25 Texas A&M vs. UTSABaylor vs. Kansas StateGeorgia vs. Louisiana-LafayetteTCU vs. 11 Oklahoma StateMichigan State vs. 2 Ohio State Illinois vs. Iowa18 Nebraska vs. MarylandPurdue vs. 7 WisconsinVirginia vs. Georgia TechNC State vs. Miami16 LSU vs. 23 Florida Boston College vs. UConn12 Utah vs. OregonPitt vs. DukeSyracuse vs. 17 Florida State21 Western Michigan vs. Buffalo10 Colorado vs. 22 WazzuNotre Dame vs. Virginia Tech19 Tennessee vs. MissouriNorth Carolina vs. The CitadelIowa State vs. Texas TechKansas vs. Texas3 Michigan vs. IndianaMinnesota vs. NorthwesternSouth Carolina vs. WCUKentucky vs. Austin PeayCal vs. 24 StanfordWake Forest vs. 4 ClemsonMississippi State vs. Arkansas1 Alabama vs. Chattanooga15 Auburn vs. Alabama A&M6 Washington vs. Arizona StateVanderbilt vs. Ole MissRutgers vs. 8 Penn State14 West Virginia vs. 9 OklahomaUCLA vs. 13 USCSeason Record321-93318-96317-97313-101302-112311-103
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – DECEMBER 30: Jourdan Lewis #26 of the Michigan Wolverines tries to avoid the tackle of Carlos Becker III #15 of the Florida State Seminoles in the first half during the Capitol One Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on December 30, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)Michigan cornerback Jourdan Lewis offered some praise for Ohio State after their ridiculous contest Saturday.Ohio State and Michigan played a classic on Saturday, but it’s fair to say that many in the Michigan camp – Jim Harbaugh included – weren’t thrilled with the officiating during the affair. A number of players, including Jourdan Lewis, also complained about the referees.Lewis, though, appears to still be willing to give the Buckeyes credit for the win. After a screenshot of his text to Mike Weber went viral, Lewis took to Twitter to give praise to Ohio State. It’s a pretty cool move, considering the tension from the game.It was a great game all in all. Ohio State played a heck of a game, all jokes aside.— Jourdan Lewis (@JourdanJD) November 27, 2016The loss will no doubt sting for quite some time – especially considering the mistakes the Wolverines made. Michigan will have to wait another year to try to get back on top of the rivalry.
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 25: Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks to throw a pass in the second half against the Michigan Wolverines on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Ohio State’s two most-recent backup quarterbacks, Dwayne Haskins (2017) and Joe Burrow (2016), will both be starting QBs this fall.Haskins will be starting for the Buckeyes. Burrow, who transferred out of the Columbus program this spring, will be under center for LSU.The Tigers announced on Monday that Burrow, a former four-star recruit with two seasons of eligibility left, will be starting this weekend.QB1 pic.twitter.com/NbZTBf7ca8— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) August 27, 2018Burrow’s former teammate is excited.Haskins tweeted an “I see you bro” in response to this tweet from LSU.I see you bro @Joe_Burrow10 https://t.co/ts0wiUjPBr— Dwayne Haskins, Jr? (@dh_simba7) August 27, 2018Burrow is still beloved by Ohio State fans and players. Buckeye Nation will be rooting for LSU this season.
Top247 Rankings Update: The class of 2020 sees a big overhaul following the spring and summer camp circuit https://t.co/EjaHfEzbLI pic.twitter.com/QzT4RBJcby— 247Sports (@247Sports) July 23, 2019In addition to Murphy, the Tigers are bringing in five-star quarterback DJ Uiagalelei, running back Demarkcus Bowman, defensive tackle Demonte Capehart, defensive end Bryan Breese, and cornerback Fred Davis.But the Tigers aren’t anywhere near done with this incredible recruiting class they’re putting together.Five-star defensive end Jordan Burch, recently reclassified as the No. 1 recruit in the country, is a possible Clemson commit too.Clemson is coming off the first-ever 15-0 season, during which they won their second national title in three years. If they continue recruiting at this level, they’ll be an unstoppable force in college football for years. CHARLOTTE, NC – DECEMBER 01: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers reacts against the Pittsburgh Panthers in the first quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)The Clemson Tigers’ Class of 2020 is poised to be the best in school history, and maybe one of the best ever. After getting commitments from 18 recruits, a new update has given Clemson yet another five-star recruit.In the latest update from 247Sports, defensive end Myles Murphy saw his ranking rise, and he is now a five-star prospect. With the move, the Tigers now boast six five-star commits.247Sports now ranks Murphy as the No. 4 overall prospect in the nation. He is the No. 2 strong-side defensive end in the country, and the No. 1 prospect from the state of Georgia.With six five-star players, Clemson now has as many as Ohio State, Alabama, and LSU combined.
Press Trust of India ChennaiFebruary 6, 2019UPDATED: February 6, 2019 23:15 IST India will be hoping PV Sindhu ends the country’s 18-year drought for the All England title at the prestigious event this yearHIGHLIGHTSPV Sindhu said she is hopeful of winning the World Championships gold medal this yearPV Sindhu also conceded that All England Championships will not be easy despite the absence of injured Carolina MarinPV Sindhu has insisted her focus in the ongoing season will be on fitnessIndian ace P V Sindhu said she is confident of striking gold at the World championship in August after settling for the silver medal twice in the last two editions.”Yes, last two times it was silver in the World championship. I am hopeful of winning the gold this time,” Sindhu, who finished runner-up in the last two editions of the world championship, said.”It is one of the biggest tournaments and nobody is going to give it away easily. It is just about giving my best. Everybody is aiming for Tokyo 2020 and there are many good players and its not going to be easy.Sindhu on All England Badminton Championships The next big event for Sindhu will be the All England Championship, a tournament last won by her mentor and chief national coach Pullela Gopichand in 2001.It would be a great chance for Sindhu to end India’s 18-year jinx at the tournament, considering three-time World Champion Carolina Marin is not playing due to the knee injury sustained during the Indonesia Masters final last month.”Even though Carolina is not playing, it is not going to be easy. There are very good players from China, Japan, Thailand. The top-15 ranked players are on the same level,” Sindhu said.”Sometimes you might play brilliantly, give more than 100 percent, but might make few unforced errors. Sometimes your mind might not work, the strategy might not work,” she added.Sindhu, who was here to launch Mission Sports, an organisation committed to providing high-quality sports, said her focus is to remain physically fit.advertisement”It depends whether you are able to give your 100 percent or not. For me, every tournament is to give it my all and it’s important to stay focused and remain physically fit,” she said.”It is not about just participating and coming back. It is about discussing the situation with the coach and picking the tournaments and choosing which ones to play and which ones to skip,” she added.Sindhu talks up Senior National ChampionshipSindhu, who will play in the Senior National Championship in Guwahati said the event would bring to the fore the country’s badminton standard.”I think we get to see a lot of young players and previously I have seen that there are many youngsters who have good skills,” she said.”It will be a good opportunity for them to play against us and us getting to see them. I think the Nationals will help us to see the standard of badminton in India,” she added.Also Read | Step by step: Carolina Marin starts recovery after knee surgeryAlso Read | All England 2019: Gopichand banks on Saina, Sindhu, Srikanth to end title droughtAlso Read | Marriage has been a lucky charm: Saina NehwalAlso 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 byPTI Tags :Follow PV SindhuFollow BWF World Championships 2019Follow All England Badminton ChampionshipsFollow Carolina Marin PV Sindhu hopeful of winning gold at BWF World ChampionshipsRio Olympic silver medallist, PV Sindhu had finished on the second step of the podium in the last two editions of the world championships.advertisement Next
S Kannan New DelhiMarch 17, 2019UPDATED: March 17, 2019 14:55 IST India captain Virat Kohli has asked his teammates to be smart about workload management in IPL 2019 (AP Photo)The beauty of sport is it does not let you mourn losses for very long. It’s been less than four days since India surprisingly lost the ODI series to Australia 2-3 and all talk has already shifted back to the Indian Premier League starting on March 23.The mandatory post mortems have taken place and from hope to despair, there have been various analysis put forth. What, however, has not been said amply enough is how it was good for India to suffer reverses before the World Cup and not in the main ICC tournament.In January, when India defeated Australia Down Under, there were huge celebrations for Virat Kohli’s side. At the same time, the Aussies were written off. Maybe, they have bounced back in time, though it would be still too early to make predictions for the World Cup.Where the Indians need to be careful is in the IPL itself as words of caution have come from none other than captain Kohli. As one who has grown from strength to strength vis a vis his own batting, Kohli has few worries about himself.Yet, where he will be more than concerned is how the other players who will be in the mix for the World Cup need to take care of themselves. The IPL is indeed a demanding tournament. The format of the premier club cricket tournament in the world calls for late matches, tiring match schedules and high intensity.Kohli himself was injured last year during the IPL, though not many got to know of it. This time, he will again be vital for the Bangalore franchise which has a huge fan following.advertisementClub versus country is a topic which has been written about many times before. The same topic again becomes relevant as playing in the IPL is something no player wants to give up. Such is the lure of the lucre and demand from the franchisees, missing the IPL is unthinkable.From the teams’ point of view and the sponsors who are pumping the megabucks into it, this is understandable as they want returns for investment. In sport as in business, nobody is spending money for charity. So, when the big teams in the IPL start competing, demands from the players increases manifold.To be sure, the way cricket function in India is itself a bit of a joke. The BCCI elections are nowhere in sight and the Committee of Administrators (CoA) is more than happy to be clinging on to power and interfering in matters pertaining to pure cricket. If you thought one of them was going to advise players on how to be careful while playing in the IPL that was never going to happen.Ideally, the Indian team think-tank should have had a word with all players before on how important it is to stay fit and not get burnt out in the IPL. But then, with cricket also no different from other sport, one expects the cricketers themselves to toil ceaselessly.In football, the top players are competing for various high- profile clubs in various top leagues in Europe for almost nine months. It’s only once in four years during the FIFA World Cup, injuries, fitness and form become relevant issues.In Indian cricket, playing for the country is now almost round the year. IPL, too, has been taking place every year since 2008, but players have to be ready for putting in their best.Ideally, a top cricketer is no lesser a professional than a footballer. He is the best judge for himself and needs to take a call on how much cricket he can play and not look jaded. However, the business of the IPL is so tough, no player would dare to think of taking a break as it could jeopardise his career!The IPL teams have already begun their build-up and media interactions are peaking. The Delhi franchise has been rechristened as Delhi Capitals and there have been plenty of additions to the side. Players apart, the team has in Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly, brains who are supposed to bring out the best.If one were to go by results in previous editions of the IPL, Delhi Daredevils struggled in a big way. Maybe, a change in the name and personnel, with a new owner can bring the side good luck. They definitely need it and will hope their fans will continue to back them.Where the IPL management has been lax is in deciding the full schedule. The initial dates were given for just the first fortnight. With the Election Commission of India announcing the poll schedule for general elections a week ago, we still do not know how long the IPL will run.advertisementAnd yet, we will expect our cricketers to be fit like super-humans and be fit for the IPL and the World Cup.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 IPL 2019Follow 2019 World CupFollow Indian cricket teamFollow Virat Kohli Players need to preserve themselvesWhere the Indians need to be careful is in the IPL itself as words of caution have come from none other than captain Kohli. As one who has grown from strength to strength vis a vis his own batting, Kohli has few worries about himself.advertisement