Solskjaer reveals Rashford pep-talk month before taking Man Utd jobby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed he had a chat with Marcus Rashford a month before taking the job.Solskjaer has won his opening three games with Rashford starting in all of them scoring twice.Speaking to Stadium Astro, Solskjaer revealed he spoke to Rashford after United’s 1-0 Champions League win against Young Boys.He said: “I went to see the Young Boys game just a month ago and I met him and Jesse [Lingard] in the corridor just as I was leaving the game.”He had a few chances in that game and [I said] ‘don’t worry son, just relax a little bit.'”Solskjaer continued: “Yes, of course you’re excited by working with all this talent but then going into detail is what I can do best.“That was my ‘X factor’, scoring goals. So if I can help and guide him a little bit then great.”It’s all in the head. You know what to do, that’s key in everything and then be able to do it.”So videos of good finishes, bad finishes, discuss things and then go out and practice and be as good as you can possibly get. There’s always time for another practice session.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Ex-Man City captain Yaya Toure open to Premier League returnby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester City captain Yaya Toure is open to a Premier League return.The midfielder has refused to rule out a return to the Premier League after an unsuccessful short spell at Olympiakos.“You never know, maybe the Premier League?” Toure said.“I enjoyed it, I enjoyed it to be honest.“If I can possibly play one more year or two years, we will see.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan captain Romagnoli: We believe we can beat Juventusby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan captain Alessio Romagnoli insists they can handle facing Juventus in the Supercoppa.The match is being held in Saudi Arabia.”We have positive sensations, it’s a lovely atmosphere and wonderful to be here playing for an important trophy that can give a positive slant to our season,” said the captain in his Press conference.“We are ready and want to give our all in order to win the tournament. We have great respect for Juventus, who are undoubtedly the strongest side in Italy, but we believe in our capabilities too and know anything can happen in a knockout match.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Dinamo Zagreb chief Mamic: Levy included price for 5 shirts in fee for Spurs Modric dealby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Dinamo Zagreb chief exec Zdravko Mamic has recalled selling Luka Modric to Tottenham.The Real Madrid ace moved to Spurs in 2008.Mamic recalled to Four Four Two magazine: “We already had an agreement for Modric to move to London. I asked Levy (Daniel, chairman) for five Spurs jerseys and he told me that he would give them to me, but that at that point Tottenham would pay a lower sum for the player’s transfer, given that from the agreed €21m it would be subtracted. “Levy is the best negotiator in the world. This story made me realize how much he values every single euro coming out of Tottenham’s coffers.”
Arsenal boss Emery: Martinelli’s long-term position?by Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGabriel Martinelli is set for more action with Arsenal tonight.Martinelli finds himself in line to feature for Arsenal tonight, when they host Standard Liege in the Europa League.Gunners head coach Unai Emery said: “He is with us because he deserves to be with us. Pre-season was his chance to show and to work with us and we are very, very happy with him. He is a very fast player and that is a quality that is very important. “He gives us good pressing without the ball, good pace in the final third, chances to score and he’s getting better. He is young but if his performances are getting better every day, it is good for him to carry on being with us.”On Martinelli’s long-term position, he added: “We used him in training and against Nottingham Forest as a striker.“It is not the best position for him but he played well and he played there sometimes in Brazil but he can play right or left.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Alcohol banned in Amsterdam before Chelsea clashby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAmsterdam’s Red Light District will see an alcohol ban in effect before Chelsea face off against Ajax in the UEFA Champions League.The Dutch authorities in Amsterdam do not want to have any fan incidents on their hands.It is why they are ensuring that everyone is well behaved in the lead up to the 6:55pm kick off for the game.There will be no alcohol sales between 12pm and 6pm on that day, with any establishment that flaunts the law facing fines of up to 1,200 euros.The report of the alcohol ban comes from the AS newspaper in Spain.”Traditionally, foreign football fans go to the Red Light District before a game. This is accompanied by a lot of drinking. Previously, residents and businesses in the area have suffered huge inconvenience and the police have had to intervene,” said a statement in AS. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Tevin Coleman Hoosiers Trading CardTevin Coleman played three years of football at Indiana, and was one of the top running backs in the Big Ten his last two seasons. He was selected in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons after leaving school with one year of eligibility remaining.Three years was plenty of time for Coleman to establish himself as a star on the gridiron, but apparently not long enough for him to learn to spell IU’s nickname. Trading card company Panini America includes athlete artwork in its packs, and Coleman’s sketch featured a misspelling of the word Hoosiers.Tevin Coleman’s 1 of 1 art card for Panini pic.twitter.com/5bJA1ZrCXj— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) June 15, 2015Ouch. That’s a pretty bad mistake by Coleman, and kind of odd that Panini didn’t want him to correct it. The IU faithful probably won’t be happy to see this, though we’re sure they’ll still accept Coleman due to the yeoman’s effort he put forth on the field for a sub-par team.
AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 27: A cheerleader of the Texas Longhorns show Hook’em Horns during the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium October 27, 2007 in Austin, Texas. Texas won 28-25. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Texas wide receiver Daje Johnson recently released a rap single titled, “Dealer,” and, well, it’s focused on a topic you don’t want a student-athlete to be rapping about. The single, appropriately titled, is about dealing drugs. The track opens, “If you lookin’ for the dealer, I got the plug. Probly catch him with the reefer.” Here’s the full song. It contains lyrics that are not safe for work. Johnson has had somewhat of a troubled career with the Longhorns, catching just five passes for -7 yards in 2014. Reaction to the single getting released was expectedly critical. The 5-foot-10, 184-pound senior later apologized for the song. I apologize for my prior post Dealer. I assure you that I’m still focused on my goals this season…… I just make music for fun— Daje’ Johnson (@BL4CKM4KO) July 8, 2015Texas opens its 2015 season Sept. 5 against Notre Dame. [Burnt Orange Nation]
Aleksandar Mitrovic scored in injury time as Fulham claimed a 1-0 home win over fellow Premier League strugglers Huddersfield Town on Saturday.The visitors enjoyed the better of the first half but were indebted to Jonas Lossl in the second, the goalkeeper saving a penalty from Aboubakar Kamara.However, Mitrovic struck in the 91st minute to lift Fulham above Burnley and to within a point of safety, while David Wagner’s side remain bottom of the table after seven defeats in a row. 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? Mitrovic nodded wide with the best chance of a quiet first 30 minutes, while Steve Mounie came closest for Huddersfield before half-time with a header that was saved well by Sergio Rico.Calum Chambers headed a Cyrus Christie free-kick wide as Fulham began to show more intent after the break, before Joe Bryan shot straight at Lossl after being teed up in space 12 yards out, and Mitrovic saw a header brilliantly tipped wide.Kamara was also denied by Lossl and was then left red-faced when his spot-kick was parried by the Denmark goalkeeper after he had argued down his team-mates for the chance to try his luck from 12 yards, having forced Chris Lowe into a handball to earn the penalty.Claudio Ranieri’s side came under some pressure in the closing minutes and they made the most of Huddersfield’s bold finish to snatch a win.On the break, Ryan Sessegnon cut in from the right and slid the ball to Mitrovic, who drilled beneath Lossl to send Craven Cottage into raptures.7 – Huddersfield Town are the first team to lose seven Premier League games in a single calendar month since Leicester City in April 2001 (also seven). Despair. pic.twitter.com/nrUUAM7N9d— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 29, 2018What does it mean? Fulham given huge boost in survival raceMitrovic’s strike could go a long way towards helping Fulham stay in the Premier League and sending Huddersfield back to the Championship.Only four points separate them in the table, but the manner in which the goal came, so late in the game, will give a real confidence boost to Ranieri’s side and leave Wagner’s men hugely dispirited. Fulham are now just a point behind Southampton, who face the daunting task of hosting champions Manchester City on Sunday.Lossl an unlucky loserHaving had little to do in the first half, Lossl was hugely unfortunate to end up on the losing team, having made excellent saves against Mitrovic and Kamara in particular.Sorry Seri a spectatorThe first half seemed to pass Jean Michael Seri by, apart from when he was booked for a poor challenge on Florent Hadergjonaj. He did not emerge for the second, with Kamara his replacement.Key Opta Facts- Fulham recorded their second victory in eight Premier League games under Ranieri (D3 L3), with both wins coming at Craven Cottage.- Huddersfield have failed to score in 20 Premier League matches during 2018 – more than any other side.- During 2018, Mitrovic scored 20 league goals for Fulham – seven more than any other Cottagers player.- Since the start of last season, only Lukasz Fabianski (4) has saved more Premier League penalties than Huddersfield goalkeeper Lossl (3).- Huddersfield striker Mounie had two shots in this game without success, taking his tally to 32 without scoring in the Premier League this season – the most of any player.- None of Fulham’s last 158 home league matches have ended goalless.What’s next?Fulham head across London to face Arsenal on Tuesday, the day before Huddersfield host Burnley. read more
Arsenal face Cardiff on Tuesday night when the Welsh side will be playing their first match since the disappearance of Emiliano Sala.Sala and pilot David Ibbotson went missing last week and Warnock says that some players have been affected more than others, which he will take into consideration when picking his team.Cardiff fans will be reportedly giving out daffodil badges to Arsenal fans before the game and plan to reveal a large banner of Sala in the away end.Arsenal Injuries Hector Bellerin (knee), Rob Holding (knee) and Danny Welbeck (ankle) are all unavailable for the fixture.Henrikh Mkhitaryan is slowly being reintegrated into training following a broken metatarsal, but Sokratis Papastathopoulos is ruled out for at least two to three weeks with an ankle injury. 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? Laurent Koscielny has bruising and soft tissue swelling to his face and jaw and is unlikely to be risked.Arsenal Suspensions Arsenal have no suspended players for this match. Possible Arsenal Starting Line-UpUnai Emery faces a selection headache in defence with Sokratis and Koscielny both out, meaning Nacho Monreal looks set to partner Shkodran Mustafi at centre-back.Konstantinos Mavropanos also remains an option at centre-back but it remains to be seen whether Emery will start the 21-year-old who only recently returned from injury.In attack, Mesut Ozil could come back in the no.10 role while Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are probably starters up front.Cardiff Team News Cardiff manager Neil Warnock faces a decision over which players are in the right frame of mind to play following the tragic disappearance of Emiliano Sala.Sean Morrison is sidelined following an appendicitis operation.TV Coverage & Kick-Off Time The game will not be shown live in the UK and kicks off at 7:45pm GMT (2:45pm ET). It will be available to be watched live on television in the US with NBC Sports Gold.Best Opta Match Facts Arsenal have won all three of their Premier League meetings with Cardiff, scoring eight goals and conceding two. Arsenal are unbeaten in 11 home league games (W9 D2), winning the last five in a row. Only Liverpool (32) are on a longer current such run in the Premier League. Cardiff boss Neil Warnock’s three top-flight visits to Arsenal have all ended in defeat, all with different teams in different decades – October 1991 with Notts County (0-2), September 2006 with Sheffield United (0-3) and December 2011 with QPR (0-1). Arsenal duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have each scored four Premier League goals against promoted sides this season – no player has scored more so far this term (Harry Kane also four). Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 23 home Premier League games against promoted sides (W20 D3), since a 0-1 loss against Newcastle in November 2010. They’ve conceded just 11 goals in that run, keeping 14 clean sheets in the process. Cardiff have lost their other two Premier League games played on a Tuesday this season, also against London clubs (1-3 vs West Ham, 0-3 vs Tottenham). Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
AMES, IA – OCTOBER 28: Iowa State Cyclones fans stormed the field after the Cyclones won 14-7 over the TCU Horned Frogs in the second half of play at Jack Trice Stadium on October 28, 2017 in Ames, Iowa. The Iowa State Cyclones won 14-7 over the TCU Horned Frogs. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)Crazy weather across the country has caused delays and some cancellations in a number of football games today. Iowa State vs. South Dakota State got started tonight, but now, it has been cancelled.Each team got one drive in before the delay.South Dakota State was forced to punt after a five-play, 14 yard drive.Iowa State made its way down the field quickly. Kyle Kempt and company picked up 83 yards in just five plays, capped by a 55-yard pass to Deshaunte Jones for a score.Connor Assalley knocked in the extra point to make it 7-0. That was the last play we got in the game.According to Iowa State writer Paul Clark, the game has been cancelled for tonight.Tonight’s Iowa State vs. South Dakota State game is officially cancelled.— Paul Clark (@cyclonereport) September 2, 2018Iowa State confirmed it moments later. According to the school, there are “no immediate plans” to reschedule the game.Tonight’s game has been cancelled. There are no immediate plans for rescheduling. #CyclONEnation pic.twitter.com/SANBSmxkjh— Cyclone Football (@CycloneFB) September 2, 2018The two teams’ bye weeks don’t line up. Iowa State is off on Oct. 20, while South Dakota State has its bye on Sept. 22.Based on the Iowa State tweet, it doesn’t sound like the teams are considering picking things up tomorrow, though that may be the best chance to do it.Iowa State was one of the surprises of college football last season. They should be good enough to pick up bowl eligiblity without this game, but if they’re floating on the 5/6 win bubble, this could loom large.
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit has named his top five games on college football’s Week 2 slate, which is set to kick off today.The second full weekend of the 2019 college football regular season is highlighted by Texas’ home bout against LSU, though there are several notable contests.Herbstreit has ranked his top five games on the schedule today.Texas-LSU does come in at No. 1. We’re in Austin, TX for @CollegeGameDay and @LSUfootball vs @TexasFootball but there’s a full slate of great games this weekend!Here are the games I can’t wait to watch…which ones are you most excited for? pic.twitter.com/glSvfzdtiw— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 6, 2019A couple of these contests will have major College Football Playoff implications, with the losers of Texas-LSU and Clemson-Texas A&M having uphill battles the rest of the way.We can’t wait for kickoff.Which games are you most looking forward to on college football’s Week 2 slate?
India beat Australia by 137 runs to win 1st ever Boxing Day Test Down UnderIndia vs Australia 3rd Test Day 5: Chasing 399, Australia were bowled out for 261 as India took a 2-1 series lead at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.advertisement Rajarshi Gupta MelbourneDecember 30, 2018UPDATED: December 31, 2018 08:51 IST India vs Australia 3rd Test: Rain interrupted play on Day 5 but India managed to finish the job and win the match on time (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia won their first Boxing Day Test in Australia with a 137-run victory at MCGBumrah (3 for 53) and Jadeja (3 for 82) helped India bowl Australia out for 261India now lead the 4-Test series 2-1. The final match will be played at the SCG from Jan. 3India needed just 5.3 overs in the second session on Sunday to bowl Australia out for the second time in two days and secure a historic 137-run victory in the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to take an unbeatable 2-1 lead in the four-match series.The first session was washed out due to the relentless rain in Melbourne, but the weather conditions improved after the first two hours and play finally started at 7.25 am IST.India had never won a Boxing Day Test in Australia. However, Virat Kohli’s men have now rewritten history with a 137-run victory.Chasing 399, Australia were bowled out for 261 as Jasprit Bumrah picked up 3 for 53 and Ravindra Jadeja picked 3 for 82. Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami finished with 2 wickets each.India first played a Boxing Day Test in 1985. Over the years, they lost 5, drew 2 before finally winning in 2018. This is a sweet end to the year for Kohli and India.The year 2018 started with two defeats in South Africa. They won in Johannesburg but another 1-4 series defeat in England raised serious questions on India’s ability to win Test matches overseas. Now, they cannot lose the Test series in Australia.As special as this victory is for India, credit must be given to Australia’s lower-order for putting up a stubborn fight.The Aussies were tottering at 176 for 7 and defeat was imminent on Saturday. Ravindra Jadeja had just snared Tim Paine with a ball that stayed low and it looked like India would pick up the remaining three wickets without much fuss.advertisementBut Pat Cummins had other ideas. With Mitchell Starc for company, he frustrated India for over nine overs. And then Cummins stitched a partnership with Nathan Lyon – the duo batted out 14.1 overs on day 4 to push the match into the fifth day.Cummins, who had already picked nine wickets in the Test, scored a fluent half-century. Some of his shots were a lesson for Australia’s top-order batsmen – so crisp and sweetly timed they were.The umpires offered India an extra half-hour to try and win the Test on Saturday but Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja could not dislodge the determined Australian pair.There was threat of rain on Sunday but luckily for India, victory was wrapped up.It all began on Wednesday with debutant Mayank Agarwal’s 76. Cheteshwar Pujara struck his second hundred of the series while Virat Kohli battled a stiff back to make 82. Rohit Sharma scored his first fifty outside Asia since 2015. Memories were created by a team that desperately needed to provide itself overseas.And once India posted their highest overseas score in 2018, the bowlers took over. Jasprit Bumrah, in his first year as a Test cricketer, completed five-wicket hauls in South Africa, England and Australia. His six-wicket haul on Friday blew the Aussies away and gave India a 292-run lead on a treacherous pitch.Virat Kohli chose not to enforce the follow-on and Pat Cummins tore through the top-order in four overs. Pujara and Kohli were dismissed for ducks. By stumps, India had finished with 54 for 5 but their overall lead was now a substantial 346.After the third day’s play, there were several questions asked of Kohli’s decision to bay again. Rain was predicted over the next two days and sure enough, Saturday saw plenty of cloud cover. India lost three more wickets before they declared again to set Australia a 399-run target.And it was that man Jasprit Bumrah again. He did more damage in the second innings and Ravindra Jadeja joined the party on a wearing pitch. It was his kind of a surface.There was turn, variable bounce and plenty of purchase for pacers and spinners alike. While Bumrah and Jadeja will be celebrated for their tally of wickets, it is important to remember how well Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami bowled. They were relentless, intimidating and tireless.There was a stubborn little partnership between Tim Paine and Pat Cummins which was broken by Jadeja with a delivery that outfoxed the Australian captain.Cummins and Mitchell Starc offered some resistance but that was never going to be enough to stop India’s quest for a historic win. The dogged fight shown by the lower order should inspire the rest of the Australian squad as the teams head to Sydney for the final Test starting January 3.India, meanwhile, will rejoice in the glorious victory. It did not come easy and there was a constant threat of rain over the weekend.Right through 2018, India’s batsmen were criticised for their poor approach and for their failure to support Virat Kohli, who finished with 1322 runs and five hundreds. It has all come together for India in Australia.advertisementAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah always wants to learn and experiment: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Offensive Aussie commentary hurts but nothing we can do about it: India bowling coachAlso Read | Mission Failed: After Rohit, Mumbai Indians troll Australia skipper Tim PaineAlso Read | Pant’s banter with Lyon caught on stump mic: “You don’t want to come tomorrow for nothing”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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow India win Boxing Day TestFollow India beat AustraliaFollow ind vs aus 3rd test day 5Follow India vs Australia
MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma arrive in Australia for ODI seriesMS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma along with their ODI team mates arrived in Australia on Tuesday for the three-match ODI series against Australiaadvertisement Ritayan Basu SydneyJanuary 8, 2019UPDATED: January 8, 2019 14:22 IST Mahendra Singh Dhoni reached Australia on Tuesday for the ODI series vs Australia (Screengrab)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma among others arrived in Australia on TuesdayJasprit Bumrah was rested for the three-match ODI series vs AustraliaIndia are slated to face Australia in three ODIs beginning January 12Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Rohit Sharma among others have arrived in Australia on Tuesday for the three-match ODI series against Australia which begins with the first ODI on January 12 in Sydney.The second ODI will be played on January 15 in Adelaide and the third ODI being on January 18 in Melbourne.The likes of Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ambati Rayudu, Khaleel Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik, who are part of the one day squad, also arrived in Australia ahead of the three-match series.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday also announced that Jasprit Bumrah has been rested for India’s one-day international series against Australia and New Zealand. Bumrah has also been rested from the 3-match T20I series against New Zealand.Mohammed Siraj has been called up for the ODIs in Australia and New Zealand in place of Bumrah, while Siddarth Kaul has been drafted into the squad for the T20 Internationals.The decision to rest Bumrah comes just a day after Team India skipper Virat Kohli emphasised on managing the workload of the pacers following India’s maiden Test series win in Australia in Sydney on Monday.”It’s important to take care of these guys especially manage workloads, that’s going to be our priority going forward. But even more so, finding three more guys who can bowl as fast as and as relentless as these guys,” had said Kohli.Kedar Jhadav had earlier shared photos with Dhoni and Rohit en route to Australia. “Off to Australia with Dhoni and Rohit,” he tweeted along with photos.advertisementOff to Australia with @msdhoni @ImRo45 pic.twitter.com/lTFaeEwG2YIamKedar (@JadhavKedar) January 7, 2019Off to Australia.. @msdhoni #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/vh6OVkV2hIKhaleel Ahmed (@imK_Ahmed13) January 7, 2019But how did the Indian players spend time on such a long journey? Playing games on mobile devices of course. India ODI squad – Virat Kohli(c), Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, K Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed SirajAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah rested for Australia ODIs and tour of NZ, Siraj named replacementAlso Read | MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma on their way to Australia for ODI seriesFor 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 Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Rohit SharmaFollow India vs AustraliaFollow ODI seriesFollow Kedar JadhavFollow Ambati RayuduFollow Yuzvendra ChahalFollow Khaleel AhmedFollow Jasprit BumrahFollow Dinesh KarthikFollow India ODI squad
Abreshmina S Quadri BirminghamMarch 6, 2019UPDATED: March 6, 2019 21:25 IST PV Sindhu was upset by unseeded Sung Ji Hyun in the first round of All England Championships. (BWF Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSindhu lost 16-21, 22-20, 18-21 to Sung Ji Hyun in the first round of All EnglandSindhu denied being bogged down by expectations of winning All England ChampionshipsSung Ji Hyun credited her knowledge of Sindhu’s patterns and habits for her victoryPV Sindhu set aside opinions that the pressure of All England Championships got to her in the first round as she crashed out after a 16-21, 22-20, 18-21 loss to South Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun. No Indian has won the All England since Pullela Gopichand in 2001 and hopes had been pinned on PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth to end the drought. Sindhu, however, said she considers All England as just one of the tournaments on BWF World Tour.”Well I think it would be… for me it [All England Championships] is just one of the Super Series and I would just count it as like that. But I would just take every tournament as a very important tournament.”I would say there will be responsibilities but I think we have trained enough to fight hard every tournament and yeah, sometimes, it [losing] just happens, and ups and downs are always there and I think I have to take it as a challenge and come back much more stronger,” Sindhu said to the media after the loss.Sindhu elaborated on the reason why she fell to Sung Ji. Sindhu said that the fact that her smashes were not going right on Wednesday pegged her back.”Yeah, I mean, main [reason] is the smashes, that I think I would say because they were very much crucial points which were going into the net and out. Those are very important points. Maybe in the crucial moment around like nine all, that smash was important and maybe like 15-11, something like that, yeah those smashes were really very important,” Sindhu said.advertisementWow! We haven’t had to wait long for shocks in Birmingham after an incredible for Sung Ji-hyun against @Pvsindhu1 in a fantastic women’s singles clash! #YAE19 #allengland19 https://t.co/Qo9sZYd3XD pic.twitter.com/fWT8XPbWOSYonex All England (@YonexAllEngland) March 6, 2019Sindhu had started the match but throughout the duel with Sung Ji, she looked nervous and anxious. Sindhu never really got her rhythm going and Sung Ji took full advantage of that.At one side of the court, there was a confident Sung Ji displaying good all-court play while on the other side, there was a frustrated Sindhu struggling to handle the drift and the slow conditions.What was costing Sindhu was the fact that she was not patient enough in the rallies while Sung Ji showed patience and waited for her opportunities.After losing the first game 16-21, the second game saw a dramatic turnaround when Sindhu saved three match points and then won two points to snatch the second game and take the match to the decider.However, credit to Sung Ji that she did not let the reversal affect her and stayed true to her strategy of patient play.”During the second game, I failed to capitalise on my match point and that resulted in having to fight it out for the deciding third game. I was very pleased that I did enough to win the match despite a strong finish from Sindhu. That is something I’m very satisfied about and will give me confidence in my upcoming matches,” Sung Ji expressed after the match.Sindhu and Sung Ji have faced each other 15 times on the BWF Tour and the South Korean stated that the key for her was knowing the patterns and habits of Sindhu.”We faced each other so many times and I think we both know each other very well. The key for me was knowing her habits and her tendencies, and making sure to put her in situations that would force her to commit the errors. That was the main reason for the win today.”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 Tags :Follow PV SindhuFollow All England Badminton ChampionshipsFollow Sung Ji Hyun Next For me All England Badminton Championships is just another tournament: PV SindhuAll England Badminton Championships 2019: PV Sindhu lost an 81-minute duel against Sung Ji Hyun of South Korea to crash out of the tournament in first round in Birmingham.advertisement
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Next Wimbledon 2019: Serena Williams battles to reach semis, Simona Halep eases throughWimbledon 2019: Serena Williams dropped a set against American Alison Riske before sealing a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win in a Centre Court thriller on Tuesday.advertisement Associated Press LondonJuly 9, 2019UPDATED: July 9, 2019 20:17 IST Serena Williams advanced to Wimbledon 2019 women’s singles semi-final on Tuesday. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSerena Williams was dragged to a decider before she won her quarter-final clashWilliams defeated Alison Riske 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to reach women’s singles semisSimona Halep also advanced to semi-final with an easy win over Zhang ShuaiSerena Williams was pushed to three sets on Centre Court before beating fellow American Alison Riske 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to reach her 12th Wimbledon semifinal.Williams broke for a 5-3 lead in the third set when Riske double-faulted on the fourth break point of the game, and then served out the win with an ace.Williams was down a break twice in the opening set but came back both times and broke again in the final game. But in the second set, Riske broke for a 5-4 lead before holding serve to even the match.Riske converted all five break points she created, while Williams needed 16 opportunities to break six times.Williams is seeking an eighth Wimbledon title and 24th Grand Slam victory, while Riske was playing her first quarterfinal at a major tournament.Simona Halep reached the Wimbledon semifinals for the second time, beating Zhang Shuai 7-6 (4), 6-1.Halep was broken in her first service game as Zhang raced to a 3-0 lead in the first set, and the Romanian faced four more break points at 4-1. But she eventually held serve in a game that featured six deuces, and then broke back to make it 4-3. In the tiebreaker, she converted her first set point with a forehand winner.In the second set, Halep broke twice for a 5-1 lead and converted her second match point with another forehand.The 2018 French Open champion is looking for her second career Grand Slam title but had not reached the semifinals at the All England Club since 2014. She will next face either Elina Svitolina or Karolina Muchova.advertisementAlso Read | I am a little bit more than Ashleigh Barty: Rafael Nadal on Centre Court status at Wimbledon 2019Also Read | Wimbledon 2019: Ashleigh Barty’s run ends, Alison Riske reaches quarterfinalsAlso SeeFor 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Wimbledon 2019Follow Serena Williams
International friendlies: Argentina crush Mexico, Luis Abram helps Peru stun BrazilMexico suffered their first defeat after 11 straight wins since January while Peru ended Brazil’s 17-match unbeaten run that began after the 2018 World Cup in Russia.advertisement Reuters New DelhiSeptember 11, 2019UPDATED: September 11, 2019 12:49 IST AP PhotoHIGHLIGHTSLautaro Martinez scored in the 17th, 22nd and 39th minutes for ArgentinaThe result was Mexico’s heaviest defeat since they lost 7-0 to Chile in 2016Meanwhile, Peru handed five-times world champion Brazil their first defeat in over a yearLautaro Martinez netted a hat-trick in just 40 minutes as Argentina blitzed Mexico 4-0 win in a friendly in San Antonio on Tuesday.The Internazionale striker took advantage of shocking defending to fire three angled shots past Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa in the 17th, 22nd and 39th minutes.Leandro Paredes scored from the penalty spot in the 33rd minute.Argentina dropped the pace in the second period but still faced little resistance from an untidy Mexico side who did not manage a shot on target throughout the 90 minutes.Eight players were shown yellow cards in a match that rarely lived up to its ‘friendly’ billing, but the game will be remembered largely for the brilliant finishing that brought the 22-year-old Martinez his first international hat-trick.”I’m delighted and emotional,” he said. “One has to make a lot of sacrifices to get here and it’s not every day that you score three goals wearing this shirt.”The result was Mexico’s heaviest defeat since they lost 7-0 to Chile in 2016. It was also the first loss for coach Gerardo Martino, who had guided them to 11 straight wins since taking over in January.BRAZIL SUFFER 1ST DEFEAT IN OVER A YEARA late goal from Luis Abram gave Peru a 1-0 win over Brazil in Los Angeles on Tuesday and handed the five-times world champions their first defeat in over a year.Abram nipped in ahead of goalkeeper Ederson to nod home a free kick with six minutes remaining to end Brazil’s 17-match unbeaten run that began after the 2018 World Cup in Russia.advertisementBrazil, who beat Peru in the final of the Copa America just two months ago, started without Neymar, Dani Alves and Thiago Silva, all of whom were rested, and they looked like they missed their stalwarts.Although Richarlison was busy up front, forcing Pedro Gallese to tip one fierce shot round the post, Brazil never looked in full control of the game.Even the second half introduction of Neymar and attackers Vinicius Junior, Lucas Paqueta and Bruno Henrique, could not lift Brazil, who lost to Peru for just the fifth time in 46 games.”We had chances and they punished us from a dead ball situation,” said full back Fagner. “It’s a learning process and we’ll grow from this, defeats happen and we need to take what we can from it.”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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Mexico vs ArgentinaFollow Peru vs Brazil Next
India Today Web Desk RanchiOctober 19, 2019UPDATED: October 19, 2019 18:43 IST Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane stabilized Indian innings with their 185-run stand. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane shared an unbeaten 185-run stand to stage India’s remarkable recoveryIndia batting coach Vikram Rathour praised the duo after the bad light and rain forced early StumpsVikram Rathour also praised South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada, who struck early for the visitorsRohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane shared an unbeaten 185-run stand to stage India’s remarkable recovery over South Africa in the 2nd session of Day 1 in the Ranchi Test on Saturday.With India reduced to 39 for three, South Africa were looking to put pressure on India but Rohit and Rahane made sure that hosts headed to Lunch without any further hiccups. However, the duo of Rahane and Rohit put the pressure back on the Proteas in the post-lunch session, scoring at over 5 runs per over in the 1st hour of the 2nd session.India batting coach Vikram Rathour praised the duo after the bad light and rain forced early Stumps on an opening day at the JSCA Stadium on Saturday.”As I said, they were bowling in good areas and there was some help in the wicket. So, as a batsman, you have to survive during that time, which Rohit did very well,” he said.”He is too good a player to not play all formats. Opening the batting with him was the right decision. And the number of runs he has scored, he has settled the issue (of opening) for the time being.”If somebody of his stature starts coming good at the top of the order, that changes everything for the team, even when you are touring. He is such an experienced player; I don’t think you need to tinker with his technique. He just had to make some mental adjustments vis-a-vis his gameplan.”India vs South Africa, 3rd Test Day 1: Highlights | ReportadvertisementCommenting on Rahane’s knock, the former India opener said that the Test deputy showed great intent and looked good in the middle during his unbeaten knock of 83.”Ajinkya showed great intent today. Whenever he bats with this intent, he looks a really good player,” Rathour said.Vikram Rathour also praised South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada, who struck early for the visitors, by removing opener Mayank Agarwal for 10 and then got rid of Cheteshwar Pujara for 0 in the first session. India batting coach said that Rabada showed why he is rated so high in the world at the moment”Rabada is one of the better bowlers in the world at the moment and today he showed why he is rated so high. He bowled great areas today. And that is what good batters need to do in Test cricket, you need to survive those spells,” he said.India were 224 for three before bad light, followed by rain, forced an early end to play on day one with only six overs possible in the final session.Also Read | Rohit Sharma breaks world record after six-hitting spree in Ranchi Test vs South AfricaAlso Read | Virat Kohli likley to be rested for T20I series against BangladeshAlso Read | India vs South Africa, 3rd Test stat wrap: Rohit Sharma joins elite league with 9th hundred in 2019Also 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 India vs South AfricaFollow Ranchi Test Next Rohit Sharma coming good at top of the order changes everything for Team India: Batting coach Vikram RathourIndia batting coach Vikram Rathour praised both Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane for their heroics on the opening day of the Ranchi Test at the JSCA Stadium on Saturday.advertisement
Alcohol Brands and B-Corp Certification: Who Is Doing It and Why? Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms After Samual Maruta and Vincent Mourou-Rochebois met in Vietnam in 2010, the two discovered they shared an interest in chocolate. “I told Sam wanted to check out the cacao farms in the countryside and he said, “Let’s do it” and pulled out his map,” recalls Mourou-Rochebois. The pair rode their motorbikes sixty miles from Ho Chi Minh City to the province of Bà Rịa–Vũng Tàu, where they spotted a sign for a cacao farm.“When we approached it, we saw cacao beans drying out in the sun,” Mourou-Rochebois recalls. “We bought two kilos of beans from the farmer.” On their way back to Ho Chi Minh City, Maruta suggested they start a company. Mourou-Rochebois laughingly asked, “What, making chocolate?” And Maruta replied, “Why not?”The duo opened their chocolate company Marou on the outskirts of Ho Chi Min City, selling their chocolate bars only in Vietnam for the first six month. Now Marou chocolate can be found around the world. “We’re the first artisanal, bean-to-bar company in Vietnam,” Maruta says. Both founders talked to The Manual about their ‘Aha’ moment, Marou’s unique packaging and the importance of working directly with the cacao farmers in Vietnam.When did you realize you could make your chocolate company come to fruition?V: After our first test with cacao. We put the beans in the oven, took the skins off after roasting and made this thick mass. Then we stuck it in the fridge for 20 minutes, cut it up and tasted it. We looked at each other without saying anything and realized we had something. It wasn’t amazing chocolate but it had potential.Where did you go from there?V: in Vietnam, there are no machines for making chocolate and we realized we needed a certain machine to move forward: a wet grinder that a nearby Indian restaurant used for dosas, a dough made from lentil beans and chickpeas. We went to Singapore to get the machine and brought it back. That was a quantum leap in our chocolate making development. We could grind the beans down to something very fine–it started melting in the mouth. It started to look and feel like chocolate.Did you run into any roadblocks when starting Marou?S: For the first six months we worked out of my house. But we had big ideas and big plans.V: We tried to get our business license and open up in the center of Ho Chi Minh City–a shop up front and a workshop in the back where people could see how it’s made. That was part of our dream. But the authorities wouldn’t allow us. So we decided to go elsewhere and make chocolate and we found the place where we are now, on the fringe of the city. And it ended up being the right thing for us.S: We’re growing. We’re taking on a hundred extra square meters to expand our factory. It’s satisfying to look back on how we’ve gone from nothing to something in just a little over two years.Marou currently offers five chocolate bars–how are they each distinct?V: The chocolate reflect each of the five provinces we work with. Each province has different soil configurations and micro-climates. Then the farmers add a touch as well. Just the way they handle the beans and dry them also affects the taste.S: The most distinctive is the Bà Rịa, the red one. People who eat our chocolates say it’s special and unlike any other chocolate out there. And professional chocolate makers always order that one.V: The soil there is very unique. It’s a red soil, so the chocolate has a little bit of a red tint. And it’s funny, it’s made with the beans from the first farmer we met. We’re still working with that farmer. We got lucky because he grows not only good beans but unique ones.How many cacao farms do you work with and where are they located?V: We work with about 10 farms. And the farmers have about 2 or 3 acres of land. Our closest farm is 60 miles from our factory.S: We’ve ridden bicycles to our farmers–it’s that close. All of the farms are in provinces in the south of Vietnam. It’s tropical and hot all year round, which is the perfect condition for cocoa.What are the reactions of the cacao farmers to your chocolate?S: In the beginning, they looked at us in a funny way. The chocolate they know has a lot of sugar in it. So I think they believe we’re slightly deranged to like such bitter chocolate [laughing].V: Also, other buyers in Vietnam don’t even taste or select their beans. They just buy bags and throw them onto a truck. But since we know that chocolate is only good as the beans, we spend a lot of times in the farms. Farmers present us with bags of about 50 to 70 pounds of beans, and then we sit and taste them. It’s time-consuming and they probably thought we were crazy at first. But now, they kind of get it. They understand what we’re looking for.Your chocolates come in striking, vibrant wrappers–who designed them?S: A company called Rice Creative, a two-man team who started their business the same time we were starting. We were their first clients so we stuck together.V: It took about 7 months to get wrappers that reflected our brand identity and incorporated a sense of place. We wanted to take people on journey as soon as they opened it. And the wrappers quickly got us a lot of attention. Distributors all over were curious enough to request samples. They told us: “If the chocolate is as nice as the wrapper, we’ll definitely buy from you.”Lastlay, can you name all the ingredients in your chocolates?S: Cacao and cane sugar. That’s it. There are no additives.V: It’s really just about the cacao that we find from the farm. We don’t add vanilla, which is added to about 90% of dark chocolate on the market. In the beginning, we tested our chocolate with vanilla and realized we didn’t need it–our cacao is just good as it is.—Among Marou’s 12-member staff is Arnaud Normand, a chocolate maker who flew from France to learn about Marou’s bean-to-bar method. As Marou’s chocolate chef, Normand heads research and development for the company. Here’s his recipe for a flourless chocolate cake using Marou chocolate.Moelleux au Chocolat Marou (Serves 8)Ingredients:200 g Marou Tien Giang 70% or 65% Vietnam dark chocolate200g or 4 egg yokes200 g granulated sugar or less200 g unsalted butter25 g enriched white flourInstructions:Pre-heat oven to 150 degrees CelsiusChop up the chocolate into small pieces and melt with the butter at low heatIn a separate bowl, mix the sugar and the flourIncorporate the the eggs in with the sugar and flour mixture, then mix until you obtain a pale yellow colorPour the egg/sugar/flour mixture into the molten chocolate mixture. Stir and mix until smoothPour into a thin tarte mold and place in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes Editors’ Recommendations 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn An Honest Review of Smartwool’s New Intraknit Base Layer Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn