Roma happy to face Messi & Barca – Di Francesco

first_imgRoma Roma happy to face ‘best in the world’ Messi and Barcelona, says Di Francesco Matt Dorman 00:41 18/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Eusebio di Francesco - cropped Getty Images Roma UEFA Champions League Barcelona v Roma Barcelona The capital club were given a tough Champions League tie and the coach insists his side must stay positive against one of the best teams around Roma boss Eusebio di Francesco has welcomed the chance to meet Barcelona and the “world’s best player” Lionel Messi in the Champions League quarter-finals.The Giallorossi were handed a mammoth assignment in Friday’s draw for what is their first appearance in the competition’s last eight in 10 years.Barca, who have not reached the semi-finals since their 2014-15 triumph, are widely expected to continue the charge that saw them sweep aside Chelsea in the previous round. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Despite the prospect of a daunting trip to Camp Nou, an upbeat Di Francesco assured the Catalan giants are not the only ones pleased with the fixture.”We’re happy with the draw because we’re proud to be in the quarter-finals,” Di Francesco said on Saturday.”We know we’ll be up against one of the best teams in the world with the best player in the world, Messi.”We’ll approach the tie with a positive mindset. We knew we’d have to face a tough side in the quarter-finals. It’s a tie both teams are looking forward to and we’ll go into it with our feet on the ground.”10 – No Italian sides have ever won the 1st leg of a Champions League quarter final away from home so far (3D 7L). Threat. pic.twitter.com/dJriRqAZje— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) March 16, 2018Roma, third in Serie A, have trips to Crotone and Bologna to come before the first leg and Di Francesco is eager to maintain a fine run of six wins in eight competitive matches.”Every game is important but we’re playing Crotone now. I’ve told my players to forget about Barcelona,” he said.”It’s only natural that the lads can’t wait to play that match but if we want to do well in the Champions League we first have to do well against Crotone and it’s going to be difficult.”last_img read more

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Open’s Training Camp A Success

first_imgWith just over six months until the 2011 World Cup in Edinburgh, Scotland, the camp was a good opportunity for all three squads to train together.Touch Football Australia’s Director of High Performance, Cathy Gray, was pleased with the way the weekend went, saying that the camp was very beneficial. “It was great having the three squads altogether, they said it was actually a very good vibe and we also invited a few of the young ones to fill in in the Women’s squad so I think that’s a plus because our program is just one group so they can fit in and have a run and see what it is like,” Gray said. “It was quite valuable to look at the fine tuning and who the next cull or taking some of the players to reduce it again and seeing how they go. They were all very focused and it was just what we needed before we go to the next stage.”The actual teams won’t be chosen until after the Elite Eight in March, but the camp gave the coaches the chance to work on their World Cup preparations. “The coaches, they’ve got their squads down to 19 or 20 so it’s now just looking at positions and now we’ve got an idea of who is actually committed to World Cup, so that was our first thing from the big squad. So they know who they are actually looking at and just sort of getting an idea of the positions. The Mixed have got to work out what their balance is going to be, are they taking 10 males and six females or what they are actually going to do and the positions. I think it’s just also to see who fits in the positions, your game plans, your skills, so it’s that next level. So you are training them really for World Cup and their moves and how they are going to play the game,” Gray said. Gray says she is happy with the weekend and the way the squads are progressing.“It was really good. Everything went really well, I think there is a really good professional culture now, players know what we expect and there are just minor things to iron out but all of these things just keep getting better and better.”last_img read more

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10 months agoREVEALED: Mbappe would’ve chosen Real Madrid if not for Bale

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Mbappe would’ve chosen Real Madrid if not for Baleby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG star Kylian Mbappe would be a Real Madrid player if not for Gareth Bale, it has been revealed.AS says Mbappe chose to move to PSG from AS Monaco in the summer of 2017 over Real Madrid because of the presence of Bale.A fee beginning at €180m rising to €214m had been settled with Monaco, but Mbappe refused to go to Madrid as he couldn’t see a place for himself in then coach Zinedine Zidane’s plans.It’s suggested if Real president Florentino Perez had agreed to sell Bale to Manchester United would’ve seen Mbappe arrive in his place.But as a source stated: “But Mbappé preferred to go to Paris because Florentino did not want to part with Bale…” last_img read more

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10 months agoMan City boss Guardiola happy for Diaz to join Real Madrid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola happy for Diaz to join Real Madridby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City manager Pep Guardiola says the club did all it could to retain Brahim Diaz.The midfielder joined Real Madrid on Tuesday after entering the last six months of his city contract.And Guardiola warned he only wanted players who wanted to stay at the Etihad.Asked about Diaz’s departure, Guardiola said: “Like I said many times, I don’t want people that don’t want to stay here.”We did with Brahim everything we have done with Phil (Foden) and with Jadon – important players and we did absolutely everything. The only one who decides to stay is Phil.”We wish him all the best. Real Madrid is not a bad step, so hopefully he can take the minutes he wants and that he didn’t want here for many reasons.”He’s a nice guy. Congratulations to the academy and the club for working so well, because important teams in Europe want our players.” last_img read more

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24 days agoLeicester boss Rodgers: Pereira as good as any fullback in Prem

first_imgLeicester boss Rodgers: Pereira as good as any fullback in Premby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Brendan Rodgers is delighted with the form of Ricardo Pereira.Indeed, he says Pereira is as good as any fullback in the country.“He’s up there with the best fullbacks in the league,” Rodgers said.“I worked with young Trent at Liverpool and he’s been sensational since he has broken into the team.“Kyle [Walker] obviously at Manchester City. He’s certainly a boy who is up there. You see him go forward and he’s so fluent in his running.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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21 days ago​Arsenal boss Emery delighted with Tierney performance

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say ​Arsenal boss Emery delighted with Tierney performanceby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery is delighted with Kieran Tierney after his return from injury.The summer signing from Celtic backed up his impressive debut last week with another quality display in Thursday’s comfortable win over Standard Liege.Asked about Tierney’s performance, Emery said: “Kieran after his injury is coming back with a good attitude.”He played last week against Nottingham Forest for 80 minutes with a good performance, and tonight was another very good performance.”We are a better competitive team with him and with Sead Kolasinac at left back. We are happy with him.” last_img

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20 days agoMurphy says Spurs must go on spending spree

first_imgMurphy says Spurs must go on spending spreeby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham midfielder Danny Murphy says they must go on a spending spree.Tottenham will need several new signings if they fail to keep hold of Toby Alderweireld, Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen past the current season, according to Murphy.Mauricio Pochettino is under pressure to perform after the damaging 7-2 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich during the week, which won’t help their cause in offering out new contracts.Murphy told Sporting Bet: “If Tottenham lose Eriksen, Alderweireld and Vertonghen next season, then they’re five or six players off being genuine title contenders.“They’ll have to spend a hell of a lot of money to replace those three players, which will only make them as good as they were.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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14 days agoMan Utd medics fear heavy Pogba injury blow

first_imgMan Utd medics fear heavy Pogba injury blowby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is set to miss next Sunday’s crunch clash against Liverpool.Indeed, United medics fear he could be sidelined until at least the end of October, says the Daily Mail.The France midfielder is in Dubai to complete a warm weather rehabilitation programme at the state-of-the-art Transform Altitude Performance Center in hope of accelerating his recovery from a foot injury.Pogba, though, is almost sure of missing the visit of league leaders Liverpool in a game that could have a significant bearing on United boss Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer’s future.He will report back to the club’s Carrington HQ next week where United medics will have a clearer idea of the Pogba may be able to return. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Alabama Football: Here’s Video Of Nick Saban’s Daughter Dancing As The Alabama Mascot At Her Wedding

first_imgA closeup of Nick Saban on the Alabama sideline.TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 22: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the game against the Western Carolina Catamounts at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Saturday night, Nick Saban’s daughter, Kristen, got married at Bryant-Denny Stadium, which, of course, is the ultimate dream for any Crimson Tide fan. The wedding was complete with a rendition of ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ and a number of other Alabama-themed activities for guests. But one takes the cake.Kristen Saban and her new husband, Adam Setas, danced with Alabama mascot heads. Yep, Saban danced with the Big Al headpiece on at her wedding. There was more than one, too. Check it out:Weird? A little. But if you’re going to go full Alabama at your wedding, this is how to do it.last_img read more

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Arkansas Drops An Awesome Hype Video For Saturday’s Mississippi State Game

first_imgArkansas player getting carried off the field after a big win.YouTube/Arkansas RazorbacksFor the second straight season, the Arkansas Razorbacks have rebounded from a shaky start to the season to go on an impressive SEC West winning streak. Starting with a four-overtime win over Auburn, the Hogs have won four straight, with three victories in division. Two weeks ago, they beat Ole Miss in overtime, and last Saturday, they blew out LSU in Baton Rouge. Underestimating Arkansas would not be wise right now. With this week’s hype video ahead of the Mississippi State game, Arkansas has a message for the opposition: “don’t mess with them bad boys in red.” last_img

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4-Star Alabama Commit VanDarius Cowan Makes It Clear He Isn’t Interested In Any Other Schools

first_imgVanDarius Cowan commits to Alabama and poses with Nick Saban.Palm Beach Gardens (FL) defensive end/outside linebacker VanDarius Cowan wants fans to know he’s not considering any other school.After committing to Florida State, Cowan switched his interest to the Crimson Tide, to which he gave a hard commitment in April. With recruits constantly posting their top schools of interest across social media, Cowan took the time to emphasize to ‘Bama fans that he’s not going anywhere else. Here is my Top 4 No order … Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama Thanks To Everyone that have recruited me this far— VanDarius Cowan (@vandarius98) July 15, 2016The OLB is ranked at No. 141 on 247Sports’ National Composite Rankings. The site also ranked him as the 23rd-best player in the state of Florida.last_img

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Why Marcelo is out of favour at Madrid

first_imgMarcelo, for so long a mainstay at left-back at Real Madrid, is currently out of favour. Sergio Reguilon has taken the Brazilian’s place as Madrid’s first-choice left-back for the time being, as Marcelo started his first game at left-back on Thursday since January 6.Before then, Reguilon had started three consecutive matches at left-back, as the Castilla product continues to impress under Santiago Solari. 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? The sight of Marcelo on the bench is an odd one for any Madrid supporter, with the 30-year-old having established himself among the world’s best at his position over the past decade.But injuries have affected Marcelo this term, the Brazilian having missed 10 games with various muscle problems, and he has not been at his best when healthy either.Additionally, Marcelo has struggled with his weight throughout his career, and his lack of consistent playing time this season has made it difficult for him to maintain his peak fitness.Despite his stuttering campaign so far Solari has insisted that he is still a big backer of Marcelo, and that he has reacted well to his recent benching. “His love for the club and his commitment to the club and his joy at training are undoubted, and his behaviour is impeccable. All these things must be praised,” the Madrid manager said on Wednesday.”It’s always a difficult task to pick the team.”Marcelo Real Madrid 2018-19Indeed, Madrid sources have confirmed to Goal that Marcelo’s response to his recent benching has been positive, and he is continuing to train hard with the hope of regaining his spot in Solari’s team.Unlike the case of Isco, another Madrid player out of favour, Marcelo’s relationship with Solari remains good, with no personal animosity between the pair.However, if Marcelo continues to be unable to regain his spot, rumours linking him with a summer switch to Juventus will increase.Several Madrid players have been tipped to follow Cristiano Ronaldo in making the move to Turin, and Ronaldo himself seemed to encourage his former team-mate to join him in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport last month.“Marcelo is strong, we open the doors to good players and Marcelo is one of them,” the Portuguese said.For now, though, Marcelo is happy at Madrid and Solari is still counting on him, despite his recent benching.last_img read more

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Man Utd’s 2019-20 Premier League fixtures

first_imgManchester United will be striving to put a disappointing season behind them under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, whose promising start as manager fell apart into a sixth-placed league finish.The Man Utd legend was appointed as Jose Mourinho’s replacement and while he had a successful first few weeks as interim manager, the Red Devils’ form dipped towards the end of the campaign and they missed out on Champions League football.Next season, Solskjaer will be prioritising returning the club back to Europe’s elite and they’re thrown straight into high-profile action with an opener against top-four rivals Chelsea at Old Trafford. 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? Season ticket holders can also look forward to clashes with rivals Arsenal (September 28), Liverpool (October 19), Tottenham (December 3) and Manchester City (March 7)The Red Devils’ full 2019-20 Premier League fixture list can be found below.Man Utd Premier League 2019-20 fixtures Date Time Match 11/08/2019 16:30 Manchester United v Chelsea 17/08/2019 15:00 Wolverhampton v Manchester United 24/08/2019 15:00 Manchester United v Crystal Palace 31/08/2019 15:00 Southampton v Manchester United 14/09/2019 15:00 Manchester United v Leicester City 21/09/2019 15:00 West Ham United v Manchester United 28/09/2019 15:00 Manchester United v Arsenal 05/10/2019 15:00 Newcastle United v Manchester United 19/10/2019 15:00 Manchester United v Liverpool 26/10/2019 15:00 Norwich City v Manchester United 02/11/2019 15:00 Bournemouth v Manchester United 09/11/2019 15:00 Manchester United v Brighton 23/11/2019 15:00 Sheffield United v Manchester United 30/11/2019 15:00 Manchester United v Aston Villa 03/12/2019 20:00 Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur 07/12/2019 15:00 Manchester City v Manchester United 14/12/2019 15:00 Manchester United v Everton 21/12/2019 15:00 Watford v Manchester United 26/12/2019 15:00 Manchester United v Newcastle United 28/12/2019 15:00 Burnley v Manchester United 01/01/2020 15:00 Arsenal v Manchester United 11/01/2020 15:00 Manchester United v Norwich City 18/01/2020 15:00 Liverpool v Manchester United 21/01/2020 20:00 Manchester United v Burnley 01/02/2020 15:00 Manchester United v Wolverhampton 08/02/2020 15:00 Chelsea v Manchester United 22/02/2020 15:00 Manchester United v Watford 29/02/2020 15:00 Everton v Manchester United 07/03/2020 15:00 Manchester United v Manchester City 14/03/2020 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United 21/03/2020 15:00 Manchester United v Sheffield United 04/04/2020 15:00 Brighton v Manchester United 11/04/2020 15:00 Manchester United v Bournemouth 18/04/2020 15:00 Aston Villa v Manchester United 25/04/2020 15:00 Manchester United v Southampton 02/05/2020 15:00 Crystal Palace v Manchester United 09/05/2020 15:00 Manchester United v West Ham United 17/05/2020 15:00 Leicester City v Manchester United Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Martens hoping to be fit in time for WWC final

first_imgLieke Martens is counting on Netherlands’ medical staff to get her fit for the Women’s World Cup final after the Barcelona star lasted just 45 minutes in Wednesday’s last-four win over Sweden.The 26-year-old has been troubled by a foot injury since team-mate Jill Roord stepped on her toe when celebrating Martens’ late winner in the last-16 victory against Japan.Martens did not train prior to facing Italy in the next round and though she completed 90 minutes then, the forward was withdrawn at half-time on Wednesday due to the pain. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Netherlands went on to win 1-0 in extra time thanks to a goal from Jackie Groenen midweek, though there will be concern over whether Martens can face the United States in Sunday’s final.”As a player you always want to play the biggest game of your career and this [final] is one of the biggest ones I’m going to hopefully play,” she said.”I’m going to do the recovery with the medical staff, I really believe in them, I’m looking forward every single day.”Martens admitted she had no problem being replaced by Roord at half-time given she had been feeling pain in her foot from the start of the game.46. De tweede helft begint met een wissel; Jill Roord komt in het veld voor Lieke Martens.#NEDSWE pic.twitter.com/M7UEvFyYjW— OranjeLeeuwinnen (@oranjevrouwen) July 3, 2019″Didn’t feel good,” Martens replied when asked about her foot.”For me, it’s easy. If I’m not 100 per cent fit then I want another girl to come in and give 100 per cent. That’s easy.”The most important thing is the team is better when one girl is 100 per cent.”The USA have injury worries for the final as well, with two of the side’s biggest stars facing a bit of a race to be fully fit by Sunday.  Megan Rapinoe missed out on the semi-final with a hamstring injury while Rose Lavelle also picked up an injury in that match.  The pair have both said they plan to be fit in time for the match, though it remains a question if they’ll be ready to go the full 90.last_img read more

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Georgia Player Tray Bishop Arrested For Reportedly Showing People A Sex Tape Of A Woman Without Her Consent

first_imgA general view of the Georgia Bulldog's football field.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 6: Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Central Michigan Chippewas at Sanford Stadium on September 6, 2008 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)A college football player was arrested earlier this week on charges of felony eavesdropping/surveillance as the result of an alleged incident that reportedly occurred during the fall of 2017.Georgia’s Detravion “Tray” Bishop was taken into custody at Athens-Clarke County Jail at 12:25 p.m. on Wednesday – he was later released $5,700 bond, according to Dawgnation.com.Bishop’s arrest was the result of a University of Georgia Police investigation that began after they received a complaint from a woman in April. The aggrieved party reportedly told authorities that Bishop recorded a sex act without her permission on Nov. 5, 2017.From the report:“The complainant wished to report that there was a student going around showing people a sex tape of her … without her consent,” the police report said. “… A subsequent investigation into this incident led us into determining that the crime of unlawful eavesdropping occurred on [Nov. 5]. The investigation showed that Detravion Bishop had recorded [victim’s name] inside his dorm room without her permission and without her knowledge.”The Georgia football program is aware of the alleged incident and head coach Kirby Smart released the following statement.“Certainly it’s disappointing when a player or any other young person under our charge is arrested, and we don’t condone any illegal or improper behavior. That being said, university policies are being followed. We are investigating the matter and it’s important that we gather all information relevant to the situation before we determine what policies may come into play. Then we can take appropriate action if necessary.”Bishop did not play for the Bulldogs during the 2017 season.We’ll keep you updated as details become available.[Dawgnation]last_img read more

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Top Ohio State Commit Being Pursued By Another Major Program

first_imgAn Ohio State Buckeyes cheerleader running with a flag.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 03: A cheerleader runs onto the field with an Ohio State Buckeyes flag prior to the Discover Orange Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)In less than 24 hours the Early Signing Period for college football is set to open. A few of the nation’s top recruits will announce where they plan to attend college, and sign early.The signing period begins Wednesday and ends Friday. Several top recruits are expected to announce their commitments during that time.Meanwhile, a few recruits already committed to programs will have the chance to make their commitments official. However, just because a recruit is committed somewhere doesn’t mean other programs aren’t hoping to get into the picture.According to Radi Nabulsi of Rivals, Georgia is hoping to make a late charge for Ohio State commit Doug Nester.Rivals250 offensive lineman Doug Nestor is committed to Ohio State but will not sign with the Buckeyes tomorrow. He is in contact with #UGA’s Sam Pittman. Here is the latest:https://t.co/ldJM6g4gxF pic.twitter.com/Bw2CgZOosH— Radi Nabulsi (@RadiNabulsi) December 18, 2018Nester is the No. 5 offensive guard in the country and the No. 92 recruit overall, according to 247Sports Composite Rankings. The star offensive lineman committed to the Buckeyes over a year ago, though Georgia and Penn State are still in the picture.Stay tuned.last_img read more

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Predicting What The First AP Poll Rankings Will Look Like For The 2019 Season

first_img Here’s our best guess as to what it’s going to look like when it’s unveiled in late July or early August.ClemsonAlabamaGeorgiaOklahomaOhio StateMichiganTexasNotre DameLSUTexas A&MFloridaOregonUCFSyracuseWashington StatePenn StateWisconsinAuburnArmyNebraskaWashingtonMissouriNorthwesternUtahIowaWe’re just under 100 days until the start of college football season. It can’t get here soon enough. a closeup of clemson quarterback trevor lawrenceARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers looks on before the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Yes, we’re still two months away from either poll – the Coaches’ Poll or the AP Poll – being unveiled ahead of the 2019 college football season. But assuming there aren’t too many roster/coaching changes before then, we have a pretty good idea of what it’s going to look like.Clemson, undoubtedly, will be the No. 1 team in the country. Even if some voters actually believe that Alabama will reclaim its status as the best program in college football this season, the Tigers are going to be given the benefit of the doubt after how last season ended.Alabama will be No. 2 – there’s also no doubt about that. After that, it’s kind of up in the air. Georgia, which had Alabama on the ropes in the SEC title game a year ago, will likely come in at No. 3.After that, it’s likely some combination of Oklahoma, Ohio State, Michigan, LSU, Texas and Notre Dame.last_img read more

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Finger spinners need to reinvent to remain relevant in ODIs: Harbhajan

first_imgFinger spinners need to reinvent to remain relevant in ODIs: HarbhajanHarbhajan, who has played three 50-over World Cups including two finals, is still not ready to count Jadeja for the upcoming quadrennial tournament in England.advertisement Press Trust of India WellingtonFebruary 5, 2019UPDATED: February 5, 2019 18:43 IST Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin have not been regular part of India’s limited-over sides since the Champions Trophy in 2017 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHarbhajan Singh says Ravindra Jadeja can still be part of India’s World Cup squadHarbhajan Singh heaped praise on Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal for their consistencyHarbhajan Singh also pointed out that the quality of batting against spinners has gone downSenior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh feels Ravindra Jadeja is still in with a chance to make India’s World Cup squad on the back of his all-round skills but to survive purely as a finger spinner, he will have to improvise.Wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have become India’s preferred choices in the shorter formats over the last 18 months, while Jadeja and R Ashwin have gone down in the pecking order.Harbhajan, who has played three 50-over World Cups including two finals, is still not ready to count Jadeja out even though he was not a part of the playing XI during the just-concluded ODIs in New Zealand.”If you remember, during the 2017 Champions Trophy, the weather in UK was hot and humid. So, if conditions are same, Jadeja could still be used as a package, if the opposition team has five to six right-handers in their line-up. Play him as No.6 with Hardik Pandya as No.7. Also he is still your best fielder,” Harbhajan told PTI during an exclusive interview.One of the finest off-spinners of his generation, Harbhajan agreed that finger spinners’ stocks are down compared to wrist spinners.”It’s simple, wrist spinners have three basic variations. Leg-break, googly (wrong-un) and the flipper. If you add top spinner, which is rarely used in ODIs, it becomes four,” the 38-year-old with 417 Tests and 269 ODI wickets, said.”Now come to an off-spinner. If you don’t have an effective doosra, the off-breaks become predictable and good batsmen will line you up for slogging. Even Nathan Lyon was struggling in the ODIs and he is a classical off-break bowler.advertisement”Unless you have the ball that leaves the right-hander, it is very difficult to dislodge the leg-spinners from shorter formats.”Quality of batting against spin on the decline: HarbhajanThe veteran also feels that worldwide, there has been a decline in the quality of batting against spin bowling, especially the wrist spinners.”The art of reading the spinners out of the hand is on the decline. Most of the overseas batsmen, if you see, are trying to read wrist spinners after pitching and that’s dangerous,” he lamented.”However, Kuldeep and Chahal have been very consistent. Just check their pitch map through the 40-odd games and the length has been very accurate. But unlike Indian batsmen, who are masters at reading the hands, it is not the case with most of the overseas batsmen,” Harbhajan explained.”I will give you an example. Kuldeep and Chahal would have had a tough time if they had to bowl to Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma as both are very good players of spin bowling.”But Rohit has had his share of problems against leg-spinners?”Yes, that’s just in a few IPL games during initial overs of an innings. If it’s a 50-over match and a player of Rohit’s calibre is batting against the wrist spinners, he has that quality that he will hit him to any part of the ground. Whenever and wherever he wants to.””Or for that matter Gautam Gambhir, who is another terrific player of spin bowling. He was such a fabulous player as he would watch it from the hand and play late with the spin,” he reasoned.Kedar Jadhav has been India’s specialist finger spinner in the 50-over format during the past two years (when not injured) and his low bounce makes him a useful bowler, said Harbhajan.”Kedar’s low bounce makes him a difficult bowler. In any case, he is short and with that side-arm action, the balls keep very low. He grips the ball in such a way that, it would never hit the seam and so there won’t be true bounce available to hit the deliveries through the line.”The ball will never hit the ‘sweet spot’ of the bat and so the batsman will not get the required elevation,” he signed off.Also Read | Excited to test New Zealand’s bench strength in T20 series against India: WilliamsonAlso Read | ‘Hardik Pandya was disturbed by Koffee with Karan row but he learnt from his mistake’Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Harbhajan SinghFollow 2019 Cricket World CupFollow Kuldeep YadavFollow Ravindra Jadejalast_img read more

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Realme 3 with Helio P70, ColorOS 6, dewdrop display launched starting at Rs 8,999

first_imgRealme 3 with Helio P70, ColorOS 6, dewdrop display launched starting at Rs 8,999The Realme 3 touts a new unibody design along with gradient colours, as well as a powerful hardware that is championed by the Helio P70 chipset at its core.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiMarch 4, 2019UPDATED: March 5, 2019 08:59 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Realme 3 has been priced starting at Rs 8,999 for the 3GB/32GB model.The Realme 3 will be available on Flipkart on March 12 at 12 noonThe Realme 3 touts a dewdrop display and a gradient unibody designThe Realme 3 has been launched in India, and it comes with a new and updated design language compared to last year’s Realme 2. The company announced the Realme 3 at an event in New Delhi, where it also revealed the pricing and availability details. The Realme 3 touts a new unibody design along with gradient colours, as well as a powerful hardware that is championed by the Helio P70 chipset at its core. The Realme 3 also highlights a dew drop display and Android Pie-based ColorOS 6.0, among other things.The Realme 3 has been priced starting at Rs 8,999 for the 3GB/32GB and Rs 10,999 for the 4GB/64GB variant. The Realme 3 will be available on Flipkart for now and may launch in offline retail stores at a later date, although there is no word yet on its offline availability. The first sale on Flipkart will take place on March 12 at 12 noon. The company also announced three Iconic Cases for the Realme 3 that includes yellow, black and blue diamond cut colours.Realme 3 specificationsThe Realme 3 sports a 6.2-inch HD+ (1520×720) dewdrop display with a 19:9 aspect ratio and a screen-to-body ratio of 88.3 per cent. The device offers a glass-like plastic unibody design on the back with injection molded technology to offer comfortable grip and attractive reflective look. The rear panel that seamlessly cures around the frame and all the way to the glass on the front gets a gradient color finish in Dynamic Black and Radiant Blue. The former sees hues of blue and purple as well as a glitter effect on the bottom, while the latter gets hues of blue and green. Apart from the dual rear camera and Realme logo on the back, the Realme 3 also gets a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.advertisementPowering the Realme 3 is a 2.1GHz octa-core Helio P70 chipset that is based on a 12nm process. The chipset offers four Cortex-A53 cores and four Cortex-A73 cores along with a Mali-G72 MP3 GPU. The Realme 3 comes in two memory and storage options – 3GB/32GB and 4GB/64GB – with support for storage expandability up to 256GB via a microSD card. The handset can hold two nano-SIM cards with dual VoLTE support and a dedicated slot for a microSD card. The Realme 3 ships with Android Pie-based ColorOS 6.0. The latest software brings a borderless design, an app drawer as well as the new Android Pie gesture navigation feature.The Realme 3 sports a dual camera setup that includes a 13MP f/1.8 primary camera and 2MP secondary camera for depth sensing. The camera gets a new Nightscape mode that allows you to take a long exposure shot for better low-light photography. The camera also supports Hybrid HDR, Chroma Boost and Portrait modes. On the front, the Realme 3 gets a 13MP f/2.0 selfie camera with AI Beautification, HDR and support for face unlock. The Realme 3 houses a 4,230mAh battery with support for a 10W charger that is bundled with the box. The handset measures 75.6×156.1×8.3mm and weighs 175 grams. It supports 2.4G WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2, among other things. At the launch, the company also announced that the Realme 3 Pro will be coming in April.ALSO READ | Realme 3 leaks in live photo ahead of March 4 India launchALSO READ | Realme 3 Pro will launch alongside Realme 3 in India on March 4, company teasesALSO READ | Realme 3 to launch in India today: Expected specs, price and how to watch livestreamGet 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 bySneha Saha Tags :Follow RealmeFollow Realme 3Follow androidlast_img read more

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Nirav Modi’s extradition request reaches London court

first_imgNirav Modi’s extradition request reaches London courtThe UK Home Secretary moved the Nirav Modi extradition file to Westminster court, of which the ED has been informed.advertisement Munish Pandey MumbaiMarch 9, 2019UPDATED: March 9, 2019 13:07 IST Nirav Modi was spotted in London today. (Photo:The Telegraph)In a very crucial development, the UK Home Secretary moved the extradition file of diamantaire Nirav Modi to the Westminster court in London. Top sources in the government told India Today that two days ago, the UK Home Office had sent the file to Westminster court and after examining the case may issue a warrant for a provisional arrest of Nirav Modi.India Today learned that the Indian agencies are aware of the developments. The extradition request by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) was pending before the UK Home Secretary since September 2018.Fugitive billionaire Nirav Modi, who has been absconding since the Punjab National Bank fraud, was spotted by a London daily on Friday.A UK-based newspaper, The Telegraph, tracked down Nirav Modi in London. Nirav Modi, against whom an extradition request has been pending since September last year before the UK authorities, was seen sporting a handlebar moustache with full face beard.He was confronted by the newspaper on the allegations levelled against him but he refused to answer any question. Roaming freely on the streets of London, recognising Nirav Modi at first glance might be a little difficult for people. He has also grown his hair longer than what he used to keep earlier.Recently, the intel agencies had also provided input that Nirav Nodi had changed his appearance to disguise people.Multiple reminders to the UK authorities to initiate extradition process of Nirav Modi were sent by the Indian counterparts since the past few months.Recently, the ED attached properties of Nirav Modi worth Rs 147.72 crore in connection with the over Rs 13,000 crore PNB fraud case.advertisementThe attached properties belong to Nirav Modi’s- Firestar Diamond International Private Limited, Firestar International Private Limited, Radheshir Jewelry Company Private Limited and Rhythm House Private Limited.According to the agency, it was revealed during investigation that substantial proceeds of crime obtained fraudulently by Nirav Modi owned group of firms – Solar Exports, Stellar Diamonds, Diamond RUS from Punjab National Bank were diverted to Nirav Modi, his relatives and entities controlled by Nirav Modi.The ED had registered a money laundering case against Nirav Modi and others on February 15, 2018, under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) on the basis of an FIR registered by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) under IPC sections 120-B r/w 420, 1860 read with Section 13(2) read with 13(1)(d) of PC Act, 1988.Allegedly, Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and others committed the offence of cheating against Punjab National Bank in connivance with certain bank officials by fraudulently getting the LOUs issued without following prescribed procedure and caused a wrongful loss to the bank.Several properties in India and abroad worth Rs 1,725.36 crore were also attached earlier. In addition to the aforementioned attachments, gold, diamond, bullions, jewellery and other valuables worth Rs 489.75 crore belonging to Nirav Modi Group were also seized. A prosecution complaint has been filed in this case against Nirav Modi and others for the offence of money laundering.READ | All steps being taken for Nirav Modi’s extradition: MEAWATCH | Nirav Modi spotted roaming freely on London streetsFor 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 byKritika Bansal Tags :Follow Nirav Modilast_img read more

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