November 15, 2019
  • 5:06 am Chelsea vs West Brom: TV, stream, preview
  • 5:02 am Why Man Utd didn’t sign Hummels & Muller
  • 8:41 am a month ago​Watford boss Sanchez Flores pleased with Capoue development
  • 8:34 am 23 days agoMauro Icardi delighted with PSG Champions League winner
  • 8:29 am 13 days agoRobins: Man Utd board must give Solskjaer time

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Watford boss Sanchez Flores pleased with Capoue developmentby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Quique Sanchez Flores is very impressed with the way Etienne Capoue has developed.The defensive midfielder is now club captain, and Flores believes that he is one of the senior members of the dressing room that others look up to.The two have a history, with Sanchez Flores coaching Capoue the last time that he was at Watford as manager.”He’s really mature now,” said the head coach to reporters about Capoue.”Three years ago he was an amazing player, a very good player and very important for us. “Three years later, he’s the captain right now, also he’s more mature, he’s able to take and to organise some of the players – for us he’s a very important player.” last_img read more

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first_imgMauro Icardi delighted with PSG Champions League winnerby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMauro Icardi is delighted to be off the mark for PSG.The Argentina striker hit the winner against Champions League opponents Galatasaray last night.”Sincerely, I’m very happy,” said Icardi. “Especially the match made by the team. “I am of course happy to have scored this goal that offers victory. We must continue to work for the future. “I am not yet 100%, but with a goal, the pain passes. I will try to recover and play the next match in the best possible way.”Icardi is on a straight loan at PSG from Inter Milan. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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first_imgRobins: Man Utd board must give Solskjaer timeby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United FA Cup winner Mark Robins says the board must be patient with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Robins, now manager of League One outfit Coventry City, believes that Solskjaer must be given plenty of time to implement his philosophy on the playing squad.”What he’s trying to do is reinstall the values that he felt as a player and that were there under Sir Alex,” he told Sky Sports.”He needs time to do that. If you remember when Sir Alex took over, it was six years before that started to take an effect.”I don’t think you get that times these days but I think the board will be patient. As long as they can see things moving forward in the right way they will be patient.”Clearly you need to get results alongside that. Ole knows that but the noises coming out of there and what is being said, they seem happy, the players seem happy, it seems a happier camp.”Things can turn quickly but you need results to maintain it. I hope he gets that time and he gets the backing in the transfer market because it’s going to take a long time to get them back to where they were.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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first_imgCoach K reaches 1000 wins.Twitter/@CBSSportsCBB Twitter/@CBSSportsCBBTwitter/@CBSSportsCBBThis weekend featured some fantastic college basketball, but no moment matched Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden, where Duke pulled off a huge come from behind win over St. John’s to clinch win number 1000 for head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Coach K became the first coach in division one history to eclipse that milestone, and he did it behind a gritty effort by Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones, and the rest of his Blue Devils team. With the win, and an early-week blowout loss for Villanova to Georgetown, Duke is once again in the top five in both polls.Here are both the AP and USA Today Coaches Top 25 polls.RankAP PollCoaches Poll1.KentuckyKentucky2.VirginiaVirginia3.GonzagaGonzaga4.DukeDuke5.WisconsinWisconsin6.ArizonaArizona7.VillanovaVillanova8.Notre DameNotre Dame9.KansasLouisville10.LouisvilleUtah11.UtahKansas12.Wichita StateWichita State13.North CarolinaMaryland14.VCUNorth Carolina15.Iowa StateVCU16.MarylandIowa State17.West VirginiaWest Virginia18.Northern IowaNorthern Iowa19.TexasBaylor20.BaylorTexas21.GeorgetownIndiana22.IndianaGeorgetown23.MiamiMiami24.Oklahoma Colorado State25.ButlerArkansaslast_img read more

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first_imgOhio Police department makes fun of Urban Meyer in a tweet.oxford tweetThe No. 25 Florida Gators are back in the AP Poll and will host the No. 3 Ole Miss Rebels next weekend in an SEC showdown. In anticipation of the match-up, the Oxford Police Department trolled the Gainesville P.D. on Twitter this afternoon.Hey @GainesvillePD, welcome to the @AP Top 25. We’ll be saying bye to ya after Saturday.— Oxford Police Dept (@OxfordPolice) September 27, 2015Nothing too shocking about them doing that, but what was surprising was the type of joke that followed: one mocking former Florida head coach Urban Meyer’s decision to leave the Gators for health reasons in 2010 before resurfacing as the Ohio State head coach in 2012. The tweet has since been deleted but here is a screen-shot of it.  oxford tweetoxford tweet Naturally, the Oxford P.D. got a ton of backlash from Ohio State fans, and quickly. We’d like to welcome the Ohio St fans to our timeline. #toosoon #WeMeanNoHarm— Oxford Police Dept (@OxfordPolice) September 27, 2015The two departments have since gone back and forth with each other and kept it good-natured, which is a good thing.last_img read more

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first_imgEngland fans involved in scenes of unrest in Porto have been slammed for “completely unacceptable” behaviour by the UK’s head of football policing.Travelling supporters arrived in the Portuguese city earlier this week ahead of Gareth Southgate’s side taking on Netherlands in the semi-finals of the inaugural Nations League Finals on Thursday.Following an instance of anti-social behaviour outside a bar on Tuesday, riot police charged England fans after bottles were thrown at a Porto fan zone on Avenida dos Aliados, where Portugal fans were gathering to watch their team’s 3-1 win over Switzerland. 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? Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts, football policing lead at the National Police Chiefs’ Council said on Wednesday: “Earlier this evening Portuguese police deployed riot officers against a group of England fans in the main square area of Porto.”It is believed the fans had been throwing bottles at Portugal fans who were watching the match in the same area.”This is the second evening in a row where disorder has occurred in Porto. Last night there were issues outside a bar, where bottles were thrown and minor damage was caused. It is completely unacceptable.”The incidents come as a blow to the Football Association (FA), which launched a campaign video entitled ‘Don’t Be That Idiot’ last week that sought to urge fans against being involved in scenes such as those witnessed in Porto.FA head of security Tony Conniford expressed concern about a “stag-do culture” among an element of the travelling England support for games in more easily accessible destinations such as Portugal.”A lot of it is alcohol-fuelled and there almost becomes an acceptance that because you are at the football, anything goes,” Conniford, formerly assistant director at the UK Football Policing Unit, said when the campaign was launched.”I find that difficult to buy into and people need to have a look at themselves and start to think, ‘If my relatives, wife or children were here with me, would it be an enjoyable experience?’ And the answer is ‘no’.””I don’t want to stereotype people and put everybody into a box. That is very dangerous. But it would be stupid to say we had not recognised groups of young, adult males booking together are the ones we are more concerned about.”It’s that holiday, stag-do culture where young guys get together and suddenly anything goes.”Around 15,000 England fans are expected to be on the ground for the game against Netherlands at Estadio D. Afonso Henriques, which has a tournament capacity of 26,500.The Three Lions will return to Guimaraes on Sunday to face Switzerland if they lose to Ronald Koeman’s side, while victory would bring a final against Portugal in Porto later that day with up to 18,000 England supporters estimated to be in attendance by the weekend.last_img read more

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first_imgJose Mourinho has dropped hints to his future plans, revealing that he sees himself becoming the manager of a national team rather than another club.The former Manchester United boss has been out of coaching work since being sacked by the Red Devils in December 2018 and has recently appeared as a pundit for broadcaster beIN SPORTS.In an interview broadcast by Eleven Sports however, the 56-year-old revealed he still has the desire to take on new challenges in the world of management. 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? “I want to compete in new competitions,” he said.“I think about the World Cup and the European Championships.“For a long time I have had the desire to try out such an adventure. Right now, I see myself more at a national team than with a new club.“Is Portugal the right team for me? Not necessarily.”The self-proclaimed ‘special one’ has enjoyed a glittering career in club management since lifting his first league title with Porto in 2003 – a year before the Primeira Liga side won the UEFA Champions League.Mourinho would go on to lift the Champions League once more with Inter in 2010, but not before winning consecutive Premier League titles with Chelsea in 2005 and 2006, as well as four domestic trophies.He added his fourth league title in as many countries with Real Madrid in 2012, and although his spell at Manchester United may not have gone as planned, there is no question that there is little left for him to achieve in club management.The 56-year-old did not rule out a return to club football when speaking earlier in June however, telling Eleven Sports: “Winning a fifth championship in a different country or the Champions League with a third club are things I’d like to do.“I wouldn’t do it just for that. I only go where a project convinces me.”I want to be happy, not necessarily win, I want to be happy and I don’t want to accept a proposal without being convinced of it, that’s what I’ve always thought.“That’s why if [a club] told me ‘today there are no conditions to win, but we want you to create the conditions to win’, then I would evaluate it.”last_img read more

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first_imgJuventus are willing to include Paulo Dybala in transfer negotiations with Manchester United as they aim to seal a deal for Romelu Lukaku.According to sources, United want €83 million (£76m/$93m) for the Belgian striker but there could well be movement on that price should the Red Devils be interested in adding Dybala to their squad.Juve head coach Maurizio Sarri wants Lukaku to be his main centre-forward heading into the 2019-20 campaign, with Cristiano Ronaldo being deployed on the left flank and Federico Bernardeschi on the right. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? That means that Dybala would have to settle for a rotation role similar to the one he had under former coach Massimiliano Allegri that saw his playing time reduced following Ronaldo’s blockbuster arrival from Real Madrid.Indeed, Ronaldo is capable of playing centrally and Mario Mandzukic would seemingly be ahead of Dybala in the pecking order in terms of a direct replacement for Lukaku, while Douglas Costa and Juan Cuadrado offer alternative options out wide.There is also the presence of Gonzalo Higuain, although Juve are looking to move on the 31-year-old should a suitable offer arrive.As revealed by Goal, Juve are ready to listen to offers for Dybala, while the club’s vice-predicent Pavel Nedved has confirmed there have been “some proposals”, with Tottenham having also been strongly linked.As for Inter, who have been linked with Lukaku throughout the summer and made no secret of their desire to take him to San Siro, they would have to resort to Plan B, should the former Everton striker not end up joining them.Romelu Lukaku Manchester United 2019-20Antonio Conte currently only has Lautaro Martinez as a recognised striker, with Mauro Icardi having been told he has no future with the Serie A club and having not taken part in any of their pre-season preparations to date.Edin Dzeko is another who is on Inter’s wanted list although, like Lukaku, there are complications in terms of negotiations, with Roma demanding €20m (£18m/$22m) or alternatively a transfer that would see Icardi swapped for the former Manchester City man, with the Nerazzurri expecting €30m (£28m/$33m) as part of that deal.The latter scenario would free up the necessary funds for Inter to go for Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani, with the Ligue 1 champions demanding as much as €50m (£46m/$56m), and leave Conte with the two striker purchases he has been craving.As it stands, Dybala is ultimately proving key in a complicated transfer merry-go-round that could trigger as many as four transfers relating to Italy’s top flight.Dybala JuventusShould the Argentine be open to a move to Old Trafford, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward also agree to a deal, that would leave the path clear for Lukaku to make the switch to join Sarri’s Juve.United, meanwhile, continue to chase Leicester City centre-back Harry Maguire, while they have also been linked with midfielders Bruno Fernandes and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.Paul Pogba is looking increasingly likely to stay at the club, meanwhile, with Real Madrid’s hopes of landing the Frenchman fading amid the Red Devils’ reluctance to open negotiations amid fears they won’t have enough time to sign a suitable replacement.Lukaku is, however, one member of the United squad that looks almost certain to leave and the Belgian, who has played no part in pre-season, teased a possible exit as he posed for a photo with agent Federico Pastorello and captioned the image “soon to be continued”.last_img read more

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first_imgAn overhead view of the Rose Bowl.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: A general view during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)We’re only four weeks into the 2018 college football regular season, but the College Football Playoff race is already heating up.ESPN published today a piece on the teams that have already been eliminated from this year’s College Football Playoff race.It’s a lengthy list.The following major programs are already out of contention:Arizona StateFlorida StateBoise StateHawaiiHoustonNebraskaOle MissRutgersTennesseeTCUUCLAUSCThere are a little more than 30 teams still in the race, according to ESPN.You can view that full list here.last_img

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first_imgTrace McSorley looks on during a play.STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 22: Trace McSorley #9 of the Penn State Nittany Lions looks on in the first half during the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on October 22, 2016 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)On Saturday afternoon, the Penn State Nittany Lions took the field against the Iowa Hawkeyes looking to get back on track in the Big Ten. No. 17 Penn State opened as a 5.5-point favorite heading into the game, but No. 18 Iowa hasn’t gone quietly thus far.After one quarter of play, Iowa leads Penn State by a score of 12-7 after forcing a safety in the opening minutes of the game. The Nittany Lions have a history of starting slowly against the Hawkeyes and that’s holding true today.Early in the second quarter, Penn State got the ball with the hopes of taking a lead.Star quarterback Trace McSorley dropped back to pass and the attempted to scramble away from pressure, but was hit and went down awkwardly.McSorley laid on the ground for a few minutes before getting helped off the field by Penn State training staff.Early indications are McSorley hurt his leg on the play.Trace McSorley is helped to his feet but needs the help of trainers to get off the field. The Penn State QB looked to grab his right leg after taking a third-down sack.— Greg Pickel (@GregPickel) October 27, 2018If McSorley is out for the rest of the game it would be a huge blow to the Penn State offense. McSorley has led the Penn State offense for the past three seasons and is one of the best in the country.Junior quarterback Tommy Stevens looks poised to enter the game for the Nittany Lions.last_img read more

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first_imgDonovan Mitchell with the basketball in his left hand.LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 10: Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz grabs a rebound during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on October 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)In the wake of Bobby Petrino’s dismissal as head coach of Louisville, there is plenty of speculation as to who will replace him. But Utah Jazz star and former Louisville basketball player Donovan Mitchell has an idea of who it should be.On Sunday afternoon, Donovan Mitchell sent out a Tweet directed at Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm.“Hey there @JeffBrohm” he wrote.There is already plenty of speculation that Brohm will be Louisville’s target when the Cardinals begin their coaching search.Hey there @JeffBrohm ? pic.twitter.com/Q2mqOfhw4p— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) November 11, 2018Louisville is Brohm’s alma mater, and he has also coached at the school in various capacities from 2003 to 2008.Brohm is currently in his second year as the head coach of Purdue.Several weeks ago, Brohm’s Boilermakers pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the year with a 49-20 blowout win over Ohio State.Last year he led Purdue to a 7-6 record, making their first bowl game since 2012 in the process.last_img read more

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first_imgPat Narduzzi holding his left hand up while his players stand behind him.ANNAPOLIS, MD – DECEMBER 28: Head coach Pat Narduzzi of the Pittsburgh Panthers looks on during the second half against the Navy Midshipmen during the Military Bowl at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on December 28, 2015 in Annapolis, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)Obviously, Notre Dame football is not an official member of any conference, but the Fighting Irish play a handful of ACC teams each year, as part of an arrangement with the league. That means they have a few common opponents with their College Football Playoff semifinal opponent, Clemson.Both teams are undefeated on the season. Of course, due to styles and differing circumstances in games, you can’t only take a head to head comparison to make a judgment on two teams.The total scoring margin in games against those four common opponents—Florida State, Pitt, Syracuse, and Wake Forest—does fall pretty heavily on the side of the Tigers, though.Notre Dame handled Syracuse much better than Clemson. blowing the Orange out at Yankee Stadium, while Clemson squeaked by with a four-point home win. Otherwise, the Tigers were the stronger opponent.The full breakdown:DateClemsonScore (Margin)DateNotre DameScore (Margin)Oct. 27at Florida State59-10 (49)Nov. 10vs. Florida State42-13 (29)Dec. 1vs. Pitt (Charlotte)42-10 (32)Oct. 13vs. Pitt19-14 (5)Sept. 29vs. Syracuse27-23 (4)Nov. 17vs. Syracuse (Bronx)36-3 (33)Oct. 6at Wake Forest63-3 (60)Sept. 22at Wake Forest56-27 (29)Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi, whose Panthers nearly upset Notre Dame football but got thumped by Clemson, says there’s no comparison between the two.Narduzzi’s team lost by five in South Bend, and this weekend, lost by 32 at the ACC Championship Game in Charlotte. He thinks the Tigers are the much tougher team.From the Anderson Independent Mail:Immediately after the game, Narduzzi was asked to compare Clemson to Notre Dame. He did not need much time to contemplate his response.“There’s no comparison,” Narduzzi said frankly. “Clemson is the best football team we’ve played so far to this point.”Narduzzi went as far as to predict a Clemson national championship:“They deserve to be where they are. They’ll probably win a national championship,” Narduzzi said. “It’s a good football team from the front end to the back end as far as the talent they’ve got. (Clemson coach Dabo Swinney) has done a great job. Ton of respect for him. Love that guy. Clemson is the measuring stick in the ACC right now. They’ve got it going.”Of course, Alabama football will likely have something to say about that, but the Tigers should not be discounted at all.[Anderson Independent Mail]last_img read more

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first_imgMark Richt looks on before a game.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – NOVEMBER 18: Head coach Mark Richt of the Miami Hurricanes looks on during a game against the Virginia Cavaliers at Hard Rock Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Last week a college football quarterback was in hot water for a lewd video posted to his Snapchat account. Miami’s N’Kosi Perry allegedly posted a video to his Snapchat story depicting two people having sex.Although the video was from September, it started circulating around the Miami community in late November and threatened to lead to Perry’s benching.Miami is set to take on Wisconsin in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl on Thursday. With the drama surrounding N’Kosi Perry, Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt is turning to fifth-year senior Malik Rosier to be the team’s starting quarterback on Thursday.He announced the news on Wednesday afternoon.Miami coach Mark Richt says Malik Rosier will start at quarterback vs. Wisconsin. He says N’Kosi Perry isn’t suspended, but that “he’s been educated” after a sexually explicit Snapchat post was revealed in the leadup to the bowl game.— Jesse Temple (@jessetemple) December 26, 2018Rosier and Perry battled for the starting role throughout much of the season, though it looked like Perry took a solid hold on the job late in the season.Now he’ll ride the pine as Rosier gets the start against the Badgers.Miami and Wisconsin kick off on Thursday at 5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN.last_img read more

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first_imgA general view of an Oklahoma Sooners football game.NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 25: The Oklahoma Sooners and West Virginia Mountaineers in between plays at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 59-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Oklahoma football fans have had a busy day. Wednesday brought a plethora of stories to the Sooners beat that began with Oklahoma quarterback Austin Kendall being denied eligibility for the 2019 season if he transferred to West Virginia.Not long after that, Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts announced his plans to transfer to Oklahoma to play for Lincoln Riley for the 2019 campaign. A few hours later, Oklahoma reversed course on Kendall, and allowed him to transfer to West Virginia and play immediately as a graduate transfer.Now, another story has hit the Oklahoma beat. Four-star running back recruit Jaylan Knighton announced he’s decommitting from the Sooners.Process in Making #GodsPath?? pic.twitter.com/ca8yLER27P— The real Rooster‼️Ⓜ️ (@jaylan_knighton) January 17, 2019Knight committed to Oklahoma in April of 2018 but decided to re-open his recruitment heading into his senior season. The 2020 running back recruit from Florida has plenty of time to explore his options moving forward.According to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings, Knighton is the No. 11 running back recruit in the 2020 class.last_img read more

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first_img PittNews.com had more:The iconic Pitt Victory Song, written in the 1920s, ends with the line, “For the blue and gold shall conquer as of old, so fight, Pitt, fight!” The “blue and gold” the song references has undergone some changes throughout the decades, with the current shades being dark navy and champagne yellow, but the athletic administration has hinted that will change in the near future, back to the royal blue and mustard yellow fans that know as the “retro colors.”According to Director of Licensing and Merchandising Lori Burens, Panther fans should look for an official statement coming later this spring.“We are anticipating some updated news from a branding perspective later this spring,” Burens told The Pitt News. “We could circle back on this at the end of the semester.”If true, this is a great decision by Pittsburgh’s administration.Make it happen, Panthers. The Pittsburgh Panthers football players gathered together.ANNAPOLIS, MD – DECEMBER 28: The Pittsburgh Panthers gather before the start of their game against the Navy Midshipmen in the Military Bowl at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on December 28, 2015 in Annapolis, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)A major college football program is reportedly set to return to its retro colors in full-time fashion at some point in the near future. This is fantastic news.Pittsburgh, which boasts some of the coolest throwback uniforms in the sport, is reportedly set to make a switch with its full-time colors.The Panthers currently wear a dark navy and champagne yellow, but the throwback colors are royal blue and mustard yellow, and those could be returning.Uniforms don’t get much better than this:last_img read more

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first_img Aasheesh Sharma July 7, 2019UPDATED: July 7, 2019 09:47 IST Pakistan lost to India in a crucial match this World Cup.As the ICC World Cup enters into a decisive phase, two well-regarded chroniclers of the gentleman’s game have timed their literary forays like a Virat Kohli cover drive. With a foreword by Yuvraj Singh, Vijay Lokapally’s World Cup Warriors is a bouquet of the profiles of members of the present-day Indian cricket team, written in breezy, accessible prose.Covering sports for the Hindu group (media organisation) since 1986, Lokapally says one of the reasons he chose to write about the current lot of cricketers is that the shelf life of nostalgia is diminishing at a quick clip with the advent of the worldwide web. “Revisiting the past wasn’t a great idea in the Internet age where everything from the 1975 World Cup final, to India’s iconic victories is available on YouTube”, explains the seasoned journalist.The sketches of the team members by Mumbai-based caricaturist and sports writer Austin Coutinho have lent enormous value to World Cup Warriors. The book profiles the Boys in Blue playing in the World Cup in individual chapters and traces their rise to the playing eleven. At the end of every chapter on a current player are remarks from a former World Cup veteran. So, you have Kapil Dev observing how much Virat Kohli has evolved since he took over India’s captaincy, LS Sivaramakrishnan giving line and length advice to Yuzvendra Chahal and Krishnamachari Srikkanth, that original ODI dasher, appreciating Shikhar Dhawan’s instinct to attack from the word go.Lokapally says Virat’s Boys are a gifted group. “This team is special for the simple reason that you have a competent player at every position. We have two spinners who complement each other beautifully and in Bumrah, Bhuvi and Shami, three of the quickest and smartest exponents of seam bowling.”advertisementAn award-winning sports journalist and presenter, Nikhil Naz, who grew up admiring the writing of Gideon Haigh and Peter Roebuck, makes his debut as author with Miracle Men. The book’s strong point is Naz’s deep dive into the socio-economic scene of the UK of the 1980s, a time when Thatcherism was at its peak and the antiimmigrant sentiment bordering on racism gaining momentum. Naz captures the zeitgeist of the era through movies and music popular at that time, which runs like a soulful background score to the cricketing narrative. Also, he relies heavily on accounts by senior cricket writer Ayaz Memon, a rookie on his first big assignment and celebrated TV journalist Rajdeep Sardesai, then playing club cricket in England. Memon and Sardesai first appear as cameos that gain a life of their own as the narrative moves towards the crescendo at Lord’s.So, what was so special about the class of 83 that made Naz research its triumph, 36 years later? “I was just four in 1983. But over the years I kept hearing about how magical the team of 1983 was. Certain moments stood out in people’s accounts such as Sandhu’s dismissal of Greenidge and Kapil Dev’s catch of Viv Richards but there was no one comprehensive account of the victory.”Asked about the difference between Kapil’s Devils of 1983 and today’s team, Naz says Virat Kohli’s boys are riding high on confidence. “The Indians of today have the swagger of Australians and West Indians of that time. They are the billionaires of the IPL and the envy of the world. They are one of the strong favourites and are expected to win. Kapil’s team on the other hand were rank underdogs. That is why the triumph in 1983 was a miracle that changed cricket in the subcontinent. It was the reason Sachin Tendulkar decided to become a cricketer.”WORLD CUP WARRIORS: THE BOYS IN BLUE VIJAY LOKAPALLY, BLOOMSBURY; Rs 250EXTRACTRohit Sharma’s journey is almost like folklore. His parents lived in Dombivli, a suburb of Mumbai, where he did not have access to good cricket facilities. They were reserved for the city boys. ‘I have seen many players from the suburbs leave the game because they did not get level playing field. Without adequate coaching and training facilities, it was hard for them to compete with the city boys,’ said his coach Dinesh Lad, who lost little time in shifting Rohit from Dombivli to Borivali to enable him to enjoy proper cricket coaching.Coming closer to the city was no assurance for Rohit to pursue cricket. He had to attend school, which meant coughing up a monthly fee. It was a challenge. Rohit, the first grandchild in the family, was brought up at his uncle’s place. The Telugu-speaking parents of Rohit willingly allowed the move to facilitate their son’s love for cricket at the Swami Vivekanand School, where Lad was the coach.advertisement’His uncle needed to be persuaded to send Rohit to this school. He was very reluctant, and it took me time to discover his predicament,’ remembered Lad. It was tough for Rohit’s uncle to pay the monthly school fee of Rs 275. The donation had been waived but the monthly fee had to be paid. Lad was imparting cricket coaching for free at the school and requested the authorities to make an exception in Rohit’s case. ‘He was very good at cricket and I pleaded with the principal to waive off the tuition fees. I was so relieved when he agreed,’ said Lad. Lazy elegance marks his batting. ‘Right-handed David Gower’-as observed by a cricketer once. Gower was known for his silken stroke sweet timing, which also adorns Rohit’s show at the crease.MIRACLE MAN: THE GREATEST UNDERDOG STORY IN CRICKET NIKHIL NAZ, HACHETTE INDIA; Rs 399EXTRACTThe Indian team walks out to jeers and jibes from the hostile, predominantly West Indian crowd. The taunts are largely ignored. Except by Gavaskar. A revered figure in the West Indies, he’s indulging the partisan crowd, conversing with them in their patois, with a Trinidadian accent to boost, practised and mastered during his numerous trips to the islandIn the Caribbean that Sandhu lived one of his most special moments on the cricket field. Getting both Haynes and Greenidge – the finest opening partnership in the world – in quick succession during the Port of Spain test, only three months ago. Greenidge’s dismissal was special. Sandhu got the ball to jag back sharply after pitching and it dislodged the master batsman’s stumps. Now, once again, he finds Greenidge at the other end. Once again, he’s tempted to bowl an inswinger. But the end from which he is bowling is conducive to outswingers. Thanks largely to Lord’s famous slope Plus, the words of his skipper last evening are ringing in his head: ‘Oye, sardar, concentrate on outswing. Only outswingers get you wickets at the international level.’ Sandhu runs in with ball in hand, the seam facing the on-side. Greenidge is facing the 12th ball.But this time he chooses not to face it at all. Expecting another outswinger, he shoulders arms to a ball pitched outside off stump, allowing the well-deceived inswinger to kiss his off stump. Sandhu defied his skipper, but the ball obeyed the sardar’s ordersRajdeep is gloating. ‘He’s my friend, he’s my friend,’ he’s yelling in joy Sandhu is his cricketing buddy.In Bombay, accomplished gully cricketers – Sachin Tendulkar, Avinash Gowariker, Harshad Kulkarni and Ketan Mazumdar – have broken into an impromptu jig watching the Greenidge dismissal. Even before their unsynchronized gyration can come to a halt, Doordarshan, the national broadcaster, has switched to its pre-scheduled programmes of news bulletins and self-help features for farmers.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 byApoorva Abhay Uzagare Tags :Follow CricketFollow SportsFollow BooksFollow World Cup Next Seems like team spiritTwo books released during the ICC World Cup celebrate the rise of India as a cricketing power, writes Aasheesh Sharmaadvertisementlast_img read more

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first_img India Today Web Desk ManchesterJuly 11, 2019UPDATED: July 11, 2019 10:39 IST World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma finished the campaign with 648 runs and 5 hundreds (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma finished World Cup 2019 campaign with 648 runsRohit became the 1st batsman to hit 5 hundreds in a World Cup campaignI feel bad for him: Sachin Tendulkar on Rohit’s World Cup disappointmentFormer India captain and legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar empathised with Rohit Sharma, saying the India opener will need time to overcome the disappointment of India’s World Cup exit in Wednesday’s semi-final.Rohit Sharma cut a dejected figure for most part of the Inidan chase against New Zealand in the semi-final in Manchester. Rohit was out for 1 as early as the the 2nd over after which Matt Henry and Trent Boult ran throught the Indian top-order.Rohit was not part of India’s World Cup-winning team in 2011 and the vice-captain played with a lot of determination throughout the World Cup in England. Rohit was in the form of his life as he became the first-ever batsman to hit 5 hundreds in a single edition of the World Cup.Nonetheless, on Wednesday, Rohit’s reactions from the dressing room told the story of India’s semi-final defeat. At one point in time when Ravindra Jadeja completed a valiant fifty, Rohit cheered him on from the dressing room and urged to keep going.Despite a 106-run stand from MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja, India fell short of the target by 18 runs. The initial blows from New Zealand new-ball bowlers proved too much in the end of Team India.”He [Rohit Sharma] must be feeling terrible and so bad about the way we have ended this WC. It’s something which he will take quite some time to overcome because this is a huge disappointment. I feel bad for him,” Sachin Tendulkar told India Today.”It is a tough time for everyone, we have expectations and dreams. All I can say is its been a tough day. How bad they must be feeling in the dressing room. I fully agree that we should have chased 240. 10 out of 10 times we would have taken that.”advertisementTime is the greatest healer: Sachin TendulkarMeanwhile, Sachin Tendulkar also pointed out that the entire team, including the support staff, need to give themselves time to come out of the World Cup 2019 disappointment.”Time is the greatest healer, we just have to wait for a while, step aside a little bit give yourself some time and then take a call,” Tendulkar added.”Not just for Virat Kohli and Rohit, we have got 15 members in the squad along with the support staff. They have been working constantly behind the scenes. Everyone will be equally disappointed. As an Indian it is disappointing and heartbreaking.”Also Read | Sachin Tendulkar on MS Dhoni retirement speculation: It’s his personal decision, he should be given that spaceAlso Read | Ravindra Jadeja had hunger and determintation to do something special: Sachin TendulkarAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Rohit SharmaFollow Virat KohliFollow India cricket teamFollow Sachin TendulkarFollow World Cup 2019 Next World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma must be feeling terrible, says Sachin TendulkarICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma hit a record-breaking number of 5 hundreds in India’s campaign in England but it was not enough as the team suffered an 18-run loss in the semi-final and crashed out of the quadrennial tournament.advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked Editors’ Recommendations Central Phoenix has grown up in recent years as a haven for foodies, so it’s no surprise that it welcomes back the Welcome Diner with a gourmet twist. The “gourmet diner” is a growing trend from London to Phoenix. Think limited menu with high-quality burgers and an intimate atmosphere. But most importantly it’s an affordable dining experience.The Welcome Diner is steeped in Americana down to its red and white exterior wrapped in neon lights. It was built in 1945 in Kansas and later moved to Williams, Ariz., on the famous Route 66. The nine-stool diner was later brought to Downtown Phoenix’s Historic Garfield District in 1980 but remained vacant until 2004.It served as a local artist hangout for a few years and the ups and downs of the recession have left it with a bad reputation until recently. But like a Phoenix, the diner has reinvented itself from the ashes with new owners and a fusion of traditional American cuisine and southern eats. Local food truck owners Jennifer Robinson and Michael Babcock have parked their former food truck, Old Dixie’s, to join forces with owner Sloane McFarland to bring the historic diner back to life.If you venture in to have a bite you’ll find a diner that feels like home. What’s personal is the handful of staff – including the owners – will most likely serve and cook your meal while getting to know you. If the nine bar stools are taken in the 200-square-feet diner, there’s plenty of family-style seating outside including a takeout option.Babcock and Robinson have reinvigorated the diner with locally-sourced produce from farms at the edge of the city and community gardens as close as four blocks away. Their meats are sourced from Schreiners sausage and a Buckeye, Ariz., butcher the Meat Shop.If you’re looking for brunch the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes are a must with homemade blackberry preserves and real maple syrup. The diner features decadent southern breakfast items with homemade buttermilk biscuits that Robinson tells The Manual she has learned to perfect through trial and error.“It’s been a interesting relationship with the biscuits,” Robinson said.Don’t forget to grab a drink –the diner has two wines available from Arizona wineries. If you like reds try pairing the savory Dos Cabezas Red Blend with a PB&B Burger (Yes, that’s PB as in Peanut Butter and B as in Bacon) or the Creole-inspired New Orleans Red Beans and Rice. Robinson said the New Orleans Red Beans and Rice is a personal favorite because its a rarity.“I feel like it represents southern Louisiana style cooking. It’s hard to get in the Valley,” said Robinson.If you like whites they offer an aromatic Page Springs white blend. There is also beer on tap from nearby Tempe-based Four Peaks Brewery. Dinner hours are limited to Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 10 p.m. Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.Visit the Welcome Diner at online or on Facebook.Welcome Diner924 E Roosevelt St  Phoenix, AZ 85006(602) 495-1111 London Opens World’s First Cheese Conveyor Belt Restaurant North Carolina Road Trip Itinerary: What to Eat, Drink, and Do in the Tar Heel State This Foil Packet French Dip Recipe is Great For Camping The Peached Tortilla’s Fried Rice Recipe Is Just Plain Delicious last_img read more

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first_img The Best Podcasts to Listen to at Work The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee Editors’ Recommendations How to Make a Rum Old Fashioned Today we speak to Viktor Tell, one of the two Swedes behind the immensely popular Happy Socks brand. Here is how it all began…Six years ago, my friend Mikael and I were lying on his living room floor drinking lemonade and talking about life. We both wanted to do something new and we had just spoken about opening a hotel in Bali. Great idea!Then we can sell socks on the beach! Micke immediately jumped on the idea and four weeks later Happy Socks was born with 60,000 pairs of socks on the way. Since then we have sold in over 70 countries and have done numerous fun projects together with great creatives like Bearbrick, Terry Richardson, Mindcraft, David LaChapelle and now Snoop Dogg in November!Now after six years running in socks we have decided to launch underwear which will hit stores August 1st. It feels awesome and the future is brighter then ever! But there is still no hotel in Bali. Not yet. Ha ha.As for Viktor’s personal style:Jeans: I am living in my Black Levis 501s.Shirts: I mostly wear loose fitting shirts. Our Legacy and Another Shirt Please would be the brands if they are not from my dad’s country house closet. And you can never have enough t-shirts from when you thought you could skate!Pants: See ‘Jeans’!Suits: I don’t get to use them too often but the three I have are from Our Legacy  and Martin Margiela.Shoes: Adidas Stan Smiths have been a good companion for many years.Accessories: I’m always sporting our socks and underwear as well as a five panel cap like this one. Also, our Happy Socks Customized Rolex tags along sometimes.Outerwear: A worn in leather jacket or my favorite coat from Our Legacy made out of terry cloth.Your favorite App: Simpsons Tapped out, too many real dollars spent on in-game donuts.Favorite piece of technology: An oven.Next tech purchase: My 37th phone of the season. An Honest Review of Smartwool’s New Intraknit Base Layer last_img read more

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first_img 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations Today we speak to part owner and partner of The Drugstore at Liberty Fairs, David Pirrotta.My parents are both immigrants. My father moved to the US from Sicily, where he was a well known lounge singer; and my mother was from Cuba, where she was a dancer and artist. My mom and dad met on my mom’s first night in the US, and it was love at first sight.I come from a long line of entrepreneurs. In Cuba, my grandfather had bars, restaurants and left it all behind to reunite the family in the US, where my uncle was living in Hartford CT. My father’s family came from Sicily and all ended up in Hartford CT. I grew up in Glastonbury CT, and when I was 6 years old my parents opened their restaurant in Hartford, CT which was one of the most well known of their time. As a little boy I wanted to be there all the time so I could meet all of the customers and help them have a good time.I got my break in the beauty and grooming industry in New York. The day I quit my number-crunching day job in New York, I strolled the floors of Bergdorf Goodman. After striking up a conversation with the beauty counter staff and being complimented on my healthy skin, they offered me a job and I started working on the spot.Working the cosmetic floors at Bergdorf Goodman’s and Barneys New York let me learn in detail how to sell a brand while building long-lasting relationships with retail customers, brand owners, and sales agents. I started accepting consulting projects outside of my work at Bergdorf Goodman’s. I was able to bridge the gap between the retail and wholesale worlds by processing consumer reactions into constructive feedback for small brands. Consulting on packaging, distribution and brand strategy gave me a love for being involved with brands from the ground up.Over time, I have helped launch and grow The Art of Shaving and Rodin Olio Lusso through my instinct and business driven strategy.  Those two small start ups have grown to international fame. And Rodin Olio Lusso, was acquired by Estee Lauder in 2014. It was a spur move to California that inspired me to find a new approach to sales management — taking the leap to begin my very own David Pirrotta Brand Management business in February 2010.Recently I became a part owner and partner of The Drugstore at Liberty Fairs, curating a showcase of some of the world’s most prestigious and innovative men’s and women’s grooming brands.Tell us about your personal style and preferences:Jeans: My go-to denim is whatever can be both stylish and comfortable. I’ve been wearing J CREW 484 Dyed-Black Jeans and J CREW 484 Japanese Selvedge White Jeans a lot. Both are perfect for casual, or can be dressed up for a more formal event.Shirts & Pants: I love all things Scandinavian designed, so I go straight to Acne Studios. All of their clothes are classic, but modern and functional; and they fit extremely well!Suits: I love Issey Miyake and Dries Van Noten, and they travel very well!Shoes: I go between Common Projects and Strange Matter. I love having both of them in black and white for travel and they’re perfect for both formal and casual. I also have a favorite pair of Margiela bootsAccessories: I love my Borsalino Fedora, and always carry a bag. I’m obsessed with all of the Lotuff leather bags! I have a Lotuff backpack, their Working Tote, a small tote, and a duffle. Their bags are understated and American-made. And I love collecting jewelry! Some of my favorite pieces are a vintage gold Rolex, a Rolex Submariner and the gold Cartier love bracelets.Outerwear: In New York and Europe I’ve been wearing Bottega Veneta’s Reversible Oversized Wool and Mohair Overcoat and my Dries Van Noten Pea Coat. But in Los Angeles, I’m usually wearing an Acne Black Leather Biker Jacket or an Acne Selo Light Bomber Jacket.Favorite Cologne: I currently have 98 different fragrances! My fragrance is as much a part of my wardrobe as my clothing is. At the moment I’m getting a lot of compliments on Oliver & Co.’s Nebulus 2 and Escentric Molecules, Escentric 01 during the day. And for evening I love Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur.Favorite App: Uber has been the global app that has saved my life. This past year it has kept me on schedule and on time for appointments all around the world: Los Angeles, New York, Paris, London, Stockholm, Sydney, and Melbourne, even Mexico City. It’s been a life changer for business travel.Favorite piece of technology: I would be lost without my IPhone 6.Next tech purchase: I can’t take my eyes off of the Gold Macbook.Photo credit Gavin Thomas The Best CBD Oil and Skincare Creams for Managing Pain last_img read more

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