About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal captain Xhaka hits back at Evra: You speak a lot of bulls***by Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal captain Granit Xhaka has hit back at Patrice Evra’s babies taunt as “bulls**t*.Xhaka was annoyed when Manchester United hero Evra called Arsenal “babies” after their 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United on Monday because the Sky Sports pundit claims they have always been fragile. “A lot of people speak too much,” fumed Xhaka. “I hear he speaks something against us.“I have a lot of respect for him because he was a great player. But you have to be careful what you say in those situations as well.”It’s not only him, it’s a lot of people. They speak a lot of bull**** about us. It’s always the same.“For me it’s strange because they were in the same situation as us. They were players as well.“Maybe sometimes we play good, sometimes not so good.”But if you speak every weekend, every game, bulls**t like this then they will not get respect for what they say.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd scouts see Haaland score again for Salzburgby Paul Vegas21 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United, Liverpool and Juventus are all watching RB Salzburg sensation Erling Braut Haaland.United scouts were present to watch Haaland score twice against Napoli last night, according to reports in Italy.The RB Salzburg striker has become to talk of Europe this season, having already bagged 20 goals in all competitions.According to La Gazzetta dello Sport’s Nicolo Schira, United had scouts at the Red Bull Arena to watch Haaland on Wednesday night.On the night, the 19-year-old became the first player to score in his first three Champions League matches since Karim Benzema in his Lyon days.
Giuseppe Rossi has not returned to Manchester United as a coach despite the emergence of reports to the contrary. The former United striker made 14 appearances for the club during Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign but left in 2007 in after failing to pin down a regular spot in the side.He joined Villarreal in La Liga, but has been without a club since leaving Serie A outfit Genoa in 2018. 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? And the 31-year-old has been back at United’s Carrington training ground this season since his former teammate Old Gunnar Solskjaer assumed caretaker charge of the club.Rumours had circulated that the Italy international had joined the Norwegian’s coaching staff, but Rossi has rubbished those suggestions in response to a tweet posted by his girlfriend.“Lol. They think you’re there to coach,” posted Rossi’s significant other.“Hahahahaha me a coach??????” responded Rossi on Twitter.The player has insisted that he has returned to Old Trafford only to train and work on his fitness with a view to finding a new club.Rossi, an Italian-American, was born and raised in New Jersey before being offered a place in the youth set-up at Parma in 2000.He was signed by United in 2004 and became a squad player, appearing 12 times in the first team during the 2005/06 season as the team finished second in the Premier League behind Chelsea.He scored just four goals for the club before being allowed to leave for Spain, where he scored 28 goals in five seasons for the club from Castellon.He has since played for Fiorentina, Levante and Celta Vigo, and joined Genoa in 2017, scoring one goal in 10 appearances before being released in the summer. Another old face seen back at Old Trafford recently has been former boss Ferguson, who has had a presence around the training ground since the appointment of Solskjaer.The Scot has been offering backing and advice to his former striker as he cuts his teeth in the Old Trafford job until the end of the season. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Jose Mourinho has highlighted the investment made in Manchester City and Liverpool’s squads in a thinly veiled dig at Manchester United’s transfer policy during his time in charge.Although United splashed out £89 million ($115m) on Paul Pogba and £75m ($97m) on Romelu Lukaku during his time in charge, Mourinho was left increasingly frustrated by what he perceived to be a lack of backing in the market by the Old Trafford board.United have won seven games out of seven since Mourinho’s sacking, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer presiding over a perfect record during his spell as interim replacement. 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? But Mourinho used an appearance as a television pundit on beIN SPORTS on Saturday to highlight the spending lavished on Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp’s squads.”In the first season, Guardiola was not champion and it was really difficult, people were expecting a winning Manchester City,” he said. “They were coming already from a winning period, they were champions with [Roberto] Mancini and [Manuel] Pellegrini. “Some of the players were champions twice – [Sergio] Aguero, [Vincent] Kompany, lots of them. And in the second season, Pep made great decisions but great decisions that were supported.”He didn’t want [Pablo] Zabaleta and [Bacary] Sagna, two right-backs, he didn’t want [Aleksandar] Kolarov, he didn’t want [Gael] Clichy. In the same summer, he sold four full-backs, he got four full-backs.”He got [Kyle] Walker, Danilo, [Benjamin] Mendy and I don’t remember, [Oleksandr] Zinchenko or [Fabian] Delph or something. He was supported. You see Liverpool [playing on Saturday], and I was thinking how many of these players were at Liverpool before Jurgen arrived? “No Alisson. No [Virgil] van Dijk. No [Andy] Robertson. No [Mohamed] Salah. No [Roberto] Firmino. No [Sadio] Mane. No Fabinho. No [Georginio] Wijnaldum – I don’t think he played today [against Crystal Palace] – no Wijnaldum. No [Naby] Keita – this is work in depth.”The other day I was speaking about the leadership in relation to the structure of the club. It’s not just the leadership, it’s everything, it’s even the football ideas.”So if you are a manager and if you have in your hands the ability to choose the players who follow your football identity, or follow the idea that you think is the best to win a certain competition, that’s one thing. Another thing is if you are not able to do that.”Mourinho drew a comparison with the way he was backed financially on his arrival to the Premier League with Chelsea, where he won the title in each of his first two years in charge at Stamford Bridge.”We go there as underdogs,” Mourinho added. “But Chelsea was burning with the incredible desire of Mr [Roman] Abramovich after buying the club and after having some good things, finishing second or third, reaching the Champions League semi-finals with Mr [Claudio] Ranieri.”Chelsea was burning with a big desire to win it [the title]. And like I like to say about Liverpool this season, they go direct to the [transfer] target. Liverpool need a goalkeeper – Alisson, bang. Liverpool went exactly where they need to go.”We were fantastic in the market. Mr Abramovich was in big love with football and the club. Peter Kenyon [chief executive] was an amazing CEO to work with, amazing, I came with clear ideas and we followed everything.”When I said, to play with John Terry I wanted Ricardo Carvalho, many people [said] ‘who is Ricardo Carvalho?’. Ricardo Carvalho – we follow, we went direct to the target.”We need a striker, lots of strikers were in Europe – come to Chelsea, don’t come to Chelsea – [Didier] Drogba from Marseille, African, nobody knows Drogba. We went direct to the target. Before, Peter Kenyon, structure working really well – Petr Cech, Arjen Robben, Claude Makelele. We did a fantastic team.”In two years we just killed the Premier League in such an easy way. I remember Sir Alex [Ferguson] saying that we put the level so high, so high, that he felt if he wanted to win the Premier League again they [United] had to go higher and higher and higher. So we created a big noise in the Premier League and it was a fantastic period.”
There is a connection between politics and soccer that is almost entirely unique within sport as a whole.Many of the world’s top clubs have been founded on political principles that, to this very day, remain a core piece of their identity.Real Madrid, for example, represents Spanish royalty while Barcelona represents Catalonian pride. Clubs like Boca Juniors and Napoli have long been associated with the working classes while the bitter rivalry between Rangers and Celtic has been based on sectarian lines. 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? In the U.S., the politicisation of sport has long been unpopular. Sports are traditionally seen as an escape from the world around us, a break from the debates and discussions that come with everyday life. This is why athletes are often hit with the common refrain by administrators and fans of “stick to sports”.But that world, one where sports and politics are entirely separate, has increasingly become seen as a fantasy in recent years.That is despite the fact that politics has often mixed with U.S sport. Baseball played a key role in the civil rights movement, with Jackie Robinson becoming a hero after breaking the color barrier. Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, himself a key member of the civil rights fight, famously refused the draft for the Vietnam War by proclaiming that “No Viet Cong ever called me n***er”.The NFL has been embroiled in controversy following Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the American national anthem in protest at the nation’s treatment of black people. NBA players have also frequently been among the most outspoken and politically conscious in U.S Sport.Major League Soccer now needs to adapt to this world, too, as it has become increasingly clear that the league’s players and fans are unwilling to leave politics at home.Following the recent mass shootings in both El Paso and Dayton, Philadelphia Union star Alejandro Bedoya made headlines by making a plea to Congress after scoring against D.C. United.“Congress, do something now. End gun violence. Let’s go!” the midfielder shouted into the field mic over the weekend.The plea followed a series of tweets where Bedoya spoke out in favour of gun reform. The issue was a personal one for Bedoya. He had grown up in Weston, FL, and had previously worn a shirt honoring the 17 students that were killed in a 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which is just 15 minutes from his hometown.Our captain @AleBedoya17 making a statement. Our hearts go out to everyone affected. pic.twitter.com/sJuKxjbIOA — Philadelphia Union (@PhilaUnion) August 5, 2019 “Yes, we’re blessed with our athletic ability maybe, but before we’re athletes we’re human beings,” Bedoya told Sports Illustrated . “We feel this stuff. We’re not robots. We’re affected by things, whether directly or indirectly. So it’s only normal at times that people get emotional and need to say something. You know me. I’ve been vocal in the past. I’ll never be the kind of guy that just sticks to sports.”Now, asking to end gun violence is not exactly a politically-charged statement, as left, right and center can all agree that mass murder is nothing short of tragic. But Bedoya’s impassioned speech and the discussions that followed are just further proof that politics and sports go hand-in-hand, something MLS will need to accept rather than police.The league has found itself in a number of controversies in recent years as supporter groups have become more and more vocal with their political viewpoints. The Seattle Sounders have recently experienced tension with a number of supporter groups after issuing a warning to fans who flew an anti-fascist flag in a recent match against the Portland Timbers.The MLS Fan Code of Conduct forbids the use of any “(including on any sign or other visible representation) political, threatening, abusive, insulting, offensive language and/or gestures, which includes racist, homophobic, xenophobic, sexist or otherwise inappropriate language or behavior”.”The rights we stand for are not political, they are human rights,” read a statement from the Emerald City Supporters , one of the Sounders’ main supporters groups. “No one should be oppressed or persecuted because of who they are. As with all things in life no one should feel they can’t attend a soccer match and support the club they love. Just like the Iron Front symbol, the Emerald City Supporters stand for the oppressed and the persecuted.”The Sounders are far from the only club to have seen politics become a big talking point. In 2015, Toronto FC was at the center of controversy for banning a “Refugees Welcome” banner, although the club has also welcomed Syrian refugees with match tickets and training sessions . New York City FC has had a number of incidents involving far-right groups , opening a debate centering around what responsibilities a club has to both individuals and groups of fans.And it’s certainly not just MLS. Megan Rapinoe became a national and international icon following a war of words with President Donald Trump.Rapinone and the rest of the U.S. Women’s National Team campaigned for gender equality and equal pay all through their World Cup-winning run. It was a tournament in France that was dominated by politics, social commentary and, ultimately, controversy and criticism.”We basically have created a policy that takes any decision-making off the table,” Commissioner Don Garber told ESPN in a recent interview. “Our stadiums are not environments where our fans should be expressing political views because you then are automatically opening yourself up to allowing counterviews. Then we’re getting into a situation which is unmanageable and really not why the vast, vast majority of fans go to games. “But as much as the league would love for politics and sports to be separate, this is simply impossible.Bedoya will not be the last player to use his platform to speak his mind, and incidents like those with the Sounders won’t be the last where fans take their opportunity to express theirs.The game is changing and, in a modern world where political tensions sit at the forefront of everyday life, separating the two is a futile task.
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field alongside his wife Shelley after his team won 45-24 against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)New documents relating to the investigation into Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer and his handling of domestic violence allegations against former assistant coach Zach Smith were released today.The new documents don’t appear to reveal any pertinent information, but they do provide more context for everything that was going on.You can view the full summary of the new release here.Included in the new release is a screenshot of a text message Urban Meyer’s wife, Shelley Meyer, sent to Zach Smith’s ex-wife, Courtney Smith.Brett McMurphy’s initial report alleged that Urban Meyer was aware of the allegations against Smith, including text messages that were sent to his wife.Here’s one of the texts Shelley Meyer sent Courtney Smith, per the new release:“I am praying for you!” Shelley sent as part of her message. “I wouldn’t listen to him anyway.”Text from Shelley Meyer to Courtney Smith discussing Zach Smith: pic.twitter.com/526yOvSrmE— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) August 28, 2018The full release also includes the email Ohio State sent to Meyer regarding his punishment:Dear Urban:As you know, President Drake, in consultation with the Board of Trustees, determined that you did not take sufficient management action regarding Zach Smith and have not, in the handling of certain matters, upheld the high values of Ohio State. The resulting disciplinary actions set forth below are designed to be fair, just, and appropriate, and to provide an opportunity to learn from past mistakes to make our program and university stronger and better moving forward.To begin, this will confirm that effective August 22, 2018, you are suspended from performing any duties in your position as Head Football Coach through September 2, 2018. As a result, you should not attend any practices, meetings, other official events, or otherwise appear in any official capacity; have any communications with staff, student-athletes, recruits, or others; or otherwise conduct any business related to your role for this time period.Beginning September 3, 2018, you may resume your duties as Head Football Coach with the exception that you are not permitted to perform any duties at all for the 24-hour period around game days on September 1, 8 and 15th. You also may not be present at pre-game activities or the game itself.In addition, you will forgo six weeks of compensation in connection with your suspension. Either Gene or I will follow up with you on how to administer the compensation matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.Sincerely, Susan M. BassoSenior Vice President, Office of Human ResourcesYou can view the full update here.
LOUISVILLE, KY – NOVEMBER 07: A general view of the stadium during the Louisville Cardinals game against the Syracuse Orange at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on November 7, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)A Louisville football player has been accused of rape, according to a new report by the Louisville Courier-Journal.Kemari Averett, who was arrested last week for allegedly holding a gun to a woman’s head, was reportedly already under investigation for an alleged rape of a different woman.From the report:University of Louisville police are investigating an Oct. 9 report filed by a 20-year-old student that alleges Cardinals’ football player Kemari Averett raped her at his apartment in mid-August, according to documents obtained by the Courier Journal.It means that Averett was already under investigation in the alleged sexual assault, which the woman first reported in mid-August, when he was arrested Oct. 15 for allegedly holding a gun to a different woman’s head.Just days after campus police opened the rape case, the 20-year-old sophomore tight end played in Louisville’s Oct. 13 road game against Boston College.The sophomore tight end has denied the accusation.He told the Courier Journal he had a previous relationship with the accuser but did not have sex with her that August morning and had not been in contact with her for “about four months.”“I told her that I never want to be with her, and I’m quite sure that’s the reason why that she’s trying to say I raped her,” he said.At the time he is accused of raping the alleged victim, “I was at practice,” Averett said. “I was at the football stadium at 7 o’clock.”You can view the full report here.
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Quarterback Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates with the College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The slate of 2018 bowl games looks set to be yet another year of terrific matchups. We also have the College Football Playoff to look forward to.Among the non-CFP bowl games will be a compelling matchup between Michigan and Florida in the Peach Bowl, Georgia and Texas in the Sugar Bowl, and Ohio State and Washington in the Rose Bowl.As for the College Football Playoff itself, we’re only weeks away from seeing two of the nation’s top offenses when Alabama takes on Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl. We’ll also get to see if Notre Dame can continue to defy the critics when they take on Clemson in the Cotton Bowl Classic.Here is the full slate of 2018 bowl games. Enjoy!Saturday, December 15AutoNation Cure Bowl – Louisiana vs. Tulane at 1:30 PM ET on CBSSNNew Mexico Bowl – Utah State vs. North Texas at 2:00 PM ET on ESPNMitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl – Arizona State vs. No. 21 Fresno State at 3:30 PM ET on ABCRaycom Media Camellia Bowl – Eastern Michigan vs. Georgia Southern at 5:30 PM ET on ESPNR+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl – Middle Tennessee vs. Appalachian State at 9:00 PM ET on ESPNTuesday, December 18Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl – Northern Illinois vs. UAB at 7:00 PM ET on ESPNWednesday, December 19DXL Frisco Bowl – San Diego State vs. Ohio at 8:00 PM ET on ESPNThursday, December 20Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl – South Florida vs. Marshall at 8:00 PM ET on ESPNFriday, December 21Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl – FIU vs. Toledo at 12:30 PM ET on ESPNFamous Idaho Potato Bowl – Western Michigan vs. BYU at 4:00 PM ET on ESPNSaturday, December 22Jared Birmingham Bowl – Wake Forest vs. Memphis at 12:00 PM ET on ESPNLockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl – Army vs. Houston at 3:30 PM ET on ESPNDollar General Bowl – Buffalo vs. Troy at 7:00 PM ET on ESPNSoFi Hawaii Bowl – Louisiana Tech vs. Hawaii at 10:30 PM ET on ESPNWednesday, December 26Servpro First Responder Bowl – Boston College vs. No. 25 Boise State at 1:30 PM ET on ESPNQuick Lane Bowl – Minnesota vs. Georgia Tech at 5:15 PM ET on ESPNCheez-It Bowl – TCU vs. California at 9:00 PM ET on ESPNThursday, December 27Walk-On’s Independence Bowl – Temple vs. Duke at 1:30 PM ET on ESPNNew Era Pinstripe Bowl – Wisconsin vs. Miami (FL) at 5:15 PM ET on ESPNAcademy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl – Baylor vs. Vanderbilt at 9:00 PM ET on ESPNFriday, December 28Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl – Auburn vs. Purdue at 1:30 PM ET on ESPNCamping World Bowl – No. 20 Syracuse vs. No. 16 West Virginia at 5:15 PM ET on ESPNValero Alamo Bowl – No. 24 Iowa State vs. No. 13 Washington State at 1:30 PM ET on ESPNSaturday, December 29Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl – No. 10 Florida vs. No. 7 Michigan at 12:00 PM ET on ESPNBelk Bowl – South Carolina vs. Virginia at 12:00 PM ET on ABCNova Home Loans Arizona Bowl – Nevada vs. Arkansas State at 1:15 PM ET on CBSSNGoodyear Cotton Bowl Classic (CFP Semifinal) – No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 3 Notre Dame at 4:00 PM ET on ESPNCapital One Orange Bowl (CFP Semifinal) – No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Oklahoma at 8:00 PM ET on ESPNMonday, December 31Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman – Virginia Tech vs. Cincinnati at 12:00 PM ET on ESPNHyundai Sun Bowl – Stanford vs. Pittsburgh at 2:00 PM ET on CBSRedbox Bowl – Michigan State vs. Oregon at 3:00 PM ET on FOXAutoZone Liberty Bowl – Oklahoma State vs. No. 23 Missouri at 3:45 PM ET on ESPNSan Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl – No. 22 Northwestern vs. No. 17 Utah at 7:00 PM ET on FS1TaxSlayer Gator Bowl – No. 19 Texas A&M vs. NC State at 7:30 PM ET on ESPNTuesday, January 1Outback Bowl – No. 18 Mississippi State vs. Iowa at 12:00 PM ET on ESPN2VRBO Citrus Bowl – No. 12 Penn State vs. No. 14 Kentucky at 1:00 PM ET on ABCPlayStation Fiesta Bowl – No. 11 LSU vs. No. 8 UCF at 1:00 PM ET on ESPNRose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual – No. 9 Washington vs. No. 6 Ohio State at 5:00 PM ET on ESPNAllState Sugar Bowl – No. 15 Texas vs. No. 5 Georgia at 8:45 PM ET on ESPNMonday, January 7College Football Playoff National Championship – Cotton Bowl Classic winner vs. Orange Bowl winner at 8:00 PM ET on ESPN
ANN ARBOR, MI – APRIL 01: General view of Michigan Stadium during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 1, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Daxton Hill’s wild recruitment is over. The five-star safety is headed to Michigan after all.The Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington star originally committed to the Wolverines on September 18 before flipping to Alabama on December 8. However, Jim Harbaugh and company continued to pursue the five-star recruit, and it paid off.Hill sent in his NLI to Michigan this morning. The program announced his signing once it became official.Welcome to Michigan, ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ safety Daxton Hill! @daxhill5NSD CENTRAL » https://t.co/LALmC1w3MA #GoBlue #NSD19 pic.twitter.com/WJ6ybjTZPD— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) December 19, 2018This is a huge recruiting coup for Michigan, and not just because of the fact they got Hill back from Alabama. You’re talking about a player who is the No. 1 safety in the country and No. 8 overall prospect in the 2019 class.Hill is the top 2019 recruit for Michigan, which currently boasts a top-10 class nationally. You can view the 2019 team rankings here.The early National Signing Day is already rolling along, and there will be much more news throughout the day as players announce commitments.Stick with The Spun for all your NSD news.
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Quinnen Williams #92 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after sacking Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs (not pictured) in the first half during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Once the national championship game was over, Quinnen Williams and other players around the country had a tough decision to make. While the star defensive lineman didn’t want to finish his collegiate career with a loss to Clemson, it’s hard for him to pass up on the opportunity of a lifetime.After putting together two impressive seasons with Alabama, Williams is ready for the NFL.The redshirt sophomore finished the year with 19.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks. His overall skillset and physical intangibles should help him translate well at the next level.It’s hard to find a legitimate pass rusher that can cause chaos from the interior of a defensive line, but Williams fits that mold.There isn’t much left for Williams to prove at Tuscaloosa, which makes his decision to forego his remaining eligibility very understandable.Not only will he finish his career with a national title, but he also won the Outland Trophy for best interior lineman in college football.Even though the consensus around the country was that Williams would leave for the draft, it wasn’t official until now.Quinnen Williams makes it official that he’s turning pro. Just a remarkable player who burst onto the scene this season to become the most dominant defensive player in CFB. “I believe it’s time for me to take the next step in my football career and declare for the draft.”— Alex Scarborough (@AlexS_ESPN) January 11, 2019Williams is widely considered as a top five pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, and it could be argued that he’s one of the best prospects in recent years. Teams should have interest in his versatility and utter dominance, which isn’t seen by many 21-year-old athletes.Congratulations to Williams on an excellent career at Alabama.
Ritayan Basu Mount MaunganuiJanuary 26, 2019UPDATED: January 26, 2019 15:42 IST Kane Williamson was not happy with New Zealand’s meek surrender to India (AP Photo)Brief Scores: India (324/4) beat New Zealand (234) by 90 runs to take 2-0 lead in 5-match series. Bracewell (57), Kuldeep (4/45), Bhuvneshwar (2/42) (SCORECARD)New Zealand lost the second one day international against India by 90 runs at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Saturday, leaving skipper Kane Williamson frustrated.Virat Kohli and Co. registered India’s highest ever margin of victory (in terms of runs) against New Zealand in New Zealand and take a 2-0 lead in the five-match ODI series.Williamson though was not happy with his team’s meek surrender to the visiting side. The manner of the loss rather than the fact itself left a bad taste in mouth for the Kiwi captain, something which he alluded after the end of the match.”Little frustrating, not so much the loss but how we are losing is the problem. Credit to India,” Williamson said at the post match presentation.India vs New Zealand, 2nd ODI: HighlightsAll of the top-six New Zealand batsmen got starts in pursuit of a target of 325 that was achievable on a good pitch that offered true bounce and pace. New Zealand’s inconsistent batting as they were unable to last their full complement of overs for the second successive match.”Both surfaces so far have been slower than usual but still fair surfaces. Good signs with the ball at some points though we never got control as such. 324 was a good score that could be chased down here,” Williamson said.All is not doom and gloom yet for Williamson, as he pointed out the positives from their humiliating loss.advertisement”There were some good steps forward, particularly by our bowlers to keep them down to 320-odd. Important not to get carried away by results and focus just on small steps.”Williamson was left rueing missed opportunities and felt that his team will need to pull up their socks as the series progresses to the third ODI at the same venue in just two days time.”Some of the dismissals were a result of us going too hard maybe. If we had wickets in hand, you never know but we didn’t have wickets in hand. Those are the lessons that we need to take ahead,” Williamson said.The third match is also at Bay Oval on Monday.Also Read | Fearless cricket paid off, says Virat Kohli after India destroy New ZealandAlso Read | MS Dhoni, quick as a flash, stumps Ross Taylor. Awestruck fans can’t keep calmFor 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 Kane WilliamsonFollow India vs New ZealandFollow 2nd ODIFollow Bay OvalFollow Mount Maunganui Kane Williamson frustrated and gutted after New Zealand lose to India againIndia vs New Zealand: New Zealand suffered their worst ever loss to India in their country, something that did not please skipper Kane Williamsonadvertisement
Lessons in cricket and babysitting: Rishabh Pant reacts to Virender Sehwag’s TV commercialIndia vs Australia: Virender Sehwag featured in a funny television commercial that has gone viral on social media. Australia cricketer Matthew Hayden had responded to Sehwag’s babysitting act as well.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 13, 2019UPDATED: February 13, 2019 12:24 IST India vs Australia: Rishabh Pant, it seems, is impressed with Virender Sehwag’s babysitting act in the television commercial (Screengrab from Star Sports YouTube)India wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant is in awe of Virender Sehwag’s latest television commercial where the World Cup-winning former opener can be seen playing a babysitter.Virender Sehwag featured in the hilarious promotional video for the upcoming Australia’s cricket tour of India. Virat Kohli’s Team India will face a visiting Australian side in a two-match T20I series followed by a five-match ODI series, starting February 24.”Viru paaji showing me how to be better at cricket and babysitting an inspiration always!” Pant wrote on Twitter.Pant’s comments come after Sehwag was seen babysitting Australian kids in the television commercial. The batting great, known for his witty remarks, can be telling the kids: “Jab hum Australia gaye the, toh unhone poocha tha babysitting karoge? Humne kahaa sabke sab aajaao. Zaroor karenge.”The television commerical refers to the on-field banter between Rishabh Pant and Tim Paine during India’s successful tour of Australia from earlier this year wherein the Australia captain asked Pant if he can babysit for him.Rishabh Pant showcased he is a spot by posing with Tim Paine’s wife and kids when the two teams met during a party hosted at the Australian Prime Minister’s official residence. Bonnie Paine took to Instagram to share a photo Pant with her kids and captioned it: “Best babysitter”.Rishbah Pant’s gesture went viral as Bharat Army, an group of Indian touring fans, dedicated a special song to babysitter Pant. Rohit Sharma, who recently became a father, also asked if the wicketkeeper-batsman can babysit for him.advertisementHayden responds to Sehwag’s TV commercialMeanwhile, former Australia opener Matthew Hayden took a swipe at Virender Sehwag over the television commercial, warning the Indians against taking Australia lightly.”#BeWarned Never take Aussie’s for a joke Viru Boy @virendersehwag @StarSportsIndia Just remember who’s baby sitting the #WorldCup trophy,” Hayden had tweeted.Australia will be without Steve Smith and David Warner as the prolific scorers are serving out their ball-tampering bans. In a big blow, left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc was also ruled out of the upcoming limited-over series in India with an injury.On the other hand, Virat Kohli is expected to return to lead India after having been rested for two ODIs and the whole of T20I series in New Zealand. Rohit Sharma is reportedly going to be rested for at least a part of the upcoming series while Ajinkya Rahane and KL Rahul may earn a recall as India are looking at backup openers for the World Cup.Also Read | Matthew Hayden reacts to Sehwag’s babysitting ad: Never take the Aussies for a jokeAlso Read | Rohit Sharma likely to be rested for part of ODI series vs AustraliaAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Rishabh PantFollow Virender SehwagFollow Sehwag babysittingFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Matthew Hayden
How Jhulan Goswami’s No.1 ranking inspired Smriti MandhanaSmriti Mandhana said she was inspired by senior India teammate Jhulan Goswami to aspire and become No.1advertisement Rasesh Mandani MumbaiFebruary 18, 2019UPDATED: February 18, 2019 21:13 IST Smriti Mandhana is ranked No. 1 in the world in ODIs (@BCCIWomen Photo)Smriti Mandhana is No.1 in the ICC’s batting charts for women after a sensational 2018. She was on fire in New Zealand where she hit 400 runs from 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is. In short, she is the mainstay of the Indian batting line-up.Mandhana slays bowling attacks in style and she does it with a smile. The left-handed batter from Sangli said she was inspired by senior India teammate Jhulan Goswami to aspire and become No.1.Smriti Mandhana spoke exclusively to India Today on a range of topics. Excerpts: Rasesh Mandani: You are fun-loving person off the field but with the bat in hand, you give bowlers a headache.Smriti Mandhana: No, even now when I look at my batting videos, I am always smiling. My teammates tease me and ask why I am always smiling. So often when I meet bowlers from the opposition, off the field, I ask them why they give me such fierce looks when I actually smile at them. They say it’s because I keep bashing us. That feels good to hear. It feels good to contribute to victories.RM: It must also feel good to win all the batting accolades. ICC Player of the Year, ICC ODI player of the year. No.1 in ICC rankings..SM: When Jhulan di (Goswami) became the No.1 bowler in the world, I had read about it in the newspapers. That stuck in my mind and I wanted to become No.1 too. I don’t want to be content just getting there. It motivates you to work harder.advertisementRM: With success comes commercial rewards too. You enjoy doing these ad shoots and brand endorsements now? SM: It’s part of life for an athlete. I don’t enjoy it as much as batting. It was difficult initially but now I am getting used to it. In front of the camera, you do a lot of things that you may not do on the cricket field. It’s good to tie up with Redbull now.RM: Has there been a trigger moment somewhere with your batting. My mind goes back to the 2017 World Cup where you came back after a long injury layoff, had that one big knock against England and then lost your way a little. And then did anything change since, to have this rich run of scores, all over the world? SM: After World Cup 2017, I had six or seven bad innings. That’s when I spoke to a lot of my coaches. Tushar Arothe was India’s coach then. He told me that I should try an open stance. He had been saying it for a long time but I didn’t take it very seriously before. But when you have a lean patch for long that’s when you consider acting on advice. The open stance has helped me a lot and the results have followed. I have also strived to make sure that my batting does not take a hit again.RM: It’s also evident that you have added a number of ariel shots to your game. That’s paid you rich dividends in T20 cricket..SM: When you are chasing 170-180, you can’t continue to bat the same way. You have to try and score at a rate you are not used to. It’s one thing that I was lacking. And sometimes in T20, you can get caught out playing ground strokes. So I have tried to take the ariel route with the same well timed strokes.I have been working on them for the past two or three years and now in the last year-year and a half, it’s finally paying off.It’s also the need of the hour in T20’s, especially in power play. Pick the gaps and play chip shots too. All these shots were not my strength before.RM: But from the team point of view, the middle order is struggling. It was only you and Jemimah Rodrigues who scored amongst the batters. Does that get frustrating? SM: What’s frustrating as a batter is when you are well into 70’s and 80’s and you are not able to finish off games. I can’t think for other batters but what I and Jemimah always talk is when we are in we should try and win more matches for Team India.From the team point of view, there are a lot of things we need to work on, especially in T20 cricket. We have been working on them with our new coach, WV Raman and hopefully in two three months we will start getting there.advertisementWe started well in New Zealand with the bowlers doing a good job, especially the spinners did well in New Zealand. Even in T20’s we looked on course in most games until we would lose our way. So there are areas to address and we are working on them. Raman sir has been really good in last two three months.RM: You have gained quite a bit of experience now. If an opportunity were to arise, do you dream of being an India captain? SM: I am not someone who thinks too far ahead. At the moment the focus is on winning the odi and T20 series against England. It’s always better to live in today rather than thinking about tomorrow.Also Read | Smriti Mandhana retains top spot in ICC Women’s ODI rankingsFor 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 Jhulan GoswamiFollow no.1 rankingFollow Smriti MandhanaFollow Indian women’s cricket team
advertisement scorecard commentary Riyan Parag on helicopter shot vs KKR: No MS Dhoni inspiration, didn’t even practice itRiyan Parag played a wide range of shots during his match-winning knock of 31-ball 47 for Rajasthan Royals against Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday. He came up with an helicopter shot during his composed knock that helped Royals seal two crucial points graphs Akshay Ramesh KolkataApril 26, 2019UPDATED: April 26, 2019 12:35 IST IPL 2019: 17-year-old Riyan Parag has scored 110 runs from four matches so far (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRiyan Parag smashed 2 sixes and 5 boundaries during his match-winning knockRR beat KKR by 3 wickets after successfully gunning down a 176-run targetVarun Aaron shone with the ball on his comeback to IPL cricket with two crucial wickets17-year-old Riyan Parag has certainly made a strong impression in the limited opportunities that has come his way in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019. The Rajasthan Royals wonderkid has shown tremendous composure in crunch situations and has already played a couple of match-winning knocks in the season.On Thursday, Riyan Parag was at it again as he top-scored for Rajasthan Royals with a 31-ball 47 to help the team gun down a 176-run target against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens.In front of a 60,000-strong crowd, Riyan Parag held his nerves and wonderfully led Rajasthan’s chase after they lost their star batsmen, including captain Smith and Ben Stokes cheaply.RR got off to a flyer, thanks to Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson’s aggressive approach at the top. However, KKR spinners Piyush Chawla and Sunil Narine struck in regular intervals to leave RR reeling at 98 for 5.Riyan Parag was handed an early reprieve by Sunil Narine but the youngster did well to make use of the extra opportunity and stitched a 25-run stand with Shreyas Gopal and then a 44-run stand with Jofra Archer.Riyan Parag hit two sixes and five boundaries and maintained a strike rate of over 150 in Rajasthan’s successful chase.Parag played a wide range of shots but his helicopter shot against KKR pacer Prithviraj in the 10th over has grabbed a lot of eyeballs. The teengar executed the shot that is commonly associated with MS Dhoni to perfection and fetched a boundary.However, Riyan Parag said there was no inspiration for the helicopter shot he played on Thursday from MS Dhoni and even revealed he never practiced the much-talked-about shot.advertisement”I just hi it. There’s no inspiration behind that. I have played it a few times in the state matches as well. I was waiting for a short ball but he bowled a length ball. I just went through it. There’s wasn’t any inspiration. I hadn’t prepared for it. I didn’t even practice for it,” Riyan Parag told Rajasthan pacer Varun Aaron during a candid chat for IPLT20.com.Riyan Parag was disappointed when he got out hit wicket in the 19th over of the chase. In the tense chase, Royals needed 9 runs from the last over but a calm Jofra Archer sealed the deal for the visitors with a four and then a six off the first two balls of the 20th over.Stressing that Archer and himself had spoken about being positive throughout their 44-run stand, Riyan Parag said: “As soon I played the shot, I hit the bail with my bat, I knew that I was out and I kept walking. But Archer and I were saying positive things to each other. I knew he would finish it and he did it in style.”Varun Aaron walked away with the Man of the Match award in his first match for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2019. The India pacer bowled with a lot of steam and got the big wickets of Chris Lynn and Shubman Gill with inswingers to dent Kolkata Knight Riders early.Speaking about the knuckle ball that got Gill, Aaron said: “I have been bowling that for a while now. It came out really well today. It was an important match for us an I am glad it came out really well.”Also Read | 17-year-old Riyan Parag wins thriller for RR, KKR lose 6 in a rowAlso Read | Riyan Parag from Assam wins hearts with his runs, simplicity and GamusaAlso 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 Riyan ParagFollow Shubman GillFollow Varun AaronFollow Rajasthan RoyalsFollow Kolkata Knight RidersFollow MS DhoniFollow IPL 2019 No data available! view more view less
Next India Today Web Desk LondonJuly 10, 2019UPDATED: July 10, 2019 21:17 IST Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni stitched a 106-run stand as India lost the World Cup semi-final to New Zealand. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRavindra Jadeja played a 59-ball 77 knock as India lost to New Zealand in the World Cup semi-finalJadeja and MS Dhoni built a 106-run stand for India in ManchesterNew Zealand entered into theri 2nd successive World Cup final after defeating India by 18 runsIndia’s dream to lift the World Cup trophy for the 3rd time came to an end on Wednesday as New Zealand outplayed the Men in Blue to emerge victorious at Old Trafford, Manchester.In a chase of 240 runs, India were put into a tricky situtation after their top 3 and in-form batsmen–Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli–were sent back for 1, 1, and 1 in the first 4 overs.Thereafter, Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya steadied a sinking Indian side for a while but it was MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja who kept the hopes alive in the death overs of the nail-biting semi-final.With Dhoni and Jadeja at the crease, a win seemed likley for India as the two kept on fighting gradually. Ravindra Jadeja walked out to bat when India had lost Hardik Pandya for 32 in the 31st over of their 240-run chase and joined MS Dhoni when India were reeling at 92 for 6.Thereafter, Dhoni and Jadeja went on to stitch a 106-run stand for the 7th wicket to give India a hope that they could still make it to the Lord’s for the July 14 World Cup 2019 final.MS Dhoni was slow in collected runs but the wicket-keeper-batsmen kept rooted at the crease to give Jadeja a crucial support.In a pressure situation , when runs were not coming easy for India, Jadeja smashed the disciplined New Zealand bowlers– Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson– for boundaries and sixes.After bringing India back into the game, Jadeja perished for 77 from 59 balls, hitting 4 sixes and as many boundariess.advertisementHowever, in the 49th over of the second innings the Indian crowd went into a mournful silence when MS Dhoni was run-out for 50.Well played GuysDhoni & Jadeja…U won hearts of billion Indians?????????????? #INDvsNZ pic.twitter.com/aMvDJheBwSS/O Jothikannan (@i_marunJ17) July 10, 2019We played really well… We lost that is part of game.. cheer up…… ????#INDvsNZ #Dhoni #Jadeja #indiavsNewzealand pic.twitter.com/KlhQcBvMr1Sujay Raj (@Sujay__Raj) July 10, 2019@imjadeja superb innings sir … Congratulations for the heroic innings.. lost or win , you fought like a true soldier.. and @msdhoni , what to say about you.. Indian cricket owes to you.. grt show.. grt fight. #INDvsNZ #SirJadeja #ThalaDhoni #ICCCricketWorldCup2019Jnyanaranjan Dash (@jnyana91) July 10, 2019Very played Team India in #CWC19 Wins and losses is the part of Game, #SirJadeja & #Dhoni well played today. #INDvsNZ @imjadeja @msdhoni @imVkohli @ImRo45 Best of luck 4 next GameKishan Chauhan (@Kishan_chauhans) July 10, 2019It was Martin Guptill who dashed India’s hopes with his terrific direct hit to dismiss MS Dhoni, the man on whom India’s belief rested. Guptill had a horrific season with the bat but he turned out to be a game-changer for New Zealand with his awareness on the field.As MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja departed, India were soon all-out for 221 in 49.3 overs.Well played Boys???????? #teamindiaWe loved ur performance throughout the #cwc19 today’s was not our Day! Win nd lose is part of life nd Sports???? today was ur day @imjadeja ?? @msdhoni @RishabPant777 loved ur innings???????? #indvsnz #dhoni congratulations #NZ pic.twitter.com/fzDQ4HKwz8Tanya chaudhary (@tanya171198) July 10, 2019For us #CWC19 is over now but what @BCCI needs is true support frm Fans, less criticism frm social media, specially for @msdhoni they hv done their job very well! Given tough fights throughout journey & what a game @imjadeja Magnificent!#INDvsNZ@ICCNagesh (@NageshDolaskar) July 10, 2019#INDvsNZ tough times for indian fans but time to relax for both fans and #TeamIndia after such a frenzy. Time to relax pounding hearts (fans) and muscles (team XI) . Well played @imjadeja @msdhonisaif (@saif57417137) July 10, 2019@hardikpandya7 was impatient too with the shot that got him out. @msdhoni & @imjadeja, what an inning! One should understand that we cannot rely on a single person every time in the cruch situation. #INDvsNZ #WorldCup2019Anup watching India (@AnupWatching) July 10, 2019India were playing for a spot in their 4th World Cup final but at the end of the day, New Zealand stormed to their second successive title clash.For India, it was a repeat of the 2015 World Cup campaign. After dominant performances in the group stage and the quarter-final 4 years ago, India went down to Australia. In 2019, India finished on top of the group stage only to lose to New Zealand in the semi-final.Also Read | World Cup 2019: New Zealand were braver than us and they deserved to win, says Virat KohliAlso Read | India’s World Cup dream over, New Zealand storm into finalAlso 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 World Cup 2019Follow Virat KohliFollow Ravindra JadejaFollow MS Dhoni India vs New Zealand: Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni win hearts with heroic effortsWorld Cup 2019: Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni kept India driving in the 240-run chase as the two batsmen built a 106-run stand during the India vs New Zealand semi-final in Manchester.advertisement
Next India vs West Indies: Jasprit Bumrah 3rd Indian to take hat-trick in Test cricketJasprit Bumrah became the first Indian cricketer to pick up a hat-trick in Test cricket since Irfan Pathan in 2006.advertisement Rohan Sen JamaicaSeptember 1, 2019UPDATED: September 1, 2019 06:19 IST Jasprit Bumrah has been in sublime form in Test Cricket. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJasprit Bumrah became the third Indian cricketer to get a hat-trick in Test cricketBumrah got the wickets of Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks and Roston Chase off successive deliveriesBurmah is also the 44th player to achieve the feat in the longest format of the gameFast bowler Jasprit Bumrah created history on Sunday as he became the third Indian cricketer to get a hat-trick in Test cricket during the ongoing second Test against West Indies at Sabina Park.Bumrah got the wickets of Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks and Roston Chase off successive deliveries to achieve the feat.Bumrah started the damage by getting Bravo caught-behind to KL Rahul at second slip for 4. He then trapped Shamarh Brooks plumb in front for a golden duck with an inswinging delivery. Roston Chase got a similar ball next up and was wrapped on the pads but the umpire gave it not out at first.Test hat-tricks with third victim given not-out, but decision reversed on DRS:Rangana Herath (SL v Aus, Galle, 2016)Moeen Ali (Eng v SA, The Oval, 2017)Jasprit Bumrah (Ind v WI, Kingston, 2019)#WIvIND #INDvWI— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) August 31, 2019Virat Kohli then decided to take the review as he was convinced that the ball had hit Chase’s pad first before making contact with the bat. The review turned out to be a masterstroke as replays confirmed Kohli’s judgement and showed three reds. The on-field umpire’s decision had to be overturned as a result.Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was the first Indian to pick up a Test hat-trick (vs Australia in Kolkata in 2001) after which left-arm pacer Irfan Pathan repeated the feat when he took three wickets off consecutive balls against Pakistan in Karachi in 2006. Pathan incidentally, was the first bowler in history to grab a hat-trick in the first over of Test cricket.advertisementJASPRIT BUMRAH HAS JUST TAKEN A HATTRICK!! #WIvIND LIVE https://t.co/EnMtwlLT27 pic.twitter.com/sgcFFUhSSwICC (@ICC) August 31, 2019Bumrah has now joined the elite list of Indian bowlers. Burmah is also the 44th player to achieve the feat in the longest format of the game. England spinner Moeen Ali was the last bowler who had bagged a hat-trick against South Africa at The Oval in 2017.Bumrah’s hat-trick reduced the West Indies to 13 for 4 inside 9 overs in their first innings. They currently trail India by 403 runs in the second Test. India were bowled out for 416 in the final session on Day 2 with Hanuma Vihari top-scoring with 111 runs while Ishant Sharma contributed with 57.Bumrah’s performance in this Test series so far has been nothing short of phenomenal. He had picked up a five-wicket haul in the final innings of the first Test to blow away the hosts on Day 4 and lead India to a 318-run victory in Antigua.That bowling performance saw him become the first Asian bowler to pick up a five-wicket haul in South Africa, England, Australia and West Indies. He also climbed nine places to No.7 with a career-high 774 points in the ICC Test rankings for bowlers as a result.All of Bumrah’s 59 wickets so far have come outside India as he is yet to play a Test match on home soil.Also Read | India vs West Indies: Ishant Sharma hits maiden fifty in 92nd TestAlso Read | India vs West Indies: Hanuma Vihari hits maiden Test century at Sabina ParkAlso 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 West IndiesFollow Jasprit Bumrah
The Ultimate Guide on How to Shape a Beard Beards are in, my friends, and as long as Congress doesn’t reinstate the draft (which killed off our fury companions during World War I), they are likely here to stay—and for good reason. Beards make dumb people look smarter. They award grace and nobility to even the ugliest of faces, and if you’re lazy (like me), they save you those few precious morning minutes. Let’s say you spend five minutes a day shaving, a very conservative estimate, that’s over thirty hours a year, over 300 hours in ten years—over twelve days you could have spent sleeping, drinking more coffee, or making sweet, sweet morning love.But how, you ask, is one supposed to get that morning affection when your beard smells like the porterhouse you gnawed on the night before? Two words: Beard Buddy. (We know, we know. We’ve mentioned Beard Buddy before, but this article has that new article smell. Mmmm…fresh, steamy beard article…) As a proud grower of a face muff for years, long before they were ironically cool, there have been times when I have struggled to keep my chin mop smelling and looking like the hair wonder it is. Thankfully, a couple of beard aficionados out of LA have stepped up to the plate. With their line of beard washes and oils packed full of organic goodness, my beard finally smells as good as it looks, and is so soft it puts the top locks to shame.Personally, I’ve always had a hard time finding a wash that has the right balance of toughness to obliterate the grime but still gentle enough for that virgin skin hiding underneath. No longer. Beard Buddy Beard Wash doesn’t strip away your man oils like a run-of-the-mill face wash, nor does it leave you smelling like you fell face first into bucket of daisies. But don’t stop there. Massage in a couple of drops of the Beard Oil and watch out! With its silky smooth texture and all-man scent, doors will open, women will flock, and the beard gods will look down upon your curly waves of jawbristle and smile, for you are no longer just a man who grows one hell of a beard. You are a beard that has grown a man! How to Grow a Beard: It’s Not Just a Look, It’s a Philosophy 10 Best Beard Balms: The Secret to a Tamed and Tangle-Free Beard How to Grow and Maintain Stubble Editors’ Recommendations How Fast Does Facial Hair Grow? Tips for Growing a Beard Faster
Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms When we saw Robert Downy Jr. turn up to the Avengers movie premier in the spring of 2012 piloting an Acura NSX convertible, we were convinced it was a one-off stunt to promote Iron Man’s new supercar. Turns out, though, Acura was giving us a glimpse at a drop-top variant of its forthcoming hybrid supercar.That’s right. Acura plans to rip the roof of the NSX, creating a roadster, spider, convertible, or drop-top version, depending on how you care to refer to it.Although the broader concept has been agreed upon by Acura brass, what form the NSX Roadster – that’s the one I’m going with – will actually take is still up in the air. Principal NSX Designer Jun Goto told Autocar that the Japanese automaker isn’t sure if it’ll fit a hard- or soft-top to the all-new incarnation of its iconic supercar.While I am sure Acura’s clever enough to create a distinctive hardtop convertible, I’d really rather see a soft-top, as there’s just something timeless about a soft spider roof.Not only would the cloth roof bring a classic look to the all-new Japanese supercar, it will also bring some much-needed lightness to the hybrid-powered, all-wheel drive rocket ship.Although the all-new NSX will be powered by a twin-turbo V6, which is aided by three electric motors, I can only assume the mass of aluminum pistons and sensors is a hefty beast indeed. Add to that curb weight some extra scaffolding to keep the topless NSX rigid in the corners, and a complicated retractable hardtop could make the thing heavy on a cosmic scale.Regardless, looking at the images of the conceptualized NSX Roadster and I almost wishing Acura designers had planned it as an open-air convertible from the get-go. If you can’t get sunburn your bald spot in your $300,000 hybrid supercar, what’s the point?(Main photo credit: Cardiction) (Secondary photo credit: EGMCartech) The Best Latex Pillows for Neck and Back Pain 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee Editors’ Recommendations The All-New 2020 Corvette Stingray Is a Mid-Engine Supercar for the Everyman
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For a Grown-Up Spin on a Slushy, Try A Mangoneada Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie Jonathon Klein/The Manual Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier Jonathon Klein/The ManualThough not as sharp as either GT350, Bullitt loves to eat corners. I end the next straight, lift off the throttle, crank Bullitt’s steering wheel, and set the suspension. The optional Magneride suspension irons out road imperfections and keeps the rear glued to the tarmac, even when cornering as hard as I am. And it does so all while supplying a wickedly comfortable ride. The cue-ball shifter set firmly in my grasp, I heel-toe the clutch, downshift, and plant my leaded right foot into the accelerator as the rear Michelin-shod tires light up behind me as I yowl up the mountain road. “This is a damn fine Mustang,” I think to myself. “God, I just really wish I had someone to chase. And a turtleneck.”And while my Bullitt dreams were somewhat dashed, and most people my age likely won’t know the history of the man that made this car famous or have seen the movie that is emblazoned throughout the car, my San Franciscan adventure was one that made me feel undeniably cooler than I truly am. It also comes at a relative bargain — $46,595 — given the only known original Bullitt Mustang to survive the movie and the years is now worth well into the millions of dollars. It’s nostalgia done right. McQueen once said, “I don’t believe in that phony hero stuff.” This Mustang isn’t a phony. It’s the real deal.Lastly, watch The Great Escape. It’s way better movie than Bullitt and McQueen is true badass in it. Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual 1 of 24 The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags Jonathon Klein/The Manual This is one of those special Mustangs. Behind the wheel, it takes a moment for everything to click with you and the new Bullitt. After taking a few seconds to breathe the car in, I opened my eyes to find the very streets that costar along with McQueen Mustang and the Charger, the streets of San Francisco. Among the rolling road, I’m here somewhat recreating the drive McQueen took as Detective Frank Bullitt. Just as I crest the next hill, I’m frozen. Shivers run through me as a black Dodge Charger saddles right up next to me. It takes every ounce of willpower to keep my right foot from stomping on the gas and chasing after him when the light turns green.Bullitt gets a stout 480 horsepower from its naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V-8.Thankfully, and just in time, I notice the Charger is actually an unmarked officer. Chasing him would certainly lead to my day being cut short. I turn right and head down a more secluded street, away from earshot and my temptation.Damn though, is it easy to get tempted by Ford’s newest Bullitt Mustang. With the cops gone, my right foot slowly returns to its standard insanity and depresses the accelerator harder and harder as I exploit Bullitt’s stampeding horses. All in, Bullitt gets a stout 480 horsepower from its naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V-8. It may not sound like a heck of a lot of extra oomph compared to the GT’s 460 rating, but after passing the next stop sign, I’m thrown harder into the Recaro seats as I rail through the first few gears, lighting up the new Michelin rubber than any GT I’ve driven. Bullitt’s extra power comes thanks to Ford fiddling with the 5.0-liter and gifting the Mustang with a new ECU tune, twin throttle bodies, and an intake manifold lifted from Shelby’s GT350 Mustang. Jonathon Klein/The ManualEvery street I turn down though, after my short speedy romps, ends with a fast approaching stop sign. San Francisco is a maze of stop-and-go-and-stop streets. It’s wildly infuriating given my car-chase fantasies, none of which involve stopping every few seconds to allow another Prius or Model 3 to cross. I scream with the windows shut, “Dammit, San Francisco, don’t you know I’m Detective Frank Bullitt! I have a Mustang to slide and jump! Let me loose!” Time to cut and run. I drop a gear at the next intersection, turn left, and head east toward the highway and the Golden Gate Bridge, a gateway to the winding Sausalito mountains scything a tentacle-like path between the Pacific and San Francisco Bay — the perfect place to get into Bullitt’s real character.“Dammit, San Francisco, don’t you know I’m Detective Frank Bullitt! I have a Mustang to slide and jump! Let me loose!” The clogged San Franciscan streets give way to the perpetually fog-drenched, empty hills and mountains that also house the city’s military complexes of yesteryear. Through the arterial paths, dotted with now ancient Nike missile complexes, the special Mustang is freed from the city’s constraints. Free from its traffic. Free from stop signs every 50 yards. Free from law enforcement’s watchful eyes. A much better place for a chase. Well, at least since there’s no one around, better for a vigorous mountain run to see whether or not this car is worthy of the badge and the recognition.With the car in Track Mode, the exhaust opens wide and its snarls bounce off the mountain’s facade. But even on in the car’s everyday run-about town Quiet Mode, the exhaust emits the signature Mustang growl. That said, it could be louder. Inside, like all modern Mustangs, some of the noise is piped through its speakers. At this point, pretty much every performance car employs this sound-amplification, but I’ve never been able to come around to liking it. This motor, this badass 5.0-liter heater, sounds monstrous when you’re sitting outside the cabin and positively supernatural when it’s uncorked with an aftermarket exhaust. Lose the speakers, Ford. Let that V-8 sing. That’s really where my gripes end. The rest of the Bullitt experience is one of hastily bombing the old-growth forests of the peninsula. Jonathon Klein/The Manual Are Fermented Pizzas a Trend to Watch? We Asked a Pro to Find Out Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual Next Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual There’s no lingering smell of his favorite Viceroy cigarettes. No soft, 50-year-worn leather seats. No stray fibers that sloughed off the famous turtleneck. No presence of the man that made this car a legend. There’s nothing, outside its red carpet nameplate and Highland Green paint job, that truly ties Ford’s latest Bullitt Mustang to the king of cool, Steve McQueen.Yet, take a moment. Slide into the Recaro seats. Hit the starter. Grab the off-white cue ball shifter. Give the throttle a light tap and close your eyes. Sure enough, those preternatural characteristics are all there. Everything ready for a good chase.This is Bullitt, and McQueen would approve.If you haven’t watched Bullitt, 1) you’re likely under the age of 40 and 2) you’re lucky, as the movie is terrible apart from one redeemable scene: a car chase. Set between McQueen’s 1968 Highland Green Mustang GT Fastback and a 1968 Black Dodge Charger, the pursuit features McQueen following the Charger through the hilly streets of San Francisco. It’s the quintessential car chase, one that became the gold standard. Some years after the movie’s release, Mustang fans latched onto McQueen’s Mustang; both the car and movie became cult classics. Ford listened and, throughout the years, the company has put out a host of Special Edition Bullitt Mustangs. Jonathon Klein/The Manual Editors’ Recommendations Previous Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual