How will El Tri line up against Scotland?

first_imgMexico How will Mexico line up against Scotland? Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author In Mexico City 04:07 6/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Raul Jimenez Mexico Poland Mexico Mexico v Scotland Scotland Friendlies Will Juan Carlos Osorio roll the dice and risk injury to more of his stars or take one last look at fringe players? How much willpower does Juan Carlos Osorio have?The Mexico manager said he and his coaching staff “resisted the temptation” of playing star winger Hirving Lozano in Monday’s match against Wales. Will he stay strong against Scotland on Saturday in the team’s final match on this side of the Atlantic? The injury concerns keeping Hector Moreno, Andres Guardado and Diego Reyes out of the contest may make him reluctant to risk anyone else – he mentioned Lozano and Hector Herrera by name.That said, these are soccer players who want to play, who are coming off big-time European seasons and can give plenty to El Tri. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now As Goal does before each Mexico match, we’ve looked at three potential starting XIs for El TrI. Check back for Osorio’s decision around an hour before the match, which kicks off at 8 p.m. ET.Standard 4-3-3GFX MXScot433Osorio said Monday that he hopes Giovani dos Santos is fit enough to start and put in a good shift for Mexico. He’s hardly a guarantee for Russia, so Saturday night is critical for the LA Galaxy attacker. I went with Raul Jimenez up top after Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez got the start against Wales with Osorio not resisting and tossing in Lozano in this projection.In the midfield, Marco Fabian and Jonathan dos Santos could start with both now well-rested from recent club commitments. Rafa Marquez needs playing rhythm after Atlas missed the Liguilla. He’s been working out on his own for several weeks, and was working in the midfield during Friday’s training session.At the back, there aren’t many options at right back. Osorio may want to see more of Carlos Salcedo at left center back, where he played against Wales and has filled in for Eintracht Frankfurt. If he’s seen what he needed to see in terms of Salcedo’s ability to fill in for Hector Moreno, he could move to right back with Layun going to the left and Oswaldo Alanis playing left center back.One last lookGFX MX Scot one last lookWith at least two cuts to make before the trip to Denmark and facing an inexperienced Scotland team, Osorio may hand more minutes to Erick Gutierrez and try Jesus Molina out as an interior midfielder instead of in the middle of the three-man midfield.This also presents another option for how the back line could look with Layun and Salcedo – the likely fullback starters in Mexico’s first game against Germany – on the outside and healthy center backs Alanis and Hugo Ayala in the middle. It’s a back line you’d expect to hold against Scotland. Osorio is hoping he won’t have to see if it could hold against World Cup competition.Really mixing it upGFX MX Scot 343Eh, probably not. It’s possible, though, that Osorio works with Layun on the left flank and Jurgen Damm on the right. Marquez and Salcedo are comfortable in a three-man back line, and it might suit Alanis as well to have room to operate to his left.This lineup would be pretty aggressive, and Molina or Gutierrez could also come into the team to provide more cover in front of the three center backs. This would be fun, but it’s not really the time for fun experiments. It’s time to nail down what the lineups will look like at the World Cup. They won’t look like this.last_img read more

Youth Assistant Coach EOI Information – Girls 17’s

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Australian team announcements for the 2018 Open Trans Tasman

first_imgThe following teams have been selected to represent Australia at the 2018 Open Trans Tasman series in Rotorua, New Zealand, 27th-29th AprilMEN’S OPENJames Blackwood NSWStuart Brierty NSWScott Buckley NSWScott Bundy NSWJustin Costello NSWShaun Francis QLDNick Good NSW (CAPTAIN)Cody Green QLDDylan Hennessey NSWJordan Horo NSWMichael Law QLDJordan Marshall-King NSWMadalitso Masache NSWPete Norman QLDJames Shute NSWAdam Pryde QLD WOMEN’S OPENTarryn Aiken QLDLizzie Campbell QLDTayla Clifford NSWMadison Crowe NSWDanielle Davis NSWRachelle (Shellie) Davis NSWHannah Dyball NSWEmily Hennessey QLDAshleigh Kearney QLDHayley Maddick QLDJessica McCall NSW (CAPTAIN)Sam Rodgers NSWCatherine Sargent QLDKim Sue See QLDTamika Upton QLDMarikki Watego QLD MIXED OPENLeah Opie-Lukins NSWElin Mortimer NSWZara Nicholas NSWPaige Parker QLDLeah Percy VICKatherine Stevens QLDJayden Benbow QLDJustin Cridland QLDTim Glazebrook QLDLachlan Hoch QLDSimon Lang NSWAlex Langbridge NSWHayden Moffatt QLDCameron Nicholls NSW (CAPTAIN)Corey Russell QLDMichael Singh QLDlast_img read more

10 months agoKolasinac: Arsenal fans don’t know what Ozil does behind the scenes

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kolasinac: Arsenal fans don’t know what Ozil does behind the scenesby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal defender Sead Kolasinac says Mesut Ozil has the full respect of his teammates.Ozil had two assists for victory at Burnley on Saturday.Kolasinac was the beneficiary of Ozil’s brilliance after 14 minutes, charging onto a sublime pass from the German, before teeing up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.“It was unbelievable,” Kolasinac declared. “We all know Mesut’s qualities and I only actually made that run because I saw that he had the ball.“Not many players would have been able to play that pass. He can, and when I saw him get on the ball, I knew he was going to find me.”It was a brilliant pass from him.”Kolasinac is adamant that most of Ozil’s influence is felt behind the scenes.“Mesut’s not the sort of player who will scream at you in public just to show the people on the outside that he tries to push us on,” he said. “He’ll speak in the dressing room, he’ll go to every player individually.”With his quality, he brings a lot to this team. He’s very important for us as a captain and as a player.“When you’re a big star, like Mesut is, of course there are always negative headlines. But, as a team, we don’t pay attention to them and Mesut doesn’t either. That’s what’s most important.“We’re all behind Mesut – all the staff, all the players. If negative things are written, then that’s just what happens. In life, not everything is positive – sometimes there are negatives written about you too, and he’s had that. But yesterday with his performance he’s quietened a few critics.” last_img read more

17 days agoGlazers stick with Solskjaer at Man Utd

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Glazers stick with Solskjaer at Man Utdby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United’s owners are standing by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.This despite the 1-0 loss to Newcastle in the Premier League on Sunday, says the Daily Star.The Red Devils are down in 12th in the table and have won just twice in the top flight all season.Solskjaer’s tally of nine points from the opening eight games sets a new record for the worst at this stage of a Premier League campaign.But despite the poor form and results the Glazers have no plans to sack Solskjaer.The billionaire owners have taken into account the number of players missing from the United squad and willing to stick with him for now. last_img read more

17 days agoLiverpool U23 boss Critchley full of praise for goalkeeper Kelleher

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool U23 boss Critchley full of praise for goalkeeper Kelleherby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool U23 boss Neil Critchley has showered praise on young goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher for his performance against Wigan on Sunday.Critchley believes Kelleher showed confidence and skill to deny the Latics scoring a late equaliser when he made a point-blank save, comparing the action to Reds first-team keeper’ Alisson.”That’s exactly the type of mentality you need from a goalkeeper,” Critchley said.”That’s Caoimhin for you. Everyone saw the saves he made against MK Dons for the first team in the League Cup, and he made a similar one where made himself big.”It’s no coincidence the ball hit him from so close because he is brave and puts his body on the line.”I always think the best goalkeepers make the important saves at the right time, the vital moment. Like Alisson Becker against Napoli last season, those goalkeepers they seem to produce those moments at the right time and Caoimhin did that here.” last_img read more

Photo: Tennessee Fan Has An “EF BAMA” License Plate

first_imgEF Bama License PlateEF Bama License PlateGiven Tennessee’s longstanding rivalry with Alabama, most Volunteers fans don’t have too much love for the Crimson Tide or its supporters. The UT fan who owns the Toyota Tacoma below probably has a little less than the rest, however. Yep, someone out there actually has an “EF BAMA” license plate. Usually, you’d have to guess which team someone who owns such a plate would be a fan of – Auburn, Florida, Ole Miss, Tennessee, etc. But given the Vols logo on the back window, it’s obvious.[Clay Travis]last_img read more

Video: Bob Stoops Defends Texas, Citing Schedule

first_imgBob Stoops stands up for Texas during interview.bob stoops stands up for texasOklahoma and Texas may not like each other very much, but Sooners head coach Bob Stoops isn’t letting that cloud his judgment of the 2015 Longhorns. Monday, he actually stood up for Charlie Strong & Co., citing UT’s overly difficult schedule as the most “overlooked” reason for the team’s 1-4 record. He noted that all four of the teams Texas lost to are now ranked.Here’s video, via OU Insider.Texas reporter Taylor Gaspar transcribed what Stoops had to say. Bob Stoops on #Longhorns early season struggles. #Sooners #Texas #OU— Taylor Gaspar (@Taylor_Gaspar) October 5, 2015Stoops has always been a stand-up guy, so it doesn’t come as a shock that he’s finding the silver lining on Texas’ season ahead of their matchup this Saturday. Still, you know he wants to give the Longhorns their fifth loss.last_img read more

Iniesta apologises for blackface photo

first_imgAndres Iniesta has apologised after a social media photo of his family celebrating the Spanish holiday of Three Kings Day included two people in blackface.The 34-year-old, who plays for Japanese club Vissel Kobe, took to his various social media channels on Sunday to share the image, which showed his family with six people appearing to be dressed as biblical characters.In Spain, it is traditional for parades around this time of year to feature men dressed as the three kings, who – according to the Christian Bible – are said to have brought gifts to the baby Jesus. 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? One of these kings is often portrayed as a black man, and, in Iniesta’s photo, two of the people dressed up appear to be wearing makeup to darken their skin.Iniesta’s photo sparked a significant backlash across social media, and he has issued an apology to those offended by the image.— Andrés Iniesta (@andresiniesta8) January 6, 2019A statement from the former Barcelona midfielder’s advisors read: “On January 6, Andres Iniesta’s family received the visit of the Three Kings at his house and decided to photograph himself to share this image with his fans on the player’s social networks.”The presence of the Three Kings belongs to the culture of our country, rooted for many years with which we want to celebrate the most magical day of the year with our children and is a tradition that the Iniesta Ortiz family repeats every year.”We want to settle the controversy that has arisen around this picture in which the three people dressed and characterised with make-up appear as the Kings of the East, Gaspar, Melchior, and Baltasar, as happens in most cavalcades and events that were celebrated in Spain that day.”At no time did Andres Iniesta want to bother anyone with that photograph, which is the image of the illusion in Spain and apologises to those people who may have been offended.”Antoine Griezmann was caught up in a similar incident in 2017, and the Atletico Madrid star was also forced to issue an apology.last_img read more

Liverpool parade through streets to celebrate CL win

first_imgLiverpool celebrated their Champions League success with thousands of fans as they embarked on a parade through the city’s streets on Sunday.The Merseyside outfit claimed the Champions League title the previous night after goals from Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi secured a 2-0 win over Tottenham in the final in Madrid.Liverpool’s #UCL trophy parade is underway!— Goal (@goal) June 2, 2019Winning the European crown for the first time in 14 years sent their supporters into jubilant celebrations as they welcomes the squad home. 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? They travelled down the streets of Liverpool in an open-top bus with the players waving the trophy from the top deck, while coach Jurgen Klopp sat on the corner of the bus with a beer between his legs counting Liverpool’s six European titles in his hands with a smile.Liverpool paradeLiverpool paradeMeanwhile, Georginio Wijnaldum avoided a scare when he dropped his phone while recording a video of the fans. He was relieved to get it back and see that it had survived despite the big drop. The club’s owner John Henry was also there, alongside chairman Tom Werner, to take in the celebration of their first Champions League success since Fenway Sports Group took over the club nine years ago.”It’s still working!”Gini Wijnaldum has just dropped his phone off Liverpool’s trophy parade bus— Goal (@goal) June 2, 2019Liverpool completed the success just a year after last reaching the final, when they lost 3-1 to Real Madrid. This year’s journey to the final began with a close finish in the group stage as the Anfield side finished second behind Paris Saint-Germain and level on points with Napoli, edging through to the knockout stage because of their superior goal record.Trent Alexander-Arnold Liverpool paradeVirgil van Dijk LIverpool paradeA 3-1 win at Bayern Munich in the second-leg of their last-16 tie set up a quarter-final clash with Porto, which Klopp’s men sailed through 6-1 on aggregate.Liverpool paradeThey looked set to crash out after suffering a 3-0 hammering away to Barcelona in the semi-final first leg, but they recovered in incredible fashion by scoring four at Anfield the following week.But their victory against Spurs in Saturday’s decider did not come without controversy, as the referee’s decision to give a penalty for a Moussa Sissoko handball just a minute into the match created much debate among football fans.Origi, though, would seal the game late on, sparking wild celebrations in Madrid and back home in Liverpool, where the party continued on Sunday.last_img read more

El Tri prepping for real challenge v. Canada

first_imgWhat do you make of a game like Mexico’s 7-0 victory over Cuba? If you’re Tata Martino, not very much.The Mexico manager respects every opponent, but said the analysis you can do after a blowout contest isn’t incredibly profound. The analysis of Wednesday’s game should go much deeper.El Tri are expecting an actual challenge against Canada. The only nation aside from Mexico and the U.S. to win a Gold Cup, Canada coach John Herdman has a wealth of talented young players with a few old hands like Atiba Hutchinson and Milan Borjan there to steer the ship. Like Martino’s current streak with Mexico, Canada has won in every match Herdman has overseen – a six-match streak. 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? There have been blowouts in the past, like Mexico thrashing Canada 8-0 in a 1993 Gold Cup match at Estadio Azteca. Now, Canada is a team that puts those sort of scorelines on other teams. Martino has been paying attention.”I’ve been able to see four or five Canada games. I don’t have all the fine points down to talk about the team as a collective. I don’t have any doubt that individually the Canada squad is very important, with players even playing in the Premier League or in the Bundesliga, really important players. There are very important wingers, midfielders, central defenders.”With that, just today I was telling the players that we’re not playing against the history of Canada, but this Canada team. A lot of times people complain, ‘This national team or that national team doesn’t have history.’ But history isn’t the important thing. The important thing is what they have today, and I think Canada has put together … probably one of the best national teams it’s been able to put together in recent history.”Tata Martino Mexico Gold CupIn contrast to a Cuba team that was sadly forgettable, these are faces Mexico will be seeing again and again in the next several years. Bayern Munich winger Alphonso Davies created issues for Martinique in the first half with fellow teenager and Gent forward Jonathan David converting a pair of goals in the 4-0 win.The midfield is so crowded, Herdman moved his most senior player in Hutchinson and a regular LAFC starter in Mark Anthony Kaye to the back line – though that also indicates how thin The Reds are at the back. Each manager is too classy and clever to say it, but each has had this group match circled since the matchups were revealed in April. The expectation is to roll through Cuba and Martinique. This one is the one that will make the difference between winning the group and finishing second place.Canada hasn’t always been excited about facing El Tri – understandable given the last time Canada knocked off Mexico we had just overcome the evils of the Y2K bug. Now, there’s enthusiasm from the Canadians that they could secure a statement win to encapsulate the positive mood around the team during the last 18 months.Alphonso Davies Canada“Going into the Mexico game, we all know it’s going to be a tough one,” Davies told reporters. “Mexico is a top side, it will be a good test for Canada as we have a new identity, a new structure and a new team, and this will be a good opportunity for us to test ourselves.”Every player on our roster is looking forward to this match, as a footballer this is where you want to be, playing against the biggest teams on the biggest stage and every player on this team is ready to give their all on Wednesday.”Canada’s coaches and players seem to be relishing the opportunity. After a Nations League campaign filled with pressure to not only get wins but get big wins and end up in League A (a goal Herdman’s group achieved) and an opener against a Martinique team without the players based in top leagues Canada or Mexico can deploy, this is the first match for Herdman in which he’s not expected to get a victory.”This is just a great opportunity for Canada to come in as an underdog,” he said at a news conference. “You know, the last six games, we’ve been expected to win every game we’ve played, so this is the first time in my tenure where you get a chance to actually feel like an underdog, David and Goliath. It’s a nice feeling.”The underdog is hungry, hunting a victory. David is brave, polishing his stone and confidently launching it at the giant. The only way either succeeds, though, is when the favorite drops focus.Martino has told his players to expect a tough match from a new-look Canada. He’s said on several occasions that much can be learned from a negative result. He’s also said, though, that he wants to extend the winning streak and keep it rolling as long as possible. The way to do that is to take legitimate threats, like the one Canada now poses, seriously.last_img read more

ESPN Announcer Is Getting Crushed For What He’s Said During Ohio State’s Game

first_imgA general view of Ohio State's football stadium.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 06: A general view of Ohio Stadium during the game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Ohio Bobcats on September 6, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Ohio State is making fairly easy work of Oregon State in its season opener at Ohio Stadium this afternoon.The Buckeyes are currently leading the Beavers, 42-14, with a couple of minutes to play in the first half.It hasn’t been the easiest of games for ESPN’s play-by-play man, Dave Pasch. He’s made a couple of tough errors.Pasch incorrectly summarized what happened with Ohio State freshman quarterback Tate Martell during his recruitment.Then, he got a penalty call wrong.The announcer who said Tate Martell committed to Chris Petersen and now-Oregon State coach Jonathan Smith at Washington is incredibly wrong. He committed to Sark and decommitted when the coaching change happened.— Ryan Ginn (@rmginn) September 1, 2018Dave Pasch is horrible. Thought Robert Landers was Nick Bosa, doesn’t know when Tate Martell committed to Washington, doesn’t know the punter outside the pocket rule— Ryan Ginn (@rmginn) September 1, 2018Happen to catch that he called Haskins, Dwight before the tape of him as a kid?— Dave (@daverini) September 1, 2018Welp, it’s Week 1 for the announcers, too.Ohio State has taken a 42-14 lead into halftime against Oregon State. The game is on ABC.last_img read more

Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence Is Already Breaking Deshaun Watson’s Records

first_imgTrevor Lawrence throws the ball for Clemson,ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 22: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers passes against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on September 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Deshaun Watson is a legend at Clemson and rightfully so. But if Clemson’s new starter Trevor Lawrence has anything to say about it, he’ll soon be among the great Tigers quarterbacks.The Tigers’ freshman displaced Kelly Bryant as the starting QB earlier this year, is already breaking many of Watson’s freshman season records.Lawrence broke Watson’s record for touchdown passes (16) and passing yards (1,480) as a freshman. Granted, Watson played only eight games in his freshman year, but Lawrence is still primed to shatter the prior mark.Trevor Lawrence is No. 1 in the FBS among all freshman QBs in passer efficiency and touchdown passes.Just four starts into his career, quarterback Trevor Lawrence already owns two freshman passing records at Clemson and has more in his sights. @ClemsonFB @deshaunwatson— Orange and White (@orangeandwhite) November 2, 2018Though Lawrence and Watson have a lot in common statistically, Lawrence has a long ways to go before surpassing the Clemson legend in accomplishments.Watson led Clemson to back-to-back College Football Playoff championship games. He won it all in 2016 before declaring for the NFL draft after his junior year.At 8-0, there are few serious threats to Clemson’s undefeated season remaining in the ACC. Perhaps Lawrence will get a chance to start making some history of his own in this year’s College Football Playoff.last_img read more

Penn State RB Miles Sanders Asked If He’ll Leave For 2019 NFL Draft

first_imgpenn state running back miles sandersSTATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 13: Miles Sanders #24 of the Penn State Nittany Lions rushes for 78 yards against Joe Bachie #35 of the Michigan State Spartans and Khari Willis #27 of the Michigan State Spartans on October 13, 2018 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)The 2018 college football season hasn’t gone exactly as planned for Penn State. A championship-or-bust narrative was set up for the Nittany Lions, though that hasn’t come to fruition.And yet, at 7-3 on the year, the Nittany Lions sit at No. 14 in the latest College Football Playoff poll and have a shot at a New Year’s Six bowl game.There have been a few bright spots – among them is junior tailback Miles Sanders. After taking over for Saquon Barkley, Sanders has been better than his predecessor in a yards per carry average this season.Sanders went over 1,000 yards on the season last weekend against Wisconsin and figures to out-do Barkley’s 1,271 rushing yards from the 2017 season. While Barkley has the edge in his ability to catch the ball, Sanders can do it all as well.With Sanders’ solid performance at Penn State this year, many are wondering if he’ll leave for the NFL draft. The star running back says he hasn’t “ever thought about it this year.”Penn State RB Miles Sanders, a junior, asked about the possibility of early NFL draft entry at start of media session: “I haven’t ever thought about it this year.”— Tyler Donohue (@TDsTake) November 14, 2018Penn State has significant depth at the running back position, but could stand to benefit from Sanders returning for his senior season. However, it might benefit Sanders to leave the Nittany Lions after this season.Another year of wear-and-tear at the collegiate level provides an unnecessary risk of injury. And yet, it could provide a platform for Sanders to prove he’s one of the best backs in the country.There are arguments on both sides of the coin. Only Sanders knows what he’ll do after this year.last_img read more

The New AP Poll Top 25 Has Been Released

first_imgA closeup of Nick Saban on the Alabama sideline.TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 22: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the game against the Western Carolina Catamounts at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)We have a new college football top 25 poll, courtesy of the Associated Press.The new top 25 poll has been released following the 12th week of the 2018 college football season.There haven’t been too many changes at the top of the poll, though there’s been a decent shakeup in certain parts of the top 25.Here’s the full new poll:AlabamaClemsonNotre DameMichiganGeorgiaOklahomaWashington StateUCFLSUOhio StateTexasWest VirginiaFloridaUtah StatePenn StateWashingtonKentuckyUtahSyracuseNorthwesternBoise StateMississippi StateArmyPittsburghIowa StateWeek 13 can’t get here soon enough.last_img read more

ESPN Analyst Crushes Oklahoma For Latest QB Transfer News

first_imgLincoln Riley standing with his players on the sideline.NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 25: Head Coach Lincoln Riley of Oklahoma Sooners during warm ups before the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers 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 landed a major graduate transfer this afternoon when Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts committed to the Sooners. Hurts will be immediately eligible in 2019.At the same time, Oklahoma quarterback Austin Kendall is exploring his options as a grad transfer. Kendall has visited a handful of schools, and one of the places he’s considering is West Virginia.Currently, Oklahoma is blocking Kendall from becoming immediately eligible at WVU next season, per ESPN’s Jake Trotter. He can still transfer to Morgantown, but would have to sit out the year and play his final season in 2020.As it pursues Alabama grad transfer quarterback Jalen Hurts, OU is blocking Austin Kendall from becoming immediately eligible at West Virginia as a grad transfer, multiple sources told ESPN.— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) January 16, 2019Taking it one step further, The Athletic’s Jason Kersey reports that OU is actually preventing Kendall from becoming immediately eligible at any Big 12 school or program on OU’s schedule in the next two seasons.Clarification: Oklahoma is blocking Kendall from being *immediately eligible* at those schools. He can still transfer there but would have to sit out a year— Jason Kersey (@jasonkersey) January 16, 2019Naturally, Oklahoma’s seemingly hypocritical stance has drawn its share of criticism. The Sooners will play West Virginia next season, but it doesn’t seem fair to block Kendall from doing something you’re benefiting from as a program.ESPN’s Rece Davis and Rod Gilmore called OU out this afternoon.Amen.— Rece Davis (@ESPN_ReceDavis) January 16, 2019Our guess is if Kendall really wants WVU, Oklahoma will relent and allow him to play immediately. That’s usually how these things go with the team caving under public outcry.last_img read more

Thalapathy 63: Is Vijay playing a football coach in Atlee’s film?

first_img India Today Web Desk ChennaiJanuary 2, 2019UPDATED: January 2, 2019 14:14 IST Actor VijayThalapathy Vijay was last seen in director AR Murugadoss’s Sarkar, which released on Diwali 2018. The film ran into controversy when senior leaders of the AIADMK party pressurised the makers to remove a particular scene from the film as it mocked former chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s welfare schemes.After Sarkar’s successful run at the box office, Vijay took some time off to spend with his family. Now, the actor is training for his upcoming film, the working title of which is Thalapathy 63. Directed by Atlee, this film is tipped to be a sports drama produced by AGS Entertainment.The rumour mills are churning out reports that Vijay will be essaying the role of a football coach in the film. Also, the makers have roped in 16 debutant actors to act in the movie as football players. However, an official confirmation on the same is yet to arrive.The shooting of Thalapathy 63 is expected to commence sometime in March 2019 and the film might hit the theatres for Diwali 2019. The makers are now finalising the cast and crew of the movie.In December 2018, Atlee, cinematographer GK Vishnu and producer Archana Kalpathi were scouting locations in Hollywood. This film marks the third collaboration between Atlee and Vijay after Theri and Mersal.On November 14, AGS Entertainment issued a press statement that read, “#Thalapathy63 promises to be PAKKA MASS family entertainer with a large cast, superior technical crew and best of production value. We are putting together the best global talent to attempt a genre that will be the first of its kind for Thalapathy.”advertisementALSO READ: Priyanka Chopra is a breathtaking bride in new photos from Hindu wedding with Nick JonasALSO WATCH: 2.0 mania takes over India with Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar film releaseGet 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 byK Janani Tags :Follow AtleeFollow Thalapathy 63Follow Vijay Thalapathy 63: Is Vijay playing a football coach in Atlee’s film?It is rumoured that Vijay will be seen as a football coach in Thalapathy 63 and is undergoing training for the same. The yet-untitled film is being directed by Atlee.advertisementlast_img read more

Your future is as bright as your faith: Ravi Shastri after India’s 500th ODI win

first_img Ritayan Basu NagpurMarch 6, 2019UPDATED: March 6, 2019 12:53 IST Ravi Shastri was pleased with India’s historic 500th one day international win (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRavi Shastri congratulated Indian cricket team on their 500th ODI winIndia has played 963 matches in ODIs till date and won 500 of themAustralia lead the list with 558 wins in one-day internationalsBrief scores – India (250) beat Australia (242) by 8 runs to take 2-0 lead in 5-match series. Stoinis (52), Handscomb (48), Kuldeep (3/54), Shankar (2/15). Highlights | Match Report | ScorecardIndia registered their 500th one day international win on Tuesday, beating Australia in the second ODI at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur. Incidentally India became the second team after Australia to reach the landmark.The win impressed Team India coach Ravi Shastri, as he took to social media to congratulate the Indian men’s cricket team.”Your future is as bright as your faith,” Ravi Shastri posted on social media.Your future is as bright as your faith – #500thODIwin #INDvAUS #TeamIndia Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) March 5, 2019India as a cricketing nation took 45 years to register 500 ODI wins having played their first game in the format against England at Leeds on July 13, 1974 in the Prudential Trophy. The Indian men’s cricket team has featured in 963 ODIs till date.India’s first ODI win had come under captain Srinivas Venkataraghavan against East Africa in the inaugural Cricket World Cup at Leeds on June 11 in 1975. The 100th win had was registered against South Africa in 1993 while the remaining four milestone wins came in the new millennium.The 200th ODI win was an 8-wicket victory over Kenya in the 2000 in Nairobi, while the 300th ODI win was registered against West Indies in 2007 when they beat them by 20 runs in Cuttack. India’s 400th ODI win was over Sri Lanka, by 6 wickets, in Colombo in the year 2012.A huge achievement for the team and I couldn’t be more excited to have been a part of this! #500th bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) March 5, 2019Stellar performances, exceptional teamwork! Kohli (@imVkohli) March 5, 2019India have a win to loss ratio of 1.207 in their 963 matches – 500 wins and 414 loses. Australia on the other, the first team to win 500 ODIs, have played 924 matches and won a total of 558 matches and lost 323 with a win to loss ratio of 1.727.South Africa though have the highest win to loss ratio, with 1.780, having won 374 matches and losing 210 out of 606 matches. The third highest number of ODI wins is India’s arch-rivals Pakistan, who have 479 victories having played 907 ODI and losing 401.Skipper Virat Kohli led from the front, scoring his 40th ODI century as Vijay Shankar took two wickets in the last over of the match to give India a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.Chasing a target of 251 runs, Australia were dismissed for 242 runs in 49.3 overs as Kuldeep Yadav picked up 3 wickets for 54 runs from his 10 overs along with Jarprit Bumrah, who claimed two wickets.Also Read | Not thinking about World Cup: Vijay Shankar after helping India win 2nd ODI vs AustraliaAlso Read | Virat Kohli full of praise for Vijay Shankar: Showed a lot of mental characterFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 Ravi ShastriFollow India vs AustraliaFollow 500 wins in ODIFollow INDvAUS Your future is as bright as your faith: Ravi Shastri after India’s 500th ODI winBrief scores – India (250) beat Australia (242) by 8 runs to take 2-0 lead in 5-match series. Stoinis (52), Handscomb (48), Kuldeep (3/54), Shankar (2/15). Ravi Shastri was pleased with India’s historic 500th one day international win as they defeated Australia by 8 runs in the second ODI in Nagpur. India have taken a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.advertisementlast_img read more

Thank god I didn’t announce my retirement: Sreesanth after SC revokes his life ban

first_imgThank god I didn’t announce my retirement: Sreesanth after SC revokes his life banThe Supreme Court on Friday revoked the life ban on S Sreesanth and asked the BCCI to decide a new quantum of punishment for the cricketer within 3 months.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 15, 2019UPDATED: March 15, 2019 14:42 IST Supreme Court revoked the life ban imposed on Sreesanth on Friday (Sreesanth Instagram)HIGHLIGHTSSC has given the BCCI 3 months to revisit Sreesanth’s quantum of punishmentThe apex court verdict however, will have no effect on the criminal proceedings pending against himSreesanth was involved in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal and was found guilty by the BCCIS Sreesanth gained partial relief from the turmoil he has been through in the last six years as the Supreme Court revoked the life ban imposed on him from cricket on Friday.The apex court gave the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) three months to decide afresh on the point of quantum of punishment for the fast bowler.Sreesanth, 36, was relieved after the SC order was read out by the bench, headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan, and hoped to hear the final judgement from the BCCI within two weeks.”I need cricket back, I do not think it will take BCCI 90 days to make the decision but I am grateful that the life ban has been removed. I fought my battle all by myself. My practice is going on and the road ahead totally depends on the selectors,” Sreesanth told reporters after the verdict.”It was a huge fight and the Supreme Court has given me a lifeline. There were so many opportunities where I was even going to announce my retirement, but thank god I didn’t. I have started staying fit to play the game, thanks to the T20 and T10 leagues, I can still earn my bread and butter somewhere,” he said.”I am not bothered by my fitness as I am inspired by Leander Paes and Ashish Nehra, they both kept on playing even after reaching the age of 36. I just hope BCCI does not announce their decision on the 90th day, I hope they do it in a couple of weeks time,” Sreesanth said.advertisementThe ball is in the BCCI’s court now and they have to decide on the fresh punishment they want to impose and leave any door open for Sreesanth to make a comeback to competitive cricket or even the Indian team.The apex court also said that its verdict will have no effect on the criminal proceedings pending against the former cricketer in the Delhi High Court, where the Delhi Police has challenged a trial court’s order discharging all accused, including Sreesanth, in the IPL spot-fixing case.The bench passed this order on Sreesanth’s plea challenging the decision of a division bench of the Kerala High Court which had restored the life ban imposed on him by the BCCI.Also Read | Sreesanth life ban revoked, Supreme Court asks BCCI to revisit quantum of punishmentAlso Read | SC order on Sreesanth will come up for serious deliberation at next COA meet: Vinod RaiFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow S SreesanthFollow BCCIFollow Supreme CourtFollow Sreesanth life ban revokedlast_img read more

Steve Smith hits unbeaten 91 as Australia XI beat New Zealand XI

first_img Indo-Asian News Service BrisbaneMay 10, 2019UPDATED: May 10, 2019 16:21 IST Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell shared a 104-run partnership (@cricketcomau Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Smith scored an unbeaten 91 as Australia XI beat New Zealand XISmith was ably supported by Glenn Maxwell, who scored 70 from 48 ballsPat Cuummins snared 4/32 from eight overs as Mitchell Starc took one wicketSteve Smith and Glenn Maxwell starred with the bat as Australia beat a depleted New Zealand XI by five wickets via the DLS method at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane on Friday.Former Australian captain Smith (91 not out off 108) and Maxwell (70 from 48) joined hands for a key partnership of 104 (91 balls) in Australia’s pursuit of 287.There was a big moment of worry for the hosts when Smith appeared to have hurt his still-recovering elbow while running a single.In the bowling department, Pat Cummins returned to the side captained by Alex Carey in the absence of a rested Aaron Finch. Cummins snared 4/32 from eight overs as Mitchell Starc (1/35) impressed for the second time in three days.The Aussies will play another three UK-based warm-up matches leading up to their June 1 World Cup opener.Steve Smith hanging around signing many an autograph at AB Field (@cricketcomau) May 10, 2019The Kiwis put up 286/9 thanks to Will Young, who scored his second straight century against the Aussies, and George Worker (59).World Cup-bound Jimmy Neesham stuck a cameo of 39 from 27 before a late collapse of 23/5 restricted the total.Another cause of concern for Australia is David Warner’s unhappy return to the opening slot with the dashing southpaw managing just 2 runs in this game before being caught behind from the bowling of Matt Henry.Usman Khawaja (23), Shaun Marsh (32) and Marcus Stoinis (15) also did not contribute much as the Aussies were tottering at 137/4 before Smith and Maxwell steadied the ship and took them over the line.advertisementAlso Read | Shakib Al Hasan wants to bat at number three for BangladeshAlso Read | Shai Hope has been our most consistent player: West Indies skipper Jason HolderFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 Steve SmithFollow Australia XI vs New Zealand XIFollow Glenn MaxwellFollow Pat Cummins Steve Smith hits unbeaten 91 as Australia XI beat New Zealand XISteve Smith was batting on 91 not out when the light was deemed to be insufficient as Australia XI won the match against New Zealand XI by 5 wickets via the DLS method.advertisementlast_img read more

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