10 months agoAC Milan owners willing to hand Higuain to Chelsea

first_imgAC Milan owners willing to hand Higuain to Chelseaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have received a boost in their interest in AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain.Sky Italia says Milan are pulling back from plans to buy Higuain outright from Juventus.Milan paid £16million to take Higuain on a season-long loan in the summer and can make the transfer permanent at the end of the current campaign by paying a further £32m.However, Milan owners Elliott Management are going cold and Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is clear to move in to sign a player he knows well.The Argentine striker, 31, played under Sarri at Napoli during a prolific 2015-16 season in which Higuain scored 36 goals in 35 Serie A appearances.Higuain scored six goals in his first seven games for Milan but has since netted only once in nine matches. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoReal Madrid midfielder Modric delighted to win CWC: A perfect year

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid midfielder Modric delighted to win CWC: A perfect yearby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid midfielder Luka Modric was delighted to score in the Club World Cup final victory over Al Ain.Although he admits maybe he should shoot more, Modric is not overly concerned by his lack of goals for Los Blancos.”Everyone tells me that I have to shoot more, but I like to give the pass to my teammates,” Modric said. “I don’t shoot a lot, it’s true, but when I do shoot it often goes in.”I have to do it more, but it doesn’t obsess me.”I help the team in other ways.”Lifting the Club World Cup ends an incredible year for Modric, in which he won the Ballon d’Or.”It has been an unforgettable year,” he added. “It has been perfect.”This year will always have a special place in my heart and I cannot ask for more.” last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool ace Salah escapes diving ban; free to face Arsenal

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool ace Salah escapes diving ban; free to face Arsenalby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool ace Mohamed Salah will be free to face Arsenal on Saturday.The FA have reportedly decided against charging Salah with retrospective action following an incident during Wednesday’s 4-0 win over Newcastle United.Referee Graham Scott awarded Liverpool a penalty two minutes into the second half after he deemed Paul Dummett to have pulled back Salah.Replays showed Salah going down with minimal contact, but Sky Sports say the FA have deemed to action not to have reached the threshold “attempting to deceive the referee”, which means the Egyptian will avoid any punishment.Salah converted the penalty to put Liverpool up 2-0 after Dejan Lovren’s early opener. last_img read more

9 months agoInter Milan coach Spalletti hails Ranocchia commitment

first_imgInter Milan coach Spalletti hails Ranocchia commitmentby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti paid tribute to Andrea Ranocchia after their Coppa Italia victory over Benevento.After the game, Ranocchia wrote about his feelings on social media.“Whether it’s a minute, a half, one game or 10, it is always wonderful to play for this team and with these lads! Forza Inter.”In response, Spalletti paraphrased John F Kennedy with a statement that could be seen as a sideswipe at Icardi.“This is the message of someone who asks constantly what he can do for Inter, not what Inter can do for him.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

a month agoSaka steals the show as Arsenal romp past Eintracht Frankfurt

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Saka steals the show as Arsenal romp past Eintracht Frankfurtby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery was pleased with his side’s 3-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League on Thursday.Joe Willock’s strike gave Arsenal the lead before half-time when his deflected strike left Kevin Trapp helpless.18-year-old Bukayo Saka was superb throughout the ninety minutes and capped off his performance with a goal and assist, which allowed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score the Gunners third late on.Speaking after the game, Emery said: “We knew tonight was going to be difficult, they fell back very deep and caused us problems early on.”We recovered the ball well and the young players showed the confidence to take their chances.”Everybody can be happy and continuing in this competition is important, so it was good to get a good win, especially away from home.” last_img read more

23 days ago​Everton winger Walcott recovery ‘on track’ after head injury

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Everton winger Walcott recovery ‘on track’ after head injuryby Freddie Taylor23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton winger Theo Walcott is on track for a smooth recovery from a head injury.The 30-year-old winger had to go to the hospital after suffering a knock to the head against Manchester City at the weekend.Standard concussion protocols mean he will miss at least a week.But his Marco Silva manager believes that Walcott will be okay very soon. And the club agree, according to a recently released statement: “Since his discharge, the club’s medical staff have continued to follow the standard concussion protocols with the forward.””Walcott is on track in his recovery ahead of a potential return to full training later this week.” last_img read more

20 days agoMan Utd, Chelsea know Kane unsettled at Spurs

first_imgMan Utd, Chelsea know Kane unsettled at Spursby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Kane is unsettled at Tottenham.The Times says the England captain fears this Spurs team have reached the end of it’s cycle.And he is now considering his future at the club.Manchester United and Chelsea are monitoring developments closely, well aware that Kane is unsettled.Though it is Spain which is regarded as the favoured option where Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is a huge fan. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

5 days agoMan City to offer Raheem Sterling £450,000-a-week deal

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City to offer Raheem Sterling £450,000-a-week dealby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City are to offer Raheem Sterling a £450,000 a week deal.City want to keep him out of the clutches of Real Madrid, says the Daily Express.The Spanish giants are keeping tabs on Sterling, who has been transformed into one of the best players in the world by Pep Guardiola.It was only last November that the Premier League champions handed Sterling a three-year extension to his current deal which now sees him pick up around £300,000 a week.It made him Manchester City’s second-highest-paid player behind midfield playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, who currently earns around £350,000 a week.And they are now ready to make the England international the Premier League’s top earner to cut down on the likelihood of a £200million move by Real from succeeding. last_img read more

4 days ago​Neville insists Man Utd must gamble in transfer market

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Neville insists Man Utd must gamble in transfer marketby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGary Neville wants Manchester United to invest in reinforcements in the January transfer window.United are suffering a poor start to the season, which sees them just above the relegation places in the league.One of their significant issues involves a lack of goals, which Neville thinks they can only remedy in the transfer market.United sold Romelu Lukaku this summer, but did not replace him.”It won’t be a gamble in January as United need to go into the transfer market at the earliest opportunity because they obviously didn’t replace Lukaku,” the former defender told Sky Sports.”Those young lads out there – Pereira, McTominay, Wan-Bissaka, Rashford – they have to still buy to a style of play. “There would be no point signing a replacement for Lukaku that’s the same type.” last_img read more

Here’s The Latest Men’s College Basketball AP Poll

first_imgA view of the official NCAA Wilson Basketball during the 2018 NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal between the Michigan Wolverines and the Loyola Ramblers at the Alamodome.SAN ANTONIO, TX – MARCH 31: A view of the official NCAA Wilson Basketball during the 2018 NCAA Men’s Final Four Semifinal between the Michigan Wolverines and the Loyola Ramblers at the Alamodome on March 31, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. The Michigan Wolverines defeated the Loyola Ramblers 69-57. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 1.49.06 PMArizona’s a riser in this week’s poll.With the college football season over, it’s time to start paying more attention to college basketball.    That means looking at the projected NCAA Tournament brackets and the two major polls every week. Earlier Monday, the USA Today Sports men’s basketball coaches’ poll was released. It featured a couple changes in the top 10, but the top teams mostly remained in the same spots. And, now, the AP Poll has been released. Here it is: 1. Kentucky – 17-0 2. Virginia – 17-0 3. Gonzaga – 18-1 4. Villanova – 17-1 5. Duke – 15-2 6. Wisconsin – 16-2 7. Arizona – 16-2 8. Notre Dame – 17-2 9. Iowa St. – 13-3 10. Louisville – 15-3 11. Kansas – 14-3 12. Utah – 14-3 13. Maryland – 17-2 14. Wichita St. – 16-2 15. North Carolina – 14-4 16. VCU – 15-3 17. Texas – 13-4 18. West Virginia – 15-3 19. Oklahoma – 12-5 20. N. Iowa – 16-2 21. Baylor – 13-4 22. Dayton – 15-2 23. Indiana – 14-424. Seton Hall – 13-4 25. Iowa – 13-5last_img read more

Florida State Football’s Official Scholarship Offer Letter Emphasizes NFL Draft Record, Academics

first_imgA general view of Florida State's football field.TALLAHASSEE, FL – OCTOBER 7: Doak S. Campbell Stadium during the first half of an NCAA football game at Doak S. Campbell Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)While recruiting has been going on for months, or years for top players in the class of 2016, but today is the first day that schools can officially offer players. Florida State commit Janarius Robinson, a four-star defensive end out of Panama City, tweeted his letter this morning. It is a cool peak behind the window at the recruiting process.pic.twitter.com/lfpnla0Xv5— #81|☆JANARIUS☆#JROB™ (@JanariusD1) August 1, 2015The championship pedigree and success getting players into the NFL Draft are obvious selling points, but there is probably more of a focus on FSU’s academic successes than many would have assumed. We’re sure most parents would appreciate the story of Myron Rolle, the Florida State star turned Rhodes Scholar. That’s not a bad alumnus to be able to promote.last_img read more

Nebraska’s Michael Rose-Ivey: “In Some Ways, We Feel Disrespected”

first_imgHerbie Husker celebrates a touchdown.LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 27: Herbie Husker celebrates a Nebraska Cornhuskers touchdown against the Michigan Wolverines during their game at Memorial Stadium on October 27, 2012 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska beat Michigan 23-9. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images) MRITwitter/Michael Rose-IveyNebraska, which has a new coach (Mike Riley) for the 2015 campaign, isn’t being picked by many to win the Big Ten. In fact, when 40 media members voted back in July, only five picked the Cornhuskers to win the league’s West division, and nobody picked them to win the entire conference.That apparently doesn’t sit well with junior linebacker Michael Rose-Ivey. Rose-Ivey gave an interesting set of quotes to Steven M. Sipple of the Lincoln Journal Star earlier this week.“It’s easy for us to say, ‘Don’t read the headlines, don’t listen to what people are saying,’” Rose-Ivey told reporters Tuesday. “But to be blatantly honest, in some ways, we feel disrespected.We understand what we have as a team offensively and defensively. We understand a lot of people aren’t counting on us to do much coming out of the West and whatnot. But that’s why you have to play the games.”Nebraska has lost exactly four games per season seven years in a row, so it’s understandable that both fans and media members expect much of the same in the immediate future. But with Nebraska’s program now under the direction of a new coaching staff, will that change? Rose-Ivey clearly thinks so.last_img read more

Former Alabama LB Goes Off On Lance Thompson, Claims Coach Was Fired For “Messing” Around With Blake Barnett’s Mother

first_imgMembers of the Alabama Crimson Tide take the field before the game against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Bryant-Denny Stadium.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 6: Members of the Alabama Crimson Tide take the field before the game against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 6, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Former Alabama linebacker Adrian Hubbard, who went undrafted after the 2014 season, is apparently upset with how things shook out for him in his final few years in Tuscaloosa. Tuesday, Hubbard took to Twitter to blast former outside linebackers coach Lance Thompson, who is now with Auburn. He also made claims that Thompson was “fired” from Alabama for “messing” with freshman quarterback Blake Barnett’s mother.Hubbard actually tweeted his rant twice. The first time, he made the claim about Barnett’s mother. He then deleted the tweet and posted a different one, which refers to “messing with recruits parents.” Here’s the original post, in its entirety:Here’s his revised version.It’s Roll Tide until I die pic.twitter.com/AboowMjMyM— Adrian Hubbard (@__unchained42) October 27, 2015It’s eye-opening, to say the least. We’ll see if there’s any fallout from it.last_img read more

Report: Ecuador 1 Japan 1

first_imgEcuador and Japan played out a 1-1 draw that saw both nations make group-stage exits at the Copa America on Monday.Shoya Nakajima’s opener for Japan was cancelled out by Angel Mena during the first half of the Group C clash in Belo Horizonte.Ecuador and Japan looked for a winner but ended up playing out a draw that suited neither team as they bid to reach the quarter-finals. 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? A victory would have seen either advance as one of the best third-placed teams, however they are instead both going home.Both teams made a relatively scrappy start, trying their luck from distance in the opening stages.But Japan took the lead in the 15th minute through Nakajima’s fine strike.Ecuador goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez swept a ball in behind straight to Nakajima, whose 25-yard effort went in via the underside of the crossbar with the keeper stranded.Enner Valencia should have brought Ecuador level eight minutes later, but his shot from close range was tame and well saved by a scrambling Eiji Kawashima after a poor turnover by Japan.However, Ecuador equalised 10 minutes before half-time thanks to Mena.Robert Arboleda had a volley well saved by Kawashima, but Mena was on hand to tap away the rebound and make it 1-1.Ecuador made the better start to the second half, but Japan almost restored their lead, Naomichi Ueda heading a set-piece straight at Dominguez in the 66th minute.Pedro Pablo Velasco fired wide for Ecuador midway through the second half and both teams pushed in the closing stages, but struggled to create clear-cut opportunities, Daizen Maeda squandering a one-on-one chance for Japan in the 90th minute. What does it mean? Paraguay in luckEcuador and Japan needed a win to progress as one of the best third-placed teams. Instead, they drew, allowing Paraguay to advance to an unlikely quarter-final against Brazil.Ecuador’s struggles continueThey came into the tournament on a four-match winless run and that continued for Ecuador at the Copa America. Ecuador have won only two of their 19 Copa America games since 2004.Japan fall short despite good signsHaving taken a relatively young squad to the tournament, Japan were solid without managing the one win they needed. The 4-0 loss to Chile was harsh on them, while they improved in draws with Uruguay and Ecuador.Key Opta Facts:- Ecuador have won none of their last five meetings against Asian nations (2D L3), with their last win in such games coming in 2008 against Iran (1-0).- Ecuador have failed to progress from the group stage in eight of the 11 Copa America tournaments with this competition format (since 1993), managing to do so only in 1993, 1997 and 2016.- Japan’s Nakajima scored the ninth goal from outside the box in the 2019 Copa America (18 games played so far) – the highest average of the last four tournaments (one every two games).- Ecuador have won only two of their 19 Copa America games played since 2004 (D4 L13), and both wins were against non-CONMEBOL nations: 2-1 v Mexico in 2015, 4-0 v Haiti in 2016.What’s next?Japan look ahead to the EAFF Football Championship in December, while Ecuador have plenty of reflecting to do after a poor campaign.last_img read more

McKennie: I’m fired up for Bundesliga season

first_imgU.S. national team midfielder Weston McKennie says he is “fired up” for the new Bundesliga season as he is expected to take on an even bigger role with Schalke.McKennie broke through at Schalke during the 2017-18 campaign, making 25 appearances, and remained a regular fixture last season with 33 appearances and two goals across all competitions.Despite a frustrating campaign in which Schalke finished 14th, it was a strong season on a personal level for McKennie, who cemented himself as a fixture with the USMNT in the lead up to and during this summer’s Gold Cup. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Now back with Schalke for pre-season after suffering an ankle injury during this summer’s CONCACAF tournament, McKennie is eager to get started with the club as the team begins under new manager David Wagner.”I’m feeling good, but I’m not fully fit yet. That is totally normal after a long break though. I have had another week and a half of training and feel fitter every day,” McKennie told Schalke’s official website.”Our coaching staff work very hard with me and have created a special program to get me to 100 percent as quickly as possible. In Mittersill, for example, I completed a few extra training sessions with the fitness coaches.”He added: “That is the aim [to be ready for the start of the season]. I want to help the team and I am fired up for the season.”McKennie recently signed a new deal with Schalke, putting pen to paper on a new deal in July that will keep him with the German side until 2024.Weston Mckennie USA USMNT Curacao Gold Cup 2019The 20-year-old midfielder says that decision was an easy one, as he’s already found a good relationship with new manager Wagner.”The club approached me and I was immediately taken by the idea. My initial contract ran until 30 June 2022. It was not a difficult decision for me. I owe a lot to the club, I turned pro and I feel really happy here.”He added: “[Wagner and I] have spoken several times. He is a good guy and suits Schalke. I’m looking forward to working with him.”The midfielder was deployed at a number of position last season, having played in the central midfield, as a center back and at fullback at times throughout his season.McKennie, though, has a preference, and that preference is to play in a central role, whether that’s in a more attacking sense like with the U.S. or in a more defensive role similar to that which he played when he first came up at Schake.”I have shown in the past that I can play in almost any position. The only thing I can’t do is play in goal! “I believe that I can show my abilities best as a holding or central midfielder. When I’m in the middle, I can see the game from all angles.”Schalke are set to open their season on Saturday against fourth-tier side SV Drochtersen/Assel in the DFB-Pokal before kicking off the club’s Bundesliga campaign against Borussia Monchengladbach on August 17.last_img read more

ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit Asked If Ohio State Should Fire Urban Meyer

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Urban Meyer remains on paid administrative leave as the head coach of Ohio State’s football program. The Buckeyes are investigating what happened in 2015 regarding the domestic violence allegations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith and how Meyer and the program handled it.Meyer released a statement on Friday afternoon, claiming to have known about the allegations in 2015. The Ohio State head coach says he reported the allegations up the chain. He had previously said at Big Ten Media Days that there was nothing to that.ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit has been asked a lot about what Ohio State should do with Meyer.Should Meyer remain Ohio State’s head coach? Should he be fired?Herbstreit thinks everyone needs to wait and see what the investigation finds.“Slow down, let all the information come in,” he added. “I want more information to come in. I want to see how Urban responds.”Urban has since responded with his statement, which made it seem like he very much intends on attempting to keep his job at Ohio State.pic.twitter.com/wrlRi9jtZz— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) August 3, 2018Meyer wasn’t the only one to comment further on Friday. Assistant coach Zach Smith did several interviews, during which he claimed that Meyer told him if he ever hit his wife, he would be fired immediately. Smith denied ever striking his now ex-wife.Ohio State’s football team, meanwhile, began practice on Friday without Urban Meyer. The Buckeyes are currently being led by interim head coach Ryan Day.last_img read more

Report: Star College Football RB Out For The Season

first_imgA general view of Minnesota's football field.MINNEAPOLIS, MN – OCTOBER 11: A general view of TCF Bank Stadium during the game between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Northwestern Wildcats on October 11, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)College football is only two weeks into the 2018 season. Already, we’ve seen some devastating injuries.This weekend, Oklahoma lost star running back Rodney Anderson for the year due to a torn ACL. Minnesota reportedly lost its star back as well.According to The Athletic’s Jon Krawczynski, Minnesota running back Rodney Smith is out for the reason. Smith suffered a leg injury during Saturday’s  win over Fresno State.BREAKING: Star @GopherFootball running back Rodney Smith out for the season, @JonKrawczynski reports. Details here:https://t.co/11NjkjVoa5— The Athletic (@TheAthleticMIN) September 10, 2018Golden Gopher head coach P.J. Fleck did not specify the extent of Smith’s injury today, saying he would address it in full tomorrow. Fleck called it a “lower extremity” issue.Per Krawczynski, it is a left knee injury.Sources tell @TheAthleticMIN that Gophers star RB Rodney Smith will miss the rest of the season with a left knee injury. Tough blow for a very young team.— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) September 10, 2018Smith has rushed for 2,959 yards in his career, good for seventh on Minnesota’s all-time list. He topped 1,000 yards in 2016 and narrowly missed doing so again last year.With Smith out, freshman Bryce Williams ran for 87 yards against Fresno. He will be expected to carry more of the load moving forward.last_img read more

Zinedine Zidane to start second tenure at Real Madrid with La Liga match vs Celta Vigo

first_img Reuters MadridMarch 14, 2019UPDATED: March 14, 2019 15:29 IST Zinedine Zidane is set to use the remaining La Liga games to assess the Real Madrid squad he wants to have for the next season. (AP Photo)Zinedine Zidane takes charge of his first game since making an astonishing return to Real Madrid on Saturday against Celta Vigo which is set to be a de facto audition for next season for many of the team’s underperforming players.Having sacked Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari for a series of embarrassing results, Real have decided to turn again to the former midfield great who won an unprecedented three Champions League titles in a row before resigning last May.But Zidane made it clear in his presentation that sweeping changes must be made for his second coming to be a success, meaning many in his squad will be playing for their futures against Celta and in the other 10 remaining league games.With Real out of the Champions League and Copa del Rey and sitting third in La Liga, 12 points behind leaders Barcelona, the only purpose for the remainder of the season is for Zidane to assess which players he wants to keep as he plots the team’s comeback in the next campaign.Veteran defender Marcelo and Wales forward Gareth Bale are the most high profile names whose futures look uncertain under Zidane, while Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio and Toni Kroos all have points to prove to their returning coach.One player who could benefit from Zidane’s comeback is Isco, who was outcast from the team by Solari, repeatedly left out of the Argentine’s squad for games even when the team was suffering from an injury crisis, as they will be against Celta.advertisementZidane will be without old favourites Casemiro, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez against Celta as well as new kid on the block Vinicius Jr, who has become the club’s great hope but is not expected to return from injury until May.He also faces an intriguing choice in goal, as the Frenchman frequently fought the corner of Costa Rican Keylor Navas, his keeper for each of the three Champions League triumphs who has since been usurped by Thibaut Courtois, who arrived at the club after Zidane had left.Atletico Madrid meanwhile must shake off the gloom of their chastening Champions League elimination to Juventus when they visit Athletic Bilbao hoping to keep up their chase of Barcelona, who they trail by seven points.Barca, the only Spanish team left in the Champions League, are in action on Sunday away to Real Betis, who pulled of a shock 4-3 win at the Nou Camp in November and are the last team to beat the Catalans in the league.Also Read | Things will change: Zinedine Zidane after returning as Real Madrid managerFor 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 Zinedine ZidaneFollow Real MadridFollow Celta VigoFollow LA LigaFollow Football Zinedine Zidane to start second tenure at Real Madrid with La Liga match vs Celta VigoZinedine Zidane made a surprise return as Real Madrid manager just months after stepping down following the club’s third straight Champions League victory.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

India go down fighting 2-3 vs Singapore in Asia Badminton Mixed Team Championships

first_imgIndia go down fighting 2-3 vs Singapore in Asia Badminton Mixed Team ChampionshipsWith this loss, India are placed at the bottom of Group B, trailing Chinese Taipei and Singapore.advertisement Press Trust of India Hong KongMarch 20, 2019UPDATED: March 20, 2019 18:43 IST HS Prannoy had brought India back in the contest but his effort went in vain (HS Prannoy Twitter)HIGHLIGHTSPrannoy secured a 21-8, 12-21, 21-17 win over Thailand Masters champion Kean Yew LohMixed doubles pair of MR Arjun and Rutaparna Panda lost the opening tieAshmita Chaliha lost her women’s singles tie which handed Singapore a 3-2 winHS Prannoy and men’s doubles pair of MR Arjun and Shlok Ramchandran put up superb performances but couldn’t stop Singapore from ekeing out a narrow 3-2 win over India in a group B match of the Asia Mixed Team Championships here Wednesday.India didn’t have a good start to the five-match tie as mixed doubles pair of MR Arjun and Rutaparna Panda lost 16-21 13-21 to Singapore’s Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Tan Wei Han in the opening match.However, 2018 Asian Championships bronze medallist Prannoy brought India back in the contest, securing a 21-8, 12-21, 21-17 win over Thailand Masters champion Kean Yew Loh in the men’s singles.After Prannoy levelled the tie, Arjun and Shlok put India ahead with a strong 21-16, 21-18 victory over Loh Kean Hean and Chrisnanta.The onus to wrap up the tie then fall on the young shoulders of Assamese wonderkid Ashmita Chaliha.The National Championships bronze medallist fought bravely before going down 21-17, 12-21, 16-21 to World No. 32 Yeo Jia Min in athrilling women’s singles match.In the final rubber of the tie, Indian women’s doubles pair of Arathi Sara Sunil and Panda put up a show of grit and determination but it was not enough as Singapore’s Putri Sari Dewi Citra and Lim Ming Hui prevailed 22-24, 21-15, 21-16 win in one hour and nine minutes.With this loss, India are placed at the bottom of Group B, trailing Chinese Taipei and Singapore.With most of the top Indian stars, including Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth, rested ahead of next week’s India Open, the contingent had a tough task at this tournament where they lost in the quarter-finals in the previous edition.advertisementIndia next take on Chinese Taipei in a must-win encounter on Thursday.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Asia Mixed Team ChampionshipsFollow HS PrannoyFollow MR ArjunFollow Shlok Ramchandran Nextlast_img read more

Sathiyan Gnanasekaran aims to be in top 15 by end of 2019

first_imgSathiyan Gnanasekaran aims to be in top 15 by end of 2019Sathiyan Gnanasekaran has already booked his World Cup berth with good performances at the Asian Cup and he hopes that he hopes that he can come back with a better showadvertisement Indo-Asian News Service KolkataApril 9, 2019UPDATED: April 9, 2019 16:52 IST Sathiyan Gnanasekaran feels he needs to step up his fitness levels ahead of a gruelling schedule (Reuters Photo)Sathiyan Gnanasekaran wants to be among the top 15 players in the world by the end of this year, but to achieve that, India’s top ranked paddler knows all too well that he has to work on his fitness to brave the grind in the coming months.”I am looking at top 15 by the end of 2019 if I can continue this form. I am knocking on the door of top 20,” the World No. 28 Sathiyan told IANS in an interview.”I need to step up my fitness levels as well to match up to the gruelling schedule ahead. That is something I need to work on if I have to get into the top 15,” the 26-year old said.Sathiyan booked a berth at the World Cup after finishing sixth in the ITTF-ATTU Asian Cup held in Yokohama last week.The left-hander stunned World No. 14 Chun Ting Wong of Hong Kong in positions 5-8 match before losing to 17-year-old Lin Yun-Ju of Chinese Taipei, who notched up a 11-4, 11-8, 11-8, 14-12 win to finish fifth.”It was a tiring tournament, playing such high quality matches. All the matches were like playing semi final and final. I will watch the videos and comeback with better show when I meet him (Yun-Ju) next time,” Sathiyan said.The next few months will be gruelling for Sathiyan with the World Table Tennis Championships, seven Pro Tours (China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Australia, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic), Ultimate Table Tennis League and the Commonwealth Championships all lined up before the World Cup, which is slated to be held in Chengdu, China from October 18 to 20.advertisement”I have the World Championships (April 21-1 in Budapest, Hungary) coming up. Then I have three weeks maybe in Chennai. Then I have seven pro tours, the Commonwealth Championships ..so it will be a tournament packed few months,” Sathiyan quipped.He further added that if he can do well in the World Championships, his ranking will shoot up.”I will have enough match practice before the World Cup. If I can do well in the World Championships, my world ranking will go up.”On areas he wants to improve on besides fitness, Sathiyan feels his serves and receives can get better.”I want to work on my serves and receives. I also want to improve on my backhand serves.”In January, Sathiyan reached a career-best world ranking of 28 which is the best ever ranking achieved by an Indian in singles.Also Read | Sakshi Malik aims for Asian Wrestling Championship goldFor 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 Sathiyan GnanasekaranFollow Table TennisFollow World CupFollow World ChampionshipsFollow Commonwealth Championships Nextlast_img read more