About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Nottingham Forest boss Karanka: Mourinho’s greatest strength is…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNottingham Forest boss Aitor Karanka is full of praise for Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.The pair worked together at Real Madrid.”His honesty,” Karanka told Mundo Deportivo.“With him, I clearly saw that it’s better to face a player, to say things as you see them. Other coaches promise things that they then don’t fulfil or create expectations that never come to pass.“It’s better to say things to a player as you see them and Jose always did it that way with them, looking for the best for the group, which maybe was not the best for the individual as a footballer, but it was the best for the group. He used to look to be fair.”
Tottenham boss Pochettino: These defeats can happenby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says they can’t dwell on defeat to Wolves.The 1-3 result at Wembley was a shock.But Pochettino says: “Always, every single defeat is disappointing, but these type of games always happen during the season and of course, it’s difficult.”I thought we were in control but in the last 15, 20 minutes it was disappointing in the way we conceded the first goal and then it was difficult to find the energy to be in the game, we started to be wrong in the way we tried but now we need to move on and be ready for the next game.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Veronique in Barcelona to close Rabiot dealby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona’s push to close a deal for PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot has accelerated in the last 24 hours.Paris United reports Rabiot’s mother and agent, Veronique, is currently in Barcelona to negotiate terms.With his deal at PSG due to expire in June, Rabiot is free to discuss pre-contract terms with foreign clubs.Veronique wil spent the weekend in the city in an attempt to agree a contract with Barca officials.For the moment, the focus is on signing Rabiot on a Bosman transfer at the end of this season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say EUROPA LEAGUE: Greenwood the difference as Man Utd labour to winby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United made hard work of their first UEFA encounter against opposition from Kazakhstan needing a goal from teenager Mason Greenwood to save their blushes.Utd last won this competition in 2017 and opened their campaign with a home fixture against Astana, champions of Kazakhstan for the past five seasons and who negotiated four summer qualifying ties to reach the group stage.The end of a scoreless first half was greeted with muted silence by the Utd supporters as despite dominating for long periods and creating chances they lacked quality when it mattered which might be expected from an inexperienced side selected by boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The home side are unbeaten in nine UEFA Europa League home games and have a perfect record in the group stage and should have at least scored twice before the break with all their chances falling in the first 20 minutes.But once this period had elapsed Utd laboured to find a way through the defence of Astana. It might have been different had Fred not hit the woodwork in the 2nd minute. Marcus Rashford twice had efforts well saved from close range and Greenwood curled one narrowly wide.Yet sloppy play at the back almost gifted goals to the visitors against the run of play. Twice Phil Jones was caught out and whilst the offside flag saved his blushes once Roman Murtzazayev should have done better when racing clear only to hit a weak shot.Another frantic start as the second half began saw Marcos Rojo’s hard low cross evade the onrushing Utd forwards and Greenwood saw his deflected shot trickle narrowly wide. Fred curled a free kick well but Nenad Eric save comfortably.But as before Utd were nearly caught out on the break but Dorian Rotariu poked wide at the far post as the Kazakhstan outfit began to gain confidence.But just as the crowd were getting restless 17 year old Greenwood beat his marker before drilling home the opener on 73 minutes. The lead should have been doubled but substitute Jesse Lingard crashed a shot against the cross bar.Astana have now only one European away win in their last eleven matches and whilst they had a late flurry it was the hosts who begin their Europa League group stage with a win.Full TimeMan Utd: 1 (Greenwood 73)FC Astana: 0Att: 50,783
Liverpool youngster van den Berg earns huge praise for UYL performanceby Ansser Sadiq5 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool youngster Sepp van den Berg was among the players that earned the most praise after their UEFA Youth League success.The Reds managed a 2-0 win over Genk in the Youth League, which puts them in a great position to get into the knockout rounds.Layton Stewart scored a penalty and captain Curtis Jones got another.But it was summer signing van den Berg, a central defender, who stole the show from the off.”Sepp has settled in and you can see that, especially compared to the last Youth League game,” Liverpool youth coach Barry Lewtas told reporters. “It takes time to adjust to new coaches and a new environment, and he is also moving in between age groups.”His performance shows he is moving in the right direction and I’m really pleased for him.”He was doing more talking, and is getting used to partnerships and how we do things.”I don’t spend a lot of time in his company, he comes with us for the Youth League, but around the building he seems to be settling in.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
SYRACUSE, NY – DECEMBER 17: General view of the back of a Syracuse Orange warm up shirt to honor former player Pearl Washington prior to the game against the Georgetown Hoyas at the Carrier Dome on December 17, 2016 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)Former Syracuse star Dwayne “Pearl” Washington has passed away this morning at the age of 52 after losing his battle with a brain tumor. The news was announced by Syracuse’s Athletics web site. The great Pearl Washington has passed away. The entire Orange Nation mourns. https://t.co/RhsNsNjfDm— Syracuse Basketball (@Cuse_MBB) April 20, 2016Washington was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2015 and his health had deteriorated in recent months. This season, Syracuse fans began raising money to help pay for his care and the Orange wore orange warm-up shirts with “Pearl” written in white script, a tribute to the script lettering Syracuse wore during Washington’s three seasons with the program. Washington starred for the Orange from 1983-84 through 1985-86, helping to raise the team’s national profile while simultaneously bringing the Big East to new heights. He earned All-American status in each of his three seasons.Our thought and prayers are with Pearl, his family and the entire Syracuse basketball community during this difficult time.
ESPN The Magazine has released its college football preview, and it is jam-packed with predictions for the upcoming season. In the Big 12, the publication sees the Oklahoma Sooners repeating as champion, with a 65.4-percent chance to win the conference, per the Football Power Index. You can view their College Football Playoff and New Year’s Six bowl predictions here. Here’s how ESPN has the Big 12 shaking out this fall.1. Oklahoma 2. Oklahoma State 3. Baylor 4. West Virginia 5. Texas 6. TCU 7. Texas Tech 8. Kansas State 9. Iowa State 10. KansasPlayers of the Year:Offense: Oklahoma quarterback Baker MayfieldDefense: Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson—–The magazine is on newsstands now. [ESPN]MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitale
The United States women’s national soccer team won their second straight World Cup and fourth overall with a 2-0 defeat of the Netherlands.A scoreless game at the half, the deadlock was broken when Megan Rapinoe slotted home a penalty following a VAR review, which found Stefanie van der Gragt had fouled Alex Morgan in the area.Rose Lavelle added a second to set the USWNT on their way, while Alyssa Naeher maintained the clean sheet in the victory. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare The victory sees Jill Ellis’ side successfully defend their World Cup title won in 2015, while adding to triumphs in 1991 and 1999.Their four titles is the most of any nation since the tournament began in 1991, with Germany the closest with two titles.A physical contest between the top ranked team in the world and the reigning European champions, playing in their first final, saw the sides go into the half without a goal, thanks in large part to the efforts of Netherlands goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal.But in a World Cup which has seen VAR usage dominate the conversation, it again came to the fore 15 minutes into the second half.Van der Gragt struck Morgan’s shoulder with a high boot, but referee Stephanie Frappart believed the defender got the ball and signaled for a corner.26 – USA have scored 26 goals at the 2019 Women’s World Cup – more than any other side in a single edition of the competition. Prolific. #FIFAWWC #USANED pic.twitter.com/2oMShEaWMf — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 7, 2019 Instead replay showed the foul and after a review, Frappart pointed to the spot, allowing Rapinoe to step up and give the USWNT the 1-0 advantage and put the Netherlands behind for the first time in the tournament.In doing so, Rapinoe netted her sixth goal of the competition, bringing her a share of the Golden Boot with team-mate Alex Morgan and England’s Ellen White, as well as making her the oldest player at age 34 to score in a World Cup final and the first to convert a penalty in a final.Lavelle’s goal completed a record-setting haul for the U.S. women, as it was their 26th goal of the competition. No other side has ever scored more at a Women’s World Cup – surpassing the 1991 USWNT as well as Germany’s 2003 side, which both had 25 en route to a title.It also continues a run of dominance from the USWNT that has seen them lost just once in their last 45 matches – a 3-1 defeat to France last January, amassing a record of 39-1-5 over that span.
Jim Harbaugh had a rough night. Michigan’s head coach witnessed his Wolverines’ team fall on the road to Notre Dame.It was yet another big-game loss for Harbaugh’s Wolverines, who are now 9-9 in their last 18 . games under the head coach.Michigan had a chance to potentially tie the game late, but the Wolverines’ drive fell short. Harbaugh wanted a penalty called on the fourth-down attempt. He didn’t get it.A video of Harbaugh yelling at the refs, with ESPN’s Lee Corso watching closely, is going viral on social media.It’s pretty great:Lee Corso’s Disappointed Dad Face pic.twitter.com/GZtNtY5MTO— Boba Bettis (@CBusIrish) September 2, 2018Welp.Michigan and Harbaugh will have another chance at a win next Saturday. The Wolverines are set to have their home opener against Western Michigan at noon.
FORT WORTH, TX – NOVEMBER 24: A view as the TCU Horned Frogs take on the Baylor Bears at Amon G. Carter Stadium on November 24, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Earlier this season, the TCU Horned Frogs gave Ohio State everything it could handle for the majority of their game. The Buckeyes used a late comeback to win the game, though it could have gone TCU’s way if a trick play had worked out.It didn’t. After that loss to Ohio State, TCU’s season has unraveled and the Horned Frogs entered this afternoon’s game against Oklahoma with a .500 record.Early in Saturday’s game against the Sooners, TCU fell down 28-7 and decided that was enough to make a change at the quarterback position.Quarterback Shawn Robinson was benched after completing just three-of-eight passes for 21 yards. To make matters worse for Robinson, his replacement, Michael Collins came in and threw a 49-yard touchdown pass.Michael Collins has replaced Shawn Robinson at QB for TCU— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) October 20, 2018Oklahoma leads TCU 28-14 midway through the second quarter.The Sooners and Horned Frogs are facing off on ABC. Will the quarterback change be enough to lead TCU back from the brink?
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)Speculation about Urban Meyer’s future as Ohio State’s head football coach has been rampant for much of the 2018 regular season.Meyer, of course, was suspended at the start of the season for his role in the Zach Smith scandal, and there are some who think the Buckeyes’ head coach hasn’t looked right this year.The Ohio State head coach has sternly clapped back at any of this talk. He says he’ll be coaching at Ohio State in 2019.Meyer’s wife, Shelley, appears to be on board with that, too.Check out her latest message to the Ohio State head coach:“Keep going, Urbs. You can do this,” she wrote.Keep going, Urbs. You can do this. ? https://t.co/pXN0hFit8z— Shelley Meyer (@spinnershells) November 13, 2018OK then.Ohio State is set to play Maryland this weekend before hosting Michigan in Columbus on Thanksgiving weekend.The Buckeyes, 9-1, remain in Big Ten championship and College Football Playoff contention.
OXFORD, MS – NOVEMBER 17: General view of fans watching the game between the LSU Tigers and the Mississippi Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium at Hollingsworth Field November 17, 2007 in Oxford, Mississippi. LSU beat Mississippi 41-24. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)A major college football program’s athletic director revealed on Sunday that he’s reached out to his conference about the officiating.Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork released a statement on Sunday regarding the officiating in his team’s overtime loss to Vanderbilt.There was an extremely controversial call late in the game, when an apparent Ole Miss touchdown was overturned by a replay review.This is an AJ Brown TD…..sec officials are horrendous. pic.twitter.com/ErgAMdmLm6— Stacey Cain (@olemsgal02) November 18, 2018Ole Miss’ athletic director released a statement on Sunday, revealing that he spoke with the conference to attempt to get an explanation on what happened.Follow up from last night. Go Rebels! pic.twitter.com/IDduJqVeeb— Ross Bjork (@RossBjorkAD) November 18, 2018The loss was a crucial one for Ole Miss, as the Rebels fell to 5-6 on the season, while Vanderbilt improved to 5-6.
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 08: Acting head coach Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on before the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ohio Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)The 2018 college football season has not quite ended yet, but there’s already plenty to look forward to in the 2019 season.Sports Illustrated did a breakdown of the 2019 season and pointed to two coaches who were likely to change the college football landscape.The first name to note was Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley. Heading into his third year at the helm, Riley has already led the Sooners to back-to-back Big 12 titles and College Football Playoff appearances.Oklahoma’s coach is, at the end of 2018, both two years and two Heisman winners deep into his tenure as the Sooner’s headman. (Oh, he also has two playoff berths on his resume in that span.) Riley may be the most fascinating coach in the game, both in terms of what he’s achieved in Norman behind Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray and due to questions, which should increase, about if and when he’ll jump to the next level. Just imagine if Murray decides to hold off or give up baseball and instead quarterback in the NFL. Imagine if his career starts going the way Mayfield’s has this fall—that is to say, well. Riley’s system prepares his players for the next level, and he’s proven he can have wild success with two quarterbacks who possess hugely different skill sets. His offenses at Oklahoma have been as productive as they are efficient, the Air Raid scheme that forms the basis of his philosophy has gained traction in the NFL in recent years. Riley’s name will continue to be linked to open pro jobs, and it’ll be fascinating to see how long he stays at Oklahoma (two more decades seems as likely as two more years), as well as what he can do with quarterbacks to come.The other head coach of note is Ohio State head coach Ryan Day. Following Urban Meyer’s retirement after the upcoming Rose Bowl, Day will take over as the full-time head coach.Day is about to embark on a journey at Ohio State that will look similar to Riley’s at Oklahoma. Once the Buckeyes finish the Rose Bowl, Urban Meyer will retire, and his 39-year-old offensive coordinator will take over. Like Riley, Day has spent a few seasons with the team he’s about to inherit, but he’s not entrenched in its history and system—which means he isn’t necessarily tied to its faults. Day will inherit a talented roster (one that’ll be significantly easier to win with should quarterback Dwayne Haskins stick around) with defensive issues that need to be remedied, and he has all the pieces to keep on winning. But he’s also not Meyer, who’s the third-winningest coach in the history of the game; bemoan his unconscionable proclivity toward looking the other way off the field all you want, but this is a coach who can define a program. Ohio State will face and adjustment under Day, and next fall, he’ll be the most fascinating new coach to watch, under one of the sport’s brightest spotlights. How he shapes Ohio State in this new era will have a bigger ripple effect in the Big Ten and among college football’s power structure of contenders—and if he succeeds the way Riley has early, that model of promoting a young hotshot coordinator might catch on even more than it has.Regardless of whether they can lead their teams to even better records than 2018, the teams to beat are still Alabama and Georgia.
Johnny “Lam” Jones, a storied Texas Longhorns multi-sport athlete from the late 1970s, has died. Jones passed away at 60 years old after a battle with myeloma cancer.Jones was a running back and wide receiver for the Longhorns, named to the Sporting News All-American team in 1979. He was a two-time All-Southwestern Conference player as a junior and senior.In 1980, he was selected by the New York Jets as the No. 2 overall pick. He went on to a seven year NFL career, finishing with brief stints on the San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys.Jones caught 138 passes for 2,322 yards and 13 touchdowns in the NFL.Johnny “Lam” Jones’ bigger impact as an athlete was in track and field, where he won Olympic gold.In 1976, as an 18-year old, he competed in the Montreal Summer Olympics. He was a member of the gold-medal winning 4×100 meters relay.Jones ran the second leg, setting a world record at 38.33 seconds in the race. He also finished sixth in the 100 meter spring in those Olympic Games.Jones was inducted to both the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame, and the Texas Track and Field Coaches Hall of Fame.Our thoughts go out to his family, and everyone else affected by his passing.
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers talks with his team prior to the College Football Playoff National Championship against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Levi’s Stadium on January 07, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)Although Clemson enters next season as one of the favorites to win the national championship, the team will be shorthanded on the offensive line. Redshirt Sophomore Noah DeHond will have to retire from football due to an injury to his neck.DeHond missed all of the 2018 season because he needed to undergo surgery on his neck. The hope was that the procedure would minimize the pain in that area.Unfortunately DeHond is still dealing with a significant amount of nerve damage to his neck. It’ll force him to end his career with the Tigers after only two seasons.Last night, the former three-star recruit issued a heartfelt message to everyone involved with the football program.“So, as of today I am officially retiring from the game of football. Words can’t express how much this game means to me. It has taken me places I could have only dreamed of and has brought people into my life who I will never forget. This game has helped forge who I am today and I am nothing but proud of that,” DeHond said.Here is his full statement from his Twitter account:To everyone who helped me get to where I am and to everyone who supported me while I wore the Orange and white, thank you. pic.twitter.com/rr5QOfpqeJ— Noah DeHond (@NDeHond) April 15, 2019This has to be a tough decision for DeHond, but hopefully the program provides him the support he needs to remain healthy.We wish him well on the next chapter of his career.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Tennessee’s rough season continued today with the news that linebacker Will Ignont has left the program.Head coach Jeremy Pruitt said Ignont left due to unspecified personal reasons. The onetime four-star recruit started the first two games of the season for the Vols, making a career-high eight tackles against BYU.However, he was moved to a reserve role when Daniel Bituli returned from injury and did not travel with the team to Gainesville for last weekend’s loss to Florida.In addition to Ignont, linebacker Shanon Reid and wide receiver Jacquez Jones have reportedly entered the transfer portal, according to the Knoxville News-Sentinel. Will Ignont has left Tennessee’s roster for personal reasons. “He won’t be with us anymore,” Jeremy Pruitt said.— David Ubben (@davidubben) September 25, 2019Ignont finishes his Tennessee career with 68 tackles in 21 games.The Vols are 1-3 on the season after Saturday’s 34-3 loss to the Gators. Things aren’t looking up with games against Georgia and Alabama on the horizon in October.Over the weekend, there was speculation that a major change could be coming in Knoxville, with AD Philip Fulmer removing Pruitt and reprising his role as head coach of the Volunteers.
Press Trust of India NagpurMarch 4, 2019UPDATED: March 4, 2019 16:12 IST Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have been India’s go-to spinners in limited-overs cricket in last few years (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKuldeep Yadav picked 2 wickets in the 1st ODI vs Australia on SaturdayRavindra Jadeja was preferred over Yuzvendra Chahal in the first gameIndian team is expected to make some changes in its playing XI in the 2nd ODI”We haven’t ousted anyone but made use of opportunities that we got,” was how young chinaman Kuldeep Yadav responded when asked if Yuzvendra Chahal and his performances have literally shut the ODI door on veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.The wrist-spinning duo of Chahal and Kuldeep have been regular feature in India’s ODI format confining finger spinner Ashwin to the sidelines and relegating Ravindra Jadeja as the third specialist spinner.”No, no, not at all. We haven’t ousted anyone. It’s just that we have got the opportunities and we did well. They (Ashwin and Jadeja) have always been doing well for India. In Test matches, Ash (Ravichandran Ashwin) and Jaddu Bhai (Ravindra Jadeja) are still playing,” Kuldeep said on the eve of the second ODI.Since it was a leading question, Kuldeep made extra effort to make it clear that there”And we learn a lot from them. They have a lot of experience. When I am in the Test squad, I learn a lot from them. Whenever we got an opportunity, for me and Chahal, we have performed for the team and that helped the team to win, so happy about it,” Kuldeep waxed eloquent about the kind of relation that the duo share with the senior pair.In the first game, Kuldeep bowled well and got two wickets while Jadeja despite going wicketless was very economical.Kuldeep is happy that all spinners are bowling well.”To be honest, me, (Yuzvendra Chahal) and Jaddu bhai (Ravindra Jadeja) are playing really well so nothing much to worry about and we are focusing game by game,” added Kuldeep.advertisementQuizzed if he has ever felt pressure while bowling to any batsmen, he said: “No one to be very honest. There are few players, who have played me well and I am not afraid of getting hit.”However Shaun Marsh, according to Kuldeep is one batsman, who has really played him well.”Shaun Marsh is a very good player of spin bowling. In Australia, Shaun Marsh was playing really well (against me) and they (team management) wanted to give me a break for a couple of games.”After that I studied Marsh’s batting and saw him playing a lot of deliveries on the front-foot and it paid off. But it will be important how I bowl to him in the next game if he plays,” he said.Having already played 12 ODIs against Australia, there is a sense of familiarity about the opposition batting line-up.”Of course, it been two years (now) I am playing international cricket and I have almost played 10-12 matches against Australia in One Day format. Now a days, video analysis is there, it is very to pick any bowler.To add another dimension to his game, Kuldeep has now started devoting extra time on his batting under watchful eyes of assistant coach Sanjay Bangar.”Of course, batting is important be it in One Days or Test cricket. I am focussing more on batting, every session I am batting for 20 odd minutes. Batting becomes important in some of the close matches and I am working with Sanjay Sir (Assistant coach Sanjay Bangar),” he signed off.Also Read | Team India gears up for 2nd ODI vs Australia with gruelling practice session in NagpurAlso Read | India facing healthy headache, reserves going to be key at the World Cup: MSK PrasadFor 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 India vs AustraliaFollow Kuldeep YadavFollow R AshwinFollow Yuzvendra ChahalFollow Ravindra JadejaFollow Team India Ashwin, Jadeja have always done well for India, Chahal and I haven’t ousted anyone: KuldeepThe wrist-spinning duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have been regular feature in India’s ODI format confining finger spinner Ashwin to the sidelines and relegating Ravindra Jadeja as the third specialist spinner.advertisement
Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiMarch 30, 2019UPDATED: March 30, 2019 20:51 IST PV Sindhu suffered a narrow defeat to He Bingjiao in the India Open 2019 semi-final (@BAI_Media)HIGHLIGHTSPV Sindhu ost to He Bingjiao of China 21-23, 18-21 in the women’s singles semi-finalParupalli Kashyap faced a straight-game defeat to top seed Viktor Axelsen Kidambi Srikanth progressed to the final after a hard-fought win over Huang YuxiangWhile ace India shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth entered the final of the India Open, here on Saturday, Parupalli Kashyap and PV Sindhu crashed out after losing their respective semifinal matches.Kashyap lost the contest to Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen 11-21, 17-21 in a 43-minute affair. On the other hand, Sindhu fought well but lost the match narrowly to He Bingjiao of China 21-23, 18-21 in 55 minutes.Srikanth defeated China’s Huang Yuxiang 16-21, 21-14, 21-19 to enter the final of the tournament.Earlier, in a riveting all-India encounter, 2015 champion Srikanth edged past Sai Praneeth 21-23, 21-11, 21-19 in 62 minutes, his third win in eight meetings over the former Swiss Open runner-up on Friday.After Praneeth built an early lead of 5-2, Srikanth cut down on his errors and drew level at 13-13 only to concede an 18-14 advantage. The former champion did save three game points, but Praneeth held on to close out the game 23-21.Though Praneeth raced to a 7-1 lead in the second game, it could not deter Srikanth who made a spirited comeback to inch ahead 15-11. He then won the next six points to take the game 21-11.In the decider, Praneeth took a 13-10 lead, but Srikanth’s patience brought him back into contention. In a tense ending, Srikanth’s lob at 19-19 landed right on the backline to give him a match point, which he duly converted.”After losing the first set and trailing 1-7 in the second, coming back to take an 8-7 lead was the turning point,” said Srikanth after the match.advertisement”After 1-1, I gave him too many one stroke points and there were no rallies. I thought to build rallies and fight it out for every point and not to concede any easy point,” he said.Also Read | Saina Nehwal second highest earner in women’s singles badminton in first quarterAlso 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 byRoshni Tags :Follow India Open 2019Follow PV SindhuFollow India badminton newsFollow Kidambi SrikanthFollow Parupalli Kashyap Next India Open 2019: PV Sindhu, Parupalli Kashyap crash out after semi-final defeatsFormer champion PV Sindhu lost a hard-fought battle to China’s He Bingjiao in the semi-final of India Open in New Delhi on Saturday. advertisement
commentary advertisement No data available! scorecard graphs IPL 2019: Ravindra Jadeja reveals what it is like to bat with MS DhoniAfter Chennai Super Kings beat Delhi Capitals by a huge margin of 80 runs, spinner Ravindra Jadeja revealed talked about his bowling, hitting big sixes and MS Dhoni view more view less India Today Web Desk ChennaiMay 2, 2019UPDATED: May 2, 2019 12:39 IST Jadeja revealed that while batting, Dhoni keeps guiding him about ways to score runs (AP)HIGHLIGHTSRavindra Jadeja hit 25(10) and picked up 3 wickets in Chennai Super Kings’s 80-run victory over Delhi CapitalsJadeja talked to his teammate Mohit Sharma after the matchDuring the chat, Jadeja revealed that while batting, Dhoni keeps guiding him about ways to score runsChennai Super Kings (CSK) ambushed the visiting Delhi Capitals (DC) in a top-of-the-table clash on May 1, winning the match by a huge margin of 80 runs. While CSK’s batsmen including the skipper MS Dhoni played an instrumental role in helping the side to get to a fighting 179/4, Chennai’s spinners returned to bamboozle DC’s famed batting to share 8 wickets amongst them.Ravindra Jadeja, who bagged 3 wickets for himself after playing a late cameo of 25(10) which included 2 humongous sixes, talked to his teammate Mohit Sharma after the match. Jadeja told Sharma that when he bats with Dhoni, the captain keeps guiding him on areas which the left-hander can capitalise on.”He keeps telling me how the bowler is going to bowl, predicting it according to the field placements. Also, which boundaries are big/small and therefore which side of the field to target,” said Jadeja.When asked what was the secret behind his ability to hit the big sixes with a lean body, Jadeja said that along with ‘power’ what also helps him is ‘practising according to match situations’.”Of course you need a lot of power to hit far but also practising according to the match situations you are expected to face helps so much so that I’m able to click at the crucial time when needed,” explained Jadeja.While Jadeja picked 3 wickets, senior spinners Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir chipped in with 1 and 4 wickets apiece. Jadeja admitted that the turn on offer at the Chepauk wicket encouraged them to bowl at the stumps.advertisement”When I came on to bowl my 1st over, the ball was turning a lot. So my focus was to keep the ball onto the stumps because it is difficult to negotiate as a batsman. The reason why their middle-order collapsed was because we bowled in the right areas,” Jadeja signed off by saying.Also Read | It shows how compact he is: Suresh Raina hails MS Dhoni’s quick gloveworkAlso Read | MS Dhoni pays tribute to CSK fans: Thala is a big nickname they have given meAlso Read | MS Dhoni jokes about Imran Tahir’s wild celebrations: It’s great fun to watchFor 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow MS DhoniFollow Ravindra Jadeja