TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace monitoring Chelsea loanee Abrahamby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace are monitoring Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham ahead of a potential move in January. The 21-year-old is currently on loan at Aston Villa, but Chelsea do have an option to recall in January.However, the Blues could recall Abraham and loan him back out again to a Premier League club.The Daily Telegraphclaim Crystal Palace would be keen on signing the Englishman as they continue to struggle in front of goal this season.Abraham has netted 12 times for Villa this season and manager Dean Smith remains hopeful he can retain his services for the second half of the season.
Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez hopes for busy transfer marketby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez hopes to be busy during the January market.But he doesn’t expect a bumper transfer budget from owner Mike Ashley.”I am used to wheeling and dealing all my life,” he said. “I don’t think I was breaking the record in transfer windows, never, ever, with any of my teams. “We had to sell players to buy players. I don’t have any problem with that if you do things in time and find the right players. The main thing is to find the right players.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Brighton goalscorer Neal Maupay says Tottenham heads quickly droppedby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton striker Neal Maupay says Tottenham heads quickly dropped during Saturday’s 3-0 thrashing.Maupay scored Albion’s quickest ever Premier League goal after 150 seconds when the disorientated Hugo Lloris inexplicably dropped the ball before suffering a dislocated elbow when he fell.“We sensed their heads went down after the first goal – that’s why we kept pushing and putting pressure on them,” said Maupay. “Losing Lloris and the goal so early was hard for them and they looked worried. We knew they were having a tough time so we wanted to keep going at them. And it worked because they dropped a bit and we got the second goal.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: An Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)When it comes to college housing, Ohio State football players have it pretty good. Buckeye linebackers Joe Burger and Craig Fada showed off their apartment on the first episode of “OSU Cribs,” and we must say, they have a pretty nice pad. There is plenty of Ohio State-themed memorabilia around, as you’d expect, but they also show off the strobe light and fog machine set up. And of course, like any good episode of Cribs, we get a look at the players’ cars.Playing football at Ohio State looks like a decent time. Not that we didn’t already know it.
It was a landmark occasion for both Ada Hegerberg herself as well as woman’s football when she won the inaugural Ballon d’Or trophy awarded to a woman in December 2018.Since breaking through at Lyon, she has emerged as one of the most lethal and prolific footballers in women’s football, already racking up close to 250 goals at just 23 years of age – not only leading her club to domestic and European success, but picking up a handful of individual accolades along the way.With the Women’s World Cup set to take place this summer in France, however, Hegerberg is a notable omission from the Norway national team after she made the decision to quit international football in 2017. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But why has she decided to retire from national team duty, especially ahead of a World Cup summer?Who is Ada Hegerberg? Hegerberg is a striker for Olympique Lyonnais and was the first ever female recipient of the Ballon d’Or, which she won in 2018 alongside the likes of the male winner Luka Modric and Kopa Trophy recipient Kylian Mbappe.She is a gifted and naturally skilled footballer, having already won a hat-trick of Champions League trophies at the age of 23, as well as netting 33 goals in 21 games in the 2017-18 campaign to help Lyon to a fourth straight league title – in addition to breaking the record of the number of goals scored in a single Champions League season.She has already scored almost 300 career goals since making her professional debut for Norwegian side Kolbotn in 2010, and it is safe to say that she still has her very best years to come after already having achieved her career highs.Before she decided to distance herself from national team duties with Norway in 2017, she netted 38 goals for her national side in 66 appearances, winning the award of Norwegian Sportsperson of the Year in 2016. In doing so, she was the first woman to win the award in 20 years.What was the controversy surrounding Ada Hegerberg at the Ballon d’Or Ceremony?Hegerberg made history when she was crowned as the first female winner of the Ballon d’Or, but her crowning moment will forever remembered with the small footnote that came with a controversial remark made to her by DJ Martin Solveig, who was a host on the night.On a night where all the attention should have remained on Hegerberg’s victory, it came with the footnote of the DJ’s crass remark that seemed to reduce her to a mere object – instead of the professional athlete and skilled footballer that she is.After receiving her award, the DJ has asked her to ‘twerk’ onstage, which prompted Hegerberg to decline his request and leave the stage.It was an inappropriate remark to make for many reasons, the major being that it could be construed as an incident of sexual harassment, but it is one such example that proves how far women’s football still has to go to earn the same respect the men’s game.Speaking after the incident, Hegerberg insisted that she did not feel offended by the remark, and put forward her disappointment and not being asked a more relevant question:”It depends how you look at the situation,” Hegerberg stated at the time. “I didn’t feel in an awkward position.”Obviously, the question could’ve been asked in another way. When you’re on stage you want to get questions about how you feel winning such an award.”After an onslaught of social media criticism condemning the DJ, he delivered an attempt at an apology on Twitter, stating: “I explained to [Hegerberg] and she told me she understood it was a joke. Nevertheless, my apologies to anyone who may have been offended. Most importantly, congratulations to Ada.”Why won’t Ada Hegerberg be involved with Norway at the 2019 World Cup?Despite being the face of Norwegian football after coming up at Toppserien side Kolbotn in 2011 and breaking the record as the youngest player to score a hat-trick in the league’s history, aged 16, Hegerberg has decided to distance herself from the Norway national team since 2017.At that time, Hegerberg – who was a full Norway international with 66 caps and 38 goals to her name – became so disillusioned with the way that women’s football was being treated in her home country that she decided to hang up her boots for her national side.Following Norway’s exit from the Euro 2017, Hegerberg stated that she would not be representing her country any longer, and with just six months to go until the Women’s World Cup in France, she doesn’t seem likely to reverse her decision in time for the competition.She previously stated that the ‘fundamental’ reason for her happiness with her national side was outside the responsibility of coach Martin Sjogren and mostly with Norway’s male-dominated football federation NFF.”There are several changes that would need to be made before I’d evaluate returning,” Hegerberg stated in December.“It’s not about me having to change my opinion. It’s about what they (NFF) must do to improve themselves as both a national team and a football federation, first and foremost. They still have a long way to go. There’s not more to say from my side.”2017 was a landmark year for women’s football after they stood up for parity with their male counterparts on the international stage to campaign for equal pay. Norway was a pioneer in advocating for equal pay for their women’s team to be on the same pay grade as their male teams, after the Norwegian Football Association (NFF) and the country’s players’ association (NISO) signed an agreement for equal wages.Though Norway was successful in their campaign, it wasn’t enough for Hegerberg, who remains frustrated with the general problems at large regarding women’s football – as well as the men’s – and how it continues to be treated and handled in her home country.”It’s not always about the money,” she told reporters.”It’s about preparing, taking action, professionality, really clear points I’ve put quite directly to them when I made the decision.”I wanted it to be a clear case, but it got quite messy in the media unfortunately. That was not my intention at all.”I know what I want and know my values and therefore it’s easy to take hard choices when you know what the ambitions are and what values you stand for, so it’s all about staying true to yourself, be yourself.”When asked if being able to play in the World Cup for Norway would be enough for her to return to the national side, she responded: “This isn’t about being tempted. It’s about a decision I’ve made that is independent of whether the national team wins matches.”Lise Klaveness, a lawyer, football commentator and former Norway international, has since taken over as director of the NFF. Though Hegerberg has stated that she has had ‘good conversations’ with Klaveness, her decision has not changed.“Ada has made a well-grounded choice about not playing for the national team,” Klaveness said shortly after Hegerberg won her award. “It’s a sad situation we would rather not have.”
Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet believes his side have what it takes to lift the Premier League title after coming agonisingly close to glory five years ago.Jurgen Klopp’s side are in contention for their first Premier League title since the 1989-90 campaign with the Reds currently topping the table, four points ahead of second-place Manchester City.It’s the closest Liverpool have come to a championship since the 2013-14 campaign, when the Reds won 11 straight games down the stretch, only to fall short with a loss to Chelsea and a draw at Crystal Palace in two of the season’s final three games. 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? Mignolet, Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson are the only three players from that side that still remain with Liverpool, and the Belgian has backed the current iteration of the Reds to do what the team of five years ago could not.Mignolet pointed to Liverpool’s more balanced attack as a principle reason they can lift the league trophy come May.“It’s only Hendo, Studge and myself still here from the last time we really fought for the title,” the Belgian told the Liverpool Echo.“Back then a lot of it was about Luis Suarez and Studge, whereas now the goals are shared about more. We had a really good team in 2013-14 but the moment we got one or two injuries it became difficult.“We’ve got a broad squad now which means we can cope with injuries. That’s probably the biggest difference with last time.“The general quality of this squad is the best I’ve ever known. When we play 11 v 11 in training it’s like being involved in a top match in the Premier League.“It’s not 11 first-teamers against 11 reserves, it’s two Premier League sides facing each other in training. It’s high quality.”Another key difference between this year’s side and the team from five years ago can be seen in the back line.Liverpool conceded 50 goals in 2013-14, the most of any of the top five finishers that season. In contrast, the Reds have the league’s best defence this season, giving up just 13 goals in 23 games.Mignolet pointed to one key addition the club made last season as a big reason behind his side’s defensive improvement. “I think a big part of that [improvement] is Virgil van Dijk,” Mignolet said. “Ever since he’s come in he’s made a huge difference.“It’s not only his playing ability but the character and the leadership he sends out from the back. It’s especially important when you play teams like Brighton and Crystal Palace recently.“It’s the pressure he eases with his clearing headers. He always makes it look so easy. Something that’s very difficult for anyone else, just looks like a walk in the park for Virgil. He’s made us a lot more solid than before.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Youtube.Get excited for Michigan State football’s big contest against Notre Dame this Saturday with a new hype video.Michigan State football has championship hopes this year, but a lot of analysts still don’t give the Spartans or the Big Ten Conference the respect they deserve. In light of this, one fan decided to take matters into his own hands with a video titled “Doubt Us.”We’ve all been the underdog before, and even if you aren’t a fan of Michigan State, the video conveys the type of message everyone can get behind. Sometimes, you have to let the doubters and detractors fuel your fire, and that’s exactly what the Spartans are doing this year.The Spartans travel to South Bend this Saturday to take on perennial powerhouse No. 12 Notre Dame.Notre Dame is an eight point favorite to win, but if the video is any indication, the Spartans should definitely not be counted out.
Twitter/@R0BaTOThere isn’t much to say here. Let’s just get to Jourdan Lewis doing unthinkable things.You know those highlights the big time networks run to introduce their highlight shows and such? Yeah, every single one from here on out should lead and close with this Jourdan Lewis interception from here on out.My goodness, what a play.ajohnsonnba: Jourdan Lewis ABC College Football Studio https://t.co/078cfoTavi pic.twitter.com/CFgnKDrTEU— FanSportsClips (@FanSportsClips) October 1, 2016.@JourdanJD looks like Air Jordan in this game-sealing interception! #WISvsMICH #GoBlue pic.twitter.com/aYepHv13vj— G.E. Anderson (@g_e_anderson) October 1, 2016Yes, in case you missed it, that’s a one handed catch in mid-air nearly horizontal with the ground. Talk about athleticism.The Wolverines and Badgers were caught up in a very close contest until late in the fourth quarter when Wilton Speight found Amara Darboh down the sideline for a long touchdown.This absurd play iced the game as the Wolverines topped the Badgers 14-7.Jim Harbaugh and the maze and blue improved to 5-0 on the year. It was their first real test of the season and the first time this year they were held to fewer than 45 points in a game.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on prior to the All State Sugar Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Over the past few weeks, Urban Meyer has fielded questions about his health and potential future as the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes. Following his health scare against Indiana earlier this season, Meyer revealed he’s dealing with a cyst that leads to severe headaches.When asked if he plans to continue on as the head coach of the Buckeyes, Meyer has remained adamant that he wants to coach. However, one Ohio State insider is questioning that desire.Earlier this week, 247Sports editor Dave Biddle asked Meyer about his future with the program and came away with more questions than answers.Here’s what Biddle had to say about the situation.“When I asked him earlier this week if he wants to respond to all of the rumors out there that he’s going to retire after this year, he said simply, ‘I plan on coaching.’ I was almost shocked that he didn’t have a more forceful denial. Then I asked him to follow up. Can you say definitively that you’ll be coaching at Ohio State? He said yes. You might take him at his word.Just the way he answered that question gives me some doubts. If you’re a Buckeye fan out there and you’re curious, I think there’s now at least a chance that Urban Meyer is strongly considering walking away after this season. If I had to guess right now, I do think he’ll be back in 2019, but the way he answered the questions earlier this week really gave me pause.”Ohio State came in as the nation’s No. 10 team in the first College Football Playoff rankings released on Tuesday night. The Buckeyes will have a chance to fight their way back into the College Football Playoff race if the team can take care of business in the Big Ten.A huge matchup with Michigan looms at the end of the regular season. This weekend Ohio State hosts Nebraska.As for Meyer’s future beyond this season, the questions will continue.[247Sports]
LOS ANGELES – NOVEMBER 14: The USC Trojans and the Stanford Cardinal play with crowde stands in the background on November 14, 2009 at the Los Angeles Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. Stanford won 55-21. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)Clay Helton remains the head coach of the USC football program, though an announcement on the future of the Trojans could be coming later today.While many expect the head coach to be fire, ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit and Chris Fowler hinted during their broadcast that Helton could be returning in 2019.Helton said at his press conference that USC’s athletic director, Lynn Swann, told him that “better days” were ahead. Some have speculated that those words mean Helton will be returning.One ESPN insider has heard that Helton has a huge buyout, which could contribute to him coming back in 2019.“If Clay Helton’s buyout is around $15 million, which I’ve heard from multiple people, there’s a bigger problem with the USC athletic department than a bad football coach. We’re talking about an interim coach who had never been a head coach before and was in Memphis for a decade,” he reports.If Clay Helton’s buyout is around $15 million, which I’ve heard from multiple people, there’s a bigger problem with the USC athletic department than a bad football coach. We’re talking about an interim coach who had never been a head coach before and was in Memphis for a decade.— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) November 25, 2018USC does have some big boosters, though. Colin Cowherd reports that several of them are calling for a change.“According to ABC announcers, Clay Helton is safe. If safe now means top USC boosters have told Lynn Swann to fire him, then yes, he is safe,” he reports.According to ABC announcers, Clay Helton is safe. If safe now means top USC boosters have told Lynn Swann to fire him, then yes, he is safe.— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) November 25, 2018Stay tuned.
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers approaches the sidelines in the second half against the Colorado Buffaloes at Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)On the surface, Nebraska football had a bad year. The Cornhuskers finished with a 4-8 record and a loss to rival Iowa to finish out the season. But Nebraska fans will tell you they’re actually quite optimistic about the future. One reporter agrees.Brett McMurphy of Stadium thinks it’s a “lock” that Nebraska winds up ranked in the preseason top 25 heading into the 2019 campaign. It’s a bold take, but it isn’t crazy.Nebraska started the Scott Frost era with six straight losses – including heartbreakers to Colorado and Northwestern. But the Cornhuskers looked a lot better down the stretch, finishing 4-2 the rest of the way.Nebraska played Ohio State tough in early November. They also had a great comeback against Iowa that fell just short.Tough last-second loss for Nebraska at Iowa, but Cornhuskers made great strides second half of season & lock to be preseason Top 25 team next year— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 23, 2018Needless to say, year two of the Frost era should get off to a better start.Nebraska, despite the improvement down the stretch, missed out on a bowl game for the second straight season.Nebraska’s 2019 slate will start with South Alabama, Colorado and NIU. The Cornhuskers have huge games against Ohio State, Wisconsin and Iowa later in the year.
Aerial view of the half-time show at the 1984 Rose Bowl Game between UCLA and Illinois, Pasadena, California, January 2, 1984. UCLA won the game, 45 – 9. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)A college football star has announced that he’ll be skipping his team’s bowl game in order to focus on his future in the NFL.Houston star defensive tackle Ed Oliver officially announced that he’ll be passing on the Cougars’ bowl game.The All-American announced his decision with a statement.“When I first set foot on campus, I knew one day I would be leaving the University of Houston football program so that I could realize a dream of playing at the next level,” Oliver said in a statement. “Well today is that day. After serious consideration, I have decided not to play in the 2018 bowl game, so that I can immediately begin training for the upcoming draft. Thanks to the University of Houston, the entire coaching staff and my teammates for their 100 percent support. It means a lot to me. To all the fans, thank you for your relentless support. Forever I will be a Coog! Go Coogs!”Excited for the next chapter pic.twitter.com/oAXrxeADKm— Ed Oliver (@Edoliver_11) November 30, 2018Oliver is a potential top-five pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.The star defensive tackle has dealt with some injuries at the end of the regular season, so this decision comes as no surprise.
MaxPrepsFive-star wide receiver Julian Fleming is taking things relatively slow.Last month, he revealed a pretty star-studded top 10 schools list.Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, USC, and Virginia Tech all made the cut.The Pennsylvania native is one of the elite players in the class of 2020.247Sports ranks him No. 5 overall, and No. 1 in both the state and among wide receivers in the class.PennLive.com recently caught up with the local star, and he made it clear that he’s in no real rush to make a decision.From the report:The 6-3, 215-pounder said he likely will not make a final decision until next year, saying: “I’m definitely going to wait it out a little bit.”The state 2A player of the year believes the final decision will be his to make. His family so far has not given him any input, he said.“I get to talk with a lot of coaches. I get to get my family out of the area for a little bit. It’s a fun overall process. It’s stressful at times but overall it has been a great experience for me.”Penn State is considered the favorite by most of the 247 crystal ball voters, and the Nittany Lions could have another interesting edge in the Julian Fleming recruitment.82-percent of the crystal ball predictions are for Penn State, with Ohio State running in second.Fleming also admitted that he takes a lot of trips to Happy Valley because his girlfriend goes there:Fleming noted that he was headed to Penn State right after the basketball game Friday night, but with a chuckle said it was to see his girlfriend who goes there.“I might stop in and say something to the coaches,” he said.“I go up every couple of weeks, whenever I get the chance, to check in on her and check in with the coaches, too,” he said.Fleming says Michigan’s hire of Josh Gattis, who previously recruited him at both PSU and Alabama is a “gamechanger,” and praised the southern hospitality of Georgia, so clearly this one isn’t close to over yet.[PennLive.com]
“COMMITTED!!” he tweeted.COMMITTED❗️❗️#CLOUT2020 …. To be continued…✞ † #HookEm🤘🏾#ThisisTexas #Longhorns Htx➡️Austin pic.twitter.com/Mh6yvD35BO— Vernon Broughton ll (@thekid_bigv) July 18, 2019Texas now has nine commitments in the 2020 class, per 247Sports’ team rankings.The Longhorns’ class now ranks No. 24 in the country and No. 2 in the Big 12. AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 6: An end zone pylon in a general view of Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium before the BYU Cougars play the Texas Longhorns on September 6, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images)One of the top defensive tackle recruits in the country announced his commitment late on Wednesday evening.Vernon Broughton, the No. 6 defensive tackle recruit in the 2020 class per 247Sports’ Composite Rankings, has committed to Texas.The four-star recruit chose the Longhorns over Arkansas, LSU and Ohio State, among other programs.Broughton announced his commitment on Twitter.
Asian News International Kuala LumpurJanuary 16, 2019UPDATED: January 16, 2019 16:48 IST Saina Nehwal has been one of the top achievers for India in badminton in 2018 (Saina Nehwal Twitter Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSaina Nehwal defeated Deng Joy Xuan of Hong Kong 14-21, 21-18, 21-18Parupalli Kashyap got the better of Rasmus Gemke of Denmark 19-21, 21-19, 21-10Kidambi Srikanth also eased past Honk Kong’s Angus Ng Ka Long 21-17, 21-11Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth made a winning start to their campaign at the ongoing Malaysia Masters on Wednesday.While Nehwal defeated Deng Joy Xuan of Hong Kong 14-21, 21-18, 21-18 to move into the second round of the women’s singles event, Srikanth eases past Honk Kong’s Angus Ng Ka Long 21-17, 21-11 to advance further in the men’s singles event of the tournament.Nehwal looked tentative in the initial stage of the match but soon made a comeback with a resilient attitude. Having lost the opening margin of seven points, the shuttler gave an impressive performance in the consecutive games to move further in the competition.Nehwal has been one of the top achievers in 2018, claiming a second gold in the CWG and securing a bronze at the Asian Games and Asian Championship.Good first round wins for both of us #MalaysiaMastersSuper500 .. Looking forward for the pre-quarters tomorrow #kualalumpur pic.twitter.com/5T4nVsCFbMSaina Nehwal (@NSaina) January 16, 2019She also reached the finals at Indonesia Masters, Denmark Open and Syed Modi International.For Srikanth, the battle was comparatively easy as he registered a dominating straight sets victory over his Hong Kong counterpart. Without showing any signs of weakness, the world number eight player maintained a firm grip on the match from start to end.World No 8 Srikanth endured a below-par season where he topped the BWF ranking for a brief period and also claimed the Commonwealth Games silver but failed to win a single title, following an unprecedented high of 2017.advertisementMeanwhile, Parupalli Kashyap, who tied the knot with Saina Nehwal in December last year, also made it to the second round of the Malaysia Masters after defeating Rasmus Gemke of Denmark 19-21, 21-19, 21-10 in an exciting contest.In mixed-doubles event, Indian pair of Pranaav Chopra and N. Sikki Reddy defeated Dutch duo of Robin Tabeling and Selena Piek 21-19, 21-17 to move into the second round of the competition.Also Watch: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 Malaysia MastersFollow Saina NehwalFollow Parupalli KashyapFollow Kidambi Srikanth Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap sail into second round of Malaysia MastersSaina Nehwal defeated Deng Joy Xuan of Hong Kong to move into the second round of the women’s singles while Parupalli Kashyap defeated Rasmus Gemke in his men’s singles opener.advertisement Next
India Today Web Desk New DelhiApril 18, 2019UPDATED: April 18, 2019 11:16 IST Delhi Capitals opener Prithvi Shaw is gearing up to face Mumbai Indians in IPL 2019 on Thursday (Prithvi Shaw Twitter)HIGHLIGHTSPrithvi Shaw had dinner with Sachin Tendulkar at their team hotel in DelhiDelhi Capitals will host Mumbai Indians at the Feroz Shaha Kotla on ThursdayBoth DC and MI are tied on 10 points from 8 matches but Delhi have a slightly better net run ratePrithvi Shaw had a memorable evening with his idol Sachin Tendulkar in his team hotel in Delhi on Wednesday and shared a picture with the legendary cricketer having dinner with him.Shaw, who plays for Delhi Capitals, is gearing up to take on Mumbai Indians at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Thursday. Tendulkar is the batting mentor of Mumbai Indians.”Thank you SACHIN SIR for the lovely dinner. It’s always a pleasure meeting you SIR,” Shaw captioned the post on social media.Thank you SACHIN SIR for the lovely dinner It’s always a pleasure meeting you SIR @sachin_rt Sir pic.twitter.com/VLuR9Bee1OPrithvi Shaw (@PrithviShaw) April 17, 2019Prithvi Shaw has been inconsistent in the IPL so far for Delhi Capitals, scoring 187 runs in 8 matches at an average of 23.37 with 99 being his highest score till now.Delhi Capitals have been on a roll in recent times and won their last three games — against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad.Mumbai on the other hand, have been inconsistent as is the case with them in the first half of the season. In their last three games, MI won against Kings XI Punjab, lost to Rajasthan Royals and won again in their last game against RCB.But come Thursday, it will be a different ball game as both teams will need to adapt well to the low and slow wicket at the Kotla.While Mumbai batsmen are used to playing on wickets where the ball comes on well to the bat, Delhi also boasts of primarily stroke makers like Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant. Adaptation will be the key for sure.advertisementDelhi are starting to look like a team which is excelling at the right time and it would not come as a surprise if the three wins on the trot gives them the confidence to get the better of a Mumbai side which is also looking equally dangerous.It will also be interesting to see the kind of wicket the curator is able to produce after the DC management made its position clear after losing to SRH in their last home game.It has been a while and the curator definitely had time to rework on the square. But clearly, speeding up the wicket will not be on the cards as that will need grass.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 Prithvi ShawFollow Sachin TendulkarFollow DC vs MIFollow IPL 2019 Prithvi Shaw thrilled after dinner with Sachin TendulkarPrithvi Shaw shared a picture of himself and Mumbai Indians batting mentor Sachin Tendulkar having dinner at the team hotel.advertisement
Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 8, 2019UPDATED: July 8, 2019 11:36 IST A case was registered Sunday against a senior faculty member of Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies (RGUKT) in Nirmal district, for allegedly demanding bribe from some students appearing for supplementary exams to give them pass marks, police said.Offense under sectionsBased on a complaint by the RGUKT Administrative Officer, a case was registered against assistant professor Ravi Varala under IPC sections 409 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating) and 506 (criminal intimidation), they said.Accusations Ravi Varala was accused of demanding money from some students who were appearing for their backlog subjects to give qualifying marks and awarding extra marks in the supplementary examination, they added.Investigation The University authorities said an inquiry was conducted and prima-facie it was found that he allegedly took money from them to give pass marks.A report was submitted to the Vice-Chancellor of the university, who ordered a termination of his services, police said.Further investigation is underway, they said.About Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies (RGUKT)Established by the Goverment of Andhra Pradesh vide a special act of legislation, Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies (RGUKT) Basar campus is located in Basar, Nirmal District, Telangana. The campus is set in about 272 acres just a short distance from the banks of river Godavari.The university houses about 6000 students along with 250 faculty members and 120 support staff within its campus. The residential university comprises Academic blocks with more than 140 ICT equipped classrooms, well – equipped laboratories, libraries with more than 1,00,000 volumes, boys’ and girls’ hostels and mess blocks that provide quality and nutritious food. The campus is more or less self-sustained with a Laundromat, bank, ATM, Shopping Complex, post office, primary health center, etc. It also has indoor and outdoor recreational facilities, well-equipped gymnasium, courts for basketball, badminton, table tennis, cricket, other sports, and games area.advertisementAlso read: CBI arrests six for rigging BITS Pilani online examGet 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 byAysha Professor demands bribe from some students appearing for supplementary examsA professor of Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies (RGUKT) in Nirmal district, Hyderabad, has been booked for seeking bribe from students who were taking supplementary exams.advertisement
Virat Kohli joins elite list with 9,000 international runs outside AsiaIndia skipper Virat Kohli scored 76 runs on Day 1 of second Test against West Indies to become only the 4th Asian batsman to score more than 9,000 international runs outside Asia.advertisement India Today Web Desk JamaicaAugust 31, 2019UPDATED: August 31, 2019 19:03 IST Virat Kohli scored 76 runs in his first innings of second Test against West Indies. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli becomes 4th Asian batsman to score more than 9000 international runs outside AsiaThe India captain has joined Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid in the elite listKohli scored 76 runs on Day 1 of second Test against the West IndiesWith a half-century on opening day of the second Test against West Indies, India skipper Virat Kohli reached another milestone in his cricketing career as he became only the 4th Asian batsman to score more than 9,000 international runs outside the continent.Virat Kohli scored 76 runs on Day 1 of the final Test to join legendary India batsman Sachin Tendulkar, former India captain Rahul Dravid and former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara in the elite list.Tendulkar is leading the list for highest internationals runs from an Asian batsman outside Asia with 12, 616 runs. Dravid has 10, 711 runs and is trailed by Sangakkara with 9593 runs, whereas Kohli has 9056 international runs.The India captain missed out on his 26th Test hundred but his 76-run knock helped India reach 264 for 5 at Stumps on Day 1 of the ongoing 2nd Test. On a pitch where batsmen had to work hard for their runs, Kohli looked in control, hitting 10 boundaries in his 163-ball 76.He stitched a 69-run stand with opener Mayank Agarwal for the 3rd wicket and added another 49 with vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane.Just when Kohli was looking set for another 3-figure score, West Indies captain Jason Holder got the India captain with a nearly unplayable out-swinger post Tea.Virat Kohli, who has been in an impressive form in the past couple of years, is also bidding to become the most successful India captain in Tests as his team eye a win over West Indies in the ongoing second and final Test in Jamaica.Kohli had equalled Dhoni’s record when India crushed West Indies by 318 runs in the first Test in Antigua earlier this week.advertisementAlso Read | Jamaica Test: Virat Kohli delights fans with selfies and autographs after hitting fifty on Day 1Also Read | India vs West Indies: Virat Kohli on the brink of breaking MS Dhoni’s Test recordAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow India VS West IndiesFollow Virat KohliFollow Sachin Tendulkar Next
When planning a vacation, the ultimate goal of any getaway is to distance yourself as far as you possibly can from the stresses in your life. For some, that means ditching the routine 9-5 and escaping the hustle and bustle of the city. For Frank & Oak, they’re staying put right where they are and taking a much different type of vacation – a Spring Staycation.Frank & Oak’s inspiration behind their new April Collection, Fresh Perspectives, came from the idea of looking beyond the known in our cities and uncovering the hidden gems that show the true heart and character of our stomping grounds. Instead of sitting in a beach chair or hiking through the mountains this spring, take a Staycation in style and rediscover your city in some rad Frank & Oak threads.With spring in the air and warmer temperatures on the horizon, Frank & Oak is transitioning from layers to short sleeves and tees. They’re unique concept of an escape also means that their showcasing bold prints and statement pieces to give you a confident look during your Staycation.Two fashionable materials that they’re working with this spring are denim and linen. Some of the more popular styles feature a Short-Sleeve Denim Shirt in either blue or black, and a Collarless Short-Sleeve Linen-Blend Shirt in white. Frank & Oak is also well-known for some great printed shirts and this month is no different with their new Fruit Fiesta Printed Short-Sleeve Poplin Shirt in both blue and red. These fun, bright shirts are perfect for sunny weekends and pair well with their Tyler Skinny Stretch Denim Jeans in dark grey and Cotton Twill Hi-Top Sneakers in off-white for a complete, top-to-bottom look.Frank & Oak’s Lightweight Loose Fit T-Shirts are sure to be one of the hottest selling items from this month’s collection. They’re available in either white heather or black heather, and both are stylish basics that feature a space-dye pattern which has become really popular in men’s street-wear this season. They’re comfortable, lightweight, and they pair well with either the Tyler Skinny Stretch Denim Jeans in black or the Lincoln Twill Pant in kelp.This “pants-less” craze has gone way overboard recently (We’re looking at you, Alexander Skarsgård) so instead of exploring the city in your boxers, Frank & Oak is dishing out some shorts that’ll make you want to say, “Suns out, thighs out.” Their Long 5-Pocket Slim Shorts in dark grey, dark green, and true black are great options for a day at the ballpark or a stroll through the city. These shorts are Frank & Oak’s famous twill pants cut just above the knee for a slight ease at the thigh and a slim leg opening. Looking for some shorts to go with those new tees? Well then these are the shorts for you.Depending on where you’re from, it might take a while longer for the weather to transition from winter to spring. Frank & Oak took that into consideration this April, and they’ve made the perfect lightweight jacket for your Staycation. The Water-Resistant Ike Jacket in navy was designed by the army and modernized for the contemporary closet. During this time of the year, April showers are always a possibility. With that in mind, this jacket is constructed with 100% cotton and a water-resistant fabric to keep you warm and dry in any climate.Frank & Oak delivers new threads and themes each month, so check out their April collection while you can because these styles are guaranteed to sell fast. How to Choose the Right Dress Shirt 1. Lightweight Loose Fit T-Shirt in Black Heather 2. Long 5-Pocket Slim Short in True Black 3. Tyler Skinny Stretch Denim in Black 4. Fruit Fiesta Printed Short-Sleeve Poplin Shirt in Blue 5. Tyler Skinny Stretch Denim in Dark Grey 6. Long 5-Pocket Slim Short in Dark Green 7. Long 5-Pocket Slim Short in Dark Green 8. Water-Resistant Ike Jacket in Navy 9. Fruit Fiesta Printed Short-Sleeve Poplin Shirt in Red 10. Short-Sleeve Denim Shirt in Black 11. Short-Sleeve Denim Shirt in Blue 12. Collarless Short-Sleeve Linen-Blend Shirt in White 13. Lincoln Twill Pant in Kelp 14. Lightweight Loose Fit T-Shirt in White Heather 15. Cotton Twill Hi-Top Sneakers in Off-White The Best Men’s Work Pants for Getting Down to Business If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? The Best Best Big and Tall Men’s Clothing and Brands Editors’ Recommendations There’s Never a Bad Time to Visit Whistler, the Four-Season Outdoor Playground
A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now The Aston Martin DB11 sports car is a project whose worth to the brand cannot be overstated. Not only is the grand tourer set to succeed one of the most highly praised vehicles ever to wear a winged-badged – the DB9 – it will also initiate a series of new and redesigned offerings between now and 2020. The underlying theme, of course, is that extensive development of the all-new vehicle is crucial to its success.To understand just how extensive Aston’s development process is, I joined Chief Engineer Ian Hartley in Phoenix, Arizona to ride shotgun in a pre-production DB11. I don’t need to tell you that Phoenix in June is a desperately warm setting, but it happens to be perfect conditions for hot weather testing.What’s comingIt’s probably best to start with a refresher on what we know about the DB11. Due sometime next year, the sports car will be Aston Martin’s first application of a twin-turbocharged V12 motor. More specifically, the new powertrain displaces 5.2 liters and produces 600 horsepower. Motivation will be achieved through the rear wheels via a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission (the same unit that’s found on the current Vanquish flagship). A new aluminum structure will house entirely distinct designs inside and out, previewed by the DB10 of Spectre. Aston Martin’s recent collaboration with Mercedes-Benz will yield a twin-turbo V8 engine down the road, but for now, the DB11 borrows MB’s electronic architecture (steering column, infotainment system and controller, and digital displays).The DB11 has been in development for nearly three years to this point and the final stages of testing, which will overlap with a media preview next month, are of a more fine-tuning nature than major overhaul. It’s expected that the DB11’s new platform will underpin replacements for both the Vantage and Vanquish, and the upcoming DBX crossover. Though the interior and exterior of my hot weather prototype was marred by sensors, wires, and additional monitors, it’s clear that this will be one of the finest designs ever to ship from Gaydon, UK. Aston has always been praised for its outer aesthetic, but its cabins always left much to be desired. The story will be quite different as photos and my own experiences will tell you. The DB11 may indeed offer a luxury experience to match its visual and audio delights.High temps, big dataMr. Hartley has been with Aston Martin for 27 years, in which time he’s advanced from a simple mechanic to one of the lead development engineers on the DB11 and other storied Aston models. If there’s anyone who can rightfully express enthusiasm and historical context for the DB11, it’s him. Though I never took the wheel of the DB11 prototype, I did receive more than my fair share of information about the car and about what Hartley’s team was evaluating in 111 degrees.What would start in Arizona would take a small group of engineers to and from Las Vegas, NV (twice) and cover approximately 15,500 miles. Highways, cities, mountains, and thick traffic were all part of the plan. The only constant would appear to be brutal heat. Not to make things easy on themselves, Aston Martin chose a black DB11, complete with black exterior trim and dark wheels to draw as much heat from our fair sun as possible. The British marque then set about equipping over 200 sensors to the exterior, interior, engine bay, and windows, each channeling a bright green wire to the trunk where the gathered mess is what Hartley referred to as “green spaghetti.” The name is accurate: nearly every square inch of the respectably large boot was stuffed with neon cable and shiny metal boxes.Among the slew of data points being assembled, the coolant levels, fan strategies, oil temperature, and suspension durability are among the highest priorities. “We’ve come to test the mechanisms most prone to high-heat damage,” said Hartley. “Just like our cold climate tests in Finland, these heat soak tests are critical to delivering the best finished product.” While about a dozen readouts constantly adjusted on a standalone monitor directly in front of my seat, Hartley also described Aston’s attention to carpet, leather, and panel degradation. “We use historical customer concerns to guide some of our interior tests and combine those with engineering evaluations.” Hartley mentioned that many years prior, customers had complained of the DB7’s leather and plastic panels warping from heat over time.In addition to high speed and handling maneuvers, Aston Martin will park the DB11 facing a wall, restricting airflow thru the front grille, and leave it running for hours. “We’ll also try letting the car soak in the sun for a while before turning it on to test how quickly the air conditioning cools the cabin.” It all sounds like vehicular torture, to the scale that no self-respecting Aston Martin owner would ever subject his or her vehicle, but I suppose that’s the point of finding limits.Stages of developmentAston Martin has produced 110 pre-production DB11 vehicles as of this writing. Those prototypes have been spread across a few different stages of development, from X1 to M1, to VP, to TT, and finally to PP. While the X1 and M1 nameplates merely signify different statuses of underbody and upper body shape, the others stand for Verification Prototype (VP), Tuning Trial (TT), and Pre-Production (PP). In Arizona, I experienced a TT unit, which is used for software calibration. Steering, suspension, throttle mapping, and other driving dynamics go through a refining process during the TT stage.Each stage of development includes a more or less nescient version of each component, according to Hartley. For example, when testing steering ratio and responsiveness, there will be a “steering” car at each X1, M1, VP, and TT stages of development. This not only helps Aston Martin track progress over time, it narrows each engineer’s focus to that variable for better adjustment.Considering the extent of development, it makes sense that Aston Martin works with a few key partners to design and test certain components. Bosch and Continental are two suppliers who Hartley said will perform their own safety and software testing, leaving Aston Martin to tune or give feedback to match their performance goals. “We bring these suppliers into the development process at the first stages of new product planning,” said Hartley. “We’ll even ship them a vehicle to use for internal testing.” Aston starts by sending their suppliers a “product definition letter” that outlines a need for a (blank) car with (blank) attributes to sell to (blank) customers. If that supplier can meet those needs, Aston Martin will immediately begin collaboration, otherwise it will look outside its present network. The automaker’s new partnership with Mercedes-Benz ranks among its most involved relationships yet.At the conclusion of each day, Hartley’s team submits issue logs to the mother ship (Gaydon HQ). “Now that we’re in the final stretch, these guys are working 12 hour days at least,” said Hartley. If the team does happen to notice an issue (“and we’re not expecting to find any major problems at this stage”), they take two courses of action. The first is to assure that this particular vehicle has the latest part, and assuming it does, the second is to raise a formal concern, which puts a “red status” on that issue for immediate remedy.Chasing perfectionCertainly Aston Martin isn’t the only automaker to go to such lengths to prepare a new vehicle for launch, but the granularity of its process and the dedication of its team is truly remarkable. Though Mr. Hartley spends the majority of his time hard at work in Aston’s UK headquarters, it’s clear to see his passion for the brand, and specifically the DB11, comes alive during his on-location assignments. I’m itching to get my hands on the automaker’s initial player among an all-new lineup, but my patience will be rewarded with some incredible Italian roads next month; stay tuned. Manned Flying Car Races Are Coming in 2020 Editors’ Recommendations The Maserati Quattroporte: Luxury You Can Sort of Almost Imagine Affording What It’s Like to Drive a NASCAR Race Car (and Where You Can Get Behind the Wheel)