GAME DEVELOPMENT MANAGER ANNOUNCED

first_imgA message from ATA Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Thompson, regarding the position of Game Development Manager: “I am pleased to announce the appointment of Colm Maguire to the newly created position of Game Development Manager in the ATA. The creation of the position is a response to recommendations from the Shilbury Report that the national office needed the injection of additional highly qualified staff to help provide better service to the members. Colm Maguire has a long history of involvement in the sport, most recently as the Executive Officer of South Australia Touch. He brings skills and enthusiasm to the role which will primarily be focused on servicing members through the Development Officer network. Colm will also take be responsible for the high performance program and AusTouch program. The position will be located in Brisbane, though Colm will work from the SA Touch office for the first few months. The location, outside of the national office in Canberra, is an example of the One-Touch philosophy in practice; one organization working to develop the sport across the nation. I wish Colm every success in his new role.” Kevin Thompson Chief Executive Officerlast_img read more

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2010 Certificate of Currency Renewal

first_imgFor renewal on the 15th of January 2010 you must contact your local state office with a correct email address that you would like the COC provided too.If you’re Season 2 2009 (competitions commencing from July – December) Affiliation & Insurance Fees are up to date then the COC will be released once the transitional administration that needs to be conducted by the Underwriter has been completed.  It is expected that near, or slightly after the 15th of January your affiliates Certificate will become available and will be sent to the provided email address.  If you do not have your COC by the 20th of January, please contact your local state office as there may have been an error in an email address.  Related Files2010_renewal_of_certificates_of_currency-pdflast_img read more

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Prepare for the Kiwi invasion

first_imgThe New Zealanders are here and they mean business.Not so much the winning-type of business but more of a preparing their up-and-coming players for international touch football.Touch Football New Zealand has sent four of their development teams to the X-Blades National Youth Championships at Port Macquarie to gain international experience.The four teams – under 15s boys and girls, under 17s and boys and girls – will go head-to-head with some of the strongest youth teams in Australia like Queensland Secondary Schools Touch and New South Wales Combined High Schools, as well as teams from Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania.Touch New Zealand tour manager Bruce Morton said it was a great opportunity to blood some of the country’s best young touch players.“It is part of our high performance pathway,” Morton said. “Basically it is getting them up to that next step in international level.“We want to expose our young teams to the highest level and this is a fantastic tournament to do that.”Like it is in Australia, touch is very strong across the ditch.Australia and New Zealand are the two best ranked touch football teams in the world.They contested in five of the seven division finals at last year’s World Cup in Edinburgh.They went head-to-head in the Trans-Tasman Test Series in Mudgee in April with Australia taking out the series 3-0.“There is still plenty of work to do but we are trying to put in processes of getting stronger and stronger, so that one-two [world ranking] slot swaps around,” Morton said.Coming over the Tasman and playing at the NYC is a step in the right direction, Morton says.“We do as much as we can in New Zealand but to get that exposure to the next level you really need to come to something like this and this is why we do it.“The next four days, results aren’t important to us. “It’s about how the team prepares, getting some coaches’ experience and we have a few referees over here as well. “It is about the experience for us. Getting them used to that tournament mode and that international standard.”For more information on the NYC, check out these websites:NYC – www.nyc.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Australia – www.austouch.com.auRelated LinksPrepare for the Kiwi invasionlast_img read more

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10 months agoCardiff boss Warnock demands Tottenham stay at Wembley for Premier League integrity

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Cardiff boss Warnock demands Tottenham stay at Wembley for Premier League integrityby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock says Tottenham should be forced to play the season at Wembley.Warnock, whose Cardiff side lost to Tottenham in Wales on Tuesday having also been beaten by them at Wembley, believes it could hand his relegation rivals an advantage if they face Spurs at their new stadium.He said: “They have made so many cock-ups now with the timing the Premier League should enforce it that they play at Wembley for the rest of the season. “There should not be any chance of an advantage for our opponents really. It’s not our fault – we should have been playing Tottenham at their new stadium ourselves.”So I think the Premier League should step in now and make them stay at Wembley for the rest of the season. “They shouldn’t be able to play at their new stadium for six weeks or whatever it is. “It undermines the integrity of the competition.” last_img read more

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22 days agoStupid Spurs meltdown: Why can’t Eriksen just switch off his phone?!

first_imgStupid Spurs meltdown: Why can’t Eriksen just switch off his phone?!by Chris Beattie22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: Stupid. Moronic. Self-destructive. Pick one out – after all, Hugo Lloris had to do that seven times on Tuesday. But take one word to describe Christian Eriksen’s actions in the aftermath of the Bayern Munich humiliation…Ahh, remember the old days? Way, waaay back? Way back to 2017, when Prem players en masse, having delivered a performance as Spurs fans endured this week, would later admit wanting to stay in doors. Ashamed to show their face around the local haunts. Fearful of seeing the disappointment written across the faces of their most loyal and supportive fans. But today? Well today, at least if you’re a Spurs player, you’re straight onto your phone and your social media account. Not to offer an apology for the rank performance their fans have just witnessed. A humiliation. Something “historic”, as Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Bayern’s chief exec, described the 7-2 drubbing in London. Oh no, Eriksen was on his phone, on social media, reacting to some obscure, fantasist’s gossip about his girlfriend and teammate Jan Vertonghen. Gossip which hadn’t reached the press. Something that not only had just existed online – but in a tiny echo chamber. Though clearly an echo chamber Eriksen was aware of.And that gets to the crux of all this. In Eriksen’s world. In the player’s bubble. This social media account making these claims, matters. But beyond the scores of people (and that’s being generous) whom pay attention to this stuff, what matters is the last performance and the last result – in no particular order. That Eriksen, backed up by Vertonghen, should feel the need to address this garbage – and in the process bring it into the mainstream – is indeed stupid, moronic and self-destructive. Especially when the club is teetering as it is.Why even pick up your phone after such a result? Why switch it on and let all the abuse wash over you? Why not, just as players did not so long ago, do the electronic version of keeping their head down and simply switch the bloody thing off? Eriksen is a good pro and a good man. Those whom have been with this column long-term will be well aware of his attempts to move to a higher level. But he never made it obvious. He’s never kicked up a fuss or downed tools. Indeed, as we’ve covered here, the first hint of ambitions elsewhere didn’t come from him, but a former agent, Bayram Tutumlu – and that was over two years ago. But no matter the frustration, Eriksen has never let it influence his football.But with this one, he’s messed up. With Spurs being pulled apart like never before. From the chairman, to the manager and the players. To give oxygen to something that would’ve melted away in time was ridiculous. And delivering another negative angle to the storyline of this Spurs season is only half of it.With Chris Waddle ranting about a needed clearout. With manager Mauricio Pochettino accusing his players of “giving up” – and captain Hugo Lloris later admitting as much. With the headlines ablaze with stories about the commitment at Spurs, the last thing the fans want to see on the backpages of the biggest dailies is the stuff Eriksen volunteered to get in the middle of. At worst, for those who believe what they read on social media, all it’s done is fuel the talk that the players are at eachother’s throats. And for the others, Eriksen’s response only affirms the doubts about their focus this season.A week ago, Pochettino admitted the dressing room was fractured, stating: “Maybe performances are good but we need this mental connection, this energy to be all together, not to have different agendas in the squad. We need time again to build that togetherness.”And in response, this column was critical of the Spurs manager and his contribution to this disunity. However, it must now be said, what chance has Pochettino to turn things around when his senior players are allowing themselves to be manipulated like this?The timing was stupid. The reaction moronic. And the result self-destructive. Next time – and for the sake of Spurs fans you hope there isn’t a next time – just switch the bloody thing off. TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Video: Masked Arizona State Fans Distracted An Arizona Foul Shooter In Unique Fashion

first_imgArizona State Sun Devils mascot Sparky the Sun Devil stands on the court during the team's first-round game of the Pac-12 basketball tournament against the Colorado Buffaloes.LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 07: Arizona State Sun Devils mascot Sparky the Sun Devil stands on the court during the team’s first-round game of the Pac-12 basketball tournament against the Colorado Buffaloes at T-Mobile Arena on March 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Buffaloes won 97-85. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)Distracting foul shooters in creative ways is a longstanding tradition for college basketball fans. Still. you don’t often see what you saw from two Arizona State fans during the Sun Devils’ loss to Arizona today. Late in the second half, with Arizona guard Gabe York at the line, the camera cut to two ASU fans clad in animal head (horse? goat? unicorn?) masks. What ensued was, interesting.  We’re not quite sure what that was. If you know, please hit us up at College Spun and explain the details.last_img read more

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Are you watching Arsenal? Kroenke eyeing Super Bowl glory

first_imgOn Sunday, a team owned by Stan Kroenke will walk out onto the pitch, led by their innovative young coach whom all their rivals are now attempting to ape, in a quest to win a historic title.Unfortunately for Arsenal and their supporters, that team will not be the Gunners at the Etihad Stadium.Instead, around five hours after the full-time whistle blows on Unai Emery’s side’s Premier League encounter with Manchester City, the LA Rams – Kroenke’s NFL franchise – will stride out aiming to win Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta. 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? Arsenal fans’ lack of love for Kroenke is well established by now, with the Emirates Stadium faithful yet again left scratching their heads during the latest January transfer window. Emery was told in no uncertain terms there were not the funds available to sign players on a permanent basis, with loan deals the only possibility.Given Kroenke has an estimated personal fortune of $8.5 billion (£6.5bn) and took complete control of the north London outfit in August 2018, that, some would argue, is bordering on negligence. After just over a decade of almost complete radio silence since joining the club’s board of directors – a period which has also coincided with a lack of major trophies and the loss of regular Champions League football – it is no surprise that Arsenal fans’ patience wore thin with the 71-year-old some time ago.Over in Los Angeles, though, he could not be more popular.Having brought the team back to California following 20 years in St Louis – a decision that was met with outrage by his fellow Missourians after he previously claimed he would “attempt to do everything that I can to keep the Rams in St. Louis” – Kroenke was already something of a hero even before the current crop booked their place alongside the New England Patriots (dubbed by many the ‘Manchester United of the NFL’) at the biggest event of the United States sporting calendar.He has forked out $5bn (£3.8bn) for a new 70,000-seater stadium in Inglewood following the decision to move the team from the Midwest to the Pacific Coast, and while the NFL salary cap means paying for players does not carry the same weight as within the Premier League, Kroenke’s sign-off on head coach Sean McVay may well become the defining moment of his ownership.Stan Kroenke GFXTwelve days before his 31st birthday, McVay signed a five-year contract with the Rams, and in doing so became the youngest head coach in NFL history.In his debut campaign in charge, the team reached the play-offs for the first time in 13 years, became the first team in the Super Bowl era to go from the lowest scorers to the highest in the space of a season and was voted Coach of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America.His sophomore could now end in Super Bowl glory for just the second time in franchise history, and a first for them in Los Angeles. Unsurprisingly teams up and down the U.S. are falling over themselves in a bid to discover the “next Sean McVay”.Kroenke himself played his part in the appointment, meeting McVay for dinner personally to study the babyfaced tactician’s blueprints for success. Suitably impressed, it is a risk which has paid off handsomely thus far.Sean McVay Jared Goff LA Rams“They could have hated each other,” Rams general manager Les Snead said of the meeting. “But we had an intuition. The nice thing with Stan is that Stan is very innovative. He appreciates the young entrepreneurs, people like that in the business world who are bright and making a mark on the planet. So I don’t think it felt like an uphill battle.”All this might sound somewhat familiar to Arsenal fans, given their pursuit of Mikel Arteta as the potential successor to Arsene Wenger just 12 months ago.Driven by former chief executive Ivan Gazidis, the Gunners pushed to bring ex-club captain Arteta back to north London with him having spent time learning the coaching ropes from Pep Guardiola at Man City. Highly-rated by the former Barcelona boss, Arteta has even been given opportunities to take defacto charge of City’s side in previous games, even when Guardiola himself has remained on the touchline.Everything was seemingly in place for Arteta to step into the hotseat, only for Emery to come from the relative wilderness and take over following his own sacking by Paris Saint-Germain. Why the change of heart?It is understood that the Kroenke family were reluctant to hand the keys to the kingdom to an unproven coach with no history of winning trophies, and as such Emery got the nod. Quite why their philosophy with Arsenal is so different compared to the Rams is only known to them.Stan Kroenke ArsenalAnd so while Emery has done a more than passable job during his first six months at the helm, there is always likely to be that niggling feeling at the back of many Arsenal fans’ minds as to what might have been had Arteta been handed the reins, particularly if he does go onto be a success elsewhere. Have Arsenal and Kroenke missed their chance to secure their own Sean McVay? Quite possibly.Whether McVay becomes a Super Bowl-winning coach or not, it is clear that his hiring is the greatest success of Kroenke’s Rams reign thus far. The veteran businessman’s celebrations following the Rams’ divisional play-off win over the Dallas Cowboys in mid-January showed just how much the performances of McVay’s team meant to him, and those scenes will only be intensified should the ultimate prize be secured on Sunday evening.What Arsenal fans would give for just a fraction of that passion when it comes to Kroenke’s running of their club. There are unlikely to be many cheering the Rams on in the early hours of Monday morning in north London, that’s for sure. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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England women vs Argentina women: Neville makes four changes

first_imgEngland look to make it two wins from two in the Women’s World Cup when they take on Argentina on Friday, having secured a 2-1 victory over Scotland on the opening day.The Lionesses saw off the second highest ranked side of their three opponents last Sunday and would take a huge step towards qualification for the last-16 with another win.Argentina will be buoyed by their 0-0 draw with Japan on matchday one, though, which saw them pick up their first ever Women’s World Cup point.  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? Game England vs Argentina Date Friday, June 14 Time 8:00pm BST / 3:00pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial)  TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched on FOX and live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream Telemundo / Fox Network fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be broadcast on BBC One. It can be streamed from BBC iPlayer. UK TV channel Online stream BBC One BBC iPlayer Squads & Team News Position England women squad Goalkeepers Bardsley, Telford, Earps Defenders McManus, Greenwood, Stokes, Williamson, Bronze, Bright, Daly, Houghton Midfielders Stanway, Moore, Scott, Walsh, Staniforth, Carney Forwards Mead, White, Kirby, Taylor, Parris, Duggan Barcelona forward Toni Duggan was limited to a place on the bench for England on Sunday due to suffering a minor thigh injury but is likely to be ready for Friday’s encounter with Argentina. Demi Stokes, who missed out with a knee problem, could also put pressure on left-back Alex Greenwood for a starting spot.Millie Bright was forced off with a shoulder injury against Scotland but Phil Neville has since said he would be “very surprised” if she is not ready to play on Friday. Confirmed England women starting XI:  Telford, Bronze, Houghton, McManus, Greenwood; Scott, Moore; Parris, Kirby, Mead; Taylor. Position Argentina women squad Goalkeepers Correa, Garton, Pereyra Defenders Gomez, Otazu, Sachs, Delgado, Chavez, Barroso, Juncos, Cometti, Stabile Midfielders Mayorga, Benitez, Ippolito, Ruiz, Santana, Bravo, Coronel Forwards Larroquette, Potassa, Menendez, Rodriguez, Bonsegundo, Oviedo, Jaimes Argentina came through their tame draw with Japan without any injury concerns.Confirmed Argentina women starting XI: Correa, Sachs, Barroso, Cometti, Stabile; Bonsegundo, Benitez, Bravo, Mayorga, Banini; Jaimes.Betting & Match Odds England are heavy favourites to win this match with  Bet365 , priced at 1/12. Argentina are 25/1 to pull off an upset while a draw is available at 9/1 in a match the bookies see going only one way.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Phil Neville England 2019Having picked up three points from their opening group match, England will be confident of overcoming a much lower-ranked Argentina side when they face off in Le Havre.The Lionesses surged to a 2-0 first-half lead against Scotland thanks to goals from Nikita Parris and Ellen White, and will be expecting to come out of the blocks quickly against a team that’s rated 37th in the world by FIFA, 34 places below England.  Phil Neville will surely be looking for a big win over Argentina after the U.S. women’s national team laid down a serious marker with a 13-0 thrashing of Thailand last Tuesday. Argentina’s women’s side only returned from a two-year spell without any games or a coach in 2018 after the Argentine FA refused to give them funding.Despite that lengthy absence, they managed to qualify for their first Women’s World Cup since 2007 and earned their first point in the competition, having lost their previous six matches on the biggest stage.Avoiding another defeat and securing a clean sheet against Japan will have given Carlos Borrello’s team a huge confident boost ahead of the clash with England.Borrello lauded the resilience his goalkeeper, Vanina Correa, showed in that game after she recovered from a first-half handling error that nearly gave Japan the lead, and she could cause England’s strikers problems on Friday. “There’s no doubt in my mind that the goalkeeper has a really strong bearing over the whole team,” Borrello said after the final whistle. “She’s got a lot of experience and she showed that.”But Neville will back the likes of Toni Duggan, Fran Kirby and White to unlock the Argentine defence and confirmed the Lionesses will not back down from their attacking, open style of play following the win over Scotland.“We have to develop this system and it’s the right way to play,” Neville said. “We are going to make mistakes because we are that open. In the first-half against Scotland, we had both full-backs in wide positions the whole centre of midfield was open.“But we trusted each other, we kept playing the ball into midfield.”Yes, we gave the ball away for the goal but we were trying to do the right thing. We were trying to pass it through midfield and I cannot criticise them for that.”last_img read more

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Everyone Thinks This Major CFB Coach Is Going To Leave His Job

first_imgAn interior view of Oklahoma State's football stadiumSTILLWATER, OK – SEPTEMBER 05: General view of Boone Pickens Stadium before the college football game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Oklahoma State Cowboys on September 5, 2009 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The Cowboys defeated the Bulldogs 24-10. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)A major college football coach and his athletic director appear to be feuding. It’s not the best look.Oklahoma State’s athletic director was vocally critical of his football coach, Mike Gundy, for what’s been happening on the recruiting trail.The AD, Mike Holder, wants his program to finish higher in the recruiting rankings.“You’ve got to give credit to Mike Gundy,” Holder said on the Pistols Firing podcast. “He’s really matured into a difference-maker as a coach. I would approach recruiting a little differently than he does. I’d want to finish higher in those recruiting rankings than we consistently do. I think that ultimately puts a ceiling on what you’re able to achieve … I think sometimes we settle when we don’t have to.”Oklahoma State finished No. 33 in the country for the 2018 cycle. The Cowboys’ 2019 class isn’t shaping up to be significantly better.Gundy took to Twitter earlier today in an apparent response:??— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) June 14, 2018Gundy has been linked to other jobs in the past. Most notably, Tennessee reportedly made a hard push for him this offseason.Maybe a feud between him and his athletic director will eventually push him out the door.Time to flirt with another school and not leave https://t.co/cJedI3gxQA— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) June 14, 2018Stay tuned.last_img read more

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Paul Finebaum Asked If The Big 10 Is Better Than The SEC

first_imgPaul Finebaum makes comments about roy Williams.ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum appeared on Get Up! this morning and discussed a number of gridiron-themed topics ahead of the 2018 season.Finebaum, of course, was asked about the SEC – his beloved conference – and if the Big Ten is actually better than it heading into the fall.In short, according to Finebaum: No, it’s not.“That’s not possible to make that statement right now for a couple of reasons,” Finebaum said in regards to the Big Ten possibly being better than the SEC. “In college football, what you do at the end of the season matters. I need not tell you, in the final game last year we had two SEC teams playing for the national championship. We did not have a Big Ten team in the Playoff for the first time. In fairness, the Big Ten won the first Playoff with Ohio State, but since then, the Big Ten has been in the Playoff two times. Michigan State and Ohio State. If my math is correct, the combined score of those two games on the losing end was 69-0. You have to look at the College Football Playoff.“The top of the Big Ten is fantastic, but the top of the SEC isn’t bad either. There are good teams at the top. Now there’s drop-off in the middle. On the next to the last of July, that’s great statement to make (Big Ten is better), I’m not buying it though.”ESPN host Mike Greenberg had said that the Big Ten is stronger at the top than the SEC, with teams like Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State and Wisconsin, among others.Finebaum, of course, responded with the national title level of success the SEC had in 2018.“Alabama, which you don’t think belonged in, beat the No. 1 seed in Clemson, then beat Georgia,” Finebaum said. “Ohio State lost by 31 points to Iowa, an average team. The committee, as much as I hate to admit this, they’ve gotten it right every year. They have not missed on one team yet.”You can read Finebaum’s full quotes here.last_img read more

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SEC Is Looking Into Postgame Incident Between Texas A&M, LSU

first_imgA photo of the 12th man sign in Texas A&M's football stadium.COLLEGE STATION, TX – NOVEMBER 17: The crowd cheers on their team as they play the Sam Houston State Bearkats at Kyle Field on November 17, 2012 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)The SEC is reportedly looking into a post-game incident between LSU and Texas A&M in which punches were allegedly thrown by members of the teams’ staffs.Photos and video surfaced online of a post-game skirmish between apparent members of the Tigers and the Aggies.More details regarding the post-game incident have started to surface today.Fight breaks out between LSU assistant and Aggie assistant. It’s a rivalry #TAMUvsLSU pic.twitter.com/JHUihGToX4— Zach Taylor (@ZachTaylorSport) November 25, 2018The Daily Advertiser had more details:LSU offensive analyst Steve Kragthorpe, 53, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2011 and has had a pacemaker in his chest to stimulate his brain since 2017, was punched by a credentialed man from the Texas A&M sideline in the chest. That is when LSU director of player development Kevin Faulk, a former LSU and NFL star back from Carencro, went after the man, whose identity has not been confirmed by A&M.“Out of nowhere, I got nailed,” Kragthorpe said in a phone interview while he drove back home from the game Sunday afternoon. “I didn’t go down, but I clutched over. I was like, ‘Damn, he got me right in my pacemaker.’ Then it started fluttering like he jostled it.”The SEC is reportedly looking into the post-game incident.LSU did contact the SEC office about the incident on Saturday night, senior associate athletic director for external communications Robert Munson said Sunday.SEC associate commissioner Herb Vincent said Sunday the league was looking into the situation.Stay tuned.last_img read more

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4-Star OT Anton Harrison Names His Top 6 Schools

first_img As of writing, 247Sports did not have any predictions as to where he might make his commitment in the Class of 2020.Only six of the top 20 offensive tackle prospects have announced their commitments so far, including the top three.Harrison has a long time to wait before he needs to make his decision, but Ole Miss and Maryland fans would certainly like to bring him into the fold.As of writing, neither one of them have a commitment from a four-star prospect in the Class of 2020, and the Terrapins don’t have any top commitments at all. Three footballs next to a pylon(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Four-star offensive tackle Anton Harrison has top schools from all of the Power Five conferences looking trying to get him. But only one team can land his signature, and Harrison is narrowing down his final list.Taking to Twitter on Monday, Harrison revealed the six teams that were still on his list. Harrison’s list includes Ohio State, Penn State, Oklahoma, Michigan, Maryland, and Ole Miss. However, Harrison did not that recruitment was “still open” for him.Harrison is the ranked as the No. 186 prospect in the country by 247Sports. He is the No. 17 offensive tackle in the country, and the No. 4 prospect from the District of Columbia.Top 6👀 *Recruitment still open* pic.twitter.com/wVThx1Kk9x— SOS (@Ayee_Tonn) March 4, 2019last_img read more

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Virat Kohli wasn’t even born when India last enforced follow-on in Australia 33 years ago

first_img Rohan Sen SydneyJanuary 6, 2019UPDATED: January 6, 2019 16:42 IST Virat Kohli decided to enforce the follow-on after India took a 322-run first innings lead over Australia (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTS4th Test Day 4, brief scores: India 622/7d (Pujara 193, Pant 159*) vs Australia (300; Harris 79, Kuldeep 5/99) & 6/0 (Harris 2*, Khawaja 4*) trail by 316 runs following-onIndia had last enforced the follow-on in Australia at the same venue on January 6, 1986Australia have been asked to follow-on in a Test on home soil for the first time since 19884th Test, Day 4, brief scores: India 622 for 7 declared (Pujara 193, Pant 159 not out, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4 for 178) vs Australia (300 all out; Harris 79, Kuldeep 5 for 99) & 6/0 (Harris 2*, Khawaja 4*) at stumps, trail by 316 runs following on. Full ScorecardAustralia hit a new low in Test cricket on Sunday as they were asked to follow-on by Virat Kohli in the ongoing fourth Test on Sunday after the hosts got bowled out for 300 in their first innings to trail India by 322 runs at stumps in Sydney. India’s first innings lead is the fourth highest for the team outside Asia in Test cricket.Looking at India’s huge first-innings lead, Kohli had no hesitation in asking Australia to bat again and thus, became only the second Indian captain after Kapil Dev to enforce the follow-on at the Sydney Cricket Ground.Kapil had taken the same decision in the Sydney Test back in 1986 and coincidentally, he had done it on the same date – January 6.It was the last day of the New Year Test in 1986 when Kapil asked Australia to bat again after India had declared on 600 for 4 in the first innings and then bowled out the hosts for 396 on the final day before asking them to follow-on. The match ended in a draw as Australia finished the day at 119 for 6.33 years later Kohli has repeated history but this time India has the chance to go on and win the match with a session and another day’s play left to be played. The Sydney weather might be the only factor which can come to Australia’s rescue.advertisementEngland were the last team to force Australia to follow-on at home in the drawn 1988 Sydney Test, a result the hosts are unlikely to repeat unless the weather intervenes. To put things in perspective, none of the players in the current Indian playing XI were even born back then.In fact, England was the last team to ask Australia to follow-on outside Australia, in the fourth Test of the Ashes series in 2005.With a first series win in Australia all but confirmed, India got the four remaining Australia wickets in 21 overs with Kuldeep Yadav completing his five-wicket haul after rain had delayed play for four hours on Sunday.Kuldeep Yadav’s first Test on Aussie soil and he collects a five-wicket haul!#AUSvIND | @Domaincomau pic.twitter.com/e29NWD6oyZcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 6, 2019Kohli then chose to enforce the follow-on as his team chases the prize of its first victory at the SCG since 1978.After the rain delay it took India just six balls to strike with Mohammed Shami (2-58) bowling Pat Cummins for 25 with a ball that kept low.Peter Handscomb added nine runs to his overnight score before he was bowled for 37 to become Jasprit’s Bumrah’s first wicket of the match and reduce Australia to 257-8.Tea has been called due to bad light. The third session is scheduled to commence at 16:03 if the light situation improves #TeamIndia #AUSvsIND pic.twitter.com/E4c3SA7dVeBCCI (@BCCI) January 6, 2019Kuldeep (5-99) then trapped Nathan Lyon for no score.Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood shared an entertaining 42-run partnership for the last wicket to take Australia past 300 for just the second time this series, before Kuldeep got his fifth by having Hazlewood (21) out lbw in the 105th over. Starc finished on 29 not out.India denied Australia any real possibility of a victory here in Sydney by posting 622 for 7 in the first innings with Cheteshwar Pujara (193) and Rishabh Pant (159 not out) scoring hundreds.Also Read | Kuldeep Yadav 1st Chinaman bowler to bag 5-wicket haul in Tests in Australia in 64 yearsAlso Read | Virat Kohli will be India’s best-ever captain if he keeps learning: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Rishabh Pant needs to bat at No. 6, he can convert starts into hundreds: Sunil Gavaskar 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 India vs AustraliaFollow Virat KohliFollow Sydney TestFollow Sydney Cricket Ground Virat Kohli wasn’t even born when India last enforced follow-on in Australia 33 years ago4th Test, Day 4, brief scores: India 622 for 7 declared (Pujara 193, Pant 159 not out, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4 for 178) vs Australia (300 all out; Harris 79, Kuldeep 5 for 99) & 6/0 (Harris 2*, Khawaja 4*) at stumps, trail by 316 runs following on. Australia have been asked to follow-on in a Test match on home soil after 31 years as India bowled the hosts out in the second session in the ongoing Sydney Test.advertisementlast_img read more

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2nd Test: South Africa thrash Pakistan by 9 wickets to clinch series

first_img2nd Test: South Africa thrash Pakistan by 9 wickets to clinch seriesSouth Africa vs Pakistan 2nd Test Day 4, Brief scores: Pakistan 177 & 294 all out (Asad Shafiq 88, Babar Azam 72, Shan Masood 61, Kagiso Rabada 4 for 61, Dale Steyn 4 for 85), South Africa 431 & 43/1 (Dean Elgar 24 not out). South Africa beat Pakistan by 9 wickets. South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis was named man of the match for first innings century.advertisement Reuters Cape TownJanuary 6, 2019UPDATED: January 6, 2019 16:22 IST South Africa players celebrates (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTS2nd Test Day 4 brief scores: South Africa (431 and 43/1) beat Pakistan (177 & 294 all out) by 9 wickets. Dean Elgar 24 not outSouth Africa have taken an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the 3-match seriesFaf du Plessis was named man of the match for first innings centurySouth Africa vs Pakistan 2nd Test Day 4 Scores(Full Scorecard)Brief Scores:Pakistan 177 & 294 all out (Asad Shafiq 88, Babar Azam 72, Shan Masood 61, Kagiso Rabada 4 for 61, Dale Steyn 4 for 85)South Africa 431 (Faf du Plessis 103) & 43 for 1 (Dean Elgar 24 not out, Mohammad Abbas 1 for 14)South Africa win by 9 wicketsSouth Africa reeled off their modest victory target of 41 runs early on the fourth day of the second Test against Pakistan to clinch the series with a comprehensive nine-wicket triumph at Newlands on Sunday.Opener Dean Elgar scored an unbeaten 24 as the home side added to their victory in Pretoria last month and will be looking to sweep the series in the third match at the Wanderers in Johannesburg, starting on Friday.The Proteas will have concerns over their top-order batting, however, with opener Aiden Markram not taking to the crease in the second innings with a severely bruised right thigh and Hashim Amla retiring hurt after he was struck on the bicep.Added to that, middle-order batsman Theunis de Bruyn, deputising for Markram at the top of the order, continued his poor run when he was the only wicket to fall, caught by wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed off seamer Mohammed Abbas for four.”We played very well,” South Africa captain Faf du Plessis, who was also named man of the match for a first-innings century, said at the post-match presentation.”There is always something in the wicket here at Newlands and you need to be on form with the bat. We know if we get runs on the board, our bowlers will do the rest.”advertisementDu Plessis felt the key to victory was restricting Pakistan to 177 in their first innings in what was the most difficult time to bat in the Test on day one.”I think day one was moving day in terms of the pitch, but it got easier to bat on and yesterday Pakistan were in a good position to bat on and get a 150 lead and then who knows what happens.”I still feel there was enough in it for batters and bowlers. At times it was difficult but that’s Test cricket.”POOR START CRITICALPakistan will take positives from a Test in which they avoided an innings defeat with a stout batting performance on Saturday to force the contest into a fourth day.Shan Masood, Asad Shafiq and Babar Azam all scored half-centuries as Pakistan produced their best day of batting on tour and scored more than 200 runs in an innings for the first time in the series.They were eventually dismissed for 294, setting their hosts a modest target, which South Africa had hoped to knock off on Saturday but ran out of time and were forced to come back on Sunday.Pakistan scored 177 in their first innings and were critical of the uneven bounce and cracks on the wicket at the iconic Cape Town venue but South Africa, with Du Plessis scoring 103, replied with 431.Touring captain Sarfraz admitted a bad start, in which they lost five wickets in the first session, proved their undoing.”It’s hard to recover if you’re losing five wickets in the first session, but the way our batsmen are batting, that’s how you learn in Test cricket,” he said, adding the team would have benefited from more warm-up matches ahead of the first Test.”For me, playing two or three practice matches [is best] but we only played one match here. Our batsmen showed their courage, hopefully we’ll have confidence [into the third Test].”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 byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Dean ElgarFollow Faf Du Plessislast_img read more

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2019 Ford Figo facelift launched in India at a starting price of Rs 5.15 lakh

first_img Varun Singh New DelhiMarch 15, 2019UPDATED: March 15, 2019 18:25 IST The 2019 Ford Figo is being manufactured at the company’s facility in Sanand, Gujarat.HIGHLIGHTSThe Ford Figo facelift comes in Ambiente, Titanium and Blu trims.It gets a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with built-in navigation.There is a five-year or one lakh km warranty with the new Ford Figo.Ford today launched the 2019 Figo facelift at an introductory price of Rs 5.15 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The new Ford Figo comes with 1,200 new parts and is available in three variants across two fuel options. There are seven different colour options as well.The 2019 Ford Figo facelift gets a three-cylinder, 1.2-litre, TiVCT petrol engine that generates 96 PS of power and 120 Nm of torque. The diesel option with a 1.5-litre, TDCi motor is good for 100 PS of power and 215 Nm of torque. Both the engines are mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The company claims mileage figures of 20.4 kmpl and 25.5 kmpl for the 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel options, respectively.The new Ford Figo also gets a three-cylinder, 1.5-litre petrol engine. This motor churns out 123 PS of power and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The claimed fuel efficiency for this option is 16.3 kmpl.The Ford Figo facelift is available in three trims — Ambiente, Titanium and Blu. Below are the variant-wise prices (ex-showroom, India) of the 2019 Ford Figo.Ford Figo (Petrol 1.2L TiVCT)– New Ford Figo Ambiente MT – Rs 5.15 lakh– New Ford Figo Titanium MT – Rs 6.39 lakh– New Ford Figo Blu – Rs 6.94 lakhFord Figo (Petrol 1.5L TiVCT)– New Ford Figo Titanium AT – Rs 8.09 lakhFord Figo (Diesel 1.5L TDCi)– New Ford Figo Ambiente MT – Rs 5.95 lakh– New Ford Figo Titanium MT – Rs 7.19 lakh– New Ford Figo Blu – Rs 7.74 lakhThe 2019 Ford Figo facelift is being manufactured at the company’s facility in Sanand, Gujarat. The seven colour options available with the new Ford Figo are White Gold, Moondust Silver, Smoke Grey, Absolute Black, Deep Impact Blue, Ruby Red and Oxford White.advertisementThe front fascia of the Ford Figo facelift has been redesigned and features a three-dimensional cellular grille. The fog lamps are integrated into the front bumper and come with chrome and blue touch, depending on the trim. The headlamps get a black encasing.With blue and charcoal black interiors, the inside of the Ford Figo is equipped with several convenience features, including push-button start/stop, reverse parking sensors and camera, automatic climate control and USB slots. It also gets a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with built-in navigation.The top-of-the-line Ford Figo Blu will feature premium alloys and bigger 15-inch tyres. It will also offer rain sensing wipers, automatic headlamps and electrochromic inside rear view mirror. There will be side and rear decals on it as well.The company is offering dual front airbags as standard across all the variants of the 2019 Ford Figo facelift. The Blu edition will have six airbags. There will be ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution) also. The automatic variant will get ESP (Electronic Stability Program) and EPAS (Electric Power Assisted Steering) as well.The new Ford Figo comes with a five-year or one lakh km warranty. This includes two-year factory and three-year extended warranty.ALSO READ | 2019 Ford Figo: Important details leaked ahead of March 15 launch, might be priced below Rs 5 lakhALSO READ | Yamaha MT-15 launched, price starts at Rs 1.36 lakhALSO READ | Yamaha MT-15: Price, features and everything else you need to know about the new sports naked bikeGet 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 byVarun Singh Tags :Follow 2019 car faceliftFollow Car faceliftFollow Facelift launchFollow 2019 facelift launchFollow 2019 car facelift launch 2019 Ford Figo facelift launched in India at a starting price of Rs 5.15 lakhThe front fascia of the Ford Figo facelift has been redesigned and features a three-dimensional cellular grille. The fog lamps are integrated into the front bumper and come with chrome and blue touch, depending on the trim.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Champions League: Lucas Moura hat-trick sinks Ajax as Tottenham reach final

first_img Reuters AmsterdamMay 9, 2019UPDATED: May 9, 2019 08:35 IST Tottenham’s only other European Cup semi-final came 57 years ago when they lost to Benfica (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLucas Moura scored in the 55th, 59th and injury time for TottenhamTottenham had suffered three consecutive defeats in all competitions before Wednesday’s second legTottenham will now face Liverpool in Madrid on June 1Lucas Moura conjured the second Champions League miracle in 24 hours with a last-gasp winner to complete his hat-trick and a 3-2 win to send Tottenham Hotspur past a shattered Ajax Amsterdam into the final on away goals on Wednesday.A day after Liverpool beat Barcelona 4-0 to overturn a 3-0 first-leg deficit, Tottenham came back from the dead after Ajax had looked certain to reach their first final for 23 years.Ajax skipper Matthijs de Ligt’s fifth-minute header and a superb 35th minute effort by Hakim Ziyech put Ajax 3-0 ahead on aggregate by halftime at a raucous Johan Cruyff Arena.But Tottenham were transformed after the break as they became the eighth English club to reach the European Cup final, where they will face Liverpool in Madrid on June 1.With veteran Spanish striker Fernando Llorente on as a second-half substitute, Tottenham refused to lay down and when Moura scored in the 55th minute the impossible began to seem possible for the north London club.Four minutes later he fired through a crowd to equalise on the night and after both sides hit the woodwork in the heart-pumping finale, Moura drilled into the corner in the sixth minute of stoppage time to leave Ajax crestfallen.”Football gives us moments we can’t imagine,” Moura, who scored the goal in Barcelona in the final group game to keep Tottenham alive in the competition, said.Tottenham’s only other European Cup semi-final came 57 years ago when they lost to Benfica and their improbable victory left the away fans in a state of delirium and Argentine manager Mauricio Pochettino in tears at the end.advertisement”The emotion is amazing, thank you to football,” Pochettino said. “My players are heroes – in the last year I was telling everyone this group are heroes.ALL HEROES”They are all heroes but Lucas Moura was a superhero.”Tottenham had suffered three consecutive defeats in all competitions before Wednesday’s second leg and when Ajax led 2-0 at halftime, there was a celebratory mood inside the jam-packed Johan Cruyff Arena as their fans’ thoughts turned to Madrid.But their joy turned into a nightmare as they were overwhelmed by a Tottenham side who dispensed with complicated tactics and simply threw the kitchen sink at their hosts.”Football can be very beautiful and it can be very cruel, we have had to experience that today,” Ajax manager Erik Ten Hag said.Ajax got off to a dream start as captain De Ligt took advantage of poor marking to head past Hugo Lloris.Tottenham responded in spirited fashion with Son Heung-min deceiving keeper Onana with a cross that hit the post.But Ajax were cool, calm and collected and bided their time before striking again in devastating fashion.Tadic, who moments earlier had dragged a shot just wide, was released down the left and he cut the ball back perfectly for Ziyech to whip a left-footed shot inside the far post.Only one of the 17 teams to lose the first leg of a Champions League semi-final at home had ever come back to win.But with Llorente on for Victor Wanyama, Tottenham went for the direct approach after the break and Ajax were rattled.Moura converted in the 55th minute, sliding home after running on to Dele Alli’s pass and four minutes later, after Onana had made a remarkable save to dent Llorente, the Brazilian showed great footwork to thread a shot through a crowd.It set up a rip-roaring finale with Tottenham pressing for the winning goal and Ajax looking to counter-attack.Ziyech shot against the post, then Tottenham’s former Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen headed against the crossbar with the goal gaping before Lloris’s save kept Spurs alive.Lloris went up for a corner in stoppage time but it was Moura who proved Tottenham’s hero, producing a clinical finish from Alli’s flick.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 Lucas MouraFollow Ajax vs TottenhamFollow UEFA Champions League Champions League: Lucas Moura hat-trick sinks Ajax as Tottenham reach finalA day after Liverpool beat Barcelona 4-0 to overturn a 3-0 first-leg deficit, Tottenham came back from the dead after Ajax had looked certain to reach their first final for 23 years.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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A multifaceted travel junkie

first_img Mail Today Bureau June 1, 2019UPDATED: June 1, 2019 10:47 IST Gul Panag, actorAt the 5th Mail Today Tourism Summit, actor Gul Panag, spoke passionatelyabout her favourite tourist destinations and how responsible tourism is the need of the hour. Travel does three things for me. It allows me to de-stress, spend quality time with my family and is always a learning experience, said the star who is also a trained pilot, entrepreneur, politician and an adventure enthusiast.In a conversation with India Today group editorial director Raj Chengappa, Panag spoke about how state tourism boards should move beyond basic targeting and look at creating sub-sects of tourists. I’d like to see targeted reach from state tourism boards. Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand are strong cases for adventure sports. Madhya Pradesh could be a great place for rock crawling with SUVs or rock climbing. Within domestic travellers, these are the opportunities that exist.An avid champion of electric mobility, Panag will be headed to Bern, Switzerland, later this month to support the Indian Electric Racing team. I am going to Bern for the second time and this time around am going to use that opportunity to learn the significance of it being the Capital of Venice Burroughs.Ladakh remains the 40-yearold’s favourite destination and it’s always the mountains that are her calling when it comes to holidays. Citing experiential travel as the trend that needs to be chased, Panag said, Where can I show my son how to milk a cow or buffalo than in villages of our country? Talking about how the Archaeological Survey of India needs to take better care of monuments, Panag, also asked travellers to be responsible and avoid littering tourist places.advertisementA fitness enthusiast who has also co-founded a company creating fitness apps, Panag explores a city by running first. Her only pet-peeve with herself is that she doesn’t experiment with food. Unlike me, as a traveller you must explore the culture through food.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 byApoorva Abhay Uzagare Tags :Follow Gul PanagFollow tourismFollow tourist destinationFollow Mail Today Tourism Summit A multifaceted travel junkieAt the 5th Mail Today Tourism Summit, actor Gul Panag, spoke passionately about her favourite tourist destinations and how responsible tourism is the need of the hour.advertisementlast_img read more

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Pakistan vs Afghanistan, Headingley Cricket Ground: Leeds weather Update on Saturday

first_imgPakistan vs Afghanistan, Headingley Cricket Ground: Leeds weather Update on SaturdayPakistan vs Afghanistan, Today’s Weather Forecast: Here’s all that you need to know about the weather forecast and prediction for rain on Saturday at the Headingley Cricket Ground.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk LeedsJune 29, 2019UPDATED: June 29, 2019 11:07 IST Reuters PhotoRiding high on confidence after two back-to-back wins, Pakistan will look to carry on the winning momentum when they face Afghanistan in their crucial World Cup encounter at Headingley on Saturday.A win against Afghanistan will keep Pakistan in the hunt for the semifinal race. With seven points from seven games, Pakistan need to win both their remaining matches and hope for favourable results in matches of other teams too to make it to the top four by the end of the tournament.After their defeat to India, the Green Brigade had to face harsh criticism, both from fans and former cricketers. However, they kept aside all those negativities and registered thumping wins over South Africa and New Zealand.Their last win against the Black Caps would have bolstered their confidence immensely, considering the kind of performance they came out with against the Kiwis who were one of the two unbeaten sides in the tournament till then.Their bowling looks in firm form with Mohammed Amir, Shaheen Afridi and Wahab Riaz all chipping with crucial wickets. Their batting has also been bolstered by the inclusion of Haris Sohail who has contributed heavily in Pakistan’s last two wins. Also, with Babar Azam coming to his usual best, one can expect Pakistan to outstage Afghanistan.WEATHER FORECAST (Accuweather screengrab) (Accuweather screengrab)Afghanistan, on the other hand, have not been able to register a single win in the tournament so far. Their bowling has looked ok with all their spinners performing. But it’s their batting which has let them down in all the matches. The batsmen just have not been able to score and it has been a cause of concern for them.advertisementHowever, with nothing to lose, Afghanistan would hope to enjoy their game and come out with a surprise win against Pakistan, thus hampering their chances of making it to the knockout stage.Squads: Pakistan: Sarfaraz Ahmed (c, wk), Asif Ali, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Imam-ul-Haq, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz, Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim, Fakhar ZamanAfghanistan: Gulbadin Naib (c), Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah (wk), Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Ikram Ali KhilFor 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 Afghanistan vs Pakistan Leeds weatherFollow Leeds weather forecastFollow Headingley Leeds weather forecastlast_img read more

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Neymar can’t play for PSG until his future is clear: Thomas Tuchel

first_img Indo-Asian News Service ParisAugust 24, 2019UPDATED: August 24, 2019 23:14 IST Neymar’s future at PSG continues to be uncertain (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNeymar last played with PSG on 11 MayNeymar is likely to be benched for Ligue 1 game vs ToulouseNeymar may end up staying staying at PSG due to lack of convincing offersNeymar will not play with Paris Saint Germain until his future is resolved, coach Thomas Tuchel said on Saturday.Neymar has fully recovered from an injury he sustained in early June while on international duty with Brazil, Tuchel said during a press conference ahead of Sunday’s Ligue 1 game against Toulouse.”The position of the club is that if the situation is not clear, he cannot play…If the situation is clear tomorrow he can play, if not, he can’t,” Tuchel added.The former Barcelona player has trained “in good spirit” with the rest of the team, “but on the other hand, there is his situation with the club, which is the same,” Tuchel continued.He declined to comment whether or not Neymar being ruled out from the top-11 would mean that he would leave the club, saying that this is a question for the sporting director Leonardo.Tuchel admitted that the uncertainty surrounding Neymar “does not help” the team, but he downplayed its effect because “everyone knows things are this way” and that “this always happens with big players”.Neymar last played with PSG on 11 May.Tension between the club and Neymar have started to fizzle as the Brazilian is most likely staying at the French powerhouse due to a lack of convincing offers, French newspaper L’Équipe reported earlier in the day.The newspaper considered several meetings between Neymar and Leonardo in recent days a sign of this change.Relations between the two have been stormy since the arrival of Leonardo, who publicly criticized Neymar for returning from vacation one week late.advertisementBut relations between the club and the player have been tense since PSG president, Nasser al-Khelaifi, said in an interview published on 18 June that he wanted players who dedicate themselves to the club.No one had forced Neymar to join PSG, al-Khelaïfi said, adding that he was well aware of the project.This brewing tension has extended to the stands, evident a few weeks ago when some PSG fans chanted slogans against the Brazilian forwa’d during PSG’s first Ligue 1 game against Nimes at the Parc des Princes stadium.Both parties, however, want to put all of this behind them.”There is no war anymore, exchanges are open,” L’Equipe cited a source inside the club as saying.This does not mean that Neymar does not want to leave PSG anymore, but he is aware that PSG has not received offers anywhere near its expectations at least for now with a little over a week to go before the end of the summer transfer window.Neymar, according to the newspaper, has put pressure on Barcelona to meet PSG’s expectations.The Catalan club president, Josep Bartomeu, has vowed to readjust his offer, which would include players besides cash money.One of the hypotheses published by media outlets suggests Neymar would join Barça on a one-season long loan contract that would include a purchase option for 170 million euros.The operation would involve French international Ousmane Dembele joining PSG on’loan.Barcelona’s nemesis Real Madrid is also interested in the 27-year-o’d, something Madrid’s coach Zinedine Zidane has hinted at.Also Read | Crystal Palace hand Manchester United their 1st defeat of Premier League seasonAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow NeymarFollow PSGFollow Thomas TuchelFollow Barcelona Neymar can’t play for PSG until his future is clear: Thomas TuchelNeymar, who has fully recovered from an injury he suffered in June, has not played for Paris-Saint Germain this season amid rumours of link-up with Barcelona. advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Pakistan women’s tour of India could be cancelled: PCB official

first_img Next Pakistan women’s tour of India could be cancelled: PCB officialAs a part of the ICC Women’s Championship, Indian women’s team are set to host their Pakistani counterparts in a three-match ODI series.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiSeptember 12, 2019UPDATED: September 12, 2019 23:35 IST Indian women’s team are set to host their Pakistani counterparts in a three-match ODI series. (ICC Photo)Pakistan women’s team tour to India as a part of the ICC Women’s Championship is likely to be postponed as the Indian board is yet to receive any government directive with regards to holding the series in November.As a part of the championship, Indian women’s team are set to host their Pakistani counterparts in a three-match ODI series.Given the prevailing circumstances between the two nations, the Indian cricket board will wait for a government’s directive as they have already informed the matter much in advance.”We are still waiting for an answer as the Indian board has to host the women’s series by November this year. It appears as if this series could also end up being cancelled as it doesn’t appear India is willing to host the Pakistan women’s team,” a PCB official alleged.However BCCI on its part maintains that they had sought approval for the tour and they can do very little unless there is green light from the central government.”We can only take the matter forward once we hear from the government. We all know, a bilateral series against Pakistan is an issue that cannot be unilaterally by BCCI. It will follow the instructions from the government,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.As per PCB sources, the ICC has told them to “wait and watch” as the window to host Pakistan women’s team was between July and November.In case, India doesn’t host Pakistan, PCB wants ICC to award them points for the series. In that case, BCCI is almost certain to contest their claims on grounds that organization is beyond their control at the moment.advertisementCouple of years back, the BCCI had refused to send its women team to Pakistan due to valid security concerns which has been an issue with every cricket playing nation. However refusal to play Pakistan on a neutral venue led to them being docked points.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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow PCBFollow Pakistan women’s teamFollow ICC Women’s Championshiplast_img read more

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