10 months agoPSG midfielder Rabiot considers Liverpool after ‘several conversations’

first_imgPSG midfielder Rabiot considers Liverpool after ‘several conversations’by Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool have held several conversations with imminent free agent Adrien Rabiot.The midfielder will be out of contract with PSG at the end of the season and is currently free to negotiate with foreign clubs.Barcelona have reportedly been leading the race for Rabiot’s signature, despite the Spanish giants releasing a statement denying they had tapped up the 23-year-old.But according to French publication L’Equipe, Liverpool are also seriously being considered by Rabiot, who has held talks with Jurgen Klopp and his team on a number of occasions.PSG have resigned to losing Rabiot and could sell him this month rather than lose him on a free in the summer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoMan Utd fullback Shaw: I’ll repay contract faith

first_imgMan Utd fullback Shaw: I’ll repay contract faithby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLuke Shaw is determined to repay Manchester United’s faith in signing him to a lucrative five-year contract. A strong start to the season earned the 23-year-old a brand new contract.After falling out with Jose Mourinho towards the end of his rein, Shaw wants to become a regular contributor under new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.”I signed a new contract and I want to be playing every game and trying to help the team as much as possible,” he said. “Hopefully I keep playing games and keep myself in the team.”I haven’t had many injuries recently so that’s good. I need to stay fit and keep helping the team and maybe win a cup this season.”We are not where we want to be and not where we should be, so we have a very important second half of the season. Our aim is to get back into the top four because United without Champions League isn’t good. That’s where we want to be and what we are fighting for.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoNoble insists West Ham should be targeting top four

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Noble insists West Ham should be targeting top fourby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham captain Mark Noble insists they should be targeting a top four this season.Noble feels a win against United can show they are serious about playing in Europe next season.He said: “It’s easy to understand why we’re relishing the visit of Manchester United on Sunday. We’ve only lost once in our past nine League matches and been beaten only twice at home in 2019.“There’s a feeling that the chance exists for a change and at least one different club to break into the top six this season. I would even go one step further. I believe there is an opportunity for someone different to actually make it into the top four!“After that, you look at Arsenal, who could easily have lost at Watford last weekend; Chelsea, where Frank Lampard has done incredibly well to play young English players but are banned from signing anyone and have lost Eden Hazard; plus United, who are, let’s say, in transition. Even Wolves, who did so well last season, are finding it tough with their Europa League commitments.” last_img read more

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Solskjaer wants Man Utd players to ‘dominate games’

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer would like his Manchester United team to ‘dominate games’ just like during the Sir Alex Ferguson era.The former Red Devils forward is in charge of the club on a temporary basis until the end of the season, but has seen his side score eight goals in two games since taking over from Jose Mourinho.United host Bournemouth on Sunday, with Solskjaer hoping his players can put in another commanding performance. He wants his players to express themselves on the pitch and go into each game with the belief they will pick up three points. 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? “I’ve been here for 15 years before and of course my football philosophy is driven by what I experienced here,” the 45-year-old told Sky Sports.”We do go and attack teams, try to dominate games and go into every game believing that we’re going to win, although we respect the opposition of course.”It’s not like we used to win 5-4 every time with the boss [Alex Ferguson]. When we had Jaap [Stam], Ronny [Johnsen], Rio [Ferdinand] and Vida [Nemanja Vidic] at the back, you knew that we could keep a clean sheet, so there is a fine balance there.”And I love seeing players express themselves. It probably comes down to that I experienced more in my football career than I ever believed, so I want other players to have the same feeling when they’ve finished their careers – that means we need to win.”Solskjaer has not had much time to change things at Old Trafford just yet, but believes he will have to make some tactical adjustments in January before United’s fixture list becomes more difficult.”Tactics is one side of it but we haven’t changed many of the tactics,” he explained. “We’ve just asked them to go out and express themselves because we need to see what they’re capable of as well for when we get to the bigger games.”Tactically, we’ll get time to work more, we get weeks now in January to work on the other side of it because it’s all been about us in the first couple of games.They’ve been games that we feel we can go and dominate and tweak it just a little bit defensively. No disrespect to those two teams that we’ve played, but now my job was to tell them about the mindset that Manchester United teams do have when they go into games.”After the visit of Bournemouth on Sunday, Man Utd face Newcastle away on Wednesday, January 2 and then host Reading in the FA Cup third round on Saturday, January 5 before a trip to Wembley to take on Tottenham eight days later.last_img read more

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U.S. youth international signs with Bayern

first_imgBayern Munich have signed United States youth international Taylor Booth to their youth academy, the Bundesliga side announced Thursday.The 17-year-old Booth joins the club on a three-and-half year contract, having been signed away from Major League Soccer side Real Salt Lake’s academy.”I’m very happy with this next step in my career,” Booth said in a statement. “FC Bayern is one of the largest clubs in the world. 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? “Being here in Munich at the FC Bayern campus and taking the next steps in my development makes me very proud. “”We see a lot of potential in Taylor. He is a talented young player, and we look forward to working with him to develop his talent further,” FC Bayern Campus Manager Jochen Sauer said.The Utah-born midfielder has featured for the United States multiple times at the youth national team levels. He played in a pair of games for the U-17 side at the 2017 U-17 World Cup in India, including their 4-1 quarter-final defeat to England where he featured alongside the likes of Josh Sargent and Timothy Weah.Bayern announced Booth will train with the club’s U-23 side’s training camp in Dallas before linking up with their U-19 team for the second half of the season.Booth becomes the second American to officially sign with the club in recent weeks.Defender Chris Richards completed a $1.5 million permanent transfer to Bayern Munich from FC Dallas, signing a four-and-a-half year deal after having joined the Bundesliga champions on loan in the summer.Bayern also signed another MLS youngster in standout Canada teen Alphonso Davies, who made his Bundesliga debut for the club in a 4-1 victory over Stuttgart on January 27.Booth will also look to join the ranks of young Americans aiming to succeed in the German top-flight, following the likes of Christian Pulisic at Borussia Dortmund and Weston McKennie at Schalke, as well as Tyler Adams, who moved from the New York Red Bulls and made his league debut for RB Leipzig against Dusseldorf last week.last_img read more

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Long’s historic double caps stellar USMNT outing

first_imgSix weeks ago, Aaron Long suffered a hamstring injury that looked like it might put his place in the Concacaf Gold Cup in jeopardy, but his two-goal performance in the U.S. national team’s 6-0 romp over Trinidad and Tobago on Saturday provided the best evidence to date that the New York Red Bulls defender is back to his best. The reigning MLS defender of the year scored the first goal and last goal in the Saturday’s victory, becoming the first USMNT defender to score twice in the same match. He also led the U.S. defense to its second consecutive shutout, delivering the kind of complete performance that strengthens Long’s status as the USMNT’s most important defender. “As he gets more fit, he’s a dynamic player,” U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter said of Long. “We rate him highly. We think we have four good center backs in camp, and together with Walker [Zimmerman] they formed a good pairing in these first 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? Pre-tournament injuries to John Brooks and DeAndre Yedlin, along with the more recent loss of Tyler Adams, threatened to leave the U.S. defense in shambles, making Long’s return from a hamstring injury that much more vital. Long’s comeback endured a rough start, with his first game action after the injury coming in the USMNT’s 3-0 pre-Gold Cup loss to Venezuela. Long struggled to deal with powerful Venezuelan striker and Newcastle United standout Salomon Rondon, and left at halftime with the Americans trailing 3-0. “It’s definitely not how I envisioned my first 45 minutes back, especially with the national team, you get three goals scored on you in 45,” Long said. “And to know that before the game started that I was only going to play 45 minutes. so to have to come off at halftime when I wanted to go back out there was tough, but yeah, you need those moments. You need to grow from that. We’ve watched so much film on that stuff, we’ve been through the film so many times as a team and now we’re flying so it feels good.” Long is key to the USMNT’s defensive organization because of his ability to handle tough strikers one-on-one, and the one-time midfielder’s improving passing range has him looking comfortable in Berhalter’s possession-based system. He has formed a solid partnership with Zimmerman, providing the mobility and man marking to go with Zimmerman’s aerial dominance. USA TAKE THE LEAD! 🇺🇸Pulisic sets up Aaron Long who heads it home and puts the USMNT on 🔝 #GoldCup2019 pic.twitter.com/m9qINBZvxl— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 23, 2019Long is also a threat to score, as he showed on the opening USMNT goal, as we as on the game-ending tally that saw him venture forward and join the attack to chest home a rebound of a saved shot, to the surprise of some of his teammates.GOOOOOOOL CAYÓ EL SEXTO Y SE ACABÓ EL PARTIDO⚽️⚽️🇺🇸 Estados Unidos 6-0 Trinidad y Tobago🇹🇹🔴Mira el partido EN VIVO por: https://t.co/b32be0uL5U#TuCopaOro pic.twitter.com/aXxtV1Qczi— Univision Deportes (@UnivisionSports) June 23, 2019″I probably shouldn’t have been up there to be honest,” Long joked. “Walker was freaking out and screaming at me after the goal. Tim [Ream] and me switched spots for that play so I was just caught up on the wing.” With Long rounding into form, he should be a fixture in the U.S. defense when the knockout rounds of the Gold Cup begin, and it will be up to Berhalter to decide whether to keep Long in the lineup for Wednesday’s group finale against Panama, or rest him while giving someone like Matt Miazga or Omar Gonzalez a start, in order to have Long ready for the quarterfinals. After two straight starts, and shutouts, Long sounds like a player who is ready to play every minute of the tournament, and keep building on performances like Saturday’s gem. “I feel great. As the games go on you get more confident,” Long said. “You get in the groove. Scoring goals helps with that for sure. Confidence is getting higher, for me and for the group.”last_img read more

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Real Madrid sanction Sevilla loan for Reguilon

first_imgReal Madrid have sanctioned a loan move to Sevilla for Sergio Reguilon, but have made a point of leaving a purchase option out of the agreement.Sources close to the discussions have revealed that a deal between two La Liga rivals is close and the 22-year-old will therefore form part of the squad refresh being overseen by Zinedine Zidane at the Santiago Bernabeu.The Blancos are eager to get bodies off their books, with Marcos Llorente and Mateo Kovacic having already been moved on, while Theo Hernandez is closing in on a switch to Serie A giants AC Milan. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Reguilon will be the next to head for the exits, but he continues to be held in high regard by those in the Spanish capital.He impressed when providing cover for Marcelo in the 2018-19 campaign and has earned the trust of Zidane.Real have, however, added Ferland Mendy to their ranks this summer and are eager to avoid stunting the progress of an academy graduate.The initial plan was for Reguilon to head away from Spain and test himself outside of his homeland, but Sevilla have managed to convince all parties that they are the best option at this stage.A promising defender will therefore compete domestically against his parent club before returning to Madrid in 2020.It has already been revealed by Goal that Reguilon has committed to fresh terms with Real, despite no announcement being made public.They have no intention of parting with him and expect him to form part of their future plans.Sevilla will help to aid his development before more opportunities present themselves at the Bernabeu.Julen Lopetegui knows Reguilon well from his brief spell in charge of the Blancos and was impressed by what he saw.The ability to land him on a season-long loan means that no sizeable outlay is required by Sevilla – who have already been busy tying up additions elsewhere.Reguilon also meets the criteria laid out by Monchi when it comes to recruitment at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.He has made it a top priority to lower the average age of the Sevilla squad and bring in more Spanish players with home-grown benefit to the Andalusian outfit.last_img read more

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I’d love to see Coutinho back at Liverpool – Carragher

first_imgFormer Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has revealed he would love to see Philippe Coutinho rejoin the ranks at Anfield.The Brazil international midfielder left the Reds for Barcelona in January 2018 for £142 million ($201m) but he has failed to settle at Camp Nou and is rumoured to be on the market this summer as Barca potentially try to fund a move for Neymar.Carragher, who now works as a pundit, said Coutinho would offer the Reds a different option as a creative midfielder. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “I still think they could add a creative player,” Carragher told Pundit Arena.“I said it before, I’d love to see Liverpool bring back Coutinho if that was possible in any way. Obviously, it hasn’t worked out for him at Barcelona. I just think he would be a great addition.“You’ve got [Adam] Lallana and [Xherdan] Shaqiri in those positions, but they’re not Coutinho. He would give something that they don’t have compared to [Manchester] City.”The Premier League title went to City last season despite Liverpool amassing 97 points, and only losing once all season against the champions in January.And Carragher acknowledges that catching City is going to be a hard task for his former team.“I mean, only losing one league game was a phenomenal achievement,” he continued.“Ninety-seven points was a phenomenal achievement. So, in some ways, if Liverpool got 90 points, I don’t think they’ve gone backwards, because it’s so difficult to do again.“But they’ve got to hope that City come back as well, a little bit.”Mohamed Salah Champions League 2018-19 LiverpoolLiverpool did lift the Champions League trophy last season, something Carragher also achieved in a career that saw him appear 508 times for the Merseysiders, across 17 years.The native Liverpudlian thinks the team is in their best position for three decades, and finally have the financial muscle to compete with the big clubs in the Premier League.“Now, everyone has so much confidence in the club,” the 41-year-old added. “They know exactly what they’re doing.“The other era was Gerard Houllier, but you never felt we could really compete with [Manchester] United at that time.“Right now, it just feels like Liverpool, if they need to spend big, they can. They’ve got one of the top managers around, a great squad, the stadium now, the stand.“It’s probably the best place Liverpool have been in over 30 years.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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New Report Reveals The Raise Zach Smith Received After 2015 Season

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)A new report from college football insider Brett McMurphy has revealed some of the details of the contracts/raises now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith received during his time at Ohio State under Urban Meyer.According to the new report, Smith, who was fired earlier this summer, received a much-smaller raise following the 2015 season than he did in other years.McMurphy’s bombshell report last week revealed 2015 domestic violence accusations against Smith.From the report:Zach Smith’s annual base salary only increased $6,600 – by far the lowest annual raise of his career – following the 2015 season, the year he was investigated for domestic violence and felonious assault against Courtney Smith.The $6,600 increase was the lowest in his six-year career at Ohio State, according to documents provided by the school.By contrast, he received his largest raises of his career the season before the domestic violence investigations – $50,000 before the 2015 season – and also the year after the investigations – $73,400 before the 2017 season.It’s unclear, of course, if the smaller raise had anything to do with the domestic violence accusations against Smith in 2015.McMurphy also reports that “personal matters” were listed under the “work on” section of a 2017 performance review.You can view the full report here.Urban Meyer, meanwhile, remains on paid administrative leave. Ohio State announced on Sunday night that the investigation is expected to be completed in two weeks. Stay tuned.last_img read more

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ESPN Releases A New Football Power Index Top 25

first_imgTua Tagovailoa of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to the game against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium.AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 25: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to the game against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)We’re one game away from the conclusion of Week 1. Florida State is set to host Virginia Tech in Tallahassee, Fla. tonight in the final game of the week. It should be a good one.It’s already time to start looking back on the opening weekend of the 2018 college football season, though.What times are looking primed for a College Football Playoff run? What teams are looking like they’re going to disappoint?We’ll get an updated Coaches’ Poll and AP Poll on Tuesday, but for now, we have a new ESPN Football Power Index.Here’s the latest top 25:AlabamaClemsonOhio StateOklahomaNotre DameWashingtonGeorgiaAuburnMichiganStanfordWisconsinPenn StateMichigan StateMississippi StateTexas A&MFloridaFSULSUUSCOregonOklahoma StateMiamiIowaBoise StateBoston CollegeYou can view the full FPI rankings here.last_img read more

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Dabo Swinney Issues Injury Update For QB Trevor Lawrence

first_imgTrevor Lawrence hands the ball off for Clemson.CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 15: Quarterback Trevor Lawrence #16 hands off to running back Adam Choice #26 of the Clemson Tigers during the Tigers’ football game against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)Clemson freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence missed the second half of the Tigers’ comeback win against Syracuse this afternoon, as the former five-star recruit left the contest late in the second quarter after taking a big blow to his head.Lawrence, who was starting his first-career game for Clemson, was checked out in the locker room and then spent the second half on the sideline without his helmet on.Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney provided an update on Lawrence following the win.Swinney said that Lawrence is in concussion protocol, but he sustained no other injuries to his upper body.From The State:“He’s really doing great. He actually wanted to come back in and play. He got banged up. He had kind of concussion like symptoms and you just don’t mess with that. He was trying to come back and play… but you trust your doctors and they shut him down,” Swinney said.Swinney added that Lawrence seemed fine during the postgame celebration.“He’ll be in our (concussion) protocol, but he was really good after the game,” Swinney said. “He was celebrating with his teammates. Hopefully he’ll bounce back and be OK.”It’s unclear what Lawrence’s status for next weekend will be.Clemson is set to play at Wake Forest on Saturday.last_img read more

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Nick Saban’s Latest Message Should Scare The Rest Of College Football

first_img The latest message from Saban seems to confirm that.“This is one of the best-conditioned teams coming out of the summer that we have had here,” he said on Saturday.Nick Saban: “This is one of the best-conditioned teams coming out of the summer that we have had here.”— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) August 3, 2019It appears that Alabama has been working incredibly hard to get back to a championship level in 2019.Alabama is set to open its 2019 season on Saturday, Aug. 31 against Duke.Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. E.T. on ABC. A closeup of Nick Saban wearing a headset.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts in the second half of the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)The latest message from Alabama head football coach Nick Saban should have the rest of the college football world on notice.The Crimson Tide are coming off one of their most-disappointing finishes in recent memory, as Alabama was blown out by Clemson in the College Football Playoff national title game.Alabama is expected to contend for a national title in 2019, though Clemson is being picked as the No. 1 team in most of the preseason polls.Of course, Saban and the Crimson Tide are highly motivated to get back to college football’s mountaintop in 2019.last_img read more

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South Carolina Reveals The Uniform It Will Wear vs. Alabama

first_img Here’s the video that South Carolina shared yesterday:Battle Armor 🔥 pic.twitter.com/KqNeAEA0Vp— Gamecock Football (@GamecockFB) September 12, 2019This is the third uniform combination the Gamecocks will wear this season.During Week 1, the team wore all white against the Tar Heels. The following week they wore black throwback jerseys with garnet helmets.Will Muschamp will be without junior wideout Randrecous Davis and junior linebacker Brad Johnson on Saturday. It’ll be tough to knock off Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide, but an upset win would certainly be the biggest story this weekend in college football.Kickoff for this matchup between Alabama and South Carolina is at 3:30 p.m. ET from Williams–Brice Stadium. A closeup of a South Carolina Gamecocks helmet.COLUMBIA, SC – AUGUST 29: A general view of a helmet before the game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium on August 29, 2013 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)South Carolina has a crucial matchup coming up this weekend when it faces Alabama. In an effort to get its fan base amped for this SEC showdown, the program revealed its uniform combo for Saturday in an awesome hype video.After losing the season opener against North Carolina, South Carolina bounced back nicely with a win over Charleston Southern. Ryan Hilinski shined at quarterback with 282 passing yards and three total touchdowns.Hilinski needs to have a similar outing on Saturday if the Gamecocks are going to stay within striking distance of the Crimson Tide.While South Carolina will be underdogs for this weekend, the program seems ready to battle the top team in the SEC. On Thursday, the Gamecocks revealed they’ll be wearing their “Armor Battle” uniform against the Crimson Tide.last_img read more

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Used to call MS Dhoni a terrorist but he became a saint: Former teammate

first_imgUsed to call MS Dhoni a terrorist but he became a saint: Former teammateMS Dhoni’s former Bihar and Railways teammate Satya Prakash marvelled the India wicketkeeper’s ability to adapt to situations and insisted that his ability to keep sentiments away makes him peerless in modern-day cricket.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 18, 2019UPDATED: May 18, 2019 19:03 IST MS Dhoni began his career as a see-ball-hit-ball cricketer (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni is gearing up to feature in his 4th World Cup for Team IndiaDhoni’s friend Satya Prakash said they underestimated his potentialDhoni has been in fine form with the bat in the World Cup yearMS Dhoni had grabbed eyeballs when he broke onto the international scene with his big-hitting skills. The long-haired wicketkeeper-batsman gave very little respect to opposition bowlers while batting higher-up the order.Dhoni made it into the star-studded India team with the reputation of a big hitter and he lived up to it early in his career. Dhoni had blasted 145 off just 123 in only his 5th ODI in Visakhapatnam against Pakistan in 2005. Later that year, Dhoni demolished the Sri Lankan attack, scoring his career-best ODI score of 183 not out against the Islanders in Jaipur.Recalling Dhoni’s ability to make light work of opposition attack, his former Bihar and Railways teammate Satya Prakash said the India wicketkeeper’s friends used to call him an atankwadi (terrorist). Satya Prakash also pointed out how Dhoni matured and mastered the art of adapting to conditions and the needs of the team over the years.”We used to call him atankwadi (terrorist). He used to hit 40-50 runs in 20 balls. But he became a saint when he played for the country and changed his approach. He is a good learner,” Satya Prakash told Sportstar.Prakash also conceded that Dhoni’s friends got it wrong when it came to gauging his potential as a captain before the India call-up.”He rarely captained in the past, but see how he became the captain of some all-time great players. He always spoke in Hindi, but now he speaks fluently in English. We friends never really gauged his potential,” Prakash said.Notably, Satya Prakash had played a key role in getting MS Dhoni a job in Kharagpur.advertisementSatya Prakash also shed light on what he believes makes Dhoni a bit different from his contemporaries. Narrating an incident from 2003, Prakash said Dhoni isn’t someone who cares about sentiments.”The difference between other players and Dhoni is that he does not have sentiments. In 2003, we were playing football and his mother called on his mobile. When he was informed, he said, ‘Let the phone ring’ and focused on the game. Much later I realised why he did that – he was already in the high-intensity mode and did not want to break it.”MS Dhoni, who had led India to World Cup glory in 2011, will be featuring in what is likely to be his final appearance in the quadrennial tournament later this month. Having started the World Cup year well with some impressive outings for Team India and Chennai Super Kings, Dhoni will be expected to shine with the bat at the World Cup, starting May 30 in the United Kingdom.Also Read | Brad Hodge gets brutally trolled for commenting on Virat Kohli-Rishabh Pant videoAlso Read | It’s my duty to learn from MS Dhoni, says Vijay Shankar ahead of 2019 World CupAlso 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 MS DhoniFollow Satya PrakashFollow India cricket teamFollow 2019 World Cuplast_img read more

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Copa America 2019: Lionel Messi refuses to attend medal ceremony after angry reaction to red card

first_img Reuters July 7, 2019UPDATED: July 7, 2019 10:17 IST Lionel Messi was sent off during the 1st half of Argentina’s win over Chile in Copa America 3rd-place match (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMessi was shown the red card during Argentina’s 3rd place match vs ChileThe corruption, the referees, they don’t allow people to enjoy football: MessiDespite losing Messi in the 1st half, Argentina defeated Chile to win the bronzeLionel Messi was sent off before halftime and then angrily hit out at “corrupt” tournament organisers after Argentina beat Chile 2-1 to win a bad-tempered third-place playoff at the Copa America on Saturday.The match was 34 minutes old when Chilean captain Gary Medel shepherded out a ball near his own goal. Messi challenged him from behind and Medel reacted angrily, pushing the Argentine and raising his hands.The Paraguayan referee showed Medel a red card and even though Messi did not react, he too was sent off, prompting boos in Sao Paulo’s Corinthians arena. Reports said the Barcelona forward did not attend the ceremony to receive his third-place medal and he later hit out at the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL).”We don’t have to be part of this corruption,” Messi told reporters. “The lack of respect that they have showed us throughout this tournament.”Sadly, the corruption, the referees, they don’t allow people to enjoy football, they ruined it a bit.”I think the cup is fixed for Brazil,” Messi added. “I hope that the VAR and the referees have nothing to do in this final and that Peru can compete because they have the team to do so although I think it’s difficult.”His comments came four days after Argentina were beaten 2-0 by arch rivals Brazil in a semi-final that was marked by a number of contentious refereeing decisions.Argentina were furious that VAR was not consulted for two possible penalty decision, with the Argentine Football Association president writing an angry letter to CONMEBOL to express his disgust.advertisementMessi’s frustration was evident in the mixed zone after what was only the second red card of his career.”You saw what happened,” he told reporters. “A yellow would have ended it for both of us. The important thing is that with 10 the team finished well and won.”The referee also showed six yellow cards in a match that was disrupted by 37 fouls.Sergio Aguero put Argentina 1-0 ahead in 12 minutes and Paulo Dybala made it two 10 minutes later with a nice finish after Giovani Lo Celso put him through on goal.Artur Vidal pulled one back for Chile from the penalty spot 14 minutes into the second half.Hosts Brazil face Peru in the final on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro.Also Read | Gianluigi Buffon returns to Juventus after year at PSGAlso 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 Lionel MessiFollow Argentina footballFollow Copa America 2019 Next Copa America 2019: Lionel Messi refuses to attend medal ceremony after angry reaction to red cardLionel Messi hit out at the South American Football Confederation and the tournament organisers of Copa America after he was sent off during a third-place playoff against Chile. advertisementlast_img read more

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Rashid Khan appointed Afghanistan captain in all formats

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 17:54 IST Rashid Khan has been appointed the Afghanistan captain in all 3 formats (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSAfghanistan failed to win a single game at World Cup 2019Following the dismal showing, Gulbadin Naib has been sacked as captainAsghar Afghan has been appointed as the vice-captainRashid Khan has been appointed the captain of Afghanistan cricket team in all three formats. Former skipper Asghar Afghan will be his deputy, the Afghanistan Cricket Board announced on Friday.Rashid Khan will succeed Gulbadin Naib, who had led Afghanistan in their World Cup 2019 campaign.The ACB had removed Asghar Afghan from the captain’s post just three months before the World Cup and appointed Gulbadin in his place, a move which was met with a lot of criticism and backlash from fans and the Afghan players.Gulbadin Naib had himself stated that Asghar Afghan would always be his captain while Rashid and senior player Mohammad Nabi also voiced their displeasure with the appointment.But now the ACB is moving in a whole new direction and have decided to hand over the reins to young Rashid with Asghar Afghan as the vice-captain. Rashid was already the captain of the T20I team while Rahmat Shah was the Test captain.But now the cricket board has decided to go with one skipper for all formats.Afghanistan had a disappointing campaign in the World Cup, losing all nine league matches and finished in the last place. Naib led the team in a total of 12 ODI matches in which he managed to win two games and lost 10.Asghar Afghan, on the other hand, had led the team in 56 ODIs and won 36 of them while losing just 21. They had also managed to tie a game against India in the Asia Cup last year.Rashid meanwhile, has led the team in 4 ODIs so far, winning one and losing 3. Rashid’s first assignment as full-time skipper will be a one-off Test against Bangladesh in September before a full home series against West Indies – including three T20Is, three ODIs and a one-off Test – in India between November 5 and December 1.advertisementAlso Read | India’s World Cup campaign ends in heartbreak: Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri’s tactical blundersAlso Read | #Donotretiredhoni trends: Fans urge MS Dhoni to stay onFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Afghanistan Cricket BoardFollow Rashid KhanFollow Asghar Afghan Rashid Khan appointed Afghanistan captain in all formatsRashid Khan’s first assignment as full-time skipper will be a one-off Test against Bangladesh in September before a full home series against West Indiesadvertisementlast_img read more

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New Music Monday: The Midnight Hollow

first_img Idris Elba Debuts New 2HR SET Fashion Line Inspired By DJ Culture Editors’ Recommendations A Beginner’s Guide to Live Band Karaoke The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now Sound of Lapland Captures the Pristine Beauty of Finland on a Mixtape Listed as a “Band to Watch” by influential music blog, StereoGum, New York City based band, The Midnight Hollow, is led by singer and multi instrumentalist Spencer Draeger, with Andrew Segreti on drums. Full line up for live shows is Matt Liebowitz on bass, Vahak “V” Janbazian on percussion and Katie Lee Campo on keyboards. The band has gained a lot of attention locally, and quickly, from their hypnotic shows, unpredictable stage presence and tendency to focus on keeping sets half improv and loose.In 2013, the band officially released their first song “Downstairs” for a compilation on French based label, Zappruder Records. In June of 2014, they released a surreal 60s psychedelic cult classic style video for “Her Morning Glow.” The Midnight Hollow recently self released their first EP in summer of 2014 with a second one set to release in Winter.Check out The Midnight Hollow on Facebook, their official website, or Bandcamp! The Best New-School Kentucky Distillerieslast_img read more

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New Belgium and Ben and Jerry’s Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale

first_imgNobody can deny a good salted caramel brownie. There’s just something about that ultimate combination of sweet, a touch of savory and chocolate. This fall, the folks at New Belgium and Ben & Jerry’s are releasing the most amazing collaboration that we’ve seen in ages: Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale. You read that correctly, your two favorites — ice cream and beer — are merging together for what we think will be the best sweet beer since, well probably since New Belgium’s Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout came out last year.Related: Beer-centric AccessoriesWe can’t tell you how much we love devouring a nice pint of Ben & Jerry’s — Chunky Monkey, Cherry Garcia, Red Velvet, Everything But the Kitchen Sink and all those other mouthwatering flavors that we try to avoid when we’re at our local deli. We also love a nice cold glass of beer — especially after a tough day at the office. So the New Belgium and Ben & Jerry’s Salted Caramel Brown Ale is like a dream come true. Who could refuse dessert in an alcoholic beverage? We certainly can’t. Next fall we’re running straight to our local deli and grabbing a pack of New Belgium and Ben & Jerry’s Salted Caramel Brown Ale.For more information visit newbelgium.com. Why Fresh Hops Are Essentially the Magic Sauce of Craft Beer The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S. 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts Editors’ Recommendations 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider last_img read more

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How to Stay Focused At Work and Avoid Distractions

first_imgThe Internet is a wild, hilarious, obscene playground. If you have to choose between cruising the Internet and plugging data into spreadsheets, you’ll choose adorable kitten videos every day of the week and twice on Sunday. However, watching videos and browsing listicles won’t pay the bills — you’ll need to get some work done occasionally. Learning how to stay focused at work may not be as much fun as goofing off, but it can help improve your productivity and employment prospects.I have experience working in both an office setting and at home. I’ve found that it can be particularly challenging to stay on task at a home office, since there’s no one around to judge you and your list of 15 pug swimsuit fails. Over the years, I’ve honed these strategies for staying on task and minimizing wasted time. If you don’t mind neglecting work for just a few moments more, you might find these tips helpful.1. Get ComfortableIt’s hard to stay focused when your neck and back are killing you. Crafting an ergonomic workstation isn’t just important for comfort, but for your health. There are several schools of thought on how to make your station as ergonomic as possible — standing desk, yoga ball, treadmill, chair with lumbar support, etc. If you have the means, you might adopt all of the above and employ them at different times throughout the day.2. Set a Time LimitSetting out to work eight solid hours is a fool’s goal. Working for just one hour, however, is much more doable. If you don’t trust yourself to stay on task, you might download FocusBooster, an application that challenges you to stay on task for just 25 minutes out of 30. I don’t care who you are, you can stay focused for 25 minutes, then reward yourself with a video of Chewbacca reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.3. Break Work Into IncrementsIf breaking your workday into time increments isn’t effective, try breaking it into project-oriented increments. While it might seem daunting to fill out 19 TPS reports (or whatever), it’s definitely not daunting to fill out just one. It’s much easier to stay focused when the finish line is in view — so you might as well bring the finish line a little closer. After finishing the project, give yourself a well-deserved break and start the process over again.Related: Job Interview Tips That’ll Help You Land Your Dream Gig4. Hide Your Bookmarks BarKeeping a visible row of bookmarks on your browser makes it very difficult to stay on task. All you have to do is click a box, and boom, you’re on the on-ramp of the Internet Superhighway. A good roadblock is to simply turn off your bookmarks bar by hitting Crtl+Shift+B (if you use Google Chrome). Hiding the bookmarks bar in Firefox is a little trickier, but doable. With your bookmarks gone, you’ll need to actually type your favorite time-wasting websites into the address bar, giving you more time to think through your choices. You might also delete your browsing history, so the URL doesn’t automatically fill in when you type it (you should probably do that anyway — you know, for reasons).5. Listen to Instrumental MusicThe average workplace can be a chaotic place. Instead of boiling with anger at your coworkers’ shenanigans while trying to focus on an email to Gloria in HR, consider popping on some comfortable headphones and crafting your own personal soundscape. I would recommend sticking with instrumental music, however, as lyrics can corrode your focus. Plus, you don’t want to unwittingly include the phrase “bitch better have my money” in that email to Gloria.6. Get Your Snack OnForget coworkers and Internet — old-fashioned hunger can be the most distracting thing of all. To combat this beast within, keep an array of (preferably healthy) snacks within reach and don’t skip mealtimes. If you often get hungry during the day, odds are your coworkers do, too — you might ask your employer to provide snacks in order to boost productivity for the whole office. Pro-tip: Opt for snacks that don’t get your fingers dirty, as that could create a rough situation for your keyboard.7. Take a WalkNo matter where you work, you’re likely to get stir crazy at some point. Instead of chaining yourself to your desk until you finish, which doesn’t really work, take a few minutes to get up and get out. A bit of fresh air will help clear your mind so you can think up better ways to approach your project. Also, it’s good to get up and walk around every once in a while; according to a rather alarming study from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, sitting all day can be as unhealthy as smoking.8. Use Productivity AppsBelieve it or not, getting distracted by the Internet is a fairly common occurrence. Imagine that. In an effort to help people maintain focus, folks have developed all sorts of online productivity services. The productivity apps and add-ons that will help you the most depend on your particular productivity demons. Timeneye pays attention to exactly what you spend time on, and can supposedly shame you into staying on task. Self-Control makes it easy to block out the sites that absorb the most time. Check out this site to find the productivity apps that sound most appealing to you.9. Get Your Eyes CheckedIronically, optometrists are some of the most overlooked medical professionals out there. If you’re having difficulty focusing at work, or you get a headache after working for a few hours, it could be because your vision isn’t as clear as it could be. If this sounds familiar, it’s time to man up and visit an optometrist. A pair of reading glasses can keep your eyes in good shape and help you focus on the job.Discovering how to stay focused at work is a constant, frustrating enterprise. Though each of the above suggestions can be helpful on their own, odds are they will break down at one time or another. The best way to maintain focus is to employ all the suggestions simultaneously while discovering a few of your own. Speaking of which — if you have some additional tips for staying focused, we’d love to hear ‘em. Thanks for reading — NOW GET BACK TO WORK. Editors’ Recommendations If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States How to Choose the Best Organic Mattress for Greener Sleep The Best CBD Coffee Brands for Energy Without the Jitterslast_img read more

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FEASTING: Best Places for Poutine in America

first_img The Best American Liqueur Editors’ Recommendations The Peached Tortilla’s Fried Rice Recipe Is Just Plain Delicious Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden – Austin, TXIf you’re a beer drinker, you definitely need to check out Banger’s which has more than 100 brews on tap. They also have the largest sausage selection in Austin, but you’re here for the poutine. And their traditional version is spot-on. Thick-cut fries with flavorful gravy and cheese curds is the perfect complement to a duck or antelope sausage.Brooklyn St. Local – DetroitDeveri Gifford and Jason Yates moved from Toronto to Detroit in 2012 to open a restaurant that serves good, honest food in a welcoming environment. And so Brooklyn St. Local was born, and they’re dedicated to sourcing local ingredients from urban farms and using sustainable practices to decrease their environmental footprint as much as possible. There is a poutine for everyone on this menu, from the traditional with beef or mushroom gravy to the breakfast poutine, topped with a sunny-side up egg and bacon or tempeh. There’s even a vegan version for all you veggie folks out there. The Best Food Quotes of All Time (Warning: May Cause Hunger) 10 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S. If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Feasting is a column dedicated to cooking, grilling, eating and discovering what’s on the menu across America and the world.Whether you grew up eating poutine, call them disco fries or are a newbie to this messy, cheesy Canadian dish, one thing is for certain: these gravy-smothered fries aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. As poutine has made its way down south the last few years, restaurants in different cities across America have been adopting their own versions from the traditional to those topped with things like pork belly and fried eggs. We rounded up some of the best in the country so you can get your poutine fix right now.Mile End Deli – New YorkOpened in January 2010 by Noah Bernamoff, Mile End has always had a simple mission: to produce and serve the Jewish comfort foods of Noah’s Montreal youth. Along with the house-made cured meats and fish and some of the best Matzo ball soup in town, Mile End’s poutine is as legit as it gets. Choose from the traditional with cheese curds and roasted chicken gravy or go all the way and add brisket.P’tit Soleil – Los AngelesDid you know the word “poutine” was often used as slang for “mess” when the dish originated in rural Quebec, back in the 50s? Serving up authentic Quebecois small plates and Canadian beers, this intimate bar is serious about poutine – they have an entire menu dedicated to the dish. Try the traditional or go for one of their specialties like the Poutine Marat with sliced filet mignon, mushrooms and a cognac cream sauce.The Blind Butcher – DallasLocated in Dallas’ Lower Greenville Avenue neighborhood, The Blind Butcher serves up fine quality food in a casual, pub-like setting. And their ultra-rich poutine menu has something for everyone. Vegetarians can enjoy the mushroom variety while carnivores will love digging into the pork belly or duck versions. Add an egg or foie gras to really turn up.Related: Feasting: The Best New Steakhouses in AmericaBottlefork Bar & Kitchen – ChicagoWith an impressive bar program and menu with both big and small plates meant for sharing (even though you might not want to), Bottlefork came in hot last year and is still riding the wave. Their poutine, made with kennebec fries and Wisconsin curds, is toasted under the broiler to get it extra crunchy and gooey before it’s topped with braised beef cheeks for the win. Duckfat – Portland, MEWe love just about everything at Duckfat from their mouthwatering panini to their rich gelato milkshakes. But you can’t leave the restaurant without going in on some of their famous hand-cut Belgian fries, fried in, you guessed it, duck fat. Go all the way and get the poutine, made with locally-sourced cheese curd, duck gravy and fresh chives.last_img read more

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