October 28

10 months agoBayern Munich chief Salhamidzic casts fresh doubt on future of Chelsea, Spurs target Hummels

first_imgBayern Munich chief Salhamidzic casts fresh doubt on future of Chelsea, Spurs target Hummelsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich sports chief Hasan Salhamidzic has cast doubt on the future of Mats Hummels.The Germany defender has been linked with Chelsea and Tottenham in the last 24 hours.And Salihamidzic was less than definitive when asked if Hummels was happy at the club.He also stopped short of saying that the ex-Dortmund defender would be staying in January.When asked about Hummels on Wednesday night, Salhamidzic said: “He wanted to talk to me and to Kalle [Karl-Heinz Rummenigge]. I told him my point and he’s got his.”But I think we’ve come to a common denominator. I’m not going to disclose the details of the conversation.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

October 28

10 months agoSolskjaer excited to lead Man Utd at Old Trafford for first time

first_imgSolskjaer excited to lead Man Utd at Old Trafford for first timeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits it will be a special moment when he leads the team against Huddersfield at Old Trafford tomorrow.Solskjaer’s managerial stint is off to a fabulous start with the 5-1 victory at Cardiff City last weekend.He said, “Of course, you try to keep your emotions in check. I’m there to do a job, I’ve got to be focused. It’s not easy, I don’t think it will be easy but I’m looking forward to it. I think the boys are looking forward to playing at Old Trafford. That’s the key. We should be looking forward to playing there. I was sat next to Rene Meulensteen as a coach in a Reserves-team game there once, and I was there with Cardiff, but, of course, it will be special.”You can never set the bar too high. They [the players] are setting the standards. The players that play for this club, they’ve got high standards to live up to and, Saturday, it was not like they’ve outperformed themselves because you cannot outperform yourself. We want to look at this game, evaluate and look at a few clips. We can be better, we can understand each other better, so it will be good.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

October 28

21 days ago​Crystal Palace invite prospective purchasers

first_img​Crystal Palace invite prospective purchasersby Ian Ferris21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace have been put up for sale as part of a deal that would value the Premier League club at UK£210 million (US$258 million),according to City AM, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The business newspaper claims to have seen a document intended for prospective buyers offering to facilitate the purchase of at least 75 per cent and up to 90 per cent of the club for either a single buyer or consortium.The document, which was apparently drawn up by Zenith Global Capital Partners rather than Palace themselves, reportedly says the club would be sold-debt free and have a projected valuation of UK£525 million (US$645 million) by year three and UK£700 million (US$860 million) by year five.It has been widely reported this year that Palace’s American owners, Joshua Harris and David Blitzer, are looking to sell their stake in the club just three years after investing in the team.However, City AM’s report added that Steve Parish, Palace’s long-serving chairman and minority owner, is open to remaining at the club but would be willing to dilute his 18 per cent stake. TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

October 28

15 days agoEx-Stoke boss Rowett, Cahill in Millwall frame

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Ex-Stoke boss Rowett, Cahill in Millwall frameby Ansser Sadiq15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Stoke City, Birmingham and Derby County boss Gary Rowett is on the shortlist to replace Neil Harris at Millwall.Harris left the post earlier this week with the Lions towards the bottom of the Championship.Sky Sports says former Everton and Millwall striker Tim Cahill is also in contention.The South-East London club are keen to appoint a new manager before their next fixture against Brentford on October 19. last_img read more

October 26

‘Tierney is a lot better than Monreal’

first_imgArsenal target Kieran Tierney is already “a lot better” than Nacho Monreal, says Kevin Gallacher, with the Celtic defender boasting the potential to be “a bargain” for the Gunners.The Gunners are said to have identified the Scotland international left-back as a top target for the summer transfer window.An opening bid of around £15 million ($19m) has received short shrift, with that offer branded an “embarrassment” and “pittance” for a player of Tierney’s undoubted ability. 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? It has been suggested that a second approach is being readied at Emirates Stadium, with Unai Emery seeking to bring in players that will improve his side in the present and continue to develop in the future.Former Scotland star Gallacher believes Tierney meets those criteria, telling The Herald: “Kieran can definitely cope with a move to Arsenal.“He is a quality player. A team like Arsenal play football. I think it will suit Kieran and the way he plays – he is an attacking full-back. That is a strength of his.“At the moment, they have got Monreal playing full-back. I think Kieran is a lot better than him.“Arsenal scouts have obviously been watching him very closely over a period of time and their analysts have looked at different aspects of his play. They clearly believe he will fit in to the system that they play.“If Kieran goes down there, stays patient and grasps his opportunity with both hands when he gets it then the sky is the limit for him.“He isn’t stupid. He will have seen what Andy Robertson did at Liverpool. If he takes a leaf out of Andy’s book he will do well.”Unai Emery Arsenal 2018-19Arsenal are facing up to another season without Champions League football, having finished fifth in the Premier League last season and lost in the Europa League final, but Gallacher sees signs of progress in north London.A man who tasted title glory in England with Blackburn added: “I saw a fair bit of them last season and thought their style did change a little bit.“They weren’t trying to walk the ball into the net as much. They were trying different strategies to attack and get that ball into the final third.“But the players they have got are phenomenal. They have a fantastic squad, they just have to believe in each other and take it to the next level. I think you will see an improvement next season.“Emery has been in there for a season, he understands the club, he understands the players and their qualities. All he needs is strength in depth and more consistency to get the team further up the table. He will know that and will be trying to bridge the gap.“They have been in the top five for England for the last 25 years and are more than capable of staying there. It is a big ask for Arsenal to get the players who can help them do that. But I think Kieran Tierney would be a bargain.”last_img read more

October 26

Report: Gladbach 2-2 Chelsea

first_imgRoss Barkley scored an 86th-minute penalty as Chelsea came from two goals down to draw 2-2 in a friendly against Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday.Alassane Plea swept home after an error from Kepa Arrizabalaga before Jonas Hofmann made the most of some disorganised defending to give Gladbach a two-goal advantage at half-time.Yann Sommer made a string of excellent stops to keep Chelsea at bay but his goal was eventually breached by Tammy Abraham, who coolly slotted home from the penalty spot in the 59th minute. 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? The Blues were boosted ahead of their opening Premier League match against Manchester United next weekend by N’Golo Kante’s return from a knee injury and Barkley ensured they did not sign off their pre-season campaign with a loss when he converted a late spot-kick.Our final pre-season game ends in a draw. Another good test for the Blues, with just over a week to go until our Premier League campaign begins… #BMGCHE pic.twitter.com/DnMfIiQslc — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 3, 2019 Abraham was unable to finish when Oscar Wendt inadvertently put him one on one with Sommer and Gladbach moved ahead when Kepa sent a pass straight to Hofmann and the midfielder found Plea, who swept a fine finish into the bottom-left corner in the 13th minute.Plea returned the favour six minutes before the break, the Frenchman’s throughball poked between Kepa’s legs by Hofmann after Andreas Christensen played him onside.Chelsea came out firing in the second half but Sommer kept out Mateo Kovacic, Mason Mount and Abraham twice, but the striker got on the scoreboard following Matthias Ginter’s foul on Kovacic in the box.Barkley replaced Abraham in the 66th minute and, after missing a glorious chance to restore parity when he shot wide in a one on one, he converted from the spot following Keanan Bennetts’ late challenge on Mount to make it four goals in as many pre-season matches for the England international.Kepa stopped Bennetts making amends with a smart save before the final whistle, with a draw proving a fair result in an entertaining encounter.last_img read more

October 26

John Schnatter: Louisville ‘Not Being Honest’ After Stadium Name Decision

first_imgLouisville's football players run through the tent onto the field.LOUISVILLE, KY – NOVEMBER 29: The Louisville Cardinals take the field before the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on November 29, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)John Schnatter, and not Papa John’s Pizza, purchased naming rights for Louisville football’s “Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.” On Friday, the school’s president said that Schnatter supports taking “Papa John’s” off of the name, in light of the recent scandal stemming from his use of the n-word during a conference call.President Neeli Bendapudi held a press conference, and said that she had decided to go through with the name change. She also said that she spoke to Schnatter about the issue, and that he apologized and gave the name change his blessing.The Papa John’s founder has been back on the offensive in recent days. On Friday, he spoke to WLKY about various issues, and said that Louisville hasn’t been honest about their dealings.Via the Courier-Journal:John Schnatter said he didn’t know the University of Louisville was dropping “Papa John’s” from the football stadium’s name until Friday’s announcement was made by U of L President Neeli Bendapudi.[…]“No, that wasn’t true,” Schnatter told WLKY. “The administration said I apologized. I think I need to apologize to the players and to the students and to the faculty. But I never apologized for taking the name down. I never knew about it. I knew they were taking a look at it, but they told me they’d wait over for the weekend. So that was not true.”John Schnatter, who stepped down from the Louisville Board of Trustees two days ago, says that the school is “not being honest.”“I worked on this board for two years,” Schnatter told WLKY. “I said, ‘Hey, let’s play it straight. Let’s put the cards on the table. Let’s be transparent. Clean business is good business.’ And I’m gone two days, and they’re already caving. They’re already not being honest. That’s been disappointing.”Asked by WLKY if he would fight his name being taken off the stadium, Schnatter didn’t give a definitive answer, saying “I just found out about it.”Considering this whole incident stems from cascading public relations disasters, the move for Schnatter is probably not to fight this too much, especially given players’ and fans’ desire for the stadium name to change.He has also gone after the NFL and Roger Goodell again in the last few days, so it doesn’t seem like he’s ready to give up the limelight.[WLKY; Courier-Journal]last_img read more

October 26

New Injury Update For Nebraska QB Adrian Martinez

first_imginjury update for nebraska starting qb adrian martinezAdrian Martinez suffered a knee injury in Nebraska’s season-opening loss to Colorado. The play was a controversial one, as the Huskers later revealed that they sent in video of the play to be reviewed. Nebraska released the video that was sent in on Wednesday.Nebraska head coach Scott Frost updated Martinez’s status for this Saturday’s game earlier in the week. He said that Martinez was taking things day by day and that a decision on playing could be made at game time.Frost had another update on Martinez this afternoon. Not much has changed.Martinez continues to be evaluated. Frost added that a decision on his status for Saturday could be made “two minutes” before kickoff.“Scott Frost said he might make a decision on Adrian Martinez ‘2 minutes before kickoff.’ Said Martinez will warm up at the very least. Said decision to play or not play Martinez will be ‘strictly physical,’” Sam McKewon tweeted.Scott Frost said he might make a decision on Adrian Martinez “2 minutes before kickoff.” Said Martinez will warm up at the very least. Said decision to play or not play Martinez will be “strictly physical.” #huskers— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) September 13, 2018Martinez played really well in the Week 1 loss to Colorado. He threw for more than 180 yards and rushed for more than 110 yards. Martinez had a couple of costly turnovers, but that was probably expected considering it was his first college game.Nebraska is looking to rebound from that loss this weekend. The Huskers are set to host Troy.last_img read more

October 26

Georgia RB Elijah Holyfield Announces NFL Draft Decision

first_imgA general view of the Georgia Bulldogs football stadium.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 29: Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels at Sanford Stadium on September 29, 2007 in Athens, Georgia. Georgia won 45 – 17. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)With just 11 days left until the deadline for college football players to announce their NFL draft decisions, a flood of the top players in the country have announced their plans to leave college football early.Add another running back to the list. Georgia running back Elijah Holyfield took to Twitter on Friday afternoon to announce he’s leaving the Bulldogs a year early to enter his name into the NFL draft.“I would like to take this time to officially declare for the 2019 NFL Draft. I go forward, while always reflecting on my time in Athens, knowing I will work tirelessly to make Dawg Nation proud. No matter where my playing career may lead me, I will forever be a GA boy,” Holyfield said in a statement.Thank you so much Dawg Nation!❤️ pic.twitter.com/R3X106PYO9— Elijah Holyfield (@EH_taught_me) January 4, 2019Holyfield finished second on the team with 956 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns on the year. He was the latest Georgia star to reveal he’s leaving the program after Mecole Hardman, Riley Ridley and Isaac Nauta.last_img read more

October 26

Clemson Star Clelin Ferrell Announces NFL Draft Decision

first_imgGeneric photo of footballs in an end zone.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)One of the most-dominant players from the 2018 college football season is taking his talents to the next level. On Thursday night, Clemson star defensive lineman Clelin Ferrell took to Twitter to announce his plans to enter the 2019 NFL Draft.Deep down Clemson fans had to know this was coming, though they undoubtedly hoped to see him return for a run at another title. Ferrell had a message for the Clemson faithful before he left.“And to the Clemson Family, you all are the best fans in the world and you are the reason why this decision is so hard, because the people here are what make it so special…With that being said, I am excited to announce that I will be declaring for the NFL Draft this year and will continue to chase my dream of being the best me I can be,” Ferrell said on Twitter.Matthew 17:20… My Foundation Is Built On Faith And Through That Greatness Is Achieved..?? pic.twitter.com/YUAKS1OS8K— Clelin Ferrell (@Cle_Missile) January 11, 2019Ferrell is expected to be one of the first players off the board and could potentially be a top-five draft pick this April.last_img read more

October 26

Nebraska OLB Breon Dixon Has A Transfer Decision

first_imgNebraska cheerleaders run flags onto the field.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 15: Cheerleaders of the Nebraska Cornhuskers celebrate a score against the Troy Trojans at Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Since he was in high school, Breon Dixon’s college football career has been in flux. Now, the former Ole Miss transfer is leaving his second school, Nebraska.Dixon, a former four-star recruit, entered his name to the NCAA transfer portal earlier this month. He was one of a number of Huskers linebackers to leave the program.He won’t be heading to another Power Five program. Instead, he’s going to the junior college ranks, before reemerging at another Division I school.Nebraska linebacker Breon Dixon is set to transfer to Iowa Western Community College.From the Omaha World-Herald: Former Nebraska outside linebacker Breon Dixon will transfer to Iowa Western Community College, Reivers coach Scott Strohmeier confirmed Tuesday night.Dixon will attend classes at IWCC starting in July, Strohmeier said. He had previously appeared in four games — all on special teams — for the Huskers in 2018 before leaving the program after spring camp.Dixon transferred in to Nebraska from Ole Miss. In high school, he wound up with the Rebels after being committed to Georgia. He appeared in four games for the Huskers this season, primarily contributing on special teams.In high school, he was ranked No. 257 overall, and No. 11 among inside linebackers in the 2017 recruiting class.[Omaha World-Herald]last_img read more

October 26

Lamar Goods, 4-Star DT In 2020 Class, Announces De-Commitment

first_imgA pylon with the SEC logo on it.ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 07: An ‘SEC’ logo is seen on an end zone pylon before the Missouri Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers during the SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Four-star defensive tackle Lamar Goods looked set to be a figure piece of Mike Stoops’ defense at Kentucky. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, it looks like Goods is going to be taking his talents elsewhere.Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, Goods announced that he would be de-committing from Kentucky and re-opening his recruitment. The announcement comes just a few days after a took a visit to the University of Florida.247Sports rates Goods as the No. 333 overall prospect in the country. He is the No. 30 defensive tackle in the country, and the No. 4 prospect from the state of Connecticut.Losing Goods deprives the Wildcats of one of their top recruits for the Class of 2020. pic.twitter.com/nXlf8j0AlD— lamar goods (@GoodsLamar) June 19, 2019Kentucky’s football team is coming off a historic season, having won 10 wins for only the third time in their history. Benny Snell set new rushing records for the team while top pass rusher Josh Allen was rewarded with a top-10 NFL Draft selection.As for Woods’ potential destination, 247Sports’ Crystal Ball Predictions have him projected to go to Florida now.last_img read more

October 26

Notre Dame Wide Receiver Has Reportedly Broken His Collarbone

first_imgA closeup of a Notre Dame football helmet.ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: A detail view of a Notre Dame Fighting Irish players helmet showing the CFP logo during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic against the Clemson Tigers at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)A veteran Notre Dame wide receiver has reportedly suffered a fractured collarbone heading into the start of the 2019 season.Michael Young, a potential starter at wideout for the Fighting Irish, suffered the injury during a practice on Saturday.ND Insider has confirmed the news.The 5-foot-10, 190-pound junior broke his collarbone during Saturday’s practice inside Notre Dame Stadium, a source confirmed with the Tribune.Irish Sports Daily first reported Young’s injury as a broken collarbone. Immediately following Saturday’s practice, head coach Brian Kelly said he hadn’t received further information on Young’s status.Young was a three-star recruit coming out of high school.The 5-foot-10 wide receiver caught 7 passes for 138 yards and 1 touchdown last season.Notre Dame is set to open its 2019 season on Sept. 2 against Louisville.last_img read more

October 25

Xiaomi Redmi Go quick review: Affordable and seems apt for first-time smartphone buyers

first_img Sneha Saha New DelhiMarch 19, 2019UPDATED: March 22, 2019 08:11 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Xiaomi Redmi Go debuts at a price of Rs 4,499 in India.The Redmi Go is the cheapest phone Xiaomi has ever launched in India so far.The Redmi Go serves all basic requirements most first-time phone users may have.Xiaomi has partnered with Google to launch its first Android Go smartphone aka Redmi Go. The phone was launched by Xiaomi in India on Tuesday at an event in New Delhi. This is a very important phone, and although it debuts at a price of Rs 4,499 that seems fairly close to the regular Android smartphones, given that this is a Xiaomi phone it is bound to be noticed by millions of people in India who might be looking to move away from their feature phone to their first smartphone.For people looking to buy an affordable first smartphone, or even people who just want to buy a functional smartphone without spending too much money, the Redmi Go could be the best option.The Redmi Go is the cheapest phone Xiaomi has launched in India so far. Until now this distinction belonged to the Redmi 5A and the Redmi 6A. Xiaomi’s first Android Go phone will go on sale for the first time in India on March 22 on Flipkart, Mi Home store and Mi.com. With the Redmi Go, Xiaomi is targeting the first-time smartphone users in India and also aiming to move users from a feature phone, which continues to be in vogue even in 2019. Over here at India Today Tech, I spent some time with the Redmi Go.With the Redmi Go, Xiaomi is basically aiming to take on the likes of other Android Go phones like Nokia 1, Samsung Galaxy J2 Core and as well as the JioPhone 2, which is cheaper and has a good hold on the consumers who are looking to buy a smartphone but don’t want to spend Rs 7,000 or even Rs 5,000 on such device.advertisementIf you’re looking for a premium looking smartphone that is big on specs, the Redmi Go is definitely not meant for you. But if you’re looking to switch to a smartphone from a feature phone or looking for a secondary device which is easy to use and could be reliable, I believe that Redmi Go is a good option for you to consider at Rs 4,499. The Redmi Go serves all basic requirements most first-time phone users may have.The Redmi Go comes with a 5-inch HD display, decent design, 3000mAh battery, Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, camera on both front and back, among other things. The Redmi Go supports 20+ language support, and also allows users to use Google Assistant in English, Hindi and Hinglish. One of the best things about the Redmi Go is that its lightweight. The Redmi Go feels extremely light in the hands and is also very sleek, which usually isn’t the case with phones this cheap. For example, the Redmi 5A and also the Redmi 6A – which are pricier than the Redmi Go — are fairly bulky devices. All in all, I believe, the Redmi Go has the perfect size and fits perfectly in the hands, especially for people with small hands, like me.The Redmi Go runs Google’s Android Go program based on Android Oreo – yes, sadly no Android Pie for this Go phone. Also, while the software in the Redmi Go has the usual stock Android interface, there are a number of apps bundled with it. The phone ships bundled with several third-party apps like Amazon shopping, Mint Browser, Facebook Lite, Mi Community, Mi Drop, among others. Being an Android Go phone the Redmi Go comes packed with all Go or “lite” versions (which is smaller in size and hence eat up much lesser mobile data) of Google’s apps like Gmail Go, YouTube Go, Chrome Go and others.In India, the Redmi Go is going to be available in two colours – black and blue — and both look pretty good. I’m using the blue one. Overall, I’m particularly impressed with the design and the display of the Redmi Go. The screen of the phone on the first impression seems bright in both outdoor and indoor conditions. The Redmi Go sports a 5-inch HD display with resolution of 1280×720 and aspect ratio of 16:9. One feature that I’m glad to see in the Redmi Go is Night display mode. Even though the price is relatively affordable, the Redmi Go is a phone that comes with decent hardware. The Redmi Go includes a single camera on the back and front. On the rear panel, the phone has an 8MP camera, paired with LED flash while on the front the Redmi Go includes a 5MP selfie shooter. I clicked some pictures with the Redmi Go in bright sunlight and also in indoors and overall I feel both the front and back camera of the phone does a good job. The pictures aren’t very detailed or capture great colours but they look decent, at least that is the impression I get from the pictures clicked in the low light.advertisementFor example, see these images clicked with the Redmi Go. And do keep in mind that a phone with a price of Rs 4,499 clicked them.IMAGE SAMPLESI’m yet to test the overall performance of the Redmi Go or its battery backup. I will talk about these aspects in details in the full review of the phone in the upcoming days. The Redmi Go is powered by Qualcomm Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 425 chipset, paired with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage that can be expanded with up to 128GB microSD card. It is great to see a phone this cheap to come with dual SIM support. The Redmi Go comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack, dual microphones, bottom speaker grills and microSD port for charging. Inside, it has a big 3000mAh battery that Xiaomi claims can offer up to 12 hours of call time, 78 hours of music playback and 5 hours of video playback.We will talk about the Redmi Go and my more detailed experience with Xiaomi’s cheapest phone in India yet in our full review in the days to come. Stay tuned.ALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Go launched in India: Key specs, top features, India price, and everything you need to knowALSO READ | Redmi Go launched in India with price of Rs 4,499, it is Xiaomi’s cheapest phone everGet 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 bySneha Saha Tags :Follow XiaomiFollow RedmiFollow Android GoFollow Redmi Go Next Xiaomi Redmi Go quick review: Affordable and seems apt for first-time smartphone buyersOn the best things about the Redmi Go is its lightweight. The Redmi Go feels extremely light in the hands and is also very sleek, which usually isn’t the case with phones this cheap.advertisementlast_img read more

October 25

Shape of You singer Ed Sheeran was bullied for his ginger hair in primary school

first_img Press Trust of India LondonMarch 26, 2019UPDATED: March 26, 2019 12:59 IST Shape Of You singer Ed SheeranEd Sheeran has revealed that he was picked upon by his classmates for his “quirky” looks. The 28-year-old singer said life in school was tough for him as he was “instantly ripped into” for being different.”I hated primary school with a passion; I cried every day. I’m ginger so I was instantly ripped into from the day I started school – ginger, had a stutter, and wore huge glasses… just a bit odd,” Sheeran said in an interview with DJ Nihal and rapper Dave.”But then as I got older I kind of loved it, I’ve always kind of looked a bit quirky. I never had much luck with girls and stuff like that, it was always I kind of looked a bit weird,” the singer said.The Shape of You hit-maker said things changed for the better when he found music in high school.”I got to high school, started playing guitar and joined a band. Music is one of those things that can give you confidence. You’re suddenly like ‘wow, I can actually do something well’. Before I picked up a guitar I did nothing,” he said in the interview.”I went to a primary school that was quite sporty and I couldn’t play sport.That was how you were cool – if you were good at football you were cool and I wasn’t good at football. But then when I joined high school it was such a melting pot of all different things and I started playing the guitar and suddenly started fitting in,” Ed Sheeran added.advertisementALSO READ| Ed Sheeran conquers Mumbai with his successful Divide TourALSO READ| Ed Sheeran in India: The audience goes crazy as the pop star sings Shape of YouALSO WATCH| Ed Sheeran’s music conquers India with his successful concert in MumbaiGet 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 byPTI Tags :Follow Ed SheeranFollow Shape of YouFollow Ed Sheeran in India Shape of You singer Ed Sheeran was bullied for his ginger hair in primary schoolEd Sheeran, the Shape of You hit-maker was bullied for his quirky looks in primary school. During an interview with the media, the singer said things changed for the better when he found music in high school.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

October 25

IPL 2019 Playoff Scenarios: What should KKR do to seal the last spot

first_img Akshay Ramesh New DelhiMay 5, 2019UPDATED: May 5, 2019 20:02 IST Kolkata Knight Riders need to win their last match to qualify for the playoffs (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSKolkata Knight Riders need to beat Mumbai Indians to progress to the playoffsSunrisers Hyderabad can become the first team to qualify for playoffs with just 12 pointsKXIP sealed a consolation win vs CSK on SundayAfter 55 matches, the final berth for the 2019 Indian Premier League playoffs is still up for grabs and 2 teams are in the race to join Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians in the quaifiers.Royal Challangers Bangalore secured a consolation win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in Bengaluru on Saturday, much to the delight of Kolkata Knight Riders fans.Kings XI Punjab had a mathematical chance to make the top-four. Despite their six-wicket thrashing of Chennai Super Kings at home earlier on Sunday, R Ashwin’s men fell short of the playoffs berth. KXIP finished with 12 points from 14 matches and are currently sixth on the eight-team table.Match 56: Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders in Mumbai from 8 pm ISTThe odds were stacked in favour of Sunrisers Hyderabad before their final league match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. SRH had 12 points from 13 matches and a positive net run rate of +0.653, the best in the eight-team table.When Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers were dismissed cheaply in Bangalore’s chase of 176, it seemed like Hyderabad were favourites to seal a playoffs berth.However, Shimron Hetmyer, playing for RCB for the first time in 33 days, stepped up and showed why he is rated one of the most promising young cricketers going around. Hetmyer smashed his maiden IPL fifty and stitched a 100-plus stand for the fourth wicket with Gurkeerat Singh who also got to half-century.Two men announced themselves to #VIVOIPL, one man redeemed himself with the winning shot for @RCBTweets #RCBvSRH pic.twitter.com/4YjoLbdhY7advertisementIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 4, 2019Hetmyer took Sunrisers’ key bowlers including Rashid Khan to the cleaners as Bangalore gunned down the total with 4 balls to spare.Here’s how the race for the final playoffs spot looks like on the last day of league matches in the 2019 IPL:KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERSSimple equation: Beat Mumbai Indians on Sunday in the final league match of IPL 2019 and seal the playoffs berth. However, it’s not going to be an easy task for Kolkata Knight Riders as Mumbai Indians will be keen on clinching two points to secure a top- finish and make it to Qualifier 1.SUNRISERS HYDERABADWe’ve got a Super Sunday tomorrow to complete the #VIVOIPL league stages! After @RCBTweets’ win, here’s how things stand.#RCBvSRH pic.twitter.com/qxgLgEqnyHIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 4, 2019The 4-wicket loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday has not hurt Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Net Run Rate a lot. They have ended up with 12 points from 14 matches with an NRR of +0.577.SRH will now have to rely on other results to know their fate. They can become the first team to qualify for playoffs with just 12 points in the IPL history provided both KXIP and KKR lose.If Kolkata Knight Riders, who are on 12 points from 13 matches with a Net Run Rate of +0.173, beat Mumbai Indians, they will knock Sunrisers Hyderabad out.However, if Kolkata Knight Riders lose at the Wankhede Stadium, see Sunrisers Hyderabad will most likely seal the berth on the basis of a better net run rate.Also Read | IPL 2019: Another no-ball controversy and Virat Kohli is frustratedAlso Read | IPL 2019: Rishabh Pant breaks Virender Sehwag record for Delhi CapitalsAlso Read | IPL 2019: Rahane promises to come back stronger in 2020 after disappointing seasonFor 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 IPL 2019Follow IPL 2019 Playoff ScenariosFollow KKRFollow SRHFollow KXIP IPL 2019 Playoff Scenarios: What should KKR do to seal the last spotIPL 2019: With Kings XI Punjab not doing enough to give themselves a chance to seal a playoffs berth, Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrises Hyderabad are in the race to seal a playoffs spot. KKR take on Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium in the final league-stage match of the seasonadvertisementlast_img read more

October 25

Chennai Super Kings look to end Mumbai Indians’ 9-year unbeaten run at Chepauk

first_imgChennai Super Kings look to end Mumbai Indians’ 9-year unbeaten run at ChepaukIPL 2019: Billed as the ‘El Clasico’ of the IPL, we are certain to witness another blockbuster clash tonight at the Chepauk as old records are set to be broken and new ones createdadvertisement India Today Web Desk ChennaiMay 7, 2019UPDATED: May 7, 2019 17:32 IST Chennai haven’t beaten Mumbai Indians at home since 2010 (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSChennai Super Kings take on Mumbai Indians in the 1st Qualifier of IPL 2019 tonight in ChennaiCSK boast of a tremendous record at home this season, winning 6 of its 7 games in ChennaiMI are the only team to have a positive head-to-head record against CSK in IPL historyMS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have been patchy after a strong start to the IPL 2019 and finished their league engagements with a six-wicket defeat to Kings XI Punjab at Mohali on Sunday. But CSK will be happy to return to their den to take on table-toppers Mumbai Indians (MI), probably their biggest IPL rival, to decide which team seals the first spot in the May 12 final.CSK boast of a tremendous record at home this season, winning 6 of their 7 games at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai and tonight, it will act as a big advantage for the hosts. Billed as the ‘El Clasico’ of the IPL, we are certain to witness another blockbuster clash tonight at the Chepauk.Here are a few stats that matter as the teams head for the all important Qualifier 1 in Chennai:- Saying that the Chepauk is CSK’s fortress isn’t an overstatement. In their last 23 matches at home, CSK have won 19!- But CSK will be vary of MI as they are the only team to have a positive head-to-head record against CSK in the history of IPL – 15:11- 3 of CSK’s last 4 defeats at the MA Chidambaram Stadium have come against Rohit Sharma’s side. In fact, Chennai haven’t beaten Mumbai Indians at home since 2010!- But CSK can take solace from the fact that they have performed better in the playoffs. Of the 7 times these two teams have met in a playoffs, CSK have won 4 to Mumbai’s 3- If CSK win tonight’s high-octane clash, it will be their 100th win in the IPL. Also, it will be Ravindra Jadeja’s 100th IPL match for Chennai Super Kingsadvertisement- CSK have a 3-1 win-loss record in the 1st Qualifiers while MI trail behind with a poor 1-2- Karn Sharma, who has played just one match for CSK this year, has a curious record to his name, which if taken seriously might prompt the side to slot him into the playing XI. Not only has he been part of an IPL winning team for the past 3 seasons now (Sunrisers Hyderabad 2016, Kolkata Knight Riders 2017, CSK 2018), but his record in 5 playoff matches speaks for itself as he has picked up 7 wickets at an excellent economy rate of 6.6(With PTI inputs)Also Read | IPL 2019 Qualifier 1, MI vs CSK: Mumbai eye ticket to final at happy hunting groundAlso Read | Ashwin’s Mankading to Dhoni’s rage: Controversies that headlined IPL 2019For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Chennai Super KingsFollow Mumbai Indianslast_img read more

October 25

Anil Kumble hopes to see more Indians like Yuvraj Singh in T20 leagues

first_imgAnil Kumble hopes to see more Indians like Yuvraj Singh in T20 leagues Yuvraj Singh got the BCCI clearance to play in Canada’s Global T20 League. Anil Kumble, who is the chairman of ICC Cricket Committee, said Indian players participating in global leagues will improve their following, considering the fandom India cricketers enjoy.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiJuly 19, 2019UPDATED: July 19, 2019 20:43 IST World Cup-winning former India all-rounder retired from international cricket earlier this year (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSYuvraj Singh got the BCCI clearance to feature in Canada’s Global T20 LeagueAnil Kumble expects the BCCI to give NOCs to more players in the futureFor me the development of cricket in this region is what attracted me: Kumble on association with Euro T20 SlamWith the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) making an exception for Yuvraj Singh and giving him permission to play in the Global T20, the doors have been opened and former India skipper and coach Anil Kumble believes that having Indian players in the new T20 leagues is an immense boost not just for the growth of the leagues, but also for the youngsters who ply their trade in those leagues.Speaking to IANS on the sidelines of the Euro T20 Slam draft on Friday, Kumble — a board member of the advisory committee — said that Yuvraj getting permission was a big boost and hopefully more players would get NOC from the board to play in various T20 leagues apart from the Indian Premier League.”Yes, I feel that is something the BCCI will look at, but currently there are certain restrictions. But having said that, you know people like Yuvi have got the permission to go and play (in Global T20). So, I don’t see any issue if some of these players want to go and play, but the BCCI will have to give them NOC. At this point in time, it is good to have someone like Yuvi play in the leagues and in the future you will perhaps see more players from India participating in the leagues,” he said.Asked how having experienced Indian players would help the leagues, Kumble said: “One is to get the experience of the player in the league and the second is the following that the Indian player has back home and that is massive. Any player from India gets massive support, the Indian team gets massive support across the world. So, the following of the league and their heroes is massive. And in that sense it is a big moment if any Indian player plays in these leagues. Yuvi playing in different leagues apart from the IPL will be followed as well.”advertisementKumble reveals reason for association with Euro T20 SlamKumble says the reason why he decided to be associated with the Euro T20 Slam is the fact that Ireland is a Full Member now and has Test status and this league would help develop the game in the Europe region.”For me the development of cricket in this region is what attracted me. I know there are a lot of T20 leagues that have cropped up, but I feel the development of Europe and Ireland being a Full Member now and having Test status is something that attracted me,” he explained.Kumble feels T20 is the format that helps bring in new people to the game. “I think that is something people want to see, we have seen over different competitions. Also, the closeness of competing against the tougher teams so to speak is a lot narrower and the difference between teams is very narrow. So, you will also see the odd result that doesn’t go as per expectation. That is why I feel this format is something that helps in growing the game.”It is a great platform for exchange of ideas and talent. For any youngster across the globe to get to interact with the icons is a blessing and to rub shoulders with them. Also for teams like Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands, it is as good as gold. The youngsters will benefit from playing against and with the icons. To know how the experienced campaigners adapt to certain situations, you cannot learn that from coaches,” he pointed.Also Read | Triple H presents World Cup winning England team customised WWE Championship beltAlso Read | MS Dhoni has no immediate plans to retire, says longtime friendAlso 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 Euro T20 SlamFollow Anil KumbleFollow Yuvraj SinghFollow BCCIFollow Global T20 leaguelast_img read more

October 25

Virat Kohli on India’s World Cup exit: Every time we woke up it was the worst feeling in the morning

first_imgVirat Kohli on India’s World Cup exit: Every time we woke up it was the worst feeling in the morningIndia tour of West Indies 2019: India captain Virat Kohli said that the team is keen on moving on from the World Cup disappointment and that the players are looking forward to the action in the West Indies. advertisement India Today Web Desk LauderhillAugust 3, 2019UPDATED: August 3, 2019 10:55 IST India were ousted from World Cup 2019 after semi-final defeat to New Zealand (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli said India’s World Cup semi-final exit was difficult to digestThe first few days after we exited the World Cup were quite difficult: Virat KohliIndia begin their preparations for next year’s T20 World Cup vs West IndiesIndia captain Virat Kohli conceded that the semi-final defeat to New Zealand at World Cup 2019 was a difficult pill to swallow, saying the players found it quite difficult to handle the disappointment in the first few days of their exit.Virat Kohli added that India are keen on hitting the refresh button and focussing on the task in hand in the upcoming full-tour of the West Indies. India begin their T20I series against West Indies in Lauderhill, Florida on Saturday.Kohli also revealed that he and his teammates felt good after a fielding session on Friday and that the entire unit is looking foward to being back on the field.”The first few days after we exited the World Cup were quite difficult. Till the time the tournament got over, every time we woke up it was the worst feeling in the morning. Then through the day you do things and sort of get on with your life,” Virat Kohli told the press on the eve of the 1st T20I.Kohli added: “We are professionals. We move ahead. Every team has to move on.”So we are quite okay with what happened in the World Cup. Yesterday the fielding session and the little bit of time we spent on the field was really good. Everyone was excited, looking forward to just playing, just being on the field again. I think that’s the best thing you can do as a team, just get on the park as soon as possible.”advertisementThe India captain, who will be without the services of some of the established stars including Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni, also said the West Indies tour is a good opportunity for youngsters to step up and grab their opportunities.India will play 3 T20Is and 3 ODIs before starting their World Test Championships campaign against the West Indies later this month. The likes of Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant along with Navdeep Saini, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Washington Sundar and Rahul Chahar will be keen on proving their mettle and seal spots ahead of next year’s World T20.”We have 25-26 games before the T20 World Cup and we want to look at all the games to build a solid combination – conditions-based, obviously, because when you play in Australia, the combination will be different. And according to your team’s strength, and how a player is performing in different conditions, this is what we’re trying to figure ou,” Kohli said.”It’s a very normal process in cricket at this level that whatever games you have, you use it to build towards that global tournament,” he added.Also Read | West Indies vs India, 1st T20I: Distractions aside, Virat Kohli’s men look to build a team for the futureAlso Read | MS Dhoni’s absence great opportunity for Rishabh Pant to become a consistent performer: Virat KohliAlso 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 World Cup 2019Follow India cricket teamFollow Virat KohliFollow India tour of West Indies 2019last_img read more