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10 months agoMan City midfielder Leroy Sane: Chelsea defeat hurts

first_imgMan City midfielder Leroy Sane: Chelsea defeat hurtsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Leroy Sane admits defeat last week to Chelsea “hurt”.City lost their unbeaten season run in London.”It is always kind of annoying and it hurts, to lose especially a big, important game,” Sane told Sky Sports.”We were really disappointed because even at the beginning the game looked in control and we had quite a few good chances. We didn’t find our finishing.”If you’re not awake in those games or make small mistakes then you get punished. We did that in the Chelsea game.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoLeeds to double their money with Samuel Saiz Getafe move

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Leeds to double their money with Samuel Saiz Getafe moveby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeeds United will make a tidy sum on the departure of Samuel Saiz to Getafe.The Mirror says they will pocket over £6million from Saiz’s move to Getafe.Leeds have allowed the unsettled Saiz to return home to Spain to join Getafe on loan from January 1 with a view to making the move permanent in the summer.It is understood they will receive a loan fee of close to £500,000 plus £5.8million when the transfer becomes permanent.Saiz, 27, cost Leeds around £3million from Huesca in July 2017 and had two-and-a-half years on his current deal. last_img read more

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10 months agoReal Madrid captain Ramos: We’re failing in front of goal

first_imgReal Madrid captain Ramos: We’re failing in front of goalby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid captain Sergio Ramos says they must fight to stop their slide after defeat to Real Sociedad.Madrid have begun the New Year with one point from two games.Ramos said, “It upsets all of our plans. We would have liked to have got the year off to a good start, but it’s not turned out that way. We’re going through a bad spell. “The team performed well in spells but we lacked that cutting edge and luck in front of goal and had we had it, we’d be reflecting on a different result right now. We’ve been through a lot of tough times and this is another such spell. We’ve got to look at ourselves. It’s all about performing as best we can and being clinical, particularly because football is all about the results.”You go through periods in football where everything goes for you and right now nothing is going our way. Sometimes the woodwork gets in the way and at others you’re not creating the chances… We can’t blame the referee for the result, although he had a defining role, but we’ve also got to look at ourselves. “We’re going to keeping battling, but it’s difficult because Barcelona don’t usually slip up and the gap is opening up. We’re going to stick together and fight until the end. Real Madrid won’t lie down, even if we’re kicked seven times.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoSNAPPED! Areola upsets Real Madrid with PSG selfie

first_imgSNAPPED! Areola upsets Real Madrid with PSG selfieby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid goalkeeper Alphonse Areola upset fans with his actions after defeat at PSG.Real’s players are under huge pressure after this week’s 3-0 humbling at Champions League opponents PSG.On-loan from the Parisiens, Areola took snaps with some PSG players after the final whistle – actions which have upset some fans.Indeed, some members of Real management were also left unimpressed by the goalkeeper’s behaviour.Alphonse Areola joined Real Madrid C.F. on loan from PSG earlier this month.He looked a bit confused after last night’s result#PSGRMApic.twitter.com/ae0uomNQXC— TREQUARTISTA (@TheSporTalk) September 19, 2019 About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoNapoli captain Insigne snaps back at reporters after Cagliari defeat

first_imgNapoli captain Insigne snaps back at reporters after Cagliari defeatby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli captain Lorenzo Insigne snapped back at reporters after defeat to Cagliari.A late Lucas Castro header proved the winner.Sky Sport Italia pundit Giancarlo Marocchi angered Insigne when suggesting they played with the intensity of a pre-season friendly.“I find that offensive, especially from a former player, to suggest that we didn’t give our all out there,” replied Insigne.“You can criticise our results, but I will not stand for claims we gave less than 100 per cent today.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Video: Marshall Football Is Fired Up After Its Win Over Purdue

first_imgMarshall players fired up in the locker room after win over Purdue.Instagram/@fleebandzMarshall is coming off of a fantastic 13-1 2014 season, while Purdue struggled to a 3-9 record. Today’s game at Marshall was not expected to be a highlight of the opening weekend of college football, but it was the only Sunday game, and fans were treated to a pretty exciting affair. In the end, the game was bookended by two pick-sixes for Marshall’s Tiquan Lang on the first play from scrimmage and with 1:20 remaining in the fourth, and the Thundering Herd won the game 41-31. Purdue isn’t the sexiest Big Ten win a team can get, but Marshall is going to celebrate anyway, and rightfully so. The team was pretty pumped in the locker room after the game, based on this video posted by wide receiver Deon-Tay McManus. Big 10 what ain’t no pressure with them herd boyz A video posted by Blessed (@fleebandz) on Sep 6, 2015 at 4:05pm PDT Purdue was the only power conference game on the schedule for Marshall, which travels to Ohio next weekend.last_img read more

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Mark Ingram Made Fun Of Jemele Hill’s Looks, Called Her “Tales From The Crypt”

first_imgA New Orleans Saints helmet sitting on the field.BALTIMORE, MD – AUGUST 13: A New Orleans Saints helmet sits on the turf before the start of the Saints and Baltimore Ravens preseason game at M&T Bank Stadium on August 13, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram crossed a line early Tuesday morning. Expect the tweet you’ll see below to get some serious play in the coming days.Monday night, ahead of the national title game between Alabama and Clemson, Ingram, a former Crimson Tide running back (and Heisman winner), was an honorary captain. When ESPN’s cameras panned to show Ingram at midfield, he appeared much smaller than current Alabama tailback Derrick Henry, leading to a number of jokes at his expense.ESPN’s Jemele Hill was one to take advantage. She joked that if the two were brothers, it’d be clear that Henry got the size and speed, while Ingram got the strong hairline. When you’re little brother gets the size and speed and all you get is a strong hairline pic.twitter.com/nLc7QnESST— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) January 12, 2016Well, Ingram clearly wasn’t thrilled. He responded, telling Hill that she looks like “Tales From The Crypt.” He also said that she wears a lace front. Serious escalation, to say the least.@DaBlueprint357 @jemelehill oh u talkin bout tales from the cript lookin shawty w the lace front?!— Mark Ingram II (@MarkIngram22) January 12, 2016Probably not the best PR move. We’ll see if there is any fallout.[The Big Lead]last_img read more

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Stam: Book controversy an excuse for Man Utd to sell me

first_imgFormer Manchester United defender Jaap Stam says that the controversy surrounding the release of his book Head-to-Head gave the club a convenient excuse to move him on from Old Trafford.The Dutchman enjoyed a prolific three-year stint under Sir Alex Ferguson at the Red Devils between 1998 and 2001, where he won three Premier League titles, the FA Cup and the Champions League.However, he exited England for Lazio in the wake of media controversy that implied his manager had “tapped” him up and approached him without permission from then-club PSV Eindhoven when attempting to sign him. 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? Speaking to the Sky Sports Transfer Talk podcast, the 46-year-old, who is currently in charge of Eredivisie outfit PEC Zwolle, says that it simply presented an opportune moment to sell him following the arrival of several expensive stars.“At the time they [United] used it,” Stam stated. “It was hard from out of the blue to say ‘okay we’re going to sell Jaap’ without any reason.“It was quite convenient maybe that the book was there at that time. I think it is better to just be straightforward in how it is.”The defender admitted that he did not expect to be shown the exit at the club, for whom he had recently signed a five-year deal, stating that the club felt they were on the way to invincibility.“We kept on winning, we knew teams were getting afraid of us,” says Stam. “You have the feeling that you’re becoming unbeatable.“You don’t think about leaving, basically.”The big-money acquisitions of Ruud van Nistelrooy and Juan Sebastian Veron among others however saw a need to balance the financial books, with controversy associated with Head-to-Head ultimately paving the way for Stam’s exit.The former AC Milan star stated that he did not expect the backlash and that he felt the media misrepresented what he described as an insight into life at United rather than an autobiography.“I was completely shocked as to how it was put in the papers, because it was not how it was in the book,” he added.“Fergie was very open, we just had a conversation and he expressed his feelings about me as a player basically.“He told me not to worry about it, that he’d had the same with his own book.”The damage was done with a serialisation in a leading newspaper while Stam was on international duty however and the club subsequently agreed to sell him to Lazio.“Everyone at United knew how I was as a person, how I am as a person,” he said.“I was never going to be on the bench for half a season and wait and wait for my opportunity again.“I would have played eventually, I know that. But at the time, how everything went, the relationship was not how it was and I made my decision to move on.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Everton sign midfielder Gbamin from Mainz 05

first_imgEverton have signed midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin from Mainz for £25million ($30.4m)The Toffees have tied the 23-year-old defensive midfielder down to a five-year contract that expires at the end of June 2024.Ivory Coast international Gbamin is seen as a replacement for Idrissa Gueye who moved to Paris Saint-Germain earlier this week for £30million ($36.5m). 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? “It’s a big moment with a lot of emotion and now it’s on me to prove on the pitch why they bought me,” Gbamin told  Everton’s official website . “I’m excited because Everton is a great club here in England with a big history and ambition so I didn’t think for more than a moment – I wanted to come here.”Gbamin, who played for Lens for three seasons before spending the equal amount of time at Mainz, hopes that his style of play will excite his new supporters.“I like to go in the duels,” he said.”I like to run a lot and tackle. I also pass good and have a good transition. “All the rest, the fans will see. I will give everything on the pitch.”Although neither Everton or Mainz have declared the fee, it is reported that the deal could rise to £27.5m ($33.5m).Goodison Park boss Marco Silva was keen to strengthen his midfield ahead of the Premier League season, with Gueye’s move to the French champions likely to be a big miss.It is hoped that Gbamin can fill that void and Silva is excited by his latest recruit. He said: “Jean-Philippe is a player who has developed really well during the last three seasons and achieved a very good level of performance playing in a high level competition like the Bundesliga.“He is ready for this challenge – to come and help us to keep getting better. “He is full of ambition to play for Everton, fits with our model and he will give us different solutions in our midfield..”Gbamin is Everton’s fourth signing of the summer, having also landed Andre Gomes on a permanent deal from Barcelona and Fabian Delph from Manchester City. Jonas Lossl has also arrived from Huddersfield Town and will be a backup for Jordan Pickford in goal.The Merseyside club are also poised to announce the signing of Moise Kean from Juventus.Aged just 19, the exciting attacker is regarded as one of the most-talented teenagers in the game and it will be seen as a major coup when the imminent transfer is completed.Everton begin their new season away at Crystal Palace on August 10. The first chance most of the fans will get to see Gbamin is at home against Watford a week later.last_img read more

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Country’s No. 1 JUCO DT Announces His Commitment

first_imgAn overhead view of Neyland Stadium.14 Nov 1998: An overall view from inside Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee during a game between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Arkansas Razorbacks. The Volunteers defeated the Razorbacks 28-24. Mandatory Credit: Tom Hauck /AllsportLackawanna Community College’s Savion Williams is the top defensive tackle in the junior college ranks. Now, he is off to the SEC.Williams is heading to Tennessee. The recruiting win comes head to head over division rival Georgia, which offered the big Maryland native on the same day earlier this month.Williams announced the decision via Twitter:This isn’t a 4 year decision.:..this is a life decision! COMMITTED. ❤️ #GBO ? pic.twitter.com/VmcHyZTwep— Qb’s Worst Nightmare? (@50reazons) July 31, 2018Savion Williams’ full note on the Tennessee commitment decision:“You know, just a couple years ago I was sitting in room think about how was gonna graduate.. I been through hell and back..and done seen some things that I’ll never forget but I always trusted god and stuck with him through all the hard times..my momma stuck with me through EVERYTHING and she felt like this was right..love you mama promise the struggle gonna end in a couple years. I’ve been praying for this moment all my life, my journey was different then others but I mad it happen..I’m a grinder and always will be..All thanks to the schools recruiting me and believing in my talent but without further or due..I’m blessed to say I’m committed to the University Of Tennessee!!!!!”Williams was originally a member of the 2017 recruiting class. After playing this past season at Lackawanna, he will have three years left to play.West Virginia was also involved in his recruitment. Maryland, NC State, Nebraska, and Pitt were among his other offers.247Sports’ composite rankings have him as the top JuCo defensive tackle, and the No. 17 overall JuCo player in the class. He is a three-star recruit.Williams is the 18th member of Tennessee’s 2019 class. The group is ranked fifth in the SEC and 13th overall right now.last_img read more

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NFL Star Trashes College Coach For What He Did On Saturday

first_imgtexas a&m head coach jimbo fiser is under firePhiladelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long isn’t shy about speaking out about topics on Twitter. This weekend, one of those topics was Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher.Fisher has taken heat for an incident on the sideline during Saturday’s win over Arkansas. During the fourth quarter, he grabbed the facemask of linebacker Tyrel Dodson in an effort to get his player to calm down and avoid being thrown out of the game.The video of Fisher grabbing Dodson’s facemask went viral. You can see it below.Jimbo is not pleased. pic.twitter.com/JMvlk9zDEb— Belle Es You (@SouthernbeLLSU) September 29, 2018Several current and former NFL players reacted to the clip, criticizing Fisher for his actions. Chris Long was one of them.“Garbage. And the announcers immediately laughed it off and downplayed it. If it were a player doing that to a teammate… whoa buddy. It’s a “meltdown” etc,” Long tweeted.Garbage. And the announcers immediately laughed it off and downplayed it. If it were a player doing that to a teammate… whoa buddy. It’s a “meltdown” etc. https://t.co/VvdE2FjYsN— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) September 29, 2018For what it’s worth, Dodson himself stuck up for Fisher following the game.“I’m in. Coach fisher is an amazing coach, he did the right thing. I let my emotions get the best of me at that certain moment. My teammates and this University needs me. That’s why he was so upset! He’ll have my back no matter what. AGS WIN.”I’m in. Coach fisher is an amazing coach, he did the right thing. I let my emotions get the best of me at that certain moment. My teammates and this University needs me. That’s why he was so upset! He’ll have my back no matter what. AGS WIN ??— Tyrel Dodson (@tdots25) September 29, 2018It doesn’t seem like this will affect Fisher and the Aggies this season, but we wouldn’t doubt rival programs are showing the clip to recruits as a way of knocking the A&M head coach.last_img read more

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Anonymous Coach’s Quote About Urban Meyer, Ohio State Is Going Viral

first_imgUrban Meyer with his hands on his head.An anonymous coach’s quote about Urban Meyer and his problems with the Ohio State Buckeyes this season is going viral on social media.Ohio State, of course, is coming off a blowout loss to Purdue. The Buckeyes lost by 20-plus points at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind.What’s wrong with Ohio State?ESPN college football insider Adam Rittenberg asked some coach’s across the country for anonymous quotes about Meyer and the Buckeyes.They’re troubling.A bunch of not-so-flattering anonymous coach comments about Ohio State from this story written by Adam Rittenberg: https://t.co/02Yjm2DGnA. pic.twitter.com/TEeT8ZE9fc— Colin Hass-Hill (@chasshill) October 25, 2018Earlier this week, Football Scoop reported that there was “friction” between Urban Meyer and some of the Ohio State athletic department.From the report:The past few weeks industry sources have mentioned to FootballScoop issues at Ohio State between the football staff and athletics leadership as well as within the program itself. Multiple times, the term “friction” has been used to describe issues between Urban Meyer and Gene Smith (and their respective key lieutenants). Within the football program itself, it has been said there is a tension that hasn’t been present in previous years.Purdue’s beat down of the Buckeyes brought considerable additional attention on the program and has many talking about the issues within the program.Meyer has since denied the report. So, too, has Ohio State AD Gene Smith.The Buckeyes are off this week, set to host Nebraska at Ohio Stadium next weekend.last_img read more

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FOX Sports President Addresses Hiring Of Urban Meyer

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on during a play in the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)One of the biggest storylines to follow for next season in college football will be Urban Meyer’s transition from coaching to commentating. With his tenure at Ohio State over, the legendary coach is now part of FOX Sports.Meyer will serve as an analyst for FOX Sports during the college football season. As for the Buckeyes, they’ll now be led under Ryan Day.Although the move to bring Meyer into the media industry occurred months ago, Mark Silverman just spoke about his recent hirings. Silverman has been the President of National Networks for Fox Sports since January 16, 2018Not only did they sign the championship-winning coach, but FOX also has Reggie Bush on its side. The former USC star should provide great analysis for those watching at home, while Meyer can dissect strategy from coaches.During his conversation about hiring Meyer and Bush, Silverman said “We will be looking to make a major play in college football.”This makes sense considering that Silverman must compete with broadcast crews from ESPN, CBS Sports and other media companies.Mark Sliverman, FOX Sports, president, national networks, talking about hiring Reggie Bush and Urban Meyer for CFB Pre-Game show at #sbjwcs. “We will be looking to make a major play in college football.”— Liz Mullen (@SBJLizMullen) April 4, 2019FOX Sports is creating a new college football pregame show, aimed to compete with ESPN’s College GameDay.The new pregame show will feature Meyer, Bush, Brady Quinn and Matt Lienart. It will be hosted by Rob Stone.“With a head coach that won three national titles in 10 years, two of the most successful college quarterbacks in recent memory and one of the sport’s most electric running backs, our new college football pregame show has the game covered from all angles,” Silverman said. “Not only will this all-star cast resonate with viewers because of their recent on-field accomplishments, but this group is going to have a lot of fun discussing the games each week.”last_img read more

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Florida 4-Star Freshman Chris Steele Enters Transfer Portal

first_img From Zach Abolverdi of GatorSports:The decision stems from a request Steele made to the staff during his first month on campus, the source said. He asked to be moved to a different dorm because he was uncomfortable rooming with quarterback Jalon Jones, his classmate.The staff did not plan to move Steele until the summer, which upset Steele and his parents, according to the source.Jones has since been accused of sexual assault, with one incident allegedly beginning in his dorm room, according to a report.Steele has since entered the NCAA’s transfer portal.Florida freshman defensive back Chris Steele has entered the NCAA transfer portal, per source.Was a top-50 recruit and the top-ranked member of Florida’s 2019 recruiting class.— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) May 9, 2019Steele will have the chance to look around for another opportunity and it looks like he could be granted a waiver to play elsewhere immediately. A closeup of two alternate Florida Gators football helmets.GAINESVILLE, FL – NOVEMBER 07: Florida Gators helmets sit on the field after the game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 7, 2015 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)One of the brighter prospects on Florida’s defense appears ready to leave the program. In a shocking turn of events, former four-star recruit Chris Steele will be transferring out of the program.Steele came into Gainesville with very high expectations. In fact, the former St. John Bosco cornerback was the highest-rated member of the 2019 recruiting class for Florida.Coming out of high school, Steel was the No. 42 overall recruit in the country and the No. 5 cornerback, per 247Sports. Several powerhouse programs were in the sweepstakes for his commitment, such as Oklahoma, LSU and South Carolina.Steele’s decision to leave the program reportedly stems from a dorm room request he made earlier this offseason.last_img read more

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Photos: Jake Fromm Is Dating A Former Georgia Volleyball Player

first_img Fromm of course will be the key for Georgia this season. If he can have a Heisman Trophy-like season, the Bulldogs could win the national title.Tim Tebow doesn’t think Fromm needs to change much, though – if anything.“I don’t think he has to change anything,” Tebow said on ESPN. “He’s been one of the best players in the country. Georgia needs to surround him with playmakers on the outside. The biggest question for Georgia is who can step up and be the next AJ Green and be a playmaker.”Georgia does need to replace some playmakers in Mecole Hardman, Riley Ridley, Terry Godwin and Jeremiah Holloman.The Bulldogs and the Commodores are set to kick off at 7:30 p.m. E.T. on ESPN. Jake Fromm celebrating a touchdown with his Georgia Teammates.KNOXVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 30: Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts after rushing for a nine-yard touchdown in the second quarter of a game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on September 30, 2017 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Jake Fromm and the Georgia Bulldogs are set to begin the 2019 college football season with a conference matchup tonight.Georgia, a preseason College Football Playoff favorite, is taking on Vanderbilt. The game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.It’s been a quiet offseason for Fromm, who’s entering what could be his final year at Georgia. The junior quarterback could declare for the NFL Draft after the season.Fromm spent a lot of time this offseason with his girlfriend, Caroline Ostman. She’s a former Georgia Bulldogs volleyball player.last_img read more

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India vs Australia: Focus on performance not preserving record, says Tim Paine

first_img Press Trust of India SydneyJanuary 2, 2019UPDATED: January 2, 2019 13:11 IST Tim Paine said he is motivated to put up a good fight against India (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTim Paine runs the risk of being the first-ever Australian captain to lose a Test series vs India at homePaine said that his Australian side is a “work-in-progress” and with time they will only get betterAustralia host India in the fourth and last Test at Sydney with the series in favour of India at 2-1Australian skipper Tim Paine said his “work-in-progress” team is unfazed by the prospect of losing a home Test series to India for the first time and will only be focussed on being competitive in the fourth Test in Sydney on Wednesday.India have never won a Test series on Australian soil, but go into the series-finale starting Thursday with a 2-1 lead. The visitors need only a draw to claim a piece of history.”My focus has been on us improving and us playing the best possible cricket we can. We want to win every Test we play. At times it’s not possible. We’re playing the best Test team in the world at the moment who are playing really well,” Paine admitted in the pre-match press conference.Australia lost the third Test by 137 runs in Melbourne.”I haven’t thought too much about losing the series, that’s for sure…some guys will use different things to motivate them. My motivation is making sure we’re improving, competitive at all times and put up a really good fight against India,” he said.Paine said Australia’s inexperienced batting line-up failed to get going in Melbourne, but will slowly learn from mistakes. No Australian batsman has scored a hundred yet in this series and it is something the skipper hoped would be remedied in this final match.”We are constantly a work in progress…as I said before, it is about trying to keep a bit of perspective, a reality about where we are at. I think we are showing signs of getting better,” he said.advertisement”I think in the last Test while our batters didn’t set the world on fire, most guys got a start and showed that they can succeed at this level. So in this Test there is going to be a real focus from our batting group,” he added.He didn’t make a direct mention of the ball-tampering bans of Steve Smith and David Warner, which will end in March, but Paine spoke of the experience that the side will have a few matches’ time. He felt it would strengthen the team.”We know we are not going to win too many Test matches without scoring hundreds and that’s something that we have spoken about. It is something we are really keen to improve and address.”The silver lining is that in a few Tests’ time we have some world-class players available and we are going to have some younger guys with 8-10 Tests under their belt. So, it is going to be a great thing for Australian cricket,” he said.Australia are expected to make a couple of changes, with Aaron Finch making way for Usman Khawaja at the top and Peter Handscomb coming in for Mitchell Marsh. But the hosts haven’t named their playing eleven for the first time in the series. Paine shrugged off suggestions that he could move up the order.”We want to try and settle guys who we think will play long-term in their positions looking forward into the next series and then into the Ashes. But at the same time we’ve got to find the best eleven to win this Test as well, so it’s a bit of a balancing act,” he explained.”I’ve had some discussions around that (promoting himself). It may happen, it may not, but I certainly haven’t been setting the world on fire. I need to cash in on my starts as well so I’m no different to the other guys in our top six and I’ve just got to play my role,” he added.Speaking about the opposition, Paine expressed surprised that off-spinner R Ashwin might not be available for the fourth Test due to niggles. For Australia, leg-spin all-rounder Marnus Labuschagne might be set for a debut depending on the pitch conditions come Thursday morning.”…I think some of our batters will be pretty happy to hear that news (of Ashwin probably missing out). But we know they’ve got some other spinners in their squad Kuldeep Yadav is younger but has got some serious talent and Ravindra Jadeja did the job for them in Melbourne,” he said.”We’ll have a quick look at the wicket again today an probably decide later on this afternoon. It is about team balance really.”We’ll be looking to pick the best eleven that we think is the best combination to win this Test. Obviously the wicket will play a part in that,” he signed off.Also Read | Virat Kohli charms fans with selfies, autographs at training in SydneyAlso Read | Virat Kohli says his men not motivated by history ahead of SCG TestAlso Watch | Dog agrees with Virat Kohli as India captain says: No pressure in SydneyadvertisementFor 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. 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Beyond Binary | Interview

first_img Prachi Sibal Mumbai January 18, 2019 ISSUE DATE: January 28, 2019UPDATED: January 18, 2019 19:36 IST Author Nandini Krishnan.Nandini Krishnan, in her second book, Invisible Men, writes about females who identify as males, referred to as transmasculine people. A community so marginalised that people often don’t know they exist. She spoke with Prachi Sibal about their stories and the storm that the book has been embroiled in. Q:Nandini Krishnan, in her second book, Invisible Men, writes about females who identify as males, referred to as transmasculine people. A community so marginalised that people often don’t know they exist. She spoke with Prachi Sibal about their stories and the storm that the book has been embroiled in.Q: What was your objective when writing a book on transmen?One was sharing of knowledge. Most people don’t even know transmen exist and the media has ensured that there are misconceptions about transpeople with mostly sensationalised and superficial coverage. The other objective was to repay my subjects for the hours spent they spent with me. The proceeds from the book’s sales will go to them. Many transmen are forced to run away from home, and often work in the exploitative, unorganised labour sector. Invisible Men Inside India’s Transmasculine Networks by Nandini Krishnan; Penguin Rs 699; 320 pagesQ: How have your views on gender and masculinity evolved?I used to think of sex as tertiary-male, female, intersex-and gender as a spectrum, but largely leaning towards either male or female. While working on the book, I met non-binary people who have changed the names they were assigned at birth, from a traditionally female name to a traditionally male name or vice versa, but did not identify with either gender. I met transmen who are attracted to men, and transmen who are pansexual.Q: What would you suggest to make the country a more inclusive place for transmasculine people?My only suggestion would be to listen. The government should listen to them, before passing callous bills like The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2018. Medical professionals, courts, human resource personnel and us, sitting comfortably and tweeting with hashtags, should listen to them. As should the governing bodies for gendered fields such as sports and the armed forces. That is the only way to make the country more inclusive.advertisementQ: Were you prepared for criticism from within the community?No, one is never prepared for something on this scale. And it was something new every day, which made me think the main problem was the fact that a ciswoman had written it. One day it was the foreword, another day it was ‘casteism’, then it was a ‘Hindutva agenda’, then ‘colonialism’ and ‘violent nationalistic fantasy’. Next thing I know, I’m being tagged in pictures of the book being burnt on the streets.You’ve reached your article limitSign in to keep reading India TodaySign inSign up NOW to get:Premium content on Aaj Tak HD ChannelUnrestricted access to India Today magazine contentGet 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 Tags :Follow Nandini Krishnan Beyond Binary | InterviewNandini Krishnan on her second book, Invisible Men Inside India’s Transmasculine Networks.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Badminton Nationals: Rituparna Das, Riya Mookerjee enter pre-quarter-finals

first_img Next Badminton Nationals: Rituparna Das, Riya Mookerjee enter pre-quarter-finalsAlso winning on Day 2 of India’s biggest domestic badminton event was former champion Sourabh Verma and 2017 runner-up Lakshya Sen, both of whom made it to the pre-quarters.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiFebruary 13, 2019UPDATED: February 13, 2019 21:56 IST The top eight seeds in singles have been directly placed in the pre-quarters (BAI Media Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRituparna Das needed only 24 minutes to breeze past Namita Pathania 21-10, 21-7Riya Mookerjee staved off some stiff resistance from Gayatri Gopichand to win 21-17, 21-17Lakshya Sen registered a 21-10, 21-10 victory over Bengal’s top seed Arintap DasguptaFormer champion Rituparna Das of PSPB and top seed Riya Mookerjee of the Railways put on a brilliant display to book their berths in the pre-quarterfinals of the 83rd Senior National Badminton Championships here on Wednesday.Also winning on Day 2 of India’s biggest domestic badminton event was former champion Sourabh Verma and 2017 runner-up Lakshya Sen, both of whom made it to the pre-quarters.World No.57 Das, who was crowned the champion in 2017, needed only 24 minutes to breeze past Namita Pathania 21-10, 21-7.Riya, placed 114th in the world, staved off some stiff resistance from the ninth-seeded Gayatri Gopichand to win 21-17, 21-17.The 14th seeded Sen continued his fine run from the Inter-Zonal competition with yet another facile 21-10, 21-10 victory over Bengal’s top seed Arintap Dasgupta.Verma, the winner of the Nationals in 2011 and 2017, was equally dominant in his 21-13, 21-14 triumph over Munawer Mohammed.Harsheel Dani of Maharashtra was made to work hard by Kartikey. The World No.131 fought back from a game down to register a 16-21, 21-18, 21-8 win in 56 minutes.Sixth seed Aryamann Tandon beat Madhya Pradesh’s Priyanshu Rajawat 21-15, 21-10 while fifth seed Rahul Yadav from Telangana emerged a 21-12, 21-11 winner over Jaswanth D.In the women’s singles, 14th seeded Malvika Bansod caused an upset by ousting the seventh-seeded Shikha Gautam 21-11, 21-16 in a fourth-round encounter that lasted 33 minutes.Fourth seed Vaidehi Choudhari faced no hassles in her 21-17, 21-13 dismissal of Kerala’s Aadya Variyath.Maharashtra’s sixth-seeded rising star Vaishnavi Bhale too progressed, courtesy of a 21-19, 21-9 win over the 10th seeded Reshma Karthik.advertisementMaharashtra had a double delight on Day 2 of the Senior Nationals as the 15th seeded Neha Pandit showed her admirable fighting spirit in her 21-18, 20-22, 21-16 upset win over third seed Bhavya Rishi.Eighth seed Shruti Mundada and unseeded Deepshikha Singh advanced when their respective opponents, Vrushali Gummadi and Deepali Gupta, retired.Seasoned campaigners Manu Attri and Maneesha K, seeded seventh at this tournament, showed the door to the mixed doubles top seeds Utkarsh Arora and Karishma Wadkar 21-19, 21-18 on their way to the quarter-finals.Shlok Ramchandran and Mithula UK also joined them by prevailing over Sanjai Srivatsa D and Kavipriya S 21-17, 21-13.The veteran men’s doubles team of V Diju and Rupesh Kumar KT also kept their impressive run going. Kumar, former South Asian Games gold medallist, and Diju, a former World No. 6 in mixed doubles, required just 20 minutes to dispatch Prince Chaturvedi and Sangram Chutia 21-15, 21-11 en route to the pre quarter-finals.The top shuttlers, led by Saina Nehwal and P.V.Sindhu, will begin their challenge from Thursday.The top eight seeds in singles have been directly placed in the pre-quarters while the top four seeds in doubles will start from the quarters.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow National Badminton ChampionshipsFollow Rituparna DasFollow Riya MookerjeeFollow BadmintonFollow Badminton nationalslast_img read more

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Why your mental health is an important factor in your government exam preparation

first_img Next Why your mental health is an important factor in your government exam preparationAs a result of the constant pressure to score well in exams, students as young as 4 years to 16 years are reportedly suffering from psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety and attention disorders.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 28, 2019UPDATED: May 28, 2019 11:54 IST The importance of Mental Health Awareness in government examination preparationAmidst the clatter for marks, a lot of students today continue to join the rat race to “succeed”. As a result of the constant pressure to score well in exams, students as young as 4 years to 16 years are reportedly suffering from psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety and attention disorders.As these children grow up, the same stress to score higher that is inculcated in school goes on to affect them in their adult life as well. Why your mental health is an important factor in your Govt. exam preparationWhen people decide to prepare for a government exam, they are generally pumped up with enthusiasm and hope to clear the exam in one go. They are happy to think that clearing government exams such as SBI PO, Indian Railways, SSC, UPSC, among others is synonymous to success for life.However since the competition is tough and the pressure is at the maximum level, some students slip into the shadows of depression. Even if they have the potential to clear the exam in one go, their mind-set weighs them down. Why your mental health is an important factor in your Govt. exam preparationToday, one student commits suicide every hour in the country. This makes it more than evident that we as a society are doing very less to inform our students that their mental well-being is much more important than any exam.We urgently need to help students understand the importance of mental health and urge them to prioritize their health over exams.advertisement Why your mental health is an important factor in your Govt. exam preparationMental health awareness: Finding a way out of stressWhile cracking a government exam is good for future prospects, one must not make it a question of happiness and sorrow or life and death. Even then if one doesn’t get the desired result, one should be able to detach oneself and not give up hope. Such detachment is possible when one is completely aware of one’s mental health. Here it is not a system that needs to be transformed, but the mindset, the thought process, which actually parodies the society.This can be done by opening a dialogue on mental health. Understanding how stress affects mental health can solve half the problem and help aspirants prepare more efficiently without compromising on their health. It can also help strengthen their coping mechanisms whenever they face failures. Following are the ways in which mental health awareness can help aspirants during preparation:1. Figuring out the right balanceOne of the best ways of staying on track with one’s preparation is by making a timetable. While figuring out a suitable study timetable, it is important to allot different subjects a good amount of time each day. However, one can’t ignore the need for activities like yoga or sports. Figuring out the right balance between studies and physical activity will positively affect one’s preparation.Further, it is important for one to follow this timetable strictly as it will boost confidence and allow one to become more disciplined.2. Social connectivityMost students tend to cut out all their friends when they prepare for any government exam. They isolate themselves limiting their communication to only study-related concerns, thinking this would help them concentrate better on their course. This leads to emotional burnout as lack of light interaction can make them feel hopeless and alone.Students can connect with their friends in order to discuss relevant topics and subjects, and know where exactly they stand in their preparation process. However, when discussing course contents, they should not compare their outcomes or speed as it can have a negative effect on their confidence.3. The importance of mealsIn the rush of preparation one often forgets to eat healthy. In fact one often skips meals altogether. While doing so once or twice doesn’t make a difference, skipping several meals over the week affects both the body and the mind. The nutrients from food not only provide fuel to the body to function, but also play a major role in sustaining one’s mental health in the long run. It is important to stick to a balanced diet which should comprise the five vital nutrients – fats, vitamins, proteins, minerals and carbohydrates. While going hungry isn’t the wisest thing to do, overeating is as bad for the mind and the body. Other than making students feel sleepy, overeating makes one uncomfortable and adds to the stress.4. Mindfulness and self awarenessPracticing mindfulness to bring one’s attention to present experiences can increase self-awareness and concentration. One of the best ways to be more mindful is by taking short breaks to meditate.advertisement This way, instead of sitting for hours together half-heartedly, one can study for smaller stretches of time with greater attention. This also relaxes the mind and pumps one up with new energy to start afresh.5. Never underestimate the power of a good sleepStaying awake at odd hours is considered as an integral part of a student’s life. However reversing the body clock against the day, makes one lethargic and triggers melancholy in the long term. The quality of sleep at night is richer than what one experiences in the daytime. Hitting the sack on time evidently decreases stress levels. This helps one wake up early, which gives one a sense of accomplishment every day.Though some amount of stress pushes people to perform better, a lot of it over a long period of time only disrupts the body and the mind. Mental health awareness is all about being conscious of your mental state and managing stress efficiently. Balancing life and exam preparations, which are only a small part of it, will help aspirants lead a happy life, no matter what their results turn out to be. As they begin to manage their mental health in a better way, aspirants will see merit in having a peaceful mind and thus a wholesome experience of life.Authored article by Anil Nagar, Founder and CEO, Adda247Get 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 bySmarica Pant Tags :Follow Goverment JobsFollow Examlast_img read more

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Salaam Cricket 2019: Sunil Gavaskar would have smashed it all over the park in T20s, says Shane Warne

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 2, 2019UPDATED: June 2, 2019 17:08 IST Sunil Gavaskar and Shane Warne at Salaam Cricket 2019.HIGHLIGHTSShane Warne said Gavaskar would have found success in T20 cricketGavaskar said he’s thrilled when he watches a batsman hit a switch hit or a reverse-sweepGavaskar and Warne were speaking at Salaam Cricket 2019 at Lord’s, LondonSunil Gavaskar T20 cricket, Shane Warne, Salaam Cricket 2019, Salaam Cricket video, Sunil Gavaskar shots T20 cricket, Sunil Gavaskar 1983 World Cup, Shane Warne Viv Richards, Shane Warne Sunil Gavaskar Salaam CricketLegendary leg-spinner Shane Warne on Sunday said batting great Sunil Gavaskar would have easily adapted to the T20 generation, saying the former India opener would have smashed it all over the park in a T20 match.Speaking at Salaam Cricket 2019 at Lord’s in London, Shane Warne said cricketing greats would have easily adapted to the conditions and styles across the eras in the sport. He also insisted that he tries to refrain from comparing players from great players from different eras for this very reason.”Sunny [Gavaskar] would have adapted. He is a great player. If he were playing now, he would smash it all over the park. Great players adapt to whatever the scenario was,” Shane Warne told India Today Group Consulting Editor, Rajdeep Sardesai.Warne added: “The great players of any era would always adapt. That’s why they’re great. No matter what the conditions are and the style is, they would adapt. Look at Viv Richards, don’t you think he would adapt? Of course, he would.”Speaking about the change in mindset when it comes to playing attacking cricket in the modern era, Sunil Gavaskar said the modern-day cricketers are playing “attractive game”. Gavaskar also revealed he is thrilled to see a batsman playing a reverse sweep or a switch hit which were unknown to cricketers of his era.advertisement”I think it’s a very attractive game [modern-day cricket]. If you see most of the shots, they are proper cricketing shots. The only difference is they are playing lofted drives. That was our DNA, that was our upbringing, playing along the ground. Now the coaches tell you to go ahead, they tell to express yourselves,” Gavaskar, who shared the stage with Warne at Salaam Cricket 2019, said.”It’s thrilling to watch. The switch hit and the reverse sweep gets me off my chair every time. Because every time it was played, it gives me so much excitement.”ALSO READ | Salaam Cricket 2019: Shane Warne picks India, England as World Cup 2019 favouritesALSO READ | Salaam Cricket 2019: Full guest list, session names and timingFor 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 byNayanika Sengupta Tags :Follow Salaam Cricket 2019Follow Cricket World Cup 2019 Salaam Cricket 2019: Sunil Gavaskar would have smashed it all over the park in T20s, says Shane WarneAustralia great Shane Warne talked up Sunil Gavaskar’s chances of finding success had he played T20 cricket. Warne insisted that great players from any era find a way to adapt and succeed, regardless of the conditions and the style of cricket.advertisementlast_img read more

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