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Video: Neymar tries to exact revenge on Chelsea man in training

first_imgIt was only natural that Neymar would try and get his own back on Filipe Luis.The Chelsea defender humiliated the Barcelona star during a Brazil training session and Neymar wanted revenge.Luis was having none of it as you can see in the video above.After joining the Blues from Atletico Madrid in the summer in a £15.8m deal, he has made just two Premier League starts, with Cesar Azpilicueta currently ahead of him in the Chelsea pecking order.last_img

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Neil Lennon praises ‘fantastic’ Steven Gerrard, claims Celtic gap closing

first_imgHibernian manager Neil Lennon has praised Steven Gerrard’s impact on Rangers and predicts this Scottish Premiership season will be much more competitive.Celtic have won the top flight for the last seven seasons, securing back-to-back domestic trebles under Brendan Rodgers, but Lennon is certain the gap to the Hoops is closing. 2 The Hibernian manager, who led Celtic to title glory in 2011/12 and 2012/13, told Jim White on talkSPORT: “I think the league was very competitive last year, but there’s no question that Rangers are stronger this year, Aberdeen will have a say in it, and Hearts look very strong this year.‘’So the competition is getting stronger, the league is getting sexier again with a lot of big clubs bang at it again.‘’Celtic have been the dominant team and I think they will continue to be that, but I think everyone is starting to build and get closer to that.’’ Celtic clinch their seventh consecutive league title 2 Will Steven Gerrard’s side challenge for the title this season? Celtic will bid to keep alive their Champions League group stage hopes on Tuesday night, but face a tough task having drawn against AEK Athens at home in the first leg of their third qualifying round.talkSPORT presenter Jim White believes Rodgers could end his reign as Celtic boss should they fail to qualify, but Lennon would be surprised if he walked away.“His record has been remarkable in the two season he has been there,” said Lennon. “He has come out and said he is happy and we have to take him at as his word.”Lennon went on to praise Rangers new boss Gerrard, who has yet to taste defeat in seven matches in charge and led the club to victory over Maribor in the first leg of their Europa League qualifying third round clash last week.‘’Steven has done a fantastic job so far,” said Lennon.“The 3-1 first leg lead was a tremendous result considering that he has had to bring in a lot of players and he’s building his own squad and they’ve given themselves a real foothold in the tie.“It’s not over yet but defensively Rangers have looked very strong so far.’’last_img read more

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Makhaya magic in Trinidad

first_img14 April 2005If success in test cricket were decided purely on enthusiasm and a never-say-die attitude, Makhaya Ntini might well be the best bowler in the game.As it is, he proved he isn’t far off that lofty status with a South African record-setting performance in the second test against the West Indies in Trinidad, that ended on Tuesday.SA sporting greats: Makhaya NtiniMakhaya Ntini’s hard-won status as a leading international strike bowler – as ready with a smile as with a bouncer – is far removed from his upbringing in a rural village in the Eastern Cape.Coming off a poor performance in the first test – in which he claimed 0 for 98 in 23 overs and in which SA was forced to follow on – Ntini returned the best match analysis by a South African to spur the Proteas to an eight-wicket win and a one-nil lead in the four-test series.His career-best 7 for 37 in the West Indies’ second innings gave him a match haul of 13 for 132, bettering SA test record of Hugh Tayfield – the only other South African to claim 13 wickets in a test – who took 13 for 165 against Australia in Melbourne in 1952-53.Ntini’s second 10-wicket haul lifted him to a career-high fourth in the world test bowling rankings, narrowly behind his regular new ball partner, Shaun Pollock.Dismissed the top threeThe West Indians scored 347 in their first innings, with Brian Lara hitting 196. Ntini, stood out for SA, capturing 6 for 95, including the wickets of the top three batsmen in the order: Wavell Hinds (213 in the first test), Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan.It looked as if the South Africans would take control of the contest when, in their first innings, they stood at 370 for 6 after the third day, thanks mainly to 148 from captain Graeme Smith. However, early on day four, Gayle dismissed four players in quick succession and the Proteas slid to 398 all out and a small lead of 51 runs.Batting again, the islanders reached 170 for 5 by stumps, having at one stage been reduced to 92 for 5 as Ntini claimed 3 for 34. That proved to be just a hint of the drama to come from the man from the Eastern Cape.UnplayableOn the final day, Ntini proved virtually unplayable after Ramnaresh Sarwan, on 93, and Dwayne Bravo, on 30, resumed the West Indian innings, having already put on 78 together. They added a further 10 runs to that tally before Ntini struck, having Bravo caught behind by Mark Boucher for 33.Courtney Browne entered the fray, but eight runs later, having scored just two, he fell LBW to Ntini as the home side stumbled to 188 for 7.Darren Powell was next up and failed to last long as Andre Nel had him caught for one.Bowled for a duckPedro Collins came in at 189 for 8, but only one run was added before he became victim number six for Ntini, bowled for a duck.The Border speedster followed that up with the final wicket – Reon King, also bowled without scoring – to finish with a career-best haul of 7 for 37, which included an astonishing 4 for 3 on the final morning, and a SA record match analysis of 13 for 132.Ntini’s sensational performance left South Africa requiring just 144 runs for victory, and after an opening stand of 117 between Graeme Smith and AV de Villiers, it became a formality for SA to take a one-nil series lead.Ntini was named man of the match.The absence of the Shaun Pollock, South Africa’s record holder with 377 test victims, in the second test emphasised all the more the brilliance of Ntini’s performance.Speaking afterwards, Ntini told the Trinidad Express: “On the first day, before I left my hotel room, I said: ‘This is going to be my test’ … It’s all about dedication. I knew things could turn around”, he said. “I was so proud of that.”Now everybody who bowls in a test for South Africa is going to want to do better than that. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Centre to upgrade stadiums in Jammu and Kashmir, expedite work on Manipur Sports University

first_imgAfter assuming the additional charge of the Sports Ministry, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Dr Jitendra Singh issued instructions for expediting the up-gradation of sports stadiums at capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar, and bringing up sports centers in other parts of the state for which Rs 200 crore has been earmarked by the Indian Government.Dr Singh also took a serious note of delay in starting the work on Sports University at Manipur which he had been vigorously pursuing as DoNER Minister and which had been announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi soon after the formation of government in 2014.ALSO READ: BJP hasn’t given up stand on Article 370, says Jitendra Singh He instructed the Ministry officials to give the Manipur State Government a deadline of one month and said, “if the State Government fails to clear the issues related to the land already identified, the Union sports ministry will be constrained to look for alternative piece of land.”Among those present at the meeting were Union Secretary Sports Rajeev Yadav, Additional Secretary Kiran Soni Gupta, Director General Nehru Yuva Kendra, Major General Dilawar Singh and senior officers of the Department of Sports, Department of Youth Affairs and Sports Authority of India.last_img read more

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Pele to donate auction money to Santos, charity

first_imgBrazilian great Pele said he was putting more than 2,000 items up for auction, including his three World Cup medals and a one-of-a-kind Jules Rimet trophy, in order to raise funds for charity and his former club Santos. (Latest Football stories)The three-day auction, which opens on Tuesday in London, will feature memorabilia from the 75-year-old’s illustrious career with Brazil, Santos and the New York Cosmos and could fetch up to $1 million, auctioneers said.”That was the decision to do this, to help the charity and the children,” the Brazilian, widely regarded as the greatest soccer player ever, told Reuters TV.”The idea is that half of the money goes to the children’s hospital and the other charities and the rest of the memorabilia will go to Santos, for an exhibition. Santos, the team that made me be here.”last_img read more

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German star Mesut Özil announced as Laureus Ambassador

first_imgStuttgart, Jun 8 (PTI) Just days before the start of the European Championship, Germany and Arsenals star midfielder Mesut Özil was today announced as Laureus Sport for Good Ambassador. Özil took time out of his preparations to inspire young people from the Laureus-supported KICKFORMORE project here. The successful German star took part in the football activities with the young people, playing by the particular rules of KICKFAIR street football. At KICKFORMORE, two mixed teams of four players play in short matches, without a referee. Both teams agree on three individual rules before the match. Afterwards, both teams jointly evaluate whether all players have played by the rules and fairness points are awarded and added to the final score. Özil said, “There are children here from several different cultural backgrounds, but it?s obvious that they are all united among nations and that it works out well. Most importantly, they are very respectful with each other, which is very much the same like in the German National team.” “For me, community involvement is very important and I can identify with the mission of Laureus Sport for Good. Sport, in my case football, has changed my life and influenced me positively. I am eager to give something back to society and to help children and young people who need assistance.” An attacking midfielder known for his goal assists, Özil began his senior career at FC Schalke in Germany, before spending five years at Werder Bremen. In 2010, Özil signed for Real Madrid, where he won a La Liga title and the Copa Del Ray. In 2013, Ozil signed for Arsenal, where he currently plays and regularly tops the assist charts. Internationally, Özil made his Germany debut in 2009. In 2010 he helped his country towards a third-place finish at the South Africa World Cup. In 2014, Özil played a central role in the Germany team which won the World Cup in Brazil. PTI AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

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Every one of my medals is a story of struggle: Mary Kom

first_imgBy Poonam MehraNew Delhi, Nov 8 (PTI) Every medal is a story of struggle, says the indomitable M C Mary Kom, who considers her fifth Asian Championship gold medal special as it came despite the many roles she has had to play outside the ring in the past one year.Mary Kom, a five-time world champion and Olympic bronze- medallist, scripted history today by becoming the first boxer to claim five gold medals at the continental meet in the Vietnamese city of Ho Chi Minh.”This medal is very special to me just like all other medals I have won because it has its own story of struggles. Every medal I have won is a story of a difficult struggle. I am hoping this medal, which has come after I became an MP, will enhance my reputation even further. I hope my stature grows,” Mary Kom told PTI in an interview.Besides being an active and top-level boxer, the 35- year-old is a sitting Rajya Sabha MP, whose attendance in the house has never been brought into question, a government observer for boxing in the country and a “very busy” mother to her three sons.Add to this, she is also involved in the running of her academy in Imphal, along with her husband Onler Kom.”I have been an active MP, I am attending Parliament regularly and despite that I trained hard for this championship. Since I am a government observer, I have to be present at meetings related to the running of the sport as well. I hope people realise how tough it is,” she said.advertisement”I have been juggling so many roles. I am a mother too, I have three sons to take care of. I dont even know how I manage to pull it off sometimes,” she added.The diminutive Manipuri has been the face of womens boxing not just in India but all over the world, earning the nickname Magnificent Mary from the International Boxing Association (AIBA) back in 2010.She was last year honoured with the AIBA Legends award for her long and sparkling career, which also includes a gold medal at the the 2014 Asian Games.The pace of her life is sometimes hard to keep up with, admits Mary Kom but throwing in the towel is not an option for her.”After this (the Asian Championships), I have to travel to Lausanne for an IOC athletes forum. And I hate journeys now. The travelling wears me down, it is actually quite horrible to go from one airport to another in a matter of days. But you cant walk away from your responsibilities and commitments,” she explained.Nearly two decades as a boxer and Mary Kom still remains a force to reckon with despite the fact that womens boxing is now an Olympic sport, which has widened the competition pool.Even at the Asian Championships, Mary Kom was hardly pushed by her opponents, who seemed reluctant to be on the offensive against her.”They are already so scared of me, my five world titles and reputation are also helping in some way. They seem scared of touching me. It can actually get quite frustrating but I have to keep my calm, whether the opponent is scared or rough and tough. I have to adjust, control and handle immediately in a matter of seconds,” she said.”The competition has certainly improved but I have responded well to it because this weight category suits me,” she added, referring to the switch she made from 51kg to 48kg category at the fag end of last year.”I dont have the burden of putting on weight. This weight (48kg) is natural for my body. This category, in fact, works best for me. Some of the boxers I faced here (in Vietnam) have competed against me in 51kg category. It felt nice to beat them, a huge morale-booster for me,” she elaborated.Her next target is the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and when asked how she has managed to keep the motivation level in tact, Mary Kom said, “I dont know how I do it, I can only thank god. One reason that I can think of is that I dont have any major fitness issues.”I have a very fit body and have never faced any major injury problems. So yes, the secret to my success is my fit body,” she signed off. PTI PM AH AHlast_img read more

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Why did WWE champion Ronda Rousey break down in viral video?

first_imgRonda Rousey revealed that though she is riding high on the success of her WWE run, wrestling full time has taken its toll on her family.Rousey, an UFC legend in her own right, joined WWE only back in January and has enjoyed a breakout rookie year.But it comes at a price, as long weeks on the road along with tight working schedules means spending a lot of time away from home and her ranch.Also read – Rousey wins RAW women’s championshipRousey posted a special Thanksgiving Q&A video on her YouTube channel, where she broke down in tears while recollecting her goat’s death.”When I came back from Raw the other night, I saw that Rio got taken by coyotes,” she said.”I f***ing love that goat. He was my little baby.””He was my poor little baby. I bottle fed him I just feel like it’s all my fault, the only reason we leave in the middle of the afternoon is because everyone’s coming to see me.Also read – Triple H comforts Tegan Nox after wrestler’s knee explodes during match”Sometimes I feel like I can’t do it all,” Rousey said in the video.”I have to pick one thing. I can’t wrestle forever because I feel like I’m failing my family even something like a little f***ing goat, we would have been here and it wouldn’t have happened.”I wouldn’t be leaving home unless it was to do the most fantastic things ever and I really, really do enjoy it and love it, but all that energy I spend on the WWE is energy I don’t spend on my family.”advertisementRousey will next be seen defending WWE RAW Women’s title at WWE TLC, against Nia Jax on December 16.Also watch –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. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Tim PaineFollow India vs AustraliaFollow SydneyFollow 4th Test India vs Australia: Focus on performance not preserving record, says Tim PaineTim Paine at the pre-match press conference said that Australia are improving and playing the best possible cricket they canadvertisementlast_img read more

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