Roma defender Manolas back on Man Utd radarby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma defender Kostas Manolas is back on the radar of Manchester United.TMW says United had Manolas scouted against Juventus.The Greek defender can leave Rome in June and has €36 million release fee.And United representatives were extremely impressed by his performance.The defender has just switched agents – joining Mino Raiola who is famously Paul Pogba’s rep. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer plans new Man Utd role for Martialby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to change the position of Anthony Martial.The Manchester Evening News says Solskjaer could give Martial a new role in the club’s Premier League clash with Bournemouth on Sunday.Marcus Rashford has so far been Solskjaer’s trusted option up top.The England international impressed against both Cardiff and Huddersfield, sparking hopes he can kick on now Jose Mourinho is no longer in charge.Yet Martial could be deployed in a No 9 role instead.Rashford has sparkled in recent times.But Martial is the club’s top scorer this season and could be fielded there instead.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Diego Lainez insists choosing Real Betis over Ajax best decisionby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDiego Lainez is delighted with his move to Real Betis.The 18 year-old Mexico international chose Betis over Ajax this week as he arrived from Club America.Lainez said, “I’m happy to be part of this great club. Surely it is the best decision I have made. There were other options but it was easy because I wanted to come here. I’m sure it’s a great club. “What I was told by (Lorenzo) Serra Ferrer and Federico (Martínez Feria, the general manager) I saw on Sunday, when I saw the match I saw a very good feeling because all the fans were encouraging from the minute one until the end. Andrés (Guardado) is very important here. Very happy and happy to be in this great club and now to respond and give the best of me with humility and good football.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara named Billericay Town managerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara has been appointed manager of non-league side Billericay Town.O’Hara, who also played for Wolves and Fulham among others, replaces Harry Wheeler in the Billericay hotseat with immediate effect.A statement released by Billericay read: “We can now confirm that Harry Wheeler has been relieved of his duties and has left the club after a recent meeting with the owner.”Differences of opinion have led to the decision and the owner feels changes needed to be made.”Jamie O’Hara will take control of first team duties and will look to immediately make his mark by looking at bringing in some young talented academy players to add to the good experience we have.”From all at the club we wish Harry all the best for the future and we thank him for all his efforts and successes in his time here.”
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus boss Sarri unconcerned with Serie A tableby Carlos Volcano6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus boss Maurizio Sarri insists he’s unconcerned with the Serie A table at this stage this season.Juve meet Bologna this weekend.Sarri said, “We’re not interested in the table at this stage, we must be aiming to get better and better.“What happened at San Siro no longer matters. I want to see my players focused on a difficult match because the international break is always dangerous.“It seems cliched, but removing a player from one context, that being the club, and putting them in another can create problems: it’s not easy to bounce from one style of play to another.“I don’t know if the game against Inter changed anyone’s mind about us. Scepticism towards me is something I’ve always lived with, and I don’t mind it that much.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Bruce happy with his forward optionsby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United manager Steve Bruce says he’s happy with his forward options.Toon have scored just five goals in nine Premier League matches.”We’ve got options now. Andy and Dwight both came on, and we have options in the final third now,” Bruce said.”It’s only the second game for Allan, too, and he’s got a lot of fitness work to catch up on. We’re hoping that he can stay well because he is a threat and, of course, Almiron is a very decent player, too.”He looks a little bit short on confidence at the moment because he hasn’t scored a goal. We hope that can return, but it only really returns when he gets one, which will hopefully be next week.”
KNOXVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 4: Dante Fowler Jr. #6 of the Florida Gators gestures toward fans in the closing seconds of the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on October 4, 2014 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Florida defeated Tennessee 10-9. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Dante Fowler’s time as a Florida football player is over, as the junior defensive lineman is headed to the NFL. Fowler, a potential first-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, won’t be leaving Florida without saying “thank you” to all the fans who supported him during his time in Gainesville, Fla. The 6-foot-3, 261-pound defensive end took out an ad in Friday’s Gainesville Sun expressing gratitude to all of Gator Nation. Very cool from @TheDanteFowler6, thanking the #GatorNation with an ad in today’s @GainesvilleSun @Gator_sports pic.twitter.com/G3RwAjHPtB— GatorZone Football (@GatorZoneFB) January 30, 2015Well done, Dante. Fowler, a possible outside linebacker at the next level, is projected to go 13th overall to New Orleans in NFL.com’s latest mock draft.
Jameis Winston, the probable No. 1 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, is currently showing off his abilities at Florida State’s pro day in Tallahassee. He’s reportedly going to throw between 90-110 passes. One of those passes really got away from him, leading to a pretty big collision on the sideline at the Semionles’ indoor facility. Check it out: Keep your head on a swivel, camera guy.
scoreboard at memorial stadium comes downDon’t worry, Oklahoma fans. What you’ll see in the below video was planned.Thursday night, Oklahoma purposely knocked down the skeleton of its scoreboard at Memorial Stadium, making way for a new video board that will span 8,750 feet. According to Tulsa World, the panels that accompanied the skeleton were removed and will be sold off.The new board will be up before the 2016 season.It’s gonna be Sweet #Brackets #OUDNA #BGB #SoonerMagic #Big12Champs pic.twitter.com/TUvnWf2h6E— Coach Drew Hill (@OU_CoachHill) December 3, 2015Video of the board coming down pic.twitter.com/0JP9oMRMmc— Siandhara Bonnet (@SiandharaB) December 3, 2015Despite the construction, Oklahoma’s 2015 campaign isn’t over. The Sooners are likely headed to the College Football Playoff.
Tottenham used to be one of Manchester United’s favourite shopping destinations. From Teddy Sheringham to Michael Carrick to Dimitar Berbatov, they would browse the choicest of produce before adding them to the basket.That supply line has buckled in recent years as Spurs’ reputation has swelled and United’s has dwindled, but as the teams meet at Wembley on Sunday, Tottenham fans will know that supermarket season could be hurtling towards them once more. And it’s not just the players who could leave this time. Indeed, Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly, and understandably, top of the Old Trafford list as the permanent replacement for Jose Mourinho. 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? If that managerial move transpires, will Pochettino succumb to the temptation of returning to his former club and raiding them for talent?Tottenham’s policy of seemingly renewing their players’ contracts every three weeks could help avert this doomsday scenario but if he does head to Old Trafford, who might he be tempted to bring with him? Goalkeeper/DefenceTwelve months ago the goalkeeper position was a no-brainer. David De Gea almost earned Manchester United their runners-up spot by himself last season, preventing an additional 14 goals based on Opta’s Expected Goals model.It was one of the great campaigns by a goalkeeper in Premier League history and was almost certainly unsustainable – something that 2018-19 has proven, with the Spaniard regressing to par (30 goals conceded, 30.3 on the xG model).On the same basis this season’s pace-setter is Alisson at Liverpool (+7) but just behind him in second place is Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (+5). His Premier League form dipped last season – only Petr Cech made more errors leading to a goal – but the underlying numbers suggest that he has been one of the unsung heroes for Spurs in 2018-19.United’s central defence needs some reconstruction work and one man who most definitely could find himself travelling up the M6 at some point is Toby Alderweireld.The fact that Tottenham have conceded less than a goal a game when he has featured in the Premier League (0.8) compared to 1.1 when he has been absent suggests that even though he turns 30 in March, he would likely improve what has, for the most part, been a suspect Red Devils defence.Meanwhile, Bury-born Kieran Trippier would likely be an upgrade at right-back, with the England defender having recorded 13 Premier League assists in the last three seasons – one more than Antonio Valencia’s assist record in the past six campaigns.MidfieldIf Dele Alli’s six-year contract is insurmountable, even for United and all their riches, Christian Eriksen wouldn’t be a bad alternative.The Dane is yet to pen a new deal and the vultures are already circling, with Real Madrid having been heavily linked with a move for as much as £225 million ($289m), if you believe what you read in the Spanish press.Second only to Eden Hazard for chances created in the Premier League in 2018, Eriksen has scored 19 long-range goals since joining Spurs in 2013, more than any other player. It’s that sort of return that would help United close the gap on their rivals, with their tally of goals scored from disance way lower than their top-four rivals.The 26-year-old is also the owner of a quasi-telepathic relationship with Harry Kane. His total of 18 assists for the England captain is rapidly approaching the Premier League record of 24 (Frank Lampard to Didier Drogba). Team Goals from long range since 2013-14 Man City 69 Liverpool 67 Tottenham 62 Chelsea 60 Man Utd 47 AttackWhich leads us to neatly to the attack. The thought of Kane and Marcus Rashford transposing their international relationship to the club game would be a tempting one for whoever takes over at Old Trafford.Kane would follow in the footsteps of Sheringham and Berbatov and is younger, and almost certainly better, than both of them were when they moved to Manchester.Already hurtling towards 150 Premier League goals, Kane offers many of the attributes of Romelu Lukaku but potentially in a more consistent format.Only six players in Premier League history have scored five or more goals with each of their left foot, right foot and head in a single season. Lukaku is one of them, but Kane is the only player to have done it twice. Season Player Left-footed goals Headed goals Right-footed goals 2017-18 Harry Kane 10 6 13 2016-17 Romelu Lukaku 12 6 7 2014-15 Harry Kane 5 5 11 2007-08 Cristiano Ronaldo 5 5 20 2006-07 Didier Drogba 5 5 10 1995-96 Robbie Fowler 16 6 6 1993-94 Dean Holdsworth 6 5 6
Kevin De Bruyne admits he “can’t stand to lose”, with an insatiable desire to be the best providing his motivation at Manchester City and in a role as a competitive dad with his wife and son.The 27-year-old has grown accustomed to winning over the course of a distinguished professional career which has carried him to the very top of the game.Title success has been enjoyed in his native Belgium with Genk and in England at City, while a German Cup triumph was tasted during his time on the books at Wolfsburg. 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? More major honours are being chased down in 2018-19, with De Bruyne revealing that he cannot bring himself to allow his standards to dip both on a football field and at home.He told Sky Sports when asked what drives him forward: “Winning. I can’t stand to lose.“Even at home, playing board games with the missus, the son, whatever, I can’t lose against them.“It’s just the way I am. It just drives me to keep going and to become probably the best I can be in football.”De Bruyne has endured an injury-hit fourth season at the Etihad Stadium, restricting him to just 11 appearances to date.He has, however, learned down the years how to cope with any kind of adversity, with mental strength and a willingness to work hard having helped to carry him from humble beginnings to global superstardom.“Yes, you need to have talent, but hard work is the biggest part,” De Bruyne said ahead of a Premier League meeting with Wolves on Monday.“The differences between players at this level is so minimal. A few changes can make a big difference in the end.“We won by 19 points last season but won a lot of games last minute. That’s the most important thing, to keep going and keep going. In the end, it’s more about being mentally fit rather than physically. There is no rest for us.“After a busy year like last year you have two to three weeks then have to come back, there is no time to get your mental or physical rest. You need to be very strict with what you’re doing as a player and the way you live your life.“A lot of people can have talent but they let it go to waste. I left home when I was 14 years old to play football and I saw a lot of people who didn’t make it, but through my determination, it paid off in the end.”De Bruyne’s desire to lead from the front saw him left disappointed to be hauled off during City’s recent 9-0 Carabao Cup drubbing of Burton Albion, but Pep Guardiola has sought to play down any suggestion of a rift forming inside the Blues camp.He has said: “If he has a problem he knows where I am, so I don’t know, really. I didn’t speak with him so that one time I cannot say what he thinks because I don’t know.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Arsenal have been informed by Jack Wilshere that Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser is the “ideal candidate to load the bullets for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette to fire”.The Scotland international has been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium during the summer transfer window.It may be that he has slipped down the wish list somewhat, with the Gunners seemingly favouring a deal for Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha at present. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Interest may, however, be rekindled in a man who registered 14 assists in the Premier League last season.Former Arsenal midfielder Wilshere, who spent time playing alongside Fraser during a loan spell at Bournemouth in 2016-17, believes the 25-year-old could be a shrewd addition for Unai Emery.He told football.london: “I think Ryan Fraser would be a great signing. I know him well. He’s probably the hardest working player I’ve ever worked with.”He’s got an exceptional attitude. On the pitch he runs around all day – he’s the first one on the pitch in the morning and the last one off it.”His physical attributes have really come on. He’s really improved that side of his game. He’s really come on.”Technically he’s really come on. You can see that by all the chances he created last year. You can see that by the large number of assists he got last season. That’s credit to him and credit to Eddie [Howe]. Eddie put a lot of trust in him and it’s been rewarded.”He’s nurtured him and he’s turned him into a top player – and if he goes to Arsenal I wish him all the luck in the world as he’s a great guy and a great player.”Arsenal are considered to be in need of more creativity in the current market, with Aaron Ramsey having departed and questions continuing to be asked of Mesut Ozil.Wilshere believes Fraser could be the man to provide inspiration in the final third and bring the best out of those around him.The England international added: “Ryan would be the ideal candidate to load the bullets for Aubameyang and Lacazette to fire up front.”Imagine him and Ozil in the side. Imagine the number of chances they would create for the strikers.”I always say Ozil is one of the best players I’ve ever seen and I’ve played with and worked with.”Imagine if Arsenal had Fraser to add to the quality that Ozil can provide? They would be some team. The fans would love it.”
Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that the Serie A side have held talks with Lille winger Nicolas Pepe, adding that their interest in the Ivory Coast international is no secret.In addition, the Italian coach has added that the Serie A outfit remain keen on Real Madrid forward James Rodriguez as the Colombian continues to look for a new home following the conclusion of his loan with Bayern Munich.Pepe has been on the radar of several of Europe’s biggest clubs during the off-season, but Napoli look poised to beat their rivals to his signature after the player’s agents visited the club’s training camp on Thursday. 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 24-year-old enjoyed a prolific season in Ligue 1, scoring 23 goals in 41 appearances across all competitions, and being named in both the division’s Team of the Year and picking up the coveted Prix Marc-Vivien Foe, awarded to the best African footballer in France.Speaking to reporters, Ancelotti, who is about to enter his second year at the helm of Napoli, made no secret of his desire to see the winger cross the Alps into Italy to join his side when asked about the presence of Pepe’s agents around the club’s accommodation .“They were in our hotel,” he admitted to the press. “I said hello, as I did with all the agents who came here.”Obviously, we are interested in Pepe, his agents are here and there’s no point hiding that. Negotiations are in progress and we’ll see what happens.“Pepe is a wide attacking player. We want to find someone who can play between the lines, but also strong with his feet.”On James and whether a deal for Pepe would dampen interest in the Madrid man, he added: “All negotiations are still open.”Real Madrid want to sell and Napoli want to sign him. There is no optimism or pessimism. There are players who interest us and we’ll see what happens.”Ancelotti also played down suggestions that Arkadiusz Milik would be shown the door if Inter’s Mauro Icardi was to arrive, with Real Betis having been linked with interest in his availability.“None of our players are currently on the market,” he added. “All the players are here because we intend to keep them.”Of course, if someone wants to try a new experience, we’re here to listen.”
ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 22: Head Coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers calls a play against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on September 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)The biggest story in college football this week revolves around Dabo Swinney’s decision to start Trevor Lawrence at quarterback. While placing the freshman into the starting role is huge news, Kelly Bryant’s latest decision could be even more important.With the dual-threat quarterback ready to transfer from Clemson, one lucky program will gain a battle-tested leader for next season.As for the Tigers, hearing about Kelly’s decision to transfer was quite upsetting. When Swinney was asked about Bryant leaving the program, he provided the full story.Once Swinney realized Bryant was missing from practice, he sent someone to check on his senior quarterback. Although he decided to head home, Bryant sent his coach a heartfelt text about his intentions.Here’s how @ClemsonFB coach Dabo Swinney found out QB Kelly Bryant was transferring #clemson #clemsonfootball pic.twitter.com/Q6AZYQlp1F— Julia Morris (@JMorrisWYFF4) September 27, 2018Bryant put together an impressive campaign in 2017, finishing with 24 total touchdowns en route to the College Football Playoff.Clemson will have to move past this unfortunate split this weekend, as they host Syracuse.With Lawrence officially the starting quarterback for the rest of the season, it’ll be interesting to see how the Tigers perform.
STARKVILLE, MS – NOVEMBER 11: head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide watches the team warm up before the first half of an NCAA football game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)No. 1 Alabama football looks to continue to cruise towards the College Football Playoff. The Crimson Tide do face an interesting test this week.The Crimson Tide are a big 22.5-point favorites at home. Mississippi State does present an interesting challenge though.The Bulldogs have one of the most stout defenses in the SEC, and a talented dual-threat quarterback in Nick Fitzgerald. He is the leading rusher for No. 16 Mississippi State, but there are legitimate questions about his ability to beat Alabama through the air. He’s thrown for just 1,252 yards, 10 touchdowns, and seven interceptions this season, and is just over 50-percent completions.ESPN has Alabama football as a huge favorite in this game, as you’d expect.FPI gives the Crimson Tide an 89.6-percent to win the game.This is actually the highest-ranked regular season game left on the schedule, as of now at least.Auburn, which Alabama faces to end the season in the Iron Bowl, is currently No. 24 in the country. The Crimson Tide have clinched the SEC West, and will face Georgia, currently No. 5, in the SEC Title Game on December 1.The game is set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET.[ESPN]
CHAPEL HILL, NC – OCTOBER 07: Ian Book #12 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish rolls out against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the game at Kenan Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)On Friday afternoon, Sports Illustrated released a new series of covers for its College Football Playoff preview edition. Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Oklahoma were featured in the edition as the four teams gear up for the playoff.For Alabama, star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa took the cover, while Kyler Murray starred for Oklahoma, Travis Etienne for Clemson and Ian Book for Notre Dame.Check out all four covers below.After tearing through the ACC, can @ClemsonFB keep it going in the College Football Playoff? Check out our special preview issue featuring @swaggy_t1: https://t.co/KUIpdS5B90 pic.twitter.com/8KXnMM9f1Y— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) December 14, 2018As @OU_Football eyes its eighth national championship, Heisman winner @TheKylerMurray takes centerstage on the cover of our special College Football Playoff preview issue: https://t.co/TDPt6ibsEk pic.twitter.com/bGrLDb4kfP— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) December 14, 2018In just over two weeks all four programs will fight for the right to play in the College Football Playoff national title game. Alabama is hoping to claim back-to-back titles, while Clemson hopes to crush the Tide’s hopes once again.Alabama faces off against Oklahoma in a match-up of Heisman Trophy finalists while Clemson takes on Notre Dame in a match-up of undefeated programs.
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 15: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers watches the team warm up before the game against the Troy Trojans at Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)The first year at Nebraska was a learning process for Scott Frost, which means expectations will be much higher this upcoming season.Frost didn’t take very long to make a name for himself at UCF. After all, he coached the team to an undefeated season in his second year with the program.Nebraska didn’t just hire Frost because its his alma mater, the athletic department believes he is the right candidate to build the program into a contender.The Cornhuskers had a 4-8 record this past season, but they did finish strong with victories over Michigan State and Minnesota. He’ll try to improve that mark this fall. While there are plenty of great coaches in the Big Ten, the crew at Athlon Sports believes Frost will separate himself from the pack. Athlon Sports released its predictions for the Big Ten, which includes Scott Frost unanimously winning Big Ten Coach of the Year.It’s possible that Frost wins this award, especially if the Cornhuskers can find themselves contending or in a bowl game.Frost wasn’t the only member on Nebraska that was voted to win an award, as Athlon Sports named four-star recruit Wan’Dale Robinson the ‘Top Newcomer’ in the conference.[Athlon Sports]
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 31: Bo Nix #10 of the Auburn Tigers throws the ball against the Oregon Ducks during the Advocare Classic at AT&T Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Auburn true freshman quarterback Bo Nix led the Tigers to an epic last-second win over Oregon at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Saturday night.Nix, whose father played quarterback for Auburn, threw a game-winning touchdown pass with less than 10 seconds to play.An old photo of Nix has gone viral on social media following the win.Nix grew up rooting for Auburn, celebrating big Tigers wins with his family, and now he’s doing it while playing quarterback. This is Bo Nix celebrating Auburn’s championship in 2011 with Cam Newton.Tonight, the true freshman threw a game winning TD with 9 seconds left against Oregon.Sports are awesome, folks. pic.twitter.com/SnpgZg1pD3— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) September 1, 2019That’s pretty awesome.Nix, a five-star dual-threat quarterback recruit in the 2019 class, will hope to lead Auburn back to the places Cam Newton took it.Tim Tebow certainly thinks it can happen.“The sneaky part about this game is true freshman quarterback for Auburn, Bo Nix,” Tebow said before the game. “Most people never heard about him. I think this kid truly has a chance to be a superstar. He’s poised. He was built — God made him for Gus Malzahn’s offense. I’m excited to watch this kid because maybe tomorrow night everybody goes into the game looking at Justin Herbert. You might come out looking at this Bo Nix kid and saying, ‘That’s the quarterback we’re going to be watching.’”That’s some major praise from a former Heisman Trophy winner.Nix is deserving of all of it after last night’s performance, of course.
We salute Wing Commander Abhinandan’s courage: BCCI acting president CK KhannaMinutes after Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman crossed the border and was received by Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Indian Army, the BCCI posted a special message for him on their official Twitter handle.advertisement Asian News International New DelhiMarch 2, 2019UPDATED: March 2, 2019 17:06 IST Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was handed over to the IAF and Indian Army by Pakistani officials on Friday (PTI Photo)The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) acting president CK Khanna welcomed Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s return to the country and appreciated his courageous efforts towards the nation.”We salute Wing Commander Abhinandan. You have become integral part of each and every family of this country. BCCI salutes your courage and we believe that coming generations will take inspiration from you. Big thanks to Abhinandan. I wish him good luck and all the blessings for his future life,” Khanna conveyed a message to Abhinandan through ANI.Minutes after Abhinandan crossed the border and was received by Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Indian Army, the BCCI posted a special message for him on their official Twitter handle with the IAF pilot’s name engraved on Team India jersey.Welcoming the pilot, the BCCI tweeted: “#WelcomeHomeAbhinandan You rule the skies and you rule our hearts. Your courage and dignity will inspire generations to come #TeamIndia.”On Wednesday, Wing Commander Abhinandan, while flying the MiG 21 Bison, was chasing Pakistani F-16 fighters, which had transgressed into the Indian airspace, and in the process, his plane crossed over to Pakistani side and was shot down. He ejected safely but was taken into custody by the Pakistan Army upon landing. Before his plane was shot, he had hit a Pakistani F-16.On March 1, wearing blue blazer and grey khaki’ trouser, he crossed over into India from Attari-Wagah border at 9:20 pm. He was handed over by the Pakistan Rangers to the BSF following paperwork.advertisementWing Commander Abhinandan was accompanied by an officer of the Pakistan Foreign Office and Indian Defence Attaché Group Captain Joy Thomas Kurien.Also Read | Virat Kohli salutes real hero Wing Commander Abhinandan: I bow down to youAlso Read | #WelcomeBackAbhinandan: Indian sports stars cheer as air warrior returns homeFor 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
Press Trust of India AntalyaMay 22, 2019UPDATED: May 22, 2019 22:14 IST Atanu Das took a 2-0 lead but inconsistency let him down as he shot a series of 8s (World Archery Twitter Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDeepika Kumari prevailed 6-5 (9-7) in the shootoff vs Olympics bronze medalist Khatuna LorigLaishram Bombayla Devi had a smooth sailing into round three going past Ozay GasimovaTarundeep Rai also remained in the medal fray beating Dominik Irrasch and Gasper StrajharFour Indians including Deepika Kumari and Tarundeep Rai advanced into third round even as Atanu Das crashed out in the recurve individual section of the Archery World Cup Stage III here Wednesday.Making their first international appearance this season after missing out the season-opening World Cup Stage I in Medellin due to travel issues, the Indians also kept themselves in medal hunt in the compound section where Avishek Verma and Rajat Chauhan also made it to round three.The 21-year-old Atul Verma, a bronze medalist at the 2014 Youth Olympics, was the most impressive, shocking Shanghai World Cup gold medallist Deng Yu-Cheng of Chinese Taipei in a shoot-off.Trailing 0-4 after two sets, Verma, a silver medalist at the 2017 World Youth Championship, made a stunning comeback winning the next two sets before the fifth one saw a 28-all tie.In the shoot-off, Verma held his nerves to edge out his opponent 9-8 to set up a third round clash against world number two Steve Wijler of the Netherlands, a bronze medalist at the 2017 World Championships in Mexico. Verma had thrashed Gantugs Jantsan of Mongolia 7-3 in the first round.Recap results and photos today’s early eliminations from #WCAntalya at https://t.co/SV6QouhVrq#archery pic.twitter.com/Ti84mk6hqZWorld Archery (@worldarchery) May 22, 2019Former Olympian Tarundeep Rai also remained in the medal fray and set up a third round clash with 17-year-old Japanese Aoshima Tetsuya, a bronze medallist at the 2017 World Youth Championships.The Army man defeated Dominik Irrasch of Austria (first round) 7-3 and Gasper Strajhar of Slovenia (second round) 6-4 en route to third round.advertisementIndia’s number one recurve archer Atanu Das, crashed out in the second round suffering a 3-7 defeat to 19-year-old Carlos Rojas of Mexico.The world No 25 Indian took a 2-0 lead but inconsistency let him down as he shot a series of 8s, giving the Mexican youngster, a chance to seize the momentum.Former world No 1 Deepika started her campaign with an easy 6-0 win over Jibek Kanatbek Kyzy Jibek of Kyrgyzstan 6-0.In the second round, Deepika face a strong challenge from 45-year-old 1992 Barcenlona Olympics bronze medalist Khatuna Lorig before prevailing 6-5 (9-7) in the shootoff. Deepika will face Veronika Marchenko of Ukraine in the third round.Laishram Bombayla Devi had a smooth sailing into round three going past Ozay Gasimova of Azerbaijan and Mackenzie Brown of USA by identical scores of 6-4. Bombayla will next face Sayana Tsyrempilova of Russia.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 Atanu DasFollow Deepika KumariFollow Archery World Cup 2019 Archery World Cup 2019: Atanu Das crashes out, Deepika Kumari in 3rd roundIndia’s number one recurve archer Atanu Das, crashed out in the second round suffering a 3-7 defeat to 19-year-old Carlos Rojas of Mexico.advertisement Next