About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Genoa coach Prandelli wants more after defeating Atalantaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGenoa coach Cesare Prandelli is demanding more from his players after their 3-1 win over Atalanta.Atalanta had two players sent off on the day.Prandelli said, “We wanted the win, and I think I can say we deserved it,” said Prandelli, in an interview with Radio Rai. “We played against a strong team that has been working together for years.”It was an exhausting game in which we had to give a lot, but we did a good job in countering them. The lads did really well.”I sincerely hope we can build on this victory, because this group has the potential to do that.”
Chelsea manager Sarri: Hazard false-nine integral for defenceby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEden Hazard brings more defensive solidity to Chelsea when playing in the false-nine position, manager Maurizio Sarri has revealed.The Belgian scored both goals as Chelsea defeated Watford 2-1 in a valuable away victory on Boxing Day. But it was Hazard’s importance in defence that lead Sarri to playing him as a striker.Sarri told Sky Sports of Hazard’s position: “In this moment we need this solution because we need to be more solid defensively and with this system we can score and become more solid in the defensive phase.”Maybe in the last match, we played better in the first half than we did tonight, but today the application was very good.”I think [Hazard] played very well, not only for his two goals, but he was good with his teammates and in open spaces. I like him in every position he is a great player.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Savage can see Leicester boss Rodgers moving to Man Utdby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United junior Robbie Savage can see Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers finding his way to Old Trafford.Savage wrote for the Mirror: “Brendan Rodgers is leading Leicester City back into the Champions League – and he is a future Manchester United manager.”Don’t get me wrong: When I say Rodgers is destined for high office at United, I am NOT saying Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be sacked.”I am not in favour of football’s hiring-and-firing culture, and Solskjaer deserves time.”But I’ve been so impressed by the job Rodgers has done since he took over at the King Power eight months ago that I’m convinced Leicester can finish in the top four.”The team he has built is so well-drilled, and so easy on the eye, that I would fancy them to beat Claudio Ranieri’s 5,000-1 title-winning miracles of 2016.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Leicester boss Rodgers admits Toure has management plansby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Brendan Rodgers admits they could eventually lose assistant coach Kolo Toure.Toure’s ambition is not limited to City, says Rodgers.The Ivorian has already had a spell as the assistant manager of his home nation.“One day, he has mentioned he would love to take an African team to a World Cup and win it,” Rodgers said.“In his home country, he’s a superstar. Wherever he goes he’s a superstar, Kolo, everybody loves him. He’s got a lot to offer.”
FOX Sports radio host Colin Cowherd doesn’t think that Alabama belongs in the College Football Playoff field, and he’s making sure that everyone knows it. Instead, Cowherd believes that Ohio State, despite not having a chance to play for the Big Ten title this Saturday, deserves the spot. His main argument? Alabama’s strength of schedule is weak, and the Buckeyes have a better loss.Cowherd also seems to be upset with fans saying it’s “outrageous” that he has OSU in over Alabama. “Why is it outrageous to think Ohio State is No. 4 and Alabama is No. 5?’ – @ColinCowherd. #HerdHere https://t.co/KbnLiiwAGb— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) November 30, 2015“I’m giving you facts, you’re giving me fiction” – @ColinCowherd tells a caller why the SEC is living off reputation https://t.co/eUweUduKrp— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) December 1, 2015Ohio State needs help to actually get in the playoff, regardless of Cowherd’s opinion. It’s very likely that in 2015, we have a new national champion.
Twitter/@OSUTINOTommy Armstrong, Nebraska’s veteran starting quarterback, was just carted off the field after a very scary-looking injury. As he left the field, Ohio State fans chanted his name.Campus Rush Ohio State correspondent Tino Bovenzi tweeted video from the field. As Armstrong is being taken off the field, you can hear Ohio State fans chanting “Tommy, Tommy.” Eventually, chants of his full name continued as he was taken into the tunnel.Tommy Armstrong Jr. gives a thumbs up as he’s carted off the field #CampusRush #Nebraska #Huskers https://t.co/q1I3Wn8JzD— Tino Bovenzi (@OSUTINO) November 6, 2016Nebraska football quickly put out a statement saying that the quarterback has movement in all of his extremities, but he was briefly knocked unconscious.Statement from the @Huskers on Tommy Armstrong. #Huskers pic.twitter.com/Nmp8L4jynQ— Christopher Heady (@heady_chris) November 6, 2016Our thoughts go out to Armstrong and his family. We hope that he makes a swift and full recovery.Play at Ohio State has resumed after a length pause following the Armstrong injury. The Buckeyes lead the Huskers 24-3 late in the first half. We will continue to update the Armstrong situation as we learn more on the Nebraska quarterback’s status.
PSV have secured the signing of Bruma from RB Leipzig, perhaps casting Hirving Lozano’s future at the Eredivisie club into further doubt.Lozano – who netted 21 goals in all competitions last season – looks set to leave PSV, with Napoli reportedly leading the chase for the Mexico forward.And in what could well be a move pre-empting Lozano’s departure, PSV have brought in Portugal international Bruma from Bundesliga club Leipzig. 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? Bruma failed to cement a place in the Leipzig first team and the 24-year-old, who came through the ranks at Sporting CP before joining Galatasaray, has signed a five-year contract at Philips Stadium.“Bruma has won seven caps for Portugal,” said PSV head coach Mark van Bommel, on the club’s official website.”He has got amazing qualities and fits neatly into our style of play.”Bruma is only 24 but brings good experience. He has featured in several foreign top leagues and knows what it takes to perform on the international stage.”We have an extra option with him and that is a good thing, also considering the interest in our players.”Director of football John de Jong added: “We have boosted our attacking options with the signing of Bruma.“He has specific qualities and the PSV fans will be over the moon to see the new signing at work.”Bruma, meanwhile, was delighted to have completed a switch to the Netherlands and is looking to emulate Brazilian greats Romario and Ronaldo, who both made their names at PSV.”PSV had wanted me for a while and that interest has always pleased me, because Romario and Ronaldo have played here,” he said.”I have viewed many images of them both. It feels good to be here now. I hope to take the next step in my development here and to get back into the national team through this route.”
Phil Foden admits he is “lucky” to form part of a “special team” at Manchester City, with few youngsters getting the opportunities he has been afforded.The Blues have bags of potential within a famed academy system, but the transition from youth ranks to the senior side is not an easy one.That is because the reigning Premier League champions have pieced together a star-studded squad which continues to dominate the domestic scene in England. 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? Foden has bucked the trend in forcing his way into Pep Guardiola’s plans and earning a long-term contract.The 19-year-old midfielder recognises how fortunate he is, saying of his current situation: “Anyone who plays will put a shift in and play well.“I am lucky to be part of it. It is a special team. The success comes from the depth of the squad.”City secured an historic Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup treble in 2018-19, with two of those trophies successfully defended from the previous campaign.There will, however, be no resting on their laurels by the Blues, with Guardiola demanding continuous improvement.Foden is having to buy into that mentality, adding: “He works us very hard in training and you can tell by what we do on the pitch he wants the best from us.“That will only help us play better.”City are currently stepping up their preparations for 2019-20 during a pre-season tour in Asia.Foden has joined the fold on the back of European U21 Championship duty with England and made his first summer appearance off the bench in a 6-1 friendly mauling of Kitchee in Hong Kong.He is looking to kick on from this point and ensure that he is ready to be called upon when competitive action resumes in August.“I have only been here two days,” said Foden.“It is bound to be difficult [to acclimatise] but if I train hard my fitness will come back slowly.”City have another friendly against Yokohama FM to take in before then facing Liverpool in the Community Shield and West Ham on the opening day of the new Premier League season. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
GAINESVILLE, FL – NOVEMBER 12: Two fighter jets perform a flyover before the game between the Florida Gators and the South Carolina Gamecocks at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)Earlier this week, Florida freshman Justin Watkins was suspended following an arrest. Watkins was arrested on four charges including battery, kidnapping, and battery by strangulation.Details of the incident were scarce in the immediate aftermath of the news. On Wednesday morning, the Gainesville Sun received a copy of the police report – which described the disturbing details of Watkins’ arrest.Here’s more from the Sun:Watkins struck his 18-year-old girlfriend with an open and closed fist on both sides of her head and on her shoulders while holding her down on a dorm room bed.He got on top of her, pinning her to the bed again, the report says, wrapped his hands around her neck and choked her three times, once for 15 seconds and twice for about eight seconds.Police say Watkins knew that she has asthma.Police say he confined her to the room by standing in the doorway and blocking the exit.Watkins’ girlfriend allegedly maced him in order to exit the room. He then allegedly chased her and threw multiple items at her.Watkins was arrested earlier this year in another alleged incident with a female. Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen announced on Tuesday afternoon that the former four-star recruit was suspended from the team following his second arrest this year.[Gainesville Sun]
FOXOhio State head coach Urban Meyer has opened up about what happened to him on the sideline during today’s game against Indiana at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.The Buckeyes’ head coach admitted after tonight’s win over the Hoosiers that he was dealing with a headache late in the fourth quarter.Meyer appeared to collide with another Ohio State staffer during a Buckeyes’ touchdown and was down on the field for a couple of minutes. However, there was no collision.The Ohio State head coach told reporters after the game that he was dealing with a headache and was getting treatment from the Buckeyes’ medical staff.It was a scary image, but thankfully it’s nothing serious.Broadcast shows Urban Meyer on a knee getting attention on the field. pic.twitter.com/QmVE1QCdeh— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) October 6, 2018Ohio State wasn’t playing very well for a lot of this game, so maybe that added to Meyer’s headache issues.The Buckeyes pulled away late, though, winning by more than 20 points.
A major head coach isn’t happy with his Week 7 opponent’s fan base for what they did after the game on Saturday.Then-No. 6 West Virginia was upset at Iowa State on Saturday evening, as the Mountaineers suffered their first loss of the season.The Cyclones’ fan base was, understandably, thrilled with the victory. They rushed the field after the win.This did not sit well with West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen.Holgorsen says it wasn’t professional and it put some of his players in danger.“It was very unprofessional. Our job is to keep student-athletes in a safe place and when you’ve got thousands of people coming at you, it’s not good,” Holgorsen said on the Big 12 teleconference on Monday. “There’s league rules and league bans against that for a reason. Our job is to keep players safe. We didn’t have time to get them off the field. That was not good.“It was dicey there for a while. Luckily we got out of there without getting anybody hurt.”Holgorsen does have a point, even if it comes across as a sore loser.Iowa State’s head coach, Matt Campbell, thought differently.“I thought our administration handled it really well,” Campbell said, per the Des Moines Register. “I know myself and a couple of our staff members — instead of celebrating, went over and made sure the West Virginia people got off the field safely.“I thought our administration and our coaching staff did the No. 1 priority — making sure their players and staff got off the field safely.”
ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 29: Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels at Sanford Stadium on September 29, 2007 in Athens, Georgia. Georgia won 45 – 17. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)Justin Fields is reportedly planning on transferring out of the Georgia football program and there’s already a major school emerging as the frontrunner.ESPN reported on Monday night that Ohio State was one of three schools the five-star quarterback planned on looking at. The Toledo Blade reported this morning that the Buckeyes were the favorite to land him.Fields has been quiet on social media for a couple of weeks, but his most-recent tweet is fairly telling.The dual-threat quarterback’s most-recent tweet was a response to none other than Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins.Justin Fields’ most-recent tweet pic.twitter.com/RtVX62UaKg— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) December 18, 2018Here’s the full exchange:Appreciate it.. just trying to get like you— Justin Fields (@justnfields) November 19, 2018Fields’ interest in Ohio State is reportedly mostly due to the Buckeyes’ new head coach, Ryan Day. The personal quarterback coach for Fields also works with Haskins and he’s reportedly extremely high on the Buckeyes’ new leader.The transfer decision has yet to be made official, though. Stay tuned.
COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 24: Head Coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines watches his team warm up before a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)A 2019 college football recruit has called out Jim Harbaugh and Michigan’s football program for what they allegedly did before signing day.Tyrece Woods, a defensive end recruit, claims to have received a scholarship offer from Michigan over the summer. He announced his commitment to the Wolverines in August.“I’m a Michigan Man. All Glory to God!! 100000% COMMITTED,” he tweeted.Woods is now saying that Michigan pulled his scholarship offer a couple of weeks before signing day.From the Detroit News:But Woods’ plans were derailed the day before Thanksgiving. He says that’s when UM recruiting director Matt Dudek informed Woods that the Wolverines were pulling their offer. The next day Woods wrote on Twitter that he had decommitted.“We weren’t on the same page as we were when I first committed,” Woods said this week to The Detroit News. “They were basically trying to force me to take an academic scholarship and walk-on for football. When they originally offered me at their camp they said it would be a full ride (football scholarship).”Michigan, however, reportedly claims through an anonymous source that Woods’ scholarship offer was just an academic one with the opportunity to walk onto the football team.A source familiar with the situation said Woods was only offered the opportunity for an academic scholarship and preferred walk-on status, which means he would have had to submit paperwork by certain academic deadlines, but could practice with the team in hopes of earning a football scholarship. The source could not speak publicly because of NCAA rules that limit what programs can say regarding prospective recruits.Woods is claiming otherwise:“It hurt me because it was my dream school, and then to have one of the assistant coaches tell me about it instead of Coach (Jim) Harbaugh made it real bad. Coach Harbaugh offered me (during camp). Matt Dudek told me the news the night before Thanksgiving, and I talked with my family and we came up that it (decommitting) was the best thing for me to do at the time. I was numb over it for a couple of days, couldn’t believe what I just heard.”Woods’ father, Tyrece Woods, corroborated his son’s version of events.“It was never a walk-on,” his father said. “We would have never accepted that.”Regardless of what actually happened here, recruiting can be a messy business. If Michigan did pull his scholarship offer, they surely wouldn’t have been the first major program to do something like that.Still, it’s a disappointing situation all around.Woods is now looking at a couple of other programs, including Cincinnati.
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after a second quarter touchdown pass against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Clemson freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence is putting on quite a show in the College Football Playoff semifinals contest against Notre Dame this evening.Lawrence, a true freshman starter behind center for the Tigers, has completed 19 of 26 passes for 263 yards and 3 touchdowns through two quarters.Life is good for Lawrence and Clemson’s football program right now.Life is good off of the field for Lawrence, too.Clemson’s star quarterback is dating a fellow college athlete. His girlfriend is college soccer player Marissa Mowry, who plays for Anderson University.The couple has been together for multiple years.It’s tough to see anything stopping Lawrence moving forward.Clemson and Notre Dame are about to start the second half. The game will be televised on ESPN.A win would put the Tigers in the national title game against either Alabama or Oklahoma.
HOUSTON, TX – NOVEMBER 24: Blake LaRussa #11 of the Old Dominion Monarchs is sacked by Elijah Garcia #92 of the Rice Owls in the second half at Rice Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)The Rice Owls are certainly not a dominant football program at the moment, but they have produced some pretty impressive players in recent years. Defensive tackle Zach Abercrumbia could be the next to finish his college career at a big program after graduating from the Houston school.Abercrumbia is a 6-foot-2, 285 pound defensive tackle, a major position of need for many teams.This season, he recorded 55 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, both good for third on the team, and led the Owls with two fumble recoveries in 2018.The Dallas native was named an honorable mention All-Conference USA player by the league’s coaches, and third-team by Phil Steele.Now, he’ll finish his college career elsewhere.Abercrumbia announced that he would be a graduate transfer on Twitter last week.In the days since, numerous big programs have reportedly reached out to express their interest.Texas, Michigan, Penn State, Notre Dame, and Iowa are among the big programs after Zach Abercrumbia.He spoke to Texas blog Burnt Orange Nation about the process thus far.A week ago, Rice Owls defensive tackle Zach Abercrumbia announced his intentions to become a graduate transfer and the Longhorns have already been in contact with him, Abercrumbia told Burnt Orange Nation:As a May graduate, Abercrumbia will enroll at the school of his choice for summer classes before using his final season of eligibility. And there’s already plenty of interest in him, as the 6’2, 285-pounder has set up official visits to Mississippi State (Jan. 25) and Iowa (Feb. 1) and also plans to take an unofficial visit to SMU.Other schools that have been in contact with Abercrumbia include Michigan, Memphis, Notre Dame, Northwestern, Oregon State, Penn State, TCU, Toledo, Tulane, and Vanderbilt.Texas wound up landing last year’s big Rice transfer, offensive tackle Calvin Anderson, who promoted his former teammate after he announced the move.All conference DT and captain. Talented, smart, versatile, explosive at the POA and ready/willing to work. Love this guy. He deserves a good home ?? https://t.co/IEOsK1eS7h— Calvin Anderson (@THE_CONDA25) January 8, 2019The Longhorns certainly seem like they’d have an inside track here, but there are plenty of strong options listed there, and Iowa and Mississippi State have already landed visits which is important.We should know more in the coming weeks.[Burnt Orange Nation]
TALLAHASSEE, FL – NOVEMBER 29: A general view of Doak Campbell Stadium during a game between the Florida State Seminoles and the Florida Gators on November 29, 2014 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Florida State’s football program has taken to Twitter to issue an apology for their controversial Martin Luther King, Jr. Day tweet.The Seminoles’ official recruiting account posted a message for MLK Day with a photoshopped image of the icon in FSU gear.Many took issue with the photoshopped image, saying it was tone-deaf and insensitive.Florida State ended up deleting the tweet:Florida State’s football program has since taken to Twitter to issue an apology for the tweet.“In a well-intentioned effort to recognize Martin Luther King, Jr. on this special day, a member of our recruiting staff created a graphic using one of Dr. King’s quotes – ‘If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.’ The quote resonated with our program’s Do Something mantra.”“However, in our attempt to more closely connect the message to FSU, we foolishly posted a graphic that was not in line with our intent. We are sorry for missing the mark in our attempt to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy.”You can view the full statement below:pic.twitter.com/WEa95hAoqs— Seminoles Recruiting (@FSU_Recruiting) January 21, 2019Several college football programs have tweeted graphics in response to today’s holiday, but Florida State’s tweet clearly missed the mark.
CLEMSON, SC – AUGUST 31: A general view of inside the stadium before the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and Clemson Tigers at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The Clemson Tigers have done a great job of developing quarterbacks over the past few years. Could five-star D.J. Uiagalelei be the next star to develop under Dabo Swinney?According to Clemson247, Uiagalelei is planning an extended visit to the Clemson campus. Per the report, he will be joined by his family and friends on a four-day unofficial visit.Uiagalelei has observed the team in several games over the past year, but this trip will reportedly be the first time his mother visits the campus. It features this weekend’s Clemson spring game.From The State:“I’m excited to bring my whole family out so we can really sit down and see everything there – look at the town, look at all of the facilities. We’ll be there for four or five days. We get in on Wednesday, and we leave Sunday,” Uiagalelei said. ““She just wants to see the campus and the football stadium. She was to meet all of the coaches. She wants to do all of the stuff besides football – check out the dorms, the town, where’s the nearest Walmart, where am I going to go to church. And, she wants to eat fried green tomatoes, that’s what she really wants to do. She’s looking forward to that.”247Sports rates Uiagalelei as the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the country, and the No. 6 overall prospect. He is currently tipped to go to Clemson at 72-percent per 247Sports’ Crystal Ball Predictions.The Tigers are not without competition for the St. John Bosco quarterback though. Uiagalelei is planning an official visit to Oregon this Spring, and could make his commitment before the start of next season.Clemson already boasts a top-five recruiting class in the country per 247Sports. However, the program currently trails ACC rival Miami, who have 12 commitments versus Clemson’s nine.The Tigers’ 2019 class didn’t have a five-star commitment but was still ranked in the top ten. Securing Uiagalelei could push 2020’s class over the top.[The State]
Mohammad Azharuddin on Virat Kohli: Nobody has been more consistent since Don BradmanVirat Kohli is the Boy Wonder of world cricket, Mohammad Azharuddin said at India Today Mind Rocks. The former India captain heaped high praise on Kohli for his stunning form over the last several years.advertisement India Today Web Desk BhubaneshwarJanuary 10, 2019UPDATED: January 10, 2019 14:30 IST Virat Kohli ended up as the highest scorer in Test cricket in 2018 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli amassed 1322 runs in Tests and 1202 runs in ODIs in 2018Overall, he hit 11 international hundreds in the last yearKohli is ranked No.1 in the ICC rankings for batsmen in Tests as well as ODIsMohammad Azharuddin said Virat Kohli is the Boy Wonder of modern cricket and lauded the India captain for his stunning form. Kohli finished 2018 as the highest scorer in Tests and ODIs and many experts believe he will go on to break most of Sachin Tendulkar’s batting records.Last year, Kohli amassed 1322 runs in Tests and 1202 runs in ODIs. Overall, he hit 11 international hundreds in 2018. In South Africa, Virat Kohli smashed a record-breaking 871 runs across formats before scoring nearly 600 runs in five Tests in tough conditions in England.Kohli is ranked No.1 in the ICC rankings for batsmen in Tests as well as ODIs.”You can see Virat’s performances and statistics are all in front of you. His numbers, his consistency is second only to Don Bradman I feel,” Azharuddin said at India Today Mind Rocks 2019.Asked if Kohli is the Boy Wonder of world cricket, Azhar said without any hesitation, he indeed was.”Yes definitely. He will improve further in the future and play even better. He will go on to break more records because age is also on his side,” Azhar said.Azharuddin said India will soon be able to finalise their World Cup squad but said they would need four good pacers to exploit the conditions in England.”India can finalise its team for the World Cup only at the end of February-March. The team is almost set for the tournament”I feel India need 3-4 fast bowlers for the World Cup in England. We need a few pacers for the conditions in England. If you look at India’s pace battery, we lost the series in South Africa and England but our bowling has been top class so far. This I feel is the best fast bowling attack in Indian cricket history.advertisement”We can keep dreaming of the World Cup from now but those dreams can only be turned into reality when the Indian team goes to England and performs well. It is good to dream about such things but it will be even better when the team turns them into reality. I hope the team wins the World Cup because we are No. 1 in Tests, and excellent in ODIs and T20Is, I don’t think we can send a better side to England,” he said.Azharuddin, one of India’s most successful captains, said his biggest regret was not lifting the World Cup despite leading India in three editions.”A lot of my dreams I haven’t been able to realise. I captained the team in three World Cups but couldn’t win one so that is one dream I regret not fulfilling,” he said.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 India Today Mind Rocks 2012Follow Mohammad AzharudduinFollow Virat KohliFollow India vs Australia
India Today Web Desk MelbourneJanuary 14, 2019UPDATED: January 14, 2019 12:33 IST Rafael Nadal is looking to be the first man in the Open era to win all four majors at least twice. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRafael Nadal was playing his first match since retiring from US Open semi-finalNadal said it was “special to be back” after all that injury struggleGrigor Dimitrov survived a scare to advance to the second roundRafael Nadal has a comfortable start to the Australian Open on Monday while world No.10 and ninth seed John Isner of USA was shocked by his compatriot Reilly Opelka at the Melbourne Park. Nadal has started the season with injury concerns but looked comfortable in his straight sets victory.John Isner, however, was far from comfortable. Both Isner and Opelka held on to their serves in each of the four sets played but the latter came out on top 7-6(4), 7-6(6), 6-7(4), 7-6(5) in two hours and 58 minutes to advance to the second round.Opelka will next be up against Italy’s Thomas Fabbiano, who earlier beat Jason Kubler 6-4, 7-6(1), 2-6, 7-5.Isner was better than Opelka on almost all account except for net points (marginally) and made one more unforced error than the latter. It was just Opelka’s ability to stay in that put off Isner.UPSET ALERT!!! #Opelka ousts 9th seed #Isner 7-6(4) 7-6(6) 6-7(4) 7-6(5) #gamesetmatch #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/88g1iwugBL#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 14, 2019Nadal, on the other hand, has missed a lot of tennis since last September but hasn’t missed a beat.The No.2 seed Nadal had a 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 win over Australian wild-card entry James Duckworth on Monday in the first round of the Australian Open, his first match back on Rod Laver Arena since he had to retire during his quarterfinal match last year.The 17-time major winner hasn’t played since retiring from his semifinal at the U.S. Open because of a knee injury, and then had surgery on his right ankle in November. He also withdrew from a tune-up tournament in Brisbane because of a muscle strain in his thigh, mainly as a precaution, to ensure he’s fit for the season-opening major.advertisement”Not easy to come back after a lot of months of competition, especially against a player playing super aggressive every shot,” Nadal said. “It’s very difficult to start after an injury — I know it very well. It’s very special to be back.”Wearing a sleeveless top, he showed no signs of any issues against Duckworth. His only hiccup came when he served for the match in the ninth game of the third set and was broken at love. He returned the favor very quickly, though, to seal his spot in the second round.Rafa’s back!In his 14th appearance at the #AusOpen, @RafaelNadal gets his 2019 campaign underway, def. James Duckworth 6-4 6-3 7-5. pic.twitter.com/egIaN204qE#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 14, 2019Nadal has only lost twice in the first round at Grand Slams — to Steve Darcis at 2013 Wimbledon, and to Fernando Verdasco here in 2016 — and is aiming to be the first man in the Open era to win all four majors at least twice.Also advancing were 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, No. 11 Aryna Sabalenka, No. 19 Caroline Garcia, No. 29 Donna Vekic and No. 31 Petra Martic.Second seed Angelique Kerber registered a 6-2, 6-2 win over Hercog and comfortable advanced to the next round.Our 2016 #AOChampion & this year’s second seed @AngeliqueKerber kicks off her #AusOpen campaign with a 6-2 6-2 win over Hercog #gamesetmatch pic.twitter.com/RMhqfTsycO#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 14, 2019Danielle Collins advanced to the second round of a major for the first time following a 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 win over No. 14-seeded Julia Goerges, who won the title in Auckland to start the season.Katie Boulter earned the distinction of winning the first 10-point tiebreaker under the Australian Open’s new system for deciding sets, and she celebrated twice.Boulter beat Ekaterina Makarova 6-0, 4-6, 7-6 (6), including 10-6 in the tiebreaker. Boulter started celebrating and went to the net when she reached 7-4 in the tiebreaker, forgetting it wasn’t a conventional count.The new rule was introduced to ensure matches don’t get too lengthy — previously the third set in women’s matches and the fifth set in men’s matches at the Australian Open had to be decided by a two-game advantage.Fifth-seeded Kevin Anderson won his first match at Melbourne Park since 2015 when he beat Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1. Also advancing on the men’s side were No. 19 Nikoloz Basilashvili, No. 20 Grigor Dimitrov and No. 26 Fernando Verdasco.20th seed @GrigorDimitrov snags the second set 6-3 after dropping the first 4-6 to @TipsarevicJanko. Who’ve you got? #AusOpen #AOFiredUp pic.twitter.com/4BiqQCWaOy#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 14, 2019Defending champions Caroline Wozniacki and Roger Federer were scheduled to play night matches later Monday.(With AP inputs)Also Read | Prajnesh Gunneswaran loses in 1st main draw appearance in MelbourneAlso Read | Maria Sharapova beats Harriet Dart 6-0, 6-0 in first roundadvertisementFor 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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India aim for continued ODI dominance over Australia in NagpurIndia vs Australia 2nd ODI Nagpur: Virat Kohli-led India will look to continue their good form in one-day internationals ahead of the World Cup after taking 1-0 lead in the 5-match series.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service NagpurMarch 4, 2019UPDATED: March 4, 2019 23:38 IST India have a 1-0 lead over Australia in the series with a 6-wicket win in the first ODI. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia beat Australia by six wickets in the first ODI in HyderabadIndia have just four more ODIs left before the 2019 ICC World Cup in JuneIndia would look to settle on the 15-man squad that will go to the World CupThe Indian top order will look to get runs while the World Cup hopefuls will strive to seal a berth, when India take on Australia in the second ODI, here on Tuesday.The Virat Kohli-led side beat Australia by six wickets in the series opener on Saturday. It was a welcome win for India after losing the T20 series 0-2.The bowling unit did well to restrict the Aussies to a modest score and what would be pleasing for the team management is that when pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah had an off day, Mohammed Shami stepped in to produce a fine show.India looked to be making heavy weather of an easy chase when their top order was removed early, but Kedar Jadhav underlined his value in the team with a street-smart 81 in the company of veteran Mahendra Singh Dhoni who held fort with an unbeaten 59.With only four ODIs remaining before the World Cup, the hosts will look to finalise the “two available spots” in an otherwise settled squad.Opener Shikhar Dhawan did not get runs in the first rubber but the team management is likely to stick with the southpaw and not replace him with KL Rahul who stacked a claim with good shows in the two T20s.Skipper Kohli looked good for his 44 on Saturday and so did Rohit who has the ability to take any attack to cleaners on his day.At No.4, Ambati Rayudu failed in the first game and it remains to be seen whether the team management reposes faith in him or not.advertisementWith Dhoni showing that he is not finished just yet, the middle order looks in a better shape than what was thought.On Tuesday, the Indian team could bring in the Rishabh Pant in place of all-rounder Vijay Shankar who had an off day with the ball on Saturday.Australia, on the other hand, would look to sharpen their batting skills. For their coach Justin Langer, out-of-form skipper Aaron Finch would be a definite concern. Finch who had scores of 0 and 8 in the T20 series continued his bad run in the first ODI.The visitors can be pleased with their bowling effort, especially leg-spinner Adam Zampa who troubled the Indian batsmen.Pacers Pat Cummins and Nathan Counter-Nile were also good in the beginning, but once Dhoni and Jadhav got going they lost their rhythm.Teams:India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rishabh Pant, Siddarth Kaul, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja.Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), D’Arcy Short, Shaun Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Usman Khawaja, Alex Carey, Peter Handscomb, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa, Jason Behrendorff, Jhye Richardson, Pat Cummins, Andrew Tye, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Nathan Lyon.Also Read | Team India gears up for 2nd ODI vs Australia with gruelling practice session in NagpurAlso Read | Nice to get players like Virat Kohli out: Adam ZampaAlso Read | Ashwin, Jadeja have always done well for India, Chahal and I haven’t ousted anyone: KuldeepFor 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 Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow India vs Australia 2nd ODIFollow Virat KohliFollow MS DhoniFollow Aaron Finch