Ince slams Man Utd handing England trio new contractsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United captain Paul Ince has slammed the new contracts handed to three players.Ince questioned the decision to hand new deals to Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw and Jesse Lingard, insisting there are too many players at the club who ‘aren’t fit to wear the shirt.'”When players like Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw and Jesse Lingard are getting long-term contracts, it shows how backward they are going,” Ince told Paddy Power.“Give them two or three-year contracts to keep them hungry, but don’t spoil them when they aren’t good enough for the club anyway.”He continued: “A resounding issue at the club is that there are far too many players who aren’t fit to wear the shirt. Something has got to give.“I’m not one to call for Jose Mourinho’s head, but something urgently needs to change. The board need to decide whether they’re going to pay him off or give him more money for players.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Cardiff boss Warnock: Poor start handed Spurs winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock admits they were never in the game for defeat to Tottenham.Cardiff lost 3-0 at home via goals to Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min.Warnock said: “When we start off like that we shoot ourselves in the foot. All the planning goes out of the window. The goals were disappointing but they were too good for us in the first half. But that’s life and you move on.”I was pleased we hung in there because it’s easy to throw the towel in when you’re 3-0 down to a team like this. Four points in three games over a difficult period is good really.”We have had a great season so far. Players were told what they were doing and two or three let me down a little in that respect defensively today. We were playing for pride in the end.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton midfielder Ward-Prowse: We must regroup during international breakby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse says they need to regroup during this international break.Saints lost their third top-flight game in a row on Sunday when they were comfortably beaten 4-1 by Chelsea at St Mary’s. Ward-Prowse said: “I think certainly it will be a case of having a look at ourselves individually and collectively.“First of all, we need to see what we ourselves as individuals need to do and change to bring to the table.“We’ve got a good period of time to work on a few things during the international break, so it will be a good time to work on them.“I think we all, individually, need to be better.“We’ve had an OK start to the season with a few good results here and there, but we need to be consistently better.“We want to start taking points off the big teams and we need to get that belief and drive back to do it again.”
Real Madrid have confirmed goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering an injury to the left iliac muscle.The Belgium international has joined an increasingly long list of players in the treament room at the Santiago Bernabeu, with the likes of Marcos Llorente, Marco Asensio, Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos and Mariano Diaz also out of action at present.It’s believed that Courtois’ injury will keep him out for around a fortnight, with Keylor Navas set to deputise for the Galacticos in his absence. 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? A Real Madrid statement read: “Following tests carried out on our player Thibaut Courtois today by the Real Madrid Medical Services, he has been diagnosed with a grade I injury in the left iliac muscle. His recovery will be monitored.”Courtois completed the full 90 minutes in Real’s previous match, a 2-0 loss at home to Real Sociedad and he is also believed to have trained for the majority of this week in the build-up to his side’s Copa del Rey tie against Leganes on Wednesday.Navas, who had been Real’s number one goalkeeper up until Courtois’ summer arrival, was expected to start their latest cup clash regardless, but the former Chelsea stopper is now likely to miss both legs of the tie, as well as the club’s upcoming league matches against Real Betis and Sevilla.Santiago Solari’s side are in desperate need of some positive results after their defeat to Sociedad left them languishing in fifth place in La Liga and 10 points adrift of leaders Barcelona.The 13-time Champions League winners have endured an extremely underwhelming season to date, having only won half of their 18 league matches so far and losing six.Former Spain boss Julen Lopetegui was in charge at the beginning of the season, only to be sacked in late October after a poor start to the season.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admits his side do not yet have the finances to compete with Europe’s elite clubs.Pochettino failed to make a single signing during the summer transfer window and has yet to bring in any new faces this month either.The Argentine has come under increasing pressure to dip into the transfer market after Harry Kane and Dele Alli were ruled out until March with ankle and hamstring injuries respectively. 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? The club’s faltering form, which saw them go out of the Carabao Cup and FA Cup in the space of four days last week, has also led to calls for Pochettino to freshen up his squad.However, the former Southampton boss insists he will not simply buy for the sake of it and is prepared to make do with his current squad if the right players are not available.Pochettino concedes Spurs cannot compete at the top end of the transfer market, despite currently sitting third in the Premier League and reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League.Their financial situation has not been helped by costs surrounding their new stadium, which they hope to finally move into in March.The 46-year-old cites Premier League leaders Liverpool, who spent in the region of £145million ($189.3m) on two players – defender Virgil van Dijk and goalkeeper Alisson – last year, as an example of a club which is in a different league financially.“Liverpool need a defender, they get Van Dijk, they need a goalkeeper, who’s the best? Alisson. It’s the same as Manchester City,” Pochettino told ESPN.“In the end, it’s valid as Real Madrid and Barcelona do the same because they’re on a different level.“At the moment, Tottenham haven’t reached that level so when we can’t buy a washing machine, we get a dryer that can do the same job.“Instead of a sofa, we get a chair where you can also sit.“That’s the difference between Tottenham and the teams that are built to win.”After their double cup disappointment, Tottenham return to Premier League action on Wednesday evening against Watford.Pochettino’s side can move to within two points of second-placed Manchester City with a victory over the Hornets at Wembley.
The U.S. women’s national team has announced World Cup victory tour matches against Portugal in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and St. Paul, Minnesota. Following the team’s World Cup win in France, they will embark on a five-game tour to celebrate their fourth world title and second in a row. The team’s first match, against the Republic of Ireland at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, has already been confirmed for August 3. 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? Now there are two more matches on the calendar, both against Portugal. The USWNT will take on the European side on August 29 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, before another match on September 3 at Allianz Field in St. Paul.The second game will mark the first time the USWNT has played at Allianz Field, which opened earlier this year and is home to MLS side Minnesota United.”It’s always fun to play in cities that we haven’t been to that much and with the opening of the new stadium for Minnesota United, it’s awesome that we’ll get to play in St. Paul this fall in a world-class facility that is another sign of the growth of soccer in the USA,” USWNT midfielder Rose Lavelle said in a news release.Meanwhile, the match in Philadelphia will be the fourth time the USWNT have played at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles.The U.S. victory tour will conclude with games on October 3 and 6, with the opponents and venues yet to be announced. The roster for the victory tour will be the same 23 players that made up the squad that ultimately lifted the trophy in France after a 2-0 win over the Netherlands in the final.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)One of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the country announced his college commitment late on Sunday night. His decision is a surprising one.Terrance Gipson, the No. 10 dual-threat quarterback recruit in the 2019 class per 247Sports, had scholarship offers from Nebraska and Virginia, and programs like Arizona, Oregon and Texas were expressing interest, too.The 6-foot quarterback, though, has decided to commit to SMU.He announced his decision on Twitter.“Its a blessing and all glory to god, thanks to every supporter and doubter, i am happy to say i will be COMMITTING to Sourthern Methodist University 19’ Takeover,” he wrote.You can view the full announcement below:Its a blessing and all glory to god, thanks to every supporter and doubter, i am happy to say i will be COMMITTING to Sourthern Methodist University ❗️ 19’Takeover ?? pic.twitter.com/1SmgYY6JsJ— p.oppaa (@te_gipson1) June 3, 2018Gipson is a Houston native. He’s the second commitment in SMU’s 2019 class.You can view the Mustangs’ full class here.
LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 25: A flag bearer for the Nebraska Cornhuskers waves a flag after the first score during their game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Memorial Stadium on October 25, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Rutgers 42-24. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)A former Nebraska quarterback announced his decision to transfer from the Huskers program after Scott Frost took over. Former four-star quarterback recruit Patrick O’Brien announced his intentions to head elsewhere.Although he’s a talented quarterback, O’Brien’s skillset didn’t fit Scott Frost’s offense. He’s a pro-style QB that likes to sit in the pocket, meanwhile the Huskers’ will be running a more up-tempo offense under Frost.O’Brien visited Butch Davis at Florida International, and just two weeks ago he visited Mike Bobo and the Colorado State Rams.O’Brien decided he likes Fort Collins.I am so thankful to be given another opportunity to play football at another amazing university. With that I am excited to announce my commitment to Colorado State. pic.twitter.com/gowLL8oMXZ— Patrick O’Brien™ (@oneandonlyPOB) June 8, 2018O’Brien was the No. 10 pro-style quarterback recruit in the 2016 class. Many believed he should have taken over for a struggling Tanner Lee during the 2017 season, though that obviously did not end up happening.This way he’ll have an opportunity to fight for a starting spot at his new program.We wish him luck.
Week 7 was a wild one in college football. Four different top-10 teams lost, including Georgia, who was previously unbeaten.The polls will change a lot this week. Beyond the top four teams, things start to get murky.As he does every Sunday, Stadium’s college football insider Brett McMurphy released his official AP Top 25 ballot. McMurphy has made some adjustments from last week’s ballot.My new AP Top 25 ballot by conference: SEC 6, Big Ten 4, Pac-12 4, AAC 3, Big 12 3, ACC 2, MWC 2, Notre Dame #APTop25 @WatchStadium https://t.co/RaYhTRbCbQ— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) October 14, 2018Here is his full list.AlabamaOhio StateNotre DameClemsonLSUMichiganFloridaTexasGeorgiaOklahomaWest VirginiaUCFOregonWashingtonKentuckyNC StateTexas A&MWashington StatePenn StateColoradoUSFCincinnatiIowaUtah StateFresno StateTypically, McMurphy will discuss his ballot via video on Sunday afternoon. Be on the lookout for that later.The Coaches’ Poll was released earlier today, and the full AP poll is expected out at 2 p.m. ET.
Four-star quarterback Jack Miller revealed his commitment to the Ohio State Buckeyes over the summer. Miller made the announcement on July 1 via Twitter.On Thursday, he shared some tough news. Miller revealed his junior season has come to an end after he suffered high-grade MCL sprain earlier in the season.With just a few games remaining in the year, Miller hoped to gut it out, but he made the smart choice to shut down the season and get healthy for his senior campaign.The 2020 recruit shared the following on Twitter: “This has been an unforgettable season with my teammates but due to my knee injury my doctor will not clear me to return to the field, I’m recovering great and I will be back better! My boys got this!”This has been an unforgettable season with my teammates but due to my knee injury my doctor will not clear me to return to the field, I’m recovering great and I will be back better! My boys got this! #ctown— Jack Miller (@jackjamesmiller) October 25, 2018Miller is the No. 4 pro-style quarterback in the 2020 class and the No. 63 recruit overall. He held 19 offers from the likes of Alabama and Auburn, but decided Columbus is the place for him.
Last year at Garden City Community College, Watt had 16 receptions for 188 yards in an offense that ran the ball almost exclusively.I’ll be back at my Second Home. University of Nebraska this weekend 🤫#GBR🌽 #Huskers🔴⚪️ with @Yrn_Jesse20— Dominick Watt (@1Way_Dom) June 19, 2019According to the Omaha World-Herald, Watt will not be the only junior college wide receiver visiting Huskers this weekend.Per the report, wide receivers Omar Manning and DeShawn Hanika will be joining Watt at Nebraska as well.[Omaha World-Herald] LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 15: The marching band of the Nebraska Cornhuskers performs before the game against the Troy Trojans at Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Former four-star wide receiver Dominick Watt has had his eye on Nebraska for a long time. He originally signed with the school in 2018, but was ruled ineligible. After a year in junior college though, it looks like he’s on his way back to Lincoln.Watt announced on Twitter yesterday that he is slated to visit Nebraska this weekend, with a visit to Kentucky also on his schedule. It’s not known if he still has a scholarship offer, but does have a former Garden City (Kan.) Community College teammate – Dedrick Mills – currently enrolled at Nebraska.Coming out of high school in 2018, Watt was the No. 405 overall prospect in the country per 247Sports. He was the No. 69 wide receiver in the country and the No. 72 prospect from the state of Florida.However, academic issues prevented him from ultimately enrolling at Nebraska.
Here’s what we think the first AP Poll will look like:ClemsonAlabamaGeorgiaOklahomaOhio StateMichiganTexasNotre DameLSUTexas A&MFloridaOregonUCFSyracuseWashington StatePenn StateWisconsinAuburnArmyNebraskaWashingtonMissouriNorthwesternUtahIowaThis year’s first game – at Camping World Stadium in Orlando – will feature Florida vs. Miami on August 24. We’re just over a month away. CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 01: Defensive lineman K.J. Henry #13 of the Clemson Tigers reacts as he runs off the field with teammates defensive end Xavier Kelly #22, safety Nolan Turner #24, and linebacker Jalen Williams #30 after the Tigers force a Furman Paladins fumble during the fourth quarter of the football game at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)In just two weeks, we should get a look at the first official rankings of the 2019 college football season from both USA Today and the AP. Let’s take a look at how we think the first set of polls will shake out.Historically, the first set of polls has come between the last week of July and the second week of August. The season officially starts on August 24 this year.Clemson, undoubtedly, will be the No. 1 team in the country when the polls are unveiled. Alabama will be No. 2 as well. After that, it’s up for debate. We think Georgia, Oklahoma and Ohio State will round out the top five.Many are predicting Michigan will finally win the Big Ten and knock off Ohio State in the process. It’ll be interesting to see if the pollsters agree in a few weeks.
Back to work.Week 2 | 7:00 PM | ESPN pic.twitter.com/OZHMoRoy0l— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) September 1, 2019The fans don’t seem to be having it, though: pic.twitter.com/xbwMTDWXBA— Curtis Herd (@CurtisHerd) September 1, 2019 pic.twitter.com/eZc4fF0HuF— ⛳️ROBBIE UNDERWOOD⛳️ (@robbieu007) September 1, 2019Just don’t tweet— Negavol (Travis) (@Vet4vols) September 1, 2019Welcome back to the Twitterverse!— Robby Stanley (@RStanleyNHL) September 1, 2019Tennessee will attempt to get its first win of the season next Saturday, with the Volunteers taking on BYU at Neyland Stadium.Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. E.T. on ESPN. KNOXVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 15: A view of the inside of Neyland Stadium during a game between the Florida Gators and Tennessee Volunteers on September 15, 2012 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images)Tennessee football’s Twitter account went silent following the Volunteers’ upset loss to Georgia State on Saturday afternoon.The Vols’ official account stopped tweeting early in the fourth quarter and hadn’t tweeted in about 20 hours.Until now.Tennessee football’s official account has finally tweeted:
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers reacts during the fourth quarter in 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)Dabo Swinney has become one of college football’s greatest head coaches, leading the Clemson Tigers to multiple national championships, including a blowout win over Alabama in last season’s College Football Playoff title game.The 49-year-old head coach still hasn’t completely gotten over an old critical comment from ESPN, though.Swinney, 49, admitted on a recent ACC Network roundtable that he’s still using an old comment from ESPN as motivation.“Probably the biggest thing (I remember) is I was a D-plus hire,” Swinney said. “You know, ESPN in 2009 all the new coaches, I don’t know it was 15 new coaches; it’s about 15 a year or so. And my name, and I was a D-plus. And I was so happy to get that plus. You know, and you’ve heard me say this this past week, I come to work every day with that mindset. I’m a D-plus hire. And that’s one thing that I’ve probably hung on to. The rest of it I flush it on right out the door.” “I was a D+ hire.”Look at Dabo now 🏆🏆 pic.twitter.com/2l288tC3lB— ACC Network (@accnetwork) September 4, 2019Swinney, who became Clemson’s head coach in 2009, was given a D+ hire grade by then-ESPN college football writer Pat Forde.From that column:Swinney was part and parcel of a failed season, but somehow got a promotion out of the deal. Who knew that beating Duke and Virginia could lead to such ample rewards? Clemson fans loved the fact that the Tigers closed the regular season by beating rival South Carolina. But hey, Bowden beat the Gamecocks seven times in nine tries and look where that got him. Swinney has the same thing going for him that Sarkisian has at Washington: the in-conference competition in the ACC isn’t that stiff.Swinney has since gone on to win two national championships and five ACC championships. He has an overall record of 117-30.That’s pretty good for a “D+” hire.
view more view less 2nd ODI: Jos Buttler blasts century as England edge PakistanJos Buttler scored an unbeaten 110 as England defeated Pakistan by 12 runs in the second one-day international and take a 1-0 lead in the five-match ODI series scorecard graphs No data available! advertisement commentary Reuters SouthamptonMay 12, 2019UPDATED: May 12, 2019 08:38 IST Jos Buttler scored a century as England beat Pakistan by 12 runs in the second ODI (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEngland beat Pakistan by 12 runs in the second ODIJos Buttler scored an unbeaten 110 from 55 ballsPakistan’s Fakhar Zaman scored 138 but it was not enoughEngland batsman Jos Buttler smashed an unbeaten 110 off 55 balls as the hosts beat Pakistan by 12 runs in a thrilling run-packed second one-day international on Saturday.Buttler’s blitzkrieg and half-centuries by Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and skipper Eoin Morgan helped England to a huge total of 373 for three wickets in 50 overs.Pakistan, who made their best ever score when chasing in ODIs, fell short despite Fakhar Zaman’s superb 138 as the hosts took a 1-0 lead in the five-match series after the first game was washed out.GET IN! What a game!Scorecard/Videos: https://t.co/6xjh2fShWF #EngvPak pic.twitter.com/oLtISXGvxd England Cricket (@englandcricket) May 11, 2019Asked to bat first on a flat pitch, England laid a solid platform for Buttler to build on, with Roy scoring 87 and Bairstow 51 in a 115-run opening partnership.Joe Root fell for 40 following a brief rain interruption, bringing Morgan and Buttler together and the pair put on 162 for the fourth wicket with the captain contributing an unbeaten 71 off 48 balls.Buttler did most of the big hitting, smashing nine sixes and six fours en route to his eighth ODI century and getting there with a fierce hit over the ropes which the new father celebrated by rocking his bat in his hands.But Pakistan, whose previous highest score batting second was 344-8 in a loss to India in 2004, were not giving up without a fight.Zaman took the attack to the bowlers, hitting four sixes and 12 fours before he was caught by Buttler off Chris Woakes to leave Pakistan at 227 for two.advertisementFifties from Babar Azam and Asif Ali and captain Sarfraz Ahmed’s unbeaten 41 took Pakistan close to their target but England hung on for the win as they continue preparations for the World Cup on home soil starting later this month.Meanwhile, Ireland, who did not qualify for the World Cup, scored 327 for five in 50 overs in a five-wicket defeat by twice champions West Indies in Dublin.Ireland’s Andy Balbirnie hit 135 to give his team a chance of an upset but the West Indies prevailed with their highest successful chase in ODIs thanks to Sunil Ambris’s 148.Also Read | Sanath Jayasundara charged under ICC anti-corruption codeFor 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 Jos ButtlerFollow Fakhar ZamanFollow England vs PakistanFollow 2nd ODI
I have the ability to remain unfazed, don’t feel pressure: Shikhar DhawanShikhar Dhawan had a modest international season before roaring back to form in the IPL, scoring 521 runs for Delhi Capitals to finish fourth in the top run-getters’ list.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiMay 14, 2019UPDATED: May 14, 2019 17:59 IST Shikhar Dhawan’s form in IPL 2019 would boost the morale of the Indian team ahead of 2019 World Cup (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSShikhar Dhawan amassed 521 runs in 16 IPL 2019 matches at 34.73Dhawan scored his runs at a strike rate of over 135 and hit 5 fiftiesThe DC opener ended up as the fourth highest run-scorer this seasonHis technique in seaming conditions has often come under intense scrutiny but Shikhar Dhawan doesn’t have time for doubting Thomases as he gears up for the battle ahead in the ICC World Cup.Dhawan, one half of world’s most formidable limited overs opening pair, has always performed well in marquee events and is confident that he would be able to replicate his stellar show in familiar conditions like in Champions Trophy in 2013 and 2017.He was also India’s most successful batsman in the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.”People tell me about my record in ICC events but frankly speaking, the intent has always been the same. It’s not that the effort is less than 100 percent ever. The focus as always is on the process. I am confident that I will have another good ICC tournament,” Dhawan told PTI during an exclusive interview.The 33-year-old had a modest international season before roaring back to form in the IPL, scoring 521 runs for Delhi Capitals to finish fourth in the top run-getters’ list.So was there any kind of pressure as the World Cup was round the corner, “No” was Dhawan’s emphatic reply.”I am not that sort of a guy who feels the pressure. I have the ability to remain unfazed. And critics? Woh apna kaam kar rahein hain (They are doing their job). If I don’t score runs in 5-10 games, it doesn’t mean that everything is lost. I know what kind of a player I am and what my capabilities are,” said Dhawan, who has 16 ODI hundreds and 5355 runs in 128 ODIs.advertisementAsked if the dissection of his technique outside the off-stump and the kind of analysis done bothers him, the senior opener replied, “To know what is being written about me, I need to read the newspapers or watch television. I don’t do both, so what’s being discussed hardly bothers me. And as far as social media is concerned, yes I am on twitter and Facebook but I hardly use them.””I am not someone who is constantly checking twitter updates or Instagram comments. I just check it occasionally. Let me tell you something — I don’t have time for negativity in my life. It can bog you down if you constantly want validation from the outside world. I don’t need that,” he said.In fact, he says, Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly’s presence in Capitals’ fold couldn’t have happened at the right time.”Both Ricky and Dada were successful international captains because they had the ability to create champions. Obviously their experience helps. They told me that there is no problem with my technique.”It has now been 15 years in senior representative cricket for Dhawan (having made his first-class debut back in 2004) and the fire still burns brightly in him.”Mera jazbaa aaj bhi utni hi hai (the passion is still the same as it was when I started). As I told you that I have shut out negativity and primarily because I am a happy go lucky person. Before I made my Test debut, I had played nearly nine years of first-class cricket.”Had I not been passionate and hungry, I couldn’t have performed for India after nine years of domestic cricket. Now I have played six years of international cricket. It has been a great journey,” he said.There is a different facet to his personality as he has now started taking interest in classical music and is learning flute.”I am a big fan of Sufi music. The Wadali brothers (Puranchand and Pyarelal Wadali) are my favourite. Now I have started learning flute and I am enjoying it like anything.”So how did he start learning flute? “I realised that I do have time at my disposal when I am not playing matches or training. Once I started listening to flute on Youtube, I took a liking for it and decided to learn the art.””You need to de-stress and for that you need to have a hobby. Har insaan ko life mein kuch shaunkh paalna chahiye. Yeh zaroori hain. I am not someone who would over-think about my game.”So rather than sitting and chatting in my hotel room, I thought why don’t I learn a bit of music. I am still very new but I now I can identify the raagas like Hamsadhwani.”A devoted family man, Dhawan would shuttle between Delhi and Melbourne, where his wife Ayesha and his three children are settled.”My family often joins me on tours but then children have school. So whenever I get a 15-day break, I am off to Melbourne to spend time with my wife and kids.”advertisementWith a young family, it is difficult but he attributes it to the strong support system and the sacrifices his wife Ayesha and children make.”They know that my focus is on providing them a good life. I want the best education for my kids and everything that can help them have a better life,” he concluded.Also Read | India favourites for World Cup, says Shikhar DhawanAlso Read | R Ashwin thought about Mankading Shikhar Dhawan. Then this happenedAlso Read | No debate surrounding No.4 spot in World Cup squad, says Shikhar DhawanFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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Realme X India launch expected next month, tipped to come with Spider-Man-themed caseThe Realme X is expected to launch in India in July. As per a new report, the company is collaborating with Marvel to launch Spider-Man: Far From Home-themed case.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiJune 27, 2019UPDATED: June 28, 2019 08:41 IST HIGHLIGHTSRealme X is expected to launch in India next month.The company is tipped to launch a special Spider-Man-themed case for Realme X.Realme X will likely cost around Rs 18,000 in India.The Realme X is set to launch in India soon. Realme CEO Madhav Sheth said earlier that the phone will come to the country in the second half of 2019, and has now changed his Twitter name to ‘Madhav X’ which seems to suggest the Realme X’s imminent launch in India. It now seems the company could be tying the launch of the Realme X with the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home to build some hype.As per a report by 91Mobiles, Realme is collaborating with Marvel’s upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home movie for the Realme X. The collaboration will see a special Spider-Man-themed Realme X case that could be sold is bundled special edition box or separately. Spider-Man: Far From Home will hit theaters in India on July 4, which suggests that Realme X could launch soon after.The Realme X was first announced in May to mark the company’s entry in China. It touts a bezel-less, notch-less AMOLED display with a pop-up selfie camera and a Snapdragon 710 chipset. Sheth confirmed that the Indian variant of the Realme X may launch with some different hardware as it will be priced higher than the Realme 3 Pro at around Rs 18,000.It is speculated that the company will launch the Realme X in India with a Snapdragon 730 processor to justify its higher price tag. It may come with a few more upgrades, but nothing is known as of now.The Realme X sports a 6.5-inch FHD+ (2340×1080) AMOLED display and a 3D curved glasstic rear panel. The pop-up camera houses a 16-megapixel sensor. On the back, the Realme X features a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 primary camera along with a 5-megapixel secondary camera for depth sensing. The device houses a 3,765mAh battery and supports VOOC 3.0 flash charging. It will ship in India with Android 9 Pie-based ColorOS 6.advertisementALSO READ | Realme X quick review: Notchless display, snappy performance and ready for IndiaGet 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 bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow RealmeFollow Realme X
US Open: Grigor Dimitrov stuns Roger Federer in 5 sets to move into semi-finalsThe 38-year-old Federer was trying to become the oldest Grand Slam semifinalist since Jimmy Connors but he will have to wait longer.advertisement Associated Press New YorkSeptember 4, 2019UPDATED: September 4, 2019 09:35 IST Roger Federer was beaten by Grigor Dimitrov for the 1st time in his career (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSGrigor Dimitrov claimed his first win in eight meetings with Roger FedererFederer looked razor sharp at the start of the matchBefore the start of the 5th set Federer called for the trainerRoger Federer gave away a lead against a guy he’d never lost to and was beaten 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 by 78th-ranked Grigor Dimitrov in the U.S. Open quarterfinals before a stunned crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium.The 38-year-old Federer took a rare-for-him medical timeout after the fourth set, leaving the court with a trainer. It was not immediately clear what might have been wrong with Federer, although he did appear to be flexing his back after some points.When play resumed after a break of nearly 10 minutes, Federer’s form never picked up. He finished with 61 unforced errors, 33 on the forehand side.Federer had been 7-0 against Dimitrov, taking 16 of their previous 18 sets.Federer would have been the oldest Grand Slam semifinalist since Jimmy Connors was 39 at Flushing Meadows in 1991. He also was trying to add to his totals of five U.S. Open championships and 20 major trophies in all.Instead, Dimitrov advanced to his third major semifinal, first in New York. He will face No. 5 Daniil Medvedev on Friday.Also Read | US Open: Serena Williams sails into semi-finals with record 100th victory in tournament historyAlso Read | Elina Svitolina knocks out Johanna Konta to reach US Open semi-finalFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Roger FedererFollow Grigor DimitrovFollow US Open Next
FIFA World Cup qualifiers: Gritty India hold Asian Champions Qatar to goal-less drawWorld Cup Qualifiers: India, who had suffered a heartbreaking 1-2 loss to Oman in their opening match, managed to hold Qatar on their home-turf, courtesy of Gurpreet Singh Sandhu’s one-man show.advertisement Next Press Trust of India DohaSeptember 11, 2019UPDATED: September 11, 2019 00:31 IST FIFA World Cup qualifiers (Source: @IndianFootball)HIGHLIGHTSGurpreet Singh Sandhu single-handedly stopped the Qataris from scoring any goalIndia now have one point from two matches in World Cup qualifiersIndia next play Bangladesh on October 15 in KolkataA gritty India survived waves of attacks from Qatar to hold the reigning Asian champions to a goal-less draw to steal an unexpected point from their away match of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers here on Tuesday.Despite playing without their talismanic captain Sunil Chhetri who was laid low by fever, the young Indians denied Qatar, who won the Asian Cup title in January, any goal despite the home side having more than one dozen shots on target.Indian goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, who also wore the captain’s armband, was the star of the visiting side as he single-handedly stopped the Qataris from scoring any goal in the Group E match which will be remembered for long by the Indians.FULL-TIME! IT’S OVER! INDIA HAVE HELD THE @afcasiancup CHAMPIONS! @QFA threw the proverbial kitchen-sink at the #BlueTigers , but it was @stimac_igor and boys have held on to the draw! 0-0 #QATIND #WCQ #BackTheBlue #BlueTigers #IndianFootball pic.twitter.com/03lnm57Zo4— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) September 10, 2019It was, no doubt, one of the best results by India in recent times.India, who had suffered a heartbreaking 1-2 loss to Oman in their opening match on September 5 in Guwahati, now have one point from two matches while Qatar have four points as they had beaten Afghanistan 6-0 in their first match here.The two sides had played just one official senior match before Tuesday and Qatar had won 6-0 in September 2007 in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers.India next play Bangladesh on October 15 in Kolkata.advertisementClean sheet Thunder Claps Holding the Asian Champs #QATIND #WCQ #BackTheBlue #BlueTigers #IndianFootball pic.twitter.com/wj2JAdaqfM— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) September 10, 2019It was a completely one-sided match with Qatar doing all the attack and the Indians defending in their half for most part of the match.Qatar, ranked 62nd in the world, had more than two dozen shots on Indian goal out of which at least a dozen were on target. India, 103 in the latest FIFA rankings, on the other hand, had just two shots on the opposition goal in the entire match.To the credit of the Indians, they defended brilliantly, maintained their shape throughout and did not give space to the speedy Qatari attackers.In the first half, India expectedly sat deep and defended their citadel. The home side had at least half a dozen on-target shots and seven corners in the first half while India did not have any.Sandhu was a busy man as he was called into action several times but he remained unbeaten.Qatar captain Hassan Al-Haydos had two shots early into the match but Sandhu was upto the task, including the brilliant finger-tip save in the 20th minute.A mispass from Mandar Rao Desai in the 14th minute just outside the penalty box fell for Abdul Aziz Hatem, but his curling strike flew just above the crossbar.A free header off Boualem Khoukhi in the 26th minute was also off the target as India escaped unscathed in the first half.The second half saw India opening up a bit and they were seeing more of the opposition goal than the first half but still could not get a clear goal-bound shot.Sahal Samad was brilliant in the midfield as he, on a few occasions, got the better of his opponents and sent fine passes to the likes of Udanta Singh.India got their first corner in the 66th minute. Anirudha Thapa delivered a long corner and Sahal took a left-footed half volley from just outside the box which flew inches away from the right post.Igor Stimac made four changes to his side from the eleven that started in their 1-2 defeat against Oman. Chhetri was left out as he was suffering from fever. Ashique Kuruniyan has a slight niggle and therefore Nikhil Poojary took his place. Brandon Fernandes and Subhasish Bose were replaced by Sahal Samad and Mandar Rao Desai.Qatar head coach Felix Sanchez, on the other hand, made two changes to the line-up that started against Afghanistan whom they had beaten 6-0. Akram Afif and Karim Boudiaf were forced out due to injuries and they were replaced by Bassam Hisham and Abdul Aziz Hatem.Also Read | Iranian female soccer fan ‘Blue Girl’ dies after setting herself on fireAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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Next OnePlus 7T, Realme XT, Redmi K20: Best phones to buy in OctoberFrom the entry-level Redmi 8A to the mid-range flagship OnePlus 7T to the ultra-premium iPhone 11 Pro Max, here’s a list of some of the best phones you can buy this month. Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiOctober 5, 2019UPDATED: October 5, 2019 16:28 IST Here’s a look at some of the best smartphones available in India that you should consider buying during the festive season.HIGHLIGHTSThe newly launched OnePlus 7T offers perfect blend of OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro.iPhone XR at a price under Rs 50,000 is still the best iPhone to buy.During the festive season sale in India, the Redmi K20 can be found under Rs 20,000.It was a busy September for smartphone launches with OEMs bringing tons of new devices to the Indian market to capitalise on the festive season. Brands like Realme, Xiaomi and OnePlus have launched some exciting new phones to entice consumers in India. Apple also brought some new iPhones while dropping the prices of some of its older models that are now quite attractive for consumers in India.October is expected to be equally busy with brands looking to launch many new phones ahead of Diwali. Today, we are looking at some of the best smartphones available in India that you should consider buying during the ongoing festive season.Best phones under Rs 10,000Redmi 8A: Rs 6,499Redmi 8A is Xiaomi’s newest entry-level smartphone that offers an all-round package for its budget price. It touts a 6.2-inch Dot Notch display and a large 5,000mAh battery. The Redmi 8A is powered by a Snapdragon 439 SoC paired with up to 3GB of RAM. The smartphone also comes with a Type-C port and a 12MP AI primary camera. Redmi 8A comes in Midnight Black, Ocean Blue and Sunset Red.Realme 5: Rs 9,999Realme 5 offers terrific value for a phone under Rs 10,000. Firstly, it is the only phone to offer four rear cameras in this segment, which makes it a unique offering. In addition to this, the phone also sports a 6.5-inch HD+ (720×1600) dewdrop display, a crystal design, Snapdragon 665 SoC and a large 5,000mAh battery. During the ongoing festive season sale on Flipkart, the Realme 5 can be bought for as low as Rs 8,999.advertisement Nokia 4.2: Rs 9,499Nokia 4.2 is perhaps the only Android One phone to buy under Rs 10,000. It delivers a pure, stock Android Pie experience and guaranteed monthly security updates. The Nokia 4.2 has also been confirmed to receive Android 10 in Q1 2020, which is something that can’t be said for a lot of other phones in this segment. Additionally, the phone also touts a waterdrop display and a dedicated Google Assistant button.Best phones under Rs 15,000Xiaomi Mi A3: Rs 12,999The Mi A3 is a fine Android One smartphone to buy under Rs 15,000. It runs a MIUI-free Android Pie software and brings a premium glass design with Gorilla Glass 5 protection on the front and back. Mi A3 is powered by a Snapdragon 665 SoC and offers a 48MP triple camera setup and 18W fast charging support.Realme 5 Pro: Rs 13,999Realme 5 Pro was launched alongside the Realme 5 and it also gets a quad camera setup. The 5 Pro’s quad cameras include a 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor, an 8MP wide-angle camera, a 2MP macro lens and a 2MP depth sensor. The phone sports a 6.3-inch FHD+ Dewdrop display and is powered by a Snapdragon 712 SoC. It packs a 4,035mAh and supports 20W VOOC 3.0 fast charging.Motorola One Action: Rs 13,999Motorola’s One-series has been quite popular in India and has given the company the ability to take on the Chinese competition. Motorola One phones have offered stock Android One software along with some unique features. The Motorola One Action, for example, brings a 21:9 CinemaVision Full HD+ display, which is great for watching movies and TV shows. The smartphone also comes with an Action Camera for video creators who are looking for a GoPro-like camera experience. Vivo Z1 Pro: Rs 14,990Vivo Z1 Pro remains as one of the most competitive phones under Rs 15,000 right now. At Rs 14,990, the Z1 Pro can take on the likes of the Realme 5 Pro with a Snapdragon 712 SoC, punch-hole display, triple rear cameras and a 5,000mAh battery. It also gets an attractive 32MP selfie camera.Best phones under Rs 20,000Realme XT: Rs 15,999Realme XT is easily one of the best phones to buy under Rs 20,000 in India. It is the only phone right now to offer a 64MP quad camera setup in this segment. It also comes with glass on the front and back to offer a premium feel. Realme XT’s quad camera setup includes a 64MP Samsung GW1 sensor, an 8MP wide-angle lens, a 2MP macro lens and a 2MP depth sensor. It is powered by a Snapdragon 712 SoC, packs a 4,000mAh battery and supports VOOC 3.0 fast charging. Redmi K20: Rs 19,999During the ongoing festive sales on Flipkart and Xiaomi’s own official website, the Redmi K20 can be found for Rs 19,999, which makes it a very attractive buy for Mi fans. The Redmi K20 is a powerhouse phone with a Snapdragon 730 SoC under the hood. It sports a notchless FHD+ display and a pop-up selfie camera. It also features a 48MP + 13MP + 8MP triple camera setup on the back and a 20MP selfie camera.advertisementBest phones under Rs 30,000Redmi K20 Pro: Rs 24,999The Redmi K20 is available for Rs 24,999 these days and is currently the most affordable phone with a Snapdragon 855 SoC, which makes it an easy recommend in this segment. The Redmi K20 Pro comes with a unique glass design with a flame-like gradient finish on the back, a notchless AMOLED display, a pop-up camera, 48MP triple rear camera setup and 4,000mAh battery with 27W fast charging support.Best phones under Rs 50,000OnePlus 7T: Rs 37,999The newly launched OnePlus 7T hits the sweet middle ground between the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro. It gets some of the best features of the Pro model such as a 90Hz display, but brings it down to a more affordable price point. The OnePlus 7T gets a waterdrop notch as the OnePlus 7, while the triple cameras on the back have been upgraded. It also gets a newer Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset paired with 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage. It is the best OnePlus phone for most people right now and probably worth buying over the OnePlus 7 Pro. Asus ROG Phone 2: Rs 37,999Asus surprised one and all by launching the ROG Phone 2 at a price as competitive as the OnePlus 7T. This is a monstrous smartphone that goes all out in terms of design dna hardware to offer a solid gaming smartphone. At Rs 37,999, the ROG Phone 2 offers a 6.59-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. It is powered by a Snapdragon 855 SoC paired with 8GB of RAM. It is also the only phone after the Galaxy M30s to offer a 6,000mAh battery.iPhone XR: Rs 49,900Apple launched the iPhone 11 in India, which is quite attractive at Rs 64,900. But the iPhone XR is still the iPhone to buy with its new price under Rs 50,000. Barring the camera upgrade, the iPhone 11 is almost identical to the XR. Keeping aside the LCD display and HD+ resolution, the iPhone XR is all flagship. It is powered by a blazing fast A12 Bionic chipset and has been updated to a faster and better iOS 13. It also has a terrific battery life.Best phones money can buyHuawei P30 Pro: Rs 63,900Huawei may launch the Mate 30 Pro in India soon, but there are a lot of questions about its software right now. For all purposes, the P30 Pro remains the default flagship Huawei phones to buy. At its new discounted price during the festive season, the P30 Pro is worth considering simply for its fantastic, class-leading quad camera setup. The phone also impresses with its stunning gradient glass design, blazing fast performance with a Kirin 980 SoC under the hood and a long-lasting battery life.Samsung Galaxy Note 10+: Rs 79,999The Galaxy Note 10+ brings the best of Samsung in one phone. It is a stunning flagship that not only impresses with its looks but also performance and battery life. The Note 10+ flagship offers a stunning 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED with ultra thin bezels. It also comes in a new Aura Glow gradient colour and is powered by an Exynos 9825 chipset. The Note 10+ gets a large 4,300mAh battery and a quad camera setup, among other things. The S Pen is more useful now with Air Actions feature that lets you wave the stylus in the air to perform certain actions.advertisement iPhone 11 Pro Max: Rs 1,09,900If you’re looking to splurge money to buy the best smartphone period, it will have to be the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Apple’s ultra luxury iPhone comes with pretty much everything you’re looking for in a high-end phone. It gets a fantastic triple camera setup, a fast A13 Bionic chip, really long battery life and an OLED display. The iPhone 11 Pro Max is not a cheap phone in India, but it is the best phone Apple has to offer.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 bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow Buying GuideFollow best phones