Month: October 2019
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Mazzarri adamant Torino deserved two spotkicks for Juventus defeatby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTorino coach Walter Mazzarri is adamant they didn’t deserve defeat to Juventus.The Derby della Mole was decided by a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty when Mario Mandzukic pounced on Simone Zaza’s poor back-pass.However, when it was still 0-0, Toro had two of their own appeals waved away.“I have to compliment my lads, because they put in a strong performance and played on a par with a tank like Juventus,” Mazzarri told DAZN.“In these cases, the incidents ultimately make the difference. We lost Salvatore Sirigu to injury early on, but Ichazo did well too. It’s a pity to have missed out on a point that we would’ve deserved.“You can take something from Juve only if they underestimate you, but they rested Giorgio Chiellini in the Champions League midweek, which shows how much they were thinking about this derby.“An unfortunate incident proved decisive. Perhaps there could’ve been a penalty or two in our favour, we certainly got that impression… In other games, VAR went back to look at this sort of situation.“Belotti was jumping to head the ball, which is his specialty, and he has a good chance of scoring if he connects with it cleanly. If you are pushed when mid-air, in my view that is a clear penalty.“People say we complain, but since the last time there was a meeting about VAR, they have generally gone to check on incidents. Belotti and Zaza appealed and asked for it to be viewed on VAR.”
Solskjaer: Man Utd players don’t need to be best friendsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists his players do not need to be best friends.He is putting his squad through their paces in Dubai during United’s mid-season warm weather training camp.Solskjaer revealed there have been some friendly arguments after practice games but said he wants to see even more niggle.“You don’t have to be best friends,” said Solskjaer. “The team spirit is great. We had one or two fights, but that’s just the demand, the standards you set.“If the session ends with a little bit of a quarrel I don’t mind that, because it means they’re winners, they want to improve.“If you settle for losing in training, you’ll lose when a game when it really matters.“It’s a long, hard season. You’ve got to deal with the wins, defeats, setbacks and players not playing.“They all want to play, but they all want the best for their mates and everyone understands it’s a team game.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola says Danilo deserves his placeby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says Danilo deserves his place at right-back.The manager has started Kyle Walker on the bench for City’s last two league games as he went with Danilo.“I think they know that already, but maybe you realise more on the bench,” said the Catalan. “They know it.“From the beginning of the season, we spoke about that. We can imagine a different starting XI and not everyone can play.“When we don’t win, it’s always ‘Why didn’t we play this guy?’ When we win, people don’t think about the players who don’t play. But the players who don’t play know they have to be at a high level, because the other ones, if they’re injured, they can play.”Guardiola claimed Brazilian Danilo earned his chance.“There’s no doubt about how important Kyle is for us, so we need him,” he said. “We need the best Kyle.“But one day I decided to put Danilo in and he played top, so I gave him more minutes because he also said he’d arrived here from Real Madrid and I’d never given him four or five games in a row.“You can’t judge a player when he plays once and then has three or four games beside me [on the bench]. The players need time.“The winter time was so demanding, I decided to put Danilo in for a game and he played well. So I said I wanted him for one or two more games.”
Steve Chettle Exclusive: Collymore like Ronaldo & better than Keane at Nottingham Forestby Andrew Macleana month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNottingham Forest legend Steve Chettle says Stan Collymore was the most talented footballer he played alongside at the City Ground.An enigmatic and talented centre-forward, Collymore joined Forest from Southend United in 1993 and became a star in his two seasons at the club.His breakthrough culminated in an unbelievable 1994/95 season, in which Collymore’s 22 goals helped Forest finish third in the Premier League.Those performances motivated Liverpool to pay £8.4m for the then 24-year-old, breaking the British record transfer fee at the time.The sale wasn’t a surprise given Forest had sold Neil Webb and Roy Keane to Manchester United, and Nigel Clough to Liverpool, in the years prior to Collymore’s move.Chettle played alongside all four, and when asked who was the most talented of the bunch, the club’s third-highest games holder selected Collymore, who he compared to former Real Madrid and Inter Milan striker Ronaldo Nazario.”Stan Collymore. The best player I’ve played alongside is Stan Collymore,” Chettle told Tribalfootball.com.”He had everything. I’ve compared him, maybe rightly or wrongly, to the old fashioned number nine Ronaldo.”He could do everything, especially the year when we finished third in the Premier League. “He scored some unbelievable goals and he was the best player I played with in a Forest team.”After watching the club as a boy and coming through the academy ranks, Chettle was introduced to the first-team by legendary manager Brian Clough in the late 1980’s.He would go on to play 527 games in 13 years for his boyhood club, winning the League Cup in 1989 and 1990 and playing alongside some legendary players such as Stuart Pearce, Des Walker, Keane and Clough.Quizzed on which was the best team he played in, Chettle split the answer in two.”There were a couple of generations of teams,” he continued. “There was one that I first came into playing alongside Stuart Pearce, Des Walker, Steve Hodge, Neil Webb, Nigel Clough. I used to go away and travel with the England U21s and all those boys in the senior group.”It was a great time to be around that football club and in that team because I was only 19 years old so it was a great learning curve for me. “Then the next phase when I was playing alongside Roy Keane, Steve Stone. We had two kind of generations of fantastic teams so it was kind of a different experience for my career and I like them both as equal.”Video Courtesy of NFFCTube TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorAndrew Maclean FollowShare the loveHave your say
Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe has appeared to end speculation linking him with a move away from the club.In a simple tweet with the young forward shown in the club’s newly released kit, Mbappe seemed to underline his commitment to his side ahead of the 2019-20 season.The 20-year-old, who scored 33 league goals in 29 games last season, tweeted the club’s slogan, ‘Ici c’est Paris’ – ‘this is Paris’ – followed by ‘19/20’. 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 Rumours have been mounting throughout the summer that Mbappe could be lured away by the promise of a fresh challenge, with the starlet having already won everything on the domestic scene in France.His 39 goals and 17 assists in all competitions was a stunning return for the player, but for many others it was also a sign that the world’s best young player has outgrown the league.ICI C’EST PARIS 19/20 🔴🔵 @PSG_inside pic.twitter.com/diGY7fksve— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) July 2, 2019PSG have continued to frustrate in Europe, with last season’s embarrassing defeat to Manchester United only the latest in a sequence of disappointing results in the Champions League.Real Madrid have been strongly linked with a move for Mbappe, as Zinedine Zidane continues the dramatic rebuild of the club following his return to the Spanish capital last season.The potential of a front three featuring Mbappe alongside new signings Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic is undoubtedly a mouth-watering prospect, though it has been suggested Madrid could move for Mbappe next summer in a return to their old tactic of signing one big star every year.Liverpool have also been linked with the forward but for now it seems as though he will be staying in the French capital.It has been a difficult summer for PSG fans, with constant rumours surrounding their two undoubted stars.This reassurance from Mbappe may help to quell fans’ fears but speculation around teammate Neymar shows no sign of abating.PSG are thought to be heavily reluctant to sell but Barcelona seem desperate to facilitate a return for their former player.Recent reports have suggested the French champions could be willing to accept a deal involving a huge cash sum as well as players in exchange, but any deal would be a huge PR blow for PSG’s footballing project and global brand.
Five weeks. That’s how long it took for Liga MX to have its first coaching change of the tournament, with Puebla bidding farewell to Jose Luis Sanchez Sola, better known as “El Chelis” on Saturday.The change comes after a blowout loss at home Friday night with Pachuca topping La Franja, 4-0. It’s the third loss of the season for Puebla with a draw against Chivas the only point of the season. The club currently has a -9 goal difference. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “It is informed that Jose Luis Sanchez Sola is no longer the manager of Club Puebla,” a club statement read. “We thank Sanchez Sola for the love and world he has shown toward the institution and we with him the best in his future projects.”Liga MX is notorious for coaching changes, with more than half the teams in the league switching managers last tournament. Chelis himself took over during the previous campaign for his fourth stint as Puebla boss. The move by the directors hardly comes as a surprise, with the coach saying that while he hadn’t received an ultimatum of beating Pachuca or losing his job, he was aware of speculation the weekend game could be his last.”This is my worst stretch as a manager, the worst situation I’ve lived through,” the manager said after Friday’s match. “This club is really great, extremely great.””It came out in the week that they were going to fire me, that somebody in the front office had said that,” he continued. “Nobody told me anything.”At no time will I blame anybody for anything. If this fatal news comes to pass, I’m not going to say anything either. I have to be grateful. They’d be right to think about it.”The 60-year-old recently has worked as a TV pundit and before taking over Puebla coached the Las Vegas Lights in the USL Championship.Puebla plans to announce its next manager shortly, ahead of the team’s next league game, a trip to the Estadio Azteca to face Cruz Azul. It currently sits last in the 19-team Liga MX, though a Veracruz loss Sunday would put the Tiburones Rojos back on bottom.
AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 25: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up on the field prior to the game against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)This has been an interesting offseason for Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts. He has been competing with Tua Tagovailoa for the starting job, but is widely expected to lose out to the rising sophomore.Hurts recently spoke candidly about the competition, and his comments drew some backlash from Alabama fans. By all accounts, Hurts is still well-liked by teammates and coaches, but this has got to be tough for him.Florida Atlantic head coach Lane Kiffin is Hurts’ former offensive coordinator at Alabama. Kiffin knows a lot about dealing with outside pressure, criticism and just about everything else you can think of.This afternoon, Kiffin had some words of encouragement for his former pupil. He shared an article on Twitter titled “How 10 High Achievers Handle Haters” along with a message to Hurts.“Best article ever!!! #4 Thanks for sending it to me @Forbes Great one for u too @JalenHurts Be u and don’t listen to all the experts! #SECplayeroftheyear! Kiffin wrote.Best article ever!!! #4 ?Thanks for sending it to me @Forbes Great one for u too @JalenHurts Be u and don’t listen to all the experts! ?♂️ #SECoffplayeroftheyear https://t.co/usCiHpl7Yd— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) August 16, 2018Kiffin has stuck up for Hurts before. It is clear he is a fan.Interestingly, Hurts could graduate from Alabama in December, transfer elsewhere and be eligible immediately. He would have no shortage of suitors.Wonder if Kiffin would be interested in bringing him to Boca Raton?
BLACKSBURG, VA – SEPTEMBER 30: A general view of Lane Stadium prior to the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and Clemson Tigers on September 30, 2017 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)On Saturday, the No. 6 Notre Dame Fighting Irish will travel to Blacksburg and face the No. 24 Virginia Tech Hokies. Notre Dame enters this game on a hot streak, while Virginia Tech got back to its winning ways last weekend.Preview: Since Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly turned the starting quarterback job over to Ian Book, the Fighting Irish have been unstoppable on the offensive side of the ball. The defense, meanwhile, is coming off of a dominant performance over Stanford in which it allowed just 17 points.Virginia Tech opened its season with an impressive win over Florida State that have everyone singing the Hokies’ praises. Two weeks later, though, the Hokies were outgunned by Old Dominion in the biggest upset of the college football season.Last week Virginia Tech bounced back with a solid win over then-No. 22 Duke.TIME TO OWN IT ❗⏰ – 8 pm Saturday ?- Lane Stadium ? – Notre Dame at Virginia Tech #BeatND ☘️ pic.twitter.com/JW6rvRt3zG— Virginia Tech Football (@VT_Football) October 5, 2018Date: Saturday, October 6Game Time: 8:00 PM ETChannel: ABCLocation: Lane Stadium – Blacksburg, VAAnnouncers: Chris Fowler and Kirk HerbstreitPrediction: Blacksburg is one of college football’s most-intimidating environments and Virginia Tech is the only thing standing between Notre Dame and a spot in the College Football Playoff. As such, the Fighting Irish won’t be overlooking its opponent this weekend.Ian Book’s presence under center has revitalized the Notre Dame offense.Notre Dame 34, Virginia Tech 26
ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 15: Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks for an open receiver against the TCU Horned Frogs in the third quarter during The AdvoCare Showdown at AT&T Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Ohio State star quarterback Dwayne Haskins is a top 2019 NFL Draft candidate, but the Buckeyes’ star QB doesn’t have any plans on skipping his team’s bowl game.Urban Meyer’s team is set to play Washington in the Rose Bowl.Haskins has shut down any talk of him skipping the game.“I’m playing in the game,” he told reporters today.Q: Has there been any conversation about you not playing in the Rose Bowl?Dwayne Haskins: “Nah, I’m playing in the game.”— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) December 2, 2018Ohio State is set to play Washington in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day.Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. E.T.The game will be on ESPN.
NEW ORLEANS – JANUARY 07: Jim Tressel, head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks the sidelines during the AllState BCS National Championship against the Louisiana State University Tigers on January 7, 2008 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Ohio State head coach Ryan Day may have the confidence of the athletic department and his predecessor, Urban Meyer, but some remain unconvinced. Among them is former Buckeyes quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who gave his thoughts on who he would have preferred to replace Meyer.Speaking to TMZ Sports this past week, Pryor nominated former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel as the man best-suited to replace Meyer.“We need to get Jim Tressel back,” Pryor tells TMZ Sports.Video of the interview, via TMZ:Tressel accumulated seven Big Ten conference titles and a national title during his ten years at Ohio State.He now serves as President of Youngstown State University, where he previously coached football from 1986 to 2000.It’s a potentially controversial opinion to be sure, especially considering the role Pryor had in the scandal that eventually forced Tressel to resign.Pryor was one of several players on the Ohio State football team that was suspended prior to the 2011 season for exchanging memorabilia for free tattoos.The NCAA accused Tressel of lying about his knowledge of the memorabilia exchange, and he resigned before the 2011 season.Following Tressel’s resignation, the NCAA vacated all of his wins from the 2010 season and imposed a brief bowl ban.[TMZ Sports]
STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 23: The Penn State Nittany Lion prepares to usher the Blue Band onto the field as the Lion celebrated his 100th birthday in front of a home coming crowd of 108,062 as the Iowa Hawkeyes defeated Penn State 6-4 during NCAA football at Beaver Stadium on October 23, 2004 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Since taking over as athletic director of Penn State in 2014, Sandy Barbour has overseen the football team’s return to respectability and numerous accomplishments by athletes. As a result, the school has decided to reward her.According to PennLive, Penn State is extending Barbour through the year 2023. In addition, Barbour’s title has been changed from athletic director to “Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics.”In a statement coming with the announcement, Penn State president Eric Barron praised Barbour’s performance and leadership. He added that Barbour has earned a reputation as one of the top athletic directors in the nation.“Sandy has consistently promoted excellence in intercollegiate athletics — in academics and athletic competitions, and she is widely hailed among the best athletic directors in the nation,” said Penn State President Eric Barron.“She is a powerful advocate for those who wear the blue and white, and her leadership has help advance our shared vision of what intercollegiate athletics can be. I’m proud of our student-athletics, the coaches and staff, and I’m very pleased that Sandy will be able to lead them to even greater success.”In five years at the helm, Barbour has overseen several NCAA national championship teams in men’s wrestling, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, and co-ed fencing.In total, Penn State has won five national titles and 25 conference titles under Barbour’s leadership.Barbour also oversaw Penn State’s football team return to bowl eligibility following its two-year ban from 2012 to 2013.In 2016, the Nittany Lions upset No. 2 Ohio State in the regular season en route to a Big Ten championship – their first since 2008.Additionally, the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro saw Penn State send its highest number of athletes ever with 21. Eight of the school’s athletes went on to win medals – seven bronze and one silver.[PennLive]
IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 23: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions visits with head coach Kirk Ferentz of the Iowa Hawkeyes before their match-up on September 23, 2017 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)The Big Ten has missed out on the College Football Playoff in three of the last four years, but the conference is still one of the two or three best in the country. Part of the Big Ten’s recent success against other conferences has come as a result of some pretty remarkable coaching.On Wednesday CBS Sports writer Tom Fornelli revealed the site’s ranking of the top 25 coaches in the Power Five. On the list were six coaches from the Big Ten who have either taken their teams to new heights or are expected to.While none of the Big Ten coaches cracked the top ten, Penn State’s James Franklin came in at No. 11. Fornelli explained that with Urban Meyer having left Ohio State, he stands atop the conference’s mountain as the best coach in the Big Ten.Congratulations, James Franklin. Now that Meyer is gone, you are the highest-ranked coach in the Big Ten. Franklin drops a spot out of the top 10 in this year’s rankings, but it’s likely due more to other coaches moving up than anything Franklin did. Yes, the Lions took a small step back to 9-4 after winning 22 games between 2016 and 2017 but most expected them to.At No. 13 is Mark Dantonio of Michigan State, who is ranked two spots ahead of Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh. No. 16 on the list is Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald, who led the Wildcats to the Big Ten Championship Game for the first time in his tenure last season.At No. 22 is Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz, who has led the Hawkeyes to six straight bowl games and 16 in his last 18 years. Fornelli said he personally has Ferentz at No. 15, and called the longtime Iowa coach “underappreciated by most.”It’s so difficult to rank Ferentz as opinions of him vary. I had him at No. 15 on my ballot because I admire the long track record and the program he’s built at Iowa. I’m sure others punish him because, even though he’s been consistently good for a long time, he doesn’t have a bunch of division and conference titles. Both opinions are defensible and logical. I still think he’s underappreciated by most, though.Rounding out the list at No. 25 is Nebraska head coach Scott Frost, who went 4-8 with the Cornhuskers in his first year at the helm. But Fornelli noted that he is still confident that Frost can turn the program around.Noticeably absent from the list was Ohio State head coach Ryan Day, who is set to take over for Urban Meyer full time this season.[CBS Sports]
Texas is currently trailing No. 6 LSU at home, 3-0, early in the second quarter at Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin.The Longhorns had a chance to get on the board early with a touchdown pass on a fourth-down conversion, though the play was blown.It was a brutal drop.How do you drop this?!?!?! #Texas pic.twitter.com/rZnMm2DdT8— #Boomin (@ftbeard_17) September 8, 2019 The play would’ve been a big one for Sam Ehlinger and Co., though the Longhorns had to turn the ball over on downs.Video of Ehlinger’s mom and girlfriend reacting to the play has gone viral on social media.This one? https://t.co/tEsshh4cbU pic.twitter.com/IAYBfHJOsA— Paid man gets bored (@cjzero) September 8, 2019Hey, it looked like he might have caught it for a second on television, too. They probably didn’t have that great of an angle from the stands.LSU is leading Texas, 3-0, early in the second quarter.The game is on ABC.
Sachin Tendulkar wishes childhood friend Vinod Kambli on his 47th birthdayHappy Birthday Vinod Kambli: Batting great Sachin Tendulkar led the wishes for his childhood friend, Vinod Kambli, on his 47th birthday. The two cricketers were involved in quite a few memorable partnerships at the domestic and the international level.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 18, 2019UPDATED: January 18, 2019 13:13 IST Sachin Tendulkar wished his childhood friend Vinod Kambli on social media on Friday (@sachin_rt Photo)HIGHLIGHTSFormer India cricketer Vinod Kambli, who played more than 100 ODIs, turns 47 on FridaySachin Tendulkar, a childhood friend of Vinod Kambli, wished the former left-handed batsman on social mediaKambli, who had scored 1084 runs in just 17 Tests, retired from international cricket in 2009Batting great Sachin Tendulkar took to social media to lead wishes for his childhood friend, Vinod Kambli, who is celebrating his 47th birthday on Friday.Tendulkar wished his friend always remained in “pink health” while posting a picture of himself and Kambli, from what seems to be last year’s Christmas celebrations.”Happy Birthday, @vinodkambli349! May you always be in the “PINK” of health my friend!” Tendulkar wrote on Twitter.Notably, Tendulkar was present at Kambli’s birthday bash last year. The Master Blaster had uploaded photographs from their celebrations on social media.Happy Birthday, @vinodkambli349!May you always be in the PINK of health my friend! pic.twitter.com/VD1ir84aqfSachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 18, 2019The two had recently attended the funeral of their childhood coach, Ramakant Achrekar, who passed away in Mumbai on January 1, 2019.Achrekar had maintained that Kambli and Tendulkar were equally talented but the former lacked the ability to assess his own game.Kambli, who had played 17 Tests and 104 ODIs, during his nine-year-long international cricket career, was spoken in the same breath as Sachin Tendulkar during the nascent stages of their career.The childhood friends had announced their arrival in Mumbai cricket circle with a historic partnership of 664 runs with individual scores of 326 not out (Tendulkar) and 349 not out (Kambli) for Shardashram Vidyamandir against St Xavier’s High School in the Harris Shield semi-final in February 1988.While his friend Tendulkar had made his international debut in 1989, Kambli had to wait for two more years to earn his spotlight at the highest level.advertisementKambli made a stunning start to his Test career, smashing two double centuries in his first seven Tests. However, he played his last Test at the age of 24. The flamboyant Mumbai cricketer’s disciplinary issues had played a big part in not allowing realise his full potential.”In a sense that is true [attitude is Kambli’s worst enemy]. He comes from a very poor family, and often does not know how to behave, both on and off the field. He doesn’t mean any harm, it is just that his fondness for a flamboyant lifestyle, his swagger, gives him an I-don’t-care appearance, which puts people’s backs up. I’ve spoken to him about this, enough times, each time he tells me he will improve, but that determination lasts only for a couple of days, then he reverts to his own former behaviour,” Achrekar had told Rediff Cricket as early as 1998.Also Read | Yuzvendra Chahal 1st spinner to take 6 wickets in an ODI in AustraliaAlso Read | Hardik Pandya’s moment of madness gives Vijay Shankar another shot at redemptionFor 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Sachin TendulkarFollow Vinod KambliFollow India cricket teamFollow Ramakant Achrekar
Ronaldo hat-trick sends Portugal to Nations League FinalsJuventus star Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick, including two late goals, as Portugal beat Switzerland 3-1 in the Nations League semi-final.advertisement Next Reuters PortoJune 6, 2019UPDATED: June 6, 2019 10:08 IST Ronaldo’s hat-trick sent Portugal to the Nations League Finals (Photo: Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSCristiano Ronaldo scored the 53rd hat-trick of his career on WednesdayThere’s no adjective to describe him: Portugal coach Fernando SantosIt was an intense match, very hard-fought: Portugal coachEvergreen Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick, including two late goals, to give Portugal a 3-1 win over Switzerland in a Nations League semi-final featuring an extraordinary VAR incident on Wednesday.Ronaldo blasted Portugal ahead from a free kick in the 25th minute, his first goal for his country for nearly a year, but the Swiss equalised with a penalty after halftime which will raise more questions over the use of the VAR system.After a largely anonymous second half, Ronaldo suddenly sprang to life to by scoring twice in the last three minutes to complete the 53rd hat-trick of his career and the seventh for his country, showing that even at 34 he is always a threat.His goals his first for his country since last year’s World Cup in Russia – rescued Portugal after the Swiss had dominated for the final half hour and threatened to snatch a shock win.”There’s no adjective to describe him,” said Portugal coach Fernando Santos. “He’s a genius. You can be a genius in art, and in sculpture and he is a football genius.”It was an intense match, very hard-fought, against a very well-organised Swiss team,” he added.Swiss coach Vladimir Petkovic was left to rue a missed opportunity.”We had the chance to get a second but didn’t take it. We got outnumbered at the back and conceded. Their top player made the difference,” he said.Switzerland created some early openings while Ronaldo missed a good early chance for Portugal when he dragged his shot wide after the Swiss gave away possession in defence.advertisementBut there was no mistake in the 25th minute when he went down under a challenge from Kevin Mbabu on the edge of the area, got up and sent his free kick fizzing past a wrong-footed Sommer and into the net.Switzerland got back into the match in extraordinary circumstances after halftimeSwiss midfielder Steven Zuber went down under a challenge from Nelson Semedo as he ran onto Xherdan Shaqiri’s through ball and appealed for a penalty but play continued.Portugal then went straight down the other end and were awarded a penalty for a foul on Silva.The referee, after consulting the video assistant, then decided to review the Swiss incident on the pitchside monitor and awarded them the spot kick.The incident seemed to unsettle Portugal and the Swiss took control with Shaqiri, looking to make an impression after getting limited playing time for Liverpool this season, at the centre of their best moves.Steven Zuber and Haris Seferovic both missed chances and the Swiss were then destroyed by Ronaldo at his most deadly stance.Bernardo Silva produced a low cross from the right and Ronaldo swept the ball home with his first touch to rescue his side in the 88th minute.Two minutes later, he collected the ball on the counter-attack, twisted past his marker and curled the ball into the far corner for his 88th international goal in 157 appearances.Read Also | Pack the confidence into your kit back and move on: Tendulkar’s advice to India after South Africa winRead Also | World Cup 2019: South Africa were a bit unlucky but India clinical, says Sachin TendulkarAlso SeeFor 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Portugal vs SwitzerlandFollow Cristiano RonaldoFollow Nations League finals
India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 7, 2019UPDATED: June 7, 2019 07:53 IST Balidan is a distinct insignia of the special forces which was spotted on MS Dhoni’s gloves on Wednesday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe “Balidaan Badge” or the Army insignia was spotted on MS Dhoni’s glovesICC asked the BCCI on Thursday to get the symbol removed from Dhoni’s glovesMS Dhoni holds an honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute RegimentMahendra Singh Dhoni’s wicketkeeping gloves with the with regimental dagger insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces has caused a furore in the cricketing fraternity with Pakistan minister Fawad Chaudhry now slamming the former India captain for supporting the crest.Fawad Chaudhry, who is Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Science and Technology, put out a tweet on social media voicing his opinion on the matter of Dhoni’s wicketkeeping gloves and slammed the Indian media for debating on the matter.”Dhoni is in England to play cricket not to for MahaBharta , what an idiotic debate in Indian Media,a section of Indian media is so obsessed with War they should be sent to Syria, Afghanistan Or Rawanda as mercenaries,” Fawad Chaudhry tweeted.The “Balidaan Badge” or the Army insignia was spotted on MS Dhoni’s gloves during India’s opening match of the World Cup 2019 against South Africa on Wednesday as television replays showed him stumping Andile Phehlukwayo in the 40th over of the innings bowled by Yuzvendra Chahal.The pictures of Dhoni’s gloves went viral on social media within no time and fans poured in love and respect for the 37-year-old.The rules of the International Cricket Council (ICC) however, clearly state that “equipment and clothing regulations do not permit the display of messages that relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes during an international match.”The ICC as a result, asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday to get the symbol removed from Dhoni’s gloves.advertisementClaire Furlong, ICC General Manager, Strategic Communications, said that the BCCI has been asked to get the symbol removed from Dhoni’s gloves. “We have requested the BCCI to get it removed,” she said.Balidan is a distinct insignia of the special forces, which form part of the Parachute Regiment. It has a commando dagger pointed downwards, with upward-extending wings extending from the blade and a scroll superimposed on the blade with “Balidan” inscribed in Devanagari. Only Paramilitary Commandos are allowed to wear the Balidan Badge.Dhoni, who has been conferred an honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment in 2011, had also undergone training under the Para Brigade in 2015.Also Read | No more balidan for Dhoni: ICC objects to Army insignia on his glovesAlso Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni sports Balidaan Badge, insignia of Indian Para Special ForcesFor 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 MS DhoniFollow MS Dhoni glovesFollow Balidan badgeFollow World Cup 2019 Next World Cup 2019: Pakistan minister targets MS Dhoni over Army crest on glovesThe International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday also asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to get the symbol removed from MS Dhoni’s gloves.advertisement
How to Thrift Like a Pro: Tips for Making the Most of Secondhand Style 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know When it comes to classical, time-honoured American clothing brands, Gant is way up there with the greats. Steadfast and timeless. Naturally then, we were thrilled to hear that the brand is planning a huge expansion and has opened a second store in Brooklyn just months after the success of the ‘tasting table’ concept store that opened a few months ago in Williamsburg, which was designed to incorporate collaborations with some of the best local food and spirit companies. Just when you thought retail couldn’t get any dreamier right?Located in Boerum Hill at 357 Atlantic Avenue, the second Williamsburg store has been designed as a Gant Rugger neighbourhood shop. Though the new store may be a tad cosier than the Williamsburg location, the concept is still designed to push our increasingly foodie-aware buttons: brasserie + clothing = the place to be.The intimate design of the store successfully beckons in locals, with it’s antiquated central farm table, white tiles, tea stands and exposed brick walls- a style that we have been gravitating towards for some time now. Alongside plates of deliciousness, shoppers will find a curated collection of clothing and accessories from the brand’s Gant Rugger and Gant by Michael Bastian lines.The brand’s Brooklyn invasion is a welcome one, given the heritage style that recurs each season. As a bonus ode to the district, the brand filmed their Pre Spring 2014 video campaign on the J train over the Williamsburg Bridge. Represent. 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn Get Naked with Independent Winemakers with NakedWines Delivery Kit Editors’ Recommendations Mountain Hardwear Is Bringing Augmented Reality to the Great Outdoors
Editors’ Recommendations 9 Essential Kayak Fishing Accessories to Get You Started Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide If you’re lucky enough to live near a river, lake, or shore with good fishing, you’re lucky enough. One of the great summer hobbies every man should take up at least once is learning to fish. If you’ve ever picked up the works of famed author and fisherman Norman Maclean, then you know that the noblest art of fishing, and hardest to master, is that of fly-fishing. If you find yourself knee deep in a Rocky Mountain stream or paddling out into the Chesapeake to search for the perfect fish story (and to make sure it’s not about the “one that got away”) make sure you’ve got the right rod, reel and flies for the job.For the budding fly-fisherman, selecting the correct gear can be daunting, and even after more than a few trips to a local fly shop, we’ve found that confusing advice and jargon just don’t get better with time. The team at Redington Fly Fishing have solved this problem with their Topo Kit ($220), helping novice fisherman and experts alike build the perfect lightweight fly-fishing set-up and begin to dial their gear in. It features a four piece, nine foot rod, a 4/5/6 weight reel (pre-spooled with high quality RIO tippet), and a small box of six common flies – just enough gear to get you started, but not overwhelmed. The included zipper case makes the Topo Kit the perfect addition to sit within reach of your regular camping gear or in your trunk for those long weekend and after work river sessions. Combined with a pair of Redington’s Palix River Waders, you’re ready for a few hours of battling trout or bass.We can’t all cast like famed fisherman Lefty Kreh, or wax poetic about growing up fishing the pristine streams and rivers of Montana like Mr. Maclean. However, even if you’ve never picked up a rod, this summer it’s time to team up with Redington and learn to outsmart the fish and hook your own river monster. The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now SNL’s Kyle Mooney Never Had a Real Job and He’s Cool With That
Professional Nomads Show Off How They Renovated an Airstream 5 Canadian Lifestyle Brands You Need to Know Why Every Man Should Care About Slow Fashion If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Editors’ Recommendations Today we speak to John O’Donnell, the founder of the West Coast lifestyle brand johnnie-O:I’m originally from the Midwest: born in St. Louis and raised in the north suburbs of Chicago. I come from a big family – six brothers and sisters, and 23 nieces and nephews. We grew up sharing clothes, arm wrestling for the last slice of pizza, and taking family road trips. Today, we are spread across the country and each has our own interests and passions, but some things remain the same; we love big family dinners, we love spending time at our cottage on Lake Michigan, and we are always there for each other if the need arises.Our lifestyle apparel brand, johnnie-O, merges a more casual West Coast style with the classic looks of the East Coast. We want to offer people an alternative to the classic apparel brands that we have all known and loved for many years. West Coast Prep is who we are and we constantly strive to offer points of differentiation with our product. Perhaps the greatest example of this is the introduction of our infamous Tweener Button; a strategically placed button that is positioned between the second and third buttons on all of our woven shirts for men. It is a major game changer and will forever bring an end to your “second button dilemma”.johnnie-O really started as just a hobby that I hoped could turn into something bigger. There was no design school or an apparel background to speak of, just an idea. Here we are nine years later from what started as a “cut and paste” operation in an attempt to provide shirts for a buddy’s golf trip to what we are today; a thriving lifestyle apparel brand.johnnie-O is sold at 400 stores across the country including club pro-shops, specialty shops, resorts, and beach clubs, as well as online and in our Santa Monica flagship store.As for John’s personal style:Jeans: Levi’s without a doubt.Shirts: johnnie-O………that’s a no-brainer.Pants: Is it fair to say the new johnnie-O pants? Awesome blend where jeans meet khakis.Suits: I’m a traditionalist when it comes to suits, so I’d have to say a classic slim fit blue suit from Brooks Brothers.Shoes: Chuck Taylors for casual and lately, I’ve been wearing black loafers from Allen Edmonds and J.Crew.Accessories: I’m not a big accessory guy but a nice classic Timex is my cup of tea.Outerwear : Tough to beat Patagonia.Favorite Cologne: Speed Stick deodorant is my idea of cologne.Your favorite App: I’d say crab cocktail (ha ha).Favorite piece of technology: GPS.Next tech purchase: Look’s like I’ve been persuaded to make the move to an iPhone 6. Yikes! The Rise of Taiwanese Food Chain Din Tai Fung
5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home At only 20-years-old, Charles Waugh Tanqueray took over the gin company after his father, Charles Tanqueray, passed away. Tanqueray master distiller Tom Nichol looked to the younger Tanqueray for the inspiration behind the gin’s newest edition: Tanqueray Bloomsbury. The original recipe goes back to 1880, when the Tanqueray distillery was based out of Bloomsbury, England.Tanqueray Bloomsbury features prominent notes of Tuscan juniper along with additional botanicals including coriander, angelica, winter savoury and cassia bark.“I wanted to make something that was completely different from our other limited editions and with this gin I do feel we have achieved that. It is very inspirational to work with an original Tanqueray family recipe, and for it to taste this good,” says Nichol.In the mood for a light summer cocktail? Pick up a bottle of Tanqueray Bloomsbury to create one of the refreshing cocktails below. But better hurry, only 100,000 bottles of Tanqueray Bloomsbury will be available.Bloomsbury White Negroni1 oz Tanqueray Bloomsbury1 oz Suze1 oz Dolin Blanc VermouthBuild in glassServe on the rocksGarnish with an orange twistBloomsbury BuckA Buck is a classic style of cocktail that denotes a highball made with ginger ale or ginger beer; a “London Buck” was made with Gin.2 oz Tanqueray Bloomsbury.5 oz Fresh lemon juice4 oz ginger ale2 dashes Angostura bittersCombine gin, lemon, and ginger ale in a highball glass with ice and stir, dash bitters on topGarnish with a lemon wheelFor more information, visit tanqueray.com. 6 Essential Scotch Cocktails That You Need to Know 6 Classic Gin Cocktail Recipes You Can’t Live Without Editors’ Recommendations