first_imgBurnley boss Dyche furious with Arsenal divers: What I said to Emery…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche says he made it clear to Unai Emery why he was upset with the match officials during defeat to Arsenal.Dyche highlighted a catalogue of things that went against his side at the Emirates, including a yellow card for Ashley Barnes and a penalty appeal for a push on Kevin Long waved away be referee Kevin Friend.He said: “We can’t get a penalty. I think that’s 60 games now and it’s impossible that we didn’t get one today.“It’s a clear two-handed push in the back of Kevin and because he doesn’t roll around or go down before he’s been hit, nothing is given.“Ashley Barnes goes down in a tangle with their lad and gets an elbow in the face and somehow gets a booking, which I am flummoxed by.“There were two blatant dives again, but nobody gets booked.“I do try to stay away from officials, but today there were too many important decisions went against us and it’s hard enough coming to these type of places yet we got nothing today.“Unai (Emery) asked me at the end why I was shouting at the ref, and I’ve just explained why, because you can’t get that many wrong.“When they look back, I think they will think I have a case.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Spurs boss Pochettino: In last 10 years we’re bottom of Euro spending listby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says he is committed to his contract and chairman Daniel Levy.Levy has said the construction of the stadium “won’t directly impact” on the club’s transfer policy.”After nearly five years the club is at a different level, but how we operate in five years didn’t change,” Pochettino said on Monday.”At the moment we operate in the same way as five years ago when we arrived. Maybe we can win some titles but it is going to be a tough job to do because in that situation every club in the last five years was improving a lot.”I saw a stat that in the last 10 years we were bottom of the spending list in Europe. We are doing a fantastic job but if we want to be real contenders we need to operate in a different way in the future.”The most important thing is I accepted the challenge when Daniel Levy called me to offer me a contract. He was clear, him and [owner] Joe Lewis, they said to me ‘In the first season at the new stadium we need a team to finish in the top four the season after.’ We are in advance. Sometimes I laugh when people say we need to win a trophy. Yes (we do), but we are in advance.”We are in an amazing position, the club is finishing one of the best stadiums in the world, the team is so competitive.” last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd midfielder Matic: We’re used to De Gea heroicsby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNemanja Matic says David De Gea gives Manchester United confidence in every match.The Spaniard made 11 saves to United clinch a 1-0 away victory over Tottenham Hotspur.”He was great like always,” Matic said.”We said in the changing room this is normal for us when we see David playing like this.”It is very important to have him. He gives us confidence. He’s saved us many times.”I think everyone did very well but for me he was man-of-the-match.” last_img read more

first_imgTagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham captain Noble delighted for Cullen after Republic of Ireland displayby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham captain Mark Noble is delighted for teammate Josh Cullen over his international breakthrough.Writing in his weekly column in the London Evening Standard, Noble stated: “I was so pleased, as well, that Josh Cullen, who is on loan at Charlton from West Ham, was man-of-the-match for the Republic of Ireland against Bulgaria.“Josh has something you can’t coach. He has that desire every day to improve, to work hard. He’s a talented boy with a big heart and will enjoy a good career in football.“It just shows you that, if you’re prepared to back yourself and go out on loan, rather than staying in the comfort zone, you can do it.“I remember going out on loan, first to Hull for a month which I didn’t enjoy that much – and then to Ipswich, which I loved. I came back from there after three months and I thought ‘I’m ready to play now’ – and the rest, as they say, is history!” last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Espanyol defeat Ludogorets in Bulgariaby Carlos Volcano8 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveEspanyol defeated Ludogorets 1-0 in Bulgaria in Pablo Machin’s debut for the Catalan side in the Europa League.Victor Campuzano scored the game’s only goal to send his team top of their group with seven points after three matches.The 22-year-old forward gave Espanyol the lead 13 minutes into the game, after getting behind the opposition defence and beating their goalkeeper with a low strike.Ludogorets unsuccessfully tried to react in the first half with Wanderson, but his effort went just wide of the right post.The Bulgarian side didn’t manage to create any further danger after the interval, apart from Anton Nedyalkov’s shot which flew over the bar with 20 minutes to go. last_img read more

first_imgA general view of Louisville's football stadium.LOUISVILLE, KY – NOVEMBER 07: A general view of the stadium during the Louisville Cardinals game against the Syracuse Orange at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on November 7, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Last week, the mother of four-star quarterback Jawon Pass hinted that the Louisville Cardinals had a big advantage in his recruitment, because of his brother ‘s presence on the team. Yesterday, Pass made a late visit to Alabama, just a day before he was set to decide on a school. Ultimately, family won out in this recruitment, and Pass will be a Cardinal. Pass had some fun with his selection, faking for the Alabama hat before ultimately selecting the Cardinals. Pass chose Louisville over the Crimson Tide, as well as Auburn, Clemson, Florida, LSU, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, and many others. This is a huge pick-up for the Cardinals, who have had some inconsistency at the quarterback position after Teddy Bridgewater’s departure. [WRBL News 365]last_img read more

first_imgA closeup of a notre dame player's helmet.SOUTH BEND, IN – OCTOBER 07: A member of Notre Dame Fighting Irish holds up his helmet on the opening kickoff during the game against the Stanford Cardinal on October 7, 2006 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Nine-year-old Kellen McCord, who is battling stage IV neuroblastoma, became an honorary Notre Dame quarterback last month.Yesterday, Notre Dame quarterbacks coach Mike Sanford shared a recorded message from McCord. The young Irish fan addresses the “Red Army” of ND signal callers, and tells them don’t give up on the season.Notre Dame is 1-3, but perhaps Kellen’s words will provide inspiration.Fighters fight. ? #FIGHTingIrish #KellensKrusade pic.twitter.com/lQIaiPRQbo— Coach Mike Sanford (@CoachSanfordWKU) September 27, 2016This kid is truly special. We continue to wish him the absolute best as he deals with a horrific illness.As for Notre Dame, the Fighting Irish get their first chance to turn things around this Saturday against Syracuse at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Kickoff is set for noon on ESPN.last_img read more

first_imgNick Basquine's statement about his father.Oklahoma wide receiver Nick Basquine has released a statement on his father.Oklahoma sophomore wide receiver Nick Basquine, who walked onto the team in 2014, has become a real asset for the program. This year, he’s hauled in 12 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns – helping lead the Sooners to a 5-2 record. With the success has come more attention – and apparently, comparisons to his father, Anthony Stafford, who played for OU from 1985-1988.Basquine took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to issue a statement on his father. In short, Basquine, who was raised by his mother and has no relationship with his father, would prefer the media not mention Stafford when writing about his accomplishments. He also made it clear that any “rumors” of Stafford being part of his life aren’t true.Here’s his statement.“In light of the tremendous honor and privilege to represent the University of Oklahoma, I find it necessary to make this statement, due to a personal issue that has recently become a glaring distraction. To remain respectful to all involved, details will be spared to make sure no one is degraded or put down. My sole intention is to have some of my wishes respected, not only for myself, but for my family, as I feel this is what they deserve and what is appropriate.I come from a single-parent home and was raised by my mother. My parents divorced when I was extremely young and I do not have any recollection of my father or memories that we share, as they don’t exist. I do not know him and I don’t have a relationship with him. I have one older brother, named AJ. This is the only sibling I have. My mother, Mary, has worked 2, sometimes 3 jobs, to provide more than enough for my brother and I, to support our ambitions, and did so without complaint. My brother and I changed our last name to have our mother’s maiden name, Basquine. We did this in order to honor our mother and pay our respect for everything she has done for us. She is the one who raised us, instilled the ethics, morals, values, and integrity you see when I stand before all who meet me. Our lives are a representation of this great woman. She is my rock and the reason I am the person I am today. She did everything for me and my brother on her own and she did so flawlessly.In regard to my biological father, this is the first time and last time I hope to address him and this matter. He as well played for the University of Oklahoma, but his accomplishments are his own, as mine as my own. Mentioning him in anything that involves me or my accomplishments is giving him an unjustified and undeserved platform in regards to me or my family. I would like it to be known that it was not him who taught me the skills of an athlete, it was not him who took me to every practice, nor played catch with me in my yard, regardless of how anyone may try and dispute this. It has come to my attention that many rumors have surfaced, on social media, and other outlets, he has been a part of my life. To who ever is reading this letter, simply put, that is not so, as I will always recognize those who deserve credit, helped me stand tall, and supported me.Thank You,Nicholas Basquine”Here’s Basquine’s tweet.pic.twitter.com/CDDXG1umsm— Nick Basquine (@NB5ive) October 26, 2016Basquine and the Sooners take on Kansas this Saturday night.last_img read more

first_imgFans of the Michigan Wolverines support their school against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 03: Fans of the Michigan Wolverines support their school against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 3, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The 2019 season is around the corner. Let’s take a look at the most delusional college football fan bases heading into the fall.Now, just a precaution before you read this post. Just because a team’s fan base is on this list, doesn’t mean they are not going to be good this year.In fact, the five fan bases we’ve named, all of them root for teams ranked in our preseason top 25. We’re not trying to diss the programs themselves.All we’re saying is these fan bases are a little bit delusional regarding what their team looks like going into 2019. Expectations are a slightly inflated it seems. With all that out of the way, let’s get to it. Here are the five most delusional college football fan bases ahead of the 2019 season.MichiganLook, the Wolverines have talent. If there is one thing Jim Harbaugh has done in Ann Arbor, it is recruit at an elite level. However, one thing he hasn’t done is beat Ohio State. Until that happens, Michigan fans need to relax on thinking their team is a College Football Playoff or national title contender. We have to see it to believe it with the Maize and Blue.SyracuseDino Babers led the Orange to their first 10-win season in nearly two decades last year. His team looks like the second-best in its division behind Clemson. However, Syracuse fans just expecting a repeat of 2018 need to beware. The Orange have a manageable schedule, but it is reasonable to think some regression is forthcoming. It is hard to turn a program around, but even harder to stay at that level once you get there.NebraskaNebraska fans are excited about Scott Frost and rightfully so. He’s a favorite son, and he’s got a strong resume. After going 4-8 last fall, Frost’s Huskers are predicted to be a Big Ten West contender in his second season. That could happen, but some of the hype around this team is over-the-top. Nebraska is not ready to be a playoff contender yet, and the groups of Husker fans who are expecting 10 wins or more in 2019 might be disappointed.TexasTom Herman looks like he is bringing Texas “back” but now comes the hard part. After a 10-4 campaign in 2018, he has to deal with enhanced expectations. The fan base is expecting a potential run at the Big 12 title and a playoff berth. The Longhorns are on the right track, but they aren’t where they were in their glory days yet, even if some fans are hopeful that is the case.Texas A&MDon’t worry, Texas fans. We didn’t forget about your rivals that you don’t play anymore. The Aggies showed promise last year under Jimbo Fisher, but any fans thinking a major jump is coming in 2019 needs to take a step back. Kellen Mond is talented, but that schedule is a monster: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia and LSU are all on the docket. Give Jimbo some more time before you expect an SEC title and playoff contender.last_img read more

first_imgTeam India will reach many more milestones in the time to come: MSK PrasadIndia vs Australia: India’s chairman of selectors MSK Prasad said the series win over Australia was a historic achievement and added that it was a day to rejoice for the Indian cricket fraternity.advertisement India Today Web Desk SydneyJanuary 7, 2019UPDATED: January 7, 2019 22:13 IST MSK Prasad said India learnt their lessons from the mistakes made in South Africa and England last year to succeed in Australia (@BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMSK Prasad, in an exclusive interview with India Today, lauded India’s coaching staff after a historic series win over AustraliaPrasad said he was confident the Indian team would reach many more milestones in the years to comePrasad said he was hurt by criticism of his selection committee in the pastIndia’s chairman of selectors MSK Prasad was thrilled after Virat Kohli’s men created history in Australia. On Monday, India became the first Asian country to win a Test series in Australia thanks to the exploits of Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah among others.India captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri have been lauded for their efforts as they rightly should. But as India celebrates a huge moment in their cricketing history, it is important to acknowledge the role of the selection committee led by MSK Prasad.Prasad was in Australia as Virat Kohli lifted the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and said it was a date to remember for Indian cricket.”It’s a day to rejoice for Indian cricket. It’s a historical date. I am sure, it’s not just me, my entire team is absolutely happy,” Prasad told India Today’s Boria Majumdar in an exclusive interview. “I am sure, in times, to come we will reach many more milestones. It’s a learning curve that we had this year. It’s wonderful that we had three top-class series in the year.”Prasad said India learned their lessons after the defeats in South Africa and England. Virat Kohli’s men lost the Test series in South Africa 1-2 before going down to England 1-4 despite some sterling individual performances.”What we missed in South Africa and England, we have taken those lessons and we have implemented in this series. With the combination, we were spot on in this series. The players, the team management and the support staff stepped up and rose to the occasion. All those lessons we learned in those two series came to the fore in Australia and we were able to implement our strategies better,” he said in the only exclusive interview after India’s historic series triumph down under.advertisementJai Hind #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/meUaiPq2YJBCCI (@BCCI) January 7, 2019Prasad credits India support staff for bowling and fielding successPrasad also lauded the coaching staff for producing an outstanding bowling and fielding unit. Like many others, Australian skipper Tim Paine also acknowledged the fact that India’s is the best pace attack in the world right now. “I have been talking to many of the top class cricketers here. Guys like Border and Mark Taylor, what they are that this is the best bowling and fielding side in the history of the game. The credit should definitely go to the bowling and the fielding coach apart from the head coach. In this series, we have combined the bowling effort with the batting. Sanjay Bangar also deserves appreciation,” Prasad said.Lightweight selection committee? Meanwhile, Prasad said he was a little disappointed with the fact that his committee was ridiculed by detractors. The Indian selection committee was called lightweight by some but MSK Prasad, basking in the glory of India’s iconic triumph, said he did not want to delve into the matter now.”Well, I was a bit disappointed when people said we’re a lightweight committee. But I don’t want to answer that,” he said. “The amount of effort this selection committee has put in is great. Jatin Paranjpe had a very big problem in his back during a Ranji Trophy match in Mumbai. But he was watching the match, braving all the concerns. Similarly, Devang Gandhi flew all the way from New Zealand to Kolkata, next day morning he went straight to watch a Ranji Trophy match in UP. Sarandeep Singh skips the most important festivals to be on duty. It’s not how many Test matches you play. I am very proud of this selection committee as they have travelled across the length and breadth.”Prasad also credited Rahul Dravid for churning out talented youngsters like Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal who have been an instant hit in Test cricket.”In the last two years, we have won six A series in South Africa, Australia, England and at home. I will definitely give credit to Dravid and his support staff there. From that A series, we have groomed players. We backed them even if they were failing at times. You have seen transforming as Test cricketers today. I can give you examples, Pant, Agarwal, Vihari, Siraj coming through the ranks. We are consistently giving them opportunities.”Also Read | Had tears in my eyes when Virat Kohli lifted Border-Gavaskar Trophy: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Cheteshwar Pujara a living Buddha, says MSK PrasadAlso Read | Sourav Ganguly predicts bright cricket future for India wicketkeeper Rishabh PantAlso Read | Jadeja and Kuldeep will put pressure on Ashwin, says Harbhajan SinghAlso Read:advertisementFor 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 India vs AustraliaFollow MSK PrasadFollow Rahul DravidFollow Virat KohliFollow Cheteshwar PujaraFollow Rishabh PantFollow Jasprit BumrahFollow India cricket teamlast_img read more