Congratulations to the following players who have been selected in the 2006-07 National Training Squads (NTS) for the 2007 World Cup: Mens Open squadMatthew CurranDrumayne Dayberg-MuirAsh FarrowChris FarrowPhillip GyemoreNathan JonesScott MitchellBen RobertsStephen RobertsBen RobinsonDaniel RushworthGavin ShukerGarry SondaJason StantonPeter StoddartJamie StoweJoel WilloughbyAnthony ZiadeWomens Open squad:Nicole BeckBo de la CruzBelinda GrechRenee HendersonKylie HilderRachael HoldenAmanda JuddKristy JuddStacey LaphamShelley MatchamKelly McGennityTeena McIlveenMelissa PitfieldPeta RogersonSharyn WilliamsLouise WinchesterClaire WinchesterRoxy WinderKelly WoodsMixed Open squad:Andrew BaggioKarina CastleBrad DavidsTony EltakchiAmy FongBrad HoldenBen McCullenJustin MitchellHayley RogersonStephanie SorrensenMary SteeleRebecca TavoSeleen ThorntonMatthew TopeJarod TumpDean WilbowOn a separate note, TFA would like to say happy birthday to the Australian Mens Open coach, Tony Trad. Have a great day and thanks so much for all of your hard work!
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle keeper Dubravka: Carroll offers something differentby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka says Andy Carroll offers them something different.Dubravka feels that Carroll’s return may even change the way he thinks about the way he plays as a goalkeeper given Carroll’s menacing presence in the final third.He told the Evening Chronicle: “It affects things a lot. For the team-mates when Andy is on the pitch the opponents definitely have to be aware of him.”He’s a massive guy who can keep the ball. In the last 10 minutes we were trying to push them.”Andy is a quality player. When he is fully fit he will be definitely one of the best in our squad.”Let’s hope he will be fit soon and be scoring goals for us.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Berbatov believes Spurs inquest being heldby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham hero Dimitar Berbatov believes an inquest will be being held during international week.He thinks that there will be some deep and difficult questions being asked behind the scenes by the Tottenham hierarchy.Berbatov, speaking in his role as a Betfair ambassador, told the Mirror: “I am sure that Harry Kane is asking questions and challenging himself privately – with his coach, with his agent and with his team-mates.“They will all be talking with each other to try and get out of the situation that they are in at Spurs.“In the end, it’s up to him to decide what to do about his future.”
malik zaire envious of alabama ringNotre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire is getting ready for a position battle with teammate DeShone Kizer later this year, but he apparently has his sights set much higher. Zaire, after seeing the rings that Alabama received for winning the national title last year, is quite envious.Zaire re-posted a photo from Alabama quarterback Blake Barnett’s account, implying that he too wants the “iciest” of rings.All I want is the iciest achievement there is! #WhateverItTakes #ChangeYaLife #BigRings pic.twitter.com/IBPS37q4qt— Malik Zaire (@LuckyLefty8) April 29, 2016We already assumed that Zaire was mentally ready to go for the 2016 season. But Notre Dame fans should still be encouraged here.
ESPN.The 2016 college football season is only two months away, which means everyone’s favorite time of the year, bowl season, will be here before you know it, too. In anticipation of the regular season – and bowl season – being on the way, let’s take a look at college football’s longest active bowl streaks. Here are the 10 longest active bowl streaks in the country. 1. Florida State – 34 years2. Virginia Tech – 233. Georgia – 194. Oklahoma – 175. LSU – 166. (tie) Boise State, Wisconsin – 148. Alabama – 129. (tie) BYU, Clemson – 11Longest active bowl streaks: 34- FSU 23- Virginia Tech 19- UGA 17- OU 16- LSU 14- Boise, Wisconsin 12- Alabama 11- BYU, Clemson 10- OK State— Pick Six Previews (@PickSixPreviews) June 28, 2016Most – if not all – of these bowl streaks should continue in 2016. The biggest question marks are probably Virginia Tech and Wisconsin. The Hokies are moving on from the Frank Beamer era and have a first-year coach in Justin Fuente. The Badgers, meanwhile, play what is potentially the toughest schedule in the country. Wisconsin has a good, talented team, but losing six-plus games is a possibility. The first college football Saturday is set for Sept. 3.
Tottenham should be looking to keep Kieran Trippier while snapping up Ryan Sessegnon, says Pascal Chimbonda.It has been suggested that there could be defensive departures in north London this summer.England international Trippier has been linked with a move elsewhere, with Serie A side Napoli said to be among his suitors. 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 Chimbinda, though, is looking for a man who currently occupies the right-back berth that he once filled to be retained by Spurs.He told Sportingbet: “Tripper won’t be sold this window and will remain Tottenham’s first choice right back.“He clearly struggled last season, but he will be a completely new player now he’s had a summer to rest without any international tournaments.“With [Serge] Aurier being injured throughout the season, it didn’t give Tripper a chance to rest when he needed it most.“He’s proven he can play at the top level and you don’t lose that overnight. I expect we’ll see Tripper back to his best next season.”With Trippier’s qualities talked up, Chimbonda believes that Spurs were right to stay out of the market which saw Manchester United spend £50 million ($63m) on Aaron Wan-Bissaka.He added: “Tottenham made the right choice to not try and sign Wan-Bissaka.“He had a very good season for Palace, but he’s still very far off from becoming a proven player.“Tottenham need to strengthen other parts of the pitch more urgently and Wan-Bissaka would have taken a massive wedge out of the transfer budget.”One area that Chimbonda would like to see strengthened is the left flank, with Tottenham continuing to be linked with Fulham’s versatile 19-year-old Ryan Sessegnon.“[Mauricio] Pochettino can unlock Sessegnon’s full potential and would be a great signing for Tottenham,” said Chimbonda.“It’s unfair to judge him on last season’s performance as he was played in various positions in a team where everyone struggled to find their feet.“He’s still very young and needs the guidance to fulfil his potential. Pochettino can offer him that as well as Danny Rose.“I think Rose would be an excellent player for Sessegnon to learn from and it would give him some healthy competition.“They are very similar in terms of both being attackingly strong, but Rose can improve Sessegnon’s defensive capabilities.”
Less than a year ago, Nabil Fekir was on top of the world, having helped France to victory at Russia 2018.There was the shadow of a collapsed transfer to Liverpool hanging over him but even after that €70 million (£62m/$78m) deal broke down at the eleventh hour, he seemed a player firmly in the ascendancy as top clubs all over Europe positioned themselves to swoop.Sadly, it has proven to be a complicated year for the OL captain, who will turn 26 on July 18. 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 No doubt there were some dizzying highs, such as a goal and an assist as the Rhone club shocked Manchester City 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium on the opening night of the 2018-19 Champions League group stage, but it was a campaign riddled with inconsistency, mirroring that of the team as a whole.His numbers reflect his dip in form, going from 40 appearances, 23 goals and eight assists in 2017-18, to 39 outings, 12 goals and nine assists last term.There was a notable drop off towards the end of the season, which ended amid a 10-game goalless streak and saw Lyon miss out on the silverware that they craved, painfully losing at home to Rennes in the Coupe de France semi-final.A succession of minor injuries hampered his level but former head coach Bruno Genesio, who left the club at the end of his contract, believes that, mentally, the player had found it difficult to recover from the blow of missing out on his move to the Reds.“I think he was very frustrated with his non-transfer to Liverpool at the start of the season,” he told RMC. “He went to the World Cup, he had some injuries.”He certainly did not feel strong enough to play a leading role, which he had done in the previous year, as the playmaker.”This seems to justify Liverpool turning down the player, who missed a full year of his career due to a serious knee injury, on medical grounds, and with his contract up in only a year, his price has now, inevitably, been slashed.But for a man who was attracting attention from many of Europe’s biggest clubs, it is remarkable the extent that he has been so peripheral in transfer talk this summer, especially given his value is likely to be around half of what it was a matter of months ago.AC Milan have been discussed as one possible destination, though their lack of European football complicates a move to San Siro, while the Chinese Super League was mooted before being quickly dismissed by the player’s entourage.Arsenal, meanwhile, are reported to have been in contact with Lyon over the player – but only if Mesut Ozil was to move on, something that looks distinctly improbable.Genesio, though, feels that it is time for Fekir to start afresh.“He’s come to the end of a cycle in Lyon,” the coach argued. “I think he needs to experience a fresh challenge, to push his limits and to be questioned. We always need a personal challenge in our careers.”Regardless of where Fekir plays next term, though, his test will be to win back his reputation after a mediocre season by the measure of what is expected of him.Former Marseille, Newcastle and Aston Villa defender Habib Beye believes Fekir would be best advised leading Lyon into a new era, with Brazilian duo Juninho and Sylvinho having been installed as sporting director and coach, respectively.“With the condition of his knee and the problem with Liverpool, it’s going to be difficult for Lyon to get €60m (£54m/$68m),” the Canal + analyst said. “But with this Lyon side, set up to maximise Fekir, they can do it. When he’s in shape, he’s an extraordinary player. Juninho can revive him.“Fekir, at his usual level, is a very good player and Lyon must keep him instead of selling for €20m (£18m/$22.5m). He’s a Champions League player and it’s important to have someone like that to count on his qualities.”Having already offloaded Ferland Mendy to Real Madrid for €48m (£41m/$54m) and Tanguy Ndombele to Tottenham for €62m (£56m/$70m), Lyon are not compelled to sell.“Nabil could leave, but not under just any conditions,” president Jean-Michel Aulas told RMC. “We’re not in a Care Bear world, we know there’s only a year left on his contract so it won’t be the same price if there were four or five, as was the case with Ndombele.“We’re in discussions with people who are not in a hurry to get a deal done because they want to negotiate well. But we don’t need money. And we want to keep him if we can’t find someone to replace him.”While Lyon would be willing sellers at the correct price, they certainly want to avoid a scenario that would see the academy graduate leave in a year for nothing. As such, a contract extension is likely to be discussed in the weeks ahead if there is no positive transfer movement.Fekir should be about to hit his peak years, but instead of being able to focus on his football during the crucial pre-season period, he has his long-term future to concern himself with.It is another unwelcome hurdle to overcome as he seeks to regain his best level, and with no quick resolution in sight, it is another saga that is set to dog one of Ligue 1’s most naturally gifted players throughout the summer. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Arsenal head coach Unai Emery insists Laurent Koscielny is still “an important player” despite the uncertainty over the club captain’s future.Koscielny refused to travel to the United States for Arsenal’s pre-season tour amid speculation over his future, with Lyon, Bordeaux and Borussia Dortmund linked with a move for the French defender.Emery says the 33-year-old is still part of his plans, but admits a decision on what happens with Koscielny from this point is now in the club’s hands. 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? “He has one year left on his contract.” Emery said after Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Colorado Rapids on Monday“For me as a coach he’s an important player.“Now it’s one matter for him and the club. The club and him need to speak, they are speaking about his situation. I cannot say more than that.“I spoke with him before he came here and he decided to stay there.”Emery claims to have spoken with Koscielny multiple times about his situation before the centre-back opted against travelling.The Spanish coach added: “He started training with us this pre-season and I spoke with him three times for his situation.“We wanted him to come with us on this tour but he decided to stay. Now it is a matter for the club and for the player.”While Koscielny retains the support of his manager for now, it has been suggested that a man who has spent nine years in north London is in danger of tarnishing his legacy.Arsenal legend Ian Wright told his personal YouTube channel of an unfortunate saga: “He’s given us unbelievable service, we’ve seen him play through pain and build a legacy and legendary status he deserves.”It’s the time in the season where everybody is meant to be together. We are in for a tough season, a transitional period, we need a lot of catching up.”For our captain to refuse to go on a pre-season tour after nine years of unbelievable service, to destroy your legacy a little by refusing to play for a club is something that is baffling me.”Why Laurent? Who are your advisers and what are they saying to you?”I am so disappointed in your decision to do this at this time, if your agent sees this, and I hope they do, shame on you, shame on you, for doing this to him and convincing him. No way you can tell me he will come up with this on his own.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The 2018 college football season is approaching quickly. Opening weekend is roughly two months away. Who’s excited?Predictions for the upcoming season are starting to roll out in extreme fashion.Athlon Sports has this week ranked every coach in the country, from No. 1 to No. 130.The man at No. 1 isn’t a surprise (it’s Nick Saban, duh).Who comes in at No. 130?Well…130. Sean Lewis, Kent StateAt 31 years old, Lewis will be the youngest coach at the FBS level in 2018. While the Illinois native is short on experience, this is the right hire for a Kent State program that has just two winning seasons since 1988. Lewis began his coaching career in the collegiate ranks at Nebraska-Omaha in 2010 and spent one year at Akron as a graduate assistant (2011). He landed on Dino Babers’ staff at Eastern Illinois for two seasons (2012-13) and followed Babers to jobs at Bowling Green (2014-15) and Syracuse (2016-17). Lewis held the co-offensive coordinator title with the Orange for each of the last two years. Even though Lewis will need time to get acclimated as a head coach, the style of play and experience working under Babers should allow the Illinois native to help Kent State improve over the next few years.Maybe Lewis will prove them wrong this year.You can view the full rankings here.
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 23: Fullback Harrison Jordan #38 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers carries the flag as the team enter the field against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Memorial Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)The future seems bright for Nebraska football. Despite a 4-8 record this fall, many are projecting the Huskers will be a preseason top 25 team next year after they close this season out with four wins in their last six games.One aspect of the future where Nebraska is well-prepared is quarterback recruiting. The Huskers already have commitments from 2019 four-star prospect Luke McCaffrey and 2020 three-star Logan Smothers.Now, it is a while before either of those players signs his letter of intent, but right now Nebraska has moved on to identifying quarterbacks in the 2021 class, according to quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco.Verduzco told the Fremont Tribune that he’ll be focusing on 2021 passing prospects during the current contact period, in addition to staying on top of Nebraska’s two underclassmen QB commits.“Me and (head coach Scott Frost) and (recruiting personnel) Sean Dillon and (Trent) Mossbrucker and Ryan Callaghan talked about, ‘We’re ahead, let’s stay ahead,’” Verduzco said then.The Huskers already have an offer out to a 2021 QB prospect: Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne four-star Jake Garcia. Garcia is the son of former Nebraska signal caller Randy Garcia.Garcia is listed as the No. 3 Pro-Style quarterback in the 2021 cycle, according to 247Sports.Nebraska currently has the No. 22 recruiting class in the 2019 cycle, per 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer celebrates winning the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The 2019 college football season sits just over three weeks away and the predictions for the upcoming campaign are rolling in.Alabama and Clemson enter the season as the favorites to make it to the national title once again.Clemson appears to have the easier road back to the playoff with Alabama playing in a stacked SEC.Even former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer thinks the road will be tougher for the Crimson Tide. During an appearance on the Herd with Colin Cowherd, Meyer was asked about scheduling.During his answer, Meyer appeared to suggest why he needed to schedule tougher opponents out of conference at Ohio State, as opposed to his tenure at Florida.“However I was also in the SEC. When I was in the SEC I got very defensive. When I was at Florida we played Florida State home and away every other year. When you just look at that conference top to bottom, that is the strongest conference,” Meyer said about the SEC.Meyer constantly talked up the Big Ten when he was the head coach at Ohio State. However, now that he’s out of the conference the truth comes out.We’ll find out who truly runs college football in just a few weeks.
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: D’Andre Swift #7 of the Georgia Bulldogs is tackled by the Alabama Crimson Tide defense in the first half during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Alabama has been the clear top dog in the SEC since early on in Nick Saban’s tenure. It will take a lot to unseat the Crimson Tide, given the crazy success the program has had under the legendary coach, but his former assistant Kirby Smart and Georgia have been trying hard.The Bulldogs aren’t too far off. They were probably just a few plays away from potentially unseating Alabama atop the conference throne in each of the last two seasons. Alabama had comeback wins against the Dawgs in the 2018 National Championship Game, and last year’s SEC Championship Game.Finishing the game is a huge part of ascending to championship status, though. Alabama is clearly ahead of Georgia in that one key area, and even if that’s the biggest difference, it is a sizable one.ESPN analyst Matt Barrie thinks that is the one discernable difference between the two programs at this point. He says there is no tangible gap in talent otherwise between the SEC East and West champions. He spoke to the C Spire 1st & 10 Club in Mobile, Ala. about the upcoming season this week. From AL.com:“They’re there,” Barrie said. “There’s no close — they’re there. If you look at two years ago, they should have won the national championship, and then the Tua thing happened. They were every bit as good in the SEC championship (in 2018) and probably should have won that one, and then Jalen Hurts happened. They just need to finish games. Talent-wise, it’s there. Jake Fromm’s an NFL quarterback. D’Andre Swift is going to be a Heisman candidate. They have the skill to compete, now it’s just about finishing.”If we see that match-up once again in the postseason this year, Fromm and Swift may have an area to exploit on the often-stout Alabama defense.The Crimson Tide are going to be pretty green at linebacker, and Barrie thinks that is the closest thing to an Achilles Heel that Bama has in 2019.“Probably the linebackers. If you look at their linebackers, they tend to send a lot of guys to the NFL, and Saban always reloads. Is there ever going to be a year where reloading hits a bit of a snag? It’s not going to be offensively, maybe offensive line early on trying to protect Tua. In the big games last year, he got hit a lot. Early on, watch them, because it could be something that manifests itself later in the year against teams like Clemson or Georgia.”Time will tell, but after back-to-back classics, it is hard not to root for a rematch.[AL.com]
Did Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton have a new fallout over hunting?While Meghan and Harry left for Norfolk estate, Kate Middleton took part in the Boxing Day shoot with her husband William and the family.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiDecember 31, 2018UPDATED: December 31, 2018 15:01 IST Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle at Christmas serviceSeems like Meghan Markle has broken another Royal tradition and proved yet again that she will do what she thinks is best for her.Pregnant Meghan, who had joined the Royals at the Sandringham estate with her husband for Christmas service, did not attend the traditional Boxing Day shoot with the rest of the family.The Duchess of Sussex is a staunch believer in cruelty against animals, and therefore refused to attend the blood sport. She even urged husband, Prince Harry to not attend the long-standing tradition.The couple reportedly left for the Norfolk estate after spending some time with family. Kate Middleton during Boxing Day shoot in 2009Whereas, Kate Middleton took part in the sport with her husband William. In fact, she even shot a few birds with her personal 20-bore shotgun.According to a leading daily, “She [Kate] is very much into the hunting, shooting and fishing country lifestyle. The 20-gauge smooth bore gun is ideal for shooting game birds.”While the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge enjoyed a day out with the family, Meghan and Harry’s absence at the shoot was notable.A source told Daily Mail that Meghan is trying to adjust with Royal traditions, but she has also realised that she cannot change the Royals.”She has accepted this but doesn’t like watching it. She enjoyed the lunch and got on well with Kate, but I’m not sure how she would feel about Kate taking part,” the source said.ALSO SEE | There is a photo of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Queen Elizabeth’s room. Seen it yet?advertisementALSO SEE | Meghan Markle revealed Royal baby’s due date and it was all caught in an adorable videoALSO WATCH | Royal baby alert: Meghan Markle-Prince Harry expecting their first childGet 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 byKrishna Priya Pallavi Tags :Follow Meghan MarkleFollow Kate MiddletonFollow Duchess of CambridgeFollow Duchess of Sussex
Reuters MelbourneJanuary 16, 2019UPDATED: January 16, 2019 18:31 IST Andy Murray lost the first round of Australian Open 2019 to Roberta Bautista Agut (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAndy Murray has said Britain hasn’t capitalised on the last 7 or 8 years of success the country has hadAndy Murray said his first-round defeat at Australian Open 2019 could be his last professional matchAndy Murray, a double Olympic gold medallist, also became the first British man to win a Wimbledon singles title in 77 yearsAndy Murray has criticised Britain’s Lawn Tennis Association for failing to build on his success and grow the game over the last decade.Three-times Grand Slam champion Murray went out of the Australian Open in the first round on Monday, and said the match could be the last of his professional career due to pain in his right hip.The 31-year-old Scot has been hailed as one of Britain’s greatest sportsmen, a double Olympic gold medallist who in 2013 also became the first British man to win a Wimbledon singles title in 77 years.”I’m not sure Britain has really capitalised on the last seven or eight years of success we’ve had,” the BBC quoted the former world number one as saying.”Whether it be myself, my brother, Jo (Konta), Kyle (Edmund), the Davis Cup, those sorts of things, I’m not sure how much we’ve done there,” added Murray, who has been critical of the LTA in the past.”Maybe it’s something I should have given more thought to while I was playing but I never felt that was my job to do that.”Murray said he could not understand how the number of people playing tennis had dropped over the past decade despite unprecedented success.”I know in Scotland that there have not been many indoor courts built in the last 10 years. That seems madness. I don’t understand why that is. You need to get kids playing; you need to have the facilities that allow them to do that,” he said.advertisementOlder brother Jamie echoed the concern to British media as he prepared to start his Australian Open doubles campaign on Thursday.”My greatest worry was that he would stop one day… and you would look around the country and there wouldn’t be much to show for it. And if you go around the country you probably see that,” he said.”And that is sad because how on earth are you going to grow a sport if you can’t do it when you’ve got one of the biggest stars in tennis for the last 10 years, and one of Britain’s most prominent sportspeople?”.Also Read | Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik chill out at Australian Open after Adelaide ODI winAlso Read | Andy Murray can come back from hip surgery, says doubles legend Bob BryanAlso Read | Australian Open: Angelique Kerber beats Beatriz Haddad Maia in battle of left-handersAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Andy MurrayFollow Britain Lawn Tennis AssociationFollow Jammie MurrayFollow tennis newsFollow Australian Open 2019 Andy Murray slams Britain Lawn Tennis Association for failing to build on his successMurray said he could not understand how the number of people playing tennis had dropped in the Great Britain over the past decade despite unprecedented success.advertisement Next
India Today Web Desk ManchesterJuly 8, 2019UPDATED: July 8, 2019 16:56 IST MS Dhoni in action during the World Cup 2019 (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli said MS Dhoni has done a lot for Indian cricket and deserves respectDhoni has been criticised for his strike rate during the 2019 Cricket World CupKohli said he would always respect MS Dhoni for his contributions to the teamVirat Kohli was once again effusive in his praise for MS Dhoni who has copped criticism over his strike rate in the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Kohli said he has a lot of respect for his former captain as India geared up to take on New Zealand in the semi-final in Manchester on Tuesday.In 2011, Virat Kohli’s words in praise of Sachin Tendulkar after India won the World Cup became part of cricketing folklore. 8 years later, MS Dhoni is playing his last 50-over World Cup and Kohli was asked if he had any special lines in mind for Dhoni and this is what he had to say.”I am not going to write anything down. If you ask everyone about MS Dhoni, they would have special things to say.”We will always respect him because of the chances he gave us and the faith he has shown in us. When a person has done so much for the team, you have to acknowledge that.”From that point of view, we are very grateful to him. He is always in a very happy and jovial mood whenever we see him. I will always have sky high respect for MS Dhoni.”He has made a great transition from captaining the team to being a player. He gives you space to make your own decisions. But when I ask him, he always gives me advice,” Kohli told the media on the eve of India’s semi-final.MS Dhoni was criticized by experts and trolled by fans after his slow knock against Afghanistan. He was also criticized for his go-slow approach in a steep run chase against England but Virat Kohli had jumped to Dhoni’s defence and said he knows exactly what needs to be done in the middle.advertisementAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma vs David Warner in race for top run-scorerAlso Read | How have India fared in World Cup semifinals from 1983For 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 World Cup 2019Follow MS DhoniFollow Virat KohliFollow India vs New Zealand Next World Cup 2019: My respect for MS Dhoni will always be sky high, says Virat KohliIndia vs New Zealand World Cup 2019 semi-final: Virat Kohli said he and the entire Indian team would forever be grateful to MS Dhoni for the faith he showed in them as youngsters.advertisement
Rob Lowe’s Montecito Millon-Dollar Manse Hits the Market 5 Tips for How to Survive a Shark Attack If you are one of the three people that want a Gallardo SUV or a more flamboyant Porsche Cayenne then you are in luck because the Lamborghini Urus is actually going to be produced.The name may sound like the part of your body that gets urinary infections, and it may be styled to look like a stealth fighter that has been crushed into a shoebox, but this monster is actually a big improvement over Lambo’s last attempt to make an SUV. Called the the LM002, the first Lambo SUV was originally conceived of in the 1980s in response to the same U.S. military request that lead to a Humvee.In principal, a Lambo military truck sounds like a can’t miss. After all, the Italian automotive industry is world renowned for reliability and rugged simplicity…oh wait. To top that off, the wheeled abomination that was the LM002 looked like a roided out version of GI Joe’s mobile command center – and it burned more gas than an oil-well fire. I always rather liked it.The Urethra – I mean Urus – is a much more serious effort. For starters the styling is just what we have grown accustomed to from Lamborghini; all of the subtlety and refinement of an F-22 Raptor making love to the Batmobile. With looks like that, everyone may know that you have a tiny penis, but they will also know that you can buy and sell them. In short: it’s pretty great.Furthermore, it’s based on the same platform as the Porsche Cayenne, the VW Touraeg, and the Audi Q7. So one would imagine that most of its bits will at least refrain from falling off for a few miles. Also it has 600 horsepower, which, for frame of reference, is the same as 300 Ford Model Ts. Thankfully, it should have four-wheel drive and enough electronic minders to prevent even the drunkest of playboys from wrapping it around a tree on their first time out. And for those of you who want to drive around in a neon colored super SUV but still want everyone to know how deeply you care about the environment, there will be a plug in hybrid version to boot.Despite all this, I am still not quite sure that the Urus lives up to the madness of its ancestor the LM2002. However, in deference to the fine folks at Lamborghini, I am willing to withhold judgment until they give me one. So stay tuned, Lebron James and members of the Saudi Royal family. Hopefully I can test drive it soon. Editors’ Recommendations A Guide to Bodywork: Massage, Acupuncture, Chiropractic, and More Pompadours and More: The Best Mid-Length Hairstyles for Men The Evolution and History of the Home Stereo
Editors’ Recommendations Why Tea and Beer Go Well Together (and 5 Tea Beers to Try) All photos courtesy of Brian Buckley. The Best New-School Kentucky Distilleries The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches As cool and capable as new motorcycles are today, many have taken on a certain… utilitarian aspect. While this is not necessarily a bad thing and is often necessitated by the bike’s design or mission, it does leave them a bit dry and devoid of a strong style quotient. That’s why many riders love classic bikes; they just seem to have more personality, more soul, more beauty.Not all of them do, of course, but designers of days gone by always seemed to automatically build in at least a bit of character while also meeting the needs of strength, power and utility. Same could be said for many old cars as well.One of the hotbeds of motorcycle design that consistently combines speed with sex appeal is Italy of course – have you eyeballed a Ducati, lately? But the real golden age for Italian design was in the 1960s and 1970s, as the Italian bike makers transitioned from creating vehicles simply needed to get people around following World War II to their re-emergence into world markets, where stylish competition from Germany, America and Japan awaited.Among the most famous performance marques from the era were Laverda, MV Agusta and Ducati. The 900cc and 750cc Ducati Desmo L-twins of the 1970s are among the most sought-after bikes from the era, sometimes fetching six-digit sums at auction. Rarer still are the fire-breathing machines from MV Agusta, which was producing DOHC inline-fours more than a decade before Honda unleashed the four-pot CB750 in 1969. But MVs were hand-made, very expensive low-volume machines for the well-heeled and not destined for the unwashed masses like the millions of Hondas pouring out of Japan.It speaks volumes to the execution of the CB750 that as the sun rose on Soichiro’s empire, the shadow of Honda and the other Asian makers nearly wrote Ducati, MV and others into the dusty pages of history along with BSA, Norton, and Triumph. Indeed, the lights pretty much went out on MV Agusta in 1980, despite a long streak of racing success. Cagiva resurrected the brand 11 years later and it’s still around today. MV Agustas are still expensive, exclusive and cause a bit of drool from enthusiasts, but the old models are still considered the best examples of the brand’s heyday.Stuart Parr is one of many enthusiasts who appreciates this golden era of Italian motoring, but he’s also a man of means and has put together quite a collection of lovelies from Ducati, MV Agusta and others. He has kindly shared his enviable collection for an exhibit, the Art of Italian Two Wheel, that just opened in New York City, and gearheads have the next three months to check it out in Gotham before it goes on the road around the country. If you can’t make it to a show, we hope the small gallery above will ease your pain somewhat.Riders everywhere clamor for bike builders to emulate these classic designs, but modern technology, the demands of riders today and the ever-shortening design cycle for new bikes means that motorcycles like these are likely to remain artifacts of glory years gone by.Appreciate them while you can. 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now 1. Art of Italian Two Wheel 2. Art of Italian Two Wheel 3. Art of Italian Two Wheel 4. Art of Italian Two Wheel 5. Art of Italian Two Wheel 6. Art of Italian Two Wheel 7. Art of Italian Two Wheel 8. Art of Italian Two Wheel 9. Art of Italian Two Wheel 10. Art of Italian Two Wheel 11. Art of Italian Two Wheel 12. Art of Italian Two Wheel 13. Art of Italian Two Wheel 14. Art of Italian Two Wheel 15. Art of Italian Two Wheel 16. Art of Italian Two Wheel 17. Art of Italian Two Wheel 18. Art of Italian Two Wheel 19. Art of Italian Two Wheel 20. Art of Italian Two Wheel 21. Art of Italian Two Wheel 22. Art of Italian Two Wheel A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America
A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now Adventure racing is a multidisciplinary sport where racers navigate through backcountry terrain – often without the benefit of trails – using map and compass, and all manner of transport from stand up paddle boards to mountain bikes. In September Austin Parker is tackling the Adventure Xstream Series adventure race in Glenwood Springs, CO to get a taste of this grueling sport. As part of his training, we are documenting the best gear for paddling, running, biking, and recovery, as well as keeping track of all the (mis)adventure along the way.The hours and hours of training rides, early morning runs, and cold water paddling are over. You’ve agonized over the little details of your training program, but race day gear can be just as important as your fitness. The right pair of shoes will keep your legs happy, and your bike can pay dividends on long rides into the wilderness. Likewise, your nutrition will definitely make or break your adventure race. With that in mind, we’ve assembled a short list of all the race day essentials: little tweaks we made from our usual mountain biking and trail running gear to keep us moving fast on race day.Related: RtA: Best Adventure Races | RtA: Mountain Biking GearOsprey Manta 28As all day hiking packs go, this is our favorite. Twenty-eight liters is the Goldilocks of pack sizing for a long adventure race. This pack has gotten us through all day training sessions as well as multiple long distance races. We’ve carried full trail running, rappeling, and mountain biking gear loads comfortably in all conditions. The harness has a raised “trampoline” back panel that allows for extra venting. Extra organization keeps every bit of gear in its place so if disaster strikes you’re not rooting around for our first aid kit or spare bike tubes. Did we mention it’s comfortable?Smith Optics ForefrontThe Forefront uses Smith’s Aerocore material rather than the typical foam lining of cycling helmets. What does that mean for you? First, it’s much lighter and more ventilated – the entire body is basically one big vent. Second, it absorbs impacts better than other helmets, so if you do crash out, you’re in better hands. For race day we needed a helmet to haul biking, rappelling, and kayaking, so this lightweight wonder will be pulling triple duty.Hoka One One Challenger ATRThe Challenger ATR is a stand out in Hoka’s already stellar line up. Building on their award winning Clifton, the Challenger features a more aggressive outsole as well as early stage rocker. This makes it perfect for navigating steep, technical terrain and off trail wilds. If you value versatility to charge pavement or trails, this is the shoe for you.La Sportiva KidoThis loose fitting climbing short is our go to piece for any day on the trail. The four-way stretch and rear venting serves to keep you comfortable and dry no matter your sport. Ours goes on over cycling shorts for long days cruising single track, and doubles on our SUP and kayak. For hot weather multisport performance, you won’t find anything better.Fezzari Nebo PeakWe could talk all day about the trail ready features of Fezzari’s Nebo Peak. What you need to do is get out on one and bomb some single track. The X1 drive train keeps it simple with a solid eleven speed gearing system. Top of the line Fox and Rock Shox suspension ensure a plush ride from start to finish, and Maxxis Ardent tires stick to deep mud and slick rock. Don’t be surprised when your friends show up with matching bikes after a few rides this fall.SOL ScoutWe always carry a small first aid kit on the trail. Our packing list for the AXS Seriesw also calls for an emergency blanket and survival gear just in case you spend a cold night on the trail. The SOL Scout kit fits all we need without being overbuilt. There are just enough tools and essentials in this kit to keep you alive if you get lost in the wilderness, without hauling unnecessary gear. It’s probably good idea to keep one of these in every pack you own.CEP Calf SleevesYou probably remember our CEP recovery tights we’ve been using after every workout in training. These calf sleeves work along the same lines, but perform during your trail run or race rather than after. The graduated compression keeps muscles firing and blood flowing long after fatigue starts to set in. We are prone to shin splints, and these are the first product really prevent them on long mileage weeks. We’ve even taken to wearing them to the office before and after work outs to keep reaping the benefits of compression while we’re on the road.Honey Stinger GrapefruitYour nutrition on the trail is as important as that protein shake you have every morning. Keeping your blood sugar up is more complicated than just pounding a few snickers though. Honey Stinger’s Organic Chews are easy on your digestion when you’re being hard on your muscles. Sweetened with honey and tapioca syrup, these little chews pack enough energy to keep you running for hours. We recommend the new grapefruit flavor. 1. Race Day Essentials 2. OSPREY MANTA 28 3. SMITH OPTICS FOREFRONT 4. HOKA ONE ONE CHALLENGER ATR 5. LA SPORTIVA KIDO 6. FEZZARI NEBO PEAK 7. SOL SCOUT 8. CEP CALF SLEEVES 9. HONEY STINGER GRAPEFRUIT A Rev-ealing Conversation About IndyCar Racing with Takuma Sato Editors’ Recommendations The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Cider The World’s 12 Most Grueling and Insane Endurance Races