UEFA Champions League Ramos: We’re a vintage Real Madrid team Joe Wright 23:25 5/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images UEFA Champions League Real Madrid v Liverpool Liverpool Real Madrid Sergio Ramos The Blancos skipper thinks Zinedine Zidane’s troops have come a long way from the “divided” dressing room he joined at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2005 Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos believes the Champions League finalists will go down in history for their achievements under Zinedine Zidane.The Liga giants face Liverpool on Saturday in the final in Kiev, the third in a row they have reached under their French coach.Madrid are the only team to have won the competition in its modern format in consecutive seasons and have lifted eight trophies in total since Zidane took charge in January 2016. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Ramos is now looking ahead to his fourth final in five years, which is in stark contrast to his first five seasons at the club, during which time they failed to progress beyond the last 16.The 32-year-old credited Zidane for fostering a positive dressing room – what he perceives as a major change from his early years at the Santiago Bernabeu – while creating a “vintage” Madrid team.”It’s a privilege and a prize to be able to come back and play another final, and the possibility of winning the trophy again is very important to us,” he told the media.”It seems like we’ve been gifted another final but the truth is that it’s very difficult to get here. We’ve made the difficult easy and it seems like we’re going to reach the Champions League final every year, and that’s not the case.”It’s very difficult to do what we do and I think we’re a vintage team. I’ve spent many years at Real Madrid and there were a few seasons where we didn’t even scratch a ball in Europe.”It’s also important to have the stability that exists at this club. When I came, there was a lot of changing of coaches and presidents. The dressing room was divided and that’s never good.”Now, there’s a really good atmosphere, we’re all in it together and that’s one of the keys to this team’s success. There are no egos.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
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Elite Eight men’s open:Queensland Country Outlaws 7 def NSW Country Mavericks 4.A new era is born and it’s an Outlaws one.The Queensland Country side defeated their NSW counterparts 7-4 to win their first Elite Eight title.A full report will follow later this evening. By BEN HARRIS Elite Eight women’s open:NSW Scorpions 7 def NSW Mets 6.In arguably the best game of the tournament, the Scorpions ended the Mets’ Elite Eight premiership run 7-6.Three touchdowns were scored in the last minute of the match with Yasmin Meakes scoring the decisive touchdown with 15 seconds left on the clock.A full report can be found in the news section.Mixed open:Sydney Rebels 5 def Brisbane City Cobras 4.Rebels made it four mixed open titles in a row and their 38th consecutive National Touch League victory.In a thrilling conclusion, the Rebels defeated the Cobras 5-4.A full report can be found in the news section.Men’s 50s:Sydney Mets 6 def South Queensland Sharks 5.Mets claimed the men’s 50s in a thrilling final against the Sharks.Mets led 4-3 at half-time and held onto that one-touchdown advantage at full-time.The joy on the Mets’ players faces said it all when the full-time whistle was blown.Hemi McGarvey picked up a hat-trick in the match.It was the Mets’ first title in the division since 2011 while it is the Sharks’ best result in 10 years.Touchdowns: Mets 6 (Hemi McGarvey 3, Robert Wetherill, Mick Pearsall, Joseph Lancuba); Sharks 5 (Peter Sheppard 2, Brett Allen, Timothy Skewes, Mark Jansson).Men’s T-League:South Queensland Sharks 10 def South West Queensland Swans 7.In a back and forth encounter, the Sharks defeated the Swans in the south Queensland derby 10-7.Teams traded touchdown for touchdown and it wasn’t until late in the mate the Sharks ran away for the win.It was 5-all at half-time and it continued to be a tight tussle with the scores locked at 7-all.However, three late touchdowns to the boys in maroon put the result beyond doubt.Touchdowns: Sharks 10 (Jeston Paul 2, James Stevenson 2, Corey Russell, Kurtis Ferris, Matthew Egan, Coen Fielding, Lewis McAlister, Brandon Crutchley); Swans 7 (Zac Alexander 3, Brendan Taylor, Tim Moultz, Joshua Leisemann, Jack Pope). Men’s 40s:Sydney Scorpions 7 def South Queensland Sharks 4.Scorpions have won their seventh men’s 40s crown in 10 years when they defeated the Sharks 7-4.The Sydney side put on four touchdowns in the opening half to give themselves a commanding 4-1 lead.They did not let go of it as both sides score three touchdowns apiece in the second stanza.Mark Leonard and Brad Curl scoring doubles in the decider.Touchdown: Scorpions 7 (Brad Curl 2, Mark Leonard 2, Anthony Dudeck, John Mouialli, Shane Lee Frederiksen); Sharks 4 (Craig Scharer, Bruce McDonald, Shane Foley, Cameron Yabsley).Women’s T-League:South West Queensland Swans 5 def Hunter Western Hornets 3.A three-touchdown-to-nil second half helped the Swans to win the women’s T-League.The Swans were behind the Hornets 3-2 at half-time but two touchdowns to Chloe Watt and another to Elly Ashurst, her second for the match, gave the South West Queensland team a 5-3 win,Both teams put on a great display of touch with great attack and desperate defence.It was the Swans first title in this division.Touchdowns: Swans 5 (Chloe Watt 2, Elly Ashurst 2, Shenae Ciesiolka); Hornets 3 (Madison Crowe, Sian Flipo, Shannon Rose).Women’s 40s:Hunter Western Hornets 6 def Sydney Scorpions 1.Hornets got their revenge on Scorpions in the women’s 40s final.In 2013, Scorpions defeated the Hunter Western side 3-2.But the Hornets turned the screws and won the 2014 decider 6-1.It is the Hornets first title in the division and it is the only the fourth time in the last decade, the Scorpions haven’t won the division.Hornets got out of the blocks beautifully to lead 4-0 at half-time.They continue to keep their noses in front to win by five touchdowns.Touchdowns: Hornets 6 (Samantha Davis 2, Michelle Atkins, Tracey MacPherson, Anne-Maree Shipman, Samantha McCarthy); Scorpions 1 (Kerrie Doyle).Men’s 30s final:South Queensland Sharks 11 def Sunshine Coast Pineapples 8.Seven touchdowns in the second half gave the Sharks their first men’s 30s title in 12 years.It was an all-Queensland final with South Queensland taking on last year’s runners-up Sunshine Coast Pineapples.Both teams were levelled at 4-all at half-time but it was the Sharks who prevailed in the second 20-minute half.The match was close until the Sharks scored two late touchdowns to run out 11-8 winners.Remus Gentles scored four touchdowns in the decider.It was the Sharks first title in this division since 2002 and fifth overall.Touchdowns: Sharks 11 (Remus Gentles 4, Troy Skinner 2, Robert Brehaut 2, Troy Nichols 2, Stefan TeAmo); Pineapples 8 (Tom Eyles 3, Troy Clerk 2, Troy Morgan, Chris Farrow, Andrew Bell).Women’s 35s final:Hunter Western Hornets 6 def South West Queensland Swans 2.Hunter Western Hornets won their maiden women’s 35s title when they defeated the Swans 6-2.A first half performance, which gave Hornets a 4-1 lead at half-time lead set the match up for the NSW regional affiliate.Although they managed to score two touchdowns in the second half, they were able to shut out any Swans’ attack.It was the first time the Hornets have played in the women’s 35s final. Their previous best result was third in 2008.Touchdowns: Hornets 6 (Megan Hatch, Amber Stephens, Rebecca Austin, Wendy Maisem, Rochelle Stevens, Kellie-Jean Johnston); Swans 2 (Robyn Crovden, Jeannine Gvemore).Men’s 45s final:Sydney Scorpions 12 def Hunter Western Hornets 2. It was one-way traffic in the men’s 45s final with the Scorpions proving too strong for the Hornets.Scorpions, the two-time defending champions, were never troubled by Hunter Western.They took a 6-2 lead into the sheds at half-time and scored another six touchdowns to nil in the second 20 minutes.Three of the Scorpions players scored a double.It is the Scorpions’ third title after winning in 2012 and 2013.Touchdowns: Scorpions 12 (Peter Wandl 2, Jeff Cheung 2, Paul Saldren 2, Gregory Friend, David Cheung, Brett Gillard, Tim Kitchingham, Scott Collins, Graham West); Hornets 2 (Brenden Lantry, Darren Burcher).Men’s 55s final:Sydney Scorpions 5 def North Queensland Tropical Cyclones 3.Three touchdowns in the first half put Sydney Scorpions on the path to glory in the men’s 55s division.The Scorpions defeated the Tropical Cyclones 5-3 in the decider this morning.Phillip Young and Stephen New each scored twice for the Scorpions.The North Queensland outfit tried their hardest but they could not peg back the two-touchdown half-time deficit.Touchdowns: Scorpions 5 (Phillip Young 2, Stephen New 2, Barry Draws); Tropical Cyclones 3 (Ian Kerr 2, Bruce Johnson).Senior Mixed final:South Queensland Sharks 4 def Sydney Scorpions 3.A touchdown by Sharks’ Craig Slavin in a four-on-four drop-off sealed the premiership win for the South Queensland side. The match went back and forth with the teams unable to be separated at half-time (2-2) and again at full-time (3-3).A drop-off was needed – the first final to go to that length today – and both sides had opportunities to score the winning touchdown.But when it was four-on-four, Sharks’ Slavin scored his second but most important touchdown of the game when he crossed the scoreline in the north-west corner.Touchdowns: Sharks 4 (Craig Slavin 2, Scott Mitchell, Ryan Pollock); Scorpions 3 (Katrina McIlwraith, Gavin Bruce, Matthew Lawson).You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksNTL finals day
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri happy with Hudson-Odoi for Spurs defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was pleased with the performance of Callum Hudson-Odoi for last night’s Carabao Cup semifinal first-leg defeat to Tottenham.Sarri gave the winger a start amid transfer talk linking him with Bayern Munich.The manager said, “Hudson-Odoi in the last week has been very normal.”I saw him every day in training and he was really very normal. He is improving, in the last match he played very well and also today a very good match. He played like a player of 25, 26 years. A very good match with application, very good in the defensive phase, but he has been completely normal. Maybe he does not read anything.”
Tottenham midfielder Dembele travels for Beijing Guoan medicalby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele is travelling to Hong Kong today in order to undergo a medical with Beijing Sinobo Guoan. Spurs accepted an offer from the Chinese Super League club last week, reportedly worth £9m.Dembele, 31, would have become a free agent at the end of the season.The Belgian made 249 appearances in his six-and-a-half year spell in north London. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Inter are hoping to offload Mauro Icardi in the summer and are exploring the possibility of a swap deal with Juventus involving forward Paulo Dybala.According to sources close to the talks, new Inter manager Antonio Conte wants the 26-year-old out, while the board are also keen to sell the Argentina international.The Nerazzurri are pushing Serie A champions Juve to consider a deal that would include Dybala, who saw his role reduced at the club following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo last summer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Dybala, who had an impressive season in 2017-18 when he scored 22 league goals, has been moved into a deeper position to accommodate Ronaldo and managed just five goals in Serie A in the last campaign.Juve are, however, reluctant to allow the 25-year-old to leave the club and they are yet to appoint a new head coach to replace Massimiliano Allegri, with Maurizio Sarri expected to be announced soon.The Turin club do still retain an interest in Icardi, though, having tried to sign him last summer, before the move for Ronaldo had been confirmed.Indeed, Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici has made contact with the player’s wife and agent, Wanda Nara, over the possibility of getting a move over the line this time around.Roma, who appointed Paulo Fonseca on Tuesday, would also be interested in bringing in Icardi, although the player is put off by the fact they won’t be taking part in the Champions League next season.Despite reports of interest from England and Spain – and Real Madrid in particular – in the past, the Argentine would prefer to stay in Italy, and Juve seems the most likely destination.Should a bid from abroad arrive, Icardi does still have a €110 million (£98m/$125m) release clause that only applies to clubs from outside of Serie A.Icardi does, however, still want to stay at Inter, with Wanda Nara having revealed at the end of May that the player hoped to stay for “at least another year”, with his contract not due to expire until 2021.The former Sampdoria striker, who joined Inter in 2013, has not been far from controversy during his time at San Siro, with frequent reports of fallings out with team-mates, while he was stripped of the captaincy earlier in 2019.In the aftermath of that decision he didn’t play for the club for almost two months although, in spite of speculation that he would be moved on, he has consistently expressed his desire to stay.Icardi, who has missed out on Argentina’s Copa America squad, scored 17 goals in all competitions for Inter last season, with the Nerazzurri finishing fourth in the Serie A table to secure Champions League for the 2019-20 campaign.
Junior Firpo has been tipped to emulate the brilliant career of Sergio Ramos by former Real Betis youth guru Juan Jose Romero, who believes that the Barcelona target is even better than the Real Madrid legend in some aspects.Firpo, 22, has become a top priority at Camp Nou as Barca were impressed with his performances in the Spain Under-21 side that romped to European Championship success this summer. Born in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, the left-back can also play in the centre of defence and in midfield, and is regarded as one of Spain’s top prospects for the future. 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? Negotiations between Betis and Barca will open soon and Romero, who knows Firpo better than most after the pair worked together in the Seville club’s youth ranks, sees a sparkling future for the youngster.”He is the footballer who most impressed me in his first training session,” Romero, now coaching at Ceuta, explained to Goal . “He looked like a beast of a footballer from the very first moment. He has the formidable maturity and personality which give him the chance to go far, he has a bullet-proof character, he is a defender of great quality and has confidence in himself. “That confidence can be a problem sometimes because he believes in himself a lot but it is a trait which could be positive if he handles it correctly. Sometimes he looks cocky and that leads him to make very visible mistakes.”But he could end up having a career similar to that of Sergio Ramos. He also came to Real Madrid and the national team as a full-back, to end up in the middle of defence and, even though Junior doesn’t have the defensive power of Ramos as a centre-back, neither did Ramos have the attacking threat Junior is showing.”Despite his tender age, Romero has no doubt that Firpo will be a success at Barca, after initial interest from Madrid in the youngster as a possible heir to Marcelo faded. “If he keeps his head down we are talking about a left-back with great physical conditioning, quick, good in the air and with good technique. It is very hard to find players with so much ability,” he added. “[Former Betis coach] Quique Setien and I brought him up to the first team when he showed the talent to play in the middle, at Betis we used to play with three centre-backs and he played on the left, he played some great games.”He also played in midfield and even as a centre-forward [in the Betis youth teams].”I spoke with Setien more than once about Junior’s future, he is one of those players of whom you can say the bigger the stage, the better the artist plays. “I would tell any big club not to think twice over Junior, he has been in the first team less than a year and a half and you just have to look at his progression.”Firpo made his Betis debut in February 2018 and has played 43 games to date in all competitions, scoring five goals.
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 27: Ohio State Buckeyes fans cheer on their team against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on September 27, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)If you’re a college football fan or a fan of college sports, in general, it’s safe to say that you’ve probably heard someone refer to Ohio State as “THE Ohio State University”. Why is this? It’s not like we say “THE Florida State University” or “THE University Of North Carolina” or “THE” anything else for that matter. Some think that it’s just Buckeye fans being obnoxious, but there are actual reasons as to why fans of the scarlet and gray refer to the school in full fashion as “The Ohio State University”.The Ohio State University was initially known as Ohio Agricultural And Mechanical College.The University was renamed in 1878 because the board of trustees thought Ohio Agricultural And Mechanical College didn’t live up to the school’s prestige. The president of the university thought that the new name would further separate the institution from other schools in Ohio. Some also believe that the “THE” was added on to show other colleges in the state who the top dog was.While the school was renamed to The Ohio State University in 1878 it wasn’t until 1986 that the nickname became known by the masses.In 1986 the school rebranded itself by making a change to its logo.The motivation behind the new logo was for the school to shed the nickname of OSU. Obviously, there are other OSUs out there (Oklahoma State and Oregon State) and university officials wanted to avoid confusion. The “THE” (which was already in the official name of the school) was added to the logo to “reflect the national stature of the institution.”Amazing day at THE Ohio State University!Thank you @OSUCoachMeyer @OhioStateFB @CoachStudOL @markpantoni @WestonZernechel @ParisJohnsonJr #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/UO9By1VpjG— Geirean (@GeireanHatchett) July 26, 2018So to answer your question, no, Buckeye fans are not just being obnoxious. The Ohio State University is the correct and official name of the school. For those of you who think the name is a little pretentious, you’re not exactly wrong, but Buckeye fans and officials think that the university is prominent enough to carry such a name.
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – OCTOBER 03: General view of the stadium as the Oklahoma Sooners take on the Miami Hurricanes at Land Shark Stadium on October 3, 2009 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Miami defeated Oklahoma 21-20. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)Michael Irvin Jr., son of the great NFL wide receiver Michael Irvin, was looking forward to perhaps a breakout season during his junior campaign at Miami. It looks like it’s going to have to wait, however.Wednesday, Miami announced that Irvin will be out four months because he needs surgery on his MCL. Irvin’s injury leaves the team a bit shorthanded at the tight end position heading into the 2018 season.Irvin played a bit on special teams during his freshman season and registered nine receptions for 78 yards during his sophomore campaign. He was expected to be featured more this season.Irvin was a three-star recruit out of high school. He had offers from 13 different schools, but ultimately chose to play where his father played.Miami announces that junior tight end Michael Irvin II has sustained an MCL injury in his right knee and is expected to be sidelined for four months. Surgery expected this week.— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) August 8, 2018Michael Irvin Jr. out 4 months after knee surgery for UM, leaving Canes with just 3 scholarship tight ends – Freshmen Jordan and Mallory, plus Polendey. Depth big concern, even with high regard for 2 freshmen.— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) August 8, 2018Surgery is expected to take place this week.Miami is one of the favorites in the ACC – behind Clemson. The Hurricanes finished last season with a 10-3 record and an Orange Bowl loss to Wisconsin.This year, Miami opens up with a tough game against SEC foe LSU. The game will take place on Sunday, September 2.
If you’re a Michigan fan, you’ve heard this one before. College football fans are debating whether Ohio State made the yard to gain on an important fourth down play on Saturday.The Buckeyes are currently in a dog fight with Minnesota, and if it weren’t for a fortunate spot, fans would be even more worried than they currently are. The play came late in the first quarter.Facing a 4th-and-2 from Minnesota’s 44-yard-line, Dwayne Haskins handed the ball off to running back Mike Weber, who lunged for the first down. Weber was seemingly stopped short of the line – at least on television.Weber’s rush was ruled a first down. The play was not reviewed. Here are two angles.This was ruled a first down on 4th down. Looked like #Gophers got the stop. #Buckeyes score on the next play. pic.twitter.com/BOeZKOAUd0— Dustin Schutte (@SchutteCFB) October 13, 2018And people wonder why Ohio State gets so much hate. This isn’t even close to a first down. pic.twitter.com/3YsNJgJvle— Drew (@DJDrewTheJet) October 13, 2018Tough spot for Minny on 4th and 1. They gave OSU the 1st down. Next play, touchdown. pic.twitter.com/0EvkodMhmw— Freezing Cold Takes (@OldTakesExposed) October 13, 2018From my press-box eyes, that was quite the generous spot on the fourth-down Weber run.— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) October 13, 2018Ohio State scored on the next play when Haskins found Terry McLaurin for a 41-yard score.Despite the score, Minnesota currently leads the game, 14-10.Ohio State, currently 6-0 on the season, needs this one to keep pace in the Big Ten – and the College Football Playoff picture. We’ll keep you updated.
MIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley is getting called out for what he reportedly told a five-star quarterback recruit about transfer QBs.Riley allegedly told Oklahoma five-star quarterback recruit Spencer Rattler that he wasn’t going to be taking any major QB recruits back in December.“Coach Riley told me he’s not taking a transfer quarterback anytime soon,” five-star quarterback Spencer Rattler reportedly said.#Oklahoma QB signee Spencer Rattler says “Coach Riley told me he’s not taking a transfer quarterback anytime soon.” https://t.co/eylJSWTuUS @BrandonDrumm247— Steve Wiltfong (@SWiltfong247) December 31, 2018Fast forward a couple of weeks and Riley has in fact taken a major quarterback recruit.Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts has committed to Oklahoma.Dec. 31: Five-star Oklahoma QB signee Spencer Rattler: “Coach Riley told me he’s not taking a transfer quarterback anytime soon,” per @SWiltfong247Jan. 16: Jalen Hurts announces transfer to Oklahoma pic.twitter.com/LeC38IcVBx— Bleacher Report CFB (@BR_CFB) January 16, 2019Rattler, though, doesn’t seem to be bothered by this. He’ll be a true freshman in 2019 and Hurts has just one season of eligibility remaining.The five-star quarterback isn’t backing down from a quarterback competition, either.“I love it. Jalen is a great player and I’m excited to get to play with him. It’ll be great competition for sure.””I love it. Jalen is a great player and I’m excited to get to play with him. It’ll be great competition for sure.” – @SpencerRattler is all aboard #Sooners landing @JalenHurts.— Josh McCuistion (@JLMcCuistion) January 16, 2019It would be pretty stunning if Hurts doesn’t start at Oklahoma in 2019, but Rattler could be the guy moving forward in 2020.Oklahoma is expected to contend for another Big 12 championship and College Football Playoff spot next season.
CORVALLIS, OR – SEPTEMBER 09: A general view the satdium during the game between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Oregon State Beavers at Reser Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Corvallis, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)Hope springs eternal around the country as college football season is about to open. Fans can dream about big things for their favorite programs.Well, most fans can at least. Like every other year, there are going to be some really bad college football teams in 2019.In a piece for Sporting News, longtime handicapper and college football analyst Danny Sheridan tried his hand at naming the 16 worst Power 5 college football programs heading into the 2019 season.Every conference is well-represented on the list, which can be seen here. As for Sheridan’s “top” five, they are as follows. Oregon StateRutgersKansasLouisvilleColoradoHere’s what he had to say about Oregon State, which is coming off a 2-10 season and hasn’t had a winning record since 2013.“Will the woman who left her kids at Reser Stadium please come to the field to pick them up? They’re beating Oregon State 14-0 at halftime! When former Beavers quarterback Jonathan Smith returned to coach the team, it left alumni and students with a warm fuzzy feeling. After all, it was Smith that led the school to its greatest season in 2000, finishing fourth in the nation. Smith was confident he could turn the program around. And like going to Taco Bell at midnight, it seemed like a good idea at the time. Smith will keep Jake Luton at quarterback, who has somehow managed to finagle a sixth year of eligibility out of the NCAA.”If there is some consolation to be had for any of the programs on this list, it’s that teams sometimes surprise the experts and overachieve.At least a couple of these schools will prove the naysayers wrong by finagling six wins and bowl eligibility in 2019.
India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 1, 2019UPDATED: June 1, 2019 15:58 IST National Educational Policy 2019The draft of National Educational Policy has been submitted to the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ and Minister of State for HRD, Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre in New Delhi by Committee led by the Chairman Dr. Kasturirangan on Friday May 31, 2019 in the presence of R. Subrahmanyam, Secretary Department of Higher Education and Rina Ray, Secretary Department of School Education & Literacy and other senior officials of the Ministry.Aim of National Educational PolicyTo equip students with the necessary skills and knowledgeTo eliminate the shortage of manpower in science, technology, academics and industryThe Draft National Education Policy, 2019 is built on the foundational pillars of Access, Equity, Quality, Affordability and Accountability.Background workFor this, the MHRD initiated an unprecedented collaborative, multi-stakeholder, multi-pronged, bottom- up people-centric, inclusive, participatory consultation process.The extensive consultations undertaken across multiple levels of online, expert and thematic, and from the grassroots ranging from village, block, urban local bodies, district, state, zonal and the national level, provided an opportunity to every citizen to engage in this massive exercise.Draft New Educational Policy 2019 being submitted to the Hon’ble Minister for HRD by the Drafting Committee. pic.twitter.com/qvYstJMKzT Ministry of HRD (@HRDMinistry) May 31, 2019Several in-person and in-depth deliberations across a wide spectrum of stakeholders were held.Subsequently, a ‘Committee for Evolution of the New Education Policy’ under the Chairmanship of Late TSR Subramanian, Former Cabinet Secretary, was constituted, which submitted its report in May, 2016. Based on this report, the ministry prepared ‘Some Inputs for the Draft National Education Policy, 2016’.advertisementChanges 1. The committee has proposed to rename MHRD as Ministry of Education (MoE).2. In school education, a major reconfiguration of curricular and pedagogical structure with Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) as an integral part of school education is proposed.3. The committee also recommends Extension of Right to Education Act 2009 to cover children of ages 3 to 18. A 5+3+3+4 curricular and pedagogical structure based on cognitive and socio-emotional developmental stages of children: Foundational Stage (age 3-8 yrs): 3 years of pre-primary plus Grades 1-2; Preparatory Stage (8-11 years): Grades 3-5; Middle Stage (11-14 years): Grades 6-8; and Secondary Stage (14-18 years): Grades 9-12.Schools will be re-organized into school complexes.4. It also seeks to reduce content load in school education curriculum.5. There will be no hard separation of learning areas in terms of curricular, co-curricular or extra- curricular areas and all subjects, including arts, music, crafts, sports, yoga, community service, etc will be curricular.6. It promotes active pedagogy that will focus on the development of core capacities: and life skills, including 21st century skills.7. The committee proposes for massive transformation in teacher education by shutting down sub-standard teacher education institutions and moving all teacher preparation/education programmes into large multidisciplinary universities/colleges.8. The 4-year integrated stage-specific B.Ed. programme will eventually be the minimum degree qualification for teachers.9. In higher education, a restructuring of higher education institutions with three types of higher education institutions is proposed-Type 1: Focused on world-class research and high quality teachingType 2: Focused on high quality teaching across disciplines with significant contribution to research;Type 3: High quality teaching focused on undergraduate education. This will be driven by two Missions -Mission Nalanda & Mission Takshashila.10. There will be re-structuring of Undergraduate programs (e.g. BSc, BA, BCom, BVoc) of 3 or 4 years duration and having multiple exit and entry options.11. A new apex body Rashtriya Shiksha Ayog is proposed to enable a holistic and integrated implementation of all educational initiatives and programmatic interventions, and to coordinate efforts between the Centre and states.12. The National Research Foundation, an apex body is proposed for creating a strong research culture and building research capacity across higher education.13. The four functions of standard setting, Funding, Accreditation and Regulation to be separated and conducted by independent bodies: National Higher Education Regulatory Authority as the only regulator for all higher education including professional education.14. Creation of accreditation eco-system led by revamped NAAC.15. Professional Standard Setting Bodies for each area of professional education and UGC to transform to Higher Education Grants Commission (HEGC).16. The private and public institutions will be treated on par and education will remain a ‘not for profit’ activity.17. Several new policy initiatives for promoting internationalization of higher education, strengthening quality open and distance learning, technology integration at all levels of education, adult and lifelong learning and initiatives to enhance participation of under-represented groups, and eliminate gender, social category and regional gaps in education outcomes were also recommended.18. Promotion of Indian and classical languages and setting up three new National Institutes for Pali, Persian and Prakrit.advertisement19. Indian Institute of Translation and Interpretation (IITI) has been recommended.The path breaking reforms recommended will bring about a paradigm shift by equipping our students, teachers and educational institutions with the right competencies and capabilities and also create an enabling and reinvigorated educational eco-system for a vibrant new India.Also read: New National Education Policy to be introduced soon: Check 5 pillars hereGet 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 byAysha Tags :Follow National Educational PolicyFollow Ramesh PokhriyalFollow hrd HRD Ministry drafts new National Educational Policy: 19 changes recommendedFrom compulsory BEd as a minimum qualification for teaching to the duration of Under-graduation in India, National Educational Policy Chairman Dr. Kasturirangan introduced changes before the HRD ministry.advertisement
Top 50 power people | The High & Mighty Part-3The India Today Power List 2019 takes a look at the titans of business and society at the vanguard of Indiaadvertisement India Today Magazine New Delhi July 26, 2019 ISSUE DATE: August 5, 2019UPDATED: July 26, 2019 15:35 IST Photo: Mandar Deodhar26. Vineet Jain51, MD, Bennett Coleman & Co. LtdDigital MavenBecause his Bennett Coleman & Co. Ltd (BCCL) or the Times of India Group is India’s No. 1 media conglomerate with revenues of over Rs 9,000 croreBecause Times Internet Limited operates the largest Indian network by unique visitors, behind Google and26. Vineet Jain51, MD, Bennett Coleman & Co. LtdDigital MavenBecause his Bennett Coleman & Co. Ltd (BCCL) or the Times of India Group is India’s No. 1 media conglomerate with revenues of over Rs 9,000 croreBecause Times Internet Limited operates the largest Indian network by unique visitors, behind Google and Facebook, with 452 million unique visitors, 134 billion minutes of time spent and 47 billion page views per monthBecause the group’s radio broadcasting business operates 76 FM stations in India with 38 million weekly listeners and an additional 50-60 million engaging with the video content on streaming platformsQuiz MeThey have launched Qureka, a daily live quiz show app, where users can participate in live trivia/ quiz shows and win cash prizes27. Ranveer Singh34, ActorEnergiser Bunny Photo: Bandeep SinghBecause he’s king of the box office. His last two releases, Simmba and Gully Boy, together collected Rs 373 crore net at the domestic box office, strengthening his position as a dynamic and diverse performerBecause he is a brand magnet. As the face of 28 brands, Singh is everywhere, be it hoardings or on television. As per ESP Properties’ Showbiz 2.0 report, these deals are valued at Rs 84 croreBecause he is changing the rules of Bollywood etiquette with his uninhibited demeanour and eccentric sartorial sense. Singh is beloved for being bold, real and himselfBatting For GloryTo prepare for ’83, the sports drama on India’s maiden World Cup victory in which he plays Kapil Dev, Singh spent considerable time with Kapil’s Devils during the latest World Cup where he also made his commentary debutadvertisement28. Shashi Tharoor63, Congress MPWord Power Photo: Bandeep SinghBecause he won from the Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala for the third time in a rowBecause he remains one of the most noticed and res-pected voices offering an alternative narrative at a time when the BJP dominates the political landscape and discourse-from challenging the Sangh parivar to dissecting the Modi government’s foreign policy, he’s doing it allBecause his tweets and use of obscure English words regularly attract loud reactions-from awe to memesFor The Love Of ReadingHe hasn’t opened a dictionary in years, he claims. “While reading, if you come across a word in three different places, you figure out the meaning, usage and nuance from the context,” he says29. Salman Khan53, ActorBollywood’s Bhai Photo: Himanshu Bhatt/Getty ImagesBecause he is always a fan favourite. Even when his films fail to entertain-thinkRace 3 (Rs 166 crore) and Bharat (Rs 197crore)-they still manage to make a dent atthe box officeBecause with Rs 13 crore weekly as his estimated fee for Bigg Boss season 13, he’s the highest paid celebrity on televisionBecause he’s expanding the Being Human business empire to include talent management and fitness equipment and gymnasiumsHelping handHe continues to offer young actors their first break in Bollywood; for example, his brotherin-law Aayush Sharma and Nutan’s granddaughter Pranutan Bahl. He is also going to introduce Mahesh Manjrekar’s daughter Saiee in Dabangg 330. R. C. Bhargava84, Chairman, Maruti Suzuki IndiaThe Big Wheel Photo: Business TodayBecause he is the Indian automotive industry’s most visible face, having steered Maruti Suzuki for 38 yearsBecause the company has touched over 20 million customers through sales and service activitiesBecause Maruti Suzuki supports over 110 government Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) across the country, as per a five-year ITI development plan, while the Japan India Institute for Manufacturing at Mehsana saw 100 per cent placement for its first batchRole ModelHe is known for his keen grasp of details and is admired for his insight and high energy levels31. Mahendra Mohan Gupta & Sanjay Gupta77, CMD and 55, CEO, Jagran Prakashan LtdMedia Moguls Photo: Yasir IqbalBecause Jagran group’s print publications have a total readership of 90 million, making it the most read print media group in the countryBecause Dainik Jagran has been No.1 in the newspaper readership rankings continuously for over 15 years. It launched the “Hindi Hai Hum” initiative to preserve, promote and build on the legacy of the languageBecause they operate by seven principles, or saat sarokars- women’s empowerment, environment protection, population management, poverty eradication, health, education and water conservationBreak TimeBoth Mahendra Mohan and Sanjay are ardent cricket fans and like to travel. Sanjay’s favourite destination is San Francisco, USA32. Sanjiv Puri57, Chairman & MD, ITCBuilding On A Legacy Photo: Yasir IqbalBecause he has steered the hotels-to-FMCG giant to post a consolidated net profit of Rs 13,162 crore in 2018-19, up 10 per cent from the previous yearadvertisementBecause despite sluggish rural demand, the company’s FMCG business posted a 12 per cent growth in revenues at Rs 12,505 crore, driven by enhanced scale, a better product mix and more investment in brand buildingBecause 41 per cent of ITC’s total energy consumption came from renewable energyHome treatsRelishes the ITC Fabelle chocolates and Sunfeast Wonderz milk shakes. He also practises yoga as a pastime33. Vijay Shekhar Sharma41, Founder & CEO, PaytmThe Pay Master Photo: Chandradeep KumarBecause he introduced Indians to a new way of spending money. He has added over a billion dollars to his net worth in the past one year. At $2.7 billion (Rs 186 billion), he is India’s youngest billionaire. Sharma ranks 877 among the 2,153 global billionaires on the Forbes annual list.Because even as businesses in India are putting their plans on hold, Sharma has expanded his to include e-commerce with the launch of Paytm Mall, and Paytm Payments Bank, besides his digital payments business Paytm. All his businesses have attracted rich valuations-China’s Alibaba group and Japan’s Softbank group invested $453 million in Paytm Mall. Warren Buffet has invested $300 million in the companyBecause he is the poster-boy of new-age entrepreneurship in India. Demonetisation, which hurt big and small businesses, came as a shot in the arm for Paytm. Paytm clocked 2.5 billion transactions in 2017-18 and is targeting transaction volumes of 12 billion by the end of 2019-20Humble StartIn his formative years, Sharma worked as a photo researcher at India Today magazine34. Dr Naresh Trehan72, Chairman & MD, MedantaThe Health Guru Photo: Yasir IqbalBecause he is one of India’s best known and most successful cardiovascular surgeons who changed the face of private healthcare in the country with his foresight and vision. He has successfully conducted over 60,000 open heart surgeries. He is now working on giving Indians a brand of new medicine that will focus on combining the best of traditional (Ayurveda) and modern medicine to provide holistic healingBecause he is chairman and MD of Medanta Medicity, which he co-founded in 2009. It has gone on to become one of the country’s most profitable hospitals with a revenue of Rs 1,392 crore in FY 2018Because he has been working with the government to make India tuberculosis-free by 2025Off The ClockWhen not operating, he likes to spend time with his grandchildren35. Rahul Bhatia58 , MD, InterGlobe EnterprisesLord of the Skies Photo: Shekhar GhoshBecause in a time of churn, InterGlobe Aviation, IndiGo’s parent company, reported its highest quarterly profits ever in the first quarter of FY20Because Bhatia introduced the concept of low-cost, efficient flying in India and made sure the model was profitable. With the new slots vacated by Jet Airways and a continued focus on the international market, it plans to allocate half its capacity to international markets, making it a formidable player in the airline spaceBecause IndiGo, even with its promoters fighting each other and the stock price taking a hammering, continues to be the largest domestic airline with over 40 per cent market shareadvertisementMy ride, your rideJust to make a point, Bhatia once showed up at an important industry meeting in a Wagon R while other biggies turned up in luxury cars36. Rajinikanth68, Actor, PoliticianThe Thalaivar Photo: Bandeep SinghBecause the thalaivar, or leader, has plans to organise his fans and followers under the banner of the Rajini Makkal Mandram (RMM) to contest in all 234 constituencies in the next Tamil Nadu assembly elections in 2021 or earlierBecause his RMM dispatched tankers (with the actor’s photograph on them) to various localities in the city during the ongoing Chennai water crisisBecause age does not deter him. He is preparing for his 168th film, even as the A.R. Murugadoss-directed Darbar, where he plays a double role, is scheduled for a 2020 releasePoster WarsA row erupted over the removal of a portrait of his from the film Petta from the Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house, even as one of the show’s host Kamal Haasan remained on the walls37. Sanjiv Bajaj49, MD & CEO, Bajaj FinservFinance Forward Photo: Rachit GoswamiBecause Bajaj Finserv is one of India’s largest NBFCs and the largest financier to consumer durables. His focus on long-term, sustainable growth has seen Finserv’s revenues grow 30 per cent to Rs 42,605.6 crore in 2018-19, while post-tax profit grew 21 per cent to Rs 3,219 croreBecause Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Company’s gross written premiums, at Rs 11,097 crore, registered a growth of 17 per cent in 2018-19, while Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Company’s gross written premiums, at Rs 8,857.2 crore, registered a growth of 17 per centBecause Bajaj Finance’s assets under management grew 41 per cent in 2018-19, to Rs 1.16 lakh croreHis Father’s WordsKnown to be a family man, Sanjiv lives with his father, Rahul, in Pune. He follows his father’s core philosophy-to run the business with integrity, to be passionate and work hard. He loves Goa for its beaches and eateries38. Dilip Shanghvi63, Founder & MD, Sun PharmaThe Cure Photo: Kanishka Sonthalia/Getty ImagesBecause despite the challenges posed by the US Food and Drug Administration warning letters, Sun Pharma posted a 10 per cent growth in 2018-19 revenuesBecause his Sun Pharma launched Ilumya in the US, becoming the first Indian pharma company to launch a direct-to-customer campaign in the USBecause he is still on the prowl to acquire companies that are strategic fits, Pola Pharma Inc., a Japanese pharmaceutical company being one of the latestLine of CautionWhistle blowers’ letters alleging corporate governance lapses in the company regarding related party deals, caused its shares to tumble 13 per cent-a six-year low-on January 18 this year on the stock exchanges39. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw66, Chairman & MD, Biocon LtdThe Real Deal Because she is India’s richest self-made woman business leader. She founded India’s largest bio-pharmaceutical firm in 1978 and is a pioneer in the biotechnology space. Because she has constantly invested in research and development to drive innovation and has built a culture of deep research at the company instead of taking the generic drug-maker routeBecause she uses her voice to drive citizens of Bengaluru to make their city better through the B-PAC (Bangalore Political Action Committee) initiative and is unafraid to speak out against government policyBecause through her initiative, the Mazumdar-Shaw Medical Centre, she is building an affordable cancer-care modelHappy HourShe wanted to become a brewmaster like her father but didn’t get the job, which is when she decided to become an entrepreneurYou’ve reached your article limitSign in to keep reading India TodaySign inSign up NOW to get:Premium content on Aaj Tak HD ChannelUnrestricted access to India Today magazine contentGet 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! 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Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiJuly 29, 2019UPDATED: July 29, 2019 16:05 IST (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDipa’s rehabilitation after a knee injury has been taking longer than usualDipa had missed the Asian Championships in Mongolia last monthDipa aggravated her knee injury while participating in the Baku World Cup in MarchAce gymnast Dipa Karmakar’s rehabilitation will take more time, said her coach Bisweswar Nandi casting a long shadow over her participation in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.”Dipa’s rehabilitation is still going on and it will go on for some time now,” Nandi told IANS on Monday.Dipa’s rehabilitation after a knee injury has been taking longer than usual and that forced her out of the Asian Championships which took place in Mongolia last month, where Pranati Nayak clinched a bronze medal in vault event.”We cannot do anything right now. We will act according to doctor’s advice. I won’t risk her unless she is completely fine. Once she is fine, I will consult the doctor and the physio,” Nandi conceded.The Tripura girl, who missed out on a medal by a whisker at the 2016 Rio Olympics, will now face an uphill task to be ready in time for the World Championships in Germany, starting October 4-13, which will serve as the qualifying event for the Tokyo Olympics.Asked about a timeline as to when she can return to action with the Olympics less than one year to go, Nandi sounded non-committal.”I can’t say anything about her Olympics participation at the moment. It won’t be fair for me to comment. I need to talk to the doctor first.”I cannot tell you when she will return, I cannot give a tentative timeline. Like I said, her rehabilitation is still going on and it will go on.”Nandi remained hopeful of a comeback, nonetheless.advertisement”But one thing I can tell you, we haven’t lost hope yet. Now it all depends on the condition of her feet, doctor and physio. Even if there is one percent pain, we won’t risk her,” he added.For gymnasts to seal an Olympics berth, the qualification system comprises eight World Cups. The top three in these events make the cut.Dipa aggravated her knee injury while participating in the Baku World Cup in March. She has been recovering since then and could not take part in the World Cup in Doha, losing crucial ranking points in the process.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Dipa KarmakarFollow 2020 Tokyo OlympicsFollow Bisweswar Nandi Can’t say anything about Dipa Karmakar’s Olympics participation: Coach Bisweswar NandiDipa Karmakar had missed out on a medal by a whisker at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and will now face an uphill task to be ready in time for the World Championships in Germany, starting October 4-13.advertisement Next
Shweta Ganjoo New DelhiJuly 29, 2019UPDATED: July 30, 2019 08:56 IST HIGHLIGHTSByju secured a funding of $150 million earlier this month.The funding increased the valuation of Byju to $5.7 billion.The latest round of funding made Byju Raveendran India’s newest billionaire.Byju, the Banglore-based tutoring app, secured a funding of $150 million earlier this month. The deal raised the valuation of the company to $5.7 billion and making its chief executive officer Byju Raveendran India’s newest billionaire.For those of you who don’t know, Byju – The Learning App, which is the new official sponsor for the Indian cricket team, was launched by Raveendran, an engineer who started coaching classes for students back in 2006. Gradually, the popularity of his classes increased and soon Raveendran, who grew up in a village on India’s southern coast saw himself teaching thousands of students in sports stadiums and commuting between multiple cities on the weekends. This prompted Raveendran, who owns roughly 21 per cent in the company, to start an educational company called Think and Learn in 2011 wherein he offered online lesson to students. The success of his venture lead Raveendran to launch the main app in 2015.His business has grown exponentially since the launch of the app and today the app has more than 35 million subscriber over 2.4 million of which pay an annual fees ranging between Rs 10,000 to Rs 12,000. This phenomenal growth enabled the company to become profitable by the end of March 2019, Bloomberg reported. This prompted the Raveendran to seek funding from long term investors, which ultimately lead him to secure the latest round of funding from Qatar Investement Authority.What was the ultimate confirmation of Byju vision was the interest of some of the biggest venture capitalist giants such as Naspers Ventures, Tencent Holding, Sequoia Capitals and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan in his app.advertisementThe company is now expected to post a revenue of $435 million in the year ending in 2020.Interestingly, the report about the company’s valuation concides with the announcement by Byju, that has been named after its founder and who along with his brother and his wife own 35 per cent stake in the company, coincides with the announcement that it will partner with Walt Disney Corporation that will enable him to launch his app in the US with popular charcters from The Lion King and Frozen in early 2020.”We are customizing Disney Byju’s to the American and British school curriculum…The characters have universal appeal,” Byju founder told the publication.ALSO READ: | Soon you will be able to use WhatsApp even when your smartphone is turned offALSO READ: | Apple admits its contractors regularly listen to small parts of Siri’s voice recordingsALSO READ: | Apple may launch two additional iPad models later this yearGet 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 byShweta Ganjoo Tags :Follow BYJUFollow Byju Raveendran Next 37-Year-old Byju CEO becomes India’s latest billionaireByju has partnered with Walt Disney Corporation to launch the app in the US with popular characters from The Lion King and Frozen in early 2020.advertisement
Ashes 3rd Test: Getting batting order right key for England in Steve Smith absenceAbsence of Steve Smith, who has proven almost immovable so far this series, will give England a boost, given Matthew Wade is the only other Australian batsman with a century and only two others have passed 50.advertisement Reuters LeedsAugust 21, 2019UPDATED: August 21, 2019 22:25 IST Australia won the first Ashes Test while second Test ended on draw. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSConcussion ruled out Steve Smith from the third Ashes TestEngland have named the same 12-man squad for the third test in West YorkshireJason Roy’s form continues to be a worry for EnglandThe absence through injury of leading Australia batsman Steve Smith gives England a golden chance to level the Ashes series in the third test at Headingley, but the hosts must resolve their own batting problems first.Smith, who averages 126 in the series which Australia lead 1-0, was struck by a bouncer from fast bowler Jofra Archer in the first innings of the second Test at Lord’s and was replaced by concussion sub Marnus Labuschagne for the second innings.Initially, Smith passed a concussion test and was allowed to return to the field and complete his innings, but his condition worsened and Cricket Australia (CA) confirmed he is not fit to play in the third test, which starts on Thursday.The absence of a man who has proven almost immovable so far this series will give England a boost, given Matthew Wade is the only other Australian batsman with a century and only two others have passed 50.However, England have their own issues to address. Questions remain over their top order, with Jason Roy, a specialist opening batsman in one-day cricket, continuing to struggle.”Opening the batting in a test in England should be a specialist position yet someone like Jason Roy will probably only come off once in about 20 innings playing the way he does at the top of the order,” former England captain Nasser Hussain wrote in the Daily Mail newspaper.”He is obviously a special talent in white-ball cricket but at this level against the moving ball I maintain Roy’s best position in test cricket is in the middle order.”advertisementEngland have named the same 12-man squad for the third test in West Yorkshire, but it does appear they are considering moving Roy down the order.”We think we’ve got the best seven batters available to us,” England coach Trevor Bayliss said. “Whether we can change it round and make that (order) any better, I’m not sure, but we’ll certainly have a discussion about it.””Personally, I think he (Roy) probably is suited to the middle order.”Roy produced his most convincing innings of his fledgling international test career when scoring 72 batting at number three against Ireland, as opposed to 45 runs from five innings when opening.CHANGING ORDERMoving Roy will likely see Joe Denly open, with the pressure mounting on the 33-year-old given his highest score of the series is 30 so far.Captain Joe Root is another who has not reached his usual high level, averaging less than 25. Moving him further down the order to number four, his usual position, is also a possibility.”We are going to lose arguably our best batter,” Australia coach Justin Langer said. “It is not unlike England losing James Anderson, he’s arguably their best bowler. You take your best players out it always has an impact.”With England able to replace Anderson with the ferocious Archer in the last test, both teams remained evenly matched, with England almost able to sneak victory on the final day.Taking Smith’s runs out of the equation should, in theory, give England the edge, but there is hope for Australia in Smith’s likely replacement Labuschagne, who scored a gritty 59 as Australia saw out the draw at Lord’s.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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow England VS AustraliaFollow Ashes test
Press Trust of India JaipurSeptember 21, 2019UPDATED: September 21, 2019 22:40 IST Shrikant Jadhav helped UP Yoddha to a comfortable win (Twitter: @prokabaddi)HIGHLIGHTSJaipur Pink Panthers will rue missing out on a win despite being on a healthy leadThe 1st match saw some extraordinary display of defences from both the sidesThe match between UP Yoddha and Tamil Thalaivas turned out to be a one-sided encounterHosts Jaipur Pink Panthers played out a highly entertaining 28-28 tie against Gujarat Fortunegiants in the 100th match of Pro Kabaddi League season seven here on Saturday.In the second match, UP Yoddha defeated Tamil Thalaivas 42-22 in a one-sided encounter.In the first match, both defences produced a masterclass in the match of the Jaipur leg in front of a packed audience at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium but the Pink Panthers will rue missing out on a win despite taking a healthy lead for the most part of the first half.Both teams started the match with aggressive defensive shapes. The raiders struggled to get a stranglehold of the match as the defenders kept putting in successful tackles.The Pink Panthers, boosted by the return of Vishal, looked slightly better, and the marginal difference in quality was all the Pink Panthers needed to inflict an All-Out on the Gujarat Fortunegiants in the 13th minute.The All-Out also opened a 6-point lead for the home side.Both sets of raiders continued to be below average post the All-Out with only Jaipur captain Deepak Niwas Hooda impressing in his raids as Gujarat coach Manpreet Singh looked distraught from sidelines.The first half ended 15-10 with Jaipur on top.Jaipur started the second half on the front foot with Vishal picking up a High 5 but the Gujarat defence picked their game up to halt the Jaipur dominance.The visitors picked up their All-Out in the 7th minute of the second half to cut short Jaipur’s lead to two points. The match continued to be played on the defence as both sets of defenders kept thwarting all the raiders who came their way.advertisementGujarat moved to a three-point lead with less than four minutes left in the match through a successful raid by Sachin and a tackle by Parvesh Bhainswal.But Vishal pulled out a successful Super Tackle to once again make it a one-point match in the dying minutes.Nitin Rawal pulled out another Super Tackle to level the points at 24-24 with under three minutes left to play.Gujarat must have felt like they had secured a tie when they successfully tackled Deepak Hooda but Jaipur’s Nitin Rawal produced yet another Super Tackle to give the Pink Panthers the lead.The Jaipur all-rounder secured his High 5 in the process but he was tackled in the final play of the match by Gujarat to end the match in a tie.Also Read | PKL 2019 highlights: Puneri Paltan beat Bengaluru Bulls, Telugu Titans and Patna Pirates settle for tieFor 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 Pro Kabaddi 2019Follow Jaipur Pink PanthersFollow Gujarat FortunegiantsFollow UP YoddhaFollow Tamil Thalaivas Next PKL 2019 Highlights: Pink Panthers vs Gujarat Fortunegiants tied, UP Yoddha beat Tamil ThalaivasHome team Jaipur Pink Panthers played out a highly entertaining 28-28 tie against Gujarat Fortunegiants in the 100th match of Pro Kabaddi League season seven.advertisement
How to Use a Vibrating Foam Roller Like Tom Brady The Best Diaper Bags for Stylish Dads Sleep With the Wolves in Canada’s Parc Omega The 5 Best Margarita Mixes to Stock Up On Right Now Editors’ Recommendations Have you ever wanted to a bag that you had in your head, but it didn’t exist anywhere you looked? We sure have, but didn’t want to take the time to sort through fabric, make our own pattern and sew it together. Who has time for that? Now the folks at Chrome have come up with the perfect solution so you can create your own Chrome bag.First, you select the bag style. You can choose from the Citizen or Mini Metro messenger bags, or the barrage backpack. Then, depending on the style, you select the colors — yellow, black, green, blue, olive, red, red-orange, purple, grey and the limited edition pink, green and orange — of the front, main body, side, flaps and panels, buckles, pockets and or strap. Once you’re finished with all that, you confirm your design, and voila — you can order your own custom-designed Chrome bag.The custom designs we spotted on the website had color palettes that ranged from red and black, to flourescent to navy and grey. You can tote it with you as you ride your bike throughout the city, or on your back as you walk that urban jungle. You’ll carry it around with the satisfaction of knowing that you created it all on your own.Best of all, you can upload your design onto the website and show off to your friends and say, “Hey guys, check out my new backpack — I designed it myself.” All your friends will be look at you and feel impressed.For more information, visit chromeindustries.com. It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt
The Best Sunglasses for Men this Season You know that favorite pair of jeans in your closet? The ones that look so stylish, yet feel ultra comfortable? Well, imagine pairing that wardrobe stable with your furniture. That’s exactly what happened when furniture designer Stephen Kenn recently teamed up with the Simon Miller Design Studio.“The idea was to build the furniture with a similar mindset as the clothing,” says Daniel Corrigan, partner and co-creative director. “Focusing on the texture and material and how that will age over time.”The new Inheritance collection includes an array of pillows, table, chairs and sofa—all with a simple, streamlined design and very comfortable and livable for your home—but there’s more here than meets the eye. Each piece reflects a piece of history, as the material used to create the upholstery is repurposed military fabric.Kenn found his inspiration while digging through a military surplus store. The bins full of tents, parachutes, bags and clothing once used in WWII gave him a focal point for not only giving these items new life, but in creating furniture that reflects appreciation for our hard-fought freedom.Even better, they’ve found a way to produce everything locally in Los Angeles. Kenn ties his furniture together with webbed WWII mule belts, replicas he hires a local webbing company to produce. The fabric is tediously hand-dyed by Noon Studio to create the comfort of a well-worn pair of jeans.The sofa is priced at $6,000. A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men Editors’ Recommendations How to Properly Polish Your Own Shoes It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt