The BCU International Stadium will host the 2008 X-Blades National Youth Championships from Wednesday, 17 September 2008 to Saturday, 20 September 2008.Approximately 2,000 players, officials, and spectators will attend the 2008 X-Blades National Youth Championships throughout the event. Coffs Harbour has been the home of National Touch events since 1997 with participants investing millions of dollars into the local Coffs Harbour economy over the years. The event will encompass the School Sport Australia nationals for 18’s Boys and 18’s Girls as well as a 20’s Boys and 20’s Girls division. The division has been combined in order to select final Australian teams in the 18’s Boys, 18’s Girls, 18’s Mixed, 20’s Boys, 20’s Girls, and 20’s Mixed.In all sixty teams will attend the event. The Sydney Mets will be looking to reclaim their 2007 title in the 18’s Boys but will face stiff competition from NSW Combined High Schools (NSWCHS) and Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST). QSST are defending champions in the 18’s Girls with NSWCHS being a major contender.In the 20’s, the Sydney Mets will be favourite in the Boys and Brisbane City Cobras will be tough to beat in the Girls division.Local hopes will rest in the Northern Eagles teams who are playing in all four divisions at the championships. The best chances lie with the Eagles 20’s Girls team, who are seeded fourth. They will look to Australian representative Stephanie Halpin for experience to take them through to the finals. They start their campaign against Victoria on Wednesday at 1.20pm. The 20’s Boys will face tough competition with last year’s grand finalists Southern Suns and 3rd seeds SQBD Sharks in their pool. They take on the Hunter Western Hornets at 10.50am on Wednesday.The 7th seeded 18’s Boys will have a tough challenge, having top seeds Sydney Mets in their pool. Their first match is against Sydney Rebels at 11.40am on the opening day. The 18’s Girls face 3rd seeds Brisbane City Cobras in their first game, on Wednesday at 11.40am.
Really? Man Utd player claims ‘90%’ of squad AGAINST Mourinhoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveA senior player says Jose Mourinho has lost “90 per cent” of the Manchester United locker room, it has been claimed.The Sun says backroom staff who have fallen out with the Portuguese boss are confident they will outlast him at the club.Mourinho branded Paul Pogba a “virus” infecting the dressing room after United drew 2-2 at Southampton two weeks ago.Yet one star seen as loyal to Mourinho is said to have told pals following the Saints game that 90 per cent of the squad no longer back the manager.And morale is believed to have fallen so far since then there are fears United could get a hiding at Liverpool.One member of staff who had a run-in with the manager is reported as saying: “I’ll be here long after he’s gone.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
DONE DEAL: Barnsley sign Fulham striker Cauley Woodrowby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarnsley have signed Fulham striker Cauley Woodrow on loan until January, when the deal will become permanent.The 23-year-old scored eight times in 54 league appearances for the Craven Cottage side.The former England Under-21 international also had loan spells with Southend, Burton and Bristol City.Woodrow, who could make his debut against Scunthorpe on Saturday, will replace Tom Bradshaw after he joined Millwall on Thursday. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Valencia coach Marcelino accepts he’s under pressureby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveValencia coach Marcelino accepts his job is under review.Los Che drew 1-1 at home to Real Valladolid at the weekend, heaping more pressure on the head coach.”My job strengthens me and it gives me comfort,” he said. “I do not feel anything else because we are not winning at the moment and all I want to do is win.”I have never been given an ultimatum; it is a personal matter.”We are winners and when we do not win, we cause disappointment.”The other day [against Valladolid], we deserved to win but we just were not capable of turning it into a victory.”That is what saddens me the most.”It has happened to us a lot just lately and when it happens frequently, we begin to feel disillusioned.”I was already aware of the meeting before the game and I am not worried because if the owner decides he wants to get rid of the coaching staff then there is nothing I can do about it and I have to respect his decision.”I am convinced that we are on the right track and because of that I am optimistic and confident that our luck will soon change.”We have scored 17 goals from 263 chances.”This is something that has to change; it cannot last forever.”
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Leicester likely to field fringe stars against Lutonby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City will ring in the changes as they face off against Luton Town in the Carabao Cup.With the club chasing a high Premier League finish this season, it is understandable they are willing to rotate their squad for a cup game against a lower division side.Brendan Rodgers will give chances to several of his fringe players and youngsters.Players who could feature in the game include Danny Ward, James Justin, Wes Morgan, Christian Fuchs and Demarai Gray.These players are either not in the squad for most Premier League games, or often find themselves on the bench.
Erick FowlerIt’s possible that no one will have a better National Signing Day than the Texas Longhorns. Charlie Strong already has several four-star commitments in the fold, and Manor (Tex.) five-star linebacker/defensive end Erick Fowler just flipped his commitment to UT after being pledged to LSU since June 2015. Reporter Victor Diaz is on the scene at Fowler’s announcement ceremony and has video. Manor’s Erick Fowler chooses #UT. Big get for the Longhorns. pic.twitter.com/NghaFU7N7j— Victor Diaz (@VictorOchoDiaz) February 3, 2016Manor is the No. 7 outside linebacker in the 2016 class according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.
When Steven Bergwijn left the Ajax academy at the tender age of 13, a career as a professional footballer seemed like a distant dream at best. But, whereas leaving the Amsterdam giants would be the end of the road for most players in that age category, it was only the beginning for Bergwijn. PSV were quick to let the versatile attacker know they would happily take him on board, and even though the move meant he would no longer be playing in his native Amsterdam, travelling back and forth to Eindhoven was not much of an obstacle. 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 “Leaving Amsterdam wasn’t that difficult to be honest, because my parents always supported me and drove me to Eindhoven and back all the time,” Bergwijn told Goal and Voetbalzone. “It did take a bit of time to get used to my new surroundings. You obviously end up in a different city, with different people. But they gave me a warm welcome.” Once fully integrated into the PSV academy, Bergwijn hit the ground running and he would soon make a name for himself at international level, too. The forward played a key role in Netherlands’ run to the final at the Under-17 Euros in 2014 and was voted player of the tournament after three goals in four appearances. Inevitably, Europe’s finest came knocking, but the ambitious youngster had no intention of leaving Eindhoven just yet. “No, I did not really consider leaving,” he added. “I was obviously still quite young and I really wanted to make it into the first team here.” And making it into the first team he did. Bergwijn was handed his first-team debut in the KNVB Beker win over Almere aged just 18 years and 21 days, before making his Eredivisie bow toward the end of the season. He would soon find out that there was a significant difference between breaking into the first team and becoming a key figure, however. “I would play one day, then sit on the bench the next and be back with Jong PSV again another week,” the forward continued. “That was quite difficult for me. You just have to be patient, though. PSV always wanted me to take things one step at a time and take it easy. “But in the end, you’ve all got to do it on your own. I never doubted myself. I have always been saying that I would make it as a professional player.” One of the coaches taking Bergwijn under his wing during those difficult days was Ruud van Nistelrooy and he has not forgotten about the former Manchester United striker’s influence. “I worked with him at the U-19 team and he was part of the coaching setup in 2017-18 as well,” the Netherlands international continued. “I learned a lot from him, especially when it comes to finishing.” Van Nistelrooy himself, meanwhile, has been impressed with Bergwijn’s development in recent years. “I think he’s shown great development over the last three years,” the current PSV U-19s boss said. “He’s playing more and more minutes every season. He’s playing every game now, he’s decisive with goals and assists. “He’s got a lot of personality as well, he’s got a very strong character, so he’s definitely one of the players with great potential.”With 15 goals and 13 assists from 41 appearances in all competitions in 2018-19, there is no denying Bergwijn has indeed become a decisive player for PSV under head coach Mark van Bommel. “I have a good relationship with Van Bommel,” the winger went on. “It’s hard to describe what it is that makes him such a good coach. Sometimes it almost feels like he is one of us. He knows what’s on our minds and what we’re thinking about. “He obviously used to be a player himself as well. That definitely makes a difference. It just helps in the relationship between players and coach.” His sublime performances have earned Bergwijn comparisons with Memphis Depay, another attacker who came through the ranks of the PSV academy, and he feels honoured to be likened to the club’s all-time record sale. “I’ve heard that comparison a lot of times,” he went on. “Memphis is a fantastic player, so it’s a compliment if people say that.” The inevitable next step would be a move abroad and his coach would not be surprised if Bergwijn commanded a similar transfer fee as when Depay joined Manchester United for an initial price of €34 million back in 2015. “It’s always difficult to compare players, but Memphis was playing more or less in the same position and has similar characteristics,” Van Bommel stated. “It could be possible that a club pay almost the same amount for Steven as they did for Memphis. “But the transfer market always changes, it also depends on which club is after a winger. Of course, wingers are always interesting, but it’s hard to say whether he will go for about €40m.” Manchester United are one of the clubs that have been credited with an interest in signing Bergwijn, with Tottenham, Inter and Ajax all believed to be keeping a close eye on his situation, too. Following in the footsteps of Depay and moving to Old Trafford might be an intriguing option, but the 21-year-old is in no rush to make a move and has no plans of leaving PSV for just any club. “Manchester United are definitely a nice club,” he admitted. “I am still only 21 and I am in no rush to leave PSV. It would have to be a good club that have a clear plan with me. “I also think that when you join a new club, perhaps a better team, you automatically raise your game because of the level of the other players on the training pitch. “If something good comes up, then yes, I would be ready for it. If that doesn’t happen, I will happily stay at PSV. I am happy here and feel comfortable at this club.” Regardless of whether a transfer happens this summer or not, Bergwijn is not afraid to set the bar high when it comes to his personal objectives. “I would love to win the Champions League, the Euros and the World Cup, all of them,” the gifted forward went on. That might be easier said than done, but there’s no denying Bergwijn has a knack for winning silverware. At the tender age of 21, the PSV star has already won three Eredivisie titles as well as two Johan Cruyff Shields.And it would be foolish to bet against Bergwijn adding to that in the years to come, be that with PSV or one of Europe’s superclubs.
COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: (R-L) Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines talk on the field prior to their game at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Ohio State and its football program are currently dealing with a major scandal. The Buckeyes are undergoing an investigation into Urban Meyer and how the domestic violence accusations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith were handled.The Ohio State-Michigan rivalry never sleeps, though, even amid a scandal. That’s what social media is suggesting, anyway.The Barstool Ohio State Twitter account tweeted out a photo this morning, taking a shot at the Wolverines.The tweet said, “They say Urban Meyer lied, but Michigan’s been lying for years.” It included a photo of Michigan’s “Those Who Say Will Be Champions” slogan.They say Urban Meyer lied, but Michigan’s been lying for years. pic.twitter.com/OAJikDJnEf— Barstool OSU (@BarstoolOSU) August 7, 2018Former Ohio State football star Michael Thomas reacted to the photo with the following tweet:“ON EVERYTHING #GOBUCKS,” he tweeted.ON EVERYTHING ?? #GOBUCKS https://t.co/0AgRwGtQDU— Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) August 7, 2018Urban Meyer has not lost to Michigan as Ohio State’s head coach.The Buckeyes and the Wolverines are set to play on Nov. 24 at noon. This year’s game is taking place in Columbus, Ohio.
DALLAS, TX – OCTOBER 06: Sam Ehlinger #11 of the Texas Longhorns looks for an open receiver against the Oklahoma Sooners in the first half of the 2018 AT&T Red River Showdown at Cotton Bowl on October 6, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)The Oklahoma Sooners, the No. 7 team in the country, entered the Red River Rivalry game against Texas with College Football Playoff aspirations. They’re probably out the door after the defensive effort OU put forth on Saturday afternoon.Through three quarters, Texas has put up 45 points and 423 yards of offense. The Longhorns have had their way with the Sooners through the air, to put it mildly. Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger is 18-of-24 for 272 yards with two touchdowns. He’s also rushed for three more touchdowns on the ground. It’s currently 45-24 in favor of UT.Oklahoma’s offense has been solid, but it hasn’t been enough to stay with the red-hot Longhorns. Texas has punted just one time through three quarters.Oklahoma’s defense has been so bad that a number of Sooners fans left after the third quarter. They’d seen enough:There are Oklahoma fans starting to leave the stadium right now. Some of them have given up.— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) October 6, 2018OU fans pouring out of the Cotton Bowl with almost 14 minutes left.— Kirk Bohls (@kbohls) October 6, 2018It’s all adding up to a likely Texas win in the Red River Rivalry game for the first time since 2015. Oklahoma had won six of the last eight contests between the two.It also gives Texas a huge leg up in the Big 12. The Longhorns have lost a game, but it came against Maryland in a non-conference game.It’s going to be a long week – and year – in Norman.Update: Texas wound up winning the contest, but it wasn’t without drama. Oklahoma scored three touchdowns in the final nine minutes to eventually tie the game at 45-45. The Longhorns needed one final drive – capped off by a field goal from Cameron Dicker – to emerge victorious.
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 08: Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a pass in the second quarter of the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ohio Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Ohio State moved to 6-0 on the season yesterday. The Buckeyes pulled away from Indiana in the second half and won 49-26 on Homecoming.Dwayne Haskins delivered another monster performance at quarterback, keeping himself in the Heisman conversation. Haskins completed 33-of-44 passes for 455 yards and six touchdowns.In doing so, he just missed surpassing the Ohio State single-game passing yardage record of 458, held by Art Schlichter.For the season, Haskins has thrown for 1,919 yards and 25 touchdowns against just four interceptions. He’s rolling, and he doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.Responding to a tweet from the OSU football account last night, Haskins reiterated that he and his team are not finished yet.“We’re going to do what we have always done. Put our head down and work.. #GoBucks #Brotherhood,” he tweetedWe’re going to do what we have always done. Put our head down and work.. #GoBucks #Brotherhood https://t.co/IckQgT2op6— Dwayne Haskins, Jr? (@dh_simba7) October 7, 2018Ohio State plays Minnesota, Purdue and Nebraska in its next four games. Those should be three relatively easy wins.The next test for the Buckeyes appears to be at Michigan State on Nov. 10.
You can add another name to the list of college football head coaches that’ve been fired this season.Central Michigan University announced this evening a change in its football program.John Bonamego, Central Michigan’s head football coach, will not return in 2019.Central Michigan Announces Football Leadership Change https://t.co/oA9DOi3UsI— CMU Football (@CMU_Football) November 24, 2018From the school:“Making a leadership change is a difficult decision, especially when you know that coach has given his all to CMU,” Alford said. “After conducting a 360-degree evaluation of the program, it was clear that a change is needed if we are going to compete for and win championships. We greatly appreciate all that John has done for his alma mater and wish him the best moving forward.”Bonamego just finished his fourth season at CMU with an overall record of 22-29 and a MAC record of 15-17. The Chippewas were 1-11 overall, 0-8 in conference action this past season.Cory Hall will provide leadership for the program until a new head coach is named.Central Michigan went 1-11 this season.
NORMAN, OK – OCTOBER 18: An Oklahoma Sooners helmet is seen during warmups before the game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Kansas State Wildcats October 18, 2014 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. The Wildcats defeated the Sooners 31-30. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Oklahoma is about to kick off against Alabama in the Orange Bowl in the second College Football Playoff semifinal. It looks like they will have Marquise Brown on the field tonight.The electrifying Brown has been dealing with the effects of an ankle injury he suffered in the Big 12 Championship Game. His status was in doubt in the weeks leading up to the game.According to Oklahoma, Brown will play tonight.What remains to be seen is how effective he will be.“He’s going to give it a go.” – OU officials via Chris Plank on Hollywood Brown just now. Doesn’t sound overly encouraging, compared to what he’s been prior to the Texas game— Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) December 30, 2018Brown has been Kyler Murray’s top target this season. He’s made 75 receptions for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns.Alabama and Oklahoma will kick off in a few minutes on ESPN.The winner will play Clemson in the national title game. The Tigers beat Notre Dame 30-3 in the Cotton Bowl.
The 6-foot-4, 305-pound Winfrey arrived at Iowa Western via Roselle (Ill.) Lake Park High School. He appeared in 11 games last season, recording 27 tackles, four sacks and a forced fumble.Winfrey’s best game came against Fort Scott, when he compiled two sacks and three tackles for loss in a 39-7 win.He’ll play the 2019 season at Iowa Western before finishing his career at the four-year school of his choice. One of the top junior college recruits in the 2020 cycle has narrowed down his list of offers considerably this weekend.Council Bluffs (IA) Western Community College defensive tackle Perrion Winfey, who holds 20 scholarship offers, has officially decided on a top eight. He released it this afternoon.Winfrey’s top eight consists of Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State and Texas.Just want to thank the LORD for putting me in the position I’m in today🙏🏾….. as of right now these are my TOP 8 University’s pic.twitter.com/d0F55iegUx— Perrion Winfrey🦍 (@perrionwin) May 26, 2019
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 05: Quarterback Ricky Stanzi #12 of the Iowa Hawkeyes leads his team onto the field against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the FedEx Orange Bowl at Land Shark Stadium on January 5, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)Over the past few years, Ohio State and Michigan have been the only true contenders in the Big Ten. However, this upcoming season presents a golden opportunity for teams like Iowa to take a leap forward.Last season, the Hawkeyes finished with a 9-4 record. Head coach Kirk Ferentz led his squad to an impressive victory over Mississippi State in the Outback Bowl.Iowa lost its two biggest playmakers on offense to the NFL Draft, as both T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant were first-round picks. Fortunately, quarterback Nathan Stanley decided to return for his senior season.On the defensive side of the ball, the Hawkeyes are led by A.J. Epenesa, who many consider to be an elite prospect for the 2020 NFL Draft. First two seasons of collegeNick Bosa (7 starts): 13.5 sacks, 23 TFL, one forced fumbleAJ Epenesa (0 starts): 15 sacks, 22 TFL, five forced fumblespic.twitter.com/QdFQWjzeh6— Thor Nystrom (@thorku) May 28, 2019Although Iowa isn’t projected to win the Big Ten this upcoming season, fans should expect another solid year.247Sports’ Jordan James predicts Iowa to finish with a strong 9-3 record. All three losses in this prediction come on the road to the hands of Michigan, Northwestern and Nebraska.This projection does have Iowa going undefeated at Kinnick Stadium, which would greatly help its chances of making an elite bowl game.We’ll see if the Hawkeyes can meet these expectations or perhaps even surpass them in 2019.[247Sports]
McElroy recently stated that he thinks Kirby Smart will bring a championship to the program. Well, he decided to double down on those remarks with his latest take on Georgia.From DawgNation:“I love Georgia this year, I really do,” said McElroy. “I’d be absolutely shocked if Georgia’s not in the College Football Playoff conversation.”Fans in Tuscaloosa might not be fond of McElroy’s comments, but the reality is that Georgia is a threat to make the College Football Playoff.If Georgia can find its way into the SEC Championship, then it’ll most likely face Alabama.Maybe the third time around will be the difference for the Bulldogs.[DawgNation] ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Deandre Baker #18 of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts to an interception during the third quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Despite not winning a national championship in decades, the Georgia Bulldogs are knocking on the doorstep. This could finally be the year that Kirby Smart leads the program to its first title since 1980.Georgia has all the makings of a contender with its elite quarterback play, strong running game and physical defense. Unfortunately, Alabama has proved to be too much to handle in recent memory.While the Crimson Tide are a threat to stop the Bulldogs once again, one of their former players is pretty confident in his alma mater’s rival.Former Alabama quarterback and ESPN analyst, Greg McElroy, shared his thoughts on Georgia heading into next season.
AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 26: A general view of play between the UTEP Miners and the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 26, 2009 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Kendrick Blackshire isn’t ready to make his decision just yet, but the four-star linebacker is certainly fond of the Texas Longhorns. He recently opened up about his recruitment, revealing that he’s highly considering the Big 12 program.Blackshire is the No. 4 inside linebacker and No. 27 recruit from Texas in the 2021 class, per 247Sports.Texas is in contention for Blackshire, but it will have to beat out other top schools. Alabama, LSU and Oklahoma are also in the mix for his commitment.Although the Longhorns have their work cut out for them, it sounds like Blackshire has already established a solid relationship with the program. It’s possible that his connection with defensive coordinator Todd Orlando could influence his decision.From 247Sports:“I love Texas,” he said. “Me and coach Orlando, we talk all the time. I can call him in a second and then just call him. We’ve got a very good close relationship. He tells me where he thinks I fit in the defense. He tells me where he sees me in the Texas program. It sounds pretty pleasing.”Blackshire plans to visit Texas for its two biggest games of the season against LSU and Oklahoma.The Longhorns have the No. 4 recruiting class for 2021, which features a commitment from four-star wideout Quaydarius Davis.Tom Herman doesn’t currently hold a commitment from a 2021 defensive recruit, but that will change if they land Blackshire. He says that he isn’t planning to make a decision until next summer, though, so every team in this recruitment has some time to wait unless plans change.[247Sports]
India Today Web Desk MelbourneJanuary 20, 2019UPDATED: January 20, 2019 10:55 IST Glenn Maxwell has been leading the Melbourne Stars in the ongoing Big Bash League season (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMitchell Johnson says Glenn Maxwell is a cricket tragic and always keeps thinking about the gameJohnson is impressed with Maxwell’s leadership role for Melbourne Stars in the ongoing BBL seasonAustralia, under Aaron Finch, recently suffered their first-ever bilateral ODI series defeat at home to IndiaFormer Australia pacer Mitchell Johnson has said he believes Glenn Maxwell will be the ideal candidate to lead Australia at the Cricket World Cup, starting May 30 in England.Revealing that Maxwell had been quite vocal in team meetings at Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab during his Indian Premier League (IPL) stints, Johnson said Maxwell loves thinking about the game and has a presence in the dressing room to influence his teammates.Johnson’s surprising suggestion comes even as Maxwell is leading Melbourne Stars in the ongoing Big Bash League season. Apart from leading the team well, the all-rounder has made some useful contributions with both the bat and the ball as the Stars are on the fifth spot of the eight-team table with four wins from nine matches.Maxwell also pulled out of the IPL 2019 auction last month in order to focus on the preparations in the lead up to the World Cup and the much-anticipated Ashes series that follows the showpiece event in England.Maxwell is a cricket tragic, reads the game well: Johnson”My decision to pick Glenn Maxwell as captain might raise eyebrows,” Johnson wrote in his column for Perth Now.”But having played with him both for Australia and in the Indian Premier League, I can say that this polarising cricketer is misunderstood. He might not be your typical first-choice captain, though clearly Melbourne Stars have seen something in Maxwell. Leadership has helped him mature, helped to settle him and bring the best out of him.advertisement”I think we need our sportsmen to have a certain presence and have the confidence to give their opinion in a team environment and he definitely does that.”More importantly, Maxwell is a cricket tragic who loves the game and thinks deeply about it.”I spent a lot of time with Maxwell in the IPL at both Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab and he was always very vocal in team meetings particularly with planning such as fielding positions for certain players. He knows opposition players very well and he doesn’t forget much.”He reads the game well and that’s essential for a captain. Maxi is not a leader who will just let things roll on, either. He thinks outside the square. He is 30 now and knows the game inside out.”Australia are currently undergoing a crisis in the absence of their former captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner as the duo were banned in March last year over the infamous ball-tampering scandal. The reigning world champions have only won four of their last 24 completed matches.Doubts remain over the returns of Smith and Warner for the World Cup as both the players suffered elbow injuries during the ongoing season of Bangladesh Premier League. While Smith is all set to undergo surgery on his injured elbow, Warner is expected to be out for the remainder of the BPL season.Australia suffered their first-ever bilateral series defeat at home to India on Friday, days after their Test series defeat to the Asian giants. Aaron Finch, who was leading the ODI side, struggled to put bat to ball and the Johnson believes Maxwell will be able to take the pressure off the Australia opener if he is handed the captain’s role.Australia, who will host Sri Lanka in a two-Test series, will be touring the UAE (Pakistan series) and India for limited-overs series ahead of the World Cup.Also Read | 2019 World Cup: India looking at Rishabh Pant as backup top-order batsmanAlso Read | Pujara hundreds, Pant banter and Dhoni 2.0: Recapping India’s historic Australia tourAlso Read | Cricket a special part of my life but not the most important thing: Virat KohliAlso 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 Glenn MaxwellFollow 2019 Cricket World CupFollow Australia ODI cricket teamFollow Mitchell JohnsonFollow IPL 2019Follow Aaron FinchFollow Steve Smith Glenn Maxwell should lead Australia at World Cup 2019, says Mitchell JohnsonCricket World Cup 2019: Former Australia pacer Mitchell Johnson says he was impressed with the way Glenn Maxwell’s tactical knowledge during their time together at Indian Premier League.advertisement
BCCI to reward selectors with Rs 20 lakh each after maiden Test series win in AustraliaThe Board of Control for Cricket in India announced that each member of the selection committee will be rewarded for India’s first-ever Test series victory in Australia.advertisement Press Trust of India MumbaiJanuary 22, 2019UPDATED: January 22, 2019 17:21 IST Earlier this month, India won their first-ever Test series in Australia. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBCCI announced cash reward for selectorsBCCI also said all reserve players and support staff members will get cash prizeIndia earlier this month registered their first-ever Test series victory in AustraliaThe BCCI on Tuesday announced cash awards of Rs 20 lakh each for the senior selection committee members following India’s maiden Test series win in Australia.Virat Kohli led India to a historic 2-1 win in the four-Test series before capping the Australian tour with a maiden 2-1 triumph in the ODI series.”It has been decided that the selection committee comprising five members will get a bonus of Rs 20 lakhs each,” BCCI said in a release.The selection committee comprises chairman MSK Prasad, Devang Gandhi, Jatin Paranjpe, Gagan Khoda and Sandeep Singh.Committee Of Administrator (CoA) chairman Vinod Rai lauded the selectors for picking a balanced Indian squad during the Test and ODI series in Australia.”We are extremely proud of the way Team India have performed in Australia. We had announced cash rewards for cricketers and support staff earlier and are now rewarding selectors,” he said.”The five men have played a crucial role in picking a balanced Indian squad and offering the team management enough options to work around different combinations. The boys chosen to represent the Indian team went about their task in a fearless manner and stood up in challenging situations.”Member of CoA, Diana Edulji also acknowledged the role of the selectors in India’s performance Down Under.”Each member who has played a role in India’s recent triumphs in Australia needs to be appreciated. With the ICC Cricket World Cup just about four months away, the three-match ODI series in Australia provided excellent preparation for the Indian team,” he said.advertisement”The selectors have been focusing on a core group of cricketers that will make the cut at the showpiece event. I congratulate them for picking some fine young talents, who performed brilliantly on their maiden tour of Australia.”Earlier, BCCI had announced cash awards of Rs 15 lakhs per match for each of the playing eleven that featured in India’s maiden Test series win on Australian soil.The Indian board also announced cash awards for all the reserve players, as well as the members of the support staff.India will take on New Zealand in a five-ODI series starting with the first match at Napier Wednesday, besides playing a three-game T20I series.Also Read | MS Dhoni eyes Sachin Tendulkar’s record in New Zealand after hitting form in AustraliaAlso Read | Virat Kohli not New Zealand’s only concern: Ross Taylor wary of Rohit and DhawanAlso Read | New Zealand tough side but it will be advantage India: Madan LalFor 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 byPTI Tags :Follow BCCIFollow Indian selection CommitteeFollow India vs AustraliaFollow MSK Prasad
Virat Kohli plays out of his skin, his tempo incredible: Matthew HaydenFormer Australia opener Matthew Hayden said he has no words to describe Virat Kohli’s scoring form in ODI cricket. The India captain scored his 41st ODI hundred in India’s 32-run defeat in Ranchi on Friday. view more view less graphs scorecard commentary advertisement India Today Web Desk RanchiMarch 9, 2019UPDATED: March 9, 2019 08:32 IST Virat Kohli scored 123 on Friday, his 41st ODI century (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli notched up his second straight ODI hundred in Ranchi against AustraliaKohli broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record for the most number of ODI hundreds vs Australia at homeIt’s almost like one performance leads to the next. His tempo is incredible: HaydenFormer Australia opener Matthew Hayden said he was lost for words after Virat Kohli notched up his 41st ODI hundred in Ranchi on Friday. Despite the India captain’s 95-ball 123, India lost the third ODI to Australia by 32 runs.Hayden, a prolific scorer for Australia, said Virat Kohli’s ability to hit hundreds at will is “absolutely staggering” and the tempo with which he gets those runs is “incredible”.Hayden’s comments come after Kohli smashed his 41st ODI hundred at the JSCA International Cricket Stadium in Ranchi. Kohli’s 123 was also his second successive hundred in the ongoing five-match series, which India are leading 2-1.Kohli made batting look ridiculously easy even as his teammates were struggling to put bat to ball in India’s unsuccessful chase of 314 runs. Kohli smashed 16 boundaries and a six before he lost his wicket to Adam Zampa in the 38th over of the run chase.Notably, Friday’s hundred as Kohli’s eighth against Australia and third of the ongoing World Cup year. Kohli also broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record (4) for most centuries in India-Australia ODIs at home when he went past the three-figure mark in Ranchi.”Absolutely staggering. I am trying to think back, check the memory banks of brilliant players over the years. Maybe Brian Lara in his heyday, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly all these players have been on top of their game at various points in one-day cricket. But Virat Kohli is doing it so easy. He is drifting away to a hundred. Not only that, just the way he is transcending every game seems to be a different performance,” Hayden told Star Sports after Australia’s win on Friday.advertisementThe Australia great added: “Tonight, on a better wicket, he made it look so easy. He does play out of his skin. It was outstanding, no area was untouched. We all know, he loves playing through the mid-wicket area but tonight he played some cut shots and took on the spinners. It was just a remarkable innings, can’t say anything more than that.”I think he has always got the great energy and the intent and he’s got the fitness to be able to do it. It’s almost like one performance leads to the next. His tempo is incredible. We saw the likes of Vijay that had an opportunity to bat with him. That’s only going to be good for India ahead of the World Cup.”Following Virat Kohli’s dismissal, India struggled for momentum and were eventually bowled out for 281 in 48.2 overs.Meanwhile, Virat Kohli said he was disappointed with the way he got out. In one of the rare occasions wherein Kohli has failed to take India past the finish line, the skipper was castled by Adam Zampa in the 38th over of India’s chase. Nonetheless, Kohli acknowledged the class of the innings, saying it was one of his “finest knocks” in terms of ball hitting.”In terms of hitting the ball, it was one of my finest hundreds. I just felt really clear in my head from ball one. Even after three wickets I thought I should play my game and not think of what happens if I play my shots. I was very disappointed when I got out. I really thought we had a chance with the difference being 20 between balls and runs. Australia played better on the day,” Kohli said.Also Read | Virat Kohli: Disappointed with my dismissal, it was one of my finest hundredsAlso Read | This man has made it a joke: Mohammad Kaif after Virat Kohli’s 41st ODI hundredAlso Read | Virat Kohli hits 41st ODI hundred and breaks another Sachin Tendulkar recordFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow 3rd ODIFollow Virat KohliFollow Kohli hundredFollow Matthew Hayden No data available!
Next Abreshmina S Quadri BaselMarch 17, 2019UPDATED: March 17, 2019 22:57 IST Swiss Open 2019: B Sai Praneeth was up against world No.2 Shi Yuqi of China in the final. (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSB Sai Praneeth lost 21-19, 18-21, 12-21 to Shi Yuqi in Swiss Open finalIt took 68 minutes for world No.2 Yuqi to beat PraneethThis was Praneeth’s chance to win his first title in 2 yearsB Sai Praneeth faultered at the final stage of Swiss Open 2019 as he lost 21-19, 18-21, 12-21 to world No.2 Shi Yuqi of China on Sunday. Despite starting on a high note and dominating Yuqi for half of the match, errors creeped in for Praneeth towards the second half of the match as Yuqi took the title.This was Praneeth’s chance to bag his first title in two years and especially after the kind of form he was in throughout the tournament – he had not dropped a single game.Praneeth was in top form coming into the final as he absolutely outplayed Olympic champion Chen Long in the semi-final to set up the final date with Yuqi.However, it came down to fitness and ability to carry on for longer on the court where Yuqi took the cake.Praneeth showed the flair of the semi-final in the first game and his cross court shots were doing the job again.Within 10 minutes, Praneeth went into the break with an 11-9 lead in the first game.Praneeth had found his rhythm while Yuqi was struggling to read the deception Praneeth was playing with.Praneeth showed some exceptional control at the net and raced off to an 18-12 lead after the break.Yuqi, however, was not giving up as expected and kept Praneeth’s on his toes.Despite having a 19-16 lead, Yuqi stormed right back to make it 19-19 only for Praneeth to hold his nerves and close out the game 21-19 in 21 minutes.advertisementPraneeth began the second in a similar manner, finding the lines and troubling Yuqi with his all-court play.Praneeth had a good lead and was looking primed to take it but Yuqi shifted gears and began to take control.Errors began to creep in for Praneeth and Yuqi took the second game 21-18 in 26 minutes to force the decider.A third game is known to be a bit of achilles’ heel for Praneeth and the same showed up in Basel as Yuqi began to stay on top of Praneeth in the decider.Praneeth kept making errors and looked exhausted while Yuqi had found his reserve energy to carry on strong.In 13 minutes, Yuqi took an 11-7 lead into the break and never looked back from there.Praneeth attempted but in the end, Shi Yuqi was just too good. Yuqi took the decider in 21 minutes and won the title in 68 minutes.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 Tags :Follow Swiss Open 2019Follow B Sai PraneethFollow Shi Yuqi Swiss Open 2019: B Sai Praneeth settles for silver after final loss to Shi YuqiSwiss Open 2019: B Sai Praneeth could not upstage the world No.2 Shi Yuqi of China and lost 21-19, 18-21, 12-21 in the final at Basel on Sunday.advertisement