England Alli hits out at ‘noise’ from critics Guy Atkinson 17:23 6/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images England Friendlies Tottenham Hotspur Premier League World Cup As he prepares for his first World Cup, the England international is refusing to listen to criticism of his Spurs form during the 2017-18 campaign Dele Alli is not fazed by criticism of his form this season, insisting he is only motivated by the standards he sets for himself.The Tottenham midfielder – who played 82 minutes in England’s 2-1 win over Nigeria on Saturday – scored nine Premier League goals in 2017-18, half the amount he managed in the previous campaign.However, Alli has a different view of how his season has gone and is refusing to be distracted by the “noise” around his form ahead of the World Cup. 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 “Everyone has different opinions,” he said. “If this is a ‘bad season’ for me then I’m happy to take that as a compliment.”The only pressure I feel is the pressure I put on myself.”I am my own biggest critic. If you have the right focus, everything else is just noise.”My focus is on being the best player I can be – when you expect that from yourself no one can expect more from you.”I’ve worked hard to get this far but there’s always room for improvement.”I’m sure if you asked Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, the two best players in the world, they would say they can improve on something.”I want to keep on improving, I’m working with a good manager in Mauricio Pochettino who is hungry to help every player.”Alli has gained a reputation as someone who plays on the edge, but insists he will have no issues keeping a cool head at Russia 2018.”I wouldn’t say it’s something I’ve worked on,” he said. “I am a big believer that you have to make mistakes to learn from them anyway.”And, yeah, I feel I learned from the things I did before, but it’s not something I worry about at all.”Obviously, I’ve done some things before and people seem to think that will be a problem – but it’s not.”I feel I’ve got everything under control.”
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Cercle coach hails ‘incredible’ Chelsea whiz Kylian Hazard after career best performanceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder Kylian Hazard produced perhaps the performance of his career to inspire Cercle Brugge to victory over Anderlecht on Sunday.Hazard, on-loan at Cercle, scored his second goal of the season and produced a five-star performance as his team defeated Anderlecht 2-1.Cercle coach Laurent Guyot declared afterwards: “Kylian has shown that he has an incredible potential. “The next step now has to be that he also puts a little more regularity in his performance. Because this Kylian I want to see every game. The audience gave him an ovation, although his change was not meant as applause. “We did not have the result yet and we could use some extra energy.”Hazard is on-loan at Cercle to the end of this season. TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Galatasaray, Marseille join battle for Tottenham striker Llorenteby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe race for Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente is heating up.Llorente is prepared to leave Spurs next month after being restricted to a bit-part role this season.The centre-forward has talked up a return to former club Athletic Bilbao, however they’re not alone in their interest.Fotomac says Galatasaray and Marseille are also interested in Llorente.The 33 year-old’s contract runs out at the end of this season.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Guardiola admits Man City must take ‘big opportunity’ against Liverpoolby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePep Guardiola has admitted Manchester City have a big opportunity to chase down Liverpool with a victory on Thursday night.A victory will see City reduce the gap to the league leaders to four points.And Guardiola knows all three points will go a long way to keeping their title hopes alive.”I have the feeling it is a big opportunity for us to reduce the gap but our focus is the same,” Guardiola added. “Everybody asks what we are going to do if we lose, but we are going to try to make our game and to win it.”At the moment Liverpool are the best team in Europe for the way they play and control the details in their game. It’s a good challenge for us.”
TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea defender Zappacosta suffers serious knee injury at Romaby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender Davide Zappacosta has suffered a serious knee injury in training with AS Roma.The Italy international joined the Serie A outfit on loan until the end of the season on transfer deadline day after becoming surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.However, the 27-year-old is likely to be out for the rest of the campaign after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in a training session in a “non-contact incident”.Roma confirmed the full-back had successfully undergone surgery on his right knee in Rome to repair the ligament damage.”The club can confirm that Davide Zappacosta underwent surgery on Friday afternoon to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee,” a statement read.
Inter Milan superkid Sebastiano Esposito excited being part of Italy U18 squadby Carlos Volcano16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan superkid Sebastiano Esposito is delighted to be part of Italy’s U18 squad.Carmine Nunziata’s young Azzurri are preparing for the U-17 World Cup, which will start on 20 October in Brazil.Esposito told Sky Sport: “I’m really happy to be here, I’m enjoying being part of the National Team and I get on well with all the other guys here. It’s a great honour, a great source of pride to wear the Azzurri shirt. We want to make ourselves known at the World Cup for how we play and for the values of this team.“I have to remain calm and humble and I need to continue to work. Obviously, I have objectives and dreams, such as making my debut in Serie A and winning with both Inter and in the shirt of Italy.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Carlos Vela keen on Barcelona loan moveby Carlos Volcano12 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveLos Angeles FC striker Carlos Vela is hopeful of joining Lionel Messi in a loan spell at Barcelona once the MLS season is over.LaLiga giants Barça reportedly considered a left-field move for the former Arsenal and Real Sociedad forward in January as they sought cover for Luis Suárez. Vela told the New York Times: “Who could say no to playing with Messi for four months and then coming back to LA? Enjoy, learn and then come back home.” For now, Vela is focused on LAFC’s playoff campaign and an El Tráfico meeting with LA Galaxy in the Western Conference semi-finals on Thursday.”I have not had the pleasure [of meeting Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic],” Vela said, adding: “Maybe the people don’t really love my decision [to play in MLS]. But for me, it was the best option, and I’m really happy that I made it because I am enjoying it.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Claude Puel insists Leicester City can make no excuses after they suffered a humbling defeat to Newport County in the FA Cup third round.Padraig Amond’s late penalty sent Newport through on Sunday, three minutes after Rachid Ghezzal had cancelled out Jamille Matt’s opener.Leicester dominated at Rodney Parade, with Newport goalkeeper Joe Day in fine form behind the hosts’ stoic defence, while Marc Albrighton – who gave away the penalty – also hit the woodwork. 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? But Puel, who may now be back under pressure at Leicester despite a fruitful festive period which included Premier League wins over Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton, says his side should have had the quality to progress.”I think we had a good team with eight who played winning the title with Leicester, and a lot of experienced players and quality on the pitch,” Puel, who made seven changes from the side that beat Everton on New Year’s Day, told reporters.”I think we had enough quality on the pitch to qualify, I don’t want to look for excuses about this.”I think we lost together, we are all together disappointed and frustrated after this game, because it was an objective for us. This competition was important.”Magic of the Cup pic.twitter.com/pQs1KATK1H— The Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) January 6, 2019Captain Wes Morgan returned to Leicester’s side after a spell on the sidelines, and rued the visitors’ inability to convert more of their 24 shots at goal.”It was a difficult day,” Morgan told Leicester’s official website. “The magic of the FA Cup happened today, definitely.”I thought we played well, especially the second half. We had loads of half chances in very good positions where we should score.”On another day they all go in, but today it didn’t happen for us. I don’t want to take the shine away from Newport, it’s a big day for them.”I wouldn’t say they deserved it, but they battled to the end. Good luck to them.”
July 4 is known as Independence Day in America and for Arjen Robben in 2019 the date marked the perfect time to announce his split from the beautiful game.After playing over 500 matches for club and country, the Dutch winger has decided the time is right to fly away into retirement at the age of 35.And with a trophy haul that includes league titles across England, Germany, Netherlands and Spain – who can blame him? 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 While Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have battled it out publicly over the past decade for the crown of world’s best, Robben has operated eloquently in the shadows with his impressive achievements showing he is more than deserving of a place alongside this generation’s greatest. Inevitably wherever the Dutchman has gone in his career, success has always followed.Starting out in the Eredivisie with Groningen in 2000 as a 16-year-old, Robben ended his first season with the club as their player of the year.Sealing a move to PSV two years later, he hit the ground running, scoring 12 goals from 33 matches to taste league success for the first of what would be many times.After attracting interest from Manchester United, the pacey attacker moved to Chelsea in 2004 and despite a number of injuries, still managed to strike seven times as the Blues picked up the Premier League title – something they’d also replicate the following season. Robben’s three years in England ended with him claiming two league titles, two League Cups, one FA Cup and one FA Community Shield – a haul any foreign player today could only dream of. Real Madrid was the winger’s next stop where he once again experienced immediate success as he ended his first season in Spain with a La Liga title.Only one more campaign in Madrid would follow for Robben however with the arrival of Ronaldo among others leaving the Dutchman on the outer. “It was not just Ronaldo. Perez returned as the club’s president. He then bought Ronaldo but also Kaka, Benzema and Xabi Alonso,” Robben told Goal in May. “Real spent so much money and we were told that they needed to make a bit of money back on outgoing transfers.” Humbly bowing to the star power that surrounded him, Robben happily moved to Bayern and once again took very little time to shine as he finished as the club’s top scorer in the 2009-10 season and picked up a Bundesliga title in the process.While domestic success came incredibly easily for Robben, European glory proved a harder nut to crack but one he was always destined to prise open.In the 2012 Champions League final against Chelsea, the winger infamously had an extra-time penalty saved with his former team ultimately triumphing in a shootout. Back in the decider the following year, Robben returned with a vengeance and after setting up the opener, scored an 89th-minute winner as Bayern beat bitter rivals Borussia Dortmund 2-1. It was a man-of-the-match performance to rival any other considering the turmoil the Dutchman had gone through following his penalty miss the year before – with his own fans booing him during an exhibition match between Bayern and the Netherlands played in the aftermath. “For a moment I could not believe what was happening in our own stadium. I was shocked,” Robben said.Down but not out, Robben was always destined to pick himself back up after such disappointment and it was this innate ability to rebound both physically and mentally that ensures he leaves the game as a true legend. Despite playing consistently crucial roles in his team’s success over the years, Robben rarely got the individual recognition he deserved. The fact he never finished in the top three for Ballon d’Or voting is just one example of how the Dutch flyer managed to sneak under the radar. Unbelievably, even after winning the Champions League and a domestic treble in 2013, Robben still somehow finished eighth that year in voting. But for an attacker whose assist tallies were never far off his goal-scoring returns, it’s safe to say Robben was never a player looking for individual recognition. Incidentally, playing for his native Netherlands remains one of his crowning achievements, despite the fact he never lifted a trophy with the Oranje.”It might be a cliche, but there really is no better thing than playing for your own country,” Robben said at his retirement announcement.”In the end, I decided to quit in 2017 after 96 international caps. I got to play six big tournaments and was the captain during my last years with the team.”All together, it’s an unforgettable time that I’ll always cherish.”As one of the more intelligent footballers that have graced the pitch over the past two decades, Robben’s confirmation that he was hanging up his boots had a rather poetic feel to it.”It’s July again. The time for a soccer player to be preparing for the next season. Not me,” Robben said.”I’ve used the last couple of weeks to think things through. As everybody knows I took some time after my last match for Bayern Munich to make up my mind for the future. And now I have decided to end my career as a professional player.”This has been without a doubt the hardest decision I have had to make in my career. A decision in which ‘heart’ and ‘head’ bumped into each other. The love for the game and the conviction that you can still take over the world versus the reality that it doesn’t always go like you want it to and that you’re no longer a 16-year-old boy who doesn’t know what it’s like to be injured.”And with that thoughtful farewell, one of the game’s all-time greats has said goodbye but it’s safe to say he won’t be forgotten anytime soon and should be remembered alongside the very best of this generation.
Thomas Meunier put the onus on Paris Saint-Germain to provide clarity on his future by confirming he wants to remain at the club.Right-back Meunier joined the Ligue 1 giants back in 2016, however is out of contract in 2020. Reports have suggested links with a move to the Premier League this summer, but the 27-year-old has made it very clear that he wants to remain in the French capitalArsenal and Everton have reportedly expressed an interest in the Belgium international after Manchester United filled their vacancy in the position with the signing of Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare PSG could listen to offers if head coach Thomas Tuchel deems him surplus to requirements the player’s preference is to stay and fight for a new deal.”The club knows my intentions. I want to stay in Paris,” Meunier told France Football . “The executives know I am open to spending my fourth season here and to signing a new contract.”It will be their decision – everything is in their hands.”The player seems extremely settled in Paris, and he enjoys his time away from football in his adopted home. “When I have free time on weekends, I always do things for kids,” Meunier continued. “We often go to the Museum of Science and Industry. It’s great. “During the week, the Coach likes to set the training at the end of the afternoon. So, when my children are at school, I enjoy free time with my wife. We go to the cinema a lot. The cinema is just beautiful in the mornings. There are only three people in there, it’s perfect. We also see a lot of exhibitions. I love the Pompidou Centre. Paris is just amazing.”Meunier made 19 starts in Ligue 1 last season as he faced competition from 22-year-old Germany defender Thilo Kehrer and former Barcelona man Dani Alves, the latter who is now a free agent. It now seems like the former Club Brugge man is ready and willing to fight for his place at a club and in a city where both him and his family are extremely happy and settled.
Sebastian Rode has completed his return to Eintracht Frankfurt, signing a five-year deal after leaving Borussia Dortmund.Rode spent the second half of last season on loan at Eintracht, making 20 appearances in all competitions.And last season’s Europa League semi-finalists have now sealed a permanent deal for the midfielder, with a €4 million transfer fee reported to have changed hands. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Rode spent four years in Frankfurt earlier in his career before joining Bayern Munich for a short spell in 2014.”I’ve seen how strong Eintracht have become in the last six months,” Rode told the club’s official website. “I’m happy to remain a part of that.”The club’s hierarchy enthused about the signing of Rode, both for his on-field impact and his connection to the city.“We all saw how important Sebastian was for us,” former Germany international Fredi Bobic, now an executive with the Bundesliga club said.“He improved our game significantly when he joined last January. He’s also a local lad, and we’ve always said we’ll try and bring players like that to the club.“The fact we’ve been able to do that shows we’re taking the next step in our development.Rode could miss the start of the new Bundesliga season as he is still recovering from a knee injury sustained in the Europa League last-four tie against Chelsea, but the club say he’s making ‘excellent progress’ in his rehabilitation.Frankfurt had a disappointing finish to the 2018-19 season which promised much as they entered the final stages.They were in fourth place in the Bundesliga with weeks to go in the season, a position which would have brought them Champions League football.They slipped away though, allowing Leverkusen, Borussia Monchengladbach and Wolfsburg to bypass them as they dropped to seventh, meaning they must play Europa League qualification matches.They won the first leg of their qualifier 2-1 away against Flora Tallinn of Estonia.Their semi-final defeat by Chelsea in that competition last season snuffed out their hopes of making Europe’s premier club competition by that route, but their lead from the game against Flora will give them hope they can compete for entrance to the Champions League on two fronts again next season.
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Urban Meyer and Ohio State are officially in panic mode against Nebraska this afternoon. The Buckeyes are losing to the Huskers and Dwayne Haskins just threw an interception to begin the second half. Things are bad.This is all coming after Ohio State’s blowout loss to Purdue two weeks ago. The Buckeyes have had to hear about how disappointing that loss was and deal with questions swirling about Meyer’s future in Columbus.There are some who believe Meyer will be gone from Columbus after the 2018 season, though the Buckeyes’ coach maintains that he plans on being there.College football insider Sports By Brooks spoke with an Ohio State booster this week. Here’s what he said:“If Urban Meyer does not return to coach Ohio State in 2019, it will be his own decision, sources tell Sports by Brooks. Billionaire Leslie H. Wexner, the man most responsible for Urban Meyer being hired by Ohio State – and Jim Tressel’s ouster – will not push Meyer out as Ohio State coach after the 2018 season, sources tell Sports by Brooks. If Urban Meyer elects not to return as head coach of Ohio State in 2019, the current leading candidate to replace him is current Ohio State Co-Head Coach Ryan Day, sources tell Sports by Brooks,” he reports.Billionaire Leslie H. Wexner, the man most responsible for Urban Meyer being hired by Ohio State – and Jim Tressel’s ouster – will not push Meyer out as Ohio State coach after the 2018 season, sources tell Sports by Brooks.— Sports by Brooks (@SportsbyBrooks) October 31, 2018Back on the field, Ohio State is trailing Nebraska, 21-16, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.The Ohio State-Nebraska game is on FOX.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 13: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide leads his team on the field to face the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)It’s officially rivalry week for Alabama and Auburn, as the Crimson Tide and the Tigers are now just days away from their regular season finale. It should be a good one.Alabama, of course, has been the most dominant team in the country for the entire 2018 college football season. The Crimson Tide are undefeated and will look to remain unbeaten when they square off against their rival on Saturday afternoon.Auburn, meanwhile, will be looking to play spoiler. The Tigers have had a somewhat disappointing year, but that can change – drastically – with an upset win over Nick Saban and Co. on Saturday.Who’s going to emerge with the victory?An early prediction has been made.ESPN’s Football Power Index is giving No. 1 Alabama a 91.1 percent chance to win this game, giving Auburn just an 8.9 percent chance at pulling off the upset.That seems like a pretty fair prediction, too. No one is going to be picking Auburn in this one.Alabama and Auburn are set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. E.T. on Saturday.The game will be on CBS.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – SEPTEMBER 29: Kirk Herbstreit plays catch before the game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Ohio State Buckeyes on September 29, 2018 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit has taken to Twitter to react to the two College Football Playoff games from Saturday night.We had No. 1 Alabama defeating No. 4 Oklahoma in a game that got a little closer than expected in the second half.Earlier, No. 2 Clemson had its way with No. 3 Notre Dame, blowing out the Fighting Irish over the course of four quarters.Now, we’ll get Alabama and Clemson in the national title game – again.Here’s what Herbstreit said about last night’s results:“Congrats to both @AlabamaFTBL and @ClemsonFB on advancing to the National Title. Most of us expected this to be the most likely match up back in August and now we get it. On my way now to Pasadena for the @rosebowlgame first! Pumped and honored to call both games!” he tweeted.Congrats to both @AlabamaFTBL and @ClemsonFB on advancing to the National Title. Most of us expected this to be the most likely match up back in August and now we get it. On my way now to Pasadena for the @rosebowlgame first! Pumped and honored to call both games!— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) December 30, 2018Alabama and Clemson are set to meet in the national title game next Monday night.The game is set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T.It will be televised on ESPN.
BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: A general view of play between the Auburn Tigers and the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)LSU lost a four-star wide receiver recruit last night when Spanish Fort (Ala.) prospect Kris Abrams-Draine decommitted from the Tigers.Abrams-Draine originally committed to LSU over a year ago, in March 2018. However, he recently attended a Junior Day at Tennessee and was offered by Georgia Tech.Abrams-Draine also holds offers from Arkansas, Florida, Florida Atlantic, Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska and others.“First of all I would like to thank the LSU coaches for recruiting me, but after careful consideration with my family and coaches, I have decided to decommit from the Louisiana State University,” he wrote on Twitter. “Please respect my decision.”pic.twitter.com/JpIxBthCkw— Kris Abrams-Draine😈 (@KD1ERA) April 5, 2019Abrams-Draine is the No. 15 prospect in Alabama and the 69th-rated wide receiver in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Even with his decommitment, LSU is in good shape with 2020 recruiting. The Tigers currently have the No. 4 class in the country.You can see 247Sports’ full Composite Team Rankings list here.
Alabama and LSU take spots No. 3 and 4 respectively. SEC runner-up Georgia is No. 6, while powerhouses Florida and Texas A&M are ranked 8 and 9.Notre Dame comes in at No. 5, while rival Michigan comes in at No. 7.Rounding out the list at No. 10 is a team that Clemson has plenty of familiarity with: The Miami Hurricanes.There are still plenty of elite recruits waiting to make their decision so these rankings are still subject to change. But for now it would seem that the elite programs are in little danger of losing ground any time soon. CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 01: Defensive lineman K.J. Henry #13 of the Clemson Tigers reacts as he runs off the field with teammates defensive end Xavier Kelly #22, safety Nolan Turner #24, and linebacker Jalen Williams #30 after the Tigers force a Furman Paladins fumble during the fourth quarter of the football game at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)The summer has brought a lot of changes to the college football recruiting landscape. Dozens of rising seniors have announced their commitments in the past few weeks and months, which have in turn caused the rankings to change abruptly.The latest college football rankings on 247Sports show that there is still one constant: Clemson as the No. 1 team in the nation. With five 5-star prospects recruited – more than any two programs combined – and 18 overall commitments, the Tigers looking forward to what may be a historically strong class.Recently rising into No. 2 in the nation is Ohio State, which added its 10th four-star recruit this week. The Buckeyes find themselves at the spot for the first time since the recruiting process began.As for the remaining teams in the top 10, the list is heavily represented by the SEC.
CHARLOTTE, NC – DECEMBER 02: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers looks on against the Miami Hurricanes in the first quarter during the ACC Football Championship at Bank of America Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The Associated Press preseason top 25 was released earlier today. Not surprisingly, Clemson checked in at No. 1 overall.It is the first time ever that the Tigers are the preseason No. 1, which accounts for another milestone they’ve achieved under Dabo Swinney. They were the preseason No. 2 team in 2016 and 2018.Clemson picked up 52 first-place votes, with Alabama garnering the other 10.Coming off an undefeated season and the program’s second national title in four years, how does Swinney feel about his team being ranked first in the nation?He doesn’t feel much about it at all, it seems.Dabo Swinney on #Clemson being ranked preseason No. 1: “I guess that means that people think we’ve got a good team coming back, and that probably means that we were a good team last year.” Adds that he doesn’t care all too much about preseason rankings.— Alex Maminakis (@alexmaminakis) August 19, 2019Swinney went on to expound on his thoughts on preseason rankings, which he doesn’t put too much stock in.“Unless they bring us a trophy and tear the concrete out over there and put the preseason champs up there, I don’t think we’re going to do that,” he told reporters. “So it just doesn’t matter. That’s probably the only con is it just creates conversation that’s unnecessary because it’s not worth the paper it’s printed on. All you’ve gotta do is take the last 10 years the preseason polls and a lot of those teams in the top five don’t even finish ranked. A lot of the teams in the top 10 don’t even finish in the top 25. So I just have a perspective of it. And I’ve been on the other side of it when we haven’t been ranked in the top 25 and finished ranked.”Of course, Dabo is going to downplay the hype and expectations going into this season. He’s a typical head coach in that respect.Behind the scenes though, you can bet the Clemson players and staff members recognize the responsibility that comes with that No. 1 ranking. They aren’t likely to surrender it easily.[ 247Sports ]
India Today Web Desk HamiltonFebruary 9, 2019UPDATED: February 9, 2019 10:22 IST India vs New Zealand Live Streaming: Where and How to Watch IND vs NZ cricket match (BCCI Photo)India made a strong comeback by hammering New Zealand in the second Twenty20 International to draw level the three-match series at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday.After suffering their biggest loss in T20 Internationals in terms of runs on Wednesday night, India bounced back in style and registered a 7-wicket win over New Zealand.What time does the 3rd T20I between India vs New Zealand start?The third T20I between India and New Zealand starts at 12.00 PM IST on February 10, Sunday at the Seddon Park in Hamilton.What TV channel and live stream is the 3rd T20I between India and New Zealand Live Streaming on?Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in English commentary and Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV will live stream India vs New Zealand match.Where will the 3rd T20I between India and New Zealand be played?The 3rd T20I between India and New Zealand will be played at the Seddon Park in Hamilton from 12.00 PM IST.Where can I watch India vs New Zealand 3rd T20I live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs New Zealand 3rd T20I?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs New Zealand from our live blog on indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads for the 3rd T20I between India and New Zealand?advertisementIndia: Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, Shubman Gill, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya, Mohammad Siraj.New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Scott Kuggeleijn, Colin Munro, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Blair Tickner, James Neesham.Also Watch: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 byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Rohit SharmaFollow Kane WilliamsonFollow MS DhoniFollow Rishabh Pant India vs New Zealand Live Streaming: Where and How to Watch IND vs NZ cricket matchIndia vs New Zealand (IND vs NZ) 3rd T20I Live Streaming: India take on New Zealand in the third and final Twenty20 International at the Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday. New Zealand won the first T20 by 80 runs while India won the second match by 7 runs. The series is currently locked at 1-1.advertisement
Harbhajan Singh (CHE) H. Singh (CHE) 175/3 Match Ended Bhuvneshwar Kumar (HYD) B. Kumar (HYD) Toss: CHE elected to field – Series Status: Player Of The Match: Shane Watson (19.5) Match Ended Indian Premier League, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 20:00 (Local Time) Chennai beat Hyderabad by 6 wickets (20.0) Scorecard Chennai Top Batsmen Top Batsmen Shane Watson (CHE) S. Watson (CHE) Way Shane Watson batted we couldn’t really do much: Bhuvneshwar Kumar after CSK beat SRHIPL 2019: Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Bhuvneshwar Kumar conceded that there was little that his team could do after the way Shane Watson batted on Tuesday. 176/4 vs Indian Premier League, 2019 175/3 graphs Indian Premier League, 2019, Match 41 Hyderabad HYD advertisement 2/39 (4) (20.0) 96 (53) Manish Pandey (HYD) M. Pandey (HYD) 83 (49) Top Bowlers Top Bowlers Hyderabad view more view less commentary (19.5) Chennai CHE Referee: Vengalil Narayanan Kutty (IND) Umpires: Nigel Llong (ENG), Anil Chaudhary (IND) and Vineet Kulkarni (IND) Super Over No data available! 1/18 (4) 176/4 Indo-Asian News Service ChennaiApril 24, 2019UPDATED: April 24, 2019 10:27 IST Shane Watson scored 96 to help CSK beat SRh by 6 wickets (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSSunrisers Hyderabad lost to Chennai Super Kings by 6 wicketsSRH are placed at the fifth spot with 10 points from 10 gamesBhuvneshwar Kumar said that credit must be given to Shane WatsonAfter facing two consecutive losses, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) returned to winning ways in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) by convincingly defeating Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by six wickets at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.Chasing 176 on Tuesday, CSK rode on a brilliant 96-run knock from their veteran batsman Shane Watson to once again move to the top of the points table. Watson, who took 53 balls and hit nine fours and six sixes, however, missed out on a fifth IPL hundred as Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/18) got his wicket.Earlier, Manish Pandey remained unbeaten on 83 with the help of seven fours and three sixes but could not lead his team to an imposing total as Sunrisers managed only 51 runs in the last six overs after Warner’s dismissal as Sunrisers managed 175/3 in their stipulated quota of 20 overs.”It was a par score on that wicket. There was dew on the ground but that didn’t really bother us. The way Watson batted we couldn’t really do much. The credit goes to Watson,” Kumar said at the post-match presentation ceremony.SRH failed to give a fitting farewell to their explosive opener Jonny Bairstow, who will be leaving for England to attend the World Cup camp. The stand-in skipper acknowledged the fact that the team would miss Bairstow.”We will obviously miss Bairstow, but we have players in the squad who can replace him,” he said.SRH are currently placed at the fifth spot with 10 points from 10 games. They next will travel to Jaipur to face Rajasthan Royals, who are almost out of the tournament.advertisement”We have three away games now out of four and we have to win those games to qualify. We have to be our best to defeat RR,” Kumar said.Also Read | Shane Watson 96 destroys SRH, fires Chennai Super Kings back to topAlso Read | I was due, says Shane Watson after classy 96 vs Sunrisers HyderabadFor 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 IPL 2019Follow Shane WatsonFollow Bhuvneshwar KumarFollow CSKFollow SRHFollow Sunrisers HyderabadFollow Chennai Super Kings