There is no one who can replace Dhoni till 2019 WC: Sehwag

first_imgBy Kushan Sarkar New Delhi, Aug 27 (PTI) The jury is still out on whether Mahendra Singh Dhoni should be a part of 2019 World Cup squad but Virender Sehwag strongly feels that the Indian team is “yet to find suitable replacement” of the former skipper. “I dont think anyone can replace Dhoni at this point of time. Rishabh Pant is good but he would also need time to replace him. But that can only happen after 2019. Its then when we should think about Dhonis replacement. Till then let Pant gain experience,” Sehwag told PTI during an exclusive interview. For one of Indias greatest match-winners of all time, cricket lovers should pray that Dhoni remains as fit as he is currently rather than focus on his lean patch with the bat. “We should not worry about whether Dhoni is scoring runs or not. We should only pray that MS Dhoni is fit till 2019 World Cup. The experience that he has in the middle and the lower middle order, no one has that,” said Sehwag, who is a part of Star Sports panel for the upcoming limited overs series against Australia. For Sehwag, Dhonis entire career is a definition of cycle of life. “Like life, the beauty of sports is that no two periods are identical. You will have to deal with it. There are days when you make runs and there will be a dry spell. Like in business, every year you dont make profits,” he said. There is a school of thought that KL Rahul could be seen with big gloves in case Dhoni is found wanting but Nawab of Najafgarh is completely against that idea. “I would never want a guy, who is not a natural keeper. Its not keeping 20 overs in Indian Premier League. During a 50-over match, one missed stumping or missed catch can change the course of the match. Its not a risk worth taking,” said Sehwag. The swashbuckling opener wants middle-order batsmen to be given more chances so that everyone has close to 100-match experience by the time World Cup begins. The core team should be set at least one year before the World Cup. “The middle-order that would play in the World Cup along with the bowlers should be given enough opportunities, so by the time of World Cup, they should have played close to 100 ODIs each. They should be ready to handle each and every challenging situation thrown at them,” he said. “Experience always enables you to handle pressure better. They can then win you matches in crunch situations. If they are not given that many chances, they could be the weak link. Next 3-6 months, I hope that the core is set.” Sehwag, a veteran of 104 Tests and 251 ODIs, would ideally like to see either Yuvraj Singh or Suresh Raina in the England bound World Cup squad. “Let one of the middle-order slot be given to one of them while the other slot may be rotated between Kedar Jadhav and Manish Pandey. In that way, you also have given these guys experience while one seasoned player is also there in the set-up,” he observed. Asked about rested Ravichandran Ashwin playing County cricket for Worcestershire, Sehwag felt that ideally he should have been rested after bowling close to 200 overs in three Tests against Sri Lanka. “I thought that he was being given a break as he has bowled a lot in the Test series. Ideally, he should have been given rest but then its a decision that Ashwin and team management needed to take. I dont know whats in their minds. “May be they are focussing on winning the Test series in England next year and if thats the case, then so be it.” Asked about the upcoming limited overs series against Australia, Sehwag said that it will be a tough one considering quality of the opposition. “Australia always gives a tough fight and thats why every player wants to perform against Australia. When you perform against Australia, England and South Africa, you automatically earn more respect. I expect players to be charged up,” he signed off. PTI KHS AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more

2017 Trans Tasman Award Winners

first_img@Eden_RichardsCongratulations to all of the award winners from the ultra successful 2017 Trans Tasman Series.A players’ player award and coaches’ award were given to a member of each of the Mixed Open, Men’s Open and Women’s Open teams.These awards highlight special individual performances from the past weekend, recognising those who went above and beyond to help deliver Australia a 9-0 clean sweep of the Trans Tasman Series.A dominant team display from all Australian sides meant it was hard to pick just two recipients, but after much deliberation these are the players who were adjudged to be the best and most worthy in their respective divisions.Zara Nicholls took home the players’ player award for the Mixed Open side after scoring four touchdowns in three games for Australia.The coaches’ award went to Michael Singh who was instrumental in his side’s unbeaten run, setting up a number of touchdowns and scoring three of his own.Matt Prowse starred for the Australian Men’s Open team and was rewarded, taking home the players’ player award after scoring four touchdowns over the course of the Trans Tasman Series.One of Australia’s most high profile players Pete Norman won the coaches’ award for a typically brilliant three games.The Australian Women’s Open side was perhaps the most dominant of the weekend and had many great individuals who could have been rewarded.But it was Tamika Upton who was the recipient of the players’ player award, scoring five touchdowns in her side’s three wins.Laura Peattie put together a terrific tournament and was rewarded with the coaches’ award for her efforts, with the Aussie star scoring six touchdowns in a huge individual haul.The last award for Australia to hand out was the Phil Smith Memorial Medal.  Phil was one of the founding members and the first Life Member of Touch Football Australia.This award was first instigated in 2007 to recognise Phil’s vision to elite touch football in Australia.It is voted on by every member of the Australian Touring Party and awarded to the person they think has shown the most passion, enthusiasm, dedication, commitment and Australian spirit during the 2017 Trans Tasman Series.It was award to Australian Mixed Open coach Mick Lovett, a just reward for all his efforts this campaign.Award winnersMixed Open awards: Players’ player: Zara Nicholas Coaches’ award: Michael Singh Men’s Open awards: Players’ player: Matt Prowse Coaches’ award: Pete Norman Women’s Open awards: Players’ player: Tamika Upton Coaches’ award: Laura Peattie Phil Smith Memorial Medal: Mick LovettRelated LinksAward Winnerslast_img read more

23 days agoBVB chief Watzke mocks Aubameyang over Arsenal move: Champions League on TV!

first_imgBVB chief Watzke mocks Aubameyang over Arsenal move: Champions League on TV!by Freddie Taylor23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has taken aim at Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The Gabon international left Dortmund in January 2018 for a lucrative move to Arsenal. And Watzke has laughed at Aubameyang spending the last two seasons watching the Champions League on television.”Of course it is hard to keep a player in the face of such sums,” Watzke told Suddeutsche Zeitung. “Some go to clubs because of this money, where they have not played Champions League for years.”Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who plays great at Arsenal, will probably be warm-hearted when he looks at his bank account, but on Wednesdays, will be saddened when he has to watch the Champions League on television.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

8 days agoMan City No2 Arteta: Foden potential is limitless

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City No2 Arteta: Foden potential is limitlessby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta says Phil Foden’s potential is limitless.The 19-year-old has been restricted to just three appearances this season.But Arteta thinks he will become a star under manager Pep Guardiola.”His potential is limitless,” Arteta said. “He is going to set his own limits.”The most important thing is that, as a club and around the team, we have created a really healthy, inspiring and challenging environment. That’s exactly what he needs.”The door is open. We have a manager who trusts in young players and he’s going to get opportunities.”With that type of environment, to grow and to always be going in the right direction is the most important thing.”I think he’ll be very successful.” last_img read more

Video: Michigan Football Releases Cool “The Block M” Hype Video, “Most Recognizable Logo In All Of Sports”

first_imgThe Michigan Wolverines marching band performs before the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 17: The Michigan Wolverines marching band performs before the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)It’s football time now. They’re very excited about that in Ann Arbor, Mich. Teams are beginning fall camp and we’re now less than a month away from the start of the season, when Michigan takes on Utah on Thursday, Sept. 3. In honor of the season coming up, the Wolverines have released a cool hype video about the Block M logo. “It’s the most recognizable logo in all of sports,” they say. The Block M. Enough said. #GoBlue— Michigan Athletics (@UMichAthletics) August 4, 2015We’re not quite sure if it’s the “most recognizable logo” in the sports world, but it is a pretty sweet logo.last_img read more

Photo: Ezekiel Elliott Has Ohio State Players Going No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 4, No. 5 In His NFL Mock Draft

first_imgEzekiel Elliott does his own mock draft.Ezekiel Elliott NFLFormer Ohio State star running back Ezekiel Elliott was in Bristol, Conn. today. The former Buckeyes’ star discussed a number of topics with ESPN, but most notably, he talked about the upcoming NFL Draft. During one appearance, Elliott filled out his own NFL mock draft. Unsurprisingly, he had his Ohio State teammates (and himself) going No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 overall. Surprisingly, though, Elliott did not have himself going No. 1 overall – or No. 2. @EzekielElliott you trying to say where you want to go?— Sam Halle (@Sammysoccer45) April 15, 2016Elliott showing love to his offensive line. That’s a veteran running back move. The NFL Draft starts April 28.last_img read more

These Broncos Look Nothing Like The Broncos Of Two Years Ago

24Pittsburgh Steelers1990688.1540.0-148.143.8 TOTAL POINTS/GAME 5Buffalo Bills197534.955.4+20.460.7 22Washington Redskins2001729.4580.1-149.356.3 2St. Louis Rams200041.463.2+21.843.8 3Buffalo Bills197755.433.8-21.639.3 10Kansas City Chiefs1975507.9674.5+166.646.4 In the strike-shortened 1982 season, the Miami Dolphins made it to the Super Bowl on the strength of an incredible defense that allowed the NFL’s fewest yards, first downs, passing yards and net yards per pass attempt. The offense wasn’t very good, but the defense — known as the Killer Bees because the last names of six starters began with the letter B — guided the team to the Super Bowl, as Miami ranked second in points allowed and third in takeaways.Just two years later, the Dolphins were back in the Super Bowl, and once again, the team was one-dimensional. But, remarkably, it was the offense that was the dominant unit, as Miami led the NFL in points, yards, first downs and net yards per pass attempt, while a second-year quarterback named Dan Marino set single-season records for passing yards and passing touchdowns.It’s rare for a team to be incredibly dominant on one side of the ball, and then similarly dominant on the other side just two years later. By selecting Marino in the first round of the ’83 draft, Miami became one of those teams. The first overall pick in that draft, John Elway, is now the architect of another. The 2013 Broncos were a lot like the ’84 Dolphins: Peyton Manning, like Marino, set single-season records for passing yards and touchdowns, while Denver, like Miami, led the NFL in points, yards, first downs and net yards per attempt. This year’s Broncos led the NFL in yards allowed, while becoming just the fourth defense since 1970 to lead the league in both net yards per pass and yards per rush.That sort of transformation is remarkable. After losing to Seattle in Super Bowl XLVIII, Denver added three Pro Bowl players in outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware, cornerback Aqib Talib and safety T.J. Ward the following offseason. Denver then added safety Darian Stewart in March, and it has turned nose tackle Sylvester Williams and linebacker Brandon Marshall — role players on the 2013 Broncos — into starters. As a result, the 2015 Broncos defense doesn’t look or feel all that similar to the 2013 one. Only Von Miller (who missed seven games because of injury or suspension in 2013), Chris Harris Jr., Malik Jackson, Danny Trevathan and Derek Wolfe played at least 45 percent of the team’s snaps in both 2013 and 2015; of course, that’s a pretty excellent core to build around.1 And the Broncos added defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, long respected as one of the game’s top defensive minds.On the offensive side, the turnover has been even more drastic. The team has turned over four of its five starting offensive linemen (only guard Louis Vasquez remains), while losing starting wide receivers Eric Decker and Wes Welker, tight end Julius Thomas and running back Knowshon Moreno. And offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who earned great praise for his coaching in 2013, has moved on. That means just three of the team’s offensive starters from Super Bowl XLVIII are still around, and all three — quarterback Peyton Manning, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and Vasquez — were playing a lot better two years ago. The difference is most stark with Manning, of course, who has gone from having one of the best seasons ever by a Super Bowl quarterback to one of the worst.As a result, Denver has had a remarkable turnover from an unbalanced team with an offensive identity to a one-sided team with a defensive identity. This can be seen clearly even with basic stats such as points and yards.PointsBroncos games were extremely high-scoring in 2013, as Denver and its opponents combined to average 62.8 points per game (Denver averaged 37.9, while allowing 24.9). This year, only 40.7 points are being scored in the average Broncos game, courtesy of 22.2 points by Denver and 18.5 points by opponents. That’s a decrease of 22.1 points per game in Broncos games, the largest swing, positive or negative, in any two-year stretch following a given season since 1970. 1Miami Dolphins1984552.2772.3+220.082.6% 24Kansas City Chiefs197530.244.5+14.346.4 8New Orleans Saints2012678.8851.0+172.356.3 22Cincinnati Bengals198540.554.9+14.443.8 7Denver Broncos2015813.3638.6-174.778.1 25New York Jets197749.435.1-14.321.4 7Denver Broncos201343.762.8+19.165.6 23Detroit Lions1995582.9732.0+149.162.5 13Green Bay Packers1983627.8785.9+158.250.0 15Detroit Lions199033.349.1+15.831.3 3St. Louis Rams2000584.5785.6+201.143.8 19Minnesota Vikings199838.353.3+14.975.0 16Atlanta Falcons197737.822.0-15.839.3 While yards and points are hardly perfect measures of performance, they do the job in this instance. Using 23Chicago Bears201343.457.7+14.350.0 TOTAL YARDS/GAME 20New England Patriots198247.933.3-14.559.0 9Chicago Bears1995523.1694.7+171.650.0 8San Diego Chargers198756.438.0-18.451.7 16Minnesota Vikings2006765.1609.1-155.943.8 12Oakland Raiders2006693.1531.0-162.121.9 21Minnesota Vikings199535.449.8+14.453.1 11San Diego Chargers1987800.0636.1-163.951.7 TEAMENDING YEARSTARTINGENDINGDIFF.WIN % 18Washington Redskins197742.927.5-15.460.7 2Atlanta Falcons1979463.4668.0+204.643.8 6San Diego Chargers1981627.4805.0+177.668.8 18Cincinnati Bengals1995566.9721.3+154.431.3 12Washington Redskins198554.638.1-16.575.0 17Cleveland Browns200733.349.0+15.750.0 TEAMENDING YEARSTARTINGENDINGDIFF.WIN% 5Buffalo Bills1975571.4752.9+181.460.7 14Washington Redskins200151.334.9-16.356.3 4Atlanta Falcons197922.043.0+21.043.8 Biggest two-year differences in total yards per game 6St. Louis Rams200263.242.8-20.453.1 19Green Bay Packers2011663.5816.7+153.281.3 In an interesting bit of symmetry, the 2013 Broncos show up twice on the list: Not only do they form the first leg of the 2013-2015 Broncos row, but they form the back end of the Tebow Broncos, the 2011 Denver team that snuck into the playoffs despite a very inefficient offense. Most impressively, Denver ranks as the team with the largest swing in total scoring since the merger while being excellent both years, with an average winning percentage of 0.781. Teams like the 2000 Rams made the list courtesy of some terrible years in ’98 and ’02; Denver’s appearance wasn’t due to a massive dip in quality, but from a complete transformation of its identity.YardsIf we look at total yards per game, Denver once again stands out as the team that has suffered the biggest decline. However, the Broncos are no longer the most extreme team, as the ’82/’84 Dolphins had an even larger move, albeit in the direction of more yards. In 1982, there were 552.2 total yards of offense per game — combined among the two teams — in Miami games. Two years later, that number was a whopping 772.3, which represents an increase of 220 yards per game in just two seasons. There were 813.3 total yards of offense per game in Broncos games in 2013, but just 638.6 yards of offense in Denver games this year; that difference of 174.7 yards per game is the seventh-largest shift in a two-year period since 1970. And, given the general movement toward offensive efficiency, it also stands out as the largest decline in total yards per game during this period: 10Kansas City Chiefs200657.440.4-17.050.0 13Oakland Raiders200647.631.3-16.421.9 17Pittsburgh Steelers2014608.6764.4+155.959.4 4San Francisco 49ers1979503.6685.4+181.724.1 9Chicago Bears199529.047.0+18.050.0 11New Orleans Saints198248.632.1-16.525.3 20Atlanta Falcons1980530.8682.1+151.365.6 15Atlanta Falcons1977619.5463.4-156.139.3 25Philadelphia Eagles1991638.4490.7-147.765.6 1Denver Broncos201562.840.7-22.178.1% 14Baltimore Colts1971651.9494.5-157.466.1 21Carolina Panthers2013767.4618.1-149.456.3 read more

Ohio State field hockey drops regular season finale against Michigan

OSU redshirt sophomore midfield/back Carolina Vergroessen (28) runs with the ball while being trailed by California players during a field hockey game on Oct. 25, 2015, at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU won 6-3. Credit: Robert Scarpinito / Copy Chief Three goals were enough for Michigan to take down the Ohio State field hockey team on Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor, Michigan, during the regular season finale.The victory is the No. 11 Wolverines’ (15-3, 7-1) ninth straight win and third straight shutout this season.  The loss drops the Buckeyes to .500 for the season and conference play.OSU (9-9, 4-4) was unable to break through Michigan’s stout defense, but even with the loss, the Buckeyes finish their season in a tie for fourth place in the Big Ten.Sophomore goalie Liz Tamburro had a busy day as the Wolverines outshot the Scarlet and Gray 19-1. The Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, native was faced with an array of shot attempts all game long. She tallied eight total saves on the night.A little more than 11 minutes into the game, Michigan freshman forward Emma Way struck first with a rebound off a penalty corner shot. For the remainder of the half, the Buckeyes’ defense stood tall and stunted Michigan’s attempts.Nearing halftime, OSU had a window of opportunity to level the match after Michigan senior back Lauren Thomas was called for a 10-minute yellow card, meaning the Buckeyes had a one-player advantage. Four minutes later when senior midfielder Jaime Dean committed a foul, OSU had a two-player advantage but even with it, the Buckeyes could not tie the game.The Scarlet and Gray kept its deficit to just one goal for much of the second half, but with 12 minutes left on the clock, the wheels began to fall off for OSU.Thomas — back from her yellow card — converted from the top of the circle. Then redshirt senior back Mackenzie Ellis scored the game-clinching goal on a rebound off a corner shot a mere three minutes later.With the regular season in the books, OSU will begin to prepare for its opening-round matchup against Northwestern in the Big Ten tournament. The Buckeyes fell to the Wildcats 2-0 on Oct. 23 in their only meeting this season. The rematch — which is the first of the tournament — is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday in Bloomington, Indiana. read more

Berbatov talks about Mourinho United

first_imgFormer Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has backed the club’s manager Jose Mourinho and the current crop of players.The former Bulgaria international believes his former club have an unbelievable crop of players and staff, saying they’ll eventually come good this season and make critics eat their words.Berbatov, though, believes it is far too early to be writing any side off, with an “unbelievable” squad and their proven manager set to their silence their critics.The former United striker told Betfair in the wake of a 3-2 reversal at Brighton: “United’s season will not be defined by one defeat in mid-August. Come on, it’s the second game of the season!”“Every team can lose at any time and every team will lose again this season. The point is to take the lessons from the loss and not repeat those mistakes. It’s as simple as that.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“Manchester United have unbelievable players in their squad and they can absolutely put this right.”“Sometimes against the underdog you can lose because they want it more. It happens to every team.”“I do wonder if all this negativity is necessary but obviously football is a business, and a little bit of politics. You have people causing trouble, spreading ‘fake news’, rumours and it all gets repeated and becomes truth. But this is kids’ stuff and it doesn’t help anyone.”He added: “Blame is a strong word, I don’t like to use it. I think everybody – Jose, the players, Edward Woodward – is working for the better of Manchester United.”“I don’t understand all this criticism going towards Paul Pogba. Anyone can have a bad game.”last_img read more

Michael Keane will be out for up to four weeks

first_imgThe Everton defender clashed heads with Bournemouth’s Idrissa Gueye and had to be carried off on a stretcher from Vitality StadiumSome moments angsty moments were lived at Vitality Stadium after Everton defender Michael Keane was injured during a play.The British football player clashed heads with Bournemouth’s Idrissa Gueye and had to be carried off on a stretcher.According to The Belfast Telegraph, the center-back will have to wait for “three to four weeks before the 25-year-old is able to take part in full training again.”Everton released a statement saying the footballer had suffered the hairline fracture but “no other complications.”“[He] will be unable to engage in head contact for between three and four weeks, from which point he will be able to resume full training.”Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.? | Michael Keane has sustained a small hairline fracture of the skull but suffered no other complications following a clash of heads in the game against Bournemouth.More ? well soon, @michaelkeane04 ?— Everton (@Everton) August 26, 2018last_img read more