first_img Promoted Content7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooLook Up At The Most Fascinated Ceilings In The World7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way Great Britain’s heptathlon world champion, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, was among those to speak out on Tuesday, questioning advice from the IOC asking them to prepare “as best they can” for the Games despite social contact and travel being placed under severe restrictions across the world because of the virus. Johnson-Thompson pointed out the difficulties she and other athletes are facing and wrote in a social media post: “I feel under pressure to train and keep the same routine, which is impossible.” The IOC said: “This is an exceptional situation, which requires exceptional solutions. “The IOC is committed to finding a solution with the least negative impact for the athletes, while protecting the integrity of the competition and the athletes’ health.Advertisement “No solution will be ideal in this situation, and this is why we are counting on the responsibility and solidarity of the athletes.” Olympic pole vault champion Katerina Stefanidi said the IOC was risking the health of athletes, who feel obliged to continue training despite advice to reduce contact. Hayley Wickenheiser, an IOC member, said the organisation’s conviction that the Games would go ahead was “insensitive and irresponsible given the state of humanity”. The former Canada ice hockey star added: “This crisis is bigger even than the Olympics.” Read Also:IOC: Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will hold  as planned The IOC had said on Tuesday it was fully committed to staging the Games, and that with four months to go there was no need for any drastic decision to be taken. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… International Olympic Committee (IOC) has told athletes “no solution will be ideal” after a number of competitors raised concerns over its plans to press ahead with Tokyo 2020 despite the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

first_imgAbramovich has had visa problems with the UK over the past 18 months.Grant still speaks to Abramovich and disputes claims the oligarch’s interest in Chelsea is fading.He told The Sun: “Roman loves the club and loves football, that’s for sure.“I respect England very much but I think it’s not right he didn’t get the visa to come to England. He gave a lot of things to English football.”read also:A peep into Roman Abramovich’s £66million ‘The Bandit’ interiorHe added: “Before I joined, everybody spoke about Chelsea‘s ugly football. After one month, nobody mentioned it. If you look back, it was maybe their best football.” Advertisement FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Former Chelsea manager and advisor Avram Grant says club owner Roman Abramovich has been treated unfairly by the UK government.center_img Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks20 Amazing Facts About The Daenerys Of The House Of TargaryenThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyThe Absolute 10 Greatest Shows In HBO HistoryCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way Loading… last_img read more

first_imgManchester United set out to please their frustrated fans against Chelsea and Morgan Schneiderlin does not believe they could have done any more. United at least brought an end to a four-match losing run but are now eight without a win after the 0-0 draw at Old Trafford. As well as results, supporters have vented their anger at United’s style of play, particularly a lack of attacking threat. Ander Herrera thought he had broken the deadlock in the 56th minute from close range only for Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois to pull off an excellent save. The Spaniard could not believe he did not score, saying: “I think I put my foot correctly. I was in the right position. The cross of Anthony, I think, was very good. “I don’t know what happened, to be honest. I was going to celebrate it and saw the ball was not in. “We showed we were the better team but it was not enough. We cannot be happy but we can be proud of what we did. We have to be realistic, we have to win games but this is the way we have to play, I think.” Midfielder Schneiderlin told MUTV: ” We talked before the game and said it was a must for us to be aggressive, to be on the front foot and to attack, just for our fans because they deserve to see some attractive football. “Sometimes we can’t do that for whatever reason but it was a must for us to be on the front foot. We created some magnificent chances and for everyone in the crowd I think it was a beautiful game. “For us it was a good game as well because Chelsea are a very good team. But it will be hard to sleep because we didn’t win.” The clash between two struggling giants did not lack chances, and both keepers pulled off terrific saves while Juan Mata and Anthony Martial hit the woodwork for United. Schneiderlin was left mystified how his side did not secure the win but is confident better times lie ahead. The Frenchman said: “What more could we have done? We just needed to score one goal and then be able to play around it. “We know that if we can improve on the first part of the season, by scoring more goals and getting back to the strong defensive performances we had before the last few games, then anything can happen. “This isn’t finished. There are five months left, the second part of the season. We must be confident because we are Manchester United, we are one of the biggest teams in the world.” Press Associationlast_img read more

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Jonny Bairstow’s 106 off 99 balls along with Mark Wood’s 3/34 helped England seal semi-final berth in ICC World Cup 2019. Batting first, England got off to a perfect start with both Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy hammering the ball all-around the ground and eventually registering 123-run stand. Their contribution, along with Morgan’s late-fire 42 off 40 helped host to finish for 305 runs, which on the given day, turned out to be too much for the Kiwis as they fell short by a massive margin of 119 runs at Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street.22:53 hrs IST: That’s it from us. Hope you enjoyed our coverage as much as we did to bring this to you. Do join us for tomorrow’s game as Afghanistan play their last game against West Indies. Till then, it’s bye from Vedant. Keep cheering and enjoy the World Cup.22:51 hrs IST: Jonny Bairstow was awarded as the man-of-the-match.22:42 hrs IST: RESULT: England beat New Zealand by 119 runs, qualify for semi-finals22:39 hrs IST: WICKET! Knocked him over. Matt Henry departs for 7. England now one wicket away. After 44 overs, it’s 181/9. 22:35 hrs IST: England are minutes away from victory. After 43 overs, it’s 180/8. 22:33 hrs IST: Just one came from the over. After 42 overs, it’s 176/8. 22:29 hrs IST: Four singles from the over. After 41 overs, it’s 175/8. 22:20 hrs IST: WICKET! Trapped right in front. Mark Wood gets another wicket. Santner departs for 12. England now three wickets away. After 40 overs, it’s 171/8.22:15 hrs IST: WICKET! Liam Plunkett bowled a slower one and Latham just couldn’t time it. New Zealand’s last hope is back to the pavilion. England three wickets away from entering the semi-finals. After 39 overs, it’s 166/7. 22:12 hrs IST: Good over for New Zealand. Couple of boundaries from the over. After 38 overs, it’s 168/6. 22:07 hrs IST: FIFTY! Tom Latham gets to his 15th ODI fifty! The form is back! After 37 overs, it’s 157/6. 22:05 hrs IST: Tom Latham has looked good today. He hasn’t been that effective in the tournament but has come good today. After 36 overs, it’s 151/6. 21:55 hrs IST: Time for DRINKS!21:45 hrs IST: The runs are just not coming. Just three runs from the over. After 33 overs, it’s 139/3. 21:35 hrs IST: Two runs from the over. After 29 overs, it’s 130/6. 21:25 hrs IST: Very disappointed by New Zealand’s steep decline at the World Cup. Will scrape through on NRR but don’t see them troubling Australia in the semi-final. Pakistan can well say New Zealand were very lucky a couple of times but eventually you make your own fortune. The first loss to the West Indies is still haunting them. Having said that, they still need to beat Bangladesh who have played better than their results indicate, said Harsha Bhogle21:15 hrs IST: WICKET! Mark Wood bowled a good length delivery and Jimmy Neesham tried to send it through the left side of point fielder. However, gets an inside edge and onto the stumps. Half-side back to the pavilion. After 26 overs, it’s 124/5. 21:10 hrs IST: The first 25 overs are done and dusted. England are right on top. Hoowever, New Zealand has made some sort of a comeback with Latham, Neesham managing a 50-run stand. After 25 overs, it’s 123/4.21:04 hrs IST: Seven runs off the over. It’s 115/4 in 24 overs. 21:00 hrs IST: A small partnership between Latham and Neesham seems to be building up. The duo has scored 37 runs together. After 23 overs, it’s 108/4. 20:56 hrs IST: 100-up for New Zealand. After 22 overs, it’s 104/4.20:53 hrs IST: Another big over. It has been easier to score against spinners. 10 came from it. After 21 overs, it’s 97/4. 20:50 hrs IST: The first 20 overs done and dusted. England has been able to dominate the second half perfectly. After 20 overs, it’s 87/4. 20:48 hrs IST: Good over for Kiwis. Nine runs from it. After 19 overs, it’s 84/4.20:45 hrs IST: Five runs from the over. After 18 overs, it’s 75/4.20:37 hrs IST: WICKET! Another wicket down. What is New Zealand trying to do? – Ross Taylor gets run out. After 17 overs, it’s 70/4. 20:29 hrs IST: WICKET! This could be the game-changing moment of the match. Brilliant work from Wood, but he wasn’t 100 percent sure if he got a hand on it initially. Kane Williamson gets RUN-OUT! After 16 overs, it’s 68/3.20:24 hrs IST: Five runs from the over. After 15 overs, it’s 61/2.20:15 hrs IST: Ones and twos – New Zealand are building the partnership again. Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor are playing with responsibility. After 14 overs, it’s 56/2. 20:09 hrs IST: Just three runs from the over and New Zealand see themseleves at 40/2 in 11 overs. 20:04 hrs IST: The first 10 overs belong to England. They have been able to come with a set plan and have execute it perfectly. After 10 overs, it’s 37/2. 20:00 hrs IST: A boundary and three singles from the over. After 9 overs, it’s 28/2. 19:56 hrs IST: The onus is on Kane Williamson. After 8 overs, it’s 21/1. 19:49 hrs IST: Three runs from the over and all-important wicket. After 6 overs, it’s 16/2.19:47 hrs IST: WICKET! Openers back to pavilion and Jofra Archer picks his first. Martin Guptill’s forgettable run continues. After 5.2 overs, it’s 14/2. 19:43 hrs IST: New Zealand batsmen Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson are watching the ball cautiously. After 5 overs, 13/1. 19:25 hrs IST: WICKET! Henry Nicholas gets a golden duck. Oh dear! New Zealand needed a good start. After 1 over, it’s 2/1.19:22 hrs IST: We are back with chase, as Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholas are out in the middle and so are English player.18:50 hrs IST: INNINGS BREAK: England 305/8 in 50 overs vs New Zealand (Jonny Bairstow 104, Matt Henry 2/54)18:46 hrs IST: England’s tail-enders are doing well to take them to a fighting total. 22 runs came in last two overs. After 49 overs, it’s 299/7. 18:32 hrs IST: WICKET! Matt Henry bowled a slower delivery and Morgan was early in his shot – smashed it straight to the fielder. England – SEVEN DOWN. After 47 overs, it’s 277/7.18:31 hrs IST: BIG OVER! Couple of boundaries and England managed 13 runs from Trent Boult’s over. After 46 overs, it’s 272/6. 18:25 hrs IST: WICKET! Neesham sends Chris Woakes for 4. England is in serious trouble now. They haven’t been able to build partnership. After 45 overs, it’s 259/6.18:21 hrs IST: Ones and twos – that’s exactly what England team is able to manage. The runs have become fifficult to score. After 44 overs, it’s 254/5.18:17 hrs IST: Just one run off the over, and New Zealand are certainly back on track. After 43 overs, it;s 249/5. 18:13 hrs IST: WICKET! Santner tossed the ball up and Ben Stokes tried to go down the track but finds the fielder. After 42 overs, it’s 248/5. 18:10 hrs IST: Stokes is taking too much time in the middle to get settled. Five from the over. With 9 overs still to go, England will still be fancying their chances to go past 320-run mark. After 41 overs, it’s 246/4. 18:05 hrs IST: A boundary and five runs from the over. After 40 overs, it’s 241/4.18:01 hrs IST: Just three from the over. After 39 overs, it’s 232/4. 17:57 hrs IST: Another good over from New Zealand. Just three from the over. After 38 overs, it’s 229/4. 17:53 hrs IST: MAIDEN OVER! It took a while for Kiwi bowlers to bowl this. After 37 overs, it’s 226/4. 17:50 hrs IST: Couple of boundaries from the over. After 36 overs, it’s 226/4. 17:44 hrs IST: A wicket and four runs. After 35 overs, it’s 218/4. 17:41 hrs IST: WICKET! GONE! And New Zealand are back in the game. Buttler departs for 10. After 34.2 overs, it’s 214/4.17:39 hrs IST: Another good over from Matt Henry. Three singles from the over. After 34 overs, it’s 214/3. 17:34 hrs IST: Five runs from the over. After 33 overs, it’s 211/3. 17:29 hrs IST: WICKET! Inside edge and onto the stumps. A superb ton comes to an end. New Zealand picks two quick wickets. After 32 overs, it’s 206/3. 17:21 hrs IST: 200-up for England in 31 overs and it’s time for DRINKS.17:16 hrs IST: WICKET! Just a slight nip and through to the keeper. Joe Root will have to take a long walk back to the pavilion. Trent Boult provides all-important breakthrough. Departs for 24. 17:14 hrs IST: CENTURY! Bairstow flicks down to square leg region and off she goes – gets to his 9th ODI ton. After 30 overs, it’s 194/1. 17:09 hrs IST: Four singles from the over. Bairstow is taking his time as he enters 90s. After 29 overs, it’s 186/1. 17:05 hrs IST: Jonny Bairstow nears his 9th ODI ton and England see themselves at 182/1 in 28 overs. 17:00 hrs IST: 50-run stand between Bairstow and Root. After 27 overs, it’s 173/1.16:52 hrs IST: Seven runs from the over. After 26 overs, it’s 168/1.16:50 hrs IST: First 25 overs are done and dusted. England has started off pretty well and should finish between 330-340 from here. It’s 161/1. 16:44 hrs IST: 150-up for England. 11 runs from the over and they see themselves at 156/1 in 24 overs. 16:41 hrs IST: Four runs from the over. After 23 overs, it’s 145/1.16:37 hrs IST: There seems to be nothing for the bowler at Riverside Ground. After 22 overs, it’s 141/1. 16:33 hrs IST: Just two runs from the over. After 21 overs, it’s 135/1. 16:29 hrs IST: The first 20 overs belong to England. They have been able to dominate the game well. After 20 overs, its 133/1. 16:22 hrs IST: WICKET! After couple of boundaries in 19th over, Jimmy Neesham bowled a slower delivery and Roy was early in his shot. First breathrough and a much-needed one for New Zealand. After 19 overs, it’s 124/1.16:18 hrs IST: Good comeback from Tim Southee. Just four runs from the over. After 18 overs, it’s 115/0.16:11 hrs IST: FIFTY! The duo gets to their respective fifties and what a better day to get to this milestone. Jason Roy gets to his 17th ODI fifty and Jonny Bairstow gets to his 12th ODI fifty. After 17 overs, it’s 111/0.16:08 hrs IST: Just three runs from the over. After 16 overs, it’s 107/0.16:03 hrs IST: 100-run stand between Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy. It has been an exceptional first wicket stand. After 15 overs, it’s 104/0. 16:00 hrs IST: The two batsmen near fifty. After 14 overs, it’s 93/0. 15:57 hrs IST: New Zealand is just not able to stop the class of these two English over. After 13 overs, it’s 86/0.15:55 hrs IST: New Zealand desperately in need of a wicket. 10 runs from it. After 12 overs, it’s 78/0. 15:50 hrs IST: A good over for New Zealand. Just one came off it. After 11 overs, it’s 68/0.15:45 hrs IST: The first 10 overs belong to England here. They came with a set plan and have been able to execute it perfectly. The host know that they need a win here to qualify, and they are playing according to that. After 10 overs, it’s 67/0. 15:40 hrs IST: Seven runs from the over. After 9 overs, it’s 66/0. 15:35 hrs IST: Another good over for England. Six came off it. After 8 overs, it’s 59/0. 15:30 hrs IST: 50-run stand between Bairstow and Roy. Five runs from the over. After 7 overs, it’s 53/0. 15:25 hrs IST: Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow are hammering the ball all around the ground, and New Zealand seems to be on backfoot. After 6 overs, it’s 48/0. 15:20 hrs IST: Hat-trick of boundaries from Jonny Bairstow’s willow and England see themselves at 44/0 in 5 overs. 15:16 hrs IST: Both Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow are off to a solid start against formidable Kiwi bowling line up. A boundary or two is coming in every over. After 4 overs, it’s 31/0. 15:07 hrs IST: Score after 2 overs: Roy 11(12) Bairstow 0(0)15:06 hrs IST: FOUR! Full on the leg and Roy does well to pick the slower one and clips it thourgh square leg for four.  15:04 hrs IST: Trent Bolt comes to the attack from another attack. 15:03 hrs IST: Nine runs off the first over. Score after 1 over: ENG 9-0; Roy 5(6) Bairstow 0(0)15:02 hrs IST: FOUR! Santner gifts the boundry and Roya is off the mark. A full toss was asking to be hit and Roy obliges.15:01 hrs IST: FOUR! Leg byes, the ball almost kissed the leg stump. Roy survive first ball scare and England gets the boundry as well. Are the riding on the luck today? They need it as well.15:00 hrs IST: Roy and Bairstow are at the crease. Roy is on strike. New Zealand is starting with the spin. Santner will open the attack.14:36 hrs IST: Tim Southee is playing his first match of the tournament. He has replaced Locky Ferguson. Also, Mat Henry comes in for Ish Sodhi. New Zealand Playing XI: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), Colin de Grandhomme, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Trent BoultEngland Playing XI: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood14:31 hrs IST: England has won the toss and they have decided to bat first.14:25 hrs IST: Five more minutes for the toss. It’s a fresh wicket with a bit of grass cover. Team winning the toss would like to bat first.14:15 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to News Nation World Cup live blog. England and New Zealand will lock horns against each other in today’s crucial encouter that will most probably decide the course of at least one of the team’s journey in the tournament. Stay with us as we bring you ball by ball commentary. last_img read more

first_imgFollowing in the footsteps of older siblings can be difficult, especially if they are at the top of their game. For University of Wisconsin senior defenseman Aaron Hohlbein, patterning his brother’s success and philosophies was easy and helped make him the player he is today. Winning really is everything, at least according to Jed, Aaron Hohlbein’s brother. According to Jed winning means knowing that you gave your all for every minute of play, even in you are on the short end of the final result. And that’s the perspective Aaron Hohlbein takes with him every time he steps onto the field. “The main thing I try to bring is a winning mentality,” the younger Holbein said. “Everybody including myself is going to work their [tails] off and know that when we put in the effort, we won’t be disappointed when we come off the field.”Despite not being the focus on the field growing up, Aaron never seemed to mind, pushing instead to improve his game and play to the best of his abilities. “I mean, I wasn’t noticed maybe as much as [my brother], but that sort of thing didn’t bother me all that much,” Aaron said. “I was just working for myself and trying to get where he was.”I do what I got to do … If recognition comes out of that, then that’s great. But as long as we’re winning, that’s all that matters.”Wisconsin head coach Jeff Rohrman has been so impressed by the junior Holbein’s attitude and prowess on the field, he believes the once shadow-laden brother has a chance to pursue a career in soccer. “His presence is second to none on our team,” Rohrman said in a phone interview. “He’s one of those guys who makes everybody better just by being on the field … He’s an outstanding leader. He has been the consummate defender and has been really the core of the backline for four years. He’s one of those guys who I think is going onto the next level and is going to have a successful professional career.”Aaron’s surprising success and winning ways began in California. When Jed began playing soccer, Aaron also expressed an interest in the sport. It seems only natural that when an older sibling shows interest in something, the younger one follows suit. “I kind of looked at [his success] and said ‘Hey, I kind of want to play [soccer] too,'” Aaron Hohlbein said.When Hohlbein returned to Wisconsin around age seven, soccer became the backdrop of his existence. He joined a community team his brother was on. Even though Aaron was two years younger than most of the other kids, he managed to find success. More important than the numbers he put up during his tenure with the club team, Rohrman said the experience Hohlbein got playing with older kids is something that ultimately hastened his progression at the collegiate level. Unlike the sibling rivalry many youth experience, the brothers Holbein preferred to help each other out and work together. “It wasn’t ever me against him or him against me; we always kind of supported each other,” Aaron said. In 2003, Jed Hohlbein coincidentally transferred from Southwest Missouri State to Wisconsin, where Aaron Hohlbein was entering as a freshman. Because it was a time of transition for Aaron Hohlbein, Jed Hohlbein looked out for his brother. “It definitely helped having him around to support me when I was having trouble with school or soccer,” Aaron said. “He always had good advice and [could] tell me what to do.”They played together for two seasons and provided the jumpstart that the Wisconsin men’s soccer program needed to get back to contending on a national scale. “One of the reasons I decided to come here was they were trying to rebuild the program and get back on the national scene, make strides in the Big Ten and just get back to a winning program,” Aaron said. Although it has taken four years to get to that point and Wisconsin’s chances of winning the Big Ten Title ended with a 1-0 loss to Indiana Friday, Hohlbein is happy that the chance happened at all. “We got to be proud about the fact that we put ourselves in position to win a Big Ten Championship,” Hohlbein said. “At the same time, it’s really disappointing that we didn’t do it, but we got ourselves in that position.”Wisconsin must look ahead to the Big Ten Tournament now — it’s all they have left. A loss there would spell the end for Wisconsin’s season and four-year goal. “Losing isn’t an option,” Hohlbein said.As long as there is still breath in the senior captain’s lungs, Wisconsin has a fighting chance.last_img read more

first_imgWith a key matchup against No. 18 Arizona on the road this weekend, the Trojans will need all their weapons to be sharp to avenge last season’s loss.Back for more · Freshman wide receiver Robert Woods was limited by illness versus Arizona State but will play against Arizona. – Mannat Saini | Daily Trojan That includes freshman receiver Robert Woods.After starting off the year at a blistering rate — returning a 97-yard kick for a touchdown to put the Trojans up for good against Minnesota, and recording 19 catches for 340 yards and five touchdowns in a two-game span against Stanford and California — the freshman star has fallen off the radar.He did have a team-high seven catches for 59 yards against Oregon, but no touchdowns. He only recorded three catches for 17 yards last week against Arizona State because he wasn’t at full strength, as he had to be taken to the hospital because of vomiting and back pain Thursday.With Woods limited, the Sun Devils were able to double-team senior receiver Ronald Johnson, and the offense struggled to find a rhythm.“You could feel it out there,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said. “When both of those guys are healthy, you feel that speed presence out there and aggressiveness and there’s deeper safeties. If one of them is banged up or one of them is out, like Robert was in that game, you can feel that we have some really good receivers but [Robert and Johnson] are really fast  so I can definitely feel when one’s not there.”Woods was limited in practice Tuesday and said he hasn’t been sick since Friday, but he should be close to full strength this weekend.“I feel all right,” Woods said. “A little pain here and there, but I feel like I could go. It was coach’s decision to sit me out [Tuesday]. ”Sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley, who missed a wide-open Woods on a deep ball on the first series of the Arizona State game, one of the few times that game Woods looked like his former self, said his absence affects the passing game.“He being out, you could see the effects of it,” Barkley said. “He’s still getting there, still trying to get back to 100 percent. But he’s playing his butt off still. There’s no doubt about his effort. But I definitely missed him out there.”uFreshman running back Dillon Baxter got the first start of his career Saturday with mixed results. He rushed a team-high 17 times but mustered only 52 yards and had four catches for 26 yards.“The running was pretty good,” Baxter said. “There was a couple backside plays I could’ve got. But it was my first time and everything. I think I got in the groove pretty good for my first time.”Kiffin said he was impressed that in Baxter’s 17 carries he didn’t have one negative run. One area Baxter and Kiffin both see a need for improvement, however, is Baxter’s pass protection. Baxter missed a block on a play-action pass in the second quarter that caused Barkley to run out of the pocket and throw an interception in the end zone.“I’m disappointed in the pass protection on the play that ended up being the interception because that’s the exact same protection he missed at home versus Virginia,” Kiffin said. “Same protection, same guy and he missed him, and we threw an interception on that one because [Barkley] rushed it.”As for Baxter’s counterpart, junior running back Marc Tyler said he felt fine Tuesday after spraining his ankle in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game and should practice this week.last_img read more

first_imgDuro Ikhazuagbe with agency reportSuper Eagles Captain, John Mikel Obi, is believed to have agreed a four year deal with La Liga side, Valencia. Mikel who held talks with Valencia’s Sporting Director, Jesus Garcia Pitarch, on Christmas day in London, with the prospect of switching to the Spanish club, snubbed big spending Chinese side Shanghai SIPG, French side Olympique Marseille and Serie A duo of AC and Inter Milan to land the deal.After 11 seasons at Stamford Bridge, Mikel is joining Valencia on a free transfer after Chelsea decided to let the midfielder leave for no fee, despite having six months left on his current deal.Valencia is expected to announce the deal as soon as they are able to trash out the modalities of Mikel transfer with Chelsea. He is due some compensation which both teams have to agree on which party will pay.Mikel, 29, has not featured for Chelsea this season after returning from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games where he led Dream Team VI to Nigeria’s only bronze medal at the Games.Pitarch confirmed to Spanish media, Superdeporte: “In the case of Obi Mikel, with Chelsea’s permission, I met with him in London on Christmas day.“I informed him of the option (of joining Valencia). He said he would think about it.”Valencia is looking to reinforce their squad this month in a bid to turn their fortunes around.With just three wins in their 15 league games, Los Che are 17th in La Liga and level on 12 points with Sporting Gijon, who are in the relegation zone.Cesare Prandelli quit the Spanish team last Friday after less than three months in charge.The former Italy coach stepped down following a disagreement with the club owners over transfers matters.Mikel has made over 240 appearances for Chelsea since joining the club in the summer of 2006 from Norwegian side Lyn.Valencia host Celta Vigo in today’s Copa del Rey round-of-16 first leg with the former club player Voro Gonzalez stepping in as interim coach for the second time this season and fifth overall.When the news of Mikel’s transfer first leaked, a confidant of the Super Eagles captain insisted that Mikel is likely to settle for the biggest offer he can attract because he no longer has anything to prove in the game.Two seasons ago, Mikel demanded a salary of six million dollars tax-free a year if he were to quit Stamford Bridge.“He is not looking for a club to win more trophies again, he is looking for a club, who will give him the right money. That is the more reason the agents are now carefully studying the offers tabled by all the clubs interested in his services,” revealed the close confidant of Mikel.“He has achieved all what he can in football, so he needs the money now.”Although the offer from the Chinese clubs appears tempting, sources from Mikel camp hinted that it was not yet time for the Jos-born footballer to go to Asia for ‘pension’ yet.Mikel has outdone the legendary Nwankwo Kanu as the most decorated Nigeria star after he won both the UEFA Champions League and Europa League as well as two Premier League titles, four FA Cup and two League Cup winners’ medals.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgThe Brian Lara Stadium will become the Caribbean’s newest first class venue when it hosts three of Trinidad and Tobago Red Force’s home matches in the Regional first class campaign which bowls off next week.On Thursday, Cricket West Indies said it had approved the change for the second, fourth and seventh round matches, which had previously been scheduled for historic Queen’s Park Oval, to be now played at the spanking new south Trinidad facility.“This change means that we can now return the game to the south of Trinidad, which again has a venue to stage first-class matches,” said CWI cricket operations manager, Roland Holder.Red Force vs Jamaica Scorpions Red Force will now take on Jamaica Scorpions from November 2-5 in a fixture that will crown the Tarouba venue as a first-class venue.The hosts will also meet three-time reigning champions Guyana Jaguars in the fourth round from November 16-19 before clashing in the seventh round with perennial arch-rivals Barbados Pride from December 14-17.Since the Brian Lara Stadium was opened in May of this year, it has hosted several high profile matches, including the playoff and final of the Caribbean Premier League. The new stadium was also the site of last week’s opening matches of the ICC Women’s Championship between West Indies and Sri Lanka, in which the West Indies emerged winners.For recent news on Trinbago Red Force, click the link: Trinbago Red Force, Jamaica score victories in Lauderhill T20last_img read more

first_imgIn 2017, sports and esports intertwined to an unprecedented degree, multiple industry records were smashed, and the groundwork was laid for some of the most exciting developments in esports’ unfolding epic that we’ve seen yet. As a little Christmas present, here’s our nostalgia-soaked look back over the biggest stories from an incredible year in esports. 1 – The largest esports event in historyCopyright: ESL | Patrick StrackIntel & ESL welcomed 173,000 people in Katowice to the largest esports event on record.Across two weekends of intense action in CS:GO, League of Legends, and StarCraft 2, a combined prize pool of $650,000 (£525,000) was up for grabs.The audience were treated to masterclasses from Astralis, the Flash Wolves, and  Jun “TY” Tae Yang, as the winners claimed the trophies and prize money in front of record attendance. IEM Katowice 2017 also commanded an online audience that was 35% higher than the previous year’s event.“The gaming community’s passion for esports was on display,” said Frank Soqui, General Manager of the Virtual Reality and Gaming Group at Intel, adding that tournament “shattered all expectations”. So, there you have it: five of the biggest stories of 2017. Of course, it doesn’t come close to truly encapsulating a momentous year of esports, and there will doubtless be countless stories that could have just as easily slotted in lieu of the ones above. But that just demonstrates what a storied year this has been for competitive gaming – and esports is only going up from here.Happy holidays, and see you all in 2018. I can’t wait to find out what’s in store. 2 – The largest esports prize pool in historyAnother record was shattered in 2017 – by Valve, who have made an awful habit of perennially rewriting the record books with the prize pool of Dota 2’s The International.TI 7 featured the absolutely bonkers prize pool total of almost 24.8 million dollars (£18.6m). As a result, victors Team Liquid alone took home $10.9 million (£8.12m) alongside the Aegis of Champions.As usual, the winnings were mostly funded by the fans, as players had the option to purchase a ‘Battle Pass’, which provides a suite of aesthetic enhancements for the game. 5 – Esports discussed for the OlympicsJust when you thought you’d heard it all, news came out this year that the virtues of esports are being debated by the International Olympic Committee, with a view to a potential inclusion in the 2024 Games.The team behind the Paris bid for the 2024 Games were keen to discuss the possible addition to the programme with the IOC, with the aim of appealing to some of the legions of (typically young) fans of esports tournaments.The 28th of October saw leading representatives of the Olympic Summit weigh up the pros and cons of esports. They acknowledged that esports “could be considered a sporting activity”, a crucial first step if the bid to include esports is successful; however, they also outlined a number of requirements that would have to be met, including the formation of an independent governing body for competition. If you’re interested in all facets of the debate, check out this piece, which runs through the arguments for and against esports’ inclusion. 4 – Tencent continues world dominationSamsung Galaxy versus SKT T1, 2016. Credit Riot GamesNot satisfied with simply owning the highest-earning game in the world, Tencent this year revealed a five-year plan to create a gargantuan, world-leading, $14.6 billion esports market in China.The plan of action includes setting up further esports leagues, tournaments, and associations that will nurture players. Tencent will also construct esports ‘industrial parks’, providing an upgrade to the infrastructure across the country’s entire esports ecosystem.They definitely have the bark to back up their bite, too, having announced a total annual revenue of $21 billion for 2016. That figure was reached with the assistance of an acquisition of League of Legends developer Riot Games the previous year. 3 – Esports: franchisedNorth American esports took a massive step this year, with the NA LCS and the mostly US-based Overwatch League both offering franchise spots in their leagues commencing in 2018.Riot Games revealed they were franchising their premier North American tournament in June, with slots reportedly selling for $10 million (£7.5m). Overwatch League franchises apparently paid twice that figure for inclusion in Blizzard’s competition. Many of this year’s stories followed the plights of esports organisations, sports clubs, and venture capitalists competing with each other for a space.For a look into the twenty organisations behind the teams in both leagues, check out this handy OWL and NA LCS ownership guide. Spoiler alert: almost half of them have NBA affiliations!last_img read more