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first_imgWorld Cup Salah included in Egypt’s World Cup squad as Pharaohs pin their hopes on a speedy recovery Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 19:10 6/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mohamed Salah Egypt Getty Images World Cup Mohamed Salah Egypt The Liverpool forward is nursing a shoulder injury picked up in the Champions League final, but he will join his international colleagues in Russia Mohamed Salah has been included in Egypt’s squad for World Cup 2018 as he seeks to shake off a shoulder injury in time to play some part in the finals.The Liverpool forward forms part of Hector Cuper’s plans despite nursing an ailment which threatened to dash his international dreams entirely this summer.Having tangled with Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final, the 25-year-old was forced from the field in tears as fears were immediately raised as to his possible involvement at Russia 2018. 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 Salah was quick to air his confidence that he would recover in time, but mixed messages have been offered since then regarding a timescale on his rehabilitation.The latest of those suggested that he would be sidelined for around three weeks, with medical assistance having been sought in Spain to help speed up the process.It is, therefore, highly likely that a man who netted 44 times at club level In 2017-18 will sit out Egypt’s opening fixture against Uruguay on June 15.He may, however, come into contention for a meeting with Russia on June 19, or be held back until a final Group A encounter with Saudi Arabia on June 25.The Pharaohs are pinning their hopes on Salah being ready for as much competitive football as possible, with it his goals which booked them a ticket to a first World Cup finals since 1990.Egypt topped Group E in qualification, besting Uganda, Ghana and Congo to qualify for the tournament.last_img read more

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first_imgPowerade VIDEO: From Predators to Adizero’s – The Evolution of FIFA World Cup Boots Goal Last updated 1 year ago 21:30 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy David Beckham's '02 World Cup boots Powerade World Cup Videos Adidas’s Predator Range has been a very popular choice among football’s elite, but who can forget Gerd Muller’s golden boots? The football boots worn by World Cup stars can reach iconic status.Brazil captain Carlos Alberto Torres’s simple black and white Adidas boots were the first that people really noticed, as the Selecao turned on the style at the 1970 World Cup in Mexico. But his understated pair were left in the shadow of the glistening, golden boots worn by Germany’s Gerd Muller during the tournament four years later. Editors’ Picks 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 Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move A few years later, the height of evolution in boots arrived via the Adidas Predator.The Predator Cup boots, sported most notably by Thomas Hassler at USA ’94, were followed by the Accelerators, worn by the key to France’s victory on home soil in ’98, Zinedine Zidane.The Predator Mania’s became arguably the most famous boots of all time when David Beckham and Co. gallivanted around in them during Japan/South Korea ’02.Spain legend Xavi wore Predator X boots as he helped La Roja pass their way to glory in South Africa in ’10, while Colombia’s James Rodriguez earned the Golden Boot in Brazil ’14, scoring six times in his Adidas F50 Adizero’s.Will we see another pair of legendary boots emerge in Russia?last_img read more

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first_imgThe 2012 Queensland Touch Association (QTA) State Championships will be played this weekend, from Friday, 19 October until Sunday, 21 October. This year’s event will be held at the Palm Beach Touch Fields on the Gold Coast and will see 26 teams compete across five divisions, including Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Open as well as Women’s 20’s and Men’s 50’s.  All six of Queensland’s regions – Central Queensland Bulls, South Queensland Sharks, South West Queensland Swans, Sunshine Coast Pineapples, North Queensland Cyclones and Brisbane City Cobras – will be represented at the event. The South Queensland Sharks will be hopeful of taking out consecutive Regional Championships titles following their win in 2011. The event will also see a referee and coach forum on Saturday afternoon of the event, coordinated by Queensland Referees Director, Dave Field and Queensland Coaching Director, Greg Jones. It will be the first forum of its type at the event in a number of years and will see Level 6 referees Luke McKenzie and Dale Lawrence as well as Queensland Men’s Open coach, Pat Grehan, present at the forum. This year’s event will be used as a selection medium for the Queensland teams competing in next year’s Elite Eight tournament, to be played in conjunction with the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League in Coffs Harbour in March. For further information, news and results, please visit the event’s website below:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-8575-0-236534-0&sID=223200 Related LinksQLD State Championshipslast_img read more

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first_imgA group of New South Wales junior Touch Football players will gather in Wollongong this weekend to take part in the inaugural AusSquad camp in the state.The attendees were selected following their performances at the recent New South Wales Junior Regionals event, with the camp looking towards developing the next generation of state and national Touch Football representatives.Approximately 150 players were invited to take part in the weekend, in the under 14’s, 16’s and 18’s age categories. The camp will run from Friday, 2 August until Sunday, 4 August 2013.  Participants at the camp will receive advice and learn skills from High Performance coaches as well as being introduced to lifestyle practices that are conducive to success.AusSquad head coach, Justin Creighton, said he was excited by the opportunity to run the camp as well as the growth prospects it heralded for the sport of Touch of Football.“We have had almost 200 players and coaches register to be a part of this inaugural program in New South Wales. This reflects not only a need for this development pathway, but also enormous enthusiasm from the participants,” Creighton said.“We want to offer ongoing high level development and an increased professionalism to our player base, for the long term betterment of the sport.”Related LinksAusSquad Camplast_img read more

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first_imgTake the chance to win NRL Grand Final tickets and a night’s accommodation in Sydney for you and a friend by posting a pic of you watching the #NRLTouchPremiership!To enter, post a pic or short video of you or someone else watching the NRL Touch Premiership on any device, live or on-demand, through NRL.com, Kayo Sports, Fox League or Sky Sport by 19/08/19. Use the hashtag #NRLTouchPremiership and tag @touchfootballaustralia.Go here to see the broadcast draw for the NRL Touch Premiership: touchfootball.com.au/2019-nrl-touch-premiership-broadcast-detailsGo here to stream past games of the NRL Touch Premiership for free: bit.ly/watchnrltouch Terms & Conditions: The promoter is Touch Football Australia Ltd, ABN 55 090 088 207, Suite 1/18 Napier Close, Deakin ACT 2600. Competition commences 10:00am on Saturday 20/07/2019, and ends 11:00pm on Monday 19/08/2019. There is only one prize on offer, valid for the prizewinner and a guest of their choosing. The prize consists of two ‘gold category’ tickets to the NRL Grand Final on Sunday 6th October in Sydney (to the total value of $520) and one night of accommodation for two people in a shared room at Quest at Sydney Olympic Park (total value of $214) on Sunday 6th October. The total prize pack value is $734. Any travel or other costs associated with attending the grand final and staying in the accommodation will need to be covered by the prizewinner and their guest. How to enter: Post on either Instagram, Instagram Stories, Facebook or Twitter a photo or video of you or someone else watching any 2019 NRL Touch Premiership broadcast/stream from either NRL.com, Kayo Sports, Fox League or, in New Zealand, Sky Sport, on any device, live or on-demand. The hashtag #NRLTouchPremiership must be used with posts. On Instagram and Facebook, @touchfootballaustralia must be tagged. On Twitter, @touchfootyaus must be tagged. Enter as many times as you like. The winner will be judged by Touch Football Australia (TFA) from Rugby League Central, 44 Driver Ave, Moore Park NSW 2021 at 10:00am on Tuesday 20/08/2019. Winner will be notified via social media by 5:00pm on Wednesday 21/08/2019. Winner will need to respond with phone number in order to claim prize. Failure to respond to TFA’s notification with a phone number by 5:00pm Friday 23/08/2019 will result in a new winner being selected by TFA. Winner will be publicly announced on TFA’s social media channels by 5:00pm Monday 26/08/2019. The purpose of this competition is to promote the NRL Touch Premiership broadcasts. You are not eligible to win this prize if you are an employee of Touch Football Australia.last_img read more

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd standing by Mourinho – for nowby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are standing by manager Jose Mourinho.The Mirror says United have no immediate plans to fire under-pressure Mourinho.Fans are demanding change after United slumped to defeat at Liverpool – leaving the club 19 points behind their bitter rivals and Premier League leaders.The Red Devils are now 11 points adrift of the Champions League places but the Old Trafford hierarchy are not considering firing the former Real Madrid and Chelsea boss in the immediate future.But he will not go unless their season goes into freefall with top brass prepared to give him more time.United take on struggling Cardiff City away from home next before ending 2018 with back-to-back home games with Huddersfield Town and AFC Bournemouth. last_img read more

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first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Man Utd coach Alvarez: De Gea can improveby Ansser Sadiq9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United coach Emilio Alvarez claims that David De Gea can improve.The Spanish goalkeeper has been in excellent form with United for the past 18 months, despite having a difficult World Cup in between with Spain.De Gea has started every Premier League game this season, but his coach Alvarez, who has stayed on after the departure of Jose Mourinho, insists De Gea has areas to improve. Alvarez told the club’s official website: “David is, of course, the one who plays more and is an important player for the club, but the three of them [goalkeepers] are doing very well.”With David, we are always thinking about how he can get better and better, and better. To be honest, I don’t think David will ever stop. He can get even better!” last_img read more

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first_imgWest Ham midfielder Wilshere: Aubameyang a dream to play withby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham midfielder Jack Wilshere is full of praise for former Arsenal teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The 29-year-old has netted 24 Premier League goals in 35 appearances, as well as setting up seven.“For a midfielder he’s a dream,” Wilshere said on Sky Sports.“He came in January last year and I played with him for the second half of the season.“He makes runs and he gets frustrated when midfielders don’t find him.“But he does it consistently throughout the game, he will make three or four runs a half that are crying out for a ball to be put in behind.“Defences in the Premier League will hate that.“As a centre-back, the last thing you want is a quick player who runs behind and he does that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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first_img​Maddison & Sancho emerge as Man Utd top summer targetsby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have identified their top two targets for the next summer transfer window.The Red Devils are still in the midst of a rebuild under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.According to ESPN, two names that stand out on their list are James Maddison from Leicester City and Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.The latter is the right winger United think can solve their problems in that position.And Maddison is a central and attacking midfielder who would add intensity, passing ability and set-piece quality to the team.Neither player would come cheap, especially Sancho, given their clubs’ desire to hold on to them. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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first_imgFraser: Bournemouth must overcome Southampton mental blockby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRyan Fraser says Bournemouth must get over their mental hurdle to beat local rivals Southampton away from home.Cherries have beaten their south coast neighbours seven times from 29 meetings, but all of which were at the Vitality Stadium.Discussing the club’s record at St Mary’s, Fraser told the Daily Echo: “It’s disappointing. The gaffer mentioned it, he was already on to the next game in the changing room (after Everton).”Now we’ve got the win under our belt at home, he says we’ve never really had a good record away and it’s time for us to set down a marker that we can go there and turn them over.”We bring big fans, large numbers and we always seem to go away disappointed. Even at home I think I remember one game that we won, but we’ve never really dominated them.”I think we should try and impose ourselves and try and mentally get over that hurdle of going there and trying to win.”It’s one that if we play our best, I can see us winning.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery: Man Utd draw a fair resultby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveUnai Emery says Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United was a fair result for both teams.The Gunners equalised through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after Scott McTominay opened the scoring for the hosts.Neither side showed significant attacking prowess and Emery thinks they both deserved a point.”It’s not the best result,” he told Sky Sports. “In the first half they pressed a lot but we controlled the match with good possession. “At half-time we spoke about being calm and we tried to find our moment to win the match. After our game they improved little by little.They had some chances to score and at the end I think the draw is a deserved result for both teams.” last_img read more

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first_imgCoach Cal yelling from the Kentucky sideline.LEXINGTON, KY – FEBRUARY 28: John Calipari the head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats gives instructions to his team against the Ole Miss Rebels during the game at Rupp Arena on February 28, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)This past Saturday night, immediately following Kentucky’s last-second victory over Notre Dame, it was suggested by TBS sideline reporter Lewis Johnson, in a live interview with UK head coach John Calipari, that Notre Dame was the “toughest test” that the Wildcats had faced all season. Coach Cal emphatically disagreed, leading many to criticize him for failing to give the Irish credit. The clip went viral as a result.Monday, Calipari addressed the situation on the Final Four teleconference. He claims that he didn’t want to lie, given Kentucky’s difficult tests against Ole Miss and Texas A&M – both of which went to overtime. Brett Dawson of Rivals and Kami Mattioli of Sporting News grabbed the quote.Here’s the thing about being at a game: I had no idea there was any social-media flap about Calipari not saying ND was UK’s toughest game.— Brett Dawson (@BDawsonRivals) March 30, 2015Apparently there was, though, as Calipari was asked about it on today’s Final Four teleconference.— Brett Dawson (@BDawsonRivals) March 30, 2015Calipari said he “could have lied” and said Notre Dame was toughest test, but points out UK was lucky to get to OT vs. Ole Miss and A&M.— Brett Dawson (@BDawsonRivals) March 30, 2015Calipari on his postgame comments: “To say that that was by far the toughest game, I could’ve lied and said oh yeah, but it wasn’t”— Kami Mattioli (@kmattio) March 30, 2015While Calipari’s interview may have rubbed many people the wrong way, he did make sure to praise Notre Dame when accepting the Midwest Region trophy afterwards. Kentucky next takes on Wisconsin in the Final Four Saturday night.last_img read more

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first_imgA closeup of Miles Bridges in a green Michigan State uniform.EAST LANSING, MI – JANUARY 4: Miles Bridges #22 of the Michigan State Spartans reacts during the game against the Maryland Terrapins at Breslin Center on January 4, 2018 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)A consensus top-15 player, five-star small forward Miles Bridges is the crown jewel of Michigan State’s stellar 2016 recruiting class. Yesterday, he showed one of the reasons why.Last night, Bridges posted video on Twitter of him absolutely killing the vertical leap test during workouts. Vert test todaypic.twitter.com/mCDXBjoRo1— Miles Bridges (@MilesBridges01) June 30, 2016It’s not clear exactly how high Bridges got up, but it looks to be pretty high. MSU fans have every reason to be excited about this kid.last_img read more

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first_imgSantiago Solari accepted Real Madrid were “weak” in their loss to Leganes, despite progressing to the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey.Madrid’s 3-0 first-leg win meant Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat at Butarque was not enough to send them out of the tournament at the expense of Leganes for the second year in a row.Solari gave Isco a start in a rejigged team that saw Marcelo feature on the wing in the first half, with Madrid struggling to create chances without a focal point in attack. 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? And Solari accepted his side, who have lost two of their last four matches, were not good enough against Leganes, who won the second leg thanks to a first-half Martin Braithwaite goal.”A weak performance, above all the first half,” he told a news conference.”They all needed to get playing time, they got it. We got through the tie, but the performance was weak.”Sometimes we try things and if they do not work, we try to improve them.”We have lacked depth. We paid not having a specific reference in attack.”Madrid were without Karim Benzema, the striker having fractured his finger in their 2-1 win at Real Betis in the league last time out.But Solari is optimistic that the former France international will be able to play Madrid’s next game, against Sevilla on Saturday.”It is a broken little finger,” he said of the striker. “We hope to have him at the weekend, and next Wednesday, and the next weekend.”Isco lasted 68 minutes on a rare start under Solari, with the playmaker withdrawn for Cristo Gonzalez.The Spain midfielder completed 93 per cent of his passes but wasted Madrid’s best chance to score with a tame shot.Solari has regularly been questioned about his apparent lack of faith in Isco but he once again dismissed talk of a rift with the playmaker.”There is no problem, not at all,” Solari said of Isco.last_img read more

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first_imgUrban Meyer talking to Jim Harbaugh after the Ohio State, Michigan gameANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 25: Urban Meyer head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines shake hands after the game. Ohio State won 31 to 20 on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Will Jim Harbaugh leave Michigan for the NFL this offseason?The Los Angeles Rams head coaching job is now open and, unsurprisingly, Jim Harbaugh is being mentioned as a possible candidate.No one is saying that Harbaugh has legitimate interest in the position, but respected reporters are saying that they won’t be surprised if the Rams make a run at the Michigan head coach.Michigan defensive lineman Chase Winovich has something to say about that.After Pro Football Talk tweeted that “$10 to $15 million” could get Harbaugh to leave the Wolverines for Los Angeles, Winovich tweeted the following.You clearly don’t understand our head ball coach if you think he can be bought out like that.He’s not going anywhere-we wouldn’t let him lol https://t.co/hKkvo2Qxmr— Chase Winovich (@Chase_Winovich) December 13, 2016So don’t worry, Michigan fans, Harbaugh’s future with the Wolverines has been spoken for. According to one of his players, he’s not going anywhere.Michigan is currently preparing for an Orange Bowl bout against Florida State, set to take place in Miami on Friday, Dec. 30 at 8 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on ESPN.last_img read more

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first_imgIowa fans with painted chests.IOWA CITY, IA – NOVEMBER 14: Fans of the Iowa Hawkeyes celebrate after the match-up against the Minnesota Gophers on November 14, 2015 at Kinnick Stadium, in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)Iowa football is not typically a recruiting powerhouse. Kirk Ferentz and his staff have brought in some solid talent in recent years.Last year’s class ranked No. 39 in the country, and No. 8 in the Big Ten. Things could be on a bit of an uptick from there.Iowa football has 16 players committed in next year’s recruiting class, as of today.After last year’s class did not have any blue chip players, three are committed to head to Iowa next season.Ezra Miller and Tyler Endres, a pair of offensive tackles, are ranked Nos. 24 and 31 at their position, respectively. Both are pledged to the Hawkeyes. They’re joined by four-star outside linebacker Jestin Jacobs, out of Ohio.Among the other notable commits is quarterback Alex Padilla, a pro-style Colorado native ranked No. 33 in the country.As a group, the 2019 Hawkeyes are ranked No. 34 in the country, and No. 8 in the Big Ten, via 247Sports.Iowa’s class of 2020 is off to a fast start as well, and also features an early quarterback commit.Grapvine, Texas native Deuce Hogan gave his commitment to Iowa back in June. He is a four-star pro-style quarterback, ranked No. 13 at his position in the class.COMMITTED! All praise to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ…let’s rock Kinnick? #swarm20 pic.twitter.com/BE1lVwqTVi— Deuce Hogan (@_DeuceHogan__) June 29, 2018He’s joined by a pair of three-star defensive ends, Michael Lois and Isaiah Bruce. Both committed this fall. The class is ranked No. 20 overall and fourth in the Big Ten early in the cycle.last_img read more

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first_imgA general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers.TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers on October 24, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Jimbo Fisher thought he landed an elite wideout for his offense in the class of 2019, as Christian Harris originally announced his commitment to Texas A&M. Unfortunately for the Aggies, the four-star recruit just had a change of heart.Over the weekend, the Aggies won an absolute thriller over the LSU Tigers, showing the college football world that they’re officially back. However, this latest development revolving around Harrison will certainly sting.Not only did he decommit from Texas A&M, but he also announced he’ll take his talents to Alabama.“There is no love lost for the Aggie family and I am forever grateful for the relationships that I’ve built with them,” Harris tweeted. “After much thought and consideration, I have made the decision to continue my academic and athletic career at the University of Alabama.”Here is the full post:pic.twitter.com/GUmQwTYbzw— Christian Harris (@Charris_36) November 29, 2018The four-star wideout grew up in Baton Rouge, and he is currently the No. 145 recruit in the nation, per 247Sports. He also played defense in high school, lining up on the outside as a defensive back.Once again, the rich get richer, and in this particular case, the Crimson Tide continue to load their roster for years to come.last_img read more

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first_imgGeneral view of the opening play between the USC Trojans and the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl.PASADENA, CA – NOVEMBER 22: General view of the opening play between the USC Trojans and the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl on November 22, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)One of the top quarterback prospects in the 2020 class is off the market. Four-star Parker McQuarrie has committed to UCLA.McQuarrie announced his commitment to the Bruins moments ago. The Weare (N.H.) St. Paul’s School Product chose UCLA over Boston College, Purdue, Wisconsin and others.He unofficially visited the Bruins and Badgers in March.committed … 💛💙🐻 #8Clap pic.twitter.com/v5gdh5oreD— Parker McQuarrie (@PBMcQuarrie) April 3, 2019The 6-foot-7, 208-pound McQuarrie is the 10th-rated Pro Style quarterback in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. He’s the 16th-overall quarterback recruit.McQuarrie is the second commit for Chip Kelly in the 2020 cycle. Perhaps his pledge will entice other recruits to give the Bruins a look.UCLA finished 3-9 overall in Kelly’s first season last fall and 3-6 in Pac-12 play. They were never able to recover from an 0-5 start.It was Kelly’s first losing season as a college head coach.last_img read more

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first_imgDid MS Dhoni’s slow half-century cost India the Sydney ODI vs Australia? India vs Australia: Brief Scores – Australia (288/5) beat India (254/9) by 34 runs: MS Dhoni was unlucky as the ball that trapped him in front had pitched outside the line of the leg-stump but the wicketkeeper-batsman consumed too many deliveries during a 137-run stand with centurion Rohit Sharma.advertisement Akshay Ramesh SydneyJanuary 12, 2019UPDATED: January 12, 2019 19:03 IST India vs Australia, 1st ODI: MS Dhoni was struggling to put bat to ball during the early stages of his 137-run stand with centurion Rohit Sharma on Saturday (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDhoni took 96 balls to score 51 before being dismissed at a crucial juncture in India’s chase of 289Dhoni stitched a 137-run stand with centurion Rohit Sharma but was struggling to put bat to ball for the most part of his knockIndia lost the first ODI by 34 runs despite Virat Kohli conceding that Australia 288 was below-par on the SCG wicketIndia vs Australia: Brief Scores – Australia (288/5) beat India (254/9) by 34 runs. Virat Kohli said MS Dhoni ‘s dismissal was the turning point in India’s 34-run loss to Australia in the first ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday. Chasing 289, India managed only 254 for 9. (Full Scorecard)MS Dhoni may have managed to win the hearts of some of his hardcore fans by bringing up his first ODI century since December 2017. The former India captain had a memorable outing, personally at the Sydney Cricket Ground as he became the fifth batsman from the country to score 10,000 ODI runs for India during the first ODI between India and Australia on Saturday.However, the pace at which he got the 51, it is safe to say, was one the primary reasons, India weren’t able to cross the finish line at the SCG.Yes, India were jolted early in the chase of 289 as young Jhye Richardson removed Virat Kohli (3) and Ambati Rayudu (0) after Jason Behrendorff handed Shikhar Dhawan his first golden duck in ODIs but one cannot deny the fact Dhoni was struggling to put bat to ball and consumed a lot of deliveries towards the start of his innings.Dhoni didn’t have any match practice since November 1, 2018, as he was not part of the T20I series against the West Indies at home and the T20I series against Australia at the beginning of the ongoing tour. Dhoni had also opted to skip Ranji Trophy duties despite some of the senior cricketers, including Sunil Gavaskar questioning senior players’ absence from the premier domestic tournament.advertisementThe rustiness was visible as the wicketkeeper-batsman found it difficult to pick gaps in the vast SCG field, let alone finding the boundaries.Virat Kohli, speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, conceded that that 300-plus was par on the SCG wicket and pointed out that India bowlers had done their jobs to limit Australia to 288 for 5.Dhoni had joined Rohit Sharma when India were reeling at 4 for 3 inside the first four overs. The 37-year-old had the license to start slow but taking 96 balls to score 51 wasn’t going to help the team as the asking rate was always going to be a problem on what was a slow SCG wicket.Yes, the SCG wicket was slowing up but Dhoni’s inability to rotate the strike not just piled up the pressure on Rohit Sharma but also made life difficult for the likes of Dinesh Karthik and Ravindra Jadeja, who had very little time to get used to the conditions.There was only an illusion of an opportunity in this game. The 4th wicket partnership had consumed too many deliveries.Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 12, 2019Why u r worried so much from Dhoni’s fans,,say it loud & clear,,,Rohit played till the end,,he made use of all those deliveries,,Dhoni wasted 96 balls,,,????Don’t you think his small backlift play is hampering his performance,,We all love Dhoni,It’s time to take tough decisionHarshit Kumar (@Er_kumarharshit) January 12, 2019Dhoni consumed too many deliveries and at the end even Rohit Sharma was no able to catch up with the required run rate though he was better than run a ball….Navneet Trivedi (@NavneetTrived20) January 12, 2019Dhoni in the same shoes that the famous boys were when he took over. He should RETIRE !!No ride, No story !! (@Kevin16117) January 12, 2019Kindly give Mahi a graceful exit. Someone needs to tell him that he is just not timing the ball and is struggling. Karthik has to be ur wicket keeper if he is in the team. Get likes of kedhar Jadhav or Manish Pandey in the place of Dhoni. U can’t have MSD in the team jst for DRS!Raj Nair (@rajnairview) January 12, 2019The No. Of dot balls Dhoni consumed in his innings is really question mark surely he is struggling with rotating strike he is not in great form, the selector need to take some bold decision before world cup and Rishabh pant or DK will be alternate wicket keeper batsmanGopi Mariappan (@gopi_mariappan) January 12, 2019Dhoni has been a shadow of his former self, especially in the 50-over format for quite some time now.More than the lack of big scores, the rate at which Dhoni has been scoring in ODIs has been a huge cause of concern for India. Dhoni’s strike-rate from 20 matches in 2018 was a paltry 71.42, as opposed to his career strike-rate of 87.60.In fact, Dhoni was even booed by a few Indian fans at the Lord’s during India’s tour of England in 2018. The crowd was frustrated with Dhoni’s slow approach to a steep chase of 323 in the second ODI against the then hosts.advertisementIndia were already behind the asking rate when Dhoni walked in to bat at the fall of Virat Kohli’s wicket. His approach thereafter was baffling: Dhoni scored 37 off 59 balls and hit only two boundaries.Dhoni had also scored the second slowest half-century in Indian cricket history when he scored 58 off 108 balls in India’s 11-run defeat against the West Indies during the Asian giants’ tour of the Caribbean in 2017. Also Read | Not pleased with the way we played in Sydney, says Virat KohliAlso Read | Steve Smith to undergo elbow surgery as ball-tampering ban draws to a closeMS Dhoni 5th batsman to score 10,000 ODI runs for IndiaAlso Read | Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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first_imgPV Sindhu begins Senior National Badminton Championships campaign with easy winPV Sindhu took time to get into the groove before claiming a 21-11 21-13 win over Malvika Bansod to clinch a quarter-final berth in Guwahati on Thursdayadvertisement Press Trust of India GuwahatiFebruary 14, 2019UPDATED: February 14, 2019 12:16 IST Badminton Senior National Championships 2019: PV Sindhu has clinched the quarter-final berth with a comfortable win on Thursday (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPV Sindhu beat Malavika Bansod 21-11, 21-13 in the women’s singles Round of 16Top 8 players on the combined basis of world and domestic rankings were given direct entry into pre-quartersSindhu finished runner-up at the last year’s edition after losing to Saina Nehwal in the finalOlympic silver medallist P V Sindhu Thursday opened her campaign in the 83rd Senior National Badminton Championship with a straight game win over Nagpur’s Malvika Bansod to enter the women’s singles quarterfinals here.A former champion, Sindhu took time to get into the groove before claiming a 21-11 21-13 win over Malvika, who is a gold medallist at the South Asian U-21 Championship in Nepal and a runner-up at Khelo India Games.Like last year, the top eight players of the competition on the combined basis of world and domestic rankings were given direct entry into the singles pre-quarterfinals for which a Super Draw was held Wednesday night.Day 3 Match Updates:Olympic Silver Medalist, @Pvsindhu1 scaled through to the quarter-finals of Yonex Sunrise 83rd Senior Nationals, she defeated #MalvikaBansod 21-11;21-13 in the pre-quarters. #IndiaontheRIse #SeniorNationals2019 pic.twitter.com/sgy6f8kVrIBAI Media (@BAI_Media) February 14, 2019Malvika made a dream start, moving to a 4-0 lead. Soon Sindhu clawed her way back to level the scores with a push at the backcourt.Sindhu eventually grabbed an 11-7 advantage at the break. She continued to force the younger shuttler to commit errors.At 19-11, Sindhu unleashed a couple of smashes to seal the first game.In the second game, Sindhu was ahead 9-2 with Malvika committing unforced errors. The Hyderabadi went to the break with an 11-4 lead.Malvika played well in the rallies but lacked the finishing touch, committing unforced errors as Sindhu eventually wrapped up her pre-quarterfinal match in 35 minutes with a precise return at the forecourt.advertisementAlso Read | Lakshya Sen eyes top 30 ranking by year endAlso Read | All England Badminton Championships 2019: Sindhu, Saina, Srikanth handed tough drawsAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow PV SindhuFollow Sameer VermaFollow Saina NehwalFollow Badminton Senior National Championships 2019Follow badminton national championships Nextlast_img read more