10 months agoChelsea still keen on Borussia Dortmund midfielder Christian Pulisic

first_imgChelsea still keen on Borussia Dortmund midfielder Christian Pulisicby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea remain in the hunt for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Christian Pulisic.The Telegraph says the 20-year-old winger has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge during the mid-season sales.Chelsea are on the hunt for long-term replacements for Pedro and Willian – and Pulisic would fit the bill.He is under contract at Borussia Dortmund until 2020 so the Bundesliga giants are running out of time to cash in.And Chelsea are hopeful of securing Pulisic’s services.But it is claimed that BVB bosses will dig their heels in until the summer transfer window. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoSNAPPED: Rooney searched before seeing Man Utd defeat Huddersfield

first_imgSNAPPED: Rooney searched before seeing Man Utd defeat Huddersfieldby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDC United striker Wayne Rooney took in Manchester United’s win over Huddersfield Town.The forward, who played for United between 2004 and 2017, was pictured at Old Trafford before fans were allowed in, and captioned his post with a love heart.Rooney, who attended the game with the family of his wife Colleen, was a pundit for BT Sport for new caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first game in charge at Cardiff.Wayne Rooney for Manchester United: Games – 559 Goals – 253United steward be like…“Better safe than sorry.” #mufc [433] pic.twitter.com/ETzFlDGDcp— United Xtra (@utdxtra) December 26, 2018 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Georgia Coach Mark Fox Yelled At His Student Section For Chanting “Bruce Pearl Sucks”

first_imgGeorgia vs. Auburn basketball in 2015.Georgia’s men’s basketball coach Mark Fox got pretty upset with the Bulldogs’ student section Saturday afternoon. His team is facing Auburn in Athens, Ga. During the second half of the contest, Georgia’s students began chanting at Tigers’ coach Bruce Pearl. This did not please Fox, who proceeded to yell at the Georgia student section, asking them to stop. Georgia students were chanting something about Bruce Pearl, couldn’t hear what. Whatever it was, Mark Fox asked them to stop.— Seth Emerson (@SethEmerson) February 14, 2015It appears the Bulldogs’ students were chanting “Bruce Pearl Sucks!”Part of student section starts chanting “Bruce Pearl sucks” during Auburn free throw. Mark Fox walks over & yells at them to stop. #class— Wilson Alexander (@Alexander_taGr8) February 14, 2015That’s a pretty classy move from Fox. Student sections can be fairly mean-spirited. Georgia and Auburn are currently playing on FSN.last_img read more

Ezekiel Elliott Is Taking Time Out Of His Weekend Of Coaching And Fishing To Troll Michigan Fans

first_imgezekiel elliott runs the ball during the sugar bowl win over alabamaNEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Update: Ohio State fans, I am sorry to report that Ezekiel Elliott is no longer undefeated.Zeke-0 . . . Sea Sickness-98473626256— EzekielElliott (@EzekielElliott) May 16, 2015Earlier: Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott is having himself a full weekend. He and Braxton Miller coached at an all-star camp in South Carolina, he caught a small shark during a fishing trip, and he took some time out of his day to troll Michigan fans on Twitter.Looks about right pic.twitter.com/BswrgQ9p84— EzekielElliott (@EzekielElliott) May 16, 2015Of course, he got some responses from Wolverine fans, but he dealt with those pretty effectively as well.It have a national championship ring and two pair of gold pants ? https://t.co/3mG9P2Nsf9— EzekielElliott (@EzekielElliott) May 16, 2015So, by my count, Elliott is up 3-0 on sharks (he has since tweeted about a few more catches during his fishing trip), 2-0 against Michigan on the field, and at least 1-0 against fans on Twitter? There are far too many scores to keep up with here.last_img read more

Video: Dabo Swinney Hit The Whip During Clemson’s Post-Game Dance Party

first_imgHead coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers is dunked with Gatorade during the fourth quarter of the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl against the Ohio State Buckeyes.GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 31: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers is dunked with Gatorade during the fourth quarter of the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl against the Ohio State Buckeyes at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Clemson picked up a massive win, knocking off Notre Dame at home on Saturday night, so you know head coach Dabo Swinney was ready to dance. After the game, and a very awkward post-game interview that was accidentally cut off by ESPN, Swinney got down in the locker room, swinging a towel and hitting the Whip. We cannot confirm whether or not he added in the Nae Nae as well.With the win, Clemson danced its way to sixth in both the AP and Coaches Polls this week. The Tigers look to be in very good position to make a run at an ACC Championship, with Florida State struggling in recent weeks.last_img read more

Report: Wolves 2 Liverpool 1

first_imgRuben Neves’ superb strike gave Wolves a 2-1 win over Liverpool in the FA Cup third round – making it back-to-back defeats for the Premier League leaders.Jurgen Klopp made nine changes to the XI that lost by the same scoreline to title rivals Manchester City last Thursday and they turned in a lethargic first-half display, trailing at the break to Raul Jimenez’s opener.Divock Origi found a fine equaliser but Portugal midfielder Neves raised the decibel levels significantly at Molineux with a decisive 55th-minute long ranger. 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? One of the players Klopp retained from the City defeat, Croatia centre-back Dejan Lovren, pulled up and had to be replaced in the sixth minute, meaning 16-year-old Dutch defender Ki-Jana Hoever became Liverpool’s youngest player in FA Cup historyIt was a couple of senior men who let their manager down in the 38th minute when Diogo Jota stole possession from James Milner and burst past Fabinho.Jota played in Jimenez, who still had plenty to do but bore down on goal and steered an unerring finish beyond Simon Mignolet.Liverpool pulled level six minutes into the second half when the hitherto anonymous Origi engineered a fraction of space on the edge of the box to smash home left footed.Parity did not last long as Neves found an even better finish by launching a typically dipping and swerving effort from 30 yards.| @rubendsneves_ pic.twitter.com/zecOXYTczM— The Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) January 7, 2019Jimenez had the chance to move Wolves closer to round four when he picked Hoever’s pocket but could not adjust his feet after going around Mignolet.The run of spectacular second-half strikes continued as a sumptuous free-kick from Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri hit the inside of the right post and somehow bounced to safety.Klopp then called for the big guns, sending on Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, but Wolves held on.What does it mean? Klopp turns attention back towards biggest challengeManchester City manager Pep Guardiola insisted he was not in a position to choose between competitions and named a strong side to demolish Rotherham United 7-0 on Sunday. Klopp, whose squad depth is improved but does not quite match that enjoyed by Guardiola, evidently does not feel the same way and such a result always felt likely after the team-sheets were handed in.Neves adds another stunner to his collectionFormer Porto captain Neves won rave reviews early in the season but has only started one of Wolves’ past three Premier League matches. The 21-year-old was back to his sublime best here, controlling midfield with his exhaustive range of passing before producing another goal to linger in the memory.Listless Sturridge fails to make his caseLiverpool’s front two were notable for operating in not-so-splendid isolation before half-time but Origi at least got himself on the scoresheet in style after the break. Daniel Sturridge, who was England’s first-choice striker at the start of Gareth Southgate’s reign, appears to have accepted his lot as back-up following a string of injuries and the fabulous form of Jurgen Klopp’s forwards. However, he only has six months remaining on his Anfield contract and this was a sorry pitch for an extension.Key Opta Facts:- Wolves earned their first home win against Liverpool in seven attempts (D3 L3), since a 1-0 win in August 1981.- Liverpool have been eliminated from six of their last eight FA Cup ties against fellow Premier League opponents.- Wolves have eliminated Liverpool from the FA Cup five times – Stoke City are the only side they have knocked out of the competition more (6).- Raul Jimenez’s goal was Wolves’ first at home against Liverpool in 398 minutes, since Kenny Miller scored a 90th-minute goal against them in January 2004.- Eight of  Ruben Neves’ nine goals for Wolves in all competitions have been from outside the box, with his other strike coming from the penalty spot.- Liverpool’s Divock Origi scored his second goal in the FA Cup, with the other also coming against Wolves back in January 2017.- Liverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri has ended on the losing side in all four of his appearances in the FA Cup (three times with Stoke).What’s next?Liverpool will hope for more of the same from Wolves when they travel to Manchester City in seven days’ time, by which point an away victory at Brighton and Hove Albion could again put the Reds seven points clear of the reigning champions. read morelast_img read more

ESPN’s Early Prediction For The Alabama-LSU Game

first_imgJalston Fowler of the Alabama Crimson Tide scores a touchdown against Craig Loston #6 of the LSU Tigers.TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 09: Jalston Fowler #45 of the Alabama Crimson Tide scores a touchdown against Craig Loston #6 of the LSU Tigers in the fourth quarter of the game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 9, 2013 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)With a full ten days until one of the marquee matches of college football – Alabama-LSU – ESPN is taking an early swing at picking the game.Alabama has been ranked No. 1 all year and remain the prohibitive favorite to sweep the regular season and the College Football Playoffs.Ranked No. 4 heading into next week’s game, LSU represents the biggest challenge Alabama has left on their regular season schedule.ESPN’s computer model has released its prediction for the game.ESPN’s computer model believes that Alabama is practically a guaranteed win. The computer model gives the Crimson Tide a 78.6 percent chance to win the game against LSU.If Alabama beats LSU, a trip to the SEC Championship game becomes almost guaranteed. The remaining schedule consists of Mississippi State, The Citadel, and Auburn.The game will be played on November 3rd at 7 p.m. EST on CBS.last_img read more

New Injury Update For Penn State QB Trace McSorley

first_imgTrace McSorley looks on during a play.STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 22: Trace McSorley #9 of the Penn State Nittany Lions looks on in the first half during the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on October 22, 2016 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)On Saturday afternoon, the Wisconsin Badgers traveled to State College for a matchup against No. 20 Penn State. It’s been a disappointing season for both sides who sit at 6-3 on the year.Wisconsin jumped out to an early 7-0 lead thanks to a 71-yard touchdown run from star tailback Jonathan Taylor. Penn State would respond, however, and currently leads the contest 16-7 late in the first half.With just a few minutes left on the clock in the first half, Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley was sacked from behind and appeared to re-aggravate a knee injury he suffered earlier in the season.The star quarterback limped off the field, and was tended to by medical staff.And then, another sack: Will Fries is beat and Trace McSorley is sacked and now hurt.— Greg Pickel (@GregPickel) November 10, 2018The severity of the injury isn’t known and we still don’t know if McSorley will be healthy enough to come back in the second half.If McSorley is forced to miss time, junior quarterback Tommy Stevens will take over as the team’s starting quarterback.last_img read more

Star College Football WR Announces NFL Draft Decision

first_imgA General view of Auburn's stadium.AUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 20: A general view from high in the stadium as the LSU Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 20, 2008 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)Fresh off a standout bowl performance, Auburn wide receiver Darius Slayton is turning pro. He announced his decision today.Slayton will enter the 2019 NFL Draft. His final game as a Tiger was a three-catch, 160-yard, three touchdown performance in Auburn’s 63-14 bowl win over Purdue.Slayton revealed his decision on Instagram.“I would like to thank the Auburn Family for supporting me and my teammates over the last four years,” he wrote. “It has been a great experience, and I will forever be grateful to Auburn, Coach Malzahn and all of the coaches here for giving me the chance to play football at this outstanding University. I will carry the relationships and bonds that I have built with my teammates on with me for the rest of my life.”This season, Slayton hauled in 35 receptions for a team-leading 670 yards. His five touchdowns tied for the team lead.For his career, Slayton caught 79 passes for 1,605 yards and 11 touchdowns.Underclassmen have until January 14 to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft. Slayton is one of three AU players to enter the field, along with quarterback Jarrett Stidham and cornerback Jamel Dean.last_img read more

Another Texas Longhorns Player Enters The Transfer Portal

first_imgA Texas Longhorns football helmet sitting on the field.BOULDER, CO – OCTOBER 04: A helmet of the Texas Longhorns lies on the field as the team warms up prior to facing the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field on October 4, 2008 in Boulder, Colorado. Texas defeated Colorado 38-14. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)For the Texas Longhorns, the transfer portal giveth, and the transfer portal taketh away as the team is poised to lose another player on an off-season transfer move.According to 247Sports, Texas senior kicker Joshua Rowland is set to enter the transfer portal in order to play one more year at another school.As a junior in 2017, Rowland went 11-of-18 on field goals, and was 38-of-38 on extra point attempts.Rowland did not play in any games this past season. Freshman Cameron Dicker won the starting job and finished the season 18-of-25 on field goals and 51-of-52 on extra point attempts.In entering the transfer portal, Rowland joins a crop of Texas players that have either left or on the verge of leaving.Quarterback Cameron Rising is on his way to Utah, while quarterback Shake Buechele, running back running backs Kyle Porter and running back Tristian Houston are all waiting for the right move.The Longhorns have gotten plenty of benefit from the transfer portal though. They recently landed five-star rated receiver Bru McCoy on a transfer from USC.Texas finished the season with a 10-4 record – their best since 2009 – which included an upset win over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.last_img read more

USA Today Releases Its 2019 Big Ten Power Rankings

first_img Here are the top six teams in the Big Ten, per USA Today: Michigan (Projected Record: 11-1) Ohio State (Projected Record: 10-2) Michigan State (Projected Record: 9-3) Iowa (Projected Record: 8-4) Nebraska (Projected Record 9-3) Penn State (Projected Record 8-4)The full power rankings for the Big Ten can be seen on USA Today.It seems the Big Ten East will come down to either Michigan or Ohio State.On the other side, it seems that Iowa and Nebraska are emerging as the favorites in their division. This actually goes against ESPN’s Football Power Index, which projects Minnesota as the best team in the Big Ten West. The Big Ten Logo on the field for the Ohio State-Maryland game.COLLEGE PARK, MD – OCTOBER 04: A view of the Big Ten logo on the field during the game between the Maryland Terrapins and the Ohio State Buckeyes at Byrd Stadium on October 4, 2014 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images)With college football just around the corner, USA Today has released its power rankings for the Big Ten. Ohio State has won the conference championship in back-to-back seasons, but it won’t be favored to win its third-straight title.The consensus around the country is that Michigan should be the favorite in its conference. Jim Harbaugh has a strong core of players returning to Ann Arbor for this upcoming season.Another factor that could decide the Big Ten is the departure of Urban Meyer. We’ll find out soon enough if Ryan Day can handle the pressure of coaching Ohio State.Other programs that should be in contention for the conference championship are Iowa, Michigan State, Nebraska and Penn State.last_img read more

Paul Finebaum Apologizes For What He Said About Miami

first_img Finebaum apologizes to “all Miami fans” and to the university for his “third world program” comments, saying they were “incredibly unfortunate” admitting what he said was “very hurtful to a number of people.” It was very sincere.— Tom D’Angelo (@tomdangelo44) August 27, 2019“I don’t want to incite the crowd here, but when it comes to Miami, nothing surprises me,” Finebaum said in response to a caller’s question about the reported attack. “It’s a third-world program if you ask me.”Finebaum was harshly criticized for his comments.….what the hell are you doing @finebaum? pic.twitter.com/bseVbUeIVA— Parakeet A. Cortes (@Ryan_Cortes) August 27, 2019Finebaum is no stranger to feuds with fan bases outside the SEC, but even he would admit he stepped over the line with these Miami comments.As far as the game itself went, Finebaum was not that impressed with either Florida or Miami.“They did not look like a top 10 team, they did not look like a top 25 team, but they survived it and surviving a terrible night with a win is a lot better than a loss,” Finebaum said during Monday’s appearance on WJOX, 94.5 FM, per 247Sports. “A loss would have really put the eyes in focus on Dan Mullen and Feleipe Franks. Instead, a lot of teeth gnashing for the next two weeks, but I don’t think it’s going to matter much. They get up to Kentucky and win that game, this will not matter much.“I came away thinking Miami looked like the better team, Jarren Williams was unbelievable. But in the end, I don’t think it’s going to have a dramatic effect on the outcome of the season.” An extreme closeup of ESPN's Paul Finebaum.ARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 31: TV/radio personality Paul Finebaum of the SEC Network speaks on air before the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum has issued an apology to Miami Hurricanes fans for what he said about the program following reports of a Florida band director getting attacked after Saturday night’s game.The SEC Network personality called Miami a “third world program” in the wake of the reported attack.Finebaum opened his radio show this afternoon with an apology.The ESPN analyst called his comment “incredibly unfortunate” and admitted that it was “very hurtful to a number of people.”last_img read more

Wisconsin Player Sends Message To Michigan QB Dylan McCaffrey

first_imgMichigan quarterback Dylan McCaffrey drops back to pass.SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 01: Dylan McCaffrey #10 of the Michigan Wolverines throws a pass while playing the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium on September 1, 2018 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Wisconsin-Michigan got ugly real fast on Saturday. The Badgers absolutely humiliated the Wolverines in a 35-14 blowout — it could’ve been even worse, too.In the process of the blowout, Michigan and Jim Harbaugh opted for a quarterback change in the first half. Dylan McCaffrey, younger brother of Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey, replaced the struggling Shea Patterson.In the second half, though, McCaffrey absorbed a brutal hit on a 5-yard run — brutal’s putting it lightly. The defender lowered his shoulder and hit McCaffrey in the head/neck area.Oh man. Dylan McCaffrey got absolutely rocked. #MICHvsWISC pic.twitter.com/cUHW0PN1Ws— Ikaika Valeria (@ikaikavaleria) September 21, 2019 The defender who hit McCaffrey — Reggie Pearson — took to Twitter to send a message to the Michigan QB.@dcaf20 I wish you nothing but the best and hope you’re doing OK. Never my intent to slow down the big things you have ahead of you. God bless.— Reggie (@reggiepearson21) September 21, 2019Certainly a classy move by the Wisconsin safety. Especially considering Pearson was ejected for the hit. Sometimes, some things just mean more than football.McCaffrey reportedly suffered a concussion because of the hit. It is currently unclear if the backup QB will be available for next week’s game.The Wolverines certainly need help at the quarterback position moving forward. Shea Patterson simply isn’t playing well, consistently missing open receivers. Many expect McCaffrey to be a big improvement and help the offense.The four-star high school prospect came to Michigan as apart of the 2017 class.Michigan is set to host Rutgers in Ann Arbor next Saturday.last_img read more

England vs India: Mohammed Shami equals Shahid Afridi’s World Cup feat

first_img view more view less No data available! commentary Saurabh Kumar BirminghamJune 30, 2019UPDATED: June 30, 2019 19:31 IST Mohammed Shami picked a 5-wicket haul against England on Sunday. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMohammed Shami made inroads into the English middle and lower order before finishing with figures of 69 for fiveMohammed Shami became the seventh Indian bowler to claim five-wicket haul in World CupsShami became second bowler after Shahid Afridi to claim three four-wicket hauls in successive matchIndia pacer Mohammed Shami became the sixth bowler to claim a five-wicket haul in Cricket World Cup 2019. Shami achieved the feat in the match against England by dismissing Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes.Shami also became only the second Indian after Narendra Hirwani to claim three four-wicket hauls in successive match. Also, before Shami, only Shahid Afridi holds the record of claiming four-wicket hauls in successive CWC matches.Mohammed Shami spurred up some magic with the old ball and made inroads into the middle and then lower order before finishing with figures of 69 for 5.Five-wicket haul for India in ODI WCs:Kapil Dev, 1983Robin Singh, 1999Venkatesh Prasad, 1999Ashish Nehra, 2003Yuvraj Singh, 2011Mohammed Shami, 2019*Shami claimed the prized wicket of centurion Jonny Bairstow in the first over of his second spell. Bairstow was going great guns before getting caught by Rishabh Pant at deep cover on 111. Shami, then removed England skipper Eoin Morgan, who top-edged a short ball to the deep fine-leg fielder.India was back in the game, thanks to Shami’s fiery second spell, after Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow flayed the Indian bowling attack to all parts of the ground, to put up a rapid 160-run opening stand.Shami then accounted for the wicket of Joe Root, who scooped the ball to Hardik Pandya, at deep fine-leg. Shami got the big wickets of Joe Root, Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes at the death but leaked 32 runs by bowling lengths in his last spell of the match. Jonny Bairstow’s maiden World Cup hundred and Ben Stokes class-filled 79 helped England post 337 on the board, after opting to bat first in Birmingham on Sunday.advertisementAlso Read | India vs England: Yuzvendra Chahal bowls most expensive spell by an Indian in World Cup historyAlso Read | England vs India: Jonny Bairstow 1st player to hit hundred vs India in World Cup 2019Also SeeFor 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Mohammed Shami Next advertisement scorecard England vs India: Mohammed Shami equals Shahid Afridi’s World Cup featEngland vs India, World Cup 2019: Mohammed Shami claimed his maiden 5-wicket haul in ODIs, his first in World Cups against England at Edgbaston on Sunday. graphslast_img read more

Rohit, Warner, Kohli: What would be the best combined ODI XI in contemporary cricket?

first_img Saurabh Kumar New DelhiSeptember 27, 2019UPDATED: September 27, 2019 16:17 IST Rohit Sharma and David Warner topped the run-charts at World Cup 2019 (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli, who had a middling World Cup, smashed back-to-back hundreds after the first match was washed outWorld Cup 2019 contributed its fair share of evolution to the game, especially on the batting sideWorld Cup saw plenty of players punching above their weight, making sure they leave a markMore than two months have passed since the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, which started on a dull note with some washed-out matches but ended with one of the most exciting and enthralling finals which saw England winning their maiden title. Only six ODIs have been played after the World Cup and not much 50-overs cricket is to be played in the next few months either.India took on the West Indies in a 3-ODI series. Virat Kohli, who had a middling World Cup, smashed back-to-back hundreds after the first match was washed out. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh had faced off in 3 ODIs and Lasith Malinga had brought the curtain down on his career in the middle of that series.World Cup 2019 contributed its fair share of evolution to the game, especially on the batting side, considering the fact that more than 3 batsmen had amassed 600-plus runs during the showpiece event. However, a tournament in which one expected to witness ODI cricket’s first 500+ team score, considering the English conditions and some imperious batting lineups, the bowlers ensured to keep the scores well under 400.The World Cup saw plenty of players punching above their weight, making sure they leave a mark in a tournament that had 10 teams in contention.Here we choose the current era’s best ODI XI:Rohit Sharma: Rohit Sharma, who is placed 2nd in ICC ODI Batting Rankings, failed to emulate his World Cup form during the West Indies tour as he managed to score mere 28 runs in the 3 innings he played. Rohit had hit a purple patch in the World Cup 2019, scoring 648 runs in 9 games at an average of 81.00 with five hundred and a half-century. During the tournament, he became the first batsman in World Cup history to score five centuries in a single edition.advertisementDavid Warner: Australia opener David Warner, who returned to international cricket after serving a one-year ban for his involvement in the infamous ball-tampering scandal in 2018, was in sublime form throughout the World Cup, helping his team qualify for record eight semi-finals. Warner ended up one run short of Rohit’s tally with 647 in 10 matches at 71.88 with three hundred and three fifties.Virat Kohli: Virat Kohli is currently the top-ranked ODI batsman in ICC rankings and in terms of numbers, there’s a simple argument to suggest he’s arguably the greatest ODI batsman ever. Kohli shook off the World Cup ‘failure’ (only by his standards) during the West Indies as he amassed 234 runs in 3 matches, getting out only once. Kohli scored 443 runs at an average of 55.37 in World Cup 2019. During the tournament, the Indian run-machine went on to score 5 consecutive half-centuries against England, Australia, Pakistan, Afghanistan and West Indies.Kane Williamson (C): Kane Williamson almost single-handedly led his team to the final of the World Cup where New Zealand tied the final and the Super Over only to see England being awarded the coveted trophy on a superior boundary count. The New Zealand skipper was proclaimed the Player of the Tournament as he amassed 578 runs from 10 matches at 82.57, which was the highest average by any batsman in this tournament.Shakib Al Hasan: The Bangladesh veteran was promoted to No.3 and he showcased the true extent of his batting skill, accumulating 606 runs at an average of 86.57 while striking at 96.03. Shakib also picked up 11 wickets at 36.27 with an economy rate of well under 5-and-a-half. The ICC World No.1 all-rounder became the only player to claim 10 wickets and amass 500-plus runs in a single World Cup edition.Ben Stokes: Stokes was England’s crisis man throughout the World Cup as he led the hosts to their maiden triumph. Stokes amassed 465 runs at an average of 66.42 and also picked up 7 wickets to prove his credentials as England’s most valuable player in the showpiece event. Stokes hammered an unbeaten 84 in 98 balls in a nail-biting final to help England draw the final.Jos Buttler(WK): Buttler was in the thick of things during the World Cup final as England’s 44-year wait for the sport’s biggest trophy ended in the most dramatic way imaginable against New Zealand. Buttler scored 312 runs at an average of 34.66 and also took 12 catches behind the stumps to help England clinch their maiden World Cup trophy.Rashid Khan: Rashid Khan, who was supposed to be the flag-bearer of Afghanistan’s bowling attack, had a rather flop outing. In the 8 innings, Rashid picked 6 wickets and leaked 416 runs for his side. However, Rashid Khan is ranked 5th in the ICC ODI all-rounder rankings and his credibility as a match-winning leg-spinner is still unquestionable. Rashid will walk into any dream ODI side of the current era.advertisementJofra Archer: Barbados-born Jofra Archer made it to England World Cup squad after playing only three one-day internationals. The 24-year-old impressed with his raw pace went on to pick 20 wickets in 11 innings during the World Cup 2019. On the back of disciplined bowling, Archer was given the task to bowl an all-crucial super over in the final. Such was his impact in the World Cup, that Archer also got his maiden Test call-up in England.Jasprit Bumrah: Jasprit Bumrah, who is currently the top-ranked ODI bowler in ICC rankings, is very swiftly staking a claim to be India’s greatest white-ball bowler of all-time. With the help of his quick-arm action and unplayable yorkers, the pacer picked 18 wickets at an impressive economy rate of 4.41 in World Cup 2019, helping Kohli and Co. dominate the opposition throughout the tournament.Mitchell Starc: Mitchell Starc led Australia’s excellent campaign with 27 wickets and in the process, went on to break compatriot Glenn McGrath’s record of taking the most wickets in a single edition of the World Cup (26 wickets in 2007 WC). Starc, currently ranked 8th in the ICC ODI bowlers ranking, is the unstoppable bowling force who can make any batsmen shiver with his searing yorkers.Also Read | 6 for 7. Meet Sri Lanka’s 17-year-old Slinga who bowls like MalingaAlso Read | Based on Virat Kohli’s workload, India can try a different captain for shorter formats: Yuvraj SinghAlso 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World XIFollow Virat KohliFollow Rohit SharmaFollow David Warner Rohit, Warner, Kohli: What would be the best combined ODI XI in contemporary cricket?Over the years, the World Cup has seen the greatest players that have ever lived go toe to toe, which begs the question: who would make it into a current era’s World ODI XI?advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Training for JCF Divisional Trainers on Child Labour

first_imgDivisional trainers in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) are being trained on the issue of child labour in Jamaica and how to combat the problem. This will result in the development of strategies to strengthen and expand the role of the police in addressing child labour in the island. A workshop on the subject is being hosted over three days, from March 18 to 20, at Alhambra Inn in Kingston, by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, under the Tackling Child Labour Through Education (TACKLE) technical co-operation programme. The forum seeks to continue to build capacity, and knowledge base on child labour. It targets police and community safety officers, mainly from Kingston and St. Andrew, and St. Catherine, as these parishes are the most populated, with significant child labour concerns. The TACKLE programme is run in 12 countries, with Jamaica and Guyana being the only Caribbean countries involved. Jamaica is the only country that has developed a law enforcement training programme that is country specific. Objectives of the TACKLE initiative are to: build the law enforcement and legislative mechanisms to address child labour; collaborate with the Ministry of Labour and the Ministry of Education in order to include recurrent funding for child labour programmes in the national budget. It also seeks to provide interventions for children involved in child labour (prevention and withdrawal), mainly through remedial programmes, through non-governmental organisations, as well as through the school system; and develop good practices and sharing of information, which will benefit all stakeholders. National Project Officer, International Labour Organisation/TACKLE Jamaica, Nasolo Thompson, explained that based on the findings of a research, the workshop had become necessary to address many of the gray areas, and matters that members of the JCF and other practitioners are unsure about. She said one of the main concerns raised was: what to do with a child who is taken out of a situation in which he or she is engaged in child labour. “Our social services are already very stretched…what do we do with the child? You have a duty to protect…so do we put the child in a situation that is more or less positive than he or she was in?” she questioned.She noted that while most persons were aware of what child labour is, not many were aware of ILO Conventions that inform local child labour laws.“Another thing that was also very important was that many members of the Force were not sure how to deal with child labour…they weren’t sure which laws applied in which circumstance, and even if they did, they weren’t really sure what procedure needed to be enforced in order to address the situation,” Ms. Thompson pointed out.Presentations and discussions emerging from the workshop include: understanding child labour; the legal framework and child labour; determining child labour functions of the police in relation to other key agencies; and the interview and report processes.By Alphea Saunders, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

$6 Million Set Aside for Crime Victimisation Survey

first_imgThe Jamaica National Crime Victimisation Survey has been given $6 million in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives. With support funding from the United Kingdom Department of International Development (DFID), the project, which started in October 2012, is expected to end in July 2013. It seeks to contribute to the detailed and accurate analysis of major crime trends in Jamaica; and provide data on the types and incidence of crimes not reported to the police. It also aims to provide uniform data on specific types of crime, which will form the basis for future comparisons at the community, national and international levels; develop detailed information on criminal victimisation, including demographic data on victims; and generate important comparative data on the outcome of targeted social interventions in specific communities. The allocation for this fiscal year will go towards drafting the final report for submission; and delivery of PowerPoint presentations to officials in Jamaica, to enable them to present the data by July 2013. The project is being implemented by the Ministry of National Security.By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Real Estate Act to be Revised

first_imgThe Real Estate (Dealers and Developers) Act is to be amended to increase fines for breaches and protect the interests of all players in the real estate market.Minister of State in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Ian Hayles, made the announcement during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral debate on June 18 in the House of Representatives.He explained that the Act is being revised to “tighten-up” the accountability of real estate professionals, especially developers, as the Real Estate Board has been called upon to expend huge resources to defend the welfare of purchasers, where developers have failed to honour contractual obligations.“The Board is also increasing the penalty fees for breaches of the Act. Legislation will have to be drafted to ensure that the Board is able to carry out new anti-money laundering duties that it was instructed would be assigned,” he noted.Mr. Hayles also informed that the Real Estate Board will be regulating timeshare properties in Jamaica and licensing the marketers of timeshare.He said the Ministry of Tourism is piloting legislation to regulate timeshares in Jamaica, with the Board slated to become the Registrar of Timeshare.“Although timeshares are generally thought of as a tourism product, it is real estate-based, hence the interest of both bodies in the matter. The board will also have to licence the agents, who sell timeshares. The legislation to support these new responsibilities will be tabled shortly,” he noted.Contact: Latonya Lintonlast_img read more

KingstOOn Gets Underway with Major Local and Int’l Animators

first_imgScores of creative industry players, policy makers, and students, as well as representatives of top international animation educational institutions and companies, turned out today (June 20) to participate in the much-anticipated two-day animation conference and film festival, KingstOOn.The conference and film festival, being held at the University of the West Indies’ Mona campus, is designed to serve as a catalyst to the various efforts to develop the animation industry, and attract investors.Speaking at the opening session, Industry, Investment and Commerce Minister, Hon. Anthony Hylton, said Jamaica will be seeking to establish partnerships with Sheridan College’s Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Canada and Columbus College of Art and Design in the United States, for the development of a local animation industry.He explained that KingstOOn aims to provide young Jamaicans with an opportunity to explore the animation industry as a quality professional development career.  Targeted are youths enrolled in colleges that have visual arts programmes, as well as high schools.“In addition, KingstOOn also wants to engage young people, who may be out of school, but willing to participate in relevant skills development progammes, especially in inner city areas,” he stated.The Investment Minister said the event is providing a platform for discussing and taking action to move animation operations to a highly organised and well structured industry.“This means opportunities for talent development, for all types of professional development, and opportunities for entrepreneurship and innovation. I’m convinced that KingstOOn will demonstrate the vast potential of our youth to participate in the global digital marketplace,” he stated.Meanwhile, World Bank Director for Latin America, Ede Jorge Ijjazs Vasquez, noted that worldwide, animation is a $100 billion industry, and there is potential for some 5,000 jobs in the region.“Many of the jobs that Jamaica can have in the future, particularly jobs for young people, have to be in areas that may not be seen as traditional. In the 21st century, these are industries with tremendous growth, industries that can be translated and transplanted everywhere around the world, through communications,” he stated.Mr. Vasquez noted that countries such as India and Korea, which have provided outsourcing services for large studios such as Disney and Nickelodeon, can chart the way for Jamaica, as it goes forward in building its own animation industry.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Montreal-based Toon Boom Animation, Joan Vogelesang, told the gathering that with the industry taking off in parts of Africa and India, the goal is to create a Caribbean cluster.She said the industry is financially rewarding. “If you go to a place like India where there was no industry 10 years ago, today the people in the animation industry earn more than electrical industry do – so it is also an industry which is well paying. The day of the starving artist is over,” she stated.Organised by the Government in partnership with the World Bank, the Canadian High Commission, and JAMPRO, KingstOOn seeks to chart the way forward for the country to develop a world class animation industry that will allow it to take advantage of the associated economic and social benefits.The conference and film exhibition aims to: raise awareness among key stakeholders, entrepreneurs and creators about the emerging opportunities in Jamaica; give visibility to the pool of talented young Jamaicans and regional artists; identify key challenges in the industry, and examine feasible solutions, which will allow Jamaica to be a part of the global network for outsourcing and creative content.Among the sponsors are Flow, Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS), and the Gleaner group. Collaborating partners include the University of the West Indies (UWI), University of Technology (UTech), and the Edna Manley College.Today’s opening day included a lively panel discussion with participation from State Minister for Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, local television production representatives, and players in the international animation arena, such as Ron Saks of Columbus College of Art and Design.The discussions highlighted and examined the contributions to be made by government, the education and private sectors in the development of the animation industry, as well as the plans that are being put in place to ensure that Jamaica benefits from the dynamic and growing global sector.The forum also explored the issue of the digital divide; the business of animation as it relates to production, distribution, and exploitation of intellectual property; developing a career as an animator; and the challenges facing local animators and production companies.CONTACT: ALPHEA SAUNDERSlast_img read more

Amended Road Traffic Act to Cover Areas to Reduce Crashes

first_img Statistics cited by Dr .Wheatley, based on those published by the National Road Safety Council (NRSC), revealed that since the start of the year, 149 persons have been killed in traffic crashes. Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says certain areas to be covered in the amended Road Traffic Act will aid in the reduction of fatalities on the nation’s roads. Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says certain areas to be covered in the amended Road Traffic Act will aid in the reduction of fatalities on the nation’s roads.These include establishment of the Island Traffic Authority and its functions, the road code, classification of vehicles; revocation of certificates of fitness; refusal of the learner’s permit or driver’s licence; and offences related to the licensing of a driver.“That is why we are vigorously pursuing the passage of the amended Road Traffic Act. The Government continues to take seriously its responsibility in creating safer roads, particularly for children and other vulnerable road users,” the Minister said.Dr. Wheatley was speaking at the Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association (JGRA) Annual Launch of Road Safety Month, at the Molynes Road Texaco Station in St. Andrew, on June 7.The Minister called for more Jamaicans to exercise caution on the roadways.“I am urging motorists to desist from speeding, to wear seat belts, practise defensive driving and to avoid the use of cell phones while driving,” he said.The call was also extended to motorcyclists and pedestrians to exercise caution when using the roadways and to wear brightly coloured clothing where necessary, in order to increase visibility.Statistics cited by Dr .Wheatley, based on those published by the National Road Safety Council (NRSC), revealed that since the start of the year, 149 persons have been killed in traffic crashes.The figure represents a 21 per cent decline over the similar period for 2016 when 170 deaths were recorded.Meanwhile, Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Mike Henry, said the aim of the Government is to make it “safe and enjoyable” to travel on the roads.He noted that the increasing number of people killed on the roads between the ages of 19 and 35 is “unacceptable” and it is important to pursue a decline in road fatalities.Mr. Henry pointed out that fourth- and fifth-form students from the Denbigh High School in Clarendon will be trained in the analysis of the vehicle black box.The black box or event data recorders (EDRs) are not only unique to airplanes, but can also be found in most motor vehicles.They record not only times when an airbag has been deployed, but include information on vehicle speed, throttle position, whether the brakes were applied, if seatbelts were worn, engine speed and steering angles.For his part, JGRA President, Phillip Chong, said that road safety has been a fixture of the organisation since 1990. These include establishment of the Island Traffic Authority and its functions, the road code, classification of vehicles; revocation of certificates of fitness; refusal of the learner’s permit or driver’s licence; and offences related to the licensing of a driver. Story Highlightslast_img read more