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Kane looking to reach Ronaldo & Messi levels

first_imgEngland England hero Kane aiming to reach Ronaldo, Messi levels with World Cup performances Patric Ridge Last updated 1 year ago 06:49 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Harry Kane England Tunisia World Cup 180618 Getty England Harry Kane World Cup The Three Lions’ captain is out to prove a point at the World Cup, as he aims to reach the levels of the Barcelona and Real Madrid superstars England captain Harry Kane insists he will use the World Cup as a platform to prove his quality as he aims to reach the levels of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.Kane proved the hero for England on Monday, heading in a late winner – his second of the game – to secure a 2-1 victory in the Three Lions’ World Cup opener against Tunisia .The 24-year-old missed out to Mohamed Salah in the race for the Premier League’s Golden Boot, but still netted 41 goals across all competitions for Tottenham last term. Article continues below 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 And, having carried that form into the World Cup, Kane – who failed to find the net at Euro 2016 – claims to have put no limits on what he can achieve.”I had to prove people wrong throughout my career and I love proving to myself I can do it,” he said.”I said before I was so excited to be at a World Cup and it is about proving a point. “The Euros were disappointing for me, for everyone, so it was a challenge to put that right. There is no better way to do it than to win and score a couple of goals.”Ronaldo is the best in the world, up there with Messi, but the challenge is there to be with them. To be the best player in the world you have to aim high – you can’t aim low – so just put no limits on yourself.”I worked hard to get where I am. I have a lot of determination, I enjoy being here and it is about stepping it up.”I want to prove myself at a major tournament, I want to be up there with the best in the world and the only way to do that is to perform on the big stage and in the big moments.”It gives me confidence doing that and I want to do that in the games ahead. I have been itching to get out there and showcase my talent.”150 – Harry Kane’s winner against Tunisia was his 150th goal since the start of the 2014/15 season, with 15 of those coming for England and 135 for Spurs. Sensation. #WorldCup #ENG pic.twitter.com/EtdIMh7rvp — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 19, 2018 Kane’s confidence will be a boost to England boss Gareth Southgate, who has taken a vibrant but relatively inexperienced squad to Russia.However, the former England international believes that Kane should not be labelled as a world class player just yet.”I’m going to keep challenging him on that, because I’m always a little uncertain as to what that title means and what you need to do to really gain it,” Southgate said.”He’s shown it in the league. The next stage was to do that at a world tournament and that’s how you really establish yourself as a leading world player. He’s off and running.”last_img read more

2015 Touch World Cup

first_imgThe 2015 FIT Touch World Cup (TWC) is now only one week away!Coffs Harbour is set to host the eighth running of the TWC with 25 nations and 90 teams contesting World Titles across nine divisions.  Over five days of competition running from Wednesday, 29 April until Sunday, 3 May, 445 games will be contested with grand finals concluding the tournament on the Sunday. This will be one of the biggest World Cup events ever with a total of six member nations making their TWC debuts – Chile, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines and the United Arab Emirates. Chile and United Arab Emirates will also be the first ever representatives from South America and the Middle East respectively. Australia is fielding a full set of nine teams in the tournament, with all teams busily preparing in the lead up to the event. The Women’s Open team will be looking to continue its amazing TWC history, where in the previous seven events it has never once lose a game. With victories in five of the seven divisions on offer at the 2011 TWC, Australia will be hoping to continue its strong World Cup tradition.  A draft draw for the TWC is now available and has been attached at the bottom of this page. Stay tuned to the Touch Football Australia website for further information as the event date becomes closer.Follow the World Cup on Facebook (www.facebook.com/TouchWorldCup), Twitter (www.twitter.com/touchworldcup15) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/touchworldcup2015) as well as YouTube (www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus) or visit the event website (www.touchworldcup.com) for all of the latest news and results. Keep up-to-date with the Australian teams at TWC:Website – www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram- www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia Related Fileswc_draw-pdfRelated Links2015 World Cuplast_img read more

Mission Impossible?

first_img“Freddy Fittler and Lammy were good and were also stirring the boys up as well so it will be good to watch,” Norman added with his trademark competitive grin.  See also Touch Football Australia’s CEO Colm Maguire’s take on the program via YouTube and stay tuned to the TFA website and social media channels in coming days providing a sneak peek of the on/off beach action.You can watch The NRL Rookie at the following times and can also watch online at www.nrlrookie.com. ·         Premiere – Tuesday (28 June) – GO! 7.30PM (SYD/MEL/BRIS)·         Encore 1 – Wednesday – CH9 10.30PM (SYD/BRIS) Â·         Encore 2 – Saturday – CH9 1PM (BRIS)·         Encore 3 – Sunday – CH9 2.30PM (SYD) Â·         Encore 4 – Monday – GO! 11.30PM (SYD/MEL/BRIS/ADE/PER).   “New Zealand was great, it was something totally different. It was great for us TFA/BLK ambassadors to get over there and get amongst those NRL Rookie guys. Episode five of the popular 10-part series will be broadcast on Tuesday, 28 June 7.30pm and replayed throughout next week; tune in to see which team prevails (refer below TV schedule/times). Does the superior fitness and strength of the NRL Rookies see them through? Or, is it the guile, speed and deception of the Touch stars that leaves the Rookies and the Piha Beach sands in their wake?The TFA All Stars team (pictured above) features some of the best Touch Football talent ever assembled in a ‘Mixed’ format. The team demonstrates the distinct family connection, which embodies the social side and highlights the inclusive nature of the sport and strong participation numbers Australia-wide. Destination? The black sands of Piha Beach on the beautiful but wild, west coast of New Zealand. And, serving further notice to the NRL Rookies is the fact that each of the Touch Football stars love the feel of sand between their toes: they all reside, cut their teeth and compete regularly near a beach traversing the East Coast of Australia. Touch Football Australia and BLK Ambassadors Sam Brisby, Samantha Rodgers, husband and wife team of Dylan and Emily Hennessey, Peter Norman and Kylie Hilder all travelled to New Zealand late last year to film the segment. For those playing at home, The NRL Rookie is the new reality show on Channel Nine/Gem offering a guaranteed NRL contract to the lucky amateur player who can prove to the respective judges he has what it takes to perform at the highest level and secure a lucrative contract. After starting with 28 players in late-May, the team was then halved to 14 in Episode One, with now just a handful of players remaining in episode five. For Hennessey (pictured above with wife Emily), it was an opportunity to admire not only the country but also The NRL Rookie talent on show. “It was so exciting to be a part of the series and being able to play the NRL boys in their Rookie quest and adventure,” Rodgers said. “It was a great experience to go over there and not only witness the program but also be a part of it; so that was pretty amazing,” she added. On top of his most recent appointment as part of Mal Meninga’s Kangaroos coaching contingent (backs coach), he is also a regular in the Masters’ divisions at the National Touch League, NSW State Cup and State of Origin Series events as well. The show also features Performance Psychologist, Dr Kate Baecher as well as host, Channel Nine personality, Erin Molan. Fresh from their recent Trans-Tasman success also in Auckland, Australian Men’s Open representative stars, Pete Norman and Dylan Hennessey said they all thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to take part in the show. “Lots of them are characters, there’s a couple of good footy players in there with some quality skills,” Norman said.center_img “Those boys have a lot of talent and we wish them all the best for their careers.” “I think it will be pretty funny – there will be some good highlights and some good Touch Footy on show. It was in the sand so it was pretty tough!” Will the ‘NRL Rookies’ meet their match in an epic Beach Touch match in New Zealand? In a clandestine operation late-2015, six of Australia’s best Touch Football athletes quietly exited the country with a covert mission on their mind. Brad ‘Freddy’ Fittler is coach of the side, assisted by Mark Geyer and Adrian Lam. ‘Lammy’ of course, along with his QLD State of Origin captaincy and Roosters and Wigan Rugby League pedigree boasts an equally impressive Touch Football CV, representing Australia on 11 occasions – at the 1991 World Cup in Auckland as well as one Test Match against New Zealand in the same year. Following instructions from TFA and with boots and passports packed, work leave approved and the GPS coordinates set to a remote Beach near Auckland, our intrepid Aussie reps were primed, programmed and ready to perform upon landing. The mission? Take on to their knowledge an undisclosed team of potential NRL stars in a game of Beach Touch, all looking for a shot at an NRL contract and the big time.Status? Fast forward nine months and six of our Australian representatives will finally get to reveal their sublime skills on next week’s episode of the popular Channel Nine/GO production, ‘The NRL Rookie’. Australian Women’s Open representative, Samantha Rodgers (pictured above, front/left) and partner of the other Sam (Brisby, right), thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Related Files160621_media_release_mission_impossible_the_nrl_rookie_tf_v1-0-pdfRelated LinksNRL Rookielast_img read more

10 months agoLe Tissier: Hasenhuttl right manager for Southampton

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Le Tissier: Hasenhuttl right manager for Southamptonby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNew Southampton ambassador Matt Le Tissier has no doubts about the ability of manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.As well as the recent performances, Le Tissier has been encouraged by Hasenhuttl’s training sessions.“I’ve been very impressed with the training I’ve watched and the difference in the performance of the team since Ralph H has come in and am confident for the rest of the season,” he said.“I’ve loved watching training under the last four or five managers since Ronald [Koeman] was in charge and there’s definitely an intensity to it that I’d not seen before.“I didn’t see them train under Mauricio [Pochettino] but imagine it would have been pretty similar.” last_img read more

15 days ago​Mourinho rejects Lyon for Premier League return

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Mourinho rejects Lyon for Premier League returnby Freddie Taylor15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJose Mourinho has rejected the chance to return to club management with Lyon.The French powerhouse is looking for a new manager after the sacking of Sylvinho.However, Mourinho reportedly turned down any advances from Lyon.RMC Sportsays the Portuguese manager is focused on finding his way back to the Premier League.It is unclear where Mourinho would go in England, but the Tottenham Hotspur job is a possibility.Their boss Mauricio Pochettino is a candidate to leave at the end of this season.Mourinho has not worked since his sacking by Manchester United last December. last_img read more

Purdue Associate SID Subtweets Caleb Swanigan After MSU Decommitment

first_imgcaleb swanigan gets pursuaded with a notorious b.i.g. image.caleb swanigan notorious b.i.g.Earlier this afternoon, news broke that Fort Wayne (Ind.) Homestead five-star big man Caleb Swanigan had de-committed from Michigan State, and that Purdue stood a strong chance at landing him. Swanigan, whose nickname is “Biggie,” would be a major addition for the Boilermakers. Apparently, Purdue basketball SID Chris Forman agrees, as evidenced by his musical choice for a “Throwback Thursday” on Twitter. #TBT Loved jamming to this song back in the day! https://t.co/CtGYqCPVR7— Chris Forman (@ChrisForman12) May 7, 2015The Biggie track appears to be a not-so-subtle reference to the uncommitted star center. If so, Forman had to figure it wouldn’t be too hard for people to see what he was doing. Good point… Every day is good for Biggie. https://t.co/mGLxSOEfCX— Chris Forman (@ChrisForman12) May 7, 2015We agree with that sentiment.last_img read more

Ohio State Football: Ezekiel Elliott’s Car Was Ticketed Outside OSU’s Practice Facility, And He’s Unhappy About It

first_imgA closeup of Ezekiel Elliott celebrating during a football game.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 28: Running back Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after scoring a fourth quarter touchdown against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)On-campus parking authorities can be the bane of many college students’ existences, even if you are a football star like Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott. This afternoon, Elliott’s car was ticketed outside of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, OSU’s indoor practice facility. Needless to say, Elliott isn’t exactly happy about receiving the citation. So how campus park gonna ticket me at the woody …. pic.twitter.com/qtIiTpFx6n— EzekielElliott#⃣1⃣5⃣ (@EzekielElliott) June 29, 2015How do I get a parking ticket at the THE FREAKING FACILITY— EzekielElliott#⃣1⃣5⃣ (@EzekielElliott) June 29, 2015Amazingly, former OSU tight end Jeff Heuerman’s car was ticketed nearly one year ago today, and he too was ticked about it. Memo to Ohio State’s parking authority: lighten up a bit!last_img read more

Man Utd target Rice signs new West Ham deal

first_imgWest Ham midfielder Declan Rice has signed a new five-and-a-half-year deal with the Premier League club.Rice’s deal was set to expire in 2020, but the club announced on Friday he has agreed a new long-term contract, which includes the option for a further year.The deal seemingly ends speculation linking Rice with a move to Manchester United, while the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham had also been linked with a move for the midfielder. 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? The 19-year-old has become increasingly influential for the Hammers this season, starting 16 Premier League games under new boss Manuel Pellegrini.And the versatile teenager, who can operate either in midfield or defence, is thrilled to be staying at West Ham.”I’m absolutely delighted to have got the contract done, signed and to commit my future to the club until 2024. I’m absolutely ecstatic,” he told the club’s website.”Without a doubt, the plan was always to stay at West Ham. I’ve had the support from the fans, from the players and from the manager and now, to get it done and commit myself to this club is a very special moment and I’m over the moon.”I’ve now played 50 games for the first team and I’m progressing week in, week out, learning from a top manager and top players. I’m still young, so to put more years on my contract and keep developing here is the best thing for me to do now. With the support of the manager, the players, everyone, it was the right thing to do.”He’s signed! #RICE2024    pic.twitter.com/KGOQunMMBc — West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) December 28, 2018 London-born Rice has made appearances in friendlies for Republic of Ireland at senior level, but is yet to declare his international future, with England his other option.But the teenager is focused on helping West Ham, who have won five of their last six Premier League matches, push for European qualification.”Without a doubt, you’ve seen now the way we’ve played after the first four games, that’s what we’ve got to be aiming for, for those European spots,” Rice added. “With the players we’ve got out injured to come back in, we’ve definitely got to be aiming high.”We’ve got 60,000 fans now, with that being increased, we’ve got a top manager who has won a Premier League title and quality players in the squad, so there is no reason why we can’t be competing at the top, for sure.”last_img read more

Former Big 10 Head Coach Has Officially Landed A New Job

first_imgA view of Wisconsin's Camp Randall from midfield.MADISON, WI – SEPTEMBER 10: A general view of Camp Randall Stadium as the Wisconsin Badgers take on the Oregon State Beavers at on September 10, 2011 in Madison Wisconsin. Wisconsin defeated Oregon State 35-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Well-traveled head coach Gary Andersen has bounced around college football for the last few years, but seems to have found a brand new home – at one of his old stomping grounds.Andersen has been hired as head coach of the Utah State Aggies, the school officially announced tonight. The move comes after Andersen spent this past year as an assistant at rival Utah.Andersen previously served in the same role for the Utes from 2009 to 2012, going 26-24 in four seasons.The 2012 season saw the Aggies reach the highest of highs, as they won a school-record 11 games, a Mountain West Conference title, and the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in a 41-15 win over Toledo.Utah State: New boss, same as the old boss. pic.twitter.com/MUHp1s0kce— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) December 9, 2018Andersen would follow up his wildly successful year at Utah State by accepting the head coaching job at Wisconsin. But despite a 19-7 record in two season, Andersen ultimately chose to buy out his contract to move to Oregon State.The move to Oregon State didn’t pan out though as Andersen’s Beavers went 7-23 in two-plus years before the two sides parted ways in 2017.last_img read more

Notre Dame Just Landed Another 4-Star Commitment

first_imgNotre Dame cheerleader waves a flag at the College Football Playoff semifinal.ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: A Notre Dame Fighting Irish cheerleader waves a flag during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic against the Clemson Tigers at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)It’s been a strong off-season for the Notre Dame football program. In the past month alone they’ve added ten new commitments, and just got another one from a four-star wideout.On Friday, Burke High School wide receiver Xavier Watts announced on Twitter that he would joining the Fighting Irish. The announcement comes just over a week after he got to see the campus on an official visit.COMMITTED #GoIrishESPN rates him as a four-star prospect, while 247Sports has him as the No. 487 overall prospect in the country. He is the No. 86 wide receiver in the nation, and the No. 2 prospect from the state of Nebraska.Over the past few months, Watts has been making visits to Notre Dame and several Big Ten teams, including Nebraska, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. COMMITTED#Goirish☘️ pic.twitter.com/tN7NLe9ZGx— Xavier Watts (@xavierwatts6) July 5, 2019In an interview with Irish Illustrated via 247Sports, Watts explained that the coaches told him be could be “a big piece” of the Notre Dame offense, playing in the slot or out wide. He also complimented the school’s tradition and academics.“They’re letting me know that I could be a big piece of their offense, that I can really make a difference and that they see me playing slot and (out wide),” said Watts to Irish Illustrated’s Kevin Sinclair. “They see me as a versatile player making a real impact.“It’s a good school with good tradition and education, plus it has good football,” added Watts to Irish Illustrated.Over the course of the last two high school seasons, Watts has made 100 receptions for 1,906 yards and 24 touchdowns.He joins a Notre Dame team that is now ranked No. 5 in the nation by 247Sports.last_img read more

Photo: This Is The Best Sign At College GameDay This Morning

first_imgKirk Herbstreit on the set of ESPN's College GameDayNEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)The 2019 college football season is here and you know what that means.ESPN’s College GameDay is back as well. On Saturday morning, the crew broke down the weekend’s slate of games and took a look at potential upsets.During the course of the show, the GameDay crew brought up the transfer portal that ruled the summer. Star quarterbacks left their respective programs for what they thought would be greener pastures.After talking about the portal for a few minutes, cameras panned to a fan in the stands with the sign of the day.His sign read: “My girlfriend entered the transfer portal.”Winner. pic.twitter.com/wR9ilfHvmU— Matt Barrie (@MattBarrie) August 31, 2019Poor guy.He’s felling a lot like the college football programs that lost depth at the quarterback spot when their players left for a new team.Ohio State, Washington and UCF are just a few programs starting former transfer quarterbacks. Oh, and there’s Oklahoma, which will have former Alabama star Jalen Hurts under center for the 2019 season.last_img read more

USA TODAY Names College Football’s Most “Miserable” Fan Base After Week 1

first_imgA general view of Tennessee's football field.KNOXVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 10: A general view of Neyland Stadium during the kickoff of the game between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Georgia Bulldogs on October 10, 2015 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)After a full slate of games on Saturday, about half of the fans in college football probably believe the sky is falling. Some teams lost via upsets or blown leads, while others feel that their win just didn’t bode well for the season ahead.But there is one fan base that stands out as the most miserable fan base in college football right now.USA Today released their “Misery Index” for Week 1 of the college football season. They identified Tennessee as having the most miserable fan base right now.The Vols reached a new low on Saturday as they were upset at home by Sun Belt minnow Georgia State. They lost 30-38 to a Georgia State that has only one winning season in the past eight years and went 2-10 last year. Tennessee won their previous meeting against Georgia State in 2012, winning that game 51-13.“With all due respect to Georgia State… it is impossible for a program like Tennessee to lose that game unless something is seriously screwed up internally…”“The aftershocks of a loss as cataclysmic as Georgia State will linger for awhile… All we really know at the moment is that the Vols are back in an all-too-familiar position: At No. 1 in the Misery Index, a weekly measurement of knee-jerk reactions based on what each fan base just watched.”Tennessee fans were particularly brutal on Twitter, especially since it took nearly a day for the team’s account to resume Tweeting after the loss.Though Tennessee was far from the only Power Five school to lose to a Group of Five school, they were one of only two to lose at home. Florida State was the other, as the Seminoles were defeated at home to Boise State.Additionally, the 38 points the Vols defense surrendered were also the most by any SEC team.Second-year head coach Jeremy Pruitt was already on thin ice heading into the season. If they can’t win convincingly against BYU and/or Chattanooga, who know if he’ll even last the season.last_img read more

PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth advance to second round at Indonesia Masters

first_img Next PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth advance to second round at Indonesia MastersPV Sindhu opened the new season with a fighting 22-24 21-8 21-17 win over 2012 London Games champion Li Xuerui of China. Kidambi Srikanth eased past Malaysia’s Chong Wei Feng 21-12 21-8.advertisement Press Trust of India JakartaJanuary 23, 2019UPDATED: January 23, 2019 22:12 IST PV Sindhu battled past Li Xuerui in the first round (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPV Sindhu opened the new season with a fighting 22-24 21-8 21-17 win over 2012 London Games champion Li XueruiKidambi Srikanth eased past Malaysia’s Chong Wei Feng 21-12 21-8Saina Nehwal registered a 7-21 21-16 21-11 win over local hope Dinar Dyah AyustineThe Indian trio of PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth dished out superb performances on the opening day to advance to the second round of the USD 350,000 Indonesia Masters World Tour Super 500 badminton tournament in Jakarta on Wednesday.Olympic and World Championship silver medallist Sindhu opened the new season with a fighting 22-24 21-8 21-17 win over 2012 London Games champion Li Xuerui of China in a 54-minute women’s singles match.The second seeded Indian will now be pitted against Indonesia’s Gregoria Mariska Tunjung.Eighth seeded Saina, who had reached the semi-finals at the Malaysia Masters last week, recovered from a first-game loss to secure a 7-21 21-16 21-11 win over local hope Dinar Dyah Ayustine, ranked 50th, in another women’s singles match. It was Saina’s third win over Ayustine.The 28-year-old from Hyderabad will next face another Indonesian Fitriani Fitriani, against whom she has a 4-0 head-to-head record.In men’s singles, eighth seed Srikanth eased past Malaysia’s Chong Wei Feng 21-12 21-8 to set up a showdown with Japan’s Asian Games bronze medallist Kenta Nishimoto.But compatriots B Sai Praneeth and Subhankar Dey failed to cross the opening hurdle at the tournament.2017 Singapore Open champion Praneeth was sent packing 12-21 16-21 by Olympic champion Chen Long of China in 40 minutes, while Subhankar, who had won his maiden title at SaarLorLux Open in Germany last year, fought hard before going down 14-21 21-19 15-21 against former World champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark.Local hope Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, seeded seventh, proved a difficult customer for Parupalli Kashyap once again as he claimed a 21-12 21-16 win over the former Commonwealth Games champion.advertisementIn men’s doubles, national champions Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy dished out a fighting game to notch up a 14-21 21-19 21-15 win over Denmark’s Mads Pieler Kolding and Niclas Nohr.Commonwealth Games bronze medallist pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy also bowed out of the competition, losing 14-21 14-21 to Thailand’s Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai in the women’s doubles opener.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow PV SindhuFollow Kidambi SrikanthFollow Saina Nehwallast_img read more

Split with coach Sascha Bajin not over money, clarifies Naomi Osaka

first_img Reuters New DelhiFebruary 18, 2019UPDATED: February 18, 2019 10:02 IST Naomi Osaka parted ways with coach Sascha Bajin two weeks after winning the Australian Open (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNaomi Osaka said her career would not be about putting “success over happiness”Sascha Bajin had guided Naomi Osaka to back-to-back Grand Slam titlesBajin was named as the WTA’s coach of the year in 2018 after his success with OsakaWorld number one Naomi Osaka was adamant that her shock split with coach Sascha Bajin had nothing to do with money but it was because she was determined that her career would not be about putting “success over happiness”.The German had guided the Japanese player to back-to-back Grand Slam titles as well as to the summit of the WTA rankings. But just two weeks after her triumph at Melbourne Park, Osaka abruptly severed ties with Bajin. That led to suggestions the two had fallen out over money.”Everyone thinks it was a money-related issue, but it wasn’t,” the U.S. and Australian Open champion told the WTA in Dubai. “That’s one of the most hurtful things I’ve ever heard.”I travel with everyone on my team, I see them more than my family. I would never do that to them.”My reason is I wouldn’t put success over my happiness – that’s my main thing. I’m not going to sacrifice that just to keep a person around.”Bajin, a former hitting partner of Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Caroline Wozniacki, was named as the WTA’s coach of the year in 2018 after his success with Osaka.During their time together, Osaka rocketed from 72 in the world at the start of 2018 to number one last month.Osaka said it was clear things were not right between them during the season’s opening major.”It was kind of brewing in Australia. I think some people could see that if they saw how we interacted,” the 21-year-old added.advertisement”I would not want to split on really bad terms. I’m not going to say anything bad about him because, of course, I’m really grateful for all the things he’s done.”During the Australian Open, I was just trying to tell myself to get through it. I’m not sure, but I think you guys noticed.”Osaka said she hopes to have a new coach in place by March at Indian Wells.”It’s not really ideal to go to Indian Wells without a coach. I don’t want someone that’s in the box saying negative stuff. That would be the worst,” she said.”(I want) someone that’s kind of direct, not afraid to say things to my face. I’d rather someone say it directly to me than go around my back. That’s one of the biggest things.”Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Naomi OsakaFollow Sascha Bajin Next Split with coach Sascha Bajin not over money, clarifies Naomi OsakaSascha Bajin had guided Naomi Osaka to back-to-back Grand Slam titles as well as to the summit of the WTA rankings. But just two weeks after her triumph at Melbourne Park, Osaka abruptly severed ties with Bajin. That led to suggestions the two had fallen out over money.advertisementlast_img read more

AIFF to interview candidates on Thursday, Igor Stimac front-runner to be new Indian football team coach

first_imgAIFF to interview candidates on Thursday, Igor Stimac front-runner to be new Indian football team coachIgor Stimac has emerged as the front among the likes of Lee Min-sung, Albert Roca and Hakan Ericson to be the next head coach of the India football men’s teamadvertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiMay 8, 2019UPDATED: May 8, 2019 20:54 IST Igor Stimac is the front-runner to be the next India coach (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAIFF’s technical committee has short-listed four candidates for the new India football team coachLee Min-sung, Albert Roca, Igor Stimac and Hakan Ericson are the four candidatesIndia did not have had a coach after Stephen Constantine quit following India’s AFC Asian Cup campaignCroatia’s Igor Stimac is the frontrunner to be the next coach of the Indian men’s football team when the national federation (AIFF) officials meet here Thursday.The technical committee of AIFF, headed by former India international Shyam Thapa, will interview the short-listed candidates next at 2 PM Thursday at the Football House here.The AIFF’s technical committee has short-listed four candidates, including two-time South Korean World Cupper Lee Min-sung and the familiar Albert Roca, for the job of the chief coach of the men’s national team.Besides Lee Min-sung and Roca, who tasted immense success at Bengaluru FC, the other two aspirants in the fray are ex-Croatia national team manager Igor Stimac and former Sweden coach Hakan Ericson.Thapa said after interviewing the probable candidates, the technical committee will forward the name of the selected candidate to the AIFF’s executive committee.”It will again be in the form of interviews on Skype and then the most suitable name will be forwarded to the federation’s executive committee with recommendations. The executive committee will take then take the final call,” Thapa had told PTI.The position has been lying vacant after Stephen Constantine quit the post following India’s AFC Asian Cup campaign earlier this year.Owing to the Indian team’s spirited showing in the AFC Asian Cup and a run of 13-match unbeaten streak prior to that, more than 250 candidates, including some top names from Europe, have applied for the job since Stephen Constantine resigned.The list included the likes of France’s World Cup winning coach Raymond Domenech, former England managers Sven-Goran Eriksson and Sam Allardyce.advertisementThese are pro-licence holders with national team experience in major global events like the World Cup, and their salary was a major issue of deliberation in the first meeting of the technical committee when it scrutinised around 40 candidates for the vacant post.As a coach, Stimac was in charge of the Croatian national team from 2012 to 2013.In club football, the former centre back has had brief spells in charge of Hajduk Split, Cibalia, NK Zagreb and Zadar, Iranian club Sepahan and Qatari club Al-Shahania.Factors like cost, the applicant’s familiarity with Asian football, as well as their ability to contribute to grassroots development will be taken into consideration while appointing the coach.The Indian team is scheduled to play matches in the Kings Cup on June 5 and June 8, and a preparatory national camp will be held under the new coach in the third week of May. The Kings Cup will be the new coach’s first assignment.Also Read | FIFA rejects Chelsea appeal against 1-year transfer banFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow AIFFFollow InterviewFollow CandidatesFollow Igor StimacFollow Indian football teamFollow football team coach Nextlast_img read more

Emraan Hashmi buys sexy yellow Lamborghini Huracan worth Rs 4 crore. Watch video

first_imgEmraan Hashmi buys sexy yellow Lamborghini Huracan worth Rs 4 crore. Watch videoEmraan Hashmi was spotted driving his new Lamborghini Huracan on Mumbai streets.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 11, 2019UPDATED: July 11, 2019 16:17 IST Emraan Hashmi drives his Lamborghini Huracan in Mumbai. (Photo: Instagram).Emraan Hashmi has bought a luxury sports car for himself, Lamborghini Huracan , and was spotted driving down the streets of Mumbai. A video of the actor driving the vehicle has surfaced online.The car costs around Rs 4 crore. The mid-rear engine V12-powered sports car can reach a speed limit of 100kmph in 3 seconds. The car is a two-seater and is expected to have a mileage of 7.69 kmphOn the work front, Emraan will make his digital debut with the Netflix original, Bard of Blood, which is co-produced by Shah Rukh Khan. It based on debutant author Bilal Siddiqi’s book by the same name.In the show, Emraan plays the role of an expelled spy named Kabir Anand who has to leave his life as a Shakespeare professor in Panchgani behind, to save his country and long-lost love.Emraan has just wrapped up shooting Chehre, which stars Amitabh Bachchan.Emraan was last seen in Why Cheat India this year, which failed to perform at the box office. The film revolved around the murky realities of Indian education system.advertisementAlso read | Emraan Hashmi on Netlfix show: It’s like shooting three films, pretty toughGet 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 byLakshana Palat Tags :Follow Emraan Hashmilast_img read more

I Love Ugly Has Your Headwear Covered

first_img The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now Editors’ Recommendations The Absolute Best Rye Whiskey Brands for Under $50 The Best Hats for Men to Fit Every Occasion The Football 5-panels from New Zealand clothing brand I Love Ugly celebrate the 2014 World Cup with a collection of hats inspired by flags of teams competing this year, as well as a custom team colorway for I Love Ugly. Outfitted with leather patches on the front and pig suede underneath the brim, these are definitely a notch above your average headwear.These lids match bold design with World Cup and classic clothing inspiration, produced in limited quantities with higher-quality materials and a focus on details and unique style. Their hats all share the same original, but understated, colors, contrasted with dark, bold lines in straight verticals and diagonals.If you’re looking for something a little simpler, the 5-panels from the 2014 Essential collection put quality and simplicity over all else, crafted with polyester and pigskin under-brims. The colors are refreshing takes on classic hat design, in dark olive, light brick, and greyish-blue hues, with bucket hats offered in similar style.You can pick up the 2014 Essential Hat collection and find retailers who are receiving the Football collection on the I Love Ugly website. 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S. last_img read more

On Your Feet: Spring stompers from Feit

first_img The MNML Leather Highlander Travel Bag Makes Short-Term Trips a Breeze Yes, You Can Wear Boots to the Office: Here are the Best Pairs Editors’ Recommendations Your New Favorite Pair of Go-to Leather Shoes Just Got More Affordable Repurpose Your Baseball Glove Into a Wallet With the Pastime Custom Program Keep Your Pants On With the Best Belts for Men On Your Feet is all about that new shoe feeling- from the first time you open the box until they’re worn into the ground. Sometimes we’ll sift through the constant Air Jordan releases to bring you the gems other people will leave on the shelves, and sometimes we’ll slide on reclaimed leather loafers from Prague, but we’ll always focus on comfortable shoes with appealing and creative aesthetic. So lace up your new kicks and stand on the precipice of adventure, where will we go together?As the rain and cold fade into sunny spring days, it’s time to stop hiding the suede in your closet for fear of gross matting. Enter the FEIT Stitchdown Package, with two pairs of classic styles, set apart from the pack with thick, hairy suede in natural, eye-catching colors.There’s a lot to love about the quality and materials used by FEIT to craft these smart shoes. Each pair is hand made by a single master craftsmen, with approximately two weeks of attention paid to each pair. The foot bed is crafted from exquisitely soft and pliable buffalo leather, with a Vibram Morflex outsole for grip and strength even under strenuous conditions. Both shoes are carefully constructed with eco-friendly practices and quality in mind, using steam and light moisture to shape the upper to the last, without harmful chemicals or plastics.A single-piece interpretation of the classic hiking boot, the Double Stitchdown takes an old idea and uses stone and marine colors to create a shoe that’s fresh, yet familiar. If you do get caught in the rain, the gusseted tongue will help keep your feet warm and dry inside.Despite its low-top design, the Hiker Low features a chunky midsole with an extra layer of buffalo leather, and a one-piece upper. The result is a shoe that’s breathable, and naturally professional. Only natural pigments are used for the suede, so the leather can age naturally over time without losing its shape or soft feel.You can pick up both the Double Stitchdown and the Hiker Low from the FEIT Direct Website.last_img read more