Jablonec star Michal Travnik watched by Newcastle, Fulhamby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCzech Republic midfielder Michal Travnik is attracting Premier League interest.The 24-year-old has been starring for Jablonec this season and has caught the eye with his performances, notably in the Europa League.The Daily Mail says Newcastle and Fulham are both looking to strengthen in January but they will face competition for Travnik.Bundesliga side Augsburg and CSKA Moscow have also been impressed this season.He has five caps for his country and is valued at around £4million by his club who are third in the league. TagsTransfersAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski: We can beat Liverpoolby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has welcomed their Champions League draw with Liverpool.It will mean Lewandowski facing Jurgen Klopp, his former Borussia Dortmund coach.”It’s going to be a fantastic battle. Let’s go Bavaria, we can do it!” declared the Pole on social media.Also Klopp is – like everyone connected to football in Germany – full of anticipation: “It will be difficult, they have a top team, but for me it is nice to return to Germany. “I look forward to it.”
WOMEN’S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Beckie hat-trick as Man City cruise past Luganoby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City duly booked their place in the last 16 with a 4-0 win on the night and 11-1 on aggregate over Luganao at the Academy Stadium.After a 7-1 victory in the first leg City were always favourites to progress and will hope they can eventually go one better then the two semi-final defeats over the last couple of seasons.Any hopes of a shock comeback by Lugano evaporated after just 5 minutes when Janine Beckie was put through to chip over the advancing keeper Morgan Bertsch.The rest of the half was City dominating possession in what was becoming a glorified practise game. Yet for all this there was little goalmouth action before Beckie doubled the host’s advantage on 33 minutes.It was almost three but Bertsch made a fine save from a close range Steph Houghton header.City increased their lead at the beginning of the second half as Beckie claimed her hat-trick following some sloppy defending and a fortunate rebound.The visitors are struggling in the league back home and this lack of quality was evident in their failure to trouble City.After a sustained period of uneventful play number four arrived from substitute Pauline Bremer who rounded the keeper to slide home.So City continue their 100% start to the season but know their will be tougher games ahead starting at the weekend when they play Everton in a top of the table Super League fixture.Full Time Man City: 4 (Beckie 5, 33, 48 Bremer 78)Lugano: 0Aggregate: Man City 11Lugano 1Att: 949Venue: Academy Stadium TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley boss Dyche delighted with McNeil progressby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche is delighted with the progress of Dwight McNeil.His latest impressive performance came against Everton on Saturday where he got the better of a duel with Toffees full back and Republic of Ireland international Seamus Coleman.“Dwight was very good again, he continues to defy the logic of young players because when they go in they often have a quiet spell and it might still come but it hasn’t so far,” said Dyche after the Clarets’ victory on Saturday.“His quality meant he has taken on a full back who has played hundreds of games in the Premier League and is an international player and gave him a challenge as he has done with many others.“He is a very, very good player and continues to improve.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd legend Bryan Robson: Wrong to sell without replacementsby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Bryan Robson says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad lack leading stars.Robson insists the club made “a mistake” by clearing out big names, including Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez, without replacing them.He told the Mirror: “I think Man U’s only mistake so far is allowing too many experienced players to go.“Because we have had quite a lot of injuries at this stage of the season, they have left themselves a little bit short. That is why they are where they are.“Lukaku (to Inter), Sanchez (Inter – loan), Ander Herrera (PSG – loan), Chris Smalling (Roma – loan). These are very experienced players. In this situation, rather than kids, you need those types of experienced players to steady it.“People talk about leaders and every club needs them. Whether it is a centre-midfielder or a dominant centre-half, you need a leader to organise on the pitch. Man U are looking for that type of player.”
ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 17: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Wolverines 27-23. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh turned 52 today, and the Wolverines aren’t the only ones wishing him a happy birthday. Harbaugh’s sister Joani is married to Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean, and back in 2012, while head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, Harbaugh served as a manager for the Hoosiers for a game, bringing chairs out for the team during timeouts, among other things. Indiana jokingly wished their most famous former manager a happy birthday this afternoon.Of course, Harbaugh is no longer coaching in the NFL or the Pac-12. He is at a rival Big Ten school, and some Hoosier fans don’t appreciate this gesture, no matter how tongue-in-cheek as it may be.Well, we thought it was pretty funny, at least.
Urban MayockUrban Meyer is part of the NFL Network’s draft coverage this evening. After the Dallas Cowboys took Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith early in the second round, it was brought up that Smith’s brother, Rod, is on the Cowboys. Rod Smith also played at Ohio State for Meyer before getting dismissed in 2014. Meyer apparently wanted to talk about that fact tonight, but NFL Network expert Mike Mayock wouldn’t let him get a word in. Watch Meyer point to himself as if he’s saying, “can I talk?” It’s pretty funny. Urban trying to get in to talk about Jaylon Smith’s brother Rod (former Buckeye) and Mike Mayock having none of it pic.twitter.com/a9YGIofjY5— Lloyd Ribner III (@LloydRibner) April 29, 2016The NFL Draft is currently airing on both ESPN and the NFL Network.
With today’s launch of his new show Speak For Yourself, Colin Cowherd is poised to become one of the most important figures at Fox Sports 1, as it continues to shift to fit network president Jamie Horowitz’s infamous “embrace debate” strategy. The Washington Post‘s Rick Maese wrote a profile on Cowherd, where he admits his desire to be loved by viewers, and apologizes for one of his most notable on-air gaffes. After the death of former Miami Hurricanes and NFL superstar Sean Taylor, Cowherd blamed the victim, citing “23 years of bad judgment” as a reason for his death.Cowherd went on air and said, “Sometimes you’ve got stains, stuff so deep it never ever leaves. . . . And if you have bad judgment for 23 years of your life, even if you clean it up, your judgment doesn’t get great overnight.”He’s not proud of that today.“I just ad-libbed it. I think I was just too harsh,” he said. “That’s one of those, ‘Dammit, you know, I wish I could really take that back.’ . . . I wish I could do that over again, and I feel bad. But in my life, I can’t. It’s there. It’s somewhere archived. It’s just part of my biography, part of my archive. But I look at it now, I wish I could reel it back in. . . .“I probably should’ve scaled it back. I didn’t, and I paid a price. It made people very angry.”This was perhaps the worst of Cowherd’s many controversial stances, but it is far from his only one. Cowherd has long held a bizarre grudge against Washington Wizards point guard John Wall, after he did his signature dance before his first NBA game. Wall’s former college coach John Calipari has asked Cowherd to walk it back, but even after Wall won this year’s NBA Community Assist Award, Cowherd has not. Before leaving ESPN for FOX, Cowherd was suspended after asserting that Dominican baseball players are not well-educated.We don’t expect Cowherd to change much, especially as he expands to even more formats at FOX. That is a lot of time to fill, and like him or not, Cowherd is an expert at doing just that. [The Washington Post]MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitale
Manchester City youngster Phil Foden will not be allowed to leave on loan during the January transfer window, manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed.The midfielder is yet to start a Premier League game but has made eight appearances off the bench in the top flight for the champions in 2018-19 so far.Foden started Sunday’s 7-0 thrashing of Rotherham United in the FA Cup third round, scoring his first goal at the Etihad Stadium with an assured performance. 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? Guardiola is certain the teenager will have a bright career at City, with the Spaniard telling reporters post-match that he feels the youngster’s short-term and long-term future lies with the club.“No way. No, impossible,” the 47-year-old responded when asked if Foden could leave on loan. “He is going to stay with us many, many years.“Today Phil Foden was there and his movement was incredible. 90 minutes for his experience and self-confidence, but of course he must improve. He will learn in future and play better.”Kyle Walker also shone having found himself playing a back-up role to Danilo in recent weeks, with the Brazilian having started against Liverpool in the Premier League on Thursday in place of the England international.“I decided for Danilo [against Liverpool], he deserves to play. He played good at Southampton, today Kyle plays the best game of the season by far,” Guardiola said of his right-back selection dilemma.“It was incredible the way he played. It’s difficult for me to choose, but I never give Danilo four or five games in a row.“Sometimes I’m really unfair with many, many players and when I decided to play him against Southampton he did really well and that’s why he played against Liverpool.”Guardiola also welcomed playmaker Kevin De Bruyne back to action after the Belgium international sat out the Liverpool win as an unused substitute, and the City boss is hopeful his talisman can be a crucial factor in the title race.“We spoke with him yesterday and told him to play at full intensity 65-70 minutes for his rhythm and his injury,” the Catalan continued.“He played incredible, created chances and has vision that others aren’t able to see. Hopefully in the last part of the season he is going to help us because we need him.“Last season without him [winning the title with a record 100 points] would not have been possible. We try to be a team and of course so far we have done incredible in terms of results. To have 50 points in the Premier League is incredible.“We had two seasons without [Benjamin] Mendy at full-back, we are sad but we have to carry on. Today Kevin was our captain and he showed the reason why he was our captain on the field.”
TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 29: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks to the sidelines for the play call against the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Week seven of the 2018 college football season is upon us, so let’s go ahead and take a look at some predictions for the results of this week’s action. Specifically, let’s take a look at ESPN’s ‘Matchup Predictor.’Each week, ESPN projects the chances each team has to win its game. It isn’t perfect, but it’s a good indicator of what fans might see on Saturday.This week, there are a number of major games – Georgia vs. LSU, Washington vs. Oregon, Michigan State vs. Penn State and Wisconsin vs. Michigan.Let’s take a look at what ESPN projects we’ll see on Saturday:Utah has an 81.5% chance to beat ArizonaOhio State has a 96.5% chance to beat MinnesotaFlorida has an 81.2% chance to beat VanderbiltAuburn has an 86.5% chance to beat TennesseeMaryland has a 93.4% chance to beat RutgersIowa has a 71% chance to beat IndianaNorthwestern has an 83.4% chance to beat NebraskaOklahoma State has a 77.4% chance to beat Kansas StateDuke has a 50.4% chance to beat Georgia TechBoston College has an 88.3% chance to beat LouisvilleNotre Dame has a 95.5% chance to beat PittsburghGeorgia has a 73.9% chance to beat LSUWashington has a 65.2% chance to beat OregonPenn State has an 88.7% chance to beat Michigan StateTexas has an 84.1% chance to beat BaylorSouth Carolina has a 50.5% to beat Texas A&MPurdue has a 27.1% chance to beat IllinoisAlabama has a 92.2% chance to beat MissouriWest Virginia has a 63.1% chance to beat Iowa StateMiami has a 73.3% chance to beat VirginiaVirginia Tech has a 76.8% chance to beat UNCCal has a 69.9% chance to beat UCLAMichigan has a 73.8% chance to beat WisconsinOle Miss has a 70.3% chance to beat ArkansasUSC has a 73.9% chance to beat ColoradoThe action all kicks off at Noon ET on Saturday.
A college football head coach went on quite the rant following his team’s win this week.Chuck Martin, the head coach at Miami (Ohio), went on an epic rant following his team’s victory over Ohio this week.The head coach bashed his fans and his school.Among the things he said:“When you’re playing a good team like OU, they’re fighting, they’re not going to give up. It’s not like at halftime…I’m sure there are some idiot fans and media who thought the game was over, but we certainly didn’t.”“We kept talking about executing, and you come down, and there’s a ton of panic because you can hear our fans stinking, our home fans yelling at us as the game’s unraveling. I mean, welcome to Miami! Welcome to Miami! Our home fans are yelling at our players and coaches as the game’s unraveling. That’s helpful! And they can hear it, right, the kids can hear it. Because they’re panicked that we’re going to lose. Okay, well, you’ve got to block it out. Welcome to life. You keep fighting, you keep digging, or you panic, and if you panic, bad things happen.”“I was waiting for the trophy to come storming out, there’s no trophy for the thing? We talk about this rivalry, I just assumed there was a trophy! We hadn’t won, in, you know, 50 years! How can it be such a rivalry if there’s no damn trophy! I’ll pitch in, I think! It’s a pretty big deal! I’m like ‘Where’s the dang trophy?’ I guess it’s not that big of a deal if no one can afford a trophy for the rivalry. It just shows how cheap the schools are in this league.”It was quite the press conference:I’d never seen Miami (OH)’s Chuck Martin interviewed before.This guy keeps it ?!!! pic.twitter.com/v4tdBhduLi— Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) November 9, 2018Miami improved to 4-6 with the win. The RedHawks are set to play at Northern Illinois next week.
CHAPEL HILL, NC – OCTOBER 07: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish watches his team play against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the game at Kenan Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)The biggest game of college football’s Week 12 is set to take place in New York City this weekend.Notre Dame, the No. 3 team in the country, is set to play No. 12 Syracuse at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx. It should be a fun one.The Fighting Irish have been one of the most-impressive teams in the country all season, especially since Ian Book was made the starting quarterback. Book has been dealing with an injury, but he’s expected to play on Saturday.The Orange, meanwhile, have been one of the most-surprising teams in the country. Syracuse has emerged as a legitimate top 15 team and will be looking to supplant its status this weekend with a huge victory.Who’s going to emerge with the win?ESPN has made its prediction.ESPN is giving Notre Dame a 74.9 percent chance to win on Saturday, giving Syracuse just a 25.1 percent chance to pull off the upset.Notre Dame and Syracuse are set to kick off at 2:30 p.m. E.T.The game will be on NBC.
BOCA RATON, FL – SEPTEMBER 1: Head coach Lane Kiffin of the Florida Atlantic Owls throws the ball prior to the game against the Navy Midshipmen on September 1, 2017 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)De’Andre Johnson, a former top quarterback recruit who’s had several stops throughout his college career, will be playing somewhere else in 2019.The former Florida State quarterback, who was dismissed from the program for punching a woman, ended up at East Mississippi Community College.Johnson then committed to Lane Kiffin and Florida Atlantic University.The quarterback will be moving onto a different school in 2019.Johnson announced his transfer on Twitter.Forever Grateful ✔️ pic.twitter.com/Y0JL8k79KF— De’Andre Johnson (@DredaDon14) December 9, 2018It’s unclear at this point what schools might be interested in taking Johnson.The 6-foot-2 quarterback threw for 161 yards and 2 touchdowns this season.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 21: Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines run onto the field prior to the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)Michigan got some good news this morning. The Wolverines have found their quarterback for the class of 2020.Phoenix (Ariz.) Pinnacle three-star prospect J.D. Johnson just announced a commitment to Michigan on Twitter.Johnson chose the Wolverines over offers from South Carolina, Arizona, UNLV and Colorado State.“I am excited about pursuing excellence, both in the classroom and on the field, at the University of Michigan,” Johnson wrote.❗️COMMITTED❗️〽️ pic.twitter.com/HNw1XMMmQr— JD Johnson (@jd10johnson) December 21, 2018Johnson is the 25th-ranked Pro-Style quarterback in the 2020 cycle, according to 247Sports.He is the fifth verbal commitment for Michigan in the 2020 cycle.You can see the current 2020 team recruiting rankings here.
ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 10: General view of the fans filling the University of Michigan Stadium prior to the start of the game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on September 10, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Every year, we see stories of programs struggling to sell their allotted bowl tickets. It looks like Michigan is dealing with that right now.According to the Detroit Free Press’ Nick Baumgardner, Michigan has sold just 8,200 of its allotment of 13,000 tickets for its Peach Bowl game against Florida on December 29.Additionally, Kyle Rowland of the Toledo Blade reports that a much larger amount of tickets sold on the secondary market have been purchased by people with Florida zip codes as opposed to those from Michigan.Michigan and Florida will play at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Saturday.According to TickPick, 26 percent of tickets on the secondary market have been sold to Florida zip codes. Only six percent to Michigan. Face value is $160. https://t.co/UvK8kiTYSm— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) December 24, 2018Perhaps the hangover from missing out on the Big Ten title and a College Football Playoff berth is preventing Wolverine fans from buying the tickets. Maybe it also has to do with the location of the game.Or perhaps there is some matchup fatgue as well. These two teams met in a bowl three years ago and in the opening game of the 2017 season, with Michigan winning handily both times.Whatever the reason, there are still plenty of good seats available if you’re a fan of the Maize and Blue and are looking for a late Christmas gift.
👀 @CharlesWoodson had some thoughts after Michigan’s loss today. pic.twitter.com/Lw3zjkdzH9— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) September 21, 2019The Wolverines need to figure things out fast. Games against teams like Ohio State and Notre Dame have yet to be played.Can Harbaugh right the ship this season? ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 26: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines leads his team against the Brigham Young Cougars at Michigan Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Cougars 31-0. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Michigan played horribly today. Wisconsin beat the Wolverines in the trenches, through the air and on special teams en route to a 35-14 blowout. Jim Harbaugh’s team is desperately in need of answers.As a result of the loss, fans have chimed in on Harbaugh and Michigan’s horrific performance. Former Michigan All-American Charles Woodson is the latest to offer his thoughts regarding the Wolverines.“I’m not understanding what’s going on,” Woodson said on the Fox Sports post-game show, per 247Sports. “This does not look good, man. I don’t even know how to talk right now. What I could say, wouldn’t be the right thing to say because it would be my emotions. I’m sick about how Michigan football looks right now. I came in with high expectations on how my team was going to look. I’m going to be honest, man. I’m embarrassed.”Most Michigan fans would have to agree with Woodson. The Wolverines simply aren’t playing at the level most expected. The talent is obviously there as Michigan has put together some of the best recruiting classes in recent year.But plenty are questioning Michigan’s offensive scheme and play-calling. Harbaugh is receiving a lot of the blame. His record against top-ranked opponents isn’t pretty.
Australian Open updates extreme heat policy with 10-minute breaks allowedAustralian Open: Players have previously complained of health and safety risks under the extreme heat of Melbourne.advertisement Reuters MelbourneDecember 29, 2018UPDATED: December 29, 2018 10:27 IST Australian Open takes place in the summer Down Under, leading to extremely hot days. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralian Open is set to begin from January 14 in MelbourneTennis Australia to introduce a new “Heat Stress Scale” at the tournamentWhen the scale reaches five, the tournament referee can suspend matches on outside courtsPlayers in the men’s draw at the Australian Open will be allowed 10-minute breaks during matches as part of an updated extreme heat policy at the year’s first Grand Slam.Melbourne Park regularly sees days of scorching weather and organisers have come under fire from players who have complained of health and safety risks under the previous heat regime.Tennis Australia said it would introduce a new “Heat Stress Scale” at the January 14-27 tournament after conducting research with thermal experts at the University of Sydney.The scale ranges from one to five, with one denoting “temperate playing conditions” and five triggering the suspension of play, the governing body said in a statement on Saturday.Men will now join women in being permitted 10-minute breaks during extreme heat conditions, tournament director Craig Tiley said.”In the men’s singles a 10-minute break will be allowed after the third set when a four (4.0) is recorded on the AO HSS (heat stress scale) prior to or during the first three sets of the match,” TA said.When the scale reaches five, the tournament referee can suspend matches on outside courts and decide to close the roof on the three show-courts, Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena and Melbourne Arena, which was formerly known as Hisense Arena.The updated policy also introduces 15-minute breaks for wheelchair players.Also Read | Roger Federer warms up for Australian Open with some tennis on the sandAlso Read | Rafael Nadal excited about new season following quick recovery after knee surgeryAlso See: Roger Federer’s 2018 Australian Open victoryadvertisementFor 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 Australian OpenFollow TennisFollow Melbourne ParkFollow Tennis Australia Next
India vs Australia 1st ODI broadcast channels list: Where to Watch Ind vs Aus live BroadcastIndia vs Australia 1st ODI Match, Hyderabad: India take on Australia in the first one day international at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad. India eye their seventh straight ODI series victory at home.advertisement India Today Web Desk HyderabadMarch 1, 2019UPDATED: March 1, 2019 15:30 IST India vs Australia 1st ODI, Hyderabad (AP Photo)The Indian cricket team will continue its experiments to figure out the final pieces of a jigsaw puzzle called the ‘World Cup squad’ when a five-match ODI series against Australia starts in Hyderabad on Saturday.The team is slowly moving into the World Cup mode and even a 0-2 loss in the just-concluded T20 series won’t see any shift in plans as far as skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri are concerned.There will be at least four players for whom the series will be like a ‘pre test’, a good score ensuring that they get ‘admit cards’ for the board exams.The four players in question are KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar and Siddarth Kaul, who are fighting for two available slots in that UK bound 15-member squad.One man who will be keenly tracking the developments from the sidelines will be Dinesh Karthik, who still, many believe, has an outside chance of making it to the team.What time does the 1st ODI between India vs Australia start?The 1st ODI between India and Australia starts at 01.30 PM IST on March 2, Saturday at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.What TV channel and live stream is the 1st ODI between India and Australia Live Streaming on?Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in English commentary and Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV will live stream India vs Australia match.Where will the 1st ODI between India and Australia be played?advertisementThe 1st ODI between India and Australia will be played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad from 01.30 PM IST.Where can I watch India vs Australia 1st ODI live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs Australia 1st ODI?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs Australia from our live blog on indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads for the 1st ODI between India and Australia?India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rishabh Pant, Siddarth Kaul, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja.Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), D’Arcy Short, Shaun Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Usman Khawaja, Alex Carey, Peter Handscomb, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa, Jason Behrendorff, Jhye Richardson, Pat Cummins, Andrew Tye, Nathan Coulter-NileAlso 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 Virat KohliFollow Aaron Finch
Finisher MS Dhoni best suited in lower middle order, says Suresh RainaMS Dhoni has played 340 ODIs and scored more than 10,000 runs at an average of just under 51. His role as a finisher is crucial for India’s World Cup campaign with the team’s number four batting position still to be sealed.advertisement Reuters New DelhiMarch 6, 2019UPDATED: March 6, 2019 13:09 IST MS Dhoni has been in good form this year (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSuresh Raina says MS Dhoni will be an asset in India’s lower middle order at this year’s World CupMany believe Dhoni is no more the finisher that he was before”For MS, the ideal position would be number five or six,” Raina saidMahendra Singh Dhoni’s finishing skills remain unmatched and the former captain will be an asset in India’s lower middle order at this year’s World Cup, former teammate Suresh Raina told Reuters.The sight of Dhoni depositing Sri Lanka seamer Nuwan Kulasekara into the Wankhede Stadium stands to seal victory in the 2011 World Cup final is etched in the memory of most Indians.No target was deemed out of reach with the hard-hitting right-hander at the crease but that clean striking and fluid swing of the heavy bat are rare these days and many believe Dhoni is no more the finisher that he was before.His sharp glovework makes Dhoni India’s first choice wicketkeeper in limited-overs cricket but his batting position for the World Cup continues to be debated.”For MS, the ideal position would be number five or six,” Raina, who is an integral part of the Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings side in the Indian Premier League, said in an interview.”He is such a keen reader of the game and brings years of experience. When required he can build up an innings and his finishing skills are unmatched.”Dhoni has played 340 ODIs and scored more than 10,000 runs at an average of just under 51. His role as a finisher is crucial for India’s World Cup campaign with the team’s number four batting position still to be sealed.That has led to suggestions that captain Virat Kohli, also the team’s best batsman, should bat a place lower than his usual number three spot.advertisement”I think number three or four should be good (for Kohli),” Raina, a member of India’s 2011 World Cup team, said. “If the top order topples quickly, we need someone like Kohli to keep it together.”Raina believes top-ranked England will be a strong contender with their home advantage while India, Australia, West Indies and New Zealand are the other teams to watch out for.”For me the most balanced team will win the World Cup,” the 32-year-old said. “English conditions are helpful for the seamers but in the recent years we have seen spinners also do well.”Last year when I was playing against Ireland and England, our wrist spinners did really well. Team India is shaping up really well in this regard, a healthy mix of youth and experience.”And a pace attack that is bowling beautifully in all conditions. No grey areas as such.”Once considered an automatic selection in India’s limited-overs sides, Raina played the last of his 226 one-dayers in July, 2018.An aggressive left-handed batsman and a part-time off-spinner, Raina is also known for his electric fielding and the all-rounder still harbours hopes of making the World Cup squad.The IPL, which starts later this month, will be his last opportunity to impress the selectors before the World Cup kicks off on May 30.”I have a mix of activities that I do, I am currently doing a lot of high intensity workouts in the gym, followed by strength and conditioning sessions,” the IPL’s leading run-scorer said.”I’m at the nets three-four times a week. The Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy [India’s domestic Twenty20 competition] has given me some match practise before the IPL.”As an Indian player my job is to work hard and hope for the best.”Also Read | Virat Kohli full of praise for Vijay Shankar: Showed a lot of mental characterAlso Read | India second team after Australia to register 500 ODI winsAlso Read | Virat Kohli on 40th ODI hundred: It’s just a number, more proud of our 2nd inningsAlso Read | Usman Khawaja marvels MS Dhoni’s ability to stay calm in run chasesAlso Read | I don’t fear anything when MS Dhoni is around: Kedar JadhavFor 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 MS DhoniFollow Suresh Raina
IIT Mandi to complete infrastructure for 2,500 students by 2021With a target of completing 2.16 lakh sq. mt of construction by 2021, the campus infrastructure will have the capacity to host 2,580 students, which will accommodate future growth of the Institute as its current strength is close to 1,300advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 10, 2019UPDATED: July 10, 2019 17:37 IST IIT Mandi has made an impressive and rapid strides towards creating a remarkable and unique campus in the challenging yet serene Himalayan setup.Having started its journey in 2009 with 510 acres of grassland on the banks of river Uhl in the village Kamand of Himachal Pradesh, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi has made impressive and rapid strides towards creating a remarkable and unique campus in the challenging yet serene Himalayan setup.The Institute now has a state-of-the-art infrastructure with a built-up area of 1.15 lakh sq.mt comprising of housing for 1,300 students, 112 faculty and 61 staff members, cutting-edge laboratories, libraries, sports facilities, spaces for other extra and co-curricular activities. This includes a 750-seater auditorium which is one-of-its-kind in the region and has already started hosting events attracting experts from all over the world. The unique design of the hostels with large common spaces and terraces is an added perk for the students. The Institute is on track towards completing 2.16 lakh sq.mt of construction by the year 2021 to provide for 2,580 students and 270 faculty and staff members.Highlighting the state-of-the-art infrastructure on campus, Prof SC Jain, Dean (Infrastructure and Services), IIT Mandi said, “We are on our way towards creating one of the most beautiful campuses in the country. The rivers, mountains and the warmth of people, tempered with the best of residential, academic, and institutional infrastructure, has set IIT Mandi on its path towards emerging as a place of attraction for the best minds across the world.”Technology-enhanced servicesThe Construction and Maintenance Wing of IIT Mandi uses a web-based project management tool developed in-house by students with an open-source platform to monitor the progress of construction. It also uses an online Ticketing System to manage maintenance services.advertisementThe Institute has established an advanced IT infrastructure including high-speed links of 1 GBPS capacity based on an optical backbone and more than 200 Wi-Fi access points. The Institute has also established a High-Performance Computing Cluster with 160 nodes based on 3000 cores (CPU+GPU) and this continues to grow steadily.Future plans include establishing the Eduroam services (a global service that enables students, researchers and staff from participating institutions to obtain the internet connectivity across campus when visiting other participating institutions), Unified Threat Management infrastructure and to extend the backbone infrastructure to 10 GBPS besides developing a disaster recovery site.National Knowledge Network Facilities: IIT Mandi has established National Knowledge Network Facilities including Virtual classrooms of 100 plus capacity and Conference Halls in all academic blocks. The academic blocks have spacious classrooms with a capacity ranging from 30 to 300.The institute houses the main library with a collection of 18,948 books and a fully automated and Radio-frequency Identification (RFID) enabled Satellite library with 20,000 online resources for students, faculty and staff. Future plans include creating a virtual classroom of 250 capacity and professional Recording Studio besides three conference rooms.Highlighting the accommodation facilities for the faculty and visiting faculty, Kaustav Sarkar, Associate Dean (Infrastructure), and Assistant Professor, School of Engineering, IIT Mandi, said, “The campus offers residency to all faculty members and visitors. The apartments have been designed with plenty of bay windows and balconies, to maximize the natural comforts. The gardens, clubs and community halls cater to the requirements of social gatherings. The ongoing landscaping activities will further add to the beauty of the campus.”The vision of scenic natural beauty which one could gather through the glass facades of the 3 dining halls at IIT Mandi is a great example of modern architecture. It also has a one of its kind fully functional guest house with 88 rooms for national and international visitors.Important upcoming projects: Some of the important upcoming projects include a 1.6 km long-cycle track through the botanical garden, and a 2-lane bridge, to facilitate efficient transportation in the scenic hilly terrains between the North and South campuses of the institute.Sports, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities are also of high importance for the Institute. In addition to the existing indoor badminton courts, table tennis hall, football and cricket fields and gymnasium, the Institute is creating a one of its kind pavilion, a hockey ground with kiosk, and also setting up new tennis, volleyball and basketball courts.The institute currently has a medical unit in the south campus and a Health Care Centre with three medical officers, an ENT specialist and a Pediatrician, in the North campus. The facilities include a procedure room, a minor operation theatre and physiotherapy centre.The Institute has also set up within its campus important support services, such as crèches, a botanical garden with a rich diversity of local plants, children’s parks, stationery shops, a campus school, banks and ATMs, for the convenience of campus residents.Green activities:advertisementEfficient waste-management practices are held in high priority for the campus. The waste generated at each source is segregated through the active participation of residents. A Biogas Generator of 150 kg feed capacity has been installed for the digestion of biodegradable wastes.Sewage Treatment Plants have been set up to ensure that all waste-water generated in the campus gets suitably treated before discharge and reuse. Special efforts have also been put towards the identification of local flora and fauna, and in ensuring that the campus growth continues to be in harmony with them. Future plans include reuse of treated waste-water, development of plant nursery, better segregation and in-house composting.Read: IIT Mandi researchers develop nano-capsules that can simultaneously detect and treat tumour cellsGet 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 byHarshita Pathak Tags :Follow Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi