Liga MX Liga MX Goals of the Week: The best from Jornada 3 of the Clausura Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 04:05 1/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Maria Calls Liga MX Pachuca Puebla v Veracruz Atlas v Toluca Querétaro v Tigres UANL Cruz Azul v León Monterrey v Tijuana Pachuca v Lobos BUAP Necaxa v Guadalajara Pumas v América Santos Laguna v Morelia Lobos BUAP León Guadalajara Cruz Azul Puebla Veracruz Tijuana Morelia Necaxa Monterrey Querétaro Atlas Toluca Tigres UANL América Pumas Santos Laguna Despite four scoreless draws in the third week of Liga MX play, there were still plenty of goals to get fans on their feet. Goal brings you the best Liga MX is generally replete with goals each weekend. In Week 2 every match had at least one goal. This weekend it was a different story as four matches finished scoreless. Nevertheless, Goal once again takes you through the best goals from Mexico this weekend, and despite the general lack of scoring there were some good ones to watch.Honorable mention this week goes to a pair of repeat scorers. Ravel Morrison once again found the back of the net for Atlas in a defeat, capping off a nice move started by Rafa Marquez in the midfield. And Santos Laguna is in third place thanks in no small part to Djaniny, who scored his fifth goal of the season to go atop the golden boot standings.3. Alan Pulido (Chivas) – 1-0 vs. Necaxa#NoTeLoPierdasG⚽⚽⚽L de Alan Pulido@ClubNecaxa 0-1 @Chivas #Jornada3 #Clausura2018 #LIGABancomerMX⚽ #SienteTuLiga ⚽ #AbrazadosPorElFutbol pic.twitter.com/VhA82HIzJy— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) January 21, 2018It’s Alan Pulido’s name on this goal and his boot on the ball before it crosses the line, but this goal is all about work down Chivas’ right wing by Javier “La Chofis” Lopez. The clip above sadly cuts out him being pinned in the corner by two Necaxa defenders but picks up where he’s still being watched by two players and manages to skip down the line and not only move the ball into the box but find a teammate in decent scoring position. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Pulido does a nice job to get a good shot off as well. Necaxa’s top-quality goalkeeper, Marcelo Barovero, gets a piece of it but Pulido’s left-footed shot has too much power on it for him to make a stop. It was a great way for Chivas to start the game and for Pulido to open his Clausura account.2. Luis Quinones (Toluca) – 2-0 vs. Atlas#NoTeLoPierdasG⚽⚽⚽L de Luis Quiñones@atlasfc 0-2 @TolucaFC #Jornada3 #Clausura2018 #LIGABancomerMX⚽ #SienteTuLiga ⚽ #AbrazadosPorElFutbol pic.twitter.com/vhJETmYz71— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) January 20, 2018It’s been a frustrating few tournaments in Liga MX for Luis Quinones, whose rights are held by Tigres but keeps getting loaned out to clubs with the reigning champion deeming the Colombian midfielder surplus. It went really wrong in the Apertura when Quinones got into a spat with Lobos BUAP coaches and ended up spending most of the season out of the squad. So it had to be a good feeling when Quinones was able to score his first Toluca goal Friday. It was a beauty, as Quinones almost steals the ball from his own teammate’s foot before making a forward thrust and sending the ball swooping in from outside the box to put the Red Devils up 2-0.1. Erick Aguirre (Pachuca) – 3-0 vs. Lobos BUAP#NoTeLoPierdasG⚽⚽⚽L de Erick Aguirre@Tuzos 3-0 @LobosBuapMX #Jornada3 #Clausura2018 #LIGABancomerMX⚽ #SienteTuLiga ⚽ #AbrazadosPorElFutbol pic.twitter.com/omWgTH9gU9— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) January 21, 2018Pachuca picked Lobos BUAP apart in the first half of the clubs’ matchup Saturday, but no goal was finer this week than Tuzos’ third. After quick passing between Victor Guzman and Franco Jara in the build-up, Keisuke Honda sent through a nifty pass for Aguirre with his first touch.The commentator says Aguirre “looked offside,” but the defender keeps him on. From there, he’s about to get around the goalkeeper and finish off Pachuca’s first-half onslaught with a smooth and easy finish into the empty net. Then he wheels off to celebrate, no doubt with the thought of winning Goal’s Liga MX Goal of the Week also dancing through his head.
Transfers Napoli captain Hamsik considering China offer Matt Dorman 00:40 5/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Napoli Serie A CSL Carlo Ancelotti could soon be tasked with appointing a new captain, with a long-serving figure in Naples seemingly weighing up a move to Asia Marek Hamsik is considering a move to China as he weighs up whether to end an 11-year stay at Napoli.Shandong Luneng are reportedly interested in the dynamic midfielder and Hamsik, 30, confirmed an offer was on the table.The club captain’s departure would come as a blow to Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti, who this week was installed as Maurizio Sarri’s successor. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Though he stressed no decision had been made, Hamsik has discussed the opportunity with his new head coach.”I’m a Napoli player for now. I talked to Ancelotti on the phone and I admit I’m tempted by the transfer,” Hamsik told Slovakia’s Sport24.”I have only been to China once, for the Supercoppa match [against Juventus in 2012], but in life you have to try everything.”For now I just want to be with my family, then we’ll see.”Hamsik appeared in every Serie A match for Napoli this season as they finished four points behind champions Juventus.
It caps off a great few months for both referees, with Adam being named Trans Tasman Referee of the Series in Wollongong in April, while Sam was named leading Female Referee at the Youth Trans Tasman in Auckland in January.Adam started refereeing 20 years ago, originally as a source of income and a hobby. As he got better at it, he kept going and is now one of Australia’s best.This award is special to Adam, and while he has collected a few over the years, this one is memorable as it was awarded to both himself and Sam.Sam got into Touch as a player first, and after having children she decided to take up refereeing about six years ago. Sam says she was “very, very excited and overwhelmed” to receive this accolade.Sam enjoyed representing her country in the Youth Trans Tasman Series, saying she “loved the experience, the players and the atmosphere. I enjoyed the camaraderie with the other referees.”Sam has just started in the NSW leadership group, hoping to put a bit back into the refereeing aspect of the Touch community. She also hopes to promote refereeing to females.Sam’s next goal is to be chosen to referee at the 2011 Scotland World Cup.Touch Football Australia would like to congratulate Adam and Sam on receiving this award.
By BEN HARRISThe men’s Elite Eight division will go down to the final rounds after the completion of day two of the National Touch League at C.ex Coffs International Stadium.Three teams are separated by two points with another pair of sides two points further back.After a perfect start to their campaign, New South Wales Scorpions hit a bump in the road when they lost to Queensland South Stingrays in the last match of the day on field one.The Stingrays took out the match 3-2, to go with their 11-5 victory against the Alliance in round four.They are two points behind the Scorpions, whom remain on top with 16 points.Defending champions Queensland Country Outlaws are also two points behind the Scorpions after they had a successful day two.The Outlaws won all their matches including the replay of last year’s with the New South Wales Country Mavericks, 6-4. Cormac Hoch crossed for four touchdowns.It wasn’t a good start to Steve Roberts’ birthday with his New South Wales Mets side hammered by the Outlaws 8-2.However, the Mets came home with a wet sail to win their last game of the day, 6-2 over the New South Wales Rebels and keep their semi-finals hopes alive.Queensland Chiefs have leapt into semi-finals’ contention following their 7-5 win against the Mavericks and an 8-5 victory against the Alliance.Two-time finalists Mavericks have all to play for on day three. Thursday wasn’t a good day for the John Dalton-coached team as they went winless.Another defeat will spell the end to their campaign.The Rebels and the Alliance are already looking to next year’s tournament as they were eliminated from semi-finals contention. You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2015 National Touch League in the following ways: Websites www.ntl.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au Social Media Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2015) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus (live streaming of select games will occur, stay tuned to www.touchfootball.com.au for all of the links)Related LinksMen’s Elite Eight
Man Utd legend Neville again admits he was wrong to take Valencia jobby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville has again admitted he was wrong to take the Valencia job.The former United captain was surprisingly appointed to his first – and only – management job by prestigious La Liga side Valencia in December 2015 but wouldn’t even see out the rest of the season.He took charge of the team for 28 games and only managed to win 10 of them, drawing seven and losing the other 11, although he did manage to oversee impressive draws against both Real Madrid and Barcelona.Asked if he ever sw himself getting back into management his reply was a blunt ‘no’ and then when asked in a Twitter Q&A what the weirdest thing he had ever been asked to sign was, he simply replied ‘VALENCIA contract.’ TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd manager Solskjaer: James already proven X-factorby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United winger Daniel James has already proven his ‘X-factor’.21-year-old James was signed from Swansea City in the summer and has so far scored three goals in five Premier League games.Red Devils boss Solskjaer said: “I’m delighted with Daniel. That we managed to get him to Manchester is fantastic, he has proven with his X-factor that he will give the squad a lot.”I know he was close to joining Leeds but that’s football. He’s started well here.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Problems starting to mount at Tottenhamby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur are going through a mini crisis after their disappointing start to the season.Spurs have not begun the campaign with any consistency, continuing their poor vein of league form since the tail end of last season.Their most recent setback was a 2-1 defeat to Leicester City.Manager Mauricio Pochettino may feel the atmosphere at the club is very different, compared to the time they reached the Champions League final last season.According to the Daily Mail, a discontented squad, agitated manager, and potentially too expensive summer squad rebuild are causing problems at Spurs.Pochettino may want to jump ship for a big job, such as Real Madrid.Meanwhile, star players like Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld are nearing the conclusion of their contracts, which means they need to be replaced by players of similar quality.
AC Milan midfielder Kessie sorry for Giampaolo sackingby Carlos Volcano9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie admits he’s sorry for the sacking of Marco Giampaolo.Giampaolo lasted just four months before being replaced by Stefano Pioli.”I heard about the change of Coach with the national team,” Kessie told Sport Mediaset.“We’re players and we must always give our best, regardless of who’s in the dugout.“Giampaolo changed our system and there wasn’t enough time for us to do what he asked of us.“At Milan, however, there’s no time because there’s pressure and other things. I feel sorry for the Coach, but I think he just needed a bit more time.“There was so much work to do with him but, like I said, when a new Coach arrives it takes time.“We started preseason without some players. Others, like me, came later and that was a problem.“I’ve never worked with Pioli, now I’ll see what he asks of me and I’ll try to do what he wants on the field.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Tottenham star Eriksen doubt for Watford clashby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham star Christian Eriksen is in doubt for Saturday’s clash with Watford.The Dane will be assessed prior to kick-off at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.Eriksen picked up a dead leg on international duty.Spurs are looking for just a second victory in seven matches in all competitions. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford boss Sanchez Flores won’t rush Deeneyby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Quique Sanchez Flores says Troy Deeney is not ready to return from injury.The Hornets’ skipper and talisman has been sidelined since August after having knee surgery.When asked if he would be available sooner rather than later, Sanchez Flores simply said: “I don’t think so. With Troy the medical staff is working really well, but the time is time.”Maybe I think between four or five weeks is the limit to the recovery, so I guess that maybe in two or three weeks he is running again.”Sanchez Flores added: “Always we miss him, of course, it’s the character of the team, the philosophy, what we want, the spirit,” he said.”We try to transmit to the players these things also, it’s not that we depend on one player, he’s very important we know but we have a lot of players with high quality, good skills and it’s not just about the spirit it’s also about how we can play.”
NC State bolstered its NCAA Tournament resume Tuesday night with a huge victory over in-state rival North Carolina, and predictably, Wolfpack fan were excited. Some of the students on campus even took to the school’s famous Memorial Belltower to burn mattresses. Oh – and Tar Heels jerseys.Check out the below photos, via newsobserver.com’s Jill Knight. The fire department had to show up to put out the fires.NC State students burn a Carolina jersey at the foot of the belltower #NCSUvsUNC pic.twitter.com/KqndpOefEs— Jill Knight (@jillography) February 25, 2015A mattress is burning beside the belltower #NCSUvsUNC @newsobserver pic.twitter.com/7OLaLfNWqU— Jill Knight (@jillography) February 25, 2015Police are on scene at the burning mattress&couch and are dispersing the crowd by pointing pepper spray at them (not using it) #NCSUvsUNC— Jill Knight (@jillography) February 25, 2015The fire department is on scene and has put out the fire beside the belltower #NCSUvsUNC @newsobserver pic.twitter.com/zMUORnaPGE— Jill Knight (@jillography) February 25, 2015The fire is out and students are leaving the belltower area but are still chanting #NCSUvsUNC pic.twitter.com/Tqk0Q2xYQj— Jill Knight (@jillography) February 25, 2015Let’s hope that everyone stayed safe during the celebration.
Everything Ole Gunnar Solskjaer touches right now seems to turn to gold.His eighth win in eight games as Manchester United’s caretaker manager was one of the biggest examples yet of just how big an impact the Norwegian has had on the club since Jose Mourinho was sacked in December.The Portuguese couldn’t even seem to keep the players he was choosing week after week happy, and yet the roles played by Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez in Friday’s 3-1 FA Cup win at Arsenal proved that Solskjaer’s ability to get the best out of his charges runs far deeper than the regular first XI. 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 pair had both been victims of timing in many ways, with the former striker having returned as interim manager at a time when Lukaku was absent due to a family issue and Sanchez was nursing a hamstring injury.In their mutual absence, the form of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard had been such that the high-profile duo were demoted to bystanders for much of the new boss’ opening weeks.Having been given their chance to impress on Friday as Martial and Rashford were rested for the fourth-round clash at the Emirates, both Lukaku and Sanchez left a mark.It was somewhat of a surprise to see Lukaku lined up on the right-hand side of attack as Lingard was positioned more centrally but, after a slow start, the shift worked.While they had flattered to deceive in the opening half an hour, Lukaku and Sanchez combined in the most devastating of ways to put United in the box seat. The Belgian’s excellent disguised pass put Sanchez in space, and the former Arsenal man held his nerve to round Petr Cech and fire home from a difficult angle.Within two minutes Lukaku had teed up another for Jesse Lingard, running on to a delicious slide-rule pass by Luke Shaw to square for Lingard, who finished with aplomb.There was always likely to be a response from Arsenal, and they got back in the game shortly before half-time through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s tap-in, after Aaron Ramsey’s quick footwork had exploited space on United’s right when the visitors failed to react to Ashley Young being pulled out of position.However, while Arsenal kept probing for much of the second half they never looked destined to equalise, and United were always dangerous on the counter.Solskjaer got both the nature and timing of his double-substitution spot on, with Lukaku and Sanchez replaced by Rashford and Martial just when they needed something different in the final third.The result was a third goal, with Martial mopping up clinically after Paul Pogba’s drive had been parried away by Cech.It was so typically Manchester United in many ways, and for the club’s fans it is superbly refreshing to see their side playing in the style to which they had become accustomed for so many years.Solskjaer has got everyone contributing too. He recently likened his half-dozen options for three forward roles to when he was one of four strikers Sir Alex Ferguson rotated between two starting positions, with Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke and Teddy Sheringham also getting plenty of game time.Eight wins, FA Cup progression, a whole squad thriving… Is there anything Man United’s very own King Midas can’t do right now?
STARKVILLE, MS – OCTOBER 13: Quarterback Tyler Russell #17 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs celebrates with quarterback Dak Prescott #15 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs after they defeated Tennessee 41-31 on October 13, 2012 at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)Mississippi State are having a solid but unremarkable season. They’re 5-3, ranked in the Top-25, and poised for their ninth straight bowl game.However, the Bulldogs just unveiled something that will draw plenty of attention: new alternate uniforms.On Monday, Mississippi State revealed the design of the Primeknit A1 “Statesman” uniform, designed by adidas. Per the team, the uniform is inspired by the Mississippi Air National Guard C-17 Globemaster III airplane in tribute to legendary alum, G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery.The uniform is really something to behold. Take a look:Introducing the adidas Primeknit A1 “Statesman” uniform.Inspired by the Mississippi Air National Guard C-17 Globemaster III, the Spirit of G.V. ‘Sonny’ Montgomery.??: https://t.co/4saiEC2zyk#HailState? #teamadidas pic.twitter.com/L3ZuNltzjs— MSU Football ? (@HailStateFB) October 29, 2018Montgomery graduated from Mississippi State in 1943 and went on to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War. He later served in the Mississippi State Senate and served for 30 years as a U.S. Congressman.Montgomery passed away in 2006 at the age of 85.The uniform is slated to be worn on November 17, 2018, for Mississippi State’s last home game of the season against Arkansas.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: An Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game 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)Ohio State just got a major boost to its 2019 offense as wide receiver K.J. Hill announced he will be returning for his redshirt senior season.Hill finished second on the team in receptions (70) and receiving yards (885) this season. He was fourth on the roster with six receiving touchdowns.With Parris Campbell, Johnnie Dixon and Terry McLaurin all leaving Columbus, Hill is now the unquestioned No. 1 wide receiver for next season. He’ll headline a group that will include Binjimen Victor, Austin Mack, Chris Olave and five-star signee Garrett Wilson.“With the guidance and mentorship of Cris Carter and my family, I have decided to take one last ride with my brothers, my coaches, and you, Buckeye Nation!” Hill wrote on Twitter.??❤️ pic.twitter.com/5HDljsvqZb— KMFJ (@KayJayHill) January 8, 2019Hill and his counterparts will be catching passes from a new QB in 2019. Dwayne Haskins announced on Monday that he is declaring for the NFL Draft, as expected.Haskins’ backup Tate Martell will have to ward off a challenge from Georgia transfer Justin Fields, assuming Fields gets his waiver from the NCAA to play immediately. If he doesn’t, Martell will be the starter with Matthew Baldwin backing him up.Ohio State should enter 2019 as a top-five team in the preseason polls.
Alabama’s 2019 schedule is one of the easiest in the country among national title contenders.The non-conference schedule is a joke:Duke on Aug. 31 in a neutral-site gameHome vs. New Mexico StateHome vs. Southern MissHome vs. West CarolinaThat’s four easy wins.The conference schedule is among the easiest in the SEC, too, as Alabama avoids the second-best team in the league in Georgia.CBS ranked it the easiest in the league:Since 2010, Alabama’s nonconference schedules have been headlined by Louisville, Florida State, USC, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Michigan and Penn State. This year — it’s Duke. I’m not knocking the Blue Devils, but compared to those other opponents, they don’t carry that same kind of weight. The rest of Bama’s nonconference slate is New Mexico State, Southern Miss and Western Carolina. The Tide also avoid Georgia and Florida, but they do get South Carolina and Tennessee from the East. The toughest games will be on the road against Texas A&M and Auburn as well as at home against LSU. Oh, and Alabama doesn’t get the SOS booster shot of playing Alabama. Still, while the schedule isn’t easy by any stretch, compared to the rest of the SEC, it projects to be the lightest of the bunch.ESPN’s Football Power Index ranks Alabama the No. 2 team in the country in 2019 and the Crimson Tide will be sizable favorites in basically every game.Road games at Texas A&M and Auburn could be tough, as could the home game against LSU.Still, bet on Alabama winning at least 11 regular season games, and maybe all 12. SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts against the Clemson Tigers in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Alabama will once again be one of the country’s top college football teams in 2019. The Crimson Tide are either the No. 1 or No. 2 team in the nation heading into the upcoming season, depending on what rankings you’re looking at.Most likely, Nick Saban’s team will be playing in the College Football Playoff once again at the end of the 2019 season.Of course, the Alabama program has incredible recruiting and player development to thank for that.The upcoming schedule deserves some credit too, though.
“That’s as poor of an offensive performance as I’ve seen in a long time.”At least we know @coach_frost gets it. Let’s hope for a revitalized #Huskers offense next week. https://t.co/pBfHmBoByv— Kevin McClure (@KevinTMcClure) August 31, 2019It’s tough to argue with that. The Huskers looked sloppy and were unable to gain control of the line of scrimmage.Frost remains confident in Martinez and the offense, though.“That’s not the offense I’ve seen all camp.” HC Scott Frost. Martinez went 13-22-1 with 178 yds and no TDS #Huskers— Nicole Griffith (@NicoleGriff1011) August 31, 2019Nebraska will need to turn things around quickly.The Huskers travel to Boulder to take on Colorado in Week 2. Nebraska and Colorado are set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. E.T. next weekend. The game will be on ABC. LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers approaches the sidelines in the second half against the Colorado Buffaloes at Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska head coach Scott Frost didn’t hold back while discussing his offense following the Huskers’ season-opening win over South Alabama.Frost’s team got the win, beating USA, 35-21, though the Huskers struggled mightily on offense, getting out-gained by their opponent in the second half.Nebraska’s star quarterback, Adrian Martinez, came into the season with Heisman Trophy hopes, though he finished the contest with less than 200 total yards.Frost said after the game that the Huskers’ offensive performance was one of the poorest he’s been a part of.
Next India vs Pakistan: Taimur Ali Khan cheers for Men in Blue in the cutest wayTaimur Ali Khan was undoubtedly the cutest supporter of the Indian cricket team.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 17, 2019UPDATED: June 17, 2019 10:14 IST Taimur Ali Khan wearing the Team India jerseyIndia continued their winning streak against Pakistan in World Cup matches – the Men in Blue have now won all seven of their matches against the neighbouring country. Tickets of the highly anticipated match were sold out within minutes, and it reportedly attracted a television audience of one billion globally.Like millions of Indians, Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan’s little munchkin Taimur Ali Khan was also all excited for the match and showed his support for Team India by donning the blue jersey. A picture of the two-and-a-half-year-old cheering for the Indian cricket team has surfaced on the internet and is going viral on social media.India registered a comfortable 89-run win over Pakistan via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern or DLS method. The Indian cricket team set a daunting target of 337 for their rivals, with Rohit Sharma knocking 140 off 113 balls. The strong bowling attack restricted Pakistan to 212-6 in the rain-affected game.Meanwhile, Bollywood star Ranveer Singh made his commentary debut in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, alongside cricketing legends Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag. “It’s raining legends, and for me, it’s like dream come true; sitting next to Virender Sehwag – we are chatting and commentating. The India-Pakistan match is happening; one side I see Sachin Tendulkar and the other side I see Brian Lara, Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram – it’s a great feeling,” he was quoted by IANS as saying.advertisementInterestingly, Ranveer will play former captain Kapil Dev in Kabir Khan’s 83, which tells the story of the Indian cricket team’s victory against all odds in the World Cup in 1983.On the sidelines of India Today’s Salaam Cricket 2019 in London, Ranveer revealed that he was blown over by the “incredible” story of 83. “The kind of underdogs that these guys were, koi believe nahi karta tha ki yeh ladke kuch karenge. And they went and achieved the ultimate glory, beating back-to-back World Cup champions! West Indies was almost invincible then,” he said, adding that the event “changed sports in India forever”.ALSO READ | India vs Pakistan: Salman Khan to Anil Kapoor, B-Town congratulates Men in Blue for thumping winALSO READ | India vs Pakistan: Rohit Sharma batting at a different level, says Sachin TendulkarALSO WATCH | India vs Pakistan: Losing toss was blessing in disguise for India, says Sachin TendulkarGet 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 India vs PakistanFollow World Cup 2019Follow Taimur Ali Khan
Next India Today Web Desk BirminghamJune 19, 2019UPDATED: June 19, 2019 14:33 IST South Africa vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019: Cloudy weather forecast in Birmingham on Wednesday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSouth Africa face must-win situation in World Cup tie vs New ZealandCloudy weather and showers predicted in Birmingham on WednesdayToss will be crucial, considering DLS calculations may come into playAfter registering their first win of the ongoing World Cup against Afghanistan, South Africa will look to keep their hopes of qualifying for the semis alive when they face unbeaten New Zealand in their sixth fixture at Edgbaston, Birmingham on Wednesday.After losing their first three matches, Proteas came out with a much-improved performance and registered a nine-wicket win over Afghanistan in their last game. While leg-spinner Imran Tahir produced another match-winning spell by picking up four wickets, the century-stand put on by openers Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla was probably the greatest positive for Faf du Plessis’ men. But the top-order will need to continue to shoulder responsibility and make sure they have enough runs on the board for the bowlers to have something to defend.South Africa’s bowling will be bolstered by the return of young Lungi Ngidi. The pacer had to miss the last two matches because of a hamstring injury. Another thing that can inspire du Plessis’s men to win in Birmingham is their opportunity to take revenge of the 2015 World Cup semi-final loss when Grant Elliot played a superb knock to help the Kiwis earn a summit-clash spot, which they eventually lost to Australia.On the other hand, New Zealand have been absolutely professional in their approach so far and are sitting at the second spot in the points table with seven points. They started their World Cup campaign with three consecutive wins before their fixture against India ended in a wash-out at Trent Bridge.advertisementThe bowlers, consisting Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Lockie Ferguson, have been exceptional and have restricted the opposition to below-par totals, thus making it easier for their batters.New Zealand vs South Africa, weather updates from Birmingham14:30 IST: Wet outfield delays toss in Birmingham. There’s no rain at the moment at Edgbaston but since it had rained heavily on Tuesday, there are wet patches on the outfield. Expect a couple of showers during the game but a 50-over match is on the cards. Cloudy weather to dominate proceedings in Birmingham.It had rained in the morning in Birmingham but the Match 25 of World Cup 2019 between New Zealand and South Africa is expected to start on time (10:30 AM BST and 3 PM IST) as no showers are predicted in the lead up to the big clash.Expect cloudy weather for the most part of the match and showers and scattered thunderstorms from 12 PM BST (4:30 PM IST). Rain interruptions are thus predicted during the match and teams winning the toss will be keeping in mind the DLS calculations that may come into play. Screengrab from AccuWeather Screengrab from AccuWeatherAlso Read | PCB chairman telephones Sarfaraz Ahmed, asks Pakistan captain to focus on upcoming matchesAlso Read | Sarfaraz, you are fat: Fan screams insults at Pakistan captain after defeat to IndiaAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow New Zealand vs South AfricaFollow World Cup 2019Follow Birmingham weatherFollow Edgbaston New Zealand vs South Africa, World Cup 2019: Weather updates from Birmingham on WednesdayICC Cricket World Cup 2019, New Zealand vs South Africa: The toss in Birmingham has been delayed due to wet outfield. There is no rain at the moment in Edgbaston but Tuesday’s heavy rainfall has led to some patches on the outfield. The Super Soppers are in action.advertisement
Extra-curricular activities for kids: Essential or not?Many parents might believe that encouraging their child’s extracurricular interests will lead to a drop in their grades. Nothing could be farther from the truth.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 28, 2019UPDATED: June 28, 2019 15:37 IST Extracurricular Activities for Kids: Essential or Not?As parents, we all want the very best for our children. We raise them with love and care, inculcate good values, provide them with the finest education that we can afford, and hope that they grow up to live happy, productive lives with families of their own. This vision of our children’s future centres around a few defining moments securing good grades, being admitted to a prestigious educational institute, and finding secure, highly-paid jobs. But in our rush to ensure their future success, we often tend to neglect their present happiness. Their hopes and ambitions, interests and hobbies, are cast aside in the pursuit of this singular vision. This attitude is extremely short-sighted, and neglects the many benefits of allowing your child to participate in extracurricular activities:Boost to academicsMany parents might believe that encouraging their child’s extracurricular interests will lead to a drop in their grades. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Numerous studies have shown that students who take an active role in extracurricular activities score higher than their peers and have a more positive outlook towards school. This is due to the fact that taking part in activities you are genuinely interested in serves to boost the brain’s functioning. Additionally, skills learned from extracurricular activities such as concentration, dedication, and time management all play a vital role in academic success.Sharpens interpersonal skillsMaking friends is never easy, especially as a child. This is especially true for children who are about to start school for the first time, or who’ve moved to a new city and a new environment. In situations like these, extracurricular activities are an absolute necessity. Participating in these activities gives children the opportunity to interact with likeminded people, engage with a large group of their peers, and build bonds over a shared interest. It also teaches them to overcome shyness and hesitancy, and to develop crucial social skills.advertisement Improves self-confidenceIt’s always a good feeling to be recognised and appreciated for something you excel at, whether it be sports, music, art, or dance. Participating in activities outside the classroom gives children the chance to discover hidden talents within themselves, and the opportunity to master these skills. And with this mastery comes a boost to the self-esteem and confidence of the child. The self-confidence a child gains in their formative years plays a key role in shaping them into a self-assured, positive, and outgoing adult.Strengthens university applicationsWhile schools and colleges in India may exclusively focus on a child’s academic accomplishments when reviewing their application, the same can’t be said for universities in the UK and the USA. Higher educational institutes in these countries place a premium on an applicants’ accomplishments beyond exam scores. They look for children with active, well-rounded lives, and who’ve displayed excellence in a wide variety of fields. Whether by volunteering with an NGO or playing an instrument, it’s never too late to encourage your child to truly engage with the world.Break from routineEverybody needs the occasional break from a routine, and that’s as true of children as it is of adults. A chance to get away from their studies and spend time doing something they truly love gives children the chance to recharge their minds and refresh their spirits. It also boosts their happiness and contentment levels, while alleviating stress and boredom.Extracurricular activities play an essential role in ensuring the future success and happiness of our children. All that remains is for us to recognise the fact, and act upon it.By Mr. Jigish Sonagara – Founder and CEO – imd1 (Yes, I Am The 1)Also read: Education for social good: Nine ways to teach kids about community involvementAlso read: Short-term courses in finance in IndiaGet 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 ChildrenFollow Sports Next
Associated Press ParisSeptember 15, 2019UPDATED: September 15, 2019 08:45 IST AP PhotoHIGHLIGHTSNeymar found the back of the net with a bicycle kick two minutes into stoppage timeNeymar was booed by part of the crowd in the first half as he put on a decent performanceThe result left Strasbourg in 18th place on three pointsNeymar scored a spectacular last-gasp goal for Paris St Germain that was greeted with more cheers than boos in a 1-0 Ligue 1 win over Racing Strasbourg on Saturday on his first appearance of the season following a failed transfer to Barcelona.The Brazil forward found the back of the net with a bicycle kick two minutes into stoppage time, drawing mostly applause but a few boos from the Parc des Princes faithful as he appeared to have put the transfer saga behind him.PSG lead the standings with 12 points from five games ahead of their Champions League match against Real Madrid on Wednesday, for which Neymar will be suspended.The result left Strasbourg in 18th place on three points.”It was sublime. It’s good for him and good for the team,” team mate Idrissa Gueye said.Neymar, who angered the PSG fans by saying his best memory as a footballer was PSG’s humiliating 6-1 defeat by Barca at the Camp Nou in the Champions League in 2017, was booed by part of the crowd in the first half as he put on a decent performance.He capped his return with a goal that did not mask PSG’s collective mediocrity.New keeper Keylor Navas made a couple of brilliant saves as the visitors threatened on a few occasions while Mauro Icardi was toothless after coming on as a second-half substitute.The Argentine striker, however, will be needed against Real on Wednesday in the absence of Neymar and the injured Kylian Mbappe.The French international was sorely missed, just like Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani who may come back for the Real clash.advertisementStrasbourg had the first clear chance when Navas stretched to tip away Ludovic Ajorque’s sudden strike in the 18th minute and PSG did not muster a single shot on target in the first half, struggling to unsettle a compact defence.The hosts stepped up a gear in the closing stages, with Neymar scoring his 21st goal in 20 Ligue 1 games at the Parc des Princes.He netted again two minutes later, only for the goal to be ruled out for an offside position.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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow NeymarFollow PSG vs Racing StrasbourgFollow Ligue 1 Next Ligue 1: Neymar turns boos into cheers with stoppage-time winner for PSG vs Racing StrasbourgPSG lead the standings with 12 points from five games ahead of their Champions League match against Real Madrid on Wednesday, for which Neymar will be suspended.advertisement