a month agoCesc hails ‘amazing’ Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour

first_imgCesc hails ‘amazing’ Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmourby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has heaped praise on youngster Billy Gilmour.Monaco ace Fabregas hailed Gilmour after his starring role in Chelsea’s 7-1 Carabao Cup win over Grimsby Town.Fabregas tweeted: “He played amazing tonight. “Personality is the most important at this age and he’s got it all right. “Now time to keep learning and taking advantage of these games to prove the coach he’s good enough.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

14 days agoEverton standing by Marco Silva

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton standing by Marco Silvaby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton do not plan on sacking Marco Silva at this stage of the season, according to reports.The Portuguese is under immense pressure with the Toffees sitting second bottom after eight games.The Toffees have failed to register a point since their 3-2 win over Wolves on September 1.Silva was booed by a section of the away support after last weekend’s loss to Burnley.But Sky Sports says the club have no plans to part ways with the former Watford man. last_img read more

10 days agoWest Brom still waiting for Barcelona to cough up for Louie Barry

first_imgWest Brom still waiting for Barcelona to cough up for Louie Barryby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Brom are still waiting for Barcelona to cough up for Louie Barry.England youth international Barry rejected a three-year contract at The Hawthorns to join Barcelona in July, says the Express & Star.The Spanish giants have to pay just £235,000 for the youngster – a figure set by FIFA for 16-year-olds who move abroad.But last month it was revealed the Baggies were considering reporting the La Liga side to football’s world governing body due to their failure to stump up the cash.Barcelona had also failed to respond to Albion’s requests for the money.Now it is understood the two clubs are in dialogue over the cash. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 days agoArsenal defender David Luiz says Valencia great Pablo Aimar ‘taught me the most’

first_imgArsenal defender David Luiz says Valencia great Pablo Aimar ‘taught me the most’by Carlos Volcano9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal defender David Luiz says Valencia great Pablo Aimar was the best teammate he has ever had.The pair played together for three seasons at Benfica, and the Argentine had a profound impact on his then Brazilian teammate.”A lot of players have helped me in my career,” Luiz said at a commercial event with Arsenal. “But Pablo Aimar stood out.”We must always be open to learning, whether it’s with younger players or those with more experience.”One day, Pablo came into my room and began to teach me how to pass from a ball in defence to one in attack.”He taught me how to create spaces and how to hide a pass to try to get it between the lines.”This was advice I had never had before.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Videos: LSU 2017 5-Star RB/LB Commit Dylan Moses Has Really, Really Good Footwork

first_imgDylan Moses of LSU works on his footwork.Dylan Moses LSUDylan Moses, the No. 1 recruit in the 2017 class committed to LSU, is a player Tigers’ fans should be very, very excited about. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound prospect out of Baton Rouge, La., has been committed to LSU since 2013. He’s rated the No. 1 linebacker in the country by 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings but he can also play running back. Moses is ridiculously athletic. For further proof of his athletic prowess, check out these workout videos of him posted today. LSU’s 2017 class only has two commits – Moses and five-star defensive tackle Tyler Shelvin – but it’s ranked the No. 5 class in the country and the No. 2 class in the SEC by 247 Sports. [Tiger Droppings]last_img read more

Madrid ‘totally trust’ Benzema – Solari

first_imgSantiago Solari insisted Karim Benzema has the complete trust of Real Madrid’s squad after the striker produced an inspired performance against Espanyol.Benzema ended a three-match scoreless streak when he tucked in from close range four minutes into Sunday’s 4-2 La Liga victory, before doubling his tally with a slick first-time finish on the stroke of half-time.He also played a crucial role in Madrid’s fourth, dribbling his way in from the flank before combining with Lucas Vazquez to tee up substitute Gareth Bale on his return from injury, and was unfortunate not to claim an assist when Dani Carvajal struck wide moments later. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And Solari was quick to praise the 31-year-old Frenchman, who now has nine Liga goals to his name this season.”He always makes complete performances, but he has also scored two beautiful goals,” Solari told a news conference. “We totally trust in him and he is demonstrating all of his quality more than ever all this season.”Benzema’s Madrid team-mate Vazquez echoed Solari’s thoughts, adding that the Frenchman has to be considered as the world’s most complete centre forward.”I think Benzema has proved to us all that he’s the best number nine in the world,” Vazquez told reporters. “Working hard for the team, combining with his team-mates, he’s wonderful.”Bale’s goal – a venomous strike following a clever turn – ultimately proved decisive for Madrid, with Raphael Varane’s red card handing Espanyol hope before Roberto Rosales volleyed home to make it 4-2.The former Tottenham forward has endured another injury-hit campaign, but Solari is confident that Bale will recapture his best form soon enough.It’s great to be back! +3 pic.twitter.com/9LT9H7hYdi— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) January 27, 2019″Gareth is a decisive player, he’s always capable of scoring a goal. He scored as soon as he came on and that was good for the game and his confidence,” Solari told Real Madrid’s official TV channel.”Step by step he has to regain the form from before the Club World Cup when he scored three goals.”This is the Gareth we want to see all the time, like today when he was hungry to score.”last_img read more

Huddersfield Town 0 Everton 1

first_imgRicharlison’s early goal proved decisive as 10-man Everton eased the pressure on Marco Silva with a 1-0 win over Premier League strugglers Huddersfield Town, with Jordan Pickford pulling off a pair of brilliant second-half saves.Silva has come under increasing scrutiny in recent weeks following a dismal run of two wins in 10 league matches, with Saturday’s FA Cup fourth-round defeat to Millwall compounding Everton’s misery.Richarlison’s third-minute strike put them ahead, but despite offering little for much of Jan Siewert’s first game in charge, Huddersfield were handed a lifeline when substitute Lucas Digne was sent off. 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? Pickford made a superb stop from the resulting free-kick, and outdid his earlier effort late on to deny Elias Kachunga and secure a much-needed win.With Idrissa Gueye left out amid links of a move to Paris Saint-Germain, Tom Davies was recalled into Everton’s midfield, and the youngster made an immediate impact.Having made a clever run into Huddersfield’s box, Davies kept his cool to find Richarlison who, despite Jonas Lossl’s best efforts, tucked home at the second attempt.| Just what we needed. @Richarlison97 #EFCawayday pic.twitter.com/H0NAHhBVnH— Everton (@Everton) January 29, 2019Cenk Tosun headed Everton’s next chance wide, before turning provider with a subtle flick into Seamus Coleman, who sliced wide.Davies tested Lossl as Everton looked to double their advantage, but an injury to Leighton Baines forced Silva into a change.Digne was introduced but 11 minutes later he received his marching orders after hauling down Adama Diakhaby on the edge of Everton’s box.The impressive Pickford had to be alert to prevent Aaron Mooy’s free-kick restoring parity and he was on hand again with 10 minutes remaining, lunging to his right to parry Kachunga’s header wide and get Everton back on track. What does it mean? Siewert facing an uphill battleWhile Silva will have been impressed with Everton’s resilient response to their FA Cup exit, Tuesday’s encounter proves just how much work Siewert has to do at his new club. Huddersfield had their chances after Digne’s dismissal, but failed to take them – a problem that plagued former boss David Wagner – and the Terriers are now six points behind 19th-place Fulham, who came from behind to beat Brighton and Hove Albion.Pickford to the rescueEverton’s goalkeeper has not quite looked the same since his derby day mistake at Anfield, but the England international came to the visitors’ salvation with two fantastic saves.Digne makes a dismal cameoBaines impressed on his first Premier League start since August, though Silva would likely have had little concern about Digne’s ability to step in. The former Barcelona full-back, however, got caught cold by a long ball, and had no choice but to stop Diakhaby’s run and receive his marching orders.Key Opta Facts- Huddersfield have failed to score in 50 per cent of their home Premier League games (16/32) – the highest percentage in the competition’s history.- Digne’s red card was Everton’s third sending off of the season in the Premier League – only Leicester City (4) have seen more players sent off in the competition in 2018/19.- The Terriers have now failed to score in each of their last four games in all competitions – the Terriers last went longer without finding the back of the net in October 2002 (run of five).- Richarlison has scored 11 goals in all competitions for Everton this season, the same tally as Everton’s top goalscorer in all competitions in 2017-18 (Wayne Rooney). – Huddersfield are winless in their last 11 meetings with Everton in all competitions (D5 L6), since a 1-0 win in a top-flight match in March 1956.  What’s next?It does not get any easier for Siewert, as Huddersfield head to Stamford Bridge on Saturday, while Everton host Wolves at Goodison Park. read morelast_img read more

Marta dreaming of World Cup final

first_imgMarta is dreaming of reaching the Women’s World Cup final, though the Brazil star is wary of defending champions the United States and Australia. Brazil will be led by six-time FIFA World Player of the Year and captain Marta in France, where the Selecao will come up against one of the pre-tournament favourites Australia, Jamaica and Italy in Group C.Marta and Brazil were World Cup runners-up in 2007, with the three-time reigning Copa America Femenina champions beaten in the round of 16 four years ago, having reached the 2011 quarter-finals. 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? All eyes will be on star-studded USA and Australia but Marta – who has scored the most World Cup goals with 15 – told Omnisport: “We can’t focus just on one or two teams anymore.”All athletes are more prepared. Difficult to talk only about USA and Australia. Other teams also have a very high level, but no doubt that it will be very challenging to play against USA and Australia if we face them.”Manhã de academia para #SeleçãoFeminina . Força, meninas!A estreia na Copa do Mundo está chegando! Time encara a Jamaica dia 9 de junho.Fotos: CBF #JogaBola #TRSeleçãoFemininaDia13 pic.twitter.com/58qy7WPBbT — CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) June 3, 2019 After opening their campaign against Jamaica on June 9, Brazil will go head-to-head with Australia in Montpellier four days later.Australia – quarter-finalists in 2015 after upstaging Brazil in the last 16 – boast star forward Sam Kerr and the Matildas are seen as a genuine threat to USA’s crown.Asked about the Matildas, Orlando Pride forward Marta – who plays alongside Australia internationals Alanna Kennedy and Emily van Egmond at club level in the National Women’s Soccer League – said: “They are so strong. But this is a World Cup and everything can happen. It will be all decided in details. “Australia can go very far but they are in Brazil’s group and we won’t make their lives easy, you can be sure. They can reach the final but I hope they won’t and that Brazil can do it.”Marta holds the record for most World Cup goals, ahead of former USA forward Abby Wambach and ex-Germany international Birgit Prinz.Academia rolando… Mônica em ação  #TRSeleçãoFemininaDia13 #GuerreirasDoBrasil pic.twitter.com/rHz1jzsOmh — CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) June 3, 2019 “I’m very excited to go to the World Cup,” the 33-year-old said as she discussed her 15 World Cup goals. “This is one more reason to be with all my energy to try to score more goals, this motivates me a lot.”Marta, who is regarded as the greatest female footballer, added: “I feel proud to be a reference in what I do, that you can reach children, who have you as an example. When I’m at the pitch I think about all this and try to make my best.”My motivation comes from my daily life and then God gives you this gift. My life  has always been moved by faith and persistence, and the results came. I share all these awards with my fellow players and with my rivals also, because they make me a better player.”last_img read more

Boateng’s Bayern future remains ‘undecided’

first_imgJerome Boateng’s future has not yet been decided, according to Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, despite reported interest from Manchester United.The defender was widely expected to move on from the Allianz Arena this summer after falling down the pecking order under Niko Kovac. Boateng flew home early from the Bundesliga champions’ pre-season tour of the USA on Sunday due to private reasons, which are not thought to be related to his transfer situation.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Speaking at a trip to NASA’s base in Houston, Texas, Rummenigge said of the 30-year-old defender’s future: “It’s not yet finally decided.”We’ll wait and see what’s going on in the transfer market, and then we’ll discuss with him how we’ll proceed.”Boateng made just 20 Bundesliga appearances last season as Bayern again retained the German title. The former Germany international, who is no longer being considered for national selection by Joachim Low, could provide some stability at the back for the Bavarians, though, as Mats Hummels has already departed this summer.Hummels returned to Borussia Dortmund last month in a deal reportedly worth €38 million (£34m/$43m).And Kovac now appears happy with Boateng.Niko Kovac Bayern Munich 2019Speaking to the media over the weekend, the Bayern boss said: “I’m very pleased with Jerome, as well as with the rest of the squad, so he’s extremely focused and good, and the training and performance against Arsenal was very good.”The German also confirmed he expects midfielder Renato Sanches to stay put despite rumours he could leave.”Renato Sanches stays,” Kovac added of the Portugal international.”He sees his future here. I am convinced that he will get more appearances this season than last season.”Sanches has previously said he expects to be given more game time in 2019-20, claiming he is needed by Kovac.Bayern also appear in need of some attacking signings after losing Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and James Rodriguez at the end of last season. Leroy Sane has been heavily linked with a move back to Bundesliga and Rummenigge has admitted Bayern’s interest in the Manchester City winger, but the two clubs are yet to come to an agreement.last_img read more

Photos: Florida Unveils Awesome New Cleats For The LSU Game

first_imgAn interior view of the Florida Gators football stadium.GAINESVILLE, FL – SEPTEMBER 15: A view from the end-zone as the Tennessee Volunteers take on the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 15, 2007 in Gainesville, Florida. Florida defeated Tennessee 59-20. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)Florida head coach Dan Mullen is coming off of a huge win over his former program: Mississippi State. Over the weekend, the Gators’ defense shut down Nick Fitzgerald and the Bulldogs en route to a 13-6 victory.Mullen’s Gators are the No. 22 team in the nation after the win. The road doesn’t get any easier for Florida, which takes on No. 5 LSU this Saturday in Gainesville.Before the action kicks off, Florida revealed the new cleats the team will be wearing for the contest. Fans of the Jordan 11’s take note, these are the cleats you want in your life.Check them out..@GatorsFB about to play in some heaters this weekend @Jumpman23 ? pic.twitter.com/UZy1mrZl6X— B/R Kicks (@brkicks) October 2, 2018The Gators will be looking good this weekend, but their play on the field will go a long way to determining if the team can compete in the SEC East this season.No. 5 LSU travels to No. 22 Florida for a 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff. The game will be broadcast on CBS.last_img read more

Justin Fields Officially Announces He’s Headed To Ohio State

first_imgJustin Fields throws a pass for Georgia.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 15: Justin Fields #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs passes against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on September 15, 2018 at Sanford Stadiuym in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Friday morning, multiple publications reported that former Georgia quarterback Justin Fields was transferring to the Ohio State Buckeyes. Friday night, Fields made the news official.Fields, a former five-star quarterback, will be headed to Columbus for the spring semester. If he’s able to obtain a hardship waiver from the NCAA, he’ll immediately enter the race to be the Buckeyes’ next starting signal-caller.Fields announced the news on his Twitter account. Here’s what he had to say:“To the college football community and, in particular, the wonderful UGA fans who’ve been so supportive of me this past year:My time at the University of Georgia has given me the opportunity to refine my skills under great coaches and to play with incredibly talented teammates who’ve become like brothers to me. I appreciate what Coach Smart and the UGA football coaching staff have done to help me progress as a quarterback and for their patience and understanding while I thoughtfully considered my future as a student-athlete.I’ve decided to transfer to Ohio State University, where I will continue to pursue my undergraduate degree and play football for the Buckeyes.I’ll miss my teammates more than they’ll ever know, and I wish them all the best as they get ready for another great season. I hope the bonds we’ve developed this past year will never be broken by where we choose to play football or where we end up after college.I will not be doing interviews or making any further comments and would ask that any questions regarding my transfer be directed to (Jerry Emig).”Here’s the tweet:Jeremiah 29:11… pic.twitter.com/7Z3j90Q305— Justin Fields (@justnfields) January 5, 2019With Dwayne Haskins likely turning pro, Tate Martell was set to become the program’s starting quarterback in 2019. That could change with Fields now in the mix.last_img read more

NCAA Is Considering A Couple Of Major College Football Rule Changes

first_imga wide shot of the rose bowl gamePASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)The NCAA is reportedly considering changes to a couple of major college football rules this offseason.ESPN reported late on Tuesday night that the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee will be considering changes to both the targeting rule and the overtime setup in college football.The group discussed several other aspects of college football and ways to make the sport better moving forward, according to ESPN.From ESPN.com:Todd Berry, executive director of the American Football Coaches Association, talked at length during the meeting about changes the coaches proposed during their own convention earlier this month. The AFCA unanimously supports a model that puts targeting fouls into two separate categories: targeting 1 for hits without malicious intent, and targeting 2 for more egregious hits. Targeting 1 would carry a 15-yard penalty and no ejection or suspension; targeting 2 would result in automatic ejection and possible suspension.Lyons said the way targeting is called on the field and the way it is reviewed in the replay booth are also up for further discussion and review. The committee recommended further study by the football rules committee and football competition committee during their meeting in February.The overtime rules, meanwhile, could also be changed. The discussions on the overtime rules come, in part, due to that crazy Texas A&M-LSU game that went to seven overtimes at the end of the 2018 regular season.As for the overtime rule, Lyons said that is something the oversight committee wants the rules committee to study further in the wake of the seven-overtime game between LSU and Texas A&M this past season.Though only a handful of games went beyond a few overtimes during 2018, Lyons said player safety is at the forefront of any possible tweaks to the overtime format, in which both teams get a possession at the 25-yard line and teams must go for two after touchdowns starting in the third overtime. He reiterated any change would rule out allowing games to end in a tie.College football changing its overtime rules would be somewhat ironic considering what’s been said after the NFL’s conference championship games. Most believe the NFL – not college football – is the league that should have to change its overtime rules in the wake of what’s happened.You can view ESPN’s full update on the potential rule changes here.last_img read more

The XFL Has Reportedly Made Another Head Coaching Hire

first_imgA generic view of a goal line marker.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Former Michigan assistant Pep Hamilton was the odd man out when the Wolverines poached Josh Gattis away from the Alabama Crimson Tide.Gattis, the co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at Alabama, is ready to take over as the offensive coordinator at Michigan.That left Pep Hamilton out of the job – though it appears he won’t be off the sidelines for long.According to college football insider Bruce Feldman, Hamilton resigned from Michigan earlier this week but has already landed a new job.Feldman reported on Thursday night that Hamilton will now be the new head coach and general manager of the Washington D.C. branch of the XFL.SOURCE: Pep Hamilton, who’d resigned Monday at #Michigan to pursue other opportunities, is expected to become the new head coach and GM of the XFL’s new Washington, DC franchise. Word is he’s been working on getting a staff together the past week or so.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) February 7, 2019Hamilton is the latest former college football coach to make the jump to the new football league.Former Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops announced on Thursday that he’s the new head coach and general manager of the Dallas franchise of the XFL.With Oliver Luck as the league’s commissioner, the XFL has landed several significant names heading into its inaugural season in 2020.Hamilton has spent time as the quarterbacks coach for multiple NFL teams and was the offensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts for nearly three seasons. Now he’ll lead the capital’s newest team.last_img read more

Pitt’s Pat Narduzzi Ahead Of Ohio Game: Firing Frank Solich ‘One Of Biggest Mistakes In Nebraska History’

first_imgFrank Solich speaks with Eric Crouch at Rose Bowl, as Nebraska head coach.3 Jan 2002: Head coach Frank Solich of Nebraska meets with quarterback Eric Crouch #7 and the rest of the offense before the start of the Rose Bowl National Championship game against Miami at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. Miami won the game 37-14, winning the BCS and the National Championship title. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Brian Bahr/Getty ImagesIt’s been over 15 years since Nebraska controversially fired then-head coach Frank Solich. Now the head coach of MAC power Ohio, he still garners tremendous respect across the NCAA. One head coach in particular is still bitter that Solich was fired.Speaking to the media on Monday, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi, a friend of Solich, was unexpectedly critical of the long-ago decision by Nebraska to fire him. Ahead of his team’s game against Solich’s Bobcats, Narduzzi went so far as to call the move “one of the biggest mistakes in Nebraska history” and made it clear that he was still upset about it.Via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:“The guy never should have been let go there… Probably one of the biggest mistakes in Nebraska history. He was a legend there. I’m still (ticked) about it.”Solich was fired after a 9-3 regular season in 2003. Their loss to Kansas State on November 15 cost them a spot in the Big 12 Championship Game that year. Despite winning the season-finale against Colorado, he was fired before getting a chance to coach in the Alamo Bowl.Narduzzi took umbrage at the idea that Nebraska could have been that much better in the first place.“Like they expected to win 12,” he said.Frank Solich’s tenure at Nebraska was a success by all metrics. His overall record at the time of his firing was 58-19. He never had a losing season, won a Big 12 title in 1999 and had three finishes in the top ten. The Huskers have not won a conference title or had a top ten finish since.While Ohio is obviously not Nebraska, he’s still turned the Bobcats into one of the most consistent Group of Five schools in the country. In the last ten years, Solich has led them to nine bowl games and four bowl wins.Did the Huskers get it wrong by firing Solich in 2003?[Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo’s DNA sought by Las Vegas police for sexual assault inquiry

first_img Reuters Las VegasJanuary 11, 2019UPDATED: January 11, 2019 12:33 IST Ronaldo’s lawyer Peter Christiansen appeared to confirm the DNA request by Las Vegas police (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNevada police have asked Italian authorities to obtain a DNA sample from the Juventus starRonaldo has maintained he is innocent of rape and that the sexual encounter was consensualInvestigators want to see if Ronaldo’s DNA matches a sample found on a dress of his accuser Police in Nevada have formally asked Italian authorities to obtain a DNA sample from Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo in the investigation of accusations that he raped a woman a decade ago in Las Vegas, police said on Thursday.Ronaldo, 33, widely regarded as one of the greatest soccer players of all time, has maintained he is innocent of rape and said through his Las Vegas lawyer on Thursday that the sexual encounter in question was consensual.The matter came to light in September 2018 when Kathryn Mayorga sued Ronaldo in Clark County District Court in Nevada, accusing the athlete of raping her in a Las Vegas hotel penthouse suite in 2009, then paying her $375,000 in hush money.Mayorga’s lawyers said in September she was now seeking $200,000 in damages and to void the non-disclosure agreement, which they said she was coerced into signing by “personal reputation protection specialists hired” by the soccer star.Ronaldo said on Twitter after the suit was filed that his “clear conscience” would allow him “to await with tranquility the results of any and all investigations.”The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said at the time an incident report was filed with police on the night of the alleged assault, and the case had since been reopened. But the police declined at the time to name Ronaldo as a subject of the investigation.The Wall Street Journal, citing an unnamed law enforcement official with knowledge of the case, reported on Thursday that authorities in Las Vegas had sent a warrant seeking DNA from the soccer star to the court system in Italy, where Ronaldo plays as a forward for the professional soccer club Juventus. He also is captain of Portugal’s national team.According to the Journal, investigators want to see if Ronaldo’s DNA matches a sample found on a dress of his accuser that belongs to someone other than her.Responding to a Reuters query about the report, Laura Meltzer, a Las Vegas police spokeswoman, said in an email the department is “taking the same steps in this case as in any other sexual assault to facilitate the collection of DNA evidence. We can confirm that an official request has been submitted to Italian authorities.”In response to a similar query, Ronaldo’s lawyer Peter Christiansen appeared to confirm the DNA request in a separate statement.”Mr. Ronaldo has always maintained, as he does today, that what occurred in Las Vegas in 2009 was consensual in nature, so it is not surprising that DNA would be present, nor that the police would make this very standard request as part of their investigation,” the attorney said.advertisementAlso Read | AFC Asian Cup: Stephen Constantine hits back at critics after India go down fighting vs UAEAlso Read | Thibaut Courtois joins Real Madrid’s long list of injured playersAlso Read | Sunil Chhetri’s team donates fines worth Rs 50,000 to Indian Blind Football FederationFor 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 Cristiano RonaldoFollow Ronaldo rape accusationsFollow Kathryn MayorgaFollow JuventusFollow Ronaldo sexual assault caseFollow Ronaldo Las Vegas Cristiano Ronaldo’s DNA sought by Las Vegas police for sexual assault inquiryAn American woman had sued Ronaldo in Clark County District Court in Nevada, accusing the athlete of raping her in a Las Vegas hotel penthouse suite in 2009, then paying her $375,000 in hush moneyadvertisementlast_img read more

Honda Civic engine details, fuel efficiency figures out

first_img Varun Singh New DelhiFebruary 13, 2019UPDATED: February 13, 2019 16:31 IST HIGHLIGHTSHonda Civic’s petrol engine will be mated to a CVT.The company is claiming a mileage figure of 16.5 kmpl for the petrol variant.The car gets a 47-litre fuel tank and a 430-litre boot.Honda Cars India is all set to introduce the tenth-generation Civic in India. Speculations are rife that the launch may take place towards the end of this month or at the beginning of March. However, nothing is official yet. The car is expected to take on the likes of Skoda Octavia, Toyota Corolla Altis and Hyundai Elantra.Ahead of the car’s much-awaited launch, its engine details and mileage figures are out. The all-new Honda Civic will be available in India in both petrol and diesel motors. The car will get a 1.8-litre i-VTEC petrol engine producing 141 PS of power at 6,500 rpm and 174 Nm of torque at 4,300 rpm. It will be mated to a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). There will also be a 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel powertrain churning out 120 PS of power at 4,000 rpm and 300 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm. This engine will get a six-speed manual transmission.As regards the fuel efficiency of Honda Civic, the company is claiming that the petrol variant will return a mileage figure of 16.5 kmpl, while the diesel one will be good for 26.8 kmpl. The tenth-generation car will have a length and width of 4,656 mm and 1,799 mm, respectively. It will be 1,433 high and have a wheelbase of 2,700 mm. It gets a 47-litre fuel tank and a 430-litre boot. The kerb weight of the petrol variant is 1,300 kg, while the diesel one will weigh 1,353 kg. Honda Civic will have 17-inch alloy wheels with discs, both at the front and rear.It is being speculated that Honda Civic will be priced in India between Rs 15 lakh and Rs 20 lakh (ex-showroom). While Octavia is priced between Rs 15.99 lakh and Rs 25.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), Corolla Altis ranges between Rs 16.45 lakh and Rs 20.19 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Elantra is priced between Rs 13.81 lakh and Rs 20.04 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).advertisementIt has been a busy year for Honda Cars India. While the company has discontinued the production of hatchback Brio, it has recently introduced exclusive editions of compact sedan Amaze, premium hatchback Jazz and compact sports utility vehicle WR-V.ALSO READ | Mahindra XUV300 vs Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza: A detailed comparison between their technical specificationsALSO READ | Mahindra XUV300: Ahead of its launch on February 14, everything you need to knowALSO READ | Kawasaki Versys 1000 introduced in India, priced at Rs 10.69 lakhGet 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 byVarun Singh Tags :Follow Honda car revealedFollow Car launchFollow New car launchFollow Car mileageFollow car engineFollow New car specifications Honda Civic engine details, fuel efficiency figures outThe car will get a 1.8-litre i-VTEC petrol engine producing 141 PS of power at 6,500 rpm and 174 Nm of torque at 4,300 rpm and a 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel powertrain churning out 120 PS of power at 4,000 rpm and 300 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Pakistan can beat India and end World Cup jinx in England: Moin Khan

first_img Press Trust of India KarachiFebruary 13, 2019UPDATED: February 13, 2019 14:36 IST 2019 Cricket World Cup: India were handed a 180-run thrashing in the 2017 Champions Trophy final by Pakistan (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia will take on Pakistan at Old Trafford on June 16 at the 2019 World CupMoin Khan said Pakistan have better bowlers to suit the England conditions during the World CupMoin Khan also said the controversy surrounding Sarfraz Ahmed’s ban was blown out of propotionFormer Pakistan captain Moin Khan believes the present national team has the firepower to break its World Cup jinx against India and register the country’s maiden win over the neighbours in the upcoming ICC 50-over mega-event in the UK.In six times in the World Cup so far, Pakistan have never defeated India. And India and Pakistan will meet again in the World Cup at Old Trafford on June 16.”This present team is very capable of recording a first win over India in a World Cup because there is talent, there are depth and variety and Sarfaraz Ahmed has now gelled the squad well,” Moin said on GTV News channel on Tuesday.Pakistan confident after Champions Trophy win vs India?Moin, who featured in many famous matches against India and was a member of the 1992 and 1999 World Cup teams, said this time he is confident of Pakistan win.”I say this because our boys beat them (India) in the Champions Trophy two years back and I just feel that in English conditions in June we have better bowlers,” he said.Moin feels India and England would be the teams to beat in the World Cup.”This should be a very interesting World Cup and I am backing Pakistan to beat India. Our boys are in good spirits and it is good they will go into the competition after having played ODI matches against South Africa, Australia, and England,” he said.He also supported the move to have three weeks training camp in England before the World Cup, saying this would help the players in acclimatising comfortably to the English conditions.advertisement”Pakistan has been one team which has done well in England in the last many years and in May-June the weather can be unpredictable and there is moisture in the pitches,” said Moin.Sarfraz racism incident blown out of proportion: MoinThe former Pakistan manager and chief selector also supported the return of Sarfaraz as captain for the World Cup.”I don’t know why all this fuss was made about the captaincy after the ban imposed on him for an incident blown out of proportion to my mind. I have seen Sarfaraz lead the team and I know since he was a junior and I have captained and coached him and I can tell you there is no better person to lead the Pakistan team than him now,” Moin said.Also Read | Lessons in cricket and babysitting: Rishabh Pant reacts to Virender Sehwag’s TV commercialAlso Read | England drop to No.5 in ICC Test rankings despite 232-run victory over West IndiesAlso Read | Pant, Rohit as openers for India in World Cup? Shane Warne has an interesting takeAlso 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 byPTI Tags :Follow India vs PakistanFollow 2019 Cricket World CupFollow Moin KhanFollow Sarfraz AhmedFollow Virat Kohli Pakistan can beat India and end World Cup jinx in England: Moin KhanIn six meetings at World Cups so far, Pakistan have never managed to beat India but former captain Moin Khan believes Sarfraz Ahmed’s men can end the drought in the 2019 edition of the quadrennial event.advertisementlast_img read more

#YuviDeservesProperFarewell trending on Twitter after Yuvraj Singh retirement

first_img#YuviDeservesProperFarewell trending on Twitter after Yuvraj Singh retirementYuvraj Singh said he had turned down an offer to play a retirement match but his fans want him to get a proper farewell a day after the legend announced his retirement from international cricket and the Indian Premier League.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 11, 2019UPDATED: June 11, 2019 17:28 IST Yuvraj Singh announced retirement on June 10 during a press conference in Mumbai. (AP Photo)Yuvraj Singh announced his retirement from international cricket and the Indian Premier League on Monday but fans now want a proper farewell for one of the greatest white-ball cricketers of all time.On Monday, Yuvraj Singh said he had decided to move on 19 years after making his debut for India. Yuvraj also brought the curtain down on his IPL career. When he addressed the media after the announcement, Yuvraj Singh revealed he had turned down an offer to play a farewell match.”I was told.. If you cannot pass the Yo-Yo test, then you could play a retirement match. I said I do not want a retirement match and if I do not pass the Yo-Yo test, I would go home. I passed the Yo-Yo test and the rest is not my call,” he said.But Yuvraj Singh’s fans now want him to get a proper farewell. Their emotions were also echoed by Yuvraj Singh’s close friend and former teammate Rohit Sharma who said on Twitter: “You don’t know what you got till its gone. Love you brotherman You deserved a better send off.”You don’t know what you got till its gone. Love you brotherman You deserved a better send off. @YUVSTRONG12 pic.twitter.com/PC2cR5jtLlRohit Sharma (@ImRo45) June 10, 2019Yuvraj Singh responded to Rohit Sharma’s warm message with: “You know how I feel inside ! Love u brothaman you go be a legend.”Now, #YuviDeservesProperFarewell is trending on Twitter as fans want Yuvraj Singh to get a proper farewell.advertisementVery emotional moment was the jersey no:12 was anchored??????as a fan I even not able to tolerate this one…my eyes not allowing me to dry????????How you legand tolerate this @YUVSTRONG12 #YuviDeservesProperFarewell pic.twitter.com/QvcM1LgbaKPasupathivijayuvi (@Pasupathivijay6) June 11, 2019U hav left Endless Memories And Will Never Forget Wat U Serve To Every Indian ????..Love, Pride & Thank you @YUVSTRONG12 #YuviDeservesProperFarewell pic.twitter.com/kQDY9BBQnMJehanzeb (@Jehanzeb_341) June 11, 2019#YuviDeservesProperFarewell and should get it.Though he is not in Current Indian Team but he deserved a lot to retire with much more respect.Don’t do it again like we did for Rahul Dravid.Chetan Joshi (@joshichetan08) June 11, 2019This pic show us why cricket is gentlemans game@YUVSTRONG12 @StuartBroad8 #YuviDeservesProperFarewell pic.twitter.com/wxXsA6xZhnAjay khalane???? (@Aajey26) June 11, 2019#YuviDeservesProperFarewellAbsolutely legendThe cover photo of @ICC tell’s everything pic.twitter.com/APTfbdJAy7RISHAB Srow (@rishab_srow) June 11, 2019#YuviDeservesProperFarewell #Yuvrajsingh we love you always champion ???????? #UVCan @YUVSTRONG12 @ICC pic.twitter.com/qgbiwV3TgcPraveen (@praveentweets4u) June 11, 2019Risked his Life to win world cup for the country ???? #inspiration lavel : infinity ??One of the greatest batsman , human being!!We miss you @YUVSTRONG12 ?? ?? #loveyou3000#YuviDeservesProperFarewell ?? pic.twitter.com/xEdKPXKzw1suraj dolli (@surajdolli) June 11, 2019Also 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Yuvraj SinghFollow Indian cricket teamlast_img read more

Knighthood for Ben Stokes? ‘Of course’ say UK’s next prime ministerial candidates

first_imgadvertisement scorecard graphs Next India Today Web Desk LondonJuly 16, 2019UPDATED: July 16, 2019 15:41 IST Ben Stokes scored a combined 92 runs in the World Cup 2019 final against New Zealand (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBen Stokes was adjugded man-of-the-match in the World Cup 2019 finalStokes scored 84 not out off 98 balls in the final and 8 not out in the Super OverUK’s next prime ministerial candidates have assured knighthood for Stokes if either of them winStar All-rounder Ben Stokes is likely to get knighted for his heroics in the Cricket World Cup 2019 final on Sunday which helped England clinch their maiden title in ICC’s 50-over showpiece event.Stokes’s unbeaten 84 off 98 balls helped England level New Zealand’s score of 241 and then he scored 8 in the Super Over which also ended in a tie. England were then declared winners of the World Cup as they had scored more boundaries in the 50 overs and in the Super Over as compared to New Zealand.The victorious English cricket team was hosted by British Prime Minister Theresa May at her 10 Downing Street residence on Monday. While the outgoing PM congratulated Eoin Morgan and his players, the next two contenders for the PM’s post have assured of a knighthood for Stokes.Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, one of whom will replace outgoing PM May later this month, both pledged to honour the World Cup man-of-the-match with Johnson even adding that he would make Stokes a Duke if he becomes the next British Prime Minister.”I will give dukedoms, whatever – I will go to the maximum, to, what, the Garter King of Arms. Yes is the answer, absolutely,” Boris Johnson said as he answered a rapid-fire series of ‘yes or no’ questions at the end of the leadership debate, hosted by The Sun and talkRADIO.An incredible day of sport! @LewisHamilton wins the British Grand Prix, @EnglandCricket win the #CWC19Final – and well done @DjokerNole at Wimbledon! I still treasure the tennis racket you gave me after our last matchadvertisementBoris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) July 14, 2019Hunt also replied in the affirmative when the question was asked to him: “Of course”.Won’t make any trite comparisons about other contests where the seemingly impossible really can happen…but so proud to see the England cricket team lift the World Cup trophy for the first time on home soil! #cwc2019 #britishgp #winnersJeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) July 14, 2019Chasing 242 to win after New Zealand won the toss and posted 241-8, England had slumped to 86 for 4 before a partnership of 110 between Buttler (59) and New Zealand-born Ben Stokes (84) ensured the match would go down to Super Over.The duo once again came out to bat in the Super Over and smashed 15 runs with Stokes scoring 8 of them including a boundary. Jofra Archer then restricted New Zealand to 15 with England emerging victorious on a superior boundary count.England captain Eoin Morgan later lauded Stokes for his “superhuman” effort in the match.”To come through it is extraordinary. He’s almost superhuman. He really carried the team and our batting line-up. I know Jos [Buttler] and his partnership was extraordinary, but to bat with the lower order the way he did, I thought, was incredible,” Morgan said after the game.”Ben on numerous occasions has stood up individually and in a unit for us. He leads the way in training, in any team meetings we have, and he’s an incredible cricketer. And today he’s had a huge day out and obviously we are thankful for that,” Morgan said.Also Read | As the dust settles on epic World Cup final, spare a thought for the winnersAlso Read | Overjoyed for Ben but I am still a New Zealand supporter, says Stokes’s fatherAlso Read | Prime Minister Theresa May hosts victorious England team at 10 Downing StreetAlso Read | As a nation we all aged a year in that Super Over: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda ArdernFor 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 Ben StokesFollow Sir Ben StokesFollow Boris JohnsonFollow Jeremy HuntFollow England vs New ZealandFollow ICC World Cup 2019 Final Knighthood for Ben Stokes? ‘Of course’ say UK’s next prime ministerial candidatesBen Stokes was the hero of the Cricket World Cup 2019 final as he guided England to their maiden triumph in the 50-over showpiece tournament at Lord’s on July 14. No data available! commentary view more view lesslast_img read more

Test cricket must jazz itself up to survive T20 onslaught: Gautam Gambhir

first_imgTest cricket must jazz itself up to survive T20 onslaught: Gautam GambhirFormer India batsman Gautam Gambhir said in a time where T20 cricket is gaining popularity, it is important for Test cricket to go for alternate entertainment options in order to survive.advertisement Next Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiAugust 30, 2019UPDATED: August 30, 2019 18:27 IST Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSGauatm Gambhir said Test cricket should go for alternate entertainment optionsFormer India batsman Gambhir said Test cricket must appeal to millennialsICC has already come out with the concept of World Test Championship to add excitement to the formatFormer India opener Gautam Gambhir believes in the present era of T20 and ODIs, Test cricket should become more appealing to the new generation and must address some core issues.In order to add more excitement to the longest format of the game, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has already come out with the concept of World Test Championship.The ongoing first edition of the World Test Championship will see the teams — Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies — fight for top honours across 71 Test matches in 27 series over the next two years, the winner of which will be crowned in 2021.”It is a no-brainer that Test cricket must jazz itself up to survive the onslaught of T20s and alternate entertainment options. I am a die-hard traditionalist, but Test cricket needs to appeal to the millennials. The core issues need to be addressed,” Gambhir wrote in his column for The Times of India.The cricketer-turned-politician, who represented India in 58 Tests, 147 ODIs and 37 T20Is, also called on the ICC to standardise cricket ball used in Test matches.While SG balls are used in India, Dukes balls are used in England, Ireland and the West Indies while the rest of the countries use Kookabura balls.”I can understand the commercial compulsions of this but it is strange to be in a common competition with variable apparatus,” he said.”Maybe ICC can list out standard parameters for a cricket ball to be used in Test cricket and float a tender for the manufacturers. Whoever meets them at a desired cost can be the ‘bowling partner of the ICC’. A spinner like R. Ashwin will be thrilled if he gets a cricket ball with the healthy seam of SG, or Dukes,” he added.advertisementAlso Read | Kapil Dev, Gautam Gambhir hail MS Dhoni’s decision to serve Indian ArmyAlso Read | Gautam Gambhir on MS Dhoni’s future in international cricket: Necessary to take practical decisionsAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Gautam GambhirFollow Test cricketlast_img read more