It is quality of cricket rather than sledging that wins matches: Shastri on new Aussie approach

first_imgBrisbane, Nov 18 (PTI) Australian team’s tempered on-field approach is a paradigm shift from earlier times but it’s the quality of cricket which will decide the fate of the series, said India’s head coach Ravi Shastri. Australian cricket teams over the years have played tough cricket with liberal mix of sledging, which former skipper Steve Waugh often termed as “mental disintegration”. However things have changed post ball tampering episode that led to suspensions of Steve Smith and David Warner with critics panning “win at all costs” approach. “At the end of the day, it’s the cricket that talks. I didn’t care if a McGrath or a Warne did say something or didn’t say something, they would have still taken wickets,” the Indian head coach said during the opening media interaction on Sunday. “It’s as simple as that. When you can do what you are good at and do it consistently, it doesn’t matter, which side you are playing for. That cricketer will do well and so will the team,” said Shastri. Even skipper Virat Kohli during his pre-departure perss conference said that he has enough faith in his abilities to perform rather than indulge in mindless exchange of words to pump himself up. When asked about Kohli’s well-known aggressive approach, Shastri echoed his skipper’s sentiments.”He (Kohli) is a professional and he has matured. You saw him four years ago (2014-15) and he has played all round the globe since then and captained the side. And that alone comes with a tag of responsibility which has fit well on his shoulders and he has adjusted extremely well but he will not take his foot off the gas,” the head coach explained what will be India skipper’s approach.advertisement Kohli has scored five Test hundreds on Australian soil (one in 2011-12 and 4 in 2014-15) and Shastri said that Australian conditions suit Indian captain’s style of game. “He loves coming to Australia. He is passionate about his game. Pitches suit his style of play. And once you have done well here, you want to come and play again. It’s a great place to come and play cricket. “They play hard and the sporting public appreciates good, tough cricket. It doesn’t matter which side wins and as long as I have been coming to Australia. I have seen people love it, whether it’s media, people at the ground or those watching on television,” said Shastri. PTI KHS KHSKHSlast_img read more

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10 months agoRangers boss Gerrard coy on Liverpool striker Solanke

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Rangers boss Gerrard coy on Liverpool striker Solankeby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSteven Gerrard has played down talk Rangers could sign Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke in January. The tall forward has struggled for game time this season and has also been linked with Crystal Palace.But Gerrard remained coy on any move when asked on Wednesday.”I haven’t heard Dominic say he wants to leave Liverpool,” Gerrard told the Daily Mail. “I haven’t heard Liverpool say they want him to leave, so there’s nothing really to say about it.” last_img read more

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9 months agoNewcastle not interested in Cabaye reunion

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Newcastle not interested in Cabaye reunionby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United will not sign former midfielder Yohan Cabaye on a free transfer.The 32-year-old was this week released by Al Nasr after just six months at the club.Cabaye was part of the Toon squad that finished fifth in the Premier League in 2011/12, leading to some fans asking for his return. However, the Shields Gazette says manage Rafa Benitez has other priorities for signings this month.The Spaniard is focused on signing a number 10, a winger and a left-back. last_img read more

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19 days agoReal Madrid favourites for £100M Van de Beek – after Man Utd snub

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid favourites for £100M Van de Beek – after Man Utd snubby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are regarded as favourites to land Ajax’s £100million-rated Donny van de Beek – just three months after Manchester United decided against signing the midfielder.United failed to make a move for the 22-year-old Dutch international after his Amsterdam club quoted the Reds a £35million asking price, says the Mirror.And now Real have stepped up their efforts to land Van Beek at the end of the season – and have made it clear that they will not be put off by Ajax’s dramatically inflated valuation.Van Beek, who came thought the famed Ajax academy, was in the team beaten by United in the 2017 Europa League final.He has since developed into one of Europe’s top goalscoring midfielders. last_img read more

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15 days agoKoeman explains role in plans to buy Wycombe Wanderers

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Koeman explains role in plans to buy Wycombe Wanderersby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHolland coach Ronald Koeman has spoken of his role in plans to buy League One side Wycombe Wanderers.Reports said the trio of Dennis Bergkamp, Henrik Larsson and Dirk Kuyt put in a bid for the club earlier this year but the Adams Park board opted to go in another direction.Koeman told reporters: “I don’t know how close that is.“I’m in the background, let me put it like that. I’m an advisor. If they want it I’m available for advice but I’m not the one who is going to invest, I’m not the one to decide how the process will continue.“They have the dream to buy a club and they’re working on that but I’m not directly involved and I didn’t want that.“I’ve been asked if they want some advice and if they think I can provide them with good advice I’m available. But I’m not really the one to talk about that a lot.” last_img read more

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Trudeau off to Peru amid unresolved Trans Mountain pipeline crisis

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived in Peru Thursday evening for the first stop in a 10-day foreign tour, despite continuing questions at home about the fate of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline.Trudeau took off from Ottawa at midday, but not before officials were dispatched to announce he would return to Ottawa on the weekend following the Summit of the Americas in Lima in order to sit down with the premiers of Alberta and B.C., who are at odds over the $7.4-billion expansion project.Following that meeting Sunday, Trudeau will resume his itinerary, travelling Monday to France before heading to the United Kingdom for the Commonwealth summit.Government officials earlier this week defended the prime minister’s decision to go ahead with the trip even as President Donald Trump pulled out of the Peru summit, ostensibly to prepare for military action on Syria.“There are two important international summits taking place with dozens of other countries … to talk about a whole slate of important issues, from economic growth to democracy to Venezuela to diversity,” one official said this week.“In both of these summits, Canada is a major economic partner and plays an important role. And we believe in Canada playing an important role on the world stage and seizing opportunities within multilateral institutions.”For Trudeau, whose recent foreign trips to China and India have not gone according to plan, the stakes are high.At the Summit of the Americas, which plays host every four years to more than 30 countries from across the Western Hemisphere, there had been expectations of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico announcing some form of agreement in principle on a new North American Free Trade Agreement.High-level discussions are still expected to take place, although on Thursday, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer cancelled his plans to be there, all but ensuring a lack of ceremonial trade surprises.Instead, the meeting is likely to be dominated by the political crisis in Venezuela, where President Nicolas Maduro has abandoned all pretence of democratic rule, cracking down on dissent in the face of economic calamity.Canada has been an outspoken critic of Maduro and will no doubt join the chorus of condemnation in Peru while pushing for a tougher stand against corruption throughout the Americas.Trudeau will also meet leaders from the Pacific Alliance, a trade bloc comprising Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, all of which have free trade deals — and close political relationships — with Canada.He’ll also get a rare chance to meet leaders from Latin America’s largest trading bloc, Mercosur, which counts powerhouse Brazil as well as Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay among its members.With the fate of NAFTA up in the air and efforts afoot to diversify trade away from the U.S., Canada and Mercosur quietly held a first round of free trade talks in March.Trudeau, however, can’t afford the sort of missteps that plagued him in China and India.Observers will be watching to see how far he goes in opposing Trump’s controversial comments on Latin American immigrants, as well as in promoting western democratic values without coming across as arrogant or preachy.Following two days of meetings in Peru, Trudeau will travel to Paris for his first official visit to France. There he will meet President Emmanuel Macron, address the National Assembly and hold several speaking engagements.The visit will include a heavy emphasis on business, particularly in the context of the new Canada-EU free trade deal, but is also expected to include discussions on climate change, Russia, Syria, rising nationalism and Mali.The prime minister will end his tour in London, where he will meet the Queen and Prime Minister Theresa May before joining leaders from 52 other nations for the Commonwealth heads of government meeting, where trade will top the agenda — particularly in the face of Britain’s imminent departure from the EU and a natural impulse to look to its former colonies as new trade partners.Brexit is also being seen as a potential catalyst for re-energizing the Commonwealth following years of questions about the organization’s importance.The meeting, whose participants include a number of African and Asian countries such as Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda, Pakistan and Bangladesh, is also expected to tackle concerns about human rights and democracy.One issue close to Canada’s heart that won’t get individual billing during the London meeting, however, will be LGBTQ rights; member states have taken it off the agenda.— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitterlast_img read more

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Book fair to encourage reading among youth

first_imgTo inculcate and encourage book reading habit amongst Delhi populace, Boi Mela (Book Fair) and Literary Function is back for its eighteenth edition. The event will be held from April 17 – 21, 2019 at Grih Kalyan Kendra, Peshwa Marg, New Delhi premises, as a step to fulfill the goal of reaching out to wider section of public for advancement of reading habits, culture, art, scientific outlook and education amongst population of Delhi and its adjacent (NCR) area. Renowned literary personality Selina Hossain of Bangladesh has consented to inaugurate the Mela and Banga Sanskriti Utsav. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainDuring five days of festival, renowned literary personalities from across the country will participate in various literary discussions. Also, Sajib Chattopadhay will grace the valedictory function. Boi Mela will focus not only on selling books to the public, but also interactions with industry professionals. The fair is a great place to meet buyers from every corner of the country. It is one of the largest free literary events in Delhi, presenting an array of national literary stars and emerging authors. It is basically the second largest Boi Mela outside West Bengal. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardMore than seventy book stalls will be allotted to publishers and book sellers from Kolkata, Bangladesh, Tripura and Delhi NCR. It is expected that the fair will be attended by more than 30,000 book lovers. Renowned publishing houses such as Niyogi Books, Deys Publishing, Ananda Publishers, Pulotsya publishers, Patra Bharati, Gangchill, and others will be catering to the literary thirst of Bengalis away from home. Various activities including Meet the Author, Seminars, Debate, On-the-spot drawing competition, Recitation competition, Storytelling competition, Book reading competition, and much more will be organised. Besides, students from eight Bangla schools of Delhi and one from Madanpur Khadar, Delhi, run by Bengal Association will be participating. To make this fair more attractive, various cultural programmes will be organised in the evening.last_img read more

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Defense might be Ohio States blueprint for success

Trey Burke couldn’t help but smile. Michigan’s sophomore point guard had just hit a leaning, double-clutched 3-pointer that banked off the backboard and through the net. It was, perhaps, the toughest shot Burke had taken all game, and he made it. After a contest full of ill-fated attempts, something had finally fallen for the Wolverines’ Player of the Year candidate, and it brought a sense of sarcastic joy to the face of the Columbus native. The shot was irrelevant in the game’s final outcome. It came with one second left and Michigan down six. It wasn’t the shot that Burke, or the Wolverines, needed. That shot had come 15 seconds prior, with Michigan down two, and the ball in the hands of its sophomore playmaker. Burke, going one-on-one against Aaron Craft, took a step-back three over the Ohio State junior guard’s outstretched arms. It went in and out, and with it, so did the Wolverines’ chances of beating the Buckeyes. Playing in front of about 25 friends and family members clad in Maize and Blue No. 3 jerseys, Burke struggled. The former Buckeye fan and current best friend of former OSU star Jared Sullinger went 4-13 from the field, his worst shooting performance of the season. Burke wasn’t the only Wolverine that had little success in their 56-53 loss to the Buckeyes on Sunday, though. Michigan (16-1, 3-1 Big Ten) shot 38 percent as a team. OSU (13-3, 3-1 Big Ten) held the Wolverines’ big four of Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr., Nik Stauskas, and Glenn Robinson III to 35 points, 24 less than their season average. “Ohio State has a really, really good defensive team. Really good,” said Michigan coach John Beilein. “You’re watching a team that plays defense, buys into it and has very skilled defenders on the perimeter.” The Buckeyes, led by Craft, were physical with the Wolverines from the get-go. Burke opened the game with a three, but the Wolverines proceeded to go scoreless for the next seven minutes, eventually falling in a 29-8 hole. “They did beat us up a little bit,” Hardaway Jr., a junior guard, said. Michigan relies heavily on its underclassmen, with two freshmen – Stauskas and Robinson – in its starting five. Those players, Stauskas especially, were noticeably irritated by OSU’s in-your-face, deny-the-ball style of play. Stauskas, a 6-foot-6 sharpshooting guard from Canada, was held scoreless for the first time this season. After being sent to the bench midway through the first half, Stauskas couldn’t contain his anger as he yelled four-letter words not able to be repeated. “They were denying (Stauskas), so we just had to continue to play. When we got (the ball) in the paint, they wasn’t leaving him,” Burke said. “I just told him to ‘keep getting good looks, I’m going to find you, we’re all going to find you.’ Ohio State was taking him away on the perimeter.” For OSU, they need not look any further than Sunday’s game as a blueprint on how to be successful the rest of the season. Having lost their first three games against ranked opponents (Duke, Kansas, Illinois), the Buckeyes notched their first big win of the year Sunday. The Buckeyes handed Michigan its first loss of the season – thereby denying the Wolverines of their first No. 1 ranking in 21 years – and they did it with their defense. Sure, OSU shot the ball well in the first half and at one point had a shooting percentage of nearly 70 percent. But that likely won’t happen very many times again this season, if at all, as the Buckeyes proved by regressing to a 44 percent output by the end of the game. What they can rely on is their defense. It’s what makes them great, Beilein said. “This team, and (OSU coach Thad Matta’s) teams, have always been this way … the perimeter defense in particular is exceptional. Why? They’ve been doing the same shell drills for two, three, four years. They really work at this and they’re really good at it,” Beilein said emphatically. Against the Wolverines, nearly every Buckeye was solid, some playing spectacularly. Craft held Burke, a probable first-team all-American with a skill set analysts have compared to NBA great Chris Paul, to his worst outing of the season. “Craft is one of the best defenders. You have to give him credit. I love playing against him because he makes me better and he makes me work,” Burke said. “Craft is as good as there is, as I’ve ever seen. He’s tremendous,” Beilein said. OSU sophomore guard Shannon Scott blocked a Burke layup in transition, sending the sold-out Schottenstein Center crowd into a vibrating roar. Senior forward Evan Ravenel and sophomore center Amir Williams limited the Wolverines’ big men to 13 points. Even junior forward Deshaun Thomas, called “Shaun” at times last year by Matta because he “played no D,” stepped up. “I thought Deshaun played harder on defense tonight than he ever had. That is the type of defensive play we need from him to be a successful team,” Matta said. To continue to be successful, OSU, admittedly, needs to have the type of energy and effort it brought into Sunday’s contest every game. Beilein said he doesn’t think that will be a problem. “Thad’s a great defensive coach and they’ve got great defenders, that’s a great combination,” he said. OSU, ranked No. 11 in the most recent Associated Press poll, next travels to Michigan State to take on the No. 18 Spartans at 6 p.m. Saturday. Michigan is now ranked No. 5 by the AP. Lousville took hold of the No. 1 ranking. read more

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Porto boss My players are not good enough for the club

first_imgPorto manager Sérgio Conceição did not hold back on what he thought of his own players following their 2-1 defeat to Portimonense in a pre-season friendly on TuesdayThe Primeira Liga champions went two goals down before the break to condemn them to their first defeat of the preseason, despite André Pereira scoring a goal later on.While one could argue that Portimonense are much further ahead in their preparations for the new season, Conceição was not going to bail his players out with any excuses and sent Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa a clear message through the media afterwards.“We need solutions,” said Conceição, according to the Record.“The goals conceded arose from mistakes that cannot happen, it has to do with the work of the defensive line, in which we had some difficulties, the result was a bit misleading at half-time, then I made a scramble, we scored and we could have scored more.”“I have half a dozen players who are not good enough to play for Porto. It’s plain for everybody to see. I ended the match with a defensive line consisting of Oleg, who plays for the B team, Mikel, Diogo Leite, who is also with the B team, and Janko”,“There are a lot of things we have to do, there are half a dozen players who cannot play for FC Porto. Mikel, Leite who came from the B team and Janko, then Ewerton, Bruno Costa, André Pereira … These are, kids who came from team B or borrowed. ”He added: “This is the truth and I can not hide it.”Europa League draw groups G and H George Patchias – August 30, 2019 Europa League groups G and H are a who is who of previous winners.UEFA.com confirmed that Europa League group G consists of, Porto, Young…??#FCPorto #PSCFCP #FCPortopreSeason pic.twitter.com/zJRPbIPIOn— FC Porto (@FCPorto) July 17, 2018And the 43-year-old has already made his feeling clear to the board.“We have to go looking for solutions, I told the management, I already talked to the president,” said Conceição.The coach’s outburst comes after Porto made €60m from sales this summer in the departures of Diogo Dalot, Miguel Layún, Iván Marcano and Ricardo Pereira.And Porto have only added €14m in purchasing new players with just three weeks remaining until they begin their title defence in a home game against Chaves on August 12.last_img read more

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Mazzarri issues Roma warning

first_imgWalter Mazzarri warned his Torino side “to be perfect” if they want to stop a strong Roma team beating them tomorrow.Mazzarri and his Torino team had a chaotic transfer deadline day, where Roberto Soriano, Koffi Djidji and Simone Zaza all signed.The Torino has called on his team to put in a great shift tomorrow. Football Italia reports.“I thank those who are here and apologise if I didn’t get the chance to say goodbye to those who left,” said Mazzarri in his Press conference ahead of the game against Roma.“The season begins tomorrow with a very important match. Now I’d like to talk more about Roma than the transfer market, as I want my players to remain concentrated.”Chris Smalling open to a permanent AS Roma deal Andrew Smyth – September 6, 2019 Chris Smalling can “definitely see a longer-term future” for himself at AS Roma should things work out on his loan spell from Manchester United.“Roma have done extraordinary things to strengthen their midfield. They were already a great team last season and did so well under Eusebio Di Francesco, so we have to perfect against them to hope for a result.”“I believe in hard work and tactical organisation. I gave the club some indications on which players to sign and how many we needed, but the markets are still open elsewhere and we will try to whittle down the squad.”“In my career, when given the right number of players, I’ve always managed to get 110 per cent out of my players. If the lads are ready to work hard, we can do great things together.”“Fitness is an essential condition for me and in order to choose a starting XI, I must have guarantees on their fitness. We’ve got to stop Roma playing their game and do our best going forward.”last_img read more

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