PSG Marseille a bigger club than PSG – Payet Robin Bairner 02:53 2/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty PSG Olympique Marseille PSG v Olympique Marseille Ligue 1 Ahead of the big Ligue 1 clash on Sunday, the attacker has taken a dig at the big-spending Ligue 1 leaders Dimitri Payet has claimed that Marseille are a bigger club than Paris Saint-Germain.PSG might have a raft of international stars, including the world’s most expensive player in Neymar, and have dominated the French domestic scene in recent years, but Marseille retain an incredible support and are the only Ligue 1 club to have won the Champions League. The sides have forged an intense rivalry over the years and meet at Parc des Princes on Sunday, and Payet has stoked emotions prior to that encounter. Article continues below 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 “I’ve said it before, but I play for the biggest French club,” the 30-year-old said. “And what’s more, we’re a team. We’ve seen that recently to play as a team is more important that having a bunch of individuals.”With PSG leading Ligue 1 by 11 points over second-placed Monaco and 13 over Marseille, there has been a suggestion that they may have their minds more focused on their Champions League last-16 second leg tie against Real Madrid in 10 days. “We’ll approach the match in our different ways,” Payet, whose Marseille side face Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League last 16, said. “I wouldn’t blame them if they’d rather beat Real Madrid than us tomorrow. If they want to let us win, no problems, we’ll take the three points.”After Sunday’s match, the clubs will meet again in the Coupe de France quarter-finals in midweek.
Antoine Griezmann ‘Save your goals for another time’ – Valverde tells Barca target Griezmann Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 21:51 3/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Antoine Griezmann Barcelona Ernesto Valverde Primera División Barcelona v Atlético Madrid Atlético Madrid The France international attacker is a prime target of the Catalan side but says he “really wants to score” against Barca on Sunday Ernesto Valverde believes Antoine Griezmann will provide a major threat to Barcelona’s La Liga ambitions on Sunday but the Camp Nou boss would not be drawn on speculation over the France forward’s future.Griezmann enters the top-of-the-table clash in incredible form, having followed a hat-trick in last weekend’s 5-2 win at Sevilla with all four in the 4-0 thumping of Leganes on Wednesday.The latest round of transfer rumours in the Spanish media this week suggested Barca were moving closer to securing a deal for the 26-year-old, despite Atleti complaining to FIFA over the Liga leaders’ alleged pursuit of their player at the end of last year. Article continues below 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 For his part, Griezmann is simply focused on scoring a first career goal at one of football’s most celebrated arenas, telling reporters “I really want to score and celebrate it on Sunday”.”Well I’d rather he saved his goals for another time,” Valverde said in response at his pre-match news conference.”As for his future, I can’t tell you but he’s a player who’s in excellent form at the moment.”Tomorrow he’s one of the strengths of the Atleitco Madrid team. We’re going to have to look after him very closely.”Pressed again on whether he would like Griezmann at Barcelona next season, Valverde added: “Look, he’s a very good player. I have no doubt about that.”He scored four goals the other day and three the time before.”But I’m not going to talk about a player who plays for another team, especially one we are playing the next day. That would be improper.”Sunday’s match has taken on added weight due to Atleti taking chunks out of Barca’s once-formidable lead at the summit.Their advantage has been trimmed to five points on the back of midweek action that saw Las Palmas hold Valverde’s team to a draw.Far from being unsettled by this state of affairs, the Barcelona head coach expects his star men to rise to the occasion.”The games this season that have been really tough and tight, where there have been things at stake, we’ve responded,” he said.”Look at the game away to Atletico [a 1-1 draw in October], we played very well. Juventus at home [a 3-0 win in September] there was tension we might not win. We ended up top of the Champions League group.”In the game at Stamford Bridge [1-1 in the Champions League last month] we played good football and let’s not forget the Bernabeu [a 3-0 Clasico win in December].”I think the team responds to the big occasions but we’re playing big teams who have their own weapons as well.”Atletico’s title challenge is built on a miserly defence, breached only 11 times over the course of 26 games in La Liga, but Valverde expects them to be buoyed by their recent prolific form.”They tend to alternate during their games so I suppose they’ll do something similar tomorrow,” he added.”I’m expecting an Atleti who will be quite attack-minded. I don’t think they will sit and wait for us, I think they will come at us and try to make our defence suffer.”
José Mourinho Mourinho’s future plan leaves him open to lengthy Man Utd stay Chris Burton 17:17 6/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images José Mourinho Manchester United Portugal World Cup Premier League The Portuguese has moved to ruled out an imminent move into international management, with there still plenty of club football left in him yet Jose Mourinho claims to be “even further” away from a move into international management as he commits himself fully to club football at Manchester United.The 55-year-old has admitted in the past that he hopes to one day have the opportunity to take charge of the Portugal national side.He has, however, offered no indication as to when he will be open himself up to such a role, with it merely stated that he will walk away from the day-to-day life of club coaching one he feels “tired”. 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 Mourinho does not consider himself to a fading force at present, with his future plans hinting at a lengthy stay with United after already committing to a contract extension through to 2020.Quizzed by GQ Magazine on whether he is any closer to feeling tired, the Red Devils boss said: “No. No! I am not close at all.“I think being the coach of a club is my job. Because I need to play matches every week and train every day.“I would say I am even further away from being tired now than I was a few years ago.”While focused on club matters for the foreseeable future, Mourinho is among those looking forward to international competition at World Cup 2018.He is expecting the global elite to shine on a Russian stage this summer, with there a number of iconic figures ready to lead their respective nations in the pursuit of global glory.Mourinho said: “Players like [Lionel] Messi and [Cristiano] Ronaldo are so good that they can make their teams better than they are on paper. So I think Argentina and Portugal can do well.“Brazil, because of their manager Tite, can play well tactically and defensively, but they still have that natural Brazilian talent. They will be a team to watch.“And of the European teams, Spain looked really strong in qualifying. They have a mix of good experienced players and quality players.“But you never know… there can always be a surprise at the World Cup.”Portugal were the surprise package at Euro 2016 as they swept to a first major title and Mourinho believes his fellow countrymen can be in the mix again two years on.He added: “Well, Portugal did get to the semi-final again in 2006 and we also won the European Championship in 2016, so that means we are among the best teams in the world.“Portugal is the kind of country where new talent is always coming through and in the current national team I think we have even better players than in the squad two years ago. So Portugal can do anything.“Can we be world champions? I don’t dare say that, but on our day we can beat anyone.”
Contact: Greg Jones, Queensland TouchPhone: (07) 3247 1726 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Garry Shepherd, SQBD Touch AssociationPhone: (07) 5535 5777Email: email@example.comWeb: http://www.sqbdtouch.com/
In a major and timely boost to participation and profile in the greater Brisbane region, Colm Maguire, Chief Executive Officer of Touch Football Australia today jointly announced with the principals of Queensland Sports Management (QSM) and Queensland Touch Football, a significant and historic alignment. As at end-October 2013, all competitions managed and run under the auspices of QSM including Premier Touch and City Touch in Brisbane, have officially aligned with Touch Football Australia.Maguire explained today the nature and significance of the alignment: “It’s fair to say the partnership has been some time in the making. We are greatly enthused at TFA along with our new associates at QSM, at the potential and opportunity this alignment affords participants in the Greater Brisbane region both now and in the future. It is a relationship based on the long term growth of the sport and the intent of unifying Touch Football in Queensland and indeed, across the nation,” he said. “What this means is that well over 1,000 teams will be competing week-in, week-out across the Greater Brisbane region in the Summer and Winter months, now aligned with TFA, so the participant numbers and the opportunities are massive. Importantly though, we have a very ambitious growth agenda for this region and so, along with Queensland Touch Football and Premier and City Touch, we hope to boost this number significantly in coming years, in what is rightly considered heartland Touch Football and Rugby League territory.Maguire added: “For some time there has been a divide between the affiliated and non-affiliated Touch Football markets and we thank all concerned for taking this historic first step in the unification of our game. This has been achieved through all parties, including Queensland Touch Football, seeing the long term benefit that can be achieved through a united and unified approach to delivery of your sport,” he added. The alignment affords both entities the opportunity to join forces and collaborate on a combined approach to delivery. This, ultimately, will ensure the overall development of the product, player experience and focus on the important person in this equation – the participant. Both TFA and Premier and City Touch will be striving to ensure the game of Touch Football and the competitions in which current players are participating in, or are considering participating in, are further enhanced through this alignment.Maguire added that the move was also consistent with the strategy that underpins the NRL-TFA’s historic alliance announced a few months ago. That is, a commitment by both the NRL and TFA to join forces to create ‘a place on the field for everyone’ and significantly, ‘Australia’s largest sporting community’; notwithstanding improving the accessibility and player experience for all competitors. “As it is with the alliance with the NRL, the alignment between TFA and Premier and City Touch is a significant development in growing the game of Touch Football across Australia and indeed the Greater Brisbane region. We look forward to seeing current and new players on the park and enjoying the ‘thrill of the chase’ and the many benefits of playing this great game of ours.” For all enquiries on the alignment contact either Colm Maguire on (02) 6212 2800 or Gary Madders, General Manager, Queensland Touch Association on (07) 3807 2000. Related LinksPremier & City Touch
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri desperate for Wilson if Higuain move failsby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri would be willing to spend £50m on Callum Wilson – if he isn’t able to sign Gonzalo Higuain.The Italian is keen on a reunion with Higuain, who he managed for one season at Napoli. However, Blues chief-executive Marina Granovskaia is not convinced that the 31-year-old is the answer to their forward conundrum.Any deal for Higuain is also complicated by the fact that he is currently on loan at AC Milan from Juventus.According to Sky Sports, the signing of Bournemouth forward Wilson would appease Sarri.Blues assistant Gianfranco Zola confirmed the club’s interest in the 26-year-old last month. Wilson has score 10 goals in 23 matches for the Cherries this season.
Association of Journalists rejects Barcelona defender Pique’s accusationsby Carlos Volcano25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe Association of Journalists has rejected Gerard Pique’s latest accusationsThe defender alleges that the Barcelona board helped facilitate a news story which highlighted the playing staff as the reasons behind the Blaugrana’s poor start to the campaign. It was a piece which highlighted a number of issues, suggesting that the power of the Barcelona dressing room had long been a source of negativity at the Camp Nou. The Association of Journalists doesn’t accept the accusations by Gerard Pique against our fellow journalists, suggesting they were writing on the request of another party,” the group’s statement read.”We will never tire of asking for more respect for the profession and those within it.”Journalists do not accept people telling us how to do our work, and they try to discredit us because they don’t like what we write, freedom of the press is a fundamental right of a democracy and professionals work to avoid any conflict of interest in accordance with the Code of Ethics.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Zach Farmer Randy JohnsonRandy Johnson, a five-time Cy Young winner and a 10-time All-Star, was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame today. During his speech, the man known as “The Big Unit” sent a special message to Zach Farmer, an Ohio State pitcher who is currently in his second battle with leukemia. Farmer, a left-hander like Johnson, is tragically not expected to live for much longer. Johnson spoke on the phone with Farmer recently and gave him a heartfelt shout-out during his speech. The best moment from Randy Johnson’s speech was his shout-out to @zfarm34 who’s battling leukemia. #RJ51HOF #12Sports pic.twitter.com/tZk0iEtXt6— Cameron Cox (@CamCox12) July 26, 2015Stay strong, Zach.
al golden gives game ball to hunter knightonAl Golden has been on the hot seat at Miami for what seems like two seasons now, and Saturday’s 58-0 home loss to ACC favorite Clemson was the final straw. Miami announced that Golden has been “relieved of his duties” in a statement this evening.Golden Relieved of his Duties Effective Immediately – https://t.co/vdB4TtmNt9— Miami Hurricanes (@MiamiHurricanes) October 25, 2015University of Miami Director of Athletics Blake James announced today that he has relieved Head Football Coach Al Golden of his duties effective immediately. Assistant coach Larry Scott will serve as the Interim Head Coach for the remainder of the 2015 season. “Coach Golden has led our program through some very difficult times and he has done so with class, integrity and a true desire to see our students succeed on the field, in the classroom and in the community.” James said. “However, we have a proud tradition of excellence at Miami, not just in football but in all sports, and we want to compete for ACC and national championships. I simply believe that now is the time to bring the Hurricane Family together and rally behind our young men.”This is a shift from Saturday, when James stated that Golden would not be let go. Golden finishes with a 32-25 record. Miami has been stocking large recruiting classes in 2017 and 2018, so it will be extremely interesting to see what happens with those young players. [Hurricane Sports]
PlayoffWho are your College Football Playoff “sleepers”?ESPN has named theirs. The World Wide Leader, which also tabbed the five most-overrated College Football Playoff contenders, has released their five-biggest sleepers. By conference, they are:ACC – LouisvilleBig 12 – TCUBig Ten – Michigan StatePac-12 – UtahSEC – Ole MissLeading off a week of roundtable discussions on expectations for 2016, here are your CFB playoff sleepers: https://t.co/akNK5xhXBF— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) May 16, 2016The “sleeper” with the best chance might be Michigan State. The Spartans get both Michigan and Ohio State in East Lansing, Mich. this season. Mark Dantonio’s squad’s toughest non-conference game comes at Notre Dame, but it also presents the team with a great opportunity for a signature win. Ole Miss and Louisville are probably talented enough to make it, but their schedules are more difficult and there are more proven teams in their respective conferences. TCU and Utah seem to have the toughest roads. [ESPN]
ABC.The AP voter who ranked Michigan ahead of Ohio State has written a statement.Tom Murphy, an AP Poll voter who writes for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, ranked Michigan ahead of Ohio State in the latest top 25. He was the only AP voter (there are 61) to do so.The ranking was justified, in Murphy’s mind, because of the perceived poor officiating that occurred in the double-overtime contest in Columbus.“The Wolverines essentially outplayed their arch rival on the road and I don’t think the football reached the necessary 15-yard line on J.T. Barrett’s fourth-down run in double overtime. As that was the game-decided play, I appointed myself as the replay official and deemed Michigan the winner,” he wrote.Murphy has faced some serious criticism for his vote and issued the following statement today, admitting he made a mistake.I have heard from many of you over the last 24 hours. I have looked and listened. As I cast my ballot for this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll, I had not seen all the available angles of Ohio State’s fourth-down run in the second overtime. If I had, I would not have been as definitive in my view of the spot on J.T. Barrett’s run.My error was in not having a greater appreciation for the well-trained game officials who spotted the gain and confirmed the call on the field. For that I apologize and confirm that I respect the decision of those officials and the outcome of the game.You can read his full letter here.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson insists the Reds will have more competition than just Premier League champions Manchester City this season.The Reds pushed City all the way in the league last term but saw Pep Guardiola’s men defend their title by only one point on the final day.Liverpool bounced back by claiming a sixth European title and the two sides are widely expected to battle for domestic and continental prizes again during the 2019-20 campaign. 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? That will start with Sunday’s Community Shield between Liverpool and City at Wembley, yet Henderson does not believe the Reds can afford to be complacent about the chasing pack.”Everyone will talk about Liverpool and City because they won the league and were so good and we won the Champions League,” Henderson said. “It is easy to do that.”You have to look at the other teams. They are going to improve. There are more teams than us and City who will be competing.”But you have to respect them so much for winning the Premier League back-to-back. That is so difficult. They keep raising the bar and keep improving with the squad they have.”So, we need to be doing the same and I think we will. The players are hungry. They want more. They want to keep working hard and the manager will make sure of that.”We have great senior players in the team. We have to focus on what is ahead and keep challenging for all the trophies.”While Champions League finalists Tottenham and the rest of the top six will hope to be involved again at the business end of the season, Henderson is confident Liverpool can compete once more.”We showed we were not disheartened after we did not win the league to go and win the Champions League,” he said. “It was a big moment for us.”We can use last season as the fuel to be even better to win it this year and compete again.”We know how good City are and other teams will improve. The Premier League is so difficult. That showed last year, to play as we did and win so many games and not win it.”But we keep going, giving everything and improving, and hopefully we challenge.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 15: Interim head coach Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts during The AdvoCare Showdown against the TCU Horned Frogs at AT&T Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)In almost all cases, players and coaches pay lip service to the notion that they are only looking ahead to the game in front of them. That isn’t the case for Ohio State and its biggest rival, though.Michigan is always on the Buckeyes’ minds, even when that game is months away. The team even spends time in the spring practicing specifically for that rivalry.There are a number of reasons why Ohio State has dominated that series so much since Jim Tressel took over the program almost 20 years ago. Still, it is hard to argue that the attention paid to the “Team Up North” doesn’t have any impact, given the results.Ryan Day was asked about his approach to the Ohio State-Michigan game, and he says he plans to continue the things that Urban Meyer did to keep the rivalry in focus.He went out of his way to say that he expects a tough game this season, before confirmed that the Michigan game is an every day agenda item for the program, like it had been under Meyer. He spoke about it at the Columbus Morning Sports Report earlier today. Via 247Sports:“First off, a lot of deep breaths when I started thinking about the game. I start to get a little worked up,” Day said. “And the way last year’s game went, we’re going to have our hands full next year because that kind of got one-sided and they didn’t expect that.“But we still have our Team Up North periods, which we do in the spring. This is a period where we’re practicing against them for 10 minutes. We turn on the loudspeaker and play our music and play highlights from the game before. Coach (Mick) Marotti, our strength and conditioning coach, will have those days where, if there’s 225 days until The Game then there are 225 reps that they’re about to do to end the workout. Things like this to make sure everybody understands what that rivalry is. We have a huge ceremony in the spring with the Gold Paints where former players come in and talk to the team about the rivalry. We show a video.“Nobody’s allowed to wear blue in the facility. If they do, they have to do five push-ups right on the floor. It doesn’t matter if they’re 90 years old or in a stroller, we make them do it. We make them do it. If they say the word in the facilities, same thing. So it’s a way of life. In our recruiting room, we have a list of all the people they’ve recruited, and that’s our first thing is to beat them. Then after that, we kind of go from there. So we have to live it every day.”Ohio State has national title aspirations every year, and they want to beat the Michigan States and Penn States and whichever elite programs they have in the non-conference. Even with the recent dominance, though, nothing tops the Michigan game for those in Columbus.[247Sports]
Glenda Hudson was upset when she heard Jim Harbaugh’s comments on mental health today. Her son, James, left Michigan and claims the NCAA is blocking his immediate eligibility at Cincinnati because he never reported issues at Michigan. For the first time, she’s speaking out: pic.twitter.com/9nTjTbs8wP— Jordan Strack (@JordanStrack) July 20, 2019Last night, former Wolverine player Jared Wangler took to Twitter to defend Harbaugh and implored people to stop letting “mediocre writers and twitter keyboard warriors create a false narrative.”“As someone who played under Coach Harbaugh for four years I can’t sit back and watch writers misconstrue his comments for click-bait and for the uninformed public to run wild with it,” Wangler wrote.“The Michigan Football program does a phenomenal job taking care of their players. Mental health is not something to take lightly nor is it fair to falsely accuse a man of inadequately providing support for his players.”This was really well said. As someone who played under Coach Harbaugh for four years I can’t sit back and watch writers misconstrue his comments for click-bait and for the uninformed public to run wild with it. https://t.co/pEePeNrqcf— Jared Wangler (@Jwangles2) July 20, 2019Coach Harbaugh, along with the rest of the staff, hold players to high standards in an ethical manner. As for the general public, stop letting mediocre writers and twitter keyboard warriors create a false narrative on something they know nothing about.— Jared Wangler (@Jwangles2) July 20, 2019Wangler played for the Wolverines from 2014-18, finishing out his career as a fifth-year senior last fall.His comments will raise some eyebrows, but it is quite clear he’s a big supporter of his coach. PISCATAWAY, NJ – NOVEMBER 10: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines coaches against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the third quarter at HighPoint.com Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Michigan won 42-7. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh voiced a number of opinions on the transfer process in college football during Big Ten Media Days last week.Harbaugh advocated for every student-athlete to have the ability to transfer one time without the penalty of sitting out a year, which drew praise from writers and analysts. However, some of his other remarks drew criticism, including from the mother of a former player.In an interview with ESPNU on Friday, Harbaugh questioned some players who claimed to be transferring because of mental health issues. In response, the mother of Michigan transfer OL James Hudson spoke out, saying she was disappointed by the comments not only as a mother but as a mental health professional.Hudson is claiming the NCAA won’t give him a waiver to play immediately this season at Cincinnati because he did not report any mental health issues while at Michigan.
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 15: Quarterback Adrian Martinez #2 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers warms up before the game against the Troy Trojans at Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)One of college football’s best rivalries that used to be is set to get back in action this weekend, when Colorado hosts Nebraska in Week 2.The old Big 12 rivals are both coming off Week 1 victories.Colorado and Nebraska met in Lincoln last year, with the Buffaloes squeaking out a close win to spoil Scott Frost’s first game.The Huskers are favored in the rematch, though the Buffaloes could be a popular upset pick. Colorado’s athletic director sent a message to his fan base ahead of Saturday’s game. He’s asking for “civility.”Colorado AD Rick George asks for “civility” this week among CU fans this week as Nebraska fans arrive in Boulder.— Nick Kosmider (@NickKosmider) September 3, 2019Nebraska fans are known as some of the most-welcoming fans in the country, so it would be nice for Colorado to return the favor this year.It’ll be televised on FOX.
Next ISL 2018-19: 10-man NorthEast United FC hold Kerala Blasters to goalless drawHaving already secured a spot in the playoff, NorthEast confirmed the fourth place in the standings with 29 points from 18 games and will now face Bengaluru FC in the semi-final.advertisement Press Trust of India KochiMarch 1, 2019UPDATED: March 1, 2019 22:41 IST Kerala Blasters ended their league season in the ninth spot with just two wins and 15 points after 18 matches (ISL Photo)Ten-man NorthEast United FC stood firm to play out a goalless draw and deny Kerala Blasters FC a chance to end their Indian Super League campaign with a win, here Wednesday.Having already secured a spot in the playoff, NorthEast confirmed the fourth place in the standings with 29 points from 18 games and will now face Bengaluru FC in the semi-final.FC Goa will face Mumbai City FC in the other semi-final.Blasters ended their league season in the ninth spot with just two wins and 15 points after 18 matches.After a tentative first few minutes, a powerful shot from Courage Pekuson got Kerala going.Twelve minutes into the game, Matej Poplatnik dribbled forward down the left and chipped the ball to Pekuson at the edge of the box. The Ghanaian midfielder chested it down before hitting a fine volley that flew inches wide.Kerala pushed forward and threatened to take the lead. In the 21st minute, Seiminlen Doungel ran clear down the right and sent a dangerous cross into the box which was almost turned in by Slavisa Stojanovic.NorthEast coach Eelco Schattorie was forced to field a weakened side and his woes were compounded when centre-back Gurwinder Singh was sent off in the 23rd minute.Pekuson dashed forward on a counter-attack and fed Poplatnik through on goal. The Slovenian striker was brought down on the edge of the box by Gurwinder, who happened to be NorthEast’s last man in defence, and promptly received the marching orders.Rowllin Borges slotted in at right-back as the visitors sat back and hoped to catch the hosts on the break. Pekuson went close again before the break as he shimmied away from Borges and cut in from the left flank but his low driven shot ricocheted off the inside of the post.advertisementDoungel was sent clear on goal at the stroke of half-time but an excellent save by Pawan Kumar kept the scoreline unchanged.Despite the numerical disadvantage, NorthEast had the Blasters defence in a spot of bother early on after the break.Panagiotis Triadis crossed from the left and found Lalrempuia Fanai inside the box whose shot was kept out by a diving Dheeraj Singh. The forward latched on to the ball on the rebound but Anas Edathodika got in the way to make the block.Blasters found it easier to counter and used the space in behind the opposition’s defence. Pekuson darted forward and crossed for Seiminlen Doungel who chested it down for Stojanovic to shoot in the 58th minute.The effort was parried away bravely by the NorthEast custodian who kept the visitors in the match.The goalkeeper was called into action again in the 69th minute when a Stojanovic shot took a deflection off Shouvik Ghosh and swerved in towards the goal. A fantastic finger-tip save by Pawan helped the ball onto the crossbar.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 ISL 2018-19Follow Kerala Blasters FC vs NorthEast United FC
Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiMarch 9, 2019UPDATED: March 12, 2019 09:40 IST 7.5/10HIGHLIGHTSThe Realme 3 price in India starts at Rs 8,999.The Realme 3 touts a waterdrop display and gradient design.The camera gets new Nightscape and Chroma Boost features.Realme has managed to make a name for itself in India in a very short span of time, and this is because the company launched a series of successful phones in 2018. Phones like the Realme 2, Realme 2 Pro and Realme U1 have impressed us with their design, performance and the fact that you’re getting a value smartphone at an affordable price. Realme aims to maintain its streak in 2019 with the Realme 3, which has been launched in India starting at Rs 8,999. The successor to the Realme 2 touts a new gradient design, waterdrop display, Android Pie and some familiar internals.In 2019, the competition is only getting fiercer as companies like Xiaomi and even Samsung are launching smartphones that offer big features (such as 48MP camera, 5000mAh battery) at really affordable prices. To that end, the Realme 3 does offer a few attractive features, but largely follows a tried and tested formula that may not cut it today. I spent a week with the Realme 3 and here’s what I think about the device.Realme 3 designIn terms of design, the Realme 3 look like it belongs in 2019. It gets a dewdrop display like the Realme 2 Pro, a gradient colour design which is all the trend right now. The rear panel has also been upgraded as one, seamless cover that extends all the way around the frame and meets the glass panel on the front. But Realme isn’t using a glass panel, which might disappoint some considering the Redmi Note 7 now offers a glass back under Rs 10,000. That being said, the rear panel of the Realme 3 still looks attractive thanks to an injection molding technique that gives the panel a reflective and smooth finish.advertisementThe Realme 3 comes in two gradient colours – Dynamic Black and Radiant Blue. My review unit was in Radiant Blue, which offers hues of blue on the top that gradually shifts towards hues of green on the bottom. The Dynamic Black colour sees a combination of black and purple as well as some glitter effect on the bottom part of the panel. Both the options look attractive, especially in this segment were gradient phones are still rare to find. There is a silver accent around the fingerprint sensor and the camera module as well as a copper ring around the primary camera sensor, all of which add a touch of premiumness to the device, which is appreciated. The vertical camera module and Realme branding on the left side makes the panel look aesthetically pleasing. But this is a glossy shell that may look a little too loud for some people. It is also a magnet for fingerprint and smudges and you will find yourself cleaning the panel a few times during the day.Thanks to the generous amount of plastic being used, the Realme 3 is a lightweight phone at 175 grams, which is impressive considering it comes with a fairly large battery. The fingerprint sensor is placed on the back, while the volume buttons are placed on the left side of the frame and power button placed on the right. The bottom sees a speaker grille and a 3.5mm headphone jack on either sides of a microUSB port.Realme 3 displayThe Realme 3 sports a 6.2-inch waterdrop display with an HD+ (1520×720) resolution. The droplet notch is an upgrade over the wide, iPhone X-like notch on the Realme 2. It makes it easier and less distracting to view the display. The bezels on the top and side are thin, while the chin is pretty thick. Overall, you get about the same 88 per cent screen real estate as you did on the Realme 2. The 720p display on the Realme 3 does not offer a lot of sharpness or clarity. The pixelation is noticeable on app icons and while watching videos on YouTube or Netflix. The phone also does not support the Widewine L1 standard, so expect less than 720p content on Netflix and other streaming platforms.That being said, the Realme 3’s display does offer good colour reproduction that falls in between natural and vibrant. However, viewing angles are average at best and brightness levels could have been better as it gets difficult to read the screen under the harsh New Delhi sun.Realme 3 performance and softwareRealme’s latest handset gets the same 2.1GHz Helio P70 octa-core chipset as the Realme U1. This is a MediaTek chipset with four Cortex-A53 cores and four Cortex-A73 cores along with a Mali-G72 MP3 GPU. This is paired with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, which is the variant I received for review. Out-of-the-box, the phone runs smoothly for the most part. Apps take a moment to open and load, but switching between apps to multitask is quite smooth. Browsing through the UI is smooth as well, but I did encounter some lag while scrolling through heavy apps like Facebook. I also encountered frequent crashes, especially with the camera app.advertisementArguably, the one are where the processor really shines is while playing graphic intensive games. The Realme 3 runs games like PUBG and Asphalt 9 really well, offering a consistently smooth, lag-free experience even with the graphics setting on high. Games work well not only because of the Helio P70 SoC, but also thanks to Game Space, which bumps up the performance of the device while gaming. The Realme 3 is the company’s first phone to ship with Android Pie with the latest ColorOS 6.0 on top. With the latest software, Realme and Oppo phones finally get an App Drawer, which needs to be enabled in Settings. ColorOS 6.0 also brings a borderless design and a simpler user interface along with new gradient colours for the background, and smaller app icons, all of which makes the UI pleasing to look at. It certainly looks less cluttered and more current compared to the previous generation skin.You also get an updated Game Space, which aims to improve gaming performance. There is still a fair deal of bloatware and pre-loaded apps that come with ColorOS, which may annoy you. Apps like DailyHunt, Opera and UC Browser, ShareChat and Webnovel are some extra apps that come with the device, but they can be deleted. One of the more annoying issues about ColorOS 5 was the sheer number of spam notifications, which seems to have been reduced a great deal with ColorOS 6.The fingerprint sensor and face unlock are both really fast and snappy to unlock the device, which comes as no surprise. The bottom-firing speaker is loud enough and delivers a decent amount of clarity while listening to music. There is nothing wrong with the call quality as well, and I did not encounter any call drops during the review period.Realme 3 cameraThe Realme 3 gets a pretty standard 13MP + 2MP dual camera system on the back. It’s similar to the Realme 2, but one new feature that the company is offering with the Realme 3 is a new Nightscape mode. This feature aims to offer improved low-light photos by increasing the exposure. Nightscape doesn’t ship out of the box, but it comes with an update that Realme recently rolled out. There is also a new Chroma Boost mode that uses AI to recognise a scene and offer better dynamic range, contrast and exposure.The primary camera does capture good colours and clarity in outdoor setting with good sunlight, but in every other situation pictures look hazy and washed out. Colours often look muted and I found the autofocus to be extremely moody, which often resulted in blurry shots. You should enable Chroma Boost when you feel colours look too dull as the feature indeed offers better dynamic range and contrast. The inbuilt AI was able to detect some settings and scenes and was able to automatically adjust the settings to offer something better, but the change is barely noticeable.advertisementIMAGE SAMPLESThe Nightscape feature uses multi-frame exposure to deliver brighter and sharper pictures in low-light. The Nightscape mode takes a couple of seconds to capture the image, during which time you need to keep your hands as steady as possible. The few shots I captured with Nightscape did offer a lot more clarity and detail compared to non-Nightscape mode. You’ll still notice a lot of oversharpening when zooming in, but overall Nigtscape does a decent job in low-light. Photo clicked without Nightscape mode. Photo clicked with Nightscape mode.On the front, the Realme 3 gets a single 13MP f/2.0 selfie snapper housed in the waterdrop notch with AI beautification, as expected. When it comes to taking selfies, the camera tends to blow out the background in daylight conditions, while the subject looks sharp enough with natural skin tone and good colour reproduction. Selfies taken indoor under artificial lighting look soft and overprocessed.The beauty effect is set to smoothen on default, but you can turn it off if you’re not a fan. The selfie camera offers portrait mode via software, which does a decent job in outdoor settings with a lot of brightness around. Indoors, the portrait effect tends to soften the edges of the subject, but it still does a good job with background blur.Realme 3 batteryThe Realme 3 gets the same 4,230mAh battery as the Realme 2, which is great to see. This is a substantial battery capacity that can easily manage about a day and a half on a single charge with average to above average usage. The Relame 3’s display and chipset barely drain the battery life, and there are a couple of intensive power saving options to get the most battery life out of the device. Unfortunately, the Realme 3 does not offer fast charging support. You get a 10W charger with the box that takes about two and a half hours to fully charge the device. The phone delivers good battery backup for videos and gaming, and standby battery drain is minimal as well. On an average, I managed at least 6 hours of screen on time with the Realme 3, which is pretty great.Should you buy the Realme 3?Realme is keen to take on the best affordable phones from Xiaomi. The company already has its eyes set on challenging the Redmi Note 7 Pro when it announces the Realme 3 Pro next month. And I’m quite excited to see what the Realme 3 Pro has to offer. The Realme 3, however, doesn’t offer that wow factor that we got from past Realme phones.Don’t get me wrong, the Realme 3 is a fine device and works well where it matters most. The phone comes with an A+ battery life and the Helio P70 chipset offers a smooth performance and user experience, especially while gaming. ColorOS 6.0 is also better than before, and a gradient design is always nice to see in this segment. I just feel the Realme 3 lacks that defining feature that can take can help it go head-to-head against the Redmi Note 7. Xiaomi’s device offers a Snapdragon 660 SoC, Type-C port with fast charge support and a glass back design, all of which are quite impressive to see under Rs 10,000.While the Relame 3 may not be a Redmi Note 7 challenger, the phone does get an edge over the Samsung Galaxy M10 in this segment with better cameras and performance. The base model is worth going for if you’re on a strict budget. But if you’re considering the Rs 10,999, you may as well spend Rs 1,000 more and buy the Realme U1 instead, which offers the same chipset but better cameras and a 1080p display.Realme 3 review7.5/10ProsGood battery lifeSmooth performanceGradient designConsDisplay could have been betterSlow chargingAverage camerasGet 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 bySneha Saha Tags :Follow RealmeFollow android Realme 3 review: A good all-rounder, but can it take on Redmi Note 7The Realme 3 offers a gradient design, dewdrop display, impressive battery life and smooth performance at an affordable price point.advertisement Next
Rohan Sen New DelhiApril 19, 2019UPDATED: April 19, 2019 10:47 IST Hardik Pandya smashed three sixes and two boundaries during his 15-ball 32 at the Kotla (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSMumbai Indians (168/5) beat Delhi Capitals (128/9) by 40 runsHardik picked up a wicket and smashed 32 off 15 balls at the KotlaHardik has amassed 218 runs in the season so far in 9 matches and picked up 8 wicketsHardik Pandya once again starred for the Mumbai Indians on Thursday night as they defeated Delhi Capitals by 40 runs at the Feroz Shah Kotla to jump to the second spot in the points table.Hardik picked up a wicket and smashed 32 off 15 balls as Mumbai Indians successfully defended 168 to notch up their sixth win of the season against a strong Delhi lineup.This year Hardik has easily been at his best and is making telling contributions for Mumbai Indians. So what has the all-rounder done differently this season? He thinks it’s his brain that he is using more effectively.”Even I was telling myself that I don’t think I’ve ever hit the ball better. I have been working hard in the nets and it has been coming off well for me. I like to keep the basics straight, even in the death if you keep your shape and hope for bowlers to miss, you can hit hard.”I am using my brain well, reading the wicket well in this season. I have five more games to go and then the play-offs, and I hope to keep going like this through the season,” Hardik Pandya said after the match against Delhi Capitals.A well deserved Man of the Match award for Hardik Pandya for his overall performance #MumbaiIndians pic.twitter.com/62e8mHj9KrIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 18, 2019Hardik has amassed 218 runs in the season so far in 9 matches at an average of 43.60 and has picked 8 wickets in as many games. He has been one of the key reasons behind Mumbai’s consistency this season.advertisementOn Thursday, Hardik smashed three sixes and two boundaries which helped the visitors post 168 for 5 on the board. Hardik teamed up with his older brother Krunal to provide the much-needed late onslaught by hammering 51 runs off the last 18 balls to put Mumbai in a strong position.Hardik then took the wicket of Kagiso Rabada and gave away 17 runs from his two overs as Mumbai restricted Delhi to 129 for 9 in 20 overs. 19-year-old Rahul Chahar though, was the pick of the bowlers for MI as he finished with 3 for 19 off his four overs.DC suffered its first loss in the last four games and also its third loss at home out of four matches played at the Kotla this season.Mumbai, on the other hand, took another step towards the play-offs with their sixth win in nine games, taking them to 12 points, while Delhi remained on 10 points from nine matches.Also Read | Rahul Chahar joins forces with Pandyas to lift Mumbai Indians to No.2Also Read | Rahul Chahar a smart guy, love his attitude, says Rohit after MI crush DCAlso Read | DC vs MI Highlights, IPL 2019For 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 Using my brain well in IPL this year: Hardik Pandya after MI winHardik Pandya bagged his second man-of-the-match award in IPL 2019 after helping Mumbai Indians defeat Delhi Capitals on Thursday.advertisement
Reuters CardiffMay 25, 2019UPDATED: May 25, 2019 14:52 IST South Africa hope to buck the trend with a bowling attack led by Kagiso Rabada (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSouth Africa clashes with England in the World Cup 2019 opener at the OvalRabada returned home from IPL earlier this month to avoid aggravating a back problemRabada managed the figures of 7-0-40-1 in their 87-run victory against Sri LankaSouth Africa speedster Kagiso Rabada conceded feeling rusty in their warm-up match against Sri Lanka but was relieved that he did not feel any pain on his return to action from a back injury.A key cog in South Africa’s bid for a maiden World Cup title, Rabada returned home from the Indian Premier League (IPL) earlier this month to avoid aggravating a back problem ahead of the showpiece tournament.The right-arm paceman returned figures of 7-0-40-1 in their 87-run victory against 1996 champions Sri Lanka on Friday and was not unhappy with the outing.”I felt a bit rusty, but it was good to get a run out in the middle and get a feel for things again,” he said.”There’s no pain. I’m feeling all right, just rusty in terms of my bowling smoothness. But it’s all a work in progress.”That’s why we have warm-up games so it’ll be a challenge for me to get ready before the tournament starts.”Skipper Faf du Plessis hoped Rabada would get better as the tournament progressed.”KG has been slowly building up, working on his action and working on his run-up. Today was the first time he was bowling at full intensity,” du Plessis said.Rabada headlines what is one of the best pace attacks in the tournament who will begin their campaign on Thursday against an England side teeming with explosive strokeplayers.”England is going to be a stiff challenge, but an enjoyable one,” said Rabada, who turned 24 on Saturday.advertisement”It’s crunch time – the first game of the World Cup and it’s going to go down in history.”They’re a strong team, with good batsmen and bowlers. Multiple players from our team have played against England, we’re familiar with them and that helps.”On the day, we have to rock up. With the quality they possess, we need to make sure we are on top.”Also Read | World Cup 2019: Expectations high for Virat Kohli’s IndiaAlso 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 Kagiso RabadaFollow South AfricaFollow England World Cup 2019: Fit Kagiso Rabada raring to go for England challengeRabada has topped the International Cricket Council’s bowler rankings in both Tests and one-day internationals, making the paceman one of South Africa’s key figures at the World Cup 2019.advertisement