TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus to slap in immediate bid for Arsenal midfielder Ramseyby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus are pushing Arsenal to cough up Aaron Ramsey this month.Off contract in June, Ramsey has already settled pre-contract terms with Juve, according to Italian media sources. However, Juve chief Fabio Paratici wants to bring the deal forward and sign the Welshman immediately.Corriere dello Sport says Juve intend to offer €5m to Arsenal to convince them to sell.But Gunners manager Unai Emery could prove an obstacle as he doesn’t want to lose Ramsey until the end of the season.“I want him in the present with us,” said Emery on Thursday.“At the end of the season is the moment he can go to one team or another team.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Arsenal consider Edu for director of football roleby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are looking at former player Edu as a possible director of football.They are looking to add another person who can offer football expertise to their operations, which include Raul Sanllehi as the head of football and Sven Mislintat as a head scout.Edu played 127 times for the Gunners from 2001 to 2005.He has served as a director at Corinthians, while he is a technical director for the Brazilian national team as well.It is unclear if Edu even wants the role and if others are being considered. The news comes from the Evening Standard.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say BVB winger Sancho tips Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi for Bundesliga stardomby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund teenager Jadon Sancho has revealed he has spoken with Callum Hudson-Odoi about life in the Bundesliga. Sancho has excelled in Germany this season and believes Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi, who has been the target of four bids from Bayern Munich, could also make an impact.”Me and Callum are close friends,” said Sancho, speaking from Dortmund’s winter training camp in Marbella. “We’ve played with each other at England.”He’s the next one I would say. He’s very good, very talented, fast and good dribbling skills.”I have told him the Bundesliga is a nice league. I just told him to do whatever is best for him and whatever makes him feel comfortable.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Norwich defender Timm Klose: Booze and smoking almost blew careerby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorwich City defender Timm Klose admits he almost blew his chance of a pro career due to his lifestyle as a teenager.Klose says moving to Germany transformed his life.He recalled to his club’s TV channel: “When I was 13 I still didn’t know what I would do in my life and even though I came from a very healthy family, I encountered several problems. “I had many older friends who drank and smoked and I, despite being a bad idea, decided to follow them. I clearly dreamed of becoming a professional footballer and in those years I played in the Basel youth teams, but I also spent most of my time between alcohol and smoking. “I lived a parallel reality, I didn’t really understand what was happening to me. One night I almost had a heart attack lying on a bench in a park near the lake. I don’t remember where I was exactly. The next morning alone and it was a shock, only later, when I reached the age of 16, did I meet my wife and move to Nuremberg to find support of a mental coach that I still hear from today.”
Napoli president De Laurentiis mocks Juventus, Inter Milan spendingby Carlos Volcano6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has taken aim at their Serie A rivals.ADL says they can be proud of the way they’ve progressed.“Our objectives are always the same: achieving the maximum, in the League, Coppa Italia and Champions League. We can’t do more than that,” he told Corriere dello Sport.“We’re doing this through intelligent management, which produces a positive balance, because we can’t go in the red.“That’s the reality: we’re not allowed to get into debt. This Napoli have had an international-calibre Coach like Benitez and now one with a universal profile like Ancelotti.“We haven’t missed anything. I’m a football industrialist, like it or not but that’s how it goes.“I have to combine the factors of production with economic ones. With Mazzarri, we got into the Champions League with a wage bill of €35m.“Now we can say it has quadrupled. Juve and Inter got themselves into debt, Milan are on the brink and we’ve always been righteous and competitive.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Trevon GrimesOhio State is the football program five-star wide receiver Trevon Grimes should commit to, according to his Twitter followers. The 6-foot-3, 202-pound prospect out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. has a final six of: Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami and Ohio State. The No. 5 WR in the 2017 class took to Twitter late Wednesday evening to ask his followers which of the schools he should commit to. The results:— GrimeTime™ (@TrevonGrimes7) June 16, 2016 pt 2— GrimeTime™ (@TrevonGrimes7) June 16, 2016Grimes, the No. 29 player in the class, will be committing in August. Ohio State is believed to be the favorite to land the St. Thomas Aquinas product.
New recruit Felipe is not concerned about filling Diego Godin’s boots at Atletico Madrid.Godin has signed a three-year deal with Inter, ending a nine-year stay in the Spanish capital that yielded a La Liga title and two Champions League final appearances, though Atleti lost on both occasions to neigbours Real Madrid.After joining from Porto for €20 million ($22.6 million/£18 million) and agreeing to a three-year contract with the Spanish club, Felipe is widely expected to be Atletico’s replacement for captain Godin. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare The defender has earned one senior cap for Brazil, while also guiding Porto to two trophies after joining the club from Corinthians. Felipe had been a constant presence for Porto during his time with the club, having made at least 44 appearances in each of his three seasons with the Portuguese side.But the 30-year-old Brazilian defender is not feeling the pressure of following in the footsteps of one of the club’s modern greats as he instead looks to make his own mark on a club that expects to contend for a title once again next season.”Godin is Godin, he’s a great player and he’s made a great story,” Felipe said of the two-time Europa League winner following his move.”I’m here to make my story. I want to play a great role, I know the club is huge.”I really wanted to come in. I have very high expectations of having a good season.”Look who we have here!Felipe has landed in Madrid and says hello to all the #AtléticosAroundTheWorld ! He will sign his contract tomorrow for the next three seasons. #AúpaAtleti #WelcomeFelipe pic.twitter.com/VXCAzEroe2 — Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) July 3, 2019 Atletico face a substantial rebuild with Lucas Hernandez joining Bayern Munich and veteran right-back Juanfran leaving, while striker Antoine Griezmann has announced his intention to depart and left-back Filipe Luis also expected to be on his way out.Spain midfielder Rodri is close to completing his move to Manchester City , with the Premier League champions paying his release clause, though Marcos Llorente has arrived from Real Madrid.The club finished second in La Liga last season, behind champions Barcelona but ahead of rivals Real Madrid.After winning the Europa League title in 2017-18, Atletico Madrid made it to the knockout round of the Champions League this year before falling to Juventus due to a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick in the second leg.
ORLANDO, FL – DECEMBER 2: A UCF Knights spirit team member waves the flag after a score in the third quarter of the AAC Championship against the Memphis Tigers at Spectrum Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)UCF football is off until next Thursday, so a group of Knights fans were planning on making a trip to check out College GameDay.The show is in Jacksonville for Florida vs. Georgia. Last year, the undefeated Knights became rabble rousers in the sport, claiming a national title, despite not getting an invite to the College Football Playoff.Some fans of the Gators apparently didn’t take kindly to that, and threatened violence against any UCF fans who showed up.Plans for the UCF fan trip to College GameDay was announced yesterday.From Knight News:Orlando lawyer Chad Barr will be leading an effort to bus dozens of fans and alumni to College GameDay in Jacksonville.The Facebook group “UCF to the CFP,” along with fan club “Knight Watch,” organized two buses “to show what UCF Nation is all about.” A short drive to Jacksonville built a quick roster of those planning to attend.Alumni and former players made generous donations to fund the caravan, either with cash or by seats. UCF Athletics offered to make and donate props and signs, similar to what was broadcasted last Saturday in Pullman (a flashing UCF sign), according to the group.Just hours later, they began to get “credible threats” via social media.Sadly its more than just that one. If we have to call this off(and we aren’t right now) it will be for safety. People have started sharing our pick up and drop off info. We have some children coming. We don’t need them throwing glass beer bottles at us.— UCF Knights Watch (@UCFKnightsWatch) October 24, 2018After more alleged threats came in, Barr, who organized the trip, posted that he was canceling the bus.Joint statement on the Jax trip. pic.twitter.com/hXcKsKKh93— UCF Knights Watch (@UCFKnightsWatch) October 25, 2018The full text, via Knight News:It’s with great sadness that we announce the cancellation of the buses to Jacksonville. We appreciate UCF for their support of this adventure. We want to thank all the people who signed up to go. Most of all we want to thank all the UCF students, fans and alumni who generously gave enough money for 2 buses in the last 3 days. The UCF community is strong and united and we found this out first hand.When we started this, the intention was to have fun with fellow Knights on a trip to remember while respectfully showing up to Gameday to promote the UCF brand. We believe in what Danny White has said and we were going to support him and UCF.When we planned this, we expected some to support us, some to scoff and some to tease us, but in the last few days we have seen the ugly side of college sports. A select few of the fans of the teams represented in Jacksonville have openly and credibly threatened to meet us, pepper spray, throw glass beer bottles, steal flags, steal signs and overall physically attack us on sight. We have also been advised by local Jacksonville residents and authorities that there is some risk associated with being in this area both during the wee hours of the morning and based on the size of crowds that attend this event. We have looked into security but the cost is prohibitive for the 12-14 hour excursion and I simply don’t think its even worth having a security detail for a fun-natured college football excursion.Some might say that these are just “keyboard warriors” and not to take them seriously but we have older folks and small children committed to make this trek. It simply is not worth it.I want to be clear that those select few that have threatened to harm us or wish ill will towards us because we dare to enter their “territory” to represent our beloved school on a national television show do not represent all the fans of those teams, nor those 2 schools, but we must still be vigilant, protect our own, and err on the side of caution.For those that donated, we will promptly refund your money. There will still be people coming up as well as people from the Jacksonville alumni group, but unfortunately, it won’t be organized by us. To anyone still going, we know you will represent UCF well.We have not bowed down, and we do not consider this a defeat, but there is a time and a place and everything. I regret that college football has come to this, but rest assured, that I in conjunction with UCF Knights Watch will continue to build the UCF brand through new and unique ways. WE are UCF! #ChargeOnThe post shows some tweets sent by fans of other teams. While it is unclear the full extent of them, any threats of violence over a College GameDay appearance are pretty ridiculous.Hopefully there are no incidents involving anyone heading to Jacksonville this weekend.[Knight News]
CHAPEL HILL, NC – OCTOBER 07: Ian Book #12 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish rolls out against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the game at Kenan Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Notre Dame was idle this weekend, but with a 12-0 regular season record, the Irish are destined for the College Football Playoff.ESPN put out its most updated bowl predictions earlier this morning, and both of the experts from the Worldwide Leader have Notre Dame in the playoff.The Irish were No. 3 in the most recent playoff rankings, behind only Clemson and Alabama.Both ESPN analysts have Notre Dame facing Clemson in a playoff semifinal, though they differ on where they will meet.ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura has the Irish against the Tigers in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 29, at either 4 or 8 p.m. ET.ESPN’s Mitch Sherman has Notre Dame vs. Clemson in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 29, at either 4 or 8 p.m. ET.We will find out Notre Dame’s ultimate destination later today, when the final College Football Playoff rankings are released.There is a chance that Oklahoma or Ohio State could jump the Irish and grab the No. 3 seed. In that case, Notre Dame would play Alabama in a national semifinal.Stay tuned.
ARLINGTON, TX – NOVEMBER 24: A general view of the field during the game between the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on November 24, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Most of us know ESPN’s Dick Vitale as one of the faces of college basketball, but he is also a die hard Notre Dame football fan.There are some big hoops games today, including Kentucky-Louisville.Dickie V isn’t going to miss a chance to see his Fighting Irish play for a National Championship berth, though.Notre Dame faces Clemson at AT&T Stadium in the No. 2 vs. No. 3 game of the College Football Playoff. The winner will play the winner of the Orange Bowl between Alabama and Oklahoma.Dick Vitale has already made his way to Jerry World for the game, and looks absolutely elated to be there.He has posted pictures from the stands, and with some fans from both sides of the game, as he is wont to do.Dickie V knows that Notre Dame is a pretty big underdog today, but he still believes Brian Kelly’s team can come out on top.From Twitter:We r at Jerry’s House / amazing setting / @NDFootball ready pull Upset baby vs the pwerful @ClemsonFB @DavidHaugh @NDJackNolan @espnsoltys @ItsAnnaNegron @jksports pic.twitter.com/XcujmYFc7w— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) December 29, 2018The betting line has tightened up a bit, especially after the news that Tigers superstar defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence is out after his failed drug test.Per OddsShark, the line is down to Clemson -10.5 or -11 at most sportsbooks, after going as high as 12.5 or 13 points in favor of the Tigers.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – JANUARY 08: A detail of the official National Football League NFL logo is seen painted on the turf as the New York Giants host the Atlanta Falcons during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at MetLife Stadium on January 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)Atlanta Falcons defensive end Takkarist McKinley was reportedly detained by police in Los Angeles after an incident at a hotel. According to a report from TMZ, McKinley is currently undergoing a mental evaluation following the alleged incident on Tuesday afternoon.Details of the alleged incident remain suspect, but TMZ reported McKinley was with a friend when “something happened” and the friend became worried about the former college football star’s well-being.Here’s more from the report:McKinley was with a friend at a high-end hotel around noon when something happened and the friend became concerned about McKinley’s well-being. We’re told the friend called police for help.We’re told cops spoke with McKinley who agreed it was in his best interest to get help — and he cooperated and left with police. We’re told McKinley was NOT arrested or booked for any crime.McKinley was a first-round pick by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2017 NFL draft where he famously brought a framed photo of his grandmother on stage.We’re have more when details become available.[TMZ]
HOUSTON, TX – JANUARY 09: A general view is seen during the third quarter of the AFC Wild Card Playoff game between the Houston Texans and the Kansas City Chiefs at NRG Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)A former star college football running back is being waived by his NFL team, according to multiple reports this morning.D’Onta Foreman, a standout running back at Texas and a third-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, has been waived.The former Longhorns star had 85 carries for 327 yards and two touchdowns in 2017.Foreman missed the 2018 season with an injury. “Houston feels like Foreman needs a fresh start and needs to grow up,” ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reports.Texans placed RB D’Onta Foreman on waivers, as @McClain_on_NFL reported. Houston feels like Foreman needs a fresh start and needs to grow up.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 4, 2019Foreman was one of the best running backs in the country during his time at Texas and showed some promise early in his career with the Texans.Houston, though, is apparently ready to move on.Foreman should have interest from several other NFL teams once he hits the open market.
Rohan Sen WellingtonFebruary 2, 2019UPDATED: February 2, 2019 12:07 IST Rohit Sharma’s 200th ODI match ended in defeat but he will be looking to make amends in the final game in Wellington (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe 5th ODI is also going to be a dead rubber as India lead the series 3-1But Team India will be looking to right the wrongs in Wellington after their loss in the 4th ODIRohit, Hardik, Shubman, Siraj and Khaleel were seen practicing in the netsTeam India stand-in captain Rohit Sharma and all-rounder Hardik Pandya were among the players who hit the nets at the Wellington cricket stadium on Saturday, ahead of the fifth and final one-day international against New Zealand.The final match is also going to be a dead rubber as India had already won the five-match series 3-0 after outplaying New Zealand by eight wickets in the first match, by 90 runs in the second and by seven wickets in the third.Young fast bowlers Khaleel Ahmed and Mohammed Siraj were also seen at the nets having a conversation with bowling coach Bharat Arun while Vijay Shankar and Shubman Gill enjoyed fielding drills and took some sharp catches as well.All set for the 5th and final ODIWhat’s your prediction for tomorrow’s game?#NZvIND pic.twitter.com/PX2BKHYnIWBCCI (@BCCI) February 2, 2019Rohit’s team will be looking to right the wrong in the final match and end the series on a high after a disappointing performance in the last game in Hamilton.New Zealand finally found conditions to its liking in the fourth game at Seddon Park where the hot conditions made the ball swing, and in the absence of Virat Kohli, who was rested, and MS Dhoni, who has a hamstring strain, bowled out India for 92 in 30.5 overs with Trent Boult picking up 5 wickets for 21 runs.The Blackcaps then reached 93 for 2 in only 14.4 overs, concluding the match before the scheduled dinner break.The hosts meanwhile, suffered a blow on Saturday as opener Martin Guptill suffered a lower back injury while fielding and remains doubtful for the final match.advertisementNew Zealand cricket team revealed the news on its Twitter handle and also announced that Colin Munro will come back into the squad.”Martin Guptill is in doubt for tomorrow’s fifth ODI against India after aggravating his lower back while fielding this afternoon. He’s been assessed by team physio Vijay Vallabh and will be reassessed tomorrow morning. Colin Munro will rejoin the ODI squad tomorrow morning,” the Blackcaps posted on Twitter.Guptill has been woefully out of form in this series having scored just 47 runs in the four matches so far at an average of 11.75 with 15 being his highest score.Munro has fared even worse with 46 runs in three ODIs at 15.33. As a result, he was dropped from the team for the fourth ODI.Henry Nicholls was promoted to the opener’s position in Munro’s absence and he made an unbeaten 30 off 42 balls in Hamilton.But with Guptill doubtful for the final match, Munro is most likely to come back in the side and open the innings along with Nicholls.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 India vs New ZealandFollow Rohit SharmaFollow Hardik PandyaFollow Shubman GillFollow Khaleel AhmedFollow Wellington ODIFollow Mohammed Siraj Team India sweats it out in Wellington ahead of 5th ODI against New ZealandIndia vs New Zealand: The Indian team was seen hard at practice in Wellington where they will play the fifth and final ODI against New Zealand which will once again be a dead-rubber game on Sunday as the tourists already clinched the series after winning the first three matches.advertisement
Refugee Bahraini footballer thanks Australian PM Scott Morrison after freedomThree days after he was released from a cramped Bangkok cell, Hakeem al-Araibi was welcomed into Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s ornate office in Parliament House. Morrison and Foreign Minister Marise Payne had repeatedly lobbied the Thai and Bahrain governments on al-Araibi’s behalf for his return to Australia where he is a permanent resident.advertisement Associated Press CanberraFebruary 14, 2019UPDATED: February 14, 2019 13:02 IST Hakeem al-Araibi signs a ball for Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Canberra (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHakeem al-Araibi was detained in Thailand for three months under threat of extradition to BahrainThailand released the jailed refugee footballer after Bahrain dropped its extradition bid”Thank you very much. I’m so happy to be back in Australia now,” Hakeem al-Araibi saidA refugee soccer player who was detained in Thailand for three months under threat of extradition to Bahrain shook hands Thursday with Australia’s prime minister, whom he credits with securing his freedom.Three days after he was released from a cramped Bangkok cell, Hakeem al-Araibi was welcomed into Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s ornate office in Parliament House.Morrison and Foreign Minister Marise Payne had repeatedly lobbied the Thai and Bahrain governments on al-Araibi’s behalf for his return to Australia where he is a permanent resident.”Thank you very much. I’m so happy to be back in Australia now and I’m grateful to be here to live in this country,” the 25-year-old said.Morrison said he was pleased al-Araibi had come home and looked forward to him soon becoming an Australian citizen.Al-Araibi had arrived in his home city of Melbourne on Tuesday on a flight from Bangkok where he had been detained since November following an extradition application from his native Bahrain.He came to Parliament House on Thursday morning to watch a soccer match played by lawmakers, supporters and stars of the Australian national women’s team wearing the yellow uniform of Amnesty International and the blue of al-Arabi’s Melbourne team Pascoe Vale Football Club.The former Bahrain national team player watched from the sidelines with the foreign minister, explaining that his hamstrings remained too tight after weeks in a crowded cell to play.The soccer match had been planned as a demonstration of support for al-Araibi when he faced indefinite detention. But instead, it became a celebration of his release.advertisementFormer Australia national team captain Craig Foster had been a leader in the campaign for al-Araibi’s release and played for Pascoe Vale on Thursday.”We’re all very worried about him,” Foster said. “He’s obviously riding on incredible adrenalin and elation. “”I would image … in the next week or two or three, he’s going to need some help. He’s been through an incredible ordeal and I think that’s exacerbated by the fact that he was a torture survivor previously,” Foster added.Al-Araibi has said he was blindfolded and had his legs beaten while he was held in Bahrain previously. He said he believed he was targeted for arrest because of his Shiite faith and because his brother was politically active in Bahrain. Bahrain has a Shiite majority but is ruled by a Sunni monarchy.Bahrain wanted him to serve a 10-year prison sentence in an arson attack that damaged a police station. He has denied those charges and says the case is politically motivated.Al-Araibi was detained by mistake upon arrival in Bangkok on his honeymoon. Interpol rules do not allow refugees to be deported to the countries from where they fled persecution.He was released when Thai authorities shared a letter indicating that Bahrain had withdrawn its request for al-Araibi.Officials in Bahrain said the country “reaffirms its right to pursue all necessary legal actions against” al-Araibi.Al-Araibi says he fled Bahrain because of political repression and that he fears torture if he returns.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Hakeem al-AraibiFollow Scott Morrison Next
Rohit Paniker New DelhiMay 5, 2019UPDATED: May 5, 2019 12:43 IST Indian junior women’s team awaits their chance for global recognition with next year’s U-17 World Cup at home. (Twitter/maymolrocky)FIFA president Gianni Infantino, in his visit to Kolkata two years ago, opined that the country is no longer ‘sleeping giants’.Arsenal and England legend Sol Campbell, witnessing the 2017 U-17 World Cup final at the Salt Lake stadium, said, Indian football has a bright future.The comments, otherwise music to ears, have a sense of ambiguity as they gloss over some serious facts.Just to jog the reader’s memory, India failed to win a single match out of their three group games held at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium here, scored just one goal, courtesy Jeakson Singh Thounaojam, and were sent packing within six days of the competition.To put things into perspective, this national team’s performance was on the back of several foreign exposure tours, junior international tournaments and, not to forget, India had four years of preparation time.Now consider this: India has won the bid to host the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup next year. The country has no proper structure for women’s football, just one annual league across all age groups and only 11 states organise senior women’s tournament. The federation has selected 35 of the best players scouted at the Junior National Championship held in Kolhapur last month, a tournament which several players missed owing to school exams.In less than 18 months, players among these selected 35 will represent the country for the second time at a FIFA event but the stakes are higher this time around.Women’s football in India exists as oddly as the country’s presence at the international stage. The national team is ranked 63rd in the world, compared to men’s team lying 102nd, but that hardly gives an exact picture.advertisementOptimism is the word spread around the nation as the junior team starts preparation in Goa for the showpiece event in 2020. Just like their rankings, hopes remain high for the girls to outperform the boys from 2017.”The World Cup brings a lot of attention to the country. We will have many youngsters around and a lot of preparations will start from now. This will be the base for my senior team in 2-3 years time. They are a talented bunch and will have a good competition with the seniors,” senior women’s Maymol Rocky tells Mail Today.”As a coach, if you get time with the team you can do a lot of things, we def worked on their strength and fitness. The most important thing is, you make them understand that they should believe in themselves first,” she adds.The current lot of girls training in Goa is a bit different from the boys, who were preparing at the Tilak Maidan, couple of years ago.One of them, Drishti Pant, carries a badge of being the first and only player from Gujarat to be part of a World Cup probable squad.The 15-year-old was the star of the show when the state team reached the semi-finals of the Junior Nationals last month. And for her to be in the camp, considering Gujarat’s sad status at the national stage, speaks volumes of her talent.”I remember the time when I used to pick her up at 8.30 am from state camp because she had to appear for her exams. It seemed crazy that she was in training minutes before her exam but that’s the kind of dedication we had for her football career. It seemed like a dream when she told me she has been selected for the national camp. A World Cup is a huge thing and for her to be even in the probable squad is an achievement,” tells Hemant Pant, father of Drishti.It’s too early to predict the end product of what’s churning at the training ground in Goa. While the previous World Cup gave India improved stadiums and training facilities, hopes are the next one will improve the performance.Also Read | India set to host FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2020Also Read | Revamped FIFA Club World Cup important for Asia, says Gianni InfantinoGet 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 bykarishma Tags :Follow FIFA U-17 World CupFollow FootballFollow FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2020 Girls gun for gloryIndian junior women’s team awaits their chance for global recognition with next year’s U-17 World Cup at home.advertisement
India Today Web Desk MumbaiJune 25, 2019UPDATED: June 25, 2019 19:04 IST Brian Lara in a file photo (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSBrian Lara was admitted to Global Hospital in Parel on TuesdayLara complained of chest pain and was rushed to the hospital as a resultLara will be in observation for a day before being dischargedBrian Lara, who was admitted to a hospital in Mumbai on Tuesday after complaints of chest pain, is fine. He will be in observation for a day before being discharged.West Indies batting legend Brian Lara was admitted to Global Hospital in Parel after he complained of chest pain. He underwent angiography at the hospital.Lara, one of the greatest batsmen of all time, is in Mumbai as an expert for a sports network for the 2019 Cricket Word Cup. He holds the record for the highest first-class score (501 not out) and the highest individual Test score (400 not out).From 1990 to 2007, Brian Lara played 131 Tests 11953 runs including 34 hundreds and 48 fifties. In 299 ODIs, Lara hit 10405 runs, 19 hundreds and 63 fifties.Brian Lara is 4th in the list of highest run-scorers in World Cup history. In 34 matches from 1992 to 2007, Lara scored 1225 runs including 2 hundreds and 7 fifties.Brian Lara turned 50 on May 2 and he celebrated his birthday in India.Also Read | India vs West Indies World Cup 2019: Bhuvneshwar Kumar trains in indoor nets sessionAlso Read | South Africa need to take inspiration from England for ODI resurgence: Jacques KallisFor 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Brian LaraFollow World Cup 2019 Brian Lara fine, to be discharged from hospital soonBrian Lara was admitted to a Mumbai hospital after he complained of chest pain. However, he is fine and will be discharged after being kept in observation for a day.advertisement