a month agoBarcelona defender Gerard Pique calls for unity

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona defender Gerard Pique calls for unityby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona defender Gerard Pique has called for unity after victory at Getafe.Pique, Barcelona’s third captain, sent a message to the board in the mixed zone of the Coliseum Alfonso Perez.”We have to be united, the fans and the board,” said Pique. “When one person doesn’t want to get angry, there are no fights. We know the club, we know the daily goings on, we know who writes the articles, even though they may carry another person’s name.”Pique added: “We want to compete, go out to play and not cause fights that don’t exist. We don’t want them to eist. Things can go better or worse, but we should be united or we’ll hurt ourselves.” last_img read more

17 days ago​Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi delighted with early season form

first_img​Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi delighted with early season formby Ansser Sadiq17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi admits that he was fearing for his career after suffering an Achilles injury last term.The 18-year-old was missing for the back end of last season after the horrific injury.However, he has found his way back to fitness and is already shining for the first team under Frank Lampard with three assists and a goal in four matches.He told Sky Sports News: “It’s an amazing feeling.”I was out for three to four months and it was crazy to even get the injury in the first place. It’s something I had to deal with mentally because I’d never experienced an injury like that before.”I’m really delighted with the way I’ve come back. I didn’t expect to get this many assists and to contribute with a goal as well. Hopefully I’ll keep improving and adding goals to my game.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

14 days agoSouthgate knew Chelsea star Mount would play for England at 16

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Southgate knew Chelsea star Mount would play for England at 16by Freddie Taylor14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEngland boss Gareth Southgate says that he knew Mason Mount would be a star for the national team when he was only 16.The Chelsea midfielder is set to get his first start in their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers.Mount will be in the team against the Czech Republic. And Southgate spoke about when he first saw Mount play several years ago.When asked what he thought about Mount after training him for a few days, England boss Southgate told reporters: “Exactly what I thought of him when I saw him at 16 playing for our U16s, he’s a quality player, an intelligent footballer, presses well, has a real eye for goal, good quality.”So, nothing I’ve seen surprises me at all. We’ve had him marked as a player from the first time I saw him at St. George’s [Park].”Chelsea would be the same on that, I think, but of course he’s now been able to have the opportunity to play in the Premier League and display that against top teams.”I think you saw his penalty in the Super Cup, [that] was a nice cameo of what he’s about, really.” last_img read more

Video: Texas And Baylor Nearly Brawled In Overtime Tonight

first_imgTexas and Baylor almost fight during game.Texas hosted No. 14 Baylor tonight, and the Longhorns needed the win to keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive. They won 61-59 in overtime on a runner by guard Isaiah Taylor, but not before seven players from both teams were ejected following a serious scuffle in the extra session.The scrum started near the scorers table and resulted in multiple players leaving their respective benches. Assistant coaches and referees had to break up the action.A look at the fracas in Austin. Several #Texas players left the bench area, to join the scrum Maybe 1-2 #Baylor plyrs pic.twitter.com/eBTDmN7gD4— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieTV) March 3, 2015Here’s a glance at the seven players who got the boot for their roles in the near melee.Seven players (4 Texas, 3 Baylor) have been ejected in #BAYvsTEX. pic.twitter.com/Kq3LvsYmqC— ESPN College BBall (@ESPNCBB) March 3, 2015Amazingly, Taylor, who was involved in starting the entire incident, not only didn’t get ejected but ended up winning the game with his floater in the lane. Longhorns head coach Rick Barnes needed this win, but it’ll be interesting to see if players from either team are suspended moving forward.last_img read more

Mississippi State Releases Hype Video For Arkansas Game

first_imgA general view of Mississippi State's football field.STARKVILLE, MS – OCTOBER 13: A general view of Davis Wade Stadium during a game between the Tennessee Volunteers and Mississippi State Bulldogs on October 13, 2012 in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)Mississippi State can no longer win the SEC West after a loss to Alabama this past Saturday, but the Bulldogs still have a lot to play for. MSU, at 7-3, still has a chance to post a 10-win season for just the fourth time in school history. The Bulldogs will need to get things started with a strong bounce-back performance against red-hot Arkansas this weekend.Wednesday, the school released a two-minute hype video to tease the contest. Check it out:The Bulldogs and the Razorbacks are set for a 7:00 PM ET kick off.last_img read more

Alabama Promotes 16 National Titles With Awesome Graphic Featuring Trophy, 15 Championship Rings

first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates by hoisting the College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy after defeating the Clemson Tigers in the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 11: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates by hoisting the College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy after defeating the Clemson Tigers in the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Crimson Tide defeated the Tigers with a score of 45 to 40. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)With its win over Clemson, Alabama took home a 16th claimed national title, and it isn’t being shy about the accomplishment. This morning, Alabama posted an awesome graphic to Instagram, showing off the new College Football Playoff trophy with 15 rings from the program’s previous titles. It is quite a site.Love them or hate them, the Crimson Tide are really without rival when it comes to winning championships. The scary part is that it doesn’t seem like Nick Saban is particularly close to being done either.last_img read more

Video: Watch Peyton Manning Get On Stage And Sing “Rocky Top” At Nashville Bar

first_imgPeyton Manning gets on stage at Nashville Bar.Peyton Manning may have won Super Bowls with both the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos before wrapping up his Hall of Fame NFL career, but he’ll always be remembered as a Volunteer in Tennessee. So when Manning decided to take the stage with country singer Lee Brice and sing “Rocky Top” inside a Nashville bar Monday night, one can only imagine he made some Tennessee fans very happy. YouTuber Ray Casper posted this awesome video. This is fantastic.[Outkick The Coverage]last_img read more

Report: Tennessee Linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin’s College Career Is Over

first_imgTennessee football player Jalen Reeves wearing white gloves at practice.Twitter/@Finally_MaybinJalen Reeves-Maybin is out for the rest of the season with an injury. His Tennessee career is over.According to Inside Tennessee‘s Danny Parker, the Tennessee star linebacker is having surgery on his left shoulder, and will miss the remainder of the 2016 season.The senior linebacker and leading tackler each of the last two seasons will have surgery within the next two weeks to repair a biceps subluxation in his left shoulder.Reeves-Maybin departed the 38-28 win over Florida early, showing discomfort and pain in the shoulder. He traveled with the Volunteers to Athens for the 38-28 win over then-No. 25 Georgia but did not suit up.Here is what that injury entails, via Washington Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine.Occasionally, the soft tissue restraints that maintain the position of the long head of the biceps tendon within the groove can be injured, allowing the tendon to sublux, or partially dislocate in and out of its groove. This occurrence is often associated with a partial or complete tear of the subscapularis tendon, the rotator cuff tendon in the front of the shoulder.Reeves-Maybin started Tennessee’s first four games of the season, registering 20 total tackles, including a 13-tackle effort against Virginia Tech in Week 2. He was a preseason First Team All-SEC Player per Athlon Sports.[Inside Tennessee]Update: According to head coach Butch Jones, Reeves-Maybin is still considering other options with regards to his biceps subluxation injury, and may not yet be done for the season. From WBIR:“Jalen Reeves-Maybin is still looking at some different options for what avenues he wants to pursue. He has all the time that he possibly needs to make that decision.“Jalen Reeves-Maybin has earned that right and deserves that right to make a decision when he feels it’s appropriate for him.”We’ll continue to update this story as more on Reeves-Maybin’s status is updated.last_img read more

College GameDay Announces It’s Headed To Baton Rouge For LSU vs. Alabama

first_imgCollege GameDay's next stop will be at the Clemson vs. Notre Dame game.College GameDayESPN’s College GameDay is headed to Baton Rouge.This won’t come as much of a surprise, but ESPN’s College GameDay is officially headed to Baton Rouge to cover LSU’s big matchup with No. 1 Alabama next Saturday. The contest, which could help decide the SEC West, is one of just a few games between ranked teams next weekend. Ohio State vs. Nebraska is the other big one.ESPN made the news official Saturday night on Twitter.Get ready, Baton Rouge! Next week, we’re headed to Death Valley for Alabama-LSU. pic.twitter.com/3hGNSWuySz— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 30, 2016Both teams will be coming off of byes. Alabama, which sits with an 8-0 record, is in firm control of the SEC West. LSU, at 5-2, will look to change that.College GameDay set up shop in Salt Lake City this past weekend ahead of the Utah vs. Washington matchup – which the Huskies won.last_img read more

‘Should he chop his arm off and play without it?’ – De Bruyne

first_imgKevin de Bruyne has blasted the new handball rules brought in this summer after Manchester City were yet again denied a last-minute winner against Tottenham by VAR on Saturday.City thoroughly outplayed Spurs throughout the game and thought they had won it in injury time as Gabriel Jesus curled in a close-range finish after a scramble in the penalty area following a corner.But the goal was eventually disallowed after Aymeric Laporte was shown to have handled in the build-up, leaving the game drawn at 2-2. Under the new rules, any handling in the lead-up to a goal means the goal cannot stand, whether it would be given as a handball in regular play or otherwise – but if the ball had also brushed a defender’s hand, a penalty would not have been given. 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? “They made this rule, it’s new,” De Bruyne told the Telegraph. “When I saw the video [of the incident], it’s impossible [for Laporte] to take his arm away. What can he do? Should he chop his arm off and play without it?“There’s nothing he can do because Nico [Otamendi] is ten centimetres in front of him and trying to head the ball. You can’t react in that space and amount of time. So make it clear – handball both sides.”While rival fans revelled in the drama on social media, City’s bewilderment was compounded by the realisation that the Spurs goal that put them out of last year’s Champions League would not have stood under the new rules.Gabriel Jesus Manchester City 2018-19Before City’s last-gasp ‘winner’ was shown to be offside by VAR, Fernando Llorente accidentally handled before scoring the vital away goal that eventually took Spurs through. It wasn’t enough to disallow the goal at the time, but would be if it happened in a game this season.Pep Guardiola has expressed his exasperation at VAR’s perceived inconsistency, after record signing Rodri was floored inside the area in the first half. City were adamant it should have been a penalty, but the match referee didn’t look at the incident again.The new handball rule, however, has been under closer scrutiny after this game and Bernardo Silva had similar thoughts to De Bruyne.“It is never easy when you score a last-minute goal and it is disallowed, especially because last season we went out of the Champions League because of a situation exactly like this one but rules are rules and we have to accept it,” Silva said.“It is true the ball hits his hand but come on, do you want to cut his arm [off]?” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

4-Star WR Picked In MLB Draft Reveals Whether He’ll Play Football Or Baseball

first_imgA Royals vs. Angels game in April.ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 10: General view as fans stand for the national anthem with a giant American flag on the field and a US military flyover before the game between the Kansas City Royals and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in the Angels home opener on April 10, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)Two football stars were picked early in the 2018 NFL draft. Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray garnered the most headlines, but he wasn’t the only college football player selected in the first round of the MLB Draft tonight.A four-star wide receiver came off the board early as well. Jordyn Adams, a four-star wide receiver prospect slated to suit up for North Carolina this fall, was picked 17th overall by the Los Angeles Angels.Adams is one of the nation’s top wide receiver recruits in the incoming 2018 class.On Tuesday afternoon, he made a huge statement about his future. He’s foregoing his collegiate football career to play baseball.#TheHaloWay pic.twitter.com/now5i4ivpG— Jordyn Adams (@jordynadams10) June 5, 2018It’s a huge decision for Adams, and a big blow to the North Carolina recruiting class. Adams was the second-highest rated recruit in the Tar Heels class.However, he’ll get a pretty penny for choosing baseball over football. The signing bonus for the 17th pick is over $3 million.last_img read more

New Details Have Emerged In Ohio State’s Urban Meyer Saga

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on prior to the All State Sugar Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)On Saturday, longtime author Jeff Snook reported that Texas head coach Tom Herman was the person who leaked news of the allegations against Zach Smith to college football insider Brett McMurphy, prompting his bombshell report that led to Urban Meyer’s potential departure from the Buckeyes’ program.McMurphy denied that Herman was his source and the Texas head coach released a strong statement, also denying it.“It is absolutely untrue. Neither I, nor anybody in my family, has ever communicated with Brett McMurphy about the situation at Ohio State,” Herman said via a spokesman.McMurphy also tweeted:“I have never revealed my sources in my nearly four decade journalistic career & I am not going to start now. However, I will say unequivocally that Tom Herman was not my source.”New details have emerged. Eleven Warriors uncovered tweets and message board posts suggesting that at least someone in the Texas community was aware of the allegations against Smith.“Brett McMurphy broke the details of Zach Smith’s past on July 23. However, three days prior, smoke spilled out of Texas,” Eleven Warriors tweeted.Brett McMurphy broke the details of Zach Smith’s past on July 23. However, three days prior, smoke spilled out of Texas.What does this mean? Who knows, but it’s interesting, that’s for sure. pic.twitter.com/X9E0M7t93S— Eleven Warriors (@11W) August 12, 2018Rumors and speculation are constantly swirling on social media and message boards when it comes to the college football world.Stay tuned.last_img read more

ESPN’s Paul Finebaum Is Trashing 1 College Football Coach Today

first_imgPaul Finebaum explains why Clemson will lose.ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum has ranted about Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh plenty of times before. He’s doing it again.The Wolverines opened the season with a road loss at Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish were in control for basically the entire contest.This isn’t a devastating loss for Harbaugh – Michigan can still accomplish basically everything it wants to – bu still, it’s another big-game disappointment.Finebaum has seen this plenty of times before.“It’s the same old story — he lost,” Finebaum said on ESPN Sunday morning. “I don’t want to get too carried away on the second day of September, but this isn’t just something that happens now and then. This is what Jim Harbaugh has become at Michigan. Is it ever going to change? If it doesn’t change pretty soon, I think fans are going to give up on the idea that he is going to return this program to the high level of excellence.”Harbaugh is now 9-9 in his last 18 games as Michigan’s head coach.“What’s interesting is that a national commentator who used to work here the other day said this guy is the best coach in college football,” Finebaum said. “I’m trying to figure out who is Jim Harbaugh better than? He had a really good year there years ago and since then, he’s been incredibly average. I’ve said it over and over again — let’s see how this season plays out, especially at the end. If he can’t beat Ohio State this year, the ship is ailing on Jim Harbaugh.”Michigan has several winnable games in a row before a game against No. 4 Wisconsin. That will be a big one.last_img read more

Major College Football Coach Will Reportedly Be Fired

first_imgHouston Cougars football's TDECU Stadium.HOUSTON, TX – OCTOBER 17: A general view of the field prior to the start of the game between the Temple Owls and the Houston Cougars at TDECU Stadium on October 17, 2014 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)A major college football coach will reportedly be fired at some point before the end of the season.Houston is reportedly expected to fire head coach Major Applewhite following the Cougars’ disappointing 2018 season.Applewhite’s team was blown out by Army, 70-14, in its bowl game. The Cougars finished the season at 8-5.SB Nation first reported the news of Applewhite’s impending firing.Bruce Feldman has since confirmed the news.“BREAKING: #Houston is expected to part ways with head coach Major Applewhite in the next 24 hours, sources tell me. SB Nation 1st reported the move was in the works,” he reports.BREAKING: #Houston is expected to part ways with head coach Major Applewhite in the next 24 hours, sources tell me. SB Nation 1st reported the move was in the works.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 29, 2018West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen could reportedly be targeted by Houston after Applewhite’s firing.Sources to @SBNation: Houston set to fire Major Applewhite, West Virginia’s Dana Holgorsen among candidates for Cougars https://t.co/siw3q4NgeT— Steven Godfrey (@38Godfrey) December 29, 2018Stay tuned.last_img read more

Paul Finebaum Makes His Prediction For Auburn-Texas A&M

first_imgBo Nix throws a pass during Auburn's win over Oregon.ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 31: Bo Nix #10 of the Auburn Tigers scrambles with the ball against the Oregon Ducks in the fourth quarter during the Advocare Classic at AT&T Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Paul Finebaum isn’t one to hold back his true feelings, and on Saturday morning he unleashed an interesting take on the Auburn-Texas A&M game.Auburn hasn’t lost yet this season, but that could change this weekend. Defeating Texas A&M in College Station with a true freshman at quarterback is an extremely tough task.Texas A&M owns a 2-1 record this season with the one loss coming to the hands of Clemson. It’s an acceptable loss for a program that should be ranked throughout the fall.Finebaum believes the Aggies will get the chance to redeem themselves in the coming hours against the No. 8 ranked team in the country. When giving his prediction for the game on SEC Nation, Finebaum said “I like the Aggies because their back is against the wall.”He also said that Bo Nix will struggle in a hostile environment. This will be the first road test for the five-star quarterback.Finebaum went as far as to say it’ll be a “baptism by fire” for Nix this afternoon.Through three games this season, Nix has 545 passing yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. It’s important that he avoids turning over the football against the Aggies.With Kellen Mond ready for this SEC showdown, it’ll be fun to see how Nix responds to the challenge.[247Sports]last_img read more

Thisara Perera 74-ball 140 in vain as New Zealand beat Sri Lanka in 2nd ODI to win series

first_imgThisara Perera 74-ball 140 in vain as New Zealand beat Sri Lanka in 2nd ODI to win seriesNew Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2nd ODI, Brief scores: New Zealand 319 for 7 in 50 overs (Taylor 90, Munro 87, Neesham 64, Malinga 2 for 45, Pradeep 1 for 59), Sri Lanka 298 all out in 46.2 overs (Perera 140, Gunathilaka 71, Sodhi 3 for 55, Neesham 2 for 48, Henry 2/52). New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 21 runs. Thisara Perera blasted his maiden ODI century off only 57 balls but New Zealand pulled off a thrilling 21-run victory over Sri Lanka to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.advertisement Associated Press Mount MaunganuiJanuary 5, 2019UPDATED: January 5, 2019 16:24 IST Thisara Perera hit 13 sixes and eight fours in an innings of 140 (Photo tweeted by @OfficialSLC)HIGHLIGHTS2nd ODI brief scores: New Zealand (319/7) beat Sri Lanka (298) by 21 runs. Perera 140, Sodhi 3/55Thisara Perera blasted his maiden ODI century off only 57 ballsNew Zealand have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the ODI seriesNew Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2nd ODI Scores(Full scorecard)Brief scores:New Zealand 319 for 7 in 50 overs (Taylor 90, Munro 87, Neesham 64, Malinga 2 for 45, Pradeep 1 for 59)Sri Lanka 298 all out in 46.2 overs (Perera 140, Gunathilaka 71, Sodhi 3 for 55, Neesham 2 for 48, Henry 2/52)New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 21 runsThisara Perera smashed 13 sixes in an astonishing display of power-hitting which took Sri Lanka to the brink of a remarkable win over New Zealand on Saturday in the second one-day international.Perera was the last man out on 140 – with Sri Lanka ending on 298 in 46.2 overs – as a chastened New Zealand held on to win by 21 runs and clinch an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.All-rounder Perera came to the wicket at No. 7 with his team struggling at 121 for 5 after 25 overs in reply to New Zealand’s 319 for 7. Undaunted by a seemingly impossible position, he blasted his way to a century from 57 balls, beating his previous best ODI score of 80.Perera overall hit 110 runs from boundaries – 13 sixes and eight fours in an innings of 140.Thisara Perera brings up his maiden ODI off 57 balls!SL 251/8 (41.4 Ovs) chasing 320. #NZvSL pic.twitter.com/LCmSnEfYIJSri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) January 5, 2019New Zealand were still coasting to victory with Sri Lanka at 128 for 7 in the 27th over after Sri Lanka lost five wickets for 16 runs through the middle of their innings. But Perera expertly marshalled the Sri Lanka tail, farming the strike to continue an assault that the New Zealand bowlers appeared unable to counter.He put on 75 in an eighth-wicket stand with captain Lasitha Malinga, then added a further 95 for Sri Lanka’s last two wickets with tailenders Lakshan Sandakan and Nuwan Pradeep. Perera simply encouraged those batsmen to block out the bowlers until he could get back on strike and take up the contest again.advertisement”First off I’m really proud of myself because it’s my first century,” Perera said. “For the last eight years I’m batting No. 8 or No. 9 and if I’m batting No. 7 I can get more time at the crease so I thank the coaching staff for trusting me.”VICTORY! But it didn’t come without a few nervous moments! Thisara Perera blasting an amazing 140 off just 74 balls! NZ win by 21 runs and claim the series! #NZvSL pic.twitter.com/IEBNyIPGeeBLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) January 5, 2019Strong winds at the Bay Oval helped to carry the boundaries when hitting downwind. Perera’s onslaught was also boosted by one of New Zealand’s worst fielding performances in recent years – at least 10 chances went to ground from the usually safe hands of players such as Martin Guptill, Trent Boult, Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls.Perera said he always believed a win was possible.”I told the last few batsmen it’s very hard to hit on this ground because of the wind, so I had to take the responsibility throughout the innings,” he said. “I already spoke to Nuwan and Sandakan and said ‘Please play even six balls per over so I can take the strike from the other end.'”New Zealand’s total fell well short of the 371 for 7 it achieved on the same pitch at Bay Oval in the first ODI two days earlier when it beat Sri Lanka by 45 runs.Guptill, who made 138 in that match, and Williamson, who made 76, were both out cheaply. Colin Munro made 87 and Ross Taylor scored 90.Jimmy Neesham, who hit 47 from 13 balls in the first match, struck 64 off 37 on Saturday. But the New Zealand innings was hit by four run outs which included the wickets of Munro and Taylor.Sri Lanka made a solid start, helped by 71 from Danushka Gunathilaka. But a middle-order collapse left them facing a comprehensive defeat until Perara scared the hosts.”Thisara came out and played out of his skin,” Williamson said. “Suddenly guys are under pressure to execute their skills with the wind factor here as well and a few fumbles.”It was all leaning in one direction for a little while there but it was good the guys could hold their nerve and come away with the win.”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 Thisara PereraFollow Jimmy NeeshamFollow Colin MunroFollow Ross TaylorFollow Ish Sodhilast_img read more

Sonu Sood on leaving Manikarnika: It was very special to me

first_img IANS New DelhiJanuary 23, 2019UPDATED: January 23, 2019 13:39 IST Sonu Sood walked out from ManikarnikaSonu Sood had to walk out of Manikarnika-The Queen of Jhansi owing to his professional commitment towards Simmba. The actor has now expressed his emotions saying that the film was very special to him.”Not being a part of Manikarnika will always bother me. I will always miss that whole experience of shooting for the film because the film was very special to me,” Sonu Sood told IANS in a recorded response.”But sometimes things are not meant to happen and I was not meant to be part of Manikarnika. I just want to wish the team all the best. I am sure everyone has worked really hard on the film and film has to do well for every individual associated with the film,” he added.Sonu walked out of Manikarnika- The Queen of Jhansi due to the clash of the looks he required to sport in the two films. In Rohit Shetty’s Simmba, Sonu is seen with a beard, but in Manikarnika, he was supposed to have a clean shaven look like a warrior.When Kangana Ranaut stepped in to re-shoot some portions of Manikarnika- The Queen of Jhansi, which tells the story of Rani Laxmibai, Sonu was unable to change his look owing to his commitment towards Simmba.But Kangana claimed that Sonu left the movie as he “refused to work under a woman director”. He denied all these allegations last year. He was replaced by Zeeshan Ayyub in the film.When asked if he is willing to work with Kangana Ranaut in the future, Sonu said, “She has always been a very close friend and I have no qualms against her. I would like to wish her all the best.”advertisementSonu Sood recently took part in 10-year challenge on Twitter by sharing his body pictures from 2009 to 2019.#10yearscallenge pic.twitter.com/vPtnRnrU9Ksonu sood (@SonuSood) January 16, 2019Sonu Sood, the 43-year-old Nagpur-born actor, who is popular for his well-chiselled body and fit physique, has featured in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu films.Some projects to his credit are Jodhaa Akbar, Singh Is Kinng, R Rajkumar, Kung Fu Yoga, Dabangg and Happy New Year, Aashiq Banaya Aapne.At the moment, he is happy with the successful run of Simmba. Released on December 28, 2018, the action-comedy drama revolves around a corrupt police officer who eventually stands up against a rapist, and has minted over Rs 350 crore worldwide.”I am very elated after the success of Simmba. The whole team works together and if the film becomes the biggest blockbuster of the year and then you can’t ask for anything else. We are all blessed. There are good wishes with us which are doing the trick,” Simmba actor said.He hopes for at least one Simmba in his career every year.”Simmba will always be very special for me because I got to work with Rohit, Karan, Ranveer Singh. I found new friends in them. We share a great bonding and I am sure that these bonding will make many more Simmba in the years to come,” added Sonu Sood.Manikarnika- The Queen of Jhansi will be released this Friday. The film stars Kangana Ranaut as Rani Laxmibai.ALSO READ: Sonu Sood walks out of Manikarnika after fight with Kangana RanautALSO READ | Kangana to reshoot Manikarnika at Rs 20 cr extra cost after Sonu Sood’s exit?ALSO WATCH | Kangana Ranaut opens up on being called witch, whore and psychopathGet 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 bynisha Tags :Follow Sonu SoodFollow ManikarnikaFollow Kangana Ranaut Sonu Sood on leaving Manikarnika: It was very special to meSonu Sood walked out from Kangana Ranaut starrer Manikarnika- The Queen of Jhansi earlier. During the recent media interaction, Sonu said that he will regret not being a part of Manikarnika. The film will be released this Friday.advertisementlast_img read more

Gone Kesh: Bald is beautiful

first_imgGone Kesh: Bald is beautifulThe film, releasing today, stars Shweta Tripathi as Enakshi who begins to lose her confidence along with her hair because she becomes a victim of social ridicule. advertisement Grace Cyril New DelhiMarch 29, 2019UPDATED: March 29, 2019 07:08 IST Shweta Tripathi (centre) with co-actors Vipin Sharma and Deepika Amin in ‘Gone Kesh’.Directed and written by debutante Qasim Khallow, the dramedy Gone Kesh is the story of a 15-year-old dancer, Enakshi, who suffers from the medical condition alopecia areata.The film, releasing today, stars Shweta Tripathi as Enakshi who begins to lose her confidence along with her hair because she becomes a victim of social ridicule.This is the first time a film has been made on this condition which people know little about.”In movies, women are shown to be beautiful with long hair. This is a thing seeded in our mind since childhood and losing hair bothers Enakshi, so much so, she loses her confidence to perform because when you are on stage, you are open to people judging you,” Tripathi tells Mail Today.In order to get her character right, the Mirzapur actress gathered more information about the ailment by reading books and meeting people suffering from it.”People take injections; use special shampoos, hair extensions or wigs to look normal. Whatever we’ll show in the movie is very similar to what these people suffer, like Enakshi wearing scarves to hide the bald patches” she says.Enakshi goes through severe low self-esteem which affects her personal life. “She wonders who will marry her as she isn’t considered normal. Education and talent don’t matter to the people around but the hair on her head does,” Tripathi says. Another issue teenagers suffer from is constantly seeking approval.”When you are a teenager you always want to look attractive. I remember back in school I used to keep my hair open and straightened it daily so that everyone admired me. [But] I was extremely excited when I got to know that the poster would sport me in a bald look.”advertisementThe 33-year-old actress who plays a girl half her age says she loves playing younger characters. “I relate to them more. In fact, if I get an older character to play, I panic,” says the Masaan actress.Tripathi knew she had to do the role halfway through the script when she was reading it. She says these are the stories she wants to tell.Gone Kesh sends out a strong message that beauty is how you see yourself. “You should believe in yourself. If you think you are beautiful then the world would think of you that way too,” she says.The actress says she takes on a character only if it excites her. “I don’t want to do a project where I am not giving my 110 per cent,” she says.”For me the script and my character are important. The team behind it – the director, co-actors, musicians and even camerapersons – is important too because what happens behind the camera is what you see on the screen.”Tripathi credits Nawazuddin Siddiqui for advising her correctly on being choosy as an actor because “you change a bit with each character you play”. After Mirzapur, the actress teams up again with Vikrant Massey in the sci-fi film Cargo.”Nothing like this has been made in our country so I feel proud to be a part of it,” she said of the film. “I am thankful that none of my projects are similar to each other.”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 byKoustav Das Tags :Follow Gone Keshlast_img read more

Watch: Royal Challengers Bangalore euphoric after 3rd straight win in IPL 2019

first_img 185/7 3/36 (4) Scorecard Toss: PNJ elected to field Indian Premier League, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 20:00 (Local Time) graphs (20.0) view more view less advertisement Punjab PNJ 46 (28) Match Ended (20.0) 185/7 No data available! Super Over Referee: Javagal Srinath (IND) Umpires: Bruce Oxenford (AUS), Chettithody Shamshuddin (IND) and Rod Tucker (AUS) 2/33 (4) Navdeep Saini (BLR) N. Saini (BLR) Punjab – Umesh Yadav (BLR) U. Yadav (BLR) center_img 202/4 Match Ended commentary (20.0) Bangalore BLR (20.0) Series Status: Player Of The Match: AB de Villiers Bangalore vs Indian Premier League, 2019 Indian Premier League, 2019, Match 42 Nicholas Pooran (PNJ) N. Pooran (PNJ) Top Batsmen Top Batsmen AB de Villiers (BLR) de Villiers (BLR) 202/4 Bangalore beat Punjab by 17 runs Top Bowlers Top Bowlers 82 (44) Watch: Royal Challengers Bangalore euphoric after 3rd straight win in IPL 2019IPL 2019: Royal Challengers Bangalore players were in high spirits after beating Kings XI Punjab by 17 runs and keeping their Indian Premier League season alive. India Today Web Desk BengaluruApril 25, 2019UPDATED: April 25, 2019 09:52 IST Royal Challengers Bangalore players celebrated their victory over Kings XI Punjab (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSRCB beat KXIP by 17 runs to win 4 out of their 5 gamesBangalore players were euphoric in their celebrationsKohli said the match “was a great example of having fun”The Royal Challengers Bangalore players were in a good mood after they defeated Kings XI Punjab by 17 runs in their Indian Premier League match at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday.RCB have now won four out of their last five games to keep their chance alive of qualifying for the IPL 2019 play-off – that is if they can win the remaining three games.After the end of the match, AB de Villiers led a bonding session in the dressing room as the players performed a clapping routine to pump up the team after the win.Here is the video from inside the dressing room – de Villiers smashed an unbeaten 82 from 44 balls as RCB posted 202/4 from their 20 overs. Kings XI Punjab fought hard as Nicholas Pooran, who scored 46 off 28 balls, almost took the visitors home. Navdeep Saini though sealed the match in favour of RCB with a superb 19th over as Kings XI Punjab finished at 185/7.AB de Villiers was a happy man after the win and at the post-match presentation ceremony, he said “We know our home ground very well, it hasn’t been a great hunting ground for us to start with but we are turning things around now. And we are doing things well now. We are doing good as a team now,” after receiving the man-of-the-match award.RCB skipper too was happy with the team turn around in the recent games after a rather poor start to the season.”The only focus was to play well as a team. Losing six in a row really hurt us. Literally no one in the team has been part of such a streak,” Kohli said at the post-match press conference.advertisement”Yeah, we’ve won four of the five. Could have been five out of five. We were just looking to enjoy the cricket and tonight was a great example of having fun. So we just refreshed, thought about just enjoying ourselves and the important thing now is not to take on any pressure. We know how we play. The world knows how we play,” Kohli added.Also Read | Virat Kohli elated after RCB win again: Losing six in a row really hurt usAlso Read | We are turning things around, doing good as a team, says AB de VilliersFor 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 Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Royal Challengers BangaloreFollow RCB vs KXIPFollow Virat KohliFollow AB de Villierslast_img read more

I know how to play: Serena Williams says she’s ready for Wimbledon 2019

first_imgI know how to play: Serena Williams says she’s ready for Wimbledon 2019Wimbledon 2019: Serena Williams had suffered a knee injury but the 23-time grand slam winner said she has been feeling much better prior to the Wimbledon showdown.advertisement Next Reuters June 30, 2019UPDATED: June 30, 2019 19:09 IST Serena Williams is eyeing her 24th grand slam at Wimbledon 2019. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSerena Williams will be seen in action after having recovered from her knee injurySerena will be eyeing her 23rd Grand Slam at Wimbledon 2019Serena Williams crashed out of the French Open 2019 in the third roundIt’s hard to know exactly what Serena Williams will be able to do over the next two weeks at the All England Club.On the one hand, due at least in part to an injured left knee, Williams is short on matches and training time this season, factors she cited after her third-round exit June 1 at the French Open, her most recent tournament.She has only 12 tour-level matches so far in 2019. Just four of the other 127 women in the Wimbledon field have fewer; 105 have at least twice as many.Even Saturday when she declared she’s “feeling better” and her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, said the 37-year-old American “doesn’t have pain anymore” Williams let out a chuckle when she proclaimed, “I’ve had a good week and a half.”Hardly the ideal amount of practice to try to get ready for Grand Slam competition.And yet, on the other hand, as Williams put it with a wry smile, “I know how to play tennis.”Yes. Yes, she does.This is, after all, a seven-time champion and three-time runner-up, including last year, on the grass at Wimbledon, where play begins Monday. She also is the owner of 23 Grand Slam singles trophies in all, more than anyone else in the professional era and one shy of equaling Margaret Court’s record for the most in tennis history.”She didn’t do anything, really, like what she usually does, in terms of results this year. Even in Australia, she lost quite early for her, the quarters. So she hasn’t played her best,” Mouratoglou said, before uttering a single sentence that speaks volumes: “But she’s Serena.”advertisement”And,” he added in an interview, “the weapons she has are probably even more efficient on grass than on any other surface.”After the French Open, and her earliest loss at any major since 2014, Williams stuck around in Paris to see doctors.Then, as usual, she skipped all tuneup events on grass. Williams started practicing in the middle of last week, starting with about a half-hour on court on Day 1 and working her way up to a couple of hours, plus gym time, by Day 4.”The great news is she’s pain-free now. In Roland Garros, she was in a lot of pain. The preparation was difficult because of that reason. So we were more trying to deal with the pain, rather than prepare for a Grand Slam,” Mouratoglou said. “Here, it’s different. We got rid of the pain 15 days after Roland Garros and we finally prepared the way we want to prepare. It was a bit short, but she’s doing better every day. The surface is great for her. She doesn’t have pain anymore. It’s heaven.”Williams could get a chance to ease into things. Her first-round opponent is qualifier Giulia Gatto-Monticone of Italy, who will be making her debut in Wimbledon’s main draw. Next might come another qualifier.Then things should get more interesting. Quickly. In the third round, Williams could face No. 18 seed Julie Goerges, her semifinal opponent a year ago. Get past her, and defending champion Angelique Kerber might be waiting. Get through that test, and No. 1 Ash Barty could be next. And that would only be to make the quarterfinals.Indeed, that entire quarter is the bracket’s most challenging. Past Wimbledon champions Maria Sharapova and Garbine Muguruza are there, along with grass-court talents such as No. 13 Belinda Bencic, No. 22 Donna Vekic and Alison Riske.Also Read | Wimbledon 2019: Tough draw for Nadal as Kyrgios looms in second roundAlso Read | Roger Federer opposes on-court coachingAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Wimbledon 2019Follow Roger FedererFollow Serena Williamslast_img read more