Pique in talks with Barcelona pal Messi about FC Andorra investmentby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona defender Gerard Pique is in talks with Leo Messi about a shareholding in FC Andorra.Sport says talks are at an advanced stage and there could be an agreement made public between all implicated parties in the coming days. Pique’s desire is to get Messi on board as a shareholder. Even though the Argentine star’s involvement would be minor, the Barça defender is aware that just Messi’s image is one of the best possible spokesmen to expand the project internationally. Andorra insiders say talks are well down the line and the official announcement could come at a press conference which will be held to reveal the club’s new ambitious structure. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Juventus move to trump Bayern Munich for Hudson-Odoiby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus have moved to trump Bayern Munich for Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi.The Mirror says the Italians are also hoping to launch a last-minute raid for Chelsea wonderkid Hudson-Odoi , to try to steal him from under the noses of the German giants.Juventus have held talks with Hudson-Odoi’s representatives, but the 18-year-old Chelsea starlet is believed to favour Bayern amid his contract stand-off at Stamford Bridge. Bayern’s Bundesliga rivals Red Bull Leipzig are also keen.Hudson-Odoi has seen England age-groups star Jadon Sancho’s success since joining Borussia Dortmund from Manchester City in 2017, which has left him believing Bayern and the Bundesliga would be a good switch. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
The Petersen Events Center is one of the hardest places to play in college basketball, and Pitt’s student section, the “Oakland Zoo,” is a big reason why. The Zoo is virtually on top of the court, and like many of the nation’s other top student sections, they get very creative with their heckling. Unfortunately, today doesn’t seem to be their day, at least when it comes to the “cheat sheet” for the game against rival Syracuse.The Oakland Zoo’s cheat sheet on the Syracuse players. Names of players’ girlfriends and moms! pic.twitter.com/VMrsBAxdC5— Syracuse Basketball (@syrbasketball) February 7, 2015Including mothers and girlfriends is a bit questionable, but the Zoo is far from the only student section to do that. However, the whole basis for taunts against starting forward Tyler Roberson is a mess.In its cheat sheet, the @OaklandZoo mocked Tyler Roberson for spelling his name wrong on Twitter. Problem is: the Zoo spelled it Robertson— Syracuse Basketball (@syrbasketball) February 7, 2015When making fun of someone for misspelling his own name, you should probably make sure you have it right first.
In what was one of the craziest endings we’ve ever seen in an NCAA Tournament game, No. 6 seed SMU lost to No. 11 seed UCLA on a goaltending call. The call was somewhat questionable, but it gave the Bruins a one-point lead, eventually sending them into the Third Round with a 60-59 victory. Following the devastating loss, SMU senior forward Yanick Moreira, the recipient of the goaltending call, took to Twitter to express his frustration. I would like to apologize for all the SMU fans as senior I shouldn’t make those type of mistake.. I’m really sorry— Yanick Moreira (@Ymoreira35) March 19, 2015“@KDTrey5: Yep that was a goaltend.” You right ref thank you for end my college career pic.twitter.com/nhrrON0DQM— Yanick Moreira (@Ymoreira35) March 19, 2015These guys don’t deserve it . It really hurts . All those mile run in the summer all those 2 a day to end my college career like this— Yanick Moreira (@Ymoreira35) March 19, 2015Here’s the play. Was it the right call?
Rice Leukemia SigneeThe Rice football program landed a very special recruit on Wednesday. Seven-year-old Ziggy Stoval-Redd, who is battling leukemia, signed with the Owls during a special signing ceremony. Accompanied by his mother and Rice head football coach David Bailiff, Ziggy received a warm round of applause from the Owl team. Here’s the video:Whenever stories like this pop up in the sports world, it always warms the heart a little bit.
Wrestler Ric Flair will appear on College GameDay this weekend as the celebrity guest picker.This weekend, ESPN’s College GameDay is headed to Madison, Wisconsin as the No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers take on the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes in a pivotal Big Ten matchup. For one of the segments of College GameDay, the hosts all choose the winners from the weekend’s slate of games, and generally, ESPN chooses someone well-known who is associated with the home team to be a guest picker. This week they chose…Ric Flair?Ric Flair Gameday guest picker? pic.twitter.com/EwwKymAVi0— Ryan Strickland (@rstrickland90) October 15, 2016J.J. Watt, Melvin Gordon, Eddie George, Ron Dayne. Lots of names come to mind. But Ric Flair? It should be entertaining at least.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – SEPTEMBER 15: The Penn State Nittany Lions marching band preforms before the start of the Nittany Lions game against the Navy Midshipmen at Beaver Stadium on September 15, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)Today is the 11-year anniversary of Appalachian State’s historic upset at Michigan at the Big House in Ann Arbor, Mich.Appalachian State might be on the verge of a historic upset today, too.We now have a tied game in State College, Pa.It’s Appalachian State 31, Penn State 31.Uh oh.Touchdown, Appalachian State. We’re tied up at 31 apiece with 6:03 remaining in the game.— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) September 1, 2018We’ve got about six minutes to go in this one. It’s being televised on BTN.Get there, now.
AUSTIN, TX – NOVEMBER 27: Texas Longhorn fans cheer on their team against the Texas A&M Aggies with signs noting the Texas score against Oklahoma earlier in the season at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium November 27, 2008 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)It’s not a good night to be a fan of the Texas Longhorns.Texas, the No. 6 team in the country, is looking like anything but a top 10 team in Stillwater, Oklahoma this evening.The Longhorns are currently getting blown out by Oklahoma State, 24-7, on national television.There are a handful of Texas fans in the stands at Oklahoma State this evening. Most of them, unfortunately, are looking like this:TEXAS IS:⚪BACK⚪NOT BACK⚫#SurrenderCobra ? pic.twitter.com/lDqbGwD4Gl— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) October 28, 2018That’s a tough image, but there’s still plenty of game left.Texas and Oklahoma State are playing on ABC.
ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 10: Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the action during the second quarter of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats on October 10, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Wildcats 38-0. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh shared some major news for Saturday’s game against Penn State on Monday.The Wolverines, who are set to host the Nittany Lions in a huge Big Ten showdown at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, will have a very special game captain.Harbaugh announced that former Michigan basketball star Chris Webber will be an honorary game captain on Saturday.Webber initially accepted the captain offer from Harbaugh during a radio appearance this summer.“I would definitely be honored, Coach, and you know I would do anything for you,” Webber said on the air. “You know, the No. 4s at Michigan, we’ve got to stick together.”Harbaugh gave Webber the option to pick whatever game he wanted and he’s chosen Penn State.This is a cool development for Webber, whose relationship with Michigan had been strained as a result of a booster scandal. The NCAA forced Michigan to disassociate with Webber for 10 years and had his team’s Final Four banners get taken down as a result.Webber has said he would like for everything to be fixed and for there to be a reunion with his former Fab Five teammates.“There’s nothing I would want more than (a reunion), and I think we’re on the right path for that, but I think there has to be conversation organically,” Webber said this summer.“For the fans I want to do it, for myself, for my family, for hoopers. It’s something I think we’re working toward.”Michigan and Penn State are set to kick off at 3:45 p.m. E.T. on Saturday. The game will be on ESPN.
SOUTH BEND, IN – OCTOBER 30: A player for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish wears a decal on his helmut honoring Declan Sullivan, a student who was killed while videotaping a Notre Dame practice in high winds this past week, before a game against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Notre Dame Stadium on October 30, 2010 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Former Notre Dame football player Josh Atkinson has passed away at the age of 25 of undisclosed causes, his family confirmed last night.Atkinson played defensive back and was a special teams mainstay for the Fighting Irish from 2011-13. He was also a standout track and field competitor at Notre Dame.Atkinson’s twin brother George III, a running back, played with him at Notre Dame after the two starred together in high school. They are the sons of legendary Oakland Raiders defensive back George Atkinson.Really awful news. Former Granada High standout Josh Atkinson, son of ex-Raiders star George Atkinson and twin brother of ex-NFL player George III, passed away at age 25. #RaidersNation https://t.co/WZmEHIqoMx pic.twitter.com/GrlOjj9E9c— Jon Becker (@JonBecker28) January 1, 2019George Atkinson III shared a heartfelt Instagram message about his brother last night.“I can’t put into words the pain that comes with losing my twin brother (Joshua Alexander Atkinson) thank you for the love and support please keep Josh in your prayers and respect the space i need to mourn this tragic loss God Bless you all,” he wrote.Sadly, Atkinson is the third Notre Dame player from his era to pass away recently. Running back Greg Bryant was killed in a shooting in 2016 at the age of 21 while defensive tackle Kona Schwenke passed away unexpectedly in April at the age of 25.Our thoughts and prayers are with the Atkinson family.
CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 15: The Clemson Tigers Rally Cats perform during a stoppage in play of the Tigers’ football game against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)You can say at least this much about Texas A&M as they prepare to take on Clemson this weekend: They are not at all lacking confidence.Speaking to the media on Monday, Texas A&M offensive lineman Jared Hocker proclaimed that the Aggies will pull off the upset over Clemson. Texas A&M is a 17-point underdog for the road game.“There will be an upset.”Hocker was then asked to go the full Joe Namath and guarantee a victory, to which he nodded and said he was confident in his teammates.Texas A&M and Clemson faced off at College Station last year, with the Tigers securing a 28-26 win en route to a 15-0 season and the national championship. Jared Hocker is confident that the Aggies will defeat Clemson on Saturday. “There will be an upset.” pic.twitter.com/tqbVqYlAe6— TexAgs (@TexAgs) September 2, 2019In total, the two sides have faced off five times, all in the regular season. Clemson currently boasts a two-game winning streak after losing the first three games.No doubt the Tigers are planning to even up the series with a win over Texas A&M.Clemson has not lost a game since the 2017 College Football Playoff against Alabama. They are currently riding an FBS-best 16-game winning streak after beating Georgia Tech last week.Suffice it to say, the Aggies have their hands full.But the chances are, if the Tigers are even capable of losing a regular season game in 2019, this may be the most likely team they’d lose to.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p #OhioState HC Ryan Day on @BullandFox re: Urban Meyer: “We talk on a weekly basis. He’s a huge resource for me. He’s been unbelievable. He’s a legend. Anytime there’s a question, he’s always there and he’s been unbelievable in this process.”— Keith Britton (@KeithBritton86) September 18, 2019So far Day has had little-to-no trouble transitioning into a full-time head coach.His Buckeyes have torn the opposition apart, outscoring opponents 138-31 in the first three games. And that’s with a first-year starter in Justin Fields.Whatever advice Meyer has been giving Day has certainly been paying off so far. COLUMBUS, OH – DECEMBER 04: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer describes how he believes Ohio State University is one of the few institutions that has both elite athletics and elite academics during a press conference at Ohio State University on December 4, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. At the press conference head coach Meyer announced his retirement and offensive coordinator Ryan Day was announced as the next head coach. Meyer will continue to coach until after the Ohio State Buckeyes play in the Rose Bowl. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)This may be Ryan Day’s first year as a full-time head coach, but he hasn’t been going in blind this season. He’s had a coaching legend giving him a helping hand on a regular basis.In a recent interview on Bull and Fox, the Ohio State head coach revealed that Urban Meyer, his former boss, has continued helping him behind the scenes. He praised Meyer for talking to him on a regular basis and said he serves as “a huge resource” for him.“We talk on a weekly basis. He’s a huge resource for me… He’s a legend. Anytime there’s a question, he’s always there and he’s been unbelievable in this process.”Day was hired by the Buckeyes as an assistant in 2017. He quickly earned promotion to full-time offensive coordinator and managed the team in Meyer’s place for several games in 2018.When Meyer announced his retirement at the end of the 2018 season, Day was named as his successor.
Reuters ShanghaiApril 12, 2019UPDATED: April 12, 2019 17:55 IST Charles Leclerc would have won had his car not suffered a loss of power (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBinotto said Vettel and Leclerc are free to fight for position on track during racesLeclerc had ignored a team order to stay behind Vettel in the Bahrain GPVettel is yet to stand on the podium in two races this seasonSebastian Vettel still has priority at Ferrari in 50-50 situations but that could change, team boss Mattia Binotto said on Friday.The four times Formula One world champion has been the Italian team’s number one in recent years but new recruit Charles Leclerc was quicker in Bahrain two weeks ago.Leclerc, 21, started on pole position at Sakhir but fell behind before then overtaking the German, setting the fastest race lap and taking his first F1 podium.The Monegasque, who finished third, would have won had his car not suffered a loss of power while leading with some 10 laps to go. Vettel has yet to stand on the podium in two races this season.Binotto told reporters at the Chinese Grand Prix that the team came first.”As I said at the start of the season, if there is any 50-50 situation where we need to take a decision, the advantage would have been given to Sebastian simply because Sebastian has got most of the experience with the team in F1,” he added.”He won four championships (with Red Bull) and certainly for us he’s the driver who has most probability to challenge for the title.”Something we agreed with both drivers is, in a few races’ time, things may change for whatever reason bad luck or whatever could be the situation we may change our position, no doubt.”Binotto said the pair remained free to fight on track and if either was clearly faster than the other would be given preference.advertisementLeclerc, he pointed out, had the opportunity to take pole position and fight for the win in Bahrain.The Monegasque ignored a team order to stay behind Vettel in Bahrain, pointing out that he was quicker. There were no recriminations.Vettel made errors in Bahrain, spinning while trying to defend second place from eventual winner Lewis Hamilton, and said afterwards that he had homework’ to do.Asked also whether Leclerc was giving Ferrari a headache with his pace, Binotto said that was “a luxury that you’re happy to have.”We’ve got two fantastic drivers and I think that Charles is a motivating factor for Seb,” he added.Binotto also complimented Leclerc for his reaction to the disappointment of having a first win seized from his grasp by bad luck.”He did a great quali, a great race but more than that, I think he has been fantastic on the post-race comments, showing that he’s really a mature driver,” said the Swiss-born boss.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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Sebastian VettelFollow Charles LeclercFollow Scuderia FerrariFollow Chinese GPFollow Mattia Binotto Next Sebastian Vettel has most probability to challenge for title: Ferrari boss BinottoSebastian Vettel has been Scuderia Ferrari’s number one in recent years but new recruit Charles Leclerc was quicker in Bahrain two weeks ago.advertisement
Steve Smith hits 77-ball 89 but Australia XI lose to New Zealand XIDavid Warner, who returned to open the innings for Australia XI, failed but Steve Smith hit a classy 89 to help the team post 277 for 6 in 50 overs in their second warm-up match against New Zealand XI.advertisement Associated Press BrisbaneMay 8, 2019UPDATED: May 8, 2019 16:23 IST Steve Smith was in fine form for Australia XI against New Zealand XI on Wednesday (@cricketcomau Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNew Zealand XI defeated Australia XI by 7 wickets after Will Young’s 130Smith’s 89 is his best score in more than two years in a 50-over matchWarner was out for 0 as he lasted just 6 balls after being sent into openSteve Smith and David Warner had vastly contrasting fortunes in their second matches back in an Australian uniform since their 12-month suspensions in the wake of a ball-tampering scandal.Smith scored 89 not out from 77 balls to help lead Australia to 277-6 in a practice match against New Zealand on Wednesday at Allan Border Field. It was Smith’s best score in more than two years in a 50-over match.New Zealand won the match by seven wickets with 16 balls remaining. Pace spearhead Mitchell Starc, returning from injury, took 2-14 from five overs for Australia.Will Young was run out for 130 and captain Tom Latham was 69 not out to guide New Zealand to the win.Smith hit three sixes over mid-off and thumped a straight drive past the bowler early in his innings Wednesday, then increased his scoring rate in his final eight overs.Some vintage Steve Smith shots in here as he returned to his best form in Australian colours today pic.twitter.com/TArSPUOuJQcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) May 8, 2019Warner, promoted to his usual opening spot after batting No. 3 in his return on Monday, lasted just six balls when he knocked a simple catch to cover.Australia won the first of three practice matches by one wicket with 10 balls to spare on Monday. The last practice match is Friday as both teams prepare for the World Cup in England starting May 30.Smith and Warner each served a year-long ban for their part in a ball-tampering scandal during a test match against South Africa at Cape Town in March 2018.advertisementBoth players, who returned to limited-overs action in the Indian Premier League last month, are in Australia’s World Cup squad and are expected to provide invaluable scoring punch in Australia’s defense of the title it won in 2015.Also Read | Always great on paper: Vijay Mallya tweets on RCB’s poor IPL 2019 campaignAlso Read | Heartening to see a great bowling performance: Sachin Tendulkar after MI beat CSKAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow David WarnerFollow Steve SmithFollow Australia cricket teamFollow Australia XI vs New Zealand XI
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Next World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni, you are an absolute legend, says Shoaib AkhtarICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar heaped rich praise on Ravindra Jadeja, saying the all-rounder played one of his best knocks in India’s semi-final defeat to New Zealand in Manchester on Wednesday.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 11, 2019UPDATED: July 15, 2019 20:23 IST World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni hit a valiant 50 in India’s semi-final los to New Zealand (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni hit a valiant 50 in India’s semi-final defeat to New ZealandYou have proved you’re a great batsman and a great brand ambassador: Akhtar to DhoniHats off to India. India fought back really well: AkhtarFormer Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has said India can be proud of the way they played at ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 despite their campaign ending in the semi-final with a defeat to New Zealand.Shoaib Akhtar heaped rich praise on MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja for the way they staged India’s fightback in the tense chase of 240 against New Zealand in Manchester on Wednesday. India did well to restrict New Zealand to 211 for 5 before rain played spoilsport on Tuesday. The 1st semi-final spilled into the reserve day.India’s chase though got off to a horrible start as they lost Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul inside the first 4 overs and were reeling at 5 for 3. A steady stand between Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya emerged but with both of them going back to the hut, India were reduced to 92 for 6.While a successful chase looked improbable, MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja gave India a chance with 116-run stand for the 7th wicket. While Dhoni was happy taking the odd singles, Jadeja went all out attack and took the New Zealand bowlers to the cleaners.”What a match. Wah, Wah, Ravindra Jadeja… very good innings. Dhoni… you are an absolute legend. With your game today, you have proved you’re a great batsman and a great brand ambassador for the team. But unfortunately, that run out changed it. A dive would have changed it. India, you were so close… yet so far,” Shoaib Akhtar said in his YouTube channel.”But hats off to India. India fought back really well. You have done yourself very proud. Jadeja, you have saved the grace. It was a poor batting performance by the top five players. Rohit (Sharma) got a brilliant ball. However, I think Virat Kohli was unlucky as it was a poor decision to give him out. The ball was just clipping the bails and he was given out by the on-field umpire.advertisement”The other batsmen also did not show much intent until Jadeja came in and played superbly. And so was Dhoni who kept India in the hunt.””It was unfortunate that Jadeja got out to a ball that he could have hit for a six. And had Dhoni dived, who knows, he wouldn’t have got run-out and would have taken India across the finishing line,” he added.All hope was not lost even after Jadeja persihed in the 48th over for 77 as MS Dhoni stepped up and smashed Lockie Ferguson over point for a fine six with 30 needed off the last 2. However, a stunning throw from Martin Guptill saw Dhoni getting run out on 50.Dhoni cut a disappointed figure as he walked back to the hut. India eventually fell short of the target by 18 runs and got knocked out of the tournament. However, Dhoni and Jadeja have won a lot of praise for their valiant fight in Manchester.Taking to social media, legendary wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist said he was always inspired by Dhoni’s calmness and self belief.Batting great Sachin Tendulkar heaped rich praise on Ravindra Jadeja, saying the all-rounder was determined to something special for Team India on Wednesday.”He was brilliant. This morning when he got Ross Taylor run out with that direct throw, we in the commentary box were discussing that it could be his day. The way he took initiative in that partnership (with Dhoni), he caught New Zealand by surprise, caught them off guard,” Sachin Tendulkar told India Today.”There were number of clean shots by him, which were from a batsman who was out there to do something and prove something. I would give him 10 on 10 today.”Also Read | I will keep giving my best till my last breath: Ravindra JadejaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli chokes, MS Dhoni calm under pressureAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Shoaib AkhtarFollow Ravindra JadejaFollow World Cup 2019Follow India vs New Zealand
Mann Ki Baat: PM Modi lauds Chandrayaan-2 launch, Meghalaya water policy, more | 5 pointsPM Modi also said that those trying to spread hate and obstruct development works in Kashmir will never succeed as he cited a recent government exercise to assert that power of development is stronger than the might of bullets and bombs.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 28, 2019UPDATED: July 28, 2019 13:26 IST PM Modi watches Isro’s Chandrayaan-2 mission. (Photo: Twitter/@narendramodi)HIGHLIGHTSPM congratulated Meghalaya govt for becoming the first state to formulate its own water-policyHe said those trying to spread hate and obstruct development works in J&K will never succeedHe said number of Amarnath Yatra pilgrims this year were four times greater than past four yearsPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday in his Mann ki Baat radio address, lauded the successful launch of Chandrayaan-2, saying he hoped that the mission will inspire the Indian youth towards science and innovation.In his 25-minute address, PM Modi asked people to celebrate August 15 with special preparations and find out new ways to observe Independence Day with greater participation of masses.PM Modi also said that those trying to spread hate and obstruct development works in Kashmir will never succeed as he cited a recent government exercise to assert that power of development is stronger than the might of bullets and bombs.1. Chandrayaan-2 launch:”My dear countrymen, I strongly believe that you would have felt immensely proud on India’s achievement beyond the skies in outer space. The successful launch by our scientists despite the early setback is unprecedented,” PM Modi said.”Chandrayaan-2 is Indian to the core. It is purely Indian in heart and spirit. It is a totally swadeshi and home grown mission. The second important lesson is – never lose hope in face of stumbling blocks or obstacles,” he said.”I fervently hope that Chandrayaan-2 mission will inspire our youth towards science and innovation. We are now expectantly waiting for the month of September, when Lander Vikram and Rover Pragyan will land on Lunar surface,” PM Modi added.2. Meghalaya water policyThe PM also spoke about Meghalaya formulating it own water policy and congratulated the state government.”Meghalaya has become the first state to have formulated its own water-policy. I congratulate Meghalaya government. In Haryana, crops that require meager water are being encouraged. Farmers thus are saved from suffering losses,” PM Modi said.advertisementHe added, “It is the season of festivals. Many fairs are held on these occasions. Why don’t we use these fairs to spread the message of water conservation?”3. ‘Back to Village’ programmePM Modi said the “Back to village” programme held in June in Jammu and Kashmir saw enthusiastic participation of villagers everywhere, including in very sensitive and remote villages, as government officials reached there to discuss development schemes with locals.”Back to Village was not mere government formality that officials roam around the village and return to base, instead of this the officials spent two days and a night at panchayat, enabling them to spend time in village and to reach across to every establishment in village,” he said.”The most heartening aspect of ‘Back to Village’ is the fact, that it was organized in such remote villages, where even officials had to traverse difficult terrain, climb mountains while walking on foot over a period of day or day and a half,” the PM said.”Programmes like these, people’s participation or stake holding indicates that our brothers and sisters in Kashmir want good governance, proves dictum that the power of development is stronger than the might of bullets, bombs,” he added.4. Monsoon season and Amarnath Yatra”In entire India, people of different cultures and languages, celebrate the onset of rainy season in their own fashion,” PM Modi said.PM Modi also noted that over 3 lakh pilgrims completed the Amarnath yatra since July 1 and said it has already outnumbered the number of devotees during 60 days in 2015. Hailing the hospitality of the people of the state, he said it will boost tourism.In the Chardham yatra in Uttarakhand too, large numbers of tourists have visited holy sites, he said, adding that over eight lakh devotees had visited Kedarnath shrine, a record number post the massive 2013 floods that had devastated the region.”While we are talking of the monsoon season, you will be glad to learn that the number of pilgrims in Amarnath Yatra this year were four times greater than the past four years,” he said.”I would especially like to thank the hospitality of people of Jammu and Kashmir while referring to successful organization of Amarnath Yatra. Those who return after performing this pilgrimage become imbued with feelings of warmth, kinship displayed by people of state.””I appeal to all to visit those tourist sports within our country whose scenic beauty is to behold during monsoon. There are no better ways to witness this nation’s beauty, people’s sentiments and no better teachers than tourism, pilgrimage,” PM Modi added.5. Heavy rains and floods”Heavy rainfall in many parts of country has resulted in countrymen suffering due to floods. I assure all the citizens affected by floods, that the Centre in tandem with state governments is working at lightning pace to provide relief and succour,” he assured.advertisementREAD | PM Narendra Modi hails Chandrayaan-2 launch, says every Indian immensely proudALSO READ | Yeh dil maange more: PM Modi recalls Kargil War victory in DelhiALSO WATCH | Kargil victory proved India’s might: PM ModiFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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India Today Web Desk New DelhiAugust 12, 2019UPDATED: August 12, 2019 19:04 IST Yuvraj Singh was in action in Global T20 Canada (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSManchester United on Sunday thrashed Chelsea 4-0 in their Premier League encounterAfter Chelsea’s defeat, Yuvraj Singh poked fun at former England cricketer Kevin PietersenKevin Pietersen is a known Chelsea supporter while Yuvraj is a Man United fanYuvraj Singh took a jibe at his English counterpart Kevin Pietersen after Manchester United registered a resounding victory over Chelsea in their opening Premier League game on Sunday.Former India cricketer Yuvraj is a known Manchester United fan while Pietersen is a big time Chelsea supporter. The Former English player has often been seen posting updates about his favourite football club on Twitter but after Chelsea’s 0-4 defeat against United, Pietersen was quiet on social media.This silence from Pietersen, prompted Yuvraj to take a friendly dig at the English cricketer as he tweeted, “”Hey mr @KP24 very quiet today all ok?? @ManUtd”.Hey mr @KP24 very quiet today all ok @ManUtdyuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) August 12, 2019After Yuvraj Singh, other fans also came up with memes to troll Pietersen.Kp after Chelsea match pic.twitter.com/tSeW4ZC5WgVikram (@Itsvikram94) August 12, 2019Chelsea couldn’t even Chuck piesBikram Chaudhury (@SomeSpeaks) August 12, 2019pic.twitter.com/OS6BP9PUEfDeep Gill (@DeepLove_United) August 12, 2019Kp now pic.twitter.com/zIJPhCrM27Yuvi is my world (@LLB46section) August 12, 2019Marcus Rashford struck twice as Manchester United opened their Premier League account with a 4-0 victory over Frank Lampard’s Chelsea at Old Trafford.The win was United’s biggest over Chelsea in a top-flight match since the same scoreline in March 1965 under Matt Busby.Not only did Rashford strike twice but his attacking partner Martial also found the target after the break and the victory was rounded off by substitute James, a close-season signing from Swansea City, marking his United debut with the fourth.advertisementAlso Read | Manchester United thrash Chelsea 4-0 in their Premier League openerAlso Read | Premier League: Defeat to Manchester United reality check for Chelsea, says Frank LampardAlso 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 Yuvraj SinghFollow Kevin PietersenFollow Premier league Yuvraj Singh trolls Kevin Pietersen after Manchester United beat ChelseaAs Manchester United thrashed Chelsea in their opening game of the Premier League 2019-20, Yuvraj Singh grabbed the opportunity to take a dig at former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen.advertisement
Reuters HeadingleyAugust 22, 2019UPDATED: August 22, 2019 10:05 IST Australia will be without the services of Steve Smith, the highest run-scorer in the series so far (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Smith was ruled out of the 3rd Test due to the concussion he suffered in the Lord’s TestSmith got hit on the back of the neck by a Jofra Archer bouncer while batting on Day 4 in the 2nd matchSmith is the highest run-scorer in the series so far with 378 runs in 3 innings at an average of 126.00England are relieved that Australia batsman Steve Smith is not seriously injured after being struck by a bouncer but will aim to exploit his absence in the third Ashes Test, skipper Joe Root said on Wednesday.A concussed Smith was ruled out of the third Test, starting at Headingley on Thursday, after being struck in the neck by a vicious bouncer from England paceman Jofra Archer.Root said the loss of Smith, who has scored 144, 142 and 92 in three innings so far, was similar to England missing paceman James Anderson who is unavailable after suffering a calf injury in the first Test.”We had the challenge of Jimmy going down four overs into a Test and had to manage without a replacement, so you get these swings within a big series… when you get your opportunity you’ve got to jump on it,” Root told reporters.”When you play against someone of (Smith’s) quality, you’re trying to find a number of different ways to get him out. The way that Jofra bowled in that spell… we felt like we were creating chances all the time.”But you never want to see someone go off injured. There was a lot of concern in our dressing room for his health and it’s great to see that he’s up and about.”England added Ollie Pope to their squad as a standby after fellow batsman Jason Roy was struck on the neck during training on Tuesday.”Jason has been monitored quite closely, as you’d expect. He’s undergone a couple of concussion Tests so far and scored really well, so as it stands I fully expect him to be fit and ready to play tomorrow,” Root said.advertisementAustralia lead the five-match series 1-0 after winning the first Test by 251 runs. The second Test was drawn.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 Ashes 2019Follow Steve SmithFollow Joe Root Next Ashes 2019: England must ‘jump on’ chance in third Test with Steve Smith out, says Joe RootJoe Root said the loss of Steve Smith, who has scored 144, 142 and 92 in three innings so far, was similar to England missing paceman James Anderson who is unavailable after suffering a calf injury in the first Test.advertisement
Ravi Shastri has to win big tournaments to justify appointment: Sourav GangulyFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly said Ravi Shastri, who has been retained as India team head coach, would have to guide the team to wins in big tournaments and knockout games to prove his reappointment.advertisement Rasesh Mandani MumbaiAugust 23, 2019UPDATED: August 23, 2019 23:10 IST Ravi Shastri was re-appointed as India head coach. (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSRavi Shastri has been reappointed as India coach until 2021Sourav Ganguly said Shastri should guide the Indian team to wins in big tournamentIndia were knocked out of the World Cup 2019 in the semi-finalsBy reposing faith in Ravi Shastri and giving him the support staff of his choice, the decision makers in Board of Cricket for Cricket in India (BCCI) have made it clear they are looking at India’s 2019 World Cup semi final finish in a positive light.The historic Test series win in Australia was India’s biggest achievement under Shastri-Kohli combine but does that give the complete picture? Ask Sourav Ganguly if India’s unbeaten run in lead up to World Cup knockouts is creditable or should the semi final exit be seen as an underachievement?”The team was capable and it still is but you have to start winning big games,” Sourav Ganguly told India Today on sidelines of My11Circle’ a fantasy gaming platform promotions.”The team has no dearth of talent. A team that has Virat [Kohli], Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Rishabh Pant and Shikhar Dhawan is not short on talent. But it’s also true that we lost the semi finals in 2015 World Cup, in the 2016 T20 World Cup and now in 2019 World Cup. They will have to find a way to win knockout games. That is the puzzle they need to solve. They need some luck, take some risks and find a way,” Ganguly said.Ganguly was part of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) that picked Anil Kumble ahead of Ravi Shastri as coach in 2016 for a year until the breakdown in relations with Virat Kohli forced the legendary leg-spinner out. Ganguly was reportedly not keen on Shastri again, being a member of CAC in 2017 when Virender Sehwag too had applied. On that occasion, Shastri bagged the job.advertisementHowever, Ganguly said Shastri is the right choice this time around among the applicants. Shastri pipped the likes of Mike Hesson, Tom Moody, Lalchand Rajput and Robin Singh after a Kapil Dev-led Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) conducted interviews for the role of Team India head coach earlier this month.”Ravi is the right choice. They (Kapil Dev-led CAC) didn’t have too many choices as not many had applied,” Ganguly added.However, Sourav Ganguly maintained that the head coach has the responsibility to help India win big tournaments in the 2-year stint.”Ravi has been doing this for five years (except one year of Anil Kumble) and now been given this responsibility for two more years. So I don’t think anyone else in history has got such a long time with the team. He is the right choice but he now has to justify. He has two T20 World Cups ahead and in such big tournaments, India needs to find ways to win them,” Ganguly said.Also Read | Selection process was tough, says Ravi Shastri after bagging another term as India coachAlso Read | CAC did not consult Virat Kohli before reappointing Ravi Shastri, says Kapil DevFor 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 India head coachFollow Ravi Shastri Next