About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton boss Marco Silva: Real football fans understand situationby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva says their “real football fans” will understand their slow start to the season.Silva accepts he as manager will inevitably face the fury of fans who want to see instant results.“This will never change, in football, the manager will always be the person who is in front,” he said. “That is something natural.“Those who understand football really, look to the situation and understand what has happened. What we did or not (in the summer) we cannot change anything now. We believe in them, so let’s support them.”
Twitter/@VolRumorMillCan you blame Butch Jones for shedding a tear after that play?Tennessee just gave us the best finish of the college football season with a Hail Mary game winner at Georgia. Butch Jones was emotional after his team pulled off the comeback win capped off by an incredible play:Me too, Butch. Me too. pic.twitter.com/GPR7XYwvkN— Houston Kress (@VolRumorMill) October 1, 2016That is the look of pure joy, folks.Things did not look good for Tennessee on Saturday. It got off to yet another slow start and was facing a 17-0 deficit late in the second quarter.The Vols battled back and took a 28-24 lead with 2:56 left in the contest as they forced and recovered a fumble in the end zone. Jacob Eason and the Bulldogs drove 81 yards on just four plays however and grabbed a 31-28 advantage with 10 seconds left on the clock.Josh Dobbs and the Vols had one chance to throw a Hail Mary as time expired, and they pulled it off as Dobbs found Jauan Jennings in the end zone.Tennessee wins on last second Hail Mary https://t.co/c2Vc9eEeiv— SPORTS ONLINE (@SportsOnIine) October 1, 2016Is there a more exciting play in all of sports?
PALO ALTO, CA – OCTOBER 25: The scoreboard at Stanford Stadium shows the Stanford Cardinal taking a big lead against the Oregon State Beavers on October 25, 2014 at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, California. Stanford won 38-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Stanford’s 2018 football team began its season on Friday night. The Cardinal had little difficulty with its Week 1 opponent, knocking off San Diego State, 31-10, to improve to 1-0 on the season.The crowd, unfortunately, was not at peak performance for Stanford’s Week 1 game. It was kind of embarrassing, actually.There were thousands of empty seats at Stanford Stadium, especially at kickoff.It wasn’t the best of looks for the Pac-12 and College Football Playoff hopefuls.#49ers DL Solomon Thomas serves as honorary captain for No. 13 Stanford’s opener against San Diego St in front of a not so large crowd pic.twitter.com/I7Pmq2roDf— Josh Dubow (@JoshDubowAP) September 1, 2018CFP organizers are counting on Bay Area fans to get excited for the national title game in Santa Clara.Here is the crowd five minutes before kickoff of a ranked team’s season opener 25 minutes away. pic.twitter.com/IDMQ5D08u6— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) September 1, 2018It’s unfortunate that a team of Stanford’s caliber didn’t have better fan support for its Week 1 game. Hopefully it improves going forward.The Cardinal are set to take on No. 15 USC at home next weekend.
ATHENS, GA – OCTOBER 03: Jake Coker #14 of the Alabama Crimson Tide lines up against the Georgia Bulldogs defense at Sanford Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The rematch of the 2018 National Championship will take place later this afternoon, when No. 1 Alabama faces No. 4 Georgia for the SEC crown.It’s been an unbelievable season for the Crimson Tide, as they’ve dominated every opponent on both sides of the ball. With Tua Tagovailoa putting up numbers worthy of winning the Heisman Trophy, it’s hard to stop Alabama.On the flip side, the Bulldogs have rallied strong from a disappointing loss to LSU back in Oct. The resurgence of Jake Fromm has truly elevated this offense to the next level.Although Georgia certainly has the talent to hang tough with Alabama, ESPN’s FPI is giving the Crimson Tide a 64.1 percent chance of winning the game. If the Bulldogs don’t win this matchup, then their chances of making the College Football Playoff could be gone.Alabama and Georgia will kick off at 4:00 p.m. ET from the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.The game will be broadcast on CBS.Who do you think will win the SEC Championship?
PASADENA, CA – NOVEMBER 24: Ross Bowers #3 of the California Golden Bears reacts as he is sacked by Jaelan Phillips #15 of the UCLA Bruins on fourth down during the third quarter at Rose Bowl on November 24, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)A former No. 1 overall recruit is on the move, though where he wants to go is reportedly still up in the air. Former No. 1 recruit Jaelan Phillips announced his plans to move on from the UCLA football program after two seasons with the team.Earlier this week, college football insider Bruce Feldman reported that Phillips scheduled a visit to Miami. That visit is expected to take place this weekend and Phillips appears to have confirmed the news with his latest Twitter post.Phillips took to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon to tease college football fans everywhere with a three-letter tweet. “TNM,” Phillips said on Twitter: which means “The New Miami.”It’s a phrase recruits have been using when discussing visits to Miami.TNM— Jaelan Phillips ;??® (@JJPhillips15) January 23, 2019Phillips could join a string of transfers to sign with Manny Diaz and the Hurricanes since Diaz took over the program earlier this year.Former Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell announced his transfer to Miami using the “TNM” hashtag signifying he wants to be a part of the new Miami Hurricanes program.Early reports indicated Phillips was interested in a transfer to USC or Stanford, but it appears the Hurricanes are also squarely in the mix. Chigozie Nnoruka, Phillips’ teammate at UCLA recently announced his transfer to Miami as well.Stay tuned.
KNOXVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 15: A view of the inside of Neyland Stadium during a game between the Florida Gators and Tennessee Volunteers on September 15, 2012 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images)It didn’t take long for Art Green to decide where he’ll play college football. Following his first visit as a JUCO recruit this past weekend, the four-star cornerback quickly announced his commitment.247Sports lists Green as the No. 2 JUCO recruit from his class. Over the course of his recruitment process, he received over 20 scholarship offers.The talented defensive back was in Knoxville on Saturday to visit the Tennessee Volunteers. Clearly he left the campus impressed with the football program.Jeremy Pruitt and his coaching staff were greeted with great news this week, as Green announced his commitment to Tennessee.Green revealed his decision to join the Volunteers on Twitter, saying “The school of my choosing is a school that will help me grow on the field, but also off the field. At this time, I would like to announce that I am 100% committed to the University of Tennessee.”Check out his full announcement:Go Vols!!!🍊⛰ @CoachOsovet @DansleyAnsley @CoachJPruitt pic.twitter.com/D5k5XL5KUY— Art Green (@A_JR20) May 13, 2019Tennessee currently has seven commits for the 2020 class, which ranks No. 22 in the country.Even though Green did commit to Tennessee, the four-star recruit admit that he might visit Georgia and Florida. However, his recent commitment to the Volunteers could entice him to shut the door on those two SEC powerhouses.
India were on top of their game in Napier, bowling unit deserves credit: Kane WilliamsonIndia vs New Zealand, 1st ODI: Mohammed Shami picked up three wickets and wrist-spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal scalped six between them as India restricted New Zealand to 157 on Wednesday. Brief score – India 156 for 2 (34.5 overs) beat New Zealand 157-all out (38 overs) by DLS method.advertisement Akshay Ramesh NapierJanuary 23, 2019UPDATED: January 23, 2019 14:57 IST India vs New Zealand, 1st ODI: Mohammed Shami won the Man of the Match Award as he finished with figures of 3/19 in Napier (@BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia, who were asked to bowl first, restricted New Zealand to 157 in NapierMohammed Shami removed New Zealand openers cheaply and finished with three wicketsKane Williamson conceded New Zealand should have got more than 250 to put pressure on IndiaIndia vs New Zealand, 1st ODI Brief Scores: India 156 for 2 (34.5 overs) – Dhawan (75*), Kohli (45), Bracewell (1/29) beat New Zealand 157-all out (38 overs) – Williamson (64), Kuldeep (4/39), Shami (3/19) by 8 wickets (DLS method) in Napier. Full ScorecardNew Zealand captain Kane Williamson conceded the Black Caps didn’t come up with their best effort and suffered an eight-wicket thrashing in the first ODI of a five-match series at McLean Park in Napier on Wednesday.Kane Williamson said the hosts had expected India to play good cricket but pointed out that the visitors were on top of their game.Following their first-ever bilateral series win in Australia earlier this month, India had headed to New Zealand with a lot of confidence. A close contest between two explosive sides was expected it turned out to be a one-sided match in Napier, thanks to India’s all-round effort.Mohammed Shami, who picked up three wickets and bagged the Man of the Match award, rattled the New Zealand top order by removing dangerous New Zealand openers, Colin Munro and Martin Guptill cheaply. India’s wrist-spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal then ran through the middle order, picking up six wickets between them.Certainly wasn’t our best effort: WilliamsonCaptain Kane Williamson, who had won the toss, waged a lone battle and made 64 but it wasn’t enough against a top-quality Indian batting unit. Shikhar Dhawan hit an unbeaten 75 as India, without even getting past their second gear, gunned down the 156-run target (DLS) with 14.1 overs and eight wickets to spare.advertisement”Certainly wasn’t our best effort. India, we expected them to be good and they really were on top of the game,” Williamson said on Wednesday.”Their whole bowling unit contributed well and they need credit for that. We also did well with the ball, showed enough intent and will hope to take those things forward,” he added.”The surface wasn’t as traditional as we thought it to be. India bowled well, particularly the lengths hit by their slower bowlers were really good. Getting to just 150-ish on a pitch where 250-plus was needed, doesn’t help. I think we didn’t adjust well enough to the surface, don’t think it was the lack of match practice that cost us.”While New Zealand suffered a disappointing defeat, days after crushing Sri Lanka 3-0 in a series at home, India’s win on Wednesday was also their first win in ODI cricket against the Black Caps in New Zealand since 2009.India have now won three of their four matches to start the World Cup year on a high. The Asian giants are still experimenting with their playing XIs in order to settle in on a solid combination in the lead up to the World Cup.With India having the early upper hand in the five-match series, the two teams will meet at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Saturday, January 26.Also Read | Sun stops play and Sunrisers captain Williamson can’t help it: Napier delay cracks up fansAlso Read | Shikhar Dhawan emulates Brian Lara, joint-fastest left-handed batsman to 5,000 ODI runsAlso Read | Never experienced this: Virat Kohli on sun stoppage in NapierAlso 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 India vs New ZealandFollow 1st ODIFollow Kane WilliamsonFollow Mohammed ShamiFollow Napier ODIFollow Kuldeep YadavFollow Yuzvendra Chahal
Geeta Mohan New DelhiJune 13, 2019UPDATED: June 13, 2019 17:48 IST Imran Khan will have bilateral interaction with other participating leaders on sidelines of SCO meeting | Photo from Twitter/PTIHIGHLIGHTSImran Khan was received by Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Mukhammedkalyi AbylgazievThe invitation to Imran Khan was extended by Kyrgyz President Sooronbay JeenbekovPakistan shares deep-rooted historical and cultural links with SCO member statesPakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived at Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.Imran Khan was received by Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev and Minister for Health Kosmosbek Sarievich Cholponbaev.Pakistan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Special Assistant to Imran Khan Youth Affairs Muhammad Usman Dar are accompanying the Prime Minister.Imran Khan is visiting Bishkek on 13 and 14 June, 2019, to attend the 19th Meeting of the Council of the Heads of State (CHS) of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).PM Imran Khan arrives at Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic for the 19th Meeting of the Council of the Heads of State of the SCO.The PM was received by Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev, Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan and Kyrgyz Minister for Health Kosmosbek Sarievich Cholponbaev.#SCOSummit2019 pic.twitter.com/XcSaDnC2kzPTI (@PTIofficial) June 13, 2019Besides Pakistan, SCO’s membership comprises China, Russia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.SCO observers include Afghanistan, Iran, Belarus and Mongolia.The Council of Heads of State is the highest forum of the SCO which considers and defines strategy, prospects and priorities of the organisation.The invitation to Imran Khan was extended by Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov, who would chair the CHS meeting.The leaders of the SCO member and observer states as well as representatives of important international organisations will attend the meeting.A number of decisions will be approved by the leaders, besides signing of agreements to intensify cooperation in diverse fields.Imran Khan will have bilateral interaction with other participating leaders on the sidelines of the meeting.advertisementThe SCO is among the major trans-regional organisations.Pakistan shares deep-rooted historical and cultural links with SCO member states.The SCO’s multi-sectoral cooperation agenda is in line with Pakistan’s policy of promoting regional peace and stability and seeking enhanced linkages in infrastructure, economic, trade and cultural spheres.Pakistan offers critical overland route for trade and energy and supports the SCO’s efforts for regional integration through linking CPEC with the six land routes of the SCO.Since becoming an SCO member in 2017, Pakistan has been actively participating at all levels in various SCO mechanisms including foreign affairs, defence, national security, economy and trade, education and healthcare, S&T and innovation, youth and women empowerment, justice, agriculture, culture and sports, tourism and media.Also Read | Pakistan allows PM Narendra Modi’s plane to fly over its airspace to BishkekAlso Read | Imran Khan follows PM Modi’s footsteps, asks countrymen to pay taxesAlso Watch | PM Modi, Imran Khan to be at same venue in BishkekGet 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 byMohak Gupta Tags :Follow Imran KhanFollow KyrgyzstanFollow Bishkek Pakistan PM Imran Khan arrives in Kyrgyzstan to attend 19th SCO meetingPakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived at Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan for the 19th Meeting of the Council of the Heads of State of the SCO.advertisement
Next Australia vs New Zealand: Dream11 Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain Prediction for World Cup 2019 Match 37Dream11 Prediction, Australia vs New Zealand: Another high-octane clash in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is on cards as two top contenders for the coveted trophy – New Zealand and Australia – are set to square-off at the historic Lord’s Cricket Ground here on Saturday.advertisement India Today Web Desk LondonJune 29, 2019UPDATED: June 29, 2019 08:39 IST Reuters PhotoWith a solitary defeat in 7 games, Australia became the first team to qualify for the World Cup semi-finals after defeating their Ashes rival England by 64 runs last week. When they face New Zealand at Lord’s on Saturday, they could only look to spoil the celebrations for New Zealand.Barring the defeat against India, defending champions Australia have been highly impressive in this tournament, with their all-round performances in every game.New Zealand, on the other hand, will look to register a win at Lord’s to not procrastinate their qualification to their last game against England.The Black Caps started their World Cup run on a sublime note as they remained unbeaten for the first 6 games. The winning streak ended only when they faced Pakistan on Wednesday.As the 5-time winner World Cup champions take on a team that has never won the World Cup, the match could turn out to be thriller.Here are a few suggestions for your Dream11 Playing 11.BatsmenIn this World Cup, David Warner has proven that he has extraordinary batting feat and thus he should be your blind pick in the batting side. Warner is the highest run scorer in the tournament with his 500 runs. The Australian has maintained exceptional consistency as he has 2 centuries and 3 half-centuries. Warner’s opening partner Aaron Finch ranks second in the top scorers list.The Australian opening duo have put on a record-equalling three century stands with two league games still to go as they are on the track to become the greatest ever pair at the top in a World Cup.advertisementNew Zealand skipper Kane Williamson too has two centuries in this World Cup. Williamson with his composure and unbeaten 106, lef his side single-handedly to a win over South Africa. Your fourth pick for batsmen could be Ross Taylor as after Williamson, he is the second leading scorer for the Kiwis. Taylor has an average of 40.6 in his 5 innings and has 203 runs in total.WicketkeeperThere should not be much doubt in picking the wicket-keeper for this team as Alex Carey has a good stats behind him to support his pick. Alex Carey is on top of charts with 15 dismissals in 7 games. The left-hand batsman remained unbeaten on 55 against India and is averaging at 57.66 from 6 innings in the World Cup.All-roundersAll-rounder Neesham has 131 runs and 7 wickets to his credit and that makes him a must-to-have in your Dream 11. The 28-year-old has picked a 5-wicket haul against Afghanistan. Glenn Maxwell could be your other pick as he has the potential to steady Australia’s middle-order. Maxwell could prove crucial in the death overs to take the team to a big total or finish the game off. Against Sri Lanka, Maxwell’s arrival brought a typical flurry, as he stealed 22 runs off the last over.BowlersFast bowler Mitchell Starc is leading the bowling charts with 19 wickets at 18.26. He provided his side crucial breakthroughs with his bounce, swing and pace. Pat Cummins could be the second choice. The pacer has 11 wickets in 7 innings at an average of 28.45.You could then pick Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson from the New Zealand side to further strengthen your pace side.Australia vs New Zealand Dream11 suggested Playing XI:David Warner, Aaron Finch (captain), Kane Williamson (vice-captain), Ross Taylor, Alex Carey, Glenn Maxwell, James Neesham, Mitchell Starc, Trent boult, Lockie furgeson, Pat CumminsSquads:Australia: Aaron Finch (capt), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa.New Zealand: Kane Williamson (capt), Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (wk), Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Tom Blundell.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 Australia vs New Zealand dream11Follow Australia vs New Zealand dream11 predictionFollow aus vs nz dream 11
World Cup 2019 Final: Overjoyed for Ben but I am still a New Zealand supporter, says Stokes’s fatherNew Zealand fan and resident Gerard Stokes who is the father of England all-rounder Ben had his loyalties stretched to the fullest as the latter brought England their maiden men’s World Cup 2019 trophy in a thriller at Lord’s.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk ChristchurchJuly 15, 2019UPDATED: July 15, 2019 23:34 IST Ben Stokes was adjudged the Man of the Match after England’s thrilling World Cup 2019 victory (AP)HIGHLIGHTSEngland beat New Zealand to win the World Cup 2019 on SundayBen Stokes was adjudged the Man of the Match in the pulsating finalStokes’s parents who are based in New Zealand, had their sporting loyalties stretched during the finalBen Stokes might have won England the World Cup but his Kiwi-origin father Gerard Stokes has admitted that he will remain a New Zealand fan despite being happy for his son’s feat. Gerard, who is long-time Black Caps fan also said that even though New Zealand couldn’t win the trophy, he doesn’t necessarily mind the cup not being shared between the two finalists after the match ended in a tie.”I really am disappointed for the Black Caps; it’s such a shame someone had to walk away without the trophy. Hand on heart, I am overjoyed for Ben and the team, but I am still a New Zealand supporter,” Gerard told 1Newsnow.Ben Stokes was named the Man of the Match for his fighting 84* in the final that brought England close to their target of 242. However, with the scores tied at the end of the 50 overs, the game went into a Super Over which ended up being tied as well. Therefore, England were declared winners as they had hit more boundaries than New Zealand. Gerard doesn’t mind the last part as ‘there’s always got to be a winner in a World Cup'”[A draw] would’ve been nice but there’s always got to be a winner in a World Cup,” he told Newstalk ZB.”The way that Ben batted was a tribute to both teams in the way that they tried so hard to win that cup. He was over the moon being a part of that match and also have an influence on the result as well … the way he played epitomized both teams I think.”advertisementRegarding his stretched loyalties whenever the two teams face each other on the field, Gerard admitted that it’s difficult to maintain the right balance.”I’ve got a lot of friends in England and a lot of friends in the England set-up as well, it’s just a matter of supporting both. It’s quite a difficult balance and doesn’t work most of the time but I give it a go,” said Gerard.Deb Stokes, Ben’s mother also experienced the thrill sitting back home in Christchurch as she ‘cried her eyes out’.”At the end of the game I cried my eyes out,” she said. “I was really disappointed for the Black Caps because they had given so much as well, it would have been great if it could have been a draw.”The Stokes family moved to England when Ben was aged 12 with Gerard earning a rugby league coaching contract in Cumbria. But Gerard and Deb moved back to Christchurch in 2013. Their son, meanwhile, was on his way to attaining cult status in English cricket history.Also Read | Sharing World Cup should be considered if finalists can’t be separated: New Zealand coachAlso Read | England and New Zealand should have been given the World Cup trophy: Cheteshwar PujaraFor 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 World Cup 2019Follow Ben StokesFollow World Cup final