With Darren Lockyer lifting the rugby league State of Origin trophy once again and giving Queensland back to back series victories, New South Wales Touch Football players have already begun preparing for their own battle to restore pride in the sky blue jersey and get one back in Australia’s fiercest interstate rivalry.The ninth Touch Football State of Origin series isn’t set to take place until mid-2008 but already players and officials alike are getting excited about what is arguably one of the sport’s showcase events. The series is currently biennial.Last year New South Wales won the series for the second consecutive time. New South Wales are ahead on the ledger, leading Queensland in championship titles 5-3. In 2008 New South Wales will be looking to complete only the second three-peat of Touch Football State of Origin titles in the tournament’s history. New South Wales will be aided by a home-ground advantage but you can be sure that Queensland will be doing everything in its power to stop its archrivals and take the trophy north of the border for the first time since 2002.On Saturday June 16, 2007, Queensland coaches met in Brisbane to begin preparation for what is sure to be a hotly contested series.Mark Ruggeri (Men’s Open), Karley Banks (Women’s Open), Dan Evans (Mixed Open), Tony O’Keefe (Men’s 20) and Frank Bondolfi (Women’s 20) attended the meeting that began preliminary planning for the open and 20 Years Divisions. Mentors have been assigned to some of Queensland’s brightest Coaching talents with Mark Ruggeri (Men’s open) being mentored by former legendary Queensland and Australian Touch Football Coach National Hall of Fame member, Peter Mc Neven.Karley Banks (Women’s Open) will benefit enormously from the influence of Australia’s most prolific coach at World Cup level, Former Queensland and Australian Women’s Open Coach and National Hall of Fame recipient, Peter Bell, who Banks spent her formative years under as a club and representative player.Dan Evans (Mixed Open) will be given wise counsel by current Australian Mixed Open Coach Gary Madders, whilst Frank Bondolfi (Women’s 20s) will be able to tap into the knowledge and experience of Former Queensland Women’s and World Cup winning Australian Open Coach and another National Hall of Fame member, Kerry Norman.Current National Men’s 20s Coach Kathy O’Brien will mentor Queensland Men’s 20s Coach Tony O’Keefe.The appointed coaches will work closely with their mentors, coaching staff, selection panels, and each other in the lead-up to the 2008 State of Origin series.The Queensland squads will be selected after the Queensland State Championships in Toowoomba, 5 –7 October 2007. Initial New South Wales squads have already been announced. The squads are selected twice a year after the National Touch League in March, and again after the New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) State Cup on 7 – 9 December, 2007. The NSWTA reported that the process of selecting squads twice in the year allowed for more transparency in the selection process and provided greater opportunity for coaches and selectors to monitor player performance throughout the year in an open environment.John Howard, President of the NSWTA said he was sure New South Wales is confident NSW will continue its dominance next year. “We’ve got a good group of young players and older players coming along. Last year the feeling among all the teams was great, and I’m sure we’ll repeat that again, especially with it being in New South Wales,” Howard said.Howard has been involved in State of Origin for the past seven years. He has extensive coaching experience, most recently mentoring the Australian 30 Years Team at the World Cup in Stellenbosch, South Africa in January this year. In 2006 Howard coached the successful New South Wales Men’s 45 Years team.He believes New South Wales hold a distinct advantage in the senior age groups. One of the players that starred in the Men’s 45s team last year, and has been selected again in this year’s preliminary squad, is former Australian Kangaroo Cliff Lyons.Lyons has been involved in Touch Football since he finished his professional rugby league career, being a regular participant at the National Touch League Senior Tournament in Coffs Harbour annually. The crafty five-eight and former Clive Churchill medallist and Dally M winner knows all about New South Wales’ rivalry with Queensland, having played six rugby league State of Origin matches with the Blues. Lyons is honoured to still be able to represent his state 20 years after first playing for New South Wales. “I think it would mean a lot for New South Wales to win [the Touch Football State of Origin] again. We are hoping to keep our dominance. Queensland will be out to attain the trophy and they’ll be desperate,” he said.Lyons said New South Wales would be looking to put some pride back in the Blue jersey after Queensland won its second rugby league State of Origin title and fourth game in a row. “I’m sure that will be on the minds of the New South Wales players,” he said. New South Wales will be led by the likes of Australian World Cup heroes Jason Stanton, Garry Sonda, Steve Roberts, Joel Willoughby, and Jamie Stowe (Men’s Open), Twins Amanda and Kristy Judd, Louise and Clare Winchester, Rachel Holden, Stacey Lapham, and Bo De La Cruz (Women’s Open), David Cheung and Tim Kitchingham (Men’s 40s) and Tony Eltakchi (Men’s 30s).Queensland is also sure to boast a lot of talent when its squads are announced. Queensland lifted two of the three Open Divisions at the last State of Origin Series and will be looking to improve in Senior Divisions as well.Queensland’s defending Mixed Open champion Origin squad is sure to be tough to toss with the likes of Mixed specialists Amy Fong and Rik Best leading the charge.Queensland’s Women’s Open team will have available the likes of 2007 Australian Open Captain Sharyn Williams, current World Cup stars Peta and Hayley Rogerson, Teena Mc Ilveen, Roxy Winder, Mary Steele, and Rebecca Tavo, and Shelley Matcham. Queensland’s stable of Men’s Open World Cup stars including Drumayne Dayberg-Muir, Nathan Jones, and Chris and Ash Farrow will be looking to maintain the advantage they enjoyed over New South Wales.Current Queensland and Australian Men’s Open Captain Gavin Shuker is one proud Queenslander who would love to see the Origin scales tipped in the Maroons favour. “We’ve got very strong sides across the board and we’ve got some good coaches so hopefully we’ll get the right game plans and everything will be sweet,” Shuker said.Shuker believes travelling to New South Wales would make the task of regaining the Origin trophy more difficult. “It’s always a big challenge for us to beat New South Wales in their own backyard, it’s one of the toughest events that I’ve been involved in, so it would be good to come away with a win,” Shuker said. Both States also have a plethora of young talent to choose from and many young guns are tipped to be blooded in the Open divisions in the 2008 series.The best players in the game will add another chapter to the fierce interstate rivalry that is Origin Touch Football, and with seasoned veterans and the young breed of the sport keen to share in the rich tradition of the series, it promises to be the best on record and a showpiece the sport can well be proud of.TFA will keep the Touch community up to date with all the latest developments around Origin in the lead-up to the 2008 series.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: FIFA scuppered Man Utd plans for Griezmannby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Jose Mourinho was left frustrated last year after their failure to sign Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann.The Manchester Evening News says Mourinho wanted the signing of Griezmann back in 2017, shortly after steering the club to a EFL Cup and Europa League double.United chief Ed Woodward was keen to deliver the signing of the Atletico Madrid star 18 months ago.Yet Woodward chose not to pursue a deal after Atletico’s year-long transfer ban was upheld by the Court of Arbitration.Previously, it has been claimed United walked away because the price of the player was too high.However, the report suggests that Woodward pulled out of a deal because of Griezmann’s determination to remain in Spain.
Barcelona ace Luis Suarez: It was wrong how I left Ajax for Liverpoolby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona ace Luis Suarez admits the way he left Ajax still grates on him.Suarez left for Liverpool halfway through the 2011/12 title winning season of Ajax.”When I left we were nine points behind. I can hardly say that Ajax became champion that year thanks to me,” he told Ajax Life.”And one thing is still bothering me: the way I left. I went to Liverpool the moment I was suspended because of the biting incident with Otman Bakkal. “I really did not have to leave the club like that.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Pogba brother on Man Utd problems: It was Mourinho right down lineby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOne of Paul Pogba’s brothers has hit out at Jose Mourinho over the way he treated him at Manchester United.Pogba looks a man reborn under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.And striker Mathias Pogba told RMC: “The problem was Mourinho, right down the line.“In the locker room, outside the locker room… everything.“From what we see of Mourinho, he always wants to be the maestro, the centre of attention. Paul does not even calculate that aspect.“You respect him, he will respect you. You trust him, he will make you big matches.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wenger: Pochettino problems like my final Arsenal yearsby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsene Wenger admits he can see similarities between Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino’s current situation and his final years with Arsenal.Pochettino is under huge pressure at Spurs after a disastrous few weeks.And Wenger says: “Every year people want more from you. I experienced it Arsenal.”We ended in the top four twenty years in a row, but in the end it was no longer enough. Now people would be happy if the Champions League were reached. “The same is happening now with Mauricio Pochettino. If you are somewhere for five years, you have to show that you can get more done. It does not matter how well you have already done. Pochettino is currently in that phase.”
Twitter/@Brutus_Buckeye Twitter/@Brutus_BuckeyeWe’re in the midst of college football watch list season, during which hundreds of players are put named to the lists for college football’s many positional awards. Today, 42 of the nation’s top defensive backs were named to the 2015 Jim Thorpe Award watch list. Here is the full group:Ishmael Adams, UCLAMackensie Alexander, ClemsonTony Annese, Central MichiganBudda Baker, WashingtonAdairius Barnes, Louisiana Tech Dante Barnett, Kansas State Vonn Bell, Ohio State Quin Blanding, VirginiaKevin Byard, Middle Tennessee Michael Caputo, Wisconsin Jeremy Cash, Duke Tony Conner, Ole MissDonte Deayon, Boise StateKendall Fuller, Virginia TechVernon Hargreaves III, FloridaNate Holley, Kent State Adoree’ Jackson, USC William Jackson, Houston Randall Jette, UMass Jonathan Jones, Auburn Karl Joseph, West Virginia Damontae Kazee, SDSUMontres Kitchens, TroyMitch Lane, ULMRichard Leonard, FIUWilliam Likely, MarylandParis Logan, Northern IllinoisTrent Matthews, Colorado State Adrian McDonald, HoustonDoug Middleton, Appalachian StateDavid Mims II, Texas StateFabian Moreau, UCLAParry Nickerson, TulaneKevin Peterson, Oklahoma StateJalen Ramsey, Florida StateMax Redfield, Notre DameZack Sanchez, OklahomaJordan Simone, Arizona State Weston Steelhammer, Air ForceDarian Thompson, Boise StateJJ Whittaker, SDSU Xavier Woods, Louisiana TechWith guys like Fuller, Hargreaves, Ramsey, and Sanchez here, this is a pretty strong group.[Jim Thorpe Award]
DURHAM, NC – MARCH 03: Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils reacts during their game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 3, 2018 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Duke basketball has dropped four of its last five games to drop out of the AP Top 25 for the first time in nine years. Tonight, the Blue Devils face a must-win at Georgia Tech, and they’ll have to get the job done without their head coach.Mike Krzyzewski did not travel with the team after falling ill last night. Associate head coach Jeff Capel will coach tonight’s game. Flash: Coach K is “under the weather”, will not coach @Duke_MBB tonight. We spoke to Jeff Capel. More on @ESPNU 9ET. pic.twitter.com/2HsM2yfi7A— Mike Couzens (@MikeCouzens) February 3, 2016It doesn’t sound like Krzyzewski’s situation is anything serious at this point, but we’re sure anti-Dukies will make some jokes about the last time he left mid-season with an illness. That was 1994-95, and Duke finished 13-18, with interim head coach Pete Gaudet taking credit for a 4-15 mark after Krzyzewski left the bench. Duke and Georgia Tech will tip off at 9 PM EST on ESPNU.
Is this the year that James Franklin’s Penn State program takes a leap? The Nittany Lions should have the talent on campus to do so. Penn State’s class once again ranked in the Top 25 nationally, as it has every season under Franklin, finishing 19th according to 247Sports, and No. 3 in the Big Ten behind just Ohio State and Michigan.20 players signed with Penn State, eight of whom are ranked as four or five stars. Here is the full class:Here are the profiles tweeted out by Penn State yesterday.The first National Letter of Intent is in and @Shizzeee_ is officially a #PennState Wild Dog! #WeAre pic.twitter.com/JStUpl5YVk— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) February 3, 2016The Lions of Scrimmage grow stronger! Welcome to the family, Will Fries. #WeAre #PSUSigningDay pic.twitter.com/fDAo5oDrLT— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) February 3, 2016#LinebackerU welcomes Cameron Brown to the blue and white tradition of excellence. #PSUSigningDay pic.twitter.com/ct37qiCPoi— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) February 3, 2016.@SpenceChaos and the Nittany Lion Wild Dogs welcome Antonio Shelton to the family! #PSUSigningDay pic.twitter.com/gwk9fflrSZ— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) February 3, 2016.@BallCoachJoeMo hits the room with a “We Are” to welcome early enrollee Danny Dalton to the #NSD2016 celebration. pic.twitter.com/sIFh7Earby— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) February 3, 2016#B1G s/o to Nittany Lion @McGloinQB11 for helping us properly welcome the newest Nittany Lion to the fam! #WeAre pic.twitter.com/n81vNvKYBf— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) February 3, 2016It’s official: the Nekton unit welcomes Blake Gillikin to the blue and white family! #PSUSigningDay pic.twitter.com/mMpwd54AIR— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) February 3, 2016From Happy Valley to the DMV, a #B1G welcome to the Blue and White family, @ZMcphearson! #PSUsigningday pic.twitter.com/G0WCXcGIzP— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) February 3, 2016Mama Zembiec introduces early enrollee @jakezembiec to the #PSUSigningDay party. #WeAre pic.twitter.com/zTFvxFU0c7— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) February 3, 2016The first commit of the 2016 class is officially on the #PSUsigningday board! Welcome to the family, Miles Sanders! pic.twitter.com/y3dIm6lIzq— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) February 3, 2016JUST IN: the latest signee of the 2016 class is @_DanielJoseph_! Welcome to the #PennState family! #PSUSigningDay pic.twitter.com/uO26sNg8fK— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) February 3, 2016Another Wild Dog joins the family – Welcome to our newest Nittany Lion, Shaka Toney! #PSUSigningDay pic.twitter.com/q67z1yMpZ3— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) February 3, 2016.@McGloinQB11 helps the Lasch War Room welcome Nittany Lion mid-year enrollee to #PennState. #WeAre pic.twitter.com/7S5weWpeTV— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) February 3, 2016The highlights are rolling, the War Room is cheering & @bigeazy95 is on FaceTime. Welcome to the #PSU family! #WeAre pic.twitter.com/JID345Ubxa— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) February 3, 2016.@CoachTerryPSU and the Lasch War Room give a #B1G welcome to the newest Nittany Lion – TJ Johnson! #WeAre pic.twitter.com/QEePkbl6HJ— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) February 3, 2016Welcome @ddaelun1710 (and the fresh #PennState cap he’s sporting for the announcement) to the Nittany Lion pride! pic.twitter.com/9cXc3PcMDJ— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) February 3, 2016A #B1G welcome from @CLimegrover and the Lasch War Room to mid year enrollee @alexgellerstedt. #WeAre pic.twitter.com/XXjcxOwRwj— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) February 3, 2016A Happy Valley welcome to our newest Nittany Lion – @tyrell_chavis! #PSUsigningday pic.twitter.com/NNQcN5psAM— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) February 3, 2016The 19th pick of the 2016 #PSUSigningDay Draft goes out to @Mr___Finishline! Glad to have you in the family. #WeAre pic.twitter.com/65vlANIPCu— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) February 3, 2016Our #PSUSigningDay celebrations continue with the addition of @Alex_Barbir to the Nittany Lion pride. #WeAre pic.twitter.com/vOMoJqxW95— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) February 3, 2016Penn State opens the season vs. Kent State on September 3.
Tata Martino said all of the things one would expect ahead of Sunday’s match against Martinique. He hit all of the necessary talking points, playing up Martinique’s chances while insisting Mexico would never take an opponent lightly no matter the scenario.Mexico’s spot in the knockout round is essentially already secure. A 7-0 battering of Cuba and a professional 3-1 win over Canada have El Tri atop the group and, barring a stunning loss that includes a massive swing in goal differential, El Tri will play on in the Gold Cup.Despite that fact, Martino ticked all of the boxes when it came to talking up Martinique, but it is hard not to see El Tri’s final group stage match as anything other than a logical resting point for some and, for others, as one last chance to stake their claim in Martino’s frequently rotated XI ahead of the bigger challenges to come. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “The Mexican player is always very competitive, so when you have a very competitive squad that knows how to face opponents of a different nature, the only thing that happens for me is that we must prepare more to always compete in the same way,” the manager said.”Mexico has the characteristics in its games against different rivals and suddenly they become real opponents. To put it one way, ‘minor’ opponents are suddenly very demanding, and what you have to do is face each game thinking that we are playing against the best. Today, that is the point we try to make the most. In short, play against Cuba, Martinique in the same way we can do with Canada, Panama and the United States.”Regardless of what Martino says, Martinique is not the U.S. or Canada. It is a French territory not eligible for FIFA membership. Les Matinino have played seven games since the start of 2018 and have won just three of their 17 Gold Cup matches to date. One of those three, though, came on Wednesday via a 3-0 win over Cuba.But, to some Mexico players, this game may as well be seen as a top-level clash as it is essentially an audition.The injury to Erick Gutierrez leaves El Tri without one of its key midfield pieces for what may end up being the rest of the Gold Cup, though Martino has started six different midfielders in the two games thus far and Andres Guardado is an obvious replacement.The attack and defense, though, have remained mostly unchanged, and a game like Sunday’s would offer Martino a chance to rest a player like Raul Jimenez, who remains far and away the most important attacker on the team. Resting Jimenez opens the door for someone like Alexis Vega, who made his first Mexico appearance in March and scored his first goal off the bench in the lopsided win over Cuba.Even if Jimenez starts again, Martino may hope El Tri notches an early lead and can rotate him out quickly. Guardado himself also do with a rest after starting the opening match and coming off the bench early against Canada to spark El Tri following Gutierrez’s injury.Other lingering injury issues also remain a factor. Linchpin Edson Alvarez missed the first match of the tournament after suffering a knee injury against Venezuela. Carlos Salcedo is still dealing with a lingering knee issue that hampered his Liguilla with Tigres and kept him out of Mexico’s lineup against Canada too. There are also the potential returns of familiar faces in Hector Moreno and Rodolfo Pizarro to contend with, giving Martino the option of shuffling the deck a bit with one eye on the knockout stage.”Whether it’s the Gold Cup, Copa America or World Cup, players play at the end of a long season and sometimes we do a little more analysis on whether it’s a lot or little activity,” Martino said. “It is true that the coaches, when we have the players with the national team, we want to do everything in a single day and sometimes we have to respect the times.”In addition, it’s true that everything that has happened is not exclusively related to muscle injuries. We have had different types of injuries and fortunately, beyond this Erick injury, we can say that there are many who have recovered in a very favorable time, mainly thanks to the work of the medical team.”Because, at the time, what happened to Carlos Salcedo and Edson Alvarez are quite similar injuries to the one we had with Hector, injuries that we did not know for sure which way we were going to be able to have the players. I can say that even with the training that Hector Moreno did this morning, they have been able to do it with the whole group.”Martino was not quick to reveal any lineup secrets and his counterpart, Martinique boss Mario Bocaly, said the same. Bocaly said that he would gladly reveal his lineup to the world the moment Martino did, adding that his side sees a clash with Mexico as an opportunity to not just push on for a knockout round spot but prove itself on the biggest stage North America has to offer.That’s Martinique’s opportunity. Mexico’s is different. Instead, Martino and El Tri have the chance to reassess and drive competition for places forward with the knockout rounds looming.”The first thing we do is try to choose the best team that we understand that has to be presented tomorrow,” Martino said ahead of Sunday’s clash. “The physical problems we have had, and still suffer today, added to the fatigue of travel and games we have ahead impact the selection of the team, but we always try to put the best team together in each encounter.”
More than 50 members of the United States Congress have added their signatures to a letter demanding answers from the US Soccer Federation regarding inferior wages paid to the country’s female footballers.The letter, sent to US Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro and led by Rep. Jackie Speier, asks several questions of the Federation as the USWNT prepare to take on the Netherlands in Sunday’s Women’s World Cup final in Lyon.The showcase fixture will mark the fifth occasion the US have reached the final since 1991, as they aim to lift the trophy for a record fourth time at Parc Olympique Lyonnais. Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Included in the letter was a request for information regarding how Cordeiro plans to address institutionalised gender discrimination, as well as an appeal for details on what the organisation is doing to promote the most successful team in the game’s history.Despite US women’s games outstripping their male counterparts in terms of total revenue generated for the past three years, female players’ base salary remains $30,000 less.World Cup bonuses are also diminished, with male players landing some $55,000 compared to a figure of $15,000 for women, while the game’s authorities handed the men’s team a $5.4 million bonus after their round of 16 exit at the 2014 World Cup – some $3.7m more than they handed the female squad after they lifted the trophy a year later.Such disparity has caught Congress’ attention – none more so than Rep. Kathy Castor, who added to the official letter by saying: “What more will it take for our players to receive the recognition and compensation they deserve?”To compound their claims, kit supplier Nike recently revealed that the US Women’s shirt has become the highest-selling jersey they’ve ever sold in one season online. “The USWNT is the most successful team in women’s soccer history, winning World Cup titles in 1991, 1999 and 2015; winning four Olympic gold medals; and holding the No. 1 ranking entering the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup,” reads the letter.“However, despite doing the same job as the U.S. Men’s National Team, USWNT players are receiving inferior wages, working conditions, and investment from U.S. Soccer.”Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer added: “Discrimination (is) staring us all in the face. These women, who inspire our country with their poise, tenacity, skill and excellence every time they take the field deserve to be fairly compensated.”The USWNT fought for and received a raise in 2017, when players saw an undisclosed salary hike. What is clear, however, is that despite the pay rise, the USWNT still make drastically less than the men’s team, even though they are far more successful.
LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 14: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)We’re still waiting on a decision to be made about Urban Meyer’s future at Ohio State in light of the Zach Smith scandal. One prominent sports radio host thinks he knows how this is all going to play out.FOX Sports Radio’s Jason Smith and Mike Harmon discussed the situation at length during the Tuesday episode of the show. During it, Smith went on a long diatribe, comparing the Meyer situation with the recent one involved Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks.Earlier this year, Cuban admitted to keeping Mavs.com reporter Earl K. Sneed on staff after multiple domestic violence accusations, something he called “a horrible mistake.”Like Cuban, Meyer was aware of 2009 and 2015 allegations against Smith, before firing him a few weeks ago.From Jason Smith’s Urban Meyer rant on Tuesday:“There’s enough evidence to fire Urban Meyer. You strip all of this away, and what he has done is keep a serial abuser on staff at Ohio State for a period of eight years. Eight years! Fostering an unsafe workplace environment for everybody on the job there. He knew in 2009, he knew in 2015, and then he still waited until this time to fire him. He did exactly what Mark Cuban did, and Mark Cuban is still running the Mavericks, because Adam Silver completely and totally sucks. Mark Cuban admitted that he kept the guy on staff because he didn’t want to send him someplace else. Well, so he made it unsafe for your female employees to come to work, ah, that’s nice.But, there’s enough to fire Urban Meyer. But we told you, that’s not going to happen. He had to survive the Zach Smith day, and he did. Last Friday we told you, if he survives this day, Zach Smith’s testimony saying Urban knew in 2015, if he survives today and tomorrow, he’s going to keep his job as head coach. And what happened? Here we are on Tuesday, there’s been no news other than what we’ve seen from Courtney Smith today, this news that Ohio State never talked to (her), all of these things.So now suddenly, was the ball dropped by Ohio State? And what you’re going to see over the course of the next week or 10 days, is a lot of ‘oh I was supposed to talk to this guy, and this guy was supposed to talk to here, and I put this up the ladder, and yeah, we’ve really failed.’”He and Harmon then discussed how things may impact Shelley Meyer, who they think might wind up taking the biggest hit. Smith doesn’t see Meyer getting more than a one-game suspension this fall.Smith: “Really the one who is going to wind up bearing the brunt is Urban Meyer’s wife, the one who was in contact with Courtney Smith the whole time.”Harmon: “That’s going to be the curiosity though, between what she signs up as a healthcare professional, versus being a friend, so that’s a bit of a sticky wicket to work through.”Smith: “But look, I told you it doesn’t matter, I told you Urban Meyer is going to keep his job. Because of all of these things. He’s going to say he misspoke. He’s going to say ‘I did know what happened in 2015, and I passed it up the ladder,’ and now there’s a lot of lost statements, paperwork, nobody knows who was talked to in 2015… You’re not going to hear anything about anybody knew anything.[…]There’s going to be a lot of ‘our investigation turned up nothing.’ So instead, it’s going to be a strong rebuke of Ohio State University, and maybe Gene Smith is going to get a suspended as well… Urban Meyer, same thing, maybe he has to go through sensitivity trading, one game suspension.”The full segment is available here:The consensus opinion does seem to be moving towards Ohio State retaining Meyer after this issue. However, as you can tell from Smith’s harsh criticisms, even many of those who believe that the Buckeyes will keep Meyer don’t think they should.[FOX Sports Radio]
LOS ANGELES – OCTOBER 9: Reggie Bush #5 of the USC Trojans prays in the middle of the field before the game against the California Golden Bears on October 9, 2004 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)In the midst of a down season, a change could be coming for the USC football program. Two year after winning the Rose Bowl, head coach Clay Helton might be on his way out as the Trojans sit at 5-6 on the season.The Trojans sat at 4-2 on the season coming off of a huge win over then-No. 19 Colorado. However, the team dropped four of the next five games – and the latest loss is easily the hardest pill to swallow, a loss to rival UCLA.With the Trojans struggling as they are, rumors are swirling about a potential replacement for Clay Helton. According to ESPN’s Arash Markazi, Penn State head coach James Franklin is “at the top” of the wish list for USC boosters.James Franklin is at the top of the wish list for many USC boosters. https://t.co/uEBZPTlskI— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) November 20, 2018Earlier today, Franklin addressed the rumors of his potential exit from Penn State. Franklin did not rule out the possibility.If Franklin decides to leave the Nittany Lions, there are a few names the program should call.
Karim Benzema and Jesus Vallejo add to Real Madrid injury problemsReal Madrid striker Karim Benzema has fractured a finger while defender Jesus Vallejo suffered a hamstring injury in training on Monday.advertisement Reuters MadridJanuary 14, 2019UPDATED: January 14, 2019 21:39 IST Karim Benzema and Vallejo join Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos, Thibaut Courtois, Marcos Llorente, Marco Asensio and Mariano Diaz on the sidelines (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKarim Benzema has fractured a finger while Jesus Vallejo suffered a hamstring injuryBenzema sustained the injury in Sunday’s 2-1 La Liga win at Real BetisVallejo left the club’s training session on Monday in tearsReal Madrid were dealt a double injury blow after scans revealed striker Karim Benzema has fractured a finger, while defender Jesus Vallejo suffered a hamstring injury in training on Monday.Striker Benzema sustained the problem in Sunday’s 2-1 La Liga win at Real Betis and was taken off at halftime, with Spanish media reports suggesting he could miss up to three weeks.”He has been diagnosed with a fracture in the phalanx of the fifth finger in the right hand,” said Madrid in a statement. “The player’s situation will continue to be monitored.”Vallejo left the club’s training session on Monday in tears, said Madrid newspaper AS.The 22-year-old centre back has only been able to feature in two matches this season because of a series of physical problems, with this his fourth injury.Benzema and Vallejo join Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos, Thibaut Courtois, Marcos Llorente, Marco Asensio and Mariano Diaz on the sidelines.Madrid, fourth in the league, face Leganes on Wednesday in the Copa del Rey last 16 second leg before hosting Sevilla, third, on Saturday.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 Karim BenzemaFollow Jesus VallejoFollow Real Madrid
Press Trust of India AdelaideJanuary 15, 2019UPDATED: January 15, 2019 21:01 IST Virat Kohli struck his 39th ODI century (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia beat Australia by 6 wickets in the second ODI to level the three-match seriesVirat Kohli scored 104 while MS Dhoni struck an unbeaten 55 as India chased down 299″Virat is so calm and so competitive, and technically his balance is unbelievable,” Langer saidBrief Scores: India (299/4; Kohli 104, Dhoni 55 not out) beat Australia (298/9; Marsh 131, Maxwell 48, Bhuvneshwar 4 for 45) by 6 wickets. Full ScorecardAustralia coach Justin Langer has showered praise on Virat Kohli and compared him with Sachin Tendulkar after the India skipper led from the front to help his side win the second ODI by 5 wickets. Langer also said Virat Kohli’s balance while playing 360 degree shots in all formats of the game is “unbelievable”. Virat Kohli scored 104 while MS Dhoni remained unbeaten on 55 as India chased down 299 in the second ODI of a three-match series at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday. The series is now locked at 1-1, with the third and final ODI to be played in Melbourne on Friday.”I would like to have them both in my team. Sachin was an incredible cricketer. I used to watch him and it was like he was meditating. He was so calm and that’s why his record is peerless,” Langer said after Australia’s six-wicket loss in the second ODI here.”Virat is doing the same thing. He is so calm and so competitive, and technically his balance is unbelievable. For him to play 360-degree shots in all formats of the game, his balance is unbelievable.”Langer said it is a blessing in disguise for the young Australian cricketers to play against class players like Kohli and Dhoni.”He (Kohli) is a great competitor and his concentration is extra ordinary and for someone to make so many runs as he has it is incredible like all the great players,” he said.advertisement”Sachin and Virat, and MS Dhoni, who averages 50-plus in 340 games, they are all-time great players and our guys are in the best seats at the moment, playing some of the best all-time great ODI players and they will be better from the experience,” Langer added.AMAZING EXPERIENCEDhoni slammed an unbeaten 55 off 54 balls after Kohli laid the foundation for India’s series-levelling victory in the second ODI with a fluent 104.Langer said the inexperience of his side showed as first Kohli marshalled the middle overs and then Dhoni turned back time to finish the chase with four balls to spare.”We were playing against three all-time great one-day international players [also referring to Rohit Sharma at the SCG]. We saw it in the first one, and class always comes to the top, and we have seen that with India so we must respect that,” he said.”The way Virat and MS batted today, you hate losing but when you see that – it’s amazing. That’s why they are such great players so we will gain great experience from it.”In big tournaments like the World Cup, I like to see our guys under pressure like they were tonight so it will be much better for the experience. And it’s still one-all in the series, and it means it’s alive and well. The MCG game is going to be huge, and we can’t wait for that,” he added.Shaun Marsh’s seventh ODI hundred helped Australia set up a tall score of 289 for 9, but India overcame easily riding on the experience of Kohli and Dhoni.’BRILLIANT MARSH’Langer was full of praise for Marsh, who has been Australia’s best ODI batsman in recent times.”I thought Shaun Marsh’s innings was absolutely brilliant. We had some good 50-run partnerships but we talked about getting big hundreds, Shaun did that.”We probably lost those two wickets just at the end with Shaun and Glenn Maxwell getting out just at the end. It might have cots us 15 or so runs which obviously in the context of this game it would have been handy,” said Langer.”He’s turning into a great one-day international player, four hundreds in eight games. You’d like to see him get hundreds and win. It would have been a perfect day for him,” he signed off.Also Read | MS Dhoni not getting younger, leave the man alone: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | MS Dhoni has done this for years: Dinesh Karthik on match-winning stand in AdelaideAlso Read | It was an MS Dhoni classic, hats off to him: Virat Kohli after Adelaide winAlso Read | MS Dhoni overtakes Virat Kohli for highest average in successful run chasesFor 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 byPTI Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow MS DhoniFollow Justin Langer Justin Langer in awe of Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni after India win Adelaide ODIIndia vs Australia 2nd ODI, Brief Scores: India (299/4; Kohli 104, Dhoni 55 not out) beat Australia (298/9; Marsh 131, Maxwell 48, Bhuvneshwar 4 for 45) by 6 wickets. Justin Langer said it is a blessing in disguise for the young Australian cricketers to play against class players like Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni.advertisement
Next Associated Press MelbourneJanuary 18, 2019UPDATED: January 18, 2019 19:57 IST Maric Cilic reached the final of the Australian Open last year (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMarin Cilic beat Fernando Verdasco 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 7-6, 6-3 in the third round of the Australian OpenIt’s the seventh time in Cilic’s career that he has won a match after dropping the opening two setsCilic now faces No. 22 Roberto Bautista-Agut, who eliminated No. 10 Karen Khachanov 6-4, 7-5, 6-4Marin Cilic overcame a pair of match points – including one double-faulted away by Fernando Verdasco – and a two-set deficit for a 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (8), 6-3 victory in the Australian Open’s third round.The No. 6-seeded Cilic, last year’s runner-up at Melbourne Park and the 2014 U.S. Open champion, saved a match point at 7-6 in the fourth-set tiebreaker with a service winner, then watched as Verdasco gave away another chance to win at 8-7 by failing to put a serve in play. Cilic then grabbed a 3-0 lead in the fifth set and held on to complete the comeback.It’s the seventh time in Cilic’s career that he has won a match after dropping the opening two sets. He also did it in the third round of the previous Grand Slam tournament – against Alex de Minaur at the U.S. Open in September.It was well worth staying up for @cilic_marin #AusOpen #SleepIsForTheWeak pic.twitter.com/oaRwAA0q58#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 18, 2019What victory means after four hours and eighteen minutes!@cilic_marin #AusOpen #AOFiredUp pic.twitter.com/wBKyFjCy83#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 18, 2019Cilic now faces No. 22 Roberto Bautista-Agut, who eliminated No. 10 Karen Khachanov 6-4, 7-5, 6-4.Comeback levelTwo sets to love and match point down, @cilic_marin survives Fernando Verdasco 4-6 3-6 6-1 7-6(8) 6-3 to reach the 4R for the 6th time.#AusOpen #GameSetMatch pic.twitter.com/i5WDNlbawH#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 18, 2019For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Marin CilicFollow Fernando VerdascoFollow Australian Open Marin Cilic beats Fernando Verdasco in 5 sets to reach Australian Open last 16Marin Cilic defeated Fernando Verdasco 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 7-6, 6-3 in the third round of the Australian Open.advertisement
Ravi Shastri gets nostalgic at the Basin Reserve: What goes around, comes aroundIndia vs New Zealand: Ravi Shastri made his debut at the Basin Reserve in Wellington, where India will be playing the final match of the five-match series against New Zealand on Sunday.advertisement Rohan Sen WellingtonFebruary 2, 2019UPDATED: February 2, 2019 16:37 IST Ravi Shastri relived his international debut at the picturesque Basin Reserve cricket ground (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRavi Shastri made his international debut in a Test match at the Basin Reserve in 1981Shastri went on to play 80 Test matches for India and 150 ODI for India in a career spanning 11 yearsThe 56-year-old Team India head coach posted a video on social media reliving his debut at the ground 38 years agoTeam India head coach Ravi Shastri is back at the Basin Reserve in Wellington, the venue where he made his international debut in a Test match against New Zealand on February 21, 1981.Shastri got nostalgic after arriving at the picturesque cricket ground and posted a video of the same on his Twitter account.”Would have never imagined I would be back here after 38 years to a place where it all started, still in India colours. They say what goes around, comes around. Fond memories from the Basin Reserve in Wellington,” Shastri said in the video as he relived his debut at the ground 38 years ago.38 years…So blessed to wear India colours again at Basin Reserve where I made my debut in 1981.Thank you for the love and support pic.twitter.com/iB53YxfaY5Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) February 2, 2019Shastri went on to play 80 Test matches for India and 150 one-day internationals. He amassed 3830 in the longest format at an average of 35.79 with 11 hundreds and 12 fifties while in 128 ODI innings he scored 3108 runs at 29.04 with 4 centuries and 18 half-centuries.The tall and lanky all-rounder also picked 151 wickets in Tests and 129 scalps in ODIs.The 56-year-old is now back at the Basin Reserve as India’s head coach with his team getting ready for the fifth and final ODI against New Zealand on Sunday.Team India got a major boost on Saturday as batting coach Sanjay Bangar assured that veteran MS Dhoni is back to full fitness and will play the final match of the series, which India lead 3-1.advertisementDhoni had missed the third and fourth ODI due to a hamstring injury he picked during the second ODI in Mount Maunganui. Dhoni’s experience in the middle order was missed when India suffered a collapse in the fourth ODI in Hamilton on Thursday, January 31.In the absence of captain Virat Kohli and Dhoni, India were reeling at 35 for 6 and they were eventually bowled out for their lowest-ever ODI total in New Zealand (92). Trent Boult’s five-for set up New Zealand’s eight-wicket win.Middle-order batsmen Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik disappointed as both of them walked back without troubling the scorers.All set for the 5th and final ODIWhat’s your prediction for tomorrow’s game?#NZvIND pic.twitter.com/PX2BKHYnIWBCCI (@BCCI) February 2, 2019Dhoni had trained on the eve of the third ODI in Hamilton but the team management wanted to give enough time to their senior campaigner to return from the injury.New Zealand on the other hand, suffered an injury blow on Saturday as opener Martin Guptill was declared doubtful for the final match after injured his lower back during the fielding drills on Saturday. Colin Munro has been added to the squad as a result.Also Read | James Neesham on MS Dhoni: You haven’t won the game until you have got him outAlso Read | India vs New Zealand: Can’t draw conclusions after one failure, says Sanjay BangarAlso Read | New Zealand opener Martin Guptill doubtful for 5th ODI vs India due to lower back injuryFor 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 Ravi ShastriFollow Basin ReserveFollow Basin Reserve stadiumFollow Ravi Shastri debutFollow India vs New Zealand
India Today Web Desk NagpurFebruary 7, 2019UPDATED: February 7, 2019 16:14 IST Ageless Wasim Jaffer top scored for Vidarbha as they went on to retain the Ranji Trophy title on Thursday (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWasim Jaffer scored 1037 runs, including four centuries, at 69.13 in 11 matches in Vidarbha’s successful title defenceWasim Jaffer has won 10 Ranji Trophy titles in as many finals he has played in the premier domestic tournamentJaffer, during the course of another productive season, also became the first batsman to score more than 1000 runs in a Ranji Trophy season twiceIt was all but over for Wasim Jaffer, one of the greatest servants of Indian cricket when he suffered a knee injury during the 2016-17 season. He had missed quite a lot of domestic cricket and when he returned from the injury, not many were willing to give the then 38-year-old an opportunity to represent their state.Jaffer had revealed that his employers Indian Oil felt there was not much cricket left in him and suggested he sit in the office and do the mundane desk work. However, Jaffer got an opportunity to play for Vidarbha, whom he had joined for the first time in the 2015-16 season after leaving Mumbai for whom he played for 18 years and won eight titles.Cut to February 2019, Jaffer was holding the Ranji Trophy for the 10th time in his career and the second straight time with Vidarbha. The 40-year-old batsman was one of Vidarbha’s key campaigners in their successful title defense in the recently-completed 2018-19 season. Jaffer has now won 10 Ranji Trophy titles in as many finals he has played in the country’s premier domestic tournament.Jaffer did not fire in the final against Saurashtra as he was dismissed for 23 and 11 in Vidarbha’s 78-run win but the veteran finished as the highest run-scorer for the eventual title winners.Vidarbha defeat Saurashtra by 78 runs in the Ranji Trophy finalLift back-to-back Ranji Trophy titles pic.twitter.com/km0LASmN4SBCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) February 7, 2019Jaffer ended up with 1037 runs at an average of 69.13 from 11 matches. He scored four centuries and the 206 he had scored in the quarter-final against Uttarakhand sealed a semi-final berth for Vidarbha. Jaffer became the first batsman to score 1000 runs in a Ranji Trophy season twice.advertisementThe 40-year-old Jaffer had scored 1260 runs from 16 innings at an average of 84 for Mumbai in 2008-09.An elated Jaffer conceded that he never thought he would another Ranji Trophy final when he left Mumbai in 2018 and thanked Vidarbha’s coach and former India cricketer Chandrakant Pandit for trusting him.”Didn’t think I would play another Ranji Trophy final when I left Mumbai. Two in two is unbelievable. When I came back from injury, Chandrakant Pandit became the coach and brought me in. I don’t want to let it go. Playing in a winning team motivates you,” Jaffer was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo after the Ranji Trophy win on Thursday.Vidarbha rode on 29-year-old left-arm spinner, Aditya Sarwate’s maiden 11-wicket haul to outclass Saurashtra. Sarwate dismissed India’s star Test batsman Cheteshwar Pujara in both the innings cheaply (1 and 0) in the final to set up his team’s historic win.Also Read | Unreal feeling: Faiz Fazal after Vidarbha defend Ranji Trophy titleAlso Read | People did not know where Vidarbha was but it won’t be so after Ranji triumph: Umesh YadavAlso 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 Wasim JafferFollow Ranji Trophy finalFollow Ranji TrophyFollow Vidarbha vs SaurashtraFollow Mumbai Ranji TrophyFollow Aditya SarwateFollow Cheteshwar Pujara Ranji Trophy: Ageless Wasim Jaffer completes Perfect 10 after Vidarbha lifelineFormer India opener Wasim Jaffer said he never believed he would be playing a Ranji Trophy final when he left Mumbai in 2014. However, the 40-year-old won his second straight Ranji Trophy title with Vidarbha and the 10th overall after his side defeated Saurashtra on Thursday in Nagpur. advertisement
Rohan Sen New DelhiMarch 12, 2019UPDATED: March 12, 2019 13:35 IST Steve Smith and David Warner will join the Australian ODI team in UAE (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSmith and Warner will be eligible for Australia selection from March 29The suspended Aussie duo will join the ODI squad in the UAE ahead of the series vs PakistanSmith and Warner will also return to the IPL this season after a one-year gapThe suspended duo of Steve Smith and David Warner are all set to be reintegrated into the Australian team setup later this month as they gear up to face Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.Australia, who will play the series-deciding fifth ODI against India on March 12, will then face Pakistan in their final ODI series before the Indian Premier League and the ICC World Cup.Smith and Warner, who will be available for selection after March 28, will be looking at this opportunity to get back their form and fitness in the international level. Their return will also boost Australia’s chances of winning the coveted World Cup trophy for the sixth time.They were initially out of the ODI squad for the five-match series against Pakistan with the Cricket Australia selectors agreeing that the IPL was the “best pathway” for the pair as they each recover from elbow injuries and serve out the final weeks of their ball-tampering bans.But now the decision has been reversed and the pair will join the ODI setup before the series starts on March 22. The pair’s ball-tampering bans expire on March 28, which makes them eligible to play in the final two matches of the UAE series in Dubai on March 29 and March 31.Former Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson welcomed this move from the selectors.”It was going to happen at some point and it’s probably better than before they were playing,” Johnson told cricket.com.au in Delhi.”It gets them into the group and seeing how it’s going at the moment, because all they’ve seen is from the outside. The feeling I got being in Ranchi and seeing all the guys together there was that there’s a pretty good feeling around.advertisement”The guys all seemed like they were bonding well and got on well. I think they (Smith and Warner) need to experience that, go off and play IPL then come back into the group and fit into what the team is doing at that time,” Johnson added.Australia have been struggling in all formats ever since Smith and Warner were handed the suspensions but the players in the team are slowly starting to find some form ahead of the World Cup.Aaron Finch’s team has the momentum on their side in the ongoing series against India, which is currently level at 2-2 with one more match to go on March 12.Ashton Turner, Alex Carey and Peter Handscomb have played crucial knocks with the bat and seemed to have booked their spots for the World Cup and with Smith and Warner coming back, Australia will head into the tournament as one of the favourites for sure.Also Read | David Warner will be the player of the 2019 World Cup: Shane WarneAlso Read | There cannot be 11 Virat Kohlis in the Indian team: Muttiah MuralitharanAlso Read | Kane Williamson may delay IPL 2019 participation due to shoulder injuryFor 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 Steve SmithFollow David WarnerFollow ball-tampering scandalFollow ball-tampering banFollow Cricket AustraliaFollow Australia vs PakistanFollow ICC World Cup 2019 How Steve Smith and David Warner could make Australia favourites at ICC World CupSteve Smith and David Warner’s one-year suspension will end on March 28 after which they will be available for selection in the final two ODIs against Pakistan in the UAE.advertisement
Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiMay 22, 2019UPDATED: May 22, 2019 18:58 IST India will be hot favorites in 2019 World Cup. (PTI Photos)HIGHLIGHTSIndia women ODI captain Mithali Raj said India will be hot favourites to win the 2019 World CupMithali also added that England have a good chance of winning their first World CupMithali Raj said MS Dhoni’s expertise will be very crucial for India at the World CupIndia women’s ODI team captain Mithali Raj on Wednesday said India are favourites to lift the ICC 2019 World Cup as they have so many match winners along with MS Dhoni’s wealth of experience.”Indian team has lot of match winners now. Of course, captain (Virat Kohli) leads them from the front with the openers Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan,” Raj said in a video posted on Twitter.She was being interviewed by the British High Commission in Hyderabad.”But we also have fast bowlers like (Jasprit) Bumrah and the spinners. But overall I think the team which post a big total, and the bowlers are able to do the job to constrain those runs is the team that is going to win. But we do have a lot of depth. We have the expertise of Dhoni in the side. So I can’t pick one player, but India definitely has a lot of match winners,” she added.Asked which team is going to win, Mithali said India will be hot favourites.”India is going in as favourites. They have been doing very well in the one-dayers and in other formats in the recent past.Mithali also added that England has a good chance of winning their first World Cup title as they are in red hot form.”But I cannot rule out the home team. They had some 10 to 15 victory streak in the one-dayers. They will have the home conditions. But having said that, I think as an Indian I will root for India,” she said.advertisementIndia will gear up for the showpiece event with warm-up matches against New Zealand and Bangladesh on May 25 and 28 respectively before taking on South Africa in their campaign opener on June 5 at Southampton.Also Read | World Cup Countdown: 1983 – Indira Gandhi declares public holiday after India create historyAlso Read | Shakib Al Hasan tops ICC ODI all-rounders rankingsAlso 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Mithali RajFollow Virat KohliFollow Rohit SharmaFollow Shikhar DhawanFollow British High CommissionFollow Jasprit Bumrah 2019 World Cup: India have match winners, Dhoni’s expertise, feels MithaliIndia women’s ODI captain Mithali Raj said India are favourites to lift the ICC 2019 World Cup as they have a number of match winners, alongside MS Dhoni’s expertise.advertisement