TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ciaran Clark pondered quitting Newcastleby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United defender Ciaran Clark sought talks with manager Steve Bruce over his future in the summer.The Evening Chronicle says the centre-back spoke to Bruce after interest was shown in the Ireland defender. Crystal Palace were among the sides who looked at Clark, who made his first start of the season on Sunday against Manchester United. But Bruce told he that he wanted to “assess” his options, and utilised Clark – who has been “waiting for his chance”.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid boss Zidane defends Jovic slow startby Carlos Volcano6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has defended Luka Jovic slow start to his Bernabeu career.Jovic has struggled for minutes since his summer arrival from Eintracht Frankfurt.Zidane said, “He’s not demotivated. “He’s just arrived and he’s looking much better now than when he came in. He’s slowly learning Spanish and becoming part of the group. “I will be counting on him and he’s important despite the fact he hasn’t played much recently.”
Walter Mazzarri celebrated victory against his old club as Torino won 1-0 at home to Inter in Serie A on Sunday.Armando Izzo’s deflected header in the first half was enough to give Torino their first win of the year, while problems are mounting for Inter coach Luciano Spalletti, who saw Matteo Politano sent off for dissent late on.Ivan Perisic was benched after it was announced pre-match he has put in a transfer request amid speculation Premier League side Arsenal are trying to complete a move for the attacker. 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? Defeat for Inter leaves Spalletti’s side third in Serie A, while Torino move into the top half of the table.Caption this #SFT #TorinoInter pic.twitter.com/GicAOwCOdC— Torino Football Club (@TorinoFC_1906) January 27, 2019Inter should have taken an early lead but Lautaro Martinez fired wide from close range after Dalbert raided down the left wing to pull back a low cross.But Torino took the lead against the run of play in the 35th minute when Cristian Ansaldi’s deep corner was headed home by Izzo, a deflection off Danilo D’Ambrosio sending the ball looping over goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.Andrea Belotti wasted two chances to extend Torino’s lead early in the second half, while Radja Nainggolan hammered a drive over the crossbar at the other end.Politano went closest to equalising but a day of disarray for Inter ended with the substitute dismissed for arguing with referee Fabio Maresca over the official’s decision not to award a foul against Ola Aina after the midfielder went to ground too easily.What does it mean? Inter stumbles continue without PerisicCroatia star Perisic was expected to start against Torino, but pre-match it was confirmed by general manager Beppe Marotta he has put in a transfer request. Failing to score in both of their Serie A matches since the mid-season break shows Inter cannot afford to lose Perisic cheaply.Nkoulou keeps Inter attack quietTorino’s back three all excelled but it was Nicolas Nkoulou who shone the most despite Izzo proving the matchwinner. Recovering after taking a heavy blow in the back of the head from a clearance made by a team-mate showed his fortitude for battle.Icardi anonymous for InterInter captain Mauro Icardi is one of the most dangerous strikers in world football but he does rely on service. Perisic’s absence restricted the Nerazzurri’s creativity and Icardi did not have a sniff of goal. Among Inter’s problems is that the Argentine offers very little outside the penalty box.Key Opta Facts- Torino are unbeaten in their last five encounters against Inter in the top flight (W2 D3); the last time they had a better run against the Nerazzurri was in April 1986 (eight matches).- Inter haven’t found back of the net away from home for the third time in Serie A this season, two of them in Piemonte, where the Nerazzurri lost 1-0 against Juventus (in December) and to Torino on Sunday.- Inter did not have any shots on target in the second half of the game: the only other occasion they have failed to do so this season came in the defeat to Juventus.- Inter have conceded only three goals during the first half of matches in Serie A this season: a record for the top five European leagues in 2018-19 (alongside Atletico Madrid). What’s next?Inter host Lazio in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals on Thursday, with Bologna going to San Siro three days later in the league. Torino’s next game is at SPAL on Sunday. read more
Radamel Falcao has defended Lionel Messi, saying he is held to unfair expectations but admitted it is cost of “being the best player in the world.”Messi had hoped to reverse a long trend of international heartbreak with Argentina at the 2019 Copa America after the nation lost in the finals to Chile in both 2015 and 2016.However, Argentina’s tournament got off to a poor start as they lost 2-0 to Colombia on the strength of goals from substitutes Roger Martinez and Duvan Zapata, which consigned the Albiceleste to their first defeat in regulation in the Copa America since 2007. 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? Messi had a chance to put Argentina up when the game was still scoreless, but put a header in the area wide.Any time Argentina lose, Messi invariably comes in for criticism in some circles, but Falcao is convinced the star will find the net soon enough.He also believes Messi’s quality has made him a target for unfair criticism, suggesting he is subjected to moving targets for what is expected.”Messi was close to scoring against us, but he is sure to convert in the next couple of matches,” Falcao said after the Colombia victory.“If Messi scores a goal, people ask for two. If he scores a free-kick, they’ll say the wall wasn’t set up properly. If Argentina lose, it will be talked about like it was his fault.“That’s the price you pay for being the best player in the world.”Having defeated Argentina, and with an impressive roster that includes James Rodriguez, Davinson Sanchez, Juan Cuadrado, Zapata, as well as Falcao himself, might have some thinking the nation could go on to win their first Copa America since 2001.But Falcao has downplayed any talk of Colombia being one of the favourites, arguing the squad still has a long way to go before they can be considered complete.“We can’t think that we are favourites after beating Messi’s Argentina,” Falcao said. “A lot is missing. We are just starting and anything can happen. If you fall asleep here, you will lose.”Colombia will face tournament guests Qatar on Wednesday and close out Group B play on Sunday against Paraguay.
Chelsea need to be realistic about their top four hopes after confirming the appointment of playing legend Frank Lampard as their new manager , according to ex-England international Jamie Redknapp.The caution comes as Lampard prepares for his first season in charge having lost the services of star plater Eden Hazard to Real Madrid earlier this summer.Though Christian Pulisic was signed in January and a permanent deal to sign loanee Mateo Kovacic was confirmed on July 1, Lampard is unable to make any further additions to his squad to the FIFA-imposed transfer ban that has been placed on the club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare And ex-Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Redknapp, who is also Lampard’s cousin, believes qualifying for the Champions League would be a successful first season in charge for the 41-year-old.He told Sky Sports : “The expectation will be to finish in the top four, but they’ve got to be realistic. I think there’ll be moments in the season where it will be a struggle, because of the Hazard effect.“It doesn’t matter what manager you have – [Pep] Guardiola, [Jose] Mourinho, anyone – they are going to struggle without that quality of player.”But if they were to finish in the top four that would be an amazing season considering the transfer embargo and everything else.”Chelsea finished third in the Premier League last season and won the Europa League but struggled for goals at times and will be unable to add to their firepower unless the ban is lifted.Redknapp believes that patience, a quality not often on shown at Stamford Bridge in recent years, will be required as Lampard makes the big step up from managing one season in the Championship with Derby County.“It’s a great move, not just for Frank but for Chelsea too,” he said. “It’s astute, you need someone who can stabilise the club somewhat when you’ve lost your best player and are under a transfer embargo.“They’ve got one of their own, the fans adore him. He’ll need time, there’ll be a lot of changes; you can’t bring in any personnel to replace a big star name like Eden Hazard. He’ll need to be given time, but he will – because he’s Frank Lampard.”Questions also remain about whether Lampard is being promoted too quickly having just one season as a manager under his belt, but Redknapp believes the timing is right given the circumstances.“I know he enjoyed his time at Derby. He had a great rapport with the fans but you can’t turn something like this down. “Everyone will have their opinions, some people will say it’s too early, others people will say it’s the right time, but for someone like Frank – he knows the game, he’s worked with some of the best managers in the world, and in terms of timing it is the right time.“The players will respect him, and patience will be the key,” added Redknapp. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Regardless of his answer, NFL teams will be getting an experienced college player in Finley.The former Wolfpack quarterback completed 64.5-percent of his passes for 10,501 yards, 60 touchdowns and 7.7 yards per attempt in three years as a starter. He earned First-Team All-ACC honors in 2018.But Finley is hardly the first quarterback to experience seriously awkward moments at the NFL combine.One player said he found himself in a staring contest with someone asking him questions, while another lamented being “bashed” for his poor plays. INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 01: A group of coaches and scouts from various NFL teams observe the action during day two of the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 1, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)The 2019 NFL Combine had plenty of highlights, but perhaps the biggest surprise of all was the stream of strange questions that NFL teams asked the prospects. The latest report of weird and ridiculous questioning comes courtesy of NC State quarterback Ryan Finley.According to NFL radio personality Ross Tucker, Finley revealed that he was asked one particularly strange question at the combine. He was asked if he would rather come in first in the 100-meter dash, or finish second in a marathon.While Tucker didn’t mention in his Twitter post what Finley’s answer was, a good portion of the responses to the question said they’d prefer to win the 100-meter dash. Given that Vince Lombardi famously said, “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing,” one would think that Finley would also prefer to win the dash.Strangest question NC State QB Ryan Finley got at the Combine?”Would you rather come in first in a 100M dash or 2nd in a marathon?”What would you have said?— Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL) March 7, 2019
ARLINGTON, TX – APRIL 26: The Denver Broncos logo is seen on a video board during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)The 2019 NFL draft kicks off in just under a week. NFL teams are in the final stages of their preparations for the draft, compiling a full list of prospects on their respective big boards.While some prospects did well during the combine and lead-up to the draft to enhance their chances of being selected in the first round, one prospect appears to be falling.According to a recent report from NFL draft expert Matt Miller of Bleacher Report, one top prospect’s “stock is dropping.”Michigan defensive end Rashan Gary was seen as a potential top-five pick after the season. However, now he could slide to the mid-to-late first round.Here’s more from Miller.Rashan Gary has been billed throughout the draft process as someone who has untapped potential and wasn’t developed well at Michigan. That might be true, but NFL teams are approaching Gary with caution as the draft nears.While falling to the middle of the draft might not seem bad, it would significantly impact Gary’s wallet.The total contract value for the No. 5 overall pick in this year’s draft sits at $29,114,286 according to Spotrac. Contrast that with the No. 15 overall pick, which pays out $14,328,004.The NFL draft kicks off with Round 1 on Thursday night.
It’s fairly obvious that Clemson and Alabama will be 1-2 in some order. Here’s what we think the full top 25 will look like:ClemsonAlabamaGeorgiaOklahomaOhio StateMichiganTexasNotre DameLSUTexas A&MFloridaOregonUCFSyracuseWashington StatePenn StateWisconsinAuburnArmyNebraskaWashingtonMissouriNorthwesternUtahIowaYou can expect the first version of the poll to be very heavy on the SEC and the Big Ten.College football season officially kicks off on August 24 when Miami takes on Florida. SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 07: Tavien Feaster #28 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates after defeating the against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff National Championship at Levi’s Stadium on January 07, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. The Clemson Tigers defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide with a score of 44 to 16.(Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)Update: The official poll has been released. You can check it out here.Earlier: A few days ago, the Associated Press announced that it will drop its preseason college football top 25 poll on August 19. It looks like we’ll be getting the Coaches’ Poll a lot earlier.Erick Smith, a college sports editor for USA Today, will be doing an AMA on Reddit on Thursday. The Reddit editor noted that Smith’s AMA will be just after the poll is released.USA Today has not confirmed the news, so it’s possible it’s actually next Thursday instead of this Thursday. Regardless, let’s take a look at what we think the poll will look like when it’s unveiled.
India vs New Zealand: White Ferns beat Mithali Raj’s team for consolation win in 3rd ODIIndia clinched the series 2-1 despite losing the third and final ODI against New Zealand (150/2) by 8 wickets in Hamilton on Friday.advertisement Rohan Sen HamiltonFebruary 1, 2019UPDATED: February 1, 2019 13:35 IST New Zealand beat India in the 3rd ODI by 8 wicket but lost the series 1-2 (@WHITE_FERNS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMithali Raj became the first female cricketer to play 200 ODIsIndia though lost the match by 8 wickets having scored just 149New Zealand’s win was not enough as India clinched the series 2-1 after having won the first two ODIsMithali Raj’s record 200th ODI appearance ended in defeat as India lost the third and final match of the series by 8 wickets against New Zealand in Hamilton on Friday.Chasing a modest target of 150, New Zealand rode on half-centuries from Suzie Bates and Amy Satterthwaite to win the match in the 30th over. The series however, ended 2-1 in India’s favour.Captain Satterthwaite remained unbeaten on 66 while Bates scored 57 off 64 balls as the White Ferns chased down the target in 29.2 overs at Seddon Park.Poonam Yadav managed to grab a wicket while Jhulan Goswami affected a run out of Lauren Down but it was too little too late for Mithali’s team.Earlier, Mithali managed to add just 9 runs to the Indian total while Deepti Sharma top-scored with 52 off 90 balls as India got bowled out for 149 in 44 overs. Harmanpreet Kaur was the next-best scorer with 24 runs.For New Zealand, Anna Peterson starred with the ball as she took 4 wickets for 28 runs while Lea Tahuhu bagged 3 wickets for 26 runs.Mithali’s 200th match made her the first female cricketer to achieve the feat in the 50-over format.Congratulations on No.200 Skipper – @M_Raj03 #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/oxCWRp4qGOBCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) February 1, 2019Interestingly, India have played 263 ODIs in total and Mithali has featured in 200 of them. Since her ODI debut on 25 June, 1999, the team have played 213 matches in the format. She has been a part of all but 13 of them.This is Mithali’s 20th year in international cricket during which time she has amassed 6622 runs in 200 ODIs with 7 hundreds and 52 half-centuries in 180 innings. The 36-year-old has also played 10 Tests and scored 663 runs at an average of 51 while in 85 T20Is she has managed 2283 runs at 37.42 with 17 fifties.advertisementThe women’s team’s loss came a day after the Indian men’s team suffered an 8-wicket defeat in the fourth ODI against Kane Williamson’s New Zealand team at the same venue.Rohit Sharma, who was also playing his 200th game on Thursday, was leading the team in Virat Kohli’s absence and didn’t have the best of games either as India got bowled out for 92 thanks to Trent Boult’s five-wicket haul. Rohit managed just 7 runs in the match.New Zealand then rode on Ross Taylor and Henry Nicholls’s unbeaten knocks to reach the target with 8 wickets in hand.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 Tags :Follow India vs New ZealandFollow White FernsFollow Mithali RajFollow 3rd ODIFollow 200th ODIFollow match report