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TagsTransfersAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Steven Sessegnon delighted with new Fulham contractby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSteven Sessegnon has signed a new deal with Fulham.The 18-year-old has agreed a deal which keeps him at Craven Cottage until the summer of 2022, with a Club option to extend by a further 12 months.Having come through the Academy since joining as an Under-9 alongside twin brother Ryan, Steven penned his first professional contract with Fulham last summer.“It feels very good,” Sessegnon told fulhamfc.com. “It’s something I’ve been working towards for the last few months and it feels amazing to get it done and over the line.“You could say the first [pro deal] was very special but this one has shown all the hard work I’ve done personally, not just with this Club but with international success as well. It is rewarding helping contribute to the progression of Fulham.“This can only motivate me to keep working harder. I will carry on doing as I am and keep on heading towards the next one.“Hopefully I can make my league debut very soon, but over time I need to keep working hard and knuckling down and see what happens.“You can’t rush this sort of thing. I’m going to take my chance, whenever it might come.“The Millwall game in the Carabao Cup was a great feeling for me. That was something I’m not used to, but one that will push me on, and spur me on in the future to achieve great things.”
Tottenham attacker Son: Only bad luck stopping trophy pushby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham attacker Heung-Min Son says they deserve to win a trophy this season.The South Korean – who has now scored 10 goals in his last 10 games – believes all Tottenham need is a change in fortune to land their first silverware under Mauricio Pochettino.”We are just a bit unlucky for me, to be honest,” he said. “We are close all the time.”People are thinking ‘ahhh it’s Spurs’, but we believe, always this team believe in the title, but sometimes you just have to have luck, with a long season.”We can win, we deserve to win. The players deserve to win something.”Of course the pressure is going to be big [to win the title] but we have to just enjoy and bring positive energy, this is the most important.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Napoli goalscorer Llorente: I really wanted to face Liverpoolby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli striker Fernando Llorente was delighted to score in victory over Champions League opponents Liverpool.Llorente was part of the Tottenham team beaten by the Reds in last season’s final.The veteran said: “I wanted to play against the Reds, I’m happy because we showed we could live with the big names. These three points are very important, but it’s just the first game: we still need a lot. “We have to think about game after game, it will be hard. “Scoring at the San Paolo is something incredible, I didn’t imagine starting this adventure like this.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Celta Vigo midfielder Denis Suarez: Man City contract set up my familyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCelta Vigo midfielder Denis Suarez insists he enjoyed his time at Manchester City.Denis has been discussing his time in England.“At first it was fine. I got there and I went on pre-season with the first team to the United States, I debuted with the first team in the first round of cup when I was 17 years old and sportingly, I was doing well,” Suárez said.“Life was a little different, it cost my parents more because they didn’t speak English and they had trouble learning it.“The second year was a little long, also because I had been injured, and finally I decided to go to Barcelona.”The now 25-year-old also explained why he joined City in the first place.“My first decision was to stay here in the first team, but Celta did not contemplate that option.“Then I went to Manchester City because it was an important step for me, it was an important investment for the club, who at that time needed money. The contract [offered to me] at that time had my family’s life was fixed.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Napoli boss Ancelotti defends Genk stalemateby Carlos Volcano23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli boss Carlo Ancelotti defended their 0-0 draw at Champions League opponents Genk.The Azzurri hit the woodwork three times and saw Kalidou Koulibaly’s effort cleared off the line at the Luminus Arena.“It was a good performance and we had several chances for the breakthrough,” Ancelotti said on Sky Sport Italia.“Our finishing wasn’t very effective and we were a little unlucky too. The only risk we had at the back came after a slip, so we were always in control.“It’s an extra point, we showed grit and determination, but could’ve finished our chances better.”
Taylor Decker spent part of his Wednesday morning doing some work that should please Ohio State fans greatly. The Buckeyes’ offensive tackle surfed Twitter, found a bunch of incorrect predictions made about his national champion team and retweeted them. The 6-foot-7, 315-pound offensive lineman found eight tweets that proved to be very, very wrong. There are plenty, plenty more out there to be found, too. Funny how things work, often those who said you couldn’t will cheer the loudest when you do #raisethewhiteropes— Taylor Decker (@TDeck68) February 25, 2015 @TDeck68 @TDeck68Decker recognized one of the few people who did not lose faith in Ohio State, too. @TDeck68 looks like i was the opposite of those people pic.twitter.com/4fac4tLB1f— Thomas Khristenko (@ChefKyrie) February 25, 2015Taylor Decker: really good offensive lineman, even better user of Twitter.
Twitter/@ESPNCBBAt this point, it feels like we have a huge upset and a court rush every night in college basketball. No. 3 Kansas was the victim tonight, falling to an Oklahoma State team that was just 9-8, and 1-4 in the Big 12 in Stillwater, 86-67. After the game, fans of the Pokes rushed the court in a big way.Down goes Kansas! What a week. pic.twitter.com/46vr4hqHo0— ESPN College BBall (@ESPNCBB) January 20, 2016They stormed the court anyway. Regardless, great win for the Pokes. They came to play. 86-67 victory. #OkState pic.twitter.com/KIyNCQsuK8— Sam Gannon (@SamGannon87) January 20, 2016Storm that court, Pokes! #okstate pic.twitter.com/hFFVoutUEc— Jessica Morrey (@JessicaMorrey) January 20, 2016Last night, Iowa State fans stormed the floor. Tonight, it was Oklahoma State. On the road in the Big 12, nobody’s safe.
Luca Pellegrini has completed his switch from Roma to Serie A rivals Juventus in a deal that sends Leonardo Spinazzola the opposite direction.The 20-year-old left-back passed a medical on Sunday and has agreed terms on a four-year deal.Juve announced a fee of €22m will be paid to Roma over the course of three years for Pellegrini, with the transfer of Spinazzola to cost Roma €29.5m across the same period. 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 Pellegrini made 12 appearances on loan at Cagliari during the second half of 2018-19 and will now compete against Alex Sandro for a starting spot at Allianz Stadium.The young defender is yet to make an appearance for the senior national team, and has appeared just twice for the under 21 side, but is highly rated by Juventus and will hope to progress to the first team soon.OFFICIAL | Luca #Pellegrini is a Bianconero! https://t.co/0ZtpfgvxBf #WelcomePellegrini pic.twitter.com/1mFNu856bg — JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 30, 2019 Italy international Spinazzola was loaned out seven times by the Bianconeri and leaves having played 10 Serie A games across his seven years in Turin, all coming last season.In the previous two campaigns, however, Spinazzola had a far more active role, albeit with a different club. He spent two years with Atalanta, helping them into the European spots of Serie A, and his old side recently qualified for the Champions League for the first time in their history in the 2018-19 season.The 26-year-old full back has made seven appearances for his national team, the most recent of which came just a few months ago, and he will be hoping that a transfer to a new club can further aid his reintegration into the national set up, led by former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini. At Roma he could be considered a possible replacement for the Inter-linked Alessandro Florenzi.Juventus now seem set to turn their attention to finally securing the services of highly rated Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt, having already brought in Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey and secured a medical for Adrien Rabiot ahead of a likely free transfer from French giants Paris Saint-Germain.Discussions have been ongoing between de Ligt and a number of top European clubs, but Juventus are currently in the driving seat in negotiations, as reported by Goal .
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Jeff Snook, an author/reporter who’s written multiple books on Ohio State’s football program, reported on his Facebook page earlier this week that people would be “shocked” to hear some of the details that emerge from the investigation into Urban Meyer regarding how he handled domestic violence allegations against Zach Smith.“There is so much more to this story, so much that I think the public will be shocked when it is all revealed,” Snook wrote. “And the bottom line is this: Don’t be surprised if Urban Meyer is on the sidelines September 1 in the opener against Oregon State.”Today, Snook published some new bombshell, alleged details surrounding the Zach Smith-Courtney Smith storyline.According to a report by Snook, Courtney Smith’s mother, Tina Carano, is speaking out in defense of Zach Smith.And if you were looking for more Facebook reports, here’s the latest wild turn in this Ohio State saga with Jeff Snook quoting Courtney Smith’s mother speaking out … in defense of Zach Smith. https://t.co/JqasoJkuQo— Austin Ward (@AWardSports) August 9, 2018From his report:(Zach Smith’s mother, Lynn) Bruce said that Courtney’s mother, Tina Carano, also heard her daughter state her plans against her husband for his infidelities. The mother and daughter have become estranged over the issue, Bruce claimed. She said Tina Carano also believes Zach Smith never struck her daughter.“Her own mother is backing Zach in this issue and I am sure that makes her mad,” she said. “They do not speak anymore.”Reached this afternoon, Tina Carano would only communicate via text messages and backed Lynn Bruce’s version.When asked if she believed her daughter’s claims of physical abuse, she replied, “I believe that Zach was removing himself from an argument and I do not believe he intentionally abused her. I do not believe he actually intentionally swung or punched her … no.”Zach Smith has been accused of domestic violence against Courtney Smith both in 2009 and 2015. He denied ever hitting his wife in multiple interviews last week.The details of the domestic violence allegations against Zach Smith can be read via Brett McMurphy’s reporting here.Ohio State placed Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave last week. The Buckeyes said the investigation is set to take two weeks.
COLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on during the first half against the Maryland Terrapins at Capital One Field on November 17, 2018 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)Questions were swirling about the health of Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer during the Buckeyes’ win over Maryland on Saturday afternoon.Meyer looked distraught for much of the contest, often putting his hands on his head and his knees, looking anguished.Of course, this could just be due to the fact that Ohio State was struggling against Maryland, looking primed for an upset bid.Still, a lot of people were talking about Meyer’s status during the game.Urban Meyer deserves a Tony Award today for best 1-man play. pic.twitter.com/5Dx9ze7gCw— Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) November 17, 2018However, everything appears to be OK for Meyer. One Ohio State football insider said Meyer seemed to be just fine in the locker room.From Yahoo! Sports:A source at Ohio State said after the game that Meyer appeared fine in the locker room and that the feeling on the staff is that he’d endured worse pain during games this season.Meyer has admitted to dealing with headaches during the season, as he’s previously had surgery for a brain cyst.Ohio State is now entering its most-important week of the season, as the Buckeyes are set to host Michigan at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. Kickoff is set for noon E.T. The game will be on FOX.
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Deandre Baker #18 of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts to an interception during the third quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Georgia has been producing serious NFL talent over the last few years. Kirby Smart is developing a real rival for Alabama in the SEC, in terms of the level of player on campus.Last spring, six Georgia players were selected in the NFL Draft. That includes three first rounders: Roquan Smith, Isaiah Wynn, and Sony Michel.UGA is unlikely to match that first round number, but there will be plenty of Bulldogs taken early in the 2019 NFL Draft. NFL.com just put out a new three-round mock draft, and the Dawgs are well represented.Five players from the Georgia Bulldogs crack the new three-round NFL Mock Draft.Cornerback Deandre Baker leads the way, after his impressive fall. The mock has him heading to the Oakland Raiders:Free agency could raid Oakland’s talent at cornerback. Baker brings consistency and competitive fire to the position.In the second round, the mock has another Georgia product joining Baker in the Bay Area (for now): wide receiver Riley Ridley, whom is described as a “Michael Thomas-type value” pick. Elijah Holyfield, one of Georgia’s dangerous running backs, is sent to the Kansas City Chiefs later in the round.In the third round, there are back-to-back Georgia picks: Mecole Hardman to the Broncos, and Isaac Nauta to the Bengals.[NFL.com]
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer celebrates winning the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The 2018 season ended on a very high note for the Ohio State Buckeyes football team. They blew out Michigan, won the Big Ten title, and won the Rose Bowl in Urban Meyer’s final game as head coach. As a result of their Big Ten dominance, the Buckeyes got a special reward.On Thursday, the Ohio State Football Twitter account revealed the rings the team was awarded for winning the Big Ten title. And they are quite a sight to behold.The rings included dozens of diamonds on top, along with the Ohio State logo situated in front of two trophies. The sides of the rings included the score of the Big Ten Championship Game and the individual player’s name.You can see the impressive rings in the photos below:Really. #B1G. Rings. 💎 #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/m2at5VOwKX— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) April 11, 2019Ohio State started the 2018 season with a 7-0 record that included impressive wins over Oregon State, No. 15 TCU, and No. 9 Penn State.Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, their College Football Playoff hopes were all but dashed with a 49-20 blowout loss to Purdue. Despite winning their remaining four regular season games, including a historic 62-39 blowout of Michigan and a Big Ten Championship win over Northwestern, the Buckeyes were edged out of the CFP.Ohio State finished the season with a 28-23 win over Washington in the Rose Bowl and were ranked No. 3 in the nation by the post-season polls.
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – SEPTEMBER 3: View of a Michigan Wolverines football helmet before their game against the Utah Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium on September 3, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)Jerry Rice is likely the best wide receiver in football history. His son is set to play the position at the college level in a few years.Brenden Rice is a three-star prospect out of Arizona. 247Sports has him ranked No. 397 in the 2020 class.He’s the No. 68 receiver and No. 12 player in the state of Arizona for the class.In early June, Rice announced a top 11 schools list. Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Michigan, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Oregon, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC and Washington State made the cut. He visited Michigan a few weeks ago, for a huge Wolverines recruiting weekend that saw double-digit recruits make the trip to Ann Arbor. His Twitter profile picture is now of him in a Wolverines uniform.On Tuesday, Brenden Rice appeared to hint at a potential commitment to Michigan.He doesn’t outright say it, but it is hard to interpret this #GoBlue tweet as anything else.#Goblue y’all in for sum special tmrw 😁‼️— Brenden (@BrendenRice) July 2, 2019Of course, we won’t have to wait too long to find out. Rice said the “something special” is coming today. A commitment seems like the most likely thing, but even if he doesn’t take things that far, Michigan is obviously in a great spot with the NFL legend’s son.All six of the predictions in 247Sports crystal ball for Rice have him choosing the Wolverines.Michigan currently has the No. 6 class in the country. That includes a pair of four-star wide receivers: A.J. Henning and Roman Wilson.
India vs Australia: Bhuvneshwar gets down to perfecting yorkers in Bumrah’s absenceIndia vs Australia: Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been entrusted with the duty of bowling in the death overs in the absence of Jasprit Bumrahadvertisement Press Trust of India AdelaideJanuary 14, 2019UPDATED: January 14, 2019 14:10 IST Bhuvneshwar Kumar said he has been charged with bowling in the death overs in Jasprit Bumrah’s absence (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJasprit Bumrah has been rested by Team India for the Australia ODIsBhuvneshwar Kumar said he is practising hard to perfect his yorkersIndia face Australia in the second ODI in Adelaide on Tuesday (January 15)Jasprit Bumrah is India’s resident yorker specialist but in absence of Gujarat speedster, the team management has entrusted his new ball partner Bhuvneshwar Kumar to fire in the toe-crushers at the Australian batsmen.Buvneshwar was seen bowling in the nets keeping a shoe at the base of the stumps in order to perfect his yorker ahead of theThe UP seamer, who rarely bowls yorker like Bumrah, is trying to add the delivery in his repertoire in order to avoid getting hit in the slog overs.”The skills (required to bowl yorkers) are also different. I was practising bowling yorkers at the shoes, and I was practising for the end (slog) overs to take wickets or block some runs. This (keeping shoes on the pitch) is something that I have been doing for some time,” Bhuvneshwar told mediapersons on the eve of the second ODI.The seamer said that he wasn’t practising yorkers as he wasn’t playing Test matches and also because the delivery is rarely used in longest format. “I didn’t practice that for almost a month now because in Tests, we hardly needed that. And I didn’t play a match. Going into an ODI or T20I series, you need that (yorker) thing. So I was practising that,” he said.The yorker becomes all the more necessary in the death as ‘blockhole’ deliveries or slower ones work with old balls (two new balls being used in ODIs).”The skills needed are totally different (with new and old balls). You are trying to swing the new-ball and take wickets. With the old ball, you are looking to bowl yorkers or slower balls. But they are both difficult.advertisement”When you are bowling with a new-ball, there are only two fielders outside the circle. With the old-ball, batsmen don’t care how many guys are outside the circle.”Also Read | India treating next two matches vs Australia as knockouts, says Bhuvneshwar KumarAlso Read | Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni hit the nets as India prepare for Adelaide ODIAlso Read | Virat Kohli obliges fans with autographs and selfies at Adelaide. What about MS Dhoni?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 byPTI Tags :Follow Bhuvneshwar KumarFollow Jasprit BumrahFollow India vs Australia
Two killed during Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami’s Jallikattu event in PudhukottaiSatish, a native of Tiruchirappalli district, was injured when he was standing at a collection point where the bulls return after the game. Ramu on the other hand was injured by a bull when ran pass through him.advertisement Akshaya Nath ChennaiJanuary 20, 2019UPDATED: January 20, 2019 17:05 IST The deceased were spectators at a Jallikattu event which was attempting to make a world record. (Photo: Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSBoth of them succumbed to their injuriesSo far, 13 people have been injured in Tamil Nadu while attempting to tame bullsOn Jan 17, more than 40 bull tamers were injured in the bull taming sport of JallikattuTwo people were killed during a Jallikattu event in Tamil Nadu’s Pudukkottai town. The deceased have been identified as 35-year-old Satish and 28-year-old Ramu. Both of the them were spectators at an event which was attempting to make a world record.Satish, a native of Tiruchirappalli district, was injured when he was standing at a collection point where the bulls return after the game. Ramu on the other hand was injured by a bull when ran pass through him. Both of them succumbed to their injuries.What is Jallikatttu?Jallikattu is a bull-taming sport conducted as part of Mattu Pongal, the third day of the four-day-long harvest festival Pongal. The Tamil word ‘mattu’ means bull, and the third day of Pongal is dedicated to cattle, a key partner in the process of farming. Jallikattu is believed to be a tradition practiced since at least last 2,500 years.Also Read | All you need to know about JallikattuThe Jallikattu event in Pudhukottai was inaugurated by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and was being overseen by health minister C Vijayabaskar. So far, 13 people have been injured in Tamil Nadu while attempting to tame bulls in different Jallikattu events this season.The Tamil Nadu government is trying to get Jallikattu registered in the Guinness Book of World Records. For this, health minister C Vijayabaskar is organising a Jallikattu event where 2,000 bulls will be released for taming. Nearly 800 bull tamers are participating in this.In the past few days, Jallikattu competitions have been held at different places in Tamil Nadu.advertisementOn January 17, a spectator died of heart attack while more than 40 bull tamers were injured in the bull taming sport of Jallikattu which was held as part of Pongal festivities which began on January 15.A day before, at least 48 competitors were injured, 14 of them seriously, in a Jallikattu event held at Palamedu, officials said. The 14 bull tamers were hospitalised while others with minor injuries were treated at the medical centre at the venue itself, they said.Also Read | Tamil Nadu: 10 wounded in first jallikattu of 2019 at AriyalurThrowback | Jallikattu: Protests to continue till permanent Ordinance is in placeAlso Watch | Jallikattu: Protests to continue till permanent Ordinance is in placeFor 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 byChanchal Chauhan
Aditya K Halder New DelhiMarch 21, 2019UPDATED: March 21, 2019 08:58 IST Sreeshankar had skipped the Federation Cup due to a left-heel injury (Reuters Photo)Long jump prodigy M Sreeshankar has been asked by Athletics Federation of India (AFI) to skip the Asian Athletics Championship next month in Doha despite the athletes claim he has recovered from a minor heel injury.”He (Sreeshankar) did put a request for participation in Asian Championship but we asked him not to,” said AFI deputy chief coach P Radhakrishnan Nair.”He is a bright medal prospect and a heel injury, if not taken care of in time, will aggravate and put his career in danger.”The 19-year-old national record holder earlier skipped the Federation Cup due to a left-heel injury which aggravated at the Indian Grand Prix in Sangrur this month – where he managed his best jump of the season with 7.74 metres.Sreeshankar back then told Mail Today that he has requested the federation to allow him for a trial on April 2 to qualify for the Asian Championship.On Wednesday, the long jumper said he has completely recovered from the injury and has already started light training in his hometown, Palakkad in Kerala.”I couldn’t convince AFI to allow me for a trial in April, they asked me to better sit out and recover totally. But honestly, I am fit at the moment and I have already started light training,” Sreeshankar told Mail Today. “They have also informed me they are sending me a recovery kit for the injury but I am not sure if it’s necessary.”The teenager now is looking forward to enhancing his performance by training abroad and will be working with his father-cum-coach S Murali as he wishes to participate in Asian Grand Prix in June before the World Championship, whose qualification he earned last year in Open Nationals.advertisement”I need some competitive training before World Championship, that’s why I intend to take part in Asian Grand Prix, if AFI allows, and will be training abroad around that period,” he said.Also Read | Amit Panghal, Shiva Thapa in Indian men’s boxing team for Asian ChampionshipsAlso Read | IPL is fine but let’s not forget India’s 233-medal haul at Special OlympicsGet 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 SreeshankarFollow Long jumpFollow Asian Athletics ChampionshipsFollow InjuryFollow Athletics Federation of India AFI asks Sreeshankar to skip Asian Athletics ChampionshipsSreeshankar was asked by the Athletics Federation of India to skip the Asian Athletics Championship despite the long jump national record holder claiming he has recovered from injuryadvertisement
Got to admire how MS Dhoni takes the game deep and gets the job done: Ben StokesCSK vs RR, IPL 2019: Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Ben Stokes hailed Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni saying there was a lot to learn from the way he bats in every situation.advertisement Press Trust of India ChennaiApril 1, 2019UPDATED: April 1, 2019 12:48 IST MS Dhoni registered his second highest score in the IPL to lead CSK to an 8-run win vs RR (IPL Twitter Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDhoni smashed 75 not out off 46 balls to script CSK’s 8-run win vs RRDhoni’s score was his second highest in the IPL and his highest in ChennaiThe 37-year-old was adjudged man-of-the-match for his knock which was laced with 4 boundaries and 4 sixesRajasthan Royals all-rounder Ben Stokes has said that his team can’t afford to lose another game after suffering three consecutive defeats in the IPL.Stokes said there was no point in looking back and focus on the upcoming games because if they lose the next two, bouncing back could be beyond Royals’ reach.”Our first three games we got ourselves into a real good position to win all three, and we know it is just (about) winning those crucial moments. (This game) it was the last over and unfortunately we couldn’t cross the line,” Stokes said at the post-match press conference after the eight-run loss against Chennai Super Kings here on Sunday night.”There is always been one point in the three games were we haven’t been a better team. Losing the first three games you probably would say we can’t (take positives), but we are trying to and there is no point in looking back…Because if we lose 4-5, it’s going to be really tough to come back from that,” he said.Stokes also hailed CSK captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni saying there was a lot to learn from him. Dhoni smashed an unbeaten 75 to bail his team out of trouble from 27 for three.”Hindsight is a wonderful thing, if you look back at it like that. He just takes it deep as he possibly can. He’s a great person to learn from and watch how he goes about his innings whether it’s setting a total or chasing a total.advertisement”Sometimes you got to hold your hand up and say the best players in the world can do that. He certainly showed that tonight.”Paying tribute to Dhoni’s finishing skills, the Englishman said he is one of the greatest finishers to have graced the game and the Royals tried to attack him but he got reprieves which could have been a turning point.I feed off @msdhoni’s energy: Dwayne Bravo’Champion’ @DJBravo47 tells @sambillings about bowling the tense last over in the RR win, batting with ‘Thala’ and @ChennaiIPL’s performance. By @RajalArora #CSKvRR #VIVOIPLFull video – https://t.co/2dtBPUXbR6 pic.twitter.com/079YU8IdlpIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 1, 2019″Especially when he comes in early, every team knows what he’s going to try and do to start with and we tried to attack him. Getting him out was our main objective. There was a dropped catch which you can’t blame anyone for – that happens – and the ball hitting the stumps and the bails not coming off.”The Royals needed 12 runs in the final over to seal win but failed to do as the experienced Dwayne Bravo yet again kept things tight and took the wicket of Stokes.About this, the Royals player said the first ball is crucial and Bravo knew what to do.”And probably though the first ball is crucial to get a boundary (in the last over), and to try and get the momentum, you know (it) could have gone (for a boundary) but (Dwanye) Bravo is sort of experienced in those situations and he knows what to do and he is one of the best in the world doing it, so just say well bowled at the end of the day.”Stokes said there was a little bit of pace in the wicket but it was ‘stoppy’ and the dew made it hard for the bowlers.”(There was) little bit pace and (it was) sloppy, towards the end the quicker ball couldn’t not lay easier and in the end the dew helped (the ball) to come on nicely.”The dew on the top of the grass was making the ball slippery and you could see how many times the ball was changed and it was a tough task for us, imagine how hard it was for the spinners considering they used their fingers to spin the ball,” he added.Also Read | Watch: CSK players celebrate coach Stephen Fleming’s 46th birthday after beating RRAlso Read | I don’t take anything for granted: Imran Tahir after clinching Purple CapAlso Read | IPL 2019: MS Dhoni impressed with Imran Tahir’s control after CSK win thrillerFor 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 Ben StokesFollow MS DhoniFollow Chennai Super KingsFollow CSK vs RRFollow IPL 2019
World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni, KL Rahul and spinners shine as India thrash Bangladesh in final warm-upKL Rahul shone at No. 4. MS Dhoni showed glimpses of his vintage self. Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal were back among the wickets. India finished their dress rehearsal to the 2019 World Cup with a convincing win over Bangladesh in their 2nd and final warm-up match on Tuesday in Cardiff advertisement commentary No data available! view more view less scorecard Akshay Ramesh CardiffMay 28, 2019UPDATED: May 29, 2019 00:12 IST IND vs BAN, CWC 19 warm-up: KL Rahul and MS Dhoni took the Bangladesh bowlers to the cleaners in Cardiff on Tuesday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKL Rahul and MS Dhoni hit hundreds as India posted 359 runsKuldeep and Chahal picked up 6 wickets between themBangladesh were bundled out for 264 as India clinched a convincing winIndia’s World Cup campaign had gotten off to a poor start when they were handed a 6-wicket thrashing by New Zealand in their first ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 warm-up match on Saturday. It seemed their batsmen were still in the IPL hangover as they failed to put up a fight against a quality Black Caps pace attack in overcast conditions.Concerns were raised after the ordinary batting performance in Bristol and the talk over the No. 4 spot continued with the failure of KL Rahul in the absence of Vijay Shankar who was earmarked for the role due to an injury concern.However, India, it is safe to say, have proved all the doubters wrong with an emphatic performance against Bangladesh in their 2nd and final warm-up match in Cardiff on Tuesday. The dominance with both the bat and the ball should give the fans and, more importantly, the dressing a lot of confidence ahead of India’s World Cup 2019 opener against New Zealand, scheduled for June 5.Bangladesh won the toss and sent India in to bat and Virat Kohli’s men got off to a worst possible start in overcast conditions as they lost Shikhar Dhawan for 1 as early as the second over. Rohit Sharma also suffered a second successive batting failure as he was dismissed for 19.Rahul seals No. 4 spot?However, KL Rahul who got another opportunity to bat at No. 4 stepped up and delivered as he hit a classy 108 (99 balls). Rahul seems to have sealed his spot at the much-talked-about batting position which has been a cause of concern for India over the years.advertisementRahul stitched a handy 33-run stand with captain Virat Kohli (47) who looked in good touch before he was castled by a yorker from medium pacer Mohammad Saifuddin.Rahul then joined hands with MS Dhoni who showed glimpses of his vintage self. Dhoni showed no respect to the Bangladesh bowling attack as he was severe against them right from the word go.Dhoni shows glimpses of vintage selfDhoni launched into Bangladesh spinners Mehidy Hasan and Mosaddek Hossain as he hit sixes at will against the two offies. Dhoni brought up his hundred in just 73 balls and finished with 113 in just 78 balls.Dhoni had hit 7 sixes and 8 boundaries and stitched a 164-run stand for the 5th wicket which in the end proved to be a match-winning stand.Rahul, on the other hand, showcased a lot of maturity as he switched gears whenever needed. While he stepped on the gas when MS Dhoni had just walked in, he was happy to play second fiddle when the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman was going big in the middle overs.Hardik Pandya then played a handy cameo, smashing 21 from just 11 balls as India posted a mammoth total of 359.In reply, Bangladesh were jolted early by Jasprit Bumrah’s double strike in the 10th over. The India pacer came up with a perfect yorker to remove danger man Shakib Al Hasan for nought and shift the balance in favour of India early in their defence of 360.However, opener Litton Das and Mushfiqur Rahman added 120 runs for the third wicket. The duo kept India spinners and first-change pacers at bay but not for long as Yuzvendra Chahal triggered a Bangladesh collapse when he removed Litton Das for 73 in the 32nd over.Das tried to come down the track and hit Chahal over his head but the sun was shining bright and the pitch offered a bit of turn as the Bangladesh opener was beaten by spin and eventually stumped by MS Dhoni.Bangladesh lost 6 wickets for 47 runs as they went from being 169 for 2 to 216 for 8.Kuldeep Yadav seemed to have found his mojo back after a horror run in Indian Premier League 2019. The left-arm wrist-spinner picked up the big wicket of Mushfiqur Rahim for 90 and ran through the lower-middle order.Kuldeep was smiling in delight as he picked up three wickets, much to the relief of the dressing room.India win by 95 runs!Kuldeep Yadav was the pick of the Indian bowlers, taking 3/47 as India’s attack maintained control throughout the Bangladesh run chase. pic.twitter.com/obSXzkQppYCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) May 28, 2019Bangladesh were restricted to 264 in their chase of 360. India finished their dress rehearsal for the biggest cricket tournament of the year on a high, having found answers to most of the questions that had been nagging them in the lead-up to the quadrennial event.Also Read | MS Dhoni hits rapid hundred in warm-up against BangladeshAlso Read | Sourav Ganguly and John Wright reunite in commentary box, bond over banterAlso See:advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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