The sunny start to the day faded away behind the dark grey clouds, but that only served to make the warm conditions a little more bearable for the players out on the fields. With rounds one and two completed today, the tournament is running smoothly and in most competitions the ladders are starting to sort themselves out. Competition tomorrow and Monday, leading up until the finals, will no doubt change the way ladders are looking and players, officials and spectators alike are looking forward to day two of the competition. Mens Open: After two rounds the Southern Suns are the only undefeated Mens Open side in pool one of the competition. They registered their second win easily, 9-3 over the Northern Eagles, who remain the only pool one side yet to win a match. The Scorpions put their first round loss to the Suns behind them, registering a 9-3 victory over the Tropical Queensland Cyclones. In pool two both the Brisbane City Cobras and Sydney Mets remain undefeated, although the Cobras had more than a scare against the Sunshine Coast Razorbacks, winning 3-2. Womens Open: Mary Steele leads the Womens Open competition with six touchdowns, after scoring three in Brisbane City Cobra’s round two match against the Tropical Queensland Cyclones. The Cobra’s finished with an 11-0 thrashing of their fellow Queenslanders and top the ladder in pool one. The Gold Coast Sharks are also undefeated in pool one after a 5-0 victory over the Sydney Rebels. Melissa Galea is another player doing well in the scoring department, finishing with four touchdowns in the Sydney Mets 8-1 victory over the Crusaders. The win leaves the Mets undefeated at the top of pool two. The Sunshine Coast Razorbacks kept the Barbarians winless after two rounds, with a 5-1 victory, while the Southern Suns are looking strong, also undefeated in pool two after a 5-0 win over the Sydney Scorpions. Mixed Open: The Sydney Mets are looking extremely strong in the mixed competition after a second win, 9-2 over the Southern Suns, leaves them undefeated in pool one. The Sydney Scorpions are also undefeated after an easy 5-0 victory over the Tropical Queensland Cyclones. The Gold Coast Sharks lead pool two after an easy 7-1 win over the Sunshine Coast Razorbacks. The Sydney Rebels remain winless after going down 5-2 to the Brisbane City Cobras, who are yet to lose, but sitting in second place of pool two. Mens 20 years: The Tropical Queensland Cyclones and the Sydney Mets remain undefeated after round two in the Mens 20 years competition. Both registered comfortable wins 8-4 and 7-4 over the Gold Coast Sharks and Sunshine Coast Razorbacks respectively. It was the local Northern Eagles though, who registered the easiest round two win with an 8-2 victory over the Sydney Rebels who are struggling with only eight players after injuries and withdrawals. In the other round two match the Brisbane City Cobras and Southern Suns played out a 3-3 draw in a close match, leaving the ladder as close as ever. Womens 20 years: At the end of round two the Hunter-Western Hornets and the Tropical Queensland Cyclones remain undefeated in the Womens 20 years competition. The Hornets, who are the 2003 defending champions, accounted comfortably for the Sydney Rebels 4-1. However, for the Cyclones it was a tight 3-2 match against the Sydney Mets that sees them remain undefeated. A solid team effort, highlighted by having seven individual scorers, saw the Sunshine Coast Razorbacks defeat the Southern Suns 7-2. Results: Mens Open- Round 2 Sydney Scorpions def Tropical Queensland Cyclones: 9-3 Sydney Rebels def Crusaders: 5-2 Sydney Mets def Southern Cross Barbarians: 6-3 Gold Coast Sharks def Hunter-Western Hornets: 7-2 Southern Suns def Northern Eagles: 9-3 Brisbane City Cobras defeated Sunshine Coast Razorbacks: 3-2 Womens Open- Round 2 Brisbane City Cobras def Tropical Queensland Cyclones: 11-0 Gold Coast Sharks def Sydney Rebels: 5-0 Hunter-Western Hornets def Northern Eagles: 4-1 Sydney Mets def Crusaders: 8-1 Sunshine Coast Razorbacks def Southern Cross Barbarians: 5-1 Southern Suns def Sydney Scorpions: 5-0 Mixed Open- Round 2 Brisbane City Cobras def Sydney Rebels: 5-2 Gold Coast Sharks def Sunshine Coast Razorbacks: 7-1 Crusaders def Hunter-Western Hornets: 7-4 Sydney Scorpions def Tropical Queensland Cyclones: 5-0 Sydney Mets def Southern Suns: 9-2 Barbarians: Bye Mens 20 years- Round 2 Brisbane City Cobras drew Southern Suns: 3-3 Northern Eagles def Sydney Rebels: 8-2 Tropical Queensland Cyclones def Gold Coast Sharks: 8-4 Sydney Mets def Sunshine Coast Razorbacks: 7-4 Crusaders: Bye Womens 20 years- Round 2 Gold Coast Sharks def Crusaders: 5-2 Hunter-Western Hornets def Sydney Rebels: 4-1 Tropical Queensland Cyclones def Sydney Mets: 3-2 Sunshine Coast Razorbacks def Southern Suns: 7-2 Brisbane City Cobras: Bye Media Contact: Rachel Moyle, 042 223 3165
Bo De La Cruz was all smiles at the Northern Territory Sports Awards on Friday night 2 April 2004 as she accepted the prestigious award of Northern Territory Sportsperson of the Year. The touch footballer was gobsmacked to receive the honour in front a field of 10 nominated Territorian athletes for outstanding achievement. “I’m lost for words, for once” she said in her acceptance speech at the gala event held at Darwin’s MGM Grand Casino. Finalists for the award were Australian hockey goalkeeper Mark Hickman, a veteran of 71 Tests, and Australian tenpin bowling champion Ronald Voukolos. “I was up against a pretty hard field,” De La Cruz said. “Mark and Ron are two very good friends of mine but in my eyes we are all winners. “It was a very big shock to me because it was a very hard field, but girls took it out” De La Cruz was a member of the Australia Womens Touch team that won the World Cup in Japan in May 2003. She was also named Player of the Series at the event. She thanked her family, especially the discipline learnt from father Norm a halfback for Nightcliff and NT representative in rugby league. She also thanked guest speaker Jason McCartney for being at the awards. “He is a major inspiration. I didn’t know all the facts about what happened in Bali. I’m a Kangaroos fan for the record, and he is an amazing man to overcome the hurdles and to do something that passionate, that takes an amazing person.” Next on the agenda for the speedy playmaker is the State of Origin series in the unfamiliar colour of blue. “I was recently picked in the New South Wales State of Origin team which my Dad is not to happy about he’s a Queenslander and I go for Queenslanders but I’m very honoured to be playing for NSW.” De La Cruz is also preparing for Australia’s bid to win the All Nations Cup to be played in New Zealand late in 2005. “We’re back in the squad again and the easy part was making the team, the hard part is staying there,” she said. De La Cruz has considered other sports but at the moment is content with her chosen team sport. “I’ve always loved playing in a team.” She said. “I don’t know if I would ever go well in an individual sport. “I thought about going back to athletics. As a junior I did athletics and swimming. “I’m only 23 and look at Nova Peris, Kyle Van Der Kuyp and Patrick Johnson they’re all in there 30’s now and still going strong. “Nova is on of my biggest inspirations. I remember when I was about 11 and she came to my school, and I’ll always remember her words that nothing is impossible. I’ve always stuck to my guns and that saying, and looking at what I’ve achieved now, I think everything is possible.” This article is from the Northern Territory News, Monday 5 April 2004.
This weekend from Port Macquarie to Perth, referees will all be getting an upgrade!The New South Wales Junior State Cup and the WA State Championships will be the first opportunity for the new referee uniform to be worn.After a long consultation process and design phase the new kit will make its debut on close to 400 referees.The new design is in line with the national programs and Australian playing design as well as being high tech with respect to the fabric utilised to provide maximum comfort.In the coming week a new ordering platform direct with national sponsor KooGa will be launched making it easier than ever to obtain uniforms.The referee uniform will be worn at all levels and will replace the various styles in circulation in due course. This will mean that there are no extra uniform costs associated with transition from the park through to the national level. TFA will be working through allocations to referees to minimise the cost of such a replacement as well as applying flexibility at the national events through the panel to manage the use of the old and the new as it is phased in.TFA would like to thank the feedback of the Referee Panel as well as the National Referee Squad who assisted in providing feedback as well as broader consultation. We would also especially like to thank TFA Board member, Barry McNamara, and Anthony Smith for the leadership role they played in this process.Stay tuned to the website for the launch of the online shop – www.austouch.com.au.Related LinksReferee Uniforms
Watford prepared to sell Doucoure – but not at PSG priceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford are prepared to sell Abdoulaye Doucoure this month.That’s according to ESPN, which report Watford will listen to offers for Doucoure starting at €50m.PSG are keen, but will not consider going higher than €30m for the midfielder.Doucoure is considered at PSG as a replacement for wantaway midfielder Adrien Rabiot.Just last week, Watford boss Javi Gracia said: “It’s important for the club and the owner to know how important he is to us. But after that, they will choose what is best for the club. Sometimes, some players, like last season with Richarlison, decide themselves. It could happen again. We do not want him to leave, but it’s football.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Callum Slattery proud to make Southampton debutby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCallum Slattery was proud to make his Southampton debut after their 2-2 draw with FA Cup opponents Derby.The midfielder featured for the full 90 minutes for Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side who raced into a two-goal lead at Pride Park courtesy of Nathan Redmond’s brace only for strikes from Jack Marriott and Tom Lawrence to set up a replay. “It was a fantastic feeling and it’s what I’ve been waiting for,” he said. “It was a dream come true to make my debut in the FA Cup in front of our fans. The result was more important though and we didn’t get that today. “We’re disappointed for the result given that we were 2-0 up and we had chances to put the game away, we feel like we’ve let it slip.“We started the game well and we were pleased with how we had got into the early lead. To get the second and go 2-0 up is always nice and we felt in control; the third was needed to kill the game but we didn’t get it and got punished.“Once you get your debut out the way, you’re always hungry to get more games in the bag. I can’t just rely on one game, I’ve got to keep working hard and work for the next games.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Barcelona sign Toulouse defender Jean-Clair Todiboby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona have completed the signing of Toulouse defender Jean-Clair Todibo.Todibo will arrive at the Camp Nou in the summer and will see out the remainder of the campaign with his current club.Depending on his performances and the impression that he gives during pre-season, it will be assessed by Barcelona in the summer whether he stays or departs on loan next year.Agreement with Jean-Clair Todibo (@jctodibo) for him to join the Club next season. https://t.co/L1Ejgvhg1f— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 8, 2019
There’s no shortage of predictions with the 2016 college football season now just months away. Whether it’s Heisman Trophy-watch lists or national title contenders, sports news outlets all over the country have taken the opportunity to let their voices be heard. On Tuesday, ESPN decided to flip the script and pick the five teams that will enter the season as the most overrated title contenders – one from each conference. College football roundtable: Overrated playoff contenders https://t.co/nemKu2xbhf— ESPN ACC (@ESPN_ACC) May 17, 2016A panel made up of Jared Shanker, Brandon Chatman, Austin Ward, Edward Aschoff and Ted Miller ended up with the following schools. ACC – Florida StateBig 12 – OklahomaBig Ten – MichiganSEC – LSUPac-12 – StanfordThey go on to explain their reasoning behind these selections, all making pretty solid arguments. You can find that here.What do you think, college football fans? Did they get it right?
College football is back tomorrow!Well, technically Cal and Hawaii kicked off the season from Australia last Friday, but most consider the true beginning of the season this weekend. On Thursday, teams like Louisville, Minnesota, South Carolina, and Tennessee get things started, but Week 1 really heats up Saturday.Alabama-USC, Texas A&M-UCLA, LSU-Wisconsin, UNC-Georgia. The day is filled with huge, interesting match-ups. On Sunday, we have College Football Playoff contender Notre Dame traveling to a hungry Texas team looking to make a leap into respectability. Monday features an awesome game between Florida State and Ole Miss in Orlando.Who do we like this weekend? As we do every week, the College Spun staff has picked every game featuring a team in the Power Five conferences and the Top 25.Also check out our season picks here.(*On mobile, our picks are best viewed in landscape mode.)GameLombardiHolleranLyonsHladikDriscollMcCabeLouisville vs. CharlotteWake Forest vs. TulaneN.C. State vs. William & MaryFIU vs. IndianaTennessee vs. Appalachian StateVanderbilt vs. South CarolinaUtah vs. Southern UtahMinnesota vs. Oregon StateSyracuse vs. ColgateMichigan State vs. FurmanBaylor vs. Northwestern StateColorado vs. Colorado StateStanford vs. Kansas StateBoston College vs. Georgia TechHouston vs. OklahomaPurdue vs. Eastern KentuckyOhio State vs. Bowling GreenNorthwestern vs. Western MichiganMichigan vs. HawaiiMississippi State vs. South AlabamaWest Virginia vs. MissouriMaryland vs. HowardVirginia Tech vs. LibertyPittsburgh vs. VillanovaWashington vs. RutgersTexas A&M vs. UCLAWisconsin vs. LSUVirginia vs. RichmondPenn State vs. Kent StateIowa vs. Miami (OH)Illinois vs. Murray StateOklahoma State vs. SE LouisianaArkansas vs. Louisana TechOregon vs. UC DavisNorth Carolina vs. GeorgiaDuke vs. N.C. CentralMiami vs. Florida A&MKansas vs. Rhode IslandKentucky vs. Southern Miss Florida vs. UMassAlabama vs. USCIowa State vs. Northern IowaNebraska vs. Fresno StateWashington State vs. Eastern WashingtonTCU vs. San Diego StateTexas Tech vs. Stephen F. AustinAuburn vs. ClemsonArizona vs. BYUArizona State vs. Northern Arizona Texas vs. Notre DameFlorida State vs. Ole Miss
Virgil van Dijk has revealed that Jordan Henderson “painted the picture” of Liverpool which helped to convince him that a £75 million ($91m) move to Anfield was his best choice.A big-money transfer to Merseyside had been mooted for the Dutch defender several months before it was finally pushed through.Jurgen Klopp put a record-breaking deal in place with Southampton, allowing a commanding presence to embrace a new challenge that he has made the most of. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Liverpool were not his only suitors though when a switch was being contemplated, with there several options for him to consider.Van Dijk was, however, left in no doubt as to where he should be heading after speaking with Reds skipper Henderson – with whom he shares an agent.“He painted the picture for me and made it easy to join,” the 28-year-old centre-half told ESPN FC.Liverpool’s loyal fan base also swayed Van Dijk towards the north west after endless rounds of speculation regarding his future on the south coast.He added: “That summer when I made the decision until I actually joined the club, I had so many Liverpool fans coming up to me wherever I went – everywhere – telling me how much they wanted me to sign for the club.“That gave me a bit of a feeling of how big Liverpool is and how passionate the supporters are.“When you look at the Barcelona game [in last season’s Champions League semi-finals], the scenes from the parade in the city and you watch videos of them celebrating all over the world, it says everything. It’s unbelievable to be involved in something so special.“I think the minimum you can do at such a beautiful and big club is to give everything you’ve got and have no regrets when you leave the pitch because you know you did everything in your power to win the game. The fans appreciate that.“That’s the mentality we all have in the squad; we will work every yard of the pitch and work for each other: it’s our base.“No one can blame us for not trying, for not having ambition because we give everything.”That desire delivered European glory for Liverpool in 2018-19, having missed out on the Premier League title, and Van Dijk is impressed with the giant strides he has helped the Reds to take over the course of the last 18 months.“The progress since I’ve been here has surprised me a little, but at the same time, it hasn’t been surprising because if you look at the team, we have a fantastic squad on and off the pitch,” he said.“It’s not just the talent we have: everyone gets along, we want to fight for each other, we want to develop together and that’s something that comes down from the manager and how he is with his staff. The senior players here are welcoming, set the tone in terms of how we treat each other and what we should demand from ourselves.“We want to improve, we won’t get comfortable. That’s a big credit to the manager and everyone that works at Melwood: they always remind us there’s no time to feel like it’s all good. That we have to strive to be better than the last game, even if it was an incredible performance. There are always things we can still learn to perfect.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
LINCOLN, NE – AUGUST 30: The Nebraska Cornhuskers take the field for their game against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Memorial Stadium on August 30, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)Nebraska and Kansas State used to give us some of the best games of college football’s regular season. It’s been a long time since the two Midwest programs squared off, though.Could we be getting some future games between the Huskers and the Wildcats? Perhaps.Kansas State has admitted that it is “open” to scheduling some non-conference games against the Big Ten program.KSU’s AD, Gene Taylor, was asked about scheduling a game against Nebraska in a Q&A with the school’s website. Here’s what he had to say:BS: On to our questions from the fans now, first one is are there any conversations of getting Nebraska on any future non-conference schedules in the near future?GT: None right now, but that is a school that makes a lot of sense. We are pretty well-scheduled out in football with our one Power Five opponent, but we do play them in baseball and have had conversations in men’s basketball. If the opportunity were to arise, they are someone we would certainly entertain if it made sense for us.A non-conference series between Nebraska and Kansas State would be a lot of fun.The Wildcats’ schedule is mostly booked through the early 2020s, so it could be a while until we get one scheduled.
CHAPEL HILL, NC – NOVEMBER 18: A general view as the sun sets during the game between the Western Carolina Catamounts and the North Carolina Tar Heels at Kenan Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)North Carolina’s football program is coming off a 3-9 season. The Tar Heels – and, specifically, head coach Larry Fedora – are in desperate need of a bounce-back season.Instead, UNC is on way to another disaster season.North Carolina opened the 2018 season with a loss, but a Week 2 victory seemed secured with a bout against ECU.Instead, UNC is minutes away from being upset.It’s ECU 28, North Carolina 19 heading into the fourth quarter.how did UNC get this bad this quickly pic.twitter.com/VxvVMHuyV6— Matt Brown (@MattSBN) September 8, 2018Larry Fedora’s seat was hot coming into the season. How scolding is it now?It’s only Week 2 but Larry Fedora’s job is probably in serious jeopardy pic.twitter.com/Cx60XyaqsI— Andrew Doughty (@Adoughty88) September 8, 2018UNC and ECU are playing on ESPNU.
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field alongside his wife Shelley after his team won 45-24 against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Urban Meyer had a scary moment during today’s Ohio State-Indiana game, as the Buckeyes’ head coach collided with an assistant on the sideline. Meyer was down on the sideline for a couple of minutes before eventually getting up.Thankfully, everything appears to be OK. Meyer was checked out by Ohio State’s medical team and was back coaching later in the fourth quarter.It’s all smiles for Ohio State now, too.The Buckeyes remained undefeated and beat Indiana, 49-26, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.Check out what Urban Meyer’s wife, Shelley Meyer, wore for this evening’s contest:Vibes. pic.twitter.com/hA4V06rekE— Shelley Meyer (@spinnershells) October 6, 2018Those are pretty great socks.Ohio State, No. 3 in the latest top 25 polls, is set to play at Minnesota next weekend.
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 02: Oklahoma Sooners helmet on the field before the game against the UTEP Miners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated UTEP 56-7. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images) *** local caption ***While the Oklahoma Sooners are poised for another big bowl game in the coming weeks, a former Oklahoma player will likely be watching the game from behind bars.According to the Associated Press, former Oklahoma Sooners walk-on T.J. Hamilton was sentenced on Thursday to five years in prison after pleading guilty to defrauding investors of nearly $900,000.Hamilton was ordered to pay $869,300 back to the people he defrauded.“T.J. Hamilton’s extravagant and indulgent lifestyle was fraudulently built on the financial savings of those who believed in him…He now has to deal with the consequences of his criminal actions.”- US Attorney Trent Shores https://t.co/KKvn5LcKtC— U.S. Attorney NDOK (@USAO_NDOK) December 13, 2018Back in September, Hamilton pleaded guilty to federal wire fraud conspiracy charges.He reportedly promoted false investment opportunities, while using his status as a former Oklahoma player and endorsements from other Oklahoma athletes.Per the report, Hamilton actually used the money he received for personal use, including funding his fledgling music career.Allegations of Hamilton’s misuse of money began as early as 2013, per FOX Sports.Hamilton was wide receiver with the 2008 and 2009 Oklahoma teams.He had no receptions or noteworthy stats during his two years with the Sooners.[Associated Press]
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)On Wednesday afternoon, Texas State head coach Jake Spavital was named as a possible candidate for the offensive coordinator position with the Arizona Cardinals. New head coach Kliff Kingsbury worked with Spavital at Houston, leading to the rumors of the pair teaming up yet again.However, it didn’t take long for Spavital to address those rumors. The Texas State head coach has a simple, but effective, message for Bobcats faithful who wanted to see him on the sidelines in 2019.Check it out.#EatEmUp ?— Jake Spavital (@JakeSpavital) January 9, 2019Kingsbury and Spavital worked together at Houston when Kingsbury was an offensive quality control coach and Spavital was a graduate assistant. Since then, Spavital served as the offensive coordinator at Texas A&M, Cal, and most recently, West Virginia.Now he’ll gear up for his first head coaching opportunity. He immediately became one of the youngest head coaches in college football when he signed his deal – he’s just 33 years old.
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: ESPN College GameDay analyst Rece Davis discusses game day at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)An ESPN College GameDay host has called out a major college football program in the wake of today’s transfer news.Oklahoma gained a major quarterback transfer today, with Alabama’s Jalen Hurts announcing his move into the Sooners’ program.OU has another major quarterback transferring out, as former four-star recruit Austin Kendall has entered his name into the NCAA’s transfer portal.Kendall reportedly has interest in transferring to West Virginia, but the Sooners are blocking the intra-conference move from happening.ESPN’s Rece Davis isn’t happy about that.Amen. https://t.co/cb2ZjbsW8w— Rece Davis (@ESPN_ReceDavis) January 16, 2019ESPN’s Jake Trotter was the first to report about Oklahoma’s situation with Kendall.“As it pursues Alabama grad transfer quarterback Jalen Hurts, OU is blocking Austin Kendall from becoming immediately eligible at West Virginia as a grad transfer, multiple sources told ESPN,” he reports.Kendall, a former top recruit, has graduated from Oklahoma, so he’s able to play right away in 2019, but the Sooners could stop him from doing so at another Big 12 program.Most, though, think Oklahoma – a program that’s benefited tremendously from quarterback transfers – should let him go wherever he wants.
Watch: MS Dhoni and Ziva play in the sand. Sakshi captures adorable momentMS Dhoni posted a video on his social media handle of him playing with his daughter Ziva at a beachadvertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiDecember 30, 2018UPDATED: December 31, 2018 03:51 IST MS Dhoni was filmed by Sakshi Dhoni playing with daughter Ziva in the sand (@mahi7781 Instagram screengrab)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni spent some quality time with his daughter Ziva and wife SakshiDhoni had retired from Test cricket exactly on this day four years agoDhoni has recently answered critics who asked him to play domestic cricketMS Dhoni was good mood as he was spending time with his family on day out to the beach on Sunday. It is exactly four years since he called time on his Test career at the end of the Melbourne Test.The move shocked the entire cricketing world, as he stepped down from Indian captaincy of the Indian cricket team.On Sunday, Dhoni chose to be with his daughter Ziva and wife Sakshi and even posted video on his social media.In the videos, Dhoni can be seen asking Ziva to step into a pit in the sand only to cover it up around her legs. Ziva then nonchalantly walks out of the ‘trap’ with ease. Sakshi who was behind the camera, captured the beautiful moment.Dhoni shared the post with the caption, “As a kid whenever v got sand this was one thing v would do for sure”Dhoni has recently come under criticisim for his non particiaptiomn in Indian domestic cricket, to which he gave a fitting reply.”It is important to safeguard players,” Dhoni said at the book launch on N Srinivasan on Saturday.”We have to make the domestic circuit slightly less challenging [in terms of the itinerary] for the individual. Moreover, it is important to be not too critical of T20 cricket and also individual preferences. Individual preferences should not be criticised,” Dhoni added.advertisementAlso Read | December 30, 2014: When MS Dhoni shocked India with sudden Test retirementAlso Read | MS Dhoni on N Srinivasan: Love him, hate him, but can’t ignore himFor 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 MS DhoniFollow ZivaFollow viral videoFollow Ziva DhoniFollow Dhoni
Reuters MelbourneJanuary 16, 2019UPDATED: January 16, 2019 14:18 IST Roger Federer had his serve broken for the first time at the Australian Open this year. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRoger Federer is the defending champion at Australian Open this yearFederer and Evans displayed two very similar kinds of play at Melbourne ParkEvans is returning from a one year-long drug banDouble defending champion Roger Federer weathered a stern test from the impressive Dan Evans and paid the British battler the ultimate compliment after prevailing 7-6(5), 7-6(3), 6-3 to reach the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday.Having thrashed Denis Istomin in his Melbourne Park opener, third seed Federer faced a different beast in world number 189 Evans, who made a mockery of his ranking and pushed the Swiss hard throughout a high-quality duel at Rod Laver Arena.”It feels like playing a mirror a little bit and that was my mindset going in,” 20-times Grand Slam champion Federer said of qualifier Evans, who is rebuilding his career after serving a year-long drug ban.”He has a lot of slice and more serve and volley, my size can help me a bit more.”Showcasing a sturdy defence and counter-punching gamely, Evans broke Federer for the first time in the tournament, dragging the former world number one into a second tiebreak to cheer British fans after Andy Murray’s first round elimination.Teacher: Roger FedererStudent: Dan EvansThe world No.189 produces a passing crosscourt backhand to break back Federer and level the second set 5-5.#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/Xh3Pwy5VLQ#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 16, 2019But the Birmingham man lacked the edge in the clutch points while Federer was clinical.He broke Evans in the fourth game of the third set and served out the match to love, sealing the win with an imperious backhand winner down the line.”He was feeling it today, I thought,” said Federer, who will play Taylor Fritz for a place in the fourth round.advertisement”He was very sort of cat and mouse a bit. Very interesting. I liked the match. I thought he was playing well. It was enjoyable.””Margins are slim.”@rogerfederer provides a first-hand insight into how he gained the advantage over Daniel Evans.#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/ExEvDXrCeZ#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 16, 2019Evans sparkled in a run to the fourth round at the 2017 tournament but missed last year’s action at Melbourne Park, after testing positive for cocaine at the Barcelona Open.He entered Rod Laver Arena for his Federer match-up to a soundtrack of Blur’s Britpop anthem “Parklife”.There was nothing hazy about his game, however, as he attacked the lines with abandon and rushed the net with conviction.He saved a set point at 6-5 with a punchy backhand volley down the line and had Federer on the ropes in the tiebreak.But instead of volleying into an open court to prise a set point off the Swiss, he pushed the forehand well wide.Reprieved, Federer took full advantage and closed out the set when a scrambling Evans missed a desperate backhand passing short.The Briton was clearly gutted by the lost chance and promptly threw away his next service game in the second set while still in a funk.What a fighter!A very well-deserved applause from the @RodLaverArena crowd for Daniel Evans #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/ry5QAeEzpL#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 16, 2019Yet he regathered his wits quickly.He battled to save two set points at 5-3 down and then broke back to 5-5, outpointing Federer with an elegant one-handed backhand passing shot that the former world number one would have been proud to call his own.Once again, Federer lifted in the tiebreak, bringing up three set points in a trice and converting the first with an ace.From there it was a formality for one of the game’s most ruthless front-runners as Federer cruised to victory to keep his bid for a hat-trick of Melbourne titles alive.Also Read | 20-year-old Tiafoe stuns world No.6 Anderson, Cilic beats McDonaldAlso Read | 17-year-old Anisimova reaches 3rd round, Stephens thumps BabosAlso Read | Indian men’s doubles challenge ends in MelbourneFor 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 Roger FedererFollow Dan EvansFollow Australian OpenFollow Tennis Next Federer after straight sets win over Dan Evans: Feels like playing mirror a little bitAustralia Open: Roger Federer trumped Britain’s Dan Evans 7-6(5), 7-6(3), 6-3 in the second round at Melbourne Park.advertisement
India vs Afghanistan: Rohit Sharma 1st Indian batsman to fall to spin in World Cup 2019India vs Afghanistan World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma, one of the most prolific run-scorers in the 2019 Cricket World Cup, became the 1st Indian batsman to be dismissed by a spinner in the tournament. – Referee: Chris Broad (ENG) Umpires: Aleem Dar (PAK), Richard Illingworth (ENG) and Richard Kettleborough (ENG) India ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019 Afghanistan AFG Super Over 213 Afghanistan AFG 2/36 (10) vs Yuzvendra Chahal (IND) Y. Chahal (IND) India beat Afghanistan by 11 runs Next Toss: IND elected to bat 224/8 Virat Kohli (IND) V. Kohli (IND) advertisement (50.0) Scorecard 224/8 Mohammed Shami (IND) M. Shami (IND) (50.0) No data available! Top Batsmen Top Batsmen Afghanistan ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019, Match 28 4/40 (9.5) ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 15:00 (Local Time) 52 (55) Match Ended graphs Series Status: Player Of The Match: Jasprit Bumrah Match Ended 213 (49.5) Rajarshi Gupta SouthamptonJune 22, 2019UPDATED: June 22, 2019 16:07 IST Rohit Sharma was dismissed for 1 vs Afghanistan on Saturday. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma is the 1st Indian batsman to fall to spin in the 2019 World CupRohit’s opening partner KL Rahul was also dismissed by a spinnerWhile Mujeeb dismissed Rohit, KL Rahul fell to Mohammad NabiRohit Sharma became the first Indian batsman to fall to a spinner in the 2019 Cricket World Cup on Saturday. Before India’s game against Afghanistan on Saturday, Rohit Sharma had hit 319 runs from 3 innings including 2 hundreds (against South Africa and Pakistan) and a half-century (against Australia).Rohit was expected to score big against Afghanistan after Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bat. However, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman got the ball to grip and turn across as it hit the top of Rohit’s off-stump. There was nearly pin drop silence in the ground.India had tormented spinners in the victories against South Africa, Australia and Pakistan.The opposition spinners (before June 22) had bowled 53 overs to India’s batsmen and leaked 339 runs at an economy rate of 6.39. More significantly, Rohit Sharma is one of the best players of spin in the world.After Rohit Sharma fell in the 5th over of the Indian innings, Virat Kohli joined KL Rahul at the crease and the two led a fightback after Afghanistan’s early breakthrough.Virat Kohli had won the toss and decided to bat against Afghanistan in pursuit of India’s 4th victory of the tournament. Kohli asserted India were in no mood to take it easy against Afghanistan.”Whether we are playing a team that’s strong or the team that’s coming through the ranks, our mindset is the same.”We don’t take Afghanistan lightly, they are a dangerous side when they are on the groove. Focus is within our group on what we want to do as a side,” Kohli said.advertisementAlso Read | Will Tendulkar’s record 673 runs in a single World Cup be broken this year?Also Read | Is this India’s away orange jersey in World Cup 2019? Pictures on social media leave fans guessingAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Rohit SharmaFollow Mujeeb Ur Rahman view full scorecard India IND Mohammad Nabi (AFG) M. Nabi (AFG) (49.5) view more view less commentary 67 (63) India IND Top Bowlers Top Bowlers
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India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 27, 2019UPDATED: September 27, 2019 09:41 IST Yuvraj Singh said India can try a different captain for shorter formats (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSYuvraj Singh said Virat Kohli’s workload needs to be monitoredRohit Sharma has had a lot of success as captain: YuvrajYuvraj also said Rohit Sharma needs an extended run as Test openerWorld Cup-winning former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has said India can try split captaincy if the team management feels there is too much workload on Virat Kohli who is currently leading the side in all 3 formats in international cricket.Yuvraj Singh suggested Rohit Sharma can lead India in the shorter formats, given his success in Indian Premier League over the years. However, the batting superstar said it’s up to to the team management to make the call if they are considering the workload of the world’s best batsman.Unlike several top teams, including England, Australia and South Africa, India have the same captain in Virat Kohli for Tests, ODIs and T20Is. While Rohit Sharma is the deputy skipper for Kohli in limited-overs cricket, Ajinkya Rahane is the vice-captain of the Test team.India haven’t tried out split captaincy but the selectors are keen on rotating and resting top players at a regular basis. In the lead up to the 2019 World Cup, Virat Kohli was rested from quite a few T20I assigments wherein Rohit Sharma led India and found a lot of success.”Earlier there were only two formats so it was easy for a captain to manage. Now there are 3 formats, If the load on Virat is more than maybe they should try somebody else for the shorter formats. Rohit has been very successful,” Yuvraj Singh told AajTak.”I don’t really know. They have to decide how much workload Virat can take. Do they need to try somebody else for T20? It completely depends on how they want to go for the future. Virat has been the best batsman. How to manage his workload? It is completely team management’s call.”advertisementMeanwhile, Yuvraj Singh also said Rohit Sharma should be given an extended run in Tests if India are considering to promote him to open the innings in the longest format of the game.The selection committee has dropped KL Rahul for the upcoming 3-Test series against South Africa, starting October 2. Rohit Sharma has got the backing of the team management and the selectors and is all set to open in whites as well.”If you ask me, Rohit Sharma should have opened in Tests from the beginning of his career. You play him one match and then drop him and say Rohit Sharma is not scoring runs in Test cricket. How can you expect someone to perform without giving him 10 Test?” Yuvraj Singh said.”Now if you are making Rohit Sharma open in Tests, you should give him 6 Tests and tell him Rohit, you have got 10-12 innings, go and play your game, nobody will say anything. You gave so many chances to KL Rahul, so whoever is your opener, give him those 6 Test matches so that he can go and express his game.”Also Read | It is very stupid to think that Team India need to bat deep: Yuvraj SinghAlso Read | Yuvraj taken aback with Dhoni’s batting position in CWC19 semi-finalAlso Read | I have been preparing well for South African series: VihariAlso 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 Yuvraj SinghFollow Virat KohliFollow Rohit SharmaFollow India vs South AfricaFollow India cricket team Next Based on Virat Kohli’s workload, India can try a different captain for shorter formats: Yuvraj SinghWorld Cup-winning former all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, speaking to AajTak, said it has become strenuous for captains in international cricket to handle the leadership role across 3 different formats.advertisement