The festival saw Men’s and Women’s teams come from Ramingining and Yirrkala as well as from Jabiru to compete in the day, with the teams from Ramingining winning both the Men’s and Women’s divisions. And the festival wasn’t just for adults, with children that came along for the day invited to join in the AusTouch clinic that was taking place, to learn more about the sport of Touch Football. Australian Men’s 30’s World Cup winning coach and Touch Football Australia (TFA)Coach Development Advisor, John Singh, was also in attendance and assisted each of the teams by providing coaching during the day. The advice was openly received by all of the participants and the improvements were immediately visible. The festival is just one aspect of a program initiative developed to assist communities in the Arnhem region to create and sustain Touch Football within their area. The festival provides an opportunity for the communities to come together to share their culture, to participate in the sport of Touch Football and to have fun. Touch Football Australia would like to thank the Australian Government through the Indigenous Sport and Recreation Program of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet for their support in this program. Touch Football Northern Territory’s State Operations Manager, Isobel Appo, says that the day was a success and is looking forward to growing the event in the future. “The Inaugural Arnhem Land Multi Cultural Touch Football Festival on the weekend showcased some great natural talent from the Arnhem Land region,” Appo said. “It was really pleasing to see a Women’s team from Ramingining compete. It was a great starting point for the Arnhem Land Multi Cultural Touch Football Festival in what we hope to see become an annual event which will only getter bigger and better in the years to come.”The Ramingining Warriors have become crowd favourites over the past 18 months, attending events including the Northern Territory State Championships and the WA State Championships. To view footage of their journey to Jabiru as well as highlights of the event, please click on the following link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeG0kGOppKQ To view some of the photos from the day, please visit the NT Touch website and click on the Photo Gallery button on the top menu:www.nttouch.com.au
Allegri will make huge demands if Man Utd approachby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is being linked with Manchester United.Tuttosport says United are keen to bring in Allegri should they relieve Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of his duties.But he would have some demands if he was to come to England.Allegri will want ‘massive interventions’ in the January window should he accept the job in the near future.United spent big in the summer, bringing in £150m worth of talent.But the former Premier League heavyweights only added three players with that money, in the form of Harry Maguire, Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.More is needed if United are to catch up with the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Emery demands more from Arsenal players after Man Utd drawby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveUnai Emery is demanding more from his Arsenal players after Monday’s draw with Manchester United.The Gunners are fourth on the table after seven games, seven points behind leaders Liverpool.He told Sky Sports: “I want more – more in the result and in the performance but we are progressing. We were competitive but we can do better. We can control moments with the ball better and take more chances in the box.”We have young players who can take confidence. Bukayo [Saka] is progressing well but we need other players too. This is not the best in terms of points but one point can be good if we win next Sunday against Bournemouth.”We are very happy with him [Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang] and he is with his goal. We need more players with the ability to score.”I think Bukayo is getting good performances for us. We are having to play on Thursday and then on Sunday. You have seen the players being competitive.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd Treble winner Ronny Johnsen returning to managementby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United Treble winner Ronny Johnsen has returned to management.Johnsen is to become the new manager of his local club FK Eik Tønsberg from the start of next season, reports Tønsbergs Blad.Johnsen made 150 appearances for United but at the age of 50 is set to embark on the first coaching job of his career.FK Eik Tønsberg currently play in the fourth division in Norway. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Dier flips Tottenham crisis fears: Look how far we’ve come!by Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEric Dier says crisis talks around Tottenham show how far the club have come.Spurs have won just three out of 11 games this season, conceding 10 goals in their last two outings. And Dier says the hysterical response to their poor form is indicative of the club’s status in the Premier League.”The main thing is we’ve been working all together – okay, some people have gone, some people have come in – but working all together over the last five years to get to the point where this is the conversation when you lose two games on the trot,” the 25-year-old told his club’s official website.”We’ve wanted to get to the point where we are considered a team that if you lose two games like that, you come in for a lot of criticism. Now, we have to embrace the situation.”We’ve got to this point and now we need to… as I said to the press after the Brighton game, we can’t back down, we need to push forward, push through it, fight through it, everyone together.”
Liverpool defender Van Dijk: We have bigger games than Man Utdby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveVirgil van Dijk believes Liverpool’s rivalry with Manchester United is now bigger for the fans than players.Jurgen Klopp’s side head to Old Trafford on Sunday as they look to continue their winning start to the Premier League season.”It’s massive, but it’s more massive for the fans. I think all of the Champions League games are as big as this,” Van Dijk told Sky Sports.”The whole atmosphere and leading to the actual game is bigger than some other games but I don’t think it’s the biggest of the season.”The big ones are the Champions League and the ones that are hopefully going to win us the Premier League title.”He added: “They’re not in the best way, they’re not fully confident and they’re not in the situation they want to be in. But the good thing about football is you can bounce back in any game.”They might think this is the best occasion to bounce back from it but we know that. We want to go out and fight for every metre on the pitch and try and take the three points back to Liverpool.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Dabo Swinney Clemson CadenceYesterday was a pretty big day at Clemson. The Tigers had their annual spring game in the afternoon, and at night, country music star and Clemson alum Lee Brice played a show at Littlejohn Coliseum.Before Brice’s music career took off, he was a long snapper for the Tigers, so of course he’s a huge Clemson football fan. At his show last night, Brice had CU head coach Dabo Swinney join him on-stage and lead the crowd in the Clemson cadence count.Here’s some video of the moment:Dabo leading the way before lee brice last night!!! Awesome day in tiger town!!! @ClemsonTom #TigerNation #GoTigers pic.twitter.com/0Y2wJi6Aqq— Bo Cooley (@BCool32) April 12, 2015Swinney also found time to take a selfie with a fan. Seems like he had a fun night.Selfie with the Head Coach of the Tigers ole Dabo at the @leebrice #HappyMan pic.twitter.com/E9o9164yWY— Gage Lawson (@GageLawson15) April 12, 2015
Neymar is unlikely to play when Paris Saint-Germain travel to Manchester United in the Champions League next month, according to head coach Thomas Tuchel.The Ligue 1 champions announced the world’s most expensive player had suffered a “painful recurrence” of the injury he sustained to his right foot last season after he limped out of this week’s 2-0 win over Strasbourg in the Coupe de France.PSG returned to action in the absence of their star attacker on Sunday, swatting aside Rennes 4-1 as Edinson Cavani hit a brace. 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? As the match was being played, RMC Sport reported Neymar would not be fit to play in the first leg of the last-16 tie at Old Trafford on February 12.Tuchel acknowledged this was the most likely outcome, telling Canal Plus: “It’s going to be super difficult,” he said.”As I explained [on Saturday] it’s too early to talk about a return date. We have to wait for the first week, which is very important, and his reaction to treatment.”Only after that can we be more precise. But it’s going to be super difficult – that’s not a secret.”FULL TIME: Paris Saint-Germain 4 v Rennes 1#PSGSRFC#ICICESTPARIS pic.twitter.com/zOE1r9lPYB— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) January 27, 2019While the likes of Cavani and his fellow weekend goalscorers Angel Di Maria and Kylian Mbappe can deputise for Neymar ably enough, Tuchel’s squad is not so amply stocked in central midfield.Marco Verratti’s injury absence and Adrien Rabiot’s exile from first-team affairs left Brazilian defenders Marquinhos and Dani Alves to form a central two against Rennes.It makes the long-mooted signing of Leandro Paredes from Zenit all the more pressing, although Tuchel made light of not getting the deal over the line this weekend as had been expected.”I’ve been expecting him already for a few days, but he isn’t here,” he said.”I’ve been looking in the shower, in the dressing room, in the treatment room, with the goalkeepers… but he isn’t there.”Before the United showdown, PSG face two tough league games against Lyon and Bordeaux.Their win on Sunday moved the Parisians 13 points clear of second-place Lille, yet PSG have two games in hand and could extend that margin to 19 points.
CLEMSON, SC – OCTOBER 03: (L-R) Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers talks to head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish before their game at Clemson Memorial Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The Clemson Tigers and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish both finished the regular season undefeated, but one of these prestigious programs will have to fall short in the Cotton Bowl.Clemson made the bold decision to let Trevor Lawrence takeover as the starter, and truth be told it was the best possible decision for the team. As for Notre Dame, the switch from Brandon Wimbush to Ian Book really transformed its offense.Even though these teams might seem evenly matched heading into their semifinal, the consensus around the college football world is that Clemson should be the favorite.Well, OddsShark’s computer prediction for the Cotton Bowl is out and it clearly favors the Tigers over the Fighting Irish.If the Fighting Irish can neutralize the Tigers’ defensive line, then this showdown might just come down to the wire.Notre Dame and Clemson are set to kick off at 4:00 p.m. ET from AT&T Stadium.The game will be on ESPN.
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)The Nebraska Cornhuskers have a talented group of incoming players heading into next season, but it turns out that standout tailback Dedrick Mills will have to wait before signing his National Letter of Intent.If he wants to participate in Nebraska’s spring practice, he’ll have to sign by Jan. 15, which is the final day for junior college players to sign until the February period.Mills was expected to sign with the Huskers during the early signing period in December, after he had already committed to the program. Unfortunately for the three-star JuCo product, he first needed to clear the air on a legal issue.It turns out that Mills missed a court date that was scheduled due to his misdemeanor charge for driving with a suspended license.Not showing up for the court date resulted in a bench warrant for the Huskers commit.From the Lincoln Journal Star:Mills, a Waycross, Georgia, native and Garden City (Kansas) Community College running back who verbally committed to the Huskers in September, turned himself in Dec. 14 to the Ware County Sheriff’s Department because the court issued a bench warrant after he had failed to appear in court previously, the Ware County Clerk of Courts confirmed to the Journal Star on Monday morning. A Clerk of Courts official said Mills received probation following a Dec. 19 appearance in front of Judge Doug Gibson but did not have the exact plea immediately available.The early signing period in December lasts three days, but Mills did not sign with Nebraska after that day in court, and according to the Journal Star report, he has not responded to further messages asking for updates. As the report notes, Nebraska cannot openly discuss unsigned players either.In the event that he does sign over the next week, he’d be able to put this whole incident in the past.With the dust starting to settle on this incident, Mills will have the chance to eventually sign with the Cornhuskers, as both the regular signing period and the mid-year JuCo transfer window are possible options.[Lincoln Journal Star]
TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 18: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the second half of the game against the Mercer Bears at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)While the Oklahoma Sooners have not formally announced Jalen Hurts as a new member of the team, it looks as though Hurts has already secured his spot at the school.A visit to the University of Oklahoma’s People Search page now reveals that Jalen Hurts is a student.Jalen Alexander Hurts is listed as a Graduate student at the College of Arts and Sciences.The Oklahoma athletic department has not yet confirmed that Hurts is with the team. But, the Oklahoma Football Twitter account did recently retweet this SportsCenter announcement about Hurts’ decision:Breaking: Alabama QB Jalen Hurts has committed to play his senior season at the University of Oklahoma. (via The Players’ Tribune) pic.twitter.com/U38StRnYgc— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 16, 2019Hurts became Alabama’s starter as a true freshman in 2016.Despite leading the Crimson Tide to an SEC title and a win over Washington in the College Football Playoff semifinal, he was unable to lift the team over Deshaun Watson and the Clemson Tigers in the national title game.Hurts got a second bite at the apple in 2017, avenging the previous year’s loss and beating Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinal. In the title game against Georgia, however, he struggled in the first half and was benched in favor of Tua Tagovailoa.Tagovailoa went on to lead the Crimson Tide to a comeback win over the Bulldogs, and the following year, beat out Hurts for the starting job.Hurts would only play sparingly in the 2018 season, but famously replaced an injured Tagovailoa in the SEC Championship Game. He went 7-of-9 for 82 yards with a passing touchdown, and added another 28 yards and a touchdown on the ground to lead Alabama to a comeback win.
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JANUARY 20: Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams throws a pass against the New Orleans Saints during the first quarter in the NFC Championship game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 20, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)The NFC Championship Game between the New Orleans Saints and the Los Angeles Rams have gone to overtime.The Saints and the Rams are tied, 23-23, as we head into the overtime period. Both Los Angeles and New Orleans made field goals in the final minutes to send the game into the extra period.The NFL’s overtime rules are as follows:15 minute quarters until the game is overBoth teams will get a chance to possess the ball unless a touchdown is scored on the first possessionOf course, college football fans are all saying the same thing about the NFL’s overtime rules:“College football overtime is better.”It’s hard to argue with that standpoint, too. If the Saints score a touchdown on this opening possession, the overtime will be over before the Rams’ offense gets a chance to possess it. Letting something so important come down to a coin toss feels wrong.Here’s my PSA that college overtime is so much better than nfl overtime— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) January 20, 2019No overtime rules are perfect, but you would think the NFL could improve on its OT rules, especially when college football has a better system.Alas, the Rams and the Saints are playing on FOX.The AFC Championship Game will follow on CBS at 6:40 p.m. E.T. Stay tuned.
ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 15: Justin Fields #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs smiles as he leaves the field after the game against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on September 15, 2018 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Most college kids head to Panama City Beach for spring break. Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields is not most college kids, of course.The Buckeyes’ five-star quarterback is spending at least part of his spring break out on the football field.Fields is working with the same quarterback coach who helped Ohio State’s former star QB, Dwayne Haskins.What an amazing group of counselors! @QbTakeover pic.twitter.com/Kp04Y8mJZX— Quincy Avery (@Quincy_Avery) March 10, 2019Haskins worked out with the same quarterbacks coach last year.Those workouts included star NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown, who’s now with the Oakland Raiders.Ohio State sophomore QB Dwayne Haskins (@dh_simba7) spent his spring break in South Florida throwing absolute bombs to Steelers star WR Antonio Brown (@AB84) on the beach. https://t.co/OzpTvJ2JnI (via @alexpressplay) #Buckeyes pic.twitter.com/xXAILYhR2e— Garrett Stepien (@GarrettStepien) March 15, 2018Haskins offered up some advice to Fields earlier this weekend.“The biggest thing I would say for him is just to master the playbook and get to know his guys, and he’ll be fine from there,” Haskins told Eleven Warriors. “It’s one day at a time. Don’t worry about the end goal of what you want to do. Just get better every day, and it will take care of itself.”
PISCATAWAY, NJ – NOVEMBER 17: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions runs onto the field with his team before taking on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at HighPoint.com Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)The Penn State football schedule has been out for a while, but the school had yet to announce when its annual Whiteout game would be. That mystery has now been solved as the school announced which opponent would be visiting on Whiteout Day.In a recent post advertising season tickets in the student section, the Penn State Football Twitter account revealed that the Whiteout game will take place on October 19 against Michigan. The Whiteout game is usually reserved for the biggest regular season home matchup of the season and this one will be no exception.Michigan is one of only two Big Ten teams playing at Beaver Stadium this year that was bowl-eligible last year. The other is Purdue, and that game is already designated as the Homecoming game.The majority of Penn State’s big rivalry games, including Ohio State and Michigan State, will be played on the road.#PennState Students: Join the BEST Student Section in the country by securing your 2019 season tickets! 🎟️ The season ticket sale will take place Monday, June 17th & run through Friday, June 21st.More Details: https://t.co/OFKikcp3QE#WeAre pic.twitter.com/ouRrWFAC6C— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) April 18, 2019The Penn State football team starts the 2019 season with a three-game home stretch against non-conference opponents Idaho, Buffalo, and Pitt.Their next three games will be at Maryland, home against Purdue, and at Iowa before playing Michigan.The final five games will be a bit more daunting with the aforementioned road games against Michigan State and Ohio State sandwiching Minnesota and Indiana.Penn State’s season finale will be home against Rutgers.
From 247Sports:Mitchell was originally committed to Rutgers, but he decommitted in January. He then made a commitment to Minnesota before making official visits to Arkansas and Texas. The Longhorns grabbed his interest immediately, and Todd Orlando was able to get him in for a visit.UTEP was also involved in his recruitment, on top of the other schools mentioned in there.Texas is very thin at linebacker, due to injuries and some departures. Mitchell should be able to give the Longhorn defense a lift right away.[247Sports] AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 27: The Texas Longhorns mascot leads the team onto the field before the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks on September 27, 2008 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. Texas won 52-10. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Texas is adding an experience player to its linebacker corps for the 2019 season. After hosting him on a visit over the weekend, the Longhorns have added Juwan Mitchell as a commit.Per 247’s article on the commitment, Mitchell is the No. 1 JuCo inside linebacker in the class.The site also ranks the Middletown native No. 5 in New Jersey. He spent last season at Butler Community College.Juwan Mitchell is a full qualifier, meaning he is eligible to play right away for the Texas Longhorns.Texas is a third commitment for Mitchell, who has been looking all over for the right program. That took him to two different Big Ten teams, before landing with UT.
Columnist Mac Engel of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram says that Lincoln Riley’s inability to win in the Playoff to this point has been “a waste.”He thinks that Riley losing to Georgia and Alabama, give the quarterback talent he’s had, is worse than Mack Brown’s failures at the end of his Texas tenure.From his column:Oklahoma’s inability to win a college football playoff game with Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray as the starting quarterback in consecutive seasons is the single biggest waste in the history of the Big 12.This includes the Mack Brown recruiting classes at Texas, and multiple great regular seasons of Kansas basketball under Bill Self. Don’t worry, Texas A&M, we see you — you were a crushing disappointment, too.Why exactly is football convinced Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley will be the next to jump to the NFL, and possibly even to the Dallas Cowboys, when his teams couldn’t defeat Georgia or Alabama with Heisman Trophy winners at the most important position on the field?Engel doesn’t see that breakthrough coming for Riley this year, either. If he couldn’t do it with Mayfield or Murray, he posits, why will he be able to with Hurts, who he considers a lesser quarterback talent, even with his Alabama pedigree.Quarterback Jalen Hurts is, by all accounts, a wonderful young man who will forever have the entire state of Alabama to lean on for a free meal, or hopefully, if he needs it, a job. He is simply not good enough to do for the Sooners what Riley needs.There is a reason why Hurts lost the starting job at Bama. There is a reason why he transferred for his final season of college football.Hurts is a good player who needs players around him whereas guys like Baker and Kyler were better than everyone else; Baker and Kyler could make a series, or a game, 1-on-11 and win.[…]But for the first time since Riley took over, he won’t have the top pick in the NFL draft playing quarterback.Losing that type of talent exposes a coach, and now we will see just how good, and smart, Lincoln Riley is.Of course, we’ve seen plenty of quarterbacks who aren’t top NFL picks thrive and win college national championships. That could certainly be the case for Hurts in Oklahoma this year, especially if the Sooners defense picks up some of the slack behind new defensive coordinator Alex Grinch.As you can imagine, the response to Engel’s column from Sooner fans has been highly critical. Many have particularly latched on to a column last fall in which he supported disgraced former Baylor coach Art Briles for the Texas Tech job.Good to see Mac Engel drop by before heading to Mount Vernon to cover Art Briles comeback.— Eddie Radosevich (@Eddie_Rado) July 15, 2019Mac Engel is a joke.— Kyle Johnson (@AllDayKJ103) July 18, 2019“Oklahoma’s grip on the Big 12 has come to an end”, as they finish off their fourth consecutive title. Really quite impressive how you’ve spun this story.— Alexander the Great (@lexandernelson) July 18, 2019Keep throwing these takes at the wall and one of them has to stick.. eventually.. hopefully.. maybe, right? 🤣 https://t.co/nSfi9DTNCs— Only Rational Thoughts (@SoonerMB) July 18, 2019 pic.twitter.com/OBO3xCInry— christian flores (@christi85840470) July 18, 2019I despise OU with every fiber of my being but you have to give credit where it’s due. Lincoln is a great coach with lots of tricks up his sleeve. Fact of the matter is they played superior teams in the playoffs. Doesn’t make him a bad coach. Also nice ratio— Layne Turner (@laynerocks1) July 19, 2019Noted idiot and Art Briles apologist @MacEngelProf isn’t impressed by Lincoln Riley. #Sooners https://t.co/XhQUwu1SCu— C&C Machine (@CCMachine) July 18, 2019Considering the stranglehold that Alabama and Clemson have had on the sport, and the fact that just 10 different teams have made the Playoff in five years, it seems hardly fair to really criticize Riley for only making the four-team field twice. If anything, you can criticize his inability to field a competent defense to help the Mayfield/Murray offenses, but the Grinch hire was designed to do just that.Luckily I don’t imagine many around Norman share his criticism, especially entering what is expected to be another very strong year for the Sooners. The bigger concern for them is the potential of losing Riley to the NFL at some point, a notion that Engel scoffs at multiple times in his column.[Fort Worth Star-Telegram] FORT WORTH, TX – OCTOBER 20: Head coach Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners leads his team against the TCU Horned Frogs in the fourth quarter at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 20, 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Lincoln Riley is one of the darlings of the college football world. At just 35, he has taken Oklahoma to back-to-back Big 12 titles College Football Playoff berths.In that time, he has also developed a reputation as one of the sport’s true quarterback gurus. Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray have won back-to-back Heisman Trophies, and were the No. 1 picks of the 2018 and 2019 NFL Drafts, respectively.Once again, the Sooners are the favorites in the Big 12, with Alabama transfer Jalen Hurts at quarterback. Texas is on the rise, and beat OU during last year’s regular season, but the Sooners are on top of the league until further notice.Not everyone is so impressed with the job that Riley has done in his first two years, though…
Next Reuters Monte CarloApril 20, 2019UPDATED: April 20, 2019 23:03 IST Rafael Nadal was knocked out 6-4 6-2 at the Monte Carlo Masters semi-final by world number 18 Fognini. (AP photo)HIGHLIGHTSRafael Nadal’s semi-final defeat on Saturday ended a series of 25 consecutive sets won on his favourite clayIt was world number 18 Fognini’s fourth career win against Nadal in 15 encountersWith Nadal and Djokovic crashing out, Fognini will face Dusan Lajovic in Sunday’s finalRafael Nadal suffered a shock 6-4 6-2 semi-final defeat against flamboyant Italian Fabio Fognini at the Monte Carlo Masters on Saturday, showing rare signs of weakness five weeks before the French Open.The 11-time champion’s loss ended a series of 25 consecutive sets won on his favourite clay as Fognini set up a final showdown against Serbian Dusan Lajovic.In windy conditions at the Monte Carlo Country Club, the 11-time French Open champion was overwhelmed by Fognini, who entered centre court with all guns blazing.Fognini’s unpredictability, added to that of the weather conditions, were eventually too much for the Spanish world number two who bowed out on the fourth match point.It was world number 18 Fognini’s fourth career win against Nadal in 15 encounters, the third on the slowest surface.Earlier, Lajovic reached his first Masters final when he mastered the windy conditions to beat Russian Daniil Medvedev 7-5 6-1.Lajovic trailed 3-0 and 5-1 in the opening set before going through the gears.The 10th-seeded Medvedev could not hold the pace as winds swept across centre court and Lajovic quickly moved 4-0 up in the second set against a frustrated opponent, who bowed out on the second match point.”It was an incredible match today,” said world number 48 Lajovic, the lowest-ranked player to reach the final here since Hicham Arazi in 2001.”I had the worst nightmare, falling down 5-1. But I won 10 games in a row, so I was able to find my rhythm and my game.”In windy conditions like today, it was impossible to play real tennis and in the end I was able to hit my forehands better than him. I’m still unaware of my achievement in Monte Carlo.”advertisementAlso Read | Monte Carlo Masters 2019: Novak Djokovic crashes out after shock quarter-final defeatAlso Read | Tennis: Prajnesh Gunneswaran rises to career-high ranking of 80Also 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 Rafael NadalFollow Fabio FogniniFollow French OpenFollow Monte Carlo Monte Carlo Masters 2019: Rafael Nadal knocked out by Fognini in semi-finalRafael Nadal was knocked out of Monte Carlo Masters ATP 1000 tournament after he suffered a shock defeat to Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-2 on Saturday.advertisement
Fortunate to be playing tennis again: Andy Murray after winning return in doubles at Queen’s ClubAndy Murray made a stunning return to competitive action as he combined Feliciano Lopez to beat top-seeded Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the doubles at the Queen’s Club.advertisement Next Associated Press LondonJune 21, 2019UPDATED: June 21, 2019 11:14 IST Andy Murray is back in the game after his hip surgery (Photo: Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSAndy Murray and Feliciano Lopez defeated top-seeded Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in straight setsIt was brilliant, I enjoyed it a lot: Murray on doubles match at Queen’s ClubMurray was cheered and applauded throughout the match at Queen’s ClubThat familiar fist pump. That indomitable spirit. It was as if Andy Murray had never been away.The three-time Grand Slam champion enjoyed a winning return to competitive tennis Thursday after five months away from the sport, combining with Feliciano Lopez to beat top-seeded Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the doubles at the Queen’s Club.Murray was taking the first steps of his tentative comeback from what he hopes was career-saving hip surgery 143 days ago. It was even longer ago that he was breaking down in tears at the Australian Open in January, saying he was planning to retire after Wimbledon because of the severe pain he felt on a daily basis.Yet Murray moved well, served well and, crucially, stayed pain-free throughout the 7-6 (5), 6-3 win in front of an excitable crowd on Center Court at the grass-court event.”It was brilliant, I enjoyed it a lot,” the former top-ranked Murray said. “I was a bit slow at the beginning but got better as the match went along. I’m really fortunate to be playing tennis again.”I felt quite relaxed in the build-up, but we said as we were walking onto the court that we were starting to feel a bit nervous. But you need those butterflies.”Victory was wrapped up in under 75 minutes, Murray and Lopez clicking like a veteran doubles partnership even though they had never played together, and had barely trained together.The fact that Lopez had been compelled to issue a fierce denial of links to allegations of match-fixing in Spain a day earlier was not ideal preparation, either.advertisementAt the end of a first set that went with serve, a ferocious forehand from Murray clipped the net tape on its way past Cabal and clinched the tiebreaker. That fist pump was on display from Murray following a succession of winners in the second set.Cabal and Farah are a slick combination but couldn’t handle what came at them, with Murray volleying like a doubles specialist.Lopez stood back after victory was secured to allow Murray to take the applause of the crowd.Also Read | Angelique Kerber downs Maria Sharapova at Mallorca OpenAlso Read | French Open 2019: Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem to clinch 12th title at Roland GarrosAlso 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Andy Murray and Feliciano LopezFollow doubles at the Queen’s Club
Press Trust of India ColomboJuly 24, 2019UPDATED: July 24, 2019 16:16 IST Chandika Hathurunsinghe was under pressure after Sri Lanka’s dismal World Cup 2019 performance (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSri Lanka head coach Chandika Hathurasinghe has been asked to quitSri Lanka are hosting Bangladesh in a 3-match ODI seriesHathurasinghe was appointed in December 2017 after he left his job with the Bangladesh teamSri Lanka’s head cricket coach Chandika Hathurusinghe has been asked to step down after the ongoing ODI series against Bangladesh.Sources in Sri Lanka Cricket said SLC Secretary Mohan de Silva has written to Hathurusinghe asking him to resign.Hathurusinghe was under pressure to quit after Sri Lanka’s dismal showing in the recent World Cup.The island nation won just three preliminary round games and failed to make it to the semifinals.However, after returning to the country, Hathurusinghe said he was keen to continue until the expiry of his contract, which was until the end of the next year.The 51-year-old was appointed in December 2017 after he left his job with the Bangladesh team.However, he was not able to turn around Sri Lanka’s dismal performances and the team lost 13 out of the 20 ODIs played in the run-up to the World Cup under his charge, which left them at No.8 in international rankings.Sources said Hathurusinghe was expected to return to coaching Bangladesh after the sacking of Steve Rhodes by that team.Sports Minister Harin Fernando had earlier announced that he expected the entire Sri Lankan coaching staff to step down, taking responsibility for poor World Cup performance.Also Read | Virat Kohli ahead of Conor McGregor, Mohamed Salah in Instagram Rich ListAlso Read | Sri Lanka pacer Nuwan Kulasekara retires from international cricketAlso 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 Chandika HathurusingheFollow Sri Lanka CricketFollow World Cup 2019Follow Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh Chandika Hathurusinghe asked to step down as Sri Lanka head coachDespite Chandika Hathurusinghe saying he wantd to continue, Sri Lanka Cricket secretary Mohan de Silva has reportedly written to the head coach, asking him to step down.advertisement
Next Rishabh Pant phenomenal but tends to get a bit ahead of himself: Lance KlusenerFormer South Africa all-rounders, Lance Klusener has seen a bit of Rishabh Pant when he was roped in as Delhi senior team’s white ball consultant last year.advertisement Press Trust of India DharamsalaSeptember 13, 2019UPDATED: September 13, 2019 14:31 IST India all-rounder Rishabh Pant (File photo: IANS)HIGHLIGHTSLance Klusener believes it is more beneficial if the player manages to learn from others’ folliesRishabh Pant impetuous shot selection is an indication that he is getting ahead of himself, said KlusenerKlusener has seen a bit of Pant when he was roped in as Delhi senior team’s white ball consultant last yearFormer South Africa all-rounder Lance Klusener feels that a phenomenal talent like Rishabh Pant will do well to learn from others’ mistakes rather than make his own in a bid to become more consistent for India in near future.An average of 22.90 in ODIs and 21.57 in T20s doesn’t do justice to the kind of talent the flamboyant left-hander possesses and his impetuous shot selection is an indication that he is getting ahead of himself, feels the 48-year-old Klusener.”It would hard for me to pinpoint but with a phenomenal talent like that, one always tends to get a bit ahead of himself,” Klusener, who is currently in India as the white ball batting coach of the South African team, told PTI during an interaction.Klusener has seen a bit of Pant when he was roped in as Delhi senior team’s white ball consultant last year.”He needs to give himself time to get in and that bit of time will allow him to showcase his talent,” said Klusener, who played 49 Tests and 171 ODIs for the Proteas.While people believe that a player learns most from his own mistakes, Klusener has a different take on the matter. He believes it is more beneficial if the player manages to learn from others’ follies.”What gets you ahead in international cricket is learning from others’ mistakes rather than making your own mistakes along the way and learning,” he said.”I will tell you why. You can learn from your own mistakes but it will take a lot more time to realise, correct and become a better player using that process. If you look at mistakes others are making, you will learn quickly and thus improve fast,” said Klusener.advertisementThe 1999 World Cup’s Player of the Tournament also believes that it would be great if Pant can soak in advice from all the great seniors in the Indian set-up.”It’s wonderful to have the talent like Rishabh in the twilight years of MS Dhoni’s career. From an Indian point of view, maybe they should try and get him to contribute more.”He has some wonderful coaches and players around him so take their advice but at the same time don’t curb your natural talent,” advised Klusener.He, along with Jacques Kallis and England’s Andrew Flintoff, belonged to a generation of pure all-rounders (pace bowling) with Ben Stokes carrying the baton among the current crop of players.”We were possibly (that last batch of pure all-rounders),” he agreed.He believes that skill level has been impacted because players are playing more T20s than Test cricket now.”This has happened because of their focus on white ball cricket or T20 cricket. Well, fairly decent bowlers can get away in T20 cricket.”I think in the past, when the focus was more on Test cricket, you had to bowl 15-overs-a-day. The more you bowled or longer you batted, you got better at it naturally,” he said.While Klusener will go back after the three T20 Internationals against India, he is very keen on coming back as Delhi team’s white ball consultant during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy starting on November 9.”I haven’t yet decided but I would like to comeback. There are a few offers that I am contemplating. One is Bangladesh Premier League the dates of which, I believe, have been deferred and now clashing with Mushtaq Ali,” he said.”I had good communication with DDCA brass and I thoroughly enjoyed my time over here. It was wonderful to work with Mithun Manhas last year, who is a good friend of mine and unfortunately, not there this year,” he concluded.Also Read | Ashes 2019: Ricky Ponting surprised with Australia’s decision to bowl 1st at The OvalAlso 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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Rishabh PantFollow Lance Klusener