Shearer tells Man Utd fans: Your club’s still a messby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer England captain Alan Shearer says Manchester United fans shouldn’t get carried away with victory at Cardiff City.Shearer wrote for The Sun: “The club is still a mess and one good performance doesn’t change that.”Five goals for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson retired is obviously a positive — but you can’t get too excited about them beating a newly-promoted team who are battling relegation.”And let’s be clear, it’s no coincidence that the board at United sacked Jose Mourinho with a favourable run of fixtures on the horizon.”The timing is no shock as they would have wanted to give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the best possible chance of getting off to a good start.”Cardiff, Huddersfield, Bournemouth and Newcastle is a great run for a new manager — it would have been very different if they had the likes of Chelsea or Tottenham coming up.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Lampard switches Chelsea focus towards Ajax and Lilleby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard knows his side must get positive results in their coming Champions League games.Despite chances to win the match and a missed penalty, the Blues suffered a 1-0 home loss to Valencia in the first game of the group stages.It is a tough blow for Lampard, who knows they must get three points in their next away games at Lille and Ajax.He said the following to Chelsea’s official website after the Valencia game: “The reality of losing the first game at home makes the rest of the games more important, particularly when they come next back-to-back away from home [Lille and Ajax].”We need to have a strong focus on getting a result in one of those games now.”It’s still a group I think teams will take points off each other because all the teams are strong.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd manager Solskjaer: De Gea focus has returned after contractby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskajer says David De Gea has his focus back after signing a new contract. The goalkeeper committed to the club for another four years on Monday.And Solskjaer was always confident the Spaniard would stay at Old Trafford.”Most of the time we get to keep the ones we want to keep,” said Solskjaer.”The more I got to listen and speak to David, I was pretty confident we were going to make it.”David is delighted. I think you could see by his performance [in the Premier League win] against Leicester that he had made up his mind. You could see the focus in his eyes again.”You do feel very secure with a focused David behind you.”He’s really worked hard this season. He’s still young. Edwin [van der Sar] signed for us when he was 35, so I’m sure David will be part of a successful United team.”
TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Holloway: Leeds boss Bielsa right to hold back Nketiahby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer QPR boss Ian Holloway insists Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa is right to hold back on-loan Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah.Holloway wrote for the Mirror: “Marcelo Bielsa is doing the right thing by keeping Eddie Nketiah on the bench – and bringing him on to score goals.”He’s not starting because he is inexperienced – but he is brilliant at what he does in the moment. In 90 minutes he might not give you what he is giving you as an impact off the bench. That’s clever management.”I’m very aware that being a manager you have to put people in the right position and that is part of your skill. So I would give Marcelo Bielsa credit that Nketiah is coming off the bench and scoring.”Some young players who start regularly lose their efficiency. They think they are ready for the 90 minutes but they aren’t quite.”I fully understand what Bielsa is doing and fully respect it – because he has been a manager for a long, long time.”At the minute – I wouldn’t change a successful situation. Nketiah is still a very, very young man and every time he comes on, he scores. So why change anything?”
Diego Maradona has bid an emotional farewell to Dorados after he called time on his spell at the Mexican second division club to focus on his health.Dorados confirmed on Thursday that the Argentina icon would step down from his role as coach as he prepares to undergo shoulder and knee surgery.The former Argentina boss was appointed in September 2018, and led Dorados to the final of the both the Apertura and Clausura, but lost on both occasions to Atletico San Luis, therefore missing out on promotion to Liga MX. 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? And, taking to his official Instagram account, the 58-year-old has thanked Dorados and their fans, as well as clarifying the reasons for his departure.”I wanted to make it clear that my departure from Dorados has to do with my health,” Maradona posted on Friday.”Unfortunately I have to step aside and leave the club, where they made me feel at home. I thank all those who are part [of the club], from President Antonio Nunez, to the fans, who always accompanied us.”To my technical team, and to all my players, who reached two consecutive finals for promotion. But today I have to think about myself, and my health.”The doctors ask me to stop, because the years go by and every time it hurts more. I have to do two operations that I have been postponing for a long time.”None are risky, but it takes time and rest to be able to do them, and I believe that this is the moment. I thank all those who always think of me. I trust that we have left the club on a high, and tell Dorados and the people that we are united forever.”
Christian Eriksen could “slot into Liverpool’s team”, says Dean Saunders, with the Reds considered to be in need of someone that can make them “more productive”.The general consensus is that Jurgen Klopp would welcome another playmaker onto his books.A move to bring Philippe Coutinho back to Anfield from Barcelona has been mooted, but there has been a mixed response to reports linking the Champions League winners with the Brazil international. 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? Saunders believes Liverpool could set their sights closer to home if looking to land a proven creative influence, with Danish star Eriksen being heavily linked with a switch away from Tottenham.Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has conceded that a lot of interest is being shown in a player entering the final year of his contract, and it could be that a transfer scramble is sparked at some stage.Former Reds striker Saunders told talkSPORT when quizzed on whether Liverpool will spend their budget this summer and who they might target: “[They could] spend it maybe… I think Eriksen could slot into Liverpool’s team; somebody like Eriksen.“That type of player who will make their midfield a bit more productive.”Eriksen, who is said to be registering on the recruitment radar of Madrid rivals Real and Atletico, has admitted that he could be tempted to take on a new challenge this summer.He has told Ekstra Bladet on his future plans: “I feel that I am a place in my career where I might want to try something new.“I have the wildest and deepest respect for everything that has happened at Tottenham – I will not be negative. But I have also said that I would like to try something new.“I hope there will be a resolution during the summer. That’s the plan.“In football you do not know when a resolution will happen. It can happen anytime. Everyone wants the best to it to happen as soon as possible, but in football takes things time.”Eriksen has been with Tottenham since 2013, taking in 277 appearances for the club and recording 66 goals – along with a healthy number of assists. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Leganes have acquired defender Kenneth Omeruo from Chelsea on a permanent transfer, the clubs have announced.Omeruo, 25, starred with Leganes on loan last term, making 31 appearances for the club, 30 of which were starts. Earlier this month, Goal reported that Chelsea were holding out for £6 million (€7m/$8m) for Omeruo, but the Blues have accepted a bid of around £4.6m. 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? Omeruo at Leganes, as I wrote. Fee around £4.6m. Huge cumulative fees coming into #CFC https://t.co/5kz2hIqGgW— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) August 13, 2019Omeruo signed for Chelsea in 2012 from Standard Liege, but was never able to make the breakthrough into the first team at Stamford Bridge. The Nigeria international took in several loan stints during his time at Chelsea, including with ADO Den Haag in the Netherlands and Middlesbrough in England, as well as Kasımpasa and Alanyaspor in Turkey.But Omeruo found a home at Leganes in his final loan spell with the Blues, and parlayed his strong performances last term into a permanent move. Earlier this summer, Omeruo spoke of his desire to leave Chelsea to further his career. “I think now’s the time for me to leave, to find a place, to be my own man,” he said. “I’m married with a baby now, so I need stability.”Chelsea have done amazingly for me, and for my family as well, but it’s time for me to reach my potential and get where I think I deserve to be.”Though Chelsea have been unable to bring in any players this summer due to a two-window transfer ban, there could still be more players leaving the club. Tiemoue Bakayoko, Kenedy and Davide Zappacosta are all candidates to leave the club before the European transfer window slams shut in early September.Due to the club’s transfer ban, Christian Pulisic is the only new arrival at Stamford Bridge this season, with the American signed in January and loaned back to Borussia Dortmund for the remainder of the 2018-19 season.Following a 4-0 loss to Manchester United on the Premier League’s opening weekend, Chelsea will take on Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup in Istanbul on Wednesday.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 22: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the game against the Western Carolina Catamounts at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)No college football coach has been close to as successful as Nick Saban over the last 10 years or so. Alabama’s head coach has led the Crimson Tide to several national titles and SEC championships.CBS Sports published today a ranking of the most-overrated and most-underrated head coaches in the sport, based on anonymous voting from coaches.Saban, unsurprisingly, was not voted one of the most-overrated coaches, but one rival coach did call him out with a fiery quote.The rival coach is accusing Saban of cheating.“If you had the No. 1 recruiting class in the country every year [you’d win like Nick Saban]. He shows up at every single game with a better roster than the teams he ‘s playing. … If you count cheating and getting the best players in the country as part of running a program, he’s the best in the country. It’s like saying an NFL coach is the best coach in the league if he gets 25 first-round picks every year.”Oh boy.Saban and Alabama do dominate the recruiting circuits like no one else, but calling him out for “cheating” is pretty bold.Any guesses on who that was?
PISCATAWAY, NJ – OCTOBER 24: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes during a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)Urban Meyer was suspended – not fired – by Ohio State after the school’s board of trustees spent 12 hours deliberating the findings of a two-week investigation into how he handled allegations of domestic violence against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith. But Meyer has been getting trashed since the announcement – partially because of what’s in the report itself and partially because of the way he handled the press conference.Meyer, when asked what “message” he’d have for Courtney Smith, gave what many believe to be a less-than-satisfactory answer. “I have a message for everyone in this, I’m sorry we’re in this situation.”Urban Meyer probably should’ve prepared a little better for a possible question about what message he’d like to send to Courtney Smith. Because “I’m sorry we’re in this situation” is a pretty lousy message for Courtney Smith.— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) August 23, 2018Since Meyer uttered those words, countless articles have been written, suggesting that the Ohio State coach still doesn’t “get it” when it comes to domestic violence. A number also suggest that he should have been fired.But there could be another reason Meyer didn’t apologize to Courtney Smith.Maybe he just flat-out doesn’t believe she was a victim of domestic violence.To be clear, I have no idea what Meyer believes – his actions Wednesday night left us all a little confused. But if Meyer doesn’t actually believe that Zach Smith abused his wife, he wouldn’t feel the need to apologize to her. Right? He also wouldn’t feel the need to include anything about her in his opening statement. After all, if he believes she lied, then he also believes that she’s the reason he’s in this mess.In Ohio State’s report, Shelley Meyer, Urban’s wife, is reported to have contacted the police to “seek more information” about the Zach Smith investigation. She reportedly didn’t tell Urban because she had doubts about the “veracity” of her claims.OSU findings: Shelley Meyer called the Powell police to seek more information about investigation of Zach Smith. Shelley says she didn’t relay Courtney Smith’s allegations to Urban Meyer because “she had doubts about the veracity of Courtney Smith’sallegations.”— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) August 23, 2018During Meyer’s paid administrative leave, a number of his family members stayed active on Twitter – including his daughter Nicki. She retweeted a number of tweets in regards to Jeff Snook’s reports – including the one suggesting that both Zach Smith’s mother and Courtney Smith’s mother don’t believe that Courtney Smith was abused by Zach Smith.Of course, Nicki Meyer and Urban Meyer aren’t the same person – and she may have just been defending her father during what was surely a tough time for their family. But there’s no evidence to suggest that any member of the Meyer family actually believes Courtney Smith – at least not at this point.Because of the legal aspect of the situation, we may never know what Meyer truly believes. But he certainly passed on an opportunity to show some remorse on Wednesday night, and that’s a little curious.
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates with the trophy after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game 35-31 at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The first version of the 2018 College Football Playoff rankings won’t be coming until October 30, but there’s nothing stopping us from taking our best guess as to what they’d look like right now. After five weeks, let’s take a look at the 10 teams we think would be at the top of the list.Alabama hasn’t had the toughest schedule, but there’s no doubt that the Crimson Tide looks like the best team in the country, yet again. Nick Saban’s move to name Tua Tagovailoa the team’s starting quarterback has led to Alabama having one of the most formidable offenses in the country.The other team in last year’s national title game, Georgia, has looked dominant as well. The Bulldogs would probably be No. 2 right now.Clemson likely has the wins to be No. 3, but the Tigers might have a quarterback problem after Trevor Lawrence’s injury and Kelly Bryant’s departure. They’re a team to watch moving forward.The No. 4 team would probably be Ohio State after its big win over Penn State on Saturday night. Let’s take a look at what we think the top 10 would look like:AlabamaGeorgiaClemsonOhio StateOklahomaLSUNotre DameAuburnWashingtonWest VirginiaThere’s a lot of football to be played over the next four weeks – and remember, the first version of the playoff rankings never looks similar to what we see at the end of the season. But so far, there’s a lot of familiarity at the top.
Saturday’s SEC Championship Game is a rematch of last year’s national championship between Alabama and Georgia football. It may also serve as a play-in game for the College Football Playoff.The winner of the game is undoubtedly in. Alabama is undefeated and has looked like the most dominant team in the sport, while Georgia would immediately have the best win in the country, and just one loss on the season, at LSU.Neither team is totally doomed with a loss. Alabama has been so good, that even with a close loss, they’d have a good argument against Ohio State, which was blown out by Purdue, and Oklahoma, which pairs a historically great offense with a brutal defense.Georgia would need a lot of help from Texas and Northwestern, but if it lost a classic with Alabama along with the Sooners and Buckeyes losses, there’s a chance they’d get in over the rest of the field, including an undefeated UCF without start quarterback McKenzie Milton.Kirk Herbstreit discussed that possibility for the Bulldogs after the latest College Football Playoff rankings release. It sounds like he thinks that is what UGA will need to happen, too.On his podcast, Kirk Herbstreit gave his prediction for Saturday’s Alabama vs. Georgia football game in Atlanta.From the latest Herbstreit & Fitzsimmons episode, via Saturday Down South:“I think Georgia’s defense is going to have a very hard time slowing down this Alabama attack. They don’t rush the quarterback well, they don’t penetrate the line of scrimmage and get into the backfield in the run game and because of that, they are going to have to be aggressive blitzing to get pressure. Bringing safeties, bringing linebackers and I think that kinda plays into the hands of what Alabama wants you to do.“I wouldn’t be surprised to see Tua make some big plays early in this game, makes some throws, get the passing game going to set up their running game. Very balanced attack on both sides. I expect, I don’t know if it’s going to be the shootout that went into overtime in the national title game last year but I expect points by both sides. It’s going to be very competitive game. I like ‘Bama to win it but I think they are going to get pushed by Georgia.”The SEC Championship is set for a 4 p.m. ET. Alabama is a 13.5-point favorite in the match-up.[ESPN via Saturday Down South]
SYRACUSE, NY – SEPTEMBER 02: Dino Babers runs out in front the Syracuse Orange before his first game as head coach of the Syracuse Orange vs Colgate Raiders on September 2, 2016 at The Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)The Syracuse Orange enjoyed their best season in over 15 years en route to a 9-3 season that included a near-upset of Clemson.ESPN’s latest bowl game prediction indicates that the Orange could be heading to a bowl game against one of the Big 12’s best teams.Here is where and who ESPN’s analysts have Syracuse playing:Analyst Mitch Sherman believes that Syracuse will be playing in the Camping World Bowl against West Virginia (8-3) at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida on December 28 at 5:15 p.m.Fellow-analyst Kyle Bonagura also believes that the Orange will be playing in the Camping World Bowl, but against Iowa State (8-4).Syracuse’s only appearance in the Camping World Bowl came in 2004 in a 51-14 loss to Georgia Tech. The Orange were chosen for the game that year due to the Big 12 not having enough eligible teams to participate.The Orange are playing in their first bowl game under third-year head coach Dino Babers. The team’s 9-3 regular season record was their best since 2001.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The FCS playoffs are in full swing and a familiar name is back in action. North Dakota State takes the field this afternoon for a quarterfinal matchup against Colgate with a trip to the semis on the line.Before today’s game, which will be broadcast on ESPN, star quarterback Easton Stick was shown going through his pregame routine. The video caught Stick doing something most college football fans have never seen beforeHe was bouncing the ball between his legs like a basketball.Check it out.Wrong sport, buddy: pic.twitter.com/kSpuy3vKv9— Saturday Down South (@SDS) December 8, 2018Those watching at home were impressed to say the least.North Dakota State and Colgate kick off at 12:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.
AUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 19: A general view of Jordan-Hare Stadium during the game between the Auburn Tigers and the West Virginia Mountaineers on September 19, 2009 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)One of the top running backs recruits from the 2018 class was back on the market after spending just one season with the program he committed to. Former four-star running back Asa Martin attended Auburn this season, but unfortunate circumstances led to his transfer from the school just over two weeks ago.Head coach Gus Malzahn and company allowed Martin to play in five games during his freshman season – the new redshirt rule only allows a player to play in four games. Head coach Gus Malzahn took significant heat from Auburn fans around the country after the botched handling of their young star running back.After the error, Martin took to Twitter to announce his plans to leave the program.It didn’t take long for Martin to find a new home. Martin is headed to Miami.The running back room just added a BEAST!#WelcomeToTheU, @TheAsaMartin_. #Surge19 pic.twitter.com/7HI1tT0Tu7— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) December 19, 2018Martin was the No. 9 running back recruit in the 2018 class.He’ll redshirt during the 2019 season and be eligible to play in 2020.
Breaking records and dropping 66 points on an SEC opponent would indicate that Burrow played well. And yet, the talented signal-caller thinks it was his worst performance of the year.“I think that was probably the worst game I’ve played so far. I don’t want to say bad game since I still played very well, but I played better in the first three. So, I have some things to correct just like we all do as an offense. Through my first four games I’ve played very well and I’m just going to try and get better every day.”Burrow said the real issue for him last Saturday was that he held the ball for too long.#LSU quarterback Joe Burrow said his record-breaking performance against Vanderbilt was his “worst” game this season. pic.twitter.com/2ThX2N93ba— Brooks Kubena (@BKubena) September 25, 2019Since LSU currently has its bye week, the team has time to add new wrinkles into its offensive scheme.It’s hard to envision Burrow playing even better, but it’d also be foolish to dismiss that possibility.LSU is back in action on Oct. 5 against Utah State. GLENDALE, ARIZONA – JANUARY 01: Quarterback Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers warms up before the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl between LSU and Central Florida at State Farm Stadium on January 01, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)Last Saturday, Joe Burrow broke LSU’s record for most touchdown passes in a single game. You’d think that he would be pleased with that performance, but he actually think it’s the “worst game” he’s played this season.The days of LSU relying on its running game are over. With Joe Brady helping out the coaching staff, the offense has relied on its quarterback to lead the charge.Through four games this season, Burrow has completed 80.6 percent of his passes for 1,520 yards and 17 touchdowns. He’s already thrown more touchdown passes in one month than he did all of last season.College football analysts have noticed Burrow’s drastic improvement in his second year at LSU.
Next Press Trust of India MumbaiFebruary 1, 2019UPDATED: February 1, 2019 22:12 IST FC Goa players celebrate their victory against Mumbai City FC (ISL Photo)HIGHLIGHTSFC Goa registered a comfortable 2-0 win over Mumbai City FC in the ISLMumbai City FC’s unbeaten run of nine games came to an endEdu Bedia and Ferran Corominas scored a goal each for FC GoaFC Goa ended Mumbai City FC’s unbeaten run of nine games after registering a comfortable 2-0 win in an Indian Super League game in Mumbai on Friday. Spanish midfielder Edu Bedia (28th minute) and star striker Ferran Corominas (79th minute) struck on either side of the break at the Mumbai Football Arena as a sizable number of fans cheered the visiting team.Right from the beginning, the two teams played aggressive. The visitors had an early chance in the second minute. A throw-in from Seriton Fernandes from the right reached Corominas, who gave a low pass to Brandon Fernandes.But the midfielder sold a dummy to skipper Mandar Rao Dessai behind him. Dessai shot from a distance but an alert Mumbai custodian Amrinder Singh parried it away.Goa had more chances but Mumbai defenders thwarted the attack either from near the box or inside the box.Also, the match officials were kept on their toes with Goa player Seriton Fernandes and Mumbai’s Milan Singh, Lucian Goian earning yellow cards inside the first 25 minutes.After wasting a couple of free-kicks, Goa’s aggression finally paid off in the 28th minute with Bedia netting in the opener.Brandon Fernandes ran from the midfield and then put Corominas on the goal. Corominas’ shot was saved by Amrider but the deflection fell in path of Bedia, who shot on target and the ball took deflection of Mumbai defender Subhasish Bose, before rolling in. At the half-way mark, Goa were 1-0 ahead.After the change of ends, Mumbai were initially more aggressive. But, it was Goa’s goalkeeper Mohammad Nawaz, who ensured that his side stayed ahead as he made couple of superb saves.advertisementTwo back to back chances came for Mumbai, but they failed to equalize. In the 63rd minute, Paulo Machado’s free-kick was nodded by Lucian Goian, but it hit the crossbar.Mumbai defender Bose brought down Corominas inside the box as the referee pointed to the dreaded spot. A calm and composed Corominas successfully converted the penalty as he slotted the ball into the right corner to double the lead.With the win, Goa logged three points to move to the third spot in the standings with 24 points. This was Goa’s seventh win in 13 games, while it was Mumbai’s only third defeat in 14 games. In their previous encounter in Goa, the home team had hammered Mumbai 5-0.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Indian Super LeagueFollow Mumbai City FCFollow FC Goa FC Goa end Mumbai City FC’s unbeaten streak in Indian Super LeagueEdu Bedia and star striker Ferran Corominas netted a goal each to help FC Goa beat Mumbai City FC 2-0 in the Indian Super League on Friday.advertisement
Press Trust of India New DelhiSeptember 7, 2019UPDATED: September 7, 2019 21:51 IST MS Dhoni and Anil Kumble (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAnil Kumble said selectors should communicate with MS Dhoni about their plansKumble added Dhoni deserves a proper send-offDhoni opted out of West Indies series and was not picked for South Africa T20IsFormer India captain and coach Anil Kumble is “not sure” whether Mahendra Singh Dhoni fits in the current set-up and wants the selectors to have a “conversation” with him before preparing for a send-off befitting his contribution.Dhoni’s future in international cricket has been a subject of debate and there are enough indications that the selectors are looking ahead.”I’m not really sure. I think Pant has certainly made a lot of claims as a keeper-batsman, especially in the T20 format. So, it’s important to have a conversation and you need to have a proper send-off, he certainly deserves that,” Kumble told CricketNext when asked if he would like to see Dhoni continue in top flight cricket.It’s for MSK Prasad’s committee to decide whether they want to look back or move forward.”But having said that, Pant has also shown some inconsistency. That’s a call the selectors need to make. Today, in spite of all of that, are you going to back him (Pant) or someone else, or would you look back. I wouldn’t but I think it’s important that the selectors take a call on that.”Kumble wants the selectors to decide in the next couple of months the way forward.”…For the team’s sake, the selectors need to sit down and have as discussion around what the plans are because it’s important that things be communicated. If the selectors believe that Dhoni is in the scheme of things for the T20 World Cup, then I think he should be playing every game.advertisement”If he’s not, then it’s important that they have a discussion around how they need to make this happen. I think they need to do that in the next couple of months,” said India’s highest wicket-taker across formats.Kumble also said that he is not very sure whether Rohit Sharma is the perfect choice for the Test opener’ slot.”You only know when you actually do that but I am not really sure about pushing Rohit at the top unless it is a desperate situation.”Yes, are we in a desperate situation where we are looking for an opener in someone who has done well at the domestic level, is it worth considering that or should Rohit… Yes, he is a high-quality player sitting on the bench, should he be pushed at the top?” he counter-questioned.The legendary leg-spinner also wants the team management find a way to accommodate Ravichandran Ashwin in the playing XI for Test matches.”He is still the best spinner that you have. Yes, there have been a few incidents where he has had injuries and not performed to his potential, but Ashwin is your number one spinner in the team. He should be a part of the squad, he should be in the playing XI, you have to make a way of getting him in.Also Read | U-19 Asia Cup 2019: India thrash Pakistan by 60 runsAlso 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 MS DhoniFollow Anil Kumble MS Dhoni should be playing more often if he is in scheme of things for T20 World Cup 2020: Anil KumbleFormer India captain and leg-spin great Anil Kumble has said the senior selection committee should have a conversation with MS Dhoni about his future in international cricket in the lead up to next year’s T20 World Cup.advertisement Next
9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie Editors’ Recommendations Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags Solé Bicycles and Richer Poorer Socks partnered up for an unlikely holiday collaboration inspired by the California coast. The two designed a bike and a pair of socks that reminds us of the cool surf and skate designs of the ‘80s. The Manual quizzed Brian Ruben at Solé Bicycles about the collaboration.Bikes and socks… it doesn’t make a lot of sense to us. But, they are two products that are not very closely associated with each other. What was the inspiration behindthis collaboration and how did it come to fruition?For years bicycle messengers have been tearing up the streets with one paint leg rolled up to avoid getting caught in the chain. With this functional fashion statement comes the territory of leaving your sock or ankle totally exposed to the raw elements. With the spirit of the weary messenger in mind, we wanted to create a piece that was not only functional (athletic) but also aesthetically pleasing, and rooted within our costal lifestyles. That is where the idea to collaborate on a bike and sock was born from the desire to pay homage to the messenger / commuter with a fashion forward coastal holiday spin.Is this a limited offering or something that will be around for a while?All great things must come to an end at some point. At Solé we’ve always believed that small batch limited production runs were what kept the ethos or soul (No pun indented) alive within each bike we created. With that being said, the short answer is; Yes – this will be a limited offering. We currently have only 100 units available for the holiday season, so send it before they’re all spoken for.What kind of customer do you hope to attract with this offering? And how would you recommend someone styling the socks/bike?We’re aiming to attract those who are detail driven, that care about curating every aspect of their lives, with every detail representing their self-expression. Two items where personality can often get lost in shuffle have always been socks and bicycles – people often settle for a plain white option, or a meaningless hunk of metal. We’re looking for those who know that a bicycle can be an extension of your personality, and that a pair of socks can actually make or break an outfit.What is your favorite aspect of the collection?Personally my favorite part of the collection is the matching accent stripes.Solé signature branding has always included two non symmetrical stripes on the frame of every bicycle we make, so it was amazing to see those same stripes emulated on the matching shoreline frost sock as well!Will there be more collaborations between Solé and Richer Poorer in the future?One can only hope my friend, one can only hope… The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers
Banksy’s Gross Domestic Product Is a Pop-Up Shop Unlike Any Other Photo by William PeruginiIf you’re unfamiliar with “open skies” treaties, you’re not alone. You’re also not likely an airline nerd who enjoys perusing aviation industry news for fun, but this series of international agreements could be one of the most important legal developments influencing the future of air travel.Officially, the U.S. Department of State describes the lofty-sounding open skies agreements as “designed to eliminate government involvement in airline decision-making about routes, capacity, and pricing in international markets. Open skies agreements have vastly expanded international passenger and cargo flights to and from the United States, promoting increased travel and trade, enhancing productivity, and spurring high-quality job opportunities and economic growth.”In short, these agreements allow U.S. airlines to operate unfettered overseas, and for international airlines to run routes in the United States without the government interfering too much.It sounds great in theory — in reality, the issue isn’t clear-cut. For the better part of a decade, it’s proven a sticky wicket on the economic platforms of both Obama and Trump.Domestic air carriers note some foreign airlines — most notably the “Gulf Three,” which is comprised of Emirates, Qatar Airways, and Etihad — have received massive government subsidies to the tune of $52 billion since 2004. The U.S. airlines claim their foreign competitors would never be profitable if it weren’t for these handouts.When asked whether he believed the Gulf carriers were enjoying backdoor subsidies, United Airlines president Scott Kirby put it in no uncertain terms: “I think it’s a front door, back door, side door, windows,” Kirby said. “I think they are just getting subsidies across the board … The only debate is what we should do about it.”In a classic “I know you are, but what am I?” rebuttal, the Gulf Three countered that their domestic rivals have received equivalent — perhaps even more — government assistance. Most notably, they cite post-9/11 industry bailouts, wide-scale bankruptcy debt forgiveness, and public financing of airports and related infrastructure. Plus, the foreign airlines say they’re doing the United States economy a favor by guaranteeing hundreds of thousands of American jobs in the aviation sector. Given that all of the above is historically true, it seems no airline’s hands are entirely clean.For now, as airlines all over the world over engage in this competitive bloodbath, we will enjoy the spoils. The mess equates to dirt-cheap airfare for consumers. It seems every week presents us with a new roundtrip international flight for less than 50 percent of the fare we were charged few years ago.Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. Like any business, airlines need to maintain profitability to survive. If domestic carriers are forced to cancel routes because they can’t put asses in the seats (as Delta did on its previous non-stop Atlanta to Dubai, flight which Emirates has since taken over), the first ones to fill that demand will be their foreign competitors. In that competition-free vacuum, the Gulf Three will likely set their prices however they like. So, enjoy the open (and budget-friendly) skies while you can. It seems they won’t last long.Feature image by Photo by William Perugini. Major Airline Admits to Monitoring Passengers Via Onboard Cameras Escape to the Pacific Northwest at Hoh Rainforest Caravan Cabins Nevada’s Massacre Rim Named Latest International Dark Sky Sanctuary World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Editors’ Recommendations
Banksy’s Gross Domestic Product Is a Pop-Up Shop Unlike Any Other Editors’ Recommendations Black Mirror has proven terrifyingly accurate in portraying the near-future of our digital world. The explosion of Big State government and the collapse of personal privacy seem to be colliding exactly as some have predicted for decades. Now, China is taking things to the next level by, among other things, restricting travel for citizens who lack the proper “social credit” score.Last week, China officially announced plans to curb travel plans for “misbehaving” citizens. So far, the country has been tight-lipped about what infractions qualify as bad behavior. However, the Orwellian-inspired National Development and Reform Commission indicated the range of potential misdeeds includes everything from reporting fake terrorist threats and being an unruly airline passenger down to smoking on trains and attempting to use expired rail tickets.However, the system also targets citizens guilty of financial wrongdoings. This might include anyone failing to pay a fine or employers who are past due on their mandatory social insurance. Or saying censored things and downloading too much porn could ding your credit. The entire scheme is inline with Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ongoing social policy: “once untrustworthy, always restricted.”The government’s aim is to ensure that every Chinese citizen has a respective social “meta” file attached to their identity. Scores range from 350-950, but those who have higher ranked connections can see a boost in their own score. The “elite” within the system will be afforded access to more and better social privileges. Those who rank near the bottom (550 and below) will effectively be second-class citizens. They may, for example, be banned from travel, be required to put down large deposits on things like bike rentals, or be excluded altogether from certain classes of hotel. Other penalties could include more thorough examination for international travelers passing through customs or not being able to score a bed on an overnight train.The concept of a government-endorsed social credit score system is eerily similar to the Black Mirror episode “Nosedive.” In it, a creepy, Stepford Wife-esque character (Bryce Dallas Howard) lives in a world whose citizens are beholden to their social credit score. Every interpersonal interaction is logged and rated via a mobile social media app, and users are ranked according to their overall behavior. The lower their score, the worse their opportunities financially, socially, and career-wise.While the news out of China is just now garnering mainstream attention, it appears the travel restrictions may have been in effect for a while. Last year, Reuters cited the country’s Supreme People’s Court who claimed the Chinese government had already limited domestic travel for more than six million citizens due to “social misdeeds.”The end is nigh, folks. It starts — for now — in China on May 1, 2018. World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer Ride Out the Apocalypse With the 1,000-Horsepower Rezvani Tank X SUV Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App