TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool fullback Moreno: I’ve got contract offer. We’ll seeby Freddie Taylor2018-12-27 22:41:29.000000Send to a friendShare the loveAlberto Moreno has revealed he has received a contract offer from Liverpool.The Spaniard has struggled for playing time since the emergence of Andy Robertson and will be out of contract in the summer. He will be free to talk to foreign clubs in January.And speaking to El Transistor, Moreno admits he could leave Anfield despite the new contract offer.He said: “Liverpool has proposed renewing me but no agreement has been reached, in January the market opens and we will see.”To this day we have nothing closed neither with Liverpool nor with other clubs.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery delighted with Bellerin performance for Carabao Cup winby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery was delighted with Hector Bellerin’s performance for their Carabao Cup win over Nottingham Forest.It was an emotional night for Bellerin as he returned to the first team after more than nine months out injured.”I think Hector’s attitude is a very big attitude to help us,” Emery said. “When he was injured he was still a big mentality in the dressing room helping us.”He assisted for [Joe] Willock to score and also to have different options in the squad and first XI is good. We are going to play a lot of matches and tonight was his first 15 minutes [with us], which is really important. “He wanted to play 90 and yesterday he told me he’s ready and wanted to play, but we decided to give him less minutes than 90. He played with the under-23s on Friday and also they are the first matches for him. We need to do it progressively and the doctor said to us that we are going to do it like that.”I think no [he can’t play 90 minutes against Manchester United next]. Maybe in his mind yes, but we need to listen to the doctor and the doctor wants to do it progressively. Really tonight is the first day and the first minutes, and we are going to maybe share some minutes with the under-23s.”It depends how he’s feeling, but in his mind he’s feeling very well and I think the first minutes tonight were amazing for him. We are going to use him with Ainsley [Maitland-Niles] and Calum Chambers to help us in this position. The most important things about Hector are his attitude and experience. He’s wishing to help us.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd survive scare with penalty win over Rochdaleby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have survived a scare by beating Rochdale on penalties in the Carabao Cup third-round on Wednesday.17-year-old Mason Greenwood finally converted one of United’s many chances to open the scoring.But Rochdale equalised through another teenager in Luke Matheson with fifteen minutes to play.This set up a nervous penalty shootout at Old Trafford, but a miss from Dale midfielder Jimmy Keohane sealed an painful exit for the League One club.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave Brandon Williams his debut by sending him on for Phil Jones at half-time.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery explains reasons for Xhaka captaincyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery has hailed Granit Xhaka’s leadership qualities after confirming the midfielder as new club captain.Emery announced the decision today.The manager explained: “First, he is mature and he has experience and we are all living all the time under pressure, under criticism as coaches, as players, as a club,” our head coach said. “The most important thing is to stand up in each moment, go ahead and [for him] to show his quality, with his behaviour, with his commitment and in the dressing room the players voted for him as the first. “After, I spoke with him and we want to change that opinion outside because that respect that he has inside the dressing room is very, very important. And also keep moving ahead, playing, improving, and with behaviour, and his commitment. Each match for him, for me, for everybody, is a very good opportunity to show our capacity. “I trust and believe in him and he is a good man, a good professional and a good player. Sometimes he has made a mistake, yes, but the most important thing is to analyse, to learn and to correct that in the future. “His challenge, and our challenge, is to change that opinion and above all, show personality and improve in each match and give us his help every time. The first match is on Monday at Manchester United.”
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say De Gea slams Man Utd: We must improve everywhereby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United goalkeeper David De Gea believes his side must improve in all areas to avoid further pain in the Premier League.United suffered a humiliating 1-0 defeat away to Newcastle United on Sunday. A Matty Longstaff long range strike was enough to give the Magpies all three points.The result left United only two points above the relegation zone after eight league games. De Gea was furious with his side as he spoke with reporters after the game.”We didn’t create any proper chances,” De Gea fumed on Sky Sports. “We defended well. The team needs to step up.”We have some big injuries but that’s no excuse. We are Manchester United, we need to keep training hard, fighting and winning games.”When asked where United can improve, De Gea said: “Everything. A lot of things to improve. I don’t know what to say.”Keep trying, fighting, improving every day. It’s a hard moment for us.”[This is] the most difficult time since I’ve been here. I don’t know why, what is happening. Sorry to the fans. We will keep fighting.”Come on, we conceded a goal from a corner. That cannot happen. It’s unacceptable.”
Arsenal midfielder Torreira determined to make it under Emeryby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira is determined to make it under manager Unai Emery.Only five team-mates played more minutes in all competitions than Torreira last season.But asked about his drop down the pecking order this term, Torreira said: “I don’t know whether I’d say it’s frustrating.“All players want to play, they obviously want to be in the starting XI – that’s completely normal.“But that’s not something that depends on me.“It’s down to the coach to make those decisions and really I have to respect that. Right now it’s about not giving up.“You have to continue working hard and whether I’m playing in the starting XI or from the bench I want to give my all for the team. That’s the kind of player I am.“I like to give 100 per cent for the shirt to help my team-mates and to give the fans something to cheer about.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Notre Dame’s men’s basketball team played one of the best games we’ve seen from a squad in the NCAA Tournament Saturday night. The Fighting Irish’s valiant effort ultimately wasn’t enough, though, as they fell to undefeated Kentucky, 68-66. Still, Mike Brey’s team has plenty to be proud about this season; an ACC Tournament championship and an Elite Eight run highlight an awesome year. Following the loss to the Wildcats, Notre Dame’s fans welcomed their team home with roaring applause. Much-deserved welcome home for one of the best @FightingIrish teams you’ll ever see. Thanks, @NDmbb. pic.twitter.com/ET6mvODLlJ— Josh Flynt (@jflyntnd518) March 29, 2015That’s a great scene. Notre Dame’s run to the Elite Eight was the sixth in program history and the first since 1979.
Twitter/@thatboycam1LSU’s roster is littered with impressive athletes every season, and they will be adding another one in 2016 athlete Cameron Lewis. The four-star plays quarterback and safety for Wossman High School, and shined in a recent scrimmage against Peabody. Lewis threw for two touchdowns, and added one each on the ground and as a receiver, but none was more impressive than this wild 35 yard scramble.Recap of yesterday I make it look easy pic.twitter.com/pKNpUD21xt— Cameron Lewis (@thatboycam1) August 24, 2015Lewis is expected to play safety at the next level, but based on this, he could make one heck of a punt returner as well.[TigerDroppings.com]
Josh Murphy insists he has been ignoring reports linking him with a move to Chelsea, instead focusing on securing promotion back to the Premier League with Cardiff City.The winger earned strong reviews during his debut top-flight season in 2018-19 despite Cardiff coming up short in their bid to avoid relegation to the Championship.Such performances have seen him linked with Crystal Palace and Burnley, as well as Chelsea; speculation that could prove distracting for a 24-year-old looking to get back to the top of English football. Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare But Murphy insists that his attention is fixed firmly on the fortunes of Cardiff and helping Neil Warnock’s side make an immediate return to the Premier League over the coming months.”I can tell you I took no notice of it [being linked with Chelsea]. I don’t know if there’s any truth in it, but I took no notice of it,” Murphy told Goal in an exclusive interview.”I wouldn’t say it is a distraction, stuff like that is always going to happen. There is a fine line about it being true and not true.”It is just something that I would never look into too deeply. It is the end of the season so you always get stuff like that. I see myself staying at Cardiff. Then we go from there.”You never know what the future holds but as of now I am a Cardiff player and I am gearing up to get ready to fight for promotion to the Premier League.”I have only been here for a season and I love it here. That’s my priority – to be at Cardiff and get Cardiff back to the Premier League.”While playing in the Championship can take a player away from the spotlight, the ever-increasing quality in England’s second tier has started to be recognised by those at the very top of the game.Daniel James has already completed a move to Manchester United following a breakout year for Swansea City in the Championship last term while Mason Mount’s performances on loan at Derby County from Chelsea earned him a call-up to the England squad in October.And Murphy, who has won youth caps at various England age-group levels, believes he too has what it takes to catch the eye of Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate ahead of the European Championship in 2020.”I have always had that self-belief in myself. I have always thought I had enough talent and belief to make it to the very top. The only person who was going to stop me was me. Now I am eventually where I wanted to be, playing Premier League football.“I feel like I did alright [in the Premier League]. I am always out there to improve and get better as a player. So, hopefully, I have impressed the right sort of people. I want to go out there and enjoy football, get goals and assists for the team and bring success to the club.”Any young English player’s dream is to play for England. Going through the England ranks, then my goal is to eventually play for the England team. That will come down to me, how well I play and if I can impress the right people. It is one of my dream goals to do and hopefully I can get there.”Murphy forms one half of English football’s most famous active twins, with brother Jacob currently plying his trade for Newcastle.Over the past few seasons the pair have been moved apart due to their respective transfers having played together for both QPR and Norwich City, having begun their footballing development at local London side Pitshanger Dynamo.And Murphy believes that it has been hugely beneficial to have Jacob by his side throughout the early years of his career, saying: “Being twins, you are always going to have your brotherly rivalry. Some days you are going to hate him, some days you are going to love him.”That’s like every brother and sister everywhere. We are always there to drive and push each other on.“If he scored more goals than me as we got older, it is not like I am going to resent him. It would be his job to go to me and say ‘come on, I am going to help you be better’. We were always going to try to keep driving each along to keep getting better, better and better. I feel like we have done that.”I used to be a centre-back and then Jacob played in midfield. As we started getting older, the positions started changing but they are my first early memories from playing football. I would stay at the back, smash it up for Jacob to run on and score.”A lot of the scores would end up maybe 15-2 or 20-4 or something like that. That’s just the way it works. As you start developing and getting older, you start trying new things, like you want to play in different positions. Now both of us are wingers and we are enjoying ourselves.”We would always get mistaken. Being identical twins, it is easy for that to happen. We are both wingers, but different types of wingers. I like to be out on the touchline, chalk on my boots and take defenders on one-versus-one.”He is more of a modern-day inside forward who likes to receive the ball in the pockets. We both have different attributes but we like playing differently in different styles. He will get the ball on the half-turn and stride through the middle of the pitch. I like to be completely out wide.“That’s the noticeable difference in the way we play. He is a bit more bulldog-ish than me with his running technique. I like to think I am more elegant and glide across the pitch. We have always played in the same team up until the first-team level. We even played in the same England youth teams.”We have done the whole journey together. It got to the point where he went to Newcastle and that was hard for me to take. We did everything together. He coped with it better than I did because he had six or seven loans in the meantime.”He was coming back to Norwich as a base. It was okay because I thought he was always coming back. When he moved to Newcastle, his career went one way and mine went the other way. Hopefully, our paths cross again.”Part of Murphy’s ambition is built on his love for the sport, which he still holds close.Growing up in London, being a fan of Newcastle but being built at Norwich City, Murphy has taken a different path to many around him.He watches the likes of Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar and Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale as he looks to develop into the finished article and better himself as a player.”I am a Newcastle fan, so growing up it would always be Alan Shearer [who I watched]. Then it was [Jermain] Defoe because I was all about scoring goals. So it would be those sorts of players who were hot at the time.”When I was getting older it would be wingers who I would aspire to be like. Like Bale and Neymar. Like all the top wingers, I just try to be the best I can be. There are loads of things.”I want to learn and improve. That will come down to me. I want to get more goals so that’s something I will strive on.”
Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk insisted his £75 million ($91m) price tag was never an issue after the world-record fee for a defender was broken earlier this month. Van Dijk made the move from Southampton to Liverpool in January 2018, the huge transfer fee initially raising eyebrows. AdChoices广告But the Netherlands international helped the Premier League giants win the Champions League last season and has emerged as a Ballon d’Or contender under manager Jurgen Klopp. 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? However, the world-record fee was broken after Manchester United paid Leicester City £80m ($96m) for England centre-back Harry Maguire earlier this month. Van Dijk, whose side face Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup in Istanbul on Wednesday, played down the significance of the fees. “It wasn’t a big issue for me. It’s something you don’t have an influence on,” he told a news conference. “It happens, it’s the market and the only thing you can do is put your head down and start playing, give everything for the team. “That’s what I did and it worked so far, I’ll just try to keep doing that, keep progressing and be a better player.” European champions Liverpool will go into their clash against Chelsea as favourites, having opened their Premier League season with a 4-1 win over Norwich City as Frank Lampard’s men were humbled 4-0 by United. Van Dijk is eager for Jurgen Klopp’s side to win the trophy for Liverpool for the first time since 2005. “I think it could work in both favours, they know us, we know them, but the most important thing is it’s one game, one final, anything could happen,” he said. “We know at the start of the season everyone’s coming back from having a break. We are ready, we want to win that trophy and we’re going to do everything that’s possible to hold the trophy.” The Reds have a packed schedule to open the campaign, having lost the Community Shield to Manchester City on August 4 ahead of the start of the Premier League season. Saturday will see the club return to league action to face Southampton, with a match against Arsenal on the cards on August 24.
Michigan lost to Notre Dame on Saturday night, and aside from a nice fourth quarter drive by Wolverines quarterback Shea Patterson, the team struggled mightily on offense against the Fighting Irish. It got the attention of a former Michigan star.Former Michigan wide receiver Braylon Edwards took to Twitter during the fourth quarter of the game to go off on the team – calling Patterson “scared” and the team’s offense “predictable.”He even called Michigan football “trash.”They are words that Michigan fans will be upset with – but they also might agree with them right now.Edwards has since deleted the tweets. But here they are:Edwards, after starring at Michigan, was drafted No. 3 overall by the Cleveland Browns back in 2005. He played 10 seasons in the NFL, catching 359 balls for 5,522 yards and 40 touchdowns.Michigan fans who were hoping for a great start to the season were left disappointed Saturday night. But Notre Dame was not a Big Ten opponent – so most of the team’s goals are still achievable.
PISCATAWAY, NJ – SEPTEMBER 30: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes before a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on September 30, 2017 at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey. Ohio State won 56-0. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)Urban Meyer made his return to Ohio State’s Woody Hayes Athletic Center this morning. The Buckeyes’ head coach is still serving a three-game suspension, but he’s able to coach during the week.Ryan Day, the team’s interim coach in Meyer’s absence, recently spoke with reporters. Meyer typically meets with the media on Mondays during the season, but that role will be filled by Day until the suspension ends after Week 3.It was a nice debut for Day on Saturday, as Ohio State beat Oregon State, 77-31, to open the season.Day revealed this morning what Meyer told him after the game.“You only had to punt once, huh?” Meyer told Day this morning.Ohio State put up more than 70 points and 700 yards of offense. Punting wasn’t really in the game plan.Meyer, meanwhile, returned to the practice facility at 6 a.m. this morning. He can coach the team all week, but then has to step away 24 hours before kickoff on Saturday.Ohio State is set to host Rutgers at Ohio Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on BTN.
BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)A petition to remove a live college football mascot has more than 35,000 signatures.Tens of thousands of people are calling for LSU to set its live mascot, Mike the Tiger, free. It also is asking for the Tigers to stop having a live mascot.Roughly 35,000 people have signed the petition, which was started by Care2, a California-based social media operation with 40 million members.“We believe that animals shouldn’t be used as entertainment, they aren’t here for our amusement,” said Rebecca Gerber of Care2.From The Advocate:Though LSU has spent millions improving the mascot’s enclosure, Gerber said Wednesday the point is that having a wild animal on campus as a tourist attraction makes it easier for people to accept killing animals for consumer trifles, which is the most likely end for tigers bred in captivity.“They should be in the wild and respected,” she said. “Even treated very kindly, it’s easier to see them as here entertainment, disposable props for football … We’re trying to stop that message completely.”This isn’t Care2’s first stab at petitioning LSU on behalf of Mike VII. Soon after Mike VI died of cancer, the group gathered 142,000 signatures asking LSU not to replace him with a new tiger. In comparison, the petition asking to create the City of St. George had about 13,000 signatures in June.LSU never responded.LSU has reportedly responded with the following statement:“The university does not support the for-profit breeding of tigers. By providing a home for a tiger that needs one, LSU hopes to raise awareness about the problem of irresponsible breeding and the plight of tigers kept illegally and/or inappropriately in captivity in the U.S.”You can view the full report here.
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)Alabama head coach Nick Saban is a hard man to please, on and off the field, and even on his birthday.Wednesday was Saban’s 67th birthday, and the Alabama Crimson Tide decided to throw their coach a surprise party.It’s a little-known fact that Saban is a huge fan of legendary rock band the Eagles. So the Alabama players made the band the theme of the party.The Alabama boss managed to crack a couple of smiles before visibly looking like he wanted to get back to work.Happy Birthday Coach! @EdgarsBakery #OutworkYesterday#RollTide pic.twitter.com/jlg2ebGzjo— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) October 31, 2018It’s easy to understand why Saban was so easy to resume his coaching duties. Alabama has arguably the toughest game on their schedule this year against LSU.Although the Crimson Tide are 13.5-point favorites, LSU has turned the tables on a double-digit favorite they caught napping before.A win over LSU would all but secure Alabama a spot in the SEC Championship game. A loss will mean that the Crimson Tide lose control of their own destiny both in the SEC and in the College Football Playoffs.
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is unhappy with how his team is playing against Maryland on Saturday. He’s taking his frustration out on some of his own equipment.After Ohio State failed to earn a first down on a fourth down try, Meyer took off his headset and slammed it to the ground. His team currently trails Maryland 17-3 on the road.To say that Ohio State has gotten off to a slow start against the Terrapins would be an understatement. Maryland scored on runs of 81 yards and 75 yards in the first quarter.Here’s the clip of Meyer’s freak out:Let’s check in on Urban Meyer and his feelings on Ohio State’s start.#buckeyes #ohiostate #urban #urbanmeyer #coach #maryland #terps #terrapins pic.twitter.com/sFOrbGWISI— Sports Profusion (@SportsProfusion) November 17, 2018Maryland holds on fourth-and-1!Urban Meyer, your thoughts pic.twitter.com/McXPegW6KA— SI College Football (@si_ncaafb) November 17, 2018Ohio State is 9-1 on the season and needs to win against both Maryland and Michigan to win the Big Ten East.Maryland is 5-5 and needs to beat either Ohio State or Penn State to become bowl eligible.Stay tuned.
NASHVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 17: A general view of the game between the Vanderbilt Commodores and the Ole Miss Rebels at Vanderbilt Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Vanderbilt Commodores tight end Turner Cockrell passed away on Thursday, the school announced. Cockrell was diagnosed with cancer in the fall of 2017 after doctors found melanoma in his lymph nodes.Despite undergoing surgery, the cancer spread to Cockrell’s lungs last summer. He was just 21 years old.Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason released a statement following Cockrell’s passing.“My heart is broken for Randy, Noelle and the Cockrell family, for all of Turner’s teammates, and for all who came in contact with Turner. Turner had a wonderful spirit and fought an incredible fight. He was a Vanderbilt Man through and through, and he will always be remembered here.”The Vanderbilt football program announced the news on Twitter.The Vanderbilt community mourns the loss of Turner Cockrell. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cockrell family.https://t.co/XSJnfsLx3O pic.twitter.com/6gY1Votttp— Vanderbilt Football (@VandyFootball) November 30, 2018Cockrell was a two-year starter for his high school football team and won a state title in 2015 – the first state title in program history.Our thoughts are with the Cockrell family and Vanderbilt community.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 27: Tommy Stevens #2 of the Penn State Nittany Lions celebrates after rushing for a 3 yard touchdown in the first half against the Iowa Hawkeyes on October 27, 2018 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Penn State quarterback Tommy Stevens is one of the more intriguing players on the transfer market. The former Nittany Lion doesn’t have a ton of experience, but plenty of talent as multiple positions.At Penn State, he sat behind Trace McSorley, but also contributed as a receiver and out of the backfield. He was in the running for the starting QB job at PSU this off-season, but after missing a good chunk of the spring due to injury, he elected to leave the school to try and find a more promising situation for his final collegiate year.With other quarterbacks flying around the transfer market, that is more challenging than it used to be. One of his major options may have just disappeared.Kentucky recently landed Troy QB transfer Sawyer Smith, which may take them out of consideration for Tommy Stevens.Excited to announce that I’m going to spend my last seasons as a Graduate Transfer at THE University of Kentucky!! Words can’t begin to explain how proud my family and I are to be apart of the #BBN @UKFootball pic.twitter.com/b223Ixk3td— Sawyer Smith (@smittyyy22) May 13, 2019Stevens visited Lexington just over a week ago. It seems unlikely that the school would bring on two different grad transfer at the position though.Kentucky also returns Terry Wilson, who started all of last year, including the Citrus Bowl win over Penn State.Illinois, which Stevens has also visited, is also up in the air. For a while, it appeared that the Fighting Illini had landed USC transfer Matt Fink, but he has disputed that report.Mississippi State and Miami (OH) were the other two reported Stevens visits. He wouldn’t be the Bulldogs only option at the position, and the RedHawks are obviously at a lower level than the rest of these schools, playing in the MAC. He could also hold out for other options, but there doesn’t seem to be a super obvious fit right now, though Mississippi State is probably the closest, with former PSU OC Joe Moorhead leading the program.
India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 15, 2019UPDATED: February 15, 2019 15:06 IST Pulwama terror attack: Sachin Tendulkar came up with an emotional message, grieving the loss of CRPF soldiers’ lives (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSachin Tendulkar came up with an emotional response to the terror attack that killed at least 40 CRPF soldiersIndia cricket team captain Virat Kohli also grieved the deceased soldiers with a message on social mediaPM Modi says the courage of India’s security forces won’t go in vainAt least 40 soldiers lost their lives on Thursday in Pulwama, Jammu, and Kashmir in one of the deadliest terror attacks against the Indian paramilitary forces in decades. Condolence messages have been pouring in for the family of the deceased Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) soldiers ever since the news of the attack broke out.Several have condemned the attacks, for which the responsibility has been claimed by Pakistan-based Islamist militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM). The deceased soldiers were travelling in a truck when a car loaded with close to 300 kg of explosives rammed into it on Thursday afternoon.In an emotional message, batting great and former India captain, Sachin Tendulkar condemned the attack. He also wished speedy recovery for the injury and sent his condolences to the family of the deceased soldiers.”Cowardly, dastardly, meaningless…… my heart goes out to the families of those who lost their loved ones and prayers for recovery of those brave hearts in hospital. Salute to your commitment to Service and Loyalty’ @crpfindia,” Tendulkar wrote on social media.Pulwama attack LIVE updates: PM says land of Manikranika won’t forget this, will choose place & time of responseSeveral cricketers, including India captain Virat Kohli, have grieved over the death of the CRPF personnel. All-rounder Hardik Pandya took to Twitter on Friday and said: “Disturbed by the incident in #Pulwama. My thoughts are with the families and friends of our brave CRPF jawans, who laid down their lives for the country. Let’s all do our bit to help the families during their dark hours and remember the soldiers in our prayers.”advertisementCowardly, dastardly, meaningless…… my heart goes out to the families of those who lost their loved ones and prayers for recovery of those brave hearts in hospital. Salute to your commitment to “Service and Loyalty” @crpfindia!Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 15, 2019Disturbed by the incident in #Pulwama. My thoughts are with the families and friends of our brave CRPF jawans, who laid down their lives for the country. Let’s all do our bit to help the families during their dark hours and remember the soldiers in our prayers.hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) February 15, 2019Former India captain Gautam Gambhir came up with a strong reaction to the attack, urging the Indian government to take strict actions against the perpetrators of the attack. “Yes, let’s talk with the separatists. Yes, let’s talk with Pakistan. But this time conversation can’t be on the table, it has to be in a battle ground. Enough is enough. 18 CRPF personnel killed in IED blast on Srinagar-Jammu highway (sic),” the former India opener had tweeted.The visuals from the conflict zone have sent shivers down the spine of the public in the country. Following the attack, several leaders have called for stern action against the terror group.PM Modi says the courage of India’s security forces won’t go in vainSeveral Indian leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, have cancelled their appointments on Friday. Reacting to the terror attack, Modi said: “I assure 130 million people of India that the courage of our security forces will not go in vain. We have given the security forces the permission to decide the place, nature and time of the response to Pulwama attack.”Meanwhile, the CRPF have put out a strong message on social media, saying the henious attacks on their soldiers will be avenged.WE WILL NOT FORGET, WE WILL NOT FORGIVE:We salute our martyrs of Pulwama attack and stand with the families of our martyr brothers. This heinous attack will be avenged. pic.twitter.com/jRqKCcW7u8CRPF (@crpfindia) February 15, 2019The United States of America and China have also condemned the terror strike in Pulwama.”China has noted the reports of suicide terrorist attack. We are deeply shocked by this attack. We express deep condolences and sympathy to the injured and bereaved families,” spokesman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Geng Shuang said.I-League holders Minerva refuse to play in SrinagarFollowing the attack, India’s premier football league (I-League) champions Minerva Punjab FC requested the All India Football Federation to shift their upcoming league match from I-League. Punjab are scheduled to play Real Kashmir FC on February 18 in Srinagar.Also Read | China condemns Pulwama terror attack, says no to calling Masood Azhar global terroristAlso Read | Terrorism has no religion, no nation, says Navjot Singh Sidhu, favours talks with Pak, faces fireAlso Read | Rahul Gandhi says Opposition stands strong with government, security forcesAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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Imagine this in a darker shade of blue: Mumbai Indians on Yuvraj Singh’s wonder shotYuvraj Singh was picked up by Mumbai Indians at his base price in the Indian Premier League auction in January.advertisement India Today Web Desk MumbaiFebruary 20, 2019UPDATED: February 20, 2019 17:14 IST Yuvraj Singh is gearing up to play for his sixth franchise in the Indian Premier League this season (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSYuvraj was playing in a friendly match for Air India in the MaldivesThe 37-year-old hit a reverse-sweep six against a Maldives off-spinnerThe veteran all-rounder will be representing the Mumbai Indians in the IPL this seasonVeteran India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh is gearing up for his maiden stint with Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League and is warming up for the upcoming season by playing in a cricket tournament in the Maldives.Yuvraj’s wonder shot in the tournament in Male took social media by storm with everybody talking about his reverse-sweep six.A video went viral on Tuesday of Yuvraj hitting the shot against the Maldives Cricket Board where he could be seen smashing a right-arm off-spin bowler for the maximum.This six by @YUVSTRONG12 #YuvrajSingh #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/aunOnYtF90Rooter – India’s Favourite Live Sports App (@RooterSports) February 18, 2019Mumbai Indians, who bought Yuvraj at his base price of Rs 1 crore in the IPL auction in January this year, re-tweeted the video with a funny caption.”Imagine this shot in a darker shade of blue with some gold on the shoulder,” the Mumbai Indians post read.Imagine this shot in a darker shade of blue with some gold on the shoulder #CricketMeriJaan @YUVSTRONG12 https://t.co/eumyKZAWHiMumbai Indians (@mipaltan) February 20, 2019Looking forward to joining Hitman @Imro45 in the Mumbai Indians dressing room this season. Any hints on what to expect,” Yuvi tweeted on Wednesday.Looking forward to joining Hitman @Imro45 in the Mumbai Indians dressing room this season. Any hints on what to expect ?yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) February 20, 2019The match was organised jointly by the Maldives sports ministry, the Indian embassy and the Maldives Cricket Board.”I am very pleased that cricket was chosen to strengthen the friendship between the two countries,” Yuvraj was quoted as saying by the Maldives media.advertisementThe 2011 World Cup hero won the IPL in 2016 with the Sunrisers Hyderabad and is now looking forward to add more value in MI skipper Rohit Sharma’s team in the upcoming IPL season.”I think, if I can contribute in the middle-order, it will just take some weight off him (Rohit) and he can just go and play his natural game, while opening. (We will) see how the combinations (go).”I’m very fired up boss, I have been training in the nets everyday,” Yuvraj said.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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Yuvraj SinghFollow Mumbai IndiansFollow Maldives cricket tournamentFollow Yuvraj Singh reverse-sweep six
Roger Federer was once scared he would never win an ATP titleRoger Federer, who lifted his 100th ATP title on Saturday in Dubai, revealed that he was relieved after winning his first ATP Tour title in Milan in 2001 because he did not want to end his career empty-handed.advertisement India Today Web Desk DubaiMarch 3, 2019UPDATED: March 3, 2019 17:04 IST Roger Federer beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in Dubai to win his 100th ATP title. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRoger Federer beat Stefanos Tsitsipas to lift his eighth title in DubaiFederer revealed “I cried my eyes out” after losing his first ATP Tour final in Marseille in 2000Federer credit his team for his growth over the years on the tennis circuitRoger Federer, on Saturday, became only the second player in history to win 100 ATP title when he defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final of Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships but there was a time when Federer was scared that he would go down as one of those players who had talent but never won a title.18 years ago, Federer had registered his first singles win outside the Challenger circuit and on Saturday, he struck a century to get him in a club where Jimmy Connors stood alone for years.After his 100th ATP title victory in Dubai, Federer revealed that at the beginning of his career, he was worried that he would never be able to win a single title on tour.”I’m not kidding if I tell you I hoped I was going to not go down as a player never to win a tournament,” Federer was quoted as saying by ATP website.Made it to 100!Thank you for all your support #RF100 pic.twitter.com/o6lWHsXFhfRoger Federer (@rogerfederer) March 2, 2019Federer had his fair share of nervy moments in the beginning of his career when he lost his first ATP tournament final in Marseille as an 18-year-old. Just two points away from victory, Federer fluffed his chances to lose to fellow Swiss Marc Rosset.”I cried my eyes out. [Marc] told me, ‘Don’t worry about it, you’ll win some more’,” Federer recalled. “I’m like, ‘It’s easy for you to say’,” Federer recalled.Federer then lost another ATP Tour championship match in his hometown Basel but in 2001, he finally made a breakthrough in Milan at the age of 19 to lift his first big trophy.advertisementFederer now looks back at how badly he wanted to win that trophy in Milan and how he was immensely relieved to have picked up a title.”It makes me look back at how it all started and how badly I wanted my first title back in Milan… I was hoping that one day I was going to win a title,” Federer said. “I was so relieved I was not going to be that guy who was going to [have] endless talent with no titles. You can imagine today sitting with 100 how much disbelief there is in between what happened then and now.”.@rogerfederer’s dream just became a reality. #RF100 pic.twitter.com/ke8uLEmD0SATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) March 2, 2019Federer elaborated that early on in his career, he would spent too much of energy in the beginning of tournament and would be exhausted by the time quarter-finals arrived but he figured out his way on the journey at the tour.”I think I needed to get really match tough to be able to be at 100 per cent every single day. That was not easy for me. Checking my emotions, that was not easy,” Federer said.”I remember in the beginning of my career, by the time the quarters came around, I was quite exhausted already because I was so happy winning points, disappointed losing points, I would get to the quarters and be tired.”I knew I had to figure out my own attitude on the court to sustain five matches in five days or six matches in six days. Back in the day, the [ATP] Masters 1000s, what we had to do with the best-of-five set final. That was part of it… a lot of things went right. I’m sure I took a lot of good and bad decisions along the way. I couldn’t have done it without a team. My team has been phenomenal throughout.”Also Read | Roger Federer happy to join Jimmy Connors in 100 ATP titles clubAlso Read | Not my last clay-court season: Roger Federer hoping to enjoy action on red dirtFor 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 ATP tourFollow Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships Next