TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Martial agent hits out at Man Utd after contract option triggeredby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Anthony Martial has taken aim at Manchester United over their contract negotiations.United have taken the option to extend Martial’s current contract by one year, tying the Frenchman to Old Trafford until 2020. But talks over a new five-year contract have so far proved fruitless.It is understood Martial is keen to remain at Old Trafford but his agent Philippe Lamboley has now revealed the club have much to do if they want to keep the player in the long-term.“I am very pessimistic about discussions going positively,” Lamboley told RMC Sport.“They’ve already made several offers that come nowhere near to what we expect.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Squad depth key to Everton success says Richarlisonby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRicharlison believes Everton’s squad depth will benefit their success.The 21-year-old has rotated between striker and winger this season.”Marco Silva trusts the players and we really trust in him,” said the Brazilian. “There has to be some rotation given tiredness, the amount of games in December – it is busy.”We need some respite, but that creates opportunities for other players to go on the field and send a message. [Strength in depth] is essential for the team.”Dom is a great player and helps out loads up front. He holds up the ball really well and scores goals.”He is still very young so there is room to develop. But I think he will be really important in helping us out for the rest of the season.”
Klopp not angry after Liverpool almost blow three-goal lead against RB Salzburgby Freddie Taylor23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp insists he wasn’t angry after Liverpool blew a three-goal lead against RB Salzburg.Goals from Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson and Mohamed Salah gave Liverpool a comfortable lead after 36 minutes.Hwang Hee-Chee grabbed one back from the visitors on 39 minutes, and Takumi Minamino’s volley reduced the deficit further shortly after half-time.Substitute Erling Braut Haaland tapped in an equaliser five minutes later.However, Salah popped up for his second on the 69 minute mark to save Liverpool’s blushes. And Klopp was pleased his side didn’t give up all three points.He told BT Sport: “It’s better to learn the lessons during the game than talk about it after it.”I thought we were outstanding in the first 30 minutes, then the Salzburg system changed and we lost the ball so that caused us problems.”The momentum changed and it was really difficult to get a foot in the game. We had to wait until they had scored the third goal, then we were able to strike back.”I’m not angry – I saw us play really well and try hard to get back into the game and score a really nice goal. You don’t need to score six or seven goals.”[Salzburg] are a good side but the first 30 minutes we made it really difficult for them and played outstanding.”I told the boys they want to enjoy the whole night and they will fight back.”This is group is really difficult but we wanted the three points and now it’s game on.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
McShayESPN NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay appeared on Scott Van Pelt’s late-night SportsCenter following the first round Thursday night. Of course, McShay, SVP and NFL insider Mark Dominik discussed the Laremy Tunsil fiasco. For those who missed it, a video of the Ole Miss offensive tackle apparently smoking marijuana with a gas mask on was tweeted out from his account about an hour before the draft. Photos of a DM conversation between Tunsil and an Ole Miss staffer were then posted on his Instagram page; the conversation shows Tunsil asking for money and the staffer agreeing to it. Tunsil, picked No. 13 by the Miami Dolphins, then admitted to getting money from an Ole Miss coach in his draft press conference. McShay had multiple points about Tunsil, but one of them was questioning why he’d “sell out” his Ole Miss coaches, especially when Hugh Freeze was standing by his side through draft night. From Barstool Sports:McShay has been getting crushed on social media for his comments, specifically the “selling out” part.Todd McShay just called out Laremy Tunsil for being honest under some B.S. code to Ole Miss. McShay is paid by a media company. Remarkable.— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) April 29, 2016From Deadspin: McShay—just the type of pundit to rip a player for not standing up and taking questions after a heartbreaking loss—thinks the mature thing to do was for Tunsil to duck reporters after a news-breaking controversy. He also thinks the crime here wasn’t 46-year-old Hugh Freeze and his Ole Miss staff paying the “immature” Tunsil in violation of NCAA rules, but instead Tunsil admitting it had happened. This Laremy Tunsil shitshow is great because it has allowed the dolts of the NFL to show their ass*s, while the nominal subject of this controversy didn’t do anything wrong. Or, to put it another way, the guy videotaped smoking a gas mask bong under a Confederate flag is more mature than Todd McShay.More reaction: I don’t know who the biggest idiot is in the Tunsil situation is, but Todd McShay ranks near the top of the list— Andrew Reid (@unansweredpoint) April 29, 2016 Todd McShay is an idiot.— Andres (@dretre91) April 29, 2016 @McShay13 Laremy didn’t throw his coaches under the bus. Just mentioned the truth. Quit protecting a corrupt SEC team.— OTC Skull and Bones (@10baggersallday) April 29, 2016Not everyone disagrees with him, though.I couldn’t agree with @McShay13 on the Tunsil situation any more. He ratted on the people who helped him most at ole miss.— Daniel Almon (@dalmon33) April 29, 2016@McShay13 media ‘bs’ you did nothing wrong by speaking the truth, good job,keep it up— brody (@Online4Shoes) April 29, 2016@McShay13 Todd, I thought it was great how you called Tunsil immature for being honest and contrite in a tough spot. Keep up the good work.— Daniel Corson (@d_corson) April 29, 2016Was McShay right or wrong?
ESPN FPI ESPNCollege football season will be here in less than two months. If you’re looking for a quick primer on which teams are the favorites to take home the hardware in 2016, we’ve got you covered.ESPN’s FPI, which, according to the network, is a “measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward for the rest of the season”, predicts that Florida State will be tops this year. The Seminoles are projected to win 10.6 games, despite having the nation’s third-hardest schedule.LSU, Oklahoma, Clemson and Tennessee round out the rest of the top five. Alabama, last year’s national champion, comes in at No. 6. Here’s the top 25:1. Florida State 2. LSU 3. Oklahoma 4. Clemson 5. Tennessee 6. Alabama 7. Ole Miss 8. Oklahoma State 9. USC 10. Georgia 11. Michigan 12. UCLA 13. Washington 14. Texas A&M 15. Ohio State 16. Louisville 17. Auburn 18. Florida 19. Notre Dame 20. North Carolina 21. Stanford 22. Baylor 23. Texas 24. Pittsburgh 25. ArkansasIf you’d like to see where all 128 teams rank, head on over to ESPN. Only time will tell how accurate their rankings turn out to be.
Twitter/@CollegeGameDayAn LSU cheap shot may wind up marring what was one of the best games of an excellent first college football Saturday.D’Cota Dixon recorded a huge interception off of LSU quarterback Brandon Harris, and in the process, sealed a massive win for the Badgers. After the play, he was decked by Tigers lineman Josh Boutte, who was penalized and ejected for the hit. There’s a chance he thought the play was still live, but based on how Dixon was celebrating the interception, that seems extremely unlikely.brutal cheap shot by 76 pic.twitter.com/V9Mh4aifaX— Danny (@recordsANDradio) September 3, 2016Flagrant personal foul on this hit. #SidelineCam https://t.co/w4I8sGOnaN— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 3, 2016LSU drove down from its own 25 to the Wisconsin 35, but with 57 seconds remaining in the game, Harris was picked off by Dixon at the Wisconsin 25. Minutes before, Wisconsin took the 16-14 lead over the Tigers on a Rafael Gaglianone 47-yard field goal.You simply can’t watch this D’Cota Dixon game-sealing INT enough.More video ➡ https://t.co/3s22f8TiDr https://t.co/taL2BhbHgf— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) September 3, 2016The win gives the unranked Badgers a win over LSU, the No. 5 team in the country, and one that many thought would challenge Alabama for the top of the SEC West.The Badgers jumped out to a 13-0 lead early, but LSU closed the gap very quickly with a pair of turnovers by Tre’Davious White and a few nice passes from Harris. Ultimately, with two interceptions, he’ll be the scapegoat for this one.Corey Clement rushed for 86 yards on 21 carries, and scored the Badgers’ lone touchdown of the game. Gaglianone converted on all three of his field goal attempts, including the eventual game-winner.
Romelu Lukaku has revealed he would jump at the chance to work with Antonio Conte at Inter, labelling the Italian the “best coach in the world” while hinting that he has made a decision over his future.Lukaku has been at Manchester United for two seasons since sealing a move from Everton under Jose Mourinho in the summer of 2017. But he has struggled to make a name for himself at Old Trafford despite scoring 42 goals in 96 appearances and during his time with the Reds. 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? His record against the biggest teams in England and Europe has come under particular scrutiny, while United are looking to rebuild this summer following a torrid campaign in 2018-19. Inter has emerged as a strong possibility for his next destination, and it is a move that Lukaku approves – not least because of the identity of their new coach. “Well, Conte has gone to Inter, for me he is the best coach in the world,” the Belgium international signalled to Sportmediaset.”With regards to my future, I have already made a decision that I still cannot reveal publicly, out of respect to Manchester United with whom I still have a contract.” Lukaku went on to reveal his admiration for the Italian top flight, pointing to a string of high-profile recent arrivals to suggest it was a league on the rise. “I am a big Serie A fan, those close to me know that I have always wanted to play in the English league and in the Italian: I love Italy,” he added. “And then Cristiano Ronaldo arrived, [Maurizio] Sarri is going to Juventus, [Carlo] Ancelotti will be at Napoli: Serie A will be exciting.”My club and agent will talk about [the transfer bid], but my mind is made up. “I have a contract with Manchester United, it is up to them to decide. I will speak to the club and my agent to make the best decision. In any case, I am sure that it will be a very busy summer.”
Wayne Rooney is leaving MLS, and D.C. United is hoping to make his final season in the league a successful one. As if the club hadn’t made that obvious enough with the moves made ahead of the league’s transfer deadline, general manager Dave Kasper has now come right out and said it. With United having landed forwards Ola Kamara and Emmanuel Boateng and added midfielder Felipe, three MLS veterans, over the course of the last week, Kasper says it’s time to focus in on the closing run of the season and a potential tilt at the MLS Cup title. 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? “This being Wayne’s last year, we want to finish strong and make a deep run,” Kasper said to MLSsoccer.com. “Wayne knows what lies with his future, his teammates know what lies with the future and the group collectively can say ‘Listen, we’re now in the final stretch, we know who we are, what we have, especially with the new additions. Let’s get to work and let’s compete for a trophy this year.'” Rooney’s move back to England at the end of the season caught many people off guard, but he’s not the only transfer target in United’s ranks. Midfielder Luciano Acosta has been linked with a move away from MLS in recent windows, with PSG having come close to his signature last winter before the deal fell through. The 25-year-old’s contract runs out at the end of the season, and Kasper says the club is prepared to listen to offers for their star playmaker. “I think there’s flexibility with that,” Kasper said via phone. “If he does move in the European window, or any league that has a window that extends beyond ours in Major League Soccer, we will be prepared for it. If he stays, we’ll have him as an option to make a deep run in the playoffs.” Making the playoffs will be the first job for United. The club currently sits fifth in the Eastern Conference with the top seven teams earning a playoff place. The capital club is just four points clear of eighth-place Toronto and has been struggling through a poor run of form, picking up just one win in its last seven outings.
Barcelona new boy Frenkie de Jong believes Donny van de Beek is more than good enough to link up with Real Madrid, but would prefer not to see a former Ajax team-mate join him in Spain just yet.The Netherlands international has already trodden the path from the Eredivisie to La Liga this summer.De Jong agreed a big-money switch to Camp Nou in January, before seeing Matthijs de Ligt opt against following his lead by choosing to link up with Serie A champions Juventus. 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? Van de Beek is the latest Ajax star to have generated transfer talk, with the 22-year-old midfielder admitting to registering on the recruitment radar of those at the Santiago Bernabeu.De Jong is not surprised by the interest, telling ESPN FC: “I would prefer him to stay at Ajax because I wouldn’t have him as an opponent and Ajax would stay strong.“But, no, of course, when it’s all settled, and if he moves to Madrid, I am really happy for him. I think he deserves it. He’s a great player. Then I will go see him in Spain!”Were Van de Beek to make a move to Madrid, then he would join a squad that already includes World Cup winner Toni Kroos and Ballon d’Or holder Luka Modric.While competition for places would be fierce, De Jong believes a former colleague would hold his own.He added: “I am pretty sure he has the ability.“I think he showed it last season in the Champions League, especially in the knockout rounds.“I think he has shown to the world and everyone in Europe he has the ability to play at that level.”Ajax would be reluctant sellers were Van de Beek to make his way out of Amsterdam, with the Dutch giants seeing an exciting young squad broken up.They made the semi-finals of the Champions League last season, with De Jong admitting it is sad to see a squad with so much promise forced apart as top talent is cherry-picked by leading sides across Europe.He added, with there no regrets on his part at having left the Dutch title winners: “I am really proud of the season we had and I am proud to see guys making big movements – I think they all deserve it.“But of course I feel a bit sad – not that I regret it because I am really proud and happy to be [at Barcelona] – but of course it’s a bit sad that the team is breaking up.“But you know that those things are going to happen when you have a season like that at a club like Ajax. It’s just the way it is.”
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)A college football recruit shared a horrible text message he received from an apparent reporter in regards to an injury he suffered.Damon Ward, a three-star wide receiver committed to North Texas, shared the text message on Twitter without identifying the name of the reporter.The text message was in regards to an injury Ward suffered, with the reporter saying he doubts the wideout will ever be the same.Check it out:See you in Denton. ? pic.twitter.com/8PHFllY0Kl— Ward Jr. (@TheDamonWardJr) November 1, 2018Clearly, that’s not the kind of message a reporter should be sending a subject.Wow, that’s awful. There is absolutely no place for this. https://t.co/vI8TynpP7N— Jason Howell (@Jason_Howell) November 1, 2018Ward, a 6-foot wide receiver, is ranked the No. 175 WR in the class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Here’s to him showing that reporter wrong and recovering from the injury as quickly as possible.
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 spring practice opened yesterday. One of the players vying for the quarterback job, Tommy Stevens, is likely going to be limited throughout the month-long period.Stevens recently had surgery to help deal with the injury, which head coach James Franklin hasn’t revealed. He will reportedly be able to participate in practice at some level, but won’t be fully engaged.Stevens played in seven games last season, missing time due to injury. When healthy, he served as Trace McSorley’s backup quarterback, but is a do it all player for the Nittany Lions.He has appeared as a running back, wide receiver, and tight end, and has accounted for 14 total touchdowns during his college career, between all of his positions.James Franklin addressed Tommy Stevens’ status as spring ball began on Wednesday.From The Inquirer:“He will be able to participate; I don’t know if it’s going to be full go,” said Franklin, who mentioned before the Jan. 1 Citrus Bowl that Stevens had had “recent surgery.”“He had the surgery off campus, so we are communicating with his doctor, as well as trying to get everybody on the same page. At this point, he’ll be limited from the beginning of spring, and, depending how spring goes, it could be full go by the end of spring. But I’m not sure of that yet.”It is unclear if Stevens will win the quarterback job, and the spring injury may hurt his candidacy. Once he is ready for full contact, he will likely find his way onto the field in some capacity for PSU, thanks to his famous versatility.Penn State’s Blue-White Game will take place on April 13.[The Inquirer]
Chelsea must be wary of Fulham after Claudio Ranieri exit, says Maurizio SarriFulham, 19th in the standings, sacked Claudio Ranieri as manager on Thursday following a dismal run of results and appointed Scott Parker as his caretaker replacement. Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has warned his players to expect a reaction from relegation-threatened Fulham.advertisement Next Reuters LondonMarch 2, 2019UPDATED: March 2, 2019 08:46 IST Maurizio Sarri warns Chelsea ahead of of Fulham clash (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSChelsea to take on relegation-threatened Fulham in the Premier league on SundayChelsea are sixth in the table, two points behind fifth-placed Manchester UnitedThe game on Sunday is Chelsea’s third in eight daysChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has warned his players to expect a reaction from relegation-threatened Fulham following the departure of Claudio Ranieri.Fulham, 19th in the standings, sacked Ranieri as manager on Thursday following a dismal run of results and appointed Scott Parker as his caretaker replacement.”Usually, when there is a change of coach, there is a reaction. And so we have to front the reaction,” Sarri told reporters on Friday.”Then it’s difficult for us to prepare the match to know their new systems and ideas. They also have opportunities to save themselves, so we’ll have to play a very difficult match, a derby.”The game on Sunday is Chelsea’s third in eight days after their penalty shootout defeat in the League Cup final by Manchester City and Wednesday’s win over Tottenham Hotspur.”On Sunday, we played for 130 minutes and 95 minutes on Wednesday. So we need to value the recovery because we ran for 15km on Sunday on average, and the average in the last match was 12km,” Sarri added.Sarri said striker Gonzalo Higuain needed to improve his fitness to get back to his goal-scoring best, recalling the Argentine’s form at Napoli under his management when he equalled an Italian Serie A record 36 goals in a season in 2015-16.”He [Higuain] needs more acceleration because now he is a little more resistant, without the acceleration that he had in Naples, for example,” Sarri said.”He needs to improve his physical condition, especially for the acceleration, and then he will be able to score, of course.”advertisementChelsea are sixth in the table, two points behind fifth-placed Manchester United but with a game in hand.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 Maurizio SarriFollow ChelseaFollow FulhamFollow Claudio Ranieri
Martin Guptill’s World Cup story: Poor run with the bat, crucial run-outs and a heartbreaking overthrowNew Zealand opener Martin Guptill had a crazy World Cup 2019 despite multiple failures with the bat, being involved in some of the pivotal moments for his side throughout the tournament.advertisement Ajay Tiwari New DelhiJuly 16, 2019UPDATED: July 16, 2019 19:58 IST Martin Guptill had a crazy World Cup 2019, both with the bat and in the field (AP)HIGHLIGHTSMartin Guptill could score just 186 runs in World Cup 2019Guptill’s run-out of MS Dhoni in the semi-final swung the match decidedly in New Zealand’s favourGuptill was also run-out off the final ball of the Super Over during the World Cup finalMartin Guptill, even in his wildest dreams, wouldn’t have imagined the kind of World Cup 2019 which he eventually ended up with. Being the highest scorer during the 2015 edition, New Zealand team had high expectations from their firebrand opener. After all, Guptill was and still is the only cricketer in the Southern Hemisphere to have hit a double century in ODIs and that innings had come in the 2015 World Cup. After New Zealand’s inaugural game of the World Cup 2019, the side’s belief in Guptill must have only got stronger.Guptill scored a quickfire unbeaten 51-ball-73 as New Zealand walloped Sri Lanka’s total of 136 in a mere 16.1 overs without breaking a sweat. What followed later, however, was hardly believable for Guptill the batsman.25, 0, 35, 0, 5, 20, 8, 1, 19: read Guptill’s scores in the next 9 games including the final against England at Lord’s. With a total of 186 runs in World Cup 2019, Guptill’s horror run with the bat continued to haunt his side throughout the tournament.Despite all this, Guptill still played some pivotal roles in the World Cup. The first big moment arrived during the game against Australia when Guptill leaped in the air at short-fine-leg to pluck the ball out of thin air after the dangerous Steve Smith had made a good connection with the pull off Lockie Ferguson. Smith was left stunned and so were Guptill’s teammates.But the moment when Guptill’s fielding became the true talking point of the World Cup 2019 was when with one-and-a-half stumps to aim at, his direct-hit from fine-leg struck timber bringing the curtains down on a brilliant counter-attacking innings from India’s talisman MS Dhoni. It was this moment when New Zealand finally knew that they were going to the final while Dhoni – one of the fastest sprinters in world cricket – started his long walk back to the pavilion in possibly his last World Cup innings.advertisementBy now the clip of Guptill’s throw to run-out Dhoni was being played across social media platforms all over the world. Guptill, on the other hand, was itching to make an impact in possibly the greatest match of his life at Lord’s.At the fag end of the final of the World Cup 2019, England had looked down and out as New Zealand’s death bowlers seemed to have created a vice-like grip over the match, not giving Ben Stokes room to hit the big shots. In the final over of England’s chase with the team needing 9 to win off 3 balls, Guptill’s throw from deep mid-wicket region struck a diving Ben Stokes’s bat on the full at the striker’s end and the ball raced away to the boundary behind the wicketkeeper. Thus, instead of 2 runs, England got awarded 6 bringing the equation down to 3 required off 2 balls – a much more achievable target, even though Trent Boult ensured a tie.When the match went into the Super Over, Guptill found himself on the field again but this time he had the responsibility to score 16 off 6 balls to bring New Zealand home their maiden World Cup. On the last delivery of the Super Over Guptill was on strike with his side needing 2 off 1 but he only managed to dig out Jofra Archer’s full delivery to Jason Roy at deep mid-wicket. As he scampered for the 2nd run, Roy’s throw found Jos Buttler’s gloves at the striker’s end, who dislodged the stumps in a flash. Guptill desperately dived to cross the crease but was found well short when the bails were dislodged bringing an end to a crazy Lord’s evening.As the England players celebrated in ecstasy, Guptill stayed motionless with his head sulking trying to make sense of what had just transpired. Soon he was being comforted by his teammates and even Chris Woakes came up to him to offer words of encouragement. When the dust finally settles on the exhilarating Lord’s evening, Guptill wouldn’t be faulted for still wondering what went on with him at World Cup 2019. He couldn’t have imagined the events of the past 6 weeks before, but he is sure to be revisited by them for a long time to come.Also Read | As the dust settles on epic World Cup final, spare a thought for the winnersAlso Read | Knighthood for Ben Stokes? ‘Of course’ say UK’s next prime ministerial candidatesFor 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Martin GuptillFollow Kane Williamson Next
Reuters New YorkAugust 25, 2019UPDATED: August 25, 2019 09:49 IST Novak Djokovic has won four of the last five Grand Slams. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDjokovic will hope the blisters do not worsen especially since solid movement on the court is key to his playing styleNovak Djokovic interrupted his U.S. Open practice twice on Saturday to have a trainer look at his right footDjokovic has a tough draw in New York but is favourite to inch closer to his rivals over the coming fortnightNovak Djokovic interrupted his U.S. Open practice twice on Saturday to have a trainer look at his right foot but the defending champion said the discomfort was due to blisters and is not a concern.So uncomfortable was Djokovic that he removed his shoe and sock to have his right foot inspected. Later in the practice he stopped mid-sprint, lifted his right leg off the ground and hopped around on his left foot.”It’s just a minor thing with the foot. You know, blisters like anybody has those,” top seed Djokovic told reporters. “But it’s nothing major that is posing a concern for the event.”Djokovic, who saved two match points last month to beat Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final, will hope the blisters do not worsen especially since solid movement on the court is key to his playing style.”It allows me to actually swing through my shots to get some balls that maybe most of the other players cannot get to,” said Djokovic, who will begin his quest for a 17th career Grand Slam on Monday against Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena.”I slide a lot, whether it’s clay, hard court, or grass. I think the flexibility of my ankles has helped with that pretty, so to say, aggressive style of movement.”Since Wimbledon, Djokovic has played one hardcourt event and made a run to the Cincinnati semi-finals where he lost to Russian Daniil Medvedev, who is the Serb’s projected quarter-final opponent in New York.Djokovic, 32, has won four of the last five Grand Slams and is two shy of Rafa Nadal on the all-time list and four away from matching Federer’s record tally of 20.advertisementThe Serbian has a tough draw in New York but is favourite to inch closer to his rivals over the coming fortnight.”I still am very motivated to keep going and especially at this stage,” said Djokovic.”It always has been the case but, especially now, more or less everything is about Grand Slams in terms of how I see tennis and how I approach them because they matter the most.”Also 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Novac DjokovicFollow US Open Novak Djokovic unfazed by foot blisters ahead of US OpenNovac Djokovic has won four of the last five Grand Slams and is two shy of Rafa Nadal on the all-time list and four away from matching Federer’s record tally of 20.advertisement Next
No data available! Virat Kohli hits 7th Test double hundred, goes past Sachin Tendulkar and Virender SehwagIndia vs South Africa: Virat Kohli broke several records as he stormed to his 7th Test double hundred in only is 81st match. All of his double hundreds have come as captain. commentary view more view less graphs Rajarshi Gupta PuneOctober 11, 2019UPDATED: October 11, 2019 15:13 IST India vs South Africa, 2nd Test: Virat Kohli got to his 7th double hundred in Tests on Friday (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli hit his 7th Test double hundred in his 81st matchKohli now has the most double hundreds by an Indian batsmanOnly Bradman, Sangakkara and Lara have more double hundreds than KohliVirat Kohli went past Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar for the most double hundreds in Test cricket by an Indian. Kohli now has 7 double centuries in 81 Tests.Virender Sehwag made 6 double centuries from 104 Tests while Sachin Tendulkar had 6 double hundreds in 200 Test matches. Kohli brought up his 7th double hundred in the second Test of a 3-match series against South Africa.India vs South Africa, 2nd Test Day 2: Live updatesVirat Kohli is now joint 4th in the list of most double centuries in Tests with Wally Hammond of England and Mahela Jayawardene of Sri Lanka. Only Don Bradman (12), Kumar Sangakkara (11) and Brian Lara (9) have more Test double hundreds than Kohli.Incidentally, Virat Kohli had not scored a single Test hundred this year in 4 matches before Pune. In fact, Kohli had last scored a hundred in Test cricket in December 2018 against Australia in Perth.In 2017, Virat Kohli became the only man to score double hundreds in 4 successive Test series. No other captain has scored more double hundreds than Kohli.All of Kohli’s double hundreds have come as captain.In 2014, after MS Dhoni retired from Test cricket, Virat Kohli took over and brought about an immediate transformation to the Indian team.Kohli revelled in his new role and led from the front. He now has 40 international hundreds as captain, 19 of them in Tests and 21 in ODIs.Virat Kohli’s first double hundred came against West Indies in North Sound in 2016. Later that year, he scored 211 against New Zealand in the first series of a long home season. Kohli followd that up with a fine 235 against England in Mumbai and a 204 against Bangladesh in Hyderabad.advertisementIn 2017, Virat Kohli struck 213 and 243 in successive Tests against Sri Lanka at home.Virat Kohli now has 26 Test hundreds overall. During the course of his innings, Kohli went past Sunil Gavaskar for most Test runs as captain in India.Also Read | India vs South Africa 2nd Test: Virat Kohli breaks Don Bradman’s recordAlso Read | 3 years after enjoying a Kohli-Rahane partnership, Temba Bavuma at the receiving endAlso 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 Virat KohliFollow Sachin TendulkarFollow Virender SehwagFollow India vs South AfricaFollow Pune TestFollow Virat Kohli double hundred advertisement scorecard Next
The Absolute Best Rye Whiskey Brands for Under $50 Hillrock Estate Distillery Is Making Some of the Best Whiskey in America This High-Proof Shochu Could Make Vodka Irrelevant When you think of Utah, high quality spirits probably don’t factor in to the list of attractions. Between five national parks and more than four hundred inches of snowfall at Utah’s ski resorts, we couldn’t blame you for overlooking Park City’s High West Distillery and Saloon, at least until now. As Utah’s first distillery since the 1870s, High West had a large gap to fill when they first opened their doors in 2007. We were lucky enough to stumble on them at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and after sampling a few of their blended whiskeys and vodka, it’s easy to see (and taste) that their quality and heritage is not lost to any drop of spirits that leave the distillery.If you’re lucky enough to stop in to the saloon this ski season the first thing you’ll notice besides the altitude – High West sits a 7,000 feet – is the large, seven hundred gallon copper still. High West distills their own Silver Whiskey and Vodka 7000 in house. The clear, oat whiskey is unaged, so it retains an incredibly smooth feel, and is almost reminiscent of a blanco tequila. We found it works perfectly in an Old Fashioned or Manhattan.The vodka was a welcome surprise as well. Maybe it’s the locally sourced oats or the thin air, but the Vodka 7000 and it’s peach infused small seasonal batches easily compete with top shelf vodkas from around the globe. Just make sure you pick up a bottle while you’re in Park City, because with only a few bottlings a year, it can be hard to source if you run out after your visit.Where High West truly shines though is their blended whiskeys. They are sourced from a number of outside distillers and aged in-house to create a large set of unique tastes. The most well known is High West’s Rendezvous Rye, named for Utah’s first whiskey festival, at a mountain-man and fur trapper Rendezvous, in 1826. Blending six-year and sixteen-year rye whiskeys, this uncommon blend boasts an unusually high mash bill (95% and 80% respectively), and the complex flavor is what a true rye should taste like. If you’re looking for a special order, the new American Prairie Reserve blend is a perfect taste of classic American bourbon, sourced from the MGP and Four Roses Distilleries. Named for the 5,000 square mile (roughly the size of Connecticut) Prairie Reserve in Montana, this bourbon celebrates the wildness that is seldom seen on the open plains anymore. Use it in a summer mint julip, or just on the rocks as an excellent sipping whiskey. Whatever your taste in spirits, High West’s line of blended and silver whiskeys, and unique oat-based vodkas will have you wishing you were in Park City all year long. Editors’ Recommendations The Best New-School Kentucky Distilleries The Best American Liqueur
Moving Tips: How to Make Moving Day as Easy as Possible The Best Travel Outfit for Everything from a Weekend Getaway to a Week-Long Business Trip The G-RO SIX Is a 6-Wheel, Push-Style Travel Carry-On Unlike Any Other Imagine picking up from the land of plenty and moving across the world to a third world country. That is exactly what husband and wife Courtney Rose and Laren Fitzgerald did in 2012 in order for Laren to be closer to the work he does for the amazing non-profit, Bridgeway Foundation.Moving from Los Angeles to Kampala, Uganda is quite a bold move but the couple has made the country their home and, once settled, launched their company, Rose & Fitzgerald. The concept came from their need for practical, everyday items that were both beautiful and well made. As Courtney told us, “I started commissioning carpenters and seamstresses to make pillows, lamps, cutting boards, oversized bowls, and barware, like cow horn whisky tumblers and a wood wine holder—and all of these items started to make our home feel warm, inviting and lived-in.”Related: Eco-Awesomeness in Mozambique.The more she worked with these artisans the more she wanted to share these pieces with the world. Hence, Rose & Fitzgerald was born. The couple works closely with the artisans to provide them with consistent business while enhancing artistic traditions with a modern aesthetic.Rose & Fitzgerald: Our Story from Rose & Fitzgerald on Vimeo.Some of the highlights from the collection include (ahem, Mother’s Day is May 10th):Original Wine HolderMade from hand-selected Mugavu logs from the wooded forests of central Uganda, the light, slender form and unique curvature of this minimalist wine holder make it the perfect way to display your favorite vintage bottle. Hand carved on a lathe, it undergoes a long sanding process and is then sealed with a wood lacquer, giving it a smooth and seamless finish.Cow Horn Whisky TumblersThese ethically sourced cow horn whisky tumblers are the perfect accompaniment to your favorite single-malt whisky. Valued for both its hardness and its ability to become pliable when heated, Ankole cattle horn has been used by East Africans for centuries. These natural horn tumblers were hand carved on a lathe, and then shaped and molded at high temperatures to fit perfectly in your hand. They were meticulously sanded, polished, and then sealed with a food-safe lacquer for a smooth and shiny finish. Due to the considerable size of Ankole horns and their wide range of naturally occurring colors, these tumblers are truly one-of-a-kind; no two are exactly alike. Ankole cow horn is indigenous to East Africa, making this material extremely rare.Cow Horn & Brass Bottle OpenerMade from ethically sourced, hand-selected Ugandan cow horn and recycled, industrial scrap brass, this completely unique bottle opener is essential for the bar. The brass piece was measured and cut out by hand from a solid 3mm brass sheet, was sanded and then buffed to perfection. The Best Blended Scotch Whiskies to Add to Your Collection Editors’ Recommendations Men’s Apartment Essentials to Turn Your Bachelor Pad Into a Home
Many of us dream of hitting the open road and living a life of wanderlust. In America, there is a growing population of people that are quitting jobs, selling furniture, and canceling leases for the freedom of the open road.We interviewed several individuals and couples that live the Van Life (#vanlife) and here are their tips for living life on the road.Get and Stay OrganizedSince you will be carrying everything (clothing, toiletries, cooking utensils and other staples) with you while on the road, getting and staying organized is paramount. When designing your build out, plan accordingly to allow for storage bins within the van to accommodate your essentials while organizing personal items as well.Pack LightRelegating your life to living in a vehicle can be overwhelming in the beginning. Most start out trying to bring too many items from their previous life (too many clothes, books, extra gear, etc.). Anything extra that you bring along for the ride will also be sharing the space with you in the van. Bring only the bare necessities. Minimalism should be your new mantra.Yakima Showcase 20Be Prepared for AnythingThe vehicle will be your home and homes require maintenance. Flat tires and breakdowns are just a few of the possibilities that may arise while living the nomadic lifestyle. So, be prepared for something even worse–a radiator malfunction, bad spark plugs, or worn down breaks are all possible. Create a back-up fund to prevent van life-ending problems.Plan AheadSpending multiple days on the road can wreak havoc on your body. Joining a national gym can serve a dual purpose: Getting in a workout and enjoying a shower can rejuvenate (and maintain the health of) even the weariest of travelers.If you plan to work from the road, you will need to plan around a reliable source of wifi. Coffee shops are a great source, but you will need to plan around your traveling schedule to allow for connectivity. Other options include personal wifi hotspots via your cellular phone company or tethering your computer to your smartphone’s data plan.While we all cannot leave our lives behind and drive off into the sunset, all of us can hit the road for that ultimate summer road trip or that long awaited weekend getaway. Most of us don’t have a designated vehicle for life on the road, but with a few pieces of careful chosen gear, any vehicle can transport you to your escape destination.Below are a few items to make your road trip more enjoyable.Increased Storage (Roof Top Case)Yakima Showcase 20 – $679 – $779Shelters (Tents and Tarps)Kelty Camp Cabin – $226Tentsile Connect Tree Tent – $450Big Agnes Van Camp SL3 – $263 Mountainsmith Mountain Shade Dome – $136Sleeping Pads and Bags (Solo and Dual Options)Sea to Summit Basecamp 3 Bt3 Thermolite® Sleeping Bag – $337Brooks Range Snooze 20 Sleeping Bag – $225Sea to Summit Comfort Deluxe Self Inflating Mat – $150 (regular/wide)Therm-a-Rest Dorado Duo HD – $290Therm-a-Rest DreamTime – $150Therma-a-Rest Dorado Duo Coupler – $56Big Agnes King Solomon 15 – $300Sierra Designs Frontcountry Bed Duo – $200Kitchen and DiningRovR RollR 80 Cooler – $449Camp Chef Sherpa Table and Organizer – $125Camp Chef Everest Two-Burner Camping Stove – $125ALPS Mountaineering Regular Dining Table – $50GCI Outdoor FirePit Rocker – $72BioLite CampStove 2 Bundle – $200 (Grill, Cook, Boil & Charge)MiscellaneousLifeStraw Go 2-Stage – $38MSR AutoFlow Gravity Filter 2L or 4L – $110 – $120PackTowl Luxe Towel – $9Adventure Medical Kits – $15 – $200UCO Gear Madrona+ Hang-Out Lantern – $60 Editors’ Recommendations The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less The Most Refreshing Sparkling Waters to Sip On Right Now Highland Park Releases 2 New Limited-Release Bottles All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked The Absolute Best Rye Whiskey Brands for Under $50
Tattoo Ideas for Men (For When You Have No Idea) The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens The Growing Legend of Fort George Brewery’s Yearly Release, 3-Way IPA Editors’ Recommendations Not long ago, graffiti was little more than an illegal nuisance in most cities. Fast-forward a few short years and, thanks to Banksy and others, the underground artform has quickly become mainstream. Now, Berlin — a city world-renowned for recognizing the value of its subcultures and their many contributions to art, culture, and community — has just opened the world’s largest street art museum.The Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art (their marketing department clearly has some work to do) is situated in a beautiful, five-story building on the capital city’s Bülowstraße. The surrounding section of the west side Schöneberg neighborhood has, in recent years, become a vital link to the burgeoning street art community. Several buildings in the area already feature some of Berlin’s most eye-popping, building-size works. The museum itself boasts a facade that combines more than 8,000 square feet of painted murals. All are drafted on removable panels which can be rotated and archived. Works from more than 30 artists also envelop the tracks of the nearby train station.Inside the museum, a sleek, industrial design (thanks in part to the contemporary architecture firm Graft) serves as the building’s structure and the necessary canvas for its large-scale exhibits. Ten curators worked with more than 150 artists on the exclusive inaugural exhibition. A wide range of genre — including sculptures, paste-ups, acrylic, and legit graffiti — are on display from world-renowned local and international names like Olek, Fintan Magee, Shepard Fairey, and Lora Zombie.The interior anchors a larger multi-use space intended to foster creativity and creation among the growing population of local urban artists. Numerous research and exchange programs, creative workshops, and live and open-air performances are already on the calendar.The official opening took place September 16 on Bülowstraße, between Frobenstraße and Nollendorplatz. The event included skateboarding and breakdancing performances, yoga sessions, and the live creation of numerous exhibits by local artists. Visitors were encouraged to contribute by leaving their mark on a community art wall.The museum is slated to be open indefinitely, and the best part is that it’s 100 percent free. The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags Live the High Line Life at This Zaha Hadid-Designed Penthouse
The Best Drinks to Pair With Your Favorite Food Shows Knockdrin Castle/Sotheby’s Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat Knockdrin Castle/Sotheby’s Knockdrin Castle/Sotheby’s Knockdrin Castle/Sotheby’s Prince Harry may have gotten the girl (actress Meghan Markle), but you can still have the digs of royalty.Knockdrin Castle, an 18th-century Gothic Revival castle in Westmeath, Ireland, is up for sale. With 12 bedrooms, five baths, and more than 1,000 acres of rolling parkland greener than a shamrock, Knockdrin will give you the straight #feels of being a king.Plus, there’s plenty of room to do activities while waiting for Game of Thrones returns. (We’re imagining the most epic game of hide-and-seek.)The grounds of Knockdrin include a barn, separate guest quarters, library, carriage house, wine cellar and grotto, horse facilities, more than four fireplaces, the private lake Lough Drin, gardens, and a calm waterfront. The hidden jewel and ultimate bragging right of owning this estate is hidden in the architecture.Knockdrin Castle/Sotheby’s Knockdrin Castle/Sotheby’sKnockdrin Castle is considered one of the pinnacle design examples of the transition from Classicism to Gothic design. (It’s so famous it even has its own Wikipedia page.)During the castle’s construction circa 1810, Gothic architecture wasn’t even an established ideology, let alone a common design doctrine. Blending the then-avant garde Gothic nods (i.e. flying buttress, stone structures, large expanses of glass, and sharply pointed spires), designer Sir Richard Morrison added current classical principles to the estate’s proportions and symmetry (i.e. straight lines and rational geometry).And Morrison really did design the heck out of the home. Take a closer look at any nook and corner of Knockdrin and you’ll get lost in the detailed ornamentation and late-Medieval trappings. However, unlike hardcore Gothic design, the castle maintains its ethereal Classical lightness, so you won’t feel like the Hunchback hiding in the dark shadows. You will, however, be constantly torn between having a cigar in your finest slippers or practicing your sword fighting.Lending to its rare and classic aesthetic is a lightly worn essence and the accommodation of elegance and light. Take, for instance, the top-lit staircase made of carved oak and central glazed dome letting in natural light.As for accommodations (you can’t not invite all your friends and throw a dinner party), there’s plenty of room for entertaining, including a ground-floor reception hall, drawing room, dining room, and ballroom. Following the festivities, you and your guests can rest easy knowing there’s about 19,375 square feet of gorgeous bedrooms, including the Crown Bedroom, where Sir Winston Churchill, one of Britain’s prime ministers, rested his laurels here for a bit. His ‘rents, Lord and Lady Randolph Churchill, were regular hunting visitors to the estate (it’s fox country). A little more background on its former owners: the castle was home to the a previous president of Dublin City University.Feeling like royalty will cost, however, a little shy of a family fortune. Knockdrin is listed by Sotheby’s for nearly $16.6 million ($16,574,586), which is up from the initial $15,852,513 price tag when we first reported on its availability in December 2017.Or you can do as the Irish Infantry did in World War II and just invade the castle for a weekend before handing it back.Article originally published on December 26, 2017. Last updated on April 6, 2018 to reflect the change in price. 12 Reasons South Dakota Deserves Your Attention Knockdrin Castle/Sotheby’s Next Knockdrin Castle/Sotheby’s Knockdrin Castle/Sotheby’s Editors’ Recommendations Knockdrin Castle/Sotheby’s The Best Blended Scotch Whiskies to Add to Your Collection Knockdrin Castle/Sotheby’s Previous How to Support the Teachers in Your Life 1 of 8