RelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win EPL: Gunners gun for West Ham scalp EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero could miss the first two months of the 2020/2021 English Premier League season, manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday.Guardiola said this was because Aguero was yet to train with the club since suffering a knee injury in June. The Argentine was sidelined for the last 12 matches of Manchester City’s 2019/2020 campaign, including their two UEFA Champions League fixtures in August.Guardiola said the 32-year-old may not be fit until November.“We knew the injury was difficult,” Guardiola said.“He still hasn’t had one training session with us and Sergio is not a guy who regains his physical condition quickly.“He has been out for a long time. So, maybe in one or two months he will be ready.” Reuters/NAN.Tags: English Premier LeagueManchester CityPep GuardiolaSergio AgueroUEFA Champions League
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New Delhi: Flamboyant wicket keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has been successful in getting a maiden call-up to the Indian ODI circuit as the national selectors looked like making a way for a succession plan for the iconic World Cup-winning skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.Pant has 114 and 92 in his bag during his previous two Test appearances and has been a splendid white ball player who had replaced the Dinesh Karthik as MS Dhoni’s back-up.The hard-hitting southpaw is expected to be the missing piece of Men in Blue’s middle order jigsaw puzzle.“Yes, definitely but if need arises he will be the backup keeper,” said the chairman of selectors MSK Prasad, when asked if Pant will be playing purely as a batsman.ALSO READ: Can #MeToo bring an end to sexual misconducts and harassment?Indicating that Pant is the long-term investment after MS Dhoni, who remains the first choice keeper till the World Cup.“It is no brainer who is our No 1 wicketkeeper. In search of the second wicketkeeper, we have given opportunities to DK and right now we are giving an opportunity to Rishabh Pant. At an appropriate time, we will take a call as to who is the best among the two.”Prasad indicated that they have now zeroed in on a couple of names for the two middle-order slots.Another interesting inclusion was of Mohammed Shami, who last played an ODI in September last year. He will be looked at as a potential third seamer option.“I have been telling this for a quite some time that we are just 18 ODIs away from now before we play first game of the World Cup and so we need to figure out our fast bowlers and in this process, we have picked Shami,” said Prasad.Indian team for first 2 ODIs against West Indies: Virat Kohli (Capt), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni (wk), Rishabh Pant, R Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohd Shami, Khaleel Ahmed, Shardul Thakur & KL Rahul. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
By Sudipto GangulyNEW DELHI,(Reuters)-India confirmed their participation in next month’s Champions Trophy in England and Wales on Sunday after initially delaying the announcement of their squad over a revenue sharing disagreement with cricket’s governing body.The dispute intensified when India failed to submit a squad for the one-day international tournament by an April 25 deadline after its cricket board (BCCI) was unable to stall a new income model being adopted by the International Cricket Council (ICC).“The Board unanimously authorised the acting honorary secretary of the BCCI to continue negotiations with the ICC in the best interest of the BCCI while keeping its legal options open,” the BCCI said after a special general meeting.“The BCCI… unanimously decided that the Indian cricket team will participate in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy.“The all-India senior selection meeting will be held today, May 8, in New Delhi to pick the team.”At last month’s ICC meetings, the BCCI was outvoted 13-1 in its bid to halt the revised deal which considerably slashes India’s share from global events in the 2015-23 cycle.Unimpressed by the $293 million forecast, down from the $570 million it would have received under a 2014 arrangement, the BCCI responded by refusing to name a squad for the June 1-18 eight-team competition.Acting BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary will now continue to negotiate with the world governing body to get a bigger share of ICC revenues during the next eight-year cycle.“The ICC welcomes the unanimous decision from the BCCI special general meeting this morning to confirm the participation of defending champions India in next month’s Champions Trophy,” the ICC said in a statement to Reuters.“The hundreds of millions of cricket fans around the world just want to see good cricket and now we can all look forward to a superb event in England and Wales starting on 1 June.”The option to boycott the event by revoking the Members Participation Agreement (MPA) between the ICC and the BCCI had been gaining traction within the board prior to Sunday’s meeting despite a number of former players opposing any withdrawal.The four Supreme Court-appointed administrators (COA), who currently supervise BCCI operations, however, instructed the board to ensure the team continued their preparations to defend their title.The COA stepped in to try and end the dispute with the panel also meeting BCCI members on Saturday to remind them that a confrontational approach would not be in the board’s interests.“We wanted them to take a middle ground and strive for a negotiated outcome with the ICC,” a COA source told Reuters. “We are glad that we have achieved that and the team will play in the Champions Trophy.”The top eight sides in the world rankings compete in the Champions Trophy with India winning the last edition in 2013.
___The European swimming championships have been pushed back to next year because of the coronavirus pandemic and will be used as preparation for the Tokyo Olympics.The governing body of the sport in Europe says the championships have been postponed by exactly one year to May 10-23, 2021. They will stay in Budapest, Hungary.The final day is two months before the scheduled opening ceremony of the postponed Tokyo Olympics.The European event had been provisionally pushed back to August when the original dates were not possible because of the pandemic. The championships include swimming, diving, open water swimming and synchronised swimming.___The head of the three English professional soccer leagues below the Premier League appealed for a “rescue package” during questioning at a parliamentary select committee hearing.English Football League chairman Rick Parry says clubs are facing a shortfall of about $250 million because of the coronavirus pandemic.Parry says “we are heading for a financial hole of about 200 million pounds … by the end of September.” Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The players and coaches on Spanish soccer club Eibar have released a statement expressing their concerns about restarting the season. The Latest: Eibar players ‘afraid’ of Spanish soccer return May 5, 2020 Parry also advocated for salary caps. He told legislators that clubs are spending too much of their turnover on salaries as they chase promotion.Clubs are preparing for the loss of ticket revenue with crowds potentially not allowed back into stadiums in 2020.___The French Tennis Federation hopes professional players can resume individual training if the lockdown ends as planned on Monday.FFT president Bernard Giudicelli says the protocol proposed was “favorably received by the sports ministry” and could lead to the resumption of training and other amateur activities. It’s the first confirmed case in the German league’s second round of testing. It comes a day before a government meeting on loosening lockdown measures to pave the way for soccer to return in empty stadiums.Aue didn’t name the staff member involved. All players, coaches and backroom staff will stay at home ahead of more coronavirus testing on Thursday.Ten people tested positive last week from the 36 clubs in the top two men’s divisions. That included two Cologne players and a staff member. The club did not put its squad in isolation.___Belgian soccer players and their fans are engaging in a virtual wave to support health care workers and raise money for the Red Cross amid the coronavirus pandemic. Professional players would train on outside courts only at the national training center in western Paris or other approved training centers if approved. The national training center was made available for COVID-19 patients at the height of the virus outbreak.Social distancing will remain in place with all staff on site obliged to wear protective masks. Players will not be required to wear them under the proposed guidelines.All players must arrive alone and in their tennis gear and with their own rackets. Players will have a maximum of six balls and must serve only with their marked balls. All participants must keep their towels inside a bag throughout their stay.___Second-division German soccer club Erzgebirge Aue has put its entire squad in home isolation after a member of staff tested positive for the coronavirus. Hertha suspended Kalou on Monday after he live-streamed a video of himself greeting teammates with physical contact and bursting in on a teammate’s coronavirus test.Germany’s top two soccer divisions are planning to return this month with a program of regular testing for players. The clubs have also asked players to train in small groups until now and to observe social distancing.There were 10 positive tests from coronavirus samples taken last week from the 36 clubs in the top two divisions.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports They say they are “afraid of starting an activity” in which they will not be able to comply with physical distancing.They say they are concerned about getting infected and infecting their family members and friends and worry about the risk of another coronavirus outbreak because of soccer’s return.They demand “guarantees” and “responsibility” and say the return to action should only happen when everyone’s health is prioritized.The club itself did not appear to be involved with the statement.Players from Spanish league clubs are expected to resume practicing this week and matches could restart sometime in June. All players, coaches and club employees must be tested for COVID-19 before training resumes. The Belgian soccer association is encouraging fans to upload short videos of themselves doing the wave. Just like Belgium internationals Dries Mertens, Thomas Meunier and Jan Vertonghen.The association is giving fans the opportunity to upload videos until June 13. That is the date Belgium was set to play its first game at the European Championship. The tournament was postponed by a year because of the pandemic.___Health Minister Jens Spahn has defended German soccer’s plans to resume the season with regular coronavirus testing after Hertha Berlin forward Salomon Kalou posted a video flouting social distancing measures.Spahn tells Germany’s Deutschlandfunk radio that “the basic concept makes sense and can also be an example for other pro sports.”
A FIFA appeal committee said while his behaviour was “reproachable”, the evidence was not sufficient.He will now be available for matches against Uruguay, Venezuela and Peru as Argentina fight to secure a place at next summer’s World Cup finals in Russia.A fine of 10,000 Swiss francs (Â£7,800) was also lifted.During the Chile game, Messi was caught on camera venting his anger at an assistant who signalled he had committed a foul.He was not shown a card at the time.The FIFA appeal committee concluded “the evidence available was not sufficient to establish” an infringement had occurred.“The appeal committee nevertheless underlines the importance of always showing respect to the match officials, stressing that such a principle is essential in football and any unsporting conduct that may be contrary to the principles of fair play cannot be accepted,” it said in a statement.Messi had faced missing Argentina’s next three qualifiers, but will now be available for all four of their remaining four matches.Argentina are fifth in their group of 10, with the top four qualifying automatically and the fifth team going into a play-off.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Lionel Messi is free to represent Argentina in their World Cup qualifiers after his four-match international ban was overturned on appeal.The 29-year-old Barcelona forward was suspended for directing “insulting words” at an assistant referee during a 1-0 win over Chile in March.He missed one match – Argentina’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying loss to Bolivia..
The USC Trojans men’s basketball team came very close to turning the corner last Thursday night in their game against the Colorado Buffaloes. A thriller that ended after three overtimes and in bitter fashion, the showdown between the Trojans and the Buffs was USC’s most resilient effort under second-year coach Andy Enfield.The Trojans came out strong in the first half, building an early double-digit lead behind a strong shooting performance from redshirt sophomore guard Katin Reinhardt and some nifty post moves from second-year big man Nikola Jovanovic. Colorado was able to whittle down the deficit to one point to end to the half and carried that momentum straight into the second period, going on a run right away.As Colorado took the lead and the Trojans struggled to keep pace, any USC basketball fan who has watched the program over the last 10 years could recognize what was happening. Regardless of the coach and the players, USC is somehow plagued almost every game by four-minute to six-minute dry spells, during which they struggle to put the ball in the basket. While most college basketball fans can attribute this phenomenon to their team as well, the Trojans seem to be especially adept at going into these funks at the worst possible times.This is a hallmark of every USC team, both good and bad. The only difference with the more successful Trojan squads is their ability to fight their way back into the game after scoring droughts. The best example of this is the Trojans’ 2009 Pac-10 tournament clinching victory over a nationally ranked, James Harden-led Arizona State basketball team. USC came out and was down 15 at halftime, going through multiple periods of immense struggle to buy a basket.Yet they somehow clawed their way back and won a tightly-contested game. That was one of the two or three best USC basketball teams in the last 10 years, and their resilience was a key factor in their success. As the team has struggled in more recent years, that characteristic has been conspicuously absent.This year, there have been signs. A valiant comeback effort against Stanford and locking up the Oregon State Beavers in the second half were two games in the which the young Trojan team showed some mettle. The team’s biggest test came with eight minutes left in Thursday night’s battle. The Trojans had just gone more than four minutes without scoring and were down 61-50.With little at stake in terms of conference standings or tournament implications, USC could have easily folded. Instead, the Trojans brought up the intensity and played their best eight minutes of basketball this season. On defense, they forced Colorado to take bad shots late in the shot clock, got into passing lanes and deflected balls and played with a true vigor for the game. On offense, they found the hot-handed Reinhardt, who finished the game with a record-tying nine single-game 3-pointers and got the ball down low to Jovanovic who was highly effective with his post moves.With less than a minute left, the Trojans executed their best out of timeout call this year. Feeding the ball to the high post to then dump it down to Jovanovic for a beautiful left-handed finish tied up the game and marked the end of an eight-minute 16-5 run for USC.While the Trojans would ultimately fall in the third overtime, the fight and grit that USC showed demonstrates marked improvement in the team. The team wasn’t helped out by suspect officiating or Colorado guard Askia Booker’s career night, but they still found a way to battle back after every bad call.Unless you can keep pace with Kentucky’s recruiting prowess, developing fundamentally sound and mentally tough four-year players is the best way to succeed in the current climate of college basketball. Virginia is just the latest test case to demonstrate the validity of the model. The Trojans are young and have some pieces to make some noise in a year or two if they can continue to showcase resilience and grit.Obviously, winning only one game in conference play isn’t the mark of a powerhouse, but it’s important to look at the positive aspects. Thursday’s game foreshadows a bright future for the squad. Sure, there were issues with late-game decision-making on offense and undisciplined loose ball fouls on defense, but those are growing pains any young team will experience.The team might not have turned the corner on Thursday night, but they came so close. As long as they are improving, that counts for something.Jake Davidson is a sophomore majoring in accounting. His column, “Davidson’s Direction,” runs Mondays.
Andre Ayew scored his 10th league goal of the season with a brilliant finish as Swansea beat Wigan Athletic in the Championship.His fantastic flick from Celina’s cross in the 67th minute gave the Swans a crucial win with took them back into the Playoff spots.Nathan Byrne put Wigan ahead in the 16th minute but Rhian Brewster’s home debut goal just minutes later levelled for the Swans.Swansea were on top for much of the game and deservedly got the winner when Celina fed Andre Ayew, who backheeled home sweetly.Andre now has 12 goals in total this season.Take a look at his stunning finish below:
Screening of prospective participants for West Africa’s biggest soccer reality television show, the Glo Soccer Academy, begins on 8th October in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.Glo, in a press release issued today, said all applicants in Kumasi and the city’s environ would be screened at the Paa Joe Stadium, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi after which screening will proceed in eight other venues across Ghana, Nigeria and the Republic of Benin.In the Northern city of Tamale, in Ghana, the screening will be held at the Tamale Sport Stadium between Friday 12th October and Saturday 13thOctober, 2012.The Screening train would subsequently move down south to the capital, Accra on Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th October, 2012 for selection of talents for the Academy at Lizzy Sport Complex in East Legon.In Nigeria, selection of players would take place between Tuesday, 23rd October and 24th at the Sam Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, while successful players would be selected from the Enugu Centre on Saturday, 27th October to Sunday, 28th at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium.The City of Port Harcourt would host the Glo Soccer Academy Screening team from Wednesday 31st October to 1st November, 2012 at the Liberation Stadium while the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja will host the screening team from Monday 5th to 6th November, 2012 at the Old Parade Ground. Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos would host the screening team at the Legacy Pitch of the National Stadium in Surulere from Friday 9th to Sunday, 11th November 2012. The last batch of screening exercises would hold in two locations in the Republic of Benin.The capital city of Cotonou would screen potential academy footballers at Stade de Rene Prive on Tuesday, 13th November while the last screening would be conducted in Port Novo on Friday, 14th November, 2012 at the Charles de Gaulle Stadium.The Glo Soccer Academy is open to male footballers from the age of 14 to 17 years and 33 players would be picked from these screening exercises to be conducted in the nine venues.The selected 33 players would be camped at the Glo Soccer Academy in Lagos where they would be trained by celebrity coaches from West Africa and Manchester United Football Club.After one month of training, sixteen finalists would be selected to attend a training tour of the Manchester United Soccer schools and would win scholarships and other mouth-watering prizes. The most valuable player (the MVP) would in addition win the princely sum of sixty thousand Ghana Cedis (GHC60, 000) while the remaining 15 finalists would pocket twelve thousand Ghana Cedis (GHC 12,000) each. To register in Ghana, prospective candidates for screening are expected to load GHC30 their Glo line and text their name, age, and preferred screening location to 3836.
The Ghana Football Association(GFA) on Monday announced Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. as a new partner of the Black Stars.The Chinese company becomes the Technology and Information partner of the men’s national team ahead of Brazil 2014.Both parties have agreed a one-year deal which is valued $100, 000.00 in cash plus telecom products.“I would like to welcome on board Huawei and wish they enjoy their sponsorship package with us,” GFA President Kwesi Nyantakyi said.Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd which is the eighth sponsor to come on board the Black Stars brand joins a rich list of high profile sponsors as they likes of GNPC, Cheki.com.gh, Unibank, Blue Rose, Guinness, Puma and the Rice masters are all on board to help the Black Stars achieve their aim of winning the 2014 Fifa World Cup.
NBA free agency rumors: Brook Lopez to sign 4-year, $52M deal with Bucks Free agent guard George Hill has agreed to a three-year, $29M deal to return to Milwaukee, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 30, 2019Hill was traded to the Bucks by the Cavaliers this past season and was slotted to make $18 million in 2019-20 during the final year of a three-year, $57 million deal he signed with Cleveland.He averaged 10.8 points with the Cavaliers in 2018-19, but that number dropped to 6.8 during the regular season in Milwaukee. Related News George Hill made his way back to Milwaukee just days after the veteran guard was waived.According to a report from The Athletic, Hill agreed to a three-year, $29 million deal Sunday when free agency began. However, Hill stepped it up in the postseason. He averaged 11.5 points and scored more than 20 points twice during the Bucks’ 2019 Eastern Conference finals run — where they lost to the Raptors in six games. The Bucks have the reigning MVP in Giannis Antetokounmpo and one of the league’s best 3-and-D players in 2019 All-Star Khris Middleton — who re-upped with the team Sunday, as well. NBA free agency rumors: Khris Middleton returning to Bucks on 5-year, $178M contract NBA free agency rumors: Pacers revamp backcourt, add Malcolm Brogdon, Jeremy Lamb