ICC World Cup Former Australian skipper Steve Waugh picks his favourites for World Cup 2019

first_imgDespite naming England as the favourites for the World Cup, the 53-year-old Waugh said that every participating team should be way of Australia.“Every side will be wary of Australia. They know the potential of the Australian side. There’s been turmoil in Australian cricket over the last 12 months, but that has been put aside now. We’ve got our best players available to be picked in Smith and Warner. Their form was very poor, but all of a sudden, they’ve won their last eight matches. And that is ominous for other sides, they know how good these sides are,” the 53-year-old further added.Meanwhile, the five-time World Cup champions will step into the tournament with the idea to defend the title, and this remains to be seen if they manage to turn thoughts into action. Australia will play its first game of the tournament against Afghanistan. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights Australia will play its first game of the tournament against Afghanistan.Aaron Finch will lead the side in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup. Steve Waugh has led Australia to World Cup title twice. New Delhi: With just 9 days to the all-important ICC Cricket World Cup to begin, all 10 teams are working regressively with the full fortitude to keep no box unturned. With players busy preparing, the cricket-pundits and ones who have played the sport are busy predicting their semi-finalist in the twelfth edition.Former Australia skipper, Steve Waugh, too, has given his verdict on the upcoming 50-over tournament, picking his favourites. Interestingly, the former cricketer, hasn’t picked his own country as the probable champions in the upcoming tournament. Instead, he has backed hosts England who recently thrashed Pakistan 4-0 as the firm favourites.“England to me are probably the favourites – their form has been outstanding over the last couple of years. They are playing at home. Sometimes, that creates more pressure, but they’ve got a really good coach in Trevor Bayliss to keep the players grounded. So I think England would be favourites, and probably Australia and India on that second line of favouritism,” he was quoted as saying by ICC’s official website.last_img read more

Big men play to big potential

first_imgThe Badgers’ offensive line played well, paving the way for 179 rushing yards and not allowing quarterback Scott Tolzien to be sacked.[/media-credit]Against Ohio State, Wisconsin was physical on the ground, efficient through the air and complete in all phases of the game. John Clay and James White combined for 179 yards and three touchdowns, Scott Tolzien connected on 13 of his 16 passes, was never sacked and the offense turned the ball over only once.Need a uniting factor? Try the offensive line.Not only did Tolzien remain upright for the duration of the game, he was also barely even pressured. The running game thrived because of the giant holes created up front, allowing Clay and White to find success on the ground.“The running game was pretty impressive,” UW running backs coach John Settle said. “It was something that we needed as an offense. It was something that we hadn’t done consistently in the past, and it was great to be able to come out and establish the run early, to get John started early and to give him an opportunity to be physical. Then to bring James in as a changeup and make some people miss, it excited the crowd.”Indeed, the crowd was amped, pumped and electrified. So many different words have been used since Saturday night’s upset of the No. 1 Buckeyes to describe the Camp Randall atmosphere, but truth be told, the offensive line was the biggest reason for the Badgers’ success.OSU’s best defensive player, defensive end Cameron Heyward, was limited to four tackles. His only tackle for loss resulted in UW losing just a single yard, and his name was barely heard all game. Heading into this weekend’s showdown with the No. 15 Iowa Hawkeyes, Wisconsin will face yet another stalwart in defensive end Adrian Clayborn.“Everyone knows he’s a great player and top draft pick for next year and he’s really strong,” left tackle Gabe Carimi, who will matchup against Clayborn, said. “I’m getting my gameplan to go attack Adrian Clayborn. It’s going to be a lot like defending Heyward for O-State. They’re a lot of the same, maybe Clayborn’s a little stronger.”Against Clayborn last year, Carimi had anything but an enjoyable time. Nursing an injured left shoulder, the Badgers’ standout left tackle was limited to essentially one arm. Consequently, Clayborn recorded six tackles – two for loss – and one four-yard sack. Wisconsin managed only 87 rushing yards, and lost its homecoming game 20-10.“Oh it was real bad,” Carimi said. “I got shot up before the game and we didn’t shoot it up early enough, so I was still feeling shoulder pain and I landed on my shoulder right away on the first play on the first series. That was pretty painful, and I’m looking forward to getting another [chance] this year.”With the Badgers now back in the Big Ten title picture heading into Iowa City, the Ohio State game almost becomes an afterthought. Beat the Hawkeyes, hope for some Michigan State losses and Wisconsin could find itself atop the conference. Yet, it’s 1-0 as always for Bret Bielema’s squad, and that starts with the weekly preparation.“I think it’s important to let Iowa be Iowa and let that game be itself and prepare for it the way that you would prepare every week,” left guard John Moffitt said. “We didn’t do anything supernatural to prepare for Ohio State. We weren’t throwing out any trick plays or trying to trick anybody, so we just prepared the way we prepared.“Then, on the field, we played the football that we play. I think that was clear for everyone to see, and that’s how you win. So we just need to repeat that, which we do every week, and I think that’s a formula to success.”Schematically, the Hawkeyes present almost a mirror image of the Badgers. Both teams do what they do, do it well and don’t do much else. For Wisconsin, of course, that’s running the ball. The Badgers are the Big Ten’s second best rushing offense, behind only Michigan, with 232.7 yards per game. Iowa, meanwhile, is the Big Ten’s top rushing defense, allowing only 83.8 yards per game.“They don’t do a lot of stuff,” center Peter Konz said of Iowa. “They don’t over-blitz you, they don’t do too many complicated things as far as shifting guys and stuff. They really just come at you and just use the guys they have.”Knowing pretty much exactly what they’re going up against at Kinnick Stadium Saturday afternoon either plays into Wisconsin’s favor, or it increases the possibility of a letdown game after Saturday night’s physically, mentally and emotionally taxing performance. The key for the Badgers will be replicating the powerful, efficient and careful approach they took against Ohio State, something that wasn’t lost in the post-victory mayhem.“I think you have to recognize the situation for what it is,” Carimi said. “A lot of people will think of a letdown week, and [we] just know that the same way you attacked the last week, you attack this week. There’s not going to be any difference. You’re going to come in and practice hard. Tuesday, we had a great Tuesday practice and we’re going to come hard Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and prepare to win.”last_img read more

Exclusive – Robson questions Van Gaal’s training methods at Man United

first_imgLouis van Gaal’s double training sessions at Manchester United could be the cause of the club’s injury crisis, reckons Bryan Robson.The Red Devils’ season has been punctuated by several key absences as the likes of Angel di Maria, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Radamel Falcao have all suffered muscular problems.And the club’s former captain reckons Van Gaal’s methods may well be to blame for their woes.“I don’t think you can ever say you’re unlucky when you’re getting a lot of injuries,” he told the Weekend Sports Breakfast. “I think, when you’re a coach, you’ve always got to assess [why they’re happening].“Manchester United had a long pre-season and they came back with quite a few injuries. Maybe it was because of the travelling and everything they got a lot of muscle injuries early on in the season and I think he [Louis van Gaal] had to adjust his training a little bit but he did want to do double sessions which the players, under Sir Alex Ferguson, were not used to.“So maybe it’s because of those double sessions players have picked up muscle injuries. The only way you can say you’re a little bit unlucky is if you’re getting twisted ankles like Michael Carrick and Luke Shaw, they got ankle injuries and there is nothing you can do about that.“When you’re getting a lot of muscle injuries yourself and your staff have definitely got to look at your training and see if you’ve got to adjust to make sure you can get your best players out on the pitch.”last_img read more

Counting on scents to lure expats

first_img‘Scents of Home’, comes in three aromas – Highveld Thunderstorm, Zulu Leather and Karoo Stoep. Of those who participated in the survey, 67% acknowledged that the fragrances evoked nostalgia for South Africa, and made them want to return home.(Images: Homecoming Revolution)MEDIA CONTACTS• Brigitte Britten-KellyHomecoming Revolution+27 11 486 0799Cadine PillayWhat do South Africans think of when they think of their country?Some may recall a good old-fashioned South African braai (barbecue) on a Sunday afternoon, with a bottle of red wine from the world-famous Cape Winelands. For others, it may be camping trips in the bushveld and the rich smell that emanates from the damp ground after it rains.However, while many who live in the country may experience these scenarios often, they are merely distant thoughts for South Africans living abroad, who have nothing tangible to trigger memories of home.The Homecoming Revolution – a non-profit organisation that encourages South Africans around the world to return home, and helps those who wish to – has created a fragrance range geared at this group to help them connect with smells linked to typically South African experiences.Smells like homeThe sense of smell in humans can discriminate among tens of thousands of different aromas. More importantly, scent can be a powerful memory trigger, so what better way to remind someone of home than with familiar smells of their childhood?The Homecoming Revolution’s fragrance range, aptly called Scents of Home, comes in three aromas – Highveld Thunderstorm, Zulu Leather and Karoo Stoep. The fragrances were sampled in London in what proved to be a successful campaign involving South Africans who reside there.In an effort to help remind London-based expats what they were missing back home, the scents were flown to the city in June, and so began a sampling trial where participants were given scented wands as wristbands to take home. Of those who participated, 67% acknowledged that the fragrances evoked nostalgia for South Africa, and made them want to return home.The initiative was a collaboration with Aroma Logo, a company that designs logos with scented branding, to re-create these smells. Homecoming Revolution’s ideal goal is to feature these scented logos in custom-built air conditioners for places frequented by expats, including South African embassies around the world, events like expos, and recreational facilities like restaurants and shops.Campaign directors Toni-Lee Cheiman and Jonathan Campbell of Morrisjones, a branding and design company that describes their work as ‘allvertising’, said at this stage there are no plans to mass-produce or sell the fragrances.Homecoming Revolution is, however, taking suggestions for additional favourite scents on Twitter –@HomecomingRev #MyFavouriteSASmell – in the hope of furthering the fragrance range.Bringing them back homeThe Homecoming Revolution was founded in 2003 by Angel Jones, who is herself a former expat, and is funded by First National Bank.“Our research has shown that many returnees comment on the ‘familiar smell of home’ that fills their nostrils as they step off the airplane,” said Jones.“So we decided to bottle these smells and take them to London, an area densely populated by South African expats.”She added that people return home mainly for emotional reasons, and in the view of Homecoming Revolution, what better way is there to help make up their minds than with an emotional memory of home.When asked what he loved most about South Africa, Kwanele Radebe – who moved back to South Africa after four years in the UK – named the weather and the landscape, both potent factors pertaining to the Scents of Home collection.“I remember how the smallest photo of an African sunset, or a pride of lions would make me so homesick that it actually took my breath away,” said another former expat Ainsley Hay.“Even in winter, the sun still shines. The smell of fresh rain on dusty soil still stops me in my tracks.“The familiar chatter of a family of bulbuls in my garden can amuse me endlessly. The ease of friendly interactions with people from all walks of life. And the absolute joy of being so close to family and old friends has not lost its novelty.”Hay’s decision to return home, she said, was triggered at a Homecoming Revolution expo where Western Cape premier Helen Zille and rugby legend Francois Pienaar spoke with passion and warmth, discussing both the pros and cons of living in South Africa.“I can now happily say my soul and my body are leaving the same footprints in the African dust,” Hay said.last_img read more

Mahindra Quanto gears up for European market

first_imgThe Mahindra Quanto Compact SUV, launched recently in India, is all set to fly to Italy by the year end. The company has indicated earlier that it planned to export this sports utility vehicle (SUV) to countries in Europe and Latin America.Speaking to mediapersons, Pravin Shah, chief executive (automotive), M&M said, “In the next four to five months, we are planning to start exports of the vehicle to Europe and Italy is likely to be the first destination. The XUV 500 was launched in Rome on September 24 and will sell as Mahindra XUV in the Italian market. This would be followed by the Quanto.”Nick-named as mini-Xylo, the compact SUV is scheduld to be showcased at the Bologna Motor Show later this year.According to report published on indiancarsbikes.in, “Italy is expected to be the first European market for the Quanto compact SUV. Mahindra plans to position the Quanto against the Renault Duster in Europe, where the latter sells under the Dacia brand name. Mahindra will begin selling its flagship model, the XUV500 in Spain, from later this year and the Quanto, it seems will be the second model the Indian automaker plans to launch in Europe.”Mahindra reportedly claims that the Quanto’s 1.5 Liter, 3 cylinder diesel engine is the smallest diesel motor in the world to feature a twin turbocharger.The Quanto is also the first SUV from the Indian automaker to get a twin turbo, diesel engine.The Quanto is reportedly a big leap ahead of the Renault Duster SUV, which uses the tried and tested but a generation old 1.5 K9K turbo diesel engine. Besides, it is the first compact SUV in the world to squeeze in 7 seats in a form factor whose length measures under 4 meters.The company in India has priced it at Rs.5.82 lakh for the C2 trim, Rs.6.35 lakh for the C4, Rs.6.86 lakh for C6 and Rs.7.36 lakh for the top-end C8, ex-Thane.The new Mahindra car is stated to have the world’s smallest twin turbo engine with an ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 17.21kmpl.With Agency inputsadvertisementlast_img read more

Ankle injury forces Neymar out of Copa America

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Neymar left the Mane Garrincha stadium using crutches before the match ended. He was accompanied by his father and Brazil’s soccer confederation head Edu Gaspar. The player returned to Brazil’s hotel in the early hours Thursday, after he was visited by President Jair Bolsonaro.The friendly was the first major public appearance for Neymar since a woman accused him of rape Friday at a Paris hotel on May 15. Several signs in support of the player appeared among fans on the same day his accuser reaffirmed her claims in a TV interview.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsNeymar has denied any wrongdoing.Asked how shaken the rest of the squad is as a result of Neymar’s problems, Tite replied: “We are not insensitive. I only hope this situation gets solved.” Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIEScenter_img Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Brazil’s Neymar lies on the pitch after being fouled during a friendly soccer match against Qatar at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, June 5, 2019. Brazil and Qatar are preparing for the Copa America which runs from June 14 until July 7 in Brazil. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)BRASILIA, Brazil—Neymar is out of Copa America after suffering a right ankle injury in a win over Qatar on Wednesday night.Brazil’s soccer confederation said in a statement early Thursday that Neymar had a ligament rupture in his ankle and will not recover in time to play the South American tournament. The striker left Brazil’s 2-0 victory in the friendly match in tears after twisting his ankle during a hard tackle in the first minutes of the match.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Kyle Lowry shoved by fan after landing out of bounds DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Brazil’s soccer confederation informed Neymar was asked by police to give a testimony on Thursday in Rio de Janeiro, where he is investigated for posting pictures of the accuser in social media without her authorization.Neymar recently recovered from a right foot injury, which also affected his World Cup performance in Russia. He felt the injury shortly after Richarlison scored Brazil’s first goal at 22 minutes. He was replaced by Everton.Gabriel Jesus added a second for Brazil. On Sunday, the team plays its last preparatory friendly against Honduras in Porto Alegre.The striker also felt pains in his right ankle after a challenge from teammate Miranda during Brazil’s training session outside Rio de Janeiro last Thursday.The game was a part of the team’s preparations for Copa America, which begins on June 14.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

10 months agoBarcelona coach Valverde delighted with Levante rout: Very different to last year

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona coach Valverde delighted with Levante rout: Very different to last yearby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde was delighted with their 5-0 win at Levante.Lionel Messi shone for the Catalans as the Argentine bagged three goals and provided two assists.”We are happy because last year we played here and conceded five after a whole season without losing,” Valverde said.”That was only a few months ago, they are having a great season and they keep showing that.”We remembered last year and we managed to put it behind us and leave with a clean sheet.”Levante started well on Sunday but ultimately fell short and Valverde says he expected the game to begin as it did.”They started as we imagined,” he said.”We had to change the setup based on the casualties we had so it was difficult for us and they squeezed us.”They’re able to score and dangerous when they counterattack but we had the fortune of opening the score.” last_img read more

a month agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer on away form: Do I look concerned?

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer on away form: Do I look concerned?by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he isn’t worried by their poor away form ahead of the trip to West Ham. They have not won away from Old Trafford in eight games since the sensational 3-1 victory at Paris Saint-Germain in early March, losing five of them.”Why should we coaches be concerned?” he said. “We’re looking forward to things, looking for solutions. I’ve never been concerned about anything really. I don’t walk around and worry about things. I’m looking what we can do to improve. I’ve never been a worrier.”I think we should have won at Southampton, I think we should have won the Wolverhampton one. Both should be wins.”It’s still the same size pitch, green with white lines, some fans. You’ve got to block out the mental part and play as you would in the park.”Last year we were lucky to beat them (West Ham). It will be a good test again for us. We’ve had two clean sheets now, and that will give the defenders confidence. If we can keep a clean sheet, it will be easier for the strikers. You don’t have to score twos, threes and fours every time.” last_img read more

Video: South Carolina’s Shon Carson Scores Touchdown Off Of Deflected Lorenzo Nunez Pass

first_imgShon Carson makes a deflected catch.Twitter/@TeamSpeedKillsMissouri and South Carolina are both looking for a big SEC East win today, and each has a new quarterback at the helm for today’s game. Mizzou jumped out to an early lead, but the Gamecocks tied things up in a pretty unconventional way. In an attempt to avoid a sack, freshman quarterback Lorenzo Nunez heaved one up to star receiver Phraoh Cooper. A Tiger defensive back nearly makes a big pick, but instead bats the ball directly to Shon Carson, who takes it in for a game-tying touchdown.pic.twitter.com/PlLxtfnh6b— Brandon Larrabee (@TeamSpeedKills) October 3, 2015That’s pretty unlucky for Mizzou. The Tigers answered quickly, however, and took a 17-10 lead just moments later on a Drew Lock touchdown pass to Nate Brown.last_img

Video: ESPN’s Brett McMurphy Reports That Charlie Strong “Would Listen” If Contacted About Miami Job

first_imgBrett McMurphy head shot.Twitter/@McMurphyESPNA number of names have emerged as possible candidates to take over the Miami Hurricanes, including alumni like Mario Cristobal and Rob Chudzinski, and former ‘Canes coach Butch Davis. While the prevailing thought is that Miami may struggle to draw a huge name, ESPN college football insider Brett McMurphy has heard that one prominent coach with South Florida ties may be interested: Texas head coach Charlie [email protected] on charlie strong pic.twitter.com/E69TeTfyXg— Chris Bennett (@chrisgb00) October 26, 2015Strong is only in year two at Texas, and seems to be picking up some steam after a very rocky start to 2015, so this would seem to be a hard sell. However, he knows the landscape well, spending a number of years as an assistant coach at Florida. Strong would probably be the splash hire that Miami fans may want, but it is hard to see him leaving Austin right now.last_img read more