Messi: Argentina are not favourites

first_imgWorld Cup ‘Argentina are not the favourites’ – Messi ready for World Cup fight Matt Dorman Last updated 1 year ago 21:43 6/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Lionel Messi, Argentina Getty World Cup Argentina Lionel Messi Argentina v Iceland The Barcelona star is looking forward to the tournament in Russia and feels the Albiceleste have a squad capable of challenging for glory Lionel Messi views Argentina’s impressive collection of star talents as a reason for optimism ahead of a “very even” World Cup.The Barcelona superstar headlines a 23-man squad full of dangerous forwards, including Sergio Aguero, Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain.However, a perceived vulnerability in defence has been raised as a barrier to coach Jorge Sampaoli’s chances of leading the country to its first triumph since 1986. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Messi accepts the Albiceleste may not rank among the major contenders, but he sees their individual quality as providing hope for a successful tournament.”We are going with great enthusiasm and much desire,” the skipper told DeporTV .”We have been preparing very well throughout our training camp. We have great players on an individual level and we will fight as an equal to any team, even if we are not the favourites.”Messi heads to the World Cup as the reigning Golden Ball winner after leading Argentina to the final in Brazil four years ago.The 30-year-old, who has also been part of two squads to reach the quarter-finals, expects this instalment to be decided by fine margins.”I have taken part in three World Cups in three different situations because of how they were played, and in all of them I took positive things,” he said.”The great favourites will arrive very well in terms of both their team and their individual players. I think it is going to be a very even World Cup.”Argentina commence their campaign against Iceland on June 16 before further Group D meetings with Croatia and Nigeria.last_img read more

a month ago​Solskjaer happy with important home win for Man Utd

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Solskjaer happy with important home win for Man Utdby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was satisfied with three points against FC Astana.United should have run away with the game, given the number of chances they created.But they made it difficult for themselves and had to rely on a second half goal from Mason Greenwood to nick a 1-0 win.But Solskjaer is more concerned with getting points on the board so they can qualify for the knockout rounds.”The main thing now is to get through the group stages,” he said to reporters after the game. “And to do that you need to win your homes games, and get one or two draws away from home or win away from home and then you should be through.”There’ll be plenty of minutes for the boys, definitely, but it’s still an experienced side out here with loads of capped internationals.” last_img read more

a month ago​Gudmunsson close to Burnley return

first_img​Gudmunsson close to Burnley returnby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJohann Berg Gudmundsson is getting closer to making his Burnley return.Manager Sean Dyche believes that Gudmundsson should soon be available after recording from a calf problem.He suffered the injury against Wolves at the end of August and has not played since.But Dyche believes that a week of training could be enough for him to play in their next Premier League game.”It’s yes and no with Johann,” Dyche said when asked if the winger was ready to return by reporters.”Yes, physically he’s fit, but no in the sense he’s had three or four weeks with hardly any training time.”So I’ve spoken to him and assured him we believe in what he’s doing, he’s really fit and his eye is in, but he needs a good week’s training, to get back to training every day and making sure his body is right.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

19 days agoChelsea boss Lampard says Hudson-Odoi deserved his start

first_imgChelsea boss Lampard says Hudson-Odoi deserved his startby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard says Callum Hudson-Odoi deserved his place for their defeat of Southampton.Hudson-Odoi was making his first league start of the seasonLampard said, “He did well. It was a great assist for Tammy’s goal, a great ball. His work-rate was good, he stayed tight to the midfield and released himself to the full-back. It was all the things I want from the wingers. “He could have got a goal, he got in behind a few times where he can be lethal. That’s where I want him.”He can get better. He has had a serious injury so fitness has been a bit of an issue, and looking after him. Now he’s showing he’s getting towards proper match fitness.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

15 days agoINSIDER: PSG president Al-Khelaifi prepared to sell Neymar

first_imgINSIDER: PSG president Al-Khelaifi prepared to sell Neymarby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is prepared to sell Neymar – but not at a loss.Both Real Madrid and Barcelona tried and failed to sign Neymar over the summer. Indeed, Barca have since confirmed they had two offers for the Brazil captain rejected by PSG.But on the set of El Chiringuito, pundit Francisco Buyo revealed the intentions of Al-Khelaifi regarding Neymar. “Al-Khelaifi wants to recover the investment made for Neymar,” stated Buyo.PSG’s owners paid a world record €222m to Barca for Neymar in 2017. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

5 days agoTottenham midfielder Dele Alli: Watford point a relief

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli: Watford point a reliefby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham midfielder Dele Alli admitted “relief” after their 1-1 draw with Watford.Abdoulaye Doucoure had given the Hornets the lead and they had a penalty appeal controversially turned down by the referee and VAR after Jan Vertonghen appeared to foul Gerard Deulofeu.Alli equalised after controlling the ball with his shoulder and the goal stood despite the wrong message being displayed on the big screen.The goalscorer said: “Of course it’s a relief. There were two times he [the referee] stopped it when he was making the decisions. We weren’t sure why.”I was sure it didn’t hit my hand but then you start thinking, ‘did it?’ I tried to make sure it didn’t touch it so I could get the strike away.”We know we have a world-class team so it’s about showing what we can do when things don’t go our way. It’s important we turn it around. We know how good we are, we just have to start showing it on the pitch.” last_img read more

Kasimpasa sack coach Uzulmez after just four hours in charge

first_imgTurkish Super Lig club Kasimpasa announced they had parted company with manager Ibrahim Uzulmez four hours after unveiling him as their new boss.Uzulmez played 322 games for Besiktas and had apparently agreed a one-year deal with fellow Istanbul club Kasimpasa. His rein was brief, though, with his would-be employers claiming they had disagreements during contract negotiations and promptly cancelled their agreement.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? A club statement read: “With Mr. Ibrahim Uzulmez, there were differences of opinion during the negotiation of the contract and the parties gave up on the agreement to sign a contract.”Uzulmez, 45, led second-tier side Genclerbirligi to promotion this season, finishing runners-up by just two points.That was his second consecutive promotion campaign after he steered Caykur Rizespor to the second division title in 2017-18, with Rizespor going on to finish 10th in the top flight this term. Kasimpasa have a history of parting ways with managers in unconventional circumstances, and Uzulmez’s situation has similarities with events that occurred last year.In January 2018, then-manager Kemal Ozdes resigned following a 2-1 defeat to Besiktas.Kemal OzdesHe said on his departure: “The club president had some criticism about me. I met him and we thanked each other. Now I have heard the board have fired me.”But four days later, the club changed their mind and reinstated Ozdes, announcing him as their “new manager”. Ozdes lasted another nine months in his job and then, having started the 2018-19 campaign with 12 points from seven games, was sacked again. Just like Uzulmez’s departure, Kisampasa cited contractual disagreements as the reason.”As a result of the disagreements in our discussions with our manager Kemal Ozdes, our manager has decided to leave,” a club statement said on that occasion. “We wish him and his team success in their next job.”Kasimpasa had won all of their first four league games, although they lost their last three before Ozdes ultimately left.He was replaced by Mustafa Denizili who departed the club last month with two games of the 2018-19 season still to play. In an open letter published on the club’s website at the time, Denzili wrote: “This season we set big goals in the Super Lig race. We are at a point where we cannot realise what we wanted to. This situation led to the formation of a negative psychological environment in my team and management.”Like Denzili, Uzulmez is now also without a job having already been sacked by Genclerbirligi on Friday despite their promotion-winning season.last_img read more

These 4 Week 1 College Football Games Have Been Selected For Prime Time

first_imgDallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium in Arlington.ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 25: A general view of kickoff between the Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago Bears at AT&T Stadium on September 25, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)College Football Week 1 is coming in just about 100 days. There’s a pretty good first week lineup, featuring some intriguing Power Five battles. We now know which games are getting the prime time treatment.Once again, Week 1 is going to be a multi-day affair. With the NFL a week away, college football is going to be playing games all the way from Thursday to Monday night. There are even a few games the on Saturday, August 25, although that day lacks a marquee match-up.Saturday, September 1 is what most will acknowledge as the first true “College Football Saturday” of the year. That night has two big-time match-ups already set.College Football Week 1 prime time matchups:Alabama vs. Louisville will be the first big ABC game of the year. The Crimson Tide and Cardinals kick off their seasons in Orlando at Camping World Stadium. That game kicks off at 8 p.m. ET.Over on NBC, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish get the spotlight, as you’d expect. The Fighting Irish host rival Michigan in what should be an awesome night game, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. ET.On Sunday, LSU and Miami play at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. That game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC.Monday night’s game sends Virginia Tech to Florida State for an early season ACC tilt. Willie Taggart’s debut kicks off at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.ABC has also selected prime time games for weeks two and three. ESPN made the announcement on Wednesday.News: ABC’s Saturday Night Football First Three WeeksKickoff Week: 2018 Camping World Kickoff: Louisville vs. Alabama from OrlandoWeek 2: Penn State at PittWeek 3: Ohio State vs. TCU from Arlington, TexasMore:— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) May 16, 2018We’re still waiting on ESPN’s selection for its Week 1 Saturday night game. Auburn vs. Washington, Oklahoma vs. FAU, Cal vs. UNC, Tennessee vs. WVU, and Ohio State vs. Oregon State are some of the other intriguing games that day.last_img read more

ESPN Recruiting Analyst Makes A Bold Claim For Alabama

first_imgnick saban getting criticized for end of half decision vs. georgiaATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on before the 2018 SEC Championship Game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)An ESPN college football recruiting analyst has made a bold claim for Nick Saban and his Alabama football program.The Crimson Tide have consistently brought in elite recruiting classes to Tuscaloosa. Usually, Alabama’s classes rank No. 1 or No. 2 in the nation.This year’s class could be special, though.ESPN’s Tom Luginbill believes Alabama’s 2019 class could actually end up being Saban’s best class ever.“Over the next three days, if the chips fall where I think they will, this could end up being Nick Saban’s best signing class at Alabama,” he said this morning.ESPN’s @TomLuginbill just now: “Over the next three days, if the chips fall where I think they will, this could end up being Nick Saban’s best signing class at Alabama.”— JOXRoundtable (@JOXRoundtable) December 18, 2018Alabama’s 2019 class currently ranks No. 1 in the country. The Crimson Tide have 24 commitments, including two pledges from five-star prospects.You can view Alabama’s full class here.last_img read more

Photo: These 2 Michigan Fans Are Going Viral During Florida Game

first_imgThe Michigan Wolverines Marching Band perform prior to facing the Brigham Young Cougars at Michigan Stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 26: The Michigan Wolverines Marching Band perform prior to facing the Brigham Young Cougars at Michigan Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Cougars 31-0. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)The Peach Bowl provided an opportunity for Michigan to end the season on a positive note, but right now everything is going Florida’s way.With several starters out of action for the Wolverines, which includes Devin Bush and Rashan Gary, the defense is struggling to prevent the Gators from gashing them on the ground. Clearly that hasn’t been the case though, as Florida already has over 150 yards rushing with plenty of time remaining in the fourth quarter.It hasn’t been easy for Jim Harbaugh’s offense either, specifically in the trenches. Shea Patterson has been under constant pressure through the majority of this game.Despite leaving the first half down by just a field goal, the Wolverines looked anemic entering the third quarter and surrendered 14 unanswered points.Florida currently leads 27-13 over Michigan, and it’s obvious that fans of the Wolverines aren’t thrilled by any means.Unfortunately this is turning into a miserable afternoon for the fans that made the trip from Ann Arbor. In fact, two fans in specific are generating a lot of buzz on social media because of their reactions.Here is the photo going viral on Twitter:”We could’ve been at the Gathering of the Juggalos instead.”— Tony Gerdeman (@TonyGerdeman) December 29, 2018Michigan has just over 12 minutes to mount a comeback against Florida.The game is available on ESPN.last_img read more

NFL Insider Has Major Injury Update For Nick Bosa

first_img From a Combine-centric Up to the Minute: Potential top overall pick #OSU’s Nick Bosa is healthy and ready for Indy after healing up from his core muscle injury.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 25, 2019Bosa finished his college career with 17.5 sacks in 29 games. He was a first-team All-Big Ten performer and the Smith–Brown Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2017.Bosa is slated to be a top-three pick at least, and very well could be the first player off the board.The NFL Scouting Combine will take place this week at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. You can follow along on NFL Network. nick bosa celebrates with the football in a game at ohio stateCOLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 1: Nick Bosa #97 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after recovering a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter against the Oregon State Beavers at Ohio Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)A core muscle injury cut short Nick Bosa’s 2018 season at Ohio State. Bosa ultimately wound up leaving the team to focus on his rehab and preparation for the 2019 NFL Draft.It looks like that move is working out just fine. According to a new report, Bosa has healed up enough to be a full participant at this week’s NFL Scouting Combine.Bosa, a potential No. 1 overall pick, is ready to go, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. It sounds like he won’t be limited at all.“My understanding is that Nick Bosa is healthy enough to do all the drills at the combine,” Rapoport said. “He is going to be good to go.”last_img read more

IPL 2019: Pre-recorded video of captains’ fair-play pledge to be played ahead of opener

first_img Indo-Asian News Service ChennaiMarch 21, 2019UPDATED: March 21, 2019 19:41 IST Captains of all eight IPL franchises reached Chennai to record a video of them signing the fair-play pledge (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSCaptains of all eight franchises reached Chennai to record the fair-play pledgeThe opening ceremony of IPL 2019 has been cancelled and the funds budgeted for the same will be donated to families of Pulwama attack martyrsAn official of one of the franchises applauded the move as it will give the teams playing on Sunday time to strategise with their captainsThe Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to start on Saturday and the captains of the eight teams embarked in Chennai on Thursday for the captains’ meet and signing of the pledge to play the game in fair spirit.The eight teams competing in the IPL include Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Mumbai Indians (MI), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Rajasthan Royals (RR), Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Delhi Capitals (DC).Speaking to IANS, a senior official of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said the pledge was being pre-recorded on the sidelines of the captains’ meet so that all of them can go back to their respective franchises well in time for their opening games of the season.”The captains are in Chennai today for the captains’ meet as well as to sign the pledge so that all the leaders can go back to their respective teams before their opening games. They will head back to their respective franchises on Friday.”With the opening ceremony being cancelled this year and the funds budgeted for the same to be handed to the families of the Pulwama martyrs, there will be a small screening wherein the pre-recorded signing of the pledge by the captains will be shown,” the official explained.IPL franchise official appluads move An official of one of the franchises applauded the move as it will give the teams playing on Sunday time to strategise with their captains.”Had the signing of the pledge happened before the start of the IPL opener, all the captains would have flown back late on Saturday night or Sunday morning. This would have meant keeping the captains of KKR, SRH, MI and DC away from their teams on the eve of their opening match as all the four teams play on Sunday. Pre-recording the pledge on the sidelines of the captains’ meet is a decision taken keeping everyone’s interest in mind,” the official told IANS.advertisementThe pledge taken by the captains of the eight teams will be shown in the Spirit of Cricket segment. It will be the only time when all the captains will share the stage in the tournament.MS Dhoni, captain of the defending champions CSK, is also expected to put the trophy back into play at that time.Also Read | ‘12,000 fans at practice match just a teaser’: Decoding Chennai’s love for CSKAlso Read | The Dhoni, Raina impact on Chennai Super Kings, IPL’s most successful sideAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 IPL 2019Follow Indian Premier LeagueFollow IPL opening ceremonyFollow Pulwama attack IPL 2019: Pre-recorded video of captains’ fair-play pledge to be played ahead of openerIn a bid to give captains of all eight IPL franchises enough time to go back to their respective teams ahead of their season openers, the BCCI has decided to pre-record the fair-play pledge. advertisementlast_img read more

Umesh Yadav keen to press for World Cup selection during IPL 2019

first_img Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiMarch 22, 2019UPDATED: March 22, 2019 18:02 IST Umesh Yadav is an integral part of the star-studded RCB line-up (RCB Twitter)HIGHLIGHTSI am the man to be picked for the World Cup, Umesh saidUmesh also said that he didn’t get a long rope in limited-overs cricketUmesh feels that if picked for the World Cup, the IPL will be his best preparation groundThe Indian Premier League (IPL) gets underway in Chennai on Saturday with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) taking on defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the season’s opener. And RCB pacer Umesh Yadav is one player who will definitely be looking to impress RCB and Team India captain Virat Kohli with a strong show from the word go.While the national selectors are still looking to fill the No.4 slot in the batting line-up, another place up for grabs is the fourth pace bowler’s slot. And Umesh believes that he fits the bill as experience will be an important factor taken into consideration when the selectors pick the squad for the showpiece event in England.”If you look at the IPL as a platform to convince selectors that I am the man to be picked for the World Cup, I am the man. The fourth bowler that the team is looking at, I feel I fit that role. I don’t think any of the youngsters have done enough to replace the senior bowlers. At the end of the day, you are going to play the World Cup and not just any other tournament like a bilateral series.”Experience is a must on the big stage. Someone with an experience of playing 10-12 matches is not enough because if a situation arises that one of the frontline bowler is injured, you must have the replacement who is able to handle the pressure of that situation. You need someone who can bowl 140kmph-plus and has the mental ability to perform under pressure,” he told IANS.advertisementUmesh also said that he didn’t get a long rope in limited-overs cricket and that is one of the reasons why he hasn’t been able to replicate his red-ball form in the shorter format.”To be honest, if you look at it, I haven’t played too many ODI matches. You cannot count someone’s performance on the basis of a couple of matches here and there. If I am given a long run and back-to-back matches, then I can prove myself,” he explained.The pacer feels that if picked for the World Cup, the IPL will be his best preparation ground. “IPL for me is to give my best for the franchise and also practice for the World Cup. This is the ideal platform to train for the World Cup… this will be the best match-situation.”Asked about being a part of the star-studded RCB line-up, Umesh said that he shares a special bond with former India pacer Ashish Nehra and the life lessons the left-arm bowler shares has helped Umesh a lot.”Nehra paaji gave me a lot of confidence after I joined RCB last season. He told me that when everything is against you and you perform that is when you should take it as a challenge and show the world what you are made of. He said ‘if everything is stacked against you and you rise like a phoenix from the ashes, then that gives you joy as a sportsperson’.”If everything is going your way, there is no fight and the joy of achieving something goes down. He said ‘keep learning every minute and come back stronger’ and I keep doing just that. I can really relate to him. His life lessons are amazing,” he added.Also Read | IPL 2019: Onus on Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers as RCB seek to end 5-year drought vs CSKAlso Read | IPL 2019: History doesn’t favour Virat Kohli’s RCB as they gear up to face CSK in openerAlso Read | Holi: Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan celebrate festival of colours ahead of IPL 2019For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Umesh YadavFollow Team IndiaFollow ICC World CupFollow Royal Challengers BangaloreFollow IPL 2019 Umesh Yadav keen to press for World Cup selection during IPL 2019IPL 2019: Umesh Yadav believes he fits the bill as the fourth bowler as experience will be an important factor taken into consideration when the selectors pick the squad for the World Cup.advertisementlast_img read more

IPL 2019 final: Mumbai Indians not thinking about most successful team tag, says Rohit

first_img Press Trust of India HyderabadMay 11, 2019UPDATED: May 12, 2019 00:26 IST Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings will both be in the contest to win their 4th IPL title on Sunday. ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSMI captain Rohit Sharma said the IPL final will be like another match for himRohit said the tag of most successful IPL team doesn’t matter to himMI and CSK have both won the IPL cown three timesMumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma on Saturday played down the workload management talk ahead of the World Cup, saying the IPL is an ideal tournament to gauge “where you are” in the lead up to a big event.In the media interaction before the IPL final in Hyderabad on Sunday, Rohit said he left it to the players — Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah in this case — to decide their workload during the course of the almost two-month long T20 league.The India vice-captain was seated alongside Mumbai coach Mahela Jayawardene while there was no representation from their opponents — Chennai Super Kings — in the mandatory press conference as they arrived here late on Saturday evening.CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and coach Stephen Fleming were also supposed to attend the pre-final interaction.”We spoke at the start of the tournament that we will assess each one of them and see where they are at and how they feel about their body as the tournament progresses. It is more of an individual thing than what we decided for them,” Rohit said.”Like in Jasprit’s case, he is someone who likes to play games to make sure that he is in good rhythm. We spoke at any given stage, if he feels the need to rest, we were open for it. Our physios have monitored him quite well. There was constant feedback from Jasprit as well. So far there are no issues with either of them — Hardik or Jasprit. It has to come from them and they want to continue playing.”advertisementIf not anything else, the IPL has helped Hardik get back to his best ahead of the World Cup beginning May 30.”How their form is the most important thing, they are really doing well. Anyone who plays the IPL and goes to a big tournament (like the World Cup) I feel it keeps them very much in touch with their game. It is a great tournament to hit form. Hardik is one example,” Rohit said.”He was injured before the IPL, missed few games as well (for India), now he has done tremendously well for us. You can judge yourself where you are ahead of a big tournament like the World Cup,” he added.Talking about the IPL final where Mumbai Indian will be aiming for a fourth title alongside CSK, Rohit said his team is focussed on the job at hand.”It (Hyderabad) is a neutral venue. Both teams have played here so they are very much aware of the conditions. It is not going to be a major factor. Important will be to assess the pitch as quickly as we can, see what the ideal score will be if we bat first,” he said.Mumbai Indians will surpass CSK in race for most IPL titles if they win on Sunday. However, Rohit is not reading too much into that statistic.”All those things will take care of themselves if we play good cricket. We need to focus on the day rather than thinking about the past. The focus will be on how we can play better cricket. We are treating it as another match like we have done earlier in the tournament.”it is a special feeling to be playing the final but like I said the most successful team (tag) doesn’t matter for us. Yes every now and then we have spoken to the guys about not being too emotional thinking about the play-offs, we just want to focus on the game and not look too far ahead,” he said.Mumbai Indian have beaten CSK thrice this season besides getting the better of them in two finals.Asked if CSK bring the best out of Mumbai Indians, Rohit said: “I wouldn’t agree to that. The tournament itself is the biggest challenge, every team is a threat. Rajasthan Royals did not quality but they beat us twice so we have to be good on that particular day.”There is a lot of hype around the two teams (CSK and MI) and it is because they have been successful in winning the championship, everyone looks forward to the clash.Also Read | Ziva kisses MS Dhoni after CSK beat Delhi Capitals to enter 8th IPL finalAlso Read | Chennai Super Kings in IPL: 8 finals in 10 seasonsAslo SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow IPL 2019 finalFollow chennai super kings vs mumbai indiansFollow Rohit Sharma IPL 2019 final: Mumbai Indians not thinking about most successful team tag, says RohitIPL 2019: Mumbai Indians have won three IPL titles and will be in the contest to win another one against Chennai Super Kings on Sunday. However, MI captain Rohit Sharma said the team’s focus will rather be on playing better cricket than on getting labeled as the most successful IPL team.advertisementlast_img read more

ISSF Shooting World Cup: Apurvi Chandela bags 10m air rifle gold in Munich

first_imgISSF Shooting World Cup: Apurvi Chandela bags 10m air rifle gold in MunichApurvi Chandela had also won silver in the 10m air rifle during the 2015 Munich competition. Chandela had won quotas for the 2020 Olympics after finishing fourth at the world championships.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service MunichMay 26, 2019UPDATED: May 26, 2019 20:06 IST Apurvi had won the first gold at the Delhi World Cup in February (Twitter)HIGHLIGHTSChandela’s total score in the final was 251Wang Luyao and Xu Hong won the silver and bronze respectivelyIndian shooters are competing for 12 of the 17 Tokyo Olympic quotas availableApurvi Chandela on Sunday won the gold in women’s 10m air rifle at the ISSF World Cup in Munich. The 26-year-old shot 251 points in the final to pip China’s Luyao Wang’s score of 250.8. This was Apurvi’s second gold of the year, having won the first at the Delhi World Cup in February.Her compatriot Elavenil Valarivan, however, narrowly missed out on a medal after finishing fourth behind China’s Xu Hong. The 19-year-old, who won gold in the junior event of the Sydney World Cup in 2018, shot 208.3 while Xu Hong finished with a score of 229.4.Indian shooters are competing for 12 of the 17 Tokyo Olympic quotas available in Munich, having already secured five quota places in rifle and pistol competitions.Chandela and Anjum Mudgil were the first to secure their places. Saurabh Chaudhary then sealed the third quota place with a world record score at the Delhi World Cup in February.The fourth and fifth spots were taken by Divyansh Singh Panwar and Abhishek Verma, respectively, at the Beijing World Cup.Indians therefore had to forfeit their right to quotas in the women’s 10m air rifle and men’s 10m air pistol events. Panwar’s victory in Beijing means that only one Olympic quota is available for the Indians in the men’s 10m air rifle event in Munich.Also Read | Boxing league likely to happen in August or September: BFI president Ajay SinghAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 Shooting World CupFollow ISSFFollow Apurvi Chandela Nextlast_img read more

Meet McIntosh McAire: the Rolls Royce of Lifestyle Audio Systems

first_img 5 Canadian Lifestyle Brands You Need to Know Editors’ Recommendations Some people just have to have the best of everything. Whether it’s the car, the racket, or the liquor in their glass, luxurious style and brilliant performance are paramount, above all other consideration – including the price. For this demanding subset of the public, we present the McIntosh McAire wireless speaker system, the premium choice for compact wireless sound.While the McAire is suitably fitted to speak to all of your Apple paraphernalia, it was crafted by a different McIntosh than those tech gurus down in Silicon Valley (note the missing ‘a’). Instead, it was created on the other coast by McIntosh Laboratory, a trusted name in all things hi-fi since the early ‘50’s. And it’s from that era (or even before it) that the McAire draws inspiration, weaving modern technology, and premium sound into a gorgeous cabinet of retro brilliance.Surrounding the gleaming blue VU meters and sparkling silver dials are an understated collection of high performance drivers, including two four-inch woofers with dual acoustic ports, a pair of two-inch inverted dome midrange drivers, and dual ¾-inch tweeters. While the amplification specs are McIntosh’s little secret, the McAire should have no problem filling the room with fluid lines of first-class sound. The system’s promised frequency response of 60Hz-45kHz assures superior handling of the most delicate details across the spectrum.Connection options include Wi-Fi with Airplay support for high quality streaming, hardwired USB connection to charge your device while you play, and stereo RCA connection for Auxiliary components. The system also offers the AP1 iOS app, which recreates those gorgeous VU meters on your phone for a symbiotic retro experience.And now for the tough pill to swallow: the price. At $3,000, the McAire dares you to find a more expensive means of succinct wireless audio playback. Still, if you want the best, you have to pay for it. And with a reputation for knock-out performance in everything it creates, McIntosh products are an investment in sonic supremacy. You can a list of authorized McIntosh dealers which carry the McAire from the company’s website. Cigar Humidors 101: What They Are, How They Work, and the Best Picks 10 Best Gins Under $20: Just Add Tonic A Guide to Bodywork: Massage, Acupuncture, Chiropractic, and More The Best Kegerators for Serving Fresh, Cold Draft Beer Right at Homelast_img read more

The Story Behind ‘Jay Leno’s Garage’ Collection of Vehicle Care Products

first_img Next Jonathon Klein/The Manual What It’s Like to Drive a NASCAR Race Car (and Where You Can Get Behind the Wheel) Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual Previous 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing Jonathon Klein/The Manual 1 of 3 Next Jonathon Klein/The Manual Over 100 automobiles — and likely the same number of motorcycles — adorn Leno’s infamous garage. Given the quantity of cars and bikes, the breadth of his collection in terms of different construction and materials, and the demands for filming Jay Leno’s Garage TV show (a car-centric TV show on CNBC), it became a pain keeping the vehicles clean. Leno had a person that would come in and clean the cars for a number of years, but the collection became too vast for them to keep everything in pristine condition. In the interim years, a few other detailers came and went, each using their own chemicals to clean the collection.After the last detailer left unexpectedly, Jay turned to Chris Walters and Jeremy Porrazzo. The pair came from a chemical company that specialized in industrial and automotive cleaners and the garage had been using their products for some time. Neither were detailers per se, but both had a passion for cars and were quick learners. When the call came from Jay that he needed detailers, they leapt at the opportunity. Over the course of the next few months, inspired by Jay’s appreciation for the exquisite job they had been doing on the collection, Walters and Porrazzo decided to bring him an idea: create a Jay Leno’s Garage-specific cleaner. Previous 1 of 10center_img Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jay Leno’s Garage Advanced Vehicle Care/FacebookA normal driver likely doesn’t pay too much attention to his or her daily car’s cleanliness. You get in, go to work, get lunch, run errands, and head home. It’s the hum drum nature of everyday life. Most drivers, however, don’t have a collection of cars worth countless millions of dollars sitting in a complex of hangars outside Los Angeles proper. Most drivers aren’t Jay Leno.Leno is known throughout the world for his late night hosting gig on The Tonight Show. He’s beloved by millions (albeit less so by Conan O’Brien) and looked to as one of the best stand-up comics of all time. Jay Leno, however, is also known for one more thing. No, not his iconic chin. His cars.Throughout the years, Leno has amassed a collection of automobiles that would make most enthusiasts cry upon sight. Indeed, when we stepped into his hangar for the first time, we stopped dead in our tracks and had to catch our breath. His cars and motorcycles are unlike anything we’ve ever seen. One row is Lamborghinis, anther Fords, further down are Packards and Bugattis and Chevrolets. (No Ferraris. The story behind that is something you’ll need to pry out of Jay.) The pair was nervous at first, but one day, Porrazzo got up, went up the producers for the CNBC show, and told them their idea. The producers said it sounded interesting and that they’d help set up a pitch meeting with Leno. Walters and Porrazzo stopped what they were doing, ran home, and designed a mock-up for the meeting. Leno loved the idea, especially given the quality of the product, and the rest, as they say, is history.We stopped by Leno’s Garage to get a demonstration from Walters on Leno’s very well-used Tesla Model S P90D. In short, the car was filthy and hadn’t been washed since rain had befallen the City of Angels. It made the perfect candidate to test the products and showcase their results. While the Tesla only necessitated a few of the Jay Leno’s Garage Advanced Vehicle Care’s products (Tire & Trim Care, Evaporate, Wheel Cleaner, Clean Strip, and All Purpose Cleaner), the line consists of 23 different formulas that assure no matter what your collection holds, whether it’s classic muscle cars, new carbon-bodied exotica, or steam machines, you’ll be taken care of.And after watching the transformation of the dirty Tesla into a garage queen befitting Leno’s hangar, we’re definitely believers: Editors’ Recommendations Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy Jonathon Klein/The Manual The Fine Art of Restoring a 1974 Range Rover Classiclast_img read more

Embassy Suites by Hilton Opens in Plainfield

first_imgIdeal base for travelers in Indiana, the ‘Crossroads of America’ PLAINFIELD, Ind. and MCLEAN, Va. – Embassy Suites by Hilton, a global brand of upscale, all-suite hotel from Hilton (NYSE: HLT), announced today the opening of a new hotel near Indianapolis. Embassy Suites by Hilton prides itself on offering guests an approachable and stress-free experience at each of its properties. The stylish Embassy Suites by Hilton Plainfield Indianapolis Airport is conveniently located in close proximity to Indianapolis International Airport and just a 25-minute drive from downtown Indianapolis, Lucas Oil Stadium, Bankers Life Fieldhouse and the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Business and leisure travelers can take advantage of the hotel’s convenient airport shuttle to Indianapolis International Airport. Owned and managed by Sun Development & Management Corporation, this upscale all-suite hotel features 174 two-room and studio suites with all the comforts of home. Each suite is equipped with free Wi-Fi, a large HDTV, mini-fridge and microwave, and the two-room suites’ amenities include a living area, sofa bed, two HDTVs and private bedroom. “Travel is booming in Indianapolis and the addition of our fourth Embassy Suites by Hilton in the greater Indianapolis area will accommodate the increase in travelers and growing demand for lodging,” said Alan Roberts, global head, Embassy Suites by Hilton. “The dual convenience to Indianapolis International Airport and proximity to downtown provides the ideal location for business travelers attending a conference or for families exploring all that the city has to offer.” Guests staying at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Plainfield Indianapolis Airport can start their days with free made-to-order breakfast in the morning and unwind at night with complimentary drinks and appetizers daily at the Evening Reception. They can also enjoy appetizers, hearty fare and local beer at Local Kitchen & Tap, the property’s on-site restaurant. Additional amenities include 30,000 square feet of meeting space, a 24-hour convenience market, a 24-hour business center, a 24-hour fitness center and an indoor pool. The property’s tranquil outdoor setting includes a pond, boardwalk and several outdoor patios for guests to relax. “Our property provides spacious suites and convenience to dining, shops, professional sports, nature parks and family-friendly attractions,” said Brian Carey, general manager, Embassy Suites by Hilton Plainfield Indianapolis Airport. “The hotel’s peaceful scenery and value-added amenities offer guests the perfect place to unwind after a busy day at work or sightseeing.” Embassy Suites by Hilton Plainfield Indianapolis Airport is part of Hilton Honors®, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 17 distinct hotel brands. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Members also enjoy popular digital tools available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors mobile app, where Hilton Honors members can check-in, choose their room and access their room using a Digital Key. In celebration of the recent opening, the property is offering 1,000 Bonus Honors Points per night until September 15, 2019. Embassy Suites by Hilton Plainfield Indianapolis Airport is located at 6089 Clarks Creek Road, Plainfield, Indiana, USA. For more information or to make a reservation, visit or call +1 317 839 1106. Media can access additional information on Embassy Suites by Hilton hotels at For development queries, please visit  About Embassy Suites by Hilton Embassy Suites by Hilton, one of Hilton’s 17 market-leading brands, is dedicated to delivering what matters most to travelers. The full-service, upscale brand offers two-room suites, free made-to-order breakfast and a nightly two-hour reception with complimentary drinks and snacks. Both leisure and business travelers looking for a relaxed, yet sophisticated experience will feel right at home with brand-standard amenities like inviting atriums and complimentary 24-hour business and fitness centers. Embassy Suites by Hilton has 253 hotels with 46 in the pipeline. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard WiFi, and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (select locations), available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors mobile app. For more information, visit or, and connect with Embassy Suites by Hilton on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. About Hilton Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 17 world-class brands comprising more than 5,600 properties with nearly 913,000 rooms, in 113 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company, Hilton earned a spot on the 2018 world’s best workplaces list, and has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its nearly 100 year history. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program, Hilton Honors, nearly 85 million members who book directly with Hilton have access to instant benefits, including digital check-in with room selection, Digital Key, and Connected Room. Visit for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.last_img read more

CSJP Spent $1 Billion on Community Interventions Last Year

first_imgSome $1 billion was spent under the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) last year on interventions to benefit young people in volatile communities across the island. Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, made the disclosure, as he addressed a scholarship award ceremony held recently in Mount Salem, St. James. He commended the CSJP for the role it has been playing in the implementation of social interventions, in an effort to combat crime and interpersonal violence in communities. He noted that the programme, which operates in 50 communities across some eight parishes “is seeking to ensure that person’s socio-economic conditions are improved and protected on a sustainable basis, thereby limiting the amount of criminal activities in those areas.” The primary areas of engagement are community mobilisation and governance, development of community multi-purpose centres, opening of restorative justice centres, and a comprehensive social marketing campaign, targeting at-risk youth and men. There is also the ongoing delivery of violence prevention services including tuition support, skills training and job placement. “The most recent initiative in that regard has to do with some 250 young persons, who have been apprenticed to the Engineering Regiment of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and getting real life on-the-job training as well as the discipline that the army brings to all their operations,” Minister Bunting said. The Minister, in the meantime, congratulated the 175 young people from CSJP communities in western Jamaica, who were presented with scholarships valued at $19 million, to fund their tertiary education. He urged them to remain focused “stay in school, do well and come out as graduates that will make your parents and community proud”. The CSJP is a multi-faceted crime and violence prevention initiative focusing on building community safety and reducing poverty.last_img read more

Gov’t to Implement Crash Data System

first_imgMinister without portfolio in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy, says the Government is working to put a modern crash data system in place by 2016.The state-of-the-art system, he said, will enable the seamless transmission of information to all road safety stakeholders, “thus ensuring that critical decisions can be taken efficiently and effectively”.“It is our intention to ensure that we develop the capacity and capability to monitor and evaluate our various road safety measures, thus ensuring that we are better able to evaluate our road safety performances,” Dr. Guy stated.He was speaking on Wednesday, June 5, at the launch of National Road Safety Awareness Month, at the Total Gas Station in New Kingston.Dr. Guy informed that assistance is being provided by the International Traffic Accident Database/Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the United Kingdom (UK) Department for Transport and the Transport Research Laboratory under a twinning programme.Turning to the target of the National Road Safety Council to achieve ‘Below 240’ road fatalities this year, Dr. Guy said this is feasible, but will require that all stakeholders continue to work as a team and at the same pace.Jamaica, last year, recorded a total of 260 road fatalities, down from 308 in 2011. This represented the country’s lowest number of road casualties in almost 20 years and a successful ‘Below 300’ campaign.Dr. Guy said that the Government is doing its part, by putting in place a number of measures, among them, the modernisation of the 1938 Road Traffic Act, to adequately address the challenges in the transportation sector and to ensure that road safety issues are addressed according to 21st century requirements.The revision is in its final stages and the Act is expected to be passed during this Parliamentary year. It will address the use of mobile phones when driving and the implementation of a three-stage drivers’ licensing system, which is aimed at improving the competency of Jamaican drivers.Dr. Guy said that over the next three years, the Ministry will focus its efforts on a number of initiatives. These include the safety of vulnerable road users; strengthening the country’s capability to investigate and analyse traffic collisions; ensuring the entrenchment of Road Safety Audit Management in all road projects from preliminary phase to completion; and ensuring that all road safety processes are in accordance with the Road Traffic Safety Management Standard – ISO 39001.National Road Safety Awareness Month 2013 is an observation of the Jamaica Gasoline Retailers Association (JGRA) under the theme: ‘Alert today – Alive tomorrow…Distraction Kills!’Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Bakerlast_img read more