BCCI vs Lodha Committee: SC adjourns hearing till December 9BCCI vs Lodha Committee: SC adjourns hearing till December 9

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Monday adjourned the hearing regarding the Justice RM Lodha committee recommendations and the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s(BCCI) reluctance to accept all recommendations till December 9 as Justice TS Thakur was unwell today and could not take up any case. (BCCI to wait till December 5 for SC verdict on Lodha Committee report)The Lodha Committee was appointed after the ‘conflict of interest’ issue sparked a controversy in Indian cricket.The Lodha Committee, in its  first status report submitted to the apex court on September 28, had asked for the removal of the present set of BCCI of office-bearers, to be replaced by a group of independent administrators. (10 times Supreme Court showed BCCI who is boss)In its third status report submitted on November 14, the committee altered the demand a bit, asking for the disqualification of office-bearers of the BCCI and all state associations, who become ineligible as per the apex court’s July 18 order, and the appointment of former Union home secretary GK Pillai as “observer”. (Disqualify BCCI office-bearers, Lodha panel tells Supreme Court)On October 21, the top court passed an interim order asking the BCCI to “cease and desist” from disbursing funds to state associations until the association gave a written resolution that it would adopt all the recommendations approved by the court. The court also asked BCCI president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke to meet the Lodha committee within two weeks from the date of that order and submit an”affidavit of compliance”, elaborating on the recommendations already implemented by the BCCI and what it had done to persuade the state associations to adopt the remaining recommendations.advertisementOn October 1, the board had accepted many of the “significant recommendations” of the Lodha Committee. However, it excluded the important ones which have been bone of contention between the cricket body and the Lodha Panel.The recommendations, which have still not been accepted by the 30-member committee, include one-state one-vote, age limit of 70 years, cooling-off period of three years which included the tenure of the administrators, continue with the  five-selectors and keeping to retaining the powers of the president and secretary as per the earlier constitution of the board.The cricket board has consistently argued that they have implemented many of the Lodha panel’s recommendations but their members have problems in implementing only some of them.last_img read more

Simeone backs Diego Costa to end droughtSimeone backs Diego Costa to end drought

first_imgDiego Simeone believes Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa will soon break his La Liga goal drought.Costa has failed to find the net in his last 17 top-flight appearances, but he scored against Monaco in the Champions League in September and hit a double in Atletico’s UEFA Super Cup defeat of rivals Real Madrid.The Brazil-born Spain international, who missed out on selection in Luis Enrique’s latest Spain squad due to injury, drew another blank in a 2-0 home La Liga win over Real Sociedad on Saturday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Defenders Diego Godin and Filipe Luis instead struck to send Atletico top, and Simeone feels goals are on the way for Costa, who had a powerful shot saved by his former team-mate Miguel Angel Moya with his side already two up.”Of course, he is working so that the goals return,” Simeone said at a post-match news conference after his side bounced back from a crushing 4-0 Champions League loss away to Borussia Dortmund, the heaviest defeat of his seven-year reign. “He is extraordinary and very important for us, for all the things he does in the dressing room. If you play like he did [against Sociedad], you are very close to scoring. It is the way.”France international Lucas Hernandez was withdrawn at half-time as a precaution due to muscle fatigue, with Filipe Luis replacing the World Cup winner.”At first [Lucas] started to feel a little pain, we knew that if he started feeling more, we would stop before there was anything worse,” Simeone said. “He has an extraordinary present and future and has Godin and Filipe that will not let him rest.”They do not stop fighting. It is the strength of the team in recent years.”Simeone is now looking forward to watching Sunday’s Clasico, although Atletico will be overtaken in the table by Barcelona if they avoid defeat against Madrid at Camp Nou.”I care about today,” he added. “[El Clasico] is a great game with two extraordinary teams, hopefully an encounter that we can all enjoy.”last_img read more

‘CL qualification like a trophy for Inter’‘CL qualification like a trophy for Inter’

first_imgLuciano Spalletti has confirmed Champions League qualification is once again the target for Inter despite their run of five straight Serie A wins.Inter booked their Champions League return on the final day of last season but have made a strong start to the 2018-19 campaign.Defending champions Juventus, though, are nine points clear of third-placed Inter having only dropped two points so far this season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Inter announced the appointment of 27-year-old Steven Zhang, the president of the club’s owners Suning International, as their new president this week.And Spalletti says that talks with Zhang have clarified Inter’s goals for the campaign, with a place in the top four their primary target.”Inter as a club are only satisfied by big results in big matches, taking up a place in the top four,” Spalletti told a news conference ahead of Monday’s trip to Lazio.”To stay in the Champions League is now a goal, it’s like winning a title, and there are strong teams at the top as there have been for years.”The team has put in excellent performances recently and picked up excellent results.”On the eve of #LazioInter: here’s coach Spalletti’s press conference summed up in 60 seconds  pic.twitter.com/b9T8jbBZzy— Inter (@Inter_en) October 28, 2018Spalletti was unhappy with what he perceived to be a passive approach from Inter in their 2-0 Champions League defeat away to Barcelona.And the head coach promised there will not be a repeat when Inter take on Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico, with centre-back Stefan de Vrij set to face his old club.”We’re looking to take everything that we have available to us into account. What is vital is the sign that the team showed me yesterday [Saturday],” Spalletti added. “They showed that they won’t passively accept situations that don’t go well, they’ll react when things don’t go as we would have wanted.”De Vrij is an easy person to analyse, you just need to look at him. He’s transparent, clear and honest. He’s an incredibly enthusiastic person. He trains brilliantly, he’s a strong player and a very calm footballer, you can see that on his face. That’s fine for us.”From Lazio v Inter last season, I remember a fanbase in celebration after we reached an important goal [Champions League qualification] amidst a number of difficulties, especially considering the strength of the opponent.”We can only look to do it again. We don’t want to stop after such wins but we want to do it again and win more big games. We’re going to Rome to play.”last_img read more

Chilwell: I want to be one of England’s best-ever left-backsChilwell: I want to be one of England’s best-ever left-backs

first_imgLeicester City’s Ben Chilwell wants to be one of England’s best ever left-backs after becoming a central part of Gareth Southgate’s plans since the World Cup.The 21-year-old has played in all five of the Three Lions’ fixtures since he was first called up for the friendly against Switzerland in September.And amid Luke Shaw and Danny Rose’s fitness problems, Chilwell has started the last three competitive internationals as England qualified for the Nations League Finals. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Having had a taste of international football, Chilwell wants to cement his place in Southgate’s plans and join the pantheon of greats to have played on the left-side of the defence.“That’s my long-term aim (becoming first choice),” Chilwell told The Guardian about his England ambitions“Obviously I’m not thinking too much about that because it’s a long old career and I’m taking every week as it comes. “And at the moment, if I can play well for Leicester for the next few months, then hopefully I can be involved in March and then be involved in the summer in the Nations League. That’s my short-term aim. “The long-term aim is obviously to be the first-choice left-back for 10 years to come and be one of the best left-backs that England has ever had. “But that’s obviously in the back of my head.”Off the field, Leicester’s campaign has been vastly overshadowed by the tragic death of owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who died after his helicopter crashed outside the King Power Stadium in October.The weeks of mourning which followed united the Leicester squad according to Chilwell, with the club now inspired to win a piece of silverware to pay tribute to Srivaddhanaprabha work as owner.“It’s brought us together as a family; we’re not just teammates now,” he added“We know what Vichai’s dreams were, so it’s up to us to make them happen. “The investment being put in has given us the foundations to achieve what he would have wanted, which is to be playing in Europe and consistently be one of the best teams in the country over the next few years. “That’s going to be our aim to try and do that.”last_img read more

Eales: Almiron won’t be sold for ‘chump change’Eales: Almiron won’t be sold for ‘chump change’

first_imgMiguel Almiron may well leave Atlanta United this winter, but club president Darren Eales once again has made it clear that any team looking to land the Paraguayan playmaker better be ready to spend.  Almiron has had two stellar years with Atlanta in MLS and will lead his team against the Portland Timbers in the 2018 MLS Cup final on Saturday.  His form has attracted plenty of notice, with Premier League clubs Newcastle, Arsenal and Tottenham all linked to his services.   Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! His agent, Daniel Campos, has also claimed that the midfielder is drawing interest from “two or three clubs” in England and that “certainly Almiron will play in the Premier League.” But Eales says any deal for his star man won’t involve “chump change.” “I have seen some laughable things in the press, clearly we are never going to loan one of our players out and we are certainly not going to let them go for the chump change that I have seen in some reports,” he told Sky Sports.  “If it’s a proper, serious offer then it’s something we would consider, but not for the laughable figures that I have seen mentioned in the press.” While Atlanta may not be willing to let one of the club’s star men leave on the cheap, Eales does believe that when offer is right, Almiron will be able to adapt quickly in a new league.”He has proved in these two years that he is by far and away one of the best players in the league,” said Eales. “He is still a young player, he is a Paraguay international and it’s brilliant he can cope with the physicality of the Argentinian league with Lanus and also the MLS. “He is an amazing player, he was one of the best players on the pitch in both of the All-Star games that we played against Juventus and Real Madrid. I have no doubt that when the time is right, and the offer is right, he can be a success in whatever league he goes to.” Almiron has notched 22 goals and 29 assists in MLS play, including playoffs, over the last two season, finishing second in MVP voting this season behind record-setting teammate Josef Martinez.last_img read more

Mata & Lukaku fire Man Utd past resolute ReadingMata & Lukaku fire Man Utd past resolute Reading

first_imgManchester United made it five wins from five under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with an unconvincing 2-0 victory over Reading in the FA Cup third round.First-half goals from Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku were enough for the home side at Old Trafford, although the nine changes made to the team that won at Newcastle United left them looking largely disjointed.Reading, who sit 23rd in the Championship, enjoyed 60 per cent of the possession and had 13 shots to United’s eight, although a comeback never truly looked likely. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The downside was the fact Alexis Sanchez had to go off 64 minutes in, having apparently hurt the hamstring that kept him sidelined throughout December.Mata dispatched a cool penalty – his first FA Cup goal since the victorious final of May 2016 – after referee Stuart Atwell penalised Omar Richards for a foul on the Spaniard following a VAR consultation, with Fred’s strike having been disallowed for offside in the same move.It was harsh on Reading, who had started better, and they should have been level when Danny Loader made a mess of a one-on-one with Sergio Romero after Lukaku was denied by Anssi Jaakkola at the other end.Andy Yiadom was denied by Romero at his near post as United continued to struggle, but a stray pass from John Swift proved costly in first-half injury time, with Lukaku rounding Jaakkola to make it 2-0 from Sanchez’s throughball.Solskjaer handed youngster Tahith Chong the chance to impress off the bench and was then forced to take off Sanchez, who indicated his troublesome right hamstring was again causing him discomfort.@Alexis_Sanchez #MUFC pic.twitter.com/bAH5rD6J8N— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 5, 2019Sone Aluko was denied by a good save from Romero, but United were mostly comfortable in the closing minutes as they secured their place in next Monday’s fourth-round draw. What does it mean? Solskjaer streak continues but Sanchez a worryA fifth victory from his first five games in charge will do no harm to Solskjaer’s chances of getting the job permanently, even if this was not a particularly strong performance from his much-changed side.However, while their hopes of a third FA Cup final in four seasons remain intact, the sight of Sanchez asking to come off in the second half of his first start since early November will not be a welcome sight.The Chilean did sit on the bench after going off, so Solskjaer will hope the forward was merely being cautious ahead of a training camp in Dubai.McTominay meticulousScott McTominay was one of United’s only consistently good players throughout the match, winning seven tackles and ending the game with the best pass completion rate of any of the home side’s starting XI (92.3 per cent).Pereira out of sortsAndreas Pereira was caught in possession one too many times in the first half, once on the edge of his own penalty area. He does not look all that comfortable in a deep midfield role, even if Solskjaer and Jose Mourinho have used him there.Key Opta Facts21 – Juan Mata has been directly involved in 21 goals in 24 starts in the FA Cup (10 goals, 11 assists). Specialist. pic.twitter.com/WB1kgGwrdv— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 5, 2019- United have lost just one of their last 52 FA Cup games against teams from a lower division (W44 D7), suffering defeat to Leeds United in January 2010.- Sanchez has been directly involved in 18 goals in 19 FA Cup games (nine goals, nine assists).- Lukaku has scored 13 goals in his last 14 FA Cup appearances, including six in seven for the Red Devils.What’s next?United head to Dubai for warm-weather training before facing Tottenham at Wembley in the Premier League on January 13, with Reading entertaining Nottingham Forest in the Championship a day prior. read morelast_img read more

Sunil Gavaskar compares Karun Nair and KL Rahul to Gundappa Viswanath and Rahul DravidSunil Gavaskar compares Karun Nair and KL Rahul to Gundappa Viswanath and Rahul Dravid

first_imgFormer India skipper Sunil Gavaskar on Monday compared Karun Nair and KL Rahul to batting legends Gundappa Viswanath and Rahul Dravid. This was after Nair became the second Indian after Virender Sehwag to slam a triple hundred while Rahul hit a masterly 199.Nair scored an unbeaten 303 as India declared their first innings at 759/7 to take a 282-run lead over England in the ongoing fifth and final Test at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.”There are two benchmarks of batsmanship for Karnataka. One is Gundappa Viswanath and another is Rahul Dravid. And today what we saw and yesterday with KL Rahul was a combination of the two. We saw the discipline and temperament of Rahul Dravid and the flair and the strokeplay of Gundappa. There was such a wonderful mix of Rahul and Gundappa in both the innings,” Gavaskar told NDTV. (Best knock of my life: Nair)”For a start it looked as if they were just going to play for a draw, it was Karun Nair when he came into bat he was the one who encouraged,” Gavaskar said. (Nair’s triple hundred at par with Sehwag’s triple centuries: Ganguly to India Today)”I am so happy that he has joined that rare triple century club and many, many congratulations to him and I hope that he will carry on to get some more runs and more wins for India.”At the same time, I want to congratulate our hockey champions as well. I think the last couple of days have been fantastic, first this Saturday Vijender wins in great style, and yesterday our juniors won the hockey World Cup. Such a tremendous times for Indian sports, and today Karun Nair gets a triple century. What a wonderful last three days for Indian sports.” (Nair’s 303* gives India a problem of plenty)advertisementNair got to the rare landmark a day after Rahul missed out on a double ton by a run.Asked about Rahul, Gavaskar said, “KL Rahul, in his debut Test, didn’t score runs. There was just three or four deliveries that he faced from Mitchell Johnson – short, fast aimed at his head. The way he got behind the line and that was an indication of his temperament and would be somebody to reckon with. I am very happy for Indian cricket that we got these two young players who will serve India for a long time, as both of them are in their early 20s.”On Ajinkya Rahane coming back, Gavaskar said, “For a selector it is always good to have a problem of plenty. To have a situation where you know for every place you have a replacement ready in case something goes wrong. Yes it’s a tough call since Rahane got runs against New Zealand, but you can’t ignore a triple centurion. But as we know Virat Kohli is already complaining of few grey hairs, let him have some more.” (Cricket was in my son’s blood, says Karun Nair’s father)India broke a plethora of records en route their highest ever Test total of 759/7 before declaring their first innings at the fag end of the day.”I think declaration coming at a 300 was right, at one point it was looking 250 would be the right one. But I think it was the matter of getting to the 700, and by the time 700 mark was approaching Nair was batting so fluently that he got to 280-290.”When someone gets that close to 3000 you have to give him that opportunity. 319 (Sehwag’s best score) was not what Virat and anybody would have wanted. Look he is the only second Indian to get 300. So the fact that he got there was enough. This kind of opportunity comes once in many, many years.”Having won the series it is only fair that Virat gave him that chance to get to 300.” (Welcome to the 300-club: Sehwag)(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic to face off in Doha finalAndy Murray and Novak Djokovic to face off in Doha final

first_imgAndy Murray and champion Novak Djokovic will go toe-to-toe in the Qatar Open final after the world’s top two players laid down their markers for the 2017 season.World number one Murray swept aside Czech third seed Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-4 to record his 28th consecutive victory and will be targetting a sixth title in succession on Saturday.Djokovic, who was deposed as world number one by Murray in November and was beaten by the Scot in their last showdown — in the title match of the 2016 season-ending ATP World Tour Finals – will be hoping to avoid the hiccups he faced against Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in Friday’s semi-final.The Serb saved five match points to stay alive before eventually subduing Verdasco 4-6 7-6(7) 6-3.last_img



Kashmir unrest: Guv warns against confrontational methodsKashmir unrest: Guv warns against confrontational methods

first_imgJammu, Jan 26 (PTI) Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra today cautioned against confrontational approach being adopted to resolve the problems in the state as it could lead to serious consequences, even as he patted the youth for excelling in various fields depsite the Valley unrest.”In the past several years, I have been repeatedly cautioning against the serious consequences of a confrontationist approach being followed to resolve our problems”, Vohra said.The governor made the remarks after unfurling the national flag at a Republic Day function here.”I yet again appeal to the leaders of all social, cultural, religious, political and other organisations in the state to seriously ponder over the happenings in the past months and recognise that the recurring agitations are causing varied adverse consequences for our people, particularly those who live in the Valley,” he said.Vohra said the time has come for the leaders of various movements in the society, and all those who follow them, to accept that the continuation of hartals and violent protestations will yield no other result except the state and its people to slip further far behind.”As we have seen for ourselves in the past few years, despite the severe constraints arising from recurring spells of disruption and disorder, our youth has been doing very well in almost every arena,” Vohra said while addressing the the function here.Vohra hoisted the national flag and took salute at an impressive parade at the Maulana Azad Stadium here. He said that a matter for even greater pride, in the past year is that “our young boys and girls have won medals in various sports at National, Asian, Common Wealth and World Championships”.advertisementPatting actress Zaira Wasin of Dangal fame, Vohra said, “and, more recently, one of our bright young girls from the Valley has made an excellent beginning in the fiml industry.”If the upcoming generation is to achieve its full potential it is the responsibility of all the stakeholders to ensure that an undisturbed environment prevails in the state,” he said. (MORE) PTI AB ASVlast_img read more

Fernando Alonso needs to fall back in love with F1, says Toro Rosso’s Carlos SainzFernando Alonso needs to fall back in love with F1, says Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz

first_imgCarlos Sainz has plenty of ambitions of his own for 2017 but the young Spaniard also hopes to see friend and compatriot Fernando Alonso fall back in love with Formula One after years of frustration.The 22-year-old, starting his third season with Toro Rosso, knows how important a year it is for the double world champion he first met as a young karter when the now 35-year-old was winning with Renault. (Also read: McLaren aim for title sponsor in 2018)Alonso, who came close to a third title with Ferrari, will be out of contract with former champions McLaren at the end of the year and has said he will decide his future after the summer break.”I believe what he says about taking a decision later in the year. I believe, because I know him and have talked to him, that he is very excited about this season,” Sainz told Reuters in an interview on the second day of testing. (Also read: McLaren goes back to its roots to launch new era in Formula One)”He is really wanting to fight even if it is for P3s (third places). He’s going to fight for it, and I’m convinced that then he will take a decision,” he added.”I also think that he needs to fall in love with F1 again.”I think he was a bit disappointed with how F1 had been in the last four or five years and I think he needs to fall back in love with it and then his comments will be a lot more positive. So hopefully this car helps do that.”advertisementMCLAREN PROBLEMSThe immediate signs did not look promising, with Alonso having to sit out most of Monday morning due to an oil system problem and Belgian team mate Stoffel Vandoorne sidelined for much of Tuesday with engine problems.Alonso managed just 29 laps on Monday, compared to world champions Mercedes who put in 152, and Vandoorne did 40 on Tuesday.McLaren have not won a race since 2012 and have struggled for reliability and performance in two seasons with Honda. Alonso has also been vocal against the need to save fuel and tyres in recent years.He revealed to reporters last week at the launch of his new McLaren that he was contacted by Mercedes after world champion Nico Rosberg’s sudden retirement in December, and Sainz said he had been too.”I’m not going to lie, they asked about my contract situation with Red Bull but Red Bull was fully clear that I had a contract signed for them for 2016 and the future. So there was nothing else going on,” he said.In two seasons Sainz has earned a deserved reputation as a man to watch, a talent on the radar of teams bigger than Toro Rosso.He recognised that one day he would have to develop his career elsewhere, with Toro Rosso priding themselves on bringing through young talent, but like fellow Real Madrid fan Alonso he would not be considering his options until after the summer.”I told (principal) Franz (Tost) and the whole team: ‘Look, it doesn’t matter what you read in the press or hear in the paddock’,” he said.”I am so committed to Toro Rosso for this year and I am willing so badly to do well this year with Toro Rosso that I really don’t care of my future. We will have time over the summer and in the second half of the season.”I am 100 percent focused on this target that is this first half of the season to help Toro Rosso and myself, because at the end I also need another good year to position myself.”Sainz said he was convinced that, with a decent chassis and a switch from an old Ferrari engine to the latest Renault, the target of fifth overall in the constructors’ standings was achievable for the Italy-based team.last_img read more

Virat Kohli’s captaincy is an iron-fisted dictatorship: Shane WatsonVirat Kohli’s captaincy is an iron-fisted dictatorship: Shane Watson

first_imgFormer Australia all-rounder Shane Watson admires the way India captain Virat Kohli rallies behind his troops on the field and how he expects the best from everybody in the team just like he does from himself. (Virat Kohli slips to No.4 in Test rankings)Also Watch: DRS storm overshadows India’s victory, Barcelona create historyWatson praised Kohli’s leadership qualities and compared his captaincy with that of an iron-fisted dictator. (Kohli’s message on Holi: Please don’t harm animals on streets)”Virat Kohli’s captaincy is an iron-fisted dictatorship and Australia must brace themselves for the attack of the clones in Ranchi,” Watson told The Daily Telegraph.Watson played a season of the Indian Premier League under the Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper last year and therefore, knows a thing or two about Kohli.”I wouldn’t say he’s got a temper, he just rides the highs and lows of the game from an emotional point of view. He wants to win, he hates losing and as a captain that’s how he’s built.”One of the things I absolutely love about Virat is he’s got such a deep down burning desire to win and obviously he’s up to pushing the limits.”The Border-Gavaskar series between India and Australia is at a stage where both teams have registered one win each with the penultimate match to be played in Ranchi from Thursday. The war of words had started even before series had commenced and problems escalated between the two sides in the last match in Bengaluru where Steve Smith got involved in the DRS controversy, prompting some strong words from his counterpart Virat Kohli, while the BCCI lodged an official complaint against the Australia captain and Peter Handscomb.advertisementThe matter eventually came to rest when the two cricket boards met last week and called truce. Watson says it’s the ‘ultra-competitive’ nature of both the captains which is why the ongoing series has become so exciting to watch.”I just know more than anything how much it means to these two guys,” said Watson. “They’re both ultra-competitive. Virat’s outwardly more emotional about how much he loves winning. Steve has that same burning ambition … he’s just not as visible as Virat.”I think it’s two players who are the best in the world and in time they will be greats of international cricket. To see two youngish skippers going head-to-head like this in such an awesome series. A lot of people love to be able to see two guys putting it all on the line for their teams,” concluded Watson.last_img read more

Chelsea beat Stoke 2-1 through late Gary Cahill goalChelsea beat Stoke 2-1 through late Gary Cahill goal

first_imgGary Cahill made amends for conceding a penalty by scoring a late winner as Chelsea beat Stoke 2-1 to move 13 points clear atop the English Premier League on Saturday.The England center back smashed home from close range following a corner in the 87th minute to seal a fifth straight victory for the likely champions.Willian’s free kick put Chelsea ahead in the 13th, and Jonathan Walters equalized from the penalty spot in the 37th after the striker was nudged by Cahill.Stoke right back Phil Bardsley was sent off in second-half stoppage time after collecting a second yellow card for a foul on Cesc Fabregas.Chelsea won without star winger Eden Hazard, who was missing because of an unspecified injury.Tottenham and Manchester City, who are tied on points and the nearest challengers to Chelsea, both play on Sunday.last_img read more

IPL 2017: Rashid Khan, David Warner power Sunrisers Hyderabad to 9-wicket win vs Gujarat LionsIPL 2017: Rashid Khan, David Warner power Sunrisers Hyderabad to 9-wicket win vs Gujarat Lions

first_imgLeg-spinner Rashid Khan (3/19) and seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/21) put up impressive bowling performances to help Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) outplay Gujarat Lions (GL) by nine wickets and register their second consecutive win in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Sunday.Thanks to the heroics of 19-year-old Afghan slow bowler Rashid and India medium pacer Bhuvneshwar, the defending champions restricted Gujarat Lions (GL) to a low total of 135/7 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. As it happenedThe target never appeared a challenge for the hosts, who rode on pyrotechnics from captain David Warner (76 not out off 45 deliveries) and Moises Henriques (52 not out off 39 balls) to maul the inefficient and inexperienced Gujarat bowlers and give Hyderabad an easy victory with 4.3 overs to spare.Even though opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan (9) fell to Praveen Kumar, the power-hitting of Warner and Henriques meant that it was smooth sailing for Hyderabad.Warner whacked six fours and four sixes, while his fellow Australian Henriques hit six fours to give Gujarat not even a toehold in the match.Hyderabad were put in firm control during their bowling, by Rashid and Bhuvneshwar. Put in to bat, Gujarat opener Jason Roy’s 21-ball 31 threatened Hyderabad early. But Rashid, with his discipline and guile, came and applied the brakes.Struggling opening batsman Brendon McCullum was trapped leg before wicket with a googly from Rashid in the fifth over.In the next over, Roy, who slammed five boundaries, was the next batsmen to go. Roy was caught by Dhawan at the midwicket off a delivery from Bhuvneshwar to leave his side at 37/2.advertisementSkipper Suresh Raina (5) and Aaron Finch (3) also failed to step up to the occasion as both were adjudged leg before wicket off Rashid in back-to-back overs.With Gujarat tottering at 57/4 in nine overs, wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik (30) and Dwayne Smith (37) played sensible innings by rotating the strike and punishing the bad balls.They built a 56-run partnership for the fifth wicket to steady the fort before Smith ran out of patience and decided to take on Bhuvneshwar. The West Indian failed to pick a slower delivery and the ball ended up in the hands of Vijay Shankar at the deep mid-wicket.With half of their side back in the pavilion, all eyes were on Karthik, who was playing brilliantly in the middle. But Ashish Nehra smashed Gujarat’s hopes as he dismissed Karthik with a short ball which saw the batsman trying to scoop and being caught by wicketkeeper Naman Ojha.Dhawal Kulkarni (1) was run out by Rashid in the same over. With two overs remaining and Gujarat reeling at 117/7, the lower-order only managed to add 18 runs. Basil Thampi scored 13 runs and Gujarat Lions totalled 135/7 in their allotted 20 overs.The total, proved to be no challenge for the likes of Warner and Henriques, who dominated Tejas Baroka, Basil Thampi, Raina, Dhawal Kulkarni and Praveen Kumar.last_img read more

IPL 2017, Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Gujarat Lions: As it happenedIPL 2017, Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Gujarat Lions: As it happened

first_imgHello and Welcome to our Live Coverage of Match No. 6 between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Gujarat Lions at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Hyderabad. (Scorecard)SRH INNINGS:Twice, Gujarat have failed to bowl full 20 overs. If this is not an enough indication for the think tank to change things, I don’t know what is! 136 never seemed to be a good total but David Warner tonked Suresh Raina for 21 runs in the 3rd over, and with that any hope of a visitors’ win faded away. Warner led from the front as he slammed his 33rd Indian T20 league fifty at an strike rate of 168.89. Moises Henriques ably supported him from the other end scoring his second consecutive half century. The pair were hardly troubled after the early wicket of Shikhar Dhawan and ensured that Hyderabad won’t need the services of Yuvraj Singh.19.06 IST: That’s it. David Warner finishes off in style as he clobbers for a winning six. The skipper leading from the front. He stands his ground to this loopy full delivery and murders it right back over the bowler’s head. Dead straight and that will sail over the fence. Maximum! With that, HYDERABAD WIN THIS MATCH BY 9 WICKETS AND 27 BALLS TO SPARE!18.53 IST: SIX! HIGH AND HANDSOME! Clean hitting from David Warner. Tossed up around off, Warner gets low and off the meat of the bat, launches it straight back down the ground for a maximum. Lovely shot.18.47 IST: FIFTY! David Warner slams his 33rd half-century. What a knock it has been by the Hyderabad skipper. He just clips this full delivery on the pads past the short fine leg fielder for a boundary. SRH 105/1 (11.1 overs) vs GL 135/7advertisementFOUR! Two on two for #DavidWarner . Great show by our skipper! #SRHvGL #OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) 9 April 2017Match 6. 9.1: B Thampi to D Warner, 4 runs, 80/1 https://t.co/wjt1KuYLCy #SRHvGL- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 9 April 201718:30 IST: Kaushik continues.18:29 IST: Warner and Henriques are going strong here. Gujarat desperately need a wicket. SRH 72/2 after eight overs, need 64 runs to win. Warner 35*, Henrqiues 27*18.20 IST: FOUR! Good shot! Back of a length delivery, Henriques pulls it over the mid-wicket region for a boundary.18.19 IST: FOUR! Elegant! Length delivery outside off, Henriques flays it through covers for a boundary.18.14 IST: FOUR! Easy pickings for Davey! Short on the leg side, Warner kneels down and pulls it through square leg for a boundary.Match 6. 4.1: T Baroka to D Warner, 4 runs, 44/1 https://t.co/wjt1KuYLCy #SRHvGL- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 9 April 201718.11 IST: FOUR! Top shot! Full toss outside off, Henriques leans forward and drives it through covers for a boundary to get off the mark.18.09 IST: WICKET! Shikhar Dhawan departs for 9. Praveen Kumar makes it count! Slower full toss in the line of the stumps, Dhawan stays in his crease and goes to flick it on the leg side. Gets beaten by the lack of pace and the ball finds the leading edge. The ball balloons in the air towards the short cover region. McCullum comes across and takes a simple catch. Dhawan has to walk back and Gujarat need many more wickets like those. SRH 32/1 (3.1 overs) vs GL 135/718.07 IST: SIX! In the arc…out of the park! Short outside off, Warner pulls it brutally over the mid-wicket region for a maximum.SIX! #DavidWarner blasts that straight out of the ground. Some pressure for the Lions. #SRHvGL #OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) 9 April 2017What a strike! #Shikhar takes advantage of that slow to blow that for a maximum! #SRHvGL #OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) 9 April 201718.00 IST: FOUR! Brilliant! Fuller outside off, Warner won’t miss those. He just leans forward and times it perfectly to loft it over the bowler’s head for a boundary.Just 3 off the first over from the captain!Good start, now over to the wily @praveenkumar .#GameMaariChhe- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) 9 April 201717.56 IST: The players and umpires are making their way out in the middle. David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan open the batting for Hyderabad. Suresh Raina starts the proceedings with the ball for Gujarat.GL INNINGS:17.40 IST: A rather disappointing performance from Gujarat with the bat. They got off to a good start after being put into bat, but then when Roy got out after a blazing start, it was a procession after that with Rashid Khan scalping three wickets to topple the top order. Dinesh Karthik and Dwayne Smith put up some resistance with a 56-run stand, but that was it. They were taken out in the death overs by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ashish Nehra and couldn’t add much when Gujarat needed them to.advertisementAfter a good bowling performance, Hyderabad will look to replicate that with the bat. The target is one which is below par and with the quality in their ranks, the home side will be pretty confident in chasing this down. Gujarat were poor with the ball in their last outing and it’ll take something special from them today to get something out of this.And with that, the #GL batting effort comes to an end. With a respectable 136 on the board, its down to the bowlers to put their hand up!- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) 9 April 2017Match 6. 18.4: B Cutting to B Thampi, 6 runs, 126/7 https://t.co/wjt1KuYLCy #SRHvGL- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 9 April 201717.30 IST: WICKET! Dhawal Kulkarni run out. Kulkarni clips it to mid-wicket and hares across. But midway through, he’s sent back. Rashid Khan is alert and gets to the ball quickly, picks it up and scores a direct hit at the striker’s end. He looks gone to the naked eye but the umpire just wants to make sure. It goes upstairs and replays show that he has to make the long walk back. Gujarat Lions 115/7 (17.4 overs) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad17.27 IST: WICKET! Two wickets in two overs for Hyderabad. This is some good bowling. Karthik departs trying to play at audacious shot. Shortish outside off, Karthik moves a long way across and looks to scoop it away. Gets a faint edge which is taken comfortably by the keeper. Gujarat Lions 114/6 (17.2 overs) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad17.23 IST: WICKET! Dwayne Smith is gone! Bhuvneshwar Kumar strikes on his re-introduction into the attack. He bowls it on a length on the stumps, Smith swings hard across the line and his bottom hand slipping off the bat as he does so. He skies it over mid-wicket where the substitute Vijay Shankar takes a well-judged catch. Gujarat Lions 113/5 (16.4 overs) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad17.18 IST: Time Out! Last 4 overs left in the innings. A lot rests heavily on the current pair. They’ve got their eye in and now have to go for it. Hyderabad have done a good job so far to keep things tight and keep the run flow in check. Interesting final phase awaits.17.15 IST: FOUR! Short and wide outside off, every batsman’s dream, Smith flashes hard and cuts it over backward point. A boundary as the ball goes across the rope.17.10 IST: SIX! A Maximum to end the over. Dwayne Smith with a confident looking shot. It’s full and in the arc, has no second thoughts about going after this. Connects well and smokes it straight back down the ground for a biggie. Gujarat Lions 96/4 (14 overs) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad17.02 IST: FOUR! Two in two for Dwayne Smith. It’s tailing back in on the pads, he just clips it fine and sends it across the fine leg fence for consecutive boundaries. He’s got a move on now.17.01 IST: FOUR! Shot. Fuller length ball on the stumps, Smith heaves it across the line and lofts it over mid-wicket. Nobody out there in the deep and the ball races away to the boundary line.advertisement16.55 IST: FOUR! Hit with some real power. Good shot. Back of a length outside off, Smith off his back foot muscles it through the covers. Beats the diving fielder and sends it all the way for a boundary.16.45 IST: WICKET! Rashid Khan traps Suresh Raina leg before. Pitches this one in the line of the stumps, Raina gets forward to defend. Cannot pick up the spin and gets rapped on the pads. The players appeal and the umpire obliges. Raina’s short stay in the middle comes to an end. Rashid Khan has turned the tide for Hyderabad and Gujarat now seem to be in a state of worry. Time out taken. Gujarat Lions 57/4 (9 overs) vs Sunrisers HyderabadA superb over by the Afghan tiger. Jawdropping figures of 2 for 9 in just 2 overs!???#SRHvGL #OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) 9 April 201716.34 IST: WICKET! Rashid Khan gets his second as he traps Aaron Finch for 3. That’s plumb! Wrong ‘un outside off, Finch prods forward in defence but he is totally beaten by the googly. Misses it completely and gets rapped on the pads. The players appeal and the umpire takes no time to raise his finger up. Finch has to go back and Rashid Khan is excited. Gujarat Lions 42/3 (6.2 overs) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad16.28 IST: WICKET! Jason Roy departs for 31. Bhuvi gets his man! Short delivery into the body, Roy goes for the pull but he cannot execute it to perfection. He hits it from the bottom half of the bat and the ball flies towards the fielder at mid-wicket. Dhawan moves a bit forward and dives to catch it. He seems confident but the umpires go upstairs to check if the catch was clean. The third umpire after thinking a lot rules it out. So the dangerman Jason Roy has to make his long way back to the pavilion after a quickfire knock. Gujarat Lions 37/2 (5.2 overs) vs Sunrisers HyderabadBCCI Photo16.22 IST: DROPPED! Raina dropped on 0 by David Warner off Rashid Khan. Another googly floated outside off, Raina goes for a drive. He gets a thick outside edge which flies towards the fielder at first slip. Warner gets caught by surprise, stretches his right hand out to take it but he cannot hold onto it. Raina gets a life! Gujarat Lions 35/1 (5 overs) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad16.21 IST: WICKET! Rashid Khan strikes in his first over. Wrong ‘un around off, McCullum kneels down and goes for a sweep. He misses it completely and gets rapped on the pads. The players appeal and the umpire is quick to raise his finger up. Rashid Khan has drawn first blood of this encounter. McCullum walks back to the hut. Gujarat Lions 35/1 (4.5 overs) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad16.14 IST: FOUR! Hammered! Short delivery angling across, Roy stays put and pulls that over the mid-wicket region for a boundary.16.12 IST: FOUR! Dancing shoes on! Tossed up in the line of the stumps, Roy dances down the track and lofts it over the mid on region for a boundary.16.11 IST: FOUR! Brute force! Short delivery into the stumps, Roy pulls that brutally through the mid-wicket region for a boundary.16.07 IST: FOUR! Good shot! Another length delivery in the line of the stumps, Roy makes room and swats it over covers for a boundary. This man seems dangerous.16.07 IST: FOUR! First of the day! Good length and swinging in, Roy is done waiting as he dances down the track to smash this over the bowler’s head for a boundary.16.01 IST: The players and umpires are making their way out in the middle. Brendon McCullum and Jason Roy will open with the bat for Gujarat. Bipul Sharma will start the proceedings with the ball for Hyderabad.15.45 IST: Gujarat Lions Playing XI:Playing XI: Roy, McCullum, Raina(c), Finch, Karthik(w), Smith, Praveen Kumar, Baroka, Kulkarni, Koushik, Thampi #SRHvGL #GameMaariChhe- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) April 9, 201715.38 IST: This is the Sunrisers Hyderabad Playing XI: #DavidWarner wins the toss and opts to chase. The playing XI remain the same. It’s game on! #SRHvGL #OrangeArmy ??? pic.twitter.com/13CZHPVEgM- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 9, 201715.30 IST: TOSS! Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner wins the toss and opts to bowl against Suresh Raina-led Gujarat Lions. Sunrisers are unchanged for this match.Toss won by #SRH and they have elected to bowl first. #RoarOnceMore #GameMaariChhe #SRHvGL pic.twitter.com/RZCJx1tDOT- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) April 9, 201715.15 IST: This is how the teams stack up in the points table after five matches in the season.Take a look at the points table ahead of #IPL Match 6 between @SunRisers & @TheGujaratLions #SRHvGL pic.twitter.com/SFsg5YNqIn- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 9, 2017Brief preview:Gujarat Lions will be keen to shrug off the disappointment of a humiliating defeat against Kolkata Knight Riders as they gear up to face defending champion Sunrisers Hyderabad in their first away game of the Indian Premier League, here on Sunday.Sunrisers are high on confidence after a comfortable 35-run win in their opening game against a depleted Royal Challengers Bangalore while Gujarat Lions were demolished by the KKR opening pair of Chris Lynn and Gautam Gambhir during their 184-run opening stand.With Yuvraj Singh in prime form and Australian Moises Henriques and Ben Cutting making all-round contributions, Sunrisers are favourites going into the match.Under the spotlight will be teenage Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan Arman, who got a couple of wickets on IPL debut.For Gujarat, save Praveen Kumar’s couple of overs, Gujarat’s primarily Indian bowling line-up were taken to cleaners by the KKR opening duo. The likes of chinaman Shivil Kaushik, India discard Dhawal Kulkarni were hammered all around the park.The defeat would certainly force Lions to ring in a few changes. Australia all-rounder James Faulkner may replace a horribly out-of-form and out-of-shape Dwayne Smith.Sunrisers on the other hand, have a potent bowling attack with Ashish Nehra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Cutting and Rashid sharing the burden.Captain David Warner’s destructive batting prowess is well-known but his form has been on the wane of late.Other opener Shikhar Dhawan scored a 40 in the last game and is eying to continue his good form hoping for an India recall in the Champions Trophy.Seasoned Yuvraj Singh was at his best in that match scoring 62 runs in just 27 balls. SRH can take pride in its players like all-rounder Moises Henriques, young Deepak Hooda and wicket-keeper batsman Naman Ojha doing well for the side.last_img read more

Checking out SXSW and NTENChecking out SXSW and NTEN

first_imgI’m headed to SXSW Interactive and NTEN‘s NTC conference. BTW it’s not too late to attend some of the sessions yourself – virtually. You can do that at SXSW here or at NTC online. (It’s great to be in a day and age where you don’t have to travel to experience a conference.)I’ll be posting here on the sessions I attend. Stay tuned!last_img

The Permanent Disruption of Social MediaThe Permanent Disruption of Social Media

first_imgThis is the title of a new article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, written by Network for Good partners Julie Dixon and Denise Keyes from the Georgetown University Center for Social Impact Communication. I featured their work before here on the blog, and this article – based on a nationwide research project – is also worth highlighting.As they explain, social media has permanently disrupted our profession:“Until recently the models that nonprofits used to find, engage, and cultivate donors, volunteers, and other supporters were reasonably straightforward. The first step was to use direct mail, phone calls, or other techniques to bring in large numbers of potential supporters at a low level of engagement. These supporters were sorted into neat groups, and the most promising people were continually moved up the pyramid or ladder and cultivated for larger and larger donations. It was an orderly and linear process. Today, the Internet and social media have permanently disrupted the traditional donor-engagement process. Online competitions, viral video campaigns, mobile giving—with each new way for organizations and donors to interact come increasingly complex entry points into the traditional models of donor engagement, greater variation in movement along the pathway to deeper engagement, and more opportunities for a person to be influenced by forces outside an organization’s control.”Denise Keyes and Julie Dixon delve into the dilemma this creates. We can’t use social media primarily as a way to appeal for money, yet that is where many of our audiences reside. And nothing about this new world is linear!Namely:o People tend to use social media to promote a cause they already support.o People supplement, not replace, donating and volunteering with promoting a cause on social media. Just because someone is a so-called slacktivist, don’t take them as such. They may be doing a lot offline to support the cause.o So the smart organizations combine online and offline engagement of donors.o They also embrace their fans as messengers. Enter the vortex! (Source: SSIR article)We need a new model that is more vortex than pyramid. We need to understand donors are engaged in many different ways with us, and we need to put them at the center of our engagement rather than attempting command and control marketing and messaging. We also need to embrace the many ways that donors want to support our organization. It’s not just dollars – it’s volunteering, spreading the word and championing the cause. For more on the research – and recommendations – check out the full article here.last_img read more

WATCH: Can City pass & press Schalke into submission?WATCH: Can City pass & press Schalke into submission?

first_imgUnder the tutelage of Pep Guardiola, Manchester City have found a perfect balance between elegance and aggression.Their pressing style is just as effective as their passing game, meaning their opposition are not afforded a moment’s peace, with or without the ball.Predictably, the Premier League champions rank second in Europe for 10+ pass sequences, typified by Raheem Sterling’s well-worked effort in the UEFA Champions League group stage against Shakhtar Donetsk earlier this season. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Guardiola’s men will hope for more of the same against Wednesday’s opponents Schalke, but they certainly have more than one method of getting the better of those they come up against.Masterful in possession, City are also among Europe’s elite for forcing turnovers in the final third, doing so 38 times this season – only title rivals Liverpool (40) have forced more.Will they continue their intelligent movement this week?Watch the video above for the statistics and full breakdown. Throughout the 2018-19 season, the ‘Innovation Champions’ series will highlight the Intelligent Movement of Europe’s top teams. Follow the series on Facebook at Nissan Football Lab.last_img read more

USWNT vs Japan: TV, stream & previewUSWNT vs Japan: TV, stream & preview

first_imgThe U.S. women’s national team will meet Japan on Wednesday evening in the SheBelieves Cup at Talen Energy Stadium in Philadephia. It is the fourth edition of the annual four-team women’s national international tournament, and the USWNT are twice defending champions.The fixture will also be a repeat of the 2015 World Cup final where the USWNT emerged victorious. Jill Ellis’ side opened their 2019 account with a 3-1 loss to France, followed by a 1-0 win versus Spain, and will be eager to prepare for the road to the 2019 World Cup in France this summer.Japan’s most recent result was a 4-1 thumping of Norway in a friendly in November, and will no doubt be keen to exact revenge on the USWNT after their World Cup final loss almost four years ago. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Game USWNT vs Japan Date Wednesday, February 27 Time 12am GMT / 7pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream Fox Sports 1 fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be livestreamed or broadcast live on television. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position USWNT players Goalkeepers Naeher, Harris, Franch Defenders Dahlkemper, Davidson, Dunn, O’Hara, Sauerbunn, Sonnett, Short Midfielders Colaprico, Ertz, Lavelle, Mewis, Sullivan, Zerboni Forwards Heath, Lloyd, McDonald, Morgan, Press, Pugh, Rapinoe Lindsey Horan has been sidelined due to injury, while Kelley O’Hara remains a fitness doubt.Potential USWNT XI:  Naeher; Dunn, Dahlkemper, Sauerbunn, Davidson, Lavelle, Ertz, Mewis; Heath, Morgan, Rapinoe. Position Japan players Goalkeepers Yamane, Takenaka, Saito Defenders Sameshima, Ariyoshi, Kumagai, Shimizu, Oga, Ichise, Miyagawa, Minami Midfielders Utsugi, Nakajima, Sakaguchi, Matsubara, Hasegawa, Sugita, Miura Forwards Yokoyama, Momiki, Ikejiri, Kobayashi, Endo Japan skipper Saki Kumagai is expected to lead the line after successful campaigns captaining European champions Lyon.Potential Japan XI: Yamane; Sameshima, Ariyoshi, Kumagai, Shimizu; Utsugi, Nakajima, Hasegawa, Sakaguchi; Yokoyama, Momiki.Betting & Match Odds USWNT are priced at odds of winning 1/3 according to bet 365 , while a draw is available at 7/2. A win for Japan is priced at 6/1.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more . Match Preview Saki Kumagai Japan 2018The SheBelieves Cup is a tournament involving four elite teams – the USWNT, Japan, England and Brazil – competing in a round-robin tournament. Points are awarded in the group stage and will follow the formula of three points for a win, one point for a draw, and zero points for a loss. A tie in points will be decided by goal difference.The USWNT, ranked first in the world, are defending champions after coming out top against England, France and Germany in last year’s tournament. They will have the home advantage once again this year and are on track to win their third consecutive SheBelieves title.With a World Cup tournament on the horizon this summer, Ellis’ side will be busy laying down the framework for a crucial road to France as her side attempt to lift an astonishing fourth World Cup title in a row.The USWNT got 2019 off on a disappointing foot after losing 3-1 to France in January. History could repeat itself, however, as the USWNT also lost to France at the start of 2015 – but still went on to lift the World Cup later that year.Japan have gone through a squad restructure since their final loss in 2015, and are rebuilding towards this summer’s competition. World Cup-winning head coach Norio Sasaki was dismissed in 2016 after the side failed to qualify for the Olympics, and head coach Asako Takakura has been attempting to balance a side of experienced veterans with fresh talent.Even the newer faces have substantial experience, however, having participated in the 2018 AFC Championship which they narrowly won 1-0 against Australia.last_img read more