England U21 England beat Mexico to continue youth success with third Toulon title in a row Ben Spratt 03:11 6/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images England U21 World Youth Festival Toulon Mexico U21 v England U21 Mexico U21 The Three Lions have tasted yet more glory at youth level after Aidy Boothroyd’s Under-21s defeated Mexico to retain the Toulon Tournament title England Under-21s have won the Toulon Tournament for a third consecutive year, beating Mexico 2-1 in the final to continue the country’s glorious stretch at youth level.The Three Lions have become accustomed to picking up youth titles in recent years, with the Toulon Tournament among those at which England sides have regularly thrived.201620172018For the third successive year, we are the @TournoiToulon champions! pic.twitter.com/bgznMBK4xA— England (@England) June 9, 2018And it is no different this year after Aidy Boothroyd’s men came from behind to defeat Mexico with goals from Dael Fry and Kieran Dowell in France. 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 Mexico had led early through Roberto Alvarado, but Fry and Dowell – both Under-20 World Cup winners last year – netted before half-time and England held on for the remainder of the match.The sides had played out a goalless draw in the group stage, before England beat Scotland in the semi-finals as Mexico defeated Turkey. As well as success at under-20 and under-21 level, England won last year’s Under-17 World Cup and Under-19 European Championships.
Hot on the heels of the Australian Mens 30’s Touch team being nominated at the Australian Sports Awards, one of TFA’s leading officials was nominated for an award at the Australian Sports Commission 2006 Ausport Awards.The Ausport Awards recognise coaches, officials, management and other programs that have played pivotal roles in developing sport Australia-wide. TFA took the opportunity to nominate a member of our National Referees Panel (NRP) who has served the sport and its officials tirelessly for many years.Ian Matthew, who is also the Director of Referees in NSW, was nominated for the ‘Officials Development Award’ and we were delighted when he was short-listed to the final three nominees. Unfortunately Ian was unable to attend the Awards breakfast in Melbourne, due to his commitments in Coffs Harbour for the NTL, but Miles Davine, Touch Football Victoria Manager, kindly stepped in and attended on Ian’s behalf.The eventual winner of the award was Sharon Arnold from Basketball Australia, while Ian Matthew and Neil Poulton from Baseball were both highly commended at the breakfast.Ian can be credited for many of the strategies and techniques in place in Touch Football today to develop referees from grass roots level to the elite level. He has influenced an enormous number of referees through his work at local, state, national and international level. Thank you Ian for all of your hard work!
Level 6OpenTim Ah SeePhilip BalcombeChristopher BensteadPatrick CostiganJake DavisJustin HillDean MacDonaldRobert McKayAlexander McCahonAdam TurnerAndrew WatkinsAlison WattersNicole WestAndrew YonSeniorPeter CrampIvan GiammarcoJoshua LittlePaul RichardsonDavid TewkesburyJohn Viklund Monday, March 20, 2017Congratulations to the following referees on receiving upgrades at the 2017 National Touch League.Level 4OpenTess LeahyJack Van Lohuizen 2017 NTL Referee Upgrades Level 5OpenMatt ButlerAlec ClarkIsaac CossonVince CostiganMike EllisLachlan FreshwaterBen HarrisAdam HoganMitchell KennedyPatrick MoranJonathon PowyerBenjamin RogersLawren SullivanSeniorAnthony BradleyCraig ButlerSimon BernieJohn ClarkPaul KeyteMike KenderesJoe MercuriMark MontgomeryGregory OatenBrendan O’FlynnDarren Toms
10 months agoBayern Munich frontrunners for Arsenal, Chelsea target Under10 months agoBayern Munich frontrunners for Arsenal, Chelsea target Under
Bayern Munich frontrunners for Arsenal, Chelsea target Underby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal and Chelsea have a new challenger in their pursuit of Roma winger Cengiz Under. According to ESPN, Bayern Munich have moved ahead of the Premier League duo as they look to replace Arjen Robben.The 21-year-old is currently valued at 50m by the Serie A giants, which Bayern have no problem paying. Fortunately for Arsenal and Chelsea, Under is reportedly keen on a move to the Premier League.Manchester City and Manchester United have also scouted Under, who has scored two goals and provided four assists in 14 Serie A appearances this season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
10 months agoLiverpool defender Dejan Lovren: We only worry about us10 months agoLiverpool defender Dejan Lovren: We only worry about us
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren: We only worry about usby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Dejan Lovren says no-one is getting carried away with being top of the table.Lovren says the current team has slowly learnt to neither look back or forward, at history or at what they hope to achieve. Instead, the calm around the training ground allows them to concentrate fully on the task in hand.“We don’t look at who is behind us or in front of us. It’s more only about us and that’s how we should do it always,” he said.“We learn from all these previous seasons. When you look against Newcastle it was quite a tough first half, there were chances but we couldn’t find the right spot to score.“Luckily enough I scored but again we had this winning mentality that kept us going, and the second half we played like a new game.”
10 months agoEx-Spurs boss Redknapp: Arsenal, Chelsea NOT title contenders10 months agoEx-Spurs boss Redknapp: Arsenal, Chelsea NOT title contenders
Ex-Spurs boss Redknapp: Arsenal, Chelsea NOT title contendersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp feels there’s three genuine contenders for the Premier League title this season.Liverpool currently sit six points clear of Spurs and seven of Manchester City.And Redknapp believes it is a three-horse race.“I think it’s a three horse race,” he told talkSPORT. “Liverpool are the favourites now which is a big turnaround.“But Tottenham are in great form at the moment and they are genuine title contenders.“Spurs are still in it, you can’t write them off. They are bang there, the way they are playing at the moment.“I can’t see anybody else getting into it.“I watched Arsenal yesterday and they are nowhere near in my opinion.“I know they’ve had injuries, but at the back they are still very poor.“And Chelsea are just so reliant on Eden Hazard. Without him you couldn’t really see them challenging, they’re still short of a frontman.“So really, I think there are three runners and I think it will be very tight.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
10 months agoAgent coy over Lucas Hernandez to Bayern Munich rumours10 months agoAgent coy over Lucas Hernandez to Bayern Munich rumours
Agent coy over Lucas Hernandez to Bayern Munich rumoursby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAgent Manuel Garcia Quilon is coy over the future of Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez.Lucas is being linked with a €85 move to Bayern Munich.”We will have to see what to do in the coming days,” the agent said to Deportes Cuatro.”[Atletico CEO] Miguel Angel Gil Marin was very clear when explaining the situation.”I have nothing more to say.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@NBADraft Twitter/@NBADraftWe’re only one week away from the 2016 NBA Draft. The draft order has long been set, and the Philadelphia 76ers have been on the clock deciding who they will take with the No. 1 pick. As the date gets closer, all of the potential picks begin to crystallize and the draft starts to take shape. Last month, we brought you our first NBA Mock Draft, but now we decided to take an updated crack at prognosticating how the draft will play out. Note, there are no draft-day trades in our scenario. We predicted what every team would do if it stood pat and picked in its designated slot.Without further ado, let’s kick things off. Get Started: Picks 1-5Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7
Barcelona bring forward signing of Toulouse’s TodiboBarcelona bring forward signing of Toulouse’s Todibo
Barcelona have confirmed that Toulouse youngster Jean-Clair Todibo will join the club immediately after bringing forward a transfer previously agreed for the end of the current season.Todibo, 19, was out of contract at the Ligue 1 side in June 2019, and had already struck terms with Barca to move on a free transfer when his current deal expires.But after negotiations between the two clubs, the Catalans have now revealed that he will be presented as a new signing in the current windowafter paying a small fee to Toulouse. 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? Todibo will be presented as a Barca player on Friday and will wear the No. 6 jersey vacated by Denis Suarez when the midfielder moved on loan to Arsenal.Así es @jctodibo, el nuevo jugador del Barça ⚡🔵🔴 pic.twitter.com/LQo9Tdjpoc— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_es) January 31, 2019″FC Barcelona and Toulouse FC have come to an agreement over the French player Jean-Clair Todibo, with whom the Blaugrana had agreed a transfer from July 1 2019,” the club signalled in a statement.”The agreement signed includes the immediate arrival of the French player, who will sign a contract with the club for the next four and a half seasons, until the end of the 2022-23 campaign.”The French player will wear the number six. A shirt which players like Guillermo Amor, Xavi Hernandez, Dani Alves and Denis Suarez, the last to use it, have worn.”Todibo is the second defensive signing of the current window for Barcelona, who also recruited Valencia’s Jeison Murillo on a loan deal.Born in Cayenne, French Guyana, the player came up through the ranks of the Toulouse youth system after moving to the team in 2016.This season he established himself in the heart of the Toulouse defence, but strained relations at the club with his refusal to sign a new contract.The teenager made 10 starts in Ligue 1 for his club prior to being frozen out of the first team in November, scoring one goal.
Everton have confirmed the arrival of Alex Iwobi from Arsenal for a fee of £40 million ($49m).The wideman will sign a five-year contract at Goodison Park, and joins Moise Kean in a new-look front line for the Toffees.The 23-year-old has become Everton’s seventh signing after they signed goalkeeper Jonas Lössl, right-back Djibril Sidibe, midfielders Andre Gomes, Fabian Delph and Jean-Philippe Gbamin, in addition to Kean. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Despite their busy window, manager Marco Silva said their last signing was one they had coveted all summer. “Alex was one of our main targets for this window and I believe he is a fantastic signing for Everton. He is a direct and skilful winger and attacking midfielder who always works very hard for his team,” Silva told the club’s official website.“He is still young but already with a lot of top-level experience – 100 Premier League matches, more in Europe and many international games.“It was important for me to have one more quality option for our attacking positions to add to what we have with Richarlison, Bernard and Theo Walcott.“Alex fits exactly the profile of player I want in my model. He is hungry to join Everton and take the next step in his career, to help us compete with the strongest teams in the league and reach his potential at our club.”Iwobi made 149 appearances at Arsenal, with the first of them coming in 2015 at just 19 after he had graduated from the academy in north London.He has also made 36 appearances for Nigeria, including this summer, in their run to the semi-finals of the African Cup of Nations, as well as in last summer’s World Cup.Arsenal head coach Unai Emery wished the outgoing player well, saying he was an “example to young players” in a statement on Arsenal’s website.”Alex has made a big contribution here at Arsenal. He worked hard in the academy where he was an example to many young players and has been an important part of our squad. We wish Alex every success in the future,” the Spanish manager said in full.
ESPN Reporter Has Major Update On Ohio State’s Urban Meyer InvestigationESPN Reporter Has Major Update On Ohio State’s Urban Meyer Investigation
PISCATAWAY, NJ – OCTOBER 24: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes during a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)The Urban Meyer investigation Ohio State has been underway for a couple of days. Sunday night, the school announced that it was expected to take roughly two weeks. Meyer has been on paid administrative leave since last Wednesday.Tonight, ESPN college football reporter Dan Murphy published an update on how the investigation into Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes’ program is going.An interesting tidbit: the Powell Police Department has denied Ohio State’s investigation team in their pursuit of additional records into the Zach Smith accusations.Really interesting development as Powell Police denies Ohio State’s investigative team in their pursuit of additional records from 2015 incidents involving Zach Smith.https://t.co/dRJ8PLnD0Y pic.twitter.com/dtd0hisXTH— Eleven Warriors (@11W) August 9, 2018From ESPN.com:Police in Powell, Ohio, have had preliminary conversations with the investigators, according to Chief of Police Gary Vest, and are willing to help as much as the law will allow. The Powell police visited Courtney Smith’s home twice in the fall of 2015 to respond to complaints about habitual domestic violence and stalking. Neither visit resulted in an arrest or any charges against Zach Smith.Vest said he is not at liberty to share the details of what his officers discovered about those incidents in 2015 because of confidentiality laws designed to protect the identity of people accused of crimes. Because Smith was not charged with a crime as a result of those incidents, the details of what police found while responding to those cases are not public record, according to Powell’s city attorney. Vest said he also denied a request from the investigators working on behalf of Ohio State to see the same records based on advice received from the city’s attorney.Ohio State’s football program, meanwhile, started practice last Friday.The Buckeyes open the regular season on Sept. 1 against Oregon State. The team is being led by interim coach Ryan Day in Urban Meyer’s absence.
Oklahoma Lands JUCO Offensive Lineman Finley FelixOklahoma Lands JUCO Offensive Lineman Finley Felix
NORMAN, OK – OCTOBER 1: Fans of the Oklahoma Sooners cheer in the stands during the game against the Kansas State Wildcats on October 1, 2005 at Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners won 43-21. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Oklahoma, in the midst of another solid season, landed another commit on Monday night. JUCO offensive lineman Finley Felix chose the Sooners over a number of other top programs.Felix doesn’t have an official rating on 247 Sports, but he did have offers from the likes of Ole Miss, West Virginia, Iowa State, Memphis, Missouri, Kansas and Louisville.Felix currently plays for Coffeyville Community College in Coffeyville, Kansas. He’s a player for the class of 2019 for Oklahoma.Felix, who is 6-foot-6, 315 pounds, announced the news on Twitter. Check it out:@CoachOatesOL #JUCOPRODUCT #BoomerSooner pic.twitter.com/BJyIOCVITt— Finley Felix ?? (@felix_finley) November 6, 2018Oklahoma, at the moment, has the sixth-best recruiting class in the country for 2019 – and the top class in the Big 12. The Sooners have 19 players committed.Oklahoma will take on rival Oklahoma State this Saturday – it’s a huge game for the Big 12 race.
Look At What This Florida Player Yelled At Florida StateLook At What This Florida Player Yelled At Florida State
GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 11: A general view of the stadium taken during a game between South Carolina and Florida on November 11, 2000 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Flordia. Florida defeated South Carolina 41-21. ( Photo by: Andy Lyons/Getty Images)The Florida Gators and Florida State Seminoles met on Saturday afternoon for in-state supremacy. No. 11 Florida entered with three losses on the season, while Florida State entered on yet another down season.Willie Taggart’s first year in Tallahassee hasn’t gone exactly as planned. The Seminoles sit at 5-6 on the season and are in serious danger of missing out on a bowl game for the first time in 35 years.Florida currently leads 34-14 with just over five minutes left in the game. It’s been a bad showing from the Seminoles.A Florida defender even tried to help out the opposition. According to a reporter near the game, a Florida defensive back yelled at Florida State that the offense didn’t have 11 players on the field.I swear I’m not making this up: a Gators safety just yelled to the FSU sideline that it didn’t have 11 guys on the field. To which FSU promptly added a receiver. And threw an incompletion.— Matt Hayes (@MattHayesCFB) November 24, 2018The defender tried to hep out, but it didn’t work out for the Florida State offense in the end.Florida is just a few minutes away from ending its losing streak to Florida State.
Former Texas A&M Starting QB Nick Starkel Announces TransferFormer Texas A&M Starting QB Nick Starkel Announces Transfer
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)A former Texas A&M starting quarterback announced his plans to transfer from the Aggies football program. Former three-star quarterback recruit Nick Starkel took to Twitter on Tuesday night to announce his intentions to leave Texas A&M with two years of eligibility left.Starkel opened the 2017 season as the Aggies starting quarterback before he was replaced by Kellen Mond for six games before ending the season as the starter due to injury over the final five weeks of the season.He saw limited action in 2018 as Mond held down the starting role for the entire campaign and shined in his second year under center.“Since I signed my letter of intent I have given my all to my teammates, coaches, and the 12th man – from starting my first college football game under Coach Sumlin and his staff, to winning the Gator Bowl with Coach Fisher and his…I will explore finishing my final two years of eligibility at another program,” Starkel said in a statement.Thank you Aggieland ?? pic.twitter.com/7CRUy2YxkU— Nicholas Starkel (@NickStarkel) January 23, 2019Starkel announced he will graduate from Texas A&M this spring and become a graduate transfer heading into the 2019 season. As a grad transfer, he’ll be immediately eligible to take the field for his new program when the 2019 campaign kicks off.Stay tuned for his transfer announcement.
Former Georgia Star Elijah Holyfield, Who Went Undrafted, Scored 2 Touchdowns Thursday NightFormer Georgia Star Elijah Holyfield, Who Went Undrafted, Scored 2 Touchdowns Thursday Night
In addition to his receiving touchdown, Holyfield added 26 yards and another score on the ground.You can see his first NFL touchdown here:Will Grier to Holyfield TD. Nifty move by Holyfield to beat the LB pic.twitter.com/lBlVh2ruAV— Billy Marshall (@BillyM_91) August 9, 2019The main knock on Holyfield going into the draft was his speed. He ran an official 4.78 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, which obviously didn’t sit well with scouts around the league.Despite not being drafted earlier this year, Holyfield proved on Thursday that he can be a reliable weapon in the backfield. Not only can he take hits from defenders, but he can be shifty at times.Holyfield will try to keep momentum on his side when the Panthers face the Bills next Friday. LEXINGTON, KY – NOVEMBER 03: Elijah Holyfield #13 of the Georgia Bulldogs runs the ball during the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Kroger Field on November 3, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky. Georgia won 34-17. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Due to a lackluster performance at the NFL Combine, Elijah Holyfield saw his stock drop dramatically heading into the draft. Unfortunately for the Georgia product, he went undrafted this spring.Following the conclusion of the draft, the Carolina Panthers signed Holyfield to their roster.It’s too early to determine whether or not he’ll make the 53-man roster, but he did shine in his preseason debut. With nearly an entire half worth of action, Holyfield found the end zone twice.Holyfield showed that he can be a weapon in the passing game, blowing past Bears linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe to score his first touchdown.
New Moto G7 Plus live images show off waterdrop display, dual camerasNew Moto G7 Plus live images show off waterdrop display, dual cameras
Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiJanuary 30, 2019UPDATED: January 30, 2019 12:17 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Moto G7 Plus and G7 will come with waterdrop displaysThe Moto G7 Plus is expected to come with a 6.22-inch FHD+ screenThe European price of the Moto G7 Plus is said to be around EUR 360 (approx Rs 29,000)Motorola is about a week away from announcing the Moto G7 series in Brazil. The company will be holding an event on February 7 where it is expected to announce the Moto G7, G7 Plus, G7 Play and G7 Power. And much like any anticipated smartphone, pretty much everything as been revealed about the Moto G7 series prior to launch thanks to a bunch of leaks on the internet. We have a pretty good idea of what all four phones will look like, but if you were still wondering, a new report this week once again shows of the Moto G7 Plus in live images.The hands-on images posted by 91Mobiles show off the Moto G7 Plus from the front and back, all but confirming the new waterdrop display and dual rear camera system. The Moto G7 and G7 Plus are expected to come with a droplet-style notch while the Moto G7 Play and G7 Power will sport wide, iPhone X-like notches. Either way, all four phones are set to bring more screen real estate and thinner bezels than before.In terms of design, the Moto G7 and G7 Plus are likely to be identical except in size. The photos reveal a glass back panel which curves on either sides and offers a circular camera module that will house two sensors as well as a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor embedded in the Moto batwing logo. This is the same look that is expected for the Moto G7 as well. Meanwhile, the Moto G7 Play and G7 Power are set to come with a circular camera module as well, but one that will house only a single camera sensor.advertisementRecently, Motorola’s Brazil website pretty much leaked out the official specs of all the Moto G7 phones. The G7 Plus will sport a 6.24-inch display with a FHD+ resolution. A Snapdragon 636 chipset paired with up to 6GB of RAM is also expected. The phone will be offered with up to 64GB of internal storage. The Moto G7 Plus is said to come with a 16MP + 5MP dual camera system and an 8MP front-facing camera. The Moto G7 Plus will also get face unlock and a 3,000mAh battery, which sounds unlikely considering it would be a downgrade from the Moto G6 Plus which offers a 3,200mAh battery.Earlier this week, tipster Ishan Agarwal leaked the European pricing of the Moto G7 series, claiming that the G7 Play will be the cheapest model starting at EUR 149 (approximately Rs 12,000) while the G7 Power will be selling for EUR 207 (approximately Rs 17,000). The Moto G7 and G7 Plus are said to cost EUR 300 (approximately Rs 24,000) and EUR 360 (approximately Rs 29,000), respectively. These prices do sound steep compared to the Moto G6 series last year, but you can expect the India pricing to be a lot more competitive.ALSO READ | Moto G7, G7 Plus, G7 Play and G7 Power full specs and design revealed on Motorola’s websiteALSO READ | Moto G7 will start from Rs 12,000 and go up to Rs 29,000, suggests leakGet 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 bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow Moto G7Follow Moto G7 PlusFollow Moto G7 PlayFollow Moto G7 Power New Moto G7 Plus live images show off waterdrop display, dual camerasNew hands-on images of the Moto G7 Plus once again reveal waterdrop display, curved glass back design and dual cameras. The Moto G7 series is set to go official on February 7.advertisement
No regrets if Renault are chasing Red Bull, says Daniel RicciardoNo regrets if Renault are chasing Red Bull, says Daniel Ricciardo
Next No regrets if Renault are chasing Red Bull, says Daniel RicciardoDaniel Ricciardo will raise plenty of cheers if he beats his former Red Bull teammates in Melbourne next week but the new Renault driver will not be throwing any toys out of the pram if the opposite happens.advertisement Reuters LondonMarch 8, 2019UPDATED: March 8, 2019 09:35 IST Daniel Ricciardo has joined Renault from Rebd Bull for 2019 F1 season (Photo tweeted by @danielricciardo)HIGHLIGHTSDaniel Ricciardo will raise plenty of cheers if he beats his former Red Bull teammates in Melbourne next weekRicciardo said the main aim for the season ahead was simply to make progress”As long as we make inroads, that’s got to be a pretty successful year,” Ricciardo saidDaniel Ricciardo will raise plenty of cheers if he beats his former Red Bull teammates in Melbourne next week but the new Renault driver will not be throwing any toys out of the pram if the opposite happens.The Australian’s move to the French manufacturer team at the end of last year was a long term play for the Perth native, a home hero now in yellow overalls ahead of the season-opening race.”I was aware when I signed the deal here that it was very realistic that, at least come Melbourne, they (Red Bull) are going to be in front,” said Ricciardo when asked about the immediate prospects.”Because I in a way expect it, it’s not going to be a shock or anything like that.”I’m not going to be bitter if they beat us in Melbourne. I feel now we’re still on a bit of a different journey,” added the 29-year-old.Former champions Renault, who won titles with Fernando Alonso in 2005-06 and powered Red Bull and their German driver Sebastian Vettel to four double titles in a row between 2010-2013, were fourth overall last season.Red Bull were third behind champions Mercedes and Ferrari, with Ricciardo and Max Verstappen each winning two races and have since switched to Honda engines.The evidence from testing suggested Honda had got on top of the performance and reliability problems that have plagued them in the past.”I know probably a lot of people think ‘Ah, if he were to beat Red Bull how good would that be? Sticking it to them’. But it’s honestly not like that. If we could overcome any of those top three I’d be stoked,” said Ricciardo.advertisement”Seeing what I’ve seen so far (at Renault) I think there’s enough resources to get into that world. So I don’t think that’s unattainable for us.”It might not be this year, but it’s not a permanent handicap, so to speak.”RUNNING FROM A FIGHTHad Ricciardo stayed at Red Bull, and they were clear about wanting him to, he would have continued to fight for star billing with Verstappen, the 21-year-old Dutch driver considered a future champion.The likeable Australian sees himself in a similar light but risked being considered increasingly as a number two alongside the favoured son.Ricciardo told reporters before the start of testing that his decision to leave was due to a ‘kaleidoscope’ of different pieces, however.There was a desire to repeat Lewis Hamilton’s success in recognising the potential of a major manufacturer when he moved from McLaren to Mercedes and also annoyance at how Red Bull treated him after an incident in Baku last season.The team held both Ricciardo and Verstappen equally to blame for a collision that the Australian still holds was mainly Verstappen’s fault.”We both got a talking to, putting it politely. But in my eyes I guess the incident itself I felt I was not really in the wrong,” he said. “I guess the way it was handled at the time didn’t sit too well with me.”Team boss Christian Horner suggested Ricciardo was “running from a fight” in leaving but the Perth driver, whose new German team mate Nico Hulkenberg has yet to stand on the podium in 156 starts, denied that.”I love a good fight,” he said. “It wasn’t about Max. I can understand why they’d say that, but it’s wrong.”Ricciardo said the main aim for the season ahead was simply to make progress, for the team to continue on an upward trajectory.”As long as we make inroads, that’s got to be a pretty successful year,” he said.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Daniel RicciardoFollow renault
Twinkle Khanna on reply to PM Narendra Modi: Only party I endorse has vodka shots and a hangoverTwinkle Khanna on reply to PM Narendra Modi: Only party I endorse has vodka shots and a hangover
Twinkle Khanna on reply to PM Narendra Modi: Only party I endorse has vodka shots and a hangoverTwinkle Khanna clarified that just because she responded to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comments about her in a recent interview does not mean that she is endorsing the ruling party.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiApril 26, 2019UPDATED: April 26, 2019 14:35 IST Twinkle KhannaTwinkle Khanna has clarified that her response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks are not an endorsement of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. The only party she is likely to endorse involves vodka shots and a hangover, she joked.”Nothing more, nothing less – A response does not translate into an endorsement. The only party I am likely to be a part of at this point would involve liberal amounts of vodka shots and a hangover the next day. #PartyingShot,” the actress-turned-author wrote. A screenshot of Twinkle Khanna’s tweetOn Wednesday, Akshay Kumar turned interviewer for a “candid and completely non-political” conversation with PM Narendra Modi. During the conversation, the prime minister joked that he is the reason for the actor’s happy married life.”Main aapka bhi Twitter dekhta hoon aur Twinkle Khanna ji ka Twitter dekhta hoon. Kabhi kabhi toh mujhe lagta hai ki woh mere upar gussa nikaalti hai Twitter pe, toh uske kaaran aapke parivaarik jeevan mein badi shaanti rehti hogi. Unka pura gussa mujpe nikal jaata hoga isliye aapko araam rehta hoga. Toh is prakaar se main aapke kaam aaya hoon,” PM Narendra Modi laughed.Twinkle, who is known to speak her mind without mincing any words, replied, “I have a rather positive way of looking at this. Not only is the Prime Minister aware that I exist but he actually reads my work,” she wrote.Akshay revealed in an interview with Hindustan Times that PM Narendra Modi’s light-hearted dig at Twinkle put him in a tight spot. “I did not know where to look. I was stumped by his wit, and the very sporting manner in which he said it. I didn’t know what to reply. I could only laugh embarrassingly and I thought to myself – ‘ek taraf biwi, ek taraf desh ka Pradhan Mantri. Both have powerful portfolios in my life. It’s best to stay quiet,'” he said.advertisementALSO READ | Akshay Kumar tells PM Narendra Modi: I wanted to be a martial arts teacher but landed up in actingALSO WATCH: PM Modi has non-political chat with actor Akshay Kumar at 7 Lok Kalyan MargGet 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 Tags :Follow Akshay KumarFollow Twinkle KhannaFollow PM Narendra Modi
Wrestlers of Fatehpur Beri back boxer Vijender SinghWrestlers of Fatehpur Beri back boxer Vijender Singh
Wrestlers of Fatehpur Beri back boxer Vijender SinghThe wrestlers of Gurlekha Aida do not mean to vote only in the name of MPs or Prime Minister Modi.advertisement Sushant Mehra May 2, 2019UPDATED: May 2, 2019 07:38 IST The wrestlers of Gurlekha Aida do not mean to vote only in the name of MPs or Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Every voter and the parties alike in Delhi have pinned their hopes on the candidates contesting in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. One such section is the wrestler group of Fatehpur Beri village in South Delhi, where the wrestlers believe that this time they will address their issues and vote for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) considering the issue of national security.The wrestlers of Gurlekha Aida do not mean to vote only in the name of MPs or Prime Minister Modi. This time, the players believe that the Modi government has contributed a lot to their game, due to which they have agreed to vote for the BJP. National security is also one of their biggest concerns.When the India Today TV team talked to the wrestlers and asked them whether any MP worked for them, they responded by saying that no MP worked after winning. However, this time, there are three candidates in the field, one of whom is a professional boxer associated with sports.The Congress has fielded boxer Vijender Singh from South Delhi Lok Sabha constituency.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 bySnigdha Choudhury Tags :Follow Vijender SinghFollow Election 2019
World Cup 2019: Being underdogs suits New Zealand, says James FranklinWorld Cup 2019: Being underdogs suits New Zealand, says James Franklin
World Cup 2019: Being underdogs suits New Zealand, says James FranklinNew Zealand is characteristically lying low, hoping to give another impactful performance at the World Cup 2019 and the “underdog” tag augers well for them, said former all-rounder James Franklinadvertisement Press Trust of India LondonMay 30, 2019UPDATED: May 30, 2019 13:12 IST Being underdogs suits New Zealand,(@ICC Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNew Zealand is in a sweet spot where no-one talks about them too much, feels James FranklinSince the last ODI World Cup, New Zealand have climbed high as second in the ICC ODI rankingsNew Zealand faced a massive 91-run defeat to the West Indies after beating India in their opening warm-up gamePerennial dark horses New Zealand are characteristically lying low, hoping to give another impactful performance at the World Cup and the “underdog” tag augers well for them, said former all-rounder James Franklin.Last edition’s finalist, New Zealand have reached the semi-final of the World Cup seven times. A team known to always punch above its weight, the Black Caps have tried every trick in the book to lay hands on their maiden title.”New Zealand is in a sweet spot. No-one’s talking about us too much. We’re forever the underdogs and that suits us quite well,” Franklin, who has made 15 World Cup appearances for New Zealand, said at the official tournament opening here on Wednesday.Since the last ODI World Cup, New Zealand has climbed as high as second in the ICC ODI rankings.”We haven’t been leading the world, I think England have been in front in recent years, but we’ve still been playing very consistent cricket,” Franklin said.New Zealand has landed in the United Kingdom on the back of a 3-0 series win against Bangladesh at home. They humbled tournament favorites India in their opening warm-up game before facing a massive 91-run defeat to the West Indies.”If we can get some form going over the next few weeks, there’s no reason why New Zealand couldn’t go on and win the World Cup,” Franklin said.”I think the New Zealand public and team will be confident they can go deep into the tournament,” he added.Talking about the skipper, Franklin said Kane Williamson’s captaincy mirrors his batting – efficient and world class.advertisement”I think Kane has a quietness about him, but he’s assertive and he knows what he wants.”In terms of his leadership, his batting is probably a reflection of it. It’s methodical but sneakily efficient and world-class. I think his captaincy is exactly the same. I don’t think he’s a Brendon McCullum-style leader when you see everything and it’s attacking,” he said.”Kane is measured, but knows exactly how he wants to manage his bowlers, his batsmen and what he wants New Zealand cricket to achieve,” Franklin added.Also Read | Pakistan to host T20 Asia cup 2020 in neutral venueAlso Read | West Indies are neither favourites nor underdogs: Brathwaite ahead of World CupAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow James FranklinFollow Kane Williamson