Ex-Wolves boss Solbakken: Man City will win league – they never stand stillby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Wolves boss Stale Solbakken believes Manchester City will win the Premier League this season.Liverpool are currently top of the table.But Copenhagen coach Solbakken told VG: “It’s probably City and Liverpool that’s number one and two in the end, but I think City is a clearer one than Liverpool is a clear two.”Remember that City has played away against its closest rivals (2-0 victory against Arsenal, 0-0 against Liverpool, 1-0 win against Tottenham and 0-2 defeat against Chelsea).”I think they build on the team all the time. (Pep) Guardiola is working on difficult things; the distances in the team, the defensive work and the ambitious attack game. They are so solid across all lines.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Leicester boss Puel hopeful Vardy fit for Chelseaby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Claude Puel is hopeful that he will have Jamie Vardy available for the clash against Chelsea.Vardy was not put into the game against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup, which Leicester lost on penalties.But Puel believes more training in the week should see Vardy ready for the weekend’s Premier League contest.”I hope we can have Jamie on Saturday. There wasn’t enough time for him to play today,” Puel said after the game.”He trained one full session and then played against Palace in the Premier League for 90 minutes. It was important to keep him fresh.”We have to be careful to avoid another injury. It is the second time with the same groin. I hope he can play against Chelsea on Saturday.”Vardy has five goals this season. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Glazers investing in Old Trafford upgradeby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United’s owners, the Glazer Family, have plans to revamp Old Trafford in the coming years.The Glazers have come in for criticism regarding their spending on stadium maintenance and upgrades – leaving Old Trafford aged and lagging behind their rivals’ new modern facilities.The belief has been that the owners has been shocked by spending on transfer fees and player wages in recent years and have scaled back plans to spend on the stadium.However, the Daily Express says the Glazers do intend to pump money into Old Trafford – and have overseen a £20million investment already.United have an ongoing multi-million pound refurbishment plan. Last summer that squared to £2m and, this summer, to £3.9m.
Former Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio believes that Diego Lainez would be a perfect fit for Ajax. The 18-year-old has been widely linked with a move to the Dutch side in this winter. Club American sporting director Santiago Banos even said in December that it was “almost certain” the youngster would be moving on. 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? Osorio has now added his opinion, claiming that Lainez is a great fit for Ajax and is the top prospect in Mexico. “I think Diego fits perfectly in Amsterdam,” he told De Telegraaf. “He is currently the greatest talent of Mexico. “Diego is a smart player, very skillful, a real left leg, fast with the ball on his foot and very strong in the one-on-one.” Lainez would be far from the first Mexican player to make the move to Dutch football. El Tri stars Andres Guardado, Hector Moreno, Carlos Salcido, and Hirving Lozano have all played in the Eredivisie over the years, with Erick Gutierrez having also moved to the league last summer. Lozano has been among the leading scorers in the league since making the move to PSV in 2017 and is now drawing interest from some of the biggest clubs in Europe. Osorio thinks Lainez could have a similar path to stardom with a move to Amsterdam, and believes it’s a solid step toward Europe’s top leagues for talented youngsters. “He has the talent to succeed at Ajax,” he said. “And the past has proven that Latinos can be an added value for the Eredivisie. “It is a nice springboard to larger competitions.” The Colombian even went so far as to compare Lainez to two Ajax legends. “Diego has the speed of Finidi George and Marc Overmars and is a true creator of the game,” Osorio said of the youngster. Lainez made his Liga MX debut in March 2017 and earned his first cap for the full national team last September, though he has seen limited time on the pitch at the top level. Still, his star showings for El Tri’s youth teams at both at both the Concacaf U-20 Championship and in the summer at the Toulon Tournament have been enough to convince teams in Europe of his immense talent.
Cardale Jones/Twitter.Ohio State sent Cardale Jones a present.Ohio State takes on No. 9 Nebraska in what is essentially a make-or-break game for the Buckeyes and the Cornhuskers. Ahead of the matchup, Ohio State revealed some sweet new uniforms.The Buckeyes and Nike sent one of these new uniforms to Jones.Big S/O to @OhioStateFB & @Nike for sending a official game jersey for Saturday nights game vs Nebraska. #12Gauge pic.twitter.com/zwMG2HPZ9Q— Cardale Jones (@Cardale7_) November 3, 2016When you win a national championship, there are definitely some perks attached. Cardale Jones currently plays for the Buffalo Bills after being drafted in the fourth round—No. 139 overall—in the 2016 NFL draft.Ohio State and Nebraska are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. on ABC Saturday.
Forty-four years of painful waiting will come to an end on Sunday when Peru take to the Maracana turf. In that period every single South American nation with the exception of Venezuela has qualified for at least one Copa America final, while the Inca have been left out in the cold.It was not always thus. In the 1970s and early 1980s the nation boasted an enviable pool of talent that established them firmly among the continent’s giants. The likes of attacking greats Teofilo Cubillas and Hugo Sotil, the elegant midfielder Julio Cesar Uribe and other stars led a golden generation for the nation which included World Cup appearances in 1970, 1978 and 1982.Their finest moment, however, came in 1975. In that year’s Copa America, the first to carry that name – previous tournaments carried the rather clunkier tag of Campeonato Sudamericano – and the first Copa to be played across the continent rather than in one host nation, Peru waltzed to a 3-1 semi-final victory in Belo Horizonte against Brazil in one of the nation’s most celebrated performances. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare The Selecao fought back to win the second leg 2-0 in Lima, and in the absence of away goals and penalties the two sides drew lots, leaving Peru as the winner. A similar scenario played out in the final, with both the Inca and Colombia winning their home leg before Sotil’s solitary goal led his side to the trophy in front of a capacity crowd in Caracas, Venezuela, chosen for the tie-breaker.Like all great generations, that team eventually saw its time pass. Peru narrowly missed out on qualification to the 1986 World Cup as Cubillas, Sotil (both pictured below) and other former mainstays of the team began to hang up their boots. A ray of hope loomed on the horizon, though, in the shape of Los Potrillos of Alianza Lima.The symbol of that great team, coached by the man who had delivered Copa glory to Peru in 1975, Marcos Calderon, was Luis Escobar. Having made his debut at the tender age of 14 at Alianza, Escobar was tipped to become the next Peruvian great – winning comparisons with none other than Cubillas as he began to shine. At 18 he was a fixture in the Alianza line-up, accompanied by fellow young stars such as Jose Casanova, Juan Reynoso, Carlos Bustamante, Alfredo Tomassini and Johnny Watson. Behind them in goal stood Jose “Caico” Gonzales, club legend and a part of Peru’s Copa America-winning team in 1975 as well as the uncle of current idol Paolo Guerrero. “He loved him as if he were his own son,” Guerrero’s mother recalled to Alianza’s official website. “He was always looking after him, from a young age. He played with him, took him out on the field as the mascot. “He was the first to put the Alianza shirt on [Paolo], from there he loved Alianza. Ever since uncle Caico put the Alianza shirt on him he would not take it off. We had to buy him another. One was in the wash while he wore the other, because he always wanted to be well-dressed.” That team won back-to-back regional titles in 1985 and 1986 and the following year entered the Copa Libertadores, missing out on qualification to the semi-finals after finishing behind eventual winners Penarol at the group stage. At international level too, the team was having an impact, supplying three members of the Peru squad for the 1987 Copa America squad as they set their sights on that year’s Torneo Descentralizado (Peruvian league) title. Escobar and Co. were tipped to form the backbone of the national team going into qualifying for the next World Cup in Italy, before one of the worst tragedies in football history decimated Alianza and Peru as a whole. Returning from a Descentralizado game against Deportivo Pucalipa on December 8, the Fokker navy plane transporting the Alianza squad crashed on its descent into Callao’s Jorge Chavez International Airport. Of the 44 people on board only pilot Edilberto Villar survived, with 17 players, Calderon and his entire coaching staff and two referees travelling with the team. Juan Reynoso had received a red card in Alianza’s previous clash and did not travel with his team-mates to Pucalipa, an act which saved the 17-year-old Peru international’s life. Now an established coach, Reynoso caused a scandal some years later in leaving his boyhood club for hated Lima rivals Universitario. He has not returned to Alianza since – and remains reluctant to talk about the accident. “I don’t like being asked about the Fokker because it is like sticking a finger in an open wound for those bereaved,” he told Peru 21 in 2009, one of the few times he has addressed the tragedy publicly. “They are still suffering.“It was more likely back then for me to be on the plane than not to be. I have thought it many times and I start thinking about what it would have been like for my family more than for me. But I do not like the subject.”Incredibly, and thanks to the selflessness of stars like Cubillas, who returned to the club from the United States at the age of 38 to play the rest of the season for free, Alianza went on to take the 1987 Descentralizado title, which was postponed until well into 1988 due to the crash. But the ultimate effect was devastating for the club, who had to rebuild from scratch and with the pall of grief hanging over the tough working class neighbourhood of La Victoria synonymous with Alianza, in the same way that La Boca is inseparable from the Buenos Aires giants.The tragedy also set back Peruvian football as a whole. The Inca lost all four games in qualifying for the 1990 World Cup and picked up just one point of 18 for the following edition, while winning a paltry two Copa America games in the four tournaments played between 1989 and 1995.Results began to improve towards the end of the 20th century, with several appearances in Copa semis. That coveted World Cup spot, however, remained elusive, until the arrival in March 2015 of Ricardo Gareca, the livewire Argentine with more than a passing resemblance to Iggy Pop that has revolutionised Peru’s fortunes.Like Calderon before him, Gareca gambled on youth. The likes of Christian Cueva, Edison Flores, Miguel Trauco and Andy Polo were drafted in during his first days in the job in 2016, and came through together as Peru gained a play-off spot for Russia 2018 by the skin of their teeth over Chile before dispatching New Zealand to make their first finals in 34 years.And just as that tragic Alianza side had Caico as the experienced old warrior leading and cajoling, Gareca can count on his nephew. Guerrero (pictured, below) returned to competitive action with Internacional for the first time since the World Cup as recently as April this year after serving a doping ban, but at 35 remains a key member of the Peru side. He sealed their 3-0 semi-final win against Chile on Wednesday by rounding Gabriel Arias and netting with ease.While he was just short of his fourth birthday that awful day, the scars of his uncle’s passing are yet to fully heal. “I am scared of flying,” he admitted to Bandeirantes during his spell at Brazil’s Corinthians. “When my uncle died I was three or four. I remember my mother’s screams. She was listening to music, I think she was ironing, and that was when she screamed when she heard talk of a tragedy.“’The Alianza Lima players are all dead, the plane fell in the sea’. I only remember that. That is why I am scared of planes. Everyone here at Corinthians knows it. When the plane goes through turbulence…”When Guerrero scores he often holds both arms aloft and raises his eyes to the heavens. With that gesture he celebrated for Inter his first goal since returning from suspension, explaining after the game that he was paying tribute to nephew Julio Rivera, who passed away after falling under the wheels of a car during a botched robbery attempt in Lima.Paolo “EL GUERRERO” pic.twitter.com/loLJTv5OA9— GIO (@gioarte26) 10 de abril de 2019Cartoonist Gio, an avid Alianza fan, immortalised the moment, picturing Gonzales and Rivera embracing each other from above as they watch Guerrero return from the toughest challenge of his professional career.“[Paolo] has a lot of things [from Caico],” his mother adds. “One of those is humility. My mother taught us, you have to stay focused. Don’t let fame go to your head. Stay centred. Caico complained very little.”That focus and humility has allowed Guerrero to overcome personal tragedy and strife to become the figurehead of this Peru team, whose passage to the Copa final to meet Brazil sparked wild celebrations in Lima and across the nation.A 5-0 defeat in the group stages and Brazil’s status as hosts make the Inca overwhelming underdogs when they walk out to a baying Maracana crowd on Sunday. But the journey itself is reward for this exciting, dynamic side, who under the watchful eye of Gareca have evoked in equal measure memories of great teams past and great teams that might have been.
Frank Lampard says Callum Hudson-Odoi is very close to renewing his contract as Willian remains locked in discussions over prolonging his stay at Chelsea.Chelsea ran out 4-3 winners away at Reading in their fifth pre-season match under the new manager at the Madejski Stadium on Sunday.A Mason Mount double helped the Blues edge past the Championship side after earlier goals from Ross Barkley and Kenedy. 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? Hudson-Odoi remains out with an Achilles tendon rupture, while Willian will soon return to west London after a holiday in Brazil following his country’s Copa America win over the summer.The duo remain in the headlines as both their deals expire at the end of the current season. Lampard issued his latest updates on contract talks between the club and his two wingers.“I think agreed would mean signed so we’re not quite there but what’s very clear is the club are working towards that,” Lampard said about talks to renew Hudson-Odoi’s deal. “Talks moved on very well in the last week or two but it’s not done yet.”The one thing that’s clear to me is I want to keep him here. He’s a player we cherish. Players who come through the academy are the present and the future of the club so we’re doing everything we can to get there. I hope it’s news to be confirmed soon.”Earlier this week, Goal reported that Hudson-Odoi is set to sign a five-year, £100,000-a-week deal to remain at Stamford Bridge following heavy interest from Bayern Munich. Lampard was less assured on Willian’s future, but expressed his desire to keep the 30-year-old at the club. “I know the club are talking to Willian. They’re both players I want in my squad,” Lampard said, referencing Hudson-Odoi as well.”We’ve made good moves in pre-season. Mason Mount and [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek signed new contracts, that’s two good young players nailed down.”We’re always trying to do that. From a football sense, I make my ideas clear and work very closely with [Chelsea director] Marina [Granovskaia] and the board and they’re two players we want to stay for sure.”Hudson-Odoi suffered his injury in a match against Burnley in April last season but he is thought to be ahead of schedule in his bid to recover.Lampard says that the 18-year-old is back on the training pitch at Cobham Training Centre, although he isn’t taking part in full first-team sessions with the squad.”He’s not training with us yet but the injury is coming on well,” Lampard added. “He is ahead of schedule. I get scared of saying [it] but from the first diagnosis he’s ahead of schedule.”But there will be a period for Callum where his injury is fine and then he needs to get fit to play in this team because it will be demanding with the way I want to play, from front to back.”He’s not far away and I know he’s done everything he can to be fit through the summer and the medical team have been very good. We’re getting close.”Lampard will soon decide the futures of some of his fringe players as he needs to cut his squad numbers down ahead of the new season.The Premier League and Champions League limits clubs to a maximum of 17 foreign players and the likes of Kenedy, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Michy Batshuayi and Davide Zappacosta are at risk of being moved on.Their futures are linked to several homegrown stars including Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori and Reece James. Lampard insists that he is closing in on making some final changes to his squad.Chelsea have two more pre-season matches against RB Salzburg and Borussia Monchengladbach before a tough away trip to Manchester United in their Premier League opener.N’Golo Kante has yet to make a pre-season match since playing with an injection in the Europa League final win over Arsenal at the end of May. Lampard is hoping to have the midfielder back in time to face Manchester United in two weeks.”I am hopeful he will be ready,” he concluded. “He’s dipped into training with us in the last couple of days. There’s still a lot more he needs to do physically without us, that he can do without contact, which has been good.”But the signs are good in the last three days since we’ve been back. It was certainly the right decision for him to come back and get the treatment he had. I would expect him to be training through the week with us to the point where at the start of next week he is fully training.”
LAWRENCE, KS – AUGUST 30: Memorial Stadium empties after the game between the University of Kansas Jayhawks and the Northwestern University Wildcats on August 30, 2003 in Lawrence, Kansas. Northwestern defeated Kansas 28-20. (Photo by Dave Kaup/Getty Images)Kansas football has been really struggling for about a decade now. David Beaty is in his fourth year in Lawrence, but unless something drastic changes in the next few weeks, it will almost definitely be his last.Week 1 did Beaty no favors. Some fans thought it should have been his final game as Jayhawks head coach.Kansas fell to FCS program Nicholls 26-23 in overtime on Saturday night. It was the second loss to an FCS team in four years under Beaty.Overall, Kansas is just 3-34 under Beaty, with just one win in the Big 12.David Beaty is still coaching Kansas football right now, but the loss prompted a statement from athletic director Jeff Long.That is never a good sign after Week 1, even with Long saying that he’s standing behind the players and coaches. Beaty was not named specifically.KU AD Jeff Long released this comment today re: football … “We all expected a different outcome Saturday but I continue to support our student-athletes and coaches and ask all Jayhawks to do the same. Our evaluation of the program is on-going without a predetermined timeline.”— Jesse Newell (@jessenewell) September 4, 2018Long recently took over as Kansas athletic director, after Sheahon Zenger was fired in the spring. Football is pretty easily identified as the spot that KU felt that Zenger had failed to get on track.He previously served in the same role at Arkansas from 2008-17, and Pitt from 2003-07 before that.It only makes sense that Long will want to make his mark on the program, and hire a head football coach early in his tenure. Unless Beaty has a miraculous turnaround, he’ll get his chance soon.
30 Oct 1999: A general view of the cloudly sky and the packed stadium taken during the game between the Kansas State Wildcats and the Baylor Bears at Wagner Field in Manhattan, Kansas. The Wildcats defeated the Bears 48-7. Mandatory Credit: Elsa Hasch /AllsportKansas State’s football program has been one of the most-respectable in the country during the Bill Snyder era, but things have gone south fast.The Wildcats are having a very difficult 2018 season and much of the fan base appears to be ready to move on from legendary coach Bill Snyder.A former Kansas State player has taken to YouTube to discuss some of the program’s struggles and what’s wrong with the program. He didn’t hold back.Gabriel Crews, who played at Kansas State from 2006-10, addressed several things in a series of videos that paint the KSU program in a not-so-great light.You can watch those videos below:Of course, this is just one former player’s opinion. Still, it’s not a great look for the Kansas State program.Kansas State, 4-6 on the season, is set to play Texas Tech on Saturday.
ORLANDO, FL – DECEMBER 2: A UCF Knights spirit team member waves the flag after a score in the third quarter of the AAC Championship against the Memphis Tigers at Spectrum Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)For the second straight season, UCF football went undefeated. Once again, as expected, the Knights will not be given the chance to play for a national title…at least, the national title that most of us observe. I’m sure if they win their New Year’s Six game, they will claim another.Entering Saturday, UCF needed significant chaos to get involved in the Playoff picture. Instead, despite some drama in the Big 12 and SEC Championships, chalk held.The favorites won all of the Power Five championship games, and the Playoff has been set: 1. Alabama, 2. Clemson, 3. Notre Dame, 4. Oklahoma.No. 5 Georgia only fell one spot, despite the loss to Alabama. Ohio State was the second team out at No. 6. The full final College Football Playoff rankings should be released shortly.Once again, UCF football is not taking the perceived College Football Playoff snub well.At least the Knights social media team has channeled it into something creative.After the field was announced, @UCF_Football tweeted a pretty clever response to the whole ordeal.tHeRe Is A pAtH fOr UcF pic.twitter.com/ijSWxvHm3N— UCF Football (@UCF_Football) December 2, 2018For the less meme-saavy, UCF combined a wrestling video with the text from the famous mocking SpongeBob SquarePants meme, so you know its serious.In reality, the season-ending injury to McKenzie Milton made it very unlikely that UCF could break through here, and even if he was healthy, the Knights needed an extreme set of results to launch into the top four.The Knights, or any Group of Five power, would probably need to go undefeated with a loaded non-conference schedule to get into the field of four. UCF played South Carolina State, had a game against a very bad UNC team canceled, beat FAU, which wound up being disappointing, and blew out Pitt, which is a nice result, but can’t be the best one.With non-conference schedules made years in advance, it is a tough spot for UCF. The Knights are just a few years removed from an 0-12 season. The fact that Scott Frost elevated the program so fast, and that Josh Heupel has picked things up without disruption, made it hard for the school to build out a schedule that would put them in Playoff contention.Still, the disappointment is very understandable.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on as they play the Wisconsin Badgers during the first half of the the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)This morning, Ohio State announced that Urban Meyer will be officially retiring as the team’s head coach in a press conference this afternoon.Meyer has been the head coach of the Buckeyes since 2012. He will coach in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, but then offensive coordinator Ryan Day will take over as the head man.There were rumors for a while that this might be Meyer’s final season in Columbus. He was suspended earlier this season for three games in the wake of the Zach Smith fiasco and has been dealing with health problems as well.Before Ohio State went public with this news, Meyer addressed his team. ESPN’s Marty Smith has some details on how this happened.According to Meyer, the room was “quiet and collectively shocked.” More importantly, several staff members were told they will be retained by Day.Urban Meyer addressed Ohio State team this morning.I’m told room was quiet and collectively shocked.Some key staff members were told they will be retained under new HC Ryan Day.Guys like strength coach Mickey Marotti & Asst AD Player Personnel Mark Pantoni are vital to program— Marty Smith (@MartySmithESPN) December 4, 2018The part about staff members being retained is a key one, as Pantoni and Mariotti are well-established at OSU.It will be interesting to see what happens with defensive coordinator Greg Schiano. Schiano’s defenses have been much maligned over the last two seasons, and he could look for a new job elsewhere.Stay tuned for more info on Meyer’s retirement throughout the day.
COLUMBUS, OH – APRIL 18: A general view of Ohio Stadium as more than 99,000 fans packed in to watch the annual Ohio State Spring Game on April 18, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Ohio State just landed a commitment from Olney (Md.) Good Counsel three-star linebacker Mitchell Melton, beating out Michigan and Notre Dame in the process.Melton officially visited all three programs in June. He was at Notre Dame the weekend of June 7, Ohio State the weekend of June 14 and Michigan the weekend after that.In the end, the Buckeyes won out for the 6-foot-3, 235-pound outside linebacker.“I’d like to thank God, my family, friends, and coaches. Committed to The Ohio State University,” Melton wrote. I’d like to thank God, my family, friends, and coaches. Committed to The Ohio State University. #Gobucks-Proverbs 29:23 pic.twitter.com/3oScMfgcjZ— Mitchell Melton. (@m17m__) July 3, 2019Melton is the No. 19 player in Maryland and the 43rd-ranked outside linebacker in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.He is the 17th 2020 commitment for Ohio State and the second in the last two days. Tight end Joe Royer pledged to the Buckeyes Tuesday night.Here’s an updated look at the OSU recruiting class.
Moto G7 will start from Rs 12,000 and go up to Rs 29,000, suggests leakThe new Moto G7 series will start from around Rs 12,000 for the G7 Play. The top-end G7 Plus is expected to debut at approximately Rs 29,000. advertisement Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiJanuary 29, 2019UPDATED: January 29, 2019 12:46 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe standard Moto G7 will go on sale for approximately Rs 24,000.The top-end Moto G7 Plus will go on sale for a price of approximately Rs 29,000.The Moto G7 Play will cost around approximately Rs 12,000.It’s been a few months since Motorola’s G7 lineup has leaked on the Internet. As of now, we know that the G7 series will boast of four variants – G7, G7 Play, G7 Power and G7 Plus. The phones will come with a modern narrow-bezel display with a notch on the top. The G7 series will also come with a glass rear body and a pair of dual camera setups for the G7 and G7 Plus. However, one information that hasn’t made it to us till now has been the pricing. The G series has always been a budget smartphone series from Motorola, but it seems that Motorola is willing to push the G7 to the premium segment – thanks to leaked pricing.Tipster Ishan Agarwal has managed to access the prices of the Moto G7 series for the Brazilian market. And by the looks of it, the Moto G series will be getting more expensive that before. The standard Moto G7 will go on sale for EUR 300 (approximately Rs 24,000) while the top-end Moto G7 Plus will go on sale for a price of EUR 360 (approximately Rs 29,000). These prices are higher than what the current generation Moto G6 and Moto G6 Plus sell for in India.The Moto G7 Play, which will be the entry-level model for the G series, will cost around EUR 149 (approximately Rs 12,000) while the G7 Power will be selling for EUR 207 (approximately Rs 17,000). These new prices make the entry-level G series models more expensive than before.advertisementWhen Motorola came up with G6 series in India last year, the entire lineup couldn’t enjoy the success as its predecessors because of the premium pricing strategies. The Moto G6 Plus went upwards of Rs 20,000 and offered similar specifications to a Rs 12,000 smartphone from Nokia or Xiaomi.The upcoming G7 series also seems to follow the G6’s footsteps. The entire G7 lineup sports Qualcomm’s entry-level Snapdragon 632 chipset except for the G7 Plus that will come with a Snapdragon 636 chipset. Motorola seems to relying on it premium build and design as well as a near- stock Android interface.The new G7 lineup will sport modern notched displays – the G7 Play and G7 Power will have bigger notches while the G7 and G7 Plus will sport waterdrop notches. The G7, G7 Play and G7 Power will sport a combination of 12-megapixel + 5-megapixel rear camera setup while the G7 Plus will sport a 16-megapixel primary camera for the rear along with a 5-megapixel camera. The G7 Power will feature a massive 5000mAh battery while the rest of the lineup will feature a 3000mAh battery.ALSO READ | This is the 2019 Moto G7 series: Full specifications and live pictures leakALSO READ | Moto G7, G7 Play, G7 Power and G7 Plus design leaked, some get waterdrop notchALSO READ | Moto G7 case renders reaffirm waterdrop design, rear-mounted fingerprint sensorGet 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 byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow MotorolaFollow LenovoFollow androidFollow smartphones
Japan leave behind clean dressing room, thank you note despite Asian Cup heartbreakAFC Asian Cup 2019: Japan were shocked by Qatar as they lost 3-1 in the final but left the Zayed Sports City Stadium dressing room sparkling clean. They even left behind a thank you note in Arabic.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk Abu DhabiFebruary 2, 2019UPDATED: February 2, 2019 17:39 IST Japan cleaned the dressing room and wrote thank you in 3 languages after losing the AFC Asian Cup 2019 final to Qatar. (@afcasiancup Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJapan lost for the first time in five Asian Cup finalsJapanese players won hearts after they left a clean dressing room in Abu DhabiJapan had done the same during the World CupJapan has always captured the imagination of people all over the world with their mannerisms and their athletes are time and again, enhancing that respect built in so many hearts. Japan lost the AFC Asian Cup 2019 final to Qatar 3-1 on Friday in Abu Dhabi as while the Qataris were in jubilation, the Japanese faces all sullen and shocked.Despite the heartbreak, the Japanese team did not shy away from what they always do – leave the dressing room sparkling clean. After their final defeat to Qatar, the Japanese players and support staff cleaned up the dressing room at the Zayed Sports City Stadium and left a ‘thank you’ message.In the photo posted by Asian Cup social media handle, the dressing room can be seen absolutely clean and the white board has ‘thank you’ written in three languages – English, Japanese and Arabic.In Arabic, thank you is translated to ‘shukran jazeeran’ and it has been written in the language with much care.Japan leave the #AsianCup2019 dressing room spotless with thank you message in English, Arabic and Japanese! pic.twitter.com/RfiVyoMumd#AsianCup2019 (@afcasiancup) February 2, 2019This is not the first time that Japanese have come out of a heartbreak with such a brilliant gesture. Last year during the World Cup, Japanese had done a similar thing after their heartbreaking loss to Belgium in the Round of 16.In that match, Belgium had bounced back from a 2-0 deficit to win the game 3-2 and the Japanese saw a cruel exit from the tournament. Despite that, Japanese team had left an immaculate change room.advertisementEven their fans famously picked up the litter and cleaned the spaces around them in the stadium after every match. The images of the same had gone viral on social media and the practice was appreciated so much that even Colombian, Senegalese and Peru fans had joined Japan in doing the same.Japanese are famously talked to take care of their own litter and belongings right from the childhood and that is even seen in the rising tennis star Naomi Osaka – a Japanese who moved to the US at the age of 3.During the Australian Open, her habit of cleaning up her own food litter after every match left everyone in awe. Japanese are also famous for not appreciating mixed race, something that Osaka is. Her mother is a Japanese but her father is a Haitian. Naomi Osaka is the first Japanese tennis player to be ranked No.1 in the world. (Reuters Photo)However, Japan has welcomed Osaka with open arms saying that her mannerisms speaks greatly of her Japanese heritage.On Saturday, as the image of Japanese leaving a clean Asian Cup dressing room went viral, fans could not help but react to it with respect.I love Japanese players and their fans. They congratulated Qatar even though they lost.Respect.BetBoy (@betboy888) February 2, 2019Respect and love Japanese Players so muchJolie Nguyen (@JolieNg10519393) February 2, 2019This is SUMURAI way .This is Japan. So We will back on next stage. Thanks.Tommy.feb (@Tommyf88901343) February 2, 2019I love these Japanese players! Even the u16 players when they played here in Malaysia , they applaud us Malaysian fans and bow at us after the match. Top class manners. RespectAbu Colgate (@Harizzu) February 2, 2019Japanese players and fans are well behaved and respected all around the world for their good gesturerakeshrussell (@rakeshrussell52) February 2, 2019RESPECT, an awesome Japanese cultureBaba Herrera (@BabaHerrera) February 2, 2019Also Read | Japan have to learn from Asian Cup defeat: Captain Yoshida urges Japan to look forwardAlso Read | Qatar stun Japan to win the AFC Asian Cup for the first timeFor 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 Tags :Follow JapanFollow QatarFollow AFC Asian Cup 2019
Rajarshi Gupta New DelhiMarch 7, 2019UPDATED: March 7, 2019 15:58 IST Steve Smith tried to seek dressing room help for the DRS (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTwo years ago on March 7, Steve Smith sparked off a major controversy in the Bengaluru TestSmith looked at the Australian dressing room for help with the Decision Review SystemVirat Kohli was far from pleased with Smith in what was an acrimonious Test seriesMarch 7, 2017: Exactly two years ago, one of the most bitter moments in India-Australia cricket played out in Bengaluru where both teams were locked in a tense battle in the second Test of an acrimonious four-match series. Australia had stunned India on a raging turner in Pune before India took the upper hand after a dog fight at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.After four days of heated battle, Australia were chasing 188 to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead. They were on course too – at 73 for 3 with Steve Smith and Peter Handscomb in the middle, Australia fancied their chances. And then Umesh Yadav rapped Smith on the pads. The Indians appealed loudly and umpire Nigel Llong had little doubt when he raised his finger to signal the end of Steve Smith’s innings. Smith walked down the pitch to discuss the use of the Decision Review System with Handscomb.And then began one of the greatest turmoil on a cricket field.Steve Smith looked up to the dressing room for help with the DRS and Virat Kohli, the Indian captain immediately charged towards the umpires, who asked Smith to walk off. According to rules, players can consult only on the field and seek no external help for the DRS. Smith was sent back but Kohli was left furming.Oddly, Australian commentators on air suggested Smith was not aware of the rules. India went on to win the Test by by 75 runs following a dramatic Aussie collapse and Virat Kohli’s charged-up post-match press conference left little doubt how peeved the Indian captain was.advertisementIndia would go on to win the series but the relationship between Virat Kohli and Steve Smith, two of the best batsmen of their generation, was strained.A year later, Steve Smith was in the middle of a bigger controversy when he owned up to his role in the ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test. Smith and David Warner were banned for a year by Cricket Australia while Cameron Bancroft was banned for nine months.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 Virat KohliFollow Steve Smith This day, that year: The Steve Smith act in Bengaluru that left Virat Kohli fumingSteve Smith tried to seek dressing room help for the Decision Review System during the tense Bengaluru Test on March 7, 2017. Virat Kohli, the Indian captain, was furious and did not hide his emotions in a charged-up press conference.advertisement
Wimbledon 2019: Stan Wawrinka suffers shock defeat to unseeded Reilly OpelkaWimbledon 2019: Unseeded Reilly Opelka came through 7-5, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 8-6 against three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka to register the biggest win of his career.advertisement Reuters LondonJuly 4, 2019UPDATED: July 4, 2019 00:22 IST Reilly Opelka defeated Stan Wawrinka in second round of Wimbledon 2019 (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSUnseeded Reilly Opelka defeated 3-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka in the 2nd roundOpelka came through 7-5, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 8-6 against WawrinkaWawrinka has never gone past quarter-finals at WimbledonReilly Opelka blasted his way into the third round at Wimbledon on Wednesday as the giant 21-year-old American’s serve eventually proved too hot to handle for triple grand slam champion Stan Wawrinka in a high-octane five set duel.Opelka came through 7-5, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 8-6 against the 22nd seeded Swiss for the biggest win of his career and there will be plenty of bigger names in the draw now scrabbling anxiously for a tape of this match.”It’s a huge win. More so the situation of the match being down two sets to one against him,” Opelka told reporters.”He got really comfortable, started hitting some really good returns. I had to adjust a lot. My mind was always thinking, especially after I lost the third set.”At 6ft 11in (2.10 metres) the former Wimbledon junior champion is the joint-tallest-ever ATP-ranked player (with Ivo Karlovic) and, unsurprisingly, his biggest weapon is his serve. It reached 142mph (228kph) on Wednesday – the fastest of the Championship so far – and, combined with some surprisingly deft court movement, is the perfect Wimbledon weapon.Wawrinka, who has never gone beyond the quarter-finals at Wimbledon despite winning all three of the other slams and previously reaching number three in the world rankings, could not deal with it at all in the first set.The 34-year-old eventually used all his experience to work things out and start getting it back and then treating the crowd to some of his sublime backhand winners en route to taking the second and third.advertisementBut, just as it seemed as if he would go through smoothly, Opelka found another gear to snatch the fourth.From then on Wawrinka was having to work harder and harder to hold, while rarely threatening to break. The full match statistics showed the American successful with 73 percent of first serves compared to the 64 percent of Wawrinka and Opelka lifted that to a remarkable 91 percent in the fifth set.Those figures proved the difference eventually as Wawrinka, at full stretch to even reach, let alone return most of them, was eventually worn down.”I started holding more easily, I’d had to save so many break points before that, Opelka said of the turnaround. I made some adjustments and was then able to spend more energy trying to break.”Opelka, who will next face 15th seed Milos Raonic, said that he had always been a pretty good mover – underrated maybe. Some guys don’t expect it when they play me for the first time.In a period of declining fortunes for American men’s tennis, the victory was warmly welcomed former world number four and highly respected coach Brad Gilbert. “Wow, what a clutch performance from big fella Opelka in winning 1st career 5 setter over Stanimal,” he tweeted.Wawrinka had few complaints. “Against those big servers you know you’re not going to have a lot of chances and you get under pressure a little bit more,” he said.At the end he went for it. He went bigger than me, more aggressive, and he deserved to win.Also Read | Wimbledon 2019: Andy Murray and Serena Williams know their mixed doubles opponentsAlso Read | Wimbledon 2019: Roger Federer survives 1st set wobble to sail into 2nd roundAlso See 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Wimbledon 2019Follow Stan Warwinka Next
India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 9, 2019UPDATED: September 9, 2019 14:20 IST ICC trolled England fans for their hostile behaviour towards Steve Smith in this Ashes series (ICC Twitter Photo)HIGHLIGHTSICC tweeted a picture of a fan wearing a Steve Smith crying mask and captioned it with the definition of KarmaEngland fans have been trolling and booing Steve Smith at every venue so far in this Ashes seriesBut Smith has let his bat do all the talking and amassed 671 runs in the series at a staggering average of 134.20England fans were trolling Steve Smith at the start of the Ashes series but not many would have the courage to boo the former Australia captain now that England have lost the chance to regain the Urn following their 185-run defeat in the fourth Test in Manchester on Sunday.Smith, who returned to the team in this match after missing the 2nd Test due to concussion, once again led the way with the bat for Australia, scoring 211 and 82 to take the game completely away from England. Such has been Smith’s form in this series that 82 was his lowest score in the three Tests that he has played till now.Despite not playing the third Test, Smith has still managed to amass a total of 671 runs in the series at a staggering average of 134.20 which includes three hundreds, a double century and two fifties.He has been the batsman that English bowlers have just not been able to dismiss despite the home-team fans trying their best to rattle Smith by booing and jeering him whenever he has taken the field in the three matches.The first Test at Edgbaston even saw some fans wearing masks with Steve Smith’s crying face on it. But it took just over a month for Smith to shut up his critics as he marked his return from the one-year ball-tampering ban by returning to the top spot in the ICC Test ranking for batsmen, dethroning India captain Virat Kohli from the position.Even the International Cricket Council couldn’t resist trolling the English fans for their hostile behaviour, particularly towards Smith.advertisementThe ICC tweeted a picture of a fan wearing the Steve Smith crying mask on his head and captioned it with the definition of Karma.karma [noun]kar·ma | \ kär-m also kr- \Definition of karmaoften capitalized : the force generated by a person’s actions held in Hinduism and Buddhism to perpetuate transmigration and in its ethical consequences to determine the nature of the person’s next existence. pic.twitter.com/tv2UmTd1TIICC (@ICC) September 8, 2019But there are still some in the cricketing fraternity who think Smith can never be forgiven for what he did last year in the Cape Town Test.Former England pacer Steve Harmison believes no matter what Smith does, his incredible feats will always be dwarfed by his role in the infamous Sandpaper scandal.”I don’t think you can forgive him,” Steve Harmison told talkSPORT. “When you’re known as a cheat – and he is, I’m not going to sugar-coat it – that’s on your CV. You’re marked and you take it to the grave. Whatever Steve Smith does, he’ll always be remembered for what happened in South Africa.”That’s something he’s got to live with. I can’t see anyone’s opinion changing on Smith, Bancroft, or Warner – because they’ve tarnished the game,” Harmison added.Also Read | Watch: Australia players sing John Williamson’s True Blue after retaining Ashes UrnAlso Read | Steve Smith is a cheat, you can never forgive him: Steve HarmisonAlso Read | Praise for Steve Smith, Pat Cummins goes one louder after retaining AshesFor 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Steve SmithFollow AshesFollow England VS Australia Ashes: ICC’s ‘Karma’ tweet is an attempt to hit back at England fans for trolling Steve SmithThe ICC tweeted a picture of a fan wearing the Steve Smith crying mask on his head and captioned it with the definition of Karma.advertisement Next
14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know How to Choose the Right Dress Shirt The Best Men’s Work Pants for Getting Down to Business With an unseasonally cool summer behind us, it may seem depressing to think about the possibility of a colder fall and winter (thanks for nothing, El Nino). However, we’ve still got to enjoy the last few weeks of warm weather before the crush of snow and ice begins again. Your old t-shirt and flip flops may do fine in June and July, but if you’re planning on some trail time this fall, you’ll need some sturdy – and fashionable – clothes for living the real mountain life.The team at Jackson Wyoming based Mountain Khakis know a thing or two about designing apparel that not only can stand up to a few seasons of abuse on the trails, but looks good in the office and around town too. An added bonus is that you won’t have to live in the typical “bro flannel” to claim some authentic above-the-treeline style. We got a sneak peek at the Fall ’14 line up that just launched, and it is perfect addition for any man looking to add a little rugged Americana to his closet.The all new Yak Shirt is made from a blend of organic cotton, hemp, and real yak wool. We know what you’re thinking. No it doesn’t smell like a stinky Himalayan Yak. Yes, it actually feels softer than merino, and has the same anti-odor and temperature regulating properties. We recommend pairing it with the Stagecoach Vest, especially if your Saturday morning includes loading your dogs into the truck for a long hike.For a little more nostalgic look, the Ranch Shearling Jacket is the perfect throwback. The classic silhouette is complimented by a cotton/spandex canvas outerlayer, and a luxurious, wicking liner that provides insulation and will keep you dry and comfortable all season long. Throw it on over a pair of the Camber 107 work pants, and you’ll fit right in tossing hay bales in the barn, or kicking off a weekend bar crawl.Not everyone is lucky enough to spend the fall in the Front Range or the Tetons. No matter where you call home though, the mountains are calling for a few last golden weeks of summer and fall. Skip the suit and pick up some new Mountain Khakis this fall and feel what living the mountain life is all about. 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States Editors’ Recommendations What to Wear on a Red-Eye Flight: Fashionably Comfortable Apparel for the Long Haul
Pickpocket Prevention: Don’t Become a Mark While Traveling The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt Editors’ Recommendations Man isn’t meant to stay indoors — our weekly “Trekking” column can attest to that. It’s a column dedicated to the adventurer inside of all of us, the one pining to ditch the office humdrum for a quick surf session or seven-week jaunt in the Grand Tetons. One day we may highlight an ultra-light stove and the next a set of handmade canoe paddles. Life doesn’t just happen inside the workplace, so get outside and live it.The winter months hold their own treasures, whether it be gathering with family or chasing snowfall upon the peaks of our favorite mountains. However, while they certainly offer a multitude of outdoor adventures to be had, they also serve as the coldest time of the year and the perfect opportunity to catch up on books we may have missed while gallivanting under the summer sun. Regardless if you prefer a brilliant memoir recounting the rolling plains and the open road, or a simple philosophical tale of isolation and reprieve atop a tower, there’s a bevy of outdoor-centric books to capture your inspiration while you wait for the snow to melt and the holidays to draw to an inevitable close. Below are five of our current, non-fiction favorites.Into the Wild, by Jon KrakauerYou’ve likely heard the story of one Christopher Johnson McCandless before. In April 1992, the young man left his well-to-do life and began hitchhiking his way toward the Alaskan frontier, a trek that ultimately culminated with a moose hunter discovering his decomposing body in a bus months later. Despite your opinion of McCandless, though, Krakauer paints an insightful narrative that sheds light on the 24-year-old’s turbulent relationship with his parents and the events leading up to his departure. It’s a heartbreaking, cautionary tale, filled with societal questions and a keen sense of adventure. Sean Penn’s film of the same name only does it so much justice.Great Plains, by Ian FrazierHumorist Ian Frazier may be best known for his work for The New Yorker, but his poignant travelogue of the American West is as captivating as it is insightful. It vividly documents the writer’s 25,000 mile trek through what often seems like the middle of nowhere, rehashing the people he meets and exploring historical figures such as Billy the Kid, Crazy Horse, and the infamous Bonnie and Clyde with an enthusiasm rarely afforded in history class. His sharp, poetic writing is peppered with witty humor, and he melds the past and present in such a way to give you a complete view of the treeless expanse found east of the Rockies. And there’s only so much talk of wheat.The Last Season, by Eric BlehmBlehm’s classic work of non-fiction is both a detective novel and a biography at heart. It focuses on the life and sudden disappearance of introvert Randy Morgenson, a seasoned ranger for the National Park Service who disappeared at age 54 while venturing through the unforgiving backcountry of California’s Sierra Nevadas. Blehm paints an empathetic portrait of Morgenson, adorned with thorough backstory regarding his troubled life and the ensuing search-and-rescue attempts to find him. The book is also a historical homage to the Sierras themselves, showcasing their beauty and allure through a human narrative fraught with mystery.Fire Season, by Philip ConnorsFire Season is a modern-day Walden. It chronicles former Wall Street Journal reporter Philip Connors’ stay in a Depression-era lookout tower situated 10,000 feet above sea level in the Gila National Forest of New Mexico. The author stayed in the structure for six months of the year for nearly a decade, keeping watch upon on what was once one of the most fire-prone forest in the United States. Each chapter encapsulates a month, interlacing a slew of ecological field notes with his nostalgic memories of ’90s New York, creating a contrast that can be seen as a budding naturalist’s commentary on both isolation and our innate obligation to protect the remaining wilderness.The Wilderness Warrior, by Douglas BrinkleyTheodore Roosevelt was a man of many merits, but his role as one of our nation’s founding naturalists tends to get overlooked in favor of his more political achievements. Brinkley’s historical text examines the ecological exploits of our 26th president in full, retracing Roosevelt’s crusade for the American wilderness in the early 1900s with wealth of details spanning everything from his hunts in the Big Horn Mountains to his ranching days in North Dakota. It also talks of his relationships with other life-long naturalists like John Muir and William L. Finley, but more so his role in expanding the national park system and his unprecedented impact on future conservation policy. All the New Whiskies You Need to Drink This Fall How to Cure Prosciutto at Home