Brazil Brazil’s qualifying hero Renato Augusto determined to fight for World Cup starting berth Raisa Simplicio 01:40 5/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Getty Brazil World Cup Friendlies Brazil v Croatia Brazil v Switzerland Brazil v Costa Rica Serbia v Brazil Croatia Switzerland Costa Rica Serbia The China-based midfielder shined during qualifying but he faces a fierce challenge from Fernandinho to anchor the Selecao at the upcoming finals One of Tite’s cornerstones during the road to Russia, Renato Augusto now faces a tough challenge to push himself into World Cup contention. The hard-working midfielder will need to prove to his coach that he is still an essential cog in Brazil’s machine. Renato is the only player in the Selecao that plays in China’s Super League, and has seen his stock rise immeasurably since he starred in the arduous South American qualifying campaign. His biggest rival for a starting spot, however, is Fernandinho, who also left a brilliant impression during Manchester City’s all-conquering Premier League season. The vagaries of the Chinese season, moreover, means that Renato goes to Russia with less playing time than his team-mates. He has racked up just 1,800 minutes since August, compared to Alisson’s 4,400 in the Roma goal. And he is still way behind even Pedro Geromel, who with 3,172 minutes is the player directly above him in that ranking. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash 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 (Foto: CBF / Divulgação)In the most recent Brasil Global Tour friendlies held in March, Tite decided to try out a team without Renato Augusto. Against Russia, Willian was given the chance to roam in midfield, with Philippe Coutinho pulling inside to support the Chelsea star and Douglas Costa, who deputised for the injured Neymar. For the clash with Germany, meanwhile, the coach opted to start Fernandinho for added bite in the engine room. The Selecao won both their games but looked more impressive against Germany, even taking into account the stiff challenge posed by the reigning World Cup holders. But Renato has one card up his sleeve. He knows Tite well, having starred under the coach at Corinthians as the Brazilian giants romped to Serie A glory in 2015. (Foto: Rodrigo Gazzanel/Ag. Corinthians)The player is also used to playing under pressure. At just 18 he took on Flamengo’s No. 10 shirt in the Copa do Brasil final, against bitter Rio rivals Vasco da Gama and at a time where the club had suffered an acute trophy drought. In front of a packed Maracana, Renato showed he was different. He did not flinch from the challenge and was one of the stars of the show. Since then technical ability and tactical awareness have been two of his hallmarks. Just two years after that wonderful introduction he had earned a move to Germany. Injury, however, interrupted his European adventure and led to a loan move back to Brazil with Corinthians, coincidentally under the same coaching staff now in charge of the national team. Renato’s Brazil career could have started even earlier if it were not for those physical problems. He was called up by Mano Menezes in 2011 at the start of a new World Cup cycle but failed to carve out a regular place. Tite is yet to hint at his starting line-up for Sunday’s Brasil Global Tour friendly against Croatia. But the coach is keen to pick a side that can carry Brazil into the World Cup and enter the finals in Russia in the best shape possible.
The Australian team narrowly lost in the pivotal 18’s Mixed division 6-4.With a powerful and heartfelt pre-game address by coach Michael McDonald, the 18’s Mixed were pumped to do their country proud.Some flashy footwork and accurate long balls from the Kiwis tested the Aussie defence as New Zealand ran out to an early lead. Haylee Henderson scored in the corner to open the Aussies account but a lot of work was needed in the second half to bridge the gap.Australia improved greatly in the second half but unfortunately half chances did not eventuate through no lack of trying from the Aussies. Sam Brisby in particular was the architect of many attacking raids.The Australians should take great heart that they can compete and win against the Kiwis in their pet division and will challenge over two games on Saturday. For more information, please visit the Youth World Challenge website – http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=1-6458-0-0-0
Congratulations to the award winners at the 2014 State of Origin Series. Men’s Open Game 1 – NSW (10) def QLD (7)Game 2 – QLD (9) def NSW (6)Game 3 – NSW (3) def QLD (1)Player of the Series – Sam Brisby (NSW)Women’s OpenGame 1 – NSW (6) def QLD (5)Game 2 – QLD (8) def NSW (3)Game 3 – NSW (5) def QLD (3)Player of the Series – Louise Winchester (NSW)Mixed Open Game 1 – QLD (9) def NSW (8)Game 2 – NSW (10) def QLD (9)Game 3 – QLD (9) def NSW (8)Female Player of the Series – Justine Johnstone (NSW)Male Player of Series – Tim Glazebrook (QLD)Men’s 20’s Game 1 – QLD (6) def NSW (5)Game 2 – NSW (8) def QLD (7)Game 3 – QLD (6) def NSW (5)Player of the Series – Cormac Hoch (QLD)Women’s 20’s Game 1 – NSW (4) def QLD (3)Game 2 – QLD (8) def NSW (7)Game 3 – QLD (4) def NSW (3)Player of the Series – Ash Kearney (QLD)Men’s 30’s Game 1 – QLD (9) def NSW (4)Game 2 – NSW (3) def QLD (2)Game 3 – NSW (5) def QLD (3)Player of the Series – Manu Wakely (NSW)Women’s 30’s Game 1 – NSW (8) def QLD (6)Game 2 – NSW (6) def QLD (0)Game 3 – NSW (6) def QLD (0)Player of the Series – Belinda Grech (NSW)Men’s 35’s Game 1 – NSW (8) def QLD (5)Game 2 – NSW (9) def QLD (5)Game 3 – NSW (3) def QLD (0)Player of the Series – Dean Wilbow (NSW)Women’s 35’s Game 1 – QLD (7) def NSW (6)Game 2 – NSW (3) def QLD (2)Game 3 – QLD (3) def NSW (2)Player of the Series – Tracy Upton (QLD)Men’s 40’s Game 1 – NSW (8) def QLD (6)Game 2 – QLD (9) def NSW (7)Game 3 – NSW (6) def QLD (2)Player of the Series – Tony Eltakchi (NSW)Women’s 40’sGame 1 – QLD (6) def NSW (1)Game 2 – QLD (2) def NSW (1)Game 3 – NSW (3) def QLD (2)Player of the Series – Jennine Gyemore (QLD)Men’s 45’s Game 1 – NSW (5) def QLD (2)Game 2 – QLD (3) def NSW (2)Game 3 – NSW (3) def QLD (2)Player of the Series – Derek Duguid (NSW)Men’s 50’s Game 1 – NSW (4) def QLD (2)Game 2 – NSW (4) def QLD (2)Game 3 – NSW (4) def QLD (3)Player of the Series – Mark Hearnden (NSW)Men’s 55’s (Invitational)Game 1 – NSW (6) def QLD (3)Game 2 – QLD (3) def NSW (1)Game 3 – QLD (4) def NSW (2)Player of the Series – Terry Harrison (QLD)Congratulations to New South Wales who retained the State of Origin shield winning eight divisions to five. Related LinksSOO Award Winners
Man City midfielder Bernardo Silva: Gabriel Jesus goals will do him goodby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva was pleased for Gabriel Jesus after his two goals in victory over Everton.The opener marked the striker’s first Premier League goal since August.”It was good after the defeat against Chelsea to give an answer,” Bernardo explained. “It was not an easy game.”To have difficult games against Hoffenheim and Everton, it was good to come back from that.”The next two months are hard, we need to be focused and fit, get as many wins as can to recover first position and go as far as we can in other competitions.””We are happy with Jesus’ two goals and hopefully he can score more and win more titles.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Tottenham boss Pochettino: No need to prioritise competitionsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says they won’t prioritise competitions this season.Their current run of four successive victories equals their best of the campaign and their manager is keen for them to avoid any slip-ups which may interfere with that, starting at home to Bournemouth today.”Two seasons ago when we were fighting with Leicester we went to the end but the gap was so big (they finished 11 points behind in third),” he said.”It wasn’t enough. Now we are close but we need to be cautious, go step-by-step, game-by-game.”We need to be conscious about that, we need to fight a lot, and there is still a long way for work and to be consistent.”Being involved in four competitions will be tough but we are going to try.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe: Our huge incentive going into Southampton clashby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe admits their clash with Southampton can lay down a marker.It is still early days in the Premier League, but playing first on Friday night means a win for Bournemouth will take them up to third in the table.”It’s a huge incentive going into this game,” Howe admitted. “We’re looking for back-to-back wins in the Premier League, which is a very difficult thing to do.”We’ve enjoyed the games against Southampton which have been tight and tough, from both clubs’ perspectives. We’re looking forward to another entertaining match.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Norwich midfielder Alex Tettey shuts down Rosenborg talkby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlexander Tettey insists he’s happy where he is at Norwich City.The midfielder, 33, is consistently being linked with a return to Norway at Rosenborg.But he told VG: “It is important that what is written is true, and that it is not portrayed that I’m hunting anything. “I’m not chasing a contract with Rosenborg, I’m not chasing to portray it as ‘I’ll be back, make room for me’. Absolutely not.”Tettey added: “I love Rosenborg, they mean a lot to me, but I don’t want to go to Rosenborg as a 34-year-old who everyone just wants to remember how he was before. It gives me nothing, it gives the club nothing, it gives the fans nothing.”
Writing about dress colors isn’t usually in our wheelhouse, but given how the sports world was responding to the viral debate regarding this photo Thursday night, we figured we’d get involved. We also figured we’d update you on the answer to the debate, as well as the reason that people are seeing the same dress in such drastically different colors.First, for those who haven’t seen the photo before – see below. Some people see it as white and gold, while others see it as blue and black.In the morning when I was looking at that dress, it was black&blue now in the evening its white&gold! WTF? HOW? :DDD pic.twitter.com/lwS8oQlcvx— Laura Slivka (@zeGoattt) February 27, 2015In reality, the dress is blue and black. That will probably shock half of you out there, but it’s true.Hey everyone, you can buy the dress yourself and see that it’s blue and black #whiteandgold #blackandblue #yallidiots pic.twitter.com/7XkMgMPFvi— Max (@thabaerjew) February 27, 2015So why is the world split on this? Wired probably has the best explanation we’ve seen out there. In short, a given person’s visual system is either discounting the color blue or the color gold involuntarily.This image, though, hits some kind of perceptual boundary. That might be because of how people are wired. Human beings evolved to see in daylight, but daylight changes color. That chromatic axis varies from the pinkish red of dawn, up through the blue-white of noontime, and then back down to reddish twilight. “What’s happening here is your visual system is looking at this thing, and you’re trying to discount the chromatic bias of the daylight axis,” says Bevil Conway, a neuroscientist who studies color and vision at Wellesley College. “So people either discount the blue side, in which case they end up seeing white and gold, or discount the gold side, in which case they end up with blue and black.” (Conway sees blue and orange, somehow.)Business Insider also has a decent writeup on the situation.The sports world has been having a field day relating this to team colors. Coach Cal made a joke last night. Duke basketball made another this morning. It probably won’t end for some time.
Cardale Jones Softball SwingUpdate: It turns out Joey Bosa doesn’t suck at softball. He hit a home run during the intra-team scrimmage.Earlier: Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones is a gifted athlete – that’s been made clear over the past five or six months. But he doesn’t seem to have much talent for hitting a softball. Friday, OSU’s Instagram account posted a funny video of Jones completely whiffing on a high-arc softball pitch. One of his teammates took footage of it, and even slowed it down to show how much he missed the ball by.Thankfully, Ohio State fans don’t really have to worry here. Whatever 35+ softball team he joins two decades from now might want to, though.
Barcelona have struck a deal which will see 19-year-old defender Jean-Clair Todibo make his way to Camp Nou as a free agent when his contract at Toulouse expires.The highly-rated teenager will officially link up with the La Liga champions on July 1.Barca have moved quickly to secure his services after seeing the youngster freed to enter into pre-contract talks as his current deal runs down. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? A versatile operator who can fill in across the defensive line or in the middle of the park, Todibo is considered to be one of the most promising talents in European football.He has already represented France at U20 level and big things are expected of him in the future.Upon reaching an agreement to bring in a man they hope to see flourish in Catalunya, a statement released on Barca’s official website read: “Todibo is a tall, right-footed defender who can play at centre back and also in the centre of the midfield.“At the youth level he often featured in the middle of the field given his ability on the ball.“One of his best qualities is his physical presence and his ability in the air.“At just 19 years of age, the young talent comes to FC Barcelona as one of the most promising players in European football in his position.”Todibo was born in Cayenne, the capital of French Guyana, but linked up with Toulouse in 2016.He progressed quickly through the ranks at the Ligue 1 club and was handed his competitive debut early in the 2018-19 campaign.His bow came at the age of 18 in a meeting with Bordeaux.He has gone on to make a further nine appearances this season, all of them as a starter.Todibo has also recorded his first senior goal, with the target found as he netted a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Rennes in September.He is now set to add much-needed depth to the defensive ranks at Camp Nou.Barca have seen Samuel Umtiti struggle with knee problems this season, while Thomas Vermaelen’s fitness woes have continued and Gerard Pique will be 32 before the current campaign comes to a close.
Hector Moreno is in Qatar, and if he sees out his contract he’ll be there for the next three years.How you feel about the Mexico international center back moving to Al-Gharafa probably has put you in one of two groups. Either you applauded the move as a deserved end-of-career financial boon for a long-serving Mexico international or you bemoaned another El Tri player taking the easy way out of Europe and parachuting into a league with lesser competition.And, good news! You’re probably right. 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? There’s a little truth in every side of the debate – the same debate that has accompanied Mexico players’ moves back to North America as well. When Giovani dos Santos, Carlos Vela and Jonathan dos Santos moved to various parts of Los Angeles or when Carlos Salcedo decided to leave Frankfurt for a life with Tigres in Monterrey, critics said the same. With America in the market for a new goalkeeper, Guillermo Ochoa may be the Mexico veteran subject to the hot takes.On the one hand, these players are human beings. They’re entitled to make decisions they feel benefit themselves – even if it comes at the expense of the team whose success a whole nation lives and dies with. If Moreno wants to cash in with some money made in the Middle East after a decade in Europe, who’s to stop him? He’s no doubt doing what he feels is best for him and his family. Same with a player who returns to Liga MX or joins MLS. The joy he feels being close to family and friends may be worth more to him than the joy he would feel celebrating a goal in La Liga or, more likely for many players, getting sporadic minutes in a big European league.On the other, there’s no doubt Moreno will be less challenged as a player in Qatar than if he’d stayed with Real Sociedad. The 31-year-old defender looked crisp this summer in the final two matches of the Gold Cup, no doubt in part because he’d had to earn his place with La Real. Other players, like Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez or Jesus “Tecatito” Corona found their footing and improved by leaps and bounds by having to fight off competition for a place in their well-stocked European clubs.The real crux of the matter is players older than 30 should be getting phased out of the national team no matter what their club situation. Some exceptions exist. There are plenty of players who still can do the job even as they push past the milestone, but players in their prime are supposed to be jumping past these veterans. It’s admirable Ochoa is shaping up to be the No. 1 in Qatar at age 38, but is he really being pushed for the starting job by any up-and-comers in Liga MX or abroad?Moreno, with his unique profile as a left-footed center back who is extremely effective in picking out attackers on the opposite side of the field, is a player not easily replaced. There’s a reason both previous Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio and current El Tri boss Tata Martino have rolled with the veteran in their XIs even as he played limited minutes at the club level. The debate would be a moot point were Nestor Araujo locking onto the job and making the role his own. Instead, the Celta de Vigo defender struggled to display the level needed at the Gold Cup. This is a team in which Rafa Marquez started at the World Cup last summer at a spry 39 years of age. Part of that was down to injuries, but Edson Alvarez wasn’t yet ready to play the defensive midfield spot full-time.Osorio and Martino seeing the same value in veterans doesn’t mean they’re singing from the same hymn sheet in other aspects. While Osorio regularly railed against players not pushing themselves to find challenges at the club level, Martino looks to have accepted that players are going to come to North America or head off to the Middle East. That’s the reality of the market right now.More productive than complaining about the decisions those players already have made for themselves is focusing on what’s coming. El Tri fans should enjoy Moreno while they can – and let him enjoy himself as he plays out the last years of his playing career. It’s up to others, not him, to make sure the national team continues to improve.
German club Eintracht Frankfurt have revealed left-back Jetro Willems missed training on Friday as he was “free to conduct transfer calls” amid reported interest from Newcastle United.The Bundesliga outfit took to Twitter this afternoon as the squad continue preparations for their Bundesliga opener at home to Hoffenheim on August 18, but they freely admitted that Willems was absent from the session.The 25-year-old Dutchman has been a long-term target for the Magpies, who were first linked with a move for the defender back in January 2016 while he was a PSV Eindhoven player. 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? Newcastle’s interest, however, has been rekindled this summer and reports in the north-east of England suggest the Premier League club have agreed personal terms with the Netherlands international.There is a suggestion the move could consist of an initial loan deal with an option to buy the player at the end of the 2019-20 season.Die Mannschaft steht wieder auf dem Platz ⚽️Jetro Willems ist aktuell freigestellt, um Transfergespräche zu führen. #GudeÖsterreich pic.twitter.com/bYnKVbcNBf— Eintracht Frankfurt (@Eintracht) August 2, 2019The Rotterdam-born full-back joined Frankfurt in July 2017, and was part of the side that triumphed in the German Cup final the following year after a 3-1 win over Bayern Munich in Berlin.New Toon manager Steve Bruce is keen to bring in another left-back during the current transfer window to provide competition for local boy Paul Dummett, who became a regular first-team fixture under previous boss Rafa Benitez.Willems could form one-half of a double transfer announcement at St James’ Park this weekend, with French winger Allan Saint-Maximin also expected to complete a move to Tyneside from Nice over the next 24 to 48 hours.The pair will become Bruce’s second and third signings of the summer transfer window following the arrival of Brazilian striker Joelinton from Hoffenheim for a club-record fee last month.The striker, who was handed the club’s famous number nine shirt ahead of the new campaign, has made an instant impact in pre-season and been described by Borussia Dortmund defender Manuel Akanji as the toughest opponent he faced last season.Newcastle wrap-up their friendly calendar with a home game against Saint-Etienne on Saturday, before their Premier League programme gets underway with the visit of Arsenal on August 11.
LOUISVILLE, KY – NOVEMBER 29: The Louisville Cardinals take the field before the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on November 29, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)The Papa John’s scandal has directly impact the University of Louisville, where John Schnatter has been a major booster and until this week, a trustee. Now, the stadium bearing the name of his company will just be Cardinal Stadium.Earlier this week, members of the Cardinals football program, as well as some fans, began to call for Papa John’s to be dropped from the stadium name.That wasn’t as simple as figuring something out with the company, however. The naming deal was done with Schnatter himself. From ABC News:Schnatter remains prominently linked to the school through Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. In a complicated arrangement, the school’s deal is with Schnatter himself, not the Papa John’s brand, and provides that if he leaves the company, Schnatter can rename the building. His current deal with the university runs through 2040.Louisville president Neeli Bendapudi said that the school was looking into the matter. It didn’t take that long.Moments ago, Bendapudi announced that John Schnatter supported the school in taking “Papa John’s” off of Louisville’s football stadium name. It will now just be “Cardinal Stadium.”From 93.9 The Ville’s Mark Ennis, who attended the press conference:UofL President Neeli Bendapudi announces she has renamed the football stadium simply “Cardinal Stadium”. States she also has the support of the board of trustees for the move. pic.twitter.com/zs9nDFo1wx— Mark Ennis (@MarkEnnis) July 13, 2018Bendapudi says she spoke with Schnatter. He apologized. He was contrite and supports the decision to remove the name so as to not be a distraction.— Mark Ennis (@MarkEnnis) July 13, 2018It is unclear whether Louisville can or will look at other sponsorship opportunities for the stadium naming rights.The school is also taking Schnatter’s name from the business school as well.BREAKING: University of Louisville says it has decided to take Papa John’s off its stadium name and take Papa John’s founder John Schnatter’s name off the business school.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 13, 2018Earlier this week, it was revealed that Schnatter had used the n-word in a conference call. After stepping down as company CEO in December, following the outcry from statements he made after national anthem protests by NFL players, he has now stepped down as chairman of the company he founded. He has also resigned from Louisville’s board of trustees.
ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 22: Head coach Jim Harbaugh leads the team onto the field while playing the Illinois Fighting Illini on October 22, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 41-8. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Nebraska entered today’s game against Michigan as a major underdog. The Wolverines were favored by 18 points in today’s contest against the Huskers. Some thought that spread was too large and that Scott Frost’s team, if Adrian Martinez played, would be able to cover it.Those people were wrong – very, very wrong.Michigan has absolutely dominated the first half of this game, scoring at will on offense and wreaking havoc on the Huskers’ offense.Martinez has been under pressure all game – the Wolverines have too many sacks to count, basically – and the Huskers have made some bone-headed mistakes, too.It’s Michigan 39, Nebraska 0 after two quarters.Do the Huskers have any chance of doing anything in the second half? ESPN doesn’t believe so.ESPN’s Football Power Index gives Michigan a 99.9 percent chance to win this game. That’s as high as it gets at halftime.Nebraska and Michigan are playing on FOX Sports 1. The second half should begin in about 15 minutes.
CORAL GABLES, FL – JANUARY 02: Head coach Manny Diaz of the Miami Hurricanes (left) poses for a photo with athletic director Blake James after the introductory press conference in the Mann Auditorium at the Schwartz Center on January 2, 2019 in Coral Gables, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)The Miami Hurricanes already added one prominent quarterback under Manny Diaz. Now, the new head coach of The U has added his first high school QB commitment, in Houston native Peyton Matocha.The ‘Canes added Ohio State transfer Tate Martell 10 days ago.Martell was a highly-touted former four-star recruit. He is attempting to gain immediate eligibility, citing Urban Meyer’s unexpected retirement.Now, Matocha will be joining him in the quarterback room.Matocha’s recruitment hadn’t been super exciting during his senior year, but seemed to be heating up late as teams look to add to their classes ahead of the February 6 National Signing Day. He is a three-star player, ranked No. 38 among dual-threat players in the class.He took a visit to Texas A&M last week, and did committed while at Miami this weekend, after new ‘Canes offensive coordinator Dan Enos visited him during the week.Peyton Matocha announced his Miami football commitment earlier this evening.Via Twitter:Extremely excited to announce that I am COMMITTED to the University of Miami!! #TheU? #TNM pic.twitter.com/XTRocRGRZz— Peyton Matocha (@peyton_matocha) January 27, 2019As a senior at St. Thomas High School, Matocha threw for 3,697 yards, 35 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. He is also a threat with his legs, running for 787 yards and 14 touchdowns on the year.Matocha and Martell join a quarterback room that was pretty fraught this season.Malik Rosier was the only scholarship player at the position who didn’t serve a suspension at some point during the year, but his play was extremely up-and-down.N’Kosi Perry started a large chunk of the season, but was also inconsistent, and found himself in hot water over social media posts. Jarren Williams and Cade Weldon were also suspended at times for separate incidents, and Williams considered a transfer for a bit, but will be back.Solving the quarterback situation has to be one of the first things that Diaz and Enos have on their plates as the ‘Canes try and rebound from a very disappointing season under Mark Richt, who abruptly stepped away from the program after the season.
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 03: Chase Winovich #15 of the Michigan Wolverines warms up prior to the start of the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Michigan Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)The NFL combine has been absolutely brimming with strange and personal questions for the would-be pros. The latest intimate line of questioning was directed at Michigan star Chase Winovich, who was asked a probing question about his social life.In an interview on The Rich Eisen Show, transcribed by Maize n Brew, Winovich revealed that at least five NFL teams asked him about his date with Lourdes Leon, the daughter of recording artist Madonna. He said that he knew Leon as a student at Michigan and initially reached out to her via email before eventually going on a date with her.“It was probably at least like five.. asking about my date with Madonna’s daughter,” Winovich said.Winovich knew Lourdes was a student at Michigan and he emailed her to get the ball rolling.“I emailed her and told her I was trying to join the school of music, theater, and dance. So one thing led to another and we went on a date.”Winovich later revealed that there was only the one date and the two had fun.For the paparazzi among us, it’s probably disappointing to see that Winovich won’t be able to compete with fellow Michigan alum Tom Brady to see who has the most high-profile significant other.As for the questioning, Winovich is just the latest player to receive some truly bizarre lines of questioning in interviews. Other players have been asked questions ranging from whether they’d prefer to win a sprint or finish second in a marathon, to participating in starting contests.The Michigan defensive star had 59 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks, and a fumble recovery in his senior year with the Wolverines.[Maize n Brew]
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – SEPTEMBER 22: Head coach Bronco Mendenhall of the Virginia Cavaliers watches the clock in the second half during a game against the Louisville Cardinals at Scott Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Ryan M. Kelly/Getty Images)One of the top remaining Class of 2019 prospects, four-star defensive tackle Jeffrey M’Ba, has been putting off his commitment decision until the last minute. That decision appears to have now been reached.Taking to Twitter on Saturday morning, M’Ba announced that he is committing to the University of Virginia. Making the announcement in English and French, he expressed his delight at playing for the team next season.@UVAFootball I COMING THIS JUNE !!!Per 247Sports, M’Ba is the No. 341 prospect in the country. He is considered the No. 25 defensive tackle in the country, and the No. 4 prospect from the state of Connecticut.In picking the Cavaliers, M’Ba turned down a number of top programs from the SEC and Big Ten. He had outstanding offers from Michigan, Penn State, Ohio State, Florida, and Tennessee, among others.@UVAFootball I COMING THIS JUNE !!!🔸⚔️🔹⚔️ #GoHoos pic.twitter.com/2lEHmRIh9A— A.J ⚙️m’ba🇫🇷 (@71THANOS) March 23, 2019Last night, the Cavaliers basketball team was able to avoid another upset by a No. 16 seed in the NCAA Tournament to advance to the Round of 32. The addition of Jeffrey M’Ba caps off a terrific week in University of Virginia sports.For the Virginia football team, the addition gives them their second four-star commitment for the Class of 2019. The previous several classes have not even had one.Suffice it to say, things appear to be getting even better for head coach Bronco Mendenhall and the Cavaliers.
Reuters AntiguaJanuary 29, 2019UPDATED: January 29, 2019 18:21 IST England were bowled out for their 4th lowest total vs West Indies while they were set a record total in the first Test. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEngland had left out experienced pacer Stuart Broad in the first TestEngland were outplayed by Roston Chase and Jason Holder in BarbadosEngland would look to turn it around for themselves in Antigua in the 2nd TestA year in which England will host the World Cup and the Ashes started in the worst possible way with an emphatic 381-run defeat by West Indies in Barbados and they face major selection choices for the second Test in Antigua starting on Thursday.For West Indies, led by one of the game’s most exciting talents in all-rounder Jason Holder, the contest at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, offers a chance to prove they are a team on the rise — capable of more than just occasional triumphs.For all the focus on England’s decision to play two spinners and leave out experienced seamer Stuart Broad, the fact remains that England’s loss was caused by a shocking first-innings batting effort as they were skittled out for a paltry 77.Concerns over England’s batting increased when part-time spinner Roston Chase took eight wickets in the second innings.Questions are being asked of England’s left-handed opener Keaton Jennings who is struggling again after showing his capabilities with a century in Sri Lanka in November.It would be a surprise, however, if England’s selectors decided to immediately jettison him for 32-year-old back-up Joe Denly but Jennings will again be under pressure to show he merits that faith.Jennings will need to show real toughness to rise to the challenge but that is a quality former skipper Michael Vaughan feels the team is lacking.”They do not have the mental strength to fight through tough sessions by working hard and forcing bowlers into their third or fourth spells. They are fine when they bowl a team out or make a big score batting first themselves but poor when they are under a little bit of pressure,” Vaughan wrote in his Daily Telegraph column.advertisementVaughan pointed the finger firmly at Jennings and is worried he won’t be able to handle Holder’s pace attack.”Keaton Jennings is a good player against spin but every time he faces pace I shut my eyes. He does not know where his off stump is and, as an opening batsman, that is your number one task,” he said.Broad is likely to return to the attack but it is far from clear who will drop out and with Antigua possibly friendly to spin, Joe Root may still need to keep two slow bowlers.The mood in the home camp is buoyant, after all there have only been two other occasions when the West Indies won a Test by bigger margins by runs.They defeated England by 425 runs in Manchester in 1976 and crushed Australia by 408 runs in Adelaide in 1980.While the results of the Caribbean side remain well below the standards they once set, there are signs they may be turning the corner — the victory in Barbados was their eighth win in their last 21 Tests.Those victories include two against England and Pakistan and one against Sri Lanka but Holder, now ranked as the world’s top Test all-rounder, knows there have been plenty of false dawns for his team.”We’ve still got a long way to go. One Test match doesn’t make a summer,” he said. “We’ve been in this position before, so lots of hard work to be done.”Also Read | Alastair Cook blasts England’s preparations after West Indies Test defeatAlso Read | Jason Holder No.1 Test all-rounder after exploits against EnglandFor 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 West Indies vs EnglandFollow West Indies vs England 2nd TestFollow Joe RootFollow Jason Holder Focus on 2nd Test team selection for England after historic loss vs West IndiesEngland’s selection decisions came under scanner after the first Test against West Indies, where they were humiliated by a 381-run defeat in Barbados.advertisement
Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiAugust 29, 2018UPDATED: March 17, 2019 20:28 IST List of current Chief Ministers of India; Image Credits: GettyAfter the recent Assembly Elections 2018, the Indian National Congress (INC) on Saturday has announced that it has captured the power in three vital states of India—Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Chhattisgarh.With the rounds of discussions and top-level meetings, the Congress has appointed new Chief Ministers in these states after their major victory.Who is a Chief Minister in India?According to the Indian Constitution, a Chief Minister is the elected head of the council of ministers in a stateIn simpler words, the one who controls, rules or handles the functions of a particular stateThe candidate who becomes Chief Minister oversees the day-to-day functioning of the state governmentA CM is assisted by the council of ministers, which consists of cabinet ministers and deputy ministers — among othersWith the help of media, the CM is responsible for communicating all policies and decisions to the people of the stateDifference between Chief Minister and Governor The Chief Minister is vested with the ‘de facto’ executive powers and Governor is the official ‘head of the state’The CM is appointed, and sworn in, by the Governor of the stateHere’s a list of current Chief Ministers in India1. Nara Chandrababu Naidu – Andhra Pradesh Andhra Pradesh’s CM, Nara Chandrababu Naidu.Nara Chandrababu Naidu was born on April 20, 1950, Naravaripalli, near Tirupati, IndiaHe is an Indian politician who was the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh from 1995 to 2004 before he was again appointed as CM in 20142. Pema Khandu – Arunachal Pradesh Arunachal Pradesh’s CM, Pema KhanduPema Khandu is an Arunachalese politician and the Chief Minister of Arunachal PradeshHe is a graduate from Hindu College, Delhi University, and is the youngest CM of Indiaadvertisement3. Sarbanda Sonowal – Assam Assam’s CM, Sarbananda SonowalSarbananda Sonowal is the 14th Chief Minister of AssamHe is a BJP member and represents Majuli constituency in Assam’s state legislative assemblyHe was Union Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs under Narendra Modi-led NDA government from 2014 to 20164. Nitish Kumar – Bihar Bihar’s CM, Nitish Kumar (Image: Getty)Nitish Kumar is a senior Indian politician and is the current Chief Minister of BiharHe has held the position since 2005He has successfully appointed more than one lakh school teachers during his tenure as Chief Minister of Bihar5. Bhupesh Baghel – Chhattisgarh Chattisgarh’s CM, Bhupesh BaghelBorn in 1961, Bhupesh Baghel has become the third Chief Minister of the state according to Doordarshan NewsBaghel managed to pip other three contenders — TS Singh Deo, Tamradhwaj Sahu and Charan Das Mahant for the top post of the state in the Assembly Elections 2018He has taken over the position of Raman Singh who served Chattisgarh as CM from December 7, 2003, to December 11, 2018Congress has ended the 15-year-old regime of Raman Singh by appointing Baghel as a new CM6. Vacant (under Governor’s rule) – Jammu and Kashmir Former CM Mehbooba Mufti with current Governor of Jammu and Kashmir NN Vohra. (Image: PTI)Mehbooba Mufti served as the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir from April 4, 2016, but later resigned on June 19, 2018She sent her resignation to NN Vohra, the current governor of the state because BJP withdrew its support from the People’s Democratic PartyCurrently, the seat of CM in the state is vacant. However, now Jammu and Kashmir have Kavinder Gupta as a new deputy CM, replacing BJP’s Nirmal Singh.7. Manohar Parrikar – Goa Goa’s CM, Manohar Gopalkrishna Prabhu ParrikarManohar Gopalkrishna Prabhu Parrikar was Chief Minister of Goa from March 14, 2017 till March 17, 2019 when he passed away from pancreatic cancerHe is a leader of Bharatiya Janata PartyHe was earlier a member of the Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh but resigned after the 2017 Goa Legislative Assembly election to become Chief Minister of Goa8. Vijaybhai R Rupani – Gujarat Gujarat’s CM, Vijaybhai R RupaniVijaybhai R Rupani is currently the Chief Minister of GujaratHe represents Rajkot West Assembly constituency in Gujarat’s state legislative assemblyHe is a Bachelor of Arts degree-holderHe is the only minister in the present cabinet of Gujarat who was arrested during the Emergency era9. Manohar Lal Khattar – Haryana Haryana’s CM, ML Khattar (Image: Getty)Manohar Lal Khattar is the current Chief Minister of Haryana and belongs to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)Khattar started his political career in 1977 by joining the RSS at the young age of 24 yearsAlso read: Health ministry finally implements HIV/AIDS Act 2017: All you need to know10. Jairam Thakur – Himachal Pradesh Himachal Pradesh’s CM, Jai Ram ThakurJai Ram Thakur is the current Chief Minister of Himachal PradeshOn December 24, he became a BJP legislative party leader after defeating Prem Kumar DhumalOn December 27, 2017, he became the 13th CM of the stateadvertisement11. Raghubar Das – Jharkhand Jharkhand’s CM, Raghubar Das. (Image: Getty)Raghubar Das is the 10th Chief Minister of JharkhandHe is the first non-tribal chief minister in the state’s 14-year historyHe was sworn in as the Jharkhand’s Chief Minister on December 28, 201412. HD Kumaraswamy – Karnataka Karnataka’s CM, HD Kumaraswamy. (Image: Getty)HD Kumaraswamy is the current CM of KarnatakaHe was elected to the Karnataka Assembly from Channapatna and Ramanagara Assembly ConstituencyHD Kumaraswamy is the son of former Prime Minister of India HD Deve Gowda and Chennamma13. Pinarayi Vijayan – Kerala Kerala’s CM, Pinarayi Vijayan (Image: Getty)Pinarayi Vijayan is the current Chief Minister of KeralaHe was sworn-in as the 12th Chief Minister of Kerala on May 25, 2016He got elected to the Kerala Legislative Assembly in 1970, 1977, 1991 and 199614. Kamal Nath- Madhya Pradesh Madhya Pradesh’s CM, Kamal NathBorn on November 18, 1946, in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, Kamal Nath has taken the oath as the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh on December 17, 2018He completed his graduation in B Com from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, West BengalIn the Assembly Elections 2018, Kamal Nath has taken over the position of Shivraj Singh Chouhan who belongs to the Bharatiya Janata Party15. Devendra Fadnavis – Maharashtra Maharashtra’s CM, Devendra Gangadhar Fadnavis. (Image: Getty)Devendra Gangadhar Fadnavis took an oath of office on October 31, 2014, at Wankhede Stadium in MumbaiHe became the second youngest Chief Minister of the state at the age of 44He was also awarded the Best Parliamentarian Award by Commonwealth Parliamentary Association in 2002-0316: N Biren Singh – Manipur Manipur’s CM, Nongthombam Biren Singh (Image: Getty)Nongthombam Biren Singh was born on January 1, 1961Apart from being a politician, he is also a former footballer and journalistHe is the present Chief Minister of ManipurIn March 2017, he was elected as the leader of the BJP Legislatures Party of Manipur and was sworn in as Chief Minister of Manipur on March 15, 2017.17. Conrad Kongkal Sangma – Meghalaya CM of Meghalaya, Conrad Kongkal Sangma.Conrad Kongkal Sangma is the current Chief Minister of MeghalayaHe was declared the Chief Minister by swearing in on March 6, 2018He also presented his first budget within 10 days of being the CM of Meghalaya18. Pu Zoramthanga- Mizoram Mizoram’s CM, ZoramthangaBorn on July 13, 1944, Pu Zoramthanga, the new Chief Minister of Mizoram is the leader of Mizo National FrontEarlier, Zoramthanga has served this position from December 4, 1998, to December 9, 2008, for two consecutive termsHe was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor K Rajasekharan during a ceremony at Raj Bhavan in AizawlAt 74, he has dethroned Pu Lalthanhawla, the former Chief Minister of Mizoram who held this post for 10 years starting from December 2008 to December 201819. Neiphiu Rio – Nagaland Nagaland’s CM, Neiphiu Rio (Image: Getty)Neiphiu Rio is Nagaland’s current Chief MinisterHe previously also served as CM of the state for three consecutive terms during 2003-08, 2008-13 and 2013-14In 1989, he got elected to Nagaland Assembly from Northern Angami-II constituency as a Congress candidateadvertisement20. Naveen Patnaik – Odisha Odisha’s CM, Naveen Patnaik.Naveen Patnaik is the 14th and incumbent Chief Minister of OdishaHe is the founding chief of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD)Naveen Patnaik was honored by the United Nations (UN) for evacuating nearly a million people ahead of the tropical storm Cyclone Phailin that hit coastal Odisha in October 2013.21. Amarinder Singh – Punjab Punjab’s CM, Captain Amarinder Singh. (Image: Getty)Captain Amarinder Singh is the 26th Chief Minister of PunjabPrior to this, he served as Chief Minister of Punjab from 2002-2007Amarinder Singh was introduced to Congress by Rajiv Gandhi and was first elected to the Lok Sabha in 198022. Ashok Gehlot – Rajasthan Rajasthan’s CM, Ashok GehlotAshok Gehlot was born on May 3, 1951, and his educational qualifications are BSc, M.A. (Economics), LLBEarlier, he has served as Chief Minister of this state from December 1, 1998, to December 8, 2003, and then again from December 13, 2008, to December 13, 2013Before Assembly Elections 2018, Vasundhara Raje was the Chief Minister of Rajasthan23. Pawan Kumar Chamling – Sikkim Sikkim’s CM, Pawan Kumar Chamling.Pawan Kumar Chamling is the fifth CM of SikkimChamling was continuously engaged in political activities since 1973 and was actively involved in people’s revolution in the same year.He was born on September 22, 1950In 1985, he was elected as a member of Sikkim Legislative Assembly24. Thiru Edappadi K Palaniswami – Tamil Nadu Tamil Nadu’s CM, Thiru Edappadi K Palaniswami.Thiru Edappadi K Palaniswami is the current CM of Tamil NaduHe is an Indian politician and assumed office on February 16, 2017His party is known as ‘All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’25. K Chandrashekhar Rao – Telangana Telangana’s CM, Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao. (Image: Getty)Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao is the first Chief Minister of Telangana stateHe is also the founder of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) party formed for the cause of a separate state of TelanganaHe was born on February 17, 1954, in Siddipet, Medak district of Hyderabad state26. Biplab Kumar Deb – Tripura Tripura’s CM, Biplab Kumar Deb.Biplab Kumar Deb is the current and 10th Chief Minister of TripuraHe has been the state president of Tripura BJP since early 2016He took his oath as CM on March 9, 201827. Yogi Adityanath – Uttar Pradesh Uttar Pradesh’s CM, Yogi Adityanath. (Image: Getty)The current CM of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath’s real name is Ajay Singh BishtIn 1998, he became the youngest member to be elected to the 12th Lok Sabha at 26 years of ageHe was born on June 5, 197228. Trivendra Singh Rawat – Uttarakhand Uttarakhand’s CM, Trivendra Singh Rawat. (Image: Getty)Trivendra Singh Rawat is the current Chief Minister of UttarakhandHe was appointed as CM of the state in 2017 after winning the Assembly electionsRawat was an active member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh during the period of 1979 to 200229. Mamata Banerjee – West Bengal West Bengal’s CM, Mamata Banerjee . (Image: Getty)Mamata Banerjee is the ninth Chief Minister of West BengalShe is the first lady to hold the Chief Minister’s office in the stateShe is the only woman CM to win two consecutive termsChief Ministers of Territories of India1. Arvind Kejriwal- Delhi (NCT) Delhi’s CM, Arvind Kejriwal. (Image: Getty)Arvind Kejriwal is the present CM of DelhiHis party (AAP) got a clear majority by winning 67 out of 70 seats in Delhi assembly elections in the year 2015A former Indian Revenue Service officer, he is famously known for his key role in drafting the Jan Lokpal BillDelhi: Governed by multiple authorities including Chief MinisterAfter the Constitution (69th Amendment) Act, 1991 came into force, followed by the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi Act, 1991, the Union Territory of Delhi officially became the National Capital Territory of Delhi.The Act gave Delhi its own legislative assembly and directed that the administrator thereof appointed shall be designated as the Lieutenant Governor (LG).At present, Delhi is governed by multiple authorities including the CM.2. V Narayanasamy- Puducherry (UT) CM of Puducherry, V Narayanasamy.V Narayanasamy is the current CM of PuducherryHe was born on May 30, 1947He is associated with the Indian National CongressHe is the 10th Chief Minister of the Union Territory of Puducherry since June 2016Note: According to a Government website, no other union territories have Chief Ministers.Also read: Smartgram projects in Haryana inaugurated by Pranab Mukherjee: Know all about the schemeInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to firstname.lastname@example.orgGet 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. 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2019 Bajaj Dominar 400 launched in India, price starts at Rs 1.73 lakhThe 2019 Bajaj Dominar 400 now comes with a more powerful engine now. There is a liquid cooled, 373.27 cc, DOHC engine that churns out 40 PS and 35 Nm of torque.advertisement Varun Singh New DelhiApril 4, 2019UPDATED: April 4, 2019 13:49 IST The 2019 Bajaj Dominar 400 is now available with dual channel ABS.HIGHLIGHTS The 2019 Bajaj Dominar 400 can make 0 to 100 kmph in 7.1 seconds.The sports tourer has 320 mm and 230 mm discs at the front and rear, respectively.The 2019 Bajaj Dominar 400 comes with mosaic shaped, redesigned, full LED headlamp.Bajaj Auto today launched the 2019 Dominar 400 in India at a starting price of Rs 1,73,870 (ex-showroom, Delhi). The 2019 Bajaj Dominar 400 is now available with dual channel ABS and comes in Aurora Green and Vine Black colour options.The 2019 Bajaj Dominar 400 now comes with a more powerful engine now. There is a liquid cooled, 373.27 cc, DOHC engine that churns out 40 PS (the earlier edition made 35 PS) and 35 Nm of torque. The motorcycle can make 0 to 100 kmph in 7.1 seconds. The company claims a top speed of 156 kmph for the sports tourer.”Dominar 400 has been able to create a strong following for itself and has become the preferred choice for city riders and long-distance tourers, alike. Customers have pushed the bike into extreme long distance and challenging geographies with aplomb, which inspired us to strengthen the sports tourer credentials in the new Dominar,” said Sarang Kanade, President – Motorcycles, Bajaj Auto.The suspension duties in the 2019 Bajaj Dominar 400 are performed by 43 mm USD forks at the front and multi-step adjustable mono shock with nitrox at the rear. There are 320 mm and 230 mm discs at the front and rear, respectively. The sports tourer gets slipper clutch, twin barrel exhaust, beam type perimeter frame and bungee straps tucked under the seat to tie gear and belongings.The 2019 Bajaj Dominar 400 comes with mosaic shaped, redesigned, full LED headlamp with AHO (automatic headlamps on). The redesigned secondary display shows time, gear position and trip information. There is a fresh mirror design with cast aluminium stalks. There are new tail lamp internals with light guides as well.advertisementALSO READ | Mahindra XUV300 and Badshah Set The Roads on Fire in a new music videoALSO READ | Royal Enfield sales decline 20 per cent to 60,831 units in March 2019ALSO READ | Porsche Taycan enters final stage of testing, comprehensive checks being conducted in 30 countriesGet 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 byVarun Singh Tags :Follow Bike launchFollow sports tourer launchFollow New bike launchFollow 2019 bike launchFollow 2019 sports tourer launch Next