Salihamidzic in talks with Hudson-Odoi family about Bayern Munich moveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich chief Hasan Salihamidzic has held talks with Chelsea attacker Callum Hudson-Odoi about a move to Germany next month.Bayern have upped their bid from €15m to €20m in the last 24 hours after being encouraged in talks with the player’s camp.BILD says Salihamidzic has spoken with Hudson-Odoi’s family about a career plan they have mapped out for the teenager.The 18 year-old is tied to Chelsea until 2020 and leaning towards leaving in January.For his part, Blues manager Maurizio Sarri says: “He’s still a very young player, we’ll have to wait a bit. But in the future he will be a very, very strong player, I’m sure of that.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 17: Fans of the Michigan Wolverines react to a 14-3 loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes on November 17, 2007 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)It may be June, but Ohio State and Michigan are in mid-season form in the trash talk department. Saturday night, Buckeyes wide receivers coach Zach Smith, taking exception to what appears to be a recruiting pamphlet produced by Michigan, blasted the Wolverines on Twitter. Smith, who is clearly ticked off that Michigan is is promoting its assistant coach Jedd Fisch as a better alternative for recruits to develop under, fired back, boasting about Ohio State’s three victories in a row over the Wolverines.Smith also predicted a fourth straight victory and posted a photo of all of the rings he’s won in his coaching years. It’s strong.U mad bro?? #LevelsToThis #IfTheyAintHatingYouAintPoppin pic.twitter.com/QhnJceNL4W— Zach Smith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) June 7, 2015@CoachZachSmith that’s all they got?!— Darron Lee (@DLeeMG8) June 7, 2015Check my Resume… And if it’s confusing… Check my live resume next November. It will be the same resume as the last 3 Novembers.— Zach Smith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) June 7, 2015Back to my regularly scheduled Saturday… #ThisAintWhatYouWant #Zone6 pic.twitter.com/6bxT0IoN3E— Zach Smith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) June 7, 2015Jim Harbaugh and his staff certainly aren’t bowing down to Ohio State. But the Wolverines may want to win a few games before they start comparing anything between the two schools.
Real Madrid’s hopes of dispensing with the services of Gareth Bale this summer are looking ever dimmer as the forward prepares to start the pre-season with the Blancos. Having already splashed out on five new signings in the current transfer window, Madrid know that, once Ferland Mendy is presented, Operation Exit must begin in earnest. With 37 players cluttering up the first-team squad the club must undergo a significant clear-out at the start of pre-season, which begins on July 8. Almost a third of those have been declared up for sale by those in charge at the Bernabeu. 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? Some of the Madrid squad have begun to pack their bags. Marco Llorente crossed the road for Atletico Madrid, while Mateo Kovacic is set to make permanent his move to Chelsea in the coming days. But there has been no movement on the man Florentino Perez would most like to see leave, and who, if he stays, is set to become an expensive pariah in 2019-20.The case of Bale is crucial to Madrid. Coach Zinedine Zidane has no interest in fielding the Wales international, a fact he showed no qualms in making clear towards the end of last season. But Bale will nevertheless be getting on the plane to Montreal with the rest of the Blancos squad, Goal can confirm, as what would have been the club’s biggest sale of the summer is completely stalled.For his part the player has similarly made clear that he wants to stay at the Bernabeu, ignoring the unsubtle hints sent his way by Zidane as well as the arrival of several new signings set to push him out of the forward line.The former Southampton and Tottenham winger would only consider a transfer that assures him the same lavish wage package he will enjoy in the Spanish capital until his contract expires in June 2022.There is no sign that the situation will be resolved with any haste. Right now there are no meetings planned to discuss his sale, no offers on the table and very little interest in Bale. Unless there is a rapid breakthrough, then, Zidane and Bale will meet face to face next week, prior to the start of the tour, ensuring some rather awkward silences on the long plane trip to Canada and later the United States.
It’s not uncommon for a recruit to be a little upset with a couple of schools during his recruitment for one reason or another. It is uncommon for him to admit it publicly.That’s what happened with A.J. Abbott, a three-star wide receiver in the 2018 class committed to play for Wisconsin. He recently revealed that a couple of major Big Ten programs upset him during his recruitment.Abbott did an interview with Land of 10. In it, he went into detail about why schools like Michigan State and Ohio State upset him. He also was upset with Syracuse.From the interview:Q: Which school disappointed you the most during recruiting? Maybe they said they were going to call you back and they didn’t?Abbott: I got plenty of those. At a young age, Ohio State, I wanted to get on them. I liked them. They didn’t call me back. They didn’t answer anything. Michigan State pissed me off a lot because they weren’t offering, they weren’t recruiting really that hard. They didn’t offer until the end. So Michigan State, Ohio State and Syracuse. Syracuse pissed me off, too. I don’t like how they were recruiting.Abbott admitted that Michigan State came in second place in his recruitment, but he felt the coaches at Wisconsin cared about him more.Q: What school came in second? What could they have done a little better?Abbott: Michigan State. They came in second. What they could’ve done … They had some problems over there with their team and with their coaches. It was a lot of issues over there with the team, so I don’t think getting into that would have been great. But I think the coaches over at Wisconsin cared about me a little more than Michigan State. I think they had my best interest better than Michigan State coaches did.You can read his full Q&A here.
ESPN Sunday NFL Countdown host Sam Ponder shared some major personal news on Instagram over the weekend.Ponder, who’s married to former NFL quarterback Christian Ponder, has given birth to her third child.She announced the news with an Instagram post on Sunday.“So thankful,” she wrote.Sam and Christian now have three children. Their oldest, Scout, was often seen with Sam on the set of ESPN’s College GameDay.“Went for a morning walk and ran into “mommy’s old work at Home Depot” … didn’t even correct her,” Ponder said on Instagram last fall.Congrats to Sam and Christian!
CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers warms up before the start of the Tigers’ football game against the Furman Paladins at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)Former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant, who’s transferring out of the Tigers’ program, has been linked to several major programs on the transfer market. He’s reportedly already scheduled one visit.247Sports is reporting that Bryant, a multi-year starter at Clemson, is considering another ACC football program.InsideCarolina is reporting that Bryant has scheduled a visit to North Carolina.From the report:Clemson quarterback transfer Kelly Bryant is expected to visit North Carolina this weekend, sources confirmed to Inside Carolina. The Tar Heels host Virginia Tech on Saturday night at Kenan Stadium.According to sources, the UNC staff has been in contact with Bryant since he decided to leave Clemson a couple weeks ago and subsequently received his release.Bryant opted to transfer out of Clemson after Dabo Swinney named Trevor Lawrence the team’s starting quarterback. He has one year of eligibility remaining and will be immediately eligible in 2019.The former Clemson quarterback spoke to the Greenville News about his transfer decision.“I feel like it’s what’s best for me and my future,” Bryant said. “I was just going to control what I could control and try to make the most of my opportunity, but at the end of the day, I just don’t feel like I’ve gotten a fair shot.”“I’ve been with this senior class for four years. Seeing how much we built and poured into this program, it’s tough to walk away from it,” Bryant added. “But at the same time, I’ve got to do what’s best for me. And I feel like this is the best situation for me.”Bryant has been linked to several other major programs, too. Florida State, Oklahoma and Penn State, among other schools, have been mentioned as possible options.It’s unclear if Bryant is seriously considering any other options. He can take his time with his decision, waiting until 2019. LSU’s starting quarterback, Joe Burrow, didn’t transfer out of Ohio State and into the Tigers’ program until this past summer, for example.Stay tuned.
Ohio State suffered a mind-boggling defeat over the weekend, as they were demolished by Purdue. From the fans to Urban Meyer, everyone linked to the Buckeyes was left in a state of shock on Saturday.The Boilermakers were dominant in their victory over the Buckeyes, especially on offense. There are several highlights worth pinpointing, but the most memorable clip of the weekend revolves around Ohio State’s head coach.It wasn’t just one play that had Meyer searching for answers, as multiple plays during the game left him speechless.Once Meyer put his hands on his head, it was clear that he wasn’t ready for this result.Purdue won 49-20 against Ohio State, which included a 28-point fourth quarter. David Blough and D.J. Knox were sensational for the Boilermakers.It’d be surprising to see Meyer’s team come out flat in their next game, when the Buckeyes play the Cornhuskers.Yet, another stunner would provide more hilarious reactions from the championship coach.
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)College football insider Brett McMurphy is reporting that Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer helped “cover up” another incident involving former Buckeyes’ assistant coach Zach Smith.Smith, who was fired by Ohio State this past summer, allegedly had an incident with former Buckeyes 5-star Trevon Grimes, who transferred out of the program.The report details a practice incident between Smith and Grimes:Trevon told his father he got into an altercation with Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith at practice.LeBron Grimes said his son told him that “Zach got up in his face and called him a ‘bitch ass n – – – – -’ and said, ‘I should have never recruited you.’ And then Trevon said something to Zach about him messing around with college girls.”During that phone call, LeBron told his son he had booked a flight and would be in Columbus in three days. Trevon told him if he didn’t get there the next day he was leaving school.Ohio State has reportedly done an investigation into the allegations. The Buckeyes reportedly admit that an incident took place, but denied the use of the N-word.On Nov. 2, 2018 after Leah Grimes contacted Ohio State, Buckeyes Athletic Director Gene Smith reached out to Stadium. He said the use of the N-word in Ohio State’s program “doesn’t exist. Urban doesn’t allow that.” Later that day, Gene Smith provided a statement: “Since our conversation I have looked into some of your questions. We have found no evidence that there was a physical altercation or racially charged remarks between Zach Smith and Trevon Grimes, and to reinforce my earlier comments to you on the phone, racially charged behavior is not accepted or tolerated within our program.”Four days later, through OSU spokesman Jerry Emig, the school now admitted there was an “interaction” between Zach Smith and Grimes. Emig’s statement: “The university initiated a series of interviews over the last four days with players and staff who witnessed the interaction. No one corroborated that there was a physical altercation or that there was racially offensive language used.”Eli Goins, a senior wide receiver at Ohio State last season, said he witnessed the altercation at practice that players had to “break up” but did not hear Smith use the N-word: “Coach Smith might have said something that pissed off Tre about his previous route. He was always known for saying s – – -, you had to have tough skin.“It didn’t get like they were throwing punches, but we did have to break them up,” Goins said. “He curses and uses profanity, but he never took it to that level with me. He knew his boundaries.”Urban Meyer reportedly denied comment for the story.Grimes is now a sophomore wide receiver at Florida. He has 17 catches for 194 yards and 1 touchdown.
What’s better than college football rivalry games?College football rivalry games played in the snow.We have some serious weather in The Evergreen State this evening, with No. 8 Washington State hosting No. 16 Washington.Check it out:Seriously … send shovels pic.twitter.com/wdRTpkDlZT— Tim Booth (@ByTimBooth) November 24, 2018#Pac12AfterDark blizzard edition pic.twitter.com/0g5FevBzKA— Dustin Schutte (@SchutteCFB) November 24, 2018Gotta cop one of these #AppleCup themed snow globes pic.twitter.com/8D1SXMPnsg— Seattle Times Sports (@SeaTimesSports) November 24, 2018Washington is currently handling the tough better weather, as the Huskies are leading the Cougars, 14-0.The game is on FOX.
AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium before the BYU Cougars play the Texas Longhorns on September 6, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images)In the wake of recent rumors that Texas commit Marcus Washington had decommitted from the Longhorns and planned to join Missouri’s recruiting class, Washington has addressed the issue publicly.On Tuesday, Washington took on Twitter and categorized the rumors as not true.According to Burnt Orange Nation, a local news station had tweeted about Washington’s decommitment. The Tweet was later deleted.“None of these rumors about my recruitment are true !” he wrote, while retweeting the offending report.None of these rumors about my recruitment are true ! https://t.co/ApX32oSLQ1— Marcus Washington (@_MarcusW11) December 11, 2018247Sports has Washington rated as a four-star prospect out of Trinity Catholic HS in Missouri.He committed to Texas back in October, but only 76-percent of 247Sports’ Crystal Ball predictions have Washington sticking with the Longhorns.Missouri and Ohio State are tied with a 12-percent of the voters choosing them for the No. 27 WR in the country and No. 3 prospect from the state of Missouri.Washington is the third-highest rated WR in Texas’ Class of 2019, behind Jordan Whittington and Jake Smith.
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Quinnen Williams #92 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after sacking Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs (not pictured) in the first half during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Former Alabama football star Quinnen Williams had quite the performance during his 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine this morning.Williams, the potential No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft, dazzled the NFL world with his 40-yard dash performance today.The former Alabama star ran a sub-4.9 in the 40-yard dash, including a 1.67 10-yard split.It was impressive.#Alabama’s Quinnen Williams, at 303 pounds, just clocked a 4.84 40 and a blazing 1.67 10 yard split.. am told he also was extremely impressive in his interviews with coaches in Indy.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) March 3, 2019Williams could have called it quits after his first 40-yard dash time, but he decided to give it another go.His agent, Nicole Lynn, revealed she told him not to run the second 40 because of how good his first one was.“Full transparency: I told Quinnen not to run the second 40 because how great his first time was. He didn’t listen. Decided to bet on himself and BEAT his first time. My type of guy!” she tweeted.Full transparency: I told Quinnen not to run the second 40 because how great his first time was. He didn’t listen. Decided to bet on himself and BEAT his first time. My type of guy!— Nicole Lynn (@AgentNicoleLynn) March 3, 2019Williams certainly improved his draft stock today.The NFL Scouting Combine is being televised on the NFL Network.
BOULDER, CO – OCTOBER 04: A helmet of the Texas Longhorns lies on the field as the team warms up prior to facing the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field on October 4, 2008 in Boulder, Colorado. Texas defeated Colorado 38-14. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Earlier today, Texas football fans might have become alarmed at tweets from beat reporters stating that EMS personnel had arrived at practice. One of the Longhorn players reportedly had to be treated, but no other info was available.Now, we have an update. Fortunately, it’s a positive one for the team and walk-on running back Jaren Watkins.Texas revealed tonight that Watkins, a redshirt sophomore, was treated by paramedics for an undisclosed “minor” injury and transported to the hospital.He has since been treated and released. Texas announces that RB Jaren Watkins, a sophomore walk-on, was the player treated by EMS today for a minor injury and taken to the hospital as a precaution. He was treated and released.— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) August 13, 2019The 5-foot-5, 160-pound Watkins is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas.It is always a scary thing when you hear a player has gotten hurt and an ambulance is involved. That’s why we’re happy everyone can breathe a sigh of relief at the news that Watkins is fine.Hopefully he is able to get back on the field soon.
Sunil Gavaskar picks Dinesh Karthik ahead of Rishabh Pant in World Cup squadSunil Gavaskar has left out Rishabh Pant from his World Cup squad and has picked Vijay Shankar as the second all-rounder. Dinesh Karthik found a place in Gavaskar’s team as a reserve opening batsman.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 16, 2019UPDATED: February 16, 2019 13:34 IST Dinesh Karthik was in good form during T20I series in New Zealand (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSunil Gavaskar picked Karthik as an opening batsman ahead of KL Rahul and Ajinkya RahaneGavaskar has also picked Vijay Shankar as the second all-rounderGavaskar wants India to produce a dominant show and whitewash the ODI series vs AustraliaSunil Gavaskar has picked Dinesh Karthik ahead of Rishabh Pant in his squad for the upcoming 2019 ICC World Cup in England and Wales. Karthik, however, did not find a place in India’s squad to face Australia in the five-match one day international series next month.Rishabh Pant, on the other hand, was recalled to ODI squad after missing two consecutive series against Australia and New Zealand.Chairman of selectors, MSK Prasad, on Friday said that they wanted to test Pant in a few ODIs before taking a final call on India’s World Cup squad.Gavaskar picked Karthik as an opening batsman ahead of KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane while Pant did not find a mention in the legendary batsman’s list.”I have 13 names in my mind who will surely board the flight to England and they are Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Kuldeep Yadav,” Sunil Gavaskar told Sports Tak.”I think Vijay Shankar can be the 14th player. Seeing the swinging conditions in England, India can play two fast bowling all-rounders. But I am not too very sure of the 15th player. Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Siraj have not been that impressive. Umesh Yadav can be an option and I think selectors must keep an eye on these three bowlers.”There should be a flexibility in the team. Dinesh Karthik has opened in Test matches in the past so he can do it in ODIs too,” Gavaskar added.advertisementIndia and Australia will play two T20Is on February 24 and 27 before the ODI series starts from March 2 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad.Gavaskar wants India to produce a dominant show and whitewash the series.”India should go out all guns blazing in the ODI series against Australia and try to win 5-0,” Gavaskar said.The cut-off date to announce the World Cup squad is April 23. India start their campaign against South Africa on June 5 at The Rose Bowl in Southampton.Also Read | Virat Kohli needs no protection in Indian batting lineup: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Will try to be more expressive with the ball vs Australia: Vijay ShankarFor 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 Sunil GavaskarFollow Virat KohliFollow Dinesh Karthik
Keerthy Suresh to work with independent filmmaker Nagesh KukunoorThe Tamil-Malayalam actress in also making her debut in Bollywood with a film directed by Amit Sharam of Badhaai Ho fame.advertisement India Today Web Desk ChennaiMarch 6, 2019UPDATED: March 6, 2019 10:56 IST Keerthy Suresh and Nagesh KukunoorWith her convincing performance as iconic actress Savitri in the biopic Mahanati, Keerthy Suresh established that she is not just another heroine with a pretty face in the south. After Mahanati, the actress was seen in films like Seema Raja, Sarkar and Saamy 2, which didn’t have much scope for Keerthy to perform.Now, she has been approached by independent filmmaker Nagesh Kukunoor, who is set to direct a film on issues faced by women in the society. Keerthy seems to have given her nod to the film.Nagesh Kukunoor, an NRI, who left his high-paying job for filmmaking, has made movies like Dhanak and Hyderabad Blues. His movies have received accolades in various International Festivals.Keerthy is also making her debut in Hindi with Amit Sharma’s upcoming film. The director is well known for his movie Badhaai Ho.Ajay Devgn will be the lead in the sports drama, which is based on the life of Syed Abdul Rahim, a football coach.ALSO READ | AR Murugadoss on his film with Rajinikanth: It is NOT a political ventureALSO WATCH | Actor Vijay pays homage to Karunanidhi at Anna MemorialGet 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 byP Kirubhakar Tags :Follow Keerthy Suresh
Always great on paper: Vijay Mallya tweets on RCB’s poor IPL 2019 campaignIPL 2019: After Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli posted a picture on Instagram thanking the team’s fans for their support, Vijay Mallya expressed his disappointment at another below-par season for his former franchiseadvertisement Indo-Asian News Service BengaluruMay 7, 2019UPDATED: May 7, 2019 23:43 IST Vijay Mallya said the Virat Kohli-led team is always good on paper (Courtesy by BCCI/PTI)HIGHLIGHTSRoyal Challengers Bangalore gave a poor account of themselves in the first half of the tournamentIt was the 12th straight season that the RCB failed to bag the IPL trophyVijay Mallya said the Virat Kohli-led team is always good on paper, reacting to the skipper’s social media postRoyal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) former co-owner Vijay Mallya said the Virat Kohli-led team is always good on paper, reacting to the skipper’s social media post after they finished rock-bottom in the Indian Premier League (IPL) points table.RCB gave a poor account of themselves in the first half of the tournament, not being able to win a single game. But Kohli and Co. bounced back to win five games on the trot at the back end of the competition, something that, in the end, proved to be a bridge too far in terms of making the playoffs.”Thank you guys for all the love & support – the entire team including the fans, the ground staff & the support staff! Promise to come back stronger next year,” Kohli wrote on his Instagram page. He posted this along with a photo from the Chinnaswamy stadium which showed fans holding a banner which said: “We’ll always keep our heads high, our love for RCB will never die”.Taking a dig at the RCB skipper’s post, Mallya tweeted: “Always a great line up but sadly on paper only. Devastated with the wooden spoon”.Always a great line up but sadly on paper only. Devastated with the wooden spoon. https://t.co/6uYYbXJxVqadvertisementVijay Mallya (@TheVijayMallya) May 5, 2019It was the 12th straight season that the RCB failed to bag the IPL trophy.Also Read | IPL 2019: I feel your pain, Virat Kohli thanks RCB fans after consolation winAlso Read | High time we did something for the crowd: Gurkeerat Singh after RCB winFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari
Jason Roy set to make Test debut after World Cup 2019 heroicsEngland will hand debuts to Surrey batsman Jason Roy and all-rounder Olly Stone during the one-off Test vs Ireland in London.advertisement India Today Web Desk LondonJuly 23, 2019UPDATED: July 23, 2019 18:13 IST Jason Roy’s long wait for a Test debut is set to end on July 24 (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSEngland have announced their playing 11 vs IrelandJason Roy and Olly Stone will make their Test debutsJoe Denly and Rory Burns are expected to open the innings for EnglandFirebrand opener Jason Roy is all set to make his Test debut as England announced their playing XI for the one-off Test against neighbours Ireland starting on July 23. Fast bowler Olly Stone will be 2nd Englishman to make his debut in the absence of veteran James Anderson being ruled out of the Test due to a right calf injury.Stone had to leave midway on England’s tour of the Caribbean earlier this year having suffered a back injury, right before he was supposed to make his long-version debut.An injury to England’s pace spearhead would be a major concern for England leading into the Ashes.James Anderson will be assessed ahead of the first Test of Ashes series against Australia in Birmingham and will not be risked against Ireland.England team are already without the services of fast bowlers Mark Wood and Jofra Archer as both players had suffered side strains.Wood has been ruled out for four to six weeks while Archer will have a period of rest before being considered for Ashes selection.Stuart Broad is expected to lead England’s pace attack in the one-off Test match against Ireland. Ireland had made their Test debut against Pakistan at home in May and the Test against England will be a four-day affair from July 24-27.England Playing XI vs Ireland: Joe Root (c), Moeen Ali, Rory Burns, Sam Curran, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Jason Roy, Olly Stone, Chris WoakesAlso Read | In a 1st in Test cricket, Ashes jerseys to have players’ names and numbersAlso Read | James Anderson ruled out of Ireland Test as Ashes loomsadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow England vs IrelandFollow Rory BurnsFollow Olly StoneFollow Jason Roy
Next If Steve Smith was Indian, his technique would be accepted: Coach WoodhillSteve Smith dominated Ashes 2019 as he accumulated 774 runs at an average of more than 110. However, his unique approach to batting has become a raging issue.advertisement Press Trust of India MelbourneSeptember 18, 2019UPDATED: September 19, 2019 07:59 IST Steve Smith dominated Ashes series by accumulating 774 runs in 7 innings. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTrent Woodhill said Steve Smith’s uniqueness and unorthodox styles should be celebratedSmith dominated Ashes series by accumulating 774 runs at an average of more than 110 Woodhill isn’t too happy with those who are struggling to accept Steve Smith’s uniquenessLamenting Australian cricket’s “aversion” to embrace unconventional styles, Steve Smith’s formative coach Trent Woodhill observed that his famous ward’s uniqueness would be accepted in the Indian system, where it is “all about the output”.Days after Smith redefined the art of run-scoring in an Ashes series that belonged to him, Woodhill said uniqueness and unorthodox styles should be celebrated.”If Steven was Indian, his technique and mechanics and the strategy around his batting would just be accepted,” Woodhill was quoted as saying in ESPNcricinfo.”We see Kohli, Gavaskar, (Rohit) Sharma, Ganguly, Sehwag – all these players have unique techniques. The Indian system is all about output, about scoring runs, ‘We don’t care how you do it as long as you do it’, whereas in Australia we wanted you to score well and we wanted you to look good.”Smith dominated the series by accumulating 774 runs at an average of more than 110 that included three centuries and as many fifties.However, his unique approach to batting, especially while leaving deliveries, was discussed by those who view his technique through the classical lens.Woodhill isn’t too happy with those struggling to accept uniqueness, saying this attitude can have a negative impact on a young player’s career.”Young players need protection from both themselves and others who don’t like the difference. A cricket dressing room can be a brutal place for a young player, who might be forced to conform – more so in Australia than any other country I’ve been in.”In Australia, we struggle with things that are different. We like a sexy Shaun Marsh thirty, made with a conventional, attractive technique, rather than an unconventional Steven Smith hundred.”advertisementWhile talking about unconventional approach, he also cited Indian spin legend Anil Kumble and Afghanistan’s star wrist spinner Rashid Khan.”Other nations just find a way to accommodate such players. Like a Rashid Khan, who holds the ball like an offspinner but bowls leg-spin, an Anil Kumble – seam-up, wrist-spin, predominantly wrong’un.”Australian cricket likes to pass the baton on: this is how you do it, this is how it’s always been done. Steven’s come along, and to some extent, David Warner’s come along and said, ‘No, we’re gonna do it this way now’, and they’ve had a lot of success,” Woodhill observed.He called Smith the best since the great Donald Bradman.”The old guard, the older Test greats, still can’t understand how it works. So they still think, especially bowlers, ‘Well, if I was bowling, I’d sort this guy out’.”And that’s the thing with cricket, especially in England and Australia: ‘If I can’t understand how it looks, it can’t work’.”Steven has proven them wrong. He’s the best since Bradman; this is not even an argument anymore.Also Read | Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma to resume battle for T20I dominationAlso 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Ashes 2019Follow Steve Smith
Editors’ Recommendations An Honest Review of Smartwool’s New Intraknit Base Layer Why Every Man Should Care About Slow Fashion An Introduction to the Fine Sport of Bouldering A Beginner’s Guide to Road Biking Some of the most worthwhile designs ever produced were created because someone, somewhere, felt that what was available wasn’t good enough. This was the case for Becky French in 2010. After compiling a blog of inspirational images of razor-sharp neckwear and sketches, the London-based creative decided to call off the search for the perfect necktie and designed Marwood London’s first collection.Having just released its fifth collection, the brand was apparently what a lot of other neckwear enthusiasts were looking for too. Slim silhouettes and unconventional fabrics such as wool and lace have given neckwear a new lease of modernity without straying from good old-fashioned quality and ethics, as all pieces are created in Britain using fine British cloth.The Manual caught up with the Becky French to talk sartorial heroes and Christmas plans.Tell us about the AW13 collection.It was inspired by many train journeys and Jean Cocteau’s style and eccentricity. English scenes of blurred landscapes, copper fields, broken industrial stripes, cricket fields and kingfishers is abstractly captured in English woven silk and wool – like a familiar aran knit reinvented as a jacquard cloth and a vibrant copper coloured Mogador quality.Your designs fuse British heritage style with clear-cut modernity. How do you achieve this?Thank you, that is nice to hear! I love the old archives in fabric mills and factories and appreciate established techniques of the past but enjoy experimenting with that. We want to achieve wearable accessories but always strive for newness and innovation. We make mohair socks rather than cashmere. We use unusual fabrics like English lace in men’s neckwear. It is a process of playing with the unexpected.In your opinion, what’s the best way to style a Marwood necktie?I like a simple four in hand knot – a school tie knot in my mind. I like seeing guys style the ties with denim shirts and wool layers or undone collars and rolled up sleeves. It is quite refreshing to see Marwood ties de-formalised and enjoyed. As for the lace bow ties, these create an amazing alternative black tie formal looks.Do you ever feel like a woman in a man’s world?Yes sometimes but it’s not something I dwell on. I enjoy working on products whether they are for men, women, occasions or specific personalities. It is important to stay focused on a design point of view and if that has a feminine take on a menswear product, then hopefully interesting results occur from that. I don’t find it holds me back by being a woman designing menswear – it just adds another element of interest!Who are your male style icons?Men of the past: Jean Cocteau & Frank SinatraMen of the present: Sir Ian McKellen & Yasiin Bey are both snappy dressers. Director and actor, Richard Ayoade loves a Marwood tie and he is a perfect ambassador for us as a smart, talented and very funny dude.Finally, what are your plans for Christmas this year?Spending it with my boyfriend and our families between London and Somerset and then celebrating with friends for New Year in Devon. Can’t wait. A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America
An Honest Review of Smartwool’s New Intraknit Base Layer 12 Best Seiko Watches for Men, From Flashy to Functional Editors’ Recommendations This All-Black Cabin is Like a Pair of Binoculars Taking in the Canadian Wilderness Word on the street this week is that Apple Watch won’t be released till early next year. So what is a well-dressed, techno geek in the holiday shopping spirit to do? Allow us to recommend the MB Chronowing by Michael Bastian, one of the best-looking smartwatches we’ve seen that combines beautiful design and total modernity without the superfluous digital bells and whistles busy professionals could actually do without.“A watch like this should provide men with quick, simple, accurate information at a glance, much like the displays and dials of a car dashboard,” explains Bastian, whose luxury lifestyle brand happens to be built on the very idea of streamlined elegance.As such, the MB Chronowing, engineered by Hewlett-Packard, features a 44-mm stainless steel case with a multi-layered finish, distinctive crown bezel bolts, a lighted chronograph, inlaid button controls, and three interchangeable watchbands in black rubber, perforated brown leather and olive nylon. The watch ($349) is also compatible with both iOS and Android devices and syncs with an app that allows users to personalize the watch interface (read: the minute you make a selection on your phone, it takes effect instantly on your watch.)Users can quickly check the time, date, weather, sports and stocks updates, but also easily control music playback and glance at text, e-mail, and social media alerts so you’re not constantly taking your phone out of your pocket to look at (something to consider if you’re all suited up in cold weather.)Fairly lightweight with automatic time-zone adjustment, 5 ATM water-resistance, and a seven-day power reserve, the MB Chronowing makes a fine impression anywhere. To celebrate the launch, Bastian also designed a limited-edition version in all-black with a genuine alligator strap, a sapphire crystal lens with anti-glare optical coating and all-black PVD plating. That $649 edition comes with a dedicated concierge line for exclusive tech support and a signature card signed by the designer. Says Bastian, “I really felt there was a need for a device that looked and felt like a stylish watch first. The smartwatch I’ve developed is just that.”Available from today exclusively on Gilt. Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men Cigar Humidors 101: What They Are, How They Work, and the Best Picks
A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About The New Alex Mill Collection Is Packed With Your Fall Style Essentials Fall in Love with Tentree’s New Fall Collection, Then Plant a Tree We’ve got a secret to share: the best-dressed men about town in New York City didn’t just wake up looking perfectly Instagrammable. They’re wearing SHRT, the new capsule collection of customized shirts designed in collaboration with Bespoken.Best known for its brand of unstudied, Anglo-American polish, the New York-based brand already has one of the best looking go-to collections for spring and a recent partnership with J. Lindeberg. Now it’s added SHRT, a custom shirt program created in partnership with Warby Parker co-founder Neil Blumenthal, Fat Radish owner Phil Winser, and entrepreneur-cum-DJ Brendan Fallis. Each tastemaker worked with the founders of Bespoken, Liam and Sam Fayed, to create three impeccably styled shirts all made in the UK.“We love the concept and what it stands for,” said Liam. “All of these guys are innovators in their own right and it’s interesting to bring different elements into our design process. We’re excited to see how our customers react to the launch and the product, and if it’s something they want to see more of, we’d definitely want to continue giving that back.”Related: Meet Up Mondays: Bespoken. As expected, the best features of SHRT are in the details. Fayed, for example, offered Blumenthal a subtle short point collar update to Bespoken’s classic button-down collar, as well as a concealed microfiber cloth for cleaning glasses on the go, while for Winser’s slimmer, button-down silhouette with jersey sleeves he added a hidden passport and boarding pass chest pocket. Fallis’s streamlined shirt, meanwhile, sports a signature Bespoken point collar but mixes a light poplin body with an Oxford cloth sleeve for a quietly trangressive edge.“Working together with people who care about details and quality as much as I do was a really fulfilling project,” said Fallis, while Winser praised the functionality of his design. “Working with a tailor that comes from such incredible heritage and craftsmanship keeping within tradition but adapting to the modern day man allowed me to create a shirt that was perfectly tailored to the service industry. I wish I could do a whole collection with them.” Here’s to the future of sharper, everyday work shirts indeed. SHRT shirts are $195-225 and available at Bespoken’s website and on Spring, the mobile app. Photo credit: Kat Irlin. Editors’ Recommendations 1. Phil Winser 2. Neil Blumenthal 3. Brendan Fallis The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens