TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say New Inter Milan chief Marotta cools Conte rumoursby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNew Inter Milan chief Beppe Marotta denies he’s in talks with Antonio Conte.The former Chelsea boss is being linked with Luciano Spalletti’s job at Inter.Marotta said, “I said Spalletti is a very good Coach, who did well throughout his career, so we’ve got to let him work. “I want to underline he too came to Inter last season, climbed into some important positions after a long time out, so must be left to work with calm.“It is up to the club to make the right moves on the market and work with the Coach and all together to form a winning project.”
AC Milan striker Cutrone: Higuain great influence for meby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan striker Patrick Cutrone says working with Gonzalo Higuain is crucial for his development.Higuain is on-loan at Milan from Juventus this season.“Definitely having, for example, Higuain with you helps a lot,” Cutrone told Tuttomercatoweb.“I always watch him in training, I try to learn some things and improve every day.“I thank [Gennaro] Gattuso and his staff, I’ll try to improve even more.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say FIGC president Gravina open to suspending Serie A after San Siro incidentsby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFIGC president Gabriele Gravina admits Serie A could be suspended after shocking incidents around Inter Milan’s win over Napoli.Inter’s 1-0 win against Napoli was marred by four fans being stabbed outside San Siro, one dying from a collision with a van and Kalidou Koulibaly receiving racist abuse from Nerazzurri supporters.“It’s something we’ll consider,” Gravina told Il Messaggero.“Now we need to take a moment and coordinate ourselves: we have a problem of public order and as such it must be managed, as well as the fact of playing or not.“I’m worried about this surreal climate. I’m not a psychologist, but it’s clear that some of the players were very nervous at San Siro.“Right now I’m in a period of reflection because what happened was very serious. We’ll hear from the ministry and CONI and then we’ll decide.“We’re verifying whether there were three calls and no stop, but it seems only one was made. Today the prosecutor will intervene and say his piece, but what happened was very bad.“The players were too nervous on the field. The referee will write what he thought, but if he made some mistakes then he’ll also be looked at.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola explains Walker substitutionby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says Kyle Walker was forced off at half-time against Wolves due to injury.The defender was substituted for Aleks Zinchenko during the interval of the 2-0 defeat.”Kyle could not continue in the second half,” he said.”The first half all the dangerous situations we created were from Joao. On the left side he was the most brilliant player on the team.”Kyle had an infection in his stomach. He didn’t train so well, he lost a lot of weight and he made an incredible effort to play because we needed fast players with the problems we had backwards because we knew we needed to make the build up with three in the back and not four. But at half-time he said he didn’t feel good so we make the change.”
Liverpool legend Carragher apologises to Evra: Not enough courageby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Jamie Carragher has apologised to Patrice Evra for wearing a t-shirt in support of Luis Suarez after their race row.Ex-Liverpool striker Suarez was found guilty by the Football Association of racially abusing Manchester United left-back Evra in December 2011.Suarez was handed an eight-match ban and fined £40,000 before his Liverpool team-mates including Carragher backed the Uruguayan by wearing the ‘Suarez 7’ T-shirts in a warm-up at Wigan.Carragher and Evra were both pundits on Sky’s Monday Night Football and the former Liverpool centre-back admitted: “Apologies. There is no doubt we made a massive mistake. That was obvious. As a club we got it massively wrong.“I didn’t have enough courage to say I’m not wearing it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
ESPN/SmithESPN personality Stephen A. Smith is in a bit of hot water again, this time for a perceived sexist comment he made on SportsCenter Thursday night. Smith, while doing a highlight of the Women’s World Cup, commented that Germany’s defenders didn’t want to “mess their hair up” while defending a free kick (which leveled the game) against Norway. Smith’s choice of words, which don’t even make sense given the replay, offended a number of people, including some of his ESPN colleagues.Here’s video, if you haven’t seen it:Kate Fagan, ESPNW writer, was among those who weren’t thrilled. There were others too.What happens when you’re uneducated about something, don’t get educated, but talk about it anyway? –> http://t.co/ZthyoQHhts— Kate Fagan (@katefagan3) June 12, 2015Smith has since apologized for his comments in a four-part Twitter message. 1-of-3: Folks, as usual, something I’ve said is gaining steam so let me address this right now: on @SportsCenter, doing highlights, I made a— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) June 12, 2015Flip comment in fun about a women’s soccer team not wanting to mess up their hair. Obviously, my comments were in poor taste. I have nothing— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) June 12, 2015But the utmost respect for athletes of all genders — Especially since most are better than I’ll ever be — so please KNOW I’m very sorry.— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) June 12, 2015I apologize. It certainly was not my intent to offend anyone.— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) June 12, 2015It remains to be seen as to whether ESPN will suspend Smith. It wouldn’t be the first time.[The Big Lead]
Big 12.The Big 12 dropped some interesting news Friday, announcing that starting in 2017, the league will bring back a conference championship game, despite the fact that it is staying at 10 schools. It was also announced by commissioner Bob Bowlsby that the league is considering moving to two five-team divisions and keeping its round robin scheduling. If you’re thinking that doesn’t make a ton of sense – you aren’t alone. College football fans and analysts are mocking the league for what seems like a pointless exercise. Why have divisions if you already play every other team? Couldn’t that potentially leave the league without its two best teams in the title game?What’s the point of divisions if doing round-robin? The Big 12 is clueless https://t.co/En2GE7PZ9D— Jason Brown (@JasonBrown96) June 3, 2016“two five team divisions”One one hand, that’s dumb.On the other hand, the Big 12 East featuring WVU, ISU, Kansas, KSU, and someone.— Smoking Musket (@SmokingMusket) June 3, 2016So the Big 12 is going to five-team divisions. What is the point if the league is still playing a round-robin schedule?— Bobby La Gesse (@BobbyLaGesse) June 3, 2016If the Big 12 is going to have divisions, here’s how I recommend splitting the teams. pic.twitter.com/AYwXG73eeE— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) June 3, 2016“Sorry, TCU, we know you and OU both finished 8-1 in our round robin, but 6-3 WVU is going to the title game b/c they’re further north.”— Bill Connelly (@SBN_BillC) June 3, 2016Entire idea of a championship game was because all teams did not play each other in bloated leagues..— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) June 3, 2016Love that the Big 12 is switching from round robin to two 5-team divisions with 5 crossover games.— Ben Swain (@TheBenSwain) June 3, 2016The only thing that will make the Big 12’s potential 5-team divisions better is to name them Leaders and Legends— Matt Brown (@MattBrownCFB) June 3, 2016@MattBrownCFB axis and allies— Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) June 3, 2016We’ll see if the Big 12 changes its mind. This likely isn’t the last we hear on this topic.
Chelsea are hoping Callum Hudson-Odoi can be persuaded to remain at the club amid mounting interest from Bayern Munich.Goal revealed on Thursday that the talented teenager is now the subject of a £30 million ($37.5m) bid from the Bundesliga giants.That is the third approach to have been received at Stamford Bridge and interest is expected to be maintained through to the summer window. 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? Chelsea are not about to bow to pressure when it comes to the 18-year-old forward they are still looking to tie to fresh terms, with Zola eager to see the youngster remain in west London.The Blues legend, who is now assistant to Maurizio Sarri, told reporters of the speculation surrounding Hudson-Odoi’s future: “I know Bayern are interested in him, but we are as well.“We have had a contract with him for a while and we will see what the player wants.“He has not played what he wanted. I have told him it is not a waste of time, because you are pushed to do more and I hope he uses this time in a wise way. He will be a very good thing in football.“I understand he has requests but I believe that he has a bright future.“For 18 years old, he has a lot of potential. You have to understand the journey is not finished, he has to have a good attitude. It is not important he plays straight away, it is about developing. He has to keep an open mind to improve.“I believe we can help him, develop him and I believe he has a future in this club.”Hudson-Odoi has taken in six senior appearances this season, with a Premier League bow made off the bench during a Boxing Day clash with Watford.He has opened his goal account, during a Europa League date with PAOK Salonika, and Chelsea supporters are hoping to see more of him.Regular game time would help to convince a highly rated talent that he is in the right place for his ongoing development, but Zola has urged patience from all concerned.Quizzed on the frustration being felt by fans and the player, the Italian added: “I understand that. We would be happy to see an academy player come through but it is not easy for anyone.“He is still in a period that he is showing a lot of potential, but there are top players in front of him.“It is about patience. He has a bright future with us, but he will have to learn sometimes.“Now it is important to get better. Not about why he isn’t playing 20 games, he has to just get better.”
Luis Enrique’s continued absence is not a problem for Spain, according to captain Sergio Ramos.Former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique was not on the sidelines for Friday’s 4-1 win over Faroe Islands in Euro 2020 qualifying, and has not been a part of Spain’s camp since missing the victory against Malta in March due to a family emergency.Assistant Robert Moreno confirmed that the Spain coach had been in constant contact with his team, however, as La Roja prepare to take on Sweden in Group F on Monday. 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? And Ramos, who was taken off at half-time in Friday’s victory after opening the scoring early on, insists that the team are fully focused despite Luis Enrique not being present.”The subject of the coach is delicate and we have the utmost respect,” said Ramos.”His absence is important, Luis is the skipper of the ship, he has a lot of personality, he guides us very well.”But we also have to reward his staff, they are very good professionals. We try not to notice his absence, we are going to try to let it not affect the group. He wants the team to win and not to talk about his absence.”[Moreno] leads the way while Luis Enrique returns and he does it very well, he is very capable, he is assuming the role in a humble way.”Ramos broke the record for featuring in the most international victories for Spain with his appearance on Friday, overtaking former team-mate Iker Casillas.”To beat a record is a huge joy, football is a collective sport but at the individual level you are happy,” added Ramos.”It is always a nice reward for work, perseverance. After beating a great friend like Iker, it was a tremendous joy, I still feel very excited and eager to keep going.”Spain are top of Group F with three wins from as many games and are two points ahead of Sweden.
Ivan Rakitic continues to ignore the transfer talk which surrounds him at Barcelona, with it his intention to remain at Camp Nou for the foreseeable future.Speculation regarding a move elsewhere is nothing new for the Croatia international.He has been linked with leading sides across Europe for some time now, with the likes of Manchester United and Inter having been credited with interest in the past. 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? Rakitic has always turned a deaf ear to the rumours, with the 31-year-old midfielder fully committed to a contract at Camp Nou.He is not about to alter that stance, despite seeing more gossip sparked during the current window.Quizzed on the latest reports, Rakitic told reporters while on pre-season duty: “My idea is very clear, I want to stay at Barca.“[Transfer talk] is a situation I’m used to. It happened to me last year.“I’ve spoken with the club and the coach and we have the same idea, for me to stay at Barca.“We’re open to everything, as always, but my intention is to stay. I have two more years on my contract and I want to keep enjoying myself at Barca.”With Rakitic experienced now to ignore any potentially distracting stories about his future, he claims that speculation is no longer a source of frustration for him.He added: “It doesn’t annoy me.“I know that football works like this and it makes me proud because if other teams want me it’s because I’m doing things very well. I’m calm.”Rakitic is currently tied to a deal with Barca until the summer of 2021.It has been reported that he is eager to thrash out fresh terms, allowing everybody to bring the unwelcome exit talk to a close.He is, however, no closer to putting pen to paper, with no discussions having been held as yet.“I spoke with the president on various topics and now the club has other things to do before thinking about [my new contract],” added Rakitic.“The president wants to create a good squad so that the fans can enjoy Barca.”Josep Maria Bartomeu is currently in the process of bringing fresh faces into Camp Nou, with Antoine Griezmann the marquee addition of the summer as speculation continues to suggest that Neymar could be brought back to Catalunya from Paris Saint-Germain.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on prior to the All State Sugar Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)On Wednesday night, Ohio State announced a three-game suspension for head coach Urban Meyer. The Buckeyes will be led by interim head coach Ryan Day for the team’s games against Oregon State, Rutgers, and TCU.Meyer will return for the team’s contest against Tulane. Late Wednesday night, Meyer addressed the media following Ohio State’s investigation.In his statement Meyer apologized to Buckeye Nation for following his “heart and not my head.”“I know that the impact of the last three weeks have had on this institution that I love. And how challenging this has been on our community, our president [Michael Drake], a man I have great respect for. And for that I am deeply sorry. I’m fully aware of that I’m ultimately responsible for this situation that has harmed our university as a whole, our athletics department and our football program.You can see his full comments below.Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer speaks at news conference following announcement of his 3-game suspension: “I want to apologize to Buckeye Nation. I followed my heart and not my head… at each juncture, I gave Zach Smith the benefit of the doubt.” https://t.co/UfPTK43bCN pic.twitter.com/X2HjKd4cUW— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 23, 2018Meyer went on to say he “did a poor job at media day. It’s a big reason why we’re here today.”The Ohio State head coach revealed he wishes he “had done more” after learning of the allegations against Zach Smith.Stay tuned for more.
We just had one of the most-exciting college football plays in recent games occur during the Arkansas-North Texas game.North Texas’ punt returner acted like he was going to make a fair catch. He caught the punt and just stood there with some defenders in front of him.Then, when Arkansas’ players started to make their way off the field, he took off.North Texas went on to score a 90-yard punt return touchdown.Check this out:Greatest punt return in the history of football? pic.twitter.com/f2lVpDyPAd— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) September 15, 2018Well done, young man.North Texas is currently up, 14-0, on Arkansas.
NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 25: Head Coach Lincoln Riley of Oklahoma Sooners during warm ups before the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 59-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)One of the best rivalries in college football won’t be taking place for several weeks. Week 6 of the college football season will see Oklahoma and Texas face each other in Dallas, Tx.The game, scheduled for October 6, just received its kickoff time and channel. FOX will televise the Red River Rivalry and kickoff is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. ET.Here’s the info from Oklahoma’s official Twitter page.FOX to televise THE rivalry, October 6th at 11 a.m. CT. #BeatTexas? https://t.co/mjwSCOAHfY pic.twitter.com/qogiWdYcSS— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) September 20, 2018Fans don’t seem to be happy with the 11:00 a.m. CMT kickoff time. It’s a tough ask for fans to get up early and make it to Dallas for the game, but the stands are likely to be packed regardless.Texas takes on TCU this weekend and travels to Kansas State before the matchup with Oklahoma. Meanwhile, the Sooners have home games against Army and Baylor before facing the Longhorns.Oklahoma looks to stay undefeated while the Longhorns are hoping to move to take down yet another ranked opponent and join the AP Poll.
EUGENE, OR – AUGUST 30: A general view taken during the game between the Washington Huskies and the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium on August 30, 2008 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)It seems like it’s going to be the week of the transfer in college football, as several major players have announced their intentions to move on.This is a result of the NCAA’s new redshirt rule, which allows players to get a full redshirt season if they play four games or less. We’re now four games into the season, so a lot of decisions are being made.We’ve had a couple of major transfers today and we have another one.A former four-star running back recruit has confirmed his transfer from Oregon.Thankful for all the support and positivity i have recieved from the fan base here, but I’m going to open up other options from here. #Thanks— Taj Griffin (@taj_griffin) September 23, 2018Cristobal confirms that Taj Griffin intends to transfer. “It’s playing time oriented. Any time a student-athlete has a decision to make that’s in the best interest of himself, we support it 100 percent.” #GoDucks— Rob Moseley (@DuckFootball) September 24, 2018Stay tuned. More transfers are likely to come.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Urban Meyer the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes hugs his wife Shelley Meyer on the field after 27-21 win over the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Urban Meyer is still the head coach at Ohio State, but a Football Scoop report Friday morning suggests he could be leaving the Buckeyes after the 2019 season. While that obviously isn’t confirmed, many are wondering what could be next for Meyer.If Meyer were to leave Ohio State after the 2019 season, he’d be 55 years old with a big decision to make – should he retire or keep coaching?Meyer’s health will likely be the determining factor. Earlier this year, he revealed he’s been dealing with an enlarged congenital arachnoid cyst on his brain. So it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if he hung it up to focus on keeping himself healthy.But if he were to coach again, it seems like there are two main options. One is taking a head coaching job in the NFL – something he hasn’t tried yet. The other would be to take another elite job in college football.He’s already coached at Florida and Ohio State – two of the top 10 programs in the country. But his “dream job” is still out there.Back in 2008, Meyer told a Florida radio show that his “dream job” is actually Notre Dame. From 1996-2000, he was the wide receivers coach for the program.Brian Kelly is currently Notre Dame’s coach, and considering the program is 12-0 and headed to its first College Football Playoff, fans are likely happy. But things can change quickly in college football.If the job were to become available, and Meyer were to be interested, the school would have to factor in how the Zach Smith saga could affect his potential reception. But remember, this would be at least one or two years into the future.For now, Meyer is focused on getting Ohio State back into the national championship conversation. But at some point, he’ll have to make a decision on whether he wants to call it a career.
(Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)On Friday morning, ESPN published a list of the top head coaching candidates for the NFL in 2019. Not surprisingly, a few college coaches made the list – including the ever-present Jim Harbaugh.The goal of the article was simple: have ESPN’s panel of NFL experts act as a general manager and rank the top head coaching candidates who are not currently NFL head coaches.Here’s the top-five they came up with:Lincoln Riley, HC, Oklahoma head coachJosh McDaniels, OC, New England PatriotsVic Fangio, DC, Chicago BearsMike McCarthy, Free agentJim Harbaugh, HC, MichiganYou can see the full list here.Riley is the top head coaching candidate despite his claims that he’s not interested in coaching at the professional level just yet. However, as long as the Cleveland Browns job remains open, analysts will continue to predict a reunion between Riley and former Oklahoma star Baker Mayfield.For now, Riley is focused on the Alabama Crimson Tide.[ESPN]
With one month remaining before National Signing Day, one of the top running backs in the 2019 class is reopening his recruitment.Flowood (Miss.) Jackson Prep four-star Jerrion Ealy decommitted from Ole Miss earlier today. Ealy had been committed to the Rebels since December 2017.However, Ealy recently took an official visit to Mississippi State and has one scheduled for Clemson for this coming weekend.Ealy says he will sign on February 6, which is National Signing Day.I will be signing on February 6! pic.twitter.com/5L7h29Xi7C— Jerrion Ealy (@ealy_1k) January 8, 2019Ealy is the No. 4 running back and No. 45 overall recruit in the 2019 cycle.Clemson is trending in his 247Sports Crystal Ball.Ealy would be the second four-star running back commitment for Clemson in the 2019 class. The Tigers have already signed Naples (Fla.) four-star Chez Mellusi.
SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers attempts a pass during the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)March Madness is here, and the sports world is consumed by filling out brackets. As it usually does every year, ESPN has taken the time to put together a 64-team college football tournament.The Worldwide Leader unveiled its bracket today and also played the tournament down to the Sweet 16. The final results will be published tomorrow.In order to seed the mock event, ESPN used its preseason FPI. That led to some teams being slotted in interesting spots.You can view the full FPI here, but some of the highlights from the bracket are below:The four No. 1 seeds are Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and LSU.Because the FPI isn’t that high on Ohio State right now, the Buckeyes wound up with a No. 4 seed.Texas A&M and Oregon are ahead of OSU and earned No. 3 seeds.The “First Four Out” of the field were Boston College, Wake Forest, Louisville and Army.You can check out ESPN’s full bracket and the results from the first two rounds here.Tomorrow, we’ll see which teams make the Final Four and who wins the hypothetical national championship.We’re probably going to have playoff expansion eventually, but not on this scale, so these types of “what if” scenarios are always fun to look at.
Rasesh Mandani MumbaiJanuary 25, 2019UPDATED: January 26, 2019 07:56 IST Hardik Pandya will join the India team for the ODI and T20I series in New Zealand (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHardik Pandya’s mentor Kiran More said he was happy the all-rounder will get to play cricket againBCCI lifted the suspensions on Hardik and KL Rahul; Hardik will join the Indian team in New Zealand”Hardik made a mistake and apologized. I think things were blown out of proportion,” More saidThe first week of January gave Indian cricket plenty of reason to cheer. India had just won their first ever bilateral Test series in Australia and the celebrations that followed the rain-marred Sydney Test captured the imagination of the nation. Hardik Pandya’s wild celebratory dance moves made waves alongside Virat Kohli’s bhangra and the Pujara walk. But soon, all of that was overshadowed by an episode of Koffee with Karan which aired on an Indian television channel the night before.India vs New Zealand 2nd ODI in Mount Maunganui: Live Cricket ScorePandya and KL Rahul were the first cricketers to appear on Koffee with Karan and the two had sparked a massive controversy with their sexist comments. They boasted about their night outs and their remarks left several in Indian cricket fraternity enraged. Even as celebrations began after India’s Test triumph Down Under, the focus shifted to Pandya and Rahul’s statements. Following public and social outcry, BCCI would go on to issue Hardik Pandya a show cause. Hardik and Rahul were suspended and ordered to return home.Days after the controversial Koffee with Karan episode, Hardik Pandya lost a major endorsement deal and a membership with an iconic Mumbai club.Pandya channelized his anger by doing what he does best: hitting the cricket ball. He did just that in Australia and after returning home.”When I was working with him in my academy in Baroda, I saw him hitting the ball cleanly. I asked him how he had managed to retain that touch. He told me, ‘Sir, I hit a thousand balls in Australia when I was removed.’ That’s the way to do it,” former India wicketkeeper and Hardik’s mentor Kiran More told India Today.advertisementIt was More who advised Hardik’s father to get his son to play cricket. “I remember him as a very talented cricketer, who wanted to do everything – bowl, bat, field and he wanted to win. I am just happy he will get to play cricket again,” he said.Pandya’s fashion statements have never amused cricket purists but his callous remarks on the TV show directly hit his cricket stocks. More admits Hardik Pandya erred but argues this was the first time he was drawn into a controversy. “He made a mistake and apologized. I think things were blown out of proportion. He doesn’t have a bad track record on the field. I have known him for long. There is not a single cricket misbehaviour I remember,” More said.The World Cup is now months away and India will only play a handful of matches (in New Zealand and at home against Australia). Hardik Pandya will join up with his India teammates soon and this will be a perfect opportunity for him to show what he can do on the field.Also Read | Hardik Pandya to join Team India in New Zealand, KL Rahul to play for India AAlso Read | Hardik, Rahul were gracious when I apologised: Karan Johar Also Read | Now that Hardik going to New Zealand, what happens to Vijay Shankar: Sunil GavaskarFor 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 Hardik PandyaFollow Kiran MoreFollow Koffee With KaranFollow Pandya suspension I hit 1000 balls in Australia when they suspended me: Hardik Pandya told mentor Kiran MoreHardik Pandya’s mentor said the India all-rounder has not lost his touch and hit the ball cleanly at his Baroda academy. Pandya’s suspension has been lifted and he will join the India team for the ODI and T20I series.advertisement
Reuters WellingtonApril 4, 2019UPDATED: April 4, 2019 16:25 IST Jimmy Neesham was picked by New Zealand for the 2019 ICC World Cup (Getty Images)Less than 18 months ago, New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham had become so disaffected with cricket he would open the curtains on match day and hope it was raining.A timely chat with Heath Mills, the head of the New Zealand players’ union, however, ended his thoughts about retirement and ultimately propelled him back into the national side and then on Wednesday into the country’s World Cup squad.”Opening the shades and hoping it was raining is not the ideal way to begin a day of cricket,” Neesham told reporters on Thursday, the day after he was named in the squad for the May 30-July 14 tournament in England. “I think I needed to just have a full overhaul in the way I was approaching the game.”I actually called Heath Mills 18 months ago and told him I was going to retire. He convinced me to take a little break.”Luckily I took his advice … and obviously since then it’s been on the up and up.”With his ability to bat in the top order and bowl fast-medium pace, Neesham was once considered to be the answer to New Zealand’s search for an all-rounder when he made the side in late 2012.BREAKING: The @BLACKCAPS have named their #CWC19 squad! pic.twitter.com/sbC0cvOXPTCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) April 2, 2019The early stages of his career were hampered by injury, however, and in 2017 a decline with the ball saw him dropped from the national side.The following year he was removed from the central contracts list, with the message from selector Gavin Larsen that he needed to “demand our attention again”.advertisementThe power-hitting left-hander tried to respond by pushing himself to score more runs, but only piled more pressure on himself.”I wanted to dominate and score hundreds every game and once that starts going in a downward spiral and you’re not going well, you put more pressure on yourself,” he said.”When I was the most driven, I played my worst. Trying too hard doesn’t seem to help as a cricketer.”Once I got over those feelings and began to enjoy myself again then that’s when things started to get better.”Part of that process involved leaving Otago, where he had spent seven years, and move to Wellington where coach Bruce Edgar, captain Michael Bracewell and former New Zealand pace bowler Hamish Bennett all helped him regain his confidence.Since being recalled to the national side in January, the 28-year-old has played eight one-day internationals in his comeback and scored 204 runs at an average of 68, while taking 10 wickets at 22.90, enough to convince selectors he should be on the plane for England.”It was a long road back, but once I got back to scoring runs and taking wickets I knew I wasn’t too far away if I put a good couple of months together,” he added.”But to get the call, it’s pretty surreal.”Also Read | New Zealand first team to announce World Cup squad, Tom Blundell surprise inclusionFor 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 Jimmy NeeshamFollow retirementFollow New ZealandFollow 2019 ICC World CupFollow World Cup squad From retirement thoughts to World Cup spot, New Zealand’s Jimmy Neesham on the up and upJimmy Neesham said that “It was a long road back” after being selected as part of the New Zealand 2019 ICC World Cup squad. The hard-hitting all-rounder was contemplating giving up cricket just 18 months ago.advertisement