Man of the Mat | The Sports Stars

first_imgBajrang Punia can be hard on himself. “I didn’t train to finish second best in Budapest,” he tweeted after losing in the final of the 2018 World Wrestling Championships in October. “It was difficult to accept the result, but the loss will only make me stronger.” Earlier this year, he,Bajrang Punia can be hard on himself. “I didn’t train to finish second best in Budapest,” he tweeted after losing in the final of the 2018 World Wrestling Championships in October. “It was difficult to accept the result, but the loss will only make me stronger.” Earlier this year, he was miffed at not being considered for the Khel Ratna, a reasonable demand given the near-impeccable couple of years the wrestler has had. He has won gold both at the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games followed by a silver at the World Championships, capping off 2018 with the world No. 1 rank in the 65 kg category. This hunger is one of the reasons why many believe Punia is destined to join the august company of Abhinav Bindra and win an individual gold at the Olympics.Hailing from Haryana, the cradle of Indian wrestling, Punia’s father (himself a university-level wrestler) was convinced early on that his son would be an exceptional wrestler some day. At the age of seven, Punia would get his first lessons with Narendra Pehalwan at the Lala Diwan Chand Akhada in Chhara village. Punia says Indian wrestlers have to keep proving their mettle at international tournaments with medals-like Sushil Kumar did with his bronze at the 2008 Olympics which ended India’s 56-year-old medal drought in wrestling-for it’s the only way to ensure that mats become the norm in rural areas. “Frankly, it is very hard adjusting from mud to the mat,” he said. “Getting a proper grip is not easy, the feet tend to slip.” His family moved to Sonepat so that he could train at the Sports Authority of India facility there.advertisementMore recently, Punia has been training with Olympian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt. Indeed, in his single-minded quest to become an Olympic champion, Punia has started following mentor Dutt and limiting his mobile use. With the Wrestling Federation of India putting him in the Grade A category under the new contract system (it comes with a Rs 30 lakh annual retainership and the support of JSW Sports) he can now afford international coaching expertise, in the form of former Olympic wrestler Emzarios Bentinidis of Georgia. And the results are showing. The world No. 1 rank is a feat no Indian has achieved. Punia, though, won’t rest easy. He intends to be the sultan of the sport and, for him, that means Olympic gold.last_img read more

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Australia vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test: Khawaja, Starc return to form as hosts tighten noose

first_imgUsman Khawaja found his scoring touch and fast bowler Mitchell Starc returned to his fiery best as Australia moved within sight of victory in the second Test against Sri Lanka at the Manuka Oval on Sunday.After Australia, on course for a first series win since beating England early last year, set the tourists an improbable 516 for victory openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne survived some nervy moments to take Sri Lanka to 17 before bad light ended the third day’s play early.Starc picked up his 10th five-wicket haul – his first since his 5-34 against South Africa in Durban last March – as Australia bundled out Sri Lanka for 215 to take a first-innings lead of 319.Australia, who won the opening Test in Brisbane by an innings and 40 runs, did not get off to a great start in their second innings as they lost Marcus Harris, Joe Burns and Marnus Labuschagne cheaply.But Khawaja and first-innings centurion Travis Head combined for a stand of 159 as Australia declared their second innings closed on 196-3.Captain Tim Paine called the batsmen in after Khawaja completed his eighth test hundred.The left-hander enjoyed the moment, having scored only one fifty in the home summer. He remained unbeaten on 101 while Head made 59 not out.Earlier, Starc, who got the wicket of Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal on day two, bowled with pace and aggression to pick up the first two to fall on Sunday, then returned after lunch to polish off the tail and finish with figures of 5-54.advertisementKusal Perera retires hurt after blow to helmetKusal Perera did not return to bat for the touring side after being hit on his helmet and leaving the field.After opening batsman Karunaratne was forced to retire hurt on the second day after being hit by a Pat Cummins bouncer on the back of his neck, it was Perera’s turn to leave the field on the third morning.He retired hurt on 29 after a blow to his helmet by fast bowler Jhye Richardson while trying to duck under a short delivery. He took the impact flush on the side of his helmet with the neck protector flying off.The left-hander continued batting after twice being attended to by the team doctor but finally walked off an over later.Karunaratne returned to the crease after Perera’s departure and completed a gritty half-century before edging Starc to Kurtis Patterson at gully to be out for 59.Starc took 15 wickets in five tests during the India series and the opener against Sri Lanka but faced heavy criticism for some wayward bowling that prompted calls for Paine to take the new ball off his hands.The tall left-arm quick was back at his fiery best on Sunday, however, and tested the batsmen with short-pitched deliveries, one of which accounted for Dhananjaya de Silva.The batsman lost his balance while going for a pull shot and ended up dislodging a bail with his bat to be out for 25. Starc dismissed Dilruwan Perera and Vishwa Fernando in his first over after lunch to complete his first five-wicket haul.Also Read | 2nd Test: Sri Lanka’s Kusal Perera hit on helmet, retires hurt on Day 3 vs AustraliaAlso Read | India vs New Zealand: Hardik Pandya’s calculated assault was magnificent, says GavaskarAlso See:last_img read more

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Irani Cup Day 4: Hanuma Vihari 180, Rahane 87 leave Vidarbha with tricky chase

first_imgHanuma Vihari became the first batsman in history to score three successive Irani Cup hundreds as Rest of India set Vidarbha 280 runs to win. Hanuma, who had scored 114 in the first innings, hit 180 in the second to become only the second batsman after Shikhar Dhawan to score twin hundreds in an Irani Cup match.Hanuma Vihari led a spirited batting effort for Rest of India after Vidarbha had eked out a crucial 95-run first innings lead. RoI were jolted twice early in their second innings when Anmolpreet Singh and Mayank Agarwal fell late on the third day.However, Vihari joined forces with Ajinkya Rahane as the pair added 229 for the third wicket. Rahane was in focus because he has gone without a first-class hundred since August 2017. He had struggled in England and did not have the kind of impact the team would have wanted him to in Australia. Therefore, that partnership with Vihari was pleasing for the Indian team management.Rahane fell for 87, short of a well deserved hundred. Shreyas Iyer came out all guns blazing and smashed an unbeaten 61 off 52 balls. Rest of India declared with Hanuma Vihari on 180 not out.Back to back tons for @Hanumavihari. Getting the run registers ringing and how! #IraniCup #ROIvVID pic.twitter.com/Q9pjezMlTdBCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) February 15, 2019Chasing 280, Vidarbha lost skipper Faiz Fazal to Ankit Rajpoot in the first over of the innings. RR Sanjay and Atharwa Taide saw the Ranji Trophy champions through to stumps without any further damage. They were 37 for 1 at close of play on the penultimate day.advertisementThe last day produces to promise more enthralling action as Vidarbha face a tricky chase against a top-quality bowling attack.last_img read more

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Conor McGregor hints at return two weeks after MMA retirement: See you in the Octagon

first_imgConor McGregor has hinted his “retirement” from mixed martial arts may be over already after the Irishman said in a post on Twitter: ” … see you in the Octagon”.”I want to move forward, with my fans of all faiths and all backgrounds,” he tweeted.”All faiths challenge us to be our best selves. It is one world and one for all. Now see you in the Octagon.”I want to move forward, with my fans of all faiths and all backgrounds.All faiths challenge us to be our best selves.It is one world and one for allNow see you in the Octagon.Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 4, 2019Two weeks ago, the twice Ultimate Fighting Championship title-holder sent shockwaves around the sporting world by saying he was retiring on Twitter.The announcement drew plenty of scepticism, given it came only hours after McGregor told an American TV chat show that he was in negotiations for a fight in July.Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as Mixed Martial Art today.I wish all my old colleagues well going forward in competition.I now join my former partners on this venture, already in retirement.Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas!Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 26, 2019A previous “retirement” announced by McGregor in 2016 lasted a matter of days.The conciliatory tone of McGregor’s tweet was at odds with an earlier string of abusive posts targeting Khabib Nurmagomedov, the Dargin who beat him in a fourth-round lightweight title fight in October.advertisementMcGregor has made no secret of his desire for a re-match.”Don’t be scared of the rematch you little scurrying rat. You will do what you are told like you always do,” he tweeted on Wednesday.McGregor also tweeted – then deleted – a number of derogatory posts about Nurmagomedov’s wife.Nurmagomedov also returned fire, calling McGregor a “rapist” on Twitter.UFC President Dana White said in a statement that the online exchanges had become “unacceptable” and that he was reaching out to both camps to defuse the tension.Neither McGregor nor Nurmagomedov have had another fight since, with both serving suspensions for an ugly brawl that erupted after their match in Las Vegas.Boasting massive global recognition, McGregor wields considerable negotiating power over the UFC and pundits have speculated his retirement announcement was merely a ploy in a long battle to secure an ownership stake in the popular cage-fighting series.”He’s stuck on this thing where he wants a piece of the ownership and if you look at basketball, Michael Jordan didn’t own a piece of the league,” White told 8 News Now, a Las Vegas broadcaster, this week.”I think there’s other ways that we can make him happy.”American media have also speculated McGregor is in dispute with White over his ability to headline a card with no title on the line.McGregor is said to need a fight or two to re-establish himself as a title contender to burnish his reputation and reinforce his clout as a pay-per-view draw.last_img read more

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Nokia 1 gets price cut in India, beats Redmi Go as most affordable Android Go phone

first_imgThe Nokia 1 (Review) is HMD Global’s first Android Go phone that was launched in India last year. The entry-level handset was launched at Rs 5,499 and has been a successful phone for the company in emerging markets like India. This week, HMD slashed the prices of the Nokia 1 along with the Nokia 6.1 Plus 6GB variant and Nokia 2.1 in the country. Following the price cut, the Nokia 1 is now available for Rs 3,999, making it the cheapest Android Go phone in the market.This also means that the Redmi Go (Review) is no longer holds the title of the most affordable Android Go phone. Xiaomi launched the Redmi Go last month priced at Rs 4,499, making it Xiaomi’s cheapest smartphone yet. HMD’s move to drop the price of the Nokia 1 seems to be a response to the Redmi Go. Alternatively, it could also signal that the company is ready to launch the Nokia 1 Plus Android Go phone in India.To recall, Google launched the Android Go program to deliver an optimised software experience for entry-level phones that come with bare-boned hardware. Android Go phones are meant to attract a large market of feature phone users and first-time smartphone users by offering low-cost, dependable smartphones. The Nokia 1 and Redmi Go are among the most notable Android Go phones in the market right now.The Nokia 1 is a compact phone that sports a 4.5 inch FWVGA (480×854) display. It is a pebble-shaped handset that supports interchangeable Xpress-On covers. The Nokia 1 gets 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage with support for expandability up to 128GB. It is powered by a 1.1GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737M processor. As for the cameras, the Nokia 1 gets a 5MP primary camera with LED flash and a 2MP selfie camera.advertisementAs an Android Go phone, the Nokia 1 ships with Android Oreo (Go edition) that comes preloaded with lightweight Google Go apps like Gmail Go, YouTube Go, Maps Go and so on. The handset houses a 2,150mAh battery.The Redmi Go has also been launched as a feature-rich affordable Android Go phone. Compared to the Nokia 1, the Redmi Go sports a bigger 5-inch screen and a sharper 720p HD resolution. The Redmi Go is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 425 chipset paired with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage that is expandable via a microSD card. The Redmi Go also gets the biggest battery at 3,000mAh capacity compared to the Nokia 1.The Redmi Go also ships with Android Oreo (Go edition) with pre-loaded Google Go apps. It gets an 8MP primary camera with LED flash and a 5MP front-facing camera. Both the Nokia 1 and Redmi Go support 4G VoLTE and offer a 3.5mm headphone jack.ALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Go review: Perfect phone for first-time smartphone buyerslast_img read more

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Honor Watch Magic review: Affordable smartwatch with good fitness tracking and even better battery life

first_imgSmartwatch sales really picked up in the US last year, but it’s not the same situation in India. As per a Counterpoint research, the Indian smartwatch market only makes up 1 per cent of global share, which means smartwatches are yet to take off in a big way in the country. In that 1 per cent market share, Apple is still the dominant brand with the Apple Watch. Fitbit and Samsung have done well in India too, and now Honor hopes to join the game with the Honor Watch Magic.The Honor Watch Magic is a Rs 14,999 smartwatch that comes with a circular dial and is made to look like a regular watch in terms of design. But the Honor Watch Magic also offers typical smartwatch features like workouts, sleep tracking and heart rate monitoring along with notifications and so on. These don’t seem so bad for its pricing, but is this a good enough smartwatch for your needs. We review the Honor Watch Magic to find out.Honor Watch Magic Design and DisplayThe Honor Watch Magic looks like a regular watch, which means it should appeal to a wider audience. You have a circular dial with a chronometer and a non-rotating bezel as opposed to the Galaxy Watch which does offer a convenient rotating bezel. The surface of the body of the Honor Watch Magic and the buttons of the right side are stainless steel while the underside of the watch is plastic.The unit we received for review has has cowhide on the surface of what is actually a silicone strap. The leather and steel look is quite classic and is something you would like to sport for formal occasions or to a workplace.advertisement The combination of these materials also help make the Honor Watch Magic quite lightweight. The straps can be detached easily if you want to replace them with something sportier.The two buttons on the right side of the watch are used to bring up actions on the display. The screen itself is 1.2 inches, which is a decent size so you can read content on the screen without squinting. The Honor Watch Magic comes with a heart rate sensor that can be seen on the bottom of the body and the watch itself is 5ATM water-resistant, so you can take it for a swim.The 1.2-inch AMOLED display offers a 390×390 pixel resolution. The display is bright and sharp, making it legible outdoors under intense sunlight. Colours look vivid and pleasing to the eyes and viewing angles are good too, so you can see the time even if you’re looking at it from an angle.Honor Watch Magic Performance and Fitness TrackingTo setup and pair the Honor Watch Magic, you will first need to download the Huawei Health app on Android or iOS. I paired the watch with an iPhone XR for review. The pairing process was simple enough and the app gives syncs with the watch to display your steps count, calories burnt, distance travelled and heart rate overview.It’s important to know that the custom software that the Honor Watch Magic runs on is quite limiting. You won’t be able to download third-party apps or watch faces as you would be able to on Wear OS. What you get is whatever is preloaded in the watch, nothing more or less. On one hand, this may disappoint customers who want to be able to download a bunch of apps (fitness, reminders, notes and so on) to make the most out the smartwatch, while on the other hand it may please some who want a no-frills and easy-to-use fitness watch.Overall, the UI is fairly easy to understand and work with. However, I feel the UI could have been smoother and more intuitive. There is a noticeable lag or stuttering while swiping on the display. It is also hard to distinguish the notifications you receive as they get a similar message icon rather than the actual icons of the apps you’re getting the messages from. In such instances, the Galaxy Watch or the Apple Watch look far more visually appealing and helpful, but you will have to pay a higher price for that. While you can’t download apps, the Honor Watch is fairly populated with exercises that you might need and a few preloaded watch faces. You get trackers for running, cycling, swimming, climbing and walking, all of which can be accessed by pressing the bottom button. The button on the top will let you access heart rate, sleep, stress, barometer, compass, weather, messages and so on.advertisementMost of the workouts offer fairly good readings, although the accuracy of it may be questionable, but it’s honestly difficult to know how off the tracker is unless you also have another device to compare it with. For steps and heart rate, the Honor Watch Magic offered readings that were more or less similar to the Apple Watch Series 3. You’ll find it usually off by plus or minus 10 to 15 steps, which is acceptable. Swim tracking also gives a ballpark reading of the distance you’ve swum and calories burned. However, it doesn’t provide a lap count, which is something you will get on the Fitbit Versa, for example.The GPS tracking is quite excellent on the Honor Watch Magic as it measures the distance travelled and calories burned with a good amount of accuracy without your smartphone on you. The Huawei Health app gives you a pretty good overview of stats that tell you how well you’ve done during the day, week, month or year.There is a sleep tracker will monitor REM sleep, deep and light sleep patterns with the help of Huawei’s Trusleep tracking algorithm. The heart rate monitoring will provide regular and accurate updates on your heart rate. The stress measure, however, does not work in India yet and there is no word yet on when Honor will enable it in the country.Honor Watch Magic BatteryThe Honor Watch Magic houses a 178mAh battery, which may not sound exciting enough but don’t let that fool you. The smartwatch easily delivers 4 to 5 days of battery life like the Samsung Galaxy Watch and that’s fantastic. Most smartwatches tend to give up after about a day or two, but the Honor Watch offers a long-lasting battery so you won’t have to reach for the charger often. It’s not surprising considering one half of the dual chipset manages power efficiency coupled with a lightweight software. The small puck-shaped magnetic charger comes with a Type-C port. It takes a little less than an hour to fully charge the Honor Watch Magic.Should you buy the Honor Watch Magic?The Honor Watch Magic is a stripped down version of the Huawei Watch GT. It’s a simple, classy-looking smartwatch that goes well with most occasions from a fashionable stand point. You get a reasonable amount of features to work with, but the software restricts you from adding anything extra. If you need a smartwatch for purely fitness tracking reasons, the Honor Watch Magic gives you what you want at an affordable price.The best things about the Honor Watch Magic is the battery life which easily takes you through 4-5 days on as single charge. The design is lightweight enough to keep it on for the whole day and even when you sleep. For its price, the Honor Watch Magic delivers just enough. But for those who want something more, like the option to add more apps, watch faces or complications, the Honor Watch Magic isn’t the one for you.advertisementHonor Watch Magic review7.5/10ProsStylish and formal designAMOLED displayExcellent battery lifeGood fitness trackingConsLaggy UINo third-party app supportlast_img read more

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Salaam Cricket 2019: 16-year-old Sachin Tendulkar thought his career was over after Test debut

first_imgSachin Tendulkar retired with 200 Tests, 15921 runs and 51 hundreds but in 1989 as a 16-year-old, he thought his career was over after debuting against Pakistan in Karachi.In the first innings, Tendulkar fell to Waqar Younis for 15 and did not get to bat in the second.30 years later, Sachin Tendulkar is now retired and his place is assured among the greatest in the game. At Salaam Cricket 2019 at Lord’s, Tendulkar opened up on his debut and said he had played the first and the last Test match of his career.”When I went in to bat. I was waiting for the yorker. But Akram kept bowling bouncer. There were no rules on the number of bouncers. And then I thought okay this is how you are welcomed to Test cricket. Akram and Waqar were bowling really fast. I had never faced that kind of pace.”I thought I was completely out of place. I thought that was my first and last Test. I walked back with a lot of embarrassment and I went to the washroom, I looked at my face in the mirror and thought that was it. I wanted just another opportunity to prove myself,” Tendulkar said.Wasim Akram, who had played for Pakistan in that Test and then went on to play against Tendulkar in several India-Pakistan matches, said he did not know what the fuss was about Tendulkar before India landed in Pakistan in 1989.”I remember when India were about to come to Pakistan – we heard about a young sensation coming from India. And we thought how could a 16-year-old boy playing Test cricket be so good?advertisement”But he did not react to provocation from our pacers. Top batsmen do not react. I would get very annoyed when people smiled back.. On that tour, Pakistan got to know who Sachin Tendulkar was. We realised this guy was something special,” Akram said.Also Read | Salaam Cricket 2019: Pakistanis love Virat Kohli, says Younis KhanAlso Read | Salaam Cricket 2019: When Viv Richards stopped Sachin Tendulkar from retiringAlso Seelast_img read more

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Nokia 2.2 Android One phone with face unlock launched: Price, specifications and release date

first_imgNokia 2.2 has been launched in India. HMD Global announced its new Android One device for the budget market in Italy while simultaneously launching it in India as well. The Nokia 2.2 succeeds last year’s Nokia 2.1. Some of the biggest upgrades include the move from Android Go to Android One, waterdrop notch display and a new Google Assistant button, among other things.As one would guess, the Nokia 2.2 is part of HMD’s budget lineup of smartphones with introductory prices starting at Rs 6,999 for the 2GB + 16GB memory and storage variant and Rs 7,999 for the 3GB + 32GB model. This also makes the Nokia 2.2 the most affordable Android One phone in India. Following the limited time price offer, the Nokia 2.2 will be available for Rs 7,699 and Rs 8,699 for the 2GB and 3GB RAM variants, respectively.The Nokia 2.2 is up for pre-orders in India starting today on Nokia.com/phones and will go on sale from June 11 through offline retail markets across India, Nokia online shop and Flipkart. Jio subscribers on Nokia 2.2 will get instant Cashback of Rs 2,200 along with 100GB additional data which will be applicable on recharges of Rs 198 and Rs 299. The cashback will be offered in the form of 44 coupons worth Rs 50 each.Nokia 2.2 specificationsThe Nokia 2.2 brings a fresh new design compared to its predecessor. On the front, the bezels have been reduced and the Nokia 2.2 gets a teardrop notch like the Nokia 3.2 and Nokia 4.2. The Nokia 2.2 sports a 5.71-inch HD+ display with brightness up to 400 nits. Tthe Nokia 2.2 houses a 3,000mAh battery.advertisementThe entry-level Nokia 2.2 comes with a glossy plastic unibody shell on the back in Steel and Tungsten Black with the option to interchange it with XPress On covers in Taurus Green, Pink Sand and Icy Blue. Like the Nokia 3.2 and Nokia 4.2, the Nokia 2.2 also gets a dedicated Google Assistant button that will allow the user to quickly launch the AI with a simple tap of the button. The Google Assistant button will likely be a staple feature with future Nokia phones. Another notable upgrade is the software. The Nokia 2.1 was part of the Android Go program, which means it offered a stripped down version of Android Oreo with Go-based apps optimised for phones low on RAM and storage. The Nokia 2.2, however, is an Android One device, which means it gets the regular, full-blown version of stock Android Pie. It also means the Nokia 2.2 will get at least two major software updates and monthly security patches for at least three years.The Nokia 2.2 is powered by a MediaTek A22 chipset paired with up to 3GB of RAM. As mentioned above, the Nokia 2.2 is the most affordable Android One phone. With Android Pie, you will get features like new navigation gesture, Adaptive Brightness, Adaptive Battery and Digital Wellbeing among others. It is also Android Q-ready and should be among the first set of Nokia phones to get updated to Android Q.HMD is also touting a sophisticated AI camera with something called low-light image fusion. The Nokia 2.2 sports a single 13-megapixel camera on the back and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera that supports face unlock. Both the rear and front cameras support AI low-light fusion where the camera snaps multiple images simultaneously to create a single bright shot in low-light.ALSO READ | Amazon Alexa will soon help you plan a perfect date nightALSO READ | Motorola could launch new sub-Rs 10,000 Android smartphone very soon, specifications leakedALSO READ | This is Samsung Galaxy Note 10 with centre punch-hole display, triple rear cameraslast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Doesn’t get bigger than England vs Australia semi-final, says Aaron Finch

first_imgAustralia captain Aaron Finch is relishing a “blockbuster” Cricket World Cup semi-final against England at Edgbaston on Thursday but injury concerns threaten to derail the plans of the defending champions.Finch’s side slipped to a 10-run defeat to already-eliminated South Africa in their final round-robin fixture at Old Trafford on Saturday, a result that saw them knocked off top spot in the table.It means they now face the host nation in the semi-finals, while India will take on a New Zealand side that has stumbled into the knockout stages with some indifferent performances.Australia had already lost Shaun Marsh for the remainder of the World Cup prior and now look likely to be without another top order batsman in Usman Khawaja after he suffered a hamstring injury while batting.All-rounder Marcus Stoinis needed treatment for a back issue and will also undergo scans on Sunday, while fast bowler Mitchell Starc had an off-day with the ball and did not appear to be moving too freely either.”It doesn’t look ideal for Usman Khawaja at the moment, but we will have to wait and see,” Finch told reporters in the wake of the South Africa loss.”He will have a scan in the morning and then we will make a call based on what the results are.”(With Stoinis) we are not sure … at the moment he feels okay, but until you get the definitive scans, it is tough to know.”The selectors have already brought batsman Peter Handscomb into the squad following the loss of Marsh, who was originally included in the squad as cover for Khawaja.advertisementFortunately the Australia A side is also on tour in England with Matt Wade, a veteran of 94 international one-dayers, in fine form with the bat.”If they need to be replaced, which I should imagine Usman will, there are plenty of guys who have been playing some good one-day cricket,” Finch said.There is no doubt that Australia would have preferred a semi-final against New Zealand, leaving title rivals England and India to battle it out for a final spot, but they must now take on the hosts at one of their favourite venues.”It’s going to be a blockbuster, it doesn’t get much bigger than Australia-England in a World Cup semi-final,” Finch said.”Edgbaston is a beautiful ground to play at and the fans are always entertaining down there. It’s going to be a great atmosphere.”Also Read | Rohit Sharma at candid best after journalist asks him about MS Dhoni birthday plansAlso Read | World Cup 2019 semi-finals line-up: India to play New Zealand after topping league stageAlso See:last_img read more

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Limited DRS in Ranji Trophy another classic case of eyewash: BCCI official

first_imgHaving come under fire in the last domestic season for poor standards of umpiring, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) under the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has decided to use ‘limited DRS’ during the knockout stages of the Ranji Trophy this season. But the BCCI officials have called this another attempt to sweep the mistakes under the carpet rather than address the issue of lack of quality umpires.Speaking to IANS, a senior BCCI official said that it has become the norm under the CoA to ensure that the image of the board remains intact on the outside even if the foundation is getting weaker by the day.”We are not surprised in the least. This is how things are done these days, in an ad-hoc manner that focuses more on perception than on substance. What is the intent here? Is the intent to ensure a mechanism to resolve bad decisions in the knockouts? What about the other 2010 odd games (BCCI hosted a total of 2017 games in the 2018-19 domestic season)? Who is taking the ownership of bad umpiring in those games? Where is the effort to improve the standard of umpiring? Classic eyewash this is,” the official rued.GM Cricket Operations Saba Karim, who is currently in the UK, had said that the idea to introduce ‘limited DRS’ is to avoid howlers as was seen during the knockout stages of the 2018-19 season of the Ranji Trophy. “Last year, in some of the knockout matches, there was some flak on umpires because there were some terrible howlers. So, we want to avoid all that and use whatever help we can get,” he explained.advertisementBut a senior board functionary wants to know why an effort isn’t being made to ensure that things improve right from conducting fair examination of umpires.”Questions are raised over the process of examination to recruit umpires. Why isn’t that being looked into? A fair examination shouldn’t be that big a problem. Then, there is an academy for umpires in Nagpur, who takes responsibility of the functioning of that academy? And how many umpires do we have in the international panel? S. Ravi was the last. So clearly, there is lack of ownership,” the functionary said.”After managing to scrape through domestic games, when they are handed duty during the Indian Premier League (IPL), they crumble under pressure. The idea to have Indian umpires in the IPL was to help them experience top-flight games and the pressure that comes with it. But here, they are getting exposed every second game as was seen in this year’s matches. So, the same must also be happening in the domestic circuit. Just because it isn’t televised, you don’t see it,” the functionary pointed.Also See:last_img read more

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Mumbai Indians’ plan to promote IPL in US shot down by CoA

first_imgIndian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians’ plan to promote brand IPL in the US has been shot down by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA).The move was envisaged on the lines of top football clubs who travel to the Asian countries before the start of the season to not only promote the game, but also to expand the fan base of the teams.Speaking to IANS, sources in the know of developments said that it was unfortunate that the effort of the franchise to spread awareness about the IPL and increase the following of the cash-rich league was turned down by the CoA.”Since MI participate in a BCCI tournament, they must take written permission if they are looking at any such move. Mumbai Indians’ idea was to promote brand IPL and the game in the US and also to develop a new market for the game. The team would have headed to the US and also play a few games with local teams so as to attract cricket lovers in the region and get them up close and personal with their favourite stars.”In fact, MI was also keen to share any revenue earned in the process. The IPL clause says that if you as a franchise play outside of the tournament, any revenue earned is to be shared. MI had no problem with that as the idea was to take the game to more homes and increase the fan base,” the source said.”MI even asked the CoA to provide the window as per their suitability. Playing local matches would popularise the sport as we all know that cricket is not followed much there and also, there are many Indians there and the franchise wanted to go and experiment and see how they can give back to the game,” the source added.advertisementAsked if the franchise looked at it as a profitable venture, the source said: “Selling tickets wasn’t their idea because you never know if you would even have the top stars like Rohit Sharma playing as they have national commitments. The idea was to promote the brand and the game in the region. It was about making a noise. The franchise is very serious about the idea and wants to bring it up with the BCCI in the future as well. IPL is a global brand in cricket playing countries, but what about the upcoming nations?”Isn’t this why the football clubs come to Asian countries on their pre-season tours? That is how you expand the brand and make the game more popular. It is no mean project and MI is ready to do that and should get the required assistance.”While the CoA was informed of the proposal from MI, it decided not to grant approval.Also See:last_img read more

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CITY ATTORNEY SAYS COUNCIL MUST DECIDE FIREWORKS ISSUE

first_imgCity Attorney Nicole Dubois needed just two days to issue a legal opinion on if the public could vote on deciding the future of fireworks usage in Sioux City.Dubois opinion was released Wednesday afternoon stating the City Council will determine the future of fireworks discharge in Sioux City.Neither the Code for the State of Iowa nor the Sioux City Municipal Code provide initiative or referendum power directly to citizens on this matter.At Monday’s council meeting, a local citizen had asked the council to let the public decide when fireworks could be used, but Dubois says Iowa Code Section 364.2(6) provides that a city council may by ordinance or resolution prohibit or limit the use of consumer fireworks, display fireworks, or novelties.The council will consider reducing the number of days fireworks may be used in town at an upcoming meeting.Current city code allows a period from June 25th until July 4th.last_img read more

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FREE COMIC BOOK DAY HAS DOZENS OF BOOKS TO CHOOSE FROM

first_imgCOMIC BOOK FANS OF ALL AGES WILL LINE UP SATURDAY FOR ISSUES OF THEIR FAVORITE SUPER HEROES AS IT’S TIME FOR THE ANNUAL “FREE COMIC BOOK DAY”.KEVIN MCGARRY OF SIOUX CITY’S ACME COMICS SAYS SOME OF THE BOOKS TIE IN WITH THE CURRENT MARVEL BLOCKBUSTER “AVENGERS ENDGAME”:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/COMIC1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..READING THAT ONE. :07MCGARRY SAYS FREE COMICS AREN’T THE ONLY ATTRACTION SATURDAY, THERE’S LOTS OF OTHER ACTIVITIES GOING ON:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/COMIC2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……LOT OF FUN: 23BUT COMIC BOOKS ARE THE MAIN ATTRACTION, AND THERE ARE PLENTY OF FREE TITLES:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/COMIC3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….FOR YOU TO READ. :18THERE WILL ALSO BE A FOOD VENDOR ON HAND IF YOU’RE HUNGRY.FREE COMIC BOOK DAY RUNS FROM NOON UNTIL 4PM SATURDAY AT ACME COMICS AND COLLECTIBLES AT 1622 PIERCE STREET.last_img read more

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OU makes fun of OSU for spelling, can’t spell

first_imgAfter the OSU-FSU game on Saturday a guy named Tony Beaulieu thought it would be funny to write a satirical piece on the Trail of Tears sign an OSU student made for College GameDay.That piece landed in the OU student newspaper (their O’Colly) and you can read it here. It opens like this:Oklahoma State University President V. Burns Hargis called it one of the greatest academic achievements in the history of the school Saturday after an offensive sign made by university students had no apparent spelling errors.“Despite the insensitive nature of the sign, this is an enormous acheivement [sic] for our students.” Hargis said in an official statement. “There are some medium-sized words in that sign, and none of them misspelled.”It goes on to include other fake quotes from folks associated with OSU and, I have to admit, is actually pretty funny.But the best part of the entire thing, by far, is that the school this student paper represents had an incredible grammatical gaffe on Saturday during the Louisiana Tech game.I cannot even begin to describe how giddy I was to see this. Especially after the student paper piece.I couldn’t love this more. RT @chrismlusk: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOU! pic.twitter.com/2KjjoAOjWy— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 2, 2014According to OU Outreach — which is the arm of OU that sponsored this and, presumably, wrote it:The University of Oklahoma Outreach (OU Outreach) is a world-renowned continuing education and liberal studies program designed for working adults, military personnel and anybody thinking about going back to school. We’re dedicated to ensuring access to higher education is available to everyone. Learn more about transforming your career, your life, your future.Learn more about transforming you’re career, you’re life, you’re future!Well done, everyone.[1. Except Trail of Tears bro.]h/t The Big LeadIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Joseph Randle Rips Amazing TD Run on First Series for Dallas

first_imgJoe Randle was tossed down early in the backfield on the first series of the game for Dallas, but that didn’t stop Randle from making a big play. After ripping off a big 28-yard rush, Randle took this play to the house for a 37-yard touchdown to put the Cowboys up early.JOE RANDLE pic.twitter.com/cDQWCsojQr— Kyle Boone (@PFBoone) September 27, 2015He’s not leaving any meat on the bone as a starter for Dallas.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Oklahoma Proves Why Big 12 Doesn’t Need Title Game

first_imgGood thing Big 12 doesn’t have a championship game. Or else #OU has to risk near-certain CFP berth vs. #Baylor, #TCU or #OkState next week.— Don Williams (@AJ_DonWilliams) November 29, 2015The argument here is that the problem for the Big 12 is that Ohio State got an extra week to prove itself in 2014 while Baylor and/or TCU didn’t. False! The problem for the Big 12 is that Ohio State has been good at football for the last 85 years and Baylor and TCU haven’t. That’s flipped in 2015 with Boomer at the top.Think about Stanford. What if Stanford had beaten Northwestern in the first game of the season? They’d probably be in the top four, right? (with the way the committee has voted, they might be No. 1). Now Stanford has to go beat USC for a second time this season in the Pac-12 title game? That’s ludicrous. You’re risking a playoff spot against a team you already proved you’re better than.I’m not sure I would be saying this if every other Power 5 conference didn’t have a title game. There are so many opportunities for top four teams to lose, though. What if OU was 5th this week? Everybody would be crying for a Big 12 title game. Except, there’s a decent to good chance one of the four teams ahead of them would lose in their own conference title game and OU would slide in without even doing anything.[1. This is where comparing fractured teams gets just silly. The argument goes both ways. OU didn’t have to play a 13th game! If they did, they would have rolled! Etc.]As Max Olson pointed out earlier this year, a Big 12 title game hurt a national championship contented just as much as it helped. Erasing it from the equation is going to be a benefit in the future. Don’t let 2014 make you think differently.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! I said this last year. I’ll say it again. The Big 12 does not need a conference title game. When everybody else is zigging, you zag. It’s one of the few things the Big 12 has gotten right. And of course it did it on accident!Consider this final line from Jon Solomon’s column today on the CFP rankings.It’s five more days until the only rankings that matter. While everyone sweats on Saturday, Oklahoma will watch from home as the only sure thing in the field.Yep. That’s why you don’t have a conference championship game, especially when everybody in the conference plays each other already. OU proved this season you can afford a slip-up (even to a bad team) and as long as you’re dominating at the end of the season, you’re in. Why risk that?last_img read more

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Pokes In the NFL Week 3: Perrish Cox Picks Off Andrew Luck

first_imgAntonio Smith, DEDenver BroncosPass defended, QB hit Justin Gilbert, CBCleveland BrownsPlayed special teams Kevin Williams, DTNew Orleans Saints1 tackle Even though Weeden passed for 232 yards, he didn’t throw any touchdowns and had one interception. He did, however, break a franchise record and came close to breaking an NFL record.Brandon Weeden has now set a Cowboys team record by completing 21 consecutive passes. (via @dallascowboys)Just like we all predicted.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 27, 2015But, the loss meant Weeden has dropped nine straight as a starter, and his overall starting record fell to 5-17.The other Pokes-turned-Pokes had solid days. Dan Bailey didn’t get a chance to attempt a field goal, but he didn’t screw up any of the PATs, either, going a perfect 4-for-4.Tyler Patmon had a tackle and a pass defended.Unfortunately, Dez Bryant’s Twitter page was devoid of tweets on Sunday.No comment from Dez this week.The Tennessee Titan’s Perrish Cox was the only other former OSU player to do anything of note this week.He picked off Andrew Luck, and nearly had a pick-six, returning the ball all the way to the 3-yard line. Luck and the Colts have had a rather disappointing season so far, and Cox’s Titans were almost able to pull out the win, but fell just short, 35-33. Lane Taylor, GGreen Bay PackersDNP Russell Okung, TSeattle SeahawksStarted For the first half of Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, the Dallas Cowboys/All-Oklahoma State 2010s team killed it. Joseph Randle rushed for three touchdowns in the first half and fulfilled (or crushed) the dreams of fantasy football players everywhere.No Romo?No Dez?No problem.Joseph Randle with the moves on a RIDICULOUS 37-yard TD run. #ATLvsDAL http://t.co/Ryj6whMLnE— NFL (@NFL) September 27, 2015AdChoices广告SportsCenter’s Twitter page can usually be counted on for interesting stats, and on Randle, they didn’t disappoint.Joseph Randle had 3 Rush TD all last season.He has 3 today… in the first half. pic.twitter.com/iyncyMKAR6— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 27, 2015His three first-half TD’s matched his total from last season. Unfortunately, they wouldn’t be enough as the Cowboys would end up losing to Atlanta, 39-28.Brandon Weeden made his first start of the season following last week’s injury to Tony Romo. Though it came in a loss, Weeden’s performance was overall not too shabby.Mike Gundy extended his well wishes to Weeden.Good luck @bweeden3. The #okstate family is pulling for you. @dallascowboys— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) September 27, 2015center_img Ryan Robinson, DESeattle SeahawksDNP Brandon Pettigrew, TEDetroit LionsDNP As soon as Orie Lemon’s career started in Tampa Bay, it was over.  But then it started all over again. After signing him the week prior, the Buccaneers cut Lemon last Monday, then re-signed him on Tuesday. Lemon served on the practice squad for Tampa Bay this week.Bucs have signed LB Orie Lemon, released Monday, to practice squad, and re-signed guard Martin Wallace, who had been on p-squad in Week 1.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) September 22, 2015As for the rest of the former Cowboys, here’s a quick roll-up: PlayerTeamWeek 3 status While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

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Zusi at forefront of USA’s fullback overhaul

first_imgUnited States Zusi at forefront of Arena’s fullback overhaul for USMNT Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 10:49 9/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Graham Zusi USA Kyle Terada United States WC Qualification CONCACAF United States v Costa Rica The converted midfielder has seized his opportunity at right back as the U.S. national team moves away from Jurgen Klinsmann’s preferred options HARRISON, N.J. — Graham Zusi’s reinvention came with hazy expectations.Ideally, his offseason conversion from attacking midfielder to right back would prolong his U.S. national team career. More realistically, the Sporting Kansas City veteran faced a long road to surpassing established options at his new position.After appearing in a pair of winter friendlies in the back line, Zusi saw himself snubbed from coach Bruce Arena’s squad for World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and Panama in March — even with natural right backs DeAndre Yedlin and Eric Lichaj sidelined, and Timmy Chandler suspended for the first match. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Then Fabian Johnson withdrew with a hamstring issue, prompting a late call-up for Zusi. Michael Orozco didn’t travel to Panama because of his own injury. Geoff Cameron, who started the 6-0 win over Honduras at right back, was scratched as well.Suddenly, Zusi was the last man standing at right back — putting Arena’s experiment to the test much sooner than anticipated.”I’m glad that I’ve been able to play in those kind of matches,” Zusi said. “They can really grow you as a player and put you in situations that you need to see to get better and to play at that next level. Those kind of experiences are what’s going to make me a better player at that position.”Graham Zusi quote GFXZusi delivered an up-and-down outing as the U.S. earned a 1-1 draw on the road, helping stabilize what had been a perilous World Cup qualifying campaign. In July, he started four CONCACAF Gold Cup matches — including the semifinal and final — as the U.S. won the regional crown.He’s also made the switch for Sporting KC, earning an All-Star nod while making 18 appearances this season. Now a right back for club and country, the 31-year-old finds himself honing his defensive prowess while continuing to contribute the technical ability that allowed him to make three starts in midfield during the 2014 World Cup.”The way the game’s going the ball’s at the [fullbacks’] feet a lot, they’re making a lot of big decisions passing out of the back, decisions they have to make right,” U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard told Goal. “When you can have a midfielder transition back into a fullback you get the best of both worlds. You get speed, you get movement, you get good ball possession, and ultimately they dig in and they learn how to defend.”Zusi added: “As a defender you have to take what’s behind you first and foremost. Both in Kansas City and here they’re looking for the outside backs to be creative and get into the attack as well and really help build the play. Outside back is typically a position that sees a lot of the ball, so [Arena] wants guys that are comfortable going forward.”Graham Zusi USA Gold CupWith Yedlin again sidelined, this time by a hamstring injury, Zusi seems poised for perhaps his toughest test yet at right back — a World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica on Friday at Red Bull Arena.In selecting Zusi and Lichaj as his right backs for the match against the Ticos, as well as Tuesday’s trip to face Honduras, Arena continued to overhaul the fullback corps that had been established under Jurgen Klinsmann.While the former U.S. coach typically chose to play Fabian Johnson at outside back, Arena prefers the 29-year-old at his natural position in midfield. Klinsmann favorites Orozco and Edgar Castillo have faded from the picture. Makeshift left backs Matt Besler and Tim Ream are back in central defense.And Timmy Chandler, who started over Yedlin for Klinsmann’s final two matches in November, sat out the June qualifiers because of injury before being omitted for the upcoming matches. Arena, meanwhile, has revived the seemingly dead international careers of Lichaj and DaMarcus Beasley while introducing Jorge Villafana to the fold, in addition to steering Zusi’s right back renaissance.Explaining his selection, Arena said: “All of the players that are on our roster for this competition have been with us this year. So I think it makes it easy for us to transition the team into these two games. One of the reasons Tim Chandler isn’t here is he hasn’t been with us in 2017. He’s a very good player.”Even if the Eintracht Frankfurt man lacks chemistry with his U.S. teammates amid a prolonged national team absence, it speaks to Arena’s faith in Zusi that the coach feels comfortable choosing him over a Bundesliga starter.Around the U.S. locker room, it’s clear Zusi is no longer seen as an experiment. Eight months in, he can safely be called an international-caliber right back.”He’s a veteran guy,” Howard said. “He’s there to play, he’s there to be a part of this team and he very rarely, if ever, lets us down.”last_img read more

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Spurs vs Dortmund: Team news & TV

first_imgTottenham Hotspur Tottenham vs Borussia Dortmund: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Oli Platt Last updated 2 years ago 16:20 13/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Harry Kane Tottenham Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur v Borussia Dortmund Borussia Dortmund UEFA Champions League Spurs will want to avoid handing their German rivals the initiative when they open their Champions League group at Wembley on Wednesday The pressure will be on Tottenham to get off to a quick start in the Champions League when they host Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.Spurs have been handed a tough group that also contains defending champions Real Madrid and may find themselves playing catch-up if they do not begin with a home win.They will take on Peter Bosz’s men without Dele Alli, though the former Ajax coach has a number of absences of his own to contend with. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Game Tottenham vs Borussia Dortmund Date Wednesday, September 13 Time 19:45 BST / 14:45 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Mauricio Pochettino TottenhamIn the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on BT Sport 3 and by stream via the BT Sport app. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 3 BT Sport app In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on FS1 and by stream via Fox Sports Go. US TV channel Online stream FS1 Fox Sports Go SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Tottenham players Goalkeepers Lloris, Vorm, Gazzaniga, Whiteman Defenders Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Foyth, Aurier, Davies, Walker-Peters Midfielders Dier, Sissoko, Dembele, Eriksen, Winks, Georgiou, Oakley-Boothe Forwards Son, Kane, Llorente Tottenham are without Dele Alli, who was sent off in their final Europa League match last season and as a result starts a three-game ban.The injured Victor Wanyama, Danny Rose, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou and Erik Lamela also miss out, but Mousa Dembele is expected to be available.Potential starting XI: Lloris; Sanchez, Alderweireld, Vertonghen; Aurier, Dier, Dembele, Davies; Eriksen, Kane, Son. Position Borussia Dortmund players Goalkeepers Weidenfeller, Reimann, Burki Defenders Zagadou, Subotic, Toljan, Beste, Sokratis, Piszczek, Toprak, Schumacher Midfielders Sahin, Dahoud, Pulisic, Kagawa, Castro, Bruun Larsen, Sauerland Forwards Yarmolenko, Gotze, Isak, Aubameyang, Philipp, Serra Dortmund have a lengthy injury list to contend with. They are particularly short at full-back due to the absences of Erik Durm, Raphael Guerreiro and Marcel Schmezler as well as Marc Bartra.Sebastian Rode, Marco Reus and Andre Schurrle are also out but Julian Weigl has travelled and Neven Subotic could join the squad in London late if he recovers from illness.Potential starting XI: Burki; Piszczek, Sokratis, Toprak, Zagadou; Castro, Sahin, Gotze; Pulisic, Aubameyang, Philipp.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Pierre-Emerick AubameyangTottenham are 13/10 favourites to win, according to dabblebet, with Dortmund priced at 2/1 and the draw also available at 12/5.Harry Kane is considered an 11/4 bet to open the scoring, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is 3/1 to score first.Click here to view dabblebet’s full selection of available match markets. GAME PREVIEW Harry Kane Mousa Dembele TottenhamWembley has been a problem for Tottenham in Europe.Spurs lost to Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen at the national stadium last season before a home draw with Gent in the Europa League knockout stage ended their continental run.Their only victory on their adopted turf came against CSKA Moscow, who did not win a game.But if Spurs thought last year’s group was difficult, the latest draw has been even tougher on them.Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund as the first and second seeds is about as challenging as it gets and Spurs have little room for error: they start against Dortmund, who they will likely compete with for second place behind Madrid, at home.Anything but a win immediately gives the German side the edge and will leave Tottenham almost certainly needing to either get a result against Madrid or at Signal Iduna Park in the return clash.There is more European experience in Spurs’ ranks this year. Serge Aurier could debut, while Davinson Sanchez is in contention to face his old coach and Fernando Llorente is no newcomer to this competition.last_img read more

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