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ENG vs IND 5th Test: India lost 3 wickets chasing 463 runs

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ENG vs IND 5th Test
ENG vs IND 5th Test

ENG vs IND 5th Test. By the end of the fourth day of the fifth Test between India and England, the team India have scored 58 runs after losing 3 wickets. After the initial setback in the second innings, the Indian team is still struggling and still have to score 406 runs to win this Test match.

Right now, Indian batsman Lokesh Rahul (46) and Ajinkya Rahane (10) are at the crease.

Earlier, England scored 423 runs at the loss of 8 wickets with the help of captain Route and Alastair Cook’s centuries in the second innings and achieved a huge lead of 463 runs against India.

India got the target of 464 runs to win as England declared its inning after reaching 423 runs.

ENG vs IND 5th Test: India lost wickets in a quick succession 

Even in the second innings against England, the start of the Indian team was very bad. Shikhar Dhawan sent back by James Anderson as he got out on just one run in the second innings.

Anderson got Cheteshwar Pujara as his second wicket. Pujara got LBW even without pening his account in the second innings of the second Test. Captain Virat was also dismissed by Stuart Broad and caught behind by Jonny Bairstow on a duck.

England’s fast bowlers in the second innings of the match had left the Indian team with no clue. James Anderson took two wickets while Stuart Broad took one wicket.

MS Dhoni revealed why did he resigned as captain of Team India

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MSD on leaving ODI captaincy of Team India

Every one knows that MS Dhoni is one of the most successful captain of India as well as world. Former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni revealed the reason to leave the captaincy of Team India in limited over cricket.

“The new captain could get enough time to make a team before the ICC World Cup 2019 that’s by I left the captaincy. Without adequate time, the selection of a strong team is not possible. I left the captaincy at the right time,” MSD said this in a motorcycle program at the CISF camp located at Birsa Munda Airport.

On the performance of the Indian team in England, Mahi said that “the team is doing well but due to not having enough practice matches, the batsmen are facing some difficulty in getting the rhythm. But this is the part of the game.”

“It should not be forgotten that Team India is the world’s number one Test team and England have played good cricket in the series,” he added.

MSD inaugurated the Tiger Hut with Indian tradition of coconut. On this occasion, besides the CISF Jawans, their family members also asked many questions to MS Dhoni.

Someone wanted to know the secret of his happiness, and someone asked why did he not become hero. Mahi told that he was able to become a hero by playing cricket. If he had become hero then how he played cricket.

Fitness is the key

Explaining the tricks of being happy and calm, Mahi said that stay fit, stay calm. You will be fit then you will be able to enjoy your work. That’s why every person should stay fit.

Novak Djokovic equals record of legendary Pete Sampras, also Climes to ATP World No. 3

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Pete Sampras
Pete Sampras

Serbia’s legendary tennis player Novak Djokovic defeated Juan Martin del Potro to win the title of US Open for the third time. Djokovic, who played the US Open final for the eighth time, defeated Del Potro 6-3, 7-6, 6-3. He won the title in consecutive sets. Along with winning the last Grand Slam of the year Djokovic also equaled legendary Pete Sampras 14 Grand Slam titles.

31-year-old Djokovic did not play due to elbow injury in the US Open last year. Now he equaled the record of American legends Pete Sampras.

Former World No. 1 player Del Potro had reached the Grand Slam final for the second time after winning the US Open 9 years ago. It was Djokovic’s 15th win and 5th win in Grand Slams against this opponent from Argentina.

After Djokovic’s victory, 50 of the last 55 Grand Slams were won by ‘Big-4’ that includes Federer, Nadal, Djokovic or Andy Murray.

World No. 3 in ATP Rankings 

Novak Djokovic after winning the US Open, finished third in the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Rankings. Spain’s star Rafael Nadal and Switzerland’s legend Roger Federer are first and second respectively in the latest rankings issued today.

Djokovic reached the third position with the advantage of three places in the world ranking, while Juan Martin del Potro slipped one place and ended at fourth rank. Germany’s player Alexander Zverev also lost a place and he now slipped from fourth place to fifth place.

US OPEN 2018 Final: Novak Djokivic wins his 14th Grand Slam

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US OPEN 2018 Final
US OPEN 2018 Final

US OPEN 2018 Final. Serbia’s veteran tennis player Novak Djokovic defeated Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro on Sunday to win his third US Open title of the career. Djokovic beat Del Potro 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 in the Mains Singles Final of the fourth and final Grand Slam of the year i.e US Open.

US Open 2011 and 2014 Champion Djokovic defeated Kei Nishikori of Japan and made it to the final. While due to retirement of Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals, Del Potro had entered the title.

Serbian star Novak Djokovic won his career’s 14th Grand Slam as well as defeating the 2009 champion and third seeded Argentine del Potro. This was the eighth finals of Djokovic at the US Open.

Along with this, Djokovic has reached an overnight record of 15-4 in the last 10 years, against Del Potro. He has also won in 2007 and 2012 in US Open against Del Potro.

Along with this victory, Djokovic equaled former great American Pete Sampras, who made history by winning 14 Grand Slam titles. Now with 14 titles Djokovic is at third place after Roger Federer (20) and Rafael Nadal (17) in winning the most men’s singles Grand Slams.

The match Summary of US OPEN 2018 Final

In the first set of men’s singles finals, Novak Djokovic was completely dominant and he won the first set very easily by 6-3. But in the second set, the third seeded player fought hard.

For the second set, Djokovic had to sweat more to win. The match in the second set was exciting for the last time and the result of the set came out through a tie breaker. Despite the strong stroke of Potro, Djokovic made this set 7-6 (7-4), making a strong 2-0 lead in the match.

In the third set, Djokovic did not have to work as hard as the second set and won 6-3.

US Open 2018: Serena Williams fined $17,000 for her outburst in final

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Serena Williams fined
Serena Williams fined

Serena Williams fined. Naomi Osaka became the first Japanese player to win the Grand Slam singles title, while her ideal Serena Williams, who suffered defeat in the US Open final, called the umpire on chair “thief” in anger. Considering her outburst in finals US Tennis Association imposed a fine of $17,000 on Serena.

Twenty-year-old Osaka won 6-2, 6-4 in the title match. During this time, Serena was warned by the umpire Carlos Ramos in the second set due to taking coaching from the box between the match. This voilation caused her a fine of $4,000.

Serena was warned of violating the Code of Conduct and penalty of one point on the foul on the racket, then this American player was furious. This second violation caused her fine of $3,000.

Crying Serena termed the umpire as a ‘thief’ and in anger she asked the officer to apologize. Serena said, ‘You are attacking my character. You will never be able to come back to my court. You are a liar.’

After this, the chair umpire Carlos Ramos gave the pissed Serena a penalty of a game for the third violation of the umpire code, which caused a game to go away from Osaka’s second set in 5-3 ahead and win. This also caused her a fine of $10,000.

The third violation was on the use of abuses. Serena won the next game, but Osaka saved her service and won a historic victory for her country.

Irony of Serena 

Serena is looking for a Grand Slam title since the birth of her daughter Olympia on September 1, 2017. Osaka ruined Serena’s 24th Grand Slam title, which would match the record of the Margaret Court’s 24 Grand Slam titles.

Getting death threats after Mohamed Salah foul: Ramos

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Ramos and Salah incident

In what comes as a sensational claim, Sergio Ramos has stated that he has received death threats after he injured Mohamed Salah of Liverpool in the Champions League final. He featured for Spain in a game against England which was played on Saturday.

Ramos claims death threats to family

He revealed that he and his family have been on the receiving end of death threats ever since the final of the Champions League in May. Spain registered a staggering win over England on Saturday as it defeated the latter 2-1 at Wembley.

Ramos said that he did not intend to injure the Egyptian star and he feels no guilt for his actions.

He further added that he would have liked another reception since people only remember his foul but not the death threats he and his family have been facing.

Sergio also added that this is a very sensitive issue even if people want to simply joke about it. He maintained that his conscience is very clear but he does not wish to give any further explanations as he has already given a lot of them.

Ramos was particular about the fact that he does not wish to clarify his actions any further.

Never tried to injure someone: Ramos

He said that he has never tried to hurt a colleague and people might have misunderstood him. He also stated that he did not really care about the possibilities of a negative reception ahead of the game.

US Open 2018: Djokovic and del Potro to meet in final

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US Open 2018 Final: del Potro vs Djokoviv

Veteran tennis player of Serbia Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro of Argentine will be face to face in the title match of the US Open. US Open 2011 and 2015 champion Djokovic defeated Kei Nishikori of Japan to make it to the final while Dale Porto luckily entered in the clash due to Rafael Nadal’s injury in the semifinals.

In the other semifinal, Novak Djokovic defeated Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. Djokovic has been successful in making his place in the second consecutive Grand Slam final of the year. He won the Wimbledon 2018 title which was the third Grand Slam of the year.

Djokovic was dominant in the match from starting against his Japanese opponent and won the first set easily by 6-3. Nishikori tried to return to the second set and showed a better game but he could not stop Djokovic from winning this won 6-4. In the third set, Djokovic won the one-sided by 6-2 and made it to the final.

Serbian star Novak Djokovic reached the career of 23rd Grand Slam final. This is Djokovic’s eighth title match in the US Open.

Along with this, Djokovic has reached an overnight record of 14-4 against Del Potro in the last 10 years. He has also won in US Open 2007 and 2012 title against del Potro.

Nadal’s Injury 

The US Open 2009 champion and third seeded Argentine del Potro were leading 7-6, 6-2 against Nadal in the semifinals, then the Spanish veterans retired. World number one player Nadal was battling with knee injury in the match.

Nadal said after match, ‘I will return.’ He said that he knows what to do to fix this injury quickly.’

 

ENG vs IND 5th Test: Gavaskar flared on Karun Nair’s omission from playing XI

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ENG vs IND 5th Test: Sunil Gavaskar is not happy with Indian playing XI

ENG vs IND 5th Test: Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar has once again flared up on the selection of Team India’s playing XI. At the same time, he has expressed his displeasure over the changes in the playing XI for the last and final Test against England (ENG vs IND 5th Test) and has raised questions.

Indeed, Team India has made two changes in its playing eleven in the last and final match of the five-match Test series against England. Captain Virat Kohli has replaced Ravindra Jadeja and Hanuma Vihari as the replacement of R. Ashwin and Hardik Pandya.

Gavaskar has asked that Hanuma Vihari against England was included in the playing XI instead of Hardik Pandya, but why was Karun Nair not given the place? He said that it is not good to include Hanuma Vihari in the playing XI ahead of Karun Nair.

69-year-old Gavaskar said in the pre-match show to Sony Six Channel, “Karun Nayar has the right to ask team management why he is not in the team. He deserves this answer. Karun Nair has not done what he did because he could not find the place?

“He is not your favourite player. The selectors seem to have brought him. Don’t think the team management likes him,”Gavaskar added.

Gavaskar also said that “In the previous match, you did not select an extra batsman, but now you had a chance to choose. Karun Nayar wants this answer This is all nonsense.”

Karun Nair’s Test career 

In the year 2016, Nayar made a triple century (303 *) against England in Chennai. Karun has played 6 Tests in his Test career so far, in which he has scored 347 runs with an average of more than 62.

AB de Villiers is to replace Virat Kohli as RCB captain in IPL 2019?

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AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli is one of the world’s unstoppable batsmen. He is scoring runs in every format of cricket but when it comes to the IPL captaincy, his record has been disappointing. AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli are the most important batsmen of RCB. At this time his team RCB is going through many changes. The coach of the team has been changed and its responsibility has now been handed over to Gary Kirsten.

Apart from this, Ashish Nehra has also been associated with the team. Daniel Vettori has been discharged and the news is also coming that now the captain of the team, Virat Kohli will be replaced by AB de Villiers. However, no official announcement has been made at this time.

AB de Villiers recently retired from international cricket. There were speculations that he would not play in the IPL but he said he would play in the IPL. AB has now spoken of playing in PSL too.

Talking about Virat, the last season as well did not go well for him. The team’s performance in his captaincy was poor. In the captaincy of Virat, RCB has not won a title even once. After Virat’s consistent poor performance as captain, RCB management has now decided to hand over the responsibility of the captaincy to AB de Villiers.

Virat Kohli and RCB

Virat Kohli joined RCB in the year 2008. Since then, he has been associated with this team. He has played 163 matches for Bangalore so far, in which he has scored 4948 runs at an average of 38.35. He has also scored four hundreds in IPL. 113 runs in IPL is his best performance.

At the same time, if AB is handed over to captaincy, then it will be bad news for his fans. But the kind of changes that RCB has seen in recent times has made it seem that the team management is now thinking of doing something new.

US Open 2018: Serena Williams 9th time in the final

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US Open

US Open 2018. The legendary American tennis player Serena Williams, who is one step away from her 24th Grand Slam title, says that her game still has to be developed.

Serena, who recently returned to the court after her daughter’s birth, says that it has just begun. According to the BBC report, Serena has entered the final of the fourth and final Grand Slam US Open of the year.

American’s 36-year-old tennis player Serena stepped into the final by defeating Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova 6-3, 6-0 in straight sets in the semifinals of US Open.

If Serena wins this tournament, she will match the Margaret Court record of winning 24 grand slams. Serena has entered the US Open final nine times in her career. He will clash with Naomi Osaka of Japan in the grand finale.

In addition, Serena is in the final of her 31st Grand Slam. He has won the record 6 times the US Open title. In this case her record is equivalent to the record of Chris Evert.

Serena on the semifinal win in US Open 2018

If Serena win the title in the US Open, she will become the oldest female player to win it. After her semi-final match, Serena said, ‘It’s just the beginning. I have been returning to the tennis court after the birth of my daughter and have am waiting for the next and the rest of the year’

Serena said, ‘I think my game still has to be developed. My future is still very bright and it is the most exciting time of my career. ‘

F1’s Miami Grand Prix Plans In Jeopardy Again

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Miami Grand Prix 
Miami Grand Prix 

F1’s plans to kickstart the Miami Grand Prix took yet another bolt. Miami’s mayor personally intervened to quash a fact-finding trip by a delegation to the upcoming Singapore Grand Prix.

F1 had plans to launch the Miami Grand Prix soon but issues one after the other are killing hopes of an early start. A delegation of county administrators including police officials and fire officers was supposed to visit the Singapore Grand Prix. This is to observe the standards and prerequisites of an F1 race.

This hefty trip by the delegation was estimated to cost around USD 18,000. But on Tuesday, the Mayor of Dade, Miami stepped in to give jolts to F1’s plans of hosting Miami GP.

He stated on Tuesday that he had asked the delegation to cancel its trip and had asked them to look for a venue in the vicinity.

Although this trip has been called off some Miami administrators are still expected to attend the Singapore Grand Prix. These administrators have received a formal invitation from F1 and will be travelling to Singapore for the same.

2019 and Miami Grand Prix 

After the 2019 dream of Miami Grand Prix becoming a casualty. The target now is to launch the event by October 2020. F1 will also hold some live fan events in Miami to popularise the event and engage the fans.

But still many roadblocks stand in the way of F1’s Miami dream. It would be a tough task for F1 to navigate through these stumbling blocks and see it’s Miami dream turn into a pleasant reality. It remains to be seen how soon Miami gets a Grand Prix of its own.

Lalchand Rajput is the new cricket coach of Zimbabwe

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Lalchand Rajput

Team India’s former player Lalchand Rajput has been appointed the head coach of the Zimbabwe Cricket team. The Zimbabwe team, which played the recently concluded domestic T20I Tri Series against Australia and Pakistan, was appointed Lalchand as assistant coach in June this year.

Earlier Lalchand Rajput had been the coach of Afghanistan.

At the same time, he had a major role in winning the ICC T20 World Cup for India, which was led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni in 2007. At that time he was the manager of the team.

Under the guidance of Rajput, Zimbabwe will play first series of three ODs and three T20I matches against South Africa from September 30.

After this they will play three ODIs and two Test matches against Bangladesh. After this, the team has to participate in the ICC World Cup 2019, next year.

Lalchand Rajput’s career as coach

Rajput, who played 2 Tests for Team India and 4 ODI, has also been given his services to Mumbai Indians team in the IPL as a professional coach. While he has also served as the Coaching Director of BCCI National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.

Jhulan Goswami announced her retirement from T20I cricket

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Jhulan Goswami

Veteran Indian fast bowler Jhulan Goswami has decided to retire from T20 International cricket on Thursday. The 35-year-old Jhulan has taken 56 wickets with the economy rate of 4.45 in 68 T20I matches, including five wickets against Australia in 2012. She made her T20I debut against England in 2006 and played the last T20I match against Bangladesh in June this year.

Jhulan thanked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and teammates for their success in T20I. The BCCI and the entire women’s cricket team have thanked her for her contribution in cricket and have given their best wishes for the future.

At the same time Jhulan ended the possibility of playing in the ICC T20 World Cup 2018 in the West Indies in November. For the last few years, in the short format, she was unable to get wickets, because of that her performance used to criticized.

Losing twice, including the finals from the ICC Asia Cup in Bangladesh, has caused considerable criticism of the team’s performance. Jhulan got only one wicket in four matches. Shikha Pandey is ready to lead the fast bowlers. Along with her the youngsters such as Pooja Witkars and Manasi Joshi are doing well, then it was time for this Bengal bowler to give chances to the next generation.

Jhulan Goswami’s career

Jhulan, who has taken the most wickets in ODI cricket so far, has taken 203 wickets in 169 matches. In addition, she has taken 40 wickets in 10 Test matches. She is the world’s first bowler to take 200 wickets in women’s ODI cricket.

Another Virat Record, This Time Sir Don Bradman Left Behind

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Virat left behind Don Bradman this time

There is no need to tell how Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli is performing at this time. His bat is constantly scoring runs against England in the Test series. If team India won the third Test, then its main reason was Kohli’s performance. Kohli scored 97 in the first innings of the Nottingham Test and 103 in the second innings. With this, he did a similar job, which Sir Don Bradman of Australia could not even do.

In fact, Kohli scored 200 or more runs in a match, captaining the team for the seventh time, and Team India has won. In this case, he left behind even the great Sir Don Bradman. Sir Don Bradman and Ricky Ponting had achieved this feat 6 times but now Kohli has broken the record of these two.

Bradman had done this against England 4 times and against India 2 times, while Ponting made it 2 times each against South Africa and Pakistan, while achieved 1 time each against West Indies and England. Kohli has scored more than 200 runs while captaining the 10th time, which is a record for himself and for any Indian captain.

In Indian Scenario 

In addition to Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the only captain who has scored more than 200 runs in the winning match. Dhoni had played a knock of 224 runs against Australia in Chennai against Australia, in that match, India had defeated Australia.

ENG vs IND 4th Test: England announced the squad, James Vince included

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Jamie Porter

The England team was announced for the fourth Test against India. A 14-member team was announced on Thursday. Hampshire batsman James Vince has been given a place in the squad.

The 27-year-old Vince, who played Test match against New Zealand in April this year, is in good form. He scored 74 and 147 runs against Nottingham-shire last week. His average was 56 in the county championship in this season.

Now he has been included in the England team for the fourth Test against Team India. starting from August 30 in Southampton.

National selector Ed Smith confirmed that Vince was taken in the team as Johnny Bairstow’s cover. There is a fracture in the middle finger of the left arm of Bairstow. Even if he gets fit, then Vince can only be kept in the team as a batsman, and in this situation Jos Buttler will play the role of wicket-keeper.

Ed told that “The selection panel felt this was the right time to reintroduce James Vince to the Test squad. James will provide cover in case Jonny Bairstow’s fractured finger prevents him playing in the fourth Test match.”

Essex fast bowler Jamie Porter has been allowed to play in the next round of county championships, but if a fast bowler is injured then he is kept standby. In a five-match series, England are still ahead of 2-1.

England squad for ENG vs IND 4th Test

Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Jimmy Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Alastair Cook, Sam Curran, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope, Adil Rashid, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Chris Woakes.

Iago Aspas to be Ronaldo’s replacement at Real Madrid 

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Iago Aspas

Real Madrid has reportedly struck a deal to fix Cristiano Ronaldo’s replacement. Real Madrid has apparently come to an agreement to sign Iago Aspas to fill in the massive shows of Ronaldo. Iago Aspas is the forward from Celta Vigo and will be replacing Cristiano Ronaldo if Real Madrid fails to rope in Rodrigo of Valencia.

Iago Aspas Has Agreed To Terms: Reports

Cristiano Ronaldo in a surprise move switched to Juventus for 105 million Euros and stunned all Real Madrid fans. Real Madrid has still not found a replacement for the sensational Portuguese legend.

31-year-old Iigo Aspas has reportedly agreed the terms offered by Real Madrid. But negotiations with Celta Vigo to let him go are still be sorted out.

The issue with procuring Rodrigo is that Real Madrid will have to trigger his 107 million Euros release cause to rope him in. Spanish footballer Iago Aspas has been with Liverpool between 2013 and 2015 having made 14 appearances.

He then went to Sevilla on main and returned to Celta in 2015 having made 101 appearances since then. In these 101 appearances he has scored 55 goals for Celta. Ronaldo left Real Madrid fans sobbing when he decided toend the 9 year stint with the club so as to make a move to Juventus.

During his stay at Real Madrid he won everything for the club and now he aspires to bring similar glory to Juventus. In his 292 appearances for Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo scored 311 goals for his team between 2009 and 2018.

Steve Sidwell Announces Retirement, Will Take Up Coaching Job At Brighton

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Steve Sidwell

Steve Sidwell, the former midfielder for Brighton has announced his retirement and has taken up the role of the youth development coach and the ambassador of the club. He left Brighton in June given his prolonged injuries of the back and the ankle and missed out on the debut Premier League of the club.

Steve Sidwell had previously played for a wide range of clubs which includes Fulham, Stoke, Aston Villa, Chelsea and Reading. The 35-year-old said that he will look to combine his media commitments with his new roles at the Seagulls.

He said that he feels lucky to have lived the dream of playing football for a living. Sidwell will now be seen assisting the coaching given to the Under 16 team. He will also be the ambassador of the club during matches and other events.

The career of Steve Sidwell 

In his senior career, he has made a total of 425 appearances in which he scored on 57 occasions. His career started with Arsenal after winning two FA Youth Cups from where he went to Brentford on Loan.

He made only 15 appearances for Chelsea between 2007 and 2008. While he has represented Fulham in 92 games between 2011 and 2014. Between 2008 and 2011 he also made 45 appearances for Aston Villa after featuring in 132 games for Reading where he enjoyed his longest stay.

He has also represented England in Under 20 and Under 21 national teams.

The central midfielder is excited about his new roles at the club and it remains to be seen as to how his new stint with the club goes.

It was an easy call to quit Real Madrid: Ronaldo

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Ronaldo on Real Madrid

Football sensation Cristiano Ronaldo who had a nine-year stint with Real Madrid said it was an easy decision to leave the club. Cristiano Ronaldo left everyone surprised when he decided to move to Juventus for 105 million Euros.

During his stay at Real Madrid, the champion player had won four Champions League Title for the club. The 33-year-old prodigy from Portugal was astonished to the see the kind of welcome he got at the club stadium of Juventus. He said that he has high hopes for Juventus’ future.

Never Expected To Play For Juventus:

Ronaldo He said in an interview that he never expected to play for Juventus but certain things happen naturally. He further added that for him it was an easy decision to move the Juventus leaving behind Real Madrid.

He also stated that his stay at Real Madrid was incredible and he had won everything with his previous club but now it is a thing of the past.

Ronaldo further said that at the end of the day small details make big differences. He expressed his amusement at the hospitality he received at the Juventus’ stadium.

He added that it was an unbelievable moment for him as it had never happened in his life.

Ronaldo Keen On Reshaping the Future Of Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo who won a plethora of titles for Real Madrid said that now he aims to win Europe’s biggest club title for his new club Juventus.

Ivan Lendl to Join Alexander Zverev’s team

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Zverev to be coached by Ivan Lendl

World No. 4 Alexander Zverev has confirmed the arrival of Ivan Lendl in his team as a coach just before the US Open 2018. US Open is the final Grand Slam tournament of this season and Zverev wants to put his everything in front to win it.

The 21-year old German sensation has won three Masters title till now and now eyeing the grand slam title. Getting Ivan Lendl as a coach is one step towards the grand slam from him.

Ivan Lendl himself could not have won the grand slam title until he was 24. He won his first grand slam after loosing 4 finals in grand slams. Lendl was also the coach of British Tennis star Andy Murray. He helped him to win 3 grand slams under his coaching.

Alexander Zverev posted a photo with Lendl on Instagram and welcomed him in his own manner. He quotes “Welcome to the team Ivan Lendl.”

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Lendl was quoted “Sascha has a unique set of skills and a great work ethic so I am looking forward to helping him achieve his goals.”

Zverev denied this fact about Ivan Lendl earlier

At Cincinnati Masters when Zverev was asked about his coaching staff then he denied the fact of making any changes. He said “I don’t have any coaching changes right now, that’s not what I mean, but in the future, yes for sure I think he’s someone who can help.”

Asian Games 2018: Two medals confirmed for India in Tennis

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Asian Games

Ankita Raina and top seeded pair of Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan reached the semifinals of the 18th Asian Games tennis tournament and confirmed at least two bronze medals for India.

In the women’s section, world’s 189th ranked Raina made it to the semi-finals by defeating Hong Kong’s Eudice Chong 6-4, 6-1. The loser in the semi-finals of all five tennis events also gets a bronze medal.

Ankita, after trailing 1-4 in the first set, made a strong comeback and won the next five games in her own possession. She won this set in 54 minutes. She only took 27 minutes to win the second set.

This is the third opportunity when India will get a medal in women’s singles tennis in Asian Games. Earlier, Sania Mirza won the Silver in 2006 and Bronze in 2010.

Doubles event in Asian Games:

In men’s doubles, Rohan Bopanna and Dvij Sharan’s pair defeated Chinese Taipei’s Hsieh Chengpeng and Yang Tsung-Hua to reach in the in the semifinals. This victory will increase the morale of Rohan and Sharan. Now they will put full strength to win the gold medal. Now the duo will meet K. Uesugi and S. Shimabukuro of japan in the semifinals.

In mixed doubles, Bopanna and Raina entered the quarterfinals by defeating Hong Kong’s duo 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinals. In the women’s doubles, Ankita Raina and Prarthana Thombare duo had to face defeat against Kazakhstan’s duo.

Virat Kohli’s new record at Nottingham Test

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Virat Kohli's new record

In the Nottingham Test, India registered a huge win of 203 runs. Kohli was awarded the man of the match award for his outstanding performance in this match. The Indian captain scored 97 runs in the first innings of this Test, and in the second innings, he scored 103 runs. This is Virat’s first win as captain in England.

With this victory, Team India made a strong comeback in the series as well as Indian captain Kohli also became India’s second most successful captain.

Kohli left behind Ganguly

Virat Kohli became India’s second most successful captain after winning the Test in Nottingham. With this win, Kohli left behind former India captain Sourav Ganguly. Ganguly had won 21 matches while captaining 49 Tests for India. But Virat won his 22nd Test in just 38 matches.

In this case now Mahendra Singh Dhoni is ahead of Kohli only. Dhoni recorded 27 wins in 60 matches as a captain. As Kohli is moving forward, it seems that the time is not too far when he will break Dhoni’s record as well.

Still far away from World Record

Virat Kohli was playing his 38th Test match as a captain. Virat’s army won 22 times in these 38 matches. However, he has done best in Indian cricket but still very far away from world record.

The most successful captain in this list is the Australian legend Ricky Ponting. Ponting had won 30 Test matches in his first 38 Test matches as a captain. After that the name that comes in this list is also of a former Australian legend and that name is Steve Waugh. Waugh captained his team in the first 38 Tests, winning 27 of them for his team.

 

Novak Djokovic to target US Open 2018 next

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US Open 2018: Djokovic is a top contender

Serbian star tennis player Novak Djokovic, who is in splendid form, will be on the US Open 2018 title. Whereas last year after the Wimbledon, the ‘Big Four’ of tennis will be seen together in this Grand Slam.

With the defeat of Roger Federer in the Cincinnati Masters final, Djokovic has become the only tennis player to win all the 9 ATP 1000 Masters titles.

This 31-year-old player from Serbia, who won the fourth Wimbledon title in July, won the Cincinnati Open and completed his “Career Golden Masters.” He is the first player to achieve a Career Golden Masters.

Djokovic is the runner-up for five times, while last year he did not play due to an elbow injury. After losing in the quarterfinals at the French Open, it seemed that he would not play Wimbledon, but after three months he was again in the old form.

With Wimbledon, he has won 13 grand slams so far. In addition, he has won 31 Masters titles, two less than Nadal and four more than Federer. World No. 1 player Nadal won his third US Open last year.

Federer is also a contender of US Open 2018

On the other hand, 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer won the last US Open title in 2008. If 37-year-old Federer wins the title, he will be the oldest player to win this Grand Slam in the Open era. He lost in the quarterfinals last year.

In January, he won the Australian Open, but lost in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. Its noteworthy that he had not taken part in French Open this year.

ENG vs IND 3rd Test: Bumrah performed well in his first Test against England

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Bumrah took 5 wickets in second inning

In the Nottingham Test match, Jaspreet Bumrah was included in the Indian team against England and he proved why he was being missed so much in the first two Test matches.

Jaspreet was unable to take part in the last two Tests due to injury. But as soon as he achieved his fitness, captain Kohli included him in the team. This was the first match of Bumrah’s Test career against England and in his very first match, he bowled extremely sharp against the hosts.

Total 7 wickets for Bumrah at Trent Bridge

Jaspreet Bumrah, bowling the best from India in the second innings of the third Test, showed the way for the pavilion to five England batsmen. He has broken the back of the England team with his bowling. Earlier in the first innings, he had taken two wickets. In this way, he has taken 7 wickets in this Test match so far.

He bowled 29 overs so far in the second innings of the third Test and bowled at an economy rate of 2.93 spending only 85 runs. He bowled eight maiden overs and took five wickets.

If Bumrah, on the fifth day, takes a wicket and it will be his best performance of his Test career. Bumrah had earlier taken seven wickets in the Johannesburg Test against South Africa in January this year.

He also took five wickets in an innings of this test. If he will be able to take one more wicket tomorrow then he will take six wickets in an innings and eight wickets in a Test match, then he can leave behind his last best performance.

ENG vs IND: Selectors can drop Alastair Cook for the 4th Test

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Alastair Cook

England’s opener and former captain Alastair Cook and wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow can stay out of the fourth match of the ongoing Test series against India. The fourth test is to be played in Southampton.

Cook is going to be a father for the third time and because of this, he will not play the fourth match. Cook’s wife Elise Hunt can give birth to a child on August 30. At the same time, Bairstow was injured in finger while keeping the wickets in the third Test.

The fourth Test match is scheduled to begin on August 30. The English team management believes that Cook will probably be available for the fifth and final Test of the series. He is the highest run scorer in Test format for England. He has scored 12225 runs in 159 test matches so far. It has 32 centuries and 56 half-centuries.

Problem with Alastair Cook

Cook still need to perform well in the series against India. He scored 13 and 0 in the first Test in Birmingham. At Lord’s he scored 21 runs.

He was also not able to do anything special in Nottingham He was got out by Ishant Sharma on the score of 29 runs in the first innings. In the second innings, he was sent back by Ishant once again and scored only 17 runs.

Ishant has got Cook out 11 times in his Test career. It is believed that England wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow can not play in the fourth Test. His finger is hurt. In this series, the possibility of India’s return has increased significantly.

Three things to look out for in the second half of the F1 Season 2018

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F1 Season 2018

One half of the 2018 F1 season is gone and the second half will kick in after the ongoing summer break comes to end. As the second half of the F1 season 2018 is ready to kick in let us look at the 3 best things that the F1 season 2018 has to offer. 

Ricciardo’s Final Races With Red Bull 

 

Daniel Ricciardo surprised everyone when he decided to move to Renault contrary to speculations of an extension at Red Bull. The second half of the 2019 F1 season will mark the final races for Daniele Ricciardo with Red Bull Racing. He will race for Renault in the next F1 season.

Fernando Alonso’s Final Romance 

Fernando Alonso on August 18 had announced that he would not be racing in F1 beyond the 2018 season. His retirement announcement left all his fans sobbing and shocked. The second half of 2018 will feature his final romance with F1. Even though he had said that he will come back if McLaren comes back stronger. 

Vettel’s revival in the championship 

Lewis Hamilton enjoys a lead of 24 points in this year’s championship given Vettel’s love for crashes and errors. The second half the 2018 F1 season promises to be a great one as Vettel will put anything and everything at stake to catch up in the championship. One or two more wins and Lewis Hamilton will become invincible. Vettel needs to revive before Hamilton goes out of reach.  

Cincinnati Masters Final: Djokovic beat Federer to complete his ‘Career Golden Masters’

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Cincinnati Masters Final

Novak Djokovic of Serbia won the Cincinnati Open title by defeating the great tennis player and World No. 2 Roger Federer. Djokovic won the Cincinnati Open tournament trophy for the very first time by defeating Federer 6-4, 6-4 in the final. With this win he became the first player to complete his ‘Career Golden Masters.’

Djokovic defeated Federer and with this victory he also wins the Western & Southern Open championship for the first time. Federer is a seven-time Cincinnati masters champion and lost the final for the first time.

This victory for Djokovic is also important because he had lost 5 times in this tournament’s final. Three times, Federer had defeated him in this tournament of Cincinnati. But this time, Djokovic completed his last job.

His record in the Grand Slam final against Federer is 3-1, and in the overall championship matches 12-6, including the Wimbledon 2015 and the US Open.

Jokovic has expressed happiness by tweeting after winning the title, “The dream has come true.”

Career Golden Masters for Djokovic in Cincinnati Masters Final

Djokovic became the first player to win all nine ATP Masters 1000 titles since 1990. With this win he completed his ‘Career Golden Masters.’

After winning the Cincinnati Open title the World No. 10 said that “It’s a very special moment. It’s the first time I get to stand with a winning trophy in Cincinnati.”

Federer also congratulated Djokovic after achieving this milestone. He said “Congratulations to Novak for your amazing effort not just this week, but throughout your whole career, it is an amazing achievement. It’s been a great week, tough on the players but we had a fun time.”

ENG vs IND 3rd Test: Hardik Pandya’s maiden 5 wicket haul in Test cricket

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Hardik Pandya's maiden 5 wicket haul in Tests

With the help Hardik Pandya’s best performance in Test cricket as maiden 5 wicket haul, Team India rapped England for 161 runs in the first innings on the second day of the third Test and scored 124 runs in the second innings to take the total lead of 292 runs.

India still have eight wickets left and Cheteshwar Pujara (33*) along with captain Virat Kohli (8*) is on the crease. India lost the wickets of Shikhar Dhawan (44) and KL Rahul (36) in the second innings.

Earlier, for the Indian team, who scored 329 in the first innings, Pandya, performed his best in Test cricket bowling, took five wickets for 28 runs. This is Pandya’s maiden 5 wicket haul in Test cricket.

England lost ten wickets after lunch and the entire team returned pavilion in 38.2 overs only. Pandya, first of all got Joe Root to the hands of KL Rahul in the second slip. England reviewed this decision, but failed.

In his next over, Pandya and Rahul sent back Jani Bairstow (15). England were 108 for five wickets in the 30th over. Pandya took the next three wickets from 31st to 33rd over within three balls and during this time he was also on the hat-trick. Hero of the last match Chris Woaks (8) and Adil Rashid (5) became the next victim of Pandya.

Pandya completed his 5 wicket haul getting Stuart Broad LBW.

 5 wicket haul and second Fastest 5 wickets:

Pandya took five wickets in 28 balls, the second fastest five wicket taker for India as for as deliveries are concerned. Harbhajan Singh took 5 wickets in 27 balls against the West Indies in 2006.

Top 5 ODI all-rounders who are a key factor for their teams

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Top 5 Current ODI all-rounder

An all-rounder provides flexibility to the team and gives the team management the freedom to let play an extra bowler or batsman in the playing eleven of the match. All teams are trying to find their best combination for going to the ICC World Cup 2019. Most teams are trying to strengthen their team with more and more all-rounders.

Teams with better all-rounders have an extra edge with other teams. All-rounders provide teams with X-Factor which is extremely important in major tournaments like World Cup. Each team will use them correctly in their Playing XI for the title.

Here is a look of the top 5 ODI all-rounders in world cricket, who can can play a big role for their team in next year’s ICC World Cup.

Will Soon Get a Mercedes Seat: Esteban Ocon of Force India

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Esteban Ocon

Esteban Ocon claimed that he would soon be joining Mercedes to race alongside the sensational Lewis Hamilton. Esteban Ocon made his debut in 2016 with Manor and now he is in the middle of his second full F1 season.

He has been highly impressive for Force India and has won accolades from the entire F1 fraternity. He was too good for Force India last year and was instrumental in Sergio Perez through the ranks of the F1 racers.

The 21-year-old is confident of making it to Mercedes soon after a successful stint with Force India. 

Mercedes star driver Lewis Hamilton has already signed a long-term pact with Mercedes. His teammate Valtteri Bottas has however signed a contract for a year. So Esteban Ocon is hopeful or rather confident about getting a Mercedes seat for the 2020 F1 season.

But 2018 has been a rather dismal year for him having not finished in the top 10 since Monaco. He also had to retire thrice this year and that would be playing on his mind. Despite all this, he is clearly one of the favourites for the Mercedes driver development program.

Esteban Ocon and Mercedes 

Esteban Ocon claimed that Mercedes has assured him of a seat soon and this hints at the fact that he could be seen replacing Valtteri Bottas soon.

he said that the bosses at Mercedes do have a plan for him and when the time comes they will go ahead with implementing it. He further added that Mercedes wants him to gain on experience before he gets a seat. 

Jose Mourinho Positive Despite Defeat From Brighton

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Jose on match against Brighton

Manchester United did not have the kind of outing on Sunday they would have planned as they were romped by Brighton. Brighton beat Manchester United 3-2 at the Falmer Stadium. Jose Mourinho, however, refused to criticise the poor the effort put up by Manchester United against Brighton on Sunday. 

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said that he will only talk about his team positively. He said that he does not want to be critical of his players as people do not really accept it.

Even though he refrained from criticising his team’s ordinary effort against Brighton. He did admit that his team ended up making a lot of mistakes. He did agree that these mistakes cost the game to Manchester United. 

Jose Mourinho said that whenever he has tried to talk about individuals in the team and has been critical of his players then the media and people did not accept it. This is exactly what he told Sky Sports.

Manchester United will now face Tottenham in their next outing in the ongoing Premier League. Can Manchester United bounce back in the Premier League and prove haters wrong? 

Manchester City on top

On the other hand, Manchester City posted an emphatic win over Huddersfield as the Sky Blues thrashed them 6-1. Sergio Aguero was staggering and scored a handsome hattrick to take his team across the wining line. Along with Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, David Silva and Terence Kongolo also scored one goal each for Manchester City.

Manchester City is now the table-toppers after the win on Sunday.

Pierre Gasly Likely To Replace Ricciardo At Red Bull

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Pierre Gasly

Pierre Gasly. Fans still find it hard to believe that Daniel Ricciardo actually ditched Red Bull for Renault. He stunned everyone when he announced the move to race for Renault in the 2019 F1 season. While it was largely anticipated that he will extend his stay at Red Bull racing beyond the 2018 season.

Sources suggest that Pierre Gasly of Toro Rosso is tipped to replace Daniel Ricciardo at Red Bull Racing. So, Max Verstappen can soon find a new racing partner in Pierre Gasly. As per Red Bull searches for an apt replacement for Ricciardo. 

Daniele Ricciardo went about signing a two-year contract with Renault leaving Red Bull dejected. Some suggested that he did not want to remain a shadow of Max Verstappen and hence moved to Renault in the quest for being a team’s primary driver.

The 22-year-old Frenchman, Pierre Gasly made his debut at the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix. He finished 21st in 2017 with no points to his kitty. Before being signed by Toro Rosso to make his debut in 2017, Pierre Gasly was picked in 2015 by Red Bull Racing as a reserve driver.

Looks like this time he would not just be a reserve driver for Red Bull Racing but rather find himself in the shoes of Daniel Ricciardo. 

All eyes on Red Bull

Now it only remains to be seen if Red Bull actually replaces Daniel Ricciardo with Pierre Gasly or not. Red Bull was also eyeing Carlos Sainz but he would now be replacing Fernando Alonso at McLaren. 

Andy Murray entered the 3rd round of Washington Open and Johanna Konta in Silicon Valley Classic

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Andy Murray and his compatriot Johanna Konta have won their respective matches

British star tennis player Andy Murray and his compatriot Johanna Konta have won their respective matches in different tournaments. Andy murray has retained his good start and entered the third round of the Washington Open. Murray beat his compatriot Kyle Edmund in the second round of the men’s singles.

Former world number one Murray defeated Edmund 7-6, 1-6, 6-4 and entered the next round, where he will face Marius Copil of Romania. Marius Copil defeated J. Chardy of France in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 to qualify for the third round.

Murray said after winning the match that “the way I played this match was really good. In the third set I was quite aggressive.”

It’s noteworthy that after coming back from injury Andy Murray is facing lots of problems on the tennis court. He had earlier withdrawn his name from Wimbledon as well.

Silicon Valley Classic:

Just one day before, Johanna Konta defeated the world’s most powerful player, Serena Williams, and now reached the third round of the women singles of Silicon Valley Classic Tennis Tournament.

Johanna Konta, in the second round, defeated local player Sofia Kenin 6-1, 6-4 to enter the quarter-finals. Konta, who won the title two years ago, will clash with Belgium’s Elise Mertens in the next round. Elise Mertens beat American player Ashley Kratzer 6-2, 6-0 in the second round.

Konta had earlier won his first major win of the tournament by defeating the 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena 6-1, 6-0 in less than an hour in his first match of the tournament.

This was the biggest loss for Serena Williams of all time where she could only win a single game in entire match. She was playing her 5th tournament after giving birth to her daughter Olympia.

EFL Permits Birmingham City To Sign 5 More Players

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Birmingham City

The English Football League has lifted the embargo on Birmingham City enabling it to sign 5 players. Birmingham City can now sign 5 players before the transfer window ends. The embargo was imposed on Birmingham City after they recorded losses beyond limits for three consecutive seasons.

In the last three seasons, the Birmingham City made losses beyond the limit of 39 Million Euros.

An English Football League disciplinary committee to which the matter has been referred will now decide upon it. In case any breach is found, the disciplinary committee of the English Football League can punish Birmingham.

Till the matter is being evaluated by the disciplinary committee Birmingham cannot make any payments for any transfer fee or compensations.

The transfer window of the English Football League will come to an end on August 9. But till the end of this month players can join on the basis of loan agreements.

19th for Birmingham City

Birmingham finished at a dismal 19th position out of 24 in the last season under Garry Monk. The Blues will love to return with impetus in this season and the lifting of this ban will bring cheers across the club and the fans.

Birmingham City Club finished second at the English Football League in the 2006-2007 season and the 2008-2009 season. The Blues are yet to be champions at the English Football League. 

Now it would be interesting to see as to which players with the Blues eye as they now have a great opportunity to revive.

Will Ferrari Retain The In-Form Kimi Raikkonen?

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Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen who finished third at the Hungarian Grand Prix is approaching the end of his contract with Ferrari. His 2-year contract with Ferrari came to an end with the 2016 F1 season but he signed an extension deal till 2018.

Will Ferrari once again retain the Fin or will Charles Leclerc be Vettel’s new teammate?

The 2007 World Champion came to Ferrari in 2014 after splitting away from Lotus. He entered Formula One with Sauber-Petronas in the year 2001. Kimi Raikkonen has 20 wins to his name with 46 fastest laps to his name.

The 39-year-old ageing driver was accused of slowing down with age. But he has shown some great pace in his recent races. He has been in a splendid form finishing at the podium with on a regular basis.

The podium recently 

Kimi Raikkonen has taken to the podium after finishing third in the British Grand Prix, German Grand Prix and now the Hungarian Grand Prix last Sunday. Kimi Raikkonen has proved all his critics wrong by showing some handsome pace on the tracks.

Before the British Grand Prix he finished second at the Austrian Grand Prix and since then he has maintained a great consistency. Sources are also linking him to McLaren which was initially keen on having Daniel Ricciardo.

But with Ricciardo almost certain to stay at Red Bull Racing, will McLaren pitch for Raikkonen? Or will Ferrari retain the in-form Kimi Raikkonen to get more out of the Fin? Or will he be replaced by the impressive youngster Charles Leclerc?

Machester United Keen To Have Barcelona’s Yerry Mina Onboard

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Yerry Mina

Sources reveal that Manchester United could rope in Yerry Mina 30 million Euros. After the buzz around Harry Maguire cooled down, Manchester United will now be targeting Mina. Manchester United is no longer interested to have Leicester defender Harry Maguire and are rather keen to have Yerry Mina of Barcelona as per sources.

Harry Maguire was approached by the Manchester United to make a deal worth 65 million Euros. The deal could not take place as Leicester is stubborn about not letting their central defender drift apart. So, now Manchester United’s hopes of having Maguire don their jersey have almost dashed.

Yerry Mina scored 3 goals for Colombia in the FIFA World Cup 2018 including a handsome equalizer against England. He scored in the 93rd minute against England to take the game into the penalty shootout.

He also scored the only goal by Colombia in its 1-0 win over Senegal in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup.

Colombia however, lost out to England in the penalty shootouts. All 3 of these goals came off headers from corner shoots.

Journey with Barcelona 

The 23-year-old has been playing for Barcelona since the beginning of the 2018 season and is yet to score a goal in 5 appearances. In 2016 he signed a contract with Palmeiras and scored 6 goals for them in 28 appearances.
Manchester United has already signed the former teammate of Mina at Barcelona, Lucas Digne but they seems interested to have the centre-half onboard as well. Will Yerry Mina make the move from Barcelona to Manchester United?

Not Hamilton but Vettel is more like Schumacher: Mika Hakkinen

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Mika Hakkinen

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was ignored when the former F1 star, Mika Hakkinen compared Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel with F1 legend Micheal Schumacher. Mika Hakkinen said that Sebastian Vettel of Germany is more like the legend on Michael Schumacher than Lewis Hamilton.

As of now, Lewis Hamilton is leading the world championship having a win at the German Grand Prix. He extended his lead after a win at the Hungarian Grand Prix. With the 2018 season of the F1 standing half way through, Lewis Hamilton seems almost invincible but Hakkinen seems to prefer Vettel to Hamilton.

Mika Hakkinen the former F1 star raced between 1991 and 2001 having won the world championship twice in 1998 and 1999. He first raced for Lotus and then raced for McLaren till the end of his F1 career. He had registered 20 wins along with his career having started from the pole position 26 times.

Nearer to the legend

Michael Schumacher has 91 Grand Prix Wins to his name which is very hard to surpass. If there is anyone who has an outside chance then it is Lewis Hamilton with 67 Grand Prix Wins while Sebastian Vettel has 51 wins.

So, technically if there is anyone more like Michael Schumacher as of now, it has to be Lewis Hamilton. Lewis Hamilton is a four-time World Championship winner and he seems to be inching towards his 5th world championship victory.

While Hamilton has 4 world championship wins to his name, the legendary Michael Schumacher has 7 to his name. The German driver Sebastian Vettel also has 4 world championship wins to his name.

Who do you think is more comparable to Schumacher, Vettel or Hamilton?

5 Big Names of Cricket Who Could Never Score a Century in ODI

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5 ODI players who never scored a entury

Every ODI batsman remembers his century for a long time. For the past few years, there has been a double century in ODIs. Now the excellence of the batsmen is determined by their runs as well as their number of centuries. While some players are easily chasing a century after another nowadays, there are some batsmen whose ODI career has been great, yet they have not been able to score a century.

Lets know about five such batsmen who could not score a Century in their ODI career. In this list the batsmen are included who have played at least 75 ODI and are the main batsmen of their team.

5 Players who never hit a single six in their ODI career

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5 Players who never hit a single six in their ODI career

Players who never hit a single six in their ODI career. Hitting the ball for six is an important aspect of Limited Over Cricket. This is an art through which batsmen can increase their run speed. However, it can be done either with boundaries or runs. But by hitting the sixes the pressure on the opponents becomes a bit serious.

There have been a lot of players in ODI cricket, who have scored more than 100 sixes in their careers. While there have been a lot of players who failed to score even a single six in ODI after playing 50 over cricket for long time. Here we are discussing about such players who had played at least 30 ODI.

Lets have a look for those Top 5 Players who never hit a single six in their ODI career…

ENG vs IND 1st Test: Two teams with different problems

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ENG vs IND 1st Test

ENG vs IND 1st Test. After the T20I and ODI series, now its all about Tests. In the five-Test series against England starting on Wednesday, August 1, where the Indian team will be aiming to remove the poor performance on foreign tours. On the other hand the hosts’ eyes will be on their own performance to get the lost form in five-day cricket.

This will be 1000th Test match of England, but the world’s number one Test team is playing against them. India had won the Test series in England in 2007, led by Rahul Dravid for the last time. However, it will not be easy for Virat Kohli’s team to repeat that success.

Due to Shikhar Dhawan’s failure in the practice match and KL Rahul’s good performance, and due to the impressive performance of Chinnaman Kuldeep Yadav in the T20I and ODI series, selecting the playing XI for the Indian team management will not be easy.

In the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the Indian team lost 4-0 and 3-1 respectively in 2011 and 2014. India has won only six Tests out of 57 in England.

England is also not doing good

On the other hand, the previous form of England in Tests is also the subject to worry. Since September 2017, England have won only one Test match out of 9 against Australia, New Zealand and Pakistan.

In the last five home Tests, it was defeated by the West Indies and Pakistan. Both teams took advantage of the excessive dependence on the Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Alastair Cook in batting.

On the other hand, the Indian team has registered three out of six wins after 2002. India’s assistant coach Sanjay Bangar was part of the Test team that won the Leeds Test under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly. Wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik was also in the 2007 team.

Now Soccer League Managers Too Will Get Yellow And Red Cards

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Red Cards for managers

Till now you have only seen players get yellow or red cards for their actions and behaviour on the field. But as per the new set of rules, football league managers too will be at the receiving end of yellow and red cards.

Yes! You read it right and now managers too will be reprimanded for their on-field actions. Now managers too will be seen serving bans under the new rules. These rules will also be applicable to the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup.

This move comes as a part of the strategy to improve touchline behaviour. Though the Premier League managers will only receive verbal cautions for their touchline behaviour, managers in National League, EFL Trophy and others will receive cards.
The cards will also be issued to managers for their irresponsible behaviour in Football League and National League.
EFL stated that this new set of rules by the International Football Association Board will help to protect the reputation of its competitions. The Premier League, however, will adopt accumulated stage one warnings without the use of cards.
As stated earlier, as of now there would only be verbal warnings in the Premier League games.

The actions tends to red cards,

Actions like kicking the water bottle, clapping in sarcasm or any other gesture undermining the match official will fetch a yellow card. Red Cards will be issued in cases of spitting, violent conduct and stopping the opponent team from restarting play.
The manager will also be held accountable and punished if any member of the staff indulges in indecent conduct.

Rafael Nadal The Highest Paid Tennis Player In 2018: Forbes

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Nadal earned the most: Forbes

World number one Rafael Nadal will head into the US Open as being the highest paid Tennis player in 2018 as per Forbes. The Spaniard’s earnings till July 2018 stood at $ 6,717,922 followed by Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. While Federer’s earnings so far this year stand at $ 5,088,440.

According to Forbes, the third place is occupied by Novak Djokovic, who has earned $ 4,330,630 so far in 2018.

Roger Federer was leading the list this year until he decided to skip the French Open and also got ousted in Wimbledon. Just like he lost his No 1 World Ranking to Nadal, he also lost this spot on the earnings list to the Spaniard.

Rafael Nadal will be the defending champion at the US Open 2018. With a whopping prize money of $ 40.9 million, the US Open can trigger some changes on this list. The one who goes on to win the US Open will be largely benefitted and may move further up on the list.
The Us Open will begin on August 27 at New York and all eyes will be on Federer and Nadal. Rafael Nadal has won the US Open thrice while Roger Federer has 5 US Open Titles in his illustrious cap.

Nadal’s career:

World number one Rafael Nadal has 17 Grand Slam Titles to his name with the French Open being the latest. Nadal has a total of 79 men’s singles title to his name.
He is also regarded as one of the best ever tennis players the world has seen. He turned a pro in 2001 and then rest has been a wonderful journey for him sans his injury woes.

Injury Forces Caroline Wozniacki To Pull Out From The Washington Open

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Caroline Wozniacki

World Number two Caroline Wozniacki has pulled out of the Washington Open on Tuesday owing to an injury in her right leg. She won her 29th career WTA title at Eastbourne this year. Unfortunatelyshe was eliminated in the second round at Wimbledon 2018.

The 28-year-old said after Monday practice that she has some issue in her right leg which has been nagging her for a while.

She returned to world number one ranking in January after 6 years having won her first Grand Slam title at Melbourne. She won the Australian Open to climb to the top spot after the longest gap of 6 years.
Caroline Wozniacki pulled out a few hours before her game with Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine. She would now be replaced by Ysaline Bonaventure of Belgium who lost in her qualifier game.
After Caroline Wozniacki decided to pull out, Sloane Stephens is now the top-ranked player in the tournament. She is the reigning champion of the US Open and World Number 3 at present.

The journey

Caroline Wozniacki is from Denmark and turned into a professional tennis player in 2005. She won 6 WTA singles titles between 2010 and 2011 and this period marked a golden era in her career. She remained at the top of the rankings in this phase of her career.

Caroline Wozniacki is hopeful of recovering from her injury soon and is determined to embrace her fitness for the US Open. We hope that the top-seeded tennis star recovers soon from her injury and stages a remarkable comeback at the US Open.

All The F1 Action After The Summer Break You Need To Know About

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F1 after Summer Break

After a spree of some nail-biting races, F1 has now gone into its summer break. The Hungarian Grand Prix marked the concluding race for Formula 1 before the summer break. In that Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton took the top spot.

Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes was followed by Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari at the second spot. Sebastian Vettel’s teammate Kimi Raikkonen is at third.

F1 Will Return From The  Summer Break At Spa-Francorchamps 

Now F1 will return to action on August 26 as the Belgian Grand Prix gets underway at the Spa-Francorchamps Circuit. Ferrari has a formidable record in the Belgian Grand Prix having 16 wins to its name among constructors. The Belgian Grand Prix will be followed by the Italian Grand Prix on September 2.

Then 16th September will see the Singapore Grand Prix getting underway followed by the Russian Grand Prix on September 30th marking the last F1 race of September. The F1 action will then move to Japan for the Japanese Grand Prix on October 7 and then reach the US Grand Prix on October 21.
The US Grand Prix will be followed by the Mexican Grand Prix and the Brazilian Grand Prix on October 29 and November 11 respectively.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix To Mark 2018 F1 Season’s End 

F1 will finally witness its last race for this season at the Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi on November 25. Lewis Hamilton has a handsome lead over rival Sebastian Vettel, can he maintain it till the end of the season?

Expected Too Much From Bottas’ Tyres At Hungarian Grand Prix, Admits Mercedes

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Bottas at Hungarian Grand Prix

Mercedes finally agreed that the team strategy demanded too much of Valtteri Bottas’ trees at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Mercedes F1 technical director James Allison said that Valtteri Bottas put up a brave show at the Hungarian Grand Prix but its strategy asked too much of his tyres. 

During most of the race at the Hungaroring on Sunday, Valtteri Bottas was seen running second to teammate Lewis Hamilton. But later he fell to the fifth place as his tyres were worn out and he ended up crashing into Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo.

He continued on soft tyres 10 laps longer than teammate Lewis Hamilton in a bid to catch Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen post an early stop. 

In the event:

Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen started on ultra- soft tyres. On the other hand, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel ran a long first stint on soft tyres. Bottas was required to pit in response to Raikkonen to make sure that he held on to his track position.

Mercedes responded to Ferrari stomping its Driver Kimi Raikkonen on lap 14. It was done to make sure that Valterri Bottas is not surpassed by Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari. 

Ferrari then went on to have a two-stop strategy for Kimi Raikkonen giving Bottas an opportunity to pit again. But this would have allowed Vettel to go past him. Then possibly chase Lewis Hamilton who ended up winning the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Vettel finished second followed by teammate Kimi Raikkonen.

ENG vs IND 1st Test: England will play its 1000th international Test match, glorious occasion

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England's 1000th international Test match

The first match of the five-Test match series between India and England will be played in Birmingham from Wednesday. The match, which will begin from Wednesday is also very special occasion for England because it will be the 1000th international Test match for their team.

The Joe Root led team will want to celebrate the occasion by winning this 1000th international Test match. But his ground of Edgbaston in Birmingham is interesting for Indian cricket. Team India have never won a single match at this ground.

Both the teams had met each other last time at Edgbaston, in 2011. In this match, Alastair Cook performed very well for England.

Both the countries have played 6 matches at this ground against each other. Where England have won five matches and the remaining one match was a draw. Now 7 years later, Virat Kohli would like to improve the record of Team India on this field.

The first Test between the two countries was played in June 1932 and since then a total of 117 test matches have been played between England and India, out of which England have managed to win 43% matches and India could only manage to win 25%. England have won 30 Test matches against India, while India could only win 6 matches in England. There was no result in 21 matches.

The Tests played between England and India at Edgbaston

  1. 13 July 1967, England beat India by 132 runs
  2. 4th of July, 1974, England beat India by an innings and 78 runs
  3. India beat England by 12 runs, July 1979, innings and 83 runs.
  4. 3 July 1986, Indo-England, Draw
  5. June 6, 1996, England beat Team India by 8 wickets.
  6. 10 August 2011, England beat by innings and 242 runs.

Real Madrid Approached Mohamed Salah To Replace Ronadlo

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Mohamed Salah
Mohamed Salah

Reports claim that Liverpool star Mohamed Salah was approached by Real Madrid through his advisors to join replace Christiano Ronaldo. Christiano Ronaldo stunned Real Madrid fans by making a move to Italian champions Juventus. Now, Real Madrid tried to compensate his exit with having Salah on board.

Mohamed Salah was being linked to Real Madrid immensely even before Ronaldo decided to quit. Mohamed Salah won all the attention by scoring 44 goals across all competitions last year.
The Egyptian star was approached by Real Madrid earlier in this summer as claimed by a Spanish newspaper named El Pais. Real Madrid also wanted to have Neymar on board but there are little chances that the Brazilian prodigy will quit PSG.
El Pais claimed that Real Madrid reached out both Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane of Tottenham. Real Madrid put in all their pulling power but both Salah and Kane were not convinced to move to Real Madrid. Egyptian star Salah rather chose to sign a new deal with Liverpool.

The Real Madrid Tragedy

La Liga Kings, Real Madrid seems to be struggling to find Ronaldo’s replacement. Gareth Bale seems to be their first talisman. Eden Hazard moving to Real Madrid leaving behind Chelsea also seems highly unlikely as of now.

Christiano Ronaldo who is often hailed as the greatest of all times stayed with Real between 2009 and 2018. He was phenomenal for Real Madrid having scored 292 goals from 311 appearances made for Real.
For someone to fill his boots will be a massive task and so it would be for Real to find a replacement of his class.

Neymar Finally Accepts That His Reactions At The FIFA World Cup Were Exaggerated

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Neymar
Neymar
For the first time since the FIFA World Cup 2018 exit, the 24-year-old prodigy, Neymar has owned up to exaggerating his reactions during the World Cup. Neymar scored two goals in the tournament but it was not too good as Brazil was knocked out by Belgium in the quarterfinals.
Through a video, for a television advert, Neymar accepted that he was over the top dramatic during the world cup and exhibited hyped reactions. The video of the advertisement was broadcasted on Sunday and featured by several TV channels in Brazil. Neymar also promised his fans that he will lift himself up.
Fans and players were very critical of his theatrics on the soccer field during the FIFA World Cup 2018. He was criticised a lot for exaggerating things unnecessarily.
He was seen rolling, diving and arguing with the referees way too much and one could easily figure out the exaggeration in his reactions and actions.

Neymar being honest

In the advertisement sponsored by Gillette, Neymar said, “You may think that I exaggerate and sometimes I do. But the truth is that I suffer on the pitch.”
He said that his football skills are similar to a boy who at times charms the world and sometimes irritates everyone.
Before this he had only talked about the FIFA World Cup Elimination on Instagram and this advertisement was the first of its kind post the defeat against Belgium.
He accepted all the criticism and said that he will be a new man soon. He also urged the fans to stand by him and concluded the video.

Ferrari Have Set The 2018 Benchmark: Mercedes Boss

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Mercedes boss

Lewis Hamilton with a win at the Hungary Grand Prix extended his championship lead to be almost invincible. Mercedes boss Toto Wolff was delighted to see Lewis Hamilton notch up another win. But at the same time, he admired the surge and the new wave shown by the Ferrari and said that Ferrari has set the real benchmark for the 2018 season.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff also said that Mercedes will leave no stone unturned in order to match the performance shown by Ferrari.

At the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday which marked the last race before the summer break of F1, Lewis Hamilton shared the podium with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.
While Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel finished second, his teammate Kimi Raikkonen finished third. The fourth spot was taken by Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo followed by Lewis Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas.
Lewis Hamilton now has 6 wins at the Hungarian Grand Prix hence extending his record of having the most wins in the Hungarian Grand Prix. He took a handsome 24 points lead over his Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel in the world championship for this year.

Another view

Toto Wolff said it feels great to realize that the team has understood more and can emerge to be even more competitive in hot races which come by in the future.

He appreciated Ferrari and said that Ferrari is pushing others to catch up to its heroics. He further added that Mercedes have not been the challenger since 2013 and that made it difficult for them to set the benchmark.

Chelsea open talks with Liverpool target and Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic

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According to the Daily Mirror, Chelsea have begun talks with Borussia Dortmund right winger Christian Pulisic. The Blues are reportedly willing to match the 65 million valuation of the player set by the German outfit.

This will have come as a huge blow to Liverpool, who have been interested in the signing the American since last summer. Manager Jurgen Klopp is known to be a huge fan of the player and is keen on working with him at Anfield.

The Reds’ American owners were hoping to use their nationality as a pulling factor in the deal, but now it does not seem likely as Chelsea have now seemingly taken the ascendancy in the race.

Pulisic has set the Bundesliga alight with his dazzling footwork and eye for goal, and has caught the eye of several scouts in Europe’s top leagues. Still only a teenager, the sky seems to be the limit for the Dortmund attacker and moving to a club of Chelsea’s calibre may just be what he needs to take his career to the next level.

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This news will also come as a relief to the Chelsea fans who have seen their club have a relatively quieter window. New manager Maurizio Sarri has reunited with Italian playmaker Jorginho and has signed veteran goalkeeper Robert Green as well.

Thus, signing Pulisic could be just what the Blues need if they are to push for Premier League glory this season. Willian has also been linked with moves to Barcelona and Manchester United and the Brazilian could be allowed to leave if the club is planning to secure a move for the United States international.

The American’s father has also expressed his son’s desires of moving to the Premier League and has stated that England’s top tier has been something that has excited them for several years.

He said: “Of course we were football crazy. We travelled all over and took in all the nuances of what English football is—the craziness outside the stadiums, the chanting inside and signing the songs. He really got a feel for what passion the Premier League and English people have. He remembers it to this day. For sure it had an impact in the short time we were there.”

5 legendary players who returned to the field after retirement

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5 legendary players who cameback after retirement

5 legendary players. Retirement is unfortunately a thing that every player has to face, regardless of how much they love the game. Many cricketer go ahead as coaches or do something that they did not do because of the busy international cricket program.

But there are some who retire but come back in a great way. It seems that the charm of this gentleman’s game is very much. For some, this is a wise decision, but for most, it is wrong. Here we are talking about such 5 legendary players.

5 legendary players who make a great comeback after retirement…