Transfers Monaco beat Man Utd, Barcelona and Real Madrid to prized capture of Belgian sensation Matazo Chris Burton 01:18 6/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Monaco Manchester United Real Madrid Barcelona Manchester City Ligue 1 Primera División Premier League The 16-year-old is heading to Ligue 1, with those at Stade Louis II having fended off several European heavyweights to land a sought-after signature Monaco have announced the capture of Belgian starlet Eliot Matazo, with the Ligue 1 outfit having seen off the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona to sign the teenager.At just 16 years of age, the highly rated midfielder saw his exploits at Anderlecht attract plenty of interest from afar.Leading sides from England, Spain and France flocked to watch the youngster in action as his profile began to rise. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move As skipper of Anderlecht’s U-16 side, the club that first noted his obvious potential were eager to see him commit to fresh terms in his homeland.Matazo, however, opted against penning a professional contract once reaching his 16th birthday and opened himself up to an ever-growing list of suitors.Monaco have now prevailed in that transfer scramble, with another addition made with one eye on the future.Matazo will initially link up with the academy sides at Stade Louis II, but is expected to be pushing for senior recognition before too long.A statement released by the Ligue 1 outfit on their official website read: “We are very happy to welcome Eliot Matazo to AS Monaco.“His arrival is in line with our desire to attract the best young talents of European football.L’AS Monaco est heureux d’annoncer la signature de Eliot Matazo ! https://t.co/4q1RD2KUj1— AS Monaco (@AS_Monaco) June 11, 2018“Eliot showed some very nice things in Anderlecht. He was watched by the biggest European clubs and chose the project of AS Monaco to continue his progression.”Manchester United, along with arch-rivals Manchester City, were reported to be leading the chase for Matazo at one stage, as La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid waited in the wings.They have all been left empty-handed, though, as an exciting prospect looks to enhance his career and reputation in the principality of Monaco.
These are the times of the finals:5.00pm AEST – Men’s 40’s v New Zealand6.00pm AEST – Men’s 35’s v South Africa7.00pm AEST – Senior Mixed v New Zealand8.00pm AEST – Men’s 30’s v England10.00pm AEST – Mixed Open v New ZealandStay tuned to the website for all the latest news and information on finals day of the 2011 World Cup.
Chelsea boss Sarri admits he may persist with Hazard as false 9by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admits he may persist with Eden Hazard as a false number nine.Hazard scored again for victory at Brighton on Sunday.He did not name a traditional striker in his starting XI for the second game in a row, with Hazard deployed as a false nine at the Amex Stadium.”In Napoli I was used to playing with a solution like this (without a traditional number nine),” Sarri said.“This is very important for us, to have continuity or it is impossible to stay in the top four.”It is important to stay very close to the top four. I want to see continuity from the mental point of view and the tactical point of view.“We need to get 80 points to get into the top four.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
City Group announce Official Gaming Partnerby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCity Football Group and EA Sports announce a new global partnership that sees the gaming giant become the Official Gaming Partner of Manchester City, New York City FC and Melbourne City FC, reports www.fcbusiness.co.ukBuilding on the existing Manchester City partnership that saw the City kit worn 246 million times and Sergio Aguero’s avatar scoring 217 million goals in EA SPORTS FIFA 19, the new global partnership will see a deeper and more integrated approach.Each club will develop its own strategy for fan engagement and will continue to have esports players representing the club at big tournaments all over the world. City Football Group’s collection of players include Manchester City’s Shaun ‘Shellzz’ Springette, Melbourne City’s Marcus Gomes and NYCFC player, Chris Holly, who made esports history by becoming the first ever eChampions League winner in May 2019. Manchester City’s collaboration will include a monthly lifestyle gaming show, created by CityTV, on the latest trends in football and gaming, focussing on the EA SPORTS FIFA Team of the Week, EA SPORTS Player of the Month and other landmark moments in the football schedule. TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say
Real Sociedad coach Imanol: Messi wouldn’t get a game hereby Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Sociedad coach Imanol Alguacil says he wouldn’t want Barcelona star Lionel Messi in his squad.Imanol says it’d be unlikely the Argentine would fit with the values of the Basque club. “He wouldn’t fit with the values and the way we are at Real Sociedad,” Imanol declared.”However, he’s an incredible player and does incredible things.”But these values of humility, normality, these big players don’t have them, coaching Messi would give me headaches, even though I’d win more games.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea forward Abraham pumped for ‘massive’ Ajax clashby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Tammy Abraham is eagerly anticipating his side’s UEFA Champions League clash against Ajax this week.The Blues are hoping to get a positive result against the top side in the group.Ajax have two wins from their first two games, while the Blues have one win and one loss from those matches.”We know it’s a massive game for us,” Abraham told reporters. “Ajax are like us, with a lot of young players that like to keep the ball and play good football.”Off the ball as well they like to win it back quickly. It’s not going to be easy but I believe in myself and my team. Hopefully, we can get a result there.”
Texas WR Ryan NewsomeAll too often, college athletes find themselves in the news for the wrong reasons. Well, today, Texas freshman Ryan Newsome instead deserves some praise. Newsome, a three-star wide receiver who will join the team this fall, apparently made himself a fan at this past April’s spring game. While most of Texas’ players reportedly didn’t respond to a four-year-old Longhorns supporter yelling “hook’em” before the contest kicked off, Newsome took the time to go over and talk to him for a couple of minutes.It had such an impression on the young boy’s father, he went on Rivals and posted the entire story to the community. Newsome found it today and tweeted it out, telling his followers that it brought him joy.Stuff like this brings me so much joy! This is just the beginning for me! pic.twitter.com/3LwBOhBb1v— Ryan Newsome (@NewBoi17) May 24, 2015Very cool. Don’t be surprised if you see a few custom “Newsome” jerseys in the stands this fall.
Karim Benzema scored twice during a rampant first-half display as 10-man Real Madrid moved into third place in LaLiga with a 4-2 victory at Espanyol.Having lost 1-0 in the corresponding fixture last season, Madrid were quick to ensure they did not suffer a similar fate this time around – Benzema ending a three-match scoreless run before Sergio Ramos, who later went off injured, doubled the visitors’ tally with his 50th headed goal for Los Blancos.Leo Baptistao hauled Espanyol back into the contest, but Benzema had the final say of a frantic opening 45 minutes when he slotted in on the stroke of half-time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Gareth Bale’s goal three minutes after his introduction added further gloss, only for Raphael Varane’s red card to make things complicated, but though Roberto Rosales’ stunning volley set up a thrilling finale, Espanyol could not muster an unlikely comeback.Madrid were ahead inside four minutes, Espanyol’s defence wilting as Luka Modric surged forward and forced Diego Lopez into action, with Benzema on hand to tuck home the rebound.Espanyol found themselves further behind 11 minutes later, Ramos heading Modric’s pinpoint cross into the right-hand corner.Madrid’s advantage was halved in the 25th minute, Baptistao thundering a strike into the roof of the net moments after drawing a fine stop out of Thibaut Courtois.But Espanyol’s hard work was undone in first-half stoppage time – Benzema latching onto a loose ball to place a sublime finish into the bottom corner.3 – @realmadriden have scored three goals in a first half of a @LaLigaEN game for the first time this season. Punch. pic.twitter.com/CzJePYmZaj — OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 27, 2019 With Modric and Benzema both squandering gilt-edged chances to extend Madrid’s lead, substitute Bale made no mistake in the 67th minute, slamming in after brilliantly turning clear of his markers.Varane’s desperate lunge on Pablo Piatti gave Espanyol hope, but Rosales’ VAR-awarded goal – a fantastic volley into the top corner – proved a mere consolation. What does it mean? Madrid hitting their strapsIt has been a difficult season for Madrid, but after failing to win their opening two LaLiga fixtures of 2019, Santiago Solari’s side have now claimed three successive victories as their battle with Sevilla for third place intensifies.Espanyol, meanwhile, have now lost nine of their last 10 top-flight games, and are lingering dangerously close to the relegation spots.Benzema in bullish formWhile his opening goal was a simple finish from close range, Benzema showed his quality with his second, curling an inch-perfect finish beyond Lopez to restore Madrid’s two-goal cushion and cap an inspired individual display. The Frenchman has now been directly involved in seven goals in his last nine league appearances against Espanyol.Defensive issues pile up for MadridWith Ramos having gone off injured at half-time, Madrid’s defensive problems were compounded when Varane made the rash decision to foul Piatti, and the France defender will now be suspended for Madrid’s next outing.Key Opta Facts- Real Madrid have won 102 games against Espanyol in LaLiga, the most by a team against a single opponent in the competition history. – Benzema’s goal after 187 seconds is the fastest Madrid have scored this season in all competitions. – Ramos is the first defender from the top five European leagues to reach 10+ goals this season in all competitions. – Varane was sent off for the second time for Real Madrid in all competitions – the first one was against Athletic Bilbao in February 2016. – Gareth Bale has scored the fastest Real Madrid goal by a substitute in LaLiga this season (2 minutes and 20 seconds). What’s next? Madrid will look to book a Copa del Rey semi-final place when they meet Girona on Thursday – Los Blancos leading 4-2 after the first leg – before hosting Deportivo Alaves three days later. Espanyol are in cup action on Wednesday against Real Betis, the sides level at 1-1, and travel to Villarreal next weekend. read more
Riyad Mahrez has been cleared to play for Manchester City after undergoing a doping test in the wake of his absence from last weekend’s Community Shield.Speaking after the penalty shoot-out victory over Liverpool at Wembley, Guardiola explained Mahrez was missing from the City squad because they could not be certain whether he had inadvertently ingested any banned substances while on international duty with Algeria at the Africa Cup of Nations.Mahrez could return to City’s squad for the first game of their Premier League title defence against West Ham on Saturday, though, with Guardiola revealing a visit from UK Anti-Doping testers had cleared the 28-year-old to feature. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “He had a little surgery after the African Cup on his nose so he could breathe better, it’s a normal situation,” Guardiola said.”The doctor – I don’t think he was from the national team – didn’t send the necessary [paperwork], that was the only reason why [he didn’t play]. We didn’t have it in the right moment.”But after the last week, anti-doping [agents] have made the test. Everything is clear and fine. He can play.”Our doctors came to me and said they did not know exactly [what he had taken]. Every time you take something you have to inform the club and make the lists. Everyone knows it. We pass one or two controls every month here. “We didn’t have it in that moment, he did it in Algeria. So it was a precaution, we had to be careful. It was better not to use him, that was the reason why. “After this week, they came and tested him and he’s ready for tomorrow.”Mahrez may have a bigger impact in the City team in the coming months too – with fellow winger Leroy Sane facing up to seven months out with anterior cruciate ligament damage – having failed to live up to his club-record price tag in his debut season.That title no longer belongs to the Algerian, though, after defensive midfielder Rodri was brought in from Atletico Madrid for a reported £63million, and Guardiola anticipates his new recruit will make a swift impact in England.”When you think of defining the holding midfielder, he’s a typical, typical holding midfielder,” Guardiola added.”Like Michael Carrick, like [Sergio] Busquets, [the] holding midfielder. You are thinking what is best for the team. He doesn’t play to make a good performance, he plays to make it better for the others. No tattoos, no ponytails. Perfect. Normal. That is a holding midfielder.”He’s young, strong, helps us with the long balls, he’s so intelligent. He learned at Atletico Madrid with [Diego] Simeone. The work he did with Simeone is going to help us a lot this season.”I have the feeling. Sometimes, players need more time but, after a week or 10 days, we realised that guy will be nice for us.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
KANSAS CITY, MO – OCTOBER 28: Running back Kareem Hunt #27 of the Kansas City Chiefs carries the ball during the game against the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Back in February, Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt was accused of assaulting a 19-year-old woman in a hotel in Ohio. Hunt as never arrested or charged, and as a result, he was not suspended by his team or the league.Friday, TMZ got a hold of a surveillance video of the incident, and it shows an ugly scene. In the clip, a man, who TMZ claims is Hunt, is seen pushing, attacking and kicking a woman. He needs to be held back repeatedly by others during the melee.Here’s more, via TMZ:In the video, Hunt is seen arguing with a 19-year-old woman outside of his room at The Metropolitan at the 9 at 3:22 AM on February 10, 2018.Hunt turns a corner and confronts the woman, shoving her hard. The woman strikes him back in the face … and that’s when Hunt goes berserk.As friends try to hold him back, the 2017 Pro Bowler — who led the league in rushing yards — explodes and knocks one of his friends into the woman … who both go flying into a wall.According to TMZ, one of Hunt’s friends told the cops that the woman called Hunt the n-word.It’s unclear if the Chiefs – or the NFL – have seem the video. It’s a safe bet that once they do, some kind of punishment will be coming down the pipeline.Hunt is having another stellar season – rushing for 824 yards and seven touchdowns for the 9-2 Chiefs. It’ll be interesting to see what both the franchise and the league do about the video.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide takes the field with his players during the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)There’s a new No. 1 overall recruit in the 2019 class, according to 247Sports. It shouldn’t be a shock that he is committed to Alabama.The Colonia (N.J.) five-star defensive end was the eighth-rated recruit back in November, but was bumped up to the top spot in the latest go-around. It should be noted that this is according to 247Sports’ proprietary rankings, not their composite ones.Alfano is the No. 5 overall recruit, according to the composite listing. He took to Twitter today to acknowledge his new status as 247’s top dog.“Thank you to @247Sports for making me the #1 overall high school football player in the country! However the grind doesn’t end… I have to rep my new squad now… #RollTide” he wrote.Thank you to @247Sports for making me the #1 overall high school football player in the country! However the grind doesn’t end… I have to rep my new squad now… #RollTide @bartonsimmons @sbterry247 @HankSouth247 @SWiltfong247 pic.twitter.com/XL7QjQ82FD— Antonio Alfano (@Antonioalfano99) January 22, 2019Alfano put together a monster senior season for Colonia, racking up 76 tackles, 10 sacks, six forced fumbles and three pass breakups. He is the top prospect in the state of New Jersey and one of two New Jersey recruits to pick Alabama in this cycle.Alfano is also one of four five-star recruits to sign with the Crimson Tide in the 2019 cycle. Alabama’s class ranks No. 1 in the country according to 247Sports’ Composite Team Rankings.The full national class rankings for 2019 can be found here.
SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: The Alabama Crimson Tide take the field prior to the CFP National Championship against the Clemson Tigers presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The Alabama football fan base lost another valued member this weekend. Al Jones, a former Air Force pilot and member of the historic Iron Bowl Perfect Attendance Club, has passed away at the age of 93.According to Saturday Down South, Jones was the final living member of the exclusive club. His streak was reportedly snapped this past year.The Iron Bowl between the Auburn and Alabama football teams has been an annual rivalry game since 1948. A group of fans who attended every single edition of the rivalry were known as the Iron Bowl Perfect Attendance Club.The group was formally recognized for their accomplishment by Alabama in 2014.Per his obituary, Jones leaves behind four children, nine grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.Alabama fan Al Jones died at 93 on Thursday. Jones was a member of the Iron Bowl Perfect Attendance Club — he had gone to every Iron Bowl from 1948-2017.That’s 70 straight!https://t.co/dW5WCkIObt— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) June 30, 2019Jones attended the University of Georgia and the University of Alabama, earning a degree in mechanical engineering in 1950. He continued working with planes after the end of his time in the Air Force.Jones’ passing marks a very sad end to the month of June among Alabama fans. Earlier this month, 36-year-old Alabama superfan Walt Gary passed away.Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Jones’ family and loved ones.
OXFORD, MS – OCTOBER 01: Head coach Hugh Freeze of the Mississippi Rebels reacts during the second half of a game against the Memphis Tigers at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Oxford, Mississippi. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)Just weeks before his return to coaching, Liberty’s Hugh Freeze nearly found himself fighting for his life. The former Ole Miss coach was hospitalized with severe back pain, and wound up battling a staph infection.Freeze, who says he’s been plagued by back pain, called an ambulance once it got so bad that he couldn’t walk up stairs. He has a herniated disk, but that was only the beginning of his issues.Doctors discovered that Freeze had a strain of staph infection in his bloodstream, which was about a day from becoming a seriously life-threatening situation. He remains hospitalized, two weeks before the Flames’ season opener.He spoke to ESPN‘s Chris Low about the experience:“The doctors told me if it had been another 24 hours, that strand of bacteria could have gotten to my heart and that I would have been fighting for my life,” Freeze told ESPN. “It’s the way God works because there’s no doubt that bacteria would have killed me if President Falwell wasn’t so quick to make sure we got the right people involved.”Jerry Falwell Jr., Liberty’s president, contacted Ben Carson, the former presidential candidate and current U.S. Secretary for Housing and Urban Development. Carson, a famous neurosurgeon, contacted Liberty professor Anthony Nobles, and the team elected to move Freeze to UVA Medical Center.Dr. Dilan Ellegala, an esteemed neurosurgeon was flown in from Arizona to conduct the operation, and now Freeze is on the mend. He may have to coach from a cart once he returns to practice, and per the article, will likely coach from the booth when the Flames host No. 22 Syracuse on Saturday, August 31. For now, he remains hospitalized to underdog additional tests.Hugh Freeze enters his first year at Liberty after a two-year hiatus from coaching. He was one of the top coaches in the SEC, with multiple wins over Nick Saban and Alabama while at Ole Miss, but resigned when it was discovered that he had been calling a phone number linked to a Florida escort service while on recruiting trips. Ole Miss was being investigated for separate violations by the NCAA at the time, which resulted in sanctions, probation, and a two season bowl ban in 2017.In separate circumstances, his hiring would have been viewed as a coup for a rising, new FBS program like Liberty. Instead, it brought serious criticism, given Freeze’s background and the controversy surrounding Falwell and the university, as well as athletic director Ian McCaw, who took over the department after being ousted by Baylor over the Bears football program’s sexual assault scandal.[ESPN]
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide scrambles with the football against the Georgia Bulldogs during the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Crimson Tide defeated the Bulldogs 26-23. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)The first game this season involving an SEC team will take place this Saturday when No. 8 Florida takes on Miami. The Gators are just one of several SEC programs ranked highly to start the year.CBS Sports has been unveiling its predictions for each major conference this week. Longtime college football writer Barrett Sallee is offering up his pick for every single game an SEC team will play in 2019.Georgia and Alabama fans will be excited by Sallee’s picks; Ole Miss and Vandy supporters not so much. Texas A&M and Tennessee fans might also be pretty happy, while Florida and LSU backers could be slightly disappointed.Below are Sallee’s full game-by-game predictions for the SEC: My game-by-game predictions for the SEC. pic.twitter.com/MWSkWASKOU— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) August 21, 2019Of course, none of the games have actually been played yet, so none of this means anything. It does make for good fan debate in the days leading up to the start of the season though.When all is said and done, how do you think Sallee’s SEC predictions will stand up over the course of the season?
After dinner at MS Dhoni’s house, Team India begin preparations for Australia ODIIndia vs Australia: MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav and others geared up for the third ODI against Australia in Ranchi. The two teams will face off on Friday. India lead the five-match series 2-0 after victories in Hyderabad and Nagpur.advertisement Rajarshi Gupta RanchiMarch 7, 2019UPDATED: March 7, 2019 17:20 IST MS Dhoni during a practice session in Ranchi (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe Indian cricket team hit the nets ahead of the 3rd ODI vs AustraliaOn Wednesday, Dhoni hosted the team for dinner at his house in RanchiIndia take on Australia in the 3rd ODI in Ranchi on FridayA day after a grand dinner at MS Dhoni’s place in Ranchi, the Indian team got down to practice and prepare for the third ODI against Australia. India, who lead the five-match series 2-0, will take on the Aussies at Ranchi’s JSCA Stadium on Friday. Ranchi is Dhoni’s home town and the former India captain hosted the entire team for dinner at his house on Wednesday night.Several players including Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Yuzvendra Chahal and Shikhar Dhawan shared photos of the dinner on their social media pages while a video of Dhoni driving his teammates home went viral. But after a fun dinner, the focus was back on work.. Dhoni had scored a gutsy fifty in Hyderabad but fell for a golden duck in Nagpur – he would want to sign off in style in front of his home crowd.MS Dhoni was seen batting at the nets. BCCI also posted photos of Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar sweating it out at the nets.Gearing up for Ranchi – from #TeamIndia’s training session before the 3rd ODI against Australia #INDvAUS @Paytm pic.twitter.com/WstXhrRa9TBCCI (@BCCI) March 7, 2019India have been in sensational ODI form this year, winning 8 out of 10 matches so far. They had defeated Australia 2-1 in a three-match series before taking the five-match series against New Zealand 4-1.Who could hit the longest SIX? Here’s a look at #TeamIndia’s fun SIXES challenge at the nets during training in Ranchi #INDvAUS @Paytm pic.twitter.com/syd7YSa3Wuadvertisement BCCI (@BCCI) March 7, 2019Virat Kohli has so far scored two hundreds in 2019. On Tuesday, he became only the second man to score 40 ODI hundreds after Sachin Tendulkar. Dhoni got out for a first-ball duck but India will be happy with his one-day form this year. He was named man-of-the-series in Australia after scoring three fifties from three matches and played solid knocks in New Zealand as well as in Hyderabad.However, the Indian team management will be a little worried with Shikhar Dhawan’s form. He last scored a fifty for India in an ODI against New Zealand in Mount Maunganui on January 26. Since then, Dhawan has managed scores of 28, 13, 6, 29, 30, 5. 14, 0 and 21.Also Read | MS Dhoni hosts Team India for dinner at Ranchi home: Thank you bhai, says ChahalAlso Read | Shikhar Dhawan could have played Ranji Trophy: Aakash Chopra on Shikhar Dhawan’s formAlso Read | When ‘humble’ MS Dhoni declined to inaugurate the Dhoni PavilionAlso Read | Why Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni are in love with Team India’s latest jerseyFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Virat KohliFollow Ravi Shastri
Reuters MelbourneMarch 17, 2019UPDATED: March 17, 2019 12:50 IST Valtteri Bottas claimed a maximum of 26 points at the Albert Park on Sunday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSValtteri Bottas clinched the Australian Grand Prix after overtaking Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton earlyValtteri Bottas was dominant throughout the race and clinched the extra point for the fastest lap on SundayI just felt so good and everything was under control. The car was so good today so truly enjoyable: BottasValtteri Bottas capitalised on a late pitstop to upset his world champion team mate Lewis Hamilton and clinch the season-opening Australian Formula One Grand Prix for Mercedes on Sunday.Starting second behind pole-sitter Hamilton, Bottas got the jump on the Briton during a typically messy start at Albert Park and ended up cruising to his fourth win by some 20.80 seconds after delaying a tyre-change.Runner-up Hamilton, who switched to the medium compound tyres seven laps earlier than Bottas, had to battle to hold off third-placed Max Verstappen and was fortunate the Red Bull driver took a skid in the grass late on to lose vital seconds.Definitely my best race ever: Valtteri BottasBottas, who claimed his first race win since Abu Dhabi in 2017, added icing to the cake by clinching a bonus point for the fastest lap at the lakeside circuit in one minute 25.580 seconds.”I don’t know what just happened. The start was really good, it was definitely my best race ever,” said the Finn.A dominant fourth career victory, and the fastest lap of the race @ValtteriBottas claimed a maximum 26 points down under!#AusGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/GOLN8UfwHoFormula 1 (@F1) March 17, 2019″I just felt so good and everything was under control. The car was so good today so truly enjoyable, I need to enjoy today.”I’m just so happy and can’t wait for the next race.” Reuters PhotoGood weekend for the team: Lewis HamiltonWhile Hamilton was forced to sweat, the Silver Arrows will have been thrilled that their raw pace was enough to blitz the chasing pack.”It was a good weekend for the team,” said Hamilton. “Valtteri drove an incredible race today so he deserved it.”advertisementFor Ferrari, however, it was a sobering day as fourth-placed Vettel and fifth-placed new boy Charles Leclerc were reduced to fighting each other for a minor position.Your full race classification from the season-openerBest-ever finish for Leclerc, solid points for Magnussen & StrollKvyat holds off Gasly for the final point #AusGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/pVSiCkUhhwFormula 1 (@F1) March 17, 2019In the midfield battle, Kevin Magnussen was sixth for Haas ahead of Renault’s seventh-placed Nico Hulkenberg.It was a disastrous Renault debut for home hope Daniel Ricciardo as he rolled wide into the grass straight out of the grid and destroyed his front wing over a bump.He was forced to pit immediately to replace it and ended up retiring midway through the race.McLaren driver Carlos Sainz also retired after easing into pit lane on the 11th lap with his car on fire.Haas, who lost both cars due to botched tyre changes in last year’s race, showed they were not free of their pit-stop gremlins, as a poor stop caused Romain Grosjean to lose two places.Grosjean later was forced to retire with a reliability problem.Prior to the start, drivers and officials stood for a minute’s silence at the grid in tribute to the late F1 racing director Charlie Whiting and in remembrance of victims of a mass shooting at two mosques in New Zealand on Friday.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Valtteri BottasFollow Lewis HamiltonFollow Formula 1Follow F1 2019Follow Australian Grand PrixFollow Max VerstappenFollow Charles LeclercFollow FerrariFollow Mercedes F1 F1: Valtteri Bottas wins season-opening Australian Grand Prix for MercedesValtteri Bottas had started second behind his Mercedes teammate and pole-setter Lewis Hamilton but cruised to a season-opening win by 20.80 seconds on Sunday at the Albert Parkadvertisement Next
Press Trust of India KolkataJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 22:30 IST Mamata Banerjee stressed on conservation of rain water. (Photo: ANI)Save Water Day’ was observed by the West Bengal government Friday and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee participated in a march in the city to raise awareness on conservation.Mamata Banerjee urged the people to take “precautionary measures” to save the natural resource as water scarcity has become a major issue in the world.Emphasising on conservation of water, she said, “With water scarcity becoming a major issue in many places in the world we believe in taking precautionary measures to save water resources”.She also stressed on conservation of rainwater and said her government would observe July 12 as ‘Save Water Day’ in every year.Accompanied by her cabinet colleagues, government officials, intellectuals including writers, actors and directors of Bengali film and theatre industry and sports personalities, Banerjee walked from Jorasanko Thakurbari, the ancestral home of Rabindra Nath Tagore in north Kolkata, to the Gandhi statue on Mayo Road, a distance of around 4 km.Sporting blue-coloured sashes with the message “Save Water, Save Life”, the participants also waved placards carrying the message of water conservation.Banerjee said that the Trinamool Congress government had dug nearly 1.5 lakh ponds in five years till 2016 in the state as against the 50,000 the party had promised in its poll manifesto in 2011.”People are often assured of many things by the government and also individuals, but many promises are not met. I am used to keeping promises,” Banerjee said.The chief minister said about three lakh water bodies have been dug so far by the state government under the water conservation programme of ‘Jal dharo Jal bharo’ (Collect water, store water).advertisementMany check dams have been constructed and irrigation canals have been rejuvenated to prevent floods and provide water during the period of scarcity, she said.The state government would observe a ‘Student Day’ to disseminate the message of conserving water in every sphere of the society, Mamata Banerjee added.Also Read | Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Govt’s water conservation campaign to cover 256 districts across nationAlso Read | Water woes: Parched Chennai cries for reliefAlso Watch | Water crisis: Is it time to press emergency button?For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhan West Bengal government observes Save Water DayMamata Banerjee urged the people to take “precautionary measures” to save the natural resource as water scarcity has become a major issue in the world.advertisement