TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Premier League trio eyeing Ipswich whiz Andre Dozzellby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveIpswich ace Andre Dozzell is back on the radar of Premier League clubs.The Mirror says Bournemouth, Brighton and Crystal Palace are all tracking fit-again Dozzell.The 19-year-old midfielder – valued at £5 million by the Tractor Boys – is back in action after suffering a cruciate ligament injury on the opening day of last season that ruled him out for more than a year.Dozzell was a member of the England side that won the Under-17 and Under- 19 European titles in 2016 and 2017 respectively.Ipswich, rock-bottom of the Championship and 10 points from safety, may be tempted to cash in to help fund new signings in their desperate bid to beat the drop.
Southampton striker Charlie Austin hit with flip-off banby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton striker Charlie Austin has been hit with a two-match ban.The 29-year-old was charged after appearing to gesture towards the Manchester City fans as he was substituted in Southampton’s 3-1 defeat at St Mary’s on December 30.Austin admitted the FA charge in relation to the gesture and will now miss the Saints’ Premier League clash with Leicester and their FA Cup replay against Derby.”Southampton’s Charlie Austin has been suspended for two matches with immediate effect following an independent regulatory commission hearing today,” the FA statement read.”The striker admitted his gesture in or around the 68th minute of the game against Manchester City on 30 December 2018 was abusive and/or insulting.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd make Leicester midfielder Maddison top 2020 targetby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have made Leicester City midfielder James Maddison their top 2020 target.Maddison will cost around £60 million, three times the price he cost the Foxes when he arrived at Leicester from Norwich City in June last year.The Times says United would be willing to meet that fee to secure the 22-year-old, who has become one of the brightest young talents in the Premier League.United scouts have reportedly been tasked with monitoring Maddison this season ahead of a bid for the attacking midfielder next summer.It is understood they are unlikely to make their move in January. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@ThisIsMachadoTexas and Texas A&M haven’t met on the gridiron since 2011, but it certainly seems like Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong is open to the idea of resuming the series. Friday, according to OrangeBlood’s Anwar Richardson, Strong, at the Touchdown Club of Houston, said that Texas is “trying” to work something out with its old rival. Richardson is also reporting, however, that Texas itself says no specifics have been discussed. So perhaps Strong got a little ahead of himself.Texas coach Charlie Strong was asked when the Longhorns would play Texas A&M again. Said there is something being worked out— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) June 10, 2016Texas coach Charlie Strong says something is being worked out to play Texas A&M again pic.twitter.com/RZVHNpGGs7— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) June 10, 2016A UT spokesperson said no specifics have been discussed about Texas playing Texas A&M again when asked about Charlie Strong’s comment— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) June 10, 2016Texas vs. Texas A&M used to be an annual affair – until the Aggies left the Big 12 for the SEC. It’s certainly one of the rivalries that college football fans miss the most.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been criticised by Gary Lineker for a picture taken on a private plane as Emiliano Sala remains missing.Cardiff City record signing Sala and a pilot were on a small plane travelling from Nantes to Wales on Monday evening when the aircraft disappeared off radar in the English Channel.A search for Sala and the pilot was carried out on Tuesday, but was suspended at 5pm local time with no trace of either person found. 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? Local police have conceded the hopes for survival for the two are “slim” and said there would be no further updates until Wednesday, while Cardiff City released a statement Tuesday saying they were “praying for positive news.”There has been an outpouring of support among the football world for Sala, offering their prayers and hopes for the best.Meanwhile, Ronaldo posted a photo of himself on a private plane on Twitter and Instagram a few hours after the search was suspended. Ronaldo captioned the tweet with three emojis: a smiling face, a plane and a thumbs up.😀🛫👍 pic.twitter.com/zC80kfMES8— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) January 22, 2019The tweet received some condemnation from followers for its seeming insensitivity over the situation, with perhaps the most prominent voice being former England international Lineker.Quoting the tweet, Lineker added: “Not the day for this tweet. It really isn’t.”Lineker also clarified his belief on Ronaldo’s intentions, thinking the Juventus star was oblivious to what he’d done, though he hoped someone could have told him the implications.Not the day for this tweet. It really isn’t. https://t.co/61y6cgEzm0— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 22, 2019“I’m sure he’s done it without knowledge or awareness,” Lineker added, “but perhaps someone could let him know.”Ronaldo had been in the Spanish capital on Tuesday, as he pled guilty to charges of tax evasion during his time at Real Madrid.The forward elected to appear in court rather than address the judge by video link and accepted a suspended sentence as part of his punishment, as well as being forced to pay out nearly €19 million (£17m/$22m) in fines.Spanish law permits judges to give two-year suspended sentences for first-time offenders.
Iker Casillas has denied fresh reports he is retiring from football after he suffered a heart attack during training with Porto last month.The Real Madrid and Spain great had a myocardial infarction on May 1 and underwent emergency surgery before returning home five days later.Reports in Portugal claimed Casillas will announce his retirement on Thursday, with the goalkeeper said to be taking up a role on Porto’s board of directors. 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? But the 38-year-old indicated the media have jumped the gun because he is yet to be told by medical experts whether he has recovered enough to play football again.”The same as this tweet a month ago, except for the part of the medical check with the doctor,” Casillas wrote on Twitter, referencing a previous retirement denial.”More than anything because I have it tomorrow.”Lo mismo que este tweet de hace un mes salvo la parte de la revisión con el Doctor. Más que nada porque la tengo mañana. Abrazo a tod@s https://t.co/or8ObuBkjP— Iker Casillas (@IkerCasillas) June 13, 2019Casillas came through Madrid’s academy and established himself in their first team as a teenager, going on to play 725 times for the club in all competitions, a total bettered only by striker Raul (741).He won every trophy possible with Los Blancos, including three Champions League crowns and five La Liga titles, and was also a part of the historic Spain team that won the country’s first World Cup in 2010 and ended a 44-year wait for European Championship success two years earlier.The keeper, who went on to win Euro 2012 and is regarded among the finest of his generation, remains Spain’s all-time leading appearance maker with 167 caps, though Sergio Ramos will likely overtake him soon.Casillas completed a switch to Porto from Santiago Bernabeu in 2015 and he has since managed to rack up over 100 appearances for the club.The veteran shot-stopper featured in 41 matches across all competitions last season, but the Portuguese giants failed to defend their domestic title after finishing two points behind champions Benfica.
Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser al-Khelaifi has issued a warning to the club’s players, stating he will no longer put with any “celebrity behaviour”.The Ligue 1 champions have long suffered from rumours of unrest in the playing squad, dating as far back as early 2018 when Edinson Cavani and Neymar reportedly had to be separated in the dressing room following an argument over penalty taking duties – though Uruguay international Cavani would dismiss these as ‘greatly exaggerated’.Al-Khelaifi is no longer willing to stand for any such behaviour from the club’s star-studded squad in future however, telling France Football: “I do not want to have any celebrity behaviour anymore. 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? “Players will have to assume their responsibilities even more than before.“It must be completely different. They will have to do more, work more.“They are not here to please themselves. If they do not agree, the doors are open. Ciao!”His statement arrives at a time when two of the club’s most prized assets have been linked with moves away from the French capital, with Neymar heavily rumoured with a return to Barcelona as well as fierce rivals Real Madrid.Kylian Mbappe is another man who is reportedly considering a move away from the Parc des Princes, with Zinedine Zidane’s side appearing his most likely destination as they look to continue their summer spending spree.PSG’s change in direction comes as a result of recent changes to their off-pitch personnel as the club announced that Leonardo Araujo would be replacing Antero Henrique as sporting director for a second spell.Al-Khelaifi believes that alterations were vital, adding: ”I realised that changes were essential, otherwise we were going nowhere.“In two minutes the case was settled between us, he will have all the sports powers.“Leo, this is my guy. He is incredible, I have total confidence in him.“His natural authority will do good for everyone, especially the players.”Leonardo originally held the role from 2011 to 2013 and spent time as a PSG player during the mid ‘90s, with the Brazilian attacking midfielder making 46 appearances for the club and scoring 10 goals.
The United States edged into the CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-finals with a 1-0 win over Curacao in Philadelphia on Sunday.Weston McKennie’s first-half header lifted USA past the minnows in their quarter-final clash at Lincoln Financial Field.The defending champions were comfortable for long periods, with McKennie getting on the end of a Christian Pulisic cross for the game’s only goal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare The result saw USA reach the semi-finals of the tournament for the 10th straight time.USA started well as Pulisic went close twice in the opening four minutes.The attacker fired wide after a driving run before then being denied by Curacao goalkeeper Eloy Room, who made a superb save to tip over a Pulisic effort from close range after Paul Arriola’s cross from the left.Curacao managed to settle after the early scares, but USA found a deserved opener through McKennie’s second international goal.Pulisic cut in from the left before clipping a cross to the back post, where McKennie headed in.With his 1st goal of the 2019 @GoldCup, @WMckennie secures the lead for the #USMNT! pic.twitter.com/Kj4STneecC— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) July 1, 2019While USA appeared to be in control, Curacao threatened at different times, with defender Darryl Lachman heading a corner over three minutes before half-time.USA made a slow start to the second half before Pulisic almost doubled their lead, shooting just wide from the edge of the area.However, Curacao looked the more dangerous of the two teams throughout the second half, while Gyasi Zardes blazed over the crossbar for USA in the 79th minute.Curacao continued to enjoy periods in possession late on, with Leandro Bacuna almost scoring a stunning equaliser in the 84th minute, his 25-yard effort wonderfully saved by Zack Steffen. What does it mean? Repeat of 2017 decider setJamaica have been runners-up at the past two editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup and shape as a threat to USA in the last four. Jordan Morris scored a late winner in the 2017 final between the nations.Pulisic shines in home stateThe Chelsea attacker was bright from the outset in his home state of Pennsylvania. Pulisic set up McKennie’s goal and was a constant threat for USA, going close on numerous occasions.The math checks out- @cpulisic_10 + @WMckennie = 1:0 pic.twitter.com/YB6r1wN20r— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) July 1, 2019USA continue to stand up defensivelyUSA’s defensive work could be what makes them CONCACAF Gold Cup favourites, given Mexico’s struggles in the past two games. USA are yet to concede in four games at the tournament while scoring 12 times.What’s next?USA will face Jamaica in a semi-final in Nashville on Wednesday, while Curacao can look forward to the CONCACAF Nations League starting in September. read more
Stephanie Frappart will become the first female official to referee a major UEFA men’s match when she takes charge of the Super Cup between Liverpool and Chelsea.UEFA have confirmed Frappart, who refereed the FIFA Women’s World Cup final between the United States and the Netherlands in Lyon, will officiate the clash between the Champions League and Europa League winners in Istanbul on August 14.Frappart will lead a team made up of predominantly female officials in the European season’s curtain-raiser, with Manuela Nicolosi of France and Michelle O’Neill from the Republic of Ireland appointed as her assistant referees. 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? UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin believes Frappart’s appointment represents another significant step forward for women’s football.”I have said on many occasions that the potential for women’s football has no limits and I am delighted that Stephanie Frappart has been appointed to officiate at this year’s Super Cup along with assistant referees Manuela Nicolosi and Michelle O’Neal,” Ceferin said.”As an organisation, we place the utmost importance on the development of women’s football in all areas. I hope the skill and devotion that Stephanie has shown throughout her career to reach this level will provide inspiration to millions of girls and women around Europe and show them there should be no barriers in order to reach one’s dream.”At the 2019 #SuperCup in Istanbul, a female official will take charge of a major UEFA men’s competition event for the first time ever.Huge congratulations to Stéphanie Frappart and her predominantly female team of officials on the appointment https://t.co/KHrJiRAY7Q— UEFA (@UEFA) August 2, 2019Frappart previously became the first female official to take charge of a Ligue 1 match when she oversaw a fixture between Amiens and Strasbourg in April, and the 35-year-old will join the pool of referee’s for France’s top flight in 2019-20.Nicole Petignat has refereed in a UEFA men’s competition before Frappart, though they were not major games, with the Swiss official having taken charge of three qualification games for the Europa League between 2004 and 2009.Frappart will have the help of VAR during the Super Cup, with male compatriot Clement Turpin set to be the video official. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
After getting their Premier League campaign off to a winning start against Newcastle, Arsenal play host to Burnley at the Emirates Stadium in Saturday’s early kick-off.Even without being at their best, a goal from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was sufficient to take the points home from St. James’ Park last Sunday.Now Unai Emery’s side face a team renowned for being stuffy and difficult to play against, with the Clarets’ own top-flight adventure for the campaign beginning with a fine 3-0 home win over Southampton. 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? Game Arsenal vs Burnley Date Saturday, August 17 Time 12:30pm BST / 7:30am ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the UK, the match will be shown on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate. It can be streamed via BT Sport Live. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 1 / BT Sport Ultimate BT Sport Live Squads & Team News Position Arsenal squad Goalkeepers Leno, Martinez, Macey Defenders Bellerin, Sokratis, Monreal, Mustafi, Chambers, David Luiz, Kolasinac Midfielders Elneny, Mkhitaryan, Torreira, Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Willock, Smith Rowe, Martinelli, Ceballos, Ozil Forwards Lacazette, Aubameyang, Nelson, Pepe Arsenal starting XI: Leno; Maitland-Niles, Luiz, Sokratis, Monreal; Willock, Guendouzi; Nelson, Ceballos, Aubameyang; Lacazette Position Burnley squad Goalkeepers Hart, Pope, Legzdins, Peacock-Farrell Defenders Lowton, Taylor, Tarkowski, Mee, Gibson, Bardsley, Long, Senior, Pieters, Dunne Midfielders Cork, Gudmundsson, Hendrick, Westwood, Lennon, McNeil Forwards Barnes, Wood, Vydra, Rodriguez Burnley starting XI: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters; Gudmundsson, Cork, Westwood, McNeil; Wood, BarnesBetting & Match Odds Arsenal are 3/10 to keep their winning streak against Burnley going at bet365. A draw is priced at 9/2, while a Burnley victory is a 9/1 long shot.Click here to see all of bet365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Arsenal’s first home game of the 2019-20 Premier League season will pit them against perennial overachievers Burnley.Unai Emery’s side got their campaign off to a satisfactory start last weekend as they went to Newcastle and picked up a narrow 1-0 victory thanks to a strike from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but with their new signings to integrate into the first team, as well as Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac to return to action, the Spaniard only expects his side to become stronger.“We need to improve. We were happy with the three points and we played seriously, but I want to improve on each position for us,” Emery admitted on Thursday.“We need to and can improve with the same players and other players who were out of that match. My idea is to be more competitive in each position.“We worked very well that match, above all defensively we worked very compact. The balance, we must improve.”Reaching the top four, and thereby securing Champions League football next term, is the chief goal for the Gunners before the end of May 2020.Burnley, meanwhile, begin the season with more modest aims. The Turf Moor side, first and foremost, must secure their place in the division, though if their opening weekend victory over Southampton is anything to go by, they will be hopeful of putting together the type of form that allowed them to reach Europe 12 months ago.While the Clarets are the type of side that Arsenal have traditionally struggled against in recent years, the Gunners are the only team that Dyche’s men have failed to win a point against since winning promotion back into the elite in 2016.“I didn’t know about that statistic, but we’ve been in the league long enough to get something from the lot of them, so hopefully that goes in our favour this weekend,” Dyche commented on Thursday.“But they are a good side, the manager is tweaking and changing things, and they are slightly more defensive, but still have the weapons to open up the game.“They are a top side, but we’ve shown before we can take points off the top sides.”With the Gunners having won the last ten Premier League fixtures between the clubs, they are going for an incredible eleven on Saturday. 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Kirk Herbstreit.ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit just unveiled a major upset pick on this morning’s College GameDay show.The top ESPN college football analyst has a top 10 team going down on the road.Herbstreit is taking Colorado to upset No. 8 Washington State.This isn’t that surprising of a pick, as a couple of other ESPN analysts are picking the upset, but Herbstreit was the only member of College GameDay panel to pick the upset.A Colorado-over-Washington State upset would likely eliminate the Pac-12 from the College Football Playoff race.The Pac-12 has an uphill battle for a spot this year and that battle would get incredibly difficult with a Washington State loss today.Colorado and Washington State are set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. E.T.The game will be on ESPN.
AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 11: Head coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs walks the field prior to facing the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Two of the games with major College Football Playoff ramifications have been decided. Both were incredibly dramatic, but ultimately, chalk held in Oklahoma-Texas and Alabama’s win over Georgia football in Atlanta.We still have the Big Ten Championship, with Ohio State looking to score serious style points against Northwestern. Clemson is a giant favorite in the ACC Championship, and should be in the field no matter how a win tonight looks.The final spot is still expected to come down to Georgia, Oklahoma, and Ohio State.Georgia football just lost a wild game to Alabama, but could the two-loss Dawgs still make the College Football Playoff?Entering the game, there was some thought that both SEC finalists could crash the four-team field.A Georgia win over Alabama would have probably done it. The Crimson Tide had been the best team in college football all season long. If the selection committee truly looks for the “best four teams” above all else, the Tide would have been the choice.A two-loss Georgia makes for a more interesting argument. UGA was very tight with Alabama, but gave up the lead late to Jalen Hurts after Tua Tagovailoa went out due to injury. The bigger issue is Georgia’s 36-16 loss at LSU earlier this season.If it comes down to “best loss,” the choice is Oklahoma. Georgia has a 20-point loss, Ohio State has a 29-point loss at Purdue. Oklahoma’s only mark in that column came by three points to Texas in the Red River Rivalry, a neutral site game. The Sooners avenged that today with the 39-27 Big 12 title game win.FiveThirtyEight‘s model currently has Georgia with less than a 1-percent chance to make the field. Chaos in the night games—Northwestern over Ohio State and more importantly, Pitt over Clemson—bumps that up to 19-percent, but below UCF.That seems to undersell things a bit for the Dawgs. Oklahoma’s defense had a nice showing late today, but has been an issue all year, and one can make the argument that Georgia is the better all-around team, especially with how quarterback Jake Fromm played tonight, even if their resume doesn’t hold up on paper.That is the argument that Georgia football needs members of the selection committee to make. It feels unlikely, but not impossible.We’ll find out tomorrow. The College Football Playoff selection show airs on ESPN at noon.
JACKSONVILLE, FL – OCTOBER 28: The Georgia Bulldogs mascot ‘Uga’ barks in the end zone during a game against the Florida Gators at Alltel Stadium on October 28, 2006 in Jacksonville, Florida. Florida defeated Georgia 21-14. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)Having lost several of their top skill players to the NFL this offseason, the Georgia Bulldogs need some of their younger talents to step up this year. In the early practice showings, head coach Kirby Smart has identified one player who has done just that.Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Smart revealed that junior wide receiver Demetris Robertson has “stepped up” for the Bulldogs recently. He complimented the former five-star wideout from Cal for his catching and speed, but did note that he can work on his physicality.From DawgNation:Kirby Smart said Tuesday what Georgia football fans have been waiting to hear for a long time: “I think D-Rob’s stepped up.”[…]“You know, D-Rob’s got to continue to play more physical, but he’s made some catches,” Smart said. “He’s made some vertical threats.”Robertson was a five-star recruit coming out of high school in 2016. Per 247Sports, he was the No. 13 overall prospect in the country, the No. 1 wide receiver, and the No. 1 prospect from the state of Georgia.He ultimately enrolled at Cal, recording 50 receptions for 767 yards and seven touchdowns as a freshman. But after an injury-shortened sophomore campaign, he transferred to Georgia in 2018.Last year Robertson appeared in only four games, rushing four times for 109 yards and a touchdown.The Georgia Bulldogs are returning only one of their top five receiving threats from last season, so someone is going to have to pick up the slack.If he’s making this much of an impression, the Bulldogs could have a serious weapon on their hands.[DawgNation]
NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 08: Kyler Murray of Oklahoma poses for a photo after winning the 2018 Heisman Trophy on December 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Kyler Murray is a polarizing prospect in the NFL Draft. But that hasn’t stopped all of the top quarterback-needy teams from having him over for an interview.Taking to Instagram on Thursday, Murray revealed that he’s meeting with the New York Giants – a prospect that he definitely finds exciting based on his latest post. The Giants hold the No. 6 overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft.Murray is probably a longshot to be selected by the Giants. The franchise is notorious for selecting quarterbacks with the prototypical NFL size – something Murray lacks despite his many other talents.Nevertheless, it’s clear that the Giants are leaving no stone unturned as they pursue a would-be successor to quarterback Eli Manning.Kyler Murray posted a picture on Instagram of the front of the Giants’ training facility. pic.twitter.com/rlxfHTUvg8— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 11, 2019Multiple outlets believe that Murray will go No. 1 overall to the Arizona Cardinals, where he’ll be reunited with one of his biggest fans, Kliff Kingsbury.But outside of the Cardinals, Murray could probably go just about anywhere that has a pressing need at quarterback.The former Oklahoma Sooners quarterback set multiple records for the team last year en route to a Big 12 title and a spot in the College Football Playoff in his first year as the team’s starter.
Gods plan🔮Next Chapter📖 @FAU_Football @FAU_Owls_Nest @FAUOWLACCESS pic.twitter.com/MIHfeoyVSc— Saan💯🎒🌟🔮🔑👑 (@RahsaanL) June 10, 2019Rashaan Lewis will be immediately eligible at FAU in 2019.The defensive back was a walk-on for UCF, playing in seven games as a true freshman.Ray Lewis is excited about the move.“Son, my heart is smiling. Next chapter papa with you every step of the way,” he wrote. CHARLOTTE, NC – NOVEMBER 02: ESPN personality Ray Lewis watches warmups before the game between the Carolina Panthers and the Indianapolis Colts at Bank of America Stadium on November 2, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Ray Lewis’ son, Rashaan Lewis, will be playing for a new college football program during the 2019 season.The son of the Pro Football Hall of Famer spent the 2018 season at UCF, though he’ll be playing for a different state of Florida program in 2019.Rashaan Lewis is transferring to FAU.“Change is a scary thing in life and you never know if it’s going to be better or worse,” Lewis wrote on Twitter, “but you gotta trust in God which is exactly what I’m doing after many prayers and talking with family.”
Still, there are some definite red flags here.As we move toward Week 1 at the end of the month, here are the five most overrated teams in this initial coaches pollNo. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)On paper, Ohio State has a ton going for it. Come November, few will balk at the idea of the Buckeyes making yet another run to the Big Ten title game, and potentially the College Football Playoff. The Big Ten would certainly welcome it, given the conference’s recent struggles to get into the playoff picture.The No. 5 ranking is just too high given the questions the off-season presents, even if the answers may be compelling. It is far too easy to assume that Ryan Day will step right in and pick up where Urban Meyer left off. Lincoln Riley may have done just that at Oklahoma, but he has proven to be a rare offensive mind. If Day is Meyer from day one, or better, even, lightning will have struck twice in three years in college football.The Buckeyes also lose a Heisman-caliber quarterback in Dwayne Haskins, who may in fact be underrated in the college football world since he wasn’t quite Kyler Murray, Tua Tagovailoa, or Trevor Lawrence. Haskins put together a statistically historic season in his one year as Buckeye starter. Former No. 2 recruit Justin Fields may very well be a Haskins-level player, but like Day and Meyer, it is hard to just pencil that in. Fields has the pedigree, but he has very little game experience from his brief Georgia tenure.The Buckeyes may wind up being the fifth, or even the first, ranked team in the country. At this juncture, that kind of praise feels premature though.No. 6 LSU Tigers (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)It is hard to look past Alabama’s dominance of the SEC West, but LSU took a nice step forward last year. Ed Orgeron has started to finally move the Tigers past the issues of the Les Miles era. Ending UCF’s undefeated streak in last year’s Fiesta Bowl was a solid capper to the 2018 season.Entering 2019, Orgeron has done some very nice things to try and complete this transition. His biggest splash may be bringing on New Orleans Saints assistant Joe Brady in as passing game coordinator, to try and revamp a passing game that has lacked explosion.He’ll work with second year starter Joe Burrow, who is a.) probably the best LSU quarterback in some time, and b.) part of the problem with that lack of explosion. While Burrow was an effective leader last season after transferring in from Ohio State, he completed a pretty mediocre 57.6-percent of his throws for a decent if unspectacular 7.6 yards per attempt. Burrow is better than what LSU has had, but he’ll need to take a big step forward himself for the Tigers to come anywhere close to breaking into college football’s top tier, even with a defense on the other side that is as stacked as ever.No. 14 Penn State Nittany Lions (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)The end of the first great era of Penn State football under James Franklin may be upon us. If that’s the case, it came in two years.The first saw the departure of Saquon Barkley, one of the most dynamic running backs in program history, who is now dazzling in the NFL. Perhaps more impactfully, Joe Moorhead, who helped change the fortunes of Franklin’s program when he came over from Fordham, left to take over as Mississippi State head coach after the 2017 season.After last season, Penn State lost Trace McSorley, who is one of the best quarterbacks in program history, Barkley’s understudy Miles Sanders who was a very capable starting back, and a slew of others. Five starters departed for the NFL, and the team lost a bunch of depth with 11 players transferring. That includes some that would’ve played pretty big roles in 2019.Franklin is recruiting very well, and has Penn State rolling along. The team will probably be solid this year, with Sean Clifford stepping in at quarterback, and some dynamic running backs continuing that proud PSU tradition.Will PSU be a Big Ten East contender again? That seems doubtful. With Michigan tabbed to make a step forward, and Ohio State as talented as ever, the Nittany Lions seem set for a step back. The back end of the Top 25 may be more appropriate for this group.No. 16 Auburn Tigers (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Gus Malzahn has bounced between the hottest hot seats and contract extensions for what feels like three decades now. As much of the already brutal SEC West improves around him, this season may finally be the one that does his tenure in.Auburn will always be measured against Alabama, which is quite unfair, but is reality with how heated that rivalry is. LSU has stabilized, even if I’m not sold on LSU stepping into the realm of the elite (see above), Texas A&M seems to be moving forward under Jimbo Fisher, and the two Mississippi schools seem to be on the upswing.Meanwhile, Auburn is spinning its wheels, on paper at least, and will need to rely on a very unproven quarterback. Redshirt freshman Joey Gatewood and true freshman Bo Nix, a former five-star, are both very talented prospects, but are quite unproven.Whomever wins the job will be behind what was a very shaky offensive line last season, which returns three of five starters. The experience with those three may help them take a step forward, but the SEC West is unrelenting up front. The running back corps has talent, but struggled to really get things going behind that line last year.Malzahn has the reputation as an offensive guru and mastermind, but the team racked up less than 400 yards per game last season, in a sport where top offenses regularly top 500 on a weekly basis. The defense is very talented, although there is a big hole at linebacker.The young quarterbacks could help Malzahn save his job for another year if they show a lot, but that is a lot to ask.No. 25 Northwestern Wildcats (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)In a preseason that has thrown hype all over Nebraska, with stalwarts Wisconsin and Iowa (who are both Top 25 squads as well) also receiving attention, it is hard to not see Northwestern’s inclusion as a nod to the 2018 season.The Wildcats emerged out of nowhere to capture the Big Ten West last fall. It was an impressive season, considering improving depth in that division. Statistically, it also looks a bit fluky.Over the last few years, Northwestern has been one of the least explosive offenses in the entire country. Four-year starting quarterback Clayton Thorson, perhaps the team’s biggest departure, was a steadying influence, but didn’t provide the big plays that usually help teams win Power Five divisions. His replacement may have a higher ceiling, as former five-star Hunter Johnson gains eligibility after sitting out following a transfer from Clemson. Still, he is unproven.The advanced numbers really don’t like Northwestern as a Top 25 team. ESPN’s Football Power Index has the Wildcats at No. 52. Bill Connelly, formerly of SB Nation and now ESPN, has the S&P+ model based on a number of key metrics. That ranks Northwestern 57th.Obviously none of that matters if the Wildcats thrive, but it will be hard to repeat last year’s success if Johnson doesn’t make a difference in Northwestern’s big play ability, especially as basically every other team in the division, led by Nebraska, continues to improve. 2018 was a big year for Fitzgerald’s club, but it can’t just bet on repeating that success with the same model. NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)For those who are eagerly counting down the days until college football is truly back, today was a big step forward. The 2019 preseason coaches poll is officially here.The very top of this first Top 25 probably doesn’t surprise too much. Clemson, for the first time in program history, will open the year at No. 1, in this one poll at least.They’re followed by quickly developing rival Alabama, the Tigers’ three-time national title game foe. SEC East power Georgia comes in at No. 3, followed by Big 12 power Oklahoma.It is hard to argue much there, but as we work down the preseason coaches poll, there are some programs that seem to be a bit higher than you might expect.A number of schools seem to be riding on reputation, or their success from 2018. To be fair, coaches have plenty to concentrate on before they deal with ranking other teams, so not everyone may be aware of the particular comings and goings from all of these rosters.
Ivo Karlovic becomes oldest man in over 40 years to win a match at Australian OpenIvo Karlovic fired 39 aces to battle past Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz 6-7 7-6 7-6 7-6 in the first round of the Australian Open.advertisement Next Reuters MelbourneJanuary 15, 2019UPDATED: January 15, 2019 14:30 IST Ivo Karlovic, 39, said he had no intention of winding down while still fit enough to compete (Photo tweeted by @AustralianOpen)HIGHLIGHTSIvo Karlovic beat Hubert Hurkacz 6-7 7-6 7-6 7-6 in the first round of the Australian OpenKarlovic, who is world No.73, fired 39 aces to match his ageKarlovic also became the oldest winner at any Grand Slam since a 40-year-old Jimmy Connors in 1992Bashing 39 aces to match his age, Ivo Karlovic became the oldest man to win a match at the Australian Open in over 40 years as he felled Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz, a man 18 years his junior, to reach the second round on Tuesday.On a sweltering day at Melbourne Park, the towering Croat’s 6-7(5) 7-6(5) 7-6(3) 7-6(5) win on Court 19 made him the oldest victor at the tournament since Australian icon Ken Rosewall reached the third round of the 1978 tournament at the age of 44.World number 73 Karlovic also became the oldest winner at any Grand Slam since a 40-year-old Jimmy Connors beat Jaime Oncins to reach the second round of the 1992 US Open.Karlovic, whose birthday falls on February 28, will be officially middle-aged next month but said he had no intention of winding down while still fit enough to compete.”I think I’m healthy so hopefully there will be no injuries,” the 6-ft 11-in (2.11 metres) Zagreb man told Reuters at Melbourne Park.”As long as my ranking is up and I get in to all these tournaments, I don’t see any reason I should stop.”The oldest man in the men’s singles ahead of 37-year-old double defending champion Roger Federer, Karlovic advanced a day after 31-year-old Andy Murray played possibly his last match at Melbourne Park on Monday.The former world number one Briton has been suffering severe pain in his right hip and said before the tournament that he might have to retire.Where Murray’s all-court, scrambling, defensive game has undoubtedly taken its toll, Karlovic’s longevity may be explained in part by his commitment to the now rarely seen art of serve-volley.advertisementBoasting a monster serve and an arm-span that can seem as wide as the court, the Croat keeps points short and sharp.The style can be picked apart by good passers and the power of modern baseline pounders but it has served former world number 14 Karlovic well in a very respectable career of eight titles.No rally against Hurkacz exceeded four points and the silver-haired Karlovic sealed the match when the Pole sent an attempted passing shot into the tramlines.He raised his long arms into the air in triumph as a rowdy smattering of Croatian fans chanted, “Ivo! Ivo! Ivo!”Why would he want to leave all this, he asked.”This range of emotions from winning to losing, it’s, I don’t know, it’s different,” he said.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 byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Ivo KarlovicFollow Hubert HurkaczFollow Australian Open
Australian Open: Novak Djokovic, Venus Williams advance to second roundAustralian Open: Novak Djokovic easily beat American qualifier Mitchell Krueger 6-3 6-2 6-2, while Venus Williams got a come-from-behind 6-7(3) 7-6(3) 6-2 victory over 25th seed Mihaela Buzarnescuadvertisement Reuters MelbourneJanuary 15, 2019UPDATED: January 15, 2019 16:44 IST Novak Djokovic strolled past qualifier Mitchell Krueger to reach second round (Reuters Photo)Top seed Novak Djokovic looked every inch the Australian Open favourite as he comfortably beat American qualifier Mitchell Krueger 6-3 6-2 6-2 to reach the second round on Tuesday.Soaking up the Rod Laver Arena limelight, the Serb moved superbly in his Melbourne Park opener and hit 42 winners to wrap up the one-sided clash in little more than two hours.Despite the scoreline, the 230th-ranked Krueger hardly disgraced himself and broke Djokovic in the third game of the first set.That was as good as it got for the American, as Djokovic coasted to an easy victory. The Serb will continue his bid for a record seventh Australian Open title against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the man he beat for the 2008 trophy. Venus Williams secures come-from-behind winVenus Williams celebrated her 19th main draw appearance at the Australian Open with a come-from-behind 6-7(3) 7-6(3) 6-2 victory over 25th seed Mihaela Buzarnescu on Tuesday, marking a successful day for some of the sport’s oldest active competitors.The 38-year-old, who is unseeded for the first time since 2014 and is the oldest player in the women’s draw, will meet France’s Alize Cornet in the second round.It was a good day for some of the veterans of the sport after big serving 39-year-old Ivo Karlovic, the oldest male player, served his way into the second round against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz, a man 18 years his junior.Title contender Roger Federer, aged 37, comfortably won his first round match on Monday.Also Read | Fashionista Serena Williams launches ‘Serena-tard’ at the Australian OpenAlso Read | Meet Qai Qai: Granddaughter of Serena Williams, best friend of daughter OlympiaAlso Read | Ivo Karlovic becomes oldest man in over 40 years to win a match at Australian OpenadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Australian OpenFollow Novak DjokovicFollow Venus WilliamsFollow Mihaela Buzarnescu Next
Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiApril 23, 2019UPDATED: April 24, 2019 14:18 IST HIGHLIGHTSBoth the Realme 3 Pro and Redmi Note 7 Pro are available starting at Rs 13,999.The Redmi Note 7 Pro offers a premium glass design, while the Realme 3 Pro comes with VOOC fast charging.Realme 3 Pro offers attractive daylight photos, but the Redmi phone captures better low-light shots.Xiaomi has made it big in the Indian market by offering Redmi phones that have shaken, stirred and disrupted the budget to mid-range segments, making life difficult for pretty much every other player in the market. And then Realme burst into the scene last year, taking a page out of Xiaomi’s own book by offering phones with great hardware and design at knockout prices. Realme has been launching a series of impressive Redmi competitors, culminating in what is perhaps the company’s best phone yet, the Realme 3 Pro.Priced at Rs 13,999, the Realme 3 Pro (Review) is a Snapdragon 710-powered flagship from the company that also touts a dewdrop display, gradient design, some stellar flagship-grade cameras and a long-lasting battery with VOOC 3.0 fast charging. It’s safe to say that this is a loaded device and possibly one of the best phones under Rs 15,000 right now. It also means the phone will go head-to-head against the identically priced Redmi Note 7 Pro (Review).Realme 3 Pro vs Redmi Note 7 Pro: Design and DisplayThere is no doubt that the Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with a premium design. Xiaomi has used some high-end materials such as Gorilla Glass protection on the front and back. Glass, of course, gives it a rich feel and is pretty rare to find in this segment. Add to that, the Redmi Note 7 Pro sports a 6.3-inch FHD+ display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio.While it’s true that the Realme 3 Pro does not offer an all-glass design, it doesn’t stop from being an attractive phone. In fact, the Realme 3 Pro offers better ergonomics with its 3D curved rear panel, solid metal frame and well-positioned rear fingerprint sensor and buttons on the side of the frame. It is also lightweight at 172 grams compared to the Redmi Note 7 Pro which weighs at 186 grams.advertisementThe Realme 3 Pro offers a terrific in-hand feel and it also comes in some unique gradient colours that includes Nitro Blue and Lightning Purple. The Redmi Note 7 Pro is also offered in two gradient colours, Neptune Blue and Nebula Red. After using both the Realme 3 Pro and Redmi Note 7 Pro, I have to say that the Realme flagship offers a brighter and more vivid 6.3-inch FHD+ display compared to the Redmi phone. Viewing angles are better on the Realme 3 Pro and the display looks rich and saturated with deep colours. Additionally, the Realme 3 Pro is confirmed to come with Widevine L1 certification when it ships out to consumers, while the Redmi Note 7 Pro does not support the standard yet.The Realme 3 Pro’s design is completed with a triple card slot that can handle two nano SIM cards and a microSD card slot, a single bottom-firing speaker, 3.5mm headphone jack and a microUSB port. The Redmi Note 7 Pro, on the other hand, comes with a hybrid dual-SIM tray that can either take two nano SIM cards or a SIM + microSD card combination. It also gets a speaker, headphone jack and notably a Type-C port.Realme 3 Pro vs Redmi Note 7 Pro: PerformanceThe Redmi Note 7 Pro and Realme 3 Pro get some of the most powerful mid-range processors in the market right now. While the former gets an octa-core Snapdragon 675 chipset, the latter is powered by a Snapdragon 710 chipset. They are offered with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, and both the phones support expandable storage up to 256GB.According to benchmark tests on AntuTu and GeekBench, the Redmi Note 7 Pro’s SD675 chipset outscores the Realme 3 Pro’s SD710 SoC. However, in real-world usage with day-to-day tasks like messaging, social media browsing, multitasking and loading and running heavy apps, both the phones perform equally and admirably.Both the Redmi Note 7 Pro and Realme 3 Pro are some of the fastest and most powerful phones you can find under Rs 15,000. But the Realme 3 Pro gets an edge over the Redmi Note 7 Pro in gaming performance. The SD710 chipset comes with a capable Adreno 616 GPU that runs graphic intensive games like PUBG, Asphalt 9 absolutely smoothly on high graphics settings without lags or stutters. Additionally, the Realme 3 Pro is also the only phone among the two that supports Fortnite as of now.Realme 3 Pro vs Redmi Note 7 Pro: CameraRealme did not take the 48MP camera route as the Redmi Note 7 Pro. Instead, the company decided to take a flagship-grade 16MP Sony IMX519 sensor that can be seen on premium phones like the OnePlus 6T, and added it to the Realme 3 Pro. The result is that you get excellent sharpness and detail in photos captured in daylight. The Chroma Boost mode boosts colours saturation and dynamic range, resulting is some really attractive photos in most lighting conditions.advertisementThe Realme 3 Pro comes with versatile cameras as it also manages to capture some great macro shots that are not possible on the Redmi Note 7 Pro. The secondary 5MP depth camera does a decent job at bokehs, while the 25MP front-facing cameras captures detailed selfies with good colour reproduction. The Realme 3 Pro’s cameras also supports Super Slo-mo video recording at 960 fps, which is a first for a phone in this segment.The Redmi Note 7 Pro has already secured its position as a photography powerhouse in this segment thanks to its 48MP Sony IMX586 primary camera that can capture great detail in most lighting conditions. The standard 12MP mode uses pixel binning to stitch together photos and offer high-quality 48MP shots. The phone also comes with a 5MP secondary depth camera and a 13MP front-facing camera for selfies.After taking a bunch of photos on both the devices, here’s what I felt. Both the phones capture fantastic details and sharpness in daylight, but the Realme 3 Pro offers better dynamic range and higher contrast thanks to the Chroma Boost feature. Photos captures via the Realme 3 Pro look brighter and more vibrant, while photos from the Redmi Note 7 Pro look more natural and colour-accurate. Selfies on the Realme 3 Pro look sharper as well with punch and vibrant colours, natural skin tones and balanced exposure. Selfies on the Redmi Note 7 Pro look softer in comparison and often overexposed which leads to blown out backgrounds. But the Redmi Note 7 Pro still takes better low-light shot compared to the Realme 3 Pro. Both the phones come with dedicated long-exposure night modes that can capture a good amount of light to offer brighter, clearer photos in low-light settings. The Night mode on the Redmi phone does a great job in retaining detail and reducing noise. The Realme 3 Pro’s Nightscape feature does admirably in low-light but photos look a touch softer and blurrier compared to Redmi Note 7 Pro.Realme 3 Pro vs Redmi Note 7 Pro: BatteryThe Redmi Note 7 Pro and Realme 3 Pro come with similar battery capacities with the former getting a 4,000mAh battery and the latter coming with a 4,045mAh battery. The batteries ensure you get a solid full-day worth of juice on a single charge. If you’re not using the devices beyond the average messaging, social media browsing, and some gaming, you should get around a day and a half of battery with both the phones. A big advantage with the Realme 3 Pro is the support for VOOC 3.0 fast charging, which can charge up the device from zero to 100 per cent in 80 minutes. You also get a 20W fast charger with the box/ The Redmi Note 7 Pro does not support such fast charging speeds, and the company only ships a 10W charger with the box.Should you buy the Realme 3 Pro or Redmi Note 7 Pro?Both the Realme 3 Pro and Redmi Note 7 Pro are priced identically starting at Rs 13,999. And for that price, both the phones offer terrific value, so there is no wrong decision here. That being said, Realme seems to have a clear edge in some areas such as gaming performance, VOOC fast charging and offering versatile cameras. It is the perfect alternative to the Redmi Note 7 Pro right now.advertisementThe Redmi Note 7 Pro is also a fast-performing phone with great cameras, especially for low-light photography. It also comes with a premium glass design and a Type-C port. But the Realme 3 Pro offers more features and more bang for the buck and is perhaps the best phone under Rs 15,000 right now.ALSO READ | Realme 3 Pro review: Believe the hypeALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro review: Stylish Redmi with a cool cameraGet 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 bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow RealmeFollow Realme 3 ProFollow RedmiFollow Redmi Note 7 Pro Realme 3 Pro vs Redmi Note 7 Pro: Xiaomi finally meets its matchThe Realme 3 Pro has been priced at Rs 13,999 in India, which means it directly takes on the Redmi Note 7 Pro. We take an in-depth look at what the phones offer and which one makes the most sense under Rs 15,000.advertisement Next
Next India Today Web Desk LondonJune 24, 2019UPDATED: June 24, 2019 10:14 IST Kagiso Rabada has picked only 6 wickets in World Cup 2019. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSouth Africa failed to qualify for the semi-finals after slumping to a 49-run defeat against PakistanKagiso Rabada has claimed only six wickets at a bloated average of 50.83 in World Cup 2019Faf du Plessis revealed that he and the team management had tried to stop Rabada from playing in IPL 2019South Africa captain Faf du Plessis blamed the poor performance of Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi at the World Cup 2019 for his country’s early exit from the quadrennial event.South Africa failed to qualify for the semi-finals after slumping to a 49-run defeat against Pakistan at Lord’s on Sunday.Kagiso Rabada has claimed only six wickets at a bloated average of 50.83 and is ranked 25th in the World Cup 2019 wicket-takers’ list. Rabada has barely made his presence felt and failed to make early breakthroughs.Faf du Plessis also revealed that he and the team management had tried to stop Rabada from playing in IPL 2019 to keep him fresh for this World Cup.”But we did try and get him not to go to the IPL; to try and stay and get fresh. That wasn’t the case of — and then when he went there, we were like, let’s try and get him back halfway through the IPL because it’s important, not just for him, but a few other players,” said du Plessis in response to a question if Rabada’s lack of potency was down to fatigue.Kagiso Rabada was in sublime form in IPL 2019 as he took 25 wickets at an average of 14.72 from 12 games for Delhi Capitals but has failed to replicate this performance in World Cup 2019.”So I don’t think it’s not necessarily just the IPL, but it was important for a few guys to rest; and the fact that they didn’t meant that they-you know, they came into the tournament not fresh. That’s not an excuse; that’s just a fact. And KG is-you can see that his pace is probably a little bit down from where he normally is.advertisementAlso Read | Not doing justice to ourselves as a team: Faf du Plessis after South Africa exit World Cup 2019Also Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan eliminate South Africa from semi-finals race with 49-run winAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Pakistan vs South AfricaFollow Kagiso RabadaFollow Faf Du Plessis World Cup 2019: Tried to stop Rabada from taking part in IPL, reveals Faf du PlessisWorld Cup 2019: Faf du Plessis spoke on Kagiso Rabada’s poor outing in World Cup 2019 after South Africa suffered their fifth loss in the tournament and were eliminated from the semi-finals race on Sunday.advertisement