Virat Kohli sought to garner emotional support even as India continued their poor showing in the Test series in England. After failing to chase down 194 in the first Test at Edgbaston, India lost the second match at Lord’s by an innings and 159 runs.Kohli scored 200 runs in the first Test but only managed scores of 23 and 17 at Lord’s. However, it is his captaincy that has come under the scanner following the heavy defeat over the weekend. This was infact the first innings defeat for India under Kohli’s leadership. This year, India have lost four out of five Tests played overseas in South Africa and England.READ – India handed humiliating defeat by ruthless England at Lord’sKohli, who is likely to be questioned by BCCI upon his return home, posted a message on Facebook.After India went down at Lord’s on Sunday, Kohli conceded he had made some selection errors and said India deserved to lose after the way they played.READ – Virat Kohli after innings defeat at Lord’s: We were outplayed and deserved to lose”Can’t really think about conditions when you’re playing the game. You can’t sit and crib about these things. Sometimes the rub of the green won’t go your way. Even when the ball’s doing a bit, you have to pitch it in the right areas. Their guys were relentless, they made us work for the runs,” Kohli said. “Looking at things now, the weather was so unpredictable, I think we got the combination a bit off before the game. Chance to correct that next game.”advertisementREAD – India needs Virat Kohli at Trent Bridge even if he is half fit: Sunil GavaskarKohli, who battled stiff back during the second Test, said he was confident of playing at Trent Bridge for the second Test. Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar believes Kohli should play even if he is 50 per cent fit but agreed the skipper needed to make the final call.(Written by Rajarshi Gupta)
Cricket Australia said that they will probe Moeen Ali’s ‘Osama’ sledge and seek clarification from their counterparts “as a matter of urgency”.”Remarks of this nature are unacceptable and have no place in our sport, or in society. We have a clear set of values and behaviours that comes with representing our country. We take this matter very seriously,” a Cricket Australia official told the cricket.com.au website on SaturdayThis comes in after Moeen revealed in his autobiography, which is being serialised by the Times, that he was called Osama bin Laden by an Australian player during the first Ashes Test at Cardiff in 2015.Moeen went on to add that the apparent reference to Islamist militant Osama bin Laden was shocking and angered him to the core.Also read – Moeen Ali reveals shocking racial abuse by Australian player during Ashes 2015″An Australian player…turned to me on the field and said, ‘Take that, Osama’,” he recalled. “I could not believe what I had heard. I remember going really red. I have never been so angry on a cricket field.”I told a couple of the guys what the player had said to me and I think (England coach) Trevor Bayliss must have raised it with Darren Lehmann, the Australians’ coach. Lehmann asked the player, ‘Did you call Moeen ‘Osama’?”. He denied it, saying, “No, I said: ‘Take that, you part-timer’.Also read – England’s Moeen Ali doesn’t feel sorry for ‘rude’ Australians”Obviously I had to take the player’s word for it, though for the rest of the match I was angry.”advertisementMoeen, who scored 92 runs and took five wickets as England won the match on their way to series triumph, said he spoke to the Australian at the end of the series and received another denial that the player had used the word “Osama”.Moeen, who endured a miserable 2017-18 Ashes series Down Under, said in another extract from the book that he had no sympathy for the three Australian cricketers banned earlier this year and found the whole team “rude”.Also read – Australia need Steve Smith and David Warner to return desperately: Shane WarneAustralian captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft were banned for lengthy spells after a ball-tampering scandal during a Test in South Africa.(With inputs from Reuters)
New Delhi, Sep 21 (PTI) Snubbed for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, star wrestler Bajrang Punia met Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and said he has been assured that his case will be looked into. “I was supposed to meet the Minister today but suddenly we got a call last evening for the meeting. I asked the Minister about the reason for not considering me for the Khel Ratna. He said I didn’t have enough points which is wrong. I have garnered more points than the two (Virat Kohli and Mirabai Chanu) who were nominated,” Bajrang told PTI. The 24-year-old wrestler, who won gold medals at the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games, said if he doesn’t get a favourable reply by evening, he will be forced to knock the doors of Court to get justice. Bajrang was accompanied by his mentor Olympic medallist Yogeshwar Dutt during the meeting. “I have been wronged. I want justice. The Minister said he will look into the matter but there is hardly any time left for the award function. I will wait till evening for communication from the government’s side. If I don’t get a favourable reply by evening I will move court tomorrow,” he added. Besides gold medals at Gold Coast and Jakarta, Bajrang had won silver medals in the 2014 editions of the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. He also has a 2013 World Championship bronze medal to his credit. But it did not come into consideration as the points system for giving away the award was introduced only in 2014.advertisement Besides, as per the terms of reference for the selection committee, it “may not mechanically recommend Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna to the recipient of the highest marks across disciplines.” “But in a particular sport discipline, the award will be recommended only for the recipient of the highest aggregate marks.” A source in the Sports Ministry said that the Minister is unlikely to make a last minute addition to the list. “The Minister met Bajrang and wanted to know his grievances. He explained to Bajrang why his name was not considered. Even though he has promised Bajrang to look into the matter, it is unlikely that any changes will be made,” the source told PTI. In a departure from tradition, the National Sports Awards will be given away on September 25 this year instead of August 29, the birth anniversary of Major Dhyan Chand, because of clash of dates with the Asian Games which ended earlier this month. PTI SSC ATKATK
India vs Pakistan live streaming: Asia Cup 2018, 5th match live telecast from Dubai. Watch Asia Cup Group A, Ind vs Pak cricket match free live streaming online: India and Pakistan resume their cricket rivalry when they face-off in the Asia Cup 2018 in Dubai on Wednesday. The two arch-rivals will meet for the first time since the Champions Trophy final in England last year.India vs West Indies live streamingIndia and Pakistan do not play bilateral cricket and only meet at multi-nation tournaments organised by the International Cricket Council or Asian Cricket Council.India and Pakistan cricket matches are always high-octane and one can expect a full house when they battle it out at the Dubai International Stadium on Wednesday.While there are two assured India-Pakistan matches, one in the group stage and other at the Super Fours stage, the organisers, broadcasters, and the supporters will be hoping for a possible summit showdown on September 28 too.India-Pakistan cricket rivalry resumes at Asia Cup 2018For India, it will be a chance to see how the team reacts to pressure situations in absence of Kohli.India started their campaign with an unimpressive victory over Hong Kong.India survived a big scare on Tuesday and registered a nervy 26-run win after Hong Kong nearly pulled off the biggest upset in the tournament at the Dubai International Stadium.Chasing 286 for a victory, Hong Kong fought till the very end and put India under pressure for most part of the second innings but the experience of the defending champions helped them prevail in the end.advertisementAlso Read – India have slight edge over Pakistan because of MS Dhoni: MuralitharanHong Kong rode on Nizakat Khan and Anshuman Rath’s record opening partnership to put in a brave fight but once the well-set duo departed, they fell behind the asking rate and ended up with 259 for 8 in 50 overs.Read – Akram, Gavaskar discuss Virat Kohli’s absence from Asia CupToday they will face Pakistan, who had registered a comfortable victory over Hong Kong in their first match. Pakistan will be fresh after getting a two-day break for India match.What time is India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2018 ODI?The game starts on 5:00 PM IST on September 19, Wednesday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai.What TV channel and live stream is the India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2018 ODI Live Streaming on?Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in English commentary and Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD in Hindi Commentary.Where will the India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2018 ODI be played?The India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2018 ODI will be played at at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai from 5:00 PM IST.Where can I watch the India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2018 ODI live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2018 ODI?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs Pakistan from our live blog on indiatoday.in.What are the team squads for the India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2018 ODI?India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shardul Thakur, Dinesh Karthik, Khaleel Ahmed.Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain and wk), Fakhar Zaman, Shan Masood, Babar Azam, Harris Sohail, Imam ul Haq, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammed Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammed Amir, Shoaib Malik, Junaid Khan, Usman Khan, Shaheen Afridi.
Spain coach Luis Enrique didn’t want to criticise his players after their “awful” first half display in their 3-2 defeat to England in the Nations League on Monday but hoped that the players recognised their mistakes.Spain’s loss to England on Monday was their first home loss in a competitive game for 15 years and also England’s first win on Spanish soil in 31 years.Raheem Sterling gave England the lead in the 16th minute by finishing off a swift counter-attack and that was followed by a Marcus Rashford strike straight into the top corner around the half-hour mark after a superb pass from Harry Kane.Sterling, who got his first goal for England in three years earlier in the night, added the third from another Kane assist to give Gareth Southgate’s side a big half-time lead.Also read – Nations League: Unforgiving England punish ‘awful’ Spain in Seville”Our performance in the first half was awful, we have to recognise that, we could not press well and the first goal killed us,” Luis Enrique told reporters after his first defeat as Spain coach, having won all three of his previous games.Spain’s limp performance saw them booed off at the break in Real Betis’ 60,000-capacity Benito Villamarin stadium.They were far the better side in the second half as Paco Alcacer scored before the hour and Sergio Ramos headed home in the last action of the match but could not prevent a loss that ended Spain’s run of 38 competitive home games without defeat.advertisement”I was marvellous in the halftime break because the normal thing would have been to kill the players but I tried to keep their spirits up and told them many top teams have suffered recently,” Luis Enrique added.”I understand my team did not need a kick up the backside or a fierce critique or to make sweeping changes, I needed to strengthen them, make a couple of tactical tweaks and put them on a positive dynamic and we saw that in the second half.”We pushed them (England) all the way back in the second half and it’s a shame we didn’t score the second goal earlier, because our fans would have scored the third by themselves.”A win against England would have booked Spain’s place in the Nations League semi-finals next June and although they remain in charge of their group on six points, they need to win their final match away to Croatia to ensure they top the group.Luis Enrique said he was still upbeat about his side’s prospects despite the surprise defeat by England.”A group with two World Cup semi-finalists is not easy and we still depend on ourselves, now we have to go to Croatia and win,” he added.”Now I have a long time to go and think. I like a lot of players in this squad a lot. Now it’s time to prepare the artillery.”(With inputs from Reuters)
New Delhi, Nov 4 (PTI) Shifting the morning assembly of students indoors, mandating them to wear masks during outdoor activities and distributing gooseberries are among the measures taken by schools in Delhi and adjoining areas to deal with the alarming level of air pollution.With Delhi’s air quality expected to deteriorate further post Diwali, several schools have started taking precautionary measures.”We have quality filters in place because of which all our classrooms receive treated fresh air throughout the working hours and a professional team is monitoring this,” said Deepa Kumar, principal, Heritage Xperiential Learning School, Gurgaon.”We are also closely monitoring and recording PM2.5 (particulate matter) levels, with checks being conducted every few hours. This information helps guide our outdoor activities,” she said.The air quality in Delhi has oscillated between ‘very poor’ and ‘severe’ for nearly three weeks now.On Sunday, it showed some improvement to fall in the ‘poor’ category but experts believe the situation is likely to worsen after Diwali. Fine particulates can be a matter of serious health concern than PM10 (particles in the air with a diameter of less than 10 micrometres).Kumar said the school administration at times has to cancel outdoor sports activities. “If needed, we conduct appropriate activities inside the classes during the sports hour during the day,” she added.Ashok Pandey, principal, Ahlcon International School in Mayur Vihar, said, “We have shifted the venue of morning assembly indoors and advised parents to send their wards wearing masks so whenever they are outdoors they have limited exposure to toxic air”.advertisementSuraj School in Gurgaon has started an initiative to distribute gooseberries to students, which, according to health experts, minimize effects of air pollution on lungs.”We are advising students to regularly eat the fruit and have also been distributing it in school,” said Kanika Ghai, vice principal of the school.Amita Wattal, principal of Springdales, Pusa Road in Delhi, said the school is organising campaigns to make students aware of the hazards due to fire crackers ahead of Diwali.”We are encouraging students to celebrate ‘green’ Diwali and say no to crackers as they also add on to the pollution. We have shifted sports and cultural practices indoors as post Diwali the air quality usually dips,” she said.Amid a rise in health-related problems due to increase in air pollution in the national capital, Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan Thursday launched a manual on asthma detailing how school administrations must behave in case of an emergency.Delhi’s Directorate of Education (DoE) is yet to issue an advisory in this regard.”We are waiting for a direction from Graded Response Action Plan, after which an advisory will be issued to all government and private schools,” Sanjay Goel, DoE director, said. PTI GJS VIT ABHABH
Atletico de Madrid president Miguel Angel Gill here on Wednesday cleared his intentions about bringing the Spanish side to India during their next summer’s pre-season tour during July-August.”We will be doing an Asia tour during the pre-season. We will play matches in China and being so close to India, we will push for a game or two in India too with clubs who are willing to play,” Gill said at the sideline of their collaboration with Tata Football Academy (TFA) on a grassroots program.The Atletico president, who also owns majority stakes of the club, revealed why their successful partnership with ATK (formerly known as Atletico de Kolkata) couldn’t last.”Sanjeev Goenka (owner of ATK) and I had different views on how to run a grassroots programme. That’s the reason why we couldn’t come to an agreement and decided to end the tie,” he explained.Gill. nevertheless admitted that he still maintains a cordial relationship with Goenka.The Atletico boss, whose club is also informally involved with Indian Super League (ISL) club Jamshedpur FC, added that partnering with the Tata group gives them the advantage of overseeing a football development program the way they want to.”Indian football lacks the basic grassroots program system at the moment. Things haven’t changed since I came here the first time. Being in partnership with TFA gives us the opportunity to work from scratch and set up a proper system to develop football in India,” he said.Talking about La Liga expanding their international reach, Gill said he agrees with the Spanish top division president Javier Tebas’s view of playing few liga matches in USA.advertisementThe announcement was met with resistance by many clubs and players and the matter is due to be settled in court.”I feel it is a good move to play league matches in other continents because that will help in advertising the league in other countries and earn more eyeballs internationally. But we will have to wait for the court’s decision on it.La Liga president Tebas, who was also present at the press conference, said he is confident that the ruling will be in their favour.
India’s ace boxer Mary Kom says that the forthcoming fiction show Kesari Nandan will inspire the younger generation to make their careers in the field of sports. Kesari Nandan is about a young wrestling prodigy named Kesari (actress Chahat Tewani) and her traditional father Hanumant Singh (actor Manav Gohil).Talking about the show, Mary said here at its launch on Friday: “I really liked the concept of this show. I feel every girl should watch this show. We have seen many shows which revolve around family relationships and romance between couples, but it’s the first time that I have come across a show like this. “I can relate with this show because initially my father wasn’t pleased with my decision to pursue career in boxing.”Arjun aur Eklavya ka farak mitaane aa rahi hai Kesari; 1 Jan se, Mon-Fri raat 8.30 baje. #KhelKesari pic.twitter.com/5MYTxSsq5Z— COLORS (@ColorsTV) December 21, 2018″I feel it’s a really good initiative for our younger generation. I feel whenever they will watch this show, they will be more aware about sports scene in India. It will inspire and motivate them to do something special in the field of sports,” she added.Mary, who has created history by claiming a record sixth title at the women’s World Championships, shared that if she can achieve so much success in the field of sports then anybody can achieve the same success like her.”When we started out, we didn’t have proper facilities to play the sport. But now, I feel facilities which are being provided to aspiring sportsmen have improved so, I feel if girls like me or Phogat (wrestler Geeta Phogat) can achieve success in big competitions then, anybody out there can achieve similar or more success than us.advertisement”Talking about Kesari Nandan, Phogat said: “I am feeling really happy that for the first time an unique show which revolves around sports will get telecast on television.””I can relate with this show because this show’s protagonist Kesari also wants to become a wrestler. She also belongs to a small village of Rajasthan like me, but her father doesn’t want Kesari to take up wrestling so, I feel this show will inspire our younger generation to follow their dreams and I also feel that after watching this show, many children would want to make their career in the field of sports. “In India, many people still don’t want their daughters to make their career in sports so, I feel a show like this can change their perception towards sports.”Produced by Contiloe Pictures, Kesari Nandan will premiere on Colors on January 1, 2019.Also read | Khatron Ke Khiladi is a very tough show, says host Rohit ShettyAlso read | New Super Dancer 10 notches better than past seasons: Shilpa Shetty
East Bengal on Sunday beat Minerva Punjab FC by a solitary goal in their penultimate round match to remain in the title hunt and take the battle for I-League crown down the wire.Enrique Esqueda scored the winning goal for East Bengal in the 75th minute at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium here.East Bengal’s win on Sunday meant that the I-League title will be decided on the final match day on Saturday.With 39 points from 19 matches, East Bengal are just one point behind leaders Chennai City FC (40 points from 19 matches).The Kolkata giants will need to win their final match against Gokulam Kerala FC in Kozhikhode on Saturday and hope that Chennai City FC either draw or lose against Minerva in Coimbatore on the same day if they want to lift the trophy for the first time.Full Time.MPFC 0 : 1 QEBFCA game well played by Quess East Bengal against Minerva Punjab who put up a good challenge.#LoveEastBengal #EastBengalFC #QuessEastBengalFC pic.twitter.com/kh9qRrFutTQuess East Bengal FC (@eastbengalfc) March 3, 2019For Chennai City FC, a win against Minerva at home ground on Saturday will be enough to clinch their maiden I-League crown.Both the title-deciding matches will be played at the same time at 5pm on Saturday.Holders Minerva, who were out of reckoning for the title long time back, started the game on an attacking note and enjoyed a good spell of possession in the first few minutes, but East Bengal did not allow the hosts an inch in midfield. The game was mostly played in the middle of the park in the first quarter.advertisementEast Bengal, with their urgency for a win, did try pressing high but full marks to the organised defence of Minerva, which ensured that the visitors do not get an opportunity to draw first blood.Esqueda, Santos and Ralte combined well to come close to scoring twice, but some great keeping by Minerva’s Arshdeep and the woodwork played a critical role in ensuring that the first 45 minutes of the game remained goalless.The second half began with East Bengal taking the initiative to go into the lead, but they could not breach the Minerva defence on most occasions.Minerva, on the other hand, kept attacking in short bursts through the combination of Juan Quero and Sreyas VG, but failed to find an opportunity to take the lead.East Bengal came really close to scoring on a couple of occasions but some exceptional goalkeeping by Minerva’s Arashdeep ensured that the visitors did not get the elusive goal.Minerva, who were playing a very organised game, somehow gave way to the visitors, when a wrong clearance saw Enrique Esqueda make no mistake in grabbing the opportunity and find the back of the net in the 75th minute.After the goal, both the teams played on an attacking note, with Minerva aiming for an equaliser, while East Bengal hoping for a double lead but nothing came out in the final 15 minutes.GOKULAM GET 1ST WIN IN 12 GAMESGokulam Kerala FC, winless in 12 games and over three and a half months, carved out an odd goal in the victory over Manipuri side Neroca FC at the EMS Corporation stadium in Kozhikode on Sunday.Second half goals from Ghanaian Daniel Addo and Trinidadian Marcus Joseph secured three points for the home side after Nigerian Felix Chidi had scored his seventh of the 12th Hero I-League, to give Neroca a lead in the first half.The win takes the Gokulam side to the ninth place on the points table. They are just above Minerva Punjab FC, thanks to a better head-to-head record.More importantly, this steers them clear of the relegation zone, as bottom-placed Shillong Lajong can now only equal the Kozhikode-based side if they win their last two games. However, Gokulam have a better head-to-head record with Lajong, and thus cannot mathematically finish in the drop zone.Neroca were using the right wing very effectively and the goal eventually came from there when Malem latched on to a ball on the channel and made a run towards the box. Looking up, he spotted a run from Japanese winger Katsumi Yusa inside the box and delivered a perfect cross.The Japanese failed to connect but Felix Chidi stabbed home for an easy finish. It was the Nigerian’s seventh goal of the campaign.From that point on, Gokulam were stirred into action with Marcus Joseph being the catalyst.He first attempted a snapshot on target in the 28th minute but it brought about a good save from Lalit Thapa in the Neroca goal.advertisementAnother one from Marcus two minutes later was even better and more powerful, bringing about an even better reaction save from Thapa. He then lined up a third shot in the 33rd, a powerful strike this time from outside the box, but Thapa was up to it again.Gokulam got the equaliser as soon as the second begun. Marcus passed seemingly harmlessly to Daniel Addo in the centre of midfield well inside the Neroca half. The former U-20 FIFA World Cup winning Ghanian, trapped, took a touch forward and then looking up to spot the opportunity, unleashed a well-placed powerful right-footed strike to beat Thapa.Bhutanese winger Chencho had a chance to get Neroca back ahead a few minutes later, after Malem had set him up inside the box but Arnab Das Sharma in the Gokulam goal came up with a save this time.A minute later, Emmanuel rounded keeper Thapa, but missed the target from inside the box wide on the left.However, Gokulam were not to be denied as in the 82nd minute, Daneil Addo with the assist found Marcus with a lovely ball from his own half.The Trinidadian broke away, and with the ball on his favourite left-foot in a one-on-one with Thapa, placed it in the Neroca net over the keeper’s left shoulder.Also Read | Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne set for spell out with hamstring problemAlso Read | David Beckham salutes LA Galaxy and Los Angeles as statue unveiledAlso See:
Realme 3 Pro is launching soon. Realme India boss Madhav Sheth on Thursday tweeted that the company will launch its next “pro” phone on April 22 at an event at Delhi University. The Realme 3 Pro is likely to have a starting price under Rs 15,000 considering that it is going to compete with the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro, something that Seth had hinted earlier. As for the event in Delhi University, that is likely because Realme is targeting young phone users with its products and it hopes that the Realme 3 Pro will appeal to college students and young professionals.Not much is known about the Realme 3 Pro right now, except that it has been hinted by Realme that this phone is going to focus a lot on performance. On Wednesday Sheth had posted a photo of him playing Fortnite on the Realme 3 Pro on social media. He had also said in the message that accompanied the image that “when it comes to speed, chipset matters”.And he took a pot-shot at other “pro” phones in the market, widely believed to be the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro. “How about playing Fortnite on Realme3Pro? I believe Realme3Pro will be the 1st in its segment that can directly support it. Tried to play this game on some latest ‘Pro’ devices but none of them could manage,” he wrote.Rumours hint that the Realme 3 Pro will use Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor, paired with at least 3GB RAM. There is also likely to be a 4GB RAM variant of the Realme 3 Pro.advertisement The image that Sheth posted of the phone also hints that the device will sport a notched display, but this notch is likely to be the water-drop variant, similar to the notch in the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro.There are no other details of the Realme 3 Pro available right now. So it is not clear what sort of cameras it will have — although it is safe to assume that it will sport dual-camera setup on the rear panel. It is also not clear if the phone will use a metal and glass design, similar to what the Note 7 Pro has, or if it will use a plastic body with a metallic finish, something that recently-launch Samsung M series phones have in this segment.The price of the Realme 3 Pro is likely to be under Rs 15,000, at least for the variant that will come with at least 3GB RAM and likely 64GB storage. The Redmi Note 7 Pro has a starting price of Rs 13,999 and we expect Realme 3 Pro to be around the same. The higher variant with more RAM and storage may cost around Rs 15,999.ALSO READ | Realme CEO compares Realme 3 Pro with Redmi Note 7 Pro, claims it is fasterALSO READ | Realme 3 Pro may get OnePlus 6T-like camera, VOOC 3.0 fast charging supportALSO READ | Realme 3 Pro to take on Redmi Note 7 Pro, company confirms April launch
An early Mohamed Salah penalty and a late strike by Divock Origi gave Liverpool a 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in Saturday’s all-English Champions League final as their coach Juergen Klopp finally got his hands on Europe’s biggest prize.Egypt striker Salah, who had painful memories of last year’s final defeat by Real Madrid after suffering a shoulder injury, got his side off to a flying start in Madrid by lashing home from the penalty spot after a handball from Moussa Sissoko.Tottenham kept their heads after a nightmare opening and came to life when semi-final hat-trick hero Lucas Moura came off the bench but, with Harry Kane lacking sharpness after an ankle injury, another miraculous European comeback proved beyond them.Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur: Champions League 2018-19 final highlightsLiverpool did not produce much of their usual whirlwind attacking football but they were more intelligent and powerful than Spurs and sealed a sixth European Cup triumph with an arrowed finish from substitute Origi in the 87th minute.The win was sweet redemption for Salah and especially German Klopp, who had suffered defeat on his last six appearances in major finals, including Champions League showpieces with Borussia Dortmund in 2013 and Liverpool last year.WE’VE DONE IT!!! #SixTimesLiverpool FC (@LFC) June 1, 2019Liverpool are the 2019 winners of the UEFA Champions League! #UCLfinal @LFCUEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) June 1, 2019His opposite number Mauricio Pochettino took a bold but ultimately misguided gamble in fielding Kane, who had only returned to full training a week ago after almost two months out with a serious ankle injury and struggled to influence play.advertisementKane was far from the only player who lacked sharpness in a game of few moments of real quality, a possible effect of both sides not playing any competitive games for three weeks. Spurs put Liverpool under real pressure in the latter stages as Dele Alli headed over and Son Heung-min and Moura forced impressive saves from Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker.Origi, one of Liverpool’s heroes in their stunning semi-final second-leg turnaround against Barcelona, then killed the game with a ruthless finish into the bottom corner.Also See:
Shikhar Dhawan hit his 17th ODI hundred and his 3rd in World Cups as India dominated defending champions Australia at The Oval on Sunday after Virat Kohli won the toss.After India decided to bat on a bright and sunny morning, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan were watchful against the Australian new ball-bowlers before Dhawan quickened the pace. Both India openers raced away to their fifties before Rohit Sharma was dismissed for 57.Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma had added 127 for the 1st wicket and they were the first Indian openers to put on a century stand against Australia in any World Cup match.But Shikhar Dhawan was not done yet. He had come back to form with a fine 143 against Australia in Mohali on March 10. Incidentally, Australia won that high-scoring game to begin their winning streak leading into the 2019 World Cup.On Sunday, Shikhar Dhawan was under pressure after his failure against South Africa in India’s opening match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup on June 5. After weathering the early storm, Shikhar Dhawan opened up and played some thrilling shots on both sides of the wicket.Shikhar Dhawan’s international form was a bit of a concern for India before the World Cup but he is a big tournament player.In the 2015 World Cup, Dhawan had scored two hundreds. His 137 had set up victory for India over South Africa at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) while an 85-ball 100 in Hamilton highlighted a crushing win over Ireland.Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma have been a formidable opening pair for India since the 2013 Champions Trophy. The two men brought up their 16th 100-run stand and are now only behind the erstwhile opening firm of Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar who had 21 century partnerships.advertisementOn June 5, Rohit Sharma had guided India to victory over South Africa with an unbeaten 127 after Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli failed in a modest chase.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma breaks a Sachin Tendulkar record in ODIsAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma set flurry of records vs Australia
LG, as we all know, is planning to launch a brand new affordable smartphone in India soon. The company’s upcoming W-series smartphone, that will be available exclusively via Amazon India, has been in news for quite some time now. And thanks to the phone’s online listing, we already know that it would come with a triple rear camera setup and a jazzy design. However, not much is known about the phone’s design at the phone. But a new image of LG’s W series smartphone leaked online changes that.C4Etech has shared a live image of LG’s upcoming W series smartphone ahead of its official launch. The image shared by the tipster is in line with the renders shared by Amazon India on the launching page of the phone and by LG India on its own website. As per the images shared by the tipster, LG’s upcoming W-series smartphone comes with a vertically stacked triple-rear camera setup with a red coloured ring on the camera sensor. The camera setup is placed diagonal to the rear mounted fingerprint sensor which sits directly on top of the LG logo at the back of the phone. The phone – as we have seen on listing on Amazon India – comes with a gradient finish.There are also a set of buttons on the right side of the phone – one possibly for controlling the volume and the other to turn the power on/off.Meanwhile, tipster Ishan Agarwal shared additional details about the upcoming W-series phone via his Twitter account. According to the teaser images shared by Agarwal, LG’s upcoming W-series smartphone is likely to come with a Helio P60 processor and run on Android 9.0 Pie. It is expected to sport a gigantic 4,000mAh battery and feature company’s proprietary sound technology.advertisementWhile we will have to wait until the phone’s official launch to know some of these details for sure, Amazon India listing tells us that LG’s W-series smartphone would come with a standard and a wide-angle lens at the back with AI technology and a total of five camera modes – normal, front camera selfie, night mode, portrait mode and bokeh mode.The phone, as per the Amazon India listing, would be available in three colour options – green, black and blue and it would come with a customisable notch option allowing users to customise the display of their phones as per their wishes.ALSO READ: | LG to launch a W-series smartphone with triple rear camera setup exclusive to Amazon in India soonALSO READ: | LG to launch budget smartphone with triple rear camera setup in IndiaALSO READ: | LG Stylo 5 image renders leaked ahead of launch
It’s estimated that four to six million Americans have a gambling problem.With March Madness in full swing, that can lead to some big financial losses.RoxAnn Smith, gambling prevention specialist at Jackson Recovery Centers, says this time of year, the number of calls from people seeking help for their addiction increases:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/BETS.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………during March Madness. :20Last year, more than $10.4 billion dollars was wagered during the tournament, which is up more than a billion from the previous year.Smith says the increase in Fantasy Sports Leagues for money shows how big sports betting has become.She says family and friends can see warning signs that may indicate someone they know has a betting problem:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/BETS2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………get it back. ;18Smith says denial about losses and having to borrowing money for gambling are other problem signs, not just for sports betting but also for other forms of gambling like playing poker or casino games.She says if you gamble in a casino here in Iowa, you can easily find out what you’ve been spending:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/BETS3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..that much money. ;24If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, you can call 1-800-BETS OFF 24 hours a day to talk with someone.
AN AFTER HOURS PARTY ENDED WITH TWO MEN BEING STABBED EARLY SUNDAY MORNING IN MORNINGSIDE.SIOUX CITY POLICE SAY THE ALLEGED ASSAULT HAPPENED AT 1701 SOUTH PATTERSON SHORTLY AFTER 3AM.INVESTIGATORS SAY THE TWO VICTIMS WERE MEN IN THEIR EARLY 20’S. SUFFERING FROM STAB WOUNDS.THEY WERE TREATED FOR NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES AT A LOCAL HOSPITAL AND THEN RELEASED.POLICE SAY NO ONE HAS BEEN ARRESTED AT THIS TIME IN THE INCIDENT.
Photo Attribution: US Presswire1. TCU will beat OSU if they ___________? Don’t turn the ball over more than once and if they can contain Randle with seven men in the box. TCU has had fumbling issues this season and the transition from Pachall to Boykin’s most substantial drop off has been in interception numbers. Casey threw through incredibly tight windows, but they were always balls that his receiver could get or be sure to knock down. Boykin can occasionally fit his passes through tight windows, but he doesn’t have the magic touch on those tight coverages that Casey had yet. TCU lost to Tech a large part due to turnovers (TCU couldn’t hang on to three should be picks by Doege), lost to Iowa State entirely through turnovers (a pick six on a drive that would’ve given us the lead, and another on the drive that followed- balls that Boykin shouldn’t have been throwing), but absolutely pummeled Baylor when they hung onto the ball. On the defensive side, TCU under Patterson has always lived on stopping the run (TCU’s defensive efforts against Adrian Peterson, C.J. Spiller and NCAA rushing leader Garrett Wolfe were the stuff of legend) and Patterson will commit as many men as it takes to make sure that Randle doesn’t run on us on Saturday. This means that it will be on Wes Lunt to win the game for the cowboys in his first game back, and if the frogs can get away with shutting down the run with seven instead of eight in the box it will give the frogs a good opportunity to disguise coverages and bring blitzes in ways that haven’t appeared on tape yet.2. We hear a ton about TCU’s defense, is the offense underrated/overrated/correctly rated right now?The offense is probably correctly rated right now. The running game is a definite work in progress, as with Doak Walker candidate and (in my opinion) the best running back in the Big 12 Waymon James out for the season after the Kansas game the frogs have been getting sporadic production. Things have improved since Pachall’s suspension due to Boykin having great legs and good decision making in the zone read game, but B.J. Catalon has had major fumbling issues. Boykin is a redshirt freshman who can still be stricken with the idea that he’s a much better athlete than everyone else on the field, which just isn’t true on the college level like it was in high school. As a result he can be a bit reckless throwing the ball and has tried to make it to the edge for a big gain, rather than cut upfield for a first down at times, which drives fans crazy. He’ll learn, though. At the receiver position, I think TCU has the best 1-5 in the conference. Josh Boyce is a legitimate first round NFL talent, Brandon Carter has excellent hands and comes down with everything in his area and will go over the middle without fear, Skye Dawson is an absolute burner, Cam White is a jump ball machine and LaDarius Brown… has the most raw talent of any of them. He’s still getting on the same page as Boykin, but there’s a reason that virtually everyone who recruits Texas (A&M, Tech, OU, you guys, Notre Dame, Auburn, etc.) wanted him. He’ll be really special, and even now makes about one or two plays per game that just leave you shaking your head.3. Which player on OSU scares TCU fans most? Joseph Randle is the scariest player on the Cowboys, but Wes Lunt will be the one who ends up winning the game for the Cowboys. Patterson will sell out to stop the run if that’s what it takes, which means that Randle will likely be held under his yards per carry average for the season, and it will be up to Lunt to make the Frogs pay for it. In the Arizona game it didn’t look like Lunt was quite on the same page as his receivers, as two picks bounced off hands and into the arms of wildcat players, and if there are balls bouncing through the air TCU will come down with a good share of them (we lead the Big 12 in interceptions). If Lunt and his receivers are on the same page, however, there will be plays open downfield, especially in the play action game, that Lunt could possibly exploit. No matter what happens there it will be a load of fun to watch.4. Score prediction?I’m picking TCU to win, 34-24. I think Boykin has a monster day on the ground after being limited in the Tech game by a tweaked ankle, and that sets up a great day for the TCU receivers as well. In the end I think that Lunt will have two balls picked off, compared to one for Boykin, and that will be the difference in this game late. The disclaimer to this is that I’ve apparently picked TCU to win every week for the past two years, so don’t read too much into my optimism.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Coach was asked about Rennie Childs and the number of carries he should expect: “I liked his aggressiveness, how he kept his pads down and ran hard. He ran through some arm tackles. He didn’t take lost yards. He was good in what we asked him to do. We’re ok with him being out there for 20 plays.”“Chris (Carson) should practice Tuesday. We’ll see how he feels, but I would anticipate him being ready to play. But, Rennie should be able to carry the ball 20 times comfortably.”On the DefenseHe was asked what has made the difference between last year and this: “Maturity and depth. They’re another year into it. We’ve got good players up front. They’ve got a lot of energy.”On Kevin Peterson and the others with experience: “Experience is important in those games. These type players, they’ve been there. They realize it’s all going to be ok.”Regarding some specific players…Jimmy Bean: “Jimmy’s really matured as a person and as a player for us. He’s also about fifteen pounds heavier than he was his first three years. That helps him be a better player at this level.”Seth Jacobs: “He’s a good person, plays with great effort. He likes to play. He’s very savvy – very intelligent. He got the play of the game for the one-handed interception, essentially having a club on one hand.”Jordan Sterns: “From a mental approach, he’s about a 5-6 now. He’s learning to play at the speed it takes to be successful.”About Mason Rudolph and the QB Situation “We were fortunate Ben was excellent for us. We’ve got a lot of confidence in Ben. When he gets it off before the clock goes off and hits it, he’s a pretty good player.”“His demeanor is easy-going, low-key and that’s a positive. We’re very proud of him.” Coach seems to really dig the guys who are pretty laid back…like him.Talking K-State“They could very well be better up front, in their front seven, than what we saw this past week.”“I’m very impressed, so far, with their defense. They’ve got the experience at the corner spots. Got some guys there that have been there, seems like they’ve been there 10 years.”“The schemes seem to be the same as they’ve been forever – like since I played against them out here in 1989.” The Snyder Schemes!Running Backs AdChoices广告This was another relatively short conference on Monday where Coach Gundy recaps Texas, talks Ben Grogan, the Snyder-Cats, the RB situation, some about Mason and JW, social media and the defense.Thoughts on TexasKind of an abrupt opening with, “As a follow-up to the last game, after watching the tape, I think we were pretty akkrit in the postgame conference. The defense played really good. Offensively, we actually ran the ball a little better than I thought.”“The quarterback (Mason Rudolph, for those arriving late) had four throws that were, what I would call, ‘not as accurate as he would want them to be.’ One of the interceptions was a route issue.”“We got to a certain point in the game where I wanted to win the game with defense. And I can be wrong. But, those are the calls that I make. There was just a point in the game I felt really good about the defense.”On Ben Grogan “He didn’t fall off as much as you think when you watch the tape. He needs to play better. I know the opinion of the general public is that, on a scale of 1-10, he was about a three. But…he was really a five.” So Gundy!On the fumble for the Scoop & Score: “It looked so bad that everyone had the general impression from that point on he’s had a bad day. But, he had several plays where he had 3rd and long with people right around him where he stepped up in the pocket and put the ball right on the money.” Like to hear a coach support his young QB1!“There’s times he does need to pull the ball down. You don’t get out of the system. If you do, bad things can happen. We want him to get better. He wants to get better.”Regarding the 1st (awesome!!) TD pass – thought this was interesting: “He tried to do too much. But it worked for him. The ball should have been in a different location earlier in the play and he wouldn’t have been in that situation.”“When you throw the ball 35 times a game, you’re going to have 3-4 throws you don’t like.”“JW could play 5 plays or 25, sometimes we just feel like we need a change of pace. He (Rudolph) had some numbness and we just said, ‘Hey, we’ll go with the other guy for a little bit.’” Then back to the other guy. Then back…Finally, on Social Media“My phone works just like everybody else’s.” At least, that’s what my 10-year old tells me. “You get 30-40 messages telling you everything you did wrong. You get 3-4 telling you what you did right.”“I tell them, what we’ve done is elevate Oklahoma State football to the point to where it’s (a win at Texas) isn’t enough. They want you to dominate. I tell them, you guys have done a great job. Now you have to live with the flip side of it.”“But, we’re ok with it. It’s what pays the bills.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. 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Patrice Evra Deschamps plans to contact Evra after Marseille sacking Tom Webber Last updated 2 years ago 17:45 11/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AFP Vitória Guimarães v Olympique Marseille Olympique Marseille UEFA Europa League Ligue 1 After the 36-year-old was sacked by Marseille for attacking a fan, the national team coach plans to reach out to him over the “complicated” situation France coach Didier Deschamps plans to contact Patrice Evra in the wake of his sacking by Marseille on Friday.Experienced full-back Evra had his contract with the Ligue 1 side terminated after being suspended from UEFA competition until the end of this season for kicking a supporter.Northern Ireland 8/1 to beat Switzerland Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 36-year-old was red carded before the start of Marseille’s 1-0 Europa League defeat at Vitoria Guimaraes this month after an altercation with a group of travelling fans boiled over.A section of OM supporters held up a banner with the words “Evra get out” during their 5-0 win against Caen last weekend.Evra started every match as France finished as runners-up at Euro 2016, and Deschamps said he would send the defender a private message rather than issue a public statement.”The decisions that have been made, I’m not here to judge them,” said Deschamps, who also coached Evra at Monaco between 2002 and 2005, after France defeated Wales 2-0 in a friendly on Friday.”I will not go through you [the media] to give him a message. To give him a message I will do it directly, as I have always done.”His situation is very complicated and I wouldn’t wish anyone to be in this situation.”But these actions have happened. They are there, they are heavy.”
Women’s World Cup 2019 Read more Three games played, three games won. Nine goals scored, one goal conceded. But for an exceptional free-kick from player of the tournament, Korea Republic and Chelsea’s Ji So-yun, it would have been three clean sheets.No major injuries (although hearts were in mouths for a moment when Argentina’s Aldana Cometti barged heavily into Hayley Raso’s only recently mended back), and as promised from Ante Milicic to his squad, minutes for all 20 outfield players and a chance to press their case for World Cup selection. Share on WhatsApp Australia 3-0 Argentina: Cup of Nations – as it happened Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Share on Messenger Women’s World Cup features Share on Facebook Matildas Women’s football Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Australia sport Topics From whatever angle you look at it, it’s hard to conclude anything other than that the Cup of Nations has been an unmitigated success for the Matildas, after the worst possible ructions over the preceding month.Tactically, there has been no major re-invention of the wheel under Milicic, with the former Socceroos assistant favouring a 4-3-3 system the Matildas were already familiar playing with under predecessor Alen Stajcic. But it’s through the incremental tinkering at the edges that the evolutions of the next few months will become evident.For a coach appointed just over a fortnight or so ago, this tournament was an important first step – but expect the real work to happen over the next 95 days until Australia’s opening Group C clash against Italy.“We’ve made a lot of steps in a short space of time,” Milicic said at the post-tournament press conference. “As a foundation, a starting point I’m more than pleased the way the last 10-11 days have gone.“It was not just about seeing the girls getting match minutes, but in a few different positions.”In isolation, the game against Argentina could be seen as a minor step backwards, and the coach expressed his slight disappointment post-game. After two promising showings against New Zealand and Korea the ball movement against Argentina was at times sluggish, the front-third and middle-third passing lacked cohesion – all criticisms you’d expect after a third game inside a week, and with nine changes made from Sunday’s 4-1 win.But evident inside the match was the micro-adjustments, the tinkering of a coach testing the depth and abilities of his squad. Players were played out of position, key cogs of the team such as Emily van Egmond were rested. Decisions like the one to push Elise Kellond-Knight further forward into a creative midfield role spoke to such experimentation.After the opening game against New Zealand, Milicic emphasised the importance of midfield movement, of “distances” and “angles” between players – the positional and mental tweaks needed to face forward and play with positivity.Importantly, the bravery and willingness to play (including out from the back) that typified Ange Postecoglou’s Socceroos was evident. But so too was a systemic balance that saw no overcommitments to attack, no premiums given to flair at the expense of discipline and collective defence.Nevertheless, concerns emerged. In the opening game of the 2015 World Cup, Australia were mercilessly exploited for a lack of pace out wide defensively by a USA side that went on to score five in a World Cup final. That at times the Matildas were exposed against less-fancied teams here playing a high line is a major work-on.The one-off friendly against the USA in three weeks’ time looms therefore as a development process as important as this entire Cup of Nations, with Milicic indicating staff will begin their tournament review and burn the candle at both ends to analyse the data and video to feed back new messages for the team ahead of that crucial test.Player loads will be measured, domestic league minutes and performances will be tracked – with special programs developed for those coming back from injury.“What we need to do now is work on our pre-World Cup camp, that’s a priority for us. We’re looking at games, timings, when players can come in, the ones that aren’t going to play in the US, or Europe, we need to work through those issues.”It is understood Milicic is pushing for a two to three week camp ahead of the World Cup, with one or two more competitive matches included there-in.The myriad of 1%-ers that his extensive backroom staff are hired to improve now become the focus and the challenge of the next three months. But the biggest hurdle – and one cleared in emphatic fashion at this tournament – is that the team is back together, working in the same direction, and playing with a smile on their faces.In the final minute of the final game of this tournament Caitlin Foord reminded us of what makes this incredible crop of athletes so special: the players themselves.Having converted the winning penalty, Foord wheeled away to reveal a dedication for teammate Caitlin Cooper, who’s father passed away this week. Cooper is unlikely to feature in France – but past teammates aren’t left behind.It’s the spirit, the commitment and the determination within the group that will determine whether or not Australia’s hopes can be realised in France. And for that, Milicic and his staff need only to be the best facilitators they can.Comments on this piece are premoderated to ensure discussion remains on topics raised by the writer. Please be aware there may be a short delay in comments appearing on the site.
Share via Email Share on Messenger Facebook news Team Sky’s Ineos deal will prompt mixed emotions in the peloton William Fotheringham Read more Team Ineos The domination of Dave Brailsford-led teams in the Tour de France is set to continue after the takeover of Team Sky by the petrochemicals giant Ineos, owned by Britain’s richest man, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, was confirmed on Tuesday afternoon.In the billionaire Brexiteer and cycling fan Ratcliffe Brailsford appears to have found a similarly ambitious and driven kindred spirit. Team Ineos will be unveiled on 2 May at the Tour of Yorkshire. Stage one passes through Beverley where Ratcliffe went to school.The speed of the takeover has surprised many in the tradition-bound world of European cycling but neither Brailsford nor Ratcliffe is known for his patience and they will have been keen to end any speculation over the future of the team’s star riders, Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal.“Today’s announcement ends the uncertainty around the team and the speed with which it has happened represents a huge vote of confidence in our future,” Brailsford said. That haste may also have been fuelled by a desire to distance Ratcliffe’s multimillion pound investment in cycling from Jiffy bags, salbutamol scandals and the tainted talk of marginal gains and zero tolerance.Team Sky said: “Sky and 21st Century Fox have agreed the sale of Team Sky to Ineos. Ineos will become the sole owners of Tour Racing Limited (the team’s holding company) from 1 May this year and will continue to fund the current team in full, honouring all existing commitments to riders, staff and partners.”The news was greeted with some enthusiasm by the riders. Thomas tweeted: “Super happy that the team can continue and stay together! Thank you to Sky, hello to Ineos.” Froome was equally positive following the update. He wrote on Twitter: “So excited that we as riders and staff will be able to continue on together for 2020 and beyond. Looking forward to continued success as Team Ineos! Massive thanks to everyone involved in keeping this special group of people together.”Brailsford was initially given little hope of maintaining his team at a similar level of funding but is now believed to have secured even greater funding.“They’ll probably buy Aston Martins for team cars, they’ll have space shuttle buses, jetpacks,” the former Team GB rider, Max Sciandri, told Cycling Weekly. “They set a high standard, and that’s tough for a lot of teams to match, almost impossible for some of the teams.”Matt White, sports director to the 2018 Vuelta a España winner, Simon Yates, said: “They’ve raised the bar. We’re just trying to keep up with it.” The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage. Topics Twitter Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. As of 1 May Team Sky and their “pass-on-plastic” jerseys will be consigned to the past as Team Ineos targets first the Giro d’Italia, which begins on 11 May, with Bernal, and then July’s Tour de France, with the defending champion, Thomas, and four-times winner, Froome.Ratcliffe described cycling as “a great endurance and tactical sport that is gaining ever more popularity around the world”.Equally, the 66-year-old added: “Cycling continues to mushroom for the general public as it is seen to be good for fitness and health, together with easing congestion and pollution in city environments. Ineos is delighted to take on the responsibility of running such a professional team.”But there was an immediate backlash to the news, both from those who have become weary of Brailsford’s hegemony over cycling’s limited sponsorship funds and others who have long criticised Ineos’s activities.David Lappartient, president of cycling’s world governing body, the UCI, said that, if Team Ineos had an even bigger budget than Team Sky, “the fear will be that the race will be more controlled”.“It’s important for the public that there’s big interest in the competition,” Lappartient said. “We don’t want to have just one team that dominates cycling for 10 years.”Friends of the Earth issued a stinging statement, accusing Ineos of “greenwashing” and pointing out that only last summer as the 2018 Tour began, Brailsford and his team had launched the Sky Ocean Rescue campaign.“Taking over Team Sky is the latest blatant attempt at greenwashing by Ineos,” a statement read. “It’s a harsh change of tone that may see Sky’s Ocean Rescue campaign to clear plastic pollution from our oceans ditched from the team jersey in favour of Ineos – one of the biggest plastic producers in Europe.“Cycling is one of the UK’s most successful and popular sports but do the likes of Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome really want to be associated with a planet-wrecking company like Ineos?”Team Sky declined to confirm the value or the length of the contract with Ineos.Ratcliffe’s enthusiasm for Brailsford and his team is said to have been fuelled by a bike ride with Thomas through the climbs overlooking the Côte d’Azur, but his desire to work with Brailsford may extend beyond cycling. Brailsford, having survived a Ukad investigation and the fierce criticism of a DCMS select committee, is keen to extend himself with new challenges. Ratcliffe’s interest in the Americas Cup and in potentially buying Chelsea may also chime with Brailsford’s ambition to further his obsession with ruthless winning performances.In that sense, much to the chagrin of their poorer relations in the professional peloton and perhaps even beyond, it may prove a perfect match. Cycling Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest The 2018 Tour de France winner, Geraint Thomas (left), and the four-time Tour champions, Chris Froome, will now ride for Team Ineos. Photograph: Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Pinterest Share on WhatsApp