Crystal Palace boss Hodgson defends his tactics for Chelsea defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson defended his tactics for defeat to Chelsea.N’Golo Kante struck the only goal of the game, with Hodgson admitting he wanted to keep things tight to the end.The manager said, “We couldn’t be more adventurous unless we wanted to get beaten 4-0 or 5-0. It wasn’t one of our better days technically so we could have opened ourselves up for 40 minutes and see them exploit the spaces, or we could try and do what we did and keep things tight and the keep the game under some sort of control until 20 minutes from the end and try to take our chances.“That’s what we did but it didn’t work as we didn’t score. It was the sort of game where we could have played better on the ball, and they were very, very good in terms of their organisation and structure, so it was going to be a tight game if we could keep it tight. That’s why we lost the game 1-0 and not by a lot of goals.”Reflecting further on the game, he added: “They were very good, but in the first half our discipline was very focussed and we limited their goalscoring chances, and apart from their offside goal I thought we did quite well.“After they scored the goal we missed two opportunities but we couldn’t get hold of the ball enough as they kept it too well and we weren’t able to get it from them.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd boss Solskjaer happy with victory at Newcastle: But there’s more to comeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was delighted with their 2-0 win at Newcastle/Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku struck for the visitorsSolskjaer said, “Finally we kept a clean sheet. A very professional performance. We didn’t hit the heights that we can do but we were in control, kept plugging away and got the goals.”A good first touch from a sub! When you see big Romelu Lukaku running towards you, as a keeper you might take your hands away! We were sluggish in the first half, it was like a testimonial, too many square passes.”We go to Dubai after the FA Cup game, you need that fitness work because we will need legs come the end of March.”He also said, “You’d be happy with four wins from four – we haven’t conceded from open play yet either.”We were slow in the first half but we controlled the game well, we concentrated and overall it was a very professional performance.”In a five-minute spell we gave them two or three chances but then we settled down again. Newcastle is a fantastic club, fantastic crowd, you expect them to attack you but Victor Lindelof and Phil Jones were fantastic.”Marcus Rashford has the Cristiano hit, it swerves everywhere, but I liked his goal today. Calmed himself down, just passed it in. Well done.”He is only 21, you have to remember that. You need to rattle Paul Pogba at times to get him going, he has been immense for us.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Cleverley delighted with straightforward Watford boss Sanchez Floresby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTom Cleverley only has positive words for his new manager Quique Sanchez Flores.The Spaniard took over from Javi Gracia, who was sacked after a miserable start to the season.Flores has managed at the club before, and got off to a decent start with a 2-2 draw against Arsenal.”He’s not bombarded us with information,” said Cleverley to reporters. “He’s just got his ideas across, very black and white about the basics of how he wants to set up and play. It has been a good, positive week.”The most pleasing thing was how solid we were defensively in the second half.”It has been a problem of ours this season and we were really solid at the back in the second half, from a good shape and that helps us get numbers forward.”We need to be consistent with performances like that now and if we do that we won’t be long where we are now [in the table]. About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Berlusconi hits out at AC Milan after defeat to Interby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has hit out at his old team after defeat to Inter Milan.The Monza owner has questioned the hiring of Marco Giampaolo.”We didn’t advise anyone, Milan chose him and he had seemed to everyone to be a good Coach. I’ve never met him, so I cannot pass judgment.“Suso is a great champion, but he needs to play as a support striker or behind two strikers. He needs to be put in the right condition to receive the ball, which so far hasn’t happened.”Berlusconi had particularly snide remarks for current Milan directors Zvonimir Boban and Paolo Maldini.“Next question… Let’s just say that I cheered them on when they were players.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino: I don’t want to buyby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admits they will not try to buy in January – if the decision is down to him.Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Christian Eriksen have entered the final year of their contracts and can leave for nothing in the summer, while the likes of Danny Rose, Victor Wanyama and Serge Aurier failed to secure exits before the season started.Asked ahead of Saturday’s visit of Watford if the club would be busy in the January window, Pochettino said: “No, I don’t believe so. I believe in the players we have, the players that are at Tottenham today.”I respect the opinion of people who say we need to change something, in or out. But if it is my decision, I am going to stick with players because I know they have the quality. It’s only to unlock some situations that are going on in their minds. We have great quality to achieve the things we are expected to.”
Today is Super Bowl Media Day in Glendale, Arizona, the site of Super Bowl XLIX. There’s a horde of journalists and other “media” assembled to speak with the players and coaches, and given the wide-ranging reporting angles taking by those asking questions, some atypical topics get covered and some funny exchanges get produced.Take New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski, back in the state where he excelled in college for the Arizona Wildcats. Gronkowski was asked to sign his alma mater’s fight song, “Bear Down Arizona,” and he granted that request with a smile.Apparently, this happened more than once:Gronk was asked twice to sing Bear Down Arizona. He obliged both times.— Daniel Berk (@DSBerk) January 27, 2015Known for his outgoing, fun-loving personality, Gronkowski hasn’t been shy at all at this his second Super Bowl Media Day. With him, no topic is off-limits, even the erotic novel a fan wrote that starred him as the love interest.I think Gronkowski just read a line from that Gronk-based erotic novel. #SBMediaDay Are you not entertained?!?!— Randy Scott (@RandyScottESPN) January 27, 2015We most certainly are.
It’s been a pretty good 24 hours for the dunk. There was, of course, Zach LaVine winning the NBA Dunk Contest in spectacular fashion on Saturday night. There was also Kentucky center Willie Cauley-Stein saying he’s “just going to start dunking on people” and former Michigan wide receiver Devin Funchess showing off his athleticism. There’s also this: Iowa State guard Deonte Burton throwing down an awesome windmill dunk while sporting Timberland boots. That’s just ridiculous. Iowa State (18-6, 8-4 Big 12) is set to play Oklahoma State (17-8, 7-6 Big 12) on Wednesday at 9 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on ESPNU.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 21: Derrick Henry #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide breaks a tackle by Zane Cruz #43 of the Charleston Southern Buccaneers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 21, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama back Derrick Henry is a physical specimen, and thanks to a recent Instagram post, we might have a clue as to how that happened. While most of us were sleeping (or stumbling back home after a late night out) at 4:08 in the morning, Henry was busy getting after it in the gym. The season is still just under four months away, but Henry looks like he’s ready to take a few hand-offs to the house. He’ll get his first chance on September 5 in Dallas, when the Crimson Tide take on Wisconsin.
Ohio State Black Jerseys ElliottWhile we’re still not sure which Nike schools will be wearing the black alternate jerseys that popped up this past weekend, we do know that fans of at least some of the schools are excited at the possibility. Maybe a few family members of players, too.Tuesday, the mother of Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott, Dawn Elliott, apparently tried to go on Fanatics and purchase a black jersey shirt with her son’s number – No. 15. To her dismay, it was already sold out. ain’t this a bleep!? I didn’t get one ordered in time pic.twitter.com/rZ8t8U6Hbb— Dawn (@itz_mizdee) August 4, 2015We’re not sure what the NCAA rules are regarding this kind of thing, but shouldn’t the mothers of players get first crack at their son’s jersey?
SEC GradesIf you’re a long-time college football fan, you know that it was the SEC that came up with the idea of having two different divisions and a league championship game – back in 1992. One ESPN writer thinks that the league should reverse course and actually get rid of them.Edward Aschoff has a radical idea for the conference – get rid of the two divisions, pick four or five “permanent” rivalry games and put the two best teams in the title game.Aschoff isn’t a fan of the current 6-1-1 format, and doesn’t believe that having Missouri in the East is helping anyone. He also thinks that doing away with divisions would allow older rivalries – like Florida vs. Auburn – to be reborn.The SEC should fight to abolish divisions in college football https://t.co/lX8xMBaktC— ESPN SEC (@ESPN_SEC) May 4, 2016Obviously, the SEC would need to petition the NCAA to do away with its current system or rules to make this happen. But it’s an interesting idea, for sure.What do you think? Would leagues be better off doing away with divisions and just having their best two teams meet in a league title game?
Twitter/@thetournamentLast year, The Basketball Tournament really took off, with teams from across the country playing for a $1 million cash prize. Many of the top teams in the field are primarily comprised of alumni of some of college basketball’s most proud programs. This year, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, Syracuse, and Villanova are all teams well represented in the 60-team field.#TBT2016 $2M. Winner takes all. What team do you play for? pic.twitter.com/HZQNDIFHmM— TBT (@thetournament) February 23, 2016Some teams are true alumni squads, like Syracuse’s “Boeheim Army,” while others, the Kansas Morris Twins-sponsored FOE, are just heavy on a particular school. Here are some of the alumni team rosters, as well as the other notable former college stars from across the country.Next: ACC Alumni >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7
Frank Lampard has moved to highlight his admiration for Chelsea midfielder Jorginho and says he will bring essential qualities to the team this season.Jorginho was booed at Stamford Bridge on numerous occasions last season as debate reigned whether he was favoured by Maurizio Sarri, who struggled to win over Blues fans.The £57 million (€65m/$86m) signing from Napoli was also thought to be hampering N’Golo Kante’s performances, as Sarri pushed him higher up the field. However, Lampard lined up in a similar shape to the one Sarri used last season against Liverpool. 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? Many thought Lampard might instruct the Blues to sell the Italy international. The 41-year-old says he was delighted to hear Jorginho pledge allegiance to his club and deny that he is only a Sarri player.”I thought Jorginho was fantastic the other night,” Lampard told reporters. “He was constantly talking to people around him and constantly talking to the backline to drag them up and playing with quality. “The players are the ones who drive that when they get out there. He is a fantastic player. I saw that on the first day of training in Dublin. Talking about his attitude, he is a driver of the group and he has real quality. I am fortunate in midfield at the moment. “It gives us problems in terms of competition between Kante, Jorginho, [Matteo] Kovacic, [Ross] Barkley, [Mason] Mount, Ruben [Loftus-Cheek] is coming back and others. But Jorginho has really shown himself to be a top-quality player to me already. I am pleased to see his comments. He should be seen as Chelsea’s Jorginho. “As a player, you know that you go and work for the club. He has a real passion for football and performance. I love that.” Lampard is still searching for his first win as Blues boss after losing his first two games to Manchester United and Liverpool, albeit only losing the Super Cup final on Wednesday in a penalty shootout after a 2-2 draw over 120 minutes in Istanbul. With 211 goals and 11 major honours in a Blues shirt, Lampard will receive a hero’s welcome in his first game as manager back at Stamford Bridge. The career switch came last season as Lampard got his first job as a manager at Derby County in the Championship. The 41-year-old is now back to his old club after replacing Sarri and he is now under increased scrutiny from pundits, including Lampard’s former mentor Jose Mourinho, who was on Sky Sports offering his opinion of Lampard’s 4-0 loss to Manchester United. The new Blues boss expected such situations to arise and admits he blocks out what others say, even when they are managers of Mourinho’s stature. “I was very ready for that,” Lampard said. “Being a player who played here, we were always as competitive for leagues and Champions Leagues as we could be. You feel the level there as a player, the level of attention and criticism on your performance. “As a manager, of course, it is inflated because you take on more responsibility. I wasn’t surprised by it. You have to be ready for it. You have to be ready to answer questions. You have to be ready to know what you are feeling.” He continued: “My first feeling is, can I protect my players? Can I protect my club? Can I protect myself? Because I know we are working with the right intention and in the right direction. I know you have to pick and choose your battles. “As I say, your eye should never come off what we do here every day as the important thing. What somebody says, or people say around it, is not the important thing. If you get caught up in that, then you will have many sleepless nights over things that are not important about where you want to get to.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
The recruitment of the country’s No. 1 overall recruit appears to be heating up. Here’s the latest on where things stand.247Sports has a new update on the status of five-star Kayvon Thibodeaux, the No. 1 overall recruit in the 2019 class.USC was believed to be the favorite to land the star defensive lineman, but that doesn’t appear to be the case anymore, according to a new report.A new favorite school has emerged, according to 247Sports’ recruiting guru Steve Wiltfong, and a couple of other schools are in the mix, too. Florida State now might be the frontrunner to land the five-star, according to Wilftong.Here’s the latest:A 6-foot-5, 235-pound pass-rushing force that lives in Thousand Oaks, California, Thibodeaux’s made visits to Oregon, Florida State and Alabama this summer. It’s important to also note that Thibodeaux (as you can tell from the last name) is originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana, and has visited LSU. That said, he’s said in the past that location isn’t really a factor in his decision. Right now the 247Sports Crystal Ball is heavily in favor of USC at 73 percent, with FSU (13%) and LSU (7%) trailing. However, things might be shifting in his recruitment. Thibodeaux said earlier this year that he’d like to make a “late-summer” commitment.Wiltfong’s Read: “I’m hearing Florida State may be the leader for him with Oregon and LSU firmly in it. USC is obviously the Crystal Ball favorite and they’re not going to go away, but the feel is the other three right now.” (Read more of Wiltfong’s thoughts on Thibodeaux’s recruitment here).Thibodeaux is one of the biggest recruits college football has seen in years. He’s an instant-impact player for whoever lands him. It’d be a massive pick for the Seminoles’ 2019 class.Stay tuned.
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 08: A member of the Oklahoma Sooners spirit squad celebrates a touchdown against the UCLA Bruins at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Bruins 49-21. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)The Oklahoma Sooners got a big boost on Wednesday when 4-star DB Jeremiah Criddell announced he was joining Lincoln Riley’s side. But it isn’t only Sooners fans who were excited by the news.Following Criddell’s public announcement that he’d be committing to Oklahoma, the Sooners coaching staff was seen on video literally jumping for joy at the news.The celebrations lasted for nearly a minute and even stretched into the coaches office hallway, where Riley and company were greeted by even more smiling members of the Oklahoma staff.Watch Lincoln Riley and his staff react to Jeremiah Criddell’s Signing Day announcement.#NewWave19 ? | #BoomerSoonerpic.twitter.com/5sdM7svKH1— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) December 19, 2018Riley and his assistants certainly have good reason to be excited by Criddell’s commitment.Criddell is the No. 124 ranked prospect in the country, the No. 12 safety in the country, and the No. 18 prospect from the state of California, according to 247Sports.In joining the Sooners, Criddell becomes the highest-rated defensive player on the team’s 2019 recruiting class.Oklahoma had to face stiff opposition as well. Alabama, Oregon, Georgia, USC, Nebraska and others all made offers to Criddell.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 21: James Franklin head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions congratulates Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines after the game at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. The Wolverines won 28-16. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)The Big Ten Conference has gone two straight years without a representative in the College Football Playoff. But given that the Big Ten representative has been beaten by over 30 points, it seems that the bar is being set a little higher for the conference.Ahead of the 2019 season, CBS Sports did a breakdown of the upcoming regular season for all Big Ten teams, and ranked them in terms of schedule difficulty.The biggest cupcake conference schedule belongs to the Indiana Hoosiers. But Penn State isn’t too far off with the 12th-ranked non-conference schedule.Ohio State’s schedule has middle-of-the-road difficulty, while Michigan State is ranked fourth.The toughest non-conference schedule belongs to Michigan.Here is the full Big Ten schedule ranking from CBS Sports:14. Indiana13. Minnesota12. Penn State11. Illinois10. Rutgers9. Purdue8. Northwestern7. Ohio State6. Iowa5. Maryland4. Nebraska3. Michigan State2. Wisconsin1. MichiganThe Wolverines have not won the Big Ten title since 2004, and have gone through several head coaches in that span. But their arch-rival, the Ohio State Buckeyes, are going into next season with a new head coach.If there was ever a year for Michigan to take advantage of a brutal schedule and brute-force their way into the College Football Playoff, it would be this one.[CBS Sports]
AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 07: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns watches players warm up before the game against the Kansas State Wildcats at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)With the season opener nearly one week away for the Texas Longhorns, Tom Herman finally announced the team’s captains. All but one of them is entering their season year.Texas is coming off a bounce-back season in 2018, where Herman led the program to a 10-4 record. Although the team fell short in the Big 12 Championship to Oklahoma, it didn’t stop them from earning a trip to the Sugar Bowl.Arguably the top contributor from last year’s team, Sam Ehlinger, is preparing for another strong season. As most fans expected, the dual-threat quarterback is one of the five team captains.In addition to Ehlinger, Herman went with two other offensive players as captains. Offensive lineman Zach Shackelford and wide receiver Collin Johnson also received the honor from their head coach.The two defensive players that will serve as captains are Brandon Jones and Malcolm Roach.Jones is the leader of the secondary, whereas Roach is the anchor of the defensive line.All five captains for Texas should provide the team with great leadership and production on the field.2019 Texas team captains: QB Sam Ehlinger, C Zach Shackelford, WR Collin Johnson, S Brandon Jones, DE Malcolm Roach.— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) August 20, 2019Ehlinger is the only captain for the Longhorns that isn’t a senior. Regardless, the talented quarterback enters this fall as a potential candidate to win the Heisman Trophy.Texas will need their captains to play exceptional football this fall if they want to contend for the College Football Playoff.
We just waited for umpire’s decision: Khaleel Ahmed on Daryl Mitchell DRS controversyIndia vs New Zealand: Daryl Mitchell was given out leg-before in controversial circumstances as replays clearly showed that he had got an inside-edge.advertisement Rohan Sen AucklandFebruary 8, 2019UPDATED: February 8, 2019 18:16 IST Daryl Mitchell was dismissed for 1 in the 6th over of New Zealand’s innings (video screengrab)HIGHLIGHTSDaryl Mitchell was given out lbw despite replays showing him edging the ballNew Zealand were reduced to 43 for 3 in 6 overs after Mitchell’s wicketIndia (162/3) beat New Zealand (158/8) by 7 wickets to level 3-match series 1-1The Decision Review System came under major scrutiny on Friday during the second T20 international between India and New Zealand in Auckland.New Zealand batsman Daryl Mitchell was given out leg before wicket controversially off the bowling of Krunal Pandya in the sixth over of the first innings but replays clearly showed that he had got an inside-edge.Mitchell immediately went for the review after consulting with his captain Kane Williamson, who was batting at the other end.Replays first showed the inside-edge but the snickometer failed to pick up any sound off the nick, showing a flat line despite the ball hitting the bat. The third umpire had no choice but to go with the on-field umpire’s call because there was no conclusive proof even though he could see the ball hitting the bat.Daryl Mitchel got an inside egde? Oh come on! The bat clearly hit the pad. How else would your explain the snicko? #NZvIND @ICC pic.twitter.com/ZgKHLDAmUJFaraz haider (@farazchishti10) February 8, 2019Williamson couldn’t believe what he saw and protested the decision but the on-field umpire Chris Brown had to ask the batsman to leave. MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma were also seen having a chat, possibly mulling to withdraw their decision but that didn’t happen.India’s stand-in skipper Rohit even had a word with the umpires but there was no way they could have retracted their decision.India pacer Khaleel Ahmed later revealed that they just went with the on-field and third umpires decisions.advertisement”We were just waiting for umpire’s call because we can’t do anything in that decision. Whatever the umpires said we just accepted it,” Khaleel said at the post-match press conference.New Zealand also lost the review and its third wicket for 43 runs on the board by then in the 6th over. It was Krunal’s second wicket in the over after he snared Colin Munro off the second ball.The early wickets dented New Zealand and they eventually managed to post 158 for 8 with Krunal finishing with three wickets while Khaleel bagged a couple.India in reply rode on Rohit’s 50 and Rishabh Pant’s unbeaten 40 to reach the target with 7 wickets and 7 balls to spare.Shikhar Dhawan (30) and MS Dhoni (20 not out) also made significant contributions as India registered its first T20I win in New Zealand and levelled the three-match series 1-1 with the decider to be played in Hamilton on February 10 (Sunday).Also Read | Nathan McCullum overwhelmed by Eden Park atmosphere: Felt like I was in IndiaAlso Read | Captain Rohit Sharma emulates Virat Kohli as India hammer New Zealand in AucklandAlso Read | MS Dhoni’s presence helped Rishabh Pant play a solid innings in Auckland T20I: Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | Did you miss Virat Kohli, reporter asks. Khaleel Ahmed bursts out laughingFor 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Daryl MitchellFollow Daryl Mitchell dismissalFollow Khaleel AhmedFollow Krunal PandyaFollow New Zealand vs IndiaFollow Auckland T20I
Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 18, 2019UPDATED: February 18, 2019 19:12 IST AIFF said they are contemplating action against Minerva Punjab for not arriving for I-League match vs Real Kashmir in Srinagar.HIGHLIGHTSAIFF said in a statement their League Committee has been referred to over Minerva Punjab’s no-show in SrinagarMinerva were to play an I-League match vs Real Kashmir in Srinagar on MondayI-League CEO Sunando Dhar said all security arrangements had been made for the team’s movementsI-League defending champions Minerva Punjab FC are likely to face action after they failed show up in Srinagar for their match against Real Kashmir FC on Monday. On February 14, a terrorist drove rammed an SUV into a bus which was part of a convoy carrying nearly 2500 CRPF personnel – 40 soldiers were killed in the blast.Four days later, Minerva were scheduled to take on Real Kashmir FC in Srinagar. Minevra owner Ranjit Bajaj, however, said Srinagar was not the right place to football now even as Real Kashmir claimed the situation in the city was normal.The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has taken a dim view of Minerva’s no-show and said the champions could expect further action.”With Hero I-League defending champions Minerva Punjab FC failing to turn up for their scheduled match against Real Kashmir FC on February 18, 2019 at TRC ground in Srinagar, the Match Commissioner’s report along with other relevant documents are being referred to the All India Football Federation’s League Committee for further action as per the I-League Regulations,” AIFF said in a press release.”The match commissioner along with the referees who have been posted in Srinagar since Friday [February 15, 2019], were at the venue for the match for a slated 2 pm kick-off, along with host club Real Kashmir FC as per the regulations.”Despite the tragic events which have unfolded in Kashmir over the past few days, football for the people of Jammu and Kashmir has been maintained on schedule, with assistance from the security provided by the authorities, with the qualifying matches of the Santosh Trophy being completed on February 16, approximately 36 kilometres from Jammu in Katra, which was, and is still under curfew.”advertisementTwo terrorists, mastermind of the Pulwama terror attack, were gunned down in an encounter with security forces on Monday morning.In a statement, I-League CEO Sunando Dhar said, “The local security authorities in Srinagar had given a go ahead to hold the match. The AlFF had assured of all the necessary arrangements for players and officials by the local authority.”Whole security arrangement of the players from the airport to the team hotel and from travelling from the hotel to the ground and return, everything was taken care of.”Bajaj said he could not force his players to play in Srinagar at a time like this.”Anytime / Any venue [other than Srinagar] we @minervapunjabfc are willing to play @realkashmirfc can’t force my players to go to a place which is like a war zone right now – encounter lasted 12 hours where the #PulwamaTerrorAttack happened and ended a few hours ago – AIFF ??” Bajaj said in a series of tweets.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 Tags :Follow AIFFFollow Minerva Punjab FCFollow Real Kashmir FCFollow I-League 2018-19Follow Indian footballFollow Pulwama terror attack Minerva Punjab likely to face action after no-show in Srinagar for Real Kashmir tieAIFF released a statement after I-League defending champions Minerva Punjab failed to turn up for their match against Real Kashmir FC in Srinagar on Monday.advertisement
India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 20, 2019UPDATED: February 20, 2019 17:42 IST India last played Pakistan in the Asia Cup in UAE last year (Asian Cricket Council Photo)Harbhajan Singh and Mohammad Azharuddin said India should not play Pakistan in the World Cup after the Pulwama terror attack left 40 CRPF jawans dead. In fact, the two cricket legends said India should even consider not playing the World Cup as no cricket tournament could be bigger than the country.Harbhajan Singh was the first big name in the Indian cricket fraternity to say India should not play Pakistan in the World Cup. Speaking to India Today, Harbhajan said India should consider boycotting their World Cup match against Pakistan in Manchester on June 16.”The simple thing is.. what’s more important? Does the country come first or does India come first? Keep sports aside,” Harbhajan told Aaj Tak. “First, let us sort out the other issues.”World Cup is very small when it comes to the country. 40 people who have lost their lives. Who is going to pay for that? We have to stand united with the country. Even if we don’t play the 2019 World Cup, it won’t matter,” he said.Harbhajan Singh said as a cricketer he does not think the World Cup cannot be more important than the country. “We are Indians first and then we are players. We are what we are because of this country. People love us because we play for India,” he said.Meanwhile, Azharuddin said India should not play Pakistan at any level if they have decided to boycott bilateral series. “If we are not playing Pakistan in bilateral series, we should not play them anywhere. I agree with Harbhajan, the World Cup cannot be bigger than the country.”advertisementAzharuddin was captain when India played Pakistan in the 1999 World Cup in the aftermath of the Kargil War. He recalled he was worried spectators from sides could end up clashing during the game.”There was tension…there was the war on. We were scared the spectators would start fighting. When we won, the soldiers celebrated. If you play Pakistan, play everywhere. Otherwise, don’t play them anywhere. ICC and BCCI should resolve this quickly,” he said.Harbhajan Singh Indian and Pakistani cricketers have no problems with each other but the issue is much bigger than that.”The players have no issues between them. We have received a lot of love when we went to Pakistan. But the issue here is much bigger. This issue (of terrorism) needs to be resloved. But we need to address the bigger questions: why should our soldiers continue to die? Why should our people continue to die?”The armed forces sacrifice everything to protect us… it’s not right to keep playing sports with Pakistan when our soldiers are dying,” he said.Also Read | India could be fined or banned if they don’t play Pakistan in World Cup: Chetan ChauhanAlso Read | Banning cricket with Pakistan a justified demand: Union minister Ravi Shankar PrasadAlso Read | India-Pakistan World Cup clash likely to be discussed on sidelines of ICC meetAlso Read | Pulwama should never be forgotten, ready to fight for the country: Mohammed ShamiFor 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Harbhajan SinghFollow Mohammad AzharuddinFollow India vs PakistanFollow Pulwama terror attackFollow Indo-Pak CricketFollow Indo-Pak bilateral cricketFollow ICC World Cup World Cup not more important than the country, say Harbhajan and AzharuddinHarbhajan Singh said it was time for every Indian to stand united with the armed forces after the terror attack in Pulwama killed 40 CRPF personnel. Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility for the terror attack.advertisement