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first_imgRising Pune Supergiant are on the cusp of history. They are one win away from lifting the IPL 2017 trophy and given their recent form against the other finalists, Mumbai Indians, it would take a very brave heart to not pit RPS as favourites.RPS have been on the rampage thanks to their star players and a host of young Indian cricketers who have risen to the occasion.Speaking exclusively to India Today, RPS team owner Sanjiv Goenka said the success of the Dhoni-Smith partnership is at the root of the team’s stellar performance this season”When two of the best minds meet this is what you get.”Goenka was also impressed with the performances of the young Indian players. The likes of Rahul Tripathi, Washington Sundar and Jaydev Unadkat took the IPL by storm and played crucial roles as the team rode to the final on the back of some gutsy performances.”The Indian youngsters in the team have exceeded expectations and have learnt a lot from Dhoni and Smith.”To have Smith and Dhoni in the same dressing room is a huge learning for everyone in the team.”They have won everything that is there to win in world cricket and RPS has benefited as a result: see the semi-final.”Dhoni unleashed himself in the last two overs knowing you can wait till the end before you launch a brutal assault. That comes from experience,” Goenka stated.Confident ahead of the final, Goenka concluded saying “the season is already a huge success.”advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say West Ham defender Balbuena: England feels like a movieby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United defender Fabian Balbuena is living the dream in his debut Premier League season.The Paraguayan arrived from Corinthians in the summer for £4million.”I saw all the good matches,” Balbuena told Standard Sport. “Chelsea vs Manchester United, United vs [Manchester] City, Arsenal vs West Ham, Tottenham vs Arsenal… when I was a child all the teams had good players.”I saw every game on TV and when I came to the Premier League in my head it seemed like a movie because all the players want to play in the Premier League and now I make the target possible.” last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery expects emotion, passion for Spurs Cup clashby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery expects more emotion tonight for their Carabao Cup quarterfinal clash with Tottenham.Emery saw plenty of passion in his first encounter with Tottenham on December 2, a game that swung this way and that before it was settled by Arsenal’s stirring second-half performance.“I think showing emotion is very important,” said Unai. “I think football is emotion. And in a derby, maybe this emotion is greater.“When you win it’s amazing, when you lose it’s horrible. But respect is very important. We can show this emotion with respect when we are playing, but also when they scored against us, they can show their emotion with their supporters. But with respect. “We need to show this emotion when we are playing, when we are winning, because I think football needs this passion.“I say to [the players] that, in every match, we need to respect the opposition. Against Southampton, against Tottenham, against Manchester United, against Huddersfield, it’s the same. This respect is by playing with a big motivation and a lot of excitement to win against them. “We must respect this emotion in every moment. But the emotion is not bad. I think showing our emotion, the players, the fans and me, is good. But every time we must respect them.” last_img read more

first_imgAPTN Face To Face When Arlen Dumas was first elected Chief of Mathias Colomb Cree Nation, his goal was to get his people out of third-party management, a goal he achieved. Now, as the recently elected Grand Chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, he hopes to get all First Nations in Manitoba out of third-party management.Grand Chief Arlen Dumas joins host Dennis Ward to discuss child welfare, the impact of a shuttered rail line to northern Manitoba, a 1-Billion dollar lawsuit against the Manitoba government and his first 100 days in office.last_img read more

Minnesota Vikings rookie Cordarrelle Patterson has set the NFL record for longest kickoff return, a 109-yard touchdown to start the game against Green Bay.The entire length of an NFL field is 120 yards, including both end zones. The field of play is 100 yards with each end zone extending an extra 10 yards at either end. Patterson was as far back as he could be in the end zone when he caught the opening kick from Tim Masthay on Sunday night. He needed a full 12 seconds to evade 11 would-be tacklers and reach the far end of the field.The rookie wide receiver gave the Minnesota Vikings to an instant 7-0 lead over the Green Bay Packers for his second kickoff return touchdown of the season. He set a new record for the longest kickoff return in NFL history, three players shared the previous record of 108 yards: Ellis Hobbs for New England in 2007, Randall Cobb for Green Bay in 2011, and Jacoby Jones for Baltimore in 2012.Despite the Patterson record-breaking run, Green Bay still managed to come out on top beating the Vikings 44-31. read more

Noah West celebrates with Gavin Lyon following scoring a run during the two’s days in Little League for the Westerville Warhawks. Credit: Courtesy of Carrie WestComing from a small town and being counted on to play a varsity sport is not an easy task to ask of anyone. It can be a very challenging transition.But freshmen baseball players Noah West and Gavin Lyon have something that can help make that transition much easier — a friendship dating back to the days of Little League.And, as West noted, having his best friend by his side to begin his collegiate baseball career at Ohio State proved to be very advantageous for the pair.“Coming into here, I was pretty nervous; it was really nerve-wracking,” West said. “A whole new set of players who we were playing with, and we don’t know them that well. But coming here with Gavin is basically a comfort zone. He’s always had my back, and if something’s going on, I can always come talk to him. It was always just a lot easier coming here with him.”They first started playing with each other when they were on a travel team called the Westerville Warhawks. Their fathers had been good friends and both helped coach the team. From there, they would continue to grow up and play at every level together from Little League to the varsity at their school, Westerville Central High School.For their former high-school baseball coach, Jeff Keifer, it has been a remarkable thing to watch the two of them grow up together and now both play at the highest level of amateur baseball.“They went on spring trips together. They played on the same travel teams growing up and then eventually playing on practice teams and ultimately junior varsity and varsity for three years,” Keifer said. “And that in and of itself must be incredibly special — just to be able to do that. But the uniqueness of them both being able to go on and play at the next level at a place with the storied history of Ohio State, it was just great for both of them.”Both have made it to the level of college baseball, but each took different paths.West, the youngest of three brothers, has grown up in a baseball family and has always had the sport in the forefront of his mind. Coach Keifer, who coached both West’s older brothers in high school, had figured for a long time Noah was going to be able to move on to the next level.“He just had that special athleticism that makes the difference between just a really good high-school player and a college athlete,” Keifer said.OSU baseball coach Greg Beals thought West had the skills to live up to the high expectations that come with playing shortstop at OSU.“I thought Noah showed me that between his hands, his athleticism and especially his arm strength that he could stay at shortstop at the college level,” Beals said.Noah West (left) and Gavin Lyon (right) pose for a photo on a visit at an Ohio State football game. Credit: Courtesy of Carrie WestLyon was a multi-sport athlete in high school, serving as both a starting pitcher for the baseball team and as starting quarterback for the football team. There was a time when baseball was not necessarily the runaway first sport for Lyon.“I was kind of new to baseball,” Lyon admits. “I’ve always loved both, but baseball especially through high school became the one, that I knew was going to be the one that I wanted to pursue further.”But as he continued on his high school career, Lyon became more enamored with the game of baseball and his coach said that it had probably surpassed football as his favorite sport by the time he was a senior.Though he now only plays the one sport, Lyon still possesses that athleticism that made him such an exciting player to watch. Coach Beals believes it is really special when you see someone who can excel in two sports the way Lyon did at Westerville Central.“It speaks to his athleticism,” Beals said. “To be able to quarterback at a big high school like that and then also be the No. 1 pitcher on his high school team speaks a lot about his athleticism.”When it finally came time to commit to a school, West was the first to submit a pledge to coach Beals and the OSU program. And at that point, it quickly became an easier decision for Lyon to decide to join the OSU baseball team. The prospect of playing baseball together for four more years with his best friend seemed too good an offer to pass up.“Noah visited first and he committed, so I committed a little later, but there was always that thing where Noah was pushing me to commit,” Lyon said. “We had always been thinking about it, like how cool would that be, and it really was like a dream come true when it all came into place.”For West, it was just a dream, one that somehow became fact rather than fiction.“I just never thought it would be possible to play baseball with my best friend all the way through high school,” he said. read more

“I couldn’t hear anything,” he said. “Emotions were flying, and words can’t even describe how good that felt.” After suffering a rough first half, which included a pass interference call that led to a second PSU score, Torrence sought to redeem himself in the second half. The Buckeyes made adjustments at halftime to get back in the game. So did Torrence. “I just told myself, ‘I am just going to be more aggressive, and if you all throw anything into these flats or try and run any type of screens, it’s going to be a wrap for you,’” he said. “That was just my halftime adjustment for myself.” It worked. After senior captain Brian Rolle challenged his fellow defensive teammates on the sideline to make a big play, Torrence delivered. “That was big,” Rolle said. “I remember before that telling all the guys, ‘Who wants it? Who wants to be great?’ Sure enough, he picked the ball off and ran it back, and I told him, ‘That’s how you be great.’” The interception deflated the sinking Penn State offense and proved to be the difference in the game. Torrence’s score gave the Bucks a three-point lead, one they would not relinquish. “Those kinds of plays take games over,” said defensive tackle Dexter Larimore. “It hurts their offense and quarterback … It was big for momentum change. Tonight those made the difference.” One play. That’s all it takes to change the course of a game. The Penn State Nittany Lions realized that Saturday as they saw their 14-3 halftime lead quickly turn to a 38-14 pummeling by the No. 9-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes. With the Nittany Lions trailing by four points midway through the third quarter, it appeared that momentum was shifting toward the Buckeyes. Cornerback Devon Torrence helped continue the shift. Facing a second-and-nine from their own 37-yard line, Nittany Lions quarterback Matt McGloin dropped back to pass. As he fired short to his left, Torrence made a break for the ball and came away with it. “I just saw it and just jumped it,” Torrence said. “I think it was maybe a low throw and I had to kind of tip it to myself to put it into position for me to catch it.” Tipping the McGloin pass twice before securing the ball and returning it 34 yards for the go-ahead touchdown, Torrence turned a docile crowd of 105,466 into one of pure pandemonium in a matter of seconds. read more

Former Juventus and Atalanata defender Mattia Caldara made his Milan debut in a 1-0 Europa League victory against Dudelange which he used to assure he “learns something new” every day.Caldara had been placed on the bench as he slowly got used to the new club, however, he had the full 90 minutes in the Europa League and had the following to say to Sky Sports Italia via Football Italia.“I knew this was a fundamental game for me and for the team, as we wanted to start the Europa League well.”Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“It was a difficult match, because we couldn’t take it for granted and had everything to lose. It was crucial to keep the right attitude throughout and we emerged with the points.“It has been a real learning curve, as every training session I learn something new, such as where my teammates like to cross the ball and in my positioning.“I can’t wait to repay this glorious club for the faith it has shown in me.” read more