New Everton manager Roberto Martinez has completed the first transfer of his Goodison Park reign after striker Arouna Kone signed a three-year deal. Press Association Kone, 29, scored 13 goals for Wigan last season despite spending a month on international duty with the Ivory Coast at the Africa Nations Cup. Despite his contribution, the Latics failed to avoid relegation from the Premier League. While his new Everton team-mates are heading off to Austria for pre-season this week Kone will not be joining them. He will link up with the squad later this month as he is on extended leave having been on international duty at the end of last season. The Ivory Coast international has followed the Spaniard from Wigan after a fee, believed to be around £6.5million, was agreed last week. Martinez is also trying to tie up the signature of Antolin Alcaraz, another of his former Latics players, who is a free agent after his contract expired.
New Delhi: Batsman Suresh Raina joked that he has been washing vegetables more frequently than he washed his own hair during the ongoing lockdown. Raina, like all cricketers in the country, is at his home due to the lockdown that has been imposed amidst the coronavirus pandemic.Raina said that he has been cleaning toilets and vegetables now at home and talking about older days with his mother and grandmother.“I am having ‘haldi milk’ to boost immunity and it seems like all the old things are coming back,” he told Aaj Tak.Raina would have been in the heat of the 2020 season of the Indian Premier League season with Chennai Super Kings had it not been for the coronavirus pandemic. IANSAlso read: Suresh Raina invites Hima Das to perform her celebration styleAlso Watch: Veterinary College in Guwahati creates hand sanitizers to fight the shortage of Sanitizers in Assam
For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights New Delhi: Rohit Sharma displayed his class and mettle as he blasted his 23rd century and second in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 as India dominated against Pakistan in the marquee clash in Manchester. Rohit was well-supported by KL Rahul as he smashed his third fifty and the duo became the first Indian openers to stitch a 100-plus opening stand against Pakistan in World Cups. Pakistan chose to bowl against India in overcast conditions and with a threat of rain in Manchester. Mohammad Amir started off well and looked the most threatening of the bowlers but he was let down by lack of support from Hasan Ali, his opening bowler from the other end. (CATCH LIVE CRICKET SCORE IND v PAK HERE)After starting with a couple of fours, Rohit broke the shackles with a brilliant cut shot to deep cover off Hasan Ali while he crunched a pull shot over deep midwicket for a six. The right-hander cracked a short ball off Shadab Khan to the deep point fence while he clobbered yet another six. Rohit got to his landmark in style by smashing yet another short ball from the legspinner to the square third man fence for a boundary.Rahul continued his fine form and he supported Rohit well as he notched up his third fifty. However, Wahab Riaz struck a big blow as Rahul chipped a full ball to Babar Azam at short cover for 57. Rohit continued his fine run and he targeted the spinners brilliantly by lashing Mohammad Hafeez straight down the ground for a boundary. He survived a close call when he was in the 80s when he inside-edged Hasan Ali but the ball missed the stumps and raced away to the fine leg fence.Rohit entered the 90s in style by upper-cutting a six off Hasan Ali over the third man for his third six and he reached his milestone by cutting Shadab to the deep point fence for a single to bring up his century off just 85 balls. Rohit continued to rake in the records as he broke Virat Kohli’s mark of the highest individual score in World Cups against Pakistan, which was 107 in the 2015 World Cup in Adelaide.Pakistan has never won a World Cup contests against India ever since both teams started playing in 1992. In Sydney, India won their first encounter while they knocked Pakistan out in the quarterfinal of the 1996 World Cup. In 1999, they defeated Pakistan in the super six stages while in 2003, they registered a win in the league stages. In 2011, they knocked Pakistan out of the tournament with a win in the semi-final while in 2015, they won by a big margin in Adelaide.India is currently unbeaten in the 2019 tournament while Pakistan has suffered losses to West Indies and Australia with their game against Sri Lanka abandoned due to rain. Rohit Sharma blasted his second ton in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.Pakistan has never won against India in World Cups.KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma became the first Indian openers to stitch 100-run stand in World Cups vs Pakistan.
By Rajiv BisnauthLED by spinners Matthew Nandu and Chanderpaul Ramraj, the Select Under-17 team defended 135 runs to beat an ill-fated Essequibo team by 39 runs in round two of the Hand-in-Hand Inter-county Under-19 limited-over encounter yesterday, at the Georgetown Cricket Club ground.Essequibo, chasing 136 for victory in a game which was reduced to 47 overs-a-side, were comfortably placed at 60-2, but a batting collapse which has now become customary, saw them lose nine wickets for just 36 runs. They were eventually bowled out for 96 in 30 overs.Off-spinner Nandu was adjudged man-of-the-match. Left-arm spinner Ramraj used the conditions well, much to the delight of their skipper. He produced a disciplined effort to finish with figures of 5-20 and 3-16 respectively.Winning the toss and deciding to bat first, three Select Under-17 batsmen reached double figures with Andre Seepersaud top-scoring with an unbeaten 38 off 58 balls, while Movendra Dindyal made 32 and Nandu 18.While Essequibo’s opening bowlers were somewhat wayward upfront, off-spinners Amit Persaud and Mahesh Ramnarine bowled well in tandem, claiming three wickets apiece. Persaud ended with 3-27 while Ramnarine had 3-19 off nine overs.Openers Zeynul Ramsammy and Nandu, whose first three scoring shots were all boundaries, added 24 runs for the first wicket before captain Ramsammy was trapped leg-before-wicket to Jerimiah Scott for a 23-ball five.Dindyal joined Nandu to keep the Essequibians at bay before rain intervened after 15.3 overs of play. But during that period of play, they took the score to 61 with the help of some errant bowling, especially from pacers Elian Whyte and Romario Stephen, who contributed ten extras between them from their opening spells.Upon resumption after 78 minutes had been lost, Dindyal smashed Persaud for a six but the Select Under-17s lost their way thereafter.Nandu was the first to go, bowled by Persaud while Azizi Christiani, whose selection remains questionable, was also removed by Persaud without scoring.The batting side then suffered the loss of four quick wickets, including Dindyal, who struck three fours and a six in his 65-ball knock. He was removed by Lance Roberts before Sarwan Chaitnarine became Persaud’s third victim.Ramnarine then got into the act with the wicket of Romel Datterdin before Chetram Balgobin was run-out. However, Seepersaud stood firm at the other end despite the loss of Ramraj and Ajay Gainda. Dowlatram was the other not-out batsman on five.Essequibo then suffered an early blow in the run-chase, losing the in-form Orlando Jailall, to Romel Datterdin for one, at 19-1.However, Kevin Christian (22), and Scott (33), then joined forces for a second-wicket stand of 41 runs but Scott, after hitting two fours and a six, was dismissed. His dismissal triggered the collapse with only Roberts (14), the other batsman to reach double figures.
Syracuse defensive coach Lelan Rogers yelled at Brandon Mullins to just play Lyle Thompson topside and let the Albany attack roll underneath.Having heard Rogers’ loud voice, Thompson rolled and it burned Syracuse in the first half.When Mullins stopped Thompson, he dropped a pass to Connor Fields, who fired a low shot past SU goalie Bobby Wardwell to take a 2-0 lead.In the second quarter, Thompson rolled, ran to the crease and bounced in a shot to close Albany’s gap against SU to 6-5.“He’s gotta respect one side, either play me topside, you gotta pick one,” Thompson said. “I know that and I’m sure he knows that.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThompson handled No. 2 SU (8-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) Thursday night in the Carrier Dome, scoring four goals and assisting three more despite losing to Syracuse 17-12. No. 9 Albany (7-2, 3-0 America East) head coach Scott Marr called Thompson the best player he’s ever seen play. The Orange tried to defend Thompson with Ralph D’Agostino and Mullins.“If you look at the time of possession that we had it, Lyle’s four (goals) and three (assists) in that short amount of time that we had the ball,” Marr said. “If go back and look at the actual time of possession, I want to say it’s two-thirds to a third, if not more.”D’Agostino initially started in place of Sean Young to guard Thompson. When SU didn’t get the slides Orange head coach John Desko wanted, he put Young into the game.At times, Thompson became Mullins’ responsibility. The Albany attack noticed SU had Mullins pressure out in an attempt to deny him the ball with a soft zone behind him. Thompson tried drawing a double team.“Mullins did a really good job on me, pressuring out on me, staying out on my hands,” Thompson said. “Especially in the … first half, he was out on me pretty good and I adjusted the second half.”But even in the second quarter, Thompson looked like he had adjusted just fine. He stood face-to-face with Mullins behind the net. He separated from Mullins by spinning as he moved toward the net and ran up the left side of the crease, finishing the play with a backhanded shot.In his wake, Thompson left Mullins to gather himself up off the ground after the SU defender ran into midfielder Mike Messina on the crease. Mullins came off the field and Young came in the game. On the next possession D’Agostino guarded Thompson.“Lelan did a good job of calming (Mullins) a little and saying, ‘Relax, let’s get back into it here, go back with the game plan,’” Desko said. “He had shut him a bunch in the first quarter, and then it looked like he was letting him have the ball again.”SU held Thompson to two points in the second half until there were about five minutes left and the game pretty much over. The Albany attack picked up one more point to make the score 16-11 with 4:09 left and assisted on another to make the game 16-12 with 2:43 to play.The Orange defense could do what it wanted to try and slow Thompson down, but ultimately, Ben Williams winning 24-of-27 faceoffs was the only thing that could permanently do that.“Unfortunately, we didn’t have the ball too much in the second half,” Thompson said. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 3, 2015 at 11:13 am Contact Chris: email@example.com | @ChrisLibonati
Erling Braut Haaland continued his remarkable scoring form this season with two more goals to give Borussia Dortmund the advantage over Paris St-Germain in their Champions League last-16 tie.The 19-year-old Norwegian showed two distinct sides of his impressive game with two second-half strikes – the first a predatory finish after Raphael Guerreiro’s shot was blocked and the second a left-footed thunderbolt from 20 yards.They took his tally for the season to a stunning 39 goals in only 29 appearances, and 11 in seven since joining Dortmund in January.In between the Haaland goals, Neymar briefly drew the visitors level, slotting in a low Kylian Mbappe cross on his return following four matches out with a rib injury.But he was outshone by Haaland, who gave the German side the result their positive display deserved and a narrow lead to take to the Parc des Princes for the second leg on 11 March.The result also marks a disappointing return to Dortmund for PSG boss Thomas Tuchel, who spent two successful seasons at Dortmund from 2015 to 2017 before being sacked in acrimonious circumstances shortly after winning the German Cup.However, Tuchel and his side will be confident that they can turn the tie in their favour and go beyond the last 16 for the first time in four seasons on a ground where they have netted 18 times in four games in 2020. Source: BBC
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Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas (5) tries to evade Pittsburgh linebacker Anthony Gonzalez (28) in the first quarter of an NCAA football game, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – After quarterback Anthony Boone found out No. 24 Duke was back in the national rankings, he called a players-only meeting.The message was simple: Don’t let it be a distraction.It sure wasn’t last year when the Blue Devils cracked the polls and climbed into first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coastal Division.Now they’ve done it again.And the way they see it, they’re older and even better equipped to handle their success heading into this week’s visit to Pittsburgh, where a win over the Panthers (4-4, 2-2) would push Duke (6-1, 2-1) closer to a repeat ACC title game berth.Boone described the meeting Tuesday as “a pretty easy talk” because “we have a lot of experienced guys who know what it takes to win in November.”To those outside the program, earning national rankings might still seem like a new phenomenon for these Blue Devils.Last year they showed up in the Top 25 for the first time since the 1994 season, rising to No. 20 during an eight-game winning streak that started after a wild loss to these Panthers.This week’s reappearance in the polls marks the first time that’s happened for Duke in consecutive seasons since the mid-1950s.“The two-year body of work has been exceptional,” coach David Cutcliffe said. “We all know it can go away as fast as it comes sometimes, but it should make you hungry. … Moving forward, it’s meaningless unless we continue to play well.”Boone said he didn’t even find out about the ranking until Monday when his sister told him about it. Cornerback DeVon Edwards says doing it last year was “OK for the first time.“But now everybody’s mindset is a lot different,” he added. “We’re not really proud of just being ranked. We want to keep on climbing the ladder.”As the only team in the Coastal with just one ACC loss, they’ve already climbed to the top of a muddy division.Now the challenge is to stay there.Maybe this game will help sort things out in a division in which five teams are behind Duke with two league losses.The Blue Devils hold head-to-head tiebreakers with two of them – Virginia and Georgia Tech – and still must play Pitt and North Carolina. Duke’s only league loss came against Miami.“We kind of believe,” center Matt Skura said, “if we just keep on winning, then we’ll kind of create our own spot at the top.”That will require a victory over Pitt – the only Coastal team Duke has yet to beat under seventh-year coach David Cutcliffe.This matchup shapes up as the opposite of last year, when the Panthers won a 58-55 shootout in the second-highest-scoring game in ACC history. The teams combined for 1,130 total yards in that one – and Boone missed it with a broken collarbone.This Duke team ranks second in the league, allowing 15 points per game. Until Georgia Tech hung 56 on the turnover-prone Panthers last week, Pitt hadn’t given up more than 30 to anyone.“That’s the bottom line, not giving up points,” Pitt coach Paul Chryst said. “You never quite know how the game is going to play out. You’ve just got to be prepared to be able to play whatever type of game it is.”___Follow Joedy McCreary on Twitter at http://twitter.com/joedyap
Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) chair emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan noted that Gilas’ three-week training, clearly, wasn’t enough.“If we are going to get serious against Australia, we have got to give enough time for the team to jell,” said Pangilinan.Part of that preparation should be getting Blatche on board early, said Reyes, as the 31-year-old got criticized for his sluggish showing.“The key is to get him to practice more than five days,” said Reyes, after Blatche flew in late due to commitments in China. “We can’t teach everything in five days. Or you might be able to teach everything, but to actually practice it, run it, make it instinct, you can’t get that in five days.”Blatche had a measly six points on a 2-of-9 shooting plus six turnovers against Taipei, but had 14 rebounds and five blocks. Reyes got a big boost, however, from June Mar Fajardo’s 17 points off the bench on top of eight rebounds, two assists and a couple of blocks.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments Jarata replicates Palawan tennis 3-peat LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set “It’s simply a matter of them (players) getting used to it mentally and physically,” said Reyes.Gilas struggled pulling off victories over Japan ( 77-71) last Friday in Tokyo and Chinese Taipei (90-83) Monday night in Manila in the first window of Group B action.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneSo despite the 2-0 start, Reyes expects things to get harder when the Philippines takes on powerhouse Australia in the second window on Feb. 22, 2018 in Adelaide.“It’s going to be three months so there won’t be any kind of momentum that’s going to be built,” said Reyes. “But it armed us a lot of knowledge about ourselves. Hopefully, things to work on and learn.” Chot Reyes. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAfter Gilas Pilipinas got away with wins that looked far from pretty, coach Chot Reyes knows it highlighted how much work the team needs in the Fiba World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifying series.The national team gets another three months to get it all done—whether it’s adjusting to the tournament’s new home-and-away format or making sure that naturalized player Andray Blatche stays fit for action.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny
Former Public Works Minister, Samuel Kofi Woods, has described late NTGL chairman Charles Gyude Bryant’s wish that government “must not participate in his funeral ceremony” as a “voice of protest from the grave.”Former NTGL chairman Bryant recently passed at the JFK Memorial Hospital in Monrovia as a result of heart failure, doctors confirmed.Before his death, Bryant drafted his ‘will,’ and in that document, family sources confirmed, “Bryant does not want the Liberian government’s involvement in his funeral”.Mixed reactions greeted the pronouncement when it was released by the family to the media. Many supported the deceased’s wish while others argued that the responsibility for Bryant’s funeral, as a former statesman, belongs to the government of Liberia; and as such, funeral arrangements should be the responsibility of government along with family members.Over the weekend, Atty. Woods joined the quest to resist the involvement and presence of government during the funeral.”If Chairman Bryant had a wish, I say that it should be carried out to the fullest,” Atty. Woods declared.He frowned on critics who argued against politicizing Bryant’s death, noting that former Chairman Bryant lived as a politician. He served as former party chairman and interim head of state of Liberia, another political office; he lived and died as a politician. As such, he said, his death has evoked mixed reactions from members of the public.“It is expected that events and developments surrounding his demise will be the subject of political debate,” he indicated.Woods went on to say, “It’s a reality that we need to confront. I say, if Chairman Bryant had a wish, we should respect it because his voice is a protest from the grave. He is raising our consciousness as a nation even in his death. He sends a clear message to this society and leadership about a new value system, about an order gone wrong and about a society on the sad path of reversal. This is a silent protest and former chairman Bryant is saying to you in his sample way, that his legitimacy must come from the Liberian people,” the human rights activist intoned.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)