Transfers Arsenal sign Lichtsteiner on free transfer Chris Wheatley Arsenal Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 21:11 6/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Juventus Premier League The right-back joins the club after his deal at Juventus expired, becoming Unai Emery’s first signing during his tenure at Emirates Stadium Arsenal have announced the signing of Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free transfer after his Juventus contract expired.As previously revealed by Goal, the 34-year-old right-back becomes Unai Emery’s first signing as Gunners head coach, having taken over from Arsene Wenger at the end of the 2017-18 campaign.“Stephan brings huge experience and leadership to our squad,” Emery told Arsenal’s official website. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “He’s a player with great quality with a very positive and determined attitude. Stephan will improve us on and off the pitch.”Emery’s first task as Gunners head coach was to strengthen a side which aims to close the gap on their Premier League rivals next season, with defence a clear priority having conceded 51 times in the Premier League during Arsene Wenger’s final season in charge.With Hector Bellerin the only senior right-back at the club Lichtsteiner’s arrival is expected to ease the burden on Arsenal’s Spain international going into next season, while his leadership qualities are also seen as a key asset.Ainsley Maitland-Niles is able to deputise at right-back but is viewed as being a more natural defensive midfielder while Carl Jenkinson appears unlikely to break into the starting line-up following a disappointing loan spell at Birmingham City last term.Switzerland captain Lichtsteiner announced he would be leaving the Bianconeri in early May having helped the club to their seventh successive Serie A title, with the Switzerland international having ended each season since joining the club from Lazio in 2011 as a national champion.In total he scored 14 goals in 250 appearances for Juventus, though he had fallen down the pecking order in Turin last season. Borussia Dortmund, Monaco and Marseille also showed an interest in signing him.Lichtsteiner’s arrival is expected to be the start of a busy transfer window for Arsenal with Greek international defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos expected to sign for the club in the coming days.
FIRST AFFILIATES JOIN TOUCH FOOTBALL AUSTRALIA Queensland has created history with two of their affiliates joining Touch Football Australia under the new Unitary Model of Management. A restructure of the sport in Australia has resulted in the affiliates (local competitions) becoming direct members of the national body. The new structure, recommended by an independent report produced in June 2004, is being implemented across Australia. Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association (BMTA) was the first affiliate in Australia to become part of the new body under the guidance of BMTA President Ken Willett, a member of the committee that drafted the new national constitution. Willet is delighted that BMTA is the first member, believing that in the coming weeks many other affiliates will see the benefits of joining Touch Football Australia as a direct member. “This move is a great step forward for Brisbane Metro and for the sport as a whole,” Willett said. John Fitzgerald from Berserkers Touch in Rockhampton (formerly Central Queensland University Touch) followed BMTA’s announcement by also announcing that their affiliate has signed on as a member of Touch Football Australia. TFA Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Thompson, believes that the restructure of TFA and the steps these affiliates have taken will benefit them greatly. “It is great to see that the local competitions appreciate the benefits of the new model and are signing up. The whole theme of the restructure is to reduce duplication and administration and to divert more resources to the grass roots. The players, officials and coaches in BMTA and Berserkers will be the first to benefit.” FOR MORE INFORMATION: If you would like to know more about the management restructure, the benefits for your affiliate or how to join, simply click here: INFORMATION ON AFFILIATION Or contact: Kevin Thompson Australian Touch Association Chief Executive Officer Ph: (02) 6285 2703
Matthew was named the New South Wales Sports Federation Volunteer of the Year, while Croft received a Distinguished Long Service award for his involvement in Touch Football. It’s been a big couple of months for Matthew, who was also recognised for his outstanding contribution to the sport of Touch Football at the New South Wales Sports Volunteer Awards in December last year, while he also received Life Membership from Touch Football Australia. Matthew won the Volunteer of the Year award over Surf Life Saving’s Gary Cain and Hockey’s Richard Willis, saying he was ‘gobsmacked’ to take out the award. “I’m surprised but really happy because I think it’s really good for our sport, Touch Football had four nominations so to get two people up is just sensational.”Matthew told the night’s Master of Ceremonies, Stephanie Brantz, that the most enjoyable part of his involvement in Touch Football is the people he gets to work with. “It’s helping the people come through, it’s being involved in the sport,” he said. Croft has also been recognised on numerous occasions in recent years for his work with Parramatta Touch Association, becoming a Life Member of New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) in 2010 and receiving the Rod Wise Medal for Volunteer of the Year at the 2011 NSWTA Blues Dinner. Croft was one of 17 people to be recognised with a Distinguished Long Service award for 30 years of service and says that it was ‘very special’ to be one of the recipients of this award. “I keep on saying, I’m not in Touch to get the awards. I love coaching, I love picking up all the rubbish and being a happy-go-lucky guy,” Croft said. “I feel humble, sometimes I even feel embarrassed…I am in it because I love the sport, doing all the coaching and that kind of thing. I’m now coaching the daughters of the mothers I coached years ago, that’s scary. It’s been a lot of good fun.”Croft says that he’s had many highlights during his involvement in Touch Football in many aspects of the game, including coaching and administering the sport. “Winning five out of six tournaments with all of the young girls from Parramatta, that was one of them, starting off down at South Sydney when it was barefoot, I enjoyed all that, plus being a part of New South Wales Touch Association, that’s the main thing.”Australian Men’s Open coach, Tony Trad and Australian referee, Adam Foley, were also nominated for awards in their respective areas. Trad was nominated for Coach of the Year, with the award being won by Swimming’s Brant Best, coach of James Magnussen. Foley was nominated for the Official of the Year award, which was won by Netball umpire, Sharon Kelly, who won the award for the second year in a row. Touch Football Australia would like to congratulate the four Touch Football volunteers who were nominated, as well as Matthew and Croft on their awards.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Al Sadd striker Baghdad Bounedjah wanted by Leicesterby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAl Sadd striker Baghdad Bounedjah is being linked with Leicester City.Stade El Doha says the 27-year-old striker would be available for £10m, and has been heavily linked with Championship side Leeds United in recent months.Ligue 1 side Marseille has also been credited with an interest in the Al Sadd frontman who has scored 60 goals for club and country this year, outscoring Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.In 13 league games for Al Sadd this season, Bounedjah has scored an impressive 26 goals, including seven in a 10-1 win over Al Arabi in August.Bounedjah has also made 19 appearances for his country, scoring seven goals including a brace against Tanzania in March this year.
Ex-Tottenham boss Sherwood says Pochettino has no excuses for Cup shockby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood says Mauricio Pochettino has no excuses for their Carabao Cup dumping by Colchester.Colchester are the lowest-ranked team remaining in the competition, and stunned the football world by dumping Spurs out on penalties after a 0-0 draw.“I know the fans want to win a trophy, but not only that, the manager wants to as well,” Sherwood said.“So perhaps he will have said to Harry [Kane] yesterday ‘I’m not playing you, I’m not going to take you’, and Harry said ‘why not? I want to play, I want to win a trophy’.“It’s all about winning for these guys now.“He’s not picked a bad team there.“Look at Arsenal, look at Man City, look at the changes they made. The reason there isn’t many upsets anymore is because all the strong teams are so strong. They’re all international players throughout the squad.“They’ve got enough – Tottenham’s priority this season is to finish in the top four again, I believe they will do that, but they need to progress.“Progression would be some silverware, and they’ve one less option now.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Jeff Capel Quinn CookDuke senior guard Quinn Cook, one of the few upperclassmen who saw meaningful time for the Blue Devils on the floor during the NCAA Tournament, has a great relationship with the team’s coaching staff. Thursday, we saw yet another example of that fact in action.Duke assistant Jeff Capel posted a photo of a note that Cook left him on his office door from yesterday. In the note, Cook writes that he “came through” to talk to Capel. Capel’s response? “You most definitely came through.” Well done.Cook had a fantastic NCAA Tournament, averaging 13.5 points per game as he led the Blue Devils to their fifth national title. He’s out of eligibility, but we have a feeling that he’ll still be a fan favorite for quite some time.
Perjury charges against Liverpool and Croatia defender Dejan Lovren have been dropped, a Croatian court has confirmed.The centre-back was alleged to have provided a false testimony in the trial of former Dinamo Zagreb director Zdravko Mamic in September 2017 but a Zagreb court dropped the charges on Monday.Mamic was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison for corruption last June, with a court ruling he had made illegal profits on player transfers. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Lovren maintained his innocence throughout the case, releasing a statement via social media when he was charged.”I want to say this to all, especially to my family, friends, supporters in my homeland, my club’s fans in England, I am innocent,” Lovren posted on Instagram.”I didn’t commit any criminal offence. I am proud of my life, every step of my life, everything that my family and I have created. No one can dirty that. No media, malicious people, nothing.”Real Madrid’s Ballon d’Or-winning midfielder Luka Modric was charged with perjury in relation to the same case. His charges were dropped last month. Lovren is working his way back from a hamstring injury for Premier League leaders Liverpool.Having returned to full training last week, he may be in contention for a return to the team for their Wednesday match against Leicester City. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Villarreal have agreed a deal to sign former Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno on a five-year contract.The left-back returns to La Liga after spending the last five years at Anfield, where he made 141 appearances and scored three goals before his release at the end of his contract in June.The 27-year-old has passed his medical with the Spanish club and is set to be presented to the press at 12:30 CEST on Wednesday, after his first training session, with only his contract left to be signed. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Moreno struggled for first-team appearances as Liverpool maintained a high standard of performances on all fronts, with Andrew Robertson nailing down a place at left-back in his place.The Spaniard made just five appearances for the Reds last term as they finished second in the Premier League and lifted their sixth Champions League trophy.He proved a divisive figure during his time in England, with his modern style of play at left-back called into question on occasions where Liverpool were left lacking defensively.Moreno has tasted success on the European front with former club Sevilla, lifting the Europa League in 2014 after defeating Benfica in a penalty shootout.He would later face his former club in another Europa League final in Liverpool colours in 2016, but this time he was on the losing side as Sevilla ran out 3-1 winners despite initially falling behind.The left-back has also represented Spain at international level, first appearing for the Under-21s in March 2013 before going on to receive his first of nine senior caps in October of the same year.Prior to joining the Reds for a reported fee of £12 million ($15m), Moreno made 62 appearances for Sevilla after coming through the youth ranks at the club, scoring three goals and registering five assists.Moreno becomes Villarreal’s third signing of the summer following deals for defensive pair Ruben Pena and Raul Albiol, who joined from Eibar and Napoli respectively.El Submarino Amarillo finished 14th in La Liga last season, seven points above the drop zone and nine points behind the Europa League places in a tight mid-table group.
Laurent Koscielny may have gone AWOL at Arsenal in an effort to force a move away from the club, but former Gunners striker Olivier Giroud says his fellow Frenchman is “very hurt” by the unfortunate episode.After nine years of loyal service in north London, and with 12 months left to run on his current contract, the club captain at Emirates Stadium is looking for a way out.Koscielny is hoping to see his deal ripped up, allowing him to return to his homeland as a free agent. 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? He is considered by many to have gone the wrong way about trying to force a switch, with the 33-year-old defender having refused to travel with the Arsenal squad to a pre-season base in the United States.It has been suggested that his legacy will be tarnished by his actions, but Giroud – who left the Gunners for Chelsea in January 2018 – believes his countryman and close friend will be hurting.The World Cup-winning striker told BBC Sport: “Lolo is a good friend of mine. I’ve known him now for 10, 11 years. We played together in the second division [in France, at Tours].”He’s been playing for Arsenal for nine years; he’s been the skipper for so many years – very respectful, very professional, always the best example for the young players.”The club gave him the opportunity to play at Arsenal, and it was a big, big opportunity for him to show his quality in the Premier League. I think he has always been grateful about that and respectful to the club. I don’t understand how we have got to this situation.”I feel very sad for him because he’s a great person and the media wants to give a bad image of him.”I’m not at the club, I don’t know what really happened – but one thing for sure is Lolo is very hurt by what’s happening and he’s an emotional person.”Giroud knows all about heading for the exits at Arsenal, but his situation was entirely different as he was not looking for a move and ended up being offloaded after Arsene Wenger drafted in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to bolster the Gunners’ attacking options.”I didn’t want to leave,” added a man who spent five-and-half years at the Emirates.”I spoke with the boss – at this time, Arsene – and I told him: ‘Look, gaffer, I need some game time to play at the World Cup, that’s massive for me.'”At the end of the day, we won it, so it was very important for me to leave.”It was tough for me, but it was amazing to sign for a club like Chelsea. It was like an improvement for me because – OK, it’s Manchester City now – but Chelsea have been the best club in England over the past 10 years.”It was a new challenge with big motivation, big targets.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners throws during warm ups before the game against the Army Black Knights at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Black Knights 28-21 in overtime. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Oklahoma fans surely already love Kyler Murray quite a bit, as the star quarterback is leading the Sooners to a potential College Football Playoff berth, but the love will grow a bit after reading what he said today.Murray, a five-star transfer from Texas A&M, was asked today about his recruitment by Oklahoma State.The star quarterback’s response was simple:“I’m not a fan of Stillwater.”Kyler Murray was brief when asked about being recruited by Oklahoma State: “I’m not a fan of Stillwater.”He also said that it was “Yellich” who called him. He meant Mike Yurcich— Jason Kersey (@jasonkersey) November 5, 2018It’s rivalry week for Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, so this should get the juices flowing even more.Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. E.T. on Saturday.The game will be on ABC.
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)Its been three days since the committee announced the official matchups for the College Football Playoff, but Kirk Herbstreit is still upset about one team being left out of the picture.While it’s hard to argue over Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame getting into the playoff, many people debated over which team should earn the last semifinal berth. Last weekend, the Georgia Bulldogs fell short to the Crimson Tide, the Ohio State Buckeyes won convincingly over Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship, and the Oklahoma Sooners defeated Texas to win the Big-12 Championship.Although Georgia has two losses on its resume, Herbstreit believes the loss to Alabama shouldn’t have kept them out of the playoff. However, the analyst thinks politics played a major role in the committee’s final decision.From 247Sports:“I’m loyal and have a passion to college football and I want to see the four best teams get their chance, because that’s what’s right and that’s what’s fair.”“Now, it’s subjective, everyone is entitled to who they think is the best. I’m not pushing for an agenda. I’m not pushing for Ohio State to make it as a fan,” Herbstreit said. “I’m pushing for what’s right and what’s right is how can you watch Georgia be No. 4 and then go out and play the No. 1-ranked team, and not only hang around with them, but control them for much of the game until Jalen Hurts decides to write a Hollywood script and come back and knock off Georgia.It’s definitely an argument being had by fans everywhere, but it’s also hard to snub Oklahoma from the playoff. After all, the Sooners avenged their early-season loss to the Longhorns.Nonetheless, the Bulldogs will have to settle for playing in the Sugar Bowl.
Simply… THANK YOU ❤️❤️❤️#NotFightingAlone pic.twitter.com/awGsaBK1oT— Blake Anderson (@CHbanderson) September 2, 2019We can’t imagine what Anderson and his family are dealing with. It has been uplifting to see the way others have expressed their condolences and support for them though.Right now, there is no timetable for Anderson to return to the sidelines.Hopefully he continues to take his time and doesn’t rush back. MOBILE, AL – JANUARY 4: Head coach Blake Anderson of the Arkansas State Red Wolves during their game against the Toledo Rockets on January 4, 2015 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. The Toledo Rockets defeated the Arkansas State Red Wolves 63-44. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)Two weeks ago, Arkansas State head coach Blake Anderson’s wife Wendy passed away after succumbing to cancer.Since then, Anderson has taken a leave of absence from the program. He and his family are clearly going through unspeakable pain, but they have received an outpouring of national support.Anderson took to Twitter this afternoon to voice his appreciation for all those who have come forward since his wife’s death.“It’s impossible to adequately say thank you to so many AMAZING people who both energized Wendy’s fight and who now are carrying me and our kids daily through prayer, texts, hugs, cards, food and so much more,” Anderson wrote. “I apologize for the crudeness of this attempt to say it, but with so many people to reach out to it seems the only way to even come close. THANK YOU TO ALL.”
India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 25, 2019UPDATED: January 25, 2019 20:04 IST President Ram Nath Kovind said: India belongs to each of us and to all of us – every group and every community, every region and every identity. It belongs to every citizen and every individual. (Photo: Screengrab of Doordarshan)President Ram Nath Kovind delivered his address to the nation on the eve of the Republic Day today. In his speech, the President said that the recent decision of extending 10 per cent reservation to the poor families among the upper castes is a step towards realising the India of our dreams.He said 2019 will be an important year for India because the country will vote in the general elections. The President said election is not just a political exercise and termed voting as a sacred act.Here is the full text of the President’s speech:My greetings to all of you on the eve of our 70th Republic Day! This is an occasion to commemorate the values of our democracy and Republic. This is an occasion to reaffirm our commitment to liberty, fraternity and equality across our society and among all our citizens. And above all, this is an occasion to celebrate India and the spirit of being Indian.Every Republic Day is precious and every day in the life of our Republic is precious. Yet this year is a little extra special. On October 2, we will mark the 150th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, who led us – and who inspired oppressed societies in Asia, Africa and elsewhere – to freedom from colonial rule.Gandhiji remains the moral compassof our Republic; his teachings are still the touchstone to measure our policies and initiatives. His 150th anniversary is not for India alone; it is a joy to be shared with the world.advertisementA few weeks after Gandhiji’s birthday, on November 26, we will mark the 70th anniversary of the adoption of our Constitution. This enlightened and far-reaching document laid the foundations of our Republic.It was the work of men and women of principle and patriotism – the members of the Constituent Assembly. In particular, we recall the role ofBabasaheb Dr BhimraoAmbedkar, who chaired the Drafting Committee. In his honour, and in our Constitution’s honour, the nation will celebrate Constitution Day this year in an appropriate manner.The values that shaped Indian independence and that continue to shape our Republic – the values inculcatedin our democracy and our Constitution- are also the values that uphold the supremacy of the people of India.This year, the people of India – each one of us – have another responsibility: of voting in the general election and electing the 17thLok Sabha. The ideas and idealism of our democracy will come into full force. Once more, as we do every five years, voters will deliver their verdict and write their destiny.This year’s election will be the first when voters born in the 21st century will contribute to electing a new Lok Sabha.An election is not just a political exercise. An election is a collective call to wisdom and a collective call to action. It represents a renewal and a recommitment to the goals and hopes of a shared and egalitarian society. It represents the diverse and yet singular urges of the people and the Republic of India.This makes the very act of voting a sacred act. Please perform this act. Who the voter chooses to vote for is up to him or her, I would only request all eligible voters to go out and vote. Our country is at a key juncture. In some respects this is as critical and formative a period as the late 1940s and early 1950s.Decisions and actions of today will shape the India of the remainder of the 21st century. As such, this is not just a once-in-a-generation moment – it is a once-in-a-century moment.Having said that, let us remember that this election is only a milestone in the journey towards fulfilling the aspirations of our people and building a developed India. India is at the doorstep of eliminating extreme poverty for the first time in memory.A programme of universal and equitable healthcare has begun to be rolled out. Affordable medicines and medical devices and implants are becoming a reality for more and more sections of our people. A greater number of Indians than ever previously have access to proper housing, with modern sanitation and electricity.Connectivity – in the form of ports and inland waterways, upgraded railways and new metro services, national highways and rural roads, cost-effective air services to the interiors of India, and of course the surge in mobile phones and data access – is bringing us together as never before. India has been united and integrated -now it is being networked.advertisementLeapfrogging technologies and leapfrogging enlightenment are empowering our farmers and equipping our soldiers. They are enabling our traditionally deprived fellow citizens and educating our daughters and our sons.They are exciting the entrepreneurial energies and the infectious start-up culture that has made our younger generation and our India the focus of world attention and admiration.Fellow CitizensIn my travels across the country and my engagements with all sections of our society, I have sensed appreciation for such efforts and such hard-won advance.This is more so in the perception of senior generations that have lived through and strived to overcome the shortage economy. In area after area, commodity after commodity, we have converted difficulty into availability. We have done this step-by-step and year-by-year.And yet whether in foodgrains or LPG cylinders, telephone connections or even the ability to get a passport, change is apparent and change is visible. In many cases, technology has been a force multiplier. And in all cases, inclusiveness has been a moral multiplier.No conception of India’s development can be complete without a salute to our spirit of inclusiveness – of access and opportunity for all; of an expansion and an embrace of those whom we consider our own.This country belongs to each of us and to all of us – every group and every community, every region and every identity. It belongs to every citizen and every individual. India’s pluralism is its greatest strength and its greatest example to the world.The “Indian model” rests on a tripod of diversity, democracy and development. We cannot choose one above the other; we must have all three and we will have all three.The best indicator of social change in India is change towards gender equity and towards providing equal opportunities, under conditions of equality, to every girl child and every woman. In my experience, when given the chance, our daughters tend to not just equal but outperform our sons in the classroom.Young women in our country are moving ahead in every field – from academics to the creative arts, from sports to the armed forces. There is no stopping and no hesitation in this process. It is the route to India’s future.Fellow CitizensOur Republic has come a long way and we must appreciate how far successive generations have brought us. Equally, we must appreciate that our voyage is far from complete.There are still waters to cover, still gaps to fill and still tears to wipe. We have to recalibrate our yardstick of achievement and success – from quantity to quality; from a literate society to a knowledge society; from a nation that has room for all segments and all communities to a family that invokes, encourages and celebrates the uniqueness and potentialin each person – each daughter and each son.In his book “India of My Dreams”, Mahatma Gandhi wrote of an India where the poorest will have an “effective voice”, where there will be no “high class and low class”, where “all communities shall live in perfect harmony”, and where “women will enjoy the same rights as men”.advertisementThese ideals are a constant reminder of the India that we are building. In this context, the recent constitutional amendment to provide special facilities for talented children from poorer families is another step to an India of our dreams – and of Gandhiji’s dreams.The human experience is built on partnerships. Partnerships at home build a family. Partnerships at work build a business. Partnerships of different stakeholders build society.Partnerships of the government and the people build our nation. And partnerships of nations build a better world. In this manner partnerships are the thread knitting together family, nation and world – and leading to the treatment of the World as a Family: VasudhaivaKutumbakam.Partnerships are enhanced by open communication, honest conversation and unstinted compassion. This is true with members of our families. This is also true with sections or groups that have been historically disadvantaged and whose grievances must continue to be heard and addressed.It is important to create avenues for such conversations, even if they are inconvenient. In a society experiencing rapid change, we must be prepared for such conversations.And similarly we must be alive to the need for compassion – to those less privileged than us and tothe differently-abled, for example.Our society has shown great regard for those, whether individuals or institutions, who devote themselves to people’s welfare and go beyond the call of duty.The concept of seva, of devotion to public service and to the broadening of the ambit of justice, must get its due. Well-intentioned contributions of individuals, of groups of people, of institutions, whether public or private, of society at large, or for that matter of the government, must be acknowledged and appreciated.These are guiding principles for us at home as well as abroad. These are guiding principles that shape India’s global approach – whether in peace-keeping, climate change mitigation, development partnerships, or humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. These are earning India a new respect in the international system.These are the principles, I would stress, that are at the root of our Republic. Our Republic’s vision is that of reaching democratic goals by democratic means, pluralistic goals by pluralistic means, enlightened goals by enlightened means, inclusive goals by inclusive means, compassionate goals by compassionate means – and constitutional goals by constitutional means.May those principles always illuminate our path! After all, “We, the People ” gave ourselves this Constitution and “We, the People ” are the custodians and upholders of its principles.With those words, I once again wish all of you a happy Republic Day.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byMukesh Rawat India belongs to all citizens: President Kovind in Republic Day speech | Full textIn his speech, the President said that the recent decision of extending 10 per cent reservation to the poor families among the upper castes is a step towards realising the India of our dreams.advertisement
India vs New Zealand Live Streaming: When, Where, and How to Watch IND vs NZ 3rd ODI matchIndia vs New Zealand (IND vs NZ) 3rd ODI Live Streaming: India take on New Zealand in the third ODI of the five-match series at Mount Maunganui on Monday. India, who lead the series 2-0 after victories in Napier and Mount Maunganui, have won only one ODI series New Zealand.advertisement India Today Web Desk Mount MaunganuiJanuary 27, 2019UPDATED: January 27, 2019 17:50 IST India vs New Zealand Live Streaming: When, Where, and How to Watch IND vs NZ 3rd ODI match (BCCI Photo)A well-deserved break on the cards, India captain Virat Kohli will be aiming to seal the ongoing five-match series when his team squares off against a confused New Zealand in the third ODI in Mount Maunganui on Monday.The Indian captain has been given a break as part of BCCI’s workload management programme and he would ensure that he finishes his assignment Down Under on a high after the maiden Test and ODI victories in Australia.An unassailable 3-0 lead would be a fitting revenge to India’s abject 0-4 humiliation during the 2014 limited overs series.One of the primary focus of Monday’s encounter could be inclusion of Indian cricket’s latest enfant terrible Hardik Pandya, who is coming back from provisional suspension for his loose talk on a TV chat show.Pandya’s presence lends solidity and balance to the side and the skipper has time and again admitted it. The Baroda all rounder’s replacement Vijay Shankar is a decent cricketer but is yet to possess the X factor that Pandya has. That Shankar was given only two overs in the second ODI is an example that he is still not ready to shoulder extra responsibility.Pandya is a few clicks quicker than Shankar whose bowling in the three ODIs that he has played has not been penetrative.Pandya can also bat at No.6 if situation arises and his busy approach in batting can also get the scoreboard ticking in middle overs as the skipper wants.Otherwise Indian team doesn’t require much tinkering.advertisementNew Zealand, on the other hand, have looked clueless against India’s wrist-spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, who accounted for 12 of the 20 wickets in the last two ODIs.What time does the 3rd ODI between India vs New Zealand start?3rd ODI starts at 7.30AM IST on January 28, Monday at Mount Maunganui.What TV channel and live stream is the 3rd ODI between India and New Zealand 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. Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV will live stream India vs New Zealand match.Where will the 3rd ODI between India and New Zealand be played?The 3rd ODI between India and New Zealand will be played at Mount Maunganui from 7.30AM IST.Where can I watch the India vs New Zealand 3rd 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 New Zealand 3rd ODI?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs New Zealand from our live blog on indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads for the 3rd ODI between India and New Zealand?India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (Captain), MS Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ambati Rayudu, Shubman Gill, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, K. Khaleel AhmedNew Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (captain), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wicket-keeper), Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Henry Nicholls, Doug Bracewell, Matt Henry.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow MS DhoniFollow Kane WilliamsonFollow Rohit SharmaFollow Shikhar DhawanFollow Kuldeep YadavFollow Yuzvendra ChahalFollow Ross TaylorFollow Tom Latham
Next Indo-Asian News Service MonacoFebruary 19, 2019UPDATED: February 19, 2019 08:32 IST Novak Djokovic is now only one Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award behind Roger Federer. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNovak Djokovic has now won four World Sportsman of the Year trophy at Laureus Sports awardsJapanese tennis star Naomi Osaka won the World Breakthrough of the Year AwardFrance national football team received a second World Team of the Year AwardTennis world No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia won his fourth Laureus World Sportsman of the Year here on Monday, and American record-holding gymnast Simone Biles bagged the World Sportswoman of the Year Award thanks to her dominant world championship performance last year.Djokovic triumphed in tough competition against football star duo of Kylian Mbappe and Luka Modric, Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton, Kenyan marathon world record-breaker Eliud Kipchoge and NBA superstar LeBron James.”A Laureus Award is what every athlete wants to win, and this one is a huge honour for me. Being among so many sporting greats here tonight, and hearing about the inspirational work Laureus is doing around the world, gives this Award a special meaning for me,” said Djokovic.The fourth Sportsman of the Year trophy has moved Djokovic level with athletics icon Usain Bolt, just one shy of Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer’s record, reports Xinhua.It was fitting that we gave the last words of #Laureus19 to an athlete who epitomises so much of what we admire in our sporting heroes.What a speech @DjokerNole… pic.twitter.com/kQpZm5RK1M#Laureus19 (@LaureusSport) February 18, 2019After returning from an elbow surgery, Djokovic won the Wimbledon and the US Open in 2018.Djokovic added that reflecting on that journey, “it seems like a fairytale story.”Biles won four gold, one silver and one bronze medals at the 2018 World Championships. Also the World Sportsmwoman of the Year winner in 2017, she made history by becoming the first woman to win four all-around world gymnastics championships.advertisementBiles has a record 14 career world titles under her name at the age of 21. She went ahead of winter sports stars Ester Ledecka and Mikaela Shiffrin, Grand Slam tennis champions Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber, and four-time ironman world champion Daniela Ryf in the vote.A few words from the #Laureus19 World Sportswoman of the Year, @Simone_Biles pic.twitter.com/AntQsyO240#Laureus19 (@LaureusSport) February 18, 2019Chinese double amputee climber Xia Boyu received the most votes globally to become the 2019 Laureus Sporting Moment of the Year winner.Xia had lost both his legs in 1975 during his first attempt to reach the world’s highest peak of Qomolangma due to frostbite. He challenged the summit in 2014, 2015 and 2016 as well, but his dreams were shattered owing to avalanche, earthquake and bad weather respectively. He finally made it in his fifth attempt on May 14, 2018, becoming the first Chinese double amputee climber to have reached the summit of Qomolangma.”Reaching the summit of Qomolangma is always a dream and goal for me. I have fought for it over the past decades. Despite bad knocks several times, I never give up. I think the perseverance made my life so colourful and meaningful,” said Xia.How would we describe #Laureus19?Well they say a picture paints a thousand words.To Monaco, our nominees and winners, the Laureus Academy, and everyone in the @LaureusSport family, thank you! pic.twitter.com/ra8w9H0n0S#Laureus19 (@LaureusSport) February 18, 2019FRENCH FOOTBALL TEAM, NAOMI OSAKA WIN LAURELSFIFA World Cup winners France became the first national football team to win a second Laureus World Team of the Year Award. Their coach Didier Deschamps was on site to accept the award.Japan’s first Grand Slam tennis singles champion Naomi Osaka took the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award. The 21-year-old is now number one in the world after recently winning the Australian Open.Want to hear from the #Laureus19 Breakthrough of the Year!?Here’s @Naomi_Osaka_ pic.twitter.com/FwQuwNzWjQ#Laureus19 (@LaureusSport) February 18, 2019Golfing star Tiger Woods received the Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award for winning the Tour Championship, his third Laureus Award after the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year accolade in 2000 and 2001.The 17-year-old American snowboarding sensation Chloe Kim, who became the youngest woman to win a Winter Olympics snowboarding gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, won the Action Sportsperson of the Year Award.Slovak alpine skier Henrieta Farkasova and her guide Natalia Subrtova won the Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award.Yuwa, a sport for development organization that works in the rural region of Jharkhand in northern India, received the Laureus Sport for Good Award for their life-changing work in using football to improve the lives of young girls from disadvantaged communities.The inspiring @YuwaFootball are the reason for the @LaureusSport for Good award #Laureus19 pic.twitter.com/nRnG3tSNEF#Laureus19 (@LaureusSport) February 18, 2019The Laureus World Sports Academy recognized Eliud Kipchoge with the Laureus Academy Exceptional Achievement Award.advertisementLegendary football manager Arsene Wenger received the Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to football during his 22 years as manager of Arsenal.”Sport is tremendous, I had a long career but my passion for sport is intact, my passion for human beings is intact.”He changed football and still considered a mentor by the world stars who played for him.A man who truly understands #Laureus19 Sport for Good: Arsene Wenger pic.twitter.com/Wcin3t68G5#Laureus19 (@LaureusSport) February 18, 2019Skiing great Lindsey Vonn’s incredible career was recognized by the Laureus Academy with the Laureus Spirit of Sport Award.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 Novak DjokovicFollow Simone BilesFollow Laureus Sports awardsFollow Naomi OsakaFollow Tiger WoodsFollow Yuwa NGOFollow Arsene Wenger Laureus Sports awards: Djokovic, Biles win Sportspersons of the Year awardsNovak Djokovic won the World Sportsman of the Year while Simone Biles received the World Sportswomen of the Year award. Arsene Wenger was given the Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award.advertisement
Reuters ManchesterMarch 3, 2019UPDATED: March 3, 2019 18:32 IST Guardiola suggested City’s busy schedule, as they compete for trophies in four competitions, has not helped (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKevin will be out for a while with a muscular problem – hamstring: Pep GuardiolaKevin de Bruyne picked up a hamstring injury in Saturday’s 1-0 Premier League win at BournemouthDe Bruyne has struggled with knee injuries in the current campaign, making 14 league appearancesManchester City playmaker Kevin de Bruyne faces a spell on the sidelines after picking up a hamstring injury in Saturday’s 1-0 Premier League win at Bournemouth, manager Pep Guardiola said.De Bruyne was substituted in the first half of the game with his replacement Riyad Mahrez scoring the winner to help the champions take a two-point lead over Liverpool, who are in action at Everton on Sunday.Defender John Stones was also taken off but the England international’s problem is not as serious.”Kevin will be out for a while with a muscular problem – hamstring. John I think is more precaution. We didn’t take a risk, we’ll see tomorrow,” Guardiola told the British media.De Bruyne was one of the standout performers for City last season with 12 goals and 21 assists in all competitions but he has struggled with knee injuries in the current campaign, making 14 league appearances.Guardiola suggested City’s busy schedule, as they compete for trophies in four competitions, has not helped.”I think we’ve played 25 games in 93 days, one every three days, so it’s a physiological issue,” the Spaniard added. “The body is not able to recover so sometimes the muscle says ‘hello, that’s enough’.”We don’t give players time to recover. We play a game, then after, when they are not recovered, we play another game. There is only a short amount of time and it is very demanding. But everybody’s committed and we’ll wait for Kevin to come back.”City have 71 points from 29 games in the league.advertisementAlso Read | David Beckham salutes LA Galaxy and Los Angeles as statue unveiledAlso Read | Ivan Rakitic gives Barcelona second El Clasico win in four days at Real MadridAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Kevin de BruyneFollow Manchester CityFollow Premier league Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne set for spell out with hamstring problemKevin de Bruyne was substituted in the first half of Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Bournemouth with his replacement Riyad Mahrez scoring the winner.advertisement Next
Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiMarch 19, 2019UPDATED: March 19, 2019 14:56 IST HIGHLIGHTSSamsung will announce new Galaxy A devices on April 10.The Galaxy A90 is expected to headline the event with a pop-up camera.The Galaxy A40 and A20e may also go official on April 10.Samsung is planning to announce a few new smartphones under the Galaxy A-series in April. The company has scheduled “A Galaxy Event” on April 10 with simultaneous launches in Bangkok, Milan and Sao Paolo. Based on all the rumours so far, we expect the Galaxy A90 will headline the event. There have been reports on the Galaxy A40 and A20e as well in recent times that could debut on April 10. Samsung recently launched the Galaxy A10, Galaxy A30 and Galaxy A50 (Review) in India.The event on April 10 will be live streamed on Samsung’s official website, but the exact timing is still unknown. The Galaxy A90 is the most likely candidate as it has been in the news for a while. The Galaxy A90 is tipped to be Samsung’s premium mid-range offering so you can expect close to flagship-grade design and hardware on offer. The media invite seems to tease an all-screen display with no notch or punch-hole, suggesting the Galaxy A90 may indeed come with a pop-up camera as previously rumoured.The Galaxy A90 is said to come with an optical fingerprint sensor like the Galaxy A50. As a premium mid-range device that will likely take on the OnePlus 6T and the upcoming OnePlus 7, the Galaxy A90 is expected to pack some powerful hardware that could include a high-end Snapdragon or Exynos chipset. We say this because the Galaxy A90 was recently listed in Samsung’s US website as an “Ultimate Gaming Device” along the lines of the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 9.advertisementWhat’s being said about the camera is that the Galaxy A90 will come with a pop-up, rotating camera. This means that there might be just a single camera sensor that can rotate to either shoot from the back or take a selfie. If true, it will be interesting to see how the mechanism works. The Galaxy A90 is also tipped to come in silver, black and gold colours. The phone might be offered in 6GB and 8GB RAM options with 128GB of internal storage.Meanwhile, the Galaxy A20e and Galaxy A40 have also been spotted in a UK website recently, so there is a good chance Samsung might announce them on April 10. The Galaxy A20e is said to be a region-specific variant of the newly launched Galaxy A20. The Galaxy A40 is tipped to sport an Infinity-U display along with an in-display fingerprint sensor like the Galaxy A50.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A50 review: Premium features now come at an affordable priceGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow SamsungFollow Galaxy A20Follow Galaxy A40Follow Galaxy A90 Samsung announces Galaxy A-series event for April 10, could launch Galaxy A90Samsung is sending out invites for “A Galaxy Event” on April 10 where the company could announce the Galaxy A90 and a few more Galaxy A devices.advertisement
Middle order will be India’s underbelly at the World Cup: Sanjay ManjrekarTeam India selectors would be the most concerned about the No.4 position in the batting lineup ahead of the ICC World Cup in May.advertisement Rasesh Mandani MumbaiMarch 20, 2019UPDATED: March 20, 2019 21:44 IST India is yet to finalise its middle order going into the ICC World Cup in May (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia’s middle order, especially the No.4 position, remains a concern in ODI cricketSanjay Manjrekar feels Vijay Shankar should bat at No.4 for India at the World CupIndia have been forced to play 21 players in the last 13 ODI games before the World CupThe Indian selectors will be keenly watching the upcoming Indian Premier League with there being at least a couple of missing blanks before India’s squad of fifteen for the World Cup is finalised.The selectors, as well as the team management, would be the most concerned about the No.4 position in the batting lineup as that has been one spot in the playing eleven that is far from being settled.”The Indian team management would be a little worried because the World Cup is in England. And although the ball does not swing as much and the English summer is a lot like Indian summer, it won’t be as flat either. If the World Cup was in India maybe Ambati Rayudu would have cemented his spot.”But if you lose two early wickets in England you need someone who has a decent technique and can help the situation. I actually think Dhoni is more suited in that sort of situation amongst the options we have,” thinks cricketer-turned-pundit Sanjay Manjrekar.In an ideal scenario, the Indian selectors would have liked to have identified and played with the earmarked fifteen for the World Cup in the recent home series against Australia. Instead, they have been forced to play 21 players in the final 13 ODI games before the World Cup with the squad jigsaw puzzle still remaining unresolved.”I won’t fault selectors or team management for trying so many players. In a batting country like India and in one of the easiest batting formats, no player has grabbed those opportunities. I am talking of consistency and being able to play different roles at no.4. Sometimes it could be defensive role and staging a long partnership and winning the game at the end. It’s a little disappointing they haven’t grabbed those opportunities,” Manjrekar told India Today on the eve of ESPN crininfo’s Superstats launch.advertisementMany experts have voiced opinions on who that No.4 could be. While former chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar wants Ajinkya Rahane to bring in stability to the middle order at No.4, Saurav Ganguly has suggested Cheteshwar Pujara could be drafted in. Weighing in on the selection debate, Manjrekar went for Vijay Shankar on the strength of some of his recent showings.”I know Rahane has played a lot of ODI cricket. Ambati Rayudu played one good knock and could not capitalize. India has great bowling and good batting class at the top but the middle order is not the same league and that will be the underbelly as we go to the World Cup. But amongst the options, I think Shankar looks the most exciting. He would be my No.4,” Manjrekar said.The other crucial call MSK Prasad-led selection committee has to make is to pick one of Rishab Pant and Dinesh Karthik as MS Dhoni’s back up wicketkeeper-batsman. While there are some who feel Pant didn’t make the most of available opportunities and Karthik may have more to offer, Manjrekar is clear Karthik is not the man for the job in 50 overs cricket.”Dinesh Karthik has played a lot of cricket and we know what he can and cannot do. If you give him last five or six overs and he has to hit the ball out of the park, that’s his role. That situation comes in a lot in T20 cricket but not so much in ODI cricket. And you can’t pick a player on just that ability. I don’t think he has it in him to take the team ahead to 300 after you have lost two early wickets. So he was never in my ODI team,” Manjrekar argues.Manjrekar did choose Pant in his fifteen but is unsure if he can be the backbone of India’s middle order yet. “Pant might have that thing. But even with him I am not as excited. Not like I was when Yuvraj and Raina once were in the middle order. There is no one in the same class in terms of consistency.”But Pant is in my squad because there is something about him. I generally get a little disappointed because of the way he gets out. But there is something about him that he is able to get the kind of numbers he has. In Test cricket, he already has two hundreds although they did not come in very competitive situations. We can’t rule him out playing a blinder of an innings at No.5 and No.6. So I think he will be there,” he predicts.But despite the brittle middle order, Manjrekar is convinced India remains the team to beat at the World Cup, series loss to Australia notwithstanding. “India is the best team in the format in the world. A game changing bowling attack with quality spin, one of the all-time great ODI batsman (Virat Kohli) also Rohit Sharma. Just the middle order is not the same. All the other teams are not great. Only now is Australia emerging as a possible strong team. So I maintain India is the strongest team. But whether they can win the World Cup is another thing. It depends on how they will fare on the night of the semis or the finals,” Manjrekar concluded.advertisementAlso Read | India losing ODI series to Australia was a good thing: Rahul DravidAlso Read | Team India may use Vijay Shankar as surprise element at No.4 in ICC World CupAlso Read | India should have backed Ambati Rayudu at No.4: Gautam GambhirFor 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 Team IndiaFollow Virat KohliFollow ICC World Cup 2019Follow Ambati RayuduFollow Vijay ShankarFollow Dinesh KarthikFollow Rishabh Pant
Alex Hales promises to root for England despite World Cup snubAlex Hales, who was dropped from the England World Cup squad, following a failed drugs test said England deserve to win the 2019 World Cupadvertisement Indo-Asian News Service LondonMay 23, 2019UPDATED: May 23, 2019 13:37 IST Alex Hales looks to make a comeback for England on next year’s T20 Series after he dropping out from the World Cup (Photo: Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSAlex Hales is looking to comeback at 2020 T20 World Cup after being dropped from 2019 World Cup squadAlex Hales was snubbed from the national side after failing a drugs testHales, however, said he will be rooting for England at the 2019 World CupAlex Hales, who was dropped from the England World Cup squad, is eyeing a comeback to the national side for the next year’s T20 World Cup to be held in October on the back of some good performances in T20 leagues across the globe.”I hope the door is not closed, that’s one of my aims, that T20 World Cup,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Hales as saying on Wednesday while he was attending the Caribbean Premier League draft here.”I’m going to go through the process, hopefully score some runs in these tournaments and see how we go. I want to enjoy my cricket,” he added.Hales was named in England’s preliminary 15-man squad only to be axed last week after a newspaper report revealed the 30-year-old was serving a 21-day ban for a second positive drugs test.The England opener, however, he remains firmly behind his team who are bidding to win their first World Cup trophy.”I will (be watching),” he said. “I am still a fan and I wish the boys the best. What we’ve done over the last few years is unbelievable, the guys deserve to win it, and I will be sat there watching and cheering.”He also said that apart from England, India are the favourites to lift the coveted trophy. “Apart from England, I’d say India (are favourites to win), but the way all teams are playing at the moment, you never know. It’s a really open tournament. I’m really looking forward to watching it.”advertisementThe 31-year-old, who has been picked by Barbados Tridents for this year’s competition, said he was looking forward for the opportunity to play.”It’s good responsibility and good for learning as an overseas player – there’s probably a bit more pressure on you to perform. That’s something I enjoy. I’ve played a lot of cricket for England now. That side of the game, the pressure, is something I really enjoy and have learned to adapt and get used to,” he said.”I just want to get back playing what I love most and that’s cricket so this is such a good opportunity to go and play at a ground where I’ve got some fond memories – the Kensington Oval – and go and play in such a big tournament in some different conditions. I’m really looking forward to getting back out there,” he added.Also Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni should be India’s No. 5, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | FIFA confirms 32 teams will participate in World Cup Qatar 2022Also SeeFor 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Alex HalesFollow England
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