first_imgLiverpool Klopp: Salah needs 15 years to be measured beside Ronaldo Sacha Pisani 12:06 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mohamed Salah Liverpool Brighton Premier League 13052018 Getty Liverpool Mohamed Salah Cristiano Ronaldo Jürgen Klopp Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid UEFA Champions League The Liverpool boss insisted his star man has a long way to go if he wants to match the Real Madrid superstar’s achievements Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said it will take Mohamed Salah 15 years to match Real Madrid superstar and five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.Salah has enjoyed an unbelievable maiden campaign at Anfield following his arrival from Roma – the Egyptian sensation scoring a record 32 Premier League goals and 44 in all competitions .The 25-year-old’s exploits have seen him scoop the Golden Boot, PFA Players’ Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League showdown with two-time reigning holders Madrid in Kiev May 26, which could decide the Ballon d’Or winner. 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 However, Klopp insisted Salah has a long way to go if he wants to match Ronaldo’s achievements that includes four Champions League titles, two La Liga crowns and three Premier League trophies among others.”Mo had a fantastic season, but Cristiano has played 15 seasons like this,” Klopp said. “He has scored something like 47,000 goals – crazy numbers.”Why should we compare? At the time of Pele nobody compared Pele to other players and asked, ‘Is he as good as him?’ Now we have Lionel Messi and Ronaldo, who have dominated football for a few years.”Messi and Ronaldo are, in the final moment, very often in the right position to score a goal – and that’s the most difficult thing to do in the world.”That’s why they are where they are. The Ballon d’Or is always between them. It’s deserved. When they stop playing football we’ll miss them, 100 per cent. I don’t have to make these kind of stories about Salah and Ronaldo.One week today… #UCLfinal #WeAreLiverpool — Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 19, 2018 “It’s not about having the better individual. Usually, it’s about playing the better football – and, for that, you need all the other players as well.”Ronaldo and Madrid closed out their La Liga campaign on Saturday by surrendering a two-goal lead and falling to a 2-2 draw against Villarreal .  Despite the draw, Madrid boss  Zinedine Zidane said the two-time reigning Champions League holders are ready for their European showdown .  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

first_imgChelsea Chelsea close to agreeing Sarri contract Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 05:50 5/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Maurizio Sarri Napoli Getty Images Chelsea Antonio Conte Napoli Premier League Serie A The Blues have paid the former Napoli boss’ release clause, with the 59-year-old set to sign a lucrative two-year deal at Stamford Bridge Chelsea are closing in on agreeing a £5 million-per-year contract with prospective new manager Maurizio Sarri.Goal understands the Blues have agreed to pay the £8m release clause in Sarri’s contract with Napoli, which still requires paying despite Sarri having been replaced by Carlo Ancelotti on Wednesday.Though Chelsea are yet to formally part ways with Conte, the decision has now been made to relieve the former Juventus boss of his duties despite him guiding the Stamford Bridge outfit to the Premier League title and FA Cup during his two seasons in charge. 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 is set to be replaced by compatriot Sarri in west London, who is set to sign a two-year deal to take his first job outside of his native Italy.The 59-year-old has managed nine sides in total, with the high point of his career coming last season as he guided the Partenopei to a second-place finish despite pushing eventual champions Juventus close for much of the campaign.His preferred passing style has drawn compliments from Pep Guardiola, and Zenit St. Petersburg had hoped they might pip Chelsea to his signature by offering him a huge contract to replace new Italy manager Roberto Mancini.Presuming he takes over, Sarri will have a number of decisions to make regarding the Chelsea squad as he looks to make the necessary improvements required to get the Blues back into the Champions League following their failure to qualify for next season.Alvaro Morata’s future remains in doubt after Inter joined Juventus and AC Milan in the race to sign the Spain striker.Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois have also been linked with departures to Real Madrid while squad player Kenedy has drawn interest from the likes of Arsenal, Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig.last_img read more

first_imgGuadalajara Matias Almeyda announces Chivas departure Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author 10:38 6/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Matias Almeyda, Chivas Refugio Ruiz Guadalajara Liga MX Mexico The manager is leaving the team after weeks of speculation that their working relationship was over Matias Almeyda made his exit from Chivas official Monday night, announcing he will leave the club because of a number of disagreements with directors.Almeyda helped Chivas secure their first international title since 1962 with the Guadalajara side winning the CONCACAF Champions League in April. Another coach will lead the club forward, though, with financial difficulties making it tough for him to bring in new players. Several regulars from last tournament, goalkeeper Rodolfo Cota, forward Rodolfo Pizarro and center back Oswaldo Alanis, moved to other teams in the offseason with few replacements arriving.”We had different ideas about how to reinforce the team, the squad we wanted to have, that we wouldn’t start the season with debts – the players are owed money as are we – about the preseason,” Almeyda said at a news conference. “These are some of the things that meant we couldn’t come to an agreement. Also bringing players, we wanted for Pizarro not to go, we knew Alanis was out because of the contracts, but keeping Cota and they told me they couldn’t, that they didn’t have the money. We wanted to reinforce the team.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move The Argentina native said he’ll stick around Mexico and support his current players, many of whom have sent messages supporting the manager and expressing frustration with the ownership group.”We want the best for our players and the fans. I’m going to stay and live in Guadalajara. I’m going to ask for a season ticket to come and see the team,” he said.While that will do nothing to lessen speculation that he will take over the Mexico national team after the World Cup, Almeyda said he doesn’t have a concrete offer to become the El Tri boss should Juan Carlos Osorio be fired or leave of his own accord.”In 10 or 15 minutes when I sign, I’ll be free and I’ll listen to offers. Someone will have to want me. I had a clause to leave for the Argentine or Mexican national team. They said I left to wait and manage Mexico, but it isn’t true,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgPenrith hosted round Five of the New South Wales Touch Association’s 32nd Annual Vawdon Cup on Friday 17 August 2007.The round featured several emphatic performances and some closely contested games as teams battled to achieve consistency and assert themselves in the pecking order as the Men’s and Women’s Premier League divisions reached the half way point of the season.In the Men’s Premier League, the Western Suburbs Magpies grafted out a tough 3 –1 victory at 7.20pm on Penrith 11 over the vastly improved Parramatta Eels.The clash was a quality encounter that featured more twists and turns than a John Grishham novel with Parramatta looking the Adam (Goodes) for the majority of the contest.Parramatta came into this game following a good win over Manly, and a last minute loss last week to the fancied Hornsby combination, whilst Wests entered the contest following a loss to Canterbury and a narrow win over Manly. The scene was well and truly set for a battle royal, with the Eels continuing to build into their season, and Wests looking to consolidate their place near the top of the leader board.“Parra” started the game on fire, scoring in their opening complement of touches through an audacious Dean “Pumper” Wilbow flick pass that gift wrapped a touchdown for Daniel Barton and took the Eels out to a 1-0 lead.Troy Malcolm and 2007 Australian Men’s Open speed merchant Jamie Stowe led the way early for a young Eels team who drove with purpose and composure and defended stoutly to frustrate the well-credentialed Magpies outfit. The game then ebbed and flowed with plenty of opportunities being created, but neither side was able to finish off to give the contest a defining first half moment, and the Eels went to the break 1-0 the better.At the break Magpies coach Paul Sfier jumped into his players like a toddler in the ball pit at Magic Mountain, with several players needing to be toweled down after the massive half time spray that rained down on them from their disappointed coach.The Magpies mentor was unhappy with his charges discipline and commitment to the game plan that had been so good in previous games.The chastened West boys returned the field for the second stanza under no illusions of what was required from them to arrest their inconsistent performance. To their credit, the Parra boys kept charging on, creating several chances that, in the face of desperate Wests defence, just could not be finished off.It was against this backdrop that Wests conjured the hit back touchdown against the run of play.The West’s comeback was engineered by wingman Robert “Knuckles” Nakhle who was the metre man, rucking tirelessly and setting the platform for big match specialist Australian Men’s Open lynchpin Daniel Rushworth to weave his magic for young gun Cameron Nichols to dot down and even the contest at 1-1.With 10 minutes to go, that man Nakhle produced two game saving touches then combined brilliantly with ‘the postman” Jason Stanton who delivered on cue to allow the 2006 State Cup Champions to poke their nose in front for a 2-1 lead with little time remaining.Parramatta’s influential Jye Malcolm was forced to leave the field injured, and with the momentum of the game swinging the Magpies way, Nakhale combined with Stanton and Nichols again to snare a late touchdown to push the score out to 3-1 as the full-time hooter reverberated in the background.The final score flattered the Magpies who square off against the undefeated Hornsby Lions next week in a standing room only clash to sort the pretenders from the contenders for the 2007 Vawdon Cup crown.After dominating Wests for the majority of the game, Parramatta will look to go one better against Penrith in what is shaping as an intense battle for fourth position on the ladder.Competition pace setters the Canterbury Bulldogs continued on their merry way at the top of the standings with a professional 7-3 victory over the Cronulla Sharks at 8.10pm on Penrith 7.Cronulla, who had broken a run of losses that stretched back to 2005 last week with their victory over Easts, could not maintain the rage and were outclassed by a slashing second half from the barking Dogs who have been in peerless form in the first five rounds of 2007. Both combatants came out swinging in the opening exchanges, trading touchdowns in an even first half.At 3-3 at half time, choosing the winning Gold lotto numbers for Saturday night would have been an easier task than predicting the winner of this contest. It was the Dogs who refocused best after the break and it was their relentless “go forward” that provided the framework for a dominant second half performance.Canterbury Coach Peter Forrester flicked the switch on their assertive defensive policy at half-time to ensure his team upped the ante to pressure the Sharkies into error and snuff out every second half attacking raid the Shire boys could muster.The Doggies conjured four unanswered touchdowns with Garry “GS7” Sonda sealing the deal with one of his trademark long balls, which all agree are infinitely better timed, and more effective, than his sledges.Robbie Brien and David Rose tried hard to lift the Sharkies, but the pressure from the competition leaders eroded Cronulla’s confidence and the disappointment from the player group after a below par second half performance is sure to prove a spur to the Shire boys as they regroup for their next assignment this week against Manly. The Dogs all lifted and chipped in across the board to maintain their pristine 2007 record, but it was again 2007 World Cup Australian Mixed Open speedster Steve Roberts with a hat trick of touchdowns, Aaron Tandek, ‘Deadly’ Dan Munroe, and the white hot Matt Prowse who spearheaded the blue and whites whirlwind second half display.2006 Vawdon Cup Premiers the Penrith Panthers didn’t disappoint the local fans when they bounced back from indifferent early season form to complete a 7-0 shut out of the Manly Sea Eagles at home in the 8.10pm timeslot.Penrith had been sluggish by their own admission and were struggling in the first four rounds to find the discipline, commitment, and consistency that had bankrolled their maiden premiership win last year.The Panthers entered Friday night’s make or break clash determined to get their season back on track, bolstered by improved training efforts, and a commitment to executing their game plan perfectly.In a cohesive team performance, it was the “bro show” for Penrith with Adam and Dean Springfield, and Scott and Mitch Buckley leading the way. Grant Harris provided the starch in defence as the Panthers dominated a dispirited Manly combination.Jamie Chan was the standout for a Manly side that is riding a steep learning curve in a roller coaster rebuilding phase.The Sea Eagles will need to band together and put the Penrith game behind them to prepare for Friday’s clash with Cronulla at Tempe.Joint leaders the Hornsby Lions prevailed 5-4 over the Easts Roosters who hit back strongly to push the big guns of the competition all the way after being dismissed 8-4 last week by Cronulla.The “Young Lions” skipped out to grab the early ascendancy in the first half with some excellent finishing out wide putting the undefeated king pins out to a 2-0 lead.Dave Roberts and the wonder twins Maurice and John Kennedy steered the Lions around the park in the first 20 minutes and the Lions looked to have the game well in hand at oranges.Roosters Captain/coach Chris Hill produced a Bobby De Nero style ‘Inches Speech’ retitled “Any Given Friday” to inspire his troops who returned to the field after the interval full of running.The East boys lifted their defensive intensity to force the Lions into some errors coming off their line, allowing Easts to, inch by inch, peg back the deficit.A period of time given to East’s Link Brad Lugg derailed the Roosters challenge and turned out to be a significant turning point in the game as Hornsby consolidated the extra number to score the game breaking touchdown.Some desperate defence from the Hornsby boys ensured the Roosters brave challenge ended in plenty of honour, but no points.Michael Abood and stalwarts Drew Davies, the clever Dave Roberts, and touchdown scoring machine Mitchell Walkaden produced big games for the Vawdon Cup pacesetters.In the Women’s Premier Division, Wests produced a dominant display to dismantle the Wollongong Devils 5-1 at 8.10pm on Penrith 11.Australian 20 Years Women’s squad member Dearne “Bangers” Cooper and West’s playmaker Stacey Lapham combined to craft an early 1-0 lead.2007 Aussie Women’s Open World Cup star Lapham then split the “Young Divas” from acting half to put Jess Lumby over in the corner to make it 2-0. The Magpies gifted Nicole Mc Hugh went through from half to give winger Erena Wikaire a saloon passage to the scoreline for a comfortable 3-0 lead at the interval.After the half-time break, Wollongong’s National Youth squad member Amanda Skwarko injured her knee in the first set of six and the game was suspended until medics arrived to assist Skwarko from the field.On resumption West’s went through the hands to skip out to a 4-0 advantage. The Devils stopped the rot and stemmed the Magpie flow with a touchdown of their own to make the score 4-1.Nicole Mc Hugh was reveling in the conditions and exposed the Wollongong defence around the ruck again with another raid from acting half that resulted in a touchdown to complete a 5-1 victory for the Wests girls who are rolling along nicely now and finding their combinations at the right time of the season.Stacey Lapham and Nicole Mc Hugh were prominent for Wests, whilst Jess Mc Call, despite being in a well-beaten side, was dangerous and continues to shine in season ’07 for the rookie Wollongong combination.2006 Vawdon Cup premiers Easts Roosters, missing several key players, laboured to a 2-1 victory over the Central Coast Dolphins at 8.10pm on Penrith 16. The Dolphins got off to a flyer courtesy of young gun Nat “Twinny” Dawson who had the super girl act going on, diving to save touchdowns at one end of the field, then producing a prodigious left foot snap to give her team the early 1-0 ascendancy.Central Coast dug in gamely and repelled everything Easts could throw at them and deservedly went to the break holding their 1-0 advantage.The Dolphins Mel Holts was prominent in attack and defence in the first stanza, and Lauren Thorne went close to scoring off the second half tap off, but was stopped by some resolute Roosters defence. Easts class eventually shone through and they opened up the Coast midway through the second half to equalize at 1-1, and then scored the winning touchdown a few minutes prior to the full time whistle for a scrappy 2-1 result. Australian Women’s Open legends Kristy Judd and Melissa Pitfield were the glue that held the Easts effort together, whilst their 2007 World Cup teammate Kylie “Lambo” Hilder was the Central Coast’s best player.The Central Coast are back on track with this performance and will be taking motivation and confidence from this game into the next round against an inform Wests Magpies.For successive weeks the Roosters have done just enough to win against some very committed opposition and know that they will need to lift for this Friday night’s blockbuster against traditional arch rivals the Canterbury Bulldogs that shapes as one of the season’s most eagerly anticipated contests. The Canterbury Bulldogs also had a narrow victory; sneaking home 1-0 against the impressive Cronulla Sharks in their 9.00pm clash at Penrith seven.The Sharkies proved last weeks’ narrow loss to Easts was not a flash in the pan by backing up their last start heroics with a similar effort against the dynamic Canterbury combination.In successive weeks the Sharkies girls have pushed the top two teams to the limit and will be looking to consolidate their position on the ladder in coming weeks off the back of these ‘real deal’ performances.Cronulla were without key players Kelly Pepper, Olivia Bayley, Laura Chivers, and Skye Rolley, but refused to go quietly despite being under strength.The drive to Penrith and the late timeslot seemed to distract both camps and the first half was a scrappy, error-riddled affair with scrambling defence from both sides a feature of the first 20 minutes.The Doggies took an unconvincing 1-0 lead into oranges, and the young Cronulla team, who continue to improve each week, were very much in contention despite failing to finish off created opportunities. Canterbury’s charge was led by 2007 Australian Women’s Open World Cup stars Louise Winchester and Kelly Woods who probed away relentlessly searching for the chink in the Sharkies armour.“Wood duck” was best for Canterbury, with her agility, speed in attack, and ability to make good decisions under pressure a feature of an otherwise lackluster game.Cronulla youngster Jenna “Squirt” Cell was constructive in attack and rock solid in defence to shine brightest in a whole-hearted team effort from the Shire girls who are currently holding down equal 4th spot with the Wollongong Devils.In the 9.00pm timeslot on Penrith 10, Manly nailed their first victory of the season in fantastic fashion with a 7-2 dusting of the Penrith Panthers.The Sea Eagles were narrowly defeated last week by third placed Wests 3-2, and carried this encouraging form into the game against the young Panthers line-up.The two teams traded touchdowns in the first half, with Manly nailing an opportunity on the stroke of half time to go to the break 3-2 the better.Rebecca Laing and Christine Grover drove impressively and constructed play well for the Eagles after the break, as Manly raced in 5 unanswered touchdowns in the second half.Lisa Clark and Rachael Foster never stopped trying for the Panthers who, disappointingly, lost their focus and structure as the game wore on.Coach Jacky Patrick is now needing to work overtime to get her troops up to bounce back for Friday’s game against the Wollongong Devils.In Round Six action of the Men’s Premier League in the 2007 Vawdon Cup, The improving Paramatta Eels will face off against a confident Penrith Panthers at 7.00pm at Bankstown in what shapes as an important game for both teams chances of nailing a spot in the top four.The Panthers need another consistent performance to win back the punters confidence and the Eels will be just the side to ask some hard questions of the young Panther tyros.The Canterbury Bulldogs will need to be vigilant against a much-improved Easts Roosters side at 7.50pm at Tempe.Wests Magpies will front up against the Hornsby Lions in the match of the Round at 8.40pm at Bankstown, whilst Manly and Cronulla will battle at 9.30pm at Tempe in a battle that is sure to be keenly fought out by two sides with plenty to play for.In the Women’s Premier League, the long awaited 2006 Vawdon Cup Grand Final replay between traditional rivals Easts Roosters and the Canterbury Bulldogs will occur this Friday at Tempe at 7.00pm.Tickets have been sold out for months, however to appease disgruntled fans who couldn’t secure seats, it is believed that commercial networks are contemplating showing the contest live on free to air, such is the interest level in the showcase clash of the 2007 Vawdon Cup Women’s Premier League season.The Wollongong Devils will be looking to bounce back to the winner’s circle against the young Panthers at Bankstown at 7.50pm.Both of these young teams copped a pasting in their last outing and will be keen to atone for below par performances with an improved display that ends with the belting out of their victory song at full time.Manly and Cronulla will battle it out at Tempe at 8.40pm, with both teams in good form coming into the clash.The consistent Wests Magpies and the gutsy Central Coast Dolphins will meet at 9.30pm at Bankstown.Action will continue in the Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed Division 1 and 2 and Men’s Seniors and Masters divisions.This week’s “Blackest Cat” award for the Player of the Round in the Men’s Premier League goes to Hornsby flyer Mitchell Walkeden, who with ten touchdowns from five games already this year, has forced Centrbet into an extraordinary move to suspend betting on the leading touchdown scorer for the season. Only Jet star flights have dotted down more often in the last five weeks than the quality finisher from the Young Lions.This weeks “Go to Girl” for the Player of the Round in the Women’s Premier Division goes to Western Suburbs young gun Nicole Mc Hugh who took her superior footwork off the dance floor and onto the touchfield with several slashing runs from acting half to split the Wollongong defence.Thanks to all coaches and players for providing information for the Round Five Wrap.Good luck to all players and in the words of “Blades of Glory’s” Jimmy Mac Elroy, “If you can dream it, you can do it.”For all draws, results, ladders, and further information about the Vawdon Cup please visit the New South Wales Touch Association’s website: read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say PSG captain Thiago Silva: We must respect Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG captain Thiago Silva says they’ll be ready for Champions League opponents Manchester United.PSG and United will face-off in the round of 16.Thiago Silva reacted last night, stating: “Manchester United? We will know after the two matches if this draw was the good one. In any case, it is a very nice opponent to face. We will work hard to make two good matches. “To reach the quarterfinals, it will surely need two perfect matches. It will be difficult. We must respect this team. They may not be in a good moment, but they have a special story in this competition. “It will be complicated. These matches will be very important for us, players, but also for the fans and for the club. Manchester qualified and earned their place in the round of 16, just like us. We must respect this team.” last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Arsenal investigate possible Ozil swap for Real Madrid midfielder Iscoby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are exploring the option of swapping Mesut Ozil for Isco.The Gunners are not happy with how Ozil has performed since he signed a new deal midway through last season.His performance levels dipped and he has not been a regular under new boss Unai Emery.The Independent reports that a possibility is for Ozil to go back to Real Madrid, with Spaniard Isco moving in the opposite direction.Other reports had indicated the Gunners would even be willing to send Ozil out on loan in January. last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery: Xhaka worked hard with a big commitmentby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery was happy with the performance of captain Granit Xhaka at Manchester United.The 1-1 draw was the first game since Xhaka was named skipper.Emery said, “He worked with a big commitment and he was on the pitch with a very good balance defensively and offensively and I think his work tonight was well.”The midfielder was hammered for ducking out of a shot from Scott McTominay.He added: “He ran back, maybe the first in this action, I didn’t see that action but I watched when he was running back and really he did perfectly with that running.” last_img read more

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 17: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Wolverines 27-23. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)There are more accomplished coaches in college football – though the list is short – but no one has found the spotlight like Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh.The head Michigan Man wins at every level, going 29-6 at FCS San Diego and then turning Stanford into a Pac-12 power and constant presence in the BCS bowl discussion. He took the San Francisco 49ers to two NFC Championships and a Super Bowl in four seasons, and in his first year at his alma mater, Michigan went from 5-7 to 10-3. He may not have the national titles of Nick Saban or Urban Meyer, but if he stays in Ann Arbor long enough, it is hard to imagine that he won’t have the opportunity.Harbaugh’s significance extends far beyond the football field, however. No one sends shock waves through the college football world with one tweet like him. On Tuesday night, he proved it with a largely unfair and undeniably entertaining shot across Saban’s bow, after the Alabama head coach went on a tangent against Harbaugh’s beloved satellite camps during a press conference. I feel very safe in saying that no other coach would go at Saban the way that Harbaugh did.“Amazing” to me- Alabama broke NCAA rules & now their HC is lecturing us on the possibility of rules being broken at camps. Truly “amazing.”— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) June 1, 2016 Jim Harbaugh is a proven winner, he is helping to restore one of the sport’s great programs, and he’s not afraid to make some news, especially during college football’s long off-season. Whether you love him or hate him, college football fans should hope that Harbaugh sticks around for a long time.Here are five reasons why Harbaugh is great for college football.Next: Restore the Rivalry >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6last_img read more

first_imgIt was a season that promised so much – but in the end it all finished in a familiar sense of disappointment at Arsenal.The Gunners had a top four spot in the Premier League within their grasp, yet a miserable run of just four points from 18 at the end of the campaign saw them somehow throw it away.And then they crumbled in Baku, losing 4-1 to Chelsea in the Europa League final – a defeat which condemned them to a third successive season playing in Europe’s second tier competition. 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? Unai Emery’s side had two golden chances to secure Champions League football, but they fluffed their lines in dramatic fashion on each occasion.And now the post-mortem is already well underway. Is Emery the right man? How can Arsenal close the gap on the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool with a limited budget and just what should be done with Mesut Ozil?Those are all questions being asked as the dust settles from a disastrous end to the 2018-19 season. It is shaping up to be a very difficult summer at the Emirates and sorting out the issues surrounding the north London club will be far from easy.Below are Arsenal’s five biggest problems, with explanations as to why they will be so tough to solve.An absent owner Stan Kroenke Arsenal 2017The problems at any club always start at the top – and at the top at Arsenal there is an absent owner who has been a disaster for the Gunners.Stan Kroenke has still not put a single penny of his own money into Arsenal since arriving on the scene in north London and his lack of ambition is seeping into every orifice of the club.There is a lack of leadership at all levels inside the Emirates and that all stems from the way Kroenke is allowing things to be run.Arsenal are failing off the pitch, just as much as they are on it – yet the 71-year-old billionaire just sits across the Atlantic allowing it to happen.Kroenke has made hundreds of millions on his investment since first buying into Arsenal and none of that has been put back into the club.During that time he has forcibly hovered up all remaining shares, shunning the offer of major investment from Alisher Usmanov, one of the world’s richest men, in the process.The fact Kroenke didn’t even bother to attend last week’s Europa League final in Baku summed him up. Yes, his son Josh was there, but Stan’s lack of attendance was an insult to those fans who had spent so much money to follow their team.When Kroenke arrived at Arsenal, they had reached the Champions League final a year earlier. Now, 12 years on, they are a club who very much belong in the Europa League.Standards have been allowed to slip and that’s what happens when you have an absentee owner.In the past 12 months Arsenal have seen their chief executive, who had just replaced manager Arsene Wenger after 22 years, jump ship a few months into the season and leave for AC Milan.That led to the club’s highly-valued head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat, leaving because he was overlooked for the technical role in the power vacuum that followed.Raul Sanllehi was the big winner from Gazidis leaving but since he has taken charge, Arsenal have failed to land Monchi as technical director and now look set to have to wait until the the final month of the summer window to appoint Edu to the role.It’s a situation which someone needs to get a firm grasp on, but it’s clear Kroenke will not be the man to do that.The current set-up at the Emirates feels rudderless and with Kroenke continuing to focus on his interests in the United States, there is no sign of that changing any time soon.A failing business model Aaron Ramsey Arsenal 2018-19Arsenal’s business model is based around the Champions League.With Stan Kroenke not putting his own money in, the club has relied on Champions League funds to keep things ticking over.But having spent the past two years in the Europa League, the coffers have run dry, very dry.The club is now working to a failed business model. Whereas before Arsenal used to be able to celebrate the publication of their accounts, now the club will be happy that they are not so easily accessible following Kroenke’s full takeover.It’s estimated that Arsenal’s financial performance for the year 2017-18 saw a £40 million drop in revenue from 2016-17 – with £35m of that being put down to a lack of Champions League football.At the same time the wage bill spiralled by nearly 18 per cent, rising from £200m to £235m – a figure that takes into account the pay-offs for Arsene Wenger and his coaching staff.This was all covered though by player sales, with the club recouping big fees for the likes of Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.That all meant that despite Arsenal’s drop in revenue, the club made a pre-tax profit of around £70m, but given the lack of player sales this time around it’s forecast that the club could be heading towards a loss of between £60m/£70m for 2018-19.And that is not a figure that is going to improve any time soon, with this season’s run to the Europa League final only earning the club £32m. When you compare that to what Manchester United earned from reaching the Champions League quarter-finals (£82m), it shows how costly missing out on the top four has been once again for the Gunners.It also means that the only way the club will be able to break even going forward is by selling some of their top talent, something which will alienate an unhappy fanbase even more.The main problem with the finances is the wage bill, which is running at unprecedented levels – with Mesut Oil the top earner on £350,000-a-week.Without Champions league football, that wage bill is massive problem – and it was the reason why the new offer which was on the table for Aaron Ramsey was dramatically withdrawn. Arsenal have started to reduce it, with Ramsey, Petr Cech and Danny Welbeck leaving this summer, but they are well aware that further cuts must be made.Mesut Ozil Mesut Ozil Arsenal 2018-19Trying to find some sort of resolution to the Mesut Ozil situation is key to Arsenal’s short and long-term future.Without Champions League football, the wage bill is completely unsustainable and at £350,000-a-week, Ozil is the club’s highest earner by some distance.If he was playing at the top of his game and delivering on a weekly basis, that would at least be a passable situation. But the fact is Ozil is a shadow of the player he once was.Whether that is down to Emery’s management and his style of play is up for debate, but for whatever reason the German is simply not proving to be worth the incredible amount of money that he is being paid.He is a drain on Arsenal’s resources and there is a good chance Aaron Ramsey would still be at the Emirates right now had Ivan Gazidis not caved to Ozil’s wage demands last January.That decision to hand Ozil a new deal has proved to be a dreadful one and Arsenal must now try and find some way of resolving a situation which is damaging for all parties.It’s been clear for some time now that Ozil does not fit into Emery’s plans. The Spaniard’s decision to replace the 30-year-old with teenager Joe Willock in the Europa League final spoke volumes.But the fact that Willock offered more in those last 13 minutes than Ozil did in the previous 77 showed just where the former Real Madrid man is right now.Since signing his new contract, Ozil has contributed just two Premier League assists in open play in 18 months – all that time with strikers of the quality of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette playing in front of him.For a player earning the amount of money Ozil is, that is just not good enough. Arsenal need more and deserve more.Without Champions League football, Arsenal can’t sustain the type of wages they are paying their No.10. It impacts any future contract renewals and limits what they can offer any signings.The big issue is, Ozil has stated several times he does not want to leave. He is happy in London, he will soon be marrying his girlfriend and now has more than one business interest in the capital.So how do you get a player out who does not want to leave?It’s a massive problem for Arsenal but one that Emery, Sanllehi and Vinai Venkatesham must find a solution to over the coming months because if Ozil starts next season as an Arsenal player, it will not be a good situation for anyone.The defence Sokratis Laurent Koscielny Arsenal Chelsea Europa League final 2019Arsenal conceded 51 goals in the Premier League last season – that was the second successive season that they have shipped 50 goals or more in a league campaign.When Unai Emery arrived it was assumed that one of the first things the Spaniard would do was fix the leaky defence that Arsenal had become known for under Arsene Wenger.But so far, Emery has been unable to do that and until he finds a solution – either through coaching or new signings – then his side are always going to fall short, as they did in Baku when they let in four second half goals against Chelsea.Individually, Arsenal have some good defenders. Sokratis has had a good first season, while Laurent Koscielny has shown at times that he can still be a top Premier League centre-back following his return from injury.Bernd Leno has also impressed in goal following his move from Germany last summer.But collectively, Arsenal are still poor at the back – with the midfield still struggling to offer the sort of protection you need to be a successful side.Improving the goals against column has to be a priority for Emery going into the new season but as was shown during his first year in charge, that is far from easy.Unlike in attacking positions, there are not really any young players who appear ready to make the step up in defence at Arsenal – although Zech Medley has shown promise and Daniel Ballard has his admirers at the Emirates.So you would think a large chunk of the transfer budget this summer has to be spent on bringing in better defenders who Emery can then work with at London Colney to make Arsenal a far tougher nut to crack.A disconnected fanbase An unhappy Arsenal fanIt looked for a time that the Arsenal fans were beginning to unite under Unai Emery’s guidance.But that sunny October day in Fulham when the travelling fans were singing “we’ve got our Arsenal back” during the 5-1 win now feels like a long time ago.The feeling of disconnect between the club and the fans remains at Arsenal – and that has not been helped by the poor end to the season.From Kroenke forcing fans into selling him their shares last season, to high ticket prices and the continued miserable away form, the match day experience following Arsenal is not always an enjoyable one.Finding a way of getting the fans fully behind the team again will be key to Emery going forward. He tried hard to do that last season, but was unable to do it on a consistent basis.One way of potentially doing that is to start blooding the youngsters, players the fans can really connect with because they know they have Arsenal in their heart.last_img read more

first_imgVirgil van Dijk says Liverpool’s “overlooked” captain Jordan Henderson is a perfect role model for any young footballer looking to make their way in the game.Van Dijk celebrated as a vindicated Henderson hoisted the Champions League trophy aloft on Saturday night, cementing his status as a Reds legend with their sixth European Cup.Henderson has faced perhaps more than his fair share of criticism from fans and pundits alike since moving to Merseyside in 2011 and initially struggling to cope with the weight of expectation. 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? Now an experienced captain at 28, he has gone from strength to strength under Jurgen Klopp – and his leadership gets the seal of approval from Van Dijk.”If any young player wants to follow an example, it should be him,” Van Dijk told ESPN.“He is a fantastic leader who everyone respects so much at Liverpool, and I’m very happy that he is my captain.”As a person, Hendo is one of the most fantastic [people] you can ever meet. He has been putting the team before himself for years.“What I like is that he uses everything he has experienced – the lows, the criticism, the trouble with injuries – to help others through similar situations.”What he does gets overlooked because people think you wear the armband to look good in it and shout a lot and that’s the job done.“There is so much responsibility on the pitch and off the pitch: you have to think about everyone else before you get to yourself and Hendo is very skilled at that.”Jordan Henderson Liverpool 2018-19There is no shortage of talented youngsters to look up to Henderson at Melwood, but none have come so far in such a short period of time as Trent Alexander-Arnold.He became the first player to play in consecutive Champions League finals before the age of 21 against Tottenham in Madrid, and is a mainstay in the Liverpool side having set a Premier League assists record for a defender this season.Still only 20, he will be looking to make England’s right-back spot his own in the Nations League this month, and he too had nothing but praise for his international teammate.”We [Liverpool] wouldn’t be where we are now without him,” Alexander-Arnold said.“I’m speaking for everyone when I say massive thanks to Hendo for leading us here. The team is always his first thought: none of us do that more for Liverpool than Hendo.“He shows on a daily basis that he deserves to be skipper: how he carries himself in training and around the place, the respect he has for everyone, whether it’s Mo Salah or the cleaning staff.”[Henderson] doesn’t see anyone as bigger or more important than anyone else and that’s a lesson to learn not just in football but life too.“He is so valuable to the club and anyone at Melwood could speak for hours about just that.”Van Dijk may come up against Henderson and Alexander-Arnold on Thursday, as the Netherlands and England face off in the second Nations League semi-final.With the winner going on to play Portugal or Switzerland in the inaugural final, club friendships will be put firmly to one side. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

first_imgFiorentina sporting director Daniele Prade says he would like to sign Franck Ribery, but admits he faces competition for the former France international.Ribery is a free agent after leaving Bayern Munich upon the expiry of his contract at the end of last season.The 36-year-old has already confirmed that he intends to keep on playing but has yet to agree a deal with a new club. 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? Prade says Fiorentina have spoken to Ribery about the possibility of joining the Serie A side and are now awaiting a response.”We really like Ribery, but like all great players, they are experiencing a moment of reflection,” said Prade after Fiorentina opened their campaign with a 3-1 win over Monza in the Coppa Italia on Sunday.“We would like to have him with us, but he has very important financial offers and we cannot guarantee him tens of millions like the Arab or Russian teams.“But if he wanted to continue playing at high levels, Florence and Fiorentina would wait for him with open arms.“At this moment the deal is not close, there has been no progress. If he doesn’t come, we will buy another player.”Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella also admitted his interest in Ribery, adding: “I want functional players, if it’s big names, it’s even better. Ribery is all this, I believe it is right for everyone.“I am ready to offer a dinner to the management if they can bring a player with a great record.”Ribery won 21 trophies at Bayern Munich, including eight Bundesliga titles and the 2013 Champions League, after joining the club from Marseille in 2007.The winger has played for seven clubs since starting his career with Boulogne in 2000, including Metz and Galatasaray.Ribery joined fellow veteran Arjen Robben in departing the Allianz Arena in June after helping the club win a seventh successive Bundesliga title.It has already been confirmed that a testimonial match will be held for both players in 2020.He made his debut for France in 2006 and went on to earn 81 caps before retiring from international football in the summer of 2014.last_img read more

first_imgNotre Dame's mascot leading the football team onto the field.SOUTH BEND, IN – NOVEMBER 04: The macot, cheerleaders and players forthe Notre Dame Fighting Irish run onto the field before a game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Notre Dame Stadium on November 4, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Wake Forest 48-37. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Notre Dame will face Florida State this weekend in the final home game of the season. It will be Senior Night in South Bend, and this year’s class is going out in style.Moments ago, Notre Dame revealed that it will wear green jerseys when it takes on the Seminoles this weekend. The Irish have worn their traditional blue tops all year long at home.The Irish announced the alternate uniforms in pretty cool fashion, by recreating an iconic scene from the movie Rudy. If you’ve seen the film, you’ll recognize it right away.Senior captains Drue Tranquill, Sam Mustipher and Tyler Newsome star in the video.For our seniors…#GoIrish ☘️ #BeatSeminoles— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) November 9, 2018Now, Notre Dame has a checkered history in green jerseys. Yes, there was the famous “Green Jersey Game” in 1977, a storied moment in Fighting Irish lore. But there was also the 1998 Gator Bowl loss to Georgia Tech, the 2002 loss to Boston College that knocked Notre Dame from the ranks of the unbeaten, and of course, the “Bush Push” in 2005.Fighting Irish fans have a love/hate relationship with the green unis. However, if ND can win Saturday night and move to 10-0, all will be fine.Notre Dame and Florida State will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday on NBC. The Irish will be without quarterback Ian Book, who is day-to-day with an upper body injury suffered last weekend against Northwestern.Brandon Wimbush, who started the first three games of this season and 12 games last year, will return to the starting lineup in place of Book.last_img read more

first_imgA view from the end zone of Boston College's football field.CHESTNUT HILL, MA – NOVEMBER 11: A referee watches a point after try by the North Carolina State Wolfpack during the second quarter against the Boston College Eagles at Alumni Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)Boston College football is hosting its biggest home game in years, with No. 2 Clemson in town and the ACC Atlantic title on the line. If it pulls the upset, it has to do so without starting quarterback Anthony Brown.During a play early in the game, Brown was hit hard by Clemson star Christian Wilkins, and was down for a while.There hasn’t been an update on the specific injury, but he was taken to the locker room.Unfortunately for Boston College football, Anthony Brown is reportedly out for the remainder of the game.Boston College released the news moments ago.Anthony Brown will be out for the remainder of the game due to injury.— Jason Baum (@JasonBaumPR) November 11, 2018Brown has been replaced by EJ Perry, who has attempted 18 throws on the season heading into the game.Brown’s replacement for BC is EJ Perry, who has completed 15 of 18 passes this season for 179 yards and 2 TDs— Scott Keepfer (@ScottKeepfer) November 11, 2018Brown was just 2-of-3 passing for six yards before leaving with the injury. Clemson has bottled up superstar quarterback A.J. Dillon as well, holding him to 16 yards on five carries.BC only trails 13-7 though, thanks to a 74-yard punt return touchdown by Michael Walker.Clemson currently has the ball near midfield.last_img read more

first_imgWestern Kentucky coach Mike Sanford Jr.LOUISVILLE, KY – SEPTEMBER 15: Head coach Mike Sanford of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers watches a replay during the second quarter during the game against the Louisville Cardinals at Cardinal Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)Western Kentucky football coach Mike Sanford is reportedly out after just two seasons leading the Hilltoppers.Sanford took over the the WKU program that was thriving under Jeff Brohm, who left for Purdue after the 2016 season.Brohm won 30 games in three seasons at WKU, topping out at 12-2 and an undefeated Conference USA record in 2015. Sanford managed six wins and a bowl loss in his first year with the program, and fell back to 3-9 in 2018.That was the Hilltoppers’ worst record since the 2-10 mark in Willie Taggart’s first year with the team, back in 2010.SB Nation’s Steven Godfrey is reporting that Western Kentucky football has fired Mike Sanford Jr.Via Twitter:Western Kentucky has fired second year head coach Mike Sanford, sources tell @SBNation.— Steven Godfrey (@38Godfrey) November 25, 2018The 36-year old took over the job after two years as Notre Dame offensive coordinator. Before that, he spent time on staff at his alma mater Boise State, Stanford, and WKU as quarterbacks coach under Taggart.Taggart, Bobby Petrino, and Brohm all parlayed this job into much bigger positions, so there is plenty of opportunity for an up-and-comer here.Those three clearly elevated the expectations of the position, hence why Sanford only got two seasons.last_img read more

first_img Marc Trestman will be the head coach of the Tampa Bay #XFL team, the @TB_Times has learned. Story to come at— Thomas Bassinger (@tometrics) March 2, 2019Trestman most recently served as the Toronto Argonauts head coach. He finished the season with a 4-14 record and was let go by the team.In his seven CFL seasons, Trestman won the Grey Cup (the equivalent to the Super Bowl in the CFL) three times. However, his most recent lack of success cost him his job.Trestman coached the Chicago Bears for two seasons, leading the team to a 13-19 record before John Fox took over.He’ll join Bob Stoops and Pep Hamilton as coaches in the new league which kicks off in 2020. an up-close look at an xfl football3 Feb 2001: A view of the XFL football taken on the field before the game between the Las Vegas Outlaws and the New York/New Jersey Hitmen at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Outlaws defeated the Hitmen 19-0.Mandatory Credit: Todd Warshaw /AllsportThe XFL won’t get underway until 2020, but the fledgling league will reportedly name a new head coach on Tuesday. It will be for the league’s Tampa Bay franchise.According to the Tampa Bay Times, former NFL head coach and Canadian Football League coach Marc Trestman will be named as the league’s newest head coach. Trestman was fired by the Toronto Argonauts following the 2018 CFL season.It’s unclear if Trestman will also fill the general manager position. Both Bob Stoops and Pep Hamilton will serve as the head coach and general managers for their respective teams.A press conference is set for Tuesday morning where the news will be announced.last_img read more

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first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 27, 2019UPDATED: May 27, 2019 14:07 IST Ravi Shastri holding the world championship of cricket trophy after 33 years (Twitter)HIGHLIGHTSShastri represented the India national cricket team as a player between 1981 and 1992India will take on Bangladesh in their second warm-up game on May 28Shastri helped Team India clinch Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket in 1985Ravi Shastri turns 57 on Monday, 3 days before his first Cricket World Cup as coach. Shastri was team director in 2015, commentator in 2011, 2007, 2003, 1999 and 1996 and played the World Cups in 1992 and 1987.In short, Ravi Shastri does not lack World Cup experience but this one will hold huge significance in his career. India are one of the favourites in World Cup 2019 and as coach, Shastri already has his work cut out. In the first warm-up match against New Zealand, India’s top-order imploded against quality swing.For the last 2 years, India have dominated the ODI format but they have been plagued with lack of bankable resources in Nos 4 and 5. Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli have done the bulk of the scoring and this is an area Shastri will look to address quickly before India’s campaign gets underway on June 5 against South Africa.On May 28, a day after Ravi Shastri’s birthday, India will take on Bangladesh in their second warm-up game and without doubt, his focus will be pinned on the team’s needs and tactics.Ravi Shastri: a champion player before Team India coachShastri represented the India national cricket team as a player between 1981 and 1992 in both Tests and ODIs. Although he started his career as a left arm spin bowler, only to transform into a batting all-rounder. In a career spanning over 12 years, Shastri scored 3,830 runs in Test matches and claimed 151 wickets.advertisementHis major achievement as a player came when he helped Team India clinch Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket in 1985. Shastri finished with fifties in the last three matches of the tournament and forged a deadly partnership with Sivaramakrishnan. Both claimed 18 wickets between them in five matches.He holds many interesting records as a player. First Indian batsmen to score six consecutive sixes in an over in first class cricket, youngest Ranji player for Mumbai in 1981 are some of them.Also Read | Virat Kohli has plenty of options: Ian Chappell praises India’s bowling unit in World Cup 2019Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Ravi ShastriFollow Virat Kohli Happy birthday coach! Ravi Shastri turns 57 as India eye 3rd World CupThe camaraderie between Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli is one of the biggest reasons behind the Men In Blue’s success in recent times. Both men would like to make this partnership a historic one with a World Cup win in England.advertisementlast_img read more

first_img Asian News International New DelhiSeptember 3, 2019UPDATED: September 3, 2019 11:42 IST Jasprit Bumrah has taken 62 wickets in 12 Tests since debut in 2018 ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSIt’s been a joy to watch Jasprit Bumrah in this series: Sachin TendulkarBumrah finished the 2-Test series with 13 wickets, including a hat-trickCaptain Virat Kohli heaped rich praise on Bumrah after the win on MondayIndia pacer Jasprit Bumrah’s impeccable performance has gained praise from former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar as the latter said that the 25-year-old’s progress has been ‘absolutely terrific’.India secured a 257-run victory in the second Test match against West Indies on Tuesday. With this win in the second Test, India has won the two-match series by winning both the matches.Tendulkar took to Twitter and wrote: “Congratulations to Team India on a fabulous series win. It’s been a joy to watch @Jaspritbumrah93 in this series. His hat-trick was special and the progress he has made in Test cricket has been absolutely terrific. #WIvsIND.”Congratulations to Team India on a fabulous series win.It’s been a joy to watch @Jaspritbumrah93 in this series. His hat-trick was special and the progress he has made in Test cricket has been absolutely terrific.#WIvsIND Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 2, 2019Bumrah was at his devastating best in the second Test match as he clinched six wickets in the first innings which included a hat-trick.Bumrah gave away just 27 runs in the innings and consequently, achieved his career-best bowling figures of 6-27.Tendulkar also praised batsmen Hanuma Vihari and Ajinkya Rahane for their performances during the series. Vihari, in the first inning of the second Test match, scored his maiden century.Vihari continued his brilliant form in the second innings as well. He scored unbeaten 53 runs and was accompanied by Rahane (64*).”Lovely batting by @Hanumavihari to get to his 1st 100. Also very good to see @ajinkyarahane88 get back in form. The maturity & patience they have shown is a good sign for the Indian Test team. #WIvsIND,” Tendulkar tweeted.advertisementAfter the series win, India have moved to the top of World Test Championship standings with 120 points.Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami make India pace unit peerless in Test cricketAlso Read | India vs West Indies: Can feel for batsmen who face Jasprit Bumrah, says Virat KohliAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 Jsaprit BumrahFollow Sachin TendulkarFollow India VS West IndiesFollow Virat KohliFollow Jamaica Next Jasprit Bumrah’s progress in Tests absolutely terrific: Sachin TendulkarIndia tour of West Indies 2019: After captain Virat Kohli called him the most complete bowler in world cricket, batting great Sachin Tendulkar has heaped praise on Jasprit Bumrah. advertisementlast_img read more