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There are several dimensions to the Deccan Chargers issue, most of them not to do with cricket and hence beyond the scope of this space. But the one thing which should worry the BCCI is not that the auction of the franchise failed to go through, rather that there was only one bid received.Prior to the auction day, there was speculation that three or four bidders were in the fray. But that turned out to be a red herring. Merely taking forms from the BCCI is far different from making an active bid.As it happened, the Chargers spurned the bid made by PVP, which means the problem for the BCCI remains.From the Indian cricket establishment’s point of view, the absence of more bidders is foreboding. Does this reflect the slowing down of the economy or erosion in the sheen of the IPL?As the last tournament showed, there seems to be no problem where fans are concerned. But the current episode throws up some contra-indications about the financial valuation appeal of the IPL which the BCCI must address ASAP and head-on.That the T20 format enjoys widespread popularity is without doubt. By all accounts, the best players in the world too are keen to play in the IPL – so much so that some, like Kevin Pietersen, are willing to risk their international careers.However, there is a task ahead for the minders of the IPL to set the house in order. Some solution is sought to be found to the Deccan Chargers matter today. Hopefully, it will be found acceptable to all parties concerned.advertisementMeanwhile, the T20 World Championship kicks off in Sri Lanka next week. With 12 teams in the fray, it’s going to be three weeks of high octane action. But it would be foolish to stick one’s neck out and predict a winner for this format is a veritable lottery.That different teams have won since the tournament came into existence in 2007 is sufficient evidence of this. If more was needed, it came through India’s one-run defeat against New Zealand in Chennai a few days back.The New Zealanders looked easy pushovers after losing the two Tests, and for most of the T20 game, India were in control till the run chase was messed up in the closing stages.Apart from making for a disappointing send-off to the T20 WC for Dhoni’s team, this match also exposed some of the problems that could hamper India’s prospects in the tournament.The bowling is not incisive enough. For the record, there is not a single Indian bowler in the top 20. Indeed, Harbhajan Singh, who has been out of the team for a while, is India’s highestranked bowler.Moreover, the fielding remains mediocre. In a format which thrives on high energy and supreme athleticism, a poor fielding side has to do 25 per cent better in the other departments to cover up.The form of some of the younger players – especially Virat Kohli – could be an antidote. Yuvraj Singh, too, was impressive in Chennai to show that he was not selected on sentiment alone. He could be the allrounder India needs.Since the spectacular victory in the 2007 WC, India’s performances have been iffy at best.But the West Indies now boast T20 specialists like Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo, which has prompted several bookmakers to tag them favourites.But I wouldn’t discount South Africa, perhaps the most balanced side in international cricket today, as well as Australia and England, who’ve done well in this format in recent weeks.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid coach Solari tribute to Zidane after winning CWCby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari paid tribute to Zinedine Zidane after winning the Club World Cup final.Real were comfortable 4-1 winners over Al Ain.Solari isn’t long in the job at Real Madrid, but has already put his name to some silverware with what he will hope to be a building block for future success.”The players deserve it and we are happy,” Solari said after the game.”They have come here after a lot of work and a lot of winning and we put a finishing touch to that third consecutive Champions League.”We’re also here thanks to [Zinedine] Zidane.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool defender Robertson reveals squad agreement over verbal clashesby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Andrew Robertson has revealed the players have been open about the need to argue with eachother.Scotland’s skipper says there is a pact inside the dressing-room to take flak from a team-mate without it escalating into an on-field row.He said: “There were a couple of arguments out there today. A couple of things that needed to be said – and they were.“We all have the attitude that that if someone says something to you, you have to take it on the chin.”If you don’t agree with it, you deal with it at full-time or half-time and speak to one another.“When you are out on the pitch and it’s 100 miles an hour you don’t have time to discuss why something was said to you.“We have spoken together about this as a team. We do discuss things. We have said that’s it’s having that honesty between us which is important.“Whether it’s the youngest player – someone like Trent Alexander-Arnold – tells you to do something and he believes it’s right then you do it. You can go back and ask Trent for an explanation later – if you haven’t agreed with it, obviously.“When people are arguing on the pitch, it can have a negative effect and you can get distracted. I think that’s something the lads have done really well since the start of the season. It shows the respect between us.“There are a lot of leaders out there now.“Virgil Van Dijk is captain of his country. We have a fantastic captain in Jordan Henderson who clocked up 300 appearances for the club against Wolves – and that’s a great achievement.“We’ve got James Miner as well, who is a fantastic professional. There are plenty of leaders on the park – I’m including Dejan Lovren in that, as well.“And the more leaders we have got out there, the better, as far as I’m concerned.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton director of football Ross Wilson has Rangers offerby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton’s director of football operations Ross Wilson has an offer from Rangers.Wilson has been offered the director of football role at Rangers. The Scotsman has held positive talks with the Glasgow club this week and is considering his future at Southampton, says Sky Sports.Wilson has been at the club for five years, overseeing the club’s player recruitment, and he took a central role in the hiring of Ralph Hasenhuttl as manager.The 36-year-old turned down a similar role at Rangers two years ago.
Ken Griffey Jr. has been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame after receiving a vote on 99.32 percent of ballots — a record. Earlier, we examined how Griffey’s prime, once separated from his unfortunate latter years, compared with the primes of other all-time great players. Junior turned out to be Willie Mays, more or less. While we’re at it, and for no particular reason today, we figured we’d run the same numbers for Barry Lamar Bonds, destroyer of worlds.Don’t worry, we think it’s weird to see Chipper Jones and Albert Pujols as Bonds’s most comparable peak-season players, too. More than anything else, consider this a sign that Bonds breaks the system — no other player had a truly similar mix of skills in their best seasons, particularly considering the absurd proportion of Bonds’s top years that came when he was in his mid-to-late 30s. Unlike Griffey, whose career bifurcation was so stark that his career-long comps end up being players he didn’t much resemble, a look at Bonds’s full career finds a satisfying pair of comps at the top:Remember when we made a big deal about how closely Griffey matched Willie Mays’s statistical profile? Mays is also Bonds’s most similar career player — except that Bonds showed better patience, power and contact skills than Mays, while still coming close to matching the Say Hey Kid on the basepaths and in the field.Because Bonds’s statistical profile is an invitation for the absurd, we thought it might be instructive to compare his worst years (i.e., his aggregate rate statistics after giving more weight to his “worst” WAR seasons) against the best years of other players. Those “bad” Bonds seasons were most comparable to — and, in fact, surpass — the best seasons of two current or soon-to-be Hall of Famers.You may now return to whatever it is you were doing, which is likely not as fun as looking at Barry Bonds stats.
OSU co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell walks out of the Buckeyes’ locker room before a game against Maryland on Nov. 12. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell is underway with contract negotiations to become the Cincinnati Bearcats head football coach next season. The Bearcats fired Tommy Tuberville from the position on Dec. 4 after a 4-8 season.Fickell has served as a member on the OSU staff since 2002 when he was a special teams coordinator. He has been one of the defensive coordinators for OSU since 2005.Fickell stepped in as interim head coach in 2011 following the departure of then-coach Jim Tressel amid NCAA violations. Fickell led the Buckeyes to a 6-7 season and loss in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl.Once Urban Meyer took over as head coach of OSU, Fickell resumed his duties as defensive coordinator. He currently shares the defensive play-calling responsibilities with Greg Schiano.BearcatReport.com initially reported the story.
At 30 years old, Ohio State’s second-year head lacrosse coach Nick Myers is living his dream.“I still pinch myself occasionally driving in each morning knowing that I am the head coach at Ohio State,” Myers said. “It’s very special to me.”On July 10, 2008, Myers became the 13th head coach of the OSU lacrosse program. He spent the previous three seasons as the Buckeyes’ top assistant.It was during those three years and two other seasons as a volunteer assistant under former coach Joe Breschi when Myers grew and learned how to coach.“Watching Nick develop from a young 24-year-old volunteer assistant into the head coach is great to see,” said Breschi, who is currently the coach at the University of North Carolina.In between his two assistant coaching jobs at OSU, Myers spent two seasons as the top assistant coach at Butler University.In his first year, Myers lead OSU to a 7-7 regular season record and the team advanced to the championship game in the Great Western Lacrosse League tournament.This year the team has a 6-6 record overall and is 2-3 in its new conference, the Eastern College Athletic Conference.When the team’s three senior captains Scott Foreman, Brandon Freeman and Andrew Stimmel talked about their coach, the one word they all used to describe him was “passionate.”Freeman said that Myers always brings high energy and passion to games and practices. Stimmel said that Myers pushes the players both on and off the field.“Nick has tremendous attention to detail, energy and passion for the game of lacrosse,” said Pat Myers, Nick’s brother and assistant coach at the University of North Carolina.Nick Myers’ stepfather introduced him to lacrosse, and Nick said he got his first look at a lacrosse stick as an eighth-grader.“For me it was a passion that I developed quickly,” Myers said. “It’s a game that is unique in a sense where it combines so many aspects of not only athleticism, but speed and scoring.”In high school, Myers was a two-time All-American and represented his home state of Maine in the 1997 North-South All-Star game.Myers was also a Division III All-American playing for Springfield College in Massachusetts, where he earned a degree in sports studies and physical education.After college, Myers came to OSU to be a volunteer assistant coach.“I knew financially it would be a burden,” Myers said. “I worked a couple of different jobs but it was so valuable, the time with coach Breschi, this staff and this family.”In Columbus, Nick joined his brother Pat who was playing lacrosse for the Buckeyes.“The chance to be with my brother for two years was really fun, too,” Nick Myers said. “We had a lot of fun together. I enjoyed coaching him.”In addition to on-the-field performance, Myers has the team set goals off the field as well.“At the beginning of the year we talk about family, academics and lacrosse,” Myers said. “We give a player handbook similar to what coach [Jim] Tressel has done with his ‘Winner’s Manual.’”This year, the team has achieved academic goals with a team grade point average of over 3.0. It also had 26 scholar athletes last quarter. The team also has contributed more than 600 hours of community service, beating its preseason goal of 500 hours.“Nick recognizes that playing lacrosse for Ohio State is a special honor, and is a privilege not a right,” Pat Myers said. “Lacrosse is secondary to the OSU lacrosse family and the academic aspect of the OSU lacrosse program.”Nick Myers has found a home in Columbus and at OSU. His face lit up as he said that he and his wife are expecting their first child this month.“I really feel like in a lot of ways this is where I have grown up. It is a place where I am very connected to through my family,” Myers said. “This athletic department is the finest in the country and it is very humbling at a young age to just be a part of it.”
England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was the hero in their penalty shootout win over Colombia to book the side’s place in the quarter-finals and now the “secret” of how he managed it has been exposedFollowing Jordan Henderson’s miss earlier on, Colombia’s Mateus Uribe then failed to capitalise on their advantage by hitting the crossbar before the ball bounced back out.Shortly afterwards came Pickford’s moment when he superbly denied Carlos Bacca from scoring an important penalty-kick for Colombia with Eric Dier then stepping up to slot home the winning spot-kick and a place in the last-eight for England.While it was the Tottenham midfielder who scored the winning goal, Pickford was hailed as the hero with many claiming that it was his save from Bacca that decided the game.But now it has emerged that there may have been a method behind the 24-year-old’s critical save.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.In a picture, released by the British media outlet The Sun, Pickford appeared to have had notes around the neck of his water bottle during the penalty shootout and it’s now since been claimed that it contained notes on how to stop the Colombians spot-kicks.Was Jordan Pickford’s hidden water bottle the reason for #ENG‘s penalty success? https://t.co/G6XQRraMr4 pic.twitter.com/WzUViQCGd6— Sun Sport (@SunSport) July 5, 2018
Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah has sent a message of support to teammate Loris Karius, according to BBC.The Liverpool forward has urged Karius to ignore his haters after recent criticisms following his performances so far in the club’s preseason friendlies.Karius made a mistake during a preseason friendly against Tranmere Rovers as well as a mistake against Borussia Dortmund which led to the German club’s third goal.The goalkeeper made two high-profile errors in the UEFA Champions League final against Real Madrid in Kiev, which led to the Spanish giants defeating Liverpool 3-1 on the night.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“Stay strong Karius, it has happened to the best of players,” Salah posted on social media.Karius has also posted a message on Instagram in response to all the criticism he has been facing.Liverpool have already acquired the services of Brazil international Alisson Becker on a record fee for a goalkeeper believed to be around £67million.