Ex-Real Madrid GM Jorge Valdano no fan of VARby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid GM Jorge Valdano admits he’s no fan of VAR.Valdano insists the technology hasn’t brought justice to the game.”I still distrust VAR, I don’t like it, they deceive you when they say that it has brought more justice,” Valdano explained in an interview with El Transistor.”We don’t have a clue what kind of justice they are talking about.”There are days when a penalty is interpreted one way and, in another way on the next day, being offside by millimetres leaves me uneasy, all those things are scientific, but it actually leaves you with a greater feeling of suspicion.”The Argentine is certainly not in favour of how VAR is being used at this moment, but he believes that a much more scaled-back version of technology in football is acceptable.”I am very positive with technology, but football is the opposite, it’s so primitive and that’s where the success of it is.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Having come from behind late on to snatch three points against Watford on Wednesday, Tottenham have the genuine chance to push themselves into the top two of the Premier League.Manchester City’s shock loss on Tuesday means the gap is two points between second and third, giving Mauricio Pochettino the chance to overhaul the champions, if only briefly.They will, however, have to overcome the very side who dealt defeat to the Citizens – Newcastle, led by Rafa Benitez. 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? Though in the midst of an injury crisis, the Magpies have eased relegation worries with two recent wins and will be keen to draw themselves further away from the bottom of the table. Game Tottenham vs Newcastle Date Saturday, February 2 Time 12:30pm GMT / 7:30am ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the US the game will be broadcast on Telemundo Deportes En Vivo and will be available for streaming on NBCSN. US TV channel Online stream Telemundo Deportes En Vivo NBCSN In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. It will also be available for streaming on the Sky Go app. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Main Event/Sky Sports Premier League Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Tottenham players Goalkeepers Lloris, Vorm, Gazzaniga Defenders Trippier, Rose, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Walker-Peters, Foyth, Aurier Midfielders Winks, Lamela, Nkoudou, Dier, Sissoko, Eriksen, Moura, Wanyama Forwards Llorente, Son Confirmed Tottenham starting XI: Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen; Winks, Sissoko; Eriksen, Lamela, Lucas; Son. Position Newcastle players Goalkeepers Dubravka, Elliot, Woodman Defenders Clark, Lascelles, Manquillo, Yedlin, Schar, Fernandez, Lejeune, Barreca Midfielders Shelvey, Ritchie, Atsu, Hayden, Longstaff Forwards Perez, Rondon Confirmed Newcastle starting XI: Dubravka; Schar, Lascelles, Lejeune; Yedlin, Hayden, S. Longstaff, Ritchie; Perez, Atsu; Rondon.Betting & Match Odds Tottenham are favourites, priced at odds of 2/5 to win with bet 365 , while a draw is available at 7/2. A win for Newcastle is priced at 7/1.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Having suffered an alarming dip in form, with consecutive exits from both English cup competitions, Tottenham looked to get their season back on track against Watford after they came from behind late on to claim the three points .Mauricio Pochettino’s side have been robbed of their most talismanic player in the shape of Harry Kane through injury, but the return of Son from Asian Cup duty helped inspire them to victory.As wins go, it could prove to be one of their most important for the 2018-19 campaign too, after it lifted them within touching distance of Manchester City following the champions’ shock loss on Tuesday .With just two points separating the second-place City from Spurs, Pochettino can surely smell a chance to pile on the pressure and keep his side in an unlikely three-way title race.However, to do so they will have to overcome Newcastle, the very side responsible for inflicting that surprise defeat upon Pep Guardiola and company.Rafa Benitez’s side have been embroiled in a relegation battle for most of the season but wins against fellow strugglers Cardiff and the Citizens has lifted them clear of the bottom three.The former Liverpool manager will know that it is far from a done deal however and, despite a myriad of injury problems plaguing the Magpies, will be hopeful of carrying across their positive momentum to deliver another upset. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Real Madrid are in a bad way, that much is clear. What has followed a season to forget has been a litany of wild statements, rumours, hints and misinformation surrounding practically the entire workforce at the Santiago Bernabeu.The most recent of which was the future of Sergio Ramos, who had been approached by an unnamed Chinese club and by several accounts was ready to leave the Spanish capital.The Madrid captain moved to quash the rumours, however, telling the gathered media at a press conference on Thursday that he would be going nowhere, paving the way for Zidane to once again build his defence about the controversial centre-back. 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? Still, Goal can reveal that only 17 players in the squad are ‘safe’, with the French coach tasked with rebuilding a side that has flopped so drastically since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus – that’s just two thirds of Los Blancos’ squad.So Ramos will stay, but who are the others guaranteed to be turning out under Zizou next season?In goal, Thibaut Courtois will not only remain with the club but will be first-choice in the 2019-20 campaign, with Keylor Navas likely to find a new club before the end of the summer window.Madrid’s backline is potentially the most solid looking area of the pitch, with Dani Carvajal, Alvaro Odriozola, Ramos, Raphael Varane (who told Marca he would be staying), Nacho (recently signed a renewal), Marcelo and newcomer Eder Militao making up the list.Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric will remain the first-choice midfield three, with the latter two having signed renewals. In addition, Fede Valverde, Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio will also be retained by the club.Up top, Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr. will continue, while Brazilian sensation Rodrygo will arrive before the start of the new season to make up the last of those who will not be put up for sale.In terms of potential exits, goalkeepers include Navas and Zidane’s son Luca, Jesus Vallejo and Sergio Reguilon from the defensive ranks – despite both players’ desire to stay – Marcos Llorente, Dani Ceballos, Brahim Diaz and Isco from midfield – the futures of the latter two being the biggest doubts – and Mariano Diaz and Gareth Bale from the attackers’ pool.For reasons known only to the club, these are the players that Real would happily jettison to make space for new arrivals – especially with several loanees set to return. James Rodriguez, Mateo Kovacic, Andriy Lunin, Theo Hernandez, Raul De Romas, Borja Mayoral and Martin Odegaard are all in transfer purgatory.With Zidane having made up his mind regarding those already on the books, the path is clear for Los Merengues to start cleaning house.The revolution has begun.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on prior to the All State Sugar Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Urban Meyer will be coaching Ohio State’s football team this season, once his three-game suspension to start the 2018 year is up, but questions are still swirling about his future with the Buckeyes following Wednesday night’s press conference.College football insider Brett McMurphy is among those who believe this whole saga is far from over.The Stadium reporter appeared on the radio today and predicted that there’s a lot more to come with Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes.“By no means do I think this is over,” he said.“By no means do I think this is over.” – @Brett_McMurphy— 3HL (@3HL1045) August 23, 2018McMurphy said during another radio appearance that he would be surprised if Meyer is still at Ohio State in 2019.From the Oregonian:“I would be stunned if Urban Meyer coaches (at Ohio State) after the end of this season. He had heart issues at Florida. Now he has a memory problem? He has no problem remember to text a recruit at midnight, he has no problem with what play to call on fourth and 1 against Michigan.I’ll take it at face value, all Urban Meyer has demonstrated over the years is that he has a problem telling the truth.”Meyer will be able to return to the sidelines for Ohio State’s fourth game of the season. The Buckeyes are still entering the year with Big Ten title and College Football Playoff aspirations.Ohio State opens the year on Sept. 1 against Oregon State. Ryan Day is coaching the Buckeyes in Meyer’s absence.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 21: A general view of the stadium prior to the game between the Michigan Wolverines and Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)The new league year for the NFL begins in just a few days. With only a week left to make final decisions on impending free agents, NFL teams are deciding who to spend money on and who to let go.The Tampa Bay buccaneers locked up offensive lineman Donovan Smith. The former Penn State star was set to become was set to become an unrestricted free agent on March 13 – when the new league year officially kicks in.Instead, he signed a three-year, $41.25 million deal to remain with the Bucs. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, $27 million of the $41.25 million is guaranteed.Here’s the news from Schefter.Buccaneers are giving OT Donvovan Smith a 3-year, $41.25 millon deal, including $27 million fully guaranteed at signing, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 5, 2019Smith has been a mainstay on the Tampa Bay offensive line. He’s started every game for the Buccaneers since the team used a second-round pick on the former Nittany Lions star in 2014.“We always aim to develop our players and reward them for their productivity and reliability, so keeping Donovan as a Buccaneer was a major priority for us this offseason,” Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said about the deal.Smith stated 31 games for the Nittany Lions before he left for the NFL.He’ll hold down the left side of the offensive line for new coach Bruce Arians.
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 07: Detail of the College Football Playoff National Championship trophy, along with the helmets of the 2 competing teams, University of Alabama (left) and University of Georgia (right) on January 7, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)We’re roughly one month away from the start of the season for college football, and that means preseason predictions are being made all across the country. The latest bold take actually comes from ESPN’s latest hire, Ryan Leaf.ESPN hired Leaf over the weekend to add another element to its college football coverage. He definitely brings valued experience from his playing career to the broadcasting booth.In his first week as an analyst for ESPN, Leaf quickly made a bold prediction.Leaf believes the Utah Utes are a sleeper team to make the College Football Playoff. It’s a pretty shocking pick when you consider how overshadowed the program can be at times in the Pac-12. The reason for him picking Utah as a potential contender is because of its favorable schedule and continuity on the roster.From 247Sports:“I think that Utah could be the team, the dark horse that actually throws their hat into the ring – simply because of what their schedule is and who they have coming back,” Leaf told Playbook on SiriusXM’s ESPNU channel. “They don’t have to play Oregon or Stanford this year. And they have an opportunity with the South (Division) being kind of discombobulated. And the North is simply just going to beat up on one another. They really are.”Utah owned a 9-5 record last season under head coach Kyle Whittingham.The Utes have quarterback Tyler Huntley and running back Zack Moss returning for their senior seasons.Even though Utah has a solid schedule with several winnable matchups, it’ll open the season on the road against BYU.
EUGENE, OR – OCTOBER 08: Oregon Ducks cheerleaders take the field prior to the game against the Washington Huskies on October 8, 2016 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. The Huskies defeated the Ducks 70-21. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)College football is exactly 17 days away from returning. In preparation for the upcoming season, ESPN has released an epic video that should have fan bases everywhere ecstatic.As usual, the favorites for this season’s championship will be Alabama and Clemson. Those two powerhouses won’t be alone though, as programs like Georgia, Ohio State, LSU and Michigan could all make postseason runs.In addition to having a plethora of great programs, the upcoming season will also have a handful of elite players to showcase. The amount of quarterback talent on display is fantastic, such as Trevor Lawrence, Tua Tagovailoa, Jake Fromm, Shea Patterson and Jake Fromm.Somehow, ESPN found a way to produce a hype video that includes almost every top program and player heading into the 2019 season. The video includes the song Let Go from the band ‘Judah & The Lion.’Check it out:C H I L L S pic.twitter.com/GQWuylIiLR— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) August 7, 2019This video should give most fans chills as they prepare for the season.Florida and Miami will kick off the 2019 season with an epic clash at Camping World Stadium.Last year, the landscape of college football was dominated by the elites in every conference. We’ll see if there is some chaos in store for us this year.Are you ready for this college football season?
Shelley Meyer sent the “magic” over to the wife of Ohio State’s head coach on Twitter.Passing the MAGIC on to @ninadaytime❤️❤️ #GoNina #GoBucks https://t.co/fHLc3cTPv4 pic.twitter.com/cSOvomKcYC— Shelley ❌eyer (@spinnershells) August 29, 2019Nina Day, the wife of Ohio State’s first-year head coach, spoke about her new role in an interview with WSYX 6 in Columbus.The wife of Ohio State’s new football coach talk about what it’s like to be the new first lady of OSU football. She’s extremely gracious, opening up about her new role and her love for the Buckeyes. That’s tonight at 5 pic.twitter.com/w16CMzXEFk— Maria Durant (@mariawsyx6) August 28, 2019Ohio State is set to open the 2019 college football season on Saturday, Aug 31 against FAU.Kickoff is set for noon E.T. on FOX. NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field alongside his wife Shelley after his team won 45-24 against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Being the wife of a major college football head coach is no easy job, from dealing with the ridiculous long hours to the constant scrutiny.Shelley Meyer dealt with this for decades, though she’s since retired – along with her husband, Urban – from the major stresses of college football coaching.The longtime wife of the former Ohio State head coach is no longer the first lady of the Buckeyes’ football program.Nina Day is.
Reuters LondonJanuary 20, 2019UPDATED: January 20, 2019 23:55 IST Dele Alli celebrates after scoring against Fulham (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTottenham Hotspur recovered from an early own goal to grab a last-gasp 2-1 victory over FulhamDele Alli and Harry Winks scored a goal each to help Tottenham Hotspur winSpurs restored their seven-point advantage over Arsenal and Manchester UnitedFernando Llorente’s blushes were spared as Tottenham Hotspur recovered from his early own goal to grab a last-gasp 2-1 victory over lowly Fulham in the Premier League at Craven Cottage on Sunday.The Spanish striker, starting in place of the injured Harry Kane, put past his keeper Hugo Lloris in the 14th minute but Dele Alli’s second-half header levelled it up and Harry Winks headed home seconds from the end of stoppage-time.It was a heartbreaker for Fulham who deserved a point but injury-hit Tottenham opened up a four-point gap over fourth-placed Chelsea and restored their seven-point advantage over Arsenal and Manchester United.Same name, same job!@HarryWinks! #OneOfOurOwn #COYS pic.twitter.com/NKKoEgnDi8Tottenham Hotspur (@Spurs_India) January 20, 2019Until Winks’s late intervention the story looked set to be all about Llorente’s struggles after he was given a rare league start in the absence of injured talisman Kane.Not only did his clumsy clearance put his side behind but he also missed a golden late chance to give Spurs the lead.Luckily for him, Alli was more ruthless as he headed in Christian Eriksen’s delivery in the 51st minute.With Tottenham’s first draw of the season looming, substitute Georges-Kevin N’koudou’s superb diagonal cross allowed Winks to steal a yard and head past Fulham keeper Sergio Rico for his first goal for more than two years.Defeat left Fulham seven points behind 17th-placed Newcastle United and facing an increasingly difficult task to avoid being relegated back to the Championship.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 Tottenham HotspurFollow FulhamFollow Premier leagueFollow Dele AlliFollow Harry Winks Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur recover from own goal to beat FulhamDele Alli and Harry Winks scored a goal each to help Tottenham Hotspur edge past Fulham 2-1 in the Premier League.advertisement
Royal Enfield launches Bullet 350 and Bullet 350 ES with ABS, price starts at Rs 1.21 lakhNow that Royal Enfield Bullet 350 and Royal Enfield Bullet 350 ES have been equipped with ABS, the entire product range of the company comes with the braking system.advertisement Varun Singh New DelhiApril 5, 2019UPDATED: April 5, 2019 21:51 IST Royal Enfield Bullet 350 with ABS is now priced at Rs 1.21 lakh (ex-showroom, India).HIGHLIGHTSRoyal Enfield Bullet 350 and Royal Enfield Bullet 350 ES get a 346 cc, single cylinder, 4 stroke, twinspark, air cooled engine.The engine produces 19.8 bhp at 5,250 rpm and 28 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm.Royal Enfield had to update its models with ABS keeping in mind the new safety norms.Royal Enfield has launched Bullet 350 and Bullet 350 ES with single channel ABS (Antilock Braking System). The two models have also been equipped with RLP (Rear-wheel Lift Protection). With both the motorcycles getting fresh updates, customers will have to dish out Rs 3,500 more for Royal Enfield Bullet 350 that is now priced at Rs 1.21 lakh (ex-showroom, India) and Rs 1,400 extra for Royal Enfield Bullet 350 ES that now costs Rs 1.35 lakh (ex-showroom, India).Now that Royal Enfield Bullet 350 and Royal Enfield Bullet 350 ES have been equipped with ABS, the entire product range of the company comes with the braking system. Moreover, Royal Enfield had to update its models with ABS keeping in mind the new safety norms.Both Royal Enfield Bullet 350 and Royal Enfield Bullet 350 ES get a 346 cc, single cylinder, 4 stroke, twinspark, air cooled engine. The motor produces 19.8 bhp at 5,250 rpm and 28 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The engine is mated to a five-speed transmission.Until recently, Royal Enfield Bullet 350 came with drum brakes at the front and rear, while Royal Enfield Bullet 350 ES was equipped with 280 mm disc at the front. With the ABS, the former is expected to get the same 280 mm disc up front.Earlier this week, Royal Enfield reported a 20 per cent decline in monthly sales to 60,831 units in March 2019 and a 1 per cent rise in total sales to 8,26,098 units for the financial year 2018-19.Last month, the company launched Bullet Trials Works Replica 350 and Bullet Trials Works Replica 500 in India. While Royal Enfield Bullet Trials Works Replica 350 is priced at Rs 1,62,345 (ex-showroom, India), Royal Enfield Bullet Trials Works Replica 500 costs Rs 2,07,104 (ex-showroom, India). For Kerala, Royal Enfield Bullet Trials Works Replica 500 is priced at Rs 1,99,899 (ex-showroom).advertisementALSO READ | 2019 Bajaj Dominar 400 vs Royal Enfield Bullet Trials Works Replica 350: Price, specifications comparedALSO READ | 2019 Bajaj Dominar 400: Everything you need to know about the updated sports tourerALSO READ | Harley-Davidson India announces paid internship programme to celebrate 10th anniversaryGet 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 byVarun Singh Tags :Follow Bike updateFollow 2019 bike updateFollow Royal Enfield updateFollow 2019 ABS updateFollow ABS update Next