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10 months agoBournemouth boss Howe admits players’ confidence not sky high

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe admits players’ confidence not sky highby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe admits the players’ confidence has taken a hit due to their inconsistency this season.Despite recent form, the Dorset club remain eighth in the top flight as the season heads towards the halfway stage. Howe said, “I do not feel confidence has been low but naturally when you do not win consistently, which is what we all want to do, somewhere along the line you take a slight hit.“It is important the players try not to let that affect them. We have to go into every game believing how good we can be as a team, truly believing in each other and with the quality we have we know everything is very short term.“We are still in a great position in the league and one or two good results in this period could elevate us again.” last_img read more

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10 months ago​Leicester loanee Benkovic reiterates Celtic desire

first_img​Leicester loanee Benkovic reiterates Celtic desireby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City loanee Filip Benkovic has admitted that he wants to stay at Celtic for the rest of the season.The 21-year-old is on loan at the Scottish champions, where he has impressed this season.He is a regular starter for Brendan Rodgers’ team.”I really hope I will stay here until the end of the season,” Benkovic told the Scottish Sun.”It’s not a decision for me but the Leicester coach has said I can stay here and that’s good for me.”I think staying here for a year will make me improve as a player. Coming from the Croatian league to the English Premier League is a very big difference.”I was only there for one month but I saw it was a big step up. I think this step, coming to Scotland, can make me better.”The least I can do is give 110 percent for the coach, the team and the fans.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoPjaca agent: He’s staying with Fiorentina

first_imgPjaca agent: He’s staying with Fiorentinaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Marko Pjaca says he’ll be staying with Fiorentina.Pjaca is on-loan at Fiorentina from Juventus.Marko Naletic told Violanews.com: “Right now, there’s no possibility that Pjaca will leave Fiorentina in January.“Things haven’t gone as we’d hoped so far, but Marko feels the faith that the club have placed in him and he has an excellent relationship with Pioli.“He’s very happy with how he’s settled in Florence and the dressing room. He did everything to join Fiorentina last summer.“Negotiations weren’t easy, but he insisted on making the move happen because he only wanted the Viola and didn’t change his mind.“Many clubs have called me over the last few weeks, but we haven’t considered any offers.“Muriel? His arrival doesn’t change anything. I’m convinced that Pjaca only needs to unblock him psychologically so he can return to high levels.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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9 months ago​Juventus boss Allegri questions need for Arsenal midfielder Ramsey

first_img​Juventus boss Allegri questions need for Arsenal midfielder Ramseyby Ansser Sadiq9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus coach Max Allegri has questioned whether he needs Aaron Ramsey in his squad.Reliable reports in Italy have suggested the player will sign a contract with Juve when his deal at Arsenal runs out in the summer.And it is common for Juventus to sign top players when they are available on cut price or free deals. But their coach Allegri may not want Ramsey.”I can already rely on five top midfielders. They are so good that I need nobody,” Allegri said in a press conference.”Tomorrow [Coppa Italia game against Bologna] we must maintain our focus or we’d have lost a target”. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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20 days agoChelsea boss Lampard happy for Abraham over England recall

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard happy for Abraham over England recallby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard is delighted for Tammy Abraham over his England recall.Lampard does not want to put too much pressure on the striker’s shoulders by saying he will definitely score goals at international level, but points out the player has shown he can score goals in the Championship and now in the Premier League.He said, “The work has only really begun for him because he is a young player, so I want to see him continue playing in the same vein for Chelsea and scoring goals and then naturally when he goes to the England squad, he has all the attributes to go there and be successful.”But it will be another step for him. I am sure he has the attitude to take that challenge of being a goalscorer for England and there is competition there. He will see there are great strikers in that squad already and it is a good challenge for Tammy.” last_img read more

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12 hours agoNedved says Juventus ready to make another Ronaldo-type signing

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Nedved says Juventus ready to make another Ronaldo-type signingby Carlos Volcano12 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus chief Pavel Nedved says they’re ready to make another Cristiano Ronaldo-type signing.Juve held their annual shareholders’ meeting on Wednesday, where a plan to raise €300m through an increase in share capital was approved.“We’re always ready to seize every opportunity,” vice-president Nedved told reporters.“We’ve talked about development and we want to develop on all fronts, above all the sporting one because it’s a leading part of the club.“And with this, I’ve think I said everything.” last_img read more

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Photo: Terrelle Pryor Is Back At Ohio State, In Ohio Stadium For 1st Time Since Tattoo-Gate

first_imgTerrelle Pryor stretching in Ohio State stadium.Terrelle Pryor Ohio StadiumTerrelle Pryor is back at Ohio State. The Cleveland Browns’ wide receiver, who starred for the Buckeyes from 2008-11, is in Ohio Stadium for the first time in four years. Pryor was banned from all contact with OSU’s athletic department in June 2011 as a result of his role in the Tattoo-Gate scandal. Pryor is with his Cleveland team, which will play a scrimmage in Ohio State’s football stadium this evening.  Pryor sustained a minor injury earlier this week and is reportedly not expected to play in tonight’s scrimmage.last_img read more

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Watch: Adoree’ Jackson Hurdles Notre Dame Kicker On 97-Yard Kickoff Return For Touchdown

first_imgUSC's Adoree' Jackson hurdles a defender.ESPN VideoUSC’s Adoree’ Jackson is pretty athletic, in my opinion.Notre Dame cut its deficit to USC to 31-21 in the third quarter, but that only held up for a few seconds. USC defensive back/wide receiver Adoree’ Jackson wasn’t letting the Fighting Irish hang around as he took the ensuing kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown after hurdling Notre Dame’s kicker.Not so sure that this isn’t the best special teams touchdown of the 2016 college football season.Jackson goes the distance without being touched at all. You don’t really anticipate him hurdling over a player whatsoever until he times it perfectly to hurdle over the kicker attempting to knock him out of bounds.Jackson also took a screen pass 52 yards to the house on his lone reception of the game earlier in the contest.The Trojans lead Notre Dame 38-21 in the fourth quarter on ABC.last_img read more

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Lampard “feeling good” in Chelsea role

first_imgFrank Lampard is hopeful the familiarity of playing at Chelsea for more than a decade will aid his development as a manager as he prepares for his first season in charge at Premier League level.The former Blues midfielder, who scored more than 250 goals for the club over 13 years, has had a mixed start to life in charge of his old club, with a win and a draw on their tour of Ireland, before a 1-0 reverse against Kawasaki Frontale in Yokohama on Friday.Lampard won plenty of plaudits in his first season of management at Derby County as they missed out on Premier League promotion at the final hurdle to Aston Villa. 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? The 41-year-old hopes to build on last term with a Chelsea side full of talented young players and admitted it was a special feeling to step into the manager’s office, where high profile names such as Jose Mourinho, Luiz Felipe Scolari and Carlo Ancelotti have all sat.”It did feel good. It has felt good to be back,” he told the Daily Mail.”It’s certainly a benefit to know the building so well and a lot of faces in the building made it not so much of a first-day-of-school feeling.”I spoke about Jose a lot, about when he first came, and the lift he gave me, the self-confidence, more mentally than actually tactically or physically. Guus Hiddink sent me a message this week which was very nice.”These are all managers I respect. I respect all the managers I had, even ones I maybe didn’t have a close connection to.”Lampard also insisted that the manager’s office was somewhere he preferred to avoid as a player.”I wouldn’t have gone there much,” the 106-capped England International said.”Only if I was called in or went in for any reason as vice-captain. I always respected the manager.”I tried to be low-maintenance and that corridor towards the manager’s office was somewhere you didn’t venture much. But now it’s where I’ll be, I suppose.”Chelsea continue their pre-season tour of Asia on Tuesday against Barcelona at Saitama Stadium. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Ex-Arsenal youngster Reine-Adelaide to join Lyon for €25m

first_imgLyon have reached an agreement with Angers over the transfer of former Arsenal youngster Jeff Reine-Adelaide.The transfer, worth a reported €25 million (£23m/$28m), is subject to a medical, while the Gunners also have first refusal on the midfielder.Unai Emery’s side are unlikely to bring him back to the Premier League, however, having signed the likes of Dani Ceballos on loan, Kieran Tierney from Celtic and Nicolas Pepe in a club-record deal this summer. 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? The 21-year-old left north London last summer after being told he was surplus to requirements by Emery, and went on to feature in 35 of Angers’ 38 Ligue 1 matches in 2018-19.His three goals and three assists helped the club to 13th place, while the France U-21 international also scored the first goal in Saturday’s 3-1 league win over Bordeaux.Reine-Adelaide joined Arsenal in 2015 after progressing through the Lens youth system, but he was loaned out to Angers in January 2018 after making just eight senior appearances in three years at the club.The Frenchman then made his move permanent last summer, and has since been called up to France’s U-21 set-up.His displays at the heart of the Angers midfield caught the attention of Lyon last season, and Les Gones have now agreed a deal in principle to sign the promising youngster.Incidentally, his Arsenal career began in the pre-season Emirates Cup win against Lyon, in which his impressive display caught the eye.He then had to wait until January 2016 to make his professional debut for the club, coming on as a late substitute in a home victory over Sunderland in the FA Cup.He was also a key member of the Arsenal U-21 side that clinched promotion to the league’s first division in 2016.Lyon kicked off their 2019-20 Ligue 1 campaign with a 3-0 away victory over Monaco, but manager Sylvinho is evidently still not satisfied with his squad.The Brazilian has already spent a large sum of money this summer, bringing in defender Joachim Andersen from Sampdoria, and both Thiago Mendes and Youssouf Kone from fellow French side Lille.The club’s midfield was undoubtedly weakened after selling Tanguy Ndombele to Spurs earlier this summer, but Sylvinho is now looking to former Arsenal man Reine-Adelaide to fill that void.last_img read more

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Penn State Fans Are Furious With What Jim Harbaugh Did In 4th Quarter

first_imgMichigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the action during the second quarter of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 10: Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the action during the second quarter of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats on October 10, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Wildcats 38-0. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh and his Michigan Wolverines are a couple of minutes away from what is probably the biggest win of his coaching era in Ann Arbor. Harbaugh doesn’t appear to be ready for this contest to end, though.Michigan is leading Penn State, 42-0, with less than three minutes to play at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.Harbaugh wants the shutout.Michigan’s head coach called a timeout to challenge a catch with about three minutes to play with his team leading by 42 points.“Jim Harbaugh challenging a fourth down completion, up 42-0 with 3:13 left in the fourth quarter. Old school Harbaugh hath returned,” tweeted one Michigan beat writer.Jim Harbaugh challenging a fourth down completion, up 42-0 with 3:13 left in the fourth quarter.Old school Harbaugh hath returned.— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) November 3, 2018“Hahahaha Jim Harbaugh is challenging a fourth-down catch while up 42-0 in the final minutes,” tweeted Yahoo! Sports’ college football account.Hahahaha Jim Harbaugh is challenging a fourth-down catch while up 42-0 in the final minutes.— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) November 3, 2018Penn State fans don’t appear to be too happy, though.“Jim Harbaugh is a super prick. Game in hand and challenges an OBVIOUS catch leading 42-0. PRICK!!!!” tweeted one fan.“Jim Harbaugh will challenge that Dotson bobbled the ball because he’s a clown,” tweeted another.This is the Jim Harbaugh the college football world has been waiting to see at Michigan, though. He finally has a Wolverines’ team that is good enough to back up his crazy antics. Regardless of you who root for, at least part of you has to appreciate it.last_img read more

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Recruiting Experts Predict Where The Nation’s No. 2 Recruit Will Commit

first_imgA generic view of a goal line marker.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)In just about 24 hours, the nation’s No. 2 recruit is expected to announce his commitment. Five-star defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux is expected to announce his college decision during the early signing period which begins Saturday, December 15.The five-star recruit held down the No. 1 spot for the majority of the year before fellow five-star defensive end Nolan Smith took over later. Florida State was the early leader in the clubhouse to land Thibodeaux, though his recruitment has shifted a few different times.247Sports compiled three recruiting experts to give their predictions on where the top recruit will commit. It’s between Oregon and Alabama.“I do think it’s (between) those two schools,” said 247Sports recruiting analyst Greg Biggins. “I don’t think Florida State is out. I don’t think Florida is necessarily out, but I do think it’s Alabama making that late run. We’ve talked about how Bama is so good at closing. Nick Saban was in the house last week. They do such a great job at this point in time. It used to be January, but now it’s December with the early signing period making those home visits.”Thibodeaux is set to announce his decision tomorrow. Can Nick Saban’s former assistant Mario Cristobal take a top recruit from the recruiting genius?Stay tuned.last_img read more

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Major College Football Quarterback Is Transferring

first_imgA general view of Notre Dame's football field.SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 25: A general view of the opening kick-off between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Stanford Cardinal at Notre Dame Stadium on September 25, 2010 in South Bend, Indiana. Stanford defeated Notre Dame 37-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)We have another major college football quarterback transfer announcement.With several big names already set to hit the transfer market, another one is joining the list, as Notre Dame’s Brandon Wimbush is moving on following the College Football Playoff.ESPN.com first reported the news of Wimbush’s transfer.The quarterback will be a graduate transfer, moving on following the College Football Playoff.Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush intends to transfer following the team’s run in the College Football Playoff, a source told ESPN.Wimbush, who started throughout last season and made four starts this fall, has completed his degree at Notre Dame and would be eligible to play elsewhere in 2019. Stadium first reported his transfer plans.“With his ND degree in hand, he will hit the road,” the source said.Wimbush is a former four-star quarterback recruit.Notre Dame’s quarterback will likely have plenty of good options on the transfer market.last_img read more

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Ohio State Professor Defends Justin Fields’ Decision To Take Online Classes

first_img Very concerned about this tweet & how it was interpreted. @ohiostate online classes have as much rigor as live ones. MANY students take them, not just student-athletes. More flexible, work/learning the same. Implying @justnfields not doing class work is wrong/unfair. @OhioStateFB https://t.co/ArqsyjiOvu— Nicole Kraft (@Nicole_Kraft) September 25, 2019When Fields revealed that he was taking online courses, he explained that it gave him more time to spend on the field and hitting the books.“I can spend more time on football and studying, stuff like that…But from what I have seen, the campus is beautiful and the people around are great,” Fields said.Fields joined Ohio State on a transfer from Georgia this past offseason. He won the starting job and quickly established himself as a Heisman Trophy contender.To date, Fields has 19 total touchdowns while leading the Buckeyes to a 4-0 record. Justin Fields scrambles around the pocket for the Ohio State Buckeyes.BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – SEPTEMBER 14: Justin Fields #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes scrambles in the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium on September 14, 2019 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields has caught a little bit of heat today after he revealed he has been taking online courses instead of attending classes on campus.But in the wake of some criticism for not going to classes like most of his fellow undergrads, an Ohio State professor has decided to stand up for Fields. One of the criticisms was that Fields isn’t doing “real” class work by taking his classes remotely.Ohio State journalism professor Nicole Kraft explained that the criticisms of Fields are unfair. She noted that online classes have “as much rigor as live ones” and pointed out that non-athletes take them too.Kraft also explained that online classes offer the same amount of work and learning while being more flexible.last_img read more

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Joel Klatt Reacts To Ohio State’s Blowout Of Nebraska

first_img In each of the last two years, Ohio State has gotten blasted on the road by a big underdog in a Big Ten West crossover game. The Buckeyes are incredibly focused this evening, while Nebraska hasn’t been able to come close to replicate what Iowa and Purdue pulled off in 2017 and 2018.Given Clemson’s struggles at North Carolina today, some have wondered if the Buckeyes are actually the best team in the nation right now.FOX Sports’ Joel Klatt hasn’t gone so far to say that the Buckeyes should be No. 1 when the new polls come out tomorrow, but he did take to Twitter to say they’ve been “the most dominant and complete team in America.”been tellin ya’ll @OhioStateFB is serious…They have been the most dominant and complete team in America so far— Joel Klatt (@joelklatt) September 29, 2019As of now, Ohio State has outscored its opponents 262-43. It hasn’t been the best set of opponents, but teams like Clemson and Alabama haven’t been through the gauntlet yet either.Whether they stay at No. 5 or jump all the way to the top, it is hard to argue with Klatt. Ohio State looks the part of a College Football Playoff team through one month of the season. Ohio State vs. Cincinnati.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 7: Head Coach Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches his team warm up before a game against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Ohio Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Late in the third quarter in Lincoln, Ohio State is up 48-7 on Nebraska. It has been an utterly dominant performance on both sides of the ball for the Buckeyes.The Buckeyes have had tremendous balance on offense. Justin Fields has 212 yards and three touchdowns through the air, while the team has 290 yards and three scores on the ground.The defense has been just as big a part of the equation. Adrian Martinez, who some thought might challenge Fields as the conference’s best quarterback, is just 3-for-10 for 20 yards and three interceptions.As a team, the Huskers are being outgained 502-to-91.last_img read more

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Nokia 6.1 Plus, Nokia 5.1 Plus get big discount during Flipkart Women’s Day sale

first_img Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiMarch 7, 2019UPDATED: March 9, 2019 10:54 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Nokia 6.1 Plus is being sold for Rs 13,999 during the Flipkart saleThe Nokia 5.1 Plus is powered by a Helio P60 SoC and is available for as low as Rs 8,999 on FlipkartThe Nokia 6.1 Plus and 5.1 Plus have been updated to Android PieThe popular Nokia 6.1 Plus (Review) and Nokia 5.1 Plus (Review) continue to be some of HMD’s best-priced phones in 2019. During the ongoing Flipkart Women’s Day sale between March 7 to March 8, the two Nokia phones will be available at their lowest prices yet. The Nokia 6.1 Plus is being sold for Rs 13,999, while the Nokia 5.1 Plus is available at Rs 8,999 on Flipkart.The Nokia 6.1 Plus and 5.1 Plus were launched at Rs 15,999 and Rs 10,999, respectively, last year and have since seen a minor price drop of up to Rs 500. On Nokia’s online store, the Nokia 6.1 Plus is being sold at Rs 15,499, while the Nokia 5.1 Plus costs Rs 10,599. The huge discount on Flipkart will likely attract anyone looking to buy an affordable Nokia phone right now, or a good value-for-money option in this segment.The Nokia 6.1 Plus sees a 5.8-inch FHD+ display with a notch and is powered by a Snapdragon 636 chipset. The base model which is selling at Rs 13,999 comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The Nokia 6.1 Plus gets a 16MP + 5MP dual camera system on the back and a 16MP selfie camera up front. It houses a 3,060mAh battery and has been updated to Android Pie as well.The Nokia 5.1 Plus, on the other hand, is a Helio P60-powered device. It sports a similar 5.8-inch screen size, but with an HD+ resolution. The Nokia 5.1 Plus base model, which is available for Rs 8,999 on Flipkart during the sale comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The device gets a 13MP + 5MP dual rear camera setup and an 8MP front-facing camera. Like the Nokia 6.1 Plus, the Nokia 5.1 Plus also houses a 3,060mAh battery and has been updated to Android Pie.advertisementHMD Global recently announced two more affordable smartphones that are likely to fall below the Nokia 5.1 Plus when they launch in India. The Nokia 3.2 and 4.2 were announced at MWC 2019 with waterdrop displays and a dedicated Google Assistant button. Both these Nokia phones have been listed on the official Nokia India website, suggesting their imminent launch in the country.ALSO READ | Nokia 4.2 and Nokia 3.2 at MWC 2019: Key specs, features, expected India prices, everything you must knowGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow Nokia 6.1 PlusFollow Nokia 5.1 PlusFollow Flipkart Nokia 6.1 Plus, Nokia 5.1 Plus get big discount during Flipkart Women’s Day saleThe Nokia 6.1 Plus and 5.1 Plus are available at their lowest prices yet during the ongoing Women’s Day sale on Flipkart.advertisementlast_img read more

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IPL 2019: Kieron Pollard gives positive update on Rohit Sharma’s injury

first_imgIPL 2019: Kieron Pollard gives positive update on Rohit Sharma’s injuryStand-in MI captain Kieron Pollard said Rohit Sharma not playing was a “precautionary measure” only.advertisement Press Trust of India MumbaiApril 11, 2019UPDATED: April 11, 2019 13:09 IST Pollard said Rohit Sharma should be back in the next game (AP photo)HIGHLIGHTSPollard said his MI teammate Rohit Sharma not playing was just a “precautionary measure”Rohit Sharma missed out the IPL match against KXIP because of a leg injury”He should be back in the next game,” said stand-in skipper Kieron PollardIndia vice-captain Rohit Sharma missed out the IPL match against Kings XI Punjab due to a leg injury but his Mumbai Indians team-mate Kieron Pollard said it was just a “precautionary measure” and he should be back in the next game.In an injury scare five days before the World Cup team selection, Rohit sat out of Mumbai Indians’ IPL match last night after sustaining a leg spasm during Tuesday’s training session. It was the first time that he had missed an IPL game in 11 seasons.”Obviously, Rohit is the captain of the team and it was only a precautionary measure for the team. He should be back in the next game,” stand-in skipper Pollard said after leading MI to a last-ball three-wicket win over KXIP.”I would gladly give it back to him and field at the boundary, while also thinking of what to contribute to the team.”Pollard smashed a whirlwind 83 off 31 balls that contained 10 sixes and three fours to take Mumbai on the doorsteps of victory and Hardik Pandya described the big-hitting West Indian as a legend.”Heart is pumping pretty fast. Pollard is a legend! One guy who could do this, it was Kieron Pollard.. That time and situation needed, both of us had to go for it but I could not connect much,” Pandya said.”Pollard was backing himself and for the first time in my life while sitting outside I thought 17 per over is a par score. It was still better from the situation we started off from. If Polly was there, he could have finished it off one ball and obviously we didn’t have any set batsman. Four runs, four balls I thought we got this game.”advertisementAfter Pollard was dismissed in the second ball of the last over, it was Alzarri Joseph (15 not out), who took MI home, chasing down Kings XI’s target of 198 off the last ball.Also Read | Pollard was unstoppable: KXIP batting coach Sriram in awe of MI stand-in captainAlso Read | IPL 2019: Kieron Pollard 83 trumps KL Rahul 100 as MI gun down 198 vs KXIPAlso Read | Major injury scare for India ahead of World Cup as Rohit Sharma limps off MI trainingAlso Watch | Great to have someone like Chris Gayle in KXIP: KL RahulFor 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 byRoshni Tags :Follow Rohit SharmaFollow PollardFollow InjuryFollow IPL 2019last_img read more

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Fitbit Inspire HR review: Best of Fitbit made more affordable

first_img Shweta Ganjoo New DelhiApril 23, 2019UPDATED: April 24, 2019 14:17 IST 8/10HIGHLIGHTSFitbit launched Fitbit Inspire HR in India last month.The Fitbit Inspire HR costs Rs 8,999 in India.The Fitbit Inspire HR offers a battery life of up to 5 days.When it comes to fitness wearables, Fitbit fitness trackers are arguably the best in the market right now, not just in terms of features and precision but also in terms of design and battery life. But they are also a tad bit costly and hence meant only for those who take keen interest in keeping a track of their fitness. At Rs 13,990, the Fitbit Charge 3 that was launched in January this year was the company’s cheapest fitness tracker, until the company launched the Fitbit Inspire HR in India.The Fitbit Inspire HR was launched alongside its younger sibling – the Fitbit Inspire that costs just Rs 6,999 — last month at a modest price of Rs 8,999. Together, the two devices are designed to cater to the users who are new to the entire fitness tracking universe and hence don’t want to spend much on a fitness wearable. Additionally, the two devices are also aimed at those who don’t want to replace their expensive analog watches with digital watches and are looking for a relatively low-cost device that helps them keep a track of their fitness levels. The Fitbit Inspire HR, which is the star of today’s review, fills this void well.The newly launched Fitbit Inspire HR comes with some of the best features such as 24/7 heart rate tracking, goal-based exercise modes, relax guided breathing, goal celebrations and a swim-proof design that Fitbit has to offer.When it comes to performance, it performs spectacularly well in all those aspects and it leaves no room for question or concern at all. And with a battery that lasts for almost a week, there is little left to complain about. But there are bits and pieces here and there that can be concerning to some.advertisementComfortable, light and brightFitness wearables, whether you are a fitness enthusiast who has recently gotten cautious about his health or a gym freak or an athlete, are meant to be worn not as an accessory but as an extension to one’s body part. They track our vitals and inform us if we need to turn the things a notch up in order to live a healthier lifestyle. And so it is imperative that they not just come with a battery that needs to be charged less often but also possess a comfort level that would make it easy for the users to sleep in them – quite literally. The Fitbit Inspire HR fits this bill perfectly.Inspire HR is slim and uniformly built, somewhat similar to the Fitbit Alta but with softer edges. It sports a backlit OLED display that attaches itself to a soft silicone band, which makes it both pleasing to the eyes and comfortable to wear at all times. Now, the Fitbit Inspire HR, like all other fitness trackers available in the market right now, is meant to be worn at all times. Its sleep-tracking feature and swim-proof design make it particularly suitable for long-term. Point being, you can wear it outside, you can wear it when you are asleep and you can wear it when you are in shower – like your second skin – without any apprehensions. And while this is true, even Fitbit advises you to take it off time to time, to let some air in.As far as the display is concerned, the Fitbit Inspire HR comes with a slim OLED display that can be customised to show information that includes the time, the heart rate, step count, distance travelled, calories burnt and date on screen. The clock faces that can be changed from within the Fitbit app, allows users to display their preferred information on screen in their desired style with ease. Tap once to activate the screen and tap twice to turn the screen off. You can also turn the screen off using the side button, which also serves as the one stop destination to check the battery and turn the screen wake and notifications on or off.You can wear it when you are asleep and you can wear it when you are in shower like your second skin without any apprehensions.The display overall works splendidly. Admittedly, absence of colours does make it a bit boring. But it does display information, even in the bright sunlight, without straining the eyes. What helps is the touchscreen that works without a hitch. Pull it down to access features such as exercise modes, alarms, timers and relaxation exercises among others and pull it up to see your latest set of stats.advertisementServing with a smileInspire HR offers the best of what Fitbit has to offer at a comparatively low cost. But there are bits and pieces here and there that need attention. But first, the good parts. The Fitbit Inspire HR can do almost everything that the Fitbit Charge 3 can. It can automatically detect which exercise – including swimming, weight-lifting and running on a treadmill — you are on to, which means that you don’t have select the kind of workout you are busy with as the tracker would automatically detect it using its sensors. It can help you relax using its guided breathing sessions. You can track your sleeping patterns and you can even use it to set alarms and timers natively on the watch, all of which work accurately without a hitch. You can also get notifications – both messages and calls – on the tiny display of Inspire HR. However, you cannot respond to any of those messages or answer a call on the fitness tracker. And it doesn’t help that you cannot see the message notifications again once you have dismissed it. It’s quite similar to the old adage – out of sight and out of mind.To add on to it, it doesn’t feature native support for GPS, which means you will have to keep your phone nearby if you want it to track some of the more nuanced features that require calculations pertaining to distance. Admittedly, not being able to get rid of your smartphone evening run is somewhat annoying, however, the shear precision of the device makes up for it. It also matters that the Inspire HR is priced under Rs 10,000.Additionally, Inspire HR also pushes you towards your daily goal and nudges you to walk a few steps every time it senses that you have been stationary for long. Completing the daily goal or superseding it definitely feels rewarding.It took less than a minute for Inspire HR to turn on automatically and charge 3 per cent and approximately two hours to juice up completely.Apart from this, Inspire HR comes short of a feature that we saw in Charge 3 – Fitbit Pay. It also cannot count the floors that you have climbed, but perhaps that is because floor count is not for amateurs but for serious health freaks.Long lasting battery life A fitness tracker without a decent battery life is like a car with an exceptionally small fuel tank that needs to re-filled every other day. In order to sustain a long drive you need a fuel tank that can hold a substantial amount of fuel in it. You also need a powerful engine that can utilize that fuel efficiently. It is the same in case of the battery life in fitness wearables. They need to last long enough for a person to be able to use them 24×7. The Fitbit Inspire HR does this and much more with ease.Fitbit claims that under optimum usage conditions, the newly launched Inspire HR can provide up to 5 days of battery life. And true to its words, Inspire HR can last five whole days after which it demands a re-fill. In my 10-12 days of usage, I charged Inspire HR twice and each time when the battery dipped to 15 per cent Fitbit sent me an email-notification requesting me to charge the fitness tracker.advertisement Another thing I liked about Inspire HR is its charge time. During my time with the fitness tracker I let the battery drain out completely to see how long it took to get the device up and running on 100 per cent power. And to my surprise, it took less than a minute for Inspire HR to turn on automatically and charge 3 per cent and approximately two hours to juice up completely.One thing that I didn’t like about the entire charging setup is the charger itself. Fitbit ships a proprietary charger along with all its wearables and Inspire HR is no exception to that rule. The problem, however, lies in the length of the charging cable, which in case of Inspire HR is pretty short I mean really short. This makes charging it a bit difficult as you need to find the right spot in your house to place, which in my experience is not easy to come by.Should you buy the Fitbit Inspire HR?Yes. The Fitbit Inspire HR as I mentioned before offers the best of Fitbit at a marginally low cost. It has some great fitness tracking features and a long battery life that takes no time to juice up. It also has a swim-proof design and the sleep tracking functionality that add on to its overall allure.Sure it has a couple of areas where it could perform better but at a price of Rs 8,999 and a list of features to its credit, the Fitbit Inspire HR is one of the best that there is in the market right now.Fitbit Inspire HR review8/10ProsLong lasting batteryLight-weightComfortable designSwim-proof designConsNo Fitbit payBoring DisplayChargerGet 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 byShweta Ganjoo Tags :Follow FitbitFollow Fitbit Inspire HR Fitbit Inspire HR review: Best of Fitbit made more affordableThe Fitbit Inspire HR has some great fitness tracking features and a long battery life that takes no time to juice up.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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IPL 2019: Need to continue winning, says Steve Smith on playoff chances after beating SRH

first_imgIPL 2019: Need to continue winning, says Steve Smith on playoff chances after beating SRHSteve Smith said Rajasthan need to win their last two games, against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals, to give themselves a chance to qualify for the IPL 2019 playoffs. view more view less scorecard advertisement commentarycenter_img graphs No data available! Ritayan Basu JaipurApril 28, 2019UPDATED: April 28, 2019 00:24 IST Steven Smith led Rajasthan Royals to a 7-wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSRajasthan Royals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 7 wickets in JaipurWith the win, RR jumped Kolkata Knight Riders into the sixth spot on the IPL points tableRajasthan skipper Steve Smith hopes his team can win the last two gamesRajasthan Royals kept their 2019 Indian Premier League campaign alive with a 7-wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.England batsman Liam Livingston scored a 26-ball 44 as Sanju Samson top-scored with an unbeaten 48 runs from 32 balls to help Rajasthan reach the target with 5 balls to spare.The win propelled RR over Kolkata Knight Riders to the sixth spot in the IPL 2019 points table. Rajasthan now have 5 wins from 12 games as compared to Kolkata’s 4 wins from 11 matches.With two games to for RR, both away matches (against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals), Steve Smith feels they need to continue the momentum and win their games.To stay in contention for a playoff berth, Rajasthan must win their remaining two games (vs RCB on April 30 and vs DC on May 4) and then hope for favourable results from other matches in the tournament.”We need to continue winning and you never know,” Steve Smith said at the post-match presentation ceremony.Royals have had a resurgence in the recent matches after a rather tame start in the initial few games, and RR skipper Steve Smith was praised his team’s comeback.”It was a good end to our home season, the boys pulled things back nicely,” Smith said.”Playing together as a group and we’re winning those key moments. We have been fortunate in the last few games,” Smith added.Rajasthan on Saturday got off to a whirlwind start as Liam Livingstone smoked the Hyderabad bowlers all around the park and that too on his IPL debut. He along with former captain Ajinkya Rahane got RR off to the perfect start, scoring 78 off 55 balls for the opening wicket, including picking up 60 runs off the first six powerplay overs.advertisementSmith hailed the Englishman’s batting after the win, saying that his knock was crucial, and going onto heaped praise on Sanju Samson as well for seeing the team through.”Liam Livingstone was magnificent as he played with freedom and got us off to a good start. Samson finished things off nicely,” Smith said at the post-match presentation ceremony.Smith was also awarded for taking David Warner’s catch, after which he seemed to grimace in pain. When asked about his elbow, which he had injured in the recently, Smith said it was nothing big and he is all right.”Hopefully my arm is ok, it hurt initially because of the impact,” Smith said.Smith went onto add that he hopes that Rajasthan can win the game against Bangalore as it will be his last this season before he flies off to join his Australia ahead of the 2019 ICC World Cup.”I have got one more to play in Bangalore, it’ll be nice to finish on a winning note. Hopefully, the boys will play well in Bangalore as well,” Smith said.Also Read | IPL 2019: Rajasthan Royals crush Sunrisers Hyderabad to stay in playoffs huntAlso Read | IPL 2019: David Warner hits 600 runs in 3rd successive IPL seasonFor 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Steven SmithFollow Rajasthan Royalslast_img read more

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S with 48MP camera launches on May 20: What will be price and what happens to Note 7?

first_img Sneha Saha New DelhiMay 16, 2019UPDATED: May 21, 2019 09:13 IST HIGHLIGHTSXiaomi Redmi Note 7S is coming to India on May 20.Xiaomi has confirmed that the Redmi Note 7S will sport 48MP camera similar to the Redmi Note 7 Pro.Xiaomi is also bringing Redmi flagship aka the Redmi K20 to India soon.February was when Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 7 in India. Nearly four months later, May is when the Redmi Note 7 dies in the Indian market, possibly killed by its own creator. And if its creator that is Xiaomi does show it some mercy, then it will be killed by the market forces. This is because a new Redmi Note is coming. On May 20, Xiaomi will launch the Redmi Note 7S, and chances are that the Redmi Note 7S is going to slot in exactly the same spot that currently the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 occupies.It’s actually quite weird that the Redmi Note 7S is coming but Xiaomi can be a weird company, probably something that also helps it keep ahead in the market. It does this out-of-box — and the launch of the Redmi Note 7S is one such bit — and that helps it keep the competition in check.Now that the Redmi Note 7S coming, there are two questions: what will be the price of the Redmi Note 7S and what happens to the Redmi Note 7?Redmi Note 7 is deadThe second question is easier to answer. The Redmi Note 7 is so very dead. Even now, when there is no Redmi Note 7S, the Redmi Note 7 has a very peculiar existence. There are two phones Xiaomi sells at a price point of Rs 9,999. These are the Redmi Note 7 and the Redmi Y3. Both are good phones, but the Redmi Note 7 has an edge here. However, Xiaomi — probably because it has better margins on the Y3 — wants to sell more of Xiaomi Redmi Y3 to people who want to spend Rs 9,999 on their phone. This may mean that Xiaomi wants only one phone at Rs 9,999 price point and it probably wants that phone to be the Redmi Y3.advertisementNow, even if I am wrong in these assumptions, the Redmi Note 7 is still dead. Imagine that Xiaomi wants to two phones at the price point of Rs 9,999, in that case on May 20 you may see the Redmi Note 7S launching at the price of Rs 9,999. This too will mean that the Redmi Note 7 is dead. It will be officially killed once the Redmi Note 7S launches or it will be killed by the market because no one will buy it over the Note 7S.What could be Redmi Note 7S price?Given the context that we discussed above, I believe the Redmi Note 7S is going to priced at Rs 10,999. It can’t possibly go above that because then it will be clashing with the Redmi Note 7 Pro, which sells for Rs 13,999. And it won’t be under Rs 10,000 because — as I already mentioned — Xiaomi likely wants to give some breathing room to the Redmi Y3.This also means that the Redmi Note 7S will be a phone that will be almost exactly the same as the Redmi Note 7 except its new 48-megapixel camera. The 48-megapixel camera will help Xiaomi bump up the price and sell it to — rightly I believe that this will again be a very nice phone — to willing customers for Rs 10,999.In fact, if you take a closer look you will realise that the Redmi Note 7S could be the exact Redmi Note 7 that Xiaomi sells in China. The China model of the Redmi Note 7 sports (almost) the same specs as the Redmi Note 7 India variant. The only difference between the two Redmi Note 7 is the 48MP sensor. The China variant of the Redmi Note 7 includes 48MP + 2MP camera configuration on the back. So, it is highly likely that the Redmi Note 7 China variant may come to India as the Redmi Note 7S. In other words, the other specs of the Redmi Note 7S will be Snapdragon 660, glass body, 13MP selfie shooter, 6.3-inch FHD+ display, and 4000mAh battery.Meanwhile, Xiaomi is also bringing Redmi flagship aka the Redmi K20 powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor. This Redmi flagship could be priced around Rs 20,000, and that should complete Xiaomi’s Redmi phone range between Rs 5,000 and Rs 25,000.ALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S with 48MP camera launching in India on May 20ALSO READ | Realme X will launch in India soon, expect price of less than Rs 20,000ALSO READ | Asus ZenFone 6 to launch today: Flip cameras, expected price, specs and how to watch livestreamGet 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 bySneha Saha Tags :Follow RedmiFollow Xiaomi Next Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S with 48MP camera launches on May 20: What will be price and what happens to Note 7?Xiaomi is all set to launch the Redmi Note 7S in India on May 20. We expect the Redmi Note 7S in India to be the China Redmi Note 7. Xiaomi has confirmed that the Redmi Note 7S will come with 48MP camera.advertisementlast_img read more

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