India team for ICC Champions Trophy to be selected on May 8

first_imgThe Indian team for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy will be picked on May 8, finally breaking the deadlock over India’s participation in the mega event scheduled to be held in England from June 1.India Today has learnt that captain Virat Kohli, who is busy leading Royal Challengers Bangalore in the ongoing Indian Premier League season 10, will join the proceedings via conference call.Earlier, irked by the delaying tactics of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) on Thursday asked the board to announce the team for the Champions Trophy immediately.The BCCI had deliberately missed the April 25 deadline for submission of the squad in the wake of the International Cricket Council (ICC) proposing a new financial model which reduces BCCI’s revenues from USD 570 million to USD 293 million.The ICC had overwhelmingly voted to drastically reduce the BCCI’s share of revenue at its board meeting that led to much heart burning among BCCI officials who contemplated a pull out from the Champions Trophy.The CoA in a letter to the BCCI on Thursday asserted that the it must not hurt the interest of the players in its dispute with the game’s world governing body.In the letter to BCCI Joint Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary ahead of the board’s Special General Meeting (SGM) on Sunday, the CoA demanded an immediate meeting of the selection committee to announce the squad for the Champions Trophy.The CoA also urged the BCCI to resolve its differences with the global body in the best interests of Indian cricket.advertisementlast_img read more

Report: Dortmund 2 Freiburg 2

first_imgBorussia Dortmund 2 Freiburg 2: Aubameyang jeered as Toljan rescues a point Ben Spratt Last updated 1 year ago 00:33 1/28/18 PierreEmerickAubameyang - cropped Bongarts Jeremy Toljan rescued a last-gasp draw on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s return to the Borussia Dortmund fold against Freiburg. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was jeered on his return to the Borussia Dortmund team as Jeremy Toljan rescued a point for Peter Stoger’s men in a 2-2 Bundesliga draw with Freiburg.Nils Petersen’s double – including a superb 40-yard second – looked to have secured an away win for Freiburg at Signal Iduna Park as Arsenal target Aubameyang toiled.Yet Toljan netted in the third minute of stoppage time to at least ensure Dortmund did not suffer a costly defeat. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Aubameyang had not featured since before the league’s mid-season break, but the forward was recalled after impressing coach Stoger with his application in training.That was not enough to appease some home supporters, however, as Aubameyang emerged as the villain of the piece and remained on the periphery of the game – sporting director Michael Zorc having earlier confirmed that a transfer could happen if Arsenal up their bid.A sour atmosphere was not improved when Dortmund headed into half-time all square after Petersen cancelled out Shinji Kagawa’s opener.The home side never recovered their momentum and a brilliant Petersen effort from distance appeared set to prove the winner before Toljan’s dramatic late leveller.This result leaves Dortmund fifth – still outside the Champions League places – and they must now contemplate the very real possibility of a future without top scorer Aubameyang, as Wednesday’s transfer deadline draws near.Jeremy Toljan mit dem Last-Minute-Treffer! Gleichzeitig der Endstand. #bvbscf 2-2 FT pic.twitter.com/W12cd42SSI— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) January 27, 2018″No player is bigger than the club,” read a banner held aloft before kick-off by a section of Dortmund fans who then heckled Aubameyang’s early touches, but their mood was momentarily lifted by a ninth-minute goal.The Freiburg defence failed to cut out a pass into the area and they were left scrambling as Lukasz Piszczek’s blocked low strike popped up kindly for Kagawa to acrobatically slam a volley into the bottom-left corner.Dortmund kept the pressure on and Rafal Gikiewicz turned away Jadon Sancho’s curler, but the visitors soon levelled against the run of play.Janik Haberer reached a pass on the right flank just in time to keep the ball in play and centre for Petersen to finish high past Roman Burki from close range at the near post.Aubameyang belatedly got involved and drew light applause as he rose to meet Gonzalo Castro’s cross, directing a header just over.But Dortmund almost went into the break a goal down when Burki fumbled Lukas Kubler’s volley and had to be alert to dive back and retrieve the spinning ball from the goal line.The hosts lacked rhythm after the restart and Kagawa found only the side netting when he looked to beat Gikiewicz at his near right-hand post.Then, with just over 20 minutes remaining, Petersen struck again, stealing possession from Nuri Sahin in the midfield before executing a stunning lob that caught Burki off guard and picked out the top-left corner.WHAT. A. GOAL.Nils #Petersen has just entered the race for goal of the season. #BVBSCF 1-2 pic.twitter.com/0r9GB45sfr— Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) January 27, 2018Dortmund found an urgency in the final stages that had previously been lacking, but it took them until the final seconds of stoppage time to restore parity.The last of a series of long balls launched into the Freiburg area dropped for Toljan and he hammered a finish hard and low past Gikiewicz to ease some of the pressure on his misfiring team-mates. Key Opta stats: – Dortmund remain unbeaten in the Bundesliga under Peter Stoger (2 wins, 3 draws). Former manager Peter Bosz had not won any of his last eight BL games with the club (3 draws, 5 losses).- Dortmund have conceded 16 goals at home this season (in 10 games). Only last-place Cologne have conceded more goals at home (17).- Jeremy Toljan scored his 1st Bundesliga goal for Dortmund, in his 11th league game for the club. read morelast_img read more

Mourinho plans ‘many more years’ in management

first_imgManchester United Mourinho plans ‘many more years’ in management Jamie Smith 00:30 5/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Jose Mourinho Getty Images Manchester United FA Cup José Mourinho Chelsea v Manchester United Chelsea The Special One is looking to add yet another trophy to his enviable collection on Saturday as Man United take on Chelsea in the FA Cup final Jose Mourinho has warned his critics he will have “many more years” as a manager.The Manchester United boss took his first senior post in 2000 and has led huge clubs including Inter, Chelsea and Real Madrid during a glittering career.Mourinho has the chance to win his second FA Cup when he faces his former club at Wembley on Saturday. 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 And the Portuguese, 55, says he still has the drive to be a success at the top level of football.”It’s my nature,” Mourinho told BBC Sport. “I think if I was not a successful manager I’d be a successful something. A successful PE teacher, a successful… I don’t know. I’d always be a person with drive with this nature.”Probably the colour of my hair doesn’t tell the truth. Maybe people think I am much older than I am. Maybe because I arrived in high level football very, very young maybe people think I am 66. I am not 66, I am 55.”Even for the ones that don’t like me so much, they are going to have me for many more years.”last_img read more