Putting up a splendid all round show, India scored a comfortable 16-run win over the West Indies in the one-off Twenty20 international to begin their Caribbean tour on a resounding note here on Saturday.It is India’s first win over the West Indies in T20 format as they had lost the previous two encounters at Lord’s and Kensington Oval.After being invited to bat on a tricky Sabina Park Oval strip India recovered from a top-order collapse to post a competitive 159 for six and then restricted the hosts to 143 for five.Host skipper Darren Sammy had asked second-string India to bat under helpful conditions for the pacers and he himself did all the damage with four wickets as the visiting batsmen struggled to adjust to the bounce of the pitch.India owed their recovery to top-scorer S Badrinath (43) and Rohit Sharma (26) as they combined for a 71-run stand for the fifth wicket after the visitors were reeling at 56 for four inside nine overs.Yusuf Pathan (15 off 6) and Harbhajan Singh (15 off 7) hit some lusty shots towards the end to help India cross the 150-run mark.Indian bowlers then complimented the good batting effort from the middle-order with a disciplined performance.Harbhajan Singh (2/25) took two wickets while Praveen Kumar (1/27), R Ashwin (1/30) and Munaf Patel (1/35) contributed in the win with a wicket apiece.For the West Indies, Darren Bravo hit a-run-a-ball 41 and Christopher Barnwell sparkled with a 16-ball unbeaten 34 but that only reduced the defeat margin for the hosts.- With PTI inputsadvertisement
After a 60 minute griiiiiind of a football game that Oklahoma State clinched as the clock hit zero, Oklahoma State players were fired up about their come-from-behind win. They celebrated in the locker room in a chant lead by the one and only, Ramon Richards:We take you live inside the #okstate locker room pic.twitter.com/eXtivPELpo— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) November 5, 2016After playing a hard-fought game in a raucous environment in Manhattan, it’s pretty cool to see the players cut loose and celebrate. Don’t ever change, Ramon.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
199715851535+50660 200815541628-74492 Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 200715701570+0590 199315531547+6600 199515571545+12601 200015661617-50522 201315641593-29551 200116121589+22620 200915891617-28552 199115971541+55660 199915901531+59670 201215991580+19611 201415961578+18620 Since the NFL postseason expanded to 12 teams in 1990, home teams have won 65 percent of the time on wild-card weekend — an even better rate than the league’s 59 percent home field advantage in the regular season. For teams that can’t lock down a bye week, playing at home has traditionally been a solid consolation. This year, though, it could be that none of that will matter once the games begin.As of Tuesday morning, three of the four home teams in this weekend’s games are underdogs in Vegas, and you can make a good case that the fourth — Washington, which hosts Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers — should also be expected to lose. According to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings, our favorite measure of a team’s strength at any given moment, this is the first time since 1990 that three home teams have been underdogs in the wild-card round: Pregame Elo ratings and odds for wild-card round, 1990-2015 201115521578-25551 199216161615+1590 201015181638-120432 199815941542+52660 200515841615-31551 200315791573+5601 201515711658-8747%3 200415951530+65680 199415761543+34640 This year’s group is also the second-most-overmatched batch of home teams since 1990, the only impediment to No. 1 being 2010, when the 7-9 Seahawks hosted (and won!) a wild-card game. That year’s crop of home teams was exceptionally weak; in addition to Seattle, Kansas City was a below-average team according to both Elo and Pro-Football-Reference.com’s Simple Rating System, and the Eagles and Colts were helped by good fortune (they exceeded their Pythagorean expectations).While this year’s wild-card home teams aren’t great, they’re not all that bad — that three-quarters of them are underdogs owes more to the strength of their opponents. By Elo, this is easily the strongest group of road squads that wild-card weekend has seen since 1990. It includes teams ranked Nos. 1 (Seattle), 4 (Kansas City), 7 (Pittsburgh) and 9 (Green Bay) in the league. Those are the kinds of teams that typically host wild-card games, not travel to other cities as guests.Back in October, my colleague Andrew Flowers and I wrote about how downright weird the season was shaping up to be, in the sense that the distribution of wins was out of whack compared with historical norms. Now, on the eve of the playoffs, that weirdness is manifesting itself another way: Each conference’s lowest-seeded teams are among its strongest. It’s a phenomenon that could pay big dividends for road teams on wild-card weekend.Check out our Super Bowl odds for every playoff team. YEARAVERAGE HOME ELOAVERAGE ROAD ELODIFFERENCEAVERAGE HOME WIN PROBABILITYHOME UNDERDOGS 200616031522+81700 199615981506+92710 200215911524+67680 199015681582-15570
With two wins this week, coupled with a loss by previously No. 1-ranked Duke, Ohio State has ascended to the top of The Associated Press‘ Top 25 poll for the second time this season. The Buckeyes (27-2, 14-2 Big Ten) were previously No. 1 for a four-week stretch, Week 11 to Week 14, before a loss at Wisconsin moved them out of the top spot. OSU received 45 first-place votes, with No. 2 Kansas and No. 3 BYU receiving 14 and five first-place votes, respectively. Duke, which still received a lone first-place vote despite its loss to unranked Virginia Tech on Saturday, is tied at No. 4 with Pittsburgh. OSU’s 27-2 start to the season is the best under coach Thad Matta and with two games remaining in the regular season, the Buckeyes are first in the Big Ten, one game ahead of second-place Purdue. The Boilermakers are ranked No. 6. The Buckeyes are also No. 1 in this week’s ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll. OSU jumped from No. 3 despite No. 2 Kansas winning both its games last week.
Four members of Ohio State’s wrestling team were named All-Americans last season. The return of one Olympic-trial tested grappler brings the number to five. After a two-year hiatus from collegiate wrestling, senior 125-pounder and 2010 All-American Nikko Triggas is back for the 2012-2013 season. From the 2007-2008 season to the 2009-2010 season, Triggas competed for OSU in collegiate, or folkstyle, wrestling. While he was away from Columbus, Triggas trained to compete for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team in the Greco-Roman style. “(In) Greco-Roman you don’t touch the legs. So, in college wrestling it’s all about touching the legs, getting to the legs,” said OSU coach Tom Ryan. “I think it’ll take some time for him to get his reactions back where they need to be.” In his Greco-Roman career, Triggas has won five gold medals between the 2007 and 2008 Pan American Championships, 2009 University National Championships and the 2010 University and Junior Team Trials. In 2010, he began the application process for an Olympic redshirt. To be awarded the redshirt, Triggas had to place in the 2008 and 2010 World Team Trials. Triggas said he talked to both U.S. coaches and his coaches at OSU and sent in an application. “We thought it was going to be the best thing for me, get bigger, get stronger, get older, get some maturity in me, and get the technique down,” Triggas said. “Come back to the team as a role model, as older and stronger, be able to compete for the Buckeyes.” Once his application to the Olympic training center was accepted, Triggas said he worked with OSU to send paperwork to the NCAA confirming he was not breaking any rules that would endanger his eligibility with the Buckeyes. After training for two years, Triggas competed at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials in Iowa City, Iowa, April 20-21 and finished in fourth place. Knowing he would not be competing in the 2012 Olympics, preparation had to begin in order to wrestle in folkstyle for OSU again. “Going from folkstyle to Greco is very different,” Triggas said. “Coming back into the collegiate world, I came to campus about two months early.” Triggas first came to OSU for the 2007-08 season from Moraga, Calif., and over the next three years he amassed a 72-54 record. As a freshman, he qualified for NCAA championships and placed sixth at the Big Ten Championships. With a 19-17 record, he amassed 8 pins and 74 team points for OSU that season. During the 2008-2009 season, Triggas improved his record to 22-17 with 14 pins and 109 team points, but he did not place in the Big Ten tournament. He qualified for the NCAA Championships, but did not place there either. In his junior year, Triggas recorded career highs in wins and pins with 31 and 15, respectively. He also had his best placement at the Big Ten championships, finishing fifth, and at the NCAA championships, placing eighth. With that finish, he made it onto the podium and was named a 2010 All-American. “It’s awesome to have him back,” said redshirt senior 184-pounder C.J. Magrum. “He’s going to score a lot of points for us this year and hopefully he will get on the podium again.” Triggas said his goal is not only to get back on the podium, but to reach the top step this year. “Going into the wrestling season, the goal is always to be national champion,” Triggas said. “I know I have a long road ahead of me, but that’s the goal and that’s the main focus.”
AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson is pleased that clubs like Liverpool and Real Madrid are interested in signing him but has admitted that he is not currently thinking about leaving the Serie A sideThe Brazil number one has emerged as one of the greatest goalkeepers in Europe following a breakthrough season at Roma since replacing the departed Wojciech Szczesny.His impressive displays at the Stadio Olimpico has caught the interest of several European giants and the 25-year-old is expected to be selected ahead of Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson for Brazil at the 2018 World Cup.“I don’t know what will happen,” Alisson told Gazzetta Dello Sport, via Football Italia.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“It’s logical that the interest pleases me. I’d say it’s not just a question of need, I know my value, not in terms of money but as a player.“I know what I bring to a team, but I’m only thinking of the present. Whatever happens next, we’ll leave it for later.“I’m here and I need to focus on doing well. Even when I was at Internacional, I had negotiations with Roma but all I thought of was doing well.“I played for six months with my contract already signed with the Giallorossi but I won all the same.”
West Ham United’s Carlos Sanchez insists the club’s result so far doesn’t match the level of performances they have shown on the pitch.The Hammers have lost all three games so far in the Premier League including this weekend’s 3-1 away loss to Arsenal.West Ham were thumped 4-0 on the opening weekend by Liverpool thanks to goals from Sadio Mane (2), Mo Salah and Daniel Sturridge, before suffering a disappointing home loss to Bournemouth despite taking the lead through a Marko Arnautovic only to end losing the game 2-1.However, new signing Carlos Sanchez has said the results do not tell the full story of their performances and has backed new manager Manuel Pellegrini to deliver.Report: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“It’s complicated but I think we’re on the right track,” Colombian Sanchez told the club’s official website.A Nacho Monreal strike, Issa Diop’s own goal and a late finish by Danny Welbeck saw Arsenal claim all three points on Saturday but Sanchez thought his side could have rescued a draw with a bit more ruthlessness in front of goal.“I think the result was deceiving, we had a lot of chances. I don’t know if we’d have won but at least we’d have been able to rescue a point,” he added.West Ham face promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers in their next league match on Saturday.
Napoli will face off against Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League tomorrow and the Italian manager knows what to do to winItalian Lega Serie A club Napoli will face off against French Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League.And for the Italian club manager Carlo Ancelotti, this is a very important match and he knows what to do to win.“We know the importance of this match and what we must do, we are set up in the right way in order to do our best,” he told Gianluca Di Marzio.PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“To win we must do even better than we did. The draw in the first match didn’t come about by chance, at times we were too relaxed and we made mistakes. To win we must do something extraordinary.”“There is never a right time to face a team like PSG. We all know that there will be a whole city behind us and the stadium will be warm, but the approach of the team is the determining factor,” he added.“Which PSG will we face? I believe that in the middle of the first game they changed their style, I sincerely don’t know what they will do tomorrow but they definitely will remain a strong team and one difficult to face.”
Barcelona have announced that they’ve reached an agreement with Ernesto Valverde to extend his contract until June 2020.Since replacing Luis Enrique as manager in 2017, Valverde has impressed greatly at Barcelona with 65 wins and just nine defeats in 96 games across all competitions.The 55-year-old made an instant impact in his first campaign in charge last term by leading Barcelona to a record 43 matches unbeaten in La Liga before losing their penultimate game to Levante UD in a 5-4 thriller.Nevertheless, Valverde led the Blaugrana to a domestic double in his debut campaign by winning La Liga and the Copa del Rey.This season has seen Valverde begin to implement changes to an ageing Barcelona squad with the likes of Arthur Melo, Phillippe Coutinho, Malcom and Clement Lenglet all coming in last year to help strengthen the team.And it appears to have done the trick with Barcelona enjoying another strong season under Valverde’s leadership.Currently, the Catalan giants are enjoying a six-point lead at the top of La Liga and are in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey with a last-16 tie against Lyon in the Champions League coming up on Tuesday.Despite this though, doubts had been going about in Spain over Valverde’s long-term future at Camp Nou after he suggested he could leave at the end of this season.La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Last month, Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu went to dismiss these fears and has now handed him a new contract until 2020 with an option for a further year.“FC Barcelona and Ernesto Valverde, the first team coach, have reached an agreement to extend the contract between the two parties for another season (2019/20) with the option for one more (2020/21),” read a club statement.“The signing of the extension will take place on Friday 15 February at 10.15am CET in the Presidential Suite at Camp Nou.”Barcelona will host 15th-placed Real Valladolid at Camp Nou on Saturday for their next La Liga match with kick-off set for 8:45 PM (CET).❗ [LATEST NEWS] Agreement to extend Ernesto Valverde’s contract More info 👉 https://t.co/LiAjy53jnP pic.twitter.com/ehuoU4V5ms— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) February 15, 2019