SportingPulse Website Changes

first_imgThese new changes are a mix of front-end and back-end changes, meaning some will be visible to all site users, while others will be noticeable only to website editors – and SportingPulse hopes they are positively embraced by our community of grassroots sport users.Please click on the following attachment or the following link for more information. http://blog.sportingpulse.com/2011/02/more-website-changes-go-live.html Related Filesmore_website_changes_go_live_-pdflast_img

10 months agoBurnley goalkeeper Nick Pope: Great to be back

first_imgBurnley goalkeeper Nick Pope: Great to be backby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley goalkeeper Nick Pope is back in action after recovering from shoulder surgery.Pope played in his first match since dislocating his shoulder in July after turning out for the club’s under-23s on Monday.The 26-year-old played the full 90 minutes of an away clash against Sheffield United, which the Clarets won 3-1.Pope made his England debut in early June and was part of the Three Lions squad for the World Cup in Russia.He said: “It was great to be back, it’s been a long injury spell for myself but to get back and play a real game and 90 minutes was great.“I try to help out where I can, I remember playing those sorts of games when I was their age.“So, it was good to be one of the experienced ones there today, I think that’s part of the experience and part of my job to step down and help the younger lads out.” About the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoKante: What Chelsea players think of Pulisic

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kante: What Chelsea players think of Pulisicby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has welcomed their swoop for Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic.On Wednesday morning it was announced that the 20-year-old will be moving to west London this summer in a £58million move from Borussia Dortmund.Having watched Pulisic’s impact from afar, Kante can’t wait to see it close up next season.”We know he’s a good player,” he told the Daily Mail following Chelsea’s 0-0 draw with Southampton in the Premier League on Wednesday night.”He’s doing well for Dortmund and we are glad to welcome him to Chelsea.” last_img

a month ago​Newcastle boss Bruce: I understand Benitez tactics

first_img​Newcastle boss Bruce: I understand Benitez tacticsby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Steve Bruce is beginning to understand why Rafa Benitez played a specific way at the club.Bruce took on a difficult job at Newcastle this summer, taking over from the very popular Benitez after the Spaniard could not agree a new contract.The Magpies drew 0-0 against Brighton, and were booed by their own fans at half time and full time in the clash.”Listen, whoever we are playing in the Premier League, we’ve got no divine right to beat Watford or Brighton so we all know they are going to be difficult games and that’s what the Premier League is but certainly if we are going to win games, we are going to have to play better and be better with the ball and without it,” Bruce told reporters after the game.”Today, in the first half in particular, we weren’t good enough either and left ourselves open and it’s pretty evident to me after being here eight weeks of why we can’t open up. “If we do that, we’re going to find it a struggle like we did in the first half. It wasn’t until we closed shop a little bit, even at home, that maybe got us a point.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoMelchiot tells Chelsea striker Abraham: Get nasty like Drogba!

first_imgMelchiot tells Chelsea striker Abraham: Get nasty like Drogba!by Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTammy Abraham needs to develop a nasty streak like former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba. That is according to ex-Blues defender Mario Melchiot.Abraham has already proven his goalscoring chops, having blasted in seven this season. But Melchiot thinks his game can reach another level.”Tammy Abraham is a real finisher but, as much as I like him as a player, he’s sometimes got to be more of a bad boy,” Melchiot told talkSPORT.”You know why? When you play against players like Virgil van Dijk, the striker has to have a bit of badness in him. A bit of nastiness.”OK, look at the guys I played against, like Ryan Giggs. He was so elegant, he dribbled beautifully, but trust me, if I kicked him he would have got up and either kicked me back or found a way to do it – he was one of the best players I played against.”Tammy needs that too. As cute as he looks, he’s young, fresh and exciting to watch, he needs to have that.”If you look at Drogba, [Jimmy Floyd] Hasselbaink, these guys weren’t cute when you played against them.”Be a little bit of a bad boy! Bring that badness out of you!” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoWolves boss Nuno: No underestimating Watford

first_imgWolves boss Nuno: No underestimating Watfordby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves boss Nuno says there’ll be no underestimating Watford this weekend.The Hornets go into the game having been thrashed 8-0 by Manchester City.Nuno said, “Quique (Flores) is a fantastic manager and he has done very good jobs around the world.“Anything can happen. Last week and this week are different. We must analyse the games they’ve played and take important information to pass onto the players.“I have had (a big defeat) in football, good moments and bad moments. For us it’s also a moment to try and raise our standards.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Video: Braxton Miller Hauls In A Football One-Handed While Holding 5 Other Footballs

first_imgBraxton Miller making an amazing one-handed catch.Braxton Miller One-HandedUpdate: Miller posted a video on his own account from a different angle. Earlier: Any concerns over Braxton Miller’s hands following his move to wide receiver could likely be alleviated by watching this video from the Ohio State football Instagram account. In the clip, Miller fields a ball launched from a JUGS machine while holding five other footballs. Ohio State deleted the post for some reason, but For The Win put it on YouTube. Yea, looks like he’s going to adjust just fine. [ For The Win ]last_img

Video: Notre Dame Football’s Version Of “Bad Lip Reading” Is Hilarious

first_imgNotre Dame player laughs after doing bad at "Bad Lip Reading".Any version of “Bad Lip Reading” (video of people talking with their voices dubbed over) is usually ridiculously funny. This rendition, produced by Notre Dame football, is no different.Quarterback Malik Zaire and defensive lineman Jay Hayes are in the studio providing the voice-over work. They are both really, really funny. The footage from the video is from last season. If you’re an Irish fan, you should definitely watch this, but if you’re just a fan of laughing a lot, check it out as well. A little something to brighten up your Monday…Courtesy of Malik Zaire and Jay Hayes.https://t.co/iMLte4Dal6— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) March 21, 2016last_img

De Jong hoping to continue Cruyff’s legacy at Barcelona

first_imgNew Barcelona signing Frenkie de Jong will take inspiration from famous predecessors such as the late Johan Cruyff as he looks to settle in to life at Camp Nou. De Jong, 22, became the latest in a long line of players to make the jump from Ajax to Barcelona as he completed a move that had been agreed earlier this year. On Friday the Netherlands international was presented at Camp Nou to fans and the media, and stepped on the famous pitch for the first time decked in a Blaugrana shirt.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare As well as Cruyff, the likes of Johan Neeskens, Ronald Koeman, Frank and Ronald de Boer, Patrick Kluivert and Marc Overmars have represented the Spanish and Dutch giants – a legacy that De Jong is hoping to do justice.”We have always had a great connection due to Cruyff’s philosophy, Ajax and Barcelona want to play in a similar way and this is fantastic,” De Jong told reporters at his presentation. “This has always been a dream for me since I was small and when I saw it was happening for real it was an easy decisions for me.”De Jong greeted the Camp Nou faithful in Spanish, telling fans he was “very happy and proud to be here, I can’t wait to get started.”😍 We can get used to this⚽️ @DeJongFrenkie21🔵🔴 pic.twitter.com/NBkow9EzTv— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) 5 de julio de 2019And he went on to highlight the importance of Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu in pushing the deal through. “There were a lot of clubs interested in me and it is a normal process when making a decision, you think of all the options and which is best,” he added. “Barcelona convinced me with a great plan, the other clubs had good plans too but the decision was not easy because a lot of clubs were telling me things and there were moments where I was unclear. “But when the president came to Netherlands I was convinced, my arrival is down to him.”And while De Jong is still at the beginning of his career at the highest level, his part in Ajax’s demolition of Real Madrid in this year’s Champions League may have already endeared him to Barca supporters.”It was very nice, all the Barcelona guys congratulated me and even the president congratulated me… it was all very kind,” he revealed.last_img read more

Unsmiling Pogba and Lukaku pictured on Man Utd tour

first_imgPaul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku have been photographed heading on Manchester United’s tour of Asia, despite speculation of transfers away from Old Trafford.Both players were named in the Red Devils squad list released on Sunday, but it remained to be seen whether they would actually depart on the trip for matches in Australia, Singapore and China.Among photos of posing and smiling teammates, Pogba was pictured looking downcast as he headed through the airport to Manchester United’s private plane. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare The image came only days after Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola said he is ‘in the process’ of leaving the Theatre of Dreams with Real Madrid and Juventus reportedly interested in his services.Heading Down Under for #MUTOUR 2019 🛫 pic.twitter.com/GTtEtBTBum— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 7, 2019Lukaku, who is linked with a transfer to Inter, was also looking similarly glum as he prepared for the flight across the globe to Australian city Perth.Other players and staff, including manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Victor Lindelof, all posed for the camera and smiled as photos were taken onboard the private jet.New signings Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James also looked excited to be heading on their first United tour since joining the club over the off-season. There was three noticeable absentees from the travelling party with Chilean Alexis Sanchez resting after picking up an injury during the Copa America, while Fred and Matteo Darmian have both been excluded for ‘personal reasons’.Promising goalkeeper Dean Henderson was also excused from the journey after his efforts for England’s under-21 team at the European Championships and with a likely loan move back to Sheffield United in the works.The Red Devils will arrive in Perth on Monday and will be able to acclimatise to the Australian weather conditions and time zone before they take on A-League side Perth Glory on Saturday.Their second match Down Under will come against old rivals Leeds United on July 17 before they head to south-east Asia for the remainder of their tour in the region.Matches against Inter (Singapore) on July 20 and Tottenham (Shanghai) on July 25 will follow as part of their participation in the International Champions Cup.last_img read more

USWNT star Lavelle reacts to meeting her namesake

first_imgU.S. women’s national team star Rose Lavelle met a young fan on Saturday night with a very familiar name. Lavelle was signing autographs after her club side, the Washington Spirit, fell 2-1 to the Houston Dash at the Maryland SoccerPlex.The 24-year-old did not participate in the match but was honored after the game alongside five of her teammates who also participated in the recently completed World Cup.  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? Following the brief ceremony, Spirit fans had a chance to meet their heroes and one fan in particular stood out due to her unique, but familiar name: Rose Lavelle. The younger Lavelle went up to the USWNT star and, in video captured by NBC Sports Washington, the elder Lavelle can be seen expressing her disbelief at the coincidence. “Your name is my name?” Lavelle exclaimed. “What the heck!”Watch Rose Lavelle meet…Rose Lavelle. This made me melt. @WashSpirit⁩ ⁦@USWNT⁩ ⁦@roselavelle⁩ pic.twitter.com/xl8uoKEftS— Brian McNally (@bmcnally14) July 21, 2019The younger Lavelle’s father went on to explain that he thought he was giving his daughter a unique name. That idea has now gone out the window thanks to Lavelle’s performance at the World Cup.Lavelle scored three goals in France, including a solo effort in the final against the Netherlands that clinched a 2-0 win and the USWNT’s second consecutive world title. “I wasn’t surprised honestly,” Lavelle’s teammate for club and country Mallory Pugh said of Lavelle’s performance in France. “I know that Rose is such a great player and I had a feeling that that was her time. She stepped up and she executed and the rest is history.”Now back with the Spirit, Lavelle reflected on a whirlwind journey that has seen her quickly become a household name and a role model to youngsters all over. “I think it’s cool how I’ve come full circle and now I can give back to the game in a way that it gave to me when I was growing up,” Lavelle said.On Saturday, Lavelle was able to give back to her namesake, for whom she has high hopes in the future.”Hopefully little Rose Lavelle will come up and everyone will forget about old Rose Lavelle.”last_img read more

West Virginia QB Will Grier Injured Against Texas

first_imgA closeup of Will Grier dropping back for a pass.MORGANTOWN, WV – SEPTEMBER 09: Will Grier #7 of the West Virginia Mountaineers looks to pass during the second quarter against the East Carolina Pirates at Mountaineer Field on September 9, 2017 in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)West Virginia senior quarterback Will Grier, one of the best signal-callers in the nation, was injured against Texas on Saturday. Grier, while being tackled by a Longhorns defender, appeared to grab his left knee after he hit the turf.Grier was able to walk off the field on his own power, but he was clearly favoring his other leg. It’s too early to tell if he’s sustained any real damage.Texas defensive lineman Malcolm Roach was called for a horse collar tackle on the play. The call gave West Virginia a first down.Here’s video of the play. You can tell that Grier lands awkwardly when he’s pulled down to the ground.Will Grier has exited the game from this play. He walked off on his own, return status unknown pic.twitter.com/fEITCfWHm9— Collin Wilson (@_Collin1) November 3, 2018Texas, at the moment, leads the Mountaineers 14-10 early in the second quarter.Update: Grier returned to the game after a few plays off and promptly threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to David Sills V.It looks like he’s going to continue playing.last_img read more

Bowl Game Has Sold Out Of Tickets For First Time In Its History

first_imgArmy football coach Jeff Monken.BALTIMORE, MD – DECEMBER 13: Head coach Jeff Monken of the Army Black Knights stands with his players and sings the teams fight song following their 17-10 loss to the Navy Midshipmen at M&T Bank Stadium on December 13, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)A major bowl game has sold out of tickets for the first time in its history.The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, which is pitting Army against Houston, has sold out of its tickets.“Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl between Army and Houston on Saturday is officially sold out – the first sellout in the bowl’s 16-year history.”Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl between Army and Houston on Saturday is officially sold out – the first sellout in the bowl’s 16-year history.— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) December 18, 2018That’s pretty awesome. It’s great to see two programs like Army and Houston getting that kind of fan support.Army and Houston are set to meet on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. E.T.The game will be televised on ESPN.last_img read more

ESPN Predicts College Football’s Top 5 Offenses In 2019

first_imgtrevor lawrence throws a pass during alabama-clemsonnSANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers attempts a pass during the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)The 2019 college football season is a long ways off, but predictions for the season are coming in fast. ESPN has added their hat to the ring with a prediction of the best offenses next season.According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, the top 5 offenses have been determined. Somewhat unsurprisingly, the Clemson Tigers have taken the top spot.Last year, the Tigers trounced nearly all of their opponents, averaging 44.3 points per game – fourth in the FBS. They scored at least 50 points in four of their games, and outscored ACC opponents Louisville and Wake Forest by a combined 140-19.The other four are Alabama, Oklahoma, Georgia, and Oregon, in that order.Alabama had the third-best scoring offense in the FBS last year, scoring 45.6 points per game. But no team scored more touchdowns than the Crimson Tide with 92.Oklahoma had the best scoring offense last year, scoring a whopping 48.4 points per game before crashing down to Earth against Alabama in the Orange Bowl.Georgia was 14th in scoring last year, but bring in plenty of playmakers next year that can really get the most out of quarterback Jake Fromm.As for Oregon, the team is expected to thrive under star quarterback Justin Herbert, who passed up a chance to leave early and join the NFL in favor of making one more run with the Ducks.Absent from the list was Utah State, which finished second in points per game last year with 47.5 en route to an 11-2 record and a win over North Texas in the New Mexico Bowl.last_img read more

Georgia WR Riley Ridley’s Stock On The Rise At NFL Combine

first_imgFans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 29: Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels at Sanford Stadium on September 29, 2007 in Athens, Georgia. Georgia won 45 – 17. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)While Ole Miss wide receiver D.K. Metcalf has been marketing himself as a top prospect in the draft, he’s not the only receiver whose stock is rising. Georgia star Riley Ridley has quickly emerged as an increasingly attractive prospect by scouts.According to DawgNation, several scouts have spoken glowingly about Ridley over the course of the NFL scouting combine. Some analysts are even projecting that Ridley will be a first-round pick.NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks currently projects Ridley will go No. 27 overall to the Oakland Raiders. He cited Ridley’s route-running ability as an asset that Raiders head coach Jon Gruden particularly loves.“(Coach Jon) Gruden loves skilled route runners at receiver,” Brooks explained. “Ridley is a crafty technician with a knack for getting open and making tough catches in traffic.”Another NFL.com analyst, Daniel Jeremiah, believes that Ridley is a top-30 prospect, rating him as No. 29 on his board. Jeremiah had Ridley as his second-highest rated Bulldog on the board, after cornerback Deandre Baker.“Ridley has good size (6-2, 200 pounds) and he’s a very polished route runner. He lacks an explosive burst in his release, but understands how to set up defenders and is very efficient at the top of his route. Despite lacking top-end juice, he creates separation with his clean footwork in/out of the break point. He has very strong hands and attacks the ball at the highest point…”Ridley had a breakout season with the Bulldogs in 2018, catching 43 passes for 559 yards and nine touchdowns en route to an SEC East division title and a Sugar Bowl appearance.He opted to forego his senior year and enter the 2019 NFL Draft as an underclassman.Ridley was one of four Georgia skill position players to forego their senior year. His teammates Elijah Holyfield, Mecole Hardman, and Isaac Nauta are also hoping to hear their names called this year.[DawgNation]last_img read more

Map Of The Best College Town In Every State Is Going Viral

first_imgA closeup of Ole Miss cheerleaders.OXFORD, MS – SEPTEMBER 10: Cheerleaders of the Mississippi Rebels walk on the field before a game against the Wofford Terriers on September 10, 2016 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi. Mississippi defeated Wofford 38-13. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images) “n*** Local Caption ***Few things spark more outrage on social media than maps that pick a category – fast food restaurants, Thanksgiving desserts, high school sport, etc. – and then claim which aspect of said category is the “best” in each state.There is always an extremely puzzling choice or two that gets the residents of those states extremely mad online.It’s happening again today.A map has been created and it claims to know the “best college town” in every state in America.Of course, it’s going viral:The best College Town by state: pic.twitter.com/8QoHXDJ0sR— CFB Home (@CFBHome) March 3, 2019There are some easy picks in here, like Athens, Ga. (University of Georgia), Chapel Hill, North Carolina (UNC) and State College, Pa. (Penn State).Unsurprisingly, though, there are some extremely weird choices, like Metairie, Louisiana.What college is even located there?These maps are frequently stupid but Metairie is a suburb and I’m not even aware which college is located there. https://t.co/yJpNXZ5leT— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) March 3, 2019The map might feature some truly bizarre choices, but it’s done its job – we’re talking about it.last_img read more

Michigan Great Ty Law Will Serve As Honorary Captain For Homecoming

first_imgView of a Michigan Wolverines football helmet before their game against the Utah Utes.SALT LAKE CITY, UT – SEPTEMBER 3: View of a Michigan Wolverines football helmet before their game against the Utah Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium on September 3, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)2019 has been a pretty good year for Michigan alumni. Former Wolverines quarterback Tom Brady won yet another Super Bowl, and another famous alum is getting inducted into the Hall of Fame. That soon-to-be Hall of Famer is getting honored next season.Via WolverinesWire, Michigan is planning to honor Hall of Fame cornerback Ty Law at the October 5 Homecoming Game against Iowa. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh extended Law the offer to serve as honorary captain of the game on the most recent episode of the coach’s “Attack Each Day” podcast.Law accepted the invitation on the spot. From the site’s write-up:“Absolutely man, I would be honored and I will be there!” Law said. “We’re gonna make this a homecoming—we’re gonna go out there and whoop some Iowa ass. That we’re gonna do. “I would be honored, Coach, thank you so much and I will be there!”As a member of the Wolverines, Law was a two-time unanimous All-Big Ten Conference selection. After his junior year, he was drafted No. 23 overall by the New England Patriots in the 1995 NFL Draft.Law was a major defensive player in the Patriots’ first three Super Bowl titles, earning four of his five Pro Bowl selections and two All-Pro selections in his ten-year stint in New England.He went on to have brief stints with the New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs, and Denver Broncos from 2005 to 2009 before retiring.Law was named to the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team and was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 2009.Earlier this year, Law was announced as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019.last_img read more

BMW F 750 GS and BMW F 850 GS: First ride review

first_img Abhik Das New DelhiMay 9, 2019UPDATED: May 9, 2019 18:01 IST BMW F 750 GS and BMW F 850 GS are so impressive that the Triumphs and Ducatis of the ADV world better watch out for the Motorrad twins.HIGHLIGHTSPowered by an 835cc parallel-twin engine, the 850 GS produces a healthy batch of 95 thoroughbred horses and 92Nm of twisting force available at 6,250rpm.The engine has been developed by China-based Loncin Industries and it introduces a 90-degree offset crank.The BMW F 750 GS is designed to further lessen the initial intimidation of approaching a big ADV.For all the credentials declaring my professional credibility as an automotive journalist, I still go by a very basic gut instinct that tells me if the motorcycle is right or not. Feel. It’s what racers depend on to know if all the engineering geniuses and technological marvels have congregated into making one perfect package. Physical feelings transferred from the chassis, tyres, handlebars and footpegs narrate a tale of success or failure in seeing that chequered flag first or last in a race. For a road motorcycle, those feelings translate to long distance comfort, confidence in handling, the kind of power delivery and most of all, its ability to put the silliest of grins on the rider’s face. Unique DRL design makes the motorcycles easily identifiable as one from the BMW GS line.Hopping aboard BMW’s new F 850 GS gave me those right feelings and after only about a 100km on the saddle, I was grinning from ear to ear inside my lid. Although, these emotions didn’t quite come instantly as a fair bit of critical assessment went into evoking them. Intimidation is a fear that comes naturally with an imposing adventure motorcycle. ADVs are inherently tall given their long-travel suspension and high ground clearance. Unless family genes have awarded you a height of over six-foot and hours in the gym have resulted in biceps broader than the 150 section rear tyre, even a middle-weight ADV like the F 850 GS is bound to put in a little self-doubt of inability to handle the motorcycle. I don’t have the height or the biceps but experience tells me that riding the motorcycle would reveal more. The 860mm seat height isn’t low enough for the average Indian height and tip-toeing to reach the floor and move the motorcycle wasn’t adding much confidence either. A sharp rasp of the exhaust note upon thumbing the starter then nudged at my trepidation. First gear, rolling off to a start and almost magically, the F 850 GS transforms into the friendly beast that it is.advertisement 305mm twin front discs with 2-piston callipers are basic but offer great stopping power and feedback.The intimidation of a big motorcycle is countered by the confidence afforded by the rider’s triangle. I found myself sitting comfortably upright, easily taking weight off my upper body and concentrating it around the wide but contoured fuel tank. Given the brilliant and natural ergonomics, I would imagine a rider of any size and weight finding the commanding stance and roominess of the rider’s cockpit instantly likable as well as comfortable. Hand guards standard on the 850 only, small windscreen doesn’t suffice against wind blast at high speeds.Not just the ergonomics, confidence also stems from the balance of a motorcycle. The front-end of a motorcycle is the most stressed, carrying the majority weight bias of the engine, which gets amplified with momentum. Front-heavy motorcycles tend to push the grip threshold of the front tyre especially under heavy braking thus making them a fair bit scary. The 850’s weight distribution is spot on, not only affording it brilliant balance but greatly influencing the ADV’s handling abilities. Even with a 21-inch front wheel and 90 section tread width, I could confidently chuck the 850 into a corner and as easily switch back to the other side on twisty sections. No drama, no flex from the chassis or suspension, just immediate response to inputs that makes the handling intuitive. Rotary controller for menu navigation is easy to use, notice the optional electronic suspension adjustment switch.Powered by an 835cc parallel-twin engine, the 850 GS produces a healthy batch of 95 thoroughbred horses and 92Nm of twisting force available at 6,250rpm. Winding the throttle brings forth a mild-mannered mein herr until the twin-cylinders starts pumping faster than 5,000 revolutions where the rage of a crazed metalhead at a Rammstein concert brings out its alter ego. The little to no excitement of keeping the revs down surely helps in traffic and tighter situations but dropping a gear or two unleashes the relentless, torquey acceleration and a great rush of speed that this engine is capable of. Devoid of vibrations or stresses, the parallel-twin runs smooth and is tractable at any speed and rpm. I reckon that this could very well be the best twin cylinder motor on a current middle-weight adventure motorcycle. BMW Motorrad Connected app helps beam navigation data on the optional 6.5-inch colour TFT screen.The engine has been developed by China-based, Loncin Industries and compared to earlier generations of the 700/800 GS, this new engine introduces a 90-degree offset crank, 270/450-degree firing order, dry oil sump and twin balancer shafts. The engine is mated to a smooth-shifting 6-speed gearbox that has shorter initial ratios and wider fourth to sixth gears. Ride-by-wire affords the use of two standard riding modes that are preset, however, “Dynamic” and “Enduro Pro” modes are optional. If you’ve managed to pick up your dropped jaw from the floor then brace for the fact that the 6.5-inch colour TFT is also optional and that’s a real bummer considering the competition offering these as standard equipment.advertisement Optional electronic ZF suspension unit allows remote adjustment for pre-load according to the riding modes.What might also confuse you are the names of the motorcycles that hint at two different engine options but the F 750 GS and F 850 GS are both powered by the same engine. Does that make both motorcycles the same? Well, no. This is where BMW has managed to make them stand apart as two different motorcycles despite sharing the same engine. Where the 850 comes across as a proper adventure package, the 750 is aimed at those aspiring for adventure while learning the ropes on the road. One of the only big ADV motorcycles to sport a steering damper, helps minimize effects of a tank slapper.With a 19-inch front and 17-inch rear alloy wheels, narrower handlebar, lower seat height, conventional front forks and 77bhp, 83 Nm of power outputs, the F 750 GS is designed to further lessen the initial intimidation of approaching a big ADV. The lesser power output makes the power delivery friendlier while the smaller front wheel translates to sharper steering geometry. Astride the 750, it manages to feel like a much smaller machine that’s a hoot to ride even in packed traffic. The 43mm USD forks on the 850 are stiffer for off-road use compared to the 41mm conventional, road-focused forks on the F 750 GS.The 850 is the one that stole my heart and impressed more than the 750 could. The beefier 43mm front fork shod with upside down fork may be non-adjustable but offers sublime ride quality and damping over varied surfaces. There’s even a steering damper (on both models) to minimise the effect of tank slappers, a feature that’s uncommon in this category of motorcycles. Off the tarmac, the 850 stay just as planted and poised, soaking up the rough terrain that trails have to offer. The rear suspension gets electronics by ZF and is fully adjustable with a dedicated adjuster button on the handlebar. Braking also is an area where BMW hasn’t compromised as the motorcycles come to a surefooted stop under heavy braking and brake pressure is easily modulated with the feedback from the lever. BMW will offer a comfort and Rallye seat which are higher than the stock seat height.As good as the motorcycles may be, the 750 and 850 GS’ do come with their share of flaws. While the front brake offers a good amount of feedback, there is considerable nose dive under heavy braking. Feedback from the rear brake is nearly absent making the disengageable ABS for off-road use a bit pointless. The rider’s triangle is perfect for standing on the pegs and riding off-road but the rear brake lever and gear shifter operations are greatly hampered due to the lever lengths and angles. There’s also no feedback from the tyres of the surface that the motorcycle is on. And a shocking miss by BMW is a taller windscreen with adjustability for height.advertisementVerdictIt would be easy to conclude the story by stating the obvious. Yes, the 750 is suited to the road and 850 for all or no roads but there’s so much more that they offer and that’s where their appeal lies. The 750 GS in fact, is a supremely friendly package that has been well thought out for a new rider. The lower seat height, alloys, conventional forks are not just basic equipment but are also identifiable as road-going cycle parts similar to standard motorcycles. The 850 is the full-blown beast that tugs at an experienced rider’s heart strings while offering more equipment and power that justifies the lakh rupees it commands over the 750. The motorcycles are so impressive that the Triumphs and Ducatis of the ADV world better watch out for the Motorrad twins.ALSO READ | Cristiano Ronaldo is not the owner of Bugatti La Voiture NoireALSO READ | MG Hector first production version rolled out from Halol manufacturing facilityALSO READ | Hyundai Venue: Launch, features, specifications and everything else you need to 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 byVarun Singh Tags :Follow BMW bikesFollow BMW motorcyclesFollow BMW F 750 GSFollow BMW F 850 GSFollow BMW F 750 first ride BMW F 750 GS and BMW F 850 GS: First ride reviewBMW F 750 GS is suited to the road and BMW F 850 for all or no roads but there’s so much more that they offer and that’s where their appeal lies. The 750 GS in fact, is a supremely friendly package that has been well thought out for a new rider. The 850 GS is the full-blown beast that tugs at an experienced rider’s heartstrings while offering more equipment and power.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Jason Holder declines getting into the 500-run debate

first_img Reuters NottinghamMay 31, 2019UPDATED: May 31, 2019 15:25 IST West Indies captain reluctant to jump onto the 500 hype train. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJason Holder doesn’t want to say whether his big-hitters were ready to make a statementHolder said his team was free of injuries, giving him something of a selection headacheFormer England batsman Kevin Pietersen tipped Windies to spring few surprises with their batsmenWest Indies skipper Jason Holder refused to get swept away by talk of records and breaking through the 500-run mark as his side prepared for Friday’s World Cup clash with Pakistan at Trent Bridge.England racked up a one-day international world record of 481 for six in 50 overs against Australia at the same Nottingham ground a year ago.West Indies also smashed an exuberant 421 runs, including 18 sixes and a century for Shai Hope, in a final warm-up game against New Zealand in Bristol that sent a few ripples through the game.Holder has said he wants his eighth-ranked team to fly under the radar in England and he was not about to add to any hype when asked on Thursday whether his big-hitters were ready to make a statement.”I don’t want to sit here and try to predetermine what’s going to happen,” he told reporters.”I think where the game has gone now, especially in England, there have been some high totals but there have been totals where I saw one or two games lately that were relatively low scoring. It can happen,” he added.”That’s the way cricket is played, and that’s the nature of the game. I just don’t want to sit before a game and say we’re looking to score 500 or 600. I just want to play it as we see it and assess the conditions like any other game.”Holder said Hope, who said after the New Zealand match that he saw 500 as a definite goal with West Indies having the firepower to achieve the breakthrough at some point, was confident and on the form.advertisement”I think he’s worked out pretty much his method of scoring in this format,” he said of the 25-year-old Barbadian.”It’s really good to see a young batter stepping up and being as consistent as he has been and leading the charge for us, and obviously we’ve got power around him and some other touch players.”Holder said his team was free of injuries, giving him something of a selection headache.Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has tipped West Indies, winners of the tournament from the outset in 1975 and 1979, to spring a few surprises with their batsmen.”My semi-finalists would be India, England, Australia, and the West Indies. It’ll be one of those that win,” he told the ICC website.”Normally Pakistan is the unpredictable team, but this West Indies team is so unpredictable. The way they beat New Zealand was some, some cricket.”Also Read | Mohammad Amir doubtful for Pakistan’s World Cup opener against West IndiesAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Being underdogs suits New Zealand, says James FranklinAlso SeeFor 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 World Cup 2019Follow Jason HolderFollow Shai HopeFollow Kevin Pietersen World Cup 2019: Jason Holder declines getting into the 500-run debateWest Indies skipper Jason Holder has declined from getting into the 500-run mark debate saying that he and his team will play according to the conditions on offer rather than indulging in speculationadvertisementlast_img read more