There were jubilant scenes in the Croatian camp as the country reached their first-ever World Cup final on Wednesday at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Moscow. A nation with the mere population of 4,000,000 had made it into the final of the biggest sporting event on earth.Despite all the romanticism around Croatia, they have not exactly punched above their weight. They have world-class players in the squad with Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Maro Mandzukic and Dejan Lovren representing some of the biggest clubs in the world.Yet there have never been very high expectations off Croatia, partly because of their poor show over the years and their unimpressive history.This time around things were different, their midfield was touted as one of the best in the tournament and they have proven their credentials.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEWhen it came to the semi-final against England, many people did not give Croatia a chance. The entire talk of ‘glory days’ around England and the fact that Croatia had gone to penalties for both their Round of 16 and quarter-finals matches did not exactly help.Most pundits believed that fatigue will come into play for Croatia because they had played far more minutes than The Three Lions. However, in the second half of the match on Wednesday, it were Croatia who came out with renewed energy, zeal and tactics and trumped England 2-1.Lost for words.Enjoy the images.#WorldCupFinal#FlamingPride #WorldCup #Vatreni pic.twitter.com/xOflT8OwOMHNS | CFF (@HNS_CFF) July 11, 2018Also read – Croatia lowest ranked team in history to reach World Cup finaladvertisementCroatia’s chief creator Luka Modric did not mince words after their historic victory. Their coach Zlatko Dalic had said a day ago that they were underrated and Modric took a dig that English journalists and pundits made the mistake of underestimating this super motivated side.”English journalists, pundits from television, they underestimated Croatia tonight and that was a huge mistake. All these words from them we take, we were reading and we were saying ‘ok, today we will see who will be tired’,” Modric said after the match.MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTSCroatia showed their mettle, grit and immense mental strength to down England. Their fighting spirit and the sheer quality in their midfield came to absolute limelight.Also read – World Cup 2018: Croatian defender booed during historic triumphCroatia’s first goal was of supremely high quality. While many accuse Ivan Perisic of high boot, his connection with the ball was perfectly time, his boot did not touch the English defender and he found the back of the net. The pass in front of the goal from Sime Vrsaljko was absolute peach and off-the-ball movement from Perisic to get to the ball was gold.Ivan Perisic’s goal vs England. Who’s the Ninja at Inter again? #CROENG pic.twitter.com/3VC15Bwo0XInterYaSkriniar (@InterYaSkriniar) July 11, 2018Also read – Croatia played an ‘extra match’ to reach historic World Cup final: Key statsThe second goal scored by Mandzukic in the 109th minute was also extremely street-smart. Ivan Perisic rose the highest to head the ball brilliantly in front of the goal. Mandzukic awoke to the situation before John Stones, picked the ball and struck it past Jordan Pickford.The moment when you book your country a place in the #WorldCupFinal!A goal that @MarioMandzukic9 and @HNS_CFF will never forget…TV listings https://t.co/xliHcxWvEOHighlights https://t.co/LOdKDX2Cwn pic.twitter.com/giu0LqA3iPFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 11, 2018It was already known that Croatia have a lot of quality but coupled with their steely mental strength, the final against France is likely to be a cracker.
Hima Das made India proud on Thursday when she clinched a historic gold medal at the IAAF World U-20 Championships in Finland. The 18-year-old Hima became the toast of the nation with her triumph and topped Twitter trends in India. #HimaDas garnered nearly 27000 tweets recorded by 12.08 PM IST on Friday.Her brilliant run at the 400m final in the athletics event helped her upstage Indian cricket team’s dominant performance over England in the first ODI at Trent Bridge on Thursday. Immediately after her triumph, she was the top trend on Twitter. Hours later, she continued to hold second spotTributes poured in from all quarters from Prime Minister’s office to sports fraternity to film industry praising Hima’s success.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, cricket legend Virender Sehwag, Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan were among the top names in India celebrating Hima’s historic win in Finland. Hima Das: Love for speed helps Assam teenager defy the odds on the tracksHima clocked 51.46 seconds in the final at the Ratina Stadium. Andrea Miklos of Romania took silver with a personal best time of 52.07 seconds while Taylor Manson of the United States finished third after clocking 52.28 seconds.Virender Sehwag, Amitabh Bachchan doff their hats to Hima Das: So proud of youHima became India’s first ever track gold medal winner at the Under-20 IAAF world athletics event.She joined the illustrious company of star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, who won a gold in Poland in the last edition in 2016 in a world record effort. The previous medal winners at the World Junior Championships were Seema Punia (bronze in discus in 2002) and Navjeet Kaur Dhillon (bronze in discus in 2014).advertisementHima Das reacts after historic 400m gold: Thank you for the support, IndiaDas was the favourite to win gold as she is the U-20 season leader in this quarter-mile event. Her rise has been nothing less than meteoric as she took up serious running only last year.Das had earlier clocked an Indian U-20 record of 51.32 seconds to finish sixth in the Commonwealth Games 400m final in Gold Coast in April.World U20 Championships: Hima Das wins India’s first ever gold in track eventSince then, she has gone on to improve her timings. She lowered the Indian U-20 record in 400m to 51.13 seconds while winning gold in the recent National Inter State Championships in Guwahati.(With inputs from Agencies)
India vs Pakistan, Asia Cup 2018, live streaming: Super Four 3rd match live telecast from Dubai. Watch Asia Cup Super Four, Ind vs Pak cricket match free live streaming online: Watch IND vs PAK ODI match Live on Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TVBeaming with confidence after successive lop-sided wins over Pakistan and Bangladesh, a confident India will once again aim to brush aside the Green Brigade when the two sides clash in a Super Four tie of the Asia Cup at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium here on Sunday.India vs Bangladesh Final Asia Cup 2018 Live Streaming: How to watch IND vs BAN Live on Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TVThe men in blue are in sublime touch presently and after an average show against Hong Kong in their campaign opener, the Rohit Sharma-led side registered convincing victories against Pakistan and Bangladesh.Pakistan fan, who sang Indian anthem in match vs India, has another plan for SundayThe last time when the two sides met, the Sarfraz Ahmed-led Pakistan side had no answer to either Indian bowling attack or the batting as the issue became a completely one-sided affair with India dominating in each department of the game.It was a very ordinary performance from Pakistan: Wasim AkramRohit will be eyeing another top-level show from his bowlers and batsmen, including himself. The skipper himself is in good touch with the bat, amassing 158 runs from three innings while opener Shikhar Dhawan, too, looks in fine form, putting 213 runs in three games.advertisementAsia Cup 2018: Sunil Gavaskar impressed with Rohit Sharma’s captaincyOn the other hand, Pakistan will need to come up with something special to stop a spirited team India.Overall, India will once again be the favourites but an unpredictable Pakistan has the ability to bounce back and so another high-voltage clash could be on the cards on a super Sunday.Bhuvneshwar was confident against Pakistan despite nervous injury return vs Hong KongWhat time is India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2018 ODI?The game starts on 5:00 PM IST on September 23, Sunday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai.What TV channel and live stream is the India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2018 ODI Live Streaming on?Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in English commentary and Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV will live stream India vs Pakistan match.Where will the India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2018 ODI be played?The India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2018 ODI will be played at at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai from 5:00 PM IST.Where can I watch the India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2018 ODI live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2018 ODI?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs Pakistan from our live blog on indiatoday.in.What are the team squads for the India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2018 ODI?India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shardul Thakur, Dinesh Karthik, Khaleel Ahmed.Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain and wk), Fakhar Zaman, Shan Masood, Babar Azam, Harris Sohail, Imam ul Haq, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammed Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammed Amir, Shoaib Malik, Junaid Khan, Usman Khan, Shaheen Afridi.(With IANS inputs)
Pakistan Cricket Board has handed Ahmed Shehzad a four-month ban effective from July 10, 2018 for violating PCB’s anti-doping rules.July 10 was the date when PCB provisionally suspended Shehzad as he tested positive for a prohibited substance after a random dope test was conducted during the Pakistan Cup domestic tournament.Shehzad was charged with two violations of the PCB’s anti-doping rules. He has admitted to the violations but said he had no intent to cheat or enhance his performance.Shehzad was charged with two violations of PCB’s anti-doping rules. The 26-year-old has admitted to the violations but stressed on the fact that he had no intent to cheat or enhance his performance.Apart from serving the four-match ban from international and domestic cricket (till November 10) — Shehzad also has to deliver anti-doping lectures “to such audiences and at such places as the PCB may require”, as part of his rehabilitation process.”PCB has a zero tolerance policy towards doping in cricket and hopes that in future cricketers will exercise utmost care to ensure that no Prohibited Substances enter their system,” Ehsan Mani, the PCB chairman, said.Shehzad is not the first Pakistani cricketer to fail a dope test as in February 2016, the ICC had banned Pakistani leg-spinner,Yasir Shah for three months after he failed a dope test and pleaded guilty to the charge.In the past, Pakistani cricketers Shoaib Akhtar, Muhammad Asif, Abdul Rehman and Reza Hasan have also tested positive in dope tests and faced bans.(With inputs from PTI)advertisement
When Kuldeep Yadav came in to bowl the 18th over against Delhi Capitals at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium on Saturday night, the hosts were ready to seal a thumping victory, needing 18 runs in as many balls and eight wickets still in hand.The match situation, his previous two overs where he was hammered all over the park for 33 runs and not even a single wicket in this edition of the tournament so far – it couldn’t have got more challenging for Yadav.What followed next was a game-changing spell. Three runs and a wicket – of Rishabh Pant – came off next six balls. In the final over, Delhi required six off six and Yadav defended that too, taking the game to Super Over, the first of this edition.”When I came in to bowl the last over, I was sure that I won’t let Delhi Capitals get those six runs needed for a win. Wo mere liye bahut the (it was more than enough for me to defend) as I knew I won’t give a boundary and maybe allow them only a one or two,” Kuldeep told Aaj Tak in an interview.”I wanted to spin it as much as possible and bowl two-three dot balls to put the pressure on the batsmen. We would have won the match easily had the target for them been 8 or 9 runs,” he added.It wasn’t easy, especially after a forgettable start.”I could not perform well in the first two overs that I bowled. Things didn’t go as per my plan. I was trying too hard to take a wicket and instead went for 33 runs as the execution of my plan failed,” said Yadav.advertisement”It was difficult to make a comeback after that but in my second spell, I was more confident about the line I wanted to bowl. I just did that because of which match went to the super over. I had faith in my ability and knew I could defend it,” he Yadav.However, Kolkata Knight Riders lost the match in the Super Over, their first defeat of the season.”It was unfortunate to lose the match against Delhi but we really fought well, right till the end. There is some great atmosphere in the team right now and we are playing good cricket. The combinations are working and we have won two good games against Hyderabad and Punjab. I think we will keep doing well if we continue to play in this manner.”Going for wickets, even if it means proving to be expensive at times, has been the 24-year-old’s mantra for long now.”I always try to take wickets but in the IPL many times you go for runs too. As a bowler one wonders what wrong has been committed. Options of bowling dot balls or going into a defensive mode come to your mind. Last night too, Delhi were in such a comfortable situation. They would have won easily had wickets not fallen,” said Yadav.”After losing two wickets, they were on the backfoot immediately. You need to keep on planning in this format, on such a big stage like IPL because game changes quickly. Batsmen play spin really well and even the grounds are small,” Yadav said.”It is very difficult for the bowlers but you have to overcome everything and perform well. That is the reason why I came around the wicket in the last over as I was getting a good angle to spin the ball. It’s all about planning, especially after being hit for so many runs in the first two overs. Making a comeback wasn’t that easy,” he added.Also Read | Yeh to waise bhi chauka hai: Rishabh Pant predicts the outcome before the resultAlso Read | IPL 2019: Prithvi Shaw 99 the highlight as Delhi Capitals beat KKR in Super OverAlso Watch | Kuldeep Yadav is going to be a mainstay within the Indian team: Robin Uthappa
England women’s coach Phil Neville has called on the country’s biggest clubs to host women’s games at their main stadiums.Attendance at women’s games in Europe has grown this season, with 60,739 watching Atletico Madrid play Barcelona at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid earlier this month, a record for a women’s club soccer match.Juventus Women set a record for a women’s soccer match in Italy when 39,000 supporters attended their first game at the Turin club’s Allianz stadium against Fiorentina on March 24, and Neville said it was time English clubs get in on the act.”Some of the big teams in England have got to open their stadiums and fill them and let’s blow the rest of Europe away,” Neville told reporters. “Our game is in a far better place than Spain, Italy or Portugal.”If (second-tier leaders) Manchester United or (top-flight leaders) Arsenal win the league, throw open your stadium. Champions League game for Chelsea – why not play it at Stamford Bridge? Get 30,000 or 40,000.”England play Canada in a pre-World Cup friendly at Manchester City’s Academy Stadium on Friday, a venue that can seat 7,000, and Neville added that should offer free tickets to supporters to fill bigger venues.Also Read | India women’s football team beat Indonesia 2-0Also Read | U.S. women’s football players sue federation for gender discriminationAlso Read | Indumathi Kathiresan stars as India beat Hong Kong in women’s footballAlso Watch | Umpire fails to spot no-ball as MI beat RCB under controversial circumstances
Mumbai, Dec 1 (IANS) Actress Kangana Ranaut, who will be seen playing the role of Rani Laxmibai in “Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi”, hopes that her forthcoming film gets a solo release at the box office early next year.Kangana was interacting with the media at the 25th anniversary of Swiss Watchmaker brand Chopard where the brand unveiled “Happy Sport Collection” on Saturday.There were reports that Hrithik Roshan starrer “Super 30” is running behind it’s due schedule since the time the film’s director Vikas Bahl’s name cropped up in sexual harassment cases and therefore, the film will not be able to release on January 25 along with “Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi”.When asked whether this situation is favourable for her film, Kangana said, “It’s very good thing because I feel we should remember people who have sacrificed their lives for the freedom of our country on days like Independence Day and Republic Day.””Our film has a patriotic theme so, that date is very important for us and we will be very happy to have a solo release on that day.”When asked how the post-production work of the film is going on, Kangana said, “Actually, we were feeling that we are in a war zone because the post-production of the film is taking place.”Our film is on a huge scale so there are lots of VFX involved in the film but now by the grace of God, our deadlines are under control. It’s an amazing experience. After January 25, I will be very happy to sort of take a little break and go somewhere because I have been working so long on this film.””Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi” also stars Ankita Lokhande, Atul Kulkarni, Vaibhav Tatwawaadi, Danny Denzongappa, Suresh Oberoi and Jisshu Sengupta in key roles. It is directed by Krish and produced by Zee Studios in association with Kamal Jain and Nishant Pitti.The film is scheduled to be released on January 25.–IANSiv/nv/bgadvertisement
Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti has threatened to lead his team off the pitch the next time one of his players is subject to continued racist abuse.Ancelotti asked several times for Napoli’s match at Inter Milan to be halted on Wednesday after racist chanting. Announcements were made on the stadium tannoy system warning fans that would happen but no further action was taken.”We asked three times for the match to be halted because of racist chants,” Ancelotti said. “Announcements were made but the match continued. Next time we’ll stop the match by leaving the pitch, even if that means maybe forfeiting the match.”Ancelotti believes the inaction by officials led to the dismissal of defender Kalidou Koulibaly 10 minutes from time.The Senegal international, who had had monkey noises directed at him throughout the Serie A game, received two yellow cards in quick succession, the second for sarcastically applauding the referee after being shown the first. Kalidou Koulibaly had monkey noises directed at him throughout Inter Milan vs Napoli by Inter fans. (AP Photo)”Koulibaly was agitated and nervous, which is normal,” Ancelotti said. “It’s not good for us and it’s not good for Italian football.”Napoli went on to lose the match 1-0 after Lautaro Martinez netted a stoppage-time winner for Inter.Koulibaly posted on Twitter of his pride of being born in France to Senegalese parents.”I’m sorry about the defeat and especially to have left my brothers! But I am proud of the color of my skin. Of being French, Senegalese, Neapolitan: a man,” he wrote.advertisementMi dispiace la sconfitta e sopratutto avere lasciato i miei fratelli!Però sono orgoglioso del colore della mia pelle. Di essere francese, senegalese, napoletano: uomo.#InterNapoli 1-0#KK26 #famiglia#ForzaNapoliSempre#DifendoLaCittà pic.twitter.com/f9q0KYggcwKoulibaly Kalidou (@kkoulibaly26) December 26, 2018It is the latest incident of racism to blight Italian football.Sulley Muntari walked off the field during a Serie A game in April 2017 in response to racial abuse. The Pescara midfielder was infuriated after unsuccessfully trying to get the referee to halt the game at Cagliari.Also Read | Chelsea fans under scanner for anti-Semitic chants during Europa League match vs VidiAlso Read | Chelsea ban fans over alleged racial abuse of Manchester City forward Raheem SterlingAlso Read | Tottenham fan throws banana peel on Arsenal’s Aubameyang, gets arrestedAlso See:
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli may have not won an Indian Premier League title yet but he is arguably the most consistent batsman in the Twenty20 league ever since its inception in 2008.With 5326 runs, Virat Kohli is right on top of the list of batsmen with most runs in IPL. On Friday, at the Eden Gardens, Kohli smashed his fifth IPL hundred to help Royal Challengers Bangalore clinch only their second win of IPL 2019.The match-winning 100 that came in just 58 balls is also Virat Kohli’s first since 2016 IPL wherein the RCB captain smashed quite a few batting records. Kohli had scored four centuries in the said edition of the cash-rich league in which he single-handedly took RCB to the final.To put things into perspective, Virat Kohli has more centuries as captain (five) than the number of hundreds all other captains have managed (four) so far in IPL. Only four batsmen have scored centuries while leading IPL teams in the past.King Kohli is our key performer for his outstanding off 58 deliveries pic.twitter.com/5UfYEQdgU5IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 19, 2019Sachin Tendulkar scored a 66-ball 100 for Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium as captain against Kochi Tuskers Kerala. Virender Sehwag had smashed a match-winning 119 from 56 balls for Delhi Daredevils (Capitals) as captain against Deccan Chargers in the same edition of IPL.Meanwhile, Australia great Adam Gilchrist, as Kings XI Punjab, had hit 106 off just 55 balls against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Dharamsala in 2011.#KingKohli pic.twitter.com/Fl0TmDQdaVIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 19, 2019David Warner joined the elite list of captains with IPL hundreds in 2017 when he took Kolkata Knight Riders to the cleaners with a 59-ball 126.advertisementDespite Kohli shining as a batsman while leading RCB, it’s not difficult to understand the Bengaluru-based franchise’s inability to land titles. Overdependence on Kohli and AB de Villiers and lack of balance in the bowling attack has led to their downfall in the recent past.Familiar problems have come to haunt Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2019 as they have managed to win only two out of nine matches so far and are languishing at the bottom of the points table.WATCH: King Kohli’s majestic 100(58) https://t.co/quoGjsNojr #KingKohli pic.twitter.com/KfdwmrHRJBIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 19, 2019However, in a must-win match on Friday against the Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens, Kohli gave a lesson on how to pace a limited-overs innings with a superbly-crafted hundred.Kohli had reached 50 in his 40th ball but switched gears after the mini lanmark to take the KKR bowlers to the cleaners in the death overs. He got the last 50 in just 17 balls before getting out in the last ball of the innings.@RCBTweets #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/3oFjbfJ5E1IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 19, 2019Moeen Ali’s 28-ball 66 in the absence of an injured AB de Villiers gave the much-needed impetus to RCB’s innings in the middle overs. Nitish Rana (85*) and Andre Russell (65*) came up with valiant knocks but KKR fell short of a 214-run target by 10 runs.Also Read | Promised AB de Villiers I will score a hundred: Virat Kohli after fireworks vs KKRAlso Read | Virat, you little biscuit: AB de Villiers reacts after Kohli’s 5th IPL hundredAlso Read | IPL 2019: Virat Kohli hits 5th Indian Premier League hundred, 1st since 2016
Factor this: When England last hosted the Cricket World Cup, Virat Kohli was 10 year-old. MS Dhoni had just entered the domestic arena and Jasprit Bumrah was only 5! In the summer of 1999, Mohammad Azharuddin was captain of a young Indian team which was attempting to create history after 16 years.In 1983, India had stunned the mighty West Indies to win their first World Cup. After heartbreak in 1987, 1992 and 1996, India had their hopes pinned on the dynamic young trio of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid. As it turned out, there was more heartbreak in store.Jasprit Bumrah was perhaps too young to even notice but a 10-year-old Virat Kohli and a 17-year-old MS Dhoni, who had already started his journey to stardom, must have started dreaming. Sure enough, 12 years later, MS Dhoni led India to World Cup glory at home with Virat Kohli in the side. But World Cup triumph away from home in England would seem sweeter.Mohammad Azharuddin and Robin Singh were the only players over 30 in that Indian World Cup squad of 1999. The others were much younger but they were experienced. Sachin Tendulkar, at 26, was an international cricketer for 10 years. A 28-year-old Anil Kumble had established his reputation as a dangerous leg-break bowler while Ganguly and Dravid had made impressive Test debuts in England 3 years ago.India may not have been outright favourites but they were still a force to reckon with. Javagal Srinath, Venkatesh Prasad, Ajit Agarkar and Debasis Mohanty formed a formidable pace attack. Tendulkar, Ganguly, Dravid, Azharuddin, Jadeja, Robin Singh and Nayan Mongia made up a strong batting line-up.advertisementBut India lost their first two group matches and the campaign was immediately in shambles. On May 15 in Brighton, Sourav Ganguly led the charge for India with a bright 97 while Rahul Dravid a total of 253 for 5. However, a fine 96 by Jacques Kallis meant South Africa won by 4 wickets.In their next encounter against Zimbabwe in India were the more fancied team even without Sachin Tendulkar who returned home briefly following the death of his father. On May 19 at Leicester, the Indian team was shocked as Zimbabwe won a thriller by 3 runs. Chasing 253, India fell just short after Henry Olonga and Heath Streak took 3 wickets apiece to set up a memorable victory for Zimbabwe.India needed a win desperately to get their campaign back on track. Tendulkar returned from India and smashed an unbeaten 140 while Rahul Dravid hit 104 not out against Kenya in Bristol on May 23. Kenya could respond with only 235 for 7 to India’s 329 for 2 and the Indians were back in business.3 days later, Sourav Ganguly hit 183, Rahul Dravid continued his rich run of form to score 145 while Robin Singh took 5 for 31 as India decimated defending champions Sri Lanka by 157 runs. Next up, India won a rain-hit match against hosts England. The game spanned over 2 days but Ganguly’s all-round brilliance (40 and 3 for 37) helped India to a 63-run win. Rahul Dravid scored an important 53 while Debashish Mohanty, Javagal Srinath and Anil Kumble pocketed 2 wickets each.India reached the Super 6 stage after winning 3 games on the bounce after 2 successive defeats.Australia were world beaters in those days and they were India’s first hurdle in the Super 6 stage. Mark Waugh’s stylish 83 set India a challenging 283 against arguably the most balanced bowling attack of that time. Despite a feisty 100 not by Ajay Jadeja and a heroic 75 by Robin Singh, India hurtled to a huge 77-run defeat in London on June 4.India’s next challenge were arch-rivals Pakistan in Manchester on June 8. It was a low-scoring game and one where India kept their nerves while Pakistan failed. Half-centuries from skipper Mohammad Azharuddin and Rahul Dravid and 45 from Sachin Tendulkar helped India post 227 for 6. Venkatesh Prasad, who was involved in a fiery duel with Aamer Sohail in the 1996 World Cup, then grabbed 5 for 27 to blow Pakistan away for 180. It was a resounding win for India but they still had to deal with the dangerous New Zealand before the semifinals became a reality.Ajay Jadeja played a glorious innings in Nottingham on June 12. India were happy with their 251 for 6 and it was a desperate battle for survival. India were still in the game despite Matt Horne’s 76 and Roger Twose’s 60. It was set to be a tight finish with New Zealand needing 34 off 4.5 overs but a cameo by Adam Parore knocked India out. Azharuddin was captain during India’s heartbreaking semifinal exit at the Eden Gardens 3 years ago. He would have hoped for another shot at the title but that did not happen.The men who represented India in the 1999 World Cup: Azharuddin, Agarkar, Chopra, Dravid, Ganguly, Jadeja, Khurasiya, Kumble, Mohanty, Mongia, Prasad, S Ramesh. Robin Singh, Srinath, TendulkaradvertisementIndia’s journey at Cricket World Cups ever since:In 2003, Sourav Ganguly led India to the World Cup final where they lost to AustraliaIn 2007, India were knocked out of the league stages after losing 2 out of their 3 league matchesIn 2011, MS Dhoni led India to World Cup triumph at home with an iconic knock at the Wankhede StadiumIn 2015, Dhoni’s pacers were on fire as India reached the semifinals only to lose to AustraliaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Recapping some of the greatest upsets in World Cup historyAlso Read | MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma in high spirits ahead of World Cup 2019
With the World Cup set to begin in just a day, we have gotten a fair idea of where the teams stand after seeing their best combinations tried out in the warm-up games. World Champions Australia showed they are prepared to defend their title while England looked set to win the cup for the first time.Here is a look at how the 10 teams performed in their Warm-up games.AustraliaAfter a disastrous 2017-18 season, Australia have sent a firm warning to all the World Cup teams of their formidable return as they are the only team to fetch a 100 percent result in the preparatory World Cup games.In the first warm-up game, the 5-time world champions Australia had set a 297-run target riding on the back of a phenomenal century from Steve Smith and the bowlers followed it up well to defend the target. Jason Behrendorff and Kane Richardson chipped in with 2 wickets apeice.Australia then thrashed Sri Lanka as they achieved the 240-run target with 31 balls remaining as Usman Khawaja starred in with his 89 runs.EnglandGoing into the World Cup as the favourites, hosts England stumbled against a tough Australiam side in the first warm-up game but came back stronger to brutually thrash Afghanistan in the next game.Liam Plunkett enjoyed a four-wicket haul against Australia while Jos Buttler continued his rich form as England fell short of just 12 runs of a win. Jofra Archer, a recent addition to the England side, and Joe Root restricted Afghanistan to just 160 in the other game as Jason Roy remained unbeaten at 89 to win the game in just 17 overs.advertisementIndiaAfter a batting collapse against New Zealand, India crushed Bangladesh in the second game . Beating Bangladesh by 95 runs might not be that huge a good news for India but the match defnitely gave them something they were in search for since last couple of years-their number 4. After a series of trials and errors, KL Rahul ended the No. 4 spot debate with his classy century. Another best thing that happened for India was the return of their out-of-form spinner Kuldeep Yadav as he put up a heartening performance with the ball, claiming 3 for 47. However, the form of opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan still remains a worry for India.South AfricaOpening batsman Hashim Amla provided a relief to the side as he got his form back just the right time with 61-ball 65 in their only chance to prepare for the World Cup.Faf du Plessis shone with his 88 runs before Andile Phehlukwayo scalped 4 wickets to bundle out Sri Lanka at 251 and hand South Africa an 87-run win. In the absence of their star bowler Dale Steyn, the South Africa side looked stable with the likes of Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir along with Phehlukwayo.New ZealandAfter some spectacular bowling by Trent Boult and James Neesham, New Zealand packed off mighty India for 179 in just 39.2 overs but couldn’t come up with any answers against West Indies’ batting fireworks. Tent Boult once again picked 4 wickets but wasn’t offered any support from the spinners stop West Indies from setting on a mammoth 421-run target.Tom Bundell went on to score a century against West Indies and staked a claim for New Zealand’s first game against Sri Lanka. Kane Williamson enjoyed half-centuries in both the warm-up games while opener Martin Guptill looked to struggle a bit.PakistanAfter going down against Afghanistan in the first game, Pakistan didn’t get a chance to try out their combinations again, as rain washed out their second warm-up game against Bangladesh. Pakistan’s fast-bowling, which used to be their strength in the past years, failed to defend 262 runs that were amassed on the back off Babar Azam’s hundred.Shaheen Shah Afridi has failed to impress lately as he went wicketless in the warm-up, along with experienced Mohammad Amir. Pakistan’s fast bowlers have to get back in the groove if they want to see themselves going far in the tournament.BangladeshAfter a washed out first game, Bangladesh lost the second one to India. After winning the Tri-series against West Indies recently, Bangladesh look to be an improved side going in the World Cup but will be needing a consistent performace from their bowling unit to stand strong against the stronger teams.In the absence of their regular opener Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das impressed with 73 runs while Mushfiqur Rahim (90) stood upright against a strong Indian bowling unit.Afghanistan After coming into the international cricketing arena quite late, Afghanistan have sprung up surprises on every other occasions. They edged out Pakistan in the first warm-up game before being beaten by a powerful England in the second. With world’s best bowlers like Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi in the side, Afghanistan could be a difficult side to score runs against in the World Cup.advertisementSri LankaAfter losing both their warm-up games against South Africa and Asutralia, Sri Lanka have a lot of things to reflect upon before starting their World Cup campaign.Lahiru Thirimanne, Dimuth Karunaratne and Angelo Mathews took the batting onus one them on of the occassions but the there wasn’t much to be seen from the bowlers. Venteran Lasith Malinga didn’t show up in the warm-up games but will play a crucial roel to guide the inexperienced bowling unit in the World Cup.West IndiesThe West Indian side boast of a very strong batting line-up as was seen massive in the warm-up game against New Zealand. Shai Hope once again showed his phenomenal show with bat as his side piled up 421 runs. They have power-hitters like Andre Russell, Chris Gaylea nd Evin Lewis to leave any side clueless in search of bowling options.Kemar Roach would be the West Indies’ favoured bowler to defend big totals while Carlos Brathwaite could also pick wickets in intervals. Without a doubt, West Indies are going into the World Cup as a threat to the other 9 teams.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Batting with MS Dhoni is a dream, says KL RahulAlso Read | Virat Kohli has amazingly matured as captain: Kapil DevAlso See
Shakib Al Hasan on Monday equalled Yuvraj Singh’s World Cup record of scoring a fifty and picking up five-wicket haul in the same match to lead Bangladesh to a 62-run victory over Afghanistan in Southampton.Shakib Al Hasan registered career-best figures of 5 for 29 in 10 overs and became the first Bangladeshi cricketer to pick up a five-wicket haul in a World Cup match as they bowled out Afghanistan for 200 while defending 262 for 7 at the Hampshire Bowl.Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh was the first cricketer in World Cup history to bag 5 wickets and score a fifty in a match. Yuvi had achieved the feat against Ireland in the 2011 edition, when he got 5 for 31 and scored 50 not out in the match which India won by 5 wickets in Bengaluru.Shakib’s bowling figures were the best by a Bangladeshi cricketer in World Cups and the second best by a spinner from the country in ODI cricket.Shakib’s figures today were the best ever recorded by a Bangladeshi player in a World Cup match #CWC19 | #RiseOfTheTigers pic.twitter.com/jv7LKmj93QCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 24, 2019He also scored 51 runs with the bat and went past David Warner as the highest run-scorer in World Cup 2019 but it was his second five-wicket haul in ODIs that gave him more pleasure in this match.”Crowd support has been great throughout this World Cup. Luckily we started well so the fans have been behind us. I think the five wickets gave me greater pleasure. I had to work really hard for the fifty.advertisement”Mushfiqur played an important knock, without him we wouldn’t have got the runs. We knew it was going to be tough with their three spinners, so it needed a team effort.”I did work really hard before the World Cup, I was well prepared. The best I could ever be prepared. It’s paying off. Definitely want it to carry on. Two more important games are coming up for us. India and Pakistan, we have to play to the best of our ability to win those matches but this win will give us a lot of confidence,” Shakib said after being adjudged man-of-the-match.The man of the moment!#BANvAFG | #RiseOfTheTigers | #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/NozCozxhZECricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 24, 2019Shakib was also involved in a 61-run partnership for the third wicket with Mushfiqur Rahim, who top-scored with 83 runs.Shakib’s knock of 51 was his fifth 50-plus score in six innings and he also became the first Bangladesh batsman to score 1000 World Cup runs.Best bowling figures for in World CupsMost wickets for in World CupsMost runs for in World CupsMost runs of anyone in #CWC19Ladies and gentlemen, Shakib Al Hasan.#RiseOfTheTigers pic.twitter.com/YR47zbcstgCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 24, 2019Overall, he is the 19th batsman to go past the 1000-run mark in World Cup history. Shakib, who has played 4 World Cups from 2007 to 2019, reached the milestone in his 27th World Cup match.Shakib has amassed 476 runs so far in 6 innings at an average of 95.20 with two hundreds and three fifties. He also has 10 wickets to his name at 30.10 with one five-wicket haul.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Bangladesh ride on all-round Shakib Al Hasan to inflict 7th-straight defeat on AfghanistanAlso Read | Shakib Al Hasan 1st Bangladesh batsman to score 1000 World Cup runsAlso Read | Bangladesh vs Afghanistan Highlights, ICC World Cup 2019
Serena Williams reached her 14th Wimbledon quarter-final by overwhelming Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2 6-2 even though she was not at her magnificent best on Court One on Monday.The 37-year-old American, aiming for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title, produced 19 unforced errors, including a bizarre mistake when she leaned over the net to hit a volley and had the point docked.But she also conjured 21 winners, some of which left the crowd gasping in admiration and her 30-year-old opponent helpless on the other side of the net. (Wimbledon 2019 Live Score)Williams, seeded 11th, had little match practice coming into Wimbledon because of injury and teamed up with Andy Murray in the mixed doubles to get some more playing time.”I’ve had more matches this week than the past five months but it’s definitely good and I know I can play and I’m now physically better (so) it’s almost a feeling of relief more than anything,” she said immediately after coming off court.Suarez Navarro, ranked 31 in the world and one of the smaller players on tour, lacks the big weapons and serving power needed for grass and has always had trouble against Williams.Monday’s defeat was her seventh against the seven times Wimbledon champion.Though the Spaniard broke the American’s serve in the second set, she had no answer for Williams’s pounding groundstrokes. Suarez Navarro slipped trying to retrieve the ball to go match-point down, then mis-hit a backhand to concede defeat.Williams, who first played at the All-England club as a 16-year-old in 1998, said she was still ambitious.advertisement”I’m a really pumped player and of course I still want it or I wouldn’t be here.”Williams faces Alison Riske in the quarter-finals after the American upset top seed Australian Ash Barty earlier on Monday.”She’s great on grass and just took out the world No.1… I watched that and I’ll be ready,” Williams said.RUTHLESS NADAL STORMS INTO LAST-8The sweet-spot in Rafael Nadal’s racket appeared to be the size of a beachball on Monday as the Spaniard fired off winners left, right and centre to hurtle into the Wimbledon quarter-finals with a ruthless 6-2 6-2 6-2 win over Joao Sousa.The Spaniard was not pleased when he was seeded third at the grasscourt championships, despite his status as world number two, and even less happy when the draw put him on a second-round collision course with Australian maverick Nick Kyrgios.On Monday, however, he was all smiles as he enjoyed his quickest workout at this year’s tournament, ending Sousa’s bid to become the first Portuguese to reach the last eight of a Grand Slam with an ace.He will next face either Tennys Sandgren or Sam Querrey of the United States for a place in the semi-finals.Also Read | Wimbledon 2019: Ashleigh Barty’s run ends, Alison Riske reaches quarterfinals
India take on New Zealand in the 1st semi-final and are being touted as favourites to reach their 2nd World Cup final of the decade.Virat Kohli’s men finished on the top of the 10-team points table with 15 points, 4 more than New Zealand who scraped through to the last-four. New Zealand and Pakistan were tied on points but the Black Caps managed to reach the semi-final due to their better net run rate.Speaking to the International Cricket Council on the eve of the big-ticket semi-final, Ravi Shastri said India’s familiarity of New Zealand will help them in the semi-final.Notably, India thrashed New Zealand 4-1 in an ODI series in New Zealand earlier this year.”We have played against them quite a bit as well. We toured New Zealand and they were in India some time ago. They know what to expect, we also know what to expect,” Ravi Shastri said.There was certainly no lack of confidence in either camp ahead of the v semi-final in Manchester #TeamIndia | #BackTheBlackCaps | #CWC19pic.twitter.com/8C3iG7q9pZCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 9, 2019The Indian head coach added that India have been treating every game at World Cup 2019 with equal importance and their approach won’t change just because it’s a semi-final match on Tuesday.”We treat every game as a new game. Opposition doesn’t matter. Our job is to get out there and do our jobs. As an individual and as a team,” Ravi Shastri added.”You might call it a semi-final, for us it’s just another game. Do what you have been doing… you don’t have to anything different just because it’s a semi-final. Stick to what you have been doing… what happens after that will happen.”advertisementALSO READ | Rohit Sharma’s form in World Cup 2019 no surprise, says Ravi ShastriALSO READ | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni turns to ‘former spinner’ Ravi Shastri for adviceALSO WATCH | Watch: Fans wish MS Dhoni as Indian players arrive in Manchester ahead of World Cup semi-final
Denmark’s badminton player, World number five, Viktor Axelsen on Wednesday pulled out of the BWF World Championships 2019 due to a back injury.The 2017 world champion has sustained a disc protrusion in the lower back, a precursor to a slipped disc. The injury is causing pain to Axelsen in the back and legs.Axelsen said he will be back as soon as possible. “One day at a time. Will be back as soon as possible thanks for your messages,” the Danish player tweeted.Axelsen expressed disappointment for not being able to take part in the World Championships. He added that he needs to be realistic and listen to his body and doctor’s advice.”I’m very sad and disappointed about the situation. The World Championships is the biggest event of the year and I had obviously been looking forward to playing. I’ve done everything I could to get ready for the World Championships, but I must also be realistic and listen to my body and to the doctors’ advice,” BWF quoted Axelsen as saying in a statement from Badminton Denmark.Axelsen suffered allergies that forced him to stay away from the European Games, held in June. He was ruled out of the Indonesia Open and the Japan Open due to back injury recently.Badminton Denmark in a statement said they do not want to take any chance with Axelsen’s health. They further said it is unfortunate for both the player and country as he was the medal candidate for Denmark.”Viktor is one of the world’s best badminton players and was the biggest medal candidate for Denmark for the upcoming World Championships. Therefore, it is of course very unfortunate for both him and Denmark that he will not play at the World Championships,” Badminton Denmark said.advertisementBadminton Denmark’s elite and sports director Jens Meibom updated on Axelsen’s health, saying both the player and medical staff struggled to make Axelsen fit for the World Championships but his injury has not healed.”We are taking no chances with the athlete’s health, no matter how big the championship is all about,” Meibom said.Also Read | Thailand Open: Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth progress; Sourabh Verma crashes outAlso See:
Dave Sittler and Bill Young have a really interesting conversation that I’m betting all my January paychecks neither knew was being picked up by the microphone. Take a look below with some comments after the jump. – I like how Sittler makes it a point in the first two seconds to let Young know that he has his tape recorder turned off but neither of them checks the mic. That’s pretty funny.– Sittler calls John Blake a slapdi** after Bill Young says “it wasn’t fun” about being at OU under Blake in 1996-1997 then Sittler goes on to claim that Donnie Duncan (OU’s athletic director at the time) told him that the only reason he gave John Blake the head coaching job for OU was because he was black and they were worried that Bob Simmons had an advantage in recruiting. That’s quite a 20-second exchange, no?! I mean, WOW!– Love when Young says “…and three years later we forgot how to coach.”– What does Young mean when he says “I would almost bet you 100% that some of these schools…maybe even the one down the street [came after Gundy]”? What are they going to do, fire Stoops?Update: as a few of you have pointed out, Young was referencing Arizona State as “the school down the street”, not OU. Makes sense now.– The long-range shot of the two talking at the 3:40 mark really shows you that they have no clue they’re on the mic.– “I just hope I’m going to be back.” Assuming he’s kidding, because If he’s not, that’s a travesty. He’s done a great job with the defense this season and seems like a great fit for the position. Also, he’s the only guy on the staff too old to be considered for a head job!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!
I posted Phil Steele’s preseason All-Big 12 teams in the Bullets this morning but figured we should discuss more here.OK so it’s June and these things are…whatever…but we kind of have a lot to talk about with this one. First of all, maybe I don’t get the Phil Steele thing. People seem to love him — and granted, I’ve never met him — but his stuff seems kind of wacky…and his site looks like it was made in MS paint and sent back in time to a grad student in 1997 to be posted on the Internet.So let’s get to that All-Big 12 first team QB, shall we?Bryce Petty, he of the 14 career pass attempts is on the first team. I actually don’t have that much of a problem with it. Baylor’s offense is the real deal and Petty should put up, at the very least, similar numbers to Nick Florence from last year (4,300 yards and 33 TDs).My bigger issue is with the Pachall-Ash-Bell second through fourth team combo. Here’s a look at Clint Chelf’s projected numbers if he performs at the same pace over a 13-game season as he did in his five starts at the end of last season:Chelf – 61% completions | 3,400 yards | 34 TDs | 10 INTAnd here are Ash and Pachall’s numbers from their two most recent seasons:Ash – 67% | 2,700 yards | 19 TDs | 8 INTPachall – 67% | 2,900 yards | 25 TDs | 7 INTAs for Bell, are we totally sure he can throw the ball over 15 yards downfield yet?I guess my point is do you trust Chelf in OSU’s offense more than you trust Ash in Texas’ or Bell in OU’s? Maybe…but I wouldn’t bet anything of value on it.Also I think Tracy Moore is one team too high — has he ever done anything that made you say “yup, first team All-Big 12 guy right there”? And Jeremy Smith is one team too low. *IF* he stays healthy, there’s no way seven guys have better statistical years than Smith — it’s just not going to happen.I guess I get Justin Gilbert being second team based on talent alone but, man, it’d be tough for me to put him that high after he singlehandedly tried to make me nickname him “Floodgates Gilbert” with his performance last year.All in all these mid-June teams are ridiculous things we all write to try and make the time pass until football season but still pretty fun to talk about.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!
Justin Southwell1-411-23 Carson Cunningham4-119-15 Aaron Schnautz2-318-16 Kyle Porter2-318-16 OKC Dave3-216-18 Guest (Nolo)3-218-16 Matt Amilian4-115-19 Predicting the lines for OSU’s last three gamesI didn’t want to leave OSU just because we have a bye week. I’m going to take a stab at the spreads for the Pokes’s remaining games. Disclaimer: It won’t be pretty11/15 vs. Texas: Pokes -211/22 at Baylor: Bears -1812/06 at Oklahoma: Sooners -15If I were a big betting man, I wouldn’t hesitate to throw down on Baylor and OU to cover those numbers. I just think the oddsmakers will inexcusably give us credit they shouldn’t.I won’t touch the Texas game. OSU could win by 14 or lose by 14 and I wouldn’t be surprised.Big 12 LinesI truly believe half the teams in the Big 12 can hang with any team in the country. The conference has basically already proven that given the matchups we’ve seen against SEC powerhouses Bama and Auburn.I’m not a big believe in the transitive property, but look what OU did to Tennessee and you’ll see the best in the SEC have had similar games with the Vols.All that to say we have a couple great matchups this weekend in the Big 12 and it’s a shame more emphasis is put on who loses rather than who beats who when national media compares the Big 12 to the SEC.Baylor (+5) at OklahomaDo you all remember how it seemed like once a year OU would always get a tough opponent at home at absolutely tear them apart? I don’t think OU will necessarily “tear them apart” but I’m leaning toward this being a game that OU controls.Also, Bryce Petty’s stats aren’t as Baylor-ish as we’ve come to expect from that team, at least not consistently. In Baylor’s two toughest road games this year (Texas & West Virginia), Petty’s completion percentage is just under 40%.Pick: OU -2.5West Virginia (-3.5) at TexasConsider this pick my effort to get myself over the “Well Texas is still Texas and can pull off a win at any time” mindset. I can see West Virginia struggling coming off that lost to TCU but I’m not going to talk myself into the Horns.Pick: WVU -3.5Kansas State (+6) at TCUIt seems like the majority of opinions are leaning for TCU to win this one relatively easily. I think 6 points is a lot to give Bill Snyder and this K-State squad. They aren’t intimidated by playing on the road and TCU isn’t a nightmare venue anyway.Pick: K-State +6Iowa State (-4) at KansasI’m picking Kansas to win. Don’t let me down Jayhawks. Yeah, yeah I know.Pick: KU +4PFB Picks ATSThanks to OSU alum Garrett Wales for joining us as the guest picker this week. If you feel like you could take down the PFB crew in these weekly picks, voice your opinion in the comments section and maybe you’ll get your chance.Baylor (+5) at OUSouthwell: OUCunningham: BaylorSchnautz: OUOKC Dave: BaylorPistolsguy: BaylorWales: OUAmilian: OU“Mike Stoops is already practicing his ‘I’m shocked that our secondary is getting torched’ face and his postgame speech about poor execution.” – OKC DaveBama (-6.5) at LSUSouthwell: BamaCunningham: LSUSchnautz: LSUOKC Dave: LSUPistolsguy: LSUWales: LSUAmilian: LSU“LSU fans might make Death Valley a literal thing for Bama fans that show up.” – Amilian[1. Ed. note: I love it when Amilian quotes himself.]Ohio State (+3.5) at Michigan StateSouthwell: Michigan StateCunningham: Ohio StateSchnautz: Michigan StateOKC Dave: Michigan StatePistolsguy: Michigan StateWales: Michigan StateAmilian: Michigan State“I wish we could use an English Premier League rule and relegate the Big 10 to FCS until they prove they belong on the national stage.” – CarsonKansas State (+6) at TCUSouthwell: TCUCunningham: TCUSchnautz: TCUOKC Dave: Kansas StatePistolsguy: Kansas StateWales: TCUAmilian: Kansas State“Snyder and Patterson have a pregame conversation about the merits of using Jay-Z as an agent.” – OKC DavePicker’s ChoiceSouthwell: Wisconsin -17 at PurdueCunningham: Oregon -8.5 at UtahSchnautz: SMU +13.5 at TulsaOKC Dave: WVU -3.5 at TexasPistolsguy: WVU -3.5 at TexasWales: ND +2.5 at Arizona StateAmilian: Arizona State -2.5 vs Notre Dame“I really wanted to take Bye (+3) at OSU, but couldn’t find it anywhere.” – SchnautzEnjoy the OSU bye week! (I certainly will)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! ContributorLast weekSeason It could be a long week for Mike Stoops. (USATSI)When was the last time any OSU fans thought, “Whew. It’s nice to have a bye this weekend.” Unfortunately for Justin Southwell, the betting post doesn’t get a bye to prepare for next week.
Moore is one of, if not THE, top target for OSU in 2018. He is already a top 100 prospect, according to ESPN’s latest top 300 rankings, and his 6-4 frame and scary smooth finesse on the field make him one of the top receivers in the country — regardless of class.OSU offers 2018 Twin Jordan MooreOklahoma State extended an offer to 2018 WR/ATH Joshua Moore long ago, and they made their twin brother pursuit official over the weekend by extending his brother, Jordan Moore. (Also a 2018 prospect, since they are twins and everything). Jordan is a RB/ATH and holds offers from Texas, Texas A&M, Florida State — 21 in total.Extremely blessed an excited to receive an offer from Oklahoma State University! #GoPokes?? pic.twitter.com/iW9ighjrUR— Jordan moore (@Jo_moore23) July 28, 2016 Four-star Power Forward Omits OSU in Top SchoolsFour-star power forward RaiQuan Gray released his top 6 schools Monday, and eliminated the Pokes from his list that once included OSU in his final 11. The 6-8 prospect from Florida named Memphis, Baylor, Florida State, Maryland, Ole Miss, and Virginia Tech in his final group.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! The Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap, catching you up to speed on the latest news and rumors surrounding Oklahoma State recruiting, with an ear to the ground for what to expect in the future. Texas A&M Pledge Opens Things UpJennings, LA running back Travis Etienne Jr. announced Monday he is opening his recruitment back up, less than two months after originally pledges to the Aggies. I mentioned not long ago that while Etienne was still committed to A&M, OSU coaches, namely Marcus Arroyo, isn’t giving up his recruiting of one of The Boot’s fastest prospects. With Etienne opening things back up, I get the feeling that OSU may be landing right in the thick of it in regards to his recruitment. Even with offers from Bama, Arkansas, Mizzou, Tennessee, and others, I would speculate that OSU appears to be the favorite to land him at the moment. And that would be good news for a team that’s about to lose a ton of experience at running back.2018 Wide Receiver CJ Moore Visiting (Again)Tulsa Union standout receiver CJ Moore is making a return trip to Stillwater on Wednesday, according to his twitter account. He’ll be joined by Union 2019 DB Darius Boone Jr. (heck of a last name!) and 2018 DB Daylon Figures.O State Wednesday??— ??CJ Moore?? (@daddydimes35) August 1, 2016
.@rhmaz610 only REAL loss at Baylor before they cratered. Beating Pitt, a team that’s beaten both Clemson and Penn St. apparently anonymous!— Tim Brando (@TimBrando) November 28, 2016There aren’t many teams in the nation with multiple wins over top-10 opponents. Pitt won at No. 3 Clemson and over No. 8 Penn State. Two monstrous performances.And while the Panthers have four losses on the season, all four of them are against respectable teams with winning records (OSU, Virginia Tech, Miami and North Carolina). Most of the teams in the Big 12 don’t have a signature win on the season, and while the Cowboys’ win over then-undefeated West Virginia is theirs, their victory over Pitt should be recognized as a close second.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! Fresh off a bye week, the Oklahoma State Cowboys are No. 11 in the Associated Press ranking. Despite a 31-6 victory over TCU in week 13, they dropped a spot in the rankings in week 14 and were jumped by USC, a team that just defeated a struggling 4-8 Notre Dame team.Should USC truly be ranked above OSU? The Trojans did defeat a then-undefeated No. 4 Washington, but that still stands as only their second victory over a team with a winning record. OSU has four (five if you count SE Louisiana). We can take that even further though.Only 2 FBS teams have 5 wins vs. the ESPN FPI top 40. One is Alabama. The other is Oklahoma St. And Pokes have shot at another in Bedlam— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) November 23, 2016Regardless of the order of the rankings, the Cowboys should arguably be receiving more credit for their 45-38 victory over Pittsburgh in September. The Panthers were just ranked No. 24 in the CFP Rankings, making Oklahoma State the only team in the Big 12 with a win over a ranked non-conference opponent.Fox Sports 1 broadcaster Tim Brando, who has called multiple Cowboy games this season, placed OSU at No. 7 in his own rankings on Twitter and cited the Pittsburgh game as a signature win on the Cowboys’ resume.Here’s my final regular season Top 10. 1) Alabama 2)Clemson 3)Ohio St. 4) Washington 5)Michigan 6)Wisconsin 7)Okla.St. 8)OU 9)PSU 10)Colo.— Tim Brando (@TimBrando) November 28, 2016