India’s top-order struggled against a fiery West Indies pace attack as the visitors were reduced to 44 for four at lunch on the first day of the second Test at the bouncy Kensington Oval in Bridgetown on Tuesday.West Indies pacers exploited the conditions well and took two cheap India wickets early on to reduce the visitors to eight for two after skipper Darren Sammy won the toss and elected to field.Admirable Ravi Rampaul wreaked havoc, picking up three wickets in his two spells for figures of 8-5-4-3 at the break.Opener Murali Vijay (11) and VVS Laxman weathered the storm after the early slump, adding 30 runs for the third wicket before the former was dismissed by Rampaul.A lot was expected from Virat Kohli (0) but the Delhi batsman lasted for just two balls before being sent back packing by Rampaul as India slumped further to 38-4.Laxman was batting on 23 and Suresh Raina (0) had just joined him at the crease.Runs were hard to come by for the visitors on a bouncy pitch against an occasionally hostile but always disciplined West Indian attack.Opener Abhinav Mukund could do little better than lob a catch off the handle of his bat against Rampaul in the second over of the morning.It’s the eighth straight innings that Rampaul has got an opener’s scalp in his first spell this season, discounting the two straightforward chances put down, including the costly miss of Rahul Dravid by skipper Darren Sammy in the first Test.– With PTI inputsadvertisement
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan attacker Barella: We proved our character at Barcelonaby Carlos Volcano23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan attacker Nicolò Barella says they can leave Barcelona with their heads held high.Inter lost their Champions League tie 2-1, despite taking a third minute lead through Lautaro Martinez. Barca eventually winning via a Luis Suarez brace.Barella said, “We came here to play, the Coach told us that, and we wanted to win. We tried to fight back after the equaliser and conceded at the other end.“It’s disappointing, but we have another big game coming up and will start to focus on that.“We proved our character and put in a strong performance, but it’s always disappointing when we leave with no points. We are Inter, we’ve got Conte on the bench, so we want to win every game.”
Advertisement Advertisement The film’s producer J. Miles Dale reveals why Toronto has become the helmer’s home base and what del Toro might be working on next.The Baltimore of 1962 is meticulously re-created in Guillermo del Toro’s multi-Oscar-nominated sci-fi romance, The Shape of Water. From an iconic, neon-lit diner to an ornate movie theater, the film revels in Americana from another age, making the fact that it was shot in and around Toronto all the more impressive. The film marks del Toro’s third collaboration with producer — and Toronto native J. Miles Dale and is the director’s fourth consecutive feature to be shot in Canada. Dale talked to THR about why the Mexican auteur now calls Toronto home and the Oscar odds for Shape of Water.Toronto hosted shoots for earlier Oscar best picture winners like Chicago and Spotlight. What’s different with The Shape of Water? LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures Facebook Advertisement With Chicago, there were no Canadian designers on that. And even Spotlight, it wasn’t a heavy design movie. On The Shape of Water, other than the cinematographer and a couple of special effects and makeup artists, every single person from the production and costume designers, the sound team, the editor — they’re all Canadian. It tells the world: “We can play with anybody now. Our top people are right up there. You don’t have to go anywhere else.”Does that mean you and del Toro will make all your future movies in Toronto?The script will always tell you what it needs to be. If you need to do something on a mountain, you can’t do that here. If you’re stranded in the Pacific, you can’t do that here. Twitter
Pep Guardiola believes that while a departure from Paris Saint-Germain this summer for Neymar is unlikely, he refused to rule it out as in football “everything is possible”The Brazilian star moved to PSG in a world record fee last summer for €220m, but has since been linked with a switch to Real Madrid amid reports that he is unhappy at the French capital.While acknowledging that a shock transfer to Madrid cannot be ruled out, Guardiola believes that it will not be easy for Neymar to just leave PSG.“Madrid? Yes, I’ve seen that, but I don’t know, I don’t know,” said the former Barcelona boss, according to Goal.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“I know that it’s not easy to leave PSG. Leaving PSG will not be easy because PSG are PSG, but in football, we know that everything’s possible.”However, Guardiola was able to deny the speculation linking Neymar with a surprise transfer to Manchester City.“Will he sign for Manchester City? I’m not going to PSG and he’s not coming to Manchester,” he said.Neymar was crowned Ligue 1 Player of the Year, despite missing a large part of the season, with the forward scoring 19 goals and contributing to 13 assists as PSG won the league title by 13 points from last year’s winners AS Monaco.
Former Australia international Mark Schwarzer believes that Mat Ryan will be a key player for the national side ahead of the World CupThe 26-year-old was an ever-present figure in goal for the newly promoted Brighton in last season’s Premier League as they secured a 15th place finish and crucially outside of the relegation zone.Under new coach Bert Van Marwijk, Ryan has become the undisputed number one for Australia and will be expected to line-up in goal once more for the Socceroos in their Group C opener against France.Schwarzer, who made 109 appearances in goal for Australia in 20 years and played in two World Cups, believes that Ryan and two other midfielders will play a key role for the national side.“First and foremost, Aaron Mooy is a big player for us,” Schwarzer told FourFourTwo.“It’s vital he is fit, and that he is recharged after a long hard season. Mile Jedinak is still a big player for us I think he is massive and whoever plays in goals which will be Maty Ryan.“He’s had a very good season the Premier League as has Brad Jones in Holland so those guys are going to play a vital part in the performance of the team, they always do, the spine of the side is always a key.”Paulo Dybala reveals a falling out with Jorge Sampaoli Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – July 12, 2019 After having a relatively good Copa America performance with Argentina, Paulo Dybala came out to reveal a fall out with Jorge Sampaoli.We’ve discussed how…Ryan fended off competition from Brighton’s new signing Netherlands international Tim Krul to hold on to his spot as the club’s first-choice goalkeeper, which Schwarzer praised him for.“The first five games in the English Premier league were really tough for him,” he said.“They were a steep learning curve as early on it didn’t really go to plan.“He’ll be the first to admit that he conceded goals where he should’ve done better and that some of them he should’ve saved.“But in the sixth game of the season where Brighton played Newcastle and there was a lot of talk of Matt not playing that game and being dropped, he ended up starting and played really well.“From that moment on he’s kicked on and he’s gotten better and better and he’s grown in confidence as the season went on.”Australia will also face Denmark and Peru in Group C of the World Cup.
The footballers were present at the Morandi bridge funeral, as the death toll rose to 41After the Morandi bridge tragedy in Italy, players from Genoa and Sampdoria attended the funeral.A bridge collapsed in Genoa this week, killing at least 41 people.This tragedy made Genoa and Sampdoria suspend their debuts in the 2018-2019 Serie A season.“The Liguria landmark Ponte Morandi collapsed amid a storm and possible lightning bolts, though the cause of the tragedy is still unclear,” wrote Football Italia.And the two clubs from the port city paid their respects to the victims.Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“Players from both clubs attended today’s funerals, along with Presidents Massimo Ferrero and Enrico Preziosi, Coaches Marco Giampaolo and Davide Ballardini,” reported Football Italia.Genoa captain, Domenico Criscito, passed over the bridge just 10 minutes before it fell.#Genova, siamo con te. ❤??#LegaSerieA pic.twitter.com/PX7sUZaSNE— Lega Serie A (@SerieA) August 14, 2018
VfB Stuttgart defender Benjamin Pavard has refuted claims that he has agreed on a deal to join Bayern Munich.Pavard was a World Cup winner with France in the summer. He seems set to remain with Stuttgart, insisting he is happy at the Bundesliga club.Pavard has been linked with several Premier League clubs like Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham, but he has now rubbished reports of his agreed deal to join Bayern.Match Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).“I did not sign anything at all (with Bayern). You are the journalists who say that I signed (for Bayern),” Pavard told L’Equipe, via Sky Sports.“I’m in Stuttgart, I’m fine there. My career plan was to stay one more season in Germany. I am in a very big German club, with fantastic fans. This club is a family, that’s what I need and that’s what I like about this club. I’m very good there.“It’s true that the World Cup came faster than expected, nobody expected it, not even me at the very beginning.”
Both teams will face off tonight in Matchday 8 of the 2018-2019 Spanish La Liga tournament but Abelardo Fernandez believes his team can do wellAlaves will host Real Madrid tonight in what many have said it could be the return of goals for Los Merengues.The Spanish La Liga team hasn’t scored in the last three matches, including two Spanish tournament games.But for Alaves boss Abelardo Fernandez, Los Blancos are not invincible.“They can’t play with more intensity than us,” the coach said as quoted by Football España.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“The beauty of being in the Primera is being able to enjoy matches like these, but it’s not a special game, it’s one more. We’ll prepare for this one like any other.”“Madrid didn’t play poorly in Moscow. It’s true that they’ve gone three games without scoring a goal, but they’re the third highest scorers in the League,” he added.“They need a period of adaptation under Julen Lopetegui, although they’ve improved in many areas, such as when applying pressure after losing the ball.”“They remain one of the best teams in the world. They’ll need to have a bad day and us a perfect day to be able to win,” he commented.“Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Atletico Madrid are above everyone else and it’ll be very difficult to take points off them when they find their best form.”