TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Monaco boss Henry targets reunion with Chelsea striker Batshuayiby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMonaco have joined the race to sign Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi.The Belgian’s loan with Valencia was cut short on Thursday.He scored just once in 15 appearances for Los Che, but that hasn’t stopped a number of teams expressing an interest in his services.Everton and Marseille have been linked, and L’Equipe claims that a reunion with his former Belgium coach Thierry Henry could eventuate for Batshuayi.Henry is working hard to revamp his squad for the second-half of the season and could use an experienced goalscorer like Batshuayi.
Twitter/@theACCDNMidway through the second half of Wednesday night’s 72-58 home win over Syracuse, the Louisville Cardinals were doing whatever they wanted on offense. The dominant display was heavily featured on SportsCenter this morning, where the Cardinals had three of the Top 10 plays of the day.First up, at No. 7, this beautiful behind-the-back assist by Chinanu Onuaku.Nanu droppin’ dimes. pic.twitter.com/7MFnoY0qRb— LouisvilleSportsLive (@LvilleSprtsLive) February 18, 2016Next, at No. 4, another Onuaku assist—this time to Jaylen Johnson for a powerful alley-oop.It’s like Louisville found a “if you make the other team cry they have to let you play in the tournament” loophole pic.twitter.com/m4kMWmXva4— Mike Rutherford (@CardChronicle) February 18, 2016And finally, Louisville took home the top play, with this ferocious alley-oop from Damion Lee to Donovan Mitchell.If you look close enough, you can see a smile on Donovan Mitchell’s face as he slams this one home for @GoCards!https://t.co/xlTSYEXZ08— ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) February 18, 2016That one was just mean. Mitchell liked it so much, he made it the header photo for his Twitter profile. It’s been a rough few weeks for the Cardinals. Last night’s big win had to be pretty cathartic.
Brazil star Marta set a record on Tuesday as she scored her 17th career Women’s World Cup goal. The goal came from the penalty spot 74 minutes into Tuesday’s group stage clash with Italy, which Brazil ended up winning 1-0 behind the Marta goal. Marta stepped up and smashed her spot-kick into the bottom right-hand corner, giving Brazil a lead they would never relinquish while making a bit of history in the process. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘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? Marta’s 17th goal was enough to lead her past German star Miroslav Klose, who scored 16 goals across four World Cups as a member of the German national team. 17 – Brazil’s Marta is now the outright top scorer in senior Fifa World Cup tournaments with 17 goals, overtaking German men’s player Miroslav Klose. Record. #FIFAWWC #BRA— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 18, 2019The 33-year-old forward, who is the only footballer to score at five different World Cup editions, has scored 112 total goals in 145 appearances for Brazil. Marta scored three times at her first World Cup, the 2003 edition, before firing seven times at the 2007 competition, winning the Golden Shoe and Golden Ball as Brazil fell to Germany in the tournament finale. She then scored four more times in the 2011 World Cup and once at the 2015 edition. With Tuesday’s goal, Marta has scored twice in this year’s tournament, having also scored in a 3-2 loss to Australia in the country’s second group stage match. Marta’s 17th finish puts even more space between her and Birgit Prinz and Abby Wambach on the women’s side, as both scored 14 goals during their international careers. The forward is a six-time FIFA World Player of the Year and has helped lead Brazil to two Olympic silver medals in addition to that 2007 World Cup runners-up spot. With the Brazil win on Tuesday, Marta and co. forced a three-way tie on six points in Group C with Italy, Australia and Brazil all level on points. Despite their loss on Tuesday, Italy tops the group thanks to their +5 goal differential with Australia and Brazil both at +3. Australia sealed second place, though, on goals-scored having fired eight goals compared to Brazil’s six in the group stage. As a result, Brazil’s knockout round opponent has yet to be decided while Australia will face Norway and Italy will face the third-place team from Group A or B.
Josh Sargent is hoping improved tactical understanding and a stronger body can lead to a “breakthrough” campaign with Werder Bremen this season.Sargent enjoyed a promising debut season for the Bundesliga club, breaking into the first-team in December and scoring a goal in his first appearance.But his promising start gave way to a lack of playing time in the second half of the year, with Sargent featuring just once in the Bundesliga after February. 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? That time on the bench was partially to blame for Sargent’s absence from the United States’ Gold Cup roster, which he has since admitted disappointed him but also has acted as motivation.And the 19-year-old now believes he has a better understanding of what is expected from Werder head coach Florian Kohfeldt, which puts him in a position to potentially have a breakout season.”I’m now more familiar with how the coach wants to play,” Sargent told Weser-Kurier (via Bundesliga.com).”The coach has sometimes told me after a good finish that you cannot teach it. I think I have a nose for goal in the box. “Scoring goals is my favorite pastime, it happens instinctively. That’s why playing as a center forward suits me best, but I play wherever the coach wants me to. “The main thing is that I have more playing time. I hope to make my breakthrough soon. If it happens in the new season, it would be great.” In addition to the mental and tactical aspects of the game, Sargent also has a better understanding than this time last year of what is required physically.He credits the club’s fitness team in helping him become stronger, but not hinder him going forward.”I feel really good right now, especially compared to my first year at Werder. I’ve learned a lot in this time, also about my body,” Sargent said.”I worked hard with Werder’s fitness coaches. It was about becoming stronger and stronger – but not too much; after all, I still want to be able to walk!”I am very happy here at Werder at the moment. Now it’s about getting more playing time. I’ll do anything for it because that’s my goal for the new season: more goals and more games.”Kohfeldt has previously indicated Sargent faces a tough battle for playing time with an impressive array of forwards at Werder’s disposal.Milot Rashica, Johannes Eggestein, Martin Harnik, Claudio Pizarro, Niclas Fullkrug and Luc Ihorst are all in the mix for playing time up front and Sargent knows that he could face an uphill battle to see the field.”There are again a lot of players in the squad for the same positions, I do not know if my chances have increased,” Sargent said. “I can only influence what I give and do. I work as hard as I can to convince the coach to let me play more often.”Among those options is the veteran Pizarro, who has said the upcoming season will be his last.And Sargent is grateful for the help the 40-year-old Peru international has provided him during his time.”Claudio is a great help on and off the pitch,” Sargent said. “He’s great at communicating with the whole team.”On the pitch, he helps me with tips on many little things. Passing, movement… he is also very important in terms of mentality.”
ORLANDO, FL – DECEMBER 2: A UCF Knights spirit team member waves the flag after a score in the third quarter of the ACC Championship against the Memphis Tigers at Spectrum Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)A freshman linebacker for UCF was arrested yesterday, according to reports. He is facing a charge of sexual battery.First-year player Demetreius Mayes, a Miami native, was arrested by campus police on Tuesday. The charge he faces stems from an alleged incident at an off-campus party on Saturday.According to the Orlando Sentinel, Mayes is accused of forcing himself on an unconscious woman.Police said Demetreius Mayes, 18, met the victim at an off-campus party Saturday. The victim described waking up later, undressed in a room on campus, while being penetrated by Mayes, according to an arrest affidavit.When the victim stood up to leave, the victim said Mayes blocked the door, according to the affidavit.Mayes apparently told police the victim consented to sex and stopped when the victim said “I can’t do this.”A former three-star recruit, Mayes has been suspended from team activities indefinitely, according to a statement from UCF head coach Josh Heupel.New: Statement from #UCF head coach Josh Heupel after the arrest of redshirt freshman linebacker Demetreius Mayes. pic.twitter.com/lDx5GuVihq— Jason Beede (@therealBeede) September 19, 2018Obviously, the accusation Mayes is facing doesn’t sound good. We’ll keep you posted though as more details emerge.No. 16 UCF is set to host FAU this weekend.
COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: Curtis Samuel #4 of the Ohio State Buckeyes rushes for the game-winning touchdown in overtime against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Ohio State lost to Purdue last week, and if we’re being honest, the Buckeyes haven’t really looked like a national title contender the past month. As a result, many college football analysts are wondering if this is finally the year that Michigan takes back control of their rivalry and wins the conference.One former Ohio State star isn’t buying it.Former Ohio State linebacker Darron Lee took to Twitter to acknowledge that while he knows the Buckeyes lost to Purdue, they won’t lose “The Game.” He says his boys are going to “ball” in that game.Ohio State and Michigan, per usual, will meet in the final game of the season.I don’t care if my Buckeyes lose one game. That’s OK! But THE GAME? Nah my boys gunna ball in that game. It’s precedent. That loss to Purdue got them lil boys up North talkin trash…history lately shows how this is gunna play out.— Darron Lee (@DLeeMG8) October 27, 2018Michigan, since dropping its opening contest to Notre Dame, has been on a roll. Last week, the Wolverines took down in-state rival Michigan State 21-7.But, Michigan still has some big games on its schedule – namely Penn State and Ohio State. If they want to win the Big Ten East, they’ll have to earn it.Michigan and Ohio State will do battle at The Horseshoe on November 24.
Coaches from around the SEC spoke anonymously to Athlon Sports about each program. When it came to their assessment of Alabama, it’s pretty evident that motivation will be a huge factor for 2019.From Athlon Sports:“Maybe the best thing for this year’s team was losing that national title game the way they did. They were outplayed, outcoached and got whipped on the lines. Now they’re going to reload with the best roster in the league, but Nick Saban has all the motivation he needs.”“This is another national championship team, and they have the benefit of building off of last year’s loss. They’ll come out angry and focused.”Another interesting comment from an SEC coach revolved around the turnover on the coaching staff. They thought an issue for Alabama was the lack of consistency from position coaches.We’ll find out soon enough if Alabama can bounce back from last season’s devastating finish. ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide walks on the field during warm ups prior to the game against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)College football is just around the corner, and once again, Alabama is considered one of the favorites. Nick Saban and his staff are looking to rebound from an embarrassing loss to Clemson in the national championship.For years, the Crimson Tide have dominated their opponents. Roles were reversed during the championship game, as the Tigers won by 28 points.With Saban back for revenge and Tua Tagovailoa under center for his junior season, Alabama is poised for another great year.Although losing in blowout fashion wasn’t ideal for the Crimson Tide, opposing coaches in the SEC believe it could be the best thing for them heading into next season.
GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 30: (L-R) Grant Haley #15, Nick Scott #4, head coach James Franklin, Marcus Allen #2 and Troy Apke #28 of the Penn State Nittany Lions walk out to field arm in arm before the start of the second half of the Playstation Fiesta Bowl against the Washington Huskies at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Nittany Lions defeated the Huskies 35-28. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Week 1 of the college football season is in the books, and several of the Power Five conferences came out of it pretty rough. Over in the Big Ten, we saw plenty of preseason questions finally get answered.ESPN just released its power rankings within all of the major conferences. In the Big Ten, there remains some pretty significant questions about who’s best, but one team certainly set the tone at the top.Despite speculation that the changes at head coach and quarterback would make things difficult for Ohio State, the king remains the king. The Buckeyes came in at No. 1 on the list after a sensational debut for Justin Fields.In the West, Nebraska had trouble against South Alabama while Wisconsin seemed like a force to be reckoned with on the road against USF. As a result, the Badgers got No. 2 while Nebraska was relegated to No. 7 behind Iowa. Here is the full Big Ten rankings, as published by ESPN:Ohio StateWisconsinMichiganPenn StateMichigan StateIowaNebraskaNorthwesternMarylandPurdueIllinoisMinnesotaIndianaRutgersIt seems pretty clear that the usual suspects in the Big Ten title race are all at the top. Meanwhile, Rutgers, Indiana, and Illinois are still at or near the bottom of the totem pole.But it does speak volumes about the respect shown for Purdue that the Boilermakers could lose to Nevada – the only Big Ten loss – and still be ranked higher than four other schools.You can view ESPN’s full conference power rankings here.
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 1: Quarterback Jalen Hurts #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners warms up before the game against the Houston Cougars at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2019 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Cougars 49-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)The Heisman Trophy picture has updated following the second full weekend of the 2019 college football season.A new quarterback appears to have entered the race. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow had a dominant performance at Texas on Saturday night. Burrow and the 2-0 Tigers are looking like serious College Football Playoff contenders. The former Ohio State QB should be a Heisman frontrunner, too.Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, meanwhile, continues to put up dominant stats leading the Sooners. Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence looked good in the Tigers’ big win over Texas A&M, too.College football analyst Barrett Sallee has released a new Heisman Trophy top five following Week 2. The college football writer for CBS Sports has Burrow leading the race:My Heisman top five right now:1. Joe Burrow2. Jalen Hurts3. Tua Tagovailoa4. Justin Fields5. Trevor LawrenceOutside looking in: Jonathan Taylor, Jake Fromm— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) September 8, 2019It’s tough to argue with that top five right now. No one has a better win than LSU and no one has a better individual performance on a big stage than Burrow in that contest.There’s a long way to go, though.The Heisman Trophy picture should change a lot between now and December.
Abhik Das New DelhiMay 8, 2019UPDATED: May 8, 2019 19:11 IST Yamaha MT-15 was launched in India on March 15, 2019, at a starting price of Rs 1.36 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).HIGHLIGHTSYamaha MT-15 in essence, is the R15 stripped off its fairing but the styling cues go deeper than that.MT-15’s powerplant is the same 155cc, 19.3bhp unit as in the R15 v3 but has been tuned to dish out power lower in the rev-range.The MT has its rider sitting upright with just a hint of forward lean while the rearset footpegs are spot on making for a sporty riding stance.The Yamaha YZF-R15 brought about a marked shift in the 150cc segment back in 2008 yet for long, many enthusiasts have also been asking for a naked version of the motorcycle. Well, let’s be honest, the FZ despite its positives simply didn’t match up to the R15’s performance. 2019 finally sees Yamaha launch the MT-15 and we sampled it at the Buddh International Circuit. Yamaha MT-15 in essence, is the R15 stripped off its fairing but the styling cues go deeper than that.The Yamaha MT-15 in essence, is the R15 stripped off its fairing but the styling cues go deeper than that. The seat for instance, is a single piece unit that doesn’t bear any resemblance to the R15’s. The tail end of the design is more in line with the MT 09 and MT 07. The fuel tank too isn’t a direct lift off the R15 and of course, the headlamp inspired by the Samurai, definitely bears semblance to the bigger MTs. Yamaha MT-15 gets a 155cc, liquid-cooled, 4-valve engine that is a free-revving and effortless performer.Styling though is far easier to change than the engine and its sub-components. Yamaha MT-15’s powerplant is the same 155cc, 19.3bhp unit as in the R15 v3 but has been tuned to dish out power lower in the rev-range. This becomes possible with revised ECU mapping and ignition timing. Samurai inspired DRLs and exposed projector underneath complements the aggressive overall design.The final drive ratio has also been altered with a 52 teeth rear sprocket compared to the 48 of the R15 for better acceleration and mid-range grunt. Yamaha didn’t stop at that and decided that the already sharp steering geometry of the Yamaha R15 had to be sharper still for the streetsadvertisement Box section swingarm replaces the aluminium unit on the R15 along with a larger rear sprocket.More stability has been afforded thanks to the 10mm increase in wheelbase and a box section swingarm too. The famed Deltabox frame remains as do most of the cycle parts from the v3 R15. LCD display, borrowed from Yamaha R15, has similar levels of information display besides looking great.All this means that Yamaha MT15 is just as able in its handling and a few laps around the north section of the BIC proved that. The BIC being a Formula 1 track is obviously very fast for a 155cc motorcycle, so much so that we never hit the sixth cog. Nevertheless, using the engine’s top-end power in fourth and fifth displayed the changes brought about by the modifications. The revs rise strong from the get go and the MT accelerates a little harder than the R15 but the power tapers off sooner, nearing 9,000rpm and higher. This is where the R15 still feels stronger while the MT feels a little lack lustre despite the variable valve actuation. The MT’s intentions are clear in this respect. While the R15 feels at home on a track, the MT will suit the streets.While the R15 feels at home on a track, the MT will suit the streets, where its sharper dynamics will shine through aided by quick bursts of acceleration that it’s more adept at than its sibling. Turn in is quick, sharp and surefooted while the MRFs offer a good amount of grip. The smooth surface of the BIC doesn’t say much about the suspension when considering road use but on track, the firmness and supple damping was perfectly suited for sport riding. Single seat on Yamaha MT-15 seems spacious but doesn’t allow for much movement.The ergonomics is another stand out difference. The MT has its rider sitting upright with just a hint of forward lean while the rearset footpegs are spot on making for a sporty riding stance. Although, the rider’s triangle doesn’t allow for much movement in the saddle.VerdictThe MT-15 makes its street focused dynamics clear but a true picture of the MT-15’s capabilities shall be revealed when we ride it on public roads. Meanwhile, the question to be answered is the number of people willing to put their money on the MT and its popularity against the FZ16 and the FZ25. The steep pricing might be its only shortcoming as Rs 3,000 separates it on either side of the FZ25 and R15. A fully-faired motorcycle is still a clear choice for many while a bigger engine is always more enticing.ALSO READ | Hero XPulse 200: First ride reviewALSO READ | Hero XPulse 200T: First ride reviewALSO READ | Cristiano Ronaldo is not the owner of Bugatti La Voiture NoireadvertisementGet 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 Yamaha MT15Follow MT-15Follow Yamaha R15Follow Yamaha MT-15 launchFollow MT15 first drive Next Yamaha MT-15: First ride reviewYamaha MT-15 brings the dark side of Japan to India with the revered R15 hiding underneath. So Yamaha’s newest streetfighter promises a lot more for the streets than its track-focused sibling.advertisement