Steve Smith wins top position in official test battle ranking before returning Old Trafford Ashes
- Steve Smith from Australia has returned to the top of the world batting ranking
- The 30-year-old has replaced Indian Virat Kohli at the top of the list
- Smith has re-entered Australia & # 39; s team to play England in the fourth Ashes test
- The former captain made 378 runs in the first two tests of the series
Steve Smith has regained the world's top position batting ranking after his performances in the current Ashes series.
Former Australian Captain Smith, 30, has replaced India & # 39; s Virat Kohli as number one in the International Cricket Council batting list announced Tuesday.
Smith has a chance to strengthen his place at the top in the fourth Ashes Test, which starts in Old Trafford on Wednesday.
First test at Edgbaston: 144 & 142
Second test at Lord: 92 & retired
Third test in Headingley: Wounded
India-skipper Kohli dropped to number two in the rankings after his first-ball duck during his 257 run victory on his part against the West Indies in the second test in Jamaica.
Smith, who returns to Australia's spearhead in Old Trafford after missing the third test in Headingley because of the consequences of a concussion, made for centuries in the first test and 92 in the second.
He had completed the third defeat of the Ashes Test at Headingley after suffering a concussion when he was struck by a vicious bouncer from Jofra Archer at Lord & # 39; s.
Smith first climbed the top of the ICC batting rankings in December 2015 and stayed there until August 2018 when he was passed by Kohli during his 12-month cricket ban for his role in the Newlands ball-tampering scandal.
On his return to Test cricket last month, the righthander made 144 in his first innings against England in the first Test in Edgbaston and 142 in his second.
REVEALED: Tyson Fury DOMINATE Deontay Wilder on official scorecards with Bronze Bomber winning only one round over all three judges
Fury would win the fight when the corner of the Bronze Bomber threw in the towel in the middle of the seventh round, but the 31-year-old was already on his way to victory by points.
Wilder was sent to the canvas a number of times when Fury overwhelmed the American.
And the official score cards of the judges reflect the fact that the Brit was always at the top of the meeting.
Judges Dave Moretti and Steve Weisfeld both gave Fury the points in all six of the completed
Glenn Feldman was the only one who gave Wilder a round – him the second round with a score of 10- 9.
There was concern that US judges overseeing the contest could limit Fury's ability to win on points, but that was clearly not the case.
Moretti, Weisfeld and Feldman were chosen by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, with a different composition than the Canadian, Mexican and British experts who assessed the draw in 2018.
Fury had deducted a point in the fifth round by referee Kenny Bayless still emerged as the emphatic winner in that round.
The statistics supported judges' observations when Fury threw 82 punches at Wilder & # 39; s 34.
He also landed more and hit 30.7. percent to Wilder & # 39; s 24.1 percent.
PSG President Nasser al Khelaifi RESOLVED in connection with bribing former FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke
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REVEALED: Adidas' official match ball from the Champions League knockout stages becomes the & # 39; Istanbul 20 & # 39; and has a hand-drawn MAP of the host city that will organize the final
- ] Adidas & # 39; s new ball for the Champions League is used in the knockout phase
- It will be used in every match in the run-up to the final at the Ataturk Stadium
- Paris Saint-Germain players trained with the ball on Monday evening in Dortmund
- Ball & # 39; s design features famous Istanbul features such as Bosphorus
The road to the Champions League final in Istanbul is becoming increasingly clear, but in case some teams get lost, it may be worth watching the ball.
Not only from a sports point of view, but also from a logistics point of view. UEFA has unveiled a unique matchball design that will be used in the final of the year.
The ball is the & # 39; Istanbul 20 & # 39; mentioned, of course, the year and location of the final, and it has a hand map of the historic Turkish city where the event will take place on May 30 at the Ataturk Stadium.
The ball made by adidas will not only be used for the occasion, as it will also occur with every hit -out match on the way to the final starting with the last 16 games of Tuesday-evening between Atletico Madrid and Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund against Paris Saint-Germain.
However, the players have already got a feel for the new ball with PSG training at the Westfalen Stadium in Dortmund on Monday.
Kylian Mbappe and Neymar were among the stars who received their first few touches, because they hope to guide the French champions to a first leg advantage in Germany.
Regarding the balls finer details UEFA claims that it emphasizes the deep cul of Istanbul art, the white stars are placed in contrast with a hand-printed map of the city.
The Bosphorus, a natural waterway that flows through the city, is in the center of the ball. The striking purple color palette is inspired by the setting sun over the river from east to west.
The ball is equipped with the latest Adidas technology that they claim will help stars at their best.
Textured coating provides secure grip and complete control, while the thermally bonded star panels provide a seamless surface for improved first touch.
Optimism flourishes again among Six Nations head coaches and captains when they attended the official launch of this upcoming championship.
] Despite the fact that the Rugby World Cup 2019 is still fresh in memory, it is a new era with second place in England, the only party that has not changed their head coach or captain.
February 2: France versus England (3:00 PM – Stade de France)
8 February : Scotland versus England (4:45 pm – Murrayfield)
23 February : England versus Ireland (3:00 pm – Twickenham)
March 7 : England vs Wales (2:15 pm – Twickenham)
March 1945 : Italy vs England (4:45 pm – Stadio Olimpico)
Wales, last six Six Nations winners, Wayne Pivac take the lead after the departure of the legendary head coach Wa Gatland is at the helm after 12 years.
Despite winning the Grand Slam last year, Wales are the third bookmakers' favorites to defend their title behind England (the favorites) and Ireland. Pivac is not impressed by the perception of his team.
& # 39; We had a brief conversation as a team around defending this trophy, & # 39; he said. & # 39; We are a new management group, we have new players. Yes, there are a number of players here who have won it, but we want to go out like another party and win this year. We are no different than other parties.
& # 39; We certainly do not see ourselves as defensive. We have to go outside, win it and play a good rugby on the way. That is the line we follow with the boys. & # 39;
Elsewhere, Scotland have a new captain with Exeter full-back Stuart Hogg to replace the retired Greig Laidlaw.
Meanwhile, the new leadership on and off the field for the remaining nations with Charle's Ollivon (France), Johnny Sexton (Ireland) and Luca Bigi (Italy) is the newly installed captains. They will implement the philosophies of their new head coaches in Fabien Galthie (France), Andy Farrell (Ireland) and Franco Smith (Italy).
The tournament starts in less than fourteen days with Wales hosting Italy at the Principality Stadium in the curtain enhancer on February 1, before Ireland is played against Scotland at Aviva Stadium later that afternoon. On February 2, France organizes host country England at the Stade de France in & # 39; Le Crunch & # 39 ;.
England & # 39; s preparations for the tournament are enveloped by the controversy surrounding their leading club of the past decade in Saracens.
The shame Premier ship Rugby champions are relegated at the end of the season after they have already received a deduction of 35 points and a £ 5.4 million fine after breaking the salary limit regulation – as first revealed by Sportsmail.
Seven Saracens players have been selected in the Eddie Jones team in England because they want to focus on international affairs. But with their club futures uncertain, the French captain Ollivon has warned them of every possible motive to play in the most lucrative France.
Due to the foreign policy of the RFU and Ollivon, these players would not be eligible for England. says they would have to do their research properly if they wanted to cross the English channel.
He said: & # 39; I am aware of the Saracens issue, but I would not have specific piece advice for them.
& I have spoken to Owen Farrell before, but moving to France is a decision that you have to make yourself. It is a decision about your lifestyle and career.
& # 39; I'm not sure if they have enough information about the French league (Top 14), because you have to keep that in addition to the Heineken Champions Cup. & # 39;
It is not only the English contingent that has been hit by the Saracens scandal with Scotland wing Sean Maitland, another who has to think about his future.
& # 39; It's a surprise, it hasn't happened in England before so it's a huge change, & # 39; Scotland Head Coach Townsend reflected. & # 39; Sean and Duncan Taylor [the latter another Scottish Saracen but who is omitted from the Six Nations squad] have faced serious challenges in recent weeks.
& # 39; Who knows if the Six Nations will be a welcome diversion for those affected – especially in England. By going through certain setbacks, they can become stronger or vice versa. & # 39;
Liverpool takes pleasure in Jose Mourinho's defensive tactics in the official match day program after the victory of Tottenham
- Liverpool's official match day program recaptured their victory over Tottenham
- In anticipation of their match with Manchester United, the club made a humorous jibe
- Jose Mourinho & # 39; s heavy defensive tactics were subtly mentioned by the Reds
- Liverpool now tops the Premier League with a margin of 16 points with a game in hand
After getting better from Mourinho and his Tottenham side in the north London the official matchday program of Liverpool, could not resist the possibility of a subtle joke at the expense of their old enemy.
Jurgen Klopp & # 39; s Reds have recently overcome the men of Mourinho by a slender 1- 0 score line, and were subject to certain defensive tactics that have apparently become a trademark of the Portuguese.
Liverpool made a summary of their home game with Manchester United on Sunday and recorded the key moments in the game before the teams were listed.
Making a playful jibe, the reds mentioned the Mourinho formation as a 4-6-0 line-up, reflecting the lack of striking presence of Spurs in the draw.
With Talisman Harry Kane wounded, Mourinho chose to go his way with all the men behind the ball, relying on the counterattacks of Lucas Moura and Son Heung-Min as the only outlet.
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Liverpool then won the game thanks to a sublime strike in the first half by Roberto Firmino, keeping their unbeaten run intact.
After photos of the program were taken and uploaded to social media, fans were quick to praise the subtle nature of the cheek.
& # 39; This man deserves a pay raise & # 39 ;, one fan wrote, because others suggested that the formation was more like & # 39; 6-4-0. & # 39;
Liverpool followed their victory in North London by returning to Anfield and defeating bitter rivals Manchester United to push themselves further into the open in the title race.
With Manchester City and Leicester in third place, each dropping point, Klopp & # 39; s side opened an opening of 16 points at the top with a game-in-hand still to play.
Liverpool returns to action on Thursday evening when they travel to Molineux to face Nuno Santo & # 39; s Wolves.
The Reds will then play their hand in the hand against West Ham United on Wednesday, January 29.
Exeter receives £ 350,000 in cash boost from Saracens' salary fine and decides to donate it to their official charity
- Exeter has revealed that they have received £ 350,000 from Premiership Rugby
- It is their division of Saracens just fine that Sportsmail reported to be shared equally
- Exeter has decided to donate their share to the Exeter Chiefs Foundation
- The donation brings the official fundraising of the charity to almost £ 2 million
Exeter has been recognized for a share of £ 350,000 following on the £ 5.36 million fine imposed on Gallagher Premiership rivals Saracens for violating salary limit regulations.
Premiership Rugby has so far not been commented on reports that the fine should be distributed and paid to the other 12 Premiership shareholder clubs, after Sportsmail reported that the fine paid would be distributed over the sides of the topflight.
But Exeter says that their portion of the cake will be donated to the Exeter Chiefs Foundation, the club's official charity.
In a statement, Exeter said: & # 39; The Exeter Chiefs Foundation, the club's official charity, is benefiting the amount of £ 350,000 today.
& # 39; The six-figure sum was donated to the Foundation by the club's board of directors, who unanimously voted to hand over the part of the money that was given to the other 12 Gallagher Premiership clubs, including the Chiefs, was provided after the fine imposed on Saracens after he was found guilty of violating the strict salary limits of the competition.
& # 39; In November, Saracens were docked with 35 league points and were fined £ 5.3 million by an independent assessment panel after they & # 39; no payments to players in any of the seasons 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 & # 39; and & # 39; exceeded the ceiling for payments to seniors in each of the three seasons & # 39 ;.
And Exeter chairman and CEO Tony Rowe added: & # 39; After the unexpected sum of £ 350,000 being awarded to the club , the board of directors has unanimously decided that this money goes directly to the charity of the club, the Exeter Chiefs Foundation.
& # 39; Because this amount was not budgeted and we look at our own future predictions, we do not feel that we should include this amount in the rugby club.
& # 39; Considering where it comes from, the sign found that the law should go right into the Fo undation & # 39; s funds, which will benefit enormously and will use the money to support a large number of good to help goals and organizations in our local community. & # 39;
The £ 350,000 award to the Foundation will bring the official fundraising of the charity to nearly £ 2 million. , and will be allocated to a wide range of charities and organizations that apply for project grants.
Saracens, who beat Exeter in two Premiership finals in the past three seasons, currently have 18 points at the bottom of the competition.
Ben Stokes rises to career-high 13th in official test battle ranking after Ashes heroic deeds at Headingley
The epic version of Ben Stokes in the wonderful one England's wicket win over Australia at Headingley has given him career high 13th in the official test batting rankings.
Stokes, whose undefeated 135 denied Australians the opportunity to keep urn with two games in their hand, has risen to 693 rating points, making him 13 places and higher than his previous best position of 19.
The 28-year-old – whose eight sixes set a new record for most in the last innings in Leeds. batsmen in a test match without another player – is also in second place in the all-rounder of the International Cricket Council behind Captain Jason Holder in the West Indies
Ben Stokes & # 39; Ashes heroics saw him rise to a career 13th in the official test battle ranking
The previous best position of the vice-captain of England was third, but his amazing efforts to close the chase with 359 runs – a new record for England – plus four wickets in the match put him 22 points behind Holder.
Jofra A rcher, who entered the rankings at 83 after an impressive Lord & # 39; s debut earlier this month, hurled another 40 spots to number 43 among the Test bowlers after taking eight wickets – including six for 45 on the first day
Meanwhile, Captain Joe Root is also upwards mobile in England, from ninth to seventh in the face cards after a second inning 77 on his home field Headingley.
- Real Madrid and Barcelona played aimlessly in El Clasico on Wednesday
- After the competition they published their grievances on the official website of the club
Real Madrid were broadcast their Clasico- complaints about the referee and VAR on the official website of the club
The Spanish side took the surprising step of criticizing Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez in the & # 39; news & # 39; section of the site and made undo mistakes they thought the referee had made.
The main focus of Real & # 39; s complaint was that Rafael Varane made two mistakes that, in their opinion, should have been sanctioned. One of the sources Clement Lenglet on Rafael Varane "class =" blkBorder img-share "/> |
Los Blancos felt hurt by a number of decisions against them
A statement on the website of the club read: & # 39; Rafael Varane stood by Lenglet and two minutes later he had his shirt pulled by Ivan Rakitic.
& # 39; Varane was involved in two controversial moments at El Clásico in Camp Nou. The Frenchman could have had two penalties in the first half, but Hernandez Hernandez did not give either.
& # 39; At minute 17, the madridista went to a corner before Lenglet was on his thigh in the area, but neither the referee nor VAR (where Burgos Bengoetxea was in charge) considered it a punishment.
& # 39; Two minutes later and after another corner, the central defender let his shirt be pulled by Ivan Rakitic, who saw him land on the ground in the penalty area. But again, neither the referee nor the VAR system has decided to award the penalty. & # 39;
Despite the unusual decision to place such a public criticism on the referee, photographs of both incidents suggest that they may have reason for their dismay.
Lenglet made clear contact with Varane's thigh and the Real back center had studs on his leg of the challenge.
Referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez waved away protests from the real players
And above the article on the websi stands a Rakitic screen gripper holding the Varane shirt while fighting for a corner.
The AS newspaper from Madrid was headed: & # 39; White Tsunami but no targets and no VAR & # 39; together with a photo of the Lenglet incident.
Eventually Hernandez waved away protests and the Classic ended for the first time in 17 years with 0-0. Barcelona remains top of LaLiga but only on goal difference.
New Kick It Out chairman Sanjay Bhandari explained his hopes for football after his official unveiling.
Bhandari was appointed in September to replace the long-term chairman and founder of the anti-discrimination organization, Lord Herman Ouseley, who resigned in December.
Speaking for the first time since he became the first new president of KIO, with Lord Ouseley in office since charity formation in 1993, Bhandari said: & I want to see a game where: a black player can play in any stadium and trust that he will not be abused.
& # 39; A professional player can take his same-sex partner to an end of the season club award ceremony without headlines because it is not "news".
& # 39; Supporters wearing a hijab, keppel or turban can attend a competition without receiving glances or abuse.
& # 39; Disabled supporters have access to every stadium in the country and also have regular opportunities to play the game
& # 39; A young girl who wants to become a professional football player, manager or referee has the same chance to realize that dream like her brother.
& # 39; The boardroom is just as diverse as the city or city. that the club represents.
& # 39; Aspiring coaches from Asia, Asia and minorities are convinced that they will get the same opportunities as their white counterparts
& # 39; Eventually I hope for to see at a very personal level something I have been waiting for all my life: an Asian heritage footballer playing for the English men's team. Hamza Choudhury – 3 million of us all have carrots for you! & # 39;
Bhandari, a lawyer and equality expert who was previously a member of the Standard Equality Independent Panel of the Premier League, has taken over for KIO at a critical moment
The Premier League has own initiative & # 39; No room for racism & # 39; launched, some of which frighten the work of the KIO.
Meanwhile, an independent QC-led investigation into the culture and governance of KIO shone the spotlight on the organization. The findings were only shared with the Charity Commission.
Bhandari has vowed to conduct his own three-month evaluation in an effort to make KIO a more effective organ.
During what he describes as & # 39; a three-month listening visit & # 39; Bhandari hopes to hold more than 150 meetings at the end of January.
He said in his revealing speech: & # 39; What can we deliver? What can we support? What does the football community need from Kick It Out?
& I will personally lead a strategic overview to determine the answers to those questions. All employees and managers of Kick It Out will be involved in that assessment.
& # 39; But we will not only find those answers from within. We have to look outside.
I will reach the entire football community: the FA, Premier League, the EFL, PFA, the LMA, the FSA, clubs from all competitions, non-competitions, grassroots, charities, business partners , fans, players, club seats, CEO & # 39; s, boards, diversity leaders, coaches, stewards, academics, club charities, journalists. You are all experts and you all have an opinion. I want to hear them.
& # 39; That also applies to people who are critical about Kick It Out. I will learn as much from our most fervent critics as from our most loyal proponents.
& # 39; When it comes to solutions for the current increase in discrimination: I don't have an immediate answer. This is a social problem, not just a football problem.
& # 39; But football has a unique ability to influence social attitudes and can bring about positive social change. What I believe is for football, the answers will lie in working together and diving in the detail where the devil lives. & # 39;
He added: & # 39; I have no vision whatsoever about the future of Kick It Out. I see many fantastic opportunities and alternatives, but we will be guided by what the football community needs. & # 39;