From a groundsman at the Adelaide Oval to becoming arguably the best off-spinner of the current generation, Nathan Lyon’s journey has been remarkable. Lyon added another chapter to his remarkable career when he spun Australia to a famous win over England in the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston.Shouldering the burden of picking up wickets on a wearing Edgbaston track on the final day of the Ashes Test, Lyon delivered as he ran through the hosts’ batting order as Australia bundled England out for 146 in the final innings and clinched a 251-run win.Lyon hurt England with wickets of Jason Roy, Joe Denly, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes before cleaning up their tail with wickets of Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad as Australia completed the rout on Day 5.The Lyon KingEven as congratulatory messages are pouring in for Nathan Lyon, Big Bash League franchise Sydney Sixers came up with a meme that is winning hearts on social media.Sydney Sixers have reimagined Rafiki holding Simba from Disney’s iconic Lion King with Nathan Lyon. The meme has now become a viral video.6/49 and 350 Test wickets for the Lyon King @NathLyon421 as the Aussies took a 1-0 series lead in the #Ashes overnight!Well played, mate! #smashemsixers pic.twitter.com/S1cSBPPkWVSydney Sixers (@SixersBBL) August 6, 2019Lyon on Monday also become only the fourth Australian bowler to pick up 350 wickets in Tests. The off-spinner is just 6 wickets away from going past Australia’s pace great Dennis Lillee (355 wickets). Shane Warne leads the list with 708 scalps while Glenn McGrath is second with 5643 wickets.advertisementAustralia captain Tim Paine heaped rich praise on Nathan Lyon after the team breached the Edgbaston fortress after 18 years. Notably, it was Australia’s first win in a Test match in Edgabston since 2001.”He [Lyon] is a bit the same as Smith – every Test or series they seem to get better, which is astonishing at their age,” Paine said.”If you come and see them train you’ll see that while they keep getting better, they’re a great example for our group.”There’s still four tests to go. We’re here to win the Ashes, not just one Test.”Also Read | Ashes 2019: England pacer James Anderson ruled out of 2nd Test vs Australia with calf injuryAlso Read | ICC Test rankings: Steve Smith replaces Cheteshwar Pujara at No.3 after Edgbaston heroicsAlso See:
The Australian Mens Open team have sealed a thrilling 2-1 series victory over New Zealand after winning game three 5-4 in a drop off.The conditions somewhat improved for the commencement of the final game of the series and Jordan Marshall-King made the most of the better-quality surface to cut the defence apart to find Shaun Francis for the opener.Francis was at it again five minutes later this time in defence to deny the Kiwis right on the line after the hosts took an intercept and ran the length of the field. The Aussies recovered and again turned the Kiwis away.The Australians couldn’t convert a tough chance at the other end of the field when a tap back inside from James Shute couldn’t quite make it into the hands of Marshall-King who was certain to score. The Kiwis took full advantage levelling it up at 1 all through Raiki Willison.The scoring was free-flowing for remainder of the first half with Rob Nakhla’s try matched by another one from the Kiwis. When Hennessey and Marshall-King both scored for the Aussies the hosts found themselves two clear but a third to the Touch Blacks this time through Maurice Stone sent the teams into half time with a 4-3 scoreline.Conditions worsened after the break and whilst the scoring dried up the display of desperation from both sides was evident for all to see.Sean Law scored to level it back up at 4 all and the defensive effort from the Australians in the final minutes turned the Kiwis away time and time again to send it into a drop off to decide the Mens series.With the match in the balance and the Aussies pressing the Kiwis line the ball made its way into the hands of Dylan Hennessey who found an unmarked Scott Bundy for the match and series winning try.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Matthijs de Ligt admits confidence knocked at Juventusby Carlos Volcano10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMatthijs de Ligt admits his confidence has taken a hit since leaving Ajax for Juventus.The defender, 20, has had a slow start to his Juve career.”I’m still not at my best, I know that,” he said after Netherlands’ 2-1 win in Belarus yesterday.“The more I play, the more I’ll get there. What I can do is keep working hard, doing my best and learning from my teammates.“At Ajax I felt a sense of invincibility. Now I feel less so, but it’s natural. I have a little less confidence than I did last season.“I’m at a new club, with a new style of play and new teammates. For me, it’s all new. It’s less familiar than at Ajax, but I’m getting better and better.”
Leonard Fournette SquatWe’ve already covered here how much of a beast LSU running back Leonard Fournette is. He’s an incredible talent on the field and by the looks of things, a hard worker off of it.Today, Fournette posted a video on Twitter showing him squatting 400 pounds with ease. I had to take a lost so I could cherish this ish @1future 400 easy @LSUfball pic.twitter.com/C1MaFU2SEL— 7⃣ (@_fournette) February 16, 2016That weight is nothing for him. SEC defenders beware.
The Ohio State men’s hockey team continued its recent high-flying offensive performances and collected maximum points against a team equally as potent on offense, No. 6 Michigan. The Buckeyes won 7-4 on Friday at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and followed that up with a 6-5 overtime victory at Nationwide Arena in downtown Columbus on Sunday afternoon.The first period of Friday’s match was a wild one, with five goals scored in total over the opening 20 minutes. The Wolverines got on the board first, courtesy of a power-play goal from junior forward J.T. Compher. Less than five minutes later, Michigan (20-6-5, 10-4-3) doubled its lead from a shot by junior forward Alex Kile off a counter attack.However, the Buckeyes (11-17-3, 6-8-3) were not fazed by the early two-goal deficit. In a span of 10 minutes, the Scarlet and Gray notched three goals to grab the lead.Freshman forward Dakota Joshua would strike first just after the halfway point of the opening period. Junior defenseman Josh Healey’s shot from beyond the blue line then found its way past senior goaltender Steve Racine to bring the score to even. Then with less than a minute remaining in the period, a shot from freshman forward Mason Jobst took a rebound and fell to the feet of freshman forward John Wiitala, who promptly slotted the puck behind Racine.The momentum was clearly on the Buckeyes’ side, and it became just as apparent that they took full advantage of it.Sophomore forward Kevin Miller collected a pass from freshman defenseman Sasha Larocque and fired past Racine to double the Buckeyes’ lead. Just 22 seconds later, freshman forward Brendon Kearney converted to put OSU up 5-2. This prompted Michigan coach Red Berenson to make a change between the pipes, sending junior netminder Zach Nagelvoort into the fray for the Wolverines.Yet it didn’t make much of a difference, as junior defenseman Drew Brevig took advantage of a shorthanded Michigan side and fired from long range past Nagelvoort for the Buckeyes’ sixth unanswered goal.The Wolverines showed some fight in the third period with the hefty deficit. Sophomore forward Tony Calderone scored twice, giving a glimmer of hope for a potential comeback. However, freshman forward Freddy Gerard would put the final nail in the coffin with an empty-net goal with less than two minutes remaining in the contest. Despite having Saturday off, the Buckeyes appeared to pick up right where they left off when they entered Nationwide Arena on Sunday. OSU coach Steve Rohlik said it didn’t surprise him that both of the contests were high scoring. “It’s almost the way our two teams match up against one another, to be honest with you,” Rohlik said. “I don’t even know what the total goals are, but it’s off the charts in the four games, that’s for sure.“Every time you play (Michigan), at the end of the day you’ve probably got to score five goals to win.” Joshua would put one past Racine to kick off the Buckeyes’ scoring once again. Kearney then doubled the Scarlet and Gray’s lead with a little over three minutes remaining in the period. Just 25 seconds later, junior forward and co-captain Nick Schilkey would grab his 18th goal of the season and put OSU up 3-0.“It’s nice to know that the bounces are coming my way and coming the way of my line. We’ve been playing well,” Schilkey said. “There’s a few lines that have been putting the puck in the net. It’s kind of nice to get those bounces at this time and we just got to keep that going for sure.”Sophomore defenseman and Columbus Blue Jackets draft pick Zach Werenski’s power-play goal put the Wolverines on the board in the second period. Jobst would then restore the Buckeyes three-goal advantage after his shot managed to trickle underneath both a Michigan defenseman and the goaltender Racine. Senior defenseman and co-captain Craig Dalrymple went on to make it 5-1 with a long-range shot that went over Racine’s glove. Michigan would get back into the contest with two goals in the final minute of the second period. In just 24 seconds, sophomore forwards Cutler Martin and Calderone found the net for the Wolverines, setting up a competitive final period. “Stuff happens. Next thing you know, we give up the goal, didn’t get a penalty, they score on a power play, its 5-3. This team could score just like that,” Rohlik said. “They made it 5-3, and that two-goal lead going into the third, it’s never comfortable.”Werenski’s second goal of the day cut the Buckeyes’ lead to just one with over nine minutes left in the game. Michigan then tied it up with less than five minutes remaining, courtesy of freshman forward Cooper Marody.After three minutes of four-on-four overtime hockey, Schilkey collected a loose puck off a shot from Brevig on the rush and slotted it home, ending the contest 6-5. “Puck just got thrown out of our end. It kind of bounced off their stick weird. I was going the other way and couldn’t really get it to settle down. There I knew they were coming back on me. First chance I could I just ripped it,” Schilkey said on his winning goal. “Next thing I know I’m coming around the net and I see the goalie coming out after (the puck). It was a foot race, and I think I got him.”The Buckeyes’ regular season is set to finish next weekend at Michigan State. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7:05 p.m. on Friday and Saturday in East Lansing, Michigan. OSU freshman forward Mason Jobst (26) and a Michigan player shove each other during a game on March 6 at Nationwide Arena. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo Editor
The No. 18 Ohio State field hockey team left State College, Pa. posting a 2-0 shutout against the No. 8 Penn State Nittany Lions Saturday. By knocking off a top 10 opponent, the Buckeyes (10-7, 3-2) are now tied for second place in the conference standings heading into the final week of the regular season. Junior forward Berta Queralt scored the first goal of the match to get the Scarlet and Gray off to a quick start. The Buckeyes added a goal in the 52nd minute from senior back Jenn Sciullu, but Queralt’s goal was all the Buckeyes would need. With the win, OSU now has a 5-1 record on the road. “It was really important to get this win on the road coming off of two conference losses,” senior goalie Ally Tunitis said. “We knew what we were going up against. We played our hardest.” The Buckeyes quick start came when Queralt notched the first goal at the 10:33 mark off of a penalty corner. Sciulli assisted on the goal. The rest of the first half remained scoreless as the stout OSU defense was faced with pressure by the Penn State attack, Tunitis helped the Buckeyes escape with the lead. Tunitis notched her third shutout of the season and is now third on the OSU all-time shutout list with 13. “It felt really good,” Tunitis said. “It’s always really good to have no goal scorers, as it makes it that much sweeter. It is a confidence booster.” In the second half, Sciulli notched the second goal of the match at the 52-minute mark on a penalty corner. The defensive back now has a career-high 14 points on the season. The senior back has been known for her defensive talent, but her offensive play was what set up the Buckeyes for a win. “I would be scared if I was playing against us and saw me running full speed setting up for a shot,” Sciulli said. “It was a big play for us.” The Buckeyes defense protected the two-goal lead despite Penn State’s numerous opportunities in the final minutes. Tunitis finished the game with six saves. “Our defense was unstoppable today,” Sciulli said. “We had one goal in mind and that was to keep the ball out of the cage.” The win sends OSU into its regular season finale against Northwestern on Friday in Evanston, Ill., at 4 p.m. on a high note. Big Ten Tournament play begins Nov. 3., in State College, Pa.
CINCINNATI – The new-and-improved version of Braxton Miller has been on display inside the concrete walls of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center for roughly the past month and a half. With a recently dyed, bleach blond hairdo, the junior quarterback has impressed his coaches, his teammates, media members and others with his progression this March and April at the Buckeyes’ training facility. Miller’s passing has been more precise, footwork more efficient and decision-making more to coach Urban Meyer’s liking during Ohio State’s 15 spring practices. On a bigger stage Saturday, Miller showcased his enhanced array of talents to a few thousand more people, leading his Scarlet squad to a 31-14 win against the Gray team in the Spring Game at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati in front of a crowd of 37,643. The Huber Heights, Ohio, native finished the 2013 edition of the annual intra-squad scrimmage, moved from the homely confines of Ohio Stadium due to construction, with 217 yards passing on 16-of-25 attempts and two touchdowns. Miller’s stat line isn’t overly impressive. It pales in comparison to the numbers the then-sophomore put up in 2012, when the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder electrified OSU crowds on his way to breaking the Buckeyes’ record for total yards in a season. Wearing a black, no-contact jersey, Miller’s normally thrilling style of play highlighted by long scrambles that routinely ended past the goal line was hindered Saturday. So Miller had to rely on what he’s been working on all offseason: his fundamentals. Nearly all of the dual-threat quarterback’s throws came inside the pocket on a three- or five-step drop, as Miller is trying to better both his throwing technique and his footwork. “(It was) pretty good. I still have some things to work on and I made some mistakes,” Miller said. The 20-year-old is still far from a finished product, and he’ll be the first to downplay any recognition or praise given to him. There are chinks in the Heisman candidate’s armor, and Miller’s faults – while minor – were evident at times Saturday. Most of the ill tendencies in Miller’s game showed up outside of the pocket. He continues to drop his shoulder a little too much when making a throw on the run and will sporadically force passes in to heavy coverage. “If you see, fundamentally, he’s pretty good,” Meyer said. “But when it breaks down, that’s when it starts to go. And I thought today that was pretty good. He had a couple situations where it didn’t look very good, he went back to the old days and started running instead of keeping your eyes downfield. But he’s much improved.” The raw talent, and more importantly, the work Miller did over the winter and in to the spring to improve his game, overshadowed any mistakes the junior quarterback made. On the first play of the contest, Miller hit junior wide receiver Evan Spencer, in stride, for a 49-yard completion. He found junior wide out Devin Smith on a back-shoulder throw to the corner of the end zone for a touchdown a few plays later. Miller’s second touchdown pass of the day was a 3-yard slant to his favorite target from last season, senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown. “It was a pass-heavy game, an area that we weren’t very good at last year, an area that have we to get better in. I thought at times that Braxton Miller and a couple of the wide outs, Philly Brown in particular, did very well,” Meyer said. Being a more accurate thrower is the biggest stride Miller has admittedly made from the end of last season to now. “Placing the ball where it needed to be placed, especially hitting receivers in stride and back-shoulder throws,” Miller said, noting where he has made improvements. The athleticism showed up in spurts, too, as Miller ran five yards for a score in the third quarter and even caught a five-yard pass off a trick play late in the second half. “It’s always good to see him (being) very mobile. When he comes out of the pocket, he keeps drives alive and that’s what’s so good about Braxton,” said redshirt senior wide receiver Chris Fields. Miller’s evolving fundamentals, and his growing knowledge of OSU’s playbook, are what captivated his teammates and coaches most. Once the 2012 season ended, Meyer challenged Miller to become the most fundamentally-sound quarterback in the country. Miller obliged as best he could, traveling to California to work with quarterback guru George Whitfield Jr. in December and over spring break, and watching film as much as possible. In terms of fulfilling his coach’s wishes, Miller might not be all the way there yet, but it’s clear that the junior is a smarter, more well-rounded football player than he was a season ago. “He’s working on his technique on throwing, being more accurate. I see the accuracy, it’s paying off from the offseason,” Fields said. Of all the players on OSU’s 2013 roster, possibly none spent more time in the film room and studying the playbook than Miller. “I know the plays better, how they’ll develop and where the guys are going to be. It allows me to move around the pocket more confidently,” Miller said. Miller’s increased knowledge is something that has his wide receivers excited for the fall. “All the athletic ability, that’s always going to be there, but him knowing the game way more than any other year and him studying way more than I’ve ever seen him, it’s showing up on the field,” Brown said. Miller’s teammates and coaches hope the steady development of their quarterback continues to show up on the field, especially come fall, when OSU will look to improve on its 12-0 record from a year prior. As for the golden locks, Miller said his blond hair is starting to grow out and will soon be completely gone. Miller, admittedly, has enough flashiness in his game, which will come back to life in August after being harnessed this spring. Meyer said he’s satisfied with where his quarterback, and his team, is right now. “I think we’re on track,” he said. OSU opens up its 2013 campaign Aug. 31 against Buffalo in Columbus.
The Catalan club last logo redesign was in 2002 and now the team has proposed a new design that has to be approved by the membersThinking of the new digital era, Spanish La Liga team F.C. Barcelona has redesigned its crest.The last time the team did this was in 2002, and now the new logo has stayed “faithful to the historical elements of the crest: the city, Barcelona; the country, Catalonia; the club, the ‘Blaugrana’ colors; and the ball.”“But the new design now has greater reproduction capacity, especially in the increasingly more important world of digital media,” the club said in a statement.“The most striking changes are an increase in the balance and impact of the team colors, the greater presence of a central and iconic element of the Barça style of play, namely the ball, the homogenization of the forms and colors, and the disappearance of the FCB acronym.”Zidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“The new version of the crest also responds to one of the main goals of the FC Barcelona Strategic Plan, which is to promote its brand on an international level.”“A lot of work has been done to update the brand strategy in recent months, with the creation of Barça’s own typography and the development of a more modern and unified visual style for use in all departments of the club,” the Blaugrana team added.This is the proposed update to the Barça crest, subject to member approval🔵🔴 pic.twitter.com/csIHvX2ZyS— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 27, 2018
Empoli president Fabrizio Corsi has talked about how the Italian Lega Serie A squad wants to buy Rade Krunic and Hamed TraoreThere have been many rumors about Italian Lega Serie A club Napoli wanting to acquire the services of Rade Krunic and Hamed Traore from Empoli.And today Empoli president Fabrizio Corsi spoke to Radio Kiss Kiss, as quoted by Football Italia, to confirm the interest for those two players.“[Napoli director of sports Cristiano] Giuntoli likes Krunic and we have talked about him, exchanging opinions,” Corsi said.Transfer: Africa Cup of Nations winner joins Milan George Patchias – August 5, 2019 AC Milan has signed Algerian star Ismael Bennacer.The African Cup of Nations winner and a key member of the Algerian national team has completed…“He knows how to value individual players.”“We also talked about Traore, who was born in 2000 and already has so much character on the field,” he added.“I think Ismael Bennacer can do great things, as he is like Lucas Torreira, but with more quality.”