COLLEGE PARK, MD – SEPTEMBER 17: General view of the Maryland Terrapins and West Virginia Mountaineers game at Byrd Stadium on September 17, 2011 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)The ongoing saga for Nick Cross is finally over as the potential-packed safety has finally decided where he’ll play collegiate football. After committing to Florida State early in his recruitment process, it turns out that he’ll actually flip his commitment elsewhere.Cross is now heading to Maryland to play for Mike Locksley. He’ll immediately bolster the recruiting class for the Terrapins, which currently features 17 total signees.Alabama, Auburn and Florida were also in pursuit of the four-star recruit, but the appeal of playing for his hometown team outweighed all other pros.Maryland officially announced the move on Twitter that Cross will play for the Terrapins in 2019. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p The four-star safety is listed as the No. 4 recruit at his position and No. 55 overall in the country, per 247Sports.We kept our fingers CROSSed, now it’s OFFICIAL!Nick Cross [@Nick_Cross26] ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Defensive Back | Hyattsville, MD #LOCKedIn?| #DMV2UMD pic.twitter.com/tFkpuAjU4F— Maryland Football (@TerpsFootball) February 12, 2019It’s incredible to think that Cross won’t have to travel far to play college football. After all, his high school in DeMatha Catholic is across the street from the university.Last year was filled with controversy and drama for the Terrapins, but this upcoming season looks quite promising for Maryland.The news of this flipped commitment should provide a sense of optimism for the Terrapins, as it is clear that Mike Locksley is trying to establish a winning culture in his first season back in College Park.
Three of the four early predictions in Collins’ 247Sports Crystal Ball are for Texas, with one for Texas A&M. However, recruiting is always fluid and some of those picks were entered in the fall.Still, the Longhorns appear to be firmly in the mix for the 6-foot-5, 247-pound star, who is the son of a former University of Texas women’s basketball player. Collins has made multiple trips to campus over the last year as well.He has already set one official visit, for Texas A&M the weekend of October 11.Collins was named District 13-5A-II Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2018. In earning the award, he stuffed the stat sheet, compiling 92 total tackles, 25 tackles for loss, six sacks, three forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 6: An end zone pylon in a general view of Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium before the BYU Cougars play the Texas Longhorns on September 6, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images)Bastrop (Tex.) Cedar Creek four-star defensive end Alfred Collins announced his top five on Tuesday night. Texas remains in the mix.In addition to the Longhorns, Collins is considering Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma and Texas A&M. He is the No. 33 rising senior in the Lone Star State.Additionally, Collins is the 10th-ranked strong-side defensive end in the 2020 class according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.My top 5!!! pic.twitter.com/JT1H7zRiSl— alfred collins (@alfredcollins99) June 5, 2019
Meeks was 9-for-9 on extra points on the year to that point. You can hear the dismay in the voices of ACC Network announcers Chris Cotter and Mark Herzlich. While it is a win in the books for Florida State, it is hard to call this a great result for the Seminoles or embattled head coach Willie Taggart.The man trusted with turning around a program that had become stagnant under Jimbo Fisher went 5-7 last season. The season got off to an optimistic start in Week 1, when Florida State jumped out to a big lead over Group of Five power Boise State. Of course, the ‘Noles were shut out in the second half, and lost 36-31.Now, they needed a blown extra point to guarantee overtime survival against ULM.Taggart probably isn’t getting fired after a Week 2 win, but it is hard to imagine a seat getting much hotter than the one he is on right now,w and that has only gotten worse with this week’s game. ACC NetworkThe Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks have a history of upsetting college football powerhouses. Florida State came about as close as possible to becoming that next victim. Unfortunately, disaster struck for Warhawks kicker Jacob Meeks. The sophomore, in his first year in the role, missed the extra point.Heartbreak for UL Monroe. This missed extra point in overtime gives Florida State the win as the Warhawks come up just short in their upset bid. pic.twitter.com/EagedotvkH— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) September 8, 2019 Back in 2007, ULM knocked off Alabama, in its first season under Nick Saban. Five years later, the Warhawks upset No. 8 Arkansas.Tonight, Florida State and ULM traded scores, eventually going to overtime tied at 38. Florida State had the ball first, scoring a touchdown with star running back Cam Akers.Monroe quickly answered. Quarterback Caleb Evans hit on a 20-yard completion, and ran it in for what looked like the game-tying touchdown two plays later.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – SEPTEMBER 07: Evan Finegan #40 of the Buffalo Bulls is attended to by the training staff after breaking his leg against the Penn State Nittany Lions during the second half at Beaver Stadium on September 07, 2019 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)During a Week 2 game between Buffalo and Penn State, Bulls punter Evan Finegan suffered one of the most gruesome injuries we’ve seen this fall. Luckily, he is on the mend.Finegan snapped his leg when Nittany Lions running back Journey Brown flew in on an attempt to block his punt. He was carted off the field and treated at a facility near Penn State.After the game, James Franklin personally visited Finegan, a gesture the Buffalo punter really appreciated. This morning, he took a big step forward in his recovery, literally.Just weeks after surgery, Finegan was back on the sideline at UB Stadum, and able to take some steps. First day back walking! God is good! pic.twitter.com/3Fmih3OZlw— Evan Finegan (@efinegan40) September 24, 2019Finegan, a sophomore out of Michigan, was in his second year as punter for Buffalo, and was coming off of a strong freshman campaign, in which he averaged just under 42 yards per kick.Because this game came in Week 2, Finegan should be able to retain his eligibility for this season, and have another three to kick in college. Hopefully he’s able to get back for next season.Buffalo lost that game at Penn State 45-13, but has had an up and down season overall. The Bulls fell to Liberty the following week, but just beat Temple, which was coming off an upset win over Maryland, 38-22.One has to imagine the Bulls will have Evan Finegan in their thoughts the rest of the way, as they look to get back to the MAC title game.
Reuters BarcelonaFebruary 15, 2019UPDATED: February 15, 2019 15:32 IST Barcelona are on course for another league title this season (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBarcelona have extended coach Ernesto Valverde’s contract by another year until the end of the 2019-20 seasonValverde guided Barcelona to the league and cup double last seasonHe has, so far, won 65 of his 96 games in charge in all competitionsBarcelona have extended coach Ernesto Valverde’s contract by another year until the end of the 2019-20 season with an option for one more season, the La Liga club said on Friday.The 55-year-old guided Barcelona to the league and cup double last season and has, so far, won 65 of his 96 games in charge in all competitions.”FC Barcelona and Ernesto Valverde, the first team coach, have reached an agreement to extend the contract between the two parties for another season (2019/20) with the option for one more (2020/21),” the club said in a statement on their website.Valverde almost led the side to an unbeaten league campaign in his debut season, winning 28 games and losing only once.Barcelona are on course for another league title this season and sit atop the standings with 51 points from 23 games, six points ahead of rivals Real Madrid.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get 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 byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Ernesto ValverdeFollow Barcelona Next FC Barcelona extend manager Ernesto Valverde contract until 2020Ernesto Valverde guided Barcelona to the league and cup double last season and has, so far, won 65 of his 96 games in charge in all competitions.advertisement
Press Trust of India BengaluruMarch 9, 2019UPDATED: March 9, 2019 22:01 IST In a bid to give further boost to Test cricket, ICC will hold a World Test Championship, a league competition slated to start in July (AP Photo)An overwhelming 86 percent of fans prefer watching Tests compared to limited-overs cricket, announced the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Saturday, shattering fears that the longest format of the game is dying.The MCC conducted a survey titled the ‘MCC Test Cricket survey’, where over 13,000 fans participated across 100 countries.The survey found that an average of 86 percent of the participants said five-day cricket remained their “preferred” format followed by One-day internationals, Twenty20 Internationals and domestic T20s.”Overwhelmingly, Test cricket came out as the format that interests fans the most, regardless of the country supported or age,” the MCC said in a release.”Responders to the MCC Test cricket survey still consider the Test format to be the pinnacle of cricket and the favourite format of cricket to attend, follow and watch, with respondents describing the game as the “ultimate” form of cricket.”Among other key findings, the MCC said over half of the respondents wanted to watch Test cricket regularly but would want some improvements such as addressing the cost and availability of tickets, increasing access to Test cricket on free-to-air TV and including half-day tickets to encourage families to attend.Last year, the ICC had conducted another survey, which said that cricket had more than a billion fans globally, and close to 70 percent (of 19,000 participants) supported Test cricket.The MCC World Cricket committee includes legends such as Sourav Ganguly, Brendon McCullum, Ricky Ponting, Kumar Sangakkara, and newest entrant, Shane Warne.Last month, ICC chairman Shashank Manohar had said that people these days don’t have five day’s time to watch Test cricket and conceded that the longest format of the game is dying.advertisementICC’s outgoing chief executive Dave Richardson, who is also a member of the committee, later stressed that Test cricket was not dying, but merely striving for relevance.In a bid to give further boost to Test cricket, ICC will hold a World Test Championship, a league competition slated to start in July.Also Read | David Warner will be the player of the 2019 World Cup: Shane WarneAlso Read | MCC backs inclusion of women’s T20 event in 2022 Commonwealth GamesAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow MCC Test Cricket SurveyFollow Test cricketFollow ODIsFollow T20Is MCC survey finds 86% of fans prefer watching Tests over limited-overs cricketThe MCC conducted a survey titled the ‘MCC Test Cricket survey’, where over 13,000 fans participated across 100 countries.advertisement
Disha Patani: No guy has come up and said they find me hot, no one flirts with meDisha Patani said in an interview that no man has ever attempted to be flirtatious with her. India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 24, 2019UPDATED: May 24, 2019 15:49 IST Disha PataniDisha Patani, who has been cranking up the heat with her jaw-droppingly gorgeous pictures on Instagram, revealed that no man has ever approached her and complimented her on her appearance. She also said that no one has ever tried to flirt with her.”In my entire life, no guy has come up to me and said that they find me hot. No one flirts with me; they have not even attempted to do so,” the 26-year-old actress told DNA in an interview.When asked if the men were intimidated by her, Disha laughed, “How scared? From my growing-up years until now, I haven’t been approached by anybody.” She also confessed that she was a tomboy till her early teenage years.”I have a confession. During my childhood, I was a bit of a tomboy. My dad raised me like a boy. I even wore my hair short until I was in the ninth grade. It is only when I went to the 10th grade that I started growing my hair. I was also an introvert. In school, I was a quiet student and confined myself to the last bench,” she said.Currently, Disha is gearing up for the release of Ali Abbas Zafar’s period drama Bharat, in which she plays a trapeze artist named Radha. She will be seen alongside Salman Khan and Sunil Grover in the 1960s portion of the film.Bharat, which is an offical adaptation of the Korean drama Ode To My Father, is scheduled to hit the theatres this Eid (June 5).advertisementALSO READ: I like to take it slow motion mein, says Tiger Shroff on dating Disha PataniALSO READ: Disha Patani wishes fans on Diwali in sports bra and lehenga, gets trolledALSO WATCH: Disha Patani talks about her personal style preferencesGet 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 Tags :Follow Disha Patani
Next Reuters LondonJuly 15, 2019UPDATED: July 15, 2019 15:22 IST Barbora Strycova and Su-Wei Hsieh celebrate defeating Gabriela Dabrowski and Yifan Xu. (AP Photo)Czech Barbora Strycova completed a memorable Wimbledon as she partnered Hsieh Su-Wei to the women’s doubles title on Sunday, beating Canada/China duo Gabriela Dabrowski and Xu Yifan 6-2 6-4.After the spine-tingling drama of the earlier men’s singles final the longest in the tournament’s history Strycova and her Taiwanese partner finally got on the court to bring the curtain down on the fortnight with a straightforward victory.”Oh my God, there is no word to describe the feeling,” said a beaming Strycova, who lost to Serena Williams in the women’s singles semi-finals.They became the first team to lift the doubles crown at Wimbledon without dropping a set since Serena and Venus Williams in 2009.”I felt like this tournament, especially Wimbledon, from the first moment we stepped on the court together, we just laughed and we just enjoyed,” the Czech said.”We kept it through the whole tournament. I think that was the biggest key (to the fact) we were playing the way we played.”We are very different, but both of us handle stress differently.”She (Hsieh) is really calm person and I’m very emotional. But I keep (trying) to enjoy it with a smile. That helps me also to relax on the court.”Strycova, 33, had also become the oldest Wimbledon singles semi-final debutant when she lost to Serena on Thursday.It was great day for Taiwanese players with Latisha Chan teaming up with Croatian Ivan Dodig to win the mixed doubles, beating Latvian Jelena Ostapenko and 42-year-old Swede Robert Lindstedt 6-2 6-3 in the final.advertisementAlso Read | Novak Djokovic first player since 1948 to achieve this feat in WimbledonAlso Read | Wimbledon sent out a message to ICC as World Cup 2019 final went down to the wireAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Wimbledon 2019 Strycova and Hsieh take Wimbledon women’s doubles titleNovak Djokovic won Wimbledon men’s singles final whereas Simona Halep clinched Wimbledon’s men’s singles title in Londonadvertisement
Next Asian News International BrisbaneOctober 1, 2019UPDATED: October 1, 2019 08:29 IST AB de Villiers will join Brisbane Heat in the 2nd half of BBL 2019-20 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAB de Villiers will be joining Brisbane Heat in the 2nd half of BBL 2019-20I’m looking forward to joining forces with him: De Villiers on joining forces with Chris LynnAB de Villiers has been plying his trade in franchise-based T20 leagues after retirementBrisbane Heat on Tuesday confirmed the signing of former South Africa skipper AB de Villiers for the upcoming season of Big Bash League (BBL).AB de Villiers would be joining the team for the second half of the tournament, with finals included in his contract.”The Heat have always stood out to me. Brisbane is a lovely city – I have been there a few times before travelling with the South African team. I love the place, I love the weather. It is similar to Pretoria where I am from. They play the kind of cricket that I want to be associated with. It’s quite aggressive. They go after the attack. And the Gabba, it is a beautiful cricket field. It is a great wicket and games are always of high quality,” Heat’s official website quoted de Villiers as saying.The 35-year-old de Villiers played 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 T20Is for South Africa before calling it quits in international cricket. He announced his retirement on May 23, 2018.”Very pleased to have signed for Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash. Great team, great city @HeatBBL @BBL,” de Villiers tweeted.Very pleased to have signed for Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash. Great team, great city @HeatBBL @BBL pic.twitter.com/DDQOxlS0tZAB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) September 30, 2019He played for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) and managed to score 442 runs at a strike rate of 154 including five 50-plus scores.De Villiers also revealed that he had heard about Heat from former Kiwi skipper Brendon McCullum and expressed desire alongside Heat captain Chriss Lynn.advertisement”I have spoken to Chris a few times after games in the IPL. I always enjoy the way he plays the game, he really goes after the bowling, he attacks the game, and he seems like a really good teammate. He gives his best shot for the boys. I’m looking forward to joining forces with him,” de Villiers said.De Villiers also impact for Middlesex in the recent Vitality Blast T20 competition, as he registered four half-centuries in eight innings.”World-class players do not just come along every day and to have a player of AB’s stature and skill in the BBL is a fantastic outcome for everyone, not just the Heat,” Heat coach Darren Lehmann said in an official statement.”He’s a 360-degree player, great skills, outstanding temperament and an insightful leader. We’re excited to bring him into the group this summer and allow him to showcase his skills for the fans,” he added.De Villiers will potentially play six games for the team and he will also be available for the finals if the team qualifies.Also Read | 2nd ODI: Babar Azam, Usman Shinwari script 67-run win for Pakistan vs Sri LankaAlso Read | BCCI to send Jasprit Bumrah to UK for stress fracture treatmentAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow AB de VilliersFollow Brisbane HeatFollow Big Bash LeagueFollow BBL 2019-20Follow Chris Lynn AB de Villiers to make Big Bash League debut with Brisbane HeatAB de Villiers, who had retired from international cricket last year, has finally decided to ply his trade at Big Bash League, starting December 17. advertisement
A Rev-ealing Conversation About IndyCar Racing with Takuma Sato The Best Watches Under $1,000, From Classic to Sporty Editors’ Recommendations Shinola’s New Detrola Watch Collection Is As Modern As It Is Colorful Technology will always chase the artisan. With the recent release of smart watches by major tech brands, there is a big question mark hanging above the watch industry. Will people give up their classic mechanical timepiece for a smart watch? The question is yet to be answered, but one brand has melded the technology and artisan worlds with its current offering.Withings has taken on the fitness tracking trend with the Activité. Disguised as a classic timepiece, the Activité is actually a precise fitness tracker. This sleek device is capable of counting steps and calorie tracking, swim tracking, as well as sleep tracking. Connected to your iPhone via low-energy bluetooth, the Activité is paired to its own application, Health Mate. Here is where you can manage and view all your fitness goals and tracking just as with the average fitness tracker. Hidden gadgetry such as a touch sensitive crystal and vibration notifications make for a stealthy user experience.The crown-less Activité, designed by a french French team, disguises all this technology within an elegant timepiece. Textured swiss Swiss made dials display the time as well as a percentage indicator for your fitness goal. Easy-release spring bars make for quick strap changes between Haas naturally tanned calf straps for dress, and rubber straps for sport.While fitness and sleep tracking are the main goals for this piece, the meeting of classic watch styling and technology opens the door for many more applications. Could bluetooth connectivity and vibration notification be the foundation for a new segment of future high end timepieces?With a price of $3,900, the Activité by Withings is the piece for both the health and watch conscious. Affordable Watch Hunting: 10 Best Timex Watches For Men The Best Casio Watches For Every Occasion