Simmons outburst exposes troubles in Afghan camp

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first_imgBy Amlan ChakrabortySOUTHAMPTON, England (Reuters) – Afghanistan look in disarray on and off the field at the World Cup with coach Phil Simmons’ Twitter outburst yesterday revealing signs of troubles within the team.Gulbadin Naib’s men suffered their fifth defeat in as many matches after losing to hosts England on Tuesday when they looked completely defenceless against home captain Eoin Morgan’s astonishing six-hitting spree at Old Trafford.Naib replaced Asghar Afghan as captain ahead of the World Cup in a last-minute leadership change that was criticised by senior players including Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi.Former chief selector Dawlat Ahmadzai has blamed the coaching staff for the debacle which irked Simmons.“I am in the middle of a World Cup and trying to get our team to perform to the level we expect but at the end of the World Cup I will tell the Afghanistan people about the part that Mr Dawlat Ahmadzai had to play in our preparation and his part in the dismissal of AsgharAfghan,” Simmons tweeted.“Me asking to renew my contract with ACB is absolutely untrue #FakeNews,” he said in another tweet last week.On the eve of the England match, some members of the Afghanistan team were involved in an altercation at a restaurant in Manchester, the BBC reported on Tuesday.The report said the players involved were unhappy at being filmed and confronted a member of the public. Greater Manchester Police officers attended the incident but no arrests were made.Naib declined to elaborate on the incident after the loss against England and threatened to walk out of the news conference when pressed further about what happened.The Afghan team also found themselves in an embarrassing situation earlier in the tournament when stumper-batsman Mohammad Shehzad threatened to quit cricket after being ruled out of the World Cup with a knee injury.Shehzad played in Afghanistan’s first two matches but the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) cut him from the squad, saying his injury would not allow him to play any further part.He said the medical advice he sought suggested he would have been fit in a few days after having his knee drained.ACB chief executive Asadullah Khan told the ESPNcricinfo website that the team’s priority was picking match-fit players.last_img read more

Mike Tyson No Match with Muhammad Ali, Says Son

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first_imgMuhammad Ali’s son has weighed in on the debate as to who would win in a heavyweight showdown between his father and Mike Tyson, claiming Ali would have emerged victorious.A virtual simulator tournament has sparked huge conversations about which boxing stars from different eras would win had they ever met in the ring.The tournament, run by World Boxing Super Series, saw Mike Tyson defeat George Foreman in the semi final to meet Ali in the decider. And it was Iron Mike who claimed victory, with the judges awarding him a unanimous points victory after flooring Ali on two separate occasions.But the eldest of Ali’s nine children, Muhammad Ali Jr, feels that there is no question that his father would have swept Tyson aside had the pair every actually fought in their primes.‘My father would have kicked his butt. Everybody says Mike Tyson would have kicked your father’s butt. I said no,’ he said in Muhammad Ali: The Life of a Legend by Fiaz Rafiq via The Sun.“Tyson can’t go the distance. He couldn’t go fifteen rounds. He’s not a boxer. He’s a street fighter. He’s a knockout artist. He can never hold up to my father!’Upon hearing the result of the simulated fight, Tyson conceded that he would not have fared well against his hero had they met in the ring.“I wouldn’t win the real fight. Ali’s the greatest there’s ever been,” Tyson admitted.The virtual simulator concept has taken off this past week. Floyd Mayweather earlier agreed a deal that will see him take on some of the greatest fighters to grace the welterweight division.Not one to shy away from talk of being the greatest boxer to grace the sport, fans will be able to see how Mayweather would fare against the likes of Sugar Ray Robinson, Sugar Ray Leonard and Tommy Hearns.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

UW keeps unbeaten, shutout streaks alive

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first_imgFreshman midfielder Catie Sessions delivered a serve off a free kick that Laurie Nosbusch was able to head in to give the Badgers a 1-0 lead over Iowa.[/media-credit]It certainly feels much better to get off on the right foot rather than play catch up from the start. The Wisconsin women’s soccer team can attest to both feelings.After an 0-3 start to the year, the Badgers have revitalized their season, beating Iowa 2-0 yesterday, to help the team improve to 3-0-1 in the young Big Ten season.Junior Laurie Nosbusch headed in a serve from freshman Catie Sessions’ free kick in the 14th minute before sophomore Alev Kelter added some insurance in the 53rd when freshman Kodee Williams connected with her off of a cross.Fresh off an important 1-0 win on the road against No. 15 Minnesota last Thursday, Wisconsin improves to 6-3-3 overall on the year, as the Badgers keep their eight-game shutout streak and nine-game unbeaten streak kicking.Head coach Paula Wilkins couldn’t help but offer her congratulations to the team following the win on Sunday.“I have to give these players a huge pat on the back,” she said. “It’s very difficult to go to Minnesota and play such a good team like Minnesota and the energy they bring and then drive five hours back and turn around and play a game in two days against a team that’s been rested for seven days.”For much of the first period, Iowa controlled possession of the ball, though Wisconsin was able to create a shot on goal within the first five minutes.After a foul on Iowa, Sessions took the free kick from the right side of the goal, just outside the 18-yard box. Her kick crossed over the goal and, on the far side, met Nosbusch, who leaped into the air and headed the ball over the diving hand of goalkeeper Emily Moran, for her fourth score of the season.“We practiced that set piece in practice a lot and were all laughing because it was going to so well,” Nosbusch said. “Catie Sessions was serving great balls and we were finishing them all (in practice).“Catie Sessions served a great ball in to the far post and I was able to get off my person and head it back to the near post.”Iowa created multiple chances before the conclusion of the first period to no avail, recording two shots on goal in the half. Their best chance came on a long downfield pass that landed just outside the box, right in between forward Jade Grimm and the Wisconsin goal. Badger defenders quickly caught up to Grimm and after contesting for the ball, Grimm sent her shot over the goal.Shortly after, junior Leigh Williams sent a long pass to Nosbusch down the left sideline. Nosbusch used some creative dribbling to keep the ball from defenders as Williams snuck by to receive the no-look pass in the corner.Williams put in the cross but Moran made two brilliant saves to keep the score at 1-0.Wisconsin experienced a bit of a scare early in the second period after goalkeeper Michele Dalton collided with a UI player after attempting to punch away the ball. Dalton lied on the ground, seemingly in pain, for half a minute before limping back to the goal, where the game was eventually delayed to assess Dalton’s injury.Dalton never left the game though, and was able to shake it off.“I went up and, you know, they’ve been coming in hard all game,” she said. “I sort of expected it but I didn’t really – my feet just kind of got thrown out from underneath me. It’s all good.”Five minutes later, Kodee Williams got around the corner of the Iowa defense and released a cross that Kelter kicked in from the far side for her second goal in as many games.“Our mantra for this game was just to get on the corners and attack with numbers in the box and Kodee did exactly what she was told,” Kelter said. “She got around the corner, beat that girl right and put an awesome cross in and I was just [hoping] to get a hit on it.”Despite winning the shot contest 10-7, the Hawkeyes were never able to convert one into a goal against a sound Badger “D.” Iowa’s best chance in the game came in the 64th minute when a mistake by Dalton allowed Grimm a chance at an open goal from 15 yards out.But Grimm’s shot never crossed the goal line as sophomore Lindsey Johnson stepped in just in time to clear the ball and keep the team’s eight-game shutout streak alive.“I think [the defense] did a really good job,” Dalton said. “Iowa obviously played really well, they had some good offensive chances on goal but again our defense prevailed and that’s the expectation.”last_img read more