10 months agoPochettino insists Walker-Peters important for Tottenham title tilt

first_imgPochettino insists Walker-Peters important for Tottenham title tiltby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMauricio Pochettino says Kyle Walker-Peters emergence will aid Tottenham Hotspurs’ title tilt.The 21-year-old made a horrendous mistake against Barcelona a few weeks ago, in what was his first start of the season.However, during the hectic festive period, Pochettino has stuck with the Englishman, who rewarded his faith with a fine performance against Bournemouth on Boxing Day.”It’s no surprise to me. I told you after the match in Barcelona that we really believe in him and he has amazing quality and only needs time to mature and show his quality.”I’m so pleased, so happy, because I think his quality is going to help the team this season and for the future he’s going to be a very important player for Tottenham.”Did I have to speak to him after the mistake? Not really, because this type of thing happens in football. The first person who knows that very well is the players, to come in after and try to make sure that that situation meant a lot to you there is no point.” The 5-0 win over the Cherries elevated Tottenham into second place, leapfrogging champions Manchester City by one point. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoWATCH: Liverpool defender Van Dijk shuts down Sokratis in Salah row

first_imgWATCH: Liverpool defender Van Dijk shuts down Sokratis in Salah rowby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk stepped in to end the halftime row between teammate Mohamed Salah and Arsenal defender Sokratis during Sunday’s 5-1 rout.The Reds centre-back and Gunners defender had to be separated as tempers flared, but the situation was quickly brought under control.Moments before the spat Sokratis could be seen walking off the pitch alongside Mohamed Salah, who netted Liverpool’s fourth goal from the penalty spot.It seems the Greek defender was angry Salah went down a little too easily in the penalty area and wanted last season’s Golden Boot winner to know all about it.Seeing Sokratis shouting at Salah, Van Dijk responded by running over to the Arsenal man and squaring up to him.Sokratis was picking on Mo Salah again for the penalty.Guess who promptly puts a lid on it? #LIVARS#LFC#VanDijkpic.twitter.com/9jU2XkQfML— Léon (@srijandeep) December 29, 2018 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoWOMEN’S CONTINENTAL CUP: Man City brush aside Brighton for semi-final berth

first_imgTagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say WOMEN’S CONTINENTAL CUP: Man City brush aside Brighton for semi-final berthby Ian Ferris10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City easily reached the Continental Cup last four with a 7-1 success over visitor’s BrightonCity finished top of their group and were rewarded with a home draw in the quarter finals of the Continental Cup against Brighton at the Academy Stadium. Their October meeting in the league at Brighton saw City record a comprehensive 6-0 win and they went into this game favourites despite a recent disappointing draw at Bristol City whilst Brighton impressively defeated Liverpool away.A low key first half saw City take an early lead then concede an immediate equaliser before reasserting their authority and going ahead again and dominating the remainder of the half without really threatening the Seagulls goal.In fact the only issue was whether the game would continue as the fog began to settle making visibility across the pitch very difficult.Nikita Parris scored her 50th City goal with a delightful chip after only 6 minutes only for keeper Karen Bardsley to bundle over Ini Umotong moments later and Danielle Buet converted the penalty to level the scores for Hope Powell’s team.City regained the lead midway through the half after Brighton failed to clear and Lauren Hemp pounced with a scuffed effort which squirmed under keeper Sophie Harris.The hosts gave themselves a two goal cushion after a period of sustained second half pressure when Caroline Weir found the back of the net with a fine long range strike.The Seagulls rarely looked like getting back into the game as City played controlled possession football to see off the opposition with Hemp getting her second of the night with five minutes remaining and three more late goals followed, Claire Emslie, substitute Georgia Stanway and Janine Beckie.Full Time Man City: 7 (Parris 6, Hemp 21,85, Weir 59, Emslie 87, Stanway 89,Beckie 90)Brighton: 1(Buet pen 19)Att: 786 Venue: Academy Stadium last_img read more

LSU Releases Awesome “Saturday Night In Death Valley” Hype Video

first_imgFans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin' Cajuns at Tiger Stadium.BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)LSU’s Tiger Stadium, colloquially known as “Death Valley” is one of the most intimidating places to play in all of college football. It’s game day environment is outstanding, and the noise inside of it can best be described as deafening.Perhaps that’s why this hype video LSU released is so awesome. It’s called “Saturday Night in Death Valley” and it’s sure to bring out goosebumps on hardcore fans of the purple and gold.[ Saturday Down South ]last_img read more

Dig at Mourinho? Shaw welcomes back attacking football at Utd

first_imgLuke Shaw has hailed the return of attacking football at Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with former boss Jose Mourinho having preferred a more defensive style.Former striker Solskjaer was named caretaker boss after Mourinho parted ways with the club in the wake of a humbling 3-1 loss to Liverpool at Anfield.United have enjoyed a positive start to life under the Norwegian, beating Cardiff City 5-1 before Wednesday’s 3-1 victory over Huddersfield Town at Old Trafford. 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? Shaw, who was criticised publicly by Mourinho on more than one occasion but had been one of United’s best performers in the early part of this season, thinks Solskjaer has already had a big impact on a team that was accused of playing far too negatively under their old manager.”I think you can see from the outside how much he has changed things in such a short space of time,” Shaw told Sky Sports.Our caretaker manager has been discussing the importance of youth coming through at #MUFC… pic.twitter.com/uKcbzxxQfJ— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 28, 2018″He is just a really positive manager, he knows what the club needs and also what the fans want in the way we are playing.”He’s bringing that attacking, quick play back to Old Trafford. I’m sure the fans are going to appreciate that as much as we [the players] do.”Shaw, rather amusingly, says he only found out about Solskjaer’s return to the club when his girlfriend heard the news.”The truth? My girlfriend told me,” said the left-back. “I woke up in the morning and had a shower and she ran out of the room and told me.”I did not have a clue, I didn’t look at my phone or anything. That’s how I found out… from my girlfriend.”United take on Bournemouth on Sunday in their final match of 2018. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Chelsea agree loan-to-buy £48.5m Morata deal with Atletico

first_imgChelsea have reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid to allow Alvaro Morata to leave on loan, with the Liga club having a £48.5 million ($62m) option to sign the striker on a permanent basis, Goal understands.Morata had already reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid over his personal terms last week and he is willing to accept a lower contract than his current £120,000 per week Chelsea deal upon the activation of an option to buy.Offloading the 26-year-old striker is also a major step in Chelsea’s bid to take over AC Milan’s loan deal for Gonzalo Higuain, with the Blues having already reached an agreement with the Argentine forward’s parent club Juventus. 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? Like Morata, Higuain has been left out of his team’s latest match, with Milan due to play Genoa on Monday, after Chelsea agreed a six-month loan deal with an option to extend it or sign the striker outright for £32.5 million ($42m).They will also pay Juventus on the basis of appearances, goals and season’s achievements over the six-month period that they are loaning Higuain for.Genoa’s Krzysztof Piatek is set to replace Higuain at the San Siro and a £35m ($45m) deal is expected to be reached in the next 48 hours, according to the selling club’s sporting director Giorgio Perinetti.”After today’s match against Milan, we will meet them and reach an agreement in the next 48 hours, whether he leaves or not,” said Perinetti. “We spoke with Gazidis and Leonardo for two hours and we still need to evaluate the counterparts in the deal.”This is why the deal has not been finalised yet as we need to analyse whether it will be functional for our transfer market session.”The movement of strikers across Europe is part of a bigger picture as major clubs look to ensure they are not left without a reliable forward option for the rest of the season.This is what has led to Michy Batshuayi’s proposed loan move being held up, as Chelsea look to explore opportunities to cash in, with a £40m ($51m) valuation being placed on the Belgium international, who endured a disappointing first half of the season on loan at Valencia.last_img read more

De Ligt reveals why he chose Juventus

first_imgMatthijs de Ligt has revealed that a fascination with Italian football contributed to him opting for a €75 million (£68m/$84m) move to Juventus over a switch to England or Spain.After several months of speculation, the 19-year-old has finally completed a big-money move to the Serie A champions.Old Trafford and Camp Nou had been mooted as potential landing spots for the Netherlands international, with Manchester United and Barcelona reportedly keen, but the Allianz Stadium is his new home. 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? De Ligt will now get the opportunity to complete alongside the likes of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci with the Bianconeri, while operating in the same side as Cristiano Ronaldo.The presence of such illustrious figures has helped to lure him to Turin, but the current holder of the prestigious Golden Boy award claims a desire to play in Italy played a major part in a big future call.De Ligt told Ajax’s official website as he bids farewell to Amsterdam: “I have been fascinated by the Italian way of defending from an early age.”Many of my idols from the past are also Italians. Such as [Paolo] Maldini, [Franco] Baresi, [Alessandro] Nesta, [Fabio] Cannavaro and [Gaetano] Scirea.”When you talk about defenders, then you soon talk about those names.”I actually fell in love with the Italian way of defending and I made a choice based on that.”Cristiano Ronaldo Matthijs de Ligt GFXDe Ligt’s displays at Ajax, which saw him become club captain while still in his teens, made him one of the most sought-after talents in world football.He admits that the decision to leave his homeland has not been an easy one, but he is convinced that Juve are the best club for him at this stage of his career.”It was a difficult choice,” De Ligt added.”There were several options, but you always have to look what’s the best for you.”Various factors play a role. For me it’s very important to know how much you are going to play and how much trust the club has in me.”They also mentioned that they really wanted me. They saw a future for me and the they could improve me in certain areas.”last_img read more

UCF QB McKenzie Milton Issues A New Update

first_imgUCF quarterback McKenzie Milton.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 01: McKenzie Milton #10 of the UCF Knights looks to pass in the second half against the Auburn Tigers during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Earlier this season, UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton suffered a devastating knee injury. Milton was rushed to the hospital where doctors were able to restore blood flow to his lower leg, but a grueling recovery process awaits.The Milton family announced their son may have suffered nerve damage and he’s scheduled to undergo reconstructive surgery at a later date.On Saturday, Milton released a video message to those who wished him well.“I just want to thank everyone that has been sending their thoughts and prayers to me during this recovery process. It means the world to me. I want to wish you guys a Merry Christmas – where I’m from we say Mele Kalikimaka. God bless all you guys,” Milton said in a message.UCF QB McKenzie Milton shares a message with his fans ?(via @MariaTaylor)pic.twitter.com/JFnK5n89cw— Bleacher Report CFB (@BR_CFB) December 1, 2018It’s great to see Milton feeling well enough to make his first public comments since suffering the horrific injury.Hopefully the recovery process continues in the right direction for the star quarterback.last_img read more

First CFB Head Coach To Be Fired This Season Lands New Job

first_imgA general view of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 16: General View of the game between the California Golden Bears and the USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 16, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The first college football head coach to be fired this season wasn’t out of work long. Mike Jinks has been hired by a Power 5 program.Jinks, who was dismissed by Bowling Green on October 14 after two-and-a-half seasons, has been hired as the running backs coach at USC. He will join Clay Helton’s staff and work under new offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury.The news became official this afternoon.#USC has hired former #BowlingGreen head coach Mike Jinks as its running backs coach: https://t.co/cPJSJmrEcR pic.twitter.com/7dLVPbdCCI— Shotgun Spratling (@ShotgunSpr) December 11, 2018Jinks compiled a 7-24 record as a head coach at Bowling Green, but he should be a fine fit in this role. Before he became a head coach, Jinks was the running backs coach at Texas Tech from 2013-15.He also served as the team’s assistant head coach in 2015.The 46-year-old Jinks was a high school coach in Texas from 1996-2012, winning a Class 5A Division II championship at Cibolo (Tex.) Steele High in 2010.USC was 5-7 in 2018, missing a bowl game for the first time in seven years.last_img read more

Report: College Football Coach Not Being Allowed To Leave For NFL

first_imgA detail view of a football as the Buffalo Bills play the Washington Redskins at FedExField.LANDOVER, MD – DECEMBER 20: A detail view of a football as the Buffalo Bills play the Washington Redskins at FedExField on December 20, 2015 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)A major college football assistant coach was set to leave the collegiate ranks for a job with one of the NFL’s best teams.That’s not happening anymore, though.Kentucky assistant coach Matt House was supposed to leave the Wildcats for a linebackers coach job with the Kansas City Chiefs.House, a former NFL assistant coach, will be remaining at the University of Kentucky, however. The school confirmed the news late on Saturday. It turns out that House was blocked from leaving Kentucky for Kansas City, despite a contract buyout being agreed to.“So regarding Matt House, who was expected to be the Chiefs’ new LB coach: I’m told UK decided not to let him out of his deal…but they only did that AFTER they’d agreed to negotiate the buyout. Tough break for House, who wanted to join the Chiefs, and KC,” Yahoo! Sports’ Teres Paylor reports.So regarding Matt House, who was expected to be the Chiefs’ new LB coach:I’m told UK decided not to let him out of his deal…but they only did that AFTER they’d agreed to negotiate the buyout. Tough break for House, who wanted to join the Chiefs, and KC.— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) February 10, 2019The Chiefs will now move on with their linebackers coaching search. Kansas City lost assistant coach Mike Smith to the Green Bay Packers and inside linebackers coach Mark Deleone to the Chicago Bears.Kentucky, meanwhile, is coming off one of their best seasons in years. The Wildcats went 10-3 last season, beating Penn State in the Citrus Bowl.last_img read more

Upset Alert: Tennessee Football Is Struggling With Georgia State

first_imgJarrett Guarantano attempts a pass for Tennessee against Georgia State.KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE – AUGUST 31: Jarrett Guarantano #2 of Tennessee Volunteers throws a pass against Georgia State Panthers during the first quarter of the season opener at Neyland Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Silas Walker/Getty Images)On paper, Tennessee football’s opener against Georgia State should’ve been an easy way to start the season. The Vols were a 26-point favorite entering the game.That hasn’t been the case as we make our way into the third quarter. The Panthers are just retook the lead, and are up 21-17.The stat sheet is still fairly tilted towards the Vols. Tennessee outgained Georgia State 219-110 in the first half. Big plays have helped the Panthers.A first-drive fumble by Tennessee’s Ty Chandler was huge for the Panthers, and was the lone turnover by either team in the first half. The Panthers were able to start their first drive from the Vols’ 23, and Georgia State took an early lead with a four-yard touchdown run by Seth Paige.Ed Curney makes a fantastic interception for Georgia State in the second play of the game. pic.twitter.com/KqFC8aDWoP— Scott Watkins (@scottwatkinsTU) August 31, 2019Tennessee responded with back to back touchdowns but Georgia State brought things even in the second quarter with an impressive 16-play, 81 yard touchdown drive. UT knocked through a late field goal to retake the lead, but Georgia State has opened second half scoring.To start the half, the Panthers engineered yet another long drive, going 81 yards in nine plays for the touchdown. Dan Ellington found Aubry Payne on a six-yard completion to cap things off.Ellington is just 7-for-15 for 92 yards but has two touchdown throws so far. Tennessee’s Jarrett Guarantano is 12-for-20 for 124 yards and a score, while Chandler leads all rushers with 48 yards and a score.There’s plenty of football to be played, but Jeremy Pruitt and the Vols faithful at Neyland Stadium can’t like what they’ve seen so far.last_img read more

AFC Asian Cup: Chhetri proud of his boys, says India a difficult team to play against

first_img Akshay Ramesh Abu DhabiJanuary 6, 2019UPDATED: January 7, 2019 04:20 IST Sunil Chhetri now has 67 goals in international football (Photo Credit: AFC Media)HIGHLIGHTSChhetri said India will fight and fight hard in the ongoing AFC Asian Cup tournamentChhetri broke Inder Singh’s 55-year-old record for the most number of goals by an Indian at AFC Asian CupIndia thrashed Thailand 4-1 to begin their campaign in Group A on a highBrimming with joy after leading India to their biggest-ever AFC Asian Cup win on Sunday, talismanic striker Sunil Chhetri said the Blue Tigers may not be the most technically sound team but their ability to fight till the final whistle makes them a difficult side to play against.Sunil Chhetri scored a double as India thrashed lower-ranked Thailand 4-1 in a Group A match in Abu Dhabi to start their Asian Cup campaign on a high. Anirudh Thapa and Jeje Lalpekhlua also put their names on the scoresheet as India came up with a clinical performance.Ranked 97 on the FIFA charts, India were expected to make a positive start against Southeast Asian powerhouses, Thailand. However, it is safe to say the win with a three-goal margin was unexpected.”It feels good. To be very honest, all the other three teams [in Group A] are more experienced and better than us. I have no shame in saying that. The way the boys fought… they showed character,” Chhetri said after the match.”As I said before, we might not be the most technical team but we are a difficult team to play against, we fight and fight till the end. That’s what the boys showed out there. Everyone of them ran for their lives and defended and that’s what we play the game for.”Considering the bigger picture, this is a good but small start. But I’ll talk about just this game – it was bloody brilliant to be a part of the way my team went about things. And it’s even more special knowing we made a country happy, even if it is only for a day.advertisementSunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) 6 January 2019What a thumping win by @IndianFootball over @Changsuek_TH (Thailand)!India are now at the top of Group A!3pts1pt1pt0pt#BackTheBlue #THAIND #AsianDream #BlueTigers: AFC Media pic.twitter.com/7BqEVwFvkXHero I-League (@ILeagueOfficial) January 6, 2019Chhetri helped open the scoring as he converted a penalty in the 27th minute of the match to send the section of Indian fans at the Al Nahyan Stadium in Abu Dhabi into a tizzy.Thailand captain Teerasil Dangda led the team’s reply as the War Elephants found the equaliser six minutes after conceding the goal. Both the teams headed to the break tied at 1-1.Biggest ever Asian Cup win for the Indians!What an achievement to KO the Blue Tigers’ #AsianCup2019 campaign! pic.twitter.com/fsXo4QB586#AsianCup2019 (@afcasiancup) January 6, 2019However, it was one-way traffic in the second-half. Chhetri opened the scoring as early as the first minute after the break with a stunning finish after nimble-footed Udanta Singh ran down the right flank and sent in a cross. Anirudh Thapa and substitute Jeje Lalpekhlua scored in the 68th and the 80th minute respectively to put the game to bed.Speaking about the shift in style after the break, Chhetri said India wanted to just make sure they didn’t give space to Thailand who worked the Indian goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh quite a lot in the first 45 minutes.”Told ourselves ‘Make sure you defend in numbers, make sure you don’t give them space.’ They are so good with the ball, we saw in the first half… if we allow them, they will keep passing. So the team spoke about getting close and cutting down on the space,” Chhetri added.Chhetri became the highest scorer for India in the AFC Asian Cup history as the Bengaluru FC captain surpassed Inder Singh, who struck twice in the 1964 edition when the country had finished runners up.He also went past Lionel Messi to become the second highest active international goal scorer behind Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal. The India striker now has 67 goals while Messi has 65.However, the goal-scoring machine insisted he is not thinking about records but only about the team’s progress in the ongoing continental tournament.”It’s time now to focus on the stuff. It doesn’t matter who scores. I am happy we got the three points. You can see the happiness and jubilation in our faces when someone scores. That tells you how tightly knit we are as a team. I just hope we get much more from the tournament. I am so happy and proud of the boys.”Thanking the Blue Pilgrims, who had turned out in considerable numbers to support the team, Chhetri said: “Brilliant. We expect so much from them because they have made us get used to great support wherever we go. I just want to thank them. I just hope we can give them more to cheer in the coming matches. Keep supporting us, we will give our best in the pitch.”advertisementFor 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 Sunil ChhetriFollow AFC Asian Cup 2019 AFC Asian Cup: Chhetri proud of his boys, says India a difficult team to play againstSunil Chhetri scored a brace as India thrashed lower-ranked Thailand 4-1 in a Group A match in Abu Dhabi to start their Asian Cup campaign on a high.advertisementlast_img read more

Copa America 2019: Hosts Brazil get favourable draw, Argentina and Colombia in same group

first_imgCopa America 2019: Hosts Brazil get favourable draw, Argentina and Colombia in same groupThe third of the three top seeds Uruguay are in perhaps the most difficult Group C, along with the other invited side Japan, plus Ecuador and reigning champions Chile.advertisement Reuters Rio de JaneiroJanuary 25, 2019UPDATED: January 25, 2019 11:04 IST The draw at a cavernous Rio concert hall was led by former Brazil captain Cafu (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBrazil will face Peru, Venezuela and BoliviaArgentina have been placed alongside Colombia, Paraguay and CatarCopa America 2019 will kick off with Brazil facing Bolivia in Sao Paulo on June 14Hosts Brazil were given a kind draw and will face Peru, Venezuela and Bolivia in the 2019 Copa America, a tournament they have not won since 2007 and one they will be under huge pressure to win on home soil.Thursday’s draw also placed Argentina, another side desperate for a major title after an even longer trophy drought, with Colombia, Paraguay and invited team Qatar.The third of the three top seeds Uruguay are in perhaps the most difficult Group C, along with the other invited side Japan, plus Ecuador and reigning champions Chile.This year’s tournament will kick off with Brazil against Bolivia in Sao Paulo on June 14 and take place in five Brazilian cities. The final is at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium on July 7.”People have questioned me about the draw and some said, it’s easy, others said, be careful,” Brazil coach Tite said. “Our responsibility is to perform at the highest level, to play with joy and to be proud of representing Brazil.””We need to play really well, and that’s how you become champions.”The draw at a cavernous Rio concert hall was led by former Brazil captain Cafu and aided by soccer luminaries like former Inter Milan defender Javier Zanetti, Uruguayan Diego Lugano and six times FIFA Player of the year Marta.It marked the starting gun for what promises to be a high pressure year for both Brazil and Argentina.The host nation have not won a major title since lifting the Copa America in 2007 and coach Tite, whose side were knocked out the World Cup at the quarter-final stage last year, is under pressure to deliver some silverware.advertisementArgentina, meanwhile, have reached the last two finals of the Copa America and lost both times on penalties. Another loss would extend a trophy drought that stretches back to 1993.The two-times World Cup winners will come to the tournament with Lionel Scaloni in charge and although the interim coach, who has a contract until after the Copa, would not be drawn on his rivals he said his aim was to triumph.”It’s going to be difficult and no matter who we play we have to win,” he told reporters. “The idea is that we are as good as anyone; we just need to keep notching up the victories.”They could also be without Lionel Messi. The Barcelona forward took a sabbatical from international soccer after a disappointing World Cup in Russia and has not said whether he will return to play in Brazil.The Copa America is the oldest international tournament in the world and is played between the 10 South American nations and invited teams.In addition to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, matches will be held in Porto Alegre, Belo Horizonte and Salvador.”Undoubtedly, there is always a great respect and admiration for Brazil’s footballing culture.”I think that will guarantee a great tournament,” said Chilean coach Reinaldo Rueda.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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Copa America 2019Follow Copa America drawlast_img read more

PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth to lead India’s campaign at India Open 2019

first_imgPV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth to lead India’s campaign at India Open 2019Former champions PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth will lead India’s campaign at the India Open Super 500 tournament, starting March 26 at the KD Jadhav Indoor Hall in New Delhi. advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiMarch 25, 2019UPDATED: March 25, 2019 13:15 IST PV Sindhu will be hoping to reclaim the India Open Super 500 title (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTS2017 champion PV Sindhu will open her India Open campaign against Mugdha AgreyKidambi Srikanth will face familiar foe, Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent in the first roundSaina Nehwal had pulled out of the Super 500 tournament after failing to recover from acute gastroenteritisFormer champions P V Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth will look to shrug off their erratic form at the USD 350,000 India Open, which is shorn of star power this time.With Saina Nehwal pulling out of the country’s blue-riband tournament after failing to recover from acute gastroenteritis, the onus will be on Sindhu and Srikanth to keep the tricolour flying at the business end of the tournament starting Tuesday.Olympic silver-medallist Sindhu, who claimed the World Tour Finals in December last year, will be the firm favourite to secure the women’s title after receiving the top billing following the pullout of Chinese top seed and reigning All Englang champion Chen Yufei due to medical reasons.The absence of Japanese players will also help Sindhu’s case.Sindhu had a decent start to the new season with a quarterfinal finish at the Indonesia Masters but a first-round exit at the prestigious All England Championship came as a major jolt.The Indian ace, who won silver medals at the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and the World Championship in 2018, will draw inspiration from her performance in the last two editions where she had reached the finals and claimed the title in 2017.Sindhu will open against compatriot Mugdha Agrey and is expected to face fast-rising Danish Mia Blichfeldt, seeded eighth, in the quarterfinals. A win is likely to pit her against Chinese third seed He Bingjiao.Youngsters Vrushali Gummadi and Sai Uttejitha Rao Chukka will also be in the fray in women’s singles at the World Tour Super 500 event.advertisementCan third seed Srikanth end title drought at home? The tournament will hold a lot of prominence for third seed Srikanth, who has endured a title draught for the last 17 months.With defending champion and top seed Shi Yuqi pulling out, Srikanth will be at the forefront along with former world champion Viktor Axelsen, who had claimed the title in 2017 after three back-to-back finals.Srikanth, who clinched as many as four titles in 2017, consistently reached the quarterfinals in 2018 but couldn’t come close to claiming a title with the 2017 French Open triumph being his last win.The 26-year-old from Guntur, who clinched the title in 2015, will begin his campaign against familiar foe, Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent, and might come across fellow Indians Sameer Verma or B Sai Praneeth later as both are in the same half of the draw.Fifth seed Sameer, after reaching the semifinals at the World Tour Finals, will open against Denmark’s Rasmus Gemke, while Praneeth faces a qualifier.RMV Gurusaidutt too is in the same half and will start against Thailand’s Sitthikom Thammasin.Praneeth, who had clinched the 2017 Singapore Open for his first maiden Super Series title, is coming into the tournament after securing a final spot at the Swiss Open and he will look to extend his good run.The other half of the men’s singles draw will have HS Prannoy, Subhankar Dey, Ajay Jayaram and Parupalli Kashyap.Prannoy, troubled by a gastro-esophageal reflux disease last season, is coming to the event after competing at the Asia Mixed Team championship and will take on Thailand’s eighth seed Kantaphon Wangcharoen.SaarLorLux Open champion Subhankar, who had stunned Asian Games champion Jonatan Christie of Indonesia on way to a quarterfinal finish at the Swiss Open, will open against fourth seed Indonesian Tommy Sugiarto.Ajay and Kashyap, two careers marred by injuries, will look to continue their comeback with first-round matches against Chinese Taipei’s Wang Tzu Wei and Hong Kong’s Lee Cheuk Yiu respectively.In doubles, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty withdrew with the former still recovering from a shoulder injury. Sixth seeds Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy will lead the challenge in men’s doubles, which also features Arjun MR and Ramchandran Shlok.Arun George and Sanyam Shukla will also be a pair to look out for after they stunned World No. 14 pair of Liao Min Chun and Ching Heng last week at Hong Kong.In women’s doubles, Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy and Meghana Jakkampudi and Poorvisha S Ram will be in fray, while Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki will be the best hope in mixed event.Also Read | Fighting Asthma, Axelsen hopes to peak at the right timeAlso Read | India Open 2019: Sindhu, Srikanth get top seeding after Chen Yufei and Shi Yuqi withdrawAlso 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 India Open 2019Follow PV SindhuFollow Kidambi SrikanthFollow Sai PraneethFollow India badminton Super 500 tournament Nextlast_img read more

Ziva kisses MS Dhoni after CSK beat Delhi Capitals to enter 8th IPL final

first_img No data available! graphs advertisement commentary Scorecardcenter_img view more view less Ziva kisses MS Dhoni after CSK beat Delhi Capitals to enter 8th IPL finalIPL 2019: MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina were seen celebrating Chennai Super Kings’ 6-wicket win over Delhi Capitals with their daughters in Visakhapatnam on Friday. India Today Web Desk VisakhapatnamMay 11, 2019UPDATED: May 11, 2019 11:01 IST Ziva Dhoni kissed MS Dhoni on the cheek after CSK entered the IPL 2019 final (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSChennai Super Kings beat Delhi Capitals to book their spot in the 2019 IPL finalMS Dhoni and Suresh Raina celebrated CSK’s win with their daughters Ziva and GraciaCSK will face Mumbai Indians in the final for a record fourth title on May 12MS Dhoni and his dad’s army celebrated with the kids as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) entered their record eighth Indian Premier League (IPL) final.Defending champions CSK produced a clinical performance to beat Delhi Capitals by six wickets at the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam on Friday.CSK dished out a disciplined bowling and fielding effort to first restrict DC to 147 for nine and then chased down the target with ease, reaching 151 or four in 19 overs.MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina celebrated CSK’s win with their daughters, Ziva and Gracia. MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina celebrated CSK’s win with their daughters Ziva and Gracia (Courtesy by BCCI)DHONI Playing with Ziva and Gracia After Yesterday’s Match pic.twitter.com/cILrkPUFXMDHONIsm (@DHONIism) May 11, 2019Throughout the match young Ziva could be seen cheering for every run and every wicket as she along with Gracia were the stars in the stands leading the #Yellove.After the win, Dhoni was seen spending some time with Ziva who had a miniature action figure of her father. She congratulated her dad on winning the match and reaching yet another final with a small peck on the cheek.Melting. #CSK #DC #DCvCSK #CSKvDC pic.twitter.com/lR9UACOFeZTJ Detweiler (@de_mental_ist) May 10, 2019 MS Dhoni and Ziva after end of the match (IANS Photo)When MS Dhoni was asked the age difference between the two teams (CSK and DC), he said that is something that does not bother them.”Talking points are always good for the game. But it doesn’t really bother us because at the end of the day facts are facts. And also you need to be a bit aged to have experience on your side. Overall, there are positives about everything, there are negatives about everything,” Dhoni said at the post-match presentation ceremony.advertisementCSK will play Mumbai Indians in the final of the IPL 2019 in Hyderabad on Sunday. The two teams have met each other thrice in summit clashes of the tournament earlier with MI finishing on the winning side twice while the Chennai outfit came out triumphant once.While CSK won the final battle in 2010, MI finished on the victorious side in 2013 and 2015.Also Read | Chennai Super Kings in IPL: 8 finals in 10 seasonsAlso Read | Chennai Super Kings crush Delhi Capitals, storm into 8th IPL finalFor 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 Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Suresh RainaFollow Gracia RainaFollow Ziva DhoniFollow CSKFollow IPL 2019Follow Chennai Super KingsFollow 2019 Indian Premier Leaguelast_img read more

Racist abuse mars Romelu Lukaku’s winning penalty for Inter Milan

first_img Next Racist abuse mars Romelu Lukaku’s winning penalty for Inter MilanRomelu Lukaku appeared to be the target of monkey chants from the home crowd at the Sardegna Arena as he prepared to take the penalty against Cagliari.advertisement Reuters RomeSeptember 2, 2019UPDATED: September 2, 2019 13:52 IST Inter Milan defeated Cagliari 2-1 in Serie A on Sunday. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRomelu Lukaku was racially abused during the Series A match betwen Inter and CagliariLukaku scored a second-half penalty to help his side win 2-1Lukaku appeared to be the target of monkey chants during the gameInter Milan’s Belgium international Romelu Lukaku was subjected to racist abuse as he scored a second-half penalty to earn his new side a 2-1 victory at Cagliari in Serie A on Sunday.The former Manchester United striker appeared to be the target of monkey chants from the home crowd at the Sardegna Arena as he prepared to take the decisive spot kick.Former Juventus forward Moise Kean was also on the receiving end of racist abuse by Cagliari fans at the same stadium last season.The 26-year-old Lukaku sent goalkeeper Robin Olsen the wrong way with 20 minutes remaining to mark his second goal in as many games for his new club before turning to glare at the home fans responsible for the taunts.”I think that in Italy we must improve a lot and be more educated and respectful towards those doing their job,” Inter coach Antonio Conte told a news conference.”In other countries you support the team, you don’t insult the opposition like this. There must be the maximum respect.”Today I was treated well and wasn’t insulted, other times it hasn’t happened like that and it’s not nice.Lautaro Martinez had opened the scoring just before the half-hour only for the hosts to level through Joao Pedro soon after the break.Inter lead Serie A after two rounds on six points along with Torino and champions Juventus, while Cagliari have yet to pick up a point.The Milan club had got their season off to the perfect start with a 4-0 home win over promoted Lecce, but they struggled to find the same swagger against a Cagliari side featuring former Inter midfielder Radja Nainggolan.advertisement”It was a different game to the win against Lecce, as I had warned everyone this would be tough,” Conte added.”Coming to Cagliari is never a walk in the park. Let it be known, I am very demanding and there is a lot we need to do in order to improve, but I also say we are glad to have won in a difficult arena.”Martinez headed the visitors in front after 27 minutes but his celebrations were cut short by a raised offside flag, although the goal was awarded after a lengthy Video Assistant Referee (VAR) review.The Sardinian side levelled five minutes into the second half when Pedro powered a header home from a whipped Nahitan Nandez cross.Stefano Sensi’s free-kick rattled the bar for Inter on the hour mark and the midfielder then proved crucial in the winning goal as he was tripped by Fabio Pisacane to hand Lukaku the chance to convert from the penalty spot.Conte’s side welcome Udinese to San Siro in their next league fixture after the international breakAlso Read | Premier League round-up: Liverpool stay top with club-record win, Manchester City hot in pursuitAlso Read | Premier League: 10-man Southampton hold Manchester United to a 1-1 draw at homeAlso SeeFor 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Romelu LukakuFollow Manchester UnitedFollow Inter Milanlast_img read more

World Athletics Championships: Dutee Chand fails to reach 100m semis, misses Olympic quota

first_img Next India Today Web Desk DohaSeptember 28, 2019UPDATED: September 28, 2019 20:34 IST Dutee Chand finished in 37th place overall in the women’s 100m heats (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDutee Chand clocked 11.48 seconds in her heat, well below her season best which stands at 11.26sDutee finished in 37th place overall and also failed to secure a berth for the Tokyo OlympicsThe qualification standard for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics was set at 11.15 secondsStar Indian sprinter Dutee Chand failed to qualify for the women’s 100m semi-finals at the World Athletics Championships on Saturday after finishing 7th in the third heat of the event.Dutee clocked 11.48 seconds in her heat, well below her season best which stands at 11.26s. Dutee had failed to meet the qualifying standards for world championships in 2019 but she made it to Doha meet after getting an invite from the IAAF.Dutee finished in 37th place overall and also failed to secure a berth for the Tokyo Olympics as a result. The qualification standard for the 2020 Games was set at 11.15 seconds.The top three from the six heats and the next six best times overall make it to the semifinal that will be held on Sunday. Chand’s timing puts her out of contention on both counts. It is also 0.22 seconds lesser than her best time, which is also the national record in the category.In a heat that included Jamaican reigning Olympic champion Elaine Thompson, Dutee had the fastest reaction time which led her to having a good start. She was ahead of the pack at the halfway stage but then fell behind in the final stretch.Breaking News:Dutee Chand finishes disappointing 7th in 100m Heat in World Athletics Championships clocking 11.48s.FAILS to qualify for Semis. #WorldAthleticsChamps pic.twitter.com/TzpAdxE3qLIndia_AllSports (@India_AllSports) September 28, 2019Dutee’s heat was won by reigning Olympic champion Elaine Thompson (11.14 seconds) of Jamaica.The timing of the last qualifier for the semifinals was 11.31 seconds and it was well within Dutee’s reach but she could not do it. The first three in each of the six heats and the next six fastest qualify for the semifinals.advertisementAll eyes now will be on India’s mixed relay team as the Asian Games gold medal-winning team will be in action in the heats later in the day.The Athletics Federation of India is pinning its hopes on the relay team to reach the final and clinch a Tokyo Olympics berth despite the absence of Hima Das and Arokia Rajiv who were part of the Asian Games medal-winning team.Muhammad Anas is not running in his pet event 400m but he will join the mixed relay team in a bid to boost their chances. Notably, India are not in the heat that USA and Jamaica and their chances of making the next round look good.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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Dutee ChandFollow World Athletics Championships World Athletics Championships: Dutee Chand fails to reach 100m semis, misses Olympic quotaDutee Chand’s campaign at the World Athletics Championships came to a disappointing end on Saturday after she finished 7th in the women’s 100m heats.advertisementlast_img read more

Really happy after qualifying for Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Avinash Sable after World Championship heroics

first_img Asian News International New DelhiOctober 5, 2019UPDATED: October 5, 2019 18:59 IST India’s Avinash Sable in action (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAvinash Sable has become the first Indian after 1952 to qualify for the Olympics in this eventSable’s coach Amrish Kumar said that he could have qualified for the event in the first round onlyHe clocked 8 minutes 21.37 seconds to breach the Olympics qualifying standard of 8:22.00.India’s Avinash Sable, who qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in men’s 3000m steeplechase event, is ecstatic on achieving the feat, for which he worked “really hard.””I am feeling very happy after qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. I came into this tournament with the aim of qualifying for the event. I have worked very hard for achieving this. My coach helped me in my training,” Sable told ANI.Sable has become the first Indian after 1952 to qualify for the Olympics in this event.Sable’s coach Amrish Kumar said that he could have qualified for the event in the first round only, but the luck did not go his way.”We could have qualified for the Olympics in the first round, and if we would have done so, then we would have fought for the top six in the second round. He is the first Indian to qualify for the Olympics after 1952. It is a very happy moment for us,” Kumar said.Sable demolished his own national record for the second time in three days though he finished 13th in the final race of the World Championships in Doha.He clocked 8 minutes 21.37 seconds to breach the Olympics qualifying standard of 8:22.00.Also Read | Avinash qualifies for Olympics after smashing 3,000m steeplechase national record for second timeAlso 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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Tokyo Olympics 2020Follow Avinash Sable Really happy after qualifying for Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Avinash Sable after World Championship heroicsAvinash Sable, who has become the first Indian after 1952 to qualify for the Olympics, is ecstatic on achieving the feat.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

India vs South Africa 2nd Test: India take 326-run lead after Philander-Maharaj resistance

first_img graphs scorecard Next India vs South Africa 2nd Test: India take 326-run lead after Philander-Maharaj resistanceIndia vs South Africa 2nd Test: Keshav Maharaj and Vernon Philander led a gutsy fight for South Africa after India had reduced the Proteas to 162 for 8 in the third afternoon of the second Test in Pune. commentary view more view less Rajarshi Gupta PuneOctober 12, 2019UPDATED: October 12, 2019 16:58 IST R Ashwin returned figures of 4/69 to wrap up the South African innings (AP)HIGHLIGHTSSouth Africa were bowled out for 275, India lead by 326 runsMaharaj and Philander led South Africa’s fight with a 109-run standR Ashwin was the pick of India’s bowlers on the third daySouth Africa finally showed some fight in the second Test against India in Pune and the fight came from unexpected corners for the Proteas on the third day at the MCA Stadium.After India had run through the top-order, Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj were involved in a record 9th wicket stand to stall India. The duo batted out 43.1 overs before Keshav Maharaj fell to R Ashwin towards the end of the day.The 109-run stand between Philander and Maharaj is now the highest 9th wicket partnership in India-South Africa Tests.Resuming at their overnight score of 36 for 3, South Africa lost Anrich Nortje and Theunis de Bruyn within the first hour of the third morning. Skipper Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock sought to keep India’s rampaging bowling attack at bay but a brilliant R Ashwin delivery accounted for the latter.Soon after Ravindra Jadeja dismissed Senuran Muthusamy and when Ashwin snared a dangerous looking Faf du Plessis for 64, it looked like South Africa were hastening to the end of their first innings.But at 162 for 8, Philander and Maharaj came together and showed the top-order batsmen how to bat in these conditions. The Pune pitch has been flat but India have bowled brilliantly in this Test.However, some of South Africa’s batsmen were left to rue their shot-selection when they watched Philander and Maharaj steer the innings in the later stages of the day.Philander and Maharaj added 109 runs for the 9th wicket but more importantly batted out 43.1 overs. R Ashwin picked his fourth wicket when he trapped Kagiso Rabada lbw as South Africa were all-out for 275. India finished with a lead of 326 runs.advertisementAt one stage, India were on the cusp of an even bigger first innings lead but the 9th wicket partnership gave South Africa some breathing space.India are still in the driver’s seat in Pune but the Philander-Maharaj show should give South Africa plenty of confidence and the belief that they can fight and survive on this pitch even against a top-quality Indian bowling attack.Also Read | India vs South Africa 2nd Test: Intruder in Pune leaves Sunil Gavaskar fumingAlso 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 India vs South AfricaFollow Pune TestFollow Keshav Maharaj No data available! advertisementlast_img read more

Backcountry Zzz’s: The Five Best Sleeping Bags of 2016

first_img Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms Best For: Sleeping in luxury for car campers and overlanders.Buy it if: Your idea of roughing it usually includes a stay at a Marriott or Hilton. The Concerto feels more like a comfortable hotel bed than a sleeping bag. It features a pad sleeve for a 25 inch wide inflatable mattress (we recommend pairing it with one of Nemo’s insulated Cosmo Pads $160), along with a zip up sheet liner and pillow top.Best Feature: The extra wide width, combined with snap closure made this sleeping bag feel much more like a bed than a bag. Expect to be buying a pair of these, as your significant other will suddenly develop the need to go camping more often after stealing this from you one night on the road.Eddie Bauer Flying Squirrel ($239)Best For: Ultralight ounce counters and minimalist fast packersBuy it if: You absolutely want the lightest fully featured (minus a zipper) sleeping bag of the year. Coming in at under a pound and a half, treated for water repellency, and filled with 850 down, this is the ultimate summer backpacking bag.Best Feature: The wrap around style was initially a little weird looking to us, but after a couple nights hammock camping and one very cold high mountain bivvy huddled under it along with every piece and merino and down apparel we had with us, the lack of zipper was very welcome. It makes the Flying Squirrel very adaptable to many situations, and the most innovative sleeping bag we’ve seen in years.Kathmandu Polaris XT ($480)Best For: High Altitude ExpeditionsBuy it if: Your “summer” adventures include a trek in the Himalayas or Canada’s Bugaboos and Tantalus ranges. This sleeping bag is built to withstand bad weather at altitude. We can’t imagine a better survival tool when you’re thousands of feet above the treeline.Best Feature: Kathmandu built this bag with DownTek’s hydrophobic treated down, making this bag the final answer in the battle against wet, snowy high camps. With a 15-degree comfort rating, you could easily sleep out in the this all year long, unless you call McMurdo Station home.Sierra Designs Front Country Bed Queen ($230)Best For: Snuggling up with your partnerBuy it if: You’d rather be spooning in your bed back home than out on the trail. The Front Country Bed features a quilt cut out rather than a zipper, and an opening at the footbox to stick a foot out when things get too warm. It’s rated to 27 degrees, but with two people, we’ve slept below that comfortably.Best Feature: The sleeping pad skirt on the bottom will accept queen sized inflatable mattresses, and has a bungee cord tightening system. You couldn’t slide of your pad if you tried to. Combine that with the ease of the comforter insert, and you’ve got the best bed for couples’ camping ever made.Mountain Hardwear Hotbed Spark ($139)Best For: One bag to do it all.Buy it if: You’re ready to venture out from car camping to backpacking, but don’t want to have different sets of gear for everything. At just over two and half pounds, the Hotbed Spark is light enough to hike with, but the wide mummy construction is roomier and more comfortable than more restrictive ultralight backpacking bags.Best Feature: The Thermal.Q insulation is the best warmth to weight ration of any synthetic insulation we’ve tested. It provides excellent loft even after the bag has been sitting in a stuf stack and at the bottom of your backpack for a couple days. When you pull it out, turn the fleece-lined stuff sack inside out and put your down jacket inside for an extra pillow to use at bedtime. The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers Rumpl NanoLoft Puffy Blanket is Made Entirely Out of Recycled Material It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt center_img Getting a good night’s rest out on the trail is often a game of weather and terrain roulette. If you get wet or end up sleeping in a boulder field with the wrong tent or sleeping bag, your entire experience in the wilderness can come to a crashing disaster (not to mention may turn your partner off of camping as well). We’ve tested this year’s sleeping bags everywhere from spring car camping road trips to off-trail excursions, and found the very best sleeping bags for any wilderness adventure.Related: Guide To Sleeping Pads | The Best Packs of 2016Nemo Equipment Concerto ($400) Editors’ Recommendations How to Sleep Outdoors: Bring the Best Gear for a Good Night’s Sleeplast_img read more