first_imgUEFA Europa League When is the Europa League last-16 draw? Teams, how to watch & everything you need to know Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 06:33 2/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Danny Welbeck Sead Kolasinac Jack Wilshere Arsenal Adrian Dennis UEFA Europa League The likes of Arsenal, Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund have found themselves in the pot, but when will the draw take place? The 2017-18 Europa League is heading into its final stages and the make-up of the last 16 is now set.Some of Europe’s biggest clubs remain, with a host of giants fighting it out for the silverware that will land them automatic entry to next season’s Champions League.First-leg matches in the round of 32 took place last week and the second legs were wrapped up on Thursday February 22. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player So, when is the last-16 draw and who will be in the hat? Goal brings you all you need to know ahead of the event.When is the Europa League last-16 draw? The draw is scheduled to take place on Friday February 23 at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon.Proceedings are set to get under way at the House of European Football at 12:00 GMT (07:00 ET) .It will be an open draw , so there are no seeded teams and any team can be drawn against any other in the pot.The only exception to that rule is that, per a UEFA directive, teams from Russia and Ukraine cannot be drawn together.What teams are in the Europa League last-16 draw? Antoine Griezmann Atletico MadridThe final 16 is now known following the conclusion of the remainder of the second legs.CSKA Moscow were the first team to be assured of their place in the draw after overcoming Red Star Belgrade.They were later joined by  Arsenal,  who went through despite losing to Ostersund at the Emirates Stadium; fellow Brits Celtic, however, depart after going down 3-0 to Zenit.There was also bad news for Serie A leaders Napoli, who went out on away goals to RB Leipzig  in a thrilling tie that ended 3-3 on aggregate. Atalanta’s exit to Borussia Dortmund  leaves  AC Milan  and  Lazio  as the last remaining Italian teams in the last 16. Spain, meanwhile, also boasts just two sides in the competition.  Atletico Madrid  and  Athletic  continue to the next round after downing FC Copenhagen and Spartak Moscow respectively, while Real Sociedad and Villarreal were knocked out.Since it is an open draw, as mentioned, any team can be drawn against any other, with the exception of teams from Russia and Ukraine – CSKA Moscow and Dynamo Kyiv , for instance – who cannot be paired together.Remaining Europa League teamsAC Milan; Arsenal; Borussia Dortmund; Athletic Bilbao; Atletico Madrid; Marseille; Dynamo Kyiv; Lazio; Lokomotiv Moscow; RB Leipzig; Plzen; Red Bull Salzburg; Sporting CP; Lyon; Zenit; CSKA MoscowHow to watch the Europa League last-16 draw Eric Abidal Arsenal Europa League drawThe draw will be available to watch via a live stream on UEFA’s official website, uefa.com. In the United Kingdom (UK), fans of Arsenal and Celtic can watch the draw live on television on BT Sport 2.Alternatively, UEFA’s social media channels will also have the details of the draw, while Goal will bring you the news as it breaks.When will the Europa League last-16 games be played? Milan celebrating Milan Ludogorets UEFA Europa League 02222018After the draw is finalised and all eight ties are known, the dates and times for the games will then be set.Provisionally the last-16 matches will be played on March 8 and March 15 , with times generally set for 18:00 GMT (13:00 ET) and 20:05 GMT (15:05 ET).Those dates and times are occasionally subject to change, but will be finalised shortly after the draw.The team that is drawn first out of the pot will play the first leg at home, which can sometimes be seen as a disadvantage.last_img read more

first_imgAnthony Martial Martial has Man Utd quality but must earn his place, says Saha Ben Spratt 22:26 5/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AnthonyMartial-Cropped Getty Images Anthony Martial Manchester United Premier League The Frenchman is struggling for regular starts under Jose Mourinho, but the former Red Devils star is sure he can earn his spot in the first-team Louis Saha has told Anthony Martial to stay at Manchester United and work for his place, insisting competition for places is “part of the process” at Old Trafford.Martial starred for Louis van Gaal’s side following his move from Monaco in 2015, scoring 11 Premier League goals in his debut season, but he has found minutes harder to come by under Jose Mourinho, making only 18 top-flight starts in each of the last two campaigns.However, amid reports Martial could look for an exit in the off-season, having missed out on a place in the France squad, compatriot and former United star Saha wants the forward to stay put. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “[Not being in the team] is part of the process at a big club – the competition is there,” Saha told Omnisport.”We all want to be in the starting line-up at our club in order to play for the national team. It’s difficult, it’s not easy. “Sometimes we need to challenge ourselves by saying, ‘If I’m not in the line-up, if something is off, then I need to work on it’. Other players can do it, like [Lionel] Messi or [Cristiano] Ronaldo. They don’t have bad patches because they clearly can adjust and challenge themselves. We cannot see much of their weaknesses.”The goal is clear. He has the quality to be in the starting line-up of any club at any time. If that is not the case, it’s because something is still missing and he needs to keep working.”Saha continued: “Obviously, I would tell him to stay – you don’t need to ask that question.”He’s a great player. His pace makes me crazy. That’s just great. I want him at United in the best condition. Mourinho needs to maybe understand how to give him confidence.”It’s a challenge that Martial has to overcome because I think he’s able to.”last_img read more

first_imgMLS MLS transfer news: The latest rumors and trades in Major League Soccer Goal Last updated 1 year ago 11:05 6/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Wayne Rooney Everton Getty Images MLS Transfers Atlanta United DC United New England New York RB LA Galaxy Columbus Crew SJ Earthquakes Sporting KC Colorado Rapids Philadelphia Union Portland Timbers Seattle Sounders Houston Dynamo Chicago Fire Real Salt Lake Dallas Minnesota United FC Orlando City Goal summarizes the biggest transfer and trade talk involving the LA Galaxy, New York City FC, Toronto FC and the biggest clubs in North America Rooney’s D.C. deal in advanced stagesWayne Rooney’s move to MLS with D.C. United could become official as early as Monday, Sky Sports reports. The 32-year-old is expected to sign a two-year deal worth £3.8 million per season. RSL on the verge of landing LeguizamonReal Salt Lake is on the verge of signing Paraguayan winger Osmar Leguizamon, with radio station ABC Cardinal the first to report the news (via MLSsoccer.com ). Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The Salt Lake Tribune  has also confirmed that club and player have been in contact. Red Bulls chasing PussettoArgentine outlet  Ole  claims that the New York Red Bulls and Boca Juniors are the two clubs in the running for 22-year-old forward Ignacio Pussetto. While Boca is interested in his signature, his current club, Huracan, is believed to be asking for a transfer fee larger than what the Argentine club is willing to spend. Baines wants Everton stayLeighton Baines wants to stay at Goodison Park amid links to the LA Galaxy, reports the BBC . The Sun   had reported on Tuesday that Baines would be flying to Los Angeles to negotiate with the MLS side, but the BBC report claims that the defender would rather stay at Everton. The 33-year-old is ready to fight for a place in the team under a new manager, with the club having parted ways with Sam Allardyce last week. Cameron considering summer MLS moveU.S. national team defender Geoff Cameron is contemplating a summer move to Major League Soccer and has multiple teams interested in his services, according to MLSsoccer.com .The report says that if Cameron does return to MLS it would likely be as a designated player. The defender/midfielder spent six seasons with Stoke City, but is coming off a season that saw the club relegated. Adams to make RB Leipzig moveRB Leipzig are closing in on signing Tyler Adams from sister club New York Red Bulls, according to Kicker . The 19-year-old has impressed in Major League Soccer and has made his debut for the United States national team.Adams, who can play fullback or central midfield, will join up with Leipzig at the conclusion of the MLS season. Junuzovic heading to MLSZlatko Junuzovic has announced that he is leaving German side Werder Bremen, and fussballtransfers believes his next stop is MLS.The 30-year-old free-kick specialist is reportedly on the radar for Philadelphia, Orlando and Chicago, with the Lions leading the chase. Mexican, MLS teams with renewed interest in GuardadoTwo Liga MX teams and MLS have made offers for Andres Guardado to play in North America after the 2018 World Cup, according to  Record . For now, Guardado has kept the Mexican teams – one an economic power and the other a sentimental choice for the Atlas product – and MLS at an arm’s length, saying he wants to play at least one more season in Europe.Mbia not joining Atlanta UnitedStephane Mbia will not be joining Atlanta United, with club and player failing to agree on a contract after the Cameroonian met with officials from the MLS side, according to the AllezLesLions Twitter account. The account reports on Cameroonian players around the globe and claims that Atlanta couldn’t lock down the midfielder, who would have filled a void in the center of the park for the MLS outfit.Whitecaps to move for Motherwell center backThe Vancouver Whitecaps are interested in a move for Motherwell defender Cedric Kipre, the Daily Mail   reports.   The 21-year-old center back has a price tag of around $1.4 million and is on a short list of targets for the MLS side. Fire have discovery claim on TorresThe Chicago Fire have both a discovery claim and an interest in Atletico Madrid forward Fernando Torres, who will be a free agent this summer, according to MLSsoccer.com . Sports Illustrated reported earlier in the week that interest in Torres across MLS was lukewarm, with the former Liverpool star’s asking price driving off potential buyers. His agent has also publically stated that he will likely head to either MLS or China . D.C. United in contact with Balo’s agentD.C. United has been in contact with Mario Balotelli’s agent Mino Raiola,  Sports Illustrated   reports. The forward is out of contract this summer, and with the MLS side on the verge of being sold and looking to land two more designated players this summer, the former Manchester City striker could be a target. Torres to move to MLS or ChinaAtletico Madrid forward Fernando Torres will likely head to Major League Soccer or China following this season, his agent has said. Torres announced on Monday that he would be departing Atletico following the season’s end, drawing a close to his second spell with his boyhood club. Read the full comments on Goal Fire, Casillas eye summer moveThe Chicago Fire and Iker Casillas are showing mutual interest in a summer move for the former Real Madrid goalkeeper, MLSsoccer.com   reports. The report claims that Casillas would come in at a number below a designated player contract. Zlatan rejected $100m China offerZlatan Ibrahimovic turned down a $100 million offer from China in favor of completing a move to the LA Galaxy, according to Sports Illustrated .The Swedish striker left Manchester United last month and subsequently finalized a long-anticipated move to the MLS side.Ibrahimovic is expected to earn $3m over the course of his two-year Galaxy deal after rejecting the eye-watering sums being offered in the Chinese Super League.Sounders bringing in Diego CapelThe Seattle Sounders are on the verge of a deal for Spanish winger Diego Capel, according to multiple reports (via MLSsoccer.com ).Capel most recently played in Belgium for Anderlecht. He’s also played in Italy, Portugal and in Spain over the course of his career. Toronto FC in Valbuena talksToronto FC is in talks with Fenerbahce winger Mathieu Valbuena, according to Fotomac .The Turkish club and MLS side reportedly have made contact but are in no rush to push through a deal, with the MLS transfer window open until May 1.Revs shopping NemethThe New England Revolution have offered forward Krisztian Nemeth to multiple teams, according to MLSsoccer.com .  The club has reportedly offered the player they signed last season to several teams, but could have trouble offloading him unless the Revs are willing to eat a chunk of his $1 million salary. Monterrey planning Giovinco approachMonterrey will take advantage of Sebastian Giovinco’s trip with Toronto FC to northern Mexico to chat with the Italian about a potential future move, according to Multimedios . There is no formal offer on the table, and while the Rayados front office believes convincing the Atomic Ant to leave MLS would be difficult, they still hope to convince him.RSL waives MovsisyanReal Salt Lake has waived designated player Yura Movsisyan according to MLSsoccer.com . The move, which the report claims came after club and player could not agree terms on a buyout of his contract, opens up $504,375 of salary budget for the club along with a DP slot. Benfica interested in DurkinD.C. United midfielder Chris Durkin is on the radar of Portuguese giants Benfica, reports A Bola. The 18-year-old impressed with the U.S. in last fall’s U-17 World Cup, but his path to playing time with DCU this season could be blocked by more experienced players. Benfica would be looking to add Durkin when the transfer window opens in the summer.last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Huddersfield, Newcastle eyeing Empoli midfielder Miha Zajcby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield and Newcastle are eyeing Empoli midfielder Miha Zajc.Zajc has lost his starting place at Empoli this season.“Miha is a player whose style is based on technique, fantastic vision and understanding of the game,” agent Jaka Lucu told Tuttomercatoweb.“He thinks faster than most players and (former Empoli Coach Aurelio) Andreazzoli had a similar way of viewing football, appreciating his creativity.“Iachini’s approach is far more realistic, defensive, so naturally Zajc doesn’t fit into that approach. There’s nothing wrong with that as such, but the plans were different at the start of the season. Things have changed at Empoli.“Miha has proved he can play at the level of a top club, even in a team under constant pressure to secure survival. It therefore makes sense to think he can move to Germany, Spain or especially England.“I say this diplomatically, Italy will no longer be his first choice career path. It’s true that at least two Premier League clubs have shown interest in Miha. He is the kind of player who is increasingly appreciated in England, because he brings added value and the speed with which he works is ideal for the Premier League.” last_img read more

first_imgFlorentino insists no panic over Real Madrid form slumpby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid president Florentino Perez insists there’s no panic over their form slump.Perez made the comments during the signing presentation of former Manchester City midfielder Brahim Diaz.”Yesterday our team showed the Real Madrid fans our seventh world title,” he said.”This successful time comes with difficulties and complicated moments, but the team will give their all and we are ready to meet the required demands to get used to a new international scenario.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

first_imgTagsTransfersOpinionLoan MarketAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Ethan Ampadu & RB Leipzig: Why Chelsea need to rip this one upby Chris Beattie15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: This wasn’t in the script. Not for Chelsea. Nor for Ethan Ampadu. And now the question is: do they rip the thing up?Ryan Giggs, the Wales coach, sounded the alarm this week. The nation’s best young prospect – with potential not seen in years. Ampadu has found himself stuck this season. In neutral. The now 19 year-old being passed over week-after-week by Julian Nagelsmann at RB Leipzig. Celebrated as a coup upon his arrival, Ampadu’s loan move is still waiting to actually begin. The midfielder is yet to see any first team action under coach Nagelsmann. He’s been involved in matchday squads – but that’s it. Nagelsmann hasn’t seen enough from Ampadu to warrant a debut.As Giggs says, it’s “concerning”. The Wales manager echoing the feedback this column received Monday from a long time Cobham source. He didn’t parrot it word-for-word, but Giggs came pretty close to detailing the general opinion inside Chelsea about what has befallen Ampadu in Leipzig.”It is a concern because Ethan is at the age now where he has to play,” Giggs said, referring to Ampadu’s age. He’s not that 16 year-old kid at Exeter City that we were all scrambling to learn of. At 19, the lad needs to be playing.Giggs continued: “He’s had a few problems there injury-wise, nothing serious but little aches and pains. The last few camps he’s looked so much better in training.”He is such a talent it’s hard to ignore. But it’s very difficult for him to play 90 minutes and back-to-back games, because he’s not had the minutes.”From his standpoint, Giggs wants a player with a game sharpened by regular first team football. Wales are stronger with a confident, in-form Ampadu sitting at the base of their midfield.For Chelsea. Indeed, for Ampadu. The “concern” is more about the long-term. Sitting on the bench – or even in the stands – for matchday does the player no good at all. Especially at 19 years of age. Ampadu could be doing that at Cobham. Indeed, he’d be getting more minutes back at Chelsea with the U23s. There’s been no such reserve team chances at RBL thus far. And to be fair, if Ampadu was to turn out for their second team, it’s unlikely Chelsea would tolerate housing their prospect any longer with the Germans.So what’s happened? Why isn’t this working? Well, the simple answer is: Nagelsmann.In his first season with RBL, the team is flying. But he doesn’t work to type. At 32, Nagelsmann has been billed – especially in England – as a coach eager to gamble on youth. Someone who’ll give the club’s youngsters a chance. But the reality is something very different – especially as RBL coach. Nagelsmann has gone largely with the players he’s inherited. Like Ampadu, former Everton winger Ademola Lookman has found himself frozen out. As has fellow summer additions Luan Candido and Marcelo Saracchi. It isn’t just the form of those in Nagelsmann’s XI which have kept them sidelined. Their new coach, sounding more like Maurizio Sarri than Frank Lampard, pulling apart their game – publicly – when pressed about their absence.On Saracchi, Nagelsmann says “he’s clearly made too many mistakes”, while for Luan he insists the player’s tactical know-how isn’t up to scratch, “In the rarest case, do you get an 18-year-old fullback from Brazil who will immediately play every game.”And as for Ampadu and Lookman, Nagelsmann warned: “While the overall system is not super stable, these players will simply have less and less playing time.” Are you watching Chelsea?Well, of course they are. Lampard’s backroom team know (as we’re sure the player and minders do also) that Ampadu would be getting a game with them. Indeed, it’s no great stretch to suggest he’d be a regular under this manager and the approach to team selection he’s brought this season. Just consider Billy Gilmour’s introduction for one.And when you consider the rapid progress we’ve seen from the likes of Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham, there must be a sense of missed opportunity inside the Ampadu camp.This loan isn’t about toughening up a young player. To have a pampered young pro see how the other half live. Ampadu went through that at Exeter. He doesn’t need to prove he can dig in and tough things out, no matter the playing opportunities.This move was about football. Accelerating his development. And lifting the self belief that comes with being a regular first teamer. Basically everything Ampadu is still waiting to experience two months into this loan – and with a warning from his coach of little chance of anything changing soon.For Chelsea. For Ampadu. This was never in the script. As things stand today, for the sake of his development and his career, they need to rip this one up. last_img read more

first_imgMichael Phelps speaking at award show.Michael Phelps’ “death stare” went viral during the Olympics. Sunday night, he revealed which song he was listening to while it was happening.Back in early August, United States Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps made headlines for more than just his ridiculous swimming ability. Ahead of a semifinal heat for the 200 meter butterfly, Phelps made a disgusted face as South African swimmer Chad le Clos – one of his rivals – danced right in front of him. The Internet, of course, loved it.Sunday night, Phelps took the stage at the MTV VMAs and revealed to the world which song he was listening to while he getting into the zone ahead of the race. It was Future’s “Stick Talk.”Future actually took the stage at the award show and performed the song in honor of Phelps.Whether you like the song or not, it’s clear that it worked for Phelps. In this year’s games, he racked up another five gold medals giving him 23 total in his insane career.last_img read more

first_imgManchester United scored two late goals in the space of five minutes as they came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Burnley at Old Trafford on Tuesday.Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood appeared to have set Burnley on course for a first away win against United since September 1962 and inflict a first defeat on caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.However, Paul Pogba’s 87th-minute penalty and an injury-time strike from Victor Lindelof – his first for the club – salvaged a point for the home side that could yet prove important in the race for the top four. 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? Marcus Rashford scuffed a glorious early chance wide and Barnes could have punished that miss were it not for a vital interception by the returning Phil Jones.Pogba had the ball in the net but was pulled up by a correct offside call, as United endured a frustrating end to a half in which they struggled to reach top gear and failed to have a shot on target.And Old Trafford was stunned six minutes after the restart, when Barnes fired high into the net from just inside the box after Andreas Pereira was robbed of possession by Jack Cork.PIC:  pic.twitter.com/JO8ZQNt5ZJ— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) January 29, 2019United at last upped the tempo and Tom Heaton denied Rashford from distance before producing a stunning stop to claw the ball away from the right-hand post after Romelu Lukaku’s touch.A poor touch from Rashford spoiled another good chance for United, and it was duly punished once again, with Wood rising high to nod home Ashley Westwood’s cross.United surged forward and Pogba swept a spot-kick into the top-left corner to give them some hope, after Jeff Hendrick had tugged down Jesse Lingard.And in the second minute of injury time, Lindelof turned in the rebound after Heaton kept out Alexis Sanchez’s header to rescue a share of the spoils.FULL-TIME Man Utd 2-2 BurnleyTwo goals down with time running out, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side stage a dramatic fightback to salvage a point#MUNBUR pic.twitter.com/excMEhBUxP— Premier League (@premierleague) January 29, 2019 What does it mean? No record for Solskjaer as top-four hopes suffer blowSolskjaer failed to become the first manager to win his first seven Premier League matches in charge of a club, although this was very nearly a more damaging result than it proved to be.Despite Lindelof’s dramatic leveller, Arsenal’s win over Cardiff City sees United slip two points behind the Gunners, and they will be five adrift of the top-four places if Chelsea beat Bournemouth on Wednesday.Burnley are now four points clear of the bottom three, although conceding such a late equaliser after so much good defensive work will have undoubtedly hurt.A Barnes-torming showing from Burnley’s number 10Barnes did so much good work pressing United’s centre-backs to limit their build-up play, he deserved his goal. And he took it in spectacular style.Has Pereira blown his chance?This was Pereira’s first league start since August and it did not go to plan. The midfielder was ineffective in the first half and gifted Cork the ball to allow Barnes to break the deadlock before being withdrawn. How many more opportunities will he get in the United first team?Key Opta facts- Manchester United came from two goals down to draw against Burnley for the second time in as many Premier League meetings at Old Trafford, also doing so against the Clarets in December 2017.- Paul Pogba has both scored and missed a Premier League penalty against Burnley this season, failing from the spot at Turf Moor in September but scoring here.- Victor Lindelof became the fourth Swedish player to score in the Premier League for Manchester United, after Jesper Blomqvist, Henrik Larsson and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.- Sean Dyche has never lost a Premier League game on Tuesday as Burnley manager, winning three and drawing three of six matches.What’s next?United head to Leicester City on Sunday, the day after Burnley host Southampton. read morelast_img read more

first_imgWisconsin Badgers celebrate in the locker room after a win against Michigan State.Twitter/@BTNjourneyWisconsin went into East Lansing and knocked off Michigan State by 24 points. That’s a good reason to celebrate if you are the Badgers.The Wisconsin Badgers marched into East Lansing and dominated the Michigan State Spartans on Saturday by the final score of 30-6. It was Michigan State’s first loss at home since falling to Ohio State, 49-37, back on Nov. 8 of 2014.Big Ten’s The Journey has released some exclusive footage of Wisconsin’s post-game celebration in the locker room.You win easy at No. 8, you do some celebrating.Just like @BadgerFootball here!More » https://t.co/U37Wes3Itr https://t.co/WB25Z2owTr— The Journey (@BTNJourney) September 27, 2016Everyone else caught Jazz Peavy (No. 11) jumping up and down while simultaneously dabbing in the video, right? He led the Badgers in receiving on Saturday with four catches and 96 yards.With the win, the Badgers are now 1-0 in the Big Ten and 4-0 overall on the year sitting alongside Nebraska atop the Big Ten West standings.Wisconsin, who now sits at No. 8 in the AP Poll, continues their extremely difficult stretch this weekend as they play visitor to the Michigan Wolverines. They then host Ohio State on Oct. 15 after a much needed bye week.last_img read more

first_imgQuarterback Tua Tagovailoa of the Alabama Crimson Tide drops back to pass during the College Football Playoff National Championship.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide drops back to pass during the College Football Playoff National Championship game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)ESPN has updated its college football power rankings top 25 following the fourth week of the regular season.The fourth week of the season was a wild one, with several top 25 teams losing. A couple of teams at the top, meanwhile, continued to look as dominant as ever.Alabama, unsurprisingly, remains No. 1.The Crimson Tide blasted a team that nearly beat Clemson two weeks ago, but coach Nick Saban can find things to correct. The Tide ran for only 109 yards, surrendered 23 points and committed nine penalties — and still won by more than three touchdowns. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was fantastic again, completing 22 of 30 passes for 387 yards with four scores.Here’s the full top 25:AlabamaOhio StateGeorgiaClemsonStanfordLSUNotre DamePenn StateOklahomaWest VirginiaMichiganAuburnWashingtonWisconsinUCFMiamiTexasOregonKentuckyMississippi StateColoradoSyracuseDukeMichigan StateBYUYou can view ESPN’s full rankings here.last_img read more

first_imgGeorgia's offense lined up against the Florida Gators defense.JACKSONVILLE, FL – OCTOBER 29: Georgia Bulldogs and Florida Gators players line up before a snap during the first quarter of the game at EverBank Field on October 29, 2016 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)Florida head coach Dan Mullen was just as mad as we’ve ever seen him, as the Gators’ head coach went absolutely berserk on the sideline following a penalty call.The Gators’ head coach was furious with a penalty call in the end zone as his defense was trying to make a goal-line stand against Georgia.Mullen was given an unsportsmanlike penalty for his actions.Dan Mullen going berserk after that call. Unsportsmanlike flag on Mullen.— Edgar Thompson (@osgators) October 27, 2018Dan Mullen moves Georgia two centimeters closer to the goal line with an unsportsmanlike conduct after the McWilliams PI call.— Thomas Goldkamp (@ThomasGoldkamp) October 27, 2018The penalty didn’t end up being costly, though.Florida stopped Georgia on three straight runs from inside the 1-yard line, holding the Bulldogs to a field goal.It’s now Georgia 23, Florida 14 at the end of the third quarter.last_img read more

first_imgTerrell Lewis celebrates a big play during Alabama vs. Georgia in the national championship.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Terrell Lewis #24 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts to an interception during the third quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Alabama had a typically elite defense once again in 2018, but the team did deal with some serious adversity on that end of the ball. The Crimson Tide got hit with significant injuries at linebacker, including a year-long injury for Terrell Lewis.The redshirt junior had the second straight season in which he missed the majority of his team’s games in 2018. As a redshirt freshman, Lewis tore a ligament in his elbow in the season opener against Florida State.He returned for the Iron Bowl, and played in the stretch run to the national championship, recording 16 total tackles, two TFLs, and a sack in four appearances. He started the championship game win over Georgia, recording seven tackles and a big sack of Jake Fromm.Last year, he suffered a torn ACL ahead of the season. He is still recovering from the knee injury.Terrell Lewis had missed two Alabama practices, and is now being shut down for the remainder of the spring.From AL.com:Terrell Lewis probably won’t practice again this spring for Alabama.Alabama will likely sit the redshirt junior outside linebacker for the remainder of spring ball for precautionary reasons as he continues to work back from the torn ACL he suffered last summer, according to sources.It is likely a setback for Lewis, who should step into a big role, if healthy. Of course, if he avoids a third straight injury at the top of the season, this is worth it.As a freshman in 2016, Lewis recorded 11 tackles and a sack in 11 games. Lewis was a four-star member of Alabama’s 2016 recruiting class.[AL.com]last_img read more

first_imgKirby Smart talking to one of his Georgia assistants.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 15: Head Coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs decides on a play call against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on September 15, 2018 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Kirby Smart is probably just about ready for this spring football season to be over for Georgia. The team has probably looked fine on the field, but off of it, the last few weeks have been calamitous.Since late February, six different Georgia football players have been arrested. They are from four different instances.In February, Latavious Brini was allegedly involved in an altercation in downtown Athens. As a result, he drew a simple battery charge.Less than a month later, Jaden Hunter was arrested for driving with a suspended license.Four days after that, Tyler Simmons and Tyrique Stevenson were taken in after a bar fight in Athens.The most recent instance involved Robert Beal and Brenton Cox. The pair were brought in on marijuana charges.Kirby Smart is shouldering some of the blame for his Georgia players’ issues.Smart says he’s clearly done a poor job of connecting with the players and instilling in them an awareness of how serious the off-field issues can be.Kirby Smart on Cox and Beal arrests: “I’ve obviously done a poor job with this group of connecting … He said they’ve got to learn “you can’t break the rules, you can’t break the law.”— Marc Weiszer (@marcweiszer) April 2, 2019Kirby Smart post-practice addresses arrests of Robert Beal and Brenton Cox, and recent rash of arrests, says he has done a “poor job” of getting through to players. “That all falls on me,” he said.— Seth Emerson (@SethWEmerson) April 2, 2019He also hinted at the possibility of being more selective with the players he brings in moving forward, which can’t feel great for the players dealing with issues over the last few weeks.Smart spoke of re-examining his player selection criteria saying a some of the players do not realize the privilege.— Bulldawg Illustrated (@BD_illustrated) April 2, 2019None of the incidents seem terribly big taken individually, but this many arrests for any program looks bad, and Smart is obviously not happy with his guys.last_img read more

first_imgTamil Nadu minister P Balakrishna Reddy resigns after court sentences him to 3 years in jailA special court had convicted Reddy in a 1998 arson case where he had hurled stones at a government bus.advertisement Shalini Lobo January 8, 2019UPDATED: January 8, 2019 00:08 IST P Balakrishna Reddy submitted his resignation on Monday evening (Twitter-@BalaReddyOffl)HIGHLIGHTSP Balakrishna Reddy submitted his resignation on MondayReddy was convicted by a special court in Chennai in a two-decades-old riots caseHis portfolio was later allocated to Minister of School Education KA SengottaiyanTamil Nadu minister of youth welfare and sports development P Balakrishna Reddy submitted his resignation on Monday evening and has stepped down from the state cabinet. The resignation came hours after Reddy was convicted by a special court in Chennai in a two-decades-old riots case.A special court on Monday convicted Reddy in a 1998 arson case related to a protest against illicit liquor in Hosur in which he had hurled stones at a government bus. A case was filed against him for inciting violence. The ex-minister has been given 3 years of imprisonment and has been asked to deposit a fine of Rs 10,000.As soon as the special court convicted Reddy, DMK chief MK Stalin demanded his resignation from the cabinet. On Monday evening, Reddy submitted his resignation to Chief Minister Edapadi Palaniswami and the CM sent it to the Governor’s office.The portfolio was later allocated to Minister of School Education KA Sengottaiyan as Governor Banwarilal Purohit accepted Reddy’s resignation in the evening.Also read: How will lotus grow in Tamil Nadu without the Sun? Stalin asks BJPALSO WATCH| Political Stock Exchange: 43 per cent voters want Stalin as Tamil Nadu CMFor 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 byIram Ara Ibrahimlast_img read more

first_imgKL Rahul hits form, leads strong reply for India A vs England Lions in WayanadOut-of-favour India opener KL Rahul, who was struggling for form, scored an unbeaten 88 on Day 2 of the first unofficial Test vs England Lions in Wayanad on Friday.advertisement Press Trust of India WayanadFebruary 8, 2019UPDATED: February 8, 2019 20:29 IST India A vs England Lions: KL Rahul helped India A make a strong comeback after conceding aplenty in the first innings (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKL Rahul looks on course for a century as he remained unbeaten on 88 at stumps on Day 2Rahul led India A’s strong reply to England Lions’ 1st innings total of 340India A reached 219 for 1 at stumps on Day 2 in Wayanad after an unbeaten 171 run stand for the 2nd wicketOut-of-favour India opener KL Rahul was back amongst the runs, his unbeaten 88 steering India A to 219 for 1 on day two of the first unofficial Test against England Lions in Wayanad Friday.India ‘A’ came up with a strong reply to England Lions’ first innings score of 340, courtesy Rahul and Priyank Panchal, who was unbeaten on 89.Navdeep Saini’s five-wicket haul helped the host restrict the Lions, who resumed the day at 303 for five. Apart from Ben Duckett (80), there were half-centuries for Sam Hain (61) and Will Jack (63).Stylish Rahul plays with assurance in WayanadThe stylish Rahul, who played a few matches in the preceding ODI series against the Lions but couldn’t get going, started slowly, scoring 12 off 57 balls.He played with assurance and in Panchal’s company added 171 runs for the second wicket.Rahul looked compact and left a lot of balls early in his innings. After settling down, he played some delightful shots all round the wicket, including a few beautiful drives.The stylish Karnataka batsman, who had a dismal Australia tour, handled the Lions pace bowlers and spinners with equal ease.Rahul was sent back from Australia following the conclusion of the Tests after he and Hardik Pandya were caught in a massive controversy over their loose remarks on women during a television show. The BCCI revoked their interim suspension pending an inquiry.Following that, he was picked in the India A limited-overs squad for the ODIs against the Lions. Friday’s knock would give him a lot of confidence in the wake of his recent on and off-field struggles.advertisementGujarat batsman Panchal matched Rahul stroke for stroke and played some lovely shots, hitting 16 fours in all.Earlier in the day, Saini picked up three of the five wickets to fall in the first session, triggering the Lions’ collapse from 321 for six to 340 all out.Brief scores: England Lions 340 all out in 104.3 overs (Ben Duckett 80, Will Jack 63, Sam Hain 61; Navdeep Saini 5/79) vs India ‘A’ (K L Rahul 88 batting, Priyank Panchal 89 batting, A R Easwaran 31.Also Read | Wake up New Zealand Cricket #MeToo banner seen during India vs New Zealand 2nd T20IAlso Read | What Sarfraz Ahmed did was wrong but Pakistan comfortable with him leading: Mickey ArthurAlso Read | Yuvraj Singh reveals why MS Dhoni is crucial to India at 2019 World CupAlso 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 A vs England LionsFollow KL RahulFollow India cricket newsFollow Priyank Panchallast_img read more

first_imgDinesh Karthik vs Rishabh Pant for World Cup: MSK Prasad weighs in on debateSelection committee chairman MSK Prasad also said that KL Rahul has been included in the T20I and ODI squads for the Australia series in order to assess him as a potential backup opener for the World Cupadvertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 18, 2019UPDATED: February 18, 2019 16:43 IST Australia tour of India 2019: Dinesh Karthik’s absence from the ODI squad helped raise quite a few eyebrows (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMSK Prasad hasn’t ruled out Dinesh Karthik’s chances of making India’s World Cup squadDinesh Karthik has not been picked for the ODI series vs Australia, starting March 2Rishabh Pant has been included in both the T20I and the ODI series for the Australia seriesChairman of India’s senior selection committee, MSK Prasad has refused to rule out Dinesh Karthik’s chances of making the India squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. The wicketkeeper-batsman was not picked for the upcoming ODI series against Australia, Team India’s final international assignment ahead of the mega event.MSK Prasad pointed out that Dinesh Karthik has done well in the finisher’s role in whatever opportunities he has got in the past and that a call on the back-up wicketkeeper’s slot “at an appropriate time” ahead of the World Cup, starting May 30 in England and Wales.Rishabh Pant finds a place in both the T20I and ODI squads for the Australia series. The young wicketkeeper-batsman, who finished as the second-highest scorer behind Cheteshwar Pujara for India in their historic 2-1 Test series win in Australia earlier this year, was rested for the subsequent ODI series in Australia and New Zealand.”It’s definitely a healthy debate that’s going on. We know Dinesh Karthik has been doing really well in the finisher’s role. At the same time, Rishabh Pant’s escalation has been very fast. He is showing a lot of maturity. Both of them are equally good but what is good for the team is going to help us take a call at the appropriate time,” MSK Prasad said in an interview to Hotstar.Even as Pant was not picked for the ODI series in Australia and New Zealand both MSK Prasad and the team management insisted he was in the World Cup mix. In fact, head coach Ravi Shastri said Pant was asked to learn to finish games. Pant played a couple of one-day games for India A against England Lions before he joined the senior national team for the T20I series in New Zealand earlier this month.advertisementMeanwhile, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar suggested Dinesh Karthik should definitely be part of India’s World Cup squad and even tipped the Tamil Nadu veteran to be the team’s back-up opener at the quadrennial event.”There should be flexibility in the team. Dinesh Karthik has opened in Test matches in the past so he can do it in ODIs too,” Gavaskar said.On the contrary, former batsman Sanjay Manjrekar had opined that the selector’s decision to not include Karthik in the ODI squad signalled that his career in ODI cricket is over.”His fans will feel sorry because with the opportunity he has got, he has done as well as he could. But I feel with this selection or non-selection of Karthik, India have told everyone that we look at Karthik as a T20 batsman, and his 50-over future is over as far as we are concerned,” Manjrekar told ESPNCricinfo.KL Rahul’s form is very important for World Cup selection: PrasadMeanwhile, MSK Prasad has insisted KL Rahul is being looked at as back-up opener but opined that he needs to hit form in order to justify his selection. Rahul, who hadn’t played international cricket since the Sydney Test in January, has been included in both the T20I and the ODI squads for the upcoming home series.”At such a major tournament [World Cup], we can’t afford to go in without a third opener. That’s why we have included KL Rahul for the T20Is and the ODIs against Australia. We have to see how he performs because his form is also very important,” Prasad said.Also Read | Sunil Gavaskar picks Dinesh Karthik ahead of Rishabh Pant in World Cup squadAlso Read | India are the best side in ODI cricket in their own conditions: Aaron FinchAlso Read | Hardik Pandya and I are seen as competitors but we share very good rapport: Vijay ShankarAlso 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 MSK PrasadFollow Dinesh KarthikFollow Rishabh PantFollow India vs AustraliaFollow 2019 Cricket World Cuplast_img read more

first_img Next What newlyweds Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta wore for wedding partyFor their grand bash, Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta looked stunning beyond words in gorgeous ensembles. The bride of the hour, Shloka Mehta wore a stunning champagne gold lehenga for the bash.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 10, 2019UPDATED: March 11, 2019 11:03 IST Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta at wedding party Photo: Yogen ShahNewlyweds Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta, who got married yesterday in a grand ceremony, are hosting the biggest party of the year to celebrate their union in Mumbai.The wedding party is currently going on at the Jio World Centre in Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai.For their grand bash, Akash and Shloka looked stunning beyond words in gorgeous ensembles. The bride of the hour, Shloka Mehta wore a stunning champagne gold lehenga for the bash.LIVE UPDATES: AKASH AMBANI AND SHLOKA MEHTA WEDDING PARTYShe chose a heavily embellished lehenga, adorned with intricate silver floral patterns all over the skirt. She paired it with an embellished blouse and a dupatta draped elegantly like the pallu of a saree. Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta weddingShe styled her ensemble with open tresses, nude lips, silver smokey eyes, drop earrings, a pretty necklace and minimal make-up.As for Akash, he complemented his bride in an embellished navy bandhgala jacket, navy kurta and white pants. He looked every bit dapper as he walked in the party with his beautiful bride.Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta tied the knot yesterday at the Jio World Centre. The ceremony was attended by the biggest names from Bollywood, politics, business and sports.ALSO SEE | First pictures of Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta from their wedding party in MumbaiALSO SEE | Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta wedding party: PV Sindhu to Juhi Chawla, guests at starry bashALSO SEE | Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta wedding party in Mumbai: Inside pics from Jio World CentreadvertisementALSO WATCH | Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta wedding: Watch what happened at Jio World CentreGet 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 byKrishna Priya Pallavi Tags :Follow Akash AmbaniFollow Shloka MehtaFollow Akash Ambani ReceptionFollow Mukesh Ambanilast_img read more

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: Rishabh Pant officially confirmed as Shikhar Dhawan’s replacementThe Indian team will be facing Afghanistan in their fifth match of the tournament on Saturday (June 22) and will miss the services of two key players – Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.advertisement India Today Web Desk SouthamptonJune 19, 2019UPDATED: June 20, 2019 08:13 IST India will face Afghanistan in their next World Cup game on Saturday. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe ICC has officially confirmed Rishabh Pant has replacement of Shikhar DhawanIndia opener Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the World Cup 2019 with a broken thumbIndia will next face Afghanistan on Saturday (June 22) in SouthamptonWicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has been officially confirmed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) as the replacement of India opener Shikhar Dhawan, who has been ruled out of the World Cup 2019 with a broken thumb.Team India players were seen hard at practice at Southampton on Wednesday preparing for their next challenge against Afghanistan in the World Cup 2019.Captain Virat Kohli led the way in the nets, spending a lot of time honing his skills with the bat while all-rounder Vijay Shankar was seen rolling his arms over along with Jasprit Bumrah. Pant also joined the session along with Mohammed Shami, who was training at full tilt at the Ageas Bowl.The Indian team will be facing Afghanistan in their fifth match of the tournament on Saturday (June 22) and will be without the services of two key players in Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.Dhawan was on Wednesday, ruled out for the rest of the tournament with a thumb fracture while Bhuvi will miss the next three games due to a hamstring injury.#TeamIndia gearing up for the game against Afghanistan pic.twitter.com/mde0Sm4mG4BCCI (@BCCI) June 19, 2019Rishabh Pant was drafted into the 15-member squad as the official replacement for Dhawan but whether he gets to play in Southampton or the Indian team sticks with the winning combination remains to be seen. Shami meanwhile, is going to replace Bhuvneshwar in the playing XI for the next few games.One thing is for certain, the players are not going to take their foot off the pedal and not take Afghanistan lightly by any means even though all the players are in good form in the Indian team.advertisementSpeaking to Pakistan great Wasim Akram for the ICC, Kohli pointed out it’s difficult to gain momentum in a tournament like the World Cup and every game gives the Indian team an opportunity to execute their plans to perfection.Training #TeamIndia batsman @klrahul11 having a go at in the nets today. pic.twitter.com/J1cKy1PytsBCCI (@BCCI) June 19, 2019India are well-placed to reach the semi-final of World Cup 2019, having won 3 out of their first 4 matches by comfortable margins. India thrashed arch-rivals Pakistan by 89 runs (DLS) on Sunday in Manchester and are now on a 5-day break before their next match against Afghanistan.”For sure (take Afghanistan seriously). It’s very difficult to gain momentum in a tournament like the World Cup. We want to win every game we play. And the fact that we have long gaps between each game.. that helps a lot. We have time to recover, regroup and then the motivation is back again. No game is easy in this World Cup. We have to be professional and execute our plans well,” Virat Kohli said.The weather in Southampton will also be closely monitored by both the teams on Saturday with overcast weather likely to stay throughout the game.The conditions will remain mostly sunny till 12 PM BST (4.30 PM IST) after which it will turn cloudy but chances of rain are quite less at the moment.Also Read | World Cup 2019: India won’t take Afghanistan or any other team lightly, says Virat KohliAlso Read | Shikhar Dhawan out of World Cup 2019, Rishabh Pant named replacementAlso 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 World Cup 2019Follow India vs Afghanistan Nextlast_img read more

first_img The Best Podcasts to Listen to On Your Commute What to Wear on a Red-Eye Flight: Fashionably Comfortable Apparel for the Long Haul feel like you have too much cargo and not enough bike? The EdgeRunner from Xtracycle will take care of that. This handy bicycle combines the functionality of a baby seat with the practicality of a baby seat and a passenger seat, and on top of that, there’s a built-in bike rack as well! Referred to as “an easy to ride sport-utility vehicle,” the EdgeRunner allows you to do everything an SUV can, except you know, things like going on the highway beyond 50 miles per hour.You can even model the EdgeRunner exactly to your liking because it comes in two sizes, three models, and four super fresh frame colors. “The EdgeRunner completely reinvents the cargo bike, with its low cargo platform, upright yet efficient ride-position, 100 percent chromoly step-through frame, and complete line of cargo and family specific accessories,” reads the press release.So skip the car, save money on gas and help out the environment all at the same time with the EdgeRunner. Someone actually called it the “Range Rover of the bike world,” so make all your biker friends envious. Get loads of groceries, cart your kids or your friends on it and get some exercise at the same time!If you want to have a little fun with the EdgeRunner, you can try and  reenact that Portlandia skit with it. This bike would prob do a much better job than Carrie and Fred did with their bikes!For more information, visit xtracycle.com. A Beginner’s Guide to Road Biking Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More Editors’ Recommendations Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Pornlast_img read more

first_img A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Are you dabbling with the dream of opening a bar? Do you know how high your bar should be? What materials don’t rust? What kind of lighting to use? Thought so.We spoke to hospitality designer Jeffery Beers, who has designed bars across the globe from Jay Z’s 40/40 Club to db brasserie in Vegas to hear his sage advice on how a bar should look and work. While you may not have a budget to rival these beauties, his tips are equally important for a tiny tavern to a baller’s brasserie.Key Material and Finish for the BarTo make a bar a bar, to make it long lasting, I am a big believer in concrete and steel. Cast concrete that is polished with wax is one of my favorite looks and will last forever.  Sealing and waxing steel prevents rust, and creates an indestructible and cool bar. If you’re using wood, go for something that is tried and true for the outdoors. I personally like teak and a Brazilian wood called ipe, which are both tough materials that age well and look good polished.  In the stone family, granite is the most common and safest because it is very dense and it is resistant to stains like spilled red wine. Yet, personally I find it boring and prefer to work with quartzite that looks more like marble. While I love marble, I shy away from using it for bars as it easily stains and demands a fair amount of upkeep. Marble as well as zinc are beautiful, but keep in mind they give a very traditional, European aesthetic.Materials and Finishes for Faucet & Sinks, Hardware, Beer Taps, Etc.I love to sail and I am therefore a fan of stainless steel. I gravitate to its resilience and its crisp, nautical feel. Also, it does not rust, ever, and therefore very easy to maintain. If you pair it with wood, you have a very yacht club feel; otherwise it looks cool and modern against concrete and polished steel. For something different and sharp, I am currently working with stainless steel in black finish and I am looking forward to seeing how the completed project will look. Brass is the iconic metal for bars and I love it. However it demands a lot of upkeep and polishing as it easily discolors; it gets a rather funky if you let it go and it oxidizes. Shelving and Displaying BottlesI am firm believer that the alcohol needs to be displayed at the back of the bar. You can install wood shelves for something standard. I would personally organize a grid of cubbies that are internally lit to give a fresh and original take on the traditional bottle organization and storage.If you’re adventurous, island shaped, u-shaped bars allow for a wonderful liquor display. The classic bar at the former iconic restaurant, The Four Seasons, for example, had a beautiful center presentation with storage underneath and chandelier above it. Overall the look was classic, elegant and quite nice.RefrigeratorsI use refrigerator drawers and top loading refrigerators. They are clean and sleek, easy to use, and conveniently display beverages and alcohols, like beer and white wine, that need to be chilled. The old school choice of course was a swing-door, like a under back bar refrigerator hidden from site. They are actually quite cumbersome; you have to bend down to properly see what is inside, and the open swinging door gets in the way. Accessories: Bar Stools, Hooks, MirrorsI have two schools of thoughts when it comes to bar stools.  Personally, I prefer a backless bar stool – they are key component in a social gathering as they let you to sit either with your side or back to the bar, and allow for groups to be together and mingle comfortably in a circle formation. For bars in upscale hotels, lounges and restaurants, we use stools with backs. While they regulate you to facing the bar, the back makes seating more comfortable, luxurious and can act as a rest for bags and totes.Small hooks underneath the bar top are very popular too. It’s a nice trick and I hear it’s very much appreciated to hang bags, hats and even coats.  Mirrors are fantastic, and they are a key component to the design of a bar. They are normally placed with the back bar display; the mirror goes on the back wall first and the shelves are installed on to it. We often take a strip of mirror and angle it 15 – 20 degrees in order to reflect the whole bar scene. It’s an interesting trick to encourage people watching and make a more social atmosphere.What to Avoid When Building a BarA pet peeve of mine is when a bar is higher than it should be. The correct height for a bar is 42” and it is direct proportion to a standard bar stool.  When the bar is too high I feel like a kid in a high chair and it doesn’t feel right.The bar’s face under the bar top should be made from a durable material. People shoes, bags and brief cases bang into it, causing cracks in a mirror finish or scuffs and tears in a leather finish. Avoid bright spotlights and go for more intimate and dimmed lighting. I personally favor bar lamps that are directly hardwired into the bar top. They give off a nice glow, and they create and warm, inviting atmosphere. You Won’t Believe the Price Tags on 10 of the Most Expensive Shoes For Men This Belgian-Monastery-Turned-Hotel Has Us Craving a Trip to Antwerp Editors’ Recommendations The MNML Leather Highlander Travel Bag Makes Short-Term Trips a Breeze 7 Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed Homes that You Can Rent for Your Next Vacationlast_img read more