West Brom complete signing of ex-Chelsea defender

first_img Loading… West Brom marked their return to the Premier League with a 3-0 defeat to Leicester on Sunday. Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?Best Car Manufacturers In The WorldThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value West Brom on Tuesday announced the signing of former Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, who arrives at the Hawthorns on a free transfer from Zenit St Petersburg. The Serbia international won three Premier League titles and the Champions League during his nine-year spell at Stamford Bridge, which ended in 2017.center_img Read Also: Lampard reveals injury update on Werner ahead of Liverpool crackerWest Brom boss Slaven Bilic said: “He’s a great addition for us, a team who are newly promoted in the Premier League. He ticks all the boxes for us.“He’s done everything in his career — it’s been magnificent. We’re delighted. He adds quality and experience on the pitch and off the pitch.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “The Premier League is the best league in the world,” Ivanovic, 36, told the club’s official website. “I need to challenge myself and I am ready for the challenge. I am really happy to be back playing in the Premier League.”last_img read more

Karachi braces for its first taste of ODI cricket in a decade today

first_imgIT has been ten years since Karachi saw its last ODI. In that time, three World Cups have been staged, a generation has grown up, and the one-day game has been through a revolution. Sure, this is only a tender sapling of a tour, containing only limited-overs fixtures, with 10 Sri Lanka players having refused to travel. But we are at the start of the longest trip an international side has made to Pakistan since 2009, and PCB hopes that top-flight cricket will really set about putting its roots down in the country this time. Could a home Test series be on the horizon?It is difficult to put into words how much the resumption of a regular schedule could mean to Pakistan. Whole cities coming alive for matches, packed stadiums gasping at withering spells of fast bowling and spin-bowling wizardry, while tense battles play out in storeyed venues.Forget Pakistan; cricket needs this. It would also be fitting, of course, if Misbah-ul-Haq, who shepherded Pakistan so masterfully through their nomad years, gets this chance to shape the team’s long-ached-for return home.But perhaps we are getting ahead of ourselves. Sri Lanka have sent a substantially weakened team, owing to 10 players’ continued doubts over the security situation.Against a side missing the likes of Kusal Perera, Angelo Mathews and designated captain Dimuth Karunaratne, the hosts start as strong favourites. What’s more important than the runs or wickets, though, is that the tour is on. And that it goes well.The old coach is gone, as are selectors and support staff, but Sarfaraz Ahmed is still around as captain, despite Pakistan’s failure to make it to the World Cup semi-finals. But will it be the same old Sarfaraz? Will he still bat in the lower middle order? Will he employ the same tactics? How much will Misbah, in his powerful new avatar, change the way Sarfaraz approaches his job? And after a modest World Cup personally, can Sarfaraz lift himself into good form again?Sri Lanka’s top order is among the most brittle in ODIs at the best of times, and it is the batting that has been most weakened by the withdrawals.Their captain for this series, Lahiru Thirimanne, struggles to make the first-choice XI, for example. Nevertheless, Thirimanne is the most experienced batsman on tour, and if Sri Lanka are to make competitive totals here, he will probably be required to play the sorts of long, measured innings he specialises in at his best. (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

South senior football final a ‘headache fixture’ for GAA

first_imgThe 2017 South Senior Football Final replay is set to be played 8 months after the semi final.Clonmel Commercials and Moyle Rovers played the semi final on August 30 last year, and the final on Sunday afternoon – January 7th – with just 4 days notice.The replay now looks set to take place following Tipperary’s National League campaign in April. Moyle Rovers manager Niall Fitzgerald says it seems to be a headache fixture for the GAA, and that needs to change…last_img