Watford winger Deulofeu delighted to break winless streakby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGerard Deulofeu has admitted at his relief that Watford managed to end their winless run.The Hornets ended a run of six games without a win by besting Cardiff on Saturday.It was tough out there for the players in freezing conditions, but they managed to hold on for an impressive win in an entertaining game.Speaking to the club website, Deulofeu said: “It was terrible, the cold. We are so happy for getting the three points.”I’m really happy to score and to help my team. I have to continue like this, scoring, but the team was really good. You will see here in the Premier League you have to continue for 90 minutes.”After Cardiff pushed and got to 3-1 and then 3-2, I am happy that we managed to take the three points. The most important thing is the three points because it had been a long period without that.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: The fortune Mourinho has earned from sacking payoutsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has earned a world fortune from being sacked as a manager.The Portuguese’s time at Old Trafford came to a halt on Tuesday morning after two and a half seasons. He will pocket £24million as a payout.It is the fourth time Mourinho has been sacked in his career – twice by Chelsea, once by Real Madrid and now by the Red Devils.From his original time in charge at Chelsea, Mourinho trousered £18million upon being dismissed in 2007.His next job was at Inter and, after winning the Champions League, he left for Real Madrid.Mourinho spent three seasons at the Bernabeu but left by “mutual agreement” following defeat to Atletico Madrid in the 2013 Copa del Rey final.That took him back to Chelsea, where he won the Premier League in his second season back in west London. Mourinho received a £9.5million payoff when sacked in season three.The Mirror reports Mourinho has netted a total of £51.5million in payoffs from being sacked over the course of his illustrious career in the dugout.
Cardiff boss Warnock writes off Tottenham as title contenderby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock has wrote off Tottenham as a title contender.Cardiff will face Spurs tonight.”I don’t think they (Tottenham) are title contenders but I think they are going to have a great season,” said Warnock.”It’s such a strange thing, I think they would be (challenging for the title) in a normal situation but we’ve just got two incredible teams at the minute.”At the moment one of them (Liverpool) is just flying. If Liverpool do get a result (against Manchester City) on Thursday it is very difficult to see anything else (other than Liverpool title win) really.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Kepa confident Chelsea have bright future with Abraham, Mount & Coby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveKepa Arrizabalaga says Chelsea have a bright future ahead of them due to the emergence of their academy players.Academy graduates Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fiyako Tomori all scored in Saturday’s win over Wolves. Speaking ahead of the Champions League clash with Valencia on Saturday, Kepa insists the club will benefit greatly from their commitment to youth this season.”We don’t have much experience but that will grow as we play more games,” said Kepa.”The players who have come up from the Academy this season have done very well. It’s great for the fans to see young players coming up like that.”It shows what an exciting future we have ahead of us. We can’t neglect the present as well, and we have a very impressive team for the present. It’s a strong side.”On playing in Europe’s biggest knockout competition for the first time, the Spaniard added:”Regardless of the fact we’re a young team and it’s only September and there is a long way to go, we are going to play with energy and try and attack the opposition.”Many of the players in the team will be playing their first Champions League game but we’ve been waiting for this for a long time. We spent the whole of last year trying to qualify for the Champions League so we feel very enthusiastic.”We can’t wait to see the atmosphere at the Bridge and play in front of our fans in the most important European club competition.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp happy with form going to Chelseaby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is happy with their form going to Chelsea on Sunday.Klopp has reiterated he was largely happy with Liverpool’s performance in the 2-0 Champions League loss to Napoli in midweek.“We are working on a response. Performance-wise, the more I think about it, it was not a game we would usually lose,” the Liverpool boss said.“It was a difficult game against Napoli. People expect us to dominate a game like this more, but that is actually not possible. The quality of Napoli is too big for that.”I was happy with a lot of parts of the game. Of course, not with our creating chances and finishing. But, again, they’re a very good side. “It’s not a team you play against and score easily two, three or four goals. We could have had a few better chances with a few better decisions. We are in a good shape and we have to keep going.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton boss Hasenhuttl: International break came at right timeby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl says the international break came at the right time.Hasenhuttl admits it has helped him to refocus a side that lost three consecutive Premier League matches.”The good thing was we had a lot of players here and not too many away on international duty over the two weeks,” he said.”That gave me the chance to work on a few weaknesses in our game that we have seen in our last two games.”Against the big teams, they show you immediately the lack of quality you have in some situations of your game.”The biggest issue we have had is after losing the ball, the transition to defence was not quick enough and not committed enough and that’s the reason why we conceded more goals than normal.”On facing Wolves, Hasenhuttl added: “I think it will be a good game because both sides like to have a good offensive transition and we will have to pay attention if we lose the ball when you have possession, because that is the most dangerous moment against that opposition.”
Video: Jim Larranaga Broke Out An Extremely Joyful Rendition Of The Whip/Nae Nae After Miami Beat Florida
YouTube/CanesAllAccessMiami hoops is off to a fast start, sitting at 8-1 after Tuesday night’s 66-55 win over in-state rival Miami. After the game, Larranaga joined the extensive list of college coaches who have broken out The Whip/Nae Nae dance to celebrate a win.Larranaga is a full dance craze behind, so expect him to Dab at some point soon. If you’re going to be a post-game dancer, you need to be up on your fads, Jim. Really, this responsibility is on his players.
Ohio State Football/TwitterOhio State’s one of the most-storied programs in the history of college football.The Buckeyes will look to add to their storied history this fall.Ohio State opens the 2016 season ranked No. 5 in the country. OSU starts its ’16 campaign on Saturday against Bowling Green.In anticipation of the start of the ’16 campaign, Ohio State has released this “OSU Football Traditions” video.It’s a must-watch before Saturday for any Buckeye fan.Tradition continues this #Saturday at #TheShoe.#GoBuckshttps://t.co/22pIku3hXQ— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) September 1, 2016Ohio State and Bowling Green are set to kick off at noon on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. The game will be televised on BTN.
There are several college football games taking place this weekend that are worth watching. With conference play in full swing, a potential upset could occur down in Kentucky.Every year, the SEC has a plethora of elite teams in college football. While Alabama and Georgia continue to impress, the most interesting team might just be the Wildcats.Kentucky is undefeated through four games, defeating Florida and Mississippi State by an eye-popping margin. Despite their strong production so far, the Wildcats face their toughest challenge yet in the form of South Carolina.Although the 2-1 Gamecocks aren’t ranked, ESPN’s matchup predictor believes an upset is brewing in Lexington.According to the FPI, South Carolina has a 53.7 percent chance of defeating Kentucky. If Kentucky is going to continue their winning ways, they’ll need an outstanding performance from Benny Snell Jr. and their offense.South Carolina and Kentucky will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET. The game will be on the SEC Network.
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)Death, taxes, and Alabama making a run for the national championship. It’s safe to say that those are the few guarantees in life.This year is no different, as the Crimson Tide are steamrolling the competition. In fact, Nick Saban’s team is so dominant that quarterback Tua Tagovailoa hasn’t taken a snap in any fourth quarter this season.If there is one program that has success against Alabama recently, then it would have to be Clemson. Dismissing the Crimson Tide’s greatest adversary would be foolish, especially since another championship battle could be looming.At least that is what ESPN’s David M. Hale believes will happen.From ESPN.com:So let’s start there: Clemson-Bama IV seems like a near inevitability, with Ohio State adding to that certainty with its loss to Purdue. But what Saturday showed us — and what all of 2018 has shown, really — is that if we do get yet another sequel, this one won’t be at all like the first three.Look at Alabama, after all. Less than 10 minutes into Saturday’s game against Tennessee, a team coming off a signature win over Auburn, with a coach who knows Nick Saban’s system as intimately as anyone, the Tide led 28-0 and the only question was how embarrassing it would get.Then look at Clemson. Saturday’s game against NC State was supposed to be the last true challenge for the Tigers, an undefeated opponent who’d taken them to the wire in each of the past two seasons. And by the half, Clemson was up 24-0, its freshman quarterback looking every bit a burgeoning star.Any doubts about the Tigers were erased over the weekend, as Clemson won 41-7 over then-undefeated NC State.With Trevor Lawrence and Tagovailoa playing excellent football, a rematch between previous champions would be electric.Do you think Clemson and Alabama are bound to meet again this season?
SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 25: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish leads his team onto the field before taking on the Stanford Cardinal at Notre Dame Stadium on September 25, 2010 in South Bend, Indiana. Stanford defeated Notre Dame 37-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Notre Dame football is undefeated, and very well may finish the season at 12-0 after this weekend’s trip to struggling USC.That doesn’t mean the Fighting Irish are in the same class as fellow undefeated Power Five programs Alabama or Clemson, though, at least in the eyes of the College Football Playoff committee.Once again, Notre Dame came in at No. 3 in this week’s CFP rankings, after wrecking then-No. 12 Syracuse on Saturday. It seems like that may be the ceiling for the Fighting Irish.College Football Playoff committee chair Rob Mullens discussed Notre Dame football’s position after Tuesday’s rankings release.The Oregon athletic director had some interesting things to say about the Irish. Notably, he says the team is closer to No. 4 Michigan, which Notre Dame beat head-to-head, and No. 5 Georgia than it is to the Crimson Tide and Tigers.From Pete Sampson of The Athletic:College Football Playoff committee chair Rob Mullens on Notre Dame’s proximity to Alabama/Clemson versus its proximity to Michigan/Georgia. Irish lumped with Wolverines and Bulldogs.Personally, I’d consider them more a group of one at No. 3. But I’m not on the committee. pic.twitter.com/GUVJWqaUKp— Pete Sampson (@PeteSampson_) November 21, 2018There isn’t a huge difference between being No. 2 and No. 3. If things are chalk from here on out, it seems like Notre Dame is in for a date with Clemson, whether or not the Fighting Irish jump the Tigers.The bigger concern may be the possibility that Michigan looks awesome in games against Ohio State and Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship.Mullens does say that the head-to-head win over Michigan has an impact, but the Wolverines have the chance to pick up an extra data point, and the Ohio State game could carry a ton of weight.Notre Dame definitely wants to avoid a meeting with Alabama until the national championship game, if it can help it.
Alabama is getting all it can handle from Georgia in the SEC title game on Saturday, and many are starting to wonder if the Crimson Tide could be in trouble when it comes to the College Football Playoff. The fan you’ll see below seems concerned as well.After a big defensive play by Georgia, the CBS camera crew cut to an Alabama fan who was a bit upset about what’s transpiring. She uttered one word – which is pretty easy to figure out.At the moment, it’s 28-14 Georgia midway through the third quarter. Tua Tagovailoa has struggled mightily, while Jake Fromm has looked sharp.The Internet is having fun with the newest college football meme:In terms of college football memes this young lady is on the opposite end of the emotional spectrum from the sad piccolo player. #SECChampionship pic.twitter.com/VdW7Lj0218— nascarcasm (@nascarcasm) December 1, 2018When Alabama can’t convert on 3rd Down this is the fan reaction! Here come the Bulldogs! pic.twitter.com/EpuU4Z2WYd— Dr. Jim Louro (@Drjimrugby) December 1, 2018How #BAMA fans are feeling right about now. #godawgs #alabama ##jakefromm #Gabulldawgs #bulldogs #SECCHAMPIONSHIP pic.twitter.com/RYvA9KanMq— Michelle (@MichelleAtlanta) December 1, 2018If Alabama does lose, the College Football Playoff committee is going to have its hands full. Assuming Ohio State wins tonight, they’ll have to choose between Clemson, Notre Dame, Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma and Ohio State.It isn’t over just yet, but Alabama fans, as you can tell above, are worried.
ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 22: Head Coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers calls a play against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on September 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)ESPN sideline reporter Tom Rinaldi revealed in the third quarter what Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney told his Tigers’ players at halftime of the College Football Playoff national title game against Alabama.Clearly, it’s working.Rinaldi said that Swinney told his players that stopping the running game in the second half was going to be key. He also wanted his players to go into the third quarter thinking the game was tied.“We need to stop the run, that will be the key,” Swinney told his players “Most importantly, the score is 0-0.””There’s nothing less important than the score at halftime.”– Dabo Swinney#ALLIN for the second half. pic.twitter.com/6sdxsh123J— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) January 8, 2019Clemson’s players took that message and ran with it to start the second half.The Tigers have expanded on their halftime lead and are now up, 37-16, on No. 1 Alabama in the third quarter.The game is on ESPN.
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on before the 2018 SEC Championship Game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Having lost several of his coaches this offseason, Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban is hoping to replenish his staff quickly. He appears to have made another step as Alabama is expected to add another coach to Saban’s ranks.According to ESPN college football insider Adam Rittenberg, the Crimson Tide are on the verge of hiring Virginia Tech wide receivers coach Holmon Wiggins to serve in the same capacity.Wiggins is coming off his third year as wide receivers coach for the Hokies, having served on head coach Justin Fuente’s staff since his days at Memphis.Prior to joining Fuente as a wide receivers coach in 2012, he served as a running backs coach at Tulsa in 2011, and at Illinois State from 2006 to 2010.Sources: Alabama is expected to hire Virginia Tech wide receivers coach Holmon Wiggins for the same position. Wiggins also had been in the mix for a coordinator role at Temple. I’m hearing Virginia Tech could target Jafar Williams, most recently… https://t.co/AgjLSaFRQO— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) January 23, 2019Wiggins replaces Josh Gattis, who departed Alabama after one year as wide receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator to take the full-time offensive coordinator position at Alabama.As a player, Wiggins was a running back at New Mexico from 1998 to 2001. In four seasons with the Lobos, Wiggins had 1,833 yards and 11 touchdowns with a 4.3 yards per carry average.He joined New Mexico as a coach in 2003, first as a student assistant and later as a graduate assistant.Though Wiggins has never worked under Nick Saban before, he now has a chance to show off his coaching acumen at one of the top programs in the nation.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 01: A group of coaches and scouts from various NFL teams observe the action during day two of the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 1, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)The interviews from this year’s NFL combine might go down as some of the strangest in history. The latest prospect to reveal a strange line of questioning from an NFL team is Ohio State offensive lineman Michael Jordan.In a recent interview, Jordan revealed that at the combine, one NFL team asked him if his mother was “good looking.” Naturally, he responded in the affirmative.“I’m sitting in front of you right? Do you see how good looking I am? Of course she’s good looking!” Jordan claimed he responded.Jordan’s incident is only the latest in a long series of bizarre questioning that NFL prospects have revealed being asked at the 2019 NFL combine.Ohio State OL Michael Jordan was asked by a team at the combine if his mother’s good looking. Jordan replied, “I’m sitting in front of you right? Do you see how good looking I am? Of course she’s good looking!”— Justin M (@JustinM_NFL) March 11, 2019Recently, Michigan linebacker Chase Winovich revealed that he was asked probing questions about his date with Lourdes Leon, the daughter of Madonna.N.C. State quarterback Ryan Finley was also asked whether he would rather win a sprint or finish second in a marathon.As for Jordan, the versatile offensive lineman can be plugged in at either guard or center, making him a very attractive potential target.Tankathon currently has him projected to go to the Atlanta Falcons with the No. 80 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft.Hopefully his response to some of the increasingly strange questions won’t hurt his draft stock.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 30: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the game against the Mississippi Rebels at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 30, 2017 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Back in March, four-star recruit Demouy Kennedy announced that his decommitment from Auburn. Fast forward to June, where the talented linebacker made the big switch to the Tigers’ hated rival Alabama.According to 247Sports, Kennedy is the No. 3 linebacker in his class. The Crimson Tide should find an abundance of ways to use his six-foot-three frame on defense.While the decision to decommit from Auburn wasn’t easy for Kennedy, the Alabama native sounds pretty happy about joining the reigning SEC champions.During Kennedy’s visit to Alabama, Nick Saban unleashed an epic recruiting pitch to seal the deal. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p From AL.com:They were standing next to two tables, he said. One was clear of anything. The other had championship rings on it.“I liked when he said, ‘Would you rather gamble on this table (pointing to the ring table) or the other table?’ I said, ‘I’m gambling on the ring table.”Comparing Alabama’s success to other programs is quite the power move from Saban.Saban has turned Alabama into the biggest powerhouse in college football. It’d be hard for Kennedy to ignore the school’s success, even though he did originally commit to Auburn.With Kennedy on board for the Crimson Tide’s 2020 recruiting class, Saban is inching closer to Dabo Swinney and Clemson’s top class.[AL.com]
Next Kareena Kapoor Khan nails 50 suryanamskars after gym session in new workout videoA new workout video of Kareena Kapoor Khan is going viral online in which the diva can be seen doing 50 suryanamaskars after her rigorous gym session.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiApril 19, 2019UPDATED: April 19, 2019 16:06 IST Kareena Kapoor Khan nails 50 suryanamskars after gym sessionKareena Kapoor Khan may not be on social media, but the diva has become an online sensation with her flawless gym looks and awe-worthy workout routines.The diva inspires her millions of fans to hit the gym to adopt a healthy lifestyle and get her goal worthy body almost every day.Recently, a fan account of Bebo took to Instagram to post a video of her doing 50 suryanamaskars at the end of workout session and we are inspired.The diva, who came back from a holiday with her husband Saif and son Taimur recently, can be seen doing rounds of suryanamskars in the viral video.For her workout look, Kareena opted for a comfy look and donned a black sports bra with peach mini shorts.She styled her workout look with a messy top knot and a no make-up look.Recently another picture of the 38-year-old actor also went viral on Instagram, in which she can be seen hanging out at the gym with her new workout buddies Saif and Taimur.The actor is currently shooting for Good News with Akshay Kumar.She will also be seen next in Irrfan’s Angrezi Medium in July and Karan Johar’s multi-starrer Takht.Takht also stars Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal, Janhvi Kapoor, Anil Kapoor and Bhumi Pednekar.ALSO SEE | Kareena Kapoor and Amrita Arora working out at gym will give you BFF goals. Watch videoadvertisementALSO WATCH | Saif’s answer when Taimur asks about his Kareena tattoo is adorableGet 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 Kareena Kapoor
India Today Web Desk June 2, 2019UPDATED: June 2, 2019 17:08 IST Shane Warne picked an all-time World Cup XI at Salaam Cricket 2019 (India Today Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShane Warne said he would pick only the players who he had played with or againstWarne picked Gilchrist, Tendulkar, Ponting and Lara as his top-4Wasim Akram and Shahid Afridi featured in Warne’s World Cup XIShane Warne picked a star-studded dream World Cup XI at Salaam Cricket 2019 at Lord’s on Sunday. At the very outset, Warne said he would pick only the players he had played with or played against.Therefore, you would not find the likes of Virat Kohli, David Warner, MS Dhoni or any of the other cricketers of the present generation.Warne picked a power-packed top-order which included Adam Gilchrist, Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Brian Lara, Mark Waugh and Kumar Sangakkara.”It’s a pretty good top-four,” Shane Warne said.”No.5 wasn’t as clear-cut as the top-four. I wanted an all-rounder at No.5 and I went with Mark Waugh because he was the greatest all-round cricketer I played with.”For No.6, I wanted a left-hander and I went with Kumar Sangakkara. If you wanted to change it up, he could go up the order. If something happened to the wicketkeeper, Sangakkara could keep wickets.”Andrew Flintoff can bowl a good yorker and he has good hitting capabilities. I thought of Andrew Symonds but went with Flintoff at the end.”Shahid Afridi’s bowling was underrated and his fielding was good. Akram at No, 9 is a good fielder and could smash it out of the park. At No.11, there would be so many options but I ended up going with my mate,” Warne said.Shane Warne refused to pick himself up in the side and said the team did not need a coach because every player knew what they had to do.Here is Warne’s Dream XI: advertisementAdam Gilchrist (WK)Sachin TendulkarRicky PontingBrian LaraMark WaughKumar SangakkaraAndrew FlintoffShahid AfridiWasim AkramMuttiah MuralitharanGlenn McGrathAlso 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 Shane WarneFollow Salaam Cricket 2019Follow World Cup 2019 Salaam Cricket 2019: Shane Warne picks his dream World Cup XISalaam Cricket 2019: Shane Warne picked his dream World Cup XI and included Sachin Tendulkar in the side to open the batting with Adam Gilchrist. Warne refused to pick himself up in the side. advertisement
Next India Today Web Desk SouthamptonAugust 10, 2019UPDATED: August 10, 2019 11:53 IST Babar Azam smashed 55-ball 102 in T20 Blast. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBabar Azam hit a hundred as Somerset beat Hampshire in T20 BlastBabar remained unbeaten in 102 to get his second T20 hundred of careerThe Pakistan batsman is the highest run scorer in T20 BlastPakistan’s in-form batsman Babar Azam slammed a 55-ball hundred as Somerset crushed Hampshire in the T20 Blast in Southampton on Friday.Babar Azam, ranked the number one T20 batsman in the world, slammed his career best unbeaten 102 to set up a 63-run DLS win for Somerset.The 24-year-old got to his second T20 hundred with a last ball six. Babar’s innings was laced with six sixes and seven fours. The Pakistan batsman is the leading run scorer in the T20 Blast with 425 runs in 8 innings that include three fifties.The young batsman earlier made an unbeaten 95 at Taunton in the tournament – a game Somerset actually went on to lose.Somerset were reeling at 37 for 2 but then Babar emulated his fine World Cup form to guide his side to 202/4. The right-hand batsman later took two catches as Hampshire were reduced to 69/6 in 12.1 overs, before rain washed out the rest of the match as DLS came into force .Babar Azam was in a destructive form in the World Cup 2019 as well. He finished as highest run scorer for Pakistan with 474 runs in 8 innings as his side failed to qualify for the semi-finals.Also 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 Babar AzamFollow World Cup 2019 Babar Azam hits his highest T20 score to inspire Somerset winPakistan batsman Babar Azam is the leading run scorer in the T20 Blast with 425 runs in 8 innings that include three fifties.advertisement
Next Sandeep Unnithan New DelhiAugust 28, 2019UPDATED: September 2, 2019 14:32 IST Admiral Karambir Singh before assuming charge as the 24th chief of Naval Staff during a guard of honour at South block, on May 31, 2019 in New Delhi. Photo by Vikram Sharma/India Today On August 27, navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh informed the media about an intelligence alert that the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) had raised a maritime wing and was training underwater saboteurs. “We have received intelligence that an underwater wing of Jaish-e-Mohammed is training people to carry out attacks from water. But we are fully prepared and will thwart any such attempt,” he said. Admiral Singh was speaking on the sidelines of the General B.C. Joshi Memorial Lecture in Pune.The navy chief’s alert is already known to the three-tier security cordon, consisting of the navy, Coast Guard and marine police. The cordon, which secures India’s coastline, particularly after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, now has to contend with a new enemy-frogmen. Frogmen are military divers trained to carry out combat tasks, such as sabotaging warships and merchant ships using limpet mines, and conducting clandestine reconnaissance missions. SSG Navy frogmen training with US Navy Seals.Experts say there are several ways in which such maritime saboteurs could be used. Launched from ‘mother ships’-warships, submarines or civilian vessels-frogmen could be used to target slow-moving merchant vessels that bring nearly 80 per cent of India’s crude oil imports from the Persian Gulf countries. These saboteurs could be used to attack Indian ports or single-point moorings where large supertankers are anchored or they may land undetected along the vast coastline to attack cities.What Admiral Singh left unsaid, however, is the possible involvement of the Pakistan navy and its special forces wing, the Special Services Group (Navy), in training this maritime wing of the JeM. This is because training and equipping underwater saboteurs is a highly specialised skill-set available only with naval special force units.advertisementThis is not entirely in the realm of speculation, given the scale of the November 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. On the night of November 26 that year, a fishing trawler, the MV Kuber, landed off the coast of Mumbai. It launched a rubber dinghy fitted with an outboard motor on which rode 10 Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists. The terrorists came ashore, split into five ‘buddy pairs’, and proceeded to target key installations across Mumbai, killing 166 civilians and police personnel. Indian navy marine commandos, who studied their modus operandi, were shocked at its similarity to tactics employed by naval special forces across the world. As one of them later told this writer, “this is how we are trained-covert insertion onto a hostile shore, split into teams to take out multiple targets before regrouping and exfiltrating”.In 2008, the LeT, an arm of the Pakistani deep state and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), owned a crucial asset-a large fishing trawler called the Al Husseini. The LeT’s Karachi ‘set-up’, as the organisation called its cells, was controlled by the shadowy operative Sajid Mir. Another LeT leader, Abu Yaqoob, was in charge of it operationally. The Karachi set-up aimed to launch boys into India, from sea using the LeT’s fishermen network and their boats. Yet, when it came to planning the Mumbai attacks, the LeT was in a quandary. How would it infiltrate a 10-man suicide squad into Mumbai, complete with weapons and explosives, without risking capture?With some friendly advice from the Pakistan navy-says David Coleman Headley. The LeT’s Pakistani-American mole was interrogated by four officers of the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Headley, earlier known as Daood Gilani, was then undergoing trial for a terrorist plot in Europe. He spilled the beans on the Pakistan navy’s involvement in the 26/11 attacks. In his interrogation by the NIA in Chicago in June 2010, Headley recounted how the ISI was in the loop on every movement and provided arms, ammunition and logistics for the attack. Headley recounted a meeting in Rawalpindi in March 2008 between the LeT leadership and a Pakistan navy frogman who vetted their plans.The meeting was held in the LeT military chief Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi’s residence in Muzaffarabad, Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. Headley was introduced to ‘Abdur Rehman’, a clean-shaven man in his mid-30s who sported a crew cut. Headley believed Rehman to be a frogman from the Pakistan navy (the name might have been an alias because Headley was introduced to him as Abdul Qadir). Rehman had been brought in by Lakhvi to discuss the ‘transportation’ of the attackers. The navy man brought with him several nautical charts of India’s west coast and he discussed the options of landing the LeT squad. Other LeT leaders, such as Muzammil, Sajid Mir and Abu Qahafa, were also present when the frogman discussed the plan to drop the attackers 60-70 km off the coast to avoid detection. He asked the LeT to complete all their planning for the mission before June. This was because the sea off Mumbai became rough during monsoon. Rehman also asked the LeT to check the position of Indian warships in order to avoid an engagement at sea. The meeting was long and detailed and continued for a second day. Headley did not tell his interrogators what else was discussed in those meetings, but it could likely have been much more than just landing sites.advertisementAfter that meeting, Headley never saw ‘Abdur Rehman’ again. On his return to Mumbai, Headley, who ran a travel agency in south Mumbai as a cover, got to work. In April, Headley told the NIA, he took four boat rides on hired fishing vessels, looking for likely landing spots for the LeT squad. Headley was equipped with a mobile camera phone and a GPS handset. On his fourth boat recce, he found the ideal location to land-a small fishing jetty at Badhwar Park in Colaba. The LeT mole took the GPS coordinates of the jetty. He later flew back to Pakistan with the video footage, photographs and GPS coordinates for his LeT handlers. It enabled them to plan the attack to unfold some months later with such deadly precision. The 26/11 attacks were clearly only Phase-1. A Phase-2, comprising military-trained divers, could be still deadlier and draw the subcontinent on the brink of war.Also read | Why the world’s largest defence department is on strikeAlso read | The Uddhav ManoeuvreGet 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 byManisha Pandey Why the Navy chief’s alert on Jaish marine terrorists raises alarm | India Today InsightThe modus operandi of the 26/11 attacks suggests underwater saboteurs of the Jaish-e-Mohammed could be assisted by the Pakistan navy and special forcesadvertisement