first_imgJordi Alba can’t see Neymar Barcelona returnby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJordi Alba has cooled talk of Neymar returning to Barcelona.The PSG ace continues to be linked with a return to Barca ahead of the summer market.However for his part, Alba can’t see the deal happening.The Barca left-back told El Chiringuito, “A return for Neymar? I do not think he can come back.”Alba’s words contradict Leo Messi’s opinion, who stated before Christmas: “We would like him to come back for what he represents, both as a player and for the locker room. We are friends, we have lived beautiful things, others less beautiful, but we spent a lot of time together. “However, I think it will be very difficult to make him leave Paris. PSG will not let Neymar go.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley midfielder Jack Cork ready for ‘lively’ Norwichby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley midfielder Jack Cork knows they face a “lively” Norwich City this weekend.The Canaries shook current champions Manchester City with a confidence-boosting 3-2 last time out at Carrow Road.Cork said: “All the teams that came up this season have looked quite sharp and lively and Norwich don’t look out of place at all in the Premier League.“They have started really well, scoring goals and playing good football, so It’ll be a really tough game.”The East Anglian outfit’s star man so far has been Finnish striker Teemu Pukki.Cork also told the club’s website: “He’s obviously a great finisher. We’ve got to look to limit his chances and in the Premier League, you can’t allow anyone time and space.” last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Glen Johnson reveals son signed to Chelsea academyby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea fullback Glen Johnson has revealed his son is with the club’s academy.Johnson has praised Chelsea’s academy setup and says assistant manager Jody Morris, who used to coach the youth teams, still plays an active role.“Talking about Jody Morris, my young one is in the Chelsea academy and we see Jody Morris over there, it’s under-8s,” Johnson said.”So you can that they’re, don’t get me wrong them boys are well off the timeline, but they are looking through all the age groups and they’re building bridges up to the first team.“Whereas normally, nowadays the first team is miles away from the academy and half the lads there will never get an opportunity.” last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle captain Lascelles: Man Utd performance our standardby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJamaal Lascelles says Newcastle United’s performance against Manchester United set the standard for their season.Toon broke a string of poor displays by beating United 1-0 at St. James’ Park, courtesy of a goal from debutante Matty Longstaff.Magpies skipper Lascelles said: “The manager made a few changes; we know how hard a job it is for a manager to drop players and put players on the bench, but he’s put Matty Longstaff in there, added Ciaran to the team and obviously Allan (Saint-Maximin) was back in the team, so a few new faces who haven’t really featured this season and they did a great job.”It was a fantastic debut for Matty – you couldn’t write it – and I was pleased for him and his brother that they were playing together. “All over the team, we were enthusiastic, energetic, in their faces. We’ve set our standard now and that’s how we always need to play. Nothing less.“We’ll enjoy this little international break and after that, we’ll start planning for another big game at Chelsea. “I think momentum is a big thing in football but I think a little break won’t do us any harm and we can refresh but still knowing that we’ve just beaten Man United, and we’re still on a high from that, so hopefully we can go into the Chelsea game full of confidence.” last_img read more

first_imgThe 2015 NCAA Tournament Bracket.We’re midway through Friday’s action in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, which means that 24 of the 32 games have been completed. Despite not one of today’s contests having resulted in an upset, we’re down to just 24 perfect brackets in ESPN’s challenge. For reference, there were only 273 perfect brackets entering the day after Thursday’s insanity.On ESPN’s website, there are only 22 perfect brackets listed. Of those, the champion breakdown is as follows: Kentucky with eight, Arizona with five, Duke with three, Wisconsin with two, Villanova with two, Notre Dame with one and Georgetown with one. There were 11.57 million brackets submitted this year.After 24 games played, just 24 perfect brackets remain in ESPN’s Tournament Challenge, out of 11.57 million. That’s 0.0002 percent.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 20, 2015Will anyone make it through the day?last_img read more

first_imgBYU football players honor 9-year-old after tragic accident.BYU’s Bronco MendenhallOver the weekend, an unspeakable tragedy struck the Russell family in Henderson, Nev. Nine-year-old Austen Russell was killed when his father accidentally ran him over with the family truck. Even at his young age, Austen was “the ultimate BYU fan” according to his father, choosing to don No. 3 when he played sports in honor of Kyle Van Noy and Cougar basketball star Tyler Haws. BYU head football coach Bronco Mendenhall, as well as Van Noy, posted tributes to Austen online.Our thoughts and prayers are with the Russell family. BYU Football loves you! #AustenRussellFan— Bronco Mendenhall (@Bronco_BYU) June 3, 2015Haws also got in the act, sharing these images on his Instagram account.None of this will bring Austen back, but if it can provide his family some comfort during these difficult times, it is worth it. Kudos to Mendenhall, Van Noy, Haws and the BYU family for getting involved. [Herald Extra]last_img read more

first_imgBobby Petrino calls an inexplicable timeout vs. Florida State.YouTubeUpdate: We’ve got an explanation for Petrino’s decision, and it’s certainly confusing. You can read about it here.Earlier: Louisville just fell 31-24 to No. 6 Auburn in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic in the Georgia Dome. In the final minute of the loss, Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino called one of the most confusing timeouts you’ll ever see.Louisville had Auburn facing a 3rd-and-2 from the Cardinals 38 with :52 remaining when an offensive holding penalty pushed the Tigers back 10 yards. When the referee announced the penalty, he declared that it “was not a (time) run-off situation”, and it looked like the clock would be stopped at :52 and not start automatically.But instead, Petrino inexplicably called his final timeout. In doing so, he allowed Auburn to run a running play for a loss of one yard, which burned up much of the clock because Louisville was out of timeouts. The Tigers called timeout with three seconds remaining, had quarterback Jeremy Johnson take a shotgun snap on the final play, run out the clock, and then throw an incompletion downfield out of the reach of everybody. That’s a tough way to end it for the Cardinals. At least they have the consolation of battling back from a 24-0 deficit against a quality opponent and nearly winning the game.last_img read more

first_imgMark Dantonio at a press conference.mark dantonio south carolina jobMark Dantonio grew up in Ohio and currently coaches at Michigan State, but he hasn’t spent his entire life in Big Ten country. Dantonio actually played defensive back for South Carolina back in the late 1970s. With the Gamecocks head coaching job suddenly available, it didn’t take long for reporters to ask him if he’d been interested in leaving East Lansing.Tuesday, Dantonio, during his weekly press conference, told reporters that while South Carolina is his alma mater, he’s only interested in talking about Michigan – his team’s next opponent. Check it out, via BTN:Would Dantonio actually leave the program he’s helped build into a powerhouse? It’s unlikely. But it’s hard to factor in the alma mater aspect of the situation. Either way, it was inevitable that he’d get asked the question. It probably won’t be the last time, either.last_img read more

first_imgSevilla’s busy transfer window has continued with the permanent signing of former Manchester City midfielder Fernando from Galatasaray.Fernando spent two years in Istanbul after being discarded by City and the 31-year-old will reportedly cost Sevilla €4.5 million ($5 million/£4.04 million), signing a three-year contract.The Brazilian originally signed with Manchester City in 2014 after proving a mainstay with Porto, as he made 236 appearances across six campaigns with the Portuguese club while winning four league titles and a Europa League crown during his time with the team. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare He joined City following the team’s Premier League title under Manuel Pellegrini, and would make 33 appearances in his first season as well as 42 during his second.But playing time became harder to come by in his third campaign in Manchester as Fernando appeared just 22 times under Pep Guardiola in his first season in charge, prompting a move to Galatasaray in the summer of 2017.During his time in Manchester, Fernando won just one trophy: the 2015-16 League Cup as City topped Liverpool in the tournament finale.According to reports, Galatasaray were reticent to sell the Brazilian, but ultimately caved after Sevilla sporting director Monchi met the midfielder’s agent Jorge Mendes, with the Turkish giants said to have reportedly owed Fernando part of his salary.Fernando is the eighth new face to arrive at Sevilla in a busy transfer window, following Munas Dabbur, Jules Kounde, Diego Carlos, Lucas Ocampos, Joan Jordan, Luuk de Jong and Sergio Reguilon, while Maximilian Wober’s loan from Ajax also became permanent.  @leonsfdo Fernando.   #vamosmiSevilla #WeareSevilla — Sevilla Fútbol Club (@SevillaFC) July 12, 2019 There are likely to be further arrivals as well, while Sergio Rico, Sergi Gomez, Simon Kjaer, Joris Gnagnon, Guilherme Arana, Sebastien Corchia, Roque Mesa, Aleix Vidal, Ibrahim Amadou and Nolito could be sold.Sevilla finished sixth in La Liga last term after finishing seventh the year prior, qualifying for the Europa League, a competition they have won a record five times.Thank you for everything Fernando!Best of luck in @SevillaFC_ENG ! — Galatasaray EN (@Galatasaray) July 12, 2019 The club’s last Europa League triumph came in in 2016, when Sevilla completed a competition three-peat after previously winning the tournament in each of the prior two seasons. Sevilla made it to the round of 16 in this year’s tournament, where they were stunned by Slavia Prague 6-5 on aggregate.last_img read more

first_imgThe LSU Tiger leads cheerleaders and players onto the field.NEW ORLEANS – JANUARY 07: The Louisiana State University Tiger runs on the field before the Tigers take on the Ohio State Buckeyes during the AllState BCS National Championship on January 7, 2008 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The 2018 college football season sits just under two months away. While the NBA offseason has done a solid job of entertaining us, we’re ready for our favorite teams to retake the gridiron.In 2017 a few pleasant surprises took our attention. Scott Frost led UCF to an undefeated season, while TCU, Miami, and Northwestern put together better-than-expected campaigns.But we’re not here to talk about the positives from last season. We’re head to talk about the impending doom for the upcoming season.25 teams finished in the AP’s ranking of the best college football teams following the 2017 season. There are five, that’s right five, who won’t make it to a bowl game this season. Pom Squad of the Memphis Tigers celebrate with the fans after a game against the Ole Miss Rebels at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)1. Memphis (No. 24)We’ll start with a less-bold prediction. With quarterback Riley Ferguson gone, the load now falls on unproven arms. Without the veteran leadership of Ferguson, the Tigers will rely heavily on the legs of running back Darrell Henderson, which could make the team one-dimensional.The team’s leading receiver from 2017, Anthony Miller, is also gone, leaving incumbent quarterback David Moore with young wideouts. LSU cheerleaders run around the field with flags.(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)2. LSU (No. 18)With one pick down, we’re starting to feel a bit more bold. Ed Orgeron and company landed a massive  free agent in former Ohio state quarterback Joe Burrow. However, Burrow might not even start the 2018 season.With new players in place and an incredibly difficult schedule in store, the Tigers could be in trouble. LSU opens the season against a Miami team that was much-improved under Mark Richt and returns a healthy number of starters including a top-8 recruiting class.This isn’t the year for Orgeron, and he might be out after. The USF mascot raising its arms.(Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***3. USF (No. 21)Charlie Strong and company are in for a rude awakening during the 2018 campaign. The most-pivotal piece of the 2017 team, quarterback Quinton Flowers, is now a Cincinnati Bengal. With Flowers gone, the Bulls will have to look elsewhere for the majority of their offense.Flowers not only led the team in passing, but he also led the team in rushing. Yes, the team brought in former 5-star quarterback Blake Barnett, but he’s had trouble locking down a starting gig at every turn. Stanford's tree mascot at a football game.(Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)4. Stanford (No. 20)Sure, Bryce Love decided to bring his talents back to the college game, but that won’t be enough for the Cardinal, who fielded a dreadful passing attack during the 2017 season. Love’s legs can only carry the team so far.With trips to Oregon, Notre Dame, Washington, Cal, and UCLA, it will be tough for Stanford to hold together throughout the entire season. Opponents can stack the box against Love and try to make K.J. Costello beat them with his arm. UCF flag flies before AAC championship game.(Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)5. UCF (No. 6)An undefeated season and a win over a major college football program during a bowl (Auburn), will be what lives on from the 2017 campaign. However, the Knights are now left reeling from that success. Scott Frost and company took their talents to Lincoln and will now lead the Nebraska Cornhuskers.Meanwhile, the emotional heart of the UCF defense, Shaquem Griffin, is in the NFL. McKenzie Milton is back and will lead a potent passing attack, but offense was never the problem under Scott Frost. The team needs defense, and it will be tough to adjust after losing significant players.There are the five programs in for a rude awakening following a season of success – bring on the criticism.last_img read more

first_imgPaul Finebaum speaks on his show on ESPN.Paul Finebaum/ESPN.Over the weekend, Maryland placed head coach DJ Durkin on administrative leave. The move came in response to a report from ESPN that dove into the “toxic” culture within the Maryland football program.The report detailed the events that led to the death of Jordan McNair during a workout in late May. McNair died from heatstroke two weeks after the workout.On Tuesday afternoon, Maryland held a press conference to discuss the alleged culture of the football program and apologize to the McNair family for their son’s death. Athletic director Damon Evans announced the school parted ways with head strength coach Rick Court.ESPN’s Paul Finebaum doesn’t think that’s enough. Finebaum thinks head coach DJ Durkin should be fired as well.”[Dismissing Rick Court] is not enough. . . I give Coach Durkin zero chance of surviving this.” – @Finebaum to @MollyAMcGrath on ESPN2— David Scott (@ESPNprDScott) August 14, 2018Maryland announced an external review will look into the allegations of a “toxic” culture within the football program. A decision on Durkin’s future with the program will likely come with the conclusion of the investigation – a preliminary timeline has been set for mid-September.Maryland opens the 2018 college football season against Texas on September 1.last_img read more

first_imgColin Cowherd talks college football.Colin Cowherd isn’t the biggest Baker Mayfield fan. The FOX Sports 1 personality has consistently criticized the former star Oklahoma quarterback. He’s questioned, repeatedly, if Mayfield would be successful in the NFL.Now, Cowherd has his own national radio show, and he does it solo, so he’s rarely had someone clap back at his opinions on Mayfield.This happened today, though. And it was great.FOX Sports 1 college football analyst Joel Klatt showed up to Cowherd’s show this afternoon wearing a Cleveland Browns Mayfield No. 6 jersey.Check it out:.@joelklatt needs an Emmy for throwing Colin Cowherd through 3 glass doors on his own show:— Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) October 10, 2018That was awesome.Well done, Joel.last_img

first_imgA generic view of a goal line marker.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The Alamo Bowl was one of the most-exciting games of college football’s 2018 bowl season – so far, anyway.Washington State, the No. 13 team in the country, topped No. 24 Iowa State in San Antonio, 28-26, to give the Pac-12 its first bowl win in more than a year.The game was a fun one, but the fans inside the stadium might’ve had a little too much fun.Iowa State fans were reportedly unhappy with the Alamo Bowl’s beer supply.“Sources inside the Alamo Dome are reporting Iowa State’s fans are extremely upset with the lack of available Busch Light on the premises.”Sources inside the Alamo Dome are reporting Iowa State’s fans are extremely upset with the lack of available Busch Light on the premises.— Pat Heffling (@wurstbrewerfan) December 29, 2018“We already have one vendor out of Busch Light at the Alamodome. 45 minutes to kickoff.”We already have one vendor out of Busch Light at the Alamodome. 45 minutes to kickoff.— Wide Right & Natty Lite (@WideRtNattyLt) December 29, 2018Busch Light attempted to fix the issue, at least.He’ll get you an ice-cold Busch Light by any means necessary… even he’s gotta do it himself.— Busch Beer (@BuschBeer) December 29, 2018Welp, at least everyone had a good time.Washington State finished the year 11-2 with last night’s win, while Iowa State fell to 8-5.last_img read more

first_imgjalen hurts during the national title game at alabamaSANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to the CFP National Championship against the Clemson Tigers presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Earlier this week, BetOnline released a list of Heisman odds showing the favorites to win college football’s most-prestigious award. No surprise, Clemson star quarterback Trevor Lawrence is the favorite to win the Heisman next year following his dominant performance in the title game.Another player with solid odds to win the Heisman is former Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts. Hurts opened with 9/1 odds to win the Heisman earlier this week, but after he announced his transfer to Oklahoma, Hurts’ odds jumped to 6/1.It’s almost like transferring to a program that produced the past two Heisman Trophy-winners had a positive impact on his odds.FWIW, BetOnline bumped Jalen Hurts’ Heisman odds from 9/1 yesterday to 6/1 today after news broke that he’s transferring to Oklahoma.— David Ching (@davidching77) January 16, 2019Can Hurts become the third Oklahoma quarterback to take home the Heisman Trophy? Only Trevor Lawrence and Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa have better odds to take home college football’s award given to the best player.Lincoln Riley should have a positive impact on Hurts’ play this season after leading a dangerous Oklahoma offense the past few years.last_img read more

first_imgA photo of a referee standing on a football field.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 01: A head linesman waits during the game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Florida Atlantic Owls at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Owls 63-14. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Virginia’s Antwaun Powell is emerging as a top defensive line recruit in the country. The four-star recruit is starting to whittle things down.18 schools have offered Powell thus far. On Wednesday, he announced a top eight schools list.It is a pretty diverse group of schools, representing three power conferences, as well as independent program Notre Dame. The ACC and Big Ten are particularly well represented.Duke, Georgia Tech, and Virginia Tech make the list out of the ACC. Maryland, Michigan, and Penn State are the Big Ten teams vying for his services, while Oklahoma makes the list from the Big 12.Antwaun Powell released his top eight schools list via Twitter.From Powell:Top 8….🙏🏾— Antwaun Powell (@TwaunPowell) April 11, 2019The 2020 defensive end is ranked No. 247 overall in the country, per 247’s composite rankings. He’s the No. 12 weak-side defensive end and No. 4 player in Virginia, out of Portsmouth’s I.C. Newcom High School.247’s crystal ball does not yet have any predictions logged.This weekend, Oklahoma will host Powell on an official visit. The team recently announced that it had moved the spring game from Saturday up to tonight, so he’ll have the chance to see something similar to a gameday atmosphere in Norman.He recently took an unofficial to Georgia Tech.Powell’s other offers include ECU, Liberty, Louisville, Marshall, Nebraska, North Carolina, Pitt, Rutgers, TCU, and Virginia.last_img read more

first_imgPaul Finebaum makes comments about roy Williams.ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum is often critical of Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh – mostly because he doesn’t think the Wolverines head man has done enough to warrant his hype. This week, he took things to a new level.Finebaum joined The Roundtable on JOX on Monday and was asked about the state of Michigan’s program. He said that he thinks Michigan has “waved the white flag” when it comes to how it compares to Ohio State.“I was in New York the other day and a Michigan fan grabbed me and said ‘why do you hate Jim Harbaugh?’ I don’t hate Jim Harbaugh at all, I just think Michigan fans ought to quit being so milk toast about the guy and if he can’t beat Ohio State in five tries I’d like to know why you Michiganders still believe it him. He said ‘well, we just don’t really think we can do any better.’Michigan has waved the white flag. Michigan has surrendered and has simply admitted ‘we’re not as good as Ohio State, we’re not the Michigan of the past. We’re just a good program that occasionally has a year like last year and then chokes the biggest game of the year and then gets run by an ascending team in Florida in a bowl game.” Somehow, we imagine that Harbaugh does not agree with Finebaum’s opinion.Michigan, under Harbaugh, has an 0-4 record against Ohio State – though all of those losses came when Urban Meyer was the coach. With Ryan Day now in charge, it’ll be interesting to see if the streak continues.This year’s contest will take place on November 30 – presumably at Noon ET.last_img read more

first_img Introducing our 2019 Schedule Poster! Wear it with #PSUPride, Nittany Nation!🔵⚪️🔗:— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) July 10, 2019The poster has already been distributed on Wednesday and Thursday, but will also be made available at the Uplifting Athletes Lift for Life event at Holuba Hall on Friday at 5 p.m. EST per the official team website.Judging by the size, it looks like it would only fit on the head of a small child. But it could also be a terrific ornament for any Penn State fan to have in their home and add to a collection.The Nittany Lions are slated to face their usual crop of Big Ten East Division foes along with Iowa, Purdue, and Minnesota. In non-conference action, they’ll play against Idaho, Buffalo, and Pitt. Shot of Penn State players.STATE COLLEGE, PA – SEPTEMBER 01: Trace McSorley #9 of the Penn State Nittany Lions prays before the game against the Appalachian State Mountaineers on September 1, 2018 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)There are nearly limitless ways to make a poster artistic: Fancy designs, color scheme, gloss, and so on. But Penn State really went the extra mile to make their 2019 schedule poster as on-theme as possible.This week the Penn State Football program account revealed that the team would be giving out special posters for the 2019 season at their Children and Youth Day at ArtsFest.The feature in question? It folds into a wearable helmet.No joke – the Twitter post even included a quick breakdown on how the back of the poster can be folded into the imitation helmet.last_img read more

first_imgOhio State footballs.LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 14: Footballs for the Ohio State Buckeyes before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)It’s been a busy day for Ohio State football to be sure. The Buckeyes announced their captains and starting quarterback for the coming season, and also found out their AP preseason poll ranking.But not everyone is high on the Buckeyes, with some doubting the post-Urban Meyer era in Columbus.Speaking to ESPN on Monday, wide receiver and captain K.J. Hill had a message for those doubting the Buckeyes. Specifically, he called out those believed that the coaching change from Urban Meyer to Ryan Day would make them worse.“[There are] people who think we can’t do it no more because Coach Meyer is gone. Coach Day comes in every day ready to work. He knows he has a chip on his shoulder because he’s new to college football and people say he’s got big shoes to fill…”Those people who think “we can’t do it no more because Coach Meyer is gone” might want to think again, said senior receiver K.J. Hill. He said the @OhioStateFB players and first-year head coach Ryan Day have a chip on their shoulders.— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) August 19, 2019Meyer coached Ohio State from 2012 to 2018, winning three Big Ten titles and the first-ever College Football Playoff.The 40-year-old Ryan Day is considerably less experienced, only joining the Buckeyes in 2017.But Day helped mold quarterback Dwayne Haskins into an elite quarterback last year and coached well in several games as Meyer’s temporary replacement.The Buckeyes certainly think they can replicate Meyer’s success with Ryan Day. In a few weeks, they’ll get to prove it.Ohio State opens its season on Aug. 31 against FAU.last_img read more

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 11, 2019UPDATED: March 11, 2019 16:51 IST Padma awards 2019: From Prabhudheva to Mohanlal, here’s the complete list of winners(Image: Twitter/rashtrapatibhvn)56 of the 112 inspiring personalities, who were selected for this year’s Padma awards, were conferred the prestigious honour on Monday by President Ram Nath Kovind at a special function in Rashtrapati Bhavan. The awards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year.Padma Awards – one of the highest civilian awards of the country, are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri.Distribution of Padma awardsThe awards are given in various disciplines/fields of activities; art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc.Padma Vibhushan is awarded for exceptional and distinguished servicePadma Bhushan for distinguished service of high orderPadma Shri for distinguished service in any fieldThis year’s awardees are from across the nation, all segments of society and the government has gone beyond excellence alone, recognising the larger impact and their selfless service, the official said.A record 50,000 nominations were received for the 2019 awards, which is 20 times those received in 2014 when there were just 2,200 nominations.List of Padma awardees 2019The list comprises four Padma Vibhushan, 14 Padma Bhushan and 94 Padma Shri Awards.21 of the awardees are women and the list also includes 11 persons from the category of foreigners/NRI/PIO/OCI, three posthumous awardees, and one transgender person.PADMA VIBHUSHAN1. Teejan Bai – Art-Vocals-Folk – Chhattisgarh2. Ismail Omar Guelleh (Foreigner) – Public Affairs – Djibouti3. Anilkumar Manibhai Naik – Trade & Industry-Infrastructure – Maharashtra4. Balwant Moreshwar Purandare – Art-Acting-Theatre – MaharashtraadvertisementPADMA BHUSHAN1. John Chambers (Foreigner) – Trade & Industry-Technology – USA2. Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa – Public Affairs – Punjab3. Pravin Gordhan (Foreigner) – Public Affairs – South Africa4. Mahashay Dharam Pal Gulati – Trade & Industry-Food Processing – Delhi5. Darshan Lal Jain – Social Work – Haryana6. Ashok Laxmanrao Kukade – Medicine-Affordable Healthcare – Maharashtra7. Kariya Munda – Public Affairs – Jharkhand8. Budhaditya Mukherjee – Art-Music-Sitar – West Bengal9. Mohanlal Viswanathan Nair – Art-Acting-Film – KeralaReceived #PadmaBhushan, The 3rd Highest Civilian Award from The Honorable President of India, with jubilation. I express fervent gratitude to the Supreme Power & all well wishers, for being a part of my journey. Truly happy with this inimitable moment. #PadmaAwards (@Mohanlal) March 11, 201910. S Nambi Narayan – Science & Engineering-Space – Kerala11. Kuldip Nayar (Posthumous) – Literature & Education (Journalism) – DelhiDelhi: President Ram Nath Kovind confers Padma Bhushan award (posthumous) upon veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar. His wife Bharti Nayar received the award. (@ANI) March 11, 201912. Bachendri Pal – Sports (Mountaineering) – Uttarakhand13. V K Shunglu – Civil Service – Delhi14. Hukumdev Narayan Yadav – Public Affairs – BiharPADMA SHRIRajeshwar Acharya – Art-Vocal-Hindustani – Uttar PradeshBangaru Adigalar – Spiritualism – Tamil NaduIllias Ali – Medicine-Surgery – AssamManoj Bajpayee – Art-Acting-Films – MaharashtraUddhab Kumar Bharali – Science & Engineering-Grassroots Innovation – AssamOmesh Kumar Bharti – Medicine (Rabies) – Himachal PradeshPritam Bhartwan – Art-Vocals-Folk – UttarakhandJyoti Bhatt – Art-Painting – GujaratDilip Chakravarty – Archaeology – DelhiMammen Chandy – Medicine (Hematology) – West BengalSwapan Chaudhuri – Art-Music-Tabla – West BengalKanwal Singh Chauhan – Agriculture – HaryanaSunil Chhetri – Sports (Football) – TelanganaDinyar Contractor – Art-Acting-Theatre – MaharashtraMuktaben Pankajkumar Dagli – Social Work (Divyang Welfare) – GujaratBabulal Dahiya – Agriculture – Madhya PradeshThanga Darlong – Art-Music-Flute – TripuraPrabhu Deva – Art-Dance – KarnatakaThanks for all the love u all gave , ur love gave meThis award , I dedicate this award to the love u all gave (@PDdancing) March 11, 2019Rajkumari Devi – Agriculture – BiharBhagirathi Devi – Public Affairs – BiharBaldev Singh Dhillon – Science and Engineering (Agriculture) – PunjabHarika Dronavalli – Sports (Chess) – Andhra PradeshPresident Kovind presents Padma Shri to Smt Harika Dronavalli for Sports. She is among the world’s top ranked chess players and has lead Indian women squads to several chess championships of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) March 11, 2019Godawari Dutta – Art-Painting – BiharGautam Gambhir – Sports (Cricket) – DelhiDraupadi Ghimiray – Social Work (Divyang Welfare) – SikkimRohini Godbole – Science and Engineering (Nuclear) – KarnatakaSandeep Guleria – Medicine (Surgery) – DelhiPratap Singh Hardia – Medicine (Ophthalmology) – Madhya PradeshPresident Kovind presents Padma Shri to Dr Pratap Singh Hardia for Medicine. He was the first to start radial keratotomy in India. He has conducted thousands of free eye surgeries in eye camps. He has performed 650,000 surgeries till date, which is a Guinness Book record of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) March 11, 2019Bulu Imam – Social Work (Culture) – JharkhandFriederike Irina (Foreigner) – Social Work (Animal Welfare) – GermanyJoravarsinh Jadav – Art (Dance Folk) – Gujarat\S Jaishankar – Civil Service – DelhiDelhi: President Ram Nath Kovind confers Padma Shri award upon former foreign secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, at Rashtrapati Bhawan. (@ANI) March 11, 2019Narsingh Dev Jamwal – Literature and Education – Jammu & KashmirFayaz Ahmad Jan – Art-Craft (Papier Mache) – Jammu and KashmirK G Jayan – Art-Music-Bhakti – KeralaSubhash Kak (Foreigner) – Science and Engineering-Technology – USASharath Kamal – Sports (Table Tennis) – Tamil NaduRajani Kant – Social Work – Uttar PradeshSudam Kate – Medicine (Sickle Cell) – MaharashtraWaman Kendre – Art-Acting-Theatre – MaharashtraKader Khan (Posthumous-Foreigner) – Art-Acting-Films – CanadaAbdul Gafur Khatri – Art-Painting – GujaratRavindra Kolhe (Duo)* – Medicine (Affordable Healthcare) – MaharashtraSmita Kolhe (Duo)* – Medicine (Affordable Healthcare) – MaharashtraBombayla Devi Laishram – Sports (Archery) – ManipurKailash Madbaiya – Literature and Education – Madhya PradeshRamesh Babaji Maharaj – Social Work (Animal Welfare) – Uttar PradeshVallabhbhai Vasrambhai Marvaniya – Agriculture – GujaratGita Mehta (Foreigner) – Literature and Education – USAShadab Mohammad – Medicine (Dentistry) – Uttar PradeshKK Muhammed – Archaeology – KeralaShyama Prasad Mukherjee – Medicine (Affordable Healthcare) – JharkhandPresident Kovind presents Padma Shri to Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee for Medicine. A leading medical practitioner, he has been treating poor patients free of charge and runs a low-cost pathology laboratory for the past 50 years in Ranchi, Jharkhand of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) March 11, 2019Daitari Naik – Social Work – OdishaShankar Mahadevan Narayan – Art-Vocals-Films – MaharashtraPresident Kovind presents Padma Shri to Shri Shankar Mahadevan Narayan for Art. A prominent singer and music composer, Shri Mahadevan has been performing the world over with his varied repertoire, covering Indian classical, jazz, fusion, rock, folk, film and spiritual music of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) March 11, 2019Shantanu Narayen (Foreigner) – Trade and Industry (Technology) – USAPresident Kovind presents Padma Shri to Shri Shantanu Narayen for Trade & Industry. He is the Chairman of Adobe Inc, one of the world’s largest and most diversified software companies of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) March 11, 2019Nartaki Natraj – Art-Dance (Bharatnatyam) – Tamil NaduTsering Norboo – Medicine-Surgery – Jammu & KashmirAnup Ranjan Pandey – Art-Music – ChhattisgarhJagdish Prasad Parikh – Agriculture – RajasthanGanpat I Patel (Foreigner) – Literature and Education – USAPresident Kovind presents Padma Shri to Shri Ganpat I. Patel for Literature & Education. He is the president of Ganpat University, Mehsana, Gujarat, and recognised for his contributions in electrical engineering and his philanthropy, especially relating to higher education of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) March 11, 2019Bimal Patel – Architecture – GujaratHukumchand Patidar – Agriculture – RajasthanHarvinder Singh Phoolka – Public Affairs – PunjabMadurai Chinna Pillai – Social Work (Microfinance) – Tamil NaduTao Porchon-Lynch (Foreigner) – Yoga – USAKamala Pujhari – Agriculture – OdishaBajrang Punia – Sports (Wrestling) – HaryanaDelhi: President Ram Nath Kovind confers Padma Shri award upon Bajrang Punia for the field of Sports- Wrestling (@ANI) March 11, 2019Jagat Ram – Medicine (Ophthalmology) – ChandigarhR V Ramani – Medicine (Ophthalmology) – Tamil NaduDevarapalli Prakash Rao – Social Work (Affordable Education)Anup Sah – Art-Photography – UttarakhandMilena Salvini (Foreigner) – Art-Dance (Kathakali) – FranceNagindas Sanghavi – Literature & Education-Journalism – MaharashtraSirivennela Seetharama Sastry – Art-Lyrics – TelanganaShabbir Sayyad – Social Work (Animal Welfare) – MaharashtraMahesh Sharma – Social Work (Tribal Welfare) – Madhya PradeshMohammad Hanif Khan Shastri – Literature and Education – DelhiBrijesh Kumar Shukla – Literature & Education – Uttar PradeshNarendra Singh – Animal Husbandry – HaryanaPrashanti Singh – Sports (Basketball) – Uttar PradeshSultan Singh – Animal Husbandry – HaryanaJyoti Kumar Sinha – Social Work (Affordable Education) – BiharAnandan Sivamani – Art-Music – Tamil NaduDelhi: Indian percussionist Anandan Sivamani conferred with Padma Shri award by President Ram Nath Kovind. #PadmaAwards (@ANI) March 11, 2019Sharada Srinivasan – Archaeology – KarnatakaDevendra Swarup (Posthumous) – Literature and Education-Journalism – Uttar PradeshAjay Thakur – Sports-Kabaddi – Himachal PradeshDelhi: President Ram Nath Kovind confers Padma Shri award upon Kabaddi team’s captain Ajay Thakur. #PadmaAwards (@ANI) March 11, 2019Rajeev Tharanath – Art-Music-Sarod – KarnatakaSaalumarada Thimmakka – Social Work (Environment) – KarnatakaJamuna Tudu – Social Work (Environment) – JharkhandBharat Bhushan Tyagi – Agriculture – Uttar PradeshRamaswami Venkataswami – Medicine (Surgery) – Tamil NaduRam Saran Verma – Agriculture – Uttar PradeshSwami Vishudhananda – Spiritualism – KeralaHiralal Yadav – Art-Vocals-Folk – Uttar PradeshVenkateswara Rao Yadlapalli – Agriculture – Andhra PradeshRead | How are the three Padma Awards different from each other?Read | 8 major awards given by the Government of IndiaInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? 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first_img Reuters SpainJune 19, 2019UPDATED: June 19, 2019 10:08 IST Maria Sharapova wins on return from injury break, set for Kerber test. (Reuters photo)HIGHLIGHTSSharapova impressed in her first-round win over Viktoria KuzmovaSharapova admitted there is much to work on but was encouraged by her displaySharapova is “optimistic” and nothing felt “too sharp” in her shoulder during the matchAfter two weeks enjoying the delights of Mallorca it was time for business for Maria Sharapova on Tuesday as she launched her comeback from a six-month injury lay-off in style.The Russian five-times Grand Slam champion struggled for rhythm initially on the low-bouncing grasscourt at the Mallorca Open but picked up the pace to beat Viktoria Kuzmova 7-6(8) 6-0.It was a small step for the 32-year-old who will face reigning Wimbledon champion and top seed Angelique Kerber in a standout second-round match at the Santa Ponsa Tennis Club.Kerber, who suffered an ankle injury during the claycourt season and lost in the first round at the French Open, beat Belgian qualifier Ysaline Bonaventure 7-5 4-6 6-2.Former world number one Sharapova admitted there is still much to work on but was encouraged by her display in negotiating a tricky opening round — her first competitive match since the St Petersburg Open in January.There were a few double faults in the first set but the right shoulder that has caused her so much trouble in the past and needed minor surgery in February appeared to hold up.She saved two set points in the opener but allowed her opponent, ranked 39 places higher than her at 46, only six points in the second as a large crowd, which included tournament referee Toni Nadal, watched under a blazing sun.It was the 2004 Wimbledon champion’s first win on grass for four years in only her second match on the surface in that time.advertisement”It was nice to get a victory,” she told reporters.”It’s been a while since I’ve been out there so it felt really good to go through a few things I’ve worked on and get the arm into action again. There’s a lot to work on but I had to start somewhere.”Wildcard Sharapova said she felt “optimistic” about the shoulder that needed minor surgery in February and did not feel anything “too sharp” during the match.With rain falling elsewhere in Europe, Mallorca appeared a wise choice as a starting point for a suspect shoulder but it was not all smooth for wildcard Sharapova against Kuzmova.The Slovak broke to lead 6-5 in the first set as Sharapova served three double-faults. Sharapova broke back immediately to force a tiebreak but had to fend off a set point at 6-7 and another at 7-8 before sealing the set when Kuzmova missed a forehand.A confident Sharapova romped through the second set.Victoria Azerenka, the third former world number one in action on the day, was beaten 1-6 6-4 7-5 by Caroline Garcia.Also Read | Dominic Thiem extends olive branch to Serena Williams with mixed doubles offerAlso Read | Maria Sharapova to return to action at Mallorca OpenAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 Mallorca OpenFollow Maria SharapovaFollow Angelique Kerber Next Mallorca Open: Sharapova wins on return from injury break, set for Kerber testMaria Sharapova launched her comeback from a six-month injury lay-off by beating Viktoria Kuzmova 7-6(8) 6-0. She will face Angelique Kerber next in a standout second-round match.advertisementlast_img read more