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Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho challenges Paul Pogba to replicate World Cup form

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LOS ANGELES : Jose Mourinho has issued a challenge to Paul Pogba to recreate his World Cup form for Manchester United next season.

The midfielder was a key part of France’s success in Russia and scored in the final against Croatia as Didier Deschamps’ side lifted the trophy.

Mourinho confirmed the 25-year-old, who has often been criticised for his performances since arriving from Juventus in 2016, will miss the start of the season while he recovers from his exertions this summer.

 

But when he returns, the United manager says he wants to see Pogba use his “brilliant” tournament as a springboard for his form at Old Trafford.

“To win the World Cup can only be a positive thing,” Mourinho told a news conference at UCLA on Tuesday.

“So many players didn’t have the opportunity to win and help their team enough. For Paul it is the first World Cup he goes and to be world champion can only be fantastic.

“I hope he understands why he was very good. That’s the point about his performance level and contribution to a winning team, is to understand why he was so good especially in the second part of the competition, where he was absolutely brilliant.”

Pogba is on holiday and will not be in the United States for United’s five-game summer tour. He is also set to miss the first game of the Premier League season against Leicester at Old Trafford on Aug. 10.

Mourinho confirmed that new signing Fred will link up with the squad in the U.S. next week but fellow new boy Diogo Dalot won’t be available until September while he recovers from a knee injury suffered at the end of last season.

“Dalot is injured,” Mourinho added. “A small injury, a small surgery. We didn’t want to lose him because of that and he’s recovering really well and we think he can start training back in England but not ready for start of the season.”


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Dreaming high, this 18-year-old wants to be the first Kashmiri to conquer Everest

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Srinagar:  Known as the youngest professional mountaineer of Kashmir, Rizza Alee is all set to accomplish his dream mission to conquer Mount Everest.

Coming from a middle-class family of Nowlari Pattan in north Kashmir, 18-years-old Alee throughout the winter had prepared himself physically and mentally for the expedition.

While he toiled hard in chilly winters for this mission, the lack of support from government and private sector is leaving him disappointed?

 

“I have prepared all these years to achieve this dream. Currently, I am not getting any kind of support from government and public, which is disheartening me,” he says.

 Much to his disappointment, Alee claims that many firms in Kashmir rejected is idea to scale Mount Everest.

“I went to many people for the sponsorship, which will include the cost of my equipment’s, travel and food. No body showed any interest to help me. If I am not helped financially now then I won’t be able to achieve my dream,” he said.

Unlike other sportspersons, Alee’s journey from an ordinary shy school boy to an emerging trekker has not been a cakewalk.
The interesting thing about him is not necessarily how incredible of an athlete he is but as an aspiring sportsperson he fought all odds single handedly to prepare himself for upcoming challenge.

“I had a problem called Right Bundle Branch Block in my heart and everybody thought I will never do anything like climbing. But fortunately now doctors have acknowledged that my heart is athletic like my physique,” he says.

He says choosing climbing his passion was earlier objected by many within family.

Alee recently attained a feat to climb 6153m Stok Kangri peak in Ladakh last month.

With this success, Alee, who recently finished his 12th from Sri Pratap Higher Secondary School, has decided to set a record to inspire small-town athletes to dream bigger.

In June last year, he took to this expedition with his friend from Delhi Shubham on June 12 at 9:30 am and reached the Camp 1 i.e, 4400m at 12:30pm. 

“It was for the first time I was going to summit 6000 m, but I was no stranger to it. It is indescribable how I felt when we conquered 6153m peak,” he says.

Narrating his experience while trekking the Stok Kangri peak, Alee says, “We stayed for the night and left at 8:30am for camp 3, which is at a height of 5118m and reached there at 1:30pm. We made a stop before the final summit push, braced ourselves for the worst,” Alee said.

 “I didn’t get any support initially and my parents would always suggest me to forget my passion. But ultimately with my recent success, they are getting more interested in my future plan now. I have made it that one day I will make them feel proud,” he says.

 While Alee dreams to achieve bigger in life, he hopes to get sponsorship to fulfill his dreams.

“I am thankful to my mentor Manzoor Mir, who has inspired me all along and has been helping me to achieve what I couldn’t have done alone. I hope now someone will further come forward to help me in conquering mighty Mount Everest,” he says.

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Australia face selection headache ahead of Pakistan ODIs

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Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell may be rested from the first One-Day International (ODI) against Pakistan, as the tourists recover from a stomach bug that has hit the team in the United ArabEmirates.
Maxwell missed training on Wednesday, two days ahead of Friday’s opener in Sharjah.
Spinner Nathan Lyon also missed training on Tuesday with illness, but joined his teammates in their Wednesday session. He is a good chance to be picked in a dual spinning assault with wrist spinner Adam Zampa.
“The stats from here all suggest that spin takes a bigger impact. I’ll expect them to spin,” captain Aaron Finch said in comments published by Cricket Australia’s website (cricket.com.au). “We even saw yesterday, the training wickets looked how we expect the middle to play.”
He added: “You’re never quite sure though, once there’s a bit of traffic on it, they start to slow up pretty quick and spin a bit. I think that will be a feature, especially in the two games in Sharjah.”
Pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile re-joined the squad for the five-match series against Pakistan, after missing the final three ODIs against India to fly home to Perth for the birth of his second child.
After trailing India 2-0, Australia won the next three games in succession against Virat Kohli’s side, to claim their first series victory in the format in over two years and enjoy a timely confidence boost ahead of the World Cup.
Coulter-Nile, who is in the frame for the global showpiece while pacers Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc struggle with injuries, said there is a good mood around the camp despite fierce competition for spots in the World Cup squad.
“Everyone’s performing, that’s why we’re winning, but even when someone has a bad day, they’re really supportive of other blokes who have had a good day,” Coulter-Nile said. “It’s fantastic to see. I don’t think it’s a conscious effort that anyone makes, it is just good mates supporting each other.”
He added: “I don’t think anybody goes out there thinking, ‘I’m not going to worry about selection’. It’s just how everyone is in the squad, as they’re all just good people.”

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Kohli’s greatness is in keeping things simple, says Kallis

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Only Virat Kohli can answer if he can surpass Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 100 international centuries but Indian captain’s biggest asset is his ability to keep things simple, feels iconic Proteas all-rounder Jacques Kallis.
With 66 international hundreds at the age of 30, Kohli, many believe is a serious contender for breaking all the batting records set by Tendulkar.
“Kohli I believe can go as far as he wants to. He is a world class player. He is hungry. He works hard. He has proved that over the years. The main thing about him is that he keeps it simple. People enjoy watching him bat,” said Kallis, one of the greatest all-rounders to have played the game.
So will Kohli break Tendulkar’s record, Kallis replied: “Only Kohli can answer that. If he is fit enough and willing enough to go but nothing is out of reach for him.” India losing the ODI series against Australia won’t have much of an impact on the World Cup.
“I don’t think Kohli will be under pressure. He has produced the goods time and time again. He is a world class player and the guys follow what he does. He is certainly one of the best in the world.” Workload management has been a talked about topic over last few days but the KKR head coach feels it depend on the individuals.
“All the guys are professionals. They will know when to rest. We have a great support staff, the physios, the trainers who will know how to handle the guys.” Like Sourav Ganguly, the South African all-rounder also predicted an open World Cup.
“I think this year, the World Cup will be more open. The sides have to play good in the key moments,” said Kallis. A depleted South Africa team won’t be favourites, termed Kallis.
“I don’t think South Africa will be considered as a favourite but sometimes when the pressure is less on you it can help. But surely you cannot write them off.” Many South Aricans are signing KOLPAK deals wherein they are choosing county cricket over international cricket.
“I think its unfortunate but it is a living that we do. It will be nice to keep the guys in South Africa,” said Kallis.

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