Adrian Martinez has yet to officially be ruled good to go for this afternoon’s game against the Michigan Wolverines. However, things are looking promising for the four-star freshman quarterback.Martinez, who missed last week’s upset loss against Troy, is recovering from a knee injury he suffered in the season-opening defeat to Colorado. The dual-threat quarterback is expected to be a game-time decision against Michigan this afternoon.Nebraska has listed the starting quarterback as “probable” for this afternoon’s game.Nebraska – Adrian Martinez (knee) is probable today versus Michigan.— FreePlaysPicks (@FreePlaysPicks) September 22, 2018Scott Frost had said earlier this week that a decision on Martinez would be made based on both his physical and mental state. He needs to be ready to go in both areas.“He’s further along,” Frost told reporters. “Again, it isn’t just ‘Is he ready to go?’ It’s ‘Is he ready to go mentally and physically to the point that he can protect himself in the game and make sure he stays healthy?’“He’s really close. We gotta make a final decision.”The Omaha World-Herald doesn’t believe Martinez will play unless he’s 100 percent:Judging by what Frost said, it sure didn’t sound as if Martinez is 100 percent. And the part about protecting himself and making sure he stays healthy? That says it’s still the No. 1 concern.A quarterback can’t make plays and lead larger-than-life drives in front of 111,000 fans and King Khaki and pay attention to whether he’s protecting himself. He has to flow. He has to play by instinct.Even if he’s ready, Nebraska is still a decided underdog in this one. So is it really worth the risk of having Martinez re-injure the knee and miss the rest of the season if he’s “close?” No.Martinez was seen warming up on the field earlier this morning with his Huskers teammates.Quarterback Adrian Martinez and the Huskers enter “The Big House” at Michigan Stadium. pic.twitter.com/DcTlbMp6Uh— Ross Jernstrom WOWT (@RossJernstrom) September 22, 2018Martinez is the big key for Nebraska today, obviously. The Huskers will be forced to start a walk-on under center if Martinez is unable to go.Michigan’s defense is fierce, but the Wolverines have had problems before with dual-threat quarterbacks. Martinez could pose some major problems for Michigan if he’s able to go this afternoon.An official ruling on Martinez likely won’t be made until right at kickoff. Nebraska and Michigan are set to kick off at noon on FOX Sports 1.
BLACKSBURG, VA – SEPTEMBER 30: A general view of Lane Stadium prior to the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and Clemson Tigers on September 30, 2017 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)Virginia Tech football has one of the most electric intros in college football, and it just got the full primetime treatment on ABC.Metallica’s hit “Enter Sandman” blares as the team runs on the field and the fans at Lane Stadium go absolutely bonkers.It was a bit loud for at least one young Hokies fan, though.Cameras caught a Virginia Tech fan who appears to be in the student section covering his ears because of the noise.He probably wishes ABC had panned elsewhere.This kid is 19 going on 70. pic.twitter.com/UYBzzyxbCk— Chase Hughes (@ChaseHughesNBCS) October 7, 2018To be fair, those of us who go to big games and concerts know that as you get older, ear plugs can become pretty necessary. In this case, they would’ve really come in handy.And to make matters worse, even with all of that deafening energy in the stadium, Notre Dame got off to a red hot start. The Fighting Irish lead 10-0 mid-way through the first quarter.
ESPN’s College GameDay announced on Twitter this afternoon that it is heading to Orlando for Week 12. The show will be live in Florida in anticipation of Saturday night’s UCF-Cincinnati game.Kirk Herbstreit might not get the warmest of receptions from UCF fans on Saturday, though.The ESPN college football analyst has had a bit of a feud with UCF’s fan base throughout the season and on the show.“This argument needs to stop being just about UCF,” he said. “I’m a big believer that if you play people — like Boise State used to do — you should be rewarded for that. Why are we focusing on just UCF when it comes to the Power 5? Because I think there are other teams out there that are as deserving or more deserving.“You need to play somebody in order to be rewarded. UCF, you need to not just be worried about being undefeated and trying to get in the top four, you need to look behind you at teams like Utah State, Appalachian State, Fresno State. These teams, on paper — which is what you want to look at a lot of times — are better than UCF and more deserving than UCF.”Comments like this led to UCF’s AD, Danny White, clapping back.Good evening, @CollegeGameDay: pic.twitter.com/GmEi8dS4AL— Danny White (@UCFDannyWhite) October 22, 2018Herbstreit’s Twitter mentions are often still full of UCF fans, too. So, it could be a pretty interesting atmosphere at College GameDay next weekend. Hopefully, everyone can just enjoy the spectacle and have some fun.ESPN’s College GameDay airs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. E.T.
MADISON, WI – SEPTEMBER 09: Michael Deiter #63, Jonathan Taylor #23, and Austin Ramesh #20 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrate after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Camp Randall Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)It’s fair to say that this year was disappointing for the Wisconsin Badgers, as the program’s aspirations of making the College Football Playoff evaporated just three weeks into the season.The final five games of the season featured three losses, and part of the reason was the lack of durability at quarterback. Unfortunately, Alex Hornibrook dealt with concussion-like symptoms for several weeks.Despite multiple shortcomings and several injuries, the Badgers are still bowl eligible this season.There are a number of sites with bowl projections for this season, and they all share similar predictions for Wisconsin.Jerry Palm of CBS Sports has Wisconsin in the TaxSlayer Bowl against Missouri. The Tigers finished their season with an 8-4 record.College Football News shares the same projection, which is the Badgers in the TaxSlayer Bowl against the Tigers. This game would take place in Jacksonville.Eric Single of Sports Illustrated has Wisconsin facing Stanford in the Redbox Bowl in Santa Clara.With the official bowl games being announced this Sunday, the Badgers won’t have to wait long for their next matchup.
AUSTIN, TX – NOVEMBER 8: Bevo, the Texas Longhorns’ mascot, stands in the corner during a game against the Baylor Bears on November 8, 2008 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. Texas won 45-21. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Texas and Georgia are slated to face off in a hotly contested Sugar Bowl that will pit two runner-ups of Power 5 conference title games against each other. But before they play each other, the Longhorns and Bulldogs will get to enjoy some lovely bowl gifts courtesy of the Allstate Sugar Bowl organizers.According to Sports Business Daily, the Texas and Georgia players are going to receive the following gifts:A gift suite, a Fossil watch, a New Era cap, some Rock ’Em socks, and cufflinks.Though no gifts can make up for the sting of losing their respective conference title games, a win in the Sugar Bowl should suit both sides just fine.Texas and Georgia have only faced each other four times, with the last matchup coming in 1984 for the Cotton Bowl. Georgia won that contest 10-9.The very first matchup between the two sides was the Orange Bowl in 1949, with Texas winning 41-28.The other contests were also won by Texas, with the Longhorns winning back-to-back regular season contests in 1957 and 1958.
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – NOVEMBER 23: The Miami Hurricanes take the field during a game against the Virginia Cavaliers at Sun Life Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Manny Diaz might not be away from Miami for very long.The Hurricanes’ former defensive coordinator, who was hired as Temple’s head coach earlier this month, is reportedly a candidate for Miami’s head coaching gig.Diaz was arguably the top recruiter for Mark Richt, who announced his retirement from Miami earlier today.Yahoo! Sports’ Pete Thamel reports that Diaz has already spoken to Miami officials.“Source: Temple coach Manny Diaz is being strongly considered as next coach at Miami. He spoke to UM officials today. Buyout is significant at $4 million, but UM officials know they’d be getting a top defense and strong local ties,” he reports.Source: Temple coach Manny Diaz is being strongly considered as next coach at Miami. He spoke to UM officials today. Buyout is significant at $4 million, but UM officials know they’d be getting a top defense and strong local ties. https://t.co/NjPiQF1QVl— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 31, 2018Diaz was reportedly spotted on Miami’s campus earlier today.Miami’s athletic director was asked about Diaz during his press conference this afternoon.“Manny Diaz? I haven’t any comment on Manny,’’ Miami AD Blake James said. “I guess Manny is on his own schedule.’’Diaz, 44, was Miami’s defensive coordinator from 2016-18. He was born in Miami and attended Florida State.
AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 04: Texas Longhorns mascot Bevo XV is seen during the game between the Texas Longhorns and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 4, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Each year of the College Football Playoff, since its inception in 2014, has brought at least one team that had never made the field previously. Even with the small group from which Playoff teams have come, that trend is yet to break.In 2014, Alabama, Oregon, Florida State, and Ohio State made the field, with the Buckeyes taking home the title that year. Since then, six other teams have made their debut.2015 brought Clemson, which has made the field every year since, Michigan State, and Oklahoma. In 2016, Washington made the field, 2017 brought Georgia, and this past season, Notre Dame made its playoff debut.Of course, there’s no guarantee that the trend will continue in 2019, but if it does, we have some interesting candidates to make their first playoff run. Sports Illustrated college football analyst Andy Staples was asked about 2019’s top College Football Playoff “dark horses” in his mailbag column.He identified four potential CFB powers that could break through.Two are from the Big Ten, and could use Urban Meyer’s retirement to their advantage: Michigan and Penn State. Staples mentions Meyer in his write-ups for both teams:The departure of Urban Meyer from Ohio State doesn’t mean the Buckeyes won’t continue to rule the Big Ten, but it does mean there is an opportunity for someone else to take command. Penn State could be that team.[…]The way the Wolverines ended the season makes them feel farther from the playoff than they actually are. They’ll probably have to solve the Buckeyes to get there, but with Meyer gone, that might tilt the balance of power. Michigan brings back a lot of production and will be led by a senior quarterback (Shea Patterson).After last season’s Sugar Bowl win over Georgia, it looks like Texas may, finally, be back. Staples also has the longhorns listed in his column:The Longhorns beat Oklahoma in the regular season and then creamed Georgia in the Sugar Bowl, and they bring back a lot of the players—specifically quarterback Sam Ehlinger and receiver Collin Johnson—who helped create a renaissance in 2018. They’ll get a chance to prove they belong in the playoff conversation early with a visit from LSU on Sept. 7, but their candidacy likely will come down to how they play against the Sooners in Dallas and (they hope) in Arlington.Staples has two more dark horses listed in his write-up. Head to Sports Illustrated for the full column.
Virat Kohli grabbed headlines, new sports stars emerged: Indian sports in 2018There were the usual administrative mess-ups occasionally and odd cases of dope shame as well, but they couldn’t make a dent to the overall sense of accomplishment.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiDecember 31, 2018UPDATED: December 31, 2018 15:26 IST Whether it was the Commonwealth and the Asian Games or Youth Olympics, athletes pushed the boundaries and produced path-breaking performances.Virat Kohli continued to dominate the cricket chatter with his batting and brashness, the indomitable MC Mary Kom rolled back the years like very few can and, month after month, Indian sports also found new and younger heroes to raise a toast to as PTI writes in its year-ender.PV Sindhu’s perseverance on the badminton court, Neeraj Chopra’s obsessive pursuit of perfection every time he hurled the javelin, and the teenage shooting stars who refused to take their eyes off the target, made 2018 a year in which highs easily outnumbered the lows for Indian sports.Year in review for Indian sportsThere was a plethora of big-ticket sporting events this year and the country had lots to celebrate throughout.Whether it was the Commonwealth and the Asian Games or Youth Olympics, athletes pushed the boundaries and produced path-breaking performances.There were the usual administrative mess-ups occasionally and odd cases of dope shame as well, but they couldn’t make a dent to the overall sense of accomplishment.Captain Kohli for team IndiaOn the cricket field, the results weren’t encouraging in South Africa and England but Kohli the batsman again ruled the roost, making his craft look ridiculously easy even on the most challenging tracks.It was only fitting that he was bestowed the nation’s highest sporting honour — the Khel Ratna.For ‘Captain Kohli’, however, it was far more challenging as he grappled to get the combinations right.Biggest cricket scandal of 2018Team India did find a degree of redemption against Australia by retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy to close the year on a high.advertisementOf course, it came against an Australian team weakened by the absence of banned batting mainstays Steve Smith and David Warner.The duo, along with Cameron Bancroft, combined for this year’s biggest cricket scandal — the ball-tampering saga that forced a review of Australia’s win at all cost’ culture: the same Australia which had the world mesmerised by its near-perfect hosting of the Commonwealth Games within weeks of the drama.Youngsters taking over weightlifting and shootingThe Commonwealth Games were memorable for India too, as the country logged it’s third-best ever medal haul, highlighted by a record-shattering weightlifting show. Spearheading it was the diminutive world champion Mirabai Chanu, who later shared the Khel Ratna with Kohli.Weightlifting also found another prospective star in Jeremy Lalrinnunga after the 16-year-old claimed an unprecedented gold at Youth Olympics.It was a comeback of sorts for shooting, after their flop-show at the 2016 Olympics.India’s gold medal-winners at the CWG shooting range included a 16-year-old Manu Bhaker and a 15-year-old Anish Bhanwala. The shooters hit the bull’s eye in the Asiad too and though Bhaker felt the pain of failure for the first time, new gold-winning stars emerged in 16-year-old Saurabh Choudhary and a 15-something Shardul Vihan.Bhaker and Chaudhary also won gold medals at Youth Olympics.Also read | Here’s how sports and education work well togetherBoxing: All about Mary KomIf shooting was about youngsters, boxing became all about an ageing but incomparable superstar in Mary Kom.The 36-year-old mother-of-three, who is also a Parliamentarian, picked up four gold medals — including a record sixth world title and the CWG top honours.”There won’t be another Mary Kom,” she declared and one look at her predominantly golden cabinet of medals would be enough to silence anyone who thinks otherwise.Badminton: Sindhu, NehwalSindhu lost five big finals, quietly took the criticism that labelled her a ‘choker’, but had the last laugh with a season-ending World Tour Finals title, beating world No 1 and familiar foe Tai Tzu Ying on her way to the summit clash.Not to be left behind was Saina Nehwal.The trailblazer started with a gold at CWG, picked up a bronze in Asian Games and began a new chapter in her personal life by marrying fellow shuttler P Kashyap.Wrestling: Phogat, Punia, SushilOn the wrestling mat, Vinesh Phogat became more than just a famous Phogat sister with gold medals at both the CWG and Asian Games and Bajrang Punia stepped out of the shadow of his mentor and London Olympics bronze-medallist Yogeshwar Dutt.Punia won gold at CWG and Asiad before a silver at World Championships positioned him as the biggest star.However, double Olympic-medallist Sushil Kumar’s stock fell due to a string of sub-par performances. Vinesh Phogat became the first Indian woman wrestler to win gold at Asian Games this year.Tennis: Manika BatraThe big takeaway in table tennis was the rise of Manika Batra.The Delhiite claimed four medals, including two gold, in the CWG before combining with veteran Sharath Kamal for a historic mixed doubles bronze at the Asiad, where India delivered its best-ever medal haul.Athletics: Neeraj, HimaAnother star to make the year his own was NeerajThe 21-year-old won both the CWG and Asian Games with records to boot and is giving Indian athletics audacious Olympic medal hopes for Tokyo 2020.A sprint sensation also emerged in 18-year-old Hima Das, India’s first ever woman track-and-field world champion at any level after her under-20 400m gold.Billiards: Pankaj AdvaniAway from the spotlight, it was business as usual for ace cueist Pankaj Advani as he added a 21st world title to his trophy cabinet.Also read | Hockey game in the Himalayas becomes world’s highest altitude ice hockey game to be playedadvertisementGolf: Shubhankar SharmaA star rose on the golf course as well in Shubhankar Sharma, who won the Maybank Malaysia OpenHe also bagged Asian Tour Order of Merit title and European Tour Rookie of the Year awardDisappointments in Indian sports this yearThere were disappointments too — the men’s hockey team being the most prominent with no medal at CWG and an underwhelming third-place finish at Asiad.CWG champion weightlifter Sanjita Chanu flunked a dope test.And there was no end to the administrative mess that the BCCI has become.However, none of the negatives was big enough to come in the way of a stronger India emerging on the competitive field.Stay updated with everything about sports, both Indian and international by tuning in to this segmentInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? 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All England 2019: Gopichand banks on Saina, Sindhu, Srikanth to end title droughtAll England Open Badminton Championships 2019: National chief coach Pullela Gopichand says he expects one of his wards to end the 18-year-long title drought in Birmingham this year.advertisement Press Trust of India HyderabadFebruary 4, 2019UPDATED: February 4, 2019 19:20 IST India’s seasoned campaigner, Saina Nehwal has begun the ongoing season with a bang (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPullela Gopichand was the last Indian shuttler to win All England title in 2001PV Sindhu had reached the semi-final of last year’s All England Badminton ChampionshipsThe upcoming edition of All England Badminton Championships will start from March 6 in BirminghamHe was the last to win the All England Championship for India and chief national coach Pullela Gopichand Monday hoped that one of the three prodigal talents he has shaped will end the 18-year-old title drought at the event this year.”I hope that we have one of our players win the All-England tournament this time around. We have had good performances by Saina (Nehwal), (P V)Sindhu and (Kidambi) Srikanth has also been in good form. I do expect that we will have a good performance in this year’s All-England,” Gopichand told PTI.”Going in Saina has just won the Indonesian Open and Sindhu has also done well. So, I think both of them can do well at the All England as well. Hopefully, we will have some good performances from our players. It is almost 18 years now and I hope that this year we can break the jinx.”Gopichand had claimed the All England Championship in 2001, more than two decades after Prakash Padukone became the first Indian to achieve the feat in 1980.Srikanth, who had clinched four titles in 2017, endured a title-less season last year and Gopichand said he expects the Indian to do well this year.”Srikanth has played well. He is somebody whom I expect will do well in the year,” he said.Also Read | Marriage has been a lucky charm: Saina NehwalAlso Read | All England Championships will not be easy even without Carolina Marin: PV SindhuAlso 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 byPTI Tags :Follow Pullela GopichandFollow All England Open Badminton Championships 2019Follow Saina NehwalFollow PV SindhuFollow Kidambi Srikanth Next
India Today Web Desk MumbaiFebruary 19, 2019UPDATED: February 19, 2019 13:07 IST MS Dhoni at a charity football match in Mumbai (@RhitiSports Photo)Superstar India cricket MS Dhoni’s love for football is well documented. The wicketkeeper-batsman, who had been a goalkeeper during his school days, never misses an opportunity to flaunt his football skills.Dhoni, who often can be spotted doing football drills during Team India training sessions, played a charity football match in Juhu, Mumbai earlier this week. Flaunting his new hairstyle, Dhoni was fit as ever as donned the football boots alongside a few celebrities, including Bollywood actor Aparsakthi Khurana and Dino Morea.A large crowd gathered to watch Dhoni in action, this time on a football field. Notably, the India cricketer had also taken part in a similar charity football match in Mumbai, playing alongside the likes of Nick Jonas and Ishan Khatter after India’s Asia Cup win in October last year. MS Dhoni at a charity football match in Mumbai (@RhitiSports Photo)Meanwhile, Dhoni will be sporting the new hairstyle clean cut with short sides and a small tuft of hair all spiked up at the front in the upcoming limited-over series against Australia. Aaron Finch-led Australian side will take on hosts India in a two-match T20I and a five-match ODI series, starting February 24.Dhoni has been in fine form in the ongoing year with the bat and from behind the stumps. The veteran wicketkeeper-batsman, who had scored only 275 runs from 20 matches last year, has moved up three places in the ICC ODI rankings to the 14th spot after the tours to Australia and New Zealand.Dhoni has begun the World Cup year with a bang, scoring three successive half-centuries in India’s historic 2-1 ODI series in Australia. It was also the first time since 2011 Dhoni had won a Man of the Series award.advertisementMeanwhile, expressing relief and delight at Dhoni’s form with the bat, India’s senior selection committee chairman, MSK Prasad reiterated that the senior campaigner will be crucial to India’s chances at the World Cup, starting May 30 in England and Wales.”Well, if you have to win a match or a series, it’s going to be a team effort. Having said that, our openers are doing really well. Virat is in fantastic form. But here, I have just added that MS, under whom we have won two major World Cups… the T20 World Cup in 2007 and the 50-over World Cup in 2011… his experience will come to the fore. His mentoring will also be very crucial, crucial. We all know the chemistry Virat and Mahi share is very, very important. That’s the reason why I said MS Dhoni is very crucial,” MSK Prasad said.He added: “Time and again, I have said he is the best wicketkeeper in the world. With every passing game, his wicketkeeping skills are only getting better. Yes, we were a bit worried about his batting form at a point in time. With these two series, all those worries are addressed. He’s back in form. He will be playing the Australia series and the IPL. He is going to play a very good no. of matches, which is important for him.”Also Read | MS Dhoni ensures Indian flag doesn’t touch the ground as fan rushes out to touch his feetAlso Read | India should not play Pakistan in 2019 Cricket World Cup: Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | Dinesh Karthik vs Rishabh Pant for World Cup: MSK Prasad weighs in on debateAlso 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 MS DhoniFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Dhoni hairstyleFollow MS Dhoni football MS Dhoni plays charity football match ahead of India vs Australia seriesAustralia tour of India 2019: Ahead of the much-anticipated limited-overs series, India wicketkeeper-batsman was spotted playing football in a charity match in Mumbaiadvertisement
New Zealand will be a difficult side to beat: Eoin Morgan ahead of World Cup 2019 finalWorld Cup 2019: Eoin Morgan’s England will face Kane Williamson’s New Zealand at Lord’s in World Cup 2019 final on July 14 in a bid to claim their maiden triumph in the quadrennial tournament.advertisement Next Reuters LondonJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 08:04 IST New Zealand stunned India to reach their second successive World Cup final. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEngland will take on New Zealand in World Cup 2019 finale at Lord’s on July 14Lord’s will anoint new 50-over world champions after Australia and India, who shared the last five titles between themEngland and New Zealand are in search of their maiden World Cup triumphEoin Morgan’s England can cap a stunning white-ball transformation in Sunday’s Cricket World Cup final but awaiting them at Lord’s will be a New Zealand side chasing their own slice of history.Twenty-three years after Arjuna Ranatunga’s rag-tag Sri Lankan side clinched the title in Lahore, Lord’s will anoint new 50-over world champions after Australia and India, who shared the last five titles between them, wilted in the semi-finals.Of the two protagonists who will square off at the ‘home of cricket’, the hosts have more at stake.Morgan’s men are agonizingly close to completing a remarkable turnaround since being dumped out of the 2015 edition following a defeat to Bangladesh, a setback that changed an otherwise Ashes-obsessed England’s approach to one-day cricket.They have since reinvented themselves as a ruthless one-day juggernaut, routinely racking up 300-plus scores with a fearless brand of cricket to reclaim the top ODI ranking last year after a five-year gap.”It’s been a process for the last four years,” Morgan said after his team ended Australia’s title defence at Edgbaston.”In 2015 we were way off the mark. We struggled against the top teams, and the teams that sat below that, so there was quite a drastic change in the way we played and the way we looked at playing our 50-over cricket.”They now parade an intimidatingly deep lineup with Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow, comfortably the most destructive opening pair in contemporary cricket, leading the charge upfront.Their 124-run stand in Thursday’s semi-final against Australia was their fourth successive century partnership in the tournament.advertisementMorgan described Joe Root as the ‘glue’ in the lineup which includes a bevy of swashbuckling match-winners such as Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes.They have had a potent pace attack but Barbados-born Jofra Archer’s spectacular rise has added an extra dollop of hostility.One indication of the significance of the moment is that the final will be shown live on free-to-air television, a first since England’s victorious 2005 Ashes series.”Very cool, particularly given the 2005 Ashes for me was sort of the day cricket became cool,” Morgan said.”Throughout the whole summer, the game was on the front and back page of every newspaper going around, everyone was talking about and it that is really good for the game and it’s the game I love so it’s great news that it’s on free-to-air.”MORGAN WARY OF DIFFICULT’ NZMorgan, however, will not take anything for granted, especially against Kane Williamson’s team who upstaged India in the first semi-final in Manchester.Matt Henry and Trent Boult blew away India’s vaunted top order in a low-scoring thriller and with Lockie Ferguson in the ranks, they could be quite a handful for any batting lineup.”I think New Zealand throughout the whole tournament has been probably the hardest side to beat and the best side in the group stages,” Morgan said.”I think their performance in the semi-final was probably their best. They will be a difficult side to beat on Sunday.”The 2015 finalists began well before three back-to-back defeats nearly scuttled their campaign in the group stage.Against India, Williamson and his men showed how to defend a low total against a strong lineup, complementing their accurate bowlers with trademark sharp fielding.The only grey area is their batting, which relies too heavily on Williamson, comfortably their leading run scorer with a tournament-high 91-plus average.Ross Taylor topscored for the team against India but opener Martin Guptill has been woefully out of form since his 73 not out in their opener against Sri Lanka.Known for punching above their weight in the World Cup, New Zealand have the chance to go one better than their seven-wicket defeat to Australia four years ago.”I’m sure people back home are pretty excited and, you know, another great opportunity to play in a World Cup final,” Williamson said, promising to “play our best cricket” on Sunday.Also Read | The contradictions and chaos that shattered India’s World Cup dreamAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma or Shakib Al Hasan, who will be Player of the Tournament?Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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England pacer Mark Wood ruled out of Ashes 2019 due to side strainMark Wood, England’s second highest wicket-taker in World Cup 2019, has been ruled out of The Ashes due the side strain he suffered in the World Cup final against New Zealand.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiAugust 2, 2019UPDATED: August 2, 2019 18:44 IST Mark Wood claimed 18 wickets in World Cup 2019. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMark Wood has been ruled out of Ashes 2019 due to a side strainWood was the second highest wicket-taker for England in the World Cup 2019The English pacer suffered a strain in the World Cup final against New ZealandMark Wood who played a vital role in England’s successful World Cup campaign, has been ruled out of the ongoing Ashes series against Australia due to a side strain he picked up during the World Cup final at Lord’s.Mark Wood felt pain his left side during the final against New Zealand but he continued to bowl despite the discomfort. Due to the strain, the 29-year-old was already sidelined for the first two Ashes Tests and was hopeful to regain fitness to be available for selection for the third Ashes Test.Wood picked up 18 wickets in the World Cup 2019 to become the second highest wicket-taker for his side in the tournament. Of the other English bowlers, only Jofra Archer claimed more than Wood’s 18 wickets in the World Cup.The English pacer has been troubled by persistent injury problems throughout his career, limiting him to 13 Tests in the four years since his Test debut, just before the 2015 Ashes.Mark Wood’s injury has further deepened England’s fast-bowling injury after James Anderson suffered an injury to his right calf during Day 1 of the opening Ashes Test at Edgbaston on Thursday.Anderson had to leave the field after bowling 4 over in the 1st Ashes Test to undergo a scan to discover the extent of the injury.On Day 1 of the ongoing Ashes Test in Birmingham, England fast bowlers restricted Australia to 284 runs. Stuart Broad picked a 5-wicket haul while Chris Woakes took 3 wickets as Steve Smith came to Australia’s rescue with his 144-run knock.advertisementAlso 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Mark WoodFollow James AndersonFollow Ashes 2019
Wayne Rooney to join Derby County as player-coach on 18-month dealWayne Rooney was a big fan of Dutch manager Louis van Gaal’s coaching methods when he was at Manchester United and has been convinced that Derby boss Cocu has a similar approach.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiAugust 6, 2019UPDATED: August 6, 2019 19:51 IST Wayne Rooney has two years left on his contract with MLS club DC United. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWayne Rooney has signed an 18-month deal with Derby CountyRooney’s former England teammate Frank Lampard was appointed as manager of Derby County last seasonFormer England captain will join the coaching staff of Derby’s Dutch manager Phillip CocuWayne Rooney has signed an 18-month deal with Derby County and will join them in January 2020, the Championship club have confirmed.Rooney, who had previously spoken of his desire to go into management, will be joining the club as player-coach. Former England captain will join the coaching staff of Derby’s Dutch manager Phillip Cocu.Rooney’s former England teammate Frank Lampard was appointed as manager of Derby County last season and he took them to the playoff final, before joining his former club Chelsea.Derby County x @WayneRooney. #WR32Derby County (@dcfcofficial) August 6, 2019Rooney has two years left on his contract with MLS club DC United, where he had moved in June 2018. The BBC reported that Derby owner Mel Morris believes Rooney could help to get the club back into the Premier League.Rooney moved to the United States in June 2018 following a single season back at boyhood club Everton, whom he originally left for United over a decade earlier.Rooney was a big fan of Dutch manager Louis van Gaal’s coaching methods when he was at Manchester United and has been convinced that Derby boss Cocu has a similar approach.Rooney sees the role as a chance to get coaching experience and return home to be nearer his relatives.Wayne Rooney is Manchester United’s all-time leading goalscorer as he netted 253 goals during his 13 seasons at the club and eclipsed the record held previously by Sir Bobby Charlton.England’s most-capped outfield player boasts 23 goals in MLS, including 11 from 22 starts this term.advertisementAlso Read | Wayne Rooney in talks over Derby player-coach role: ReportsAlso 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Wayne RooneyFollow Manchester UnitedFollow DC UnitedFollow Derby County Next
Next Associated Press New YorkAugust 31, 2019UPDATED: August 31, 2019 13:56 IST Daniil Medvedev advanced to 4th round of the US Open. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDaniil Medvedev beat Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (1), 4-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4 in 3rd round of US OpenMedvedev was jeered during his 3rd round match but he asked the crowd for moreThe Russian will face 118th-ranked qualifier Dominik Koepfer in next matchDaniil Medvedev extended his arms toward the crowd, then motioned for the fans to keep raining down the boos.In New York, they don’t wait to be asked.The crowd had been letting him have it since early in his third-round matchup with Feliciano Lopez on Friday night, and the fans who were still there after Medvedev completed the last match of the day at the U.S. Open with a 7-6 (1), 4-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4 victory let loose with whatever voices they still had.In a post-match interview that seemed better suited for WrestleMania than the U.S. Open, Medvedev told fans that he’d won because of their energy.”I want all of you to know when you sleep tonight, I won because of you,” Medvedev said.As the jeers grew louder and one fan was seen extending his middle finger the No. 5 seed added: “The more you do this, the more I will win for you guys.”Medvedev was more contrite later in a brief interview with reporters, adding that he had spoken to Lopez and said his opponent understood.The trouble started in the first set, when a frustrated Medvedev snatched the towel from a ballperson and was given a code violation by umpire Damien Dumusois. Medvedev then threw his racket in the direction of Dumusois, barked something at him and later flashed his middle finger next to his forehead as he walked past the umpire’s chair.”I was in the heat of the moment. Started losing the momentum, so I mean, was tough,” Medvedev said. “Was tough and I don’t really remember. I mean, I paid for it the whole match after, because as you saw it wasn’t easy. So I’m just happy to win.”advertisementThe Russian came into the final Grand Slam of the year as perhaps the hottest player on tour, winning the Western & Southern Open in the last of three straight tournaments in which he reached the final. He’ll be favored to reach the quarterfinals, as his next match is against 118th-ranked qualifier Dominik Koepfer.He was asked if he’s worried about playing that match and the ones that follow at the U.S. Open with the crowd against him.”Tough question to answer,” he said, “because what I can say is that I’m working on myself and hopefully I will be better next time.”Also Read | US Open: Novak Djokovic thanks fan for motivation after training session confrontationAlso Read | US Open 2019: Roger Federer sick and tired of preferential treatment talkAlso 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow US Open 2019Follow Daniil Medvedev US Open: Daniil Medvedev encourages fans to boo, and they respondDaniil Medvedev is favored to reach the US Open quarter-finals, as his next match is against 118th-ranked qualifier Dominik Koepfer.advertisement
5th T20I: Spinners Deepti, Radha shine as India women seal series with 5-wicket winSkipper Harmanpreet Kaur’s 34 off 32 balls and spinner Radha Yadav’s 3-23 power India Women to a 5-wicket win over South Africa Women in the fifth T20I.advertisement Next Press Trust of India SuratOctober 3, 2019UPDATED: October 3, 2019 22:58 IST Harmanpreet Kaur also completed 2000 runs in the T20I format. (PTI File Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndian women’s team produced another authoritative performance to comfortably defeat South Africa by five wicketsHarmanpreet’s innings had four boundaries and added crucial 50 runs for the fourth wicket with Deepti (16)Deepti (2 for 19) and Radha (3/23 in 4 overs) bowled brilliantly to restrict SA women to 98Indian women’s team produced another authoritative performance to comfortably defeat South Africa by five wickets in the fifth T20 International, taking an unassailable 3-0 lead in the six-match series.With two games being completely washed out, the series was extended from five to six matches and India needed to win on the day to seal the series.Off-spinner Deepti Sharma (2 for 19) and left-arm spinner Radha Yadav (3/23 in 4 overs) bowled brilliantly to restrict the Proteas women to 98 for 8. They got able support from leg-spinner Poonam Yadav, who gave away only 15 runs in her 4 overs and got a wicket.The chase was an easy one and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (34 not out off 32 balls) was in her element as the Women In Blue won 17.1 overs.Harmanpreet’s innings had four boundaries and added crucial 50 runs for the fourth wicket with Deepti (16).The Indian captain finished the match with an exquisite drive off seamer Ayabonga Khaka to finish the proceedings and also completed 2000 runs in the shortest format.And that is how you finish in style. 3-0 lead in the series for #TeamIndia. Well done @ImHarmanpreet #INDvSA pic.twitter.com/zDijTlp2yH BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) October 3, 2019Earlier Deepti kept a tight leash upfront while Radha and Poonam put the brakes in the middle overs to set the platform for the batters.South Africa couldn’t wriggle out of the spin web as none of their batswomen built on their starts, losing wickets in regular intervals.Opener Sune Luus (16) was the first to go when she was trapped by Radha for her first wicket in the sixth over.advertisementIn the next over, another opener Lizelle Lee (7) too went back to the hut after being caught by Mandhana off Poonam’s bowling.Laura Wolvaardt (17) and Nadine de Klerk (11) then took the visitors across the 50-mark before skipper Harmanpreet cleaned up the former and Radha had the latter caught by Deepti within a space of seven balls as SA slipped to 59 for 4.Mignon du Preez (10) was then sent packing by Pandey as South Africa looked down the barrel at 74 for 5 in 15.4 overs.Lara Goodall (15) and Anne Bosch (11) then added 22 runs but the visitors then lost three wickets in three balls at the team score of 96 as South Africa ended two runs short of the 100-mark.Also 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow India women vs South Africa womenFollow Harmanpreet KaurFollow Radha YadavFollow Deepti Sharma
10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn The Best Fun Socks for Men to Spruce Up Your Footwear Game There’s nothing worse than donning a pair of your freshest kicks in the morning, stepping out the front door, and immediately getting mud all over your clean white toebox. That’s why Mr. Black Garment Essentials teamed up with Sneaker Freaker to provide you with the perfect package for keeping clean all winter, the Midnight Express Box Set. The package includes two different products, Cleaner and Refresh, as well as a stiff bristle brush for scrubbing away the rain and dirt of the holiday season. Use them all in conjunction with each other and you’ll have the cleanest kicks around.Mr Black’s Cleaner is powerful enough to take care of heavy scuffs and marks, bringing even your beat kicks back to like-new condition. They know that premium sneakers require a softer touch to protect the sensitive materials, so their cleaner is derived from plants for a deep clean that won’t discolor or damage your leather uppers.The other half of the Sneaker Freaker package, Mr. Black’s Refresh, is a specially designed odor and bacteria spray for keeping your kicks smelling and looking fresh once you’ve cleaned them. The specially designed antibacterial spray is made with eucalyptus oil for a naturally fresh and clean smell that doesn’t just mask your shoe odor, it eliminates it.The limited edition SNKR FRKR x Mr. Black package puts both amazing products into one box, with a special brush for scrubbing away scuffs and marks. In addition, you’ll get the latest edition of Sneaker Freaker magazine for some holiday reading while you clean your collection.We took some of Mr. Black’s Cleaners and Refresh to a few pairs of shoes, and were very impressed with the results.You can pick up the Midnight Express Box Set on the Sneaker Freaker website, but they were only produced in limited quantity, so if your kicks are dirty you should pick one up quickly before they run out. Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits 8 Pairs of Sneakers to Keep Clean and Crispy for Special Occasions Editors’ Recommendations 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know
The Best Men’s Chukka Boots for 2019 Long Hair for Men: Tips for Growing and Maintaining Your Style While some might be tempted by the long lines and crowded electronics stores on black Friday, Greats has something really special to celebrate the important shopping day, and you won’t even have to leave home to get it. The Beastmode 2.0 Chukka is the second collaboration between the direct-to-consumer shoe brand and the Seattle Seahawks’ running back Marshawn Lynch, and includes a chip for authenticating and tracking the limited edition kicks.But let’s start with the shoes. While the shape is Greats’ standard Royale Chukka, how it’s dressed is anything but. The upper is wrapped in smooth black Italian nubuck, a classy choice that’s also surprisingly durable, a perfect fit for the wet Northwest winters. The dark shade is carried over to the Margom outsole for a clean look from top to bottom. It’s enhanced by gold patent leather on the heel tab, and in “B” on the tongues, with a full Beastmode print stamped on each heel.Each pair of the limited edition shoes also includes a smart tag that’s built with NFC and Bluetooth LE. After receiving your pair, you can register it with the Chronicled app as your very own, add it to your digital collection, and interact with other community members who own them. It’s a novel solution to the problem of counterfeit sneakers, and uses the same technology as bitcoin to store information about the movement of pairs, maintaining the authenticity through trades or resale.The Beast Mode 2.0 Chukka will be available direct from Greats on Black Friday at 12:00 PM Eastern time. No word on exactly how many pairs will be available, but if you want one, it would be unwise to hesitate for too long. Each pair retails for $199, and depending on how Lynch does the rest of the season, the resale price could climb even higher. How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall Editors’ Recommendations Cigar Humidors 101: What They Are, How They Work, and the Best Picks 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know
The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities Man isn’t meant to stay indoors — our weekly “Trekking” column can attest to that. It’s a column dedicated to the adventurer inside of all of us, the one pining to ditch the office humdrum for a quick surf session or seven-week jaunt in the Grand Tetons. One day we may highlight an ultra-light stove and the next a set of handmade canoe paddles. Life doesn’t just happen inside the workplace, so get outside and live it.The notion of the American Dream, oft defined by economic and social opportunity, has never been anything short of alluring. It’s what many of us strive to achieve in our day-to-day lives, a sense of stability and peacefulness that’s as picturesque as the small house and white picket fence we tend to associate with it. Achieving it in these days of political turmoil and economic strife, however, seems easier said than done. Thankfully, the same isn’t necessarily true of the Portland-bred camper with which the concept shares its name, aka the American Dream Trailer ($8,900+).Related: The Pendleton Limited Edition is built for the outdoors (not your budget)Using a 1961 teardrop trailer for inspiration, husband-and-wife duo Paul and Tyla Dahlman have helped forge a modern replica with a penchant for authenticity. The 650-pound, fiberglass trailer takes a cue directly from the original’s design, and relies on a local metalsmith and fiberglass company to manufacturer the same glass windows and molds that defined the original. The entire building process takes five to six weeks, but the end result is a compact towable that sleeps two and houses a small cooking and storage galley in the rear for food preparation, complete with room for customization.The real kicker of the American Dream Trailer isn’t the checkerboard floor, though, or the two-tone color scheme and optional galley table. The trailer’s biggest selling point lies in the secondary roof, which conveniently functions as a small rowboat when it’s not securely attached to the top of the trailer’s lightweight frame via a set of five hood latches. How and where you want to use the trailer, well, that’s totally up to you.Visit The American Dream Trailer Company online to request an estimate. Each camper is custom built to order, and takes roughly six to eight weeks for delivery. Editors’ Recommendations The Best American Liqueur The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in America 5 Ways to Rent an RV for Your Next Road Trip Professional Nomads Show Off How They Renovated an Airstream
The Maserati Quattroporte: Luxury You Can Sort of Almost Imagine Affording The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less The Best Whiskey for Whipping Up a Whiskey Sour Owning a yacht is the ultimate sign that you’ve made it.It’s a status symbol that could be as easy as a flight away considering we’re just entering winter in the States. To let your daydream fantasies run wild, we’ve rounded up five of our favorite super yachts that are actually for sale. You can start budgeting now for that mid-life crisis.Baglietto 46M Fast – $29 millonThis unbelievable machine is for the captain who needs space to entertain, but also wants to go fast in a sleek package while doing so. It sleeps 22 comfortably between staterooms, cabins, and crew quarters. The 46M also lives up to its name with a top speed of 26 knots in something that resembles a warship’s little sibling.Arcadia 100 – $9 millionThis Italian stallion is a look into the future of boating energy conservation. While at anchor, the Arcadia 100 has 538 square feet of solar recharging capability and can be propelled by electricity once offshore. The yacht lives somewhere between spa and hotel with a high-design layout and fixtures throughout.Otam Millennium 100 – Price on RequestThis stunner combines the best in speed, style and performance. Otam has made several Millennium models, but their 2017 edition (build started in 2015) is the result of years of research and development. Made in America and with a fiberglass hull, you’d be proud to march along the ocean at its 40-knot cruising speed.Martha Ann – $79 millionThere is nothing understated about this behemoth. Built by German shipyard Lurssen, it’s marketed as a “lifestyle investment” more than a boat. You could essentially go off the grid with a gym, swim-up bar and a ridiculously lavish stateroom to retire to after a day on the water. Martha Ann has more exclusive trim work than you’d care to know and comes with a selection of high-end water toys like jet skis and scuba gear.Aston Martin AM 37 – $1 million+The storied British automaker is entering the maritime game with this undeniably beautiful speedboat. Built in conjunction with Quintessence Yachts, The boat is a tribute to the design of many of their cars including the Vulcan and new DB11. It has the flexibility to transform into an overnight vessel too as the cabin table flips into a bed. Every finish is made with the finest materials and the handsome woods and leathers are exactly what you’d expect from the brand. Editors’ Recommendations The 200-Horsepower Vanquish Vanqraft VQ16 Is a Boat-Sized Jet Ski 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts
The Best Podcasts to Listen to at Work The Lampuga Air Inflatable Jetboard Is a Go-Anywhere Aqua Thrill Ride The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best CBD Oil and Skincare Creams for Managing Pain If you’re like lots of people, you spend a lot of time sitting at a desk. Your desk might be nestled into a cubicle, it might command the center of an expansive corner office, or it might be tucked into a nook in your apartment. It’s not where your desk is located that we’re discussing today, it’s what you have done to make the desk itself the best damn desk it can be. And we’re not even talking about replacing the desk with a whole new unit; if you want to upgrade to a standing desk (see what I did there? Aw yeah) or get yourself that Cocobolo desk from Better Call Saul, go for it.Today, though, we’re discussing easy and affordable ways to make the desk you already have a bit more excellent. You’re going to spend hours sitting at your desk every day, so why not spend an hour or two improving your space? And for the record, we’re talking about practical, functional updates; when it comes to decorations, that’s up to you. You gotta do your thing…Fresh Air – The Desktop Air PurifierIf you suffer from allergies, a weakened immune system, or your desk simply sits in an environment prone to poor indoor air quality (which people yammer about so often that you’ll even see the abbreviation IAQ all over the place), then treat yourself and your lungs to a desktop air purifier. You can find many fine units out there for well under $50 (though top-of-the-line units are much more expensive), most of which can reliably rid the air of all particulate matter larger than two microns in size (that’s wildly small, FYI). Cleaner air can not only improve your overall health, but it might even keep your thought process more crisp and productive.Put Your Feet Up – The Desk HammockAh, how good it feels to put your feet up at the end of the day, right? But wait, why are you waiting until the end of the day to elevate those tired dogs of yours? With a fine desk hammock, you can kick back and relax right there at your desk. Most desk hammocks, also called desk foot rests by some, cost between $10 and $20 and take about three minutes to install. You can adjust the hammock height to lift your feet a few inches off the ground while you sit forward and type, write, or assemble a puzzle when you should be working, or you can raise the hammock to the same height as your chair and lean back for some quick at-desk R&R.Fresh Food at Your Fingertips – The Desktop GardenAdding a compact hydroponic garden to your desktop offers you three distinct benefits. First, the lights used to grow the plants in these units simulate sunshine and can help elevate your mood and increase your productivity. Second, as the herbs, vegetables, or fruits grow there on your desk, you’ll benefit from a localized reduction in CO2 and increase in oxygen because, you know, plants. And third, once your little desktop garden starts to produce tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, or whatever other edible whatnot your chose, you can eat it. Just FYI, in case you missed that part when you started looking into the whole food growing thing. Prepare to spend about $200 for a great unit.Less Sound Sounds Good – Filter the NoiseImagine trying to conduct your work while riding on a busy subway train, with the clamor of the tracks, the cacophony of voices, and the din of phones, music, and more assailing your ears. And now imagine trying to work while riding along on a runaway stage coach as a band of outlaws chase you, your papers blowing comically over your shoulder as you spill coffee on an anachronistic laptop, while the tobacco-stained face of the driver turns toward you and shouts: “Now what’n the sam hell is that thar thing, mister!?” OK anyway. The point is that noise can be quite distracting, and you owe it your peace of mind and productivity to filter it out. You can do this with noise-cancelling headphones or a white noise machine. Or you can stick some earplugs up in there if that’s your thing. Editors’ Recommendations Will You Need a Passport to Fly Within the U.S. Next Year?