ISL: Chennaiyin FC and Kerala Blasters play out goalless draw in Southern derby

first_imgThe Southern derby between Chennaiyin FC and Kerala Blasters ended in a hard-fought goalless stalemate as both teams now face bleak play-off chances in the ongoing edition of the Indian Super League (ISL).The southern giants, desperate for a win at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium on Thursday, could not score a goal despite fashioning several chances to do so. With points split now, defending champions Chennaiyin climb to eighth in the league with just five points from nine matches, while Kerala remain a spot above with eight points.The home team started the high-voltage fixture with clear intent and created a couple of chances within the first six minutes.Later, both the teams failed to open their account in the first-half of the contest.In the second-half, Kerala started controlling possession and almost made it count when Keziron Kizito did brilliantly to find Sahal Abdul Samad inside the box. The youngster’s shot, however, was kept out by Chennaiyin custodian Sanjiban Ghosh.The home team soon gained momentum with Raphael making things happen for them in attack but none of the teams was able to find the back of the net as the contest ended in a 0-0 draw.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

Barry Sanders will be on the Cover of Madden ’14

first_imgPhoto Attribution: USATSIPhoto Attribution: USATSII’m pretty sure @johnwsnyder said it best yesterday about Barry Sanders being voted onto the cover of the new Madden ’14 video game:I feel like Barry Sanders is more excited to win the cover of Madden than he was to win the Heisman. #okstate— John W Snyder (@johnwsnyder) April 25, 2013Sanders was famously reserved about his 1988 Heisman trophy celebration. OSU was playing Texas Tech in Japan at the time of the announcement (can you imagine the things Johnny Football would do in Japan?) and Pat Jones had to coerce him into accepting the trophy via teleconference.Here’s an excerpt from Sports Illustrated:Like everyone else, Jones is mystified by Sanders’s rare combination of talent and humility. “I don’t think he’d mind getting named the best football player in college; he’d just prefer not to go through the things associated with it,” says the coach.Unfortunately for Sanders, that includes the Heisman ritual, but as late as Saturday morning in Tokyo, Sanders was insisting that he wouldn’t appear on the TV broadcast. He wasn’t a shoo-in to win the award, though the two other leading candidates, both quarterbacks, had stumbled. UCLA’s Troy Aikman was hurt by the Bruins’ losses to Washington State and Southern Cal in nationally televised games. USC’s Rodney Peete had a rough outing in a showdown for No. 1 against Notre Dame two weeks ago on national TV.“It’s just not that big a deal for me,” said Sanders of the Heisman. “And it’s not really fair to so many other people.And the conclusion:At any rate, being the thoughtful guy he is, Sanders wilted under the pressure applied by CBS and Oklahoma State officials, and he finally agreed to do the Heisman show. Sanders walked into the TV studio on Sunday morning looking as though he were about to be publicly flogged. Sitting beside Jones, he stared straight ahead at the cameras. A technician tried to position a monitor next to Sanders so that he could watch the same highlights of himself that viewers back in the States were seeing, but he told the man to turn off the monitor. Sanders, who can fall asleep whenever he feels the need, often naps through team film meetings rather than have to watch himself perform.So who was that man I saw doing First Take a few weeks ago talking about the Madden cover[1. I didn’t actually see him on First Take because I don’t watch the show but I read that he would be on it and presume he was campaigning for the Madden cover because that’s what he’s been doing a lot of lately.]? And who was that man last night tweeting (I mean, Barry Sanders…tweeting?!?) people to vote him over Adrian Peterson in the finale of voting?Even Tiger Woods weighed in:I’m voting for @BarrySanders for the Madden 25 cover #Madden25Barry— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) April 24, 2013Here’s a sampling of Barry’s tweets: Getting ready for the live show.— Barry Sanders (@BarrySanders) April 24, 2013 At the ESPN party with @RayRice27— Barry Sanders (@BarrySanders) April 25, 2013I’m not hating on Barry, all of this is fine, just quite the juxtaposition from his formative years.Two last thoughts: 1.) I think he’s probably wearing the same suit he wore in 1988 for the Heisman presentation. 2.) If you would have told 1988 Pat Jones “in 25 years there will be this thing you do on your phone where people all over the world can read the thoughts of famous athletes and people and Barry Sanders will be heavily involved” would he have laughed at you or had you committed?Or both?If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!center_img Still a few more hours of two for Tuesday tweets… if you want to see me on the cover of Madden 25. I’m almost there. Tweet #Madden25Barry— Barry Sanders (@BarrySanders) April 17, 2013last_img read more