Press Association Paolo Di Canio has warned his Sunderland players there is plenty of hard work ahead as they prepare for the new Barclays Premier League season. He added: “We have to integrate the new players into the team, continue to build and develop our squad and complete our pre-season training. “There is a lot of hard work but we are ready for it.” Nineteen-year-old IFK Gothenburg midfielder Karlsson is one of a series of young players to have been recruited by Di Canio so far, with Altrincham striker Duncan Watmore and Le Havre’s El-Hadji Ba having also joined the club’s development squad. In addition, senior men Valentin Roberge, Cabral and Modibo Diakite will become Black Cats when their respective deals at Maritimo, Basle and Lazio expire at the end of the month. The Italian is currently in the process of overhauling the squad which only just survived in the top flight last season, having added teenage Swedish winger David Moberg Karlsson to the mix last night. However, while revealing his excitement after seeing the fixtures for his first full campaign unveiled, he admitted there is much to be done before the Black Cats kick off at home to Fulham on August 17. Di Canio told the club’s official website, www.safc.com: “I’m very excited and of course it’s fantastic to start at home in front of our own fans. But there is a lot of work to do between now and Fulham. There are many steps.”
New Delhi: KL Rahul’s stylish hundred along with Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s emphatic century led India an easy win against Bangladesh in a warm-up game in CardiffRahul took the attack back to the opposition after early dismissals while Dhoni’s free-spirited approach also got him a century (113 off 78 balls) as their 164-run stand powered India to 359 for 7 against a Bangladesh attack that went off the boil.Bangladesh batsmen Liton Das (73) and Mushfiqur Rahim (90), who added 120 runs for the third wicket, were never in charge. They were all-out for 264 in 49.3 overs.If Rahul and Dhoni were the biggest positives to have emerged from batting, Kuldeep Yadav (3/47 in 10 overs) and Yuzvendra Chahal (3/55 in 10 overs) also gained in much-needed confidence going into the tournament proper.It was a walk in the park for India, whose pacers Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled only 14 out of the 49.3 overs.For skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri, the biggest satisfaction has to be Rahul’s performance at No 4. His technique was perfect and the risk-free attacking batting as per Shastri’s lingo was “just what the doctor ordered”.And what could make Rahul’s case even stronger is the fact that Vijay Shankar had a forgettable game (2 off 7 balls and 0/46 in 6 overs) in both departments.Rahul and Dhoni had contrasting approaches in their batting, which yielded favourable results for the title contenders. Dhoni used the platform created by Rahul to launch a brutal assault in the final overs to take the score past 350.While Shikhar Dhawan (5) was back in the hut after being adjudged plumb in-front by Mustafizur Rahaman, Rohit Sharma (19 off 42 balls) struggled for the better part of his stay, even as skipper Kohli (47 off 46 balls) looked solid at the other end.Rahul looked solid from the beginning and found the gaps with ease, hitting 12 boundaries and four sixes. Dhoni’s innings had eight boundaries and as many as seven sixes.With the composed Dhoni dealing with the singles and the occasional boundary, Rahul was in his flowing self during his stay at the crease.However, after the first 25 balls in which Dhoni scored 24, he suddenly changed gears, attacking young off-spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraj and Bangladesh were left ducking for cover.Rahul started with a cut off Abu Jayed followed by an off-drive. Jayed repeatedly provided him width and he beat the off-side cordon with ease.When Shakib bowled short, he was dispatched over the mid-wicket fence for a maximum.The rusty Shakib (2/58 in 6 overs) was taken to the task by both Rahul and Dhoni, who got easy runs off the world’s No. 1 ranked all-rounder. Rahul hit Mustafizur (1/43 in 8 overs) for two sixes over square leg before being dismissed by Sabbir Rahaman’s part-time spin in the 44th over.Dhoni then took over and the last overs produced 91 runs with the veteran taking Rubel Hossain (2/62 in 8 overs) to the task in the 45th and 47th overs, scoring 25 runs. In between, the 46th over from Sabbir fetched India 15 runs.His century came with a signature Dhoni six—a down the ground shot off a length delivery from Jayed.(With inputs from PTI) For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Related Stories McNamara outlines how he scouts Michigan ahead of Final Four matchupSoutherland, Boeheim surprised Final Four run came this seasonSyracuse-Michigan promises showdown of in-form shooters Southerland, Stauskas ATLANTA — Four years ago, Michael Carter-Williams played against Trey Burke for the first time. The two were 10th-graders right in the middle of a development that transformed them into two of the top players in college basketball.Even then, Carter-Williams saw all the talent Burke had. And even then, Carter-Williams had a significant size advantage over Burke. It was a precursor to a game they would play four years later in the Final Four, with a trip to the national championship on the line.“He’s a great player. He’s explosive, he’s quick off the ball, he has quick hands,” Carter-Williams said. “It’s going to be good, it’s going to be fun.”And challenging.Burke is arguably the best player in the country. He’s quick, athletic, and has a poise that allows him to knock down big shots in big moments. When Syracuse plays Michigan in the Final Four on Saturday at 8:49 p.m. in the Georgia Dome, the Orange will look to keep him from penetrating the middle of its zone. If he breaks through the web of long arms, that’s when he can do the most damage.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt’s a system Michigan has thrived off all season.“He takes care of the ball and he gets his teammates involved,” Carter-Williams said. “He likes to work off the pick-and-roll and we play zone, so we’re going to take that away a little bit. He’s going to try to get in the gaps and we’re going to try to limit him as much as possible.”Burke is averaging an astounding 18.8 points and 6.8 assists per game on the season. In the NCAA Tournament, Burke is averaging 15.5 points per game and has handed out 31 assists over Michigan’s four games. On Friday, Burke won the Associated Press National Player of the Year award.Against Kansas in the Sweet 16, Burke drained a clutch 3-pointer with four seconds left in regulation that sent the Wolverines and Jayhawks to overtime in a game Michigan ended up winning 87-85.He’s been a consistent reason why Michigan climbed the rankings and spent most of the season in the top five of the Associated Press Top 25 poll.“We’re going to have to find different ways to attack the zone. They play a really good 2-3 zone and it is tough playing against a long team like Syracuse,” Burke said. “We have put in some sets that will allow us to get different looks against their zone.”Some of Syracuse’s players, though, said playing a zone defense is going to take away a part of the Wolverines’ offense that it typically uses successfully, and of course, it involves Burke.He’s exceptional off the pick-and-roll, a play Michigan won’t be able to run as much against the zone.What’s going to make life even more difficult for Burke is that he’s going to have to fight past the long wingspan of the 6-foot-6 Carter-Williams. It’s a height advantage that could help Carter-Williams considerably, although SU head coach Jim Boeheim said height advantages are not necessarily a given.“You think about those things before. But most of the time, it never evolves,” Boeheim said. “As the game evolves, you can see whether you have an advantage or not and try to capitalize on it.”But Carter-Williams did say Friday that his size advantage will let him take Burke to the basket and get on the block.Carter-Williams said Burke’s Player of the Year honors are “well deserved.” But he said it also means Burke is going to have added pressure to live up to the expectations the award carries.Burke disagreed and said there isn’t any extra pressure since he isn’t playing for himself, but for the team instead. On Saturday, his awards won’t mean a thing. All that matters for Michigan is that Burke continues the standout play that led him to receive it.Regardless of where the pressure is, it’s going to be one of Carter-Williams’ biggest tests this season. Four years after playing Burke for the first time, Carter-Williams is tasked with stopping him once again.“I’m just looking forward to it,” Carter-Williams said. “It’s going to be a great challenge for me.” Comments Published on April 5, 2013 at 5:55 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_iseman Facebook Twitter Google+