Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen believes the transfer window will hot up in the coming days but expects Dimitar Berbatov to remain at Craven Cottage. Fulham must shore up their defence to climb the Premier League table, according to Meulensteen. “We need to steady the ship defensively, we need to tighten it up and the fact that Brede (Hangeland) has come back has been a big boost for us, and Dan Burn has been doing tremendously well,” the Dutchman added. “We still need to get more clean sheets. That has not changed.” He was cagey when asked about his plans, but hinted that business may be easier to do at the 11th hour. “We will wait and see,” he said. “People always say the transfer market is a month but it’s not a month, it’s a week and then 24 hours. “That’s what it comes down to.” Meulensteen has been linked with reinforcements up front, particularly if the enigmatic Berbatov departs. The Bulgarian’s agent suggested earlier this month he was unhappy at the club and keen to move on, but Meulensteen sees no change in his current position. “We’re not (looking for a striker) at the moment,” he said. “We’ve got Darren Bent, Hugo Rodallega and Berbatov. I expect Berbatov to stay because there has been no interest so far.” Although a number of big-money deals have already gone through involving English clubs, plenty more activity is likely as Friday’s deadline approaches. Meulensteen has been less busy than some of his counterparts, drafting in Clint Dempsey on a short-term loan from Seattle Sounders and sanctioning the departure of Bryan Ruiz until the end of the season. Press Association
For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: On day 2 of the Indore Test between India and Bangladesh, Cheteshwar Pujara notched up his fifty by hitting two boundaries. However, on 54, he edged a good length ball from Abu Jayed to gully and that brought in Virat Kohli, the Indian cricket team skipper. The fans in Indore were cheering and many took their phones out to capture the walk of Kohli towards the wicket. There was plenty of anticipation that Kohli would score a big knock as Indore was the venue where he notched up his first double ton which was against New Zealand in 2016. The first ball that he faced from Abu Jayed was a full ball on middle and leg stump which straightend a bit and he mistimed the defensive shot back to the bowler.However, in the 32nd over, Jayed struck gold. In the fifth ball with Kohli on strike, Jayed got a good length delivery to cut back in sharply off the deck. Kohli’s feet were struck on the crease and he played across the line of the delivery. The ball hit the back leg and Bangladesh appealed for an LBW. The umpire was unmoved and they opted for the review. Replays showed no bat but the problems for Kohli mounted when the ball was hitting leg stump and he was given his marching orders. The crowd in Indore were stunned. Abu Jayed became the third bowler after Mitchell Starc and Suranga Lakmal to dismiss Kohli for a duck at home and he entered a special list.This was Kohli’s 10th duck in Tests but it was only his third at home, with the other seven having come overseas. Mitchell Starc was the first bowler to dismiss Kohli for a duck in a home Test. During the 2017 Pune Test, Starc angled across a full ball outside off and Kohli was lured into the drive but he only edged it to the slips to fall for a first ball duck or golden duck. In the same year, during the Kolkata Test, Kohli played out 10 balls on a spicy Eden Gardens wicket which assisted the pacers but Suranga Lakmal produced a full ball that nipped back in and Kohli was playing inside the line to be trapped LBW. The skipper took the review but to no avail.Also Read | India’s Pacers Decimate Bangladesh On Day 1 Of Indore TestKohli has three ducks in England, two in Australia and West Indies while his venues for a no-score in India are Pune, Kolkata and Indore. It is ironic that Indore will also be remembered for Kohli getting out for only his third duck in India after his first of seven double tons came at the same venue in 2016 against New Zealand.
Dodgers starter Scott Kazmir did his best to pile on. After walking a career-high seven in his previous start, Kazmir struck out 12 in six innings Wednesday. It was his first double-digit K total since his first start of 2015 for the Oakland A’s, his high-whiff mark since another 12-K game for the Cleveland Indians in Sept. 2013 and one short of his career-high (set in 2007 with the Tampa Bay Rays).“This was big, to be able to bounce back after that last outing,” Kazmir said. “Seven walks – I wanted to clean that up.”He did by focusing on his mechanics during a side session between starts.“I was a little more crisp with my delivery,” he said. “There’s a lot of boring things that go along with mechanics. Just say everything was moving towards the plate.“It felt like I had a good fastball. I was able to go in and out and work my changeup off of that.”The Dodgers did a lot of whiffing of their own early on against Reds starter Dan Straily. He retired the first nine Dodgers in order, six by strikeout.The Dodgers reached him for two runs in a third inning that featured a leadoff single by Chase Utley, a walk, a hit batter and a two-run, two-out, bases-loaded single by Joc Pederson. They were Pederson’s 13th and 14th RBI of the month.An inning later, Yasmani Grandal led off with a home run into the right field pavilion. It was the first spark of offensive life from Grandal in some time. He had just two hits in his previous 34 at-bats, striking out 15 times during the blackout. Even with the home run, Grandal has hit a dreadful .117 (7 for 60) in May with 21 strikeouts and just two walks.Those were the only hits the Dodgers had in seven innings against Straily, who racked up 11 strikeouts of his own.But the Reds make everything around them look better – even the Dodgers’ bullpen. After retiring all 10 batters they faced Tuesday, Dodgers relievers retired the final nine Reds in order Wednesday. Including the 12 innings the bullpen pitched in Sunday’s 17-inning marathon, Dodgers relievers have allowed just one run and five hits with 12 strikeouts in 18-1/3 innings over the past four games. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The sweep gives the Dodgers a season-high four-game winning streak and ends a stretch of 20 consecutive games between days off. They haven’t a day off at home since April 11 and will spend their first off day since May 5 flying to New York on Thursday after having gone 11-9 during the long stretch.“Any you play 20 games it’s awful, doesn’t matter if you play well or not. It’s 20 days. I’m just glad we got through it,” said closer Kenley Jansen. “I love baseball. But with all the traveling and all that stuff, it’s not healthy for players, I feel like.“I don’t mind doing it. But 20 days (between off days) – I feel like it’s awful.”Imagine if Jansen had to watch the Reds every day.The woeful Reds have lost their past 10 games now, a stretch that has seen them outscored 72-26 while batting .187 as a team with a 6.85 ERA. Like a bingo card, the National League schedule comes with some free squares.The Dodgers cashed in three this week, completing a sweep of the Cincinnati Reds with a 3-1 victory Wednesday night despite managing just three hits in the game.“It was good to play some clean baseball,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Obviously that team over there is struggling now. … They’re not playing great baseball. But for us to take care of business and win three at home, we feel pretty good about ourselves right now.”The Dodgers haven’t been playing particularly great baseball either. But they’ve been playing a lot of it.
Reise Allassani [left] 1 Crystal Palace starlet Reise Allassani wants to go out on loan next season to progress his career.The winger played in the club’s pre-season friendly at the weekend at Barnet after getting promoted from the development squad.The 19-year-old started the day as a sub and ended up on the scoresheet, but he realises he might have to leave Selhurst Park temporarily next season to really prove his worth.“I’d like to go on loan and get a lot of games next season,” the teenager told cpfc.co.uk.“If I could push on here and get around the first team that would be good, but the main aim’s to go out on loan.”