LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 24: Players for the Iowa Hawkeyes line up to take the field against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on November 24, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Iowa and Mississippi State will ring in the New Year in the Outback Bowl on January 1. They will be the first college football game to kick off in 2019.Both programs completed solid, if not spectacular regular seasons. The Hawkeyes and Bulldogs both went 8-4, so win No. 9 is the goal in this one on both sidelines.ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg released his prediction for the game earlier today.Here it is:Both of these teams underachieved a bit this season. Both are talented at the line of scrimmage and can shut down opposing offenses. Mississippi State is the pick because of defensive line tandem Montez Sweat and Jeffrey Simmons, who force Iowa’s Nathan Stanley into some mistakes. Tight end Noah Fant’s absence also hurts the Hawkeyes in this one.Prediction: Mississippi State 28, Iowa 17You can see all of Rittenberg’s bowl predictions here.Mississippi State and Iowa will kick off at noon ET on Jan. 1 from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.ESPN2 will broadcast the game.
India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 7, 2019UPDATED: March 7, 2019 15:59 IST Sachin Tendulkar had a warm wish for Sir Vivian Richards as the West Indian turned 67. (@sachin_rt Photo)Sachin Tendulkar paid a tribute to his “batting hero” Sir Vivian Richards as the legendary West Indian batsman celebrated his 67th birthday on Thursday. Viv Richards is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all times and is looked up to by one and all.In a career that spanned 17 years, Viv Richards played 308 matches (Tests and ODIs) and scored 15261 runs, including 8540 runs in Test cricket.The runs for Sir Viv Richards, including 24 hundreds and three double hundreds in Tests and 11 centuries in ODIs, came at a staggering strike rate 86.07 in Tests and 90.2 in ODIs.Tendulkar took to social media to wish Viv Richards on his birthday and said he will always cherish the support he has got from the West Indian throughout his career.”Happy Birthday @ivivianrichards. My batting hero. The support that I have received from you throughout my career is something that I shall always cherish,” Tendulkar tweeted.Happy Birthday @ivivianrichards. My batting hero. The support that I have recieved from you throughout my career is something that I shall always cherish. pic.twitter.com/9tpOk7U2MFSachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) March 7, 2019Apart from Tendulkar, legendary West Indies bowler Courtney A Walsh also wished Vivian Richards on his birthday and tweeted, “Happy birthday to the one and only master blaster sir Viv. Have a great one capt.”Happy birthday to the one and only master blaster sir Viv have a great one capt @ivivianrichardsCourtney A Walsh (@CuddyWalsh) March 7, 2019Curtly Ambrose also referred ro Viv Richards as his “skipper” and wished him on his birthday.advertisementHappy birthday @ivivianrichards have a great day skipperCurtly Ambrose (@ambrose_curtly) March 7, 2019Interesting, apart from having a great cricketing career, Sir Viv Richards also played international football for Antigua and represented them in the qualifying matches for the 1974 World Cup.Viv Richards also has a stadium named behind him in North Sound, Antigua.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 Tags :Follow Sachin TendulkarFollow Sir Vivian Richards My batting hero: Sachin Tendulkar pays birthday tribute to Vivian RichardsSachin Tendulkar wished legendary batsman Sir Vivian Richards on his 67th birthday and said he would always cherish the support he has received from the West Indian.advertisement