Victorious Bayern Munich players console Romelu Lukaku after decisive penalty in UEFA Super Cup


It wasn’t precisely revenge for Chelsea coming from behind to beat Bayern Munich on penalties within the (infinitely more essential) 2012 Champions League final, but Bayern doing the same to Chelsea in the 2013 UEFA Super Cup was extra of a extremely entertaining direct to video sequel. And in the long run, a day after Franck Ribery was named the Best Participant in Europe, last season’s treble winners added the their trophy haul with the club’s first UEFA Tremendous Cup. Whereas educating Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku a worthwhile lesson about not taking awful penalties.

Chelsea took an early lead with a implausible goal from Fernando Torres in the eight minute, but Ribery lastly obtained one past Petr Cech, who seemed a lock for Man of the Match for a lot of the evening, simply after halftime. The rating held at 1-1 into extra time, even though Chelsea went all the way down to 10 men when Ramires was despatched off in the 85th minute. Despite the disadvantage, Eden Hazard caught Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer asleep with his eyes open and put a shot proper previous his hand to reclaim the lead in the 93rd minute. With victory seeming virtually certain for the undermanned Europa League winners, Bayern midfielder Javi Martinez scored with the final shot of additional time to equalize and pressure the first penalty shootout in a UEFA Super Cup match.

Both sides have been perfect via 9 makes an attempt in the shootout, but with Bayern up 5-four, supremely proficient 20-year-old striker Romelu Lukaku stepped up and did this…

Neuer smothered the weak attempt at delayed foolery and that was it. Being as young as he’s and without the experience to see how far from life and loss of life this match was in the grand scheme of issues, Lukaku took his failure rather onerous. Seeing this, several Bayern players, including Franck Ribery, Dante, Toni Kroos and Daniel Van Buyton, joined his teammates in attempting to comfort him.


Meanwhile, it was another trophy for Bayern and another loss to Pep Guardiola for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who, as you might have guessed, did not go quietly into the night. From the BBC:

“One of the best team lost. The opponents scored two, we scored two. However they scored one more penalty. But the most effective workforce clearly lost the match.

“One of the best team played with 10 males for a long, long period within the recreation. We performed against the champions of Europe and my gamers were the best crew – we solely have reasons to be proud to believe sooner or later. But I want just to say the very best crew misplaced and stay with it.”

And to suppose this season’s European marketing campaign has only just begun.




Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan’s father will live on through the many colorful stories about his life

Butch and Bo Ryan after Wisconsin upset Illinois throughout the 2001-02 season (AP)

It’s not exhausting to determine where Bo Ryan acquired his preventing spirit, ardour for educating or love for sports activities.

The Wisconsin coach inherited it from his father, William Francis “Butch” Ryan, a retired pipe fitter, decorated World Battle II hero and founding father of a Pennsylvania youth basketball league for underneath-privileged children.

Butch Ryan died early Friday morning in Fort Meyers, Fla. at age 89. Wisconsin affiliate head coach Greg Gard advised the Wisconsin State Journal Bo Ryan rushed again to Fort Meyers to be by his father’s aspect after receiving a cellphone call Wednesday throughout a Coaches vs. Cancer golf outing that his father’s well being had taken a flip for the more serious.

The elder Ryan’s dying comes only eight months after Bo’s mother died of congestive heart failure on Dec. 27 at age 86. He leaves behind family and friends with numerous colourful stories about his life, some of which have been written about previously and others of which have been shared in tweets to the Wisconsin men’s basketball account on Friday.

There was the time Butch fell getting off the Wisconsin workforce bus throughout the 2002 NCAA match, only to rise up and declare with out hesitation, “Don’t fear. I won World Warfare II.”

Or the day Wisconsin upset seventh-ranked Illinois at the Kohl Center through the 2001-02 season, and Butch chose to not rejoice from his seat, running onto the floor to join the Badgers at mid-court.

Or the night when rapper M.C. Hammer saw Butch dancing on the 1993 Remaining 4 and invited him to seem at certainly one of his concert events sooner or later.

One of the areas Butch differed from Bo was his loquaciousness. The elder Ryan annually drew a crowd when he informed stories in his lodge lobby at the Remaining 4, which contributed to the outpouring of condolences from the basketball neighborhood on Friday.

“A transparent definition of a father and son greatest friendship was Butch and Bo Ryan,” Indiana coach Tom Crean tweeted. “The love, respect and true admiration those [two] had was particular. I [first] heard Bo communicate at a Banquet in 93 and the way he spoke of his dad was something I keep in mind to at the present time. Butch Ryan will likely be missed.”

Added Xavier coach Chris Mack, “Ideas and prayers exit to Coach Bo Ryan of the Wisconsin Badgers on the passing of his dad. Inseparable at most Last Fours.”


Mostly NFL Notes: An NFC Season Preview

What’s in retailer for Kaepernick’s encore? (USAT)


1. Washington Redskins 9-7
2. Dallas Cowboys 8-8
3. New York Giants 8-8
four. Philadelphia Eagles 8-8

Comments/Fantasy predictions: After the Redskins opened three-6 last yr, it appeared quite unlikely they’d be a playoff workforce, however a 7-0 finish modified every little thing. There’s no query Washington had some luck, in some way recovering a whopping sixty nine.8% of the 43 fumbles that occurred throughout its video games (H/T Chase Stuart). However they outscored their opponents by only six fewer points than the eventual Super Bowl profitable Ravens, so it’s not like they had been total flukes. I’m clearly excessive on Alfred Morris and likewise take into account Pierre Garcon a high-15 fantasy huge receiver. The largest question each for Redskins followers and fantasy house owners is the well being of RG3, who turned the primary rookie in NFL historical past to steer the league in YPA (eight.1) last season. He additionally had a league-finest 1.three INT% on dropbacks and an NFL-high 6.eight YPC mark. No team was better final yr during play motion. How Griffin performs coming off knee surgical procedure can be key. I count on this division to be extremely aggressive, with each workforce an actual risk to win it.

This run by a high schooler is pretty legit.

In case you missed part one, here’s my AFC season preview.

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Here are my ideas on Tony Romo. And it doesn’t matter what you consider him in real life terms, it’s onerous not to think about Romo underrated in fantasy circles. There’s merely zero reason Matt Ryan must be going 50 picks larger (I’d really argue there’s no cause Ryan ought to be going greater at all). My love for Romo pales in comparison to my affection for Dez Bryant. Having mentioned that, it seems to be like Bryant can be on zero of my teams this 12 months, as going working back early seems to be as important as ever. I can’t get behind DeMarco Murray, who for some motive continues to be drafted aggressively (I loved stashing Lance Dunbar, however he received hurt, so there’s no clear Dallas RB2 to roster proper now). Professional Soccer Focus graded Sean Lee because the sixth finest inside linebacker last season, when he missed 10 video games. To put this in perspective, forty eight other ILBs completed with extra snaps. He was on pace to file 155 tackles before happening. Lee is going to be an IDP monster in 2013.

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Here are the Giants’ sack numbers from 2007-2012, respectively: fifty three (NFL-high), 42 (sixth), forty two (6th), 46 (5th), 48 (3rd) after which simply 33 (22nd) final season, once they allowed an NFL-high 8.1 YPA. I’d love to say a bounce again is in retailer, but while some improvement is inevitable, there are some red flags this unit will proceed to be a problem. FS Stevie Brown was lost for the season with a torn ACL, and query marks continue to encompass Jason Pierre-Paul’s well being. However in fantasy phrases, there’s loads to like right here, even when I believe Hakeem Nicks is getting overdrafted (take Reuben Randle a lot afterward as an alternative). Eli Manning has an enormous bounce again season, throwing for 4,500-plus yards and rewarding homeowners who wait on the quarterback place. For individuals who planned on focusing on David Wilson in their drafts this weekend, the Andre Brown harm information could truly be dangerous, as Wilson’s price tag is shooting by the roof (and Brown was likely to get harm in some unspecified time in the future anyway). Nonetheless, Wilson is worth his increasing value, as he’s one of the league’s most explosive backs who’s going to be given a heavy workload. Wilson is a borderline high-12 fantasy pick for me proper now.

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Over the Eagles’ closing 10 video games final season (proper after defensive coordinator Juan Castillo was fired), Philadelphia allowed 30.9 points-per-recreation, which might have tied for the worst mark over a full year since 2008. And if the preseason was any indication, the workforce’s D goes to be among the league’s worst as soon as once more in 2013. Nonetheless, this team has a lot upside on offense while facing a last place schedule only one 12 months faraway from being among the convention’s favorites, the Eagles have the widest vary of outcomes as any crew in soccer. Michael Vick is easily the very best upside QB not drafted inside the top-12, whereas DeSean Jackson finishes as a high-20 fantasy broad receiver, forward of Dwayne Bowe, Marques Colston, Hakeem Nicks and Reggie Wayne. Furthermore, I’d strongly think about drafting LeSean McCoy as soon as Adrian Peterson is gone. The Eagles have an underrated offensive line and may lead the NFL in dashing makes an attempt, so it is a good rebound alternative for McCoy, who led the NFL with 20 touchdowns simply two years in the past (that number fell to 5 last 12 months, and it needs to be noted he suffered a extreme concussion. But then once more, it’s straightforward to forget McCoy is younger than C.J. Spiller and only six months older than Doug Martin (H/T Nate Ravitz)). McCoy goes to have a monster 2013 season.


1. Green Bay Packers 11-5
2. Chicago Bears eight-8
three. Detroit Lions 7-9
four. Minnesota Vikings 5-11

Comments/Fantasy predictions: Aaron Rodgers is the most helpful commodity in soccer, however since QB is so deep, he’s not price taking as early as he sometimes goes in fantasy drafts. Regardless of playing simply 651 snaps last year (57 different WRs saw extra), Randall Cobb was targeted 104 instances and had the fourth-most damaged tackles among all wideouts. Elevated taking part in time will result in massive issues in 2013, when he finishes as a top-10 fantasy extensive receiver. Jermichael Finley lives as much as the preseason hype for as soon as, whereas Eddie Lacy scores double-digit touchdowns and finishes as the most priceless rookie runner.

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The Bears truly had a greater point-differential than 4 division winners last season, including the Packers. The Marc Trestman hiring is a whole unknown since he hasn’t been within the NFL since 2007, however his monitor document (and training camp reviews) recommend it is going to be a positive for Chicago’s offense, particularly for Matt Forte, who’s going to be heavily involved as a receiver. He’s a prime-10 general choose on my board. Rookie Kyle Long seems to be like a direct upgrade alongside the offensive line, and fantasy homeowners have to hope Brandon Marshall’s latest concern over his offseason hip surgical procedure is overblown. Alshon Jeffery shows improvement, but a wholesome Marshall is once once more among the many league-leaders in targets.

This guy is better at his job than you or me.

The Lions have a potentially dominant front four on protection and the game’s finest wide receiver. Reggie Bush must also be an upgrade at operating back, and it’s value noting Detroit was a bit unfortunate final 12 months, as they faced a very tough schedule and went 3-8 in games decided by a landing or less and recovered simply 32.6 % of fumbles (H/T Invoice Barnwell). But the Lions’ schedule in 2013 doesn’t precisely look favorable, and this is nonetheless a defense that allowed 27.three factors-per-sport final season. And as always, it comes back to the quarterback. Matthew Stafford was the tenth most worthy fantasy QB last season despite trying 36 extra passes in a season than some other quarterback in NFL historical past while enjoying in a dome and having one of many greatest vast receivers ever at his disposal. Pointing to the various occasions his receivers had been tackled contained in the 5-yard line truly hurts his argument, as that helped Stafford one way or the other run for 4 touchdowns. He’s nonetheless simply 24 years outdated, so there’s room for development, but he has a 6.9 profession YPA. He’s on the bottom of the “Large 12” (I guess with Michael Vick’s emergence this tier could expand to thirteen now) fantasy QBs on my board. Calvin Johnson loses 250 receiving yards, however he greater than doubles final season’s TD production. Reggie Bush catches 90 passes and approaches 1,500 yards from scrimmage. He shouldn’t be lasting previous the middle of the second round of fantasy drafts (and anyone taking Mikel Leshoure over Joique Bell as his handcuff is doing it mistaken).

Here’s a Broken Nostril Prank.

The Vikings seem like the obvious crew that came out of nowhere and performed a bit over their heads to make the playoffs final season because of take a significant step back the next campaign, and that’s before considering them losing impact participant Percy Harvin (as well as Antoine Winfield, who Pro Soccer Focus graded as the perfect CB in football last 12 months). Furthermore, as superhuman as Adrian Peterson is, asking him to reproduce what he did in 2012 is just unfair. In actual fact, over the ultimate eight video games, Peterson received 6.7 YPC, whereas Christian Ponder obtained 5.four YPA. Peterson averaged a hundred sixty five.3 rushing YPG while Ponder averaged passing YPG, they usually both totaled nine touchdowns over that span. Wow. And to suppose AP just had probably the greatest seasons by a working back in NFL history while getting back from a torn ACL. Unreal. Peterson in all probability has lower than a 50 percent chance of ending as the No. 1 fantasy back in 2013, however there’s no argument for him not to be the No. 1 pick. I preferred Greg Jennings earlier this summer but have since soured, as I don’t anticipate him to be a top-30 fantasy huge receiver. Cordarrelle Patterson is too uncooked to make a serious impression this season, however he’s a future star and somebody to target in dynasty leagues. Due to what looks like a troublesome schedule, some regression and Ponder’s extreme limitations, I took the Vikings’ Below this year.


1. Carolina Panthers 9-7
2. Atlanta Falcons 9-7 (Wild Card)
3. New Orleans Saints 9-7
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers eight-8

Comments/Fantasy predictions: The NFC South has never had a repeat winner, however that’s more of a fun truth than any cause why I selected to go off the board here. I actually think you could order this division in any approach in any way and have an affordable chance of wanting proper. But I personally like Carolina, who quietly has put collectively what may very well be a formidable entrance seven on protection. Luke Kuechly is already one of the best center linebackers within the league and must be either first or second off the board in IDP formats. Charles Johnson’s 49 QB hurries last season had been the second most among four-3 defensive ends, whereas the team’s other DE is younger and has much more upside, as Greg Hardy has set a purpose to get 50 sacks this 12 months. Carolina also used its first two picks on defensive tackles within the draft, so even with a suspect secondary, the Panthers are one in every of my favourite fantasy defenses that may even be cheap.

As for the other aspect of the ball, after deemphasizing the learn/option final year, Cam Newton was a beast, posting a 19:4 TD:turnover ratio over the final 9 video games. His dashing stats also truly increased, as he ran for 431 yards and 5 touchdowns in comparison with 310 and three over the primary seven contests. Newton is a 24-year-outdated who’s by no means missed a game with a 7.9 YPA (to associate with 1,447 speeding yards and a whopping 22 rushing scores) over two seasons within the league. He’s carried out so taking part in outdoors with a shaky offensive line and a under common receiving corps. Make no mistake, this can be a true superstar. Despite Jonathan Stewart‘s absence, DeAngelo Williams fails to score greater than 5 touchdowns and is barely price using as a FLEX (thanks to Newton and Mike Tolbert). The Panthers received their last four games last 12 months and are my favourite lengthy shot to make a Tremendous Bowl run in 2013 (I bet on them at 40/1).

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The Falcons were awfully shut to creating the Super Bowl last year, and it’s fairly attainable the workforce’s ability to win close games at a a lot higher rate than league common is extra talent than luck. But are you prepared to hear a stat that will fairly presumably blow your thoughts? Atlanta went 13-three final year, finishing with a +one hundred twenty-point differential. They outgained their opponents by fifty seven yards. In complete. 57! It’s onerous not to love the Falcons skill position players, however their protection is questionable, and an already common offensive line dropping RT Mike Johnson for the season sure doesn’t help. The crew will also should cope with going through a schedule primarily based off being the conference’s No. 1 seed. Steven Jackson is getting drafted far too excessive for my style. While I get the argument for his improved setting, I just don’t want to bet on a working back approaching 2,500 career rushing makes an attempt who’s averaged 5.2 touchdowns over the previous six seasons.

Here’s a reasonably decent “playing useless” prank on a quarterback.

The Saints (just like the Eagles) have a variety of possible outcomes. They’re only one season removed from dropping 32 points on the street in opposition to arguably the league’s prime defense in San Francisco in a slender loss within the playoffs (New Orleans would have been massive favorites within the NFC Championship had this not happened). However then bounty-gate occurred, and the Saints’ protection final 12 months was about as unhealthy as it will get, as they allowed NFL-highs in both YPA (eight.1) and YPC (5.2), which is pretty robust to do. Sean Payton’s return should assist, however it’s not like offense was the crew’s downside final season. I’m on board with Jimmy Graham being a high-15 pick, but I’m certain Marques Colston finally ends up on none of my fantasy teams. New Orleans’ poor defense hurts Saints followers, but it helps Drew Brees’ fantasy house owners.

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Although I’m placing the Buccaneers ending last here, I wouldn’t be at all shocked if they really gained this division. The protection seems sneaky good, as Gerald McCoy has developed right into a beast (between the No. 2 and No. 3 picks within the 2010 draft, which DT would you favor transferring ahead: Ndamukong Suh or McCoy? The previous is healthier towards the move, while the latter is FAR superior against the run. It’s a really interesting debate right now, and I’d most likely want either over that 12 months’s No. 1 decide). Talking of run protection, the Bucs did the unthinkable, going from the league’s worst run protection in 2011 (5.0 YPC) to one of the best in 2012 (three.5), and don’t think McCoy enjoying 10 extra video games didn’t have quite a bit to do with it. And we haven’t even started to debate the enhancements within the secondary, as robust safety Mark Barron should enhance in year two, they usually added free security Dashon Goldson and corner Darrelle Revis through free company, the latter with the upside to be a high-three defensive player should he return even close to full power.

On offense, not solely does the trio of Doug Martin, Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams look good, but it surely’s value noting simply how completely different this offense was once their high-priced guards went down with injury final yr. Unfortunately, Carl Nicks is dealing with a staph an infection that has his future trying murky. And maintaining with my QB obsessed theme, Tampa Bay goes only so far as Josh Freeman, who was truly second in yards per completion final 12 months, will take them. Over his first 13 video games final season, Freeman posted a 25:8 TD:INT ratio. Over the ultimate three (together with going through a traditionally dangerous Saints secondary), he posted a 2:9 TD:INT ratio. He actually struggles when facing strain, so the Nicks well being scenario is large. Doug Martin will live as much as the fantasy hype, whereas Vincent Jackson (who by some means scored eight touchdowns final year despite seeing zero targets contained in the five and just three inside the 10) remains maddeningly inconsistent on every week-to-week basis.


1. San Francisco 49ers 11-5
2. Seattle Seahawks eleven-5 (Wild Card)
three. St. Louis Rams 7-9
four. Arizona Cardinals 5-11

Comments/Fantasy predictions: The Packers aren’t far behind, but for my part, the two greatest groups in the NFC (which has shortly grow to be far superior to the AFC) are both in the West. The only motive I give the 49ers the slight edge right here is because it looks as if their hardest opponents mostly come at house, as that is just a scheduling subject. The Niners seem to have the league’s best offensive line entering 2013, and Phil Dawson must be an enormous upgrade over what David Akers did last year, while Andy Lee is adding a “knuckle punt.” It’s pretty loopy Aldon Smith had 19.5 sacks over thirteen video games final season, and then didn’t report another over his last six contests. Clearly, Justin Smith’s harm had a lot to do with it, however Aldon also was playing at far lower than 100%, at the least SF followers and potential IDP homeowners hope so. Vernon Davis finishes because the No. 2 fantasy tight end, whereas Quinton Patton and Vance McDonald ought to be stashed in dynasty leagues. Frank Gore gets hurt, and Kendall Hunter turns into a monster consequently.

Here are some Colin Kaepernick (who shall be a prime-5 fantasy QB) stats: As a starter, Kaepernick led your entire NFL in Total QBR from inside the pocket, an indication he wasn’t overly reliant on the learn/choice. He was the only participant to rank within the top-three in QBR on both passing and rushing plays. Kaepernick also led the NFL in AIR YPA by a large margin. His 181 dashing yards in the divisional round had been the most in NFL historical past by a quarterback. For what it’s worth (in all probability nothing), Kaepnerick scored a 37 on the Wonderlic, which was greater than Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Brett Favre. Over his closing six games last 12 months, Kaepernick confronted 5 playoff teams that had a combined 57-23 file, and the opposite was an Arizona team that held opposing passers to an NFL-low 71.2 QB Ranking. Throughout this span, Kaepernick received 9.1 YPA with a 14:four TD:turnover ratio. The loss of Michael Crabtree is important, but Kaepernick has the expertise to beat it.

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The Seahawks had a dominant defense final yr, allowing simply 6.2 YPA and a 71.eight QB Score with an NFL-low 15.3 PPG (practically two factors decrease than the next best). DE Chris Clemons suffered a torn ACL in the crew’s playoff win over the Redskins, but Seattle added Michael Bennett (who ranked seventh final yr among all defensive ends in keeping with PFF) and Antoine Winfield, who Pro Soccer Focus graded as the perfect CB in football last yr, both on the cheap in the course of the offseason. Bruce Irvin’s ceiling remains high as nicely. The lack of Percy Harvin hurts, but he was more of a luxury than a necessity. Despite the Seahawks working the ball more than any workforce in soccer last season (and making an attempt fewer passes than any other as properly), Russell Wilson must be handled as a top-seven fantasy QB at minimum.

Wilson is coming off a rookie season wherein he produced an 8.7 YPA with a 24:5 TD:INT ratio over his remaining thirteen video games (together with the playoffs). This isn’t picking an arbitrary finish point either, because the Seahawks decided to take the training wheels off their rookie after their Week eleven bye, when Seattle increased its use of the learn/option (and gave Wilson a lot more accountability). Over Wilson’s remaining eight video games (once more, together with the playoffs, which greatest reveals how a group truly views its gamers), he rushed for 424 yards and 5 touchdowns (whereas getting 7.4 YPC). He’s a particular expertise who’s only going to get better throughout 12 months two in the league. Golden Tate, who had the third most damaged tackles among broad receivers last yr despite seeing restricted snaps, finishes as a prime-25 fantasy WR, forward of Mike Wallace. Christine Michael is perhaps my favourite dynasty goal. He seems like a future star and is in a system set up for fulfillment for a few years to return (and Marshawn Lynch might stroll after 2013). If Lynch had been to suffer an injury in 2012, Michael is among the many short listing of backup RBs who could then be the kind of participant who wins your league for you.

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The Rams someway went 2-1-1 in opposition to the 49ers and Seahawks who in any other case went 21-7 last season, but this can be a team on the upswing simply saddled by a ridiculously robust division. The truth is, after adjusting for SOS, all 4 NFC West defenses had been top-six against the go in 2012. Chris Long led the NFL with 55 QB hurries last year, and the team added left sort out Jake Long by way of free agency throughout the offseason. Daryl Richardson finishes with extra fantasy worth than both DeMarco Murray and Darren McFadden, while Chris Givens easily outscores Tavon Austin. Givens, who had 5 straight games with 50+ yard catches as a rookie last season, goes down as among the best values among all fantasy broad receivers. Austin makes a big impact on particular groups, and Jared Cook is another potential improve in the passing game, so it’s time for Sam Bradford to sink-or-swim, as there will no longer be any excuses if he fails to impress. The Rams are likely to be a significantly better soccer team than their remaining record indicates.

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As talked about earlier, the Cardinals allowed the fewest YPA last season, and sometimes an upgrade from the worst QB situation within the NFL to round league common can have a much more dramatic effect than expected. Carson Palmer, who just threw for more than four,000 yards in solely 15 video games for a dysfunctional Raiders franchise, ought to thrive joining a Bruce Arians led Arizona team with Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and Andre Roberts as receiving options. It’s just too dangerous the team’s already greatest drawback (the offensive line) lost G Jonathan Cooper, who was the seventh total pick, to a season-ending broken leg. However, Fitzgerald goes again to being among the many top tier fantasy WRs, while Michael Floyd justifies being a well-liked sleeper target. But Rashard Mendenhall disappoints (I’d personally draft Ben Tate over him), as no one emerges as a reliable weekly fantasy starter among the Cardinals backfield.


Orioles acquire Michael Morse from Mariners — can he have some of what Chris Davis is having?

If there are some sort of magical beans that the Baltimore Orioles fed Chris Davis to vary him from an underachieving slugger into probably the most feared hitters in baseball, it is time to order up some for Michael Morse.

Morse was dealt from the Seattle Mariners on Friday to the Baltimore Orioles. In Seattle this season, he hit 13 homers with a disappointing 27 RBIs and226 batting average. The O’s are essentially hoping that the Michael Morse who obliterated baseballs in 2011 — 31 homers and 95 RBIs with a303 common — can present up and provides them a power enhance in the DH spot the ultimate month of the season.

If Morse doesn’t pan out? Well, the Orioles only gave up minor league outfielder Xavier Avery, a career259 in six minor-league seasons. It’s one other move from the Orioles that proves they’re going after it this season. They’re three half of games back within the AL Wild Card race.

The O’s had been busy on the commerce deadline, and are busy now, as contenders do last-minute scurrying to shore up their rosters earlier than Saturday’s waiver commerce deadline. The Morse deal follows a morning wherein the Indians acquired Jason Kubel and the Cardinals got John Axford.

Morse is a towering 6-foot-5 outfielder by trade who had that one monster season with the Washington Nationals. He did not present the same energy in 2012, but he nonetheless hit291. This year, nonetheless, his production took a nostril dive — 226/.283/.410.

Morse wears the same “disappointment” label that Chris Davis did when the Orioles acquired him. Their situations are totally different — Morse, for instance, is 4 years older — and simply because Davis found his groove that doesn’t mean Morse will.

But the Orioles can, and will, hope.


Arizona Cardinals lose top 10 pick before season starts, as rookie Jonathan Cooper heads to IR

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The Cardinals have not had the perfect of luck with first-spherical picks.

Beanie Wells. Matt Leinart. Bryant Johnson and Calvin Pace. Wendell Bryant. Andre Wadsworth. You get the point. And what makes it worse is that, because the Cardinals’ file is typically bad, numerous those wasted picks have come very excessive within the first spherical.

You can’t put guard Jonathan Cooper in that listing yet, of course. But Cardinals followers must wonder when this curse will likely be lifted, as a result of Cooper won’t play this season. Cooper, the seventh overall pick of the draft, will probably be placed on injured reserve, the staff announced.

That’s fairly a blow to an offensive line that desperately wanted an infusion of expertise (which is why the Cardinals spent such a excessive pick on a guard), and to the group as a whole.

Cooper broke his leg in the staff’s third preseason sport, and there was some hope that he would be capable of return earlier than the tip of the season. The door to that is closed with the announcement he is on injured reserve. Cooper will try again in 2014.

Cooper, from North Carolina, kept rising up draft boards after the college season, as his blend of measurement and athleticism appealed to many groups. And Cooper ought to be capable to recover from this and have an important career. In the meantime, Cardinals followers can wonder what their workforce did to deserve such unhealthy draft fortune.


Calgary Flames are going to be monumentally bad



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The preseason begins in slightly more than two weeks and that in turn has prompted a large and growing variety of hockey publications reputable and in any other case to begin publishing their predictions for who will finish the place within the standings.

There is, as you would possibly count on, some disparity between every prediction, especially as it relates to the middle and, significantly, toward the top of the League. While this is a year in which it feels clever and simply to fee the reigning Stanley Cup winners as especially clear favorites, which is one thing you can’t all the time say although everybody does it on an annual foundation nonetheless, the fact of the matter is that the brand new playoff format, division modifications, and so on. are doing rather a lot to muddy the waters across the middle and even backside of the standings.

There is, however, a fairly clear consensus as to who it is that can end within the League’s basement.

They are, obviously, the Calgary Flames, who have been spectacularly mediocre with delusions that they have been on the very cusp of goodness for a interval of a few years.

Only lately, as in “over the last four or five months,” has Jay Feaster realized that the mandate that he try to build a playoff-worthy workforce was Sisyphian in nature, and finally stopped pushing the rock up the hill lower than midway to the highest and instead let it roll over him, so that it may bounce down and down and all the way down to the very bottom of the valley.

The hockey world appears in settlement that the Calgary Flames will be, to put it nicely, sizzling rubbish this season. And with good motive: They were a semi-competent crew within the first half of final season, with fenwick close numbers approaching 52 %, that means that that they had fifty two % of non-blocked shot makes an attempt at even energy when the rating was close, and while that may appear counter-intuitive given how unhealthy you perceived the team to have been, the excellent news is that the again half of the season greater than made up for it. Only Dallas, Buffalo and Toronto had even comparably low fenwick shut numbers within the second half, and Calgary dropped to barely more than 44 p.c, by far the biggest drop, each on a proportional and total basis, in your entire league.

This, obviously, was proper in keeping with the trades of Jay Bouwmeester and Jarome Iginla, as the staff committed laborious to the nosedive every rational observer had been screaming for in each of the prior two seasons.

Now the Flames enter the season prepared to run out more or less the identical roster, except that in addition they swapped out Alex Tanguay for David Jones (a downgrade) and Cory Sarich for Shane O’Brien (maybe an improve however nearly completely because Sarich is a catastrophe at this level in his career, somewhat than anything O’Brien brings to the table).

There’s plenty of motive to suspect that all the pieces goes to go remarkably poorly: Matt Stajan is their No. 1 heart, for starters.

That Matt Stajan, yes.

Mikael Backlund and two of a number of young-and-not-very-good guys are the Nos. 2-four. That’s an issue. So too is the team’s full lack of defensive depth.

One space you’d assume can be a serious concern is goaltending, given the truth that they seem content with rolling a tandem of kind-of-rookie/pretty KHLer Kari Ramo and profession backup’s backup Joey MacDonald, with Miikka Kiprusoff having shuffled off the NHL career coil moderately meekly and largely without fanfare. But in actuality, the Calgary netminders’ statistics last season had been the worst within the league since folks started maintaining monitor of the statistics in query (a group save proportion of889, and none of that is a typo). So whereas no sane crew has ever said to themselves, “This guy who wasn’t even the very best goaltender last season in his bizarre foreign league that stinks and Joey MacDonald are our guys,” these two goalies might absolutely stink next season — a very actual possibility — and still be better than their predecessors by a pretty respectable margin, which is form of superb if you think about it.

But here’s the factor about these first- and second-half splits: By way of 24 video games, the Flames had been nonetheless dead final in the West, and only two factors ahead of the Florida Panthers. That’s with their having carried out relatively nicely in terms of possession. That they only picked up another 20 factors in the final 24 video games of the season may need even been a little bit generous.

This is a team that’s going to be absolutely putrid, and their competitors is about to get tougher. Calgary is now loaded out of a division with softer opponents just like the Avalanche and Oilers, who completed inside three points of the Flames on both side, and into one that includes titans like San Jose and Los Angeles.

That this crew wasn’t the worst in its division before says so much concerning the quality thereof, and that it’s about to be the worst by a large margin speaks volumes concerning the pummeling it has coming to it over the coming six-plus months.

Really, only the Panthers will give them a run for his or her money in this explicit race to the bottom they usually likewise come into a new division designed to beat their brains out, however given all of the young expertise on their NHL roster they’ve stockpiled from years of being “sort of dangerous” to “actually unhealthy” (your Jonthan Huberdeaus, your Dmitry Kulikovs, your Erik Gudbransons, your Nick Bjugstads, your Aleksander Barkovs) while the Flames have Sven Baertschi and that’s more or less it.

Calgary must be really and deeply dangerous, though, to get down into the low 60s or high 50s which have typified the worst teams of the shootout period. Those sides, like the 2005-06 St. Louis Blues (56 factors and a minus-ninety five objective differential), 2006-07 Flyers (303 goals allowed), or 2008-09 Islanders (who won simply 9 highway video games all season), are going to be tough to stack up towards.

To end that badly, or actually, wherever safely in the backside two or three, you might want to get many unfortunate (or, put one other and extra correct approach for this state of affairs, fortunate) bounces over eighty two video games. I am talking injuries to key gamers, working into opponents when they’re at their hottest, and so forth. You additionally must be keen to offload anyone even remotely good and over the age of 30 nonetheless on your roster at the deadline, and most of all you want a total organizational commitment to not being very good at all, and failing by placing children as inexperienced as potential in high-leverage conditions simply to see how they do (then they should carry out like you’d expect).

However, that’s what Calgary appears, at long last, to have committed to doing.

Years too late, certain, however they did it.

That’s what ought to give Calgary fans who want them to bottom out as hard as humanly doable this season a little bit pause. When was the final time the Flames appropriately did something they got down to do?


Redskins linebacker Rob Jackson tackles two Buccaneers … at the same time

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Washington Redskins linebacker Rob Jackson faced a dilemma in opposition to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night. Jackson was close to sacking Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon within the preseason finale, however offensive lineman Mike Remmers was standing in the way of his take down.

It would have been a great time to make use of a kind of nifty hand methods Washington’s defensive coaches taught him. Jackson may have continued making use of pressure and hoped it’d result in an incomplete pass or interception. Realizing he was beat and trying harder on the next play was also an choice.


Instead, Jackson took down each males like a wrestler who attacked him in a tag-staff match (h/t to USA Today).

Remmers may need a “Nacho Libre” mask to hide his identity round Tampa Bay after they see Washington abusing him like WWE’s Randy Orton.


Dan Evans called a medical timeout at the U.S. Open for a very strange reason

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Tennis is one of the hardest sports on an athlete’s physique. Over the course of two weeks a player may get blisters, cramps, torn muscle groups and rolled ankles but nonetheless play on irrespective of the pain.

During the second round of the U.S. Open, Dan Evans had a trainer come out for a purpose that we have not heard earlier than. He was struggling with nipple chaffing.

Evans, the consensus No.2 participant in Britain behind Andy Murray, was enjoying Australian Bernard Tomic when he referred to as the trainer out because he was fighting something that sounds like a Triathlon damage, ultimately putting tape over his, umm, injured area.

Evans, a qualifier at this event, went on to upset Tomic and advance to the third round, and as Chris Chase pointed out over at USA At this time, earned as much money at this event even when he loses in the third spherical as he ever has in a singles occasion, however nonetheless, nipple chaffing? That’s going to earn you a bit of ribbing from your fellow professional tennis gamers.

Murray was the first, taking to Twitter to let Evans know precisely what he thought of that medical timeout, and the 23-year-old even stated after his match he understood that some mocking would be coming his method.

“I’m gonna get numerous stick for that,” Evans stated, “but it was so painful I needed to do it.”

I guess if it continues to be an issue Evans can take the advice from Kevin Spacey’s character on “Horrible Bosses.”

“Life is a marathon and you can not win a marathon without putting just a few bandaids in your nipples.”

Evans faces Tommy Robredo on Saturday for a spot within the fourth round.


Toronto police write hilarious report about fan who ran onto the field during a Blue Jays game


On Might 5, a Toronto Blue Jays fan named Joe made a regrettable choice that many followers earlier than him have made — he ran onto the sphere during a recreation. He was tackled by security at the Rogers Centre, taken to jail and charged with legal mischief.

With many of those followers-appearing-a-idiot circumstances, things often cease after that. However this one is one thing particular. Seems the cops who took Joe into custody wrote a hilarious arrest report empathizing with him because of how disappointing the “hapless” Blue Jays have been, even again in Might. Joe was “giving Jays fans a brief respite” from their agony, the police wrote.

We’re studying this now as a result of Joe — the charges against whom have been dropped on Wednesday — went and created a website about his ordeal. He talks about all the pieces from jumping onto the field to going to courtroom. And shares your entire police report. Here it’s:


The guys over at the Drunk Jays Followers blog did us all the service of transcribing the report so it’s easier to read:

On May 5, 2013 at approximately three:18 PM the Toronto Blue jays have been surprisingly winning towards the underrated Seattle Mariners. Our hapless Jays limped alongside to the underside of the eighth inning. At one point, the Jays were thought of World Series contenders. One can almost forgive the accused for his under described actions.

Luckily, the accused ran onto the sphere from degree 100 and wasn’t compelled to jump from the five hundred stage out of sheer frustration.

In any event, the accused earlier than the courtroom, Joseph [Redacted], in what can solely be described as an try to inject some type of spark in our listless Jays, ran onto the sphere “interrupting” the sport, giving jays fans a brief respite from their season long agony.

The accused was subsequently positioned below arrest to applause, transported to 52 Division the place he was launched on a Kind 10/eleven.1.

Our area-dashing friend additionally posted letters from his legal professional and from the Toronto prosecutor, the latter of which references Gandhi and Shakespeare and provides Joe a method out. Runner Joe (that is his Twitter identify) donated some money to Jays Care, a charitable arm of the workforce and that led to the fees getting dropped. In keeping with his Twitter feed, he is not even banned from the Rogers Centre anymore.

His web site looks like a mixture of a wedding homepage and Bart Simpson writing “I can’t run onto a baseball subject whereas a recreation is occurring” on the chalkboard 50 times. Runner Joe makes it clear folks should NOT observe his instance.

He ends the “story” section of his site with this:

Rogers Centre staff, if you are studying: I would like to take this time to apologize to the staff @ Rogers Centre who had to chase and sort out me. I meant no harm by my actions.

At least all of this came to an informative — and quite hilarious — resolution. And severely people, do not run on the field, see how much work it requires afterward?


Watch goalie Leland Irving make incredible ‘basket catch’ save in Euro tourney

It not typically we discover a save of the 12 months candidate in August, however (a) the month’s nearly over and (b) Leland Irving just made one for Jokerit Helsinki in its

European Trophy

game towards HIFK on Friday.

This wild save occurred on a deflected shot by a HIFK player entering the attacking zone. Irving was ready for the preliminary shot, and then sprung up with his glove within the air to play the puck like an outfield would shag a fly ball.

The puck sailed over him and was headed for the again of the crease when Irving reached back and made a ‘basket catch’ save together with his glove. (Willie Mays could be proud.)

Alas, he couldn’t hold onto the puck, swatting it back in front of the goal where Irving needed to make yet another save as the HIFK forwards stormed the crease.

If Irving’s title sounds acquainted, he had two cups of coffee with the Calgary Flames, including six games last season. “In my view, Leland is the best goalie the Flames have under contract, not together with Kiprusoff,” his agent Ritch Winter advised the Calgary Herald last Might.

Irving was unsigned as a free agent by Calgary, despite being a first-round decide in 2006.

He went to Finland on a “probation” contract with Jokerit, a.okay.a. a month-long tryout for a job. So yeah, a save like this can be a fairly good factor for a man stating his case.

s/t Simon Akkanen


Cagewriter’s Hot or Not List: Carlos Condit, Kansas City and saying goodbye

What happened in this busy week of MMA? Check it out, plus a little bit of web site information.

Hot — Carlos Condit: He left little question that he’s nonetheless a top welterweight along with his fourth-round TKO of Martin Kampmann on Wednesday night time. Would not a struggle between him and Matt Brown be enjoyable?

Not — Miguel Torres: The one-time WEC champion was arrested for marijuana possession in Indiana over the weekend. His last struggle was a loss in World Series of Preventing, and his final win was within the UFC in 2011.

Hot — Kansas City: James Krause, Zak Cummings and Jason High all have brought residence massive wins for KC not too long ago. The following win the town recognized for barbecue and fountains is seeking? A UFC occasion.

Not — Tony Lopez: On Thursday evening, Lopez — who has hovered close to the top of decrease-tier MMA promotions for eight-year career — did a despicable act in the cage. When choking out Andenlinson Clementino, he held the rear bare choke effectively after his opponent tapped and even after the referee tried to separate them. Then, he punched his opponent in face as he was standing up from the choke. In accordance with Center Straightforward, he was suspended indefinitely by the California State Athletic Commission. Hopefully, he’ll by no means see the within of a cage once more.

Site news: Tomorrow will likely be my final day with Yahoo Sports and my last day covering MMA. I’m headed to cover the NFL with one other web site. While I am thrilled about this opportunity, I’ll miss the world of MMA. I’ll miss fighters who are unguarded in interviews, coaches who will spend hours talking about their craft, and followers who are keen about their sport. It has been 5 wonderful years as a journalist overlaying MMA, however I am wanting ahead to being a battle fan again.

I can even miss meeting readers in person, on Fb and on Twitter. I’ve found Cagereaders to be good, passionate and an entire lot of fun. Thanks for the past five years.


Novak Djokovic recounts the terror of the worst night of his life during 1999 Yugoslav War bombings

Long means from Belgrade: Novak Djokovic celebrates his US Open win in 2011. (Getty Pictures)

Compared to what Novak Djokovic survived as a younger man, the strain of a grand slam match would not even begin to check.

Djokovic, now working his approach by way of the bracket on the U.S. Open, not too long ago published “Serve To Win,” a guidebook to bodily and psychological health. And in that guide, he discusses his life as a young man in Belgrade, where he and his family dodged NATO bombing runs. One evening, the family fled their residence during a bombing raid, searching for shelter. Djokovic tripped and fell to the bottom, his family working on forward of him.

“And then it happened,” he wrote. “From behind I heard something tearing open the sky, as if an infinite snow shovel had been scraping ice off the clouds. Still sprawled on the bottom, I turned and appeared back at our dwelling.”

What he saw subsequent would stick with him forever.

“Rising up from over the roof of our building got here the metal grey triangle of an F-117 bomber. I watched in horror as its great steel stomach opened straight above me, and two laser-guided missiles dropped out of it, taking aim at my household, my buddies, my neighborhood—the whole lot I’d ever recognized … I didn’t stop shivering for the remainder of the night time.”

Djokovic’s family survived, and in some strange way the warfare helped sharpen his tennis skills. “I all the time attempt to keep in mind these days in a constructive, in a very vibrant manner,” he told 60 Minutes final 12 months. “We did not must go to highschool and we performed more tennis.”

Djokovic, who was 12 throughout the 1999 bombing marketing campaign, was sufficient of a tennis prodigy that he was capable of leave the former Yugoslavia to hone his expertise. He remains a hero in what is now Serbia, and the story of what he survived makes his success all the extra spectacular.


Winnipeg Jets, National Hockey League of Nations (including the Atlanta Thrashers!)

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(Ed. Notice: Welcome to the Puck Daddy 2013 summer venture, the Nationwide Hockey League of Nations. We’ve recruited 30 writers/blogs to identify the most effective participant in their favorite group’s history for every major nationality that creates the material of our beloved NHL: Canada, USA, Russia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Sweden, Finland and The Rest of The World. It’s their criteria, so long as they’ll justify it. Read, debate and enjoy! If you wish to achieve this on Twitter, it is #NHLoN.)

By Ryan Blight and Arctic Ice Hockey

Disclaimer: We here at Arctic Ice Hockey struggled with the standards for how to do this, because the Jets hold a special place in our hearts right here in Winnipeg. And to tell you the truth, if it weren’t for the Internet, most people in Winnipeg couldn’t name 10 ex-Thrashers outside of those that came up to Winnipeg.

So for the aim of this effort, we’ll include all Jets 1.0 up until the transfer to Phoenix (because we still strongly dislike the Coyotes), the entire history of the Atlanta Thrashers, and the past two superb years of the Jets

And sorry, the WHA years don’t rely both.

Canada: Dale Hawerchuk

In one that basically didn’t take long to determine, Dale Hawerchuk is the very best Canadian to ever lace them up either in Winnipeg or throughout the Thrashers organization. The first-total number of the Jets in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft won the Calder Trophy that season, and within the 9 years in the ‘Peg never finished below 81 points in a season, capping out at 130 (fifty three targets and 77 assists) in ‘84-85. And don’t overlook the help he earned on Mario Lemieux’s GWG within the 1987 Canada Cup victory over the Soviets. Ducky was a tremendous Jet and may be very deserving of this honour.

Honourable mentions: Dany Heatley, Shane Doan (who was only a rookie in Winnipeg throughout the ultimate season of Jets 1.0), Marc Savard, Andrew Ladd, Bobby Hull (who had his WHA contributions disregarded).

Finland : Teemu Selanne

I was tempted to choose Olli Jokinen, simply to bother lots of people after his less-than-stellar opening season as a Jet, but how can we not decide Teemu Selanne?! Despite enjoying solely 4 seasons in Winnipeg, there has never been a much bigger love affair with one single participant in this city. Selanne’s magical rookie season of 76 targets and 132 points continues to be fondly recalled prefer it was yesterday, as is the infamous capturing-his-glove celebration. And any questions on how much we love Teemu within the River City should be answered by trying out the ovation he acquired as a member of the Anaheim Ducks just two seasons ago. On prime of that, he’s medalled in three totally different Olympic Games. We nonetheless love you Teemu! #teemubest

Honourable Mentions: Teppo Numinen, Kari Lehtonen, Olli Jokinen

USA: Keith Tkachuk

Now this was a tough one, as there were very few Thrashers to think about and we aren’t ready to anoint Jacob Trouba with this award just but. Ultimately, I chose Keith Tkachuk to be the very best American player in a troublesome resolution over Phil Housley. What clinched it for me was that Tkachuk performed five seasons in Winnipeg versus three for Housley, served as crew captain, and for a time he was one of the premier power-forwards in the recreation. A 50-objective scorer within the remaining season of the Jets 1.0, Tkachuk put up points and penalty minutes like they were going out of favor, and he represented the USA at four Olympic Video games, incomes a Silver Medal in Salt Lake City. Nonetheless, it should have been him traded as a substitute of Teemu…

Honourable mentions: Phil Housley, Ed Olczyk, Jim Slater, Dave Ellett, Brian Mullen, Blake Wheeler, Dustin Byfuglien, Zach Bogosian.

Sweden: Thomas Steen

Thomas Steen, who is still a local city councilor, is my choice as the best Swede. When it comes to all Jets players previous to the move, Steen put up 264 objectives and 817 factors, each 2nd behind Hawerchuk, but Steen is the chief in assists with 553. However perhaps extra importantly, he played 14 seasons in Winnipeg and has made it his residence ever since despite our horrible winters, massive mosquitoes and lack of parks. Thomas Steen, we salute you!

Honourable Mentions: Tobias Enstrom, Fredrik Olausson, Niclas Havelid, Willy Lindstrom, Johnny Oduya

Russia: Ilya Kovalchuk

This one was simple. Ilya Kovalchuk is the best Russian player to have ever played for the Jets 1.0, Thrashers or Jets 2.0, despite not having dressed as a Jet in the River Metropolis. You cannot ignore the success that Kovalchuk had with the Thrashers, and as we sit right here with the Jets he is still the franchise chief in nearly every offensive stat by large margins. Kovalchuk’s 615 factors in 594 video games during part of the useless-puck period is a testament to the special type of talent he has, and the NHL is worse with out him now that he’s left the NHL to play at house within the KHL. Kovalchuk has taken part in three Olympic video games, successful a Bronze Medal in Salt Lake Metropolis, and will most actually play in Sochi in just a few months.

Slovakia: Marian Hossa

The solely answer here is Marian Hossa, and it’s not simply because solely six Slovaks have laced them up in Atlanta and 0 have performed so in Winnipeg. Though he only played three seasons in Atlanta, Hossa averaged over a degree-per-recreation with 248 factors in 222 games. He has also represented Slovakia at three Olympic Games already. Hossa was a premier talent who was sadly traded away for pennies on the dollar by Don Waddell in what was one of his, nicely, many horrible strikes as GM in Atlanta…

Honourable mentions: Ronald Petrovicky, Lubos Bartecko, Boris Valabik

Czech Republic: Ondrej Pavelec

Hmm. It is a tough one. Do I go with Patrick Stefan, the first-general choice who by no means justified his draft spot but still had a good profession? Do I select Ondrej Pavelec, the current Jets 2.0 netminder with the laughable starting goalie numbers who nonetheless has represented the Czech Republic at one Olympic Video games already? Perhaps Bobby Holik for being such a stable grinder? Frantisek Kaberle? Slim pickings.

In the top, I’m pained to decide on Ondrej Pavelec, and only do so as a result of he has represented his country already as backup on the 2010 games in Vancouver, was the starter at the most recent World Championships and has a strong likelihood to begin for them in Sochi as effectively. If his own country likes him this a lot, who are we to argue?

However, Pavelec has not played in one playoff hockey game in his NHL profession and has persistently put up below league-common save percentages, so this choice will not be primarily based on his NHL career up up to now.

Can he enhance? Hopefully, and he’ll must if the Jets are to be even thought of a playoff workforce, however his international expertise gives him the nod right here. And while Stefan was a productive participant who just simply by no means lived up to his draft standing, may we actually pick him when this is his arguably probably the most recognizable play of his career?

Honourable Mentions: Patrik Stefan, Bobby Holik, Frantisek Kaberle, Michael Grosek, Pavel Kubina


Nik Antropov may be very probably one of the best participant to ever come from Kazakhstan. Not solely has Antro been a very strong NHLer throughout his career, however he’s additionally represented his country at numerous international competitions and put his country on the map in the hockey community by being a 10th-overall choice in 1998. And to be completely trustworthy, I would like to see the big man re-signed by the Jets someday this summer, as he’s presently a free agent.

Meanwhile, the Ukraine was represented by the likes of Alexei Zhitnik and Oleg Tverdovsky, Germany noticed Uwe Krupp and Christoph Shubert lace them up, and Latvia watched as Arturs Kulda and Herberts Vasiljevs took part as properly.

Finally, we wouldn’t want to leave out the legend of Rumum Ndur, the first Nigerian-born participant to ever play in the NHL. Although he grew up in Canada and solely played 27 of his career 69 video games with the Thrashers, we felt the necessity to embrace him as a result of it’s such an incredible story.


Rex Ryan says there is no timetable for naming New York Jets’ starting quarterback

(USA As we speak Sports Images) New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan has this essential bulletin for fans who are frightened that he might be making the improper decisions at quarterback between incumbent Mark Sanchez and rookie Geno Smith: Ryan has yet to decide at quarterback.

And Ryan may not anytime soon, he says.

“When we feel good about it we’ll make that decision and we’ll see. However certainly we haven’t put a timetable on it, so far as naming a beginning quarterback, however once we be ok with the decision as a company, then we’ll make that decision,” Ryan mentioned.

This is the purpose at which we would like to remind the coach that his non-timetable ought to, actually, demand some sort of decision by the time the Jets and Buccaneers square off on Sept. eight.

A report from say that the Jets will essentially could haven’t any selection but to go along with Smith, seeing that Sanchez is still banged up with a shoulder harm. He at the moment is in the “everyday” category however won’t be able to go by next week, leaving Smith to start out against the Bucs and former Jets nook Darrelle Revis.

Sanchez has been the extra stable of the two, and watching Smith throw three picks and take a security had to turn Ryan’s stomach when fascinated by the opportunity of what may occur Opening Day.

“[Smith] started out like gangbusters and, clearly, he had the ankle injury, in order that set him again,” Ryan stated. “[He] acquired the game in against the Giants. Obviously, it was a very up-and-down efficiency. He had a great week of follow. We’ll see the place he is from there.”

What about Matt Simms? The statistically impressive quarterback was actually good within the preseason, and he is nearly certain to make the group as a No. three. He will not start, although, having not worked with the first-workforce offense a lot at all in apply, or in the preseason video games.


Frank Pulli — first MLB umpire to use instant replay — dies at 78

(AP) Frank Pulli, a longtime Nationwide League umpire who will be most remembered for being the primary umpire to use on the spot replay during a Main League Baseball recreation, died on Wednesday on account of complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 78.

Pulli spent 27 seasons umpiring on the huge league stage starting in 1972 and officiated three,774 games in accordance with the New York Occasions. He also called two All-Star Video games, six Nationwide League Championship Collection and four World Sequence in his revered profession, and was a part of history as the primary base umpire when Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s profession residence run document on April eight, 1974 in Atlanta.

It’s an impressive resume, however the Frank Pulli second that will always stand out truly occurred as his career was winding down in 1999. Throughout a recreation between the St. Louis Cardinals and Florida (now Miami) Marlins, Pulli became the first umpire to make the most of on the spot replay throughout a recreation to evaluation and finally overturn a call, turning Cliff Floyd’s house run right into a double.

Naturally, the Marlins, with whom Floyd played at the time, would protest the decision since immediate replay in any form was not an accepted method in those days. That pressured a response from then National League president Leonard Coleman, who in a press release mentioned that he could not overturn a judgment name despite not approving of Pulli’s use of replay.

Big League Stew’s David Brown took a look back at Pulli’s decision to make use of replay again in 2011. The piece consists of feedback from the camaraman who assisted Pulli in making the reversal.

Pulli also made information later in 1999 when he was certainly one of 22 umpires who resigned throughout a labor dispute. He returned to work in 2000 as an umpire supervisor and was part of the crew concerned in developing the QuesTec Umpire Information System, which is used to watch and improve umpire efficiency. He would proceed in that role until his retirement in 2007.

They say the much less you hear and learn about an umpire, the higher they are at their job. That may be true in most cases, but Pulli was clearly excellent at his job regardless of the waves he made in 1999. He realized the importance of getting the decision correct, and in some ways is a pioneer for the replay system that we saw instituted on home runs calls in 2008 and can soon see expanded.

Frank Pulli was simply a man forward of his time, and we owe him a thank you for his contributions to the game and his passion and commitment to making it the best it may be.


Michigan State DB Kurtis Drummond makes amazing one-handed interception

Michigan State junior security Kurtis Drummond made an early pitch for play of the yr with a one-handed interception in opposition to Western Michigan quarterback Tyler Van Tubbergen.

Drummond truly snatched the ball out of midair with some much drive that it arched his complete body backward.

It was one of many few highlights in a first half where the Michigan State defense dominated while the Spartans offense struggled.


Six Florida players suspended for season opener against Toledo

Loucheiz Purifoy will miss Saturday’s recreation against Toledo according to the Palm Seashore Post. (Getty) Six Florida gamers will miss Saturday’s sport in opposition to Toledo due to suspensions, including cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy.

Both the Gainesville Solar and the  Palm Beach Publish have reported Purifoy and vast receiver Latroy Pittman are suspended because they failed drug exams. The opposite gamers are center linebacker Antonio Morrison, defensive deal with Darious Cummings, defensive sort out Jay-nard Bostwick and offensive lineman Quinteze Williams.

Morrison, you might bear in mind, was arrested for barking at a police canine. That was his second arrest this summer time. Within the first, he shouted “I’m Antonio.”

Purifoy is regarded as top-of-the-line cornerbacks in the nation. Will the suspensions impact the Gators? Toledo is one of the favorites in the MAC, and final season Florida struggled at residence to Louisiana before successful by seven. Is that this now a doable upset?


Jose Mourinho adds another chapter to his UEFA/Pep Guardiola conspiracy theory


Jose Mourinho’s groups have a curious history of going down to 10 men in huge matches. You possibly can argue whether or not or not the UEFA Tremendous Cup is a big match, but Mourinho’s Chelsea performed at an obstacle for the ultimate 35 minutes of the match they usually nonetheless managed to take a lead and are available within a final-gasp equalizer of winning it earlier than penalties, where it went the opposite means.

Ramires earned that drawback by operating through the ball and Mario Gotze like Kool-Help Man through a brick wall whereas already on a yellow. However that did not cease Mourinho from blaming UEFA and the referee for sending him off and reserving six different Chelsea gamers while Bayern solely saw two yellows within the recreation.

From the Guardian:

Mourinho reacted with resignation on the finish, telling broadcasters that “this is my history with Uefa for a protracted, very long time” and maintaining that theme in his subsequent media duties.

“I have a incredible expertise of playing with 10 males in Uefa matches,” he mentioned. “I have a great expertise. So I might react. I might coach my gamers in a method where, even with 10 males, even very, very tired, they might compete and find a possibility to attain a aim. Ultimately of the game, with everybody completely tired, they gave completely every part. I feel my experience of enjoying with 10 men gave us a hand.” […]

“I performed two or 3 times with 10 men towards Barça. I went to Inter and played a Champions League semi-remaining, one hour, with 10 males against Barcelona. I’m going to Actual Madrid, I performed once more a Champions League semi-last with 10 men.

“Now I come back to Chelsea and played a Tremendous Cup closing with 10 males once more, and go to analyse the actions and make your conclusions. I’m unlucky. Simply that.”

Mourinho has been monitoring this trend for a number of years now. In 2011, he stated that Pep Guardiola’s outdated club, Barcelona, benefited from their partnership with UNICEF. Sure, the youngsters’s charity. He also said that both of Guardiola’s Champions League titles had been tainted by favorable refereeing. “Someday I would like to see Josep Guardiola win this championship properly,” he concluded.

And now it seems the UEFA Tremendous Cup has renewed these sentiments. Sure, even the UNICEF connection. As Mourinho has undoubtedly discovered by now, Bayern performed a charity match in 2005 that raised $sixty six,000 for UNICEF. The conspiracy runs deep.

To assist gas Mourinho’s persecution complex, Franck Ribery celebrated his purpose in the forty seventh minute by sharing an intense embrace with Guardiola and, in line with the Guardian, telling him the objective was for him and “in opposition to Mourinho.”


But before Mourinho begins tying all of this to a nonexistent workplace employee called Pepe Silva, he may need to breathe deep and take in the knowledge of one in every of his own gamers, David Luiz…


“Typically we have to lose to win in the future,” Luiz advised teammate Romelu Lukaku via Instagram after the younger striker didn’t convert the final penalty of the shootout. Conspiracy or not, Chelsea practically beat one of the best crew in Europe with 10 males. That must be a confidence increase price more than a silver cup at this level within the season.

Previously: Jose Mourinho argues his variety of wins in opposition to Pep Guardiola, concedes he is likely to be wrong


North Dakota State beats Kansas State 24-21, the second FCS upset in two nights of the 2013 season

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The defending FCS champions took out the defending Massive 12 champions. No, that is not reversed.

North Dakota State, the FCS preseason No. 1, punished Kansas State for an 18 play, eighty yard drive that took over eight minutes within the fourth quarter to upset the Wildcats in Manhattan 24-21 after quarterback Brock Jensen tumbled into the end zone with 28 seconds remaining.

“That is the biggest win in our program history,” quarterback Brock Jensen said. “I’m completely honored to be aside of it. Completely honored… That is the hardest sport of my life.”

That landing run was because of some nifty playcalling. After taking the snap, Jensen retreated like he was going handy the ball off to the tailback. Nevertheless, the tailback sprinted out to the right and the suitable guard pulled to the left after the left facet of the line pushed Kansas State to the precise, opening up a tunnel for Jensen to sneak through and score.

On that drive, North Dakota State converted all 4 third down alternatives it had and even with the clock ticking in direction of zeros, was affected person sufficient to stay with the operating recreation. Of the seven performs the Bison ran contained in the KSU 35, six were running performs and 4 netted both six or seven yards. In the event you didn’t know which team was by which division, you wouldn’t have been able to tell the distinction.

After North Dakota State took a 7-zero lead early, Ok-State appeared to grab control with 21 unanswered factors. However instantly after Daniel Sams scored the Wildcats’ closing touchdown of the night time, NDSU answered with a touchdown drive of their very own.

It’s not the first time that North Dakota State has overwhelmed a BCS group from Kansas either. In 2010, the again-to-again FCS nationwide champs beat Kansas and have additionally taken down Minnesota and Colorado State in the earlier three seasons.


David Price live tweets $202 taxi ride from San Francisco hotel to Coliseum

(USA Right now) The Tampa Bay Rays didn’t get pleasure from their Bay Space experience on Friday. Specifically, reigning and defending American League Cy Young Award winner David Worth had a miserable days, and his loss in Tampa Bay’s four-three defeat by the hands of the A’s was the least of it.

The complete ordeal started within the afternoon when the Rays journey plans needed to take detour due to the closure of the Bay Bridge, which to their dismay is not going to be reopened until next week. That meant a near two-hour bus ride from the team’s resort in San Francisco to Coliseum for his or her pregame preparations. Of course a number of of the wiser gamers ended up taking the BART prepare and ended up making good time, however Price elected to take a taxi, and that call ended up being fairly expensive.

Fortunately for us, although, Worth took us along for the journey by his Twitter account, and we ended up getting our cash’s value in entertainment.

Turns out that estimate was just a bit bit off. And never in the route Value hoped.

Price lastly hits the home stretch.

Which means it is time for everyone to have slightly fun at his expense, starting with teammate Will Rhymes.

And extending to beat writers.

Finally Value arrives to the ballpark… and exits the cab with a a lot lighter pockets.

What’s the plan for Saturday?

Not a half dangerous thought, though I am sure it could price greater than the $202 splurged for the taxi.

Maybe simply take the BART on Saturday? That is what Joe Maddon intends to do.