Sporting News’ NHL All-Decade team for the 2010s

first_img (Getty Images) Getty Images So, as we get set to toast in a new year and a new chapter in hockey, Sporting News’ hockey staff selected — some unanimously, some not — the NHL’s all-decade team.(Note: All statistics are from the start of the 2009-10 season through games played on Dec. 16 unless otherwise stated.) (Getty Images) Defense: Erik KarlssonWhy he’s here: A throwback to the days of Bobby Orr, Karlsson has dominated the offensive defenseman game in the past decade. In 714 career games, the longtime Ottawa Senator and current San Jose Shark posted 132 goals and 588 points — 222 of those coming on the power play. Karlsson is the third-highest scorer in Senators franchise history and he leads Ottawa in games (627), goals (126), points (518) and power-play points (195) since the puck dropped on the 2009-10 season. A two-time Norris Trophy winner over the past decade, his 2012 title saw him become just the third defenseman to win the award under the age of 23 as he finished tied for 11th in the NHL with 78 points (26 goals, 52 assists).Over the course of nine seasons in Ottawa, Karlsson led the squad in points five times, including his past year in 2017-18 when he finished tied with Mark Stone at 62. Two years prior, he bested all-decade defenseman and fellow finalist Doughty for the Norris when he led all NHL blueliners with 66 points. Doughty got him the following year despite Karlsson finishing in the top-four for scoring in the entire league with 82 points and becoming the first D-man to end the season in the top-five in scoring since Hall of Famer Paul Coffey in 1985-86. His 66 assists that year led the NHL, making him the first to do so since Orr in 1974-75.A six-time All-Star Game selectee and the top vote-getter in 2012, his trade to San Jose in September 2018 sits among the biggest stories in hockey in the past decade. While groin injuries plagued him past season, the 2014 Olympic silver medalist and the tournament’s best defenseman, still collected 45 points while averaging almost 25 minutes a night.By the numbers: Six NHL All-Star Games. Four NHL First All-Star Teams. Two Norris Trophies.  Forward: Sidney CrosbyWhy he’s here: Crosby has played more than 100 fewer games than Patrick Kane, but he is level with him in points over the past decade with 836 in just 670 games. Kane should jump him before the calendar flips to 2020, but that’s only because Crosby is once again out with an injury — something that has plagued him, but not stopped him, throughout his career. Anointed “The Next One” long before he wore a Penguins jersey, Crosby dominated the landscape in the 2010s with the ability to score from anywhere, mystifying on-ice vision, an unrelenting drive and a backhand that is unmatched in the game today — while also missing considerable time with injury.MORE: Crosby named SN’s NHL Athlete of the DecadeHe added to his Hall of Fame resume with his second and third Stanley Cup championships in 2016 and 2017 — taking home the Conn Smythe in both instances — and the second Hart Trophy of his career as the league’s MVP in 2014 — an award he was also a finalist for five other times in the decade. In 115 playoff games, he scored 123 points (42 goals, 81 assists) and sits atop the leaderboard with an impressive 1.07 points-per-game mark, which is the best among players who have skated in at least 30 postseason games.The Penguins captain not only captured two Rocket Richard Trophies and an Art Ross Trophy, two Olympic gold medals (one, of course, powered by his “Golden Goal”), a World Championship and a World Cup in the past 10 years but has also elevated the games of all his teammates that have suited up alongside him. Add in his community work and dedication to growing the game, and it’s easy to say Sidney Crosby has been a trailblazer in the game on and off the ice in the past decade.By the numbers: Three NHL All-Star Games. Three NHL First All-Star Teams. Three NHL Second All-Star Teams. Two Stanley Cups. Two Conn Smythe Trophies. Two Rocket Richard Trophies. One Art Ross Trophy. One Hart Memorial Trophy. Getty Images Coach: Joel QuennevilleThe current Florida Panthers head coach, Quenneville made a name for himself in the “Windy City” as he led the Chicago Blackhawks to three Stanley Cups in the 2010s. In 719 games with Chicago since the 2009-10 season started, he compiled a 407-227-85 in the regular season and a 67-44 postseason record. A 2013 finalist for the Jack Adams Award, Quenneville led the Blackhawks to the Presidents’ Trophy that season.Tied for fourth in coaching wins in the 2010s with 423 total wins (with Alain Vigneault) between the Blackhawks and Panthers, his 407 victories with Chicago is the third-most by any franchise during his tenure (start of the 2009-10 season to his firing on Nov. 6, 2018). With a team powered by Kane and Jonathan Toews, the club was also fourth in win percentage (.625), goals-for-per-game (2.97) and shots-per-game (32.4) during that stretch. Quenneville was only the second coach in Blackhawks history to win 400 games and this season, after enjoying his time off, he’s back as a head coach, steering the upstart Florida Panthers.By the numbers: Three Stanley Cups. Foward: Alex OvechkinWhy he’s here: While Gretzky’s office was behind the net, “The Great 8” has built his in the left faceoff dot. A pure sniper, Ovechkin not only brings a nose for the net but can also play the role of a grinder, leveling big hits on a consistent basis. While he’s not the greatest backchecker in the history of the game, he dominates on the offensive end — with 460 goals in 795 games. In the past 10 years, Ovi has captured six Rocket Richard Trophies as the league’s top goal scorer, brought a Stanley Cup to Washington, D.C. (and partied like a champ), while also winning the Conn Smythe and Hart Trophies.Another member of the point-per-game club (1.04), Ovechkin’s 824 points in the past decade includes 177 power-play goals and 302 total points on the man advantage — he leads the league in both categories. The 34-year-old has also racked up a league-leading 74 game-winners, including 16 overtime tallies. How Ovi’s arms aren’t tired is shocking, considering he has almost 900 more shots on net (3,608) than the No. 2 shot-taker Phil Kessel and has a top-10 shooting percentage of 12.8 percent. He’s also proud to represent Russia and has led the national team to six medals in the past 10 years — two golds, two silvers and two bronzes — at the IIHF World Championships.By the numbers: Six Rocket Richard Trophies. Four NHL All-Star Games. Four NHL Second All-Star Teams. Three NHL First All-Star Teams. One Stanley Cup. One Conn Smythe Trophy. One Ted Lindsay Award. One Hart Trophy.center_img Defense: Drew DoughtyWhy he’s here: Physical, defensive with an offensive upside — who is always good for a bulletin board quote too — Doughty has built an impressive resume over the past decade. In 806 games, he posted 110 goals and 462 points, good for fifth among NHL defensemen. He’s not far behind the other blueliner on this all-decade list when it comes to special teams (198 power-play points) but he’s also tallied 26 game-winners, with some being more memorable than others. During the Kings’ 2012 Cup run he was tied atop the league with 12 assists and led all defensemen in scoring (18 points) the year the Kings won in 2014.While he entered the NHL as an offensive-defenseman, the 2016 Norris Trophy winner — and three-time finalist — has become one of the games’ top shut-down defenders. From 2009-10 to 2018-19, Doughty averaged an oiSV% of 91.82 — meaning the Kings’ goaltenders posted a .918 save percentage at even strength when he was on the ice. That’s not a bad stat for a guy who also led the team in average ice time at a whopping 26 minutes and 31 seconds for the decade. Add in that he also finished with a CF% below 53.2 just once (in 2018-19), and it’s easy to say the two-time Stanley Cup champion, two-time Olympic gold-medal winner and 2016 World Cup champ has solidified his position as a top defenseman in the past 10 years.By the numbers: Five NHL All-Star Games. Two Stanley Cups. Two NHL First All-Star Teams. Two NHL Second All-Star Teams. One Norris Trophy. (Getty Images) Another decade of hockey is wrapping up as the 2010s come to a close when the clock strikes midnight Dec. 31. In the past 10 years, hockey has become a more skilled, faster, stronger and more exciting global game with countless superstars rising to the top.It all started with Sidney Crosby’s “Golden Goal” at the 2010 Winter Olympics and went on to see four teams dominate the landscape in the NHL as the Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins each won multiple Stanley Cup titles and the Boston Bruins won one in their three trips to the Final. It was also one of firsts as the Washington Capitals and St. Louis Blues ended decades-long droughts to win the Cup and the Golden Knights set up shop in Vegas before reaching the Stanley Cup Final in their first season. (Getty Images) Goaltender: Pekka RinneWhy he’s here: A big debate brewed among the SN staff when it came to between the pipes as this one could have easily gone to someone like a Marc-Andre Fleury or a Henrik Lundqvist; however when you delve into it Rinne is the top choice. Over the course of 586 games in the 2010s, he posted 321 wins (second-most), a .918 save percentage (tied for third-best), a 2.39 goals-against average (third) and an NHL-best 51 shutouts.The 2018 Vezina Trophy winner after finishing 42-13-4 with a 2.31 GAA and a .927 save percentage, he was also a three-time finalist. In 2011-12, the Finn was a wall in net leading the league with 43 wins, 1,987 saves and 73 games — and was an offensive juggernaut with five points. One season prior he was not only the runner-up for the top prize among goaltenders, but he was also fourth in Hart Trophy voting after ending the year second among NHL goalies in save percentage (.930) and third in GAA (2.12). That season he backstopped Nashville to its first playoff series victory.A finalist in 2014-15 after he tied for second with 41 wins along with a .923 save percentage, the butterfly goaltender who stands at an impressive 6-5, led the Predators to their first — and only — Stanley Cup Final in 2017. During the regular season, he boasted another 40-plus win season (42 to be exact) but it was during the team’s playoff run where he shined. Rinne went 14-8 with a 1.96 GAA and .930 save percentage in 22 playoff games, before falling to Crosby’s Penguins in six games.The MVP of the 2014 IIHF Men’s World Championship he led Finland to a silver medal posting a 1.88 GAA, .928 save percentage and three shutouts.By the numbers: Three NHL All-Star Games. One Vezina Trophy. One NHL First All-Star Team. One NHL Second All-Star Team. Forward: Connor McDavidWhy he’s here: A generational talent who’s playing in just his fifth NHL season, the 2015 first-overall pick creates highlight-reel plays on a nightly basis. In 323 games, he has netted 431 points (148 goals and 283 assists) along with an NHL-best 1.33 points-per-game number that blows everyone else on this list out of the water. When Wayne Gretzky was on the ice, the fans, his teammates and the opposition alike couldn’t help but watch in awe, and the same can be said for McDavid. His ability to go from 0-to-60 with impeccable edge work is unprecedented and is elevated to another level with his exceptional on-ice vision and hockey sense.The youngest captain in NHL history, McDavid was also the third-youngest player to win the Art Ross Trophy in 2017 when he led the NHL with 100 points; the same year he won the Hart Trophy. He followed that season up with 108 points and another Art Ross Trophy in 2018. His rookie season, the superstar finished third in voting for the Calder Trophy, despite only playing in 45 games due to a broken clavicle. One of the most dynamic players in the game, he also led Canada to gold at the U18 world championship (2013), the U20 world championship (2015) and the men’s world championship in 2016. The highest-paid player (cap hit) in the league is well worth his salary ten-fold; this season he leads the NHL in points (59) and his name is already in the mix — as it is every year — for the Hart Trophy.By the numbers: Three NHL All-Star Games. Two Art Ross Trophies. Two Ted Lindsay Awards. Two NHL First All-Star Teams. One Hart Trophy. One NHL All-Rookie Team. (Getty Images) read more

XFL schedule Week 2: What football games are on today? TV channels, times, scores

first_imgWe’re on to the second week of the XFL after a successful opening weekend.TV ratings were solid in the new football league’s first week, averaging 3.12 million viewers among the first four games (two on Fox, one on ABC, one on ESPN). Defenders vs. Dragons averaged 3.3 million, Wildcats vs. Roughnecks averaged 3.29 million, Guardians vs. Vipers averaged 3.385 million and Renegades vs. BattleHawks averaged 2.496 million. Sunday XFL games TV channels, live streamHere’s how to catch every game on Sunday.Renegades at WildcatsKickoff: 2 p.m. ETTV: ABC/TSN2Live stream: WatchESPN and the ESPN AppAs we mentioned above, these two teams are winless, but they were also without their starting quarterbacks. Landry Jones (Renegades) and Josh Johnson (Wildcats) are both likely to return to their respective teams, which should boost both offenses. The Renegades especially struggled without Jones, scoring just nine points. Dallas was considered 9.5-point favorites last week, and didn’t even score that much. For the Wildcats, though, it’ll be more about improving on defense. L.A. fired its defensive coordinator after just one game, so we’ll have to see if that changes anything for Week 2.BattleHawks at RoughnecksKickoff: 5 p.m. ETTV: FS1Live stream: Fox Sports AppThis is the second game of undefeated teams facing each other in Week 2. The BattleHawks won Week 1 with a ground-and-pound strategy on offense. St. Louis had two of the top three rushers in Week 1, including quarterback Jordan Ta’amu who ran for 77 yards. Starting running back Matt Jones had 21 carries for a league-leading 85 rushing yards. The Roughnecks were able to dominate through the air as quarterback P.J. Walker won the league’s Star of the Week, throwing for a league-high 272 yards with four touchdowns. We’ll have to see which approach will win out in the end. We expect somewhat of a decrease in viewership in Week 2 as some of the initial interest may die down, but with three of the four games being aired on national television, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the numbers remained steady. This week also has a pair of games that should be, on paper, very entertaining.MORE XFL: Rules | Schedule | Uniforms | RostersIn Week 2 we’ll have two matchups between undefeated teams: the Guardians at Defenders and the BattleHawks at the Roughnecks. As a result, we also have two games between winless clubs with the Vipers at Dragons and the Renegades at Wildcats.Speaking of Renegades at Wildcats, that game should feature the XFL debuts of Landry Jones and Josh Johnson, both quarterbacks with NFL experience. They were each injured for their teams starting weeks, and it appeared to hinder their respective offenses.MORE: XFL Week 2 odds, picks, predictionsXFL schedule Week 2: What games are on today?Here’s the full schedule for Week 2 of the XFL season, plus final scores and how to watch every game live.Saturday, Feb. 15GameD.C. Defenders 27, New York Guardians 0Seattle Dragons 17, Tampa Bay Vipers 9Sunday, Feb. 16GameTimeTVDallas Renegades at L.A. Wildcats3 p.m. ETABC/TSN2St. Louis BattleHawks at Houston Roughnecks6 p.m. ETFS1MORE XFL NEWS:Coaches ‘absolutely shocked’ play-calling being revealed on TVWR Kahlil Lewis explains what led to viral vomit moment in first gameWhat does XFL stand for?How much do XFL players get paid?Saturday XFL games TV channels, live streamHere’s how to catch every game on Saturday.Guardians at DefendersKickoff: 2 p.m. ETTV: ABCLive stream: WatchESPN and the ESPN AppThe Guardians and Defenders both had impressive defensive performances in their Week 1 wins. New York had a better overall defensive performance, giving up just three points. The Guardians also compiled eight quarterback hits, five sacks and three turnovers. The Defenders also forced three turnovers, including an interception returned for a touchdown and a blocked punt returned for a touchdown. We’ll see if New York can keep up its stellar defense this week against a strong D.C. offense led by Cardale Jones. Whoever wins this game will take over the No. 1 spot in the East standings.Vipers at DragonsKickoff: 5 p.m. ETTV: FOXLive stream: Fox Sports AppThe Vipers are in the midst of a quarterback controversy, at least their fans hope they are. Starting quarterback Aaron Murray struggled in his debut while backup Quinton Flowers (also listed as a running back on the roster) was able to move the ball. Neither quarterback could lead Tampa Bay to the endzone, though. But the quarterback controversy may solve itself for Week 2 as Murray deals with a foot injury. The Dragons, on the other hand, were able to move the ball on offense, scoring three touchdowns. But Seattle also turned the ball over three times, including a crucial redzone fumble. This should be a fun game between two games seeking their first win of the season.last_img read more

Chemutai third female athlete to qualify for Rio Olympics

first_imgPeruth Chemutai clocked a personal best time of 9:31.34 in the 3000 Metres Steeplechase at the Shanghai IAAF Diamond League race today to qualify for the Rio Olympics.Chemutai finished 10th in the sixth fastest women’s steeplechase race of all time, becoming  just the third Ugandan woman to qualify for the Rio track and field events.   The race was won by Kenyan world champion Hyvin Kiyeng, who won in a glorious 9:07.42.Chekwel was the second woman to qualify on Uganda’s track and field team to Rio last month. She has been joined by Chemutai, below, who is stepping in the shoes of Inzikuru in the steeplechase (IAAF and Zimbo photos)Chemutai’s time was 15 seconds into the Olympic qualifying time of 9:45.00 on a great day for Uganda in Shanghai, with Joshua Cheptegei, who had already qualified in the 10000m, running a personal best of 13:00.60 in finishing 2nd in the men’s 5000m. (see video below)The Ugandan is clearly walking in the shoes of Dorcus Inzikuru who won the first World Championship SteepleChase race in 2005. Like Inzikuru,  Chemutai first made her mark at junior level, making history in the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa by winning two silver medals.The other women who have hit the mark are Juliet Chekwel who qualified in the 10,000 metres last month in a national record time of 31:37.99 and marathoner Adero Nyakesi (2:34:54 in Amsterdam Oct 2015). Muktar edged Uganda’s Cheptegei in the final 100 metres. SHANGHAI DIAMOND LEAGUE PHOTOCheptegei beaten in last 100 metresA storming last 200m for the unfancied former world champion Muktar Edris helped him win a five-man last lap bust-up in the 5000m race.Former world junior champion Muktar exploded off the final bend to pull clear of two fellow Ethiopians, Uganda’s Cheptegei and Kenyan Olympic medalist Thomas Longosiwa in the second stop of the IAAF Diamond League.Muktar crossed the line in 12:59.96 to claim the Shanghai meeting’s first ever sub-13 minute, as Cheptegei took second in 13:00.60 – a huge personal best for the Uganda world junior 10,000m champion.“The pace was slow at the beginning, but end very good. I like to have the battle with the Ethiopians. Improved my personal best with a half minute. You know, you have to focus and I have to work on my speed. This was a good race, but I believe I can still improve,” said Uganda’s Cheptegei.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Athletes compete in the women’s 3000m Steeplechase at the Shanghai Diamond League athletics competition in Shanghai on May 14, 2016. / AFP PHOTOlast_img read more

Strahan goes from DE to TV to HOF

first_imgIn this Sept. 22, 2002, file photo, New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan celebrates after sacking Seattle Seahawks quarterback Trent Dilfer during an NFL football game at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Playing for one team, joining former teammates Harry Carson and Lawrence Taylor in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, means plenty to the 42-year-old Strahan. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)Michael Strahan had one objective in mind when he came to the New York Giants as a second-round draft pick in 1993 out of Texas Southern.“My goal when I first started was just to make a little money so I didn’t have to move back to my parents’ house,” he says. “I didn’t want to disappoint my parents. So that was my goal, to kind of just make my parents proud, make them happy, play as hard and just do the best I could do.”The best he could do was pretty good: Strahan will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night.Strahan was the leader of a defense that stunned the undefeated Patriots in the 2008 Super Bowl. He holds the single-season mark for sacks with 22 1-2 in 2001 — yeah, we know all about Brett Favre’s “dive” for the record-setting sack. He retired with 141 1-2 sacks, seven Pro Bowl appearances and four All-Pro team selections.And while he was a game-changer on the field, he was making his mark elsewhere with his gregarious personality, gap-toothed smile and willingness to step out of his comfort zone. He became a regular in commercials, most notably for Subway.Strahan easily moved from the field to the television studio after retirement, and now is co-host of the “Live! With Kelly and Michael” morning show.But he’s going into the Canton shrine because of his on-field achievements in 15 seasons, all with the Giants.Playing for one team, joining former teammates Harry Carson and Lawrence Taylor in the hall, means plenty to the 42-year-old Strahan.“Just so much history on the side of the Giants,” Strahan says, “and the fact that you can see we all spent our career all in one place, which just goes to show that it’s a family.”Not that a spot in Canton was on Strahan’s mind when he wore No. 92 for the Giants.“I think, when you once start thinking like that, you’re setting yourself for failure,” he says. “So I just went out and played every year for 15 as hard as I could and just — at the end of it all, it took me years before I looked back on my career and said, ‘Man, I did have a pretty good career.’ Other than that, I just look at myself as a football player who happens to play as hard as I could and ended up by going out on the right note on a team that got hot at the right time and won a Super Bowl, and one of the most memorable ones going against an undefeated team.”Strahan had a sack in that game, the final one of his career. He became eligible for the hall in 2013 and was elected this year.Seeing his former teammate and mentor selected for the hall reminds current Giants defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka of Strahan’s refusal to come off the field. Strahan started 205 of his 216 career games, and was no situational player.“I remember him specifically saying, That’s just a chance for somebody to take your spot,’ ” Kiwanuka says. “He’d say, ‘I’m never going to come off the field, they’re going to have to drag me off the field.’ You have to have that mentality of a warrior, somebody who’s going to be out there and be accountable every single play.”It takes more than determination, good health and some good fortune to achieve that. Giants general manager Jerry Reese recognizes that.“Michael would get recognized most of the time as a pass rusher, and he was a great one,” Reese says. “But he could also play the run as well as anybody at that position. He was great against the run.”He also was a teacher. Jason Pierre-Paul, the Giants’ main sacks threat these days, notes that Strahan taught Osi Umenyiora the tricks of the trade. Umenyiora passed them along to Kiwanuka, who did the same for Pierre-Paul.Reese took over for Ernie Accorsi as Giants GM in 2007, and his first task directly involved his star defensive end. Strahan held out of training camp, immediately setting up a challenge the new general manager had to overcome.Obviously, the sides reached a deal, and six months later, the Giants were champions.“Coach (Tom) Coughlin said when Chris Snee retired, ‘Give me 100 Chris Snees on my team,’ ” Reese says. “Well, you can give me 200 Michael Strahans.”___AP NFL website: and read more

West Indian great Shivnarine Chanderpaul names this Indian batsmen as the best in the…

first_imgAdvertisement 3guNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2w5rxsWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ed( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) c290bWould you ever consider trying this?😱l4znCan your students do this? 🌚faifRoller skating! Powered by Firework Former West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul was known for his unusual batting technique yet the southpaw was one of the most formidable batsman during his playing days. The Guyanese was recently seen in action in the Road Safety World Series 2020 a few weeks ago, however, the Covid-19 outbreak resulted in the postponement of the tournament. But before leaving India, Chanderpaul, in an interview, revealed that India skipper Virat Kohli is his favourite cricketer at present and hailed the superstar Indian batsman as the best in the world.Advertisement Photo Credit: CricketCountry“Obviously, it’s Virat Kohli. He has been working on all the aspects of his game, and the results are showing. He is working hard on his fitness; he works on his skills. You see him putting in the hard work, and he is one of those guys who always wants to do well,” the 45-year-old said.Prior to the sudden break, Kohli suffered a bad patch with the bat in New Zealand. In the two Tests against the Kiwis, Kohli managed to register just 38 runs across 4 innings as the guests were whitewashed 2-0 by Kane Williamson and his boys. Moreover, during the entire tour of New Zealand, the RCB captain scored 218 runs with a single fifty-plus score under his belt, something quite rare for a batsman of his calibre.Advertisement But Chanderpaul believes that it’s not easy staying at the top and his records reflect the hard work he put in.“He’s proven it, day in and day out. You have to give credit to him for that. It’s not easy to stay at the top of your game for so long. You got to put in your work, and the results are showing,” Chanderpaul added.Advertisement Kohli himself will be eager to redeem his top form when the Indian Premier League 2020 begins next month as fans round the globe expected to see the vintage Kohli back in form in the 3-match ODI series against South Africa earlier this month. Unfortunately, the series had to be postponed due to the pandemic, after the 1st ODI was washed out in Dharamsala.Meanwhile, the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League has been suspended until April 15 due to the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic. You may also like:Poor showing against New Zealand has seen Virat Kohli lose number 1 Test spotVirat Kohli told to practice more after ‘reflexes and hand eye coordination’ found lacking! Advertisementlast_img read more

Tottenham ‘look into ways to terminate midfielder Victor Wanyama’s contract’

first_imgTOTTENHAM are reportedly looking into ways they can move out Victor Wanyama – after growing furious at his high wage demands.Boss Jose Mourinho had hoped to offload the midfielder last month but potential new clubs were put off by his salary expectations.1 Spurs are said to be looking into ways they can terminate Victor Wanyama’s contractCredit: Getty – ContributorAnd it is now claimed by France Football reporter Nabil Djellit that Spurs could instead cut ties with the Kenyan entirely by terminating his contract completely.Wanyama, who was signed by ex-manager Mauricio Pochettino for £11.5million in 2016, has been restricted to just four appearances this campaign, playing a total of 122 minutes.But he is not in the plans of manager Mourinho, who has plenty of central midfield options with the likes of Harry Winks, Giovani Lo Celso, Moussa Sissoko, Tanguy Ndombele, Eric Dier and potential £50m recruit Gedson Fernandes.French club Ameins and Spanish outfit Leganes were interested in a deal for the ex-Celtic player but could not match his wages, it has been claimed.If Spurs reach an agreement with the African to pay off part of the rest of his deal, he would be free to join another club immediately.Wanyama, linked with Celtic yesterday, has not started a single Premier League game this term.He made 47 appearances in his first season at Tottenham but only 24 the following term as his popularity under Poch dwindled.Tottenham have reportedly tried to sell him on in the last two summers but to no avail.Latest Tottenham news’IT’S AMAZING’My eggs have helped 3 women become mums — I’d love to meet the kids one day’HIPPY AT HEART’Breakfast radio host Lisa Snowdon reveals what gets HER up in the morningCompetitionA CHILLING THRILLERWin a copy of The House Guest in this week’s Fabulous book competitionBARE TRUTHFrom cellulite to surgery, women reveal how they really feel about their looks1D TURNS 10How fame changed One Direction and why Zayn Malik may NEVER returnHis contract is due to end in June 2021.France football journalist Djellit said: “Tottenham could ultimately terminate Victor Wanyama’s contract.”The Kenyan of 28 years could then freely engage in Amiens or elsewhere … The saga continues.” Jose Mourinho has great fun interviewing himself about transfers at Tottenham press conferencelast_img read more

PNG climbs 20 places in World Soccer Ranking

first_imgRanked 188th  in the world since 2012 and slightly dropped to the worst in 2015 to 203rd  placing, this year the OFC Nations Cup’s performance had given PNG the boost to climb 20 places up to settle at 164th spot in the ranking.PNG was notified as one of the best movers in the ranking and the top in the Oceania after OFC champions New Zealand and second placed New Caledonia.The climb has left PNG above Oceania football colleagues Cook Islands and American Samoa while Solomon Islands, Fiji and Tonga were the worst movers in the ranking.last_img read more

Vela: “I played in the team I wanted, San Sebastián is my home”

first_imgVela was challenged by his partner to the game ‘Start, Bench and Cut’ (Holder, Alternate and Discarded), in which the Aztec had to decide which city would be his ‘holder’, which would be ‘substitute’ and which would be discarded between London, San Sebastian and Los Angeles. Without hesitation, he chose London as his discard.For the Aztec, the time he spent in the British capital were “hard times, very hard.” “The best day of the week was Thursdays, when I met Gio (Dos Santos) to go to a Mexican restaurant to eat tacos.“He declared. For a Mexican, the weather conditions in England are harsh, as Vela shows: “I woke up and it was dark, I came back from training and it was dark, I ate and it was dark. I could go on like this all day“ The Mexican Carlos Vela, Los Angeles franchise player and MLS MVP last season, He has participated in the podcast ‘Shootin’ The Shot ’together with his partner Jordan Harvey and the club’s Chief of Business, Larry Freedman. In this talk, the Cancun footballer spoke of his time at Arsenal and, of course, Real Sociedad. “It was a different culture, a different language, I had no friends,” he added. Cesc Fábregas, with whom he coincided at Arsenal, was his great support and a fundamental piece for his adaptation. “The one who was always with me the most was Fábregas; we shared the same language, he always told me the right things. It helped me introduce myself to life in London, to culture. He taught me many things, “confessed Vela. The Mexican arrived in England after the U-17 World Cup in 2005. “Before the World Cup, he was just a young man following his dreams trying to reach the First Division in Mexico and do something good in soccer.; but after that it was to go to London, sign for Arsenal. I was not ready for that; It was all too fast and I was very young, “he acknowledged.” Out of nowhere you start to be a recognized player, “he continued,”they start talking about you, you start making money and it starts to go to your head“After several transfers, he ended up in the Royal Society. Vela chooses, without hesitation, San Sebastián as its “titular” city. “San Sebastián is my home“He explained,” It is where I made my family, it is my place. ” At the txuri-urdin club he spent six and a half seasons, in which he became a legend of the Donostia club and one of the most loved players by the fans. Throughout those years, there were several “greats” who were interested in the talented Mexican attacker. Many, in fact, they assure that it had more quality than Antoine Griezmann, with whom he formed a wonderful duo that returned Real to the Champions League. Precisely, the fact of not going to a ‘bigger’ club has been the reason why many have attributed lack of ambition. Vela responded to those criticisms: “I played in the team that I wanted, in the place that I made my life. Where I met my wife, where my son arrived. I was very happy to stay in San Sebastián until I came to Los Angeles, because there I became a man and I became a family man. There was a Carlos before and another after San Sebastián“Now, he is living his best moment as a footballer in Los Angeles, a team he came to in 2016 as a franchise player. Upon arrival, he was “excited I felt like ‘I’m the first and I have to try to do something special’”, He declared. “I am Carlos Vela and I want to give everything to do something great,” he thought. And he achieve it. The Mexican broke Josef Martínez’s scoring record last season with 34 goals in 31 games. He also gave 15 assists, also surpassing Giovinco as the player who has participated in the most goals in an MLS season, a record to which Vela gives the most importance. “I give more importance to this”, since it shows that it is not only “a player who is there waiting for the ball to score, I like to help my teammates“last_img read more

Warriors roll into second round of NBA playoffs

first_imgOAKLAND, California (AP):Golden State rolled into the second round of the NBA playoffs without injured superstar Stephen Curry, thoroughly embarrassing the Houston Rockets 114-81 on Wednesday to clinch the series 4-1.Klay Thompson scored 27 points with seven 3-pointers and Draymond Green added 15 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Warriors, who will face the winners of the Los Angeles Clippers-Portland Trail Blazers series.Portland lead that series 3-2 after winning at Los Angeles, while Charlotte won narrowly at Miami to also take a 3-2 series lead.Golden State, without their MVP Curry, relied on his fellow ‘Splash Brother’ in Thompson to set the tone from the opening tip. Thompson became the first player in NBA history to make at least seven threes in consecutive playoff games, while Shaun Livingston scored 16 points for his third double-digit performance in three games.deep defendingJames Harden scored 25 of Houston’s 37 first-half points on the way to 35 points, but the Rockets had no chance with a one-man show against the deep defending champions.Portland’s C.J. McCollum scored 27 points to lead the Trail Blazers to a 108-98 win at the Clippers.Damian Lillard added 16 of his 22 in the fourth quarter when Portland pulled away, and the Trail Blazers capitalised on the absence of injured Chris Paul and Blake Griffin to beat Los Angeles.The Blazers are up 3-2 and could close it out tonight in Portland. If Game 7 is needed, it would be tomorrow at Staples Center.Maurice Harkless added 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Mason Plumlee had 10 points and 15 boards for Portland.J.J. Redick led the Clippers with 19 points.Charlotte’s Courtney Lee sank a 3-pointer with 25.2 seconds left to put the visitors ahead to stay, and the Hornets beat Miami 90-88 in Game 5.The Hornets have won three straight games in the series, and will take a 3-2 lead into a potential Game 6 clincher tonight.Marvin Williams led the Hornets with 17 points, while Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker each had 14 for Charlotte.Dwyane Wade scored 25 for Miami, while Luol Deng scored 15, Joe Johnson added 13 and Hassan Whiteside finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds.last_img read more

Sevilla end Real Madrid’s unbeaten run

first_imgMADRID (AP):Sevilla grabbed two late goals to end Real Madrid’s 40-game unbeaten streak and move within one point of their rivals atop the Spanish league with the 2-1 win yesterday.Cristiano Ronaldo gave Madrid the lead by converting a penalty kick in the 67th minute, but Sevilla rallied with an own goal by Sergio Ramos in the 85th.Stevan Jovetic¥ scored the winner from outside the area two minutes into injury time at RamÛn S·nchez-Pizju·n Stadium in Seville.The result handed Madrid their first defeat since a 2-0 loss at Wolfsburg in April in the quarter-finals of the Champions League last season.Karim Benzema’s injury-time equaliser against Sevilla in the Copa del Rey match on Thursday had allowed Madrid to break the unbeaten Spanish record that they shared with Barcelona.Barcelona stayed third after beating Las Palmas 5-0 at Camp Nou on Saturday, while fourth-placed AtlÈtico edged Real Betis 1-0 at home for its third win in a row.Valencia finally won again by beating Espanyol 2-1 to end a three-month drought in the league and move further from the relegation zone.Martin Montoya scored from close range in the 17th minute and Santi Mina sealed the victory in the 73rd at Mestalla Stadium as Valencia snapped their eight-game winless streak to open a four-point gap to the relegation teams.David Lopez netted for Espanyol in the 85th, but Valencia held on to earn the elusive victory.”This result will give us a lot of confidence to keep on working,” Valencia coach Salvador ‘Voro’ Gonz·lez said: “To improve, we needed to win, and we are very happy.”BEST GAMEValencia hadn’t won in the league since a 2-1 result at Sporting Gijon in October, in what was the first match in charge for Cesare Prandelli, the former Italy coach who resigned during the winter break because of the team’s struggles.”I think it was our best game of the season,” Santi Mina said. “We have played well in some other games, but we didn’t pick up three points.”Serbian midfielder Nemanja Radoja scored an 89th-minute winner as Celta Vigo salvaged a 1-0 home win over 10-man Alaves.It was the second consecutive win for Celta, which moved to eighth place.Alaves, 12th in the table, played a man down from the first minute of the second half as Moroccan defender Zouhair Feddal was shown a second yellow card after a hard foul.last_img read more